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Passenger’s “disgusting” find in airport bread roll

<p>A traveller was left disgusted after finding two “weird looking” flies squished into his breakfast roll.</p> <p>The bagel was bought at Terminal 1 inside Dublin Airport by Martin Warde, an Irish comedian.</p> <p>Mr Warde was rushing to catch a bus, and when he opened his meal he was met with a startling discovery.</p> <p>“Just bought this breakfast roll in the shop at terminal 1 at @DublinAirport,” the comedian wrote in a post to social media.</p> <p>“Why are there two weird looking insects stuck to it? F***ing disgusting.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Just bought this breakfast roll in the shop at terminal 1 at <a href="https://twitter.com/DublinAirport?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DublinAirport</a> <br />Why are there two weird looking insects stuck to it? F**king disgusting. <a href="https://t.co/sIipugNtKL">pic.twitter.com/sIipugNtKL</a></p> — Martin Beanz Warde (@martinbeanz) <a href="https://twitter.com/martinbeanz/status/1130026970413240320?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 19, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>When asked if he took the roll back to be replaced or refunded, he explained: “I was rushing to get the 9.15 am citylink (bus) to Galway and I was buying it at 9.13am.</p> <p>“I rushed to the bus before opening the packet.”</p> <p>While social media users were disgusted by the discovery, many reacted with humour.</p> <p>“Free extra protein,” one person wrote.</p> <p>Another comment read: “It’s one of your five a day.”</p> <p>A user guessed the bugs ended up on the bagel because “someone used the bread roll to whack the flies dead as they walked along the countertop.”</p> <p>Mr Warde later kidded, saying that he “ate them” as he was on a “protein rich diet.”</p> <p>A spokesperson for the Dublin Airport told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/9127773/tourist-bugs-breakfast-roll-dublin-airport/" target="_blank">The Sun</a> they had apologised for the “unacceptable experience that he had at one of the food outlets here.”</p> <p>“We have raised the issue with the company that operates the outlet in question, and it has also apologised to Mr Warde directly.</p> <p>“The company has confirmed that the issue did not arise within its Dublin Airport outlet, as its bread rolls are sourced externally.</p> <p>“The company is investigating this incident with its supplier and will report back to Mr Warde and to Dublin Airport officials in due course.”</p>

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5 tourist attractions you didn’t know were illegal to photograph

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many people while travelling like to take photos of their trips so they can go back and look at it later once they’re home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Although you might see something interesting on your travels, make sure that before you take that snap that you’re not breaking local law.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here are five places you can’t take photos of.</span></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/BLOuXvSA3rt/" 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/BLOuXvSA3rt/" target="_blank">Hats I don't hate</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/harleyvnewton/" target="_blank"> Harley Viera-Newton</a> (@harleyvnewton) on Oct 6, 2016 at 10:36am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><strong>1. The Crown Jewels at the Tower of London</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the area inside the Tower of London where the Crown Jewels are kept, cameras are strictly forbidden, and visitors are not allowed to take pictures. The jewels themselves are protected by bombproof glass and there are more than 100 security cameras in the room where the jewels are kept. Couldn’t take a photo if you tried.</span></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/BsLgLFmg3a6/" 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/BsLgLFmg3a6/" target="_blank">¿Quién visitará ésta maravilla en 2019? . . #india #tajmahal #wonders #travel #leisure</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/travelleisuremx/" target="_blank"> Travel+Leisure México</a> (@travelleisuremx) on Jan 3, 2019 at 8:50am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><strong>2. Inside the Taj Mahal, India</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As the Taj Mahal is a place of worship, photography is forbidden in certain areas inside. You’re able to take photos of the outside, but there are strict rules dictating what you can and can’t take photos of once you’re inside. There are guards to make sure you’re not taking photos inside the building as well.</span></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/BxvGctZHqZs/" 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/BxvGctZHqZs/" target="_blank">Enquanto na China fomos até Chendgu e aproveitámos para ir ao Chengu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding! Situado a 10 km do centro de Chendgu é facimente acessível e barato chegar lá através do Didi Chuxing (Uber Chinês) por cerca de 4€. A base está aberta todos os dias das 7h30 às 18h e a entrada custa cerca de 7€. Dica extra: levem comida, lá dentro é tudo caro e foi provavelmente a comida mais picante que provámos... e nós gostamos de picante!!! Foi um dia bem passado até Base fechar. E vocês, gostam de pandas???</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/viagensbarataspt/" target="_blank"> Viagens Baratas</a> (@viagensbarataspt) on May 21, 2019 at 12:15pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><strong>3. Pandas in China</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Due to new rules introduced in 2018, forestry authorities issued a notice banning visitors from getting too close to the giant pandas, which includes taking photos with them. The notice was enforced to protect the animals from being introduced to new diseases.</span></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/BxwTC9BAi52/" 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/BxwTC9BAi52/" target="_blank">#katadjuta #theolgas #desert #sun #nature #mirror #water</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/amel.glnd/" target="_blank"> Amélie Galand</a> (@amel.glnd) on May 21, 2019 at 11:24pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><strong>4. Uluru at Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You’re not allowed to take photographs of Uluru, despite it being one of Australia’s most famous landmarks. According to </span><a href="https://parksaustralia.gov.au/uluru/about/faq/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Parks Australia</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, you need a photography permit to take photos for commercial purposes, which can include social media.  The Anangu, who are the traditional Aboriginal owners of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta land, believe that their culture is degraded if images of sacred sites are </span><a href="https://parksaustralia.gov.au/uluru/discover/culture/respecting-culture/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">captured or displayed</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></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/BxwR7E0oQ1J/" 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/BxwR7E0oQ1J/" target="_blank">Beau Paris ❤! #paris #city #citytrip #cityphotography #eiffeltower #eiffelturm #travel #travellove #photography #cloudysky #beautifullife #cityoflove #villedamour #love #lovethesecity #loveparis</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/starry_sky24/" target="_blank"> Bärbel Riemenschneider</a> (@starry_sky24) on May 21, 2019 at 11:14pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><strong>5. The Eiffel tower at night in Paris, France</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You’re not allowed to take photos of this historic landmark in France as it’s regarded as an artistic work.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In 1985, 20,000 lights and 280 projectors were installed at the Eiffel Tower by Pierre Bideau. Because of this installation, it’s regarded as an artistic work and according to the </span><a href="https://www.toureiffel.paris/fr/entreprise/utiliser-image-tour-eiffel"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Societe d'Exploitation de la tour Eiffel</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> (SETE), you could be charged a fee if you take a photo of it. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The site reads:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The various lights of the Eiffel Tower (golden illumination, flicker, lighthouse and event lighting) are protected. The exploitation of the image of the Eiffel tower at night is subject to prior authorisation from the SETE. This exploitation is subject to fees payment, the amount of which depends on the intended use, of the media plan."</span></p>

