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Steven Pinker: 10 'grammar rules' it's OK to break (sometimes)

Among the many challenges of writing is dealing with rules of correct usage: whether to worry about split infinitives, fused participles, and the meanings of words such as "fortuitous", "decimate" and "comprise". Supposedly a writer has to choose between two radically different approaches to these …

Hong Kong’s enchanting homage to the moon

The Mid-Autumn Festival bathes the city in a glow of colour, as lanterns of all shapes and sizes, fiery dragon dances and moon cakes combine to create a magical fairytale land.<p>September is the perfect time to visit Hong Kong. Not only has the intense heat of summer passed, it is also when the much …


A street food tour of Yangon

Although Burma’s little-known cuisine is influenced by its neighbours – especially India, Thailand and China – the end result is decidedly its own.

"Khotso" Peace at Devil's Knuckles

Beyond the Running of the Bulls: Spain's 10 Wildest Festivals

Every year since Hemingway published his classic, <i>The Sun Also Rises</i>, thousands of thrill-seekers have descended on the small city of Pamplona in northern Spain to take part in the legendary Running of the Bulls. In recent years, other fiestas like Valencia's tomato-throwing bash, La Tomatina, have …