How to protect yourself against the coronavirus Better than nothing It has not been proven that the face masks seen above can effectively protect you against viral infections. That said, these masks are probably able to catch some germs before they reach your mouth or nose. More importantly, they prevent people from touching their mouth or nose (which most people do instinctually). If you are already sick, such masks may keep you from infecting others. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Is Germany ready for the second wave?
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By the mid-nineteenth century, an old mansion on the opposite side of Kensington High Street from the palace had been converted into a lunatic asylum. The joke among Londoners was that there was no way to tell, as you passed down the street, whether the asylum was on the left or the right. … [Read more...] about The king with one fat mistress AND a thin one. And the monarch with VERY poor hygiene: New book reveals the extraordinary sex lives of the royals who held court at Kensington Palace
Some of the survey findings are to be expected -- a desire for more outdoor space and a home office for example. However, foreign governments’ handling of the COVID-19 crisis has also become a key consideration for second home buyers around the world. … [Read more...] about Seeking political stability, good quality of life, 1 in 4 people likely to move house in next 12 months due to Covid-19
2018: The year in photos A humanitarian catastrophe This image shows Saleh Hassan al-Faqeh holding the hand of his 4-month-old daughter Hajar, who died of malnutrition at a hospital in Yemen's capital, Sanaa. Yemen has been mired in a bloody civil war since 2014, fueled in part by Saudi-Arabia and Iran. Statistics show that a child dies in Yemen every ten minutes. … [Read more...] about Opinion: In a tragic world, there is good news, too
White mothers do their own kids of color no favors by claiming colorblindness. But my father did not mention such racial matters either. There is a phrase in Japan, “ba no kuuki wo yomu”, which means “to read the air”. It is an unspoken practice of sensing a person’s feelings, or a situation, without words. Decades later, when I had my own kids, my mother would tell me that she and my father watched a documentary together, early in their marriage, about the internment of Japanese Americans. It ended, and they sat there in silence. Neither knew how to talk to the other about racism, much less their own kids. Uncomfortable facts fluttered in the atmosphere, never to be addressed. … [Read more...] about Daughters of the bomb: my reckoning with Hiroshima, 75 years later
For a fun outing, we go to the town of Valkenburg, which has caves and the ruins of a 12th-century castle. There’s also a chair lift from the valley station, just south of the town centre, up to a summer toboggan centre where you can rocket back down the hill through a metal half-pipe on a sort of sledge on wheels. Our kids love getting a milkshake and a slice of Limburgse vlaai (fruit tart) at Cup & Vino in the town’s historic centre, or having a pizza at La Casa, whose fries are served with the best mayo we’ve tasted (they refuse to share the recipe). … [Read more...] about Secret Europe escapes: where locals go on holiday