Capoeira | Strange dances from around the world

Capoeira | Strange dances from around the world

As anyone who’s seen the video for Smooth Criminal knows, the line between dancing and fighting can occasionally become blurred – violent scenes in action movies are sometimes described as balletic, for example, and it’s impossible to “mosh” to heavy metal without someone getting a bloody nose. However, nowhere is the boundary between a boogie and a beating as unclear as it is in capoeira.

Baraja española: Spain's confusing playing cards

Baraja española: Spain's confusing playing cards

Playing cards are an essential part of any holiday – whether you’re waiting hours at an airport or spending a rainy week in a caravan, there’s almost always an opportunity to get the cards out for a quick game. However, next time you’re cheating your way to a solitaire victory, spare a thought for any bored Spanish holidaymakers – they have to fill their time with an entirely different (and entirely confusing) set of playing cards.

Things you (probably) didn't know about New Zealand

Things you (probably) didn't know about New Zealand

New Zealand seems to be a place that everyone likes. British people who go on holiday there often come back saying they’d happily move to the country, and it’s easy to see why – there’s fantastic scenery, a high standard of living and they’d be 12,000 miles away from their family. Not only that, but (as we saw here) New Zealand has got a city that smells almost totally eggy. What more incentive do you need?

Paratha and roti | Unusual breads from around the world

Paratha and roti | Unusual breads from around the world

When something’s good, it’s often said to be “the best thing since sliced bread.” If you think about it, this saying doesn’t really make any sense – sliced bread is rubbish, it’s boring, and you’d have to be completely bonkers to believe it was mankind’s last great invention.