pictureAre you worried that you're giving away too much private information by being on Facebook? We reveal how to keep yourself to yourself while still running an account... [more...] pictureAside from February marking the advent of Valentine's Day, this particular February is special for another reason - 2012 is a leap year, which means those people born on February 29th will actually be able to celebrate their birthdays on the actual date of their birth. [more...] pictureThe stones for the Zodiac sign of Sagittarius are turquoise, sapphire, blue topaz, amethyst and lapis lazuli. But for this article Birgit E Schürenberg turns her attentions to lapis lazuli... [more...] pictureIn recent years, tea has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity. There's nothing better than a hot cuppa to relax the body and restore the soul after a long day, as Kim O'Hare reports... [more...] pictureMethane emissions from livestock are no joke when it comes to the environment, having been identified as one of the key contributors to climate change. Now, scientists in New Zealand think they may have the answer - thanks to a new strain of clover... [more...] pictureIt looks like a normal organic crop field - but this growing area is 15 metres in the air. It's one of many springing up above the streets of New York, as a new generation of farmers looks to put to work spaces that normally go to waste. [more...] pictureIf you've overindulged in party spirits and wake up on New Year's Day feeling like death, editor Jo Finzi has some timely advice on what to do (and what not to do) to make yourself feel a bit better... [more...] pictureThe colour of the red garnet varies from dark red to orange. The red garnet is associated primarily with the root chakra. It opens and activates this chakra while drawing nourishing earth energy into the body. [more...] pictureWherever you live in the world, and whatever your religion, the last few months of the year feature some of the most important religious celebrations. Even if you don’t adhere to a specific faith, you’ll see signs of the celebration all around. [more...] pictureGet in the mood for Halloween with's collection of some of the weirdest, spookiest, grossest yet tastiest ever recipes! Kim O'Hare is your chef... [more...] pictureUnlike a lot of the special days we regularly observe, the origins of April Fools’ Day is a bit of a mystery. Also called All Fools’ Day, no-one seems to know when the first fools’ day took place. It seems to be a reasonable assumption that it was originally observed as some sort of spring ritual. [more...]
imageOnce upon a time, the BBC reported that Big Ben, in order to keep up with the times, was going to be given a digital readout. We remember this wind-up - and others... [more...] pictureLike songbirds returning to the garden in spring, Valentine's Day is approaching and shoppers will soon be returning to the mall . But what to get that special person on your list? Kim O'Hare offers up a few tips to help you avoid disaster. [more...] pictureIf Britain’s most senior police forensics expert has his way, primary school children could be required to submit DNA samples to be kept on file for all time. The proposal hasn't gone down well with civil liberty campaigners... [more...] pictureRhodochrosite is the stone of love and balance. Usually rose pink, it can come in various shades - from a light pink, sometimes with an orange tint - to a colour that’s nearly red with white banding... [more...] pictureUK experts have developed a chocolate bar that can help save your life. To fend off heart disease, new research recommends eating this cocoa-rich chocolate every day. Cocoa contains high levels of antioxidants called flavenoids, but when you turn it into chocolate these compounds can be destroyed... [more...] pictureThe stones of the Zodiac sign of Aries are diamond, garnet, red jasper, carnelian, red tiger-eye and finally heliotrope - which we are featuring this month. Heliotrope is also known as bloodstone. [more...] pictureAre we out of ice? Well not really, but we soon could be. British researchers recently reported that an iceberg about the size of Dubai, and about 70 storeys high, has broken away from an Antarctic ice shelf. [more...] pictureThere is a technological breakthrough on the horizon that could be the biggest thing since the silicon chip or fibre optics. A material called graphene has the potential to almost triple the speed of electricity in the best semiconductors. [more...] pictureSomething about this just doesn't seem fair. Scientists are testing a plan to train fish to catch themselves by swimming into a net when they hear a tone