Why are pumpkin spice lattes so addictive?

First made available to the public in 2002 in a handful of North American stores in Vancouver and Washington, DC, the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte started as an experiment. The coffee chain’s product manager, Peter Dukes, spent months developing a new seasonal drink in the Starbucks laboratory. Despite the pumpkin-flavoured drink not being the most…

Why the world is going crazy for Jollibee

Last October, Jollibee opened their 37th store in America. It was their second in New York State, but their debut in Manhattan. The first person arrived and started to queue 20 hours before its 8am opening. Despite the cold and persistent rain, a steady stream of people joined the queue throughout the night and into…

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Why playing video games with your child is a good thing

Right now, the news cycle in the US would rather blame mass shootings —17 and counting in 2019—on the effect of playing video games than on the wide availability of guns. WalMart has announced more restrictions on the games in store, rather than the guns they sell. But playing games with your young child is…

35 things to look out for in the new Premier League season

Morocco’s Hakim Ziyech Mo Salah might be the Arab world’s biggest footballing star, but Hakim Ziyech of Ajax and Morocco is right up there in terms of performance. In the 90 league games he’s played so far for Ajax he’s recorded 39 assists and scored 32 goals, which for a midfielder is a phenomenal return.…

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Five Ways The New Metro Will Transform Riyadh

Next year, Riyadh is expected to open the biggest urban mass transit system that has ever been created from scratch. Here are five ways it will transform the city for the better The network will comprise six metro lines – both overground and underground – that connects 85 stations and span nearly 110 miles of…

How The Middle East Will Win An Oscar

Five of our favourite regional contenders have been longlisted for an Academy Award, here’s what you need to know Middle Eastern cinema is riding something of a wave at present, and here are five movies from the region that have been announced on the longlist for next year’s Best Foreign Film Academy Award. The winner…