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Are The Airports Really Worth It?

Posted on Friday, July 25, 2014

As the UK enjoys another week of sunshine and children run from the school gates with a “summer holidays are here” smile, airports are bracing themselves for an additional 100,000 departures. Suitcases and hand luggage are being carefully packed so as to not exceed limiting restrictions offered by some of the European budget airlines, and there is of course that ever present fear of summer delays caused by rerouted air traffic, local strikes and of course overcapacity. In fact, it would be true to say that European travel, especially through holiday periods, can be incredibly stressful, not to mention expensive.  So, what of the “staycation”, is this not a better option? Even with our motorways and roadworks, surely traveling to a UK destination is easier? There's none of that relentless airport parking and cueing, €4 charges for soft drinks...

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Spookiest Places In Britain

Posted on Friday, March 8, 2013

By Sophie Hodgkinson   Though it may be an attractive holiday activity, not all of us want to sit on the beach or by the hotel pool. In fact, some enjoy an altogether different experience during their break. So, it's with the free spirited in mind that I have come up with something a little unusual, and for those who could enjoy a spine chilling experience of a real haunted house rather than one at the fun fair, make sure you keep reading. Now that the Ghostbusters, teen vampires and paranormal activity films have prepared us to face any supernatural creature that comes our way, do you think you have the guts to visit some of the most haunted and scariest places in Britain? Of course this won’t be suited to everyone and may not be child friendly, but...

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Remember Route 66 – The Mother Road

Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012

Have you ever wanted to take a nostalgic driving holiday along Route 66?  The song was first recorded by Nat King Cole and was subsequently covered by many others including Chuck Berry and The Rolling Stones.  A whole generation grew up humming along and dreaming of throwing caution to the wind and driving this fabled highway. Originally the highway ran from Chicago to Los Angeles. It was America's primary east-west highway through the middle of the 20th century.  By the middle of the 50s, the car became the transport of choice for many Americans, and they took to the highways on driving “vacations” seeking fun and adventure.  Kitschy hotels and tourist attractions sprang up along Route 66 to accommodate them. Nowadays, old Route 66 does not show up on current road maps as such, however there are several  guidebooks...

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UK Border staff strike off

Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012

It was reported today that the government had sought a High Court injunction against the proposed strike by border staff that was due to start tomorrow, just a day before the opening of the London Olympics, based on “procedural errors” in the PCS’s ballot. But PCS union leaders called the strike off with just 45 minutes to the start of the hearing. PCS leader Mark Serwotka said "major progress" had been made and claimed that 1100 jobs would be created, but the government claims they know nothing of it. Immigration minister Damian Green said in an interview on the BBC today he didn’t recognise those figures and said “that they break it down to 300 new jobs in the passport service, but at the moment there are 319 vacancies in the passport service and what was said in the...

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Víctor Andréu, PGA Golf Pro at La Finca Golf and Spa Resort.

Posted on Friday, January 6, 2012

  Dave and I had the pleasure of working with Víctor Andréu when we filmed the La Finca Golf Resort for a feature.   Firstly both Dave and I thought Víctor was an amazing guy, passionate about golf and the resort. He told us how he had been the PGA pro since the resort opened in 2002.  As a rookie he played with the legendary Seve Ballesteros, and we were particularly impressed that he is great friends with Sergio Garcia.   The day started with buggy ride around the course which was interesting as Víctor clearly knows all the short cuts and the capabilities of the buggy, this resulted in Westy gripping onto the camera somewhat tighter than normal.   So the first thing we did was interview Víctor overlooking the course, the clubhouse and the hotel. Víctor...

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Protecting Your Holiday – The Money Advice Service

Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011

  “Protecting Your Holiday” is another in the series of money features from with the Money Advice Service. In this film Karl Walkinshaw talks about protecting yourself against problems when booking or actually on your holiday. Karl covers and explains the importance of checking that the website that you are buying from is genuine and if buying a package holiday, that the agent is ATOL registered. This will of course help you if something goes wrong with your holiday, i.e. if your flight operator goes out of business, you'll be offered an alternative flight or if your accommodation is not up to standard, then you have someone to to turn to. And as you will not be able to book through an ATOL registered agent if you are booking separately, Karl also talks about the importance of insuring...

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