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Japan keeps this defunct train station running for just one passenger

For years, there's been just one passenger who regularly waits at the Kyu-Shirataki* train station, on the island of Hokkaido, Japan: A high-school girl, on her way to class. Trains stops there only a few times a day—once to pick up the girl for school and a few times after the school day is …

Japan

Jeremy Gavron: ‘My mother was a woman who looked for solutions. Suicide was a solution’

Why did Hannah Gavron, a brilliant writer and lecturer, take her own life aged 29? Why did her husband refuse to discuss her death with their two boys? Her son, Jeremy Gavron, talks about unravelling these mysteries in a cathartic book<p>• Read an extract from Jeremy Gavron’s book here<p>On the afternoon …

Guest post by Erik Nordlie: Cycling – rotten to its core?

<i>Click here for the full, original piece, “Sykkelsporten – pill råtten?”, at the website SykkelErik (posted on 13th June 2014). The below is an</i> …

The austerity delusion

The case for cuts was a lie. Why does Britain still believe it?

As Sir Bradley Wiggins attempts to smash the hour record - our man takes on the world's toughest track challenge

"Rider attention!" Inside the Olympic velodrome in east London, I am sitting on a bike that emerged, weeks ago, from the garage of its owner, who …

Why I Never Ride Without a Cycling Cap

This hopelessly traditional, possibly outmoded, remarkably humble piece of headgear screams panache. (And it's really practical.)<p>I put on a cycling cap every day that I ride my bike. I've done so pretty much since I became a professional cyclist, when I felt that I had finally earned the right. …

The Rich Are Different: They Can Walk Away

“Let me tell you about the very rich,” wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald a few years before the Great Depression became the Great Leveler. “They are different from you and me.”<p>He was right. And when Ernest Hemingway mentioned during a 1936 lunch that he was getting to know the rich, the Irish writer Mary …

Ernest Hemingway

10 Mindsets That Will Radically Improve Your Performance

Success is something all career-driven individuals desire yet it eludes many people — at least at the levels desired. Why are some businesspeople …

Secret historians preserve past in China amid state amnesia

In his small ground-floor apartment just a few blocks from Beijing’s landmark Bird’s Nest stadium, Chinese-language teacher, writer and …

Harry Baker: A love poem for lonely prime numbers

Head to Head: The Battle for the Yearlong Distance Record

Kurt Searvogel and Steve Abraham vie to ride the farthest in one year—and chase a 76-year-old Guinness mark<p>Kurt Searvogel grinds out the last few miles of his long day’s ride—around 200 miles, again—and dreams of eating an entire pizza for his dinner. He’s been riding in Florida’s warm …

Iceland—Seriously?

They were in love but slightly adrift. So they did the only thing that seemed to make sense—they took their bikes to the most godforsaken place they could think of.<p>The beaten, rocky dirt road is barely discernible from the beaten, rocky ground next to it, and just off that barely visible passage is …

Supplement Junkie? Might Want to Save Your Money

Some big-name supplements amount to nothing but sawdust<p>Dietary supplements have come under fire recently. In 2011, the landmark Iowa Women’s Health Study reported that women taking popular vitamin and mineral health supplements such as multivitamins, vitamin B6, folic acid, iron, magnesium, copper, …

Greece's leaders stun Europe with escalating defiance

"The euro is like a house of cards. If you pull away the Greek card, they all come down,” says Yanis Varoufakis, the Greek finance minister<p>Greece’s finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has spelled out the negotiating strategy of the Syriza government with crystal clarity.<p>“Exit from the euro does not …

Europe

This teacher holds the record for longest-running yearbook prank

No student can ever match this level of effort for yearbook pictures. In fact, not many teachers can, either, as Dale Irby has to be the first …

The Impossible Hour - Ole Ritter

Proudest day of my little girl's life was ruined for us

'Mild' in relation to disability should be a cause for celebration, but not in this country<p>So we sit facing the psychologist braced for the verdict. …

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