The Festival Guy: how one man turned festival-ing into a lifestyle

Tucker Gumber sold his home, packed a suitcase and now devotes his life to celebrations, having expended 460 days dancing, camping and listening to live music The first time Tucker Gumber attended a music festival, he was both enchanted and a touch horrified. It was winter 2011 at Colorado’s Snowball, and with commotions falling gently […]

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This tongue-in-cheek hashtag is spreading knowledge and delight on social media.

Every once in a while, a hashtag comes along that is so pure and delightful, you wonder how you survived on the internet without it. #RateASpecies is that hashtag. It’s a tongue-in-cheek hashtag that zoos, aquariums, and wildlife centers have been using to write humorous Amazon-style “reviews” of different animals. It’s a silly, carefree way […]

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Superstar of anti-dolphin killing film The Cove held by Japanese immigration

Ric OBarry seen in documentary about carnage in a Japanese village says government is waging a war on dolphins The star of Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, about the killing of dolphins in a village in Japan, has been detained by immigration authorities at Tokyos Narita international airport. Ric OBarry an American known for training 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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Mick Jones:’ Spaghetti House was the place to go when we were writing in Joe Strummer’s squat’

The Clash guitarist recollects spying on Mick Jagger eating dinner and life as a vegetarian in the 1970 s When I was eight my parents divorced. Dad movedon, and Mum moved to America, so I was seemed after and fed by my gran, Stella. Shed been born in 1899 to Jewish mothers whod escaped the […]

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Xiaolu Guo:’ There was no private or personal space in China’

The writer and film-maker on the adversities of growing up in communist China and the shock of detecting artistic freedom Xiaolu Guo is a Chinese writer and film-maker based in London. She was named one of Grantas best young British novelists in 2013, and has been shortlisted for the Orange prize. Her memoir, Once Upon […]

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Laws protecting certain animals are endangering tribes. Here’s how they persevere.

As the sun falls and rain clouds linger, Jaytuk Steinruck drives an ATV up a northwest corner of California’s shore. His goal? To gather duuma (sea anemone) from tide pools near Setlhxat (Prince Island) for a feast made from traditional Tolowa tribal foods. As he gathers the spongy, green anemone that will later be breaded […]

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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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