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3Novices:Nine Christmas traditions explained – from crackers to figgy pudding, holly and mistletoe

It’s impossible to ignore the imminence of Christmas. From October – or September, officially, in the Philippines – the organised among us begin to send cards, the smug enclose letters detailing their offsprings’ glowing successes, and shopping malls everywhere are decked with tinsel and belting out We Wish You a Merry Christmas.
All around us, the colourful spectacle that is Christmas begins to unfurl: lights are strung, trees are decorated, and young children belatedly…
December 17, 2017 at 03:18PM http://ift.tt/2kC9pOM
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3Novices:Architects realise their dreams thanks to ultra rich in Hong Kong and China who serve as patrons

The Rockefeller Centre, Palais Bourbon, Burj Khalifa. Built centuries apart in different parts of the world, these architectural icons all have one thing in common: each is named after a patron with deep pockets.

As long as architects have been designing buildings, they have needed someone to fund them. The pharaohs supported ancient Egyptian architects, European aristocrats funded Renaissance palaces, and industrialists such as Andrew Carnegie often bankrolled 20th-century skyscrapers. On…
December 17, 2017 at 10:46AM http://ift.tt/2japGdc
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3Novices:From Made in China to Created in China: how nation turned itself from world’s sweatshop to global innovator in just one decade

The email came barely two months before Christmas, in 2007. My editor wanted an article about manufacturing in China. Products being sold around the world were made in the country and he wanted to prick the conscience of consumers before the festive season shopping orgy began – so the focus was to be on labour conditions and the quality of products. Especially toys.
There was no better place to start than in Yiwu, the Zhejiang province manufacturing powerhouse and a favourite low-cost…
December 17, 2017 at 09:33AM http://ift.tt/2CnzCb6
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3Novices:Why luxury shoe brand Rene Caovilla is a hit in China, without even trying

At the touch of a button the Venetian-style wall panels of the meeting room open to reveal a glittering showcase – rows upon rows of Rene Caovilla shoes. “OK, it’s a little bit James Bond, but it’s impressive, no?” smiles Edoardo Caovilla, grandson of the 89-year-old luxury shoe brand’s founder.
On one side of the room is the current collection, all with glittery silver soles, while the other side opens up to a treasure trove of archive pieces from the 1930s…
December 17, 2017 at 06:48AM http://ift.tt/2BmnSGy
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3Novices:Five reasons to visit Uzbekistan, from Unesco heritage sites on the old Silk Road to mighty mosques

In the heart of Central Asia, Uzbekistan has felt the footsteps of Alexander the Great, Marco Polo and Genghis Khan, and for centuries it was home to overland trade routes known collectively as the Great Silk Road that linked China with the Middle East and Europe.
This land of 32 million, however, is a mostly Islamic former Soviet state best known for being the domain of its authoritarian ruler Islam Karimov, who died last year. New president Shavkat Mirziyayev appears to be modernising the…
December 16, 2017 at 04:46PM http://ift.tt/2BgWVnn
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3Novices:The best smartphone features of 2017 plus our five favourite models – where’s the iPhone X?

If there is one single feature that epitomises smartphone evolution this year, it would be the shift towards slim-bezelled handsets with displays that stretch almost edge to edge.
The top releases in 2017 were all noticeably smaller and easier to hold than last year’s editions without losing screen real estate, such as the LG V30 and Huawei Mate 10. In the case of Apple and Samsung’s flagships, users got more screen in a smaller body.
Samsung Galaxy S8 full review: at HK$5,698 it…
December 16, 2017 at 03:17PM http://ift.tt/2AElFFh
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3Novices:China’s budding florists are heading to London to earn their floral wings

Britain is searching for an economic solution to Brexit. As it cuts ties with the European Union, the country’s brightest minds are trying to find a magic bullet to fix its fiscal woes. Cosying up to United States President Donald Trump? Embracing artificial intelligence? Or maybe cashing in on Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle?

If they want the economy to come up smelling of roses, though, perhaps there is an avenue they have missed: flower power.
It is an unlikely new trend…
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