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Brighton: A Mini Trip Report

I tend to like reading the stories posted at Frugal Travel Guy authored by Christine Krzyszton — and the article pertaining to what to do in England instead of going to London is no exception…but I would like to amend that list — as well as simultaneously start writing and posting trip reports occasionally here at The Gate. I personally would include Dover, Stonehenge and Avebury. I plan on writing short trip reports about those places in the future. I have a passion for travel — always have — and one problem with weblogs these days is that…

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Greater Than 13,000 Dead Pigs Found in Rivers in China

I wish I was joking about this bizarre story. Thousands of dead pigs have been recovered from rivers in China — yet officials reportedly claim that the quality of the water is normal. The Huangpu River — which alone had a total greater than 9,500 dead pigs — provides drinking water to…

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“Thank You For Flying With Us. Would You Like to Buy a Car Today?”

People who fly as passengers aboard aircraft operated by the largest privately-owned airline in China may be able to purchase such items as cosmetics, jewelry and cars as soon as next month, according to an article published by Bloomberg. Spring Airlines — a low-cost carrier based in Shanghai — plans to start selling automobiles with prices starting at…

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A Warning Sign to Drive You Batty?

While staying at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare hotel property in Rosemont, Illinois, I noticed a sign warning about not using sprinkler heads on which to hang clothes hangers — except that the sign was upside down. Bats must have used this room before in order to read the warning sign — but then again, they…

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2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 Road Test and Review

Imagine how FlyerTalk member powermax felt expecting to rent a Nissan Maxima from National Car Rental at Toronto Pearson International Airport — only to find a fully-loaded 2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 with a glass roof and 19-inch wheels. Well, imagine no longer. A short video of the sound of the engine revving accompanies the photographs and road test and review of this vehicle by powermax — and find out how you can have a chance to rent this car the next time…

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The Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival Stinks — and That is a Good Thing

Ric Garrido of the Loyalty Traveler weblog writes about the artichoke festival in Castroville, located in Monterey County, California, which reminded me of an annual event I attended years ago approximately 26 miles northeast: the Gilroy Garlic Festival, which occurs during the last weekend in July. This year, those days are from July 27 through July 29, 2012. I remember driving alone south on United States highway 101 into Gilroy from the Silicon Valley area — and that familiar pungent odor of my favorite bulb welcomed by my olfactory sense confirmed that I was nearing the self-proclaimed garlic capital of the world long before I reached its borders. I paid the entrance fee and…

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