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10 eco initiatives for greener city living

10 eco initiatives for greener city living

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Imagine a world where cities are designed sustainably with an aim of positive living for all. The Ideal City, published by Gestalten (£24) and available to purchase at gestalten.com, celebrates forward-thinking urban initiatives that contribute to a brighter future. Spilling with big, bold ideas, this beautiful but digestible coffee-table book was created with Copenhagen-based research geniuses SPACE10. It includes stories of visionary innovation and hope-stirring wisdom from architects, designers, entrepreneurs and community leaders about game-changing projects in 52 cities in 30 countries. We spotlight some of the smartest solutions where leftfield designers have approached construction and infrastructure in such a way that micro innovations have potential to influence on a macro scale.
10 brilliant lunch spots near London

10 brilliant lunch spots near London

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The Sportsman, Whitstable, KentBest for: a special occasionTake the train to Whitstable and follow the coast westwards to The Sportsman, a seemingly unassuming pub overlooking the marshlands and out to sea. The star dish is a simple plate of slip sole grilled in seaweed butter. There’s no outdoor seating so the pub will be reopening from Tuesday 18 May 2021. Address: The Sportsman, Faversham Road, Seasalter, Whitstable CT5 4BPWebsite: thesportsmanseasalter.co.ukLike this? Now read:Best country pubs near London to book nowThe best country pubs near London to book now Away From The City The best country pubs near London to book nowThe best beach shack restaurants in the UKThe best beach shack restaurants in the UK Eating & Drinking The best beach shack restaurants in the UKBest country pubs near London to book now
10 great reasons to visit Madeira in 2021

10 great reasons to visit Madeira in 2021

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The sun presses against the leaves, piercing through the canopy filled with exotic birds. This is Madeira – a vibrant green island set in the Atlantic Ocean. Just 35 miles long and 13 miles at its widest point, it is part of Portugal and only an-hour-and-a-half flight from Lisbon. Winston Churchill, Gregory Peck and George Bernard Shaw all stayed on the island and today it remains warm, welcoming and blissfully untouched by mass tourism. Here are our top 10 reasons to visit Madeira.
10 European Discoveries for 2021

10 European Discoveries for 2021

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The last several years, my New Year tradition has been to assemble a list of 10 European Discoveries. And that’s the theme of my 2021 European Discoveries: 10 places where you might want to settle in for a week, or a few, and really get to know a fascinating corner of our planet. Where are you hoping to slow down and savor our world in 2021? We wanted to savor the delightful market days (jours de marché) that hop from place to place around the bucolic Provençal countryside. If you have the means to travel, as soon as it’s safe, consider booking a return visit.
10 Important Ways to be a RESPONSIBLE TRAVELLER in 2021

10 Important Ways to be a RESPONSIBLE TRAVELLER in 2021

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Welcome to our simple and proven guide on how to be a responsible traveller in 2021. Here are 10 ways to help you become a responsible traveller. But even if you are not highly qualified, you can still find beneficial ways to volunteer. 10) Educate Others to Be Responsible TravellersBeing a responsible traveller might come naturally to some, but others may just not be aware of the implications their actions can have when they are abroad. Start discussions about responsible travel with people in your hostel, hotel or who you are on tour with.
10 Climbing Tips for Beginners

10 Climbing Tips for Beginners

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After you’re done climbing, don’t use lotion on your hands. When you’re climbing, though, you want to keep your hands as dry as possible. Climbing TermsWhen you start spending time in the gym, it will sometimes feel like people are speaking a different language. Equipment:Rock Climbing Shoes – pretty self-explanatory, but they are tight shoes necessary for climbing. feet of textured climbing surface, there is a yoga studio, showers, social areas, and a gym to help you train.
10 of the prettiest places in Dorset

10 of the prettiest places in Dorset

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Corfe Castle, near the Purbeck HillsThe crumbling ruins of Corfe Castle look their most magical at sunset, when the light catches the Purbeck limestone. This spot has a colourful past: once a Saxon stronghold and later a Norman fortress. Corfe Castle itself is thought to have inspired Kirrin Castle in Five on a Treasure Island (published a year after her visit) and its fictional reincarnation perfectly describes what’s here today: ‘Broken archways, tumbledown towers, ruined walls – that was all that was left of a once beautiful castle, proud and strong. Now the jackdaws nested in it and the gulls sat on the topmost stones. Now read:The 20 most beautiful villages in the UK and IrelandThe 20 most beautiful villages in the UK and Ireland Inspiration The 20 most beautiful villages in the UK and IrelandThe most beautiful places in EnglandThe most beautiful places in England Destinations The most beautiful places in EnglandThe best weekend breaks in the UK and Ireland
10 sustainable destinations we'd love to visit in 2021

10 sustainable destinations we'd love to visit in 2021

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Also worth celebrating for their green and ethical ways…Rwanda gets high-fives for saving the wild mountain gorilla from extinction as does Seychelles for its work boosting biodiversity. All hail Switzerland for its super-slick waste management – it might not sound sexy, but 900 wastewater treatment plants and a recycling rate of 53 per cent is impressive. In the Netherlands, Rotterdam is another winner when it comes to exemplifying circular-economy ways. New Zealand gets points for announcing it intends to have a carbon-neutral public sector by 2025. Now read:10 of the most sustainable cities in the world10 of the most sustainable cities in the world Destinations 10 of the most sustainable cities in the world10 stays in the UK that contribute to conservation projects10 stays in the UK that contribute to conservation projects Places To Stay 10 stays in the UK that contribute to conservation projectsThe most peaceful countries in the world
10 UK destinations to visit instead of Cornwall

10 UK destinations to visit instead of Cornwall

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KentBest for: food loversIt’s true: Cornwall has one of the most exciting foodie scenes in the UK right now. Luckily, those in search of a restaurant-hopping weekender can find farm-to-fork dishes and inventive chefs in a growing number of places around Britain. Bristol is a safe bet for artisanal producers and cutting-edge food spots, while Cumbria has become known for its Michelin stars and local ingredients. Away from the well-established fine-dining scene, 2020 arrival The Pig at Bridge Place brought with it the brand’s food-obsessed ethos, opening a restaurant that sources most produce from its kitchen garden. Where to stay: The Pig at Bridge Place has cosy rooms painted in deep maroon and navy, or bed down at The Albion Rooms in Margate, a seaside B&B turned creative hub.
11 Incredible Things to Do in Jackson Hole Wyoming

11 Incredible Things to Do in Jackson Hole Wyoming

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1450 US-89, 83001, mapWe met early morning at Sands Whitewater & Scenic River Trips and got into the river 25 miles south of the city. Ours felt like the perfect mix of enjoying the scenery and an adrenaline rush, which made it one of our favorite Jackson Hole activities. The rapids are typically class 2-3, and they run tours May to September depending on the water levels. If you’re looking for something more relaxing, you can opt for the scenic float trips down the river. The water is warmer and there are the most rapids.
11 AWESOME Things to Do in Kanchanaburi, Thailand (2021)

11 AWESOME Things to Do in Kanchanaburi, Thailand (2021)

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From exploring the region’s tragic World War 2 history to hiking through epic national parks, here’s our list of the best things to do in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. Here’s our list of the best things to do in Kanchanaburi on your next trip. Address: 284/66 Sangchuto Rd, Ban Tai, Mueang Kanchanaburi District284/66 Sangchuto Rd, Ban Tai, Mueang Kanchanaburi District Opening hours: every day from 8 AM – 5 PMVisiting the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery is a must-do when you’re in the city. Here’s some travel tips to help you plan your vacation when looking for the best things to do in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. The best time to visit Kanchanaburi is without a doubt from November to February, when temperatures are much milder.
11 of the best villas in Spain

11 of the best villas in Spain

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La QuintaGaucin, AndalucíaSteep, wiggly backroads lead to this terracotta-pink, fairy-tale hacienda tucked away in the Andalucian hills. The owners rescued antique doors from crumbling estates, lined the walls with reclaimed Moorish tiles and added swishy curtains and floral-paisley flourishes to create the deliciously old-school, grand country-pile atmosphere. Inside, there’s Andalucian charm in spades: colourful Moorish tiles, cooling terracotta floors and calm, classical bedrooms, sound-tracked by the soft whirr of a ceiling fan. The supremely private pool – tucked away behind thick palms – is a peaceful spot to while away a hot summer’s afternoon. Sleeps: 10Price: from about £23,000 per weekBook your stayOTHER VILLAS WE LOVE THE LOOK OF
15 memorable lockdown birthday ideas

15 memorable lockdown birthday ideas

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Bring the bar home. Nio’s letterbox cocktails flat-pack the classics for UK-wide delivery, and you can build your own box of favourites (the Milano Torino is a refreshing choice). If you live in North London and are looking to support a local venture, try newly opened neighbourhood bar Crossroads: an innovative, zero-waste drinking den in Camden that has launched a lockdown delivery service (pictured), cycling cocktails across London. Try the Perfect Lady for a smooth blend of gin, olive leaf, nectarine and oolong or the Cairo for a fresh mix of vodka, sencha, melon and soda. Each bottle is 500ml (so makes around five cocktails).
14 AWESOME Things to Do in Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan (2021 Blog)

14 AWESOME Things to Do in Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan (2021 Blog)

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From eagle hunting to sunset cruises on the lake, here are 14 of the best, most unique things to do in Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan. It’s one of the best things to see in Issyk Kul. A wonderful experience, and definitely one of the best things to do in Issyk Kul. It’s a great way to get the lay of the city and learn more about some of the Issyk Kul attractions. [box]This article on the best things to do in Issyk Kul was created as part of our partnership with Discover Kyrgyzstan and USAID BGI.
15 things to do with kids during February half term 2021 in London and the UK

15 things to do with kids during February half term 2021 in London and the UK

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Mudlarking on the ThamesBest for: ages 10+Trudging about in the mud by the river is a pretty cool pastime – but it’s also educational. If you keep your eyes peeled, you can uncover all sorts of gems washed up by the ebb and flow, from Victorian clay pipes and Georgian tiles to Mesolithic flints. Geocaching all over London, the UK and the worldBest for: ages 11+Who knew that looking for tiny containers in your local area could be so thrilling, and take you to places that you never knew existed? If you’re not up to speed, now is most definitely the time to discover geocaching. Download the Geocache app, and use GPS navigation and clues to unearth ‘treasure’ – this means anything from bottle caps to toy Smurfs, but finds can be more substantial.
15 BEST Things to Do in Samarkand, Uzbekistan (2021 Guide)

15 BEST Things to Do in Samarkand, Uzbekistan (2021 Guide)

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Home to some of the world’s most intricate and exquisite architecture, Samarkand in Uzbekistan has been rising in popularity to become a real tourism hotspot. Don’t miss out on these fascinating things to do in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on your travels to this stunning Silk Road city!
17 Awesome Things to Do in Antarctica (2021 Guide)

17 Awesome Things to Do in Antarctica (2021 Guide)

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From kayaking with whales to swimming in the caldera of an active volcano, here are 17 awesome things to do in Antarctica. The Best Things To Do In AntarcticaThe best things to do in Antarctica reads like an ultimate bucket list for just about any traveller. If you’re getting ready for a trip, or even just thinking about it, don’t miss out on these 17 epic things to do in Antarctica. Nothing will take your breath away quite like watching a humpback whale breach right next to your kayak – one of the best things to see in Antarctica! Hang Out with PenguinsIf there’s one thing everybody wants to do when they visit Antarctica, it is hang out with penguins.
16 Awesome FREE Things to Do in Sydney (Plus Local Tips)

16 Awesome FREE Things to Do in Sydney (Plus Local Tips)

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Free Things To Do In SydneyEven though we know Sydney well, every time we return we always find new things to do. The Royal Botanic Gardens are located near the Sydney Harbour Opera House and has some of the best views of the city and Sydney Harbour. The bridge was opened on the 19th March 1932 and joins the Sydney CBD across the Sydney Harbour to the North Shore. To help you stay on budget while scoping out all Sydney attractions, we have created this list adjacent to free things to do in Sydney list. What are your tips for the best free things to do in Sydney?
17+ Fun Things to Do in Chattanooga TN

17+ Fun Things to Do in Chattanooga TN

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At Presencia, we work with a team of young leaders from the Buford Highway neighborhood in Atlanta to tutor and mentor the children of immigrants. In addition to their work with Presencia, our staff navigates violence in their homes and neighborhood, immigration issues, poverty, and all the normal challenges of growing up. The city of Chattanooga was the obvious first choice to make this happen. From major tourist attractions to rugged outdoor adventures, Chattanooga, Tennessee is a great city for new experiences. Esther and Jacob met up with the Presencia staff in Atlanta, and we all traveled to Chattanooga, where we learned about ourselves and each other while tackling four challenging new experiences together.
18 Fun Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

18 Fun Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

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This means that as crowded as the National Parks can get, there are lots of trails and land that rarely get explored. But now, we always try to get a backcountry permit too and get off the path most traveled… err, hiked. Things to know about backcountry camping in Grand Teton National ParkBear canister: First, know that you’ll need to carry a bear canister to keep all of your food and toiletries. Backcountry permit: In order to camp in the backcountry, you’ll need to obtain a wilderness permit. It is possible to reserve your backcountry permit online, but there are limited permits available and you must know your exact dates.
20 travellers protecting the planet: the Green List 2021

20 travellers protecting the planet: the Green List 2021

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Tica MinamiTHE AMAZON SPOKESPERSONIndigenous communities are stewards of an estimated 65 per cent of the earth’s land, hosting 80 per cent of all biodiversity. ‘They hold the fate of humanity,’ says Tica Minami. In her role as campaign director at Greenpeace Brazil, she works with indigenous people on the frontline in the fight against deforestation. ‘The Amazon is referred to as the lungs of the world, but I think of it as the beating heart that drives global weather systems,’ she says. It is crucial to diminish this pressure, down to questioning if the food we are eating is connected with the clearing of the rainforest.
19 AWESOME Things to Do in Banff, Canada (Epic 2021 Guide)

19 AWESOME Things to Do in Banff, Canada (Epic 2021 Guide)

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READ MORE – Don’t miss out on our complete guide to the best Banff hikes. Photo credit: Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography. Rafting on the Bow River – Photo Credit: Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography. 11) Hike Around Lake Louise and the Nearby TeahousesOne of the true gems of the region, Lake Louise is almost as iconic as Banff itself. If you head out into the Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park, your chance of seeing some wildlife goes up drastically.
23 Best Things to Do in Antigua, Guatemala

23 Best Things to Do in Antigua, Guatemala

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If you can get past these things however, hiking Acatenango to see Volcan Fuego erupt beneath the stars might just be one of your favorite travel memories. Toast Marshmallows on Volcano PacayaIf an overnight trek sounds like a bit too much, you can still experience one of Guatemala’s active volcanoes. Once at the top, you can experience the moon-like landscape and even toast marshmallows over hot rocks. But don’t expect red, flowing lava here – you’ll have to venture to Volcan Fuego to see that. *2021 Update: Because of its recent hyperactivity, Volcan Pacaya is closed for hiking until further notice.
2020 Changed Everything About Climate Justice

2020 Changed Everything About Climate Justice

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See More →During the global climate strikes in September 2019, VICE featured young and powerful leaders advocating for climate justice, all of them people of colour and under 30. “Our community has high rates of asthma because of the constant pollution,” said Jama, an organizer with Minnesota Youth for Climate Justice. We will not have climate justice without racial justice.”Quannah Chasinghorse, 18, AlaskaQuannah Chasinghorse. During the past year as a member of the youth advisory council for COP26, the upcoming UN climate change conference, Khan has been working to expose the relationship between colonization and climate change. “It is important to highlight that history and have solutions to reconcile it.”COVID-19 aggravated ongoing climate change impacts, Khan said.
17 AWESOME Things to Do in Wanaka (Epic 2021 Guide)

17 AWESOME Things to Do in Wanaka (Epic 2021 Guide)

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Home | New Zealand | 17 AWESOME Things to Do in Wanaka (2021)Whether you’re into photography, adventure or drinking wine, you’re sure to find something perfect in our guide to the best things to do in Wanaka, New Zealand. On the peak, you’ll get an unobstructed view over the snowy mountains of the Southern Alps, Lake Wanaka, and the picturesque Wanaka town. You’ll get to see the Southern Alps (Mt Cook & Mt Aspiring included), Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea, Wanaka town and all the green farms down there during a clear day. Relax in the Wanaka Lavender FarmLocated just a few minutes’ walks from Wanaka town lies Wanaka Lavender Farm. Our Top Pick for Accommodation in Wanaka – Wanaka HomesteadEvery now and then we come across a style of accommodation that makes us want to open up our own guesthouse, welcoming friends from around the world.
24 BEST Places to Visit in Kyrgyzstan (2021 Expert Guide)

24 BEST Places to Visit in Kyrgyzstan (2021 Expert Guide)

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The Best Places to Visit in KyrgyzstanWe love Kyrgyzstan! For some culinary variety, this is absolutely one of the best places to visit in Kyrgyzstan. Want to visit Kyrgyzstan on a unique and adventurous small group tour? However, it’s definitely one of the best places to visit in Kyrgyzstan. And it’s one of the less common places to visit in Kyrgyzstan so you’ll probably need to take a private taxi.
3 Trump Lackeys Just Launched Campaigns on His Election Lies

3 Trump Lackeys Just Launched Campaigns on His Election Lies

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Eric Greitens and Alabama GOP Rep. Mo Brooks both announced Senate bids Monday evening, while Georgia GOP Rep. Jody Hice launched his bid against Georgia’s Republican secretary of state. On January 6, less than an hour after police managed to secure the Capitol, Greitens took to the air to push Trump’s election lies. Georgia Secretary of State: Jody HicePresident Trump has been gunning to take out Georgia Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger ever since he refused to “find” enough votes for Trump to overturn his 2020 loss in Georgia. Enter Georgia Republican Rep. Jody Hice. “Unlike the current Georgia Secretary of State, Jody leads out front with integrity.
3 Days Kayaking in Abel Tasman (Everything You Need to Know)

3 Days Kayaking in Abel Tasman (Everything You Need to Know)

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This is what it’s like to spend 3 days kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park. With the logistics taken care of, now all we had to do was get to Abel Tasman National Park! Looking out over Te Pukatea Bay, one of the stunning beaches you can find in Abel Tasman National Park. The team at Abel Tasman Kayaks (ATK) had organised for us to get a transfer from our hostel right to their office, the launching point for adventures in Abel Tasman National Park, at Marahau. Tips For Kayaking In Abel Tasman National Park With ATKUnless you’re very experienced with sea kayaking, you’re looking for some tips about what it’s like to paddle around Abel Tasman National Park.
30 of the best honeymoon destinations

30 of the best honeymoon destinations

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Amalfi, where the light makes your heart sing, and the vertiginous mountain road leads from one beauty spot to another? Tuscany, where the sunshine bathes the hills and your lover in its golden haze? And Italy has some of the world's most romantic hotels. Check into Santa Caterina on the Amalfi Coast, the hotel with the best views in the area, or at Le Sirenuse in Positano. WHEN TO GOSummers are beautiful but more crowded – visit Tuscany in autumn, when the landscape turns golden, or plan a spring trip to Venice.
48 Money-Saving Tips for a Cheap Road Trip

48 Money-Saving Tips for a Cheap Road Trip

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There are many apps out there that can give you a visual of how much you're spending and what you're spending it on. You set your own categories, so you can see a visual breakdown of how much you're spending on food, gas, and even beer! Make sure you bring your tent and sleeping bags on your road trip so you don't have rent from an outfitter. Speaking of packing…We created an ultimate road trip packing list just for you! Plus, we’ve included insider tips and advice on making your next road trip go as smoothly as possible!
25 AWESOME Things to Do in Rarotonga, Cook Islands (2021)

25 AWESOME Things to Do in Rarotonga, Cook Islands (2021)

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Here’s our list of the best things to do on Rarotonga, Cook Islands to help you make the most of your next trip. The entire event goes on for a few hours and is really one of the best things to do in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. Buy Some Cook Islands ArtWhat better souvenir to have from your trip to the Cook Islands than picking up some traditional art? That’s it for our guide on all the great things to do in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. DISCLAIMER: Our Rarotonga travels were made possible thanks to our partnership with Cook Islands Tourism, and our flights to Rarotonga were part of our collaboration with Air New Zealand.
8 Northern Ireland road trip ideas for exploring the sights

8 Northern Ireland road trip ideas for exploring the sights

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See the sights with these road trip ideas. A slender, crooked finger of land sandwiched between the Irish Sea and Strangford Lough, the Ards Peninsula is a place of beaches, historic seaside villages and wide-angle sea views. Further down the coast, there are views across the water to Scottish shores from Ballywalter Beach and Ireland’s easternmost piece of land, Burr Point. It’s a wrap for your road trip at the Pollnagollum Cave in Belmore Forest, which Beric Dondarrion used as a hideout in season three. What the latest lockdown rules meanThe Sperrin MountainsMany visitors to Northern Ireland miss out on one of its most scenic swathes.
30 EPIC Things to Do in Easter Island (2021 Guide)

30 EPIC Things to Do in Easter Island (2021 Guide)

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Politically Easter Island belongs to Chile, but geographically the island is over 4000km away from the South American continent. We visited here in May 2017 and spent a week trying to discover all the things to do on Easter Island. Things To Do In Easter IslandMost people visit Easter Island on a short trip from Santiago, or from the other alternative at Tahiti. Travel Guide Easter IslandNow that you know all Easter Island attractions you must visit, next thing to decide is where to stay in Easter Island! Coupon: AGODANMD10Best Luxury Hotel In Easter Island – Hangroa Eco LodgeIn our opinion a visit to Easter Island is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and if you can afford it you should do it in style.
5 Great Adventure Books to Take Your Mind Off Things

5 Great Adventure Books to Take Your Mind Off Things

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Coventry by Rachel Cusk calls to me to finish it with a reminder of how lucid close observation can be. The Emerald Mile as layered as the canyon walls themselves and as fast-moving as a river in flood. That’s more time than many people spend writing books, let alone one story, but Kirkpatrick is nothing if not dogged. Buy from:BookshopAmazonLands of Lost BordersSome books you read for the story, some books you read for the writing, and some books you read to witness in amazement a talent truly blessed. Light was a kind of pavement thrown down in front of our wheels, and the road went on and on.
9 Painful Things You Can Do In The Winter

9 Painful Things You Can Do In The Winter

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With seemingly three-quarters of the country currently experiencing winter with a capital W, we thought back to this charming list of some of the sharper sides of winter and wanted to share it.
9 Legendary Bivouacs

9 Legendary Bivouacs

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Hours of darkness and cold, without a tent, sometimes without a sleeping bag, hell, sometimes without even a decent puffy jacket. On the descent, the men dug a tiny snow cave above 18,000 feet and spent March 1 there in a blizzard. Scott and Bonington waited five days at base camp while Anthoine ran ahead to organize porters to carry Scott out. Simpson spent a night inside the crevasse as Yates, figuring his partner was dead, descended to their base camp. They were left for dead 300 yards from camp, Weathers’ hands and face exposed.
9 travel companies for eco-concious travellers

9 travel companies for eco-concious travellers

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‘Increasingly, travel ventures are taking important and necessary steps to mitigate their impact on the environment. To qualify, a minimum of 80 points must be scored on the B Impact Score Assessment. ‘It is not easy to become a B Corp but so worthwhile. amazonas-explorer.comDropEarringsNotBombs in Turkey, IstanbulIntrepidScore 82.7The world’s largest adventure travel company, which has its headquarters in Australia, was the first global travel firm to achieve B Corp status. Read next Vaccine passports for travel: everything you need to know Inspiration Vaccine passports for travel: everything you need to knowLike this?
A Clear Warning About the Colorado River

A Clear Warning About the Colorado River

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Bill Hasencamp is the manager of the Colorado River Resources for California’s Metropolitan Water District, which provides treated water to 19 million people. The two giant reservoirs on the Colorado River are both below 50 percent of capacity. For now, California has avoided flexing its muscle to get its fair share of the Colorado River. “We’ll never give up that right – our first priority among all Colorado River water users — and never say we’ll give up that right,” Hassencamp told me. “ That’s our fallback position, though we’ll set it aside for now and try to work out a solution.”For Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico, this is a clear warning.
A Fervent Call to Protect ‘America’s Amazon’

A Fervent Call to Protect ‘America’s Amazon’

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"Saving America's Amazon," Ben Raines chronicles the wonders of the nation's most biodiverse river system. Check out this article to witness the ultimate travel journal.
A Few Thoughts on Camping With Kids

A Few Thoughts on Camping With Kids

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We would be a camping family from the very beginning – two out of three of us swore on it. Whether the kids wanted to make a fort inside the van or search the woods for walking sticks, I was equally happy. The van had become home, and car camping was becoming our thing. Soon they were begging me to spend night after summer night on their own in wilds between the porch light and the back wall. “This makes car camping look stupid.”A burning star streaked overhead, but I didn’t make a wish.
8 People Describe How Unions Changed Their Lives

8 People Describe How Unions Changed Their Lives

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See More →AdvertisementThrough unions, workers are able to fight for protections and benefits they might not otherwise have because of collective bargaining power. My union contract gives me a sense of security that I’m always going to be able to provide for my family. Our union contract won us an increased hourly wage and overtime pay, as well as scheduling protections for religious holidays, paid time off, and hour caps. Under a normal union contract, we had the standard one year to return to work after a layoff. If I get a call outside normal work hours, I’m immediately paid three hours of overtime, regardless how long the call is.
A MAGA Supporter Pulled a Gun on Antifa at a Violent Protest in Oregon

A MAGA Supporter Pulled a Gun on Antifa at a Violent Protest in Oregon

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A driver pulls a handgun on protesters after they broke his trucks lights on March 28, 2021 in Salem, Oregon. (Photo: Nathan Howard/Getty Images)A small group of Proud Boys and MAGA supporters faced off with antifascists in Salem, Oregon, on Sunday and things got violent pretty quick: Black-clad counterprotesters attacked MAGA supporters in their trucks with rocks. AdvertisementIn one particularly heated interaction captured by journalist Marina Rae, antifascists maced a Trump supporter’s truck and broke the windows. Tense standoffs in Salem between police, far-right protesters, including Proud Boys, and counterprotesters also ensued on New Year's Day. And on January 6, as an insurrectionist mob stormed the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Trump supporters and the far-right converged at Oregon’s state Capitol.
A chef's insider guide to where to eat in Kyoto

A chef's insider guide to where to eat in Kyoto

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Monk restaurant exterior Yuka YanazumeEating in Kyoto is similarly seasonal. Nearby, you’ll find the 15-seat restaurant Monk. Everything you need to knowDough preparation at Monk restaurant Yuka YanazumeIt’s a fleeting and elusive ideal, rarely experienced, sought in culture and found more often in nature. AdvertisementStardust restaurant Marnie HawsonTHE BEST RESTAURANTS IN KYOTOOMEN‘I often eat lunch at this casual udon joint where everything is prepared with care, and the dashi broth is particularly delicious.’ omen.co.jpRead next When do restaurants open? Key lockdown dates explained Eating & Drinking When do restaurants open?
A Peek at the Script for my New European Art Series – Rick Steves' Travel Blog

A Peek at the Script for my New European Art Series – Rick Steves' Travel Blog

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And I wanted to share a sneak peek of what will be episode two of our upcoming six-hour series on Europe’s art and architecture. I’m collaborating with my amazing co-author for the series (Gene Openshaw) and leading editors (Cameron Hewitt and Simon Griffith) to get this script tight and to time. Drawing from our rich archive of Europe’s greatest art — compiled in the field over the last two decades — it’s going to be absolutely gorgeous. This is a long process, but we’re committed to debuting our six-hour art series in October of 2022. Pick up the full-color coffee-table book I wrote with Gene Openshaw, “Europe’s Top 100 Masterpieces” — and satisfy those art cravings with a chronological tour through Europe’s greatest paintings, sculptures, and historic buildings.
A Glowing Mystery at Our Galaxy's Center Has a Mind-Blowing Explanation, Physicists Believe

A Glowing Mystery at Our Galaxy's Center Has a Mind-Blowing Explanation, Physicists Believe

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AdvertisementDi Mauro is not the first to suggest that dark matter might account for the unexplained gamma rays, which are collectively known as the Galactic Center GeV Excess (GCE). But in 2009, scientists combing through observations made by NASA’s Fermi space telescope noticed that the galactic center was much brighter in high-energy gamma ray radiation than any models had predicted. Though nobody has seen light emitted by this enigmatic material, scientists have spent many years searching for luminous by-products of so-called “dark matter annihilations,” events that could finally unmask the true nature of dark matter. However, the sheer complexity of the galactic center, combined with the frustratingly elusive nature of dark matter, should temper our expectations that this puzzle will be solved anytime soon. Update: The story has been updated to include comments from study author Mattia Di Mauro.
A Stealthy Norwegian Mountain Lodge

A Stealthy Norwegian Mountain Lodge

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Known for its liberal use of concrete, Snøhetta’s structures are typically bold, often with swooping curves or angled extensions that jut like massive sails. The Åkrafjorden cabin, then, is a study in contrast: It blends in so nicely with the landscape, it’s like a part of the landscape. But the lodge is oriented toward hunters and it makes a stealthy footprint. ADVERTISEMENT“Our challenge in this task was designing a mountain hut of maximum 35m2 with facilities for 21 persons,” Snøhetta writes. A narrow zone by the entrance has equipment for cooking and storage.”Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins.
A Symphonic Journey: The Czech Republic’s Unofficial Anthem

A Symphonic Journey: The Czech Republic’s Unofficial Anthem

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Next, we hear a piece from the Czech Republic. Now, Romantic music championed both the causes of these people, and it did it with art and it did it with music. This piece is named for the most important river in the Czech Republic. And it also helped preserve the identity, the culture and the language of the Czech people amid those bigger neighbors. And at the same time, the music evokes the persistent and the heroic struggle of the Czech people.
A Symphonic Journey: France’s Call for Freedom

A Symphonic Journey: France’s Call for Freedom

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No tour of Europe, musical or otherwise, is complete without a stop in France, home of the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and, in a lot of ways, the birthplace of modern Europe. Its struggle was a domestic one between the haves and the have-nots, between royals and aristocrats and peasants, between elites and commoners. Through its revolutions — and they had several — the French led the call in Europe for the end of the old regime notion of divine monarchs. Until then, most people just accepted the notion that some people were born ordained by God to be rulers and the vast majority were born to be ruled. The revolutionary slogan of the day was “Liberty, equality and fraternity.” And this slogan inspired those who longed for freedom all over romantic 19th-century Europe.
A road trip through Gothenburg, the most sustainable city in the world

A road trip through Gothenburg, the most sustainable city in the world

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Out on the edge of the Weather Islands, there’s no one to talk with about the weather. Looking west from the wood-fired hot tub of the Väderöarnas Värdshus, the Weather Islands Guesthouse, the autumnal sun slowly reddens the rocks, casting lengthening shadows over the cabins, the only signs of civilisation but for an old sea pilot’s lookout tower. This respect for the natural order is also evident back at the Weather Islands Guesthouse, which is heated by solar panels and has a desalination plant for drinking water. Keep scrolling for more pictures of our road trip in Gothenburg. Now read:Read next The best places in the South Downs Destinations The best places in the South Downs10 sustainable destinations to visit in 202110 sustainable destinations we'd love to visit in 2021 Inspiration 10 sustainable destinations we'd love to visit in 202110 of the most sustainable cities in the worldAdvertisement10 of the most sustainable cities in the world Destinations 10 of the most sustainable cities in the worldHow to travel more sustainably
A Trailer Park in the Swiss Sky

A Trailer Park in the Swiss Sky

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“Swiss” and “trailer park” are not phrases that you’d typically put together, but hey, why can’t the Alps enjoy the fruits of single-wide mobile living? Photographer Christian Neuenschwander did a study of a park in Flumserberg, and the results are worth giving lengthy consideration. Though one is loath to stereotype, the site does seem to fit qualities that are typically associated with the Swiss: neatness and order preside. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape.
A woman's guide to solo travel and how to survive it

A woman's guide to solo travel and how to survive it

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British, Austrian, Czech and French sound systems gathered each summer in the huge technovals. Then came a big solo travel moment. I found some friendly-looking people and asked if I could travel with them – they were English and German and had a small sound system called Alien Pulse. When we’re younger, we’re a simple shape and we fit with other simple shapes, then we turn into more complex shapes when we grow older. I suddenly became aware of this network around the squats and the music venues – anyone who wanted to be creative ended up in a squat – so I felt held by that community and more able to travel solo.’
Afternoon tea in London 2021: The best delivery options

Afternoon tea in London 2021: The best delivery options

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Traditional afternoon tea at The SavoyBest for: stretching out for a long afternoon beside the ThamesAfternoon tea from The Savoy is now available, with traditional, Champagne and vegetarian options. All have beautifully crafted cakes, pastries, sandwiches and scones from £130 via thesavoylondon.slerp.comLondon today is as blessed with as many fine hotels, restaurants and tea houses in which to take afternoon tea as at any point in its history. Nominating the best of the lot would be an impossible and unrealistic task, since so much depends on mood and whim and the exigencies of the moment. The obligatory finger sandwiches, scones, pastries and cakes are impeccable; the teas, from the house blend to the splendidly named Iron Buddha Oolong and Flowering Osmanthus, likewise. The Savoy all but invented the thé dansant in its Thames Foyer, as it has become known.
Aleksander Doba, ‘King of the Ocean,’ Paddled Across the Atlantic In His 70s

Aleksander Doba, ‘King of the Ocean,’ Paddled Across the Atlantic In His 70s

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Doba took a look around, admiring the view from the world’s highest freestanding mountain, sat down on a nearby rock, and died. Late in life, Doba paddled solo across the Atlantic Ocean three times. As the ship lingered, the captain confused, Doba shouted Polish curses at the crew and they took a hint. Doba loved whitewater kayaking as a youngster in Poland and took it seriously, competing in whitewater slalom events. Still, Doba had no reason to plot a trip across the Atlantic, let alone three such trips.
All the Unique Kitschy Hotels I Can't Wait To Visit

All the Unique Kitschy Hotels I Can't Wait To Visit

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I miss kitschy hotels. Lately, however, I’ve longed to wake up far, far away from my own apartment in a giant clam. Start at the spa, take a breather in your room, and end your trip on one of their trail rides. More on Cove Haven at TripAdvisorBig Idaho Potato HotelWe’re just relieved someone else has fully baked our dream of living inside a giant potato. More on the Big Idaho Potato Hotel at Airbnb
Airbnb Owners are Now Flipping Their Successful Properties for a Premium

Airbnb Owners are Now Flipping Their Successful Properties for a Premium

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The listing mentions that, as an Airbnb, the little one-bedroom bungalow raked in about $6,000 per month at a 70-percent occupancy rate. As cities continue to pass legislation that makes it harder to operate an Airbnb or short-term rental, markets like Joshua Tree, where no such regulations exist, are increasingly flooded with turnkey Airbnb properties for sale. In cities across the country, listings that mention Airbnb potential are priced higher than neighboring houses. And in Phoenix, a three-bedroom house that mentions Airbnb potential is currently listed at $789,000—at least $200,000 more than similar listings in the same neighborhood. The turnkey properties sell too fast and at too high a price, and an influx of cash offers from investors and potential Airbnb hosts from LA make financing offers look weak.
Alexandria's Slice-of-Egyptian-Life Market Scene

Alexandria's Slice-of-Egyptian-Life Market Scene

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For me, no visit to Alexandria is complete without venturing into its ramshackle market district. And, to better enjoy this convivial scene, I'm joined by my Egyptian friend Tarek in a classic shisha joint. Tarek: Shisha. Rick: If I smoke and smoke and smoke, will I get dizzy? While clearly Tarek could spend the rest of the evening right here, we've got some exploring to do.
Amazon Delivery Drivers Forced to Sign ‘Biometric Consent’ Form or Lose Job

Amazon Delivery Drivers Forced to Sign ‘Biometric Consent’ Form or Lose Job

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See More →Amazon delivery drivers nationwide have to sign a "biometric consent" form this week that grants the tech behemoth permission to use AI-powered cameras to access drivers' location, movement, and biometric data. If the company’s delivery drivers, who number around 75,000 in the United States, refuse to sign these forms, they lose their jobs. "Using your photograph, this Technology, may create Biometric Information, and collect, store, and use Biometric Information from such photographs." Technically, these drivers aren't even employed by Amazon, but by roughly 800 companies, known as delivery service partners that operate out of Amazon delivery stations. "I had one driver who refused to sign," the owner of an Amazon delivery company in the Pacific Northwest told Motherboard.
Ancient Rome’s Appian Way, Catacombs, and an Aqueduct

Ancient Rome’s Appian Way, Catacombs, and an Aqueduct

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or a little early Christian history, we're heading outside the city for a look at the catacombs. Rome's ancient wall stretches eleven miles. Check out this article to know more.
Ancient Biblical Texts Have Been Discovered In a 'Cave of Horror'

Ancient Biblical Texts Have Been Discovered In a 'Cave of Horror'

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Newly discovered fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a collection of Hebrew texts that date back some 2,000 years, have been discovered in the “Cave of Horror” in Israel, so named because of the dozens of human skeletons found there decades ago. The new parchment pieces are millimeters and centimeters in scale, and are the first fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls to be recovered by professional archaeologists in about 60 years. AdvertisementDozens of partial scrolls were recovered during the recent expedition, including fragmented Greek translations of the biblical books of Zechariah and Nahum that were radiocarbon-dated to the 2nd century AD. The bulk of the Dead Sea Scrolls were initially discovered and collected in the Judean Desert during the 1940s and 1950s. “When we think about the biblical text, we think about something very static,” said Joe Uziel, head of the antiquities authority’s Dead Sea Scrolls unit, according to the AP.
An Asian Woman Was Kicked and Stomped in Broad Daylight and No One Did Anything

An Asian Woman Was Kicked and Stomped in Broad Daylight and No One Did Anything

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A 65-year-old woman in New York City was hospitalized Monday after being repeatedly kicked by a man on the street, the latest in a series of brutal attacks against Asian-Americans in the COVID-19 era. AdvertisementThe video shows the woman walking on the sidewalk, when a man comes into the frame from the other side and kicks her to the ground. Multiple people are shown in the video watching the attack and doing nothing, including multiple hotel workers. One of the workers eventually closes the door as the woman continues to struggle to get up. The NYPD is investigating the Monday attack as a hate crime, and said the woman’s attacker “made anti-Asian statements” to the woman he attacked.
All New, Subaru Outback ‘Wilderness’ Edition: Is It, Uh, Wildernesser?

