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The Fairmont Empress (most commonly known as The Empress) is one of the oldest and most famous hotels in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Located on Government Street facing the Inner Harbour, the Empress has become an iconic symbol for the city itself.

 

The Edwardian, château-style hotel was designed by Francis Rattenbury for Canadian Pacific Hotels as a terminus hotel for Canadian Pacific's steamship line, whose main terminal was just a block away. The hotel was to serve businesspeople and visitors to Victoria, but later as Canadian Pacific ceased its passenger services to the city, the hotel was successfully remarketed as a resort to tourists. Victoria emerged as a tourist destination beginning in the mid-to-late 1920s

 

The hotel has 477 rooms, with most either overlooking the Inner Harbour or the hotel's rear courtyard gardens. It has four restaurants, including The Bengal Lounge, which is decorated in Victorian-era, Colonial Indian style (when Queen Victoria was the Empress of India) or Kipling's, which is named after its once frequent guest and visitor, author Rudyard Kipling. In 2005, Kipling's closed its doors to the public in order for the hotel to gain more space for private functions. The hotel has gym facilities, a whirlpool bath and an indoor swimming pool.

 

What some people may not know, is that The Empress was actually built on a bog. And as a result, is sinking into the ground about a quarter of an inch each year. If you're ever taking photos of it, you'll notice that the building is never straight with the horizon.

 

Source: Wikipedia

  

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“United States Spend Ten Times More On Fossil Fuel Subsidies Than Education”

 

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“Climate change: Arctic permafrost now melting at levels not expected until 2090”

 

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For those of you who found my earlier post

 

www.desmogblog.com/2019/06/20/democratic-think-tank-progr...

 

of attorneys for the United States arguing in court that Americans don’t have a right to “a climate capable of sustaining human life.” You may find it interesting pushback against Climate Lawsuits is coming from a Democratic Party Think Tank calling itself the Progressive Policy Institute:

 

“A Democratic Think Tank, the Progressive Policy Institute, Is Promoting Pushback Against Climate Lawsuits

 

www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/04/teen-activist...

 

Remarketing the Democratic Establishment as “Progressive” failed to convince voters in Chicago’s recent mayoral election.

 

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“VIEWFINDER: PROTESTERS WARN OF INSECT POPULATION DECLINE”

 

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“Trump’s EPA Signs 'Deadly' Clean Power Plan Replacement”

 

www.desmogblog.com/2019/06/20/trump-wheeler-epa-signs-coa...

 

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“Trump’s EPA Rolls Back Coal Restrictions”

 

www.democracynow.org/2019/6/20/headlines/trumps_epa_rolls...

 

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“Another Deceptive Letter Bashing the Electric Car Tax Credit Circulating Congress, Courtesy of FreedomWorks”

 

www.desmogblog.com/2019/06/16/mooney-bashing-electric-veh...

 

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“British MP Suspended for Grabbing & Shoving Climate Activist”

 

www.democracynow.org/2019/6/21/headlines/british_mp_suspe...

 

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“Rare Miami forest poised to be bulldozed for Walmart development”

 

thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/449448-rare-miami-f...

 

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Quote: “golf course on top of a globally rare wetland and clear cut a 200 year-old forest of white pine and Wisconsin beech.” Betrayed by Democratic Ex-Senator Herb Kohl.

 

“Why, Mr. Kohler, Why?” (Part 1)

wiscoland.com/2019/06/11/why-mr-kohler-why-the-bold-grab-...

 

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“U.S. Forests Are Being Clear-Cut to Supply Biomass Energy Industry, Report Finds”

 

e360.yale.edu/digest/u-s-forests-are-being-devastated-to-...

 

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“Pope Francis declares 'climate emergency' and urges action”

 

www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/14/pope-francis-...

 

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“'We Are Unstoppable, Another World Is Possible!': Hundreds Storm Police Lines to Shut Down Massive Coal Mine in Germany”

 

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“Amsterdam might have the solution to the world’s bee crisis!”

 

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court is corrupt and have decided to uphold Republicans last minute “Lame-Duck Session” stripping the incoming Democratic Governor and Attorney General of all power.

 

One of the first things the GOP is doing is the following:

 

“GOP Bill Would Create Water Pollution Credit Clearinghouse”

“Republican lawmakers are looking to streamline Wisconsin's water pollution credits system.”

 

www.usnews.com/news/best-states/wisconsin/articles/2019-0...

 

Trading rights to pollute in a market is thwart with peril and abuse and voters typically don’t challenge the result – until it is too late - because of the schemes complexity. One thing is for certain, Republicans, especially WISCONSIN Republicans, didn’t suddenly find respect for the environment.

 

Also see,

 

“Carbon trading fraud in Belgium – "up to 90% of the whole market volume was caused by fraudulent activities"”

 

wattsupwiththat.com/2010/01/12/carbon-trading-fraud-in-be...

 

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“Multi-billion euro carbon-trading fraud trial opens in Paris”

 

www.france24.com/en/20160503-france-trial-multi-billion-c...

 

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Trump’s dictator friend in India has also proposed such a plan. India’s environmental record is horrific.

 

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Degradation of our planet’s ability to support life is the single greatest act of discrimination based upon wealth\income that human history will likely ever experience.

 

To allow the rich to benefit from any type of degradation is morally wrong. They must be held financially accountable.

 

This woman was sitting at an outdoor table of a small restaurant/coffee-shop on the west side of Columbus Avenue at 73rd Street. It's the first time that I've seen anyone in this particular area (which is near a gym that I usually visit 2-3 times a week) with a laptop, and I was delighted to see that she had a Mac.... and not just any old Mac, but a Mac Powerbook. (But not a MacBook Air :) )

 

Note: this photo was published in a November 24, 2008 blog posting entitled "Mobile Tech Secrets for Getting Things Done On the Go." It was also published in a Dec 14, 2008 blog entitled "5 Fantastic Blogs To Improve Your Life." It was also published in a Jul 13, 2009 "Pimp Your Mac" blog titled "Pimp my Mail." And it was published in a Jul 24, 2009 blog titled "Step Away From the Computer." For some reason, it was also published as an illustration in an undated (Nov 2009) Mahalo blog titled "Macbook Air Battery" at www-dot-mahalo-dot-com-slash-macbook-air-battery. And it was published in a Nov 20, 2009 blog titled "Breng de klanten service naar de klant." It was also published in a Nov 23, 2009 blog titled "Customer Retention: How to Retain Existing Health Club Clients and Attract New Ones." And it was published in a Dec 4, 2009 blog titled "Every Mum Wrestles With Returning To Work."

 

More recently, it was published in a Jan 3, 2010 blog titled "Sunday Confessional: I Can't Stop Facebook Stalking My Ex." And it was published in a Jan 22, 2010 blog titled "Best Places with Free Wi-Fi in Metro Detroit." It was also published in a Feb 11, 2010 blog titled "How Healthcare Organizations Can Benefit From Video Campaigns." And it was published in a Feb 14, 2010 blog titled "The Most Useful Bloggers on the Web." It was also published in a Feb 16, 2010 blog titled "Unresolved Obstacles to the Credibility of Online Degrees," as well as a Feb 25, 2010 blog titled Running your "Fitness Business: Online Software vs Desktop Software." It was also published in an undated (Mar 2010) blog titled "8 Ways to Discover New Music." And it was published, sometime in Apr 2010, as an illustration in the "About Me" page of Sarita Li Johnson's blog. It was also published in an Apr 9, 2010 blog titled "Technology Vs. Human Eye: You Decide the Winner." And it was published in an Apr 17, 2010 blog titled "12 Hands-on tips to protect yourself online."

 

It was also published in an Apr 19, 2010 blog titled EMOBILEにUQ Flat、どれがいい?高速モバイルデータ通信サービスを比較 -- which I've been told means "Ed Yourdon is really an amazing photographer," but I'm not sure I believe it. And it was published in an Apr 22, 2010 blog titled "Gift ideas for working mums," as well as an Apr 22, 2010 blog titled "La intimidad en Internet: el pánico de los padres de la Generación M" (the English-language version of which is Internet privacy: Generation M parents panic." It was also published in an Apr 27, 2010 blog about Facebook's new privacy settings, titled "Facebook, cómo darse de baja," at www-dot-tuexperto-dot-com/2010/04/27/facebook-como-darse-de-baja/ . And on May 12, 2010 it showed up in a Web ad for the movie, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."

 

It was also published in an undated (May 2010) HeartsForU blog , with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. And it was published in a Jun 7, 2010 blog titled "5 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Small Business Blog," as well as a Jun 8, 2010 blog titled "Zmiana IP na 10 sposobów." It was also published in a Jun 21, 2010 blog titled Is "Blogging for Your Small Business Dead?" And it was published in a Jul 1, 2010 blog titled "2 Things All Content Creators Can Do." It was also published in a Jul 13, 2010 blog titled "Top 15 Countries Where Most Active Bloggers Are Located." And a cropped, horizontally flipped version of the photo was published in a Jul 27, 2010 blog titled "Welcome to the Gig Economy." It was also published in an Aug 12, 2010 blog titled "Women Spend More Time Online," and it was published in an undated (late August 2010) blog titled "Why you need to write in advance (and I do to!)." It was also published in a Sep 14, 2010 blog titled "Cool Top Blogging Subjects Images." And in one of the more bizarre publication examples I've seen on the Internet, the photo was published in a Sep 30, 2010 blog titled " Gillette Venus Original Razor, 1 Razor 2 Cartridges, 1-count Package Reviews." It was also published in an Oct 10, 2010 blog titled "17 laptop computers-17.3″ 17″ LAPTOP BAG NOTEBOOK CASE COMPUTER CARRYING." And it was published in a Nov 14, 2010 COMPARE LAPTOP PCS TABLETS & SMARTPHONES blog, with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. It was also published in two Nov 18, 2010 blogs, titled 3 Steps To Getting The Ultimate Article Marketing Guide" and "Investing On Internet Marketing Software." And it was published in a Nov 23, 2010 blog titled "The Online Business Opportunity for the New Entrepreneur," as well as a Nov 26, 2010 blog titled "Why Now Is The Right Time To Compare Online Trading." It was also published in a Nov 29, 2010 blog titled "The Truth About What Is Article Marketing." And it was published in a Dec 9, 2010 blog titled "Internet Schools- A Time for Choosing," as well as a Dec 18, 2010 Lifehacker blog titled "Step Away From Your Desk For A More Focused Environment." Also in late Dec 2010, I found that the photo had been published in the "about" page of a site called CafeWorkr.

