London Commuters Wake to Traffic Nightmare

Posted on September 07, 2010 by Fiona Hilliard

Image via Wikipedia London commuters have every right to be extra grumpy this morning.  Their underground network is a mess, following 24-hour strikes that have shut down some lines and caused severe disruption to others. The strikes by members of the RMT and TSSA unions failed to bring the system to a complete halt however. Nice to [...]

Tube Strike to Cause September Travel Chaos in London

Posted on August 26, 2010 by Fiona Hilliard

Image via Wikipedia Heading to London this autumn? Hope you’ve booked your London car hire! The city looks set to come to a standstill if  the first of a series of strikes by Rail Maritime and Transport union and the Transport Salaried Staffs Association go ahead on September 6. Operations will also be suspended on October 3, [...]

Whatever Happened to…Judith Chalmers?

Posted on August 16, 2010 by Fiona Hilliard

Image by toastmonster via Flickr The perma-tanned, plummy accented one spent the best part of three decades lighting up our living rooms with tales of lobster lunches and champagne cruises in far flung, sun-bleached islands like St Lucia and Antigua. In the days before extreme travel shows like Bear Grylls, holiday programming was less about [...]

Bye Bye Paper Boarding Passes

Posted on July 19, 2010 by Fiona Hilliard

Image via CrunchBase Tree huggers unite! Paper boarding passes are on their way out.  In just a short time from now, passengers will be using their mobile phones to board an aircraft, with the device being read by a scanner at the departure gate. The new system means passengers will no longer have to go [...]

O Leary Makes Grovelling Apology to EasyJet

Posted on July 16, 2010 by Fiona Hilliard

Image via Wikipedia Michael O’ Leary was yesterday forced to utter an apology to Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the founder of easyJet for accusing him of being a liar in a series of print advertisements for Ryanair. You can’t blame Stelios for being annoyed – you would be too if you were portrayed with an elongated nose [...]

See the World in a Day at Dublin Zoo

Posted on April 19, 2010 by Fiona Hilliard

“Knock knock, open wide, see what’s on the other side, knock knock any more, come with me through the Magic Door”. [youtube PPqv5WluLr4] Anyone who grew up in Ireland in the late ‘70s or ‘80s, knows what I’m talking about. Yep, it’s RTE’s Bosco, that screechy wool headed glove puppet and his high-waisted presenter pals [...]

Chocs Away: London at Easter

Posted on March 12, 2010 by Fiona Hilliard

Image via Wikipedia With annual egg hunts taking place all around the city at stately homes and museums including Kew Gardens, Covent Garden, Battersea Park Zoo, Chiswick House and The Foundling Museum, London is dripping with chocolate themed action over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.   At Covent Garden, egg-hunters are invited to search high [...]

London for Free or Almost

Posted on March 02, 2010 by Fiona Hilliard

Image by Anirudh Koul via Flickr So you’ve saved big on London car hire, but what else can you do for little or nothing in the British capital? Become an Audience Member: Free tickets are always a safe bet.  The BBC provides free tickets for BBC TV and Radio shows.  All you have to do is [...]

New Passport Checks for British and Irish Passengers

Posted on July 25, 2008 by Fiona Hilliard

Passengers travelling between Britain and the Republic of Ireland will face passport checks for the first time since the 1920s, amid growing fears that the free travel arrangements between the countries could be exploited by terrorists, illegal immigrants and smugglers. The Common Travel Area (CTA) has been in use since 1925 when Ireland gained independence.  London and [...]

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