Massed Pipes & Drums parade through Deeside town to start the Ballater Highland Games 2018

The massed pipes & drums march through Ballater in Royal Deeside, Scotland, to start the 2018 Ballater Highland Games.

The parade is led by Drum Major Ian Esson and the bands were Ballater & District Pipe Band, Towie Pipe Band, Ellon & District RBL Pipe Band, Kintore Pipe Band and Dalhousie Pipe Band from Switzerland.… Read Full Article

Taiwan takes dig at China’s lack of democracy in new year message


Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen visits the 6th Army Command, ahead of Lunar New Year, in Taoyuan, Taiwan January 25, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen took a dig at China’s lack of freedom in a message to mark Tuesday’s start of the Lunar New Year, saying she hoped ethnic Chinese all over the world could experience the “blessing” of democracy.… Read Full Article

Why China Loves and Hates Russia’s Su-57 Stealth Fighter

A unique insight into what Beijing thinks of Moscow’s latest wonder weapon.

by Michael Peck (The National Interest)

China should learn from Russia’s Su-57 stealth fighter, according to Chinese media.

The article in , the Chinese military’s English-language news site, was peculiar in that it both criticized and praised the Su-57, of which Russia has only built ten so far, with thirteen more slated for 2020.… Read Full Article

The Post Office reveals its top travel trends for 2019

BY KATIE FROST (CountryLiving)

Post Office Travel Money Holiday has revealed its holiday trends for the year ahead, based on affordable local costs, favourable sterling exchange rates and local cultural events. While their research found that holidaymakers are “becoming more adventurous in their choice of destination”, the Post Office reports that strong currency sales for the euro, Turkish lira, Bulgarian lev and Croatian kuna over the past year “underline the fact that Europe remains the destination of choice for most people”.… Read Full Article

From Hawaii’s forbidden zone to the Great Wall of China: The world’s most Instagrammed stairs revealed

by Danielle Fowler, Freelance Writer (Yahoo Style UK)

Forget ‘close proximity to the beach’ or ‘sea views’ – when planning a trip, the number one request on every millennial‘s wish list is that it must be Insta-worthy.

Gone are the days when we’d pop into our local travel agents to flick through the latest brochures, as the social media platform is now our go-to source of inspiration.… Read Full Article