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How to holiday like a Viking: six ‘The Northman’ locations to visit this summer

How to holiday like a Viking: six ‘The Northman’ locations to visit this summer

Fresh from seeing Robert Eggers’ brutal, blood-pumping Viking action flick The Northman? No doubt you’ll be dying (figuratively, of course) to immerse yourself in the Viking world, to learn more about longboats, sagas, Valhalla and more. So here’s a handy guide: where to go to dive deep into Viking lore and visit some of the film’s spectacular landscapes. The Northman’s plot takes it from Scotland to the Kievan Rus and finally to Iceland, but nearly all of the film was actually shot in Northern Ireland. Naomi Liston, The Northman’s location manager, explains her task: ‘I was looking for three countries. Hrafnsey [the opening fort] was meant to be in Scotland, Fjölnir’s farm was Iceland and then the Slav village, where the massacre took place, was in Russia. So I had to find this whole continent in Northern Ireland.’ But just because the film wasn’t shot exactly where it’s set, don’t think for a second that the settings aren’t realistic, or, for that matter, any less stunning. Eggers is renowned for being a meticulous filmmaker whose works are insanely well-researched and historically accurate – and The Northman, from its headdresses and swords to rituals and folklore, is no different. If he was satisfied with a location’s Viking credentials, you know they’re legit. And Northern Ireland has plenty of Viking ties of its own, notes Liston. ‘There’s an island called Rathlin Island where there’s the remains of Iron Age people, and Vikings went to that island as well,’ she says. ‘H

The 13 best sex and dating podcasts

The 13 best sex and dating podcasts

Modern sex, dating and romance can feel, at times, like exceptionally tricky business. Each new technological development and social shift lays a new tripwire, making it even harder to keep up with what’s going on. How on earth are you supposed to keep track of it all? There is a simple way: start listening to one of these excellent sex and dating podcasts. There are literally hundreds of podcasters out there revealing all their worldly romance tips. There are so many sex and dating podcasts out there, in fact, that it’s hard to know what’s worth a listen. Which ones are trustworthy? Which are fresh? Which are interesting? And are some better than others when it comes to representing the experiences of LBGTQ+ communities and BIPOC? Sex and dating podcasts can be as tricky as the world of romance itself – but we’re here to help. Check out some of the best podcasts about lurve, lust and everything in-between. RECOMMENDED:🎧 The best podcasts to listen to right now💤 The best sleep podcasts✊ The best political podcasts😂 The best comedy podcasts👩 The best podcasts for women

The most spectacular astronomical events of 2022

The most spectacular astronomical events of 2022

Whenever life down here on Planet Earth gets a bit too much, there’s something reassuring about being able to escape to the cosmos. Not literally, obviously (unless you’re Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk), but there’s still a certain escapist bliss in studying the night sky. From eclipses and shooting stars to meteor showers, planetary alignments and moon phases, space is the greatest show off Earth.  Although pros will want to splash out on a fancy telescope, for most of us stargazing is free, infinitely rewarding and a great way to fill up all that free time we seem to have on our hands these days. If you can, it helps to find a spot far away from the light pollution of the city (here are the best stargazing spots in the UK and USA), but the brightest astronomical phenomena are easily visible from your local park or even your window – as long as it isn’t cloudy, of course. This year you’ll be able to spot the regular meteor showers and full moons (each with its own name) as well as a total lunar eclipse and two spectacular solar eclipses. To help you spot shooting stars, see a ‘pink moon’ or tell your penumbral from your annular eclipses, we’ve pulled together a list of the upcoming astronomical events we’re excited about. Read on for the most jaw-dropping cosmic events of 2022. 

Five Unesco world heritage sites at risk of destruction in Ukraine

Five Unesco world heritage sites at risk of destruction in Ukraine

Obviously, when it comes to Russian invasion of Ukraine, people have to come first. Providing safe corridors for evacuation from cities on the front line, assisting refugees in the asylum process, and working with charities and humanitarian groups to help people on the ground – this is all stuff that should take priority. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t worry about other things in Ukraine, too. History and culture are vital to human societies – and are especially important when their very existence is threatened by imperialistic aggression. As we’ve seen in all over the world from Syria and Mali to the Balkans, immensely valuable cultural sites aren’t immune from destruction in warfare. Ukraine currently has seven Unesco World Heritage sites, many of which could be destroyed in the current invasion. They aren’t all at risk (after all, it’s pretty difficult to destroy an entire forest, and there’s an ancient Greek colony in Sevastopol which has been under Russian occupation since 2014) but some could certainly be threatened – especially with recent allegations of increasingly indiscriminate Russian bombardment. Below are five that are at risk right now. RECOMMENDED: 17 ways you can help the people of Ukraine right now

