Belgian bars put the boot into tourists who steal beer glasses

While the beer is famously good in Belgium, for some tourists it would seem the drink itself is not enough. Bars and cafes in the country’s most picturesque cities complain that tens of thousands of their stylish glasses are being lost to souvenir hunters every year. But the purveyors of Belgium’s most famous cultural artefact …

Bullseye’s best bits, a backheeled lob and brilliant barrel jumping | Classic YouTube

1) The host of darts quiz show Bullseye, Jim Bowen, died aged 80 this week. A look back at any episode is always a wonderful window into a slower, more gentle world of light entertainment. It was often very funny, not least when the prizes were dreadful and the contestants even more so. There was …

Luke Harding picks five books that expose the secret world of spies

A man’s agonising scream is filmed. He is tied to a metal stretcher and is fed, alive, into the crematorium of the GRU, Russia’s military spy agency. His crime? Betrayal of the motherland. The victim? A colonel who “deceived us”. The video – shown to new recruits – features in the opening chapter of Aquarium, …

Who Is Conor Lamb, Winner in a Special House Race in Pennsylvania?

Conor Lamb after voting in Mt. Lebanon, Pa., on Tuesday. Drew Angerer/Getty Images WASHINGTON — For the Democratic Party, Conor Lamb seemed like a candidate generated from reams of election data mined and analyzed to produce an ideal fit for his Southwestern Pennsylvania congressional district. A former Marine who favored gun rights, he was culturally …

A Cyberattack in Saudi Arabia Had a Deadly Goal. Experts Fear Another Try.

Sadara Chemical Company is a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical. Its computer systems were hit by one in a string of cyberattacks last year.CreditChristophe Viseux for The New York Times In August, a petrochemical company with a plant in Saudi Arabia was hit by a new kind of cyberassault. The attack was …

The Shift: Tech Leaders Are Growing Up (Again). That’s a Good Thing.

Glenn Harvey Several years ago, a plastic figurine began appearing around Google’s offices, an aging alien with gray hair, a Google Glass headset and a sign that read, “Get Off My Lawn!” The doll, a special edition of Google’s Android mascot, was a jokey tribute to the Greyglers, a group for the 40-and-over crowd at …