Preview: New Scientist Magazine – July 16, 2022

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Travel Guide: 7 Things To Do In Big Sur, California

Big Sur is a rugged stretch of California’s central coast between Carmel and San Simeon. Bordered to the east by the Santa Lucia Mountains and the west by the Pacific Ocean, it’s traversed by narrow, 2-lane State Route 1, known for winding turns, seaside cliffs and views of the often-misty coastline. The sparsely populated region has numerous state parks for hiking, camping and beachcombing. ―

It includes beaches like Sand Dollar Beach, hiking in places like Andrew Molera State Park, places to eat like Nepenthe and the sushi restaurant at Treebones, waterfalls like McWay Falls, and iconic spots like Bixby Bridge. You can see more here:

English View: The Nunnery In Eden Valley, Cumbria

An exquisite private estate in the Cumbrian countryside — complete with fabulous interiors and secret waterfalls in the grounds .

The Nunnery is — as the name suggests — a former Benedictine Nunnery that has been the recipient of years of renovation works, transforming the historic property into a breathtaking, spacious home. Penny Churchill reports.

Cumbria’s glorious Eden Valley has been well-named and the setting for imposing, Grade I-listed The Nunnery at Staffield, 10 miles from Penrith, on the fringes of the Lake District National Park, is typical of the area, with traditional livestock farms and rolling grassland falling away to the River Eden, against a distant backdrop of dark, moody fells.

The former country-house hotel, set in almost 52 acres of wonderfully private park and woodland close to the village of Kirkoswald, has been beautifully renovated, remodelled and extended by its present owners who acquired it in a fairly run-down state in the early 2000s.

Although the origins of The Nunnery can be traced to a mid-13th-century Benedictine nunnery, according to Country Life (November 23, 2000), the present ‘plain but imposing red sandstone house’ was built by Henry Aglionby in 1718.

Preview: London Review Of Books – July 21, 2022


Our new issue is now online, featuring 29 responses to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, Barbara Newman on medieval sanctuary, @moonjets on Shelley, Mimi Jiang on the end of Shanghai’s lockdown and @mmschwartz on the Bataclan verdict.

Village Walk: Dolceacqua In Northwestern Italy (4K)

Dolceacqua is a comune in the Province of Imperia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 120 kilometres southwest of Genoa and about 35 kilometres west of Imperia, on the border with France.

The first official document that quotes Dolceacqua dates back to 1151, when the accounts of Ventimiglia had the first heart of the castle built at the top of the rocky speron overlooking the creek where the valley tightens and forks: the Roja valley on one side, the Val Nervia on the other.

In 1270 Dolceacqua was purchased by the Doria of Genoa and over the centuries the “Earth” was developed in the town that stands at the foot of the castle.

Preview: TLS/Times Literary Supplement – July 15, 2022


This week’s TLS, featuring @profbate on Arcadia in art and literature; @philipcball on Peter Higgs; @anelsona on philanthropy and inequality; @billmckibben on our climate turning point; @jamesamarcus on Emerson and Thoreau; @ScurrRuth on open-air painting – and more.

Western Views: Idaho’s Evolving Frontier (PBS)

America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston: Episode 2 | Idaho: Tied to the Land Life on the American frontier is evolving. To find out how, and what it means, Baratunde Thurston ventures into the wilds of Idaho in search of its outdoor culture. He finds ranchers and backcountry pilots sharing the wilderness with newly resettled refugees, and sees how climate change is playing havoc with the age-old salmon fishery.

Morning News: Brutal Imprisonment Of Alexei Navalny, Fertility Rates

Alexei Navalny, Russia’s most prominent opposition figure, has been transferred to a brutal prison. Other Kremlin opponents have been imprisoned or exiled, as Russia has grown more repressive since invading Ukraine.

The world’s population will hit 8bn this year; we discuss which regions are growing and which are not. And why clear wine bottles are a bad idea.

Front Page View: The New York Times – July 13, 2022

Trump Sought to Conceal Plans for March to Capitol, Panel Says

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack showed evidence that the former president wanted his call for supporters to descend on Congress to appear spontaneous.

Webb Telescope Reveals a New Vision of an Ancient Universe

Spectacular imagery from the largest-ever space telescope brought tears to the eyes of seasoned scientists and dazzled the public.