Shanghai Sacred: inside China’s religious revival- photo essay

Photographer and anthropologist Liz Hingley uncovers the spiritual landscape of Chinas largest city, revealing the spaces and rites of this cosmopolitan megalopolis that is home to 26 million people and to religious groups from Buddhism to Islam, Christianity to Bahaism, Hinduism to Taoism China is undergoing one of the great religious revivals of our time. […]

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10 of the world’s best piers: readers’ travel tips

From a favourite of John Betjeman to Polish art-deco cafes, underwater observatories and Hemingways fishing spot our readers reveal their favourite over-water strolls Winning tip: Huntington Beach, California Huntington Beach is the spiritual home of Californian surfing. I love strolling out early in the morning along Huntington Beach Pier, when the marine layer mist lingers, […]

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Made in North Korea- a unique glimpse of life inside a closed society

Everyday objects, such as sweet wrappers and posters, will be exhibited for the first time outside the communist republic at a new London show, writes Vanessa Thorpe North Korea The Observer Made in North Korea- a unique glimpse of life inside a closed society Sweet wrappers and posters are among graphic art to be shown […]

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Super rich buying up Italy’s manors under new tax regime

You get the same sort of tax savings you get in Jersey but you get to live somewhere you actually want to live Luxury Tuscan estate agent Ian Heath is developing a taste for private planes.” It’s not that unusual anymore ,” Heath says of hitching a ride on a billionaire’s plane to the Italian […]

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Just chill: the museum of rebels that took Iceland by storm

Housed in an old herring factory, Reykjavks Living Art Museum was once treated with disdain and tottered on the verge of bankruptcy. Now its lauded for revitalising the entire countrys art scene In a corner of Reykjavík’s Living Art Museum, a small stone tied in a net hangs precariously from the ceiling. The piece, likely […]

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Antikythera shipwreck yields bronze arm- and hints at spectacular carry of statues

Arm points to existence of at the least seven statues from Greek shipwreck, already the source of most extensive and exciting ancient cargo ever found Marine archaeologists have recovered a bronze arm from an ancient shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera, where the remains of at the least seven more priceless statues from the […]

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Folding bike helmet wins James Dyson design award

International prize goes to US designer who was worried about use bike-hire strategies without a helmet The inventor of a foldable bicycle helmet has won a 30,000 prize to take it towards commercialisation. The EcoHelmet is the brainchild of Isis Shiffer, a 28 -year-old designer and bike enthusiast from New York who came up with […]

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International prize goes to US designer who was worried about using bike-hire schemes without a helmet The inventor of a foldable bicycle helmet has won a 30,000 prize to take it towards commercialisation. The EcoHelmet is the brainchild of Isis Shiffer, a 28-year-old designer and bike enthusiast from New York who came up with the […]

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2016 brings a show by Citizenfour director Laura Poitras, a film by sketch show master Jordan Peele, two new museums in San Francisco and much more Its nice to win an Oscar, sure. But Laura Poitras a contributor to this newspapers Pulitzer-winning investigation of the NSA, and director of the groundbreaking surveillance documentary Citizenfour gets […]

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Antikythera shipwreck yields bronze arm- and hints at spectacular haul of statues

Arm points to existence of at the least seven statues from Greek shipwreck, already the source of most extensive and exciting ancient cargo ever found Marine archaeologists have recovered a bronze arm from an ancient shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera, where the remaining at least seven more priceless statues from the classical world […]

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