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    Revealed: The countries where you could be arrested if you arrive with a SEX TOY in your luggage

    Tourists are being warned that they could risk arrest by taking sex toys on holiday with them.That's because certain countries, from the Maldives to Saudi Arabia, have bans on them.Read on to find out which countries won't be too happy if you turn up with a sex toy in your luggage.  Tourists are being warned that they could risk arrest by taking sex toys on holiday with themThe MaldivesThe Maldives is known as a popular honeymoon destination thanks to its white sand and clear blue waters.But pornographic materials are prohibited by the Maldives Customs Service, says British-based sex toy retailer Carvaka.  Sex ...

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    Licence to thrill: Inside the stunning James Bond museum designed to look like the lair of a 007 villain that's set on a mountain peak used in Spectre

    It's the visitor experience that has a licence to thrill.On July 12 a stunning cinematic museum that pays homage to James Bond will be opening on top of the Gaislachkogl Mountain in Solden, Austria, at an altitude of 9,800ft, next to one of the winter locations used in Spectre.And it's been designed to look just like a Bond villain's lair.  Licence to thrill: 007 Elements will be opening on top of the Gaislachkogl Mountain in Solden, Austria, at an altitude of 9,800ft, next to one of the winter locations used in Spectre. It's been designed to look like a Bond villain ...

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    'Human faeces fell from a plane and hit me in the eyes': Driver claims waste from a plane dropped through her sunroof and hit her in the face

    A driver claims human faeces fell through her sunroof from a plane flying overhead and landed on her face, leaving her with an eye infection. Susan Allan had been driving in her hometown of Kelowona in British Columbia, Canada, with her son Travis when she stopped the vehicle at a red light.But then the pair say they felt a liquid, smelly substance come in through the sunroof. Ms Allan says that she was hit in the face and her son on the shoulder. A driver claims human faeces fell through her sunroof from a plane flying overhead and landed on her ...

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    From land-mine warnings to a mouse-trap on a bike seat: The wackiest anti-theft devices ever

    Thieves, beware, because there are some devious anti-theft devices out there.And there are some that are so hilarious that would-be villains might actually be laughing too hard to attempt to steal anything, as images that have emerged online show.Some people, they reveal, take no chances.For instance, there’s the mug that’s been padlocked to a washing up tray, the car encased in metal and the bike completely wrapped in gaffer tape.Others are downright funny, such as the bike seat with a mouse-trap on it and the stapler that comes with a warning message written in the style of Liam Neeson’s tough-guy ...

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    Foreign Office issues stark warning to British holidaymakers to 'avoid crowds' in Turkey during the upcoming elections

    The Foreign Office (FCO) has issued a warning to British holidaymakers to ‘avoid large gatherings’ in Turkey during the presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24.It said that the elections may result in ‘rallies and demonstrations around the country’.The FCO also advises against all travel to within 10km (six miles) of the border with Syria and to the city of Diyarbakir. The Foreign Office (FCO) has issued a warning to British holidaymakers to ‘avoid large gatherings’ in Turkey during the presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24. Pictured is the capital, IstanbulThe Post Office recently named the Turkish resort of ...

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    EXCLUSIVE: Air accident expert reveals the parts on a plane that can break without causing it to crash-land (and the bits you definitely DON'T want to see fall off mid-flight)

    It's endlessly repeated – air travel is one of the safest modes of travel.And this article will show you just why using the expert knowledge of safety and accident investigation lecturer Dr Simon Place, from Cranfield University.Here he explains which bits an airliner can lose, or suffer damage to, without it falling from the sky using, in some instances, real-world examples of extraordinary landings by planes that have lost key parts, including the wheels, tail fin and even the wing…Pilots All airliners fly with at least two pilots. They choose different menu options in case of food poisoning[On airliners] there ...

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    Thrilling tour fit for a king: Exploring the estate in Northern Ireland where Game of Thrones was filmed

    A man dressed in furs hands me a longbow and a quiver of arrows and says: ‘Welcome to Winterfell, the home of Game Of Thrones.’I am standing in the courtyard of Castle Ward – a stunning National Trust property on the shores of Strangford Lough – which is at the heart of a set tour inspired by the hit drama.In one scene from the show, young Bran Stark proves his prowess with the longbow, all under the watchful eye of Jon Snow, played by Kit Harington. Welcome to Winterfell: Castle Ward (above) was used as the location for 'Winterfell' in ...

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    Actress Amanda Redman recalls her holidays of a lifetime, including stargazing in Zanzibar and getting drunk on a school trip to Moscow

    Continuing our series featuring the holiday memories of famous people, this week actress Amanda Redman, 60, recalls her lifetime of adventures.My first holiday I remember going to Tintagel in North Cornwall with my family when I was about seven. We drove there from Brighton, which took for ever. The area is so steeped in myths and I was fascinated by all the Arthurian legends. We visited Merlin’s Cave and I had a Cornish cream tea for the first time. I still adore them now.First time abroad We went to South Africa when I was 11. My dad Ron worked for publishers Hutchinson and ...

