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Our complicated relationship with cats

Cats are brilliant creatures, and there's more psychological research on felines and their owners than you might think<p>It would seem that I've made an unforgivable error. Last week, I wrote about a new study that suggested a possible function for sleep. The research in question was a mouse study, so …

'Mexico's war on drugs is one big lie'

Anabel Hernández, journalist and author, accuses the Mexican state of complicity with the cartels, and says the 'war on drugs' is a sham. She's had headless animals left at her door and her family have been threatened by gunmen. Now her courageous bestseller, extracted below, is to be published in …

How to teach english overseas

A great way to travel the world and fund your travels is to <b>teach English overseas</b>.<p>If you want to spend a long time in a destination, teaching English …

The five best pudding recipes from Observer Food Monthly

Mascarpone rice with blueberries: Nigel Slater<p>The mention of blueberries in May won't please the more xenophobic cook, but our own season is absurdly …

How to save cash in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is not exactly known for being cheap. The former British colony, perched on the shore of the South China Sea, frequently graces ‘most expensive cities in the world’ lists for its sky-high rents, acres of posh shopping malls, and dazzling displays of wealth (think Rolex shops on every …

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Hungry Planet: What the World Eats - in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2013/may/06/hungry-planet-what-world-eats<p>720<p>Californian photographer Peter Menzel visited 24 …

5 Things That’ll Make You Happy From Around the Web

Genetics might account for up to 33 percent of our happiness (or lack thereof), but that doesn’t mean we’re powerless to improve our own moods. …

50 Cooking Tips That Will Change Your Life!

50 Food Tips That Will Change Your Life!<p>The web's most resourceful food bloggers share tips for how to make every meal taste utterly mouth-watering<p>Dan Forbes<p>Along with salt and pepper, the most important kitchen staple to have on hand these days is a Wi-Fi connection. Smartphones and social …

Amsterdam's canals: a video guide

Marc Paping owns a small, solar-powered boat and lives on a house boat in Amsterdam. He shows us some of the hidden waterside gems that the big …

Delicacies of Tuscany & Umbria

<i>These recommendations are taken from a previous edition of Lonely Planet's Tuscany & Umbria travel guide</i><i>, which is full of inspirational ideas & detailed coverage for foodies, walkers & culture lovers.</i><p>"To cook like your mother is good; to cook like your grandmother is better," says the Tuscan …

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Best places to shop for travel gear and gadgets

Gadgets. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they're rapidly becoming part of the traveller's arsenal. But that doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune: next time you’re planning a trip overseas, consider taking along your travel tech shopping list. You can save plenty of cash if you know where to shop - and …

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Tokyo on a budget: tips for making your yen go further

You don’t have to live off vending-machine coffee and rice to experience the grandeur and excitement of Japan’s singular capital. Here are our tips for doing Tokyo a budget.<p>Finding a place to stay<p>Shop around online months ahead for Tokyo accommodation, as rates can fluctuate dramatically. The best …

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Traveler Tips and Articles - Traveler Tips and ArticlesTraveler Tips and Articles

<b>Steve Waters</b> Lonely Planet author<p>Leave the bright lights and tourist delights of Esfahan and Shiraz far behind to track down these astonishing millennia-old relics among the dusty wilds of ancient Persia. From snow-tipped northern crags to scorching southern deserts, you’ll traverse eroded volcanic …

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The ultimate guide to shopping in Hong Kong

Everyone knows Hong Kong as a place of neon-lit retail pilgrimage – all international brands worth their logo have outlets here, and they are supplemented by the city’s own retail trailblazers. That said, Hong Kong's reputation as a bargain hunter’s paradise is pretty much a thing of the past.<p>So …

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Up, Then Down: Shelves Fold Neatly Away Until Needed

Regardless of their size or the number of people living in them, homes can tend to become cluttered and overrun with stuff. The solution seems to be …

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