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The 10 best places to visit in England - and where to stay

Our experts offer a guide to 10 of the best places and cities to visit in England for family holidays and couples, and the best hotels to stay when there, in locations including Yorkshire, Cornwall, Lake District, Bath, Cotswolds, London, Devon, Norfolk, Suffolk and Brighton.<p><b>1. Yorkshire</b><p>Visitors …

Delicious destinations: 7 iconic dishes of the world

Cultures and countries are defined by food and many are rightly proud of their culinary heritage. Some dishes are so iconic that they carry the name of their birthplace and, of course, they taste so much better in situ.<p>So if you're a serious global foodie with a checklist you're itching to tick, …

Free Things to Do in San Francisco

Ever since Levi Strauss opened for business here during the gold rush, San Francisco—with its cable cars, coffeehouses, and counterculture—has been on the cutting edge of cool. From bustling Chinatown to bohemian Haight-Ashbury, the City by the Bay has long been known for its openness and …

San Francisco

Stunning Life-Like Animal Sculptures Made with Layers of Galvanized Wire

Artist Kendra Haste uses the ubiquitous galvanized wire and transforms it into life-like sculptures of wild animals. By layering, fraying, and sometimes painting it, she's able to mimic the anatomical appearance of creatures both large and small.<p>Haste masterfully crafts the wire so that even subtle …

Sculpture

Cut Paper Illustrations by Maude White | Colossal

<p>New York-based artist Maude White (previously) continues to create beautifully rendered illustrations with cut paper, creating dozens of new pieces …

Metal Craftsman Recreates Animals as Moving Steampunk Sculptures

Artist Igor Verniy assembles stunningly detailed, steampunk-infused animal sculptures out of discarded metal, car and bike parts, watch components, electronics, silverware, and other metal scraps. Spanning a myriad of species from birds to reptiles to insects, Verniy's works feature working joints …

Sculpture

Expert guide to St Petersburg

Essential information<p>All western visitors to Russia need a visa. Real Russia (020 7100 7370; realrussia.co.uk) offers a quick and easy service.<p><b>British Consulate:</b> (00 7 812 320 3200; ukinrussia.fco.gov.uk/en), Ploshchad Proletarskoy Diktatury 5<p><b>Emergency numbers:</b> dial 01 (fire), 02 (police), 03 …

The 10 moments that changed science and engineering: in pictures - Telegraph

Locomotives

20 free things to do in Melbourne

Melbourne is consistently voted the world’s most liveable city and Melburnians are quick to tell visitors what makes this city such a great place to live from their favourite restaurants (‘400 Gradi makes the world’s best margherita pizza, you know!’) to the laneway bars and cafes (‘better than …

Geometric Wooden Sculptures Depict Abstract Cityscape Formations

Philadelphia-based artist and craftsman James McNabb recently opened a new solo exhibition, called <i>Metros</i>, that expands upon his ongoing collection of stunning wooden cityscapes. The work is currently on display at the Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami and “explores sociological concepts regarding …

Art

Britain's 20 best cities – according to you

Expert guide to Amsterdam

Essential contacts<p><b>British Embassy</b> (00 31 70 427 0427), Lange Voorhout 10, 2514 ED, The Hague<p><b>British Consulate-General</b> (0031 20 676 4343), Koningslaan 44, 1075 AE, Amsterdam<p><b>Emergency services:</b> dial 112. For non-emergency police matters dial 0900 8844<p><b>Tourist office and information:</b> the Tourist Office …

Top 10: Places to See Holiday Lights

Around the globe, seasonal light displays spark dazzling artistry, salute time-honored traditions, and infuse busy corridors with a festive air.

