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Network Rail is spending £100 million A WEEK upgrading the UK's crumbling rail network

Network Rail laid out some stats to back this up this morning in its full-year results. An extra 67.3 million passengers travelled by train over the last year, taking the total number to a record high of 1.65 billion. That's over double the figure from 20 years ago.<p>As a result of this surge, …

Trains

7 Surprisingly Practical Lessons From America's New Poet Laureate

On Wednesday, June 10, the Library of Congress announced that Juan Felipe Herrera, 66, will be the next U.S. poet laureate.<p>Elaborating on the selection, James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress, compared Herrera's work to Walt Whitman's, calling Herrera an "American original." Like Whitman's …

Literature

Christopher Lee Dead: 'Lord Of The Rings' And 'Dracula' Actor Dies Aged 93

Sir Christopher Lee has died aged 93, it has been announced this morning.<p>The veteran actor who continued to work through nearly seven decades of …

J.R.R. Tolkien

20 Must-See Art Museums In America

There's much more to the world's great art museums than just the Louvre and the Prado. In fact, you can skip the jaunt across the Atlantic altogether and set your sights on some world-class art collections right here in the U.S. Even if you're not planning a trip entirely around art, chances are …

Museums

How Duke killed the jock: the rise of yogawear for men

Cult yoga-influenced company Lululemon has changed the face of yoga. But recent sales show it’s men who are buying it; men like ‘Duke’, their high-earning, snowboarding fictional muse. Is Duke the new Jock?<p><i>Spoiler alert: this article discusses plot points from the final episode of Mad Men.</i><p>With …

Mad Men

The science of sexiness: why some people are just more attractive

A new study suggests that long-distance runners are more attractive because they have greater levels of testosterone which makes them more manly and fertile.<p>But there are other biological and evolutionary triggers which are constantly drawing us to certain individuals, even if we don’t realise it …

Best Wireless Travel Speaker

I went on a shopping spree a while ago. Quite a while ago. A shopping spree for me usually entails spending more than usual on one item and then …

Final days of backpacking SE Asia - 2009

<b>2/3/2009 – Goodbye Spicycrew and Laos</b><p>My alarm went off early and I was straight in the shower readying myself for the very long journey ahead. Today …

Laos (again) - 2009

<b>26/2/2009 – Waterfalls and Girls Night Out</b><p>It was nice to sleep in the same bed, in the same bunk, in the same room as before. I woke up with a smile …

Chiang Mai - Luang Prabang (on a slow boat) 2009

<b>23/2/2009 – To Chiang Khong – Thai Border Town</b><p>I woke with a start; excited about the day and journey ahead. Here I was about to embark on a return …

Chiang Mai (part 2) - 2009

<b>19/2/2009 – A quiet day at the office</b><p>Most of my Spicy Crew friends went on a trek today which was sad for me. I really wanted to go, but I`m saving …

Chiang Mai (part 1) - 2009

<b>15/2/2009 – Back in Chiang Mai</b><p>Oh, how I love Chiang Mai dearly. It`s like a favourite acquaintance that you want to know more about and spend more …

Koh Chang - 2009

<b>9/2/2009 – Koh Chang – The island that looks like elephants</b><p>I seem to be putting myself through far too many early mornings and long journeys – I …

Burma (part 3) 2009

The time security escorted me around Dubai Airport

I quite enjoy flying. So the journey from Singapore to Birmingham was meant to be a breeze. It was a flight during the day and it was sunny and in my …

Burma (part 2) 2009

<b>1/2/2009 – Inle Lake to Mandalay</b><p>I spent the morning enjoying the peace and tranquility that Inle Lake naturally brings. I sat on the balcony of the …

To Kindle or Not To Kindle

On the face of it, a Kindle seems like an awesome idea. Millions of books on one little device that last for hours and remembers where you were when …

Travel Tech Tips for Music Lovers

If you love your music as much as I do then there are some things you need to know and do. There are times when music is your absolute saviour and …

Burma (part 1) 2009

<b>28/1/2009 – A Warm Welcome to Burma</b><p>Burma is a special place for me to visit because I have a family connection to the country. My Grandad was born in …

Bangkok (again again) - 2009

<b>21/1/2009 – Trip to Myanmar Embassy, Bangkok</b><p>I enjoyed the peaceful rest one needs after flying until I heard the pitter-patter of feet coming in and …

5 Travel Wishes

There was always a strange voice in my head when I was away and it led me to believe that without a shadow of a doubt, I would be back, doing this …

Singapore - 2009

<b>15/1/2009 – Onwards to Singapore</b><p>The crack of dawn isn`t all that it`s cracked up to be. I was up at 5am to catch my lift with Uncle David down to …

Welcome to Awesome Wave

<b>Awesome Wave</b> is a travel blog by myself and Raj. It’s a place for us to gather the years of stories, adventures and insights from our travels both …

Australia (part 5) - 2009

<b>11/1/2009 – BBQ Breakfast</b><p>This morning was hot, and as Uncle David, Auntie Tracy, Matty and I made our way to Mooloolaba we were melting into the …

Australia (part 4) - 2009

<b>6/1/2009 – Second day in Brisbane</b><p>I awoke to the familiar sensation of the sun blaring through my eyelids. It`s almost like the sun is determined to …

Australia (part 3) - 2009

<b>1/1/2009 – Tragedy on New Years Day</b><p>I don`t really know how I can describe today. Even to think about that morning makes me sad. I woke up fairly …

Australia (part 2) - 2008

<b>27/12/2008 – The Lindley Tour of Inland Sunshine Coast</b><p>The girls (Auntie Tracy, Jan and I) in the VW Beetle were following the boys (Uncle David, …

Australia (part 1) - 2008

<b>22/12/2008 – Welcome to Australia</b><p>I am sleeping in the flat under the house where my 16 year old cousin Georgina sleeps. Its the only place in the …

LP - Vientiane - KL - Gold Coast - Maroochydore

<b>20/12/2008 – Onwards to Kuala Lumpur</b><p>We arrived in <i>Vientiane</i> at the rather rude hour of 5am and shuffled off the bus in a daze, grabbed our bags and …

Luang Prabang (part 3) - 2008

<b>16/12/2008 – Tried Squirrel? I got the t-shirt…</b><p>I got my staff t-shirt today which I was very excited about. I intend to wear it for the rest of the …