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My Camo Travels In the United States…

My Camo Travels In the United States…

Wow. I had a really good time and I experienced a few things I never thought possible and it was a Camo wedding….. Yes, my friends back in the UK might think less of me for attending such an affair. Regardless I have to admit I had a wonderful time.

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How did you end up in one of those?

The first thing that you are probably wondering is how I ended up in this situation. Well, my new brother in law is from the United States, Texas to be exact.   I’m sure you will not be shocked to hear this, but he is from a long line of hunters and outdoors men.

They had the main event here in London, but the majority of his family could not make it to the wedding here. This was a fairly stranded and expensive wedding. For the sake of having  a little bit of fun, my sister and him decided to do things the “redneck” way and have a budgeted camo affair.

 

Is it really strange?

Was it weird? Well, it wasn’t normal. I’ve been to a wedding where the grooms farther brought a shotgun to the wedding.  Many cousins had cross bows, all suits also had a camo type style to them. It was a lot of fun and really different, mainly because it was so relaxed and outside. It was more like normal people getting together to have a good time.

What did the bride wear?

As you may have guessed, the bride also had a bit of camo in her dress. It was half white and half camo, truly unique. Frankly I was shocked about this one, I just assumed my sister would wear the same dress she was married in the UK. Nope, she was fully into the theme and held nothing back.

What about the Wedding bands?

This was truly amusing. Despite having “average” bands back home, they went full in. They bought Camo wedding rings for men from Your Camo Wedding which I absolutely loved!!   I found them very cute and I can actually see my brother in law wearing it around time.

 

Would do have my own wedding?

Not to sure about that. But I think theme weddings will become more popular as time goes on.   I’m not too sure what category of wedding I would jump into, but I can see myself doing something fun. After a while you go to so many of these types of events,  that it seems like the same thing over and over. This was a good way to mix things up.

Just amazing!

I couldn’t wait to get back home and share this blog post with my readers. I am very happy for my sister and welcome my new brother to the family.   I love them very much and I have to thank them for the experience.

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Spearfishing Stories Part Two: Spearguns training in DR

Spearfishing Stories Part Two: Spearguns training in DR

As I have recently brought up in my recent posts, I have started to get into Freediving and Spearfishing. After a recent trip to the Dominican Republic, I have a lot more information to share and would like to share my thoughts about the type of gear you will need.

my new speargun in drFirst off, it was a lot more fun than spearfishing in the UK. I decided to stay in Cabarete, which in short is pretty much the water sports capital of the Dominican Republic.    They had everything from surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, scuba diving, freediving and of course spearfishing, all within a 3 KM (around 2 miles) radius.   It was truly an amazing place with a lot to offer. I really enjoyed this place, its crystal clear seas and expat community really had a lot to offer.  To be straight forward, I’ve never seen so many in shape people in my entire life, if your into a active vacation, this is the place you should check out.

During this trip I learned a great deal about underwater hunting. I was lucky enough that while i was there I met eCommerce store, Scott from JustSpearfishing.com, who currently has Spearguns for sale which I highly recommend.    I really learned a lot from him, mainly which type of guns you should use for which conditions. Since we were in DR, which very clear seas, we ended up using a few of his Omer Kanaloa’s. Which is a gun that is bested use for reef hunting.  Its not too long, not to sure, perfect for the Corral Reefs in DR!

Next on the list was what type of wetsuit you needed. Being that it was DR, you could get away without wearing one, but we spent a lot of time in the water and decided to use 1 1/2 mm, which are the best Spearfishing wetsuits for optimal underwater hunting.   The reason for this is that they have a chest pad, which is great for when you want to reload your speargun. Pressing it against your bare chest isn’t always a lot of fun. More importantly, they move really well in the water. Unlike older wetsuits, they are really flexible and you feel like you are wearing almost nothing.  If you are like me, someone who used to Scuba dive a lot, those older wetsuits can get really uncomfortable fast.

