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Queen “fuming” over David Cameron's tell-all memoir

<p>The former British Prime Minister David Cameron has landed himself in hot water with the monarchy over his admission about his relationship with the Queen in his new memoir.</p> <p>The politicians<span> </span>For The Record<span> </span>was published on Thursday, causing a stir as it is the first time the former PM has spoken about the 2016 Brexit referendum and its aftermath. </p> <p>The lengthy autobiography, spanning over 703 pages, has dished out a number of juicy details from his six years in office - from the internal workings of the Conservative Party to the rise of ISIS. </p> <p>However, what left the Queen “displeased” in Mr Cameron’s work was his comments about the 93-year-old Monarch. </p> <p>In a BBC interview which accompanied publication, Mr Cameron said he sought the sovereign’s guidance and help ahead of the 2014 Scottish independence vote. </p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7830978/david-cameron-queen-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6fde0c8726684ab6a241a887ded780e8" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Queen Elizabeth greeting David Cameron, 2010. </em></p> <p>He said he’d asked the Queen whether she could “raise an eyebrow” about what leaving the UK might mean for the Scots.</p> <p>According to Mr Cameron, the discussion with the Queen’s officials was not “anything that would be in any way improper … but just a raising of the eyebrow even … a quarter of an inch.”</p> <p>A royal source stated conversations between Queen Elizabeth and the PM being made public would “serve no one’s interests”.</p> <p>“It makes it very hard for the relationship to thrive,” the palace source said.</p> <p>This wasn’t the only detail to slip about the private affairs between the 93-year-old and the former PM. </p> <p>Mr Cameron wrote details about holidaying at the Queen’s “summer haven,”<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="/travel/travel-trouble/a-full-royal-household-how-is-balmoral-castle-handling-all-their-guests" target="_blank">Balmoral Castl</a>e - a place where she would drive at “breakneck speed” across the countryside. </p> <p>His book also said Prince Philip would host barbecues and flip burgers, before cleaning up himself. </p> <p>“Literally, the Queen of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth Realms topping up your drinks, clearing up your plates and washing up,” he wrote.</p> <p>The politician revealed the key preparations for the famous “audience” the Queen has held with every Prime Minister since Winston Churchill. </p> <p>“One: always check the BBC headlines, in case you’ve missed something (I usually turned up just after the 6 o’clock news, and in any event, she is phenomenally well-informed).</p> <p>“Two: always check what’s going on in the horseracing world. A quick call to Tom Goff, my racing expert friend, would bring me up to speed on whether one of the Queen’s horses had won that week, or another had recently had a foal. Her knowledge of the turf is prodigious.</p> <p>“During a separate conversation, the week after my father died, the Queen said how sorry she was, and asked if his horse was running at Windsor that evening. It was. I had absolutely no idea about it, and was completely lost for words.”</p> <p>Mr Cameron added Her Majesty was “better informed than most politicians” and wrote he would always leave with a “spring in his step”. </p> <p>The former country’s leader admitted in an interview with John Humphry, some of his comments about the monarch - particularly the one where he said the Queen “purred down the line” to him after informing her Scotland had voted no to independence - was a “terrible mistake”. </p>

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“My dear Prime Minister”: Alan Jones’ apology letter to Jacinda Ardern revealed

<p>Australian radio host Alan Jones said he “did not intend to suggest any violence” towards Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in an apology letter.</p> <p>On August 15, Jones was addressing Ardern’s meeting with Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the Pacific Islands Forum on his breakfast show when the broadcaster suggested Morrison should “shove a sock down her throat” to silence her climate change views, and that Ardern should be “backhanded”.</p> <p>The comments sparked widespread backlash, with <a href="https://mumbrella.com.au/acma-receives-over-100-complaints-about-alan-jones-jacinda-ardern-comments-598626">over 100 complaints made to the Australian Communications and Media Authority</a> against the radio station 2GB. More than 100 advertisers – including Coles, Bing Lee and the Commonwealth Bank – took a stance against the program.</p> <p>In a letter obtained by <em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/sep/19/my-dear-prime-minister-alan-joness-apology-letter-to-jacinda-ardern-revealed">The Guardian</a></em>, Jones said his comments “didn’t come out quite as I intended”.</p> <p>“My dear Prime Minister,” the letter read.</p> <p>“I would like to assure you that I did not intend to suggest any violence towards you.</p> <p>“While I may disagree with your stance on climate change, I would never wish any harm to you.</p> <p>“I had meant to say ‘put a sock in it’ and my actual words were taken literally by some who took offence on your behalf.”</p> <p>Jones then invited Ardern to do an on-air interview to discuss the climate change issue. “I would also like to extend a standing invitation to participate in an interview on my programme,” he wrote.</p> <p>“Again, my sincerest apologies and please know I wish you and your family only the best.”</p> <p>Last month, Ardern told AM show that Jones had a right to his opinions.</p> <p>“I don’t have an opinion on every single person who says something about me,” Ardern said. “And particularly given this is an Australian commentator, we’ve got enough of our own to occupy my time without me having to jump into something that an Aussie says.”</p> <p>Macquarie Media chairman Russell Tate said <a href="https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/alan-jones-contract-will-be-torn-up-if-he-repeats-ardern-comments-employer-says-20190817-p52i54.html">any repeat offences would lead to Jones’ contract being terminated</a>.</p> <p>“Notwithstanding his apologies, I have … discussed the matter with Alan and advised him that any recurrence of commentary of this nature will result in the termination of his contract,” Tate said.</p>

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"My unexpected $223,000 overseas bill"

