Planeteer: Amsterdam’s new prostitution museum, a robot theme park & the many currencies of Zimbabwe

Southbank skatepark. Image by Simon Lee / CC BY-SA 2.0

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Southbank skatepark. Image by Simon Lee / CC BY-SA 2.0

Southbank skate park lives on
The iconic skate park in London’s Southbank Centre has a stay of execution. The upcoming redevelopment of the complex, home to concert venues, galleries and the National Theatre, was expected to mean the closure of the space. But vociferous lobbying has resulted in a three-month reprieve, and the park looks increasingly likely to survive. Read more:

Holidays in Turkey now one-third cheaper for Brits
The recent resurgence of the British pound means that holidays to Turkey are 35% cheaper than 2013. The pound is now at a 5-year high against the Turkish lira. Travellers to other parts of the world, including South Africa and Australia, will also find that their pound buys more in 2014 than it did last year. Read more:

Turkish government tightens control on internet
The government in Turkey has passed a bill that will allow the telecommunications authority to block websites at will, while internet providers will be forced to hold web users’ details for two years. The deputy prime minister Bulent Arinc responded that there was ‘no such thing as internet censorship’ in Turkey. Opposition MP Hasan Oren compared prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Adolf Hitler. Read more:

Nagorno-Karabakh to compete in World Soccer Cup
A team from Nagorno-Karabakh in Azerbaijan will join 11 other teams to take part in the first World Soccer Cup, held in Östersund, Sweden. Organised by CONFIA, an organisation representing football teams outside FIFA, the competition will take place in the first week of June. Other participating teams include Darfur United and Quebec. Read more:

Berlinale Palast. Image by Young Germany / CC BY 2.0

Actors turn out for the 64th Berlinale film festival
Matt Damon and Tilda Swinton will be among actors gracing the red carpet in Berlin this week, as the Berlinale film festival kicks off on Thursday evening. With over 400 screenings taking place over 11 days, the event is one of the biggest film festivals in Europe, and is open to anyone who is lucky enough to secure a ticket. Read more:

Art Rotterdam Week kicks off at its new location
The 15th edition of Art Rotterdam Week opens on Thursday, transforming Rotterdam into a must-visit destination …read more


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