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Why do gyms make things so difficult for blind people?

26/02/2018 Amar Latif 0

When smartphones, TVs and even washing machines are set up for visually impaired people to use, why isn’t exercise equipment?If, like me, you want to keep fit and healthy, your first port of call is usually your local gym or health club. However, if,…

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Putting the UK transport system back on track | Letters

04/12/2017 Letters 0

Plans to revive disused railway lines must not ignore the cycling routes that replaced themWhile Sustrans welcomes the potential reopening of disused railway lines in principle (Beeching’s axed rail lines could be revived, 29 November), it will be cr…

Dirty laundry a powerful magnet for bedbugs, study finds

To sleep tight and dodge the bedbug’s bite, pack away worn clothes to avoid spreading the insects, which are attracted to human scent, travellers advised

After a long day of sightseeing in a foreign city, you might be tempted to kick off your socks, sling your sweaty T-shirt across your hotel room room and flop down on the bed. Think again.

Dirty laundry acts as a powerful magnet for bedbugs, a study published in the journal Scientific Reports has found. Its authors have warned that a failure to securely pack away clothes while travelling may explain why populations of biting parasites have soared during the past decade.

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Make tracks: ride the world’s newest cycling routes

16/09/2017 Laura Laker 0

New paths for recreational cycling are springing up in the UK and around the globe, offering everything from scenic countryside tours to relaxed city rides

The eight mile, family-friendly Brean Down Way in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, opened in July 2017 after 18 months of volunteer work and fundraising. It follows a newly-opened sluice-top road, crosses the River Axe, skirts a wetland nature reserve and mud flats, and takes in numerous cafes, before finishing at Brean Down Fort. Originally built to defend against Napoleonic invasions, the fort is now a National Trust site documenting life on the site since the Stone Age. There’s a screen to shield wild birds, including redshanks, from passing walkers and cyclists, and hides to peek through. The trail is part of the 72-mile NCN Route 33 from Bristol to Seaton.

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