Parents of two on selling everything to travel the world

Kerri and Joe Smith say some friends and family think their travel plan is mad They have been saving up for a big adventure with their two children The couple plan to leave in the New Year for as long as their budget will allow  By Sadie Whitelocks for MailOnline In a bid to prove…

Panda Meng Meng is loving snow after seeing it in China

Nine-year-old female panda Meng Meng was seen playing in the snow for the first time this year  Meng Meng and her male companion, Jia Jia, are living in a zoo in Jilin Province in north-east China Footage and pictures emerged online showing the excited bear rolling on the snow-covered ground By Tiffany Lo For Mailonline…

The spookiest Airbnb listings revealed on Halloween

Some of the popular website’s more unusual accommodation offerings have become spooky fan favourites  One includes an Italian castle which is said to be haunted by a female spectre, dubbed the ‘Lady in Waiting’  Another is a New Orleans mansion which supposedly scares guests with apparitions of a girl in a yellow dress  By James…

Architectural Photography Awards shortlist revealed

Entries come from all over the globe and will be judged at the World Architecture Festival From space age museums to modernist gyms, the shortlist reflects the creativity in contemporary design The shortlist will be on display in Berlin and festival visitors can vote for their favourite  By Georgina Wilson-Powell for MailOnline What do Burning…

Great Pyramid of Giza’s hidden chamber is revealed

Scientists mapping the Great Pyramid using cosmic-ray based imaging have found a new secret structure The internal structure is located above the Grand Gallery – that links two of the Pyramid’s chambers  It traces a similar route for at least 30 metres (100ft) and has a volume of 600 cubic metres (20,000 cubic ft) The precise…

Adorable mutant turtle has two heads in Thailand

The adorable infant mutant turtle was born in August in Nonthaburi, Thailand Three-month-old slider turtle has won hundreds of fans with his rare features Two-headed turtles are considered rare and a number are kept in museums By Phoebe Weston For Mailonline Two heads are better than one for this little turtle as he scampers across…

Travel insurance firms are using ‘uncaring’ third parties

Beverley Waugh had a distressing experience with Axa after her husband fell ill He was placed in intensive care while on holiday in Tokyo after a cardiac arrest Axa took 12 days to pay her, forcing her to actively chase payment A report by Which? reveals that insurance companies frequently outsource  By Ted Thornhill and…

Semi where LS Lowry lived goes on sale for £325,000

LS Lowry’s home The Elms in Mottram, Manchester, where he lived for 28 years on the market for £325,000 The Grade II listed house with his studio still intact has blue plaque dedicated to the famous artist on the wall  He hated the house and considered it ugly, but lived there for almost three decades…

German zoo hopes to cure panda’s bad habit with sex

Meng Meng, 4, is exhibiting the behaviour in frustration at life in captivity Zookeepers at Berlin’s main animal park are hoping sex will improve her mood She will soon be introduced to Jiao Qing, a male panda three years her senior By James Draper For Mailonline It is, of course, one of life’s greatest pleasures. …

Stockholm piles on the style with aplomb!

Mark Palmer and his wife visited Sweden’s capital for both shopping and culture   Stayed at the city’s newest hotel, At Six, which offers rooms from £135 per night  Also boasts a rooftop bar, Tak, which is one of the capital’s must-see hotspots  By Mark Palmer for the Daily Mail Stockholm and Venice share a…