• Why the Boeing 707 plane united the world
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    Why the Boeing 707 plane united the world

    The jet age did not begin with the Boeing 707. The Haynes Owners’ Workshop Manual: Boeing 707 by Charles Kennedy is published this week, price £25, coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the Boeing 707 transforming our horizons. By 1961, the four-engined jet was connecting Heathrow and Los Angeles in the same flying time as now.

  • AirAsia accused of blasting passengers with AC to force them to disembark
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    AirAsia accused of blasting passengers with AC to force them to disembark

    AirAsia passengers on a flight from Kolkata to Bagdogra were blasted with cold air in an apparent effort to force them to disembark, according to passengers. The domestic flight was delayed by four and a half hours in total due to technical difficulties. After an initial delay of half an hour, passengers boarded the plane but were left seated on the stationary aircraft for a further 90 minutes without food or water.

  • Magaluf proposes ban on all-inclusive holidays that include alcohol in bid to tackle antisocial behaviour
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    Magaluf proposes ban on all-inclusive holidays that include alcohol in bid to tackle antisocial behaviour

    A proposal to ban “free” alcohol as part of all-inclusive holiday packages has been made in the popular party destination of Magaluf. Concerns about alcohol-related antisocial behaviour have led to Calvià council calling for the ban at a meeting this week. Eradicating “drunkenness tourism” is a key factor in attracting tourists back to a newly cleaned-up Magaluf, council officials have said.

  • HIV+ travellers will no longer have to declare status on newly launched insurance policy
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    HIV+ travellers will no longer have to declare status on newly launched insurance policy

    HIV+ travellers will no longer have to declare their status on a new travel insurance policy launched yesterday with LGBT+ insurance company Emerald Life. The pioneering policy states that HIV+ customers will not be required to disclose it as a pre-existing medical condition providing they are on stable anti-viral medication and have an undetectable viral load. Health professionals have long argued that HIV+ people with an undetectable viral load on regular medication can live a long and healthy life if they comply with treatment.

  • Luton Hoo hotel review: A country house with class conveniently close to the airport
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    Luton Hoo hotel review: A country house with class conveniently close to the airport

    The site was once owned by the 3rd Earl of Bute and was host to the infamous ‘​Four Weddings and a Funeral’ scene in which Hugh Grant hides in a vanity cupboard while newlyweds consummate... The luscious parklands of Luton Hoo – more than 1,000 acres laid out by Capability Brown – go some way to distracting guests from the jet engines of its noisy neighbour. The luxury hotel is just 10 minutes from Luton Airport Parkway train station, but the change in scenery couldn’t be more striking.

  • Akureyri guide: What to do and where to stay in Iceland’s most charming city
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    Akureyri guide: What to do and where to stay in Iceland’s most charming city

    It’s easy to be charmed by Akureyri. This tiny city is filled with brightly painted wooden houses, cosy bars and sleepy streets leading down to the striking Eyjafjord. This year Super Break launched the first direct charter flights from the UK, which means it’s easier than ever to reach Iceland’s second city.

  • Gdansk guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in Poland’s coastal gem
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    Gdansk guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in Poland’s coastal gem

    When it comes to planning a city break in Poland, Gdansk may not roll off the tongues of most UK travellers, but this gem on the Baltic Coast is one of the most scenic, cultural and historically significant cities in the country. Increasingly popular with young Poles keen to live by the sea, it has some of Poland’s finest museums, while burgeoning regional food and nightlife scenes make Gdansk a great choice for a budget short break. Just four stops from Gdansk Glowny is the Gdansk Zaspa district.

  • Hamburg guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in Germany’s second city
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    Hamburg guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in Germany’s second city

    Nicknamed “Tor zur Welt” (Gateway to the World), Hamburg’s welcomed merchants, sailors and travellers for centuries. Hamburg is made up of vastly different neighbourhoods, best explored on foot. Visit the town hall and St Michaelis Church (€5) in the inner city.

  • Yulin Dog Meat Festival: What is it, how did it start and will activists ever manage to get it banned?
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    Yulin Dog Meat Festival: What is it, how did it start and will activists ever manage to get it banned?