The 10 best wireless earbuds

The 10 best wireless earbuds

A few years ago, wireless earbuds were a luxury. Everyone thought they were a bit OTT; maybe even that they looked a bit silly – after all, what was ever wrong with good old-fashioned wired earphones? Then the pandemic happened, and, with mask-wearing, wireless earbuds really came into their own. Once people tried a tangle-free, faff-free lifestyle, they didn’t look back. These days, the market is brimming with hundreds of models of wireless earbuds. And they vary a heck of a lot. While there are key differences in comfort, battery life, sound quality and noise cancellation tech, in-ear buds also come with huge style differences. Some are minimal and fashionable, while others can be so ridiculously chunky that they make you look like some kind of android. Luckily, we’re here to point you towards the best earbuds for every occasion. Below we’ve sorted your big-brand knock-offs from your budget bargains – read on for the top ten best wireless earbuds on the market. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

Experience Eataly like never before during Restaurant Fest this March

Experience Eataly like never before during Restaurant Fest this March

It’s pretty much an undisputed fact that everyone (yes, you included) loves Eataly. And how could you not? For casual Italiano fans and connoisseurs alike, Eataly is a literal heaven on Earth. Supremely tasty food? Check. A fabulous selection of vino? Of course. An enormous market packed full of the finest Italian ingredients ? You betcha. Which is why the return of Restaurant Fest, Eataly’s signature dining event , has us drooling. This March 4-20, the Eataly stores in both Flatiron and Downtown are set to be taken over by more Italian  dishes and wines than you can possibly imagine – and menus are starting at $19! So what even is Restaurant Fest? Well, in short, it’s an all-out celebration of all things Italian food. It’s the chance to indulge in some of Eataly’s finest dishes and drinks, and to take part in some pretty cool events, activities and experiences, too. As you can imagine, the food is top-of-the-range. Along with the  phenomenal two-course menus starting at $19, experience Eataly like never before with all new features like a roaming mozzarella cart, trays of coccoli con prosciutto (fried balls of goodness stuffed with prosciutto), and tiramisu directly from the pan, just like Nonna makes it.  It goes without saying that, for a meal this decadent, you’ll want to pair it with something equally delectable, and Restaurant Fest caters to that, too. From rare regional wines to cocktail carafes, Eataly will offer over 100 wines by the glass starting at just $10 and fu

The eight best record players to buy online now

The eight best record players to buy online now

Sure, some people reckon CDs are back on the rise, but vinyl certainly isn’t going away any time soon. In this age of music streaming, records are often the best way of supporting your favourite musicians. And what do you need once you’ve got a full rack o’ records? You need a good player, that’s what. As vinyl fans no doubt already know, record players are notoriously tricky things to buy. Not helped by the fact that vinyl snobs can be some of the web’s most irritating dudes/dudettes, buying a record player can lead you down very, very deep rabbit holes with different designs, levels of audio quality and countless other variables. Needless to say, you can also end up spending a pretty ridiculous amount of cash.   The perfect record player can depend on loads of things, from your current hi-fi set up to your budget. As a bare minimum, we imagine you’ll want something with a lovely depth of sound – and certainly not something that'll scratch up your discs. Below we’ve got a mix of record players and turntables (the difference being that the latter don’t usually include speakers or a preamp) for a range of uses and budgets. Read on, and prepare to revolutionise your vinyl listening experience. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The best milk frothers to buy online right now

The best milk frothers to buy online right now

Mmm. There’s nothing quite like that thick, creamy frothed milk you get on top of a cappuccino at a proper coffee shop. For loads of us, it’s probably a main reason why we treat ourselves to a barista-made coffee. But you might not have to venture down to your nearest Pret or Starbucks every time you fancy frothy coffee for much longer – these days, you can get a proper milk frother to make top-grade milk foam from the comfort of your own kitchen. So how difficult can it be to froth some milk? Well, it’s more complicated than you think. You can get manual milk frothers, handheld ones and ones that are built into coffee machines. Some are also milk heaters, while others specialise in hot or cold froth. Plus, some are more effective with different kinds of milk. See? There’s loads of variables at play. Luckily, we’re here to point you towards some of the finest milk frothers in the business. From high-tech, glitzy machines to traditional, hand-powered devices, below are eight top milk frothers, for whatever your needs. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The ten best chef knives

The ten best chef knives

Getting straight to the point (if you’ll pardon the pun), it’s difficult to understate just how much a great knife can transform your kitchen life. A knife that’ll cleanly slice through anything saves so much time and effort. Just imagine: instead of precariously sawing through mushed, flattened veg, you can glide through any foodstuff with sweat-free, finger-safe precision. There are essentially two camps when it comes to chef knives. You’ve usually got to choose between German-style knives (thick, heavy and easy to sharpen) or their Japanese-style equivalents (which are lightweight, sharp and precise). A great chef knife has the right weight, grip and shape, and is also usable, durable and safe. The right knife also depends heavily on personal preference and skill level (we still want you to have all yer fingers), as well as how much you’re willing to spend. If you get all that right, you could be some kind of kitchen ninja, chopping stuff mid-air, in no time at all – although, to be clear, we do not condone risky culinary karate. Here’s our lowdown of the best chef knives out there right now. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

