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Qantas Offered A Scenic Iso-Flight Around The Whole Damn Country & It Sold Out In 10 Minutes



With international travel out of the question and interstate travel limited at best, Qantas has introduced a one-off scenic flight that both takes off and lands at Sydney Airport. For some reason, within 10 minutes of tickets going on sale, the whole flight was sold out.

The flight will take off from Sydney and follow the coast all the way up to the Sunshine Coast, before heading out past the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef. The flight then goes back inland all the way to Uluru and Kata Tjuta, before ducking home to Sydney.

It’s basically a ‘best of’ tour off the whole damn continent, and the kind of trip many of us dream of. The downside is that you won’t actually touch the ground in any of these places.

“We knew this flight would be popular, but we didn’t expect it to sell out in 10 minutes,” a spokesperson for the airline said.

“It’s probably the fastest selling flight in Qantas history.”

Tickets for the flight, named ‘Great Southern Land’, went for between $787 and $3,787 depending on where you sit and what class you’re in. Tbh an aisle seat feels kind of pointless on a scenic flight, but so too does this whole thing, soooo ¯_(ツ)_/¯

Of course, despite not actually taking you anywhere, the flight does have an appeal for those of us who love beautiful scenery (and have money to spend) as well as for plane nerds who froth at the idea of eating in-flight meals.

“People clearly miss travel and the experience of flying,” the spokesperson added.

“If the demand is there, we’ll definitely look at doing more of these scenic flights while we all wait for borders to open.”

Back in August, the airline did a scenic flight over Antarctica, which was our first taste of safely jet-setting during the pandemic. At least this one is slightly more affordable.

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Princess Eugenie Announces She And Husband Jack Brooksbank Are Expecting Their First Child




Princess Eugenie is going to be a mom!

The 30-year-old daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson announced her exciting news on Friday.

It will be the first child for Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank. Eugenie and Jack were married in October 2018.

The news comes amid intense speculation that the York girls were both working to become moms. Eugenie’s dear sister, Beatrice, married husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in July.

There were no photos of the two sisters together at Beatrice’s wedding, which started the rumors that Eugenie had something to hide. Royal fans knew she served as matron of honor at the wedding.

Yet Eugenie, who has her own Instagram account, never shared a single shot with Beatrice.

Eugenie decided to share her big news on Instagram. “Jack and I are so excited for early 2021….👶🏻,” she coyly captioned the image of the two holding teddy bear baby slippers. She also shared a closeup of the couple.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank are expecting their first child! After weeks of intense speculation that Eugenie might have good news to share, she did just that in an Instagram post on Friday morning.

“Jack and I are so excited for early 2021….👶🏻,” she captioned the photo of the two holding tiny baby teddy bear slippers.

They weren’t the only ones to share the news. Buckingham Palace also put out an official announcement.

“Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie and Mr. Jack Brooksbank are very pleased to announce that they are expecting a baby in early 2021,” the statement read.

“The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York, Mr. and Mrs. George Brooksbank, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are delighted with the news.”

Sarah Ferguson shared the news and her sheer joy for her daughter and son-in-law.

I am so excited by the news that Eugenie and Jack are expecting their first child,” she captioned a photo of the couple. 

“Thrilled for them both and in my 60th year cannot wait to be a grandmother. Welcoming a new baby into the York family is going to be a moment of profound joy.”

Eugenie and Jack’s baby will be the first grandchild for the Duke and Duchess of York. The child will be the ninth great-grandchild for Eugenie’s grandparents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. That means the little one will be born before celebrations for the Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday.

The news comes a month shy of Eugenie and Jack’s second wedding anniversary. The two were married in October 2018 at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. It was just six months after Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding at the same venue. Controversially, Harry and Meghan shared their pregnancy news with the royal family at Eugenie and Jack’s wedding.

Interestingly, Eugenie’s early 2021 due date would mean she’s anywhere from four to six months pregnant. Recent images of Eugenie out and about suggest the lower end of that range. It’s possible that some royal family members only learned about Eugenie’s pregnancy news recently, perhaps at sister Beatrice’s wedding.

Pregnancy rumors around Eugenie reached a fever pitch earlier this week. She was spotted with Jack and Beatrice at Annabel’s, a members-only club in London. Now some are wondering whether the trip might have been scouting locations for an upcoming celebration with friends and family. Baby showers aren’t as popular in the UK as they are in the US, but the possibility is there.

