# Thursday, July 31, 2008

The governments of Britain and Ireland have proposed the first formal border checks for more than 80 years. A Home Office paper will propose substantial changes to the passport free zone called the Common Travel Area. The identity checks would involve a full passport inspection with airlines and ferry operators facing fines if they carry passengers who do not have the appropriate documents.

posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 9:25:18 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Safety engineers looking at the Qantas plane which developed a hole during flight have ruled out corrosion. Other possible causes might include accidental external damage to the plane on the ground, or something inside the plane which had not been properly secured moving around during the flight. Investigators are still looking at the incident to determine what caused the hole.

posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 9:40:14 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, July 29, 2008

If you are heading to the Mediterranean this summer you might want to watch out for jellyfish. Some areas are experiencing problems with the mauve stinger jellyfish. There have been reports of tourists being stung in the stretch of coast between Nice and Cannes and the problem is also affecting the Cote d'Azur, the west coast of Italy, Sardinia and parts of Spain. The sting of the mauve stinger jellyfish can cause severe burns and in some cases can cause scarring to the victim. So if you see them, its best to stay out of the water.

posted on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 8:03:49 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, July 27, 2008

blogoftheweek_thumb This weeks travel blog of the week is Traveling Mamas. The blog as its title suggests is written by a a group of mothers and offers tips and advice about places to visit with children. One recent article looks at the San Diego Omni hotel. The hotel gets a good review due to its family friendly approach. On arrival the children were presented with some children's backpacks which contained a various delights such as glow in the dark gummy worms, bracelets, a kaleidoscope and a children's cup which gives them free refills in the hotels restaurant. Cleverly the backpacks give the adults in the group much needed time to settle into the hotel and unpack whilst the children are exploring what is inside them. The hotel also gets the thumbs up for its fantastic kids menu and for the packages it provides such as the Seaworld family package which includes accommodation, breakfast and Seaworld tickets.

This blog doesn't just concentrate on vacations for the whole family it also looks at other types of holidays such as romantic getaways. This article looks at how to survive your wine tasting and suggests the Napa Valley as a great destination to visit. It has a few humorous tips including "Don’t get angry when someone says “that’s a big nose” - they are referring to the aroma of the wine, not you" and "When the pourer suggests you may want to spit, you want to do it in the slop bucket, and not at the other tasters." All very good advice and sure to make your first wine tasting pass without incident.

posted on Sunday, July 27, 2008 6:00:48 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

The world's largest aircraft model has been unveiled at the approach to Heathrow. It is a replica of an Airbus A380 and weighs 45 tonnes. The model has a wingspan of 28.5 yards, it is 26.2 yards long and took 18 months to build. It will take the place of the model Concorde which previously stood in the space but has now been moved to the Brooklands Museum in Weybridge. The model Airbus is due to remain on the site until 2013.

posted on Sunday, July 27, 2008 1:21:58 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, July 26, 2008

qantas460A Qantas plane was forced to make an emergency landing after a hole appeared mid flight. The plane was carrying 350 people at the time on a journey from London to Melbourne when part of the fuselage broke away leaving a four metre hole in the side of the aircraft. The damage caused a drop in cabin pressure and the oxygen masks were deployed. The pilot managed to control the aircraft and land it safely. The incident is not being investigated to find out what caused it.

posted on Saturday, July 26, 2008 11:18:23 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, July 25, 2008

A firm of engineers have unveiled a plan that would enable passengers to take a high speed train from Heathrow directly to the continent. The scheme would involve extending the high speed rail link from St Pancras to Heathrow. If the scheme were to go ahead it would cost around £4.5 billion and could be completed by 2019.

posted on Friday, July 25, 2008 7:27:26 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, July 24, 2008

MPs have approved a bill which will se the £16bn Crossrail scheme go ahead. The rail scheme will link Maidenhead in Berkshire to Shenfield in Essex via Heathrow. Under the scheme a number of new stations will be built. The first trains are expected to start running in 2017 and are expected to carry 78,000 passengers an hour during peak times.

posted on Thursday, July 24, 2008 8:37:57 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A North Yorkshire post office will close following a public consultation. The branch in Aspin Lane Knaresborough will close by the autumn. This is despite a petition signed by thousands of people who wanted to save it. Post Office bosses have said they will provide an outreach service in the area.

posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 9:28:30 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback