Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is launching a yacht cruise line

Who says hotel companies can’t dabble in cruising, too?

In a hospitality industry crossover, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is launching a luxury cruising yacht line scheduled to hit the water in the fourth quarter of 2019, the company announced Thursday. Ritz-Carlton will enter a crowded field of luxury cruise lines. In doing so, it follows a path similar to Disney when it founded Disney Cruise Line in 1996.

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Emma Watson hides 100 copies of Handmaid’s Tale across Paris | Metro News

The actress and bookworm, 27, runs her own bookclub, Our Shared Self, and yesterday announced that she would be hiding copies of The Handmaid’s Tale at various iconic locations in the French capital.

The book hunt – which saw fans of both the actress and literature alike flood the streets of the city in search of copies – was set in order to find the classic novel, adorned with Watson’s green book club ribbon.

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This Groundbreaking Comics Shop Owner Wants To Help Writers and Artists Break Into the Industry

Ariell Johnson made history in 2015 with her Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, becoming the first black woman to open a comics shop on the East Coast. Now, with the help of a $50,000 grant from the Knight Foundation, Johnson has her sights set on changing the comics industry from the ground up.

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10 Ways to Travel the World Without Breaking the Bank

Over the years I’ve had the privilege of traveling all around the world. While that may sound posh or even luxurious, I can say that my experiences are far from it. In fact, some of my best times traveling were when I spent the least. I know to some that doesn’t sound realistic, but believe it or not, you can see the world on a shoestring budget. Here’s how:

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34 photos that earned honours in the Dog Photographer of the Year competition

Entries from all over the world were taken between October and March, looking to find the best dog pictures and photographers for the year of 2016.In total, there were 10 categories that all featured first, second and third place winners, as well as a small Special Mentions category.

Unbelievably adorable… a must see.

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Netflix Introduces ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Television — We’re Just Waiting for Interactive House of Cards

Netflix announced Tuesday plans to create “Interactive Storytelling” with its programming. Netflix has already announced three examples for users to experience — Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale, a Puss in Boots story, Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile, and Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout, however, the latter will not be released until next year.

What a cool idea.  Books like this were always fun, this should be great.

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Warren Zevon’s Massive Book Collection Is for Sale

The late singer Warren Zevon was not just a revered songwriter; he was also a prolific bibliophile. Over his lifetime, the “Werewolves of London” singer amassed a collection of books numbering in the thousands. Now, nearly 14 years after his death at age 56 in September 2003, Zevon’s entire library is for sale. For the time being, though, fans looking for a literary piece of Zevon ephemera will have to travel. Unless they live in Vermont.

Zevon’s collection rests in the care of his ex-wife, Crystal Zevon, and their daughter, Ariel Zevon, at Brookview R&R in West Barnet. Select titles are available on eBay, and the rest are being catalogued for online sale, but for the moment, anyone wishing to peruse Zevon’s voluminous stacks will have to trek to a barn in the Caledonia County hamlet. It’s worth the trip.

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How to Showcase Your Musical Theater Talents in Los Angeles | Backstage

Most people think of NYC or the West End when it comes to musical theater, but Los Angeles is actually a close third for these opportunities. In fact, I got my Equity card doing musical theater in L.A. years ago and I have many clients who got their start on Broadway or professional Equity theater by doing shows and auditions out west. It can certainly be easier to attend Broadway auditions if you live in New York, but theater CDs do come to Los Angeles to find talent.

LA may not be the first city that comes to mind when you think “music theater”, but it can be done.

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Migrant women story contest seeks to raise awareness

A writing contest seeks to highlight the realities of migrant Mexican and foreign migrant women and raise awareness of the conditions, problems and successes they experience.

The contest — “Migrant woman, tell me your story 2017” — also encourages participation by asking women how they would solve specific problems they have encountered.The government of Mexico is sponsoring the contest through its National Institute for Women (Inmujeres), the National Migration Institute and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Participants must be 18 or older.

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