Thursday, May 31, 2012
by Frances Cha
Apparently, visitors to the Expo 2012 in Yeosu, Korea, are like blind dates. You pray they'll show up, but when they do, you don't really know what to do with them.
Despite being riddled with global superlatives -- of the quirky techie variety, including biggest gathering of robots in the history of expos, the world's largest dome screen, the world's tallest robot and a laser-shooting robot fish -- the ocean-themed Expo 2012 in Yeosu, Korea, has had a rickety start the past few weeks in terms of attendance and operations.Visitor turnout
The daily number of visitors to the Yeosu Expo -- located 455 kilometers south of Seoul -- finally reached 100,000 this past Sunday, mostly due to the three-day Buddha's Birthday holiday weekend.
The local press reported that the growing number of visitors served to highlight the shortcomings of the expo, especially in regards to advance bookings and lack of parking, restrooms and accommodations.
According to Korean daily Dong-A Ilbo, more than 1,000 visitors who could not reserve admission to the eight main exhibition halls filed for refunds on Sunday, while some facility operations were stalled when annoyed patrons caused a ruckus at an aquarium.read more
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
TAKE a deep breath, step back and look at the plans for the new road layout through the Centre. There is something refreshingly sensible about them. They really do seem to have been drawn up by people who know what it is like to navigate their way around the bizarre figure-of-eight arrangement that is there at present.
Whether you are driving into the city or out every way is made more straight forward.
And if you are in any doubt just run through the current journey you have to make.
Of course it is easy to judge a plan on paper but the omens are good.
It also makes sense to reestablish this area as a transport hub as it was during the days of trams, something which led to it being called the Centre.
But there is a sting in the tail. The revamped layout is only the consequence of the bendy-bus rapid transit network going ahead.
Whether that will deliver any benefits at all to public transport in Bristol remains to be seen.
If we are lumbered with diesel powered buses rather than electric trams then we can at least enjoy some of the benefits.
And one of those will be having a traffic-free plaza around Bristol's cenotaph for the first time in living memory.
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Jay Leno has finally turned out the Tata Nano episode of Jay Leno's Garage. As it turns out, the television personality actually found a way to purchase the tiny machine for himself, and the show follows the car all the way down the production line and to the Big Dog Garage in Los Angeles. Leno rolled out a whole passel of Bollywood dancers to mark the occasion and even abandoned his traditional denim uniform for an elegant Indian suit. Unfortunately, the Nano isn't legal to operate on U.S. roads, so the comedian had to come up with a place to play with his new toy.
The Los Angeles Police Department was more than happy to offer Leno a little time on their test track to stretch the Nano's legs. Despite the small engine, the car seems plenty entertaining to drive, though its suspension is clearly set up to handle the rough streets and byways of the Indian countryside. Check out the clip for yourself.Permalink | Email this | Comments
by Jiyeon Lee
My mission: find the spiciest, most lip-burning, tongue-scalding, stomach-scorching dish in Korea.
Strange as it might sound, for me and many fellow Koreans, spice is therapy.
There's something cathartic about feeling like your brain is on fire; it's a sentiment many Koreans relate to.
In a country where extreme spice is considered as basic as salt and pepper, a sensible response to ?I?m so stressed out? is ?let?s go wolf down something terribly spicy."read more
Monday, May 28, 2012
Tickets to ride on Boeing?s new 787 Dreamliner have gone on sale at a U.S. airline for the first time, after United announced its Denver-to-Tokyo service this week.
Seats are available now for flights starting some months ahead -- the first is scheduled to take off from Denver International Airport on March 31, 2013, and return from Tokyo Narita the following day.
United CEO Jeff Smisek was enthusiastic about his company?s getting its hands on the new Boeing, calling the Dreamliner ?the coolest airplane in the sky.?Long and thin
The Denver-Tokyo route is one of those low-traffic flights sometimes described as ?long and thin,? meaning it?s intercontinental, but not in particularly high demand, due to the size of one or both cities it connects.
That makes the Dreamliner suitable for profit-squeezed airlines, as with a little over 200 seats it's both smaller than other long-haul craft and fuel-efficient.read more