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Never mind the headline news from the USA, 'alternative facts' and the inauguration of Donald Trump… In other more positive news The New York Times Places to Go in 2017 list rates Penzance, Cornwall, as number 14 ahead of other high-profile destinations in countries including Morocco, Madagascar, Australia, China, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Greece, Spain, Italy, France, Argentina, Mexico and America!

Yes, West Cornwall is the place to be in 2017 according to the New York Times which published its '52 Places to Go in 2017' list  with Penzance being the only place nominated in the UK. The article says: "Penzance, the Cornish port town in the southwest of England, is having a moment, thanks to the popularity of "Poldark," the BBC costume drama set in 18th-century Cornwall,"

Penzance is of course just 3 miles from beautiful Marazion and St Michael’s Mount, where we have a growing portfolio of gorgeous traditional holiday cottages and apartments. Whether visiting from the USA, Europe, elsewhere overseas or from the UK, there are excellent direct rail links to Penzance from London Paddington, including the UK’s only overnight sleeper train. International Flights and connections to Newquay airport just 40 minutes away, are making it easier for travellers to access Cornwall from all over the world, and with improvements to the A30 it will soon be possible to drive all the way from Penzance to Glasgow on dual carriageway!

The hugely popular BBC Poldark series celebrates the amazing tin mining heritage of Cornwall and is mainly set at superb locations between Lands End and the Lizard, only a short drive from Marazion. Poldark viewers are simply inspired to visit by the amazing scenery, crystal clear seas and historic harbours typical of this part of Cornwall.

The NYT article also identifies great food as one of the area’s attractions - "Restaurants such as the Tolcarne Inn, in nearby Newlyn, and The Shore have put Penzance on the map as a culinary destination. These are just a couple of the fabulous places to eat – Marazion boasts Ben’s Cornish Kitchen – voted in the top 100 restaurants in the UK and nearby in St Ives, Peranuthnoe and Porthleven there are other top rated restaurants serving fresh local fish, meat and green produce at sensible prices making this part of Cornwall a dream dining destination.

The article goes on to say “perhaps the best thing to see in Penzance, aside from the scenery, is the Art Deco-inspired Jubilee Pool, one of Europe's last saltwater lidos. The enormous triangular public pool was built in the 1930s and just underwent a $3.73 million renovation."

So, whilst it seems that much of the news from the USA can be taken with a pinch of salt, at last here’s some positive and verifiable news to shout about!

Meanwhile in Other World News...

After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year, Australian scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 200 years and came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 150 years ago. Not to be outdone by the Aussies, in the weeks that followed, an American archaeologist dug to a depth of 20 feet and shortly afterwards the New York Times reported that ‘finding traces of 250 year old copper wire was firm evidence that their ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network 50 years before the Australians’.

Meanwhile, one week later, The Cornishman Newspaper reported that local amateur archaeologist Denzil Penburthy had dug down more than 30 feet in his garden in St Just and found absolutely nothing. Denzil’ has therefore concluded that at least 250 years ago Cornwall had already gone wireless.

Paul Elliott