The renaissance of the Armenian wine

The renaissance of the Armenian wine

The world’s oldest wine-growing estate was discovered by archaeologists in Armenia back in 2011. A cave in the mountains in Areni, south-eastern Armenia, homed  6,100-year-old grape press and fermentation vessels. Since then, Armenia has kept its place in the list of the most ancient wine-making cultures.   According to the...

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Beach huts on the sea: Beachcroft Hotel

Beach huts on the sea: Beachcroft Hotel

As I sit here now, with the snow gently falling outside, and travel being prohibited, it`s hard not to indulge in a little escapism now and again. It would be folly to roll back international restrictions before other countries get their vaccine programmes completed, but as UK PLC is doing...

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Looking back: Nostalgia in the UK

Looking back: Nostalgia in the UK

Revealed: The 60s is the most missed decade  Adjusting to the ‘new normal’ can be easier said than done and looking back at the good old days can be a nice reprieve from the realities of the pandemic. The past is very present in our culture, including in the TV...

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Stanleys 

Stanleys 

Stanleys 151 Sydney St SW3 The hospitality business is slowly beginning to bounce back but there’s not many who have taken the bold decision to open a new enterprise in these tricky times, yet Stanley’s has taken the plunge. Located just off the King’s Rd in the courtyard behind the...

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Staying fit in the pandemic

Staying fit in the pandemic

The reality is, working from home will be the norm for the foreseeable future so keeping fit and healthy (both mentally and physically) is essential. With routines out of whack, you’ll need to keep active while still working from your sofa, dining table or kitchen counter. In fact, recent research from...

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Our favourite meditation podcasts

Our favourite meditation podcasts

Our stress levels have spiked during lockdown. Spending lots of time indoors, missing family and friends; those coping well are the exception, rather than the rule. Wellbeing brand Healthspan found that 20-somethings now feel anxious for an hour and 45 minutes each day, an increase of 23 minutes. Even more...

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Wild Swimming: One of life’s great pleasures  

Wild Swimming: One of life’s great pleasures  

Open water swimming, or wild swimming, is the practise of swimming outside in an open body of water. The activity has trickled back into the mainstream in recent years, with an increasing number of people revelling in the pleasure of a dip in the great outdoors. Search #wildswimming on Instagram...

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Long-Haul Travel During Covid-19

Long-Haul Travel During Covid-19

Until recently, long-haul travel was the norm for many. Any given journey began with often-frustrating queues to check-in, drop baggage or pass through security. Only once these administrative hurdles had been overcome could passengers enter into the bustling departures terminal where shops, restaurants and lounges hummed with other eager holiday...

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Sicily: Island of Beauty and Conflict

Sicily: Island of Beauty and Conflict

The author opens his book with a quote from Winston Churchill writing about the Balkans, ‘They produce more history than they can consume,’ underlining the problems facing any writer trying to bottle the essence of Sicily. He cites beauty, conflict, civilisation and chaos as being the four ingredients that define...

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