 

Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a Jan 6, 2011 Desktopize blog/, with the same title and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Jan 8, 2011 blog titled "How to Build Your Own Profitable Small Internet Business." And it was published in a Jan 17, 2011 blog titled "How can i get my camera to take pictures like this?" It was also published in a Jan 25, 2011 blog titled "JUSTICE DEPT. WANTS PROVIDERS TO RETAIN INTERNET DATA." It was also published in a Jan 28, 2011 blog titled "7 Blogging Tips for Increased Traffic."

 

The photo was also published in a Feb 1, 2011 blog titled "Traveling With Your Laptop," as well as a Feb 17, 2011 blog titled "How You Can Make Changes To Your Business Website, Your Way." And it was published in a Feb 27, 2011 blog titled "Best Places with Free Wi-Fi in Metro Detroit." It was also published in a Mar 4, 2011 blog titled "Hi… What would be on your personal software wish list?? and what features wld you want in each? :)?" And it was published in a Mar 24, 2011 blog titled "11 Dos and Don’ts for Dating Online." It was also published in a May 13, 2011 blog titled "What Are Your Prospects Looking for Online?" And it was published in a May 24, 2011 blog titled "How To Achieve Success From Stone Cold Steve Austin." It was also published in an undated (late May 2011) Cafeworkr website "about" page titled "Purpose of Cafeworkr." And it was published in a Jun 1, 2011 blog titled "Blogging Tips: Top 6 WordPress Plugins." It was also published in a Jun 21, 2011 blog titled "Consumerization of IT Challenges Device-Centric ITAM." And it was published in an undated (late Jun 2011) blog titled "Internet privacy: Generation M parents panic." It was also published in a Jul 31, 2011 Compare-online blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page, as well as an Aug 3, 2011 bog titled "How To Search For A Repeatable & Scaleable Business Model." And it was published in an Aug 28, 2011 blog titled "Facebook vi rende più disinvolte negli approcci?"

 

Moving into the fall of 2011, the photo was published in a Sep 8, 2011 blog titled "Entidade da UE descontente com a auto-regulamentação de publicidade comportamental on-line." And it was published in a Sep 14, 2011 blog titled "New Rules for Business in the Social Media Age." It was also published in an Oct 5, 2011 Tolle Crazy Computer blog and a Nov 7, 2011 Active-Internet-dot-de blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written here on this Flickr page.

 

Moving into 2012, the photo wa published in a Jan 12, 2012 Romanian blog titled "Mămici fără griji la service ." And it was published in a Jan 29, 2012 blog titled "Nice Online Dating Secrets of Success Photos." It was also published in an undated (early Feb 2012) blog titled "WIEDEN + KENNEDY TECH INCUBATOR PICKS ITS STARTUP CLASS OF 2011", as well as a Feb 17, 2012 blog titled "Internett og WiFi i Amsterdam." And it was published in a Mar 7, 2012 blog titled "Somebody's Tracking You," as well as a Mar 3, 2012 blog titled "5 Things You Should Never Share on Social Networking Sites." It was also published in a Mar 15, 2012 blog titled "Elo7 faz parceria com editora Globo e lança portal de conteúdo." And it was published in a Mar 21, 2012 blog titled "Internet to rank as 6th-largest economy by 2016." It was also published in an Apr 19, 2012 blog titled "Facebook for eCommerce: It’s About Customer Retention, Not Acquisition." And it was published in an Apr 30, 2012 blog titled "Ask LH: Do I Really Need To Be That Worried About Security When I’m Using Public Wi-Fi?", as well as a May 1, 2012 blog titled "Be in the Office Without Being in the Office." It was also published in a May 3, 2012 I Music News Radio blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in a May 4, 2012 blog titled "Kaspersky Lab ha elaborado un pasaporte 3.0 para mamás en el que presentan cómo utilizar herramientas de control parental." And it was published in a May 23, 2012 blog titled "Less professor time doesn’t hurt: study." It was also published in a Jun 18, 2012 blog titled "Nikon COOLPIX AW100 16 MP CMOS Waterproof Digital Camera."

 

Moving into the 2nd half of 2012, the photo was published in a Jul 6, 2012 blog titled "Jobs for Shy People: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," as well as a Jul 7, 2012 blog titled BUILD YOUR BUSINESS WITH QUALITY ARTICLE MARKETING." It was also published in a Jul 31, 2012 blog titled "22 Top Blogging Tools Loved by the Pros." And it was published in an Aug 28, 2012 blog titled El 51% de los argentinos utiliza Internet como su principal fuente de información." It was also published in a Sep 3, 2012 blog titled "Cool Best Ecommerce Websites images." And it was published in a Sep 21, 2012 blog titled "この先、生き残れるノウハウはこれだ," as well as a Sep 22, 2012 blog titled "Top 5 Blogs for Teachers, You Must Need To Know." It was also published in an Oct 1, 2012 blog titled "How to transfer computer files safely," as well as an undated (early Oct 2012) blog titled "11 Dos and Don’ts for Dating Online." And it was published in a Nov 2, 2012 blog titled "El fenómeno de las madres blogger y otras noticias en nuestro Flash Digital de octubre." And it was published in a Nov 9, 2012 blog titled "Sites de rencontres: La bonne rencontre en ligne, possible?" It was also published in a Nov 14, 2012 blog titled "The New Geography of Jobs." And it was published in a Nov 15, 2012 blog titled "MyGift 15 inch Fascinating Peacock Notebook Laptop Sleeve Bag Carrying Case for most of MacBook, Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Sony, Toshiba," with the same detailed notes and comments I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Nov 20, 2012 blog titled "How to write a feature that connects." And it was published in a Dec 3, 2012 blog titled "Do I Really Need to Worry About Security When I’m Using Public Wi-Fi?" It was also published in a Dec 4, 2012 blog titled "Your Employees & Their Online Presence: How Will It Effect Your Brand in 2013?" And it was published in a Dec 14, 2012 blog titled "Nice Do It Yourself Calendar 2013 Photos," along with the same detailed notes I had written on this Flickr page.

 

Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Jan 6, 2013 blog titled "Tips And Strategies On How To Be Successful In Article Promotion." And it was published in a Jan 9, 2013 blog titled "Take This Advice And Succeed With Article Advertising." It was also published in a Jan 15, 2013 blog titled "Capital Ideas Digest: 01.15.13." And it was published in a Jan 23, 2013 blog titled "Amazon Prime Is Worth the Price." It was also published in a Jan 28, 2013 blog titled "Nice Social Media Marketing Tips For Small Business photos," as well as a Feb 3, 2013 blog titled "Nice Online Trading Tips photos" and a Feb 3, 2013 blog titled "The Following Steps Can Help You To Market Any Article." And it was published in a Feb 20, 2013 blog titled "Guest Post via PostJoint: Write Drunk; Edit Sober." It was also published in a Feb 26, 2013 blog titled "퓨처워커에게 사업 멘토링 받는 방법#1." And it was published in a Mar 2, 2013 blog titled "Como manter um namoro online." It was also published in a Mar 6, 2013 blog titled "The Price of Nasty by Erica Brown," as well as a Mar 11, 2013 blog titled "Noise vs. Quiet: Which Is Better for Productivity?" I also found the photo in a Mar 11, 2013 blog titled "4 Steps to your Best Travel Insurance Purchase Every Time.," as well as a Mar 18, 2013 blog titled " Online College: Valuable Tool Or Waste Of Your time?", and a Mar 19, 2013 blog titled "Here’s Why Blogging is Not Your Cup of Tea, Wanna Leave? or Stick to it?" and a Mar 19, 2013 blog titled "Finally, Feds say cops’ access to your e-mail shouldn’t be time-dependent." It was also published in a Mar 23, 2013 blog titled "Dating Advice for PlentyOfFish-dot-com., as well as a Mar 27, 2013 blog titled "Online Dating: Yes or No?" And it was published in a Mar 31, 2013 Mashable blog titled "How Vizify Gives Recruiters Context for Your Digital Identity," as well as an Apr 4, 2013 blog titled "The most likely buyer of Nokia or BlackBerry now in talks to acquire NEC’s handset unit." And it was published in a May 1, 2013 blog titled "RESOURCES TO HELP FIND A TRAVEL COMPANION." It was also published in an undated (late May 2013) blog titled "Come trovare lavoro con i social network: cinque consigli utili per cambiare," as well as a May 21, 2013 blog titled "Consumers Can Now Upload Profile Photos for Unclaimed Place Pages." It was also published in a Jun 6, 2013 blog titled "El Consejo De Ministros Aprueba El Proyecto "Emprende En 3"," as well as an undated (mid-June 2013) blog titled "Sites de rencontres: La bonne rencontre en ligne, possible?" And it was published in a Jun 10, 2013 blog titled "10 Rules to Optimize Online Dating." It was also published in a Jun 19, 2013 blog titled "What Is ReMarketing?", as well as a Jul 1, 2013 blog titled "This is why you’re single. The top 3 reasons why your relationship fails." And it was published in a Jul 25, 2013 blog titled "The dangers of dating," as well as an Aug 1, 2013 blog titled "Higher Ed: 7 Things to Consider as You Prepare for the Year." It was also published in an undated (late Aug 2013) blog titled "Protecting Yourself From Identity Theft."

