Saturday, November 25, 2006

Coop's La Carrera adventure

Think you're living life in the fast lane - having one adventure after the next and that life couldn't be much more fun? Me neither. That's why I like reading Positive Ape Index, a blog by artist Coop, which has been especially juicy reading since his coverage of his participation in the renowned vintage auto racing event La Carrera Panamericana 2006.

What is perhaps more amazing than the amount of fun Coop has is the fact that he takes the time to share his experiences with his fans. Click here to get started viewing his image-heavy La Carrera blog posts.

Click here to visit La Carrera Panamericana's official site.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

How to post comments

Last week, during a social gathering, a few folks had some really kind (unsolicited) things to say about the Tiki Chris blogs. That was cool to hear! Thanks.

What was also mentioned was that at least one reader wasn't sure how to leave comments on the blogs. The reader said he had tried and was unable to do so. Other folks have mentioned the same problem to me in the past.

Of course, I'm all for more comments and hate to think that readers eager to communicate are giving up in frustration. So, here are a few steps,which should explain how to leave comments on any of the Tiki Chris blogs:

1. Click on the word "comments" in the white field directly below the post you want to comment on (if there are no comments for the post, there will be a "0" in front of the word "comments." If there are already comments for this post, there will not be a "0" but a number reflecting how many times people have commented on the post).

2. Upon clicking, you will be directed to a new page. At the upper right side of this page, you should see the words "Leave your comment" with a blank field beneath it. The blank field is where you can type your comment.

3. Beneath the comment field are three identity options:

- Blogger username:
Your display name will appear, along with a link to your profile and your photo (if you have one).
- Other:
You can enter your name and a link to your website, without having to have a Blogger account.
- Anonymous:
No identifying information is displayed. The comment is credited to "Anonymous" without a link.

After choosing an identity, click "PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT" to have it published or "PREVIEW" to see what your comment will look like.

If you click "PREVIEW" you must then click "edit comment" or "publish this comment" to continue.

That's it! However, please note that your comment will not appear immediately on the blog. All comments must be approved by me before appearing. I'm usually pretty speedy with most comments appearing well within 24 hours of being submitted.

Click here for more help.

Tiki Chris

Saturday, November 11, 2006

A brief survey

Click here to take a quick (one page, eight easy questions) survey about this blog and others administered by Tiki Chris.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Changes to hand baggage restrictions from 6th November 2006

The UK's Department for Transport has announced that from Monday 6 November, passengers may now carry a limited quantity of liquids (ie. gels, lotions, pastes, liquid cosmetics, foams and foodstuffs) in their hand baggage when going through UK airport security checkpoints. To avoid any unnecessary delays, it is advised that passengers continue to pack permitted liquid items in their checked in baggage.

If you need to carry liquid items onboard, please read the following requirements with care to ensure you arrive at the airport prepared.

What can be taken and how it needs to be packed:

- All liquids must be in individual containers not greater than 100ml capacity.

- All containers must be placed in one transparent re-sealable bag (such as 'ziplock' bags or bags with pressable seals), no larger than 20cm x 20cm (8" x 8") in size and not larger that one litre in capacity. The containers must fit comfortably inside the bag so it can be fastened closed.
Only one transparent re-sealable bag per passenger is allowed. Larger bags or bags that are non-sealable, such as fold-over sandwich bags are not allowed.

- The one transparent re-sealable bag must fit into your single piece of hand luggage.

- Each passenger must remove their clear plastic bag from their hand baggage and place it in on the conveyor belt for X-ray screening.

- Liquids in containers of more than 100ml capacity must be packed in your checked in baggage.

Remember that 'liquids' include:

- all drinks, including water, soup and syrups;
- creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, mascara etc;
- sprays and pressurized containers including shaving foam and spray deodorants
pastes, including toothpastes;
- gels, including hair, shower gel and lip gloss;
- any other solutions and items of similar consistency.

Essential medicines and baby food may be permitted in larger quantities above the 100ml limit, but will be subject to the authentication that is already currently required. Cabin baggage size remains unchanged - You are restricted to carrying only one item (in addition to the re-sealable liquids bag) through the airport search point. Cabin baggage must not exceed a maximum length of 56 cm, width of 36 cm and depth of 23 cm including wheels, handles, side pockets etc.

Duty Free Liquids

You may take onboard liquid items of any size that are purchased after the security check in the Departure lounge (sometimes referred to as 'Airside') at any EU airport.

Most duty free or similar purchases will be given to you in a special sealed bag. Do not open this bag until you have reached your final destination. You should also retain your proof of purchase throughout your journey. You will be required to show it at all transfer points.
Please note restrictions apply to duty free purchases made on return journeys where passengers change flights at an EU airport. These are explained in detail in the next section.

Special information for transit passengers

If your journey involves changing flights at any EU airport, special restrictions apply. You may only take liquid duty free purchases above 100ml through the security check point at your connecting airport if they have been purchased at another EU airport or in Iceland, Norway or Switzerland, or onboard an aircraft operated by an EU carrier or a carrier of Iceland, Norway or Switzerland. You will need to show proof of purchase to demonstrate this. Liquid purchases of more than 100ml bought from other airports or onboard other airlines may only be carried as checked in baggage on the connecting flight.

The member states of the European Union are:

Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Tuba player's Carnegie Hall debut December 13

Øystein Baadsvik with Niklas Sivelöv
Wednesday December 13, 2006
Weill Recital Hall
Carnegie Hall
57th Street at 7th Avenue
New York

here for Øystein Baadsvik's website.
How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Click