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Business Traveler (USA) - - TALKING POINT -

Ilost an old friend of mine sud­denly this week. It was my com­puter key­board, a boon com­pan­ion of many years, found un­re­spon­sive ly­ing on my desk. Of course I did ev­ery­thing hu­manly pos­si­ble to re­sus­ci­tate it – tapped, slapped, shook and re­plugged ev­ery­thing – but it was hope­less. There was nary a flicker from its dead, dark LEDs. Need­less to say, for your hum­ble editor this came as quite a shock. Af­ter all, I’ve got work to do – e-mails to send, mag­a­zines to get out, sto­ries to edit, dead­lines to meet. With­out my key­board, noth­ing was go­ing to get ac­com­plished. So af­ter a re­spectable in­ter­val of mourn­ing – five min­utes, tops – I rushed to the near­est com­puter store for a new key­board.

Now per­haps here I should ex­plain that for many of us who make a liv­ing in words, touch typ­ing is key – pun in­tended. The type­writer in days past, and like­wise its mod­ern de­scen­dant, the com­puter key­board, is akin to a Stradi­var­ius in the hands of a clas­si­cal vi­o­lin­ist. No two are ever quite the same. The writer set­tles into an easy re­la­tion­ship with the keys so that the act of typ­ing plays sec­ond fid­dle to the art of writ­ing.

So it was with no lit­tle bit of grum­bling that I be­gan try­ing out key­boards, typ­ing over and over,“Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their coun­try.” Of course, noth­ing I found matched the quick­ness and sat­is­fy­ing snap of the key ac­tion on my dear de­parted friend. But even­tu­ally I chose one, and I must say, it’s kind of cool; wire­less, feels good un­der my fin­gers and it comes with its own mouse.

So, hey, af­ter a few hours and more than a few ty­pos, I’m get­ting used to it. In fact, I’m ac­tu­ally com­ing to like it. My key­board and I are build­ing a rap­port.

Which is good be­cause this par­tic­u­lar month we need to be at the top of our ed­i­to­rial game. In this is­sue we de­but an ex­cit­ing new way for you to en­joy our mag­a­zine – Busi­ness Trav­eler Lifestyle.

This new sec­tion (it starts on page 39) gath­ers un­der one um­brella some of your fa­vorite reg­u­lar fea­tures, plus an orig­i­nal look at news that can make your trav­els richer and more sat­is­fy­ing. It also pro­vides a crisp new can­vas on which we can cap­ture the col­or­ful panorama of travel – the dif­fer­ent places, dis­tinc­tive mo­ments, the unique sights, sounds, tastes and feel of to­day’s global com­mu­nity.

In the com­ing months these pages will be full of new top­ics. You’ll find Es­capes To ex­cep­tional des­ti­na­tions and re­mark­able Gath­er­ing Places. Your trav­els will be both sim­pler and more pro­duc­tive for the ideas and prod­ucts you read about in the Tech­nol­ogy of Things. And what you learn about The Good Life will in­form and en­er­gize your out­look on the world whether you’re at home or on the road.

Busi­ness Trav­eler Lifestyle cap­tures the spirit of to­day’s busi­ness trav­eler – the feel­ing that all our jour­neys mat­ter, that ev­ery trip is in some mea­sure per­sonal, and that each travel ex­pe­ri­ence – whether you call it busi­ness or leisure or a com­bi­na­tion – should be about dis­cov­ery and ex­plo­ration.

There are cer­tain changes, such as get­ting a key­board, that are thrust upon us by ne­ces­sity. Oth­ers come to us out of a con­vic­tion that the time is right to take a fresh ap­proach to what’s hap­pen­ing in the lives of our read­ers. Busi­ness Trav­eler Lifestyle is a change that comes from just such a con­vic­tion. “Now is the time …”I typed over and over. “Now is the time …” Now is the time for Busi­ness Trav­eler Lifestyle. My new key­board and I are ready. BT

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