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Re: EU Parliament Ends Cell Phone Roaming Charges in 2017

PHeymont ·
Yes, it will apply to prepaid plans, which many Europeans as well as visitors use, but it's not as happily absolute as some of the celebrators make it sound. The final June 2017 step depends on a reform of the European wholesale roaming market in which carriers pay each other for roaming use, and is also subject to limits for those who roam "too much." Here's a quote from one of the Parliament members who was a leading proponent of the law (which also originally included provisions for net...
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Re: EU moves to ban single-use plastics

GarryRF ·
Just another example of the European Parliament wasting my taxes on a Worldwide problem. The 25% of plastic waste is a good clue to the origin of the problem. Shipping. Cruise ships, cargo ships and container carriers have a choice to make. Pay to have the trash removed in port. Or dump it at sea while they are still off the Radar.
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Re: Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum, Charlottesville, VA

DrFumblefinger ·
No boomerangs?
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 11, 2014: At the Australian Embassy, DC

IslandMan ·
thanks for the pic PH. Nice to see the Aussie coat of arms in other parts of the world. You're right about the reputation for casualness too. We don't take anything too seriously and have a "she'll be right" attitude about life.
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Re: Venice gets OK to tax day-trippers

PHeymont ·
It seems in line with the per-night local taxes that many, maybe most, cities impose on hotel rooms. And since it was approved by the parliament, perhaps that's an indicator that something may happen soon on plans to keep the huge ships away from the city itself. One hopes.
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Re: It's Euro-official: No more time switches

GarryRF ·
Where I live in Northern England it's light around 3am in Summer. Which is pretty useless to most. Much better to move the clock one hour and have the daylight in the evening when we can go out with our Family after work. Like wise in the Winter months. We take the Hour off so we can take the kids to school and go to work in the daylight. The kids can come home before its dark at 4pm. The European Parliament is very slow to learn that "One size does NOT fit all"
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Re: It's Euro-official: No more time switches

Professorabe ·
Two brief remarks: 1. At present there are actually three time zones within the EU. Greece is an hour ahead of Central Europe. 2. The decision to abolish the clock change is the result of an EU-wide public consultation and did not originate in the Commission or the Parliament. In the UK this public consultation was buried by Brexit-related news coverage. I, personally, do not worry too much either way, but I can understand both sides of the argument.
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Re: The Ghan - an Australian rail journey of style and comfort

TravelandNature ·
IslandMan - A superb experience ! Thank you for sharing !
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Re: The Ghan - an Australian rail journey of style and comfort

PortMoresby ·
This looks like a fantastic trip and any reason to go by train is good one to me. Wondering if the place names (Adelaide, Alice, Katherine) recall days of too few settler women for the number of men?
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Re: The Ghan - an Australian rail journey of style and comfort

Travel Rob ·
Thanks for taking us on that journey! A wonderful piece!
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Re: The Ghan - an Australian rail journey of style and comfort

PHeymont ·
M. Poirot regrets that he had necessity of leaving the journey before the end. An important affair required the attention of his gray matter...
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Copenhagen: More Than Nyhavn and The Little Mermaid

Caroline Coupe ·
  Copenhagen is an incredible city, a place where a rich history meets modern culture. The Danish capital boasts historic palaces and churches, sprawling gardens and parks, canals, and world-renowned fine dining. In preparing for my move here...
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Ottawa – NOT the coldest Capital in the world!

DrFumblefinger ·
Ottawa is a vibrant and charming small city — so pleasant that it’s hard to believe it’s home to soooo many politicians.  Of the national capitals I've visited, Ottawa seems the most livable to me (ie. if...
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Quebec — A Walled European Fortress In America

DrFumblefinger ·
Quebec, like New York, is both a city and a state (or rather, a province).  It’s an island of French heritage and culture within our Anglo-North American continent.   We combined this visit with stops in Montreal and...
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Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other (Part 1a) Colombo

