Saturday, December 23, 2006

Merry Christmas from Shanghai

The Blue Tree © Kimberly 2006

Thursday, December 21, 2006

1950's Napoli

Bikinis, Wheels, Psalms and Trousers
Posted by Emiana
Thursday, December 21, 2006

There is a Flickr member named Agedsenator who has a fabulous collection of photos of Naples and its environs that he took in the 1950s ... His photos are poetic, thrilling, exotic, funny, moving and melancholy. They are always filled with history, heart and soul and often look like a still from an Italian realist film.

here for complete post.

Click here to view agedsenator's photography on Flickr.

Monday, December 18, 2006

No snow for Europe

Concern over Europe 'snow crisis'
Unseasonably warm conditions across Europe are being greeted with a mixture of disbelief and despair by those who normally rely on cold winters. James Cove and James Rodgers assess the winter weather.
BBC News
Published: 2006/12/17 10:47:40 GMT

Many resorts have had to postpone their openings and the main ski races have been cancelled because of a lack of snow.

It has been the warmest December since records began in 1879.

here for complete article.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

How early is too early at Heathrow?

Passengers told 'don't be early'
British Airways is warning Christmas passengers at Heathrow not to be "too early" for flights because they are causing congestion at the airport.
BBC News
Published: 2006/12/16 16:26:02 GMT

Passengers should not turn up more than two hours before short-haul flights and three hours before long-hauls, BA said.

here for complete article.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Baggage Allowances on Flights (Delta Airlines)

Looking into carry-on allowances for an upcoming flight Delta flight (London - Atlanta), I came across this potentially useful info ...

Baggage Allowances on Flights

Regardless of where you're going, you’ll want to make sure what you’re bringing isn’t more than what’s allowed. Here are the rules:

Carry-on Baggage
Checked Baggage
General Conditions of Acceptance

Click here for Delta's "Baggage Allowances on Flights" webpage.

Underwater wedding in Saipan

Underwater Grotto Wedding
posted by Saipan Chamoale
The Saipan Blog
Friday, November 17, 2006

The couple didn't know that King Neptune would help them tie the knot. When they jumped in the water, King Neptune was already sitting at the bottom. He motioned them to follow him to the underwater chapel.

here to read the complete post.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Extended stay in the UK? Read this book!

Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour by Kate Fox is mandatory reading for any non-English residents of England - or anyone planning an extended stay in the UK. I wish I'd read this years ago!

Really I don't see why anthropologists feel they have to travel to remote corners of the world and get dysentery and malaria in order to study strange tribal cultures with bizarre beliefs and mysterious customs, when the weirdest, most puzzling tribe of all is right her on our doorstep.
- Kate Fox

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Applying TSA's 3-1-1 to holiday travel

Traveling to/from/within the United States this holiday season? Here are some TSA (Transport Security Administration) Holiday 3-1-1 Tips:

Knowing that holiday travel brings inexperienced and infrequent travelers to airports, we’d like to provide holiday-specific 3-1-1 information to help you get through the security checkpoints smoothly and quickly.

TSA’s 3-1-1 program means:
- Liquids, aerosols and gels must be in containers three ounces or less,
- Items must be put in a one quart, clear plastic zip-top bag, and
- Only one zip-top bag per passenger.

Do not wrap gifts.
If a security officer needs to inspect a package they may have to unwrap your gift. Please wrap gifts after arriving at your destination.

Apply 3-1-1 to gifts.
3-1-1 isn’t just about shampoo and toothpaste. Food items such as jams, salsas, sauces, syrups and dips will not be allowed through the checkpoint unless they are in containers three ounces or less and in the passenger’s one quart zip-top bag. This applies to gift items including lotions, creams, scented oil, liquid soaps, perfumes, and even snow globes, that are in excess of three ounces -- even if they are in sealed gift packs. We suggest you ship these items prior to your trip or put them in your checked baggage.

Any of these items WILL be allowed on the plane IF you purchase them after the security checkpoint. TSA allows liquid items purchased after the checkpoint onto planes because these items have been previously screened.

Know what items are prohibited on planes.
A gift you plan to bring in your carry-on bag might be on TSA’s Prohibited Item list. These items delay the screening process for you and other passengers. If you’re not sure which items are allowed,
click here to see the list of prohibited items.

Arrive on time.
Check with your carrier for suggested arrival times. You must have a boarding pass and valid government photo ID to enter the security checkpoint. Give yourself adequate time to check your baggage and move through security.

Dress the part.
Metal in your clothing may set off the walk-through metal detector. Pack coins, keys, jewelry, belt buckles and other metal items in your carry-on bag. Shoes must be removed and screened by TSA, so wear shoes you can easily take on and off to speed the process. Winter coats, blazers, suit jackets and bulky sweaters also must be removed and put in the bin for screening.
Learn more about the screening experience, dressing the part, and what to expect.

Be considerate and save jokes for after the checkpoint.
Our security officers are working to keep bombs off of airplanes. Please follow their directions. Belligerent behavior, inappropriate jokes and threats will not be tolerated, and will result in delays and possibly missed flights.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Farting passenger causes emergency landing

Flatulence leads US jet to divert
An American Airlines plane made an emergency landing in Nashville after passengers reported the smell of sulphur from burning matches.
BBC News
Published: 2006/12/06 13:15:32 GMT

The matches were found on the seat of a woman who had attempted to conceal the odour of flatulence with the matches, Nashville airport authorities said.

here for the complete article.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

What (not) to carry-on your flight this holiday season

America's TSA (Transport Security Administration) has this "3-1-1" advice for how to prepare your carry-on items for flights:

3 –1–1 for carry-ons =

3 ounce bottle or less;
1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag;
1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin.

One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3 oz. container size is a security measure.

Click here for more information.
here for the TSA's 3-1-1 for carry-ons wallet card (pdf).
here for the TSA's 3-1-1 for carry-ons brochure (pdf).

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

More about the coup in Fiji

Military Coup in Fiji
David Stanley
South Pacific Travel Blog
Tuesday, December 5, 2006

For now, Fiji is still quite safe to visit, and if it were me, I wouldn't hesitate to go, travel advisories or no travel advisories. But then again, I've gone to a lot of places many people would never think of visiting.

here to read the complete post.

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Military seizes control of government in Fiji

Fiji military chief stages coup
Fiji's military commander has seized control of the country, marking the fourth coup in two decades.
BBC News
Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 December 2006, 10:45 GMT

Australia, Britain and New Zealand had advised their citizens to stay away and warned of dire social, economic and diplomatic consequences if the military completed its coup.

here to read the complete article.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Emiana's Paris weekend

Emiana went to Paris for a weekend last month and all I got was this lousy link to her fabulous photos.

Photography by Emiana © 2006

Saturday, December 02, 2006

70,000 year old shrine found in Botswana

Python shrine found in Botswana
Monsters and Critics
Dec 2, 2006, 20:30 GMT

A Norway-based archaeologist has found a cave in Botswana that appears to be a 70,000-year-old religious shrine.

here to read the complete article.