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Day: October 27, 2019

Switzerland by rail: Country’s best flight free holidays
Europe, Featured

Switzerland by rail: Country’s best flight free holidays

    A trip to Switzerland need not involve a flight. Several cities, including Geneva and Zurich, are easy to reach by train. Here are five ideas for a one-week break The Swiss Riviera Take the 7:55am Eurostar and after a dash across Paris to the Gare de Lyon you could be in lakeside Geneva by 15:27pm, leaving plenty of time to explore the atmospheric Old Town and find somewhere for dinner. Geneva is gastronomic nirvana, but you’ll still find tucked-away bistros serving menus-du-jour for £15. Trains follow Lake Geneva’s northern shore to Lausanne, another medieval gem that’s reknowned for its nightlife. Beyond it is Vevey, a genteel resort that won the approval of Charlie Chaplin – his old villa, Manoir de Ban, is now the centrepiece of Chaplin’s World, a museum dedica...
We can feel sorry for Meghan and Harry but being a royal isn’t easy
Featured, United Kingdom

We can feel sorry for Meghan and Harry but being a royal isn’t easy

    Many years ago, I spent some time following Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall around, including on a tour of Pakistan. It was a weird experience, not least for the dynamic between us journalists and the royals. There are two types of royal press coverage: the official type, governed by rules set down in more deferential times, compels reporters to cover the royal family while abiding by a strict set of protocols; the unofficial type, often written by the same people in the same publications, serves as a kind of release mechanism for resentment generated by the former. The country’s entire push-me-pull-you relationship with the royals is contained within these modes of discourse, co-dependent and neither acknowledging the other. I thought about this last we...
EU unlikely to decide on extension before Tuesday
Featured, United Kingdom

EU unlikely to decide on extension before Tuesday

    Deliberations in Brussels over a Brexit delay have continued into the weekend, as a leaked document indicates the UK could deviate away from EU employee and environmental rights after exit day. After a meeting of European Union ambassadors on Friday, a Brussels source said there was full agreement on the need for an extension and that work will continue over the weekend. A final decision on whether they will opt for an extension until January or a shorter November delay thought to be favoured by French President Emmanuel Macron is not expected until Monday or Tuesday. The weekend talks among the EU27’s teams are likely to be coloured by a leaked document, seen by the Financial Times, that indicates the Government could look to diverge away from the bloc’s rules on ...