Culture &amp; Lifestyle http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/18775/all en Surfin' Swamis http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/india/081212/surfin-swamis <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Catching waves, and spirituality, in India's emerging surfer culture </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jason Overdorf </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/india">NEW DELHI</a>, India — Swami Bhakti Gaurava Narasingha paddles hard and drops into a 6-foot wave off the coast of Mangalore in South India. </p> <p>As the 61-year-old surfer cuts left and races down the face of the wave spiralling toward the wastewater treatment plant up the beach, half a dozen local fishermen look on with bemused fascination at the aging white dude, who also goes by his given name of Jack Hebner. </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/india/081212/surfin-swamis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Asia-Pacific Culture & Lifestyle India Fri, 12 Dec 2008 19:49:05 +0000 Jason Overdorf 2259 at http://www.globalpost.com For Which It Stands: Sports http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/sports/090103/which-it-stands-sports <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can the new president bring home the gold to Chicago? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Starr </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Amid a vast array of global crises that will severely test the new Obama administration, there may be some small comfort for the president-elect in how his election already appears to have reversed one distressing international trend: America&rsquo;s diminished stature in the Olympic movement.<br />&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/sports/090103/which-it-stands-sports" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Americas Culture & Lifestyle Thu, 08 Jan 2009 04:02:29 +0000 Mark Starr 6417 at http://www.globalpost.com Recession and the rings http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/sports/090103/recession-and-the-rings <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Does hosting the Olympics really pay? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Starr </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Back on this date in 1981, on the cusp of the Reagan era, it may have seemed like morning here in America. But at the very same time, the international Olympic movement looked out ahead and saw nothing but clouds on every horizon. As real-world crises kept intruding on and overshadowing the world&rsquo;s quadrennial sports celebration, the future of the Olympics increasingly appeared fraught with peril.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/sports/090103/recession-and-the-rings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Culture & Lifestyle Thu, 08 Jan 2009 23:52:21 +0000 Mark Starr 6418 at http://www.globalpost.com Mark Starr http://www.globalpost.com/bio/mark-starr <div class="field field-type-text field-field-biofirstname"> <div class="field-label">First Name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-biolastname"> <div class="field-label">Last Name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Starr </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size: 10pt; color: blue"><br /> Please note: The information in this bio may not be current.</span></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-biophoto"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-png" alt="image/png icon" src="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/all/modules/contrib/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/default/files/Mark Starr.png" type="image/png; length=56724">Mark Starr.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-bioglobalblog"><legend>Global Blog</legend><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-bioblogenable"> <div class="field-label">Enable:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-syndication"><legend>Syndication</legend><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-striphtml"> <div class="field-label">Strip HTML:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/bio/mark-starr" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Culture & Lifestyle Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000 8468 at http://www.globalpost.com Despite slowdown, polo is big business in Argentina http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/argentina/090109/despite-slowdown-polo-big-business-argentina <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kevin Gray </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) &mdash; As eight horses and riders galloped in pursuit of a wooden ball one recent afternoon, U.S. movie director Robert Duvall rubbed shoulders with Argentine former soccer star Gabriel Batistuta.</p> <p>The celebrities were on hand to help promote a multimillion dollar project aimed at capitalizing on Argentina's position as the world's top destination for polo, a game that could be described as field hockey on horseback.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/argentina/090109/despite-slowdown-polo-big-business-argentina" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Argentina Americas Culture & Lifestyle Fri, 09 Jan 2009 20:38:19 +0000 Kevin Gray 10692 at http://www.globalpost.com English football and the credit crunch http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/united-kingdom/090111/english-football-and-the-credit-crunch <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Why should you root for Man U? You own it. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON &mdash; As the scales fall from the eyes of investors around the world and they look at the ruins of their portfolios, spare a thought for soccer fans in England. Most won't have lost their retirement nest eggs (they weren't rich enough to have them) but many of their teams are stuck in the middle of the economic maelstrom.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/united-kingdom/090111/english-football-and-the-credit-crunch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Europe Culture & Lifestyle United Kingdom Sun, 11 Jan 2009 22:43:18 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 16122 at http://www.globalpost.com A cricket lover's lament http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/pakistan/090111/cricket-lovers-lament <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The effects of the Mumbai terror attacks are being felt in the stadiums of India and Pakistan. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shahan Mufti </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LAHORE, Pakistan &mdash; South Asia is home to many religions but probably none more widespread and sacred than cricket.</p> <p>America has always been agnostic, if not completely atheist about the sport. But then most of the world has never had much faith in baseball and has always snickered at the fact its ultimate annual contest is called the World Series.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/pakistan/090111/cricket-lovers-lament" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia-Pacific Culture & Lifestyle India Pakistan Mon, 19 Jan 2009 12:23:51 +0000 Shahan Mufti 16332 at http://www.globalpost.com Does the Super Bowl define America? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/america-and-the-world/090116/does-the-super-bowl-define-america <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Columnist Mark Starr goes deep on football as a metaphor for America. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Starr </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Almost from the birth of this nation, there has been a cottage industry in explaining America to the world &mdash; and, no less important, to Americans themselves.