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Endearment

A word or phrase expressing love or affection. Everybody has their favourite terms of endearment to tell their love.”Chouchou” is Carla Bruni’s; ” babe” is Samantha Cameron’s; and “honey”  Michelle Obama’s, … Continue reading

31/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Side by side

Close together and facing the same way. Pierre Dulaine, the well-known ballroom dancer, returns to Jaffa, his birthplace, with the idea of fulfilling his lifelong dream: teaching Jewish and Palestinian … Continue reading

29/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Smiling

“Ron Gutman reviews a raft of studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising results. Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you’ll live — and … Continue reading

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Knit

Make (a garment or other item) by interlocking loops of wool or other yarn with knitting needles or on a machine. It seems a delicate job for hard men, but … Continue reading

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Crowdsource

 To give tasks to a large group of people or to the general public, for example, by asking for help on the Internet, rather than having tasks done within a … Continue reading

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Objectify

Degrade to the status of a mere object. Women’s rights activists demonstrated in Berlin last week against the exhibition which shows a giant pink Barbie dollhouse saying that Barbie objectifies … Continue reading

20/05/2013 · Leave a comment

IF

What would you do IF you could put an end to hunger forever? A recent UN report has offered a possible answer to that question: eating more insects.  The authors … Continue reading

15/05/2013 · 1 Comment

Turn a blind eye

Pretend not to notice. 1.125, mostly young men and women, is the number of victims found , up to now, in the debris following the collapse of a clothes factory in Bangladesh. … Continue reading

13/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Torero

I’ve found this beautiful piece of fitness history in which a torero from Spain, Gabriel Alcoba, demonstrates his invention to exercise at home. This slimming device from the 1950s has … Continue reading

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Bitcoin

Bitcoin , described by some  as digital gold, is being presented as a new kind of currency. Launched in 2009 by a mysterious figure going under the name of Satoshi Nakamoto, the … Continue reading

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Creativity

Creativity  ” is the process of having original ideas that value.” claims Sir Ken Robinson. This expert in education maintains that schools kill creativity because we’ve been educated to become good … Continue reading

03/05/2013 · Leave a comment