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Ryanair to add routes to Eastern Europe

It seems Mr O can’t make up his mind, one minute he wont then he will… http://www.iht.com/articles/528655.html

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Something to do – if it rains !


From: RICHARD CURTIS

I’ve just read a piece about the Millau viaduct and just got carried away searching for other “grand” projects – the Foster site is fun ! best wishes, Dick

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Regent Street F1 06-07-2004

well we went along and saw the crowds, they where in place 3-4 deep from 4:30, no chance to see anything as a car is about 2 feet high at most, we found a great spot on the 3rd floor of liberty’s, looking out of the window, except the start was so late that the shop closed and we where turfed out onto the street.

i did hear a bit of noise and people said they didn’t run the route advertised, all in all it was poorly organised, despite what the paper say, the route needed to be longer for the numbers of people who wanted a view, in the end they cut it short for safety reasons.

here are some pictures i took, most at lunchtime before the crowds, the cars where guarded by fences and security people, who didn’t want you taking pictures. still i got a few over the fence

http://www.roberts.f2g.net/F1-slideshow.html

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Travel News – 01 July 2004

Concorde aircraft opens to visitors http://www.cnn.com/2004/TRAVEL/06/27/concorde.ap/index.html Bulgaria closer to high-speed EU-rail link http://www.cnn.com/2004/TRAVEL/06/28/bt.bulgaria.train.reut/index.html World airline traffic soars, says IATA http://www.cnn.com/2004/TRAVEL/06/29/bt.iata.traffic.report.reut/index.html Finland, Russia plan fast rail link http://www.cnn.com/2004/TRAVEL/06/30/bt.fin.russia.rail.ap/index.html The world’s best airport lounges http://www.cnn.com/2004/TRAVEL/06/16/bt.skytrax.survey/index.html Road trips: A parent’s survival guide, “The kids watch more TV in the car than they ever do at home.” http://www.cnn.com/2004/TRAVEL/ADVISOR/06/09/family.road.trips.ap/index.html Best-selling suncreams fail safety test http://www.thisistravel.co.uk/travel/news/article.html?in_article_id=40388

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Travel News – Friday, 25 June 2004

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Travel News 16/06/2004

Passport Delay Call http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30000-13130079,00.html San Diego Hit by Earthquake http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30200-1139565,00.html June is the ‘Sexiest Month’ http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,31500-13119297,00.html Holiday Firms Slammed http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30100-13130205,00.html Spotlight shines on ‘Masters of Florence’ http://www.cnn.com/2004/TRAVEL/DESTINATIONS/06/15/medici.exhibit.ap/ Tuvalu: Paradise under threat http://edition.cnn.com/2004/TRAVEL/06/15/tuvalu.noother.ap/index.html Tokyo is world’s priciest city http://edition.cnn.com/2004/BUSINESS/06/13/cities.expensive.ap/index.html Concealed fault caused Bam quake http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/3809375.stm

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Travel News

Virgin Express, Alitalia in pricing row http://www.cnn.com/2004/TRAVEL/06/11/bt.virgin.alitalia.reut/index.html Iran tourism project to rival Dubai http://www.cnn.com/2004/TRAVEL/06/11/bt.uran.tourism.reut/index.html The rise of self-service travel http://www.cnn.com/2004/TRAVEL/06/10/bt.self.service/index.html

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Travel News

Spotted on the register… Airlines ground online ticket price gouging

Price discrimination in the sale of airline tickets online is no longer a problem in Europe, the European Commission confidently asserted today. http://www.theregister.com/2004/06/09/airline_price_discrimination/

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More ryanair news

Strange how one story can be reported different ways and how not making as much money becomes a loss when it’s really not as much profit. Read on… IHT: Ryanair slips to a net loss

… Ryanair slips to a net loss. Bloomberg News Tuesday, June 1, 2004. … It’s not really that Ryanair has changed anything,” said Xavier Debeugny at Oddo in Paris. …
Link: http://www.iht.com/articles/522784.htm

RT??Æ’?¢?‚¬?° Business – Ryanair profits better than expected

… Ryanair profits better than expected June 01, 2004 19:16 Ryanair … million. Ryanair said this growth was fuelled by ‘significantly lower fares’. …
Link: http://www.rte.ie/business/2004/0601/ryanair.html

