As a fairly well-travelled bunch who know a thing or two about flying, we thought we’d ask around the Skyscanner office to see what items our staff never boarded a plane without. From hoodies to hair-straighteners – here are Skyscanner staff’s most essential travel items.Gareth (Skyscanner Head Honcho)I always travel with a book. I also take my PDA, USB Dongle, a copy of the Economist magazine (I always buy it at airport), my driving licence (obvious, but it’s really easy to forget that you hired a car at the other end), plus my swimming trunks; they don’t take up much space but I might fancy a swim if the hotel has pool.Bon (Skyscanner Co-founder)I’m very fussy about the bag I travel with. It has to be a shoulder bag. Dragging a trolley bag does not work for me (too slow weaving through the crowds, too awkward on steps, and makes you look like an air stewardess).The ideal bag has to fit under the seat in front of me (means you can get a seat right up the front of the plane once all these speedy boarders have taken all the space in the overhead locker).It’s quite difficult to find just the right bag. My old bag (Slappa) was no longer available; it served me well but has now come to the end of its travelling life after two years of abuse. So after a bit of research I decided to import a bag from the states, the Tom Bihn – Empire Builder. I’m taking it on its inaugural flight next week!Barry (Skyscanner Co-founder)My iPod and a small folding bag inside my luggage so that I don’t have to cart my case around everywhere with me.Martin (Senior Developer)Cargo trousers with lots of pockets! Means I can have everything I need during a flight actually on my person and have no need to delve into my carry-on for stuff passport, iPod, book, Nintendo DS, snacks etc.Jenny Herbison (Account manager)It has to be my iPod to drown out screaming kids and stop the people next to you from talking to you!Laura (Financial Assistant)I know it’s vain but I always take my hair-straighteners with me when I travel.For the actual journey a good book is always useful.Ewan (Sales Manager)Ear plugs for screaming kids and drunken rugby teams. I also always carry spare socks, a T-shirt and a travel toothbrush and toothpaste in my hand baggage – in case of a lost bag or missed connection.Mik (Infrastructure Manager)Laptop, PDA, PSP and lots of portable storage (pen drives, memory cards, etc). Technology, whoooaah!Sam (Travel Editor)I always travel in a hooded top because the hood helps block out the world when I want to sleep, plus it’s got big pockets and they are cosy garments. My trusty Sony IXUS digital camera, a notepad and a pen are always on hand too – essential accessories for the travel writer.I also like to carry a good book – preferably a paperback which isn’t too chunky, for space saving reasons. I like to travel as light as possible – read my Packing Tips here.Leanna (HR Manager)I never travel without perfume. There can be lots of smelly travellers and I like to mask the BO. Not my own, of course – others’! I once sprayed a man in the mouth with Chanel No.5 whilst on a plane when he yawned. He was none too chuffed, but trust me, it was the only way I could have suffered him for more than 2 hours. [Skyscanner do not condone spraying fellow passengers in the mouth with anything – Ed].Lara (Head of Marketing)Industrial strength earplugs in case of snorers in next seat; top tip – try Mack’s Junior Safe & Sound if earplugs hurt your ears. Made for delicate little ear holes like mine!I also take a sleeping pill straight after takeoff so I can annoy all the people who didn’t bring earplugs in case of snorers, and a book to read until pill kicks in. And the best travel pillow (it has microbeads) in the world. It even has a name – Meryl Sleep. I never get Jet Lag so I think my method of sleeping through my flights must work.Grzegorz (Developer)I always wear solid footwear. They support my ankles and calves, feet don’t sweat much in them which doesn’t result with unwanted smells, they don’t generate warmth but sustain temperature inside so they’re appropriate for cold (-20C) and hot (+25C) weather.They are also great protection in crowded places and due to their steel enforced construction they’re handy during assaults or in moshpits during a concert – you don’t have to be strong, those boots are ok by themselves. [We do wonder what our staff get up to in their free time! – Ed] Dave (Head of Database Development)My big Can headphones are essential. I plug them into my laptop or mobile for music or movies on the go. Cans are great for flights – they don’t let you wear them when taking off/landing but after that they just kill the noise completely and you don’t realise how much stress this removes from flying. It’s not noticeable until you’ve flown with Cans – I suggest Sennheiser.Also, an electronic toothbrush can make you feel like you’ve had a shower; you’re on the second leg of your journey but you get that dentist-clean feeling and it helps to make you feel clean all over, even if you actually smell a little. