Quotes: Missed April Fools Day by a Day

Sunset through the haze over Dubai Creek, United Arab Emirates.

As everyone knows, oranges is another word for beginnings.

“I hope they now go and take a look at the oranges, the oranges of the investigation, the beginnings of that investigation.”

– our American president on the Mueller report, speaking to the press on 2 April, 2019.

I know what you’re thinking. I’m being unkind, hypercritical. He really said origins and just slurred it or something.

You can watch it here.

It came during remarks with the Secretary General of NATO, the defense collective the United States set up after the second world war, of which President Trump, a hotel owner accused of profiting from the presidency, is the de facto leader.

It came on the same day as an article at ForeignPolicy.com titled The American Empire Is the Sick Man of the 21st Century: Failure at the center has left the United States up for sale to the highest bidder.

The article gently points out that in one of the president’s hotels,

“located directly between the White House and the U.S. Capitol, … a Saudi-funded lobbyist rented 500 rooms in the month after the 2016 election.”

Update: On reflection, after all, the president is a go-to guy on orange.

Fabulous Destinations When Money Doesn’t Matter #6

Shower This time it's the fabulous trip, not the destination. Emirates Airlines offers first class passengers on its A380s a "shower spa," reservable for thirty minutes per passenger, which includes five minutes of water for your shower while in flight. It comes complete with a gauge of how much water you have left.

Check out a trip report posted this month on FlyerTalk, which has lots of photos. Here's the entire FlyerTalk thread.

A search for a round trip fare in a first class private suite on an Emirates A-380 with access to the shower spa on the Dubai to London Heathrow route next month turned up a modest fare of $8779 per person.

Photo is a screen grab from the Emirates web site. Watch two short videos featuring the shower spa on the Emirates site.

(See the other Fabulous Destinations, and see photos of Dubai in the U.A.E. Gallery at EarthPhotos.com.)

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