Life in the Arts Lane - Week 22

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Naples is always a shock and a surprise. The mess and the chaos on the streets disguise a systematic way of life that is probably unchanged for 3000 years.

10 Of The Best Hiking Routes Across Europe

Posted 09.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Maybe you enjoy the thrill of great heights, perhaps it’s the spectacular views, or even the challenge of an arduous hike? Whatever the reason for ...

Cyprus - The Thin End of the Wedge?

Iain Anderson | Posted 19.05.2013 | UK Politics
Iain Anderson

As I write, an MoD plane carrying one million Euros is being airlifted to Cyprus for UK military personnel. It must be a new and very literal definition of 'helicopter money'. And that's the problem. As long as policymakers continue to opt for radically different solutions in every case - then fear and loathing will never be far away from markets and now, once again, from savers.

Mountains Jim... But Not as We Know Them! An Insider's Guide to Volcano Spotting

Professor Dougal Jerram | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Tech
Professor Dougal Jerram

In my eyes the best, and arguably the most reliable volcano I turn to when I need my magma fix, is Stromboli. Set as the easternmost island of the Aeolian chain, north of Sicily, this wondrous volcano has been erupting like a volcanic heartbeat for over 2000 years.

We Have an Argentinian Pope: Exploring what Francis I has to Offer

Sophie O'Mahony | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie O'Mahony

So what does this all mean for non-Catholics? Well, probably not a lot. For most people, Pope Francis is just another old man who should really be on a golf course in Florida somewhere, enjoying retirement. And yet we all tuned into the news when the signal was given that a new pope had been elected.

Pope Stumbles On First Day!

Posted 15.05.2013 | UK

Call it first day nerves, but the Pope stumbled into his new roll in near dramatic fashion. As he got off his elaborate seat after the beginning of...

Pope Stumbles On First Day!

Posted 15.05.2013 | UK

Call it first day nerves, but the Pope stumbled into his new roll in near dramatic fashion. As he got off his elaborate seat at the beginning of th...

A Chocoholics Travel Guide: Five Delicious Destinations | Posted 10.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle

The world is full of fantastic chocolate-producing destinations; my mouth is watering just thinking about it. We've only just scratched the surface, but here are a few delicious destinations to get you started on your chocolate tasting adventure.

24 hours in... Venice

Rich Major | Posted 02.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rich Major

Snaketails of umbrella-led tour parties predominate. While luckily less so in the spring, the cruise ships and coaches still regurgitate vast lumps of the very old and very young, united in their ability to irritate as they wind down the narrowest of streets.

A Message From the Voters of Italeigh

Robin Lustig | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

What significant numbers of voters in Italeigh have in common is a profound sense that conventional politicians have let them down. They lie, they cheat, they make promises that they have no intention of keeping - and, most seriously, they preside over a collapse in living standards that throws thousands of people out of work and creates real, palpable misery.

Italian Elections: A Fellinesque World

Georgi Kantchev | Posted 28.04.2013 | UK Politics
Georgi Kantchev

Even though Fellini was not around to direct them, the recent general elections certainly look like they are following his scripts.

The 12-Year-Old Who Brought Down the Mafia

Sue Thomason | Posted 28.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Sue Thomason

On the surface, The Prince of Naples is a simple David and Goliath story of a boy who seeks revenge on a power much greater than he is (which is always exciting in itself) but on a deeper level it's a picture of inside the mind of a child forced by tragedy to grow up too fast.

Italian Election Rocked By Comedy Candidate

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 01.03.2013 | UK Comedy

A by-election in the European constituency of Italy has been rocked by an incredible performance at the polls by a relatively new, small party led by ...

Why Did the Pollsters Miss Beppe Grillo?

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK Politics
Jamie Bartlett

Grillo causes a big problem for polling companies. While mainstream candidates tend to end up close to predictions, new, populist, and radical parties often confound them.

Is It Finally All Over For Berlusconi?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 26.02.2013 | UK

The seemingly unstoppable political force that is billionaire mogul Silvio Berlusconi, who emerged from his latest political foray neck-and-neck with ...

Silvio Berlusconi Ambushed By Topless FEMEN Activists

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK

Legendary ladies man Silvio Berlusconi was on the receiving end of a topless ambush as he arrived at a polling station in Milan on Sunday to vote in I...

Can Social Media Win an Election? The Case of Beppe Grillo

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 25.04.2013 | UK Politics
Jamie Bartlett

For a pollster this election will be something of a litmus test. Will social media campaigning and support translate into actual votes? I think it will. He won't have the curtain bonus of stigmatised far-right parties and candidates, and inside the booth some voters might think again about voting for an unknown is too risky.

British Murder Suspect Arrested In Rome

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.02.2013 | UK

A British man has been arrested in italy has been arrested in Italy for the murder of a tour guide and the attempted killing of another man. Police...

Horse Meat Tainted With Bute Enters Food Chain In France

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.02.2013 | UK

Horse meat contaminated with veterinary drug bute is believed to have entered the food chain in France, the French ministry confirmed. Six carcass...

Schoolgirl Dies On Skiing Trip To Italy

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.02.2013 | UK

Tributes have been paid to a schoolgirl who has died on a skiing trip to Italy. Poonam Bhattal died in a "tragic accident", her school said. The...

How Europeans Are Reacting To The Horse Meat Scandal

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 19.02.2013 | UK

More than a month after equine DNA blighted burgers in British and Irish supermarkets, the horse meat scandal has now hit the continent. Nestlé h...

On Pope Benedict XVI: Fact From Fiction

Carl Packman | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK
Carl Packman

The uncomfortable issue for many Catholics is that for the current Pope to get the attention he deserves for dealing with abuse, he may in turn tarnish the reputation of former Pope John Paul II.

Spice Up Spring: Enjoy Holidays With A Difference | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle

With each sunny - but snow-laden - morning we greet, we know that Spring will soon be rolling round. If you're lucky enough to have that long weekend to yourself, why not treat your friends or family to an Easter break?

A Movie Lover's Guide to Tuscany

Andrew Matthews | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Matthews

Come with as we explore Tuscany through the movies that have been shot there.

The Pope, the Duchess and a Real Italian Pizza

Cordelia Kretzschmar | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK
Cordelia Kretzschmar

Some thoughts over pizza at a restaurant in Rome after a 14 hour day on three hours sleep. I'm in Italy reporting on the Pope when another story breaks. Pictures of the royal baby bump appear in an Italian gossip magazine. Back to work for me, I'll never get to finish that pizza now.