Skellig Michael would need to cut visitor numbers by a third to meet Unesco recommendations, according to new figures. The monastic island 12km off the west coast of the Republic of Ireland attracted 16,792 tourists in 2018 – 5,692 more than the 11,000 advised by the world heritage organisation. Unesco has listed Skellig Michael as a World Heritage Site since 1996, but the heritage arm of the United Nations has strict stipulations if destinations want to hang onto their status.
A passenger flying from Russia from Bangkok had to be restrained with tape and belts when he refused to stop drinking. The man, flying on S7 flight 582 to the Russian city of Novosibirsk, had to be restrained by fellow passengers when the cabin crew were unable to subdue the 26-year-old. Later in the flight, a cabin crew member noticed him drinking alcohol and asked him to stop, the airline said.
The former first lady is celebrating her 55th birthday, and husband Barack Obama is paying tribute with an old photo.
Diane Setterfield’s debut novel, The Thirteenth Tale, came out in 2006 to wide acclaim. Once Upon a River continues to demonstrate her mastery of the Gothic genre in a way that will appeal to modern readers. It all begins at an inn, the Swan at Radcot (about 20 miles from Oxford, where Setterfield lives), on the evening of a winter's solstice in the 19th century.
Chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, valerian and hops, to name just a few, are known for their relaxing, sedative properties. "As herbs brew, their colourful pigments, aromatic essential oils and other powerful ingredients will seep into the hot water and create something very special", says master herbalist Sebastian Pole, founder of Pukka Herbs. Whether you prefer your drinks floral, sweet, spicy or citrussy, there’s a blend out there to satisfy.
In 2019, San Diego celebrates its 250th birthday. This Southern California city is perfect for starting and finishing cruises along the Pacific Coast and out to the Pacific islands. Contributing to its laid back vibe are great beaches, shopping, restaurants and sunshine: summer temperatures average 22°C/72°F; winters are a steady 16°C/61°F.
Sure sun-lashed Oahu, of which Honolulu is the capital, is a bit of a schlepp from anywhere. However, when it comes to finding an island that has it all – spectacular beaches, some of the world’s best surfing spots, protected marine life, history (Pearl Harbor, anyone?), culture, scenic hiking trails, ono grinds (good eats) and a buzzing nightlife scene – "the heart of Hawaii" delivers. And then some.
Stavanger is the gateway to the Norwegian fjords. It’s also a great introduction to the country with plenty of interesting sights both in town and within easy reach. You get old and new here – Europe’s best preserved wooden house settlement and the capital of the continent’s oil and energy industry.
The man took to Reddit to ask for advice, revealing that he couldn’t remember asking his girlfriend to marry him, because he had taken four sleeping tablets.
Most passengers say that the worst part of the airport experience is the security checkpoint, in which travellers are temporarily transformed from valued customers to suspected international terrorists. The technology for “walk-through security scanning” developed by Cardiff University is derived from astronomy detection. In an airport context, hidden cameras using one-millimetre wavelength technology are installed to examine passengers from a range of angles.
Stop everything you're doing and prepare yourself because Queen Rihanna's next launch is going to be something a little bit bigger than just Fenty-branded sunglasses. WWD is reporting that according to multiple sources, the mogul is working with French luxury conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton to launch a luxury house under her name. It would be the first time LVMH has launched a brand new label since Christian Lacroix in 1987.
An insider's guide to the most romantic spa breaks for couples in the UK, featuring the top places to stay for massages, couples' spa suites, hot tubs, hammams, saunas, steam rooms and swimming pools, along with Michelin-starred restaurants and luxurious rooms, in locations including the New Forest, Cornwall, Yorkshire, London, Bath, Lake District, Cotswolds, Scotland and Ireland.
This week, a couple are on trial accused of asking a "witch" to perform female genital mutilation (FGM) on their 3-year-old daughter while they pinned her down at their east London home. Prosecutor Caroline Carberry said one of the spells performed by the mother, 37, involved cow tongues with nails and a knife embedded in them, while another involved putting the names of police officers, a social worker and the director of public prosecutions (DPP) into lemons and limes, in a bid to silence them, Reuters reported. There was, Carberry said, significant evidence that the couple "had an interest in and were active in preparation of spells, curses, and witchcraft".