As Amazon currently scouts the United States in search of a location for its new HQ2 city mayors from several major cities have been using their best chat-up lines to woo the retail giant. Photograph: David Ryder/Getty Images

I always found it hard to watch British comedy series The Office. Its intense reliance on cringe comedic value made me feel the same way others do abo(...)

French singer France Gall performs during the Eurovision Song Contest on March 1st, 1965. Gall has died at the age of 70. File photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Singer France Gall, whose hits made her an icon of French pop music, has died aged 70. Gall passed away on Sunday after a two-year struggle against (...)

Ana Maria Pacheco’s Hairy Legs of the Queen of Sheba.  Courtesy of the artist and Pratt Contemporary

Many centuries ago a young Portuguese girl was said to have been so determined to remain chaste, she prayed to be made ugly. God granted her a beard. (...)

Leonard Cohen onstage at the Three Arena in 2009. Photograph: Dave Meehan

A number of years ago, RTÉ television ran a satirical sitcom set in a CNN-style newsroom, complete with newsreader, cutaways to reporters, graphics an(...)

Sunday Morning: Return to eternal summer inside the humid tropical forest of the Biod™me, a glass-roofed nature preserve containing multiple ecosystems. You might glimpse iguanas, frogs, bats, snakes, sloths and other exotic creatures as you wend your way among the dense vegetation, streams and stone caverns. Photograph: Robert Wright / The New York Times
Weekend in . . . Montreal
  • Travel
  • November 28, 2015, 04:00

W inter is right around the corner, and when the going gets cold – like -17 degrees cold – Montrealers get resourceful. Some dodge Canadian win(...)

You can see why the bods at DFA thought Toronto underground character Max Turnball’s 2012 album was worth throwing out to a wider audience. A (...)

Mr Freedom: Who needs subtlety when we’ve got angry sloganeering?
Review: Mr Freedom

Clad in starred-and-striped cod-quarterback regalia, Mr Freedom (John Abbey) takes aim at an African-American family dinner before travelling to la(...)

From early incarnation the Dee Dee Dums, under the guiding hand of the gifted Kevin Parker, Perth’s Tame Impala have evolved into the band whose two r(...)

Marie (left) and Janine Péchaud have sold newspapers in their tobacconist shop on the Left Bank for 34 years. Photograph: Lara Marlowe

Newspaper vendors are fixtures of Parisian life, as important as one’s cafe, coiffeur or concierge. They soften Paris’s hard edges by commiserating wi(...)

 Thomas Bangalter, left, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, from the French music group, Daft Punk

The fact that the most infectious, feel-good tune of the year was made by two French lads usually seen sporting motorcycle helmets is a sign of the(...)

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