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Cricket legend Michael Slater kicked off flight after "disruptive behaviour"

<p>Photos have emerged of the moment Australian cricket legend Michael Slater was kicked off a plane that followed an argument with two female friends while boarding.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Australian cricket star Michael Slater is booted from a Qantas flight 'after getting into a screaming row with two female friends - and locking himself in the plane's toilet' <a href="https://t.co/r1xoa2hrKh">https://t.co/r1xoa2hrKh</a> <a href="https://t.co/1qsdCOj5DN">pic.twitter.com/1qsdCOj5DN</a></p> — Daniel Piotrowski (@drpiotrowski) <a href="https://twitter.com/drpiotrowski/status/1130672734684377088?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">21 May 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The Channel Seven commentator was boarding a flight from Sydney to the small NSW town of Wagga Wagga on Sunday afternoon when he became involved in a heated exchange with the two women he was travelling with.</p> <p>Witnesses told radio station <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.2gb.com/exclusive-michael-slater-kicked-off-plane-amid-angry-spat/" target="_blank">2GB</a> that he quickly became involved in an extremely heated discussion with the two women he was travelling with.</p> <p>The conversation escalated once the trio took their seats, with witnesses saying he was swearing and yelling abuse at one of the women in particular.</p> <p>Slater then locked himself in the bathroom and refused to come out.</p> <p>Macquarie Radio spoke to Slater’s management, who confirmed the incident but denied that he locked himself in the bathroom.</p> <p>The former Test batsman has now issued a statement to Macquarie Radio.</p> <p>“I did have an argument with 2 friends whilst boarding a flight to Wagga and I apologise for the inconvenience this caused other passengers on the flight.”</p> <p>Airport security were called to deal with the incident and Slater was asked by airline crew to disembark.</p> <p>“Prior to departure on a Sydney to Wagga Wagga flight on Sunday, a male passenger was asked to leave the aircraft for being disruptive,” a Qantas spokesman told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7052027/The-moment-cricket-legend-commentator-Michael-Slater-kicked-Qantas-plane.html" target="_blank"><em>Daily Mail Australia</em></a>.</p> <p>“He complied with the crew's request.”</p> <p>Slater joined Channel Nine after retiring from the world of cricket but made the switch to Channel Seven last year.</p> <p>According to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.2gb.com/exclusive-michael-slater-kicked-off-plane-amid-angry-spat/" target="_blank">2GB</a>, the Seven Network only became aware of the incident when they made contact and have refused to comment.</p> <p>“At this stage of the cricket season, Michael is working for a number of broadcasters,” the statement said.</p> <p>“He doesn’t actually come back into our world until the start of the season ( 2019/2020).”</p>

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Picture perfect poison: Warning over Melbourne’s bizarre pink lake