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedWhat’s the best hand luggage bag?With more and more airlines charging for checked bags, it’s worth travelling light to save money. We’ve got tips from all the frequent flyers at Skyscanner, as well as globe-trotting travel bloggers, so escape baggage fees and go hand luggage only with these top cabin bags.50 insider travel tips & tricks: what we’ve learned about travellingFrom the philosophical to the funny, the serious to the silly, we present our list of learnings from travelling the world.Carry on: readers’ opinions on cabin luggage restrictionsThey’ve been around now for almost ten years, but that doesn’t mean that we’re all experts on airline hand luggage restrictions. We’ve gathered some of your thoughts from a previous article on the subject: here’s what you think, plus a few unusual suggestions on how to make the rules work…
Related5 holiday nightmares and how to solve them5 holiday nightmares and how to solve themEverything you need to know about renewing, replacing, and updating your passportYou’ve booked the cheap flights, found the perfect hotel, but you’ve just remembered your passport is expiring soon. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about passport renewal, from where your passport office is, to how to apply for a passport online.10 holiday commandments you should never forgetInsurance, luggage labels, foreign currency and travel adaptors:10 holiday and travel rules you must remember . What should you do if you lose your passport?While losing your passport abroad isn’t something we’d recommend, it’s not the end of the world, although you’ll need to get in touch with your local consulate as soon as possible. “If your passport has been lost or stolen, our consulates may be able to provide you with an Emergency Travel Document to enable you to get home, but this is something you’ll have to pay for,” says Martin Redmond at the Foreign Office’s Communications and Engagement department. His advice? Avoid losing it in the first place. “Lock your passport away in a hotel safe, or if this isn’t possible, ensure it’s always out of sight, and ideally inside a zipped pocket,” adds Martin. What should you do if you end up in hospital?If a serious illness or injury results in a hospital stay and you need help contacting loved ones or arranging your return journey home, staff at the local UK consulate will often be able to help. “If you’re hospitalised, we aim to contact you within 24 hours of being notified,” says Martin. “We will then make an assessment in order to provide assistance according to your needs. This may include a visit if you’re particularly vulnerable.”What happens if I’m injured and I haven’t got travel insurance?This is one scenario where you shouldn’t expect much assistance. The growing number of injured tourists setting up crowd-funding sites from their hospital bed is a stark reminder that insurance is still something many people forget to purchase – despite the fact that a week’s insurance can cost just a few pounds. And if you decide to skip it, don’t expect any financial assistance from the Foreign Office. “People should make sure they’re covered for any medical bills because the consulate cannot pay these for you,” warns Martin. “Everyone should take out appropriate travel insurance before travelling, and insure it covers them for every activity they might be doing,” says Martin. Get the full facts before you fly from the FCO.Fancy checking out some more tips for savvy travelers? Here’s some essential information to help your holiday get off to a great start.What is APD and how much do I have to pay?Get all the facts and find out how much new flight taxes will cost you.20 money-saving travel tips and secretsHere’s how to make your money go further when abroadEverything you need to know about flight delays and cancellationsIf you’ve ever been stranded abroad or been massively delayed, here are our best tips for getting there as quickly and safely as possible.Last minute flights: the Skyscanner guide to getting a great dealGet the best deal on your flight with our handy guideSkyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map What can’t the UK Foreign Office help you with?Knowing what the Foreign Office can and can’t help with could save you significant amounts of time and effort. “We receive a lot of enquiries from non-British nationals about obtaining visas for example, but these are dealt with by our colleagues at UK Visa and Immigration,” points out Martin. “Our contact centres receive a very wide range of queries. We’ve certainly had some strange requests in the past. One lady called asking us to recommend a chef who could cook haggis; we also had a gentleman ask us whether we could help treat his cat’s infected paw!”Finally, remember