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Ooh, good vid :)

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love it! Countdown to the next summit! ;)
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Had a couple of people asking recently about local (UK) mobile data sims and where they can get them when they arrive in the UK. So this is quite useful/timely.

I know there are sim card vending machines just after Border Control at Heathrow T1 that are useful for European arrivals. I don't remember seeing this shop though.
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Ha! Even in their late teens & twenties they fall for "the Easter Bunny has hidden some eggs in the garden" routine!
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Our Easter egg hunt included more than a couple of the over-70 crowd. 
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Looool!

How did he imagine he was going to land?On or off his board this was always going to end badly! 
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Such a shame that you have to fall on your back and get kick in the ba**s in order to learn not to surf off the roof.
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Toilet Humour

The bar at the PentaHotel, Leipzig, Germany, is a lively place in the evenings so perhaps it's not unusual for guys to get a little 'wobbly', head for the toilet (Love the door signs! It's easy to work out which is which!), and end up leaning too far forward at the urinal.

That's the only reason I can think for these rather stylish cushions attached to the wall over each one!
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New Visitor Centre at the Wild Turkey Bourbon Distillery, Kentucky

Did you know why its called Wild Turkey? I didn't.

Apparently it came about back in 1940 when distillery executive Thomas McCarthey took a few warehouse samples on a Wild Turkey hunting trip with a group of friends. The following year, his friends asked him for "some of that Wild Turkey whiskey" and the name stuck.

Its nice stuff (No, I have no association/relationship with them). Rich taste. Their blurb says it's distilled and put into new oak barrels at a much lower ABV (Alcohol By Volume, aka "proof") than most bourbon.

"This results in a much richer flavour as less of the flavour is cooked out during the production process. Ageing in the highest quality new American oak barrels from the Ozark Mountains with the heaviest char available (the Number 4 "alligator” char), imparts a smooth flavour and deep amber colour to the whiskey. Wild Turkey is one of only a few bourbons to use this expensive, deep char. The barrels are filled at the distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, which is situated on a deep limestone shelf on the Kentucky River. The shelf acts as a natural filter and provides the distillery with crystal clear water, vital to making such a high quality product. The whiskey is fermented for 72 hours. The Master Distiller and brand ambassador is James "Jimmy" Russell, with son Eddie Russell as Associate Distiller."

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They've just opened a new Visitor Centre where visitors can gather before & after their hourly distillery tours... and no doubt sample a little 'Wild Turkey :)

(Visitor Centre photo: AP/Tony Tribble, Bottle photo: Gruppo Campari) 
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Useful stuff +Ann Tran :)  

BTW In the early declaration days people were using #spon .   #ad  is 2 precious twitter chars shorter!
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The Peak District is getting Streetviewed,
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Wow, this is an amazing story!

Essentially they discovered a flaw that meant in certain wind conditions, likely to occur once in 13 years, the ridiculous Citicorp building on its spindly legs, could fall over and take much of Manhattan with it!

Then they managed to secretly fix it (we hope) with nobody noticing.

There is a really interesting 30 min (in three parts) video documentary embedded in the article, if you have time.
When it was built in 1977, Citicorp Center (later renamed Citigroup Center, now called 601 Lexington) was, at 59 stories, the seventh-tallest building in the world. You can pick it out of the New York City skyline by its 45-degree angled top.
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Tip: More fine audio podcasts from 99% Invisible here http://99percentinvisible.org
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A new destination for +Gary Arndt ?
 
This is Speicherstadt.

It's a warehouse area in the German city of Hamburg, criss-crossed with waterways that reflect the beautiful brick facades.

It is, in fact, the largest warehouse complex in the world and played a key role in the city's history as a major port.

Word on the street is that it has a good chance of being included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in the next year or two.

