The Radar: Best of Bali, Flight Attendants With iPads, Quirky Capitals of the World

  • Bali is a destination that enchants and delights. Get tips on which places to see and what to avoid. [Telegraph]
  • British Airways is equipping its flight attendants with in-flight iPads as a means to enhance customer service. The iPad will contain detailed customer information like seat assignment, meal preference and past travel arrangements. The device is also loaded with safety manuals and crew schedules. [Mashable]
  • Quick! Name the Duct Tape Capital of the World? Dont know? That would be Avon, Ohio. How about the Sock Capital of the World? You guessed it (or maybe not,) it’s Fort Payne, Alabama. Although we’re unclear how these towns were bestowed their off beat titles, one thing is certain, the U.S. is king of quirky capitals. [Lonely Planet]

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  1. Stiofán
    éire / Ireland
    September 13, 2011, 6:42 pm

    Just to add! The Balinese people themselves are a lovely warm people with an ancient rich culture. Bali is changing for the worst as a result of outside influences for sure. I was first there 20 years ago.

    And there has been a steady decline since then re pollution, land grabbing by developers, corruption, police thugs, drunken tourist louts wearing “Bintang” t-shirts in Kuta and beyond disrespecting the locals.

    “The Land of The Gods” still has it’s charms though. Especially up north. For how long though?

  2. Stiofán
    éire / Ireland
    September 13, 2011, 1:39 pm

    Bali has changed in many ways over the years. I’m afraid corruption is rife. The “Balinese” police extort from the local population and tourists when they can. But their worse on the poor locals. Most of the police come from Jakarta. The locals who are involved in policing are just as ruthless. There has been some bad development and environmental destruction.

    They bulldozed the charming old “Dreamland” village to make way for a massive Concrete structure. Sanur has fallen victim to bad development too. And Kuta! Well have you been to Ibiza?

    There are still unspoilt havens on the island and long may they last. Diving / snorkling in Menjangan is a must! Some nice jungle trekking too. The surf is world class when it’s on, no doubt about that! Although the breaks are crowded most of the time. And those areas are getting built up in the south on the Bukit Peninsula.

    I wish Bali and the Balinese all the very best for the future but I fear the worst? Victim to ignorant mass tourism from Oceania, corruption from Jakarta, and unfortunately greed which takes away the sincerity of the experience. Kembali!