What’s on in Cheshire this Summer?

What’s on in Cheshire this Summer?

Cheshire has a great deal to offer the prospective tourist.It’s home to a wealth of rolling green countryside, and there’s plenty to see and do.It boasts excellent transport links with the nearby urban areas of Liverpool and Manchester, and it’s home to several high-quality hotels.With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the things that we might get up to in the county this summer! Golfing break Summer is the perfect time to play a few rounds of golf.Fortunately, Cheshire is home to many high-quality golf courses.Of…

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Take the kids to … Kew Gardens, London

Take the kids to … Kew Gardens, London

The Hive, an ethereal 17-metre tall installation designed by artist Wolfgang Buttress, which rises above a wildflower garden. The immersive audio-visual experience tells the story of the honey bee and the importance of pollination. Fun fact The intensity of the sound and the hundreds of LED lights inside the walk-in Hive pavilion rises and falls in response to the activity of the real hive, hidden away behind the scenes at Kew. Best thing about it? The top temptations for kids include the Treetop Walkway 18 metres above the ground, the…

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Sir Lenny Henry’s appointment as Birmingham City University chancellor to give young people ‘life-changing opportunities’

Sir Lenny Henry’s appointment as Birmingham City University chancellor to give young people ‘life-changing opportunities’

His illustrious career has spanned four decades which has seen him play stand-up comedian, charity founder, actor, writer, and blues singer. Now, he can add university chancellor to his CV, a move which is hoped to inspire the students of tomorrow. Birmingham City University (BCU) made the announcement this week that Sir Lenny Henry had visited the campus to start preparing for his five-year term as chancellor. The 57-year-old, who was knighted in the Queen’s 2015 Birthday Honours for services to drama and charity, said his new role will be…

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Forget Byron Bay, these five towns are the place to holiday instead

Forget Byron Bay, these five towns are the place to holiday instead

ONCE a haven for the chilled-out surfers, today the famous northern NSW beachside town of Byron Bay bears little resemblance to its 60s hippy heyday. Skyrocketing real estate, overcrowded beaches, raucous drunken backpackers, bumper-to-bumper traffic, and expensive, scarce parking make blissing out in this former utopia nigh on impossible. However, for those seeking respite and feel good vibes, you can still get a glimpse of old school Byron in one of the small towns who have been passed the tree-changer baton. From hidden beaches and mouth-watering organic produce, to world…

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English to be second language in Vietnam HE

English to be second language in Vietnam HE

The Minister of Education and Training, Phung Xuan Nha, has initially aimed this regulation at 61 universities, academies and colleges under the Ministry. Announced last month, the regulation will ensure that lecturers at universities hold their meetings in English, with students also required to give presentations and discussions in English. “It sends a very strong signal that English proficiency is important for Vietnam” Autonomous universities will be asked to review and report on the difficulties in implementing English as a second language on campus, and suggest resolutions. “Once English becomes…

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‘Let’s get more travel stories on Africa by Africans’

‘Let’s get more travel stories on Africa by Africans’

This month actor Louise Linton caused a social media storm when an extract of her African gap year memoir was published by the Telegraph and was widely panned online for being a tick list of cliches and stereotypes in the way the west has always liked to portray the continent. On Twitter, #LintonLies, set up by Zambian writer Lydia Ngoma, was trending as people started to pour scorn on Linton’s version of certain events and her take on life there. Think: “close encounters with lions”, “brutal tales of rape and…

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The gut-wrenching moment whale-watchers missed this spectacle

The gut-wrenching moment whale-watchers missed this spectacle

THIS is the moment a boatload of whale watchers became the unluckiest tourists in Australia. An adult humpback whale put on a spectacular show off Sydney’s northern beaches earlier in the week — but right at the moment the mammal majestically breached high in the air, each of the tourists’ heads were turned the other way. Here’s a closer look. The gut-wrenching moment was captured by British photographer and whale watching “addict” John Goodridge, who told the Daily Telegraph the tourists were a mere five metres from the whale. “You…

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University admissions officers reveal the top 10 qualities they look for in students’ applications

University admissions officers reveal the top 10 qualities they look for in students’ applications

Almost all university admissions officers say they actively consider a student’s likelihood to complete their degree when deciding to offer them a place or not – an eight per cent increase on last year. According to this year’s University Admissions Officers Report, students applying to university through Clearing or Adjustment must be prepared to demonstrate their commitment to their chosen course. With 99 per cent of officers assessing how likely students will finish their studies, nine in ten said they look for evidence of a student’s passion for their chosen…

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UK: no let-up for student migrants, says May

UK: no let-up for student migrants, says May

May is expected to instruct officials at the Home Office and newly beefed-upDepartment for Education to examine student visa regulations to restrict access to poor quality ‘Mickey Mouse’ courses, according to the Telegraph. May reaffirmed her commitment to the net migration target, despite suggestions by ministers that the government may back away from the target Other options that may be considered include preventing universities from marketing their courses as a route to working in the UK and looking at what can be further done to ensure students don’t overstay their visas. Ensuring students return…

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Ales of the riverbank: a pub crawl of Norwich by canoe

Ales of the riverbank: a pub crawl of Norwich by canoe

We’ve had many elegant moments, but this is not one. Charlie lowers herself into the canoe first – an unsteady and unfamiliar combination of retro, crimson lifejacket, oversized designer handbag and wooden paddle. I’m next. Map in one hand, anorak in the other, I ease myself down to the bench as Nick gently pushes us away from the bank. “Is there a technique to this?” I call out to him. “Ah, you’ll find your own way,” he replies, as we drift towards the middle of the river Wensum. We’re yet…

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