All New, Subaru Outback ‘Wilderness’ Edition: Is It, Uh, Wildernesser?

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It appears Subaru has done the latter with the new Wilderness edition of the Outback, just unveiled this morning. The Wilderness edition also has 9.5 inches of ground clearance, nearly an inch more than the regular Outback. Then, there’s an improved gearing for the Wilderness edition, allowing it better low-speed climbing and the ability to climb a 40 percent grade without the transmission throwing up its hands and bailing. Boom, just like that, the Wilderness edition is significantly more capable than the regular Outback. Finally, in a less-heralded but important upgrade, the roof rack can support 700 pounds, a huge improvement that’s designed to support roof top tents.
Are day trips allowed? Here's when we can travel within the UK

Are day trips allowed? Here's when we can travel within the UK

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With the ‘Stay at Home’ order dropped, however, limited day trips in England are on the cards right now. In January, Boris Johnson cycled his bike around the Olympic Park, seven miles from his home, claiming it wasn’t breaking the lockdown rules. What the latest lockdown rules meanAdvertisementWhen will we travel? What the latest lockdown rules mean Inspiration When will we travel? What the latest lockdown rules mean16 of the best day trips from London
Anti-Nazi Resistance in World War II

Anti-Nazi Resistance in World War II

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The Dutch Resistance Museum gives a glimpse of life under fascism. Propaganda movie clips tried to make Dutch Nazis look like winners. With this corset, stuffed with ration cards, a woman who looked pregnant helped feed both hidden Jews and resistance fighters. If resistance fighters weren't killed in battle, they faced dire consequences if captured. In this small town, deep in the heartland of France, late in World War II, fighters of the local resistance killed a Nazi soldier.
Anti-Vaxxers Are Already Big Mad About Krispy Kreme’s Free Doughnut Offer

Anti-Vaxxers Are Already Big Mad About Krispy Kreme’s Free Doughnut Offer

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It was just after 10:30 a.m. on Monday when I rolled up to Krispy Kreme and parked right beside its glowing neon ‘HOT NOW’ sign. (The Venn diagram showing the overlap of those people looks a lot like what you’d order at Krispy Kreme.) Having a company reward getting vaccinated is delightful—as are the donuts [in this case],” she said. But, perhaps realizing that anti-vaxxers would wreck their Conspiracy of the Day underpants if they didn’t get their own deal, Krispy Kreme preemptively addressed vaccine hesitancy in its FAQ about the free doughnut offer. “The fact that Krispy Kreme is playing both sides of the issue demonstrates a lack of vision and consistency,” she said.
And the Biggest Losers From Trump’s Pardon Sweepstakes Are…

And the Biggest Losers From Trump’s Pardon Sweepstakes Are…

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The QAnon ShamanThe standout Capitol Hill rioter, whose real name is Jacob Chansley, reached out to Trump for a pardon through his lawyer last week. Trump’s decision not to pardon Giuliani looks like retribution for Giuliani’s bungling inability to secure Trump a second term, Michael Cohen, Trump’s estranged former private attorney, told VICE News. Trump’s legal team lost over 60 court decisions while pursuing phony claims of voter fraud. Lawyers for Exotic were so optimistic about a Trump pardon that they put a 38-foot long “Monster Ram Truck Limo” on standby to pick him up. And it wouldn’t have helped Trump where he needs it most.
Are There Barriers—Of Any Kind—That Have Kept You From Bikepacking?

Are There Barriers—Of Any Kind—That Have Kept You From Bikepacking?

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Are There Barriers—Of Any Kind—That Have Kept You From Bikepacking? Bikepacking Roots does great work, and helping them collect data that can show potential barriers for aspiring adventure cyclists puts helps them focus their efforts. From their press release:If you consider yourself an adventure cyclist or an aspiring adventure cyclist of any type, Bikepacking Roots wants to hear from you in their 4th Annual Bikepacking and Adventure Cycling Community Survey. Through this survey, Bikepacking Roots is striving to better understand accessibility challenges, barriers to entry, personal safety concerns, and individuals’ outdoor backgrounds as they all relate to the adventure cycling experience. Bikepacking Roots is the only national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and advancing bikepacking, growing a diverse bikepacking community, advocating for the conservation of the landscapes and public lands through which we ride, and creating professional routes.
Behind Her Eyes filming locations: where the Netflix thriller was filmed

Behind Her Eyes filming locations: where the Netflix thriller was filmed

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A psychological thriller with more twists than Italy’s Stelvio Pass, Behind Her Eyes is Netflix’s latest lockdown-binge hit, with some incredible filming locations. When they move to London their paths cross with single mother Louise (Simona Brown) and secrets are made and uncovered. We see her walking along the seafront and then visiting a café, filmed at Cosiez on Upper St James's Street. Style & Culture Where was 'The Dig' filmed? Style & Culture Where is ‘Bridgerton’ filmed?
Berlin, Memorials, and Memories of Hitler

Berlin, Memorials, and Memories of Hitler

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Berlin is dotted with memorials and reminders of its troubled 20th-century history. For a man with such megalomaniac ambitions, it’s striking how little survives of the world Hitler created. Check out this article to catch glimpses of memories of Hitler.
Asian Americans Are Calling on Allies in Response to a Wave of Violence

Asian Americans Are Calling on Allies in Response to a Wave of Violence

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In light of recent events, the Asian American community is continuing calls for action that began with the surge of anti-Asian violence last year. (In response, President Biden signed an executive order condemning anti-Asian racism shortly after his inauguration.) In their social media posts, Kim and Wu pointed to the history of anti-Asian violence in the US. “The skyrocketing number of hate crimes against Asian Americans continues to grow, despite our repeated pleas for help,” they wrote. The first case involving an Asian American victim to use the Civil Rights Act, “the Vincent Chin case forced Asian Americans into the civil rights discourse,” Roland Hwang, co-founder and former president of American Citizens for Justice, previously told NBC News.
Are UK hotels open? The latest lockdown rules

Are UK hotels open? The latest lockdown rules

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Quarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to know Inspiration Quarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to knowAdvertisementIs it possible to stay in an Airbnb during lockdown? For inspiration on where to book now, check out our pick of the best Airbnbs in the UK, the best Airbnbs in London and the best Airbnbs in the Lake District and our favourite Airbnbs in Wales. The UK hotels opening on Monday 12 April Places To Stay The UK hotels opening on Monday 12 AprilIn Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that hotels are set to open from Monday 26 April. The best hotels in the UK 2021 Places To Stay The best hotels in the UK 2021Is it better to cancel or postpone my hotel or Airbnb booking if lockdown is not lifted in time? Our favourite UK hotels and AirbnbsThe best weekend breaks in the UKThe best weekend breaks in the UK and Ireland Inspiration The best weekend breaks in the UK and IrelandThe best Airbnbs in the UK and IrelandThe best Airbnbs in the UK and Ireland Places To Stay The best Airbnbs in the UK and IrelandRead next The best Airbnbs in Brighton Places To Stay The best Airbnbs in BrightonThe 30 best hotels in LondonThe 30 best hotels in London Places To Stay The 30 best hotels in LondonThe best Airbnbs in CornwallThe best Airbnbs in Cornwall Places To Stay The best Airbnbs in CornwallShould any part of the UK return to a tier system, can hotels open in Tiers 1, 2, 3 and 4?
Badass Lady Librarians Rode Hard Miles to Deliver Education and Joy

Badass Lady Librarians Rode Hard Miles to Deliver Education and Joy

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Librarians were paid $28 a month, and they were responsible for riding over 100 miles a week to distribute books. “Weather is no obstacle in the life of a Pack Horse Librarian in Kentucky – none of her equipment is furnished by the Works Project Administration. But unlike the ease of running a bookmobile, the pack horse librarians of Kentucky had their work cut out for them. The Pack Horse Library project ended in 1943, having employed almost 1,000 librarians during its time, and motorized bookmobiles would eventually fill the gap to continue serving rural communities, and still do. Today, the stories of the inspiring pack horse librarians have inspired books of their own, the legacy of their contribution finally written down.
Best-selling writer Jung Chang on the pull of her hometown

Best-selling writer Jung Chang on the pull of her hometown

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Instead I watched its lockdown on YouTube: a concrete network of mammoth streets, eerily empty, with no sign of life. When I think of her in Chengdu, instead of picturing her in the nondescript block of flats where she lives, I see us going for walks along the alleys outside. I love those that are grown only on the Chengdu plane and have flavours I can’t taste anywhere else. The vendors also sell spring blossoms in straw-tied twigs, usually still with traces of the gentle rain in the night. These alley-ways have been immortalised in classic poetry and survived modern times, and they are what the real Chengdu is for me.
Black Diamond Is Recalling Controversial PIEPS DSP Avy Beacons

Black Diamond Is Recalling Controversial PIEPS DSP Avy Beacons

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Black Diamond Is Recalling Controversial PIEPS DSP Avy BeaconsBack in October we covered a potential issue with the popular PIEPS DSP avalanche beacons, sold by Black Diamond in the USA and PIEPS in Europe, Asia, and South America. When skier Corey Lynam died in an avalanche in 2017 using a DSP beacon that failed to transmit a signal to rescuers, his wife Briana Howard initiated a campaign to bring awareness of the issue to Black Diamond with little traction. Pro skier Nick McNutt was buried in an avalanche last year and also experienced a failed PIEPS unit, though he was dug out by friends. Now, PIEPS in Europe, Asia, and South America has initiated a voluntary recall, with Black Diamond set to follow soon in North America for the PEIPS models they distribute. You can begin arrangements with PIEPS/Black Diamond at this website if you have a PEIPS DSP Sport, Pro, or Pro Ice model.
Blaming the Atlanta Shooting on ‘Temptation’ Glosses Over Its Racism

Blaming the Atlanta Shooting on ‘Temptation’ Glosses Over Its Racism

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The day after last week’s mass shooting in Atlanta, the first thing I did when I woke up was check my phone. But hearing a white American man use the words “sex addiction” and “temptation” to downplay horrific violence against marginalized Asian women struck a very specific nerve for me. The alleged perpetrator’s narrative purposefully draws on a longstanding history of Western men fetishizing, thus dehumanizing Asian women. Captain Baker directly facilitated this goal by framing the mass violence in Atlanta as a man being “at the end of his rope” looking to “eliminate” the exotic “temptation”. At this point, it’s both impossible and dishonest to ignore how Orientalist misogyny factors into the mass shooting in Atlanta.
Brenner Pass, Tolls, Castles, and Trade

Brenner Pass, Tolls, Castles, and Trade

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The Brenner Pass has been the easiest way over the Alps since ancient Roman times. Today, the Brenner Pass is easier than ever to cross, as drivers arc gracefully along one of the engineering wonders of Europe. Empires from Roman times to World War II understood the strategic value of [the] Brenner Pass. From the looks of the sumptuous green room, medieval life for the nobility was pretty comfortable. Two castles like these, strategically straddling the valley, could control much of the trade passing between Germany and Italy.
Breac House, Donegal review: An Irish bungalow turned B&B

Breac House, Donegal review: An Irish bungalow turned B&B

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Breac House is set on a slope of the dramatic Horn Head peninsula and has far-reaching views of the wind-combed landscape, Dunfanaghy village, Sheephaven Bay and cloud-snagged Muckish mountain. Read next The county with some of the best beaches in Ireland Destinations The county with some of the best beaches in IrelandSleepThe trio of bedrooms is restrained, with white walls, wooden floors and private terraces. Views from Breac.House, IrelandRead next The best Airbnbs in the Lake District Places To Stay The best Airbnbs in the Lake DistrictWho comes here? Horn Head is also on the scenic, 1,553-mile Wild Atlantic Way. Address: Breac House, Horn Head, Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal, F92YC56Price: Doubles from about £265 per night (two nights minimum)Book your stayRead next The best Airbnbs in Wales Places To Stay The best Airbnbs in WalesLike this?
Bridal Veil Falls Trail [CLOSED]

Bridal Veil Falls Trail [CLOSED]

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This trail is reported closed for rehabilitation: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/bridalveilfalltrail.htm A great, quick paved trail for the whole family. Bridal Veil Falls is a 607-foot, double cataract waterfall. The last portion up to the falls is more difficult with wet and loose rocks. There used to be a tram located near the trailhead that took people up to a restaurant located on the cliffs above the falls. The trail may be slippery or muddy by the falls.
Best Travel Camera: How to Choose in 2021

Best Travel Camera: How to Choose in 2021

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At a basic level, a DSLR is a camera body with a lens attached—just like a mirrorless camera. We’ve used all Canon lenses as an example. DSLR camera bodies range from entry-level camera bodies to professional level. The images are sharp and I love the perspective.”—Frances Beatty, Professional Wedding PhotographerIf you’re sporting a Nikon camera, consider the D lenses. Kelly Moore The Kate Canvas Camera Bag Kelly Moore makes camera purses and bags that don’t look like your average camera bag.
Brilliant: MSR Thru-Link Water Filter + Bladder = Easy Peasy Hydration

Brilliant: MSR Thru-Link Water Filter + Bladder = Easy Peasy Hydration

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Brilliant: MSR Thru-Link Water Filter + Bladder = Easy Peasy HydrationSure, you can screw a Sawyer Mini onto a Platypus water bottle, or use a Lifestraw to drink right from a creek, but there’s something so easy and simple about a hydration bladder that a water filter that attaches to a bladder’s drink tube is about as good as it gets. And that’s MSR’s Thru-Link filter. It clips easily onto most hydration bladders, so there’s no need to cut tubes and futz with finicky adapters, like you’ll deal with if you try this with most inline filters. MSR designed this one specifically for hydration bladders and it works perfectly. I use the Patagonia Nine Trails hip pack when riding, and clip the Thru-Link onto the pack’s included bladder.
Bridal Veil Falls Trail

Bridal Veil Falls Trail

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A great, quick paved trail for the whole family. Bridal Veil Falls is a 607-foot, double cataract waterfall. The last portion up to the falls is more difficult with wet and loose rocks. There used to be a tram located near the trailhead that took people up to a restaurant located on the cliffs above the falls. The trail may be slippery or muddy by the falls.
Cairo's Upper-Class District, Dining with Egyptian Friends

Cairo's Upper-Class District, Dining with Egyptian Friends

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Rick: So how do you say — in France, you would say, "bon appétit" —Heba: Bon appétit, yeah. This is moussaka; this the stuffed vine leaves…Rick: Stuffed vine leaves…Heba: OK, and this is okra with tomato sauce…Rick: Okra! Heba: …very delicious, and this is Egyptian beef with onion sauce, and this is of course, rice, and this is, then, rokak…Rick: Rokak. Rick: I was going to say, moussaka, stuffed grape leaves, and tzatziki — a Greek would say, "that's my food" — but it's Egyptian also? Heba: Yes — American ones.
California Gets New 300-Mile Trail Network in God’s Country

California Gets New 300-Mile Trail Network in God’s Country

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California Gets New 300-Mile Trail Network in God’s CountryCalifornia’s most majestic mountain scenes get most of the outdoor press: cathedral spires on the John Muir Trail; the granite walls of Yosemite; Mt. Lots of which will soon be mapped for dirt-worshipping cyclists, equestrians, moto riders, hikers, hunters, you name it, to explore with the new Lost Sierra Route. The route connects trail networks in the Sierra and Cascade ranges, and is intended for use by all mountain lovers, developed by the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship. The idea is to provide a sort of curated trail network to link some of the West’s most beautiful places, but also to link communities and provide a little economic spark in isolated communities that can use it. If your knowledge of California is limited to the better known outdoor magnets, the lower Cascades, and the richly forested slopes of Gold Country will wow you with seemingly endless opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Chamonix's Shrinking Glacier, the Mer de Glace

Chamonix's Shrinking Glacier, the Mer de Glace

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Chamonix was one of the original alpine resorts. Until about the year 1800, people didn't climb, or hike, or even paint mountains much. Find out what happened that changed the whole climbing movement.
Can You Go on Erasmus During the Pandemic?

Can You Go on Erasmus During the Pandemic?

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I decided to do Erasmus in Greece, because I love the country and I speak the language – I am half-Greek. When I was planning it in the spring, Greece had prevented the spread of the virus pretty well. I have been trying to keep myself busy: doing my online lessons, exercising and going for walks in the park nearby. But if I hadn’t built online relationships with other Greek and Erasmus students, I would probably forget I’m even on an exchange programme. I was lucky to start this before the lockdown, but an entire semester of Erasmus in the world as it is right now would defy its fundamental goal, which is to discover another country and learn its culture.
Chamonix, Mont Blanc, and the Aiguille du Midi

Chamonix, Mont Blanc, and the Aiguille du Midi

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Aiguille du Midi, The great rocky fang of the Aiguille du Midi rising from the Mont Blanc massif, is one of Chamonix's most distinctive features. Check out this article to know more.
Can these farmers save the planet?

Can these farmers save the planet?

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Spending time on a working farm is an enjoyable way to engage with nature and connect more with it for the sake of our wellbeing and that of the world at large. We take a look at the future of farming, innovative techniques and schemes, and how to learn more about it all.
Canoer Natalie Warren’s Goal For Her New Book is “Ruining Young Women”

Canoer Natalie Warren’s Goal For Her New Book is “Ruining Young Women”

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But we were cruising by the time we got to the Red River and started going downstream. But paddling upstream [on the Minnesota River] presented a much larger challenge because the current was so strong and we were just barely inching along. But the Minnesota River and the Red River were some of the most impactful waterways I’ve ever paddled. This trip really changed me and I wanted to be able to pass it along. And then I was like, ‘Screw this.’ I’m going to lead canoe trips on the Minnesota River.
Climber Jamling Tenzing Norgay on protecting The Himalayas

Climber Jamling Tenzing Norgay on protecting The Himalayas

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The son of the first person to summit Everest alongside Edmund Hillary, climber Jamling Tenzing Norgay now leads the effort to clean up the peaks with Swiss fashion house Bally. Jamling Tenzing NorgayWhat is your earliest memory of the mountains? ‘I was eight years old when I followed my father, Tenzing Norgay, on one of his many journeys into the Himalayas. We continue to work together in the Himalayas as part of the Bally Peak Outlook Foundation and my father’s namesake charity, the Tenzing Norgay Sherpa Foundation, through which the label sponsors community-led clean-ups and educational programmes. I am dedicated to sharing my time and understanding about the Himalayan environment with those who live on the shoulders of these great summits.’Jamling Tenzing Norgay is a spokesperson for the Bally Peak Outlook Foundation.
Chinese Hotels Let Guests Track If Bedsheets Have Been Changed

Chinese Hotels Let Guests Track If Bedsheets Have Been Changed

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Chinese hotels have a way to track the cleaning history of bed linen. PHOTO: PRAKASH MATHEMA / AFPHave you ever wondered if the sheets in your hotel room were actually changed after the last guest left? A Chinese city is trying to put the question to bed using tracking devices. Reports about dirty hotel bed sheets have prompted online uproar in the past. In 2017, hotel reviewers in China secretly left fluorescence stamps on hotel items and found that several luxury hotels in Beijing failed to change bed sheets.
Confronting the ‘Failure’ of Miscarriage as a Trans Man

Confronting the ‘Failure’ of Miscarriage as a Trans Man

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A column about being a pregnant trans dad, and all the prejudices, healthcare challenges, personal dilemmas, and joys that come with making a family in 2021. On New Year’s Eve, I drove for two hours for a blood test to check HCG levels. We took cold walks together and shared warming meals, helping time pass quicker until a second blood test. You need two for comparison and hopefully, a conclusive answer; HCG rising = still pregnant, HCG falling = miscarriage. On the morning of the second blood test, the bleeding was heavier.
Colorado Denied Its Citizens the Right-to-Repair After Riveting Testimony

Colorado Denied Its Citizens the Right-to-Repair After Riveting Testimony

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A right-to-repair bill died in the Colorado state legislature on March 25, 2021. Right-to-repair is often spoken of in the context of broken phone screens, but it doesn’t just affect people’s personal devices. AdvertisementIt was a stunning statement given just how many people testified on behalf of the right-to-repair legislation and how few questions the committee asked them. Others said that a right-to-repair bill would increase the cost of phones for everyone. AdvertisementThe right-to-repair bill's defeat is a setback for Colorado, but it isn’t the end of the story.
Córdoba’s Grand Mosque and Moorish Society in Spain

Córdoba’s Grand Mosque and Moorish Society in Spain

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While Granada was the last Moorish capital, the capital through the glory days of Muslim rule was Córdoba. And, towering over the former mosque, a bell tower makes it clear: This huge edifice now houses a place of Christian worship. In the 10th century, when a minaret stood where the bell tower stands today, Córdoba was arguably Europe's greatest city. Muslim Córdoba had hundreds of mosques, but most of them were destroyed. Rick: So this was a minaret first, and now it's a bell tower for that church.
Conservationist Ginny Wood Wrapped Her Arms Wide ‘Round Alaska

Conservationist Ginny Wood Wrapped Her Arms Wide ‘Round Alaska

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The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) wouldn’t be at the center of such continuous controversy had Ginny Wood not stepped up more than 50 years ago. Upping the Ante on Rosie the RiveterVirginia “Ginny” Wood (née Hill) was born in 1917, in Oregon. In order to ensure continued success and to establish some institutional guidance for fellow conservationists, Wood and her husband founded the Alaska Conservation Society (1960-1993). Ginny Wood guided hiking, rafting, and backcountry trips until she was 70 years old. Ginny Wood died in 2013 at the age of 95.
Cops Caught This Amputee With $400 of Medicinal Weed—So They Took His Car and His Cash

Cops Caught This Amputee With $400 of Medicinal Weed—So They Took His Car and His Cash

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A process known as civil forfeiture allows law enforcement agencies nationwide to seize—and then keep—items they believe are somehow involved in a crime. Law enforcement agencies there get to keep 100% of the proceeds from the property they take. “There's been enormous abuse of civil forfeiture, in part because law enforcement directly profits from civil forfeiture and boosts their budgets,” said Louis Rulli, a University of Pennsylvania law professor. Thanks to those seizures, courts awarded Alabama law agencies $2.2 million across 827 cases, according to the groups’ report. According to court documents, Holt’s property is currently in possession of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, which made the arrest.
D-Day Landings in WWII Normandy

D-Day Landings in WWII Normandy

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During the D-Day invasion, American troops and their allied partners courageously assaulted the German-occupied cliffs using grappling hooks and ladders. The small town of Arromanches was ground zero for the D-Day invasion. Officially named the Memorial for Peace, it puts the Battle of Normandy in a broader context. You start with a downward spiral stroll, tracing (almost psychoanalyzing) the path Europe followed from the end of World War I to the rise of fascism and into World War II. You’ll get a thorough look at how World War II was fought — from individual weapons to floating airports to the two-ton V-I — the unmanned predecessor of today’s smart bombs — to the D-Day landings.
COVID-19 Overview and Infection Prevention and Control Priorities in non-US Healthcare Settings

COVID-19 Overview and Infection Prevention and Control Priorities in non-US Healthcare Settings

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Purpose and Scope of this document This overview was created for healthcare workers in non-US healthcare settings and government officials working on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) response. The rest of the document reviews COVID-19 IPC priorities, in non-US healthcare settings. For general ward rooms with natural ventilation, adequate ventilation for COVID-19 patients is considered to be 60 L/s per patient. COVID-19: PPEContact and droplet precaution PPE are recommended for healthcare workers before entering the room of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients. Healthcare workers should be trained on the correct use of PPE, including how to put on and remove PPE.
Covid-19 And Recreation: Too Much Poop, Too Many People

Covid-19 And Recreation: Too Much Poop, Too Many People

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Both issues have served as a wake-up call to both land managers and environmentalists about the downsides of recreation. An outdoor industry eager to get its slice of an $800 billion pie helps fuel the rush to the West’s public lands. Farrell says that outdoor-product manufacturers push hard for increased access to public lands in part because more users boost their bottom lines. “Critical discussions about recreation are rare because these activities are layered with a thin veneer of innocence,” Farrell said. The problem is there aren’t many true wild places left to exploit.
Dashcam Video Shows a State Trooper Ordering His Dog to Bite Man for Nearly 4 Minutes

Dashcam Video Shows a State Trooper Ordering His Dog to Bite Man for Nearly 4 Minutes

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Surbrook, a nine-year veteran with the state troopers, was charged Friday with felony assault for the November incident and arraigned in Lansing District Court, according to Michigan State Police. Advertisement“Care and concern for human life should always be at the forefront of any police officer’s actions,” Michigan State Trooper Director Col. Joe Gasper said in a public statement Friday. The dog allegedly kept the driver in its jaws as Surbrook and the other officer arrested the passenger of the car. The dog allegedly held the driver for nearly four minutes until backup arrived. A Michigan State Police supervisor flagged the video for violating policy on Dec. 4 during a routine review of police footage.
Delicious, Filling, and Easy: Spicy Red Lentil Dal

Delicious, Filling, and Easy: Spicy Red Lentil Dal

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Red lentils are a versatile ingredient when it comes to savory camp meals. If you’re on a shorter trip and can carry fresh ingredients like leafy greens (perhaps a little kale or chard? ), those will work great in here as well, just shred and toss them in a few minutes before the lentils are finished cooking. When it comes to quantities, no matter how much you are cooking, you want about a 1:3 red lentil to water ratio. Depending on your preference on levels of spiciness, gauge how much or how little to use.
Daily Dose of Europe: El Greco’s “Burial of Count Orgaz”

Daily Dose of Europe: El Greco’s “Burial of Count Orgaz”

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We’re standing before El Greco’s most beloved painting, which couples heaven and earth in a way only “The Greek” could. This 15-foot-tall masterpiece, painted at the height of El Greco’s powers, is the culmination of his unique style. El Greco considered this to be one of his greatest works. On the handkerchief in the boy’s pocket is El Greco’s signature, written in Greek. Looking directly out at the viewer is the painter, El Greco himself.
Derek Chauvin Trial: Protesters Are Chaining Themselves to the Fence Outside Derek Chauvin’s Trial

Derek Chauvin Trial: Protesters Are Chaining Themselves to the Fence Outside Derek Chauvin’s Trial

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MINNEAPOLIS — Emilie Valenti arrived outside the Hennepin County Courthouse before dawn in 20-degree weather and chained herself to a barbed-wire fence. The 55-year-old activist had just taken over the spot of another protester, who’d been chained to the fence in downtown Minneapolis throughout Tuesday night. They’re protesting day and night while the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin takes place a few hundred feet away. “It’s about families supporting families around police violence.”Image: Samir FerdowsiThese protesters have been taking shifts locking themselves to barbed-wire-topped fencing the National Guard placed outside the courthouse where Chauvin is on trial for killing George Floyd last May 25. While the trial is in session, protesters have occupied space outside the courthouse, playing music, chanting, and waving signs.
Do Chicken Sexers Still Exist and Why?

Do Chicken Sexers Still Exist and Why?

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But as he begins his first growing season, he and his wife Monica (Yeri Han) spend their days at a local hatchery, working as chicken sexers. And it mirrors Chung’s own experiences: Like the Yi family, Chung grew up in Arkansas, where his father did chicken sexing for 19 years while also establishing a farm that grew Korean medicinal herbs. A chicken sexer, however, can tell the difference between “the nearly identical genitalia of male and female hatchlings and, in an instant, makes the call,” McWilliams explains. And with fewer young people interested in the job, Japan had just a “few hundred” chicken sexers in 2010, as opposed to over 1,000 chicken sexers in previous decades. In 2015, CNBC reported that in the U.K., chicken sexing had become a “$60K a year job nobody wants,” with only 100 to 150 chicken sexers in the entire country.
Dick Cage Maker Says IoT Chastity Belt Is Safe After New Penetration Test

Dick Cage Maker Says IoT Chastity Belt Is Safe After New Penetration Test

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The vulnerabilities were found last year by the security firm Pen Test Partners, which specializes in finding bugs in Internet of Things devices. The distributor says it contracted with a third party to do an additional penetration test of the cock cage's app. "The security issue reported by Pen Test Partners was in the QIUI app, not the CELLMATE chastity device. To support this claim, Jansen referred to a third-party security assessment (called a penetration test) which they showed Pen Test Partners. Jansen declined to share the third party pen test.
Dodge Came So Close To Kickstarting American Off-Road Van Market in the ’90s

Dodge Came So Close To Kickstarting American Off-Road Van Market in the ’90s

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Dodge Came So Close To Kickstarting American Off-Road Van Market in the ’90sLegendary minivan designer creates fabulous off-road version of venerable family hauler, only to have the idea torpedoed by jealous Jeep dealers. That’s it, that’s the pitch. A frustrating story for the ages, if you like vans and off-road travel. But when Jeep dealers got wind, they feared people would rush to the vastly more practical Caravan and Jeep sales would plummet. They were probably right, but they deprived us of a brave new world of outdoor-ified production vans long long before #vanlife, or hashtags, or social media, were on anybody’s mind.
Domestic Travel During COVID-19

Domestic Travel During COVID-19

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Domestic Travel Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated PeoplePeople who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States. If you are fully vaccinated, take the following steps to protect others if you travel:Have You Been Fully Vaccinated? Domestic Travel Recommendations for Unvaccinated PeopleIf you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, take the following steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:Before you travel: Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip. After you travel: Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. Domestic Travel Recommendations Quick Referencealternative text for web accessible infographicTraveling Internationally?
Dominion Voting Systems Is Suing Rudy Giuliani for $1.3 Billion

Dominion Voting Systems Is Suing Rudy Giuliani for $1.3 Billion

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Dominion Voting Systems is suing Rudy Giuliani for $1.3 billion, claiming Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer carried out a “viral disinformation campaign” against the company by spreading lies on, Twitter, Fox News, and his podcast. Giuliani led Trump’s effort to get the November election result overturned, and increasingly embraced baseless conspiracy theories in order to do so. Central to his effort were numerous conspiracy theories about Dominion and its employees—rumors that first emerged from the QAnon fever swamp before being embraced by Trump and his team. In late December, Dominion sent Giuliani a letter warning that the company was keeping a record of all statements by the former New York City mayor. But Giuliani ignored the warning, and continued to disparage the company.
Dying For Powder

Dying For Powder

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For winter recreationists like me, powder skiing — which at its best feels like flying — is the ultimate dopamine high. Others pushed the envelope, and while most got away with it, 36 people went from the euphoria of a powder run to the terror of being caught in an avalanche. “We so well understand the rewards of powder skiing, but we as humans fail to grasp the consequences,” says Drew Hardesty, a forecaster for the Utah Avalanche Center. “The subconscious mind does not know death… and on a visceral plane, it remains this esoteric concept… But who among us has experienced the absolute joy and ecstasy of a powder run? No powder turn is worth the pain we would cause them by dying in an avalanche, and on a deep level we all know that.
DIY ‘Needle-Free’ Lip Fillers Are Still Injections—And Still Dangerous

DIY ‘Needle-Free’ Lip Fillers Are Still Injections—And Still Dangerous

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She said she spent time Googling the device and eventually decided to take the plunge and try the hyaluron pen for herself. According to the American Med Spa Association, some companies seem to have picked up on the cottage industry of administering these injectables, and offer hyaluron pen training courses for people looking to start their own hyaluron pen business—appealing, given the low price of the pen itself. She has since stopped using the hyaluron pen, but “[I] do credit it as an important stepping stone in my learning process,” she said. “I have seen several doctors, who I respect, express concerns regarding the hyaluron pen,” Snook said. That kind of distinction, though, would likely be lost on someone who came across the hyaluron pen in a 15-second clip and used that snippet to inform their choices.
Ed Abbey, the Desert Rat, Would be 94 Today—We Raise a Glass

Ed Abbey, the Desert Rat, Would be 94 Today—We Raise a Glass

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A high school friend had suggested Abbey one afternoon while we wrenched on his old ’72 Bronco, drinking Rainiers pilfered from his dad’s workshop fridge. I wouldn’t want to live like Abbey, often alone, way, way out there, pleasantly pickled on beer and salt pork. What would come, would come, and it would be beautiful, even if it was death. What would come, would come, and it would be beautiful, even if it was death. That’s not a metaphor for anything, Abbey isn’t the bear in this story, but my own backyard became infinitely stranger after I read Abbey.
E.U. unveils vaccine passport plan to enable summer travel

E.U. unveils vaccine passport plan to enable summer travel

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countries have already announced or are working on plans to welcome British travelers back within months. borders will remain closed to most Americans — even those who are vaccinated — until the bloc lifts its travel restrictions. President Biden also reimposed an entry ban on most European travelers in January, which could become another obstacle, as E.U. The German and French stalling has frustrated officials in many southern European countries. Greece, Cyprus and other nations recently announced plans to set up bilateral agreements unless an E.U.-wide solution can be found.
Down a Bumpy Road Toward the Light

Down a Bumpy Road Toward the Light

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We’re piecing it together for now, for the love of climbing and the freedom of the road, but it comes with sacrifices. Yet there’s a freshness about life on the road, one that I worry I’ll miss in more stable chapters of my future life. So for now, I’m on the road, returning to the Black Canyon with Whitney and her Subaru following behind. ?The stopper hanging from my rearview mirror bats against the glass and I head down the bumpy road, towards the light. Down a bumpy road, towards the light.
Egypt's Temple of Abu Simbel

Egypt's Temple of Abu Simbel

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The Temple of Abu Simbel, while originally built by Ramses II in about 1250 BC, was relocated here only about 50 years ago. Check out this article to know more.
Editor's letter: Melinda Stevens on being excited for the future

Editor's letter: Melinda Stevens on being excited for the future

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Louis Aw SheridanYears ago in a car crash in which I so should have died, I had an out-of-body experience. AdvertisementThe reason I’m telling this story – because I’m pretty sure I’ve written about this story before – is that I imagined, having gone through this intensely unusual moment, I was saved for a reason. And yet, 30 years later, I’m not sure listening to Chopin in the bath at three o’clock in the afternoon is that reason. Read next Vaccine passports for travel: everything you need to know Inspiration Vaccine passports for travel: everything you need to knowHowever, I no longer care. For sure I’m scared.
Escape Routes: Antarctica

Escape Routes: Antarctica

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The end of the earth, the world’s last great wilderness, a collection of superlatives – the coldest, driest, highest, windiest space on the planet – Antarctica is a destination like no other. Nothing prepares for this place.’ The continent has bewitched from the moment it was first sighted in 1820, attracting ‘explorers and madmen’ ever since. But it has taken on a new significance in recent years as the earth warms and the ice melts, and its ‘vulnerability and beauty will break your heart’. What it's like to visit Antarctica – earth's last great wilderness Inspiration What it's like to visit Antarctica – earth's last great wildernessLike this? Now listen to:AdvertisementCondé Nast Traveller podcast: Escape RoutesEscape Routes: the Condé Nast Traveller podcast Inspiration Escape Routes: the Condé Nast Traveller podcastEscape Routes with Condé Nast Traveller Podcast: Tulum, MexicoAdvertisementEscape Routes Podcast: Tulum, Mexico Podcast Escape Routes Podcast: Tulum, MexicoEscape Routes with Condé Nast Traveller Podcast: The Gili Islands
Escape Routes Podcast: Koh Lanta, Thailand

Escape Routes Podcast: Koh Lanta, Thailand

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The search for the perfect Thai isle, the one to match The Beach-fuelled fantasies, is a well-trodden path. Check out this article and settle into its groove and chart its laidback corners during this tale of blissed-out scenes.
Editor's letter: Melinda Stevens on getting back out there

Editor's letter: Melinda Stevens on getting back out there

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AdvertisementFor a person who used to be on a plane or train every week (can that really be right? Certainly every other week), the fact that days now pass without me leaving the house is astonishing. But also that we mustn’t forget what’s happened hereIt is late at night. But also that we mustn’t forget what’s happened here. We mustn’t forget what we’ve seen.
Escape Routes Podcast: Borneo

Escape Routes Podcast: Borneo

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Have you ever been to a place that feels like a trap? You walk in and you feel you're never getting out of it? No? Well, check out this article and take a trip with us to the escape route!
Europe’s Festivals: April Fair in Sevilla

Europe’s Festivals: April Fair in Sevilla

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As if to continue this celebration of the return of spring, some places let loose in vibrant secular festivals. One of the most exuberant and colorful is in Spain: Sevilla’s gigantic Spring [April] Fair. Throughout southern Spain, a region so expert at fiestas and romance, cities like Sevilla greet each spring with a festival for all ages. For seven days each April it seems much of Sevilla is packed into its vast fairgrounds. Each striped tent is the party zone of a particular family, club, or association.
Escape Zoom Meetings by Faking Technical Issues and Crying With This App

Escape Zoom Meetings by Faking Technical Issues and Crying With This App

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Zoom Escaper is a new program for those who need a break from the grinding crush of virtual interaction. Zoom Escaper is a soundboard that runs in a Chrome window. "Echo" and "bad connection" make it sound like you're experiencing Zoom technical issues we are all familiar with by now. Lavigne told Motherboard in an email that Zoom Escaper is a continuation in a series of projects about digital slowdown and self-sabotage. Lavigine said that Zoom Escaper took him a week to build in his spare time.
Escape Routes Podcast: Malta

Escape Routes Podcast: Malta

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Like many island nations, Malta has been shaped by the ebb and flow of its neighbours’ intrusions: ‘invaders and settlers that left behind tidal flats of language, buildings and food,’ says Jordan. Grapes wine bar on the neighbouring island of Gozo Manuel Gomes da CostaTo book your next holiday to Malta, visit kuoni.co.uk/malta. AdvertisementMusic by harpist, Olivia Jageurs: @15secondharpThis podcast is sponsored by Visit Malta. Cast between Sicily and North Africa, Malta – including neighbouring islands Gozo and Comino – is famed for its average of 300 sunny days a year, making it a destination for every season. From top-notch diving to head-turning art galleries, Michelin-starred restaurants to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the archipelago is packed with discoveries.
Escape Routes Podcast: Ubud, Bali

Escape Routes Podcast: Ubud, Bali

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Join the Zen seekers, digital nomads and self-improvement gurus in Bali’s green heart as an author and BBC Radio 4 presenter Quirke unravels its unwavering magnetic pull. Check out this article to know more.
Everyone Loves the McElroys, So Why Is Everyone Mad at the McElroys?

