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2023.06.07 00:55 Dtrolley Homebrew Bender Classes for 5e

Recently bought the AvatarTTRPG. I was excited to play but didn't really like the rules and the way the game played. I have been Dming D&D for over a decade, and was much more comfortable with the rules and gameplay, so I decided to homebrew some bender classes. Right off the bat, I'm concerned about balance with these, so I thought I'd post them here, to get some thoughts on what works and what should be changed.
Kind of a long post, so I don't mind if you only check out just one.
Fire Bender
A smartly dressed man with pointed sideburns, aggressively walks forward as he relentlessly flings roaring hot bursts of fire from his fists.
As she is being surrounded, a woman with long jet black hairs sends out a great pulsing ring of flames from the palms of her hands, charring her enemies to ash.
A stoic disheveled man sits upon a mountaintop, mediating on the sounds of life around him. As each breath of air fills his lungs, a brilliant energetic cyclone of flame dances around his body.
Purveyors of passion and rage. Firebenders are excellent warriors, who can create beautiful works of art with their flames, or reap havoc and destruction across the world.
As a Fire Bender, you gain the following class features.
Hit Points
Hit Dice: 1d8 per Bender level Hit Points at 1st Level: 8 + your Constitution modifier Hit Points at Higher Levels: 1d8 (or 5) + your Constitution modifier per bender level after 1st
Armor: Light armor and medium armor Weapons: Simple weapons and martial weapons. Tools: Choose one type of artisan’s tools or one musical instrument Saving Throws: Constitution, Charisma Skills: Choose two from insight, intimidation, Persuasion, Acrobatics, Athletics, perception, deception, stealth.
You start with the following equipment, in addition to the equipment granted by your background:
Fire Bending
Beginning at 1st level you can send small bursts of flame from your fingertips. This is a melee attack that does 1d6 damage + your charisma modifier and increases as you level up. It has a reach of +10 and you are proficient with it.
Chi Points
You also gain Chi points, which can be used to cast higher level fire bending techniques. You Start off with 2 points and gain more as you level up. You regain chi points when you finish a long rest.
Firebending Ability
Charisma is your Firebending ability for your firebending techniques. You use your charisma whenever you use your Chi to cast advanced firebending.
Spell save DC + 8+ Proficiency bonus + charisma Modifier
Spell Attack Bonus Proficiency bonus + Charisma Modifier
Beginner Fire Bending Techniques
You start off knowing a handful of basic firebending techniques. You can spend one chi point to cast any of the following spells.
Control flames
Faerie fire
Produce flame
Create bonfire
Reckless Attack
Starting at 2nd level, you can throw aside all concern for defense to attack with fierce desperation. When you make your first attack on your turn, you can decide to attack recklessly. Doing so gives you advantage on rolls using charisma during this turn, but attack rolls against you have advantage until your next turn.
Source of Bending
At 3rd level, you decide on which emotion you get your firebending abilities from. Choose the Path of Rage or the Path of Life. This grants you features at 3rd, 5th, and 10th level.
Ability Score Improvement
When you reach 4th level, and again at 8th, 12th, 16th, and 19th level, you can increase one ability score of your choice by 2, or you can increase two ability scores of your choice by 1. As normal, you can’t increase an ability score above 20 using this feature.
Using the optional feats rule, you can forgo taking this feature to take a feat of your choice instead
Extra Attack
Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn.
Intermediate Fire Bending Techniques
Starting at 5th level, you have gained experience with various firebending forms. You can now cast these spells using 2 Chi Points.
Scorching ray
Fast Armored Movement
Starting at 5th level, your speed increased by 10 feet, while wearing light or medium armor.
Concise Bending
Starting at 7th level, you have gained concise control over your bending. You now have advantage on stealth checks that involve your bending. Additionally, you can change the temperature of liquids to any number you desire, without anyone noticing.
Brutal Critical
Beginning at 9th level, you can roll one additional damage die when determining the extra damage for a critical hit with an attack. This increases to two additional dice at 13th level and three additional dice at 17th level.
Expert Firebending Techniques
Starting at 11th level, you have honed your abilities to now be able to cast expert level Fire bending techniques. These new techniques cost 3 chi points each.
Chain lightning
Flame strike
Wall of fire
Master Firebending Techniques
Starting at 15th level, you have honed your abilities to peak performance and are now able to cast master level Fire bending techniques. These new techniques cost 4 chi points each.
Delayed fireball
Fire Prodigy
Starting on 18th level, you can cast Meteor Storm once per long rest, it doesn't cost any chi points.
Jet Propulsion
Starting at 20th level, you can use your fire bending to fly. You gain a flying speed of 40 and your AC increases by 2 while you are moving in this way.
Fire Bending Source
Fire benders have long been fueling their bending with emotion. Passion, rage, envy, all have the capabilities of imbuing a firebenders chi with incredible power. Rage has been the dominant source of power for the last 200 years, but earlier records show that this wasn't always the case. Fire is life and energy, and the long forgotten ways of the Sun Warriors, relies on this as their own source.
Source of Rage
When you pick this Path at 3rd level, you can go into a RAGE.
In battle, you fight with primal ferocity. On your turn, you can enter a rage as a bonus action.
While raging, you gain the following benefits if you aren't wearing heavy armor:
• You have advantage on Strength checks and Strength saving throws.
• When you make a melee weapon attack using your FIRE BURST, you gain a +2 bonus to the damage roll. This bonus increases as you level.
• You have resistance to bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage.
If you are able to cast spells, this includes spells using your chi points, you can't cast them or concentrate on them while raging.
Your rage lasts for 1 minute. It ends early if you are knocked unconscious or if your turn ends and you haven't attacked a hostile creature since your last turn or taken damage since then. You can also end your rage on your turn as a bonus action.
Once you have raged the maximum number of times for your barbarian level, you must finish a long rest before you can rage again. You may rage 2 times at 1st level, 3 at 3rd, 4 at 6th, 5 at 12th, and 6 at 17th.
Starting when you choose this path at 6th level, you can go into a frenzy when you rage. If you do so, for the duration of your rage you can make an additional attack as a bonus action on each of your turns after this one. When your rage ends, you suffer one level of exhaustion (as described in Conditions).
Mindless Rage
Beginning at 10th level, you can’t be charmed or frightened while raging. If you are charmed or frightened when you enter your rage, the effect is suspended for the duration of the rage.
This source of fire bending is the original form of fire bending. The polar opposite of the bending of today, this form of bending relies on energy, life, and the power of the sun. These fire benders are passionate and mindful.
Power of the Sun
At 3rd level when you adopt this source, you can choose to deal radiant damage instead of fire damage, at will. Additionally, your fire blast has a range of 30/60 feet.
Sun Chi
Starting at 6th level, you gain additional spells to use with your Chi points, these cost 2 points.
Investiture of flame
Power of the Dragons
Starting at 10th level, you can change the color of your flame. This imbues your Fire Burst with additional properties. Choose one. And instead of doing an additional attack you add the property to your single attack. You can change the color of your flame everytime you take a long rest.
Yellow- the target must pass the charisma saving throw equal to your spell save DC or become confused.
Green-. You can heal, instead of doing damage.
White- the target must pass the constitution saving throw equal to your spell save DC or become blind.
Blue- the target must pass a constitution saving throw equal to your spell save DC or every attack against the target has advantage.
Black- The target must pass the constitution saving throw equal to your spell save DC or your flame can do necrotic damage. And prevent healing for 1 hour.


Water Bender
A wrinkled woman with braided hair dressed in thick furs creates a giant wall of ice to block an incoming barrage of arrows.
A bearded man with shaved hair at the sides, rushes towards his enemies sending shards of ice to impale their bodies.
A long haired hooded figure twists his wrists, as his arm extends towards another person. They cry out in horror as they lose control of their bodies and start following his every command.
Wise, adaptable, and determined, water benders can harness their powers to heal their allies, or perform devastating attacks against their enemies.

Hit Points
Hit Dice: 1d8 per Bender level Hit Points at 1st Level: 8 + your Constitution modifier Hit Points at Higher Levels: 1d8 (or 5) + your Constitution modifier per bender level after 1st
Armor: Light armor Weapons: Simple weapons Tools: Choose one type of artisan’s tools or one musical instrument Saving Throws: Wisdom, Intelligence Skills: Choose two from Insight, Persuasion, Stealth, Arcana, Survival, Perception, Nature.
You start with the following equipment, in addition to the equipment granted by your background:
Beginning at 1st level you can snap a long whip of water at your foes.
This is a melee attack that does 1d4 damage + your wisdom modifier. It has a reach of +5
Chi Points
You also gain Chi points, which can be used to cast higher level Water bending techniques. You Start off with 2 points and gain more as you level up. You regain chi points when you finish a long rest.
Natural Healer
Starting at 2nd level, waterbenders gain the unique ability of healing. You can heal yourself or an ally you can touch 1d4+wisdom modifier healing for every chi point you use.
Waterbending Ability
Wisdom is your Waterbending ability for your waterbending techniques. You use your Wisdom whenever you use your Chi to cast advanced waterbending.
Spell save DC + 8+ Proficiency bonus + wisdom Modifier
Spell Attack Bonus Proficiency bonus + Wisdom Modifier
Beginner Waterbending Techniques
You start off knowing a handful of basic waterbending techniques. You can spend one chi point to cast any of the following spells.
Ray of frost
Ice knife
Lesser restoration
Water Bending Style
Starting at 3rd level, you decide which style of water bending you want to learn. You must choose either Northern Style, Southern Style, or Swamp Style.
Intermediate Waterbending Techniques
Starting at 5th level, you have gained experience with various Waterbending forms.
You are now able to cast the following spells using your chi. You must spend 2 Chi points to cast these spells.
Snowball storm
Mass healing word
Tidal wave
Water Walking
Starting at 7th level you gain the ability to walk on water. Additionally, you gain a swimming speed of 50 ft. and can breathe underwater.
Blood Bending
Starting at 9th level you gain the ability to control the blood inside people's bodies.
You can use 4 chi points to use any of these techniques, you can only use blood bending twice a long rest. You can completely control any beast with a challenge level ½ without using chi.
Dominate person
Expert Waterbending Techniques
Starting at 11th level, you have honed your abilities to now be able to cast expert level Waterbending techniques. These new techniques cost 3 chi points each.
Wall of water
Control water
Watery sphere
Octopus Form
Starting at 13th level You can spend 8 chi points to sprout 8 limbs of water from your body. While in this form attacks have disadvantage against you. Additionally, you can attack twice with your water whip.
Master Waterbending Techniques
Starting at 15th level, you have honed your abilities to now be able to cast master level Waterbending techniques. These new techniques cost 4 chi points each.
Mass cure wounds
Wall of ice
Advanced Blood Bending
Beginning at 17th level, You no longer can use blood bending only twice a day, additionally you can now cast power word kill using 10 chi points.
Armless Bending
Beginning at 18th level, you can now perform all bending techniques without the use of your limbs.
Cryogenic Ice Prison
Starting at 20th level, you can now use 20 chi points to incase an enemy in a sphere of cryogenic ice. The target must pass a strength saving throw against your spell save dc, on a fail they are imprisoned in the ice until released. They do not age or die while imprisoned.
The Water tribes, while on opposite ends of the world, share similarities. However, being so far away from each other has caused their bending styles to dramatically differ. While the north focuses on defense and creative uses for buildings and art, the south must focus on the harsh nature of their environment, and offensive abilities.Then there are the swamp benders, who have found unique ways to bend the nature around them.
Defensive Water
Starting at 3rd level you learn to naturally adapt to using waterbending as a defense, your ac increased by 1. Additionally you have resistance to fire damage.
Protector of the North
Starting at 6th level, You get access to additional waterbending techniques costing 3 chi points each.
Investiture of ice
Ice Architect
Starting at 10th level, If you have access to snow or water, you can make houses out of snow. Anyone who takes a long rest in the house gains 15 temporary hit points, this increase to 20 at level 15 and 25 at level 20
Advanced Water Whip
When you choose this style at 3rd level, Your water whip becomes a ranged attack of 30/60 and now does 1d6+ wisdom modifier in damage.
Crushing Grip of Seas
When you choose this style, starting at 6th level, Your water whip becomes like an extension of your arm, you can pick up objects with it, and you can grapple enemies with it. The grapple done using the water whip uses wisdom instead of strength. When grappling in this way, you can spend a Chi point to make your enemy prone.
Aquatic Aggressor
Starting at 10th level, you gain additional Waterbending techniques, these cost 4 chi points to use. Additionally You can use Chi to perform a waterbender technique as a bonus action when you attack with your water whip.
Ice storm
Plant Manipulator
Starting when you choose this style at 3rd level, you can manipulate the water that exists within plants. You can extend 3 Chi points to cast the following spells.
Plant growth
Grasping vine
Tree stride
Land’s Stride
Starting at 6th level, moving through nonmagical difficult terrain costs you no extra movement. You can also pass through nonmagical plants without being slowed by them and without taking damage from them if they have thorns, spines, or a similar hazard.
In addition, you have advantage on saving throws against plants that are magically created or manipulated to impede movement, such those created by the entangle spell.
Nature’s Sanctuary
When you reach 11th level, creatures of the natural world sense your connection to nature and become hesitant to attack you. When a beast or plant creature attacks you, that creature must make a Wisdom saving throw against your Bender spell save DC. On a failed save, the creature must choose a different target, or the attack automatically misses. On a successful save, the creature is immune to this effect for 24 hours.
The creature is aware of this effect before it makes its attack against you.


Air Bender
A bald monk in orange robes and glowing tattoos stands on a cliff, he sends a great spiraling tunnel of wind forward, hurtling his enemies against the hard rocks below.
A renegade mercenary with a rough beard and worn fatigues, twirls his wrist as his hand tightens into a fist. The person across from him grasps at his throat as he attempts to breathe, with no success.
A young energetic boy rides his glider across the sun. He laughs as he lets go and falls to the earth, sending out a great wave of wind as he lands.
Patient and understanding, Airbenders spend most of their lives in isolated meditation. They have strong bonds with the people they meet as they travel the world in order to understand the 4 nations. However, some break away from this lifestyle, and use their bending for evil, not good.

