France’s security fears take wind out of Macron’s presidential sails

When French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron told supporters in a rousing speech in Paris on July 12 that he would carry them to victory in next year’s elections, he left them in little doubt that he wanted to run for president. Two days later, a 19-tonne truck mowed down a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, killing 85 people and destroying the momentum built over months by the youthful minister, as security issues eclipsed all others in the media. “On such tragic events, it’s normal to let speak those who…

Read More

The Very Best Things to Take on a Picnic Apart from Food

Heading out to the countryside for a picnic is one of the absolute best things that you can do to make the most out of your leisure time. Of course, taking away the right sort of food is vital whenever you decide to do this. However, what else should you be looking to take in the car with you whenever you go for a picnic? A Good Book Is there a better time to sit down or lie back with a good book than when you are relaxing on a…

Read More

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…

Read More

Take the kids to … HintHunt, London

If your idea of hell is being locked in a room, give this enthralling escape game a miss: your team has just one hour to crack the clues and get out of there Clued up … a composite image of objects in HintHunt’s 1940s detective room In a nutshell Escape games are popping up all over the UK, but HintHunt is where it all started. Your team (three to five people, kids aged 9+ with a parent) is locked in a room and has 60 minutes to solve clues and…

Read More

Take the kids to … Warwick Castle

William the Conqueror’s medieval fortress triumphs over its theme park trappings, though the new Horrible Histories maze needs time to bed in Warwick Castle, on the banks of the river Avon Photograph: PR Company Handout In a nutshell This castle, built by William the Conqueror, is now in the hands of Merlin Entertainments (owner of mega attractions such as Legoland, Alton Towers, Sea Life Centres and the London Eye). The site has been turned into a theme park but the epic stronghold, one of the finest in the country, remains…

Read More

Take the kids to … Puzzlewood, Forest of Dean

An enchanted, mystical wood makes for contented kids and adults on a trip where smart technology meets traditional fun Forest fun … children on a bridge at Puzzlewood In a nutshell A maze of mysterious pathways, cut between moss-covered rocks (known as scowles), occupying an enchanted wood, in the middle of the Forest of Dean. Gandalf eat your heart out. Elves and trolls, fairies and gnomes, it feels like anything and anyone could peek out at you in this magical, mythical landscape. No set trails, just reach a fork in…

Read More

Anti-terrorism vigil set to take place at Cardiff University

Hundreds of students and locals from across Wales’ capital are to hold a candlelit vigil outside Cardiff University’s main building to show “solidarity against terrorism.” Supported by 13 of the institution’s student societies, the event’s organisers have said the vigil will pay tribute and remembrance to all the victims of recent terrorist attacks which have occurred in countries across the world, adding: “Terrorism kills without discrimination, so why should we let discrimination enter our lives?” A board will be made available where people can write messages of strength and peace…

Read More

Watch Bruno Senna take on a Formula E race car with a drone

For most of us, daily races to the finishing line involve getting to office on time by evading traffic. For some others, though, that involves a race between a Formula E car and a drone. Bruno Senna, nephew of the racing legend Ayrton Senna and Formula E racer with Mahindra Racing, pit his drone against Scott Speed, fellow Formula E racer with Andretti Autosport, snug inside his Formula E racing car. While the race borderlined on the expected, it was an eventful affair in a, well, empty stadium. The slips,…

Read More

Take a Back-up of Your Device with this Back-up Software

These days, work is carried more on laptops and desktops instead of pen and paper. Using and maintaining physical files has reduced as people prefer to store all their important files and documents on their laptop or desktop. Since computer is a machine, a fault may crop up anytime which might result in loss of all your data. This does not mean that you should stop saving your important data on this machine. This simply suggests that you should maintain a backup of all your important files and other relevant…

Read More

Obama announces his intent to nominate John B. King Jr. to officially take the role of education secretary

Senior Advisor Delegated the Duties of Deputy Secretary of Education John King, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, attend an awards ceremony at Patterson Elementary School, to honor students for increasing their school attendance rate and to announce a national initiative to address and eliminate chronic absenteeism. (Photo by Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post) President Obama has nominated John B. King Jr. to officially lead the Department of Education, where he has served as acting secretary since the start of the year. Officials at the White House had said before the announcement…

Read More