Amanda France

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favourite memories from slovenia | 12 things that made my trip special

Did I mention that I loved Slovenia? I fear I may not have said it enough times. Not that I think any number of superlatives could do my time there …

European Travel

how I made the most of 3 days in Budapest

Where to even start with this one oh my lord. I had <i>the</i> best time, in one of the best places I’ve ever been, with my best friend. Could just leave it …

Is Richard Dawkins destroying his reputation?

In Dublin, not long ago, Richard Dawkins visited a steakhouse called Darwin’s. He was in town to give a talk on the origins of life at Trinity College with the American physicist Lawrence Krauss. In the restaurant, a large model gorilla squatted in a corner and a series of sepia paintings of early …

Religion

How Isis crippled al-Qaida

On 5 February, Jordanian officials confirmed that the intellectual godfather of al-Qaida, Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, had been released from prison. Though he is little known in the west, Maqdisi’s importance in the canon of radical Islamic thought is unrivalled by anyone alive. The 56-year-old …

Middle East

How friendship became a tool of the powerful

Imagine walking into a coffee shop, ordering a cappuccino, and then, to your surprise, being informed that it has already been paid for. Where did this unexpected gift come from? It transpires that it was left by the previous customer. The only snag, if indeed it is a snag, is that you now have to …

Psychology

Lewis Carroll Was Not on Drugs, and Other Surprising Facts About Alice in Wonderland

One of the pleasures of growing older is realizing that your favorite children’s stories were inspired by drugs. Come on, all those cartoons you watched? So. Many. Drugs.<p>In the case of <i>Alice in Wonderland</i> — in which our protagonist Alice even eats a mushroom, for Pete’s sake — you probably assumed …

Slovenia: Europe's outdoor adventure playground

The central European country of Slovenia packs an adventure-sports punch much greater than its diminutive size would suggest. The north of the country is dominated by towering mountain ranges that provide plentiful challenges for hikers and skiers. In the west, pure alpine streams strengthen as …