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Mr. Quartermaine, not Mr. Bean Mr. Quartermaine, not Mr. Bean

March 13, 2013 - We all know him as one of the most adorable and beloved characters: Mr. Bean.  He always managed to make us laugh or make us sad, but never make us indifferent. This time this great actor, Rowan Atkinson is entertaining the audience in a new theatre play that has rocked the world of the theatre fans.

It seems that this gentleman has happily fulfilled his movie carrier that he has decided to try himself in something different and for the ones who appreciate his work something completely new.

The whole theatre world is buzzing about the amazing performance of Mr. Atkinson. He plays in a new production of Simon Gray’s 1981 play “Quartermaine’s Terms”. In the beginning critics were little bit suspicious about the cast. Famous Mr. Bean could have easily slipped into his comfortable zone of making people laugh with his hilarious grimaces. However, he seems to prove the opposite, since his performance has been reviewed as “superb” and “excellent”.

His new role of St John Quartermaine is remarkable. He is a fine man but unsuccessful and a horrible teacher in a school that teaches English for foreigners at Cambridge. Quartermaine is absolutely confused about his identity. Should he laugh or be sad? Should he go or just stay in the office and wait for somebody to come in? He doesn’t know. But the pleasure to watch him struggle to decide the right way is enough to leave a heartbreaking impression on you. He sits in his armchair, afraid of people, of the world, suggesting that he is not willing ever to separate from it.

What is most memorable about the play is that the role of Mr. Bean, which we all had used to, has completely vanished. Although the appearance of the Quartermaine is not that far away from Mr. Bean’s, his personality is quite something else. He cannot concentrate struggling to make a decent relationship with people that surround him, hiding his loneliness behind courtesy. The play has many comical moments, with many twists that keep attention but the moral of the story is sad and memorable.

It seems that Mr. Atkinson managed to impress the audience as much as the critics. The age of the audience varied from elderly to the fairly young people. Some of them probably expected to see hilarious Mr. Bean and some were guided by the reputation of the previous production of the play. However, they were all impress by the Atkinson’s magnificent come back to the theatre.

Students: Flight Attendants Ok’d Harlem Shake Students: Flight Attendants Ok’d Harlem Shake

March 02, 2013 - Members of a Ultimate Frisbee college team that are currently being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration for taking part in the “Harlem Shake” onboard a flight, said they were given permission from the flight attendants onboard to dance.

One team member, a sophomore named Matt Zelin, said the flight attendants had been very excited. Zelin said that prior to doing anything, he made sure everything was okay with the flight crew.

Zelin said he did not know if the flight attendants had spoken to the Captain. He said he filmed the dance with a camera on a flight bound for San Diego on Frontier Airlines February 15. More than 430,000 views of the video have been downloaded from YouTube.

When asked if they had thought about blocking the aisles if there was an emergency in flight, team members said their fellow passengers had cleared the dance before they performed it.

Members of the team said that the flight attendants were aware of what was going on. In an email to a news agency, Frontier Airlines said that it has a policy not to make comments on things under investigation with the FAA, but Frontier took all safety measures necessary and the light for the seatbelt had been turned off at the time the dance had occurred.

The video appears to show the plane shaking during the dance, but a team member said it was the camera and not the plane that made the video look as though it were shaking. The students still feel nothing wrong was done.

The FAA would not comment on the incident and did not say when they would complete their investigation of the dance.

United Airlines Kicks Passenger off Flight for Photo and Comment United Airlines Kicks Passenger off Flight for Photo and Comment

February 22, 2013 - A man said that United Airlines booted him of a flight on Valentine’s Day. The flight was headed to Istanbul and the man said he was kicked off after taking a photo of his seat and making a comment about terrorists. The passenger, Matthew Klint is a travel blogger who takes photos on all his flights. He said he has photos of every airline meal he has ever been served for over nine years.

However, on Valentine’s Day after he snapped a photo of his seat prior to takeoff, one of the flight attendants approached him and said he could not take photos inside the cabin. She told him of a policy over photos being taken in-flight that is published in the magazine the airline publishes. Klint said he did not take any more photos and put away his iPhone. However, he felt he had to explain what he was doing.

He asked the flight attendant to return to his seat and he said he wanted her to understand his reason for taking the photos and he hoped she did not think he might be a terrorist. Then he said he was a travel writer and regularly carries editorial about airlines in his blog. She seemed indifferent.

However, shortly thereafter a representative for the airline appeared on board and said the flight’s captain was not comfortable with Klint being onboard. The rep said Klint had to leave the plane. Following a conversation with the captain, who would not change his mind, Klint left the plane and took another later flight.

