Earlier in the summer, July 8th to be exact, a friend who was travelling back to London sent me a picture (see below) of the situation at the Eurostar terminal at Gare du Nord. "Queues at Gare du Nord are horrendous. They go all around the building and up the stairs. God knows if i'm going to be able to get the train," he said. There had been similar scenes the previous day on Saturday July 7th when an "operational problem" caused chaos at Gare du Nord. On July 1st "thousands of confused passengers" were left waiting for hours in the heat at Gare du Nord while one mother complained that the "Eurostar was no longe ra family experience" after her family was split between two different carriages. In fact a quick scroll through Twitter suggests there have been many days this summer when, for whatever reason, there have been chaotic scenes at Eurostar terminals on both sides of the Channel. Of course not all of the problems that prompted these tweets from disgruntled … [Read more...] about Is the Eurostar service just not as good as it used to be?
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Photo: Depositphotos.com Some two million journeys between the Netherlands and nearby European cities will be made by train rather than plane within the next five years, if junior transport minister Stientje van Veldhoven has her way, the NRC said on Friday. On an average flight with 150 passengers, that would save 13,000 take-offs and landings at Schiphol airport, the minister told the paper after publishing a new policy document on boosting the railways. Opposition parties, green groups and the head of Dutch state railway firm NS have called for more effort to boost train travel. Eurostar launched a direct train service to Amsterdam from London earlier this year. According to research by the government’s mobility expertise centre KIM, five cities offer good options for train rather than air travel: London, Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf. London KIM looked at 13 cities with 20 airports within a 800 kilometre radius of Amsterdam. The researchers concluded that … [Read more...] about Minister signals shift to train travel; two million air journeys could be by rail
So what do they need to do to climb the league table even further and reach the dizzy heights of their Scandinavian cousins, who typically top the rankings? Here's what the experts say needs to be done for the French to improve their English (that's only if they want to of course, we don't want to force anyone here...) Prioritise English in schools Clearly the French are capable of learning English to as high a standard as their European neighbours, the problem Kate Bell from Education First, an international company that specialises in language training, explained to BFM TV is that the subject isn't prioritised in schools. "It's not a question of ability: the French can learn English very well. But there are other countries which have prioritised learning this language [English] earlier and as a result have taken the lead ahead of France," said Kate Bell from Education First. "There are two cultural reasons for this: firstly there … [Read more...] about Eight tips for how the French could improve their English
FOR years the only thing most Brits had to worry about before they headed off on their hols was remembering their passport. Now with the threat of global terrorism, gun crime and tropical disease the family vacation needs more than a bit of careful planning. Yesterday, the Foreign Office issued an urgent warning to holidaymakers thinking of travelling to trouble-hit Turkey. Officials advise tourists steer clear of large crowds in Istanbul as the unstable country faces unscheduled elections later this month. It is also feared ISIS, Kurdish separatist groups and militant communists may choose the chaos as a perfect time to launch an attack. The news will certainly worry the the 1.7m Brits booked to head to Turkey but will leave even more asking how safe is MY holiday? Here is our brief guide to what the Foreign Office warns Brits are made aware of before jumping on their holiday plane. However, it's important to remember more than 99.9 per cent of holidays pass off without any kind of … [Read more...] about Holiday danger map reveals terror, crime and health threats on YOUR summer getaway
PRINCE Harry's ex Chelsy Davy snogged her boyfriend and flaunted a ring days after the Royal Wedding. Chelsy, 32, appeared over the moon as she suggestively showed the gold ring on her left hand to James Marshall, 42, during their cosy lunch date. At one point Chelsy appeared to cry of laughter in London on Thursday as James made joke after joke. Wearing a thigh-skimming floral skirt paired with a pink top and denim jacket, Chelsy smooched and snogged her beau and got very hands throughout their date. Her overjoyed appearance made a stark contrast to her sombre front at Harry and Meghan's wedding. Camera's caught Chelsy pulling a bit of grimace during the service, with the BBC Three Twitter account made light of the situation, writing "when your ex turns up to your wedding". Ex-girlfriend of Prince Harry Chelsy Davy sat in St George's Chapel as former boyfriend marries Meghan Markle Other viewers poked fun with a series of memes suggesting that Chelsy was jealous or could … [Read more...] about Prince Harry’s ex Chelsy Davy shows off ring before snogging boyfriend days after Royal Wedding