The world’s top 10 most liveable cities

October 24, 2007

What is your wild guess? Which cities are in your opinion would there be in your list of most liveable cities? Quality of Life & Quality of Living being the decisive criterion.

If you have any American City in your list? Stop making a list! quit the website. Thank you for your time.

Londoners, am sorry, your city could be beautiful to you but not to Monocle Magazine.

Parasites – Ooops, I mean Paris People, you must be living in one of the most fashionable city, city known for its many things & the city of Eiffel Towers – but sorry if you have your feelings hurt that your city is not in the list.

Here is the list with a lil introduction.

For complete survey with pictures Click Here

# 10 Madrid

Culturally, Madrid was long regarded as stuffy as compared to hip Barcelona. But it has undergone a renaissance. It now attracts more international theatre, dance & music, and will be seat of the new Royal Spanish Ballet.

# 9 Honolulu

The sport may live and breathe here on the southeastern coast of the island of Oahu, but Honolulu is no longer a far-flung destination for surfers and vacationers. Bridging the oceanic gap between California and Asia, Honolulu now fits the definition of a global city – a palm- fringed metropolis with a population as diverse as its flora.

# 8 Stockholm

There is something special about the cool, ordered, mature beauty of Stockholm. And beauty, for sure, is one of Stockholm’s trump cards: the beauty of its people, of its buildings, of its waters and parks. But there are other reasons for Stockholmers to be proud of their city.

# 7 Sydney

The perpetual blue sky, the harbour, the stunning beaches, the bushland humming with wildlife… Sydney’s natural beauty is relentless. The city bewitches its citizens, who react by prancing to the beach with a cappuccino or lounging in a café with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc in hand. Sydney is showing off. Again.

# 6 Helsinki

Today, Helsinki is a western city. Over the past decade the European fashion chains have arrived, while smart bars have replaced the old beer cafés. However, the city retains a distinctly Finnish quality. The fashion, music, film and art scenes are blooming, and the Nordic welfare model guarantees a high quality of life for virtually everyone.

#5 Vienna

Mittel-European grandeur meets modernity in the new Vienna. The Austrian capital, famous for its rich cultural heritage, also has a progressive eco- friendly municipal government. Smart white and red trams cover 30 routes, and the metro is punctual, smooth and clean. 

#4 Tokyo

Integrated transport, breathtaking technology, great service and the best bars make this our top big city. The real Tokyo for the most part confounds expectations. Visitors are rarely prepared for the other side of the city, so unlike its raucous alter ego: the quietness of the subway, the peaceful residential streets, the old-fashionedness of the place 

#3 Zurich

In Zürich, small and perfectly formed has turned out to be both a blessing and a curse. Those who have never been there imagine this Swiss finance capital to be inhabited by grey men wearing ill-fitting suits, shuttling the world’s money around while living off fondue. Perhaps this was the case 20 years ago, but today it couldn’t be further from the truth

#2 Copenhagen

A new wave of Danish architects, designers and chefs, plus some joined-up thinking by city officials, has seen Copenhagen reborn to the extent that locals now refer to it as the gateway to mainland Europe.

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# 1 Munich

After much tire-kicking, data-sifting and deliberation, Munich emerged as Monocle magazine’s most liveable city in the world. A winning combination of investment in infrastructure, high-quality housing, low crime, liberal politics, strong media and general feeling of Gemütlichkeit make it a city that should inspire others

Article can be accessed – International Herald Tribune

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Don’t follow Google blindly

April 23, 2007

Try this

1. open Google
2. click on “maps”
3. click on “get directions”
4. type “London” in the first box (the “from” box)
5. type “New York” in the second box (the “to” box)
6. scroll to step 37.

easier way to do it.

Click me to do it for you

This showed up when a friend’s wife wanted to take a flight from London to New York and thought of checking directions from google map.

Step # 37 says – swim across the atlantic ocean 3,462 miles

another interesting fact.

atleast google gets you the directions from London to New York, otherwise Yahoo maps & Windows live maps say that “no route exists” meaning that you can not go from London to New York

try it for yourself

Yahoo Maps

Windows Live Maps


The first million dollar laptop

March 28, 2007

Million dollar laptopMarch 23, 2007 UK-based bespoke luxury goods creator Luvaglio has created the first million dollar laptop. That’s what the first of their luxury laptops will sell for.

Full details of the laptop have not been released at this point, but it is known that it incorporates a 17″ widescreen LED lit screen with a specially designed anti-reflective glare coating for clear and brighter image, 128GB of Solid State Disk space and a slot loading Blue-Ray drive. There is an integrated screen cleaning device and a very rare coloured diamond piece of jewellery that doubles up as the power button when placed into the laptop and also acts as security identification. Images here, video here.

Luvaglio CEO Rohan Sinclair Luvaglio told Gizmag earlier today: “Unlike many of the highly priced products being released, we took our time to develop something out of the ordinary with real attention to detail. “

“I didn’t want us to simply re-house a laptop into a diamond studded casing, or diamond encrust the entire thing simply to make it expensive. We’ve put thought in from the keyboard down to the power charger. There is an integrated screen cleaning device and a very rare coloured diamond piece of jewellery that doubles up as the power button when placed into the laptop and also acts as security identification. We have used diamonds elsewhere but have given them purpose.”

According to Luvaglio, “the brand is committed to re-defining luxury in a few sectors, technology being one of them.

“Many claim to produce luxury goods but we believe that the true element of luxury is having something that says “YOU”, that money can’t buy.

“At present and from our previous luxury work, our initial clients will be chosen from this selection as we have already established trust.

“The range to be released shortly would allow the owner to become the creator and visit our showroom at two or three well known upmarket stores we are in discussion with, whereby our selection of materials, finishes and accessories will be available to view and a choice selected.

“The choice will be based on our selection but of course other colours and finishes can be done on request. We have access to diamonds that are simply rare and near impossible to get hold of, so are able to offer a very embodied choice.

“The presentation boxes are of course supplied and finished in the choice that is selected by the client. Exact figures I am unable to provide at present due to negotiations but will certainly be more obtainable then our master piece.”

The first such masterpiece will sell for more than US$1,000,000.

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