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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 15 2013: Blue Lady at White Waltham - retro-revival in England

DrFumblefinger ·
A brilliant photo, Mac! A perfect moment on a perfect day! Appreciate you sharing it with us One of my favorite pictures on this website.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 15 2013: Blue Lady at White Waltham - retro-revival in England

Former Member ·
my gramms wore that dress and had that luggage ! awesome picture. this girl is SO pretty.
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Re: VisitBritain, British Air point out "undiscovered places"

Travel Rob ·
VisitBritian is my favorite official tourist info agency and what they are doing really is working .
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Re: Scotland's vote may help ax high flying tax

GarryRF ·
UK Air passenger duty for under 12's will be abolished from May 2015. Under 16's will have to wait until 2016.
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Re: Oh, to be in England! Now that April's...snowing!

GarryRF ·
The weather here in northern England has cooled off - was 72f and now 50f. But its still sunny, pleasant and dry. Too dry - just had to water the flowers ! Apple Blossom in the garden - just now ....
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Re: France, Britain at swords points over croissants

PHeymont ·
Yes, that is a cappuccino with the curved croissant. Perhaps it's an indication of a closer alliance growing between French and Italian breakfasts as the UK and Britain negotiate over new treaty terms...
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Re: France, Britain at swords points over croissants

Travel Rob ·
I think they need an impartial judge, like me, to go test out both shapes of the croissant. I might need to stop in Italy for the cappuccino. And since I like yogurt for breakfast too, I might have to go to Greece and Bulgaria to settle which ones better.
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Re: France, Britain at swords points over croissants

PHeymont ·
These matters are too weighty to be settled by a single judge—a panel of judges is needed. My bag is always packed... Rob...are we flying Norwegian? perhaps we can check their breakfast on the way...
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Re: France, Britain at swords points over croissants

PortMoresby ·
Those straight croissants look suspiciously like the ones I see in American bakeries. Conspiracy?
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Re: France, Britain at swords points over croissants

PHeymont ·
Perhaps that's a result of the U.S. and Britain sharing a "special relationship," which as Prime Minister Hugh Grant famously pointed out can be a "baaaad relationship."
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Re: France, Britain at swords points over croissants

PortMoresby ·
Sacrebleu!! I'm reading an article about famous French baker, Frédéric Pichard, (best croissant in Paris 2011). I direct readers to the photo of the croissant served to the author in the courtyard of the bakery. http://www.farine-mc.com/2014/...rederic-pichard.html Could this mean M. Pichard, too, should be thrown out of the European Union?
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Re: France, Britain at swords points over croissants

PHeymont ·
Sacre bleu, indeed! PortMoresby has uncovered a dirty little secret which will not go unexposed for Gumbo readers! Here is the offending baked good, which perhaps should be called not croissant but ' bâtonant.' While I would not hold its shape against it, I might hold a bit of cherry preserves against it...
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Re: France, Britain at swords points over croissants

PortMoresby ·
I feel it is my duty to sacrifice an hour while I'm in the city in April to seek out this misshapen example of the French baker's art at 88 rue Cambronne, and witness the outrage for myself. Five years ago, when judged best in Paris, were they shaped thusly? I promise to search and destroy...several, no doubt.
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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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VisitBritain, British Air point out "undiscovered places"

PHeymont ·
The UK has been having a tourist boom, with record inbound traffic over the last 6 months and is looking to keep it going. The official tourist promotion agency and the "flag" airline have teamed up on a series of ads touting less-known attractions to...
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Scotland's vote may help ax high flying tax

PHeymont ·
The infamous British Air Passenger Duty, which can add as much as $450 to airfare for a family of four flying trans-Atlantic to or from Britain, may have met its match in the Scottish vote against independence earlier this fall.   Seem...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 15 2013: Blue Lady at White Waltham - retro-revival in England

Mac ·
Increasingly popular in England and throughout Europe are “Retro Revival” weekend gatherings featuring original 1950’s rock and roll bands and also some very good 2000’s Tribute Acts recreating the sights, sounds and styles of...
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Tea at Downton Abbey? Britain spends big to get you there!

