Croatia became an independent nation on this day 27 years ago. Today it is one of the holiday destinations growing fastest in popularity among British travellers, with 1.4 million visiting in the first half of 2018, up from just over a million in the same period of 2017. And it’s not all down to Game of Thrones (though that has helped). Here are 25 reasons why you should join them (if you haven't already). 1. It’s hot Let’s get the obvious ones out of the way. Croatia is one of Europe’s sunniest spots. Visitors should expect 12 hours of sunshine a day in May and June, on average, and 13 in July and August. That’s more than Provence (8 in May, 10 in June and August, 11 in July) or Corfu (10 in May, 12 in June, 13 in July and 11 in August). Even in October, the weather remains pleasant, with Dubrovnik offering 11 hours of sunlight and daily averages of 19C. View our best luxury holidays in Croatia View our best luxury cruises in … [Read more...] about On its Independence Day, 28 reasons the world wants to go on holiday to Croatia
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The dollar is back in fashion, and some. After a wobbly first quarter it has climbed some 6 per cent, regaining all the ground lost. US shares, too, have gone up decently, with Apple – now the most valuable company in the world – close to the all-time high it reached a few days ago. And this has happened despite the Federal Reserve indicating that it will carry on increasing interest rates, and the 10-year US Treasury bond yield topping 3 per cent. It is a boom, and we do not need the president to remind us of that. But booms come to an end. My feeling is that the forthcoming downturn is still some way away, but I am intrigued by the wacky, unpredictable nature of this boom and things to look for that will tell us about its future. There is, for a start, the race to become the world’s first trillion dollar company. It does very much look like it will be Apple, worth $916bn (£680bn) on Friday, but chasing it are three other tech enterprises in the … [Read more...] about Five things to look out for which will indicate the strength – or imminent downturn – of the US economic boom
Harold Shipman killed at least 218 of his patients, yet, until his crimes came to light, he was respected - loved even - by the people of Hyde, where he worked as a GP from 1977. It wasn’t until 20 years later that police would start to investigate a man who detectives would later realise was Britain’s most prolific killer. And even then the people of Hyde - among them the 3,000 patients registered to his family GP practice in Market Street - wouldn’t believe it. A new ITV documentary, Harold Shipman: Doctor Death, airs on Thursday night. It marks 20 years since his arrest and investigates just how he got away with killing so many of his patients. Who was Harold Shipman? GP Harold Shipman was a British general practitioner and one of the most prolific serial killers in recorded history. On 31 January 2000, a jury found Shipman guilty of 15 murders for killing patients under his care. But a two-year-long investigation of all deaths certified by Shipman identified the … [Read more...] about Who was killer doctor Harold Shipman and how many people did he murder?
Shop off the beaten path Berlin shoppers know that the best finds are often far away from the main drag. Photo: DPA True Berliners wouldn’t be caught dead traipsing through the overpriced halls of the KaDeWe, baring the crowds of Ku'damm or hitting up tourist-traps like the Mall of Berlin for their outfit needs. But where will you find the Berlin natives? For the typical Berlin local, the best place to buy your clothes is right around the corner - and probably on the cheap. Most shop at stores in their home neighbourhoods, where local Berlin-made clothing labels are plentiful and often affordable. There are a tonne of local Berlin brands to choose from, such as Humana at Frankfurter Tor or 24 Colours in Prenzlauer Berg. No matter your personal style, Berlin probably has a decent option that won’t leave you shopping with all the tourists. Park it Berlin locals love spending sunny days at the park - like Volkspark pictured here. Photo: DPA On a nice weekend … [Read more...] about 10 ways to pass yourself off as a true Berliner
Updated 0428 GMT (1228 HKT) March 29, 2018 Since the 2016 Brexit referendum we've been following a group of people in Romford, a town that overwhelmingly voted Leave, tracking their hopes and fears. These are their stories. Romford, England (CNN)On a brilliantly sunny spring morning in Romford Market, an elderly couple sip coffee, close their eyes and tilt their faces to the sky. "Who needs Tenerife, eh?" asks a friendly passerby, referring to the popular Spanish holiday destination. The answer, apparently, is not the people of Romford. This is the largest town in Havering, a borough on the outermost fringes of east London that had one of the highest proportion of Leave voters in the 2016 Brexit referendum. Photos: Scenes from Romford Market People stroll through Romford Market on Wednesday, March 14. Hide Caption 1 of 10 Photos: Scenes from Romford Market Belts and suspenders are seen on display at the market. Romford is the largest town in the East London … [Read more...] about ‘Just get on with it’: Brexit voters want out — for better or worse