This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more Membership Exclusives here. In 2010, cross-cultural couples – or those involving a native Swede and a foreigner – made up nine percent of all married couples in Sweden. And according to a survey of expats in Sweden by Internations, more foreigners relocate to Sweden to be with their partner than for any other reason: 25 percent of those who responded said they moved to the country for love. This group faces unique challenges, from where to spend Christmas to which language to use with their children, while the partner who relocates must adjust to an entirely new culture, often leaving behind a job, family and friends. So what about the people who uproot their lives for a relationship which later ends? It's not an uncommon situation; the divorce rate among cross-cultural couples is significantly higher than that of both native couples and those where both partners come from the same foreign country, yet … [Read more...] about What happens when you move across the world for love, then break up?
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Rick Kelleher is a big, white-haired, crisply presented man who looks very much the way you’d expect a Boston Irish power broker to look. If you found yourself sitting next to him on a plane, you might notice how he kept the conversation flowing naturally and emphasized his points with the physicality of a great salesman, dramatically raising his eyebrows and cocking his head. On this morning, Kelleher is seated at a back table in the lobby restaurant of the elegant Boston Harbor Hotel, where the server knows exactly how he likes his house-smoked salmon. He carries himself as if he owns the place, and, in a way, he does. Related Links New England’s smallest colleges are struggling Former Mount Ida students sue, accusing college leaders of fraud The college debt crisis is even worse than you think Sitting across the table is a man who is also in his late 60s but who cuts a very different figure. Kumble Subbaswamy — unassuming, of slight build, with … [Read more...] about ‘ZooMass’ no more. Is turning UMass Amherst into an elite university needed?
Viet Nam News Hà Thị Vân Anh is a Vietnamese national living in a country in eastern Europe called Ukraine. She is teaching Ukrainians how to speak Vietnamese. Her students love the language. One of them once told her: “It feels like I was born in Việt Nam. I love the Vietnamese language so much.” By Ngân Bình, for Việt Nam News from Kiev, Ukraine One autumn day, a Vietnamese teacher at a university in Kiev asked me to go for a walk. “I have just completed writing a new curriculum to teach Vietnamese to Ukrainian students. I need some fresh air and time to relax because it’s taken me two months,” said Hà Thị Vân Anh. Walking through the large park under the shadow of big trees and breathing in the fresh air, Anh happily told me the story of her journey as a bank official in Việt Nam to becoming a teacher in the Ukraine. She’d been longing for a breakthrough and had finally … [Read more...] about Love of a language
PUBLISHED: 15:25 26 February 2015 Steve Russell Should women aspire to look like Victoria Beckham or Sophie Dahl? Or should physical curviness - or any physical look - be the last thing we should worry about? Pictures: Dennis Van Tine and Sean Dempsey/PA Curves! Women have them – uniquely in the animal world for females – and often worry about the way they look. Men just seem to appreciate them. Quite a lot. So what the heck is going on? STEVEN RUSSELL gets a quick lesson in the science of curvology Victoria Beckham. Picture: Sean Dempsey/PADavid Bainbridge doesn’t do things by halves when he writes a book. He takes a fundamental aspect of existence that we either don’t much think about or try not to think about, and gives our human biology a good hard look from a zoological approach. As he says, “we are the weirdest and most fascinating species on earth. And only by understanding that weirdness can we understand why humans do … [Read more...] about Curves. Why women have them and why men like them. (And why it’s simpler to be male)
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Larry Edelman Globe Staff December 10, 2018 Good morning and welcome to the working week. This is Talking Points AM for Monday, Dec. 10. Off the topIt was 10 years ago on Tuesday that Bernie Madoff's Mother of All Ponzi Schemes burst into public view. While the headlines blared that investors were on the hook for something like $65 billion, the actual money invested with Madoff turned out to be under $20 billion. Still.It was a sordid and tragic scandal -- and came amid a brutal sell-off in the stock market sparked by the mortgage crisis-turned-housing crisis-turned-banking-crisis-turned-financial crisis. Greed was rampant, and investors were willing to believe in something -- steady, sure-thing profits -- that was too good to be true. It was a fitting disaster for those dark times. More about dark times in a minute.Looking back, The Wall … [Read more...] about Bernie Madoff and the coming stock market apocalypse