Riot Police Storm Hong Kong Airport as Protesters Force Second Day of Flight CancellationsPosted: August 14, 2019 Filed under: Asia, Breaking News, Foreign Policy, Global, Hong Kong, Mediasphere | Tags: Hong Kong International Airport, Pro-Democracy Movement, travel Leave a comment
Hong Kong International Airport has canceled all remaining flight departures for the second straight day due to protests.
Riot police stormed the Hong Kong International Airport on Tuesday as protests by thousands of anti-government demonstrators forced flights to be canceled for the second straight day.
Travelers at one of the world’s busiest airports were advised that check-in had been suspended and hundreds flights were cancelled, and that they should leave the terminals as quickly as possible and contact airlines for more information.
The clashes appeared to represent an escalation 10 weeks after the protest’s massive, peaceful beginnings in early June, when hundreds of thousands marched in the semi-autonomous city against a now-suspended extradition bill. A Chinese official said Tuesday that protesters “have begun to show signs of terrorism,” and China appeared to be weighing a crackdown on the democratic movement.
Bolstered by anger over the crackdown by Hong Kong police, the protests has grown more confrontational in recent weeks and reached new levels last Monday with a city-wide strike that disrupting traffic and hundreds of flights.
After weeks of issuing warnings, but deferring to Hong Kong authorities to quell protests, Beijing has hinted at a more assertive posture. Chinese paramilitary police were seen in video released by the state holding exercises in Shenzhen, China, which sits across the border from Hong Kong. Images circulated online showing a convoy of armored personnel carriers from the People’s Armed Police traveling to the site. Read the rest of this entry »
Please Stand By: Pundit Network News Report UpdatePosted: August 31, 2017 Filed under: Breaking News, Entertainment, Mediasphere, The Butcher's Notebook | Tags: 24-hour news cycle, news, Pundit from another planet, travel, Vacation Leave a comment
Editor’s note: I’m traveling a lot this month, internet access is limited. Pundit Planet will be back with fresh news when the network is back online. In the meantime, check out our archives. And pray for Houston. Explore donation options here.
[VIDEO] Louis CK: Russia Is Very Crazy PlacePosted: December 10, 2016 Filed under: Humor, Mediasphere, Russia | Tags: comedy, Louis CK, Moscow, travel, USSR Leave a comment
NASA: Travel Posters of Fantastic ExcursionsPosted: February 22, 2016 Filed under: Art & Culture, Global, Science & Technology, Space & Aviation | Tags: Adventure, design, Futurism, Illustration, NASA, Planets, Poster Art, Science fiction, Space Exploration, travel, typography Leave a comment
Record Numbers of Americans Traveling by Car this Holiday SeasonPosted: December 24, 2015 Filed under: Mediasphere, U.S. News | Tags: Automobiles, Cars, Christmas, Transportation, travel 1 Comment
The vast majority of holiday travelers — more than 90 million — will be driving, and much cheaper gas prices will drive the costs of the holiday trips down.
At a rest stop in Ridgefield, New Jersey, the Wolfe family of six from Brookhaven, Mississippi, told CBS News that they’ve already logged 18 hours on the road.
Dad Nick Wolfe says their final stop is Vermont.
“Everybody is doing great. We had a DVD installed in the van, so we have been watching a lot of movies. It’s been great.”
For Alex Sphere and his family from Boston, highway driving has been great for the wallet, even if it means nearly running out of gas.
“We tried to make it to New Jersey without stopping so we could get the cheaper gas prices in New Jersey than New York, so we are running on just about empty,” Sphere said. According to AAA, the record 91 million people hitting the road is nearly 2 million more than last year.
Cheap gas may be fueling the increase. They are at an average $2 a gallon, down 37 cents from last year. A family of five driving a minivan from New York to Miami is paying just $130 one way — a savings of $80 compared to just two years ago. Read the rest of this entry »
Modern Nomad: The College Student Who Lives on Trains Instead of Paying RentPosted: August 23, 2015 Filed under: Asia, China, Global, Mediasphere | Tags: Bohemian, Lifestyle, news, Nomad, rent, Trains, travel, Vagabond Leave a comment
[VIDEO] Goin’ on a Road Trip!Posted: July 21, 2015 Filed under: Entertainment, Humor, Mediasphere | Tags: Canine, Dog, Pets, Road Trip, travel, video, Vine Leave a comment
GAS UP, BUTTERCUP: Data Geeks Calculate What the Ultimate U.S. Road Trip Looks LikePosted: May 20, 2015 Filed under: Entertainment, Mediasphere, Think Tank | Tags: Baton Rouge, California, Camarillo, Contiguous United States, Gasoline, Los Angeles, Louisiana, Road Trip, Texas, travel 1 Comment
Who needs an atlas when you have an algorithm? Data tinkerer Randy Olson, who is now known across the internet for developing the optimum search path for Where’s Waldo books, has used this same algorithm to compute the optimal American road trip.
At the urging of Tracy Staedter from Discovery News, Olson set out to find the quickest driving route that would stop at a national natural landmark, national historic site, national park or national monument in all of the lower 48 states. He also included Washington, D.C. and added another stop in California to get to a total of 50 stops. Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] Traveling is Hard for Tall PeoplePosted: April 6, 2015 Filed under: Humor, Mediasphere | Tags: Air travel, media, Tall Men, travel, video Leave a comment
Vintage Paperback: W. Somerset Maugham’s ‘The Gentleman in the Parlour’Posted: November 10, 2014 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Mediasphere | Tags: Avon Books, Books, design, Illustration, novel, Paperback, Romance, The Gentleman in the Parlour, travel, typography, vintage, W. Somerset Maugham 3 Comments
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Best Known for his novels and plays, Somerset Maugham also produced the most delightfully engaging and absorbing non-fiction, of which The Gentleman In The Parlour is a prime example. First published in 1935 it is the account of a journey the author took form Rangoon to Haiphong.Whether by river to Mandalay, on horse through the mountains and forests of the Shan States to Bangkok, or onwards by sea, Maugham’s muse is in the spirit of Hazlitt, who wrote: ‘It is great to shake off the trammels of the world and public opinion…and become the creature of the moment and to be known by no other title than ‘The Gentleman in the Parlour‘.’
