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10 of the best UK winter escapes

A good way to break up the winter is with a few days in the countryside. We’ve picked stays across Britain, from cosy B&Bs to stylish holiday homes, many with seasonal offers

The Bell Inn is an independent hotel in a Grade II-listed building that has been family-owned since 1782. Its classic country house interiors – fireplaces, flagstone floors and stylish bedrooms – are complemented by a restaurant that prides itself in locally sourced food. A “winter warmer” deal including dinner and breakfast is £64.50pp.
• Doubles from £99 B&B, bellinn-newforest.co.uk

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Architecture

Mystery person interferes with police radio to broadcast NWA’s ‘F**k tha Police’

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Someone’s messing with the radios of New Zealand cops, who are obviously not down with it at all.

To perhaps make matters worse, the mystery person interfered with police radios in Otago and Southland with rap group N.W.A.’s protest anthem, “Fuck tha Police.”

According to the Otago Daily Times, the song interfered with a call out to the armed offenders squad on Friday, when a suspect on a motorway had a gun pointed at a motorist.

“It was putting people in danger,” Otago coastal acting area commander Inspector Kelvin Lloyd told the newspaper. “There’s no question that if it carries on and if they do what they’re doing it will delay a response.” Read more…

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Five gorgeous short hikes in Europe

The ‘man who hiked the world’ is an Instagrammer from London who travels the globe in search of great walking routes. Here he picks his favourites in Europe, all under five hours

• Tell us about your favourite easy hikes in Europe in the comments below

Each of these five short hikes is an introduction to a stunning part of Europe away from well-trodden hiking trails. All the walks can be completed in a few hours and the paths are well signposted.

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Lifestyle

Huawei’s ambitious plans to compete with the iPhone in the U.S. derailed (for now)

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Huawei’s very well-made and very high-end Mate 10 Pro, released globally last fall, will soon be available in the U.S. 

The world’s third largest phone maker used CES 2018 to re-introduce Americans to what it boldly proclaims is the world’s first “AI smartphone,” ushering in a new era for our beloved glass-and-metal slabs.

Huawei was widely expected to finally secure a U.S. wireless carrier to launch its latest flagship phone and give it a real foothold in the American phone market.

But no such deal was announced during the company’s CES press conference. AT&T was the rumored partner, but the carrier reportedly pulled out at the last minute. Read more…

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Art

The best tech of CES 2018

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The new year may start on Jan. 1, but for the tech world it doesn’t really begin until CES, the world’s largest consumer electronics show, opens its doors in Las Vegas and gives us a grand look at the future.

With over 4,000 companies exhibiting at CES this year, there was no shortage of shiny new gadgets to play with and see. The Mashable Tech Team scoured the sprawling show to find the best, and potentially game-changing, gadgets and innovations that are coming. 

The usual suspects — phones, self-driving cars, PCs, paper-thin TVs, and robots — all showed up in full force. But there were also plenty of fresh concepts that, if nothing else, are a sign of the industry dreaming big. Technology is the engine that makes fantasy a reality, after all. Read more…

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Architecture

Samsung really wants you to start talking to your fridge

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Samsung is still finding ways to pack more features into perhaps the least exciting thing in your house: your refrigerator.

The tech giant announced today at CES a brand new version of its smart refrigerator that now includes voice controls, AKG speakers, and smart home integrations. 

The new Samsung Family Hub refrigerator has many of the same options as the original 2016 model, but adds a bunch of entertainment and smart home controls. Now, you can use the fridge to operate smart home products using Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant. Read more…

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Take the kids to … the Ragged School Museum, east London

Once a school that provided a free education for destitute children, a row of 19th century warehouses is now a free museum giving visitors a chance to step back in time – and into the classroom – for a strict Victorian lesson

In 1877 Dr Thomas Barnardo opened the Copperfield Road Free School, the largest of three ragged schools (charitable institutions that offered the poorest children a free education) in a row of three warehouses on Regent’s Canal in Tower Hamlets. Now an underfunded, independent museum (opened in 1990), a small exhibition offers an insight into how tough life was in east London in the late 1800s, but the highlight is one of the original classrooms where visitors can attend a lesson led by an actor in Victorian costume. The museum is in the second phase of applying for a lottery grant, which will allow it to make vital repairs to the largest of the three warehouses, though the aim is to retain the authentic atmosphere of the building.

