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  • ‘Mr. Mercedes’ is Stephen King’s 2014 novel

    December 18, 2013 5:32 PM 30

    Author Stephen King is known for his prolific body of work, with his latest book coming soon after his last one in September. — AFP picNEW YORK, Dec 18 — Retired homicide detective Bill Hodges is pulled back in to the chilling unsolved case of Mr. Mercedes and must stop the serial killer from striking again. 2013 saw thriller writer Stephen King back in the limelight

  • Yoga in paradise at 7am! - IOL Travel

    December 18, 2013 4:05 PM 32

    Male, Maldives - I know people who do yoga, of course, but I view them with deep suspicion, as I do therapists and people who don’t drink. I know they are good people, but their virtue is exhausting, and not a little intimidating. I can say this with some confidence as I have a cleanliving sister who is both a psychologist and a yoga instructor and firmly

  • James Bond likes too many martinis

    December 18, 2013 6:01 AM 21

    James Bond was a hopeless drunk who would barely have been able to shoot straight most of the time and was almost certainly impotent. These are the sobering conclusions of a group of senior British doctors who spent six months analysing 007's boozy lifestyle, drink by drink. The authors of the research paper, published in the British Medical Journal

  • The Hobbit's Ultimate Guide to New Zealand

    December 18, 2013 2:14 AM 32

    Two hundred sixty-six days, 500 people, 115 truck drivers, 263 beards, and more than 140,000 cups of coffee. These are a few of the astounding statistics behind the logistics of filming the latest in The Hobbit trilogy. Though the majority of the movies were filmed in a Wellington studio, nine weeks were spent in the New Zealand countryside filming in surroundings

  • The Sprite Stuff: 10 Great Pop-Culture Elves

    December 18, 2013 2:14 AM 18

    Just in time for Christmas, meet a new elf: Tauriel. Played by Evangeline Lilly in the new film The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug she’s a fascinating addition by filmmaker Peter Jackson to the Tolkien saga – a fearless warrior whose moral dilemma (should she side with her own isolationist race or help the beleaguered dwarves?) takes the form of a romantic

  • Forget slippers … This hotel suite has a complimentary diamond ring

    December 17, 2013 10:51 PM 21

    The master bedroom view from the Jewel Suite. (Photo: Courtesy of Palace Hotel) Have a spare 25 grand burning a hole in your pocket? Then consider checking into the New York Palace Hotel's 5,000-square-foot Jewel Suite, designed by celebrity jeweler Martin Katz. The over-the-top homage to bling is part of the hotel's $140 million upscale renovation

  • Long-lost diary of Nazi Alfred Rosenberg turned over to Holocaust Museum

    December 17, 2013 5:01 PM 16

    Rosenberg was a seminal Nazi, reportedly joining the party before Adolf Hitler, and was the mastermind behind much of its virulent, racist philosophy. He played a key role in the Holocaust, the mass murder of Europe’s Jewish population, and formed the Nazi organization that looted cultural property across the continent. The diary has been digitized

  • TripAdvisor: London is the travel review capital of the world

    December 17, 2013 2:45 PM 18

    New York, London, Paris, Munich, everybody talk about… well, London, actually. If by ‘everybody’, that is, you mean everybody on TripAdvisor.com, which publishes its annual report of user activity today. According to the statistics for 2013, London is the most reviewed city on the site, which has more than 260m users each month. TripAdvisor says London’s

  • Snow White and 7 dwarfs hit town - Community

    December 17, 2013 11:41 AM 57

    MIRROR mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? One of the most loved fairytales of all time premiered at the Amphitheatre @ Sunway Lagoon recently. Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs the Musical is Sunway Lagoon’s sixth musical and is playing at the amphitheatre until Jan 1. Aside from the evil queen, the massive magical mirror and the seven

  • Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter Yuna Begins First North American Tour

    December 16, 2013 3:18 PM 26

    In support of her most recent album, Nocturnal (currently available on Verve Records), Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna is set to begin her first North American tour on December 16, 2013 in Vancouver, B.C. The tour will continue to introduce the artist to a wider audience, building upon the positive notices Nocturnal has been receiving since its October