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Route planner, routeplanners, road planners, whatever they are called, don’t you just love them? Google anounced the “death of GPS” map software last year when they said they would add GPS services to their own maps in 2010. I know the route planner from Google covers the entire world, but from the people I have spoken to it’s been unclear if the GPS services will cover countries outside Europe, USA, and some parts of Asia at launch.

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Guests snowed in for New Year at UK’s highest pub

Guests celebrating new year at the highest pub in England had a longer than expected stay, after heavy snow left them stranded for three days.

About 30 people arrived at the Tan Hill Inn in North Yorkshire on New Year’s Eve to welcome in 2010.

But the wintry weather conditions meant the residents were snowed in for a further two nights.

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Last Kon-Tiki raft crewman dies

Knut Haugland – the last of the six crewmen who crossed the Pacific Ocean on the Kon-Tiki balsa wood raft in 1947 – has died aged 92.

The explorer died of natural causes in Oslo’s hospital, the Kon-Tiki museum director said.

The expedition was launched from Peru by anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl to demonstrate that South Americans could have settled Polynesia.

The Kon-Tiki sailed with basic equipment some 8,000 km (4,900 miles).

Five of the crew were Norwegian, like Mr Haugland, and one man, Bengt Danielsson, was from Sweden.

During World War II, Mr Haugland was member of the Norwegian resistance movement.

He was honoured by Britain for his role in helping to disrupt Nazi plans to create nuclear weapons.
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