 

Moving into 2014, the photo was published in a Jan 13, 2014 blog titled "Be More Productive On Social Media With 10 Easy Tips." It was also published in a Feb 25, 2014 blog titled "Guía para el Periodista Freelance (I): Los primeros pasos legales, con Remo." And it was published in an undated (mid-September 2014) blog titled "12 MUST-HAVE BUSINESS APPS FOR THE MOBILE WORKER."

 

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This is part of an evolving photo-project, which will probably continue throughout the summer of 2008, and perhaps beyond: a random collection of "interesting" people in a broad stretch of the Upper West Side of Manhattan -- between 72nd Street and 104th Street, especially along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

 

I don't like to intrude on people's privacy, so I normally use a telephoto lens in order to photograph them while they're still 50-100 feet away from me; but that means I have to continue focusing my attention on the people and activities half a block away, rather than on what's right in front of me.

 

I've also learned that, in many cases, the opportunities for an interesting picture are very fleeting -- literally a matter of a couple of seconds, before the person(s) in question move on, turn away, or stop doing whatever was interesting. So I've learned to keep the camera switched on (which contradicts my traditional urge to conserve battery power), and not worry so much about zooming in for a perfectly-framed picture ... after all, once the digital image is uploaded to my computer, it's pretty trivial to crop out the parts unrelated to the main subject.

 

For the most part, I've deliberately avoided photographing bums, drunks, drunks, and crazy people. There are a few of them around, and they would certainly create some dramatic pictures; but they generally don't want to be photographed, and I don't want to feel like I'm taking advantage of them. I'm still looking for opportunities to take some "sympathetic" pictures of such people, which might inspire others to reach out and help them. We'll see how it goes ...

 

The only other thing I've noticed, thus far, is that while there are lots of interesting people to photograph, there are far, far, *far* more people who are *not* so interesting. They're probably fine people, and they might even be more interesting than the ones I've photographed ... but there was just nothing memorable about them. It was also published in a Jun 19, 2013 blog titled What Is Re-Marketing?", as well as a Jun 25, 2013 blog titled "言明してしまうことで自分を規定してしまうこと."

This rare and sought after 1968 Mustang California Special edition took part in the 2018 Friday Cruise Night at Family Leisure Home Center in Olathe Kansas.

 

In mid-February 1968, the California Ford Dealers (Ford Dealer Advertising Fund) began to market a factory-built, limited-edition Mustang, called the GT/CS, or "California Special". The hope was for a targeted production run of 5,000; however, only 4118 were made, including 251 units that were remarketed in Denver, Colorado, as "High Country Special '68". Production ran for only 5.5 months from mid-February 1968 to early August 1968. Today, classic car collectors consider these cars to be very desirable.

 

Lee Grey attended the Ford Preview event for the new 1968 Fords at the Los Angeles Coliseum in August 1967, where he saw a Shelby GT-500 prototype coupe nicknamed "Little Red". This was a supercharged 428, C-6 automatic coupe that was dressed up in bright red paint, and a vinyl roof, as a formal, yet high-performance vehicle. It was on display to gauge market response as a possible Shelby lineup Mustang. Lee saw this as an opportunity to use the elements of this prototype to market his "California-Only Mustang". He met with Lee Iaccoca in L.A., and the decision was made to bring the car to Dearborn to develop into a limited edition Mustang. First, it was known as the "GT/SC", as a nationally available Sport Coupe, then, after some discussion, developed as the GT/CS.

 

Shelby Automotive, now part of Ford, was assigned the task of designing and engineering the necessary parts and assembly procedures for the GT/CS. This was done right alongside the development of their 1968 Shelby. The fiberglass parts were crafted at A.O. Smith, in Ionia, Michigan, in steel molds. A.O. Smith was also the same OEM manufacturer for the Corvette fiberglass bodies. The fiberglass parts for the GT/CS included: the rear decklid and end caps, taillight panel, and side scoops (RH and LH).

 

The Mustang GT/CS features included: Marchal or Lucas Fog Lights, twist-type DZUS hood pins, side scoops, pop-open gas cap, rear spoilerdecklid with end caps, and taillight panel with 1965 Thunderbird taillights (non sequential). Side stripes with the "GT/CS" die-cut logo, along with a rear decklid stripe were included, and were available in white, black, red, and metallic medium blue only. It was available in all standard Mustang colors for 1968, all Ford engine and transmission combinations (except 427/C-6, which was dropped for all '68s).

 

Most produced were the small-block 289 two-barrel (2V) carburetor with C-4 automatic transmission. All regular production factory and dealer options for 1968 Mustang coupes were also available for the GT/CS, other than options that would conflict with the GT/CS package, such as fog lights or C-stripes. The GT option package was available on the GT/CS so some, but not all, GT/CSs are also GTs. The "GT" in GT/CS has nothing to do with the GT package.

 

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Trump’s and the Kochs’ Jair Bolsonaro is the exterminator of our planet’s future:

 

“Satellites show 740 square kilometres of rainforest cleared in 30 days”

 

www.smh.com.au/world/south-america/satellites-show-740-sq...

 

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“EPA Approves “Emergency” Use of Banned Bee-Killing Insecticide On 14 Million Acres”

 

returntonow.net/2019/06/23/epa-approves-emergency-use-of-...

 

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“Arctic death spiral speeds up sixfold, driving coastal permafrost collapse”

 

thinkprogress.org/arctic-death-spiral-coastal-permafrost-...

 

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“Arctic Is Thawing So Fast Scientists Are Losing Their Measuring Tools

 

truthout.org/articles/arctic-is-thawing-so-fast-scientist...

 

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“Physicians call for halt to natural gas fracking projects”

 

www.columbian.com/news/2019/jun/19/physicians-call-for-ha...

 

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“Arctic melt goes into overdrive, disrupting the Northern Hemisphere’s weather and ecosystems”

 

www.axios.com/arctic-melt-climate-change-canada-e83ec6a3-...

 

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“NEW VIDEO shows the extent of the palm oil problem in Malaysia and why one should not consume palm oil!!”

 

www.facebook.com/brunomanserfonds.bmf/videos/893929860957...

 

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“Greenland Loses Two Gigatons of Ice to 'Unusual' Melt, Heat”

 

www.telesurenglish.net/news/Greenland-Loses-Two-Gigatons-...

 

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Hydroelectric dams are very likely a thing of the past.

 

“Wild Weather Is Endangering World's Oldest Form of Clean Power” [note: dams are not “clean”]

 

www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-06-22/wild-weather-i...

 

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“United States Spend Ten Times More On Fossil Fuel Subsidies Than Education”

 

www.forbes.com/sites/jamesellsmoor/2019/06/15/united-stat...

 

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“U.S. Air Quality Is Headed the Wrong Way”

 

www.ecowatch.com/air-quality-united-states-low-2638932526...

 

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“Climate change: Arctic permafrost now melting at levels not expected until 2090”

 

www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/climate-change-...

 

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“New Yorkers Call Out Joe Biden for Weak Stance on Climate in 2020 Platform”

 

www.democracynow.org/2019/6/18/headlines/new_yorkers_call...

 

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For those of you who found my earlier post

 

www.desmogblog.com/2019/06/20/democratic-think-tank-progr...

 

of attorneys for the United States arguing in court that Americans don’t have a right to “a climate capable of sustaining human life.” You may find it interesting pushback against Climate Lawsuits is coming from a Democratic Party Think Tank calling itself the Progressive Policy Institute:

 

“A Democratic Think Tank, the Progressive Policy Institute, Is Promoting Pushback Against Climate Lawsuits

 

www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/04/teen-activist...

 

Remarketing the Democratic Establishment as “Progressive” failed to convince voters in Chicago’s recent mayoral election.

 

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“VIEWFINDER: PROTESTERS WARN OF INSECT POPULATION DECLINE”

 

psmag.com/news/viewfinder-protesters-warn-of-insect-popul...

 

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“Trump’s EPA Signs 'Deadly' Clean Power Plan Replacement”

 

www.desmogblog.com/2019/06/20/trump-wheeler-epa-signs-coa...

 

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“Trump’s EPA Rolls Back Coal Restrictions”

 

www.democracynow.org/2019/6/20/headlines/trumps_epa_rolls...

 

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“Another Deceptive Letter Bashing the Electric Car Tax Credit Circulating Congress, Courtesy of FreedomWorks”

 

www.desmogblog.com/2019/06/16/mooney-bashing-electric-veh...

 

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“British MP Suspended for Grabbing & Shoving Climate Activist”

 

www.democracynow.org/2019/6/21/headlines/british_mp_suspe...

 

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“Rare Miami forest poised to be bulldozed for Walmart development”

 

thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/449448-rare-miami-f...

 

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Quote: “golf course on top of a globally rare wetland and clear cut a 200 year-old forest of white pine and Wisconsin beech.” Betrayed by Democratic Ex-Senator Herb Kohl.

 

“Why, Mr. Kohler, Why?” (Part 1)

wiscoland.com/2019/06/11/why-mr-kohler-why-the-bold-grab-...

 

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“U.S. Forests Are Being Clear-Cut to Supply Biomass Energy Industry, Report Finds”

 

e360.yale.edu/digest/u-s-forests-are-being-devastated-to-...