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Architecture

What it’s like to ride in a self-driving Lyft

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Riding in a self-driving Lyft car is way more boring than you’d expect. But that’s really the point.

The ride, which I took on the streets of Las Vegas at the outset of CES 2018, was only remarkable in how mundane it was. Turns, lane changes, braking for red lights, accelerating for green — it was all pretty much the same as if a human were doing the driving. Well, if it weren’t for the display on the dash showing a LiDAR-constructed view of the streets around us, and the robotic female voice that would occasionally chime in with a “lane change checking” or some other status update.

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Mountains of the moon: climbing Uganda’s highest peak

The remote Rwenzori mountains, on the Uganda/DRC border, offer treks through varied and stunning landscapes, and Africa’s third-highest summit, with none of the crowds found at Kilimanjaro

Claudius Ptolemy, the Greco-Roman mathematician, astronomer and father of geography, called the Rwenzori range the Mountains of the Moon, and I think he got it about right. Starlight beamed down on the convex glaciers surrounding our camp near Uganda’s western border, causing them to glow like resting lunar crescents.

I should have been sleeping the night before my attempt on the Rwenzori’s loftiest peak, 5,109-metre Mount Stanley’s summit, Africa’s third-highest mountain, but altitude headaches kept me awake. I thought back to a similar sleepless night at Kilimanjaro some years earlier. I remembered then feeling sure I would succeed, and when summit day came, I duly trudged along in a torchlight procession to the top, one of 50,000 climbers who attempt Kilimanjaro each year.

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Spirited away: on the bourbon trail in Kentucky

In cities from Lexington to Louisville, previously abandoned distilleries are getting a fresh taste of success in the birthplace of bourbon

When I met Mark and Donnie at a roadside cafe in Kentucky, they were sporting bike leathers, tattoos and badges that hinted at involvement in military campaigns. Normally, I’d find a pair of grizzled guys riding Harleys pretty intimidating but these ones had Minnesotan accents. “Oh my gorrrrd, you’re driving down I-64?” asked Mike, in an unexpectedly high register. “You’ve gotta gooor drink whiskey!”

The pair were in the middle of a three-week ride to Gettysburg and they had already blazed through several of Kentucky’s best-known distilleries – Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey – on their path east. “We only put 100 miles on yesterday, because we had so many places to stop,” grinned Donnie. “Our saddlebags are full already.”

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Architecture

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop suggests you use coffee to clean your poop chute. Don’t.

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No matter what Gwyneth Paltrow’s dubious health website tells you, please talk to your doctor before shooting coffee into your colon.

In an article titled “The Nuts and Bolts of Colonics,” Goop writer Dr. Alejandro Junger suggests a specific brand of enema device for people who want to use a home system and know what they’re doing. Goop links out to the device which immediately advertises itself as “a clean way to do coffee enemas” for the low low price of $135.

If you don’t know what an enema is, it’s a procedure (usually performed by doctors) to clean out someone’s colon by injecting fluid up their butt. The product linked in Goop’s article claims to work well with coffee, and also claims that shooting coffee into your colon is good for your liver, removes “toxins,” and relieves depression, confusion(?), allergy symptoms, and severe pain. Read more…

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Architecture

Faraday Future is the ultimate CES cautionary tale

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It was the “first of a new species.” It was going to change the game. It both was, and maybe was not, a car. It was the talk of CES. But that was then. 

Now, almost a year after Faraday Future unveiled the FF 91 at CES in January 2017, the would-be electric car manufacturer that sought to challenge Tesla has come close to crashing and burning. And while much has been written about the unfulfilled promises and stumbles of the company, its frothy CES showcase speaks to a much larger truth about the biggest consumer tech show in the world: Don’t believe the hype. 

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Architecture

Trump calls Steve Bannon ‘Sloppy Steve’ in a tweet

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The “adult day-care centre” that is the White House is getting even cattier, with the president referring to Steve Bannon as “Sloppy Steve” in a tweet.

