Coffee shops have inspired some of the most recognisable images in art and photography, from Van Gogh's illuminated café terrace to Brassai's couple cuddling up over a cup of coffee. Today, no café is complete without an artist or two creating masterpieces via their smartphones – and who can blame them? Be it expertly made latte art, flawlessly iced sweet treats or a collection of reclaimed furniture to make Frank Lloyd Wright swoon, coffee shops present the ideal backdrop for an Instagram snap.
The UK is littered with cafés that offer so much more than a caffeine fix and we've hunted down some of the most beautiful. Cameras at the ready...
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If Jay Gatsby lived in 2017 and had a private jet, it would in all likelihood look like The Manhattan. This new party plane, offered by Embraer Executive Jets for a cool $80 million (£64 million), is inspired by Manhattan's Art Deco history. Elements like a metallic mural that resembles the iconic Art Deco mural in the Empire State building, deep-mahogany wood panels, brass and gold trim, and vintage sconces give it that just-stepped-into-the-1920s feel.
Piercings are nothing new — earrings and nose piercings have reportedly been found from around 5,000 years ago, and it's believed they were used in ancient African and early European societies. The piercer freaked out, so 8-year-old me also freaked out.
A report by the Care and Quality Commission recently highlighted how staff shortages in residential and nursing homes is causing record levels of stress and fatigue among carers. According to the Office of National Statistics, about 1.3 million working parents now rely on their own parents to help them care for their children.
It's a bank holiday tomorrow. Praise by. But the UK only has eight of the joyous day each year (New Year Holiday, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May Day, Late May Bank Holiday, August Bank Holiday, Christmas Day and Boxing). That does not compare favourably with most other nations (indeed, Jeremy Corbyn recently sought to woo voters by claiming he will add three new public holidays to the calendar if elected).
Last week, Kathrine Switzer, the first woman officially to complete the Boston Marathon, back in 1967, ran the race again. Switzer, who was actually attacked by race official Jock Semple the first time she ran, wore the same bib number (261), lipstick (just as she had the first time) and completed the 26.2 miles in four hours, 44 minutes and 31 seconds. Switzer started running when she was 12.
On the evening of November 8, 1957, over a tiny atoll in the Pacific Ocean, a scientific test changed the course of British history. At 17.47 GMT, whirring high above Christmas Island in Kiribati, an RAF Valiant – the Vulcan’s higher-altitude big brother – dropped a bomb a hundred times more powerful than that which had devastated Hiroshima a dozen years earlier. It took 52 seconds to fall, and when it did, Britain’s first successful test of a megaton hydrogen bomb rendered the country a nuclear superpower for the first time.
Fiona Phillips is stressed. This is not the first time that Phillips has battled stress, nor is it the worst. GMTV viewers, who watched her with their cereal from 1997 to 2008, will know she spent more than a decade working in the high-pressure job with its 3.30am starts.
Sometimes it can be as simple as rearranging your garden furniture, or creating new seating areas. Repainting wooden furniture or a shed also brings swift gratification, and there is plenty of magic you can work with plants, creating new beds or investing in a few large pots. Look critically at the space you have and start by editing out what you don’t want – throw out furniture that is falling apart, pull out unwanted plants and cut back overgrown shrubs.
Jules Mountain will never forget the feeling, the moment it hit. Two years ago this week, he was lying in his one-man, coffin-like tent at Everest Base Camp, attempting to doze away a gently stinging hangover. Dazed and confused, Jules poked his head out of the canvas door to look out over the landscape, including to Pumori, an adjacent mountain known as ‘Everest’s daughter’.
In Sunday School, we were taught that all sins are equal. “I would have been so much happier had I not had the abortions, but I truly believe that I would have been so much unhappier if I had had the children.
There is one thing that triggers an instant negative reaction in the actor: the Dawson's Creek theme song. Van Der Beek's ears perk up every time "I Don't Wait To Wait" by Paula Cole comes on. "If I was at karaoke and it started playing, there’s a part of me – and I’m a fucking grown-ass man with four kids – that still wants to go hide under the table," Van Der Beek said in an interview with The Guardian.
