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Britain Should Be Trusted to Uphold Basic Human Rights

Britain Should Be Trusted to Uphold Basic Human Rights | Blogging | Scoop.it
Civil liberty campaigners, liberal zealots and Shami Chakrabarti probably choked on their corn flakes this morning when they read the news that Britain is to take back control of its courts - if the Tories win the next General Election.
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9 Things They Don't Tell You About a Day at the Magic Kingdom

9 Things They Don't Tell You About a Day at the Magic Kingdom | Blogging | Scoop.it
English: Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort (Photo credit: Wikipedia)If you've ever seen one of those sickening TV adver...
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A day at the Magic Kingdom is a day of endurance. Are you ready for Mickey Mouse?

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12 Moments In Kid's Films Really Not Meant For Kids

12 Moments In Kid's Films Really Not Meant For Kids | Blogging | Scoop.it
There are many films that are billed as films for children, with terrifyingly dark moments, or moments deemed unfit for children. Some of these are as the result of Disney's strong desire to make children around the world cry, and terrified as their take on classic fairly tales are twisted into entertaining, but sometimes dark stories.
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A Guide to Flying Economy with Virgin Atlantic

A Guide to Flying Economy with Virgin Atlantic | Blogging | Scoop.it
They say that getting there is half the fun, and that is usually the case when you're flying to Florida with a respected, scheduled airline. In most instances, the term 'economy' can be a little misleading. The level of service and the quality of in-flight entertainment is higher than ever on some transatlantic carriers, making the journey to the Sunshine State an integral part of the holiday.
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Flying to Orlando? Is paying more for a transatlantic flight with Virgin Atlantic really worth it? Or should you stick to charter carriers?

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4 Amazing Hotels That Defy Imagination

4 Amazing Hotels That Defy Imagination | Blogging | Scoop.it
It seems that hotel designers, architects and owners are always pushing the boundaries of engineering in their quest to attract the world's millionaires. A dazzling array of luxury hotels is emerging across Asia, Europe and North America, but a select few almost defy belief. As most of the world's top hotels have mastered the art of service, opulence and interior design, it is now the responsibility of architects to attract the world's richest guests. Four hotels, in particular, prove that conceptual design is being used as the ultimate form of advertising.
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These hotels are truly stunning... they are more than just buildings.

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The Story of My Increased Sugar Adventures in Spain | The Daily Heckle

The Story of My Increased Sugar Adventures in Spain | The Daily Heckle | Blogging | Scoop.it
As I wobbled back to work today after a holiday in Spain, some words from my last blog came hurtling to the front of my mind "I believe I'm doing the right thing - I have seen and felt the health benefits (of a low sugar regime)". Yes, but quite evidently, this did not apply when I was on holiday and eating ice-cream at lunch time "to cool down" then a custard pastry on the same evening because "it doesn't taste that sweet to me, perhaps it's a sugar free pastry...".
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Is it just impossible to avoid sugar whilst on holiday?

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Universal Orlando's Cabana Bay, other Loews Hotels add free wi-fi - Orlando Sentinel

Universal Orlando's Cabana Bay, other Loews Hotels add free wi-fi - Orlando Sentinel | Blogging | Scoop.it
Universal Orlando's Cabana Bay, other Loews Hotels add free wi-fi
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Loews Hotels' Orlando properties include Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, all at Universal Orlando.

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3 Luxury Hotels in Orlando That Define Excess

3 Luxury Hotels in Orlando That Define Excess | Blogging | Scoop.it
When you think 'Orlando', you could be forgiven for thinking Mickey Mouse and huge queues. However, there is a level of luxury to be found in central Florida that is every bit as opulent as it is in New York and Los Angeles.
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Is the Grand Floridian Resort in Walt Disney World the lap of luxury we're told it is?

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8 Steps to a Great Day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Tower of Terror ride Disney s MGM Orlando (Photo credit: Wikipedia) When it was announced that Universal Studios was to open a theme park in Orlando, Walt Disney World simply couldn t be outdone in their own back yard. Disney/MGM Studios was hastily built and opened a whole year before its direct competitor, and it has now been entertaining international visitors for 25 years. Whether you are visiting Disney s Hollywood Studios for the first time or looking for a different perspective on the park, read on for some practical tips and advice on getting the most out of the experience. Where to start? There are so many of them, so the easy thing would be to say make sure you take in all of the attractions at Disney s Hollywood Studios. However, there are a few in particular that will make your day extra special. 8. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror This ride is a little intense, and that intensity starts from the moment you join the queue. Some very spooky hotel staff, haunting music and
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Fast Food Workers Say: NEVER Order These Items

Fast Food Workers Say: NEVER Order These Items | Blogging | Scoop.it
Some grossed out fast-food workers filled us in, and now we'll never get these again. So that's what they do with the left-over hot dogs . . . (Just when I thought eating fast food couldn't get any scarier.