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rangers in Melbourne have issued a warning to tourists against going for a swim in the pink lake to achieve the perfect shot for their social media feeds.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Melbourne’s new attraction in Westgate Park has people flocking to take photographs of the pink lake, much to the chagrin of rangers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The lake turns pink due to replacing the original saltmarsh that was already there.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">When levels of the saltmarsh are higher than normal, along with high temperatures, lots of sunlight and a lack of rain, algae grows in the lake.</span></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/BxbV7yyH2Pc/" 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="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/BxbV7yyH2Pc/" target="_blank">A post shared by 🍒 (@paigekimmorley)</a> on May 13, 2019 at 8:05pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The type of algae grows in the lake produces a red pigment according to </span><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-21/why-does-this-melbourne-lake-turn-pink/10833186"><span style="font-weight: 400;">the </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">ABC</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, which is called beta carotene. This turns the lake pink.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The lake is currently pink and is expected to stay this way until later in autumn, where it will return to being blue. This is due to the weather cooling down as well as the increase of rainfall. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">People have been warned by the park authorities in Victoria to not come into contact with the water. Despite the algae not being harmful to local wildlife, the same can’t be said for humans.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Algae growing in the salt crust at the bottom of the lake produces the red pigment (beta carotene) as part of its photosynthesis process and in response to the extremely high salt levels,” Phil Pegler, manager conservation planning and programs at Parks Victoria,</span><a href="https://www.heraldsun.com.au/"><span style="font-weight: 400;"> told the </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Herald Sun.</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“In order to protect the sensitive saltmarsh vegetation around the lake, visitors are urged to obey all signage and any barriers in place.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We recommend people avoid coming into contact with the water as it is very saline (salty) so can cause skin irritation.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, this shouldn’t stop people from getting out and exploring nature.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Getting out in nature has proven health and wellbeing benefits. As the lake is currently pink, grab the kids and take them down so they can better understand and appreciate how fragile and beautiful our environment is and hopefully take steps to protect it so future generations can also enjoy it,” explained Pelger.</span></p>

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“Shameless”: Roger Federer fans left speechless over controversy

<p>Fans in Rome were ecstatic when tennis legend Roger Federer announced that he was returning to the clay courts in the Italian Open after a three-year hiatus.</p> <p>Federer took to his Instagram account to let fans know that he would be playing in Italy. The video says:</p> <p>“Just finished speaking to the team and happy to say I’m coming back to Rome to play in Italy,” he said.</p> <p>“Can’t wait. It’s so exciting. It’s been too long. I’ll see you there. Ciao tutti. Bye bye.”</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/BxUkTOugJDl/" 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/BxUkTOugJDl/" target="_blank">😃🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🎾</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/rogerfederer/" target="_blank"> Roger Federer</a> (@rogerfederer) on May 11, 2019 at 4:56am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>However, that joy quickly turned to anger once fans realised that tournament organisers had doubled the ticket prices after the announcement.</p> <p>The tickets have been bumped from €60 to €132 ($96 to $212). The Italian Tennis Federation tried to justify the price bump by saying:</p> <p>“We want to reward fans who had bought tickets before they knew Federer would play.”</p> <p>But many fans weren’t happy with that explanation.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Federer plays the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IBI19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IBI19</a> in Rome. The President of the Italian Federations: "We have doubled the price of tickets for Wednesday, the day Federer will play. We want to reward fans who had bought tickets before they knew Federer would play"<br />That's one way of looking at it</p> — Vanni Gibertini (@vgibertini) <a href="https://twitter.com/vgibertini/status/1127616616244625408?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">12 May 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">The most ridiculous reason for a price increase I have evr heard. I mean, if Federer wasn't coming, wouldn't they still prefer to sell the tickets?😂</p> — Timi Tennis (@tennisrambling1) <a href="https://twitter.com/tennisrambling1/status/1127619791378890752?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">12 May 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Boo hiss to this tournament for the shameless grifting. It really is adding insult to injury to then try to spin it by saying the motivation was to reward those who'd already bought their tickets. Yuck.</p> — 2centsannandale (@2centsannandale) <a href="https://twitter.com/2centsannandale/status/1127637286332530688?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">12 May 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Federer himself isn’t a fan of the decision either. He recently explained in Rome that it was “disappointing to hear”.</p> <p>“That’s obviously disappointing to hear,” said Federer to <a rel="noopener" href="https://scroll.in/field/923554/disappointing-federer-criticises-italian-open-organisers-for-increasing-ticket-price-of-his-match" target="_blank"><em>Scroll</em></a>.   </p> <p>“They made it in a way like they rewarded the fans who bought tickets earlier, which is sort of strange,” he added, saying there wasn’t anything he could do about it.</p> <p>“Look, I just really hope it doesn’t take away the fact I’m really happy to be here. There’s going to be good crowds hopefully, good atmosphere. I’m pumped up to play well. I mean, my excitement couldn’t be bigger.”</p> <p>Federer explained that his decision to play in Italy is to get more match practice on clay.</p> <p>“I think I was playing well in Madrid, so I just said, again, ‘Let’s come to Rome, a city I like so much as well’.</p> <p>“Madrid is a tough place to play. I felt like playing somewhat maybe more sea level conditions would be good for me. There would be excitement, more excitement than me coming to a practice court in Switzerland,” he said on his last-minute decision to play.</p> <p>“I think this week, then next week in Paris, it’s going to be interesting to see how I play the points, how I do it all.”</p>

