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Today is English Language Day, Celebrating the Most Spoken Second Language in the World

Some 25% of the world’s population speaks English to some extent, with almost 400 million speaking it as their mother tongue and a similar number speaking it fluently as their second language, thus making it a candidate for the world’s language, ostensibly an Esperanto for the 21st century.
Indeed, some pundits have predicted that, by 2050, half the world will be more or less proficient in it.
April 23 is English Language …

Lobby Bar – April 21: Canadian Coffee Regulations, When Airlines Go Wrong, and Jesse the Canine

The Lobby Bar – Travel News and Reviews Summarized by Donald Trump’s Ghost Writer
New venture. It’s time to test your knowledge of airline slogans in our new quiz. Our favorite slogan, “Fly with the Talking Moosehead,” is used by Fawlty Airways, the airline founded by hotel owner and entrepreneur Basil Fawlty.
Trust us. Hey, you, with the terrible password. It’s time to change that thing. We recommend using a complex series …

Lobby Bar – April 14: Low-Flying Aircraft, the Thrills of an Avocado, and Where’d All the Pilots Go?

The Lobby Bar – A Weekly Attempt to Distract You from Real News.
Full circle. What exactly was behind the massive Delta flight delay and cancellation fiasco this past week? Perhaps it was the airline’s refusal to be part to an interline agreement, although we have inside sources telling us that a number of pilots were busy giving presentations at the April 1 ASSCAM meeting, and haven’t been able to get …

Review: ‘Amélie’ at Walter Kerr Theater

If you are looking for something to do one afternoon or evening, you could see “Amélie,” inspired by the 2001 French film of the same name, or you could watch something equally off beat and sanguine, perhaps an ABC Afterschool Special.
Both would be entertaining, slightly controversial, but would have little lasting effect.
Indeed, despite the presence of the talented Phillipa Soo in the title role, “Amélie” never seems to grab the …

Review and FAQ: Uber VIP – What It Is and How It Works

Uber VIP is a little-known elite status program offered by ride-hailing service Uber in a limited number of cities, but it has gotten more attention recently since American Express partnered with the company. As a result American Express offers $200 per year in Uber ride credits as well as Uber VIP status to Platinum card members.
Customers who have Uber VIP status have access to Uber’s top drivers and vehicles, according …

Review: ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ at Lyceum Theater

Woe be to the reviewer of “The Play That Goes Wrong,” the smash hit that recently crossed the Atlantic from London’s West End. Apparently, when it comes to this production, just about everything can go wrong.
My 2015 review of the original production was almost published under the headline “Review: The Play That Went Wrong” and I didn’t make it to the opening in the United States thanks to a case …

Lobby Bar – April 7: Manual Elevators, French Ducklings, Being Trapped in a Conference Room, and Why Cars Love Phones

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Sit, Booboo, Sit. Join me for a complete guide of how to connect your iPhone to your car via CarPlay. Cars with the CarPlay feature like to play games with their owners including fetch. Simply throw the iPhone out the window while driving, and the car will drive onto the grassy shoulder and sniff around for it. Be …