13 of the greatest Stephen King short stories you’ve never read

May 22, 2017

… Gramma is the perfect example of this. The story is genuinely unnerving, and the character of George’s grandmother is nightmarishly well-drawn. Image: hodder & stoughton 8. Popsy What’s it about? A man kidnaps a small boy outside a supermarket. As he flees across the country in his car, he begins to realise there’s something not quite right about the child. Why should you read it? Two other things Stephen King does brilliantly: 1) writing from the perspective of the …


Pippa Middleton’s wedding: What can guests expect? – BBC News

May 20, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pippa and James attended St Mark’s on Christmas Day Guests will fill the 12th-century church of St Mark’s, which is few miles from the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, ahead of the service at 11:30 BST. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The church is on private land and hidden from public gaze Englefield is mostly within the bounds of Englefield House, the country estate owned by Conservative MP Richard Benyon. It …


Robot-makers are posting record figures in Japan because there just aren’t enough people

May 17, 2017

… shortfall is due to a huge labour crunch in the country companies with staff ranging from 100 to 499 workers advertised to fill 1.1 million new positions last year, according to data from Japan’s Labour Ministry. To meet that shortfall, companies are investing more to increase efficiency, according to officials. A Bank of Japan survey found that mid-sized companies are planning to boost investment in capital by 17.5 percent, though it is unclear how much will be spent on automation. …


Luxury travel: The most remote resorts in the Philippines

May 15, 2017

(CNN)Whether you’re in search of an all-inclusive luxury resort or a chilled-out beach villa, the Philippines has no shortage of remote retreats to whisk intrepid travelers off the grid. But you’ll want to get there soon. The country’s natural beauty has caught the eye of international jet-setters and tourism has grown at a rate of 8% per year since 2010, according to a report by Oxford Business Group. …


Dude wearing an Australian flag jumped onstage at Eurovision and mooned everyone

May 14, 2017

Eurovision fans often complain that Australia shouldn’t be included in the contest after all, it’s not a European country. And now … the critics have quite a bit more fuel for their fire. Or, alternatively, a reason to include the Aussies forever and ever after a stunt on the show’s finale. Here’s what went down (under). While last year’s winner, Jamala, was performing her number, an enthusiastic man wearing an Australian flag somehow got himself onto the …


Facebook agrees to consider blocking local content in Thailand

May 11, 2017

… governments believe that something on the Internet violates their laws, they may contact [us]…when we receive such a request, it is scrutinised to determine if the specified content does indeed violate local laws, a Facebook spokesperson told news outlet the Bangkok Post. If we determine that it does, then we make it unavailable in the relevant country or territory and notify people who try to access it why it is restricted. Thai internet service providers had asked the social platform to …


Everyone is comparing Donald Trump to Richard Nixon after he fired James Comey

May 10, 2017

Tricky Donald.Image: win mcnamee/Getty Images Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday despite the bureau being in the midst of an investigation into the connections between the Trump administration and campaign to Russia. Put another way, Trump fired the guy in charge of the investigation that some believe will end with his impeachment. SEE ALSO: Newspaper succinctly trolls Trump’s new pick for country ambassador That’s not normal, though it’s also not …


Eurovision Song Contest: Bluff your way through this year’s show – BBC News

May 9, 2017

1) It’s actually three events When Eurovision started in the Swiss resort of Lugano back in 1956, only seven countries took part. Each country submitted two songs each, with host country Switzerland eventually winning. But over the years there has been a steady rise in participating countries – so steady in fact, that the contest is now preceded by two semi-finals. @-webkit-keyframes spinnerRotate { from{-webkit-transform:rotate(0deg);} to{-webkit-transform:rotate(360deg);} } …


Norway’s Slow TV hits roadblock after migrating reindeer stop migrating

May 8, 2017

… produced content, while the remaining eight hours showed a fireplace live. “National Knitting Night,” a 13-hour broadcast, opened with scenes of shearing sheep and closed with people knitting sweaters. An 18-hour long broadcasted called “Salmon Swimming Upstream” featured precisely what the title promised. Then there’s a five-and-a-half-day-long cruise along Norway’s coast. At one point, almost half of the Scandinavian country was watching. Hellum, an NRK …


