British Isles: Soak up the best of British on this right Royal treat

HIGH DRAMA: The stunning Giant’s Causeway, considered by some to be the eighth wonder of the world (Image: Getty Images) MID-AFTERNOON and I’m standing outside Kehoes Pub on a narrow cobbled street in Dublin. I’m holding two drinks which look identical but one’s a Guinness and the other’s an Irish coffee. As I tentatively sip […]

Orkney: Following the footsteps of Viking raiders in the Northern Isles of Scotland

GETTY The Brough of Birsay, which preserves the remains of ancient civilisations Inside Maeshowe on Orkney we were able to read the graffiti carved by Vikings seeking shelter from a winter storm. We know that the raiding party’s stay for about three days and nights occurred at Christmas in 1153. Trapped by a snow storm […]

‘Worse than Afrin’: Erdogan’s aide threatens to ‘break legs’ of Greek ministers over disputed isles

Greek officials who set foot on contested islands in the Aegean Sea will face Turkey’s wrath that will be “worse than that in Afrin,” a Turkish presidential advisor has charged. Athens swiftly denounced his rant. “We will break the arms and legs of the [Greek] Prime Minister [Alexis Tsipras] or of any minister, who dares […]

Last night's TV reviewed: Proud isle’s rich history

GETTY Sicily: Wonder of the Mediterranean is the first instalment of a two-part series Tanna men were the strongest in the world, he said, because of their magical knowledge. Every man knew how to split himself into two men, who could do twice as much work.  Odd and of course wrong as this man’s argument […]