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Lee Valley Velopark. Image courtesy of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
London’s Olympic cycling facilities open to public
London’s Lee Valley Velopark opens on Monday. The park offers track cycling, a floodlit road circuit, five miles of mountain bike trails and a remodelled version of the Olympic BMX track. Facilities sit in Queen Elizabeth Park in East London, parts of which reopened last summer – the rest of the park reopens in April. Read more: visitleevalley.org.uk
Manifesta biennial still on for St Petersburg
The organisers of Manifesta, the roving European Biennial of Contemporary Art (which changes location every two years), have confirmed that the manifestation is still to take place at the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg as planned, from 28 June to 31 October. The museum celebrates its 250th anniversary this year. The event has come under public criticism and there have been calls for a boycott or relocation of the biennial this year because of the complex situation between Russia and Ukraine over Crimea. Read more: sptimes.ru
Divers’ bodies recovered from Plura caves
The bodies of two Finns who died while diving in Norway’s Plura caves have finally been recovered. The successful rescue mission came after several failed attempts since the divers perished in February. Conditions in the caves are so dangerous that Norwegian authorities had imposed a ban on further dives but confirmed that prosecuting the recovery team (who defied the diving ban to rescue the bodies) ‘is not a priority’. Read more: thelocal.no
Disney’s ‘Frozen’ inspires new cruise itinerary
Disney Cruise Line are to run a new Norwegian itinerary, inspired by the animated movie Frozen. The film has inspired a wave of US tourists to the country; the new seven-, nine- and 11-night itineraries will be available from summer 2015, and will call at ports including Oslo and Bergen. Read more: cruisecritic.co.uk
Rome’s Colosseum. Image by Sean MacEntee / CC BY 2.0
Obama sees the sights on official visit to Rome
President Obama has been given a private tour of Rome’s Colosseum, after meeting with Pope Francis, Italy’s President, as well as the Prime Minister, as part of an official state visit. The …read more