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STB explores use of Disney-style wearable tags to boost visitor experience

STB explores use of Disney-style wearable tags to boost visitor experience | Blogging | Scoop.it
SINGAPORE — The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is exploring the use of radio frequency identification technology (RFID) to boost tourism spending and improve the visitor experience, having been inspired by the success of wearable RFID tags at Walt Disney World in Florida, in the United States.
The technology will also be used to gather data that the STB hopes will yield important consumer behavioural insights.
Between November and January, up to 1,000 tags and 20 tag-detecting readers will be tested at two unspecified places — a tourist attraction and a meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions venue, tender documents put up earlier this week by the STB showed.
Noting that Disney increased visitor spending by 8 per cent three months after rolling out the use of the RFID tags, the STB said it would explore using the technology on “gamification” at events and attractions, entry access, food and retail payments, as well as links to social media.
The tender documents said the vendor will design and implement a system of tag-detecting readers. Applications in the readers can, among other things, request rights to access user’s social media, suggest purchases based on registration information and post pictures on social media.
The system must comply with security and personal data requirements, and the vendor has to ensure that participants indicate their informed consent prior to the collection of any of their personal data.
At Walt Disney World, visitors are given MyMagic+ wristbands that serve as room keys, theme park tickets and optional payment accounts, among other things.
The Walt Disney Co reportedly spent US$1 billion (S$1.25 billion) on the technology. Last month, it was reported that the expenses of rolling out MyMagic+ continued to be a drag on the company’s profits between April and June — the first full quarter in which MyMagic+ was available to all Disney World theme-park guests. Still, company executives praised its performance and said it should start making a positive impact on the bottom line in the current quarter.
Other attractions in the US that uses RFID technology include Hyland Hills’ Water World in Denver and indoor water parks chain Great Wolf Lodge.
An STB report released last week showed that visitor arrivals from January to June fell 2.8 per cent to 7.5 million, compared with the same period last year. Mr Oliver Chong, STB executive director for communications and industry marketing, has said the board “emphasises quality tourism growth by focusing on the visitor experience and encouraging tourists to do and spend more in the local economy”.
Tourism experts TODAY spoke to felt the use of RFID technology could nudge tourists to spend more. Ms Wong King Yin, a lecturer at Nanyang Technological University’s Marketing and International Business division, said: “Theoretically, when tourists can pay for the goods or services in a more convenient way like contactless payment, they feel less pain of parting with the actual cash; then they will spend more, based on the results of extensive consumer behavioural study.”
Data collected can help local businesses to be more targeted in their promotion, said Ngee Ann Polytechnic senior tourism lecturer Michael Chiam.
Hotels, restaurants, theme parks, transportation systems and shopping malls were among the places and sectors where the technology could be rolled out, the experts suggested.
Ms Wong said an integrated system to automate hotel, transport and restaurant payments, for example, would alleviate the manpower crunch in frontline services. “All these payment processes require a lot of labour hours to handle,” she said.
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Noting that Disney increased visitor spending by 8 per cent three months after rolling out the use of the RFID tags, the STB said it would explore using the technology on “gamification” at events and attractions, entry access, food and retail payments, as well as links to social media.

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How to Save Money When Eating at the Magic Kingdom

How to Save Money When Eating at the Magic Kingdom | Blogging | Scoop.it
I always think that the prices - listed individually above your head - look very reasonable. After all, it is Walt Disney World, and this is the biggest and most popular entertainment complex in the world. However, nothing prepares me for that moment when I realise I'm going to need my debit card. The same moment when I realise that the $50 bill in my pocket just isn't going to cut it.
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How to save a bundle on food at The Magic Kingdom

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Morning Cup of Links: Goodbye, Saturday Morning Cartoons

Morning Cup of Links: Goodbye, Saturday Morning Cartoons | Blogging | Scoop.it
A Requiem for Saturday Morning Cartoons. With home video and 24-hour cartoon channels, the sacred tradition died a long, slow death.
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24-hour kids' TV channels are just not the same!

