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Life in the Arts Lane - Week 68 - TEFAF and Beyond

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Thursday brought a visit to another fair. I had missed the opening, on Wednesday, of the BADA fair in Chelsea. This fair is a quintessentially British fair and it has a distinct aura of country weekends and weddings in marquees.

The Story of a Boy Who Nearly Wasn't

Mik Scarlet | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

After a short stay in hospital, to allow Joyce to recover from the delivery, mother and son came home. Waiting for the boy was a tiny Luton Town football strip, and a house full of love. However baby Michael, for it had been decided to name the new born after his father, would not stop crying.

Protocols That Guarantee Privacy, Security and Freedom

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

The Internet- a playground for millions across the world- is increasingly at risk from perceived American cyber bullying.

Ghent - A Medieval Gem With a Lively Culinary Scene

Peter Morrell | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Peter Morrell

After a poignant two days visiting the World War 1 battlefields in Flanders I took 24 hours out in Ghent to soak up the culture, cuisine and atmosphere of this beautifully preserved medieval city.

Winter Magic in Brussels

Vesela Gladicheva | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vesela Gladicheva

If you're in the midst of searching for a last-minute, magical escape this Christmas, look no more. In addition to the traditional, German-style market every European capital boasts nowadays, Brussels has something extra in store this winter.

Nelson Mandela Dead: Dutch Paper Sorry For 'Tasteless' Black Pete Link

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

A newspaper in the Netherlands has apologised for linking Nelson Mandela's death to Santa's controversial blacked-up buddy Black Pete. The article ...

Zwarte Piet, or Dutch Santa and His Black Slave

Ewa Zubek | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Ewa Zubek

Do you remember golliwogs? Those black rag dolls with frizzy hair and red lips? You probably do, although most golliwog toys and references have succumbed to a UK-wide extermination process in the last few decades. Well, the toy hasn't exactly done much to promote racial equality and tolerance: terms like 'golliwog' and 'wog' entered the slang lexicon as racial slurs.

Grieving Widow Slept Next To Her Husband's Corpse For A Year

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK

An elderly grieving widow slept next to her husband’s decaying corpse for almost a year after his death. The dead man's 69-year-old wife, who has...

A (Trick or Treat) Free Guide to Halloween

Andrew Matthews | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Matthews

There are a few places where ancient earth traditions hold true. Some countries have new traditions that aren't more sickening than a full bag of jelly Smurfs. There are certain rituals that are just plain worrying - in Brittany, children light candles in skulls to soothe restless spirits.

England Can Thrive on New Underdog Status

Isaac Leigh | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK Sport
Isaac Leigh

The news that England will not be among the top seeds for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is a blessing in disguise... No more excuses, no more confusion. England are not one of the top seeds because they are not one of the top sides. If humility and diligence reign, Hodgson's men could do themselves proud.

Mehdi Hasan

The World Is Laughing At The United States Over The Government Shutdown

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK Politics

WASHINGTON -- "When we get this moment of political silliness behind us," US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters at at an Asia-Pacific leade...

Europalia Brings India's Cultural Heritage to Europe

Stuart Forster | Posted 13.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Stuart Forster

Over the coming months Belgium will be the focal point for Europalia India, a major festival celebrating aspects of Indian culture, art and history.

Time to Shake Off My Language Shame and Get Back to the Classroom

Liam Beattie | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Beattie

In a previous article for the Huffington Post I went public about my language shame; well I am pleased to announce that I am (hopefully) on the course to rectifying this rather embarrassing situation. I have decided to start taking language classes so I should be able to speak something other than English...

In Flanders Fields the Poppies Blow

Mike Gerrard | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

By 7.45pm I'm standing inside this memorial, as people do every night of the year, to remember the fallen Commonwealth soldiers of the First World War, who have no other resting place. At 8pm four buglers from the local fire brigade sound the Last Post and silence the gently murmuring crowd.

Fancy a Pint? In Search of Europe's Best Beers

HomeAway.co.uk | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
HomeAway.co.uk

For beer lovers in Europe, beer is more than just a frothy beverage - it's a revered elixir that has become a part of European culture, and creating the beverage has become a kind of art form. It's no surprise that Europe boasts nine of the world's 10 countries with the highest beer consumption per capita.

TV Tours Worth Taking

Andrew Matthews | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Matthews

If you ever find yourself in need of crystal meth candy or bath salts (the kind you really do put in your bath) Albequerque's got what you're looking for. Following on the heels of the likes of Baltimore and New Jersey, it's the latest in a long line of locations to milk the cult status of a tv show - in this case HBO's Breaking Bad.

Finally the Football's Back - But Will the Summer of 2013 Be Remembered as the Summer of Discontent?

Matt Dathan | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Sport
Matt Dathan

Interestingly, it's not just the top clubs who have whipped out the cheque book this summer. Norwich, Swansea, West Ham, Southampton, Cardiff and Liverpool (yes Liverpool fans, you're not a big club anymore) have all spent more than £15 million each over the summer.

LOOK: Footballer Momentarily Shrinks

Posted 15.08.2013 | UK Sport

French midfielder Mathieu Valbuena isn't the tallest footballer around - but he's not this tiny. A bizarre photo shows him utterly dwarfed by B...

PICTURES: The World's Greatest Jewel Heists

Tom Bywater | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK

Jewels worth up to £100 million were brazenly stolen by an armed masked man on Sunday from an exclusive hotel in Cannes on the French Riviera, a favo...

Tasting the Benelux Countries by Rail

Stuart Forster | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Stuart Forster

I've often wondered why rail travel provides more opportunities to converse than air travel and I've concluded that much of it has to be linked to the fact people have more space and sometimes sit facing each other during journeys. Seeing the historic Belgian city of Namur through the carriage windows, the dense forestation of the Ardennes and the skyline of Rotterdam prompted conversation among the people with whom I was sitting.

Planet Appetite: A Taste of Benelux - Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg by Train

Rupert Parker | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

A gourmet train journey is a wizard idea, particularly when you get to visit three countries in six days and eat at some of their best restaurants. Departure is from St Pancras and I'm soon in Brussels, changing from the Eurostar to the local Belgium network.

Two-Thirds Of Rail Operators Owned By Foreign Companies

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK

Two thirds of Britain's rail operators are owned by overseas companies, leaving passengers paying high fares to boost the profits of foreign firms, ac...

Mpenza to Mirallas | A Short History of Belgians in the Premier League

Steve Towells | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK Sport
Steve Towells

So what's the cause of this sudden groundswell of exciting Belgian talent? Nowadays on this small island, of course, you can't fall through a turnstile or click on a television set without catching sight of one of their gifted number; a ubiquitous phenomenon exclusive to no region.

The World's Most Unusual Hotels

Trivago.co.uk | Posted 01.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Trivago.co.uk

Ever wondered what it would be like to spend a night in a glass igloo in the heart of Lapland, gazing up at the Northern Lights? How about sleeping in the cockpit of a former Boeing 747, or aboard a historical ocean liner?

Freezing Weather Causes Channel Tunnel Gridlock

PA | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK

Unseasonable freezing weather and snowy conditions have continued to cause disruption, with a huge backlog of freight traffic waiting to use the Chann...