The best boutique B&Bs in the UK under £100 a night 

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As August gets set to turn into September, our thoughts migrate from salty, sun-drenched holidays to cosy autumn staycations. Of escaping the chaos of the city for one of two nights or rural bliss, where four poster beds, freestanding baths and pub grub awaits. So you scroll through Instagram and find a few that you like and the excitement builds until you check the price and it's nearly £400 a night. More if you want the treehouse/hot tub room. But there is a way to enjoy the luxury staycation lifestyle without having to re-mortgage your house: step forward the boutique B&B. Pick one of the following hotels, edited by Mr & Mrs Smith, where luxury, style and romance marry for less than £100. The Crown, Amersham Head north on the Metropolitan line, passing grand Victorian monuments at King's Cross and Baker Street, through Betjeman's beloved Metroland to its terminus at Amersham, whose old town resembles a bijou village in the Sussex Downs. All around are bounding hills and verdant valleys to be explored on foot, and at its heart is the Crown, a country pub with an irresistible menu, a top-drawer spa and eye-catching Ilse Crawford-designed rooms. Currently from £61 a night ; book here The Beckford Arms, Wiltshire With its open fires, local ales, cosy sofas, sociable film nights and gastropubby restaurant, the Beckford Arms trades in happy days, not happy hours. There are just eight rooms, kitted out with traditional materials such as stone, wood and sisal, with hand-picked wild flowers and woven wool blankets to add splashes of colour. Hungry? Fans of all-day brunching can pounce on eggs Benedict, waffles and Bloody Marys, and those feeling like a family-style Sunday roast can order a chicken to carve at the table. Currently from £95 a night; book here. The Talbot Inn, Somerset A cosy 15th-century coaching inn set among the limestone-and-thatch cottages of Mells with similar top-of-its-game gastropub credentials as its sister stay the Beckford Arms. Settle into the Sitting Room - a 500-year-old beamed tythe barn that has been restored, kitted out with sofas and stocked with games - and you'll soak up some of its history; one wall is decorated with a mural depicting the town's history from Roman times to present day. Currently from £100 a night. Book here. No 38 The Park, Cheltenham This ravishing regency townhouse in the heart of Cheltenham has been given a sophisticated spruce-up, enlivened by richly-coloured wallpaper, artfully placed antiques and a uniquely British art collection. Its nearby sibling, No 131, might edge it in terms of party pizazz, but No 38 has truly mastered that home-from-home hangout feel - sip well selected brews from the honesty bar, tuck into heaving breakfast buffets in the sunlit back room, and sleep soundly in the well-appointed, generously-bedded rooms. Currently from £100 a night. Book here. Brighton Harbour Hotel, Brighton Fresh, bold and right on the beach, the Brighton Harbour Hotel - a now bright-and-breezy 1850s building - is the place to soak up prized pier views, sample sumptuous afternoon teas, and indulge in free gin and sherry served in rooms. The newly opened subterranean spa is a draw too, so be sure to book treatments in advance if you're planning to really unwind during your seaside stay. Currently from £81 a night. Book here. Aviator, Hampshire You might not immediately think of Farnborough, the industrial centre of British aviation, for a weekend escape, but there's something decidedly jetset about the Aviator: the adjacent private runway, the grand Guggenheim-ish staircase, the low-lit lobby lined with aeronautical tidbits, the well-groomed staff on hand to whisk your luggage away. There's some sublime seasonal British fare at the brasserie, too, paired with an extensive wine list - and the New Forest and the South Downs are in day-trip distance to walk it all off. Currently from £81 a night. Book here. The White Hart, Somerset A charming and convivial local in a handsome hamlet, the White Hart is packed with personality. From the French antique furnishings, Phileas Fogg-esque moustache motifs and array of whimsical knick-knacks, there is a distinct sense of self inside these five-century-old walls and crooked corridors. You'll be warmly welcomed by helpful staff (your dog, too, if you want to bring it) who will recommend some local walks and nearby sights - the forward-thinking, farmyard-set Hauser & Wirth gallery in neighbouring Bruton is a favourite of ours. Currently from £75 a night. Book here. Join the Mr & Mrs Smith travel club to enjoy our best-price guarantee, as well as a little something extra on arrival at every hotel. To book, call 0330 100 3180 or go to mrandmrssmith.com.... read more
 
21. elokuuta 2017 22:20:36 Categories: Evening Standard logo

The Beast at Alexandra Palace: 'World's biggest inflatable obstacle course' opens this weekend 

