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Was Fanta really created for Nazi Germany?

Not specifically for the military, but Nazi Germany is where the drink was invented. It was created because the country ran out of Coca-Cola, and the story begins well before the start of the Second World War. The Coca-Cola Company — which now makes the Fanta brand — enjoyed popularity within the US, yet remained…

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The Burj Al Arab’s seven-star myth

So is the Burj Al Arab really a seven-star hotel? Short answer, no, there is no such thing as an official seven-star rating. The Burj Al Arab is formally known as a “five-star deluxe hotel” on the standard rating system. And we should point out that Jumeirah themselves have never claimed that the hotel has…

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The meal deal

Dubai has become one of the world’s best cities for fine dining. So how did this happen, and can the city sustain this huge boom in high-end restaurants? In many ways, Dubai is comparable to Las Vegas. While neither had a long history of fine dining, both were desert towns pushing for tourism and the…

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Paperlung

After seven years away, former Boo Radleys singer Sice has come in from the wilderness and formed a new band, Paperlung. He spoke to Time Out about the new venture and why the end of The Boo Radleys was a relief… [For Time Out magazine. April 2006] Why were you away so long? What were…

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One-screening wonders

Seven shows that were cancelled after just one episode. Or in the case of one of them, a third of an episode  Heil Honey I’m Home! (1990) Back in the early 1990s, this Nazi comedy was commissioned by satellite television channel Galaxy, part of British Satellite Broadcasting. The premise was Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun happily…

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The rise of New York’s luxury towers

New York has always attracted wealth and been the home of some of the most expensive real estate on earth. But right now there’s a luxury property boom in Manhattan in the form of skyscrapers with the likes of 432 Park Avenue setting new standards. So why is this happening now, who’s buying and what…

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Early 1980s Blackpool

The idea of the great British beach holiday has largely gone the way of the VHS recorder, as cheap flights meant easy trips to guaranteed sun in the south Med. But this collection of images of Blackpool from the early 1980s is worth seeing. If only as a reminder of the simple charms and very…