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Saturday snippets: 14th of July 2018

Jul 14th, 2018 | By

Even if the weather didn’t tell us, summer is here now the Proms, the Liverpool Biennale, the Ekhof Festival and striking travel staff tell us it is.



Saturday snippets: 7th of July 2018

Jul 7th, 2018 | By

Yorkshire is a small town north of London. That is one of many things that Adrian learnt this week The phrase was used on a TV show so it must be right!



Saturday snippets: 30th of June 2018

Jun 30th, 2018 | By

Supersonic flight, hotel booking systems and getting insurance if you have a health problem are some of the things that caught Adrian’s eye this week.



A day…at the Bluebell Railway

Jun 24th, 2018 | By

With so much to see and so many nearby places to visit a day either flies by or you decide you need to spend much longer in this little patch of the old county of Sussex.



Saturday snippets: June 23rd 2018

Jun 23rd, 2018 | By

Hot-rods racing on Pendine Sands, Alexa in hotel rooms and the sale of Hastings Pier are some of the things that caught Adrian’s eye this week.



A future for rail?

Jun 18th, 2018 | By

Adrian concludes his two-part series on rail and tourism by looking to the future



Saturday snippets: 16th June 2018

Jun 16th, 2018 | By

Its county show time and with five at the very least happening in the next week or so its time to see how they have altered over the years. And if you visit London, pop to the Brazilian embasssy to see how the country helped the UK in WWII.



Taking railway companies out of their comfort zones

Jun 15th, 2018 | By

In the light of a downturn in rail passenger numbers, Adrian begins a two part story on the lack of imagination as he sees it of the railway companies.



Saturday snippets: 9th June 2018

Jun 9th, 2018 | By

This weekend is Trooping the Colour and this coming week is National Picnic Week. The good weather is encouraging more of us to enjoy the great outdoors so have a look at our events listings.



A day in…Tonbridge

Jun 4th, 2018 | By

Adrian visits Tonbridge in Kent, a town he previously thought of as one of many commuter towns around London.



Saturday snippets: 2nd June 2018

Jun 2nd, 2018 | By
panoramic view of the Lake District

The Lake District, a new Bronte trail, the big Ramsagate festival and the arrival of Las Vegas in London to bring some pizzazz to the capital are some of Adrian’s thoughts this week.



Saturday snippets: 26th May 2018

May 26th, 2018 | By

catching Adrian’s eye this week: a new country comes into being – Eswatini – (it used to be Swaziland) the Design Museum in London is named European Museum of the Year and Charlotte Knowlson provides a putdown to two jokey male passengers on her easyJet flight.



Edinburgh tries again

May 23rd, 2018 | By

Councillors in Edinburgh last January decided that they would look again at introducing an accommodation tax. Four months later and those plans have still not materialised. Why?



Saturday snippets: 19th May 2018

May 19th, 2018 | By

Apart from a wedding this week, it was the 75th anniversary of the Dambuster raid, Club 18-30 may be for sale and Grenada wants us to holiday there in summer!



Let’s re-think trains

May 17th, 2018 | By

How many more debacles must we face before a complete re-think on how we run railways is undertaken?



Saturday snippets: 12th May 2018

May 12th, 2018 | By

It seems that many popular destinations are fighting back against tourism obesity – an over supply of tourists. Valencia, Madrid, Brussels, Rome are joining Venice, Palma de Mallorca, Florence and Barcelona to name just a few in trying to restrict tourist movements,



Saturday snippets: 5th May 2018

May 5th, 2018 | By

Star Wars, Kew Gardens and the busiest air route in the world caught Adrian’s attetion this bank holiday weekend along with a cheeky Airbnb offer to manage American government travel accommodation.



Will Airbnb become passé?

May 3rd, 2018 | By

Given the crackdown by governments around the world on how much time private flat owners can rent out their properties via Airbnb or some similar booking site, it could be that the hometel launch is accurately timed.



Saturday snippets: 28th April 2018

Apr 28th, 2018 | By

In a week in which a bird wanted to view impressionist paintings and Venice segregated tourists from locals, Adrian wraps up the smaller stories of the week



Saturday snippets: 21st April 2018

Apr 21st, 2018 | By

Its National Tea Day so Adrian settles down with a few tea varieties, (including Russian Caravan) cakes, scones and sandwiches to enjoy himself!



Saturday snippets: 14th April 2018

Apr 14th, 2018 | By

With so many destinations recording increased British visitor numbers, tenerife is trying to attract even more of us with its medical tourism promotion!



Saturday snippets: 7th April 2018

Apr 7th, 2018 | By

As well as wondering why fewer of us are going to the Spanish region of Andalucia, Adrian considers restrictions in the Galapagos and Edinburgh and whether his mobile phone is covered by his travel insurance policy.



Tunisian cuisine

Apr 6th, 2018 | By

Adrian describes one of the traditional meals that you might find at a Tunisian restaurant – as opposed to one serving international food – in the country



Fancy a souvenir?

Apr 6th, 2018 | By

There is said to be excitement about the auctioning of furniture, signage and everything else at Heathrow’s terminal one. There probably isn’t actually. I just made that up.



Are we a bunch of scroungers?

Apr 5th, 2018 | By

And before you ask, yes I have asked for upgrades on my travels and no – to the best of my memory – I didn’t lie. Mind you, I wasn’t very successful either!



Saturday snippets: 31st March 2018

Mar 31st, 2018 | By

An enquiry into motorway service area fuel prices, losing passports and increased visitor numbers to Paris and Greece make Adrian’s notes this week.



Saturday snippets: 24th March 2018

Mar 24th, 2018 | By
elephant in kenya

As the first direct flight between the UK and Australia sets off tomorrow and New York City and Honduras announce record visitor numbers, Adrian reminds readers that the shooting in southern France must not deter tourists going there.



Saturday snippets: 17th March 2018

Mar 17th, 2018 | By

Today is, of course, St Patrick’s Day. And as the world knows by now, the Irish go out of their way to persuade other destinations to colour themselves green. Once again, Niagara Falls will be illuminated by green light from 9pm until 1am on both the Canadian and American side of the falls. Amongst the other buildings illuminated will be the Sydney Opera House, Empire State Building, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, the London Eye, the Colosseum in Rome and the
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