Birdsong is an unusual accompaniment at a UK airport, but then Elstree Aerodrome is an unusual place to be a passenger on a domestic flight. You will look in vain for Elstree in the planet’s aviation schedules, because it is strictly a venue for General Aviation — private flying, in propellor planes, rather than those noisy jets. Private pilots with light aircraft ranging from two to six seats are zipping across the UK — and beyond — all the time.
From her love of motherhood to her willingness to talk about her past, here are a few revelations about Melania Trump.
Starting today, your Uber rating is going to stare you directly in the face. An Uber rating is like getting a grade in school, but one that holds more social weight. “Many riders forget that their driver is also rating them, too, and things like eating in the car, slamming the door, or trying to pile in more people than seatbelts can impact whether it’s a five-star experience for drivers,” say Mike Truong and Ronak Trivedi in a blog post announcing the change.
According to the parenting support site, 60% of parents have taken floral inspiration for their daughters’ names, while 40% opted for names themed around trees. The top three baby names for boys this spring are Owen, Maxwell and Neo, while Denver, Brooke and Skye also make the top 10. “Interestingly, the results from our poll show that for girls, the seasonal theme of spring has a far greater influence on the baby naming process, than for boys,” Faye Mingo, Marketing Director at Emma’s Diary told The Sun.
Weddings are no longer the extravagant affairs they used to be. Country Life magazine has stepped in to call for restraint, warning couples that weddings have turned into “the nuptial equivalent of an arms race”. From strapless dresses to three day weddings, the magazine has warned upcoming brides and grooms of the biggest wedding pitfalls.
Terror attacks are having less and less impact on the plans of holidaymakers, as travellers become more familiar with the global security threat, according to new research. Analysing the length of time it took cities to return to normal booking levels in the wake of an attack, travel data experts ForwardKeys found that destinations now recover nearly twice as quickly as they did previously after suffering an attack. Speaking at the World Travel and Tourism Council Global Summit in Bangkok, chief marketing officer Laurens van den Oever said that while advance bookings to Paris have only recently returned to normal levels since the 2015 November attacks, the Belgian capital Brussels took only 30 weeks to recover after the bombings it suffered in March last year.
The gateway to Sydney’s magnificent harbour and its most arresting sights – The Sydney Harbour Bridge and The Sydney Opera House – Circular Quay is also the birthplace of modern Sydney. Hidden landmarks and historic buildings mingle with tourist attractions, fine-dining establishments and the city’s finest hotels.
The Belgian maestro, Ivo van Hove, is renowned for taking classic plays of ancient and modern vintage and re-exploring them in concentrated, spare, non-naturalistic modes in order to unlock their primal force. The ritualistic Attic pulse of his take on A View from the Bridge brought the mesmeric intensity of Greek tragedy to Arthur Miller's 1950s play about a Brooklyn longshore man. By contrast his foray into the ancient repertoire, in Antigone with Juliette Binoche that had its London run at the Barbican, seemed to me to evince all the drawbacks of a conceptual approach.
A new report has heaped criticism on Britain’s pay-as-you-go airport lounges for their “low-rent” decor and overpriced food and drink.
The last few years have seen Belfast emerge from a turbulent past, and shake off its reputation as a troubled city. A relatively small city, Belfast is divided into several “quarters”, each known for its own distinct character. You’ll likely spend most of your time in the centrally-located Cathedral Quarter, with its rambling streets, buzzing pubs and top-notch restaurants.
David Cameron has warned airlines, tour operators and tourist boards not to underestimate concerns over terrorists being able to travel abroad to commit atrocities. Speaking at the World Tourism and Travel Council Global Summit in Bangkok, the former prime minister said that the travel industry must accept that tighter restrictions and more rigorous checks are a necessary response to the global terror threat. Cameron was asked his views on Donald Trump’s attempted and controversial travel ban, which forbade citizens from six Muslim countries from travelling to the US, when the backbench MP said he hoped that the tourism industry and governments around the world would work together on global security.
“Now this one, it’s good for hangovers!” said our guide, Yolanda Santiago Martinez, with a laugh. Among the many edible and medicinal plants she had pointed out, this one seemed most vital. High in the mountains above Oaxaca City, my three companions and I were trekking between six villages known as the Pueblos Mancomunados.
Can a receding hairline possibly be a sick punishment for special ‘me-time’ in front of an adult film? Call us vain, call us precious, but never underestimate how much we love for our scalps to be covered in glorious, thick hair. The fear of male pattern baldness is something that drives about a gazillion bucks in advertising campaigns across the world.
Most people would agree that picking your nose is frowned upon. According to a study, however, we should in fact be eating our bogies and encouraging our kids to do the same. The reason is that bogies actually have an array of health benefits - and they could be particularly important for growing children.
The tennis champ admitted in an interview with Gayle King yesterday that she posted the Snapchat announcing that she was 20 weeks pregnant by mistake, People reports. According to the expectant mother, who was confirmed as the world's women's #1 tennis player last week, the photo of her in her yellow La Blanca Swim swimsuit wasn't meant to go public. “Well, actually it was an accident," she explained to King during the TED conference in Vancouver.
Do you consider yourself to have high emotional intelligence? Being emotional intelligent means that, among other qualities, you are able to recognise how people are feeling based on their behaviour. Studies suggest that having high emotional intelligence correlates with better mental health, being a better worker with good leadership qualities.
My two companions, Edorta Jiménez and Irati Agorria, show me a machine built for noise and it reduces me to silence. For this is one of the air-raid sirens that sounded 80 years ago, on April 26 1937, as German and Italian planes bombed the Basque market town of Guernica (Gernika in the Basque spelling) during the Spanish Civil War.
As a new parent, the past six months had been a maelstrom of smelly nappies and sleepless nights. Touching down in this, the most accessible of the Canary Islands, it already seemed that our friends were on to a good thing. No longer: along with a dozen other parents, we found ourselves on the early morning shuttle bus up Mount Teide which, at 12,198ft, is Spain’s highest peak.
Most Blockbuster outlets are long gone. In the UK the VHS and DVD rental chain went into administration in 2013, as consumers turned to movie streaming services in favour of video rentals.
The current favourite, slow-growing evergreen “jasmine” Trachelospermum jasminoides would do the job eventually, has scented flowers and is generally well-behaved. In London it is generally evergreen, but roughly one year in four a frosty wind will “get” its upper regions, turning them to black dishrags until you haul it down and lop it.
Not long ago, Kim Kardashian took to Snapchat to admit that she sometimes sleeps in her makeup in a bid to preserve it (hey, she's a busy woman), while international makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury has revealed that her husband has never seen her without it – in fact, she wears eye makeup to bed every night. "Our skin cells are naturally renewed and repaired at night – the optimum time is 1am, to be precise – and healthy, new ones are produced," she says.