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Wednesday 10 July 1996
Get around in Newcastle without paying? Travel to Newcastle with National Express (0990 808080), and Newcastle-upon-Tyne PTE will let you use local Metro services free of charge. The offer lasts until 27 October.
Get a fly-drive to Australia? Rainbow Holidays (01904 628080) is offering an 11-day trip to Melbourne on Emirates. For pounds 999 per person, the price includes flights, airport tax, eight nights' yellow flag accommodation, eight days' Thrifty car rental and car insurance. The offer, based on two sharing, runs from 21 September until 30 November.
Relive Midnight Express? Check in to the new Four Seasons Istanbul when it opens next month. The hotel has been converted from a prison, though one used for dissidents rather than drug offenders. Call 0800 526648 for bookings.
Plan autumn days out? Call the Civic Trust on 0891 800603 (a premium- rate number) to find out about some 1,500 properties that will be throwing open their doors to the public on 14 and 15 September. Highlights this year include Cheltenham Ladies' College, Aintree racecourse and Bisham Abbey, where the England soccer team trains.
Have a helpful holiday? Call the company of that name on 01647 433593. Based in Devon, it rents out holiday cottages and larger properties in the South-west, such as Tone Dale House near Wellington. The high season rent is pounds 1,496, but this covers up to 18 people which works out at pounds 12 per person per day.
Avoid high temperatures in the United States? Stay in one of the eight US cities that have never exceeded 100F (37C). According to the Miami Herald, these include Anchorage, Honolulu, Seattle - and Miami.
Explore Lisbon and the Algarve? Read the Portugal special in the travel pages of the Independent on Saturday.
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- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 3 Vogue under fire for 'Big Booty' article
- 4 Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
- 5 Kanye West stops concert after two fans don't stand up - doesn't realise one is in wheelchair and the other disabled
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
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