Belgian chocolate stamp has it licked

Belgian chocolate stamp has it licked

(BRUSSELS-AFP) – Belgium has launched a new stamp sure to delight chocoholics around the world. “We have added a chocolate taste to the glue of the stamps… which you can taste when you lick it,” the Belgian postal service said. “The stamps are also imbued with the smell,” it said, while the design side carries […]

11.02.2013 · Filled under: Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Surface Pro sells out in first weekend

Surface Pro sells out in first weekend

(Relaxnews) – First weekend sales of the Microsoft Surface Pro have been so good that supplies have already run out, leading many to ask if initial supply was intentionally restricted. Launched in North America on February 9, the device had officially sold out at most US retail locations within 24 hours, with the larger-capacity, more […]

11.02.2013 · Filled under: Science & Technology ·
Spice up your Valentine’s Day with vanilla pepper bonbons

Spice up your Valentine’s Day with vanilla pepper bonbons

(Relaxnews) – From erotic, exotic and peppery chocolates to spice up your love life, to fairytale cakes that would make even the hardened heart flutter, master chocolatiers and top luxury pastry boutiques have come out with another wide assortment of sweet treats for this year’s Valentine’s Day. From Pierre Hermé, for instance, described as the French Picasso […]

11.02.2013 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Valentine's Day ·
New projects for the Fanning sisters

New projects for the Fanning sisters

(Relaxnews) – Dakota and Elle Fanning are continuing their careers in several projects that were revealed at the European Film Market in Berlin. The elder sister, 18-year-old Dakota, has joined the cast of “Every Secret Thing,” adapted from Laura Lippman’s novel “Leakin Park.” The actress, who was discovered in 2001 in “I am Sam,” will […]

11.02.2013 · Filled under: Hollywood Stars ·
Are you overdoing your caffeine habit?

Are you overdoing your caffeine habit?

(Relaxnews) – A new report finds that a large cup of Starbucks coffee contains more than three quarters of the maximum daily dose of caffeine recommended for healthy adults and nearly double the recommended limit for pregnant women. How does your favorite energy drink, cup of espresso, or even hot chocolate stack up? “People often […]

11.02.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Signing up for an online dating site? Read the fine print, experts urge

Signing up for an online dating site? Read the fine print, experts urge

(Relaxnews) – Is Valentine’s Day fueling an urge to sign up for an online dating site, especially one offering a special deal? Be warned, urges a British consumer advisory organization, which highlights how disputes over the terms and conditions of some sites are on the rise.  The UK European Consumer Centre advises online dating site […]

11.02.2013 · Filled under: Home & Garden, Valentine's Day ·
Hawke, Delpy considering follow-up to ‘Before Midnight’

Hawke, Delpy considering follow-up to ‘Before Midnight’

(BERLIN-AFP) – Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy said they feel like they’ve grown up with their slow-burn romantic trilogy after the latest instalment, “Before Midnight”, charmed the Berlinale Monday, and that they’re mulling a fourth film. In a 63rd edition light on big hits, the out-of-competition screening of the movie drew cheers from a packed […]

11.02.2013 · Filled under: Hollywood Stars, International Stars ·
Turkey tapped as next big market for restaurant growth

Turkey tapped as next big market for restaurant growth

(Relaxnews) – Restaurateurs and chefs are increasingly eyeing Turkey as the next big market for growth, as popular US burger brand Shake Shack and British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver announced plans to set up their first outposts in the Eurasian country later this year. New York-based burger chain Shake Shack, which enjoys a cult-like following in […]

11.02.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining ·
Genetically engineered virus kills cancer: study

Genetically engineered virus kills cancer: study

( PARIS-AFP) – A genetically-engineered virus tested in 30 terminally-ill liver cancer patients significantly prolonged their lives, killing tumours and inhibiting the growth of new ones, scientists reported on Sunday. Sixteen patients given a high dose of the therapy survived for 14.1 months on average, compared to 6.7 months for the 14 who got the […]

11.02.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Train services steam things up for Valentine’s Day

Train services steam things up for Valentine’s Day

(Relaxnews) – Eurostar will morph temporarily into the love train on Valentine’s Day, when couples will be wooed with a host of romance-inspired surprises. On February 14, the high-speed train will treat passengers to exclusive upgrades, chocolates and mini bottles of Cava, while the departure lounges at London St. Pancras, Gare du Nord in Paris […]

11.02.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Valentine's Day, World News ·
Stars ooze sex appeal, and show skin, at Grammys

Stars ooze sex appeal, and show skin, at Grammys

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – US television network CBS may have warned stars not to show too much skin on stage Sunday at the Grammys, but the music industry’s A-listers tested the limits in body-conscious, revealing gowns. Jennifer Lopez, whose plunging barely-there green Versace gown at the 2000 Grammys provided a red carpet moment for the ages, […]

11.02.2013 · Filled under: Hollywood Stars, International Stars ·
List of winners at the 55th Grammy Awards

List of winners at the 55th Grammy Awards

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Here are the winners of the main categories at the 55th Grammy Awards, the music industry’s annual award ceremony: Album of the Year: “Babel” – Mumford & Sons Record of the Year: “Somebody That I Used To Know” – Gotye featuring Kimbra Song of the Year: “We Are Young” – fun. Best […]

11.02.2013 · Filled under: Hollywood Stars ·
Witness the fitness: Look for DNA in Valentine’s Day

Witness the fitness: Look for DNA in Valentine’s Day

(PARIS-AFP) – She wore a tight red dress, a new pair of high heels and a matching handbag. He wore a suit, bright tie and a chunky watch. He thought she looked older and heavier compared with her page on the dating site. She thought he looked shorter than the 1m 83 (six feet) he […]

11.02.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Health & Fitness, Valentine's Day ·
Philippines mega-casino set to open next month

Philippines mega-casino set to open next month

(MANILA-AFP) – A $4 billion mega-casino complex is set to open in the Philippines in mid-March when the first of four franchise-holders starts commercial operations, the parent firm said in a disclosure released Wednesday. The $1.2 billion Solaire Manila Resorts is one of four gaming operations licenced at Manila’s bayside Entertainment City, a government project […]

11.02.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Philippine News ·
More US men popping the question this Valentine’s Day

More US men popping the question this Valentine’s Day

(Relaxnews) – This Valentine’s Day, Americans are spending more, with more men taking to one knee to pop the question. Meanwhile, more women say Cupid’s holiday is overrated.  Americans are earmarking an average of $239 per person this year to spend showering their loved ones with gifts and entertainment on Valentine’s Day, up from $196 […]

09.02.2013 · Filled under: Home & Garden, Valentine's Day ·
US settles with final publisher in Apple e-book case

US settles with final publisher in Apple e-book case

(NEW YORK-AFP) – US authorities said Friday they reached a settlement with Macmillan, the last of five publishing firms accused of colluding with Apple in an e-book price-fixing conspiracy. The Justice Department said in a statement that with the five publishers having settled, the case will proceed against Apple, and that a trial was set […]

08.02.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Books, Science & Technology, U.S. News ·
Sausages, Sisi, Sorvino — and music — at Vienna ball

Sausages, Sisi, Sorvino — and music — at Vienna ball

(VIENNA, Austria-AFP) – The Austro-Hungarian empire may be long dead but Viennese high society was back with a bang Thursday for the annual waltzing, music and show-off extravaganza that is the Opera Ball. Dressed up to the nines and paying through the nose, the high point of the social calendar sees celebrities, politicians and tycoons […]

08.02.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
Taylor Swift confirmed to perform at Brit Awards

Taylor Swift confirmed to perform at Brit Awards

(Relaxnews) – US singer-songwriter Taylor Swift will be taking to the stage at this year’s Brit Awards which take place on Wednesday, February 20. The US singer-songwriter, who last year released her hit album “Red,” will be performing at the annual music awards alongside luminaries such as Mumford and Sons, Emeli Sandé and Justin Timberlake. […]

08.02.2013 · Filled under: International Stars, Music, Videos ·
Is your computer breaking your heart?

Is your computer breaking your heart?

(Relaxnews) – If your love life is feeling strained in the lead up to Valentine’s Day, maybe it’s time to reconsider the relationship…with the computer. Using the PC is the third biggest source of stress in a relationship, beaten only by work-related issues and financial worries. When surveyed, 41 percent of US adults who are […]

08.02.2013 · Filled under: Home & Garden, Science & Technology, Valentine's Day ·
All aboard as millions race home for China’s biggest holiday

All aboard as millions race home for China’s biggest holiday

(Gongxian, China-AFP) – Pushing through scores of passengers in the aisle of a cramped train at Beijing West station, Chen Guolan could barely contain her excitement at joining the world’s largest annual human migration. “I have been so busy working away all year, and now I will soon be seeing my family,” she said to […]

08.02.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Lunar New Year ·