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Around The World In 16 Banksy Street Art Locations If you stopped someone on the street and asked them to name you 5 popular artists of the 21st century, you’d struggle for many answers. However, there is almost certainly one who will be known by many millions around the world, and that’s, of course, Banksy. Who is Banksy? The mysterious, British satirical street artist has said that he/she would never reveal their true identity which has lead to years of speculation. This article from the Telegraph is a classic example of the speculation....

9 Weird British Expressions Illustrated One of the beautiful things about travelling is the opportunity to be submerged in another culture’s language. If you’re familiar with a bit of Spanish or French, it is rewarding to battle your way through the occasional shop transaction without just using the international language of ‘louder English’. In bars and on public transport, it can be fun to figure out at least the subject that people are talking about – it doesn’t feel intrusive when you don’t have a clue what they’re...

Even in the sheltered and largely safe world the majority of us live in today, plenty of us suffer from fears and phobias, some of them irrational, others entirely rational. According to fears.net, some of the top ten phobias of all time include the fear of small spaces (Claustrophobia), a fear of spiders (Arachnophobia) and a fear of heights (Acrophobia). Rational vs Irrational Overcoming a fear of something can be difficult, especially with both irrational and rational fears. A rational fear is one which exists because there is potentially...

Fancy a European football break? We bet you’re not alone. With Premier League ticket prices not exactly the easiest on the pocket, lots of football fans are heading to the Continent to enjoy the beautiful game. It’s not hard to see why. Affordable airfares, reasonable ticket prices and the thrill of Champions League and Europa League action are all encouraging football fanatics to up sticks and enjoy an away day or weekend break across the Channel. If you’re hankering after some of this action for yourself, we think you’ll love...

There’s no getting around the fact that winter is finally upon us. Once the temperature is cooler and the days become shorter, we find ourselves turning from the pleasures of summer to the comforts which will keep the chill at bay. As soon as the temperature drops, there is something a lot less appealing about light summer meals. Instead, we replace them with heavy, warming foods like stews, pies and roast dinners. Hot Drinks We do the same with our hot drinks. The lemonades and ice teas don’t seem very appealing when the cold arrives,...

5 Online Travel Scams & How To Avoid Them For as long as the internet has existed, scammers have been trying to unlawfully take money from unsuspecting users. Online scams exist in pretty much every industry. So, whether you’re wanting to buy clothing, a car or even booking a holiday, there’s probably a scam loitering in the background. Everyone will have heard of some of the big online scams in recent years, even if it is hard to believe their success. The Nigerian Prince email scam is almost certainly one of the best documented....

Around The World In 21 Craft Gins In the global scheme of things, there seems to be a constant stream of new food and drink trends which tend to go from relative obscurity to gaining international popularity in no time at all. Let’s begin with the world of food. If you entered almost any restaurant five or ten years ago (especially outside of the United States and ordered pulled pork, you’d end up leaving hungry and empty handed. However, now you literally can’t avoid it. This really interesting article from The Guardian delves...

The handshake: a universal greeting of peace and fraternity, right? Well, yes and no. While widely believed to have evolved as a gesture to show that the greeter bears no weapons, and used in countries on every continent, the precise format of the handshake in different cultural contexts can be a matter of grave importance. Everything from strength of grip to the order in which you greet your hosts can give subtle hints about where you’re from, can potentially cause offence – or can display both affection and respect for your counterpart’s...

If you’re a big tipper, you could be big in South Africa. If you’re generous with your hugs, you’ll likely be embraced by the people of Brazil and Spain. But if you wear your Sunday best to business meetings, you’re going to look out of place in Ireland. Across the world, the gestures and behaviors that make up our day-to-day life vary in subtle but important ways that can help us to accustom ourselves to the areas we visit, and on occasion even prevent us getting in trouble. Conversely, if you’re sick of the tardiness of your...

Eggs are pretty weird when you think about them too hard. But they are also delicious, convenient, and highly versatile – as is demonstrated by the regional variations on show around the world. If you’re planning to travel, and want to know what the egg world has in store for you, or if you just want to add a bit of exoticism to your weekend brunch, you can do a lot worse than making a trip to the supermarket with a list of ingredients for some of our international neighbours’ signature yolk n’ albumen dishes. The North African...