As an Air Bender, you gain the following class features.
Hit Points
Hit Dice: 1d6 per bender level Hit Points at 1st Level: 6 + your Constitution modifier Hit Points at Higher Levels: 1d6 (or 5) + your Constitution modifier per monk level after 1st
Armor: None Weapons: Simple weapons, shortswords Tools: Choose one type of artisan’s tools or one musical instrument Saving Throws: Strength, Dexterity Skills: Choose two from Acrobatics, Athletics, History, Insight, Religion, and Stealth
You start with the following equipment, in addition to the equipment granted by your background:
Unarmored Defense
Beginning at 1st level, while you are wearing no armor and not wielding a shield, your AC equals 10 + your Dexterity modifier + your Wisdom modifier.
Air Bending
Beginning at 1st level, you can send out a blast of air at your foes.
This is a ranged attack that does 1d4 damage + your dexterity modifier. It has a range of 30/60
Chi Points
You also gain Chi points, which can be used to cast higher level Air Bending techniques. You Start off with 2 points and gain more as you level up. You regain chi points when you finish a long rest.
You start off knowing a handful of basic Airbending techniques. You can spend one chi point to cast any of the following abilities.
Patient Defense
You can spend 1 Chi point to take the Dodge action as a bonus action on your turn.
Step of the Wind You can spend 1 Chi point to take the Disengage or Dash action as a bonus action on your turn, and your jump distance is doubled for the turn.
You can spend 1 Chi point to cast the spell Gust.
Unarmored Movement
Starting at 2nd level, your speed increases by 10 feet while you are not wearing armor or wielding a shield. This bonus increases when you reach certain bender levels, as shown in the Air Bender table.
At 9th level, you gain the ability to move along vertical surfaces and across liquids on your turn without falling during the move.
Deflect Missiles
Starting at 3rd level, you can use your reaction to bend a shield of air around you. You can deflect the missile when you are hit by a ranged weapon attack. When you do so, the damage you take from the attack is reduced by 1d10 + your Dexterity modifier + your Airbender level.
Ability Score Improvement
When you reach 4th level, and again at 8th, 12th, 16th, and 19th level, you can increase one ability score of your choice by 2, or you can increase two ability scores of your choice by 1. As normal, you can’t increase an ability score above 20 using this feature.
Using the optional feats rule, you can forgo taking this feature to take a feat of your choice instead.
Intermediate Air Bending Techniques
Starting at 5th level, you have gained experience with various Airbending forms, you can use your chi to cast the following spells. These spells cost 3 chi to cast.
Catapult Feather Fall Gust of wind
Glider Flight
Starting at 7th level, you can use your glider to fly. You have a flying speed of 60, and cost 1 chi point per hour to stay in the air.
Stillness of Mind
Starting at 9th level, you can use your action to end one effect on yourself that is
causing you to be charmed or frightened.
Expert Air Bending Techniques
You have gained the knowledge of most airbending forms. Starting at 11th level you can spend 4 chi points to cast the following spells.
Storm sphere
Control winds
Investiture of wind
Diamond Soul
Beginning at 14th level, your mastery of Chi grants you proficiency in all saving throws.
Additionally, whenever you make a saving throw and fail, you can spend 1 Chi point to reroll it and take the second result.
Master Air Bending Techniques
You have become a master airbender. Starting at 15th level, you can expend 5 chi points to cast the following spells.
Whirlwind Power word stun
Air Suffocation
Starting at 18th level, you can expend 10 chi points to create a sphere of air around your enemies head. If the target has fewer than 100 hp, you suffocate them, killing them instantly. If they have higher hp, they must make a constitution saving throw against your spell dc, on a fail they take 2d20 damage. You can choose to knock them out instead of kill.
Gliderless Flight
Starting at level 20, You no longer need a glider to fly. Your flying speed is double your movement speed, and you can attack while flying without penalty.
Slow Fall
When you choose this style at 3rd level, you can use your reaction when you fall to reduce any falling damage you would normally take, to 0.
Twinkle Toes
Starting at 6th level, when you use Step of the Wind, you can use your airbending to propel yourself around an area. When this ability is activated you have a flying speed of 30ft. This ends at the end of your turn.
Expert Flyer
Starting at 10th level, You can fly without using Chi points. You get a flying speed equal to double your movement speed, as long as you have your glider. Additionally, your ac increases by 1 while flying. You can attack from your glider at disadvantage.
Offensive Defender
Starting at 3rd level, you gain the ability to use another Air blast as a bonus action.
Starting at 6th level, your instinctive agility lets you dodge out of the way of certain area effects, such as a blue dragon’s lightning breath or a fireball spell. When you are subjected to an effect that allows you to make a Dexterity saving throw to take only half damage, you instead take no damage if you succeed on the saving throw, and only half damage if you fail.
Wind Hand
at 10th level you can use your air bending to grab objects and move them, additionally you can use 4 chi points to use a Telekinesis spell. (The telekinesis is not true telekinesis, it is airbending. But the spell works mechanically the same.)


Earth Bender
A tall wide shouldered woman, smirks as she levitates a rock, sends it downward, and crushes her opponent under its unrelenting weight.
A muscular man with a grayed beard rushes across a barren landscape, the earth below his feet molding to his movements and propelling him forward.
Earthbenders are strong, unrelenting, and stubborn. Their sheer power and tenacious will, make them fierce warriors.

As an Earth Bender, you gain the following class features.
Hit Points
Hit Dice: 1d10 per Bender level Hit Points at 1st Level: 10 + your Constitution modifier Hit Points at Higher Levels: 1d10 (or 6) + your Constitution modifier per bender level after 1st
Armor: All Armor, Shields Weapons: Simple weapons and martial weapons. Tools: none
Saving Throws: Constitution,Strength Skills: Choose two from Acrobatics, Animal Handling, Athletics, History, Insight, Intimidation, Perception, and Survival
You start with the following equipment, in addition to the equipment granted by your background:
Earth Bending
Stone Punch
Beginning at 1st level you can hurl chunks of rock at your enemies. This is a ranged 30/60 attack that does 1d8 damage + your Strength modifier and increases as you level up.
Chi Points
You also gain Chi points, which can be used to cast higher level Earth bending techniques. You Start off with 2 points and gain more as you level up. You regain chi points when you finish a long rest.
Earthbending Ability
Strength is your Earthbending ability for your earthbending techniques. You use your Strength whenever you use your Chi to cast advanced Earthbending.
Spell save DC + 8+ Proficiency bonus + Strength Modifier
Spell Attack Bonus Proficiency bonus + Strength Modifier
Beginner Earth Bending Techniques
You start off knowing a handful of basic earthbending techniques. You can spend one chi point to cast any of the following spells.
Mold Earth
Earth Tremor
Action Surge
Starting at 2nd level, you can push yourself beyond your normal limits for a moment. On your turn, you can take one additional action.
Once you use this feature, you must finish a short or long rest before you can use it again. Starting at 17th level, you can use it twice before a rest, but only once on the same turn.
Earthbending Style
Starting at 3rd level, you decide which style of Earth bending you want to learn. Choose either Sightless or Aggressor.
Ability Score Improvement
When you reach 4th level, and again at 8th, 12th, 16th, and 19th level, you can increase one ability score of your choice by 2, or you can increase two ability scores of your choice by 1. As normal, you can’t increase an ability score above 20 using this feature.
Using the optional feats rule, you can forgo taking this feature to take a feat of your choice instead.
Intermediate Earthbending Techniques
Starting at 5th level, you have gained experience with various Earthbending forms.
You are now able to cast these spells using your chi. You must spend 3 points to cast these spells.
Spider Climb
Erupting Earth
Stone Shape
Extra Attack
Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn.
Stone Sculptor
Starting at 7th level, you gain the ability to mold stone to your liking. You can create stone weapons, furniture, and tools.
Stone weapons- You can make any simple weapon using this ability. These weapons count as magical.
Stone tools- Artisan or thieves, crowbar.
Stone Furniture- Beds, chairs, tables, and containers*
Land Boost
Starting at 9th level, you can spend 2 Chi point to mold the land beneath your feet, and surf along it as if it is water. Your speed is doubled for the duration and attacks have disadvantage against you. Additionally, you can use earth bending to boost you to points you would not normally be able to reach. If using this ability to travel, you must spend 1 chi point an hour to stay in this state.
Expert Earthbending Techniques
Starting at 11th level, you have honed your abilities to now be able to cast expert level Earthbending techniques.
Meld into stone
Investiture of stone
Move earth
Metal Bending
Starting at 13th level you gain the ability to mold metal along with earth, all of your techniques can also be applied to metal. Additionally, your Stone Punch now does double damage when used with metal instead of stone.
Master Level EarthBending
Starting at 15th level, you have become a master of earth bending. You can now spend 4 chi points to use the following spell.
Advanced Action Surge
Starting at 18th level you can use action surge twice.
Rock Bullet Rain
Starting at 20th level you can disintegrate a compressed rock, and shoot its shrapnel-like fragments with great speed. Roll 4d20 you can divy out that damage to any enemies you can see.
Keen Perception- Beginning when you choose this style at 3rd level, you can feel people approach when they are on the ground. You have advantage for any perception check dealing with the ground. You can’t be surprised.
Keen Insight- Starting at 6th level, you have a wonderful ability to tell when someone is lying. You have advantage on insight checks if the person is standing on the ground. You can always determine someone's heart rate.
Total Awareness- Starting at 10th level, your attacks ignore total cover, additionally, you do not have disadvantage when attacking invisible foes.
Improved Critical
Beginning when you choose this archetype at 3rd level, your Stone Punch scores a critical hit on a roll of 19 or 20.
When a creature you can see attacks a target other than you that is within 10 feet of you, you can use your reaction to impose disadvantage on the attack roll.
Stone Archer
You gain a +2 bonus to attack rolls you make with your Stone Punch and its range increases to 60/120.
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2023.06.07 00:14 AnnaliseVileblood Eccentric billionaire wants to create utopia

Looking for a book about an eccentric European billionaire who wanted to create a utopia. He found an island that you could maybe only get to by hot air balloon and he set up a settlement there. It was 20 families of 4, so 80 people total. Things didn’t go well. Bf says his memories are kinda vague so these details might not be totally correct.
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2023.06.07 00:11 50_Shades_of_Jay Curious question here.

In ancient time there are writings and drawings of what some claim are aliens or alien aircraft. And some other things like the Nazca Lines. No one really knows. But some interpret the drawings as such.
Today we have videos and tons of supposed eyewitness accounts. People are seeing UFOs on a Dailey basis.
But what happened in the 1700-1800’s? We had already started keeping good records of everything. And there was nothing in the sky then. Maybe a hot air balloon, but nothing at night with lights. You would think that if anyone saw anything during that period there would be SOME sort of record of it. Yet there is nothing that I know of. There was very little light pollution, and people would travel through the wide open west etc…
So why are there no reports of anything during that period? There would be no confusion with planes, or drones, etc.
I try to set aside what I WANT to believe, and what I actually think. I WANT to believe all of this recent stuff will lead us to discovering something out of the world. But…. I just can’t see it happening. I think there may be some other explanation. Not sure what.
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2023.06.06 23:01 Okayest-Trail-Runner I finished my first trail 50M and (almost) healed achilles tendonitis/bursitis. Here's how I trained and adapted.

This post is for anybody else out there who might be dealing with achilles tendonitis or bursitis in your ankle. I’ve had a 2.5 year journey dealing with this, and recently completed my first 50 miler (Mohican 50 in Ohio) in 11:08, after only running trails 3 days/week (more on my plan later). I thought I’d share my training adaptations and lessons-learned for anybody else struggling with these issues too. Note: I’m \not* a doctor, though I’ve spent a ton of time seeing doctors, sports chiro’s, massage therapists, physical therapists, etc over the years for this issue. Take this like a conversation with a crazy trail runner friend over of a nice cup of coffee, or better yet, a nice cold beer. I hope it’s helpful!*
I started trail running in summer 2020 after about 18 years of casual road running. I was never competitive, but I did complete two marathons in college. I started running trails for fun with my ‘crazy’ ultra-running friends in fall 2020 and heard countless stories of their races, learned their training tips, and signed up for my first 50k in May, 2021.
Late fall 2020 my rapid switch to trails caught up with me, and I started experiencing a burning pain in the back of my ankle, near the heel. After a few doctor visits and an ultrasound of my achilles (this is important, please do this if you suspect achilles issues!). I found out that I had bursitis from insertional achilles tendonitis. I was assured by multiple doctors that my achilles itself was fine, but the tension in my weak-a$$ calves was pulling on everything downstream and causing the inflammation. I ran through that pain and somewhat ignored the PT exercises I was given, also half-a$$ing my training for the 50k. I did finish that 50k (it was a spicy one to boot, with over 5,000ft of gain on technical trails), but finished thoroughly broken with an average pace of 14:30. Woof.
I took 2022 ‘off’ from racing and was feeling good enough in November 2022 to sign up for my first 50M. But I still had bursitis, along with some other issues like high hamstring pain and pain in my right hip. Here’s where the changes started. I was going to do this right this time.
Changes I made First, I got a solid PT and orthopedic doctor based on the recommendation of a local trail-runner friend - a doctor that understood runners and wasn’t just going to tell me to stop running. In January 2023 I hit the PT exercises hard. Hundreds of calf eccentrics (heel lowers to ground-level only) each week, hamstring eccentrics to help with high-hamstring pain I developed, and lots of single-leg work with the leg press. I also worked on my hips using a band doing clamshells, monster walks, etc. I continued every single exercise throughout training up to the week before my race, which was June 3rd, 2023.
Second, I decided this time I wasn’t going to wing it: I was going to follow *a plan* (gasp), but adapt it so I spent less time running, more time cross training to take stress off my ankle. I got a Trail Runner Mag. subscription and gobbled up every article I could find: Training plans. Nutrition. Speed work. Hill work. Weight lifting. Nutrition. Hydration. The list went on, and I read it all. I eventually landed on a few training plans I liked (linked after this), and paid close attention to them both while allowing myself some flexibility for my bursitis. I officially started training 22 weeks out from race day, January 7th, 2023.
Key Training Adjustments for Bursitis/Achilles Tendonitis
When I started training in January the burning pain post long-runs was real. My ankle would “stiffen up” after the long runs, so any prolonged sitting or sleeping made it much worse post-run. I used the following techniques to help with this and today have nearly zero pain while running and very minimal to no pain post-run (even after 18-20 miles!). Now, mind you, my ankle was angry for about 3 days after the 50M, but I expected that. These tactics got me a good 80% better. I still have work to do, but I’m close, and I hope this helps you too!
  1. Run less (but maintain time on feet): Every single 50M training plan you’ll find has you running 5-6 days/week. I knew my ankle couldn’t handle that, so I adapted my plan such that I was only on trails 3 days a week - the long run on Saturday, the back-to-back Sunday, and one mid-week run on Wednesdays, when I also did my hill workouts. I found that book-ending the long weekend runs with two days “off my feet” allowed my ankle time to recover and inflammation to go down. But I wasn’t idle Tuesdays and Thursdays! These days I’d use a combination of elliptical, stairmaster, and treadmill hiking to get in the equivalent miles and time-on-feet necessary, while also ensuring I kept my HR in the equivalent zone to what I’d see on a run. As you’ll see in my race results - THIS APPROACH WORKS! A summary of my weekly plan follows this list.
  2. Calf eccentrics: I’d suggest Googling this (or better, talk to a knowledgeable sports doc), but the basic idea is you rise up onto your toes with both feet then stand on the affected leg and slowly (3-5 seconds) lower your heel down to floor-level. The floor-level part is important based on *which* part of your achilles is damaged (please see a doctor about this!). For insertional achilles issues, I learned you don’t want to lower your heel below ground-level (e.g. on a stair), which is suggested for other achilles issues. I did 2-3 sets of 15 once or twice per day the entire training cycle, except days I was running on trails. I would also leave one day (Mondays) completely off for rest and recovery.
  3. High-drop shoes: I’ve always run in a higher-drop shoes (I wear the La Sportiva Jackal II, which has a 7mm drop). The higher drop takes some load off your achilles.
  4. Heel lifts/shoe inserts: Towards the latter end of my training my sports doc suggested I try a ¼” heel lift in my shoes to help with the bursitis, and it made a huge difference (put one in each shoe to prevent other issues, of course 🙂 ). The idea is: the heel lift takes additional load off your achilles - I wish I had done this sooner. There’s lots of research online about how effective this can be. The only downside is that it changed the dynamics of my shoes, so I had to start heel-lock lacing to prevent my foot from sliding forwards in my shoes. I’d say this was a major contributing factor to why my ankle started feeling a lot better, even in the peak training period.
  5. Apply Voltaren and Arnica Cream to affected area: Voltaren is a topical NSAID and Arnica cream is also an all-natural pain reliever. I’d apply these to my ankle at night and wrap it in Saran wrap (I know, sounds crazy), but the wrap helps both absorb into the skin. I’d wake up feeling much better
  6. Vibrants Pain Relief Patches: now this is a little “out there” but these biofrequency patches also worked great for relieving pain and inflammation on my ankle. I’d put them on post-run and my pain would melt away. I’m not sure I’m 100% bought-in to the science behind them (or pseudo-science), but they worked for me, placebo effect or not.
  7. Similar to the above, the KT Tape Wave also was great for pain-relief: a little more pseudoscience that I’m skeptical about, but it works. My sports chiropractor recommended this to me and it absolutely works. It’s also great for relieving muscle pain and speeding recovery overall.
  8. Massages and dry needling: I also got regular massages and dry needling and have a collection of foam rollers, balls, etc to release my muscles at home too. Keeping your calves loose is key to relieving the strain on your ankle.
  9. A note on ibuprofen: overall, ibuprofen never seemed to do much for me. Ibuprofen is known to be a bad idea before/during/after runs because of how it affects your kidneys, so I avoided it altogether.
My training plan
My training plan was a combination of pure trail runs (I never wasted time running on roads or treadmills), cross training on ellipticals, stairmaster, bike, yoga (almost daily) and weight lifting. I believe the lifting, specifically addressing my weak areas, was key to my race-day success, and I broke it up into pieces throughout the week so my “off” running days focused on upper body and abs. I also believe the mobility work in yoga was incredibly important.
  1. The longest run I did was a 50k 4 weeks out, and by then my ankle was handling that distance quite well. I did about 3 other 20 miles runs and a few 18 mile runs
  1. I used a time-on-feet model for Sundays, usually between 1-2.5 hours
Note: I integrated calf eccentrics whenever I could, except for the weekends. I did around 450 calf-lowers every week (done on both legs to keep things even)
Race Results
The big day was June 3rd, 2023. The race was the Mohican 50 miler in Ohio. This wasn’t what you’d call an “easy” first 50 miler. The course was nearly 100% single-track on MBT with around 6-7,000 ft of gain, depending who’s watch you’re reading. The day-of was also above-average hot (upper 80’s), so I was very happy I spent 6 week prior heat acclimating in the sauna at my gym (link to the heat acclimation plan I used follows).
The race started at 6am and I felt good in the cool morning air. I noticed around mile 10, after we had apparently completed the first big climb that I didn't feel the climb was all that bad - all that hiking and stairmaster work was paying off! As the day went on the temps rose, but dumping ice water on my head at aid stations and taking s-caps every 30 minutes like it was my job kept me from feeling nauseated and good to keep eating both solid + liquid calories (I used tailwind). I had no issues with fuel - whoo-hoo!
But there's always something... The only major issue I had in this race ended up being my shoe-lacing (classic!). I had loosened my heel-lock lacing prior to the race because that lacing was rubbing on the tops of my ankle, causing some discomfort. Well, when your shoes are too loose you cause other issues, and my feet were sliding forward in my shoes the entire race, leading to some major big-toe pain and blisters.
Nonetheless, I finished with a smile in 11:08, just about 50 minutes ahead of my goal time. I snagged 1st place woman in my age group, and 9th woman overall, 39th runner out of the pack. My ankle didn't’ bother me at all during the race - only when I stopped (of course!). It took about three days for my ankle to recover, but at this point I know how to treat it and keep the pain manageable. I’ll continue to monitor my achilles with my doctor, continue all the exercises I’ve been doing, and get back to running after a few good weeks of recovery!
In Summary
If you’re dealing with achilles tendonitis, I sure do hope this is helpful! I’ve heard from many that this is an issue that may never fully go away. I’m also convinced (again, not a doctor, but based on my experience) that rest is not the answer, because if you aren’t strengthening your calves and your legs, you will never take the strain off your achilles or get blood-flow to the area to promote healing. My ankle felt better and better the more I got into my training plan - wild! Training your body to adapt and grow stronger, while not overloading the ankle is key. Take an off-day if you have pain, and see a doctor regularly to make sure you aren’t doing further damage. I hope you have the same success!
My training plan links:
Training Plan 1: https://relentlessforwardcommotion.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Free-50-mile-ultramarathon-training-plan-outline.png
More Specific Training Plan with Hill and Speed Work: https://www.trailrunnermag.com/training/training-plans-training/an-advanced-50-mile-training-plan/
Heat Acclimation Plan: https://trainright.com/ultrarunners-heat-acclimation-cheat-sheet/
Taper Week Plan: https://www.trailrunnermag.com/training/trail-tips-training/a-day-by-day-training-guide-for-race-weeks-and-tapers/
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2023.06.06 22:59 DavinaCarter Step by Step can't justify it's runtime