Eugenie and Jack’s news also comes the same day that some ire was sent the Yorks way. The Duke of York came under fire after the release of the 2019-2020 Sovereign Grant Report. The financial report details a £15,848 (about $20,125) private flight to the Open Golf Championship in Portrush, funded by British taxpayers.

The baby news also has royal fans wondering if Eugenie and Jack will be looking for a bigger place to live. They currently live in Ivy Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace. They’re just steps away from Prince William and Kate Middleton’s family of five.

It’s been a particularly drama-filled era for the royal family, so some good news feels nice for a change. Still, fans are concerned about how Prince Andrew’s continued noncompliance with authorities might impact this joyful time in his daughter’s life. Certainly, Beatrice was impacted by having to shuffle her wedding plans around several times as the fallout from Andrew’s November BBC interview played out.

The other question on royal fans’ minds is when we’ll see a baby for Beatrice. There have been rumors that she and Edo want to give his son, 4-year-old Wolfie, a sibling sooner than later. Seeing both York sisters enjoy pregnancy together might be the kind of eye bleach everyone living through 2020 needs right now.

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‘Must Try’ Whiskeys For Fall, According To Bartenders




While we enjoy whisk(e)y all year long, there’s really no better season for the spirit than fall. When the leaves begin to turn and the temperatures start to dip, the bottles of rye, Scotch, bourbon, and Japanese whisky in our liquor cabinets seem to call to us. Tempting us to sit with a dram by the fire.

With so many different varieties of whisk(e)y on the market and countless brands to choose from, it’s tough to pick just one or two bottles to invest in this fall. So we asked some of our favorite bartenders tell us their “must try” whiskey picks for autumn 2020.

Shenk’s Homestead Sour Mash

Mitchell Cochran, bar manager at Shades Bar & Grill in South Walton, Florida

Shenk’s Homestead Sour Mash. From the Michter’s Legacy Series, this whiskey has a very rye forward profile with a unique finish. The French oak barrels used to distill give it a very rich taste.

Basil Hayden’s 10 Year Bourbon

Marla White, lead bartender at Lona Cocina & Tequilera in Fotrt Lauderdale, Florida

Basil Hayden’s 10-Year Bourbon. Has a nice spicy-sweet light body profile that tastes great served neat, over ice, or in an old fashioned.

Really enjoyable and easy to drink.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label

Frantjesko Laonora, lead bartender at Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort in Curaçao

Johnnie Walker Blue Label is a must-try whiskey you won’t regret, as its dry smokiness artfully mixes with the sweetness of raisins on the nose. This whiskey serves a velvet combination of vanilla, honey, and rose petals with notes of hazelnut, sherry, and dark chocolate, and boasts a luxuriously long and smooth finish.

Legent Bourbon

Hayden Miller, head bartender at Bodega Taqueria y Tequila in Miami

Legent Bourbon. The joining of Beam and Suntory is a true spectacle and does not leave you wishing for more. Japanese blending techniques and cask finishes create an excellent spirit.

Angel’s Envy Rye

Evgeny Anisimov, bartender at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa in San Diego

If I had to pick one whiskey to enjoy this fall, I would pick Angel’s Envy Rye. It is finished in Caribbean Rum Barrels and has distinct aromas of butterscotch and maple.

While you sipping on it, don’t forget to snap a picture and tag #ToastTheTrees to help plant some White Oak Trees.

Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky

Molly Safuto, bartender at Mila Rooftop Bar in Glendale, California

Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky. This sweet-smelling dram, with hints of toffee, is so smooth going down — I guess that’s why Masataka Taketsuru is the father of Japanese Whisky.

Sunday’s Whisky

Emmanuelle Massicot, assistant general manager of Kata Robata in Houston

Sunday’s Whisky. Made from the team behind Yardbird in Hong Kong, this Japanese whisky was specifically designed for highballs. It is citrus-forward, dilutes evenly over ice, and in cocktails, and is incredibly smooth and light.

Abasolo El Whisky de Mexico

Crystal Chasse, Beverage Director at Talk Story Rooftop in Brooklyn, New York

Abasolo El Whisky de Mexico needs to be in your mouth! It is new on the market and is distilled from 100% Mexican Cacahuazintle corn from local farmers. The corn shines and is supported with beautiful notes of black tea and vanilla.

Four Roses Small Batch Select

Andy Printy, beverage director at Chao Baan in St. Louis

The must-try if you haven’t already is Four Roses Small Batch Select. It’s only been on the market for a year or so, and as Four Roses’ first new expression in several years, it’s a banger. With just a touch of raspberry and dark fruit on the front, the finish is dank lumber and leather with a toffee back.

