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The Twenty Years’ War

Two decades ago, Osama bin Laden officially launched al-Qaeda’s struggle against the United States. Neither side has won.<p>Exactly two decades ago, on August 23, 1996, Osama bin Laden declared war on the United States. At the time, few people paid much attention. But it was the start of what’s now …

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The Key To Hit Your Targets In Life, Learnt From The Legendary Archer

The complete awareness of the body and mind in relation to the goal is known as zanshin and it can give us great lessons about attention and focus.

You can’t understand Pope Francis without Juan Perón — and Evita

BUENOS AIRES — A few years ago, when he was not yet Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, visited the convent where he attended kindergarten in the city’s Flores neighborhood. The nuns gathered around.<p>“Sister Rosa,” he asked one of his first teachers, “what …

How To Wear Boots (Rain, Hail Or Shine) - A Man's Guide

Boots are a winter footwear essential. In the cooler and wetter months, knowing how to wear boots will give you a step-up in your weekend wear and a …

A Fetching Redesign Of Ikea’s Blue Tote Bag

For $0.59, Ikea will sell you the Frakta: a 19-gallon, polypropylene blue bag lined with polyester. The logic is that you fill it with all sorts of goodies at an Ikea store, then walk out the store having purchased it. Out in the real world, where people use the Frakta for anything too big to fit …

The 5 Best Designs Of Iconic Soy Sauce Bottle Creator Kenji Ekuan

We remember the greatest work of one of Japan’s most prominent industrial designers.<p>Kenji Ekuan, the Japanese industrial designer whose work included the unmistakable Kikkoman soy sauce dispenser, has died. He was 85.<p>Ekuan believed in making design accessible to everyone. Inspired in part by the …

World Cup 2014: Germany highlight the madness of St George as they continue to prosper while England stagnate

From Malmo to Belo Horizonte, the success of Germany has been a work in progress for the last five years, ever since the 4-0 win over England's Under-21s in 2009<p>Belo Horizonte – twinned with Malmo. Six of the <b>German</b> starring, starting XI against <b>Brazil</b> in that staggering <b>World Cup</b> semi-final also …

David Luiz's wide grin and mop of curly hair has seen him emerge as the unmistakeable face of Brazil football

The iconic No 10 shirt might still be the choice of most Brazil supporters, but it is David Luiz's No 4 that follows most closely behind at World Cup 2014<p>Whether Brazil can adequately replace Neymar on the pitch remains a subject of considerable doubt. Much more certain, however, is the existence …

How Jurgen Klinsmann built the greatest team in U.S. soccer history

SAO PAULO – This is Jurgen Klinsmann’s team.<p>It’s the one aspect of the United States national team that has been clear since Klinsmann named his 23-man roster for the World Cup. Just six players from the 2010 U.S. roster remain. Replaced with a backbone of players who have only known Klinsmann as …

Raymond Loewy designs

First published on Tue 5 Nov 2013 09.34 EST

1,200 Whimsical Stone Statues at Buddhist Temple in Kyoto

Otagi Nenbutsu-Ji is a Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan that features over 1,200 stone figures representing Rakan, or disciples of Shaka (the founder of Buddhism), that were mostly carved by amateurs from across the country under the guidance of sculptor Kocho Nishimura. Each sculpture is a …

This Collection Of War Photography Holds Some Of The Most Haunting Images You'll Ever See

"Photographs are our collective memory of war. Luckily, most of us don't ever experience it first-hand," Tucker told ShutterLove, a photography website.<p>The survey has now been collected in a museum exhibition called, "War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath," showing currently …

World's Largest Rubber Ducky Makes Its American Debut In Pittsburgh

QUACK QUACK! The giant 40-foot tall floating art installation by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman has finally arrived in America.

Top 10 romantic movies

Peter Bradshaw on romantic movies<p>Romantic longing has provided the cinema with some of its most glorious and idealistic movies: Casablanca and Brief Encounter are films with an unabashed, unironic passionate flame at their centre.<p>Movies such as Gone With the Wind and Doctor Zhivago lent something …

Vietnam war: classic AP photographs - in pictures

See powerful images of the conflict from the archives of the news agency. They are featured in a new book, Vietnam: The Real War, published on 2 October, that marks the 50th anniversary of the start of hostilities. It includes AP journalist Malcolm Browne's shocking photo of a Buddhist monk taking …

Studio Visit: Studio Moross

In an industry that has been known to label its constituents with simply one ability or another, the enigmatically artistic Kate Moross is genuinely defining a term that is so often gratuitously applied: Creative. The shift toward owning a diverse skill set is quickly becoming more commonplace …

Portraits of Dogs With Human-Like Expressions

Is it just us or do most of these dogs look incredibly serious? Hamburg, Germany-based photographer Ralph Hargarten is behind this intriguing new series called <i>A Dog's Life</i> where he's shot portraits of dogs with facial expressions we often attribute to humans. Set against a simple black background, …

Clever Negative Space Artworks

I've been thinking about creating an artwork exploring negative space and while looking for some inspiration on Pinterest I came across with some …

AnOther Kind of #Selfie

We take a step back from the ubiquitous world of #nofilter and the-art-of-looking-down, and celebrate the pioneers of the pre-Instagram …

The 10 Most Beautiful Male Film Stars

To celebrate Alain Delon's performance in Plein Soleil, re-released this month, Anne Billson selects the 10 most beautiful male film stars.<p>"Oh yes, I'd turn gay for him," said a staunchly heterosexual male friend after seeing the young Alain Delon in Plein Soleil, René Clément's 1960 adaptation of …

The VC heroes 'forgotten' by Whitehall

The first day of the Battle of the Somme was the bloodiest in the history of the British Army – and one which saw several acts of great bravery. By the end of July 1 1916, ten Victoria Crosses had been won.<p>As a centrepiece of its plans to mark the centenary of the war and the heroism of those men …

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