I had a truly wonderful time in DR and recommend you go there if you are more active person. From what I understand they have a lot of “all inclusive” places, which caters to a different crowed.  Cabarete is filled with folks who prefer to spend their time out doors and really get the most out of their vacation. Although you certainly can, you might be one of the handful of people who sit on the beach and eat up.    I’m still surprised at how active the expats in this area were, truly amazing.

My final thoughts are simple, go to DR! It is very affordable and a water sports paradise!   If this place doesn’t strike your fancy, I suggest you check out spearfishingtoday.com.  If you cannot find a place to for your next Spearfishing vacation, you won’t find one anywhere else.

 

 

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We failed to find Travyvon?

We failed to find Travyvon?

For almost a year and half, we’ve been intermittently inundated with excess commentary on the shooting of Florida teenager Travyvon Martin by Neighborhood Watch vigilante George Zimmerman.

From an outsider’s viewpoint and also from the perspective of a European journalist, the American media’s role in the judicial proceedings of the case has seemed to be both invasive and hysterical at times, calling on the opinions of commentators and with little to no knowledge of the finer points of the case or legal expertise.z

Perspectives have been thrown around (and continue to do so) not based on factual and dicerning of truth and credibility but moreso on pre-existing ideals and sociological standpoints and the US media have enabled this by regocnizing continued reporting on the shooting of Trayvon Martin can give a large number of people an opportunity to identify their own personal standpoints by taking either one side or the other in the trial of George Zimmerman.

Some of the relevent questions that have arisen:

1) Should the Zimmerman trial and the shooting of Trayvon Martin have been strictly portrayed as a racial conflict by the media? Or should focus have been put on other social or legislative elements too?

2) Did the lack of expert voices commenting on proceedings since February 26th 2012 lead the story down the path of sensationalism as opposed to putting a focus on legitimate criminal justice?

3) Are Americans happy to forego having an effective and contained criminal justice system in favour of having a circus-like media platform where the symbolism in a story is more important than the cold hard facts of an unfolding news event?

4) Should the media commentary have been geared to talk more about gun legislation than racial stereotyping and left the details of the case to be processed in a closed court of law?

5) What is it about this case that has caused such indignation and outrage in many Americans and sparked the possibility of race riots? Has it been an active intention of the media to martyrize one singular story to underline points of conflict in the general populace?

6) Why hasn’t the story of Marissa Alexander gained the same amount of trajectory of the Zimmerman trial? She has been in a Florida jail since 2010 awaiting a mandatory sentence of 20 years in prison for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Because it doesn’t stir conflict and is not a black and white issue, so to speak, The Stand Your Ground law was applied to acquit Zimmerman where it wasn’t considered relevant in the case of Alexander, who simply fired warning shots and didn’t kill anyone- namely an abusive former partner who had been directly threatening her at the time of the incident.

 Zimmerman may be officially not guilty. But Florida is. You can certainly blame the state’s laws for Trayvon Martin’s death and the national media for failing to instigate intelligent and expert discourse on the lead up to the case’s outcome.

Who write this article?

Marianne Petit is a blogger and freelance journalist from Toulouse, France. She likes to write about arts and culture, world politics and media convergence. She is a former student at Paris Institute of Political Science. 

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US Government leaks?

US Government leaks?

Leaking of government secrets or what is called classified information can be very dangerous and disastrous for the government and the country as a whole. This danger might include hostility from other nations and even planned attacks. This is what the US is facing after the leaks from Edward Snowden. Edward Snowden is a whistleblower who leaked classified information about the U.S. Government. This information has caused a lot of uproar because it talks about the plans and the view that the US government has over other world countries.

Terrorist attacks.

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Can you Say Croatia?

Can you Say Croatia?

Despite this blog often speaking about the issues with immigrants coming over from Eastern Europe to the Uk to work for undercut wages, I must say, some of these bloks come from some pretty nice places!   For this years holiday I decided to take a trip over to Crostia.

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The Labour party Targets Reforms

The labour party has decided to make an attempt to deal with the issues of reform within the European Union. Currently the freedom of movement states it is impossible to prevent immigrants to coming to the UK and working.   As you may of guessed the opposition is not happy with this ruling and will do everything in their power to prevent this kind of movement.

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