Town plans to venerate super-muscly kangaroo with a big ol’ statue

May 7, 2017

… Australian country club, and made golf better than ever “Roger has recently been recognised as one of the 10 most famous animals in the world,” Chris “Brolga” Barns, who runs Kangaroo Sanctuary, told the newspaper. “Photos and videos of Roger go viral all the time because hes world-renowned as being really muscular, with a great physique.” Oh, don’t we know it. A post shared by WHERE ANIMALS COME FIRST (@thekangaroosanctuary) on Apr 11, 2017 at …


Country singer Loretta Lynn had stroke, hospitalized

May 6, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. –  A publicist for country music legend Loretta Lynn says she has been hospitalized after having a stroke. Maria Malta confirmed Friday that the 85-year-old singer and songwriter was admitted into a Nashville hospital on Thursday night after suffering the stroke at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Lynn’s website says she is responsive and expected to make a full recovery. It says Lynn has been advised by doctors to stay off the road while she …


Country music star Loretta Lynn hospitalized

May 6, 2017

(CNN)country music star Loretta Lynn, 85, suffered a stroke Thursday at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, and has been hospitalized, according to a statement on her website. Lynn has postponed two of her four upcoming shows, one in South Carolina on Saturday night, and one in Pennsylvania on May 12, according to a schedule on the website. Lynn has been performing professionally since the 1950s. She’s been nominated for 17 Grammy Awards and won four: three competitive and one …


Give One wants you to donate 25 cents a day to your favorite causes

May 5, 2017

Donate as little as 25 cents a day with Give One.Image: JUSTIN LANE/EPA/REX/Shutterstock We all know the stats about charitable giving after the presidential election: record-breaking donations to the ACLU after President Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban, a surge in gifts to Planned Parenthood right after Nov. 8, and unprecedented support for all kinds of nonprofits across the country. But in those early days of Trump’s America, the question was: Could this outpouring of goodwill …


Styx: We want to ‘bring together’ fans with different political views through tour

May 2, 2017

American rock band Styx is gearing up to embark on a new tour, and theyre on a mission to unite the country.  The Chicago-based group will heat things up this summer with the United We Rock tour, where theyll join Reo Speedwagon and special guest star Don Felder, formerly of the Eagles, to perform throughout the country, starting with Ridgefield, Washington on June 20th. The artists are hoping their upcoming performances will unite Americans to enjoy some feel-good tunes.  …


Tony Blair’s legacy 20 years on – BBC News

May 1, 2017

… out, in vague but confident terms, his vision of a modern, united country fit for a new millennium. A country for the “many not the few”. It is striking now to hear how much of his eight-minute speech was directed at the party’s old guard. “We have been elected as New Labour and we will govern as New Labour,” he told his audience, as a warning shot across the bows of those who had opposed his “modernisation” of the party every step of the way. The …


Climate March: Tens of thousands protest Trump climate policies, demand environmental action

April 30, 2017

… 100,000 but video and photos on social media showed a larger turnout. It’s official! The march extends over 20 blocks, far exceeding our NPS permit for 100,000! https://t.co/s2G1vYCiU4 — Jamie Henn (@Agent350) April 29, 2017 Organizers said about 300 sister marches or rallies were being held around the country, including in Seattle, Boston and San Francisco. A wet spring snow fell in Denver, where several hundred activists posed in the shape of a giant thermometer for a photograph …


Four-year-old Amazon India is killing it, says CEO Jeff Bezos

April 29, 2017

Image: Getty Images Amazons $5 billion bet on India is working. At the companys first quarter earnings call for this year, CEO Jeff Bezos said the India arm of the ecommerce giant was already the fastest growing marketplace in the country. SEE ALSO: After bagging Shah Rukh Khan, Netflix nears deal with Aamir Khan “Our India team is moving fast and delivering for customers and sellers,” he said, highlighting the surge in Primes catalogue, which he claims has grown by 75 percent in …


