A zero-carbon journey around the UK

[ad_1] Videos | Sustainability A zero-carbon journey around the UK (Image credit: Paul Cox/Alamy) Fourteen years after completing the world’s first self-powered global circumnavigation, Jason Lewis and his partner are on a three-year odyssey to circumnavigate the UK and Ireland. T The idea of spending every waking moment mere inches away from your partner – day after […]

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The Niigata Geigi: Japan’s ‘other’ geishas

[ad_1] “The prince was very friendly,” she recalled. “He cracked a lot of jokes. I’m not sure whether I’m supposed to mention this, but he was playing mahjong with the senior geigis. I watched them while I served sake and tea.” While geisha activity ceased during World War Two, it quickly picked up again afterwards. […]

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The desert chefs who cook with the sun

[ad_1] Piercing rays of light beamed down on the Chilean village of Villaseca as Luisa Ogalde placed a pot filled with cabrito (young goat’s meat) in an angular, transparent-topped box and angled it in the direction of the mid-morning sun. The cabrito, she explained, would stew in that box for four hours, slowly transforming into […]

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Chamois: Italy’s Alpine village without cars

[ad_1] The first cableway was small, but it allowed people to move quickly up and down the mountain. The cableway’s 700m ascent took just a few minutes. In 2001, a more modern cableway that could carry more passengers in greater comfort made its debut. Even with the short commute to the valley below, though, Chamois […]

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The woman reviving Egypt’s Nubian heritage

[ad_1] In Nasr El-Nuba, stories of ancestral lands like Haseeba’s are cherished by an aging generation, who hold a tighter grasp on the language, despite being completely disconnected from the Nile. Conversely, those closer to the city of Aswan, 50km to the south, who still live by the river and work in tourism have kept […]

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The woman saving Palestinian heirloom seeds

[ad_1] Sansour knows she can’t completely transform local agricultural methods, but she hopes to help preserve at least some of this traditionally farmed land so that future generations can have a reference point to see what their bio heritage looks like and can work to keep it alive. “I hope we can continue to work […]

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London’s most authentic Indian food?

[ad_1] You could easily miss Drummond Street. Just west of Euston Station in central London, it’s an unassuming stretch of townhouses, basement flats, restaurants and shops, easily walked in a couple of minutes. But look closer, and almost every restaurant and store is South Asian. Menus feature South Indian masala dosa (spiced pancakes), Mumbai-style street […]

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The nomad guide who decodes the Sahara’s secrets

[ad_1] As a guide, Ag Mohamed Ali made friends from around the world, and he visited some in Europe. It was, to him, an alien world, just as Timbuktu remains for many around the globe. “The first time I was in Europe,” he said, “and I saw water just lying on the ground, I thought […]

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The unearthing of Ireland’s mysterious naked sweathouses

[ad_1] Turf or wood was lit inside the sweathouse, before its entrance and roof vent were blocked, Harte said. After a few hours, smoke would be released, the embers swept out and a naked person would crawl into the stifling space and sweat for as long as they could bear. Eventually, they would emerge to […]

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