what even happens in this show? Slow burns are all good and all but even on a plot level what happens? Nothing!
It makes me so mad when Step by Step is airing at the same time as Our Dining Table. Both of them are slow burns but ODT balances it out by having 30 min episode. SBS makes it worse by extending your typical 45 min - 1 hour episode to a full 90 min episode. Entire movies are 90 mins long. It's redundant use of time. It's a waste of time worse than Kamol's habit of wasting water. I could cut entire sections out of this and the story would remain the same.
It's supposed to be a gay Pride and Prejudice. Assuming the author didn't know (highly unlikely) but it's a book and thus excusable. The show writers certainly knew this going in. And somehow it's still so lazy. It's been 7 episodes and nothing has happened.
'Jeng is a bad boss.' He made one frustrated statement which was justified. Pat fucked up. And somehow now Pat is traumatized? Show some backbone and professionalism. To continue with the Pride and Prejudice thing - Does anyone believe Elizabeth Bennet would take Ying's bullshit? Hell no.
And Jeng has repeatedly made improvements. Just thinking about this show from his perspective brings all of Pat's flaws into sharp focus. Jeng is under pressure from his father, his employees are busy bodies, he is trying to be a better boss from the moment he found out that he's doing something wrong. Pat still doesn't believe him and gets hot and cold all the time. My opinion of Jeng drops because of Pat. Imagine if your opinion of Mr. Darcy dropped because of Liz.
And this show isn't even doing a good job of being pride and prejudice. It's a 200 year old story. How hard can it be to recreate it? You don't have to think about the plot, the character, the theme, the progression. All you have to do is adapt it to an office romance. Any fanfic writer will tell you it's challenging but not so hard that you fail so miserably.
The first two episodes gave me so much hope for this show and it's fallen and fallen since. It's unprofessional. Which is ironic in a show that talks so much about professionalism.
Even if the Pride and Prejudice thing isn't actually a thing. The show is still majorly lacking in 99/100 departments. The only good thing being Jeng's actor - Man. He is so freaking brilliant, he keeps me watching, he is leagues ahead in terms of skill to his scene partner. Someone else should have been cast as Pat. This show should have been in workshop more for everything - the script, the acting, the chemistry, the characters, everything.
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2023.06.06 22:01 xartin [CAN] Does an employee candidate blacklist exist? Exhausted my patience with being unemployed.

Hi HR peoples of reddit
I’m not sure if this is a good place to post this so apologies in advance if this post would be more appropriate somewhere else. If you have a suggestion should that be a concern this is the goal of posting this so thanks in advance for your consideration and comments.
I hope someone has some experienced advice to aid with resolving an ongoing concern related to a very suspicious persistent challenge I’ve had for several years securing employment in Information Technology systems administration and engineering roles.
I’ve been working in IT for twenty years, many of those years as a managed services IT systems analyst and engineer, I’m a Linux specialist and peer mentor or teacher regarded as exceptionally competent world wide by many students I’ve mentored or individuals assisted with IT systems diagnostics concerns.
I’m also a self professed autodidact, have never valued attempting a bachelors degree or attended a university however I pursued Microsoft certification in 2003, skipped the bachelors degree to pursue continuing education systems integration specialist program in 2005 and have been a participating and practicing volunteer Linux distribution developer and user support specialist also for twenty years. As a result I have a publicly visible proficiency history anyone can review online beyond my professional references.
My professional roster of references includes the University of Toledo, signed on letterhead before considering attending college.
My previous employment role was a senior level IT systems engineering role with a very comfortable salary however I've been unemployed for two years and everywhere i've applied has declined, several just stating “we can’t hire you” or it’s good we have many other candidates.
Any attempts to inquire about reasons for for declining to hire in contrast to what appeared to be some desire to want to have been left unanswered or with no response to consider.
I think my previous employer's manager f*cked my reputation somehow despite the positive reference I received and I dont know how but I have some suspicions that I have no knowledge of or familiarity to validate but have considered plausible.
My previous employer operates an award winning respected family owned digital media productions business and is very competent at that task. Every day working there was a pleasant experience akin to watching Bob Ross from my office window.
The staff is very talented and I enjoyed working there but the core infrastructure computer systems they relied on were relied upon too frequently with no secondary IT infrastructure leaving very narrow opportunities for maintenance. This frequently resulted in IT staff being forced to work on sunday mornings perhaps several times a week to update and reboot servers or replace failed storage server disks or other maintenance defect elimination chores if you valued the management avoiding your sphere of influence.
Of course no overtime was considered. the cold draft beer fridge was provided to help you forget about all the other things you could be doing with your weekend.
Extended durations of IT infrastructure systems use without maintenance for example continuing to use end of life network switch equipment for 14 years always eventually creates exponentially more significant reliability problems especially if you’re a business that never reboots for updates or forgot to service your air conditioning condenser units resulting in a July heat wave causing the aircon units to fail to chill and instead blow hot air, overnight... into a sealed concrete room full of server equipment.
I’ve previously been hired in my youth to maintain a bread oven but that was working as a pizza delivery chef. This server room had it not been discovered would have started a fire at very least when the backup tapes all reached flashpoint.
In addition both of the two previous IT staff members were fired or quit leaving all of the responsibility of a business’s IT systems with many defects and reliability concerns to me to attempt to address. Some of the issues I resolved were comical.
For example a 2 cent ethernet cable end with the important role of connecting the main network router to the ISP fiber optic connection disconnected the internet when wiggled slightly for a business with 60 employees because the cable end was stretched and rotten.
To be fair I enjoy these challenges but there’s realistic and reasonable volume of end of life systems affecting reliable business operations one person should have to address when that business entirely relies on Information Technology Infrastructure systems. I used to fix these issues with two to five experienced people as a managed services engineer.
To paraphrase the problems this place needed to be shutdown and tons of important equipment replaced, “everything” reinstalled and repaired but I was trying to duct tape and wood glue the holes in the boat, with sixty passengers while it was traversing an ocean. Both of the windows server virtual machines wouldn’t install winrar.
My manager at the time while a commonly competent digital productions manager appeared to believe his competency with IT systems infrastructure was more competent than they realistically were. Director or manager of IT was among this individual’s employment titles however this fellow had no IT qualifications and very limited skillset outside computer programming, business administration and digital media talents.
This created some tension when he was forced to display being inept due to inexperience to really understand complex reliability concerns including why using a video display cable reversed such as dvi to displayport was incorrect because micro electronics specifications. While that’s a minor issue the volume of defects and misconfigured IT systems was collectively more than someone with very limited IT engineering experience could comprehend.
I’m a competent IT systems engineer and saved their computer server room from starting a fire on a weekend and the hiring manager was under pressure to meet production deadlines that never considered maintainence shutdowns.
The relationship started to sour when the company owner tried to "motivate" me to participate in insurance fraud by offering legal assurances by signing cyber security eligibility qualifications documents desired by the insurance underwriter under false pretenses that would have assured the company eligibility for cyber security insurance renewal.
The insurance underwriter ultimately refused to renew the insurance policy until the qualifications were legitimately addressed which I offered to assist with, legitimately any way I’m able to contribute. It was noted business administration concerns are outside my wheelhouse.
This is a business that had also been compromised by ransomware and held for ransom. They had every operating system software update possible entirely disabled, were compromised, paid the ransom, recovered the data and then reinstalled all of the computers again with all of the software updates disabled.
As a result of the state of this businesses IT system defects at the time this business never qualified for cyber security insurance the previous year, before I was responsible for the entire IT department.
I politely declined to illegitimately affirm and sign the documents as I value avoiding being arrested or sued however the company owner and my manager didn’t appear to share my enthusiasm for motivating legal legitimacy. The illegitimacy wasn’t considered a dilemma for the scapegoat.
All of the IT system defects and end of life equipment reliability issues brooded tension where the company owner and hiring manager decided not to renew my contract. I was perhaps even a little pleased to be relieved of the burden of management inept at responsible or reliable IT systems ownership.
I had considered why they fired my predecessor and the other junior tech quit and moved to the opposing side of the country. Evidently that wasn’t a coincidence. If you don't want to answer phone calls a few time zones can become a great avoidance strategy.
After my contract renewal HR meeting with the production studio manager and HR lady had wrapped up where it had been agreed I’m leaving with a positive reference I did receive and still have for a senior role, unemployment eligibility due to the improvements to the company I completed or endured and the insurance illegitimacy circumstances I had believed everything was fine.
Surely there’s no cause to be concerned by this overall experience where the manager for reasons may have believed I was inept, considering all the IT systems I maintained during my employment term in contrast of all of the references and experience I posses.
My hearing isn't always that great because I have tinnitus so if I'm not paying attention to what someone is discussing nearby or perhaps even on a telephone I may disregard ambient discussions if I’m not observing someone speaking.
I recall the manager muttering something behind my back and the HR lady replying with a comment firmly stating with a concerned tone “but then nobody will hire him again...!?” which followed with what appeared to be a disagreeable exchange followed by the manager appearing to threaten to fire the HR lady if she didn't comply with his instructions.
I’ve suspected the instructions may have been to add my identify to some HR employee candidate blacklist database.
i'm not completely certain of or if what i heard being discussed was in relation to me because I have tinnitus or if that is legitimately plausible but I’ve exhausted willingness to continue relying on the positive reference I received despite having completed my contract term.
There is it. It’s a tale of plausible abuse by management of a senior employee that quite realistically saved a business from creating of sixty more unemployed employees but I’m still left with concerns if it was possible the HR lady, under duress of being fired from a new position had caved and done something to ensure I would never be hired by anybody.
The HR lady was fantastic but the management certainly didn't display motives with the utmost integrity.
Does anyone know how or if this would be possible?
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2023.06.06 21:51 Violyre Where to find different flavors of Samyang Buldak ramen in NYC?

Cross posted from AskNYC just in case there are other New Yorkers here who might know.
These used to be in stock at my local H Mart, but sometime a while ago (several months or more) they disappeared and haven't come back. I've seen a few of the regular flavor (black package) in random convenience stores, but there are some special flavors I've really been missing, as well as some newly released ones from the last year or two that I've been wanting to try. If anyone knows where I might be able to find these, please let me know!
If it helps, the flavors I'm looking for are:
Habanero Lime
Quattro Cheese
Cream Carbo (different from original carbo, has a pink and yellow gradient and hot air balloon on the package)
I will love you forever if you can point me to where any of these are for sale in the city, especially the ones in the second half of the list!! They are available for sale online, but at double the price, so I would love to save some money and also find a new go-to place for my favorite ramen. Thank you!
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2023.06.06 21:50 Violyre Where to find Samyang Buldak Ramen (special flavors)?

