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Rundown for the Week of August 23, 2002

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Strawberry Fields Forever by Martin Stott
Every year, thousands of people from around the world gather in Liverpool for the Beatles Festival and convention. The festival brings together sound-alike Beatles bands from across the globe to rock the city to the sound of the "Mersey Beat." It's a chance to get out your John Lennon glasses, put on your '60s suit, and "Twist And Shout" in the home of the Fab Four. We sent The Savvy Traveler's Martin Stott to spend a Hard Day's Night checking out the sights and sounds.

Pied Piper of Pop Tarts by Rico Gagliano
Every summer around Labor Day, some twenty thousand representatives of the world's subcultures gather in the Nevada desert. They call it the Burning Man Festival, named after a forty-foot humanoid sculpture that gets torched at the festival's climax. For one week, the barren Black Rock dry lakebed, or playa, is transformed into the fourth largest city in the state, populated entirely with artists, pranksters, pyromaniacs, geeks and gearheads. Rico Gagliano has attended the event since 1996. He sends us this postcard.

Show Me Your Riffs! Real Audio Listen in RealAudio
We know, you're probably full of regrets for having missed this festival: The 7th Annual Air Guitar World Championships in Oulu, Finland. The "guitarists," including returning champ Zac "Mr. Magnet" Monro from London, tune their imaginary instruments, blow kisses to their imaginary roadies, and "get down" to some of the best really bad rock tunes. What's the point? It's supposed to be fun. So, how do the judges score an air guitar performance? We called Marika Lamberg, producer of the event, to find out.

Links:
7th Annual Air Guitar World Championships in Oulu, Finalnd - http://www.omvf.net/en_ilmakitara.html
Australian National Championships - http://www.airguitaraustralia.com
A guide to Air Guitar moves - http://www.airguitaraustralia.com/moves.htm

The Art of Travel Real Audio Listen in RealAudio
Alain de Botton is the author of several books, including The Consolations of Philosophy and How Proust Can Change Your Life. In both, he takes a consoling look at our modern problems through the prism of time’s greatest philosophers. This time, he turns those insights toward travel in his latest book, The Art of Travel, where famous writers and artist become our travel guides.

Links:
Alain de Botton's Web Site - http://www.alaindebotton.com
The Art of Travel on Alain de Botton's Web Site - http://www.alaindebotton.com/travel.htm

Escape: Stories of Getting Away Real Audio Listen in RealAudio
In their most recent book, Escape: Stories of Getting Away, Savvy Traveler contributors Lena Lencek and Gideon Bosker have put together a collection of short stories, novel excerpts, and narrative nonfiction pieces from prominent writers about travel escapes. Savvy Traveler host Diana Nyad chats with Gideon and Lena about some of their favorite stories of escape.

Links:
Escape: Stories of Getting Away - http://www.pgw.com/catalog/plus/1569245266.asp

Deal of the Week: Autumn Airline Sales
Our Travel-Expert-in-Residence, Rudy Maxa, unleashes his Deal of the Week: Cheap tickets to Europe, South America and Asia.

Traveler's Aid: Last-Minute Labor Day Getaways
Savvy Traveler host Diana Nyad gives us some great last-minute ideas for a Labor Day getaway in Los Angeles, and also gets tips from people around the country. She talks with Janet Reno for ideas around Miami, Hall of Fame broadcaster and "Voice of the Tigers" Ernie Harwell for his take on Detroit, Marketplace Morning Report host Tess Vigeland for Portland possibilities, and our Travel-Expert-in-Residence, Rudy Maxa, for trips in and around Philadelphia. Each person offers up fabulous last-minute weekend getaways that'll fit your budget.

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