Netflix has found a way into the world’s biggest streaming market

April 27, 2017

Image: Netflix After being locked out of the massive Chinese market by regulators, Netflix looks set to be able to enter the country after all. The company has signed a licensing deal with local streaming service iQiyi, which claims over 500 million monthly users. Robert Roy, Netflix’s vice president of content acquisition, announced the deal at APOS an industry conference that is being held in Bali, Indonesia, according to The Hollywood Reporter. SEE ALSO: ’13 Reasons Why’ …


Why China’s craft breweries are tapping into ancient beer recipes

April 26, 2017

(CNN)China is home to one of the oldest civilizations, so it’s only fitting that it’s home to ancient beer as well. The 5,000-year-old brewery is the earliest evidence of barley- and millet-based beer-making in the country. Inspired by the scientists’ findings, two breweries — Jing-A Brewing Co in Beijing and Moonzen Brewery in Hong Kong — set out to give the modern world a taste of an ancient experience by recreating the original beer recipe. …


Best hotels in Mauritius: How top designers remade luxury in paradise

April 25, 2017

(CNN)Luxury hotels have staked claims to Mauritius’s famed beaches for decades, but over the last couple of years, elite designers have remade venerable island institutions and built new paradise retreats from the ground up. Oberoi Mauritius, Turtle Bay Marine Park, Balaclava While this isn’t a couples-only resort, the Oberoi feels like a honeymooners retreat. There is a kids’ club for the little ones, but everything from the waterfall at the entrance to the villas with …


I Just Drove 8,000km Around New Zealand And Realized This Country Cant Be Real

April 24, 2017

I’ve been traveling the world for the past 3.5 years and I had the chance to explore quite a few gorgeous places in different parts of the world. However, I knew I couldn’t say a certain place was really beautiful before I explored New Zealand. Everyone kept telling me it’s the most picturesque country in the world and I knew it’ll be nice… but I could never have anticipated how out-of-this-world it actually was. I flew to Auckland, bought a 1996 Mazda SUV car …


This is what protest sounds like

April 21, 2017

… and more direct anthems like N.W.A.’s controversial 1988 track “F*** Tha Police” and Public Enemy’s 1989 anthem “Fight the Power.” The year: 2010s The protest: Marriage equality The anthem: “Born This Way,” Lady Gaga; “Same Love,” Macklemore The marriage equality movement hit its stride in 2015 as the US Supreme Court heard a case that would decide whether same-sex marriage would be legalized across the country. In the buildup …


Gorgeous iPhone pictures of Thailand’s annual countrywide water fight

April 19, 2017

Over the weekend, Thailand soaked up the festivities during its annual mass water fight, Songkran. The Thai new year marks the arrival of spring, but visitors to the country also know it as a weekend-long water fight, as major streets get closed, and people arm up with water guns and buckets. SEE ALSO: This photographer is documenting the resistance and donating the pictures It’s also a terrific opportunity for dramatic shots, as these photographers’ iPhone shots show. With the …


Eating Korea: 10 of South Korea’s most delicious dishes

April 17, 2017

(CNN)Graham Holliday has made a career out of eating. The author of “Eating Viet Nam” recently published a new book, this time chronicling his culinary adventures through South Korea. “Eating Korea: Reports on a Culinary Renaissance” explores the country’s rich food history and evolving contemporary culinary scene. Mid-morning, a line forms outside small, family-run Okya restaurant inside the Sin-Sijang market in the central-eastern city of Andong. …


Facebook takes aim at false ‘likes’ in battle against fake news

April 16, 2017

Image: Stephen Lam/Getty Images News isn’t the only thing that’s sometimes fake on Facebook. The social network said Friday it has shut down a massive spam operation that generated thousands of “inauthentic likes” on publisher pages. SEE ALSO: Facebook is cracking down on hoaxes in your News Feed The announcement comes days after the company claimed to have deleted 30,000 fraudulent accounts in France ahead of the country’s presidential election. The scam …