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Torquay B&B tops UK-dominated list of world’s best

Torquay B&B tops UK-dominated list of world’s best The 25 is one of five British bed and breakfasts in global top 10 in TripAdvisor awards Small details make Torquay B&B a winner A six-bedroom B&B in Torquay has been crowned the best in the world based on visitor ratings. The 25 came out top and was one of five UK B&Bs in the world’s top 10 in the travellers’ choice 2019 awards organised by TripAdvisor. Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Rebecca Smithers Consumer affairs correspondent Tweet

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Gatwick airport: drone operator not yet found but flights resume – live

Gatwick airport: drone operator not yet found but flights resume – live Drones spotted over last two days not tracked down, but limited number of flights now arriving and departing Small number of flights resume after drone disruption What the papers said about the Gatwick chaos What are my rights if my flight is cancelled? How have you been affected? 11.14am GMT In comparison to the assurances given by Gatwick Airport authorities and the government, quite a different tone is coming from the pilots’ union who have said on Twitter that it remains “extremely concerned” at the risk of a drone collision. BALPA remains extremely concerned at the risk of a drone collision. It is possible that the rogue…

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Gatwick airport disruption: police still trying to catch drones after flights cancelled – live

Gatwick airport disruption: police still trying to catch drones after flights cancelled – live Thousands of passengers face disruption at Gatwick airport after drones were spotted over the runway Full story: Gatwick flights suspended How have you been affected? 11.44am GMT Gatwick remains closed, the airport said in its latest statement: “Gatwick Airport’s runway remains closed and all flights are currently suspended following reports of drones flying over Gatwick’s airfield last night and this morning. “There is significant disruption at Gatwick today as a result of what appears to be a deliberate attempt to disrupt flights. 11.39am GMT Video from the University of Dayton in Ohio shows what damage a drone can do to an aircraft wing. Continue reading……

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Memory lanes: the ramblers trying to save 10,000 lost footpaths

Memory lanes: the ramblers trying to save 10,000 lost footpaths It’s not just walkers who get lost – paths can get lost, too. Now a small army of volunteers are seeking to recover thousands of public rights of way before they disappear for ever Paul Howland is standing in a bed of nettles, his head surrounded by a halo of dusky blue sloes. Behind him is an impenetrable tangle of undergrowth, self-seeded trees and what looks like the long-discarded parts of an a vehicle. “The old path went up here,” he says, waving his walking pole further into the thicket. “I first spotted it on Milne’s county map of Hampshire from 1791.” Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Kevin…

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Ryanair faces legal action over refusal to compensate cancelled flights

Ryanair faces legal action over refusal to compensate cancelled flights Passenger flights grounded by strikes must be repaid under EU law, warns Civil Aviation Authority The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority is taking legal action against Ryanair over the airline’s refusal to compensate thousands of UK customers affected by flight disruption over the summer. Ryanair was hit by its worst ever strikes in the summer, as walkouts by pilots and cabin crew over pay and conditions forced it to cancel flights, including to major holiday destinations such as Spain, Italy and Portugal. Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Julia Kollewe Tweet

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Rough Guides launches tailormade trips as part of major overhaul

Rough Guides launches tailormade trips as part of major overhaul Guidebook publisher moves away from book sales to become a tech platform providing bespoke holiday service that aims to ‘change the way people travel’ After almost 40 years of helping backpackers travel on a budget, Rough Guides has launched a bespoke holiday service aimed at “time-poor” adventurous older travellers who no longer want to rough it. The move is the start of a transformation of the publisher’s entire business model from guidebook seller to online travel company. “In five to ten years we don’t want to be seen as a guidebook publisher: we want to be seen as a dynamic tech company that provides tailormade trips,” said CEO René…

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Welsh slate region to be nominated as Unesco world heritage site

Welsh slate region to be nominated as Unesco world heritage site Heritage minister says Gwynedd quarries shaped buildings across the world The shattered slate quarry landscape of north-west Wales is to be nominated for world heritage status, a distinction enjoyed by sites such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Taj Mahal and the abandoned southern African kingdom of Mapungubwe. The UK government can put forward one site per calendar year to be considered for Unesco world heritage site status and on Tuesday the heritage minister Michael Ellis announced that it would be Gwynedd’s slate landscape. Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Mark Brown Arts correspondent Tweet

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Shrinking the world: why we can’t resist model villages

Shrinking the world: why we can’t resist model villages In these baffling times, the only way to gain control of our environment is to miniaturise it. By Simon Garfield A few months ago, with very little fanfare, a small new town opened to the public about 25 miles from the centre of London. The place provided an encouraging spurt of economic growth for the area, and it was swiftly populated by a thriving local community unhindered, it seemed, by social and political divisiveness. Unusually for a new town, the buildings lacked any sense of architectural unity: an art deco vacuum-cleaner factory stood near to an 18th-century French-style town hall, while the new train station had a 1930s modernist look….

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Go it alone: solo trips on the rise as travellers opt for ‘me time’

Go it alone: solo trips on the rise as travellers opt for ‘me time’ More Britons are choosing to travel on their own – using apps and social media – as it means a holiday without compromises Solo travel is on the rise as a growing number of holidaymakers opt for trips that allow them to “do what they want”. Around 15% of travellers took a trip on their own in the last year, according to the Association of British Travel Agents’ (Abta) 2018 holiday habits report. The figure is up from 12% last year and 6% in 2011. The age range that showed the biggest increase was that of 35-44 year olds, with more than 16% taking a…

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The party’s over for Club 18-30 as Thomas Cook retires the brand

The party’s over for Club 18-30 as Thomas Cook retires the brand Last trip for holidaymakers will be from Manchester to Magaluf on 27 October In its prime the drunken trysts of Club 18-30 holiday reps and revellers provided the action for a fly-on-the-wall TV series so debauched the then Tory MP Ann Widdecombe labelled it “moral anarchy”. However, the party’s over and 2018 will be the last summer of love for Club 18-30: its owner Thomas Cook is retiring a brand that once attracted hundreds of complaints after using the advertising slogan “Beaver Espana” to attract bookings. The tour operator had put the name, which has been going since the 60s, up for sale in the spring but…

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