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Ten great cycling routes: from day-trips to long-distance adventures

Wind in your hair, landscapes whipping by, cruising through peaceful forests: embracing the outdoors on two wheels is one of the healthiest and most enjoyable ways to get around. Here’s our round-up of great cycling routes which offer something for everyone, from multi-day adventures to relaxing …

The Best Festival in the U.K.

I have to admit, shamefacedly, that in the past I have not fully embraced the festival scene in the U.K.<p>Stories of friends who have dived head-first down porta loos on quests to retrieve their iPhones, or have woken up to find their tent washed away by the inevitable, biblical rainfall fill me with …

The Eight-Minute Test That Can Reveal Your Effectiveness as a Leader

How can I determine if I am a good leader, or perhaps even a great one? What are my strengths, and do any rise to the very highest levels? I know I have some weaknesses (as everyone does), but are any of them so appalling as to derail my career?<p>Many people have asked us those questions over the …

Emerging from a Bad Mood into a Good Mood Can Make You More Creative

People who were plunged into bad moods by being asked to write about distressing experiences, but were then put into good moods by being asked to write about joyful events, were subsequently <b>better</b> at imagining creative ideas for improving university teaching than people who had been in positive …

The Most Breathtaking Photos From Around The World This Week

Welcome to "Moving Image," our roundup of the best photos from around the world this week.<p>The following images tell the story of the past seven days' most compelling events, capturing happenstance moments and monumental occurrences all over the globe.<p>Our picks for this week are:<p><b>1. This photo of a</b> …

Hotels Race to Create the Best Suites

Five-star hotels are unveiling signature suites that are large and lavish<p>IN THE QUARTERS at the top of a Victorian-era building overlooking London's Thames River, no detail has been overlooked. The two-bedroom, duplex space has bathrooms clad in honey-colored onyx and Skyros marble, with shelves …

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The Free App Party Starts Now (And You’re Invited!)

In this, the third installment of Free App Friday, we’ve got you covered if you love music, interior design, or travel. Especially, if you love free stuff.<p>Quick question: Which of the following would you like to do over the weekend?<p><b>A)</b> Learn a new language <b><br>B)</b> Not get lost <b><br>C)</b> Discover some awesome new …

Beach Reads: A Library Pops Up In The South Of France

Staring down an expanse of vast and powerful ocean in late summer is guaranteed to make you question two things: your own sense of self-worth, and that of your e-reader. Nothing like the glare, the saltwater, the sunscreened fingers, the sand to recommend a hard-copy book. But the closest thing to …

This Might Be the Coolest Kite Ever | WIRED

Tomás Saraceno's <i>Solar Bell</i> is a massive kite made from carbon tubes and paper-thin solar panels. <i>Image: Camilo Brau, © Studio Tomás Saraceno.</i><p>The <i>Solar</i> …

Octo-Drama

This:<p>Now available in cupcakes!<p>Oh, and while we're at it...<p>BROADWAY OCTOPUS WANTS TO SING:<p>[[<i>jazz tentacles</i>]]<p>BOW-TIED OCTOPUS WANTS TO …

Just A Cat, Dressed As A Shark, Riding A Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

You'll be glad you watched this.<p>Delightful. Watch the clip in full.

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