Looking for places well off the beaten track? Here are some ideas

Thursday, 4 April, 2013

If you really want to go somewhere that is off the beaten track, try travelling to a few of the 25 least visited countries in the world.

Via Emily Thomas.

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Today is doomsday, don’t panic, act normally, above all go to work

Monday, 12 March, 2012

Brushing your teeth, eating a healthy breakfast, and going into work. Are these really the things you’d do if the world was going to end… and you knew that in advance?

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A day in the life of the rest of the world

Wednesday, 26 October, 2011

The way we live… a collection of often candid, slice-of-life photos, from around the world.

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Will history rate the 21st century as a neo-medieval age?

Wednesday, 5 January, 2011

International relations expert Parag Khanna argues that today’s world bears a striking resemblence to that of the 12th century.

You have to go back a thousand years to find a time when the world was genuinely western and eastern at the same time. Then, China’s Song dynasty presided over the world’s largest cities, mastered gunpowder and printed paper money. At around the same time India’s Chola empire ruled the seas to Indonesia, and the Abbasid caliphate dominated from Africa to Persia. Byzantium swayed and lulled in weakness both due to and despite its vastness. Only in Europe is this medieval landscape viewed negatively.

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The real world is a mighty strange looking place

Tuesday, 7 October, 2008

The Atlas of the Real World is a fascinating representation of how big and small countries and regions are when assessed according to immigration intake, popularity as a tourist destination, rail travel, and wealth, to name a few.

I’m surprised Antarctica features so prominently, or that even makes the map in the first place, though.

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Recent scenes from North Korea, a photo collection

Friday, 19 September, 2008

From The Big Picture. Looking at some of these photos, especially the images of the deserted highways and city boulevards, gives me the impression that North Korea is an eerily quiet place.

Celebrating 60 years of existence this year, North Korea holds out as the last Stalinist state in the world. In such a restrictive society, it is difficult – if not impossible – for residents to get news of the outside world, and for the outside world to see in. What photography comes out of North Korea is either state-produced, state-approved, or at the very least state-managed (visitors are restricted in their movement). Still, if you look over the following images with those restrictions in mind, one can still get some idea of life in North Korea in 2008.

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