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Exhibition Review – Ocean Liners: Speed and Style (V&A)

Glamour is not something we associate with travelling nowadays, with shrinking legroom, tight security, baggage restrictions and the ingenious ways by which airlines (especially budget ones) routinely fleece their customers. 1,286 more words

20th Century British History

A day in West London

West London is an area of London that I love, but have not had the pleasure of spending all that much time in as yet. I remember spending a lovely afternoon last September walking from South Kensington, around the Kings Road/Sloane Square area and through the back streets of Kensington back to Gloucester Road station before getting back on the tube to head home. 1,554 more words

Days Out


There is a short truism by the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer that those of us who are middle aged or older relate to. “Just remember, once you’re over the hill, you begin to pick up speed.” We understand that a moving object behaves in this manner and so does our personal mental perception of time. 686 more words


The Burning of 'Normandie'

On February 9, 1942, the SS Normandie — arguably, the most beautiful ocean liner ever built — caught fire while being converted to a troopship, having been seized by U.S. 5,533 more words

Historic Events

The Birth, Career & Sad Deterioration of SS United States

On February 8, 1950, construction began on the ocean liner SS United States at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company in Newport News, Virginia, the first large vessel to be built in a dry dock. 3,770 more words

Historic Events

Maiden Voyage of RMS Queen Mary 2

On January 12, 2004, RMS Queen Mary 2 (QM2) set sail on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in the United States, carrying 2,620 passengers. 5,791 more words

Historic Events

The Sad Demise of a Beautiful Queen

On January 9, 1972, the SS Seawise University was undergoing conversion into a floating university cruise ship in Hong Kong harbor when fire broke out aboard under unexplained circumstances and the ship was capsized by the water used to fight the fire. 3,498 more words

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