Emily Gray

28 Cheap Airlines Around the World

No one wants to overpay for flights. But with some airlines, you don’t have to hoard miles or wait for a flash sale to score cheap tickets. Low-cost carriers can save wallet-conscious travelers hundreds of dollars on airfare — if only you know where to find them.

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Cheap airlines are more prevalent than ever, even offering steeply discounted rates on international flights. And there are new carriers cropping up every day, offering competitive prices on popular routes and stripped-down tickets for no-frills travelers who don’t need much to stay comfortable on a flight.

Budget airlines utilize a number of strategies to cut costs and keep ticket prices low (sometimes, flights may be 50 percent cheaper than full-service competitors). Some, like Norwegian Air and WOW, operate newer, more fuel efficient aircraft. Others, including JetBlue and RyanAir, get discounts for placing bulk orders for aircraft. When airlines save on jet fuel or airplanes, they’re able to pass on those savings to travelers.

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Strategies for selling inexpensive tickets are sometimes more obvious. Spirit Airlines, for example, has slashed already meager baggage allowances, and charges for seat selection and in-flight refreshments, including water.

Bargain airfare can be found in virtually every country — and these are the airlines every traveler needs to know about for cheap airline tickets.

Olivier Awards: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child wins record nine prizes

Olivier Awards: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child wins record nine prizes

Jamie Parker (right) plays the grown-up Harry Potter, married to Ginny (Poppy Miller)Image copyright
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Best actor winner Jamie Parker as Harry with Poppy Miller as Ginny in the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has won a record-breaking nine prizes at the Olivier Awards, the biggest event in the UK theatrical calendar.

The wizarding saga, written by Jack Thorne, was named best new play at the ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Jamie Parker, who plays the grown-up Harry Potter, was named best actor.

Hermione Grainger actress Noma Dumezweni and Anthony Boyle, who plays Scorpius Malfoy, also won for their supporting roles.

Other highlights from Sunday night’s ceremony include:

  • Billie Piper winning best actress for Yerma
  • Groundhog Day named best new musical
  • Jesus Christ Superstar collecting the award for best musical revival
  • Sir Kenneth Branagh honoured for his outstanding contribution to British theatre

Winning nine of its 11 nominations, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child overtakes Matilda the Musical and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – both of which had seven wins each – to become the most decorated production in Oliviers history.

The play opened to five-star reviews at the Palace Theatre last July and has already dominated theatre awards season.

Based on an original story by JK Rowling, Thorne and director John Tiffany, the two-parter presents Harry, Ron and Hermione in their mid-30s as their own children head off to Hogwarts school.

Tiffany was named best director – he was up against himself in the same category for The Glass Menagerie – while the play also won for its lighting, sound, costumes, and set design.

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Billie Piper with Brendan Cowell in Yerma

The Young Vic’s production of Yerma, which will return to the theatre this summer, was named best revival. Billie Piper’s best actress win is the first Olivier Award of her career.

National Theatre of Scotland’s production of Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour, which opens in the West End next month, was named best new comedy.

Matthew Bourne was named best theatre choreographer, with his production of The Red Shoes also winning best entertainment and family.

As well as its new musical prize, Groundhog Day – written by Tim Minchin and Danny Rubin – also received the award for best actor in a musical for Andy Karl’s portrayal of Phil Connors. The Old Vic production opens on Broadway later this month.

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Amber Riley performed And I Am Telling You from Dreamgirls

Former Glee star Amber Riley was named best actress in a musical for her role in Dreamgirls, while her co-star Adam J Bernard won best actor in a supporting role in a musical.

Rebecca Trehearn won best actress in a supporting role in a musical for Show Boat.

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David Fynn (Dewey Finn) and the young cast of School of Rock

Two shows composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber also scooped awards.

School of Rock the Musical won outstanding achievement in music for the three children’s bands who play their instruments live every night at New London Theatre.

Meanwhile, Jesus Christ Superstar – first performed in 1971 – was named best musical revival.

The night included performances from Gary Barlow and Tim Firth with the company of The Girls and the Women’s Institute Choir, as well as Amber Riley, Tim Minchin, and the companies of School of Rock the Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Red Shoes.

