John Ernst Steinbeck Jr. (February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968) was an American author and the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature winner “for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception.” He has been called “a giant of American letters,” and many of his works are considered classics of Western literature.
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SANDTASTIC BEASTS Thailand theme park uses white sand to imitate ice in dazzling display of art
Visitors to the “Frost Magical Ice of Siam” park can walk around a -10c ice dome and learn about monsters from Asian legends.
The 30,000sqm exhibit is the largest collection of ice sculptures in South Asia and the first ice dome to be build in Pattaya.
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Stunning photograph shows an ancient tradition dating back to 960 AD
This is the spectacular moment a fisherman with a close bond to cormorants used a flock of birds to catch big fish in a centuries old ritual in southern China. Photographer Julia Wimmerlin said: ‘Seeing this whole process and the beautiful setting where it takes place just takes your breath away.
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He’s over the moon! British photographer spends two years getting the perfect shot on 1,000ft hill
The magical picture shows a few walkers standing on the top of the 1000 ft Teesside hill as the moon lights up their silhouettes.
Astrophotographer Andrew Dawson, 44, snapped
Charles Santore, 84, nationally known illustrator from South Philadelphia was born into an Italian-Irish family. He began his career in 1956 working as a freelance illustrator for local advertising agencies and publications such as the Saturday Evening Post, Life, Redbook, and the Ladies’ Home Journal.
See why the world’s best subway lines are destinations unto themselves
These subterranean train rides are packed with striking architecture, historic sites, and surprising views.
Blue Line, Stockholm
Larger-than-life sculptures, rock formations, mosaics, paintings, art installations and engravings adorn 90 of the 100
A vine place to lay your head: Sleep inside a giant wine barrel at this vineyard in Portugal This is a wacky and wonderful place to plonk your head after a day, well, on the plonk.
The Quinta da Pacheca vineyard in Douro, Portugal, has a number of hotel suites inside giant wine barrels.
Image courtesy JP Castro for Quinta da Pacheca, and Booking.com
Italy boasts more World Heritage sites than any other country in the world. Its 51 designated cultural and natural landmarks make up over 5% of UNESCO’s global list, and another 40 spots are currently up for consideration as possible additions.
Year of inscription: 1997