Everyone Loves the McElroys, So Why Is Everyone Mad at the McElroys?

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The Adventure Zone is, at this point, much more than a family D&D game. For the McElroy family, hanging out with their brothers is now a part of their full time job. For some in the fandom, the current season of The Adventure Zone is a disaster. Some of these fans feel that the current Dungeon Master, middle brother Travis McElroy, has made the show unlistenable. The rapport that the McElroy family has with each other is a huge part of the appeal for listeners.
Electric Cars’ Very Big Problem Continues to Loom

Electric Cars’ Very Big Problem Continues to Loom

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What? An article about the environmental costs of electric vehicles in Adventure Journal? What’s going on here? Well, overland travel and road-tripping are big parts of the adventure world. Check out this article to know more.
Finally: Fed Tax Credit for E-Bikes Proposed

Finally: Fed Tax Credit for E-Bikes Proposed

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Tax credits for buying electric and hybrid vehicles have been around for years now, are a proven motivator to encourage drivers to purchase cleaner cars, and have saved many millions of tons of carbon dioxide from belching into the atmosphere. Finally, a meaningful attempt at such legislation is here.
France’s Amboise, Home to François I and Leonardo da Vinci

France’s Amboise, Home to François I and Leonardo da Vinci

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Straddling the Loire River, Amboise is an inviting town with a pleasing old quarter below its hilltop château. It just made sense: The ultimate French Renaissance king invited the ultimate Renaissance Italian artist, Leonardo da Vinci, to join his court. In 1516, Leonardo da Vinci left Rome, accepted the position of engineer, architect, and painter to France’s Renaissance king, and moved in. Enjoying the patronage of the French king, Leonardo pursued his passions to the very end. Five hundred years ago, when Leonardo was looking for work, the résumé he sent to kings touted his engineering skills.
Firefall Returns to Yosemite This Week But You’ll Need a Reservation

Firefall Returns to Yosemite This Week But You’ll Need a Reservation

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Firefall Returns to Yosemite This Week But You’ll Need a ReservationFirefall, that ephemeral magic that happens in February, when Yosemite’s Horsetail Falls catches the afternoon sun just so and ignites into a brilliant fuming sweep of reds, pinks, and oranges, a lick of flames shooting down bare granite, looks likely to begin this year on February 12. If you haven’t seen it in person, it may seem like a quant regionalism. It’s a phenomenal experience to see a waterfall turn from white to blazing orange just as the sun begins to set out west of the mouth of Yosemite valley. You will, however, need a permit to enter the park if you’re interested in checking it out. They went on sale yesterday, so if you haven’t bought one yet, and intend to check out the show, head here, right away.
Florence’s Monastery of San Marco, Starring Fra Angelico and Savonarola

Florence’s Monastery of San Marco, Starring Fra Angelico and Savonarola

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The Monastery of San Marco, with its peaceful cloister is now a museum — welcoming the public to enjoy the greatest collection of frescoes and paintings by Fra Angelico. Working in the mid-1400s, Fra Angelico — equal parts monk and painter — fused medieval spirituality with early Renaissance techniques. In this painting, he creates a realistic scene set in what many consider the first great Renaissance landscape. The monks lived above the cloister and greeting them at the top of the stairs was Fra Angelico's sublime Annunciation. Finally, when Florence decided it preferred the Renaissance to a Church-sponsored return to the Dark Ages, Savonarola himself was burned.
Everything you need to know about buying travel insurance with Covid cover

Everything you need to know about buying travel insurance with Covid cover

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Travel insurance is important at any time, but during the coronavirus pandemic it's more of a necessity than ever. Getty ImagesRead next Vaccine passports for travel: everything you need to know Inspiration Vaccine passports for travel: everything you need to know4. Does travel insurance cover coronavirus cancellations? The key value of travel insurance is the medical cover it offers while you are travelling. What should I look for in a travel insurance policy now?
France’s Châteaux of Cheverny and Villandry

France’s Châteaux of Cheverny and Villandry

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For my favorite gardens in the Loire, it’s gotta be Villandry. Finished in 1536, Villandry was the last great Renaissance château built on the Loire. The earliest Loire gardens were practical, grown in the Middle Ages by abbey monks who needed vegetables and medicinal herbs. Today’s beautiful gardens at Villandry — a careful reconstruction of what the 1530s original might have been — are the result of generations of passionate dedication. The châteaux of the Loire Valley have been shaped by the ups and downs of French history.
Germany’s Medieval Walled Town of Rothenburg

Germany’s Medieval Walled Town of Rothenburg

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The Catholic army took the Protestant town of Rothenburg, and, as was customary, they planned to execute the town leaders and pillage and plunder the place. And when peace finally came, Rothenburg was never again a major player. They came here to paint and write about the best-preserved medieval town in Germany. But some of the townfolk needed a more physical form of guidance, as displayed in Rothenburg’s Medieval Crime and Punishment Museum. Glorious woodcarvings and cruel and unusual punishments shine a light on medieval life, but my favorite trip into medieval Rothenburg is with the Night Watchman.
First in at North Lodge, Berkshire, Coworth Park's fairytale cottage

First in at North Lodge, Berkshire, Coworth Park's fairytale cottage

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For a few special days of cottagecore life amid the meadows, woods and parkland of the Coworth Park estate, up a little garden path of your own. Book your stayAdvertisementExterior of North LodgeSet the sceneHooves clop by, gardeners tend to trees, geese honk overhead. A little musical footnote: Coworth Park was Led Zeppelin’s HQ for a while, storing their gold discs. Read next The Readers' Choice Awards 2020: our readers' favourite UK hotels Places To Stay The Readers' Choice Awards 2020: our readers' favourite UK hotelsAnything left to mention? Hotel address: Coworth Park, Blacknest Road, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7SEPhone number: +44 1344 876600Price: From £3,500 per night (five-night minimum stay).
Glasgow: Gritty Industry and Feisty Scottish Culture

Glasgow: Gritty Industry and Feisty Scottish Culture

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Local: A person from Glasgow has more fun at a funeral than a person from Edinburgh does at a wedding. Local: They're honest, they're friendly, and they'll go out of their way to do anything for you at all. Don't know if that's red wine…Rick: This is a very Scottish thing, to walk around with your golf clubs. I don't actually play golf, I just walk around with these. For more Scottish art, we're heading inside and visiting Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
Gourmet, Easy, and Crazy Good Dutch Oven Chicken Marbella

Gourmet, Easy, and Crazy Good Dutch Oven Chicken Marbella

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This Mediterranean themed baked chicken dish uses chopped prunes and olives to produce a sweet and savory combination that’s absolutely irresistible. So after a bit of tinkering, we came up with a way to make it in a Dutch oven. But that type of dry heat isn’t really possible in a Dutch oven, so instead, you’re going to brown the skin with a little oil. The result is a crispy-skinned chicken dish with a super-flavorful sauce that takes less than 45 minutes to cook. Dutch Oven Chicken Marbella is perfect for cooking over the campfire.
GOP Senator Compares Gun Violence to Drunk Driving the Day After a Mass Shooting

GOP Senator Compares Gun Violence to Drunk Driving the Day After a Mass Shooting

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Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, at the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, amid the coronavirus pandemic. “We have a lot of drunk drivers in America that kill a lot of people,” Kennedy said during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun control on Tuesday. Both shootings came up during Tuesday’s hearing, but the focus of the hearing was on gun control measures, like universal background checks and concealed carry laws. AdvertisementIn an angry response to remarks denouncing gun violence from Democrats on the committee, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas condemned any thought of bolstering gun control measures. He closed his remarks by also moving the conversation away from the topic of gun violence and instead talked about his devout religious practices.
GPU and Machine Learning Identify Spots on DNA That Are Likely to Mutate

GPU and Machine Learning Identify Spots on DNA That Are Likely to Mutate

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One of the hardest parts of genetic research is reading DNA. In 2013, scientists invented Assay for Transposase-Accessible Chromatin using sequencing (ATAC-Seq), a method of rooting around in chromatin to see what’s going on. Enter AtacWorks, a machine learning program that augments ATAC-Seq and makes the data much easier to read. To train AtacWork, scientists fed it a raw chromatin dataset and the same dataset after it had been cleaned up using ATAC-Seq. Fundamentally, what is happening here is that AI—powered by GPUs typically used for gaming (and increasingly, of course, research)—is making key genetic research both much easier and much faster.
Haarlem, Frans Hals, and a Grand Pipe Organ

Haarlem, Frans Hals, and a Grand Pipe Organ

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Just down the street, Haarlem’s top museum features the work of its most famous son: the great portrait artist Frans Hals. Here, in a room full of his masterpieces, we get a good taste of Protestant Dutch art. Dutch society was a merchant society, and now artists worked for a new kind of customer…Merchants. Haarlem’s Grote Kerk, or “great church,” towers over the market square as if to bless all the business that takes place below. Haarlem’s towering organ has been giving worship here an inspirational soundtrack since 1738.
Getting into the stride: Walking in Kenya's Loita Hills

Getting into the stride: Walking in Kenya's Loita Hills

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Almost 50 years ago, in The Tree Where Man Was Born, Peter Matthiessen wrote of the Loita Hills as ‘roadless and little known... that epic Africa of hope and innocence’. In the Loita Hills the impression is one of congestion and enclosure. Yet the same forces affect the virtually unknown Loita Hills. Dry riverbed Julien CapmeilThe black rhinoceros, once abundant across southern Kenya, is no longer found in the Loita Hills. Yet glance away from a walking Maasai for a minute and he will have disappeared over the horizon.
Hall in Tirol and the Historic Importance of Salt

Hall in Tirol and the Historic Importance of Salt

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The importance of the salt industry, which exported goods as far as Switzerland, the Black Forest, and the Rhine valley, is reflected in Hall's history. Check out this article to know more.
Guest Bed, Dog Haven, Therapy Couch: An Ode to Coleman Camping Cot

Guest Bed, Dog Haven, Therapy Couch: An Ode to Coleman Camping Cot

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Looking to get yourself the perfect camping cot? We've got you! It’s Sleep Week at Wirecutter! Read more about the best Sleep Week deals on our expert-recommended mattresses, bedding, and more for your bedroom.
Hacker Tried to Poison Florida City's Water Supply, Police Say

Hacker Tried to Poison Florida City's Water Supply, Police Say

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Sodium hydroxide is also known as lye and can be deadly if ingested in large amounts. Advertisement"The hacker changed the sodium hydroxide from about one hundred parts per million, to 11,100 parts per million," Gualtieri said, adding that these were "dangerous" levels. In smaller quantities, sodium hydroxide can cause severe skin burns and eye damage. That instance of remote access was brief, but then it happened again at 1:30 p.m., and the hacker changed the sodium hydroxide levels, Gualtieri said. AdvertisementJessica Mackesy from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office told Motherboard in an email that the remote access software used was TeamViewer.
Here’s how you can help London restaurants right now

Here’s how you can help London restaurants right now

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Order a deliveryFor now, a handful of London restaurants are still operating their own contactless doorstep delivery systems, although those with team members not living within walking distance are generally shutting down to keep staff from travelling unnecessarily. Bao’s new offshoot, Rice Error, will be up and running soon, delivering roast chicken and rice boxes that make use of Taiwan’s chishang rice to Soho, Fitzrovia, Southwark and Hackney. Mediterranean opening Oren will deliver across East London and Yard Sale and Pizza Pilgrims are both still dropping off pizzas, with a 50 per cent discount for all NHS staff. Meanwhile, deli-slash-wine-bar Provisions on Holloway Road is sending out orders costing more than £60 with free delivery across the city. Browse more takeaways from London's best restaurants
Hamburg and Its Destruction in World War II

Hamburg and Its Destruction in World War II

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A century ago, Hamburg's port was the third-largest in the world, with strong connections both east and west. Heavy damage in World War II devastated the commercial center. Let's take a closer look at Hamburg and its destruction in World War II.
He Built Homes for the Homeless. So the City Sued Him

He Built Homes for the Homeless. So the City Sued Him

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A Toronto carpenter, whose work to build miniature, winterized shelters for the homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic has received immense public support, is speaking out after the city requested an injunction against further construction of the shelters. The problem is that Toronto’s most vulnerable people are falling through the cracks,” Seivwright said, adding that unhoused people have told him they have “nowhere to go” and they “no longer trust” the city’s shelter system. “Is the capacity in the emergency shelter system very high? The ultimate goal is to get people permanent housing through the city’s Streets to Homes program, and the encampments complicate that transition, Ross said. “It’s painful to see the city weaponize the (threat of fire) against the life-saving capacity that tiny shelters have, because the amount of lives that they have saved is huge at this point.”
Here’s Why Women Are Less Likely to Have Gone In on the GameStop Gambit

Here’s Why Women Are Less Likely to Have Gone In on the GameStop Gambit

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As last week’s Reddit-driven Gamestop stock drama dragged financial market participation into the cultural spotlight, it gave way to another anomaly. AdvertisementIt’s no secret that, on average, women make less money than men do—or that the gulf widens for most women of color. A September 2020 report from the National Partnership for Women and Families found Latinas making a measly 55 cents, Native American women making 60 cents, and Black women making 63 cents to a white man’s dollar. Johnson highlighted the ways Black women specifically can benefit from investing in the stock market, given the $15,000 annual income gap between Black and white women and the way Black-owned businesses have struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic. But the realities of income inequality for women and people of color really blunt the GirlBoss, Lean In feminism of “ladies, you gotta get into the stock market!” plugs.
Hey—Want Some Good News About the Environment? Some Glimmers of Hope?

Hey—Want Some Good News About the Environment? Some Glimmers of Hope?

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Hey—Want Some Good News About the Environment? Some Glimmers of Hope? Hope, even, if you can muster it, about emerging from a pandemic, returning to a life together, outside. We could all use a lot more hope these days, though we’re not telling anyone anything they don’t already know. For more, read the column, “Yes, America, There Is (Some) Hope for the Environment,” right here.
Hikers Are Missing at Already Mysterious Dyatlov Pass, a Bizarre Turn

Hikers Are Missing at Already Mysterious Dyatlov Pass, a Bizarre Turn

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Hikers Are Missing at Already Mysterious Dyatlov Pass, a Bizarre TurnThe pieces we’ve written about the mysterious death of nine hikers in 1959 at Russia’s Dyatlov Pass are some of the most read, most shared, and most argued over articles in the AJ archive. Briefly: Nine hikers died, some brutally, after making camp after becoming lost attempting to cross a snowy pass in the Ural Mountains. Some where crushed, some died of hypothermia, the camp was torn to shreds. Just last week, we covered some new information about what may have killed the hikers, a small, localized avalanche, but even that information was greeted with skepticism by those who suspect something malicious or far weirder killed the hikers. They were due back on Wednesday, and have yet to appear.
Hiland Tall Hammered Bronze Patio Heater with Table - Walmart.com

Hiland Tall Hammered Bronze Patio Heater with Table - Walmart.com

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Unfortunately, there is a picture of the heater on the outside of the box, and my husband quickly realized he'd discovered his Christmas present when he saw the box. I awoke Thanksgiving morning to the sound of him opening his gift, removing it from the box, and putting it together! When his present wouldn't light right away, he sadly came back into the house to inform me we would have to return it. I asked him if he'd read the part about how it sometimes takes a while for the air to clear. He spent the rest of Thanksgiving afternoon out on our porch watching his big screen outdoor television, being toasty and warm, while sitting beside his heater.
Hoh Rainforest Trail Olympic National Park

Hoh Rainforest Trail Olympic National Park

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The Hoh Rainforest Trail in Olympic National Park was long hike with very little elevation change. Although the views inside the rainforest were incredible, the overall topography didn’t change very much throughout our hike. It wasn’t like any other hike I’ve been on, and I felt completely lost in there. Photos from the Hoh Rainforest Trail hike:PinPinWe spotted some elk while we were driving to the trial head. Not a fan of either of the ones pictured below, but I do like the Spicy Thai Chili flavor.
Honoring Heritage in a Renovated Barn

Honoring Heritage in a Renovated Barn

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Over time, a structure’s function melds with physical signs of use and emotions that filled the space. Off in the foothills of the eastern Cascades, in Washington, is a renovated barn that, through maintaining the dignity of its original purpose, has avoided such a fate. When the 3,875-square-foot barn was repurposed into a home, the essence of its origin was maintained – physically and in spirit. All of the siding, paneling and flooring were repurposed from the original barn or nearby structures facing demolition. The repurposed barn, designed by MW Works Architecture+Design, displays the convergence of form, function and sentimentality in every corner.
How Beirut's urban scene has bounced back

How Beirut's urban scene has bounced back

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The pool at Arthaus Hotel in Beirut Guillaume de LaubierDebs and his wife Zoe were set to launch their Arthaus hotel on that ill-fated day. Instead, they found themselves dealing with massive destruction to the historic 25-room property in Gemmayze, one of the hardest hit spots. Now partially reopened, Arthaus is meant to be an experiential creative hub, not least because of its location. AdvertisementA bar at Arthaus, Beirut Guillaume de Laubier‘This whole district is really avant-garde; it’s a concentrated area of innovative people who went about rebuilding immediately after the blast,’ says Debs. The art-collecting pair fought back the way they know best: gathering about 50 artists for a fundraising exhibition in the hotel, Beirut Year Zero, as well as a charity auction held by Christie’s New York.
Holy Week, Leading up to Easter, as Celebrated in Greece, Italy, Slovenia, and Spain

Holy Week, Leading up to Easter, as Celebrated in Greece, Italy, Slovenia, and Spain

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While Palm Sunday kicks Holy Week off with grand spectacle, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are quieter. In fact, all of Holy Week is a school vacation. It’s a time of music, blessings, and community as Holy Week builds to Easter Sunday. Back in Spain, in Sevilla, various religious fraternities parade on different days during Holy Week, so preparations continue all week long. The entire Holy Week in Spain is a glorious spectacle.
How Do Afghans Relax in a War-Torn Region? Go Hiking

How Do Afghans Relax in a War-Torn Region? Go Hiking

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A young man named Hamidullah, a good friend of Ramesh, my translator, has invited me to go hiking in Sholgara. Combat has ebbed but never ended, and small, locally based detachments of the two militias still clash here from time to time. “Where I am taking you, it is secure.”Mazar-e-Sharif to SholgaraAfghanistan’s blood-drenched history, ancient and recent, rolls past the car windows. SholgaraWe pull up to a pedestrian rope bridge sagging over the murky Balkh River, leave the car, and cross the bridge on foot. The mountains are white, then blue, then gray, then green as they swell toward us.”I love you, Afghanistan!” Hamidullah exclaims.
‘House of Gucci’ film locations: the coolest places in the Italian Alps

‘House of Gucci’ film locations: the coolest places in the Italian Alps

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Adam Driver filming 'House of Gucci' Getty ImagesAdvertisementGressoney-Saint-JeanThis pretty village in the Aosta Valley is standing in for St Moritz in the film, where Gucci and Reggiani had a chalet. Hotels along the valley, including Lo Scoiattolo and Nordend, tend to be snug chalet-style affairs, heavy on wood, stucco and soft furnishings. Most spectacular is the Miramonti Boutique Hotel, south of the Merano 2000 ski resort, all angular timber and faintly steaming infinity pools overlooking an epic mountainscape. Places To Stay Miramonti Boutique Hotel review: Is this the coolest hotel in the Dolomites? Style & Culture Where is 'A Star is Born' filmed?
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Nap

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Nap

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A decade of working from home and afternoon energy slumps set the perfect trap, and now that we've started, there's not a single plan to stop. Check out this article to know how napping can become a form of self-care.
How Do the Fish Feel About Being Caught, Anyway?

How Do the Fish Feel About Being Caught, Anyway?

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Where the problem for the fish comes in is when fish are tossed up on to the bank, the angler digs around for the camera, poses with the fish, then chucks the fish back into the water. It’s an age-old practice and back in the day when folks keep all the fish they caught, it really wasn’t doing any more harm to the fish. “ Not only does using best practices increase survival rates of fish, but it also helps fish return to their normal behavior as quickly as possible after release. There is a new catch phrase going around that makes sense, “make the fish the hero.” If you want a photo, do it with the fish in the water. Where I fish and how I fish are what gets me outdoors and ground me.
How Our Readers Made Wirecutter Better in February 2021

How Our Readers Made Wirecutter Better in February 2021

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Andrew added, “I see this question asked about iRobot filters all over the place here at Wirecutter and on Amazon and other sellers. People are confused!” Andrew concluded by saying, “I would be interested if Wirecutter were able to find anything else out on this issue. Things we’re looking into thanks to youRetesting a space heater: Commenter rdclark asked us about the Lasko CD08200 Ceramic Bathroom Heater, a model we tested and dismissed several years ago. If you’re looking for an affordable blanket or a space heater, these recommendations from our commenters could be worth considering. But if you already have a Costco membership, the AWRH could be worth considering, especially if a remote control is a feature you’d appreciate in a space heater.
How these African safaris are reconnecting with nature

How these African safaris are reconnecting with nature

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The collapse of tourism in Africa in 2020, and the knock-on effects on the community and conservation projects that it supported, has been devastating. For years, Singita has been the gold standard due to the architectural flair of its lodges and the farm-to-table ingredients of its kitchens. But there is also a new emphasis on guests taking more time, allowing them to engage more meaningfully with its conservation and community programmes. But following a distressing year, this new meditative pace of safaris may be what we need too. Inspiration Is it possible to go on safari sustainably?
HIKING in PATAGONIA – The Ultimate Guide to the Best Treks

HIKING in PATAGONIA – The Ultimate Guide to the Best Treks

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Home | Adventure | HIKING in PATAGONIA – The Ultimate Guide to the Best TreksEverything you need to know about hiking in Patagonia. Just the thought of hiking in Torres Del Paine National Park sends shivers down my spine. Also it’s necessary to know that weather in Patagonia is so varied and can change at any time, which can very quickly alter your Patagonia hiking trip. Hiking In Torres del Paine National ParkWhen it come to hiking in Patagonia, no trip would be complete without spending at least a few days in Torres del Paine National Park, the crown jewel of Chile. If you are after a really magical experience spend the night in the park and start hiking up in the dark.
How Sex Toys Became the New Celebrity Fragrance

How Sex Toys Became the New Celebrity Fragrance

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But Allen’s announcement was the launch of “The Liberty”, a suction sex toy released in collaboration with the German sex toy company Womanizer. The actor became an investor and co-creative director of Maude, a sex toy brand known for its “sculpture-like sex toys”. Google searches for “sex positivity” boomed between 2015 and 2017, and publications began reporting the rise of sex positive influencers in 2017. “They should back up their communication with rich, sex positive, educational content.”The pivot to sex influencing comes with other issues, too. Topher Taylor, a sex educator and brand manager for queer sex shop Clonezone, says he’d like to see celebs who promote sex positivity address censorship on social media.
How to Escape the Confines of Time and Space According to the CIA

How to Escape the Confines of Time and Space According to the CIA

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The left hemisphere then dishes the carefully prepared data to the non-critical, holistic, pattern-oriented right hemisphere, which accepts everything without question. There, stimuli can reach the sensor and motor cortices of the right brain, which corresponds to points in the body. 3) Biofeedback, on the other hand, uses the left hemisphere to gain access to the right brain’s lower cerebral, motor, and sensory cortices. With repetition, the left brain can reliably key into the right brain, and strengthen the pathways so that it can be accessed during a conscious demand mode. The left hemisphere then compares it to other data, reducing it to its 2D form.
How to Drive Iceland’s Ring Road: The Ultimate 800-Mile Road Trip

How to Drive Iceland’s Ring Road: The Ultimate 800-Mile Road Trip

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Europe’s best road trip circles Iceland, from Reykjavík to Reykjavík, on the 800-mile Highway 1 — the Ring Road. Come on, let's get started!
How to Get Internet While Traveling On the Road

How to Get Internet While Traveling On the Road

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During our 3 months living on the road in an Airstream, the hardest part was not having good or consistent Internet. Panera ending having really fast internet that was equivalent to home cable/DSL, but they were hard to find and the costs of a meal were much higher. Panera ending having really fast internet that was equivalent to home cable/DSL, but they were hard to find and the costs of a meal were much higher. Rent a desk for a few hours, day, or week and get all the fast internet you need. Rent a desk for a few hours, day, or week and get all the fast internet you need.
How to Have a Sexy, Romantic Night In When You Also Have Roommates

How to Have a Sexy, Romantic Night In When You Also Have Roommates

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A fun, sexy little date night at home is no exception. But that doesn’t mean that creating a sensual vibe is anything other than essential to having a good date night in. Just be mindful of the sounds/sights/scenes involved as they relate to your roommate's night, too. Don’t freak if your date night doesn’t go exactly as you’d planned it. That means crossing your T’s and dotting your I’s in preparation for your date night doesn’t mean everything will go off without a hitch—on your end or your roommates’.
How to make the airport departure lounge experience less stressful

How to make the airport departure lounge experience less stressful

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Confession time: I love airport departure lounges. Yet many of the keys to turning your departure lounge waiting-time experience from painful to pleasant haven’t changed since the days of Pan Am and in-flight smoking seats. This beats sitting on a curved seat by the gate fretfully looking at the departure board every 90 seconds. USE THE ON-SITE TESTING CENTRESGet your Covid test at the airport if the country you're visiting allows you to do this. For some reason, there's a sense of detachment when you catch up on world affairs in an airport that’s strangely soothing.
How to Make Safe Decisions When Avalanche Danger Looms

How to Make Safe Decisions When Avalanche Danger Looms

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Much like how we’re all navigating daily risk assessment during the pandemic, making safe, conservative decisions in avalanche terrain is a matter of life or death. Check out this article to know more.
How to make the best pancakes in the world with Wolfgang Puck

How to make the best pancakes in the world with Wolfgang Puck

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Wolfgang Puck, chef founder of CUT at 45 Park Lane in London, opened his first restaurant, Spago, in Hollywood, California in 1982. We met with him at CUT at 45 Park Lane to learn how to make the best pancakes in the world. Wolfgang Puck at 45 Park Lane PressAdvertisementAn interview with Wolfgang PuckAre you a breakfast person? AdvertisementWolfgang Puck and David McIntyre at 45 Park Lane PressHow do you deal with jet lag? AdvertisementThe 30 best hotels in London Places To Stay The 30 best hotels in LondonThe best brunch in London for delivery 2021 Eating & Drinking The best brunch in London for delivery 2021
How to Plan an Iceland Itinerary — From a 24-Hour Layover to a 2-Week Road Trip

How to Plan an Iceland Itinerary — From a 24-Hour Layover to a 2-Week Road Trip

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For maximum efficiency — especially on a tight “layover” timeframe — it just makes sense to combine your Blue Lagoon visit with your trip to or from the airport. One important caveat is that the Blue Lagoon requires reservations — so you’ll want to plan this out in advance. There are several good options, but the two best — different but equally good — are the Golden Circle and the South Coast. The South Coast has at least a day’s worth of sightseeing, and it’s also a good home base for visiting the delightful Westman Islands. Since the ferry to the islands can be cancelled in bad weather, this plan works well: Plan two nights on the South Coast.
How to Send Dirty Voice Notes

How to Send Dirty Voice Notes

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Dirty voice notes aren’t going to be for everyone. She says that when it comes to sending voice notes, the key is authenticity and not overthinking it. Maybe get used to sending regular voice notes first, she says, “Then get yourself in a space of sexiness. “Do not send unsolicited sexy voice notes to random people that you don’t know or haven’t been sexual with,” she says. Incorporate those in voice notes so you feel comfortable because it’s familiar.”When it comes to the actual voice part of the voice note, Gigi says it can be fun to lower your voice a touch – everyone loves a husky voice.
How to Tell If Your Favorite Fishing Stream Is at Risk from Climate Change

How to Tell If Your Favorite Fishing Stream Is at Risk from Climate Change

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People have widely assumed that streams fed by substantial amounts of groundwater are more resistant to climate change than those fed mostly by snowmelt or rain. Because groundwater is typically colder than surface water in summer, the groundwater flowing into streams can buffer the overall stream temperature from climate warming. Previous studies have shown that groundwater temperature is tied to the depth that it travels. It is also more susceptible to drying, which can reduce, or even disconnect, the shallow groundwater flow from the stream. Other studies have also shown that changes to the land, such as from wildfires, snow pack changes and deforestation, influence shallow groundwater temperature more than deep groundwater temperature.
How to Move like a Pro: Moving Tips and Checklist

How to Move like a Pro: Moving Tips and Checklist

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In the past 5 years, we’ve moved to 5 different cities and learned a few things about the art, or shall we say, pains of moving. Hopefully, these tips will teach you how to move like a pro and help your move go smoothly. Moving ScamsThere are moving scams out there and you’ll have to do the research the be sure you find a reputable company. We’ve moved in a big truck, in just our sedan, and we’ve rented a van for our most recent move to NYC. MOVING CHECKLIST AND TIMELINEClick image for full PDF Click image for full PDF Pin Pin LET'S GO!
How to Use Maps to Avoid Avalanche Danger

How to Use Maps to Avoid Avalanche Danger

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You should not travel in avalanche terrain until you and your partners undergo avalanche safety training and are competent in the use of avalanche safety gear (beacon, shovel, probe). Yes! Maps could be your safety gear!
How to Understand—and Fight—the Mental Health Care Crisis in the U.S.

How to Understand—and Fight—the Mental Health Care Crisis in the U.S.

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See More →The way we talk about mental health, or our emotional and psychological well-being, has shifted in the past decade, mainly because of the work of mental health advocates. Athletes, actors, and artists now talk about mental health in a way that simply wasn't done 20 or even 10 years ago; that openness is reflected in how the American public thinks about mental health. Mental Health Policies, Insurance Coverage, and Institutional ChangeAdvertisementInequities in the Mental Health SystemPersonal EssaysAdvertisementHow to Help a Friend (or Yourself)HotlinesSave these hotlines to your phone—you never know when you or a friend might need a professional to talk to. AdvertisementThe Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health by Rheeda WalkerPsychologist and mental health expert Rheeda Walker provides not only tips on how to spot mental illness and practice self-care, but adds context as how the mental health crisis in the Black community got to where it was. The National Alliance on Mental IllnessIf you’re looking to learn more about changing the mental health system, NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, working to create more public awareness on mental health through advocacy, education and support.
How to Use Your Home Security Cameras Better

How to Use Your Home Security Cameras Better

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What it does: Motion Sensitivity determines how reactive your camera is to objects that pass in front of it, so you can tweak how much or how little the camera records. Why it’s smart: Motion Sensitivity will help you dramatically cut down on unnecessary smartphone notifications. How to do it: Motion Sensitivity controls are typically found in the camera’s companion app in the Settings menu, but some brands may call this by different a name. For instance, the Wyze Cam v2 (one of our indoor camera picks) calls these controls Motion Detection Sensitivity and Sound Detection Sensitivity and keeps them in Detection Settings. Eufy cameras put this control under Motion Detection, which can be found under your device’s Settings menu.
Huns Weigh In on Hun Culture

Huns Weigh In on Hun Culture

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Howells decided to join the party, and his account @hunsnet was born, its name a tongue-in-cheek hybrid of the notoriously conservative British parenting website Mumsnet and the burgeoning online subculture known as “hun culture,” characterized by pages like Hun Official. In 2021, “hun culture” is less a weird corner of Instagram for pop-culture-addled girls and gays, and more a part of mainstream British internet humor. Though their audiences are still predominantly young women and gay men, hun accounts have become a legitimate part of meme comedy. They appeal so widely because, in a nutshell, they represent the fun side of British celebrity culture: the deification of women who offer an alternative to the world’s dominant conception of fame as perfect, preened, and mostly American. The intense relatability of hun culture has been fuel for its growth—it’s diva worship for millennials sick of having glossily groomed girlbosses and gym-fit Insta models shoved down their throats.
How Will the New Brazil COVID-19 Variant Affect the Lockdown Roadmap?

How Will the New Brazil COVID-19 Variant Affect the Lockdown Roadmap?

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Someone somewhere in England is infected with what is understood to be a more infectious variant of COVID-19, and they may not even know it yet. Among the most worrying factors is the potential for reinfection with the Brazilian variant among people who have already had COVID-19. “We don’t have the data yet, but by analogy with the South African variant, to which it has similarities, the vaccines aren’t as effective. Failing to do so could put Boris Johnson’s four-step roadmap for lifting lockdown – and reopening shops, restaurants, pubs and clubs – in jeopardy. Advertisement“The roadmap has four tests that must be met, and two of them are about reduced transmissions and the risk posed by variants,” Young says.
I Went On a Weed Tour of Afghanistan

I Went On a Weed Tour of Afghanistan

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After India, Nepal and Pakistan, Afghanistan was next on my list, for its unique weed growing culture. In short, decades of conflict have stalled economic development and largely cut Afghanistan off from the rest of the world. Once in town, I noticed a few weed plants growing around people’s houses, probably planted for personal use. The further we drove from the centre, the more conspicuous the weed plants became among the neighbouring cotton fields – until, finally, they occupied entire plots of land. This traditional method filters the cannabis resin, making it more concentrated – a practice that likely originated somewhere between northern Iran and northern Afghanistan in the Middle Ages.
Iceland’s 4 Best Day Trips from Reykjavík

Iceland’s 4 Best Day Trips from Reykjavík

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The key is being selective, and these four day trips from Reykjavík clearly rise to the top. (tie) Golden CircleThe quintessential Icelandic day trip is a 150-mile loop east of the capital — figure about four hours of driving, plus at least another four or five for sightseeing stops. The South Coast is an achingly beautiful terrain of bald, craggy mountains blanketed in green, giving it an almost Celtic feel. The South Coast is more outdoorsy, with stirring coastal scenery and a few more substantial opportunities for easy to moderate hikes. You can hike across a glacier, snowmobile across a glacier, ride a boat across a glacier lagoon, or spelunk into a cave carved into a glacier.
I Was A Trans Comedian. Here’s Why I Quit

I Was A Trans Comedian. Here’s Why I Quit

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They're not picturing us in the audience, and definitely not onstage, even as trans comic geniuses like Patti Harrison and Jes Tom are reaching increasingly mainstream audiences. Over the next three years, I rose through the ranks as a semi-professional stand-up comic. It was a depressurizing way into what I really wanted to talk about onstage: going through life as a trans guy. I especially wanted trans people in the audience, and I wanted them laughing loudest. “But you don’t always have to tell trans jokes.
Iceland Is Open. Should You Go?

Iceland Is Open. Should You Go?

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For me, the first question is an ethical one: Would I be doing more harm than good by visiting Iceland this summer? (To get your head around all of this, here’s a recent first-person account of visiting Iceland right now.) Europe’s ultimate road trip is Iceland’s Ring Road: 800 stunning miles on Highway 1, looping around the perimeter of the island. (The only ailment I’ve ever picked up in Iceland was a wicked case of athlete’s foot from a thermal swimming pool.) I’m still thinking about it, and keeping an eye on how those first few weeks’ worth of visitors are finding Iceland (and how Iceland is finding them).
If We Care About Public Lands We Absolutely Must Reform the BLM

If We Care About Public Lands We Absolutely Must Reform the BLM

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The Bureau of Land Management is the federal agency that controls the largest acreage of federal public lands, especially in the West and Alaska. My district comprised nearly 3 million acres and included two BLM national monuments and eight statutory wilderness areas. BLM lands can, and should, be a big part of achieving this goal. We see this in the BLM national monuments established under the Antiquities Act. For a great primer on public lands, pick up a copy of That Wild Country: An Epic Journey through the Past, Present, and Future of America’s Public Lands.
Iceland in 72 Hours: The Perfect Off-Season Layover on a Budget

Iceland in 72 Hours: The Perfect Off-Season Layover on a Budget

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Last October, my parents wanted to stop off for a quick “layover” look at Iceland on their way home from Europe. Our goal was to get the best possible taste of Iceland in 72 hours, off-season, on a budget. If you’re truly on a tight budget, check out my Top 10 Budget Tips for Iceland. Ian Watson, the co-author of our Rick Steves Iceland guidebook (and longtime Iceland resident), once explained to me that for Icelanders, wind trumps all. You might have noticed that our “perfect” 72 hours in Iceland includes very little time in Reykjavík.
Indigenous Paddlers May Have Run the Grand in Reed Boats Just Like This

Indigenous Paddlers May Have Run the Grand in Reed Boats Just Like This

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People have run the Grand Canyon in all sorts of boats, from wooden dories to rafts, kayaks, and the occasional open canoe. Who’s to say indigenous people didn’t run the Grand Canyon hundreds or even thousands of years ago? He later learned that the Peruvian fishermen who famously ride reed boats through head-high surf use a similar technique in rough water, straddling their caballitos de totora, or reed ponies, like so many nautical cowboys. Where a lightweight kayak would bob across waves and get recirculated in holes, the heavier reed boat submarined to safety. The Grand Canyon we know is full of formidable rapids, because at the standard flows released from Glen Canyon Dam the whitewater is both powerful and somewhat technical.
I’m an ER Doctor. Here’s What I Feel OK Doing as My State Reopens.

I’m an ER Doctor. Here’s What I Feel OK Doing as My State Reopens.