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10 things that are considered “extremist tendencies” in China

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A list of “extremist tendencies” has been pulled together in a book called the </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Australian National University’s 2018 China Story Yearbook.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> This book casts a spotlight on China’s disturbing crackdown on Muslims in the far west region of Xinjiang.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The United Nations has said that between one and two million members of China’s Uyghur ethnic minority, who the majority practice Islam, have disappeared.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dr Gerry Groot, senior lecturer in Chinese Studies at the University of Adelaide, told </span><a href="https://www.news.com.au/world/asia/having-a-beard-and-owning-a-compass-seen-as-extremist-tendencies-in-china/news-story/d0a2cfcdf1b07c2f9478a6a68f5359a2"><span style="font-weight: 400;">news.com.au</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that many of these people have been sent to “vocational-education facilities” and prison following random police checks.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A lot of these people will be stuck in there for years and be doing hard labour under the guise of education,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In his chapter, he explains that the missing people in Xinjiang are a result of the Chinese Communist Party not knowing how to deal with the country’s religious minorities. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Groot also explains that state “encouragement” of China’s ethnic Han majority to Xinjiang and the reward of intermarriage over decades has dramatically reshaped the ethnic makeup of the region.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ever since the September 11 attacks in 2001, Groot says that the Chinese government has sought to link any unrest among the Chinese Muslims with foreign radical Islamist movements.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There’s zero interest against changing it within China, it probably has overwhelming support in so far as the average person knows what it’s about,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There’s almost zero support for Uyghurs among the general population because the Communist Party and, in particular, (Chinese leader) Xi Jinping, have framed these existential crises.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The issue lies with seeing religion and God above the Chinese Communist Party.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So, the party sees religion itself as part of the problem,” Dr Groot said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If you believe in god then god is above the party and that’s a problem and they have to be crushed. You can’t have a different moral vision; you can only have a supportive moral vision.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The following ten reasons are just some of the 48 reasons you can be sent to an education camp.</span></p> <ol> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Owning a tent</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Telling others not to swear</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Speaking with someone who has travelled abroad</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Owning welding equipment</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Telling others not to sin</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Owning extra food</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Eating breakfast before the sun comes up</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Merely knowing someone who has travelled abroad</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Owning a compass</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Arguing with an official</span></li> </ol>

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Hikers rejoice! New trails in North and South Korea are opening

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hardcore hikers are rejoicing as they now have the option to explore the hiking trails that are alongside the Korean Peninsula’s Demilitarised Zone (DMZ).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The trails just so happen to be near the world’s most heavily armed border that divide North and South Korea, but as a part of South Korea’s Peace Trail project, there are three new trails being built.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Local government has approved three trails within the DMZ buffer, which stretches 4 kilometres wide and 240 kilometres long.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The area where the trails are looking to be built has divided the nations since 1953.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The first trail, which is inside Gangwon province on the east side of the Korean Peninsula, opened on the 28</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">th</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> of April.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"United Nations Command (UNC) and the ROK [South Korea] government have demonstrated superb teamwork, collaboration and coordination throughout the entire 'peace trail' process and will continue to do so," said General Robert Abrams, leader of the UNC, in a statement.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The ROK military has worked extremely long hours to ensure the success of this very important initiative, while assuring visitors their safety remains paramount."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As the DMZ has been closed off to the public for more than six decades, it’s given the wildlife a chance to flourish. The area is home to endangered species, such as rare types of cranes, ducks, deer and mountain goats.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to reports from </span><a href="https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/korea-dmz-wildlife-hiking-trails/index.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">CNN</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, there are more than 6,000 different species of flora and fauna living inside the DMZ.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, hikers will be accompanied by military personnel and be required to wear bullet-proof vests and helmets during the walks.</span></p>

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Warning: Read this before you head on an all-inclusive holiday

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many people love a holiday. However, relaxing can usually come at a cost. That’s why when people see “all-inclusive” when they’re booking their next trip, they can usually be so excited at snagging a deal that they forget to read the fine print.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An “all-inclusive” holiday can mean that accommodation, flight, transfers and food are taken care of without you having to lift a finger. Whilst this might appear perfect on the outside, there’s a hidden “trap” just waiting to be revealed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For example, just because everything is covered in the base cost doesn’t mean you should forgo bringing along spending money. CEO David Baddeley from the Scottish Trust Deed spoke to </span><a href="https://www.express.co.uk/travel/articles/1113156/holidays-2019-holiday-all-inclusive-package-full-board-hidden-cost-debt"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Express.co.uk</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> about how to avoid some other traps:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He said: “It is a total myth that if you have booked an all-inclusive holiday then you no longer must worry about spending money once you are there.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Excursions must be accounted for as well as the prospect of leaving the hotel and not being able to return for lunch, for example.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Every single year we will have a handful of customers that fall into this trap.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They tend to forget that food and drink may be a major part of your holiday, but it does not account for the whole of your holiday.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Baddeley also advised people to set a budget per day.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Ensure that you set a budget each day, even if you believe that you will not be leaving the hotel on certain days.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Some can regard the prospect of saving as a little intimidating so before you decide on the amount of spending money you need, look at a typical week on your latest bank statement.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Calculate food shop, lunches, travel and other regular purchases.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You will obviously not be making these purchases on holiday so establish that amount as a jumping off point for you holiday savings.”</span></p>

