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Read books at West Greenwich Library

Your author spent a pleasant few hours reading at West Greenwich Library yesterday afternoon, and though much of the interior is that of a functional …

My first year as a lottery winner

I'm a stay-at-home mum with two children: Oscar, aged four, and Darcie, who is nearly two. I'm 30, and really my life before 31 July was just lots of mum things – baby groups and so on. That was as exciting as it got. Scratchcards were my little treat. I'd buy a couple in the morning, two or three …

Selfies of 2013 – the best, worst and most revealing

This was the year that the selfie reached saturation point. Celebrities took them. Politicians took them, often – as with Obama this week – during the memorial services for other politicians. You're probably only half concentrating on this now, because you're too busy pouting into an iPhone in a …

The chart that explains the world

2013-10-25T17:28:31.000Z<p>By: Guest writer<p><i>This post by FT commentator John McDermott is</i><p>stolencross-published from Off Message, John’s policy and …

How to read a Christian book

flickr: Abee5<p>If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s forgetting. Your name. What I did on the weekend. The experiences of last year. Gone, every one.<p>I …

Catching eggs

<i>[This post is courtesy of Phillip Jensen, Dean of St Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney.]</i><p>When my father-in-law fell on an escalator in a shopping mall, he …

What’s wrong with rights?

Late last year we were confronted by news of the horrific shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, USA. The senseless massacre …

Pep and power, straight from the source

Discipling my four children is possibly the most challenging (and certainly the most humbling) experience that I have ever had. Because they share a …

Satan’s lies about singleness

I’m single. I live in Sydney’s east with my two flatmates and my cat. (The crazy-cat-lady litmus test is that you know you’ve become one and you …

John Lanchester · Let’s consider Kate

We need two things from our banks. One of them is to keep lending money, especially to small businesses, which are essential as the engine of …

Why are coffee-growers unhappy?

COFFEE has many devoted drinkers. Its appealling aroma and caffeinated kick mean that 83% of all American adults drink it, 63% of them on a daily …

10 Things Every College Grad Needs To Know About Money

Mary Morrison, who has taught a personal finance class to Stanford University seniors for 15 years, has seen the depths of college students’ ignorance about personal finances. There was the young woman who thought “paid vacation” meant that her boss would pay for all her travel and leisure …

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IN A small school on the South Side of Chicago, 40 children between the ages of five and six sit quietly learning in a classroom. In front of each of …

Education

How to be productive: Stop working

Heffernan argues that instead of working 60-hour weeks, you’ll be more productive (and make fewer errors) by working 40 hours. Stop multitasking. …

Time Management

Young film-maker runner-up: Debt Slaves

10 Crossovers Worth Waiting For

One needs only to take a cursory glance at current and future offerings of the world's auto builders to know that the crossover SUV is here to stay. Here are 10 of the more intriguing CUVs on their way to showrooms near you.<p>One needs only to take a cursory glance at current and future offerings of …

Emerging Markets

Martha’s Favorite Recipes for Summer

Warm-weather dining calls for delicious meals made with the season’s bounty of fresh, ripe produce. Here are Martha's all-time favorite recipes for casual summer entertaining.<p>These picture-perfect muffins are studded with fresh blueberries and capped with crunchy sugar and crumb toppings. The …

Food & Dining

Splash out: the world's most amazing waterfalls

The bigger they are, the harder they fall – feel the power of the planet's mightiest and most beautiful waterfalls.<p>1. Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe<p><i>Image by MAZZALIARMADI.IT</i><p>Explorer David Livingstone could be accused of dampening expectations by naming these falls after England's doughy queen: …

Hiking

The best countries for food

Food and travel go together like planes and airports. No matter where you go you'll have little trouble finding at least one culinary experience that will help you understand the local culture. In some countries the food is <i>the</i> highlight, drawing many a foodie to its borders, like a moth to a flame. …

Loneliness

Experiments have shown that people can't tell plonk from grand cru. Now one US winemaker claims that even experts can't judge wine accurately. What's the science behind the taste? Guardian Life & style takes a look: http://bit.ly/144pyhh Photograph: A G Holesch/Getty Images/Imagebroker RF

Won’t a good moral life get me to heaven?

Peter Ustinov, the famous actor, was asked in a television interview for his 'doctrine of man'. He gave the reply 'Man is essentially good!' and was …

Logic

Vern Sheridan Poythress, <i>Logic: A God-Centered Approach to the Foundation of Western Thought</i> (Wheaton: Crossway, 2013), 730pp., $45.00<p><i>I would like to</i> …