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Folk Train History:

  • 24 April 2001 visit to the Old Nag’s Head 
  • August 2001 Spain
  • 22 January 2002  Ireland
  • September 2005 North Derbyshire and South Yorkshire
  • October 2006 Sheffield Folk Festival
  • June 2007 The Day after the big flood. The Folk Train was cancelled.
  • October 2007 New Mills Town Hall
  • October 2008 The Sheffield Folk Festival   
  • Wessex Folk Festival
  •  ...more

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Folk Train History

Manchester - Hathersage Folk Train

Train departs Manchester Piccadilly at 1145 calling at all stations from Reddish North to Hathersage. The band plays at the Little John Hotel, Hathersage. Return on the 1432 train from Hathersage, calling at all the same stations, except Strines, arriving at Manchester Piccadilly at 1532.

Saturday 11 April 2009 with the Rainy City Bluegrass Band
Traditional bluegrass at its best.

Saturday 2 May 2009 with The Duffers
Lively traditional music plus the Crown Rapper Sword dancers.

Saturday 23 May 2009 community rail month event with Dom Colins
Excellent comedy solo performer

Saturday 6 June 2009 with Blue Heart
Country, blues and bluegrass

Saturday 20 June 2009 with Nelson Peach
Traditional and American folk music.

Train Schedules (coming)

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Europe - Including Paris France and Dubai

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) consists of seven Emirates’ and Dubai is the most popular destination of them all. It is situated on the southern shore of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula. Dubai is the second largest Emirate after Abu Dhabi and is usually recognised as the ‘Pearl of the Persian Gulf’. Dubai’s population is estimated at 1.5 million, a huge difference from 183,200 in 1975.

Dubai is one of the most multicultural cities in the world with the expatriate community covering most of the population, with less than 10% of the total being national Emiratis. The state of Dubai is commonly referred to as a city because it has been distinguished as the most modern and cosmopolitan environments in the Emirates, especially due to its rapid technological transformation over the past few decades. Dubai is a landmark for innovation; some might even compare it to the computer game Sim-city where expansion has no limit. The city boasts remarkable skyscrapers, such as the world’s tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa, (known as the Burj Dubai during construction), and is also in the process of developing one of the most technologically advanced buildings in the world – The Pad. This is based on the idea of an iPod; this residential tower is set to be embedded with the latest gadgets that will have the power to change interior design and window views to almost anything imaginable. Most recently, on the 4th January 2010, the world's tallest skyscraper has been opened in Dubai, the Burj Khalifa, known as the Burj Dubai during construction.

Sheikh Mohammed is the ruler of Dubai. It is said that he is primarily responsible for making Dubai what it is today; a modern high flying city thriving from commercial investments. Sheikh Mohammed’s most significant business proposal was the introduction of Dubai’s world class airline, the Emirates. The city of Dubai gains higher returns from its tourism unlike many of the other Emirates, as revenue from oil only accounts for around 6% of Dubai’s gross domestic product. The city’s oil is decreasing by the year and therefore cannot be depended upon. That is partly the reason why there has been a construction boom in order to diversify its economy in the expansion of commercial and corporate activity.

Dubai has therefore become a world famous city through innovative real estate projects, sports events, conferences and Guinness records. Although Dubai has been transformed into a man-made hi-tech city, it still has a strong Islamic culture with a stretch of historical buildings by the Creek. Whilst some may view this as a conflict of old meeting new, it is also considered to be a captivating city that offers both extremes; a traditional past interlinked with modern day.

Size 2,400 sq m (estimate)

Currency Arab Emirates Dirhams (AED or Dh)

Local time Dubai Time is + 4 Hours GMT

Language The official language is Arabic, Arabic and English are commonly used in business and commerce. Hindi and Urdu are also widely used.

Population 1.5 million (2008)

Flying Time UK to Dubai - 7 hours

Music of the United Arab Emirates

The music of the United Arab Emirates is a part of the 
Persian Gulf khaleeji tradition, and is also known for 
Bedouin folk music. Distinctive dance songs from the 
area's fishermen are also well-known, but the country's 
most famous performers are Ahlam, the first female 
pop star in the Persian Gulf, Abdel Moniem Al Saleh 
or Moniem, who is famous for his exceptional talent 
in songs' writing, music producing and singing, and 
he was the first musician to mix Indian, Spanish and 
Arabic music together.Aithah Al-Menhali, and Al Wasmi. 
Other singers from the United Arab Emirates include 
Samar, Reem, Rouwaida, and Abdallah Belkhair among others.

