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As Virgin Atlantic turns 40, founder Sir Richard Branson celebrates by wading fully clothed into one of his hotel pools - and shares some of his most memorable moments with MailOnline

In 2012, former British Airways boss Willie Walsh famously bet Sir Richard Branson that Virgin Atlantic wouldn't exist in five years' time. It's a bet that Mr Walsh has comprehensively lost...


It's Official: We Found the 40 Prettiest Flowers in the World

How many of these breathtaking beauties do you recognize? As is often the case with beautiful things, we've given flowers meaning—so much so that even looking at one can make you feel more alive. A plain red rose has become a romantic expression of love and sunny daffodils represent the rebirth of the planet every spring. Of course, because they're plants, we also use them in more practical ways: Silky flower petals have been crushed and distilled into essential oils and perfumes for centuries, and we've figured out how to eat some of them and make tea with select leaves, stalks, and blooms. But to put it simply, the joy of admiring a gorgeous, colorful flower is unmatched. (Though we should note that some are best admired from afar because of toxicity.) Not to mention, no two flowers are exactly the same. Some rise out of the water to bloom while others sprout vines that go where they want…permanently decorating the side of your house. Even low bushes can produce incredible blossoms, like giant peonies, and if you've ever sat under a cherry blossom tree with a cool breeze blowing tiny petals around you, you know how magnificent flowering trees can be. A person who loves flowers is called an "anthophile," and if this describes you, you'll probably recognize most—if not all—of the flowers below. Rare or common, bright or soft, simple or complex, these beautiful flowers from around the world are certainly sights to behold.


BA passengers on nine-hour 'flight to nowhere' over 'technical issue'

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner was headed to George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas on Monday but began to experience problems when it reached North America.


Mystery as people fall violently-ill while hiking through Grand Canyon

Groups are now in some cases having to leave the picturesque area by helicopter after being struck down by a mysterious illness that leaves unable to hike out.


Must-see hidden gems across the US

Are you in search of a peaceful getaway away from the crowds, or perhaps something a little different? The most obvious tourist destinations in the United States include Los Angeles, New York City, and the Grand Canyon, but if you look a little harder, there's so much more to be discovered. Although not as widely recognized, the destinations featured in this gallery are equally awe-inspiring. Click through and uncover these natural and man-made treasures just waiting to be explored.


20 of America's Best Historic Homes You Definitely Have to Visit

Yes, it's time to plan a trip!


The 28 Best Westerns of All Time

Saddle up for a trip to Hollywood's version of the Wild West.


Harry Maguire spotted unwinding at luxury five-star Turkey spa hotel

The Manchester United centre-back, capped 63 times by his country, was knocking back drinks by the poolside at the Maxx Royal Belek resort yesterday.


Truly Fascinating Places You Won't Believe Are in the United States

From lunar-like landscapes to European-style castles.


The world's wealthiest people don't live where you think they do


Up to 10,000 people descend on this ravishing Greek island each day in peak season - but plan carefully and you'll soon discover Santorini is far more than just a honeypot colonised by tourists and influencers

After spending a few days in Santorini, Mark Palmer is happy to disown his perceptions about the island. The beaches surprised him, as did its growing reputation for wine.


Battle of Britain Memorial Flight to miss the Trooping of the Colour

In a statement, the RAF said after the tragic accident of Squadron Leader Long, the BBMG planes would 'regretfully' not be participating in the flypast for the Trooping of the Colour.


Council to consider public views on dog walking

The council says visitors to Nonsuch Park who spoke to staff "were extremely vocal on the subject".


Which famous criminals ended up in the Witness Protection Program?


Passenger arrested by police on Aussie flight

The incident happened on board the domestic flight that was ready to depart Melbourne Airport on Tuesday.


Airport with America's cheapest fares is revealed

The airport with the cheapest as well as the most expensive airfare has been revealed.


13 Easy Ways To Save for Your Next Big Vacation

The travel bug is biting Americans this year, as 44% reported that they are planning to travel more than last year, according to a study by AAA ConsumerPulse. While travel is fun, those vacations...


Videos show roads transformed into rivers in Spanish holiday hotspots

As countries on the eastern Mediterranean experienced an early heatwave , Spain's Costa Blanca region and the island of Majorca were both inundated by Storm Tamara.


These are history's multilingual US presidents

The President of the United States is used to talking tough. But how many presidents in US history were able to do so in another language besides English? Not many people realize that there are 21 former White House incumbents who could converse in at least one foreign language. Some, in fact, were multilinguists. And did you know that there was one American president who didn't speak English as his first language. Intrigued? Click through and discover the presidents who could communicate in foreign tongues.


Here's How Tiana's Bayou Adventure Will Bring The Magic Of NOLA To The Magic Kingdom Beginning June 28

The new Walt Disney World attraction celebrates the spirit of New Orleans and pays tribute to one of our favorite restaurants, which is the real-life inspiration for Princess Tiana.


Emergency crews in Spanish tourist hotspot rush to rescue people

Emergency crews in a popular tourist region in Spain have been forced to launch an rescue operation to save several people trapped in their cars following heavy flooding.


Islanders remember King's past visits to Jersey

King Charles has visited Jersey five times, ranging with royal visits to excavation projects.


