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The Will Rogers Polo Club in Pacific Palisades, is the only remaining polo club in Los Angeles. (It's like field hockey with 2 goals.).

Established  by Roger's in 1926, it hasn't changed much. Will's Will donated the park for the public, and the will of Will's will, the preservation efforts, are ongoing.

Today there are matches at 10am and 2pm. I was on my hike-run and watched the horses arrive by trailers.

Back in the day, Rogers and his hollywood friends Spencer Tracy, Walt Disney and Clark Gable would play polo at the field on weekends. Then head our ro The Beverly Hills Hotel for drinks,The Polo Lounge became a popular watering hole and got its namesake from the movie stars.

                  Yesterday's event

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Ocean Boulevard 

Will Roger's State Park

Taking a hike in the mountains

With all the roads you take, make sure some of them are dirt

The quintessential California car-the 1963 Corvette convertible. I'm too big for it now-Not much leg room.

Marina Del Rey

Dawn at the start of Route 66, "The Mother Road"  with the holy mother,  Santa Monica
We should look this good at 129 years old, this Australian Fig Tree

I finally got that pony I was promised.
A hike to the bridge and back-6 miles
The view of West Los Angeles skyline

Polo match at Will Rogers

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Bosham is a coastal village in the Chichester District of West Sussex. It stands between two tidal creeks that offer diverse high and low ride views. Lovely afternoon walking the seaside trails.

Rome Sweet Rome
Next, we took a drive down some country roads, and found The Tinwood Estate in Chichester, West Sussex. It produces a collection of sparkling wines and offers a tour we wanted to takebut because we didn't book in advance we had to settle for a walk through the grapevines. On the way back we saw some nails of hay and fields of gold that gave a bright golden haze on the meadows. Finally, it was off to Bignor, in Arundel county, and The Roman ruins, with mosaic floors, circa 190 AD. We toured the large Roman courtyard villa which had been excavated and put on public display this decade.


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The Have and The Have Yachts
Great day, getting our Vitamin Sea. This large natural harbor to the south west of the city of Chichester on the Solent, straddles the boundary of West Sussex and Hampshire.

Red Ensign fly on super yachts and this day tripper too
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 It's About Time 
Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built 330 years ago, The Royal Observatory, home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian lines is one of the most important historic scientific sites in the world.

The Meridian is an imaginary line which runs from the North Pole to the South Pole. It runs through the main telescope at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, south-east London.

The point is known as Zero Longitude and it is the line from which all other lines of longitude are measured. 00° 00' 00""

Nuku'alofa -Where Time Begins

On Crystal Serenity's World Cruise in 2011, we  crossed the international dateline, or IDL.

The International Date Line (IDL) is an imaginary line on Earth's surface defining the boundary between one day and the next.

The International Date Line is located halfway around the world from the prime meridian (0° longitude) or about 180° east (or west) of Greenwich, London, UK, the reference point of time zones.

The cognitive dissonance is sorted.

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Along the famous college backs, you find one of the most beautiful views on the river Cam. I feast my eyes on this learning environment like some privileged old soul, under the protection of King Henry III ,with  honorary enrollment  under the tuition of a recognised master, allowed  to remain in the town for as long as need-be to have that recognition, that "Ah huh or "eureka" monent.  Ok I found it. Here it is:

I am reminded of how unnecessarily obsessed we are with testing and the record of achievement. The problem is that our educational system trains students to be "A" students—academics—or "B" students—bureaucrats working for the government. Our schools do not train our young people to be "C" students: capitalists or entrepeneurs.

Steve Jobs ( A college drop out, like Bill Gates) definition of grades "Money is life's report card" . He beat them all by studying things nobody ever did-like the caligraphy class Jobs took that inspired Mac Typeface.

The fact  is that A students work for B and C Students, and the building are dedicated and endowed by D students.  Nobody ever made history by following the rules.

If you read well, memorize well and test well... and not tbe one of those hippie creative thinkers, visionaries and dreamers –entrepreneurs-in-the-making, well, you know where this is going. "A's" are really E's"" Good Employees.  The sales pitch from the schools is: "You must finish school." "You must have a college degree." "If you do not finish school, you will not be successful in your career." 

Career comes from the 16th-century word for “road.”, a clear cut path with a final destination. Not only isnt this fin  it is not available these is more about gamifying the process and leveling up.

I meat/meet:therefore I am

The following are 50 people who did not finish school, but that didn’t let that stop them. They made it to the top. 1. George Washington President of the United States 2. Abraham Lincoln President of the United States 3. Harry Truman President of the United States 4. Grover Cleveland President of the United States 5. Zachary Taylor President of the United States 6. Andrew Johnson President of the United States 7. John Glenn Astronaut, U.S. Senator 8. Barry Goldwater U.S. Senator 9. Benjamin Franklin U.S. Ambassador 10. Winston Churchill Prime Minister of England 11. John Major Prime Minister of England 12. Robert Frost Poet 13. Florence Nightingale Nurse 14. Buckminster Fuller Futurist and Inventor 15. George Eastman Founder of Eastman Kodak 16. Ray Kroc Founder of McDonald’s 17. Dave Thomas Founder of Wendy’s 18. Ralph Lauren Fashion designer and Entrepreneur 19. Doris Lessing Nobel Prize recipient in Literature 20. George Bernard Shaw Playwright 21. Peter Jennings News anchor for ABC 22. Christopher Columbus Explorer 23. TD Jakes Pastor 24. Joel Osteen Pastor 25. John D. Rockefeller Founder of Standard Oil 26. Karl Rove Presidential advisor 27. Ted Turner Founder of CNN 28. Quentin Tarantino Movie director 29. Peter Jackson Movie director (Lord of the Rings) 30. Mark Twain Author 31. Leon Uris Author 32. Carl Bernstein Washington Post reporter 33. Carly Fiorina CEO of Hewlett Packard 34. Charles Dickens Author 35. Andrew Carnegie Industrialist 36. William Faulkner Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner 37. Li Ka Shing Wealthiest man in Asia 38. Richard Branson Founder of Virgin Atlantic Airways and Virgin Records 39. Enzo Ferrari Founder of Ferrari 40. Henry Ford Founder of Ford Motor Company 41. J. Paul Getty Founder of Getty Oil 42. Jack London Author 43. Larry Ellison Founder of Oracle 44. Tom Anderson Founder of My Space 45. Mark Zuckerberg Founder of Facebook 46. Steve Jobs Founder of Apple 47. Steve Wozniak Founder of Apple 48. Bill Gates Founder of Microsoft 49. Paul Allen Founder of Microsoft 50. Ringo Starr Beatle

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 The Tassle Is Worth The Hassle. Graduation was 2 days ago. Congrats to all. The students who are coming back next semester are long gone but the city center is busy for a Sunday with everyone else besides the "town and gown" including the cows and dogs and boats  and we tourists.

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50 miles North of London, sits Cambridge University, host to 30 colleges, the most renowned being Trinity College.

Cambridge alumni include a large number of the world’s greatest scientists, mathematicians, artists, musicians, writers and philosophers. 

The list includes: Sir Issac Newton, Sir Francis Bacon, Charles Darwin, Ernest Rutherford, Jane Goodall, Robert Oppenheimer, J.J. Thompson, John Maynard Keynes, Leo Strauss, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Bertrand Russell, Michael Crichton, Vladmir Nabokov, Nick Drake, John Rutter, E.M. Forster, Lord Byron, Francis Crick and James Watson.

Cambridge has been home to 65 Nobel Prize winners. This is the largest number of any university in the world. 
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