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Taipei, a Tasting Tour with Richie Lin

Not much has been said about Taipei’s dining scene until recently. As Taiwanese chefs and restaurants begin to win awards, beginning with Lanshu Chen of Le Moût as Veuve Clicquot Asia’s Best Female Chef in 2014 and then her joint entry on Asia’s 50 Best 2017 together with Mume and RAW, the world is beginning to sit up and take notice of the city known first and foremost for its night markets. One of the city’s most prominent chefs is the Hong Kong-born Richie Lin of Mume restaurant. Trained in Quay,…

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Stokes 'delighted' to rejoin England squad for NZ tour

England all-rounder Ben Stokes says he is “extremely delighted” to be available for selection again for the tour of New Zealand. The 26-year-old has not played since an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September and has now been charged with affray. Earlier on Wednesday, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced it would consider Stokes for selection again. “Can’t wait to get back out with the Three Lions on my chest,” he tweeted. “Representing my country is one of the greatest things that I’ve ever been lucky enough to…

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The Flavours of Jerusalem, a City Tasting Tour

Jerusalem evokes images of golden domes and high stone walls. This, however, is just one face of the city, the one that appears in the daylight. In fact, you just have to wait for dusk to see a completely different city emerge. Lunch is late, dinner is late and so is bedtime. After 7 pm, the noisy market of Mehane Yehuda closes its fruit and vegetable stalls. In the space of one hour, next to the lowered shutters, others go up: venues, bars and breweries share this historical city quarter….

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Hawaii missile strike alert: Fear, panic and relief at PGA Tour event

An alert, warning of an imminent ballistic missile strike, caused widespread panic and fear in Hawaii on Saturday. Thankfully it turned out to be a false alarm – but the second message, confirming this, took 38 minutes to arrive. Among those affected were players competing at the US PGA Hawaii Open in Honolulu. There was the sheer terror… …Relief… …Anger…. …And eventually, humour: The alert came amid growing concern over North Korea’s missile and nuclear programme. Hawaii is the closest US state to North Korea. In December, the state tested…

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Vince & Stoneman keep England Test places for NZ tour, Livingstone gets first call-up

James Vince and Mark Stoneman have retained their places in England’s Test squad for the tour of New Zealand, despite their struggles with the bat in the 4-0 Ashes defeat by Australia. Batsman Gary Ballance, bowler Jake Ball and all-rounder Tom Curran have been dropped for the two-Test tour in March. There is a first Test call-up for 24-year-old batsman Liam Livingstone, who will captain Lancashire this year. Bowler Mark Wood is also in the 16-man squad, alongside Ben Stokes. Is cricket the hardest sport to win away from home?…

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Q&A: Sonam Tenphel, Tibet Tour Guide

Part two of a three-part series brought to you by Tibet Vista, a tour agency specializing in Tibet travel since 1984 (see part one here): Meet a Tibetan tour guide. All photos courtesy of Tibet Vista “This job can help others learn about Tibet and make my life significant.” —Sonam Tenphel, Tibet tour guide A group tour is only as great as the person leading it, so you want an experienced guide with both the knowledge and the passion to see it through. Enter Sonam Tenphel of Tibet Travel agency,…

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'Famous' beetroot goes on tour of New Zealand after selling for $110

What started as a tongue-in-cheek last-minute Christmas gift has become an international sensation. Graeme Woller and wife Juliet initially agreed not to buy each other presents because they had bought an expensive tent recently. Graeme and Juliet Woller with the beetroot.  Photo: Graeme Woller However, Juliet saw a book which she knew Graeme would like and bought it as a Christmas present for him. She told him on Friday – three days before Christmas. He then decided to buy Juliet a present but he got sidetracked visiting people until remembering…

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