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The shop, which sits on Manchester's high street of Piccadilly, invites potential flyers to stop in and attempt to beat Ryanair's ticket prices by searching other airline sites. If they do manage to score a better deal, then Ryanair's shop staff will pay double the difference to the person. Additionally, TravelMole notes that "one customer will win return flights every day, some of which are to destinations you might have heard of."
Still, the international news appeal of this lies in Ryanair's willingness to put actual human representatives back into contact with their travelers, after removing such contact bit-by-bit until flyers had to pay through the nose just to talk to a real person. We wonder how many Mancunians will show up just to have a good yell at an airline that likely screwed them with extra fees in the past.
[Photo: @RouteExchange on Twitter]
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Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival returns to Manchester, Tennessee on June 7-10, 2012 and there is still one more chance to get tickets.
The four-day festival will feature performances by Radiohead, Bon Iver, The Shins, The Beach Boys, Fitz & the Tantrums, Feist, Ludacris, The Roots, Foster The People, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and dozens more.
And the bands aren't the only draw at Bonnaroo 2012. This year's fest will also bring back Bonnaroo Cinema, the Comedy Theater, Kidz Jam, the Broo'ers Festival, and the Food Truck Oasis.
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The Concorde may technically be dead, but airline romance isn’t, if British Airways’ Valentine’s deal is anything to go by.
A couple of years ago, the UK airline did a neat Valentine’s Day party kinda thing on flights between London and New York; this year, the celebration is on a more personal scale, though still rather spectacular: dinner for two on the Concorde.
The bad news? You’ll have to pay for it. The good? It’s for charity! Just bid for it in a blind email auction, and you’ll win dinner for two on board BA’s flagship Concorde G-BOAC at Manchester Airport, in the Runway Visitor Park.
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In contrast to the U.K.'s expanse of verdant countryside, Manchester is urban, industrial, and strikingly cold (in ambiance, that is, though this applies to weather as well). Yet, it's this hardened quality that makes up its personality and, for some, its appeal. Casual visitors hoping to immerse themselves in slick, cosmopolitan environs may walk away from a visit to Manchester feeling disheartened. It certainly isn't London-lite, even if there is a Harvey Nichols located in its city centre.
This isn't to say that Manchester is impossibly somber, however. There are areas of the city which exude friendliness and vibrancy, most notably the arts-friendly Northern Quarter, where we found ourselves most of Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.
A hotbed of nouveau bohemianism (read: bourgeois bohemianism), the neighborhood is populated by intimate cafes, indie music-friendly bars, vintage boutiques galore, and attractive denizens with a love of organic cuisine and secondhand record shopping.
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Manchester is a city of industry, art, and, if you ask certain diehard ManU fans, football. However, it's the juxtaposition between the first two that most vividly colors its landscape. This is the city that birthed both a significant textile boom and Joy Division, each playing a significant role in the development of its social fabric.
Last weekend marked the final days of the Manchester International Festival, a nearly month-long celebration of performing, visual, and pop culture arts set against the city's hardened urban environs. Jaunted took a train northward from London to take in the last of MIF's programming, the highlight being Icelandic songstress Bjork's much-lauded Biophilia show on Saturday evening.
If you planned on checking out Bonnaroo this year, which will take place between June 9th and June 12th in Manchester, TN, you better hurry because tickets are going fast!
The annual music and arts fest has an awesome line-up for 2011, including Eminem, Arcade Fire, Widespread Panic, The Black Keys, Neil Young, My Morning Jacket, Lil Wayne, and The Strokes. The bad news is general admission tickets are already sold out. The only tickets left right now are the VIP packages which include two 4-day festival passes, camping fees, VIP parking, special shower and restroom facilities, access to VIP lounge areas, exclusive viewing areas, t-shirts and more for $1,349.50. There is also a payment plan available and an upgrade which includes meals. Tickets can be purchased at Bonnaroo.com.
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For true culture connoisseurs, however, the focus is less on the probability of a celebrity sighting than the chance to see some of the best artists, DJs, filmmakers and other top creatives converge in one place over a short period of time. The goliath that is Glastonbury tends to attract the most press attention, but several worthy festivals are being put on this summer, including artist-led Manchester International.
Fresh off their Grammy wins, Eminem and Arcade Fire will make plans to head to a Tennessee farm, but not to celebrate their award with a rustic vacation. The guys, along with the Strokes, My Morning Jacket and Lil Wayne, will headline the 10th annual Bonnaroo Festival.
The music and arts fest runs from June 9 to 12 at a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee. It'll feature the only fest appearance of Buffalo Springfield with original members Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay.
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There's an old joke about Old English Sheepdogs, an endlessly affectionate but hopelessly stupid breed, which says that the reason they're like that is because they were bred to communicate with sheep. The closer they were to thinking like sheep, the joke goes, the better they would be at interacting with the animals. We're beginning to think that something similar might be going on with UK airport security officials, who we mocked last Friday for being incredibly stupid. Turns out, that might be more of a feature than a bug.
Apparently the people walking through British airports are having problems remembering that country's equivalent of our 3-1-1 law. They're going through lines with their drinks and their makeup, grinding things to a halt. British authorities have tried posting signs, they've tried hanging up posters, and they've even tried putting people inside giant deodorant cans and having them walk around. Nothing works. So now Manchester airport officials have resorted to trying to get people's attention by showing them something shiny. It's the security equivalent of moving a reflection around the carpet so your stupid kitten will chase it.
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Not too much new in the world of the Boeing 787 this week, so we though we’d take a look at what’s going on with one of our other favorites planes—the Airbus A380. We mentioned last week that the big bird is heading to Manchester, England next month, but we didn’t realize how much work was necessary to get the airport ready for its arrival.
Starting September 1, Emirates will start bringing the A380 to the airport on a regular basis, and it’s the first time a super jumbo has ventured outside the usual landing spots of major world cities. Since the plane is so heavy and huge, Manchester Airport had to throw down roughly $15 million to get the airport A380-ready.
No room to dream: Online vendors are freaking out after a Times Online report revealed internet searches for travel were down 42 percent after Christmas, when holiday-fattened bank accounts are traditionally emptied out for spring vacations.
Searches for travel to the US were one of the hardest hit segments of the British travel biz, as the pound falls against the dollar and Brits tighten their belts. The only segment that showed any improvement were searches for package holidays, but the interest didn't lead to a corresponding lift in bookings.
Online bookings were taking a hit back in October already, but the gap between booking a trip and not even looking for one is pretty enormous. So dear readers, are you still looking for travel online, even if you can't afford to go now?
· Internet Travel Searches Drop 42 Percent [Times Online, via]
· Financial Fallout Travel: Online Booking Hurting, Too [Jaunted]
· Budget Travel coverage [Jaunted]
[Photo of an empty terminal at MAN: Jett Loe]
Ho ho no!
Blue 1--a Finnish budget airline affiliated to SAS Airlines and not to be confused with Romania's Blue Air French-based Blue Line--has made a bunch of British kids really blue this Christmas.
The airline should have carried 160 people in two small planes from Manchester to Santa's home in Finnish Lapland early on Saturday morning, but the passengers were then told there'd be a delay while Blue found a new aircraft. The bigger one they got was then deemed too big to land at Finland's Enontekio airport in bad weather and the whole trip was canceled.
Police had to be called to calm down the screaming children, and angry parents had to explain to their kids that they hadn't been good enough to meet Santa this year after all.
· Police called after angry parents protest at cancellation of flight to see Santa in Lapland [Daily Mail UK]
· Fury as Santa Trip is Sleighed [SMH]
· Will the Real Santa Please Stand Up? [Jaunted]