Newly Single? Don’t Fall Victim to the Valentine’s Day Blahs

When you’ve recently suffered from a breakup, there are few things worse than seeing happy couples and romance. The hearts, flowers and sickening sentiment of Valentine’s Day can almost make the whole situation even worse. But why stay at home, climb into a tub of ice cream and wallow in misery? This V-Day, instead of spending your hard-earned cash on someone who doesn’t appreciate it, you can spend it on making sure you have a great time. Gather up your single friends and make some plans. This could turn out to be the best V-Day yet.

Just because you don’t have a date for Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean the whole day is ruined. In fact, the pressure of V-Day is officially off your shoulders this year, meaning you don’t have to get presents, write cards or even go out for an expensive and crowded dinner. Instead, think about treating yourself. Getting a group of your single pals together can be equally, if not more fun than a date. Get your creative juices flowing and start dreaming up a great way to spend the day.

Popular iPhone game “Temple Run” set to get adapted for comics

The Temple Run, the hit mobile video game has broken new grounds by getting into new type of media that now include the comic books and graphic novels. The Temple Run is now to be adapted for comics by ace publisher Ape Entertainment that has already produced comics for games such as “Pocket God” and “Cut the Rope”. The publisher announced that it has secured the licensing deals to adapt Imangi Studios – Temple Run and The Game Bakers’ –Squids mobile titles into their own comic book series.

The Temple Run series will be released in print and digital, providing background information on the Imangi’s popular mobile game character and settings. The comic series will dig up the back story of the game’s character and the ancient temples that the game indulges in. The comics’ digital and print versions are expected to be released in the coming months in addition to the stand alone Temple Run comics’ app for iPad, iPod touch and iPhone.

The Temple Run was released in August 2011 and has topped with ninety million downloads and is available with Apple App and Google Play Stores. Ape Entertainment has already got experience with this sort of adaptations having brought the “Cut the Rope” and “Pocket God” in the comics’ format over the past two years.

The Temple Run is the brain child of Keith Shepherd who co-founded the Washington-DC based Imangi Studios with his wife Natalia Luckyanova and artist Kiril Tchangov. The trio created the game “Temple Run” after their 2010 iPhone game “Max Adventure” did not do well as per their expectations even though the game received some good critical acclaim but it just never received well. The “Temple Run” their next game gained popularity with huge number of users and players wanting to play the game in their Android phones.

More Americans on travelling spree are hitting the road for holidays

The summer travel season is heating up with more and more Americans travelling by road in their cars with stable gas prices. The U.S airline industry is expecting a decline in the holiday travelers by air as more Americans prefer to travel by road.

A U.S. airline industry’s trade group is forecasting about 43.3 million travelers during these twenty one days surrounding the Christmas and New Years Eve. This amounts to one percent drop from the same period last year. Independent studies do suggest that the gap maybe even greater among leisure travelers.

For instance during the Memorial Day holiday about 30.7 million Americans drove to their destinations while only 2.5 million flew according to a DK Shifflet and Associates survey that conducts road studies for American Automobile Association or AAA. During Christmas and New Years holiday about 83.5 million drove by road and just 5.4 million went to their destinations by plane.

The road trip is expected to cost more than a year ago with gas prices that rose during the winter and early spring in 2012 to about $4 a gallon. Travel industry observers expected that the normal summer price rise hike would scare the consumers away from long drive trips but the gas price hike did not happen and therefore Americans are not worried about the consequences of price hike in July and August. It is estimated that only 17 percent are holding off their travel plans and are waiting to see whether the gas prices would come down or not, while the rest have made their plans of hitting the roads.

The London 2012 Festival to begin with full gaiety on Thursday

The much-awaited London 2012 Festival is going to open up on Thursday 21stJune. This cultural celebration across Britain co-occurs with the Olympics and the event can be visualized through London 2012 Live Sites with big screens in 22 towns and cities across the United Kingdom. The London-2012 festival will also display films in order to mark the first day of the UK-wide celebrations that will entertain thousands of people throughout the day. The opening event on Thursday will have a firework display in the sky above Lake Windermere and that will include an inflatable replica of the Stonehenge by artist Jeremy Deller in Carmarthen. The other events will take place in Londonderry, Birmingham, and Stirling.

The opening day of the festival, (21 June) will reach its climax with live BBC broadcast on the big screens, the Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela concert from Stirling at 7:30 pm. The organizers of this festival had revealed that about half of the event’s four million paid for tickets were sold and another 2.3 million tickets out of the total 10 million tickets have been grabbed up for this 12-week festival. The Cultural Secretary of the event Mr. Jeremy Hunt said that the cost to organize this festival is around 55 million pounds ($86 million) and it is a great chance to highlight Britain’s rich cultural heritage. He hoped to raise public awareness about thousands of events happening around the country as the excitement is building up ahead of the July-27 –August 12 Olympics games.

There are more than 130 events that are going to happen during the opening weekend in which more twenty five thousand artists from all 204 Olympic nations taking part over this 12-week festival which is deemed to be the climax to the four-year Cultural Olympiad. It is estimated that more than two million people have already bought tickets for the event of London-2012 Festival and for other countdown events such as the David Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts.

 

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