From Norway to Australia, and from Japan to Puerto Rico, here's our pick of destinations – enough to keep you busy for every week of the next 12 months 1. Puerto Rico After a devastating hurricane, an island on its way back For as long as I can remember growing up in Puerto Rico, El Morro, the indestructible fort with the endless lawns at the entrance to San Juan harbour , was where you went to fly a kite. And on a recent sunny afternoon, just as expected, a couple and their young son were there trying to catch an updraft to loft a plastic butterfly with a long blue tail into the sky. On Fortaleza Street, an art installation of colourful umbrellas hovered above pedestrians, triggering countless selfies. A short ferry ride away from the old city, at the Bacardí rum distillery in the town of Cataño, visitors sipped cocktails in an open-air pavilion with a roof shaped like a bat in flight. But as Puerto Rico tries to come back as a premier Caribbean destination after the … [Read more...] about 52 places to go in 2019: Our top destinations to visit this year
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Over the course of its long and storied military service, there isn’t a lot the Supermarine Spitfire hasn’t achieved. Designed by RJ Mitchell in the 1930s, it became perhaps the most famous combat aircraft in history, and was produced in greater numbers than any other during World War Two, with more than 20,000 churned out in less than a decade. During the Battle of Britain (which marks its 78th anniversary today), the Spitfire – aided by the bulkier Hurricane –helped down 1,887 German planes in little more than three months. It became the envy of the enemy and the pride of the nation, and was flown all over the world, both by British and Allied forces, before, during and after the war. Today, a diaspora of airworthy Spitfires continues to exist, faithfully maintained by enthusiasts around the globe. Yet there remains one challenge the aircraft has never quite managed: a complete circumnavigation of the globe. But that may be about to change. At the … [Read more...] about Around the world in a Silver Spitfire: meet the magnificent men flying a classic warplane to new heights
Read more transcripts from Face the Nation here. MARGARET BRENNAN: It's Sunday, September 2nd. I'm Margaret Brennan. And this is FACE THE NATION. Saturday's sendoff for John McCain capped an emotional week of tributes from family-- MEGHAN MCCAIN: My father was a great man. He was a great warrior. He was a great American. I admired him for all of these things, but I love him because he was a great father. MARGARET BRENNAN: --friends-- JOE LIEBERMAN: There's a special satisfaction that comes from serving a cause greater than yourself. I heard John say those words hundreds of times, but for him we know they were not just words in a speech, they were the creed that he lived by. MARGARET BRENNAN: --and political foes-- PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: What better way to get a last laugh than to make George and I say nice things about him to a national audience. MARGARET BRENNAN: Although McCain's biggest political antagonist was not in attendance, … [Read more...] about Full transcript: “Face the Nation” on September 2, 2018
The summer crowds have gone, prices have fallen, the Mediterranean is at its warmest and, while temperatures have eased, it is still reliably sunny – a great time for a city or a beach break. Even at home, there is a good chance of decent weather. Here are our recommendations for travel this month... 1. The Loire Valley – for autumn colour Everyone talks about the Loire châteaux, but we sometimes forget the parks that surround nearly all of them. As autumn approaches and the leaves begin to turn, the avenues of oaks, beeches and chestnuts and the once-great hunting forests produce a magnificent display of colour. The châteaux themselves are open until October and are also much less busy than during the summer; the wine harvest is in full swing and yet there is still an excellent chance of good weather. For full details of opening times, see loirevalley-france.co.uk. To get there, travel with Brittany Ferries (brittanyferries.ie) or Irish Ferries … [Read more...] about September is the best month for travel, and here are 11 top places to go…
This week, Apple will reveal the future of your iPhone – and any other product you might happen to own. The company is hosting WWDC, its annual conference. Right in the middle of that is the keynote where the company shows off updates to the various operating systems and software that power all of its products. The event will take place all through next week. But the big keynote happens on 4 June, in the morning pacific time so much later on in the day in the rest of the world. What is WWDC? The event's full name is Worldwide Developers Conference, which gives you a pretty good picture of what happens. It serves as a place for app developers to meet each other and learn about the future of Apple's various platforms, and for Apple to discuss that future with them. Gadgets and tech news in pictures + show all Gadgets and tech news in pictures 1/43 Designed by Pierpaolo Lazzarini from Italian company Jet Capsule. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which … [Read more...] about WWDC 2018: What is Apple’s big event, will there be a new iPhone and how do I watch it?