Each week, Ben Hopkinson looks back at a serious, crazy, and happy news story from the past week.
Last weekend and at the beginning of this week there were massive queues at the ports in Dover and Folkestone as holidaymakers and lorry drivers tried to get to France. The AA motoring group has since reiterated that these delays will continue well into the summer.
Brexit has been a massive cause as the French authorities take extra time checking and stamping the British passports, but before Brexit there was less need for such rigorous checks. Those include: checking the identity page, checking the traveller hasn’t been to the EU for more than 90 days in the last 180 days, checking if you have at least 3 months left on your passport, checking that your passport is issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country, checking the traveller has a return ticket, checking proof of insurance for your trip and asking whether the traveller has enough money to stay.
Other reasons include issues with staff at the French borders and the travelling numbers dipped due to COVID restrictions. The roads also have less capacity, as part of the M20 is used a giant lorry park too.
Three mates have set out on an adventure where they departed from Duncasby Head Lighthouse on 11th July and hope to reach Kanyakumari in India in November in a 23-year-old Mazda bought for £1,050.
Daniel Patton (22), Joe Fisher (23) and Callum Kitson (23) will be driving through 20 countries in varying climates in the vehicle which doesn’t have air conditioning. Packing a GPS, three sleeping bags and seven pairs of underwear each, they hope to arrive in November estimating spending £15,000 on the journey.
All born in England but since moving to Auckland, New Zealand, they call themselves “The Kiwis Don’t Fly Rally Team” they came up with the idea of the adventure during lockdown.
Speaking of their plan they say: “We all have family in the UK, but we picked Scotland as it was really far from India and was really inconvenient. After two years in lockdown, we wanted to do something big and have an experience to make up for all the time lost.
So far, they have travelled around 2,500 miles through 9 countries: UK, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, and Croatia.
Stray is a brand new game released on the PlayStation4, PlayStation 5 and PCs which is where you play as a stray ginger cat in a walled city populated by robots and with the help of a drone you are tasked to leave the walls and into the outside.
In a good deed by publisher, Annapurna Interactive, they have teamed up with cat shelters, helping raising funds by giving the game away. Over here in the UK, Cats Protection has six copies to giveaway. The competition is free and can be entered below:
Want to win a copy of the new Stray game? 🐈🎮 We’ve got six digital game keys to give away for #Steam and #PS4 or #PS5. Enter now! Be a #PawsomePlayer and #StreamForCats. https://t.co/YTKCTVJqGd— Cats Protection (@CatsProtection) July 15, 2022
(T&Cs apply – must be 18 or over and a UK resident) #StrayGame @A_i @HKdevblog pic.twitter.com/HmgaRpKV3p
What a great bit of charity work by what is still an indie publisher on a brand new game.