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.

You Don’t Need to Visit Far-Away Places to Have an Exciting Trip

When you want to go on a vacation and have a great time, several places pop into your head. You think that the only way for you to enjoy your trip is if you visit distant locations. The truth is that there’s no need for you to go far to … Continue reading

How to Set Boundaries Your Teen Will Follow

There are a lot of fears that come with parenting a teen, and many of those are justifiable. For example, the teen years mean that your child might get behind the wheel. Teen drivers are inexperienced and high-risk. They are also more likely to be distracted drivers, which can often … Continue reading

Signs You Need Water Softeners

Hard water is among the most common water quality problems in homes. Hard water contains high mineral concentration, mostly calcium and magnesium. But, hard water is fit for drinking because the minerals are included in several foods. However, hard water poses problems to your appliances and the plumbing system in … Continue reading

Dry Fruits Burfi

A perfect sweet recipe to make if you have not yet made any for this diwali or short of time to try out elaborate sweet dishes. The recipe does not call for addition of any sugar or jaggery! Just some dry fruits and nuts of your choice combined together till … Continue reading

Christmas Indian Style

We resolved months before December that Christmas was going to be different. Instead of driving 200 miles up the A1 from London to Yorkshire on a dark, wet Christmas morning, we’d be being chauffeured on a warm, bright sunny day up through the tea plantations to Munnar in Southern India. … Continue reading

Banana and Pecan Muffins

Every time I go to our local supermarket I always go into the fruit section, but unless it’s for lemons or lime for my gin, I end up walking straight through. But, every so often I get a guilt complex and end up buying fruit. Unfortunately though the fruit normally … Continue reading

Travel Series Germany – Karlsruhe

City Connect offers a new travel series on Germany highlighting cities and places ideal for a weekend break or holiday. This week we are reporting on the city of Karlsruhe. Karlsruhe is one of the culturally richest cities found in the Federal Republic of Germany. It was founded around the … Continue reading

The Mental Effects of Traffic Accidents

We often talk about the logistical concerns that come with a car accident, such as dealing with insurance and working with a lawyer, but what about the mental effects? Just seeing an accident on the highway can cause serious and ongoing mental effects, even if you aren’t directly involved. For … Continue reading

Chicken with Peppers and Olives

When I’m in the UK I am careful to try and not buy too much food out of season and nearly always look to find out how far away it’s comes from. I like to try and keep my food miles down, but in Dubai you don’t have that much … Continue reading

Nobel Women

Inventas vitam juvat exclouisse per artes – “And they who bettered life on earth by their newly found mastery” Taken from Vergilius Aeneid, these are the words which adorn the medal of one of science’s most prestigious awards, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The 27th November 1895 saw Alfred … Continue reading

Working from home: Avoiding the common pitfalls

It’s billed as the dream, but there are a lot of occasions where working from home can be anything but that. From the outset, it looks as though nothing can go wrong. You can wake up a couple of minutes before your working day, while even work out of bed … Continue reading

Goodbye Honeymoon… Hello Relationship

The honeymoon period in most relationships is usually crammed with the culmination of endearing gestures, poignant revelations and spontaneous acts. From being contentedly overwhelmed by the late night phone calls and flirty text messages, to the impulsive date nights and that feeling of being totally besotted with each other; it … Continue reading

The Lost Generation

How most kids at school now will probably never own a physical copy of anything… Do you remember what it is like to buy a brand new album, the joy it brings to remove the protective cover and slip the disc into the player while you pull out the sleeve … Continue reading

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

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