Gauguin’s magical muse: A new exhibition reveals how the artist was captivated by Brittany

When Paul Gauguin boarded a train for Brittany in the summer of 1886, he was a respectable Paris stockbroker. By the time he reached his destination, however, he had reinvented himself. Abandoning his wife, children and career, he was going to devote himself to painting. His journey was only 350 miles, but, over that distance, … Read more

Westerner Andy Drury risks his life to tour former ISIS stronghold of Mosul in Iraq

A married British father claims he has become the first person to take a holiday in the ruins of the so-called Islamic State – and he paid £4,000 for the privilege. Without visas and in constant danger of kidnapping, beatings from militia, and even death, Andy Drury took a three-day mini-break to Mosul, which was … Read more

Umbul Ponggok Indonesian village pond has become a Instagram hot-spot for tourists 

The village pond that’s become an Instagram sensation thanks to visitors posing for photos in it next to bizarre props, from jet skis to tents Umbul Ponggok, a 230ft by 130ft pond in central Java, has 40 natural springs. And a quirky side Villagers invested money to transform it from a moss-covered body of water … Read more

BBC documentary goes inside the Channel Tunnel – the busiest railway system in the world

It runs for 23.5 miles under the sea and has trains designed to stop the drivers becoming HYPNOTISED by the journey: Inside the Channel Tunnel – the busiest railway system in the world A new documentary has been given unprecedented access to the Channel Tunnel to mark its 25th birthday It runs for 23.5 miles … Read more

An Inspector Calls at London’s The Curtain where a ‘poky slit of a room’ costs an ‘excessive’ £263

An Inspector Calls at London’s The Curtain where a ‘poky slit of a room’ costs an ‘excessive’ £263 The Curtain is a six-storey brick hotel in London’s trendy Shoreditch area  The Inspector booked the lowest category of room and was charged £263 Red Rooster, The hotel’s Restaurant, is an outpost of a Harlem eatery  By … Read more