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Each of us will decide, with a certain degree of arbitrariness, what we consider safe and important. That would clearly just not be safe right now. People have done integrated strategies to mitigate their risk of COVID even as they march and kneel in the streets. So I will also ask myself, will this activity allow me to tread lightly upon the earth, and if it doesn’t, do I really need to do it? I still don’t really know, and that uncertainty is something we will have to learn to live with too.
Iran’s Shiraz, Poets, and Dinner with Iranian Friends

Iran’s Shiraz, Poets, and Dinner with Iranian Friends

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A couple more hours to the southwest is Shiraz - a booming city of over a million people. Shiraz is famous as the home of beloved Persian poets. Perhaps the two greatest were Hafez and Saadi, who lived here centuries ago. Check out this article to know more.
Is the All-New Ultralight Jetboil Stash Ultranecessary?

Is the All-New Ultralight Jetboil Stash Ultranecessary?

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Hikers are backpacking specifically to hike a whole bunch really really fast, with the hiking and the ground covering being the crucial elements of the trip. Check out this article to know more.
Ireland’s Kinsale and a Big Battle

Ireland’s Kinsale and a Big Battle

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Not many of us know that Kinsale mixes history and cuteness better than any town on Ireland's south coast. Check out this article to know more about the self-proclaimed gourmet capital.
Is this the coolest airport in the world?

Is this the coolest airport in the world?

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This is surely the only airport in the world with a rooftop Cactus Garden. Among the more than 100 species, you’ll find surreal plants such as the golden barrel cactus and giant ponytail palm trees, alongside the edible apple cactus and prickly pear. In Terminal 1 there’s a Water Lily Garden; spot the Amazon water lily, one of the largest aquatic plants in the world. In Terminal 3, the Crystal Garden presents an integration of nature and art with 12 hand-blown dandelion glass sculptures surrounded by a tiered garden of bright flowering plants. Book in for a massage or facial at Terminal 1 and Terminal 3’s transit lounges.
Iceland’s Wild Westfjords: Happy Icelanders and Filthy Cars at the End of the World

Iceland’s Wild Westfjords: Happy Icelanders and Filthy Cars at the End of the World

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Iceland’s Westfjords dangle like a giant bunch of grapes from the northwest fringe of this rugged island. Ferry to the End of the WorldI’m catching my ferry to the Westfjords from the main town of Snæfellsnes, Stykkishólmur. My drive today connects Patreksfjörður (hub of the southern Westfjords) to Ísafjörður (capital of the northern Westfjords). But before leaving the Westfjords, I drive 15 minutes to Súðavík, on the next fjord over. I was in the Westfjords writing a brand-new chapter for our Rick Steves Iceland guidebook; the second edition (with the Westfjords) is available in April 2020.
Is the Dyatlov Pass Mystery Finally Solved?

Is the Dyatlov Pass Mystery Finally Solved?

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Is there a movie of the Dyatlov Pass incident? Realizing their mistake after a time, Dyatlov decided the group should make camp for the night where they were, though they were quite exposed. Check out this article for full details.
Israelis and Palestinians: The Struggle to Share the Holy Land

Israelis and Palestinians: The Struggle to Share the Holy Land

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In the Middle East, Israel and Palestine share the land west of the Jordan River. Israel is the predominantly Jewish State, while Gaza and the West Bank are Palestinian — mostly Muslim and Arab. The Muslims and Jews who call this region home share a family tree that goes back nearly 4,000 years. And today, most Arabs here are Muslim — a religion that arrived much later with their prophet, Mohammad, in the seventh century. Today, the combined population of Israel and Palestine is about 12 million — roughly half Jews and half Arabs.
It’s Been Five Years and These SoCal National Monuments Are Still Standing

It’s Been Five Years and These SoCal National Monuments Are Still Standing

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The monuments survived the four years of Sauron’s administration without reduction, thankfully, but threats remain, including groundwater pumping, development encroachment, climate change and so much more. Check out this article to know more.
Italy’s Padova: City of Galileo, Learning and Faith

Italy’s Padova: City of Galileo, Learning and Faith

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Like the rest of the Veneto, Padova was ruled by Venice from the 15th century until Napoleon came — at about 1800. Four hundred years ago, the great scientist Galileo — notorious for disagreeing with the Church’s views on science — enjoyed that academic freedom. With 60,000 students, Padova’s university is always lively, and you’re likely to stumble onto some kind of spirited school event. The main drag leads to one of the most important pilgrimage churches in all of Europe: the Basilica of St. Anthony. For nearly 800 years pilgrims have flocked here to venerate the tomb of St. Anthony of Padova.
Italy's Alps, the Dolomites

Italy's Alps, the Dolomites

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We're on our way to Italy's dramatic limestone rooftop. The Dolomites, with their distinct and jagged peaks, offer some of the best alpine thrills in Europe. Check out this article to know more.
Jodie Kidd's ultimate West Sussex pub road trip

Jodie Kidd's ultimate West Sussex pub road trip

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It’s a beautiful spot to sit out and have a glass of rosé. We’ve got two rosettes so the food is gastro-pubby but still pubby, not quite Hand and Flowers level, but it’s a lovely little gem in a pretty Sussex village. It’s all about championing these little cottage industries all around us in West Sussex. The pub feels true to the area, both in food and the building’s style. Now read:9 of the best road trips in the UK and Ireland9 of the best road trips in the UK and Ireland Inspiration 9 of the best road trips in the UK and Ireland16 of the best day trips from London16 of the best day trips from London Inspiration 16 of the best day trips from LondonScenic road trips in Scotland
Jerusalem: Holy for Jews, Muslims, and Christians

Jerusalem: Holy for Jews, Muslims, and Christians

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Jerusalem is a sprawling and modern city with about 800,000 people. Exploring its shopping boulevards and malls, an American feels right at home. But its historic core, the Old City home to around 35,000 feels lost in time. Check out this article to know more.
Italy’s Cortona: A Classic Hill Town

Italy’s Cortona: A Classic Hill Town

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When Florence took over Cortona, its captains ruled the city from here, the Casali Palace. That romantic view we have about Cortona is about people from France, from England staying in Cortona. Giovanni: So this is what I mean as a romantic view onto Tuscany. Rick: So this is really the only real flat road in town? Giovanni: It's the only flat road we have.
Las Vegas Pinball Museum » Local Adventurer » Travel Adventures in Las Vegas + World Wide

Las Vegas Pinball Museum » Local Adventurer » Travel Adventures in Las Vegas + World Wide

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Located just off the strip, the Pinball Hall of Fame is a 10,000 square foot building filled to the brim with pinball machines! Check this out and plan your next travel!
Kittie Knox Rode Her Bike Up and Over the 19th Century Color Barrier

Kittie Knox Rode Her Bike Up and Over the 19th Century Color Barrier

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It was also in Beantown that a young woman named Kittie Knox picked up her first bike, and rode off into both cycling and civil rights history. Ayesha McGowan, first inaugural Kittie Knox Award recipient from the League of American Bicyclists. “With the Boston delegation is also Miss Kittie Knox, a pretty young colored girl, who rides in the Riverside Cycle Club, Boston’s only colored cycling club,” the article continued. Until February 28, 2021, USA Cycling is hosting the Kittie Knox Challenge, a virtual cycling event to honor her miles ridden between Boston and Asbury Park. Today, in her hometown of Cambridge, cyclists can take to the Kittie Knox Bike Path, a permanent honor to her memory and historical impact.
LA’s Rich Somehow Got COVID Vaccines Meant for Minority Communities

LA’s Rich Somehow Got COVID Vaccines Meant for Minority Communities

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A man gets his first dose of the Moderna vaccine from Connie Castro, a Los Angeles Unified School District nurse, as LAUSD's first vaccination site opened at the Roybal Learning Center, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in Los Angeles. More than 2,000 community organizations have contacted the state about participating in the program, California Office of Emergency Services (OES) spokesperson Brian Ferguson told the Times. AdvertisementBut after those codes became available last week, wealthier people in Los Angeles began getting the codes via group chats and messages, the Times reported. AdvertisementThe Los Angeles situation shows how the well-documented problems with vaccine signups persist. After Massachusetts expanded its COVID-19 eligibility last week, the state’s vaccine appointment locator website crashed for more than two hours, according to Boston.com.
Lake Mývatn: North Iceland’s Geothermal Wonderland – Camerons Travels

Lake Mývatn: North Iceland’s Geothermal Wonderland – Camerons Travels

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Our Rick Steves Iceland guidebook co-author, Ian Watson, told me I’d love the Lake Mývatn area. It feels like someone gathered up a half-dozen great American national parks and tucked them into one little corner of North Iceland. And, sure enough, I’m minutes away from one of the region’s most appealing eateries: Cowshed Café. After just 15 minutes, I turn off to see one last spectacular sight in North Iceland: the epic waterfall called Dettifoss. The epic Dettifoss is a fitting grand finale for my visit to the Mývatn area.
Lisbon's Bairro Alto and Fado Music

Lisbon's Bairro Alto and Fado Music

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The Bairro Alto was laid out in the 16th century to house ship workers back when Lisbon was a maritime power and its ships planted the Portuguese flag all over the globe. Five centuries later its character survives, as families who call the Bairro Alto home go back generations. In the evening, the Bairro Alto buzzes with a thriving restaurant scene. And various restaurants serenade diners with the folk music of Lisbon's back streets. Traditionally, simple family-run restaurants entertained guests with fado music.
Love in the Time of Corona

Love in the Time of Corona

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Call me a romantic, but I don’t believe some rude little virus should get in the way of love, or, at least, in the way of dating. Host a remote movie dateUnder less cataclysmic circumstances, I love seeing a movie in a theater on a date. In lieu of going to a theater, schedule a remote movie date. Take a (virtual) museum strollGoing to a museum is another great date option that corona wanted to ruin but CAN’T. If your date is 420-friendly, you can both light up and pretend you’re in Amsterdam at the Van Gogh Museum.
Leon Crane Survived a Plane Crash and 80 Days in the Alaskan Winter

Leon Crane Survived a Plane Crash and 80 Days in the Alaskan Winter

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ADVERTISEMENTLt. Leon Crane’s ordeal began 25,000 feet above that lonely stretch of the Yukon on December 21, 1943. Crane watched Pompeo’s parachute drift over a nearby ridge before he landed up to his waist in snow. After calling out to no response, Crane starting pushing through the snow making for the smoking crash site, some 1/4 mile away. Crane managed to start a fire next to the frozen river using a letter from his father warmed in his breast pocket. Crane survived over 80 days in the Alaskan wilderness, with no training, no experience in the Arctic, and no survival skills.
Lime Tree Hotel London: a great-value hideout in Belgravia

Lime Tree Hotel London: a great-value hideout in Belgravia

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AdvertisementThe generous double bedroom at Lime Tree Hotel, LondonWhat can we expect from our room? Read next The best hotels in Kent Places To Stay The best hotels in KentDining space at Lime Tree Hotel, LondonHow about the food and drink? Living area at Lime Tree Hotel, LondonRead next Are UK hotels open? The garden at Lime Tree Hotel, LondonAnything else? Now read:The best hotels in the UK 2021The best hotels in the UK 2021 Places To Stay The best hotels in the UK 2021The best London staycactions right nowAdvertisementThe best London staycations right now Inspiration The best London staycations right nowBulgari Hotel London: a masterclass in elegance
London has some of the best breweries in the UK: These are the ones you should try

London has some of the best breweries in the UK: These are the ones you should try

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Then you’ll love Fourpure. A huge, horseshoe-shaped centrepiece dominates the revamped double-height taproom, with tables all around and a mezzanine level above. Team your brews (choose from Shapeshifter, Juicebox and the best-selling Basecamp) with something from resident street-food van Oh My Dog! Address: Fourpure Brewing Co, Bermondsey Trading Estate, 22 Rotherhithe New Road, Southwark, London SE16 3LLDelivery option? There’s wine, draft cider from Hawkes in Bermondsey and crowd-pleasing food from burgers, wings and fries to vegan fried chicken and wholesome salad bowls.
Lyon, France's Proud Second City

Lyon, France's Proud Second City

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Despite being one of France's largest cities, Lyon has an old center that feels peaceful and manageable. Check out this article to know Lyon became one of the leading cities in France since ancient Roman times.
Many Climbers Claiming 8,000-Meter Summits Are Wrong

Many Climbers Claiming 8,000-Meter Summits Are Wrong

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And whether by confusion or expediency, many have also missed the higher of the twin tops on Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters). There hasn’t been a lot of climbing activity since the piece came out, so people haven’t had to deal with it. You write also that most of these missed summits were honest mistakes, and that the earlier climbers didn’t have access to the technology that’s available today. If we set aside the professional climbers for a moment, the majority of the people that are claiming these false summits today, often unknowingly, are guided clients. And so I didn’t actually pay that much attention.
Livestreams and Punches: Front-Line Workers Suffer From Anti-Mask Conspiracies

Livestreams and Punches: Front-Line Workers Suffer From Anti-Mask Conspiracies

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AdvertisementAs the anti-mask crew enters the store, ignoring the workers telling them to wear masks, he starts ranting about mask regulations while searching for the soap. Furthermore, when deciding on a staging ground, anti-mask provocateurs often gravitate towards areas with low-wage workers whom they treat as pawns in their stunts. AdvertisementVICE World News spoke to several front-line workers who said they’ve become the de facto enforcers of their employer’s mask and social distancing policy. Their research showed that as the income of the workers rose so did the compliance level of the anti-maskers. It’s not just anger driving some of these anti-maskers to dehumanize front-line workers but a thirst for attention.
Make Your Campsite Breakfast Better with Freshly Made Biscuits

Make Your Campsite Breakfast Better with Freshly Made Biscuits

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Of all the camp recipes, bread gets people the most excited. Maybe it’s because the idea of having something freshly baked on a camping trip seems so foreign to most people. Check out this article to know this fun recipe.
Marfa, Texas, Surprises Us Again

Marfa, Texas, Surprises Us Again

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Marfa, Texas, was destined to be a funky desert town in the proverbial middle of nowhere. It’s certainly quirky, and there are likely at least a few hermits and misanthropes around town, but Marfa has evolved into a compelling, cultural West Texas outpost. Inspired by the starkness of the landscape, Marfa produced – and still cultivates – a strong minimalism movement in the art world. The Marfa weeHouse was designed by Alchemy, a Minnesota-based architecture firm that pioneered this particular style of tiny (and not-so tiny) home. The Marfa weeHouse is 440 square-feet of horizon-watching relaxation.
Marjorie Taylor Greene Is Using Vaccine Passports to Spread Anti-Vaxx Disinformation

Marjorie Taylor Greene Is Using Vaccine Passports to Spread Anti-Vaxx Disinformation

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Unraveling viral disinformation and explaining where it came from, the harm it's causing, and what we should do about it. “They are actually talking about people’s ability to buy and sell linked to the vaccine passport,” Greene tweeted. AdvertisementWhen someone pointed this out to Greene however, the freshman lawmaker responded by calling the plan “corporate communism.”“The private companies that do not mandate vaccine passports will have more customers and money than they can comprehend,” Greene wrote. Despite this, right-wing lawmakers in the U.S. appear to believe the Biden’s government has some sort of nefarious goal in helping develop these passports. Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, who like Greene has previously voiced support for QAnon, called the passports “unconstitutional,” while Rep. Jim Jordan from Ohio compared the introduction of vaccine passports to the passports immigrants present on the southern border.
Matt Gaetz Spent 4 Years Sucking Up to Trump — and Trump Just Abandoned Him

Matt Gaetz Spent 4 Years Sucking Up to Trump — and Trump Just Abandoned Him

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Rep. Matt Gaetz spent four years fashioning himself into one of former President Donald Trump’s top allies in Congress. “Not a lot of people are surprised” by the allegations against Gaetz, another person involved with Trump’s post-presidency told Politico. “Well, you gotta give the fans on Fox what they want, but I do love Donald Trump,” Hill recalled Gaetz telling her. (The Justice Department has not confirmed the existence of the investigation, though Gaetz has repeatedly said he’s being investigated and Nelson appeared to confirm that Monday.) The Justice Department has stayed silent on the nature of the investigation.
Meet, and Save, Slim Pickins, A Very Cool Outdoor Shop

Meet, and Save, Slim Pickins, A Very Cool Outdoor Shop

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Meet, and Save, Slim Pickins, A Very Cool Outdoor ShopIn downtown Stephenville, Texas, a small town smack in the middle of the state, there’s an old Recall Drugs storefront that, in 2017, became Slim Pickins, the nation’s first Black-owned outdoor gear shop. Jahmicah pondered leaving the town, a traditional cowboy-centric Texas place, but decided to make his, and his family’s stand right there in Stephenville. A dedicated angler, Dawes wanted a shop that the Black community could feel comfortable walking into, maybe learning a new skill, a new way to be. Together with The Outbound Collective, Slim Pickins put together a great short film about their shop, their community, and, whether they meant to or not, the film taps into that love we all have of our own gear shops. The film is below, and if you feel so inclined, here is a link to their GoFundMe page.
Michelin reveals UK and Ireland's top sustainable restaurants in Green Star 2021 list

Michelin reveals UK and Ireland's top sustainable restaurants in Green Star 2021 list

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The Green Star, or four-leaf clover, marks sustainable dining and will appear in all future additions of the 121-year-old Michelin Guide. The symbol celebrates the restaurants holding themselves accountable for both their ethical and environmental standards. Lots of these joints work with eco-conscious producers and suppliers to avoid waste and reduce or even remove plastic and other non-recyclable materials from their supply chain. Check out our list of Michelin-starred restaurants in the UK and Ireland to see the 2021 winners. Now read:2021's new Michelin-star restaurants revealed2021's new Michelin-star restaurants revealed Eating & Drinking 2021's new Michelin-star restaurants revealed10 Michelin-starred lunches for under £35Advertisement10 Michelin-starred lunches for under £35 Eating & Drinking 10 Michelin-starred lunches for under £35The most beautiful restaurants in London
Meet One of the Last Real-Deal Surfboard Craftsmen

Meet One of the Last Real-Deal Surfboard Craftsmen

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Shapers who stocked local shops with a few boards, but spent most of their time making custom board orders for locals. If you wanted one of their boards you’d usually walk into a surf shop and fill out a Xeroxed form with a drawing of a surfboard on it. I have a Steve Coletta board that I cherish more than even the boards I’ve made myself. ADVERTISEMENTA few months later, my local San Francisco surf shop called to tell me my board was ready for pickup. Good for Steve.
Meet The Decal That Can Return Your Lost Gear To Your Doorstep!

Meet The Decal That Can Return Your Lost Gear To Your Doorstep!

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Meet the Decal That Can Return Your Lost Gear to Your DoorstepPretty much every well-used trailhead in or near any outdoorsy town has a little lost and found section. Check out this article to know more!
Model Angela Lindvall's favourite sustainable places in the world

Model Angela Lindvall's favourite sustainable places in the world

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The island has many incredible experiences, but the Aman hotels are particularly special, and also work with the community. I live in Topanga Canyon, and Inn of the Seventh Ray is another favourite. Connecting with nature is one of the best ways to heal the planet. All the locations for the Netflix thriller Style & Culture Where is 'The One' filmed? All the locations for the Netflix thrillerAngela Lindvall organises mindfulness and yoga workshops through her platform Peace Begins in MeLike this?
Meet the Gen Z campaigners fighting for environmental justice

Meet the Gen Z campaigners fighting for environmental justice

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Climate justice has increasingly grabbed headlines since, and many of those driving positive action to protect the environment are still at school. Just as with the topic of sustainability as a whole, the cause of climate change is complex. There are no humans without the earth.’AdvertisementOluwaseyi MoejohTO SOLVE THE CRISIS WE NEED GLOBAL CITIZENS. Ask the University of Buenos Aires political science student what he thinks the biggest causes of climate change are and you won’t hear clichés. ‘To solve the crisis, we need global citizens.
Mumbai: female entrepreneurs changing rules in the city

Mumbai: female entrepreneurs changing rules in the city

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Suhani JalotaThis isn’t just a revolution played out through creative circles; young Indian women are challenging the status quo in every aspect of the female experience. Suhani Jalota’s Myna Mahila Foundation, whose mission is to break down taboos around menstruation and end period poverty, is tackling wider challenges in Mumbai’s slums. It offers education, a support network and financial independence by empowering women through employment. ‘I see a lot of that “I’m not going to take s*** any longer” attitude now,’ adds Charanjiva. Now read:The best things to do in Mumbai, India10 Amazing Things to Do in... Mumbai City Breaks 10 Amazing Things to Do in... MumbaiFive charitable organisations empowering local women in IndiaFive charitable organisations empowering local women in India Inspiration Five charitable organisations empowering local women in IndiaThe best shopping in Mumbai
Munich’s Art Gallery, Reflecting German History

Munich’s Art Gallery, Reflecting German History

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As the capital of Bavaria for centuries, Munich was able to amass lots of great art. The Alte Pinakothek — or "old painting gallery" — shows off Bavaria’s best collection of European masterpieces from the 14th through the 18th centuries, featuring work by many of the greats. Paintings give a peek at the tumultuous events as Germany woke from its medieval slumbers and entered a new epoch. When this individualism met church authority, sparks flew. Albrecht Dürer actually met Martin Luther, he was impressed by his ideas, and became one of his supporters.
Missed Out on Outdoor Gear Last Spring? It’s Back in Stock—But Not for Long

Missed Out on Outdoor Gear Last Spring? It’s Back in Stock—But Not for Long

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Last year, pandemic-related stock shortages made it difficult to get ahold of the outdoor gear you might have been seeking to properly celebrate the season. Go campingInterest in camping spiked in 2020, and gear such as tents and sleeping bags flew off the shelves. It’s a little easier these days to find the equipment you need to go camping this spring and summer. It’s also a great way for first-time campers to learn their preferences before dropping a ton of cash on gear of their own. Hop into the saddleAre you ready to feel the wind against your face as you whiz down hills on your bike this spring?
My Favorite Hair Care Tool Is a Silk Pillowcase

My Favorite Hair Care Tool Is a Silk Pillowcase

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Having hair fall problems? Looking for the perfect hair care solution? How about a silk pillowcase? Yes, this might sound completely off but it can do wonders. Check out this article to know more.
Neo-Nazi Terrorists Planned Fortified Compound in Michigan

Neo-Nazi Terrorists Planned Fortified Compound in Michigan

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Following a joint FBI and Michigan State Police investigation, Watkins was charged with gang membership for his association with the Base and using computers to commit a felony. “We are buying houses and land and fortifying them,” said Watkins under an alias on the encrypted chat app, Wire, in early 2020. The chatroom was a place where members of different affiliations mingled and discussed the state of their violent movement. In early 2020, the Base was hit with a series of high-profile arrests of many of its most prominent members. But in the midst of the chaos, its Michigan cell, led by Watkins, remained intact.
Nature's Miracle Just For Cats Advanced High Sided Cat Litter Box

Nature's Miracle Just For Cats Advanced High Sided Cat Litter Box

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I have a sweet older kitty who can't climb over high sides or down into a top entry box due to arthritis. The entrance is nice and low so she doesn't have to hurt herself to get in, and the high sides contain almost all of the mess from her obsessive pawing. A little bit of litter naturally tracks out with her or gets kicked out if she happens to paw towards the entrance, but everywhere else there is no litter outside the box. Can't I have a sweet older kitty who can't climb over high sides or down into a top entry box due to arthritis. The entrance is nice and low so she doesn't have to hurt herself to get in, and the high sides contain almost all of the mess from her obsessive pawing.
New Videos Show BLM Protester Running Away From Cops Before Being Fatally Shot

New Videos Show BLM Protester Running Away From Cops Before Being Fatally Shot

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Screenshot of surveillance video of Jorge Gomez' fatal shooting at the hands of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Police say Gomez was also carrying a handgun in his backpack, which violates Nevada’s open carry laws. Police say they asked Gomez, who attorneys say was headed toward his parked car, to comply with orders to leave. After a brief exchange, one of the officers, who Gonzalez identified as Officer John Squeo, shot five non-lethal beanbag rounds. Police say Gomez raised his gun toward the four officers who had just arrived, prompting them to shoot at the man 19 times.
Nestlé’s Cookie AI Looks Creepy As Hell, But Could Improve Your Baking

Nestlé’s Cookie AI Looks Creepy As Hell, But Could Improve Your Baking

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I'm feeling slightly judged by the face staring back at me. AdvertisementRuth does not seem amused by my unrelated speech; she’s here to talk about cookies, and I keep stalling. She gives me two options, for a recipe walkthrough or to customize my cookies, and it begins: I have entered the portal into Nestlé’s new Cookie Coach helpline. She was created in response to recipe troubleshooting questions that came into Nestlé’s customer service line, as Nestlé’s head of digital strategy & innovation Orchid Bertelsen announced on Twitter Tuesday morning. As a proficient baker, I’m not sure I need quite this much guidance personally, but I’m slightly reassured and amused to know that there’s someone there to troubleshoot the baking process with me, even if Ruth’s surreal appearance unsettles me a little.
No Word From Winter K2 As Sleepless Summit Push Enters Third Day

No Word From Winter K2 As Sleepless Summit Push Enters Third Day

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They last spoke to their base camp manager at nightfall Friday, approximately 6 p.m., telling him they were pressing on for the summit. Snorri and the Sadparas started from base camp Wednesday morning, climbing to Camp 2 that day and arriving in Camp 3 early Thursday afternoon. Sherpa Pasang Norbu, who on Thursday morning began an audacious bid to climb base-to-summit-to-base in one go, has returned to base camp after reaching Camp 3. Skatov’s fiancé, who was in base camp with him, flew with the body to the regional capital Skardu. Top Photo: Muhammad Ali Sadpara on the summit of K2, summer 2018
'Nomadland': where was it filmed?

'Nomadland': where was it filmed?

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Frances and David Strathairn McDormand in Nomadland © 20TH CENTURY STUDIOS ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. PROPERTY OF SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES. A road movie set among the van-dwelling nomad community of the American West, it’s based on a non-fiction work by journalist Jessica Bruder. AdvertisementFrances McDormand in Nomadland © 20TH CENTURY STUDIOS ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. PROPERTY OF SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES.
Nicholas Clinch Proved American Teams Could Make First Ascents Too

Nicholas Clinch Proved American Teams Could Make First Ascents Too

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Despite a nickname that makes it seem diminutive, Hidden Peak soars to over 26,500 feet the Karakoram range in northeast Pakistan. It’s also the only 8,000-meter peak with a first ascent nabbed by an American climbing team. That drive got two men to the top of Hidden Peak in the spring of 1958, before anyone else: Pete Schoening and Andy Kauffman. As in: “The plane ticket cost me five squirrels.”In 2006, a peak near Mount Vinson, reaching 15,900 feet into the sky was named Clinch Peak. ***You can still find copies of Clinch’s account of the Hidden Peak climb, A Walk in the Sky: Climbing Hidden Peak.
Nürnberg and the Holy Roman Emperor

Nürnberg and the Holy Roman Emperor

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With one of Europe’s largest pedestrian zones, the city of half a million has the charm of a smaller town. The Holy Roman Emperor ruled much of Europe for over a thousand years. Check out this article to know more.
Norway’s Natural Wonders: Mountains, Fjords, and Glaciers

Norway’s Natural Wonders: Mountains, Fjords, and Glaciers

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Norway's lunar-like mountain-scapes and deep fjords were shaped by glaciers that covered most of the Continent 10,000 years ago. Rivers of ice like this carved huge valleys creating the defining feature of Norway's landscape. Check out this article to unleash the beauty.
Now’s a Great Time to Become a Backyard Naturalist — Here’s How

Now’s a Great Time to Become a Backyard Naturalist — Here’s How

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Experts say you can find nature where you are already — whether that’s your backyard, a window box, or whatever sliver of wild is within reach. If you’re not sure where to start, try birds. “Backyard birding by putting out feeders is a lot of people’s entrée into the birding world,” says Andrea Jones, director of bird conservation for Audubon California. Or a lack of insect-eating birds could indicate a loss of insects from things like pesticides and insecticides, Jones says. This is an opportunity to appreciate what you’ve got in your backyard, says Jones.
Nürnberg Rallies: The Stage for Hitler’s Propaganda

Nürnberg Rallies: The Stage for Hitler’s Propaganda

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Nürnberg, so steeped in German history, was nicknamed the "most German of German cities." And it was here, in Nürnberg, that Hitler declared the Third Reich — a powerful German empire to last a thousand years. When Hitler took power, he made Nürnberg's Zeppelin Field the site of his enormous Nazi Party rallies. Inspirational images from Leni Riefenstahl's propaganda movie Triumph of the Will were filmed at the 1934 Nürnberg rallies, and then shown in theaters and schoolroom throughout the country. Nürnberg shows the enormous power of fascism's secret weapon-: propaganda.
Normal Won’t Feel Like ‘Normal’ For a While

Normal Won’t Feel Like ‘Normal’ For a While

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The tragedy is many of us won’t, experts say, and it might take a few months for everything to feel “normal again” even once the pandemic is finally over. Here’s what transitioning back to normal will look like—and feel like:Where are we at right now? “If they know their temperature will be checked, that may keep (symptomatic people) at home,” Hoption Cann said. “Some people who are vaccinated can still get infected, but generally have milder illness,” Hoption Cann said. The way leaders have responded to the virus likely influenced how scared people have been during the pandemic—and how reckless.
Olympic National Park Hall of Mosses

Olympic National Park Hall of Mosses

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Inside the Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park, there was a short 3/4 mile loop called the Hall of Mosses. Initially, we skipped the short loop, because we thought the scenery would be comparable to the longer hike. Plus, we wanted to see how far we could get on the rainforest trail first. Photos from the Hall of Mosses in Olympic National Park:PinThere were mossy trees on the hoh rainforest trail but none like these. PinPinThis short loop highlighted the best of the Hoh Rainforest.
One Woman’s Mission to Visit Every Single Big Thing in Australia

One Woman’s Mission to Visit Every Single Big Thing in Australia

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Peppered across Australia are hundreds of giant, fiberglass sculptures: “big” versions of random objects, designed to attract tourists to otherwise unattractive towns. Check out this article to know more.
On Day One, Biden Moves to Undo Trump’s Environment, Public Lands Policies

On Day One, Biden Moves to Undo Trump’s Environment, Public Lands Policies

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On the schedule for President Biden’s first day on the job? Moving quickly to reverse Trump’s business and energy-first environmental policies. According to Gina McCarthy, President Biden’s national climate advisor, Biden will move immediately to sign more than a dozen executive orders today, one of which will direct federal officials to tackle 100 different projects meant to undo Trump’s environmental legacy. Biden will also immediately cease construction of the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, a giant relief to conservationists in the Southwest, outraged by the construction of a wall through a sensitive and wild ecosystem. Within his broader push to undo Trump’s environmental decisions, Biden will also restore Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments to their original sizes, reversing the Trump administration’s shrinking and opening of them to oil and gas drilling.
One Man's 16-Year Journey to Release an MMO Made Entirely By Themselves

One Man's 16-Year Journey to Release an MMO Made Entirely By Themselves

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Long before the video game industry was interested in making tools accessible for the average person, software like RPG Toolkit was absolutely essential. He was 10 years old at the time, and it would be several years before Johansson started on Key to Heaven. Johansson started making single-player adventures in RPG Toolkit, before feeling his ambition grow. Key to Heaven was an MMO, and an MMO needs players for it to function. "I ended up searching online using Google and 'top 100' lists to find '2D open world online RPG games,'" said Fisher.
On Winter K2 The Search For Missing Climbers Comes To Reluctant End

On Winter K2 The Search For Missing Climbers Comes To Reluctant End

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Five days after Muhammad Ali Sadpara, John Snorri, and Juan Pablo Mohr Prieto launched their summit bid on Winter K2, and more than 100 hours since they were last seen from base camp, the search for the missing climbers has effectively ended. A fourth climber, Ali’s son Sajid Sadpara, 22, descended Saturday to base camp in winds as high as 60 miles per hour after waiting overnight for the others. Their departure marks the bitter end of a season that on January 16 saw the first winter ascent of K2. “When I was putting the regulator on, the oxygen started to leak because it didn’t fit well,” Sajid Sadpara said. Sajid Sadpara believes they reached the summit and met an accident on the way down.
North Carolina Claims Prisoners Who Died of COVID Didn't Die of COVID

North Carolina Claims Prisoners Who Died of COVID Didn't Die of COVID

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Bingham was the ninth prisoner to die of COVID-19 in North Carolina—or at least, he would have been counted as such. The death certificates confirmed the deaths due to COVID-19 that North Carolina’s prison system announced, through September 20, when the deadliest months for North Carolina prisoners were yet to come. North Carolina has had relatively few prisoners die of the virus compared to other states, such as California and Michigan. Known as the Office of Corrections Ombuds, it has provided independent reports on state prison conditions and data throughout the pandemic. This decision about whether a prisoner’s death is COVID-19-related is made internally, by the prison system’s chief medical officer, according to Bull.
Osprey Packs StraightJacket Compression Sack

Osprey Packs StraightJacket Compression Sack

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>Rating: 5Great BagsFamiliarity: I've put it through the wringerLove these bags, I've used these on extended backpacking trips and island hopping with my family in the South Pacific. I took three of these into the Pasayten WA for a 6 day backpacking trip - I had one for clean clothes, one for dirty and another for jackets, etc. My family and I used them for a 20 day trip to Fiji and surrounding islands – each kid had their own, it kept everyone’s clothes separated and organized. I assume they built them with rounded corners so they would slot into a backpack but it makes loading them with folded clothing awkward. You can never get the clothes in them just right and you're left with some dead space on the corners.
Opinion: ‘Look At Me’ Culture Leaves Too Many Marks

Opinion: ‘Look At Me’ Culture Leaves Too Many Marks

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The ranger showed a picture of rock art, or “ancestral inscriptions” as archaeologists often refer to the practice. Isn’t it just modern rock art?” she asked. Why are 800-year-old handprints sacrosanct, but not if hacked onto rock walls on public land today? Stacking up rocks, painting rocks, scratching poetry into the walls — it’s all part of the “look at me!” culture. Modern graffiti is often deposited over centuries-old rock art, and in some parts of the country, rock art has been used for target practice.
OnlyFans Bans Public Sex

OnlyFans Bans Public Sex

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OnlyFans content creators can no longer share images and videos featuring sex in "public places," the latest entry into the platform's already lengthy list of content it forbids. AdvertisementAs of archives saved in mid-February, no mention of public places was included in OnlyFans' Terms of Use, so this change is a new addition within the last month. The definition of "public" and "lewd" vary between states, however, with some states defining it as public if passers-by can see it—but there are no federal laws against public nudity. AdvertisementEden said she suspects that OnlyFans' terms of service, which fluctuate often, are due to payment processors' strict rules that are biased against the adult industry. Obviously, anything remotely illegal, like public sex could be in some places, would be seen as risky to a bank.
Our editor-in-chief on our commitment to the planet

Our editor-in-chief on our commitment to the planet

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And yet I don’t mind being at home, I don’t mind it at all. Humans are rather remarkable, the way they love with such rigourRead next The ultimate road trip around Tuscany, Italy Inspiration The ultimate road trip around Tuscany, ItalyAnd I wander. So after many months and many discussions, here is our edition focused on exactly the most important matter at hand. This is when the true commitment begins, for our planet and for the people who live on it. He looks at me, holds up his fist, gives a smile and says, ‘Come on, let’s go again.’
People Take Care of Public Parks If They Feel They Have a Stake In Them

People Take Care of Public Parks If They Feel They Have a Stake In Them

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Based on my research in this area, I’ve found that it is possible for people to feel a sense of ownership toward parks and other public places without actually owning them. While people often intuitively feel this happens all the time, we directly measured its occurrence while conducting a series of four studies. Next, we asked half of the cross-country skiers at a public park to plan out their route on a park map. We tested the impact of “Welcome to your park” signs and an attendance sign showing the number of visitors to a hypothetical park. We hope that the managers of public parks take advantage of our findings.
Parler Is Coming Back Online, But Its Users Have Already Moved On

Parler Is Coming Back Online, But Its Users Have Already Moved On

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In the weeks when Parler was offline, many moved to Telegram, Gab, MeWe, and other fringe platforms. Advertisement“Fuck Parler” was a common refrain on Patriots.win, a rabidly pro-Trump forum formerly known as TheDonald. But Parler, whose user interface mimics Twitter’s, tapped into a desire for a new online space for people who felt persecuted by Silicon Valley. On Monday after the site went live again, the new CEO sought to reassure users that Parler was back for good. Even when Parler was online, they simply mirrored their posts on other platforms rather than engaging in any meaningful way.
Patagonia Active Hipster Brief - Women's

Patagonia Active Hipster Brief - Women's

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Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer Fit: True to size Size Bought Medium Height 5` 5" Weight 130 lbsI used to have awesome tye-dyed cotton undies made from T-shirt material. So since I cannot get those undies anymore, I looked at the Patagonia Active Hipster Briefs. Not cotton, not tye-dyed t-shirt material, but dang if they are not just as comfy if not more so! My hubby said the stripes looked great on me, so I bought a few more... Thanks Patagonia for some awesome undies!
Parents Are Demanding Surrogates Who Won’t Get the COVID Vaccine

Parents Are Demanding Surrogates Who Won’t Get the COVID Vaccine

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“It’s actually been surprising to me that there are a lot of intended parents that don’t want to do the vaccine,” Sonier said. Intended parents and surrogates have struggled to stay on the same page about safety since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak; the vaccine is no different. “Intended parents already feel a lack of control over this pregnancy since they’re not physically carrying themselves,” Garrett said. Johnson & Johnson, whose vaccine was approved in February, plans to test its vaccine on pregnant women after it launches trials that will include children and newborns. Instead, McCutcheon and the intended parents are more concerned about her exposure to X-rays at work than they are about whether she could catch COVID-19 again.
Possession of All Drugs Is Decriminalized in Oregon Starting Today

Possession of All Drugs Is Decriminalized in Oregon Starting Today

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Oregon has become the first jurisdiction in the U.S. to decriminalize possession of small amounts of all drugs effective today. The measure does not make it legal to produce and sell drugs in Oregon. Today, Oregon shows us a better, more just world is possible.”Portugal decriminalized small scale possession of all drugs in 2001. In Canada, the federal government is in talks with Vancouver—which is ground zero for the opioid overdose crisis—to decriminalize personal possession of drugs there. Montreal has also asked the Canadian government to decriminalize simple possession of drugs nationally.
Place of Women in Iranian Society

Place of Women in Iranian Society

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In fact women outnumber Iranian men in both universities and in many respected professions. There was no real student union center, just a small commons in each department…with a snack bar for men and an adjacent one for women. Rick: I would like to take a picture (that’s a good looking hat). Iranian women live under strict Muslim laws in public. Local surveys indicate that about 70% of these women would dress more freely in public if allowed.
Pilots Grounded by COVID Tell Us What They Are Doing With Their Lives

Pilots Grounded by COVID Tell Us What They Are Doing With Their Lives

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Seeing mass layoffs at other airlines, even grounded pilots who are still employed have taken up side hustles in preparation for the worst-case scenario. Simon, a pilot in Hong Kong, works on his personal passion of photography in his free time. “Before COVID happened the longest I’d ever been in Hong Kong was three weeks without leaving,” he said. Many pilots are choosing to set up their own businesses instead of convincing a potential employer of their worth. Photo: Emma RussellIn Hong Kong, which confirmed its first case of the coronavirus shortly after mainland China did, pilots were impacted even earlier.
Pocket Outdoor Buys Outside Magazine, Other Brands In Huge Shakeup

Pocket Outdoor Buys Outside Magazine, Other Brands In Huge Shakeup

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For years, Larry Burke, who has owned Outside Magazine since 1978, had offers to buy the outdoor media flagship. As of today, Outside Magazine is now part of Pocket Outdoor Media, which already owned a bushel of outdoor titles, including Backpacker, Climbing, Ski, and Beta, the newly launched mountain bike magazine formed from the ashes of Bike Magazine. Nobody at Outside Magazine is expected to be laid off in the transaction. It’s a tough world out there for independent media these days, with ad revenue shrinking. It’s also a tough world for magazine lovers who value independent publications, with another biggie entering another big media brand tent.
Q Accidentally Outed Himself, But QAnon Followers Don’t Care

Q Accidentally Outed Himself, But QAnon Followers Don’t Care

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See More →In the final episode of Cullen Hoback’s six-part QAnon documentary, which aired late Sunday night, the administrator of 8kun effectively admitted to posting there as Q, the conspiracy movement’s anonymous leader. In one of the final scenes of “Q: Into the Storm,” Ron Watkins spoke about his newfound fame as a key spreader of baseless claims about voter fraud after Donald Trump’s loss in the 2020 election. It is still unknown who first posted as Q on 4chan, before Watkins took control when the movement moved to 8chan. Q hasn’t posted in four months, and both Jim and Ron Watkins told Hoback that posts would likely end after the 2020 presidential election. In that vacuum, some influencers have attempted to assert control, but for now, QAnon remains in a state of flux.
Prehistoric Cave Paintings in France’s Dordogne

Prehistoric Cave Paintings in France’s Dordogne

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Long before the age of great castles, humbler groups in the Dordogne found refuge in caves. Tourists gather nearby at Lascaux, home of the region's — and the world’s — most famous cave paintings. When their time comes, visitors are called to meet their guide for a look at the precisely copied cave called Lascaux II. The region has many more examples of prehistoric cave painting. Today, as we ponder the prehistoric caves and artifacts of the Magdalenian people here in the Dordogne we can marvel at how much we actually have in common with these people and how sophisticated their culture was so long ago.
Preserving the Shackleton and Scott Huts

Preserving the Shackleton and Scott Huts

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For an over a decade, conservationists of the Antarctic Heritage Trust–a Christchurch, New Zealand-based historical preservation organization–endured year-round harsh conditions to preserve three iconic Antarctic explorers’ huts and their possessions. Known as the Imperial Trans Antarctic Expedition, two parties intended to sledge boats from either side of the landmass, meet at Beardmore Glacier, and proceed to Ross Sea. With excessive persistence, Shackleton and a few of his men rescued the team’s second half–the Ross Sea Party, which was likewise stranded–19 months later. Buried under snow, warped by ice and threatened by deterioration, the outposts that were once occupied by Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party and Captain Robert Falcon Scott had been redlined as endangered sites on the World Monuments Fund watch list. Photos courtesy of the Antarctic Heritage Trust
Quarantine hotels in London: Which airport hotels will be included?

