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UK Airlines Demand Tax Breaks After Government Rules Out Financial Support

A representative body for airlines based in Britain has written to its transport minister seeking industry-specific tax and air traffic fee holidays to help survive a coronavirus pandemic that has brought air travel to a standstill.
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Oil majors slash 2020 spending 18% after prices slump - Reuters

Oil majors slash 2020 spending 18% after prices slump - Reuters:The world’s biggest oil and gas companies are slashing spending this year following a collapse in oil prices driven by a slump in demand because of coronavirus and a price war between the top exporters Saudi Arabia and Russia.Cuts already announced by five major oil companies including Saudi Aramco 2222.SE and Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) come to a combined $19 billion, or a drop of 18% from their initial spending plans of $106 billio...
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Bookshops deliver during quarantine

As libraries close during the coronavirus crisis and bibliophiles find it more difficult to get their fix, independent bookshops in England are trying to make books accessible to as many people as possible. Much like restaurants that have been forced to shutter, several independent bookshops in Britain are getting creative to keep their business afloat and their customers reading, doing everything from delivering books to your door to helping you craft a recommended reading list for your virt...
Tags: Travel, England, London, Paypal, Britain, Norfolk, North Yorkshire, Penguin Random House, All, Bookshops, English Bookshops, Booksellers Association, Coronavirus, Coronavirus crisis, Independent Bookshops

Saudi Aramco Earnings Call Underscores Government Ties - Bloomberg

Saudi Aramco Earnings Call Underscores Government Ties - Bloomberg:Congratulations Saudi Aramco investors: You bought a country.Saudi Arabian Oil Co. hosted its first ever earnings call as a public company on an even tougher-than-usual Monday morning (New York time). The results themselves weren’t bad; with $88 billion of net income, it is perhaps no wonder the great-quarter-guys statements from some analysts were more elaborate than usual.But 2019 is, of course, so last year at this point.Aramc...
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Oil’s Crash Deepens in Tug-of-War Between Virus and Stimulus - Bloomberg

Oil’s Crash Deepens in Tug-of-War Between Virus and Stimulus - Bloomberg:Oil’s spectacular collapse deepened in early Asian trade on Monday as investors weighed measures by governments and central banks to help shore up the global economy against the unprecedented demand shock from the fast-spreading coronavirus.Futures in London fell as much as 6% after plunging by a quarter last week -- the market’s biggest weekly drop since 2008. Travel restrictions across the globe tightened further over the...
Tags: Travel, London, France, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Spain, Britain, Middle East, Ireland Australia, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Europe Russia, Stimulus Bloomberg

Oil falls 6% after Trump surprises with travel curbs - Reuters

Oil falls 6% after Trump surprises with travel curbs - Reuters:Oil prices fell more than 6% on Thursday after U.S. President Donald Trump unexpectedly announced restrictions on travel from Europe in an attempt to halt the spread of coronavirus after the World Health Organization described the outbreak as a pandemic.The slump in oil is being compounded by the threat of a flood of cheap supply after Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates said they would raise output in a stand-off with Russia.B...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Britain, United States, Ireland, United Arab Emirates, World Health Organization, Donald Trump, Trump, Reuters, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

Banque Havilland Investigated by FCA Over #Qatar FX Manipulation - Bloomberg

Banque Havilland Investigated by FCA Over Qatar FX Manipulation - Bloomberg:David Rowland’s Banque Havilland SA faces investigations by Britain’s financial regulator over its role in what the Qatari government has called a “brazen scheme” to manipulate currency and bond markets during an embargo that cost the Gulf nation billions.The bank, which has historic ties to Abu Dhabi, told the Qataris that it is preparing for litigation with the U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority and its Luxembourg coun...
Tags: Travel, London, Qatar, Britain, Luxembourg, Abu Dhabi, Gulf, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, David Rowland, Banque Havilland, U K 's Financial Conduct Authority, Banque Havilland Investigated, FCA Over Qatar FX Manipulation Bloomberg, Banque Havilland SA

Passengers Stranded as British Airline Flybe Collapses, Weakened by Coronavirus’ Impact on Travel Industry

(LONDON) — The struggling British airline Flybe collapsed Thursday amid drops in demand caused by the new coronavirus, leaving passengers stranded and threatening the viability of regional airports across the country. Flybe’s fall highlights the damage that the virus outbreak has had on the airline industry, which has cut back on flights around the world as people avoid flying out of precaution. The British regional airline narrowly avoided bankruptcy in January but had continued to lose mo...
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NMC Health hires Moelis for debt restructuring - sources - Reuters

