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  1. 50plusDC.com is copyright Mike & Jen Elsden. If you wish to reproduce any of the content, please contact us by e-mail. We will normally readily grant permission to reproduce small extracts from the web site subject to acknowledgement of the source.
  2. 50 plus DC contains the personal views of Mike & Jen together with facts drawn from a wide range of sources. The personal views are ours and ours alone, but in a web site of this size it is inevitable that some errors could have crept in amongst the facts. If you spot an error, please alert us by e-mailing us.
  3. American visitors to the site may be a little perplexed by some of the spelling. When the founding fathers of the USA decided to rationalise (note the ‘s’ not ‘z’) some spelling they made life for future generations of computer spell check designers much more difficult as back here in the UK we continue to spell words the way they always had been. It’s not us being difficult, it’s just the way we do things over here. We haven’t taken it to the ridiculous lengths of one British tabloid newspaper which after 9/11 insisted on referring to the World Trade Centre. Buildings and places are spelled the American way, so while a town may have a harbour, the town of Bar Harbor is spelled in the Americans way.
  4. During the Victorian era, the UK and USA also drifted apart when inventing new words. Most people know that a car in the US has a hood and a trunk but in the UK it has a bonnet and a boot. A tram in the UK is a streetcar or trolley in the US. Others are much less well known, for example people walk along a sidewalk in the US but it is called the pavement in the UK - in the US anyone walking on the pavement could be run over! Where the words differ on the two sides of the Atlantic we have usually used both to avoid confusion.
  5. Web designers can be an indisciplined lot and as a result links to external web sites can be very difficult to keep up to date. In order to minimise the risk of broken links, we try where possible to link only to Top Level Domain home pages, as these are far less likely to change. We are now finding it increasingly necessary to break this rule so if you encounter a broken link, please advise us by e-mail .
  6. The site has been designed to be browsed with Internet Explorer 10 or higher. It has also been tested with Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge, which have generally displayed the web site correctly although Microsoft Edge sometimes fails to load subpages.

In mid October we returned from a trip to California, Utah and Colorado. At the beginning of this trip we visited the former Gold Mining town of Paradise in California to see the Gold Nugget Museum in the town and the nearby Honey Run Covered Bridge. Just six weeks later we were shocked to see on the news that Paradise and the surrounding area had been wiped out by the Camp Fire with major loss of life. Our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones. In memory of Paradise and those who lost their lives we have added some pictures from the area to the Gold Country page. We have also added pictures from Nevada City and Grass Valley which we visited but were not affected by wildfires.

50 plus DC now covers Puerto Rico, five pages to be exact. The addition of Puerto Rico has caused a navigational problem. It’s not a State, but a Territory, so we haven’t listed it on the drop-down menu under the US STATES tab, but we have shown it on the States map. We have also put a direct link to the Puerto Rico Pages on the  and Regions pages and there is a link to it on the minimap of the Florida pages. In case you are wondering, we have no plans to change the name of the web site to 50plusDCandPuertoRico.

We also added to New York City, adding the National September 11 Memorial & Museum to the Lower Manhattan page, a new page on The Bronx, and more information on Staten Island, Upper East Side and Uptown Manhattan.

We have been working on an expanded section on Florida but have suspended work on it while we update pages with pictures from our recent trip. Because the new Florida section is incomplete we will not be uploading updated ‘Places’ pages for the time being. As a result, there may be some bugs in navigation from the ‘Places’ pages to the Florida section. We will correct this wehn we are able to upload the new Miami section.

We still have a backlog of new material from  trips to the USA over recent years and are aiming to publish more new material through the rest of 2019. After Florida we will move on to material from other trips including  Arizona, Nevada, Utah and the Pacific North West.


January 2019


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