The unbearable lightness of being at London Heathrow

18 07 2007

Welcome to the world’s busisest and most disgraceful airport.

The queues snake round the building for check-in, then they snake around again for security, then they snake around again for passport control. And once you get through… shops selling things nobody wants, at inflated prices and with stroppy sales assistants. The place is such a toilet and the most outstanding anti-advertisement for Britain.

Tyler Brule got it spot on (sorry FT subscribers only)

Budget hotels for the design conscious

4 07 2007

Think of an Ibis or Travelodge wrapped up in a design concept which doesn’t make you want to vomit… The Qbic chain launched this week in Amsterdam,  (with locations in Antwerp and Maastricht to follow). The concept is based on every room being a 7-square metre cube or “Cubi”, which is stripped of anything any self-respecting metrosexual wouldn’t need. The pre-requisites: a comfy bed, desk, flatscreen TV, DVD player and, naturally wireless broadband access. The price? Starting from a very respectable €39 per night, with prices rising as availability thins out, borrowing a trick from budget airlines.

Would you get a haircut from this man?

30 06 2007

Que sera, sera you might well say as the universal symbol of a pair of scissors invite you in to this ‘hirldressing’ and ‘barbbing saloon’ in the backstreets of Tripoli, Libya, where a few snips later and you’re guaranteed to be wanting to wear a hat for the next few weeks.


The cool-ification of Patagonia

30 06 2007


The metrosexual sensibility creeps to the outer reaches of the globe as Chilean Patagonia gets its first ‘cool’ hotel, The Indigo. Forward bookings are now being taken for a grandstand view of the end of the glaciers in nearby Torres del Paine national park; all from the comfort of oddly-shaped furnishings and designer bedcovers.