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Eccentrics on New Year’s Eve

The year end sees Britain's most violent, dramatic and colourful ceremonies. 

2015 Calendar: European Capital of Culture

Over 300 events will take place in and around Mons in 2015, as it is a European Capital of Culture.

Where to go in December

Whether it’s carnivals, ghost towns or turkey soup that you’re after, here’s where to head in December.

Where to go in November

All the most exciting places to visit this November.

Where, when and how to look for invertebrates

Find out where to see Madagascar's incredible invertebrates with our handy guide.

Gabon press release

New title for October 2014 – Gabon by Annelies Hickendorff

Britain from the Rails Press Release

New title for November 2014 – Britain from the Rails by Benedict le Vay

A student in Soviet Estonia

Tina Tamman talks about student life in Soviet Tartu.

Hip, hippo, hooray!

In March 2011, Matt McGinn, manager of Mbuluzi Game Reserve, faced an unusual dilemma.

Interview with Mike Unwin

We chat to eSwatini author Mike Unwin about his experiences in the tiny African kingdom. 

Traditional arts: statues and masks

Author Sean Connolly explores the unique features and religious background of Gabon’s famous mask and statue art.

Forest-based communities

Gabon’s indigenous forest-based communities, the so-called ‘Pygmies’, are located throughout the country and continue to face discrimination, as author Sean Connolly explains. 

Bwiti

Author Sean Connolly describes the traditional beliefs and practices of Bwiti, the most widespread male secret society in Gabon.

Interview with Marco Muscarà

We chat to Marco Muscarà, an Italian freelance photographer, whose images feature in our São Tomé, Paraguay and Cape Verde guides.

Estonian food

With a wide range of foreign restaurants opening all over the country, Estonia is far more gastronomically diverse than ever before. Maila Saar helps us to identify the mainstays of traditional Estonian cuisine.

Tallinn in 1960

Michael Bordeaux describes evocative memories of Tallinn in 1960, the year Estonia opened to Western visitors. 

Interview with Neil Gower

We chat to Neil Gower, designer of the beautiful illustrated book jackets in our travel literature series.  

Taking the plunge in São Tomé

Author Kathleen Becker describes her first ‘Discover Scuba Diving’ session ­­– a truly magical experience.

São Tomé’s ‘maroon’ community: the Angolares

Gerhard Seibert and Paulo Alves Pereira explore the mystery surrounding how the Angolares people came to be on the island. 

Hezbollah

Designated a ‘foreign terrorist organisation’ by the US, Hezbollah continues to be one of the most enduring and high-profile aspects of modern Lebanese history and politics with which most Westerners are familiar.

The giant coconut crab

The giant coconut crab is the world's largest crustacian.

Cichlids of Lago Niassa

In Lago Niassa (Lake Malawi), over 850 fish species have been recorded.

Gorongosa’s birds

Keith Barnes and Josh Engel discuss the spectacular birdwatching diversity of Gorongosa National Park.

Landmannalaugar

The trek between Landmannalaugar and Thórsmörk is one every Icelander walks at least once in their lifetime.

Reykjavík Streetwise

A selection of brief descriptions of places in Reykjavík, to help put some context to your wanderings.

The African elephant

Almost everything about this animal is extraordinary.

Return of the rhino

Learn how rhinos are making a return to Botswana after being hunted almost to extinction in the 20th century.

Why the New Forest isn’t new – or forest

The supposedly 'New Forest' is centuries old – and it's only 23% woodland.

To the end of the earth and beyond

Author Murray Stewart describes an adventurous ride along Santo Antão’s precipitous roads. 

Sal Rei’s township – the other side of tourism

Author Murray Stewart delves into the history of Sal Rei’s impoverished township, Boa Esperança.

A bird’s-eye view of love

Authors Aisling Irwin and Colum Wilson discuss amorous avian behaviour in Cape Verde.

Sheikh Safi Mausoleum

Take a tour of Sheikh Safi's beautiful tomb in Ardabil. 

When the lion roars

Jonathan and Angela Scott discuss the future of tourism in Kenya and the challenges facing the country, its people and wildlife. 

West African cowboys

The village of Barani has given itself a lifeline by reaching out to its equine heritage.

Siao

With paintings, bronze, pottery and handmade drums, Siao is a continent-wide artisanal extravaganza.

Millet beer

Authors Katrina Mason and James Knight explain the process behind the manufacture of Burkina’s beer of choice.

The ‘Super Eagles’

The last 50 years of Nigerian international football history explored.

African music traditions

Celebrate World Music Day (https://musicday.org.uk/) and learn about Africa's music traditions.  

Eating curds and whey

Rosie Whitehouse, author of our Liguria guide, discusses the flourishing artisan food industries in the Monte Sibillini region. 

The Nubians

Authors Sophie and Max Lovell-Hoare explore the history of the Nubian people.

Jebel Marra

David Else describes the extinct volcano of Jebel Marra.

Jacques Cousteau’s underwater experiment

The authors of our Sudan guide explain the fascinating history behind its most famous diving site.