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Whilst many claim that mass tourism has turned the merchant city of Venice into little more than an European museum, our expert on Italy, Alice Mulhearn, has a different story to tell... Nowhere on earth is as still as Venice at night.
The second largest of Venice's six historic districts, Cannaregio is arguably the best place to search for the ancient soul of La Serenissima. Alice Mulhearn reveals the finest sights, cicchetti bars and things to do in the zone... Most visitors to Venice never get to see Cannaregio's better side.
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London is the ultimate vegan mecca. You’ve just got to know where to look. We’ve separated the wheat-free from the chaff so you don’t have to. Dine out on this shortlist of the ultimate feel-good vegan restaurants in London.
The launch of Google's new 'quality update' last month is set to benefit websites offering high quality content. Search Engine Land has described the update as a change to Google's "core ranking algorithm in terms of how it processes quality signals."
Frank Sinatra followed precise rules of style: a gentleman's hat brim should sit a couple of inches above the right brow, pocket squares must be perfectly folded, never wear a white suit after dark and always have a good watch. Ol' Blue Eyes was not only a brilliant performer, he was a style icon for the ages.
(Cue groans and lots of eye rolling.) Okay. We do admittedly have a few months left before we have to order the turkey and face the shopping frenzy, but now's definitely the time to think about any booking any Christmas parties. How do you like to celebrate the season?
When your IT stops working, everyone notices. Whatever the cause, your IT team gets blamed and there's a mad scramble to fix the problem. But it doesn't have to be this way. Many problems are avoidable, if the right technology is in place. Here are 20 ways you can minimise IT downtime and keep everything running smoothly.
SW Londoner meets foodbank volunteers helping families struggling to make this season festive. I'm led into a church hall filled with Fray Bentos pies and tins of biscuits. There's a buzz of pre-Christmas activity. People sort boxes and debate the category of confectionaries. "Jaffa cakes: cake or biscuit?" someone asks.
A lorry crammed with migrants - 53 adults and 15 children - desperate to have a life in the UK was opened by Harwich border officials today. Viewing this incident alongside coverage of the Mediterranean migrant crisis, the UK's troubled asylum system and the boats stranded off South East Asian shores, we have a picture of tragedy.
A Tooting-based refugee charity aims to tackle the isolation felt by displaced women with the launch of an inclusive cookery project on Wednesday. Using food as a common language the cooking club, run by the Klevis Kola Foundation, will bring women together every week to cook, eat and share recipes from their home countries.
EALING schools could lose 250 teachers this year as record numbers continue to leave the profession, says a specialist recruitment consultancy. TLTP Education says that, if Department of Education statistics are replicated evenly, the borough could lose one in 12 of its 3,091 full-time teachers.
The Home Office has launched an operation to crack down on businesses that are employing illegal migrant workers. Under Operation Magnify, immigrant enforcement officers will carry out raids on construction sites and businesses suspected of exploiting illegal workers. In a meeting with construction industry leaders, the Immigration Minister, James Brokenshire, spoke about plans to end illegal working in the sector.
As the furore over high street supermarkets' waste food grows, a Lambeth 'social supermarket' has been a quiet success, providing families with discounted groceries. Since it opened in December, Community Shop has helped lift local people out of poverty by giving members access to low-cost food and professional counselling.
The hottest foodie destinations for 2015 are tipped as Tooting, Streatham and Merton according to a report from the Taste of London Winter festival. The London food scene is set to shift from Shoreditch to Streatham, as the Big Restaurant Report predicts a 'foodie explosion' south of the river.
Around 3,800 couples tied the knot this week at a ceremony organised by the Unification Church in Gapyeong, South Korea. Around 800 of the couples had been 'matched' at an engagement ceremony only a few days earlier, before exchanging vows at the Cheongshim World Peace Centre on Tuesday.
If you come here to see Juliet's balcony, you'll be going home talking about everything else, says Alice Mulhearn, as she guides us through one of the world's most romantic cities... In Verona there is a golden hour. It starts at around 6 o'clock - later during the languorous days of summer.
SHARE ARTICLE / You're sick of mince pies, tired of Christmas TV, and if you hear Band Aid one more time you might strangle a carol singer. "Bah Humbug," you say, whilst elbowing a shopper on Oxford Street. You're the Scrooge of Christmas: a miserable old timer who needs a good old-fashioned epiphany.
Laura Palmer's plastic wrapped body had already been discovered by the time we took our seats. We were woefully underprepared for this marathon. Other fans were equipped with sleeping bags and doughnuts; we had just brought ourselves. And we were late. We were in amongst the 'Peakies': the die-hard fans of Twin Peaks.
There are very few elements of Italian cooking that us Brits have left unexplored. In all fairness, we've never been too shy to put our own twist on the classics; after all, the authenticity of the Hawaiian pizza is pretty suspect.
A Mexican Cookery Lesson
Portrait of a City: Visions of Venice (p.32)
Now that we're entering September the stalls at Wimbledon Farmer's Market are brimming with courgettes, tomatoes and summer squash. Soon the strawberries and raspberries will be replaced by baskets of apples, pears, plums and damsons - surely the best bit of harvest time?
An award winning essay on the symbolic importance of food in the Early Middle Ages.