Rooftop tours offer fresh look at Saint Petersburg in Russia

Standing on a roof in central Saint Petersburg, Marta Granadeiro gasped as she watched the statues on the Hermitage Museum’s facade gleam in the sunset. “We wanted to see something extraordinary in Saint Petersburg and now we have,” said Granadeiro, a 23-year-old Spanish tourist who climbed onto the roof of an apartment building on a tour organised by a local tourism agency. The rusty rooftops of Russia’s tsarist-era capital, with its romantic skyline of elegant onion domes and pre-revolutionary buildings, have long been a coveted destination for illegal excursions. To…

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What to Look for in a Document Management System?

Who doesn’t like well-organized things? Whether they are the random stuff or the files and documents in your working place, properly organized things not only looks good but also makes work easy and hassle-free. Gone are the days when people used to shuffle between the piles of files and folders to find the required documents. Software like Document Management System has made the things easy and stress-free to a great extent. No wonder such software helps in time management and encouragement of the efficient work culture in the office. There…

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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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First look at Virgin billionaire’s luxury holiday home

IF YOU’VE ever wanted to holiday like a billionaire, here’s your chance. This is the first look at Sir Richard Branson’s stunning Son Bunyola Estate in Spain, the latest addition to the Virgin founder’s private collection of award-winning retreats. The estate is more than 700 acres, with buildings dating back to the 1800s. It’s located on Mallorca, a mountainous island in the Mediterranean Sea, with established grape vines, olive groves, and orchards. There are two brand-new luxury villas to choose from. So how much will it set you back? With…

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Buenos Aires’ new cocktail bars look back to the future

Argentina’s capital has an honourable cocktail tradition, and today’s bartenders are tapping into the past to revive local drinks, albeit with a new twist Happy hour … Los Galgos, an historic Buenos Aires cafe, is now a cocktail bar, too. Photograph: Ciuffo You get an interesting reaction if you tell people in Buenos Aires that you’re going for a cocktail at Los Galgos, a small corner bar on a busy street a few blocks from the city’s courthouses. They will either offer a knowing nod of approval or, if they…

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University admissions: Sharp rise in unconditional offers ‘makes institutions look desperate’

It used to be relatively rare for universities to make unconditional offers. Between 2008 and 2013 fewer than one per cent of all offers were unconditional Getty Images The sharp rise in universities giving unconditional offers of places to sixthformers makes institutions look “desperate” and risks making students “sit back and twiddle their thumbs”, a leading headteacher has warned. Peter Hamilton, head of The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in Hertfordshire, told an education conference that he was concerned at the sharp rise in unconditional offers which saw a  93 per…

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