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Mike Leigh's "Ecstasy"
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The pictures owned by a shipping magnate are on display for the first time
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Long teeth, long strides
Sportsmen are not supposed to get better at the end of their careers, but nobody told Ryan Giggs and Sachin Tendulkar
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Haiti's hallowed hotel
Now run by a voodoo priest, the resort made famous by Graham Greene is virtually unchanged
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It's National Grammar Day
(CNN)
Is our language going to heck in a handbasket, and are our celebrities and leaders, people whom Americans look up to, misusing it more and more? The answer, to many, is a clear yes.
What is your favourite Bible?
(FiveBooks)
Timothy Beal, author of the new book "The Rise and Fall of the Bible", considers the thousands of editions of the good book
Egypt's antiquities official resigns
(Real Clear Arts)
Zahi Zawass leaves his post in light of the rise in looting. This site offers a list of missing items from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Mr Zawass confirms this looting on his blog 
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"It’s not that the web is making us less intelligent; if anything, the evidence suggests it sharpens more cognitive skills than it dulls. It’s not that the web is making us less happy, although there are certainly those who, like [Nicholas] Carr [author of "The Shallows"], feel enslaved by its rhythms and cheated by the quality of its pleasures. It’s that the web may be an enemy of creativity."
~ Jim Holt, "​Smarter, Happier, More Productive​" (​London Review of Books
Highlights
Sichuan peppers
The strangest spice
It tastes like flowers and feels like a live wire; no pantry should be without it.
Psychiatry
Therapist-free therapy
Cognitive-bias modification may put the psychiatrist’s couch out of business
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