DrFumblefinger ·
Preamble:This is the first in a series of posts featuring my travels to Sri Lanka.  My visits to this island centered around seeing my favorite author and dear friend, futurist Sir Arthur C. Clarke.  During every one of these visits I made a...
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Pictures from a small island - Portland Bill

Mac ·
Some 5 miles to the south-west of Weymouth is Portland Bill, a narrow promontory (or 'bill') at the southern end of the Isle of Portland, and the southernmost point of Dorset, England. This point of Portland bears the brunt of the many storms that...
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In wake of terror, EU considers airline security

PHeymont ·
Proposals in the EU Parliament calling for more information about airline passengers to be made available to national authorities are on the table; they would make the Passenger Name Record (PNR) of all passengers arriving and departing EU available....
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Portland Bill Revisited: Pictures from a small island

Mac ·
Begging indulgence from the Senior Gumbo Gurus. Following my previous visit to stormy Portland Bill last week, yesterday the sun came out and the wind picked up a notch more, so I just had to make a quick trip back there to see what might have...
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London legalizes Airbnb, similar rentals

PHeymont ·
Making good on its February promise  to legitimize short-term rentals up to 90 days a year in London (already permitted elsewhere in UK), the UK government's Deregulation Act has been passed in Parliament and, with the Queen's assent, become law....
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UKs First National Civil War Centre to Open With Huge Civil War Re-Enactment

Travel Rob ·
Over 1,000 Civil War re-enactors and cannons from across the UK will be in Newark to help launch the National Civil War Center on May 3 and 4th  . The museum recounts the 17th century clashes between King and Parliament . The museum...
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Gumbo’s Pic of the Day, April 3, 2015: A brisk day on Portland Bill

Mac ·
 The tip of the isle of Portland in Dorset, England, is called 'Portland Bill' and it is a place that I often visit as it displays dramatic visual day-by-day changes as the weather fronts surge in from the Atlantic. It is a place where no less...
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Airbnb to be legal in London

PHeymont ·
Britain's Parliament is now considering a bill, proposed by the Housing Minister, to remove London-only restrictions that have made it illegal for tenants and homeowners to rent out their space for short stays without complicated planning permission...
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Independence Memorial Hall, Colombo

DrFumblefinger ·
A historic structure and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Colombo, Independence Monument was built at the site where the country began its self rule and ended centuries of colonial occupation.
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US-EU Visa Waiver war could get hotter

PHeymont ·
U.S. hints that Visa Waiver Program may get tighter, rather than complying with EU requirement to include all EU citizens.
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Eastern Europe Rail Odyssey: Budapest to Kiev

Wilbur's Travels ·
Do you love unusual train journeys as much as Wilbur does? Check out this fascinating adventure through eastern Europe.
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Europe won't end visa waiver for Americans...yet

PHeymont ·
Backing off from a deadline imposed by the European Parliament, the EU's executive won't end visa waivers for the U.S. as negotiations continue.
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So, what’s it worth ?

Amateuremigrant ·
Bob Cranwell shares a discussion and thoughts on the value of things using a memorable experience in Yemen.
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London Kerfluffle over silent Big Ben

PHeymont ·
Plans to keep London's famed bell silent for four years of construction work erupt in political infighting
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France, Germany want more taxes from Airbnb

PHeymont ·
Airbnb and others with their European headquarters in Ireland pay little tax where they do business. Germany and France intend to change that.
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Will Europe end Visa Waiver for Americans?

PHeymont ·
Europe is threatening to require visas if the U.S. doesn't extend the Visa Waiver program to the 5 EU member states that are excluded.
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Sweden still bans 'spontaneous dancing'

PHeymont ·
Moving with the music is a no-no in Swedish bars and restaurants, but Parliament says it's time to do away with the rule.
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Peace Tower, Parliament Hill, Ottawa (Where Gumbo was #375)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting the Peace Tower, the tallest structure in Canada's Parliament buildidngs in Ottawa.
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Why London Should be on your Bucket List this 2020

Simone F (Guest) ·
Need some reasons to visit London? How about a walk in the park? A Harry Potter tour? Shopping (sponsored content)
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Sweden trims parliament in crisis

