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‘The Beatles have got a lot to answer for in Liverpool’

<b>Liverpool’s music scene is like the tide of the Mersey</b>. It rolls in and brings fantastic songs and bands and then, for a little while, there’s a lull as it goes out. There’s almost a rhythm to its success.<p><b>I think many of the songs written here are inspired by the light and the river</b>. Listen to a …

Bands

Behind the sugar industry’s 50-year mission to axe its link to heart disease

Trust no one.<p>That’s the takeaway of a new study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), which claims the sugar industry in the 1960s launched a campaign in which it paid for nutrition research to downplay evidence linking America’s rising sugar consumption to …

Diabetes

The Best of Intelligent Travel

We publish new articles and stories all the time on Intelligent Travel, but there are a few that really got your attention last year.<p><b>In case you missed them, here are the 15 most popular posts of 2015:</b><p>1. Travel Lens: Anthony Bourdain’s World<p>Television host, author, and celebrity chef Anthony …

Travel Photography

The cheapest ways to travel from London to Barcelona

"Barcelona combines everything that is most charming about Mediterranean cities – a relaxed pace, months of endless sunshine, unbeatable food – with the cultural and design clout of almost any city in the cold north," writes Sally Davies, our resident expert.<p>But what's the cheapest way to get there?<p>…

Work out at home: easy exercises to try in 2016

If you work from home, why not use your breaks to become healthier. Find out how to turn your office into a makeshift gym<p>Are you keen to add some healthy habits to your routine in 2016? Exercise can help to ease the stresses of work, boost your endorphins and keep you energised.<p>If you work from …

Workouts

Time-Lapse Shows Rescued Puppy Growing Into Adulthood on a Treadmill

When filmmaker Dave Meinert rescued a sick four-week old Great Dane puppy named Pegasus from an careless breeder, he wasn’t expecting her to live …

Mixed Signals: Why People Misunderstand Each Other

The psychological quirks that make it tricky to get an accurate read on someone's emotions<p>In her new book <i>No One Understands You and What To Do About It</i>, Heidi Grant Halvorson tells readers a story about her friend, Tim. When Tim started a new job as a manager, one of his top priorities was …

Mullah Radio, terrorist demagogue behind the savagery of Peshawar

Who is Mullah Fazlullah, the Taliban leader who ordered the killing of more than 100 pupils at a Pakistan school?<p>As Pakistanis united in revulsion at the massacre of 141 pupils and teachers at Peshawar’s Army Public School last week and the government began executing convicted terrorists in …

Pakistan

I Heart My City: Kamilė’s Vilnius

<b>Vilnius</b> native <b>Kamilė Naraitė</b> attributes her effusive hometown pride to her mother’s efforts to expose her to the most beautiful and historic spots in Lithuania‘s capital city. And though she loves traveling around the world, she’s always able to find a fresh reason to love what she calls “the best …

Exercise Makes Kids’ Brains More Efficient

There’s plenty of evidence that suggests that children who are more physically active do better in school. But what’s contributing to the boost in …

'Super banana' could save millions in Africa

Specially enriched fruit to undergo first human trial to test vitamin A levels<p>A super-enriched banana genetically engineered to improve the lives of millions of people in Africa will soon have its first human trial, which will test its effect on vitamin A levels, Australian researchers said …

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Rape in India: Reading between the lines

In a village called Badaun in the northeastern state of Uttar Pradesh in India, two teenage girls, cousins, were gang-raped and hanged from a tree. One girl wore a bright orange tunic with purple pants; the other wore dark green. The silver embroidery on their clothes reflected the rays of the sun. …

What’s Wrong With ‘1,000 Places to See Before You Die’?