NMC Health hires Moelis for debt restructuring - sources - Reuters:NMC Health (NMC.L), the UAE healthcare company, has hired Moelis & Co (MC.N) to advise on a debt restructuring, three sources familiar with the matter said on Sunday. The sources said NMC had hired Moelis in relation to its ability to meet debt obligations.Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said on Feb. 27 it would investigate the finances of NMC Health, whose shares were suspended on the London Stock Exchange last week....
Tags: Travel, London Stock Exchange, Fbi, Britain, Fca, Uae, Reuters, Moelis, Louis Freeh, NMC, Financial Conduct Authority FCA, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, NMC Health, Moelis Co MC N, NMC Health NMC

Ex-Barclays executives cleared over #Qatar fees in blow to UK fraud office - Reuters

Ex-Barclays executives cleared over Qatar fees in blow to UK fraud office - Reuters:Three former Barclays (BARC.L) executives were acquitted in London on Friday of charges they helped funnel 322 million pounds ($418 million) in secret fees to Qatar in return for rescue financing during the credit crisis.In a blow to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), a jury cleared Roger Jenkins, Tom Kalaris, and Richard Boath of fraud.The men, aged between 61 and 64, all denied any wrongdoing. Qatar, a major inves...
Tags: Travel, UK, London, Qatar, Britain, Barclays, Reuters, Serious Fraud Office SFO, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Barclays BARC, Richard Boath, Roger Jenkins Tom Kalaris

Travel: Peel back the centuries in St. Augustine, America’s oldest city

My family finally took a long-awaited trip in December to St. Augustine, America’s oldest consistently populated city in the continental United States, established by Spain in 1565. This enchanting city on Florida’s Atlantic coast, oozing with old-world charm, did not disappoint. Our only mistake was not staying longer and seeing more of the city’s sights and beaches. St. Augustine has earned some well-deserved accolades in the travel industry. In 2018, Conde Nast Traveler included St. Augustine...
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Weekly Roundup, Friday 21 February 2020

By all accounts, the Airbus A220 is a lovely plane, well liked by airlines and passengers alike. How ironic that this great airplane almost completely destroyed its developer – Bombardier. See story below. Good morningThe Covid-19 virus (it now has a name) has been enormously on my mind the last several weeks, and for very direct and personally impactful reasons.  To help clarify my thinking, I wrote a detailed and careful analysis of the present situation and the possible unfolding future, an...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, South Korea, Europe, Japan, Florida, UK, New York, Science, France, Scotland, Hotels, China, Ipo, Singapore, Miscellaneous

Need to know about Aussie football

Things can get heated in the “soccer” versus “football” debate. Though most of the world argues in favor of the latter, or some translation thereof, North Americans have at least one ally in Australians, whose idea of “football” calls to mind a separate sport entirely. Australian rules football is a contact sport played with a spheroid ball on a large oval cricket pitch. Lauré Kwoka, a director of operations for the Sacramento Australian Football Club (SAFC) who also plays for the Sacramento ...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Colorado, Australia, Football, Sacramento, San Francisco, Britain, Middle East, New Zealand, Sacramento State, Melbourne, Tasmania, AFL, Australian rules football, All

Seven of the best ridge walks in Britain

With views on both sides, ridges make for exhilarating, occasionally scary, treks. We get safety tips from an expert before tackling the Mosedale Horseshoe in the Lakes Plus: Six more hikes to tryI meet Richard Warren from Wasdale Mountain Rescue at the most appropriate place, a pub adorned with photographs of people in farcically inadequate clothing, carrying outdated equipment while they tackle monstrously dangerous crags not far from where we sit.The only feeble excuse these poor folk can off...
Tags: Travel, England, Britain, Hostels, Walking Holidays, Adventure Travel, United Kingdom Holidays, Richard Warren, Wasdale Head Inn, Wasdale Mountain Rescue

How to plan a trip to Pakistan

For much of the past two decades, Pakistan was hardly thought of as a tourist destination. Though the mountain-rich South Asian nation had once been an integral part of the Hippie Trail, foreign arrivals all but ceased post-9/11. But the tourism department has been completely overhauled under Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government. The country saw a 70 percent increase in foreign tourist arrivals between 2017-2018, according to Middle Eastern news outlet Gulf News. This number is only project...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, UK, Russia, Berlin, India, US, Iran, Britain, Pakistan, Imran Khan, North America, Hertz, Peshawar, LOC

