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Dignity of Assisted Suicide

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20151016 Attard to Zurrieq (16.27 km)

Statistics

Distance: 16.27 km
Duration: 2h:42m:47s
Avg Speed: 6.00 km/h
Max Speed: 8.61 km/h
Min Altitude: 60 m
Max Altitude: 171 m
Ascent: 244 m
Descent: 172 m
Weather: Intermittent clouds


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Is LIDL’s operationally efficient system short changing customers?

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LIDL occasionally discounts products. This may be because a product is nearing the best-before date, to clear slow moving goods or maybe because the item’s packaging has been damaged. The sticker below is from LIDL's mixed salad


The sticker tells the consumer the original price, the percentage discount and the discounted price. The consumer also gets to know how much he or she is saving per kilo of that product. 

The shortcoming of LIDL’s system is that the barcode of the discounted product is the same as that of its undiscounted equivalent. On many occasions the undiscounted product is concurrently on sale. This means that when the cashier scans the barcode, LIDL’s system has no way of differentiating between the differently priced products and the cashier has to manually intervene to mark down the product. 

LIDL operate a high efficiency system. Cash points are opened or closed depending on the number of customer waiting at the checkout. When not at the till employees are stacking …

Walk & Explore: 20151009 Attard to Cirkewwa (22.75 km)

Statistics

Distance: 22.75 km
Duration: 3h:55m:04s
Avg Speed: 5.81 km/h
Max Speed: 7.17 km/h
Min Altitude: 24 m
Max Altitude: 181 m
Ascent: 417 m
Descent: 462 m
Weather: Mostly sunny


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adidas ad

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Tooks this photo a few weeks ago.

20150914 San Giacomo Circular

Statistics

Distance: 10.84 km
Duration: 1h:41m:42s
Avg Speed: 6.40 km/h
Max Speed: 13.46 km/h
Min Altitude: 489 m
Max Altitude: 578 m
Ascent: 218 m
Descent: 190 m
Weather: Intermittent clouds


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20150912 En route to Palazzolo A. and back

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Distance: 26.32 km
Duration: 4h:38m:35s
Avg Speed: 5.67 km/h
Max Speed: 7.85 km/h
Min Altitude: 461 m
Max Altitude: 649 m
Ascent: 374 m
Descent: 369 m


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20150908 Ragusa-Siracusa and back

Statistics

Distance: 21.99 km
Duration: 3h:47m:13s
Avg Speed: 5.81 km/h
Max Speed: 6.88 km/h
Min Altitude: 327 m
Max Altitude: 577 m
Ascent: 459 m
Descent: 424 m


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20150906 Giarratana Circular

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Distance: 18.98 Km
Duration: 3h:08m:34s
Avg Speed: 6.04 Km/h
Max Speed: 10.15 Km/h
Min Altitude: 494 m
Max Altitude: 620 m
Ascent: 219 m
Descent: 236 m

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Boot problems in Microsoft Windows 10 and the way forward.

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Microsoft 10 took a step backwards in the right direction. It brings back the start menu button in the lower left hand side of the screen. This was removed by Steve Sinofsky and his team. From a project management approach this was a case of ignoring the input of one important component of any successful project; the users. The lesson from Windows 8 is that one simply cannot and should not dictate to users what they need; in a market that is more customer-centric users want to state the features, feel and functionality of the products they will ultimately use.



Well Mr Sinofsky is now part of Microsoft’s history. With Windows 10 we got back the start button. Tiles that appeared in Windows 8 live on but constitute an alternative to the product UI. Time will tell whether the tiles feature will survive into future incarnations of the product. The important thing is that anyone who upgrades from Windows 7 to Windows 10 will not feel lost and isolated.

One problem I've encountered with W…

Malta’s tourism industry - Should we go for quantity or quality?

