Briefs, October 5, 2012

'Al-Qaeda is waging jihad' with forest fires in Europe. Photo: AFP

Jordan calls for snap poll ahead of key rally

Friday, 5 October, 2012, 4:24am

One man's meat, another man's venom

There was a time in the Western world when anyone selling anything made from snakes was considered a charlatan. The term 'snake oil' (not to mention 'snake charmer') was synonymous with quackery, something taken seriously only by gullible fools.

8 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

The spider and the promise

A man and his wife had been travelling for two long and difficult weeks. They had walked along the edge of deserts, through lush jungle land and across wide empty plains. Each night, they had slept under the stars and each day the wife had complained endlessly about the journey.

26 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Black is back

New Zealand rugby has had its ups and downs - including a seven-year title drought in Hong Kong - but when its teams are hot they're certainly dressed for the part. It's the black look that does it. Radiating menace, lethality, stylishness and cool, it has special appeal in many areas from culture to warfare, wildlife to sport. So join us as we embrace all things black.

28 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Spider-Man 3

We love Spider-Man the way we love William Hung. Both are nerds blessed with unbelievable good fortune, and both have their fair share of fame in a country that sees Forrest Gump as an expression of the national psyche.

3 May 2007 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain . . . all will be explained

Who invented spectacles to correct eyesight? Magnifying lenses set into frames were used for reading in ancient times in the Middle East, Europe and China. The Roman emperor, Nero, is recorded as having used a jewel with curved surfaces to watch the Roman games.

17 Jul 2000 - 12:00am