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Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines, Moscow

Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines, Moscow

I enjoy some of the bizarre museums that exist these days but this must be one of the most specific. It houses arcade machines that were made in the Soviet Union in the mid-1970s - so about forty years ago. Many of the machines were restored having been found...

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Divided By A Common Language: Swearing

Divided By A Common Language: Swearing

The internet tells me, with quiet authority, that in the state of Virginia it is illegal to swear in public. Goodness. (Of course, being English, I wasn't intending to say 'goodness' but just in case any Virginians are reading...)It's another one of those 'divided by...

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Visiting Scotland: Gretna Green

If it isn't one of the most visited places in Scotland then it certainly must be a contender for the most romantic. It's certainly one of the world's most popular wedding destinations. And it has been since the 1700s so you can forgive the locals if they make a bit of...

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Más a Tierra: Robinson Crusoe Island

As you know, Daniel Defoe's story about Robinson Crusoe was based on several real-life stories about shipwrecked sailors. In those days, shipwrecks weren't really terribly unusual. But the novel was primarily based on the story of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor...

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Divided By A Common Language: Jaffa Cakes UK

We have already noted the bizarre language difference between the UK and the USA when it comes to the simple word 'biscuit'.But if you are from the USA - or indeed any other non-British country - then it's a good idea for you to know about an issue that has puzzled...

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Landguard Fort, Felixstowe, UK

It's a pretty spooky place. There have been fortifications on this site for hundreds of years. The present fort was in use until 1956 - and is now open to visitors. You can see from the map below that it's located in the very tip of a spar of land and the site was...

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Do You Have Toilet Paper In Your Bag?

Yes, I know it's an awkward question. And yes, I know that if you're from the USA you probably prefer to use the discreet euphemism 'bathroom tissue' but you knew exactly what I was talking about. Strangely, a surprising number of people don't - they don't carry...

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Eduardo Kobra & Ayrton Senna: Sao Paulo

No joke, I have honestly been messing around for over two hours trying to decide what image to add here as the lead photograph for this article. I'm no copyright lawyer but I'm pretty sure that there's no way I'm allowed to put work by a still-living artist up here....

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Visiting Scotland: Burns Cottage

It's likely that every New Year's Eve you and your friends sing Auld Lang Syne. You might know that it was written by Scottish poet Robert Burns. And as his active years were in the 1700s, that shows just how old the song has been around. And it all started when Burns...

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Herbertstraße, Hamburg, Germany

Gender discrimination, prostitution, sex for sale ... it's all here in the (relatively) hidden area of Herbertstraße. If you're under eighteen, you can't stroll down this street. Women aren't welcome either. Herbertstraße is one of the last bastions of prostitution...

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Yorkshire: Ann Lister’s Shibden Hall

Anne Lister was born in 1791 in Yorkshire. That's many years before homosexuality became legal in Britain and at that time, the word 'lesbian' didn't exist but nevertheless, Anne grew up to be a pioneer in the world of being true to her own sexuality. She is sometimes...

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Texas School Book Depository, Dallas

A few years ago, the idea of visiting a place where an assassin hid when he fired the shots that killed an American president would probably have been seen as insensitive.But today, it's now getting on for sixty years since those events took place. The president in...

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That Delightful Plane Carpet … Ew

There used to be a time - long ago admittedly - when I'd sink gratefully into my aircraft seat as soon as I could after boarding. Then, once I'd stowed my handbag on the floor under the seat in front of me, I'd relax. That meant removing my jacket and stowing it up...

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Heart Of Cape Town Museum

I was just a kid but I remember the time when a whole new era started. It was a medical breakthrough that happened on the other side of the world but it was exciting news.It was 1967 and in South Africa, a team of surgeons had just completed the first successful human...

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Bradbury Building, Los Angeles

Do you remember when steampunk was a thing? Well, the perfect interior to match that look is to be found in this building. It's gorgeous, it's got a curious history and it's been used in umpteen films, TV shows and music videos. And, it's open to the public to enjoy....

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