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Ruairí "Frostbit" McSorley UNCUT + INTERVIEW - YouTube

A high school student discussing snowy weather in Derry provides an undiluted example of the local accent. This version has the full interview, plus a later report in which Ruairí reacts to the viral spread of the original clip. That's his normal voice, but he does impressions on his YouTube channel.

Why Airlines Want to Make You Suffer: The New Yorker

"But the [airline] fee model comes with systematic costs that are not immediately obvious. Here's the thing: in order for fees to work, there needs be something worth paying to avoid. That necessitates, at some level, a strategy that can be described as "calculated misery." Basic service, without fees, must be sufficiently degraded in order to make people want to pay to escape it. And that's where the suffering begins....

"When customers miscalculate their schedules or their plans change, the airline is ready with its punishment: the notorious two-hundred-dollar rebooking and change fee. Those change fees are particularly lucrative: in 2014, Delta and United are projected to collect nearly a billion dollars each. And the greater social cost comes from those who didn't change their tickets even though they wanted to."

The airline fee model presents some dilemmas to the employee traveling at company expense and the company buying the ticket. Are all "extras" -- even luggage fees -- the responsibility of the employee? Will companies steer travel toward the handful of airlines that don't charge luggage or change fees? How much is wifi and enough leg and elbow room to work productively on the plane worth to a company? How much is it worth to have the employee arrive at the destination rested, happy, and ready to work, rather than harried, hassled, and annoyed?

John Snell - obituary - Telegraph

A pioneer of railway preservation, Snell was involved in the revival of the narrow-gauge Talyllyn Railway in Wales in 1951 and for 27 years was managing director of the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway in Kent, a 15-in. gauge railway that now serves 100,000 passengers a year. He was a mentor to many other efforts to reopen disused track and to put Really Useful Engines under steam again.

Translation table explaining the truth behind British politeness becomes internet hit - Telegraph

The British art of polite understatement -- intended to communicate subtly while preserving the dignity of all concerned -- only works when everyone knows the code. (The Brits aren't alone. Filipino culture is noted for its value of "Smooth Interpersonal Relationship" or pakikisama.)

Translation table explaining the truth behind British politeness becomes internet hit - Telegraph

The British art of polite understatement -- intended to communicate subtly while preserving the dignity of all concerned -- only works when everyone knows the code. (The Brits aren't alone. Filipino culture is noted for its value of "Smooth Interpersonal Relationship" or pakikisama.)

Downton Abbey meets the Flintstones: England's Abandoned Rock Houses | Messy Nessy Chic

Did these centuries-old houses, built in the rocks near Kinver in Staffordshire, inspire J. R. R. Tolkien's notion of Hobbit holes?

From Names to Numbers: The Origins of the U.S. Numbered Highway System - Highway History - FHWA

How America went from hundreds of unofficially named auto trails (National Old Trail, Lincoln Highway, Ozark Trail, Dixie Highway, to name a few) to a national numbering system for US Highways in 1926. This article also explains how the Chicago-Los Angeles was almost numbered US 60 and why it was changed to US 66.

BBC - Wales - Nature - walks - Abergynolwyn

A walk by waterfalls and 800-year old castle ruins that begins and ends at a station on a narrow-gauge railroad, the Tallylyn, made famous in the "Thomas the Tank Engine" books.

Memories of Cranford - Francis Frith

A website devoted to geographically linked memories, maps, and photos for the United Kingdom. This particular page has to do with the village of Cranford, in Hounslow, Middlesex, just northeast of Heathrow Airport. In 1989, I stayed five weeks at the Berkeley Arms Hotel, just west of the pub, while working on a maintenance training simulator at the British Airways facility at Viscount House near Hatton Cross tube station. Comedian Tony Hancock's ashes were scattered just outside the churchyard of St. Dunstan's nearby.