Cows on the Beach in Palolem, India

first_imgAs the sun slinks off to the other side of the globe we fully intend to chase it. This year, The Manual suggests a well-deserved respite from the winter gloom in sunny Goa. The Southerly, lesser-known town of Palolem offers delicious, health-conscious food in abundance and a laid-back beer-swigging vibe all around.PLAYPalolem beach is a hub of entertaining activity. Frequented by local fishermen, cows, dogs and friendly hawkers, people watchers will never be short of action. As the sun sets, make your way to Monkey Island, on the far right of the beach. Seeing the charcoal rocks, visiting jellyfish and ocean view in the evening light is an experience you won’t forget.SHOPThe days in Palolem are dreamily slow so be ready to take it down a few gears. The Manual recommends browsing the many shops and stalls that line the Palolem main road for artisanal gifts and wares. Look out for handcrafted leather footwear and the awesome Tibetan blanket scarves that most of the stores stock – and don’t be afraid to put your bartering hat on.EAT & DRINKThe walk from the resort to the main town is around twenty minutes but it’s a pleasant one. Beeline for a hearty, healthy breakfast at Café Inn. The staff are super friendly and the food is a little slice of the café culture we’ve all become accustomed to. You’ll be dreaming about the poached eggs in exploded tomatoes until lunchtime.For dinner, The Manual recommends the tasty wood fired pizza at Magic Italy. The menu is endless and the beer is shockingly cheap – roughly a dollar a pint when we visited. End the night at the Silent Noise Disco at Neptune Point. The rocky area to the South of the beach provides a suitably awesome backdrop to the end of a truly memorable day.SLEEPThough compact, the summer season sees the opening of infinite accommodation options. The Manual suggests investing in a little me time and booking into your very own cabana at the Bhakti Kutir resort. Gauge yourself on the town’s most prolific organic fare at the in-house restaurant and shower amongst the palms in your bamboo-enclosed En Suite. Keep Your Pants On With the Best Belts for Men Editors’ Recommendations 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivitylast_img read more

Care home residents offered NHS Skype calls in bid to cut hospital

It is one of 14 pilot… In two years, the scheme in Tameside, Greater Manchester has prevented 3,000 visits to A&E and freed up 2,000 GP appointments, health officials said. Instead of an ambulance being automatically dispatched, doctors and nurses can assess cases virtually, providing advice on the spot. Care home residents are being offered NHS consultations by Skype in a bid to cut needless hospital visits. The pilot scheme, which also means staff can get medical advice quickly, has been linked to a 30 per cent reduction in visits to Accident & Emergency departments. The on-call Skype NHS team takes calls from care home staff, wardens working in sheltered accomodation and community workers.