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Re: Londonist: Anglo Saxon London Map: Updated

PHeymont ·
Those Londonist folks are great to know about...I wonder if there are similar projects for other cities (of course...I'm thinking Paris).
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Re: Londonist: Anglo Saxon London Map: Updated

PortMoresby ·
Take your pick, here .
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, October 24, 2015: Poppies -- Weeping Window at Woodhorn

TravelingCanuck ·
What an amazing memorial to all those who died in WW1. I would suggest visiting the 14-18 NOW website for some more interesting memorials and stories.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, October 24, 2015: Poppies -- Weeping Window at Woodhorn

DrFumblefinger ·
Most Americans aren't very familiar with the symbolism of the poppy to the Commonwealth countries. They are a sign of remembrance, and appreciation of loss of life for those who fought in the Great War(s). "In Flanders Field the poppies blow, between the crosses row on row,..." When I was young, Remembrance Day (similar to US Veteran's day) in Canada was always characterized by poppies. Everyone wore one, and I'm glad to say that tradition continues. I've never seen a more impressive display...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, October 24, 2015: Poppies -- Weeping Window at Woodhorn

PHeymont ·
We southern North Americans are not that unfamiliar with the poppies, although perhaps the younger ones...in my childhood and on, they were annually a tradition carried on by the American Legion. Actually, a little research tells me that the tradition started with them in 1921, and then spread to UK and Commonwealth! Here's the text of the poem, written by John McRae, a Canadian soldier and physician: In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place;...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, October 24, 2015: Poppies -- Weeping Window at Woodhorn

TravelingCanuck ·
While the poppy is mainly used in the Commonwealth it is a symbol for all who have died in war. As Chris de Burgh sang in one of his songs "Up here in heaven, we stand together, Both the enemy and the friend, 'till the end of time"
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, October 24, 2015: Poppies -- Weeping Window at Woodhorn

DrFumblefinger ·
PHeymont -- perhaps its something I missed then, but in over 30 years of living in the USA I never once saw a poppy on a lapel.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, October 24, 2015: Poppies -- Weeping Window at Woodhorn

PHeymont ·
Ah, remember my note about my childhood! Your 30 years are later, and after the Vietnam War had changed many people's view, not necessarily on the poppies or on remembrance, but on the American Legion and VFW, and their role during the Vietnam era.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, October 24, 2015: Poppies -- Weeping Window at Woodhorn

GarryRF ·
I bought a Poppy in September this year from a Vietnam Vet in Easton MD. I commented on his cap with the dates on - and he removed his jacket to show me his T-shirt with his Division and Da Nang and a host of other cities where he fought. Had some amazing stories to tell. There should have been a crowd watching him, but just me. In 2015 a total of 888,246 hand made ceramic Poppy's were placed at Tower Bridge London to remember the number of men who fell in battle 1914 - 1918. The Poppy was...
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Re: Ellis Island - Island of Hope or Island of Tears?

GarryRF ·
I live in England and have spoken with many folks in the US with similar surnames ( Family names ) as mine. They are tracing their family back to England.. 100 years or so ago. But because their surname is spelt differently to mine then it presumed they aren't descended from my ancestors. Before attending school became compulsory many people could not write their own names. They would just sign it with an X. So when immigrants were boarding a ship - from here in Liverpool - to New York they...
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Re: Ellis Island - Island of Hope or Island of Tears?

Marilyn Jones ·
It has been years since I visted Ellis Island. I really enjoyed "going back" when I read your article and looked at your excellent photos. Thank you for the memories; awesome place everyone should visit!
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Re: Ellis Island - Island of Hope or Island of Tears?

PHeymont ·
As Garry points out, many people had their names altered or lost in the immigration process...and that was particularly true for people whose language was far different from that of the U.S. immigration inspectors. In those cases, the inspector wrote down what he thought he heard, or cared to, and voila! Bzorkinowitz becomes Burke. As a child, I knew families that were split: Some members used the original East European names, and heaped scorn on their cousins who used what they referred to...
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Re: Ellis Island - Island of Hope or Island of Tears?

Travel Rob ·
Great blog! To get the other side of the picture, see the Emigrants to a New World Gallery at the Merseyside Maritime in Liverpool. Really a must see pairing if you have enjoyed going to one of them.
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Re: Ellis Island - Island of Hope or Island of Tears?