#germany25reunified #germany #travel #hamburg #worldheritage #photography #travelphotography
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Ok, that's the prob with G+. It's so engaging that when we share a post we end up having the same conversation on 2 threads. Let's continue this back on Turtle's original post > https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MichaelTurtle/posts/PB6V4ifRifX
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Owner of Alastair McKenzie's Travel-Lists.
Host of The Travel Coffee Break (Weekly Hangout on Air)
Former Editor Travelllll.com.
Former Travel Editor, Classic FM

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I also have a  G+ page for my 'live' Travel Coffee Break Hangouts on Air, connected to a dedicated Youtube channel. If you want to participate in hangouts, you need to make sure you have that G+ page in your circles too.
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Modern and slightly quirky "lifestyle hotel" with good conference facilities, which is why I was there. I like the design & feel of the place. Having the bar, TV/games lounge, and reception in one large area is fun and keeps the hotel lively and busy. I like the giant table lamp and the silly toilet signs. I had several lunches & breakfasts there. Plenty of choice and enjoyable. The rooms are clean and practical. A good working area and plenty of power sockets. No room safe, no minibar. Those facing the courtyard can be a little noisy at night with revellers outside on warm nights when you want the window open (yes, even in April). The bathroom was great; lots of light, bath & big rainforest showerhead, good toiletries,though no bubblebath for soaking :( Free wifi through a third party, iCloud. It only needs room number & name but it's not intuitive and is especially irritating if like me you have more than one device - it only allows one at a time. The conference facilities were really good. Good proportions (a main hall & multiple breakout rooms), good AV facilities. I was there for a travel blogger/social media conference and 130 bloggers instantly overwhelmed the conference WLAN. They had to quickly install a bigger one! So it should be ok for the next guys! All in all, I liked it, and I would go back or try another PentaHotel, again. (Declaration: I was a conference speaker, so only paid for extras.)
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Totally Agree with +Laura Porter, it's a great place to take your kids or grand-kids (all ages from 0-11), and the amazing accessibility of Stratford International (DLR, North London Overground, Central Line, Jubilee Line & HS2!) just around the corner, means you could easily go from pretty much anywhere in London. Their Deputy CEO, Paul Callaghan, showed me & a small group around, and I was really taken with the amount of detail, imagination and fun they had incorporated into the current interactive exhibition, Secret Agents.
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Early days. The Arthouse only 'soft opened' last week. The main auditorium is not quite completed and flooring is not down yet, but the bar/cafe/reception is working, and so is the cinema, which has a good sized screen and excellent sound. The only minor flaw is the soundproofing. I was watching the tedious (how on earth did it get an Oscar?) _12 Years a Slave_ when a police car went past outside. My first subliminal thought was: "Thank God, they've come to rescue him!" Cinema tips: 1. Take a drink in with you from the bar (it has to be in a plastic glass). 2. Don't worry about seat location too much. The auditorium is narrow so the seats out on the edges are just as good as the ones next to the centre aisle. The middle rows are about centre eye height, but again, it's not a large auditorium and the rake is quite shallow so most of the seats are good. The shallow rake means the distance is noticeable - if you want to be overwhelmed/impressed go for the front two rows. If you want to watch a large telly, go for the back two rows!
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A large Hilton in prime position overlooking the river, the bridges and Newcastle on the opposite bank. It's standard 'Hilton'. So, efficient, clean, everything you need and ready to hand when you want it, but a little soul-less.
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A really impressive facility in an extraordinary building - hat tip to Zaha Hadid. I visited in April 2014, a month after it was converted from its Olympics mode and re-opened to the public. It's been a major transformation.... mostly involving glass! The previously hidden competitors' full size practise pool has been opened up with a glass wall and the two huge "wings" that extended the spectator seating up and out of both sides of the building have been removed and the sides glassed in making the interior really light & bright. There is still plenty of spectator seating on the balconies but they told me it's only 1,500 seats compared to 17,000 in 'Olympic mode'! Under the balconies - at least under the one I saw - there are gym facilities and a dive training room with a 'pool' filled with foam blocks! It's going to be a fantastic asset for the local area and London as a whole.
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I really liked this hotel. It's really stylish and the staff were fun & had a 'can do' attitude to everything.
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Shorter than I expected, still totally brilliant! Definitely worth a short visit, and that's really easy to do with a free car park close by.
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