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Despite all the predictions of Mayan apocalypse, the world will probably not end by December 22

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...hey will have sold their homes, abandoned earthly civilisation’s material trappings and braced themselves for the arrival of a new era. The latest date to herald widespread alarm is December 21, which marks the conclusion of the 5,125-year “Long Count” Mayan calendar. Around the world, precautions are being taken. Panic-buying of candles has been reported in China’s Sichuan...

Harvey Ball smiley face for World Smile Day

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As is well known by now throughout the world, Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts, created the smiley face in 1963. That image went on to become the most recognizable symbol of good will and good cheer on the planet. As the years passed Harvey Ball became concerned about the over-commercialization of his symbol, and how its original meaning and intent had become lost in...

Hundreds of thousands of people have been bathing at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers at Allahabad in India, on the opening day of the 2013 Kumbh Mela festival

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Hundreds of thousands of people have been bathing at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers at Allahabad in India, on the opening day of the 2013 Kumbh Mela festival. Up to 10 million more pilgrims are set to do so by the end of the day. The event, every 12 years, is billed as the biggest gathering on Earth. More than 100 million people are expected to attend the 55-day festival. Hindus b...

The 65th Cannes Film Festival opens today on the French Riviera with US director Wes Anderson's film Moonrise Kingdom

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The 65th Cannes Film Festival (Festival de Cannes) opens today on the French Riviera with US director Wes Anderson’s film Moonrise Kingdom. Wes Anderson’s movie, which stars Bill Murray, is one of the 22 movies selected to compete for the festival’s biggest prize, the Palme d’Or. However, the celebrations have been marred by criticism that no female directors will be in competit...

The last batch of tickets for Glastonbury Festival 2013 has sold out

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The last batch of tickets for Glastonbury Festival 2013 has sold out, organizers have announced today. Weekend camping tickets went quickly in just over an hour, before coach packages were snapped up by festival-goers. The festival’s Twitter feed apologized to people who missed out after “demand far outstripped supply”. The Rolling Stones, Mumford and Sons and Arctic Monkeys wil...

The annual West River Heritage Day Oyster Festival will be host by Captain Salem Avery Museum on Sunday, October 16, in Shady Side, Maryland

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The annual West River Heritage Day Oyster Festival will be host by Captain Salem Avery Museum on Sunday, October 16, in Shady Side, Maryland. Oyster Festival will feature food from top caterers, music by talented artists and vendors with items for sale. Oyster Festival will run from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at which time the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society will draw the winner of the $5,000 raffle....

Glastonbury festival is due to get under way in two days' time, but for thousands of music fans the race to pitch their tents is now in full flow

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Glastonbury, the UK’s biggest music festival, is due to get under way in two days’ time, but for thousands of music fans the race to pitch their tents is now in full flow. This year’s headliners at Glastonbury are the Arctic Monkeys, The Rolling Stones and Mumford & Sons. Revelers have been hauling boxes of alcohol and camping gear as they trundle to their chosen camping spo...

Azam Khan, the head of the Kumbh Mela festival organizing committee in India, has resigned a day after a stampede killed at least 36 people at the train station in the northern city of Allahabad

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...arlier, India’s railway minister said the stampede had been caused by too many people being on the platforms. At least 39 others were injured in the stampede on Sunday evening. Most of the victims were women and children. Sunday was the most auspicious of six bathing days at the Kumbh Mela, which is billed as the world’s biggest human gathering. The festival, which is held every 12 yea...

Each year thousands of tourists pack Bunol to take part in the hour-long tomato fight that leaves the streets running in red juice

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Spanish town of Bunol – world-renowned for its tomato-throwing Tomatina festival – is to charge entry for the first time. Each year thousands of tourists pack the debt-hit town to take part in the hour-long tomato fight that leaves the streets running in red juice. But the event will now be ticketed over concerns about the cost of the event and ballooning attendance. Tourists will now...

More than 130 acts have been booked to play the Lollapalooza festival on August 2-4, 2013

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...iners just three years after their last performance at Lollapalooza in 2010, when they played during the day. Mumford and Sons’ latest album, Babel, has sold more than one million copies. The line-up reflects a mix of genres – indie bands, singer-songwriters, country, hip-hop, rock and electronic acts. The musicians will be travelling to the festival from all over the world. “We...

Sonner Mond Sterne 2011

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...ooglead tip="patrat_mediu" aliniat="dreapta"] [googlead tip="lista_mare" aliniat="centrat"] This was the longest music weekend in Thuringia ever, SonneMondSterne 2011 electronic music festival will be held in Germany from August, 12 to August, 14.   SonneMondSterne 2009 attracted 100,000 people. Will SonneMondSterne 2011 beat this number? In the Saalburg-Ebersdorf of the Free State of Thuringia (...

The documentary about Jay-Z's role as curator of new music festival Made In America has been added to the bill for this year's Toronto International Film Festival

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A documentary about Jay-Z’s role as curator of new music festival Made In America has been added to the bill for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Ron Howard’s Made In America tells the story of the Philadelphia festival of the same name. Widely considered as the kick-off to Oscar season, the 11-day film festival will feature 146 world premieres. Meryl Stre...

