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Chemmy and The Alpine 4 Ski Round Canary Wharf

If you walked through Canary Wharf’s shopping centre on Monday or Tuesday, you may have seen a bunch of athletes working out on strange-looking cross trainers while shouting about breaking a world record. If so, you’ll have witnessed the efforts of Olympian skier Chemmy Alcott and hardcore athletes... Read more

Hot places to jet off to this October

Autumn's finally hit the UK, and if you're chasing the sun, here are some destinations that we recommend.  The Canary Islands: The Canary Islands, found just off the west coast of Africa, must have some of the happiest residents in the world; they've got high temperatures all year long and you're pr... Read more

Top spots for some winter sun

The best thing for getting through the British winter, arguably, is getting away from it for a week or so. Even the driving rain doesn't seem so bad when you know you've got a half-packed suitcase at home containing suntan lotion, flip flops and a beach towel. If that sounds like a good plan, then h... Read more

Chemmy Alcott and The Arctic V prepare to smash another world record

***We're pleased and proud to announce that Chemmy and the gang officially smashed the Guinness World Record on Friday, February 13. Read all about their record-breaking activities here.*** The Arctic V are hoping to smash another world record - but this time, they've given themselves the ultimate ... Read more

Over 12m Brits predicted to take a winter holiday

According to ABTA, over 12 million Brits are set to take a winter holiday during the coming months. ABTA's research suggests that around 43% of people interviewed are planning a winter break to feel the sun on their faces - and 18% of (possibly more adventurous) people are planning a winter sports h... Read more

Passports myths debunked: Do I need to renew my passport?

Dear Columbus Direct, My parents live in Spain, and have invited my two grown-up children (18 and 19) and I out to join them in the middle of April, returning at the end of April. My children's passports expire in early May. I think I may have left it a bit late to renew them on their behalf, but do... Read more

Gadgets and tech to keep elderly people safe at home

Making sure that an elderly relative stays safe in their home can be stressful - if you're not living with them, you can't be around 24/7 to make sure they're OK, and making constant phone calls and visiting them can be draining for you both. We've compiled a list of the best gadgets for the home to... Read more

Where's hot in October?

Whether you're booking a family break for half term or you're seeking a five-day getaway to escape the chill, here are the places you should be looking at. We can't guarantee sun, but there's a very good chance you'll encounter blue skies, beach-friendly weather and warm seas. Dubai, United Arab Emi... Read more

The World’s Most Barren but Beautiful Landscapes

The words barren and beautiful don’t immediately seem to make very comfortable bedfellows, but when it comes to landscapes they fit like hand in glove. There are great expanses of landscape all over the world that at first glance appear to be just barren wilderness, but move in closer and there is a... Read more

Where to head for some winter sun that won’t break the bank

It’s that time of year where summer seems to have been an age ago, and your attention is focused on the clocks going back, making the days shorter, the inevitable frost is on its way and you’re searching your wardrobes for that thick winter coat. All that may seem a bit gloomy, so when the British w... Read more

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