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Dare to Do By Sarah Outen-Inspirational Book Review

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A Book Review: Dare to Do: Taking On The Planet by Bike and Boat

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I enjoyed reading this inspiring new book by a young British woman, Sarah Outen, who became the first female to row from Japan to Alaska in 2015. Outen’s book is compiled from journals she kept over her journey of 4.5 years, as she attempted to row, cycle and kayak 25,000 miles around the Northern Hemisphere. Outen’s expedition from London to London took her all around the world.

While she accomplished this feat as a solo adventurer, she experienced great support and an outpouring of love and kindness from friends and strangers met along the way. The full title of the book is “Dare to Do: Taking on the Planet by Bike and Boat” (Nicholas Brealey, April 2017). The paperback book is available for purchase at Barnes & Noble and other booksellers for £19.95.

For many of us armchair travelers, reading about the obstacles and challenges Outen overcame on an almost daily basis is incredible. The odds she fought in just getting her daring undertaking under way were overwhelming enough. Most of us would probably scoff at hearing a young woman say she meant to circle the globe entirely under her own steam.

Sarah Outen Shares Her Inspiring Journey

But Sarah Outen was determined.

She would cycle, kayak, and row across Europe, Asia, the Pacific Ocean, the Americas, the Atlantic Ocean, and hope to eventually come back home to London. By the time we read that Outen has set off from Tower Bridge for France in her kayak, it has become obvious that she is no “ordinary” young woman. An experienced rower, Outen almost had to end her journey a year later.

After a severe tropical storm in the Pacific Ocean, she had to be rescued from her broken boat. Her spirit was almost broken as well, but she picked herself back up and was eventually ready to try again. Although she had suffered from ill health and bouts of depression, she was determined not to give up.

In 2015, Outen became the first woman to row the mid-Pacific from West to East. She kayaked the Aleutian chain before cycling across North America in the winter. She then set back out on the Atlantic to complete her long journey home.

Along the way, Outen inspired many of the people she met to become more active, and to find more adventure in their own lives.

Outen is also in demand as a motivational speaker and an ambassador and patron of a number of charities in the U.K.

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New Zealand: Scammer Accidentally Calls Police

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A scammer in New Zealand made the worst call of his criminal history when he accidentally called the police department. In the recording, the scammer can be heard telling the person on the call to turn on their computer so they can help them. The cop responds by telling the scammer that the computer is on.

The scammer continues to talk on the phone as if he was talking to a regular person. The cop is told to open internet explorer and type in a website. After typing in the website, the cop asks what that is going to do for him.

The scammer says he is from the support server connection of Windows technical department and asks the cop if he typed in the website. The cop says yes but asks if this is a scam. After the scammer tries to give an explanation on why it’s not a scam, the cop tells him it’s a scam and that he is calling from overseas.

The scammer appears to be surprised by the response and says that he is not trying to scam him. He then asks how does he know about it and how is he so sure. The cop tells the scammer that he has called New Zealand Police and the scammer quickly ends the call.

The two minute recording went viral after it was posted on New Zealand’s Police Facebook page. The recording currently has over 600,000 views. In the post, police also tells people that if they receive a phone call like the one on the recording, to not give them access to their computer and personal or financial information.

The Facebook post has also received hundreds of comments from people who have received similar phone calls in the past. The call appears to be a mistake by the scammer, who thought he was just contacting another person. But police have used the recording to warn people about scammers.

The video can be found on New Zealand’s Police official Facebook page, where it currently has more than nine thousand likes and eight thousand shares.

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Sean Farlow

University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Big fan of sports teams from South FL.

References

  1. ^ Malaysia Airlines Plane Returns To Airport After Passenger Tries To Enter Cockpit (gazettereview.com)
  2. ^ Motorola To Announce New Phone On Thursday (gazettereview.com)

Volkswagen Arteon 2.0 TDI 240 4MOTION Elegance 2017 review

One of the ways the Arteon will justify that price, where the old CC certainly didn’t, is the old-fashioned way: with size. This is a relatively long and wide car; it looks big enough to be approaching ?40,000-worth, to put it simply. On the inside it offers a very roomy and accessible boot and more than enough legroom for a couple of larger adults to sit in the back quite comfortably (albeit, predictably, not as much headroom as a more conventional saloon might).

Up front the seats of our ‘Elegance’-spec test car were snug and adjustable, and the seating position lower and more enveloping than in a Passat. The Arteon’s door consoles rise much higher at your shoulder than its sister car’s, its roofline staying lower and its glasshouse slimmer, leaving quite a large B-pillar to peer around when you’re overtaking and pulling out of oblique junctions.

Onboard technology is one of the key prongs of the car’s appeal, VW’s thinking being that younger buyers probably care more about sophisticated safety and infotainment technology than perfect 50:50 weight distribution or some modern pastiche of century-old European luxury. It certainly seems a sensible philosophy – but it’s debatable if it’s a real selling point for this car. The Arteon gets the same optional glass-fronted 9.2in ‘Discover Pro’ infotainment system as has just been installed in the smaller Golf; and just as it did in the Golf, it seems powerful and feature-rich but much-the-worse on usability for the loss of VW’s old volume and map zoom knobs and shortcut buttons.

The car also has the Golf’s ‘Active Info Display’ digital instruments, which we like – but ultimately not quite as much as we like one or two other digital instrumentation setups that this kind of cash might buy. There can be few complaints or reservations about the slickness of the Arteon’s driving experience.

With its mechanical refinement and the consistent obliging lightness of its controls, the car feels every inch the modern Volkswagen. That 2.0-litre diesel engine remains remote and quiet even at moderately high revs, but its considerable torque, its responsiveness and the intelligent shift behaviour of the car’s DSG gearbox all mean you very seldom need to venture much beyond 3500rpm if you don’t want to.

The car’s ride is laudably quiet on a level surface, too, even on those optional 20in wheels and low-profile tyres. Rather than simply retune the same suspension hardware you’ll find on a Passat, VW has gone shopping for new adaptive dampers and bushings for this car in the knowledge that those 20in rims would be tricky to integrate into the driving experience without also accepting a harsher edge to the ride than Wolfsburg might otherwise like. The upshot is that the Arteon offers greater dynamic configurability than any other Volkswagen, it’s damping being tunable on a sliding scale from a more compliant setting to a more resolute one when you choose ‘individual’ mode on the modal controller, instead of being restricted to discrete ‘comfort’, ‘normal’ and ‘sport’ presets.

But, while the greater control over the car’s ride is welcome, what it amounts to is debatable. Like most of its rangemates, the Arteon is at its most effective when cocooning you from the world outside with its generally supple ride and its isolated steering. Damper upgrade or not, there’s an unmistakable thump to the car’s ride when those 20in rims hit sharper lumps and bumps – though it’s tolerable.

But move towards a firmer suspension preset in search of the driver engagement the car’s positioning promises and you’ll likely be left disappointed.

The car’s standard-fit ‘progressive’ variable-rate power steering picks up marginally more weight but still feels starved of feel here, and its ride becomes more choppy and little more intimately or meaningfully connected to the surface of the road.

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