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    From planning your meals in advance to packing lots of blankets: Hot camping tips on the highway to heaven

    As the sun sets, a campervan is parked on an empty beach. A happy family sit around a blazing fire with no one else in sight. Since it was born at the height of the California flowerpower era, that seductive fantasy has remained a bucketlist aspiration for many of us. It looks so easy – but the 21st Century reality of the hippy holiday dream takes a little more thought.My first campervan trip ended with me sleeping in a borrowed tent because the kids hated sleeping in the ‘roof’ beds. So make sure you pick the right motorhome. A modern vehicle ...

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    Bag the top long-haul bargain: Everyone's offering super-cheap flights this year, but who is the best?

    Flights to many long-haul destinations with British Airways and Virgin are now available at significantly lower fares. The airlines have introduced tickets that exclude checked-in bags – on most routes, return fares are £60 cheaper than standard economy.With BA, these lower Basic fares are initially on offer on flights to Austin, Boston, Denver, Oakland and Philadelphia in the US; and the Dominican Republic, Dubai, Delhi, Hong Kong and Singapore. Key destinations with Virgin’s new Economy Light fares include New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong.Travelling further afield often means you’ll be away longer so you’ll need more than just a ...

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    It's a beautiful part of Scandinavia and has seen 80 (fictional) killings... no wonder we're all dying to visit Sweden's 'murder' capital

    Everything about the tiny Swedish village of Fjallbacka screams holiday perfection. From my vantage point next to the church, I look down towards the harbour and a cluster of red-roofed, weather-boarded houses, set against clear blue skies and granite cliffs.But Fjallbacka (population: 987) has seen more than 80 fictional murders take place within its confines, thanks to the works of Camilla Lackberg, the bestselling author who grew up here.‘Do you see that diving board?’ asks Asa Cunniff, a nice Swedish woman who recently returned to the area after several decades living in Maidenhead. I look down to where the sun ...

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    Run away to a giant beehive, helicopter or a treehouse! Forget leaky tents and mud... modern camping is all about style and luxury - with everything from en suite bathrooms to pizza ovens

    Glamorous camping, or glamping, is all the rage. Such holidays promise all the excitement and adventure of sleeping in the great outdoors without the discomfort of bedding down under damp canvas with only a bucket for a bathroom.Jonathan Knight, founder of new website glampingly.co.uk, says the popularity of such breaks has rocketed partly because there has been a much greater appreciation of the outdoors over the past decade – perhaps as a reaction to all the technology around us. ‘Glamping is also easier and more comfortable than regular camping and appeals to more people,’ he says. ‘There’s no need to own ...

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    An Inspector Calls... The Royal Oak in Wiltshire is homely and its pork crackling is perfect - but the rooms are a little spartan and lacking a woman's touch

    There’s an impressive back story to the Royal Oak. When the pub was forced by its brewery company owners to close in 2007, there were plans to convert it into two houses, which no doubt would have fetched a pretty sum in this unspoilt part of rural Wiltshire. But the village of Swallowcliffe had other ideas.Three families clubbed together to buy the partly thatched building (one of the chimney stacks bears the date 1705) and then set about transforming it into what it is today — a local pub with a good restaurant and seven comfortable rooms upstairs.A group of ...

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    Moscow's moment: Relations are fraught, but with the World Cup round the corner, Russia's capital is electric

    Outside the Kremlin stands an immense statue of Vladimir the Great — not Putin, but Prince Vladimir, who died in 1015.It’s 17 metres tall and, while it looks Victorian, it went up only 18 months ago. Anywhere else, the colossus would look like a symptom of megalomania. But in Moscow (where its presence may be explained by events in Ukraine, where the prince ruled long before Russia came into existence) things are ‘either the biggest and best in the world — or the worst,’ said our guide.For months, Moscow has been preparing to welcome visitors to the World Cup, which ...

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    Qantas Dreamliner sets new record for fastest ever passenger flight from Australia to London

    A new record has been set by Qantas for the fastest ever passenger flight time from Australia to the UK.The Boeing 787-9 from Perth to London Heathrow completed the journey in 16 hours and 29 minutes instead of the scheduled 17 hours and 20 minutes.This means that a total of almost an hour was slashed off the expected flight time and beats the previous record of 16 hours and 35 minutes, also set by Qantas. A Qantas Boeing 787-9 has set the record for the fastest flight time between Perth, Western Australia, and London Heathrow. In fact, the QF9 service that ...

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