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Vietnamese Water Puppets

Water puppetry is a Vietnamese tradition that dates back almost a thousand years. Think of it as a more refined Punch & Judy show with less shouting and a lot more water!

The Perfume River of Vietnam

Possibly the most romantically named river ever, but how does it get its smell?

Birthday traditions from around the world

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 […]

Everything you've always wanted to know about coconuts

Coconuts: What are they and what do they do?

Over 62 million tonnes of coconuts are grown worldwide every year and, if you think that sounds like an awful lot of Malibu and Bountys, it just shows how little you must know about them.

Everything you’ve always wanted to know about turtles, tortoises and terrapins

They’re the world’s most fearsome fighting team. They’re heroes in a half shell, and they’re green. They love pizza, nunchucks and garbage trucks… Sorry about that – I had a brief flashback to my childhood then.

7 things you might not know about dolphins

I have been fascinated by bottlenose dolphins since I was in the womb. Well, I can’t actually remember that far back so I don’t really have any idea what I was thinking about or doing, if I’m completely honest. I was probably too busy doing the backstroke or playing football, if what my mum told me was true!

Aphrodisiacs from around the world

You’ve probably heard that oysters are an aphrodisiac, and you’ve probably heard about chocolate increasing sexual desire too – but what about the Chinese tradition of eating tiger penis? There are plenty of weird aphrodisiacs used around the world, so brace yourself and dust off that Marvin Gaye vinyl, because things are about to get steamy.