that signals feeding time. [more...] pictureTransport officials in London have reversed a decision to ban a poster displaying a 16th-century painting of the goddess Venus from the city's Underground train system because it was too sexual. [more...] pictureThe Kennedy family is arguably the closest thing the Americans have to a Royal Family. Ever since John F Kennedy emerged on the political scene in the early 60s, Americans developed an insatiable thirst for all things Kennedy. [more...] pictureAs more and more people take up genealogy as a hobby, some are turning to genetics labs to help them answer that all-important question: "Where do I come from?" Aidan Goldstraw reports. [more...] pictureLike them or not, mobile phones have changed our lives forever. We use them to make calls, send texts and pictures. But even the humblest mobile phone has hidden depths - here are four things you may not know about your faithful friend... [more...] pictureHere's a tour de force showing off the skills of the imaginative web developer - HEMA is a Dutch department store and they have an online store with a difference... [more...] pictureWe all know what great exercise cycling can be, but for those of us in less than tip-top fitness, returning to two wheels after so many years on four can be rather more of a strain on the system than we remember. [more...] pictureFeeling grave about your life? Here's the latest therapy to really brighten your day. Why not have yourself nailed into a coffin and have dirt sprinkled on while your very own funeral dirge drones in the background? [more...] pictureDoes your cat look like Adolf Hitler? Do you wake up in a cold sweat every night wondering if he's going to up and invade Poland? [more...] pictureThe stones for the Zodiac sign of Aquarius are amethyst, aquamarine, falcon-eye, jade, lapis, onyx, sapphire, turquoise and blue topaz. Birgit E. Schürenberg casts her eye on jade... [more...] pictureMartin Smith looks like a cross between Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan as he plays his solo. But Smith isn't really a guitarist, and he isn't in a band. He's a 34-year-old accountant, and his guitar isn't really a guitar. It's a plastic replica controller, connected to what is perhaps the hottest video game around... [more...] pictureThe stones for the Zodiac sign of Capricorn are garnet, malachite, onyx, smokey quartz, green and black tourmaline and moss agate. For this article in her survey of birth sign stones, Birgit E Schürenberg turns her attentions to malachite... [more...] pictureReading a book is not as simple as it used to be. The book has been elevated or some would say fallen prey to the latest technology trend known as ARG's, Alternate Reality Games which combine Robert Ludlum style mystery, with interactive role playing and virtual reality. [more...] pictureNow you can improve your word power and help feed some of the world's poorest people. contains an addictive little word game which could have you at your computer screen for longer than you imagine! [more...] pictureThere is growing concern worldwide that some parents may have unwittingly brought a killer into their homes - a killer disguised as a friend. The killer takes the form of bright and shiny toys, many of which bear brand names we thought we could trust - brand names like Fisher Price and Mattel. [more...] pictureJulian Beever is an English artist famous for his art on pavements around the world. His amazingly-detailed work brings an amazing three-dimensional illusion to the long tradition of pavement art. takes a look at some of his work... [more...] pictureThe topaz, birthstone for November, is known as the stone of "true love and success in all endeavours". It's a stone of trust and protection. The name topaz may originate from the Arabic topazos which means to find, as the stone has been found by inhabitants of the Red Sea isle of Topaz. [more...] pictureThe stones of the zodiac sign of Scorpio are topaz, red tourmaline, haematite, citrine, garnet, agate and amethyst. Birgit E. Schürenberg takes a closer look at Haematite... [more...] pictureThe stones of the zodiac sign for Libra are tourmaline, rose quartz, smoky quartz, coral, opal, jade and aquamarine. The properties of these stones are varied and fascinating, as Birgit E. Schürenberg reports... [more...] pictureIn 2007, a German handed in a package to Egypt's embassy in Berlin. It contained a part of carving belonging to the ancient Pharaohs, and he included a note that said his stepfather had suffered a "curse of the Pharaohs" for stealing it. [more...] pictureFollowing our successful Stone of the Month feature, Birgit E. Schürenberg