8 travel myths about London to stop believing

Thanks to EuroCheapo correspondents across Europe, we now know that all Parisians aren’t the height of chic, and that Barcelona isn’t full of sangria-guzzling locals. Now it’s time to leap on the next Eurostar to debunk a few London travel myths. 8 Debunked London Travel Myths Like many places, London has many popular misconceptions about it. We’re debunking the top eight London travel myths, with additional travel tips along the way, to make your next trip the best (and most budget-friendly!...
Tags: Travel, Europe, England, London, Football, Barcelona, Britain, Paris, Amsterdam, Bank, Charles Dickens, Banksy, Kate, British Museum, Shoreditch, Covent Garden

Viking Isles: Tales from a Island of Legend

Papa Stour, an island off the Shetlands in the far north of Britain was a Viking settlement for ages, and this chapter is from Viking Isles by Paul Murton.
Tags: Travel, Europe, England, Scotland, Britain, Travel Books, Viking, Shetlands, Historic Travel, Paul Murton, Viking Isles

Fair Europe, fare thee well: my love letter to a continent

In over half a century of travels, I’ve felt European: buying left-hand-drive cars, learning enough of several languages to talk football with taxi drivers. But now I’m no longer a citizen …London in the 1950s and 60s was an ebullient, technicolour time. But it was also an era during which most of monochrome Britain regarded “the Continent” as a place of “rabies and intellectuals” – as New York Times journalist Roger Cohen, raised in north London, put it in a book about his mother.I didn’t care ...
Tags: Travel, London, Spain, Prague, Austria, Britain, New York Times, Paris, Italy, Rail Travel, Calais, Provence, Europe Holidays, Sncf, Basque Country, Gare de Lyon

Weekly Roundup, Friday 7 February 2020

Glorious Chambord Castle in France’s Loire Valley. Come visit it with us in May. Good morning News came out on Thursday that because of New York state’s policies shielding the state records of illegal aliens from federal organizations, the Department of Homeland Security announced that no-one in New York state will now be eligible for any of their Trusted Traveler programs (the best known of which is Global Entry), and those currently enrolled will not be able to renew when their current membe...
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National Trust sites near Manchester

It may be the UK’s third-largest city, but Manchester is more than just hipster bars, glitzy restaurants, and packed shopping streets. Hop on a bus or train, and within half an hour you’ll have reached brooding moorlands, vast country estates, and picturesque villages. Many of these rural attractions are owned by the National Trust, Europe’s largest conservation charity. Heading into its 125th year, the organization is devoted to protecting some of the UK’s most spectacular historic houses, ...
Tags: Travel, UK, England, US, Britain, Manchester, Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, Burnley, Warrington, National Trust, Lancashire, National Portrait Gallery, Cheshire, All, Altrincham

Brexit 'clarity' brings Middle East demand for London real estate - Arabianbusiness

Brexit 'clarity' brings Middle East demand for London real estate - Arabianbusiness:As the uncertainty over Brexit clears somewhat, following the United Kingdom’s official departure from the European Union on February 1, UAE buyers are already setting their sights on London’s real estate market.According to the latest London Market Update from Dubai-based real estate outfit Core, the election of Boris Johnson as prime minister, followed by confirmation that Britain has left the EU, has been met ...
Tags: Travel, London, Eu, European Union, Britain, United Kingdom, Middle East, Dubai, Boris Johnson, Uae, Brexit, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

Weekly Roundup, Friday 31 January 2020

The stunning Customs Square looking out to the river in the heart of the stately world heritage city of Bordeaux.  We’ll be based here for a week in our May tour of France. Good morningIt is the dawn of a new era for Britain today.  At 6pm Eastern or 3pm Pacific time, ie 11pm GMT on 31 January 2020, Britain formally leaves the EU.  Depending on who you choose to believe, it will be the start of a new golden era of independent prosperity and a return to Britain’s leading role on the world stag...
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Full Tilt ~ Dervla Murphy

