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Everything you’ve always wanted to know about penguins

Is there more to these flightless birds than an odd gait and a fancy tuxedo? Let’s find out together.

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.

9 fascinating animals from around the world

We’e all familiar with animals, and the majority of us have one as a pet, but have you heard about these fascinating critters before? I’m willing to bet not!

3 festive beverage recipes from around the world

It’s mulled wine season! My exclamation mark suggests that I’m thrilled by this but, to be honest, I’m not that fussed. Heating the wine just seems to accelerate the hangover feelings for me. No one wants that. So, this year I shall be trying these three alternative festive drinks from around the world instead. Not all at once.

The Chilean lake that disappeared without a trace

While it’s not unusual for things to go missing, the disappearing items are usually pretty small – not, say, a huge 30-metre-deep lake. However, that’s exactly what disappeared from Chile in 2007.

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: