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Secret Garden: In search of the filming locations in Yorkshire

For a child growing increasingly inquisitive about the world he or she inhabits, every new doorway and uncharted space is too tempting to resist – and even more so if it is hidden and locked. From walking through wardrobes into fantasy lands of mythical beasts to zapping zombie sentinels in video-game quests, magical portals have whipped up young imaginations for generations – and those memories stay with us as adults.

Author Frances Hodgson Burnett tapped into this idea more than 100 years ago, when she published her classic children’s novel The Secret Garden. It tells the story of Mary – a spoilt, incalcitrant young orphan raised in India – who is sent to live in her uncle’s Yorkshire mansion. Thrust into a home marred by death and illness, she finds solace in a forgotten, overgrown garden where a tangle of family truths unravels from a mass of creeping vines,

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  • October 25, 2020
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upstate new york secret library airbnb

As the effects of the global pandemic continue, cities across the world are contending with closed attractions, a dearth of things to do, re-imagined culinary offerings and the overall shrinking of tourist-related activities. 

As a result, it’s clear a different sort of holiday is on the rise – one that will offer the same draws as a pre-Covid-19 trip (relaxation and different surroundings) alongside proper social distancing measures and virus-related precautions. Will far-flung rental homes, middle-of-nowhere cottages and unusual houses far from a city centre solve the problems escalated by Covid-19 within the travel industry? If the popularity of a secret library in upstate New York serves as proof, the answer is yes.

The Hemmelig Rom, located in the Hudson Valley about 90 miles from Manhattan, is the creation of Jason Koxvold, a Norwegian-British photographer and creative director. Quite literally a black box in the middle of the forest,

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  • October 22, 2020
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I tried ‘geocaching’, a secret global treasure hunt. Here’s why you should try it too.

One overcast Sunday morning in September, I find myself standing at the foot of the picturesque Fort Canning Park Tree Tunnel instead of being bundled up in bed, happily snoozing away.



a close up of a tree: Photo by Andrew Koay.


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Photo by Andrew Koay.

No, I’m not here to take Instagram-worthy photos along with the rest of the masked individuals waiting at the base of the staircase for their turn (although I do admit, it is very Instagram-worthy).

Instead, I am here to learn about geocaching, a global treasure hunt-like activity in which participants — known as “geocachers” — look for “caches” (waterproof containers) that are camouflaged or hidden just out of sight by other geocachers.

Overseas leisure travel is on hold, and I’ve been looking for things to do in Singapore. So, I figured, why not explore what’s in our own backyard, through geocaching?

And who better to learn it from than 30-year-old Zachary

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  • October 3, 2020
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Sleep comfier with this secret sale on Casper’s hotel-quality pillows and bedding

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Casper's Comfy Bundle packs a set of sateen sheets and two luxurious down alternative pillows into one incredible deal. (Photo: Casper)
Casper’s Comfy Bundle packs a set of sateen sheets and two luxurious down alternative pillows into one incredible deal. (Photo: Casper)

Getting seven hours of uninterrupted zzz’s every single night doesn’t have to be a pipe dream. If quality sleep constantly eludes you, you owe it to your cranky self to make sure your bedroom setup is conducive to healthy, restorative, immunity-boosting shuteye.

Imagine building a bed so cozy you never want to get out of it—all it takes it some attention to detail. You can start by simply swapping your old, tattered sheets and flat, lumpy pillow for some crisp, refreshing new bedding. Casper, the undisputed leader of the bed-in-a-box universe, happens to have an

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  • September 22, 2020
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Upgrade your bedding (and pillows) in this secret Casper sale

Yahoo Life is committed to finding you the best products at the best prices. We may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page. Pricing and availability are subject to change.

Casper's Comfy Bundle packs a set of sateen sheets and two luxurious down alternative pillows into one incredible deal. (Photo: Casper)
Casper’s Comfy Bundle packs a set of sateen sheets and two luxurious down alternative pillows into one incredible deal. (Photo: Casper)

Getting seven hours of uninterrupted zzz’s every single night doesn’t have to be a pipe dream. If quality sleep constantly eludes you, you owe it to your cranky self to make sure your bedroom setup is conducive to healthy, restorative, immunity-boosting shuteye.

Imagine building a bed so cozy you never want to get out of it—all it takes it some attention to detail. You can start by simply swapping your old, tattered sheets and flat, lumpy pillow for some crisp, refreshing new bedding. Casper, the undisputed leader of the bed-in-a-box universe, happens to have an

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  • September 16, 2020
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Inside the Secret Porsche Program That Helps Select Clients Customize Their Dream Car

Jorge Carnicero is a blue man. Many of the numerous cars he owns are blue. His daily uniform is a blue button-up Ralph Lauren shirt, blue jeans and a blue baseball cap. And in June of 2018, as he was sitting in the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, surrounded by color samples, he was about to order yet another blue car.

“Jorge, your friend just ordered a car in that shade,” Yana Perros told him gently. “Let me play devil’s advocate.” The Porsche manager laid a new sample next to the brown interior leather that Carnicero liked. The painted tile, shaped like a 911 Carrera, was a vibrant green.

Carnicero, 68, is a horse breeder who divides his time between Kentucky and Florida, and he cheerily admits that his love of Porsche—the marque and the cars—borders on obsession. He has owned more than he remembers and will happily go on

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  • September 5, 2020
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Meghan Markle ran a secret, anonymous blog for two years

Photo credit: Clive Mason - Getty Images
Photo credit: Clive Mason – Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Before she married Prince Harry, Suits actress Meghan Markle was famous not only for her role in, well… Suits, but also for the lifestyle blog she ran, called The Tig. Described initially as a “passion project”, the blog later evolved for Meghan into “an amazing community of inspiration, support, fun and frivolity” where she shared an insight into her biggest loves – food, fashion and travel.

That blog was suspended when Meghan and Harry’s engagement was announced (being a member of the royal family means you can’t share quite so much of your life anymore) but it seems that wasn’t the only blog Meghan Markle was the voice behind. According to a new biography written about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Finding Freedom, Meghan actually ran an anonymous blog secretly for two years between 2010 and 2012.

The blog, titled

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  • August 11, 2020
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‘My hotel stay was cancelled because of coronavirus, but Secret Escapes insists I’m not due a refund’

A trip to Oxford was scuppered by the pandemic - getty
A trip to Oxford was scuppered by the pandemic – getty

Gill Charlton assists a reader whose trip to Oxford was cancelled

David Kidd writes:                        

In February we booked a short break at a hotel in Oxford through Secret Escapes to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We paid £636 for a two-night stay checking in on April 8. Secret Escapes’ booking terms said that the reservation was non-­refundable if we cancelled.

In the event we didn’t cancel ourselves, but the hotel was closed due to the coronavirus lockdown so we couldn’t stay. The Oxford Thames ­Hotel’s reservations manager said he could not process a refund and advised us to contact Secret Escapes to seek reimbursement. 

But Secret Escapes continues to insist that it does not have to repay us because of the “no refunds” clause in its terms and that the reason for the cancellation is immaterial. Surely this can’t be

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