Mark Albert Lozada

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Are You Traveling To Germany? Here Is A Photographer's Guide To Cologne

Set on a wide sweep of the River Rhein, Cologne like many German cities was heavily bombed during World War Two. Also like may German cities a lot of …

European Travel

Planning a move? By 2021, these 8 states will have no income tax

Hate paying tax? These states will let you keep more of your hard-earned income.<p>Without beating around the bush, let me just say what's on all of our minds when it comes to taxes: They stink! No one likes preparing their taxes or handing over their hard-earned money to Uncle Sam. It is, however, a …

Retirement

Dublin street photographer reveals his top tips for Instagram success and taking great photos

Street Photography

5 Steps to Rock the Brenizer Method

What is the Brenizer Method? The Brenizer Method is named after wedding photographer, Ryan Brenizer. He invented the method (but didn’t name it) and …

Ryanair ranked sixth worst in survey of 72 airlines

Budget airlines fare badly in AirHelp poll as Air Lingus came in 18th place

Flying

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4 Countries Where Expats Can Live For Cheap

Many people catch the travel bug — but few can afford to move abroad.<p>Expat Insider recently released the results of its annual InterNations survey, which looks at factors that motivate expats to move to certain parts of the world, including personal finance.<p>Overall, Ecuador emerged as the winner, …

The great writers forgotten by history

Ever heard of Alexander Baron or Mary Elizabeth Braddon? They’re just some of the overlooked authors we need to rediscover, writes Hephzibah Anderson.<p>What do Agatha Christie’s favourite mystery novelist, the winner of the 1973 Booker Prize, and a writer who reputedly bashed out 100 million words, …

Literature

The people saving ‘lost’ words

The Endangered Poetry Project has just been launched, aiming to gather up vanishing voices. Fiona Macdonald looks at how preserving a dying language can mean a shift in worldview – and an act of resistance.<p>“They fly to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea and there they take a bus for three days and …

Language

Sally Potter describes how to film an ‘unfilmable’ book

In the latest in The Art of Directing series, The British independent film director Sally Potter describes the arduous process of bringing Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando to the screen, and discusses her latest movie, The Party.<p>“Nobody believed I could do it.”<p>Sally Potter is best known for her 1992 …

Books

Could this revolutionary project help save the environment?

A clothing company has developed a smart way to recycle sea waste. Emily Dawling finds out more, and speaks to the creator of Upcycling the Oceans.<p>Around eight million tonnes of plastic waste enter our oceans each year, while we throw away around 26 billion lbs of clothing annually.<p>Ocean waste …

Sustainability

The evolution of the modern bedroom

A typical sleeping arrangement today isn’t too distant from those 77,000 years ago. In a series looking at the evolution of the home, Jonathan Glancey explores the history of the bedroom.<p>The world’s oldest bed is 77,000 years old. It was found in South Africa six years ago by a team of …

Papua New Guinea

The endless influence of the Bauhaus

William Cook takes a look at the school which survived persecution again and again to influence the design of living today.<p>Here in Berlin, Germany’s Bauhaus Archiv is throwing a farewell party. Next year this museum will close for renovation, and until then it’s presenting a display of ‘greatest …

Bauhaus

Why the lion is art’s most powerful symbol

Images of the fierce animal are so commonplace in art as to be overlooked. Alastair Sooke explores the meaning of this enduring icon.<p>Anyone who has visited Trafalgar Square in London will know that tourists tend to gravitate to one feature above all others: the set of four enormous bronze lions, …

Ancient History

Preserving Morocco's grand gardens

Liza Foreman explores some of Morocco's most beautiful gardens, and meets the people working to preserve these serene spaces.<p>The vivid blue walls of the Berber Museum and <i>Islamic</i><i>Art</i> Museum in Marrakech, juxtaposed with the vibrant green cacti that rise like totem poles in the Jardin Majorelle, are a …