PHeymont ·
Visit Britain, the government tourist-promotion agency and Expedia are putting up about $7 million each to get more Americans to Britain, building on the popularity of Downton Abbey, about to go into Season 4 on US TV. Most of the money will go for TV...
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Tunis attack spurs both cancellations and support

PHeymont ·
In the wake of the terrorist attack at the Bardo Museum in Tunisia, in which 20 tourists were killed, two trends have emerged.   MSC Cruises (most of the victims were passengers on the MSC Splendida) and Costa (a division of Carnival) have...
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Queen christens Britain's new biggest cruise liner

PHeymont ·
The Britannia, 11th in the world but biggest in the British cruise industry, has been christened by Queen Elizabeth and will shortly begin her maiden voyage to the Mediterranean.   The ship can accommodate over 3600 passengers, and bears the name...
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Britain's Flying Tax Gets a Shave

PHeymont ·
The much-hated British Air Passenger Duty (APD) which for the past several years has made flying in and out of the UK more expensive than many other routes, is getting some adjustments and reductions.   British tourism and travel companies, as...
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Oh, to be in England! Now that April's...snowing!

PHeymont ·
Netweather.tv illustration from the Telegraph (UK)   Robert Browning wouldn't be very happy with this week's April weather forecast for much of Britain. A "polar plume" is expected to arrive, bringing sub-freezing temperatures to Scotland and...
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Britain ends air passenger tax for under-12s

PHeymont ·
Today's the day Britain's Air Passenger Duty ends for under-12s in economy, reducing the cost of flying by £11-97 ($17-150) per ticket.   The tax, hated by families and blamed by travel industry companies and airlines for shooing away...
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Britain and France Reach Security Deal on Calais

Travel Rob ·
  Sir Richard Branson crossing the English Channel Photo: WikimediaCommons, Peter Shaw   A security and policing deal was made between France and Britain to stop the flow of migrants into the UK from Calais. They agreed upon more...
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Spitfires to fly again in Battle of Britain airshow

PHeymont ·
This summer marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, when despite overwhelming odds, Britain's Royal Air Force fended off massive attacks by the German Luftwaffe. The battle, which took place almost daily between early July and the end of...
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Even being a Viking needs a diploma these days

PHeymont ·
And you thought all you had to do to be a Viking was grow a beard, wear a helmet, swing an ax and raid Britain!   These days, it seems, everything requires a degree, and a continuing-education college in Norway is offering the course, including...
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UK airlines push for more female pilots

PHeymont ·
In the 40-some years since Britain got its first female commercial airline captain, the numbers on the meter have hardly budged; only 3 percent of the world's pilots are women, and in Britain just under 6 percent.   At a time of worldwide pilot...
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Is this the RV of the sustainable future?

PHeymont ·
  In an age where 'small' and 'less' get a lot of approval, you'd expect something like this: instead of the city bus-sized RVs we've come to expect on the road, here's a tiny tot meant to be towed behind a bicycle...or, since it sleeps two, a...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct 3, 2013: Houses of Parliament and River Thames, London, England

DrFumblefinger ·
 One of the most iconic images of England is that of the Houses of Parliament (House of Lords and House of Commons), and its famous clock tower (Big Ben).  Situated in the heart of London, for centuries the site of British government and...
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One Hundred Years Ago: On the Eve of War

PHeymont ·
One  hundred years ago, July 28, 1914, in Sarajevo, Bosnia, a young Serb nationalist shot and killed Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, which then ruled Bosnia and quite a few other places now independent . Their goal was an...
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Scots fighting to save highest BT phonebox

PHeymont ·
As Britain's phone operator continues to shut down public payphones, a Scottish ski resort wins a fight to keep the highest phonebox in Britain active.
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EasyJet may make itself a 'dual citizen' after Brexit

PHeymont ·
Europe's second-biggest no-frills carrier isn't waiting to see how Brexit works out; it's following multiple paths to continued European operations.
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Britain's most unusual hotel has real buzz

PHeymont ·
The Grand Beedapest Hotel caters to Britain's honeybees, raising public awareness of their critical role in agriculture.
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To boldly go where no one much has been going...