</p> <p>The French have been particularly adept at this. And long after Alexis de Tocqueville, but well before Bernard-Henri Levy, the cultural historian Jacques Barzun opined that to understand the heart and mind of America, you had to understand baseball. It certainly sounded plausible and, in a simpler, more homogenous America, might possibly have been true.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/america-and-the-world/090116/does-the-super-bowl-define-america" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Americas Culture & Lifestyle Fri, 30 Jan 2009 01:59:12 +0000 Mark Starr 58870 at http://www.globalpost.com Why tennis is in the doldrums http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/sports/090120/why-tennis-the-doldrums <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Australian Open puts the spotlight on the changing game. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Starr </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The 2008 tennis season certainly didn&rsquo;t lack for highlights.</p> <p>On the men&rsquo;s side, there was: the one-for-the-ages Wimbledon final between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer; Nadal taking over the number-one ranking after Federer&rsquo;s record, 237-week run at the top that approached five years; and Federer&rsquo;s U.S. Open triumph that brought him within one of Pete Sampras&rsquo; record 14 Grand Slam titles.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/sports/090120/why-tennis-the-doldrums" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Culture & Lifestyle Tue, 20 Jan 2009 23:21:19 +0000 Mark Starr 129211 at http://www.globalpost.com It's like Lake Placid, with wild tigers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/china-and-its-neighbors/090123/its-lake-placid-wild-tigers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Welcome to extreme winter tourism, China-style, in frozen Harbin. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kathleen E. McLaughlin </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><style type="text/css"> div.leadphoto { display:none; }</style><p> HARBIN, China &mdash; Amy Chen waited in line for an hour on the long, frigid staircase made of ice, shivering in the subzero night air. When her turn finally came, she jumped onto a hard blue plastic sled for a 30-second zip down a straight, narrow, 1,000-foot luge-like track.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/china-and-its-neighbors/090123/its-lake-placid-wild-tigers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Asia-Pacific China Culture & Lifestyle Mon, 26 Jan 2009 19:44:15 +0000 Kathleen E. McLaughlin 175033 at http://www.globalpost.com Hollywood ending for Beckham? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/sports/090126/hollywood-ending-beckham <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Weighing the pros and cons of an aging soccer phenomenon (and marketing property). </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Starr </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>On Sunday David Beckham scored his first goal in the uniform of AC Milan. It was hardly a critical goal, only sealing a 4-1 victory against lowly Bologna that keeps his team in the chase right behind Inter Milan and Juventus.</p> <p>But it gives the English star the remarkable distinction of having scored for fabled teams in all three of Europe&rsquo;s elite leagues &mdash; with Manchester United in England&rsquo;s Premiership, with Real Madrid in Spain&rsquo;s La Liga and with AC Milan in Italy&rsquo;s Serie A &mdash; not to mention in America&rsquo;s Major League Soccer.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/sports/090126/hollywood-ending-beckham" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Culture & Lifestyle Mon, 26 Jan 2009 20:58:32 +0000 Mark Starr 219485 at http://www.globalpost.com Empire exhibits hold lessons for America http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/united-kingdom/090201/empire-exhibits-hold-lessons-america <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The British Museum looks at Babylon while the Royal Academy examines Byzantium. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> LONDON&nbsp;&mdash; Babylon, Rome, Byzantium ... and America.&nbsp;Empire has been a hot topic of discussion in this decade, particularly since the United States became bogged down in the deserts of Iraq.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/united-kingdom/090201/empire-exhibits-hold-lessons-america" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Culture & Lifestyle United Kingdom Sun, 01 Feb 2009 22:30:24 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 266154 at http://www.globalpost.com The dark side http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/canada/090203/the-dark-side <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> After recent fights result in death and injury, Canada debates its tradition of hockey violence. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sandro Contenta </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>TORONTO&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;Canadians have an almost irritating reputation for being tolerant and polite. But in hockey, their dark side spills out.</p> <p>Calls to curb violence in Canada&rsquo;s national sport are almost as old as the game itself. But there&rsquo;s new urgency to the debate: Statistics indicate a 24 percent increase in fighting in the National Hockey League this season, and two punch-ups in its feeder leagues have had terrifying results.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/canada/090203/the-dark-side" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Americas Canada Culture & Lifestyle Wed, 04 Feb 2009 15:18:48 +0000 Sandro Contenta 267482 at http://www.globalpost.com Where Chelsea means ka-ching http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/sports/090203/where-chelsea-means-cha-ching <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Why wealthy soccer teams will weather the global financial crisis. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> William Echikson </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON &mdash; More than 40,000 spectators packed the sparkling Stamford Bridge stadium on a cold, rainy Wednesday evening. Most paid more than 60 pounds ($86) a ticket. They did not come to see a top-flight struggle of soccer titans, but a one-sided match-up between ubur-rich and talented Chelsea against a plodding and struggling Middlesbrough. (It would be the equivalent of going to see the Tigers play the Yankees in their new stadium.)</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/sports/090203/where-chelsea-means-cha-ching" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Europe Culture & Lifestyle United Kingdom Tue, 03 Feb 2009 22:47:48 +0000 William Echikson 267528 at http://www.globalpost.com The greatest ever? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/sports/090206/the-greatest-ever <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> According to Mark Starr, Nadal will go down as the greatest tennis player in history. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Starr </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Following the spectacular final to the Australian Open, sportswriters finished analyzing Roger Federer's crying and resumed debating: Who is the greatest tennis player ever?</p> <p>Federer shed copious tears after losing the final in five sets to Rafael Nadal. And who could blame him? He had come to Melbourne hoping to capture his 14th career Grand Slam title, which would have tied Pete Sampras&rsquo; career record, and everything seemed to be pointing his way.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/sports/090206/the-greatest-ever" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Culture & Lifestyle Sat, 07 Feb 2009 16:22:37 +0000 Mark Starr 272334 at http://www.globalpost.com