that although staff at the Foreign Office’s consulates might well be able to provide assistance in a wide range of scenarios, if you fall foul of the law in the country you’re visiting, there’s little they can do. “We can give general information about local police and legal procedures,” explains Martin. “But we cannot intervene in criminal investigations or the legal processes of other countries, nor can we give legal advice, although we can suggest where to get it.” Going it alone? Don’t panic – we’ve come to the rescue with our top tips for solo travelers. What should you do if you lose your wallet, or if it’s stolen?If you lose your wallet or purse, your first priority should always be to cancel your bank cards. “We advise people to contact their bank immediately to cancel their cards, and then report the theft to the local police,” says Mr. Redmond. “If required, the consulate can help you to contact friends and family in order to get money transferred. But travellers should always try and keep some spare cash at their accommodation.”What should you do if you lose your mobile phone?If you lose your phone while abroad, the most important thing is to cancel your contract straight away. If you don’t, and somebody else uses it afterwards, you could be liable for any charges incurred. If you think there’s a chance you might find it, simply ask your service provider to place a temporary bar on the phone so that you can use it again if it’s returned to you. Heading overseas? Don’t leave home without checking out our seven top tips for safer travels.
Kiawah Island, South Carolina – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineKiawah Island Golf Resort today announced that, over the next several months, the resort will make a significant investment in new state-of-the-art pool facilities in the Night Heron Park and adjacent to the West Beach Tennis Center. These projects include: A large children’s pool at the Night Heron Park pool complex, complete with a curving waterslide and water features sure to excite children of all ages. A complete facelift of the existing pool at Night Heron. This will become Night Heron’s adult-friendly pool with time set aside for quiet adult relaxation, lap swimming and aqua aerobics. The pool will also be used for swim lessons and select children’s Kamp Kiawah activities. The third pool will be built in West Beach featuring both an adult section and a large play area with water toys and slides – the perfect amenity for guests staying in West Beach.According to Kiawah’s General Manager of Villa Operations, Missy Wurthmann, this is just another step in the resort’s ongoing efforts to bring their guests the finest vacation experience in the world. “We know that these projects will be an exciting addition to the 2012 vacation offerings of our loyal rental guests,” said Wurthmann. “We are hopeful many more families choose Kiawah Island as their vacation destination in order to enjoy these wonderful amenities.”As with many of the other resort amenities, access to the pools will be restricted to guests of Kiawah Island Golf Resort and members and accompanied guests of the resort’s Governor’s Club for island property owners.Located just south of Charleston, South Carolina, along 10 miles of pristine beach, Kiawah Island Golf Resort was recently named the No. 1 golf resort on the U.S. Mainland by readers of the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler magazine. The publication also named Kiawah as the No. 3 overall resort on the U.S. Mainland. Tennis magazine named it the No. 3 tennis resort in the U.S. Kiawah Island is also known as one of the top eco-friendly resorts in the U.S., and its beach was named one of the 10 best beaches in America by famed “beachologist,” Dr. Stephen Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach. In addition to Forbes Five Star/AAA Five Diamond Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the resort’s 255-room oceanfront hotel and spa, the resort manages 600 private villas and luxury homes, nine restaurants, two tennis centers, a renowned recreation and nature program and has five championship golf courses, including The Ocean Course, host of the 1991 Ryder Cup and next year’s 2012 PGA Championship.www.kiawahresort.com
