Category archives: Entertainment

Which Christmas tree cost £1,000 to decorate - and which just £10?

Do you load your Christmas tree with angels the kids have made out of loo rolls and multi-coloured baubles that have been hanging around in the loft for the past 20 years? Or are you determined to go for the latest and chicest look? And can anyone tell the difference between them anyway? We asked top Christmas tree decorator Sharon Creates — who has dressed trees this year for one […]

From a woman who pretends she's a horse to a man obsessed with looking like a doll: Meet the newest stars of TLC's My Strange Addiction

A woman reveals her bizarre obsession with dressing up as a pony and galloping around a field in the upcoming season of My Strange Addiction. Nicole, 31, is addicted to Pony Play, a form of role play that sees her putting on a mask, hooves and a bit and pretending she is a horse as she rolls around in hay. She is just one of the stars who offer a […]

Surreal shapes in Mexico’s cenotes

The water surrounding me had the soupy texture of liquid glass. Drifting through the halocline – where cold and warm water converge in layers, their collision blurring the field of vision – was a deliciously disorienting feeling. Only my limbs were clearly visible. I could vaguely make out the limestone walls as we dove deeper inside the cavern, our bubbles reverberating off the ceiling. Each Darth Vader-like exhale mutated into […]

D.J. Campbell arrested in English match-fixing investigation

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Blackburn striker D.J. Campbell arrested in spot-fixing investigation, his soccer club confirms Five other players in English lower divisions also arrested, says National Crime Agency The NCA says Monday that five released on bail while other is still being questioned UK’s Sun on Sunday newspaper published allegations made by undercover investigative team A former English Premier League footballer is one of six players who have reportedly been arrested […]


India's puppeteers struggle to survive

As the authorities plan to relocate a colony of puppet makers in the Indian capital, Delhi, its few thousand residents tell BBC’s Akanksha Saxena why life is a daily struggle for them. Puppetry and magic have been popular forms of traditional entertainment in India for long, but in recent years, the puppeteers have been desperately trying to preserve their dying art form. About 3,000 puppeteers live with their families in […]

The haunting wildlife photography of David Yarrow

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Award-winning photographer travels to the most remote parts of the world to take wildlife pics Photo of a shark feeding on the baby seal took 30 hours to capture It’s best to photograph Africa in October, Arctic in May and June, says Yarrow One thing makes Scottish photographer David Yarrow’s work stand out from a world of wildlife photography — a unique point of view. African elephants tower […]

2013 National Geographic Photo Contest

As a leader in capturing our world through brilliant imagery, National Geographic sets the standard for photographic excellence. Last year, we received more than 22,000 entries from over 150 countries, with professional photographers and amateur photo enthusiasts across the globe participating. The Grand Prize Winner will receive $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2014: […]

Dubai Air Show: Plenty of planes, but is there enough airspace?

New airports, hundreds of billions of dollars worth of new aircraft: some of the big-spending Gulf states and their airlines seem to have limitless resources and ambition. But the countries have so far been unable to resolve a problem that now threatens their aviation growth. All those new aircraft ordered at the Dubai Air Show will need space to fly. Trouble is, the airspace above the Gulf is already worryingly […]