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19/05/06
Images of the City and Beyond
- 'A whole other side of this incredible city reveals itself' at photo-london

© Nick Waplington
Untitled, Living Room Series, 1991 
Courtesy Museum 52/Photo-London
ONE of the main events in Londonís photography calendar, photo-london takes place this weekend at the Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington Gardens.

Showcasing work from 50 galleries around the world, the event is billed as Londonís only art fair dedicated to photography.

This yearís highlights include a special exhibition by Burberry Creative Director Christopher Bailey, who has chosen a selection of photographs that capture Londonís creative spark.

"Just when you think you have understood and experienced a part of London, a whole other side of this incredible city reveals itself," said Bailey.

"Behind every one of the images I have selected, there are hundreds more that I didn't include, telling different stories. I am very excited that we are able to show these unique shots within this forum."

Also on show will be the on-going results of an innovative idea called PhotoSwap, in which visitors are encouraged to swap their own pictures for one of 300 put up by PhotoSwap founder Timothy Prus, who said:

"I am intrigued to find out what photos the visitors to photo-london will bring and what kind of picture of the city will emerge through the photographs left behind.

"It will also be a great chance for people to have their photography seen by the thousands visiting Photo-London over the four day period."

Ticket prices are UKP12 for adults, UKP8 concessions and free for under 12s. photo-londonís doors are open from 11am - 8pm on Friday, 11am - 7pm on Saturday and from 12 - 6pm on Sunday.

More info at: http://www.photo-london.com/

19/05/06
Airbus A380 Lands at Heathrow
- Super-jumbo tests airport ahead of inaugural flight

Airbus A380 Lands at Heathrow. Copyright Airbus.ITíS FLIGHT Jim, but not as we know it.

Heathrow welcomes the giant Airbus A380 to its refurbished runway today, the first time the new generation super-jumbo has landed on British soil.

At 73 metres in length and with a maximum capacity of 840 passengers, the A380 will be the biggest bird in the sky, taking that mantle from the long-serving Boeing 747, which is only three metres shorter, but which holds just over 400 passengers.

The idea behind todayís touch-down is to test the facilities at Heathrow. The worldís busiest international airport has spent hundreds of millions of pounds on upgrading, money it hopes to get back through efficiency gains promised by the Airbus A380.

"It's an efficient aircraft and should increase airportsí ability to handle passengers," said a spokesperson for the Airbus consortium, which is made up of aircraft manufacturers in Britain, France, Germany and Spain.

Airbus A380ís first commercial flight is set for this autumn on the London Heathrow to Sydney route.



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