now turns her attention to stones associated with particular star signs, beginning with Virgo... [more...] pictureAugust’s olive-coloured birthstone makes fabulous and exciting jewellery. Another name for the peridot is chrysolite a golden yellow variety – from the Greek for golden stone. Peridots are also known as olivines. [more...] pictureWe've all had that sort of day at school - when you think you'd like nothing better than to push down a big plunger and see the place reduced to heap of rubble... [more...] pictureThe only thing constant about the internet is change. The latest fad to sweep the world is Facebook - a form of social networking that is enjoying a phenomenal growth in popularity. [more...] pictureThe Loch Ness Monster is a mystery which has gripped the world for decades. Now you can join in the search for Nessie yourself by visiting her own little loch on the net... [more...] pictureAlthough the expression "ruby red" conjures up a particular image, the colour of rubies actually ranges from an orangey tone to a deep shade that's almost purple. [more...] pictureJo Finzi emerges from the mudbath at Glastonbury to give her own impressions of another memorable festival. Don't forget your wellies! [more...] pictureDo you miss Mr Shifter? Truth is, many classic ads have outlived the TV programmes they were shown around. Now there's a chance to see these classics on the web... [more...] pictureHow did a group of pensioners end up with a huge hit record? It all started with an idea by documentary maker Tim Samuels... [more...] picturePearls are said to be the world's oldest known gem. For centuries they were considered the most valuable - so valuable in fact that the Roman General Vitellius reputedly financed an entire military campaign with just one of his mother's pearl earrings. [more...] pictureAdults and children, men and women. We all do it. At least several times a day. But it's not considered polite to do it in company... [more...] pictureThe glittering green emerald, birthstone for May, is actually a member of the beryl family. Its shades of green vary from light and lustrous to deep and mysterious. The emerald’s deep colour is due to the presence of chromium. In jewellery, the "emerald cut" was created to avoid chipping the corners of the stone, and to help enhance its colour. [more...] pictureA Chinese schoolboy who climbed over a fence into a crocodile enclosure at a holiday resort and taunted the creatures was dragged into the water and eaten. [more...] pictureAre you ready to go on a carbon diet? It’s now a proven fact that the average person produces about 10 tonnes of carbon dioxide, and the figures here in the UAE are probably far worse than that. [more...] pictureWant to know what kind of a political system you're living in? Here's the not-too-serious guide to finding out, with a little help from our bovine friends... [more...] pictureDubai's only organic cafe and supermarket chain has announced a major step in its ongoing campaign to help the environment. [more...] pictureIf you've not had enough of the usual Easter trappings by now, those clever Japanese chaps have launched a robot chick that will flap its tiny wings and cheep when you stroke it. It's called Yume Hiyoko - or dream chick. [more...] pictureEaster is April's eggstravaganza, so it's time to focus on eggs. Last month, the extent of a giant egg swindle was revealed. Leading supermarkets in Britain reeled under the shock that they’d been shelling out far too much for fake organic and free-range eggs. [more...] pictureAre you sitting comfortably at your office computer? We thought so. We've got a web site suggestion that might put all that workplace slacking in some perspective... [more...] pictureThe diamond, birthstone for April, is known as the “King of Crystals". The word diamond is derived from adamas, which means invincible in ancient Greek. The Greeks also believed that the fire in a diamond reflected the flame of love. [more...] pictureThis month's whackiest story has to be the case of the office chair, set alight somewhere in the north of England. The Times even saw fit to apologise to its readers for its lack of coverage of this earth shattering event, then devoted an entire page to it... [more...] pictureAquamarine, the birthstone for March, is a clear blue gemstone. Its colour ranges from light blue to blue-green. Known metaphysically as the stone of courage and fortitude, the word aquamarine is derived from the Latin aqua marina, meaning seawater. [more...] pictureIf you’ve experienced Sheikh Zayed Road lately, you won’t be surprised to learn that the most dangerous thing on the roads is the drivers – not the