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The World's 7 Most Beautiful Unspoiled Islands

Thrillist | Posted 08.31.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

"Unspoiled." The word conjures up images of chaste fawns lapping up crystal-clear waters in a lush valley while a harpist plays n the background. Or, we might've just described Bambi. But really, here are tourist-friendly islands where civilization hasn't yet fully ruined everything.

Out of the Frying Pan...

Sandy Thomas | Posted 08.25.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

Good news about my mom's suitcase. We got it back! But then this morning, they locked themselves out of their flat. Out of the frying pan...

Solidarity or Self-interest? European Integration and the German Question

David Miles | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics
David Miles

The challenge for the European Union and its member states, particularly Germany, is in balancing the often incongruous demands of co-operation and self-interest, and thus demonstrate to their own citizens that concrete achievements can still create a Europe of solidarity and prosperity as Schuman envisaged.

Liver Pudding

Sandy Thomas | Posted 08.19.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

I was able to walk to Fringe Central 2 in time for my 2 P.M. workshop and I'm so glad I got to be there. There was a lot of laughing involved.

Top 10 Tips for Capturing the Spirit of Scotland

College Tourist | Posted 08.14.2015 | Travel
College Tourist

The Edinburgh Castle is a gorgeous location to watch the sun set in Scotland because you are at one of the highest points in the city. Overlooking the castle walls is one of the most unique spots to get an unobstructed view of the sun setting over the horizon.

10 Perfectly Preserved Ancient Cities That Are Stunning

Oyster | Posted 08.12.2015 | Travel
Oyster

There's nothing better than waking up in a 13th-century building and imagining how many people have woken up, celebrated, or walked the halls of the very same place -- and it doesn't hurt to get to imagine it while still enjoy modern conveniences like air-conditioning and Wi-Fi.

The 11 Things I Did NOT Need On My Trip Around the World

Michelle Kennedy | Posted 08.06.2015 | Travel
Michelle Kennedy

My longest adventure lasted six months and brought a best friend and me through Costa Rica, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, and Thailand. If I get the chance to do it again, I will bring a lot less.

From Land's End to John O'Groats, Cameron and I Bring You the Best of Britain

Rick Steves | Posted 08.05.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

We are really pumping up our Great Britain guidebook coverage for 2016. As a matter of fact, while I'm enjoying research in the far south of England, ...

This Goalkeeper In Scotland Had The Worst Six Seconds In Soccer History

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 08.07.2015 | Sports

What could the man on the ground have possibly done to have a friend point and laugh a la Nelson Muntz? Looking at the body language of every man in ...

Travelers Café

Rick Steves | Posted 07.27.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

High school grads in the Alps, a "monk chat" in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and under the pillow in a Scottish B&B. There's a lot going on in our Travelers Café where I collect my favorite blogs.

Friendship and Romance: A Conversation With Author Cathy Lamb

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 07.27.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

I had the privilege of talking with her about what makes her tick as an author, how she keeps the ideas coming and the power of friendship, romance and love.

10 Most Romantic Places in the UK

Jane Anderson | Posted 07.22.2015 | Travel
Jane Anderson

Britain can be incredibly romantic. Not the obvious stuff like the Tower of London, Stonehenge, or Shakespeare's Stratford. But there are many, many gorgeous little hideaways and beauty spots that most tourists never see.

Emotional Zach Johnson 'At A Loss Of Words' After Winning British Open

Reuters | Justin Block | Posted 07.20.2015 | Sports

ST ANDREWS, Scotland - American Zach Johnson claimed the second major victory of his career when he beat Australian Marc Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen...

Guy Unleashes His Freshest Dance Moves To 'Uptown Funk'

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 07.17.2015 | Good News

Sometimes, when you're really feelin' the music, you just. Gotta. Dance.  And that's exactly what Fred Rawicz did when he hea...

Trailblazing Women: Vicky Brock, Founder and CEO of Clear Returns

Anne Ravanona | Posted 07.16.2015 | Business
Anne Ravanona

Vicky Brock is CEO of a high-growth technology start-up, Clear Returns, which helps retailers boost profits by understanding and tackling their returns.

A Second Enlightenment in the Making? Seven Stories From the Front Lines

Otto Scharmer | Posted 07.09.2015 | Good News
Otto Scharmer

I am writing this post to share a few heartening snapshots from the past few weeks that illustrate the power of the shift in awareness, from ego-systems to eco-systems, that is happening around the planet right now.

Climate Change This Week: The Extreme Weather Connection, Another Solar Breakthrough, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 07.07.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Beautiful in so many ways: where people moved government to act on climate. Source...

SNP's Record in Government Means They Can't Be Trusted With Full Fiscal Autonomy

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 06.21.2015 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

One of the hot topics for the SNP these days is whether or not to demand Full Fiscal Autonomy from the UK government. If they do not ask for Full Fiscal Autonomy, if that is not the highest thing on their agenda in this post-referendum environment, then it rather calls into question the whole project of an independent Scotland -- still the SNP's long term goal.

1 Million Needy Kids Have Food To Eat At School Thanks To The Work Of A Former Fish Farmer

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact

One dedicated man is helping to make sure that impoverished children won't go hungry during the school day. Mary's Meals, a charitable organizatio...

How a Grexit and Brexit Would Unravel Europe

Joschka Fischer | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
Joschka Fischer

BERLIN -- The combination of Grexit and Brexit, and its consequences not just for the stability of the eurozone, but for the continued existence of the EU, is probably the greatest danger that Europe has faced since the Cold War's end.

What Does it Take to Make a Movie? Wisdom from Effie Gray Producer Donald Rosenfeld

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 05.30.2015 | Arts
Jeryl Brunner

Since the the 1980s, Rosenfeld has been producing great movies like Howards End, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, Remains of the Day, Surviving Picasso, Tree of Life and Jodorowsky's Dune. And just last month, he debuted the film Effie Gray starring a stellar cast of actors.

Understanding Scotland's Historic Election Result

Jennifer Erickson | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
Jennifer Erickson

The reality is that Scottish voters chose something markedly different than their English neighbors. But since more than 80 percent of UK voters live in England, the reality is that the UK will once again get the government that England votes for.

This Lassie's Love

Mary McLaurine | Posted 05.14.2015 | Good News
Mary McLaurine

So, I thought ye might be a wonderin' Bout this Lassie's love she holds For a lad that swept her off her feet So here's the story told He speaks nary...

Thousands Sign Petition For North England To Join Future Independent Scotland

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 05.14.2015 | World

An online petition calling for the north of England to join Scotland if it wins independence from the United Kingdom has been gathering signatures qui...

The Hidden 'Wild West Town' of Edinburgh, Scotland

Tom Moran | Posted 05.12.2015 | Travel
Tom Moran

Back in 2005, Ulla's Amazing Wee Blog announced that one of the most unusual urban oddities in the Scots capital may not be long for this world. But despite this decade-old warning, Edinburgh's quirky Wild West Town is still very much with us.