Donald Trump has been a bit tetchy over the last few days, after excerpts from Michael Wolff’s upcoming book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House were made public.

One of these excerpts detailed former White House Chief Strategist Bannon referring to Donald Trump Jr.’s Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer “treasonous.” 

“When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind,” responded Trump in a statement released by the White House. He then dropped a cheeky cease and desist letter on Bannon. Read more…

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Make it a Muji holiday: lifestyle brand to open two hotels in China

Japanese homeware company Muji plans to extend its minimal design concept into the hospitality sector with the launch of hotels in Beijing and Shenzhen

It’s a lifestyle brand known for its minimal stationery, clothing and homeware, but now Japanese store Muji is taking a step into hospitality – with the opening of two hotels in China.

Related: Shenzhen’s new V&A-approved culture centre to showcase city’s artistic side

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Taos, New Mexico: a road trip of highs and pueblos

Snowboarders love the unpisted gullies of Taos, in New Mexico. Off the slopes, the region’s adobe villages offer an insight into Native American culture and a chance to support local communities, as our writer discovers on a road trip

In the biting cold of the dark, incense-scented St Jerome chapel, tour guide Francisco Velarde, or “Flying Hawk” in his native Tiwa language, is explaining his people’s history to a small audience of tourists huddled in pews in their ski jackets. His ancestors, the “red willow people”, have lived here in Taos Pueblo for 1,000 years, he says, making it one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the US; an unusually successful revolt made them the only tribe to never be displaced on to a reservation. It’s a fascinating history, especially from the mouth of this passionate, streetwise student, part of Native American hiphop group Po.10.Cee, which has 27 albums to its name.

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Trump and Bannon are locked in a ‘cuck fight’ on the cover of the NY Daily News

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The feathers are flying in the White House, and on the front of the New York Daily News.

The publisher has revealed quite the cover, depicting President Donald Trump and former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon as chickens engaged in a “cuck fight.”

The cover is something to behold, fronting a feature unpacking Trump’s claim that Bannon “lost his mind” for calling Donald Trump Jr.’s Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer “treasonous.”  

If you’re not across it, a “cuck” is a dismissive term used by the so-called alt-right to belittle men associated with liberal politics as weak and effeminate. (It’s literal shorthand for a man being sexually cuckolded by a woman.)  Read more…

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Photography

Win a trip to West Greenland in our 2018 travel photography competition

Our 2018 competition gives readers the chance to win a fantastic nine-night holiday for one to West Greenland with Wild Photography Holidays – and see the photos from the trip published in Guardian Travel

Guardian Travel’s monthly readers’ photography competition is an opportunity for you to share your journeys around the world, and for us to showcase your work in a monthly online gallery.

The winner of each month’s competition (who must be a UK resident) will receive a £200 voucher to be redeemed against a stay at one of i-escape’s 1,500 boutique properties worldwide.

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Architecture

Pete Souza throws shade at Trump for ‘nuclear button’ tweet

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Pete Souza is back with more Instaburns for Donald Trump, after the latest scary-beyond-all-reason tweet from the president.

The former Chief Official White House Photographer during the Obama Administration, Souza has posted two images on Instagram in response to President Trump’s boast on Twitter that his “nuclear button” was bigger than the one apparently on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s desk.

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!

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The appy wanderer: smartphone walking in our cities’ green spaces

Go Jauntly is a new walking app that uses photographs rather than maps to guide users on routes around woods and byways. We put it to the test in south London

The business of social walking is setting off into a largely unexplored area of navigation. A community-based group in the wooded hinterlands of south-east London has developed a system in which the conventional map of coloured lines and contour patterns has been replaced by photographs of the way ahead.

An app created for the purpose leads walkers from starting point to finish by means of a chain of photos, each image taking over from where the previous one leaves off. This means that in a stroll of, say, two hours, there will be between 20 and 40 guiding pictures. The group is called Go Jauntly and it is run by Hana Sutch and Steve Johnson, both of whom have careers in interactive design; more importantly, both have young children, whose energy and curiosity they wanted to channel into an exploration of the outdoor world.

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