From Alan Davies’ The Tuesday Club to The Penguin Podcast and About Race: this week’s top podcasts

From Alan Davies’ The Tuesday Club to The Penguin Podcast, You’ll Do and Reni Eddo-Lodge’s About Race, this week’s top podcasts By Leaf Arbuthnot Published: 22:01 BST, 4 July 2020 | Updated: 22:01 BST, 4 July 2020 The Tuesday Club  I am full of admiration for the sports podcasts that have ground on through the … Read more

Great British boltholes: A review of The Crown in Church Enstone Oxfordshire 

Great British boltholes: Hipsters want to be part of the inn crowd at The Crown, a 17th-century Oxfordshire pub in a quintessential English village The Crown is an ‘inn lover’s heaven’ located in the village of Church Enstone   Each country-chic room has a different layout with digital radios and TVs   It’s popular with hipsters using … Read more

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