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Biber Midget Submarine

The Biber (“Beaver”) midget submarine was not Germany’s most successful weapon in WW2. Designed hastily in Feb 1944 in a bid to compensate for the horrendous losses in the U-boat fleet, and in anticipation of an imminent Allied invasion, the Biber was a cheap, one-man submarine, capable...

Special Attractions on the Great West Way

The Great West Way is a new tourism marketing initiative, creating a ‘multi-modal’ route through southern England from London to Bristol that highlights many attractions and sites along the way – among them, several of interest to mechanically-minded travellers. Rather like the ‘Silk Road’, the Great West...

Maisy Battery Revisited

We reviewed the German battery at Grandcamp Maisy in Normandy, last year (Oct 2018), but I was in the neighbourhood in April, so I stopped by to have a look for myself. I spent a happy 40 minutes chatting to Dan Sterne, the owner (Gary)’s son, and...

Virgin Trains complete onboard WIFI upgrade

The final train in Virgin Trains’ fleet of 56 Pendolinos was fitted with new hardware in May, giving customers access to free WIFI and to its onboard entertainment hub, BEAM. The new connectivity is part of a range of improvements to improve customer experience on Virgin Trains...

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