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Travelling soon? Never do this with electronic items when boarding a flight

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many travellers when going on a plane take a variety of electronic items with them, including mobile phones, iPads, laptops, Kindles … the list never ends.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, there is one thing you should never do whilst boarding a plane with your devices.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The current travel advice stipulates that you should never travel with any electronic items that have no battery left and cannot be turned on.</span></p> <p><a href="https://www.britishairways.com/travel/home/public/en_au"><span style="font-weight: 400;">British Airways </span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">describes essential hand luggage packing tips on their website.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">BA states: “Charge any electrical or battery-powered devices such as phones, tablets, e-books and laptops. Airport security might ask you to switch them on.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This is also the case in the USA, as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that it would not allow mobile phones or other electronic devices on US-bound planes unless travellers were able to turn them on at the request of security staff. This was announced in 2014.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It was ruled that anyone who had a powerless device would be barred from boarding their US flight and would have to reschedule the flight, even if the passenger offered to give up the item or send it separately.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The UK Department of Transport (DfT) quickly followed suit, saying:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“In line with the US advice, passengers on some routes into and out of the UK may now also be required to show that electronic devices in their hand luggage are powered up or face not being allowed to bring the device onto the aircraft.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Passengers flying into or out of the UK are therefore advised to make sure electronic devices being carried in their hand luggage are charged before they travel."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Domestic flights within Australia and New Zealand have not been impacted by this change, but as it affects a wide range of airlines, including British Airways, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Emirates and Delta as well as other carriers that fly to, from and via the UK and US, it’s better to be safe instead of sorry.</span></p>

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Why Hawaii’s Waikiki Beach could soon be underwater

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hawaii’s islands and the iconic Waikiki Beach is under threat due to rising sea levels caused by climate change.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">State politicians have predicted that Honolulu will start experiencing frequent flooding within the next 15 to 20 years and are working hard to pass legislation that includes a coastline protection program.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This program would cost millions of dollars and is aimed at defending the city from regular tidal inundations.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The highest tides of recent years have sent seawater flowing across Waikiki Beach and onto roads and footpaths.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Naturally, this is an alarming scenario for a state that makes its money from beach tourism.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The latest data on sea level rise is quite scary and it’s accelerating faster than we ever thought possible,” said state Representative Chris Lee, a Democrat and lead author of a bill calling for the creation and implementation of the shoreline protection plan.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The loss of coastal property and infrastructure, increased cost for storm damage and insurance, and loss of life are inevitable if nothing is done, which will add a significant burden to local taxpayers, the state’s economy, and way of life,” says Lee’s bill.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The bill proposes sinking $USD4 million ($AUD5.6 million) into the program’s development over the next two years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The push for action comes after a state-mandated sea level rise adaptation report was made public. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Research from the report suggested that Hawaii will see a 0.9 metre rise in ocean levels by the end of this century. The research also predicted that more than 6,000 of the state’s buildings and 20,000 people across the islands of Hawaii will experience chronic flooding.</span></p>

