James Nesbitt, the Northern Irish actor, recalls the extraordinary beauty of Macedonia, partying with Berliners, and the best dish he's ever had. My favourite place in the world … is the harbour in Portrush. I have a house there now and it's where I play golf. It's a place that has benefited enormously from the peace in Northern Ireland. There was never any trouble there but now people come from all over the world to visit it. Wonderful food, beautiful beaches, and not far from the Giant's Causeway. The Northern Irish are everywhere ...it seems, wherever I am in the world. And because it’s such a small place, everyone thinks I'm part of their family. There was a group of young Irish folk who came over to me at a bar in Hong Kong recently and I said, 'Come on then, let's have a quick photo', and one woman said, 'Oh no Jimmy, I don't want a photo - do you know where the karaoke bar is?'. It was quite funny. I'm the best sleeper in the world ...I could fall asleep on a washing … [Read more...] about James Nesbitt on discovering paradise in New Zealand and the problem with holidays in Britain
Swishy, swashy, swishy, swashy, swishy, swashy…” My three small children chanted those words while dragging their feet through tall seeded grasses interspersed with sunny yellow bird’s foot trefoil, bright pink thrift and nodding purple foxgloves. We were traipsing across St Helens Duver on the Isle of Wight – and we were going on a bear hunt. It was the picture of the perfect, natural childhood that this London mother had been craving. Earlier in the week we had “stumble tripped” through woodland, “whoo hooed” through sea fog, “splash sploshed” through rock pools and “squelch squerched” through thick mud. It was clever of the folks at Visit Isle of Wight to realise that their island contained all the various landscapes of the well-known children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, encouraging them to strike a deal with Walker Books and team up with the National Trust to create an inspirational leaflet … [Read more...] about Why the Isle of Wight is the ultimate early childhood holiday in Britain
Today (June 15) is Eid al-Fitr, the day when Ramadan draws to a close and Muslim people celebrate the end of the holy month. Most Muslims will have fasting during daylight hours throughout the holy month, and Eid al-Fitr translates as the "feast of the breaking of the fast." In Muslim-majority countries, Eid al-Fitr is marked with a public holiday, reports Birmingham Live - but should that also be the case in the United Kingdom? Eid will this year be marked with three days of holidays in the United Arab Emirates, with the Abu Dhabi Government announcing a public holiday from June 14 to 16. That's slightly shorter than the five days of holidays in UAE (along with Egypt and Kuwait) in 2017. In New York City, Eid al-Fitr - and the later festival of Eid al-Adha - were added to the official list of school holidays in 2015. But in the UK, Eid is not a bank holiday, despite efforts to make it one. In 2014, an online petition signed by almost 122,000 people called for the UK to embrace the … [Read more...] about Should Eid al-Fitr be a public holiday in Britain?
Features Marie-Claire Chappet 24 May 2018 Read on Europe’s best nature holidays Stephen McGrath If you go in to the woods today, you’re in for a stylish surprise. A rural escape has never been so chic; from the eccentric rustic extensions of luxury country hotels, to brilliant independent tree-hugged cabins and huts. Here are four of the very finest. Forest Hut at The Pig Hotel Forest Hut which, typical of the brand, is no back-to-basics cabin but comes complete with a huge bed, a monsoon en-suite shower room and a roll-top free-standing bath tub. Oh, and a larder fully stocked with snacks and an espresso machine. Go wild. Only, cleaner. Hazel Tree Cabin, Chiltern Yurt Retreat Chiltern Yurt Retreat. You will be hard-pressed to find a sweeter, more genuine forest escape than this. Comprising four accommodation choices, the retreat is spread over a secluded wood, with a luxurious, hand-made yurt, a retro caravan, a converted tabernacle with … [Read more...] about The best cabin holidays in Britain
A lonely hearts couple will be sentenced later for plotting an Islamic State-inspired bomb or ricin attack over the Christmas holidays. Sudanese asylum seeker Munir Mohammed volunteered for a “lone wolf” UK mission as he chatted on Facebook with a man he believed was an IS commander. He enlisted the help of pharmacist Rowaida El-Hassan, drawing on her knowledge of chemicals needed to make a bomb after seeking her out on dating website SingleMuslim.com. At the time of his arrest in December 2016, Mohammed had two of the three components for TATP explosives as well as manuals on how to make bombs and ricin poison. Mohammed, 36, of Leopold Street, Derby, and mother-of-two El-Hassan, 33, of Willesden Lane, north-west London, denied preparing terrorist acts between November 2015 and December 2016. But following an Old Bailey trial, a jury found the pair guilty of the plot in January. They will be sentenced on Thursday by Judge Michael Topolski QC. The court heard … [Read more...] about Internet dating couple face jail for plotting an IS attack in Britain