Since having children, I’ve become a serial loser of things. School socks, flu jab forms, biscuits (but not, mysteriously, their empty packets, which are always in the cupboard, exactly where I left them).
London is home to many of the world’s most innovative and impressive chefs and its restaurants cater to all tastes and budgets with an ever-increasing selection of innovative and interesting restaurants – from Michelin-starred darlings to casual Soho walk-ins.
An apartment block in Tenerife has been battered by huge waves, as a storm hit the holiday island. Separately, heavy rain has caused severe flooding in south eastern Spain, with a video shared via Severe Weather Europe on Facebook showing cars underwater in San Janvier, Murcia. Spain’s weather agency Agencia Estatal de Meteorología issued a yellow weather alert, warning of heavy rain until Monday evening.
A couple of weeks ago, I was in a taxi on my way home to my flat in the 14th arrondissement in the south of Paris. “Mais mademoiselle, I can always identify an English tourist in Paris!” the driver told me, as we crossed Pont Notre-Dame. “You see them walking with their velour trousers and backpacks! Ho ho ho.” “Oh dear,” I replied. “Not very chic, eh?”
Have we really got to wait another four or five months for those brighter, longer, milder days? Not if you book a cruise this winter.
Who is yet to recover from the emotional torment of watching David Attenborough’s Dynasties last night? We knew that life on Antarctica was tough but watching those poor penguins was truly heartbreaking.
Film producer and plastic pollution campaigner Jo Ruxton is sipping a cappuccino served by her on-board butler. “This is not my usual kind of trip,” admits Ruxton, who – happiest in a pair of fins and a weight belt – is skimming the Pacific as a guest lecturer on a luxury cruise along the Chilean coast, recruiting comrades in her ongoing battle against single-use plastics.
Algorithms used by airlines to split up those travelling together unless they pay more to sit next to each other have been called “exploitative” by a government minister. Speaking to a parliamentary communications committee, Digital Minister Margot James described the software as “a very cynical, exploitative means… to hoodwink the general public”. It’s an issue that will be looked at by the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, launched by the government this week to identify and address areas where clearer guidelines and regulation are needed in how data is used.
Right on cue, the inevitable “what on earth do we buy Simon for Christmas?” conversations have begun. Yes, me. The sibling who’s “always impossible to buy for,” – “the traveller of the family,” with no fixed abode, gradually hoarding (and forgetting about) tinsel-lined paper bags in various cupboards around the country.
You have to look hard to discover the best of Oxford’s nightlife: hidden down narrow alleyways, in cobbled back streets and behind medieval city walls. Avoid George Street with its chain pubs and restaurants and noisy crowds, and instead hunt down quirky pubs and bars. You'll find a few scattered around the city centre but others require a bit of a walk, either northwest to trendy Jericho or east to edgy Cowley Road.
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The Monday morning rush hour has turned into another nightmare for commuters using Britain’s busiest railway station. London Waterloo is at a near-standstill because of overrunning engineering work by Network Rail. Passengers who would normally travel on South Western Railway were initially urged not to travel.
New Zealand has launched a campaign urging visitors to respect the environment, amid concerns over the impact of tourism on the country. Passengers on flights into the nation will be shown videos promoting the “Tiaki promise”, a set of guiding principles drawn up by the government and the tourism industry. The campaign encourages visitors to pledge they will protect the country’s natural environment and respect local customs during their trip.
What makes the perfect landing? Beautiful scenery, jovial ground crew, and white-knuckle crosswinds that mean the autopilot stays off; according to the pilots we questioned. Here, we round up their favourite airports.
As a child, the ultimate treat was a day out to Knowsley Safari Park, a mere mile from my Merseyside home. However, it being the Seventies and us not having a car, we’d have to wait for four-wheeled visitors to take us. It usually ended with them driving off in a huff minus their windscreen wipers that had inevitably been pulled off by the mischievous inhabitants of the monkey enclosure.
By the time I arrive at Holy Isle, I already feel a world away from hectic modern life. The air is fresh and clean; an oystercatcher forages along the shore where the scraggy hills meet the crystal blue sea.
The then prime minister flew off on holiday on Ryanair (much to the annoyance of easyJet, which at one stage thought it had won the family’s business). As The Independent revealed this week, the government of Burundi has banned a Kenyan budget airline, Jambojet, because it has no business class cabin. European and North American governments have a dismal history of rampant protectionism, but by a decade ago, the virtues of free and fair competition had become clear and “open skies” now prevail within and between those regions (though from the UK’s perspective, only until Brexit).
Back in midwinter, I went looking for the type of holiday I didn’t really want. It would be my first as a single person for 37 years following the death of my partner in April last year and was freighted with negatives. There were to be no echoes of places Tony and I had enjoyed together down the years. Nor any we’d talked of exploring. Ideally, it would be something undemanding, and I’d set off reassured that he would have been bored stiff.
Whisper your name to yourself – your normal, boring, unremarkable name. Now say it again, but add “Lord of the Manor of Laxton”. Mmmmm. Much grander. Wouldn’t fit on many application forms, but it’s got a ring to it.
Imagine spending the best part of 17 hours stuck in a tiny room with somebody you really dislike, with no opportunity to escape, while being required to constantly interact.
A passenger on a long-haul flight is suing British Airways for what he claims is physical harm suffered after being seated next to a large fellow traveller. Long-suffering airline passengers are accustomed to the discomfort of modern flying.
The world’s first underground hotel has opened in Shanghai, buried almost 90 metres deep in an old quarry. In the Sheshan Mountain Range on the fringes of Shanghai, the luxury hotel has two floors above ground and 16 below ground, including two floors that are underwater.