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World's Strangest Festivals

May 7th, 2015

Also in Spain, the El Salto del Colacho or Baby Jumping Festival has been held in the Province of Burgos since 1621. During El Salto del Colacho, literally ;translated as the devil’s jump, men dressed as the devil jump over babies lying on mattresses in the street. While the origins of this strange tradition are ;unknown, the act of jumping over babies is said to cleanse the babies of original sin, guard them against evil spirits, and ensure them safe passage through life. ;Much like a dare-devil version of baptism by water, this quirky Spanish custom draws spectators from all over the world. ;

On the other side of the spectrum, the Lantern Floating Festival in Hawaii is a much more gentle way to celebrate life. Held annually on Memorial Day on ;O'ahu’s south shore, this beautiful festival offers a personal and collective moment of remembrance, reflection, and gratitude for all those who have gone before. ;In a similar vein, simultaneous festivals in Thailand also celebrate the light, with thousands of people floating lanterns in the water in the Loi Krathong Festival in south-western Thailand and launching them to the sky in the northern T [...]

IMF Lowers Outlook for Australia

April 20th, 2015

According to the report, "Average annual metal prices are expected to decline 17 per cent in 2015 ... and then fall slightly in 2016 ... The downturn in the global commodity cycle is continuing to hit Australia’s economy, exacerbating the long-anticipated decline in resource-related investment... Exporters of commodities (Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand) will see a drop in foreign earnings and a drag on growth, although currency depreciation will offer some cushion.&rdq [...]

Australian Cities Growing Up

April 17th, 2015

Australian cities are growing up, with vertical high-density growth patterns influencing our cities just as much as conventional suburban expansion. Sydney and Melbourne are leading the way, with a mix of apartments, offices, shops and entertainment areas giving our cities a new lease of life. The seemingly endless suburban sprawl that has characterised much of Australia’s growth is starting to […]

What Makes a Good Home Great

April 10th, 2015

As the world around us gets faster and more complicated, our homes have become our sanctuaries. Beautiful, functional homes are the backbone to a happy and successful life, giving people the private space they need to rest and retreat from the outside world. There are lots of tried and tested ways to improve your home environment, from simple touch-ups and […]

The Good News about Wine

March 30th, 2015

The negative effects of alcohol are well known, with too much drinking known to cause a range of health problems. Not all alcoholic beverages can be painted with the same brush, however, with wine offering a number of health benefits when enjoyed in moderation. Drinking red wine is said to improve your memory, strengthen your immune system, and improve your […]

The Rise of Post Tourism

March 23rd, 2015

With more people travelling than ever before, an increasing number of us are looking for fresh and authentic experiences. Traditional holidays and weekend vacations are not the only thing on the menu any more, as technology makes the world that much smaller and work opportunities open up both online and around the world. Post-tourism is one name given to this […]

How Low Can the Aussie Dollar Go

March 16th, 2015

The Australian dollar continues to tumble, slipping below 76 US cents for the first time since May 2009. Despite falls of almost 20 percent since mid 2013, the Aussie could drop even further in the months ahead. While no-one knows how far it will go or how many bumps it will have to navigate along the way, most experts expect […]

Jump In Investor Activity

March 13th, 2015

The number of property market investors is on the rise in Australia, with over billion in commitments recorded in December 2014. While housing affordability is getting worse and rents are dropping according to the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA), housing investment continues to gather pace. Investor commitments are at their strongest level in New South Wales, with all states […]

Cleaning Rituals Around the World

March 9th, 2015

Cleaning is an inescapable part of everyday life, no matter where you live. From the jungles of Indonesia to the high rise apartments of Manhattan, different cultures around the world have developed their own rituals to clean away the daily grime. Whether it’s a simple sweep of the floor every morning or an extended spring clean that goes on for […]

Worst Foods and Drinks for your Teeth

February 27th, 2015

Having great teeth is not all down to dental hygiene, it’s also important to pay close attention to your diet. While some foods and drinks are almost famous for the damage they cause to teeth, other seemingly healthy options can be almost as bad. Let’s take a look at some of the worst choices you can make for your mouth, […]

Were Dinosaurs on Drugs

February 20th, 2015

Dinosaurs may have been on drugs, with psychedelic fungi likely to have formed an important part of their diet. While humans have been known to consume psychedelic compounds for centuries, recent research published in the journal Palaeodiversity has dinosaurs eating a fungus very similar to ergot as long as 100 million years ago. Similar in structure to the well-known psychedelic […]