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In her book, A Classical Education, Caroline Taggart says the ancient Greek and Roman influence is still alive and well in many aspects of the modern world, from language, architecture and science to art, maths and astronomy. But do you know your Plato from your Pluto? Take The Guardian’s quiz to find out.

You could do something else, too. But we’re not telling. Okay, here’s a hint.

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PBS’s fantastic series “Antiques Roadshow” is all about learning about the hidden treasures in your attic, and valuing them to their fullest. Travel Dynamics International and “Antiques Roadshow” have something in common. Our attic is the world, and we like to rediscover lost places of special worth. Join us on two special “Antiques Roadshow” cruises: The Great Lakes, from August 29-September 5, 2009; or the Classical World, October 7-17, 2009. Enjoy seeing, and participating in, something of great pleasure and worth.

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Birdsong Radio

We like birds. That’s why we’ve paired up with the National Audubon Society for trips to the Amazon and Antarctica. You might like birds too. Especially birdsongs in the morning. Now, there’s an entire radio station devoted to ’em. So whether you’re trapped in a nuclear silo or a corner office in Midtown, you can hear the birds singing to you. Spring has sprung!

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TDI Radio goes live!

We’re still trying to work out how to embed a player inside this here blog, but in the meantime, you can check out the sounds of Travel Dynamics International’s world on Blip.fm! You’ll find ancient Malian songs, traditional sea shanties, Greek folk songs, South African choral works, and a great deal more. It’s the soundtrack to your voyages.

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We give people wonderful vacations here at TDI, but let’s face it: a trans-Atlantic flight, a hop on a boat, and touring the very next day? We know it, you know it – that first breakfast is rough when you’re still feeling that soul-delay. (That’s how William Gibson describes jet-lag in his novel Pattern Recognition.)

Well, an experimental drug currently undergoing trials is threatening to neatly reset the body clock, banish jet-lag, and eliminate that excuse, at least, for not traveling with us to the Mediterranean or Africa. Time Magazine reports that:

The drug, tasimelteon, works by mimicking the effects of the naturally occurring hormone melatonin, which has long been identified as the regulator of the body’s sleep and wake patterns. In Phase II and III clinical trials of 450 people who were subjected to simulated jet lag in a sleep laboratory (participants were forced to go to bed at 6 p.m. and wake up at 2 a.m.), a team from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that the new drug restored near normal sleep the first night it was used.

Read the rest here.

(Thanks to MyTravelOptimizer!)

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Hat-tip to National Geographic Traveler‘s excellent Intelligent Travel blog for some great links to make your summer travel plans with TDI go even more smoothly. Chief among them are this site that gives you average wait times at U.S. airports and this site that gives you up-to-the-minute flight delay information.

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