Liwa is a type of music and dance performed mainly i
n communities which contain descendants of East Africans.

[edit]Underground music in the UAE.

The UAE houses a considerably lively underground 
music scene, consisting mostly of expatriates, 
concentrated in Dubai. The majority of local artists play Rock 
andMetal music, but some bands playing alternative styles of 
music such as Ska, Punk and Experimental have also emerged. 
Local organizations such as the American University in Dubai 
Sound Society, The Dubai Lime, Ignite-Events,, 
Ampulance, Shouscene? and Project E are key players in 
moving the music scene forward, in terms of organizing and 
promoting concerts and bands as well as providing an online 
discussion area for local scenesters wishing to know more 
about what events are coming up. The local media is also 
taking notice of bands from the scene, radio stations like 
Dubai 92 FM and publications like Timeout Dubai featuring 
bands on a regular basis. June 2008 saw the re-launch of 
AXON Stimulus, a creative company that serves the 
underground arts scene in the UAE. "Cliché in a Box?", 
an urban underground art exhibition hosted by Cliché Magazine, 
also featured the release of AXON's first album by Obleek Mode. 
Entitled "The Mutiny", it is the debut album of the 
lounge/experimental trio from Dubai, establishing the 
presence of electronic music in the UAE.
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Atlantis The Palm



This Dubai luxury resort is located on Palm Jumeirah, a manmade, palm-tree-shaped island just off the Jumeirah coast. The Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina Mall, and Emirates Golf Club are all about 6.5 km (4 mi) away.

Hotel Features.
In addition to beach access, Atlantis, The Palms features the Aquaventure waterpark, with waterslides from the Ziggurat tower, river rides through caverns, and a transparent tunnel surrounded by a shark lagoon. Dolphin Bay offers dolphin encounters in three lagoons. The Lost Chambers, an underwater wonderland, provides up-close views of 65,000 marine animals. A dive center offers scuba lessons and excursions, along with sunset cruises. Dining options range from world-class gourmet to beachfront cafes. Other highlights include two outdoor pools (one with a sloped entry), a luxury spa, tennis courts, a children’s club, and designer boutiques.

Spacious guestrooms and suites have private balconies overlooking the island and/or the Arabian Gulf. Flat-panel TVscome with pay movies. Clock radios include iPod docks. Wireless Internet access is available. Accommodations also offer coffee/tea makers, minibars, and complimentary bottled water. Bathrooms feature separate showers and tubs, Floris bath amenities, bathrobes, scales, and phones. The resort provides nightly turndown service.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel	* SPECIAL VALUE	

Near Wild Wadi / DubaiAverage Nightly Rate $405.43

This family-friendly luxury hotel i
s situated near a Dubai beach. Wild Wadi, 
Mall of the Emirates, and more...
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Europe  is, by convention, one of the world's seven continents. Comprising the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, Europe is generally divided from Asia to its east by the water divide of the Ural Mountains, the Ural River, the Caspian Sea, the Caucasus region (Specification of borders) and the Black Sea to the southeast.
Europe is bordered by the Arctic Ocean and other bodies of water to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the Mediterranean Sea to the south, and the Black Sea and connected waterways to the southeast. Yet the borders for Europe—a concept dating back to classical antiquity—are somewhat arbitrary, as the term continent can refer to a cultural and political distinction or a physiographic one.

Europe is the world's second-smallest continent by surface area, covering about 10,180,000 square kilometres (3,930,000 sq mi) or 2% of the Earth's surface and about 6.8% of its land area. Of Europe's approximately 50 states, Russia is the largest by both area and population (although the country covers both Europe and Asia), while the Vatican City is the smallest. Europe is the third-most populous continent after Asia and Africa, with a population of 731 million or about 11% of the world's population. However, according to the United Nations (medium estimate), Europe's share may fall to about 7% by 2050. In 1900, Europe's share of the world's population was 25%.

Europe, in particular Ancient Greece, is the birthplace of Western culture. It played a predominant role in global affairs from the 16th century onwards, especially after the beginning of colonialism. Between the 16th and 20th centuries, European nations controlled at various times the Americas, most of Africa, Oceania, and large portions of Asia. Both World Wars were largely focused upon Europe, greatly contributing to a decline in Western European dominance in world affairs by the mid-20th century as the United States and Soviet Union took prominence.During the Cold War, Europe was divided along the Iron Curtain between NATO in the west and the Warsaw Pact in the east. European integration led to the formation of the Council of Europe and the European Union in Western Europe, both of which have been expanding eastward since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.   (c)2010 (update in progress)
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