    Today marks the start of the ninth annual dog meat festival in Yulin. What is the Yulin Dog Meat Festival? The Yulin “Lychee and Dog Meat” festival is an annual 10 day event where over 10,000 dogs are eaten.

  • British Airways 'mistake fares' debacle shows airlines prize the bottom line over good PR
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    British Airways 'mistake fares' debacle shows airlines prize the bottom line over good PR

    Not counting a regrettable incident of stowing away aboard a flight from Havana to Cuba’s premier holiday resort, Varadero, the cheapest flight I have ever taken cost one penny. At the start of March 2003, Ryanair was at the height of its headbanging teenager phase. It had been a bleak midwinter in Europe, and on the basis that passengers might be tempted to buy an overpriced coffee and sandwich and thereby generate some marginal revenue, Ryanair put £0.01 fares on sale.

  • Bath city guide: Where to eat, drink shop and stay
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    Bath city guide: Where to eat, drink shop and stay

    Honey-coloured, history-worn Bath is one of Britain’s most elegant cities, thanks to its days as a stomping ground for 18th-century high society. Bath’s Georgian architecture is unrivalled, yes, but it also has a street dedicated to artisans and a lively vegetarian and vegan food scene. In 70 AD, the baths were where people went to wash, relax and socialise – 1,170,000 litres of hot spring water still fills the site today.

  • Glasgow: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in Scotland’s vibrant second city
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    Glasgow: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in Scotland’s vibrant second city

    Friendly lively, dynamic and increasingly sophisticated, Glasgow is Scotland’s largest and arguably most vibrant city. In recent years, this former shipbuilding hub has reinvented itself as a perfect weekend getaway, filled with wonderful museums, unbeatable bars and restaurants that take full advantage of the excellent fresh seafood caught daily on Scotland’s west coast. Glasgow’s West End is one of the most hip, eclectic and cosmopolitan parts of the city.

  • Vientiane guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in the Laos capital city
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    Vientiane guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in the Laos capital city

    In many ways, Vientiane is the least Southeast Asian of all the Southeast Asian capitals. Laos’ first city stretches along the eastern bank of the Mekong where it forms the border with Thailand, a peaceful treasure trove of French bakeries and Buddhist stupas, wine cellars and night markets. Vientiane’s diversity is a byproduct of its chequered past: razed by the Thai army in the 1820s, it was gradually rebuilt by French colonists in the early 20th century.

  • Tokyo guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in Japan's capital city
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    Tokyo guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in Japan's capital city

    It’s easy to get lost in Tokyo. Home to massive skyscrapers, neon-lit signs, owl and maid cafes, anime shops, countless restaurants and karaoke bars, the city is always buzzing, always moving, and catching one’s breath requires some effort. But beneath the ultra-modern facade there are also old traditional neighbourhoods and shops, green spaces, and beautiful temples and shrines. Tokyo is a city of contrasts, where cutting edge modernity meets ancient Japanese culture. What to do Explore Asakusa

  • Sarajevo guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital
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    Sarajevo guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital

    This once war-torn city suffered the longest siege in modern history in the early Nineties, lasting nearly four years. Today, though, there’s much more to Sarajevo than battle scars. The capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina is undergoing a radical transformation: modern glass shopping centres, boutique hotels and a magical old town that feels like you’ve travelled through time.

  • Antwerp guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in Belgium’s coolest city
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    Antwerp guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in Belgium’s coolest city

    Locals liken Antwerp to a village. Intriguingly, the north Belgian port’s rich past is matched by a sharply progressive edge – taking in avant-garde fashion, most famously, but also stellar food and design. Opening on 7 May, museum DIVA will probe Antwerp’s world diamond-capital status while, from 1 June, festival Antwerp Baroque will honour local light Peter-Paul Rubens with a host of performances and exhibitions across town.

  • New London Overground trains will have USB ports, wifi and more wheelchair space
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    New London Overground trains will have USB ports, wifi and more wheelchair space

    Transport for London (TfL) has revealed a new fleet of state-of-the-art London Overground trains. Additional features include more space for wheelchairs, the latest intelligent lighting and temperature control for more comfortable journeys, plus digital information screens providing passengers with high quality, real-time travel information while on board. This particular line has grown exponentially since becoming integrated into the TfL network and the new trains are expected to relieve congestion on this popular line between north and east London.