Top 10

Fashion designer Wakako Kishimoto on Osaka

Wakako Kishimoto navigates the neon of Osaka for the city’s best bars, shopping, food and fun<p><b>Everyone goes to Tokyo and Kyoto, but Osaka is worth a visit too.</b> It’s not far from Kyoto, but instead of the temples, order and quiet, it’s loud and jam-packed with people – gritty, down-to-earth Japan. …

Expert guide to Skiathos

Getting around<p><b>Buses</b>: the excellent south-coast bus service plies frequently between town and Koukounariés resort, 7.5 miles (11.5km) west, until late, calling at 26 numbered stops. It also goes to Evangelístrias monastery inland.<p><b>Taxi</b>-<b>boats</b>: a waterborne service, less frequent than buses, shuttles …

China travel guide

Expert guide to China<p>An insider's guide to China, including when to go, where to stay, the best tour operators, what to pack and recommended reading. By our expert, Michelle Jana Chan.<p>Why go?<p>With its high-octane energy, can-do drive, teeming population and challenging language barrier, China can be …

China

Expert guide to Edinburgh

Essential Information<p>The VisitScotland website (visitscotland.com) is a useful source of information on where to stay and what to do while you are in Edinburgh. The main Edinburgh VisitScotland Information Centre is at Waverley Mall, 3 Princes Street, EH2 2QP; call 00 44 131 473 3868. There is also …

Edinburgh

The world's 20 oldest cities

Beer and Cheddar Soup with Kielbasa Sausage

6 to 8 Servings<p>This rich and cheesy broth is satisfying on its own, but goes main course with the addition of seared kielbasa sausage. Recipe by Chris Shepherd, Underbelly, Houston<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 tablespoon plus 2 tsp. vegetable oil, divided<p>1 medium yellow onion, chopped<p>2 cloves garlic cloves, …

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28 Secrets of Exceptionally Productive People | Inc.com

Occasionally, I stumble on my own productivity tools and strategies, but mostly I borrow them from others.<p>So does Ryan Holiday, the author of the best-selling The Obstacle Is the Way (a really great book) and the compulsively readable <i>Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator.</i><p>He's also …

Productivity

Illustrator Creates Doodles That Interact With Their Surroundings

French art director and illustrator David Troquier, who goes by Troqman, has an impressive sense of humor. He creates scrapbook doodles and places …

Drawing

These Charming Buildings Are Not What They Seem

Looks can definitely be deceiving.<p>When street artist Patrick Commecy spots a blank building facade, he sees much more than a bare wall. He pictures what it might look like with sun-soaked balconies, climbing vines, colorful shutters, and bustling people. And then, with a bit of artistic trickery …

16 incredible Northern Lights hotels

To watch the ethereal and elusive Northern Lights is to witness one of nature's most splendorous sights: a celestial dance across the Arctic sky that surely features near the top of most - if not all - travellers' bucket lists.<p>Those seeking this remarkable phenomenon have a decent pick of …

Seven cruise journeys that evoke a lost era

Giant floating cities complete with endless buffets, kids clubs and climbing walls? Who needs them? Take to the water in style in homage to a bygone era.<p><b>Glide down the Nile on a Belle Époque steamer</b><p>Forget about crowded bus tours, the best way to see Egypt’s archaeological treasures is by boat – …

Road trip Tasmania: how to tackle the island state

Tasmania<p>doesn’t look very big on the map – an inverted leafy triangle just a few hundred kilometers tall and not much wider across the top. But appearances can be deceiving for those planning a road trip of Australia's most southern state.<p>Down amongst the greenery, straight roads are rare and most …

From Imperial Shrines to Manga Comics in Kyoto

See trip details for Kyoto, Japan, one of 30 suggested family trips from National Geographic.<p>Japan Guide<p>More Family Trips<p>Once the country’s imperial capital, Japan’s seventh largest city escaped bombings during World War II, and its centuries-old temples and shrines still stand. The Fushimi-inari …

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The secret to acing exams

In tests that offer a choice of answers, you can exploit hidden patterns to get full marks if you know how, says William Poundstone.<p>Our fates in school and beyond are decided by pop quizzes, final exams, drivers’ exams, and professional exams. Many are true-or-false, or multiple-choice. If you get …

Mathematics