The green woodpecker was once known as the “Rain Bird” for its perceived ability to predict an imminent downpour by crying out loudly and repeatedly across the countryside. Birders name it the green woodpecker’s “yaffle”, and it sounds exactly as it reads. The green woodpecker is the largest of the three woodpeckers that breed in Britain.
It seems that's doubly true for a few of the people following Kylie Jenner on Snapchat. Clad only in Puma briefs and a fashionably moth-eaten T-shirt (just kidding, it's probably a one-of-a-kind piece distressed by the hands of a Parisian couturier), Jenner showed off plenty of skin. Although Jenner was clearly feeling herself, a barrage of commenters accused her of photoshopping the image.
When it comes to brunch cocktails, Bloody Marys and mimosas get all the attention. First made in Venice in the 1940s, the traditional Bellini is a mix of Prosecco and peach purée. Nearly 90 years later, today you can find a wide variety of fresh fruits and bubblies for different takes on this classic drink.
Blogger Sarah Sapora hasn't worn a bikini in 25 years — until now. In a post to her blog, Sapora described why she eschewed the swimsuit for so long, and opened up about what led her to put one back on.
“Who do you represent, Ivanka? There the 35 year-old sat, flanked by the political heavy-weights Angela Merkel and Christine Lagarde, betraying the merest hint of nerves as she embarked on the first foreign event in her new official capacity: Adviser to the President. The W20 summit – designed to promote women’s economic empowerment – was a coming out of sorts for Ivanka, and a high pressure one at that.
Ten years ago, everyone was obsessed with reducing their fat intake and supermarket chains were brimming with low-fat products. Cardiologist, heart surgeon, and autoimmune disease expert Steven Gundry says that often the most nutrient-packed foods are the ones causing people digestion issues. In an article for Mind Body Green, Gundry explains that there’s one particular plant protein creating problems for our guts: lectin.
Vegemite, a pufferfish, Billy Ray Cyrus, marijuana, Saturn (not Jupiter): This eclectic array of seemingly unrelated people, places, and things all have one thing in common, which is that they’ve earned a permanent spot on Miley Cyrus’s body. The star has a generous amount of ink, and many of the pieces have special meaning. That jar of brewer’s yeast spread, for example, is a nod to Liam Hemsworth ’s homeland; the prickly fish is for her pet puffer that passed. (Try saying that three times fast.) A post shared by Doctor Woo (@_dr_woo_) on Apr 27, 2017 at 2:42pm PDT
"Becoming a mother scares me," wrote a Reddit user in the AskWomen subreddit. Did their children keep them from living the life they wanted? The redditor ended her post with one request: "Please tell me your stories honestly." Her readers complied, and then some.
Taylor Swift, Emma Watson - and pose for a selfie. This week, Chancellor Angela Merkel was asked during a panel discussion at the Berlin W20 women's empowerment summit whether she called herself a feminist. Unlike fellow attendee Ivanka Trump, Merkel did not immediately say 'yes'.
Google has used its search expertise to create one of the best travel apps out there. Google Trips is your pocket tour guide and the only one you'll need no matter where in the world you are. Google Trips also pulls all your reservation information from your Gmail account, eliminating frantic searches for confirmation emails.
A Canadian school is attempting to ban all talk of 13 Reasons Why, reports CBC News. The Selena Gomez-produced series is about a high school student who dies by suicide and leaves behind tapes describing the 13 reasons for her choice. According to Buzzfeed, the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board in Ontario posted a message on their website stating that the series provided "glamorisation of suicide." Several other schools, in both the United States and Canada, have released similar messages, though St. Vincent's Ghali seems to be the first to call for a ban of all talk related to the series.
Mountains are good for a racer like me – a pretty good sprinter, not so good at time trials but with not much weight (Voeckler is 5ft 9in tall and weighs 66kg). When you get to the mountains, if you have good legs and a great mentality, this is the place where you can fight and make your different moves.
As the greenery trend rumbles on, chances are you haven't got any better at keeping your house plants alive. By and large, the big winner of the greenery trend (alongside the palm, which has dominated the house plant market over the past few years) has been the terrarium.