Tablet Life & Arts

The itinerary: Poppy power in London

Poppies to keep blooming

Parts of a display of almost a million ceramic poppies that have filled the Tower of London moat to mark the centenary of World War I will be preserved and go on tour, organizers say. The temporary installation, “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red,” has generated intense interest, with thousands lining up daily to look since it opened in August. Each of the 888,246 poppies represents a service member from Britain or its empire killed in the Great War.

— The Associated Press

Protect what you pack

The makers of crush-proof protective cases for military, law enforcement and fire safety industries have turned their skills to a line of rugged bags for travelers who are tired of replacing theirs. At a $475-$645 price point, Pelican ProGear Elite Luggage isn’t cheap, but then again, neither is buying a new suitcase every time you fly. The hardshell bags are lightweight and watertight and come in three sizes: a 22-inch carry-on, the 27-inch Weekender bag and the 30-inch Vacationer. It’s distinctive, too. Optional organizers are extra. See the bags at Cabela’s or visit

— Sandy Guerra-Cline

Broadway welcomes kids

Broadway again is offering its kids-get-in-free program. The offer, for children and teens ages 6-18, is good for shows Jan. 9-15. Participating shows include Aladdin; Beautiful: The Carole King Musical; Chicago; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder; Honeymoon in Vegas; If/Then; Jersey Boys; Kinky Boots; Les Misèrables; The Lion King; Mamma Mia!; Matilda the Musical; The Phantom of the Opera; On the Town; Pippin; Rock of Ages; Side Show; and Wicked. Online:

— The Associated Press

Fun fact

Or not so fun, if you’re traveling

If you’re flying somewhere for Thanksgiving, expect airports to be even more crowded this year. U.S. airlines expect to carry 24.6 million passengers during the 12 days surrounding Thanksgiving, up 1.5 percent from last year. The worst day: Nov. 30, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, with 2.6 million people flying on U.S. airlines. The forecast comes from trade group Airlines for America. It covers Friday, Nov. 21, through Tuesday, Dec. 2.

— The Associated Press