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Free Broadband TV

Tired of having to worry about your television cable bills? Kiss goodbye to this monthly hassle by switching to free Broadband TV. Broadband TV is a free online television that offers different channels.

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All these are for free and do not entail the usual hassle of bills payment that you get from your television cable companies. The site uses advanced video streaming technology that can give quality viewing. However, to fully enjoy the shows it is highly recommended to have fast internet connection. Slow internet connection would not be adequate to give you the full pleasure of viewing as they download files quite slowly, affecting the over-all running of the program.

Like everything else, online television technology has both its up and downs. But if you have what it takes, it will be worth trying it. Aside from the already mentioned programs, you can also enjoy movies and music from the site. These are all great things at the tips of your fingers, with absolutely no cost.

Where to Go on a Weekend in South Africa?

Botswana

Southern Africa is becoming a new long-weekend destination for the British. There’s no time difference, the flights are overnight (both ways), and you waste no precious daylight hours travelling.

The good news is that the aeroplanes depart around 8pm, so dinner; sleeping and breakfast are at the right time in the right order. The pleasure in travelling or sleeping overnight on a plane to South Africa however is that you wake-up to a different and dramatic landscape; fresh air and smiling warm faces and if you are lucky, some snarling animals as well.

BEFORE YOUR GO

The best way to travel on your weekend is to pack light and travel easy. The out-going flight is on Thursday, so carry a bag, small enough to smuggle in and out of your office:

Hand luggage can include your binoculars, camera and travel books you’ll need on safari

Arrive at the airport well before time to have a glass of champagne and some smoked salmon at the Caviar House.

Travel in the loose chinos or combat trousers you’ll wear for game drives, plus the baggy cotton or fleece jumper

Take a pure down baby pillow: it squashes up small, you can cosy up to it on the plane and it’s invaluable in the camps where pillows are hard.

JOHANNESBURG – MAUN

Your wake-up call is a few thousand meters above Johannesburg. You have the choice to eat on the aircraft or at the airport cafĂ© that is decent and above the excellent book- shop. Buy Sasol’s illustrated guide to the birds of southern Africa and the Sasol mammal book. This is the old Africa hand’s library; your guide will be dead impressed.

From Johannesburg, there’s a comfortable connection to Maun in Botswana. The two hour flight allows another opportunity for a nap or a quick introductory lesson from your book. At Botswana, we change into another plane for the last hop to adventure. The time to go to Botswana is in our summer when the Okavango Delta swells with water from Angola.

OKAVANGO DELTA

There is mystery and romance of the Okavango’s waters. Much of the fun in viewing wildlife here is by a boat. Some prefer the big boat but the sound of silence is so potent that I prefer the traditional makoro. As we glide slowly above water, Hippos pop up on each side. We paddled to a far island where birds chatter volubly in the reeds. On ground, there is a herd of buffalo munching the water meadows and there are tracks of lion and elephant.

I spent my afternoon watching a fluffy, magnificent prince among raptors – the rarest, Pel’s fishing owl. He stood there contemplating us as I looked at him through my binoculars and hurriedly reading notes in my bird book. In the sunset, that was one of the most spectacular, we could see a lion pride feeding on a zebra.

En route to the tent we met the mamba, rampant, while I was withering along behind the camp manager. But when someone freezes in the bush, you shut up and freeze. The mamba dropped from its striking position and slithered off. I saw the swish of the most scary tail in Africa. Quite as bracing as my pre-lunch shower.

MOREMI WILDLIFE RESERVE

The next day, I flew to Khwai River Lodge in the Moremi Wildlife Reserve that has a drier, harsher environment. Moremi lies in the centre of the Okavango Delta. It is undoubtedly one of the world’s most beautiful wilderness areas. Moremi is a place of lily-covered wetlands, grass plains and forests, where even at the busiest time of year you’re likely to be the only spectators at even the most dramatic animal sighting.