Hong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York is delighted to enhance its green and sustainable offerings with the launch of its new, high-performance and eco-centric Nature’s Radiant Facials. This exclusive 50 and 80-minute holistic treatment for the face, neck and décolleté was developed with the ecologically conscious and 100% organic sustainable skincare company Amala, based in Germany where standards for natural and organic are among the most stringent in the world. The line of Nature’s Radiant Facials takes eco-conscious skincare to the next level by treating skin’s specific needs with some of the world’s most potent healing botanicals to ensure noticeable results.Each customized Nature’s Radiant Facial begins with a thorough skin analysis to determine whether toning, deep pore cleansing, softening of fine lines and/or restoring hydration is needed. From there, Amala’s organic seed oils and whole plant products gently cleanse and exfoliate the skin to balance and renew elasticity while stimulating cell renewal and providing antioxidant protection. The facials include two masks – a Rhassoul clay mask to draw out impurities and soften the skin, followed by a customized mask that stimulates collagen and hydrates the skin. A relaxing scalp, foot or hand massage is given while the masks work to replenish the skin. 50-minute facials include one of the massages and 80-minute facials include two of the three massage options. After the masks are completed, the therapist administers a Manual Lymphatic Drainage Facial Massage which acts as a natural face-lift, reduces puffiness and firms the skin for immediate, visible results and a youthful, healthy and radiant appearance.“We created Nature’s Radiant Facials as part of our Spa’s effort to become more and more organically pure and eco-logically focused, while still delivering the visible, high-performance results our guests expect,” states Spa Director, Denise Vitiello. “Each custom-blended facial is based on a different potent botanical – Blue Lotus to purify, Cocoa Bean to rejuvenate, and Jasmine to hydrate so we can provide a facial that’s very specific to each guests needs. We’re delighted to be working with Amala’s customized, organic skin care products to create facial and body treatments that produce high impact results without the use of chemicals,” said Denise Vitiello, Spa Director.Amala is known for its “skincare with a pure conscience” philosophy. Their products contain the highest possible concentration of organic and wildcrafted plant ingredients grown in their native regions to provide unsurpassed potent performance and wellness benefits. These ingredients are sourced from global farm partners and grown according to certified organic agriculture practices which positively impact the earth. “When it comes to skincare, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice results for responsibility,” said Amala’s founder, Ute Leube.www.mandarinoriental.com/newyork
Wilbert Das, Creative Director of Italian label Diesel, launches a fully independent project, the UXUA Casa Hotel (pronounced oo-SHOO-ahh) located in Trancoso, a colorful fishing village on Brazil’s idyllic Bahian coast.Situated on the historic ‘Quadrado’ – a grassy hilltop square closed to traffic except for the occasional horse – UXUA’s unique 1 – 3 bedroom houses are self-catering or fully serviced according to preference. The units are complemented by a one-of-a-kind aventurine quartz swimming pool (aventurine an alluring green stone considered by many to possess powerful healing qualities), a restaurant, lounge, library, gym, spa, and a dedicated beachfront annex constructed of grounded fishing boats set beside ocean mangroves 5-minutes walk from the Quadrado.Three of the UXUA houses are restored from traditional fishermen’s homes and face directly onto the Quadrado, and the remaining six (including a multi-level treehouse made entirely of recycled wood) are nestled around pools in a lush tropical garden of flowers, fruits, and towering cocoa and jackfruit trees.Wilbert conceived the entire UXUA project as a tribute to the region of Bahia and its dynamic people. Built with the collaboration of a group of talented local artisans and builders skilled in recycled materials and traditional construction methods, the project has taken two years to realize.The resulting architectural mix showcases southern Bahian and Indian influences alongside a rustic modernism that nods to Wilbert’s work in contemporary fashion and furniture design. The houses are each unique in every feature. Décor is composed of antiques and Bahian art as well as hand-made furniture and fixtures crafted on-sitewww.uxuacasahotel.com/
by Ryan Pearson, The Associated Press Posted Jan 3, 2018 11:26 am PDT Last Updated Jan 3, 2018 at 3:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Gal Gadot, Saoirse Ronan, Mary J. Blige and Allison Janney will be dressed in black at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards as part of a planned anti-harassment protest, and all four voiced their support for a new initiative, Time’s Up, that’s aimed at supporting women who bring complaints.“I am one of those women, so, you know, I don’t want to go into detail about that and I haven’t, but I am, and I stand with those women. I champion them,” Blige said Tuesday at the Palm Springs International Film Festival awards.Blige, who earned a Globe nomination for her supporting role in “Mudbound,” said the Time’s Up campaign and the wear-black protest are important “because there’s so many women that don’t get a chance to speak in other industries that are not the film industry, the music industry. It’s important for us to stand up for them so they can get a chance to speak.”Janney isn’t sure what dress she’ll wear, but she’s certain it will be black.