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New coach service offers dynamic experience: leave London by bus, arrive in Dublin by boat

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Before the end of the month, travelers in the United Kingdom will be able to move around and visit nearby cities by bus and ferry through the new service brought by Eurolines.

The popular European coach service, which transports passengers by bus along long-distance routes, has tapped boat operator Irish Ferries to provide transportation for people travelling around the UK.

This will effectively link Holyhead in North Wales to London in England, and even Dublin in Ireland, making trips fairly easy and comfortable.

For those interested in trying the new route, passengers can catch the coach leaving London starting this Friday, or July 16. The coach leaves London at 6:30am and makes the trip to Birmingham where it is scheduled to arrive at 9am. At Birmingham, the coach can pick up more passengers. From there, it makes its way to Holyhead which is a popular port in Anglesey Island. The coach is then scheduled to board the ferry that will set sail for Dublin. Upon arrival at the port, the coach simply rolls off the ferry and once more drives its way to the city’s central station, where it is expected to make its final stop at around 6:10pm, just in time for passengers to catch their dinner.


Express your way to the top of Sydney Harbour’s Bridge

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It is often the case that when an attraction is built, people from all over the world flock like geese to try it out or see it for themselves. Take Disneyland, which can be a melting pot of sorts, especially during the holidays. In Australia, one of the more popular sights is the Harbour Bridge in Sydney. But studies have shown that travelers to the land down under don’t just visit Sydney to ooh and aah at the bridge. Instead, they seem to be more interested in going on the bridge climb to have their breaths taken away by the magnificent view. Interestingly enough, a big number of these travelers who often dare to scale the towering structure, since the climb was first introduced over a decade ago in 1998, are in fact Australians. Roughly 35 per cent of the 2.5 million people who climbed the bridge are locals.


An affordable holiday at Wall Street’s Holiday Inn

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Ah, New York—the city that never sleeps. Every year, this glittering metropolis attracts millions of visitors to its streets. Smell the pizza in the air, descend into its underground world and ride the grimy subway, see the expanse of the grounds from the top of the Empire State Building, get bedazzled by the dancers in Broadway, bite into a steaming hotdog with relish and pickles, get lost in central park, growl at the dinosaurs in the museum, etcetera. Cheap plane tickets can easily be had online, but the trick is to finding affordable accommodation where the carpet doesn’t smell like cheese.

This month, Holiday Inn is opening a new hotel in Manhattan, which caters to people traveling to New York both for leisure and for business.


Smoke in Tunnels Causes Massive Delay of Train Services

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Train passengers got in a bit of a shock last Thursday  when several rail transport operations ferrying them to and from England had been cancelled after a driver in the Channel Tunnel system pulled the alarm. Among the transport services that got hit was Eurostar which handles passengers heading and coming home from Europe.

The Eurostar driver witnessed smoke coming from a tunnel right beneath the Thames before reaching Ebbsfleet, Kent at approximately 5:45pm. He immediately called emergency.

Firefighters by the score arrived from the surrounding counties of Essex and Kent and immediately entered the two ends of the tunnel, prohibiting the operation of the Eurostar line for at least four hours. The firefighters were not able to find fire.

While the search was being concluded, passengers got stranded in the trains that stopped before the tunnel.


Hershey’s Opens Largest Store Outside Pennsylvania in Dubai

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The people in Dubai aren’t flushed in the face these days because of alcohol but because of an overabundance of Hershey’s chocolate.  The chocolate company has just opened its biggest store outside of Pennsylvania and the US in Dubai Mall last June 30.

According to Milton Brice, VP for Finance for Hersheys, Dubai is the perfect market to put up a store because of the region’s economic growth and the doors that it would open for the company in Middle Eastern markets.

The Hershey’s flagship store is stocked with 300 kinds of Hershey’s confections as well as commercial products. These items consists of 80% of all the kinds of products which Hershey’s exports to its foreign markets.

Chocolate lovers from the UAE will be happy to know that the people from Hershey’s considered their preferences with regard to sweets and have stocked the creamier kinds of chocolates in the store’s shelves.


Boeing Finalizes Designs On 787-9 Amid Production Problems With Other Planes

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The engineers at airplane manufacturer Boeing are constantly outdoing themselves. Despite having a full plate right now making planes for clients who are waiting to get their hands on their 787s, Boeing is already developing a longer, more spacious Dreamliner. The said model is being designed to fly further too.

Boeing has announced that they have completed the firm configuration of the plane’s design last July 1, 2010. The basic mechanisms of the plane are already in working order and all it takes now is to finish working with the third party companies for the different parts of the 787-9.

The 787-9 stretches 20 feet more than the Dreamliner. The additional space gives way to an extra 40 seating capacity. Although one would expect that a longer Dreamliner will result in a slower one, Boeing has mentioned that it will be flying at a maximum of 8,500 miles. Although milestones like these look easy on paper, Boeing has face a lot of design challenges with this one. An airplane this big cannot be operated merely by putting more fuselage.


Outrigger Opens Hotel and Spa at Noosa, Australia Ahead of Schedule

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Planning a vacation around Noosa National Park? Don’t phone your usual hotel just yet. This just in – the Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort & Spa Noosa has just opened up for stay-ins last July 8, 2010.

This brand new resort which had been in the works since 2008 is the Australian branch of the Outrigger chain of resorts and hotels. The Outrigger group has several other hotels in other Pacific locations such as Hawaii, Fiji, Guam, Thailand, and Bali. This newest addition to their roster provides another 5 star experience to Noosa.

Noosa is reputed to be the biggest sand island in the world. Travelers who want to go to Noosa, need only to head northward from Brisbane for two hours. This locale has been serving as getaway and playground for Australia’s well-to-do since the 1980s. And with the addition of the Outrigger to its local listings, Noosa’s tourism scene has just added another jewel to its crown.


LeBron Heats Up; Books Cabanas in Miami

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To those of you who are tuning into the hottest game in town, LeBron James’ free agency, the answer is holding a press conference broadcast live on ESPN to the furor of analysts and kibitzers tonight. This press conference may very well dictate who will be in championship contention for next season’s games. Will it be the Miami Heat, the New York Knicks, the New Jersey Nets or will he be coming back home to Cleveland? <UPDATE: LeBron James, the most wanted player in NBA today, decided to leave Cleveland and join Miami with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.>

A scoop from one of America’s leading tabloids suggests that King James has ordered the reservation of six cabanas in W South Beach, Miami’s newest celebrity address, to treat himself after he announces his decision.