To have a bit of a laugh in the office during the International Comedy Festival we have asked comedians to tell us their favourite joke and tell us a bit about themselves.
OPINION: The Bolshoi Ballet has always evoked images of tutus, love-struck swans and the odd man in tights.
A woman, beheaded by the sword thousands of miles from home.
The most popular foreign resident in the tiny Turkish port of Kusadasi is a lean, blond, blue-eyed American known locally as Kemal Baldwin. Kids follow him through the streets, and adults come to him for solution of all kinds of problems
Spare a thought for Jordan’s King Abdullah as he visits Washington this week, complaining of the dire consequences of the failure of his Israeli neighbor to make peace with the Palestinians: it’s not easy being a monarch in a Middle East buffeted by the democratic winds of the Arab Spring, and even less so when your country is wracked with rising tensions between its indigenous Bedouins and Palestinians who comprise as much as half of the population. When the King visited the southern tribal area of Tafila on Monday, a rare skirmish between the gathered crowd and security officers hinted at the powder keg atop which Abdullah sits.
The Irish Travelers of North Augusta, S.C., stopped their pickups in the middle of the road last week to commiserate over the “outing” of Madelyne Gorman Toogood.
Mao Zedong loved to swim. In his youth, he advocated swimming as a way of strengthening the bodies of Chinese citizens, and one of his earliest poems celebrated the joys of beating a wake through the waves.
These days, the battle for the Indian Ocean seems to be all about the dread pirates of Somalia.
Anaheim, Dallas, Raleigh, Tampa: To the 34 million citizens of Canada, the country that invented the game of hockey, the Stanley Cup belongs in these cities about as much as tropical beaches belong in Saskatoon. Yet, in the almost two decades since the last time a Canadian team won the Cup Montreal defeated Wayne Gretzky and the Los Angeles Kings in the 1993 Finals these southern and western American cities have all hoisted the Cup in triumph.
Under an azure Patagonia sky, a few dozen conservation-minded citizens and their children took part in a puppet show recently in the town square of Cochrane, a tiny hamlet in southern Chile nestled between ancient forests and winding rivers.