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UK Alert: Watch out for Apparently Faulty Fuel

News stories have broken across the UK about “faulty fuel” being pumped at petrol stations. Thousands of motorists claim to have been affected by contaminated or faulty petrol, their cars functioning improperly and even breaking down. According to the BBC, Tesco and Morrisons have not found any fault with their petrol after carrying out tests. » Read more

London Behaving Badly

Do Londoners have bad manners? Hard to believe that the country that coined the Royal we could be so self-centered. But, a new video feature on London’s BBC World News today reports that Londoners may be ruder than ever. And, we don’t mean in a London rude boy Ali G gangsta sort of way. Reporter » Read more

Swiss Man: Model Citizen

Swiss Man: Model Citizen

In countries all over the world, there are televised contests to see who will be Next Top Model. In Switzerland, it would appear that anyone can be the next catwalk king. Last week, an unidentified man conned his way into the pages of Swiss weekly SonntagsZeitung. Banking on Swiss time, he booked a “Gucci” ad » Read more

Ryanair: “We’ll Take Another 10 Planes, Please.”

Ryanair: “We’ll Take Another 10 Planes, Please.”

Today’s BreakingTravelNews.com reports that Ryanair‘s continued pursuit of cheap flight domination has taken another large leap forward. In the next two months, Ryanair will take possession of an additional 10 planes, planes that in turn will allow the airline to fly 50 new routes. Sweeeeeeet. But what will this mean for you, fellow Cheapos? Look » Read more

Paris: Clubs on the Champs-Elysees

Paris: Clubs on the Champs-Elysees

Last Saturday night the French anti-discrimination group SOS Racisme tested admission policies at nightclubs in five cities across France. Similarly dressed couples of North African, African, and European ethnic backgrounds approached bouncers at different clubs in Paris, Lyon, Angers, Toulouse, and Bordeaux. The outcome: Paris’s best-known club earned itself some bad publicity. In the other » Read more

Mystery Photo: Identify the Fountain

Mystery Photo: Identify the Fountain

Question: In which EuroCheapo city is this fountain found? photograph courtesy of Tom Meyers Hint: It ain’t in Scandinavia. Gratuitous question: How happy is this crew?

Shakespeare at Les Gemeaux in Paris

If you want to catch Declan Donnellan’s new production of Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline” with Britain’s Olivier-winning company Cheek By Jowl before it migrates to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in May, you can see it in Paris from March 7 through March 25, 2007 at Les Gemeaux. The theatre is located in Sceaux, a suburb just » Read more

Nora Hits London’s Jewish Book Week

Nora Hits London’s Jewish Book Week

Here at EuroCheapo, we are big ol’ book nerds. We spend most weekends browsing bookstore shelves, lingering in libraries, and reading the coveted New York Times Book Review cover to cover. Were we on Helen Mirren‘s (Long live the Queen!) home turf right now, we’d be hitting up Jewish Book Week in London. For six » Read more

Rome: Score Points with St. Peter

Rome: Score Points with St. Peter

Vatican commandos began their pilgrimage to the soccer fields surrounding St. Peter’s Basilica Saturday for the first match of the Clericus Cup. The tournament is host to 16 different teams from Catholic institutes around Rome. The first match, between Mater Ecclesiae and Gregorian University, attracted an international crowd, signage depicting the Virgin Mary, and inspirational » Read more

NYTimes Sunday Travel Roundup

NYTimes Sunday Travel Roundup

Following our Sunday night Oscars soirée we only yesterday got down to sorting through our weekend media infusion. We found a cocktail-painted Sunday’s Times’ Travel Section—predictions scribbled across the front page—under the sofa. We apologize for our tardy digest. These travel section features had us particularly interested: Travel by rail in Europe is set to » Read more

French Soccer: Zinedine Zidane

French Soccer: Zinedine Zidane

French soccer legend Zinedine Zidane briefly came out of retirement this past weekend to play in a charity match in Thailand. The match was organized by Adidas, one of Zidane’s many corporate sponsors. In France, the icon’s celebrity has barely tapered off since the infamous head-butt in last year’s World Cup final. Despite Zidane’s seemingly » Read more

London: Jackie, Renoir, and the National Gallery

London: Jackie, Renoir, and the National Gallery

One of our favorite art writers, Jackie Wullschlager, delivers the goods in her column in today’s Financial Times. Today’s subject: “Renoir Landscapes,” an exhibit currently showing at London’s National Gallery. The highly recognized master Impressionist painter is a household name, of course, and his paintings are widely reproduced. The exhibition of 70-odd works on display » Read more

Italy: Oops They Did It Again!

Italy: Oops They Did It Again!

