School's almost out for another year and you'll soon find yourself with six weeks of summer holidays to fill. Before you start worrying what on earth you'll do to fill the time - don't worry, we've got it sorted. We've put together a mammoth list of fun days out and events to keep the whole family happy over the school summer holidays. And because we know how expensive it is keeping the kids entertained, we've made sure it includes loads of free and cheap ones to make the most of too. If these don't take your fancy then take a look our guides to the best family parks , adventure days out , playgrounds , beaches , castles and picnic spots where you could take your brood for a decent day out. And if the recent spell of hot weather continues, you might also be on the lookout for an outdoor water park, splash zone or paddling pool - and a decent ice cream parlour for that matter. Don't forget to contact us using the details below if we've missed any decent events off the list. Manchester … [Read more...] about FREE and cheap things to do with the kids in Manchester this summer holidays
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Evan Comen 24/7 Wall Street Published 1:02 p.m. UTC Jun 22, 2018 Once wildly expensive and inaccessible but to the very rich, computers today are one of the most ubiquitous technologies worldwide. Though many personal computers in the early 1970s were much cheaper, the most basic model of an HP 3000 sold for $95,000 in 1972, the equivalent of slightly over half a million in today’s dollars. Today, a brand-new computer costs just a few hundred dollars and has capabilities that in 1972 were in the realm of science fiction. The advent of the personal computer is one of the most important technological developments of the last century. In the early 1970s, the technology improved to the point that personal computers no longer needed to be the size of a car to function. Not all personal computers released in the early 1970s cost as much as the HP 3000. In fact, many became accessible to the public in both cost and size, offering consumers a product that could fit within a small … [Read more...] about How much did a personal computer cost the year you were born?
Thanks to a school curriculum that includes masterpieces by Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoy, Solzhenitsyn and others, Russians from all segments of society have a common cultural bond and intellectual reference point. This is an important factor in fostering national identity and social cohesion. For Russians, classical literature is more than a way to learn their language or to pass the time. Some classics that are taught at school play an important role in forming the nation’s cultural identity, and Russians often refer to them when making comparisons with similar situations, to characterize a person, to talk about love or hate, or just to use an idiom or make jokes. Every Russian will understand the reference because everyone read the same books at school. Russia Beyond has compiled a list of the most important literary works, and if you read them all, then you’ll better understand the Russian mentality. 1. The Minor, by Denis Fonvizin Catherine the Great … [Read more...] about 10 literary masterpieces on which every Russian was raised
Courts in and around Greater Manchester dealt with dozens of serious cases in April. They include a man who stabbed his wife to death with a samurai sword, a nightclub killer, and an internet pervert who had to be locked up for his own safety when angry parents saw him unmasked live on Facebook. Here's our rogues’ gallery of criminals who were sentenced last month. The killer who stabbed to a young dad to death 'for no reason' at Suburbia nightclub Jordan Ross was murdered by Dorian Graham after a mass brawl broke out in Suburbia nightclub, off Deansgate in Manchester city centre. Graham, 30, has now been sentenced to life in prison for killing Mr Ross - and attempting to murder another clubber, Christopher Smith. He must serve a minimum of 26 years. Mr Ross, 24, from Birmingham, was on a night out with friends when he was knifed. Mr Smith was stabbed in the neck and back from behind several times, but survived. He was able to stagger out of the club onto John Dalton Street, … [Read more...] about Locked up in April: A nightclub killer and an internet pervert
In the race to start the world’s first driving business without human drivers, everyone is chasing Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo. The Google sibling has cleared the way to beat its nearest rivals, General Motors Co. and a couple of other players, by at least a year to introduce driverless cars to the public. A deal reached in January to buy thousands of additional Chrysler Pacifica minivans, which get kitted out with sensors that can see hundreds of yards in any direction, puts Waymo’s lead into stark relief. No other company is offering for-hire rides yet, let alone preparing to carry passengers in more than one city this year. GM plans to start a ride-hailing service with its Chevrolet Bolt—the one with no steering wheel or pedals, the ultimate goal in autonomous technology—late next year. Most of the others trying solve the last remaining self-driving puzzles are more cautious, targeting 2020 or later.The road to autonomy is long and … [Read more...] about Who’s Winning the Self-Driving Car Race?