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The Magical Underworld of Bulgarian Author Ludmila Filipova
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The Devil’s Throat Cave, in southern Bulgaria, is, according to legend, the route used by Orpheus – the legendary Thracian musician and poet – to reach the Hades Underworld, where he sought to retrieve his beloved Eurydice. Adding to the allure of the cave is the fact that nothing carried into it by the waters […]

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Man ‘ties drugs to balloon to avoid getting caught by police’
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Throwing, swallowing and stashing are all common ways of disposing of drugs, but tying them to a helium balloon and letting them float away? That’s a new one. A driver in the United States apparently did just that after being stopped by a traffic cop. A YouTube video showed the cheeky driver shoving a balloon out of […]

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This guy can get drunk simply by eating chips
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Nick’s wife thought he was a secret alcoholic (Picture: ABC News) We all wish there were cheaper, easier ways to get drunk (well, most of us at least). However one British man has revealed how he can get drunk by simply eating chips or mashed potatoes. Nick Hess suffers from ‘auto-brewery syndrome’, which means his stomach […]

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Is the Southbank Centre Right to Exclude Scotland From Its Exhibition on Postwar British History?
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Costume designed for Meryl Streep in ‘The Iron Lady’, 2011. The big new exhibition at the Southbank Centre in London “History is Now” http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/history-is-now-7-artists-take-88866 is meant to address British postwar history. It does not do so. As a Scot who voted ‘No’ in the referendum I found the experience of visiting this show profoundly depressing. […]

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‘Emmerdale': Where Are They Now? From Patsy Kensit To Jenna Louise Coleman (PICS)
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Over the years, ‘Emmerdale’ has provided us with plenty of golden TV moments. The fictional village has played host to everything, from dramatic crashes to gruesome murders. But while the show’s scenes have stuck in our minds, we’re sometimes not so sure what the actors who starred in them have been up to since. What […]

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Cate Blanchett and husband Andrew Upton reveal that they have adopted a baby girl
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She’s already the proud mother of three boys, and it seems Cate Blanchett may now have a daughter.

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Octopus’ slippery escape from  Seattle Aquarium thwarted by staff member
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An octopus’ slippery escape from an aquarium was thwarted at the last moment when a staff member intervened. Bosses at Seattle Aquarium were probably relieved after a worker flew into action to prevent the prison break. A video showed the renegade octopus ‘Ink’ attempting to slide over his tank before he was shoved back in. MORE: Surgeon […]

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This Ukip candidate is making a bid for pop superstardom with a bizarre rendition of Abba
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We were already pretty wary of Nigel Farage and co’s musical capabilities, after this video of DJ Mike Read performing an ‘Ukip calypso’ surfaced online last year. But nothing could prepare us for the unparalleled horror of this Ukip candidate giving a tone deaf rendition of one of Abba’s classic hits. In the bizarre video, […]

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On The Sad Demise of the Record Shop
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Two weeks ago, one of my favourite record shops, Counter Culture in High Wycombe, became the latest to close its doors – albeit, hopefully, temporarily due to the lease coming to an end. It may have been small, and it may have been slightly out of the town centre but like Oven Ready Records, the […]

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Tales From the Middle of Nowhere Vol 3: The Good, the Bad and the Bubbly…
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Yes Mods And Rockers. How long has it been… three… four years? Too long? Not long enough? I’d say just about right myself. Time to top up the air miles, clear the throat and get on your dancing feet we are of course back at the coal face… earning a crust, same firm, same venues, […]

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Celebrating Women Composers on International Women's Day
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Here’s a question: can you name me five female writers from history? Of course you can: Charlotte Brontë, Jane Austen, George Eliot, Edith Wharton, Virginia Woolf… OK, next question. Can you name me five female composers? Not so easy, right? Because it turns out that the history of classical music is populated entirely by dead […]

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Believe it or not, this carving is actually a 3,750-year-old customer service complaint
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‘And don’t even get me stared on the weird family in the room next to us!’ (Picture: The Trustees of the British Museum) While this stone might look like random scribbles carved into a piece of rock, it actually says: ‘This place was awful: Un-comfy beds, rude staff, and miles away from the beach. 1 […]

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#ThanksZane: Zane Lowe Receives Goodbye Messages From Music's Biggest Stars As He Leaves BBC Radio 1
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Some of the biggest stars of the music world have tweeted their thanks to Zane Lowe, on his final day as a Radio 1 DJ. The New Zealand-born presenter is hanging up his headphones and taking a new role with Apple in the US. Zane Lowe In his 12 years as one of the station’s […]

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