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5 Things We Did As Children In The 1970s That Kids Today Don't Do

I grew up in the 70s and it was great. I had more freedom as a kid then than most kids have today.<p>Life was simpler than it is now. My father worked and had weekends off; my mother stayed home and did the shopping, did the cooking, and raised the kids. My mother raised us but used our father to do …

Prince William Gets Refreshingly Candid About the Struggles of Being a Parent

"There are wonderful highs and wonderful lows."<p>Every parent has those moments where things seem impossible. Even if you're the future king of England. In a new interview, Prince William revealed he has "struggled" with parenthood just like the rest of the world, and continues to learn new things …

The Persian art of etiquette

In every social interaction, from buying groceries to negotiating a nuclear deal, this highly valued behaviour dictates how people should treat each other.<p>“<i>Befarmaeed,</i>” said Fatimeh with an imperative hand gesture that commanded me to eat more.<p>As I joined my impeccable Iranian hostess, her mother, …

South Asia

Long Avoided by Tourists, Iran Is Suddenly a Hot Destination

TEHRAN — For all of Iran’s attractions — breathtaking scenery and numerous World Heritage sites, among other things — there are plenty of downsides to vacationing in the Islamic republic. Alcohol is forbidden. There is very little night life, at least in public. All women, including visiting …

South Asia

Thinking of moving to Canada if Trump wins? Think again

A Donald Trump presidency suddenly doesn’t seem so unlikely anymore—there now seems to be the possibility that Trump, rising from the dead like a villain from a seventies slasher movie, might win the US national election yet.<p>This simple, terrifying thought has some very nervous Americans searching …

Canada

5 breathtaking lookouts for fall colours near Toronto

There is no better way to view fall colours near Toronto than from the elevated perch of a lookout. Whether it's a natural phenomenon or an …

Hiking

Your brilliant Kickstarter idea could be on sale in China before you’ve even finished funding it

Shenzhen, China<p>Yekutiel Sherman couldn’t believe his eyes.<p>The Israeli entrepreneur had spent one year designing the product that would make him rich—a smartphone case that unfolds into a selfie stick. He had drawn up prototypes, secured some minimal funds from his family, and launched a …

Intellectual Property

10 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Was a New Mom

My third child just turned two years old. And even though I still call her "the baby" -- I am aware that I no longer fall within the ranks of New Mom.<p>At some point during my days of lugging around overstuffed diaper bags, balancing a baby car seat on my hip and sipping giant steel-drum-sized cups …

Can’t afford a house? Try buying a private island in Nova Scotia for just $50,000

If you’ve ever dreamed of owning your own island, you’re not alone.<p>There’s a growing interest in the private island market – and you don’t have to be …

The Collapse of Saudi Arabia and the Cataclysmic Power Shift in the Middle East

<i>This article points out the cataclysmic power shift that would take place in the event of Saudi Arabia’s descent into political turmoil, and briefly</i> …

Middle East

Canadians are not vassals of the British crown – it’s time we severed our ties

The leading news story following the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s arrival in Victoria, Canada, on Saturday was the unreturned high five Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau offered up to three-year-old Prince George. The press on both sides of the ocean fawned over this five-second encounter – …

Canada

We haven't seen this happen since right before World War II

That's why the geopolitical pattern developing in Eurasia is so ominous. It is like a hurricane—absorbing huge amounts of energy from the ocean, using that energy to build a vast, integrated structure, and then destroying whatever it touches.<p>The Eurasian landmass is the main source of that kind of …

A common feature of suburban neighborhoods has actually made streets more dangerous

Old urban cores are etched out in tight grids modeled off a sheet of graph paper. Further out, all those neat lines and right angles begin their curling meander into suburbia. Sparsely populated roads loop through the countryside in an odd geometry designed around the residential real estate dream …

Urban Design

5 small towns near Toronto to visit this fall

Fall is likely the most beautiful time of year in the many small towns that surround Toronto. Drive an hour outside of the city, and the rural …

European Travel

How We Turned A Fun Idea Into A 6 Figure Business In Just 1 Year

by <b>Maxwell Finn</b> on September <b>14, 2016</b><p><b>UPDATE: This post has gone viral so we want to give every reader 15% off their first order as a special thank you!</b> …

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How to make computer coding child’s play

Coding kids aren’t a new trend. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Usborne Publishing was releasing books to teach children computer programming, with a range of other books, computer clubs and software following in their wake.<p>Now there’s a renewed wave of interest in the topic, thanks partly to …

Kids

From burkinis to the Koran: Why Islam isn't like other faiths

My parents, brother and I were on vacation in Florida, and we were talking about<p>Donald Trump. The idea of leaving America if a scary Republican wins has always been a joke among high-minded liberals who can just fly off and find a job in Toronto or Geneva. But for my family, the joke had taken on a …

Religion

5 Things I Stopped Doing When I Had My Third Baby

The day after I took the pregnancy test that revealed I had a third child cooking inside of me, I was carrying my 2-year-old and 1-year-old down the …

The 100-Year-Old Carve-Up Bleeding the Middle East Today

How two men, one British, one French, got together and drew a new map – betraying promises and inventing nations like Syria and Iraq. And left a mess …

Middle East

Why Israel and the Arab nations are slowly drawing closer together

The West’s alliances in the Middle East are in a sorry state. Turkey is flirting with Moscow and shelling our main Kurdish allies against Islamic State. European diplomats fume at Israel’s destruction of EU-funded Palestinian homes. President Obama has publicly criticised his Arab allies as “free …

Middle East

Trouble's brewing in Canada

Jared Dillian, the former Lehman Brothers trader and noted financial writer, says that low oil prices have hurt the Canadian economy and that the real-estate market is near the peak of a massive bubble.<p>In a video interview with Mauldin Economics, Dillian notes he shorted the Canadian dollar almost …

'How could our country lie so completely?': meet the North Korean defectors

One day, when he was 25 years old, Park Sang-hak was strolling around a huge square in the North Korean port of Wonsan. It is a drab place, with just a few flags and painted propaganda posters providing splashes of colour. But, as a trusted party worker and the son of a top spy, Park had been given …

North Korea

How will driverless cars make life or death choices? Google exec admits he doesn't know

As Uber rolls out its driverless cars in Pittsburgh, Google futurist Ray Kurzweil says he's still working out the moral dilemma in the case of a potentially fatal accident by an autonomous vehicle.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>I think …

Autonomous Cars

The last nomads of Iran

Numbering just 400,000, the Qashqai are a strong and proud people who are fiercely resisting assimilation into mainstream Iranian society.

Pascal

Why Saudi Arabia, not Iran is the country responsible for the spread of terrorism

Sunni Muslims make up 90% of the world’s Muslim population. Within Islam the Shia are very much a minority.<p>The current wars in the Middle East are to …

Middle East