The ceremony, hosted by Jason Manford, will be broadcast on ITV on Tuesday 11 April at 20:00 BST.


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The 143rd Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2017. In addition to classic Mint Juleps and Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan Pie, here are the essentials you need to throw a Derby bash without making the trip to Churchill Downs.

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7 Fragrances With a Larger Cult Following Than Soulcycle

There’s something to be said about a cult classic, particularly in the realm of fragrances. They’re the type of scents you recognize with just a passing whiff, and they stick with you for years, regardless of whether or not you actually owned a bottle. Cult fragrances are in a different category than the ones everyone and their big sister already wear. Think about it in terms of your favorite films—where the bottles of Flowerbomb, Chloe original, and D&G Light Blue can be equated to 10 Things I Hate About You or Clueless, these err more on the side of The Craft, Tank Girl, or The Rocky Horror Picture Show. They’re an acquired taste, sure, but the ones who love them, love them hard. Here, we rounded up the 7 most-notable cult fragrances we’ve been obsessed with for years.

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How to Wear Khaki the Non-Nerd Way

Calling all Troop Beverly Hills fans, Phyllis Nefler’s khaki fashions are having a resurgence in 2017. Her character was the queen of khaki looks as troop leader in the 1989 film and we are taking dressing cues straight from the set. Khaki is so much more than your middle school uniform, it’s literally cool to wear now. If you want to take khaki in a more low key approach try shorts with a striped blouse and Grecian sandals. You can for sure push the fashion envelope and wear a khaki midi dress with sky-high pin-thin suede heels. Give khaki a go, you won’t regret it.

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9 Gadgets to Help You Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Bringing tech into the bedroom can be more harmful than helpful. Glancing at your phone before hitting the sack may be distracting and, more important, the blue light its screen emits is known to make falling asleep more difficult.

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But that’s not true for all gadgets. These smart-home devices want to invade your bedroom with the aim of improving your slumber.

4 Beer and Food Pairings in Honor of National Beer Day

Today, on National Beer Day, we officially have another reason to be hyped about hops. In celebration, we tapped Brooklyn Brewery’s head of culinary programming, Chef Andrew Gerson, to suggest the best beer and bites pairings. From sours to stouts, the Italy-trained, Philly-born chef with more than 10 years of experience is no stranger to local food and fare pairings. He’s put together his favorites to bring out the best in each beer.

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And if you’re in N.Y.C. Apr. 21-22, check out Brooklyn Brewery’s MASH event featuring Gerson’s surprise bites, local food vendors, live music, art, games, and of course plenty of beer.

7 High Waisted Bikinis You’ll Want to Wear All Summer Long

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Brian Matthew: BBC Radio 2 broadcaster dies at 88

Brian Matthew: BBC Radio 2 broadcaster dies at 88

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The long-serving presenter recently stepped down from hosting Sounds of the 60s

BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Brian Matthew has died, his family has said.

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Matthew had presented Sounds of the 60s since April 1990. His last full show was broadcast in November 2016, but he returned in February for a final compilation programme.

He also presented on TV, fronting ITV show Thank Your Lucky Stars which featured bands including The Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

Matthew died on Saturday at the age of 88.

Head of Radio 2 Lewis Carnie paid tribute, saying Matthew would be “sadly missed by us all”.

He was a “much loved and valued presenter on Radio 2 – by both the audience and his colleagues”, added Carnie.

“He presented Sounds of the Sixties’ for 27 years and we had hoped to be able to carry on working with him in a new series where he could share his memories from his distinguished career with us,” he said.

“Sadly it was not to be.”

Pop music’s birth

Matthew was born in Coventry to a singer mother and conductor father.

He began broadcasting at the British Forces Network and later worked at Radio Netherlands Worldwide.

He worked for the BBC from 1954 and was the voice of the explosion of pop music.

It was revealed earlier this week that Matthew was critically ill, after Radio 2 initially mistakenly announced his death.

His passing on Saturday morning was confirmed by Radio 2 and by Matthew’s god-daughter.

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