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The world’s best adventure cruises

imageFancy climbing a volcano, husky sledding or flying in a fighter jet? Wendy Gomersall picks the best adventure cruises for 2012.

Gone are the days when an excursion meant a gentle potter around a picturesque town centre or a scenic ride on a comfy coach. Nowadays, adventurous and unusual experiences you would never be able to enjoy at home are all part of what makes a cruise holiday so memorable.

Here’s a taster of the more “extreme” excursions on offer.

Living the high life: homes in skyscrapers

Cities around the world are capitalising on people’s desire for a home in the sky. Graham Norwood looks at an elevating trend

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Traditionally the British have seen towers as rather undesirable places to live. High-rise buildings are often associated with council housing or brutalistic modern architecture.

But that’s changing. More and more Britons are choosing to reach for the skies, and towers are getting ever taller to accommodate them.

The finishing touches are being put on The Heron, a 36-storey tower near Liverpool Street in the City of London. Meanwhile, in Vauxhall, south-west London, building is under way on The Tower at St George Wharf. At 49 storeys, it will be London’s tallest residential building when completed in 2013.

“Until recently, it was difficult to secure a mortgage on a flat in a building with more than six or seven storeys,” says Robert Bailey, who runs his eponymous buying agency for some of the world’s richest purchasers wanting homes in the capital.

Government Art Collection, Whitechapel Gallery, review

A new exhibition gives the public a rare insight into the work – and works – of the Government Art Collection, says Richard Dorment.

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In his best-seller Blink, Malcolm Gladwell made the point that human beings make up their minds about people, places and situations based on first impressions – and that these split-second judgments usually turn out to be right. The Government Art Collection (GAC) exists to create those first impressions. Established in 1935, its purpose is to ensure that the art on the walls of buildings the British government owns both at home and abroad is of the highest quality. Art tells the world who we are and the values we share – and anyone who doubts it should visit a foreign embassy or consulate where otherwise bare walls are adorned with the country’s national flag or a photograph of its supreme leader.

Cruising on Seabourn Odyssey

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Graham Boynton thought cruising wasn’t for him. That was until he took a trip with his family on Seabourn Odyssey from Istanbul to Athens.

There are some things in life that one should avoid confessing to when in serious company. For example, in the mid-Seventies it was social suicide to admit liking Abba’s music, as it is today with Sir Cliff Richard’s canon; equally, to claim a secret fondness for the novels of Barbara Cartland or the paintings of Vladimir Tretchikoff remains cultural death.

Mariah Carey Biography

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Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1970[2] or 1969;[3] sources vary) is an American R&B/pop singer-songwriter, record producer and actress. She made her recording debut in 1990 under the guidance of Columbia Records executive Tommy Mottola, and became the first recording artist to have her first five singles top the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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