Lee Angelo Sciascia

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Rock climbing and fat biking in Yangshuo: Here’s why China’s adventure capital will break you

My fingers feel like they’ve been sandpapered, and my thighs feel like iron bars. These are the joys of climbing the Egg, a legendary karst crag in …

Heart Rates

Italy’s soothing staples are given a fresh, light touch this week with an onion and nettle cream risotto and ricotta dumplings rolled in a perky, cherry tomato sauce<p>Don’t miss the double-sized Italian issue of Guardian Cook this weekend<p>My cooking life has centered around Italy. I earned my stripes …

Recipes

UK-trained navy officer 'joins the Islamic State'

A UK-trained naval officer has reportedly joined the Islamic State (Isil), raising fears he could use his knowledge of British maritime activity for terror attacks.<p>Ali Alosaimi, a 28-year-old Kuwaiti, spent three years training on a Merchant Navy officer's course in Britain before joining the …

Bashar al-Assad

How to Order Wine at a Restaurant: Avoid Embarrassment, Save Money, and Pick Something Divine

<b>SHOOTING DARTS IN THE DARK</b><p>For many of us, ordering wine in a restaurant is like shooting darts with our eyes closed. We set the bar quite low for ourselves when it comes to defining success, and often we're content just to hit the board. We may aim for a delicious wine (and strive not to embarrass …

Camping purists may sneer but glamping is here to stay with hundreds of sites scattered across the UK. We pick 10 additions to Cool Camping’s new book, Glamping Getaways<p>Two yurts and an octagonal “caban” (pictured above) accompany a handful of tent pitches at <b>Graig Wen</b> on the banks of the Mawddach …

England

Stop everything! Here’s what each heart emoji really means

This will change the face of love forever<p>You can tell a lot about someone from how they emoji, and FYI, we WILL stop texting you back if you use …

Short stories from a big country: The Australian

When you picture an Australian, what do you see? Probably a white male — an outback larrikin in a cork-fringed bush hat.<p>A nation’s identity can only …

Brexiteers mock ‘Kim Jong Cameron’ as 130,000 say ‘no’ to £9mn pro-EU leaflet

Snarky Brexiteers have shared a campaign ad branding the embattled British PM ‘Kim Jong Cameron’ in jest at his £9 million pro-EU ‘propaganda.’ It comes as 130,000 people sign a petition against his “taxpayer-funded biased” pro-EU flyers.<p>The pro-Brexit ‘<i>Leave.EU</i>’ campaign ad features Cameron in the …

27 Next-Level Recipes That Shame Slutty Brownies

Brownies are timeless, always in season, and never go out of style, so these recipes are applicable anytime, anywhere. Make some for your little brother, your great aunt, and your Grandma Judy.<p>You can add peanut butter, make it into a cheesecake, or even toss it in the waffle iron -- the sky is …

Lime and pistachio pastry pipes with espresso ice cream

Inspired by those delicious Middle Eastern sweets, these little pipes are easy to assemble and cook in minutes. For the coffee ice cream I cheat a little and buy good-quality ready-made custard.<p>SERVES<p>4<p>INGREDIENTS<p><b>For the ice cream</b><p>2 strong espresso-size coffees, or 1 tbsp extract made with a heaped …

Best Beaches in the Dominican Republic

Read on for sun, sand, and surf.<p>Chances are, if you’re thinking about booking a vacation to the Dominican Republic, you’ve got one word on the brain: …

11 Recipes That Are So. Much. Fun.

1<p>These great looking cookies are deceptively easy to create... vanilla and chocolate cleverly interlaced.<p>1<p>These great looking cookies are deceptively …

The year that prepared Adolf Hitler to be a brutal dictator

"The national revolution has begun! The building is surrounded by six hundred heavily armed men! No one is allowed to leave."<p>Behind Hitler, a platoon of steel-helmeted men under the command of Captain Hermann Göring dragged a heavy machine gun into the beer hall entrance.<p>Thus began Adolf Hitler's …

Alastair Sawday’s pick of boutique Parisian hotels offers a touch of chic for those who prefer to avoid big-name chains<p>This calm retreat in the heart of Montparnasse lets guests step out of the bustle and into a foyer full of natural light. A blend of old and new creates an individual, warm …

France

Raw Cacao Flapjacks

<b>What You’ll Need:</b><p>1⁄2 cup roughly chopped almonds<br>• 1 heaped cup dates – soaked<br>• 11⁄2 cups oats (we use gluten-free sprouted)<br>• 1⁄4 cup golden linseed<br>• 4 TBSP …

