Carlton Boyce tries dog sledding for the first time, and finds it affects him on a level he wasn’t expecting. 1. It’s as though God had just discovered the saturation level in Photoshop, and got a bit carried away; here in Fish Lake it’s so bright and clear and vividContinue Reading

It is hard not to notice the piles of wood, the shelves stocked full of books, tools, CDs and, of course, the skeletons of the violins themselves. Their simple elegant designs, all curves and decorative flourishes, are not yet finished, but still resemble a work of art even at thisContinue Reading

Thinking of spending the kid’s inheritance this autumn? Then why not take a look at our list of inspirations below? While the hopeless romantics among us may disagree, there are just three little words designed to send flutters through the heart of any man: cars, cigars, guitars. What else couldContinue Reading

With rumours of vinyl’s demise greatly exaggerated, the wider music industry is adapting once again. Barnaby Dracup delves into the vinyl renaissance. Despite a panicky music industry throwing the baby out with the bathwater in its headlong rush to embrace emerging digital formats, it was the small independent labels thatContinue Reading

The Avro Vulcan is an enduring image of the Cold War era, but it first saw action in the Falklands Conflict. For many years the RAF’s delta-wing jet bombers were the cornerstone of Britain’s nuclear deterrent, ready at a moment’s notice to fly deep into the Soviet Union carrying BlueContinue Reading

The genre of film noir has made an indelible impact on cinema, says Josh Stephenson. “I get into my office a little after nine. My hangover follows me in five minutes later. That’s just how it goes. You spend the morning trying to chase it away, but it always catchesContinue Reading

Much more than a game of luck, poker is a battle of wits that relies on supreme skill and logic. The past three hours have been leading to this moment. After negotiating some tricky hands, folding at the right times, calling at better times and keeping a straight face whenContinue Reading

Northern soul remains one of the most enduring musical movements the UK has ever seen. Something strange happened in the late 1960s to early 1970s. Young men – mainly from working class backgrounds and fresh out of school – descended on northern cities such as Manchester, Blackpool and Wigan forContinue Reading

The German Tiger I was the most feared battle tank of the Second World War. Its invincibility lay in its big main 8.8cm gun and heavy defensive armour. At a hefty 57 tons the Tiger was a massive machine and weighed more than twice its stablemate the Panzer IV. WhenContinue Reading