These used to be in stock at my local H Mart, but sometime a while ago (several months or more) they disappeared and haven't come back. I've seen a few of the regular flavor (black package) in random convenience stores, but there are some special flavors I've really been missing, as well as some newly released ones from the last year or two that I've been wanting to try. If anyone knows where I might be able to find these, please let me know!
If it helps, the flavors I'm looking for are:
Habanero Lime
Quattro Cheese
Cream Carbo (different from original carbo, has a pink and yellow gradient and hot air balloon on the package)
I will love you forever if you can point me to where any of these are for sale in the city, especially the ones in the second half of the list!! They are available for sale online, but at double the price, so I would love to save some money and also find a new go-to place for my favorite ramen. Thank you!
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2023.06.06 20:49 albldc Hot-air balloon

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2023.06.06 20:44 8BitDenguin I just got to the water temple using a bunch of hot air balloons

Can I beat it or do I need the help of a sage? I'm still on the quest Sidon of the zora and just said screw it I'm going.
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2023.06.06 20:20 zarif98 Cat vs. Goreme Valley for hot air balloons?

My hotel offers two hot-air balloon tours, and I was wondering what to go for? The Cat Valley one is slightly cheaper, but my concern is which ones do people prefer?
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2023.06.06 19:57 Casual_Gangster Loungin': Book Discussion

Developing on the theme set out by u/neutrinoprism, I would like to present another OCPoetry Lounge!
This time, I would like to hear about recent books you have been reading. While your comments and conversations could focus on books of poetry, you can share and discuss any recent books you have encountered, read a few pages from, or obsessed over for the past decade...
To offer a starting point, I'll share that I tend to read sporadically. Lately, I've been reading a biography of Herman Melville, John Gardner's illustrated Grendel, and varied histories of Cleveland, Ohio. The last book of poetry I touched is Stephen Mitchell's bilingual edition of Rainer Maria Rilke's selected works. While I think Mitchell's translations are often more effective than not, navigating Rilke's poetry, I think he often unnecessarily twists the English to meet the German syntax and rhyme scheme. Regardless, I have enjoyed the other books immensely -- particularly Grendel for how it subverts the narrative of Beowulf, closely following Grendel's developing relationship with men, only to cut short before he is challenged by the human hero. Nearly every page is filled with language to quarry, even as the prose breaks down into sections of song and strange poetry in the later chapters.

Anyhow, remember, we are just loungin' loungin', mellow out and just loungin'...
You can't tap into this unless you know the roots, so just sit back and share the air:

What books have you been reading?
What kind of relationship is there between your reading and writing?
Beyond poetry, what kinds of books do you find yourself drawn towards and why?

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2023.06.06 17:15 oldselfmiss Skywhale and Skywhalepapa, hot-air balloons and symbolic art created for Canberra, Australia.

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2023.06.06 13:54 travel12goindia Exploring Educational Trips for Students in India: Enriching Learning Beyond the Classroom

Exploring Educational Trips for Students in India: Enriching Learning Beyond the Classroom
In today's educational landscape, traditional classroom learning is no longer the only means of acquiring knowledge. Educational trips have gained immense popularity as they provide students with practical learning experiences beyond the confines of their textbooks. India, with its rich history, diverse culture, and natural beauty, offers an abundance of opportunities for educational trips.
Importance of Educational Trips
Educational trips play a crucial role in a student's overall development. They provide a platform for hands-on learning, foster creativity, and enhance critical thinking skills. These trips help students understand real-life applications of theoretical concepts and expose them to different cultures, traditions, and environments.
Types of Educational Trips
A. Field Trips
Field trips involve visits to specific locations related to the subject being taught. For example, a trip to a science museum or a botanical garden can deepen a student's understanding of scientific concepts and environmental studies.
B. Cultural Trips
Cultural trips aim to expose students to the vibrant cultural heritage of India. Visiting historical monuments, attending traditional festivals, and interacting with local communities provide insights into the country's diverse traditions and values.
C. Adventure Trips
Adventure trips combine recreational activities with learning opportunities. Students can participate in activities like trekking, camping, and wildlife safaris, which not only foster team building and leadership skills but also offer practical knowledge about wildlife and environmental conservation.
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Benefits of Educational Trips
A. Enhancing Learning Experience
Educational trips provide a dynamic learning environment outside the classroom, making education more engaging and interactive. Students can witness and experience the practical application of concepts, leading to better retention and comprehension.
B. Practical Application of Knowledge
Trips offer students a chance to apply theoretical knowledge in real-life situations. For instance, a visit to a science laboratory allows them to conduct experiments and observe phenomena firsthand, bridging the gap between theory and practice.
C. Exposing to Different Cultures
India's diverse culture provides a unique opportunity for students to immerse themselves in different traditions, languages, and ways of life. Interacting with people from various backgrounds broadens their horizons and fosters a sense of tolerance and acceptance.
D. Personal Growth and Development
Educational trips promote personal growth and development in students. They encourage independence, resilience, and adaptability as students navigate unfamiliar environments and face new challenges. These experiences help build confidence, self-esteem, and interpersonal skills.
Popular Educational Trip Destinations in India
India offers a myriad of destinations that are ideal for educational trips. Some of the popular choices include:
A. Historical Sites
India is home to numerous historical sites that provide a glimpse into the country's rich past. Places like the Taj Mahal, Red Fort, and Jaipur's palaces offer students a chance to delve into architectural marvels, historical events, and the cultural significance behind these structures.
B. Science and Technology Centers
Cities like Bangalore and Hyderabad boast world-class science and technology centers that cater to the curious minds of students. Institutions like the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and science museums provide interactive exhibits, workshops, and demonstrations, enabling students to explore the marvels of science and technology.
C. Wildlife Sanctuaries
India's diverse ecosystem supports a wide array of flora and fauna. Educational trips to wildlife sanctuaries such as Jim Corbett National Park, Kaziranga National Park, and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary offer students the opportunity to understand biodiversity, conservation efforts, and the delicate balance of nature.
D. Art and Cultural Centers
Cities like Kolkata, Chennai, and Varanasi are known for their vibrant art and cultural heritage. Students can visit art galleries, attend traditional music and dance performances, and interact with local artisans, thereby gaining a deeper appreciation for India's artistic traditions.
Planning an Educational Trip
Planning an educational trip requires careful consideration and organization. Here are some essential steps:
A. Setting Objectives and Goals
Clearly define the objectives and learning outcomes you want to achieve through the trip. Identify the specific subjects or topics that the trip will cover and outline the skills and knowledge you want students to gain.
B. Budgeting and Financing
Determine a realistic budget for the trip and explore financing options such as sponsorships, fundraising activities, or seeking support from educational institutions or parents. Consider all expenses, including transportation, accommodation, meals, entry fees, and any additional educational activities.
C. Choosing the Right Destination
Select a destination that aligns with the educational objectives of the trip. Consider factors such as relevance to the curriculum, availability of educational resources, safety, and accessibility.
D. Organizing Accommodation and Transportation
Make arrangements for suitable accommodation that can accommodate the group size and ensure comfort and safety. Plan transportation logistics, whether it's by bus, train, or air, and consider factors like travel time, distance, and convenience.
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2023.06.06 11:21 Silver-Hunter-1025 John-Francis Rigaud — Vicenzo Lunardi, Letitia Ann Sage and George Biggin in a Hot Air Balloon (ca. 1785)

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2023.06.06 10:55 Same-Baker5025 How would this Cold War develop?