“I think that will be really powerful,” she said. “I will be in a black dress and be proud to be standing there with the other actresses.”Janney, a supporting actress nominee for “I, Tonya,” also stands with Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes, Jennifer Aniston and hundreds of other Hollywood women who formed the Time’s Up coalition, launched Monday with an open letter vowing support for women in the entertainment business and beyond — janitors to health care workers.The organization, which dovetails with the Me Too movement, will include a legal defence fund and will advocate for legislation combating workplace harassment. Time’s Up also is backing the call for women to wear black, in solidarity with those who have been sexually harassed, at the Golden Globes ceremony.Dozens of men have faced harassment and assault allegations in recent months, including Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose and Kevin Spacey.“I’m bringing one of my best friends with me and she’ll be wearing black also,” said Ronan, a lead actress Globe nominee for “Lady Bird.” ”The relationships between women are so strong when you have them and it’s about time that we get to experience that in our industry, too, you know?”Holly Hunter said the time for solidarity is now, and it will come in the colour black.“I think that there’s a power there that can be reached no other way except for when people fly in formation, when they are together, when they act as one,” she said.___Corrects to four from three in lead of story.___For full coverage of awards season, visit: https://apnews.com/tag/AwardsSeason Gadot, Ronan, Janney join Golden Globes black dress protest
FILE- In this Jan. 7, 2018, file photo, Sam Rockwell poses in the press room with the award for best performance by an actor in a supporting role in any motion picture for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. On “Saturday Night Live,” guest host Rockwell let an expletive slip during a skit on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. He then put his hand to his mouth and said “sorry” before continuing with the skit. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Jan 14, 2018 4:57 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 14, 2018 at 8:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PASADENA, Calif. – Expletives dotted the weekend television landscape.On “Saturday Night Live,” guest host Sam Rockwell let one slip during a skit. He was playing an increasingly frustrated TV science host trying to lead two clueless students through an experiment.“You can’t be this (expletive) stupid!” Rockwell exclaimed, immediately putting his hand to his mouth and saying “sorry” before continuing. “SNL” cast members Cecily Strong and Mikey Day, playing the kids, also reacted. Strong put her fingers in her ears and Day feigned an exaggerated look of shock.On the late-night show’s “Weekend Update” segment, anchor Colin Jost mentioned President Donald Trump’s vulgar reference to African nations as “s-holes,” omitting the expletive.He explained that NBC asked him to clean up the quote. But Jost added if the president can say the full word, so can he. So he did.Rockwell’s and Jost’s expletives were deleted in taped re-broadcasts of the show.On an NBC Sports Network soccer telecast, Liverpool, England, team manager Juergen Klopp dropped a curse word in a post-match interview Sunday.Asked if he wanted to apologize, he replied, smiling, “I thought in America that was OK? In England, it’s not possible to use those words.” Expletives dot the weekend TV comedy, sports landscape
The Gottis made sure the Travoltas were well fed for ‘Gotti’ NEW YORK, N.Y. – John Travolta and Kelly Preston didn’t just receive the Gotti family’s blessing to make a biopic about the late, infamous crime boss, they also were fed well, in true Italian style.“Victoria Gotti made us a gorgeous spread one afternoon. It was awesome,” recalled Travolta at the film’s premiere Thursday.“We’ve had quite a few meals. Quite a few great Italian meals,” added Preston, who plays Gotti’s wife, Victoria. “Victoria cooked us dinner, an amazing dinner in the same house that she and John lived in for many years, and the family was in and out and we spent all day long together and it was wonderful and then we’ve had other meals together. We had a great meal just when we landed here four or five days ago after the whole family had seen the film and that was incredible because they loved it. That was thrilling.”John Gotti, who died in prison in 2002, was head of the Gambino crime family and was convicted of murder and racketeering in 1992. “Gotti,” which opens in the United States on Friday, has been in the works for years, with even Lindsay Lohan in the running to play the mobster’s daughter in an early iteration. Travolta says the end result is worth it.