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Excellent! I love the papped Cinderella coach crash! And the remote control migrant boats! And the Pocket Money Loans!
 
A trip out to Banksy's Dismaland at the Old Tropicana in Weston-super-Mare on the first morning open to non-locals. 
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Do know about this HOA, +Michael Hodson ?

..and anyone else who is into 360 degree video :)
 
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It's not easy to shoot spherical, 360 degree monoscopic or stereoscopic footage. These are the videographers, storytellers, artists and crew members creating content for VR headsets. Special Guest is +Matthew Mascheri , of Dome 3D and a certified Kolor trainer. Bring your questions about shooting or stitching VR video, hear about interesting projects and network with other VR enthusiasts. Got a question about VR video that you'd like answered?
This Hangout On Air is hosted by Sarah Hill. The live video broadcast will begin soon.
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BA clamps down on excessive hand luggage
British Airways has responded to an increase in the
amount of baggage economy passengers are taking on board by imposing  a new limit. The size of the main carry on bag allowed
will be unchanged at 56x45x25cms, anything else will soon have to be no bigger
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I'd love to go here! Just my kind of thing!
 
Guild member, +Abigail King is a little overwhelmed by the Voelkinger Ironworks in southwest Germany, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. ^AM
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Ah, that makes sense...

"Do you have to show a boarding pass?
If you are buying cigarettes or alcohol in a duty free shop, you are legally obliged to show your boarding pass, to prove you are travelling outside the EU. If you are buying other goods - say books, snacks or cosmetics - you are not obliged to show your pass."
A row about tax-free shopping has focused attention on retailers who are not passing savings on to customers - so what are the rules?
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Big guns (6"/152mm) for a small ship (54m), but that what monitors were designed for - shore bombardment.
Historic Royal Navy gunboat M. 33 opened to the public
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Bye Bye Amazon

Or, as Gollum might say, "bye bye nasty, tricksy Amazon".

I'm sure Amazon Prime is a good thing for some folk, but not for me. The service has nothing I want and is of no interest to me.

So I'm really not liking the way Amazon Prime is thrust in my face at every turn on the Amazon site, and I have to be extra careful if I buy something, NOT to press any large inviting buttons to continue to the next stage of the purchase cycle, and instead look for the small-print links that take me on WITHOUT, in a single click, committing myself to paying £79 automatically at the end of a 30-day free trial (they already have your card details, remember!).

The chances are, if I was a little tired, drunk, or just not concentrating, I probably wouldn't realise I had just signed away £79.

And if I did realise I had stupidly been lured into the trap, (as I have, once) I'd then have to go through all the rigmarole of emptying the shopping basket, finding the right part of account management to quit Amazon Prime ("Are you sure you want to leave Amazon Prime?" YEEESSS! "You wouldn't like to continue enjoying the benefits and then have us remind you 3 days before your free membership ends? NOOOOO!), and starting over.

So I'm going to look elsewhere for books, electricals, devices & accessories, where I can browse & purchase without having to tiptoe through a minefield.

#Amazon   #amazonprime  
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More updates on sponsored vlogger/Youtuber disclosure in the UK

http://www.traveldudes.org/travelblog/transparency-rules-vloggers-updated-uk/15/08/19

This time it's coming from the Advertising Standards Authority (who cut the ground from under the Oreo Youtubers last year, remember?).

Interestingly, it was covered in this morning's Today programme on BBC Radio 4. (Apologies in advance to all those who won't be able to access this, thanks to the arcane copyright/distribution rules - It really irritates me every time somebody posts a BBC.com video that I can't watch!)

The item starts at 00:52:05
Morning news and current affairs. Includes Sports Desk, Weather, Thought for the Day.
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Lifestyle blogger (didn't catch her name) says it's all marvelous and enables v/bloggers to have a clear idea of where they stand. 

(Which is: 'If the content is controlled by the marketer, not the vlogger, AND is created in exchange for payment (which could be a monetary payment or free items) then it is an advertisement feature and must be labelled as such.')

CE of ASA says: V/bloggers & brands cave when we approach them, and if they don't, ultimately we shop them to Trading Standards.
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It is expected (hoped?) that the newly deregulated coach industry in France will explode with new routes & operators, resulting in a competitive market of cheap tickets. 
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Should be fun, when it gets there :)
Walt Disney Parks & Resorts announces two Star Wars themed lands
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Oh dear, Suitness.com, launched today, falls at the very first hurdle for a booking platform - there's nothing to see if you don't feed it dates. 

Most of the early OTAs learned that lesson back in the noughties (I'm looking at you, Expedia).

Show me what you've got. Then we'll talk dates!

Actually we won't, not until Suitness, which specialises in the  hotel industry's most luxurious suites ("many of which have never been offered online before") expands beyond Las Vegas, where they are offering over 5,000 suites across 15 hotels. And even then, I think they are out of my price bracket!
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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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London
Loved it. Just off the A1, so, perfect for a stopover en route to the North or South, and in our case, for a visit to Newark. Hendrick's Gin & tonic on the terrace on a warm summer evening, great food, a modern stylish bedroom with a huge bed all made our stay excellent. I would take away 1 point for the shower, which was a thermal adventure, but my GF said it behaved for her, so... what do I know! Will come back. Will recommend to friends.
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reviewed 2 weeks ago
Went here on the hottest evening of the year, so on a Weds in July the beer garden was as packed as a weekend and the staff were struggling to keep up. All the same, the service was excellent and really friendly. And the food was great.
Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
Good pub. Busy with walkers & birders, so a little slow to get served on a Saturday, but a good range of beers - spoilt for choice, actually - and terrific food.
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
I'm not easily impressed by cathedrals - every city has one - but this cathedral, the fifth largest in the world, is pretty spectacular. If you get a chance, climb or take the rather cramped lift to the roof, were you can wander among the countless spires, arches and statues, (I'm told there are 200 spires & 3,400 statues) where stone masons work continuously to repair & replace the intricate facade that took six centuries to complete in the first place.
Public - 7 months ago
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Amazing collection in a maze of small rooms. Some people spend hours here revisiting their childhood, other whizz through and don't really get it. I found several toys and games that I remember from my childhood (never a good sign when those things start turning up in museum collections!). Worth a visit.
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Everything you want in a campsite - really friendly & welcoming, shiny new (2015) laundry, showers & toilets block with disabled facilities & family shower rooms, shiny new (2015) playground, a shop with camping essentials, extra large pitches (easy to get car & tents in) all spotless & tidy - excellent. Astonishingly empty for a June weekend, but be careful who you share this info with because when word gets out, it'll be packed!
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Excellent fun! Four us went on a Saturday afternoon (three weeks after it opened) and had a great time. It was packed, and here is a small problem. Being in a railway arch, there are very strict licensing rules because there is only one fire exit, so their limit is: all the tables full and one group waiting at the bar. For us it meant a 20 minute wait outside in the cold! But worth it. Also, they don't take bookings (at least not for the time being unless they can find a workable system), for obvious reasons; no one can predict how long a game might take. I talked to one of the co-founders, Toby. He says the trick is to get there early on weekends. Aim for mid-morning on Sat & Sun. Once things have bedded down a little he says the aim will be to try and balance the load a bit by having events and competitions during the quiet times (weekday daytime). There's a huge selection (500+) of games on the shelves at the back, with multiple copies of the most popular games, like _Settlers of Catan_ and there's a great selection of beers, wines etc, plus snacks & food to keep the little grey brain cells going.
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