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Beyond London: 10 Other Places to Discover in the U.K | Posted 09.11.2015 | Travel

Not that there's anything wrong with London, but Hopper wanted to find you some other places to fly in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales! Some are large cities, other tiny dot-sized villages hidden in the rolling countryside.

Reflecting on 100 Days in Europe: Travel Memories Make You Richer

Rick Steves | Posted 09.08.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Finally home now after a hundred days in Europe, something occurred to me. I posted 100 blog entries in 100 days on my Facebook page. These generated about a hundred comments a day...and I read all 10,000. It's fun to be in touch with my readers, and to able to share experiences like these in almost real time.

The Castles and Manors of South England and South Wales

Rick Steves | Posted 08.11.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

This is Cardiff Castle's original motte-and-bailey (keep on a mound). Arundel has the same kind of historic core. In both cases, the 11th-century original fort is almost like a garden ornament for a much bigger and more fanciful 19th-century, Neo-Gothic palace.

Celebrate the Midwest's Mutli-Ethnic Heritage with Folksongs of Another America

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 08.06.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

James P. Leary's new book and CD set, Folksongs of Another America, reveals astonishing diversity in the music of the Upper Midwest.

Beauty in the Ruins of Tintern Abbey

Rick Steves | Posted 07.30.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Tintern Abbey is one of most beautiful and evocative sights in all of Britain. And seeing a wedding ceremony inside was icing on the cake.

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.

Retiring Teacher Moved To Tears By Surprise Flash Mob On Her Last Day

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 07.23.2015 | Good News

A beloved teacher had one last unforgettable experience at her school, courtesy of her students and colleagues.  Margaret Gabica, a tea...

Why Some U.K. Teachers Are Fasting With Their Muslim Students

Wales Online | ABBIE WIGHTWICK | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion

Teachers hope to raise £500 for Cardiff Foodbank joining Muslim students on a Ramadan fast - after reading about it in on WalesOnline. They will g...

The Hay Festival: What's It All About?

Trisha de Borchgrave | Posted 06.03.2015 | Books
Trisha de Borchgrave

The sun was shining, for the first time in six years, on the Hay Festival's final weekend, and Wales was spectacularly beautiful.

Village Sets Jam Tart Record At A Sweet Alice In Wonderland Celebration

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 05.05.2015 | Good News

A Welsh village took a tumble down the rabbit hole last week, and returned with a delightfully sweet prize. Llandudno, a seaside town in northern ...

90-Year-Old McDonald's Employee Turns Up For Birthday Bash At The Golden Arches

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 04.09.2015 | Good News

A nonagenarian just celebrated his birthday, and he was clearly "lovin' it." Bill Dudley, from Connah's Quay in Wales, recently turned 90, and to c...

Hillary Clinton Family Tree a Wake-Up Call for Genealogy

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.06.2015 | Media
Megan Smolenyak

If everyone got a quarter of Hillary Clinton's tree wrong, what about yours? Are the names adorning your family tree really your ancestors or just crowd-sourced fiction?

Celtic Canadian Connections

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 05.30.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Like the folk musics of Spain and North America, the music of Wales has a long and deep connection with that of Ireland; from the bardic schools of the middle ages, which sent harpers and singers between them, to today's folk revival, the two countries have influenced each other unceasingly for centuries.

The Slaughter Continues: 176 Civilians Killed by Police so Far in 2015

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

One-hundred-seventy-six civilians were killed by police in January and February, according to news clippings collected by Of course, the greatest outrage of all is that no one really knows how many people are killed by police annually.

Let the World Speak!

Norman MacAfee | Posted 03.28.2015 | Arts
Norman MacAfee

There are 6,000 languages in the world, and half are endangered. Those 3,000 will be gone by the end of this century if we don't do something. What are we going to do? That is the situation outlined in a new PBS documentary.

Women in Business Q&A: Jenny Zack, President of LoveSpoon Candles

Laura Dunn | Posted 01.27.2015 | Business
Laura Dunn

What always pulled at her heartstrings was being her own boss and providing a high-quality product that made a difference. She prides herself in putting her stamp on "high-quality" and also giving back to others in need.

Woman Reportedly Killed In Cannibal Attack

Reuters | Guy Faulconbridge | Posted 01.06.2015 | Crime

LONDON, Nov 7 (Reuters) - British police confronted a man trying to eat the eyeball and face of a woman and used a stun gun on the cannibal who late...

S4S Celebrates a Wonderful Team -- A Tribute to Grace Bennett

Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso | Posted 12.06.2014 | Impact
Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso

In only one year, Schools for Sustainability (S4S) has cultivated a beautifully dynamic team. We honor diversity as we attract support from members ...

Movie Review: Pride Proudly Crosses Lines

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Pride is the kind of movie that is best seen without knowing its storyline going in. Because it delivers something quite different than you expect, based on the kind of movie it seems to be.

The World's Most Interesting Festivals

Viator | Posted 11.19.2014 | Travel

From fire dancing to flesh piercing, there are some experiences that seem extremely strange to the uninitiated. However, once you've either seen it firsthand -- or taken part in it -- you'll never be quite the same.

Global Surge: Leaders Announce Major Military Initiatives

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 09.05.2014 | World

Western leaders announced two major initiatives at the NATO summit in Wales on Friday, in an effort to show decisive action in the face of growing glo...

5 Reasons to Visit Snowdonia, Wales' Oldest National Park

Katy Miller | Posted 11.04.2014 | Travel
Katy Miller

I lived in Manchester for the past year and explored North England's gorgeous countryside from there, but I also found time to squeeze in a couple of jaunts to nearby Wales.

Divorce, European Style

John Feffer | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
John Feffer

At stake is not only the happiness of the Ukrainian family but the happiness of the common Europe home. We can still avoid an Anna Karenina ending. There's still time to prevent the train wreck of a new Cold War.

Suicide Is Personal, Robin Williams and My Best Friend's Anniversary

Andrea Callanan | Posted 10.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Andrea Callanan

The recent tragedy of the wonderful Robin Williams has brought to light depression and anxiety in the most severe way and of course for those of us who have experienced losing someone to suicide it's a sharp reminder at how invisible mental illness really is.

The World's 10 Best Castles | Posted 08.27.2014 | Travel

Amidst the web of England's old hilltop rises, France's majestic country châteaux, Germany's sprawling Gothic palaces, Canada's revival-style hotels and America's high-society retreats, there's an endless map of them to explore.