Featuring the voice of Rosamund Pike, a new animated Moominvalley series is reviving interest in Tove Jansson’s cult charaters, says Sarah Marshall. Larger than an igloo and just as solid, The Groke appears lost in her own icy thoughts. Gaze fixed on an empty space, Tove Jansson’s lumpy, lonely and largely misunderstood character bares her trademark grimace and, in keeping with the cult Moomin books, she’s literally frozen to the spot. Expertly sculpted from eight blocks of Lapland’s finest ice, the mysterious creature is part of an ambitious new ice cave exhibit at the Vesileppis Resort in Leppavirta, a small town in Finland’s central Lakeland region. Inspired by Moominland Midwinter, Jansson’s fifth Moomin book which marked a more introspective and philosophical departure for the series, the attraction features 16 tableaux, set amid snow scenes and slides, all chilled at minus four degrees Celsius, 30 metres below the hotel.It cost almost E30,000 … [Read more...] about Fun in Finland
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STARING at the rain while camping is as English as fish and chips – so when the downpour started, it came as no great surprise. But what was different this time was that we welcomed it. Why? Because we were on a campsite in the British countryside having a quintessentially British holiday — while sat in a hot tub. This was camping, but not as we knew it. We’ve tried “glamping” before, and found it wasn’t, well, very glam. But here we were at Tattershall Lakes near Lincoln, on a sprawling site with luxurious holiday homes, and we were loving it. My wife Emma and I packed up our sons Barney, six, and Louie, three, for one last holiday to mark the end of last summer with a three-day break at the resort. Our home from home was an Indulgent Lakeside Lodge, complete with hot tub and decking overlooking the site’s nine stunning lakes. We all had loads of space and the boys were delighted to find a TV in their bedroom. As they tucked into episodes of … [Read more...] about Enjoy Tattershall Lakes where rain will never dampen family fun
“WE’LL get a villa”, I babbled excitedly to my husband. “We’ll get a villa for two weeks, we’ll hire a car, we’ll have pool parties, barbecues and long leisurely lunches...” Billie Faiers is a bride gone wild at booze-fuelled pool party on Ibiza hen do And then I stopped. As usual, I hadn’t thought this through at all. We were planning to return to Ibiza after a magical child-free weekend last year for my 40th birthday. But this time there was a catch - we were to take our two and five-year-old daughters and see if we could have as much fun with them as we did without. And what makes a happy family? A lot of the time - it’s a happy mummy. Did mummy really want to be cooking, doing big shops, clearing up the villa, making beds, washing up and driving? And would it actually be really nice if someone else occasionally entertained my children while I helped myself to food and drink someone else had prepared? Absolutely yes. So it … [Read more...] about Discover family fun, activities for the kids, beaches and pools in Ibiza on a fun summer holiday
Red Bull Crashed Ice — which drew up to 150,000 spectators to St. Paul annually — skated out to Boston. Phalen Park’s “Holiday Lights in the Park” has gone dark. And Stillwater Ice Castles is moving to Excelsior. Even the Art Shanty Projects that drew attendees by the tens of thousands to frozen shores of White Bear Lake, Plymouth and Minneapolis won’t return in early 2019, at least not in the same monthlong capacity. You might call this the winter of our discontent. Especially coming off last year’s glitzy Super Bowl extravaganza that helped make the coldest season in the Twin Cities one to remember. But there is hope. Here’s a brief guide — by no means exhaustive — to winter traditions and potential alternatives this season. For a thorough guide to east-metro winter happenings, check out the Visit St. Paul tourism bureau online at visitsaintpaul.com/blog/our-holiday-event-picks/. WINTER CHEER The traditions: RICE PARK TREE … [Read more...] about No Crashed Ice, no Super Bowl. Where’s the winter fun this year? Do not despair.
Matt O'brien, Ap Technology Writer Updated 12:11 am PST, Thursday, November 8, 2018 In this Thursday Nov. 1, 2018 photo, Brian Mayton, a research assistant at the MIT Media Lab Responsive Environment group, holds his mobile phone receiving live stream video and audio data at a marshland in Plymouth, Mass., which is equipped with wireless sensors, cameras and microphones to create a virtual reality world inspired by nature's rhythms. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology hope that by live-streaming data, sights and sounds at the Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary, they can help scientists understand wildlife restoration techniques and let other virtual visitors experience nature remotely. less In this Thursday Nov. 1, 2018 photo, Brian Mayton, a research assistant at the MIT Media Lab Responsive Environment group, holds his mobile phone receiving live stream video and audio data at a marshland in ... more … [Read more...] about Live-streaming a marshland for fun