UK’s online shoppers top global spending survey – BBC News

April 21, 2017

… retailers have felt a significant impact from the online shopping habits of customers. Earlier this week, High street retailer Debenhams announced a change of strategy owing, in part, to fast-growing “mobile interaction”. The plan means up to 10 of its 176 UK stores may be closed over the next five years. A central distribution warehouse and about 10 smaller warehouses could also be shut. A further cost burden was also felt, particularly by clothes retailers, as a result of online …

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Is Bangkok really banning street food?

April 21, 2017

(CNN)When news broke this week that Bangkok was reportedly planning to clear the streets of its beloved street food vendors, outrage broke out among fans of the city’s famously cheap eats as the story racked up global headlines. Cue the backtracking. Government officials now say that while some areas will be cleared of street vendors in the name of public safety, they’ll impose stricter rules on cleanliness and hygiene in other popular street food areas like Khao San Road and …

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Ca tru: A night at the opera in the streets of Hanoi

April 19, 2017

(CNN)On a Sunday evening in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, you’ll likely hear the purr of motorbikes, calls of street vendors and clicks of camera shutters as wide-eyed tourists capture the city’s manic atmosphere. After all, the otherworldly tones of ca tr — one of Vietnam’s most revered musical genres — are hard to ignore. An ancient Vietnamese tradition of sung poetry, the art is more than 1,000 years old. …

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Nina Simone and me: An artist and activist revisited

April 17, 2017

(CNN)I was surfing online when I stumbled upon a mural in Baltimore painted by artist Ernest Shaw. It’s a three-headed portrait of civil rights icons: James Baldwin, Malcolm X and, of course, Nina Simone. Even within the boundaries of my computer screen, the painting on the side of a building at 401 Lafayette street was powerful. Curious that the artist had chosen Simone as part of the trifecta, I dialed Shaw, a 41-year-old teacher at the Maryland Academy of Technology & Health …

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Beyond pho: 5 of Hanoi’s top noodle dishes

April 11, 2017

… fish sauce, vinegar, lime and sugar. Vermicelli noodles, fruits and veggies, such as carrots and green papaya, accompany the glorious pork. “It’s a deconstructed noodle salad,” says Le. Plus, it’s a meal fit for a president. Where to try it in Hanoi: Bn ch Ca ng, 41 Ca ng street, Hon Kim District; +84 90 458 1964 Bn c Hi Phng On the way to the Pandora-like islands of Ha Long Bay, you’ll pass Hai Phong, one of Vietnam’s most important seaports and, …

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CNN 10 – April 10, 2017

April 10, 2017

… ordinary Swedes. So, imagine that this was the street where the attacker came thundering down in his track. That’s how busy it would have been. Amazing to think that there weren’t more deaths, that there weren’t more injuries. But the message here is that people should carry on with their ordinary lives in defiance of that horrendous terror threat. The truck came thundering down here into this department store and they put up plyboard as you can see to replace that smashed …

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How to photograph Hanoi like the city’s Instagram stars

April 6, 2017

… living,” he says. “It’s heaven for street photography because of the vibrant activities outside.” He suggests stopping to try the local sweet soup — a glass of crushed ice with tapioca balls and grass jelly — while watching the city come to life. “To some people it’s a noisy and congested city, but there are secret quiet corners right at the heart of Hanoi,” he says. “On the surface it looks old, chaotic or plain dirty, but with …

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Greek Thomson: Scotland’s other great visionary architect – BBC News

April 1, 2017

… surviving children, has not caught the public imagination in the same way as the glamorously brilliant Mackintosh and his waxed moustache. Image caption The Caledonia Road Church in the Gorbals marks the moment when Thomson became ‘Greek’ Image caption St Vincent street Church in Glasgow is the only one of Thomson’s grand kirks to survive intact Image caption St Vincent street Church was built in 1859 Image caption The church takes references from the …

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Why malign him? People ask of India’s ‘anti-Romeo squads’

March 30, 2017

… want the authorities to clearly “define” a Romeo. Because the fear of being caught has started to affect young couples in the area. Hindustan Times reports that the number of couples in a popular park has come down to five from 200 within a week of the squads’ existence. Also, why Romeo? He had a consenting partner. Really. @AJEnglish @ZarrarKhuhro why sully romeo’s name when referring to street hoodlums? he had a consenting partner. zulfi qadir (@zed_q72) March …