How would this Cold War develop?
Nov 11th, 1947. The war had developed not necessarily in the favor of the Worker.
Six years. Six long years of attritional, back and forth warfare not unlike what the fathers and grandfathers of both sides experience all those years ago. Innovations in tactics, and technology promised a change, a break with the Trench Warfare that lost the world a whole generation. Instead, while it achieved great gains, losses were often just as devastating. One day could see fifty kilometers of land taken before running into a new line of fortifications, only to lose that land and more a few weeks later. Generally speaking, the Syndies had the momentum in the early stages. Their doctrine of "Bullets, not Men." turned Alsace Lorraine into a steadily deeper crater as they advanced into Germany. The Belgian fields were not much better. German Command had hoped that they could punch through the Ardennes and encircle their enemies, but as fate would have it, a Norwegian unit happened to be nearby at the time, and managed to plug the gap until heavier reinforcements arrived. From then on, a high stakes game began. Both sides would attempt to mask the true location and intent of their mechanized forces, and punch through where they suspected their enemy would have a delayed response. Of course, the defender could also hold back his forces, turning a breach into a feint to encircle the now exposed mechanized force, denying himself an opportunity to strike.
This game continued for years, looking like a rerun of the first Weltkrieg with a series of sideshows across the world. Both the Spanish, and American Civil Wars began to finish around this time, resulting in a CNT-FAI victory, and a stalemate along the Rockies between the exhausted PSA and CSA, the treaty splitting Denver in two where both forces met for the first time. Sweden's Nationalist Junta joined Germany in its quest to rid the world of Syndicalism, and invaded Norway. Finland saw a chance to kick Savinkov in the shin while he was distracted, seeing his Russianization plans as an existential threat, and joined the Germans.
The Balkan League achieved its final goal of kicking the Ottoman Empire out of Europe (with unofficial Russian Support) around this time by taking advantage of it being distracted in a war with Egypt.
Infighting between various Chinese factions and Warlords caused organised resistance against Japan to collapse, though Guerrilla warfare would continue for years and even to come in many areas.
The Russian State performs somewhat better on the battlefield than expected, mostly as Germany mainly put under-equipped, and less... politically reliable units on the Eastern Front, expecting them to merely delay the Eastern Hordes as they quickly crushed the Syndicalists who certainly couldn't put up nearly as much of a fight as their now defunct parent states. Russia also benefits from a strong Anti-German sentiment in the region, gaining the support of nationalist, and even syndicalist partisans, at least in the face of a common enemy (that, and many such movements felt Savinkov would be easier to defeat than the Kaiser.). Many in German High Command want to move troops to compensate, but are concerned that it would grant the advancing French more momentum.
In '43, seeing Germany being pushed back almost to the Vistula, the Danubian Federation chose to join the war, alleviating the rapidly collapsing Eastern Front, and quickly begin turning the tide.
By '44 new stalemate had been reached, almost along 1914 borders. Both sides were already tired, and their populations were growing restless. Germany was expecting a quick, lightning war. Kicking in the already rotting house of Syndicalism, and finishing off a Russia collapsing into madness. The Syndicalists equally expected their new methods of war to achieve results with the support of German workers finally breaking their chains. Only one nation would manage to achieve any of its goals in a satisfying manner.
Boris Savinkov would sue for peace on Nov 11th, 1944. Retaking much of the land he wanted to rebuild the Russian Empire, but not all of it. He knew Russia would be less than 6 months away from tearing itself apart at the seams if peace was not won soon. But he also knew Germany was equally desperate for relief, and his assumption bore fruit. By this point, German High Command felt that they could not win both fronts, and told the Kaiser as much.
International forces began to push with everything they had, knowing they only had a limited time before Germany's eastern forces arrived. They ended up crossing the Rhein before meeting this new eastern wall. Afterwards, it was another slow push, all the way back to bloody Paris. But this time, the French would not surrender. Not that the Germans would accept such a thing unless it was complete, and unconditional. "To prevent their insidious minds from creating some other insane ideology, we must destroy the French nation as a concept." is a quote often attributed to Kaiser Wilhelm, and though he and his family have denied saying such a thing, it's easy to see why he gets saddled with it. Widely considered by every state in the world to be nothing short of a crime against humanity, the Battle of Paris, is never called such outside the Reichspact. No, the rest of the world call it the Desolation of Paris. Rather that fighting street by street, the city was completely blasted apart by artillery fire, long after resistance stopped. The modern Paris, is nothing but an echo of what it was. An imitation.
Not long after the Desolation, organised resistance in France collapsed. Still loyal Syndicalist units either chose to form partisan units, or flee with their either their English allies across the channel, or cross the Pyrenees into the still neutral Spain, who had not joined the war due to the sheer devastation of their Civil War, and the clear writing on the wall of how the war was going. The Germans, rather than attempt an invasion of Britannia, then attempted to isolate the Union from the rest of the Europe, forming a New Continental System.
Protected by their new modern Navy and Air Force, and supplied by their American comrades thanks to Norman Thomas's policy of "Peaceful Solidarity", the Union of Britain could weather this new Continental System indefinitely, but after Savinkov settled for a peace along the Dnieper, the planned liberation of their French allies was deemed all but suicidal against the fortified shoreline. Inversely, the German High Command had felt an invasion against the Union, while costly, would be well worth the price of ending the Syndicalist threat once and for all, and bet their Navy in an all out attack called Operation Sea Lion, supported by the culmination of a secret project that had been on the backburner all war.
The Atomic Bombing of Brighton was supposed to clear the way for the landings, and in many ways it did. Much of the Home Guard, and Republican Air Force in the area were devastated. But equally, the landing itself went about as poorly as possible. It was only in a narrow area, and the Brits had secret airfield nearby. The Germans established a beachhead, but it quickly proved to be less an opening, and more a killing field. Furthermore, the Germans had underestimated the radius of dangerous radioactivity. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers, and civilians died in that radiation blasted city before German High Command realized this wasn't going anywhere. Warhawks in the administration wanted to send more nukes to soften the Anglos, but the Syndies had quickly reestablished the air dominance they'd briefly lost, and would fight with all they had to knock any Strategic Bombers they found out of the sky, in three cases a fighter pilot would end up crashing himself into one, sacrificing themselves to destroy such bomb carriers when it looked like the Germans might have punched through to London. The German High Command felt secure in its new holdings, and saw that further conflict would only achieve losing men and resources for no gain beyond unrest at the home front. They offered the Britons a second Peace With Honor.
When it seemed Oswald Mosley was preparing to continue the war for however long it took to win, the military began a coup, led by General T.E Lawrence, who would reestablish Orthodox Syndicalist rule across the country, and more promptly, sign the treaty, leaving only nation on the Continent under Syndicalist control.
Peace was declared on February 12th, 1947. On November 11th of that year, the Commonwealth of America would test a nuke of its own on an island in the North Sea. Both sides saw the hell of nuclear war firsthand, and hesitated. A new, cold war, had begun.
The Germans would then break up the French nation into four states, to be ruled as neo-feudal regimes like their eastern conquests, the Kingdom of France, and the Duchies of Brittany, Burgundy, and Aquitaine were established, each with German Monarchs. Despite being weary of war, the French would continue to resist their foreign occupiers, who made it general policy to prevent the return of France as a power capable of competing with Germany.
With that in mind, the Reichspact reorganised in '49. Becoming a Pan-European Alliance/State, dedicated to preserving the new status quo, with a unified military apparatus, economic plan, and aristocratic outlook. Though a handful of exceptions existed, each of these states were outright authoritarian in some manner. In Germany, the military industrial complex all but took over the nation, affirming Prussian Martial Tradition as one of the state's guiding principles, turning Germany once more into an "army with a state". "Democracy" was a privilege awarded only to those with aristocratic heritage, or those who had distinguished themselves in Military Service. What Liberal, or Socialist influence remained however was quietly removed to "reeducation" camps.
Sweden was somewhat more... zealous in its persecution of leftists, and even moderates. Swiftly becoming known as the Pact's "Little Russia" due to its militarism and brutality against undesirables and degenerates. Seeking to form a united, Nordic identity, the Swedes broke their promise to restore King Hakkon, and annexed Norway in order to prevent the King's moderation from permitting Syndicalist resistance to fester. Germany aquisces to this on the condition that Sweden would restore the King once said resistance had died out, but time will tell if the Swedes will concede to their allies in this matter, or if Germany will bother enforcing it if they refuse.
The Danubian Federation is perhaps the most moderate member of the Pact, with its signatory states maintaining some form of Democracy, if a somewhat closed off one to much of their population. Election laws and infrastructure tend to heavily favor the various Conservative Parties (by design), but Liberals and even Social Democrats see some limited representation. Nationalism however is treated almost as harshly as Syndicalism. The brief Civil War, and various ethnic conflicts Austria has had to deal with since the death of Archduke Ferdinand has soured the concept to the Aristocracy. Economically, Industrialization has boomed since the formation of the Federation, earning Vienna a reputation as the Workshop of the Pact.
Italy can be described as the Black Sheep of the truly Independent members of the Pact. It's reunification, once expected to be a bloody affair, turned out oddly peaceful... and really just odd in general. When most of the International turned towards Totalist and Maximist ideologies, the SRI was left quite... uncomfortable, having elected the Christian Socialists. The SRI was all but certain that the Authoritarians in Paris and London were aiming to either coup the still strong democracy with the support of Benito Mussolini, or failing that, leave them for dead against the Austrians, and Borbone Sicilians. Left without true allies in the middle of a hostile Europe, one can imagine their relief when the Social Democratic government of the Two Sicilies approached them with an offer they could not refuse. Peaceful reunification. The process was somewhat... convoluted, but to summarize, the two would unite by essentially combining both parliaments. This grated on nerves to say the least, but held some precedent, unification advocates pointing towards Giuseppe Garibaldi's dislike of Monarchy, but working with the Piedmontese King for the sake of Italy, as well as Italy's history of a land where various government forms fuse to form something better, like when the old Roman Republic fused Monarchy, Democracy, and Oligarchy, the Socialist Kingdom of Italy would fuse Monarchy, Democracy, and Socialism. The end result was a Constitutional Monarchy dominated by Social Democrats, Christian Socialists, and limited Conservative representation, with perhaps the most diverse economy in the world, consisting of corporations, coops, TUC's, "Mom and Pop Shops", and even the odd vestigial tenant farm, or pseudo-serf. Seeing the way the wind was blowing, Victor Emmanuel chose to allow Sardinia to be annexed into the Kingdom in exchange for retaining his claim to the title "King of Italy", monetary compensation, and a later marriage that would unite the two houses. The Legionary Republic of Italy however, would take much longer to return to the fold. The Pariah state would collapse on its own by 1950 after the mysterious assassination of Italo Balbo. A series of misadventures and fortunate/unfortunate events would see the Socialist Kingdom retake Libya and Eritrea without much of a fight, as well as annex Tunisia, Nice, Savoy, Malta, and Cosica in the aftermath of the collapse of both National, and Totalist Frances. The narrow-majority Christian Socialists, to make the situation even stranger, didn't even really want the colonial empire, being more interested in rebuilding Italy, but the Social Democrats, and Royalists insisted the easy pickings would be a condition of their odd coalition. The SD's and CS's pursued policies of cooperation with indigenous peoples, to great success in some areas, and... less than success in others, especially in Somalia, when the country was "gifted" to Italy by Germany in '54. Being a "Socialist Kingdom", one might think Italy would had its work cut out for it in the foreign policy department, maintaining a form of government many have thought contradictory, especially among the more ideologically driven circles in Philadelphia and London. It seemed however, Italy had caught Germany in a Bismarckian mood in July of 1954. While the Reich did not see Italy as a conventional military threat, the possibility of America using the Boot as a staging area, and nuclear dagger pointed at the heart of the Pact, was too great to ignore. And yet, they could not outright invade without the risk of America choosing to interfere through the Iberian Union. Instead, Italy was approached diplomatically, and offered economic and industrial concessions in exchange for aligning with the Pact, at least on paper. In truth, Italy's deal with the Pact resembles its old deal with the Central Powers than a true alliance. It would come to Germany's aid if it were to be attacked and vice-versa, and a great deal of economic cooperation took place, as well as the return of Somalia into Italian hands. Ultimately turning Italy into the Reich's second breadbasket. This... strange approach has worked well for Italy, up till now. But it has always been a tenuous position. More hardline CS's chafe under the coalition, ans want to realign Italy with the International, the diverse economic system is far from streamlined, threatening economic "hiccups", and the looming Red Scare in Germany threatens to turn their current ally against them. Will the Center hold, or will the pendulum swing left, or right?
The remaining Syndicalist nations on earth would reunite under a 5th International (declaring Mosley and Marcel Bucard's regimes illegitimate takeovers of the 3rd to be a 4th International.), and though it claimed to be a union of equals like the 3rd, it would seem to many to be an American dominated hegemony in all but name. American Business Unionism saw its economy soar in a Post-War Economic Miracle. Wary of Totalist takeover like in the 3rd, Harry Reed, Norman Thomas, and now Eleanor Roosevelt put a good deal of effort into removing authoritarian elements in the party, seeing them as just as much a threat as Longest, Federalist, and Klanist resistance. Since then, the renamed Socialist Republic of America has maintained a multi-party democracy, consisting of Orthodox Syndicalists, Moderate and Christian Socialists, Social Democrats, and a handful of Progressive Republicans. Though physical reconstruction is over, the scars and echoes of the Civil War remain. With the exception of a few compounds in Appalachia and Montana, Federalist resistance has ceased, but Reactionaries remain a constant threat to anyone below the Mason-Dixon line. Longist Minutemen, and the Silver Legion carry out regular domestic terrorist activities, supported by German and Italian gun runners. though they are rapidly running out of room to hide as they lose support among the more moderate people. Segregation and Jim Crow are officially over, but the question of how to deal with their aftermath and Legacy remain unanswered. Though most see investment and reformation of the Tenant Farmer system into Worker Coops as the best way of dealing with the issue, others advocate for an Autonomists approach, creating a special region called "New Africa" to allow African Americans to develop on their own terms.
The Union of Britain is a country in the midst of some serious soul searching. They've now lost two generations in a pointless continental conflict, and have become but Greeks in the new American Empire. Their time as the center of the world had truly set. Now they must redefine themselves. Most Moderates see the turn towards Mosley's nationalism and jingoistic rhetoric as the cause for their current predicament, and have sworn off such authoritarianism in exchange for returning to old Syndicalist principles. Many however feel as though England was "stabbed in the back" by cowards, reactionaries, and a great number of other traitorous people. General T.E Lawrence's subsequent assassination by a radicalized member of the new IngSoc party, and the general apathy, or even support of it by a significant chunk of the remaining Totalist and Maximist supporters has worried many in the International, and fear that Britain's defeat has only Martyred Mosley, rather than delegitimize him. Will the Union of Britain find its place in the new world order? Or will The Party retake control, and steer Britain down the correct path?
The Bharatiya Commune is perhaps the closest thing the SRA has to a true partner in the International. Its large population, army, and economy have allowed it to become the right hand of the world revolution in the more agrarian Middle East and Southeast Asia. Bankrolling rebellions across the Co Prosperity Sphere, German East Asia, and the Cairo Pact. Still, this position is a bit more tenuous than one might believe. Industrialization had been a challenge, largely resisted by Agrarian Unions, and more (relatively) Conservative voters. Ethnic tensions have flared to the point of violence between Hindus and Muslims. Gandhi's health has been failing for some time, but no clear heir to the metaphorical throne has been decided upon, permitting fringe Totalist and even Nationalist parties to have a chance to take power. They are also largely isolated from their allies, who often suffer from pirates (secretly privateers of the Kriegsmarine) of all things in the Indian Ocean when trade is attempted.
The true end of the British Empire is a hotly debated subject among historians, but the general consensus is that what remained of it truly died when Canada's invasion of the then CSA failed, and the Canadian people either rose up in solidarity with their American comrades, or requested armed PSA support to prevent a total revolution. By the time the King fled to Vancouver, the writing was on the wall. The Entente Cordiale was all but dead. What remained was either consumed by revolution (India), couped by authoritarians (South Africa), or incorporated into the Co Prosperity Sphere (Australasia/West Canada).
South Africa was quickly couped after the Canadian Fall by Boer Nationalists supported by Germany through Mittelafrika. Though they are resisted by the African National Congress and English Whites, both groups hesitation to work with one another results in not much being accomplished. Apartheid in this timeline is going to be sadly much worse, and much longer.
Australasia is the last of the British Dominions left standing. Having gone without a coup, or revolution under what is increasingly a two party state, divided between Labour and Conservatives. The isolated Aussies and Kiwi's initially wanted to take an isolationist approach, being really just "done with the world and its shite", but Syndicalist revolutions in East Asia fueled a Red Scare that drove them into the Co-Prosperity Sphere.
Despite its outward appearance of strength and prosperity, Japan's new Empire is built on an increasingly unstable house of cards. Though an outright nationalist coup was prevented, the Army still holds a stranglehold on Diet politics, though that grip is begging to lose its strength. Though Victory has been achieved in China, and the Pacific is their playground, the Southwest of the Middle Kingdom could have been considered a quagmire on a good day before the remaining warlords finally decided that they hate Japan far more than they hate one another, and united their efforts to liberate China. Indochina can only be described as either "on fire" or "a shitshow on fire.", as Viet Cong rebels supported by India and the SRA carry out a bloody Guerrilla war that seems to be without end. While their American allies were initially supportive of Japan's war in China, or at least lukewarm to it, their material and manpower support has dried up as public sentiment towards their allies cooled in the shadow of the very obvious war crimes the IJA was committing. President Marshall has even gone so far as to threaten America pulling out of the Sphere if Japan did not reign in its Army, with Australasia, Argentina, Columbia, and even the nascent Russian Republic joining in. The Diet was caught between a rock and a hard place. In truth, it had lost control of the Army years ago, and any attempt to resist or stop it would only result in a civil war, one the Civilian government could not win. And yet, a loss of all their allies would essentially see their economy collapse harder than most states saw in the Berlin Market Crash. It might as well have been a choice between Civil War, or Civil War. A cabal of Liberals, Social Democrats, and Moderate Conservatives have been organizing a coup along with upper echelons of the IJN to end the deadlock, but the Army will not simply allow their power to be taken from them. All the while, India has been supporting and funding the organisation of leftist groups, prepared to take advantage of the looming chaos. Either way, Civil War seems imminent, and there's no way of telling how it will end beyond the Americans taking the leading role in the alliance, at least while Japan sorts out its problems.
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2023.06.06 10:43 vesnin_sergey Tarweek — a guest house in Tara for group training and sports training camps

Tarweek — a guest house in Tara for group training and sports training camps

Weekend in the Tara Mountains - Tarweek Guesthouse

Milan Miletich invited us to relax in his home on Mount Tara in Serbia. There was no need to beg us to go to the mountains. Two weeks later, we found ourselves there, and now I am writing a detailed review of the trip and the place.
Before the trip, we saw a lot of photos of the location and scrolled through the Instagram of the house (yes, the house is not simple and has a profile on Instagram!) The place is called Tarweek.

Can you get to Tarweek?

There is a bus to Bajina Bašta (Bajina Bašta) from the central bus station in Belgrade. If at the bus station ticket office, you were sent to the bus driver to get a ticket, don't forget to buy a ticket at the ticket office to get to the buses. This fee is for the use of the bus station infrastructure. If the key is sold at the ticket office, you can pass the turnstile with it.
The ride to Baina Bashta takes 4:30 hours. Halfway there is a cozy roadside cafe with a store and restrooms. The drivers will sit for a soup plate; you have 20 minutes for a snack. The hot meals are simple and wonderful.
In Baina Bashta, Milan Miletic will call you a cab home. Tarweek is actually at 1000 meters and along the winding 20+ kilometers. It is unlikely to get there.
There is a serpentine with beautiful views. Halfway up, you'll have a dam and a few kilometers of fantastic views of Lake Perućac (Jezero Peruquac). If the cab driver likes you, he will stop at the observation point and give you a moment for a photo.
These views are already enough to make the 5-hour drive here. But actually, the most exciting thing is ahead!
A cab will take you to Predov Krst, and you will find yourself in front of Tarweek - Planinarski dom na Tari.

What is Tarweek, and why are you most likely to be here?

Tarweek is a big house set up for group classes. It's big enough for 20 people. But if you need to, they'll put more people in. I once had 28 people living there.

The first floor is the dining room and porch with a fireplace. This is where they study when it's cool and raining.
But the most exciting thing is the outdoor activities.
I'll tell you about nature separately because that's the main thing to come here for!
What kind of activities are there in Tarweek? Any kind.
  • Athletic trainers hold training camps here.
  • Coaches teach classes.
  • Language teachers conduct language courses.
  • IT people are taking a break from civilization.
  • Companies hold team building and corporate events.
  • And shamans pump up their shamanic levels.
In Tarweek you can do any group training. In general, any! The essence is that the group gathers away from the city, away from civilization, in the woods, and works hard on what is needed.
At Tarweek, you can relax with a large group of people. Or you can not rest but plunge on a run or walk the slopes of hiking trails. It's where hiking fans go. Because Tarweek is the heart of Tara National Park. Many viewpoints have heady views of mountains, canyons, and forests. And you'll have to get to these viewpoints on your own: several (tens) of miles and hundreds of feet up.

What are the living conditions at Tarweek?

Before you move in, they will discuss meals with you. There is a professional kitchen with cooks. They will buy groceries for you and feed you as you order. Vegan, gluten-free, and other self-limiting topics are worked out. But the food is so good, you'll ask for the illegal stuff yourself! It happens regularly; I didn't come up with anything.
The living conditions are thoughtfully Spartan. No one will make you wash in the creek; your room has a shower, toilet, and hot water. A bed and clean linens are provided. But to live by two or three. The laundry is centralized in a washing machine. Have breakfast, lunch, and dinner on schedule: and go to the nearest store 25 kilometers and 700 meters down the serpentine.
You will have a communal table and classes in front of the fireplace or the pavilion by the hearth.
You will have the most delicious air. You will have glorious food. You'll have nothing to distract you from your goals. Nothing will distract you from why you are here.

The Nature of Tara

The nature you find yourself in is the essence of this place. The nature of Tara is what you are here for. Tara is covered with forest: pine trees mixed with deciduous trees. The temperature here is very comfortable in the summer compared to the heat in the city. We caught a rainy day, and it was beautiful! We saw a sunny day, and it was terrific!

Forests and valleys with meadows surround Tarweek. There are hiking and trekking trails in all directions from the house. There are so many that you'd have to live here for two months to explore them all and walk twenty trails every day. Walking the entire Tara is a challenge!
We've been running. We walked after our runs. We saw some lovely places! Where the experience makes you reflect when you haven't seen that before.
We were told that we had been to pop places. And the leading beauty is farther and higher.
Describing it all in words is useless. I'll show you what I took with my iPhone over the weekend. What's sad, the camera doesn't capture the volume, the smells, the scale, and the spirit of the place.


