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Natalie blogs at Philobiblon, on books, history and all things feminist. In her public life she's the leader of the Green Party of England and Wales.

bedbugs

It's evening, you're just settling down for a drink in your new hotel, and your wrists, your ankles, your neck, start to itch, and red lumps appear. Now you know you chose last night's hotel badly; it had bedbugs. Increased travel, heavily heated rooms, a ban on some pesticides, and the sale of second-hand and reconditioned mattresses have been blamed ... Read More »

emma watson

Emma Watson is a British actor who found fame and fortune through being selected at age nine to play Hermione in the hugely successful Harry Potter movies, based on the iconic books by the Scottish writer J.K. Rowling. She has reportedly earned more than £10m for the series. Her official website reports that she was born in Paris on April ... Read More »

Healthy Eating

There are many diets, diet books, and fads, but the basics of healthy eating have been known for a long time. A healthy human diet should compromise lots of vegetables and fruit, and starchy foods such as bread, cereals, and pasta (ideally whole-grain), some foods strong in protein such as meat, eggs, and pulses, and some milk and dairy foods. ... Read More »

orkut

Orkut is Google's own social networking site, somewhat similar to Facebook, Bebo and MySpace. It was named after its creator, Orkut Büyükkökten, a Google staffer. The site is very popular in Brazil, reputedly because the name is easy to pronounce in Portugese. It is also very popular in India, where in late 2008 it was the second most-visited website. Its ... Read More »

hotmail

Hotmail is a free web email service that is owned by Microsoft, now technically known as Windows Live Hotmail. One of the first such free web mail services (although followed by many imitators), it was launched in 1996 by two former Apple staff members, who sold it to Microsoft the following year for a reputed $400 million. In 2008 most ... Read More »

art

Edith Wharton, the American writer, said: "art is freedom of the spirit", although if you are looking for a less poetical approach, you might prefer a dictionary: "the class of objects subject to aesthetic criteria." That means everything from paintings to comics, modern dance to ancient cave images. Art can be made out of precious metal, out of found objects, ... Read More »

amazon

When people hear the word Amazon, these days, most will think of the online store that sells virtually everything. Bloggers talking about Amazon may be discussing many of the product on there from various manufacturers. Web techs might be talking about the services, including fast streaming service and cloud hosting that Amazon provides. Others may be discussing Amazon’s e-reader, the ... Read More »

kate middleton

Kate Middleton is the on-off-on companion of Prince William of Wales, the second in line to the British throne. She was born in 1982 and they met at University of St Andrews, Scotland, in 2001. She now enjoys official protection, after enduring paparazzi attention that has led to her circumstances being compared to those of the late Diana, Princess of ... Read More »

Book Review: John Milton – A Biography by Neil Forsyth

If you are left not particularly looking to extend your acquaintance with the poet, that isn't the biographer's fault. Read More »

Book Review: Singled Out – How Two Million Women Survived Without Men After the First World War by Virginia Nicholson

There's much to admire in the oral histories, captured at the last possible moment. Read More »