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5 tips for safe solo travel

<p>Planning an adventure on your own? Here’s your guide to friend-making, risk-taking and positive thinking while you’re off discovering yourself.</p> <div id="section"> <p><strong>1. Safety</strong></p> </div> <div>Unless you positively invite danger – i.e. strolling around a pitchblack park at 4am with headphones on – travelling alone isn’t actually that risky. The biggest peril is being taken for a ride. Literally, in the case of taxi drivers: always ask for an estimated fare before setting off. Otherwise, try to never look like a tourist; instead, exude assurance.</div> <div> <p>Carry ID and always keep a back-up. Ensure that someone else knows your itinerary and commit to regular contact with them.</p> <p><strong>2. Plan</strong></p> <p>Being alone means you can’t use your cohort’s phone when yours runs out of juice, or rely on them should you lose your wallet.</p> <p>Put emergency systems in place: write down key numbers (friends, hotels, embassies, emergency services), have change for phone boxes and always keep some back-up money in your bag or, better still, in a locker.</p> <p><strong>3. Eating</strong></p> <p><em>Solomangarephobia.</em><span> </span>That’s the official, medical term for a fear of eating alone – a fear that many single travellers have. If you can get over your fear, it is very possible to enjoy the experience.</p> <p>Bring a book to dodge boredom, sit at counters to be less conspicuous or use the opportunity to practice your French or Filipino on a waiter. And scoff all the bread yourself.</p> <p><strong>4. Making friends</strong></p> <p>This is another common and very valid worry when travelling alone: what if no-one likes me? Acquiring new companions is always easier than feared, but still a scary proposition. It helps to look approachable – smile at people, have open body language and lose the sunglasses. Read something interesting to spark conversation, or ask strangers a question.</p> <p>More hands-on tactics include visiting expatriate bars, joining tours or using apps designed to help people make friends, such as Meetup.</p> <p><strong>5. Enjoy it</strong></p> <p>Without realising it, most of us humans are very co-dependent: we worry whether our partner or friend is having a good time, and always balance their needs in decision-making.</p> <p>The joy of solo travel is that you can be entirely selfish: walk at your preferred pace, eat what and when you want, see the sights that interest you, use the entire hotel wardrobe. If you want to skip that museum of tractor history, you can. Take time to appreciate your independence and revel in that freedom.</p> <p>But, however well you plan in advance, things will go wrong. Missed trains, delayed planes, lost luggage, whatever. The trick is not to over-stress it; roll with the punches, laugh at it all, and draw up a new plan. Who knows: maybe Plan B will work out better anyway?</p> <p><em>Written by Richard Mellor. </em><em>This article first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/activities/five-tips-successful-and-safe-solo-travel">Reader’s Digest</a>. </em><em>For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA93V">here’s our best subscription offer.</a></em></p> </div> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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One of the world's biggest airlines collapses

<p>India’s Jet Airways has finally collapsed after months of speculation.</p> <p>The once iconic airline has been struggling for months to stay in business and the announcement follows weeks of questions over the fate of the airline.</p> <p>Jet Airways has failed to secure emergency funding from India’s banks and is suspending all flights.</p> <p>The collapse of Jet Airways is the biggest in India since the failure of Kingfisher Airlines back in 2012.</p> <p>The blow is massive to the Indian aviation industry, as demand soars for services. However, airlines are struggling to keep the prices low.</p> <p>Jet Airways explained in a statement their sadness.</p> <p>"This has been a very difficult decision but without interim funding, the airline is simply unable to conduct flight operations," Jet Airways said in statement.</p> <p>"Above all, the airline would like to express its sincere gratitude to all its employees and stakeholders that have stood by the company in these trying times."</p> <p>The airline was informed late on Tuesday by a range of lenders that are led by the government-run State Bank of India that the airline would not be receiving more funds.</p> <p>Passengers are being informed about the closure of the airline via email and text messages and are able to claim a refund.</p> <p>The airline’s operations had shrunk to 40 flights on 5 aircraft on Tuesday, before the closure was announced.</p> <p>However, the banks are continuing to search for a private investor to buy 75 per cent of the airline. The deadline for bids is May 10th.</p>

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Why you should think twice before riding a donkey in Santorini

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The quaint island of Santorini in Greece is never short of tourists who are attracted to the whitewashed cottages and blue-domed churches.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many tourists are arriving by boat, before making their way up hundreds of steep steps to the island’s main town.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you don’t want to walk, there are donkeys available to carry those who can’t or don’t want to journey up the stairs.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, a new campaign has been launched to encourage you to think about the strain that’s being put onto the donkeys.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">British charity The Donkey Sanctuary has launched the </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">In Their Hooves</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> campaign as a way of improving public awareness about the plight of donkeys.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The initiative is the result of a partnership between The Donkey Sanctuary and local Santorini authorities as the strain of passengers who weigh more than 100 kilograms are injuring the spines of the donkeys.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We are excited to launch the In Their Hooves video and we hope visitors to Santorini are able to make informed decisions about the welfare of working equines they will see there," Barbara Massa, The Donkey Sanctuary's regional director for Europe, said in a </span><a href="https://www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/news/collaboration-with-cruise-giant-to-protect-santorinis-donkeys"><span style="font-weight: 400;">press release</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We will continue to work with the municipality, providing training to equine health service providers and also the animal owners, all of whom are critical to improving the working conditions and practices on the island."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The initiative encourages tourists to think about whether or not the animals have access to adequate water and shelter, whether or not their owner treats them respectfully, if they show any signs of injury and whether or not they are expected to carry an acceptable weight.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Have you ridden a donkey before? Let us know in the comments.</span></p>

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Warning: Wearing this popular shoe could get you in trouble in these two countries

