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The Borough, Lancaster: hotel review

The Borough is on Lancaster’s handsome Dalton Square “Lancaster doesn’t have a nightclub scene, but it does have great pubs,” Rory Walker tells me. Given how embedded in that world Rory is, he should know. We are standing in the Borough’s cellars, where Rory brews, as Borough Brewery, three of the eight real ales you’ll find on

Nostalgia trip: an emotional return to the Isle of Jura, Scotland

Neil Ansell on his fateful trip to Jura in 1984 There are certain places, perhaps only briefly visited, that can take on a disproportionate meaning in the narrative of our lives – places we can never forget, places where we made choices that would send our lives spiralling off in a whole new direction. For

Lucy Adams’ top five skateparks in England

Prokects skatepark, Manchester. Photograph: /PR Projekts, Manchester This is a council park, managed in partnership with Projekts MCR, but its location right in the city centre is quite unusual – when it opened back in 2004 it was Manchester’s first city centre skatepark. It’s fenced and floodlit and really cheap to skate, and the opening

Summer sessions: Mo Kolours’ Brazil party mix

Mo Kolours has produced a mix inspired by summers in Brazil. Mo Kolours (real name Joseph Deenmamode) has made a big impression since his debut album launched in February this year – a soulful cut-and-paste project drawing on funk, dub, reggae and drifting vocal hooks. The producer, singer and percussionist, who has an English/Mauritian heritage,

Top 10 national and state parks in Hawaii

Steam erupting from a volcano, Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii. Photograph: Panoramic Images/Getty Images Hawaii Volcanoes national park Located on the Big Island, the crown jewel of Hawaiian parks boasts both the world’s most active volcano – Kilauea – and the world’s largest volcano – Mauna Loa. Ranging in elevation from sea level to the 4,168-metre, sometimes

Indochina Sails Reviews

The cruise is loaded with excellent facilities. It has shower, massage parlours, bars, salons, air conditioned cabins, telephone service, and hence every kind of accommodation. You will not feel like regretting your decision of travelling through the Indochina sails halong bay. The services offered are excellent, the food served is great and the natural beauty

Europe’s best outdoor art this summer

Late summer alfresco art … Daniel Buren takes over the roof of Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse apartment block in Marseille Mamo, Marseille Le Corbusier’s most famous work, Marseille’s Unité d’Habitation apartment block (aka the Cité Radieuse), counts writer and broadcaster Jonathan Meades among its serried inhabitants. The new Mamo Gallery on the brutalist block’s roof

Readers’ tips: European ice cream parlours

Getting take away at Gelateria Sirmione, Lake Garda Lombardy, Italy. Photograph: Alamy Contribute to this article GuardianWitness Powered by EE Rum and raisin or mint choc chip? Two boules or three? Sea-front location or the perfect city stop-off after dinner? It wouldn’t really be summer without ice-cream dripping down your wrist so where’s your favourite

Top 10 tapas bars in Madrid

Casa Gonzalez, the picture-perfect tapas bar. Photograph: James Blick/madridchow.com Casa Gonzalez Were Woody Allen to set one of his romantic European whimsies in Madrid, Casa Gonzalez – with its picture-perfect yesteryear facade, smartly tiled interior and moreish hoard of conserves, cheese and charcuterie – would be a shoo-in for the romantic Spanish bar scene. What’s

Greek island holiday guide: the Cyclades

The most iconic Greek island view, from Oia on Santorini. Photograph: Sylvain Sonnet/Corbis Ask most people to think of the Greek islands and the image that springs to mind probably derives from the Cyclades (pronounced Kyklades in Greek, which does not have a soft “c” sound). Most evocative of these pictures is of white-washed, cuboid