6 of the world’s coolest and weirdest underground attractions

6 of the world’s coolest and weirdest underground attractions

Not many people are comfortable going deep underground. There’s something pretty scary about diving into the pitch-black abyss, towards the mysteries at the centre of the Earth. Even at the best of times, being below ground can feel claustrophobic, inescapable, terrifying. But humans have been going underground – mining, caving, living and like – for as long as, well, we’ve been humans. And that means there are plenty of cool, weird and outright gorgeous attractions hidden down there. Some are marvels of human workmanship, others are naturally occurring wonders. All over the world you’ll find all manner of magnificent underground phenomena. Here are our favourites. RECOMMENDED: 13 alternative cultural wonders of the world

10 places to try this Veganuary

10 places to try this Veganuary

Going vegan – and therefore, doing Veganuary – is undeniably A Good Thing. A plant-based diet is great for the planet and fab for animals (obviously), but it can also be pretty sweet for your own health. Even if you’re not a full-time vegan, edging away from animal products goes a long way to making the world a better place. If you’ve gone vegan this Jan, good on you – and, even better, we’re here to lend a helping hand. We’ve partnered with Quandoo, an international foodie directory and booking platform, to point you towards London’s finest vegan dishes. From creperies to izakaya, here are 10 places to try out some excellent vegan nosh this January. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The best cheap hotels in NYC

The best cheap hotels in NYC

NYC can be a very, very expensive place – but it doesn’t have to be. And you don’t have to sacrifice style or quality for cheap prices, either. If you know where to look, NYC is packed to the brim with chic, cozy hotels at prices that won’t make your eyes water. So whether you’re hunting for a historic hideaway, a room with a view, or simply a hotel with an uber-convenient location, we’ve got you covered. Below we’ve rounded up NYC’s finest cheap hotels, helping you leave plenty of room in the wallet to splurge on the rest of your trip.  RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best hotels in NYC This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

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Animal Therapy: The Cats of Louis Wain

Animal Therapy: The Cats of Louis Wain

Despite being tremendously popular in his time, artist and illustrator Louis Wain has been somewhat overlooked of late. Luckily enough, he’s soon to receive the Hollywood treatment, being played by Benedict Cumberbatch in an upcoming film, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain. And while that film is sure to invigorate Wain’s legacy with the respect it deserves, you can get ahead of the curve by heading over to the Bethlem Museum of the Mind. Wain is best known for capturing cats in all their various forms, and the Bethlem’s exhibition is a glorious display of some of his finest illustrations. Expect a vibrant, characterful world of felines, ranging from the anthropomorphic to absurd. Animal Therapy: The Cats of Louis Wain is free, but you can still support both the exhibition and the Bethlem Museum of the Mind by buying from their online shop or via direct donations. The Bethlem Museum of the Mind is open Wednesday to Friday and the first and last Saturdays of month, 10am to 5pm. See the museum’s visitor page for more details

Frock Me! Vintage Fashion Fair, Kensington Town Hall

Frock Me! Vintage Fashion Fair, Kensington Town Hall

Fun fact: Frock Me was the first vintage fair in London. Back in 1997, founder Matthew Adams started the fair at Kensington Town Hall, which prided itself on a mix of fashion and decorative arts. It then moved to Chelsea Old Hall, taking more of a focus on fashion – but remaining London’s original, most essential vintage fair. For one date in November, Frock Me will be returning to its original venue in Kensington Town Hall. Promising 70 exhibitors with an enormous range of fashion (ranging from the Victoria era through to slightly more modern designer outfits), there’ll also be watches, jewellery and a pop-up café. For the fashion fanatics, preview tickets (11am-12pm) are £10. General admission (12:00-17:30pm) is £5, reduced to £3 with an NUS card.

Halloween Jack the Ripper Tour

Halloween Jack the Ripper Tour

Tracing the exploits of a gruesome serial killer, the Jack the Ripper tours are scary enough as they are. But add a Halloween theme and the opportunity to drink a potentially frightful amount of booze? Even more spine-chilling. A collaboration between Spitalfields cocktail bar Discount Suit Company and walking tour company London’s Walks, the Halloween edition of the Jack the Ripper tour will explore the streets of the East End, led by charismatic Ripper expert Simon Whitehouse. But, vitally, it’ll include booze. Lots of it. Starting off with a complimentary hot punch, the hour-and-a-half-long tour will wind up at the Discount Suit Company itself, where there will be special 'Rocket Lolly' and 'Notorious' cocktails to mark the occasion. Tour guests will also receive a 25 percent discount off their final bill. Tours will start at 12pm, 2.30pm & 5pm

Growing Underground Urban Farm Tour

Growing Underground Urban Farm Tour

Would you ever imagine that a mere 33 metres below Clapham High Street, there lies one of the UK’s most cutting-edge urban farms? Us neither, yet that’s where you can find Growing Underground, a farm fashioned out of a former Second World War bomb shelter. Cultivating veggies using LED tech and hydroponic systems, the farm produces pesticide-free, carbon-neutral and nutrient-rich greens that taste delicious. Snoop around and discover more about the history of the tunnel and the farm’s sustainable credentials during a 75-minute tour, which includes a fresh micro herb salad to take home with you. Green in more ways than one. 