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The first question that comes to mind is why would a quality tourist want to come to Malta? Roads are second rate and clogged, Malta is a developer’s paradise with town and village planning taking a back seat to property cubes and high-rise pimples, the environment is clearly not a priority, pollution of all sorts is the norm and sometimes one get the impression that there is a general lethargic sense of abandonment. Unless these issues are addressed, speaking about quality with respect to this niche sector is a non-starter. But let us stretch our imagination and believe that these issues do not exist. 
Within the quality tier there are different strata. Taking the air travel analogy, one can identify 4 broad categories of travelers: those who own their own jet and limo, those who don’t afford their own plane but rent a jet, those who travel first or business class and budget passengers. Some people may define a quality passenger as being the first two; other may extend this definitio…

Reversing environmental damage in an industrialised world

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Reversing environmental damage can be achieved by a process that returns a site to a state it was before we intervened. Imagine watching a construction movie in reverse. Rather than go from soil removal to laying of concrete foundations to building on top, we opt for the removal of the built structures, clearing out the concrete foundations and putting back the soil. Beijing, Helsinki, Greece, Munich, Sarajevo are cities that now have abandoned Olympic villages which fall into this category. Countries have ghost towns that came into being because of population migration, a change in the economic environment or bad business/political decisions. Even Malta has its fair share of such structures. 

When looking to develop new venues, emphasis should be on using existing derelict buildings rather than always opting for virgin tracks of land. The Zonqor saga is a case in point; 91,000 square meters of ODZ land would have been wiped out. Likewise, the common practice that certain entities can …

Problem with Samsung SEK-1000 / XC Evolution Kit module on UE55ES8000

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20150721 Walking around Bangor

Statistics

Distance: 22.82 km
Duration: 3h:39m:22s
Avg Speed: 6.24 km/h
Max Speed: 13.54 km/h
Min Altitude: 53 m
Max Altitude: 255 m
Ascent: 531 m
Descent: 512 m
Weather: Partly sunny with showers

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20150719 Bryn Pistyll-Bangor-Felinheli

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Distance: 29.45 km
Duration: 5h:06m:38s
Avg Speed: 5.76 km/h
Max Speed: 8.94 km/h
Min Altitude: 48 m
Max Altitude: 248 m
Ascent: 418 m
Descent: 473 m
Weather: Mostly cloudy

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20150718 Ogwen Valley to Bryn Pistyll

Statistics

Distance: 9.11 km
Duration: 1h:32m:38s
Avg Speed: 5.90 km/h
Max Speed: 7.80 km/h
Min Altitude: 204 m
Max Altitude: 359 m
Ascent: 85 m
Descent: 194 m
Weather: Hazy sunshine

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20150718 Ogwen Valley Snowdonia Circular

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Distance: 7.66 km
Duration: 2h:59m:24s
Avg Speed: 2.56 km/h
Max Speed: 5.90 km/h
Min Altitude: 365 m
Max Altitude: 999 m
Ascent: 533 m
Descent: 584 m
Temperature: 8 C


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20150712 Zurrieq to Dingli Coast

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Distance: 18.66 km
Duration: 3h:41m:14s
Avg Speed: 5.06 km/h
Max Speed: 16.92 km/h
Min Altitude: 95 m
Max Altitude: 301 m
Ascent: 373 m
Descent: 298 m
Wind: 21 km/h
Temperature: 31 C
Humidity: 55%
Weather: Sunny


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20150628 Giarratana Circular

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Date: Jun 28, 2015 4:34 pm
Distance: 15.21 km
Duration: 2h:35m:36s
Avg Speed: 5.87 km/h
Max Speed: 7.40 km/h
Min Altitude: 489 m
Max Altitude: 594 m
Ascent: 249 m
Descent: 261 m


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20150627 En route to Giarratana Circular

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Date: Jun 27, 2015 5:43 pm
Distance: 9.51 km
Duration: 1h:34m:16s
Avg Speed: 6.06 km/h
Max Speed: 10.33 km/h
Min Altitude: 505 m
Max Altitude: 594 m
Ascent: 104 m
Descent: 121 m


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20150627 San Giacomo Circular

