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11 things I wish I’d known before starting mental health meds

opinion<p>Making the decision to approach your GP and tell him that you think you might be depressed can be difficult.<p>Having spilled our guts, it can …

So, what's the problem with 'so'?

Another day, another linguistic bugbear held up for ridicule. This time, it’s the harmless, modest, blink-and-you-miss-it word “so”. What has this innocent syllable done to offend the British public? If you have been struggling to get through to the BBC recently it’s because their switchboard has …

Language

The devious art of lying by telling the truth

The line between truth and lies is becoming ever murkier, finds Melissa Hogenboom. There's even a word for a very different form of lying.<p>It is no secret that politicians often lie, but consider this ­– they can do so simply by telling the truth. Confused?<p>That statement becomes clearer when you …

Housing

Italian mayor offers €2,000 to anyone willing to live in small idyllic village in Puglia

An Italian town is offering to pay people up to €2,000 (£1,800) to move there.<p>Nicola Gatta, mayor of Candela, a small town in Puglia, has made the …

Italy

The bad news: India’s cities are likely to worsen. The good news: There is none

My excitement at being on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra for the first time lasted all of two minutes.<p>The great river, I was told, was at its narrowest here in Guwahati, yet the far bank appeared to fade into the far hills. For a minute, my eye ran over two islands dripping with vegetation and …

A Dutch sculptor spent 27 years building giant kinetic creatures

For the last 27 years, Theo Jansen – a Dutch kinetic sculpture – has been creating new forms of life out of plastic pipes. His beach creatures, …

12 Pieces Of Modern Poetry That Will Make You Deadass Cry If You've Ever Been In A Relationship

I'm not crying, you're crying.

22 Public Works of Art You Have to Visit in Your Lifetime

Reach for that bucket list, because we've got a few things to add to it. From Antony Gormley to Claes Oldenburg, when it comes to public works of art, they're responsible for the crème de la crème, and you can visit them! Read on for the 22 global art spots you just can't miss . . . then keep …

Stop glorifying colonialism. Have we already forgotten the starvation, plundering, and sheer brutality?

Recently an academic article, asserting the historical benefits of colonialism, created an outcry and a petition with over 10,000 signatures calling for its removal.<p><i>The Case for Colonialism</i>, published in <i>Third World Quarterly</i> by Bruce Gilley, argues Western colonialism was both “objectively …

Human Rights

'Hepeating' is the new 'mansplaining' and it's definitely happened to you

It's a tale that's all too familiar for many women. You share your idea at work, but you're met with silence and an almighty shrug.<p>Immediately after, …

13 Places in Paris You Need to See Before They Get Too Expensive

29 Beautiful Words That Cannot Be Translated To English But Capture Human Emotions Perfectly

Languages are beautiful in the sense that they give words to so many emotions. However, not all those words can be translated, and neither can we …

The 9 Best Places to Visit Outside Bangkok

Many of the best places to visit near Bangkok are within 4-5 hours of the city. Although technically, you could get there and back with an early …

Top 10

Demonetisation – a Needless Surgical Procedure Performed on an Unhealthy Economy

The patient was the Indian economy.<p>Among the 176 countries that have been ranked by Transparency International on a scale from 100 (very clean) to …

India

The Best Places for Women to Travel Solo

We looked at safety rankings and accessibility to determine our list of the top cities for a solo female traveler.<p>Three years ago, I sat on the …

Tourists flock to Iceland volcano due for massive eruption

Sneeze next to the Katla volcano, goes the joke in this Icelandic village, and a seismologist in Reykjavik will analyze the disturbance.<p>After a summer of increased seismic activity at Katla, Icelanders are obsessing over the smallest sign of an eruption at the country's most closely watched volcano.<p>…

Dr Con Man: the rise and fall of a celebrity scientist who fooled almost everyone

Scientific pioneer, superstar surgeon, miracle worker – that’s how Paolo Macchiarini was known for several years. Dressed in a white lab coat or in surgical scrubs, with his broad, handsome face and easy charm, he certainly looked the part. And fooled almost everyone.<p>Macchiarini shot to prominence …

Nicolas Sarkozy

60 hilarious memes from last night’s intense ‘Game of Thrones’ season finale

<i>Warning: This article contains spoilers for the</i> <i>Game of Thrones</i> <i>seventh season finale, “The Dragon and the Wolf.”</i><p>Following an underwhelming episode …

The true story behind England’s tea obsession

A stiff upper lip and an almost genetic love of tea are what makes the English English. Except that the latter was actually influenced by a Portuguese woman.<p>Imagine the most English-English person you can think of. Now I’m fairly certain that no matter what picture you just conjured up, that person …

European Travel

Kantian Ethics in a Nutshell: The Moral Philosophy of Immanuel Kant

Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) is, by common consent, one of the most profound and original philosophers who ever lived. He is equally well known for his …

The alt-right is drunk on bad readings of Nietzsche. The Nazis were too.

The alt-right is obsessed with the 19th-century German philosopher. They don’t understand him.<p>“You could say I was red-pilled by Nietzsche.”<p>That’s how white nationalist leader Richard Spencer described his intellectual awakening to the Atlantic’s Graeme Wood last June. “Red-pilled” is a common …

What Are the Best Life Hacks You've Learned From Fiction?

One of my favorite psychological tricks comes from a novella by comedian Steve Martin, <i>Shopgirl</i>. It’s a guide to telling lies. There are three …

The Most Romantic Places in Italy

Italy is one of the most romantic countries in the world and is a top romantic vacation destination. Italy's picturesque seaside villages, beautiful …

Italy

Who Do You Choose to Be?

No matter the advances in medicine, I’ve long passed the halfway mark of my life. Even if I die of natural causes, I have fewer years left to live …

A New View Photography By Young And Talented, Georgian Photographer Gvantsa Maghlakelidze

Check out Gvantsa’s official page and enjoy<p>https://www.facebook.com/Gvantsa-Maghlakelidze-Photography-616089025204127/<p>Gvantsa Maghlakelidze

This site lists all the countries you can travel to without a visa

Itching to go on vacation, but don’t know where? One way to narrow down your choice of destination is to figure out which places are easy to travel to – and this new site can help.<p>Tell VisaDB where you’re from and it’ll list all the countries you can travel to without having to apply for a visa. It …

What Phantom Haircuts Tell Us About the Spectacle That is Social Life in India

In a basement near a gurudwara in an older part of Gurgaon, I am talking to two men whose lives typify the nature of frontier capitalism that drives …

India

Habits and Routines of Extreme Learner and Blogger Max Deutsch

Max Deutsch is a technologist, blogger, coach and extreme learner based in San Francisco, California.<p>Max is one of these people with exceptional qualities and abilities. His thirst for knowledge and experiences will keep you wondering what you’re doing with your life. Read on to find out how to …