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Partying, politics and pure pleasure: Adele and Muse were just what Glastonbury needed

Grey skies, hangovers, tears, nervous laughter and a subdued mood: Glastonbury on the morning after the EU referendum was probably much like the rest of the country, only with slow-moving queues for overpriced coffee and croissants offering an ominous glimpse of Britain’s possible …

Our juvenile American fantasies: Comic-book fascism, the rise of Trump and “Captain America: Civil War”

Marvel’s latest superhero throwdown is more fun than the GOP civil war — but raises the same dark questions<p>You can feel comic-book movies struggling to grow up, slowly and awkwardly. Problem is, they don’t really want to — and it’s not at all clear that growing up is good for business. Comic books …

“The Martian” and the big Mars discovery: Here’s why we have to go, no matter what it costs

Was this week’s big NASA announcement a movie tie-in or a leftist plot? Either way, Mars is calling<p>I believe it was the film historian Mark Harris (also the undisputed heavyweight champion of Oscar bloggers) who first injected a note of cynicism into the furor surrounding one of the biggest …

Space Science

Can the Pope save the world?

Prior to Pope Francis delivering his encyclical on climate change, US Republican Senator James Inhofe declared: "The Pope ought to stay with his job, …

Djibouti: Africa's hottest new travel destination

Djibouti is out of this world. It’s a claim no travel writer should ever make, but it really is as if a great chunk of Mars has been carved out and jigsawed on to the Horn of Africa. Seated on the Afar Triple Junction – the meeting point for three of the Earth’s tectonic plates, which are pulling …

10 of the best festivals in Europe ... that you’ve probably never heard of

Meadows in the Mountains, Bulgaria<p>With a wild camping vibe – bonfires, small stages and bunting in the trees – Meadows in the Mountains has built a reputation over the past five years for offering a uniquely magical experience. Set in the lush environment of the Rhodope Mountains, mornings are …

Festivals

I lived in Europe for 5 years — these are the places I tell all my friends to visit

But it usually makes for an experience that exposes you to something new and leaves an impression for years after.<p>I was lucky enough to live in Zurich, Switzerland, for five years when I was younger. Because of its central location in Europe, Zurich made it easy to explore the rest of the continent.<p>…

European Travel

How to avoid the "I'll do that next year" Syndrome

As this year comes to an end it is a time for many of us to plan for the future ahead, but it is also a time to reflect on the past.<p>Deb and I have …

The top 10 beach holidays in Spain for 2018

Our Spain experts reveal 10 of their favourite beach holidays. For more advice on booking a holiday in Spain, see our summer holidays guide. Our guide features expert recommendations for cities, beach, villa, culture, food and drink and activity holidays.<p><b>1. Asturias</b><p>Far from the typical tourist …

Incoming Plane Barely Misses German Sunbather, Lands On Beach (VIDEO)

It was the <i>wurst</i> moment of this German beachgoer's life.<p>The video below shows a man lazing in the sand on the tourist archipelago of Heligoland, when suddenly a plane swoops seemingly out of nowhere.<p>The incoming flight just barely misses the man's bare back -- and nicks a fence post -- before …

Watch: Slavoj Žižek Talks ‘The Dark Knight’ Plus Christopher Nolan Chats With Richard Donner

Watch: Slavoj Žižek Talks 'The Dark Knight' Plus Christopher Nolan Chats With Richard Donner<p>Even though a new iteration of Batman is on the way with</b> …

Comic Books