Book lovers have turned over a new leaf with the eReader. These digital devices were once decried as an abomination by bookish types, who would furrow their brows with worry that this new mod con sounded the death knell for the paperback. However, in the space of just ten years, eReaders have become commonplace – to the extent that 266m eBooks were sold in 2017 alone. (It's worth noting that the printed product hasn't disappeared as predicted: book sales were up five per cent in the same year, driven in part by a significant rise in hardback sales. It seems we've found a way to have our cake and read it.) The principle benefit of an eReader is obvious: they offer a way to take your book collection with you, wherever you go. At university, as an English Literature student who had to lug half a library from Surrey to Lancashire with me at the end of terms, I found owning an eReader life-changing (and back-saving). They're great for taking on holiday, taking up little hand … [Read more...] about The best eBook readers and Kindles you can buy
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The first time I call Nigel Farage live on air on his LBC radio show, I give my real name. It’s Sunday 10 June 2018, the day the Observer reports that Arron Banks, the main funder of Farage’s Leave.EU campaign, had not one (as he had claimed), but several meetings with the Russian ambassador in the run-up to the EU referendum. “What do you want to say to Nigel?” the producer asks. “I want to talk about how the funder of his campaign has systematically lied about his relationship with the Russian government,” I say. “I can’t put you through,” the producer says, an edge of panic in her voice. “Come on,” I say. “You’re a journalist. You know these are important questions. “I’m standing in,” she says. “I’m not the usual producer.” She promises to speak to her editor and call me back. No one calls me back. Two days later, I try again. Banks and his business partner Andy Wigmore, … [Read more...] about Who is the real Nigel Farage… and why won’t he answer my questions?
Adam Garcia, the founder of MadRead, a new online bookstore bringing the latest English book releases to Spain, shares his top ten essential reads with The Local readers. In some ways, Spain is a very familiar country. The Iberian Peninsular is a common holiday destination for most Europeans and you may have visited prior to making the move to live here. Yet in other ways, Spain is unlike any other country on earth. It has a complicated and partly ‘forgotten’ history full of conflict, be it due to power, politics, territory, invasion, persecution, family and yes of course, football. This complex past results in subtle comments and attitudes from Spaniards that are difficult to understand without a good understanding of their origins. Reading is the best way to achieve that understanding, but .... ten cuidado! History is only told by those who survive it and can be slanted to portray the teller’s personal opinions rather than fact, … [Read more...] about Ten books that tell you everything you need to know about Spain
There are a lot of things in life we take for granted, such as dogs chasing cats (although it's only a question of time before compensation lawyers will be advertising for clients to come forward to pursue cases against dog owners for possible harassment, mental breakdown claims etc), although rare cases of cats chasing dogs are few, as perhaps do cats feel unrepresented and can’t be bothered?Then, a report or ‘findings’ by scientists telling us that after years of study, people who live over the age of 100 years will be most likely to pass away before they reach the age of 130 years, although reports of those hanging on in order to do so are quite rare according to reports aka ‘findings’ etc.However, minor league stuff now, as step forward Colin.It was while shifting through assorted government ‘wheels n deals’, initiatives or nuggets from their bright ideas cupboard, as found online, that he found out that if he lives to be 90 years of age, … [Read more...] about WARD’S WORLD: Time to enjoy a ticket to ride
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?