cars. Jo Finzi reports on a breakthrough which could make pile-ups a thing of the past... [more...] pictureAfter months of anticipation, Microsoft has unveiled it’s much hyped Windows Vista. So what’s all the fuss about? What can Vista do for you? Kim O'Hare finds out... [more...] pictureRemember the Y2K fiasco a few years back? We were told of doom and gloom as the millennium approached. Everyone was expecting a catastrophic meltdown as computers around the world tried to cope with the rollover from 1999 to 2000. Well we seem to be facing the same sort of scenario all over again, but this time we can blame George Bush. [more...] pictureAs it's UK Mother's Day this month, we've been searching for a website that makes it easy to order your flowers online. We came up with a real winner - have a selection of Mother's Day bouquets starting at £9.99 (around Dhs70). [more...] pictureHad a Valentine's proposal which wasn't exactly welcome? Relax. The team has found exactly the right way to fend off your would-be Romeo. Only, it's not exactly polite... [more...] pictureItalian scientists are determined to remove and preserve together the remains of a couple buried 5,000 to 6,000 years ago. The remains were found with their arms still wrapped around each other in an enduring embrace. [more...] pictureAs Valentine's Day approaches, users should keep a wary eye on any romantic messages received by e-mail. They could contain malicious code and computer crashing viruses. [more...] pictureIf the love of your life is also a Beatles lover, there's really only one gift to go for this Valentine's Day. Aidan Goldstraw lends an ear to Love, George Martin's radical re-working of the Fab Four's material as the soundtrack to a spectacular Las Vegas show... [more...] pictureAmethyst, the birthstone for February, is a translucent stone than can range form purple to lavender. The amethysts with the deepest colours come from the mines of Siberia, Africa, Uruguay and Colorado. The most common is the medium purple amethyst found in Brazil. [more...] pictureThe existence of the heart was well known to the Greeks, who gave it the name kardia, still surviving in modern words such as cardiac and tachycardia. Aristotle believed that the heart was the seat of the soul and the centre of man. [more...] pictureWith the unsavoury subject of hanging fresh in everyone's minds this month, the book A Very English Hangman by Leonora Klein, seems strangely topical. It tells the sometimes-unlikely tale of Albert Pierrepoint, England's last hangman. [more...] pictureA recent study has proved that music really is good for you, especially if you break into song. According to findings published in the Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, people who sing in harmony regularly are happier and healthier. [more...] pictureLittle is known about the original Valentine, pope for 30 or 40 days in 827. But some of his namesakes have been rather more memorable. Kim O'Hare introduces you to some notable Valentines... [more...] pictureAs the Mozart 250 celebrations draw to a close, we present a video clip that not only took some patience to set up - it also took a lot of bottle, or bottles to be precise. Ring in the New Year with this piece of musical skill! [more...] pictureBet you've all used the phrase bling-bling, but do you really know what it is? By definition, it's a noun from hip-hop slang - but to be strictly accurate, the word is a reduplicative noun... [more...] pictureIf your New Year resolutions involve either packing in the cigarettes or being a more careful driver, we've got a couple of inspirational images for you... [more...] pictureCan't sleep? Mind whirling? Restless legs? Fear not, here's some advice that will help you get that elusive good night's rest... [more...] pictureA German chain of shops has had an unexpected problem with Santa this year. They have just removed miniature wooden Santa Claus figures from their shelves after an unusual complaint from customers... [more...] pictureMany people think that chocolate, although yummy, is bad news for your health. But chocolate that's high in cocoa solids (70% or more) has many qualities that are actually beneficial to health. Here are some of the choccie facts... [more...] pictureIt’s not easy buying the perfect gift for the special person in your life. You spend hours, or even days looking high and low to find that unique one-of-a-kind gift only to find everybody and their uncle has made the same purchase. With that in mind, has compiled a gift list for that person on your list who really does have everything. [more...] pictureThe release of the Playstation 3, or PS3 as it is known, has