Blue-sky thinking: why Denver is the future of airports

Posted on 09 January 2019 at 09:36 by Anthony Teasdale, editor, Umbrella magazine in Travel

Airports are often devoid of joy – functional (well, sometimes) warehouses with little relationship to the cities that host them. Happily, that’s starting to change, with city councils using airports as catalysts for growth. In Denver, USA, the airport is the centr... Read more


Tunnel vision: what’s the future for Eurostar?

Posted on 05 December 2017 at 16:26 by Anthony Teasdale, Editor, Umbrella magazine in Travel

Hi Mary. First thing, are direct trains to Amsterdam going to happen? Yes, this is our major focus over the next six months to a year. We’re using the network in the Netherlands, and working with NS, the National Railway there. Unsurprisingly, there’s a lot of things to... Read more


Bus stops of the Faroe Islands: a photographic essay by Maxime Quain

Posted on 14 July 2017 at 14:08 by Anthony Teasdale in Travel

Photographer and Umbrella reader Maxime Quain is in love with the ordinary side of life. And there are few things more ordinary than bus stops – even ones in the exotic (to this magazine, anyway) location of the Faroe Islands. Located 200 miles north of Scotland &nda... Read more


Astronaut Chris Hadfield talks to Umbrella about space, Bowie and how Clooney got it wrong

Posted on 22 July 2016 at 11:42 by Anthony Teasdale in Travel

This interview originally appeared in Issue 11 of Umbrella magazine Hi Chris, what’s spacewalking like? Everything pales in comparison to being on a spacewalk – to be alone inbetween the world and the universe is incredible. Once, I was I just holding on to the ship... Read more


Great photos of the 1977 New York power cut

Posted on 27 November 2015 at 08:30 by Anthony Teasdale in Travel

New York in the 1970s was a very different place to the clean, safe city we know today. With the ‘white flight’ to the suburbs and the decimation of the Bronx thanks to the urban planning of Robert Moses, it was in crisis. The city was also broke and riddled by crime, especially viole... Read more


Brixton Cycles: why one London bike shop needs to be saved

Posted on 20 November 2015 at 08:16 by Anthony Teasdale in Travel

This is a guest piece by Umbrella's cycling editor, Don G Cornelius My LBS (Local Bike Shop) is under threat, but with your goodwill and more importantly your generously donated cash, you can help save them. Brixton Cycles, London’s oldest worker-owned bike... Read more


Stunning photos of New York during the Great Blizzard of 1888

Posted on 04 February 2015 at 14:11 by Anthony Teasdale in Travel

We've had some snow this week in Britain. Even London, always desperate to get in on the act, had a dusting, albeit one that lasted till lunchtime yesterday when it melted away. America's Great Blizzard of 1888 was a different matter altogether, as these photos of New York show. B... Read more


Wuppertal Schwebebahn: Europe's most unusual metro

Posted on 29 December 2014 at 10:59 by Anthony Teasdale in Travel

It's fair to say we get rather too excited by public transport, epsecially metro railways. While our favourite subways like London, Liverpool, Moscow and Palma de Majorca are defined by their tunnels, some networks go in the other direction, and are built in the sky. None does it wi... Read more


Umbrella in Seville: a city after our own hearts

Posted on 19 April 2013 at 11:48 by Anthony Teasdale in Travel

It's no secret that Umbrella is a big fan of Spain. We think the focus on city centre living for all ages is something that we in Britain and Ireland would do well to learn from. Seville seems to do this better than anywhere else in Iberia– even Barcelona – which is why we travell... Read more


The Metropol Parasol – Seville’s giant umbrella

Posted on 15 January 2012 at 16:42 by Tony Teasdale in Travel

Seville is a glorious city. Known as the “frying pan of Spain”, it’s famed in Iberia for the sheer amount of sunshine it receives. During these hot months vast parasols are drawn over the streets, taking the edge off the blazing orb in the sky. In 2004, the city commissioned an ... Read more

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