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Inflatable obstacle courses have, you might say, blown up this year. In March, Brixton's Brockwell Park hosted Gung-Ho! Serious Fun challenge, which saw 5,000 Londoners take on 10 adult-sized inflatable obstacles including ball pits, a climbing wall and a "gauntlet". At the time, it was billed as the "world's biggest inflatable obstacle course", but now, this weekend, Ally Pally is set to dwarf Brockwell as they pump up The Beast. At over 272 metres long, the Beast will boast 32 obstacles and will be accompanied by a DJ, light displays, street food vendors including Saucy Chip and Taco Revolution, as well as pop-up bars serving prosecco, craft beer and cocktails. Due to our unreliable summer weather, the Beast will be caged - or, at least, it'll be pumped up indoors, in the Palace's Great Hall. The Beast opens on Friday August 25 and will be open across the Bank Holiday weekend, including Monday, from 10am each morning until 11pm each evening. Each day will be split between sessions for 11- 15-year-olds only, from 10am - 10.45pm, followed by a 16+ only sessions from 11am until closing. Tickets cost £20 plus a £2 booking fee and each session last 15 minutes. Ticket holders are advised to turn up 30 minutes before their session starts. One could do the course in top hat and tails, organisers advise sportswear or t-shirts and shorts. For more information visit alexandrapalace.com... read more
 
21. elokuuta 2017 22:20:34 Categories: Evening Standard logo

Everton issue safety advice to fans travelling to Split 

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Advice follows meetings with authorities in Split... read more
 
21. elokuuta 2017 22:20:33 Categories: Liverpool Echo logo

Identical twin boxers are top of the class at Alsop High School 

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Record number of Alsop students achieve the highest grades in A Levels... read more
 
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CCTV appeal after suspected arson attack at Rainhill farm 

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Police want to speak to three men seen climbing into farmyard just before fire breaks out... read more
 
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Julian Cadman: Thousands raised in memory of 7-year-old killed in Barcelona terror attack 

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Friends and well-wishers have raised thousands of pounds in memory of British-born youngster Julian Cadman, who was killed in the Barcelona terror attack. The seven-year-old, who lived in Sydney, was one of 13 people murdered when terrorists mowed down pedestrians as they drove a van down Las Ramblas on Thursday. Julian Cadman was confirmed as one of the victims on Sunday, after his father flew from Australia and identified his body. His mother Jumarie was one of dozens injured in the horrific attack, and is recovering in hospital from leg injuries. Missing: Julian AlessandroCadman (Handout) Australian Scott Bowman set up an online fundraiser to help the family, which has so far raised more than £60,000 in just 12 hours. He posted: "Andrew, Jom and Julian are a normal Aussie family whose lives have been devastated by the recent tragedy in Barcelona. "Like all families they are paying a mortgage, bills and other sundries. As you can imagine there will be ongoing medical costs to get Jom back to full health. "Many people have been asking how they may support the family at this time. We are asking for any contribution for those that may wish to help. This will assist with additional medical and funeral costs for the family. We thank you greatly for any support you may offer." The mother and son were caught up in the massacre on the city's busy central boulevard, and became separated as the vehicle zig-zagged through pedestrians. In the immediate aftermath of the attack, family members posted desperate appeals on social media to find Julian. On Sunday, Julian's family said they "so blessed" to have had him in their lives after confirming he had died. A statement read: "Julian was a much loved and adored member of our family. As he was enjoying the sights of Barcelona with his mother, Julian was sadly taken from us. "He was so energetic, funny and cheeky, always bringing a smile to our faces. "We are so blessed to have had him in our lives and will remember his smiles and hold his memory dear to our hearts. "We would like to thank all those who helped us in searching for Julian. Your kindness was incredible during a difficult time." Police hunting the van driver behind the Barcelona terror attack shot dead prime suspect Younes Abouyaaqoub on Monday. The 22-year-old Moroccan was cornered in the suburb of Subirats, 30 miles west of Barcelona, while appearing to be wearing a suicide belt.... read more
 
21. elokuuta 2017 22:20:27 Categories: Evening Standard logo

What is Lyme disease? What are the symptoms? How can you catch it from a tick? What is the cure? 

