Some travel trends come and go, but we're always on the lookout for new and unusual destinations that feel a little bit "off the beaten track".
At the tail end of the 1970s, a young writer with the initials SH moves from the wilds of Minnesota into a tiny apartment in grimy, violent New York, where she intends, before taking up an academic post, to write her first novel, a murder mystery featuring a boy detective whose idol is Sherlock Holmes (note those initials). SH, we infer, is a version of Siri Hustvedt.
The notion of four seasons in a day has no bearing in western Scotland. Four seems far too few. I have just arrived on Mull, the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides, and already I’ve experienced a spectrum of weather in less than an hour.
During my latest trip to California I’d planned to study cacti and the desert wildflowers of short lived annuals that emerge only in early spring, using what little water is available from winter rains before the summer. We certainly found these - miles and miles of exceptionally beautiful, honey scented flowers in the desert - but as reports on Instagram of a superbloom on a scale not seen in over seventeen years kept popping up in my feed, we changed course, racing to see it.
As an actor, you don’t play good or bad,” says Jason Isaacs. The 55-year-old star of the Harry Potter films, The Death of Stalin and Star Trek: Discovery is explaining – at a frighteningly fast pace – why I’m wrong to have described his character in Netflix series The OA as “not a nice person”. “I think that’s questionable, frankly,” says Isaacs, who is on the edge of his seat in a London hotel room.
Innocently finger-scrolling through your upcoming spring calendar can be a double-edged sword. While we can't help you with airfare (or mum), we can help with planning a manicure that will at least look like you have it all together. Ahead, we've rounded up our favourite nail-art designs for spring, loosely inspired by Easter's classic pastel colour palette.
No one wants to stare at a messy workspace at the best of times, least of all when dozing off in bed at the end of the day. For the workspace itself, think about repurposing a piece of furniture that will fit the aesthetic of your bedroom.
One week after a gunman opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 50 and injuring dozens, women across the nation wore headscarves in support with the Muslim community. Thaya Ashman, a doctor in Auckland, created Headscarf for Harmony after she learned of a Muslim woman who feared her hijab would make her a target for violence after the terrorist attack. Ashman, who consulted with the Islamic Women's Council of New Zealand and the Muslim Association of New Zealand before organising the effort, said the gesture was a way for non-Muslim women to express solidarity as the country grapples with the aftermath of the Christchurch shootings.
From jelly acrylics to tie-dye and gradient nails, we're spoilt for choice when it comes to Instagram-worthy manicure trends. It employs vitamin-infused pastes, nourishing oils, waxes and clever Japanese-inspired buffing techniques to give you your shiniest, healthiest and prettiest nails yet, all without the use of traditional mani ingredients, like acrylic powder and nail polish, some of which are packed with toluene formaldehyde, and aren't very nail friendly. A quick search for the hot oil manicure technique on Instagram throws up clips of strange-looking wax gloves, essentially petrolatum, enveloped around hands to deeply moisturise nails and cuticles, but treatments using greener ingredients are gaining popularity, too.
There's good reason why we look forward to the Amazon Fashion Week in Tokyo each season and these street style looks are it. While attendees often play it safe with clean, minimalist dressing in the 'big 4' (Paris, Milan, London and New York), Tokyo's streets are a riot of clashing colours, patterns and proportions.
Two airlines popular with British travellers are in difficulties. Jet Airways, a big Indian carrier, is cancelling flights and some entire routes – including the recently launched link between Manchester and Mumbai. The Indian carrier, Jet Airways, has seen two-thirds of its fleet grounded at the insistence of aircraft lessors.
When the world first caught word of Jordan Peele's second horror film, a follow-up to the Academy Award-winning Get Out, fans were excited, to say the least. Most people assumed the forthcoming film would be a sequel, with its ominous and vague title, Us. Then Peele highjacked Christmas Day with the film's chilling trailer, and we knew one thing was for sure: This would not be a movie about Kanye West escaping the sunken place, but something much scarier.
A new competition has been launched for infrared photographers – those who capture light that is not visible to the human eye. Contest organisers Kolari Vision want to raise the profile of infrared photography, which they believe is not taken seriously in either the art or professional world.
The first daughter and White House advisor's schedule isn't public, but we'll keep you posted on her goings-on every week. • Ivanka has not complied with federal laws to preserve her email communications, House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings said on Thursday. Rep. Cummings said that is a violation of the Presidential Records Act.
Suppose you are flying via one of the European hubs, such as Amsterdam, Paris or Frankfurt, and the connection goes wrong – leaving you stranded overnight. As long as you are travelling on a through-ticket (for example on KLM, Air France or Lufthansa), your rights are clear. As 19-year-old Isobel Colleton found when she turned up at Amsterdam airport to find her flight to Manchester cancelled, that assumption is misplaced.
Tourism in Hawaii has reached “tipping point”, experts from the University of Hawaii have warned, as annual visitor numbers reach ten million on the small Pacific archipelago.
We're halfway into the long-awaited second series of Fleabag, with fans deeply invested in Phoebe Waller-Bridge's central character as she meanders around London, flirting, stealing, cackling and crying.
Train chaos has hit London today as three key stations are suffering from severe disruption.
The shrill call to prayer signals another clear, bright dawn in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s bustling capital. Also known as Timket, a word derived the ancient Semitic language of Ge’ez, this joyous celebration is one of the most popular dates in the Orthodox Church calendar. While there are plenty of followers of Islam in Ethiopia, the majority of people are Orthodox Christians – Timket, therefore, is a national holiday.
Mexico City, familiar to all as the most populous city in the western hemisphere, is a lot more than that. The crossroads of ancient cultures, it has a storied past, with Aztec ruins embedded in the modern city’s fabric. The key northern seat of the Spanish conquest, it has a cultural and historical heft rarely encountered in Latin America: its mighty cathedral, many churches, civic palaces and grand plazas have survived earthquakes and waves of urban reinvention. It’s home to some of the most impressive art galleries in the Americas, a world-class archaeological museum, stunning modern and contemporary architecture and a thriving nightlife. Mexico is famed for its rich culinary traditions, and the capital offers visitors the very best street food, cantinas and fine dining.