A new trend in Los Angeles is to combine bars with libraries. Styleture has photos of four different interiors around the city. I'd love to be able to photograph some for my other site, Travels with Beer.
Ianvists.co.uk has an excellent post about a London Underground station that is used for training. What's unique about it is that it's built on the third floor of an office block!
The station comes complete with a platform, Oyster card readers, signalling and display boards although the trains don't work. There is a also a model railway and a simulator that is used to train LU staff.
Ian has posted lots of photos although with a detailed account of his visit to 'West Ashfield Station'
An excellent Google Maps mashup that shows all trains on the London Underground network in approximately real time. Stations are in yellow and trains in red. You can click on each train to find out its number, the station it just left and approximately how long until it reaches the next station.
The Daily Telegraph has a gallery of some of the world's strangest, weirdest and scariest airports. The first one to be featured is Denver Airport which I'll be flying into in September. Apparently there are questions about what may lie underneath the airport.
FlightRadar24 allows you to track flights in real time around the world (but mainly in Europe). Only airplanes equipped with an ADS-B transponder within the coverage area of the company's 100 receivers are visible on the map.
Each flight has information associated with it such airline, flight number, destination, altitude and ground speed. [via]
Kulula Airlines has released a funky new livery that explains all the different parts on a plane including the 'Loo (or mile-high initiation chamber)', the 'Throne Zone' (or exit seats) and the 'rudder (the steering thingy)'.
This rare piece of colour footage of London was recorded in 1927 by Claude Friese-Greene, the son of pioneering cinematographer William Friese-Greene. His father had developed a colour process called Biocolour which wasn't successful and was overtaken by Techincolour.
The footage features scenes of London Bridge, the Thames, the Tower of London, Greenwich Observatory, the London docks, Whitehall, the Cenotaph, Trafalgar Square, Hyde Park, Marble Arch, Petticoat Lane, the Oval, the Changing of the Guard, Rotten Row, and the Houses of Parliament.
A physical map of London with surface features with the tube lines then shown on top of it. You get to see where the tube lines really run and where the stations really are in relation to each other, and the overlayed map of London.
Room Atlas is a Google Maps mashup that overlays prices of 53,000 hotels. The prices are colour coded for easy identifcation and you can filter by amenties. You can also overlay additional information such as Wikipedia landmarks.
If you're a big fan of London, you'll love this virtual aerial tour of London. It features many of the main attractions such as Tower Bridge, the Dome and Regent's Park and allows you to pan and zoom in any direction. [via]