The ghosts of London past: Christmas in the capital through the ages

LONDON — Christmas in the capital: you either love it or hate it
Whether you can’t get enough of the festive markets, ice rinks and last minute shopping, or run to the hills as soon as December rolls around, it’s hard to deny London gets a bit more epic at this time of year.
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Getty photographer Peter Macdiarmid has trawled the archives to find iconic pictures of the city at Christmas, and digitally merged them together to show how much the place has — or hasn’t — changed as each new year rolls around.

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13 albums we can't wait to hear in 2015

New year, new music
In 2015, a slew of artists will bless fans with brand new albums. From the surprise return of Modest Mouse to the embattled swan song of Lil Wayne, audiophiles are eagerly awaiting a bunch of new releases
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While we can speculate about the potential return of stars like Adele, Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna, here are 13 albums listeners can definitely spin in 2015. Read more…
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Apple Watch coming in spring 2015, report says

When Tim Cook unveiled the Apple Watch in September, he teased an “early 2015” launch date. But a new statement uncovered on Sunday indicates that we may have to wait a little longer — try spring
The new time window comes via a report from 9to5Mac, which obtained a transcript of an internal Apple video statement from Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores, addressing the company’s employees.
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“We’re going into the holiday, we’ll go into Chinese New Year, and then we’ve got a new watch launch coming in the spring,” reads the transcript of Ahrendts’ video message obtained by a source in contact with the site Read more…More about Apple, Wearables, Wearable Tech, Tech, and Apps Software

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29-year-old Brittany Maynard chose to die on Saturday

Brittany Maynard, the woman behind a heartbreaking video campaign in which she told the world she had chosen to die, ended her life on Saturday with lethal prescription drugs.
The 29-year-old was diagnosed on New Year’s Day with terminal brain cancer and given six months to live. Maynard and her husband, Dan Diaz, decided to move from California to Oregon, as the state has assisted-suicide laws which give terminally ill patients the option to end their lives
It was there that Maynard decided she would end her life on Nov. 1, two days after her husband’s birthday and less than three weeks before her 30th birthday Read more…More about Us World, Us, Videos, Health Fitness, and Brittany Maynard

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On 35th Anniversary of Diplomatic Ties With U.S., China Tries to Soften Image

China has moved to expand friendly cultural exchanges with the United States and promote a series of prominent collaborations in music, dance and education, particularly in New York.

NYTimes New Year's Eve

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