London’s new prison hotel — and some other hotels keen to lock you up

London’s new prison hotel — and some other hotels keen to lock you up

(Relaxnews) – Travelers in London will be able to get a taste of life inside one of the world’s most notorious detention facilities this week, as an Alcatraz-themed hotel opens for a limited time only. The ‘hotel’ is based in London’s Kings Cross and offers just four rooms, built as replicas of the cells in […]

14.03.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat ·
From Florida to Hong Kong, we can’t get enough of the world’s theme parks

From Florida to Hong Kong, we can’t get enough of the world’s theme parks

(Relaxnews) – Next month, Disneyland Paris will kick off celebrations for its 20th anniversary, proving that with enough time and money, even the most ardent skeptics of US-style amusement parks can be won over. It was by no means certain that the fancy parades, fast rides and multitude of food outlets would prove as popular […]

14.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
What’s next for Disney’s theme parks?

What’s next for Disney’s theme parks?

As Disneyland Paris celebrates its 20th anniversary next month, it will do so with an eye firmly on the future. After all, this is a park which at one point was innovating for its very survival — back in the 1990s, it was only a rebrand and the opening of Space Mountain which saved the […]

14.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, Videos ·
First look: Johnny Depp in ‘The Lone Ranger’

First look: Johnny Depp in ‘The Lone Ranger’

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – The first image from Johnny Depp’s upcoming film The Lone Ranger, co-starring Armie Hammer (The Social Network), was released by the film studio Disney Pictures March 8, offering an idea of the stylized look of this interpretation. A redo of the 1950s and ’60s television series and radio show in the 1930s tells […]

12.03.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Images of the week: Medellin, Mombasa, Havana

Images of the week: Medellin, Mombasa, Havana

11 photos ©AFP PHOTO/ Manan VATSYAYANA Nandgaon, India Indian villagers smear themselves with colours during the Lathmar Holi festival at the Nandji Temple in Nandgaon, some 120 kms from New Delhi, on March 3, 2012. The women of Nandgaon, the hometown of Hindu God Krishna, attack the men from Barsana, the legendary hometown of Radha, […]

12.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, Photos ·
Water Forum to place spotlight on looming crisis

Water Forum to place spotlight on looming crisis

(MARSEILLE, France-AFP) – A global gathering of policymakers, corporations and specialists unfolds in this southern French city from Monday to ponder the future of water, fast emerging as one of the century’s crunch challenges. Staged every three years, the World Water Forum will look at the darkening shadow of water scarcity but also the opportunities […]

12.03.2012 · Filled under: Environment ·
Madonna bringing ‘provocateur quality’ to dance-inspired shoe line

Madonna bringing ‘provocateur quality’ to dance-inspired shoe line

(Relaxnews) – As her debut perfume launch approaches, Madonna has announced expansion into the realm of footwear, with a series of dance-inspired styles to launch for Fall 2012. The shoe line comes under the singer’s new Truth or Dare label, and will be produced by Canada-headquartered firm Aldo Group Inc. With prices set from $89 […]

12.03.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
Get the look: Avril Lavigne

Get the look: Avril Lavigne

8 photos (Relaxnews) – Pop star Avril Lavigne has been impressing users of Polyvore with her edgy red carpet choices and rocky casual looks. See how they recreate her style here. ©nathaly-14/Polyvore Special uses : Use only Get the look: Avril Lavigne/Polyvore Rock chic Top from topshop.com, jacket from stylebop.com, pants from net-a-porter.com, Alexander Wang bag, boots from […]

12.03.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Photos ·
Khan Academy launches iPad app for free educational tutoring on the go

Khan Academy launches iPad app for free educational tutoring on the go

(Relaxnews) – Online education site the Khan Academy has released a free iPad app that lets you download videos for offline viewing, access interactive transcripts of lectures, track your course progress and access more than 2,700 videos on subjects ranging from math to history. “It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, […]

12.03.2012 · Filled under: Apps ·

Social network Path runs with Nike

(SAN FRANCISCO-AFP) – Intimate social network Path has kept its stride after a privacy stumble and on Friday began running with Nike. Path announced that users could keep family and close friends posted on runs in real-time with data fed to smartphones from Nike+ GPS sensors in some brands of the athletic footwear star’s shoes. […]

12.03.2012 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation ·
Ape genes show we have gorillas in our midst

