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Escaped prisoners and baseball games

By DANIEL CLEMENTS

AS the boat gently nudged out of the harbour, the isolated island emerged slowly through the mist. I felt a rising sense of anticipation as we set off into the unknown. I knew exactly where we were going, but had no idea what to expect. Just before arrival, a voice came over the tannoy: “Alcatraz, so much more than just a prison.”

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Historic culinary crossroads

On a visit to San Francisco recently, PAUL CLEMENTS and son DANIEL explore the city. Paul discovered some of the most historic and best places to eat while Daniel took the tourist sightseeing route...

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A majestic retreat for any season

REPORT By ANGELA TAGGART

TO be truthful, a trip to Roscommon for a short break wouldn’t have been something I would have thought a lot about in the past. But after TWO recent visits to the county it’s now top of my priority list. Specifically, the wonderful Kilronan Castle Estate and Spa. It’s magical, but also affordable.

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First Class Male... extra leg room every time!

BRIAN OGLE checks out Eastern European carrier Ukraine Airlines (UIA)

I HAD an unusual but pleasurable flying experience recently... making one of my somewhat infrequent visits to an airport on the UK Mainland I took what I thought was a step back in time.

I was handed my flight ‘tickets’, two old fashioned traditional cardboard Boarding Passes at the Check-in desk. Having been used to printing out an A4 page for online check-in by budget airlines for the last two or three years, the unexpected reunion with a time when airline travel was enjoyable and the old style Boarding Pass, brought a spring to my step on the way to the Gatwick departure gate, accompanied by a feeling of anticipation - a rare enough emotion at an airport these days. Even better, each of my two boarding passes had a seat number!

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Much more than birds, beaches and bars...

PATRIC BAIRD discovers there’s an other appealing side to the sunshine holiday isle of Tenerife...

I DIDN’T know much about the Canary Islands before a recent visit to Tenerife, but I would have sworn that they took their name from the native yellow songbird, popular both as an attractive pet and, more practically, as an early warning system for coal miners.

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