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John and Yoko, Elvis, Aretha on 'A Very Special Christmas: Icon' CD

The 2013 edition of “A Very Special Christmas” albums benefiting the<p>Special Olympicsputs the focus on superstar names, with a roundup of holiday songs from John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Sting and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers among the collection's 11 tracks.<p>The album, …

How to cook perfect Christmas cake

As the very first real cake I ever baked, Christmas cake occupies a special place in my heart. Admittedly, the result, cruelly dubbed “the rock of ages” by my doting dad, was still going strong long after Easter eggs were old news, but practice makes perfect, and now I’d like to think I was a bit …

The Christmas Cookies from Hell (and 6 Reasons They Might Be Worth It)

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John Lennon: 'I was sick of White Christmas' – a classic interview from the vaults

Up on the 17th floor of the St Regis Hotel in New York City, John Lennon is learning to type.<p>P...I...M...P, he types. I AM A PIMP.<p>"It's great," he says, "Yoko's teaching me." John is in his bedroom, surrounded by the detritus of creation: guitars, books, notepads, nylon-tipped pens, and... a box …

A kids' Creole Christmas in New Orleans

My four-year-old daughter, Ruby, is perched on Father Christmas's capacious knee, listing the things she would like: "… and then perhaps a Barbie, or maybe a horse, or a book …"<p>Father Christmas smiles, lifts her down and says, in a strong Cajun accent: "Well, if you've been a good girl, then sure …

Christmas holiday travel: backpackers' tales of following yonder star

Lit up for Christmas in Medellín, Colombia<p>As nomads we spend Christmas in different tropical locations around the world, but this isn't as glamorous as it sounds. After a very unChristmassy time in a Hindu pilgrimage town by the beach in India, we wanted our next to be more festive. In Medellín we …

Whatever Happened To The Classical Christmas Album?

Is it just me, or does it seem like Santa is delivering far fewer classical Christmas albums these days? Decades ago, many of the top opera divas — from Renata Tebaldi to Joan Sutherland — released Christmas records. Then there were choral conductors like Robert Shaw and prominent British choirs …

Scared To Travel Alone? Here's How To Prepare Yourself

Traveling alone can be a really liberating experience. You don't have to worry about anybody else's needs and you're answering only to yourself. But for a lot of us, being in a foreign place by yourself can also be very daunting.<p>No need to panic: you're <i>not</i> alone. If you're thinking of flying solo …

Stonehenge's Troubled Visitors Center Opens After Over Two Decades of Delays

On 18 December, a mere 24 years after the parliamentary public accounts committee denounced the visitor facilities at one of the world’s most famous …

Abandoned Land of Oz Theme Park Reopens for Two Days

Put on your ruby slippers, we’re off to see the Wizard. October 5 and 6, Oz-lovers of all ages can visit Beech Mountain, North Carolina to see the …

Highlights of Mauritius: from Islands to Mountains – Wild Junket Adventure Travel Blog

9<p>1<p>1<p>We’ve just left Mauritius after spending a week island-hopping and exploring the beaches and jungles of the island. From the west highlands of …

Bryce Canyon National Park

New Photomatix Discount Code<p>Since I used Photomatix on the photo below, I thought this would be a good time to give you the updated news. Maybe a few …

Three Days in Ogunquit, Maine

Arrive in Maine mid-day. If you're coming from the south, which most of you are, take "The Yorks/Ogunquit" exit off of I-95. Rather than turning left toward Ogunquit at Rt. 1, go straight into Stonewall Kitchen's parking lot.<p>Day One -<p>Arrive in Maine mid-day. If you're coming from the south, which …

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Six beautiful and bizarre bridges

Many bridges are the archetype of urban blight, essential yet uninspired. But informed Quora.com users know better. They identified fantastic structures that double as art.

Italy boat sinking: hundreds of migrants still missing off Lampedusa

Divers are searching for more bodies from a migrant boat that caught fire and capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa, killing at least 111 people. A further 200 are still missing.<p>The Italian government has declared Friday an official day of mourning, with a minute's silence held in …

A Lush, Colorful Kitchen With William Morris Wallpaper

A William Morris print steals the show.<p>The exterior of the Long Island house was done in an English Lutyens style, so designer Stephen Sills gave the kitchen the same feeling. The William Morris print steals the show, but <i>all</i> the carefully considered details make it work.

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40 Traditional Designer Rooms

Over 40 classic rooms for inspiration.<p>From a formal blue dining room to a dramatic canopy bed, these designer rooms are traditional, but never boring.

Living Rooms

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