You could be forgiven for thinking I’ve just been sat here staring out at the rain and gloomy grey skies all winter, but no, indeed very much no.... I’ve been cycling from Dublin to India with Dervla Murphy, and I didn't even know I wanted to go. Admittedly Dervla’s been doing all the pedalling but I’ve been cheering her on from the safety of my armchair. Truth be told, though I've stopped short of donning the padded shorts, I have fallen back on memories of my hundred miles along the Otago Rai...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Books, India, Afghanistan, Britain, Ireland, 2020, New Zealand, Dublin, Delhi, Journeys, Eric Newby, Colin Thubron, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Dervla Murphy

Weekly Roundup, Friday 24 January 2020

Magnificent Dunrobin Castle also features a wonderful falconry demonstration in its lovely gardens. Come on this year’s Scotland Tour and enjoy this with us. Good morningIt has been a terrible week on two fronts.  Boeing announced a massive delay in when they are guessing the 737 MAX might be recertified to fly again, with the earlier February hope now being shifted to “mid-year” with nothing more than a fingers-crossed belief that this means June or July.  That’s another four or five months o...
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Manchester, England, LGBTQ guide

While Brighton takes the crown for being the gay capital of the UK, Manchester proudly holds the title as the gay capital of the north, acting as one of Britain’s most liberal and accepting cities. With an abundance of queer nightlife options, intense weekend-long events, and the campest drag scene in England, it’s easy to see why people from all over the UK flock to the north. Manchester acts as a safe haven for queer travelers, with niche locations that cater to everyone in the LGBTQ commun...
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Weekly Roundup, Friday 17 January 2020

Narrow winding cobblestone streets, ancient buildings, boutiques, wine stores, and restaurants galore all combine to make the town of St Emilion one of our favorites in the Bordeaux region.  We’ll visit it during our May tour. Good morningI’ve continued to update some of the content on the older pages on the website, and earlier this week made a start on updating the airline policies and fees for checked baggage.  This is difficult to keep on top of, because not only are airlines constantly in...
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Brighton day trip from London

If you’re staying in London for more than a few days, it’s worth getting out of the city and exploring the surrounding area. If you only have time for one day trip, head south to Brighton. Located in East Sussex, this seaside town is only one hour and 15 minutes by train from the London Bridge station. In the 18th century, Brighton was a sleeping fishing village that became a popular holiday destination toward the end of the century, after the construction of the railways. Throughout the yea...
Tags: Travel, England, London, Britain, Brighton, Lgbtq, British Airways, London Bridge, All, Albert, East Sussex, Bardsley, Brighton Beach, Brighton England, Royal Pavilion, George IV

Mohammed bin Zayed’s Dark Vision of the Middle East’s Future - The New York Times #UAE

Mohammed bin Zayed’s Dark Vision of the Middle East’s Future - The New York Times: Artwork by Alan Coulson Richard Clarke was in Abu Dhabi one morning in 2013 when his phone lit up. “You busy?” a familiar voice said. It was a rhetorical question. The caller was Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the ruler of the United Arab Emirates and one of the most powerful men on Earth. “I’ll send a car,” he said, and hung up. Clarke, the former White House counterterrorism czar, was working as a c...
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Where to see ruins in Tunisia

Travelers make their way to Greece and Italy en masse to get their fill of archaeological sites, like Athens’ Acropolis and Rome’s Colosseum. But impressive ancient ruins are not just limited to those two nations; the vast Roman Empire extended all the way to the north of Britain, the Middle East, and North Africa, and left behind entire gorgeous cities packed with art. Tunisia, a sliver of North Africa wedged between the Mediterranean Sea and the Sahara Desert is filled with Roman ruins that...
Tags: Travel, UK, Greece, France, Africa, Rome, Unesco, Britain, Italy, Middle East, Athens, Tunisia, Sahara Desert, Ruins, All, Unesco World Heritage

Iconic Canadian dishes

When many people think of traditional Canadian food, poutine and maple syrup come to mind. Canada, however, is a vast country with 10 provinces and three territories. Each has an iconic food or dish to try that tells about the culture, history, and resources of the region. Some draw from First Nations diets, while others are from colonial and other immigrant backgrounds. All are worth a taste in your travels. These are the iconic foods and dishes to try in each of Canada’s provinces and terri...
Tags: Travel, Toronto, Salmon, First Nations, Canada, New Brunswick, Britain, Newfoundland, Vancouver, Nova Scotia, Montreal, Halifax, Pacific, British Columbia, Alberta, Caribbean

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