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Fifty Shades of Grey: ‘Neither romantic nor especially sexy’

Viv’s view<p><b>I fear that</b> what you think of <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i> may say more about you than it says about the movie itself. Personally, I was preoccupied throughout by one question: who cleans the Red Room of Pain (Mr Grey’s in-house dungeon)? It is extremely tidy, well-ordered and hygienic. Someone is …

Shades of Grey

31 Stunning Pictures Of American National Parks

The National Park Service oversees 401 areas throughout the U.S. and U.S. territories and has nearly 300 million visitors each year.<p>You don't have to be a hiking fanatic to enjoy these places. You can swim, kayak, bird watch, walk, bike, drive, camp, or just relax in the country's national parks.<p>We …

China's 2Q GDP Growth Slows To 7.5%

Official GDP data released Monday confirmed that China’s economy is faltering, testing the resolve of Beijing’s new taskmasters who say they want quality over quantity. The economy grew by an annualised 7.5% in the second quarter of 2013, down from 7.7% in the first quarter and broadly in line with …

China’s GDP and the investment factor

2013-07-15T09:08:15.000Z<p>By: Izabella Kaminska<p>Kate’s already noted some of the oddities in China’s latest GDP data.<p>But it’s worth re-emphasising the …

China GDP: where’s the demand? | Financial Times

Print this page<p>OK, so it wasn’t 7 per cent – let’s leave finance minister Lou Jiwei’s comments aside for now. But it was 7.5 per cent, and although …

The China slowdown, in numbers | Financial Times

<i>by Kate Allen and Simon Rabinovitch</i><p>The latest Chinese GDP figures leave little doubt that the days of double-digit growth for the world’s …

As China’s growth slips to 7.5% in Q2, investment continues to power the economy

China gross domestic product grew 7.5% in the second quarter—a more-than-healthy rate for most countries but one that qualifies as a struggle for the policymakers in Beijing, as they attempt to reform the world’s second-largest economy with a minimum of short-term pain.<p>Overall GDP growth for the …

Economics

Opec may well cut output targets to maintain the $100-plus oil price

Last week the AA motoring organisation warned that the weak outlook for sterling could result in soaring petrol prices. However, it’s not time to panic just yet.<p>Oil is priced in dollars and prices globally have been on the rise. US crude prices, as measured by West Texas Intermediate (WTI) hit a …

Will The Fed Taper In September If The August Unemployment Rate Is Still At 7.6%?

Short answer: No.<p>The BLS will release two more employment reports before the September 17-18 FOMC meeting (employment reports for July and August). The current unemployment rate is 7.6% (as of June), and the Fed's forecast is for the unemployment rate to decline to an average of 7.2% to 7.3% in Q4 …

As the Fed tapers, will EMs tighten? | Financial Times

Quantitative easing was a big factor behind growth in emerging markets after the 2008-09 crisis. And when Ben Bernanke, chairman of the US Federal …

World's Largest Building, New Century Global Center, Opens In China (PHOTOS)

Where can you spend a day at work, do some serious shopping, sleep in a five-star hotel, go ice skating, swimming AND tanning without <i>ever</i> stepping outside?<p>At the New Century Global Center, in Chengdu, China, obviously.<p>The recently opened city-sized structure is being called the "world's largest …

The Best Places For Guys To Shop

The results are in, and we're ready to reveal where men like to get their apparel and accessories.<p>Nearly 1,000 Business Insider readers took the survey. Not surprisingly, 97% of the respondents were men, most of whom are city dwellers in their twenties.<p>Preferences were split between department …

50 Drives You Must Take In Your Lifetime

Ranging from the mountains of Montana and Wyoming to a breathtaking salt flat in Bolivia, the drives aren't to miss.

