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Everything you need to know about marijuana smoking in the Netherlands

Though considered a lowbrow form of entertainment by some, coffeeshops play a vital role in Dutch tourism: figures suggest that 25-30 per cent of people who visit Amsterdam spend time in a coffeeshop.<p>Cannabis is currently illegal in the Netherlands, however, Dutch lawmakers today approved …

Cannabis

Economists hike forecasts as Brexit confidence grows

Britain's economy will grow faster than expected in 2016 and 2017, as newly optimistic economists reverse some of the downgrades made immediately after the Brexit vote.<p>A raft of strong economic data published since the vote has persuaded some analysts that a devastating economic crunch – predicted …

7 emerging technologies you haven't heard of yet

You may think the iPhone 7 is cutting edge technology - and it is, up to a point - but there are gadgets and tech coming down the pipe that are going …

The science behind having a happy family holiday

My most memorable moments on holiday include: crashing a car while entering a supermarket car park; having to wear my husband’s underwear after my bag was lost by the airline (and thank goodness it was my bag that was lost and not his); and ending up in hospital after being repeatedly stung by a …

20 best vegetarian recipes: part 4

Yotam Ottolenghi’s cauliflower cakes, Vivek Singh’s dosas, tasty halloumi veggie burgers and more, all chosen by Observer Food Monthly<p>20 best vegetarian recipes: part 1 20 best vegetarian recipes: part 2 20 best vegetarian recipes: part 3<p>Uyen Luu’s tofu and soy shiitake summer rolls<p>This utterly …

Opinion: These two stock market sectors are the best to own over the summer

The old market adage to “Sell in May and go away” has merit. The U.S. stock market does tend to do far better between November and April than from …

20 best vegetarian recipes: part 1

From Romy Gill’s chana dal to Jane Grigson’s ratatouille, great vegetarian dishes chosen by Observer Food Monthly<p>20 best vegetarian recipes: part 2<p>Romy Gill’s chana dal with chapati<p>There are so many different ways of cooking chana dal. My dad worked in the steel plant in Burnpur in West Bengal – …

Here's why I gave up my beloved Galaxy S7 for a boring old iPhone

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is the best smartphone I've ever used.<p>Not only is it powerful, with its VR capabilities and the best smartphone camera ever made, but it's also a gorgeous device. That slender, low-bezel frame. That metallic finish. That ultra-high-contrast milky-smooth screen.<p>Plus, you can …

Phones

Inside the happiest office in London — where some employees get a $14,000 travel allowance

Glassdoor allows employees to rate and review their companies honestly, with anonymity, so its results are likely to be pretty accurate.<p>Expedia's employees get a range of ridiculously good benefits to keep them happy, including a travel allowance of between £6,000 ($8,515) and £10,000 ($14,192) for …

The Workplace

DJDJ Mixing App arrives for your iPad

If that wasn’t enough, here’s what’s arrived today from the maker of TweakyBeat and SeekBeats. DJDJ.<p>Here are the details:<p>This is just version 1.0 …

15 cities you've never heard of (but can fly to with Ryanair)

Google and Alphabet's 20 most ambitious moonshot projects

Google went through a massive reorganization October 2015 when Alphabet became its parent company.<p>Projects that weren't part of Google's core business (Google search engine and Android) were spun out into separate Alphabet companies with their own CEO. All of these "moonshot" projects cover …

Project Loon

Florence: An Itinerary for a Timeless City

Florence: hub of the arts, birthplace of the Renaissance, popular tourist destination, and heart of Tuscany. She is a city of history, with seemingly endless surprises to be discovered within her mazes of streets. Here are some must see sites for any visitor's itinerary!<p><b>1. The Academia</b><p>The Academia …

Indian restaurant Dishoom voted Britain's favourite eatery (again)

Celebrity chefs have once again been pipped to the post in an annual ranking of the British public's favourite eateries.<p>Indian-inspired restaurant Dishoom in London's Covent Garden was named the UK's best place to eat for the second year running in the Yelp Top 100 Eateries list.<p>Unlike most …

12 cities you must visit in 2016: a month-by-month guide

You might want to avoid the crowds, you might want to enjoy them. You might want to eat on a rooftop, you might prefer a cosy niche by the fire. Perhaps you’d like your trip to coincide with a new opera or exhibition. Or maybe you prefer being outside and enjoying the parks and street life. …

How to make the perfect crispy fried tofu

Tofu’s not just a difficult thing to love; it’s a difficult thing to cook – but with the right steps, you can achieve a crispy crust and silky interior. But how firm should your bean curd be? And do you need to coat it for crunch?<p>Before you all start spluttering that tofu is a “beige blubber” with …

CHICKEN CHASSEUR

<i>There’s a reason why dishes like this are classics – it’s because they’re so good. Easy to make, this is a really tasty treat and delicious served</i> …

Recipes

Attack your finances in this order - and save £16,833

Spring clean your finances in this order, and you'll save the maximum cash in the least possible time<p>Everyone knows they can save money by switching and shopping around, but most of us don’t. It takes time, and there’s always something better to do.<p>This definitive guide to revamping your finances …

Finance

Music on Tablets

Herein we have a potpourri of iPod app goodies for your perusal: music notation software, data communications helpers for both MIDI and audio, and an …

Cyber-attack risk is too great to ditch the experts

Cybercrime is big business these days, and is evolving fast<p>Corporate risk comes in many shapes and sizes, but one form that has only quite recently assumed centre-stage in boardroom discussions is that of cybercrime and security. In no small measure, that’s down to the negligence of the broadband …