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in Hawaii, Being Nice is the Law

in Hawaii, Being Nice is the Law It was mid-afternoon on our second day living in Hawaii, and I woke up groggy from a much-needed power nap. I stumbled into the kitchen where my girlfriend was sitting on the floor with the guy from the cable company. He had come to set up our internet […]

An ancient word no-one can translate

An ancient word no-one can translate With only one remaining fluent speaker, the Yaghan language is on the verge of dying out. Will this obscure word be its sole survivor? It was spring when I reached the end of the world. On that mid-September day it was cold and raining in the city of Ushuaia, […]

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 in the bazaars of Istanbul, but everywhere […]

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 exist. But we can do […]

The Asian City obsessed with cats

The Asian City obsessed with cats

No-one knows why Kuching was named after a cat, but residents of this Malaysian city can’t seem to get enough of fluffy felines   The Asian City obsessed with cats: Sitting in the taxi on my way into town from the Kuching airport, I could already see that I was going to get along fine […]