What did we do on Tara?

Since we came to visit as friends and not for training, our leisure time was our concern. We ran the trails. I wanted to try trail running; I tried it. Gravel roads with varying difficulty climb and descents, continuous oxygen cocktail, and thin air 1000 meters above sea level. After the training, you eat, sleep, and do nothing—a concentrated, uncluttered rest.
The kids had two happy days.
We cleared our minds and crammed a week's worth of life into two days. Suddenly you realize that sitting at sunset with a cup of tea and watching a cloud puff up on top of a mountain is what happiness is all about. It turns out that you don't need much to be happy.
You can walk, talk about everything in the world and fit into one day three times more time and events than in everyday life. All the problems and worries remain about 1000 meters below, and here you have everything to be happy.

How do you organize something in Tarweek?

If you're a coach, trainer, or business owner, and you've got a group session in mind, and the only question is location, consider isolating your mentees so they can get a better handle on your knowledge. I can't think of a better place to do this than Tarweek.
Everything I've been told about past training camps is a consistent win-win success. Tarweek has proven itself, supports, and develops, and the guests get a concentration of knowledge and skills that are hard to pack into a more convenient form.
If you want to make an appointment with homeowner Milan, you can call-write messenger at +79163609542 or on Instagram.
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2023.06.06 08:18 Lordofthe305 CPWA Octane 6-5-24

CPWA Octane 6-5-24

We open with a recap of last week's main event featuring The Jordans (Shelton and Deron "Ron") taking on the Soldiers of Misfortune (General Wade and Guerrilla God). The match was a complete brawl as both teams fought ringside. The match ended with Guerrilla God hitting Guerrilla in the Mist on Shelton, leading to General Wade pinning Shelton. After the match, the Soldiers of Misfortune, along with Ivan Markov assaulted Shelton some more, followed by putting him triple power bombed him through a table as "The Number One Pick" LeJuan Jones and Brother Julius look on in approval.
The recap ends and we open with a 30-second intro highlighting all of the stars of CPWA as The Roots' "BOOM" plays in the background. The intro ends with Shelton Jordan holding the CPWA Heavyweight Championship belt over his head. Pyro goes off in the arena for a few seconds, followed by cheering from the crowd.
Brian Kinsley: We welcome to CPWA Octane! We are coming to you live from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada! Brian Kinsley, Anthony Harris, and Sir Samuel Stewart, and we have a great show for you tonight! We have the semifinals of the Super Junior Carnival, plus The Mortician will defend the CPWA Television Championship, and our main event, Keith Yang teams up with Elijah Jordan against "The Number One Pick" LeJuan Jones, and a mystery tag team partner! Let's get to the action!
We cut to the ring.
Announcer: The following contest is scheduled for...
Crowd: ONE FALL!
GACKT's "Redemption" plays in the arena
Announcer: Introducing first, from Osaka, Japan, she is Shiori Yoshimura.
Brian Kinsley: Last week, Shiori Yoshimura decimated Priscilla Pierce in a non-title match, and it was brutal to watch.
Sir Samuel Stewart: Priscilla Pierce was crying and complaining about the loss, so much so, we have this tag team match.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's "PONPONPON" plays in the arena as the crowd claps along to the beat and chants her name.
Announcer: Her tag team partner, from Yokohama, Japan, she is "The Orange Idol Princess" Aiko Yoshida.
Brian Kinsley: Aiko Yoshida went on tour in Japan after High$takes, not as a wrestler, but as a pop idol.
Anthony Harris: Did not know she was a singer, but I'm glad to see her back in action where she belongs.
Johann Sebastian Bach's Air on G String plays in the arena.
Announcer: And their opponents, introducing first, from the posh hills of the Hamptons, she is Priscilla Pierce.
Brian Kinsley: Priscilla Pierce got roughed up last week on Octane and she was none too pleased.
Sir Samuel Stewart: I heard she had to pay a pretty penny to get her whole body realigned.
DaniLeigh Ft. Fivio Foreign "Dominican Mami" plays in the arena.
Announcer: And her tag team partner, from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, she is "The Dominican She-Devil" Ivy Fernandez
Brian Kinsley: "The Dominican She-Devil" Ivy Fernandez also took part on a tour of Puerto Rico with Priscilla Pierce, where they won the Women's Tag Team Championships there.
Anthony Harris: Great news for them, but can they replicate that same success here tonight?
Match 1: Shiori Yoshimura and "The Orange Idol Princess" Aiko Yoshida vs. Priscilla Pierce and "The Dominican She-Devil" Ivy Fernandez
This was not a good opener and it really didn't help that Priscilla Pierce and Ivy Fernandez got the win, considering that Shiori and Aiko were the ones carrying them through the match. Shiori and Aiko had control of the match, but Priscilla and Ivy were off their game, most likely Priscilla, who was still feeling the effects of the Spinning Bison Bomb from last week. Regardless, this was still a bad match with a rushed finish as Priscilla hit Aiko with Beauty and Grace to seal the victory.
1 out of 5 stars.
We go backstage and we see Kevin Meyers interviewing Rory Irvine. Rory says that he is one step closer to winning the Super Junior Carnival and knows that he has what it takes to one day win the CPWA Cruiserweight Championship. CPWA Cruiserweight Champion Kelly Lawton appears and tells Rory to keep dreaming and that he won't come as close as to winning the belt itself. Rory boasts that he has beaten Kelly and he will be the one to dethrone him for the CPWA Cruiserweight Championship.
In the green room, we see "The Number One Pick" LeJuan Jones talking with Brother Julius about their strategy for tonight's main event and how it will involve LeJuan's mystery tag team partner. LeJuan says that if everything goes to plan, then he will convince the GM to give him a chance at the CPWA World Heavyweight Championship.
We cut back to the arena.
Announcer: The following contest is scheduled for one fall with a 20-minute time limit.
Leo Arnaud's "Olympic Theme and Bugler's Dream" plays in the arena
Announcer: And his opponent, representing the Olympians, from Miami, Florida, he is Miguel Sandoval Jr.
Brian Kinsley: The last time we saw Miguel Sandoval Jr. was five months ago when he defeated Kenshiro Ishii. Since then, he took time off to train while being around his family.
Anthony Harris: His wife gave birth to their fourth child, so he has two boys and two girls. Hopefully, that will be the inspiration for him to improve tonight.
Franz Ferdinand's "Take Me Out" plays in the arena.
Announcer: Introducing first, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he is Jake Odenkirk.
Brian Kinsley: Big Jake Odenkirk has been chomping at the bit to try his hand at some singles competition and here he is looking to get a W for his family.
Sir Samuel Stewart: Big Jake looks like a million pounds tonight. That's pounds as in the currency of the United Kingdom.
Match 2: Miguel Sandoval Jr. vs. Jake Odenkirk A very excellent hoss match as both Miguel Sandoval Jr. and Jake Odenkirk tested their strengths against each other. Miguel looked much improved from the last time we saw him, taking time off to not only train, but to also bring another child into his family. That was all the motivation he needed in his match. The end of the match saw Miguel hit Jake with a Military Press Slam, followed by a spear, and a Fall from Grace (South of Heaven), which is named after his newborn daughter, to get the win.
4 out of 5 stars.
We open on a graphic image hyping up The Hart Sisters (Crystal and Tracy) taking on The Corazon Sisters (Rosa and Regina). We then see a graphic hyping up the CPWA Television Championship Match as the Mortician defends the championship in a six-man elimination match. We then see a graphic hyping up the first semifinal match for the Super Junior Carnival as Rory Irvine takes on Money Mark.
***Commercial Break***
We come back from commercial break and we see Elijah Jordan talking to his brothers about last week's assault from the Soldiers of Misfortune. Cedric says that they should get payback on the Soldiers of Misfortune. Deron "Ron" agrees to this. Shelton Jordan says that he needs to speak to GM Ronny Sharpe about who will face him for the CPWA World Heavyweight Championship in the future. Shelton leaves as Elijah, Cedric, and Ron look on.
We cut back to the ring.
Announcer: The following contest is scheduled for one fall and it is a quarterfinal match for the CPWA Super Junior Carnival Tournament.
The O'Reillys and Paddyhats' "Barrels of Whiskey" plays in the arena.
Announcer: Introducing first, from Dublin, Ireland, he is Rory Irvine.
Brian Kinsley: Rory Irvine is one step closer to winning the Super Junior Carnival. He's been on quite a roll and doesn't plan on slowing down.
Sir Samuel Stewart: The Commonwealth plans to put a halt to this Cinderella story Rory's got going on, so he needs to watch out for that.
Almighty 3's "To The Other MC's" plays in the arena.
Announcer: And his opponent, from Opa-Locka, Florida, he is Money Mark!
Brian Kinsley: Money Mark has also been on a big run of his own throughout this tournament as well. Last week, he pulled off another upset, this time beating Owen Benoit-Jericho.
Anthony Harris: Don't sleep on The Money Man! He is a former CPWA Cruiserweight Champion after all.
Match 3: CPWA Super Junior Carnival Tournament: Semifinal: Rory Irvine vs. Money Mark
This match wasn't bad, but it certainly wasn't good either. Both Rory and Money Mark looked like they were just happy to be in the ring. Money Mark had control of the match in the early going, but Rory soon took over the match with dropkicks, arm drags, wristlocks, and chinlocks. During the match, Owen Benoit-Jericho of The Commonwealth made his presence felt as he tried to interfere in the match. Thankfully, Money Mark prevented any problems to occur. Unfortunately, this led to Rory seizing the opportunity with a Celtic Cruificix Drop to get the win. Rory Irvine advances to the Super Junior Carnival Finals, where he will take on "The Korean Idol" Han Sang-Hoon or Devon Gatlin-Tyson.
2 out of 5 stars.
We get a one-minute hype package highlighting the Hart Sisters (Crystal and Tracy). The hype package ends as we go back to the arena.
Announcer: The following contest is scheduled for one fall with a 25-minute time limit.
Funba Rumba plays in the arena.
Announcer: Introducing first, from Monterrey, Mexico, they are Rosa and Regina, Las Corazones
Brian Kinsley: Las Corazones look to climb up the ranks of the women's tag team division in CPWA. We haven't seen them in a while, and that's because they won the women's tag team championships in Mexico.
Anthony Harris: A big congrats to them, but they're in Vancouver tonight, so that means they have a tall yet familiar task waiting for them.
"Hitman" plays in the arena
Announcer: And their opponents, from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, they are Crystal and Tracy, the Hart Sisters.
Brian Kinsley: Listen to this ovation for these two young ladies. Crystal and Tracy Hart may not have the CPWA Women's Tag Team Championships, but best believe they will have the belts once again.
Sir Samuel Stewart: I think the roof just came off the building and my hearing is shot after hearing that ovation for the Harts.
Match 4: The Hart Sisters (Crystal and Tracy) vs. Las Corazones (Rosa and Regina)
The Harts and the Corazones are no strangers to each other in the ring, but on this night, it looks like they were strangers meeting each other for the first time. Aside from the huge pop for the Harts, this match did not get out of first gear. It was a back-and-forth match with some botches, leading to a scrambling finish. Regina Corazon went for a super kick that got countered into a sharpshooter from Crystal Hart. Regina submitted as the Harts won the match.
1 out of 5 stars.
We open on a graphic image hyping up the CPWA Television Championship Match as the Mortician defends the championship in a six-man elimination match. We then see a graphic hyping up tonight's main event between Keith Yang and Elijah Jordan taking on "The Number One Pick" LeJuan Jones and a mystery partner. We then see a graphic hyping up the second semifinal match for the Super Junior Carnival as "The Korean Idol" Han Sang-Hoon takes on Devon Gatlin-Tyson.
***Commercial Break***
We come back from commercial break and we see Keith Yang talking to Elijah Jordan. Keith said that he was sorry about what happened to his brothers and that he couldn't make it to last week's event due to a family emergency. Elijah nodded and understood and tells Keith to be "on one" tonight against LeJuan and his special mystery partner. Keith agrees and gets ready for the upcoming match.
We cut back to the arena.
Announcer: The following contest is scheduled is a six-man elimination match and it is for the CPWA Television Championship.
Nu Breed's "Florida" plays in the arena
Announcer: Introducing first, accompanied by his alligator Sunshine, from the Sunshine State, he is the CPWA Television Champion, "Florida Man" Gary Strange
Aka-Manto Chase Theme plays in the arena as red lights engulf the arena.
Announcer: Next, from the bowels of Jigoku, he is Aka-Manto.
Blood Brothers' "Replica" plays in the arena
Announcer: Next, representing The Commonwealth, from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, he is Owen Benoit-Jericho.
Hp Boyz - Engineers. plays in the arena.
Announcer: Next, from Maui, Hawaii, he is Kahuna Maiavia.
Salute The Heroes plays in the arena.
Announcer: Next, from Detroit, Michigan, he is "Marvelous" Marshall Anderson
An organ cover to Runaway Casket plays in the arena.
Announcer: Finally, from Resting Peace Funeral Home, he is the CPWA Television Champion The Mortician!
Match 5: Six-Man Elimination Match for the CPWA Television Championship: "Florida Man" Gary Strange vs. Aka-Manto vs. Owen Benoit-Jericho vs. Kahuna Maiavia vs. "Marvelous" Marshall Anderson vs. The Mortician (c)
This one was a knockdown, drag-out brawl all throughout the ring and there were some quick and shocking eliminations: Owen-Benoit Jericho was the first elimination, followed by The Mortician (thanks to interference from Pretty Boy), and later "Marvelous" Marshall Anderson. Ten minutes later, Kahuna Maiavia was eliminated, leaving only Aka-Manto and "Florida Man" Gary Strange. Ultimately, "Florida Man" won the CPWA Television Championship in Canada of all places with a WTF (Welcome To Florida) to reclaim the CPWA Television Championship.
4 out of 5 stars.
We get a hype package for Devon Gatlin-Tyson. The hype package ends as we go back to the arena.
Announcer: The following contest is scheduled for one fall and it is a quarterfinal match for the CPWA Super Junior Carnival Tournament.
Rain's "It's Raining" begins to play in the arena
Announcer: Introducing first, from Seoul, South Korea, he is one half of the CPWA Cruiserweight Tag Team Champions, "The Korean Idol" Han Sang-Hoon!
Brian Kinsley: "The Korean Idol" Han Sang-Hoon looks to avenge his tag team partner, "The Hi-Fli Kid" Jerome Evans tonight as he takes on Devon Gatlin-Tyson.
Sir Samuel Stewart: "The Korean Idol" may be a pretty boy, but don't let that fool you. He can go in the ring.
Leo Arnaud's "Olympic Theme and Bugler's Dream" plays in the arena
Announcer: And his opponent, representing the Olympians, from Jacksonville, Florida, he is Devon Gatlin-Tyson.
Brian Kinsley: Devon Gatlin-Tyson has had an unprecedented run in the Super Junior Carnival so far, but let's see if his confidence can lead him to the Finals.
Anthony Harris: Of course, he will, DGT's all about confidence and calling his shots.
Match 6: CPWA Super Junior Carnival Tournament: Semifinal: "The Korean Idol" Han Sang-Hoon vs. Devon Gatlin-Tyson
Another solid match to close out the semifinal portion of the Super Junior Carnival Tournament. DGT had control early on in the match, but "The Korean Idol" would make his presence felt with dropkicks, hurricanranas, and even a tornado DDT. As the match progressed, fellow Olympians Chip Day and Miles Orozco rushed down to the ring to help DGT, but "The Hi-Fli Kid" Jerome Evans, along with StarrVice (Mark Starr and Ricky Vice) evened the odds. The distraction caused DGT to get flustered, allowing "The Korean Idol" to pull off a superkick, followed by a K-Pop Drop to get the win. "The Korean Idol" Han Sang-Hoon advances to the Finals of the Super Junior Carnival, where he will face the scrappy, plucky, and resilient Rory Irvine.
3 out of 5 stars.
We open on a graphic hyping up tonight's main event between Keith Yang and Elijah Jordan taking on "The Number One Pick" LeJuan Jones and a mystery partner, which is next.
***Commercial Break***
Brian Kinsley: This Saturday, we will be coming to you live from Calgary, Alberta, Canada for CPWA Deception. The CPWA World Heavyweight Championship will be on the line, plus the finals of the CPWA Super Junior Carnival take place. Next Wednesday, CPWA Octane comes to you live from Boise, Idaho, which will see the Mortician in action, plus The Commonwealth, The Olympians, and the return of King Shaka.
Announcer: Our main event is scheduled for...
Crowd: ONE FALL!!!
Bambu's "Chairman Mao" plays in the arena.
Announcer: Introducing first, from Shanghai, China, he is Keith Yang.
Brian Kinsley: IT'S YANG TIME!!!
Busy Signal's "Real Bad Boys" plays in the arena.
Announcer: His tag team partner, from Miami, Florida, he is Elijah Jordan.
Buckshot, Skyzoo, Promise, and Sean Price's "I'm Better Than You" plays in the arena.
Announcer: And their opponents, introducing first, accompanied to the ring by Brother Julius, from Columbus, Ohio, "The Number One Pick," LeJuan Jones.
LeJuan Jones: Two weeks ago, I surprised everyone with the reveal of the Soldiers of Misfortune helping me get a big dub. So, why don't I repeat that success and since we're in Vancouver, who hasn't had a championship in god knows how long. I figured why don't I reveal who my mystery partner will be tonight?
Silence fills the arena. Suddenly, Monroe Storm emerges from the curtain onto the entrance ramp.
Motley Crue's "Shout At The Devil" plays in the arena.
Announcer: His tag team partner, accompanied to the ring by Monroe Storm, from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, he is Logan Lemming.
Main Event: Keith Yang and Elijah Jordan vs. "The Number One Pick" LeJuan Jones and Logan Lemming
An excellent main event that brought the hype after the big reveal of Logan Lemming's return. Keith and Elijah started off the match hot, each one taking turns roughing up "The Number One Pick." When Logan got the tag, he was a house of fire as the crowd cheered uncontrollably. It became a battle of attrition for both teams as they continued trying to outdo each other. Logan hit Keith Yang with Logan's Run, only for Elijah Jordan to plop on him with a Big Ending, pinning him and LeJuan for the win and payback.
4 out of 5 stars.
Keith and Elijah celebrate as Shelton joins them, but it is short-lived as GM Ronny Sharpe announced that at Deception, Shelton Jordan will defend the CPWA World Heavyweight Championship against Keith Yang, "The Number One Pick" LeJuan Jones, and Logan Lemming. The reveal leaves everyone shocked as Octane fades to black.
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2023.06.06 08:16 RollingLucid Advice on first date. Too much or go for it?

