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15 words to eliminate from your vocabulary to sound smarter

People don't have the time or the attention span to read any more words than necessary.<p>You want your readers to hear you out, understand your message, and perhaps be entertained, right? Here's a list of words to eliminate in order to help you write more succinctly.<p>It's superfluous most of the time. …

The 10 Least Visited Countries in Europe, and Why You Should Visit Them All

<i>By Jason Heidemann for the Orbitz Travel Blog</i><p>Some dwarf in comparison to their gargantuan neighbors, others are still branded with a scarlet letter thanks to past global conflicts and none can compete with France's food scene, England's charms or Italy's gorgeous coastline, but nevertheless you …

You Need To See Cate Blanchett's Incredible Spread For "W" Magazine

The Carol star talks fashion, costume and art in her life and work.

These 10 Charming Italian Cafés Make Us Want To Drop Everything And Go

Craving a change of scenery, or even just a caffeine pick-me-up to shake up your day? Adventure and quality coffee await you -- the trick is, you have to find your way to Italy to claim them.<p>While most of us don’t have deep enough pockets to plan an impromptu trans-Atlantic trip (oh, don’t we wish …

Don't Be the Person Who Screws Up a Baked Potato—Avoid These Common Mistakes

Sour cream can't fix everything. Avoid these common mistakes, and learn how to make a better baked potato.<p>There are baked potatoes, says Rick Martinez, <i>Bon Appétit</i>'s associate food editor… and then there are <i>baked potatoes</i>. There's a crater-like gap between the revelatory and the "just okay," and …

The Most Extreme Things Actors Have Done to Prepare for Roles

There seems to be a strong correlation between degree of transformation and number of Oscars.<p>Probably because there seems to be a strong inverse relationship between degree of transformation and number of Oscars, Extreme Role Preparation has become something of a sport amongst actors. Who can …

30 places in Europe you must see in your lifetime

Souvenirs from Paris: the best gifts to take home

In a city synonymous with iconic sights and world-class shopping, naturally souvenirs abound. You'll find plenty of budget-friendly Eiffel Tower key rings and <i>Paris</i> <i>, je t’aime!</i> t-shirts but thanks to the city’s artistic flair and craftsmanship heritage, you can also find richer pickings on …

France

Drunk student emails lecturer telling him 'sorry you are bald'

An email from a drunk student to his lecturer that included several expletives and reference to his hair loss has received a surprisingly understanding reply<p>A US student who drunkenly sent an expletive-filled email warning his lecturer that he would not be able to complete an assignment has gone …

Here's Why These Palestinians Protected An Israeli Policewoman

"For me a person is a person. A life of a person is important."<p>Two Palestinian men protect a cowering Israeli policewoman in a photo showing a gesture of humanism. But protecting her from what?<p>This striking photo went viral with the assumption that the men were shielding the officer from stones …

From Meghan Markle to Kate Moss: the best celebrity engagement rings

WEDDING JEWELRY<p><b>From Grace Kelly's Cartier diamond and Kate Middleton's sapphire, to Kim Kardashian West's 15 carat diamond solitaire and Meghan</b> …

Grace Kelly

17 Ways to Cook With Sumac, Your Next New Pantry Obsession

Sumac is the best seasoning you're not using. It's lemony, astringent, and tangy—and we love adding it to these 17 recipes.<p><b>Sumac isn't a pantry staple across America—yet</b>. But with its bright, astringent flavor and use-it-with-everything versatility, this deep red Middle Eastern spice is ready for …

Recipes

Easy all-in-one cake recipes

These delicious cakes are all made in just one bowl - meaning you won't have to spend ages washing up<p>Everyone loves a slice of cake, but not all of us thrive on the faff that goes into making them.<p>The worst culprits are those recipes which use so many utensils - a bowl for whipping egg whites here, …

The Perfect Poach

Makes 2 Servings<p>We consulted the perfectionists at Thomas Keller's Per Se in New York, where chef de cuisine Eli Kaimeh gave us his number-one piece of advice (and recipe) for the perfect poached egg: Start with a fresh egg. This is part of BA's Best, a collection of our essential recipes.<p>April …

The feminist artist who broke the rules of fashion

It was Ingrid Sischy, the beloved art and fashion critic who passed away last week, that first caused the worlds of Jenny Holzer and Helmut Lang to collide. Holzer was the artist whose <i>Truisms</i>, <i>Inflammatory Essays</i> and projections brought poetry and politics to the field of typography, whether they …