 

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“Pope Francis declares 'climate emergency' and urges action”

 

www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/14/pope-francis-...

 

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“'We Are Unstoppable, Another World Is Possible!': Hundreds Storm Police Lines to Shut Down Massive Coal Mine in Germany”

 

www.commondreams.org/news/2019/06/22/we-are-unstoppable-a...

 

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“Trudeau Approval of Tar Sands Pipeline, Say Critics, Would Make 'Absolute Mockery' of Climate Emergency Declaration Approved Less Than 24 Hours Ago”

 

www.desmogblog.com/2019/06/18/trudeau-tar-sands-trans-mou...

 

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“Why Is America’s Suicide Epidemic Hitting Trump’s Base So Hard?”

 

www.commondreams.org/views/2019/06/18/why-americas-suicid...

 

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“Rick Scott’s Company Committed Historic Medicare Fraud. He Will Now Lead Trump’s Health-Care Push.”

 

nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/04/rick-scott-is-an-odd-choi...

 

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“Norway Becomes First Country to Ban Palm Oil Biofuel Linked to “Catastrophic Deforestation””

 

returntonow.net/2018/12/13/norway-becomes-first-country-t...

 

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“Amsterdam might have the solution to the world’s bee crisis!”

 

www.facebook.com/1MillionWomen/videos/2186774181635457/Uz...

 

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court is corrupt and have decided to uphold Republicans last minute “Lame-Duck Session” stripping the incoming Democratic Governor and Attorney General of all power.

 

One of the first things the GOP is doing is the following:

 

“GOP Bill Would Create Water Pollution Credit Clearinghouse”

“Republican lawmakers are looking to streamline Wisconsin's water pollution credits system.”

 

www.usnews.com/news/best-states/wisconsin/articles/2019-0...

 

Trading rights to pollute in a market is thwart with peril and abuse and voters typically don’t challenge the result – until it is too late - because of the schemes complexity. One thing is for certain, Republicans, especially WISCONSIN Republicans, didn’t suddenly find respect for the environment.

 

Also see,

 

“Carbon trading fraud in Belgium – "up to 90% of the whole market volume was caused by fraudulent activities"”

 

wattsupwiththat.com/2010/01/12/carbon-trading-fraud-in-be...

 

&

 

“Multi-billion euro carbon-trading fraud trial opens in Paris”

 

www.france24.com/en/20160503-france-trial-multi-billion-c...

 

&

 

Trump’s dictator friend in India has also proposed such a plan. India’s environmental record is horrific.

 

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Degradation of our planet’s ability to support life is the single greatest act of discrimination based upon wealth\income that human history will likely ever experience.

 

To allow the rich to benefit from any type of degradation is morally wrong. They must be held financially accountable.

 

1968 Mustang California Specia , with dingbats. You don’t see these every day!

 

From Wikipedia:

In mid-February 1968, the California Ford Dealers (Ford Dealer Advertising Fund) began to market a factory-built, limited-edition Mustang, called the GT/CS, or "California Special". The hope was for a targeted production run of 5,000; however, only 4118 were made, including 251 units that were remarketed in Denver, Colorado, as "High Country Special '68". Production ran for only 5.5 months from mid-February 1968 to early August 1968.

 

IMG_9551

 

www.facebook.com/vorkaimagery

 

In mid-February 1968, the California Ford Dealers (Ford Dealer Advertising Fund) began to market a factory-built, limited-edition Mustang, called the GT/CS, or "California Special". The hope was for a targeted production run of 5,000; however, only 4118 were made, including 251 units that were remarketed in Denver, Colorado, as "High Country Special '68". Production ran for only 5.5 months from mid-February 1968 to early August 1968. Today, classic car collectors consider these cars to be very desirable.

 

The marketing theme for this limited edition was "California Made it Happen!", a variation on Mustang's national marketing theme and commercial jingle, "Only Mustang Makes it Happen!"

This was all in response to the new pony car competition for the upcoming 1968 model year from the Camaro, Firebird, Javelin, and even from Ford's Torino and Mercury Cougar. The state of California, alone, was responsible for the sales of 20% of all Mustangs and Thunderbirds in the country, which gave the regional dealers there the clout to ask for and market their own Mustang.

Lee Grey was the Southern California district sales manager for Ford and he was looking for something unique to spark the sales of Mustangs in Los Angeles. Ford dealers had tried promotions like the "1967 Rainbow Colored Mustangs", as well as by adding accessories and options to dress up cars for public view. The objective was to make the Mustangs sold in California unique and to look "custom" made, thus differentiating them from the standard models available elsewhere.

 

Lee Grey attended the Ford Preview event for the new 1968 Fords at the Los Angeles Coliseum in August 1967, where he saw a Shelby GT-500 prototype coupe nicknamed "Little Red". This was a supercharged 428, C-6 automatic coupe that was dressed up in bright red paint, and a vinyl roof, as a formal, yet high-performance vehicle. It was on display to gauge market response as a possible Shelby lineup Mustang. Lee saw this as an opportunity to use the elements of this prototype to market his "California-Only Mustang". He met with Lee Iaccoca in L.A., and the decision was made to bring the car to Dearborn to develop into a limited edition Mustang. First, it was known as the "GT/SC", as a nationally available Sport Coupe, then, after some discussion, developed as the GT/CS.

 

Shelby Automotive, now part of Ford, was assigned the task of designing and engineering the necessary parts and assembly procedures for the GT/CS. This was done right alongside the development of their 1968 Shelby. The fiberglass parts were crafted at A.O. Smith, in Ionia, Michigan, in steel molds. A.O. Smith was also the same OEM manufacturer for the Corvette fiberglass bodies. The completed fiberglass parts for the GT/CS included: the rear decklid and end caps, taillight panel, and side scoops (RH and LH).

   

Mamiya C220 w/Mamiya-Sekor 80mm f 2.8 Prime on Ektachrome

 

The Empress Hotel

 

The Fairmont Empress, formerly and commonly referred to as The Empress, is one of the oldest hotels in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Located on 721 Government Street, it is situated in Downtown Victoria, facing the city's Inner Harbour. The hotel was designed by Francis Rattenbury, and was built by Canadian Pacific Hotels, a division of the Canadian Pacific Railway company. The hotel is presently managed by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.

 

Opened on 25 January 1908, the Châteauesque-styled building is considered one of Canada's grand railway hotels. Since its opening, the hotel has undergone two expansions, the first from 1910 to 1912, and a second expansion in 1928. The building was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada on January 1981.

 

History

 

The Chateauesque was designed by Francis Rattenbury for Canadian Pacific Hotels as a terminus hotel for Canadian Pacific's steamship line, whose main terminal was just a block away.[13] The hotel was to serve business people and visitors to Victoria, but later as Canadian Pacific ceased its passenger services to the city, the hotel was successfully remarketed as a resort to tourists. Victoria emerged as a tourist destination beginning in the mid-to-late 1920s.

 

The hotel was built between 1904 and 1908, opening for service in that year. Additional wings were added between 1909 and 1914, and in 1928.[5] In 1919, Edward, Prince of Wales attended a gala at the hotel's Crystal Ballroom.[14]

 

In the 1930s, Shirley Temple arrived accompanied by her parents amid rumours that she had fled from California because of kidnapping threats, a story borne from the presence of two huge bodyguards who took the room opposite hers and always left their door open.[15] On May 30, 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth attended a luncheon at the Empress during their 1939 royal tour of Canada.[16]

 

For many years the hotel did not have a sign above the front entrance.[17][when?] In 1965, debate to tear down The Empress to make room for a more modern, functional high-rise hotel surfaced. One local newspaper warned that, "Without this splendid relic of the Edwardian era, literally tens of thousands of tourists will never return. This is the Mecca, this is the heart and soul of the city."[17] However, on 10 June 1966, the hotel's ownership announced that they would not be demolished, but would embark on a $4 million renovation and refurbishment program, playfully dubbed Operation Teacup.[17]

 

In 1989, over $45 million was spent in additional restoration known as The Royal Restoration.[18] Guest rooms were renovated, and a health club, indoor swimming pool and guest reception were added.[17] During these renovation, the engineering staff from the hotel confirmed that there was what has been described as a tunnel that ran from James Bay into the basement of the Empress. At high tide one was able to visit the basement and see the salt water flood the opening. It is not clear what the purpose was. Some have suggested that it was part of the hotel's waste management system and that at one time the sewage from the hotel was being flushed into James Bay.[citation needed]

 

In 1999, Canadian Pacific spun off Canadian Pacific Hotels, along with all its properties. The new company was renamed Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in an effort to reflect its growing global presence and ambitions. As such, all former CP Hotel properties were to be renamed and rebranded with the prefix 'Fairmont'.[19] This led to a loud uproar and consternation by Victoria's newspapers and its citizens, a decision they viewed as sacrilege.[citation needed] Although the new name stuck, Fairmont made no changes to the hotel's original exterior signage, as a compromise to soothe local anxieties and respect its iconic heritage.[citation needed]

 

Fairmont later sold the hotel on October 31, 2000, to the Legacy Hotels REIT for CAD $120 million. However, Fairmont has a long-term management agreement with Legacy Hotels, and as of August 2005, held an 11.14% ownership in this REIT.[20] The hotel was sold again on June 27, 2014, to Vancouver-based owners, Nat and Flora Bosa. They invested more than $60 million in renovations.[21] On May 2017, the first phase of restoration work and renovation was completed at the hotel. The renovations included redesigns of the guest rooms and suites, spa, dining facilities, and reception lobby.[10][11]

 

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Empress_(hotel)

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Marketing your business in Vancouver? You need SEO. So many businesses have transitioned to offering product delivery through web portals, and most people use Google as their primary vehicle for finding the products and services they need.