Hey wonderful souls! I ask here because I can’t really talk to my friends about these since they’re pretty shallow and they’d call me a simp lol. Which I understand since they’re not experiencing it.
We’re meeting for the third time 2 weeks from now. If out energies flow, I’m planning on asking her to go on a Hot air balloon sunset ride with me. Not a private one, but the big ones with other people on it. Keep reading if you want to know more!
So my person and I met Apr 1st at a show, I felt an instant connection with her.. If you’re experiencing this connection then I don’t really have to explain how I felt and how I believe she felt as well at least at a certain extent. We decided that night to meet up again at another show we were both going to that’s from the first one.
The second meeting was just as magical, for myself at least.. I’m not sure about her cause I felt her pulling away after that.. I know for a fact that I caused it, there’s a few things I could think of that would’ve sent the wrong message, the big one is that I was high, even though I implied that I’m planning on being sober. She don’t do stuff like that, not even alcohol.
Anyway, after that I asked her if I can visit and she pretty much said she’s busy and got a lot going on so it’s hard for her to make plans with people.. after that it just got kinda weird and I tried to keep texting but unlike the beginning where we would literally send paragraphs, we weren’t flowing as well so we texted maybe every 3-7 days for like a month cause I didn’t want to be pushy.
But 2 weeks ago the flow started coming back. I’ve worked so much on my health physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and I actually stopped doing recreational drugs despite still going to shows. I think she sensed it. Anyway, 2 weeks from now we’ll get the chance to see each other at a festival.
So from everything we’ve talked about so far I know that she’s a hopeless romantic, and she feels like she missed out on a lot as a kid and a teen because she was so focused on studying and getting where she’s at now.. and she just started being more outgoing and being open to new experiences! I love the way she sees life and the world!
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2023.06.06 06:40 Iw4ntP1zza What do you think of my hot air balloon? :D

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2023.06.06 06:37 Goose_jpg Do not swim down to Ravenser Odd. If you do, make sure you never return.

My name is Oliver Stubbs. My whole life and identity are all inextricably entwined with my camera, and to say that I make a living behind the lens would be a monumental understatement. Ever since I was a child, I've been fascinated by the power of photography, the ability to freeze time - to immortalise a moment. At an early age, I discovered a knack for capturing more than just images but stories, emotions, and life itself, though looking back, my pictures weren't all too impressive as a child. But, as I grew older, my fascination turned into a burning passion. I studied photography at the prestigious University of Arts London and became prominent for my evocative storytelling through images. I had the unique ability to capture the unseen, the unheard, the unspoken - the soul of a scene. My distinctive style was hailed as revolutionary.
My work spans a range of genres, but my underwater photography has become particularly renowned. The unseen world beneath the waves, teeming with life, captivated me, and I devoted myself to capturing it in all its vibrancy and mystery. My photos were acclaimed for their vivid detail and uncanny ability to transport viewers beneath the surface into the heart of the underwater world. My images graced the covers of National Geographic and Time magazines, and my exhibits were frequented by photography enthusiasts worldwide. And at the age of 30, I was awaiting the dreaded 'burnout' my friends had all complained about.

I was a natural choice when the renowned historical and marine research organisation, the Sea Past Society, decided to take on the ambitious task of finding and documenting Ravenser Odd, Britain's own Atlantis. They needed someone who could document the submerged ruins in a way that showcased their historical significance and captured the mystique of a town long lost to the sea. A challenge that I knew was perfect for me.Dr Katherine Howard, the head of the Sea Past Society and a well-respected marine historian, contacted me personally. She believed in my unique talent for visual storytelling and thought I could bring the sunken town's story to life. She felt my photos could inspire a global audience, stir their imagination, and allow them to connect with a past submerged beneath the cold waters of the North Sea. Naturally, I was thrilled and honoured to be selected for such a significant project. The chance to dive into the mysterious depths and uncover the secrets of a lost town was a dream come true, and although I had done similar projects - something just felt... Different.
My flat in London soon became a frenzy of activity, cluttered with new high-tech underwater cameras, powerful lights for illuminating the dark ocean depths, and all manner of equipment for preserving my gear against the corrosive effects of saltwater, all funded by the Sea Past Society. But amid the chaos, there was an undercurrent of palpable excitement. Beneath the exhilaration was a thin layer of anxiety, like a dusting of frost on an otherwise warm window pane. It lingered there, never once stepping into the light but ominously hovering in the room's dark corners. The task ahead was daunting. This was not a recreational dive into a well-explored reef but an expedition into a town lost to the depths six centuries ago. Unease did not overshadow my enthusiasm; it fueled it. The chance to tell the story of Ravenser Odd, to breathe life into its submerged and silent streets, was a thrill like no other. I relished the challenge. Before long, it was time to travel to Yorkshire. I was introduced to my dive buddy, a man named Callum, a burly Scotsman with a twinkle in his eye and a jovial demeanour. But beneath his light-hearted exterior was an individual of impressive expertise and meticulous attention to detail. Dr Howard had assembled a unique team of historians, marine archaeologists, and technical experts. Most of them were to say above the sea and watch through another camera broadcasting to the boat.
Callum was the Sea Past Society's Health and Safety Coordinator, a veteran diver with an impeccable track record. His task was to ensure the safety of the divers as they explored the undersea ruins, and I was to be his primary responsibility. Callum was hired not just for his expertise in dive safety but also for his ability to remain calm in a crisis. His warm personality put me at ease, making me feel safer about the dive.

In the days leading up to the dive, Callum and I worked closely together. We conducted practice dives, tested our equipment, and developed a dive plan. His attention to detail and uncompromising approach to safety impressed me. He was careful and cautious - but also open to the spirit of adventure that this exploration held. The excitement and nerves within me swirled like a tempest. The idea I was soon to explore a piece of history untouched for centuries, about to uncover stories that had been silenced by the sea, kept me tossing and turning in my bed at night.The day finally arrived. Our vessel was a massive, state-of-the-art boat stocked with all the equipment necessary for the dive, including cutting-edge sonar systems, robotic submersibles, and a plethora of diving gear. There was an undercurrent of tension in the air, a static charge that prickled the skin and raised the hair on the back of your neck. I noticed hushed conversations among the crew, quick, sidelong glances that hinted at concern. Was it the enormity of the task that caused this? Or perhaps they were wary of a new face? I shook it off; I had a talent for overthinking things, especially while stressed.
Callum meticulously checked my gear, ensuring every piece was functioning correctly. His diligent inspection was comforting, a touch of solidity amid a sea of anticipation. We ran through our final checklist - emergency signals, the navigation route, and ascent and descent points. As we finished our preparations, the moment we'd been waiting for was finally upon us. With one last nod of reassurance from Callum, we plunged into the icy embrace of the North Sea. The sudden chill was a shock, biting through the thick neoprene of my diving suit, but it did nothing to dampen my spirits. If anything, it heightened my senses, focusing my mind on the world we were about to enter.
As we descended, the remnants of Ravenser Odd slowly emerged from the gloom. The water had eroded much, but what remained bore a spectral reminder of the bustling town it once was. Buildings, streets, the outlines of what might have been a town square, all blanketed in a shroud of decay and encrusted with marine life. Intricate stonework, long worn away by the constant current, was now home to vibrant corals and anemones, creating an eerie fusion of man-made and natural beauty. The coral had claimed these structures, using them as foundations for their colonies, transforming them into organic, living artworks that swayed gently with the ocean's rhythm. It was a haunting sight, a tableau of life abruptly halted and preserved beneath the waves.
Statues stood guard over their underwater realm, their features softened by centuries under the sea, their stony gaze meeting mine through a veil of tiny bubbles that streamed from my regulator. A fish darted past, a flash of iridescent colour that stood out against the grey stone and green-blue water. I was caught between two worlds, the ancient human past and the teeming marine life of the present. It was simultaneously humbling and thrilling, a testament to nature's uncanny ability to reclaim and repurpose. With my camera at the ready, I eagerly started documenting this hauntingly beautiful underwater world. Callum and I navigated through the labyrinth of sunken streets. Each building was a monument to the past, offering a unique glimpse into the lives of those who once called Ravenser Odd home. While I concentrated on capturing the visual essence of these ancient structures, other team members avoided us and engaged in their own tasks. They meticulously scraped away at the encrusted stone walls, collecting samples to further understand how the sea had affected the material over the centuries. Though this underwater world was extraordinary, it wasn't entirely alien. I'd spent years exploring and documenting similar sites. Yet, each site had its own unique character, a singular atmosphere that made every dive a new adventure.
My previous major project had been an exploration of the underwater ruins of a Second World War shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea. That was a poignant journey, a testament to a grim period of human history. But despite the historical significance and the eerie beauty of the coral-clad wreckage, the experience was different, perhaps because it lacked the element of human life that Ravenser Odd held. Once a mighty symbol of naval power, the decaying hull now lay silent and broken on the ocean floor. Ravenser Odd was not merely a relic of an ancient era, but a snapshot of everyday life frozen in time and lost to the ocean depths. It had once been filled with people, their hopes and dreams, their daily routines. This tangible human element made this dive so much more thrilling. I felt like an interloper peering into a time capsule of lives lived centuries ago.
I was careful to capture every significant structure, every suggestive detail that hinted at the lives once lived here. I photographed the decay, the rich marine life, and the profound contrasts between human architecture and natural adaptations. Each click of my shutter felt like a tribute, a way to immortalise the town and its untold stories for posterity
.The underwater world has a curious way of warping one's sense of time. Minutes stretch into hours, and each moment is amplified in the silent stillness of the ocean depths. Before I knew it, our dive time was up, and the team began their gradual ascent back to the surface. As I started to swim upwards, I felt an unaccountable tug, like an unseen current pulling me back towards the sunken town. It was as if Ravenser Odd was reluctant to let us go, whispering silent pleas for us to stay and listen to its muted stories a while longer. Mistaking it for my thirst for excitement was a mistake.

A few days later, I found myself in the Sea Past Society's dedicated photography lab, surrounded by the familiar hum of high-end development equipment and the sharp, comforting scent of photographic chemicals. Developing photos was always a ritual of anticipation and discovery for me. The way an image gradually emerged on the paper felt almost like magic, a portal opening up to a frozen moment in time. As the first of the underwater images began to materialise, I was thrilled to see the haunting beauty of the sunken town coming to life once more. But as I went through the developing photos, unease started to creep in. I first noticed it in one of the shots of the town square. There was a shadow that didn't align with the underwater light refraction, a blur that felt out of place. I thought it might be a technical glitch, perhaps an equipment malfunction or an error in the development process.
But as more photos developed, the anomalies kept appearing. Patches of darkness seemed to move across sequential shots, undefined shapes lurking in the corners of the frame, and odd distortions that seemed to warp the scenery. They were subtle and could easily be dismissed as flaws or artefacts of the photographic process, but something about them made me feel uneasy. I reviewed the images over and over, trying to find a logical explanation, but the more I looked, the more the inconsistencies gnawed at me. It felt as though the images were hiding something, something that lurked just beyond the edges of perception. It was as if the quiet town of Ravenser Odd had secrets it was reluctant to reveal, secrets that I had inadvertently brought back with me to the surface.
In some sort of sicking denial, I laid out the images before me, my mind teetered between disbelief and fear. Something was wrong, but I couldn't discern whether it was a simple mistake on my part or something more profound. This was my work, and the anomalies, however bizarre, had emerged from my own camera. I wanted it to be my error. It had to be... Right?
Doubt seeped into my thoughts, creating a whirlpool of uncertainty. Had I overlooked something in the underwater conditions? Had I mishandled the equipment? Was there something wrong with my camera? I was well-respected in my field and known for my precision and attention to detail. A mistake like this felt uncharacteristic, but I couldn't ignore the possibility. And then, there was the question of whether to reveal these anomalies to my superiors. I found myself wrestling with the implications.
I was not one to be easily intimidated, but the thought of jeopardising my position unsettled me. Despite my accomplishments, the all too familiar feeling of imposter syndrome set in, and I found myself questioning my abilities and whether I really belonged here. Despite this, deep within me, a quiet resolve began to form. As much as the prospect of uncertainty unnerved me, the idea of not pursuing this anomaly felt even worse. I've always been driven by a hunger for truth and understanding. I had to find out if I had messed up; if not, what was causing the distortions? Ravenser Odd had presented me with a puzzle, and I could not resist the pull to delve deeper.

