It’s not easy to visit Antarctica, one of the world’s cruellest and most desolate environments, but it sure is worth it. Watching great swarms of penguins huddling together, stumbling through blizzards or nose-diving into the bone-chilling water is just astonishing. The smoky grey fluff-ball chicks don’t waddle far from the safety of their parents, but visitors to Antarctica on a cruise can spot them without too much difficulty. And it’s not only penguins - great big albatrosses whirl through the iron sky, far seals sprawl on the water’s edge and whales breach the surf. Abercrombie & Kent offer a luxury 14-night Classic Antarctica Cruise from £10,300 per person, including full-board accommodation, excursions and domestic flights. [Photo: Pexels]
Eleatic Stranger: The Kurds have fought hard for their own state of Kurdistan and they should get it. They are the only credible force to have defeated ISIS and they did it largely by their own efforts. The only people who oppose establishing Kurdistan are the extreme nationalists in Iraq, Syria and Turkey, but they themselves are minorities who have stolen Kurdish lands. The state of Kurdistan would be an ideal buffer state to stop those evil Sunni fundamentalists from ever returning there.