   

What’s more, Vancouver is a big place. Using SEO allows you to target audiences who are actively looking for your products and services, as well as the people who are near your business. This targeted approach can allow you to cut through the noise most Vancouverites are exposed to every day.

   

So what is SEO? It’s search engine optimization, a set of tactics forming a holistic strategy that will boost your presence on Google and other search engines, all while improving your online presence in general.

   

We’re going to look at 50 ways to boost your rank. Every action you take online can affect your SEO, so these tips will range from must-dos for great SEO, to ways you can improve your social media presence. It all comes back to one thing – getting you highly-qualified leads.

   

For ease of use, we’ve grouped these tips into nine categories. Each category will begin with a brief description of why that category is important to SEO:

   

The Basics

   

The basics are the fundamental activities you must take to ensure you’ve maximized your ability to rank well. Some take time, others take money, and while the first tip is absolutely free, taking all of these steps will vastly improve your chances of ranking, and we encourage you to do everything listed.

 

Claim and Optimize Your GMB

   

Google My Business (GMB) is Google’s business directory. Bing has a similar directory (called Bing Places) – we mention it here because it’s also free to set up, but it’s certainly not as essential as GMB.

   

We have a comprehensive guide to claiming and optimizing your GMB in Vancouver. Here’s a quick synopsis:

   

Claim your Google My Business.

 

Add professional quality photos.

 

Choose the right business category (look at what your competitors are doing if you aren’t sure).

 

Answer Q&As and Reviews, and make use of GMB Posts.

 

Be Mobile Friendly

   

The future is here, and it’s mobile. Your site should be designed to reflect this – you want to load quickly on mobile devices. You’ll also want to make sure any forms on your website have as few fields as possible – you know as well as we do how painful it is to type using a phone.

 

Update Regularly

   

This last tip may be the most important thing in all of SEO – so important, in fact, that the next section will be focused on the kinds of updates you can do.

   

Search engines want to be sure that your business is still active, and that your website is providing content their clients will find useful. The only way to accomplish both of these things is to continuously update your website with relevant content.

   

Content

   

Content is everything on your website, from product pages to blog posts. Content serves many different purposes, from telling search engines (and users) where in Vancouver you’re located, to providing you a wider array of keywords you’ll be able to rank for.

 

Do Keyword Research

   

Of course, if SEO is all about ranking for relevant search terms, it’s essential to find which terms you actually want to rank for. There’s a specific type of SEO called “Local SEO”, which helps your business rank for terms like “seafood restaurant Vancouver” or “plumbers near me”.

   

One of the interesting things about SEO is that while you’ll want to rank for those keywords, they may not be the keywords you target initially. Keywords have two important qualities to consider: how often they’re searched for, and how hard it is to rank for the keyword.

   

Optimally, your keyword research will reveal keywords that have high monthly searches but low competition. As you can imagine, those keywords are rare. Brainstorm a number of keywords that are relevant to your business and to the City of Vancouver, and use keyword research tools to find the best ones to try to rank for.

 

Blog Constantly

   

Blogs serve a number of roles in an SEO strategy:

   

They add content that users want to read to your website.

 

They target keywords.

 

They let search engines know what your site is about.

 

They’re an easy way to update content on your website.

   

Queries are questions users want answers to, be they the directions to a specific location or who the best electrician in Burnaby is. Your blogs can serve to answer those questions – and you can easily tie a CTA (call-to-action) into all of your blogs.

   

What’s more, users who spend time reading your blogs are more likely to stay on your website longer – a good signal to search engines that your website is relevant to what they’re searching for.

 

Make Location Pages

   

The Tri-Cities are a defining trait of Metro Vancouver. There are a lot of businesses in Vancouver who sell to people in the Tri-Cities, and a lot of businesses in the Tri-Cities who sell to the rest of Vancouver.

   

The point is, most businesses want to show up for searches like “HVAC technician in North Vancouver” as much as they want to show up for “air condition repair in Port Coquitlam”. Creating landing pages for searches in those areas can help search engines understand that you do business in those places and help users in those areas find your business.

 

Optimize Your Existing Content

   

While a lot of SEO is focused on creating and developing new content, it’s important to go back and optimize your existing content. Many of the tips you’re going to see here can easily be applied to pages you’ve already created.

 

Focus on Headlines

   

Good headlines (and page titles) serve two purposes: they entice users to click on the link, and they let search engines know what your content is about. You want keywords in your headlines, but not too many – keyword stuffing can net you a penalty, and it certainly won’t net you any clicks. Keep keywords toward the front of the headline.

 

Use Images

   

Images can be optimized for SEO (more on that later). They also attract the eye. Well-used images can serve to keep users on your page, break up walls of text, create emotional reactions, and highlight points you want to emphasize.

 

Write Like a Human

   

You are a human, so that should be no problem, right? (Looking at you Web crawlers.)

   

Seriously, what this really means is don’t focus on keyword stuffing, don’t copy-paste other people’s text, and don’t fill your articles with buzzwords and nonsense. Keeping things interesting and useful keeps users on your site and leaves you with articles that are more semantically-relevant to the terms you’re trying to rank for.

 

Look to Other Businesses

   

When you find keywords you want to rank for, you’ll inevitably find content that’s ranking well for those keywords. One of the easiest ways to rank for those keywords is to create content that’s similar to what other businesses are putting out, but better.

   

By similar, I mean in style – if a how-to list is ranking well, you should probably make a how-to list, and if there’s video content ranking, videos might be the way to go. You know what better means.

 

Stay Plugged In

   

Which keywords are relevant can shift pretty rapidly, so it’s important to stay on top of things. Tune into industry and local news, and do keyword research routinely. You should also monitor how well your site is ranking, and watch for changes in Google’s algorithm.

   

Navigation

   

These are the things – from how your site is laid out to how quickly things load – that make it easier for users and search engines to navigate your website.

 

Use Descriptive URLs

   

Your URLs should always describe the page a user is on. Often, your URLs will simply be yourwebsite.com/page-title. Location pages might be formatted as yourwebsite.com/richmond or yourwebsite.com/fairview.

   

Writing your URLs like this makes the reader’s experience more consistent, allows you to use keywords in your URL, and helps in situations when links are shared unformatted on social media.

 

Optimize Your Title Tags and Meta Descriptions

   

Title tags tell search engines (and many social media sites) what to display as the clickable headline of a result. Meta descriptions tell them what to display below that headline.

   

Your title tag will often be exactly the same as your page (and URL) title. Your meta description should be a brief summary of the content you’re presenting.

   

This accomplishes a couple of things. You can think of your title and meta descriptions as your elevator pitch – it’s the first chance you have to get clients on board, so writing clean and engaging copy increases your click-through rate (CTR).

   

When your title and meta description match the content, you’re also less likely to have users bounce (click on the link to your page and immediately leave). High bounce rates are absolutely lethal to SEO, so doing this is an easy win.

 

Mind Your Site’s Structure

   

Think of your website like the Metropolis mall – full of useful content, but very big. You want the pages on your website to connect in logical ways. This means no public-facing dead ends – if it’s searchable, it should be connected to other places on your website.

   

You should have a footer on every page that acts as an easy to use navigation bar – many sites employ a banner, too. Text content on your pages should link back to pages you want to rank for, like your home and product pages. You can also create pillar content that links to and from other content on your page.

   

Technical

   

Technical SEO is all the stuff that happens behind the scenes – the things that make your website load quickly or improve security.

 

Keep it Speedy

   

Honestly, we debated putting this tip in “The Basics”. Slow web pages can increase bounce rate dramatically, and send very negative signals to search engines.

   

Fortunately, Google wants your site to load quickly as well. You can use their PageSpeed Insights tool to find ways you can speed up your website.

   

Keep in mind that two-thirds of Vancouverites have smartphones, so a speedy, mobile friendly site is incredibly important.

 

Use Structured Data

   

Structured data basically classifies certain elements on your website under certain categories. This allows search engines to better understand what means what on your website, something that can be difficult without structured data.

   

For example, you can mark an aggregate review score on your page with structured data that classifies it under the category “Reviews”. Search engines may now add that review to the web page’s entry in the search result.

   

Google has a number of results it calls “Rich Results”. These are more visually appealing and/or informative results that tend to see higher CTRs. You can use Google’s Rich Results Test to see whether or not a page is eligible for these results. If it’s not, you can use their Structured Data Markup Helper to improve your structured data and increase your eligibility.

 

Optimize Images

   

Image optimization warrants its own article – there’s a lot to know. You want your images to be responsive, you need alt-text, and you need captions. Rather than describe all of these things here, we simply want to point your attention to the fact that you can and should optimize your images for SEO – check out these image SEO tips from Search Engine Journal for a deeper dive.

 

Get SSL Certified

   

At one time, SSL Certification could cost you time and money. Nowadays, you can obtain the certificate for free from Let’s Encrypt – just follow the instructions on their page.

   

Having a SSL Certificate can send positive signals to search engines and reduce your bounce rate – it may not affect your ranking dramatically, but it’s easy to do.

   

Off-Page

   

While you can give your website a massive SEO boost by following the on-page tips we just gave you, some of the biggest ranking factors happen off of your web page. When other websites link to your site, if those sites are well-respected by Google, you can see a huge boost to your SEO.

 

Build Links

   

The core of any off-page strategy is link building – finding well-respected websites, and getting them to link to yours. These websites should be relevant to your industry and/or your location – preferably both.

   

Papers like The Province and The Courier are the ultimate authority websites – search engines know they’re constantly updating their site with well-researched, relevant content, so if they link to you, it’s a very good sign.