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When heading to certain Mediterranean destinations, Aussies need to be careful about what footwear they pack.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some spots have local rules that tourists don’t tend to know about, and wearing the wrong footwear is one of these niche rules.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In Spain’s Gran Canaria and Italy’s Capri, there are very strict regulations when it comes to wearing thongs.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to travel technology company Kiwi.com, the reason that thongs are banned in Capri is because they’re too noisy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It is illegal to wear noisy footwear, including flip-flops in the popular holiday destination Capri, Italy,” said Alison Couper from Kiwi.com to </span><a href="https://www.express.co.uk/travel/articles/1108935/holidays-gran-canaria-flip-flops-italy-capri-illegal"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Express UK</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The locals value their peace and quiet and the law has seen tourists prosecuted for disrespecting this rule.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, over in Gran Canaria, the rules are a bit different. Thongs aren’t illegal over there, but they’re also forbidden to wear whilst you’re driving.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It's important for any holidaymaker who is planning to drive overseas to familiarise themselves with the rules of the road of the country they are visiting,” Alison explained.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A lot of the rules are logical and pretty similar to what we're used to, but some are more surprising: for example, it is illegal to drive wearing flip flops on Gran Canaria, and doing so can result in a big fine.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Have you been caught out by these rules? Let us know in the comments.</span></p>

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Aussies share the weirdest things they’ve seen in hotel rooms

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A group of Aussies have shared the weirdest things they’ve seen after staying in a hotel room, on a Facebook page for frequent flyers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The conversation began when one poster shared a photo of a sign in a hotel room, with the sign saying that you will be charged $70 every time you use the spa.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The amused man wrote:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I had to stay somewhere rural for work, and found this sign next to the bath.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The sign itself said:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Please note: If the SPA is used there will be an extra charge of $70 per night. If you would like to arrange this, then please contact reception before 7pm. Thank you.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The man also shared a photo of his colleague’s room, where the spa charge was only $50.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Others were quick to join in on the conversation, explaining the odd things that they have seen in hotel rooms.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One man explained that he had stayed in a place where the owners had labelled everything with instructions.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was just weird,” he said. “Worse was that they'd taken the remote control for the RC aircon and wanted $5 a night if we wanted to use it.” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another said that they had rented a home in the Gold Coast one Christmas and was met with 17 signs advising reasons for loss of bond. This was after agreeing to pay peak rates.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“These were the penalty for a whole series of transgressions such as ‘not putting the bins out on the kerb on Tuesday night’,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“And they didn't let us use the broadband – we paid AUD$8K – total joke.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">What are some of the weird signs you’ve seen in hotel rooms? Let us know in the comments.</span></p>

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"Everything is burning": Thousands watch in horror as iconic Notre Dame cathedral blazes

<p>A fire has engulfed the roof of Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral and has toppled its spire as thousands of people watch on in horror at the iconic landmark’s destruction.</p> <p>Notre Dame spokesman Andre Finot told French Media that “everything is burning, nothing will remain of the frame.”</p> <p>The famous cathedral is one of France’s most popular tourist attractions and draws 13 million visitors each year.</p> <p>French President Emmanuel Macron has said that this is a “terrible tragedy” but the cathedral will be rebuilt.</p> <p>“I’m telling you all tonight — we will rebuild this cathedral together. This is probably part of the French destiny. And we will do it in the next years. Starting tomorrow, a national donation scheme will be started that will extend beyond our borders,” Mr Macron said.</p> <p>The cause of the blaze is unknown, and earlier on Monday, there were fears that the great bells could fall.</p> <p>Paris Fire Department commander general, Jean-Claude Gallet, told reporters about the worry:</p> <p>“There’s a risk that the great bells fall. If the bells fall, it’s the tower that collapses,” Mr Gallet explained.</p> <p>“There are firefighters inside and outside.</p> <p>“We need to win this battle and block the spreading of the flames. The most efficient action is from the inside. We are not sure if we will be able to stop the spreading of the flames to the North Tower.”</p> <p>A crowd of hundreds has gathered outside the cathedral in shocked silence as they watched the 850-year-old building burn. Australian Divya Bala told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/world/europe/thousands-watch-iconic-notre-dame-cathedral-burn-in-the-heart-of-paris/news-story/aaeb7c0d39a3e7867b0afcbf6b230762" target="_blank">news.com.au </a>that watching the scene unfold was “shocking”.</p> <p>“Everyone just stayed out watching, very calmly, very quietly,” she said.</p> <p>“Some people were in tears, one older gentleman was holding himself up by the railing on the bridge and people were comforting him.</p> <p>“But I was really struck by how calm everyone was.”</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see the devastating before and after shots of the Notre Dame Cathedral.</p>

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Are stand-up airplane seats the way of the future?