I approached Dr Howard with a carefully considered proposal. I had crafted an excuse, one that was rooted in genuine scientific curiosity and made to cover my arse if it turned out to be my fault the entire time. I suggested we needed a more detailed visual record of the site, a series of panoramic images that could be digitally stitched together to provide a 360-degree view of the underwater town.
"This could enhance our understanding of the spatial layout of the town, Doctor," I argued, maintaining an air of professional concern. "Imagine being able to virtually navigate through the streets of Ravenser Odd. It could reveal architectural patterns, structural relationships, aspects that we may have missed during the first dive."I had chosen my words carefully, knowing that the proposal would appeal to Dr Howard's keen interest in experimental archaeological techniques. The prospect of contributing a unique method of documentation to the field was too enticing for her to disregard. To my relief, she agreed.
"That sounds like an excellent idea, Oliver," she nodded, a spark of excitement in her eyes. "Prepare for another dive. And make sure this time, we document every inch of that town."
With the go-ahead secured, a new wave of anticipation swept over me. I was going back. I found myself relieved, yet something still sat deep inside of me.

In the days leading up to the dive, I found myself spending more time with Callum. Our shared passion for ocean exploration had naturally drawn us together, but our contrasting personalities solidified our bond. With his infectious enthusiasm and easy-going nature, Callum was the perfect counterbalance to my more focused and often intense demeanour. Callum had a knack for putting people at ease. He was full of stories about his adventures from all around the world - from wild encounters with marine creatures to the time he got lost in a coral maze off the coast of Australia. His tales were always told with a broad grin and a glint of mischief in his eyes, leaving anyone within earshot in fits of laughter. One evening, as the sunset bathed the sea in hues of orange and red, Callum and I found ourselves sitting on the company dock, just minutes from our temporary accommodations. He had brought two hot cocoa mugs, a comforting drink perfect for the cold evening. Callum turned to me as we sipped the sweet beverage and watched the sun sink below the horizon.
"You know, Ollie, diving isn't just about the adrenaline rush or the sense of adventure," he said, his eyes reflecting the dying light of the setting sun. "It's about connection. It's about understanding our place in the grand scheme of things and how we, as humans, interact with the world around us," he spoke, his words rich with his accent.
His words resonated with me. It was comforting to know that someone else understood and shared this sentiment. It was this shared sense of connection, this shared appreciation of the ocean's magnitude and mystery, that had drawn me to this profession in the first place.
As the night deepened and the stars shone brightly above, I hesitated, weighing my words carefully before speaking.
"Callum," I began, my voice barely above a whisper, "there's something about the last dive I haven't told anyone."
Callum turned to look at me, his usually cheerful expression giving way to concern.
"What is it, Ollie?"
"The photographs from the dive, there are... anomalies," I confessed, watching his face nervously for any sign of ridicule or disbelief."Anomalies?" He echoed, leaning back in his chair and crossing his arms."Yeah," I nodded, "Shadows that don't make sense, blurs that seem to... move. It's as if something was there with us."A silence stretched between us, filled only by the distant lapping of waves against the boat's hull. Callum's face was thoughtful; momentarily, I feared I had crossed a line.
Finally, he broke the silence.
"Ollie, we were diving into a sunken town. A place that held life, history, probably secrets too," he began, his tone measured. "And let's not forget we were deep underwater, where light behaves strangely, and visibility can play tricks on your eyes and the camera."I nodded, knowing his rationale made sense - but also knowing that my concerns weren't mere illusions.
"It's more than that. The photos, they... they feel wrong. I can't explain it, but it's like the town was trying to tell us something. Or warn us."Callum regarded me for a long moment, the lines on his face deepening as he processed what I'd just shared. Then, with a firm nod, he clapped a hand on my shoulder."Ollie, you're one of the best underwater photographers out there. If you say something was off, then it was off. We'll keep our eyes open on the next dive. Together."His reassurance brought a wave of relief, and I found myself smiling at his words. His support and willingness to believe in my concerns made me feel better about the upcoming dive.
There was a moment of silence as Callum finished speaking."Thank you, Callum," I finally said, my voice filled with gratitude. "I know it sounds...odd. I just needed someone to know. Just in case."
"In case of what?" he asked, his eyes searching mine for answers. I paused for a moment, staring out at the endless expanse of the sea.
"I'm not sure," I admitted. "But whatever it is, I have a feeling it's tied to Ravenser Odd. This is different from my other dives. It feels like something more than just a sunken town."
Callum continued to look at me, his eyes reflecting concern and curiosity. It was clear that part of him didn't believe me, but he remained silent.
"Well," he said, after a considerable pause, "we'll face it. As you said, this is about more than just the town. Whatever it is."I nodded, feeling a sense of camaraderie in his words.
"Yeah." I agreed, taking a deep breath as I turned to face the sea again.

The following morning dawned bright and clear, the crisp blue sky starkly contrasting the enigma that awaited us beneath the surface. As we prepared for the dive, I couldn't help but feel a mix of anticipation and unease. There was a silent tension in the air, like the stillness before a storm. Callum, once again, meticulously checked over our equipment, his attention to detail a welcome source of comfort amidst my apprehension. Every buckle, valve, and gauge was inspected; every aspect of our gear was scrutinised to ensure maximum safety.
As we began our descent, the familiar coolness of the water enveloped us, and my senses heightened. This time, however, the thrill of the dive was tinged with an undercurrent of uncertainty. As the town of Ravenser Odd came into view, an odd sensation settled over me. It was as though the town was somehow aware of our presence. There was a whisper at the edge of my consciousness, a sense of being observed from the shadows. The closer we got, the more palpable this feeling became. It felt like we were intruders in this lost town, disturbing the peace of its long-forgotten inhabitants.
As we began our exploration, I continued to notice fleeting shadows at the edge of my vision. Faint movements caught in the corners of my eyes, seemingly disappearing as soon as I turned to look. My heart pounded in my chest as a chill ran down my spine, but I forced myself to stay composed and focused on the task. Determined to fulfil my promise to Dr Howard, I set about capturing the panoramic images of Ravenser Odd. I methodically swam from one building to the next, with Callum following close behind. I captured every detail of the sunken town. The remains of the harbour, the ancient sea wall, and the collapsed roofs of houses are all immortalised in my camera. Yet, with each shutter click, the sense of unease grew. It was as though the very act of photographing the town was disrupting something. And with each disruption, the uncanny sensation that we were not alone intensified.
It felt like the sea had a heartbeat, a thrumming rhythm that pulsed around me, seeping into my bones. The feeling of being watched became stronger as we swam through the main square, where a towering statue, ravaged by time and water, stood as a testament to the town's lost glory. As my flash illuminated the worn stone, I could swear the statue's gaze was locked onto us, the cold eyes of stone holding a cold glare. I shook my head, trying to dismiss it as a trick of the light, but Callum had noticed too.
The murkiness of the water seemed to thicken around us as we continued to the outskirts of the town, the once vibrant coral that adorned the buildings appearing pallid and ghostly under our torchlight. Occasionally, a fish would dart away, its silvery scales shimmering briefly before disappearing into the blue abyss, leaving us in solitude once more.
Examining the town more, I noticed each structure held its own tale of decay. Houses, once filled with the hum of life, now stood desolate, their skeletal remains encrusted with marine life. The town's church, with its toppled spire, lay half-buried under the sand. I captured the eerie beauty of the forsaken town etched in each frame.
As we neared the end of our exploration, the sensation of being watched peaked. The water around us seemed to ripple with an unseen presence. Suddenly, a gust of underwater current swept past us, an inexplicable chill that froze my blood. A dark form darted in the corner of my eye, but when I turned, there was nothing but the ancient ruins and the haunting darkness beyond. My heart pounded in my chest as I watched Callum signal our ascent, his eyes wide with fear.
A dark shadow darted towards him from the corner of my eye. A surge of adrenaline rushed through me as I turned to look, but it was too late. An unseen force struck Callum, pushing him with a violent current into the decrepit wall of a nearby building below. His regulator was knocked free, bubbles bursting from his mouth in a panicked rush, yet his training prevented him from breathing in water."Callum!" I screamed into my regulator, my voice muffled and carried away by the water. Frantically, I swam towards him, my heart pounding in my chest. His eyes were wide in shock, and his hands desperately grappled for the regulator as he struggled against the new, unusual current. I grabbed him, anchoring myself and fighting the force battering us. I swam down and, holding onto Callum with one hand, I grabbed his backup regulator and shoved it towards him. He took it, jamming it into his mouth. He purged the water out of the piece, and his panicked eyes softened slightly as the life-giving air flowed once more.
I turned to face the town, a sense of anger burning inside me. Whatever was lurking in the forgotten depths of Ravenser Odd had shown itself not just as an uncanny presence but as a threatening force. The water seemed to pulsate with sinister energy, the town's ruins casting ominous shadows in our torchlight. I could feel it watching us, pressing against us, making its displeasure known.
I signalled an ascent to Callum, who nodded, his eyes wide but resolute. We kicked upwards, each stroke taking us further from the menacing depths of Ravenser Odd. As we rose, the water grew lighter, the pressure eased, and the sense of dread began to dissipate.
Just as we thought we were clear, a sudden force pulled us back down, even stronger than before. It was as if the entire ocean had become an invisible hand dragging us back towards the malevolent town.
I screamed into my regulator again as I saw him get pulled away from me, his form disappearing into the murkiness. Desperate, I tried to swim towards him but the force was too strong. Then, suddenly, my grip on my camera slipped, and it began to sink, its attached lights flickering like a falling star into the watery void. I watched, horror-stricken, as it fell into a crack and deeper into the abyss.
I cried out, my voice lost in the aquatic emptiness. That camera was my lifeline, not just for my profession, but now it seemed, for our survival. It sank rapidly, swallowed up by the eternal darkness of the ocean
.Whatever was targetting us was weak, as if it needed us to be closer to the town to fully overpower us. As I was about to dive after it, I felt a hand grip my arm. I turned to see Callum, his eyes wide with fear and confusion, but alive. He shook his head. He was right. Going after it spelt more danger than either of us could imagine.
We ascended again with nothing else to do, hoping the loss of our evidence calmed the town.The effort was physically taxing, the cold seawater churning around us as we battled to ascend. Each kick and each push felt like we were fighting against a relentless tide. My muscles screamed in protest, but I forced myself to keep going, pushing past the pain and exhaustion. Callum was ahead of me, every sinew in his body straining as he, too, fought against the pull. Determination was etched on his face, yet he kept his eye on me.
Slowly, painstakingly, we began to gain distance, the pull of the town lessening. I could see the lighter waters above us, the sun's rays penetrating the deep blue, beckoning us towards safety.
We broke to the surface and found ourselves clinging to the side of the boat, our breaths ragged and our bodies exhausted. Our crew helped our heavy bodies aboard, their faces masks of concern and confusion. We exchanged no words. The terror of our experience had left us momentarily speechless.

As we docked back at the mainland, Dr Howard was there to meet us. She looked troubled, eyes scanning Callum and me, noting our bruised and battered bodies. We were a far cry from the enthusiastic team that had embarked on a journey to chronicle the sunken town.
"Oliver, Callum," she began, her voice a mixture of concern and something else, something I couldn't quite place. "What happened out there?"I
exchanged a glance with Callum before turning back to her. Taking a deep breath, I recounted the inexplicable experiences, the unseen force, the threatening shadows, and the attack.
Dr Howard listened, her face paling as we described our encounter. As I mentioned the loss of the camera, I saw a flicker of disappointment cross her face. But it was quickly replaced by a serious expression as I continued.
"I know this may sound... impossible," I concluded, bracing myself for her reaction. "But something is down there, Dr Howard. Something that doesn't want us there."
For a moment, there was silence. Dr Howard seemed to be processing what we'd told her, her gaze distant. Then, to my surprise, she nodded.
"I believe you, Oliver," she said quietly. "In fact, I owe you both an apology."She took a deep breath, and then began to explain. Teams before us had reported the same strange feelings, the same sense of being watched. But it was more than that. After their third dive, members started returning with inexplicable injuries. Those who were brave enough to attempt a fourth dive... they never returned at all. "I had hoped... foolishly perhaps... that capturing photographic evidence would help us understand what was happening," Dr Howard confessed, her voice wavering slightly. "I... I didn't want to believe that the town itself could be dangerous."While we were gone,
Dr Howard admitted she had examined the photos from our first dive. She also admitted to noticing the same strange phenomena I had. Ghostly figures, inexplicable shadows... things that didn't make sense. But she'd dismissed them, attributing them to lighting or damage to the camera. "But now, hearing your account... I understand that there's something more at play here," she admitted, her eyes reflecting a deep remorse. "I should have warned you, should have stopped the dives. But my desire for discovery overrode my caution."
Her confession left us shocked. The realisation that she had known, at least partially, of the potential danger but had not shared it... it stung. Yet, looking at her, seeing her genuine remorse, I could only feel a deep sense of sadness. I shook it all away. As Dr Howard's confession hung in the air, a deep sense of betrayal began to coil in the pit of my stomach. Anger, hot and quick, started to rise within me, searing away the icy dread that had gripped me since the dive.
I stared at Dr Howard, my mind a whirlwind of disbelief. My chest tightened, and my heart pounded in my ears. The woman who had entrusted us with an assignment of a lifetime, a woman we respected and admired, had knowingly led us into a trap. A trap that could have cost us our lives. We had trusted her, relied on her, and she had betrayed us. The pressure built inside me, a physical weight pressing against my chest, the corners of my vision growing red with rage. The sting of betrayal cut deep.
A flash of memory— the cold, unforgiving waters, the threatening shadows in the deep, Callum's terrified eyes, the invisible force that had almost claimed us— all came crashing down, feeding the fire of my anger.
"You knew?" My voice was low and harsh, carrying the weight of my brewing anger. "You knew, and you still sent us down there?"
Dr Howard tried to respond, her voice placating, but the words were lost on me. The anger was all-consuming now, blotting out any reason. "We could have died, Howard... Callum could have died!" the words tore from my throat, raw and furious.
At that moment, I felt a sudden urge to leave, to put as much distance between myself and Dr Howard as possible. To escape from the bitter taste of betrayal. But instead, I stood there, my fists clenched, my body trembling with unspent rage. My career, my love for the ocean, and the trust I had in those I worked with all felt like they were sinking. A shiver ran through me, a mix of anger and something else: a deep, echoing sadness as profound as the ocean itself.
I walked out after that. In a rush of adrenaline, I packed away my belongings, leaving behind the new equipment tainted by the darkness of the project, and left.
I hope whatever inhabits that town, stays there.
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