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Hourly vs. Salary: A portrait of an American Worker

In this country, most workers fall into one of two categories: hourly or salaried. When we talked to people who'd taken part in the Marketplace-Edison Research Poll, we noticed that many hourly workers say they wish they were salaried. Salaried employees are viewed as less expendable, our …

Two Steps to Control Your Emotions (So They Don't Control You)

These are two steps that will help you pin down what you're really feeling. And it's not just for negative emotions! Knowing how to identify and support positive emotions is a great counterbalance to stress.<p><i>By meQuilibrium</i><p>When a negative emotion hits you, you can feel it in your body, right? A …

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Lumpen’s journey from Marxism to nonsense

A borrowed German word that has developed a false English back-story<p>A publisher, Kevin Mayhew, has written to <i>The Tablet</i>, which is not a computer journal but a weekly magazine of interest to Catholics, complaining that the newly revised translation of the Mass is ‘lumpen, difficult and odd’. What …

Lanes of London is dining for Martians

Street food for people who hate streets, world cuisine for people from somewhere else<p>Lanes of London serves street food to people who hate streets; that is, it exists to soothe the still-curious mouths of lazy, wealthy paranoiacs. This is the character of the dishonest age: you can ride in a …

Women simply don't understand sport's importance

Plus: The sporting woman of the moment who's turning out tuned-to-the-minute steeplechasers<p>Liverpool manager Bill Shankly was once challenged with the story that for their wedding anniversary treat he had taken his wife to a Rochdale match. ‘Sheer nonsense,’ he replied. ‘It was her birthday. Would …

Local protests don't stop windfarms. Subsidy cuts do

While my neighbours and I fought valiantly against a windfarm project, I think it was state-funding reductions that finally stopped it<p>Here in the valley of the River Tove in south Northamptonshire my chickens are laying copiously, my ducks are quacking loudly, and my Jack Russell, Polly, is yapping …

Finding a job for my cocker spaniel

Cydney needs to be gainfully employed, and would languish on the dole or at jobseekers' training<p>Seeing a poodle on the London Underground wearing a red vest with the words ‘Diabetes Medical Dog’ has given me an idea. I have been trying to think of a job for my working cocker spaniel. Currently she …

Rolling back the years in a stretched Hummer

The driver appeared. He wasn't going to give us any booze, he said, because our young ladies were out of control<p>My first ride in a stretch Hummer. I haven’t lived, I now realise. The prodigious, ridiculous thing, tricked out in multicoloured neon piping, drew up outside the pub where we were …

My last dance saloon

I felt sadness after three days of non-stop revelry, for I know a twilight party when I see one...<p>(Gstaad) - A heavy snowfall diverted 40-odd private jets from landing in Saanen airport, thus the one per cent of the one per cent who came to Gstaad for a grand wedding last weekend used conventional …

How to fight back when 'public art' is not for the public

What ex-residents of Heygate Estate did about a planned sculpture that wasn't really about 'regenerating' the neighbourhood<p>In recent years contemporary art and regeneration have gone hand in hand. Works such as Antony Gormley’s ‘Angel of the North’ have been visible and celebrated examples of …

Dallas Buyers Club - Matthew McConaughey gives the best performance of anyone's career

He never seeks our affection or sympathy, but somehow wins both<p>Although you’ll have heard that <i>Dallas Buyers Club</i> is fantastic and Matthew McConaughey gives the performance of his career, I know you won’t believe it unless you hear it directly from me so here you are: it is fantastic and Matthew …

A World Elsewhere hints it's about Bill Clinton. But it's about Al Gore

Plus: Even as a five-year-old, I had more imaginative power than the likes of Hunter S. Thompson<p>Why, oh why, the producers ask, are the national press so reluctant to cover the London fringe? The snag is that a national paper has to justify a report about a play produced in a Deptford yoga studio, …

Is it a good idea to splash money on European cities of culture?

Could splashing public money on city of culture initiatives make good business sense? William Cook reports<p>As you enter the old KGB building, at the end of Freedom Street, the first thing that hits you is the cold. Outside it’s below freezing. Inside it’s even colder. The cells are in the basement, …

Where artists went to drink and die

Dylan, Kerouac, Joplin, Vidal, Vicious — all checked in at this legendary Manhattan hotel<p>Once below a time (to quote the man himself) the bloated poet Dylan Thomas slouched back to New York’s Chelsea Hotel in the dead of night and informed his mistress that he had just drunk 18 straight whiskies, …

Why you shouldn't keep elephants

Hard to own, harder to shoot. Zooming in on the life of Jumbo, John Sutherland shows us the plight of captive animals — and of humans<p>On 15 September 1885, the world’s most famous elephant, Jumbo, was killed by a train. Jumbo, the star attraction at P.T. Barnum’s travelling circus, was crossing the …

Toowit-towoo! At long last, a Collins book on owls

Mike Toms's Owls may lack a jolly anecdote or two, but mainly it's a hoot<p>Owls have more associations for us than perhaps any other family of birds, suggested Jeremy Mynott in <i>Birdscapes</i>, so it is puzzling that it has taken Collins 70 years to add this ‘Natural History of the British and Irish …

Germaine Greer's mad, passionate quest to heal Australia

The author bought bushland, replanted trees and befriended birds, as she recounts in White Beech. Then she tried to find its former Aboriginal owners...<p>Like an old woman in a fairy story, Germaine Greer, now in her late seventies, has taken to lurking in a forest. Always inclined to reinterpret the …

Has land ownership changed our lives for better or for worse?

It made Britain a world power, but unleashed the kind of greed that led to the wolves of Wall Street, according to the late great Andro Linklater in Owning the Earth<p>If the gentle reader has any concerns that a study of land ownership might tend to the dry, they will be dispelled in the very first …

Valentine’s Day

One of the many things I love about my wife is that she doesn’t make me do anything for Valentine’s Day. Bloody Valentine’s. It brings nothing but resentment and misery. It makes single people feel left out and lonely and turns happy couples against each other. True, some women might feel a little …

How the first world war inspired the EU

How the first world war inspired the EU. And why its supporters won’t tell you<p>Among the millions of words which will be expended over the next four years on the first world war, very few will be devoted to explaining one of its greatest legacies of all, the effects of which continue to dominate our …

Microsoft wins battle over ads attacking Google privacy standards

Advertising Standards Authority agrees Gmail's scanning of email contents to target ads sets it apart from Outlook.com<p>The UK advertising watchdog has cleared a campaign by Microsoft attacking the privacy standards used by Google's Gmail email service.<p>An ad campaign promoting Microsoft Outlook, …

Candy Crush maker's IPO values company at more than $7 billion

King, the company behind the <i>Candy Crush</i> saga filed its IPO today, but is the maker another Zynga (<i>Farmville</i>), another Rovio (<i>Angry Birds</i>) or something else again? Nearly 100 million users play <i>Candy Crush</i> every day, and while the company's titles remain free to play, it depends on virtual goods, …

Malaysia Airlines MH370: Abbott vows to solve plane 'riddle'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1063000/1063884_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1537348630_e4b552c0ef9bacfd72e0451e228eabbc<p><b>Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says authorities are "throwing everything we have" at the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.</b><p>He …

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HTC One (M8) review: The smartphone that changes everything… again

It is considered poor form to begin a review with the conclusion, but there’s really no reason to drag this out: the HTC One (M8) is the best Android …