Taking the controls in a British Airways A350 simulator at BA’s Flight Training Centre near Heathrow

Gulp. Captain Mike Blythe, British Airways Flight Technical and Training Manager for the Airbus A380 and A350 is sitting next to me. ‘Take a deep breath,’ he says. Why? Because I’m about to take a British Airways Airbus A350 down one of London Heathrow’s runways and take-off for the very first time. Ted prepares to … Read more

Rotterdam for under £100 a night!

Windmills and tulips are thin on the ground in Rotterdam, one of the most relentlessly forward-looking cities in Europe.  Much of the centre, devastated during World War II, has a retro-futurist look with striking Sixties architecture.  Now Eurostar offers direct trains from London St Pancras — a journey of barely three hours — it’s high … Read more

Paralysed father, 50, who is ‘locked in his own body’ uses his eyes to spell ‘take me home’

A father-of-three who has been left totally paralysed after developing locked-in syndrome has learnt to spell out words using his eyes. Darren Leith has been ‘buried alive’ ever since he suddenly suffered a brain-stem stroke on April 28 2017. The 50-year-old is able to think, see and feel but cannot eat, talk or move any … Read more

Women who shave their pubic hair or wear tight trousers are ‘more likely to suffer vulva pain’

Women who shave their pubic hair or wear tight trousers are ‘more likely to suffer long-term vulva pain because of friction and higher risk of infection’ Scientists at Boston University found grooming increases the risk of vulvodynia The condition is caused by nerve pain and not easily treatable  Tight trousers also doubled the risk of … Read more

Avocado could be doing wonders for our waistlines and diabetes risk – but not if we eat it on toast

Avocados are great for your diet – but not on toast, nutrition researchers say.  It may sound obvious.  Bread, a demonized processed carb, has essentially piggybacked superfood starlet avocado to be accepted, even revered, by clean-eating evangelists.  Even the most devout avo-toasters know avocado is the Cher to bread’s Sonny, nutrition-wise.  But this new study, … Read more

Fascinating colour pictures of Coney Island in 1948

The Bobs coaster, the Parachute Jump and Silver Streak: Fascinating colour pictures taken in 1948 show day trippers on Coney Island enjoying thrill rides and heatwave sunshine Coney Island was discovered by European explorers in the 1600s but remained undeveloped until the 1860s  By the 1920s, with its Cyclone roller coaster, it had the reputation … Read more

The top 50 most Instagrammed destinations in the world for 2019 revealed

The top 50 most Instagrammed destinations in the world for 2019 revealed: London takes the No1 spot, knocking Paris into second and New York into third Berlin, meanwhile, is the most ‘selfied’ location in the world, according to a study It also revealed that Santiago in Chile is the No1 for scenic posts  Dubai took … Read more