Colors: Yellow Color
Colors: Yellow Color

An extraordinary new exhibition celebrating the works of one of the 20th century's most influential artists opens at Blenheim Palace on July 18th.

Running until October 7th, Yves Klein at Blenheim Palace will be the most comprehensive exhibition of the visionary French artist ever staged in the UK in what would have been his 90th year.

Yves Klein was obsessed with just one colour: blue. He worked with a chemist to develop his own brand of paint, which he called International Klein Blue or IKB.

The paint had a particularly bright and intense colour, which visitors will be able to discover for themselves at the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Oxfordshire.

The new exhibition, which has been organised in collaboration with the Yves Klein Estate, will feature over 50 artworks including a large-scale blue pigment installation and a number of Klein's Monochrome Paintings which will be shown against the opulent backdrop of the Palace State Rooms and Great Hall.

Visitors will be able to explore Klein's wide-ranging practice, including painting, sculpture and large- scale installation.

He applied the paint to his pictures using rollers, sponges, and even people. Visitors will see the results of these artistic experiments in the ground-breaking Anthropometry series, for which Klein employed models as 'living brushes' to create marks on the canvas in front of an audience, as well as Fire Paintings and Klein's later works in gold.

Klein blended traditional artistic mediums and imagery with dynamic techniques and performance, erasing the boundaries between process and artwork. Sponge Sculptures, made from the sponges Klein painted with, saturated with pigment will be on show alongside other free-standing works inspired by Classical Greek sculptures such as a Venus de Milo, coated in IKB.

Blenheim Art Foundation, now celebrating their fifth anniversary year, continues to produce bold encounters between the world's most influential artists, the Palace, and new and recurring visitors.

The Foundation's award-winning programme has earned a reputation for pushing boundaries by inviting artists to engage directly with the palace's Baroque interiors and particular history, as well as showcasing some of the most iconic and seismic artworks and movements in art history, from Michelangelo Pistoletto's Arte Povera to Jenny Holzer's testimonies of war by contemporary veterans.

Qatar Airways has announced that it is the first airline in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) to provide gate-to-gate internet connectivity onboard. A decision by Qatar’s Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) will allow the provision of internet service onboard aircraft at all altitudes. Previously, internet connection was only permitted when an aircraft was higher than 3,000 meters above sea level.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “In another first for the MENA region, Qatar Airways passengers will be able to enjoy uninterrupted internet connectivity from the moment they step on board a Qatar Airways flight. This is another significant enhancement to our award-winning levels of service that our passengers around the globe have come to appreciate. We look forward to welcoming passengers on board and helping them stay connected throughout the flight.”

Approval by the CRA means that Qatar will be the first country in the Middle East and North Africa region to provide gate-to-gate internet connectivity onboard aircraft. It also reflects CRA’s alignment with Qatar’s high rate of technology adoption across various sectors, particularly those affecting transport and communication that are strategic to Qatar’s future development and economic growth.

Improvements in technology and developments in global technical standards now ensure that on board internet service does not cause harmful interference to either aircraft operations or land-based public mobile networks. However to avoid any interference to aircraft and land-based mobile services, restrictions still apply to the on board use of mobile GSM services and SMS when the aircraft is below 3,000 meters.

While on board, passengers can continue to enjoy Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system, Oryx One, which offers passengers up to 4,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B777, B787, A350, A380, and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi service.

WOW air's inaugural flight from London Stansted Airport took off yesterday, Wednesday 25 April 2018, connecting with the low-cost airline's new long haul route to Detroit.

In keeping with the airline's tradition of naming its aircraft after family members, the aircraft making the maiden flight was a brand new A321ceo with the tail number TF-DOG, named after man's best friend.

Joining London Gatwick and Edinburgh as the airline's third UK departure point, London Stansted will also provide connections with the low cost airline's new US routes to Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dallas and St Louis, all launching in May.

Skúli Mogensen, founder and CEO of WOW air, said: “Yesterday's launch well and truly highlighted London Stansted Airport as a key gateway from the UK to the US. This move is undoubtedly a reflection of our continued growth in Britain and our mission to offer greater travel possibilities on either side of the Atlantic. We're delighted to be opening up a whole host of US travel destinations to UK travellers in Stansted and the surrounding regions the airport services.”

Martin Jones, London Stansted's Commercial Director, said:  “We're delighted to welcome WOW air and its passengers to London Stansted for the airline's first flight to Reykjavik that also opens up a fantastic range of exciting onward connections to the USA from its Icelandic hub, including Chicago, Los Angeles and its new service to Detroit. We wish WOW air every success with these great value and convenient flights which will I'm sure prove to be really popular with passengers from London and East of England as well those from the USA wishing to visit the UK.”

WOW air flights will depart from London Stansted daily bound for Reykjavik, with the airline's Detroit service operating four times a week, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

From planning how to travel, to choosing where to stay, more and more of us are considering our carbon footprint, linking our holiday plans with our desire to save the planet.

