The thing about living in London is there's rarely an opportunity to see the stars. With light pollution and regular pollution, there is a permanent barrier between our eyes and the night sky that surrounds us. But the good news is there's a number of places across the world where you can see stars in all their glory. From New Zealand to Cornwall, below are some of earth's darkest places that offer the perfect vantage point to see earth's original night lights. Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, New Zealand In 2012, this 4,300 square kilometre area was designated at the southern hemisphere's first and only dark sky reserve - one of only 12 in the world. A dark sky reserve is where light pollution is strictly controlled in the area to allow astronomical research to take place. To enter the reserve, you can take a star gazing tour that starts at just £23 - and watch the Milky Way dance before your eyes. Find out more here, mackenzienz.com/ … [Read more...] about 11 of the best places in the world to star gaze
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DAVID Beckham and his family escaped a killer earthquake zone to an amazing holiday retreat crowned The Best Hotel In The World, it was revealed last night. Huge shocks rocked Bali after a 6.9 magnitude quake devastated the neighbouring island of Lombok, leaving at least 321 dead while sending thousands of trippers fleeing on Sunday. England legend Becks, 43, wife Victoria, 44, and children, Brooklyn, 19, Romeo 15, Cruz 12, and Harper seven shaken by the quake at their luxury retreat in Bali. But they have now flown to an incredible resort called Nihi on the exotic island of Sumba, 450 miles from the disaster epicentre. The family are staying at a sumptuous four-bedroomed £5,000-a-night villa with its own pool close to one of the region’s best surfing beaches. But hotel bosses keen to profit from the exotic links to “Brand Beckham” are understood to have offered the luxury stay costing a cool £25,000 for free. Former Manchester United and Real Madrid star … [Read more...] about The Beckham family escaped a killer earthquake zone in Bali by flying to The Best Hotel In The World
Mere music festivals don’t seem to cut it these days. The modern trend now sees cultural offerings twinned together to offer customers good value for money during a three or four day gathering. To name just a few - How The Light Gets In combines music and philosophy in Hay-on-Wye, Blur’s Alex James mixes up CHEESE and music for his FEAstivel, and now Bluedot is again delving into science and astronomy as the astral counterpoint to the thumping bass and beats in Cheshire. Are there any other festival locations in the world which can match the Jodrell Bank telescope, in leafy Macclesfield, less than an hour from Liverpool? In the shadow of the Lovell Telescope, one of the world’s most iconic research instruments, Bluedot will explore the latest scientific discoveries from outer space and our planet. Who's in the line-up? Year on year, since its inception in 2016, festival bosses have been gradually raising the bar, with 2018’s lineup of headliners The Chemical … [Read more...] about Is this the best location in the world for a festival?
By Annette Chrysostomou UK Cypriot teacher Andria Zafirakou who was voted the most outstanding teacher in the world this year was honoured at a special ceremony by Education Minister Costas Hambiaouris on Tuesday in Nicosia. Zafirakou has won a million-dollar prize for being the most outstanding teacher in the world after having been chosen from 30,000 entries from 173 countries on March 18. At the event, Hambiaouris said he was honoured to meet a teacher with “such a remarkable personality who is an excellent educator”. “We are especially excited that you have accepted our invitation not only because you are a model, an example for all of us, but because I am convinced that we share the same vision for education,” he said. Zafirakou stressed that in the difficult times “we live in and under the difficult economic conditions we are experiencing, what teachers do is extremely important in order to change lives”. “I do not think I’m the … [Read more...] about Cyprus honours UK Cypriot who won best teacher in the world award
However, earlier this week, Noma was officially nominated as the ‘Best Restaurant in the World’ by the magazine. The Spanish restaurant elBulli, which is located not far from Barcelona, dropped into second place after holding on to the top spot for the past three years. Ferran Adria, a caterer for elBulli, announced recently that the restaurant will be closing for two years from 2012. The Fat Duck in Berkshire, England trailed just behind in third place. Noma first appeared on the list in 2006 in 33rd position and throughout the years has steadily moved its way up the top 50 list. In 2007, Noma reached 15th place, a year later 10th place and last year jumped up into third place. Noma is ideally located on Strandgade 89, Copenhagen, in a house called Nord Atlantis which also accommodates the embassies for Iceland, Greenland, Faroe Islands and Norway. Noma is also the only Danish restaurant that holds two Michelin stars. Chef René Redzepi uses only Scandinavian produce … [Read more...] about Danish restaurant Noma nominated ‘Best Restaurant in the World’