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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’

On the afternoon of 14 December 1965, a 29-year-old woman dropped the younger of her two sons at a Christmas party at his nursery school and drove to the flat of a friend in Primrose Hill, north London. Inside, she sealed the kitchen doors and windows and turned on the oven. Some time later, …

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 | Paul Krugman

Austerity,Public services policy,Economics,Public sector cuts,Public finance,Society,Politics,Liberal-Conservative coalition,Conservatives,Liberal Democrats,Business,UK news<p>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 …

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 …

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 …

China

Harry Baker: A love poem for lonely prime numbers

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. …