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The weekly roundup: 11 Au​gust 201​7 - Hello Kitty flights, fist-pumping toddlers and vertical hikes in Yosemite National Park. 

So, little fair world of ours, what have you been up to this week? From ​​global trends to ​worldwide oddities, this is what made the headlines over the past seven days (give or take)... 

Weekly Roundup August2017


  
Toddler fist-bumps everyone on his flight
WARNING. CUTE OVERLOAD ALERT. 

If ever you thought flying was getting a little dull, think about how exciting it is for a two year old. Like this little chap, two year-old Guy, who fist-bumped every single passenger on his flight from Kansas City to Chicago.

A tiny pre-flight fist bump. That's enough to put a smile on anyone's face​. What a great way to start your holiday. More of this, please airlines!



Word on the Water

LONDON'S ONLY BOOK BARGE
Next time you're in Blighty's capital, nip into this cosy little nook of a barge. It's also a beautiful bookshop. In fact, it's London's only second hand book barge and it's utterly charming. Located a few paces from Granary Square in London's King's Cross (and on the water obvs), the floating bookshop, called Word on the Water is a quaint yet cool mix of art music and culture. Visit in summer, when it doesn't get dark until at least 10pm, and enjoy ​the sound of acoustic musicians on the roof. 

If you're in dire need of a good read, flights to the UK and Europe are on sale now.

Book Barge London



Hello Kitty Airlines

HELLO KITTY TOILET PAPER ON-BOARD EVA AIR
From fist-bumping toddlers to Hello Kitty, flights really are upping their PR ante. 

Taiwanese airline, Eva Air, offer Hello Kitty theme​d planes on selected flights, and boy-oh-boy are they popular. You can't escape Kitty here. The experience starts at check-in, with pink Kitty kiosks and boarding passes adorned with Kitty's face. From the head rest to the in-flight meals, everything is Kitty themed. Even the toilet paper.

.... Yep, we'll just leave that piece of info hanging in the air.  



The Half Dome hike

THE SCARIEST HIKE IN YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
As challenging as it is exciting, the Half Dome hike is famed for its almost vertical ascent up the cliff face known as 'The Cables'. Following a puff-inducing ​13km hike, you're confronted by a 122 metre rock wall. Then you climb it to the top of the dome - at an almighty ​2683km above sea level. 

A twelve hour round trip, don't "rock up" (pun-tastic) in your jandals. You'll also need a permit booked in advance. But it's wholly worth it for the jaw-dropping ​panoramas you'll absorb from the summit. 

USA on the brain? LA flash sale. Flights direct to Los Angeles from $699​pp. Ends midnight 11 August 2017, so hurry!

Half Dome Hike Yosemite


San Francisco Clarion Alley

MIXING MURALS WITH GRAFFITI INSPIRED ARTWORK

Giving Melbourne's jazzy laneways a run for their money, San Fran's Clarion Alley is an explosion of colour and imagination in the form of ever-changing murals created by volunteer artists. As part of the Clarion Alley Mural Project, this free public art is tucked away between Valencia Street and Mission Street, and a constantly evolving canvas of creativity.

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