“Good things are worth waiting for and we were waiting for this and I think all the time we waited, we built up such a plethora of information and we found out how to design the film itself and I think we had time to work on the characters and be better at what we did, so I think it’s a different film if we had done it then, than now and a better one.”The actor says one of the things viewers will take away from the film is how popular Gotti was.“Unlike (John) Dillinger and (Al) Capone, Gotti was loved and I discovered why he was loved. He was actually like a local Robin Hood, he was a good will factor to many situations, whether it was putting businesses back in the black, and profit again or supporting families that weren’t doing well, or neighbourhood celebrations, so they loved him on a personal level,” Travolta said.The movie “Gotti” was sanctioned by the family, and some critics say it’s too sympathetic and favourable toward a mafia boss. by Alicia Rancilio, The Associated Press Posted Jun 15, 2018 9:22 am PDT Last Updated Jun 15, 2018 at 10:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Victoria Gotti, left, and Kelly Preston attend the premiere of “Gotti” at the SVA Theatre on Thursday, June 14, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
by The Associated Press Posted Oct 23, 2018 9:04 pm PDT Last Updated Oct 23, 2018 at 10:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Tommy Orange’s ‘There There’ named a Carnegie Medal finalist NEW YORK, N.Y. – Tommy Orange, whose debut novel “There There” is among the year’s most acclaimed books, is a finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal.The American Library Association, which presents the award, announced nominees Wednesday for fiction and nonfiction.Other fiction works cited “Washington Black” by Canadian novellist Esi Edugyan and “The Great Believers” by Rebecca Makkai.Nonfiction finalists were Kiese Laymon’s “Heavy: An American Memoir,” Francisco Cantu’s “The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border” and Beth Macy’s “Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America.”Winners in each category receive $5,000 and will be announced Jan. 27.The prize, established in 2012, is sponsored in part by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.Previous winners include Donna Tartt, Richard Ford and Colson Whitehead.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Kristin M. Hall, The Associated Press Posted Jan 16, 2019 8:25 am PDT NASHVILLE — For decades, Jackie Shane was a musical mystery: a riveting black transgender soul singer who packed out nightclubs in Toronto in the 1960s, but then disappeared after 1971.Some speculated she had died, but her legacy lived on among music historians and R&B collectors who paid big money for her vinyl records. But in 2010, the Canadian Broadcasting Company produced an audio documentary about her, awakening a wider interest in the pioneering singer. Today her face is painted on a massive 20-story musical mural in Toronto with other influential musicians like Muddy Waters.In 2014, Doug Mcgowan, an A&R scout for archival record label Numero Group, finally reached her via phone in Nashville, Tennessee, where she was born in 1940. After much effort, Mcgowan got her agree to work with them on a remarkable two-CD set of her live and studio recordings that was released in 2017 called “Any Other Way,” which has been nominated for best historical album at this year’s Grammy Awards.Shane, now 78, has lived a very private life since she stopped performing. In fact, no one involved in album has yet to meet her in person as she only agrees to talk on the phone. But she realized after the CBC documentary that she could no longer hide. News outlets began calling and her photos started appearing in newspapers and magazines after the release of the album. RuPaul and Laverne Cox have tweeted stories about Shane.“I had been discovered,” Shane told The Associated Press in a recent phone interview. “It wasn’t what I wanted, but I felt good about it. After such a long time, people still cared. And now those people who are just discovering me, it’s just overwhelming.”Grammy-winning music journalist Rob Bowman spent dozens of hours on the phone with Shane interviewing her for the liner notes in the album. Her story, Bowman says, is so remarkable that even Hollywood couldn’t dream it up.Born in the Jim Crow era and raised during the heyday of Nashville’s small but influential R&B scene, Shane was confident in herself and musically inclined since she was a child. She learned how to sing in Southern churches and gospel groups, but she learned about right and wrong from watching a con artist posing as a minister selling healing waters to the faithful.From an early age, she knew who she was and never tried to hide it.