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21 Apple Watch Tips and Tricks

What to do if your Apple Watch Series 2 gets wet

There are a couple things you should do after going for a swim to ensure that your new watch stays in good condition.<p>One of the headline features of the Apple Watch Series 2 is the fact you can wear it in water, up to 50 meters deep, with no ill effects.<p>However, just because there's a fancy water …

Smartwatches

Emptying Tutankhamun's tomb took 8 years of painstaking labor

The deconstruction of<br>Tutankhamun's tomb, in color<p>Every object removed, except one.<p>1923<p>Perhaps surprisingly, the mummy of King Tutankhamun remains …

Feeling dizzy? Here are seven reasons for a spinning head and how you can stop it

Tiny tots think it’s great fun to whirl around until they lose balance and fall down. And if we’re honest, most of us have felt the room spin when …

Weybourne Station, North Norfolk Railway- or is it Walmington-on-Sea...?

Norfolk travel tips: Walk straight into Boudicca's territory

The Peddars Way slices through the remotest part of Norfolk but the Roman road is still flat enough to tempt the novice rambler<p>What runs 46 miles in a straight line from nowhere to speak of to no place in particular? The answer is the Roman road known since medieval times as Peddars Way.<p>Built …

My Norfolk: our expert, a resident for 25 years, reveals her favourite places

I’ve been living in Norfolk for nearly 25 years, and its big pull for me remains the coast. Like many who love this region, I am still captivated by its vast beaches, big skies and atmospheric marshland. I never fail to be amazed at how easy it is to shake off the crowds and find a completely …

Let’s move to Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

It has dunes, crabbing and fish and chips, without the twee poshness of the Burnhams and Holkham<p><b>What’s going for it?</b> North Norfolk? Don’t get me going. Three parts idyllic (dunes, stately homes, salt marshes, what’s not to like?), one part pathologically posh, verging on the twee. There are only so …

Great country walks: Cromer, Norfolk

The Norfolk Coast Path provides a treat for birdwatchers at the Cley Marshes nature reserve<p><b>Category</b> Easy<b><br>Difficulty</b> 13.6 miles/21.9km<b><br>Typical duration</b> 6 hours 30 minutes<b><br>Start and finish</b> Cromer to Cley next the Sea<b><br>Map</b> OS Landranger 133<b><br>Step-by-step details and maps</b> ramblers.org.uk/cromer<p>In a …

Scotland

Great days out in Norfolk

In flint-built villages, yellow daffodils give way to spring blossom pinks and the backroad hedgerows begin to flush white with hawthorn flowers. With the growing warmth of the spring sunshine, the first pick of succulent <b>Norfolk</b> asparagus appears in farm shops. The vast, golden-sand beaches along …

Europe's best campsites by lakes and rivers

From France’s Lake District to the wilds of Slovenia, staying in yurts, wooden caravans and treehouses, here are some of the best places to enjoy the great outdoors.<p>Müllerwiese, Germany<p>A family-run, family-friendly oasis, Müllerwiese is a small but perfectly formed operation that’s been running …

Swimming Pools

The UK's most charming seaside cafes and restaurants

Fancy a road trip this bank holiday weekend? Our food experts pick their favourite places to eat by the sea, from sandy crab shacks to smart fish restaurants<p>Whether it’s tucking into crisply battered fish at a sandy picnic table, or knocking back a lemon-spiked oyster in a waterside bistro, there …

New England

9 Bike Beginner Mistakes to Avoid

How to avoid common pitfalls when you're just starting to ride<p>It’s National Bike Month, and we’re all looking forward to having more company in the bike lane. But if you’re a beginning rider, knowing the basic rules of the road might not be enough. Here are a few common traps for new cyclists—and …

Why You're Not Bike Commuting—and How to Fix That

A new survey looks at the psychological barriers to bike commuting<p>A recent study done by the Transportation Research Board Business Office in Washington, DC examined the psychological factors that deter bike commuting. While the reasons people have for not riding to work are valid, there are also …

Seven Ways to Make Your Commute Easier

Ride to work or play in style and on time<p>Commuting by bike can be a daunting task, even for a seasoned cyclist. Getting to work via two wheels can mean showing up slightly sweaty and out of breath, and riding in rush hour traffic can be scary no matter how good you are at bike handling. Still, for …

How Cycling Makes You Smarter and Happier

It's no secret that cycling makes you fitter. Research shows that it also sharpens your thinking and melts away stress. Here's how to maximize the cognitive benefits cycling.<p>Every morning Canadian neuroscientist Brian Christie, PhD, gives his brain an extra boost. We're not talking about tossing …

101 Bike Maintenance Tips Every Cyclist Should Know

Your guide to a longer cycling life—for your bicycle, your gear, even a few friendships<p>Your bicycle doesn’t run on leg power alone. It also needs a little lube, a lotta­ love, and a good ­listen. You may not know every remedy your bike needs to live a long life, but you can gain enough wisdom along …

The best iPhone deals in April 2018

Marking the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone, we were treated to not one, not two, but three new iPhones in 2017. As well as the usual annual …

How to Adjust a Rear Derailleur

Silence a Noisy Bike

Follow this guide from former Garmin-Slipstream wrench Daimeon Shanks, owner of the Service Course, in Boulder, Colorado, to quiet your ride.<p><b>Spokes and Valve Stem</b> <b><br>TEST</b> Check for loose spokes and valve stems. Otherwise, spokes may be rubbing the nipples. <b><br>FIX</b> True your wheel. (For a video tutorial, …

A Quick-Fix Guide

25 solutions to vexing problems<p><b>EVERY TIME YOU FIX A PUNCTURE, THE NEW TUBE GOES FLAT</b><br>If the holes in the tube are on the bottom, the rim strip may be out of position, allowing the tube to get cut by the spokes. If they're on the top, there may be some small sharp object stuck in the tire. Find it by …

101 Best Bike-Riding Tips

Want to be a better cyclist? Just ride. Every time you turn the pedals, you naturally improve a little. Of course, one well-placed tip, trick, or nugget of wisdom can help you achieve something you might otherwise not learn for years. Drawn from my <i>Bicycling</i> book, <i>1,100 Best All-Time Tips</i>, here is a …

Cycling

The 100 greatest novels of all time

<b>Our critics choose the best novels ever written, from Tolkien to Proust</b><p>100 <b>The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (1954-55)</b><p>Hairy-toed hobbit Frodo leaves home to defend the world from dark forces by destroying a cursed ring, in Tolkien's epic trilogy. WH Auden thought this tale of fantastic creatures …

Literature

I Heart My City: Tim’s Cologne

<b>Tim Steins</b> is no stranger to Cologne. Born 30 kilometers north of this German city, he spent his childhood exploring Cologne on the weekends with friends in tow. He now channels his hometown pride into the Spotted by Locals blog while working for a media analysis agency. Though he’s lived in …

European Travel

Test Your Fix-It IQ

Up your game with this bike-tuning and maintenance quiz<p>Do you think you’re a master mechanic? Use this quiz to find out just where you rank in the world of wrenches. Even better, challenge your know-it-all friends to a quiz-off and find out who really knows their stuff.

Domaine des Hauts de Loire: French Country Style

After traveling regularly in France for many years, I find it impossible to name my favorite region, but certainly I have a soft spot for the Loire Valley between Orléans and Angers, a 155-mile stretch of soft, green countryside dotted with the magnificent châteaux for which the area is renowned. …

Things to do and see in Orleans in the Loire Valley, France

Why visit Orléans?<p>Orléans in central France is a perfect central starting point for trips around the Loire Valley, with its famous châteaux, gardens …