Other people on Klint’s flight on United corroborated his story. A spokesperson for United Airlines would not confirm any details about what took place, but said United has seen the blog post by Klint about the incident and reached out to him to understand his take on the incident.

 

Risk Expert Says Violent Crimes are Uncommon in Tourist Areas in Mexico Risk Expert Says Violent Crimes are Uncommon in Tourist Areas in Mexico

February 12, 2013 - Violent crime that targets travelers visiting Mexico, such as the six tourists from Spain who were raped last week in Acapulco, is uncommon according to a leading travel risk management firm.

The risk management firm said the majority of people that travel in Mexico do not have those kinds of problems. A spokesperson for the company said that no organization could be found in Mexico that targets foreign travelers.

The spokesperson did say that criminals exist, that target people who look out of place, weak or vulnerable. However, he said it was not any different from in other major cities around the world, where people are advised to avoid certain areas and possible dangerous situations.

Another security specialist said that crime looks for the easiest path and generally staying at resorts or hotels is safer. Stand alone homes often times do not have the level of security that a resort or hotel does and could be open on the ocean side, as the home in the rape incident was.

In addition, the security expert said that often times, travelers find themselves in higher risk situations because they venture outside the main tourist areas.

In Mexico, incidents that range from petty crime up to murder are very rare and tourists are targeted not because they are tourists, but because they happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Millions of travelers from the U.S. visit Mexico annually nevertheless, the State Department issued a warning to travelers back in November of 2012. The travel warning noted that tourist destinations and resort areas generally do not have the levels of crime and violence reported in some areas of the country.

The State Department website suggests that travels do not display signs of wealth while traveling and to maintain a low profile so as to not draw attention to you or the people you are with.

 

Bin Laden Compound to Become Theme Park Bin Laden Compound to Become Theme Park

February 06, 2013 - In the well to do town of Abbottabad, Pakistan, al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was located and then killed by U.S. military forces in a large and comfortable compound he had been living in.

Tourism officials in Pakistan announced this week plans to construct an amusement park at a cost of $30 million in the town near the Himalayan foothills that was given worldwide attention as the location where bin Laden was killed by SEALs from the U.S. Navy.

The site, on 50 acres, will include restaurants, miniature golf, water sports, a zoo along with paragliding and rock climbing, said tourism officials. Officials from the province of Kyber Pakhtunkwa denied that the new park was intended to improve the image of the town following the raid of the bin Laden compound. The officials said the only goal was to increase the area’s tourism.

The project is expected to take over five years to be completed with the initial work starting sometime in late February or the beginning of March.

The al-Qaeda leader was killed by U.S. forces, in a risky raid of his compound in May of 2011. The large villa is close to a military academy. Authorities raised the compound in 2012.

Some have suggested it would be better if the government of Pakistan built a park for the public on the compound land. However, that idea was not approved because of the worry people might dub the area “Osama Park.”

In the Pakistani tourism ministry’s website, the town of Abbottabad is referred to as a resort area very popular in the summer and the gateway to all the different mountain adventures.

The site says the town is charming and spread out over a number of low, rolling green hills that remain cool with summer breezes.

Air Passenger Demand Up During 2012 Air Passenger Demand Up During 2012

February 04, 2013 - During 2012, passenger demand globally grew by 5.3%, which was slightly less than the growth experienced during 2011 of 5.9%. Nevertheless, the growth was above the twenty-year average of 5%.

The International Air Transportation Association (IATA) announced the traffic figures for the full 2012 year. Even though passenger counts were up in 2012, cargo dropped by 1.5% for the year.

Load factors for 2012 were close to record levels and reached 79.1%. International markets saw a faster growth rate at 6% compared to domestic travel, which was up 4%. For both cases, emerging markets pushed the growth the most.   The increase in international passengers came from the Middle East, which saw a 15.4% growth, Latin America, which was up 8.4% and Africa, which increased by 7.5%. Capacity grew at a slower rate than demand, which supported an international load factor that was near record levels of 79%.

In the Asia-Pacific sector, passenger growth was 5.2% for 2012, which was up from 4% during 2011. The turnaround in the Chinese economy helped to contribute to the growth in the region.

European air traffic grew by 5.3% during 2012, which is a steep drop from its growth of 9.5% for 2011. Long-haul performance helped generate growth this year in the region, but the continuing problems in the eurozone economies have hurt passenger demand.   In North America, carriers had the lowest growth of international passengers. The region saw only a growth of 1.3% for 2012, which was down from the 2011 figure of 4.1%. However, because of consolidation, tight capacity management and restructuring the region saw the highest load factor at 82%, which helped generate profits in the region of more than $2.4 billion.

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