The web’s greatest travel sites
The Internet is a vast, wild, ever-changing place, particularly for those planning travel — but a little guidance will set you straight, says Charlie R Neyra
He wrote the End of History. Now Francis Fukuyama one of the world’s foremost thinkers on international relations, talks to James Robertson about human politics from prehistoric times to the French revolution in his new book
The deft touch of a chainsaw carver
Chainsaw carving is a fast growing art form that combines the modern technology of the chainsaw with the ancient art of woodcarving. It is said that chainsaw-art goes back to the 1950s, when tree loggers in the USA carved their names into fallen tree trunks using just the chainsaws that they worked with. But it was the Lumberjack World Championships in Wisconsin, held in the early 1980s, that gave the activity a major boost when the event was broadcast nationally. Carving contests took off across the USA and the first Chainsaw Carving World Championships were held in 1987.
Bin Laden’s bookshelf
The story of Osama bin Laden is now over, so how did authors record the mystery behind the hidden terrorist? Raziqueh Hussain finds out
Every castle has secrets and its walls have ears; that’s pretty much a given. The one in Kate Morton’s third novel, The Distant Hours, just hides darker, terrible ones.
Compiled by Charlie R Neyra
Three women three stories
Do blondes have more fun? Are brunettes more sophisticated? And what about those who cover it up with a shaila? Hair is an integral part of our individual identity. And, the idea behind the title of the Art Select exhibition ‘The Blonde, the Brunette and the Shaila’ comes from the basic human nature to classify women according to their looks, hair in particular.
Collecting for charity
A wise friend once said, “Collecting is great for kids.” And despite its apparent decline as a hobby for young people, it still is a great way to combine geography, armchair travel, history, and one’s own personal view of the world into a single pastime.
An Iraqi returns to Venice
As the Venice Biennale rolls into its second month, we continue to look at the return of the Iraqi Pavilion — back after a 30-year hiatus.
Guiding little stars
I did my Montessori workshops in Dubai in this very classroom where I am teaching today. Tiny Home was the only authentic Montessori school in Dubai at that time. And I remember thinking it would be great to get a job in this school.