DrFumblefinger ·
It's also been a number of years since I visited Ellis Island, which we coupled with a tour of the Statue of Liberty (it's neighboring island). I also recall it being an eye-opening experience. Lots of interesting exhibits and you definitely leave with a different perspective of those immigrants than when you arrived. They were brave people, entering a strange new world that was for all purposes free of any tangible benefits except for freedom and opportunity. And opportunity comes with a...
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Re: And then there were none: AAdvantage shifts to points-per-dollar

DrFumblefinger ·
Alaska Airlines still offers credit for miles flown, although they admitted are mostly located in the Northwestern USA.
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Re: Why your airline chose your plane

Jonathan L ·
I rode a 747 to and from China a few months ago. It was the first time in years that I had been on one, and it reminded me that not all coach flights have to be like a sardine can. The wide body had room to walk and stretch on the 13 hour flight, and toilets were actually comfortable. I wish they were still using them on cross country flights.
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Re: Why your airline chose your plane

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the bit of history, Pheymont. Nicely written and I, for one, found it very interesting. Looking forward to part II.
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Re: White-hat hackers get million-mile bonus from United

Jonathan L ·
And then United's systems crashed last week.
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Re: Celebrating Nature on 7 Continents: Asia, part 3 - European Bee-eaters in Sir Bani Yas Island, United Arab Emirates

DrFumblefinger ·
Bee-eaters are amazing birds. I've never seen more than one or two around, so it must be quite a treat to be at the edge of a migration of them! And they fly so quickly -- amazed you were able to get that last photo framed as well as you did. Thanks for sharing these.
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Re: Celebrating Nature on 7 Continents: Asia, part 3 - European Bee-eaters in Sir Bani Yas Island, United Arab Emirates

Kirsten Hines ·
It was pretty amazing... a bit dizzying actually to try and keep up with all of them!
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Re: Britain's #1 attraction: The British Museum

GarryRF ·
Another "Best of Britain" survey that doesn't see beyond London. The Albert Dock in Liverpool has 6.3 Million visitors per annum - and not a mention. The Albert Dock is a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE.
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Re: United, AA to offer "basic economy"—that's the Spirit!

PortMoresby ·
Change at the low end of American's menu of fare options isn't the only one they plan for economy flying. An upscaled version of premium economy will be rolled out, starting next year, for long-haul flights. http://www.aa.com/i18n/urls/pr...title=premiumeconomy
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Re: United, AA to offer "basic economy"—that's the Spirit!

PHeymont ·
They do have a great game going: Take it away from you, and then ransom it back. And there's more...in the next couple of days, Gumbo will have a news update about what may be ahead for the premium end of the plane, too!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Mar 17, 2015: Mystical Stonehenge

GarryRF ·
5 things you didn't know about Stonehenge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apSeCIQNKVA
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Re: United Campaign: Enforce carry-on limits, reduce complaints and crowding

PortMoresby ·
I hope this effort is a real and continuing one and that other companies follow. Carrying everything onto the plane, to my way of thinking, is like any trend where if enough people say it's a good idea, even when it's not, hoards fall right into step, like lemmings. If I was offered valet service for a nominal fee to have someone carry my suitcase for me and I wouldn't have to touch it from the time I arrived at the airport until the time I was leaving at my destination, I'd jump at the...
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United's Award Chart: Premium Award Cost Goes UP

PHeymont ·
United Airlines has released a new award chart that bumps up the miles required for nearly all business and first-class awards, and (for the first time) makes flights on its Star Alliance partner airlines cost more miles than on United. Details HERE
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Panama's Copa adds SFO, links to 55 Latin America cities

PHeymont ·
Panama's Copa Airlines is adding San Francisco as its 12th U.S. destination, connecting California to its "Hub of the Americas" in Panama City. From there, Copa's 737s fly to 55 cities in Latin America.   San Francisco is a strategic move; Copa...
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United, Air China sign up new codeshares

PHeymont ·
Air China 747     Photo: Julian Herzog   United Airlines and Air China, both Star Alliance members, have expanded their codeshare agreement, opening up 22 new routes to codesharing.   Codesharing allows an airline to place its...
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United celebrates flying women with all-female crew

PHeymont ·
There are many women working in aviation these days, but there's room for more. And many of the women now working are not in the high-end jobs, including cockpit crews and mechanics. So, United Airlines recent selection of an all-woman crew to take...
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Airline capacity shifts: Bigger planes, fewer flights

PHeymont ·
Time's about up for United's fleet of 50-seat regional jets; other airlines are dumping them, too.   Just as airlines carefully price tickets—often day to day—to maximize their revenue and avoid unsold seats, they also massage their...
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United to hackers: earn miles by breaking in

PHeymont ·
Could he be on his way to a million MileagePlus miles?                Photo: Wikimedia / wwward0   United Airlines has launched a "bug bounty" program to reward computer-adept people who find security flaws...
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Blue-light bandits in Geneva hit tourists and UN

PHeymont ·
Geneva's real police use a variety of vehicles        Photo: Krokodyl / Wikimedia   The United Nations, which has a variety of agencies headquartered in Geneva, warned its staff last week that fake cops have been ripping off...
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Why your airline chose your plane

PHeymont ·
  As you settle down into your seat, comfortably at the front of the plane (above) or squeezed into the last inches at the back (below), you must have sometimes wondered how the airline chose the plane you’re sitting in or why the schedule...
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What's next for United, as CEO is ousted?

