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  • Darwin Day the Galapagos Islands

    Darwin Day the Galapagos Islands

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    15 February 2018

    We may be writing this on Valentine’s Day, a celebration of inter-human love in many countries across the world, but we think that this week Darwin Day’s message of love and respect for the planet and all the creatures that call this incredible Earth home, is far more important as we face an ever-more environmentally unstable future.

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  • A focus on: The Blue Train

    A focus on: The Blue Train

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    15 December 2017

    As luxury train rides go, it would be misguided to not consider South Africa's The Blue Train amongst the very best.

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  • The World's Most Weird and Wonderful

    The World's Most Weird and Wonderful

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    17 November 2017

    The world is a weird place. It’s not something we always appreciate as we go about our day-to-day lives, but every so often you learn something about this planet of ours, suspended in a potentially infinite cosmos, that makes you stop and pause for thought.

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  • Murder on the Orient Express Review

    Murder on the Orient Express Review

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    9 November 2017

    When Kenneth Branagh’s action-man Hercule Poirot first bounds onto the screen, we find ourselves in Jerusalem 1933. And while this is sure to be an unfamiliar opening to many of Christie’s more avid readers, we’re soon back into comfortable territory as Poirot’s sense of self-importance and masterful pomp come bubbling to the surface during his self-absorbed denouement.

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  • Halloween Around the World

    Halloween Around the World

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    26 October 2017

    All Hallows Eve, the one night of the year when daemons, ghosties and probably even the monsters under your bed are free to roam the land of the living.

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  • Through the ages with the Trans-Siberian Express

    Through the ages with the Trans-Siberian Express

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    5 October 2017

    “I could never have imagined such expanses of unspoilt, natural country without actually seeing it myself, it was like a glimpse into another age, another world, and it made a very strong impression on me. It was strange to be sitting in a train, which is the product of technology — the invention of mankind, and travelling through land so untouched and unspoilt by man and his inventions.”

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  • Spirit of Chartwell

    Spirit of Chartwell

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    8 September 2017

    It’s 10.32 in the morning and I’m sat beneath the leafy boughs of a Portuguese arbour, sipping on delicate green wine made with grapes harvested from the very vineyard I’m looking out over. This is how life is in the Douro Valley, and with so many quintas to choose from you might as well start early and visit as many as possible.

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  • Food of South America

    Food of South America

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    31 July 2017

    As vibrant and full of flavour as the countries they originate from, South American cuisine is often a wonderful representative for the continent’s lust for life as well as fairly ecological, utilising local crops and ingredients that have been harvested in this part of the world for generations. Savour the taste of ancient civilisations in Peru or experience tender steaks in Argentina; when your taste buds are calling out for a zing of excitement, this is the place to go!

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  • 20 Years of Harry Potter

    20 Years of Harry Potter

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    29 June 2017

    Whether you read a chapter or two each night to your children, or grandchildren, or enjoyed secretly devouring page after page by wand light, er of course I mean lamp light; the Harry Potter novels and later film franchise, are sure to have had some kind of impact on most denizens of Britain’s green and pleasant lands. With its messages of tolerance, bumbling wizards inhabiting tumbledown cottages, filled with eclectic and magically misbehaved nick-knacks, and scenic descriptions of swathey Scottish landscapes, it’s obvious to any discerning reader that good old Blighty is almost as much a leading character throughout all seven books as Harry himself.

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