Friday 23 August 2019

Global Village: Forget peas, it's a passenger pod

Pods on planes.

Travel pods
Travel pods

Anna Coogan

Pod hotels are big business in Tokyo and can now be booked in New York. Yet are you ready for travelling in a pod seat on a plane?

British product design consultants Factory Design and London-based aircraft seat manufacturer Contour Aerospace Limited sincerely hope so. Their Air Lair concept seating is made up of a series of hard-shell capsules which provide a whole environment for each passenger; semi-private spaces with a flat bed, mood lighting, and individual screens for in-flight entertainment.

"A lair is a secret or private place in which a person seeks concealment or seclusion, a perfect way to restore your equilibrium after a business trip to the other side of the world," is how the manufacturers describe the new design.

Turnbull brings her time in Tahiti to book

Sarah Turnbull's three-year South Seas sojourn began when her French husband Frederic was offered the opportunity to start a law firm in Tahiti. Australian-born Sarah began her days by diving into clear 28-degree water, and by marvelling at the clownfish, rays, schools of tiny fish and other underwater beauties.

Her writing is also full of the Polynesian colonial history which created the image of a south Pacific paradise in the writing of James Michener and the paintings of Paul Gauguin.

All Good Things: From Paris to Tahiti, Life and Longing, also chronicles Sarah's attempt to have a baby with the help of IVF.

It follows her book Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris, and is published by Harper Collins.

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