Sao Paulo underground bosses have installed larger seats at underground stations to allow people of a larger stature to sit whilst waiting for a train. The seats are twice the size of a regular seat and can accommodate people weighing up to 500lbs. [via]
My London Pub Tube Map project is still ongoing and I've just added another 10 or so pubs. The centre of London is complete as is most of the south. There is still a lot to complete around the outskirts of London. I'm slowly working my way through them but I can only guess if a pub is good. If you have any recommendation, let me know in the comments.
View the complete map here.
Update (11/08/09): I've just added another 10 or so stations. Any help would be greatly appreciated. You can view the latest map here.
Being a huge fan of London and pubs, I thought I would take a copy of the London Tube map and replace the stations with the best pubs in the vicinity of each station (ideally within walking distance).
Download the full version (1.7MB)
Unless you know the Underground well, you will need to refer to a real map to work out where everything is.
I've visited many of the pubs on the circle line and within and are ones which I think are some of the better ones. Some stations have more than one good pub nearby, especially in the centre of London so it's hard to pick just one.
As much as I'd like to visit a pub at each station so that I can add it to the map, I don't that's going to happen any time soon. Therefore, I'm looking for all the help I can get in populating the map. If you think you can help by associating some pubs with stations, drop me an e-mail or let me know in the comments.
And if you think some of my choices are poor, let me know. It'll be good to try and work out the best pubs in each area.
Note: whilst working through this project I realised that the map I used is not up-to-date and is missing part of the National Rail line. Rather than transfer all of the changes now, I thought I'd wait until I've populated as many of the stations as possible.
Is this normal? (Particularly the first one)
Last year I visited California, this year I'm driving around five different states - Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and New York.
I'm going to be having a 'tweetup' with some people in Rochester, NY and if you want meet up along the way let me know. It's always interesting meeting local people who can share some information about the area. And if you know about local beer even better!
Here's my current itinerary which shouldn't change too much.
I've got a good idea of things I want to see in the various towns but if there's something you think is worth taking a look at, let me know.
For those that prefer not to fly with riff raff and use a private jet, there isn't an issue of losing your luggage or having it damaged by disgruntled baggage handlers.
Bottega Veneta has produced a ultra posh luggage set that will set you back $157,000 if you buy all six pieces.
The six luxe pieces include a large hard-sided suitcase, $47,500; a medium suitcase, $42,000; a small suitcase, $38,000; a briefcase, $23,500; a Torta duffle, $30,000; and a beauty case, $23,500. All feature burnished metal hardware with reinforced corners and locking mechanisms. The entire set comes to $157,000. [via]
A new guide I've started using when visiting London is the excellent Way Out Tube Map which tells you which carriage to get on if you wanted to be nearest the exit or interchange. The map looks a little daunting at first but once you've figured out how to use it, it can save you quite a bit of time.
For those that prefer not to carry around a map, a similar guide is now available for the iPhone/iPod Touch. The Going Underground blog has videos of the app in action.
The Daily Mail has a diagram of what will be the world's most expensive private jet.
The Airbus A380 will be converted into a 'flying palace' and will include a Turkish bath, ground-to-air holographic projector and concert hall.
It's not known exactly who the buyer of the £300m jet is but Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal, owner of the Savoy Hotel, has been linked to it.
If, like me, you are fascinated by North Korea, one of the most secretive, authoritarian, repressive countries in the world, you'll love this Google Earth file containing previously unknown sites such as secret prison camps, vast burial mounds, and missile storage facilities.
The Orlando Convention and Visitor's Bureau is running a competition in which 2 lucky people will get paid $25,000 to spend 67 Days living all the adventures Orlando has to offer.
The lucky winners will live in a 2 bedroom condo in Orlando and can visit all attractions in the area free of charge. $25,000 USD will be provided to cover living expenses back home. In return, the winners must share their experiences with the world.
A time lapse video of a ship sailing out of the Houston Shipping Channel.
If you are interested in learning more about London, you may want to check out @londonknowledge. It's my new Twitter account where I will be sharing interesting tidbits about London (my favourite place on Earth). As I've only got 140 characters to play with, I won't be able to go into detail and there's a good chance that some entries may not be completely accurate.
The pilot of a small airplane was able to walk away after its crash landing was cushioned by a bunch of portable toilets near Tacoma, Washington.
Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said the pilot tried to turn around to land but didn't quite make it.
The plane hit a fence, flipped over and landed upside down on top of the portable toilets standing in a storage yard.
The pilot, whose identity has not been released, was able to walk away apparently unharmed. Link
Amazing footage of a pilot landing a small plane on a road. Amazingly the usually busy road was empty at the time.
Renowned documentary photographer Tomas van Houtryve entered North Korea by posing as a businessman looking to open a chocolate factory. As well as the usual wide empty streets found across North Korea, he also observed that people tend not to smile. View the photos here.
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