How does your passport rate when it comes to being “powerful”?

Friday, 24 April, 2015

The more countries a particular passport allows you visit without a visa, which contributes to its “visa free score”, the more “powerful” it is, according to the Passport Index.

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The photography of Tristan Casey

Thursday, 23 April, 2015

Take a look at the free spirited work (one or two photos slightly NSFW) of Vancouver based photographer Tristan Casey, which brings to mind places, distant and remote, I’ve been before.

See also his Instagram for more images.

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Motion sickness, a side effect of travelling by driverless car?

Monday, 20 April, 2015

Most of us travelling by way of driverless cars, when the day arrives that is, will have to be content with looking out the window, watching the world go by, rather than reading, working, or watching movies, as motion sickness may be more pronounced in autonomous vehicles:

“Motion sickness is expected to be more of an issue in self-driving vehicles than in conventional vehicles,” Sivak said. “The reason is that the three main factors contributing to motion sickness – conflict between vestibular (balance) and visual inputs, inability to anticipate the direction of motion and lack of control over the direction of motion – are elevated in self-driving vehicles.

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The Eiffel Tower, as seen from numerous apartments in Paris

Monday, 13 April, 2015

Eiffel Tower, photo by John Lampard

There’s little doubting the admiration that British photographer Jasper White has for the Eiffel Tower, he’s made seemingly every effort possible to photograph the structure from as many apartments in Paris as he can.

Above is a snap I took, when I visited Paris.

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The small towns of Iowa photographed

Friday, 10 April, 2015

I’m yet to visit the United States, but the small towns, those almost forgotten by the outside world, would be where I’d like to go.

Iowa based photographer Cody Weber has the same idea. Despite being a local, he realised he’d probably never visit most of the 947 small towns located in the American Midwest state, so decided to go to each and photograph them.

The result, Forgotten Iowa, isn’t just made up of photos though, where possible he has also included a summary of the town’s history.

It also seems to me that many of these places would make for great backdrops for films. In fact, many of the images reminded me of scenes from Alexander Payne’s 2013 film, Nebraska, being Iowa’s neighbouring state.

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Fake it, until you make it… onto a real holiday?

Tuesday, 7 April, 2015

Maybe holidays to distant locations are too costly. Or it could be people, for whatever reason, don’t like travelling all that far from home. Possibly it’s down to the dread of flying commercially, this as opposed to simply flying, it should be noted.

Perhaps some of these suggestions account for the apparent popularity of “fake vacations”, or venues in one location designed to look like another, usually quite distant, place.

You want Pacific Islands in Germany? Or Mayan ruins in Florida? Yes, we can do that. Austrian photographer Reiner Riedler meantime has been assembling a collection of photos of some these… destinations, together with the holiday-makers who flock to them.

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The Himalayas in ultra High Definition video

Friday, 13 March, 2015

The Himalayas, filmed in ultra HD footage, from a helicopter, reaching at times, an altitude of more than seven thousand metres, or seven kilometres.

Absolutely stunning.

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From London to Perth by packing box

Wednesday, 11 March, 2015

This sort of thing isn’t quite the stuff of fantasy or fiction that I imagined it to be… people posting, or freighting, themselves from one country to another.

That’s what Reg Spiers, an Australian living in London in the mid 1960s, did when he realised he didn’t have enough money – in fact his wallet was stolen – to return to Adelaide for his daughter’s birthday. It’s an incredible story from start to finish:

The next stop on the long journey back to Australia was in Bombay, where baggage handlers parked Spiers – upside down – in the sun’s glare for four hours. “It was hot as hell in Bombay so I took off all my clothes,” he says. “Wouldn’t it have been funny if I’d got pinched then?” “They had the thing on its end. I was on the tarmac while they were changing me from one plane to another. I’m strapped in but my feet are up in the air. I’m sweating like a pig but not to give up – wait, be patient – and eventually they came and got me and put me on another plane.”

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Forget driving or taking the bus, travel by jet pack instead

Thursday, 5 March, 2015

How’s your fear of heights? Travel by way of personal jet pack seems to be drawing ever closer. The P12, for example, as manufactured by the Martin Aircraft Company, reaches an altitude of almost one thousand metres, so not that far above the ground, yet high enough to circumvent frustrating peak-hour traffic.

It may not be as small as some of us might have envisioned personal jet packs to be, but the P12 looks like it will still stow away conveniently away in a corner of the garage. Commutes of the future may be about to become a whole more interesting…

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Can you name the oldest, still lived in city, in the world?

Tuesday, 24 February, 2015

It may seem strange to some that identifying the world’s oldest, inhabited, or still lived in city, is far from a straightforward process. However, no sooner might one city be handed the gong, when new evidence is dug up showing that another town is more deserving of the honour.

It may be impossible to say with any certainty what is the world’s oldest city – for a very old argument, it is remarkably fluid, with new discoveries all the time – but for now it seems only right to give it to Aleppo, the oldest city currently being fought for and sacked, as all these cities have from the beginning.

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