Eminem's vocabulary nearly double Bob Dylan's

Eminem is the most verbose musician of all time, a study has found, while Mariah Carey, The Who and The Beatles are among the artists with the lowest musical vocabulary.<p>Research by Musixmatch has compiled the 100 most linguistically dense songs of the top 93-selling artists ever.<br>They then compared …

Supercar season: Middle Eastern millionaires and their gas guzzlers hit London - Telegraph

The Ultimate Bucket-List Travel Guide

The world’s top chefs, authors, actors and other globe-trotters—from Anne Rice to Ruth Reichl—share the places they’re dying to see before they die. Take note, then take off. Bon voyage!<p>By<p>Lauren Lipton<p><b>ROBIN ESROCK,</b> whose book “The Great Global Bucket List” will be published next year, has traveled …

Bucket Lists

Interiors: a stylish Hamptons holiday home, perfect for a family

For true New Yorkers, there is only one place to take a break from hectic city life: The Hamptons. And interior designer Jenny Wolf’s light, bright, beach-inspired bolthole makes for a suitably stylish getaway<p>Before she turned her hand to interior design, Jenny Wolf worked for Ralph Lauren in …

Sargent’s Most Intimate Portraits Are the Ones You’ve Never Seen

At the turn of the twentieth century, a portrait by John Singer Sargent was proof of prominence, a publicity coup, and a launching pad for further ambitions. (One might compare the impact of a new Sargent picture to that of an Annie Leibovitz cover.) But there was a mercenary aspect to Sargent’s …

Why These Photos of Windows Around the World Have Gone Viral

Portuguese photographer André Vincent Gonçalves started out taking snapshots of colorful windows in his native Évora; his "Windows of the World" project has since grown—and gone viral. Gonçalves spoke to Conde Nast Traveler about the windows that inspire.

48 hours in New Orleans

Arriving in New Orleans can seem like turning up to a party in a time-warp. Folk sip cocktails on colonial-era balconies, and restaurants thrum with buzzy gossip just like they have done since the 19th century.<p>But this vibrant city is not stuck in the past. New cocktail bars, inventive eateries and …

Visa application processes around the world: your guide

<i>All the information below applies to British nationals but is liable to change at short notice - always check with the embassy of the country you are travelling to and Foreign Office advice before travelling or applying for a visa.</i><p><b>Advance Passenger Information System (APIS)</b><p>Airlines will sometimes …

16 incredible Northern Lights hotels

To watch the ethereal and elusive Northern Lights is to witness one of nature's most splendorous sights: a celestial dance across the Arctic sky that surely features near the top of most - if not all - travellers' bucket lists.<p>Those seeking this remarkable phenomenon have a decent pick of …

Kanye West Says Celebrities Only Speak Out for Money

Kanye also revealed his opinions on race and fatherhood ahead of his Glastonbury set.<p>Kanye West has accused 90 percent of celebrities of only speaking up so they can make money for themselves.<p>Ahead of his headline set at Glastonbury this weekend, the rapper talked to <i>Q</i> about celebrity culture, race …

21 motivating quotes to make you get up and go

Feeling a little bit 'meh' at the moment? Well, read these brilliant quotes and prepare to get your mojo back...<p>1. ‘Power’s not given to you. You …

Motivation

Glastonbury 2015: your tips on how to survive the world's greatest music festival

<b>Camping</b><p><b>Never camp at the bottom of a hill</b><br>Camping on a hill behind the family fields means you’ll get the least amount of traffic and the cleanest and least-busy toilets. Arrive as early as possible on Wednesday to pick the best camping spot – it gets very busy after that. Have a rough idea which …

Festivals

10 Desserts That Will Make You Want to Rush Through Dinner

<i>When she has the kitchen all to herself, Phyllis Grant of Dash and Bella cooks beautiful iterations of what solo meals were always meant to be: exactly what you want, when and where you want them.</i><p><i>Today: 10 Phyllis desserts that will make your summer sweeter.</i><p>If you haven't learned this already, …

Traditional scone recipe - perfect for all the family

Scones can be sad. They promise so much and often deliver so little. And they do this when you really need them to be good. At weekends I often see lone dads – are they divorced, or have they just been given the kids for the day? – tackling scones in parks, zoos, cafés that will tolerate spillages …