   

Not everyone can get links from those papers, though – in fact, such link building is notoriously hard. Getting onto blogs like Inside Vancouver can be a bit easier. Have a website you think you can get links from? Use this Authority Checker Tool to get an idea how useful the link might be (the higher the score, the better).

 

Guest Post

   

You may not always be able to convince other websites to link to you directly – a lot of site owners understand the value of links to SEO, and they may ask you for money for links (which Google says is a big no-no).

   

You will, however, find websites that are constantly looking for relevant content, and it’s completely acceptable for you to write content for these sites, then include a link to your own site in your bio. As a business owner, you’ll have insights into your industry and Vancouver that most other writers won’t have. This type of off-page SEO is resource-intensive, but it can be very successful.

 

Skyscraper Content

   

This technique is pretty complex, but it can pay off noticeably. Rather than explain the entire thing to you here, we’ll link you to a very handy article about skyscraper content so you can learn the technique. It’s probably the most resource-intensive of the three link building techniques we’ve gone over so far, but it can be incredibly effective.

 

Build and Clean NAP Citations

   

Name, address, and phone number (NAP) citations can be found all over the web – they’re references to the most basic information about your business. We have a comprehensive guide to Canadian citation building that we strongly encourage you to check out – it tells you exactly how to verify that your NAP is properly listed across the web.

   

Cleaning up citations is especially important in Vancouver – some businesses tend to incorrectly list their city (for example, putting “Vancouver” when you’re actually in West Vancouver). That can lead to penalties.

   

Social Media

   

The link between social media and SEO is indirect, but important. When people are actively sharing links to your content on social media, it means more users will stay on your site for longer, which sends positive signals to search engines. The stronger your social media presence is, the more likely your content will be shared and consumed, so it’s an important part of a holistic SEO strategy.

 

Be Active on Multiple Platforms

   

The first step is simple – don’t just hang out on Facebook. Make accounts on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn – wherever your customers are hanging out.

   

Now, this isn’t to say you need accounts on every platform – not every company needs to hop on the latest TikTok dance craze. You’ll quickly learn which platforms you thrive on – focus on those.

 

Use Analytics

   

Social media platforms grow by encouraging businesses to post content (and advertise with them). To do this, they all offer free analytics so you can determine what content performs best at what times. Use these analytical tools – they can help you determine what content and platforms to focus on, and map out the growth of your social media presence.

 

Crosspost Automatically

   

Time is money, and having to go from one platform to the next to post the same content can be cumbersome. If you find you’re constantly posting the same thing from one platform to the next, you can automate the process using IFTTT – all your posts will be made automatically, at the same time, and on whatever platforms you choose.

 

Caption Your Videos

   

Captioning your videos is important because:

 

Many users want captions.

 

Search engines can’t understand what’s being said without captions.

   

We’re mentioning this in the social media section because short videos play extremely well on Instagram and other visual platforms. You should also post these videos on YouTube and add them to your site (when appropriate). Closed captions are the key, here – open captions aren’t indexable by search engines.

 

Use Social Media Buttons

   

This is super easy – Hootsuite has a guide to how you can source social media icons, while ShareThis provides a simple tool to generate buttons that users can click to share your content. Use these buttons on any page you want shared.

 

Engage in Social Listening

   

Social listening is what we call the act of monitoring how your company is being talked about online. This can help you figure out who is talking about your company, where they live, and what they’re saying – and that data can help guide your content creation and targeting. Hubspot has a guide to some of the social listening tools you can use – this is definitely a task that benefits a lot from automation.

 

Run Contests

   

Contests are an easy way to increase your followers and up engagement. You can also use them to get people to sign up for email lists and other marketing – all of which can bring more people to your website more often, a boon for SEO. Contests can range from giveaways to discounts – just be sure you’re following the Terms of Service of the platform you’re using.

 

Engage with Your Fans

   

British Columbians are pretty active on social media (though not as active as some other provinces’ citizens). One of the things that makes social media so attractive is the ability to interact meaningfully with content creators. When Vancouverites post a picture at your business and tag you, put it in your Instagram story! Tag them back if they’re amenable! When you interact with your fans, you can quickly increase engagement.

 

Collaborate with Influencers

   

When you’re trying to build a following, it can be useful to collaborate with people who already have one. There are a lot of rules governing how influencers can work with you, and different influencers will have different rates. It’s useful to find an influencer who is known in Vancouver and is tied to your industry. DailyHive has a list of 10 Vancouver-based influencers to get you started. Contact them (or their agencies) to figure out how you can collaborate and set rates. Some influencers will even work in exchange for products and services.

 

Be Active in Local Groups

   

Local groups are very popular on Facebook – groups like Vancouver Buy and Sell Fast. These groups are often fairly well-moderated, so you can’t simply join and spam advertisements. Look for groups that are tied to your industry – if you can’t find any, make one yourself. Be active and helpful, and many moderators will allow you to advertise your own business occasionally, especially if the “advertisement” is just a link to a helpful bit of content you’ve created. Try to follow the 90/10 rule (90% other people’s content, 10% yours).

   

Customer Management

   

Customer management is key to SEO because it helps you ensure your content is properly targeted, which increases the time users will spend on your site, and it reduces bounce rates. It will also increase the number of purchases customers make and decrease abandoned carts – both of which are important for SEO and your bottom line.

 

Use Customer Lists

   

Customer lists are just that – lists that contain information about your customers. Their name, address, phone number, average spend, number of visits, and other demographic/psychographic information can be kept in these lists. While you could write this information down on a literal list, CRMs are a huge boon for this kind of information. Efficient data gathering is one of the biggest benefits of online marketing, and managing customer data with lists is key to business growth through marketing.

 

Create Customer Personas

   

Now that you’ve got a list of Vancouverites who use your business, you can create customer personas. These are groupings of customers who interact with your business in similar ways, usually divided into various demographics. You can get some pretty incredible insights from personas – you might find that your best customers tend to be women in their mid-40s who live in Kitsilano. You can then use that information to target your content and social media posts to that persona.

 

Keep Contact Info Visible

   

There may be nothing in the world that frustrates us more than not being able to find someone’s contact information easily on their website. If you’re not going to do this to benefit your business, make things easier for your clients, and to reduce bounce rates – do it for us. Every single page should have a footer with contact information – think back to those NAP citations. Include your hours of operation, too. Please.

 

Use “Contact Us” Forms

   

“Contact Us” forms are supremely useful. You can add an option to opt in to mailing lists near the “Contact Us” form, and you can readily assist customers who use it – what’s more, it keeps them on your website, which can send positive signals.

   

Keep your forms incredibly simple, with as few fields as possible – name, email, and then a space for what they want to contact you about. Remember – mobile friendly is the name of the game.

 

Create an Incredible “About Us” Page

   

The “About Us” page is the first thing we check on most new websites we visit, and we’re not alone. You should reserve some of your best copy for the “About Us” page – it’s both an elevator pitch for your business and a way to personalize it. “About Us” pages with an “Our Team” section are really useful for local SEO – faces of people who live, play, and work in and around Vancouver send a very positive “we’re a local business!” message.

   

You should also talk briefly about your core values, philosophy, and mission – these things can help you get loyal, repeat customers.

 

Simplify Buying

   

You should make buying your products as hassle-free as possible – this can reduce the number of abandoned carts, send positive signals to search engines, and (most importantly) increase your sales.

   

Making site navigation simple is a huge part of this – a banner that points to product categories, a filter to narrow down products, and a search function can all help. Allowing customers to create accounts and save payment information for one-click purchasing is also incredibly useful. Between the point someone adds something to their cart and the point they checkout, there should be as few pages as possible.

 

Manage Customer Carts

   

WordSteam has an excellent article on ways to combat shopping cart abandonment which we highly encourage you to check out. Some of the things they mention fall into simplify buying, and we’ll touch on remarketing in “Online Advertising”, but there’s one tip they don’t mention: send your clients emails when they’ve abandoned their carts to remind them to empty or purchase.

 

Use Surveys

   

Surveys are an effective way to find out what customers love about your business, and what you can improve. There are free survey websites like SurveyMonkey, but to get the most out of survey providers, you’ll need to pay. The costs are usually quite reasonable, and you can get some pretty useful insights about what Vancouverites want. Consider running a contest tie-in to encourage people to take your surveys – just remember to keep the survey results anonymous.

   

Reputation Management

   

How often do you buy from websites with an aggregate review score of under 3-stars? Almost never? Fancy that – neither do we.

   

Review signals – the quantity, frequency, and types of reviews you’re getting – are a very important ranking factor. As you can imagine, you want these reviews to be positive – while a low review score may not directly impact your ranking, it certainly decreases the number of people who will visit your website, which in turn, can seriously hurt your rank.

 

Encourage Your Customers to Review You

   

Increasing the quantity and frequency of reviews is fairly simple – ask your customers to review you. You can do this in a number of different ways – email them once products and services have been received, ask them face-to-face, or via text message. While you can do all of this manually, review management software does it for you – we’ll talk more about that next.

 

Use Review Management Software

   

Review management software can help you reach a number of different review-related goals. First, these softwares will automatically prompt customers to review you, by text, email, or both. You can write the copy – the customer is then asked to rate your business and (optionally) write a review.

 

Review management software can use a number of features to improve your average review score, too. One way of going about this is to direct positive reviews to your GMB, while negative reviews get sent directly to your client services team for review. You’ll also want your review management system to be easy to set up. As it so happens, we offer review management software that does all of the above – check it out!

 

Respond to Every Review

   

Responding to every review accomplishes a number of goals. First, it shows customers that you really care. Reviews are public, so you’re signalling both to the customer that you’re responding to and potential clients that you’re willing to engage with them. That can encourage more people to leave reviews.

