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5 apps for exploring a new city like a local

There are some things everybody knows about New Yorkers. They pay exorbitant rents, they worship pizza and they never hang out in Times Square.<p>But …

European Travel

Corus prepares for shifting TV market with Shaw deal

Corus Entertainment Inc.'s deal to buy Shaw Media Inc. for $2.65-billion is a move to bulk up and avoid being outmuscled in a shifting television market that will soon give viewers the tools to pick apart large cable bundles.<p>In return for its media assets, Shaw Communications Inc. receives …

Let’s Dance: Ten essential David Bowie tracks

David Bowie died of cancer on Sunday. It almost seems impossible: he made a career out of seeming not of this earth, so it’s shocking to be reminded that he emphatically was. His music, of course, will endure, almost five decades of wildly original, visionary songs and albums that forever changed …

This night out is one you’ll brag about for years

In the world’s first underwater nightclub, you’re as likely to encounter a killer shark as a DJ killing the dance floor.<p>It was Saturday night in the Maldives and the dance floor was heaving. The DJ, who had flown in from the capital Malé, was cranking out hit after hit – Jump by Kriss Kross, …

Luxury Resorts

15 food festivals in the U.S. for the ultimate foodie

Food has become a serious hobby for many people, and keeping up with the latest trends is essential to your #foodporn status.<p>Food festivals are the …

Napa Valley

A history of Greenwich Village's full cast of characters

Book review: Folk City: New York and the American Folk Musical Revival<p><b>Folk City: New York and the American Folk Musical Revival</b><p><b>Stephen Petrus &</b> …

10 Daily Routines For Honing Your Creativity

If your daily routine doesn’t get your creative juices flowing, consider adapting these habits of famously creative thinkers.<p>Creativity can be as elusive as it is rewarding. Inspiration usually lies just beyond the intellect’s reach, sparking our best work and sneaking away when we need it …

Creativity

50 British phrases that Americans just don’t understand

<b>1. “How’s your father,” “Rumpy pumpy,” “Good rogering”</b><br>Meaning: To have sex, sexual relations, get “your groove on.”<p><b>2. “Going to play some …

Monkeys

Top 10 books about spies

The literature of espionage, like its subjects, is often not to be trusted. These are some of the accounts you can believe<p>Betrayal, seduction and subterfuge: these devilish arts are central to the ancient craft of spying. And, whether in fact or fiction, the literature of espionage continues to …

Books

40 of the world’s most impressive skylines

Home to nearly 24 million people, Shanghai is the most populous city in the world. It’s gone through an enormous building boom since the early 1990s, …

Thousands of crabs blanket California beaches as giant patch of warm water — ‘The Blob’ — forms in Pacific

They came in by the thousands: tiny little red crabs on Orange County beaches Sunday, covering a shoreline much further north than their typical home.<p>…

Lonely Planet's best places in Europe 2015

Europe is a magical miscellany of peoples and places, and the range of destinations can be overwhelming if you’re planning a trip. To narrow down the choices, we asked our team of Europe-based editors and authors to pick a list of 10 destinations looming large in their travel plans right now.<p>This …

European Travel

How Many TV Series Can Your Brain Take?

With hundreds of scripted series to watch on TV and streaming services, some viewers are having a hard time keeping track of dozens of characters and complex story lines<p>By<p>John Jurgensen<p>John Jurgensen<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@johnjurg<p>jjurgensen<p>John.Jurgensen@wsj.com<p>“Game of Thrones” fan …

TV

11 Crazy Cool Luxury Hotels That Will Give You Insane Wanderlust

Ever wanted to sleep in a tree house? What about an igloo? It’s pretty clear that travel these days can get a bit monotonous — land, arrive at hotel, unpack, go to the beach, eat at said hotel, sleep and repeat. That’s why we’ve rounded up some extravagant travel accommodations that will scare, …

Los Angeles

The Nine Slides That Matter From Mary Meeker's State of the Internet

Everyone hates drab PowerPoint presentations—unless, of course, that drab presentation is Mary Meeker's Annual Internet Trends Report. The famed …

Mary Meeker

16 things about the British that baffle the rest of the world

The British are an eccentric lot, occasionally bordering on downright barmy. From chasing cheese down country hills to snorkelling bogs to catch some …

Language

Antarctica is disintegrating and it’s bad news for our planet

ANTARCTICA’S LARSEN B, a 12,000 year-old ice shelf, is weakening and will disappear entirely by the end of the decade, according to a news report …

Global Warming

10 Uncommon Habits of Extraordinarily Productive People | Inc.com

Whatever your definition of success (each person's definition of "success" is and should be different), one thing is true for everyone: Success means getting things done.<p>Highly successful people are able to get a lot more things done, and here are simple ways you can too.<p>1. They eliminate every …

Time Management

6 spots that Santa Cruz locals don’t want you to know about

1. Shark Fin Cove<p>9 miles north of Santa Cruz after the Bonny Doon Road is an amazing little beach the locals like to call Shark Fin Cove. A short …

Quadruple rainbow puts double rainbow to shame but what does it mean?!

Quadruple <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rainbow?src=hash">#Rainbow</a> at <a …

Social Media

Sour gas from oil wells a deadly problem in southeast Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan government says there is a growing problem with oil wells in the province releasing levels of hydrogen sulphide (H2S), or sour gas, …

Medical Marijuana

Remote, romantic southern Spain

Located midway between the Mediterranean and the mountains, the region of Las Alpujarras charms visitors with Moorish architecture, ancient villages and rolling olive groves.

Barcelona

10 signs you learned to drink in Russia

1. You have high tolerance for alcohol.<p>“You must drink a lot of vodka!” is the first sentence I hear after I say I am from Russia. I have to tell the …

Alcohol

90 Years Of Hollywood Stars, Caricatured By Al Hirschfeld

The legendary illustrator Al Hirschfeld, known as the “Line King,” lived for a century–from 1903 to 2003–and spent the majority of that century drawing pen-and-ink caricatures of Broadway and Hollywood stars. His drawings of the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Sidney Poitier, Ringo Starr, and Julia …

Art

HBO To Netflix: Bring It On

How HBO’s quest to win the streaming wars became a binge-worthy drama as juicy as Game of Thrones.<p>On a frigid winter Friday in Manhattan’s MediaGulch, HBO CEO Richard Plepler glides through the doors of a power-lunch spot called the Lambs Club. Plepler, the kind of natty dresser who believes that …

Televisions

The Inside Story of the Civil War for the Soul of NBC News

Brian Williams’s fabrication was just the latest, and worst, of the debacles that have plagued NBC News since NBCUniversal was bought by Comcast in 2011. Who is to blame?<p>On the afternoon of Wednesday, February 4, the beleaguered head of NBC News, 47-year-old Deborah Turness, dropped into a chair in …

Journalism