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The End of an Era: Colette to Close Its Doors

Colette, the Parisian boutique and longstanding temple of cool, is closing down after 20 years. Saint Laurent is currently in discussions to take …

10 amazing literary holidays to add to your travel bucket list

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that book lovers following in the footsteps of their literary heroes must be in want of a good guide. With apologies to both Jane Austen and Bridget Jones, this will be self-evident to anyone who has ever tried to explore James Joyce’s Dublin, Ernest …

Authentic guacamole recipe, approved by Wahaca experts

This wonderful guacamole recipe comes from chef Thomasina Miers, the co-founder of Wahaca, the chain of Mexican restaurants.<p>Guacamole is the Aztec for 'avocado’ (guac) and 'sauce’ (mole). The secret is to use ripe avocados, and masses of fresh coriander and lime. Season well and eat, knowing that …

Tate Modern to host 'once in a lifetime' Picasso exhibition

Landmark show will focus on ‘year of wonders’ 1932, at height of painter’s affair with young lover Marie-Thérèse Walter<p>Picasso’s greatest works of art are being brought together for a “once in a lifetime” exhibition in London and Paris that will take visitors through a pivotal year in the artist’s …

Art

These 10 Truss Houses Blend Beautiful Architecture With Elegant Engineering

Few structural systems are as iconic as the truss. Forming historic bridge designs, trusses within architecture have usually been reserved for roof forms. From the rectilinear Vierendeel to Bowstring, Warren and Pratt configurations, different trusses take on a variety of shapes and sizes. …

Why do women go gay for pay?

Lesbians, or more correctly women acting as lesbians, have always had an enduring appeal for masculine heteronormative culture; the idea that females fuck, lick and pleasure each other is often treated as a fleeting sexual orientation that can be disrupted by a penis in the room. Faux lesbian sex …

Wes Anderson creates 'beautiful' and 'heartwarming' ad for H&M

Wes Anderson, the writer and director of films including Rushmore, The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Royal Tenenbaums, has created a four-minute short film for retailer H&M starring Adrien Brody.<p>Like Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited, the Christmas ad is set aboard a sleeper train, on which Brody …

The science behind how a digital camera works

While technology plays an integral part in our daily lives, many of us have little understanding of how the devices we use every day actually work.<p>In the video above we reveal how a digital camera works, creating an image by allowing light through the lens and using a sensor to covert the data into …

The world's most beautiful stained glass windows

7 of Europe's most romantic getaways

Whether you're relaxing at a spa on the shores of Lake Como or strolling through Salzburg's cobblestone streets hand-in-hand, the slower pace of life on the Continent is deliciously conducive to couples time.<p>These are the best spots for a romantic getaway in Europe.

The world's first underwater Airbnb is coming to Paris

If you can't get to the end of Jaws without hiding behind the sofa, this may not be the holiday accommodation choice for you: Airbnb has unveiled its first underwater property - a bedroom in the shark tank of the Paris Aquarium.<p>A circular bed sleeping two is surrounded by a 360-degree glass wall, …

Astronomers see black hole raging red

Violent red flashes, lasting just fractions of a second, have been observed during one of the brightest black hole outbursts in recent years. In June …

Black Holes

Here's Where Your Favorite Authors Traveled For Inspiration

When we grow weary of the same old, there’s no better way to gain some fresh perspective -- and maybe even spark that creative genius -- than to pack up and travel. Just ask your favorite authors!<p>In search of some inspiration this summer? Visit the places where brilliance has been born! We …

China Is Building A 13,000 KM Underwater Railway Line To Canada

<b>Last Friday</b>, it seemed like the only story in the news was about a new direct flight from Canada to China.<p><b>I guess it</b> was a slow news day.<p><b>Everyone</b> …

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Exclusive, Never-Before-Seen Polaroids from Guy Bourdin

__Guy Bourdin’__s photographs are a study in the perverse contradictions that make modern fashion so appealing: threatening but intriguing, haunting but chic. They're disturbing, but you’re buying what he’s selling. Paris Photo Los Angeles’s annual show, opening this Friday, features several …

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)

Making a digital camera that shoots only in black and white might seem like a stroke of madness to most people, but German prestige camera brand …

How – and how not – to cross the street around the world

Like gorging on street food of uncertain provenance or accepting your host’s home brew served in an antifreeze jug, crossing the street ranks among the top potentially treacherous experiences in a new destination – and the most amusingly worry-free in others.<p>The golden rules? Find out about the …

Mashups

Ceviche Old St, London EC1, restaurant review

Expect imaginative Peruvian dishes at Martin Morales' second Ceviche restaurant, where weirdness is – mostly – a virtue<p><b>Ceviche Old St</b> 2 Baldwin Street, London EC1V 9NU <b><br>Contact:</b> 020 3327 9463 <b>cevicheuk.com</b> <b><br>Price:</b> Four dishes: <b>£27.25</b><p>Things I love about Ceviche Old St: it has the feeling of Peru. I’ve …

Tropical island holidays: readers' tips, recommendations and travel advice

<b>This week's winning entry</b><p><b>Gili Islands, Indonesia</b><p>Walking on the pristine beaches of the Gili Islands, Indonesia, one could be forgiven for mistaking their surroundings for the set of the film “Cast Away” – but rest assured, this unspoilt paradise has much more to offer than an old volleyball.<p>Called …

Top 10 London for first-timers

London is huge, fast-paced and packed with things you’ve been told not to miss. It's a great city, but it can be hard for a first-time visitor to know where to start. Here are our recommendations for the top ten places to make a priority.<p>1. Tower of London<p>A world of English eccentricity strikingly …

Reader Recs: World’s Best Street Food

In a nod to the Society’s yearlong focus on food, we asked our National Geographic Travel Facebook fans to share the best lip-smacking street eats they’ve sampled around the globe. Their answers left us hungry for more (and wanting to book a ticket to Southeast Asia).<p><b>So grab a snack and join us on</b> …

Hypernova: one direct hit of its deadly gamma rays and life on Earth will be obliterated

The Night Sky in May 2015: when black holes collide, they unleash a stellar fury<p>It is now 65 years since Enrico Fermi asked his famous question: "Where is everyone?" Yet still no trace of alien civilisations has been found.<p>They ought to exist. The Sun is an ordinary star and Earth an ordinary …

Spanish film festival: our top five picks

Visiting eight Australian cities, 2015’s program has comedies, thrillers and documentaries from across the Spanish-speaking world – who’s for tapas?

Film Festivals

The best pubs in London

Bars and pubs, Pubs<p>The Archers<p><b>What’s the vibe?</b> A refurbed pub that stays true to its East End roots, even if they’ve ditched the karaoke and embraced …

England

10 of the best beaches … that you’ve probably never heard of

Photograph: Alamy<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/4/24/1429896408101/07566b2b-290d-40a6-b741-c96d15bcff6b-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: …

Beaches

‘Montage Of Heck’ clip of Kurt Cobain wearing a Hitler moustache and wedding dress airs – watch

Courtney Love reads out an angry magazine letter in the home video<p>A scene from the new documentary film about Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain has …

Kurt Cobain

Remembering Kim Gordon’s 90s fashion label

<i>How does fashion shape adolescence? Every month, Claire Healy deconstructs the ways that style culture has contributed to the idea of the teenager in new series Extreme Adolescents.</i><p>A languid East Coast drawl narrates a strange but familiar montage; crop haired girls trying on neat A-Line shifts and …