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Mystery of the wheelie suitcase: how gender stereotypes held back the history of invention

Why have some brilliant innovations – from rolling luggage to electric cars – taken so long to come to market? Macho culture has a lot to answer forIn 1972 an American luggage executive unscrewed four castors from a wardrobe and fixed them to a suitcase. Then he put a strap on his contraption and trotted it gleefully around his house.This was how Bernard Sadow invented the world’s first rolling suitcase. It happened roughly 5,000 years after the invention of the wheel and barely one year after N...
Tags: Travel, Gadgets, Business, Technology, Women, Life and style, Society, UK News, Nasa, Men, Motoring, Bernard Sadow

The grounded backpackers filling their gap years with volunteering

With foreign travel tricky this summer, some people are make a difference closer to home, be it building chicken coops or trekking with llamasDjembe Askins had planned to be very far from home this summer, travelling around south-east Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Then the pandemic hit. But rather than completely abandon his gap year-style trip, the 24-year-old decided to transplant it to the UK.Askins, who left his job at a bank in London, has spent the past nine months volunteering at farms...
Tags: Travel, UK, London, Wales, Society, UK News, New Zealand, Volunteering, Volunteering Holidays, Asia Australia, Askins, Coronavirus

Double-jabbed UK tourists could skip amber-list quarantine under proposals

Ministers looking at loosening travel restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers returning to EnglandCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBritish travellers who have had two Covid vaccines could be allowed quarantine-free entry into England under plans being considered by ministers, the Guardian understands.As the government grapples with allowing more trips abroad while trying to prevent the importation of new variants, changes are being considered to the traffic light ...
Tags: Travel, Health, UK, England, Society, Guardian, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus

Voluntourism: new book explores how volunteer trips harm rather than help

‘Don’t do as we did,’ says Pippa Biddle, who highlights colonial structure of industry where unqualified Western tourists pay to volunteer abroadSeven years ago, Pippa Biddle wrote a blog post about volunteering abroad. She recounted her struggles speaking Spanish to children living with HIV in the Dominican Republic and how local people in Tanzania would spend all night redoing the construction work she and her classmates had done poorly.“Taking part in international aid where you aren’t partic...
Tags: Travel, Books, Children, Race, Society, World news, Culture, Charities, Voluntary sector, Aid, Global development, Colonialism, Tanzania, Volunteering, Inequality, Dominican Republic

England’s travel green list sends Madeira flight bookings soaring

Portugal is only major European ‘sun and sand’ destination on list of countries for quarantine-free travel Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNotorious crosswinds can make for some nauseating landings and a relatively short runway is not for the faint-hearted.Yet after months of lockdown it seems that not even the reputation of its international airport is deterring people in England from looking to Madeira, which has had the biggest jump in popularity among destinations...
Tags: Travel, Health, Europe, Business, England, Israel, Travel & leisure, Society, UK News, Falkland Islands, Portugal, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Gibraltar, Iceland, Portugal Holidays

Wheel life with the ladies in the van

Many middle-aged American women are selling up and shipping out, taking to the roads alone in their mobile homesSarah Gabriel found her life’s meaning in a small town in Kansas on a cold autumn morning in 2020. It was the hour before dawn in a Walmart car park and the 63-year-old rolled back the strip of floor underlay that serves as makeshift curtains on the windows of her 2008 Honda minivan to the awesome sight of a full moon looming above the spectral white of Walmart’s security lights.“Here ...
Tags: Travel, Women, Walmart, Life and style, Society, Kansas, Middle age, Honda, Dorothy, Sarah, Camping Holidays, Gabriel

When will Britain's Covid lockdown be lifted? Three scenarios

At best, vaccines and lockdown could make life more normal by May. But at worst, a new mutation could undo any progressCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHopes are rising that Britain may soon put the worst of Covid-19 behind it. After a year in which the disease has paralysed the nation, killed more than 100,000 people, closed schools and universities, and brought the NHS to its knees, there are now signs of hope emerging.Most optimism stems from Britain’s vaccination p...
Tags: Travel, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Britain, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, England Holidays, Coronavirus, COVID

