Tuesday, March 27, 2007

UK hotels most expensive in Europe

Bath hotel rooms 'most expensive'
Hotel rooms in Bath have beaten London as the most expensive in the UK, a new survey suggests.
BBC News
Last Updated: Tuesday, 27 March 2007, 15:27 GMT 16:27 UK

The cost of a hotel room in the UK now averages £98 a night - the highest in Europe, the survey says.

here for complete article.

What cruise passengers want

What cruise passengers want: Private hot tubs and Charo from The Love Boat top survey
Cruisers in a recent survey put private hot tubs and adult-only pools at the top of their cruise vacation wish lists
Sue Bryant
Mar 10, 2007

Thirteen percent played safe and started their voyage with a motion sickness pill, while 23% picked 65-year-old Charo as The Love Boat guest they would most like to party with.

here for complete article.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The world's laundry online

Laundry on a London Line is photo blog dedicated to sharing photographs of laundry drying on a clothesline. Hey, why not? Despite the blog's title, the site features laundry from Australia, Scotland, Turkey and more.

According to the blog's administrator:

While we're living our globalized lives on our multinational planet, I think it's important to stop and see the laundry drying on the line. If you send me a picture of your laundry (or someone else's for that matter), I promise to post it.

Click here to visit Laundry on a London Line.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Where to get a tasty tube steak in Baltimore

polock johnny's dollars
posted by johnny dollar
johnny dollar's vault
Wednesday, February 14, 2007

mmm... i got the big polish sausage with the works and onion rings. brought it home and popped a
natty boh. life is good... btw that's some dam tasty tube steak, i recommend you go get yourself one.

here for complete post.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Recent volcanic activity in Guatemala

Here are two posts from El Blog Diablogico with info about the recent rumblings of Volcán de Fuego near Antigua, Guatemala. Check out the phenomenal photograph!

Al rojo vivo!
posted by El Blogador
El Blog Diablogico
Friday, March 16, 2007

The noise is like constant thunder she reports, (I could hear it down the line) and with her bincoulars she can see firey rocks being hurled out of the burbling, incandescent crater.

here for complete post.

Orange alert
posted by El Blogador
El Blog Diablogico
Saturday, March 17, 2007

" ... According to reports reaching here, the eruption spewed ash 500 meters into the air, and triggered 20 to 30 small earthquakes a minute."

here for complete post.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Okayama, Japan's pedal-powered roller coaster

TreeHugger-Style Roller Coaster in Japan: It's Pedal Powered
by Lloyd Alter

Here is the future of the green amusement park: The Skycycle at Washuzan Highland Park in Okayama, a pedal-powered roller coaster. They clearly have some dramatic topography to take advantage of here, and it looks truly frightening.

here for complete post.

Photographs of beautiful old cars in Havana, Cuba

A Postcard from Havana (WARNING: not dialup friendly)
03-04-2007, 01:56 PM

Click here for complete post.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Boeing's Dreamliner

Boeing to build first Dreamliner
US aerospace giant Boeing has said it is preparing to begin assembly of its first 787 Dreamliner passenger jet.
BBC News
Last Updated: Thursday, 8 March 2007, 07:49 GMT

The firm has been investing heavily in development of the medium-sized jet, which boasts greater fuel efficiency as one its main selling points.

here for complete report.

Boeing May Need More Dreamliner Fuselages Than Expected
Alenia CEO Says Company Has Asked For 10+ Per Month
Aero-News Network
Wed, 07 Mar '07

There's no denying Boeing has a hit on its hands with the upcoming 787 Dreamliner; now, the American planemaker has to figure out how to meet that demand, and get planes into its customers' fleets. And that may prove problematic.

Click here for complete report.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Fun and colourful map of Fiji

Things seem to have settled down in Fiji and one look at this fun and colorful map really makes me wish I were there right now! Click on the map to see a bigger image.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

How to deal with an inflight moron

Recently on an overnight transatlantic flight, I had the misfortune of sitting behind a loud, opinionated, and kinda paranoid American teenager (with an extremely nasally accent!). For whatever reason, the middle-aged man sitting next to him - who happened to be en route to India - kept engaging him in conversation. The only solace I found was to draw these wobbly sketches of the loud mouth and to jot down some of his more inane comments.

"If the federal government allows the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacists to guard our borders, they are just asking for hate crimes. The federal government CANNOT allow our borders to be guarded by WHITE SUPREMACISTS! Don't you agree?"

"Illegal immigrants are a big problem in this country. I mean, if you go to a town like Paterson, you'll see Latinos standing around all over just waiting for big trucks to pick them up for work. What do you do about immigrants in India?"

"They take all the the basic need jobs that most people don't want. But still, there are some hard working people that want those jobs. It's impossible to grant amnesty to an illegal. WHAT IF THEY HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD? One thing I heard is that if they keep the Mexican border open, then they're just letting in the drug traffickers and the TERRORISTS! I don't know about the terrorists but definitely the drug traffickers. They're bad."

"What's your opinion of President Musharraf? At least he's helping us out with the terrorists. Osama Bin Laden? People say he's dead, but I'm not buying it. He's alive. He's alive and hiding in the mountains. I just hope we don't go to war with Iran."

"Question: did you ever see that movie "Blood Diamonds?" [pause] But you heard about it? It's based on a true story. A lot of these diamonds go through India, and you don't know if they're real diamonds or from Sierra Leone."

Artwork by Tiki Chris © 2007

Monday, March 05, 2007

Looking for a reason to celebrate?

Did you know that today is Customs Chiefs Day in Vanuatu or that tomorrow is Independence Day in Ghana? Check out the 2007 Holidays Around the Globe calender at
www.OnAJunket.com and "you'll find a legitimate reason to drink almost everyday!"

here to view the Holidays Around the Globe calendar.

The Borat effect

Borat causes tourism boom

Kazakhstan - ridiculed in the smash hit movie featuring Sacha Baron Coohen's outragegous TV reporter - is having the last laugh as tourists flock there to see what all the fullss is about. The Central Asian republic, the ninth largest country in the world, was virtually a tourist-free zone until the film's success.

here for complete article.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

More about the "Open Skies" deal

Yesterday I posted a link to an article about the potential of More flights across "The Pond" and lower transatlantic airfares expected. Apparently, an agreement between the EU and the US has been reached. However, don't think British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are going to let this go with a fight.
EU, US reach Open Skies agreement
Sydney Morning Herald
March 5, 2007 - 7:42AM

While details of the pact were not released, it is intended to allow European airlines to fly from anywhere in the EU to any point in the US, and vice versa, while shedding rules that restrict how much carriers are allowed to charge fliers.

here for complete article.

British Airways And Virgin Criticise Open Skies Deal
AJC Consultants
04 March 2007

British Airways said the deal was not good for UK aviation, while Virgin called it a missed opportunity ... The worry for many critics is that the deal favours US carriers, and that companies such as British Airways and Virgin would have to give up valuable prime-time landing and take-off slots at Heathrow airport.

Click here for complete report.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

More flights across "The Pond"

Lower transatlantic airfares expected
March 3, 2007, 07:26 PM

European and U.S. negotiators are opening up the transatlantic airspace to more airlines, which should translate to lower fares, it was reported Saturday.

here for complete article.