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Date: Jun 27, 2015 6:15 AM
Distance: 7.86 km
Duration: 1h:21m:48s
Avg Speed: 5.76 km/h
Max Speed: 6.59 km/h
Min Altitude: 495 m
Max Altitude: 588 m
Ascent: 119 m
Descent: 139 m


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20150621 Attard-Siggiewi-Dingli Circular

Stats

Distance: 23.26 km
Duration: 4h:04m:31s
Avg. Speed: 5.7 km/h
Max. Speed: 8.1 km/h
Min. Altitude: 77 m
Max. Altitude: 288 m
Total Ascent: 390 m
Total Descent: 399 m
Weather: Partly sunny


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20150613 Cirkewwa to Gnejna Coast

Stats DISTANCE:  22.52 km
DURATION: 7h:13m:59s
AVG. SPEED: 3.1 km/h
MAX. SPEED: 7.1 km/h
MIN. ALTITUDE: 31 m
MAX. ALTITUDE: 167 m
TOTAL ASCENT: 633 m
TOTAL DESCENT: 583 m

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20150606 Attard to St Paul's Bay Circular

20150530 Attard to Qrendi Circular

20150523 Bugibba to Cirkewwa Coast

20150517 Attard-Dwejra-Rabat

20150509 Msida to St Paul's Bay Coast

20150508 Attard-Rabat-Siggiewi-Zebbug

20150503 Round id-Dwejra

20150501 Marsascala to Zurrieq Coast

20150425 Marsa to Marsascala Coast

20140419 Msida to Marsa Coast

20150418 Attard

20150417 Madliena-Naxxar-Lija

20150412 Rabat

20150411 Attard-Madliena-Gharghur

20150407 Attard-Zebbiegh

20150404 San Giacomo

20150402 Laferla Cross-Girgenti

20150129 Cirkewwa to Birzebbuga

20150327 B'Kara-Naxxar-Attard

This, That and (maybe) The-other: 20150322 Attard-Dingli-Siggiewi-Zebbug

This, That and (maybe) The-other: 20150322 Attard-Dingli-Siggiewi-Zebbug: Link: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zNlefkFGewOU.kAhKL885kUCw Link: https://plus.google.com/photos/105470926677245165774/a...

20150322 Attard-Dingli-Siggiewi-Zebbug

This, That and (maybe) The-other: 20150320 Attard-Balzan

This, That and (maybe) The-other: 20150320 Attard-Balzan: GPS Link: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zNlefkFGewOU.kzFyor5OCmmo Photo Links: https://plus.google.com/photos/10547092667...

20150320 Attard-Balzan

This, That and (maybe) The-other: 20150319 Attard-Zebbug-Siggiewi-Mqabba-Zurrieq

This, That and (maybe) The-other: 20150319 Attard-Zebbug-Siggiewi-Mqabba-Zurrieq: Link: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zNlefkFGewOU.k4KqYC3OpMEY Link: https://plus.google.com/photos/105470926677245165774/albu...

20150319 Attard-Zebbug-Siggiewi-Mqabba-Zurrieq

This, That and (maybe) The-other: 20150302 St Pauls Bay-Gnejna-Mosta

This, That and (maybe) The-other: 20150302 St Pauls Bay-Gnejna-Mosta: GPS Track: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zNlefkFGewOU.kCdjSjYGlgv4 Photos: https://plus.google.com/photos/10547092667724516...

20150302 St Pauls Bay-Gnejna-Mosta

20150223 Attard to Birzebbugia

20150222 Attard-Luqa-Qormi

20150220 Attard-Cirkewwa

20150215 Zebbug-Siggiewi-Rabat

20150214 Attard-San Gwann-Paceville

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20150210 Attard-to-Mellieha

Google+ Story : Sunday afternoon in Żebbuġ and Rabat

Sunday afternoon in Żebbuġ and Rabat
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20150208 Atard-Rabat Walk

20150206 Attard-Siggiewi-Zebbug