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20 Jul 19
The Galway Review

Don Stoll‘s fiction is forthcoming in THE BROADKILL REVIEW, XAVIER REVIEW, THE MAIN STREET RAG, WILD VIOLET, THE AIRGONAUT, PULP MODERN, YELLOW MAMA (three times), FRONTIER TALES, and CHILDREN, CHURCHES AND DADDIES, and recently appeared in GREEN HILLS LITERARY LANTERN (tinyurl.com/y2lfxysm), CLOSE TO THE BONE (tinyurl.com/y38ac6jv), DARK DOSSIER (twice), THE HELIX, SARASVATI, ECLECTICA (tinyurl.com/y73wnmgq), EROTIC REVIEW (twice: tinyurl.com/y8nkc73z and tinyurl.com/y36zcvut), CLITERATURE (tinyurl.com/y5m8arzn), and DOWN IN THE DIRT. […]

20 Jul 19
Wellspring Christian Ministries

Book Julia Bruce for your next church or ministry event

20 Jul 19
AREA TALK REPORT

A civil society organization,Rumuekpe first (RF) has written an open letter to the Executive Chairman of Emohua local government Area of Rivers State, HON TOM ALIEZI, Draws his attention to a promise he made during the election, demanding urgent attention to an abandoned primary School and other pressing needs in Rumuekpe community. Dear High Chief, […]

20 Jul 19
Dear Soup Dragon

Our kettle’s boiled for a brew to start our day but to sit outside and enjoy it finds us once again seeking out the cardy’s as it is a little cool. Our French Pilote driving neighbour had some ‘van’ trouble of some description yesterday but a mechanic did materialise scratching his head and eventually condemn […]

20 Jul 19
TheCommonAtheist

Christianity may be right after all—aligning the quantum mechanics

20 Jul 19
Dare To Dream

It came on the heels of a terrible decade that included a presidential assassination, a war many Americans didn’t want, and students high on drugs dropping out to “make love, not war.” The revival was fueled by a hundred thousand parents crying out to God for children in protest. Pastor Chuck Smith’s wife, Kay, encouraged […]

20 Jul 19
Informed and Inflamed

As we seek to be faithful on our journeys toward deeper discipleship, consider making these 3 relationships a part of your life: Pursue a Paul. Paul and Timothy had a wonderful relationship, and we will benefit immensely as Christians if we will pursue a Paul for ourselves. Timothy was taught, trained, mentored, and poured into by […]

20 Jul 19
The Here and the Hereafter

There’s been quite a furor in the news recently (as noted in this link to a column on CNN) about two lawmakers in Alabama who are invoking what they call “The Billy Graham Rule.”  They are using it to shut women out of the political process in ways that are what I’d term antediluvian: resorting to […]

20 Jul 19
Travel Dejavu

Cappadocia is truly picture squereplete with lunar landscapes, secret tunnels, windswept rock formations and underground cities. The Cappadocia experience is different in summer and different in winter. Cappadocia across Central Turkey has been raided and invaded by the European empire builders such as the Hittites, the Persians, Alexander the Great, the Romans, the Byzantines and […]

20 Jul 19
Mahamood Mubarak Ali

Recently, I visited Mfangano Island, one of the islands in Lake Victoria, Kenya. I stayed with Samuel who introduced me to a family of five siblings he has been supporting after their parents died of AIDS. I had the opportunity to meet three of them and visited their home. After my visit, it was clear […]

