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French hospital plans wine bar to cheer patients’ last days


The French have long been famed for their unshakeable belief in the health benefits of a glass of wine.

Posted: August 2nd, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

‘Ninja’ bus tour set to kick off in Tokyo

This picture taken on July 16, 2014 shows a member of a pantomime group Gabez in clad of ninja performing in a sightseeing bus in Tokyo during a press preview for the new bus tour to enjoy ninja acts on the street and the ancient shrine. Japan's travel agency JTB will start the new entertainment bus tour with ninja performances in Tokyo from next month. AFP

Japan’s biggest travel agency is launching a bus tour with some decidedly homegrown touches — a flying ninja and sword-carrying samurai.

Posted: July 17th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Hello Kitty designer defends cute character as cat turns 40


The flamboyant designer of Japanese cartoon and global mega-brand Hello Kitty defended the cute cat against new rivals Thursday as the character prepares to celebrate her 40th birthday.

Posted: July 17th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Starbucks opens first store in Colombia, land of coffee

People walk past the first Starbucks to open in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. The three-floor coffee house in Bogota is the first of 50 that the Seattle-based company plans to open here in the next five years. AP

US chain Starbucks Wednesday opened its first cafe in Colombia — a world famous coffee exporter — apparently unafraid it will be like selling sand at the beach.

Posted: July 17th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Ending the cycle of life… on a tricycle

Handout photo released by Sille Kongstad showing herself as she poses with a self-made vehicle for her tricycle hearse service on July 7, 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Danish undertaker unveiled her contraption drawing praise from bicycle enthusiasts but also criticism from those who believe a person's final journey should be taken by car.  AFP PHOTO / Bededamerne.dk / VAGN HANSEN

Shuffling off this mortal coil in many countries means making a final trip to burial or cremation in a motorized hearse.

Posted: July 13th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »