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British demand for Irish Passports surge as Post Brexit looms
2017-12-30 13:12 | See entry into www.perpetualtravelleroverseas.com/
The Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin indicated that it received some 785,026 passport applications in 2017 and duly processed the majority of applications by issuing 779,184.
The rationale for this upsurge is believed to be some kind of Post-Brexit interest for Irish passports, as 1 person in 5 of the notable 779,000 Irish passports issued this year by the Republic will end up in the hands of people living in Britain.
It would therefore be fair to assume that many of these British applications desire the right to maintain EU status, and as such, live in one of the remaining 27 EU member countries. In some cases there may be a wish to have one foot in each side of Euro-zone to see how things pan out.
Here are the associated facts:
- The Republic of Ireland issued 779,000 passports in 2017.
- 81,752 passports were issued to people from Northern Ireland in 2017, up 20% year on year.
- 81,287 passports were issued to people from Britain issued in 2017, up 28% year on year.
- Prior to Brexit, the Republic of Ireland issued on average 50,000 Irish passports to British subjects each year.
More Information: Applying for your first Irish Passport
The wonder of German Christmas Markets
2017-12-03 16:51 | See entry into www.perpetualtravelleroverseas.com/
At the German Christmas Markets you find all your Christmas gifts, decorations and treats and enjoy a glass of mulled wine, as well as try on the popular baked apples.
As it is hard to make a choice, which Christmas market to select, Perpetual Traveller recommends the Nuremberg market. The scent of mulled wine, sweet roasted almonds, Nuremberg sausages and gingerbread will remain unforgettable. The Christkindlesmarkt lies right at the heart of the city which is steeped in more than 400 years of tradition, providing an international showcase for all Franconian and German Christmas Markets.
Where: Germany (various cities and towns)
When: 1st December - 24th December 2017
For more information: www.christmasmarkets.com
The paradox of temperatures when travelling
2017-12-03 05:39 | See entry into www.perpetualtravelleroverseas.com/
- No El Nino? No problem. Earth sizzles to near record heat
- Thermal camera shows how hot brake rotors get during use
- Insane Light System Blasts the Energy of 10,000 Suns
- Days after a blistering heatwave, it's now snowing Down Under
- Megware to Install CooLMUC 3 Supercomputer at LRZ in Germany
- Melting business: Warmer US winter hurts small companies
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is expected to be the most compact ever
2017-12-03 00:54 | See entry into www.perpetualtravelleroverseas.com/
For perspective, the total Tournament Footprint is a little over twice the size of Birmingham and four times the size of Manchester and Liverpool. SC fevealed fascinating stats on the topic using a new bespoke satellite mapping tool that calculates the distances and travel times between the 8 (currently under construction) stadiums set for completion by 2020.
At the time of writing, it's only around 5 years until the kick-off anniversary of the Qatar FIFA World Cup, whereby the first game set to be played at Lusail Stadium in Qatar on November 21, 2022. History will be in the making as it's the first time a Middle Eastern country has hosted the event and moreover the Premiership and all other European leagues will be forced to adjust their match schedules to allow for the World Cup to take place during the winter of the Northern Hemisphere.
Going back to distances, the longest distance between World Cup stadiums in Qatar will be just 55 kilometers (35 miles), which is equivalent to traveling from Manchester United's Old Trafford to Liverpool's Anfield. As well as the distance between the Al Bayt and AlKhor stadiums, organizers said the shortest distance will be just 4.5 km (3 miles) from the Khalifa International to Qatar Foundation stadium. That is approximately the same as that between Arsenal's Emirates home ground and London rivals Tottenham Hotspur's White Hart Lane.
By contrast and to give historical perspective, the longest distance in Brazil between venues was more than 3,140 km, and the shortest almost 340 km, according to official figures. As well as being held in a relatively small country with short distances between venues, there could be as many as 4 games played each day at the beginning of the tournament. This is because the event will take place over 28 days, some 4 fewer days than normal.
For expert convenience, every single stadium used during the tournament will be connected by Qatar’s new state-of-the-art Metro (to be launched in 2019), as well as a range of supporting public transport options such as buses and water taxis.
For the teams competing, it will also be a huge advantage, as due to the short distances involved, it's only necessary be based at one location for the entire tournament and players will also be in one consistent climate throughout and experience with the absolute minimum of travel between matches.
The 2022 World Cup will kick off on November 21 at the still-to-be-built Lusail Stadium, which will also host the final. Sespite much advance international criticism of awarding Qatari with the responsibility of becoming the host nation, there are many advantages to the set up in 2022 and as players will be performing mid-European season, they are likely to be sharper than at the end of a grueling season, which could transpire to a most entertaining set of games.