Travelogue October 2014…
Travelogue October 2014…
with Bob Nicolaides
Student confessed the hoax bomb alarm to easyJet flight
A student has admitted making a hoax phone call claiming there was a bomb on an Hatji Ioannou’s easyJet flight from London Gatwick to Turkey.
Muhammet Demir, 20, of no fixed abode, called police shortly before 4.30pm on Tuesday September 9 and said he has seen a bomb on the flight destined for Izmir. At the time, the flight was taxiing on the runway with 170 passengers on board.
It was recalled and met by armed police. Police officers, Gatwick and airline staff, traced the call to 20-year-old Demir, who had been due to board the flight.
Although they established it was a hoax, the incident still delayed the flight by three hours. Police forces around the country were notified and Demir was arrested as he tried to board a flight at Luton Airport.
The Turkish national admitted making the call but did not say why. At Brighton Magistrates’ Court this week, Demir pleaded guilty to a charge of communicating a false message to cause a bomb hoax. He was remanded in custody and is due to appear before a crown court for sentencing on a date to be set.
Where Myths Come Alive
You want enchantment?
Take the Venice to Istanbul 11-day Enchantment cruise onboard Holland America Line’s ms Zuiderdam and stop at Katakolon where you can be transferred by bus to Olympia, on to Nafplion and Athens, continue to Kusadasi, then on to Mykonos, Rhodes, and Santorini before you head for the Dardanelles and end up in Istanbul.
In ancient Olympia see the birthplace of the original and true Olympic Games, presided over a 40-ft satue of Zeus.
The statue is gone but the temple ruins remain, along with the original marble starting blocks. In Delos, an isle adjacent to Mykonos reached by boat, you’ll see the mythical birthplace of Apollo and his sister Artemis (Diana) both children of Zeus and Leto.
Leto sought refuge on the island from the jealous Hera, Zeus’ consort, who was pursuing her.
Poseidon anchored the floating island for the birth. Delos was declared sacred and ikt was forbidden for any mortal to be born or die on the island, which remains uninhabited today, occupied only by extensive ruins.
This and many more sights on this trip the savings fare will cost you $1,999 with free cruise fares for third and fourth guets.
Hello Kitty Flights Now Headed To Paris Thanks To EVA Air
While the world wrestles with shock from the recent announcement that Hello Kitty is not a cat, a happier piece of news comes our way from EVA Air: cat or not, Hello Kitty planes will begin flying routes to Paris next month in celebration of Hello Kitty’s 40th birthday (due to Kitty’s youthful appearance, we assume this birthday is in cat years).
EVA currently operates Hello Kitty flights between Taipei and Los Angeles — besides featuring adorable Kitty scenes on the outside, the jets are tricked out to the Kitty max on the inside.
Think Hello Kitty luggage tags for every passenger, Hello Kitty headrests and drink coasters, Hello Kitty soap in the lavatory and in-flight meals where every last melon slice, cheese piece and dessert cake is shaped like Hello Kitty’s adorable head.
The new Paris flights will add in new Hello Kitty silverware, new Hello Kitty placemats and a new Hello Kitty menu (cat croissants, perhaps?). They’ll fly from Taipei to Paris three times per week starting on Oct. 29.
According to the London Daily Mail, Sanrio reps say they designed the Hello Kitty flights to “make flying fun and spread happiness among passengers all over the globe.”
Jet-ski crash killed a newly-wed on Greek Island
A British man, reported to have been two days into his honeymoon, has been killed in a jet ski crash on the Greek island of Santorini.
Kingston-upon-Thames estate agent Jeremy Hope, 39, is reported to have collided with another jet ski driven by a friend, who had been at his wedding.
According to latest reports, the newly-wed continued sunbathing after the accident was later airlifted to hospital in Crete when he started to feel unwell.
He died of severe head and chest injuries on the way. The friend, 29, was detained at Athens Airport as he tried to fly to visit Mr Hope in hospital. He was arrested, along with the owner of the jet ski hire company, and both are due to appear in court today, when they may be charged with negligent homicide.
Mr Hope and his bride Sarah Greaves, 29, were believed to be staying at four-star Antinea Hotel, a short walk from the beach.
Google to help small tourism business in Greece
Internet giant, Google, has done it again. This time, they have extended a helping hand to Greece’s tourism industry, by initiating management courses for 3000 tourism related businesses.
In an attempt to promote tourism in the dainty island of Crete, Google has made it a point to help small businesses flourish in the city.
Google has proved that nothing is impossible, especially when there is a will to accomplish a certain task.
In order to help small companies setup their business successfully, Google will launch the mission in September. Depending on the success of the program, the methodology would be rolled out to benefit other prominent sectors.
This way Google is expected to help the Greek economy, which has been struggling to break free from the iron clad chains of recession.
Industry union, Sete, reported that the whole economy is hoping to finally be able to move on after the bitter episode of economic reforms and recession.
Google is said to make full use of their Google My Business and Google AdWords program in order to bring visibility and power to the companies struggling to leave a mark on the Internet.
What’s in it for Google? Google is one of the biggest Internet search providers in the world currently.
The company has also been known to invest heavily in its philanthropic initiatives all throughout the world. Given the mutual interest related to the growth of the Greek economy, Google hopes to expand its horizons as the Greek economy flourishes over the oncoming years.
The Greek authority is currently expecting to welcome around 21 million tourists by the end of the year 2014. With the advent of the tourist season, the Greek Government can expect a whopping increase in the number of jobs available in the market over the oncoming months.
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