PHeymont ·
Visit Britain's list of the least-popular tourism 'attractions' of 2015.
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Brexit fallout: fewer flights for Britain

PHeymont ·
Expected drop in demand because of a falling British pound lead airlines to adjust winter schedules.
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St. Helena: airport built, planes can't land

PHeymont ·
One of Britain's most distant possessions has a new airport and hopes for tourism, but wind issues have kept it from being used.
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British railroads to ditch paper tickets

PHeymont ·
Britain's railroads are planning to get rid of paper tickets over the next few years, going entirely to computer, smartphone and contactless cards.
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UK Airports find yet another fee to charge

PHeymont ·
The airlines have their bag fees, change fees, seat fees, and so forth. The government has its taxes of various kinds and security fees and airport improvement fees. So what's left for a poor airport to do? Well, some of Britain's airports are now...
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Spain's tourism hitting record numbers this year

PHeymont ·
Spain is getting record tourism numbers this year, in part because of jitters elsewhere
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Hello, Dolly! Edinburgh museum celebrates birthday with new exhibits

PHeymont ·
Scotland's National Museum is opening a big expansion in July, with new galleries and an exhibit featuring Dolly, the first-ever cloned mammal.
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Britain's #1 attraction: The British Museum

PHeymont ·
The British Museum ranks as the nation's top attraction, drawing more visitors than the entire country of Belgium. See what else is popular!
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Flooding in Britain after heavy winter rains

PHeymont ·
Heavy rainfalls have led to flooding in many towns in England over the Christmas holidays, especially in the South East and mid Wales. As of this morning, the number of flood warnings and floods was still increasing. The rains have been extremely heavy for days; Brighton has had more than three times the average monthly rainfall in only 11 days. While the rains in the south are expected to drop off today, they are on the increase in the north and into Scotland. In many areas, army units have...
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France, Britain at swords points over croissants

PHeymont ·
Well, at least butter-knife points. French media are mocking a British supermarket that's making straight croissants instead of...well...crescents.
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BRB aims to be the Netflix of travel

Jacob William ·
A British company whose initials signify 'Be Right Back' believes it will carve out a brand new travel segment—people willing to pay £50 a month for 3 vacations a year, while not knowing prior to wherever. BRB's subscription fee, which amounts to about €57 or $65, allows members to specify such parameters as beach/mountain/city, solo/couple and name places they don't want to go, and then sit back and wait. About a month before the trip the company tells them where they're going for a weekend...
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Re: Spain's tourism hitting record numbers this year

GarryRF ·
Flights from the UK to Spain for under $50 helps too. Many families in the UK have bought a Spanish apartment that gets shared with their relatives.
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Re: Is this the RV of the sustainable future?

DrFumblefinger ·
While this might be fun to pull on a flat prairie, it would be impossible in the mountains. Towing a 45 kg load up a steep hill would kill most cyclists. Sounds like something invented by someone who doesn't get on the road too much.
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Re: Is this the RV of the sustainable future?

Travel Rob ·
A lot great things about this RV I like. It small enough to get in off road spots a regular RV could never get. And the price seems a lot more reasonable than the Tiny Homes I've seen. I'm like DrFumblefinger though, I think the idea of a long bike trip on this would be hard. It didn't even look like an easy ride in the video. Maybe combined with an electric bike?
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Re: Is this the RV of the sustainable future?

GarryRF ·
The Bicycle hasn't caught on in the US like here in Europe and the UK. Europe is covered in bicycle tracks. Mostly disused railway routes that have stayed traffic free. Just joggers and bicycles. Like trains avoid hills - so do these tracks. Perfect for cycling.
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Re: St. Helena: airport built, planes can't land

DrFumblefinger ·
I can't believe the wind is a new thing, although I suppose it can vary in intensity from season to season and even year to year. You'd think some engineer would have investigated this before the investment of $400 million!
 
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