skateboarding Tokyo

How Tokyo’s skateboarders made their mark

Their pavements are busier, their surfaces are rougher, and their guards are stricter. This is how, against all odds, Tokyo’s...

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The Middle East’s radical green designs

How green could the UAE really be? With a renewed desire for ecological sustainability and the credentials to back it...

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Painting a city

Anathema to graffiti purists, street art has been embraced the world over, particularly in Dubai. But can it be pushed...

QE2 Dubai

A new purpose for the QE2

Why would someone board an ocean liner to go nowhere?

The best way to see Cambodia is on this train

Chugging along at 33mph, the refurbished 1960s rolling stock of Cambodia’s Royal Railway is certainly no bullet train. But who...

Highland road trip, Scotland

A Road Trip In Scotland

Does the great adventure by road really exist outside of the US?

Seven Sisters Moscow

Moscow And The Seven Sisters

Gothic icons of the Moscow skyline

Club class

It might well be one of London’s most famed private clubs – with a membership list to match – but The Arts Club is just as relevant today as it was when it was launched by Charles Dickens in 1863 If the cashmere walls of the Arts Club in London could talk, they’d likely have a few stories to tell about pomp, pageantry and potent conversations. It’s true that many notables have passed through the Mayfair abode’s marble foyer and up the winding staircase beneath Tomás Saraceno’s hanging geometric sculpture. But like all private clubs, discretion is everything....

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Renon, Bali, Indonesia

Most people visiting the paradise island of Bali shimmy straight through its capital, Denpasar, making a beeline for the palm-tree fringed tourist ghettos of Sanur, Seminyak and Kuta that spill out from Greater Denpasar. To bypass this culturally rich capital, where simple Balinese traditions coexist with the city’s modernising moves, is a rookie traveller error. Originally a centre of the Badung Kingdom, Denpasar may be a later bloomer (it wasn’t made capital until 1958) but its surprising wealth of monuments, temples and museums ensure tourists aren’t short-changed on the heritage front. One of the city’s most iconic landmarks,...

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The walk of life

A journey on foot from Mexico to Colombia, through eight countries and the most dangerous stretch of jungle in the world. Levison Wood takes some stopping… “Bedtime reading?” asks Levison Wood rather quizzically. “I’m usually spending that time negotiating with a tribal chief as to where I can camp for the night.” For a man who recently returned from trekking 2,897 kilometres across the length of Central America, it’s a fair enough reaction. When you’re traversing some of the most difficult terrain in the world, a book at bedtime is probably a luxury you rarely consider. For...

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Up close and primal

In a bid to protect some of the world’s most endangered primates, two national parks in Uganda are giving tourists the opportunity to encounter wild gorillas and chimps in closer proximity than ever before Trekking with mountain gorillas has been the stuff of bucket lists ever since David Attenborough’s famous gorilla encounter in Rwanda captured the world’s imagination in 1978. While that offered a spot of much-needed PR, it was groundbreaking American primatologist Dian Fossey who was pivotal in shifting the global perception of the animal from King Kong to gentle giant of the forest. In the 1960s...

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Art Dubai

Following a hugely successful 11th edition of Art Dubai, fair director Myrna Ayad explains why it’s a cultural marker for the city “Art Dubai is a product of its environment. Our city is home to over 200 nationalities, and so with 93 galleries from 44 countries here last month, I felt the 2017 programme really reflected that. It’s now recognised as a leading event in the international art calendar. “One of the things I love about it most is it’s opportunity for dialogue. If you’re looking to buy art, then here you you can...

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Riffing in Manila

Why getting the blues in the sprawling capital of the Philippines is no bad thing Manila is not an easy place to explore. On a recent trip I was told that the huge capital of the Philippines – part of a sprawling metropolitan area home to some 24 million people – is only for “advanced travellers”. They’re at least partly right. For most tourists Manila is a point-of-entry from which they advance to the staggering Filipino countryside: its volcanos, beaches and pulsating wildlife. But no large city is worth avoiding altogether. Manila may be short on tourist-friendly sights,...

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