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World's most seductive island

GOLDEN TEMPLE: The giant statues at the Dambulla Caves.

Women sashay past, saris fluttering and hips swaying rhythmically to the thumping drums.

Crazy for chocolate at sea

Princess Cruises chocolate spa

Every so often rumours of a worldwide chocolate shortage send shivers of horror through chocoholics everywhere.

Deadly Mansfield undertones?

Katherine Mansfield

One man believes infectious disease epidemics cast a shadow over one of NZ's greatest writers.

Shaking up communal spirit

Johnny Moore

OPINION: I grew up in a commune called Creekside. It was an era of communes. They were all over the place.

Disgraceful: How Nasa wasted $450m

The A-3 test stand under construction at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi in 2013.

US space agency spent millions building a huge testing tower it knew it would never use.

'It's total fiction'

Damir Tulemaganbetov, left, with his friend Mohammed Islam, right, in the office of public relations firm 5WPR.

Sixteen-year-old Mohammed Islam wants you to think he's a big shot but his well publicised claim to wealth is all fake.

A 4WD adventure

Prado at a river crossing.

Creepy encounters make for an unforgettable outback adventure in Western Australia.

Summer needs a hurry-up

Michelle A'Court

OPINION: If I knew where to send it, I would write a letter of complaint about this summer.

Trouble in the bedroom

Bad habits: A recent survey found up to 45 per cent of people brought electronic devices into the bedroom.

A recent survey found up to 45 per cent of people brought electronic devices into the bedroom.

A little monkey business

SERENE: The courtyard at Gokarna Forest Resort is set for dinner.

Don't leave windows open, we're told, because if a monkey climbs in all hell breaks loose.

Touchy-feely provision

Court generic NZ

Pop your head into any Canterbury court and you'll find the wheels of justice are grinding ever slower.

MPs 'are the most awful liars'

Robin Hyde, also known as Iris Wilkinson, was recruited at 17 by The Dominion and wrote a popular Parliament column.

In the 1920s a young woman just out of school who showed promise as a poet was hired by The Dominion.

Hollywood calling director

Essie Davis plays Amelia, a widowed mum bringing up son Sam (Noah Wiseman) in The Babadook.

With horror film The Babadook a big hit in US, UK and France, Hollywood wants a piece of Jennifer Kent.

Hunting for pics and crocs gallery

Australian Aboriginal hunter Robert Gaykamangu, of the Yolngu people, carries a Magpie Goose he successfully shot as he wades through a billabong near the 'out station' of Ngangalala, located on the outksirts of the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land.

Access to the Arnhem Land reserve for non-Aborigines is by invitation only. I got lucky.

From another planet video

BOT ON THE TROT: Bot on the trot: Self-confessed geek Matt Reading delighted – and frightened  – Christmas shoppers in downtown Wellington wearing the robot costume he made for next year’s rugby sevens.

His Wellington Sevens costume is so out of this world taxi drivers offer to shoot him to Jupiter.

A chance to find love?

FUN TIMES: Juan Pablo Galavis, the bachelor in the most recent US series, and contestants visited  the central North Island in February to film part of their show.

NZ remake of TV "reality" show The Bachelor condemned as creepy.

Stopped in my tracks

Man holding a bible

Wellington's Cuba St was a minefield of religious nutters attempting conversions.

Banks Peninsula's rugged beauty

IN THE DISTANCE: The view back to Akaroa from the highest point on the Banks Peninsula Track.

This tramp feels remote - a trip back in time. It also provides a raw perspective on the harsh beauty of our land.

NZ's first female surgeon

Jean Mary Sandel

Jean Mary Sandel was a pioneer of NZ health. She died 50 years ago last month.

Where wild things are gallery

Some of the bird life Rodney Russ's clients pay to go see in the wild.

Rodney Russ has a snowmobile in Russia and takes people to far-flung places to see wildlife.

New protest songs

Protester

Protest songs are taking their place alongside chants of "I can't breathe" and "Hands up, don't shoot" as demonstrators raise their voices.

Cool things to do in Oslo

FAMOUS PAINTING: Edvard Munch's painting "The Scream".

Discover a quirky, chilled, multicultural city with a picturesque harbour and public art in every corner.

A plan most fowl

Honeeeeeey, I've got a surprise for you! (Bet she wasn't expecting that.)

We felt it was time to test the theory of the internet sensation called ‘‘Engagement Chicken’’.

A tale of a Grinch

Curmudgeons, cranks and misanthropes beware: cynicism has tested as three times more likely for you.

OPINION: 'Mrs Lady, why don't you like Christmas?" she asks.

Elegant garden with flair

Grant is meticulous about arming himself with the right tools for the job; here he trims the star jasmine grid.

Businessman by day, gardener by night, Grant Vincent has a passion for fine foliage and architectural form.

Closing the gender gap

Pinterest engineer Tracy Chou in Melbourne.

Tracy Chou lifted the number of female software developers at Pinterest by 5 per cent in a year.

No way home

Rosa Pelaez, 32, plays with the family dog as she holds her newborn son, Sebastian, on a bed with two of her other three U.S.-born children, Edwin, 5, and Briana, 6. Pelaez and her husband will probably qualify for protection from deportation under the executive action, but that won't grant Pelaez her dearest wish: to visit her father in Mexico.

Illegal US immigrants' dreams of being reunited with their families may never come true.

'Get a neck brace and live' video

CRASH LANDING: Josh Burrell of Arkles Bay with mum Joanne shows the neck brace which he says saved his life .

An injured teen mountain biker's mum says they are overwhelmed by people's generosity.

Luxury looks like DVF

TELLING HER MOTHER'S STORY IN STYLE: Diane von Furstenberg says writing her book, The Woman I Wanted to Be, helped her understand her mother's history and how she survived the Holocaust.

Luxury smells like exotic flowers, tastes like peppermint tea, and looks like Diane von Furstenberg.

How to eat like a local

Dining in Valparaiso, Chile. Don't judge a restaurant by its exterior.

Why you should choose the scariest, weirdest looking place you can find and head on in.

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