RA Supports: Afghanistan Emergency Fundraiser

RA Supports: Afghanistan Emergency Fundraiser

As Afghanistan reels from decades of war and a brutal Taliban takeover, many of us are looking for ways to help the around 18 million Afghans in need of humanitarian assistance. And how better to lend a hand (or, more accurately, a bit of cash), than the Afghanistan Emergency Fundraiser? A joint project from Resident Advisor, The Right To Dance – a War Child fundraising movement – and Choose Love, the AEF will take over at The Cause in Tottenham for an all-night club event with an all-star line-up. The aim is to raise £10,000 for Afghans in need. When we say the names topping the AEF’s bill are huge, we really mean huge. Mercury-nominated duo Bicep and global megastar DJ The Blessed Madonna lead the way, though other names on show include ambient techno maestro Daniel Avery and UK garage revivalist DJ Banana, among plenty of others. There’s never been a better excuse to get down to The Cause, have a boogie, and raise money for a very, very worthy cause.

Museum of Architecture Gingerbread City

Museum of Architecture Gingerbread City

An entire city of gingerbread. Imagine that. Well, many of you probably don’t have to imagine it – you might’ve seen it with your very eyes. The Museum of Architecture’s Gingerbread City exhibition is hugely popular, and has been running for several years. It returns in December, featuring over 100 architects, landscape artists, engineers and ecologists, all working together to craft a mini settlement made entirely of gingerbread and icing. The MoA’s Gingerbread City features all the manor houses, town halls and skyscrapers as usual though, within the guidelines of this year’s theme of ‘nature in the city’, there are also meadows, parks and forests – as well as models showing the effects of pollution, flooding and climate change. This year’s exhibition takes place at a new pop-up location near Knightsbridge. Given the amount of gingerbread on display, needless to say the Gingerbread City is essential Christmas viewing. Our advice? Eat something before you go – it’s a nightmarishly mouth-watering place to be hungry. 6-7 Motcomb Street, SW1X 8JU. Tickets go on sale on the Gingerbread City website on October 11. 

For The Music Festival

For The Music Festival

We’ve all missed live music, but isn’t local live music enjoyable on an entirely different level? Watching musicians get a break before they become global superstars, and having that feeling of discovering genuinely fresh talent for yourself? For The Music clearly think the same: born in lockdown, throughout the pandemic they platformed local acts with a series of filmed web episodes. Now, For The Music is curating its own, real-life festival to give a stage to some of East London’s finest local talent. The line-up promises ten acts throughout the day, ranging in style from R&B and hip hop to funk and indie rock. The setting, inspired by Jools Holland’s live lounge, will also feature local behind-the-scenes crew, as well as an array of street food and craft beer stands.  Tickets are free and on the door.

Goose Island Presents... Hazy Sessions

Goose Island Presents... Hazy Sessions

How much you can recreate a tropical environment without relying on the weather at all? Hazy Sessions is giving it a go, promising to cram uplifting beats, a VW camper van bar and truckloads of barrels of a ‘juicy’ new IPA on to the outside terrace of Westfield White City . The latest instalment of Goose Island Presents, this day-long event launches the Chicago-based brewery’s latest addition to its IPA range, Today’s Haze. If you don’t like fruity beers, maybe steer clear: this new brew is apparently ‘flooded with mango, citrus and stone-fruit character’. Let’s hope all that tropical effort doesn’t get drowned in bucketing rain.

Queen’s Park Book Festival

Queen’s Park Book Festival

Too many book festivals don’t have enough festival. It isn’t that there’s too much emphasis on books (how could there be?) but that there’s just not enough partying, drinking and grooving with your fellow bookworms. But not Queen’s Park Book Fest. Held, as always, in the public park, it’ll combine literary celebs with stand-up comedy, local history and lectures on pressing issues of the day. And crucially, each day is capped off by a party into the night. Not like a rave but, you know, just a jolly good time.

Raise Three Fingers: a fundraising event for Myanmar

Raise Three Fingers: a fundraising event for Myanmar

For one of her first post-pandemic performances, Laura Marling is lending a hand to Raise Three Fingers, a community of artists and creatives acting in solidarity against Myanmar’s military coup. Marling’s folky, rocky delights might be the main attraction at the organisation’s event in Southwark’s Marlborough Sports Garden, but she’s part of a packed schedule. Over the course of a one-day festival, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly co-headlines, and there’ll be photography and art exhibitions, live comedy, keynote speeches, a craft fair and an auction. That’s a lot! And it’s all for a great cause – all proceeds go to Mutual Aid Myanmar, Advance Myanmar and Myanmar Crisis Action.