The Time Machine

Long Now co-founder Brian Eno in front of his 77 Million Paintings generative artwork (02007). Editor’s Note: This paper was sent our way by its lead author, Henry McGhie. It was originally published in Museum & Society, July 2020. 18(2) 183-197. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. No changes have been made.  The Time Machine: challenging perceptions of time and place to enhance climate change engagement throu...
Tags: Art, UK, New York, Texas, London, Climate Change, Australia, Future, US, Society, Unesco, Britain, Commerce, Paris, Manchester, United Nations

Summer holidays cancelled? UK faces big decision on border

Stricter controls appear likely, with government’s approach in stark contrast to that during first Covid waveCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSlumped on the sofa after another day of home schooling, many families will have longingly eyed adverts for getaways: sun, sandy beaches and glittering pools, a much-needed reward after a year in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic.But ministers are becoming increasingly concerned they may have to ask the British public to sac...
Tags: Travel, Health, Business, Politics, UK, Science, Conservatives, Travel & leisure, Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Public services policy, Infectious Diseases, Home Office, Health policy, Boris Johnson

I don’t believe in blind idealism: An interview with Katarzyna Boni

Is it possible to bring a utopia to life? When searching for an ideal world, do we part with reality or maybe give it a new shape? And is creating alternative realities something only cult leaders do? Stasia Budzisz discussed these and other questions with Katarzyna Boni, whose reportage Auroville: The City Made of Dreams was published in Polish in June 2020.Stasia Budzisz: You came across one of the communities of Auroville, the city of the future, by accident in 2009. You knew nothing about it...
Tags: Songdo, South Korea, Japan, Writing, India, Society, Unesco, Sociology, Innovation, Mother, Himalayas, University of Cambridge, Christiania, John Paul II, Jurgen, Kasia

Experts fear Thanksgiving COVID spikes—Can you have your turkey and stay healthy too ?

Holiday travel and family gatherings will bolster America's already growing number of coronavirus cases, experts warn.The CDC recommends families celebrating with people outside their quarantine households follow extra precautions.For families staying physically distant, there remain many ways to connect with each other this Thanksgiving. Like any holiday, Thanksgiving has always had challenges mixed in with the fun. There are maddening travel logistics, crafting a dinner to meet everyone's die...
Tags: Health, Family, Cdc, Relationships, America, Communication, Society, Cnn, Public Health, Netflix, United States, Innovation, Cbs, Associated Press, Friendships, Tripadvisor

Raw sewage dumped into English and Welsh beaches '2,900 times this year'

Exclusive: Public health and environment at risk as water companies overuse emergency overflows, says pressure groupWater companies discharged raw sewage into bathing water beaches almost 3,000 times in the past year, polluting the environment and risking public health, new analysis shows. Related: Face masks and gloves found on 30% of UK beaches in clean-up Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Health, Business, UK, Utilities, Environment, Water, Society, UK News, Pollution, Beach Holidays

Airtel uses specially configured routers to block websites: Why you should care

Airtel blocks access to websites using specially configured routers — called “middleboxes”, researchers have found. Centre for Internet and Society researchers Kushagra Singh and Gurshabad traced 25 middleboxes to Airtel. Their research concluded that both Airtel and Jio rely on Server Name Indication (SNI), a website identifier on a server, to carry out the blocking. “Out of the 4379 websites that the authors tested for, they found Jio to be censoring 2951 websites via SNI inspection,” their fu...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, China, India, Censorship, Society, Jordan, Airtel, Trai, Blocking, TCP, Singh, CIS, Ooni, SNI

In praise of nudity: The nudist beaches of Central and Eastern Europe

They lie on towels, blankets and mattresses, without wind screens, but under umbrellas. Deep in thought, they stand up to their knees in the water. Some build sandcastles and collect shells. Others play cards, backgammon, volleyball or badminton. Some are reading. They rub themselves with oils and are damp from the water or bone dry from the sun. The old and middle-aged, young people and children. They nibble on sunflower seeds, slice up watermelon and drink beer. They don't look at each other. ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, England, Sweden, France, Germany, Boston, Berlin, Georgia, Society, Ukraine, Rome, Public Health, Hungary, West, Canada

Ola, Uber drivers work in ‘toxic and isolated’ environments, for extremely long hours: Report

