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"Deep Dive" on Hillary Clinton

“Deep Dive” on Hillary Clinton<p>Gabriella Schwarz / June 12, 2014<p>Hillary Clinton has been involved in American politics for over 30 years, with much of …

Advice on quitting your job and travelling for a year

Embarking on an extended adventure often means taking a leap of faith and leaving key responsibilities behind. But those that have done it say the experience is more than worth it.<p>Most of us see the world in snippets at a time – a long weekend here, a two-week vacation there. But when wanderlust …

San Francisco

Whale watching on Ireland’s newest coastal route

Ireland’s southwest coast is one of the easiest places on Earth to see whales, porpoises and dolphins in the wild – and no one knows it yet.<p>When I saw the first roll of dark skin emerge from the water, I knew we weren’t alone. I was on a boat with Whale Watch West Cork less than a kilometre off the …

Ireland

A new look for Old Montreal

The neighbourhood’s 350-year-old cobblestoned streets are getting a new look – and a reputation for of-the-moment boutiques, bars and shops.<p>Filled with traffic and camera-toting tourists, until recently the 350-year-old streets of Old Montreal resembled a Canadian Times Square. Trendsetting locals …

France

In tune with Vienna

Discover the Austrian capital’s majestic symphony of Rococo palaces, coffee houses and wine gardens.<p>The Austrian capital punches above its weight with its wealth of imperial monuments and array of cultural attractions including its Rococo palaces, coffee houses and wine gardens.<p><b>Palace lives</b><br>Vienna’s …

European Travel

Belfast’s bold, booming art scene

Better known for its artistry in shipbuilding, Northern Ireland’s capital is shifting its creative focus into the arena of modern art.

Art

When did Toronto get so cool?

Canada’s biggest city is often overlooked in favour of Montreal or Vancouver. But these days, it exudes the kind of cool that can only come from not really caring.<p>“Clock-clock-clock-clock-KUHwhoomp!” That was the sound of the Biblio-Mat, a one-of-a-kind refrigerator-sized book vending machine, as …

Toronto

Why composting is the ultimate way to reuse and recycle

Dark, rich, crumbly and nourishing, compost leaves nothing to waste. It's time to let the rot set in during International Compost Awareness week<p>What do you want to know about composting? Put your questions in now and join Wednesday's live chat here<p>My mother had some funny habits as far as …

Grow your own carrots

Growing veg is mostly pretty simple. You stick something in the ground – a tuber, seedling, bush, whatever – you give it a bit of food and drink, and eventually you get something to eat. Some experts (though not this column, oh no) would have you working frantically come rain or shine, yet if …

Your compost questions: eight lessons we learned

Our composting live chat was piled high with fascinating facts: see our summary from layers to wormeries and handy hair<p>What do you want to know about composting? - live chat<p>1. Wormeries are a great alternative for small spaces<p>If your space is limited and you only produce low quantities of waste …

How to sow a wildflower meadow

Our 90-second gardener Sarah Raven shares her top tips in this useful step by step guide for sowing wildflowers this spring<p>1. Rake<p>First, rake over the soil you want to plant your meadow in, to make sure it is weed-free.<p><b>• Wildflower guru: the woman who knows meadows</b><p>2. Find your seeds<p>Fill a bowl with …

Vertical veg man: how to be self-sufficient in salads in a tiny space

Rocket, mizuna, sorrel to chard – it doesn't take much to keep a supply of delicious leaves for at least eight months a year<p>If you’re trying to live less wastefully there are surely few things sadder than finding half a bag of salad leaves well past their best at the bottom of the fridge. Growing …

Grow your own spinach

I grew up believing that spinach was a slimy, tasteless abomination that came into the world in tins, like soup or ravioli. For the first misconception, I blame school dinners; for the second, Popeye the Sailor Man, who could open a can with one clench of his muscles. "I'm strong to the finish, …