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Since the US Department of Homeland Security requirement for passenger data began on 8 March, our airline partner, Air Transat, has reviewed the new rules and concluded that its London to Halifax, Nova Scotia flights – starting in May – are unaffected. No passenger data has been passed on to US authorities and none will be.
Kathryn Munro Canadian Affair
On a trip to Costa Rica I had to change planes in Miami. I have never encountered such rudeness as among the airport officials. I spent most of my working life in the DSS in Peckham, so I'm no innocent. USA: never again.
Having both worked and visited there, I'll always see Center Parcs as "Butlins with pine trees". Overpriced, overrated.
Hong Kong's rural huts
The memories of the cabins on Lantau came flooding back on reading the Trail of the Unexpected (24 March). In 1965, my husband and I spent a happy week in one. We spent the days by a very basic swimming pool or hiking to a nearby waterfall. Under the beds was a supply of ancient-looking tinned goods for emergencies. We had a wonderful time away from the heat and humidity of the city below.
Pantone Hotel, Brussels
I used to live a couple of minutes' walk from here when it was the Hotel Ascot. Now it's the Hotel Pantone. It's a total transformation and in one of the best locations in Brussels. Excellent waffles can be had at the market on Parvis de St Gilles on Sunday mornings.
Port Said: "there's nothing to see"
Port Said is fascinating. I don't suppose Thomson passengers learn much from a cruise, especially with such daft advice.
Labelling Estonia as a "former Soviet republic" is not only wrong but insulting for Estonians. The Estonian Republic became independent in 1920 and was occupied 20 years later by the Soviet Union. In 1991, Estonia regained its independence when Soviet/Russian occupation ended. Today, 20 years later, calling Estonia ex-Soviet is a bit surprising. Who would call Germany "ex-Nazi" in 1965? Estonians were brutally occupied. They were never Soviets and, so, never former Soviets.
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