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Category archives: Entertainment

Don't let a windfall sink you

  Maybe you’re just about to receive an inheritance from a relative. Perhaps you made a brilliant investment. Or maybe your number came up in the big lotto. In any event, there is money coming your way. It sounds great, but there are downsides to receiving large sums — it’s often not as simple as stashing the money in the bank and going on your merry way. First off, that […]

India v Australia: Rohit Sharma smashes 209 as India win series

Seventh one-day international, Bangalore: India 383-6 (50 overs) beat Australia 326 (45.1 overs) by 57 runs Rohit Sharma became only the third man to score a double century in one-day international cricket, smashing 209 from 158 balls as India beat Australia by 57 runs to win the ODI series 3-2. His 16 sixes in Bangalore broke Shane Watson’s previous ODI record of 15. Sharma hit the first two balls of […]

Cruising the Seven Seas

Regent Seven Seas Cruises, with headquarters in Miami, is owned by Prestige Cruise Holdings, the market leader in the Upper Premium and Luxury segments of the cruise industry with over 6,400 berths between the Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises brands. The Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet includes sister all-suite, all-balcony, 700-guest ships Seven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Mariner; and the all-suite, 90% balcony Seven Seas Navigator. Seven […]

Yoga with dogs? How barking is that? It's the latest daft fitness craze. JILLY JOHNSON tries 'doga' - with her 14st Great Dane Hugo

Yoga with dogs? How barking is that? It’s the latest daft fitness craze. JILLY JOHNSON tries ‘doga’ – with her 14st Great Dane Hugo Well, this is awkward. I’m arranging myself into what my yoga instructor calls the ‘downward facing dog pose’. I place my hands on the floor, stretch out my arms and legs and lift my pelvis. So far so good. I close my eyes and try to […]

Incredible fireworks at Seoul's 'biggest event of the year'

STORY HIGHLIGHTS More than one million people expected to turn out for Seoul’s annual fireworks festival Visitors advised to use public transport, arrive hours early for good riverside viewing spot Over 100,000 fireworks from designers around the world will be set off Expect debilitating traffic jams and crammed subways as hordes of joyous, beer-guzzling, gimbap eating, DSLR-toting visitors hit the streets of Seoul this Saturday for the city’s most explosive […]

How Giuseppe Verdi’s music helped bring Italy together

Verdi’s operas are well known – but what about his work as a member of parliament and fervent supporter of Italian unification? On the eve of the composer’s 200th anniversary, Clemency Burton-Hill looks back at Verdi’s life and times. Can you imagine any country today in national mourning over the death of a classical composer? When Giuseppe Verdi, born 200 years ago next week, died in January 1901, Italy wept […]

A Point of View: Putting a price on love

Our loved ones are worth more to us than gold – but do we understand love’s true value, asks AL Kennedy. We’re told it’s a good thing, a many splendoured thing, all around and what the world needs now. Love. Just four letters to name something commonplace and yet unfathomable. It fascinates us, apparently. Our media earn their keep by telling us Miranda supports Orlando and Prince Felix has just […]

Just point your trunk to where you threw my ball... Charming pictures of orphaned elephant playing catch with a labrador

It’s no surprise that a dog loves playing catch — but an elephant? Our charming pictures show Bubbles, a rescued orphan elephant, picking up a ball with her trunk to tease Bella the labrador, who can just about reach her pal’s knee. She dives into a pool of water, but that doesn’t deter the pooch, who tries to get her paws on the ball by climbing onto Bubbles’ back. When […]

The burglar caught by a skeleton that nibbled his fingers: Not to mention the monkey that stole a baby! Strange but true stories that make today's news look tame

We may think of the Victorians as prudish and prim but, in fact, they enjoyed salacious stories, tittle-tattle and tales of the weird and macabre every bit as much as we do today. Now some of the oddest stories from Victorian newspapers have been collected into a book by author JEREMY CLAY… Monkey business: Primate steals baby SNATCHED BY A MAD MONKEY It was not unusual for wealthy Victorians to […]