At its very reasonable price point, this bottle is perfect for any application.

Aberfeldy 16

Brendan Bartley, head bartender and beverage director at Bathtub Gin in New York City

Must try whisky for me this fall is Aberfeldy 16 Year. I picture this when I think of fall. It’s weighed with honey, stewed fruits, and baking spice. It’s finished in oloroso sherry casks, so it has all those rich nutty flavors as well. The Scotch whisky category is filled with great products, so picking something is always hard. I just find the Aberfeldy is an easy-drinking 16 Year with all the indicators of fall with every sip.

High West Campfire

Max Stampa-Brown, beverage director at Borrachito in New York City

If you haven’t had anything from High West I’d start with their Campfire. Tastes like it sounds. This is just a terrific blend of scotch, bourbon, and rye. There’s a real nice peatiness to it that evokes a devilish smoked cinnamon aroma.

Parker’s Heritage Bourbon

Gavin Humes, bartender, Scratch | Bar & Restaurant in Encino, California

I’ve got to go with Parker’s Heritage. Every year they release a beautifully complex and deep whiskey bourbon with a fantastic spice profile. It’s got the right balance between that spice, the burnt sugar caramel, and tons of round richness. It’s great every year, and I’m sure it’ll be great again this year.

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How to stream Major League Baseball




Here’s how to stream Major League Baseball games in this very unconventional season.

  • The 2020 Major League Baseball season runs July 23 to September 27.
  • AL teams who have made the playoffs (as of Sept. 26): Yankees, Rays, Blue Jays, Twins, White Sox, Indians, Astros, and Athletics.
  • NL teams who have made the playoffs (as of Sept. 26): Braves, Marlins, Reds, Cubs, Dodgers, and Padres.
  • To watch all the out-of-market baseball you can handle, make sure you’re set up with MLB.TV.
  • You’ll also want to look into MLB Network and ESPN+, as well as a streaming solution that gets you ESPN, FS1, Fox, and TBS. (And don’t forget the local broadcasts for your home team.)
  • There are some new quirky rules in operation for this season. Designated players in both the AL and NL? The 10th inning of a game starts with a runner on second base? Welcome to our new pandemic reality.
  • The 2020 MLB playoffs will be expanded to 16 teams.

Best Major League Baseball games this weekend

Milwaukee Brewers vs.
St. Louis Cardinals
Saturday, Sept. 26, 7pm ET
Fox or MLB.TV
San Diego Padres vs.
San Francisco Giants
Saturday, Sept. 26, 9pm ET
Chicago Cubs vs.
Chicago White Sox
Sunday, Sept. 27, 3pm ET

How to stream Major League Baseball: Where to find baseball games throughout the 2020 season


MLB.TV lets you watch all out-of-market games around the league. In 2020, it’s at a discounted price to reflect the shorter season: Either $59.99 for the full season or $24.99 per month. If you’re ride-or-die for one team, you can get a single team plan for $49.99—but again, beware the local broadcast blackout rules and make sure you’ve got those covered if you root, root, root for your home team.

MLB Network

You can’t stream Major League Baseball in its totality without MLB Network. And yet, MLB Network gives you more than just games. If you’re looking for previews, live look-ins, post-game wrapups, and interviews, MLB Network covers you. Veteran broadcasts and former major leaguers are on the broadcast team, so you’ll get insights from people who truly know baseball.


ESPN+ is a subscription-based streaming service that lets you watch all sorts of live sports action you won’t find anywhere else. Think of it as a way of super-sizing your ESPN viewing. It allows you to stream Major League Baseball throughout the 2020 season, as well as an archive of games from the 2019 season in case you miss baseball with fans.

But ESPN+ offers a lot more than baseball. You’ll also get 20 UFC Fight Night events per year, 180 NHL games during a normal season, and thousands of college sporting events (once things get back to normal). No matter what sport you’re into, you’ll find plenty to watch on ESPN+: Top Rank Boxing, Grand Slam tennis events, and international soccer from Italian Serie A, EFL, and UEFA Nations Cup. It also (in normal times) offers the equivalent of NFL Sunday Ticket for Major League Soccer games, allowing you to watch every out-of-market MLS game for the entire season.

Plus, you’ll gain access to the entire 30 for 30 catalog, 150 entries, and counting.

