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London Gatwick, LGW 20/11/2002

London's premier airport

London Gatwick, LGW London Gatwick puts London Heathrow airport to shame, this is a modern, clean and well presented airport. Gatwick is served by many transport links and is well situated for access to central London. On arrival at Gatwick it is a pleasant surprise to see concise and clear signage directing the passenger to where they want to be. There is ample long and short-stay car parking and free bus services to and from these at regular intervals. There are two terminals, North and South, even though these are quite a distant apart there is an excellent monorail link between the two. This service is free and there is a train every three minutes. The check-in areas are bright, well layed out and easy to find your way around. Like most airports these can be quite busy in the height of the season. Within the check-in area there are ample facilities such as toiletes, cafes, money changing facilities and numerous shops, the best feature is the information desk where friendly staff ease your journey through the airport. Once through passport control, you enter an expansive area, which again is modern, immacuately clean and well presented. This again is well laid out, with ample seating and numerous shops, cafes, banks and other facilities expected of a modern international airport. The departure gates are siuated near the departure lounge, even though some of these can take up to fifteen minutes to get to, but there are modern moving walkways to save your legs. Within the ...

Canon PowerShot S40 19/11/2002

All you could ever want from a digital camera

Canon PowerShot S40 Canon have come up trumps with this elegant machine. This is a well designed, good looking compact digital camera with a host of features. It can be used as a point and shoot for the amateur or as a quality imaging machine in a professional's hands. Best of all if you don't like what you shoot, you can delete the image and try again. The features are numerous, most selected by a simple rotating dial on the top of the camera body, with graphics to illustrate the action selected. These include: Portrait Landscape Night Scene Fast Shutter Slow Shutter Colour Effects, sepia etc Stitch Assist, to join two photos together Movie Mode ( actually records up to 223 seconds of video with sound on a 16MB CF card) Other features include adding voice notes to each photo, white balance, manual focusing and light metering. The flash can be auto or manual and includes red-eye reduction and fill in flash, which is useful if you have a subject which is back-lit. The LCD display is bright and clear and has selectable menus for some camera functions, which I found extremely useful. The camera is very elegant, in a robust case, part plastic and part metal, compact and well designed. It contains a battery pack which can be charged with the provided charger in less than 40 minutes, so no more buying expensive batteries. It is also supplied with a modest 16MB compact flash card which stores enough photos for average use, but you can upgrade this from many third party ...

London Heathrow, LHR 19/11/2002

The worst international airport in the world

London Heathrow, LHR I have transited through numerous international airports throughout the world and I have to say that Heathrow is at the bottom of my list. Getting to the airport is easy as there are countless modes of transport from companies fighting for your business, but give yourself plenty of time to get there as the notorious M4 and M25 motorways could mean you missing your flight. Once at Heathrow you have four terminals to choose from, now which one was it? As they are all remote from each other this could be a nightmare for the first time traveller or overseas visitor. Once inside your departure terminal you are greeted with overcrowded check-in areas which are cramped and not in the least modern. Once you have battled with this, you may think that the worst over, how wrong you are. On proceeding through passport control you are greeted by a stunning array of modern shops, selling everything you can imagine, but who goes to an airport to shop, I go to catch a plane. Then the next nightmare, getting to your departure gate, you may have to bring your walking boots and kagool. You may have to walk for fifteen minutes, dodging the rain which is being collected in buckets from the leaking roofs. If you survive this you finally get to the departure lounge where you sit like sheep in a pen, there is not enough adequate seating and after listening to the sound of falling water you may wish to find a toilet. Toilet? oh sorry they are'nt any, you have to leave the deaprture ...
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