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Lightning strikes behind The London Eye

Simon Calder: News flashes for UK rail travellers

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Rescuers work at the site where a train crashed at entrance of Santiago de Compostela Station

Spanish rail crash comment: the lessons are yet to be learned

Transportation safety is built upon the debris of past tragedies: while families grieve, all we can do is try to learn

Some like it hot: more passengers are Dubai-bound

Simon Calder: The heat is on for Dubai, not Scotland

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Heatwave Britain: Foreign holidays suffer meltdown

As bathers in Margate enjoy higher temperatures than tourists in Tenerife and the Algarve, Britain’s heatwave is hitting foreign-holiday bookings as badly as the volcanic ash crisis did in 2010.

What's your vector, Victor? A young pilot takes the controls of an Airbus A380

Simon Calder: Touch down at London's new draw

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Target people for their travel patterns, not their ethnicity

Twelve days after the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, I boarded a Pan Am jet at Frankfurt airport. But two Middle Eastern men did not. They were very publicly taken off the flight to Berlin, apparently because of their appearance and ethnicity. But if someone on that flight were to be denied boarding, it should have been me.

High and mighty: Edinburgh Castle and city skyline

48 Hours In: Edinburgh

Scotland's beautiful capital is packed with culture and intrigue, says Simon Calder. To see it at its best go now, before the festival crowds take over

Budget airline easyJet axes allocated seating – then reinstates it after passenger fury

Thousands of holidaymakers who had paid for allocated seats on easyJet flights were told they would instead have to join a free-for all.

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Is Royal Brunei a good airline?

We are flying with Royal Brunei from Heathrow to Manila, because the fares were about £500 cheaper than BA and Emirates. Are they a good airline and do they use the B777 or Airbus?

Laurence Wiles, Hornchurch

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Should we take the local currency, euros or both to Croatia?

We are travelling to Croatia in August following EU accession on 1 July. Would you suggest that we take the local currency (kuna), euros or both? We will be flying into Split and then taking the ferry to Hvar. Also, can you recommend any secret places on Hvar?

Chris Henry

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Will I get good value in the euro zone?

Q To stretch my holiday money, should I steer clear of the euro zone this summer?

Geoff Brown, Horsham

Access all areas? Check when your passport expires

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Any top tips for staying in London?

Q Any top tips for staying in London near Hilton Park Lane? Cricket dinner to attend.

Richard Bishop

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: After your story about US immigration delays, what happens if we miss a connecting flight?

Q You recently wrote that British travellers could face long waits at US immigration this summer, because of American government cutbacks. I believe Dallas was one of the worst airports for waits. In November we're flying non-stop with BA to Phoenix, but coming back on a combination of American Airlines and BA via Dallas-Fort Worth. We have only 85 minutes between arriving from Phoenix and leaving for London. What happens if we miss the connection?

Name withheld

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Will Thursday's strike in Portugal affect flights?

Q Will Thursday's strike in Portugal affect flights? I am booked to fly to Faro.

Elaine Kenyon

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