Batting-practice baseballs

Keith Allison/Flickr

Which channels carry MLB games? How to stream ESPN, Fox, FS1, and TBS

Hulu Live TV

Hulu Live TV is a great way to stream live TV, as it comes with access to Hulu’s massive library of on-demand content. You’ll be able to choose from movies, shows, and Hulu’s original programming, and keep up with what’s new each month. Hulu plans even include a bundle option where you can access Disney+ and ESPN+ along with Hulu.

It also sets you up with local channels and has a broad spectrum of entertainment and sports channels to review. Those include Cartoon Network, FX, HGTV, and even deep cuts like National Geographic and Syfy. Hulu Live TV carries ESPN, FS1, and TBS, and Fox in most markets.

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Hulu Live TV $54.99
Hulu Live TV
(no ads on
Hulu content)

Sling TV

If you’re looking for a streamlined, cost-effective streaming package, check out Sling TV. It offers two basic cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. There’s also the third option of getting Sling Orange + Blue for just $45 per month. You’ll get more Sling TV channels by choosing Sling Blue, with its 40 channels including sports favorites like FS1 and NBCSN and cable mainstays like Food Network and Discovery Channel. But Sling Orange brings must-haves Disney Channel and ESPN as part of its package. Sling also has a number of add-ons, including robust international packages organized by languages all over the globe.

Sling Orange (or Orange + Blue) carries ESPN, and Sling Blue (or Orange + Blue) will get you FS1 and TBS, as well as Fox in select markets.

Sling TV
Orange $30
Blue $30
Orange + Blue $45

How to use AirTV with Sling

AirTV solves one of the Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge those local channels into your Sling TV, (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “It’s practically magic.”

The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.

But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—gives Sling users the ability to access all local channels to add to whichever Sling package is the best fit for them.


FuboTV started as a streaming service geared toward sports fans, but it’s evolved into a broadly-appealing option with entertainment and news options alongside its robust sports choices. Depending on the package, you can access as many as 181 FuboTV channels. If you’re looking to be entertained, Bravo, IFC, MTV, and VH1 are options even at Fubo’s most basic tier. The Fubo channel list still includes plenty of sports, including the Fubo Sports Network, which has original programming mixing sports and humor. The FuboTV cost starts at $54.99 a month, and with Disney Media favorites like ABC, ESPN, and the Disney Channel coming on board in 2020, some who were on the fence about Fubo are giving it another look.

Fubo carries ESPN and FS1 and delivers Fox in select markets. You can also find MLB Network on the service.

fubo tv

YouTube TV

The YouTube TV channel list includes local channels, sports options including ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, FS2, and NBA TV, and plenty to keep kids (and kids at heart) occupied, including Disney Channel and its companion channels, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network—all in one easy-to-access package. It even comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. YouTube add-ons include HBO Max, Showtime, and Starz. YouTube TV packages have some advantages over their competitors, including a generous DVR and multiple screens package. From one account, each user can create an individual profile to track favorite shows.

YouTube TV carries ESPN, FS1, and TBS, and Fox. (It’s also arguably the best streaming solutions for carrying local channels, unless you pair Sling with Air TV.)

Youtube TV
1 Month $64.99
Sports Plus $10.99/mo.


If you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs, you might consider AT&T TV Now to cover streaming for you. AT&T TV Now channels start with Plus and Max, which even include HBO. Then, AT&T plans expand from there, approaching cable selection and pricing with AT&T TV Now’s biggest packages. AT&T streaming also comes with Cloud DVR, letting you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. AT&T TV now carries ESPN, FS1, and TBS, and Fox in most markets, at even its most basic levels.

at&t TV Now
Plus $65
Max $80
Entertainment $93
Choice $110
Xtra $124
Ultimate $135
Premier $183
Optimo Mas $86


Vidgo offers a package for under $40 a month that pulls together more than 60 English-language channels into its National English Package. Its channels include ABC, Fox, the ESPN family of channels (including ESPN Deportes), and it’s one of the few streaming services that carries BeIN Sports. But it’s like Fubo in that, even though it started out for streaming sports, it carries a lot more now.

Though Vidgo doesn’t carry TBS, it does carry ESPN and FS1, as well as Fox—and allows you chat about games in real time via Vidgo’s Social TV platform.

Core $40
Plus $45
Latino $15
Latino Mas $25

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Phil West

Phil West is a veteran professional writer and editor, and the author of two books on soccer, ‘The United States of Soccer,’ and ‘I Believe That We Will Win,’ both from The Overlook Press. His work has appeared most recently in, Pro Soccer USA, Texas Highways, and Howler. Based in Austin, he is also a lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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