What it feels like to pull 4.5g

First of all, when you put on a black flight suit then you instantly feel pretty badass. You’re Clint Eastwood in Firefox, you’re (a taller) Tom Cruise in Top Gun, you look like a real fighter pilot – a profession that at no point will ever require you to say on a phone to an insistent PR,…

The Burj Al Arab’s seven-star myth

So is the Burj Al Arab really a seven-star hotel? Short answer, no, there is no such thing as an official seven-star rating. The Burj Al Arab is formally known as a “five-star deluxe hotel” on the standard rating system. And we should point out that Jumeirah themselves have never claimed that the hotel has…

Early 1980s Blackpool

The idea of the great British beach holiday has largely gone the way of the VHS recorder, as cheap flights meant easy trips to guaranteed sun in the south Med. But this collection of images of Blackpool from the early 1980s is worth seeing. If only as a reminder of the simple charms and very…

Will super-sonic travel ever return?

It seems strange that technology has progressed in almost every field, but in supersonic travel things have seemingly regressed. Concorde was flying people faster than the speed of sound back in 1976, but since its retirement in 2003 there has been no commercial supersonic flight. Why not, and please can we have it back? The…

New York by New Yorkers

Visiting New York and just letting people you meet recommend the next place to go.   On the advice of a New York realtor we met on the plane, the best place to start is at the green core of the Big Apple – Central Park. Get up early, which should be easy given the…

Nepal

With the Civil War now over, Nepal is once again one of the best short-break destinations to visit. From the capital Kathmandu and Nepalese jungle tours to trips over Mount Everest itself, it’s like nowhere else on earth. Words Matt Pomroy As soon as you leave Tribhuvan International Airport you’re right into Kathmandu’s shantytown, all…