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The RMS (Royal Mail Ship) Saint Helena anchored in the bay of the South Atlantic island of Saint Helena. Recalling a bygone era of stately passenger liners and quaint colonial traditions, the RMS Saint Helena is making its last cruises before the introduction of weekly flights to the far-flung island of St Helena. Picture: AFP

St Helena gets first four-star hotel

St Helena governor Mark Capes says flights from Johannesburg, four-star hotel will steer island ‘towards new opportunities, to shape prosperous future’

Chains make room for lifestyle hotels

InterContinental Davos.  File picture: REUTERS

New generation wants a more local feel, write Victoria Bryan and Neil Maidment

Slouching in Irish Mammy’s slippers

City Hall in Cork, which has become a city of roistering jazz and film festivals. Pictures: PATRICIA MCCRACKEN

Potato power still rules in the lush green pastures and rolling hills of Cork, writes Patricia McCracken

Africa ‘tricky’ over its many languages

Travel Channel’s Jonathan Phang compares the Blue Train to the Orient Express in terms of luxury. Picture: LYNNE MCKENZIE & PARTNERS

Scripps Networks says the continent’s important but its 100 languages and diverse interests make it a challenge to entertain and inform

Street of books fuels Iraqi desire for ideas

Book lovers browse through the stock of a bookseller in Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad, in this file photo. The street is the centre of a vivacious literary scene that draws the city’s intellectuals. Picture: REUTERS/MOHAMMED AMEEN

Famous as the intellectual hub of Iraq and named after a 10th-century Iraqi poet, Mutanabbi Street draws artists, actors, writers and politicians on Fridays to look for books, writes Borzou Daragahi


WINE: White wines, screw caps and longevity

A recent vertical tasting of the Lomond wines left me in no doubt that the best vintages should not be opened for at least three years, writes Michael Fridjhon

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