Quarantine hotels in London: Which airport hotels will be included?

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How do quarantine hotels work? Which are the quarantine hotels in London? Read next Quarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to know Inspiration Quarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to knowWhen will quarantine hotel restrictions be lifted? Unfortunately, there’s no word on when the government may decide to lift the quarantine restrictions. Now read:AdvertisementQuarantine hotels UK: everything you need to knowQuarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to know Inspiration Quarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to knowWhy you should think about booking a holiday nowAdvertisementWhy you should think about booking a holiday now Inspiration Why you should think about booking a holiday nowAre UK hotels and Airbnbs open?
Quarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to know

Quarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to know

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Part of this could mean mandatory quarantine for travellers entering the country, who would be required to stay in government-approved hotels. Having said that, relatively few people are travelling right now because of UK lockdown rules forbidding holiday travel. Getty ImagesAdvertisementHow long would you have to quarantine in a hotel for after travelling outside the UK? We don’t know yet which hotels will be part of the scheme. UK travel quarantine destinations: the latest travel corridorsAdvertisementUK travel quarantine destinations: the latest news on travel corridors Coronavirus travel advice UK travel quarantine destinations: the latest news on travel corridorsWhat the latest UK lockdown rules mean for travel
QAnon Can’t Decide If Harry and Meghan’s Entire Oprah Interview Was CGI

QAnon Can’t Decide If Harry and Meghan’s Entire Oprah Interview Was CGI

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AdvertisementLast year, a false claim swept through the QAnon community that Oprah had been arrested in connection with a global child sex trafficking ring. But not everyone in the QAnon world this week is on board with the claim that Oprah was wearing an ankle monitor in her royal interview. A prominent QAnon influencer, whose Telegram channel has over 225,000 followers, posited the theory that the entire interview was a digital mirage. The White Hats threw in the ankle monitor just to get the discussion going,” the influencer wrote. “White Hats” refers to pro-QAnon people who theoretically created the CGI video and included a CGI ankle monitor as a sort of hat-tip to the followers of the conspiracy theory.
People Told Us About the Last Time They Hooked Up With Complete Strangers

People Told Us About the Last Time They Hooked Up With Complete Strangers

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One of life’s great pre-pandemic pleasures was kissing near or total strangers in public. I ended up ghosting him right after because I was gunning on hooking up with a different friend in the group, oops. — Brent, 23Puke-and-runAbout three years ago, I was at a bar in Austin with my friends during our senior year of college. Once I found her, she told me some older guy was harassing her. I'm not sure if he knew exactly why I pushed him, but I felt like the toughest person in the club.
QAnon Thinks Trump Will Become President Again on March 4

QAnon Thinks Trump Will Become President Again on March 4

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See More →Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 19th president of the United States on March 4, 2021. When that doesn’t work, followers of the sovereign citizen movement have reacted violently. Now, QAnon followers have latched on to the theory and adapted it to suit their needs. QAnon followers believe that Trump will become the president of the original republic, and not the corporation that they believe the 1871 act created. While there was some crossover between QAnon and the sovereign citizen movement prior to Trump’s election loss, the conspiracy theory has gained a lot of traction in recent days, as QAnon followers struggled to reconcile their beliefs with Biden’s inauguration.
Recipe: how to make the ultimate barbecue steak and barbecue sauce

Recipe: how to make the ultimate barbecue steak and barbecue sauce

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The art of the BBQ has been hotly disputed ever since cavemen first rubbed two sticks together. When warm, brush the ribs with the glaze and cook to caramelise the sauce. Wolfgang Puck's perfect steak AlamyRead next Afternoon tea in London 2021: The best delivery options Eating & Drinking Afternoon tea in London 2021: The best delivery optionsWolfgang Puck's perfect steak recipeFour steps to achieving Wolfgang Puck's perfect steak'Always buy corn-fed beef: it has more fat, so it's richer-tasting. 'Present with a Béarnaise sauce finished with a little Dijon mustard to enhance the flavour and richness of the meat. CONDIMENTSAlways: BBQ sauce: a no-brainer.
Ravenna’s Mosaics at a Byzantine Mausoleum and Modern-Day Workshop

Ravenna’s Mosaics at a Byzantine Mausoleum and Modern-Day Workshop

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Its precious mosaics, dating from the fall of Rome, are considered the finest from ancient times. The light that sneaks through the thin alabaster panels brings a glow and a twinkle to the early Christian symbolism. The process is much the same as in ancient Roman times. The colored glass and gold leaf pieces are broken with a hammer, then artfully set in wet cement. The results are almost as beautiful today as they were in Justinian times, as the Ravenna tradition of fine mosaic work lives on to this day.
RECIPE: how to make kake udon noodles

RECIPE: how to make kake udon noodles

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Masaki Sugisaki, executive chef of London’s Dinings SW3, shows us how to make the ultimate Japanese comfort food: kake udon noodles. In order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies. Any type of udon works for this, so it’s a great way to introduce the noodles into your cooking. Advertisement‘I was born and raised in a region called Kanto in Japan, famous for udon – in particular, what is known as Musashino udon,’ says Sugskai. Place the noodles in a serving bowl and pour over the heated broth.
Red list countries: Which destinations are on the UK's list?

Red list countries: Which destinations are on the UK's list?

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However, what we do know so far is that some countries are currently totally off-limits: the red list countries, which the government has defined as particularly high-risk for new and emerging strains or coronavirus. What are the red list countries? Rumours have circulated that France may be added to the UK's list of red list countries due to an increase of cases and a fresh lockdown, but they remain only rumours as of Thursday 1 April. Only UK citizens and residents will be allowed to enter after returning from a red list country; anyone else will be refused entry at the border. What’s the government said about the red list travel ban?
REI Didn’t Make a Profit in 2020, Despite Crush of New Outdoor Participants

REI Didn’t Make a Profit in 2020, Despite Crush of New Outdoor Participants

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Instead, members will receive a reward (credit) for purchases at REI in the amount their dividend would have been, had there been one. Unlike a member dividend, however, the reward can’t be redeemed for cash—it must be used to buy something at REI. But most of the stock issues are related to supply chain shortages due to pandemic, not necessarily a crush of outdoor purchases. REI members received an email this morning from Vivienne Long, Vice President of Marketing:ADVERTISEMENT“2020 was a year like no other—at the co-op and around the world. You asked us how you could help the co-op; we responded by asking for your continued loyalty as co-op members.
Remember the Blue Dogs From Russia? Now Look at These Green Dogs From Russia

Remember the Blue Dogs From Russia? Now Look at These Green Dogs From Russia

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Another pack of colourful stray dogs has gone viral in Russia, but this time they’re a rather sickly shade of green instead of vibrant blue. Stray dogs with a distinct green hue found in the city of Podolsk. Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty ImagesLast week, pictures of the blue dogs blew up on Russian social media site VK. The Russian Society for the Protection of Animals told state news agency RIA Novosti that the green dogs were otherwise healthy. Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty ImagesRegional food and agriculture minister Sergei Voskresensky said that according to government veterinary specialists, the green dogs were not aggressive.
Republicans Went Full QAnon at CPAC

Republicans Went Full QAnon at CPAC

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And MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who is currently facing a $1.3 billion lawsuit for spreading election conspiracy theories that emerged from the QAnon fever swamp, was also there. Angela Stanton-King, a former congressional candidate who has long boosted the QAnon conspiracy, spoke at CPAC on Sunday, and openly called for the authorities to investigate baseless allegations that Democrats are running a cannibalistic, pedophile ring. “So we know in this election, there were some things going on in regards to the conspiracy theories with Q, right? So Sunday’s speech, Trump’s first since President Joe Biden was inaugurated, was highly anticipated by QAnon believers — and their idol didn’t disappoint. Trump’s CPAC appearance was also received enthusiastically by members of QAnon-linked groups online.
Restoring ‘Adventure Tested’ Land Rovers

Restoring ‘Adventure Tested’ Land Rovers

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“When you look at a Land Rover, you’re almost immediately transported to this idea of what adventure should be. We bring our Land Rovers to a level in which you can go make the next chapter of the truck’s story,” he says. Ultimately, the costs are significantly lower than a new model that lacks the patina and soul of a restored Land Rover. He’s purchased Land Rovers that have delivered mail, towed sailboats around marinas, and served honorably in an ambulance configuration. Despite COVID-19 quarantines, interest in restored Land Rovers remains high.
Review: The Unintended Consequences of Taming Nature

Review: The Unintended Consequences of Taming Nature

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She writes for The New Yorker, where portions of “Under a White Sky” first appeared. In the Anthropocene era, when humans have fundamentally altered the planet and its environment, she asks, what does nature even mean anymore? As she mentions, the resulting changes could also include turning the color of the sky from blue to white. Yes, she quotes Allison Macfarlane, a former chairwoman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, who gives the idea a thumbs down over the unintended consequences. But she also suggests that the world might find its options so narrowed by inaction that it has little choice but to turn the sky white.
RIP Larry McMurtry, the American West’s Prolific Novelist

RIP Larry McMurtry, the American West’s Prolific Novelist

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RIP Larry McMurtry, the American West’s Prolific NovelistEven if you haven’t read Larry McMurtry’s books, you know some of his stories. The author of the epic demystifier of the American cowboy, Lonesome Dove, McMurtry wrote dozens of books and films, winning an Oscar for the screenplay of Brokeback Mountain, based on Annie Proulx’s short story. McMurtry combined his own past growing up in a dusty cowboy town with Stegner’s clear-eyed realism about the West to demythologize it in his writing. It wasn’t all cowboys with gleaming six shooters and jangling studs; in fact, it wasn’t that at all. My first taste of McMurtry wasn’t Lonesome Dove, but All My Friends Are Going to Be Strangers, a semi-autobiographical novel of self-discovery by a young bookish man consumed with loving the West, but also desperately wanting to leave it.
Rome's Historic, Art-Filled Churches

Rome's Historic, Art-Filled Churches

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Popping into churches — many of them nondescript on the outside — you'll find sumptuous art treasures inside. The wonderful thing about seeing art in churches is that it's in situ — not hanging on museum walls, but exactly where the art was designed to be enjoyed. Thoughtfully stringing together a series of lesser-known churches can be an art lover's delight. Another even less-visited church, Santa Prassede, is decorated with the best Byzantine mosaics in Rome. Another gem awaiting those exploring Rome's back streets is the Church of St. Peter-in-Chains.
Rome’s Borghese Gallery and Bernini Statues

Rome’s Borghese Gallery and Bernini Statues

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For a breezy escape from the big city noise and intensity, head for the Borghese Gardens, Rome's "Central Park." This sprawling park has long offered people here a place to relax, unwind, and let the kids run wild. The park's centerpiece is the Borghese Gallery. In keeping with the Baroque age, Bernini's Rape of Persephone packs an emotional punch. Bernini's Apollo Chasing Daphne is a highlight.
Rome: Italy's exquisite, shape-shifting city

Rome: Italy's exquisite, shape-shifting city

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I was thinking about Rome and the way it unlocked every kind of feeling and that private notion that it belonged to us. I love the way Italian designers incorporate inspired modern elements in architecture whose roots lie in the centuries before Christ. Arched ceiling in St Peter’s Basilica Jenny ZarinsWe felt the city belonged to us, as if it was our own private realm. Read next 10 eco initiatives for greener city living Inspiration 10 eco initiatives for greener city livingCastel Sant’ Angelo Jenny ZarinsBut this past spring has been different. It is a rare moment – a moment of reflection, when you may just feel that the city is yours.
Rooftop bars in London: our 21 favourite terraces in the capital

Rooftop bars in London: our 21 favourite terraces in the capital

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PERGOLA PADDINGTON CENTRALA chilled-out sun-trap in the middle of Paddington? Pergola on the Roof's little sister venue has been open since 2017, adding to the area's ever-growing list of surprisingly cool places (Darcie and May Green; The Pilgrm). There's two open bars, plus street food from D/F Mexico, Mam and Patty & Bun. Grab a taco and a beer and take to the fairy-lit terrace for a sundowner with a view. This summer, book in for the bottomless rooftop brunch, taking place each Saturday and Sunday from Saturday 17 April 2021.
Rewilding: the UK initiatives helping save our countryside

Rewilding: the UK initiatives helping save our countryside

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The plan to undo years of land mismanagement is the most extensive conservation project in the UK. Somerleyton Hall, the home of Wild East founder Lord SomerleytonThe most recent of the country’s regeneration projects, Wild East was set up in 2020 by Somerleyton, Ollie Birbeck and Argus Hardy. But debate is still welcome, which is why a lynx – a potential reintroduction to East Anglia – sits defiantly on the Wild East logo. Rotating crops, restoring heathland, introducing bison (something of a heavyweight rewilding pin-up, despite not being native to England). What does seem sure is that, while many rewilding projects feel out of reach, everyone will be welcome to join the Wild East mission; an approach that’s long overdue.
Rotterdam and the Dutch East India Company

Rotterdam and the Dutch East India Company

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Back in the 17th century the Dutch East India Company, which did business in ports around the world, was, in a way, the first great multinational corporation. Today, the Dutch, with little in the way of natural resources, still make their serious money in trade. Check out this article to know more.
San Marino: A Small, Proud Republic in Italy

San Marino: A Small, Proud Republic in Italy

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The Republic of San Marino brags it's the world's oldest and smallest republic. A leader of the Italian unification movement, Garibaldi hid from his enemies here in San Marino. Check out this article to know more.
Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States

Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States

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Air passengers will also be required to confirm that the information they present is true in the form of an attestation. No, the Order to present a documentation of a negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 does not apply to air passengers flying from a US territory to a US state. Do I still need a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19? Some state and local governments may have similar or more restrictive testing requirements for air passengers arriving in their jurisdictions. Air passengers traveling to the US are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery.
Russia Deploys Device Probing Reality to the Depths of World's Deepest Lake

Russia Deploys Device Probing Reality to the Depths of World's Deepest Lake

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Eventually, the JINR team plans to extend the observatory to encompass a full cubic kilometer within Lake Baikal. “Lake Baikal is perhaps the only lake where a neutrino telescope can be deployed because of its depth," Bair Shoibonov, a scientist at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, told AFP. For instance, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, operated by the University of Wisconsin-Madison is the largest neutrino observatory on Earth, with tendrils that delve 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) into the South Pole in Antarctica. Baikal-GVD is now the largest neutrino observatory in the Northern Hemisphere, according to the JINR team. Though JINR heads the project, the telescope is a collaboration between researchers from Russia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, and Slovakia.
See the world through the lenses of the professionals in the Sony World Photography Awards 2021

See the world through the lenses of the professionals in the Sony World Photography Awards 2021

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Raw Nature, KenyaBritish fine artist Graeme Purdy uses wide-angle lenses and wireless triggers to capture pictures of animals in the wild. ‘It is well known that species such as polar bears are in such grave danger from the climate emergency. What is less well known is that there are four polar bears for every cheetah. They, too, are a vulnerable species – can we stand by and allow wild lions to become extinct? To save our wild animals, we must both understand and connect with them.
Saying ‘Bon Voyage’ to My Beloved, Long-Serving Approach Shoes

Saying ‘Bon Voyage’ to My Beloved, Long-Serving Approach Shoes

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I also remember that he was incredulous that for all the time I spent in the mountains, both out West and in New England, I had never owned a pair of proper approach shoes. These unique shoes offer a unique way of approaching—a unique way of being with—the landscape. Feet and the ground they meet and the sticky rubber that plays the part of Cupid in that relationship! My approach shoes have helped me fall deeper in love with this infinitely textured planet. No offense to greasy Green Mountain schist, but Sticky Rubber Heaven must be the High Sierra’s immaculate white granite, eh?
Sex Workers Are Fighting to Get the COVID Vaccine

Sex Workers Are Fighting to Get the COVID Vaccine

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But many sex workers have been economically ravaged by the coronavirus and driven to work in-person, sometimes without adequate PPE. Some sex workers who’d paid taxes as independent contractors can be eligible for unemployment, but that still leaves out wide swathes of people. “Sex workers have been cut out of a lot of benefits and are not able to make ends meet and so are going back to sex work,” D’Adamo said. That includes sex workers, who do not have the option to mitigate a lot of the risks.”AdvertisementIn the early days of the pandemic, during the first shutdown in the spring, researchers led by the University of Illinois, Chicago surveyed 21 sex workers in their city. The deplatforming was a gut punch to sex workers, who relied on online forums to find and vet clients as well as share “bad date” lists, which warn other sex workers against dangerous clients.
Scotland’s Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness Monster

Scotland’s Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness Monster

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The Great Glen cuts the Scottish Highlands in half and the Caledonian Canal is towns and, perhaps, even a chance of seeing the elusive Loch Ness monster! Check out this article to know more.
Seafarer Tim Severin Recreated History’s Most Incredible Adventures

Seafarer Tim Severin Recreated History’s Most Incredible Adventures

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Centuries later, as European sailors began returning to the continent with tales of a vast new world far to the west across the Atlantic, some began to wonder: Did Brendan, now St. Brendan the Navigator, actually reach North America? Severin’s team christened the boat Brendan and in the summer of 1976 pushed off from Ireland’s Dingle peninsula. The real test was still before Severin and his crew, as they set out again in the summer of 1977. Had St. Brendan made the same voyage? Severin’s The Brendan Voyage is a classic, pick up a copy here.
Sketchy: Two Dudes Skied Half Dome to Valley Floor

Sketchy: Two Dudes Skied Half Dome to Valley Floor

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On Sunday, while you were doing anything else, two guys who live near Yosemite Valley, Jason Torlano and Zach Milligan skied the iconic shoulder of Half Dome, continuing all the way to the valley floor below, descending thousands of feet until they reached the frozen shores of Mirror Lake. At least once before, Half Dome itself had been skied, but not all the way to the valley’s bottom. Torlano is a longtime first descender of ski lines throughout Yosemite. He’d been scouting a Half Dome line for years, finally deciding this weekend that the snow would allow it. ADVERTISEMENTThe two hiked to the base of Half Dome on Saturday, woke at dawn on Sunday, trudged to the top of the dome and looked down.
Six amazing reasons to visit Tokyo

Six amazing reasons to visit Tokyo

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Both formal and casual, traditional and hi-tech, Tokyo’s contrasts are what make it so endlessly fascinating. The city’s faithfulness to ancient customs and futuristic thinking, its patience and poise amid the buzz and flashing lights, its disarming ability to make you feel – even while jet-lagged, culture-shocked and most probably lost – utterly safe and at ease are all invigorating contradictions. Thanks to the enviably low crime rate, it's a place you may want to explore a little more than other world cities: perhaps you’ll head down that curious-looking side street, peek beyond that restaurant curtain and step into the scene inside, or meander back to that blossom-clad boutique you cycled past in a less well-trodden district. Not only is the city committed to a Covid-safe environment for travellers with its plans to host the Olympic Games in 2021, it’s the perfect launchpad for exploring wider Japan. From a thrillingly diverse food scene to head-turning artistic neighbourhoods, here are six reasons to visit Tokyo in 2021.
Sol Duc Falls » Local Adventurer » Travel Adventures in Las Vegas + World Wide

Sol Duc Falls » Local Adventurer » Travel Adventures in Las Vegas + World Wide

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I wasn’t aware of this before our trip, but Sol Duc Falls (Olympic National Park WA) is one of the most photogenic waterfalls in the northwest. The falls, fed by the Sol Duc River, stand 48 ft tall and has a very unique shape where it can split into four channels depending on the time of year and water volume. PinPinPinPinPinPinPinPinVisiting Sol Duc Falls in Olympic National Park WA:It’s a good waterfall to visit all year round, but it flows best during March to July. The sign at the beginning of the trail said “Soleduck Falls” because prior to 1991, it was spelled that way. Some people also refer to it as Medina Falls because of a famous photograph.
Sophie Showed Me The Cybernetic Divinity of Being Trans

Sophie Showed Me The Cybernetic Divinity of Being Trans

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When Sophie was asked "do you believe in god" during a 2018 interview with Paper Magazine, the avant-garde pop musician responded simply:“Yes. Sophie’s tragic death was felt especially hard by the trans community, which the once-mysterious pop star had embraced since coming out of self-imposed obscurity with the 2018 release of The Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides. Tracks like “Faceshopping” embrace body modification and plastic surgery as a form of self-determination—an undeniably trans narrative. It was through Sophie’s music that I began to see my own transness as a kind of beautiful cyborg divinity. I remember leaving early with my then-girlfriend, both of us exhausted and assured that we would get a chance to see the enigmatic pop star perform again.
Since When Do You Have to Be Stylish on the Trail?

Since When Do You Have to Be Stylish on the Trail?

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Why is fashion even remotely relevant in the backcountry, anyway? Are we no longer allowed to look like slobs when we're on the trail? Check out this article to know how to be stylish on the trail.
Solitude and Survival at the South Pole

Solitude and Survival at the South Pole

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Six months later, I was packing my bags to fly south to start my tenure at Rothera Research Station, operated by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Fortunately, I am backed up by the British Antarctic Medical Unit (BASMU) based in Plymouth and can get expert advice within hours, if not minutes. Life on an Antarctic research station is unique. The Antarctic winter is a challenging but personally rewarding time that drew many of us down here in the first place. Slush, pancake ice and finally fixed sea ice forms over the bay and the silence becomes all-consuming.
Specialized Execs: ‘Prepare for Bike Shortages to Last Another Year’

Specialized Execs: ‘Prepare for Bike Shortages to Last Another Year’

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It’s the best of times and it is the worst of times for bikes and component sales. There are massive lag times for most new bike deliveries, and components are backordered everywhere, with some parts more than a year away from being shipped to customers. Some overseas factories did shut down for a time, and shipping is way up in general for tons of products, but with the bike shortage, it’s mostly a surge in demand that has overwhelmed factories. Robert Margevicius, Executive VP at Specialized, gave a speech this week for the Tapei Cycle Online Show in which he pointed to a 38 percent surge in bike sales in 2020, which has destroyed the supply chain. We’re looking at another year of shortages of bikes and bike parts.
Spicy One Pot Jambalaya with Orzo

Spicy One Pot Jambalaya with Orzo

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Combining orzo pasta, dehydrated veggies, summer sausage, rich tomato powder, and spicy cajun seasoning, this jambalaya is ready to eat in minutes but tastes like it has been simmering on the stovetop all day. Why It Works For Backpacking• Big flavor, small pot. Using spicy cajun seasoning and tomato powder, this jambalaya has a complexity of flavor that is rarely found in backpacking meals, and it uses only one pot so you’re not stuck doing a ton of dishes in the backcountry. This homemade one pot backpacking meal is worth washing a dish for – it combines orzo pasta with a spicy and flavorful sauce that will fill you right up after a long day of exploring. Ingredient Notes• The level of spice in Cajun seasoning can vary greatly from brand to brand.
South Dakota Voters Said Yes to Legal Weed. This Judge Threw It Out.

South Dakota Voters Said Yes to Legal Weed. This Judge Threw It Out.

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South Dakotans will have to wait a bit longer to learn the fate of legal cannabis in their state. The amendment approved by a majority of South Dakota voters legalizes cannabis and orders the state Department of Revenue to issue licenses to businesses. Klinger wrote that the amendment was unconstitutional, according to the Argus Leader, because it violated an amendment voters approved in 2018 mandating that constitutional amendments only concern a single subject. “Due to the intermingling of multiple subjects within Amendment A, it is not possible for this court to ascertain which sections of the amendment the South Dakota voters supported,” Klinger wrote. Brendan Johnson, a former U.S. Attorney for South Dakota representing South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws, told the Argus Leader that his group was preparing to appeal its case to the state Supreme Court.
Sorry, Travel Won't Be Returning to Normal This Year...Or Next

Sorry, Travel Won't Be Returning to Normal This Year...Or Next

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When the world clued into the severity of COVID-19, travel was one of the first things to go. AdvertisementWith all the variation, it’ll likely take a year or longer for international travel to climb to pre-pandemic levels, experts say, though their estimates vary. He estimates domestic flights won't climb back to normal until 2022, while international flights won’t bounce back until 2023 or 2024. Globally, freer international mobility, particularly for luxury travel, won’t be safe until countries work together to vaccinate at-risk groups around the world. University of Alberta infectious disease expert Dr. Lynora Saxinger previously said full-blown travel won’t return until every country is safeguarded from the virus.
Star Party on Mount Potosi Las Vegas ▶ Local Adventurer

Star Party on Mount Potosi Las Vegas ▶ Local Adventurer

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This past weekend we got to attend our very first star party on Mount Potosi, which is an hour and a half southwest of Las Vegas. If you’ve never heard of a star party, you’re probably not nerdy enough. ;P A star party is where a group of amateur astronomers get together to observe the sky and nerd out over all the cool stuff they see. There were 6 being set up by a few folks from the Las Vegas astronomy club. Tips for going to a Star Party (some specific to Mount Potosi Las Vegas):Bundle up!
Split View Mountain Lodge, Buskerud, Norway

Split View Mountain Lodge, Buskerud, Norway

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The Split View Mountain Lodge, in Norway, is pretty much the antithesis of the stereotypical mountain lodge. Large, sweeping spaces and oversized timbers are replaced with intimate – even small – rooms and blonde, standard-issue lumber. The only similarities between this private mountain home and our image of the quintessential mountain lodge are the enormous, peaked windows aimed smack at the mountains in the distance. The home was designed by Reiulf Ramstad Architects (Arkitekter), who were awarded the highest Norwegian honor for design and architecture – the Jacob Award. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape.
Steep Ravine Cabins, Marin County, California

Steep Ravine Cabins, Marin County, California

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One of the secrets (sorta) of California state parks are the nine Steep Ravine cabins on Mt. It shelters 6,300 acres of redwoods, oaks, and meadows, with views to the Farallon Islands from its 2,571-foot summit. On the first day of the month at 8 a.m. PST, slots are open for the month six months out via the Reserve California website. Our own Justin Housman stays at the cabins every year, thanks to an industrious and early rising sister-in-law. It’s the sort of place I’d normally keep to myself but it’s so difficult to get reservations it doesn’t really matter.”ADVERTISEMENTWeekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins.
Super Yum: Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew

Super Yum: Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew

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If you’re looking for something hearty, comforting, and healthy the next time you’re out camping, you need to try this vegan sweet potato peanut stew. Check out this article to get the recipe!
Stuck in a Rut? Here’s a Way to Snap Out of It

Stuck in a Rut? Here’s a Way to Snap Out of It

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ADVERTISEMENTMy colleagues and I at the Existential Psychology Lab at Texas A&M University study the psychological outcomes of belief in free will. So, we decided to explore how believing in free will influences our sense of self and identity. Participants who wrote about experiences reflecting low belief in free will reported feeling less “in touch” with their true selves. Participants in the low free will group reported feeling less authentic than participants in the high free will group. They are less in touch with who they are and do not believe their actions reflect their core beliefs and values.
Stella McCartney on how the pandemic is affecting sustainable fashion

Stella McCartney on how the pandemic is affecting sustainable fashion

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‘The fashion industry relies on people – those who make our clothes, the farmers who grow the crops for the materials. We select materials and products through a carefully vetted network of partners around the world – many have been with us since Stella McCartney was founded. We have never used fur or leather because we believe that animals should not die for the sake of fashion. To me, it’s making shifts like these that is revolutionary.’AdvertisementDo you think the future of fashion is green? Now read:Our top 15 sustainable fashion brandsOur top 15 sustainable fashion brands Style & Culture Our top 15 sustainable fashion brandsThe best sustainable swimwear brandsAdvertisementThe best sustainable swimwear brands Style & Culture The best sustainable swimwear brandsThe sustainable shopping guide to London
Switzerland's Jungfrau, Schilthorn, and Lauterbrunnen Valley

Switzerland's Jungfrau, Schilthorn, and Lauterbrunnen Valley

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Its Lauterbrunnen Valley, which stretches south from the city of Interlaken, is a wonderful springboard for some of my favorite Swiss Alp experiences. Lauterbrunnen Valley, with its vertical sides and flat bottom, is U-shaped — a textbook example of a glacier-shaped valley. While the main town, also called Lauterbrunnen, sits on the valley floor, neighboring towns hang on cliffs high above. And perched on a saddle between two of those mountains is the Jungfraujoch station — and that's where we're going…by train. The Jungfraujoch [station] is like a small resort perched on a mountain ridge.
Texas Wants to Ban Facebook and Twitter ... From Banning

Texas Wants to Ban Facebook and Twitter ... From Banning

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Greg Abbott prepares to deliver his State of the State speech on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Lockhart, Texas. (Bob Daemmrich/Pool Photo via AP)The state that wants to deregulate everything wants to tell Facebook and Twitter how to run their platforms. Though Republican lawmakers generally claim to take a hands-off approach to the way businesses operate, social media is another thing entirely. But it’s far from clear that the Texas law, if passed, would actually result in the impact that Abbott and Texas Republicans seek. “From a First Amendment perspective, social media companies are private actors and aren't subject to the First Amendment,” University of Texas law professor Scot Powe told the Texas Tribune earlier this year.
Surviving the World's Most Dangerous Hike

Surviving the World's Most Dangerous Hike

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Everything you need to know about hiking Mount Huashan, better known as the ‘world’s most dangerous hike’, or the ‘plank walk’, in China. Check out our video of the World’s Most Dangerous Hike on Mount Huashan at the bottom of this article! She too was keen to tackle the world’s most dangerous hike. The thrill of surviving the world’s most dangerous hike was as immense as the mountain we had just scaled. The entire journey, including trekking on the world’s most dangerous hike, can be done in a day trip.
Surprise! States That Make It Harder to Vote Had Lower Turnout in 2020

Surprise! States That Make It Harder to Vote Had Lower Turnout in 2020

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But a look at how voter turnout shifted in 2020 shows a strong link between states making it easier to vote and voters actually turning out. In 2020, the states that showed the biggest jumps in voter turnout were almost uniformly states that also made it dramatically easier to vote, often by allowing everyone to vote by mail. But these data show an undeniable correlation between mail voting laws and turnout in the last election. But there were significant differences in both the turnout rate by state and how much higher states’ turnout was from earlier elections. But after it instituted mail voting, turnout jumped a stunning 14.7 percentage points to 57 percent—still near the bottom in turnout, but a massive improvement.
Ted Alexandro Said SNL Stole His Joke, So He Asked for a Million Dollars

Ted Alexandro Said SNL Stole His Joke, So He Asked for a Million Dollars

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“All the messages had varying ways of phrasing ‘they stole your joke’ or they took your joke’ or ‘they did the same joke,’” Alexandro told VICE. AdvertisementThe SNL sketch in question is a produced digital short, featuring the week’s special guest, Dan Levy, as well as several cast members. Alexandro has a 2019 bit with the same premise, which also name-drops Zillow. The SNL sketch sounded familiar enough to several people that they flagged the sketch to Alexandro. Upon review, Alexandro also saw the similarities, so he cut together a side-by-side clip, and asked NBC to Venmo him a million dollars.
The 10 best destinations for solo female travellers

The 10 best destinations for solo female travellers

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The setting for this former royal capital (a title it held until 1975) could hardly be more idyllic – it lies in a valley at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. Travellers come to visit the grand Buddhist temples, such as 16th-century Wat Xieng Thong, and to take trips into the hills for hiking, swimming in waterfalls and nature-spotting. The town has also built up a robust wellness scene, with a predictable but pleasant roster of yoga centres, juice cafés and meditation retreats, making it a dreamy destination for a solo soul-seeker. But another major draw is its food scene, in which flavoursome Laotian cooking melds with colonial French flair to produce a truly unique cuisine. And because the accommodation on offer spans everything from £10 guesthouse dorms to suites at the Rosewood, Luang Prabang draws every type of traveller, making it easy to find company or seek seclusion, whichever you prefer.
The 10 most beautiful places in Yorkshire

The 10 most beautiful places in Yorkshire

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YorkWalking around York is like taking several big steps back in time as a layer of history is unpeeled at every turn, from the grand Victorian train station to the Norman castle, the ruined Benedictine abbey to the city walls originally built by the Romans. However, two very different locations draw the biggest crowds. One of those, as you’d expect, is the jaw-dropping Gothic splendour of York Minster, one of the largest cathedrals in northern Europe. The other is the more understated Shambles, a charming almost-caricature of a medieval street with atmospheric overhanging buildings and maze-like alleyways. Now read:The 20 most beautiful villages in the UK and IrelandThe 20 most beautiful villages in the UK and Ireland Inspiration The 20 most beautiful villages in the UK and IrelandThe 10 best places to visit in the UK in 2021The 10 best places to visit in the UK in 2021 Inspiration The 10 best places to visit in the UK in 2021Things to do in York: the ultimate guide
The 14 best podcasts to listen to in 2021

The 14 best podcasts to listen to in 2021

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The 14 best spas in the UK

The 14 best spas in the UK

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The Gainsborough Bath Spa, BathBEST FOR ANCIENT TREATMENTS WITH A TWISTNo wonder there is so much excitement about Bath's latest arrival. This is how to take the city's thermal waters in style, and there is nowhere else in Britain like it. Staff are on hand to remind you how to use the circuit and you can pick between drinking gentle lavender-scented water or little liquid chocolate shots. Thoughtfully conceived and sensitively executed, this is the spa hotel that Bath, at last, deserves. Every member of staff is willing you to have a good time, all of them are 100 per cent behind the vision.
The 15 BEST Things to Do in Winnipeg (2021 Guide)

The 15 BEST Things to Do in Winnipeg (2021 Guide)

