On the cliffs
During the Second World War, Vera Lynn gave hope and comfort to the people of Britain with her hit song, The White Cliffs of Dover. Now, at 95, Dame Vera Lynn has pledged her backing to the National Trust’s $1.9-million appeal for funds to safeguard the national landmark. The organization hopes to buy the 1.3 kilometres of the chalk cliffs, which is privately owned. The purchase will help restore natural habitat, preserve species and allow for the widening of the coastal footpath along summit.
On the Net
Travel can make you sexy, according to an online survey of singles conducted by the Australian dating service, RSVP.com.au. More than half the respondents rated experienced travellers as the most attractive for dates. Most appealing of all were travellers who opt for adrenaline-rush adventures, followed in order by those heading off the beaten track and by cultural connoisseurs. The 96 per cent of those listing travel as an interest on their dating profile were looking for a special someone who also had a passion for travel.
On the phone
The use of smartphones to make travel bookings is soaring, according to Orbitz. The online travel agency says nine per cent of its first-quarter hotel bookings were made on mobile devices, more than double the figure for the same period in 2011. More than half of the bookings were for same-day hotel rooms. Orbitz also released a survey showing nearly 40 per cent of 2,400 smartphone respondents intended to use a mobile device to book a hotel stay.
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