Saturday snippets: 19th of April 2014

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the home of sparty's

the home of sparty’s

Just in time for long walks out in the spring Easter sunshine, two stretches of coastline pathways have been opened to the public in the North East and Cumbria. A 34 mile stretch from Hartlepool to Sunderland takes in the rugged beauty of Durham’s east coast and another 20 mile section links the coastal towns of Allonby and Whitehaven in Cumbria. They are part of a £50m Natural England project to create about 2,800 miles (4,500km) of footpaths around the whole of the English coast.

Budapest’s popular party nights or ‘sparty’s as they are known, have been taking place in the city’s historical thermal baths for 16 years. This year they are launching their summer series of sparty’s early, today in factl in the spacious Széchenyi Baths in the City Park. The weekly sparty kicks off at 10.30pm and includes special DJ-sets, laser and smoke-formations, bars full of liquid and edible delicacies, and an international crowd of sparty-goers. Tickets can be booked in advance, online  or personally (in Café Hütte or cash desks of Széchenyi Baths), or on the door.  Single ticket price is €25.

The highest cable car in the world has opened in Bolivia’s capital, La Paz. The new transport system carries passengers from El Alto (where the airport is located) to the city centre. Two more lines are due to open this year. Why a cable car?  Because the capital is located in a canyon surrounded by the snow-capped peak of Mount Illimani. There can’t be many better introductions to a country or a prettier way of journeying from  an airport into a city. It beats the Heathrow trip to London on the tube any day.

Titanic Belfast

Titanic Belfast

Titanic Belfast has won a Visitor Centre Outstanding Achievement Award from the world’s top themed entertainment association, based in the United States. Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), recognises excellence in the visitor attraction and entertainment industry, Describing the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience, which opened in March 2012 at the site where RMS Titanic was built more than 100 years ago, TEA said “the building inside and out is spectacular.

A theme park was forced to close its gates after thousands turned up for a world record attempt. Drayton Manor in Tamworth, Staffordshire, cut ticket prices in a bid to get the largest gathering of people in one-piece pyjamas. It attracted 3,152 people in onesies, breaking the previous record of 1,184 set by Ringwood School in Hampshire. Chief Executive Colin Bryan said closing the gates, which did not reopen, was unavoidable because they were limited by how many people could get into the park.

Whether Manston Airport in Kent will survive is unlikely given that KLM has removed its flights and Flybe is moving out. Now the company behind so many newspaper offers, Newmarket Holidays, has also said that it will move its flights from Manston to Lydd from June.

Whilst one airport might close, another looks to be on the cards again. Sydney in Australia has long debated the need for a second airport. Now the go-ahead has been given by the federal government for a second airport at Badgery’s Creek which is in the city’s outer western suburbs. This is where it is estimated 50% of Sydneysiders will be living by about 2025. Would our government like to bite the bullet as well and decide what to do about airport capacity in the south east of England?

Staying in Australia, the impact of the visit by Kate & Wills  (not forgetting Prince George) to both Australia and New Zealand has generated lots of media coverage. I received daily e-mails from the tourist board in New Zealand whilst they were there but only one so far for Australia. Apparantly there has been a lot more hits on the websites of both countries. Will it encorage us to visit either? Both countries are certainly hoping so. Meanwhile my children want one of those huge wombats that the Australian Governor-General gave to Prince George !

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