Saturday snippets: 28th of July 2018

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Cutty Sark © National Maritime Museum

There are plenty of reasons to visit Greenwich not least for the Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory, the National Maritime Museum, the Old Royal Naval College and the little matter of the O2 Arena. Now there is another reason. Ranger’s House to a world-class art collection, opened to the public last Monday.  Home to the Wernher Collection, Ranger’s House contains an assortment of over 700 works of fine and decorative art amassed by diamond magnate Julius Wernher in the late nineteenth century and includes ornate medieval jewellery, Gothic sculptures, Italian ceramics, Renaissance paintings, eighteenth-century French furniture and British portraits. Previously open by guided tour only it will open to the public on a free-flow basis from Sunday to Wednesday during the summer.

According to the Hull Daily Mail, Bob Hillery who is chairman of the Bridlington’s tourism association believes that the seaside destination should be re-named “Great Bridlington.” Why? He is quoted by the paper as saying that Bridlington rivals any seaside resort in the country and was becoming a year-round attraction. That probably isn’t sufficient reason to be called “great” but if the majority of the people who stayed in the town over the summer agreed then why not? Does it matter? It doesn’t seem to worry Brighton or Blackpool that they aren’t “great.” I wonder what the people of Scarborough think about it?

This year, the US state of Illinois is celebrating its bicentenary. As part of those celebrations on each weekend in August, more than eighty historical sites and museums will have free access, called Doors Open. The state has been split into four areas with each area have free entry on one of the four weekends in the month. That includes places like the Apple River Fort (today there is a reconstruction on the site) where Black Hawk of the Sauk tribe and his 200 warriors attacked a hastily erected fort on June 24, 1832. Black Hawk wrote – with the help of a translator and a journalis – the very first autobiography of a native American shortly before his death in 1838.

Summer is really here when the BBC hits the road. For the first time it has taken its Radio 1 dance stage to Malta where, on the 14th and 15th of August, it will be at Summer Daze Malta where artists such as Rita Ora, Danny Howard, Roger Sanchez, Kristen Knight and Monki will appear in the Ta’ Qali’s National Park and Café del Mar. At the same time, there is also the Glitch Festival where 26 DJs will be representing disco, house, techno and electronic genres. Nina Kraviz, Jeff Mills, Amelie Lens, Charlotte de Witte and Peggy Gou will be headlining this year’s festival in Gianpula Fields in Malta.

Bridgetown, Barbados

Another island nation, Barbados saw a 3.1% increase in the number of visitors during the first six months of the year compared to the same period in 2017. Barbados also saw an increase in the number of British visitors last year. Numbers rose by 2.8% which is important as the UK is responsible for a third of all visitors to the island. The fastest growth was by American visitors who clocked up an increase of 8.8%%

The BBC – and other news outlets as well – is reporting that Heathrow will be trialling a new scanning system which will save passengers from having to take their liquids out of their hand luggage. The BBC is quoting the Department of Transport for the story but there is nothing on neither the department’s website nor that of Heathrow’s in confirming this. The suggestion is that the trial might take six or twelve months and then  – if we are lucky –we might not have to face the hassle of removing liquids nor of being limited to just 100ml per  container in size.

Finally, the  summer has brought about some horrendous bushfires  in particular in Greece where the fires about 45 miles east of Athens have resulted in a substantial loss of life at one of mainland Greece’s popular family beach destinations, Mati. But fires aren’t limited to Greece. In Sweden there are forest fires that have breached the Arctic Circle and in the USA, wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park in the state of California has brought about the temporary closure of Yosemite Valley. Closer to home, there have been fires in the Brecon Beacons in Wales and on Saddleworth Moor. Abroad, Southern Italy, Spain and Portugal have experienced fires and, before the very hot weather subsides to average temperatures, there may be more. If you are holidaying in or near forests or woodland be cautious and follow the local advice about barbecue fires (if not already banned) remembering that lightening can cause fires as well.

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