Dan Hummel has lived, mostly alone, in his rugged West Cork sanctuary for 46 years. On a recent visit, Brian Keane gets an insight into his life.“I’ve always been into locations. Places have guided my life more than people, family, or friends,” Dan Hummel’s American accent is as laid-back as the man. “Maybe that’s why I find myself in West Cork, mostly alone for 46 years, on this stretch of rock jutting into the Atlantic.”Once, the raw beauty of the place brought Dan the greatest peace. Now, at 78 years old, it can leave him anxious. “One time I was hacking bamboo with a scythe and buried the blade about four inches into my leg. I missed the artery but the blood was spraying everywhere. "It was a long crawl to my home where I tied a shirt around it before hobbling the 700m to my bike. Then I cycled 17 miles to the hospital. Don’t think I have that in me anymore. "These days my balance isn’t so good. … [Read more...] about Higherland Dan: The American living in West Cork sanctuary for almost 50 years
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One of the many great things about languages worldwide is the sizeable number of words for which there is no real English translation. Often they tell us about concepts and ideas that we are missing out on in the anglophone world. As the northern hemisphere heads abroad in the coming holiday season, here are a few to be looking out for: You may have witnessed the ritual, knowingly or not, while on the hunt for a coffee or a cold beer towards the end of another long Spanish afternoon. Sitting clumped around tables inside restaurants or spilling out on to their terrazas, are friends, families and colleagues, preserved in the post-prandial moment like replete insects in amber. Lunch – and it is more usually lunch than dinner – will long since have yielded to the important act of the sobremesa, that languid time when food gives way to hours of talking, drinking and joking. Coffee and digestivos will have been taken, or perhaps the large gin and tonic that follows a meal rather … [Read more...] about 10 of the best words in the world (that don’t translate into English)
GUARDIANS of the Galaxy star Zoe Saldana plays on the beach with one of her twin sons. The 40-year-old actress wore a leopard-print cossie to join three-year-old Bowie in Forte dei Marmi in Tuscany, central Italy. Zoe, who wore green make-up for her Guardians role as Gamora, is on a family holiday with Bowie, twin Cy and third son Zen, one. Italian artist hubby Marco Perego, 39, is also on the trip. Zoe shared the beach snap on Instagram, captioning it: “With my beach babe.” GOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL [email protected] Trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 … [Read more...] about Superhero mum Zoe has found her perfect role – as guardian of the beach babe
Kiln, a casual Thai grill restaurant in Soho, was named National Restaurant of the Year yesterday evening at the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards. A notable occasion in the food calendar, the annual list of the top 100 restaurants in the UK is voted for by the chefs, restaurateurs and food writers. Hosted by Restaurant magazine at The Hurlingham Club in Fulham, Kiln’s victory saw the top spot return to London after Telegraph columnist Stephen Harris's The Sportsman was named Restaurant of the Year in 2017. Kiln's menu focuses on the rural cuisine of Thailand's northern borderlands, and chef-owner Ben Chapman has made countless research trips to Thailand to ensure authenticity in his cooking. A perfumed smokiness pervaded our food, from the Yunnan-style lamb skewers to a spectacular hotpot "Ben Chapman’s dedication – in fact obsession – with bringing … [Read more...] about The UK’s top 100 restaurants: which Thai grill was named the National Restaurant of the Year 2018?
The world's largest artificial downhill ski slope, water sport facilities, off-road biking trails and luxury accommodation have been revealed as part of plans for the much anticipated Afan Valley Adventure Resort. The project hopes to gain planning permission later this year. And design work has already begun deep at the 450-acre South Wales site. Other adventure activities planned for the site include a zipwire, indoor skydiving, scuba diving, canoeing, canyoning, surfing and off-road quad biking. Developers even hope the resort will become home to the Bear Grylls Survival Academy - the TV adventurer's instruction course. The project is the brainchild of Peter Moore OBE - the man who first brought Center Parcs to the UK - and Gavin Woodhouse, chairman of Northern Powerhouse Developments. The planning application for the resort was submitted earlier, but lapsed. However, a spokesman for the developers said the application is now due to be formally submitted and will subsequently take … [Read more...] about The incredible adventure resort planned for Wales