Tourism is booming in Manchester, with the number of overseas visitors rising by 10 per cent in just a year. The city saw a total of 1,319,000 foreign visitors in 2017, up from 1,191,000 the year before, official statistics show. The boost follows a flurry of publicity in recent years, with travel guide Lonely Planet and publications including the New York Times all hailing the city as a top tourist destination. Their praise only serves to remind us what we already knew - that out city is a brilliant place to live in and to visit. Here are just a few of the reasons why - so if you haven't already booked your trip here, what are you waiting for? Arts and culture Manchester's cultural offering has never been stronger since the opening of the £25m HOME arts centre in First Street and the £15m revamp of The Whitworth art gallery in recent years. The future for Manchester’s arts scene looks bright too. A £111m new arts centre The Factory - dubbed 'the Guggenheim of … [Read more...] about 10 reasons Manchester is one of the world’s top tourist destinations
Historical events that changed the world
They were the lucky ones. In offices and other workplaces across the country, employees sweltered - longing for a cool evening sitting on a garden terrace, swimming along a seashore or taking a dip in a lake. Motorists in their cars could hardly believe what they were seeing as the temperature gauges on dashboards soared over 32 degrees. In these sultry conditions, the air along the roads shimmered - and the tar surface melted in some places. Just as Storm Emma, the blizzard event of early March, created a frenzy as householders stocked up with sliced pan, the June 2018 heatwave has created another form of weather mania. This time it has mostly been an occasion for celebration, unless you are a farmer worried about you fodder - or your water supply is about to run dry. In this country, we do not like to deny ourselves an opportunity to drink - and the heatwave seems to have encouraged us to quench our thirst by taking to the bottle, or the beachside can. Figures supplied to Review from … [Read more...] about Some like it hot: How the heatwave has ‘changed the mood’ in Ireland
Part 1. Racism‘Young fans see the dominance of far-right chants. Anyone who challenges it faces a threat of violence’ It is the most politically charged World Cup in recent memory: Russia, resurgent under Vladimir Putin, is set to host the 32-team tournament next month amid scandals ranging from sports doping to spy poisonings. Relations between Moscow and London are at their coolest since the cold war and the recent events in Salisbury even led to brief speculation (aided by Boris Johnson) that England could skip the tournament, recalling the Olympics boycotts of the 1980s. While individual matches such as the United States and Iran’s face-off in 1998 were political lightning rods in their time, the host country has not faced such heated criticism perhaps since the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, held just two years after a right-wing military coup backed by the United States. Last week Human Rights Watch released a 44-page guide detailing repression and discrimination … [Read more...] about Russia uncovered: writers on the World Cup host nation
Earth Day has now reached its 48th year, and according to the Earth Day Network (EDN) over one billion people in 192 countries are thought to have taken part in this year’s event. Celebrated every year on Aprill 22, the global day of environmental action is thought to be the largest secular observance in the world. Each Earth Day, individuals and organisations from across the globe participate in action intended to world towards a healthier environment for future generations. 10 photographs to show to anyone who doesn't believe in climate change 10 show all 10 photographs to show to anyone who doesn't believe in climate change 1/10 A group of emperor penguins face a crack in the sea ice, near McMurdo Station, Antarctica Kira Morris 2/10 Amid a flood in Islampur, Jamalpur, Bangladesh, a woman on a raft searches for somewhere dry to take shelter. Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable places in the world to sea level rise, which is expected to make tens of … [Read more...] about Earth Day: what is it and how do people mark it around the world?
All cities have a reputation for a ‘brand’. For some, a positive image can be a powerful promotional tool while, for others, a negative reputation (sometimes unfairly earned) can make them the butt of jokes and the least likely name on anyone’s travel list. As Oscar Wilde famously quipped, however, it is better to be talked about than not discussed at all. And so it is for the many towns and cities that exist anonymously between those two extremes, known and discussed by few outside of their own regions. Last week saw the first episode of Channel 4’s new ‘Derry Girls’ comedy broadcast to considerable fanfare. Early signs of its success are promising - attracting 1.6m. viewers to a 10pm slot on a Thursday night. The show was well received locally, despite grumbles about accents, geography and the fact that much of it was filmed in Belfast - all of which misses the bigger picture. I’ve lived outside Derry for more than 26 years, in Holland, the … [Read more...] about Time for Derry to determine its brand and sell it to the world