This $6 Piece of Aluminum Will Change the Way You Cook

Meet the simple, chef-y tool that will revolutionize your weeknight dinner.<p><i>Welcome to Cook Like a Pro, in which we ask some of our favorite chefs for their essential techniques, along with advice on fearlessly frying, flipping, seasoning, and more.</i><p>Sometimes the simplest chef-y tool can …

Seafood

6 Ingredients to Swap for Breadcrumbs, Because You Are Creative and Fabulous

Get your crispy and delicious on. These ingredients prove that breadcrumbs don't own the breading game.<p>If it's not a scientific fact that breading immediately improves any food, it should be. So don't let your mom's seasoned fine breadcrumb-baked chicken breast restrict your imagination. Experiment …

Cooking

If you’re after a fresh spin on the city break look beyond the usual big names for more cool culture and great sights. Here’s our list for 2016<p>• <b>Alt. city breaks 2015</b><p><b>Why go?</b> The island of Malta itself is a sight to behold but within the walled city of its capital, Valletta, built by the Knights of …

European Travel

This Is How You Make The Perfect Poached Egg

<i>BY RICK MARTINEZ</i><p>Credit: Peden + Munk<p><i>Yes, everybody makes basic cooking mistakes. Like, say, something as simple as overcooking mushrooms or toasting grains and spices. Below, reader Gail Magnani confesses botching a batch of poached eggs to associate food editor Rick Martinez. Welcome to Effed it</i> …

What Exactly Is IN A Cadbury Creme Egg, Anyway?

Besides gooey goodness, of course.<p>Nothing says Jesus has risen quite like bingeing on pastel-packaged sugar bombs.<p>And while Peeps and jelly beans are definitely up there in terms of Easter basket glory, there can only be one savior on Easter Sunday, and it's definitely the Cadbury Creme Egg.<p>Just …

The Cheapest Caribbean Vacation Paradises

By: <i>Harmon Leon</i><p>Credit: <i>VALENTIN VALKOV/SHUTTERSTOCK</i><p>How many times have you been shoveling snow and muttered to yourself, "I would give ANYTHING to be on a Caribbean beach right now"? Every time, right? Sure, but you probably also slogged on thinking a mid-winter escape to a tropical paradise costs a …

What is quantitative easing, and why might we need more of it?

How does the monetary stimulus central bankers have come to rely on actually work?<p>As financial markets reel, bludgeoned by concerns about the strength of the world economy, investors are increasingly convinced that central banks will turn to quantitative easing (QE).<p>It is hoped policymakers will …

Central Banks

Majesty and massacre on the trail of the Romanovs

The story of the Romanovs is one of magnificence, mayhem, majesty and massacre; the chronicle of a family unlike any other. It is also a story that can be followed on a journey through Russia, one that charts their rise and terrible fall. Much Romanov history is based in the cities that have served …

Australia's mining boom turns to dust as commodity prices collapse

As the country's economy adjusts to a new reality following the collapse in commodities, many British expats are considering a move back home<p>When geologist Chris Nellist was offered a job in Sydney after completing his masters at Leicester, he seized it with both hands. His timing could have been …

Inspiration

Here's the Difference Between a Hydrogen Bomb and an Atom Bomb

In some ways it’s a shame human beings ever figured out how the sun works. If we hadn’t figured that out, we never would have learned how nuclear …

Britain for sale: £8 trillion, or nearest offer

What would Britain be worth if we put it on the market? Official estimate reveals how much each person would receive if we sold the entire country and everything in it<p>Britain would have a price tag of £8,063,000,000,000 if the whole country – and everything in it – was put up for sale, according to …

A Lot of Americans Support Bombing the Fictional Country from Aladdin

A new poll found that many Americans—including 30% of Republican primary voters—say they would bomb the fictional country from Disney’s <i>Aladdin</i>, but …

The European economy's most important Europeans aren't even from Europe

One of the biggest stories of the year has been the migration crisis in Europe.<p>Although it's difficult to get the exact numbers as some people may have passed into Europe undetected, over 980,000 people have claimed asylum in 2015 to date, according to data from Eurostat, cited by BBC.<p>Notably, this …

Here's why Brits should vote for a 'Brexit'

Not so long ago — perhaps a decade or so — I believed that the interests of Britain would be best served if the country was a full-fledged member not only of the EU but of the euro zone. I was wrong, but it was a different time and I was a different, more innocent me.<p>By the time the sovereign debt …