PUBLISHED: 11:37 27 January 2019 Thomas Chapman Former Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service engines are being used to tackle blazes across the globe, including in Mogadishu. Picture: Courtesy of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service Archant Fire engines play an undoubtedly crucial role in our society, facilitating the work of firefighters and allowing hundreds of lives to be saved every year. What happens to Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service engines when they are retired? Picture: Nick ButcherBut what happens to these enormous vehicles once they reach their sell-by date and have to make way for a newer, shinier, better-equipped model?Many brigades across the nation simply scrap their old engines, but Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service has been working to ensure their appliances get a second bite of the cherry.The service has a partnership with Angloco, a Yorkshire-based company whose primary function is to manufacture fire fighting vehicles and their on-board … [Read more...] about From Suffolk to Somalia: The retired fire engines tackling blazes around the world
By Patrick May | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: January 25, 2019 at 9:45 am | UPDATED: January 25, 2019 at 9:48 am Tourists flock from all over the world to stand and stare at San Francisco’s marvelous and magical zigzag — the 1000 block of Lombard Street. In recent years, tourists have been coming in such volume that they’re creating traffic backups all over Russian Hill. And causing a human gridlock at the intersection of Lombard and Leavenworth. And loitering and littering so much that local residents are at their wits’ end. Help us, the pricey neighborhood’s residents are shouting at City Hall. Save us from this madness! Now comes word that the city is considering implementing a toll on the famed road — actually the second crookedest in San Francisco, after Vermont Street between 20th and 22nd streets in the Portrero Hill neighborhood. KPIX reports that city planners are exploring a way to ease the congestion … [Read more...] about $5 to drive down the (second) crookedest street in the world?!?!
Shelley Cline, president of TCS World Travel, and expedition leader Richard Butler recently stopped by Luxury Travel Advisor’s office to talk about the latest from the private jet tour operator. Among the highlights, TCS just announced a new lineup of trips for 2020, a focus on “first-chance” destinations and experiences, as well as its recently debuted teen advisory panel. 1. What are some new destinations you're going to and what are some destinations that you see are piquing travelers' interest right now? Cline: We're focusing on the Balkans, actually, such as Kosovo and Serbia. We have a trip that's all around the Balkans and into Uzbekistan and Georgia. These are places that either didn't have the infrastructure to support luxury travel in the past or they're places that people want to go to but they want to go with a group rather than on their own. So, definitely I'd say the Balkans are an area of interest. People have been interested in Croatia but beyond just … [Read more...] about Five Questions With: Shelley Cline, Richard Butler of TCS World Travel
PUBLISHED: 12:27 24 January 2019 | UPDATED: 12:32 24 January 2019 Al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda affiliate, are fighting to overthrow the internationally-based Somali government. Picture: MOHAMED DAHIR/Getty Images) 2009 AFP A fire extinguisher designed and created in this county has been credited with saving the lives of soldiers in a foreign military compound, after its design prevented a “catastrophic explosion.” The shrapnel-damaged Norfolk-made P50 extinguisher after the mortar attack at the Somalian military compound. Its unique technology, invented and made by Britannia Fire prevented a “catastrophic explosion”.Picture: Britannia FireShrapnel pierced two fire extinguishers developed and made by Britannia Fire at Ashwellthorpe – which have inner cylinders wrapped in Kevlar thread – when a barrage of mortars was fired by gunmen at the base in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, on New Year’s Day.The cylinders remained intact because of their … [Read more...] about The innovative Norfolk design which saved lives during Somali terror attack
ROYAL Caribbean have unveiled the longest waterslide at sea in the world following a $115 million (£88 million) revamp on their Navigator of the Seas cruise ship. The 800 foot slide will feature on the ship when it launches again on February 24 later this year. Called The Blaster, the slide will propel a two-person raft down the slide, with nerve-wracking sections sending guests over the side of the ship at speed. Alongside the waterslide is its counterpart ride Riptide, where riders travel headfirst towards the bottom of the slide with ocean views thanks to the transparent sections of the flume. The Blaster will be the longest in the world after beating the Vertigo on MSC Cruises’ Preziosa, measuring 394 foot. The Navigator of the Seas, which was the world's largest cruise ship between 2002 and 2005, will also include a number of new features following the million-dollar renovation. Guests will be able to use the first standalone blow dry bar on the ship, with salon To Dry … [Read more...] about Royal Caribbean unveils the longest waterslide at sea in the world following Navigator of the Seas £88million revamp