“There enough raw material to sate his imagination and the journey itself takes on the contours of a story worth recording. Among the coolly-observed descriptions of ruined pagodas there’s the added treat of Maugham’s catty thoughts on his craft” – Sunday Herald (Glasgow) Read the rest of this entry »
Go USA! Cheerful Tourism Booster of the DayPosted: August 21, 2014 Filed under: Diplomacy, Global, Humor, Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: Boats, Decline of Western Civilization, foreignaffairs.com, Global Panic of 2014, Noodle Salad, Putin, Tourism, travel, Washington, zombie apocalypse 1 Comment
Courtesy of those upbeat folks at foreignaffairs.com
The Visual Feast of Hong Kong: Through the Lens of Hong Kong Fong, Part 2Posted: August 10, 2014 Filed under: Art & Culture, Asia, China | Tags: Asia, Beach, Bun Festival, Cheung Chau, China, Chinese New Year, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Fong, hongkongfong, Mong Kok, Pak Tai, Photography, Piu Sik, Stanley, travel 5 Comments
Greetings from Hong Kong Fong! Continuing in my new role of China Deputy Bureau Chief and Hong Kong Photo Editor for Pundit From Another Planet, and following my inaugural PFAP post, The Visual Feast of Hong Kong: Through the Lens of Hong Kong Fong, Part 1, I now share with you Part 2.
Another Reason to Admire Amy AdamsPosted: June 27, 2014 Filed under: Mediasphere, U.S. News | Tags: American Hustle, Amy Adams, First Class, travel, Twitter, U.S. Military, United States 2 Comments
Amy Adams gives up her first-class seat to an American soldier, while she goes back to coach. http://t.co/xwuhAYiP0Z pic.twitter.com/FYXiOkESuh
— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 27, 2014
Happy Travelers: Detail from 1958 American Airlines AdPosted: June 3, 2014 Filed under: Art & Culture, Comics, Entertainment | Tags: Advertising, Aviation, design, Illustration, Mad Men, Magazines, travel, typography, vintage 1 Comment
Source: tumblr – Roger Wilkerson, The Suburban Legend!
What International Air Travel Was Like in the 1930sPosted: November 30, 2013 Filed under: Art & Culture, History, Science & Technology, Space & Aviation | Tags: Air, Air travel, British Empire, Imperial Airways, Recreation, Transportation, travel, World War I 4 Comments
Today we largely take international air travel for granted. Every major city in the world is little more than a hop, skip, and jump away. But what was it actually like to fly halfway around the world in the 1930s, when the very concept was still novel? Pretty incredible, as it turns out—provided you could afford it.
At the dawn of commercial air travel, Imperial Airways was Britain’s shuttle to the world. As the British Empire’s lone international airline in the 1920s and ’30s, Imperial was responsible for showing the rich and famous every corner of the Empire. And in doing so, their mission was to make the Empire (and by extension, the world) feel that much smaller.
They did it in style.
During the WWI, airplanes became a vital tool for victory, ushering in a brave new world of battle. Airplanes were the future of war, but they had yet to prove themselves as the future of peace.
After the war, Britain had a surplus of warplanes that would jumpstart its commercial air industry. But the early 1920s was a hard period for British aircraft companies. Unlike their counterparts in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the United States, very little government investment in British air travel occurred during peacetime.
Instead, the government hobbled together the few struggling British air companies to form Imperial Airways, which was incorporated in 1924. Imperial was devised as a private, highly subsidized company that would operate with monopoly support from the British government. They shuttled mail and passengers to the farthest reaches of the globe.
Imperial’s planes of the 1920s (made of wood and fabric) would slowly morph into the planes of the 1930s (made of metal). But it wasn’t merely because the streamlined aircraft looked sleeker. The newer planes also better suited Imperial Airways’ mission of Empire maintenance.
How to Go Insane at Tokyo’s Best Gadget StoresPosted: August 25, 2013 Filed under: Mediasphere | Tags: gadgets, Japan, Shopping, Tokyo, travel Leave a comment
REST AND RELAXATION in Waikiki. A boys’ night out in Vegas. Gadget shopping in Tokyo. Most guys might choose the first two escapes, but I’ve been going to Tokyo every year for the past decade to seek out the newest gizmos—products that haven’t yet made it to the west or are simply too niche to ever be imported. In my travels, I’ve found tiny wooden speakers hand-carved out of rare Japanese cedar, silicone keyboards that roll up like a burrito and a Gameboy cartridge filled with 500 games that were never released stateside.
Some of the gadgets are brilliant solutions to urgent nerd problems; others will leave you dumbfounded. Don’t let the sillier products deter you, though. For every bewildering gadget you’ll find, a dozen more will be worth taking home. And, luckily for tech-obsessed tourists, getting around is easy: Most of the key stops are in the Akihabara neighborhood, on the Japan Railway’s Yamanote line.
Here are five of my favorite spots, as well as a few of the curios that I found on my latest trip. While you can buy some of these products online, there’s no substitute for making an actual pilgrimage.