<p>Jeffrey Yates had just embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday with his wife to celebrate their wedding anniversary.</p> <p>Instead, he ended up racking up a whopping $223,255 bill, the biggest claim his insurance company had seen during 2017.</p> <p>The 71-year-old from Western Australia said the pair’s much-anticipated trip had started off well.</p> <p>“The trip was a particularly special one as it was our 50th wedding anniversary, so it was something we’d been looking forward to for quite some time,” Mr Yates told <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-advice/health-safety/my-unexpected-223000-overseas-bill/news-story/94cd850899f9e1367bf6f3fb49621307">news.com.au.</a></span></strong></p> <p>“We started in Dubai, and then went over to Athens. From there, we jumped on a cruise from Athens to Barcelona.”</p> <p>But things soon took a turn when Jeffrey was struck with a series of illnesses while in Italy.</p> <p>“We were only a week in when my health started to deteriorate,” he said. “I contracted legionnaires’ disease and pneumonia which led to me discovering that I had emphysema on the trip.</p> <p>“The experience was quite scary and my wife and our two friends had to leave the cruise early to assist during my recovery.”</p> <p>He ended up in hospital for more than a month.</p> <p>“Within three days they’d dropped us off in Naples to see a specialist hospital, which led to 16 days in intensive care. This was followed by an extended stay in hospital.</p> <p>“All up, I was out of action for 47 days. After all was said and done, the total came to well over $220,000 … It was an extremely difficult situation.”</p> <p>Jeff says that while the couple always take out travel insurance, it was more for his wife who has ongoing health issues. He hadn’t anticipated he would need it.</p> <p>“It’s not something you think about, especially given how quickly those transportation and hospital bills can add up,” he said.</p> <p>“Of course, we were disappointed that such a long-awaited trip had been cut short, but we are grateful that it wasn’t worse and that we weren’t left out of pocket.”</p> <p>He says his experience show that all travellers need to protect themselves when travelling – as you really never know what could happen.</p> <p>Jeff still has ongoing health issues that he is being monitored, including breathing issues for which he still requires oxygen.</p>

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“Something’s wrong with the plane I love you”: Passengers write goodbye messages after engine fire

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Terrified passengers started sending “goodbye messages” to their friends and family after a plane engine caught fire after flying into a flock of geese.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Swoop flight W0312 flew into a flock of geese as the flight was bound for Edmonton in Canada.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to </span><a href="https://bc.ctvnews.ca/flames-coming-out-of-the-engine-emergency-landing-in-abbotsford-after-plane-hits-geese-1.4586348"><span style="font-weight: 400;">CTV News</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, passengers heard a “loud thud” when the geese were sucked into the plane engine.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The engine caught fire and pilots announced they had to return to Abbotsford Airport due to running on “two engines”.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">“I started seeing flames coming out of the right engine.” Passengers describe the terrifying moments before the plane they were on made an emergency landing in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Abbotsford?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Abbotsford</a>. <a href="https://t.co/VCYOvhiuAh">https://t.co/VCYOvhiuAh</a> <a href="https://t.co/hxto3cY2Rg">pic.twitter.com/hxto3cY2Rg</a></p> — Allison Hurst (@AllisonM_Hurst) <a href="https://twitter.com/AllisonM_Hurst/status/1171577978154889216?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">11 September 2019</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Passenger Fadhl Abu-Ghanem told </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">CTV News</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">: “I started texting my mum saying, ‘Something’s wrong with the aeroplane. I love you.’”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Donna-Lee Rayner posted on Facebook that there was smoke in the cabin and she could smell burning.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She wrote: “Start my goodbye messages in case my phone is recovered after we crash.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“One of the engines sucked up some geese and the smell was them,” she wrote. “Currently running on two engines and we are turning around back to Abbotsford”.</span></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fjjjabawalkie%2Fposts%2F10218837602626358&amp;width=500" width="500" height="802" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Swoop wrote an emailed statement to </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">CTV News</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> about the incident.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We can confirm Flight 312 landed safely in Abbotsford due to a bird strike shortly after departure.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“All travellers were offloaded safely and without incident. Thank you to our captain and crew for ensuring the safety of our travellers.”</span></p>

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Hilarious “missing” tourist search goes viral

<p>A tourist has taken the term “self-discovery” to a whole new meaning in a news story that has gone viral on social media sites.</p> <p>In the snippet of the newspaper article, a woman was reported to be missing at Iceland’s Eldgjá canyon in 2012 after she failed to return to her tour bus from her walk.</p> <p>The driver alerted authorities, which soon dispatched search teams around the hillsides for the woman described as about 160cm tall and wearing dark clothes.</p> <p>However, it was later revealed that the woman had been a part of the search party all along.</p> <p>According to the newspaper, the woman “had changed clothes” before getting back on the bus and “joined in the search” because she “didn’t recognise the description of herself”.</p> <p>The search was called off at around 3 am as “it became clear the missing woman was, in fact, accounted for and searching for herself”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">**HAPPY FRIDAY: "A group of tourists spent hours Saturday night looking for a missing woman in Iceland, only to find her among the search party. The search was called off at 3am when it became clear the missing woman was, in fact, accounted for &amp; searching for herself." <a href="https://twitter.com/OANN?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@OANN</a> <a href="https://t.co/3uluRJOemu">pic.twitter.com/3uluRJOemu</a></p> — Patrick Hussion (@PatrickHussion) <a href="https://twitter.com/PatrickHussion/status/1172639952493936640?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 13, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-cards="hidden" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Aren’t we all, in our own way, this woman. <a href="https://t.co/xNf2HyL77S">pic.twitter.com/xNf2HyL77S</a></p> — Brian Millar (@arthurascii) <a href="https://twitter.com/arthurascii/status/1172104765230211072?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 12, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Aren’t we all searching for ourselves 🤔</p> — Jared Son of Jared (@JaredIRoybal) <a href="https://twitter.com/JaredIRoybal/status/1171877537565200385?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 11, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">I really needed that laugh. Funny because you can actually see that happening 🤣</p> — Delia Payne🇺🇸 (@meemaw2013) <a href="https://twitter.com/meemaw2013/status/1172643497368850432?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 13, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Sveinn Runarsson, the police chief in charge of the rescue, told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/missing-icelandic-tourist-goes-in-search-of-herself-8096831.html" target="_blank"><em>The Independent</em></a><span> </span>at the time that “the people on the bus had not been counted correctly”.</p>

