From Manchester to Marseille: What can the promise of high speed rail do to a city?

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Alighting at Marseille’s Saint-Charles railway station on a balmy August evening, a colleague and I made our way to the head of the grand stone staircase which sweeps leisurely down to street level. As we paused momentarily to appreciate the sprawling city beneath us, I cast my mind back to earlier in the day – 7.15am, in fact – when I had left another major city back in the UK, Manchester, then still shrouded in gloom.

Perhaps more importantly than where we had ended up was the way in which we had arrived: not by some ubiquitous budget airline with tedious transfers and a cosy cabin, but by train – station to station, city centre to city centre. What had started out as a rail journey of stop/start frustration between Manchester and London had ended with an easy saunter through the French countryside aboard one of SNCF’s revered Train Grand…

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Is SaaS Based EDI A Cloud Service?

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Confusion reigns over whether hosted or software as a service (SaaS) is the better choice for that next software overhaul. It doesn’t help that so many hosted vendors are touting their wares as SaaS or Cloud. Of course, there’s a reason for the blurring of label lines – SaaS is on an upswing in most markets. Put another way: everyone has their heads in the Cloud these days.

Confusion reigns over whether hosted or software as a service (SaaS) is the better choice for that next software overhaul. It doesn’t help that so many hosted vendors are touting their wares as SaaS or Cloud. Of course, there’s a reason for the blurring of label lines – SaaS is on an upswing in most markets. Put another way: everyone has their heads in the Cloud these days.

“According to a research survey conducted by Kelton Research, more than half…

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Sherrill, New York: Smallest City in State; as Anniversary

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The small city of Sherrill, whose claim to cityhood has been grandfathered in as incorporation rules have changed over the years, turns 100 next year.

Sherrill was primarily founded by Oneida Silversmiths, a company sprung from the mid-1800s as a religious community whose prime tenet was perfectionism.

“Urban legend has it that the Bible utopian society, the Oneida community — the group which started making beaver traps in the mid-1800s and later went on to form Oneida Silversmiths then silverware manufacturer Oneida Ltd. — wanted to created a community surrounding themselves and their industry,” said city comptroller Michael Holmes in a tongue-in-cheek manner.

By 1913, there were rumbles of making the hamlet that sprung up around the Bible commune and accompanying company an official entity.

Sherrill, the city that technically should not be a city, saw its beginnings on April 7, 1916.

By a special act of the state Legislature…

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LOVING THE DETAILS

By the Mighty Mumford

LOVING THE DETAILS

How she and he became one flesh,

Takes longer to get off the chest…

It’s not bad

But the best we’ve had,

Together we answer the quest!

Poets mourn and dream all day,

Romance time for one person plays…

Thinking of a sultry

Woman is adultery,

For me. so Scripture says.

So others will do this job,

Whilst I with them hobnob…

Maybe I’ll learn

A safe way to yearn,

Collecting girls isn’t my job!

When unattached I grieved,

Went after any woman that breathed…

Physique mattered less

For the desperate I guess,

Whose desires frequently deceived.

A girl would change her hairdo

From morning to night (she’s who?)…

Crushes many

But captures hardly any,

The fat boy got awfully blue!

Only two went for a whole year,

The first of these wrote a “Jon Dear”…

The second lasted

a lifetime…

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Melted

The Lonely Author

For the next six weeks (leading up to Valentine’s Day) Lonely Author will dedicate most of his posts to his favorite subject; that thing called “Love.”

Melted

We shared glances from a distance
Like beacons in a crowded room
Our bodies gravitated to the center
fingers entwined like bride and groom
dance floor darkened like the universe
yet I found myself basking in her light
cheek to cheek we swayed in unison
flames of passions dancing with delight

Intoxicated by her scent skin and touch
was she feeling the wonders that I felt
adjoining hearts performed a sweet ballet
I shrunk inside my shirt my pants my belt
suddenly she was no longer in my arms
lights go on as the music is finally done
finding our empty shoes I suddenly realize
this beauty and I slowly melted into one

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NERVOUS PATIENT

By the Mighty Mumford

NERVOUS PATIENT

It saddens me, but true,

Circumstance gets to you…

Nurse’s sharp response

Not only once,

Encouraged nervousness too!

I thought it was positively viewed,

But a similar  performance ensued…

To  the one before,

The same nurse, I’m sure,

Somehow the experience got skewed.

Early Monday, the other eye,

Gets the same injected “high”…

Higher to fall,

My ego’s been mauled,

Controlling somehow the fright!

–Jonathan Caswell

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2 Guns (2013)

THE SUBLIMINAL HERALD

“You’re my people and we have a code. You fight for the guy that’s fighting next to you.”

2 GunsUniversal Pictures in association with Entertainment One, Foresight Limited, Tri-Star Pictures and Boom! Studios present…

Based on Steven Grant’s own comic book series in the same name which was published on April 1, 2007! This is a story of two undercover agents as they try to infiltrate a drug cartel and bring enough evidence to their respective superiors to end their tribulation. But there’s one problem, as partners in crime, they don’t know who the other guy really is and it’s just the tip of the iceberg! Steven inclines his work on grounded crime fiction that focuses on the action-thriller genre involving spies, government officials and the law! I even had one of his works from the Hardy Boys collection titled “Final Gambit” under the pen name of Franklin W. Dixon; it…

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