Open City Documentary Festival

Open City Documentary Festival

The great thing about non-fiction cinema is that its best stuff always leaves you knowing a bit more, thinking a little differently, seeing the world as an even more complex place than before. And no, not all documentaries do that – I’m looking at you, ‘Tiger King’ – but the kind shown at Open City Documentary Festival do. This year’s edition, as usual, spans stories from more different countries, peoples and eras than I can really do justice to, from a study of rural Japanese communities to an exploration of modern female labour in the UK. Embarking on a hybrid format after the pandemic, the festival will be showing 46 new films from 26 different countries, as well as putting on filmmaker Q&As, panels and workshops. The Open City Documentary Festival takes place at various venues across the city from Sep 8-14 and is online Sep 13-23.

Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience

Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience

I’m sure most of us, at some point in our lives, have wanted to be in the magical universe of Harry Potter. And luckily enough, that immersive experience has arrived! Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience gives you the chance to hurl spells and interact with magical characters, meeting centaurs, nifflers and plenty of other beasts from the world of the ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Fantastic Beasts’ film series. Behind the magic, A Forbidden Forest Experience features the technical wizardry of award-winning theatrical designers and experiential creators. The experience is a night-time woodland trail at Arley Hall and Gardens in Cheshire and includes food and drink inspired by the wizarding world, as well as the opportunity to shop for plenty of Harry Potter merch. RECOMMENDED: find out which Hogwarts house you belong in with our Harry Potter house quiz

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London City Airport is launching loads of cheap and sunny new routes this summer

London City Airport is launching loads of cheap and sunny new routes this summer

Ah, London City Airport. You know, that tiny, weeny airport in the Docklands that everyone knows exists, but not very many people (well, only five million or so per year) actually use? It might just be about to get a whole lot more popular. British Airways has added loads of cheap new holiday routes, including flights to cultural hotspots Milan, Thessaloniki and Barcelona. City is currently used mostly as a hub for business travellers, with frequent flights to the likes of Frankfurt, Geneva and Zurich. But soon to join the droves of serious suits are holidaymakers on their way to some of Europe’s sunniest destinations. It’s all pretty exciting, primarily because City is easily London’s most central airport. It’s just 23 minutes by train from the City of London itself. So why haven’t other airlines done this before? In short, City Airport is limited by its particularly short runway. It can’t accommodate the big planes usually used by budget carriers like EasyJet and Ryanair. BA’s smaller CityFlyer planes, however, are perfectly suited. The Milan flights start on March 27, Thessaloniki on June 18 and Barcelona on June 19. Other destinations among the new batch of routes are Luxembourg, Jersey and Guernsey, with prices starting from around £82 return.  Although you’ve narrowly missed BA’s winter sale, you can still check availability and snap up some flights on the British Airways website. And when it comes to it, happy travels! Looking for more 2022 travel inspo? Here’s why tra

パリ、ノートルダム寺院地下で発見された棺を開けて調査へ

パリ、ノートルダム寺院地下で発見された棺を開けて調査へ

もしあなたの目の前に、不気味で間違いなく幽霊が出そうな石棺が現れたら、それを開けたいと思うだろうか。邪悪な悪魔を目覚めさせないためにも、答えはきっと「ノー」だろう。しかし、パリの研究者たちによる選択は違う。ノートルダム大聖堂の地下に封印された墓を発見した彼らは、今それを開けようと計画している。 2019年4月に大聖堂を襲った壊滅的な火災の後、ノートルダム寺院では現在、大規模な改修工事が行われている。その中で、石造りの床の下に、彫像や彫刻から陶器の家具まで、たくさんのものが隠されているのが発見された。 そのうちの一つが、教会の床下20メートルから見つかった石棺だ。フランスの文化大臣であるロゼリーヌ・バシュロによると、このひつぎの状態は非常に良く、小さなひび割れが数カ所あるだけで、大きな構造的なダメージは受けていないという。 気になる中身については、研究者たちもまだはっきりとは分かっていない。しかし、内視鏡カメラを使って中をのぞいてみたところ、髪の毛や衣服の断片を確認。おそらく14世紀の高い位にある聖職者の遺骨が入っていると思われるとのことだ。  次のステップは、トゥールーズにある法医学研究所の研究者が石棺を開けること。炭素年代測定法を用いて、中に入っている遺骨や物について、誰のものなのかなど、さらに詳しく調べることになる。 調査後、石棺がどうなるかは今のところ不明。ノートルダム寺院に戻され、再び埋葬される可能性もある。大聖堂の改修は、パリオリンピックに間に合うよう、2024年春に完成する予定だ。 原文はこちら 関連記事 『2025年にパリでロープウエーが開業』 『パリ中心部で約50年ぶりに高層ビルが建設』 『パリ、2030年までにヨーロッパで最も緑な都市へ転換』 『2024年パリ五輪、開会式の計画を発表』 『パリ市が100%自転車で移動できる街になるための計画を発表』

