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Weekly Review: Nelson Mandela & the World Cup Draw

The Death of a Legend

Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa and human rights campaigner, died at 95 of a lung infection. Well, even the kids feeding on the content of their stockings know that. People of all races and religions have mourned the loss but celebrated the work of the activist.

However, the Czech prime minister committed a big faux pas, when microphones overheard him say he was ‘dreading' going to the funeral. He apologized to the media, reportedly via a text message. Even children would agree that such conduct does not make a good impression, in memory of a man who went through much more torment than a journey to South Africa.

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15 Best Christmas Gift Ideas

No one likes being squashed around shops on Oxford Street in December. It's much nicer to sit in your living room with a glass of wine and buy all your presents online. However, the last online shopping day for Christmas is rapidly approaching, so you'd better hurry.

To help you out we've gathered together some brilliant gift ideas for all the family. Though we've sorted them into categories, of course, who are we to say that your sister wouldn't want a football shirt, or your Dad wouldn't want a tea set.

Make sureyou also check out our full Online Christmas Shop.

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Popular Casinos in Edinburgh to Visit

Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and it has a great deal of history behind its walls. As you get to the city you can feel its vibe and just how great of a place it is to visit. Take for example the view of the castle- you can see it anywhere in Edinburgh. The castle is beautiful in its own right and even better when it stands proudly above the entire city.

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From St Nicholas to St Andrew: Patron Saint Celebrations

On Saturday it was St. Andrew's Day, celebrated in Scotland as their patron saint. On the same day in Slovakia it is the name's day of Ondrej, which is the central European version of Andrew. Both refer to the St Andrew apostle who was crucified on an X shaped cross. He never made it to Scotland, but his bones were carried there by other missionaries. And St Andrew's cross has been the national symbol of the country long before whisky, kilts and the deep fried Mars Bar appeared.

In Slovakia, St Ondrej was associated with folk customs. Girls used to pour hot iron into water and the shape of the solidification determined the profession of their future husband. If it was a gun, he would be a soldier, a hammer stands for a smith and so on. There were more traditions, like preparing the cattle for the winter and starting the Christmas cooking and decorating. With the confectionary and trees on display from October in Slovakia, we can raise a glass with our friends, being a few weeks ahead with the Christmas preparations.

However, the traditions are surviving only in regions where folklore is more resistant to alcohol intoxication than commerce. Let me explain. Having a beer in a Scottish pub in central Bratislava on the 30th, I was one of the few who took any notice of St Andrew's Day. Most of folks were looking forward to St Nicholas Day, six days later than St Andrew's (which I wrote about last year).

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Olympic Diver Tom Daley Reveals Relationship with Man

One of Britain's biggest sports stars Tom Daley revealed yesterday that he is in a relationship with a man. In a YouTube video, the London 2012 bronze medallist said: "In spring this year my life changed massively when I met someone, and they make me feel so happy, so safe and everything just feels great. That someone is a guy".

In the personal video, which has already had more than 4.5million views, the diving star goes on to explain:

"It did take me by surprise a little bit. It was always in the back of my head that something like that could happen. But it wasn't until spring this year that something just clicked. It felt right and I thought 'OK'. And my whole world changed there and then."

You can watch the whole moving video below.

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