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Air rage: Bad behavior at 30,000 feet

<p>People do disgusting and disruptive things on airplanes. They show little regard or patience for fellow passengers and their needs. Inconsiderate behavior on the part of passengers can make air travel an unpleasant hassle for everyone. The 2014 annual <a href="http://viewfinder.expedia.com/news/expedia-airplane-etiquette-study-2014">Expedia Airplane Etiquette Study</a> ranked the top on-board etiquette violators as reported by passengers:</p> <ol> <li>Rear Seat Kicker: cited by 67 per cent of study respondents</li> <li>Inattentive Parents: 64 per cent</li> <li>The Aromatic Passenger: 56 per cent</li> <li>The Audio Insensitive (talking or music): 51 per cent</li> <li>The Boozer: 50 per cent</li> <li>Chatty Cathy: 43 per cent</li> </ol> <p>The IATA received more than 8,000 complaints of <a href="http://www.iata.org/pressroom/facts_figures/Documents/Advocacy-presentation-gmd-2014.pdf">unruly passengers</a> in 2013. Is it any wonder <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jtr.327">air rage</a> is on the upswing?</p> <p>Consider that up to 16 million Americans may have <a href="http://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/2006/intermittent-explosive-disorder-affects-up-to-16-million-americans.shtml">Intermittent Explosive Disorder</a>, which causes them lash out inappropriately at people and things – and that’s when they’re nowhere near an airport. The Federal Aviation Administration defines air rage as a passenger’s explosive and unpredictable behavior occasioned by congested travel, unexpected delays, or negative interactions with other passengers and flight personnel. From this point of view, the list of etiquette violators doesn’t really fall within the air rage definition. But from a psychological point of view, the story is different.</p> <p><strong>Mental air rage, silent epidemic</strong></p> <p>What safety and health officials call “explosive air rage” spills out into the public sphere for everyone to witness; these are the verbal attacks on passengers and personnel by someone yelling profanities, threats, complaints, and insults. “<a href="http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9780754643715">Mental air rage</a>,” on the other hand, is emotional and private. Most people try to suppress mental air rage and prevent it from showing publicly for various reasons including fear, embarrassment, rational self control or compassion. It’s psychologically very real even though it’s far less visible than its explosive counterpart.</p> <p>Mental air rage is just one aspect of the stressed out feelings that go along with the uncertainties and negative emotions of travel and transportation. This charged negative emotional background exists below the surface of consciousness and can lead to a simmering feeling of resentment throughout the travel experience.</p> <p>So it’s not just “that guy” who could blow up at an airline employee when his plane is delayed yet again. Any traveler faces a real risk that at an unpredictable moment the silent air rage simmering below the surface may spring out suddenly as full-blown explosive air rage.</p> <p><strong>Changes for the worse in passenger environment</strong></p> <p>Airlines contribute to harsh and unfriendly traveling conditions when their economic policies create an artificial climate of scarcity, competition and enmity among passengers.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/travel/air-rage-isn-t-our-c1409837051635.html">list</a> of contributors to the deteriorating environment for airline passengers is a familiar one. Airlines have reduced legroom and seat width. Checked bag fees encourage passengers to bring more and more on board, leading to battles over limited storage space. The elimination of in-flight meals causes passengers to bring their own odorous food. Policies on personal electronic devices are unclear and inconsistently enforced. Bottomline, the cabins are overloaded.</p> <p>All of these factors increase the mental load on travelers. From there it’s a small step for inconsiderate actions to trigger negative and anti-social behaviors in waiting rooms, airplanes and lavatories. For instance, entering a lavatory on board an airplane and finding it in a disgusting used condition creates an emotional and psychological shock. We are not only repelled and annoyed, but we also feel aggressed against. This stressful situation can ratchet up the mental air rage.</p> <p><strong>How to peacefully prevent air rage</strong></p> <p>To reduce the unpleasantness of travel and the likelihood of air rage, passengers can bring things along to take care of their own comfort – reading materials, climate appropriate clothing, snacks, games and so on. Chatty passengers can form a mini-support group with one or more fellow travelers, sharing and consulting with each other on whatever travel problems are encountered. This tactic can help defuse stressful situations that could otherwise escalate. Even just having alternate scenarios worked out in case you don’t arrive when expected can minimize mental air rage.</p> <p>My <a href="http://www.aijcrnet.com/journals/Vol_4_No_10_October_2014/4.pdf">research</a> suggests some ways airlines can help prevent these incidents as well, via more enlightened crowd management techniques:</p> <ul> <li> <p>When people are waiting, they should be provided with a continuous stream of updated information every five minutes via a variety of formats and media: electric board, signs, announcements, and face-to-face interactions.</p> </li> <li> <p>Elevate the importance of the traveler’s comfort whenever implementing changes. Apologize if decent seating is unavailable. Make up for it by giving something else in return so the traveler doesn’t feel cheated or neglected.</p> </li> <li> <p>Manage lines with more compassion. People shouldn’t stand in line when they can sit and wait. People shouldn’t have to compete physically with each other for an airplane seat</p> </li> <li> <p>Follow compassionate principles to create a social group out of the anonymous people in the waiting room or on the airplane. Encourage discussion among the waiting people. Form a support group out of them so they can assist each other and give each other help, ideas, and support.</p> </li> </ul> <p>Airlines should train employees in techniques that can prevent air rage incidents in the first place as well as how safely to de-escalate episodes once they’ve begun. After all, air rage isn’t just another unpleasant aspect of traveling – it can put everyone onboard at risk.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. 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Do you think it’s reasonable that tourists pay more than the locals?