Ape genes show we have gorillas in our midst

(PARIS-AFP) – Our ancestors made the evolutionary split with gorillas around 10 million years ago, but we still share a remarkable number of genes with the great ape, according to a groundbreaking study published on Wednesday. A worldwide consortium of scientists sequenced the genome of the western lowland gorilla and compared more than 11,000 of […]

12.03.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat ·
Adventure-seeking bees are a lot like us: study

Adventure-seeking bees are a lot like us: study

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Some bees love a good adventure while others prefer to hang out at the hive, and a new analysis of bee brains suggests some of the same chemicals that affect human personality could explain why. Honey bees are known to have a structured society in which different bees serve different tasks — some […]

12.03.2012 · Filled under: Environment, Offbeat ·
Horse racing: Scientists say secret of success is the pack

Horse racing: Scientists say secret of success is the pack

(PARIS-AFP) – Racehorses that stay in the pack longest before breaking for the final sprint have the best chance of earning prize money, scientists said on Wednesday. By tucking in cleverly behind the leaders, the horse uses “aerodynamic drafting” to its advantage, they said. By coasting along behind the front horses, which are battling wind […]

12.03.2012 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation ·
Doctor looks to China for spinal injury ‘cure’

Doctor looks to China for spinal injury ‘cure’

(HONG KONG-AFP) – One of the world’s leading researchers into spinal cord injuries says China could hold the key to a cure that he has been searching for since he met late actor Christopher Reeve in the 1990s. US-based Doctor Wise Young first used the word “cure” in relation to his work after a conversation […]

12.03.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
(March-April) Health and fitness agenda: IHRSA Convention in LA, 8th International Fitness Showcase

(March-April) Health and fitness agenda: IHRSA Convention in LA, 8th International Fitness Showcase

(Relaxnews) – Coming up, fitness professionals head to Los Angeles’ world-renowned IHRSA Convention. 31st IHRSA Convention March 14-17 Los Angeles, California, US A rival to the IDEA World Fitness Convention and FIBO, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association annual convention is another top, long-standing fitness trade show held in Los Angeles. Thousands of fitness […]

12.03.2012 · Filled under: Happenings, Health & Fitness ·
Olympics: Historic 1896 Olympic marathon trophy to be sold

Olympics: Historic 1896 Olympic marathon trophy to be sold

(ATHENS-AFP) – An historic item of Olympic memorabilia — Spyridon Louis’s trophy for winning the 1896 marathon — is to go under the hammer at a London auction house next month, the athlete’s grandson said on Friday. The 15-centimetre (5.9-inch) tall silver cup, valued at between £120,000 and £160,000 (143,000-191,000 euros, $190,000-250,000) is being auctioned […]

12.03.2012 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation ·
Cured meats linked to exacerbated respiratory illness symptoms: study

Cured meats linked to exacerbated respiratory illness symptoms: study

(Relaxnews) – Eating too much cured meats like salami, chorizo and bacon can worsen symptoms of respiratory diseases like emphysema and chronic bronchitis and lead to a trip to the hospital, says a new study. Published in the European Respiratory Journal last week, a team of Spanish researchers say they’ve found a link between the consumption of […]

12.03.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Australian kids think yoghurt grows on trees: survey

Australian kids think yoghurt grows on trees: survey

(AFP) – Most Australian children in their last year of primary school think cotton socks come from animals while one-quarter believe yoghurt is from plants, a study warning of the growing gap between city and country found Monday. The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) survey of almost 1,000 students in grades six and 10 found widespread misconceptions about […]

10.03.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat ·
London survey spells out dos and don’ts of dining out

London survey spells out dos and don’ts of dining out

(Relaxnews) – Is it rude to tweet about a luscious treacle tart at dinner? Or take a phone call when your starter is being served? It’s an issue that has London divided in a Zagat survey released Wednesday that asked respondents to weigh on the issue. According to the 5,500 diners answering the 2012 London Restaurants […]

10.03.2012 · Filled under: Table Manners Around the World ·
Fuggedaboutit! NY named rudest US city

Fuggedaboutit! NY named rudest US city

(NEW YORK-AFP) – In-your-face drivers, unsmiling pedestrians and more than eight million people in a rush: New York has been named America’s rudest city. The January issue of Travel and Leisure magazine gave the Big Apple the honor, saying readers voted America’s most populous city at the head of a list of 20. Following up […]

10.03.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat ·