Where Do the Flight Attendants Sleep?

It’s not just holidaymakers who need to rest their heads during a long-haul flight.

Hard-working cabin crew also need to take some well-deserved time off. But have you ever wondered just where they go during their down time?

Due to revenue-generating passenger seats taking priority, Crew Rest Departments (CRCs) after often squashed into confined areas where space is at a premium.

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Enough room to swing a cat? A file picture reveals the Crew Rest Department onboard a Boing 777

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Desert Oasis

A mysterious blue lake has appeared in the parched Tunisian desert, creating a new swimming hole for hundreds of locals unconcerned about warnings the water could be contaminated or carcinogenic.

The swimming hole was discovered by shepherds about three weeks ago when they stumbled across the huge beautiful blue coloured lake. But three weeks on, it is green with algae and subject to public health warnings.

Despite the mystery surrounding how ‘Gafsa Beach’ suddenly appeared in the area, and what effect, if any, the local phosphate mining industry might have on the water quality, the huge pool has provided much needed respite for locals where temperatures are reaching 40C.

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The lake appeared in the Gafsa mountains area of Tunisia a few weeks ago but there has yet to be a scientific explanation given for its appearance

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Chinese Mountaintop Airport

China dynamites mountain tops for Hechi airport in the sky

Unable to find anywhere flat to build an airport, the Chinese mountain city of Hechi dynamited the tops of 65 mountains

Chinese architects levelled several mountain tops to build this spectacular 80m GBP airport runway in Hechi in southern Guangxi province

Chinese architects levelled several mountain tops to build this spectacular 80m GBP airport runway in Hechi in southern Guangxi province Photo: EUROPICS

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Disco Clams

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A pair of disco clams share a crevice on a reef in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Photograph by Lindsey Dougherty, University of California, Berkeley

 

Nestled in cracks and crevices in coral reefs off the Indonesian coast, so-called disco clams are busy putting on a light show. But unlike many animals in the ocean that produce their own light, a new study finds that these flashy mollusks catch and reflect ambient light for their displays. read more

Cargo Ship Reef

As far as divers are concerned, crashing into a coral reef was the best thing that could have happened to cargo ship the Giannis D.

The 87 meter-long vessel went down after hitting the Shaab Abu Nuhas Reef on April 22 1983 and has since transformed into an underwater playground for diving enthusiasts.

Underwater photographer Andrey Nekrasov, 42, ventured the 24m down to examine the beautiful, broken hull and was impressed by the condition it’s maintained during its second life.

‘This is a great, well-preserved ship,’ Nekrasov said. ‘There are a lot of great items still on board – a trumpet, a winch, a ladder and the masts. All this has become overgrown with coral and the ship has acquired quite a mystical appearance.’

The softwood cargo of the Greek ship, which had sailed out of Rijeka in Croatia, was destined for the Saudi Arabian Port of Jeddah, with the remainder to be off-loaded at Hodeidah on the coast of Yemen.

But With the captain in his cabin for the night, the ship’s crew couldn’t navigate around the corner of the reef while getting up to the top speed of 14mph.

The hull was destroyed when the entire back half of the ship separated from the front half leaving the the forsaken wreck to now lie in three severed parts – the bows, amidships and stern.

Once the Giannis D had struck the coral reef, the crew abandoned the listing ship.

An Egyptian tug attempted to salvage the wreck, but it was eventually declared a loss and the ship was consigned to the depths.

The wreck of Giannis D has long been popular with scuba divers who are attracted to the size of the wreck and the clear water which has a visibility of up to 27 metres.

What a wreck: The Greek cargo ship, Giannis D, has become an underwater wonderland for divers in the stunningly clear Red Sea

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Mauna Loa Could Go Again

  • circa 1930: Tourists peer into the mouth of Halemaumau, which means ‘House of Everlasting Fire’, the inner crater of Kilauea. Situated on the slopes of Mauna Loa on central Hawaii Island, Kilauea is the most active volcano in the world. Getty Images

 

Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, has rumbled back to life in Hawaii over the past 13 months with more seismic activity than at any time since its last eruption, scientists say, while calling it too soon to predict another blast. read more

Great White Sharks

In 2011 an alarming study by Standford University suggested Great White Sharks were becoming an endangered species.

But new look at research on them in the Eastern North Pacific Ocean indicates the population is now growing thanks to conservation efforts, according to an international research team.

And the lead author of the study says the 2011 study underestimated the number of Great White Sharks in the oceans – and it should not be regarded as an endangered species.

A new look at research on Great White Sharks in the Eastern North Pacific Ocean indicates the population is likely growing rather than endangered. A Great White Shark is pictured in the Eastern North Pacific in this undated handout photograph courtesy of Kevin Weng, University of Hawaii
A new look at research on Great White Sharks in the Eastern North Pacific Ocean indicates the population is likely growing rather than endangered. A Great White Shark is pictured in the Eastern North Pacific in this undated handout photograph courtesy of Kevin Weng, University of Hawaii

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The Most World’s Most Expensive Restaurant

I am standing outside an innocuous white door set in an entirely white building on the island of Ibiza.

It hardly seems the setting for the most expensive restaurant in the world. But I am told it is the magic inside that justifies Sublimotion’s £1,250 per head price tag.

This is the newest restaurant from two-Michelin star Spanish chef Paco Roncero – Spain’s version of experimental chef Heston Blumenthal – and I am among the first people in the world invited to sample its unusual concept.

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Sublimotion

 

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Underwater Hotel

At 21ft below the surface, Jules Undersea Lodge in Florida brings a whole new meaning to the phrase sleeping with the fishes.

It’s the world’s only underwater hotel, where guests can stay overnight for £500 ($840) for two – and that includes a Papa John’s pizza for dinner.

To reach the lodge, which started life as a research laboratory, guests have to scuba 21ft down into the sea, which is brimming with reef fish, tropical angel fish, snappers and barracuda.

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Underwater hotel: Guests have to dive 21ft to reach Jules' Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Florida

Underwater hotel: Guests have to dive 21ft to reach Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Florida read more