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While some have resigned to being charged more than the locals when travelling, other tourists are taking a stand against the price hikes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The issue is more complex than tourists tend to think, as the prices that tourists are charged can often help the local economies of the destinations they’re visiting.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Award-winning travel photographer Lola Akinmade Åkerström says that tourists should be okay with paying higher prices. She told </span><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/life/is-it-reasonable-to-pay-tourist-prices-when-travelling-overseas/11395356"><span style="font-weight: 400;">ABC Life</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">:</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I truly believe travellers should be OK with paying higher prices as foreigners," Lola says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Aside from opening their land, country and homes to us as travellers, there might also be income disparities between visitors and the locals.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Your one lavish dinner might equal the cost of someone's monthly rent."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, one other traveller disagrees as they were charged a huge rate for a short journey while travelling overseas.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Gunnar Garfors broke the record for being the youngest hobby traveller to visit all 198 countries in the world.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, one cab ride in 2009 stands out as his worst rip-off attempt.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"My brother Oystein and I stopped a taxi in Riga," he says. "We told the driver we were headed to the airport. 'Please use the meter,' I asked. He didn't respond, but turned it on — seemingly reluctant.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"In less than a minute, the meter had managed to clock up almost 10 euro, more than what we'd normally pay for the entire trip to the airport [a 10-15 minute drive from town]. I have never seen a meter run like that before. It looked like a stopwatch.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We weren't in the mood to fight so we asked him to pull over, I paid him and we left.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"He immediately sped off. He had probably pressed a hidden button on the meter. There is no way he could get away with charging locals anywhere near what he had done to us. We managed to stop another car a few minutes later, and he drove us all the way to the airport for a fiver."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He believes that the prices should be the same for everyone, regardless of whether or not you’re a tourist.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I think prices should be the same for everyone," he says. "Travel is about creating a mutual understanding between people of different cultures, backgrounds and faiths. It can create lasting friendships, new ideas and opportunities.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"But then, we should strive towards equality and sustainability. Tourists should compensate for any pollution or damage, but this needs to apply to anyone — local or foreign."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The price you pay as a tourist is dependent on the country you’re travelling in, as well as the situation you find yourself in. For some locals, tourism impacts their lives greatly whereas others won’t be impacted at all.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite the differing opinions, it’s a personal choice as to whether or not you’re okay with paying more than the locals.</span></p>

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Couple caught in 'mile-high club’ after leaving plane toilet together

<p>A couple has been caught emerging from a plane toilet together as a long queue of passengers waiting to use the facility looked on.</p> <p>The two passengers reportedly spent 10 minutes in the loo on a United Airlines flight before they stepped out.</p> <p>At one point, a flight attendant with a trolley remarked to one of the women waiting in line, “You’re still right here.”</p> <p>“There’s folks in there,” the passenger said.</p> <p>The bathroom door finally opened with a man going out, followed by a woman behind.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B2M7WUeAcOP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B2M7WUeAcOP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Well this...was definitely a first 😳🛩 . 😂 Tag a friend who needs to see this!👀 . #thelegendsaretrue #whatamiseeing #traveldiaries . 🎥: @staffordslick</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/staffordslick/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Stafford Slick</a> (@staffordslick) on Sep 9, 2019 at 12:46pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Passenger Stafford Slick, who recorded the scene, wrote on Instagram, “Well this… was definitely a first.</p> <p>“Couldn’t believe my eyes … I’ve heard the legends, but never thought I would see it in real life.”</p> <p>Since it was posted on Tuesday, the video has gone viral, racking up more than 5,000 views in a day.</p> <p>United Airlines has yet to comment on the incident.</p>

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US tourist in shock after being charged more than $4215 for a single kebab platter

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A US tourist got the shock of her life after realising she was charged more than $4215 for a single plate of shawarma meat at a restaurant in Jerusalem.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The restaurant owners maintain that it was an honest mistake, but according to reports from </span><em><a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/9870941/tourist-charged-2000-kebab-jerusalem/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Sun</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, a former employee has said it’s happened before.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Laura Ziff first brought the incident to light via a Facebook post asking if anyone knew the address of the restaurant.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I need help please. Can someone provide the address for a restaurant right by the Jaffa gate called “Old City Shawarma (sic)”. That is the name on the receipt that I received. Also if the restaurant possibly has a different name in Hebrew.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Laura continued her story, saying that the owners had made a mistake by charging her $USD 2,900 for a single plate.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A receipt of the transaction shows that she was charged 10,100 Israeli shekel.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Laura said that she had been in contact with the owners, who were promising a refund to her credit card since August 12</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">th</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> but hadn’t received anything so far.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The incident went viral and was covered by local media in Egypt.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On Keshet 12’s </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Morning News</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> program, someone who claimed to work for the restaurant said it wasn’t the first time it had happened to tourists, according to </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Jerusalem Post</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It works like this: They don’t have a menu. They ask tourists for NIS 80 ($A33) for a shawarma platter and charge them in euros or dollars,” the former worker explained.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Sometimes the person notices and catches it, but sometimes he gives you the credit card and then signs. He sees 80; sometimes the word ‘dollar’ doesn’t show up. It’s crazy.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As the story unfolded, Laura continued to update and said that she had been in contact with the owners.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I have received phone calls and texts from the business owner Hasan and his brother Adam,” Laura wrote on Facebook.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They both apologised that the refund had not been completed and had been trying to work with their bank. I contacted my credit card company and they provided some additional information that should assist Adam in making the refund happen very quickly.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On September 3</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">rd</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Laura had another update.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“As of this morning we spoke and he provided proof that the owners of the restaurant have contacted the bank and are in the process of refunding the money.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I absolutely believe him. I am assuming that my next post will say that the funds are in my account and the matter is closed.”</span></p>

