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Pub customers 'appalled' as Christmas tree goes up in July

Milton Keynes - A British bar and restaurant has sparked outrage from customers after putting up a Christmas tree over five months before the big day. The pub was apparently using it as a "training exercise" for staff but drinkers weren't happy.

Indonesians stranded for Eid as volcanoes force airports closed

Surabaya - Thousands of Indonesians were spending Eid in misery Friday after failing to make it home to see their families as erupting volcanoes closed six airports, including in the country's second-biggest city.

Kenny Rogers to release 'Once Again it's Christmas' holiday CD

Country Music Hall of Famer and living music legend Kenny Rogers will be releasing his first new Christmas album in 17 years.

Famed Soviet children's camp in Crimea reopens

Simferopol - It was once the summer destination for the brightest and best of Soviet children but it slipped into disuse and decay after the Socialist empire crumbled.

Burning Judas: Easter tradition gets political

- During Holy Week in Mexico there are always processions and prayers, traditionally observed by worshipers across the country. But lesser-known traditions also persist, such as burning Judas figures as a means of overcoming evil.

Ukraine rebels mark Soviet holiday for defenders of 'fatherland'

Donetsk - Thousands of men and women gathered on Lenin square in east Ukraine's main rebel-held city Donetsk on Monday to celebrate a Soviet-era holiday and pay hommage to their fallen fighters.

Asia rings in Year of the Sheep with fireworks, festivities

Bejing - Fireworks illuminated the skies across China as millions around Asia ushered in the Year of the Sheep on Thursday, kicking off festivities with an annual televised gala that got a thumbs down on social media for heavy Communist Party propaganda.

Toronto's Ultimate Travel Show

Toronto - Pack your bags and get ready to discover the world at Toronto’s Ultimate Travel Show, taking place Saturday January 24 and Sunday January 25 at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place.

Pentatonix enjoys multiple successes this holiday season

A cappella vocal group Pentatonix has enjoyed many successes this holiday season, thanks to their albums and viral music videos.

Cool last-minute holiday deals: Xbox One bundles at $299

As the last few frantic hours of Christmas shopping for friends and family take hold, American retailers are slashing the prices of Xbox One console bundles to under $300, comparable to Black Friday.

Pentatonix announce European leg of 'On My Way Home' tour

Grammy-nominated a-cappella vocal group Pentatonix have announced their U.K. and European leg of their "On My Way Home" tour.

Review: Nick Tangorra Band puts fans in holiday spirit with new tune Special

Nick Tangorra Band covers a holiday classic, "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" in their new music video, and they nail it.

Digital Journal's Holiday Gift Guide: Tech edition

Our holiday gift guide returns, with reviews of some of the hottest tech goodies you'll want to buy for your loved ones. Learn about new Koss headphones, how to charge cellphones on the go, addictive Nintendo games, and a gadget to find your lost items.

U.S. shoppers go in for the kill on 'Black Friday'

Leesburg - The traditionalists don't like it, but the "Black Friday" shopping frenzy is as much a part of the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States as turkey and pumpkin pie. And it's only Thursday.

Review: Heart delights on new 'Heart & Friends - Home for the Holidays' Special

Rock band Heart is back with their newest album "Heart & Friends - Home for the Holidays," where they cover many holiday favorites.

Review: Michelle Wright's 'A Wright Christmas' is a holiday gem Special

Canadian country music star Michelle Wright's "A Wright Christmas" is still a Christmas classic album and perfect for the holiday season.

Review: Pentatonix shines on new holiday album 'That's Christmas To Me' Special

A-capella vocal group Pentatonix has released their highly-anticipated holiday album "That's Christmas To Me" and it is sheer perfection.

Op-Ed: Next generation will carry on tradition of Dickens Fair Special

San Francisco - Early Bird ticket sales began in October for the annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair held at the Cow Palace in San Francisco's Excelsior District. And, while economic forecasts lately have been “Scrooge-like,”

UK tourist gets £12,000 phone bill after downloading TV abroad

A British O2 customer had a nasty case of bill-shock recently after returning from a holiday abroad to find a data charge of £12,500, accumulated by downloading two TV programmes.

Why the cruise industry is coasting right now Commissioned

Vacation lovers continue to clamour to cruise lines, despite the boom in self-service travel culture. In fact, cruise holidays are the fastest-growing category in the leisure travel market.

New research says the average Brit needs a holiday every 56 days

The average Brit "needs" a holiday every 56 days, new research has shown. A survey of 2,000 adults revealed tiredness and stress take their toll just eight weeks after returning to work from a break.

Pentatonix to release two albums in the fall

A capella vocal group Pentatonix will be releasing their "PTX Vol. III" album on September 23 on their new record label, RCA Records.

'Advanced Warfare' expected to be the most pre-ordered game

During a conference call regarding the second quarter of the finical year, Activision expects 'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare' to be the most ore-ordered game of the year.

Anger over Australian campervan firm's 'misogynistic' slogans

Sydney - An Australian campervan firm known for the eye-catching slogans graffitied on its vehicles Monday faced outrage on social media after thousands signed an online petition against its "misogynistic" messages.

Three in four Brits admit to taking items from hotel rooms Special

Three quarters of all British holidaymakers have taken items from hotel rooms home with them, according to recent research by travel website Holiday Hypermarket.

A peaceful, unspoilt spot for your summer holiday in Greece

With modernization taking over the various popular and iconic destinations in Greece, it is sometimes difficult to find somewhere a little out of the way. An unspoiled backwater where all this progress hasn't quite taken over yet.

Norwegian families offer their homes to the needy this summer

Rather than let their homes stand empty while they take their summer vacations, families are starting a new trend in Norway by letting disadvantaged families move in for the duration to enjoy a vacation of their own.

7 million tourists visited Malaysia during Q1 this year

The Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board announced yesterday that the Asian country has welcomed over 7 million tourists during the first quarter of the year.

Op-Ed: The Truth About Cinco de Mayo

The real history of Cinco de Mayo is not well known. Many countries, including the United States, believe that it marks Mexico’s Independence Day. That is not true.

'I Love Lucy' in color was most-watched holiday special

"I Love Lucy" has always been one of the best-loved classic sitcoms in the history of American television. It first aired over six decades ago.
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Emblem 2d: "Nutrix ejus terra est." of Michael Maier, Atalanta Fugiens, circa: 1617/1618 Earth Mother image from an alchemical text.
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The ambiance of Lovejoy's Tea Room in San Francisco's Noe Valley is like stepping back in time.
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Shopping for pumpkins at Thanksgiving in Ottawa's Byward Market.
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Constantia Vista, Cape Town, South Africa - The Main House, dining area overlooking the pool.
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A mall in Hong Kong displays a Christmas tree also
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Beaches of Fuengirola, Spain
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Charlie Brown in 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'
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Beach outside of the historic old city of Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Cemetery with rich decorated graves and expensive monuments in Grodzisk Mazowiecki in central Poland.
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Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol, Spain
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Former Primate of Poland (1981-2009), cardinal Jozef Glemp during the mass in the open air, Nadarzyn, Poland.