News Tuesday, May 25, 2010
EyjafjallajĂśkull has gone quiet
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THE volcano that sparked the ash crisis is quiet but itâ€™s â€˜too early to say this is overâ€™, an Icelandic expert said. The eruption of EyjafjallajĂśkull on April 14 was the first in nearly 200 years and led to an estimated ten million travellers being grounded around the world. Icelandic Civil Protection Agency official Iris Marelsdottir said the volcano was emitting some steam, but no ash. The Icelandic Met Office said there were no reports of ashfall at the site yesterday. Singer Lionel Richie almost made an ass of himself All Night Long after battling to get to grips while bareback on a donkey during German TV channel ZDFâ€™s show â€˜Wetten dassâ€Ś?â€™ (Bet thatâ€Ś?) at the Coliseo Balear bullďŹ ght arena in Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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Why you love ďŹ‚ying and can also hate it By Ross McDonagh LOVE â€™em or hate â€™em, when it comes to air travel, there is only one company that people want to rant about: Ryanair! As a reward for being good and answering our little surveys, Metro Herald always allows its Urban Life panel off the leash at the end to have a good old fashioned rant about a topical subject, and this month, it was air travel. With the volcanic ash cloud keeping planes on the ground, it seems the simmering frustrations Urbanites have with airlines were ready to boil over. When we asked Urbanites to share their thoughts on flying, we never once mentioned the word â€˜Ryanairâ€™ but, needless to say, it cropped up a couple of timesâ€Ś though not always in a negative light.
n â€˜Everyone is going to write and complain about Ryanair but personally I love them! If you learn how to use them properly (carry-on bag, Ryanair vouchers, etc) they really are cheap! And if you donâ€™t like itâ€Ś DONâ€™T USE THEM!â€™
n â€˜I will never ďŹ‚y Ryanair again as on the way back from Lanzarote last month we all queued for ages â€“ one hour plus â€“ then were made to run around to another gate, then we were told to go back to the original gate! Absolute chaos as everybody went wild skipping the queue, disabled, families with kids, old people treated like idiots.â€™
n â€˜Love travelling by plane when Iâ€™m going on my holidays â€“ it all adds to the excitement of going away. Although when ďŹ‚ights are delayed, itâ€™s not so great.â€™ n â€˜I love air travel, especially the low cost airlines â€™coz theyâ€™ve made it possible to get to so many destinations. Iâ€™m a big fan of Ryanairâ€Ś Once youâ€™re tuned in to their policies/rules/destinations, they are great. I travel with my eyes open, so if I book a ďŹ‚ight to a Ryanair airport, I know its going to be a few miles away from the city I want to visit. I also love Aer Lingus, but they can be a bit more expensive.â€™ n â€˜No rant right nowâ€Ś except maybe the ash cloud. But thereâ€™s not much to rant about as nobody can change itâ€Śâ€™
n â€˜Hate Ryanair! Hate the pushing and shoving to get on, the extra charges for everything. Used to be cheap and not cheerful, now expensive and surly. Hate the way girls at gate insist you put handbag in carry-on luggage, I get it straight out again before Iâ€™m even in the plane!â€™ n â€˜Worst airline would be Ryanair, I still cannot understand why people ďŹ‚y them. I know they are far cheaper, but the word â€œcustomer servicesâ€? does not exist in their handbook!! They are shoddy, rude and couldnâ€™t care less about the comfort of their customers. They might be a no-frills airline, but that is not to say they have to be a nobrain airline as well.â€™
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