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Saturday 24 August 2019

Global Village: Faroe Islands expects the last solar eclipse in Europe for decades

Lights out.

The Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands
The Duchess of Cambridge

Anna Coogan

Excitement is brewing over the fast-approaching spring solar eclipse, probably because it's the last eclipse expected to be seen in Europe for decades to come.

Expected to occur on March 20th, 2015 - and during which the moon will totally block out the light of the sun - the Faroe Islands are just one of two places on the planet where you'll have a chance to observe this eclipse from land.

The islands are located in the North Atlantic Ocean, south-east of Iceland, west of Norway and north-west of Scotland.

Following the eclipse in the morning, the islands are planning celebrations full of cultural events and local food and beverages fairs. The other place to view from land is around Svalbard in northern Norway.

www.faroeislands.fo

Kate graces the Big Apple

Kate Middleton, whose proper title is Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wowed the good and the great in New York recently while on a fundraiser in the Big Apple for her alma mater, St Andrews University in Scotland.

Should you be so lucky as to find yourself in NYC, and with money no object, much like the Duchess, here are a couple of the city's top restaurants to consider.

Masa, a Japanese restaurant in the Time Warner Center, has 26 seats, and no menu. You have to go with the chef's choices, and pay up to €500 for a 26- to 30-course meal - each piece of sushi counts as a course.

The Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare -Brooklyn's only three Michelin-starred restaurant - charges in the region of €180 for 15 small-plate courses. This posh-nosh experience takes place in an 18-seat dining room.

Stay snug even on snowy slopes

There's no need to be a martyr to the cold when you can slip a heating vest between your jacket and top, push a button, and suddenly be snug as a bug.

Though the Brunton HeatSync Vital heating vest was designed with winter sports and outdoors work in mind, there are some of us who'll be sorely tempted to get one for the freezing cold January mornings.

The 8.6-ounce vest can hold a temperature of 50 degrees Celsius for over four hours. The harness design is one-size-fits all, so it can be used by any member of your family. It's powered by any Brunton 5V/2.1AMP USB power bank, which isn't included in the cost of the jacket - which is in the region of €60.

www.brunton.com

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