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For a limited time, pedestrians hoofing it through London's Piccadilly Circus can stay up-to-the-minute informed about exactly what flight is going their way. You see, British Airways has installed what seems to be the perfect billboard, with a concept of interaction with the highways in the sky.
The video billboard feature a little boy looking and pointing up to the sky. And since this is not your run-of-the-mill "buy a ticket on BA to a warm destination" advertisement, that boy will shift to point directly up at a real airplane crossing the sky thanks to the sorcery of GPS. Displayed on the billboard will even be the flight number and destination of the plane.
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Hey, what's the deal with the unmarked Boeing 747 in the background of test track shots on BBC Top Gear?
A quick Google search revealed that we're not the only curious ones, as the plane is part of a Wikipedia article on the former airfield where Top Gear films:
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It's been only a couple of years since Google Maps made the leap into airports, mapping the inside of - depending on what kind of a day we're having - either our favorite or absolutely least favorite places in the world. Since then the Mountain View kids have not only expanded their airport offerings, but have even gone inside actual airplanes 'waiting' on the tarmac. What's left to do?
Do more and go bigger, obviously. TechCrunch reports that Gatwick Airport has become the newest location to receive Google's 360 degree panoramic Street View treatment. The UK airport - the second busiest in the country - is now apparently open to virtual touring. It only required stitching together 2,000 overlapping photos, matching the results to the airport's actual layout, and uploading everything. Piece of cake.
London is a city of stories. From the Yeoman of the Ward at The Tower of London to the longest-standing tour guide at Wembley Stadium, Londoners all have a tale to tell and now visitlondon.com has collected some of those stories into a series of short films.
The project, aptly named The London Story, asks those working in the heart of London what absorbs, captures, and movies them about their city. The films explore what it’s really like to be a part of London’s culture and to be able to share that feeling with the rest of the world.
Viewers can also vote for their favorite films and be entered to a win a five-night trip to London in order to live out their own London Story.
To watch all of the London Stories, vote for your favorites, and enter the competition, visit visitlondon.com.
This month features a step forward for British Airways and their latest idea, as the carrier is starting to test out their new electronic baggage tags. We’ve mentioned these before, as British Airways tries to streamline the process just like their buddies over at Qantas (they have those handy dandy Q-Tags).
The British Airways recipe is a little bit different, but the theme kind of remains the same. Instead of utilizing paper baggage tags, now passengers get an electronic tag that contains a little screen that can be changed up depending on where they’re heading. Think of it as a really small e-reader—complete with e-ink—that can display different barcodes and different destinations. Let’s just hope hackers—or friends pulling pranks—can’t get into these suckers, as a quick change of the letters might just send your bag on vacation without you.
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Perhaps you've already heard about the advantages of the new 787the quieter cabin, lower interior pressure, larger windows, improved fuel efficiency, automatic toilets, and general spaciousnessbut since each airline can do what they want with their 787s, this often means further improvements beyond the standard.
So why is this 787 so special, and why should you pony up to enjoy it in BA's version of Business Class, "Club World?" Here's just a few reasons to book it and make the trek to Newark:
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Welcome to "What Everyone's Buying," a new series on souvenirs, wherein we investigate what tourist trinkets are the hottest selling in hotspots around the world.
We've already told you about the popularity of the priest pin-up calendars in Rome, and those of gondoliers in Venice, but it turns out that the UK is keen to get in on the action with their own mildly scandalous calendar.
Airport Photo Shoot: Pippa Middleton Lands in Heathrow on Steel Bird After Killing Lots of Real Ones
Pippa Middleton looked quite happy as she arrived at London's Heathrow Airport yesterday after a weekend of hunting with friends.
Kate's younger sister is no stranger to the sporting life and has been known to hunt boar and deer but, based on the Instagram photos, this might have been her most successful trip yet. In one photo, Pippa is seen posing in a group along with 50 partridges, hen pheasants, and cock pheasants.
You know you've traveled to a special place when every photo you snap on a smartphone is, in itself, a mini masterpiece. This is the phenomenon we're currently experiencing in Cornwall, the southwesternmost region of Britain.
Once marketed as "the Italy of England," Cornwall is only 4 hours by train from London's Paddington Station. We purchased a 40 GBP ticket on First Great Western railways and, after passing through Exeter and Plymouth, alighted at Bodmin Parkway only a short drive away from the surfing beach at Polzeath, the sailing harbour of Rock, and the mom & pop shops of Wadebridge. Last night, we ate fish & chips on a cliff just after a misty rain had slicked the path.
Last year, one of the more popular sushi "conveyor belt" restaurants set up shop in London Heathrow's Terminal 3 and we guess things have been going swimmingly for Yo! Sushi since they also plan to open in the newest Terminal 2, the Queen's Terminal. Once the shiny new digs open in June of next year, Star Alliance passengers will be able to skip the traditional airport fare and grab some nori rolls before hopping on the plane.
Besides having 80 different options for waistline-conscious travelers, the Yo! Sushis at Heathrow will accept pre-orders via the internet. Yep, you've read correctly; the ease and convenience of a sushi train has just gotten, well, easier and more convenient. While you're tap tap tapping on the keyboard to check-in for your flight, you can also order that spider roll and a few pieces of sashimi. Once you clear security and belly up to the rails, Yo! Sushi will have your order ready. This is just sheer brilliance!
Best of all, if you're planning to take the rolls on the plane with you, the risk of being olfactory offensive to your fellow travelers is quite low. And that's something we can really get behind.
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Downton Abbey just started its fourth season last night—at least overseas—and here at home the television series was mostly snubbed during last evening’s Emmy Awards presentation. They only brought home one piece of hardware, as the show scored a trophy for outstanding music composition. Regardless of what the award show says we know you still love the show, so that’s why we wanted to let you know that you can now visit Downton Abbey.
It sounds like it’s a temporary thing, so you better free up your calendar as soon as possible. Highclere Castle—that’s where a lot of the show is filmed—will be open to those willing to shell out the cash, as it’s going to be available to check out as part of a little bit of a vacation package.
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First we saw British Airways rip the tickets of some cute and cuddly pandas (or at least people dressed in panda costumes) to promote their newest route from London Heathrow to Chengdu, China, the home of the giant panda. Now, the very aircraft taking passengers to the Chinese city dons a cutesy new paint job to look like a smiling panda.
Following All Nippon Airways' suit, BA repainted their Boeing 777 to look like a happy little animal with blacked-out eyes and bit of a smile as it plies the clouds. The route officially took off yesterday en route to China's fourth largest airport.