Birthday traditions around the world
A look at some interesting birthday traditions from around the world.
Photos: Nostalgia files: A look back at rollerskating
Roller skating is the travelling on surfaces with roller skates. It is a form of recreational activity as well as a sport, and can also be a form of transportation. In America, this hobby was most popular first between 1935 and the early 1960s and then in the 1970s, when polyurethane wheels were created and disco music oriented roller rinks were the rage. It became popular again in the 1990s when in-line outdoor roller skating, thanks to the improvement made to inline roller skates in 1981 by Scott Olson, took hold.
A return to youth? No thanks.
At my age, I cannot think of anything more alarming or more unnecessary than a return to girlhood.
Photos: 77 years of the Venice Film Festival
The Venice Film Festival is the world's oldest film festival and one of the "Big Five" film festivals, alongside the Cannes Film Festival in France, the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany, the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada and the Sundance Film Festival in the United States. The Big Five are internationally acclaimed for giving creators the artistic freedom to express themselves through film. Here's a look back at some of the previous years.
Female beauty standards through the ages
The standards of female beauty have changed through the ages. They will continue to change. What remains beautiful, though, is the quiet confidence of a woman who, no matter what her weight, face shape, or body type, drifts through the world fully aware that she is a force of nature to contend with.
Photos: Onam Celebrations
Onam is an annual holiday and Hindu festival celebrated in Kerala, India. It is a harvest festival celebrated by Malayalis irrespective of religion. The date of the festival is based on the Hindu Panchangam and falls on the 22nd Nakshatra Thiruvonam in the month Chingam of the Malayalam calendar, which in the Gregorian calendar overlaps with August–September. According to legend, the festival is celebrated to commemorate King Mahabali, whose spirit is said to visit Kerala at the time of Onam.
Ten vegetarian Indian dishes you need to try
There is no better country in which to be a vegetarian, so in the spirit of that statement, here are ten amazing vegetarian Indian dishes that you have to try the next time you’re in an Indian restaurant or ordering in or you’re actually visiting India.
Photos: The Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye, connected to Scotland's northwest coast by bridge, is known for its rugged landscapes, picturesque fishing villages and medieval castles. The largest island in the Inner Hebrides archipelago, it has an indented coastline of peninsulas and narrow lochs, radiating out from a mountainous interior, and is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places I've ever visited.
The ghost who made my bed and other paranormal experiences
The truth is, in my experience, I know for a fact that there is something out there that we don’t understand, cannot see, and can’t possibly fathom, because I’ve experienced it twice. Whether you want to call that a ghost or a spirit is up to you, but it’s real.
Photos: UK students receive GCSE results based on teacher predictions
GCSE students were unable to sit their exams this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. A government-backed algorithm used to award grades has been withdrawn after thousands of A'level students were downgraded to the predicted grades given by teachers.