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Our favourite things: October 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: October 2017
Jean-Michel Basquiat. Image: Edo Bertoglio

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On the wall

Where: Basquiat: Boom for Real is at Barbican Art Gallery, London, from 21 September-28 January. 
Who: Jean-Michel Basquiat, an American art prodigy, poet, DJ and musician, famous for his pioneering graffiti aesthetic and tragic death, aged 27, in 1988.
What: The exhibition has gathered more than 100 works, and offers a trip into new wave 1980s New York through rare archive material. Amelia Duggan

What we’re doing: New exhibitions

Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony
Tea time at Dallas’s Nasher Sculpture Center fuses traditional pomp and spacey experimentalism. Objects include a koi pond and bowls with the NASA logo. Until 7 January.  Stephanie Cavagnaro 

Franklin: Death In Ice
At the National Maritime Museum, explore the greatest unsolved mystery of Arctic exploration: Sir John Franklin’s fatal expedition into the Northwest Passage. Until 7 January. Sarah Barrell

Joan Miró —Materiality and Metamorphosis
Drawings, paintings and tapestry depict the artist’s surreal and eclectic oeuvre at Lisbon’s Palace of Ajuda. Until 8 January. Farida Zeynalova

Take the train 

This month, Agatha Christie’s best-known book again gets the big screen treatment in the new Murder on the Orient Express movie. Meanwhile, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is introducing plush new Grand Suites, tripling the size of the compartments… more space to conceal a corpse. Sarah Barrell

So long selfie

Angling for the perfect shot? No need to find a pal with long arms,  the dual-screen technology on the new Nokia 8 smartphone  allows you to simultaneously snap a selfie and the view. Josephine Price

Custom made

Airlines, trains, theatres, cinemas, football clubs but rarely hotels… until now. Tour operator Thomas Cook is piloting a Choose Your Room initiative in 50 hotels, ahead of 300 being available next summer. It will allow you to be closer to the pool, overlooking the sunrise/sunset or the sure-to-be-popular as far as possible from the late-night music. Pat Riddell

In numbers: Climate change

7
metre rise to sea level if all the ice covering Greenland melts

10-12% 
of sea ice is lost each year

2100
the year scientists have predicted polar bears will be extinct, linked to ice loss

10
of the Arctic’s warmest years on record have been within the past 12 years

2-6%
of the Earth is covered in ice sheets
Tamsin Wressell

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