They’ve gone and done it again. Italy is once again on shaky ground, as far as government is considered at least. This past Wednesday, Prime Minister Romano Prodi resigned following an unsuccessful vote.  Prodi resigned after several of his governmental coalition partners opposed plans to deploy troops in Afghanistan and expand a U.S. airbase on » Read more

The British Academy: And the Award Goes to…

The British Academy: And the Award Goes to…

We’ve been rolling out the red carpet for weeks now anticipating Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony. So, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank Mom and Dad, our awesome cat Oliver, the fans who made it happen, and The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the body behind the Bafta Awards. The British » Read more

Scoring at the World Cup

Scoring at the World Cup

In Germany, it seems that the excitement of last summer’s World Cup has had a lasting effect beyond happy memories. The country is getting ready for a baby boom, nine months after the World Cup kept the nation on a roller-coaster of suspense and set the stage for some serious partying under sunny skies. Apparently » Read more

London Fashion Week and LFWeekend

London Fashion Week and LFWeekend

London Fashion Week was soggy, very soggy. But it was worth it, if just for the sight of famed drag queen Jodie Harsh in the front row at Gareth Pugh. We thought we’d bring you the abridged version of our take on LFW. Trends for Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter 2007: Black (or gray) opaque tights worn » Read more

Betting on Ireland

Betting on Ireland

Ryanair announced today that they will give away one million free flights (not including taxes and charges, obviously!) following an Irish victory over England in the 6 Nations rugby match scheduled at Croke Park in Dublin this coming Saturday. How fervently is Ryanair hoping for an English win? That’s our question. The free flights are » Read more

Travel Planning on the Internets

Today’s HotelMarketing.com cites recent studies conducted no surprise—among younger consumers. According to the story, the impact of the Internet “has been so great that researching or purchasing travel outside of the Internet is already an unknown experience for many consumers.” Nearly 55% of those surveyed in the 25-34 demographic say the Internet is their primary » Read more

NY Times Sunday Travel round-up

NY Times Sunday Travel round-up

Some pieces that sparked our interest in Sunday’s New York Times travel section: Practical Traveler: Whether to Ask the Hotel or Hit the Web Big online agencies such as Travelocity, Expedia and Orbitz used to be able to offer the lowest price. There are new benefits, however, in booking directly with the hotel. Vatican Takes » Read more

Psychic Security in Prague

Psychic Security in Prague

If you’re flying into Prague’s Ruzyne airport today, you can breath a sigh of relief. Stricter security measures applied last week have been lifted. Here’s the punchline: Czech authorities applied stricter security measures last week at the suggestion of a psychic. We hope that the TSA is taking notes. ABC Prague reports that a woman—who » Read more

London Traffic: Congestion Charge Zones Expand

London Traffic: Congestion Charge Zones Expand

photograph courtesy of Meredith Franco We know it’s cold season, so it didn’t surprise us to hear that London‘s been feeling congested. City officials have just announced expansion of the congestion charge zone by nearly fifty percent. Previously, if you felt like taking a spin through Notting Hill or Kensington, you wouldn’t be charged the » Read more

Orchid Shows: London’s Antidote to Street-Slush

Orchid Shows: London’s Antidote to Street-Slush

In today’s New York Times Escapes section, Ethan Gilsdorf suggests a respite from the season’s snowy sleet-slush: orchid shows. Okay, so looking at flowers won’t warm you up the way hot cocoa by the fireside will, but just think of the oasis provided by a hot, tropical greenhouse. And if you’re in London, you’re in » Read more

Kangal Dog for Dutch Treat

Kangal Dog for Dutch Treat

photograph courtesy of ll-ll OK, so here’s the plan. 1. Get to the Netherlands. 2. Find the missing dog. 3. Pick up the €20,000 reward. 4. Blow a lot of money in Amsterdam. What are we talking about? Tilburg dogowner Ramazan Gundes‘ astounding reward offer, of course. Veel Geluk!

Mysterious Smells Waft about Rome

Mysterious Smells Waft about Rome

Last month in New York, cable news networks and nervous Nellies alike panicked when a strange gassy smell blew in the breeze. Similarly, noses were raised last week when an unusual gas-like odor was reported wafting about Rome. According to an article published today in Wanted in Rome, the “powerful acrid” smell made appearances throughout » Read more

Athens Protests: Strike for Your Rights

Athens Protests: Strike for Your Rights

Metro workers went on strike from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. By 11.45 a.m., metro services had shut down. Protests, rallies, and strikes are literally a near-daily expression of democracy in Greece; without question, they have a disruptive effect. Given their sheer frequency, however, it becomes reasonable to question how well they achieve their protagonists’ » Read more