London (CNN) - As the United States puts its Space Shuttle programme to bed with one last blast off, Europe is putting more emphasis on exploiting what we already know about space and the technology that has been developed.
At last week’s UK Space Conference in Coventry, lectures focused on increasing investment in telecommunications and navigation systems, where the European space industry now has 40% of the worldwide commercial market.
"We have more ideas than money available, this is for sure,” said Jean Jacques Dordain, Director General of the European Space Agency. “There is an increase in investment in Europe.”
In Europe, he continued, “we are putting much more priority on knowledge and services to the citizens than exploration. But exploration is the dream part of space activities.”
By Ayesha Durgahee
Starting at around $600 for ballerina flats, you have to be a serious shoe fiend or have serious amounts of money to slip into a pair of Manolos – especially when they go up to more than $1500.
The number of women that queued to get into the new Manolo Blahnik pop-up store at Liberty of London gave the impression they were giving the shoes away!
For these 200 women, Liberty of London became their Manolo Mecca because the designer himself was inside to meet them and sign whatever was given to him – Blahnik silk scarves, diaries, men's ties, books and of course shoes.
I had never met Manolo Blahnik before so I didn't know what to expect. Dressed in a bright purple suit with purple leather suede loafers to match, he greeted me with a smile as he threw his arms up and said 'so lovely to meet you!'.
With arms akimbo, Manolo gave a candid interview with vivacious modesty...a bit like his shoes. Having a snapshot of the designer's personality, it is, in this case, the man that maketh the Manolos.
Thousands of travelers are to be impacted because of a strike by British Airways cabin crew that the union says will last for 23 days between May 18 and June 9.
Are you affected by a BA strike?
But it's not only passengers that are bracing themselves for travel chaos - so is the airline.
BA has made arrangements to stave off the worst effects of this strike, hiring additional aircraft that have its own cabin crew and has even bought seats on 50 other airlines to keep passengers from making alternate plans.
The first set of strike dates will be between May 18 – 22, followed by May 24 – 28, May 30 – June 3 and finally June 5 – 9.
For the first five days, BA claims it will be able to operate 60 per cent of long-haul flights and more than 50 per cent short-haul on flights operating to and from Heathrow
London's Gatwick Airport and London City Airport will not be affected by the strike
Passengers booked on flights that have been canceled by the strike will be offered seats on flights with BA or other airlines, or will be offered a full refund, the airline said.
Have you changed your travel plans?
Are you being affected by the strike? Have you already had to make changes? Are BA being co-operative with making alternative arrangements?
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