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Rude! 7 things you should never do in other countries

<p>Travelling abroad is an ideal way to discover new cultures and find out more about yourself – and others.</p> <p>Just don’t make a fool of yourself by doing the following things.</p> <p><strong>1. Don’t talk with your hands in your pockets in Germany</strong></p> <p>It’s considered bad manners. It’s also customary to keep your hands on the table while you’re eating.</p> <p><strong>2. Don’t tip in Japan</strong></p> <p>Service at restaurants and hotels will likely be exceptional in Japan, but tipping isn’t done; and it could be seen as degrading.</p> <p><strong>3. Don’t smile at strangers in Russia</strong></p> <p>They’ll see it as an intimate gesture, indicating a genuine affinity toward another person.</p> <p>If you don’t know them, they might consider you insincere.</p> <p><strong>4. Don’t use your left hand in India</strong></p> <p>The left hand is thought of as unclean in Indian culture, so always use your right hand to greet someone, exchange money, or pick up merchandise.</p> <p><strong>5. Don’t wave your chopsticks around in China</strong></p> <p>It’s like drumming with your knife and fork. Best not.</p> <p><strong>6. Don’t honk while driving in Norway</strong></p> <p>It’s only used in an emergency – so your unnecessary beeping could cause drivers to panic.</p> <p><strong>7. Don’t forget to say hello in France</strong></p> <p><em>“Bonjour madame, monsieur”</em> should be the first words out of your mouth, otherwise you’re subtly showing you feel the person is beneath you.</p> <p><em>Written by Reader’s Digest Editors. This article first appeared in <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/rude-7-things-you-should-never-do-other-countries">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN93V">here’s our best subscription offer</a>.</em></p>

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“I don’t want to be served by you lot”: Kiwi man demands to be served by “white girl” on flight

<p>A former New Zealand man has been convicted of racially aggravated abuse after demanding he be served by a “white girl” on a British Airways flight.</p> <p>According to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/news/article.cfm?c_id=7&amp;objectid=12265788" target="_blank"><em>The New Zealand Herald</em></a>, Peter Nelson, 46, was awoken by flight attendant Sima Patel-Pryke on the 11-hour flight from Heathrow to Rio de Janeiro and launched into a tirade of abuse.</p> <p>UK media reported that the father-of-three said: “You Asians think you are better than us, I don’t want to be served by you lot, I’ve paid your wages for the last 20 years.”</p> <p>His tirade “targeted” Patel-Pryke and reduced the stewardess to tears after he shouted “very loudly” at her and another crew member.</p> <p>The cabin crew got a restraining kit ready to use on him before threatening Nelson with arrest.</p> <p>Prosecutor Michael Tanney said that Nelson “subsequently demanded services in the future only from the white member of the crew.”</p> <p>In Isleworth Crown Court on Friday, a jury delivered a unanimous guilty verdict to one count of racially aggravated abuse on the flight on June 2 last year.</p> <p>Judge Edward Connell said: “You plainly displayed a contemptuous attitude towards the staff from the outset, when Pryke, simply doing her job, came to wake you in order to take your food order.</p> <p>“You took immediate offence at her having the audacity in your view to wake you up.</p> <p>“It seems that that was the beginnings of what turned out to be on your part an opportunity for you to get very upset without any justification at all.</p> <p>“That manifested itself in the most unpleasant of ways.</p> <p>“It was thoroughly unpleasant period of conduct by you; such was your conduct that members of staff were called to deal with you and they had cause to contact the pilot.</p> <p>“It’s quite plain, albeit this wasn’t the most serious case the court hears, that it had an impact on Pryke who we heard in evidence was upset and ended up in tears because of your behaviour.</p> <p>“It was completely unacceptable and I’m entirely satisfied that it was contributed by that you had drunk a significant amount of alcohol during the course of that flight.</p> <p>“I accept this conviction will have profound ramifications for you and your employability so I’m just persuaded that this can be dealt with a financial penalty.”</p> <p>Nelson was fined $NZD3,823, with $955 compensation to his victim and $6690 costs to the prosecution.</p> <p>Defence lawyer Lauren Sales said that Nelson’s wife has suffered from stress due to the allegations.</p> <p>“He has lost his job. He was the breadwinner of the family. It is life-changing for Nelson, the two of them have taken the decision to take their children out of their school because it’s an international school,” she said.</p> <p>“They feel they cannot go to the gates of the school and stand in the playground.”</p>

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Piers Morgan slams Prince Harry as “hypocrite” over private jet use

<p><span>Piers Morgan has slammed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as “hypocrites” after the prince defended their use of private jets.</span></p> <p><span>The prince and his wife Meghan have faced criticism after media reports emerged that they <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-49567157">flew privately four times in 11 days this summer</a>.</span></p> <p><span>Prince Harry said “we can all do better” with sustainable travel at a launch of eco-tourism project in Amsterdam on Tuesday.</span></p> <p><span>“I came here by commercial. I spend 99 per cent of my life travelling the world by commercial,” he said.</span></p> <p><span>“Occasionally there needs to be an opportunity based on a unique circumstance to ensure that my family are safe – it’s generally as simple as that.”</span></p> <p><span>Morgan accused the prince of making false statements to defend his travel practices, saying that he has flown on private jets for the majority of his known trips since his wedding to Meghan in May 2018. </span></p> <p><span>“When he was pressed to explain why he uses fuel-guzzling private jets all the time if he cares so much about the environment, Harry point blank lied,” Morgan wrote on his <em><a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7426913/Hypocrite-Harry-needs-high-horse-stop-preaching-say-not-do.html">Daily Mail</a> </em>column. </span></p> <p><span>Morgan also said the prince’s safety concerns are “completely bogus” as he noted how Prince William and the late Princess Diana travelled with commercial airlines. </span></p> <p><span>“Did you really accept a free ride on Elton John’s private plane to the South of France last month because you were worried about the safety of your family, or because you just fancied a more luxurious mode of travel?” Morgan wrote.</span></p> <p><span>The TV host argued that the Duke is “fast becoming Hypocrite Harry”.</span></p> <p><span>He wrote, “They want to be the first ‘woke’ royals – using their status as a platform to regularly dictate to us how we should live our lives, whether it’s demanding we stop using social media so much or instructing us to curb our flying – as they themselves bombard us with endless social media posts, and use private jets like taxis.”</span></p> <p><span>Speaking on <em><a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/9858855/piers-morgan-slams-meghan-markle-prince-harry-defiant-rant/">Good Morning Britain</a> </em>Wednesday morning, Morgan said of the Sussexes: “Nobody wants to hate these two, but they are making themselves look like rank hypocrites and you can’t as a Royal do that.”</span></p> <p><span>A <a href="https://www.royal.uk/sites/default/files/media/final_sovereign_grant_for_website.pdf">sovereign grant report</a> published in June showed that the royal’s household carbon emissions almost doubled last year due to business travel.</span></p>