20 Jul 19
The Scottish Sun
I LOVE a bargain but don’t like to skimp on quality. So choosing the ideal holiday destination can prove tricky at times. MAKING WAVES . . . sun worshippers on the glorious stretch of beach Well, not anymore now that I’ve discovered the delights of Sunny Beach in Bulgaria. It has just been voted best-value holiday destination in Europe for the sixth consecutive year, according to the Post Office’s Holiday Costs Report. And the resort certainly came up trumps with my mum Gail and I. It had everything we could want — guaranteed sunshine, sandy shores with swim-friendly waters and budget-friendly hotels. Bathe in Bulgarian luxury at five-star Sol Nessebar Palace Hotel with grub to die for and aqua park adventure But don’t just take my word flight out of Glasgow Airport I couldn’t help but listen to the family behind me, chatting excitedly about their fifth visit to the Black Sea resort. “I hope the sea is just as warm this year”, said one. “I can’t wait to feel the sand between my toes”, another gushed. I wasn’t even on the plane yet and already I was itching to get there. Hotel Laguna Park When we arrived at Burgas Airport after a four-hour flight it was just over an hour coach transfer to our hotel. We stayed at the 4H Laguna Park Hotel nestled in a quieter stretch of Sunny Beach, but still just a five-minute walk from the main strip. As we walked through the grand entrance I was instantly impressed with the modern and stylish decor. Our suitcases were quickly taken by a porter who showed us to our room on the eighth floor. It was spacious and included everything you’d need with a large shower room. Arriving in the middle of the night, the hotel had even kept open the restaurant for us with an offering of breads, cold meats and cheese, all washed down with the wine or juice of our choice. It was the perfect welcome. First thing I had to do next morning was explore that beach — and it is a real gem. Stretching across 8km, the golden sands of Sunny Beach twinkle in the 30°C sunshine. The beach, which is Blue Flag certified, is filled with sunbeds, parasols and holidaymakers soaking it all up. Plush rooms to end the day in After dipping our feet in the sea, my mum and I enjoyed a stroll along the pier to really take in the view. All around us, thrillseekers squealed on banana boats or jet skis, families built sand castles and sun worshippers enjoyed a snooze on their loungers. It was bliss. Having worked up an appetite, we headed back for the first of many great meals at the hotel. We opted for the all-inclusive option, which was definitely a good decision. [boxout headline=”GO: SUNNY BEACH”]GETTING/STAYING THERE: A seven-night break at the 4H Hotel Laguna Park, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria, costs from £554 per person including return flights from Glasgow to Bourgas and transfers to and from the resort. Departing September 1 on an all-inclusive basis. There are also flights from Edinburgh and Aberdeen. See balkanholidays.co.uk, call 0207 543 5555 or contact your local travel agent. [/boxout] The main restaurant included a massive range of foods to suit all tastes. For breakfast there was a full range of breads, jams, fruits, cereals and yoghurts. Full cooked breakfasts were also on offer, as well as omelettes made to order. But my sweet tooth was truly satisfied with the mouth-watering crepes served with chocolate or lemon and sugar. I wasn’t even put off by the fact that I was the only adult queuing for them most days. PERFECT BREAK . . . Katy and mum Gail had a ball at Black Sea resort Lunch and dinners were also packed with dishes to suit all tastebuds. From pastas, pork and lamb stews to roasted meat of the day and curries. It was a buffet set-up with chefs also magicking up some dishes in front of your eyes. Out with the main restaurant there was a fast-food bar serving burgers, pizza, chips and ice cream throughout the day. How Bulgaria’s Sunny Beach became the ‘new Magaluf’ attracting thousands of party-loving Brits seeking drugs, booze and hookers Two pool bars also made sure we were topped up with cocktails and refreshing water while soaking up the sunshine. Energised from my morning crepes, my inner child even got a chance to enjoy the hotel’s multitude of water flumes. But if you’re after some peace and quiet, there is a smaller pool on the complex with prime sunbathing spots. The pool bar staff will make you up a signature cocktail while you enjoy a good book or quick soak in the pool. [boxout headline=”What costs what?”]Sun lounger on the beach: £4.50. A beer: Around about £1. DO: try rakia, the local tipple made from a variety of fruits. DON’T: forget your flip-flops — the sand’s HOT. [/boxout] For the actual youngsters, a gang of enthusiastic reps provided non-stop fun across the complex. Little ones are spoilt for choice with a children’s outdoor pool, play area, mini club and entertainment centre with a bouncy castle. The entertainment continued into the night with the same staff putting on kids and adult cabaret shows. If you’re after a family holiday this fits the bill. Katy living her best life It was hard to drag ourselves away from the hotel, but we did check out the surrounding bars and restaurants a couple of nights. Sunny Beach prides itself as the most-popular holiday resort in Bulgaria. Sitting enjoying cocktails and three-course dinner at Jack’s Bar and Restaurant I lost count of the number of families and couples of all ages passing by. It was a very welcome surprise — I thought is was mainly youngsters who holidayed here — and just proved Sunny Beach has something for everyone. And our bill for that night came in at less than £30 for two people. Strolling back to our hotel we even made friends with the resort dog, Mary. If you see her be sure to give her a pat. She is watched over by the restaurant and bar staff along Flower Street while her owner operates the mini train tours throughout the resort. Back at Laguna Park, our Balkan Holidays rep was always on hand to answer our questions and give advice on day trips. Stunning reception Having fallen in love with the beach, we opted for more days with our sun loungers wedged in the sand. But there is no shortage of sightseeing opportunities in this beautiful stretch of Bulgaria. The historic Nessebar, just a ten-minute taxi ride away, is a beautiful Unesco World Heritage Site. It boasts cobbled streets and amazing sea views. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN TRAVEL” posts_category=”33″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”popular” /] There are a dozen well-kept medieval churches within the small Old Town and plenty of 19th Century timbered houses, plus shops selling everything from souvenirs to traditional Bulgarian dresses. Khan’s Tent Cabaret is also an unmissable evening in the resort, with live music, international artists and a delicious four course meal. The view from the restaurant is equally brilliant with a stunning panoramic view over Sunny Beach and Nessebar. This cabaret show is unrivalled and definitely one to see. Your only struggle on a break to Sunny Beach will be fitting it all in. [bc_video video_id=”5570045113001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”What’s it like on a Party Crew bar crawl in Sunny Beach, Bulgaria?”] We pay for your stories and videos! 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20 Jul 19
The Flaming Herald

In recent times in high-profile media interviews, too many celebrity ministers have been guilty of blurring the lines between truth and error, right and wrong, and sin and righteousness. Lately it seems that when put on the spot in a public platform and asked a direct and pointed question concerning the great moral issues of […]

20 Jul 19
timalderman

APOLOGY: This is my second post of this blog…tidied up and re-edited. The first post had dot-points all over the place, and I have no reason why! Nothing I do gets rid of them, and the post just got messier and messier. The only way to fix the problem was to redo the entire post. […]

20 Jul 19
2BecomeBrave

Sunday me and my daughters came home from the 25th Karitos Worship and Arts Conference. This year it was in Streator, Illinois about a 3 and a half hour drive for us. This conference is always a test of faith for me. In 2015 was the last time I went to the conference as an […]

20 Jul 19
Kate Tales Foundation

    KATE TALES FOUNDATION                   IN   PARTNERSHIP WITH     REVOLVING ART INCUBATOR            PRESENTS     THE AFRICAN WRITER AND THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE     Moderator-      Amanda Iheme Amanda Iheme is a human being first. She works as a […]