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3 New York Hotels Perfect for a Christmas Getaway

3 New York Hotels Perfect for a Christmas Getaway | Blogging | Scoop.it
As the festive season approaches once again, thoughts turn to shopping and Christmas cheer, and what better place to enjoy both than New York City? If you are planning a Christmas getaway to the Big Apple this year, these three hotels have the festive cheer you'll need to make your stay in New York a trip to remember.
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5 Exciting Things to Do in New York at Christmas

5 Exciting Things to Do in New York at Christmas | Blogging | Scoop.it
As the festive season approaches, you may be considering a well-earned break in order to prepare for the rigours of a family Christmas. While your instincts may tell you to pack your swimming gear and fly to a tropical paradise, a very different variety of paradise awaits you in New York City.
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The Truth Behind Flying First Class with BA

The Truth Behind Flying First Class with BA | Blogging | Scoop.it
BA - or British Airways as I like to call them - has struggled since the dawn of budget travel. I suppose it has found it difficult to determine its true niche in an aviation industry that is becoming increasingly dominated by the two extremes of travel options. However, it seems that our national carrier is making a comeback - and it's doing it by appealing to wealthy travellers.
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Is First Class on British Airways worth the wonga?

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And We're the Lucky Country?

And We're the Lucky Country? | Blogging | Scoop.it
Tony Abbott, in his INFINITE wisdom, has decided to consider banning Vladimir Putin from the G20 summit, due to be held here in Australia in November. Call me crazy, but last time I checked, Putin was kinda a big fish in the very small pond that Tony Abbott is swimming in.
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Are comparisons with Putin fair on Aussie PM Tony Abbott?

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7 Tips for a Great Day at the Magic Kingdom

7 Tips for a Great Day at the Magic Kingdom | Blogging | Scoop.it
The Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, Florida is the epitome of family fun, imagination and childhood innocence. Around the world, kids either have wonderful memories of the world's most famous theme park or they long to one day experience the magic for themselves.
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Some great tips here for enjoying a fantastic day at The Magic Kingdom

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Cheap hotels in USA

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Notes cheap hotels in USA. If you want to visit USA for traveling his buddies and family then USA hotels are perfect spot for living here.

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5 Steps to a Great Day Out at Universal's Islands of Adventure

5 Steps to a Great Day Out at Universal's Islands of Adventure | Blogging | Scoop.it
Hogsmeade at Wizarding World of Harry PotterUniversal's Islands of Adventure was a technical marvel when it opened in 1999, and it probably saved ...
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How to have a great time at Universal's Islands of Adventure

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Generation anXiety - We Don't Have To Share Our Lives With Anxiety

Generation anXiety - We Don't Have To Share Our Lives With Anxiety | Blogging | Scoop.it
How often do you find yourself reacting to situations in a completely disproportionate way? I would say on average I do this around three of four times per day. I have always joked that I’m continually prepared for the worst case scenario to happen. People who know me well, know that I always talk about my 'getting chased up the stairs feeling'.
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Why living with anxiety doesn't have to take over your life.

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Inside Disney’s All Star Movies Resort

Image: Juliana Lopes Let s be honest about this; if you want to do Disney on a budget, you re probably going to base your stay outside the Walt Disney World Property. While some of the resorts and hotels are classed as value offerings, they are still vastly more expensive than staying in a bog standard, International Drive motel. However, if your heart is truly set on the complete Disney experience, Disney s All-Star Movies Resort is perhaps one of the better options. It seems that the premium charged for staying at this fun hotel is simply for the privilege of Disney-fication . The rooms are small about the same size as those at the Rosen Inn Pointe Orlando. The standard offering of two double beds is designed specifically for young families of four. So if you have teenagers or larger families, this probably isn t the Disney resort for you. The set-up is very much a classic American motel affair. Rooms are on three levels, all with outdoor corridors and sheer drops to the ground belo
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Inside Disney's All Star Movies Resort

Inside Disney's All Star Movies Resort | Blogging | Scoop.it
Let's be honest about this; if you want to do Disney on a budget, you're probably going to base your stay outside the Walt Disney World Property. While some of the resorts and hotels are classed as 'value' offerings, they are still vastly more expensive than staying in a bog standard, International Drive motel. However, if your heart is truly set on the complete Disney experience, Disney's All-Star Movies Resort is perhaps one of the better options.
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Staying at Disney on a budget? Why not give Disney's All Star Movie Resort a try?

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8 Steps to a Great Day at Disney's Hollywood Studios

8 Steps to a Great Day at Disney's Hollywood Studios | Blogging | Scoop.it
When it was announced that Universal Studios was to open a theme park in Orlando, Walt Disney World simply couldn't be outdone in their own back yard. Disney/MGM Studios was hastily built and opened a whole year before its direct competitor, and it has now been entertaining international visitors for 25 years. Whether you are visiting Disney's Hollywood Studios for the first time or looking for a different perspective on the park, read on for some practical tips and advice on getting the most out of the experience.
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What not to miss the next time you visit Disney's Hollywood Studios

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