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Everything you need to make the most of your time in the city with our guide to the best things to do in Winnipeg! Here are some of the best things to do in Winnipeg to help you make the most of this captivating city. Walking within its green beauty is one of the best things to do in Winnipeg. 9) Visit The Winnipeg Art GalleryThe Winnipeg Art Gallery has been drawing visitors for years, and it’s about to get a huge make over! 15) Simply Explore Winnipeg’s Awesome StreetsDon’t be fooled by this extensive list – one of the best things to do in Winnipeg is simply walk around its funky streets and alleyways.
The 23 best hotels in the Maldives

The 23 best hotels in the Maldives

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Four Seasons Maldives Private Island at Voavah, Baa AtollBest for: total privacyWide-brimmed straw hats off to the Four Seasons. With this five-acre, seven-bedroom, profoundly private island it has raised the proverbial bar. How much or how little you make of Voavah is likely to be your main - your only - concern. You've got the splendours of the Baa Atoll lapping at your shores and your own yacht on which to explore it. It serves to draw your eye outwards, back into the sublime, saturated colour and endless space of sea and sky beyond.
The 17 BEST Things to do in Dawson City, Yukon (2021 Guide)

The 17 BEST Things to do in Dawson City, Yukon (2021 Guide)

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Wander the picturesque streets – just one of the many awesome things to do in Dawson City, Yukon. Here’s our complete guide to the best things to do in Dawson City, YukonREAD MORE – Check out our southern Yukon road trip itinerary. The best tour company in Dawson City is Klondike Experience, run by Canadian man Jesse, who moved to Dawson City over a decade ago and instantly fell in love with the town. Definitely one of the top things to do in Dawson City, Yukon if you can time your trip right. Party at Dawson City Music FestivalBesides the Sourtoe Cocktail Club, there was something else we kept hearing about whenever we talked to people about Dawson, and that was the legendary Dawson City Music Festival.
The 8 most beautiful places in Arabia

The 8 most beautiful places in Arabia

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With Saudi Arabia only recently opening up to international visitors, its beauty spots aren’t yet as recognisable (or overrun) as they perhaps deserve to be. The destination is home to Nabatean tombs to rival Petra, pristine dive spots that compete favourably with any of Egypt’s and great canyons that are as awe-inspiring as the well-trodden ones populating several American national parks. The landscape is as diverse and layered as the country's ancient culture of traders, poets, pilgrims and prophets, which can be experienced in the souks of gleaming modern cities as well as around the desert homes of prophets and poets, princes and pilgrims. Much of the south-eastern region is covered by the vast Empty Quarter, the world’s largest sand desert. Here are eight spots you shouldn't miss.
The 8 best farm stays in Europe

The 8 best farm stays in Europe

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ROSSOBAVARIA, GERMANYIt’s not often you find wabi-sabi principles laid out deep in the heart of the Allgäu in Bavaria, amid the meadows, hills and cow-filled pastures. But that ancient Japanese philosophy has informed the renovation of this farm, its barns and stables. Lime plaster lines the walls, mattresses are covered with organic linen and cheerily big kitchens mean guests can cook up all the regional ingredients they find in the farm shop. This part of Germany is incredibly pretty, with fairy-tale castles, deep canyons and high-altitude walking trails. And it now has an earthy yet smart place for nature lovers to stay.
The Australian Government Will Pay Half Your Flight if You Holiday at Home

The Australian Government Will Pay Half Your Flight if You Holiday at Home

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Some destinations are only available from certain cities, however, based on indicative routes. Select locations were chosen according to their reliance on aviation for tourism and international visitors. AdvertisementAnd the incentives are compelling: the ABC indicates that a flight from Melbourne to the Gold Coast, as an example, could cost as little as $60. Depending on demand, more destinations and routes could also be included later in the year. Discounted tickets can be purchased between the beginning of April and the end of July, for travel through until the end of September.
The Backpacker Who Carries Too Much

The Backpacker Who Carries Too Much

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Every day at six in the morning Jeffrey would rise from his tent and stride through camp wearing-and I’m not making this up-red and white-striped silk pajamas. Who brought silk pajamas into the Sierra? Who, aside from Hugh Hefner, even owned silk pajamas? I’d never be the dude who stuffed his backpack with grooming gear, a hot-milk frother, and a full-size backgammon set. You need a compass, because I’m sure as hell not going to rely on my Casio to find the way, and a couple knives, because I’m always misplacing those things.
The best Airbnbs in Brighton

The best Airbnbs in Brighton

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Eclectic house, Seven DialsThis Regency-era townhouse has bags of space by Brighton standards – there are four bedrooms, a massive living-room-meets-dining-area (the table has space for eight) and a kitchen with a shady balcony. Bedrooms might be cherry red or lemon yellow; one has a freestanding tub, another a four-poster bed. If you’re looking for somewhere family-friendly, there’s a small children’s room with a crib for little beachcombers. Best of all, it’s set above the windy North Laine, which is stuffed with vintage stores, gelato spots and antique treasure vaults, and is near to the seafront. If you book something through our links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
The best Airbnbs for skiing in Europe

The best Airbnbs for skiing in Europe

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The provision of Airbnb offerings in the Alps is growing at a rapid pace – and taking over one of the holiday homes listed on the site comes with plenty of perks. Many don’t require a full seven-night stay, some let you snap up just one room in the best chalet in town, while others allow you to sidestep the glossy hotels and support a small business instead – something that’s more crucial than ever. From blow-the-budget, all-singing all-dancing catered chalets to some of the cheapest, nicest hideouts in or within a short drive of a ski resort, we’ve rounded up our favourite Airbnbs for a European ski holiday. All Condé Nast Traveller listings are independently selected by our editors. If you book something through our links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
The Alternatives to Instagram-Ready Desert Art

The Alternatives to Instagram-Ready Desert Art

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Art in the desert went viral last fall with the debut of a bewitching spear of reflective metal in southern Utah. When Desert X returned two years later, artworks that contrasted starkly with their environs proliferated again. The Painted Desert Project, an ongoing street art exhibition on the Navajo Nation, has a similar effect. (Desert X itself has expanded more controversially, bringing the biennial to Saudi Arabia last year; the show drew international condemnation, given the Saudi government’s human rights abuses.) Top photo: An installment of the The Painted Desert Project in Bitter Springs, Arizona, created by Jetsonorama in 2009.
The best Airbnbs in the UK for groups: 10 houses for six people

The best Airbnbs in the UK for groups: 10 houses for six people

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Country cottage, CornwallA trio of old stone houses on Middle Colenso Farm is overseen by journalist-turned-Pilates-instructor Christen Pears. The biggest, a granite cottage with a secluded garden, has room for six across the three pared-back bedrooms. Sleeps: sixPrice: from £959 for a four-night minimum stayBook your stayMore Airbnbs for groups that we like the look ofWhile we have not stayed in every Airbnb featured, we have carefully selected these as recommendations based on their location, design, previous guest reviews and the fact that they have achieved Airbnb's Superhost status at the time of our research. All listings on Condé Nast Traveller are independently selected by our editors. If you book something through our links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
The best beach houses to rent in the UK and Ireland

The best beach houses to rent in the UK and Ireland

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Dune House, Leiston, Suffolk (via Living Architecture)Living Architecture was founded by philosopher Alain de Botton, who once wrote that ‘the prospect of a holiday is likely to persuade even the most downcast that life is worth living’. Life is most definitely worth living at Dune House, which has wraparound views of the Suffolk coast and the North Sea, plus a library space filled with local guides, travel literature, fiction, philosophy and books on architecture. And speaking of, Nordic firm Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects, who designed Dune House, are well-versed in the concept of Scandi summer houses – echoed in the polished concrete floor and walkway semi-submerged in the dunes. All Condé Nast Traveller listings are independently selected by our editors. If you book something through our links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
The best British houses to rent in 2021

The best British houses to rent in 2021

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That way, the building’s part Scandinavian, Californian and Japanese charm can claim your full attention. The only original features left of the Sixties family home are its outer walls, roof and revarnished upstairs floorboards. Ukiyo means ‘the floating world’ in Japanese or, as Simon puts it, ‘a blissful state of detachment from the bothers of everyday life’. Within 10 days of launching last summer, the house was booked up almost entirely until October this year. Simon and Suzie have only managed four days here but plan to retire to this special place sooner rather than later.
The Best Baby Bottles (and Bottle Brush)

The Best Baby Bottles (and Bottle Brush)

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All baby bottles have the same basic parts: a container, a ring or collar, and a nipple. Despite the claims of many bottle makers, there’s no clear evidence that bottle feeding is a cause of colic, or that using any particular type of bottle can do anything to prevent it. “There is no evidence to support [the idea] that a breastfed baby needs a special bottle,” Peterson told us. Almost all baby bottle nipples are made from silicone (latex is another possible material, but we found that it was mostly used for disposable nipples). Since you may have to try multiple bottles before landing on the one your baby likes, it’s best to start with less expensive bottles.
The best bars in London open for delivery right now

The best bars in London open for delivery right now

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With the capital still in lockdown, some of our best bars are bringing the drinks to you, a flowing, lots of London's best bars are now delivering all across the city. Check out this article to know all the spots!
The best brunch in London for delivery 2021

The best brunch in London for delivery 2021

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The best London restaurants delivering brunch to your door, to satisfy your breakfast cravings. Check out this article to grab your brunch from the best outlets in London
The best cocktail delivery services in London

The best cocktail delivery services in London

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The Sun TavernThis handsome, whisky-focused Bethnal Green bar’s wares are now stocked by hospitality collective The Umbrella Project. The Quarantini kit is available for nationwide and international delivery, with a choice of two bottles from the Banana Daiquiri, classic Negroni, Old Fashioned, Toreador with Ocho Blanco tequila, Margarita, brandy-based Sazerac, Rob Roy and Boulevardier. Forza WinPeckham’s buzzing rooftop Italian bar and restaurant branched out into local delivery and pick-up last year, and has now helpfully bottled its digestivi for nationwide dispatch. The very collectable range of four includes a Negroni, limoncello, amaretto and clemencello – like limoncello but with clementines; it’s delicious with soda – all with retro labels. You won’t get the views from the Bussey Building while cracking one open on the sofa, but la dolce vita vibes are guaranteed.
The best country pubs near London to book now

The best country pubs near London to book now

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The Fordwich Arms, KentDISTANCE: 1HR 30MINS FROM SE LONDONWhen a bunch of bright young Clove Club alumni opened The Fordwich Arms, restaurant critic Grace Dent rightly predicted it would bring Londoners flocking to the tiny Kentish town for its outstandingly good food and ‘Michelin-manner whimsy’. Fougasse and soda bread is baked, charcuterie cured, ricotta made in-house are some examples of rotating seasonal dishes. There are several tasting menus, including two vegetarian; and the puddings are sensationally pretty (one of the owners is pastry chef Natasha Norton-Smith of Michelin-starred One Leicester Street). The low stone pub, built into the side of a hill overlooking the Surrey countryside, with great views from the tables in the green and leafy gardens. But the food and drink offerings have certainly been updated.
The Best Camper Van and Overlander Rentals in North America, 2021 Edition

The Best Camper Van and Overlander Rentals in North America, 2021 Edition

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You can’t show up at a trailhead, surf spot, ski resort, campground, or Whole Foods parking lot these days without confronting a wall of camper vans and camper shell-enhanced 4×4 trucks. Turn key models of any camper van are the cost of a house in some parts of the country. Basecamper VansOut of Salt Lake City, Basecamper has a wide selection of camper vans (and one trailer!) Campervan North AmericaOffers five models of camper vans for rent out of Seattle, Bozeman, and Las Vegas. From perfectly stocked livable camper vans to classic RVs and trailers, you can find just about anything you need.
The best eco-conscious concept shops around the world

The best eco-conscious concept shops around the world

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GALERIE LALOS ANGELESCelebrity stylist Dechel Mckillian started Galerie LA as a blog six years ago to show that choosing fashion with integrity needn’t mean sacrificing design. Now there’s a bricks-and-mortar space in Downtown hotspot Row DTLA. The sustainable-values badges identify if a piece is vegan, recycled, eco-friendly, ethical, artisan-made or local. The system is the result of Mckillian’s relationships with emerging names, such as Gracemade, Back Beat Co and MisterMrs, that offer visibility to garment workers and clear traceability of materials. Address: Galerie LA, 767 S Alameda Street, Suite 192, Los Angeles, CA 90021, United StatesWebsite: galerie.laCRAFTED SOCIETYAMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDSCashmere scarves woven by family-run Lanificio Arca; hats from fourth-generation milliner Sorbatti; heritage shoe factory Mirage Calzature’s low-top sneakers.
The best food and travel shows to watch right now

The best food and travel shows to watch right now

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Breakfast, Lunch & DinnerIn this offshoot from his Ugly Delicious show, the preposterously busy David Chang hits the road for four hour-long adventures with comedians. He’s in Vancouver with local lad Seth Rogen, fishing and giggling, getting lost in a maze and above all revelling in the city’s Asian food emporia. Then he’s in Marrakech with Chrissy Teigen and in LA with Lena Waithe before the best of the bunch, visiting Phnom Penh with Kate McKinnon. We get Conan being tall, zany and actually pretty witty in the usual places Americans are interested in: Cuba, Korea, Mexico, Israel, Haiti and Italy. Don’t expect to get all the references but give it a go.
The Best Electronic Cutting Machines From Cricut and Silhouette

The Best Electronic Cutting Machines From Cricut and Silhouette

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Newer, shinier cutting machines have come along since the Cricut Explore Air 2 was released in late 2016, but it is still our top pick for beginners. It made perfectly clean cuts in card stock (the Silhouette machines snagged the paper a bit) and easily cut through vinyl. The cutting area of the Cricut Explore Air 2 is the same size as the Cricut Maker’s and the Silhouette Cameo 3’s. I’ve had Silhouette and Cricut machines that I purchased myself for several years, and reselling them on eBay when a new model comes out is easy. As of this writing, the Cricut Explore Air 2 typically sells on eBay for about $150 used.
The best eco-friendly restaurants in the world

The best eco-friendly restaurants in the world

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SAINT PETER, SYDNEYA SEAFOOD BUTCHERY LEADING AUSTRALIA’S GILL-TO-FIN MOVEMENTWhen it comes to fish restaurants in this city, it’s hard to make a splash, but Saint Peter and its scale-to-tail ethos is different. Here, lesser-known Australian species are celebrated, often wild-caught, and 90 per cent of the fish – eyeballs! – are put to use, in comparison to an average of less than 50 per cent in most seafood restaurants. By Chloe SachdevAddress: Saint Peter, 362 Oxford Street, Paddington, New South Wales, AustraliaWebsite: saintpeter.com.auKeep scrolling for more images...Like this? Now read:Why it's important to diversify where you eatWhy it's important to diversify where you eat Eating & Drinking Why it's important to diversify where you eatMichelin reveals UK and Ireland's top sustainable restaurants in Green Star 2021 listMichelin reveals UK and Ireland's top sustainable restaurants in Green Star 2021 list Eating & Drinking Michelin reveals UK and Ireland's top sustainable restaurants in Green Star 2021 listThe most beautiful restaurants in the world
The best Greek island hotels for 2021

The best Greek island hotels for 2021

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Istoria SantoriniThe designer digsIstoria means ‘story’ in Greek. At the age of 15, Tassou caught the attentions of a Saudi sovereign, 35 years her senior, at the Greek royal court where her father was equerry. Its translucent waters are arch-framed from 12 suites, six of which are converted from the original stables, where nature’s palette is repainted in blush plaster, polished cement floors and clay-toned linens. It’s said to be the largest pool on the island – or perhaps that’s just a fable. Either way, Istoria opens a new chapter in Santorini’s story.
The best holiday homes to rent in the UK

The best holiday homes to rent in the UK

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NORTH LODGE, COWORTH PARK, BERKSHIREJust a short distance from Windsor, Coworth Park is, of course, the hotel where Prince Harry – along with his best man William – stayed before his wedding in 2018, holing up in the sprawling estate’s Grade II-listed Dower House. A case in point is the new North Lodge cottage, the estate’s former gatehouse, which was unveiled just before Christmas and has been patiently waiting throughout lockdown for its first guests. With its twin gabled red roof and black-and-white façade, a gravel drive leading to a porch where over-sized candles flicker in brass casings, it would audition well for a traditional festive card. Banistered stairs lead up to three bedrooms and as many bathrooms (two adjoining), all snug with flower-motif fabrics, brass bath tubs and views over the garden or meadowland. Rick JordanAddress: Coworth Park, Blacknest Road, Sunningdale, Ascot SL5 7SEPrice: From £3,500 per night (five-night minimum stay).
The best hotels in Kent

The best hotels in Kent

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Elmley Nature Reserve, Isle of SheppeyWith its 3,300 acres spread across the south side of Kent’s Isle of Sheppey, Elmley has been the UK’s only family-owned national nature reserve since the 1980s. Back then, rewilding – the act of regenerating landscapes to encourage thriving wildlife – wasn’t at the top of many farmers’ agendas. Philip Merricks persevered here, becoming a pioneer in conserving the countryside, and now these marshes are home to rare birdlife. Merricks’s daughter took over the land more recently, opening up a restored farmhouse B&B and a cluster of smart shepherd huts. Address: Elmley Nature Reserve, Elmley, Minster on Sea, Isle of Sheppey ME12 3RWPrice: Cabins from £180 per night (sleeps four)Book your stayRead about more stays in the UK that contribute to conservation projects
The best hotels on the Amalfi Coast

The best hotels on the Amalfi Coast

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The Amalfi Coast is home to some staggering hotels precariously perched along a beautiful shoreline of rugged cliffs and sandy coves. Here we review the grande dames as well as the secret boutique hotels and an amazing villa to take over as your own. Monastero Santa Rosa, AmalfiThis 17th-century former monastery dominates the shoreline about a kilometre from Amalfi. Some have terraces, but all are furnished with a mix of custom-made pieces and 19th-century antiques collected by the American owner. There are lots of quiet spots in the gardens, but it's the spa that will be the real pull.
The best hotels in the UK 2021

The best hotels in the UK 2021

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THE NEWT, SOMERSETThis magnificent honey-stone Georgian house really shook up the UK hotel scene when it arrived in the middle of 2019. But it’s the hotel, cordoned off to day trippers, that is the real hot ticket. Shuttered sash windows frame a classic parkland view; the handsome library and drawing room has been opened up so guests can admire the collections of books and paintings. Book your stayWatch The Newt video here:In order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies. Read our full review of The Newt in Somerset
The best mother daughter holidays for 2021

The best mother daughter holidays for 2021

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Get lost in Venice, ItalyRose Astor, ContributorMy mother first took me to Venice when I was a wide-eye nine-year-old. It feels appropriate, almost a rite of passage, to take my 10-year-old daughter to capture those memories through her gaze. On arrival, my daughter is helped off the boat by a charming concierge and presented with the hotel’s Venice for Kids guidebook and a stuffed Gritti Lion. Hearing tales of murders and executions thrills my oddly bloodthirsty daughter, who delights in recounting them to her brothers back home. Now read:Places to go with your dadTravels with my Father Inspiration Travels with my FatherThe best family holidays in the world 2019The best family holiday destinations in the world Family Holidays The best family holiday destinations in the world5 of the best family hotels in Italy and Sicily
The best places in the Peak District

The best places in the Peak District

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The Peak District is a national park with a split personality. In some places it is an untouched Arcadia of leafy dales, blustery heaths and tumbling streams. In others, the land is crisscrossed by railway lines, its hillsides quarried and rivers dotted with mills. Contrary to popular belief, Peak doesn’t refer to hills but supposedly derives from the Peaklanders, an Anglo-Saxon tribe. These are some of the most beautiful spots in the Peak District to explore.
The best places to stay in Portugal

The best places to stay in Portugal

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Quinta da ComportaUntil recently, there’s really only ever been one hotel worth considering in this region of drowsy fishing villages and surf shacks, and that’s a place called Sublime. Now to rival is this spot, created by Portuguese architect-designer Miguel Câncio Martins (Buddha-Bar in Paris). Bedrooms have a beach-house feel, with rattan rugs, more of those lampshades and lots of wood and wicker. The rooftop bedroom has two terraces, one that catches the morning rays, the other with views of burnt-orange sunsets over the fields. Book your staySee the full spa review of Quinta da Comporta
The best restaurants in Clapham

The best restaurants in Clapham

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Looking to head out for lunch? Can't decide where to go? Don't worry! Here's your ultimate guide to where to eat in Clapham. Check out this article to know the best spots!
The Best Pajamas for Women and Men

The Best Pajamas for Women and Men

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Looking for comfy pajamas to sit in front of the TV and enjoy your weekends? Well, look no further, check out these stylish yet comfy pajamas for Men and Women.
The best shopping in Hong Kong

The best shopping in Hong Kong

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LOCAL KNOW-HOWGLORIA CHUNG, FOOD EXPERT AND WRITER‘Traditional wonton noodle shops are slowly disappearing, so I really cherish them. Mixologist John Nugent changed my mind about Irish coffee – his version is so creamy and light! There are also mini cocktails – great for a sip after work.’‘I never thought the old-fashioned Eaton Hotel could transform into such an edgy design destination. Make sure to try its amazing Yat Tung Heen restaurant.’Keep scrolling for more images...Like this? Now read:10 Amazing Things To Do in... Hong Kong10 Amazing Things To Do in... Hong Kong City Breaks 10 Amazing Things To Do in... Hong KongSandra Choi's guide to Hong KongSandra Choi's guide to Hong Kong Style & Culture Sandra Choi's guide to Hong KongRosewood Hong Kong review: First In
The best outdoor restaurants that have availability in April

The best outdoor restaurants that have availability in April

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From 12 April 2021, restaurants and bars in London should be allowed to open their outdoor seating areas. Here we round up 21 of the best outdoor restaurants to book ahead now, from pop-up outside seating spots to the capital's classic restaurants with gardens. For more outdoor inspiration, see our edit of the where to go for outdoor drinking in London plus the best things to do outside in London. Under a banner proclaiming Joy in sunshine-yellow letters, a path leads down to an outdoor restaurant alongside the canal. Address: Quo Vadis, 26-29 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D 3LLWebsite: quovadissoho.co.ukOpen: TBCBookings available from Monday 17 May at date of publicationLondon's best restaurants with gardens
The Best Memory Foam Mattresses You Can Buy Online

The Best Memory Foam Mattresses You Can Buy Online

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The Classic Brands Cool Gel Memory Foam is another featured option in our guide to the best cheap mattresses. Latex mattresses are typically priced in the $2,000-plus range. A tasteful cotton covering and wool batting encase two layers of latex foam. Dunlop-latex mattresses inherently have less give than mattresses made from Talalay latex (a type of latex that requires a more expensive processing method) or memory foam. If you can afford spending an extra $1,000, however, we think our current latex pick, the plusher-feeling Zenhaven, is likelier to please.
The best romcoms with stunning locations to travel vicariously through

The best romcoms with stunning locations to travel vicariously through

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Do you also want your romcoms to be aesthetically pleasing with a mix of love and laughter? Then, you must check this list right away!
The Best Thermometers for Kids and Adults

The Best Thermometers for Kids and Adults

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Types of fever thermometersDigital thermometers have made difficult-to-read mercury thermometers (also known as stick thermometers) obsolete. Oral thermometers today usually pull triple duty as axillary (armpit) and rectal thermometers, as well. The UK now recommends that stick thermometers be used for armpit (axillary) measurements for newborns under 4 weeks and suggests using infrared forehead thermometers for any age above that. Ear and forehead infrared thermometers, both in-ear/on-forehead and contactless, are accurate enough to properly track a fever and are generally easier to use than stick thermometers. The Mayo Clinic now recommends infrared thermometers for infants 3 months and older and acknowledges recent studies (PDF) that show contactless, infrared thermometers to be reliable, including when used on newborns.
The Best Things We Bought in 2020 (Or How We Learned to Cope in a Pandemic)

The Best Things We Bought in 2020 (Or How We Learned to Cope in a Pandemic)

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No more fussing with pulling out large glass bottles, and it’s much easier to dispense the exact amounts I need. And if you’re thinking you can already do that on a sheet pan, I have two words for you: pan juices. —Lesley StocktonTurn food scraps into garden goldVitamix FoodCycler FC-50 ($400 at the time of publication)This summer my mom bought my partner and me a Vitamix electric composter that turns our food scraps into ready-to-use fertilizer for our garden. It’s small and quiet, and it works through a whole batch (about 2 liters) in just a couple of hours. Our staff also found some creature comforts in nostalgic sweet snacks, such as L.L.Bean’s box of mini Wicked Whoopies.
The Best Time to Visit South Georgia Island (+ Travel Tips)

The Best Time to Visit South Georgia Island (+ Travel Tips)

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Our guide to the best time to visit South Georgia Island. When is the Best Time to Visit South Georgia Island? Is Autumn the best time to visit South Georgia? October to November (Spring)There’s a couple of great reasons to visit South Georgia at the beginning of the season, and if you want to get the most dramatic wildlife experiences imaginable, the best time to visit South Georgia is in October and November. No tourist ships will visit South Georgia during winter as it’s just not safe or enjoyable.
The best villas in Greece

The best villas in Greece

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Cien (via A&K)CreteThe shady outdoor kitchen at this vast villa pulls the centre of life to the terrace. Those tiring of sea-view suppers at the house can make the one-and-a-half-mile trip into Elounda, a pretty fishing village known for its smart hotels. Sleeps: 16Price: From about £14,000 per weekBook your stayKeep scrolling for more beautiful images... In order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies. Now read:The best Greek islands to visit in 2021The best Greek islands to visit in 2021 Beaches The best Greek islands to visit in 2021The best Greek island hotels for 2021The best Greek island hotels for 2021 Places To Stay The best Greek island hotels for 202112 of the prettiest villages in Greece
The best wellness spots in Paris

The best wellness spots in Paris

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These are the best wellness spots in Paris, where a flurry of holistic hangouts has boosted its allure for those seeking wellness. Check out the full list!
The best travel movies for kids and teens

The best travel movies for kids and teens

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Do you want your children to have a fun and learning ride around the world, one travel movie at a time? Here are the recommendations for the best travel movies for your family to enjoy and learn!
The Boulder Shooting Suspect Wrote About Mass Killings on Facebook. Now He’s a Suspect in One.

The Boulder Shooting Suspect Wrote About Mass Killings on Facebook. Now He’s a Suspect in One.

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The alleged gunman in the Boulder, Colorado, massacre took notice of mass shootings around the world. A profile page on MaxPreps.com, a high school sports database, shows that the suspected gunman wrestled at Denver South High School until 2017. “He kept to himself most of the time,” Naylen Babeon, who was on the same wrestling team at Denver South, told VICE News. Filholm described Denver South High School as being diverse with many students from different nationalities—due in part to English language initiatives that were offered alongside regular classes. Mohamed Shawihdi, another former classmate from Denver High who was on the wrestling team, remembered that the shooter often talked about Islamophobia and racism.
The BEST Travel Cameras in 2021 (Every Budget and Type)

The BEST Travel Cameras in 2021 (Every Budget and Type)

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Home | Photography | The BEST Travel Cameras in 2021 (Every Budget and Type)We’ve spent years working as professional travel photographers, and are proud to have put together this definitive guide to the best travel cameras in 2021 for every budget, based on actual hands-on experience. In fact this article is going to save you time and money by diving straight into the best travel camera for every budget. This great little travel camera does it all, and for the price, it is the best travel zoom camera out there. GoPro Max – Best 360 Travel CameraWith virtual reality becoming more and more popular, it might be no surprise that one of the best travel cameras for 2021 is actually a 360-degree camera! Instead just use this guide to the best travel cameras to find out exactly what is the best choice you can afford.
The Capitol Riot Zip-Tie Guy Had Quite the Arsenal at Home, Prosecutors Say

The Capitol Riot Zip-Tie Guy Had Quite the Arsenal at Home, Prosecutors Say

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Law enforcement also found a safe containing 15 guns, including a sniper rifle, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, prosecutors said. Munchel and his mother, 57-year-old Lisa Eisenhart, were arrested in Nashville earlier this month following the insurrection on Jan. 6. They have both been charged with conspiracy, civil disorders, knowingly entering a restricted building, and violent entry on Capitol grounds. Munchel took video during the riot, according to the prosecutor’s memo. I’d rather die and would rather fight.” The article was included in the prosecutor’s memo.
The best travel documentaries to stream right now

The best travel documentaries to stream right now

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MAN ON WIRE (2008)Watch the trailer belowAdvertisementIn order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies. Stream on Amazon, Google Play and YouTubeAdvertisementFREE SOLO (2018)Watch the trailer belowIn order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies. SEASPIRACY (2021)Watch the trailer belowAdvertisementIn order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies. Stream on Google Play and YouTubeTHE BEACHES OF AGNÈS (2008)Watch the trailer belowIn order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies. Now read:23 travel films that will make you feel like you're on holiday23 travel films that will make you feel like you're on holiday Style & Culture 23 travel films that will make you feel like you're on holiday5 travel-inspired films to streamAdvertisement5 travel-inspired films to stream right now Style & Culture 5 travel-inspired films to stream right nowThe best food and travel shows to watch right now
The Caribbean's most romantic holidays

The Caribbean's most romantic holidays

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For foodies and off-grid explorersWhere St Lucia has a strong French Creole flavour – in its food, style and language – Antigua and Barbados also display their British influence. Parish churches could have sprung up from rural Dorset, afternoon tea is an enduring ritual and the gardens are English country by way of the tropics. Energetic couples can take to the waves for deep-sea fishing or jump on mountain bikes to discover an off-grid part of Antigua with Island Routes Luxury Caribbean Adventure Tours. For water babiesGrenada is the final island in Sandals’ address book, which like St Lucia has carved its own individual identity through a curious mix of British and French cultural influences. The rooms have a romantic West Indian feel with mahogany furniture, old-school fans and wooden shutters.
The CIA Tried to Have Climbers Plant a Nuke-Powered Antenna in the Himalaya

The CIA Tried to Have Climbers Plant a Nuke-Powered Antenna in the Himalaya

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The CIA Tried to Have Climbers Plant a Nuke-Powered Antenna in the HimalayaThis is a story that has floated around a bit over the years, often mentioned in passing when telling other stories about the Cold War or Himalayan climbing in the 60s, but it’s rare to get the full telling. Especially if that receiver was sitting atop a mountain peak that nestled right up against China’s border, perhaps one within the borders of India, a US ally. The government decided on Nanda Devi, a 25,643-foot high peak once thought to be the highest in the world. They recruited top climbers of the day, including Tom Frost, and sent them up with a nuclear-powered radio receiver that would run as long as the plutonium at its core remained active. Rock and Ice published a terrific story about the Nanda Devi debacle years ago, which you can read, here.
The cool Cape Town brand documenting Africa's evolving surf scene

The cool Cape Town brand documenting Africa's evolving surf scene

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We’ve been tracking this continent’s surf hubs for some time, zoning in on Morocco’s Taghazout and connecting with South Africa’s Mami Wata crew. Based in Cape Town, the dynamic surf-gear brand has been mapping out the best breaks and has now crowdfunded a book to document this evolving scene for the first time. ‘One of my favourite profiles is of Sidiq Banda, an entrepreneur and herbalist who rides the waves all over Ghana’s coastline. Read next 17 Valentine's Day travel gifts for him Style & Culture 17 Valentine's Day travel gifts for himLike this? Now read:Morocco's lesser-known surf spotMorocco's lesser-known surf spot Destinations Morocco's lesser-known surf spotThe best places to surf in AfricaAdvertisementThe best places to surf in Africa Inspiration The best places to surf in AfricaThe next-gen surfers turning plastic found on the beach into boards
The covid vaccine and travel abroad: all the latest news

The covid vaccine and travel abroad: all the latest news

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Portugal, Greece and moreThe Covid vaccine will undoubtedly make travel a safer, more realistic prospect in the near future. Do I need a Covid vaccine to travel? AdvertisementThanks to the success of the lockdown and the rapid roll-out of Covid vaccines, there is a bright light of hope on the horizon. HOW DO I GET THE COVID VACCINE? The latest lockdown rulesUK travel quarantine destinations: the latest travel corridorsAdvertisementUK travel quarantine list: The latest rules on hotels and corridors Coronavirus travel advice UK travel quarantine list: The latest rules on hotels and corridorsWhat the latest UK lockdown rules mean for travel
The COVID Vaccine Rollout Is Leaving Black People Behind

The COVID Vaccine Rollout Is Leaving Black People Behind

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Latinos, who make up 29% of the city’s population, have received 15% of the vaccines where racial data was reported. (The city said data was missing for 40% of those who’ve received the vaccine.) In Philadelphia, fewer than 15% vaccinated are Black despite Black Philadelphians being 40% of the city’s residents over the age of 75 and 45% of healthcare workers. White people make up 68% of the population but 82% of those who’ve received a first dose. In a Pew survey published shortly before the beginning of the vaccine rollout, fewer than half of Black American adults said they would get a vaccine if it were available.
The Dead Sea, Lowest Place on Earth

The Dead Sea, Lowest Place on Earth

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Traveling deeper into the desert, our ears pop as we drop below sea level. Check out this article to know about the dead sea!
'The Flight Attendant' filming locations: where the comedy-drama was shot

'The Flight Attendant' filming locations: where the comedy-drama was shot

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The Flight Attendant trailerIn order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies. A hot mess of conspiracy thriller, psychological drama, adventure caper and several shades of comedy, The Flight Attendant is as much fun as you can have watching a screen at the moment. Finally, while Cassie’s NYC is mostly a mix of the gritty and the glamourous, The Flight Attendant features a couple of familiar landmarks. ‘The Flight Attendant’ is on Sky One and NOW TVRead next Where is 'The One' filmed? See the locations for the crime dramaBehind Her Eyes filming locations: where the Netflix thriller was filmed
The Enduring Mystery of Critchfield’s Spruce

The Enduring Mystery of Critchfield’s Spruce

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The first and only time Steve Jackson spoke to Bill Critchfield was in the late 1980s. Critchfield, an authority on the conifers of North America, was at home recovering from a heart attack. Check out this article to know more.
The Huge George Floyd Settlement Is Forcing Minneapolis to Dip Into Its Savings

The Huge George Floyd Settlement Is Forcing Minneapolis to Dip Into Its Savings

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Minneapolis’ historic settlement with George Floyd’s family is so large that it’s forcing the city to dip into its savings to make that payout. With just $23.4 million set aside for lawsuit settlements, the city will get the remaining cash from its general fund balance. AdvertisementWhile the total amount available in that general fund hasn’t been made public, officials said they don’t anticipate the settlement will have much effect on residents’ taxes. The city managed to raise an additional $24 million in revenue for the general fund in 2019 through licenses and permit fees and investment income, according to the Star Tribune. Chris Stewart, the Floyd family’s attorney, made it clear Friday that he’s cared little about how the announcement would affect the criminal trial of Floyd’s accused killer.
The Island Where American Women Have to Fly 4,000 Miles for an Abortion

The Island Where American Women Have to Fly 4,000 Miles for an Abortion

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It takes eight hours, give or take, to fly across the nearly 4,000-mile stretch of ocean between Guam and Hawaii. “She induced an abortion on herself by inserting a sharpened stick coated with local herbal medicines into her uterus. Since mid-2018, Kaneshiro and Raidoo said that, between themselves and their colleagues, they’ve seen just between five and 10 abortion patients from Guam. “They are usually, understandably, devastated that they can’t get the care they need,” Raidoo said. In 2019, the island was rocked by the case of a local 12-year-old girl who’d been raped, impregnated, and unable to secure an abortion.
The Map, the Rider, the Wind, and the Cows

The Map, the Rider, the Wind, and the Cows

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Getting down to the 80's memory lane with this AJ archives. Check out this article to take a virtual weekend away!
The Mid South Gravel Race Goes Incredibly Socially Distanced

The Mid South Gravel Race Goes Incredibly Socially Distanced

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The Mid South Gravel Race Goes Incredibly Socially DistancedThe Mid South is a big one. For 2021, there will be no big gathering in Stillwater for the Mid South. Ride With GPS is helping with organizing a challenge board that will keep track of riders and distances. You’ll receive an email with information about joining the Ride With GPS challenge before event weekend. • Any time over event weekend, March 12-14, record your ride or run and upload it to the Ride With GPS challenge board.
The most amazing private island hideaways in the UK and Ireland

The most amazing private island hideaways in the UK and Ireland

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This tiny four-acre island is dominated by the lighthouse and the four-bedroom cottage over which it towers. You’ll have the run of the entire island here. The house looks out over the sea and across to Skye at every available opportunity – the bedrooms take in the views of the craggy Black Cuillin Mountains from squishy beds. All the boxes of a traditional Scottish cottage stay are ticked: the house has wood-burning stoves for chillier evenings and there’s a range oven for whipping up suppers in the sea-facing kitchen. Happily, just across the water back on Skye, there’s also a traditional Highland pub for those days when you’d rather have a brilliant chef dish up steaming bowls of locally caught mussels and fresh-as-can-be oysters.
The most beautiful cities in the UK and Ireland

The most beautiful cities in the UK and Ireland

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Once home to the city’s butchers, it’s now something of a showpiece with its fairy-tale-esque quality. History buffs can eye up Roman and Viking relics as they wind through the misshapen alleyways in town and amble around the old City Walls. And from the top of Clifford’s Tower – the largest remaining part of York Castle – originally built by William the Conqueror, there are panoramic views. In order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies. Now read:The most beautiful places in EnglandThe most beautiful places in England Destinations The most beautiful places in EnglandThe best weekend breaks in the UKThe best weekend breaks in the UK Inspiration The best weekend breaks in the UKThe best Airbnbs in the UK and Ireland
The most beautiful restaurants in the world

The most beautiful restaurants in the world

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QUADRI RESTAURANT, VENICEA grand café reinvented on St Mark's SquareOver the years this grand café gained a list of regulars that included Lord Byron, Alexandre Dumas and Marcel Proust. The Max and Raf menus highlight each of the brother’s personalities; Max is the innovative one, Raf the more traditional. Yet it is only this year that the restaurant’s 250-year-old interior caught up with the kitchen’s contemporary attitude. And on shelves above the doors, whimsical taxidermy rabbits and foxes are ready to take flight, a nod to the winged lion that guards the city. Reserve a table by the window on the first floor for a front-row view over the square, high above the crowds – because this is once again the most-coveted spot in Venice.
The Motorcycle Queen of Miami Was More Than Fast Enough

