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How Taming the Mind is Like Riding a Horse

In traditional descriptions, meditation is likened to training a horse. The sensations, impulses, and reactions in our bodies are like the untamed …

Mindfulness

21 places in Italy you never thought to visit (but really should)

Planning an Italian holiday in 2018 but want to escape the tourist hordes? Then head instead to one of these lesser-known gems.<p>1. Marina de Pisciotta, Campania<p>Lee Marshall, author of Telegraph Travel's guides to Rome, Florence, Tuscany and Sicily, recommends this unheralded spot in the Province of …

Italy

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Relationships

• shares<p><i>Great relationships just don’t happen, they are carefully nurtured…</i><p>– – –<p>See the author’s TEDx Talk on Creating Extraordinary Intimacy in a Shut …

Positive Thinking

Mobile Photography Awards 2015 Announces Incredible Winning Images

If you want to see a stunning collection of the very best mobile photography, you’re in for a treat with the announcement of the winning images from …

Mobile Photography

Gravit Lets You Illustrate In Your Abode Or On The Road

There have been plenty of tools around that replace powerful photo editors but very few that replace tools like Illustrator. Sure you can fake it but what if you want truly unique designs like the one above? Pretty tough.<p>Gravit is a design tool that resides deep within the cloud and lets you create …

Top 10 beach hotels and B&Bs on New Zealand’s South Island

Beach resorts and retreats on New Zealand’s South Island make the most of dramatic views, as well as offering a tranquil getaway. Here are 10 to suit the calm, collected – and the adventurous<p>Those who visit New Zealand’s South Island in search of a traditional beachside holiday are likely to be …

You can learn to be creative, if you’re willing to embarrass yourself

In 1666, one of the most influential scientists in history was strolling through a garden when he was struck with a flash of creative brilliance that would change the world.<p>While standing under the shade of an apple tree, Sir Isaac Newton saw an apple fall to the ground. “Why should that apple …

Creativity

These homes prove that the ‘tiny house movement’ has become a global phenomenon

In case you hadn’t noticed, tiny homes are the next big thing.<p>1. Keret House<p>Blink and you’ll miss it. That’s because this home, built in the wasted …

Southern Ontario

National Geographic Travel

A Spanish road trip - by Vespa

The empty roads north of Madrid are perfect for this fun new group tour. And with great restaurants and atmospheric places to stay along the way, it gives a great a flavour of the region, too<p>“What do Charlton Heston, Marlon Brando and John Wayne have in common?” asks Lee. “They all owned Vespas. …

Cooking

10 Guided Tours That are (Actually) Worth Taking

Bijoux Society’s two-hour Jewelry Tour of Place Vendôme is more a coordinated day spent window shopping Paris' famed jewelry houses than a tour. It …

Man up for a motorcycle camping tour in Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Yosemite national parks

"Saddle up, boys," the expedition leader said. "It's time to hit the trail."<p>The other dusty men and I, having warmed our boots by the campfire and filled our bellies with scrambled eggs and thick-cut bacon, stirred slowly in the chill mountain air. Then we were astride our mounts, tethered under …

Hiking

Male mid life crisis: How not to turn into 'Reggie Perrin’

In our forties and fifties levels of happiness and life satisfaction dip to their lowest levels - here's how to deal with the turbulant middle ages<p>Something strange happens to men in middle age. Not all men. Many sail serenely through middle age with no issues at all. That’s fine. I’m very pleased …

George Bernard Shaw

60+ Incredible Tiny Houses You'll Hardly Believe Are Real

Be warned: This list might inspire you sell your home and downsize immediately.<p>Tiny homes aren't just about looking cute — they're part of a growing movement that promotes sustainable living. Many designers have figured out innovative ways to make these small homes amazingly well-equipped — and …

How to Make Vegetarian Phở Without a Recipe

<i>Here at Food52, we love recipes -- but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don't always need a recipe, you'll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.</i><p><i>Today: A spin on Vietnamese phở that lets you take control of the spices and scents and textures -- no recipe or</i> …

Bok Choy
Motorcycles
Motorcycles

Cafe Racer Dreams BMW R100RS

Sensible isn’t a word you’d normally use to describe a custom motorcycle. But as this BMW R100RS from Cafe Racer Dreams proves, sensible doesn’t have to mean stale. It can also come with a hefty dose of style and desirability.<p>CRD #49 was commissioned by an existing client of the Madrid workshop. …

Motorcycles

The ultimate Triumph Scrambler?

The Scrambler is one of the most-loved Triumph motorcycles of recent times. But there’s a common criticism: its off-road performance doesn’t <i>quite</i> match those beguiling looks.<p>That shortfall has just been blown to smithereens by a team of five motorcycle engineers. And not just any engineers: they’re …

Motorcycles

BMW R45 Custom by Ton-Up Garage

Reading time: about 1 minute.<p>BMW<br>• Custom<br>• Motorcycles<br>• Retro<br>• Scrambler<p>This pristine BMW R45 custom by Ton-Up Garage has been so cleanly put together, it …

Livemap Demonstrates A Motorcycle Helmet Concept With Built-In Navigation

Livemap, a Russian startup on-stage today at our CES Hardware Battlefield, aims to make GPS navigation more accessible to motorcyclists in the form of a new kind of helmet.<p>After all, CEO Andrew Artischev noted that if you’re riding a motorcycle, interacting with a GPS touchscreen interface isn’t …

National Geographic Photo Contest 2013

National Geographic has once again opened its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on Saturday, November 30. One first-place winner will be chosen from each of the three categories, and the winning photographs will be published in National Geographic magazine. The …

Mount Huashan Is One Of The Most Dangerous, Terrifying Hikes In The World

Does that photo make your stomach drop?<p>Redditor AdventurousHuman posted the photo of hiking China's Mount Huashan. The trail is one of the most dangerous in the world.<p>The trails up Mount Hua Shan involve steep staircases, vertical ascents, and a plank trail consisting of wooden platforms bolted …

Engadget's laptop buyer's guide: fall 2013 edition

We're not sure how many of you will be lucky enough to receive a spanking new notebook for the holidays, but just in case you've got one on your list (or are shopping for someone else), we've got a newly updated laptop buyer's guide full of suggestions. Whether it's a convertible Ultrabook you're …

Chocolate Sorbet

Sometimes you just need a hug. Last week was pretty much like that except that people I needed to hug all live on the East Coast, near or in the city …

29 Amazing Vegan Ice Cream Recipes

Welcome to a whole new world of creamy, dreamy, and totally dairy-free ice cream.<p>Yes, you can make amazing ice cream without a cow in sight. There are lots of different ingredients to experiment with (coconut milk, frozen bananas, avocado, soy or almond milk), and you can do it with or without an …