People working for ride hailing services like Uber and Ola work in a “very toxic and isolated work environment”, a  released by labour unions on the health hazards faced in course of such work highlighted. The report suggested that the toll that it takes on drivers’ physical health manifests in body aches, stomach problems, among others, due to irregular food routine, and sleep deprivation, as most drivers end up driving for more than fifteen hours a day. Compounding these ailments, the report ...
Tags: Travel, Uber, News, Society, Taxi, Hyderabad, Ola, EMI, Lucknow, International Transport Workers Federation, Ola Uber, IFAT, Bengaluru Chennai, Bengaluru Chennai Delhi, Hyderabad Jaipur

'I have to work': arrivals from Spain vent anger at quarantine decision

People arriving in Stansted tell of their surprise at having to now self-isolate for two weeks Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage People flying into Britain from Spain have attacked the government’s decision to impose a 14-day quarantine on people returning from the country, saying they were given no warning and that they felt safer in Spain.As flights from Jerez, Alicante, Valencia and Palma landed in quick succession on Sunday afternoon at Stansted airport, passengers...
Tags: Travel, Health, Europe, Business, Spain, Travel & leisure, Society, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Air transport, Stansted airport, Stansted, Palma

Healthcare industry’s wish list for India’s Personal Data Protection Bill

By Nikhil Pahwa and Aditi Agrawal The risks are too great, the use cases are too unclear, and a broad Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, does not adequately take into account the concerns of the healthcare sector. Doctors speaking at MediaNama’s discussion on the impact of the PDP Bill on the healthcare sector held on June 19, 2020, felt that there needs to be a different, sectoral approach to protect healthcare data. This discussion was supported by Microsoft, Google, TMT Law Practice and the...
Tags: Travel, Health, News, Microsoft, Yahoo, India, Society, United Kingdom, Mozilla, Health Insurance, Bill, Ico, Singh, PDP, Gupta, HSA

Encourage cycling and walking after lockdown, UK mayors told

Boris Johnson uses call with regional leaders to stress importance of keeping cars out of city centresCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson has told regional leaders to encourage people to commute on foot or by bike to help avoid a dramatic increase in car use when lockdown restrictions are partially lifted.The prime minister spoke on Friday afternoon to the “M9” – the group of mayors covering areas including Greater Manchester, South Yorkshire and North Tynes...
Tags: Travel, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Greater Manchester, Newcastle, Devolution, Transport, Local Government, Sheffield, Mayoral elections, Local Politics, Boris Johnson, Andy Burnham, Birmingham

Centre for Internet & Society appoints Amber Sinha as executive director

Amber Sinha has been appointed as the executive director of Centre for Internet & Society (CIS), a non-profit organisation that does research on internet and digital technologies from policy and academic perspectives. Sinha replaces Sunil Abraham, who had stepped down from his post in November last year, and has been serving has interim ED. Abraham will […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Society, Abraham, Sinha, Industry Moves, Amber Sinha, Centre for Internet Society CIS, Sunil Abraham, Centre for Internet and Society

These are the best cities for work-life balance

Finding room for "me time" during a stressful work week is no simple task. But in some places it's easier than others, according to a recent study.Security company Kisi surveyed 40 cities around the world to discover where residents have the best work-life balance, scoring based on employment factors, such as average commute times, working hours and holiday leave, along with wellbeing and civic rights. 1. Helsinki, FinlandHelsinki residents enjoy the world's best work-life balance, with a compa...
Tags: Travel, Work, Europe, Family, France, Germany, Berlin, Barcelona, Society, Cities, Hungary, Munich, United States, Paris, Innovation, Vancouver

Italy creates Europe's first plastic-free ski resort

Pejo 3000 in Trentino cuts use after discovering nearby glacier contained microplastics An Italian ski resort is endeavouring to become the first in Europe to ban plastic after discovering that a nearby glacier contained a significant amount of microplastics.The use of plastic bottles, bags, cutlery, plates, straws, cups and condiment sachets was banned when the slopes opened at Pejo 3000, a small resort in Val di Sole, Trentino, in early December, and other measures will be enacted over the sea...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Environment, Society, World news, Cities, Pollution, Conservation, Ethical and green living, Italy, Recycling, Sustainable Development, Waste, Ski Resorts, Europe Holidays, Alps Holidays