Guardian Unlimited Travel | News | Ryanair tops punctuality league

… Ryanair tops punctuality league Saturday May 29, 2004 The Guardian Ryanair is Britain’s most punctual airline, according to statistics released by the Civil …
Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/Travel/news/story/0,7445,1227093,00.html?=rss Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | O’Leary thanks Ryanair …

… O’Leary thanks Ryanair staff with 3% pay rise Andrew Clark Friday May 7, 2004 The Guardian Ryanair has awarded an inflation-busting 3% pay rise to its 2,350 …
Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/airlines/story/0,1371,1211318,00.html

Compare Prices and Read Reviews on Ryanair at Epinions.com

Epinions has the best comparison shopping information on Ryanair. … Ryanair. Overall rating: Reviewed by 41 Epinions users – Write a review. Compare Prices. …
Link: http://www.epinions.com/trvl-Airlines-Europe_Ryanair

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Crazy

I recieved this today as part of an email

Antigen for Exchange removed anabnr2.gif since it was found to match the FILE FILTER= *.gif file filter. The file anabnr2.gif has been quarantined. To have the anabnr2.gif delivered from quarantine please forward the message with the quarantine attachment to the DEP Helpdesk and we will deliver it if it is not infected.

I think the world is going mad, since when was a gif file a virus!!!

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Happy Brithday Moon Handbooks

25th Anniversary of Moon Handbooks South Pacific

In June, 1979, Moon Publications of Rutland, Vermont, published the 1st edition of South Pacific Handbook. A quarter century later, Moon Handbooks South Pacific is still the leading travel guide to Polynesia and Melanesia, with an 8th edition due from Avalon Travel Publishing in late 2004.

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Free Events in London

If you are in London in June/July you might want to check these events out, you can get free tickets from http://www.culturalco-operation.org

Cultural Co-operation is an independent arts charity that promotes cross-cultural contact, dialogue and understanding. Our main activity is the international summer Music Village, Europe’s longest running festival of world culture. The 18 Music Villages since 1983 have featured over 2,500 artists from 60 countries, creating lasting bonds of friendship and respect amongst audiences from all cultural and faith backgrounds and every walk of life. Our current and future programme, 2001-6, focuses on culture & migration, initially through the lens of Diaspora. Building upon the resounding success of 2002’s Diaspora Music Village.

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Even more Ryanair…

Just got this via googlealert.com, another of Michael O’Leary’s fan club, some interesting comments follow as well, worth a read… A Fistful of Euros: Ryanair redefines Communism http://fistfulofeuros.net/archives/000666.php

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Spam

I just washed my mail with mailwasher and deleted 50 of 80 emails that makes 62.5% of my mail overnight being spam, it’s definitely getting worst. Don’t know what i’d do without mailwasher

Link: http://www.mailwasher.net

[edit] now i’m using gmail so i’m no longer washing my mail.

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Airport X-Ray Scanners & Film

My film always goes trough the filmsafe scanners and I’ve had no problems even in China where they have x-ray machines at the train stations (due to people transporting fireworks illegally causing an explosion on a train). I shoot 100ASA, 200 or maybe 400 at night possibly but generally 100 slide film on the whole and have never noticed any fogging. According to the Lonely Planet Travel Photography: A Guide to Taking Better Pictures , Kodak have done tests that show film below ASA 400 can take 16 passes safely. In general i buy my film at the airport in duty free as it’s cheaper and is maybe one less scanner to go through (what do they do with stuff for these shops?) The newer high power scanners look like hospital CAT scanners and have a hexagonal or round ring which the scanned items pass through, these are generally used to scan hold luggage and you might as well throw away the film if it’s been through one. the Kodak link below has some examples of x-ray fogging, so you know what to look for. some info: http://www.kodak.com/global/en/service/tib/tib5201.shtml http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/comp/cabinetxrayfaq.html http://www.garymills.com/xrays/xray.pdf http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/airline.htm The higher the ASA rating the more grain you will get and the shorter exposures mean the colours will be not as good. For good travel pictures (views and panoramas) you need as small an aperture (big number) as possible to get good depth of field, if it’s too dark you can use a tripod, which can safely go in with your hold luggage. if your anywhere sunny you should use a slower film or a neutral density filter to cut the light down.