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6 crazy (but totally real!) requests from VIP hotel guests

<p>If you think asking for extra pillows, towels, and blankets when you travel makes you a difficult hotel guest, you’ll get a kick out of the crazy requests guests have made at five-star hotels.</p> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/tips/14-crazy-totally-real-requests-vip-hotel-guests"><strong>1. Colour allergies</strong></div> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/tips/14-crazy-totally-real-requests-vip-hotel-guests"> <div id="page2" class="slide-show"> <div id="test" class="slide"> <div class="slide-description"> <p>“We had a lady come to stay that was allergic to the colour purple,” explains Nathan Brown of the Rees Hotel Queenstown in New Zealand. “Yes, a colour. She emailed prior to her arrival asking that any room amenities, furniture, or fixtures in her room and around the hotel were removed from her sight so she would not feel ill upon seeing them. All of our amenities at the time were lavender scented, we had purple coloured books in our library, shades of purple on wine bottle labels, and paintings in our art gallery as well as flowers throughout the hotel. We did it, no questions asked, and she managed to stay healthy her entire stay.”</p> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/tips/14-crazy-totally-real-requests-vip-hotel-guests"><strong>2. A swim with (pet) fishies</strong></div> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/tips/14-crazy-totally-real-requests-vip-hotel-guests"> <p>“We had doting parents demand some unusual things for their toddlers,” says a representative of high-end concierge company Levitiscus Lifestyle. “They wanted us to fill a bathtub every morning, then add (ever so tenderly) the kids’ pet fish; then hand-wash and air-dry the babies’ clothes, daily.”</p> <p><strong>3. Disco naps, anyone?</strong></p> <p>“We had a VIP family who wanted us to transform our Tata Presidential Suite into a 70s-themed disco for their son’s 18th birthday,” shares Sanela Mrkulic, director of guest relations at New York’s Pierre Hotel. “Our engineering team brought in a dance floor, we hung several disco balls, removed furniture, used tons of silver foil, and voila! Full success. The guests were so happy they insisted we dance with them.”</p> <p><strong>4. Perfect romantic touches</strong></p> <p>“We had a guest taking the love of his life on a romantic getaway who asked us to arrange for multiple surprises along the way,” says Maurice Dancer, chief concierge of the Pierre Hotel. “He asked for two dozen white roses, one dozen in the limousine for collecting them from the airport, and another in the room upon arrival. Also awaiting them was a silver tray with chocolate covered strawberries, a large plate of sliced fruit, and two lychee martini cocktails. The finishing touch, greeting them in their room, was a singer and pair of dancers performing the Marc Anthony song, ‘I need to know.’ All accomplished as a team in Pierre style!”</p> <p><strong>5. Long lost relatives</strong></p> <p>On multiple occasions, Hilton concierges have been asked to find long-lost relatives and loved ones. The concierge at The Waldorf Hilton, London was asked to help locate a friend of a grandmother of a young American woman (how’s that for twisted already?). All she knew was that the woman was the landlady of a pub in North England during one of the world wars. After two days and several phone calls, the concierge located the woman and helped plan a surprise afternoon tea!</p> <p><strong>6. Woof woof</strong></p> <p>Edward Mady, a longtime manager of The Beverly Hills Hotel, asked the hotel to arrange a $15,000 wedding for her two pooches, including an ordained minister and catering. If that’s not weird enough, another guest at the hotel actually requested the entire staff address him in dog language only instead of English. We’re not sure where the accent on the word “woof” goes, but we’re assuming the word is meant to be said with a lot of exasperation if you’re a hotel concierge.</p> <p><em>Written by Bryce Gruber. </em><em>This article first appeared in <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/tips/14-crazy-totally-real-requests-vip-hotel-guests">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN93V">here’s our best subscription offer</a>.</em></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Tourists who buy cheap glasses overseas are putting themselves at risk of eye cancer

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A new study has found that tourists who buy cheap sunglasses from beach sellers overseas are putting themselves at risk of blindness and eye cancer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A total of 35 per cent of the rip-off of famous brands offer zero protection against UV rays, which means that wearing them in bright sunlight could cause irreversible damage. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to </span><em><a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/9825387/cheap-sunglasses-blind-eye-cancer-warning/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Sun</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">travellers should be hyper aware of cheap fakes, including “Ray-Bon” which are on sale at many international destinations.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">High UV exposure can cause photokeratitis and photoconjunctivitis — a kind of sunburn to the eyeballs or eyelids, insurance company Direct Line said. It said drivers should always use good eyewear.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A survey by insurance company Direct Line found that 18 per cent of those buying sunglasses did not check for UV protection and 11 per cent said they would still purchase the sunglasses even after finding out that they offered no UV protection.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An added problem for drivers was that many who normally wear prescription glasses wear non-prescription sunglasses in bright sunshine. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Steve Barrett, head of motor insurance at Direct Line, said: “We urge all motorists to wear appropriate eye protection and prescribed lenses including prescription sunglasses while driving.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If people cannot see to drive safely, either through not wearing the correct prescription lenses or sunglasses to protect from glare, they pose a real danger to themselves and everyone else on our roads.”</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></p>