   

Responding to positive reviews makes everyone happy. Responding to negative reviews gives you the opportunity to turn a 1-star rating into a 5-star rating and make things right with the customer. Obviously, you’re not going to turn every negative review around, but the fact that you’re willing to put in the effort can give other potential customers a sense of security. Should something go wrong, they know that you’ll be willing to try to make it right.

 

Check Multiple Platforms for Reviews

   

Checking GMB-based reviews is pretty standard – you should be checking your GMB every day anyway, so it’s easy to know when you’ve been reviewed. You should be actively monitoring other channels for reviews, too. Yelp and Facebook are two of the most important sites to monitor. There are also industry-dependant websites that can be good to check in on – a restaurant’s reviews on DoorDash, for example, can be a big influence on sales.

 

Get Testimonials

   

Testimonials are an incredibly effective way to show your potential clients what other clients love about your business. Testimonials tend to be particularly effective for home-based services (plumbers, electricians, and the like) and B2B companies. While text testimonials are effective, nothing’s better than video testimonials – those are much harder to fake, and they also give a face to a name. Remember, of course, to use closed captions on video testimonials to make them indexable by search engines.

   

Online Advertising

   

Online advertising is tangentially tied to SEO – while some people see them as two separate online marketing strategies, they’re at their best when used together. Online advertising can help you gather demographic and psychographic information to guide your content creation. Perhaps more importantly, it encourages people to visit your website. Not to sound like a broken record, but more visits, longer visits, and more interaction all send positive signals to search engines.

 

Run Pay-Per-Click Ads

   

PPC ads form the backbone of most online marketing strategies. These are advertisements that run on platforms like Google and Facebook, for which you pay every time someone clicks on the ad. The free analytics provided by those platforms will then give you an idea of how your advertisement is performing, who is clicking on it, and more.

 

Optimize Your Landing Pages

   

PPC ads will always be linked to landing pages. You want those landing pages to be as simple as possible. An easily filled form with as few fields as possible (name and email address with nothing else is often best). You should have a hero image/video, and straight-to-the-point copy with a bold CTA.

   

You can have multiple different landing pages for different ads, making only small changes between the landing pages. This is known as multivariate testing – most things stay the same, but one thing gets changed. This can give you an idea of who is responding in what way to which ads, and that can help you improve your marketing and targeting.

 

Keep Things Consistent

   

Your advertising, landing pages, and website should all follow the same style guides. Imagine clicking on an ad done in greyscale, only to be greeted by bright pink font on a green background – you’d immediately assume you’ve been scammed, or clicked the wrong link. Unless confusion and subverting expectations are a core part of your marketing strategy, keeping colours, images, and text consistent from point to point is key to reducing your bounce rate.

 

Remarket

   

Remarketing puts cookies to good use – you’ll find which customers have been to your website before, or who have items left in their cart, and then you can send advertisements created to encourage them to return to your site. Most PPC platforms incorporate remarketing automatically – you can read Google’s About Remarketing to learn more. Getting repeat clients isn’t just great for SEO – it’s key to improving your sales.

   

There you have it – 50 tips that will definitely benefit you. Implement all of these tips, and you’re sure to see your rank increase, especially if you hadn’t been doing any of them before.

   

Obviously, doing all of this takes a lot of time and energy – if you can do it all yourself, kudos to you. Of course, you have a business to run, so here’s another tip for you: take advantage of our SEO Vancouver services. We’ve got several free articles to help you boost your ranking in Vancouver, and we know the Metro Van market quite well. Pour over our resources, implement what tips you can, or hire us to handle everything for you.

 

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Hurricanes Irma and Maria both hit the United States Virgin Islands in September, 2017 as rare Category 5 storms. Caneel Bay Resort on St. John, USVI was devastated. About 130 of the resorts 166 rooms were destroyed. Many buildings on the resort grounds are beyond repair. The resort will require a massive rebuilding effort if it ever hopes to re-open.

 

Located where a historic sugar plantation once stood, Caneel Bay Resort (formerly Caneel Bay Plantation) occupies its own 170 acre peninsula on the island of St. John, USVI within the 5,000-acre Virgin Islands National Park. Set on 170 acres the resort's 166 guest rooms (no televisions or telephones) blend seamlessly into the landscape in close proximity to the seven white-sand beaches that frame the resort. The beaches are Honeymoon, Little Caneel, Caneel, Paradise, Scott, Turtle Bay and Hawksnest.

 

Caneel Bay Plantation was founded by philanthropist and conservationist Laurance Rockefeller in December 1956. Rockefeller designed the hotel as one of the country's first eco-resorts -- muted lighting, the buildings are unobtrusive. Caneel's beaches were featured in the 2015 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Recent dining options included ZoZo's at the Sugar Mill, Turtle Bay Estate House, Caneel Beach Terrace, Caneel Beach Bar & Grill and Cannella. Prior to the back-to-back category 5 hurricanes in 2017 the Caneel Bay Managing Director was Nikolay Hotze and the Executive Chef was Kyle Woodruff.

 

The resort was purchased by CBI Acquisition LLC in 2004, whose principal shareholder and investor was Gary D. Engle, President and Chief Executive Officer of Equis Financial Group based in Westport, Connecticut. CBI Acquisition LLC (the holding company) bought Caneel from New York based Deutsche Bank. Equis Financial Group was formed in 1980 and is a privately held financial services organization. Equis is in the business of acquiring, managing, financing and remarketing of assets. Gary Engle is now the CEO of Stoneleigh Capital. Stoneleigh includes in its portfolio Caneel Bay Resort.

 

In 1983 Laurance Rockefeller (Jackson Hotel Preserve) transferred the property to the National Park Service with a 40 year retained use estate (RUE). The RUE is set to expire in 2023. CBI Acquisitions LLC is making efforts to extend the RUE an additional 40 years. Such an extension would allow the owner, CBI Acquisition LLC to secure financing to undertake capital improvements that would not be possible financially under the remaining term of the current retained use estate. Whether Caneel Bay Resort is repaired and ready for business by 2020 after the damage inflicted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria depends on what Congress (H. R. 4731) does about extending Caneel’s lease.

 

Writer's note: I worked at Caneel Bay Plantation from 1971-1973 with several job titles including receptionist, night auditor, food and beverage auditor, cost controller and assistant manager at Cinammon Bay Campground. My supervisors were Doris Ruser (controller), George Pynn (Assistant Manager) and Richard Erb (General Manager).

 

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Excerpt from Wikipedia: The Fairmont Empress (most commonly known as The Empress) is one of the oldest and most famous hotels in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Located on Government Street facing the Inner Harbour, the Empress has become an iconic symbol for the city itself. It has been designated a National Historic Site of Canada due to its national significance.

 

The hotel has 477 rooms, with most either overlooking the Inner Harbour or the hotel's rear courtyard gardens.

 

The Edwardian, château-style hotel was designed by Francis Rattenbury for Canadian Pacific Hotels as a terminus hotel for Canadian Pacific's steamship line, whose main terminal was just a block away. The hotel was to serve businesspeople and visitors to Victoria, but later as Canadian Pacific ceased its passenger services to the city, the hotel was successfully remarketed as a resort to tourists. Victoria emerged as a tourist destination beginning in the mid-to-late 1920s.

 

The hotel was built between 1904 and 1908, opening for service in that year. Additional wings were added between 1909 and 1914, and in 1928.

Fairmont Empress, formerly and commonly referred to as The Empress and The Fairmont Empress, is one of the oldest hotels in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Located on 721 Government Street, it is situated in Downtown Victoria, facing the city's Inner Harbour. The hotel was designed by Francis Rattenbury, and was built by Canadian Pacific Hotels, a division of the Canadian Pacific Railway company. Opened on 20 January 1908, the Châteauesque-styled building is considered one of Canada's grand railway hotels. Since its opening, the hotel has undergone two expansions, the first from 1910 to 1912, and a second expansion in 1928. The building was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada on January 1981.

 

The Chateauesque was designed by Francis Rattenbury for Canadian Pacific Hotels as a terminus hotel for Canadian Pacific's steamship line, whose main terminal was just a block away. The hotel was to serve business people and visitors to Victoria, but later as Canadian Pacific ceased its passenger services to the city, the hotel was successfully remarketed as a resort to tourists. Victoria emerged as a tourist destination beginning in the mid-to-late 1920s. The Empress in August 1930, years after the hotel's expansion in 1928. The hotel was built between 1904 and 1908, opening for service in that year. Additional wings were added between 1909 and 1914, and in 1928. In 1919, Edward, Prince of Wales attended a gala at the hotel's Crystal Ballroom.

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The earliest Canadian postcards published by Valentine & Sons were uncoloured collotypes of scenery along the main line of the Canadian Pacific Railway north of Lake Superior and in the Rocky Mountains. Typically, Valentine postcards have a 6-digit serial number (###,###) on the view side with the initials “J.V.” in a circle adjacent to that number. The main series of numbering begins with a Halifax card as no. 100,000 and ends (as far as we know) with a postcard of Toronto as no. 115,981. There are also two short runs of numbers in the 400,000 range that are found on some cards from the Yukon Territory and a longer run of views from various parts of Canada that begins at 600,000 and continues past 602,000.

 

102,000 – 1907 (January)

103,000 – 1908 (August)

104,000 – 1909 (July)

 

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This race pony was seen at the weekly Friday Night Cruise at the Family Leisure Store in Olathe Kansas.

 

In mid-February 1968, the California Ford Dealers (Ford Dealer Advertising Fund) began to market a factory-built, limited-edition Mustang, called the GT/CS, or "California Special". The hope was for a targeted production run of 5,000; however, only 4118 were made, including 251 units that were remarketed in Denver, Colorado, as "High Country Special '68". Production ran for only 5.5 months from mid-February 1968 to early August 1968. Today, classic car collectors consider these cars to be very desirable.