The Motorcycle Queen of Miami Was More Than Fast Enough

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For a Black woman to do this in 1930 is of an order of magnitude riskier, more dangerous, and ten orders of magnitude more badass. She eventually made it across the continent, the first Black woman to ride a motorcycle nationwide, solo. Check out the full article to know more.
The Nomad Life Was Never Part of Their Plan, But it Works

The Nomad Life Was Never Part of Their Plan, But it Works

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When you arrive at a campground, it can be difficult to tell who’s there on vacation, and who’s there simply living. It’s not a vacation for them, not a game, but their life. That’s the premise of the new Frances McDormand-helmed film Nomadland, getting rave reviews and Oscar nods, and available to stream widely. Rather than continue to work his ass off just to pay for a dreary apartment, he cut down his work week, moved into a van, and spent more time outside, doing what he wanted. He started working only 32 hours a week, and since every weekend was a three-day weekend, he spent more time camping with his kids, which “tremendously helped” his mental outlook on life.
The Mysterious Case of the F*cking Good Pizza

The Mysterious Case of the F*cking Good Pizza

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The menu was divided up by categories like “F*cking Good Pizzas” and “F*cking Good Sides” and “F*cking Good Drinks,” as though the quality of these offerings was somehow supposed to speak for itself. But there was something about this particular cluster of restaurant brands that was harder to pin down. There’s no mention of CloudKitchens on Future Foods’ bare-bones website , and my repeated emails to Future Foods went unanswered. The first thing I noticed about Future Foods was that it didn’t seem to have much of an online presence. When his pizza arrived, it looked more like a thick-crust Papa John’s pizza than the New York-style pizza he thought he was getting.
The Oneonta Gorge Hike to Lower Oneonta Falls

The Oneonta Gorge Hike to Lower Oneonta Falls

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While living in Portland, we’ve done this Oneonta Gorge hike several times. Overall the Oneonta Gorge hike is quick but has some fun obstacles. ONEONTA GORGE HIKE TO LOWER ONEONTA FALLSDistance: 1.0 miles round tripElevation Gain: 0 FeetDifficulty: Moderate-DifficultSeasons: August to OctoberWhat You See: Lower Oneonta Falls, Swimming Hole in High SummerTrailhead Coordinates: 45.58948,-122.07531 1.0 miles round trip0 FeetModerate-DifficultAugust to OctoberLower Oneonta Falls, Swimming Hole in High SummerPinNote: What used to be once a local spot or hidden treasure has become a huge tourist attraction. PinPin PinPinPin PinPinPin PinPinPin PinPinPinPinPin PinPinPinJacob’s cousin traversed over and kept relatively dry, but we saw several others try and fall in. For Oneonta gorge directions, here’s the destination point on google maps.
The Prettiest Views In London

The Prettiest Views In London

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Visiting London for the first time? Looking for the perfect places to admire its beauty? Check out this article to know all the pretty views in London.
The Only Good Memes Left Are Those Made in Dreams

The Only Good Memes Left Are Those Made in Dreams

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In the subreddit Thomas the Plank Engine, people post the strange memes that they see in their sleep. The surreal humor that comes from dream memes is attractive to all of them, in part because the randomness of dreams makes connections that the waking mind would not. There's not much separating dream memes from intentional humor, but people making up dream memes doesn't seem to be much of a concern to the mods of Thomas the Plank Engine. "Dream memes are made after the fact, based on pieced-together fragments of what you remember from your dreams," they said. To TA10S, the distinction between a "real" meme and a dream meme is even more blurry.
The Readers' Choice Awards 2020: our readers' favourite UK hotels

The Readers' Choice Awards 2020: our readers' favourite UK hotels

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The Pig near Bath, Somerset 91.0030. Foxhill Manor Private House Hotel, Cotswolds 94.3122. The Gainsborough Bath Spa, Bath 98.132. Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Chippenham 98.151. Now read:Readers' Choice Awards 2020: All the winnersReaders' Choice Awards 2020: All the winners Inspiration Readers' Choice Awards 2020: All the winnersThe best cities in the UK 2020The best cities in the UK 2020 Destinations The best cities in the UK 2020The most beautiful villages in the UK 2020
The PERFECT 3 Days in New York City Itinerary (2021 Guide)

The PERFECT 3 Days in New York City Itinerary (2021 Guide)

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The OculusSpending 3 days in New York City without seeing the stunning architectural wonder of The Oculus would be a shame. This is a must-do during your New York City itinerary. Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge is a perfect way to ease into the evening at the end of your first day in New York City. Going for a walk in Central Park is not to be missed on any New York City 3-day itinerary. New York City HallA short 15-minute walk from Chinatown is the City Hall of New York, which happens to be one of the oldest ones in the entire US.
The roadside restaurants upping their game

The roadside restaurants upping their game

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While most of the USA is au fait with a car-park dinner, it reaches its zenith in the South-west. Newer to the scene in the UK is Mark Hix, who shuttered his five restaurants across London and Lyme Regis in response to the pandemic. Now read:The cheapest, nicest restaurants in the world – according to our editorsThe cheapest, nicest restaurants in the world – according to our editors Eating & Drinking The cheapest, nicest restaurants in the world – according to our editorsAre road trips the best way to travel? AdvertisementAre road trips the best way to travel? Inspiration Are road trips the best way to travel?
The Right to Repair Movement Is Poised to Explode in 2021

The Right to Repair Movement Is Poised to Explode in 2021

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Whether it’s John Deere’s efforts to make tractor repair costly and annoying, Apple’s bullying of independent repair shops, or Sony and Microsoft’s attempt to monopolize game console repair, US corporations have done an incredible job the last few years driving bipartisan public interest in the “right to repair” movement. The surge in interest in right to repair isn’t great news for companies keen on perpetuating the waste inherent in planned obsolescence. In Massachusetts, the auto industry reverted to running ads that falsely claimed that right repair rules would somehow embolden sexual predators. In reality, companies largely just fear diminishing repair revenue, competition from independent repair shops, and a loss of control, activists say. “Despite the broad popularity of right to repair among legislators and voters of both parties, it's a battle,” he said.
The Romanian Bears Are Chasing Skiers Again

The Romanian Bears Are Chasing Skiers Again

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The Romanian Bears Are Chasing Skiers AgainWasn’t all that long ago, January in fact, that video emerged from Romania’s Predeal ski resort of a bear chasing a skier down a run. That video filmed from a chairlift removed the sense of urgency as it was filmed by curious onlookers. Earlier this month another bear chases skier video from Romania. Same resort, the brother of the January bear, and a POV video shot by ski instructor Adrian Stoica. Stoica saw the bear approach his class of 15 skiers.
The sustainable safari to know about: Xigera Safari Lodge, Botswana

The sustainable safari to know about: Xigera Safari Lodge, Botswana

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AdvertisementSunken Lily Lounge at Xigera Safari Lodge, Botswana Adriaan LouwThe 12 new elevated suites, most of them facing the floodplains, still blend into the hardwood forest, despite being much bigger and more spread out, but that’s where any similarity to the original ends. AdvertisementGazebo at Xigera Safari Lodge, Botswana Adriaan LouwThe commitment to human sustainability runs alongside these efforts, with a focus on preserving cultural heritage and supporting community-owned artisan businesses. Hand-carved table at Xigera Safari Lodge, Botswana Adriaan LouwMany items were made from reused materials. The latest lockdown rulesKeep scrolling for more pictures of Xigera Safari LodgeMavros Safaris offers three nights at Xigera Safari Lodge from £6,600 per person, full board, including flights, game drives, excursions and yoga. Now read:What it's like to be on safari during lockdownWhat it's like to be on safari during lockdown Destinations What it's like to be on safari during lockdownBotswana: six incredible safari lodgesAdvertisementBotswana: six incredible safari lodges Places To Stay Botswana: six incredible safari lodgesWhy you should be seeking out black-owned safari camps
The Songs That Made This Never-Ending January Worthwhile

The Songs That Made This Never-Ending January Worthwhile

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Adding "Good Days" to this month's Best Songs list might be cheating, considering SZA first teased the single at the end of the "Hit Different" video last summer. Check out this article to groove to this track.
The Tamagotchi Cemetery

The Tamagotchi Cemetery

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In 1996, Japanese toy designers Aki Maita and Yokoi Akihiro debuted the first ever Tamagotchi. The Tamagotchi interface is incredibly simple, with most utilising three buttons, which correspond to care functions of the creature. As bizarre as it sounds, after recently discovering a pair of 25-year old Tamagotchi survivors, I believe nothing to be impossible. In more recent English-language variants, this cemetery scene was substituted for an angel of death, or a cheery little UFO, popping in to take the Tamagotchi back to its home planet. Quickly, the soul of the deceased is surrounded by tiny little angels, who guide it to the pearly gates and Tamagotchi heaven, which is mainly pink clouds and sweets.
The Traveller guide to keeping kids entertained at home during lockdown

The Traveller guide to keeping kids entertained at home during lockdown

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If, like us, you’ve got to that stage of lockdown with your children that you’ve wearied of Mr Wicks, have painted more rainbows than a leprechaun’s seen the end of and tie-dyed anything remotely wearable (scrunchies, socks, pants), then we’re here to help with a bumper blast of stay-at-home ideas to stop the family going completely feral.
The UK holidays to book for 2021

The UK holidays to book for 2021

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So in 2020, the UK staycation was embraced – from glamping in yurts and country-house breaks to slow travel on a canal-boat trip. If you book, you do so at your own risk.' We spoke to insiders in the hotel and travel industry to find out how UK staycations are shaping up – here are the key things we learnt. When it comes to booking holidays, no prizes for guessing that July and August are the most popular months. ‘There is now limited availability for summer holidays in many destinations,’ says Oliver Bell, co-founder of luxe holiday-rental outfit Oliver’s Travels.
The UK hotels opening on Monday 12 April

The UK hotels opening on Monday 12 April

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This is how a handful of top hotels around England and Wales have, at very short notice, managed to move their post-lockdown reopening date forward to Monday 12 April and still stay within UK government rulings. Treehouses, cottages and apartments attached to, or in the grounds of, these hotels are opening their doors, and many of the outdoor activities these smart properties usually offer in normal times are also available. Al fresco dining in the grounds and hamper meals delivered to your door are just some of the tweaks enabling a hotel stay, without it technically being a hotel stay, and making it possible earlier than you might think. Here are nine of our favourite hotels you could reserve from 12 April. Find out what's happening with the rest of the UK's hotels in our constantly updated article: 'Are UK hotels and Airbnbs open?
The Ultimate Guide to HIKING in New Zealand (2021 Guide)

The Ultimate Guide to HIKING in New Zealand (2021 Guide)

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Home | New Zealand | The Ultimate Guide to Hiking in New Zealand (2021 Update)Everything you need to know about hiking in New Zealand, in our ultimate trekking guide. Firstly, New Zealand has the Southern Alps which are a chain of mountains running centrally through the South Island. The Hooker Valley Track in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is a real highlight when hiking in New Zealand. Best Time to Go Hiking in New ZealandThe timing for the best hiking in New Zealand can be hard to pick because of its vast array of environments. CramponsIce picksEmergency blanketEmergency beaconHeavily insulated gloves with warmersSnow gaiters[box] That’s it for my ultimate guide to the best New Zealand hikes.
The VICE Starter Pack for Dating After COVID

The VICE Starter Pack for Dating After COVID

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Some people have really savored the return of intentional “slow dating” that reigned pre-internet. Which doesn’t mean they matter any less—it just means you’re looking for fulfillment outside of the ol' Nuclear Family trajectory. Keep up the picnic thingPhoto: Composite by VICE StaffA classic for a reason. One of our favorites: Rito’s bakery in Brunswick, Ohio, who makes “an extra-large chocolate dipped cannoli shell stuffed with 36 small cannoli.” Or just get into the DIY cannoli kit thing, to show off your stuffing skills. 1, $35 for 4 bottles (8 cocktails) at Curious ElixirsWhen and if you *are* ready for that lil day/weekend tripPhoto: Composite by VICE StaffAh, the Big Little Trip Upstate.
The wellness retreats that are helping to protect the planet

The wellness retreats that are helping to protect the planet

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FORESTISDOLOMITES, ITALYPeople have sought out the apple-cheeked, health-boosting benefits of South Tyrol’s mountains for centuries. ‘I was always so impressed when travelling in Japan and India that the people there had held onto ancient practices. So yoga is replaced by wyda, a series of movements and meditation carried out beside rushing streams and in the cool, quiet forest. Meanwhile, the zero-waste kitchen turns out delicately plated ingredients that are foraged (forest spinach; pickled pine sprouts) or sourced from the hotel garden or nearby producers. By Grainne McBrideHealing Holidays offers a three-night Peace Of Mind programme from £1,199 per person, half board, including flights and transfers.
The Western United States Is a Hotspot for Snow Droughts

The Western United States Is a Hotspot for Snow Droughts

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The most notable area was the western United States, which saw a 28% increase in the length of periods of snow drought. Snow droughts can also have far-reaching effects on agriculture — and economies. A snow drought in Afghanistan in 2017-2018 triggered crop failures and livestock loses that left 10 million people food insecure. The most notable area was the western United States, which saw a 28% increase in the length of periods of snow drought. Better understanding of how to measure and track snow droughts can give water managers another tool to help plan for similar droughts and to better manage this changing resource.
The Writing Is On the Wall for the 2021 Wildfire Season

The Writing Is On the Wall for the 2021 Wildfire Season

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For the 2021 fire season, the writing is on the wall. The West, despite a few days of intense winter, is far drier than it was leading up to last year’s record-breaking fires. As a hotshot crew member, the reality of what’s to come fills me with two distinct thoughts: money and dread. Jared Polis and state legislators from both sides of the aisle released a series of bills aimed at wildfire mitigation, not only wildfire suppression. The millions the state spends now on restoring forests and hardening homes pale in comparison to the costs of firefighting and rebuilding homes.
There Are Tons of Shirt Jackets Out There, But This One Might Be the Best

There Are Tons of Shirt Jackets Out There, But This One Might Be the Best

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There Are Tons of Shirt Jackets Out There, But This One Might Be the Best. Check out this article to get lucky!
There's a Hidden Binary Message on Perseverance's Mars Parachute

There's a Hidden Binary Message on Perseverance's Mars Parachute

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NASA released stunning new footage of the Perseverance rover’s touchdown on the surface of Mars on Monday, revealing the robot’s skyward view of the supersonic parachute that allowed it to slow down enough to safely land on the red planet. In addition to the general awe of witnessing the final descent to an alien planet, the video contained a hidden message: keen-eyed space enthusiasts on social media noticed that the parachute displayed an unusual red-and-white pattern. AdvertisementTo the delight of the subreddit r/nasa, redditors and others online were able to decode the pattern as a deliberate message written in a parachute version of binary code. The supersonic easter egg reads “dare mighty things”: the motto of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), home of the Perseverance mission team. A Twitter user who also cracked the code posted an explanation adding that the large sections of 1s (all red) could be ignored.
There’s a Lifted, Meaner-Looking Subaru Outback ‘Wilderness’ Coming in 2022

There’s a Lifted, Meaner-Looking Subaru Outback ‘Wilderness’ Coming in 2022

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There’s a Lifted, Meaner-Looking Subaru Outback ‘Wilderness’ Coming in 2022The Subaru Outback (as well as the taller, shorter Forester) already has impressive off-road chops from the factory. 8.7 inches of ground clearance, a terrific AWD system, plus X-Mode, a sophisticated software suite that outthinks terrain for even more traction. Most crucially, they need highly visible externally mounted shovels. They are reportedly releasing a Wilderness version of the Outback starting in 2022. There appears to be a much tougher roof rack, no doubt to support rooftop tents without having to buy aftermarket rack equipment, and to show off that externally mounted shovel, of course.
These 12 People Will Decide If Derek Chauvin Goes to Prison for Murdering George Floyd

These 12 People Will Decide If Derek Chauvin Goes to Prison for Murdering George Floyd

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Chauvin was taken into custody for Floyd's death. When Derek Chauvin goes on trial Monday, prosecutors will have to convince six white and six non-white jurors that the former Minneapolis cop who kneeled on George Floyd’s neck intended to harm him. Jurors were asked if they had participated in protests after Floyd’s death or seen the body camera footage. The report, however, ruled Floyd’s death a homicide and stressed that his drug use wasn’t the cause. Prosecutors will have to prove that Chauvin endangered the lives of others when he took control of the police encounter with Floyd.
These Boots Saw Me Through This Winter and Hopefully Many Others to Come

These Boots Saw Me Through This Winter and Hopefully Many Others to Come

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These Boots Saw Me Through This Winter and Hopefully Many Others to ComeTechnical winter boots are great. For technical things. They’re great. Kodiak, founded in Ontario, Canada, has been around since 1910, they even occasionally provide Canada’s official Winter Olympics ceremony footwear. If you miss real leather boots, you’ll adore these.
Things to do in London this week during lockdown: 1 – 7 February 2021

Things to do in London this week during lockdown: 1 – 7 February 2021

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Find the prettiest views of London in your local areaIf you’re looking for inspiration for your daily excursion, look no further than our round-up of the prettiest views in London. The prettiest views in London Destinations The prettiest views in London10. Focus on activities that will be useful beyond the realms of lockdown, such as learning how to take great photographs for your next holiday. Nikon is offering online photography workshops that you can do from home. Now read:The best takeaways in London for deliveryThe best takeaways in London for delivery Eating & Drinking The best takeaways in London for delivery12 memorable lockdown birthday ideas12 memorable lockdown birthday ideas Eating & Drinking 12 memorable lockdown birthday ideas8 of the best Masterclasses for people who love to travel
This Capitol Rioter Claimed He Was a Top FBI Agent. Here's Why He Probably Wasn't.

This Capitol Rioter Claimed He Was a Top FBI Agent. Here's Why He Probably Wasn't.

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According to Plofchan, Caldwell is a decorated Navy veteran who has held “Top Secret” security clearance since 1979 and served in a senior position in the FBI. And national security experts told VICE News that some items on his record don’t add up. “Turn on gas.”It’s not unusual for militia members to fudge their military or national security credentials for clout. It makes sense that Caldwell held Top Secret security clearance at least at one point in his career. “For Top Secret, the review is every five years,” Bradley Moss, a national security lawyer, explained about security clearances.
This Company Wants To Fight Mental Health With Wearable Tech

This Company Wants To Fight Mental Health With Wearable Tech

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This is the future of your mental healthcare, as imagined by Sentio Solutions, a San Francisco-based tech company. Check out this article to know how wearing a sensory wristband can help you balance mental health.
This Company Wants to Replace Therapy With Wearable Tech

This Company Wants to Replace Therapy With Wearable Tech

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This is the future of your mental healthcare, as imagined by Sentio Solutions, a San Francisco-based tech company. Check out this article to know more.
This Dad’s Emotional Defense of His Trans Daughter’s Rights Is Going Viral

This Dad’s Emotional Defense of His Trans Daughter’s Rights Is Going Viral

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A father with a transgender daughter appeared before the Missouri state Legislature recently to plead with lawmakers who want to block her from playing sports with other girls. A wave of similar bills, aimed at restricting trans kids’ lives, are now sweeping across state legislatures. AdvertisementOne of his four kids, Boulware said, is a trans girl. I’m so glad it didn’t.”Other Missouri residents, including some trans children, also spoke out against the bill during the committee hearing. In at least 17 states, lawmakers have also introduced bills that would ban trans kids from accessing gender-affirming healthcare.
This Ex-Cop Says He Only Stormed the Capitol to Check Out the Art

This Ex-Cop Says He Only Stormed the Capitol to Check Out the Art

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Two days later, he resigned from his post at the Houston Police Department, after 18 years on the force. But federal investigators quickly uncovered his lies and arrested him for unlawful entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds on Wednesday. After letting agents look through his phone, however, they found photos and videos of Pham inside the Capitol Building in his recently deleted folder. Pham said that he had attended a pro-Trump rally with his wife and a friend at 7 a.m. and later decided to follow a crowd headed for the Capitol Building, according to court documents. That’s when he thought, why not take the opportunity to appreciate some of the fine art on display.
This Open Air Vermont Art Gallery Requires Skis or Snowshoes to Visit

This Open Air Vermont Art Gallery Requires Skis or Snowshoes to Visit

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Typically, nature is its own kind of art gallery when you’re traipsing around in skinny skis or snowshoes. But at the Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro, Vermont, to see the art, you gotta strap in. Check out this article to know more.
This T-Shirt Has Embarked on a World Tour Because You Can't

This T-Shirt Has Embarked on a World Tour Because You Can't

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Cooped up indoors through most of 2020, most people wanted to leave and travel as far as they could. That’s when Agarwal came up with the idea of Project HOPE: the travelling t-shirt. A T-shirt that travels across the world, I bet you haven’t heard of that one before. Many agreed, and that’s how the journey of Hope, the Travelling T-shirt began. To ensure the variety of content that is created as part of this project, Agarwal scoured social media to find offbeat artists that represent the signature art of their city.
This Year’s Conservative Agenda Is Still All About Trump

This Year’s Conservative Agenda Is Still All About Trump

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President Donald Trump kisses the American flag after speaking at Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2020, at the National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, Md., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Despite President Trump now being former President Trump, the GOP’s agenda at its annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) still includes a lot of him—and the issues his administration prioritized. The American Conservative Union, which organizes CPAC, released its schedule on Sunday for the “America Uncancelled”-themed conference, which is being held in Orlando this year and begins Thursday. AdvertisementNot only is Trump delivering the keynote speech, but several of the events—like "So You’ve Been De-platformed. Now What?”—are clear signs that the conservative movement will continue to talk about the culture war issues Trump emphasized during his time in office.
Toledo, Spain’s Historic, Spiritual, and Artistic Capital

Toledo, Spain’s Historic, Spiritual, and Artistic Capital

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Spain’s historic capital has 2,000 years of tangled history crowded onto a high, rocky perch. Centuries later, when the Christians conquered the city, they made it Spain’s political and religious capital. Today, while small in population and of minor importance politically, Toledo remains a vital center of culture, art and religion. For centuries, Christians, Jews, and Muslims enjoyed this city together. But that was also the year that Spanish Christians exiled the Jews and successfully kicked the Moors back into Africa.
Top 10 Budget Tips for Iceland

Top 10 Budget Tips for Iceland

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Traveling around Iceland working on our Rick Steves’ Iceland guidebook, I experienced some sticker shock. Since Iceland has no tipping custom, and taxes are included, you’ll pay exactly the price you see on the menu. Stock up at the airport duty-free store on arrival — with the lowest prices in Iceland — or at a government-run liquor store (called Vínbúðin). To stretch your budget, choose carefully, and don’t assume every museum is a worthwhile investment. For lots more advice on traveling to Iceland, check out the new Rick Steves’ Iceland guidebook.
Top 16 Things to Do in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Top 16 Things to Do in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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after swimming in this lake, but have also known several others who have swam here many times with no problem. Best swimming spots in Lake AtitlanSan Marcos is said to have the cleanest shore for swimming. One type is a more relaxed "dance" type ceremony where participants drink chocolate, dance and mingle, and perhaps go through a few guided exercises together. And if you like the idea of a cacao ceremony, why stop there? San Marcos is the place to be to get your chakras balanced, have a reiki session or participate in a meditation retreat.
Tortuga Outbreaker Backpack

Tortuga Outbreaker Backpack

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If you have a great experience with a Tortuga product, we're both happy. Our WarrantyTo the original owner, the Tortuga warranty guarantees against defects in materials and craftsmanship for as long as you own the product. What is Not CoveredThe Tortuga warranty does not cover damages resulting from normal wear and tear, improper use, abuse, negligence, or accident. Tortuga products are designed to protect your gear, but we are not responsible for any damage to, or loss of, the contents of your bag. This warranty is limited to Tortuga products, not anything that may be carried in them.
Tragedy and Triumph on Winter K2 as Sherpas Claim Last Great Himalayan Prize

Tragedy and Triumph on Winter K2 as Sherpas Claim Last Great Himalayan Prize

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According to preliminary accounts, Mingote fell while descending below Camp 1 (19,965 feet) after a night spent higher on the mountain. K2 is the last of the word’s 14 highest peaks to be scaled in winter, an accomplishment many regarded as the last great first in Himalayan mountaineering. That prize now goes to a team composed mostly of Sherpa men who started their climbing careers as high-altitude porters. The summit team also included Mingma David Sherpa, Mingma Tenzi Sherpa, Geljen Sherpa, Pem Chhiri Sherpa, Dawa Temba Sherpa, Kili Pemba Sherpa, and Dawa Tenjing Sherpa. Mingote was descending to base camp when he fell from a point below Camp 1 almost to Advanced Base Camp.
Traditional Dutch Life: Sailing the Zuiderzee to Marken

Traditional Dutch Life: Sailing the Zuiderzee to Marken

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With the comfort of knowing Dutch engineers are keeping the sea at bay. Here you can experience the landscape of Holland as it was back in the 17th century. Check out this article to explore more.
Travel During COVID-19

Travel During COVID-19

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New Travel Requirements: All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States. Do NOT travel if you were exposed to COVID-19, you are sick or you test positive for COVID-19. All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States. Check CDC’s COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination before planning your trip. All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States.
Travellers Entering Canada Will Have to Pay $2,000 for a Hotel Quarantine

Travellers Entering Canada Will Have to Pay $2,000 for a Hotel Quarantine

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AdvertisementIn the coming weeks, international travellers will receive a mandatory COVID-19 test when they land. The quarantine expense for travellers awaiting test results will be $2,000. Over the last two weeks, at least 139 flights entering Canada have reported a known case of COVID-19. For weeks, Trudeau has suggested he would implement even more stringent travel restrictions, and has repeatedly urged people to avoid all non-essential travel, including between provinces. As of January 7, anyone boarding a flight en route to Canada has to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of departure.
Trek Debuts the E-Caliber 9.9, a $13,000 E-Mtb That Costs $13,000

Trek Debuts the E-Caliber 9.9, a $13,000 E-Mtb That Costs $13,000

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Trek Debuts the E-Caliber 9.9, a $13,000 E-Mtb That Costs $13,000Okay, okay, the top of the line build for Trek’s new e-Caliber is technically $12,499, so we rounded up a little, but with tax and possibly shipping, you’re cozying up next to $13 grand. There’s an “entry”-level version that runs about $6,500 too, for those out there on a “budget.”So what is it? The e-Caliber has the same 60mm of rear travel, and a slightly longer 120mm fork than the Supercaliber’s 100mm front squish. What does a nearly $13k bike buy you in terms of weight savings, relatively speaking of course since this is an e-bike? But then, wouldn’t you just get a short-travel trail bike since the motor can push more bike?
Trump Is in Full Grudge Mode Against the GOP Right Now

Trump Is in Full Grudge Mode Against the GOP Right Now

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(Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)Former President Donald Trump wants conservative donors to stop giving money to other Republicans. Though the numbers for the first quarter of fundraising won’t be available until later this month, Trump’s PAC had more than $31 million in cash as of January 31, according to FEC filings. Trump’s lawyers sent the letter on Friday to the RNC, and the Republican House and Senate campaign committees, Politico reported. But Trump supporters in Congress seem to be already be backing a future in which the GOP’s campaign infrastructure is replaced by one run by the Trump organization. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a top Trump ally, said in a Fox Business interview Tuesday morning that Trump’s PAC is a better fit for conservative donors’ money.
Trump Is One Step Closer to a Possible Criminal Case for That Georgia Phone Call

Trump Is One Step Closer to a Possible Criminal Case for That Georgia Phone Call

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Former President Trump’s infamous Georgia phone call is coming back to haunt him. AdvertisementThe probe presents the absurd vision of the Georgia secretary of state investigating a phone call to … the Georgia secretary of state. The office’s investigation is technically “fact-finding and administrative in nature,” Walter Jones, a spokesman for the Georgia secretary of state, told VICE News Monday evening. Advertisement“All I want to do is this,” Trump told Raffensperger. David Worley, a local Georgia Democrat on the board, sent a letter to other members asking for an investigation.
Trump Used His CPAC Speech to Call Out 17 of His Haters by Name

Trump Used His CPAC Speech to Call Out 17 of His Haters by Name

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held in the Hyatt Regency on February 28, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)In his highly-anticipated first speech since leaving office, former President Donald Trump took the stage at CPAC on Sunday to complain about cancel culture while also targeting every congressional Republican by name who voted to impeach him. The ex-president also targeted Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who publicly waffled on the issue of Trump’s impeachment before voting against it. One of the Republicans targeted by Trump warned that Trump’s continuing to play an influential role in the Republican Party would be corrosive. On Sunday Trump teased a 2024 run while again repeating the big lie about his 2020 loss.
Trump’s New Lawyers Have Some History With Jeffrey Epstein and Bill Cosby

Trump’s New Lawyers Have Some History With Jeffrey Epstein and Bill Cosby

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Former President Trump’s entire impeachment legal team bailed on him over the weekend, and the two guys he picked as their replacements are bringing some, um, interesting baggage. One of the lawyers, David Schoen, has made headlines for insisting that the infamous accused sex-offender Jeffrey Epstein was murdered in jail. The change-up occurred just a week before Trump’s impeachment trial is due to start on Feb. 9 in the Senate, giving the new guys a tight window to prepare his defense. Schoen said he’d agreed to represent Epstein and was still sorting out final details at the time that Epstein died. That’s not what this impeachment trial is about.”
Trump’s War on Jon Bon Jovi Could Smash His Empire

Trump’s War on Jon Bon Jovi Could Smash His Empire

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Former President Trump may soon start to wish he’d never wrangled with Jon Bon Jovi over football. That’s because their 2014 battle to buy the Buffalo Bills helped set the stage for the New York attorney general’s investigation of Trump’s company. Trump vs. Bon JoviBack in 2014, Trump was trying to raise the funds for his bid and also shake off a rival: a group of Canadian investors that had teamed up with Jon Bon Jovi. Local Bills fans turned against the singer of “Livin’ on a Prayer” and declared local bars “Bon Jovi–Free Zones.”In the end, Trump didn’t get the Bills, and neither did Bon Jovi. Bon Jovi later insisted he never planned to take the Bills out of Buffalo.
TV Review: The Unique Catharsis of 'It's a Sin'

TV Review: The Unique Catharsis of 'It's a Sin'

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Russell T Davies's drama about the AIDS crisis demands so much more of us than to simply mourn the dead. Check out this article to know more.
Turns Out, ‘Runner’s High’ Is Way More Literal Than You Thought

Turns Out, ‘Runner’s High’ Is Way More Literal Than You Thought

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Turns Out, ‘Runner’s High’ Is Way More Literal Than You ThoughtCannabinoids. The same chemicals responsible (sorta, it’s complicated) for the high one gets from cannabis, or marijuana, and which the body produces naturally in the form of endocannabinoids, are actually what you’re chasing if you’re chasing a runner’s high. But, it turns out, endorphins can’t cross the blood brain barrier and therefore can’t affect mood. The study blocked the uptake of endorphins in the body of test subjects running on treadmills, but the subjects still reported feeling a runner’s high. Pretty cool, but raises even more questions, chiefly, did we evolve a runner’s high as a means of keeping us from stopping?
Twitter Is Banning Amazon ‘Ambassadors’ and It’s a Total Mess

Twitter Is Banning Amazon ‘Ambassadors’ and It’s a Total Mess

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A majority of these accounts don't belong to Amazon, and could return if they clearly declare themselves as parody accounts, Twitter has told Motherboard. @AmazonFCDarla and @AmazonFCLulu are just two of the accounts Twitter suspended yesterday. @AmazonFCDarla and other seemingly fake Amazon ambassador accounts had open direct messages. If you've been taken by an Amazon ambassador account that is now suspended, chances are it was a parody account. If your goal is to find out what it's actually like to work at Amazon, the "authentic" Amazon ambassador accounts are a joke as well.
Two Winter Jacket Recommendations From Brands You Might Not Know

Two Winter Jacket Recommendations From Brands You Might Not Know

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You pretty much know that winter jackets from the usual suspects are gonna be great: Mountain Hardwear, Outdoor Research, Columbia, Marmot, REI, Eddie Bauer (maybe our fave of the big manufacturers), etc. But, and you know there’s a but coming, this is a jacket that you can easily have for the rest of your life. I’d rather pay $500 for this jacket once, than buy a new shell for $200 every five or so years. • BUY $529Then, for truly, truly cold weather, I’m a very big fan of the Minnesota-based Askov Finlayson Winter Parka. The Patagonia Isthmus 3-in-1 jacket is a parka that has a removable outer shell with a fleece jacket below that can handle just about any weather you throw at it.
UK travel quarantine destinations: The latest news on hotels and corridors

UK travel quarantine destinations: The latest news on hotels and corridors

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What’s the latest UK travel news? Read next Quarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to know Inspiration Quarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to knowWHAT COUNTRIES ARE EXEMPT FROM THE UK QUARANTINE RULES? As of Monday 18 January, no countries are exempt from UK quarantine rules. What the latest lockdown rules meanWould I need to take any quarantine period as a holiday? What the latest UK lockdown rules mean for travel
Uber Founder Launches Luxury Airline So Rich People Can Go on COVID Vacations

Uber Founder Launches Luxury Airline So Rich People Can Go on COVID Vacations

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A new luxury airline is beckoning wealthy vacationers while health officials push for tighter restrictions on nonessential travel. Lee said there is no safe way to travel at this stage of the pandemic, especially with new variants emerging that are significantly more contagious. I get that, because we’re a year in and we keep getting told what we cannot do,” Lee said. Even if the flights were virus-proof, there are risks travelling to and from the airport and mingling at vacation destinations. It keeps getting re-seeded and spread about… It’s just that small group (travelling) because the policies allow them to do it.
UK festivals 2021: 26 of the best

UK festivals 2021: 26 of the best

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There’s a suitably wide-ranging arts, theatre and comedy programme, too, and you can even have a swim in the Lordship’s pool. If you pack one thing: Swimming gear so that you can make the most of the pool. Website: standon-calling.comAddress: Standon Calling, Standon Lordship, Standon, HertfordshirePrice: Weekend camping tickets from £149 (second release)7. But Bluedot hasn’t sacrificed music for its science credentials, and there will be a brilliant, genre-straddling roster of artists performing. If you pack one thing: A decent but compact camera to capture the incredible visual feats taking place.
UK travel quarantine list: The latest rules on hotels and corridors

UK travel quarantine list: The latest rules on hotels and corridors

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What’s the latest UK travel news? This is in addition to the current quarantine rules mentioned above. WHAT COUNTRIES ARE EXEMPT FROM THE UK QUARANTINE RULES? As of Monday 18 January, no countries are exempt from UK quarantine rules. What the latest UK lockdown rules mean for travel
Uncovering Northern Thailand, the secret region drawing city dwellers back to the land

Uncovering Northern Thailand, the secret region drawing city dwellers back to the land

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and it’s not just that of shamans and forest spirits, but an ethereal force drawing city dwellers and silence-seekers to rural Chiang Dao in the Himalayan foothills of northern Thailand. But summers were spent hanging out on the banks of the Ping river, near the family holiday home in Chiang Dao. Chiang Dao mountains Chris SchalkxChiang Dao is the land of plenty. ‘Here they can find the truth.’Fields near Chiang Dao Chris SchalkxThe next day, I’m knee-deep in a crystalline stream cutting through thick bamboo forest. Dek Doi can arrange trips in Chiang Dao from about £50 per person for a two-night group weekend.
Up to My Earlobes in Hot Water, in Budapest’s Best Bath

Up to My Earlobes in Hot Water, in Budapest’s Best Bath

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The Széchenyi Baths are Budapest’s ultimate thermal spa experience. And before I know it, I’m in my swim trunks and up to my earlobes in hundred-degree water — milky with minerals and steamy with geothermal heat. Feeling the steaming cascade pound and pound and pound against my shoulders, I slip into a meditative trance, losing all track of time and place. It’s the opposite of water torture…it’s water bliss. But it’s comforting to know that the Széchenyi Baths will always be here.
Vaccine passports: everything you need to know

Vaccine passports: everything you need to know

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What are Covid vaccine passports? So if there is a requirement, any viewer can then ask for their vaccine certificate, in the way that we do pre-departure test certificates now.’AdvertisementWhen might vaccine passports be introduced? Now read:What does the latest Covid vaccine news mean for travel? Inspiration What does the latest Covid vaccine news mean for travel? Quarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to knowAdvertisementQuarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to know Inspiration Quarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to knowWhen will we travel?
Vaccine passports for travel: everything you need to know

Vaccine passports for travel: everything you need to know

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What are Covid vaccine passports for travel? When might vaccine passports for travel be introduced? AdvertisementWhat has the government said about vaccine passports for travel? An alternative to a vaccine passport would be a digital certificate showing the holder had a recent negative test. Quarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to knowAdvertisementQuarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to know Inspiration Quarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to knowWhen will we travel?
Vaccines and Travel: What You Need to Know

Vaccines and Travel: What You Need to Know

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“We should try to try to hold the line and do the things we know are safe, because we still have so much virus out there,” Dr. Watson said. “Regardless of vaccination status, I would not go into a crowded club right now.”Do I need to show proof of vaccination in order to travel? As a means to reboot the decimated tourism industry, the European Union is considering a proposal to adopt a digital pass that would allow fully vaccinated E.U. residents and their families (or those who can produce a negative test or recovery from the virus) to travel freely within the bloc. In the meantime, the airline industry is testing various vaccine passports, which digitally store vaccination records, test results and other health information.
Venice and St. Mark’s Basilica

Venice and St. Mark’s Basilica

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Did you know that St. Mark actually traveled here, personally bringing Christianity to the region? Let's take a look into this eastern-styled church that brings the 13th century back to life.
Venice: Its Power, Architecture, and Art

Venice: Its Power, Architecture, and Art

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Get ready to be immersed in the wonder of this continent’s most romantic city: Venice. Check out this amazing article that takes you on a stroll to the mesmerizing charm of this place.
Vienna’s Heurigen, the New-Wine Ritual

Vienna’s Heurigen, the New-Wine Ritual

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Perhaps the best way to match this rustic conviviality today is to head into the nearby Vienna Woods. Here are all the details you need to gather before visiting.
Vote in our Readers' Choice Awards 2021

Vote in our Readers' Choice Awards 2021

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THE CONDÉ NAST TRAVELLER READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2021VOTING OPENS ON THURSDAY 1 APRIL 2021Every year, we ask you to nominate your favourite hotel, island, city, spa and tour operator in the world. The Readers' Choice Awards are the most important awards in the travel industry, celebrating the best places, movers and fixers on the planet – from far-flung wilderness retreats and close-to-home urban hotels to Mediterranean villa specialists and destination spas in Asia – and your opinion counts. Show your support by voting for the places and businesses big and small that need it now more than ever. Formerly the Readers' Travel Awards, they have been running in the UK since 1998. Readers are still able to nominate their favourite British city, hotel and tour operator.
Watch: All Bodies On Bikes

Watch: All Bodies On Bikes

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Kailey Kornhauser and Marley Blonsky love bikes. What they do have a problem with is rarely seeing images of people with bigger bodies riding bikes. Both thought they were mostly alone as serious riders taking on big distances. When they met on social media, they realized there were obviously more bikers out there who probably also feel alone for having something other than the idealized cyclist body. You can see more of what they’re all about at their websites, Kailey Kornhauser.com and Marley Blonsky.com.
We Feel ‘Alonely’ When We Don’t Get Enough Time By Ourselves

We Feel ‘Alonely’ When We Don’t Get Enough Time By Ourselves

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Many writers have persistently extolled the benefits of being alone, craving it when they don’t have access to it. People have been thrust into circumstances where they are alone all the time, and it makes them feel lonely. “I have to say, it's certainly become an interesting time to be someone who studies social isolation, loneliness, and solitude,” Coplan said. In these older groups they’ve found people who enjoy time alone, and when they don't get it, they experience aloneliness. People who have more positive attitudes towards solitude, and want to spend more time alone, are more likely to feel alonely.
What Happens When You Mix Antidepressants with Recreational Drugs?