PHeymont ·
The unexpected departure of Jeff Smisek as CEO and president of United leaves many open questions about United and its future, beyond the possible corruption issues involved in his departure. Smisek has been replaced by Oscar Munoz, who has been...
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UN's Geneva home opens house for 70th birthday

PHeymont ·
Rebirth, the sculpture that will be unveiled for the anniversary.        UN Photo   The UN, whose Palais des Nations Geneva home was originally home to the League of Nations, will open the historic building for a day on...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, October 24, 2015: Poppies -- Weeping Window at Woodhorn

Ian Cook ·
    Weeping Window is part of a UK-wide tour of the iconic poppies sculpture organised by 14-18 NOW. The installation is at Woodhorn Mining Museum from 12th September to 1st November 2015.         Weeping Window...
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Is United floundering? You decide...

PHeymont ·
A few weeks ago, United Airlines seemed poised to make some big changes, with a new CEO on-board, Oscar Munoz, from rail giant CSX. Munoz acknowledged that United, one of the Big-3 legacy airlines, has struggled since its 2010 merger with Continental,...
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Airlines add new routes, expanded service

PHeymont ·
This week has seen a number of airlines announcing new service and expanded capacity on routes foreign and domestic. Some of the notable: American will add a new city to its route network, with flights starting March 3 to Merida, the largest city on...
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AAdvantage members, bite your nails: change is coming

PHeymont ·
After a couple of years in which both United and Delta have switched to frequent flier systems based on dollars spent on fares rather than miles flown, American could be joining the parade...but we'll have to wait and see. American is planning changes...
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JetBlue extends its move into premium market

PHeymont ·
JetBlue is taking advantage of United Airlines' planned departure from JFK by increasing its business-class service from JFK to California.   JetBlue, which made its reputation as a traveler-friendly one-class airline with great inflight...
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United, Delta to swap JFK/Newark slots

PHeymont ·
United Airlines is planning to pull out of JFK in New York altogether, shifting its relatively small operation there to its big hub across the river at Newark Liberty. The shift will take place starting Oct. 25 when United shifts its Premium Service...
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United, Azul link up for Brazil code shares

PHeymont ·
Azul's colorful livery stands out on the taxiway          Photo: JOcchialini   Azul, Brazil's #3 airline is #1 in news these days. The airline, controlled by founder David Neeleman, also the founder of JetBlue, has just...
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White-hat hackers get million-mile bonus from United

PHeymont ·
United Airlines, which has been plagued by computer glitches over the past few years, some of which have led to disruptions of flight schedules, has given two computer hackers a million MileagePlus miles each for helping find security glitches in...
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Azul offers "All you can fly" deal for U.S. visitors

PHeymont ·
Brazil's Azul Airlines, founded by JetBlue founder David Neeleman, has an unusual promotion: Fly to Brazil on Azul or United, and you can buy a pass to fly all over Brazil for 10 or 21 days. The passes cost $299 and $399.   There's a small catch:...
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JetBlue forges new ties with Brazil's Azul

PHeymont ·
A Tale of Three Airlines? Growing links among JetBlue, Azul, TAP, all connected to David Neeleman   JetBlue and Azul, the Brazilian airline run by former JetBlue CEO David Neeleman, are hammering out interline agreements that would let passengers...
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And then there were none: AAdvantage shifts to points-per-dollar

PHeymont ·
American Airlines' AAdvantage program, the last major U.S. holdout of the once-traditional one-point-per-mile-flown loyalty system has announced that starting midyear next year it will be shifting to a model that rewards those who spend the most, not...
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Buy Now!Huge Sale on United! $150 round trip NYC-LA

Travel Rob ·
Airfarewatchdog posted about this sale on Twitter .Ive seen fares as low as $149.20 for certain dates. These tickets are round trip from NY to LA.   Here is an example. Don't wait ,buy now    ...
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Another cruise line sets sail for Cuba...it hopes

PHeymont ·
Oceania's Riviera is one of the line's 684-passenger R-class ships   Norwegian Cruise Lines' Oceania Cruises brand, like Carnival's Fathom, has plans to join the growing interest in travel to Cuba from the U.S., but it's taking a radically...
 
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