“I started dressing (as a female) when I was five,” Shane said. “And they wondered how I could keep the high heels on with my feet so much smaller than the shoe. I would press forward and would, just like Mae West, throw myself from side to side. What I am simply saying is I could be no one else.”By the time she was 13, she considered herself a woman in a man’s body and her mother unconditionally supported her.“Even in school, I never had any problems,” Shane said. “People have accepted me.”She played drums and became a regular session player for Nashville R&B and gospel record labels and went out on tour with artists like Jackie Wilson. She’s known Little Richard since she was a teenager and later in the ’60s met Jimi Hendrix, who spent time gigging on Nashville’s Jefferson Street.To this day, Shane playfully scoffs at Little Richard’s antics and knows more than a few wild stories about him. “I grew up with Little Richard. Richard is crazy, don’t even go there,” Shane said with a laugh.But soon the South’s Jim Crow laws became too harsh for her to live with.“I can come into your home. I can clean your house. I can raise your children. Cook your food. Take care of you,” Shane said. “But I can’t sit beside you in a public place? Something is wrong here.”One day in Nashville she had been playing with acclaimed soul singer Joe Tex when he encouraged her to leave the South and pursue her musical career elsewhere.She began playing gigs in Boston, Montreal and eventually Toronto, which despite being a majority white city at the time still had a budding R&B musical scene, according to Bowman. She performed with Frank Motley, who was known for playing two trumpets at once.“Jackie was a revelation,” Bowman said. “Quite quickly the black audience in Toronto embraced her. Within a couple of years, Jackie’s audiences were 50-50 white and black.”Bowman said that in the early ’60s, the term transgender wasn’t widely known at all and being anything but straight was often feared by people. Most audiences perceived Shane as a gay male, Bowman said. In the pictures included in the album’s liner notes, her onstage outfits were often very feminine pantsuits and her face is adorned with cat eyes and dramatic eyebrows.For Shane, her look onstage was as important as the music.“I would travel with about 20 trunks,” Shane said. “Show business is glamour. When you walk out there, people should say, ‘Whoa! I like that!’ When I walk out onstage, I’m the show.”She put out singles and a live album, covering songs like “Money (That’s What I Want),” ”You Are My Sunshine,” and “Any Other Way,” which was regionally popular in Boston and Toronto in 1963. Her live songs are populated with extended monologues in which Shane takes on the role of a preacher, sermonizing on her life, sexual politics and much more.“I humble myself before my audience,” Shane explained. “I am going to sing to you and talk to you and do all the things I can so when you leave here, you’ll be back here again.”She was beloved in Toronto and still considers it her home.“You cannot choose where you are born, but you can choose where you call home,” Shane said. “And Toronto is my home.”But her connection to her mother was so strong that ultimately it led Shane to leave show business in 1971. Her mother’s husband died and Shane didn’t want to leave her mother living alone. But she also felt a bit exhausted by the pace.“I needed to step back from it,” Shane said. “Every night, two or three shows and concerts. I just felt I needed a break from it.”Since the release of “Any Other Way,” Shane often gets the question about whether she would ever perform again now that so many more people are discovering her music.“I don’t know,” Shane said. “Because it takes a lot out of you. I give all I can. You are really worn out when you walk off that stage.”She wavered on an answer, saying she’s thinking about it. Her record’s nomination in the best historical album category only go to producers and engineers, not the artists, so Shane is not nominated herself. But Mcgowan, who is nominated as a producer, said he has invited her to come with him to the ceremony in Los Angeles on Feb. 10 as his guest.“It’s like my grandmamma would say, ‘Good things come to those who wait,’” Shane said. “All of the sudden it’s like people are saying, ‘Thank you, Jackie, for being out there and speaking when no one else did.’ No matter whether I initiated it or not, and I did not, this was the way that fate wanted it to be.”______Online:http://msjackieshane.com/______Follow Kristin M. Hall at Twitter.com/kmhallKristin M. Hall, The Associated Press This 1960’s image shows Jackie Shane at The California Club in Los Angeles. Shane’s “Any Other Way,” has been nominated for best historical album at this year’s Grammy Awards on Feb. 10. (Jackie Shane via AP) Grammy-nominated album shines light on transgender pioneer