PHeymont ·
Along with a host of other measures, Sweden's Riksdag will operate with only 55 members present, representing a spectrum of parties.
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Dec. 20, 2019: Tai Chi on Parliament Hill, Ottawa

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger shares images of a group of adults enjoying the space of Parliament Hill's front lawn in Ottawa.
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EU Parliament: stop charger nonsense

PHeymont ·
Ten years after a call for a voluntary standard, the EU may legislate a common charger for tablets and mobile phones.
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March 26, 2020: Strömparterren—Stockholm's oldest Public Park

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger visits the oldest public park in Stockholm. While small, it's situated with wonderful views of the city.
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Europe: No more pennies for your thoughts

PHeymont ·
Europe appears to be on the verge of purging the small copper coins that now cost more to make than they're worth.
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Cape Town: Grand Dame of Africa

DrFumblefinger ·
(Cape Town, viewed from Table Mountain) It’s hard not to love a visit to Cape Town, a grand old city, one of the finest anywhere. It’s the oldest city in Southern African and has been captivating tourist’s hearts for centuries....
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day September 9, 2013: Thingvellir National Park, Iceland

DrFumblefinger ·
(Oxara River, Thingvellir National Park, Iceland)  Thingvellir National Park is of great historic and geologic importance in Iceland.  This was the site of Iceland's first parliament more than 1,000 years ago.  The Icelandic...
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A journey around Iceland: 1) Reykjavik

DrFumblefinger ·
  (View of Reykjavik, from Hallsgrimkirkja)   I love visiting places that are rich in scenery, mountains, rivers, waterfalls and hiking; Iceland seemed a good fit for me. Until a few years ago the cost of a trip to Iceland was...
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A journey around Iceland: 2) The Golden Circle

DrFumblefinger ·
(Rainbow over Thingvellir National Park, Iceland)  The most popular day trip from Reykjavik is to the “Golden Circle” — three beautiful natural attractions which aren't golden or even vaguely circular.  The first of...
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Aer Lingus/British Air tie moves closer

PHeymont ·
The bride and the groom have agreed...but a number of members of the wedding party still need to be satisfied. That's the story as Aer Lingus and IAG, parent of British Air, Iberia and Vueling, move closer to merger.   A big hurdle was cleared...
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Europe: Say goodbye to roaming fees, but not so soon

PHeymont ·
Airport cellphone users...plans still underway to end their roaming charges.      Photo: Dmitry Rozhov   The previously-announced plan to rid Europe of cellphone roaming charges is still on track, but delayed at the station for...
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Palazzo dei Normanni, Palermo, Sicily

DrFumblefinger ·
The Palazzo dei Normanni (in English, Palace of the Normans) was the seat of the Kings of Sicily during the Norman domination and todays houses the Sicilian parliament.
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Good news, bad news on UNESCO's world heritage

PHeymont ·
The good news: The Great Barrier Reef is no longer one of the most endangered World Heritage sites. The bad news: a number of World Heritage sites in the Middle East have been damaged or destroyed either by ISIS or general war damage. And the worst...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 10, 2015: European Parliament buildings at sunset

Mac ·
 Glimpsed by chance from a Brussels window, buildings of the European Union Parliament in Belgium shine in the reflected sunlight of an early evening.  
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Italian pizza-makers demand license law

PHeymont ·
A spinach pizza from Torino                                       Photo: Nova / Wikimedia   Amar, the association of Italian pizza-makers is demanding...
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Bamburgh Castle, England

Ian Cook ·
  Built on a dolerite outcrop, the location was previously home to a fort of the native Britons known as ''Din Guarie'' and may have been the capital of the British kingdom of the region from the realm's foundation in c.420 until 547, the year of...
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EU Parliament Ends Cell Phone Roaming Charges in 2017

Travel Rob ·
The European Parliament  approved a plan to ban roaming charges from being imposed on consumers when they travel within the EU with their cell phones.   An interim period starts next April when roaming should...
 
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