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A UK election has been called for July 4. Here’s what to know

A UK election has been called for July 4. Here’s what to know

LONDON (AP) — The United Kingdom’s first election in five years is shaping up as a battle for the country’s soul, with some saying it poses an existential threat to the governing Conservative Party, which has been in power since 2010. The center-right Conservatives took power during the depths of the global financial crisis and...

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The best cities for book lovers in the British Isles

The best cities for book lovers in the British Isles

Home to the UK’s National Centre of Writing, Norwich is renowned as a city of firsts. Revelations of Divine Love, written by Julian of Norwich in 1395, was the first book written by a woman in English. The first poem in blank verse was written here by Henry Howard in the 16th century. The first...

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Britain’s best white-sand beaches

Britain’s best white-sand beaches

Aquamarine waters, bone-white sands, bleached driftwood… the stuff of holiday brochures and Instagram posts, and designed to lure us to foreign and exotic idylls. But, hang on; why go abroad?  Look closer to home. Britain’s coastline may not offer the bath-warm temperatures and languid palm trees of, say, the Caribbean, but it has some startling...

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Once utterly miserable, Margate is now a magnet for Hollywood actors

Once utterly miserable, Margate is now a magnet for Hollywood actors

But cheap package holidays abroad and a lack of investment at home kickstarted the town’s demise. Great storms damaged the lido, jetty and bathing pavilions, hotels were sold off and shops boarded up. I grew up in the area in the 1980s and 1990s and Margate – particularly its old town – was utterly miserable....

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The 10 best holidays in Norfolk for 2024

The 10 best holidays in Norfolk for 2024

One of the fleet used for the WWII Dunkirk evacuations in May 1940, her restoration included a new curved mahogany canopy and mast. Be sure to spot  Ernest Tom Neathercoat, a lifeboat which served Wells between 1965 and 1990. How to do it: Curlew Coastal Charters (07512 086794; curlewcoastalcharters.co.uk) offers trips ranging from £10 per...

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How a Welsh pub was rebuilt brick by brick and taken back to 1915

How a Welsh pub was rebuilt brick by brick and taken back to 1915

Five more buildings remade brick by brick St Fagans is a treasure trove of old buildings, remade. In its new home The Vulcan sits beside a row of shops and a working men’s club, both of which appeared in 2007 in an episode of Doctor Who set in the 1910s, thanks to their period accuracy....

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The twee Cotswolds town that became a super-rich playground

The twee Cotswolds town that became a super-rich playground

The service in the rest of the hotel isn’t quite as dedicated as the Grain Store, with staff overstretched in the restaurant, which is riotously popular with locals who come to devour oysters with champagne. Food is traditional with a trendy take and dependably delicious. I very much enjoyed my cheese souffle with truffle, and...

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Scotland’s 10 greatest islands

Scotland’s 10 greatest islands

Arran sports two distilleries (a brace of breweries too), plus a great butcher, baker, ice-cream maker, and even a chocolatier. It’s the only island with all of Scotland’s wildlife Big Five (red deer, seals, otters, red squirrels and golden eagles). You can cycle round it in a day.  Where to stay The Auchrannie is the...

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The best places to go fossil hunting in Britain

The best places to go fossil hunting in Britain

Crail Harbour Gallery and Tea room is a characterful café with sea views (01333 451896; crailharbourgallery.co.uk) .  UK Association of Fossil Hunters occasionally runs guided fossil walks at Crail and other locations around the UK (ukafh)  Best find? Hard to beat those track marks of the giant centipede.  Boggle Hole, Yorkshire A one-mile hike south...

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Tesla pushes to legalise driverless cars in UK

Tesla pushes to legalise driverless cars in UK

Tesla is pushing to legalise its self-driving system in the UK and Europe, launching a charm offensive with regulators as Elon Musk bets the carmaker’s future on autonomous driving. The company demonstrated its “full self-driving” (FSD) technology to officials on European roads last month, taking attendees at a safety conference on test drives around Munich....