Google just put real-time language translation in the palm of our hands

Google's real-time language translation tool, Interpreter Mode, is now accessible on mobile devices. Through easy, real-time translation, individuals will be able to better immerse themselves in new cultures and connect with others in more intimate, fulfilling ways. As the linguistic topography of the U.S. changes, Google is making it easier than ever to embrace new cultures by learning their languages. Cross-language communication is about to get much easier thanks to a smart new tool cooked...
Tags: Travel, Google, Technology, Immigration, Society, Software, United States, Yale, Language, Innovation, Noam Chomsky, Google Home, Google Lens, Google Interpreter

Of course the Victorians walked faster. They didn’t have Instagram and map apps | Ed Jefferson

Ordnance Survey is recalculating how long it takes modern walkers to complete routes. Here are the things that hold us upIt turns out that for the past 127 years anyone following standard walking directions has unintentionally been playing a game of “Are you fitter than a Victorian mountaineer?” As a result, Ordnance Survey has finally decided that it is going to shake things up and provide 21st-century directions for 21st-century walkers, with an update to the way it works out how long a given ...
Tags: Travel, Maps, Technology, Instagram, Life and style, Society, UK News, Walking, Ordnance Survey, Ed Jefferson, William Naismith, Scottish Mountaineering Club

Sky high: can you travel across borders with legal cannabis?

Taking legally purchased pot into a different state or country can be tricky, but it’s possible to do so safelyAt the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan, officials stripped the Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati of his gold medal after he tested positive for THC. Rebagliati contested the ruling. He said he had quit smoking pot to train for the games, but had inhaled secondhand smoke at snowboarder parties.The appeal worked. After 36 hours Rebagliati’s medal was restored. He flew to California and ...
Tags: Travel, Jay Leno, California, Drugs, Americas, US, Society, Cannabis, Canada, Air transport, Nagano Japan, Ross Rebagliati, Rebagliati, Leonard Saunders

'Don’t dwell on what you can’t do': travelling with disabilities

Disability hasn’t stopped these travellers from seeing the world. They talk about their experiences and offer tips on taking trips – and how the travel industry needs to changeWriter and editor, Jay on Life and Triple Cripples Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Society, Disability, Jay, Travelling Solo, Travelling With Disabilities

Should alcohol be banned on flights?

The government is reviewing airport licensing laws. But after another drunken brawl on a plane, should passengers be breathalysed before boarding – or even forbidden from boozing?Since commercial airlines took to the air, drinking and flying have tended to go hand in hand, with drink seeming to add to the pleasing sense of disembodiment at 36,000ft. But for how much longer? In the face of a rising tide of drink-fuelled violence and antisocial behaviour, highlighted by a boozy confrontation on a ...
Tags: Travel, Alcohol, Society, Tenerife, Glasgow, Flights, World Duty Free

Grown-ups Are Stupid! How to Travel + See the World Like a Child

I t was 4:48 a.m. 4:49 … I awoke to a pattern of lights gliding across my bedroom ceiling. A pale, yellow apparition in the shape of my window that twisted in upon itself before vanishing. Seconds later, another. Then … a third. For a moment, I was captivated. In the quiet morning hours, it felt like a special light show that someone had choreographed just for me. As I was still half-asleep, it felt alien, yet calming and beautiful. Within seconds I realized it was the mere reflection of headlig...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Inspiration, Society, Features, Travel Inspiration, Eiffel Tower, Cia, Travel Tips, Robert Redford, Don, Nana, Jim Henson, Hugh MacLeod, Childlike, Live Like A Child

The best of the Long Read in 2018

Our 20 favourite pieces of the yearMillions are robbed of the power of speech by illness, injury or lifelong conditions. Can the creation of bespoke digital voices transform their ability to communicate? Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Food, Art, Technology, Censorship, Sport, Life and style, Society, UK News, US news, Work & careers, Feminism, Silicon Valley

Crisis in our national parks: how tourists are loving nature to death

As thrill seekers and Instagrammers swarm public lands, reporting from seven sites across America shows the scale of the threatJust before sunset near Page, Arizona, a parade of humanity marched up the sandy, half-mile trail toward Horseshoe Bend. They had come from all over the world. Some carried boxes of McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets, others cradled chihuahuas and a few men hid engagement rings in their pockets. But just about everyone had one thing at the ready: a cellphone to snap a picture....
Tags: Travel, Colorado, Environment, America, Society, US news, National Parks, Grand Canyon, Page Arizona, Horseshoe Bend, McDonald 's Chicken McNuggets

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