It's finally Valentine's Day and you haven't even thought about what to get your other half. Don't panic. There are tons of brilliant gifts available at the click of a button if you can't be bothered to move from the sofa, and you don't have to worry about it not arriving on time with e-vouchers. And if all else fails you can always make a last-minute dash to the local supermarket for some cheap Valentine's Day flowers or a bottle of your partner's favourite tipple. Stumped for gift ideas? Take a look at these options below. Buy an experience There's a huge selection of places that offer great experience packages, if you don't fancy giving the one you love an object. Instead make their day with an indoor skydiving experience for two from Buyagift or a romantic break glamping in the Lake District, available from Virgin Experience Days. There are lots of great options out there, depending on how adventurous your other half is, and how much you want to spend. You can find experience gifts … [Read more...] about Last minute Valentine’s Day 2018 gift ideas for all budgets that you can still buy in time for February 14
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Prince Andrew was urged to ‘take a break’ from royal duties by one of the Queen’s former advisors yesterday in the light of his ‘disastrous’ television interview. Speaking to the Mail, her former press secretary Dickie Arbiter, who worked for the monarch during the Charles and Diana crisis, said: ‘It [the interview] was a rotten idea. If it was done as a means of crisis management, then all they have done is manage to create a new crisis. ‘He needs to take a sabbatical. If you look back earlier in the year there was an engagement in Northern Ireland and they cancelled it [because of the scandal]. What charity wants a VIP guest with this hanging over him? Dickie Arbiter, who worked for the monarch during the Charles and Diana crisis, said: ‘It [the interview] was a rotten idea' The former royal press officer added: ‘He may argue that he has done nothing wrong, so why should he? Pictured Prince Andrew in the BBC interview BBC … [Read more...] about Take a break from royal duties: Queen’s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter brands Prince Andrew’s BBC interview a ‘rotten idea’ and says all he has done is created a new crisis
Most ideas prove themselves by working well. The idea of Europe, on the other hand, seems to be most powerful when it’s going disastrously wrong. Over the course of modern history, it appears that Europe becomes an urgent business only when it is threatened with disintegration. When things are OK, Europe bores us to tears. It is 28 shades of grey. But plunge Europe into existential crisis and it suddenly seems to matter. This is the great paradox of the idea: it grips the imagination only when it is in a dire state. The odd way in which the threat of Brexit makes the notion of Europe interesting again is actually quite familiar. Europe has always drawn energy from the proximity of catastrophe. The first modern conception of Europe – that of a Christian commonwealth of holy kingdoms – took hold because the Turks were at the gates of Vienna and the triumph of Islam in Europe seemed a real possibility. The religious wars in which Catholic and Protestant powers tore each … [Read more...] about Only when it is in peril is the idea of Europe so inspiring
On the market square in Rjukan stands a statue of the town's founder, a noted Norwegian engineer and industrialist called Sam Eyde, sporting a particularly fine moustache. One hand thrust in trouser pocket, the other grasping a tightly rolled drawing, the great man stares northwards across the square at an almost sheer mountainside in front of him. Behind him, to the south, rises the equally sheer 1,800-metre peak known as Gaustatoppen. Between the mountains, strung out along the narrow Vestfjord valley, lies the small but once mighty town that Eyde built in the early years of the last century, to house the workers for his factories. He was plainly a smart guy, Eyde. He harnessed the power of the 100-metre Rjukanfossen waterfall to generate hydro-electricity in what was, at the time, the world's biggest power plant. He pioneered new technologies – one of which bears his name – to produce saltpetre by oxidising nitrogen from air, and made industrial quantities of hydrogen by … [Read more...] about Rjukan sun: the Norwegian town that does it with mirrors
MANY of us celebrating Christmas will already be eagerly anticipating the festive food, excessive boozing and dreading being unashamedly skint way before the end of December. But ever wondered what the word "Christmas" actually means, or where it came from? Here's all you need to know... Where does the term Christmas come from and what does it mean? Most of us would assume it originates from the word Christ, as the whole idea of Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Jesus (no, it's not just about the presents). To a point that is the case - the word is a shortened form of "Christ's mass", or "Cristes Maesse" as it was first recorded in 1038. This was followed by the term Cristes-messe in 1131, according to the The Catholic Encyclopedia. The term "Christ" - or Crīst as it originally read - comes from the Greek word Khrīstos, a translation of the Hebrew word Messiah, which means "anointed".The second part of Christmas - maesse - is a version of the Latin word … [Read more...] about Where did the term ‘Christmas’ come from, what does it mean and why is it shortened to Xmas?