The lion were at Khwai. Actually, the whole drama of life and death was at Khwai. Wild dogs are back here — a rare treat — and a pack drove a baby water buck into the river. The baby made piteous juvenile water-buck noises, its mother was frantic, the wild dog hovered at the river’s edge. And the inevitable happened: the arrow-like ripple in the river, the black little eyes (nature’s periscopes), the snap, the squeal, the thrashing hooves, the closing of the waters and Mr Crocodile had served himself dinner.

The next morning, while on a drive with our guide, we breakfasted with the lion. We were watching birth of a water buck in the reeds by the river’s edge when our guide heard the roar of a lion in the distance. Just as lechwe began its precarious journey in the wild, we drove into the wilderness.

The pride sat at their table without knife and fork but tidily eating their breakfast, a zebra. A few feet away and in our Land Rover, we opened our packed sandwiches. The lionesses regarded the vehicles with a lack of interest bordering on contempt; were one to get out, however, the time span between touching the ground and becoming a second course would be minimal.

CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

Our next flight hop was to Chobe, often described as one of, if not the best, wildlife-viewing area in Africa today. Savuti boasts one of the highest concentrations of wildlife left on the African continent. Animals are present during all seasons, and at certain times of the year their numbers can be staggering. Its uniqueness in the abundance of wildlife and the true African nature of the region, offers a safari experience of a lifetime.

The most remarkable feature of the Chobe National Park is its huge concentration of elephants. But it’s not just the elephants that make this special park worth visiting. It’s so wild, a leopard made a kill in the Car park just before I. arrived and blood stains from a wild dog kill were still visible nearby.

Savuti Channel, a strange waterway that seems to have a mind of its own, bisects the park. The channel was dry for one hundred years, then flooded abruptly in the 1950s and remained flooded till the 1980s, when shiftings of the subterranean tectonic plates caused it to dry up again.

The journey home is a sleepy crash- out, arriving back in good time in the morning. Jet lag? Ah, you don’t need to worry about that. There’s nothing but buzz, excitement and a heightened sense of living; about going so far and seeing so much.

Overseas Property, Technology And The Home Working Revolution That Is Already Underway

The 1970s saw predictions that would have us believe that by the 21st century we would be relaxing whilst technology took the strain. Well the 21st century is here and the leisure era has still to appear. However there is one prediction that I am pretty convinced will come true and that is that overseas property will become our homes. The evidence is here, those looking to retire are buying homes in preparation for retirement and some are commuting huge distances whilst they see their time out at work. The young are travelling greater distances to buy affordable property and are beginning to travel further to work than any of our grandparents would ever have considered. More and more companies are seeing the benefits of home working and soon economics will take precedence .Doubts over worker inefficiency will fade away and companies will soon positively encourage office workers to work at home. Computer telephones, secure access to company intranets, email, faxing are all available now. What will the technology enable us to achieve in years to come?

Overseas property owners are set to live in their homes

It’s a fact technology allow us to do almost anything we did at the office now at home. So why not make it an overseas home a place of work. According to the findings of a national tour operator the next 10 years will see the UK commuter belt extend beyond the British Isles and far into Europe. Thomson Holidays predicted that more people will work remotely from their overseas home or from the town nearest to their overseas property by 2016, commuting in and out of the UK on a regular basis.

Cheap flights will make commuting a real option cheap flights and overall better communications will assist the overseas home buyer to fly into work at relatively cheap prices. An overseas commuter belt will become established and commuters will consider their overseas home their primary residence. Prof Nick Middleton, presenter of UK TV Channel 4 travel shows Surviving Extremes and chairman of the Thomson Future Forum, said that in 10 years’ time “the way we travel and the reasons for travel will be vastly changed”. “The rapid advance of technology and global communications networks will make international commuting highly desirable and viable,” he added. Combining an overseas property in your favourite part of Europe may mean that your leisure time will be enhanced. The affordability of overseas property will be another great attraction for this new work culture. It would certainly balance the work life balance in favour of leisure time. So the Leisure era may after all be on its way after all.

Copyright 2006 Nicholas Marr