Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Extraterrestrial toucan birds, neon green spacemen waving Brazilian flags and legions of scantily clad women and men dancing a furious samba opened the final round of Rio de Janeiro's extravagant Carnival parades Monday night.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
When “Scandal” actress Kerry Washington braved the rain-soaked red carpet Sunday at the Academy Awards in Hollywood, she was wearing the first Jason Wu dress for a star at the Oscars.
Brazil is known for its exotic fauna, but the creatures on display Sunday night for the opening round of Rio's exuberant Carnival parade were a motley crew even by local standards.
Monday, March 3, 2014
After the founder of the International Surfing Museum dipped a toe in the beautiful, blue Pacific, she never bothered to hang the other nine.
More than a million Rio Carnival revelers laid aside bitterness at Brazilian leaders to join wild festivities Saturday in what has been dubbed “the greatest show on Earth.”
Extravagant costumes need not apply at the “Bloco da Lama” Carnival street party, where revelers dispense with pirate, princess and devil disguises in favor of thick, head-to-toe layers of black mud.
After marketing manager Matthew Fam, 35, placed the 50,000th and final brick on his 70-centimeter tall Lego model of the Pinnacle@Duxton in late 2012, he invited fellow Lego hobbyists over to admire his masterpiece and snap pictures.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Rio plunged into five days of hedonistic revelry Friday as the city's legendary carnival opened, with King Momo taking the keys of the city and declaring joy by decree.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Wines from a large South African co-operative and a boutique group in Washington state in the United States feature this week. KWV pioneered co-operative winegrowing in South Africa in 1918, the year Nelson Mandela was born. At the time the industry was young and struggling. Since the early 1990s when South Africa opened to the world after the end of apartheid, KWV has evolved into a global producer with sales in more than 100 countries. They source grapes from the country's best regions and KWV's website notes that these grapes come “from the world's oldest earth.”
Thursday, February 27, 2014
An Iranian schoolteacher has innovated an amusing way of encouraging young children to say their daily prayers — robotics.