Remember, in the 1983 film <i>National Lampoon’s</i> <i>Vacation</i>, when Chevy Chase pauses at the Grand Canyon for two seconds before rushing off? It’s probably travel’s most laughable cinematic moment (and one that’s spawned many terrifically awful reenactments on YouTube).<p>I’d make fun of it, except for the …

How to Travel Like a Travel Writer

Everyone’s talking about “traveling like a local” these days. Travelers, bloggers, tour operators, souvenir clerks, industry types in pleated slacks—they all seem to say it’s the best way to get to know a place. Go local or go home, right?<p>Well, not me.<p>I’ve spent a dozen years doing research for …

A family cycling holiday in Normandy: flat, easy and the trail all to ourselves

It is crucial to remember, when cycling with children, that their good mood and enthusiasm depend entirely on how long it has been since they last ate. It is also vital to know that in small French towns there is no point arriving for lunch at 1.57pm and expecting anywhere to serve you.<p>Turned away …

Japanese man born to wealthy parents is accidentally switched at birth and endures life of poverty

Japanese man switched at birth and grew up in poverty, only to discover the infant he had traded places with had grown up in luxury<p>A Japanese man born to wealthy parents grew up in poverty after being given to another couple in a hospital six decades ago, while the infant who took his place went to …

Will France make paying for sex a crime?

<b>Can a country eradicate prostitution by punishing not the people who sell their bodies for sex, but the people who buy them?</b><p>That is the ambitious premise behind new legislation to be debated soon in the French National Assembly.<p>The bill tabled by the ruling Socialist Party (PS) contains more than …

Rights & Freedoms

10 grammar rules you can forget: how to stop worrying and write proper

Guardian Style Guide author David Marsh set out to master perfect grammatical English – but discovered that 'correct' isn't always best. Here are the 10 grammar laws you no longer need to check<p>• Plus: five rules you should remember • What pop music can teach you about building sentences • A few …

Brazilian federal district to ban toy guns in bid to reduce violent crime

The federal district of Brazil is to ban all toy and replica guns under a new law designed to help reduce violent crime.<p>From 2014, shops selling toy or replica guns in Brasília, in the federal district of Brazil, will face fines of 5,000-100,000 real (£1,400-£28,000), be closed for 30 days or lose …

Iran lawmakers pass bill allowing men to marry adopted daughters

Human rights activists say approved bill, making girls vulnerable to the ruling from age 13, 'legalises paedophilia'<p>Parliamentarians in Iran have passed a bill to protect the rights of children which includes a clause that allows a man to marry his adopted daughter and while she is as young as 13 …

How eating dog became big business in Vietnam

Every year, hundreds of thousands of pets are snatched in Thailand, then smuggled into Vietnam, destined for Hanoi's top restaurants and street stalls. Demand for dogmeat is so high that supply has become a highly lucrative – and brutal – black market<p>Nguyen Tien Tung is just the sort of man you'd …

19 free things to do in Singapore

Singapore may be one of the most expensive countries to visit in Southeast Asia, but there are plenty of free things to see and do to ease the pressure on your wallet. Here are some of our favourite Singapore freebies.<p>Get a taste of Peranakan history at Baba House<p>Baba House, the exquisitely …

10 ways to better use the Google Maps app

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Do you use Google Maps on your phone or tablet? Of course you do. But if you’re anything like me, you probably install the …

Bagan: Trip of a Lifetime

Bagan in central Burma is one of the world’s greatest archeological sites, a sight to rival Machu Picchu or Angkor Wat but – for the time being at least – without the visitors. The setting is sublime – a verdant 26 square-mile plain, part-covered in stands of palm and tamarind caught in a bend of …

Tuscany's best restaurants, by Antonio Carluccio

Where Antonio would enjoy...<p><b>A typical brunch</b><p>Brac, a vegetarian cafe in Florence which doubles as a library, has a nice brunch menu with things like apple fritters, yoghurt with fresh fruit, pancakes and French toast with jams or honeys, perfect with a mid-morning coffee.<p><b>Brac</b> Via dei Vagellai 18r, …

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Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin for strong bones and teeth, turns out to be a multi-tasker! Since its discovery in the early 1920s, this important …

Beautiful Black and White Photos of The Basilica of the Sagrada Família

A couple of weeks ago, we shared some great wide-angle captures by photographer Clement Celma of architect Antoni Gaudi’s famous La Sagrada Família. …

Stunning Wide-Angle Photographs of the Interior Architecture of La Sagrada Família

Photographer Clement Celma has an entire section of his site dedicated to photographing the architecture of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí. And when …