From Tom Hanks in Greyhound to Cate Blanchett’s Stateless: The best on demand TV this week

APPLE TV+, BRITBOX, ACORN TV, SKY & AMAZON Greyhound Things went rapidly south the last time Tom Hanks was in charge of an ocean-going vessel – in Captain Phillips. Now he’s heading into choppy waters again as a newly promoted officer commanding a US Navy destroyer (call sign ‘Greyhound’) protecting a convoy of ships crossing … Read more

How to cut the cost of a post-lockdown staycation

Holiday hacks revealed: The ‘secret’ discounts and two-for-one offers that can make UK staycations surprisingly affordable, from Clubcard narrowboat deals to free hotel stays using Avios Travel companies are offering ‘thank you’ discounts and freebies to NHS staff  BA has expanded the number of hotels you can book using its Avios points Camping and glamping … Read more

Jasper Fforde, David Mitchell, Clare Chambers and Sabine Durrant: This week’s best new fiction 

From Jasper Fforde’s serious-minded comedy to Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell, Clare Chambers’ latest and a smart read by Sabine Durrant, this week’s best new fiction By Max Davidson and John Williams and Hephzibah Anderson and Anthony Cummins Published: 22:01 BST, 4 July 2020 | Updated: 22:01 BST, 4 July 2020 Utopia Avenue David Mitchell  … Read more

The best places to visit in Northumberland, from stargazing spots to ancient rock art

Knocking on Scotland’s door, Northumberland is a timeless vision of an older, emptier England. Wild, yet accessible, England’s least populated county’s rolling moors, ancient woodland and vertiginous valleys provide proof you don’t need to leave the UK for some splendid isolation. Its border battlegrounds, now a peaceful mosaic of habitats, are bristling with wildlife, while … Read more

The ‘After Corona’ hotel life in Cornwall, where it’s all visors and smartphone orders

Dinner time at Fowey Hall Hotel, which sits above the pretty harbour town of Fowey on the south Cornwall coast, and I’m looking forward to a sumptuous feast in its critically acclaimed restaurant. Some seafood caught in the waters that lap against the shore below, perhaps. Maybe some samphire plucked from a nearby beach. And, … Read more

The 1950s bomber that’s been converted into a Somerset Airbnb lodge with a double bed in the cockpit

Plane-ly amazing! The 1950s nuclear strike aircraft that’s been converted into a boutique Airbnb lodge, with a double bed in the cockpit The converted 1950s English Electric Canberra bomber affords superb views over the Somerset countryside  It has a double bed in the cockpit, where guests can gaze through the window at the night’s sky … Read more

Incredible timelapse cab ride footage of an LNER Edinburgh to Aberdeen Azuma train

Incredible timelapse driver’s-eye footage of a train speeding from Edinburgh across the Forth Bridge to Aberdeen at the equivalent of 1,100mph The 130-mile journey takes two hours and 38 minutes on average in real life But in this mesmerising clip the trip is completed in just seven minutes  The journey is one of the most … Read more