The LG Weekly News Roundup: 10.15.10

Weekly Travel News — By on October 15, 2010 at 9:21 am

By Natalie Buster
LG Intern, Travel News

Missed the big travel stories of the week? And the weird, wacky and insignificant ones? We’ve got your roundup right here….

Man Uses Monopoly Board to get around Atlantic City
Robert Reid has come with an unique way to visit Atlantic City–by using the Monopoly board game as a guide. As U.S. editor of Lonely Planet, Reid hosts a series of 76 second travel shows on the Lonely Planet Blog site. The most recent installment shows Reid bartering with a St. James hotel owner, checking out free parking in the city and skipping along the boardwalk.  Fun Fact:  there is one misspelling on the Monopoly board. Marvin Gardens should actually be spelled Marven Gardens (a hybrid of Margate and Ventor communities). Source: Huffington Post

Liu Xiaobo wins Nobel Peace Prize and China condemns it
The government of China is feeling a little sore these days.  After imprisoned dissident writer Liu Xiaobo was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, Chinese Foreign Ministry official  Jiang Yu Quan came out with a strongly worded dissent, calling the award an obscenity.  Xiaobo is being awarded because of his long and nonviolent struggle for fundamental human rights in China. But Chinese officials see it a different way, calling Xiaobo a “criminal who has been sentenced by Chinese judicial departments for violating Chinese law.” Source: Foreign Policy

Guest Sues Hyatt over Cross-Dressing Staffer
While most of us are busy checking our hotel mattresses for bed bugs, Dayanara Fernandez found a different scream-worthy sight awaiting her when she entered her room at the Hyatt in Deerfield, Illinois: a hotel employee donning her panties, skirt and high-heeled shoes. After much prodding from Fernandez, Hyatt security finally did call the police and the cross-dresser was arrested and pled guilty to disorderly conduct, according to court documents.  Hyatt has since expressed written regret of the incident. Source: CNN

Peace Memorial Unveiled in Liverpool to celebrate John Lennon’s 70th birthday
Thirty years after his death, John Lennon is still being revered as an advocate for peace.  In Liverpool, on the anniversary of his 70th birthday, a monument titled “Peace and Harmony” was unveiled by his former wife Cynthia Lennon and son Julian Lennon.  Music from the former Beatle was performed by the Liverpool Singing Choir, including “Imagine” and “Give Peace a Chance.” Source: Art in Liverpool

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Travel News Bits

Kim Jong Un being prepped to take over North Korea
North Korea finally made it official that Kim Jong Un, the youngest son of current leader Kim Jong Il will take over for his father in leading the nation.  Kim Jong Il, who has stayed out of the spotlight in recent years, resurfaced to make the rounds with his son. Source: Foreign Policy

Queen Elizabeth Blesses Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth
The newest ship of the Cunard cruise ship line, the Queen Elizabeth was blessed by the actual Queen Elizabeth II during its maiden voyage.  The price tag for a jaunt aboard this ship runs upwards of $2,365 per person for an inside-facing room, to $25,085 each for a grand suite. Source: Huffington Post

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    1 Comment

  • Ant Stone says:

    I’ll take one grand suite on the new Cunard ship please.

    Great round up — I’ve been a bit out of touch this passed couple of weeks, this is just the sort of post I was looking for. I like Robert Reid’s idea, I’m heading there now.