Whether it's renewable energy, composting toilets, tree planting or locally sourced food and drink, going green is becoming increasingly important for environmentally conscious travellers.

Following Earth Day (22 April), why not bask in the beauty of the Most Beautiful Country in the World* with an eco-friendly stay in Scotland?

Green getaways

The Old Pine Yurt

Ancient Scots pine trees provide a magical backdrop for your stay at The Old Pine Yurt. Located on the secluded foothills of the spectacular Cairngorms Mountains, with just surrounding nature for company, this is a camping experience like no other.  The handcrafted yurt is equipped with all the usual home comforts including a cosy double bed, solar lighting, a wood burning stove and a welcoming dram.  Nearby you'll find the 'Hut' with kitchen and toilet facilities as well as an eco-shower.

Loch Ossian Youth Hostel

Surrounded by the stunning scenery of Rannoch Moor, Loch Ossian Youth Hostel is the perfect base for hillwalkers, wildlife watchers and dark sky observers. Powered by locally sourced hydro and solar power, the hostel boasts electric panel heating, composting toilets and even bat-friendly paint. For those conscious of their carbon footprint, the site is also only accessible by rail, foot or bike,

Glampotel, Dundas Castle

With solar-power, instant hot water showers, green fuel BBQs and patio heaters, every part of the design and build of this glamping accommodation is eco-friendly. The luxury Canvas Cottages can be found in their own secluded wooded knoll, with peaceful surroundings and breath-taking views of the Castle's Loch.

Three Glens

Boasting jaw-dropping views across the countryside to where the three glens of Craigdarroch, Dalwhat and Castlefairn meet, the green philosophy of Three Glens centres around the 'Four Rs' of 'Reduce, Re-use, Recycle and Recover' with these values brought to life in everything from the biomass stove and electric vehicle charging, to the oak cladding from wind-felled trees or the wool insulation from sheep on the farm.

Ladies eager to sparkle in the Spanish sun on a 'spa-cation' have fresh incentive to visit the award-winning La Manga Club from this spring, with the resort offering a range of new treatments for guests to indulge in.

Spa lovers seeking the chance to unwind can enjoy outstanding value at the Murcian venue over the coming months with an array of attractive offers available when staying at the resort's five-star Hotel Principe Felipe or four-star Las Lomas Village, with packages starting from just €99 per room per night.

Whether celebrating a birthday, landmark anniversary or just looking for a relaxing girls' holiday, La Manga Club is the ideal venue to combine a pampering experience with the chance to self-indulge in the many other delights of the world-famous resort, including fashion boutiques, a range of different sports and numerous bars and restaurants.

Among the extensive list of treatments on offer at La Manga Club's 2,000sqm Wellness Centre – voted 'Spain's Best Resort Spa' at the 2017 World Spa Awards – is LPG's luxurious age-defying facial therapy, which minimises wrinkles, large pores and redness while also ensuring facial hydration levels are immediately replenished.

An upgraded selection of bespoke facial products is also available, with a wide variety of products from respected industry leaders Medik8 being used in some of the treatments, while, under the guidance of manager Raquel Martin, the spa has introduced a number of ancient Oriental therapies – the only venue in the region to do so.

Designed to melt away any tension to bring the body and mind back into a harmonious balance, the Oriental-inspired treatments will ensure guests will be prepared for La Manga Club's buoyant nightlife - complete with perfectly-manicured nails following a visit to the Nails Bar.

In between luxury pampering sessions, guests can use La Manga Club's dynamic Fitness Centre to tone their bodies and shed any unwanted pounds, while the Wellness Centre's state-of-the-art 'water zone – featuring two heated pools, hydro massage beds, a swan-neck fountain, steam bath and cold tub – will make sure that the morning after the night before has never seemed so appealing!

Each treatment comes complete with a 'tailored to you' experience which is fronted by a leading health expert. Aside from indulging in a vast variety of luxury therapies at the boutique spa, guests can treat themselves to a bottle of Prosecco, while enjoying some of the gastronomic delights available at the famous resort.

Here’s an exclusive first peek inside Twycross Zoo’s brand new habitat, Chimpanzee Eden. Residents Rosie and Jambo are ready to welcome you!

Surrounded by lush, tropical greenery, visitors can enjoy an immersive jungle experience as they watch the chimpanzees make their way through the 1,160sqm semi-translucent habitat, spanning three stories high, complete with outdoor climbing frames.

The outstanding new habitat at the award-winning conservation charity, based in Leicestershire, has been purposely designed to replicate the wild environment and has both indoor and outdoor spaces for the chimpanzees to roam and explore.

Guests can discover hidden spots where they can get sneaky peeks at these wonderful animals from closer than ever before.

Providing outstanding facilities for both animal welfare, research, education and visitors, Chimpanzee Eden promises an outstanding experience for the whole family to enjoy.