Vacation Friends review – raucous summer comedy is a washout | Comedy films

[ad_1] There’s a sense of strained desperation behind the title of the crude summer comedy Vacation Friends that seeps through to the film itself, the bullish insistence that, yes, Vacation Friends is a phrase that people frequently use is as deranged as assuming that something as utterly disposable as Vacation Friends needs to exist right … Read more

Hidden idylls and stunning sunsets: late summer breaks in Europe, chosen by readers | Europe holidays

[ad_1] Winning tip: wild shores and exotic plants, Lanzarote The north of the island of Lanzarote is a hidden idyll where sunsets burn golden orange and surf pounds the wild shores. Famara Beach is a surfing paradise for families looking for winter sun and a relaxed beach community. Staying in a yurt in nearby Arrieta … Read more

In a strange summer, take pleasure in small triumphs | Gardening advice

[ad_1] First morning back in London. I am at the plot at around 7am. The allotment site is still lush, a symphony of near-impossible greens. The long grass is flattened by days of heavy rain, and many of the wilder flowers, too. Our poppies lie exhausted and battered. Snails are on poles, on plants; slugs … Read more

Summer in the city: Lauren Oyler on a bike accident in Berlin | Books

[ad_1] Every summer when I come to Berlin, someone says, “Wouldn’t you rather be at the beach?” No. I want to drink beer from the Späti (corner shop) and marvel at the sudden appearance of disparate architectures. But increasingly, there are heatwaves. If pressed, even these I can romanticise: everyone is carefree and dirty (even … Read more