Argentina

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Penitentes: Incredible blades of ice that point towards the sun

Penitentes: Incredible blades of ice that point towards the sun

Penitentes or nieves penitente (which is Spanish for “penitent-shaped snows”) are pointy blades of hardened snow or ice.

Things you probably didn't know about flamingos

Things you probably didn’t know about flamingos

A favourite of animal lovers everywhere and a great decoration for this year’s Hulaween party I’m hosting with my fiancée Chloë. They’ve graced the cover of one of our policy wording booklets for a few years now, featured in a few of our ads, and given hope to lanky people all over the world.

Beers from around the world

I love beer. I recently marked out a route for an InterRail trip which was based almost entirely on regional beer. The lad in me says “Quality! Wonder if I can fit in a cheeky Nando’s…” The adult in me suggests I might have a problem.

Hairstyles from around the world

Bored of your hair? I know I am! I think I must have completely changed my hair five times last year – oops! So if you fancy something a bit different why not try one of these global favourites:

Steak: Argentina’s favourite dish

A friend of mine just got back from Buenos Aires and all he could talk about was having the best steak of his life. It’s not what I was expecting either, I must admit. They really do love their steak in Argentina though, and we’re here to tell you why.

The alternative Christmas menu 2013

The alternative Christmas menu 2013

If you want to add an international flavour to your Christmas celebrations (or just fancy a year off the turkey), why not pick a dish or two from our alternative Christmas menu:

Bizarre mammatus clouds from around the world

Bizarre mammatus clouds from around the world

I love weird weather. Hot, sunny days are all well and good but I find stormy, dramatic skies especially thrilling. Even when they pour water on me and mess up my hair. This morning, from the windows of our office in Southend-on-Sea, we were treated to a particularly incredible sight – mammatus clouds!