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Birthday traditions from around the world
Watching the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, I felt inspired to find out how other people around the world celebrate their favourite day of the year. Vietnam In Vietnam, all birthdays are celebrated on Tết, which is their New Year’s Day. On the day, parents, close friends and other relatives congratulate children on becoming a year […]
Daylight saving time: Why do we have to lose an hour’s sleep?
You might be surprised just why and how Daylight Saving Time started…
Christmas traditions from around the world
It’s that time of year again. Mariah Carey is on in every shop, and vans full of soft drinks are driving around. It can only mean Christmas is almost here.
8 surprising facts from around the world
Did you know we had a mobile app? Well, you should do because we wrote a post about it in June. If you haven’t downloaded it already, it does lots of nifty little things – like helping you find hospitals and embassies while you’re abroad – but the feature we’re most excited about is the one that’s probably the least useful…
Children’s toys from around the world
In the olden days, children used to play outside, in the mud, with a stick. I’m not saying things were better then, because they obviously weren’t – today’s lucky kids have got computer games, robot dogs and all kinds of other plastic wonderfulness. Of course, they can still go outside if they want, but if they do it’ll be riding on a little electric quadbike.
6 national drinks that will make you a little squiffy
Most countries have a national alcoholic drink; a recognised tipple that represents their nation. Some of these are as you’d expect; Scotland (whisky), Russia (vodka), Serbia (slivovitz). Other countries are more difficult to guess – for example, you may think that the national drink of England is Blue WKD but no, it’s gin. Just ask my mother (who, it turns out, is surprisingly patriotic.) Here’s some more national booze for you to try – but not all at once, you silly drunkard!
Dogs of the world
Dogs are lovely, aren’t they? Cute faces, waggy tails… man’s best friend really is a magnificent creature. And there are so many different breeds as well, all from different parts of the globe. So, as a blatant excuse to look at some cute dog pictures, we’ve decided to make the most of the tenuous link between dogs and travelling by learning more about some of the world’s different dog breeds. Be prepared to “aww”.