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Former England rugby captain Matt Dawson was forced to have heart surgery after getting bitten by a tick in a London park, it emerged this week. The 44-year-old developed feverish symptoms early last year and was later diagnosed with Lyme disease, he told the BBC. Mr Dawson said: "It was a really scary time for me and my family. Such a tiny creature caused me to end up needing heart surgery." The former rugby captain is now free of the disease, having undergone multiple heart operations and endured 18 months of treatment. But what is Lyme disease? How do you get it? Ticks infected with a bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi can pass on Lyme disease to humans. They usually get the bacterium by biting infected animals such as deer and mice. Lyme disease: Heart failure and meningitis are among conditions the bacterial infection, which is caused by infected ticks, can lead to. (AFP/Getty Images) Lots of different kinds of ticks carry Lyme disease, the ones most likely to bite humans in the UK being sheep ticks, hedgehog ticks, and fox or badger ticks. Ticks are present in wildlife areas all across the UK. Does a tick bite always lead to Lyme disease? No, the majority of people who suffer a tick bite do not develop Lyme disease. Only up to about 15 per cent of ticks in any one area carry the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium. And if a tick is not attached to a person's body for very long, then the risk of contracting the disease is lower. Matt Dawson: He needed heart surgery after he was diagnosed with Lyme disease. (Getty Images) What are the early signs? Within one to four weeks, in 70 to 80 per cent of cases a circular rash - called a bull's-eye rash - develops around the site of the tick bite. Sufferers may also feel feverish, achy and fatigued, with headaches, swollen lymph nodes, sore muscles and chills. What if it isn't treated? As the disease progresses, rashes spread around the body. The joints, nervous system and heart can be affected by the advancing illness, leading to weakness and pain in the joints, arms and legs. Headaches, loss of memory and facial nerve and muscle problems, such as facial paralysis, can develop. Wash after walking: Deer ticks can latch on during a walk in woodland or grassy areas (AP) What if it is still not treated? Many months down the line from the initial bite, if successful treatment has not been embarked upon then arthritis may set in - usually in the knees - and strange sensations can be felt around the body due to disease of the peripheral nerves. The illness can also cause confusion, but one of the most serious complications involves inflammation of the heart. It can even lead to an irregular heartbeat, meningitis and chronic fatigue syndrome. How is it diagnosed? Special blood tests three or four weeks after the suspected tick bite can show the disease. Other tests include spinal taps or skin biopsies. How is it treated? Lyme disease is treated with antibiotics. At a later stage of the disease, longer courses of intravenous antibiotics may be necessary. Can a person transmit Lyme disease to another person? No. And although your pet might be infected by Lyme disease, she cannot transfer the illness to you unless a tick that bites her falls off and then bites you. You can limit your chances of getting a tick bite by steering clear of long grass and wooded areas from May to September. Cover the arms and legs well while you are out and consider using an insect repellant containing DEET. When you get home, wash off any ticks that have not yet burrowed into the skin and groom your pet. If you do get a tick bite, consult advice to remove it safely by grabbing the whole body, not just the head, with tweezers and slowly pulling it straight out without twisting.... read more
 
21. elokuuta 2017 22:20:26 Categories: Evening Standard logo

How the humble walnut could help you fight food cravings 

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According to new research... read more
 
21. elokuuta 2017 22:20:24 Categories: Netdoctor (UK) logo

Barcelona terror suspect Younes Abouyaaqoub shot dead by police 

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Younes Abouyaaqoub was wearing what appeared to be an explosive vest when he was gunned down by armed police, and is said to have shouted 'Allahu Akbar' as officers approached him... read more
 
21. elokuuta 2017 22:20:22 Categories: Mirror logo

Justin Bieber distances himself from Floyd Mayweather: report 

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Justin Bieber has reportedly decided to distance himself from Floyd Mayweather Jr.  ... read more
 
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Kevin Hart's wife slams his ex 

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Kevin Hart's wife Eniko Parrish has slammed his ex Torrei for playing the "victim" in their failed relationship.  ... read more
 
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Margot Robbie Looks Totally Unrecognizable as She Transforms into Queen Elizabeth I for New Role 

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Margot Robbie is that you? The Australian actress, 27, made fans do a double-take when she debuted a bold new look while filming in London this week for her upcoming movie Mary Queen of Scots. ... read more
 
21. elokuuta 2017 22:20:17 Categories: People logo

Bergdahl chooses to have trial heard by judge and not jury 

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<p>Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has decided be to tried by a judge - not a military jury - on charges that he endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan.</p>... read more
 
21. elokuuta 2017 22:20:15 Categories: Associated Press logo

White House: Trump will watch eclipse with first lady 

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President Trump will watch Monday's solar eclipse with first lady Melania Trump from the Truman Balcony at the White House, an administration official said.... read more
 
21. elokuuta 2017 22:20:13 Categories: The Hill logo

Bill Cosby Names Michael Jackson's Attorney To Head Defense As Retrial For 2004 Rape Looms 

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The lawyer who helped Michael Jackson get acquitted of child molestation charges in 2005 will be leading Bill Cosby's attempt to escape a decade behind bars if found guilty in his criminal case retrial for the alleged 2004 rape of Andrea Constand. Frequent cable news pundit Tom Mesereau was named today to the much accused Cosby's brand new defense team that also now includes Kathleen Bliss and Philadelphia's Sam Silver. The announcement ...... read more
 
21. elokuuta 2017 22:20:11 Categories: Deadline logo

Exclusive: Armed group stopping migrant boats leaving Libya 

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<p>An armed group is stopping migrant boats from setting off across the Mediterranean from a city west of Tripoli that has been a springboard for people smugglers, causing a sudden drop in departures over the past month, sources in the area said.</p>... read more
 
21. elokuuta 2017 22:20:10 Categories: Reuters logo

Most 'wellness' treatments are bogus, but these actually work 

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<p>Some of the oldest, simplest, and cheapest "spa" regimens offer the best results, while many of the newer and pricier treatments don't appear to live up to their claims.</p>... read more
 
21. elokuuta 2017 22:20:08 Categories: Business Insider logo

Drinking coffee on an empty stomach sent this Empire star to the ER 

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"That is a no-no."... read more
 
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Bro culture's under attack, but it's not tamed 

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Women are hopeful bro culture could be mortally wounded, but they aren't quite prepping for its funeral.&nbsp;... read more
 
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A-Rod, J-Lo post workout video, with Bon Jovi soundtrack 

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A-Rod and J-Lo stay in shape.... read more
 
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