The first short story collection I owned sat on my bookshelf for seven years. I have no idea why it took me so long to read it, except at that point, I'd been used to devouring novels, tomes I lugged about everywhere and could lose myself in...
Manchester is the 2016 European City of Science, which recognises our unique scientific heritage and our vital contribution to discovery, invention and industry. The UK's second city has produced a wealth of innovations - it is the place where the industrial revolution began, the atom was split and the programmable computer was created.
Tired, stressed and in need of some sun? Apparently the average Brit now 'needs' a holiday every 56 days. But are we getting enough?
First up was an early morning visit to the Longues-sur-Mer gun battery. The battery is one of the most remarkably preserved sections of the Atlantic Wall, the extensive series of fortifications along France's coast that were created by Hitler to protect against seaborne invasion from England.
Last week the acclaimed Ryder Cup golf competition came home to Gleneagles Hotel, host of the first ever international golf match between Great Britain and the USA in 1921. In honour of the occasion, we have selected six of the most luxurious golf hotels in Scotland.
It's a Monday morning, a new day and a new week, but all you can think about is how much you want to see something new. You are tired of your usual walk, tired of the office and tired of being in the same country. You daydream on your commute to the office, picturing yourself in a village in Madagascar or on a beach in Fiji...
The pace of technological change and its impact on the travel industry is incredible; travel has never been so easy, accessible, fast or enjoyable. Innovation in the travel industry has always been closely tied with advancements in platform technology and adoption.
As we weaved our way out of Los Angeles Billy Joel sang, "Say goodbye to Hollywood" and we did. Miley bounced us along with "Party in the USA" and Robbie Williams sang about the Mandaley Bay Hotel in "Me and My Monkey". We...were on our way to Las Vegas for the ultimate girlie weekend.
When it comes to the cultural choices we make: the films and plays we see, the gigs we attend, the exhibitions we visit, the books we read, no-one really knows what they want. That's what can make cultural life rich and surprising.
Imagination has kept me sane and even happy for years, helped me survive the real world. Music speaks to every emotion I've ever felt, expressing for me when I cannot. Paintings and drawings remind me of the beauty of life. And stories are my escapism, characters my best friends.
Without a care in the world, we all carry our luggage onto our next destination in search of something greater. As we leave the terminal to continue our own journeys, a new story passes us on its way to check in.
My best friend and I were studying Leisure and Tourism at college back in '98, and all we ever used to talk about was getting a group of us to buy a beachfront property when we'd all "made it" and we'd meet up there every year for a vacation. It was a pretty nice pipe dream and it never happened.
It's been a real step back into history these past few days at the Paris symposium to mark the 30th anniversary of the discovery of HIV. To be in the presence of so many esteemed scientists who were working at the cutting edge in what were the early darkest days of the epidemic was an honour...
Never before have we had such variety and freedom, and when it comes to fashion, pretty much anything goes. One particular sector of the market, children's wear, is seeing rapid growth and, according to The Telegraph, in the UK alone it's estimated to be worth a staggering £500 million.
It's a new week and we've rounded up another bunch of amazing Emerging Icons artists with tunes that you really need to hear.
At the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues held in May this year the 'special theme' was 'The Doctrine of Discovery', a legal and poli...