(CNN) - Fashion blogger Milli is the ultimate Millennial - young, confident and outspoken. She could be described as being an unguided missile. So is there an ultimate plan? CNN's Richard Quest finds out.
On board the California Zephyr (CNN) – Mary Jane Loder is 92 and taking the train from Denver to California; what's more, she is travelling alone.
“Why not?’ she says. Of all the people I have met on the California Zephyr, none has inspired me quite as much as Mary Jane, whom I was privileged to meet in the dining car.
Mary Jane held court at her table. Lively, witty, and with an infectious laugh that had everyone laughing with her; that is until we came to talking about this election. It's the most important, she believes, because of the state of the economy and the level of unemployment among young people. Giving them hope is crucial.
Iowa (CNN) – The face was oh so familiar. The words, I recognized at once. The way they were delivered amplified their significance. This truly was Abraham Lincoln; or in this case, Lance Mack, a Lincoln impersonator addressing a Civil War re-enactment in Bloomfield, Iowa. How appropriate that Honest Abe, arguably America’s greatest president, should be on hand to offer his 19th century wisdom to a 21st century problem.
Mack has an uncanny resemblance to his alter ego. It is more than just the beard. His face, long and languid; the mournful eyes; his stature, reaching way over six foot. All together, along with the top hat and long grey coat, and there, right there, was Abraham Lincoln. His audience, a group of school children, was spellbound. FULL POST
(CNN)– The plain modest clothes; the women in their white head scarves, the men with their braces and beards. They are quiet, polite and keep themselves to themselves. Riding an Amtrak train is a unique opportunity to see the Amish people up close - or at least as close as anyone from so far outside their close knit community is likely to get.
The Amish people reject modern machinery and the motor car, but train travel is acceptable for longer journeys. At a time when just about everyone in America is following the presidential election, this is one group who are letting the event pass them by. They can’t follow it on radio and television as both are forbidden. They don’t really talk about it in their communities. They won’t be voting on November 6.
Far from feeling left out, one young Amish man in Bloomfield, Iowa told me not being involved “feels good.” Levi Miller (pictured above) smiled, “Oh yeah, it really does,” he said. “A lot of things you’d hear about on TV or radio we don’t find out about. So we don’t have that worry of what’s going to happen.” As barely interested observers, would they have any preference at all? “Naturally we would lean Republican. That’s more our thought process.”
Chicago (CNN) – The first clue was in the window. The Obama-Biden poster told me that the Old Ale Town House in Chicago was not going to be a bastion of neutrality. But it got more extreme inside. There we were greeted by a subversive scene of anti-Republican sentiment. Every inch of wall space in this self-styled dive bar, with its local draft ales and a musty sense of history, was covered in bawdy caricatures of famous Republicans. In pride of place above the bar was a naked Sarah Palin, standing proudly on the skin of a polar bear and brandishing a rifle. But considering all this obvious partisan sentiment, the two dozen or so patrons who settled down to watch the vice-presidential debate were remarkably well behaved.
London (CNN) – When you read that something from Apple may not be working, the frenzy in the blogosphere is amazing to watch.
Especially when there are hundreds of people lined up 50 meters from where I write, in order to get a new iPhone complete with the problem. They are ignoring us!
This time around, it's not the antenna or a silly voice command system still in beta. It's the very reason people like me love a smartphone - the map.
(CNN) – David Lloyd is a Millennial with a mission.
CNN has watched him expand his business and succeed on the international stage.
But now Lloyd is moving on. He talks to CNN's Richard Quest about what it means to be part of the Millennial generation.
London (CNN) – Can you successfully lead, influence and manage?
Do you inspire confidence and credibility?
Are you a person of undisputed integrity and standing?
If so, there's a job just for you: Governor of the Bank of England.
All you have to do now is apply and survive the daunting interview.
The current governor Mervyn King won’t be throwing his hat in the ring. He retires in June next year after two five-year terms in office.
Many doubt King would pass the test this time around given his recent hiccups and the almost super-human criteria.
London (CNN) - Get used to a new acronym in the euro alphabet soup.
OMT – Outright Monetary Transactions. That's what the European Central Bank is calling its upcoming plan to buy sovereign bonds on the secondary market (the ECB is allowed to buy bonds on the open market, after they have been sold to investors by the governments).
The details are truly central bank-speak: conditionality, sterilization, enhanced conditions. Forget all that for now.
Just remember the bottom line for the ECB: Draghi said the euro is "irreversible" and that is his story and he is sticking to it. FULL POST
London (CNN) – From the budget, to economic benefits, to the legacy: No-one is talking about the Paralympics’ bottom line.
Perhaps it’s because Team GB and the London 2012 organization were so impressive, leaving the country revelling in the medal haul rather than totting up the bill.
The nation has gone sports-mad, now embracing the lesser-known (but I’ll bet just as exciting to watch), paralympic sports, from Murderball (think of it as wheelchair rugby) to Boccia (like bowls, but for athletes whose disabilities impact on their motor skills).
But - despite all this goodwill - the UK economy is refusing to play ball.
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