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Tolkien v. Orwell: Who understood modern surveillance best?

What can literary fiction teach us about recent revelations that the National Security Agency has aggressively been gathering massive amounts of data …

The mysterious cliff dwellers of Mesa Verde<p>The inhabitants of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains vanished long before Europeans arrived, but the canyon palace they left behind rewrote the history of the American West.

National Parks

Five deep dark places for stargazing this summer

Get out of the city and visit one of the world’s Dark Sky Reserves, where a total lack of light pollution ensures a spectacular nightly show.<p>Ask your average travel buff what’s the best thing about the Brecon Beacons National Park and they may extol the virtues of a trek up the peaks of Pen y Fan …

National Parks

Five one-day bike trips from London

Summer cycling tours are an ideal way to discover southern England’s beautiful nature, cultured cities and quaint villages.<p>The British capital is experiencing a cycling revolution. The number of city dwellers who have taken to two wheels has increased 110% since 2000, including London’s mayor Boris …


Mini guide to coastal Devon

With not one but two coastlines and a wealth of coves and creeks, this southwestern county is an excellent choice for an English seaside summer.<p>Superb eateries, hidden coves and creeks, wildlife-spotting galore and excellent surfing are just a few of the many reasons to visit this seaside</b> …


Pt 3: A taste of tagine in the Atlas Mountains


Better flights in just three steps

A new breed of email alert services can save you money, time and aggravation with up-to-the-minute information on airfare sales, flight delays and newly opened seat assignments.<p>Looking to get away? A new breed of email alert services can save you money, time and aggravation with up-to-the-minute …


Reader Q&A: Must-see sights in Scotland and Ireland

BBC Travel reader Lena Petrenko is seeking recommendations for a trip to Dublin and Edinburgh. Our Facebook followers gave her some suggestions.<p>Last week, we asked our Facebook community to help Lena Petrenko plan her travels to Scotland and Ireland. She asked: “Could you please share any …


Tahiti’s iridescent wonders

Sift past the sandy beach and into the little-known world of Oceania’s most extraordinary export, the black pearls of Polynesia.


Packing secrets from savvy travellers

We searched to find out what common items veteran jetsetters pack that rookies do not, and got a suitcase full of answers.<p>Most seasoned travellers tend to pack light. After all, who wants to be weighed down with a load of luggage on a trip? But what these veterans lack in quantity they …


On the mofongo trail in Puerto Rico

This beloved dish pays tribute to the Caribbean island’s rich history and its embracing culture, both of which continue to permeate its food and its people.<p>From urban Old San Juan to the beaches of Isla Verde, past the cities of Bayamón and Ponce, through lush rainforest and striking coastlines, …


Pt 2: Alaska’s spillionaires

The Exxon oil spill of 1989 made the town of Valdez infamous, luring people to clean up one of world’s largest environmental disasters with the prospect of economic gain.


High-altitude dining in London

Three new restaurants have opened in The Shard, providing impressive new ways to experience the city's latest trend.<p>Thanks to London's rising skyline, high-altitude dining is the city's latest trend. In the last few months three new restaurants – Oblix, Aqua Shard and Hutong – have opened in The …


Africa’s last Eden

From surfing hippos and humpback whales to coastal lagoons and expansive savannah, Gabon’s Loango National Park is one of the most stunningly diverse sanctuaries on the continent.


Arts and culture: The week in pictures

David Bowie

Are 'feminine' looks the future of men’s fashion?

Androgyny and 'feminine' looks are all the rage on the men's catwalks – but will guys actually wear these clothes? Yes they will, predicts Maya Singer.<p>Some fashion trends sneak up on you. Others ring out loud and clear. Last week, as the Spring ’14 menswear shows kicked off in London, one trend …

Mad Men

How Bruce Springsteen rocked the Berlin Wall

Bruce Springsteen delivered a message of freedom to a huge concert in East Berlin in July 1988 – and the Berlin Wall fell the following year. Was it the spark that started the fire? Stephen Evans reports.<p>Nobody claims that rock music shook the Berlin Wall to destruction. It’s the people of East …


The social networks of Ancient Rome

Our pick of the week’s best arts and literature stories – including how the Roman book trade worked, sign-language for rappers and Clive James on the Sopranos.<p>The Sopranos<br>Clive James | Telegraph | 20 June 2013<br>Classic appreciation from 2004, republished with a new introduction by the author. “In the …


What pop can teach classical music

The two musical styles seem a world apart – but players who cross the divide can learn from what they have in common, writes Clemency Burton-Hill.<p>Classical and pop music often seem so alien to each other that it can be easy to forget they share identical DNA. But music is music, and everything – at …


The inimitable style of Mick Jagger

From the sharp suits of the early ‘60s to the glam sequins of the 50 and Counting tour – Katya Foreman sorts through the wardrobe of a fashion icon.<p>Recent shots of a craggy Mick Jagger performing in a graphic-print black and white jacket with matching Stephen Jones trilby call to mind a 1963 …

Angelina Jolie

A view of the US from across the pond

The best reads in culture, including observations on the US, the art of translation and Putin’s comparison of the Snowden affair to “shearing a pig”.<p>Poets And Czars From Pushkin To Putin<br>Mikhail Shishkin | The New Republic | 1 July 2013<br>Amusing and rather brilliant history of Russian cultural …


The art of deception: How forgers get away with it

As police smash yet another counterfeit ring, Georgina Adam looks at why this billion-dollar business is growing – and why buyers are so easily taken in.<p>German and Israeli police made dramatic swoops last month, raiding dozens of premises and arresting six people in Germany and 18 in Israel as part …


Is Spotify good for classical music?

Making money from music on the web is a tough business – especially for classical musicians and labels. Is the Swedish streaming service their saviour? Clemency Burton-Hill investigates.<p>Septuagenarian opera singers aren’t the first people you’d expect to speak out about music in the digital age, …


Dutch art heist paintings may have been burned by suspect's mother

Ash from an oven owned by a woman whose son is charged with stealing seven multimillion-pound paintings, including works by Matisse, Picasso and …

Explore the Massive Stanley Kubrick Exhibit, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Until June 30

No American filmmaker commands such overwhelming critical respect and popular acclaim as Stanley Kubrick. A hero to art house film students and …

Island imagery: Ansel Adams and Georgia O'Keeffe in Hawaii

Is a rainbow still a rainbow if it's in black and white? Or put another way, can photographs of people, manmade structures and urban settings really be by Ansel Adams?<p>The answer is clearly yes, judging by the photographer's work in "Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: The Hawaii Pictures,” on view …

Chamber of Commerce

The Awe-Inspiring Work of Chuck Close

Arguably the greatest painter alive, Chuck Close presents amazing new work at Pace Gallery in New York. His ability to calculate color is super-human …

Tim Burton’s The World of Stainboy: Watch the Complete Animated Series

In his 1997 book of drawings and verse, <i>The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories</i>, Tim Burton imagines a bizarre menagerie of misfits with …

A Short Film on the Famous Crosswalk From the Beatles’ Abbey Road Album Cover

It's one of the most famous images in pop culture: the four members of the Beatles -- John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and George Harrison -- …