Yves Saint-Laurent

The ‘untranslatable’ Japanese phrase that predicts love

The ‘untranslatable’ Japanese phrase ‘Koi No Yokan’ is ‘the premonition of love’. BBC Culture asked Japanese speakers what it meant to them.<p>“We have the word for love at first sight – <i>Hitomebore</i>,” says language director Tomoyo Kamimura. Yet <i>Koi No Yokan</i> is different: it’s “the feeling upon first …

Language

How Americans preserved British English

Americans today pronounce some words more like Shakespeare than Brits do… but it’s in 18th-Century England where they’d really feel at home.<p>It makes for a great story: when settlers moved from England to the Americas from the 17th Century, their speech patterns stuck in place. That was particularly …

Linguistics

The timeless allure of ruins

Even writers of the ancient world spoke of the wrecks of earlier societies with fear and longing, says Paul Cooper.<p>Mankind has always lived among its own ruins. Since our earliest history, we have explored ruined places, feared them and drawn inspiration from them, and we can trace that complex …

Art

Why there’s more to Korean music than K-Pop

Jason Lai travels to the Hongdae area of Seoul to meet the bands involved in the independent music scene that is thriving in South Korea.<p>While K-Pop has reached spectacular levels of local and international renown, there’s another side to the music of South Korea.<p>Like so many of the country’s …

South Korea

The bamboo houses of the Philippines

Meet the architect reviving a classic Filipino building aesthetic – and another whose ultra-modern design turns balconies into typhoon-ready rafts.<p>It looks shockingly exposed to the elements, but that is by design. The bamboo house, a form that architect Rosario Encarnacion Tan says is “in the DNA” …

Asia

Can art change the world?

Can obstruction, or outright destruction, be as powerful as the act of creation? Annie Godfrey Larmon takes a look.<p>Popular history has it that the word sabotage, from the French <i>sabot</i>, or wooden shoe, was first used in the early 20th Century to describe the labour strike strategy of throwing one’s …

Art

Every story in the world has one of these six basic plots

Researchers analysed over 1700 novels to reveal six story types – but can they be applied to our most-loved tales? Miriam Quick takes a look.<p>“My prettiest contribution to the culture” was how the novelist Kurt Vonnegut described his old master’s thesis in anthropology, “which was rejected because …

Literature

20 Books Every Artist Needs on Their Bookshelf

Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting your creative career, there's always more to learn. From brushing up on your marketing skills or learning how to sell your art online, there's no end to the business skills that can help you push your career further. Because, as we all know, it takes …

Streetwear

Cruising Pavilion aims to show how sex "is always latent or silenced" in architecture

The practice of cruising is changing the way that buildings are designed, according to the curators of a Venice Architecture Biennale exhibition that …

East London

Landscape photography: 8 tips for taking better photos | Travel Feature

5. Learn from your mistakes<p>What I’ve learned over the years is a consequence of multiple errors. With painting, you learn that you can’t dilute your …

Landscape Photography

1 Tip for Landscape Photography That Opens Up a Whole New World

I have only 1 tip that will hopefully inspire you and help you to improve your landscape photography: use a wide angle (preferably 16mm or wider, …

Landscape Photography

Has Instagram Ruined Landscape and Travel Photography as We Know It?

It's a question that I'm sure has snuck into every photographer's mind, even outside of the landscape and travel genre. It's something I've …

Photography

How Bad is GDPR for Photographers?

The EU has a new data protection law, the so-called GDPR, the General Data Protection Regulation, or as we Germans like to call it: …

Personal Data

50 Must-Read Books with Gorgeous Writing

We book lovers read so much, and so widely, that we’ve seen it all. The good, the bad, the so-bad-it’s-good, the meh, the life changing. And we’ve …

Books

WATCH: Seven amazing Irish beaches - which will you visit next?

When the sun shines, there's no country like Ireland - and here are the beautiful beaches to prove it.<p>From the sprawling sands of Inchydoney island …