  • Chicago guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in the Windy City
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    Chicago guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in the Windy City

    People tend to fall in love with Chicago very quickly. Visually stunning, with some of the most impressive architecture on earth, the Windy City also does a nice sideline in hidden heritage, cultural heavyweights and laid-back but creative neighbourhoods. Chicago has steadily expanded its Riverwalk over the last decade, and it now takes in many of the city’s prime cuts.

  • Almaty guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in Kazakhstan’s biggest city
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    Almaty guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in Kazakhstan’s biggest city

    Almaty, on the wild plains where Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and China meet, is a sophisticated surprise, an outlier of skyscrapers, leafy parks, museums and coffee shops. The mighty Tien Shan mountains tower over Kazakhstan’s biggest city, which was decimated by an earthquake in 1911 and stripped of its capital city status in 1997. It used to be notoriously difficult to get a visa for Kazakhstan, but the government has implemented a visa waiver for UK travellers until December 2018.

  • Leeuwarden city guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay
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    Leeuwarden city guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay

    Leeuwarden, the provincial capital of Friesland in the north-east of the Netherlands, is having a moment. It’s a 2018 European Capital of Culture (2018.nl), and has a packed schedule of installations, exhibitions, performances and much more to celebration its year in the spotlight. Don’t be fooled by the name – the Fries Museum (friesmuseum.nl) has nothing to do with chipped potatoes.

  • Holidaymakers stranded after car parking firm based at Bournemouth Airport goes bust
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    Holidaymakers stranded after car parking firm based at Bournemouth Airport goes bust

    Distressed holidaymakers returned from holiday to discover their car keys had been dumped at Bournemouth Airport after an off-site parking firm ceased trading without warning. A statement on BOMO Parking Service’s website read: “BOMO Parking Services has been the target of a sustained attack online and offline by a known individual, which has had a catastrophic effect on the trading position, causing closure. “BOMO Parking Services has ceased with immediate effect.

  • On the trail of the Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia's Lake Tana
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    On the trail of the Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia's Lake Tana

    The African bush and world-renowned religious sites are meant to be two separate holiday options. This aquamarine, sun-baked lake sits on the foothills of the Simien Mountains and is where Sub-Saharan Africa and medieval churches meet. It has a shoreline littered with paint-box-coloured Orthodox Christian churches and thousands of equally jazzy flamingos.

  • Why you won't find mosquitoes or midges at Disney World Florida
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    Why you won't find mosquitoes or midges at Disney World Florida

    Disney World in Florida has gone to extensive lengths to ensure mosquitos don’t kill the buzz for its 20 million plus annual visitors. More than just a pest, the insects can carry diseases such as Zika, the West Nile Virus and encephalitis. Not one to do things by halves, Disney World has a dedicated Mosquito Surveillance Programme.

  • US airlines join forces to oppose Trump’s child separation policy
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    US airlines join forces to oppose Trump’s child separation policy

    American Airlines, Delta, Southwest, Frontier, Alaska Airlines and United airlines have all released statements expressing their unwillingness to transport children affected by the Government’s controversial policy. American Airlines published the following statement on its website yesterday: “The family separation process that has been widely publicised is not at all aligned with the values of American Airlines – we bring families together, not apart. “We have therefore requested the federal government to immediately refrain from using American for the purpose of transporting children who have been separated from their families due to the current immigration policy.

  • Wizz Air offers £80 Tel Aviv flights after British Airways cancels ‘mistake fares’ bookings
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    Wizz Air offers £80 Tel Aviv flights after British Airways cancels ‘mistake fares’ bookings

    As anger grows at the cancellation by British Airways of thousands of tickets that were sold too cheaply, a rival airline has stepped in to capitalise on BA’s misfortune. Wizz Air, the Hungarian budget airline, is offering disappointed British Airways passengers flights from Luton to Tel Aviv for £80 each way. The lowest Heathrow-Tel Aviv fare known to The Independent is £167 return with Wizz Air.