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Jail time and $20,000 fine: Husband's grand airport gesture for his wife has landed him in hot water

<p>A man has been arrested at Singapore’s Changi Airport for saying goodbye to his wife near her gate before her flight.</p> <p>According to Singapore Police, the 27-year-old man was in possession of a boarding pass that allowed him to enter the airport’s transit area so he could farewell his wife, despite not having any intention of leaving the country.</p> <p>By law, anyone with a boarding pass who accesses the transit area past security should only be there if they intend to travel.</p> <p>“The Police would like to remind all passengers that the transit areas of Changi Airport are gazetted as Protected Places,” said Singapore Police on Facebook.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fsingaporepoliceforce%2Fposts%2F10158819545404408&amp;width=500" width="500" height="720" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>“Passengers who enter the transit areas with a boarding pass should only be there for the purpose of travelling to their next destinations. Those who misuse their boarding pass to enter into their transit areas, with no intention to proceed to their next destinations, are liable for an offence under the Infrastructure Protection Act.”</p> <p>The man in question is now facing court and can possibly be fined up to $20,000 or be jailed up to two years or both.</p> <p>Police revealed that this is the 33rd incident this year where a person has been arrested at Changi for misusing a boarding pass.</p>

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How hotel air conditioners could be making you sick

<p>So many things can be the cause of illness while on holidays, such as the sudden change in temperature and environment. But have you considered the germs that could be lurking in the air of your hotel room?</p> <p>One former hotel manager, Chris Johnston, revealed what is possibly the dirtiest part of a hotel room.</p> <p>Johnston revealed to <em>Bustle</em> that the air-conditioning vents are the germiest part of a hotel room and suggested to avoid using them if possible, <span><a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/5360662/hotel-air-con-machines-could-make-you-sick/"><em>The Sun</em></a></span> reported.</p> <p>“One often overlooked source of … germs is the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) unit in the room,” Johnston revealed.</p> <p>“If hotel staff fail to clean the filters, or at least the top visible portion, simply turning on the unit can cause these particles to fill your room and your lungs.”</p> <p>It’s recommended the filters of the aircon be changed every three months.</p> <p>The relationship between air-conditioning and illness have been linked to a spread of flu within the United Arab Emirates. Due to the hot and humid weather in the country the cooling systems are widely used.</p> <p>Dr Jimmy Joseph, who works at the Universal Hospital in Abu Dhabi, revealed to <em>Gulf News</em>, “It would certainly help if residents had their air conditioning and ventilation ducts serviced. These areas can harbour allergens, and allergy-related respiratory illnesses are known to be particularly common in the UAE.”</p> <p>Another thing to avoid in hotels is using drinking glasses.</p> <p>A <span><a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/5230158/why-you-should-never-use-the-drinking-glasses-in-a-hotel-room/">disturbing video emerged</a></span> in December 2017 of cleaners in some of China’s most luxurious five-star hotels, where guests could be paying as much as $640 a night, using a toilet brush to clean drinking glasses and mugs before moving on to the toilet bowl.</p> <p>The cleaners were also exposed with indecent floor cleaning as they dunked bath towels in the toilet bowl before mopping the bathroom floor with them.</p> <p>Additionally, the cleaners folded the bedsheets on the floor and used hand towels to dry the drinking glasses and mugs.</p> <p>The video was supposedly shot by an undercover journalist for <em>South China Morning Post</em> after poor hygiene reports at the Kempinski and Shangri-la hotels in Harbin.</p> <p>The reporter posed as a cleaner to be employed by the hotel and filmed the disturbing video during a trainee shift, where experienced cleaners were teaching the newly hired the unclean routines.</p> <p>Reports from the Chinese media suggest the health planning commission in Harbin is investigating and plans to fine the hotels involved, while the Kempinski hotel claims the staff member shown in the video has since been fired.</p> <p>Another item to steer clear of while abroad incudes the <span><a href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-advice/accommodation/the-disgusting-reason-you-should-always-bring-your-own-hairdryer-on-holiday/news-story/fb246b320181900f9e29f25a4a4805dc">hotel’s hairdryer</a></span> which can contain more germs than the toilet seat – yuck, right?</p> <p>In a previous study for <em><a href="https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/BusinessTravel/story?id=4269295&amp;page=1">America’s ABC</a>,</em> nine hotel rooms were tested across the board, ranging from three to five stars. The test was conducted by microbiologist Charles Gerba.</p> <p>“There must be some things you can do with a hair dryer that I am not aware of because some of them were pretty germy,” he revealed.</p> <p>This is thought to be the case due to cleaners focusing on the more obviously dirty items within the bathroom such as the toilet, the showers and the sink, and therefore, disregarding the secret more hidden germs lurking elsewhere.</p> <p>The light switches and even room service menus can be just as grimy as many dirty hands have touched the items and they most likely haven’t thought to be given a wipe down, enabling the germs to grow over time.</p>

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A full royal household: How is Balmoral Castle handling all their guests?

