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30+ DIY Gifts for That Extra-Special Person

There's no reason you can't make these crafts for yourself too.<p>Sure, you could do your gift shopping online, but even two-day shipping can't beat these easy DIY projects. We've found a bunch of homemade presents that are fun to give and even more fun to make.

Election deals blow to Canada’s dominant press group

Postmedia’s support for Conservatives leaves it out of step with the public<p>The most common prediction ahead of last month’s Canadian election was that the country’s many polling firms would again fail to predict the results. In the event, most of them accurately foresaw Justin Trudeau’s Liberals …

Canada

Mitchell and Webb on Peep Show: ‘We just wanted to milk it’

Photograph: Pal Hansen for the Observer<p>Robert Webb and David Mitchell: ‘We’re sufficiently like Mark and Jeremy that we’d be against type if we played them the other way …

Comedy

Victory for Corbyn as Scottish Labour opposes Trident

Jeremy Corbyn's campaign to reverse UK party policy is boosted after a motion calling for Trident not to be renewed is passed with 70 per cent support at Scottish Labour conference.<p>Jeremy Corbyn’s battle to force Labour to abandon its support for Britain’s nuclear deterrent has received a major …

Study Skills You Absolutely Need to Rocket Learning Results

It’s a question that tortures every student: How can I improve my study skills? Is there any way to do it fast and effectively?<p>First off, you need to …

Productivity

Gear of the Year: Fall/Winter 2015

The Season's Best New Gear Traditionally, fall and winter are when you give up your “summer” sports. The bike gets a tune-up, three-season tents and bags get washed, and the trail runners go on the shelf until the snow melts. But, wow, have things changed. Fat bikes extend adventure cycling to four …

Faces from the heyday of punk venue CBGB – in pictures

Punk,Music,Photography,Culture,The Ramones,David Byrne,Debbie Harry,John Cale,Patti Smith,Art and design<p>The birthplace of US punk rock, and the training ground for bands such as Blondie, Talking Heads and the Ramones, the now-closed CBGB was one of rock’s most story-filled venues. Dutch art …

Debbie Harry

UCI Track World Cup I 2015: Day 3 Results

Suncor plots challenge to Canadian Oil Sands’ ‘poison pill’ defence

Suncor Energy Inc. is plotting a regulatory challenge to Canadian Oil Sands Ltd.'s new shareholder rights plan while pressing a case that its takeover target risks being left without an offer as time wears on.<p>Suncor chief executive officer Steve Williams said the board of Canadian Oil Sands had a …

Pozzato poised to join Southeast for 2016

Filippo Pozzato looks closer to joining Italian second-division team Southeast for 2016.<p>The 34-year-old veteran, off contract after three winless …

Remembrance Sunday Parades Are Being Scaled Back Or Axed Because Of Police Budget Cuts

Remembrance Sunday parades are being scaled back or axed because budget cuts have led to a lack of police cover, Labour has claimed.<p>Shadow home …

Great Britain

Corked? Fine wines languish in China warehouses as consumers cool

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The crates of Chateau Brehat wine from Bordeaux had gathered dust for three years in a bonded warehouse on the outskirts of Shanghai before the owners cut their losses in July, slashing three-quarters off the $50 price (£32.3) tag.<p>Shelves displaying wines on discount are …

China

Scotch whisky's pre-eminence takes a shot from Asia | Europe

<b>Glasgow, Scotland -</b> During last year's independence referendum debate in Scotland, advocates of Scottish statehood often boasted of an entrepreneurial land that, over the course of its long history, frequently punched above its weight.<p>Everything from the discovery of penicillin to the invention of …

Whiskey

Topographic Ski and Snowboard Mountain Maps

A few years ago, we introduced you to Muir Way, a company that was producing printed maps of national parks ranging from Arcadia to Zion. Now they’re …

Color Management

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Tory MP reveals he smoked marijuana and watched online porn

