Friday 9 December 2016

The Global Village: Cameron chills out in Sydney

Published 14/09/2015 | 02:30

Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz
Dismaland
Puddletons packabale rain boots
Even Auric Goldifinger had time for golf

Cameron Diaz recently spent time in Sydney with her rocker husband Benji Madden, who was there to film the Australian version of the TV music series, The Voice.

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The 42-year-old Charlie's Angels star enjoyed the sights of Sydney in the same week it was announced she had scored the number 11 spot on Forbes magazine's Highest-Paid Actresses list for 2015.

Highlights of a trip to Sydney include its harbour, which is considered one of the world's most beautiful, especially on days when the water is covered in sailing boats. The Royal Botanic Gardens are situated on the shores of the harbour, right by the Sydney Opera House and are the oldest botanic gardens in Australia. Plants come from around the world but there is a focus on species from Australia and the South Pacific.

Sydney Harbour Bridge, the most famous bridge in Australia, is opposite the Opera House. www.sydney.com

Gulls attack woman in Banksy's world

Banksy, the well-known graffiti artist, has put a twist on theme parks for families - he has created Dismaland to have the opposite effect of Disneyland.

People entering the pop-up park in Somerset are greeted by a fire-ravaged Cinderella Castle - to show guests "how it feels to be a real princess".

A pond in the park is home to a sculpture depicting boats full of asylum-seekers, and art works include two juggernauts performing ballet, a whale jumping out of a toilet, and sea gulls attacking a woman, left.

Banksy has said it's "the UK's most disappointing new visitor attraction", and added, "I hope everyone from Weston will take the opportunity to once more stand in a puddle of murky water eating cold chips to the sound of crying children." www.dismaland.co.uk

Pop some wellies into your handbag

Are you someone who doesn't let wet weather put plans on hold? And yet, let's face it, who wants to have wet feet on their holidays? Puddletons Women's Packable Rain Boots have been designed so that you never get caught out by the rain again.

These 100 per cent waterproof rain boots fold up for very easy storage. The Puddletons come with a drainable travel bag, are lightweight and are designed to go on easy and to come off with no fuss - so no awkward wellies moments. And they have a comfortable sock lining.

They also come in a range of funky colours and fun designs, so that while the weather may be windy, dull and wet outside, your style will be anything but on a rainy day.

They cost approx. €35. www.puddletons.com

Get packing for an autumn break

It's cheaper to go on holiday in the autumn, yet do you know what you should be packing? Northbeachrentals.com has some ideas on what you should put in your suitcase. Golf clubs: Who wants to walk around a golf course when it's 100 degrees and humid outside? But with cooler weather, why not? Blender: It never gets too cold for a frozen drink, yet they may be harder to find outside the main tourist season. Hiking boots: In summer all you need is flip flops, but you might want to hike in autumn. A cosy blanket: For cool evenings. Shopping list: Because you're less likely to be lying in the sun, and it's never too early to shop for that glitzy event which happens in December (which we won't mention yet!)

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