Most dangerous destinations 2006

“The world has always been a dangerous place. From the black plague to
avian flu, Attila the Hun to Osama bin-Laden, Mount Vesuvius to the
Indian Ocean tsunami–and let’s not even mention biological or nuclear
warfare–people and cultures are eternally prone to natural disaster,
social upheaval and just plain killing each other. Some places have it
worse than others.”
Link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com

Spotlight on Turin

“Turin has long been overshadowed by Rome, Venice, and Florence as a
tourist destination. For the next few weeks, though, all eyes will
turn to this Piedmontese gem as the winter Olympics officially get
underway there.”
Link: http://www.fodors.com

From trash to treasure

“A secret beach lures visitors in the know to Fort Bragg, an unpretentious town in Northern California. So much sea glass smothers this hidden shoreline that you might think a truck unloaded shimmering shards all over its rocky coves — and that’s not too far from the truth. What is now called Glass Beach began as this city’s garbage dump.”

Link: http://www.cnn.com

In John They Trust

“In the morning heat on a tropical island halfway across the world from the United States, several dark-skinned men – clad in what look to be U.S. Army uniforms – appear on a mound overlooking a bamboo-hut village. One reverently carries Old Glory, precisely folded to reveal only the stars. On the command of a bearded “drill sergeant,” the flag is raised on a pole hacked from a tall tree trunk. As the huge banner billows in the wind, hundreds of watching villagers clap and cheer.”

Link: http://www.smithsonianmagazine.com

The Flying Luxury Hotel

“This is not a Blimp. It’s a sort of flying Queen Mary 2 that could change the way you think about air travel. It’s the Aeroscraft, and when it’s completed, it will ferry pampered passengers across continents and oceans as they stroll leisurely about the one-acre cabin or relax in their well-appointed staterooms.”

Link: http://www.popsci.com

O’Leary holds an “Oscars” to scorn his Channel 4 critics

“THEY’LL be handing out “Oscars” at Ryanair tomorrow night, but the staff won’t be rushing up to accept them. As Channel 4’s Dispatches broadcasts “a major undercover investigation” into operating practices at Europe’s biggest low-cost carrier, Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary will be responding the way he knows best — by ridiculing the airline’s critics.

Ryanair staff have been invited to watch the programme at the company’s Stansted headquarters tomorrow at 8pm. As the hour-long programme unwinds, O’Leary will present awards to staff members captured on camera by Dispatches.”
Link: http://www.timesonline.co.uk