"Abrir puertas y ventanas" won the Golden Leopard at Locarno Film Festival 2011

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...ook for other ways of living, without a parent figure.Milagros has two sisters herself and she tells the story in an empathic way.“What a great experience.” Said Milagros Mumenthaler on stage at the Piazza Grande when she received the prize. Adrian Sitaru's "Best intentions" won two prizes at Locarno Film Festival 2011 Adrian Sitaru won the Best Director Leopard for the film “Din dra...

The 28th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in China, featuring work by some of the best ice sculptors and attracting thousands of visitors from around the world, will be opened on January 5, 2012

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The 28th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in China, featuring work by some of the best ice sculptors and attracting thousands of visitors from around the world, will be opened on January 5, 2012   The 28th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in China, featuring work by some of the best ice sculptors and attracting thousands of visitors from around the world, will be opened...

Vladimir Putin was riding a three wheeled Harley Davidson while he led the motorcade

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...eer. It is well known that Putin’s eccentric photos topless horse-riding and hunting have earned him the nickname “Alpha Dog” in U.S. diplomatic circles. After riding around for a while, black-clad Vladimir Putin boarded a Soviet-era warship in the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk, where the prime minister took part to a festival that mark the city’s liberation during the Second World War. Vl...

The world's largest book “This is Muhammad” has been put on public display in Dubai at IBN Battuta Mall

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The world’s largest book has been put on public display in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s Dubai at IBN Battuta Mall. The book, named “This is Muhammad”, entered the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest book on February 27. It took professional workers 16 months to finish the 5-meter-long, 4.03-meter-wide and 1.5-ton book, which is estimated to be worth 2.9...

FIFA has insisted beer must be sold at all venues hosting matches in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

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Football’s world governing body, FIFA, has insisted beer must be sold at all venues hosting matches in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke said the right to sell beer must be enshrined in a World Cup law the Brazilian Congress is considering. Alcoholic drinks are currently banned at Brazilian stadiums and the country’s health minister has urged Congress...

Kasabian will headline the Pyramid Stage at this year’s Glastonbury Festival

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Another 87 names have been added to this year’s Glastonbury Festival, including Kasabian, Jack White, Elbow and MIA. The festival tweeted a link to a picture on its website, before Kasabian confirmed on their own Twitter feed that they are Sunday’s Pyramid Stage headliners and will close the festival. The line-up also features Pixies, Jake Bugg, Robert Plant and James Blake. Friday night he...

The Rolling Stones made their Glastonbury debut at Pyramid Stage

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The Rolling Stones made their Glastonbury debut at Pyramid Stage – 43 years after the festival first took place. The band opened with Jumping Jack Flash, with Mick Jagger prowling the stage in a green sequinned jacket. Mick Jagger thanked the fans and, after It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It), joked that organizers had “finally got round to asking us” to p...

Eva Longoria was among the famous faces on the red carpet at the opening night gala of this year's Cannes Film Festival

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...a showcase. Bruce Willis, Bill Murray and Britain’s Tilda Swinton joined other cast members at the movie’s glitzy premiere. The film is one of 22 in contention for Cannes’ prestigious Palme d’Or award. Eva Longoria was among the famous faces on the red carpet at the opening night gala of this year's Cannes Film Festival Reactions to Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdo...

This year's Pamplona bull running festival kicked off today with one thrill-seeker was gored in a leg and four others injured

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...d for cuts and bruises, Red Cross spokesman Jose Aldaba said. This year's Pamplona bull running festival kicked off today with one thrill-seeker was gored in a leg and four others injured The San Fermin running of the bulls festival became world famous with the publication of Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises. It is also known around the world for its wild all-night stree...

World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on October 16

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The World Food Day theme for 2013 is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition”. The official World Food Day theme – announced at the start of every year by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) – gives focus to World Food Day observances and helps increase understanding of problems and solutions in the drive to end hunger. World Food Day is celebrated...

The West German team lines up before World Cup 1966 final

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...vealed that three unnamed German football players had been tested positive for a banned stimulant at World Cup 1966 final. The letter is dated November 29, 1966 and was written by the Yugoslav chairman of Fifa’s medical committee, Mihailo Andrejevic. The West German team lines up before World Cup 1966 final   In that letter, Mihailo Andrejevic informed fellow doctor Max Danz – pr...

Massachusetts Institute of Technology tops QS World University Rankings in 2013

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology tops the world’s top 20 universities, according to the new QS World University rankings. Harvard University comes second and UK’s University of Cambridge is in third position. University College London (UCL) and Imperial occupied fourth and fifth places, with Oxford in sixth. Universities in the United States made up the rest of the top 10.   Top 2...

Veterans Day was first called Armistice Day, declared to mark the end of World War I hostilities at 11 a.m., November 11, 1918

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Veterans Day started on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Veterans Day was first called Armistice Day, declared to mark the end of World War I hostilities at 11 a.m., November 11, 1918 . American Congress gave it that name in 1926, though it didn’t become a national holiday for a dozen more years. In 1954, the holiday became known as Veterans Day when President Dwight D. Eisenhower...