The world’s tallest wooden skyscraper is being built in Switzerland

The world’s tallest wooden skyscraper is being built in Switzerland

Winterthur probably isn’t the best known of Swiss cities. It doesn’t have Geneva’s lakeside views, Basel’s cultural prowess, Zurich’s financial clout or Lucerne’s medieval architecture. The city used to be known for its industrial might, but these days it’s mostly a hub for students and high-tech manufacturing. But it could soon gain some serious global recognition. In a few years, it’ll be home to the tallest wooden skyscraper in the entire world. Which is quite the claim to fame, eh?  Called the Rocket&Tigeli building, the record-breaking ‘plyscraper’ will be a huge 100 metres high. Which means it’ll beat the current tallest timber tower – Norway’s Mjøstårnet building – by a whopping 14.6 metres. It’s being designed by Danish architecture firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen.  So, why build skyscrapers out of timber? Well, it’s a lighter material than concrete and takes far less energy to build with. It’s also much, much better for the environment because it’s renewable (you can always grow more trees). And before you ask: no, reinforced timber is not particularly flammable. The central structure of the Rocket&Tigeli building will be made of timber but, in order to fit in with the surrounding buildings, it’ll be covered in red and yellow terracotta bricks. It also won’t just comprise a single tower: the building will form part of an entire timber neighbourhood. The designs include four buildings with a leafy central plaza and a mixture of housing and retail space – including a restau

ベネチア入域の事前予約を6月から開始の予定

ベネチア入域の事前予約を6月から開始の予定

ベネチアを訪れたことがある人なら、この街が何十年にもわたって過密状態にあることを知っているだろう。リアルト橋やサン・マルコ広場周辺の石畳の路地を歩くと、リラックスしたバカンスを楽しんでいるというよりはラグビーをしているような気分になるほど、ピークシーズンには多くの観光客でごった返す。 しかし、2021年から市は「反撃」を開始している。特にターゲットとなったのは、日帰り観光客。彼らは、水平線を遮るクルーズ船からベネチアの主要観光スポットに流れ込むことが多く、街の通りを渋滞させ、街の資源に負担をかけている。 そのため2021年夏には、ユネスコ世界遺産に登録された歴史地区へのクルーズ船の寄港が禁止に。またイタリア政府も、マスツーリズムから壊れやすい生態系を保護する目的で、ベネチアのラグーンを国定公園に指定した。 以前から計画されてたベネチアへ入る際の「入域料」を徴収する取り組みに関して、市政府は2022年6月からの試験的導入を目指し、事前予約をできるようにするための準備を進めている。現在のところ、試験運用は半年続く予定だ。 この取り組みの運用開始後、(少なくとも12月までは)人々はベネチア訪問のための予約が求められる。予約者は取得した「QRコード」を使って、ベネチアの主要なポイントに設けられる改札を通って入域することになる。 入域料はハイシーズンで10ユーロ(約1,390円)、閑散期には3ユーロ(約420円)にまで下がる見込みだ。ベネチアの住民、会社員、学生など、毎日のように街へ往来する人たちには、携帯電話の「バーチャルキー」を使って入域可能になる。 だからといって、改札を不正に通り抜けようとすることはお勧めしない。改札は、市街地に設置された500台のカメラと連携していて、入域料を払っていない「迷子の観光客」を捜索するそうだ。 原文はこちら 関連記事 『ベネチアがオーバーツーリズム抑制のため改札を導入』 『パリ発、環境に優しいモダンな寝台列車が2024年に運行開始』 『浮遊都市は我々の未来になるのか』 『ヨーロッパで夜行列車路線が続々拡大』 『イタリアの食文化を堪能、スターバックス銀座店がリニューアル』 東京の最新情報をタイムアウト東京のメールマガジンでチェックしよう。登録はこちら

These images show how air pollution could ruin the world’s greatest views

These images show how air pollution could ruin the world’s greatest views

While in many parts of the world governments and people are trying to clean up their act and reduce pollution levels, that isn’t the case for everyone. Half of the world’s population is actually being exposed to increasing amounts of air pollution, with some researchers reckoning it could be responsible for as many as 4.2 million deaths every year. Which is, whichever way you look at it, pretty shocking.   So, how do you visualise what it’s like to live in a heavily polluted area? Well, air purifier company HouseFresh has had a go, recreating views of some iconic cityscapes with the same pollution levels as those recorded in Ghaziabad, India. Ghaziabad is often ranked amongst the most polluted cities in the world. The city has concentrations of PM2.5 – a kind of pollutant that causes heart and breathing problems – that are a whopping 18 times recommended WHO levels. It has an Air Quality Index rating of 169 (a ‘good’ rating, for context, is usually being between 0 and 50). HouseFresh’s study might look like they’ve just added a load of murky brown haze to some legendary views – and, obviously, there’s pretty much zero chance that these places could ever actually look like that – but that doesn’t mean the images aren’t of value. They can still give a decent idea of the conditions some people have to live with, highlighting the fact that dangerous air pollution is still an issue for millions around the world. Below are a few of the images (each with the name of the attraction f

