Malta, a jewel in the heart of the Mediterranean, proves the best things come in small packages. Karen Murray visited the island which is the smallest country in EU.I always had a vague yearning to visit Malta but knew very little about it, with an embarrassing lack of knowledge on even the basics like currency (euro), time difference (one hour ahead) and the need to pack an adapter plug (not required).Situated in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, there are three inhabited islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino, of which Malta is the largest. And that’s large in the loosest sense of the word because at 27km long and 14.5km wide it’s pretty compact. You are never much further than a half hour’s drive from anywhere and it’s very easy to navigate (although I did get lost between the hotel and shopping area — a mere five minutes’ walk away — which was a source of great amusement among my touring peers). I arrived in Malta at the end of February with an … [Read more...] about Malta proves the best things come in small packages
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It was mathematical: it was bound to happen. There’s no limit to delusions of grandeur. Once you get hooked on them, the sky’s the limit. Now we are no longer the best in Europe. Now we are the best... in the World. This stratospherically hyperbolic statement was made during a Labour Party press conference not too many days ago. There was no hint either of irony or of any self-awareness of exaggeration. There was not even any trace of deadpan humour. The statement was delivered with faces as straight as nothing in this entire crooked country. Seriously? Malta, the best in the world? Let’s see how anybody with a sense of proportion could classify this second-, if not even third-rate country as “among the best in the world”. Traffic flow is badly conceived, badly organised, badly managed... and no real solution is in sight. Roads are constantly being widened, while the number of vehicles on the road is not being curbed. It’s all very much like a dog … [Read more...] about Best in Europe? Nah! Best in the world!
If you’re planning to visit Europe later this year, the chances are you’ll have wondered how to drive over there, especially if the repercussions of Brexit include changes to the validity of British driving licences. Whether you’re intending to take your own car to France or hire something further afield – Italy, Spain or Greece, perhaps – you’ll probably want to know what you’ll need to get on the road abroad, and what preparations you might need to make before you leave. At the time of writing, we're not sure exactly when – or if – we'll be leaving the European Union, but the advice below is tailored to our best understanding of the political situation. Will my driving licence still be recognised?... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium … [Read more...] about Driving in Europe after Brexit – everything you need to know
With that in mind, we have asked three expert walkers - authors all - to choose their favourite walks for spring. That means places with the finest bluebell displays, the best newly-green woodlands, the most dramatic scenery. The result is 30 great routes that criss-cross the country, including Northern Ireland. For urban dwellers, there are escape routes out to Ireland's Eye and south to Bray and along the Royal Canal, none of which require a car. There are even a few places where thick-skinned bathers can take a dip. There are trails here for families with toddlers or buggies, for those looking for a good stretch, and for serious hikers wanting to blow the cobwebs out of their hair after the long dark winter. And all of them finish near a good spot for a cup of tea or something stronger. Each walk listed includes the distance and the time it takes to complete at a moderate pace, as well as directions to the start point. Most of the routes can be covered without maps, but we have … [Read more...] about 30 best spring walks in Ireland: Fresh air for every age and fitness level!
Connectivity is now essential for businesses at every point in their evolution. Quite apart from ensuring that companies can consistently communicate effectively with customers, high bandwith connectivity simply maximises the likelihood of success. And this situation is set to greatly improve here in Greater Manchester with ambitious plans in place to ensure this city region is among the best connected in Britain. One of the organisations driving this transformation is The Loop , an Old Trafford-headquartered company that provides more than 170Km of fibre network across Greater Manchester. It specialises in supplying direct connectivity to datacentres and ultrafast internet access to both the private and public sector. The Loop’s fibre optic cables are buried under the region’s roads and were installed in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games in 2002, before remaining largely dormant for over a decade until the business was launched in October 2012. The network now circles … [Read more...] about Ambitions plans in place to ensure Greater Manchester is among the best connected cities in Britain