Culture & Lifestyle

Welcome to the Culture & Lifestyle section on City Connect

Covering a range of engaging areas from writers around the world – including lifestyle, exhibitions, plays and shows – our writers will tell you the latest news to ensure you never miss out on something entertaining, educational or inspirational.

You’ll find the articles in this section crammed full of inspirational ideas to help you create the perfect day or evening out. We review the latest museum & art gallery exhibitions, theatre, film and cultural events. Or if you want a quiet night in, this section also covers books which could help you change your life or those to get lost in and forget about the daily grind. We critique classic titles as well as latest online and bookstore titles guiding you through a world of entertaining literature and uplifting self-help books.

City Connect brings you all the latest news and reviews in the Culture & Lifestyle section to help you decide on where to get your next culture fix.

For a summary of some articles in this section, please see below.

Stuffed Peppers

I have always had Romano peppers chopped up either in a salad, pizza topping or rice.  I got some large peppers and capsicums from the farmer’s market and I wanted to see how they would taste stuffed with vegetables or rice. I decided to experiment and stuff them at the same time … Continue reading

How to Catch Wild Pigs

I recently came across the following story about how to catch wild pigs that serves as a commentary on the state of freedom in modern America. A chemistry professor at a large college had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab the … Continue reading

Mango and Ginger Cheesecake

The inspiration of this recipe is from a dessert called Eton’s mess which a friend of mine had made and my son loved it. I was looking to make something similar but eggless. I managed to get some juicy Indian mangoes so I used them to make this layered dessert … Continue reading

The Best Christmas Attractions in Branson

Branson, Missouri has been nicknamed the live entertainment capital of the world, and no time of year does that hold truer than Christmas. There are a host of things to do in Branson at Christmas time and during the holiday season, and many of the top holiday-themed attractions are live … Continue reading

Grated Carrot Salad

Ingredients: 2 medium carrots 1 tablespoon raisins 2 tablespoons orange juice 1 tablespoon Roasted peanuts 1/2 green chilli (optional) Dressing: 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1/2 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon mild olive oil Salt and freshly ground pepper Method: 1. Peel and wash the carrots and … Continue reading

Requiem for My Friend – Zbigniew Preisner – Part 1

Music is a form of art that has always fascinated people. Some of the most stunning classical music pieces are masses in the setting of the Requiem, which is a musical form of art transcending life and death. Zbigniew Preisner, who is very famous for writing the score to the … Continue reading

Sanctuary Day, Chinese Night & Sunday Brunch

The end of my two weeks off work was rapidly approaching and I was looking forward to a treat for myself on the Friday – the Sanctuary in Covent Garden. I managed to get a ‘Flash sale’ offer which was rather a bargain via Facebook. Here I was feeling sorry for … Continue reading

Pain & Homeopathy

Why taking painkillers in not the best long-term strategy for pain Taking painkillers when nothing else has worked to temporarily reduce it is sometimes necessary. However, this should only be used in last resort and in part of a strategy to try and eliminate the pain in a natural way, … Continue reading

Tomato Chutney

Whenever I make any kind of  bhajias or samosas  I like to serve them with this tomato chutney/dip.   It’s tangy and sweet to taste but can be made hot by adding chillies if you like hot chutneys. Ingredients: Time – 10-15 minutes 4 -5  ripe tomatoes 1 tablespoon lemon juice … Continue reading

Be True to Yourself, Think Positive!

Thinking goes on in your mind! So how can anything that goes on in your mind influence the outer world so much? Often, we engage in limiting beliefs and  negative thoughts which hold us back; thoughts like “I am not good enough” “I have no time” “They don’t understand me” … Continue reading

The Day Justice Became a Reality

The the 15th of April 1989 became the day that sport did not matter. It became the day headlines being prepared on the back page of a newspaper which would only reiterate what was being prepared for the front page. It became the day 96 people left their homes for a football … Continue reading

Understanding Strong Posture

Different martial arts teach and instill different postures that have been designed to offer the ideal position(s) to best use attack and defend actions for that specific style.  Although what works for Aikido is so substantially different from Kickboxing or Wing Chun they all make sense when you apply the … Continue reading

4 Best Supplements for Better Sleep

Sleeping disorders are a major public health issue and can have a severe domino effect on the rest of your life. This is why you should take the steps necessary to get the sleep that you need if you want to perform optimally and avoid a variety of health complications. … Continue reading

Therapeutic Theatre

The relationship between the Call to Adventure and the journey towards self actualization is one of the most common themes of mythology and one of the richest in symbolic value. This call to adventure helps to establish the stakes of life’s personal and professional games and makes clear our goals … Continue reading

Fun About Town

So I returned from Majorca last week and the exciting thing was I cleverly booked the rest of the week off! We had a very early flight back – departing at 11 pm. I hasten to add the transfer to the airport went via Magaluf and Palma Nova. To put … Continue reading

How to Lose Weight Without Going on a Diet or to a Gym

The idea of being able to lose weight without going on a diet or to a gym may appear like an elaborate claim. However, having been overweight myself during my former years, navigating myself out of it and witnessing the struggles of hundreds of people with weight issues, I have … Continue reading

Breaking Down Bayesian

Science is the river of life. And as each droplet of knowledge is added to the flow, it advances slightly, modifying what was previously known. The 1740’s saw Thomas Bayes, an English reverend, conduct a thought experiment that would impress any modern day psychic. With no more than an assistant, … Continue reading

If You Can’t Afford Bespoke

I happen to believe that a bespoke suit is worth its high asking price, or else I wouldn’t bother selling them. They look better, they fit better, and they last years longer than their competition. It’s really that simple. Even so, £2000 is a lot of money, let’s not kid … Continue reading

Chinese Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and spicy, tangy soup with wonderful garlic and ginger infusion making this soup a wonderful accompaniment to any Chinese meal Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes Serves 2 Ingredients: 450 ml boiling water 1 vegetarian stock cube 240 grams / 8 oz mixed vegetables, carrots, beans, peas, … Continue reading

Homeopathic Out-Reach For Cambridge Homeless

WinterComfort is a Cambridge-based charity providing support for the homeless and rough sleepers. A 1-year homeopathic project started in 2009 saw about 50 service users taking advantage of this service. The project was run by Thierry Clerc, a local clinical homeopath. The majority of consultations focused on acute and physical ailments, … Continue reading

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