Jonathan van Bilsen

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A collection of lifestyle articles about people, events and travel by photographer, author and journalist Jonathan van Bilsen

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It's not the height that scares me

October 16, 2017

Last year, while in Sri Lanka, I found myself on a path to Sigarya Rock, a 200 metre outcrop which is climbed regularly by tourists. A series of metal steps were bolted to the side of the rock, however, once you are underway you quickly realize that many of the bolts are missing, and the stairs are very wobbly

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Tipping: here's a tip

October 02, 2017

I should start out by explaining where the concept of tipping comes from. In days of old, when knights were bold… you would walk into an Inn and the serving wench would tell you what the specials were. Once you decided on your choice you would hand her (or him) a small amount of change. This was to insure prompt service, which became known as T.I.P.S., later shortened to ‘tips’.

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Bobbie Drew: representing the people

September 25, 2017

The responsibility that accompanies being a member of government is immense, in that you are tasked with the challenge of representing constituents in many different decisions, conflicts and challenges. I often wonder why anyone undertakes the task, but am glad that a handful of individuals choose to do this often thankless role.

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Eat, Drink and be Merry

September 18, 2017

One thing I have lately become much more aware of, is reading labels on products. Some of the stuff in foods is unbelievable. Know how much salt you need and how much is in the foods you eat. Too much salt is a major contributor to heart related illness, too much fat will clog your arteries and too much sugar makes you gain weight

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All Pigs are not Alike

September 11, 2017

I found it interesting that they took me to their yard to see a small cage with dozens of guinea pig pets. They kept motioning to one and I nodded. An hour later I was dining, enjoying a very expensive Bolivian delicacy: guinea pig.

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Boston, so much history in one place

September 04, 2017

Boston is filled with history, as it was, after all, the origin of the American Revolution. The old State Capital is where the likes of John Adams, John Hancock and Samuel Adams, met to discuss plans for a potential break-away from Britain.

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Leslie Ann Bradley, Making Beautiful Music

August 28, 2017

Not many people are born with the gift of talent, and even fewer have the desire to hone that talent into a beautiful craft. Such is the case in Leslie Ann Bradley, one of the finest symphonic and operatic singers in today’s world. Believe it or not, Leslie Ann was born and raised in our very own, Port Perry.

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It Costs and Arm and a Leg... Really?

August 21, 2017

I have often walked into a store or found myself in a retail environment and heard people say, ‘It costs an arm and a leg”. A rather strange saying, which seems to have nothing to do with the fees associated with a product.

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Ayers Rock: climb every mountain

August 14, 2017

The giant, red monolith is certainly one of Australia’s most recognizable landmarks. It rises 350 metres with two thirds of its bulk still buried beneath the ground. The rock is located in the centre of the country and is surrounded by desert, a rugged part of the country introduced to us by Crocodile Dundee.

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Latvia: Northern Europe's hidden gem

August 06, 2017

My very first stop was Rundale Palace. This unbelievably beautiful castle dates back to 1736, however, during the Russian occupation the palace was used as a school, a granary and offices for the Soviet Union. 

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