The old-school secret to a relaxing vacation

Millennials and Gen Z are taking big trips — but they don't want to plan them. It's sparking a travel-agent boom.


British kayaker dead and two rescued in French river

The man, in his 50s, was on a kayaking group trip on the river Durance near Briancon, in the southeast of France, on Tuesday afternoon.


US tourist missing for days on Greek Island

Local officials say the 59-year-old did not return after setting out on a hike on Tuesday.


Here Are the 20 Greatest Movies That Take Place on a Train

A subgenre with surprising versatility.


Wheelchair adventurer plans second Snowdon attempt

Nick Wilson spent 14 years in the Army before he suffered a spinal injury.


40 Things That Didn't Exist 40 Years Ago

The world really was a different place back then.


Peter Dutton took $23k private jet to speak about cost of living

The Federal Opposition Leader racked up a $23,000 bill when he flew from Canberra to Tamworth in last August to attend the Bush Summit and address the cost of living crisis


Historic 1834 mansion with 17 rooms is free but there's a catch

A 19th century brownstone mansion with 17 rooms and eight fireplaces is free. The historic mansion was used in the Underground Railroad, but there is a catch if you want it to be yours.


Trump's Boeing 757 isn't the perfect private jet, but it's perfect for him

The plane's effectiveness has been questioned, and the interiors aren't for everyone, but it's actually the perfect flying campaign billboard.


15 Countries Worth Visiting for an Epic Drive

Whether it's the awesome roads, incredible terrain, or lax driving laws, plan your next road trip with this guide to our international favorite driving spots.


Air display pilots gear up for annual event

The annual event has taken place on the island for more than 60 years.


13 Nostalgic Photos of Vintage Amusement Parks

What a thrill.


Things America does better than Europe

America: the land of the free and the home of the brave. While Europe has a lot of great things going for it, there are other areas where America takes the cake. It's not until traveling or living in Europe that Americans begin to realize how many everyday cultural and societal norms that are part of their lives are completely different abroad... Some for the worse, others for the better. Curious? Click on to learn the things America does better than Europe.


A New Disney World Ride Pays Tribute to a New Orleans Culinary Icon

The theme park is debuting new dishes and products to celebrate the opening.


Diving into Kota Bharu's must-try spots, a foodie's guide

Nestled on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, the city's status as a food lover's paradise truly sets it apart.


I Look Forward to Long-Haul Flights Thanks to These 7 Genius Essentials That Keep Me Full and Hydrated

From insulated water bottles to snack organizers, starting at $15


The World’s 20 Most Beautiful Cities to Visit in Your Lifetime

Some standards and some surprises–all dazzling destinations to tempt you on your next trip.


Athens tourist sites closed as Greece hit by first summer heatwave

The Acropolis hill, home to one of the world's most famous archaeological sites that includes the Parthenon temple, was closed as Red Cross staff handed out bottles of water to tourists in temperatures reaching the 43ºC. Athens Mayor Haris Doukas warned that in these conditions exposed concrete could heat to 70ºC in the baking sun.


Ukrainian winemakers visit California's Napa Valley to learn how to heal war-ravaged vineyards

RUTHERFORD, Calif. (AP) — As the head of an association of winemakers in southern Ukraine, Georgiy Molchanov knows a lot about how to cultivate grapes; not so much how to grow them amid undetonated mines. But that was the situation he found himself in after a Russian rocket dropped the explosives on his vineyard near the port city of Mykolaiv in August 2022, six months after Russia invaded. The damage — and danger — the mines brought to his...


The eerie mystery of Japan's Devil Sea

The Bermuda Triangle is famous for its mysterious disappearances. However, there is a lesser-known region in the Pacific Ocean that is equally infamous for its stories of unexplained disappearances and seemingly supernatural activity. Intrigued? Click through the gallery and discover the fascinating secrets of the Devil's Sea.


Exploring Kota Bharu: Unmissable sights, memorable experiences and delicious foods

SHAH ALAM - Come to Kota Bharu, Kelantan for the history, stay for the food and leave with memories that will last a lifetime. Known for its rich cultural heritage and vibrant markets, the capital of Kelantan offers a wide range of activities for tourists and locals alike. If you are thinking of a place where history, culture and delicious smell of...


Where is the U.S. Open in 2024? Location, distance, course details for Pinehurst Resort

The U.S. Open is taking North Carolina. Here's a look at Pinehurst and how the course might play for the world's best golfers.


Families who can't afford Disney's extortionate prices are flocking to this chain of resorts which have huge water parks and adventure playgrounds

A new chain of resorts are growing in popularity as Disney's prices become borderline unaffordable.


New bus station windows dubbed 'a disaster'

The stained glass windows have welcoming messages, but some say they are facing the wrong way.


These Outdoor Dining Spots in NYC Feel Extra Special

For a pinch-me moment, eat on the famous Rockefeller Center rink.


10 of the Most Unique Museums In the United States

Add these one-of-a-kind destinations to your travel bucket list.


Views sought on plans to speed up planning process

Getting permission to hold events on public land or install play equipment could be made simpler.


Here’s The Cost of Expenses in America’s 40 Sunniest Cities

If you subscribe to the belief "rain, rain, go away" then the allure of America's sunniest cities may be quite enticing. With seemingly endless blue skies, warm temperatures year-round and a lifestyle...