News archive from 15 May 2012, page 13

City guide: Abu Dhabi

City guide: Abu Dhabi

NOW it may seem that in a country where summer temperatures top 50°C, the opportunities for meaningful sports-related activity are limited. Then again, this desert emirate, the biggest of the United Arab Emirates, in which Dubai is its little brother,...

 
Travel: Kirkenes Snow Hotel, Arctic Norway

Travel: Kirkenes Snow Hotel, Arctic Norway

TIME for bed. I wore merino wool base layers, pyjamas, hat, muffler, balaclava and socks enhanced by heating pads. I was snuggled into a sleeping bag capable of withstanding temperatures of -30°C. I was still cold. Understandable, perhaps, as this was...

 
Travel: St Ermin’s Hotel, London

Travel: St Ermin’s Hotel, London

YOU want a discreet hideout right in the heart of London? Go where the spies went. Get off the tube at St James Park, turn right into Caxton Place, right again into an elegant courtyard, and there you are - its name above the foyer in the least...

 
Mulling it over: How a remote Scottish island became a sanctuary for Paul and Linda McCartney

Mulling it over: How a remote Scottish island became a sanctuary for Paul and Linda McCartney

RECENTLY married and reeling from the break-up of The Beatles, Paul and Linda McCartney retreated to a rundown farm on the Mull of Kintyre. Now the release of a deluxe version of Ram, the album they created there, offers a rare insight into those...

 
Roberto Mancini sets his sights on Champions League glory for City

Roberto Mancini sets his sights on Champions League glory for City

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini wants to build on title glory with a strong challenge in the Champions League next season. Mancini feels European success should be the next challenge after securing the Barclays Premier League - City's first...

 
Compelling case for UK road charging, IFS study says

Compelling case for UK road charging, IFS study says

There is a "compelling" case for road charging in the UK rather than the current system funded by taxes on fuel, a study has suggested. The report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), funded by the policy arm of the RAC, suggested a...

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Interiors: With an expansive Edinburgh townhouse to renovate, Louise Koch-Leonard wasn’t afraid to be bold

LOUISE Koch-Leonard knows a thing or two about the challenges faced when redesigning grand old Edinburgh properties. She embraced the process when creating the boutique hotel, Number Ten, in Gloucester Place, which occupied two townhouses and required...

 

Dangerous dog owners may face jail

Owners of dangerously out of control dogs which harm others in a public place will face up to 18 months in prison under new guidelines for judges. The tougher approach to the way those convicted of dangerous dog offences are treated by the courts will...

 
Gardens: Jason Russell and Lucy Head want to keep their garden a surprise

Gardens: Jason Russell and Lucy Head want to keep their garden a surprise

AS YOU arrive at the Loanhead home Lucy Head shares with her partner Jason Russell, their garden, which was highly recommended by Chelsea silver medallist Stella Rankin, owner of Kevock Garden Plants, and described by Lucy as "a plantsman's...

 

When newsreader fought back tears

Newsreader Sophie Raworth has told how she struggled to fight back tears during one of the most heart-wrenching bulletins. The BBC news presenter, 44, who is preparing to run the New York Marathon with former Breakfast presenter Sian Williams, said...

 

Gardening: ‘The dark purple heucheras give structure and calm’

TO BE a good gardener you have to be on the ruthless side, especially in a small space. There just isn't room for three-week wonders, which is when foliage comes into its own. When you ask a client what they want in their garden, many say colour – and...

 

Interiors: ‘We are ready again to inject energy and contrast’

THE citrus hues, which were hot colours for a couple of years, have been introduced this year in a slightly more muted form. Still vibrant, nevertheless they pack less of a punch and reflect our growing appreciation of global influences. Touches of...

 

Study reveals part-time work 'trap'

The number of men doing part-time work because they cannot find a full-time job has more than doubled in the last four years, according to a new study. The TUC said almost 600,000 men were working part-time in December while looking for full-time...

 
Ruth Walker: It’s more than skin-deep, cosmetic tattooing changes lives

Ruth Walker: It’s more than skin-deep, cosmetic tattooing changes lives

TATTOOS. It seems that everyone has one these days. Whether it's a tramp stamp

 

From Scotland to Shaolin kung-fu shrine

IT IS the most ancient of martial arts, which has instilled in its practitioners a blend of spirituality and physical prowess. Now, the historic Chinese discipline of Shaolin kung fu has welcomed its first Scottish disciple, after a painter and...

 


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