Who Won the Week (1 November 2020)

I always liked Fandango’s Who Won the Week post, and like to join in with some quirky stories from my own newsfeeds. All from our unique vantage points, the idea is to pick something (a person, organisation, anything) which “won” the week.

Fed up hearing about Biden and Trump?

Even in the UK we are fed up with hearing about the US presidential election, so heaven knows how bad it must be in the USA.

But one company has come to the rescue. Hotels.com are giving one lucky person the chance to live under their very ovn rock for the week! In fact this is a man-made cave, fifty feet underground, which has been hewn out of the rock in New Mexico, near the town of San Juan.

As you can see, the cave has electricity throughout. It also boasts running water, wi-fi, TV and a kitchen which includes microwave and refrigerator.

Still not convinced? Well, maybe the price will temp you? The cave was available at the “presidential rate” of a mere $5/night, with a discount of 20% being offered to early-bird bookings.

And, if you feel that life in a cave for a week might get a little… boring, never fear. In addition to the doorstep attraction of… hiking, if you’re prepared to travel that bit farther you can treat yourself to a round of golf (only a few miles away), or you’re only 10 miles away from San Juan’s (pop 592) casino, for that added pizzazz!

Full details, including several more images, here. Looks lovely!

Life through the Lens (1 November 2020)

When my eyesight was still good, I was a bit of an amateur photographer. This is one of mine.

image showing a silhouette of a camera

A lot closer to home this week. About an hour away from us, we have an ape rescue centre called Monkeyworld. It has an international reputation, even has a TV series following life at the park. It is mainly known for rescuing chimps who have been used as props in the tourist trade. But their interest, really, is any ape which has been forced to live outside of its natural habitat.

What amazed me was that there are online groups, where peoplevisit the sanctuary so frequently, they recognise individual chimps. So I found out that my photo today is of Marjolene. I love her pensive expresssion. I remember having to play with the camera settings, as we were indoors, she was behind glass, and I didn’t want to get glare by using a flash.

Fandango’s One Word Challenge (1 November 2020)

for Fandango’s One Word Challenge(FOWC), ominous.