What dress codes really mean for cabin crew?

What dress codes really mean for cabin crew? In a medical emergency flying long-haul, former flight attendant, Jade, had a surprising worry beyond helping her sick passenger. “Depending on exactly how the passenger may land, and their position,” she says, “I always questioned the fact that I could be on all fours pressing down on […]

The strange power of the ‘evil eye’

The strange power of the ‘evil eye’ The strange power of the Evil eye When it comes to warding off the mystic malevolent forces of the world, there is perhaps no charm more recognised or renowned than the ‘evil eye’. Ubiquitous in its use, the striking image of the cobalt-blue eye has appeared not only […]

The secret to never being late?

 How i learned to go in circles in Kathmandu The secret to never being late? Circling Boudhanath Stupa each morning at sunrise, I learned to slow down, to stop fretting about ‘lost productivity’ and, instead, go in circles for a while. 0000000000000 Circles don’t get much respect. They are the pariahs of geometry; round pegs […]

A new trade on the ancient Silk Route

A new trade on the ancient Silk Route Once a thriving trade route with Tibet, today the Johar Valley is home to a new type of commerce: a bizarre caterpillar fungus that can fetch more than $20,000 per kilo. Far from the modern world Scattered across a remote Western Himalayan valley on the ancient Silk […]

A 128 year old dating service

A 128 year old dating service

In Germany the worlds most romantic postbox A 128 year old dating service On a chilly afternoon deep in northern Germany’s Dodauer Forest, 100km north-east of Hamburg, a postman wearing a bright yellow uniform was walking alone through the woods. When he reached a clearing, he rummaged through his bag and then slowly climbed a […]

The world’s most nutritious foods

The world’s most nutritious foods The 100 most nutritious foods Imagine the ideal food. One that contains all the nutrients necessary to meet, but not exceed, our daily nutrient demands. If such a food existed, consuming it, without eating any other, would provide the optimal nutritional balance for our body. Such a food does not […]

Why Poland will never have hygge

Why Poland will never have hygge The polish phrase that will help you through tough times Words like ‘hygge’ (Danish), ‘gezelligheid’ (Dutch) and ‘lagom’ (Swedish) have become very popular in recent years. But fans of these fuzzy-sounding concepts often miss the point that Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden are well-off, politically stable countries with excellent […]

The widows who can’t return home

The widows who can’t return home Nowhere to go, nowhere to hide Some of the most conservative Hindus in India believe that a woman whose husband has died should no longer live because she failed to retain his soul. Rejected by their communities and abandoned by their loved ones, thousands of destitute women make their […]

Where afternoon tea really came from

The true story behind England’s tea obsession A stiff upper lip and an almost genetic love of tea are what makes the English English. Except that the latter was actually influenced by a Portuguese woman. Imagine the most English-English person you can think of. Now I’m fairly certain that no matter what picture you just […]

Tabriz rugs inspired collection by Hermes

Tabriz rugs inspired collection by Hermes Hermès, The “TABRIZ” collection, Inspired by Persian carpets and rugs While the world of fashion turns around and gives birth to something new everyday, Here’s Hermès coming up with the “TABRIZ” Collection inspired by Persian rugs and carpets! This is not the first time Hermès has been inspired by […]