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Never book flights on Fridays - and eight other tips for getting cheap air fares

If you are thinking of booking your next overseas holiday today, think again.<p>Friday is the most expensive day of the week to buy a plane ticket, according to new research, with flights on average 13 per cent dearer than if booked on a Sunday.<p>Customers have previously been advised to book plane …

Flying

Hilary Benn speech on Syria exposes political genes

Speech may have placed shadow foreign secretary at odds with late father, but impact owes much to Tony’s formidable way with words<p>The irony has been painfully obvious to older voters throughout the crisis over the extension of the RAF’s bombing campaign into Syria. It is the sight and sound of …

United Kingdom

The Best Books Of 2015, According To Goodreads

The readers have spoken.

Books

One family's decision to take in refugees: 'We're all in the same boat'

Michaela Bauer and Richard Bishop and their two boys enjoy a busy, comfortable life in cosmopolitan, multilingual Brussels. He’s British and works as a translator. She’s German and works for an international organization. Their sons speak French at school. Two weeks ago, they took in their first …

Why more people are calling ISIL “Daesh,” and why the group apparently hates it

While debating whether to bomb Syria in Parliament yesterday (Dec. 2), British prime minister David Cameron announced the government would start calling the militant group “Daesh” instead of ISIL (also known as the Islamic State or ISIS). Cameron is following in the footsteps of French government …

Islamic State (ISIS)

22 European cities you'd never thought to visit (but really should)

The integrated school that could teach a divided town to live together

Radiyah and Olivia live in Oldham and are best friends. They are 12 years old and met on transition day, when primary school students are introduced for the first time to their secondary school. They have been inseparable ever since. Olivia says one thing that binds them together is that they both …

Mark Twain

16 Charming Bookshops In The UK Everyone Must Visit

Go book yourself.

The Hidden Features of Google Maps

Staying on top of new navigation features is a little tedious so it's a good thing we do it for you! But like, for serious.<p><i>This post originally appeared on</i> Map Happy<i>.</i><p>Sometimes I don't even notice until I'm in the middle of something and notice my phone is doing this weird thing it never used to do. …

Maps

How famous writers and artists wooed their lovers with food

The road to artistic greatness is littered with lovers and cherry pits.<p>A new book, <i>Dining with the Famous and Infamous</i> (Rowman & Littlefield, out Jan. 2016) creates rich portraits of famous figures’ relationships to food—and as is quickly apparent, the creative use of snacks and treats played a …

Literature

Britain's first insect-only restaurant is bringing sustainability to the table

LONDON — Bugs are gross. That’s a given. In fact, it’s safe to say that 99.9% of Brits would hard pass on an invitation to an insect-only restaurant. …

The Guy Who Pointed a GoPro the Wrong Way for an Entire Vacation Is the Most Dad Thing on the Internet

But is it also the future of vlogging? Maybe!<p>The necessary call-and-response nature of the internet means I need to somehow draft an introduction pretending you haven't already seen this video of an Irish dad using a GoPro, even though we both know you've already seen this video of an Irish dad …

GoPro

When Living on a Boat Beats Paying Urban Rent

Some Britons are turning away from expensive flats and taking up residence on urban waterways.<p>One weekend afternoon about a month after I moved aboard a canal boat in London, there was a <i>rap-rap-rap</i> on the wood-and-metal paneling of my front door. I had left it partly open to let in the breeze, and …

How ISIS Is Recruiting Women in London

A British Muslim woman spent a year undercover to capture her radical Islamic recruiters on film—right in the heart of the city.<p>LONDON — A girl of …

Islam

The Most Beautiful Abandoned Places in the World

There is something both eerie and striking about abandoned places. Whether it's a train cemetery in Bolivia or an Art Deco subway station underneath New York City, each location is a snapshot of history frozen in time. Take a tour of these mesmerizing sites around the world—stark reminders of what …

Abandoned Buildings

Extraordinary Entries from the 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest

Last month, we featured a selection of the spectacular entries in the 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest, and we’re pleased to share even more works from the competition. The chosen entries showcase the stunning diversity of our world, through both landscape and culture. They depict an exciting …