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Great for writers, terrible for citizens: The world according to Irvine Welsh

Twenty-five years ago Irvine Welsh's debut novel "Trainspotting" burst out of the housing schemes and back alleys of post-industrial Scotland in a whirlwind of drugs, sex and violence that horrified and delighted critics alike.

Mandarin duck

A Mandarin Duck swimming in New York's Central Park The Mandarin Duck is commonly seen in China, Japan and some parts of Europe, but not in North America.

Buddha and bronzer: The Japanese monk who loves make-up

As make-up artist Kodo Nishimura sashays into a room in Tokyo balanced on pin-thin heels, he could hardly look less like a practising Buddhist monk.

Journey to the afterlife: Indonesia's Toraja live among the dead

Martha Kande's family lived with her greying, shrivelled corpse at their home in Indonesia for seven months, as they prepared an elaborate funeral that is central to the Toraja people's centuries-old death rituals.

40,000-year-old cave paintings world's earliest figurative art

A painting of an animal in an Indonesian cave dates from at least 40,000 years ago, making it the world's oldest piece of figurative art, new research has shown.

Kuwaiti sculptors struggle for right to be seen

Kuwaiti sculptor Sami Mohammed finished his towering statue of the country's first emir over four decades ago, but now it just gathers dust unseen in a long-shuttered office block.

Sniffing out truffles in Italy

"Go on Rocky, find it! Good boy!" The labrador wags his tail, happy to have found the hidden treasure as he graduates from Italy's "truffle dog university", doing his master proud.

Festival of Lights

Devotees lighting earthen lamps on the banks of River Sarayu on the eve of Diwali in Ayodhya, India.

Video game action heads for the cloud

Video games are following television and music into the cloud, with console-quality play on its way to being a streaming service as easy to access as Netflix or Spotify.

Hotel poses challenge for tribal tradition in Iraq

The opening of a new hotel is posing a challenge to tribal customs in western Iraq's Anbar province, where locals traditionally welcome outsiders into their homes.



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