Top Cancun Restaurant Suggestions by Dining Critics

01 of 08<p>Foodies Everywhere Stopped and Looked<p>The opening of Tempo by Martin Berasategui in Gran Melia Paradisus Cancun hotel has raised Cancun in the …

14 Hipster-Friendly Hotels Around The World

But what if your tastes aren't so easily defined? What if you're just as interested in brown-bagging it on a rooftop as you are in a five-star meal? Dive-bar environments with mint Danish design? What if you're a hip/ster creative-minded millennial?<p>With more and more of us wanting something that's …

A Guide to Singapore’s Hawker Food Culture

The spicy broth steamed up my glasses as I pulled the long, golden noodles from the bowl of <i>prawn mee</i> in front of me. If that chili-infused dish didn’t satisfy my hunger, the bowl of savory fish ball soup next to it would, or even the <i>shu mai</i> dumplings next to that.<p>These were a few of the delicacies …

A guide to the eateries of France

There's a vast number of eateries in France. Most have defined roles, though some definitions are becoming a bit blurred. Here's a quick guide:<p>Auberge<p>An <i>auberge</i> (inn), which may also appear as an <i>auberge de campagne</i> or <i>auberge du terroir</i> (country inn), is usually attached to a rural B&B or small hotel …

France

The huge misconception at the heart of “too big to fail”

<i>As banks continue to swell in size, the public might conclude that legislators have gone back on their promise to never again let a bank grow “too big to fail.” But making banks smaller was never what legislators—most of them, anyway—had in mind.</i><p>American banks? Those things that were nearly wiped …

Finance

Back to Basics: Food Photography Lighting & Styling

In today’s foodie/cellphoneography/Instagram world, everyone is a food photographer. It’s almost customary to take a photo of your food before …

Best New Rooftop Bars in NYC

Summer is (unofficially) here and what better way to take in the glorious New York City skyline than from a rooftop bar? Visitors and locals alike …

Top 10 Free Things To Do In New York City This Summer

Sunday, June 8, 2014<p>Free things to do in New York City in the summer? I know it sounds like an oxymoron. Let’s face it, the words “free” and “New …

Top 10 US travel destinations for 2013

Every year our US-based editors team up with Lonely Planet’s expert authors to compile a list of US destinations that are prime for the next year. <i>Best in Travel 2013</i> already covered two places we think the world should be looking at – San Francisco and the Gulf Coast – but here we wanted to dig …

National Parks

The 20 Best Restaurants In Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The hipster neighborhood has recently seen an influx of fantastic restaurants that serve everything from fresh farm-to-table ingredients to hand-made Japanese udon noodles.<p>We polled our editors and reporters as well as foodies who live and eat in Williamsburg to find the best restaurants in …

Berlin itinerary

Hit the highlights of Berlin with this three-day itinerary in the German capital.<p>DAY ONE<p>Start your Berlin exploration by seeing the city from above, preferably by booking ahead for an early lift ride up to the dome of the Reichstag. From here, stroll south past the Roma & Sinti Memorial to snap a …

Germany

One day in Brooklyn: the perfect itinerary

For many first-time visitors to New York, New York equals Manhattan. But just a couple of subway stops across the river lies a whole other delicious world that deserves your exploration. So set aside a day to take a tour of Brooklyn, with these hand-picked highlights from Brooklyn local, Brian …

Gruyere

Design Hotels Turns 20!

Ultra-Luxe<p>From Bali and Portugal to France and Miami, a look back at some of Design Hotels’ coolest properties.<p>05.24.13 4:45 AM ET<p>Courtesy of Design …

Sticker Shock: 12 Crazy Expensive Hotel Suites (PHOTOS)

Shelling out thousands of dollars a night for a hotel room may not be in the cards for most of us, but that doesn't mean we can't take a voyeuristic peek at the jaw-dropping suites that command these high price tags. From high-roller villas in Las Vegas to the uber-decadent suite in Istanbul where …

10 Italian Villages for a Perfect Summer Escape

For years, Italy has ranked among the top summer destinations for American travelers, an unsurprising feat given the country's historical legacy, renowned cuisine, breathtaking heartland, and award-winning wines. To get a true taste of the essence of Italy, many travelers take to the countryside to …

The 10 best treks in the world

These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:<p>1. GR20, France<p><i>Image by</i> …

Hiking

The Best Commencement Speeches of 2013

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>It's that time of year, where college graduates are heading off into the world and everyone from …