The world could be on the brink of a mass extinction of insects

The world could be on the brink of a mass extinction of insects

While you might sometimes find them a bit creepy or irritating, insects are among the most important animals on the planet. They keep our soils healthy and pollinate our crops, helping to provide food for millions of humans and other species. But a huge number of insects could soon face extinction. Thanks to climate change and habitat loss (two things which are very much linked), insect numbers and species are in major decline. A recent report from UCL’s Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research has assessed hundreds of thousands of samples of insect numbers from around 6,000 sites around the world – and its conclusions are pretty worrying. Areas of so-called ‘climate-stressed’ farmland were found to have only half as many insects as their natural, non-climate-stressed equivalents. The study suggests that intense farming and climate change are combining to destroy habitats and reduce both the overall number of insects and the number of species. The decline is greatest in tropical countries – which also happen to be where the majority of the world’s insect species live. Insects in Indonesia and Brazil, two of the most biodiverse countries on Earth, are highlighted as being most at risk. So, what can we do? Well, the paper suggests methods of farming that use fewer chemicals and have greater diversity of crops. It also recommends more actively preserving natural habitats. As a consumer, you could take part in local conservation projects and also buy products which pride

週の労働時間が最も短い国はオランダ

週の労働時間が最も短い国はオランダ

パンデミックとワークフロムホーム(WFH)の台頭を受け、人々はようやく生活の優先順位をはっきりさせつつある。ワークライフバランスは以前にも増して重要視され、世界各地では週休4日制が浸透。人々は日常が戻ろうとしている今でも、リモートでの仕事を続けたがっている。 しかし、国によってはそもそも以前から労働時間が短いところもある。労働文化の違い、雇用者権利の確立、賃金の高さなどその要因はさまざまだが、そうした国ではすでにワークライフバランスが成立しているといえる。 では、どの国が最も労働時間が短いのだろうか。経済協力開発機構(OECD)が、データを精査し、それを明らかにした。 OECDが38カ国の平均労働時間をまとめたページによると、2020年 (入手可能な最新のもの)に最も労働時間が短い国は、オランダとなった。オランダ人の平均労働時間は週29.5時間だったそうだ。2位以下は、デンマーク(同 32.5時間)、ノルウェー(同33.6時間)と続いている。ワークライフバランスを重視するならば、北欧に住むのがおすすめということなのかもしれない。 OECD加盟国全体の平均労働時間は37時間で、イギリスは36.3時間、アメリカは38.7時間だった。一方、最も労働時間の長い国は、コロンビア。コロンビア人は毎週平均47.6時間という驚異的な労働時間をこなしているようだ。週の労働時間が短さで10位までに入った国は以下の通り。 週の労働時間が短い国ランキング(OECD)※数字は週の平均労働時間 1. オランダ 29.5時間2. デンマーク 32.5時間3. ノルウェー 33.6時間4. スイス 34.6時間5. オーストリア 35.5時間5. ベルギー 35.5時間5. イタリア 35.5時間8. アイルランド 35.6時間9. スウェーデン 36時間10. フィンランド 36.3時間10. イギリス  36.3時間 原文はこちら 関連記事 『イギリスで盛り上がりを見せる、週4日労働の導入』 『コロナ禍の働き過ぎを解消、アメリカで週32時間労働制を導入か』 『ニューヨークでの週5日労働が終えん?』 『駐日オランダ王国大使に聞く、東京を自転車に優しい街にする方法』 『2022年「世界で最も幸せな国」は5年連続でフィンランド』 東京の最新情報をタイムアウト東京のメールマガジンでチェックしよう。登録はこちら

You now have to pre-book entry tickets before visiting Venice

You now have to pre-book entry tickets before visiting Venice

If you’ve ever visited Venice, you’ll almost certainly be aware of the city’s decades-long struggle with overcrowding. In peak season, the city is so rammed with tourists that navigating the cobbled alleyways around the Rialto Bridge and Piazza San Marco can feel more like rugby than a relaxing vacay. But last year the city started to fight back – specifically targeting day-trippers. These tourists often stream off horizon-blocking cruise ships towards Venice’s many major attractions, clogging up the city’s streets and straining its resources.  Last summer the city banned cruise ships from its historic centre to help retain its Unesco world heritage status. The Italian government also declared the lagoon a national monument to help protect the fragile ecosystem from mass tourism. Now local authorities are going ahead with a plan to introduce pre-booking, along with charging an entry fee. The scheme will start in June, requiring people to book online before visiting. They’ll be sent a QR code that will let them through turnstiles at Venice’s main access points. Ticket prices will vary depending on when you book: they’re likely to reach €10 (£8.30 or $11) at peak times, dropping to €3 (£2.50 or $3.40) when it’s extremely quiet. Don’t think you’ll be able to cheat your way through, either. The electronic gates will be backed up by 500 cameras in the city centre to search for stray, non-ticketed tourists. Residents, workers and students who travel to the city every day will be ab

