The rise and rise of the all-inclusive holiday is often hailed as a success that had to be rescued from its insalubrious birth pangs in the Nineties. It was then that the big sun and sand tour operators started marketing low-cost packages to the Caribbean as a way of appealing to families who wanted to fix the price of their holidays upfront. Lukewarm buffets led to outbreaks of food poisoning and unlimited alcoholic drink to outbreaks of unedifying debauchery. In fact, the concept of an all-inclusive holiday has a venerable history. Full-board, where all meals are included (although not usually drinks) was being offered by hotels in the 19th century; it was integral to the idea of ski, chalet and house party holidays developed by Erna Low in the Thirties and Forties; and has been common for decades in old-fashioned seaside hotels in northern France. It was the package holidays of the Sixties and Seventies where B&B and half board became the norm. But wherever you start in the long … [Read more...] about All-inclusive holidays are back: here’s 30 of the best for 2018
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THE end is nigh, if some conspiracy theorists are to be believed. They clam that a mysterious planet known as Nibiru, or Planet X, is due to pass close to Earth - and it will bring all sorts of drama with it. Here's what the theory is all about... Is Nibiru home to aliens? Linguist Zecharia Sitchin's controversial 1976 book Twelfth Planet claims that Nibiru is inhabited by an alien race called the Anunnaki, who are referred to in the Bible as the Nephilim. He argued that ancient texts claimed that these mysterious space travellers had come to Earth looking for gold and other minerals. Controversially, he also writes that the Anunnaki were unwilling to do the hard work themselves, so create a new slave race by blending their DNA with humans'. His work forms the basis of many 'ancient astronaut' theories, that claim aliens visited the Earth and changed the path of human history - least of all by building the pyramids. Sitchin also claimed that Nibiru has an elongated orbit around the … [Read more...] about Is Planet X real, what does Nibiru mean, when was the world supposed to end and what is the SpaceX conspiracy theory?
Mathematical formulas, scrawled in red and black, cover a glass wall. The office is small, but the three men who work there, dressed in jeans and sneakers, hovering around an array of computers, have big plans. They want to run a stock market, and they say they and their algorithms can do what even their leanest competitors would need 80 human beings to achieve.Kelly Littlepage, Stephen Johnson, and Richard Suth have rented a 240-square-foot office in a building on a quiet side street in Lower Manhattan. Next door, a shop sells black leather motorcycle jackets (“Ride or Die”) and retro lamps made from old cassette tapes. The three entrepreneurs say their company, OneChronos, will fundamentally alter the business of buying and selling stocks established more than two centuries ago by the New York Stock Exchange, located just over a mile away.OneChronos is seeking to be the first venue trading mainstream securities to use artificial intelligence to match trades. Whereas stock … [Read more...] about Does the World Really Need an AI-Powered Dark Pool?
Khabib Nurmagomedov has battled his way to a unanimous decision victory over Al Iaquinta in their lightweight clash at UFC 223 in New York to become Russia's first undisputed UFC champion. Nurmagomedov takes over as champion from Irishman Conor McGregor, who was stripped of a title he never defended and faces assault and criminal mischief charges for his part in a fracas following Thursday's media day for the event. With Nurmagomedov's original opponent, Tony Ferguson, pulling out a week ago due to a knee injury and replacement Max Holloway withdrawing for medical reasons during his weight cut, Iaquinta stepped in on Friday and agreed to take the fight. Nurmagomedov showed his hand early on Saturday night, wrestling the 30-year-old American to the ground and dominating him but after two punishing rounds, Iaquinta began to thwart the undefeated Russian's takedowns. The 29-year-old Russian looked clumsy in the striking exchanges as Iaquinta found success with his counter right hand and … [Read more...] about Nurmagomedov slams McGregor after winning UFC title
0 Have your say On an autumn day in 1816, just before two o’clock in the afternoon, a huge crowd of locals, society ladies and grandees gathered at Leith harbour to witness the sensation of an Inuit stowaway demonstrating his spectacular kayaking skills, including racing single against six men in a whaleboat, and winning with ease. Now an author’s research has brought to light how the progressive thinking of members of the Scottish Enlightenment led to that gifted seaman, Hans Zakaeus, whom the Scots called John Sakeouse, becoming the first Inuit to take an official role in a British exploration expedition, joining Admiral John Ross’s voyage to find the fabled Northwest Passage.The 18-year-old Greenlander had stowed away – along with his kayak – on the Leith whaler the Thomas and Ann.At a time when in indigenous races were often termed “savages” or deemed “childlike and innocent” and exhibited in “human zoos” … [Read more...] about Inuit stowaway who found naval glory with Scots aristocrat