sparked a mini crime wave in America and has generated windfall profits for those who have managed to get their hands on one of the 400,000 gaming machines released in North America in mid-November. Kim O'Hare reports... [more...] pictureIf you plan a December holiday, it's useful to note that the turquoise is the traveller's stone of protection, shielding its wearer from harmful influences. As a healing stone, turquoise is among the crystal healing master stones and an excellent conductor... [more...] pictureTo celebrate the worldwide success of Spamalot we thought some of the Monty Python related sites were getting silly enough for a mention. Plus, meet Odie the talking dog! [more...] pictureAlmost before retailers in North America pack away their Halloween merchandising displays, they will begin setting up for Christmas. Whether or not you observe Christmas and whether or not you feel the whole event has become too commercialised, the countdown will begin, as it does every year about this time... [more...] pictureForget the gunpowder, treason and plot. One of England's finest stately homes is breaking out the fireworks a little early this year with a spectacular display on Saturday, October 28th. [more...] pictureIn these days of the nanny state, we all know it’s important to label everything in case of improper use. But sometimes manufacturers get it slightly wrong. Jo Finzi takes a look at some of the wackier instructions found on today's products... [more...] pictureThe mysterious opal, birthstone for October, symbolises hope, happiness and truth. The name originates from the Latin word opalus, meaning precious stone. [more...] pictureThis month we've found a couple of choice games for Simpsons addicts - including a version of "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?" featuring questions based only the show... [more...] pictureHere's a seasonal soup with an Arabic twist. Pumpkins are the flavour of the month in October, and the slight sourness of summak gives the soup a regional spice. It's something delicious to make once you've hollowed out all those pumpkins! [more...] pictureJust when you thought it was safe to take a photocopy... Canon has announced this week that there is a problem with some of its personal copiers. The company plans to inspect up to 1.87 million machines all over the world due to a danger they may catch fire or generate smoke from overheating. [more...] pictureThis month's pick of the unusual but interesting web sites both have a showbiz flavour... Jo Finzi reports on two absorbing stops along the information superhighway. [more...] pictureHave you ever wondered what it would be like to be a professional athlete? Aside from the constant pressure to perform and ever-present adoration of the fans, there is all that money to deal with. [more...] pictureBirgit E. Schürenberg takes a look at sapphire, the birthstone for those born in September. It's known as the stone of prosperity and used for protection by kings and bishops... [more...] pictureIf someone you know who owns a laptop computer seems a little jumpy at the moment, there may be a good reason for it. It all began when some notebooks from PC manufacturing giant Dell burst into flames, after their internal battery packs overheated... [more...] pictureWhen is a fridge not a fridge? When it's a work of art, of course.'s online editor Aidan Goldstraw was relaxing at his home in the UK recently when he heard a grating noise coming from outside. [more...] pictureNow there are plenty of summer bachelors around, it seemed the right time to get back to cooking basics. The saga about how to cook an egg has been raging on ever since Delia Smith claimed to have perfected the method... [more...] pictureMicrosoft's Windows operating system is the most popular computer platform in the world - but there hasn't been a new version since the release of Windows XP way back in 2001. Now, after a huge wait, Microsoft is getting ready to roll out a brand new Windows, dubbed Windows Vista. [more...] pictureWhy not try these refreshing drinks this summer? They’re non-alcoholic, and they’re delivered to your door by Bebida. [more...] pictureEver since the early days of home computing, there have been games to play on our silicon-chipped machinery. If you can't decide between a PlayStation or an Xbox 360, or a good old PC, Lee Hildred has some useful advice. [more...]
imageFather's Day may have come and gone, but you can still treat your Dad to a dream day. For just Dhs5,500 you can give him the gift of a lifetime – a day behind the wheel of a Lamborghini Gallardo and the performance that comes with an Italian supercar. [more...]