"I am a lawyer and I am in prison."...They can be absurd, cynical, poetic, sarcastic, or unexpected, and their importance is undeniable. The opening line has the power to draw you into a book in anticipation of the the words that follow. Here we have collected some of the most evocative opening lines, which may influence your next choice of a book to read.

The production of new series is now moving at a high speed. Whether the new show will be a success or a flop is usually obvious within a few episodes. Nevertheless, some series have become really iconic and unforgettable. Check out the best of them.

Gone are the days when banks or Angel Investors were the only sources of money to start a business. Crowdfunding has became a motto for today’s entrepreneurs. The following list doesn't have the objective of highlighting the ones that pulled in the most money, but will rather draw attention to the most interesting, or the most useful respecting their potential impact on the average person.

In many countries, specially Asian countries, rice is the essential ingredient in many dishes. Apart from the obvious cooked rice there is an unlimited range of delicious dishes that will satisfy your taste buds and persuade you that rice is far more than just a side dish. Just make sure to use the right rice for the various cuisines and dishes.

Because travel for pleasure doesn't have to end with the onset of autumn, we continue our virtual tour through individual countries via photographs.  Following Russia, which we featured last week, we continue this week with a visit to Canada, another spectacular and multicultural country, this one with two official languages.

Last week we re-started our regular fortnightly bulletin of festivals around the world. Don't miss the most engaging events from the fields of music, dance, film, and many others.  The following events are scheduled for the second half of September.

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