<p>With all the royal members staying at the Queen’s summer residence over the last few weeks, it is a wonder how they are managing all being so close to each other - even if the Summer home is a castle. </p> <p>Each year during the summer, Her Majesty spends time away from London in Scotland’s Highlands, at Balmoral Castle. </p> <p>When the warmer months are in full swing, other members of the royal family head north to join the Queen and Prince Philip. </p> <p>However reports are stating this year’s long list of visitors has forced couriers to make a few adjustments to the sleeping arrangements. </p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B1OQ4aHgNi6/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; 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text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B1OQ4aHgNi6/" target="_blank">A post shared by Royals now and then (@royalsnowthen)</a> on Aug 16, 2019 at 4:17am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>British publication<span> </span><a href="https://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/1170228/prince-william-prince-harry-news-feud-balmoral-castle-queen-summer-holiday"><em>The Express<span> </span></em></a>said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit has coincided with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and due to this, both Prince William and Duchess Kate are staying out of the castle itself. </p> <p>"The Queen has a lot of guests coming and to ease the pressure the Cambridges are likely to stay at the cottage," a royal insider said. </p> <p>The Cambridge’s are believed to have settled into Tam-na-Ghar which is situated in the castle grounds.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan along with baby Archie are expected to be staying within the castle walls. </p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; 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font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B1pMmCCnSqQ/" target="_blank">A post shared by The Royal Windsors (@royals_off_the_record)</a> on Aug 26, 2019 at 3:19pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>So far, Balmoral Castle’s royal visitors include Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Andrew, and his daughters Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice.</p> <p>Princess Eugenie's husband Jack Brooksbank and Beatrice's boyfriend, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi have also visited up north. </p> <p>The guests are not sitting around either, the royal insider continued. </p> <p>"It can get quite busy at what they call 'the big house' and it's not especially relaxing even though it's a holiday.”</p> <p>"There's a daily routine which evolves around mealtimes, several outfit changes every day, sometimes five, and the Queen likes everything to run like clockwork."</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B1eNv3ynuR0/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; 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font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B1Uv0DIHfZa/" target="_blank">A post shared by CAЯLOS (@los009)</a> on Aug 18, 2019 at 4:42pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"It's a lovely base for Granny and Grandpa, for us to come and see them up there, where you just have room to breathe and run."</p> <p>Balmoral Castle has been one of the royal’s residences since 1852, when Prince Albert purchased it as a gift for his wife Queen Victoria.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the royal family at Balmoral Castle throughout the years.</p>

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Surprising holiday photos that can land you in trouble

<p>On holidays people tend to take photos of everything that they see, from old rustic buildings and narrow streets, to food at a restaurant and the view of city lights. But there are some photos in particular that can get you in trouble with the law.</p> <p>A British tourist in Egypt was arrested over mobile phone footage of the airport which happened to capture a military helicopter in the background.</p> <p>Muhammed Fathi Abulkasem, 19, from Manchester was arrested and charged with collecting intelligence on the Egyptian military, reported the Associated Press.</p> <p>The teenager innocently filmed the landing of his flight, which showed a helicopter in the background. Taking unauthorised photos or videos of military facilities, equipment or personnel is illegal in Egypt.</p> <p>“We all have one of those landing videos on our phones,” his cousin Shareen Nawaz from the UK told AP.</p> <p>“They shouldn’t have military helicopters in public spaces if this is what will happen.”</p> <p>Many countries have outlawed the photographing or filming of military related materials, equipment and personnel. The strictness of these laws are related to the country’s level of secrecy.</p> <p>More seemingly innocent photographs can also land tourists in hot water from places of worship, airports, museums and galleries, bridges, tunnels and railway stations – and even shopping centres and buildings.</p> <p>These all seem like normal things a tourist would capture on camera – but taking snaps of these places could be illegal without you even knowing it.</p> <p>The most surprising things people can’t take pictures of include some of the most famous photographs in the world, such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris at night.</p> <p>The reason being, under European copyright law, works are protected for the lifetime of the artist, plus an additional 70 years. The tower’s designer, Gustave Eiffel, died in 1923 and the building entered the public domain 10 years later.</p> <p>Although the lights weren’t installed until 1985 by Pierre Bideau and are an artwork, they are still protected under European copyright law.</p> <p>Therefore, taking photos of the Eiffel Tower with the lights off isn’t breaking the law, although at night when the lights are flashing and dazzling over the city, it could get you in trouble with the law.</p> <p>Tokyo’s most famous night bar location in Golden Gai in the centre of the Shinjuku district is an iconic spot jam-packed with around 200 miniature bars with a labyrinth of really narrow alleys winding through the block.</p> <p>Signs throughout the district warn tourists of the banning of photographs.</p> <p>The Sistine Chapel in Rome also forbids photographs, although not for the reasons you may assume. The Sistine Chapel contains the famous artworks of Michelangelo and Cosimo Rosselli.</p> <p>People assume the reason is that the flash could damage the artwork, and although it is a concern for the longevity of the priceless art, that’s not the primary reason.</p> <p>A Japanese TV company owns the exclusive rights to these famous artworks. It attained these rights when they helped fund a major restoration project. The TV corporation offered US$4.2 million to spend on restoration in exchange for the exclusive rights to photograph and film the restored art. The company produced many documentaries and art books from the deal.</p> <p>The photo ban extends from buildings, artwork and iconic landmarks to animals. In particular, Chinese pandas. This ban comes after tourists have attempted to get dangerously close to the endangered creatures.</p> <p>In an attempt to maintain safety for tourists and the pandas, animal groups encouraged the ban.</p> <p>The tightly controlled and regulated country of North Korea consists of many photography bans, which extend to almost everything.</p> <p>Getty Images photographer Carl Court spent a week in the country documenting people’s daily life. Court explained the things he was an wasn’t allowed to photograph.</p> <p>The biggest rule for his photos included having to capture only full-frame images of Kim II-sung and Kim Jong-il statues and iconography.</p> <p>“You can’t crop the feet off the statues. You can’t cut a bit of the corner off,” Court said.</p> <p>Tourists are only allowed to enter the country if they are with a state-approved travel group that closely monitors where they go and what they see.</p> <p>Electronics and mobile phones may be searched by Korean authorities at any time.</p>

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