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Dubai: Insider Travel Guide

March 29, 2017

… restaurant, which is hidden in a back street in the Jumeriah district. Look for the neon-mustached Mona Lisa sign on the outside. Inside is a creative medley of kitsch memorabilia — walls covered higgledy-piggledy with picture frames and a pin board filled with Polaroid snaps. In the corners there are tongue-in-cheek pictures of naked Thai girls with their bits covered by humorous phrases. Tables are adorned with place mats made of recycled magazine pages. Typical Thai dishes come with …

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Snapchat turns to sponsored geofilters as it pushes to compete with Facebook, Instagram

March 28, 2017

… billion valuation and impress Wall street. But it’s a way to convince investors and advertisers that Snapchat has a reach into small, mid-sized and large businesses, just like other social networking and tech giants. Instagram announced last week it has reached 1 million monthly active advertisers. Facebook has 4 million. Snapchat only has a few hundred businesses, large and small, signed up for annual deals. The product was released in December, so Instagram and Facebook do have the older …

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Cafe will only hire women who don’t wear makeup or have dyed hair

March 28, 2017

… worked in night-time work establishments such as nightclubs or cabarets. Some of Naturalia’s staff Image: naturalia/campfire Naturalia initially held a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for its Shibuya, Tokyo branch. It drew contributions of $8,500 191 percent over its goal. It’s worth noting that the Shibuya district is home to the popular Harajuku area. Image: Ayano Sato/Epa/REX/Shutterstock Harajuku has become synonymous with eccentric street fashion, with women often …

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Shanghai: Insider Travel Guide

March 24, 2017

(CNN)Welcome to the future. This is the best of Shanghai, home to more than 20 million residents, 6,000 high-rises (and growing) and a constant chorus of jackhammers. It’s a city striving to set all the benchmarks for the modern world. …

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Tokyo: Insider Travel Guide

March 23, 2017

(CNN)Tokyo is a city that can roar one moment and whisper at the next, a place where almost anything seems possible. After all, 13 million people share this 2,188-square-kilometer piece of the planet, which is home to some of the world’s top restaurants, stores and cafs. It’s also a one-stop center for the best of Japan — culture, quality products and impeccable service. …

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Why sports betting is starting to look a lot more like Wall Street

March 20, 2017

South Dakota State Jackrabbits take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs, because college basketball is the best.Image: Getty Images Your March Madness office pool is like the Charles Schwab of sports betting. Beyond those hastily chosen brackets, theres an entire cottage industry of sports betting thats increasingly resembling Wall street. In 2016, total sports wagers in Nevada were $4.5 billion, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board. With that much at stake, gamblers are turning to more …

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Where is England’s steepest street? – BBC News

March 19, 2017

Media captionIs this England’s steepest street? Where is England’s steepest street? We asked readers to name the thigh-burning inclines that fill their hearts with terror – and enlisted Ordnance Survey to check the results. Shaftesbury, Dorset “I walk up it every day and it certainly helps to keep me fit,” said the 68-year-old. “There are plenty of residents on the street who have lived into their 90s.” But there are some downsides: “A lady …

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The Turkey-Netherlands Spat Is A Reminder Of A New Specter Haunting Europe

March 18, 2017

… had cut the throat of filmmaker near Oosterpark, a public park located a few hundred meters away from my apartment. I had had little idea then but I would have no other choice but to experience my new city under the shadow of that murder. As my plane flew over the Rhine, I remembered that day November 2, 2004 when I headed out with my flatmate and a graduate student I had just met. There was outrage on the Amsterdam street a feeling equally intense to that produced by the assassination, in …

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Why I bought my daughter heroin – BBC News

March 10, 2017

… there was nothing else I could do. So I said to her, “Is there any way we can do this – on the street?” She spent a good hour and a half ringing around, and people could only offer her heroin, not methadone. That’s how we ended up in the middle of a local town with me handing over my hard-earned money to buy a drug. The problem really started five years ago, when she was 18. She had some life changes in terms of friends going off to university and changes in a long-term …

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Geri Horner: Why my son is named after George Michael – BBC News

March 10, 2017

… drama school. Yeah! You’ve really done your research! And then you auditioned for Bond? Actually, they just called me in for a chat. They didn’t give me the part. I don’t think I was up their street. But you did end up with a cameo in Sex and the City. Oh my God, that was amazing. That was amazing! I had to properly audition for it. They were very strict, because it was all about comedy timing and very tightly scripted. But I think I got more kudos from doing that than anything …

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