In a break with convention, Conservative MP James Cleverly has come clean about having smoked cannabis at university, watching online porn and harbouring leadership ambitions.<p>In a quick-fire interview for John Pienaar’s Backbencher’s Questions on Radio 5 Live, the MP for Braintree, simply answered …

Great Britain

Paul Scholes Has Reportedly 'Destroyed' Manchester United Return Hopes

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes is facing the possibility of never being allowed to return to the club after a string of scathing attacks on current manager Louis van Gaal's style of football.<p>The <i>Mirror</i>'s Simon Mullock reported on Sunday that Manchester United's hierarchy have been irked by …

Soccer

Hundreds of bikers shut down London streets in Halloween rideout

Convoy of over 200 riders let off fireworks and mounted pavements in stunt coordinated on social media<p>A convoy of hundreds of motorbikes, mopeds and quad bikes rode through south London setting off fireworks on Saturday night for a “Halloween Rideout” that had been coordinated on social media.<p>At …

Social Media

Burnie Is A Portable Self-Burning Camping Grill

When you're camping, simple tasks, like bathing and cooking, are harder since you don't have amenities like a shower and traditional kitchen …

Why Everyone’s Stoked on Red Hook Crits

In 2008, David Trimble invited friends to race an unsanctioned track bike crit on the streets of Brooklyn in honor of his 26th birthday. Seven years later, that same small race has evolved into the Red Hook Crit—an urban circuit racing championship that has spread to London, Barcelona, and Milan, …

Cycling

Chelsea's Diego Costa could face four-game ban after Skrtel clash

Chelsea striker Diego Costa is waiting to discover if he will be retrospectively punished by the Football Association for an alleged kick on …

Soccer

Sinai Plane Crash: Islamic State Release Video 'Proof' They Shot Down Crashed Aircraft

<b>UPDATE: Russian officials have now claimed the video is a fake. More details here.</b><p>Footage has emerged online, purporting to be evidence Islamic State …

Airplanes

Russian plane crash in Sinai: Questions swirl as 224 aboard are mourned

<b>Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt (CNN) —</b> A Russian passenger jet broke into pieces in midair, a top aviation official said Sunday, but he said it was too soon to say what could have caused the crash in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.<p>The plane crash Saturday morning killed all 224 people aboard Kogalymavia Flight …

11 Pecan Recipes That Go Way Beyond Just Pie

While pecan pies are all the rage during the holidays, their main ingredient is delicious all year round. With a crunchy texture and a buttery flavor, pecans can be tossed in with almost any dish, sweet or savory, to give it a more complex flavor. Whether you’re looking to up your appetizer game or …

How Klopp masterminded Liverpool’s win over Chelsea

While Jose Mourinho struggled to influence proceedings at Stamford Bridge, the former Borussia Dortmund boss is beginning to put his imprint on his new side in the Premier League.<p>LONDON - The contrast between the managers on the sidelines was huge. Jose Mourinho, the beleaguered Chelsea coach was …

The inside story behind Apple's secret code names

Most of them are fun jokes, but one has even landed Apple in a lawsuit with a famous astronomer.<p>Here are nine of the best code names for Apple products:

New Bikes and Gear from Wolf Tooth, Garmin, Shimano, Felt, POC

<i>Five To Go is a round up of new product announcements and the latest in our office for review.</i><p><b>#5: Felt Decree 27.5” trail bike</b><br>The newest Felt mountain bike uses a 140mm-travel, 27.5-inch wheel frame platform with single pivot rear-suspension design. Offered in three carbon ($4500, $6499, $9999) …

Mountain Biking

New Paint Kills infection-Causing Bacteria and Saves Lives

Read on to learn more about Paint Shield, a new and exciting anti-bacterial paint from Sherwin-Williams that may greatly reduce the number of …

Shaker Aamer feared US would spike his food on flight home

Shaker Aamer, the British-based former Guantánamo Bay detainee finally freed this week after nearly 14 years in captivity, was so mistrustful of his US captors that he did not eat anything on the plane flying him home for fear it might have been spiked, one of his doctors has said.<p>David Nicholl, a …

Crime