Anna Maria Island. It’s like the Caribbean without the cost.

8pm and the Sandbar Restaurant on Anna Maria Island is in full swing. Of course the full on wedding party helps the mood somewhat, but with nothing but miles of sand, sea and pelicans in front of you, you don’t need much persuading that life could be a lot worse.

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Samsonite Lite-Locked Suitcase review

Samsonite knows a thing or two about luggage, after all it has been producing innovative and award winning baggage since 1910. With a track record like that it’s no wonder there are solutions in its portfolio for just about every possible travel scenario, and what I like is it continues to introduce and enhance. Following on from the success of the all conquering Cosmoilite hard case series, the Samsonite Lite-Locked suitcase is effectively the next generation version and in my view a worthy successor.

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Seven Park Place by William Drabble. London

Tucked away in a cul-de-sac in London’s Mayfair, lies a Georgian town house with a hell of a history. The St. James’s Hotel and Club has been the haunt of the rich and famous for over 150 years from Churchill to Sean Connery. But tucked away inside the tucked away hotel is a success story that has taken just 12 months to emerge; Seven Park Place by William Drabble.

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St. James’s Hotel and Club. London

I love a bit of history, and walking up to the front entrance of the St.James’s Hotel and Club (which ironically began as a Travellers Club for diplomats back in 1857), I reminded myself of all the previous owners and former members of this fine piece of luxury Georgian real estate in the heart of London’s Mayfair. Ian Fleming, Winston Churchill and in 1980 Peter De Savary and his show biz investors: Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Tim Rice, Dudley Moore, Liza Minelli and Pete Townsend. Heady days.

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Glamping at Elephant Lodge. Port Lympne Wild Animal Park

It is a little after 5pm and I am surrounded by giraffes. Rothschild Giraffes no less, the tallest land animals on earth. Under the circumstances, you would be forgiven for thinking I am in the Serengeti, or the Maasai Mara perhaps, but you would be wrong, because this is Kent, the garden of England and I am having a ball glamping at Elephant Lodge in the Port Lympne Wild Animal Park

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Heathrow Express becomes Chengdu 72 Express

To celebrate the new trade partnership initiative between Britain and Chengdu, the capital of the Szechuan Province in China and legendary home city of the Giant Panda, the Heathrow Express becomes Chengdu 72 Express for 3 days between the 21st and 23rd May.

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