Bert Simpson

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The Story Behind F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

In the fall of 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald, along with his notorious better-half Zelda, triumphantly returned to New York to celebrate the publication …

Bumblebees Can Fly Higher Than Mount Everest, Scientists Find

<b>Talk about a high-altitude buzz. Bumblebees may be capable of scaling Earth’s tallest peaks, flying higher than Mount Everest, according to new research.</b><p>It’s difficult for most insects and birds to fly at extremely high altitudes where the air is thin and oxygen is scarce. Flapping wings push …

Inspirational Quotes To Get You Through The Week (February 4, 2014)

It's the start of a new week, which means it's time to shake off your weekend, take a deep breath and try to think positive, energizing thoughts. We can help.<p>Click through the slideshow below for this week's mood-boosting inspirational photo quotes. (And feel free to read, rinse and repeat as …

UK Real Wages In Longest Fall Since Records Began In 1964 (GRAPH)

Britons' take-home pay has been in its longest sustained fall since records began in 1964, official figures say.<p>This startling graph from the Office …

Listen to the Only Known Recording of Virginia Woolf's Voice

Editor's Note: We're looking to history for something new from Virginia Woolf, Sappho, Roger Ebert, and a hint at the future with Woody Allen<p>Virginia …

50 Novels Guaranteed to Make You a Better Person

It’s a new year, and resolutions are flying left and right — although, it <i>has</i> been two weeks, so certain pledges have probably already crashed and …

Literature

Misanthropy I can bear - but anti-feline prejudice is different

The cat is man's master, and nobody should challenge its supremacy<p>This week I learnt a disturbing fact about Walt Disney. At an awards dinner in Hollywood, Meryl Streep gave a speech in which she condemned him for his various prejudices. He didn’t like women, he didn’t like Jews, and in fact he …

Sinéad Morrissey: 'The best moment of my life'

<b>How did it feel when chair of judges Ian Duhig read out your name last night?</b><p>"I just couldn't believe it. It's my fourth shortlisting, so three times before they haven't said my name. Then finally they did, and it was amazing. The best moment of my life - I'm so happy."<p><b>How long did it take to write</b> …

These Fascinating Maps Show The Origin Of Words We Use All The Time

U.S. playwright Rita Mae Brown said: "Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going."<p>That quote comes to mind looking at these fascinating European etymology maps of various commons words posted by reddit user sp07, which provide a kind of …

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Dubai

10 Cuts George Osborne Could Make That Even Lefties Would Back

George Osborne signalled last week that he'd need to come back for £25 billion more cuts after 2015.<p>All this after promising in 2011 that "we have …

New York's Museum of Modern Art: a case study in how to ruin a great institution | Michael Wolff

Art,Art and design,Museums,New York,US news,Museum of Modern Art<p>MoMA's many expansions and redesigns have destroyed one of the most unique and precious public experiences of modern art

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