These airlines are already beginning to scrap masks on flights

These airlines are already beginning to scrap masks on flights

In the latest move that signals the travel industry is looking to leave the pandemic very much behind it, some airlines are now starting to get rid of their mask mandates. Normality, it seems, has very much returned. In fact, British airlines Jet2 and Tui, mostly known for their package holidays, have already dropped the requirement for passengers to wear masks. The new (lack of) rules applies to travellers from England and Northern Ireland, in line with local government guidance that also does not mandate mask-wearing.  Ryanair has similarly announced plans to drop mask-wearing rules on its planes. The budget airline’s CEO Michael O’Leary has said he hopes face coverings will be scrapped on its flights by the end of April. British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and EasyJet have all announced that they will also be revising their mask policies for some routes. Just this week, BA and Virgin have both said that masks will no longer be compulsory for flights between the UK and USA. All of which is a refreshing (or slightly worrying, depending on your view) return to normality. During the worst bits of the pandemic, mask-wearing in the air kind of made sense. You were trapped in a box tens of thousands of feet in the air, with pretty much the same lot of air swirling around for hours on end. Masks were there to stop everyone from making each other ill.  It’s worth noting that the relaxing of mask requirements on flights does not apply to every airline in every destination. It currently

Ryanair is selling £5 flights to Spain and Italy – but only until midnight tonight

Ryanair is selling £5 flights to Spain and Italy – but only until midnight tonight

Tired of the UK’s unreliable, constantly flip-flopping weather? Luckily there’s another sale on at Ryanair, perfectly timed for that last-minute Euro getaway – and the budget airline’s prices are as ridiculously low as ever. For as little as £5 (!), you can jet off to culture-stacked metropolises Budapest and Brussels, as well as balmy tourist hotspots Santander and Trapani. And for under £15, you can get to an enormous range of other big destinations, from French paradises Nice and Bordeaux to other sun-drenched touristy spots like Fez and Pisa. Some very tasty deals indeed. Most importantly, many of the places won’t require any sort of quarantine (or even testing) for fully-vaccinated travellers. But such is the nature of travel after the pandemic, you should be sure to check all these things before you book. Several airports across the UK are included (London Stansted, Gatwick and Luton, plus Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle), and the sale covers dates throughout all of May. But you’ll have to be quick: the deals only last until midnight tonight. This being Ryanair, there are no doubt more than a few extra costs beyond the retail price. But when the upfront cost is so low, who can really argue? Check out all the deals and flight availability on the Ryanair website. Got five minutes to spare? Want to tell us what life is like in your city? Take the Time Out Index survey here.

The biggest rail strike in UK history could shut down the country later this year

The biggest rail strike in UK history could shut down the country later this year

British commuters and rail travellers beware: we could soon see the biggest rail strike in modern UK history. Nearly 40,000 railway workers across the country could soon strike due to disputes over jobs and pay. The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has said members will be asked to vote on strike action in the coming months. If they vote to strike, the action will affect national rail operator Network Rail but also 15 other regional lines, from CrossCountry and TransPennine Express to LNER and Southeastern. In other words, huge areas of the UK rail network could be brought to a standstill.  So, why might rail workers go on strike? Well, the RMT union has laid out several reasons. They mainly want to prevent Network Rail from cutting at least 2,500 maintenance jobs, which is part of a plan to cut £2 billion in spending across the country. Railway workers have also recently faced pay freezes and changes to the terms and conditions of their contracts. Network Rail, on the other hand, says it is trying to modernise its services and save money following huge losses during the pandemic. The ballot for the strike opens for RMT members on April 26 and closes on May 24, so it’s expected that any action could take place from June onwards. Obviously, as the strike is yet to be balloted (and may not actually go ahead at all), its terms and duration haven’t been set. In short, Britons could be in for a tough summer. So here’s to hoping Network Rail and the RMT

Archaeologists have discovered a mysterious sealed tomb in Paris’s Notre-Dame

Archaeologists have discovered a mysterious sealed tomb in Paris’s Notre-Dame

If you came across a spooky-looking, almost-definitely-haunted sarcophagus, would you really want to open it? Probably not, tbh. Wouldn’t want to unleash any evil demons, after all. But that isn’t stopping researchers in Paris, who have just discovered a sealed tomb in the bowels of Notre-Dame cathedral – and now plan to open it. Following a devastating fire which ripped through the cathedral in April 2019, Notre-Dame is currently undergoing a massive refurb. And during the building work, they’ve found loads of stuff hidden away under its stone flooring, from statues and sculptures to ceramic furniture. One of those things is a sarcophagus, which was discovered 20 metres beneath the church floor. According to French culture minister Roselyne Bachelot, the tomb is in remarkably good nick – it’s only got a few minor cracks and hasn’t suffered any major structural damage. So, what’s in there? Well, scientists don’t know for sure, but they’ve already had a sneak peek inside using an endoscopic camera. They’ve identified bits of hair and clothing, and reckon it probably contains the remains of a high-ranking church official from the fourteenth century.   The next step will see the sarcophagus opened up by researchers at the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Toulouse. They’ll use carbon dating technology to figure out more about the mysterious person and any objects contained inside. At the moment it’s unknown what exactly will happen to the sarcophagus after it’s been examined, th