Spain, which this weekend hosts the travelling Formula One circus, overtook the US to become the world's second most popular holiday destination last year. It welcomed an estimated 82.2 million international visitors in 2017 - more than ever before and up from 75.3m in 2016. But that doesn't mean you can't still find pockets of seaside tranquility and cities untouched by mass tourism. Let our experts shine a light on some of Spain's best lesser-known gems. 1. Llafranc, Catalonia Sally Davies writes: “The very word ‘Costa’, these days, can be enough to conjure up images of towering apartment blocks and litre tankards of cheap lager, but the Costa Brava is altogether classier. “At its centre is the perfectly proportioned Llafranc, large enough to keep a family entertained on a week’s holiday, small enough to catch some peace and quiet. Outside the chaotic but short-lived high season (July and August), in fact, you’ll hear little more than the … [Read more...] about 20 amazing places in Spain that the British haven’t discovered yet
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While I have never believed much in patriotism (“the last refuge” and all that…) I have always felt there was something basically decent about our country and that we were among the fortunate few to be born and live there. But my heart sinks as I read articles like that of Sonia Delesalle-Stolper ("Before Brexit I felt part of this country – after casting my final vote in local elections, it feels even less like home") What dark feelings have been unleashed by Brexit and the likes of Nigel Farage when children are subjected to the anti-foreigner bile she describes? “Go home, Froggy”? “Apologise for the war”? I am told that all German school children must visit one former concentration camp as part of their understanding of their country’s past dark history. When are British school children even made aware of some of the less than kind things done by the British in the name of “Empire” and not just in … [Read more...] about I’m mortified to learn that the UK has become such an unwelcoming home for its non-British citizens
Oxford By Marcus Liddell BBC News 21 April 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-42015714 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel It's claimed only Buckingham Palace receives more visits from Chinese citizens, whose pilgrimage to a designer outlet in Oxfordshire requires announcements in Mandarin at its railway … [Read more...] about Why do the Chinese love Bicester Village?
The Cambridge Analytica-Facebook scandal has dominated the headlines over the past fortnight. The allegations centre around online strategies for the manipulation of voters deployed in the US 2016 Presidential election and the UK’s European Union referendum. Whistleblower Christopher Wylie has given evidence to parliament. Meanwhile, across the pond, Mark Zuckerberg will reportedly testify in front of the US Congress. The backlash has been brutal with the #DeleteFacebook movement taking off. Markets have responded accordingly with Facebook’s share value plummeting. Writing in The Observer last year, Carole Cadwalladr posited that Britain (and one may as well add the US) are increasingly looking like “a ‘managed’ democracy. Paid for by a US billionaire. Using military-style technology. Delivered by Facebook. And enabled by us.” However, the real story is much bigger than the fallout from the Trump election and the Brexit vote. It is a story that … [Read more...] about How Silicon Valley, spooks and the super rich took control of the 21st century
Israel’s defence minister Avigdor Lieberman brazenly states that “all our soldiers deserve a medal”, in the aftermath of the bloody massacre that claimed the lives of 16 Palestinians. As an Arab and a Muslim, I must assert that antisemitic rhetoric only fuels hatred, communal discord and mutual animosities. However, Israel’s reprehensible actions, its contempt for international humanitarian law, human life and dignity have shrunk not only the windows for peace but sympathies for its dark past during the Nazi era. It seems to me that humanity has reached yet another low level of depravity, that Israel has not learnt the lessons of the Holocaust and that “never again” remains a hollow slogan without any meaning or purpose. Dr Munjed Farid Al QutobLondon NW2 Where is the international outcry of condemnation over the deaths of 16 Palestinians near the border of Gaza? Since when was it even remotely acceptable for snipers to shoot protesters … [Read more...] about Israel’s actions against unarmed Palestinian protesters are reprehensible