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‘Crazy obsession': The Singaporean man with 6,000 Barbie dolls

‘Crazy obsession': The Singaporean man with 6,000 Barbie dolls

Posted by on 02/09/2013
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‘Crazy obsession': The Singaporean man with 6,000 Barbie dolls

The white exterior and spartan grey staircase of Jian Yang’s tidy rowhouse give no hint of the shock that lies within – a pink living room floor and his collection of more than 6,000 Barbie dolls. The 33-year-old Singaporean favors minimalist decor but the Barbies and 3,000 dolls of other kinds dominate three sides of […]

Indian TV channel seeks success with weddings

Posted by on 01/09/2013
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Indian TV channel seeks success with weddings

Indian TV channel seeks success with weddings

Indians are obsessed with weddings and reality television. Now, Shagun TV, a new television channel headquartered in a sprawling suburb of India’s capital, is hoping it has found a can’t-miss idea – merging the two into a 24-hour matrimonial TV station. Shagun TV can itself seem obsessed. Artwork on the windows of its lobby depict […]

Soap opera: New natural skin products make debut

Posted by on 29/08/2013
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Soap opera: New natural skin products make debut

Soap opera: New natural skin products make debut

Going ‘au naturel’ is the new fad in cosmetics and beautifying product lines. In the Arab world, some countries are known for producing cosmetics from natural sources which are chemical-free. Soaps and skin-care products are made using olive oil, especially in Lebanon. Tripoli Soap, one of the Lebanese-produced soaps and other skincare products have an […]

Revelers pay for Spain’s annual tomato fight

Posted by on 28/08/2013
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Revelers pay for Spain’s annual tomato fight

Revelers pay for Spain’s annual tomato fight

Some 20,000 revelers pelted each other with 130 tons (286 pounds) of squashed tomatoes yesterday in a rain drenched annual Spanish food fight known as the Tomatina, but this year they had to pay to join the fun. Defying sheets of rain and stormy skies, masses of tomato- stained people from around the world-led by […]

London streets packed for Caribbean-themed carnival

Posted by on 27/08/2013
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London streets packed for Caribbean-themed carnival

London streets packed for Caribbean-themed carnival

Hundreds of thousands of revelers hit the streets Monday for the Notting Hill Carnival, the celebration of Caribbean culture that filled west London with dancers in shimmering feathers. The two-day extravaganza draws up to a million people to the west London neighborhood to watch troupes in exotic costumes perform on floats as the music pumps […]

Dreamers work to create huge new park in Delhi

Posted by on 25/08/2013
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Dreamers work to create huge new park in Delhi

Dreamers work to create huge new park in Delhi

In a tangle of forgotten, overgrown brush in the heart of India’s capital, a quiet plan has been hatched to change the landscape of one of the world’s most populous cities. An intricate Mughal garden is being created. Crumbling sandstone tombs nearly lost to history are being rebuilt. An artificial lake is being carved out. […]

Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid turns 100

Posted by on 23/08/2013
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Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid turns 100

Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid turns 100

Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid statue celebrated her 100th birthday yesterday with parties for children as well as grownups, illustrating the universal appeal of Hans Christian Andersen’s poignant fairytale. Perched on a rock in the water just off the star-shaped Kastellet fortress near the city’s harbor, the small bronze-skinned sculpture has become a Danish icon on a […]

Giorgio Armani’s new collection: The men’s project

Posted by on 19/08/2013
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Giorgio Armani’s new collection: The men’s project

Giorgio Armani’s new collection: The men’s project

A strong and precise image. Clean and essential styling that portrays a virile man, defined by outerwear with a broad silhouette and trousers with a clean cut. Surfaces are opaque and warm, and underline the preciousness of the collection. Research into craftsmanship is key, and is evident in the fabric treatments and tailoring of the […]

Vintage British homeware firm Cath Kidston blooms

Posted by on 18/08/2013
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Vintage British homeware firm Cath Kidston blooms

Vintage British homeware firm Cath Kidston blooms

The world of Cath Kidston is instantly identifiable, full of bright colors, cheerful prints and nostalgia for an imagined English way of life-and has made the homeware company one of Britain’s global success stories. A cult following for the vintage-themed bags, clothes and kitchenware, particularly in Asia, helped the company break through the £100 million […]

Iraqi teams face off to be ‘lords of the ring’

Posted by on 06/08/2013
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Iraqi teams face off to be ‘lords of the ring’

Iraqi teams face off to be ‘lords of the ring’

“Who’s the hero of Iraq?” roars Mohanned Al-Hindi, parading like a wrestler in a ring and cheered by fans, after winning the traditional Ramadan game of Mheibis. His victory is not one of brawn, but one of careful observation-Hindi has found the ring that a member of the opposing team held hidden in the palm […]

Iraq seeks to promote tourism despite deadly violence

Posted by on 31/07/2013
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Iraq seeks to promote tourism despite deadly violence

Iraq seeks to promote tourism despite deadly violence

As it trundles down busy roads, the minibus packed with tourists would be unremarkable except for two things-its passengers are Westerners and the city they are in is Baghdad. Iraq is no stranger to tourism, with countless pilgrims visiting its religious shrines, but now the country that touts itself as the “cradle of civilization” also […]

Gaultier claws back on top, Valentino dazzles

Posted by on 04/07/2013
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Gaultier claws back on top, Valentino dazzles

Gaultier claws back on top, Valentino dazzles

“It’s all cinema, it’s all from film,” said Jean Paul Gaultier, summing up haute couture. Paris’ enfant terrible seemed to have a point, speaking on the last day of fall-winter shows that have seen spectators transported from apocalyptic opera houses to the circus and flung across the four corners of the globe. Gaultier’s feline-infused couture […]