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Italian seat manufacturer Aviointeriors’ have ruffled a few feathers with their new idea of standing seats on airplanes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The seats can be seen in the tweet below.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">On <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/The734?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#The734</a> today, we're talking about these new "standing" airline seats. I think most of us try to book the cheapest airline ticket, but would you ever pay to fly like this? Imagine it was $50 round trip to Ft. Myers - would you bite? <a href="https://t.co/1E2SXnTDrE">pic.twitter.com/1E2SXnTDrE</a></p> — Matt Brickman (@Matt_Brickman) <a href="https://twitter.com/Matt_Brickman/status/1113415339235336194?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">3 April 2019</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many were quick to point out safety concerns with the seats, asking about what would be available for elderly, the disabled and for children. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another person inquired about what would happen to them, as they are 2 metres tall in height.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“In shoes, I’m 6’6” (2m) and coach crushes my knees. Will my neck be above the so-called back rest? Will my head hit the ceiling?”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, the designers were quick to point out their intentions with the seats.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The message is, we do not want to put thousands of people in the cabin, we want to offer a multi-class configuration, which is nowadays impossible if you want to reach the maximum load of passengers," engineering advisor at Aviointeriors Gaetano Perugini explained to </span><a href="https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/standing-up-airplane-seat-testing/index.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">CNN Travel</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"So that means that in the same cabin, you will have standard economy, premium economy or business class and ultra-basic economy -- which is an innovation for the airline and the passenger," Perugini continued. "This is the true reason for the Skyrider."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Perugini also admitted that the experience could be uncomfortable for some passengers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I will be honest, I don't think that somebody is happy to stay eight or ten hours in this configuration," he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"In the short haul, if you want to save money [...] you can hold this -- not fully comfortable position -- for a couple of hours. I think the majority of the people will accept this on a couple of hours flight, a three-hour flight."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Would you travel in these seats? Let us know in the comments.</span></p>

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Can you spot the mistake in this Aussie bus sign?

<p>Brisbane commuters have drawn attention to a typo in the city’s buses.</p> <p>About 100 buses operating in the Brisbane City Council have carried an information sticker advising passengers that smoking and consumption of food and drink are prohibited on the bus.</p> <p>However, passengers have identified an oversight on the sticker.</p> <p>The word “consumption” was misspelled as “comsumption”, leading many to question if the signs had been proofread before they were distributed to the vehicles.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 422.7212681638045px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7825842/reddit.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/161e2fb2e931443388d23896a1808030" /></p> <blockquote class="reddit-card" data-card-created="1554946472"><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/brisbane/comments/baztj8/every_single_brisbane_bus_how_have_i_not_noticed/">Every. Single. Brisbane. Bus. How have I not noticed this?</a> from <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/brisbane">r/brisbane</a></blockquote> <p>“Someone had one job...” one wrote on Reddit.</p> <p>“What an embarrassment,” another commented.</p> <p>One added, “I hate that you showed me this. Now I'm going to be irritated! You could have left me in my blissful ignorance.”</p> <p>Others pointed out that not all buses in the council were affected. “I'm on a bus right now and checked for this sign immediately. There's no typo and I'm actually disappointed,” one responded.</p> <p>A council spokesperson told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/can-spot-embarrassing-mistake-brisbane-bus-sticker-235649000.html" target="_blank">Yahoo News Australia</a></em> that it was aware of the misprint on the sticker, which was displayed in fewer than 100 of the city’s fleet of 1,200 buses.</p> <p>“An audit is underway and Council will ensure all stickers identified with a misspelled word are replaced by the end of the week,” said the spokesperson.</p>

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The 4 most dangerous beaches in the world

<p>If your plans for your beachside holiday include reading, relaxing and surviving, cross these treacherous destinations off your list.</p> <p><strong>1. </strong><strong>Hanakapiai Beach, Hawaii</strong></p> <p>The stunning three-kilometre hike to Hanakapiai Beach on the island of Kauai proves that looks can be deceiving. While the destination may look like paradise, that water holds incredibly strong rip currents. The trail sign keeps an updated tally of the number of deaths stemming from visitors who chose to forego caution and swim anyway. According to The Outdoor Project, the rip currents are so strong because this coastal area isn’t protected by any reef.</p> <p><strong>2. New Smyrna Beach, Florida</strong></p> <p>It’s known as the shark attack capital of the world: In 2017, University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File recorded nine shark bites for the year, down from 15 in 2016. While that sounds like good news, it still puts New Smyrna Beach-goers at more risk for shark attacks than anywhere else in the world.</p> <p><strong>3. Gansbaai, South Africa</strong></p> <p><span>Not far off the coast of this popular holiday destination lies a stretch of ocean called Shark Alley. Shark cage diving, which puts tourists in shark-proof cages to get them up-close-and-personal with the creatures, puts a somewhat safe spin on the area. However, the publication </span><em>Digital Nomad </em><span>points out that there’s an “inordinate amount of blood and chum being dumped along the South African shoreline every day” to lure the sharks close to the boats.</span></p> <p><strong>4. Cape Tribulation, Australia</strong></p> <p>If you want to swim the waters of the aptly named Cape Tribulation, Cape-Trib.com suggests you wear a “stinger suit” as the area is home to a lot of stinging jellyfish. Saltwater crocodiles are also prevalent; the locals advise visitors stay away from swimming in the mouths of rivers. If that’s not enough to keep you out of the water, consider these obstacles: Cassowaries – big flightless birds – whose dagger-like claws “can disembowel you,” and stinging trees which, yes, can actually sting you quite painfully with their jagged-edged leaves.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see what these beaches look like.</p> <p><em>Written by Kelly Bryant. </em><em>This article first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/13-most-dangerous-beaches-world">Reader’s Digest</a>.</em></p>

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