Travel Agenda: Brighton Festival; coolplaces.co.uk; Villa Armena
Friday 06 April 2012
Tomorrow: Book now to be at the Brighton Festival (2-31 May). This year's event has been guest directed by Vanessa Redgrave. Highlights include a multi-sensory reworking of the music of Joy Division, the chance to watch Mariella Frostrup film The Book Show, and a talk on "the world's most mysterious continent", Antarctica, with Caroline Lucas MP. (brightonfestival.org).
Next week: The founders of Rough Guides and the Cool Camping series have launched a new website with a list of cool places to visit in Britain and activity ideas, from snorkelling in the Isles of Scilly to unusual art galleries in Cambridge (coolplaces.co.uk).
In the diary: The Villa Armena opens near Siena on 15 April after a €4.5m conversion from a 16th-century Tuscan house to a plush 10-room hotel. Expect an Italian restaurant and gardens, a luxury spa and pool (bit.ly/villaarmena).
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- 2 'Natural' energy drink banned for containing erectile dysfunction drug
- 3 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 4 Loch Ness Monster found on Apple Maps?
- 5 Kingdom Tower: Construction of 1km high new world’s tallest building to begin next week in Saudi Arabia
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
Nigel Farage fatigue? Half of voters ‘immune’ to Ukip’s appeal
'Sinful': Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy comes under attack
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back
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