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Eurostar to finally launch first London-Amsterdam direct train service in April

Amsterdam-London passengers will still need to change trains inBrussels

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London-Amsterdam direct by train in three hours 41 minutes –that is what Eurostar promises from April.

The Channel Tunnel train operator says the new link will transform travel and expand the market between the two cities.

But because of a bureaucratic hold-up, passengers coming back will need to change trains at Brussels , with journeys taking an hour longer.

The outbound journey will depart twice a day on weekdays from London St Pancras, at 8.31am and 5.31pm; on Saturdays only the morning train will run, and on Sundays only the evening train.

It will run non-stop to Brussels, a record journey of just one hour 48 minutes, saving 17 minutes on the current time.

Eurostar is offering dinner at a Michelin-starred chef’s house

After the Belgian capital, it will stop at Rotterdam , three hours and one minute after leaving London – providing connections to a wide range of Dutch stations. The train will pass through Schiphol airport station before arriving at Amsterdam’s handsome Centraal station. The morning train will arrive at 1.12pm, the evening train at 10.12pm.

Eurostar’s chief executive, Nicolas Petrovic, said: “The launch of our service to the Netherlands represents an exciting advance in cross-Channel travel and heralds a new era in international high speed rail.

“With direct services from the UK to the Netherlands, France and Belgium, we are transforming the links between the UK and three of Europe’s top trading nations.”

He told The Independent : “We will take a bit of market share from the airlines, but we will grow the market.”

London- Amsterdam is one of the busiest and most fiercely competitive air routes in Europe. A British Airways spokesperson said: “We know our customers enjoy the choice of 17 flights from London a day, with airports to suit travellers starting their journey from all across the region. And with a flight time of just 80 minutes, they’ll be sampling a beer by the canals long before the train pulls in.”

And easyJet flies from four London airports to Amsterdam, offering 21 daily flights each way. “We carry 1.9m passengers a year and provide easy and affordable fares from £29.99 one way,” said a spokesperson.

Eurostar’s city-centre to city-centre fares will start at £35 one way. Mr Petrovic told The Independent : “We need to build loyalty. We are back to the pioneering days of 1994, when we first served Paris. While the British know about Eurostar, the Dutch do not.”

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Samuel Brace on the campaign to sabotage the Rotten Tomatoes score of Marvel’s Black Panther…

In the grand scheme of nefarious machinations, the topic of disgruntled movie fans (‘fan’ being a word I’m hesitant here to use) dishing out bad review scores to films which have yet to be seen, falls rather lower on the hierarchy of sins. However, this type of dishonourable behaviour grinds my gears none the less.

The topic to which I am referring, for those that haven’t yet had the pleasure of hearing, is that a group of ne’er-do-wells who have banded together in a moment of great courage, have decided to make it their life’s mission to purposefully sabotage the Rotten Tomatoes scores of various Disney connected films; most recently, the upcoming Marvel effort known as Black Panther .

Black Panther

These charming individuals – surely all tremendously valuable members of society – have a gripe you see, a gripe that can’t be contained to their delightful little corner of the internet. Their aversion to Disney must be spread far and wide, they must attempt to promote an apocryphal narrative around a film’s public perception, undoubtedly to fill a rather empty hole in, I am sure, otherwise gloriously fulfilled lives.

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The motive they attach to their crusade against the likes of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (a film they claim to have already succeeded in providing a poor Rotten Tomatoes audience score) and Black Panther , is that Disney has insidiously betrayed audiences and engaged in “corporate manipulations which created falsified bad press for the DCEU.” It seems to me, and it seems rather clear, that this merry band of noble warriors are not in fact playing with a healthy collection of marbles.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

No matter one’s hatred of a particular film, studio, or whatever other entity it might be, it truly beggars belief that the solution one comes to is that an organised hit job on something so many others find great joy in, is somehow warranted. If this effete gathering of vermin who seem to believe their actions of internet based thuggery are in fact those of noble deeds, had actually seen the film they profess to despise, and then individually gave their honest and critical review of the film, that would of course hardly be a matter of discussion. However, a premature action that purposefully has the intent of dissuading unsuspecting potential audiences to stay away from said picture, is a truly ugly, sinister, and utterly repulsive act to put it lightly.

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