Saturday snippets – 2 November 2013

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the Honister car rally

One of the biggest travel trade shows in the world, World Travel Market, starts in London on Monday. Are the Australians getting some pre-show publicity? A wallaby was cornered in a tennis court in Kentish Town on Thursday having been seen roaming parts of north London for a few days. Nobody seems to know where it came from but it made the local media almost every day and each time, the word “Australia” was mentioned.

One of the features of a holiday is sampling the local food. At the restaurants of the Hankyu Hanshin Hotels you might wonder what you’re getting. The hotel chain has admitted falsifying its menus. The menu “mis-labelling” was at nine of its hotels but how widespread is this? Now the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Osaka and the Renaissance Sapporo Hotel in Hokkaido had admitted that they substituted cheaper ingredients than those advertised. Even the posh, Imperial Hotel group said that it had served frozen juice labelled as “fresh.”

In Alabama, the Music Hall of Fame in Tuscumbia is set to reopen after nearly a year of being closed. State budget cuts had caused the closure but now money has been found to re-open the museum which “Alabama has a strong musical heritage, and the Shoals can lay claim to a unique musical sound. ” said Governor Robert Bentley. This almost coincides with the opening of the documentary called Music Shoals which has started showing at cinemas up and down our countries. Tuscumbia isn’t the easiest place to get to even for Americans being almost off the beaten track. But it was in this vicinity that W.H. Handy the Father of the Blues was born and, of course, Muscle Shoals is home of Fame and Muscle Shoals Sound Recording where many hits were recorded.

The Lithuania Tourist Office has announced that it will launching its first London to Vilnius car rally in spring 2014. Organised in conjunction with the Family Holidays Association (FHA) and a Lithuanian charity they will receive the monies generated by the initiative.

The Lithuanians aren’t the only people looking at cars. In Cumbria around 150 vintage cars from a are expected to wind their way more than 2,100 feet up one of England’s steepest roads past Honister Slate Mine on Saturday 9 November. An array of classic sports cars from the 1920s and 1930s will gather at the foot of Honister Pass as part of the Lakeland Trials; the now annual pilgrimage of motoring enthusiasts to the area around Keswick, Whinlatter and Buttermere, as well as the mighty heights of Fleetwith Pike. Honister is England’s oldest working slate mine. The mine wends its way through a 900 year old mine deep in the heart of a former volcano, Fleetwith, taking in narrow passages and incredible cathedral-like caverns. There are also specialist ecological and industrial heritage tours on Honister Crag during the summer.

the new Lord Mayor - only the second out of 798!

Fancy a tour with a difference? The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) has recently launched the “DMZ Tour Bus” for tourists. The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the only existing border in the world with regulations on public access , attracts a great deal of public interest and is one of the top destinations for travellers visiting Korea. Due to complicated security procedures and limited public access to the area, it was difficult for individual tourists to visit the zone.

A week from today will be one of the great pageants in London – the 798th Lord Mayor’s Show. A flypast at around 11am heralds the start of the procession which moves through the City. If you missed the fireworks last year you’ll be glad to hear they’re back this year. Alderman Fiona Woolf has been elected the 686th Lord Mayor of the City of London, to serve from Friday 8 November – see her at this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show and switching on the Christmas lights at Leadenhall Market on Friday 15 November.

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