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A tale of two seasides

June 6, 2012

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Before the invention of the ‘package holiday’ made international travel for holidays a common occurrence, a break for Britons tended to mean just one thing: an English seaside resort. With the invention of the railways a trip to the seaside became a possibility for millions. For those living in the filthy, choking conditions of cities [...]

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Zanzibar: a desert island

October 18, 2011

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Image of man on fishing boat in Zanzibar

Warm 365 days of the year, and constantly alive with the smell of log burning fires and freshly harvested spices, Zanzibar is a place to go to to get happy and forget the hum of the super highways and 9 til 5 days back at home. This is a place of ‘pole pole’ (slowly slowly) [...]

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Weekend Walk: Through The Whangie

October 8, 2011

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Hello hikers and welcome walkers, it’s time for another Weekend Walk! So, this week, we have a nice short jaunt, a walk through The Whangie at Auchineden Hill, near Glasgow. The name Whangie comes from the old Scots word ‘whang’ which means gash, or wide cut. It was created by glacial plucking, however, there are [...]

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The ferris wheel icon of the London skyline

October 5, 2011

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The London Eye held the mantle of world’s tallest ferris wheel until 2005 when it was overshadowed by the Star of Nanchang in Jianxi, China, which was subsequently  dwarfed by the enormous, 165m Singapore Flyer in 2008. That said, the London Eye is probably the most iconic, and is one of the most popular tourist desinations in the [...]

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Weekend Walk: Conic Hill

September 23, 2011

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It’s the weekend! After that week stuck in the office, your stress levels are reaching critical mass, you need some fresh air. If you live in Scotland there’s absolutely no excuse for not getting yourself up a hill for some light exercise and world-class scenery. About an hour’s drive from Glasgow, on the east bank of [...]

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Tourists turn their backs on London following riots

August 26, 2011

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The English riots have apparently damaged the country’s reputation in the eyes of tourists according to a poll by research agency TNS.

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Iceland enjoys tourism boost

July 29, 2011

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It seems that there is no such thing as bad publicity. The headlines surrounding Iceland in recent times have been primarily negative: firstly through the Icelandic banks involvement in the world banking crisis; and then because of the major travel disruptions as caused by the erupting volcanoes Eyjafjallajökul in 2010 and Grimsvotn in 2011. Now it [...]

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