Festival fun: the South By Southwest music, film and technology festival in Austin earlier this year – “Keep Austin Weird!” has become a catch-all calling card for the city which attracts musicians and software coders, political liberals and start-up entrepreneurs. Photograph: Darrell Craig Harris/Getty Images

Austin revels in its kooky status and the Texan capital’s slogan “Keep Austin Weird!” has become a catch-all calling card for musicians and softwar(...)

Briefs encounter: the Australian troupe is back with The Second Coming

Each preview includes a code. Here’s what they mean:BYM: Bring your mumBYD: Bring your dadEB: Early bird – starts before 8pmL: On at lunchtimeS&S:(...)

At 12pm on July 5th, we push off from Inuvik down the MacKenzie River on our 3,000km voyage. I’m with three other men in a 25ft rowing boat in the Can(...)

Denis Barnett, Frank Wolf, Paul Gleeson and Kevin Vallely, with their boat, prepare to tackle the Northwest Passage

In recent weeks many friends and family have asked my fellow explorers and me whether we are looking forward to our rowing expedition. The answer is, (...)

In just under four months I will sit into a 25ft rowing boat with three other men, high up in the Canadian Arctic, to embark on our quest to ro(...)