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I made this apron for a friend. I used McCall's pattern 3979. It is a vintage apron pattern (although remarketed?). Very cute. Looks crooked here, but I think it is the way I'm standing. Fabric is Phyllis Hoffman's "Poodles in Paris"; made for Hancock Fabrics.

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Ink, graphite, and toned pencil on paper.

 

A self-selected project for the second semester of intermediate illustration. The goal was to create a method of remarketing a product to a new audience. I picked the Furby and wanted to advertise it as intentionally creepy.

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In mid-February 1968, the California Ford Dealers (Ford Dealer Advertising Fund) began to market a factory-built, limited-edition Mustang, called the GT/CS, or "California Special". The hope was for a targeted production run of 5,000; however, only 4118 were made, including 251 units that were remarketed in Denver, Colorado, as "High Country Special '68". Production ran for only 5.5 months from mid-February 1968 to early August 1968. The Mustang GT/CS features included: Marchal or Lucas Fog Lights, twist-type DZUS hood pins, side scoops, pop-open gas cap, rear spoiler decklid with end caps, and taillight panel with 1965 Thunderbird taillights (non sequential). Side stripes with the "GT/CS" die-cut logo, along with a rear decklid stripe were included, and were available in white, black, red, and metallic medium blue only. It was available in all standard Mustang colors for 1968, all Ford engine and transmission combinations (except 427/C-6, which was dropped for all '68s).

Most produced were the small-block 289 two-barrel (2V) carburetor with C-4 automatic transmission. All regular production factory and dealer options for 1968 Mustang coupes were also available for the GT/CS, other than options that would conflict with the GT/CS package, such as fog lights or C-stripes. The GT option package was available on the GT/CS so some, but not all, GT/CSs are also GTs. The "GT" in GT/CS has nothing to do with the GT package.

Distribution of the Mustang GT/CS was primarily within the two California sales districts (DSOs 71 & 72); but was expanded to sales districts in Washington, Nevada, Texas, Utah, Oklahoma, Arizona, Western Canada, and Colorado (as the High Country Special).

The most prized versions are the big-block 390 and Cobra Jet 428 versions, of which only a handful were made. The GT/CS has become one of the most owner-appreciated classic Mustangs, since it has both the qualities of a Shelby GT, and a Mustang coupe. Its uniqueness, and rarity draws great attention on the road, and at car shows

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By Rosalind Shimmen

 

Ever noticed how some online business just pop out of nowhere?

 

How some businesses achieve such enviable fame in such a short space of time?

 

The secret lies with ‘influencer marketing’ – a type of marketing that focuses on using key leaders to drive your brand’s message to the larger market.

 

Read more: IJL KickStart 2017 – the Search Begins for the Most Talented 10

 

Like traditional print media, bloggers and influencers can control your brands reputation, influence purchasing behaviours, impact your SEO and drive traffic to your website, as well as being the gatekeepers to your target audience.

 

Nielsen BuzzMetrics found that 90% of consumers trust recommendations from people they know and 70% trust consumer opinions that are posted on an online source. These are high percentages that can’t be ignored, don’t you agree?

 

WATCH: Rosalind Shimmen discusses influencer marketing at IJL 2016

 

In the digital marketing world, influencer marketing is basically reaching out to popular bloggers and influencers in a particular niche with the goal of convincing them to promote your products or services through their websites and social media platforms.

 

Your mission is to put your content directly in front of the movers and shakers of your industry.

 

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“Wait does that mean I just have to email every blogger I know?” I can hear you asking.

 

Unfortunately, it’s not that easy; it’s all about building relationships.

 

You will find that most brands work along side a traditional PR Agency to utilise their journalist contacts, we work to a similar method. Brands work along side us to utilise the personal relationships we have with bloggers and influencers.

 

We are now the leading network for talent, with over 800 bloggers and influencers and growing. This means we have a pool of talent to choose from when it comes to creating and implementing your influencer marketing campaign.

 

Take a look below where I share my guide to making influencer marketing work for you…

 

Understand your customer before investing in influencer marketing

 

Paint a picture of your existing or desired customer and then use this to identify influencers that fit a similar profile.

 

Read more: The Best Kept Secrets of LinkedIn for Business Owners

 

Decide what you want to achieve with influencers

 

Once you have identified the influencers you’re keen to work with, come up with fun and creative ways to align your brand with them. If it’s a particular product you would like to push I would suggest product seeding, whereas if it’s a whole range I would suggest a blogger event or trip – the more creative the better.

 

Just recently I ran a special project with Dollie Jewellery, where we took over V Festival with fashion bloggers, Confetti Crowd. Discover more here.

 

Some of the 800 plus bloggers, social media influencers and vloggers who work with Rosalind Shimmen Communications.

Build a relationship with the bloggers and influencers on your radar

 

If you aren’t able to work with an agency like ourselves, you will need to try and build relationships with bloggers yourself. This can be a time consuming process, but all of the below tips and tricks will help:

 

Share their content on a regular basis via social media

 

Respond to blogger questions on social media and stay engaged

 

Leave comments on the blog/social media posts of your preferred influencers

 

Compliment them on their work to start conversations

 

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Plan your ideal outcomes and send personalised messages to influencers

 

Once you’ve warmed up your entire list, it’s time to reach out. However, it is important to first identify what your purpose is. Are you looking for a retweet of your latest post? Do you want them to feature a product? Be sure of your outcome and then craft a compelling and personalised email that communicates your point and make sure you’ve covered the below components:

 

Sincerity – Be polite and honest

 

Purpose – State your purpose early on. Be brief and concise about it

 

Incentive – What’s in it for the influencer/blogger?

 

Acknowledgement – What made you contact the influencer/blogger?

 

Call to action – Be clear with what you’re asking and outline any time frames or key messages

 

To find out more about influencer marketing contact Rosalind Shimmen Communications, or find them on social media @rshimmencomms.

 

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I remember a brace of East European car companies making their debuts throughout the 1980's motorshows, new brands like Dacia, Zastava and ARO all full of promise of budget motoring. I believe that the first commercial ones arrived in the UK 1979, but civilian versions came 3 years later - they sold a reasonable number from what I recall. These despite being a Romanian company were built in Portugal with Diahatsu engines - then remarketed into the UK as the Dacia Duster in the mid 80's. I have no idea when the last ones where imported - at a guess not beyond the early 90's - I also have a couple of snaps somewhere of some Dusters too.

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The press cutting above was pinned to a noticeboard in the bookshop. Enlarge the photo to read the text. Or here are the first few paragraphs of the story written by journalist Karen Dent who interviewed Mary and Stuart Manley, owners of Barter Books in Alnwick.

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"Mary and Stuart Manley met when he threw her a note during a transatlantic plane journey. US-born Mary was returning to the UK after visiting her father in Missouri and Englishman Stuart was on his way home.

  "I opened it up and it said: 'if you want to talk to me, raise your hand'," says Mary. "I'd asked for a seat on my own because I just wanted to read a book, I didn't want to hear some man talking about how his wife didn't understand him.

  "But this was too good - so I raised my hand, Stuart sat down, and basically in the course of the flight, he told me how his wife didn't understand him (laughs). He was getting divorced, and I thought, 'this isn't good'. But it ended up really well; we got married three years later." Stuart says it was "the ultimate in luck".

  "I don't go round chatting up women; it was only because frankly, I was transfixed and I thought I must do something," he says.

  "So I watched the first in-flight movie all the way through still thinking how I could do it and before the second in-flight movie, I conceived the idea of writing a note.

  "It's that combination of luck and action. If I hadn't thrown her the note, the luck of us meeting wouldn't have made any difference; you actually have to do something. It's grasping your luck when it comes along, recognising it."

  Luck is something the pair admit they've been blessed with since opening Barter Books in Alnwick's former railway station in 1991.

  At the time, Stuart was making models for rail modellers and war gamers in part of the building.

  "I ran it for 10 years and it was singularly unsuccessful," he says.

  "It was never unsuccessful enough to make me give up, but never successful enough to let you get anywhere.

  "We had just done a remarketing with new packaging and we'd hocked our all into the bank and it doubled sales, but we needed to triple sales to get us out of the trouble.

  "Way back in those days of 20 years back, the interest rates were so high, we were just heading for the rocks. We were paying back the interest, but we weren't paying back the loan. We were heading for bankruptcy at high speed.

  "Then Mary had her little idea." Mary worked in an antiquarian bookshop in the US and taught art history before coming to the UK to study at St John's College in Oxford.

  She says: "As I tell people often, there's nothing more inspiring than an overdraft. The only thing I knew anything about was books; it was either teaching or working in a bookshop. In 1991, I needed something to do, needed money and I'd always wanted a bookshop - but only secondhand.

  "I was driving up to Lindisfarne, because I was doing voluntary work, and I thought maybe I could start a secondhand bookshop and call it Barter Books, have a little barter system. Stuart liked the idea and said 'let's give it a go'."

  Starting off in a tiny part of the building, which was built in the 1880s and closed as a station in 1968, Barter Books grew and grew.

  Stuart says: "By 1992, we expanded the bookshop and made the factory as small as we could.

  "But one more year told us our future was in books, not in models, so I had a big sale in the model press - 'your last chance to buy this stuff' - and we actually got more orders in three months than we'd had in the previous two years.

  "And it wiped out our overdraft, so it meant we could start progressing the bookshop from an even playing field instead of trying to play catchup." Mary says: "We'd make a bit of money and then throw it back into the shop. We still do - it's our pleasure really and it's good business too, I think."

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