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Festivals, flights and fabulous fares

WHERE CAN YOU test water filters under an in- store waterfall? At the lrso Glasgow Outdoor Experience. as part of their Travel Health Awareness Evening is where. The event includes illustrated lectures on travel health and expedition mediCrne. expert advice on key travel products as well as special offers and give-aways. Wed 2 May. 6.30~9prn. Tiso Glasgow Outdoor Experience. 50 Cor/per Street. 0747 5:39 5450. [2.

A LAST MINUTE getaway to Belfast might be on the cards now that Easyjet and Go have announced direct flight schedules from Glasgow and Edinburgh. From 3—13 May the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival adds a little something to the city, with artists as varied as My \fitriol, Will Self, Father Ted actress Pauline McLynn and


Escapists rejoice. You can


Captain Corelli’s Mandolin author Louis de Bernieres all appearing. For full details visit the website at www.cqaf.com or call 028 9023 2403.

KEEP TRACK OF the best flight deals on the Usrt Campus Travel website

(‘v ww.usrtcampuscoukl where they've introduced a new feature keeping you up to date With the best twenty airfares of the week. Five of the flights wrll be ones departing from Scotland; recent prices included 988 return to Brussels and £122 return to Rome (exc. taxes).

STA TRAVEL AND Finnair have teamed up to offer some special flight prices to Asia for students and under 26s. Currently on offer are returns to Bangkok from £343 and Singapore from £349, departing any time in May. There are also offers on selected accommodation. For details visit www.statravel.co.uk or call 0131 226 7747.

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Copenhagen airport is one of the most impressive in Northern Europe and a destination for most major airlines. British Midland operates direct daily flights from Edinburgh and Glasgow to the city. with return flights from $200. For information and sales phone 0870 607 055.) or use the website wwwflybmi.com


The Danish Tourist board is well aware that classic design and architecture are major vrsitor' attractions. They'll happily provide the relevant information from their offices at Gammel Kongeve] 1. DK 1610 Cor.)enhagen V. Denmark or visrt their webSite www.visitcopenhagen.dk. The Danish Design Centre. 27—29. HC. Andersens BOulevard. has a good shop and regular exhibitions of classic and contemporary objects. For style slaves looking for the latest intelligence. the best option is to pick up a copy of Copenhagen LIV/rig. a lifestyle glossy that will direct you to the latest shops. bars and restaurants as well as showcasing the hottest emerging des:gn talents like St Martin's trained fashionista Zanna Piper.


A bank. a garage forecourt or a public library may not sound like the stuff of your dreams. but in egalitarian Denmark these are architectural classics. Arne Jacobsen's National Bank looks unpromising, but inside. it's a classy cathedral. The Black Diamond. the brand new extension to the National Library IS a big black monolith straight out of Stanley Kubrick. but wrth its Guggenheim Museum—like interior and a waterfront location, it really works. Suddenly. reading and writing is sexy again.


While you might find that a whole Arne Jacobsen chair is a little large for your hand luggage. don‘t despair; there‘s a whole range of portable items like kitchenware and cutlery that can eaSily slip into an overhead locker. If you've got kids. they'll never forgive you for coming home wrthout a sackful of Lego. After the success of their recent Star Wars merchandise. the Lego design team have been attending classes at Hogwarts Academy. A Harry Potter range is due Out in November: expect it to be top of the Christmas wishlist. (Moira Jeffrey)

without even leaving the house. All you need is a cosy sofa and this bundle of books. Mary Taylor Simeti’s On Persephone’s Island: A Sicilian Journal (Bantam £7.99) is an account of a woman’s love affair with the island once home to the goddess of myth.

Closer to home, Martin Fletcher’s Silver Linings: Travels Around Northern Ireland (Abacus £7.99) opens up our eyes to a province that has more to offer than its international image would have us believe.

For adventure of a more exotic kind, Jeffrey Tayler’s Facing The Congo (Little, Brown £16.99) explores Africa’s heart of darkness, encountering hostile tribes, an equally scary river, and many perils along the way.

He’s an author who has been described as ‘the literary Indiana Jones’, so it seems odd that after being shipwrecked on an island and imprisoned in Yemen, Eric Hansen would write a book about orchids. Orchid Fever (Methuen £6.99) is released in paperback along with two of his earlier travel books Motoring With Mohammed and Strangers In The Forest. But don’t be put off; herein lies a tale of corruption, murder, smugglers, and plant politics. (Victoria Gooch)

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