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Our favourite things: February 2017

We’ve been here and we’ve been there, and our team have found a few things we thought we’d share

Our favourite things: February 2017
Rooster Soup Co. Image: Michael Persico

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Philanthropic Philly

‘What if you could help someone who really needed it, just by eating lunch?’ A question posed by Philadelphia restaurant Rooster Soup Co.’s website sums up the ethos of this new restaurant in chef Michael Solomonov’s portfolio. Having opened on 23 January, the outfit makes stock from sister-company Federal Donuts’ leftover chicken parts and gives all net profits to a local charity. Soup never tasted so good.
Stephanie Cavagnaro // Senior Editor

Bowie’s Berlin

2017 marks 40 years since the release of Heroes — and Saga’s long weekend pays homage with guest speakers, sightseeing and dining at Paris Bar. So go on, be a hero… but just for four days.  
Tamsin Wressell // Contributing Editor

In the post

Surprise loved ones with a handwritten postcard from Timbuktu, in aid of tourism guides who’ve been put out of work by regional unrest.   
Amelia Duggan // Assistant Editor

75th anniversary of the Famous Five

1. A garden of adventure: Family activities will be held the Royal Horticultural Society’s four major gardens this May. 
2. Dorset capers: Corfe Castle is believed to have been the inspiration for Enid Blyton’s Kirrin Castle. 
3. Gift books: Parody tales include Five Give Up the Booze, Five Go Parenting and Five Go Gluten Free
Maria Pieri // Editorial Director

In numbers

Hull’s new ‘Blade’ sculpture
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items such as lamps and benches were pushed aside for the sculpture, which weighs 28 tonnes. 70 people were involved in its transportation and it’s 75m long. 342,000 visitors came to Hull in its first week as UK City of Culture celebrations. ‘Blade’ will on display until 18 March
Connor McGovern // Editorial Assistant

On location

What we’re watching…

Viceroy’s House (3 March)
Where: India

Patriots Day (23 February)
Where: USA

The Odyssey (14 April)
Where: Croatia & South Africa

Published in the March 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)