A man who spent two decades competing against trains is now to devote a year to assessing how to improved Britain’s beleaguered railways. Keith Williams, who retired as chief executive of British Airways in 2016, is to lead what the government claims will be the most significantRead More »
A Ryanair plane was forced to abort a landing attempt on its final approach to Dublin Airport due to severe weather conditions caused by Storm Ali. A 50-year-old woman died after the caravan she was in was blown off a cliff in County Galway, in the west of Ireland.
The transport secretary and his department have been criticised by the Transport Select Committee for its “apparent unwillingness” to engage on rail investment. The cross-party MPs accused Chris Grayling and the Department for Transport of failing to appreciate the role of the committee and to engage with it. The committee has published the government’s response to its latest report on infrastructure investment.
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What set off social media users, however, is the unusual lighting – the blanket covering her legs is strewn with fairy lights, presumably brought on the flight specifically for the purpose of setting up the photo. The original post was published by Hong Kong-based influencer Harimao Lee, who currently has 126,000 Instagram followers. It was likely paid-for content for airline Cathay Pacific and appears on the Instagram channel #cathaycreators.
The Czech Republic’s second largest city offers a welcome respite from the constant crowds of Prague. Brno’s history of nurturing young talent dates back to 1769, when an 11-year-old Mozart conducted at the Reduta, Central Europe’s oldest theatre. Often referred to as the Moravian Manchester – referencing its industrial heritage and plethora of textile mills in the late 19th Century – Brno’s moniker is doubly appropriate as, akin to its northern UK counterpart, Brno has its own definitive personality, holding its own alongside the Czech capital.
Las Vegas and Southern California will be connected in just two hours by high-speed trains: that is the plan of Brightline, the company which has built a new rail link in Florida. The Miami-based firm has bought another enterprise, XpressWest, which has existing rights to build a high-speed rail corridor between Southern California and Las Vegas. Brightline believes services will begin on its second privately funded line in 2022.
Ten years ago, Leeds would have made a very dour weekend away, but this old Yorkshire industrial city is becoming quite the 21st-century dynamo. Heritage red-brick mills and warehouses have been reimagined as craft-beer bars and modern British restaurants, street art is filling cracks in the urban fabric and a web of Victorian covered laneway arcades make atmospheric shopping thoroughfares. Leeds city centre is compact and walkable.
Houses made of sugar might seem like the stuff of fairy tales, but come October cocoa enthusiasts can live out their fantasy with a stay in a cottage made entirely of chocolate. Designed and manufactured by Jean-Luc Decluzeau, the renowned artisan chocolatier who specialises in chocolate sculptures, this unique, 18-square-metre chocolate cottage will be crafted out of approximately 1.5 tons of comfectionery.