What Happens When You Mix Antidepressants with Recreational Drugs?

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Just under one in six of England’s adult population are on antidepressants, while one in ten admit to using illegal drugs. This crossover poses a few potential problems: when combined, antidepressants and recreational drugs come with their own set of side-effects and risks. But even though there are strong links between drug use, dependence and depression, there is little information out there about what happens to your body when you mix these drugs. Tom, 25, was on antidepressants from the age of 16 to 22, and used to smoke weed daily. Different drugs and doses will react in different ways to varying types of antidepressants.
What Happens When Publicly Accessible Recreation Land Isn’t Really Public?

What Happens When Publicly Accessible Recreation Land Isn’t Really Public?

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It is not, however, protected the way federal public land is: The Land Board is not required to conduct environmental reviews of management decisions. The Idaho Land Board has approved large land exchanges before. Most recently, in January, nearly 24,000 acres of state endowment land were exchanged for Bureau of Land Management land. Southeast of Payette Lake, around a reservoir called Little Payette Lake, there’s another section of endowment land included in Trident’s proposal. For now, the moratorium on selling or leasing the endowment land around Payette Lake is still in place.
What it was like on the Isle of Man with no Covid restrictions

What it was like on the Isle of Man with no Covid restrictions

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Condé Nast Traveller’s Natasha Callin was born on the Isle of Man, working in London but heading home before borders were closed. Coastal views from Isle of Man Nick HorsthuisRead next The 14 best podcasts to listen to in 2021 Inspiration The 14 best podcasts to listen to in 2021How have things changed since before lockdown on the Isle of Man? Beach on Isle of Man Nick HorsthuisAdvertisementDo you think the experience has had a lasting impact? Isle of Man TT Nick HorsthuisHow has it affected hotels on the island? AdvertisementDouglas at sunset from the Isle of Man Steam Packet Ferry Getty ImagesAre you still wearing face masks?
What it's like on the Isle of Man with no Covid restrictions

What it's like on the Isle of Man with no Covid restrictions

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Condé Nast Traveller’s Natasha Callin was born on the Isle of Man, working in London but heading home before borders were closed. Coastal views from Isle of Man Nick HorsthuisWhat is the very first thing you did after lockdown that you couldn’t do during it? Coastal views from Isle of Man Nick HorsthuisRead next 10 UK destinations to visit instead of Cornwall Inspiration 10 UK destinations to visit instead of CornwallHow have things changed since before lockdown on the Isle of Man? Beach on Isle of Man Nick HorsthuisAdvertisementDo you think the experience has had a lasting impact? AdvertisementDouglas at sunset from the Isle of Man Steam Packet Ferry Getty ImagesAre you still wearing face masks?
What It’s Like to Have a Career As a Fire Spotter

What It’s Like to Have a Career As a Fire Spotter

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We love this essay from Philip Connors about his time as a spotter and are republishing it on the homepage for new readers to enjoy. I found the transition from an office in lower Manhattan to a tower in the New Mexico wilderness remarkably painless. Tending bar, it turns out, is as good a companion career as any for a lookout. When I first came to the Gila country, I was completely ignorant about wildfire. Philip Connors is the author of Fire Season: Field Notes From a Wilderness Lookout (Ecco/HarperCollins).
What It’s Like to Leave the Evangelical Community

What It’s Like to Leave the Evangelical Community

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In the 1980s, his mother was the secretary at Christ Community Church, a small gathering that began in a Holiday Inn meeting room in 1973. Christ Community Church had taken the warning seriously. In 2006, white evangelical Protestants made up nearly one-quarter of the American population. When Jeanna Kadlec left the evangelical church and her marriage at 25, “virtually none” of the relationships she had remained intact. In the evangelical church, bonds are heightened against the intensity of their spiritual significance, a high which can feel impossible to replicate.
What it’s like to stay in a quarantine hotel in Mauritius

What it’s like to stay in a quarantine hotel in Mauritius

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I was obviously still a little apprehensive, as I had no idea what the hotel room or food would be like. How much does it cost to quarantine in a hotel in Mauritius? Bedroom at Trou aux Biches Beachcomber, Mauritius Sarah BridgeAdvertisement'The entire hotel was designated as a quarantine hotel. There was a weekly menu to choose from, and every day the hotel staff would phone up and get your selection for the next day. What advice would you give to anyone who is about to go through hotel quarantine?
What to watch on Disney Plus Star: TV shows and films with the best locations

What to watch on Disney Plus Star: TV shows and films with the best locations

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SONS OF ANARCHYStar offers all seven seasons of this biker-gang crime saga, led by the impossibly gruff Ron Perlman and Brit export Charlie Hunnam. For the real Charming, though, head to nearby Tujunga, where business went down on the town’s main strip, Commerce Avenue, and the Hairy Dog Bar and Lounge and Dubrowski’s Funeral Home were set. 10 cool things to do in Los Angeles Destinations 10 cool things to do in Los AngelesIn order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies. SCANDALBefore Bridgerton and after Grey’s Anatomy (also to be found on Star), the all-conquering Shonda Rhimes gave us this dive into the world of political spin, led by the icy-cool Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington). Though set in Washington DC it was created in LA, mostly on green screens in front of footage shot in the real American capital (including unprecedented access to the White House’s Truman Balcony).
What to Say to Someone Who Is Hesitant to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

What to Say to Someone Who Is Hesitant to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

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Vaccine hesitancy is real, but not necessarily in the ways that some assume. One common misconception is that low rates of COVID-19 vaccine coverage among people of color is due to their reluctance, rather than huge disparities in access to vaccines, good services, and information. So far, we’ve collected the following best practices for navigating conversations around COVID-19 vaccination, especially for those expressing doubts due to lack of information or easy access. Just because some of us have access to vaccine information through computer and internet literacy does not mean we have more expertise on a specific situation than others. Vaccine hesitancy among Black Americans continues to fall because the people that folks trust are getting vaccinated and doing outreach, both formal and informal.
When do cinemas open again?

When do cinemas open again?

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The lights went out on cinemas around the country on Monday 4 January 2021 when all the UK’s multiplexes and indie cinemas had to shut. But, following the UK government’s roadmap plan for taking England out of lockdown, projectors can start whirring again on Monday 17 May, while drive-in and other outdoor screens can open earlier, from Monday 12 April. (Cinemas in Scotland are due to reopen on 17 May in plans announced on Tuesday 16 March while those in Wales and Northern Ireland will remain closed until further notice.) Luna CinemaRead next What the editors are buying right now Style & Culture What the editors are buying right nowOnce cinemas are open again, there are many more films to look forward to, along with classics to reappreciate. Now read:AdvertisementThe best independent cinemas in LondonThe best independent cinemas in London City Breaks The best independent cinemas in LondonThe best drive-in cinemas in the UKAdvertisementThe best drive-in cinemas in the UK Style & Culture The best drive-in cinemas in the UKBrilliant outdoor cinemas in London
When do pubs and bars open? Everything you need to know

When do pubs and bars open? Everything you need to know

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Key lockdown dates explained Eating & Drinking When do restaurants open? Now read:The best outdoor restaurants that have availability in AprilThe best outdoor restaurants that have availability in April Eating & Drinking The best outdoor restaurants that have availability in AprilWhen do restaurants open? Key lockdown dates explainedAdvertisementWhen do restaurants open? Key lockdown dates explained Eating & Drinking When do restaurants open? Key lockdown dates explainedThe UK hotels opening on Monday 12 April
When do restaurants open? Key lockdown dates explained

When do restaurants open? Key lockdown dates explained

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Here is everything you need to know about restaurants reopening over the coming months. AdvertisementSeaweed octopus at Kol Haydon PerriorResidents in the capital can pick an indoor spot from our best restaurants in London right now list. Private dining room at Quo Vadis, Soho Nicky KelvinRead next When do pubs and bars open? If they’ve managed to weather the storm, all restaurants across the UK will be open once more. Now read:22 of the best beer gardens in London right now22 of the best beer gardens in London right now Eating & Drinking 22 of the best beer gardens in London right nowThe best outdoor restaurants that have availability in AprilAdvertisementThe best outdoor restaurants that have availability in April Eating & Drinking The best outdoor restaurants that have availability in AprilThe UK hotels opening on Monday 12 April
When to book what for after UK lockdown: a quick guide

When to book what for after UK lockdown: a quick guide

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Take a look at our favourite UK holiday rental companies to book with and check out what our team is planning from 12 April. Check out our favourite UK hotels and think about the restaurants and pubs worth making a reservation for ahead of time. Here's when we can travel within the UK Inspiration Are day trips allowed? We’ve all got high hopes of making it to Europe, but for more staycation inspiration read about some of our favourite autumnal UK breaks. What the latest lockdown rules mean Inspiration When will we travel?
When will museums open again?

When will museums open again?

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In the government’s four-step roadmap to remove lockdown restrictions, museums in England can reopen on Monday 17 May. AdvertisementNatural History Museum, London Sophie KnightThankfully, there are several revamps as well as new museums opening in 2021 across the country. There’s also Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein in Bath, Derby’s Museum of Making and MOX, Oxford’s revamped museum, opening later this year. Now read:AdvertisementThe best exhibitions in London in 2021The best exhibitions in London in 2021 Style & Culture The best exhibitions in London in 2021When do cinemas open again? Style & Culture When do cinemas open again?
When will we travel? What the latest lockdown rules mean

When will we travel? What the latest lockdown rules mean

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The latest lockdown rules Places To Stay Are UK hotels open? These travel quarantine rules apply to anyone arriving by air, plane or sea. What does the latest Covid vaccine news mean for travel? AdvertisementWhat does the latest Covid vaccine news mean for travel? Inspiration What does the latest Covid vaccine news mean for travel?
Where 'Groundhog Day' was filmed

Where 'Groundhog Day' was filmed

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So, where was Groundhog Day filmed? While the movie location for Groundhog Day was Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, it wasn't filmed there. Check out this article to know the exact locations.
Where is ‘Bridgerton’ filmed?

Where is ‘Bridgerton’ filmed?

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For lovers of romance, period detail and spectacle, Bridgerton may have been the greatest gift of Christmas 2020. Little surprise, then, that a second season has been confirmed, with shooting having begun in spring and a screening date sometime in 2022. It's already created a little society gossip of its own, with The Sun reporting on a squabble over two stately homes, Wilton House in Wiltshire and Somerley House in Hampshire, between the production teams of both The Crown and Bridgerton. According to its source, Bridgerton's crew intend to build a long-term set at Sunninghill Park House in Ascot (located near Coworth Park) and craft their own replica streets and houses. While we wait for more news on the much-anticipated second series, we go behind the scenes to show where series one was filmed.
Where is hot in September? Our top 10 destinations

Where is hot in September? Our top 10 destinations

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LOS ANGELES, USAAVERAGE SEPTEMBER TEMPERATURE: 28°CThe summer never ends in Southern California – particularly Los Angeles, which is basically a sun-drenched party packed with good-looking people year-round. Venice Beach, Los Angeles: the neighbourhood guide City Breaks Venice Beach, Los Angeles: the neighbourhood guideFor where's hot in other months, see our guides below:WHERE IS HOT IN JANUARY | WHERE IS HOT IN FEBRUARY | WHERE IS HOT IN MARCH | WHERE IS HOT IN APRIL | WHERE IS HOT IN MAY | | WHERE IS NOT TOO HOT IN AUGUST | WHERE IS HOT IN SEPTEMBER | WHERE IS HOT IN OCTOBER | WHERE IS HOT IN NOVEMBER | WHERE IS HOT IN DECEMBERIn order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies. Now read...Where to go in SeptemberWhere to go in September: 25 top destinations Inspiration Where to go in September: 25 top destinationsWhere is hot in October? Where is hot in October? Our top 10 destinations Inspiration Where is hot in October?
Where is 'Conversations with Friends' filmed? All the locations revealed

Where is 'Conversations with Friends' filmed? All the locations revealed

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There were many TV hits during lockdown, but Normal People – the adaptation of Irish writer Sally Rooney’s coming-of-age novel – was one of the biggest. Normal People BBC PicturesNow Rooney’s debut novel, Conversations with Friends, is being adapted for the small screen, and is set to be shown on BBC3 and BBC1 early next year across 12 half-hour episodes. Read next 17 Valentine's Day travel gifts for him Style & Culture 17 Valentine's Day travel gifts for himWe’ll update this when we know more. In the meantime, Sally Rooney’s third novel, Beautiful World, Where Are You – following the interwoven sex lives and friendships (sounds familiar?) The top beaches in Ireland to visitAdvertisementThe top beaches in Ireland to visit Destinations The top beaches in Ireland to visit10 Amazing Things To Do In County Kerry, Ireland
Where is 'Line of Duty' filmed?

Where is 'Line of Duty' filmed?

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The wait is nearly over: Season 6 of our favourite police procedural is imminent, with a March 2021 screening promised. Though no new locations have been revealed yet, shooting has been sighted across the series’ adopted city of Belfast. While we await more details, catch up on the highlights of Seasons 1-5 on BBC iPlayer, and continue reading to find out more about where the previous seasons were filmed. Line of Duty - Season 6 BBC/WorldWhere was 'Line of Duty' seasons 1-5 filmed? Of the many mysteries posed by the BBC’s gripping and wholly addictive Line of Duty, one stands apart.
Where is 'Lupin' filmed?

Where is 'Lupin' filmed?

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Paris has always been generous with its charms on screen, but in the past, it’s tended to be on film rather than TV that we’ve embraced the City of Light. Detective series Spiral has been a cult hit over its eight series on the BBC. Check out this article to know where this hit show was filmed.
Where is 'Your Honor' filmed? See the locations for the crime drama

Where is 'Your Honor' filmed? See the locations for the crime drama

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GARDEN DISTRICTThis wealthy neighbourhood in the heart of the city is where Desiato’s house is placed (filmed at an undisclosed private home) but it’s also one of the hubs around which the story is told, as seen when Adam cycles through the area in episode four. Just around the block from the cemetery on Washington Avenue is the restaurant Commander’s Palace, which we see as the venue for a dinner in honour of Adam in episode eight. Its courtyard is one of the most popular destinations in the city. One of the series’ key locations is also nearby: the Crescent City Connection, the two bridges that cross the Mississippi River. Linking the Garden District to the poorer areas of New Orleans, they are seen throughout the show, starting with Adam’s fateful drive at the start of episode one.
Where to find the best oysters in the world

Where to find the best oysters in the world

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Half-shell Jamie Chung / Trunk ArchiveIn the 1800s, with the arrival of sophisticated farming methods, oysters became a food for all. Read next The best food and travel shows to watch right now Style & Culture The best food and travel shows to watch right nowAnd so this mollusc has firmly established itself at the crossroads of style, sustenance and sustainability. Just follow these steps: Take an oyster knife and a thick cloth, folded, to protect your hand. Cancel the rest of the day.’ 34south.bizRead next The best cocktail delivery services in London Eating & Drinking The best cocktail delivery services in LondonONDINE, SCOTLAND‘This Edinburgh classic serves a variety from Cumbrae with chipolata sausages straight from the grill. Now read:Why honey is the world's best superfoodWhy honey is the world's best superfood Eating & Drinking Why honey is the world's best superfoodWhere to find the world's best breadAdvertisementWhere to find the world's best bread Eating & Drinking Where to find the world's best breadHow to make poached peaches
Where to go on holiday in May: 20 top destinations

Where to go on holiday in May: 20 top destinations

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Planning your summer holidays? Can't decide where to head? How about we give you 20 amazing options? Check out this article to unleash 20 top destinations to spend your vacations!
Where was 'A Promising Young Woman' filmed?

Where was 'A Promising Young Woman' filmed?

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The directorial debut of Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman is so much in the news for its good deal of style and serious theme. Check out this article to know where the movie was filmed!
Where was 'Bloodlands' filmed?

Where was 'Bloodlands' filmed?

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BBC / HTM Televison /Steffan HillLoD has a strong connection to this show: producer Jed Mercurio chose Bloodlands as the first production for his new company, HTM, and moved between the two sets while shooting continued on the eagerly awaited Season 6 of the adventures of AC-12. But while LoD is largely city-bound and purposely keeps its setting unidentified, Bloodlands is very much about the real landscape and life of Belfast and the countryside around it. Filming at Queen’s University, Belfast BBC / HTM Televison /Steffan HillBELFASTTellingly, in the opening scene of Bloodlands Brannick is driving into the city on the famous five-lane motorway, a signifier of the city’s modern side. ‘Bloodlands’ began screening on BBC1 on Sundays at 9pm on 21 February 2021, and is available to stream on iPlayerLike this? Now read:'Game of Thrones' filming locations around the world'Game of Thrones' filming locations around the world Style & Culture 'Game of Thrones' filming locations around the worldWhere is 'Mrs Wilson' filmed?
Where was 'The Dig' filmed?

Where was 'The Dig' filmed?

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LARRY HORRICKS/NETFLIX © 2021AdvertisementIn The Dig, we see the county mostly via Brown’s cycle journeys to and from work. Two of these were then used for the early stages of the dig, and a third for the discovery of the ship, which was recreated in fibreglass. However, the process was in fact filmed in reverse, with the open site created first and then filled in for authenticity. Tranmer House in Suffolk Getty ImagesTHE HOUSE: NORNEY GRANGEPretty’s Suffolk home, Tranmer House, sits on the Sutton Hoo estate and is now a museum. Built in 1910 in Tudor Revival style, it is historically significant but aesthetically no match for the house employed as its stand-in for The Dig.
Where was 'The Serpent' filmed?

Where was 'The Serpent' filmed?

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A gripping fictionalization of the strange and terrible career of Charles Sobhraj, the charismatic serial killer responsible for the deaths of an estimated 20 travelers on the South-east Asian hippie trail of the 1970s. Check out this article to know where this show was filmed.
Where was Unforgotten filmed? See the locations around the UK

Where was Unforgotten filmed? See the locations around the UK

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With the start of its fourth season another ratings hit, Unforgotten has firmly embedded itself in the nation’s affections. ITV PicturesWith this comes a mix of locations around the UK, each season providing a variety of backdrops from town to country. AdvertisementGreenwich Getty ImagesSOUTHALLRight from the start, the outskirts of London have provided Unforgotten with many of its locations. The fourth season of ‘Unforgotten’ began screening on ITV on Mondays at 9pm on 22 February 2021. Now read:Behind Her Eyes filming locations: where the Netflix thriller was filmedBehind Her Eyes filming locations: where the Netflix thriller was filmed Style & Culture Behind Her Eyes filming locations: where the Netflix thriller was filmedWhere was 'The Dig' filmed?
Which countries are open to vaccinated travellers? Cyprus, Seychelles and more

Which countries are open to vaccinated travellers? Cyprus, Seychelles and more

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AdvertisementCyprusCyprus has said it will open its borders to vaccinated tourists from May. You will need to have a Covid test issued within 48 hours before arrival, but both PCR and antigen tests will be accepted. The latest lockdown rulesWhich countries are rumoured to be considering letting in vaccinated travellers? However, Greece has already forged a ‘vaccine bubble’ agreement with Israel and Cyprus, which means it's feasible that the process could be applied to UK travellers, too. Spain is also reportedly considering allowing British travellers to visit if they have had a Covid vaccine.
Which countries are open to vaccinated travellers?

Which countries are open to vaccinated travellers?

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The UK is currently in lockdown, meaning international travel isn’t allowed; looking forward, we’re not yet sure when we’ll travel again. The good news, though, is that some countries have said they’ll allow travellers to enter once they’ve been vaccinated, something the UK is hoping to achieve for the entire adult population by autumn 2021. What the latest lockdown rules meanWhich 33 countries are on the UK's travel ban red list? Coronavirus travel advice Which 33 countries are on the UK's travel ban red list? The latest lockdown rules
White People Keep Posing As People of Color for Clout

White People Keep Posing As People of Color for Clout

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Meanwhile, eastern Canadian provinces and U.S. states have seen seen an explosion in people identifying as Métis and Cherokee on census records. According to the Canadian author and associate professor Darryl Leroux, who wrote the book Distorted Descent: White Claims to Indigenous Identity, the “race shifting” trend is a result of white French descendants who “self-indigenize,” or make a claim to Indigenous ancestry, on the basis of having an Indigenous ancestor hundreds of years ago. To that end, some of the most high-profile examples of this racial grift pertain to white people posing as Indigenous, including Grey Owl, one of Canada’s first conservationists, who lied about his origin story after arriving in Canada in 1906, and the celebrated author Joseph Boyden. During her presidential campaign Elizabeth Warren apologized for identifying herself as Native American for decades and later using a DNA test rather than tribal citizenship to justify those claims. At the time, Kim TallBear, an associate professor of Native studies at the University of Alberta, explained that tribal governments “do not use genetic ancestry tests, but other forms of biological and political relationships to define our citizenries.”
Who Does Bears Ears National Monument Belong To?

Who Does Bears Ears National Monument Belong To?

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For many Americans, the more than 1 million acres of rugged land in southeastern Utah known as the Bears Ears National Monument registers as a political flashpoint. The allure of the Bears Ears is clear. This cultural importance led an unprecedented coalition of tribes organized as the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition to lobby former President Obama to designate it a national monument. “The Bears Ears” also helps readers understand how researchers are piecing together the ancient history of the land without continuing the devastating tradition of looting that is an inextricable part of the Bears Ears story. In part because of the “validating myth,” as Roberts writes, many white Utahns feel their own birthright to Bears Ears.
Why Are Prosecutors Keeping a Huge, Secretive DNA Database in Orange County?

Why Are Prosecutors Keeping a Huge, Secretive DNA Database in Orange County?

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Prosecutors in Orange County, California, are allegedly maintaining a huge, unauthorized database of DNA samples, largely taken from people accused of minor crimes. But attorneys say the mandate didn’t authorize a private database outside of CODIS or the California DNA Data Bank Program. No laws permit the maintenance of these databases, nor are their laws governing their use.”The Orange County District Attorney’s Office, however, says Proposition 69 allows them to maintain the database, according to Kimberly Edds, a spokesperson for the district attorney. But almost all misdemeanor plea deals in Orange County are conditioned on providing a DNA sample, according to Roth. “The OCDA DNA collection program has solved crimes that would have never been solved,” Spitzer said in a statement to VICE News.
Why Biden's ICE Is Still Deporting People

Why Biden's ICE Is Still Deporting People

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Title 42 is a previously little-used public-health rule that dates to the 1940s. Most of the people on the flights to Haiti were Title 42 expulsions, according to DHS. On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that Title 42 would continue to be invoked. The ACLU has sued under multiple lawsuits to block Title 42 for children and families. A tent city for unaccompanied children is planned for Carrizo Springs, Texas.
Why Channel 37 Doesn’t Exist (And What It Has to Do With Aliens)

Why Channel 37 Doesn’t Exist (And What It Has to Do With Aliens)

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It was literally the spot where channel 37 was supposed to go—and broadcasters wanted access to that channel. (Today, channel 37 technically can appear as an over-the-air digital channel, but it is usually a so-called “virtual channel,” allowing a network to be positioned there no matter its position in the spectrum.) It is probable that channel 37 operations at Paterson, New Jersey would interfere with observations at Danville to a certain extent. devices that allow for the tracking of patient vitals, like heartbeat, wirelessly) on the same band as channel 37. The tale of channel 37 reflects one thing: Without resistance, a commercial use case will usurp a noncommercial use case for a given resource.
Why Did Hundreds of K-Pop Songs Suddenly Disappear From Spotify?

Why Did Hundreds of K-Pop Songs Suddenly Disappear From Spotify?

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All over the world, K-pop fans are known for their fervent enthusiasm and unlikely political activism, united by a dedication to their K-pop idols that transcends language barriers. But if you’re a K-pop fan living outside South Korea, you might have awoken this morning to half of your K-pop tracks erased from Spotify playlists. Turns out, this unwelcome surprise was a result of failed negotiations between Spotify and Kakao M, the top music distributor in South Korea. Needless to say, K-pop fans around the world are devastated. Some noted that K-pop artists may be limited in their international reach as a result of this policy change.
Why 'Ithaafushi – the Private Island' is the Maldives destination you need to know about

Why 'Ithaafushi – the Private Island' is the Maldives destination you need to know about

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Ringed by palm-fringed beaches of powder-soft sand, glassy warm water and uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean, this is the largest private island in the Maldives. Simply hop onboard one of the island’s fleet of handsome yachts, with private rooms and a sun deck, to kick-start your holiday as you are whisked from Malé airport to your new island home, Champagne in hand. Pods of dolphins have been known to escort guests sailing for Ithaafushi, though a 10-minute seaplane flight is a swift and equally epic option, with eye-wateringly pretty birds-eye views of the atolls creating a turquoise mosaic of Indian Ocean. Stepping onto this secluded island following a stress-free transfer automatically lowers your shoulders several inches, as do the first-class personal concierge team who greet you. From gazing at exotic fish through the spa’s glass floor during a massage to drawn-out suppers on the beach with the moonlit Indian Ocean gently lapping at the table legs, here’s why Ithaafushi – The Private Island is the Maldives destination you need to know about.
Why We Need Aldo Leopold’s ‘Land Ethic’ Now More Than Ever

Why We Need Aldo Leopold’s ‘Land Ethic’ Now More Than Ever

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An ongoing reckoning with race in American history has drawn attention to racism in the environmental movement. They also have scrutinized the racial views of key figures such as John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt. Check out this article to know more.
Why We Travel #1: For Fun and Excitement

Why We Travel #1: For Fun and Excitement

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We travel as tourists, to have the experience, to have fun. Going to new places invigorates us; it's exciting. But it's more than that. Click on this article to feel what's it's like to be on the road and travel for a purpose.
Will a Biden Administration Actually Wean America Off Big Oil?

Will a Biden Administration Actually Wean America Off Big Oil?

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The White House has reportedly prepared documents that would pause new oil and gas auctions offshore and on federal land while the new administration reviews the programs. The moratorium will have no effect on existing leases, meaning drilling will continue on public lands and offshore. So the kerfuffle over oil and gas leasing on public lands is about the future. Actually breaking the deep symbiotic bond between government and big (fossil fuel) energy, or even loosening it, is a massive undertaking. Energy, grazing, and mining interests are joined at the hip with the agencies that oversee their use of federal land.
Will My Pandemic Weight Gain Hurt My Health?

Will My Pandemic Weight Gain Hurt My Health?

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AdvertisementShould we be surprised we gained weight in a year we were all sitting at home more out of necessity? “If people gained weight because of the pandemic, it’s not the end of the world.”A context that’s missing from the Times story above (and most coverage that raises concern about pandemic weight gain) is that most adults put on a few pounds each year, as Whigman explained. “Keeping that in mind, let’s say someone gained five pounds over the course of the pandemic,” Whigham said. What every story about pandemic weight gain or the so-called “quarantine 15” gets wrong is an extreme focus on the number on the scale, rather than literally any other health metric. “Not only is weight not a static number year over year, but it’s not a static number day to day or week to week,” Adler said.
Win a five-night holiday to St Lucia

Win a five-night holiday to St Lucia

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The winner and a guest will spend five nights at East Winds, an island retreat that spans 12 tropical acres on the north-west coast of St Lucia. A four-course supper is served each night in the oceanfront restaurant, with locally farmed or caught ingredients such as fish of the day, St Lucia stew and seared lamb with mint and cumin. The Pitons, a day trip from East WindsThe island of St Lucia, one of the Caribbean's eastern islands, is known for its beautiful beaches, dramatic volcanoes and lush rainforest. Also included in the prize are two return World Traveller British Airways flights from London Gatwick to Saint Lucia. What is the name of the two volcanic spires near the town of Soufrière in St Lucia?
Win a 14-night European cruise for two

Win a 14-night European cruise for two

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Princess Cruises has teamed up with Condé Nast Traveller to give away a 14-night European cruise for two onboard its smart Sky Princess, with food, entertainment and 24-hour room service included. A newcomer to Princess Cruises fleet, the contemporary design-clad Sky Princess is a floating warren of elevated entertainment spots, a variety of restaurants and lavish rooms where hi-tech enables a touch-free service. AdvertisementSeville Palace, SpainThe prize winner and their guest will stay in a sumptuous Balcony Stateroom with sweeping ocean views and glimpses of the coast as the ship drifts past. What is the name of the traditional Portuguese custard tart (a mix of sweet custard and flaky pastry)? Now read:Win a three-night holiday for two in CyprusAdvertisementWin a three-night holiday for two in Cyprus Holiday competitions Win a three-night holiday for two in CyprusWin a four-night holiday for two to this Greek island
Win a four-night family holiday in Cascais, one of Portugal’s prettiest coastal towns

Win a four-night family holiday in Cascais, one of Portugal’s prettiest coastal towns

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The prizewinner, their guest and two children will spend two nights each at two of Portugal’s loveliest hotels in the lovely seaside town of Cascais. This beautiful part of Portugal’s coast has long been a sought-after summer holiday spot – in the late 19th century, the Portuguese royal family would summer here, and eager sun seekers have been drawn to the area ever since. AdvertisementSheraton Cascais ResortNext, the prizewinner will check into a deluxe suite at Sheraton Cascais Resort for two nights, with breakfast included. TAP Air Portugal has daily departures to Lisbon from London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Manchester. Cascais was established as a seaside resort in 1870 when which king of Portugal visited the town?
Win a two-night active holiday for two in Portugal

Win a two-night active holiday for two in Portugal

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A low-key ethos with five-star service sets the tone while crisp, comfortable beds offer repose after days packed with sun-soaked activities. AdvertisementReturn flights from London, to the value of £255, are included, with airport transfers to the hotel covered by Quinta do Lago. This competition closes on 27 May 2021To be in with a chance of winning, answer the question below. See our winter sun guide for a clueAdvertisementIn order to see this embed, you must give consent to Targeting cookies. Now read:Win a three-night holiday for two in CyprusWin a three-night holiday for two in Cyprus Holiday competitions Win a three-night holiday for two in CyprusWin a four-night holiday for two to this Greek islandAdvertisementWin a four-night holiday for two on this Greek island Lindos Grand Resort & Spa Win a four-night holiday for two on this Greek islandWin a four-night family holiday to Cascais, one of Portugal's prettiest towns
Win a summer weekend at Gstaad Palace in Switzerland

Win a summer weekend at Gstaad Palace in Switzerland

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The prize-winner and a guest will check into Gstaad Palace, a century-old castle-hotel which sits on a hill overlooking the glitzy Alpine town of Gstaad, during the peaceful summer season. Jacuzzi at Gstaad PalaceAlso included on one evening is supper for two at Le Grand Restaurant, the hotel’s elegant fine-dining spot with views of the peaks. The prize must be taken during Gstaad Palace's 2021 summer season: between 19 June 2021 and 12 September 2021. For a clue, see our edit of the best hotels in Switzerland. Now read:Read next Win a two night stay at Cliveden House Holiday competitions Win a two night stay at Cliveden HouseCity break: Zürich, SwitzerlandCity break: Zürich, Switzerland City Breaks City break: Zürich, SwitzerlandThe best hotels in SwitzerlandAdvertisementThe best hotels in Switzerland Places To Stay The best hotels in SwitzerlandA road trip from Lausanne to Milan
Win a three-night holiday for two in Cyprus

Win a three-night holiday for two in Cyprus

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Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa, in Limassol, Cyprus, has teamed up with Condé Nast Traveller to give away a three-night holiday for two, including breakfast, supper and a Kalloni experience massage in the spa. Read next Win a four-night holiday for two on this Greek island Lindos Grand Resort & Spa Win a four-night holiday for two on this Greek islandThe winner and a guest will stay in one of the property’s adult-only Lifestyle Suites, which peer out towards the glittering Mediterranean, for three nights on a half-board basis. Read next Win a weekend in the Italian Dolomites Holiday competitions Win a weekend in the Italian DolomitesWhat is the name of the highest mountain in Cyprus? See our Cyprus insider guide for a clueAdvertisementIn order to see this embed, you must give consent to Targeting cookies. Now read:Win a two-night stay at Clivedon HouseAdvertisementWin a two night stay at Cliveden House Holiday competitions Win a two night stay at Cliveden HouseWin a four-night holiday for two to this Greek island
Win a weekend in the Italian Dolomites

Win a weekend in the Italian Dolomites

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The winner and a guest will stay at Forestis, an eco-friendly retreat in the clouds about 6,000ft above sea level. The prize includes two nights in a vast Tower Suite with its own terrace overlooking the rocky Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the South Tyrolean Alps of northern Italy. Read next Win a summer weekend at Gstaad Palace in Switzerland Holiday competitions Win a summer weekend at Gstaad Palace in SwitzerlandTwo economy return flights from the UK are included. AdvertisementIn which year did UNESCO declare the Dolomites a World Heritage Site? Now read:Read next Win a five-night holiday to St Lucia Holiday competitions Win a five-night holiday to St LuciaWellness retreats helping to protect the environmentThe wellness retreats that are helping to protect the planet Inspiration The wellness retreats that are helping to protect the planetThe Dolomites, Italy: a guide to South TyrolAdvertisementThe Dolomites: Italy's rugged, slow living region Inspiration The Dolomites: Italy's rugged, slow living regionThe prettiest small towns in Italy
Win a four-night holiday for two on this Greek island

Win a four-night holiday for two on this Greek island

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Lindos Grand Resort & Spa in Rhodes has teamed up with Condé Nast Traveller to give away a four-night holiday for two, including a lavish Greek breakfast every morning, one smart supper for two and a couple’s treatment in the sumptuous spa. Seamlessly woven into Rhodes’s sun-blasted eastern coast, with sweeping views across sandy Vlycha bay, Lindos Grand is the pretty Greek isle’s eco-friendly newcomer. AdvertisementReturn flights from London are included up to the value of £500, with airport transfers to the hotel covered by Lindos Grand Resort & Spa. See our guide to the best Greek island beaches for a clueIn order to see this embed, you must give consent to Targeting cookies. Now read:Win a two-night stay at Clivedon HouseAdvertisementWin a two night stay at Cliveden House Holiday competitions Win a two night stay at Cliveden HouseWin a weekend in the Italian Dolomites
Women educating and empowering women through the travel industry

Women educating and empowering women through the travel industry

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Inga Synoradzka d'Ansembourg, BrazilEnglish lessons in rural BrazilNot knowing how to read or write makes life challenging for many in the smallest towns of Brazil. With eco-lodge Filha Da Lua's support, today Inga’s school also offers thousands of healthy meals weekly to students ranging from four to 80 years old. instagram.comImagine if more hotels made it part of their mission to educate more girls? Whether it’s occasional classes or the sponsorship of full curriculums, when women are better schooled, it helps break the cycle of poverty and empowers more people to effect positive change. Now read:9 travel companies for eco-concious travellers9 travel companies for eco-concious travellers Inspiration 9 travel companies for eco-concious travellersMeet the Gen Z campaigners fighting for environmental justiceMeet the Gen Z campaigners fighting for environmental justice Inspiration Meet the Gen Z campaigners fighting for environmental justice10 resolutions all travel-lovers should make in 2021
You Can Now Get a COVID ‘Passport’ for $19.95

You Can Now Get a COVID ‘Passport’ for $19.95

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Its creator, North Carolina-based tech company CastleBranch, says the digital vaccination card is the first to become available to the public. Neither should advertisers or corporations.”CastleBranch is just one of many companies attempting to distribute COVID “passports.” Earlier this month, the company launched its physical identification card that travelers can carry as proof of COVID vaccination. Chicago-based United Airlines announced Monday that it plans to release an update to its travel app that allows COVID passport compatibility. United is the first major airline to move toward accepting such a document and has said it’s willing to accept COVID passports from different companies. Digital-liberty experts are also imploring extreme caution when gathering sensitive health data from a massive portion of the population.