You had to be good at map-reading, for one, with the ability to overcome language barriers. Getting around was simply harder. That’s changed considerably, and an ever-increasing number of us are these days setting off on adventures alone. Is it just that Google can now steer even the most directionally challenged among us to our next location, or translate words from any dialect back and forth? Is it that more of us are single, and staying single, than ever before? Are we now by nature too impatient to wait for a suitable companion to show up? I spoke to a variety of tour operators to examine the rising trend of going it alone, to see how it is impacting everything from hotel bookings and Airbnbs, to cruises and cottage breaks. According to UK travel association Abta's latest annual Holiday Habits survey, one in nine holidaymakers reported that they took a holiday on their own in the previous 12 months - double the number compared to six years previous. Hitwise, the online … [Read more...] about Solo Travel: Why are so many of us now choosing to travel alone?
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(CNN)Here's a look at the life of Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of her other Realms and Territories and Head of the Commonwealth of Nations. Personal:Birth date: April 21, 1926 Birth place: London, England Birth name: Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Father: King George VI Read More Mother: Queen Elizabeth Marriage: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (November 20, 1947-present) Children: Edward, Earl of Wessex (March 10, 1964); Andrew, Duke of York (February 19, 1960); Anne, Princess Royal (August 15, 1950); Charles, Prince of Wales (November 14, 1948) Grandchildren: By Prince Charles and Princess Diana: Prince William and Prince Henry (called Harry); By Princess Anne and Mark Phillips: Peter Phillips and Zara Phillips; By Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson: Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie; By Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones: Lady Louise Windsor and James Windsor, Viscount Severn Great-Grandchildren: … [Read more...] about Queen Elizabeth II Fast Facts
An investigation has been launched after a woman was recorded boasting about knowing ”every move” made by a government minister to a man she met after allegedly advertising herself on a “sugar daddy” website. The Ministry of Housing is looking into allegations a member of staff discussed her work for Conservative MP Dominic Raab with an undercover journalist. The woman was said to have met twice with a reporter posing as a wealthy businessman. One rendezvous reportedly took place at a five-star hotel a short distance from the House of Commons. Read more Uber ‘used undercover agents to steal trade secrets from rival firms’ I’m an MP, and I visited an immigration detention centre undercover Woman who went undercover in North Korea warns of ‘catastrophe’ At the end of each meeting she was paid £750, the Daily Mirror reported. The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) launched … [Read more...] about Dominic Raab: Minister’s female diary secretary under investigation for selling escort services through ‘sugar daddy’ website
When Opelo Kgari was summoned to the Yarl’s Wood reception desk she didn’t think much of it. She had been staging a sit-in protest with fellow detainees when her unit officer tapped her on the shoulder and said they needed to have a chat. She asked if it could wait until later, but was told it would only take 10 minutes. This was far from the truth. Over the next 12 hours, she and her mother Florence were strapped in waist restraint belts, placed in two separate vans and – chaperoned by a dozen officers – driven to Heathrow to be forcibly removed from Britain– the country Opelo has lived in since the age of 13. “I went down to reception and she sat me in a little room,” the 27-year-old told The Independent. “Then another manager came in and she put on a pair of latex gloves. As soon as she came in with those on I knew what was happening. Read more Woman brought to UK from Botswana as a child in deportation … [Read more...] about Lied to, tied up and locked in: Woman who arrived in Britain as a child exposes reality of UK deportation system
(CNN)The third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be born at St. Mary's Hospital in London later this month, in the same wing as the royal couple's two previous children, according to new details revealed Monday by Kensington Palace. The medical team will be led by Alan Farthing and Guy Thorpe-Beeston, who delivered the Duchess' second child, Charlotte. Barriers and parking restrictions were being put in place outside the private Lindo Wing on Monday in preparation for the arrival of the world's media when the new baby will be shown to the public for the first time. Parking restrictions now up outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, ready for the #RoyalBaby pic.twitter.com/qKRDHIuJvf— PA Royal Reporters (@PARoyal) April 9, 2018 Prince George was born in the Lindo Wing in 2013 and Prince Charlotte was born there in 2015. Their father Prince William was also born at the same facility. William, Duke of Cambridge, and his wife, Catherine, attend … [Read more...] about Royal baby: Palace reveals new details