Best party cities in Europe


Europe has some of the best nightlife in the world, as well as some of the most unique party scenes. You have the underground night clubs, the bars in abandoned buildings, the subculture hangouts and beachside festivals. So head over to to get yourself some health insurance and hop on the next plane to these crazy places.

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Automakers with the Highest Recall Rates


Every time you purchase a new automobile, you are making an investment. While not necessarily a long-term investment like a house or market investment, selecting the right vehicle requires many considerations. You will undoubtedly want to look at the true cost of ownership, as well as the quality of the warranty, how much safety the vehicle provides and a dozen other issues before making your final decision. Not all auto manufacturers have equally great track records with their lineups, which means you should consider their past records when making any decision for your future. Automobile recall rates can provide a bit of insight into the likelihood that your vehicle will hold its value, be safe and otherwise run reliably. Below is a list of the automakers with the highest recall rates in the United States.

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How to Support a Spouse with an Addiction Problem


Dealing with a spouse who is struggling with a substance addiction can be one of the lowest points in a marriage. Individuals become addicted to drugs, alcohol and other substances for a variety of different reasons, including mental health issues and other underlying problems which often leave people feeling tlike they have no other choice but to turn to drugs or alcohol in order to feel better. However, a substance addiction may bring about temporary relief for the user, but in the long term, it is hugely damaging to both the individual’s health and their relationships with others.

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Drink of the Week: The Modern Cocktail

The Modern Cocktail.Since famed cocktail super-historian David Wondrich tells us that it dates back to 1905, clearly the Modern Cocktail hasn’t been particularly modern for a very long time. Indeed, at least up to now, it’s been an absolute obscurity, one that I personally hadn’t encountered until last week. And Wondrich is definitely right that it hasn’t been making its way into your better bars the way so many other of the better rediscovered cocktails have in recent years. He seems to chalk it up to the odd hodgepodge of ingredients, and that may well be correct.

In any case, I agree with him that the Modern Cocktail might not be any more newfangled than an Old Fashioned, but it is amazingly rich and delicious. Let’s keep it simple this week and just get right into it.

The Modern Cocktail

1 or 1 1/2 ounce Scotch whiskey
1 or 1 1/2 ounce sloe gin (probably Plymouth Sloe Gin)
1 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon superfine sugar
1 dash absinthe (I use an eye dropper; a shaker bottle might be ideal)
1 dash orange bitters
1 cocktail cherry (fun garnish)

Combine the liquid ingredients and easily dissolved sugar in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Shake quite vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Contemplate the likelihood that even having easy access to ice must have seemed incredibly modern at some point.

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Movie Review: “Jackie”

Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, John Hurt
Pablo Larraín

“Jackie” is a breath of fresh air for a biopic. Unlike other films in the subgenre, this isn’t a series of CliffsNotes or the greatest hits of a former first lady’s life, but rather an entirely subjective, visceral, upsetting and sometimes beautiful experience. Director Pablo Larraín and screenwriter Noah Oppenheim have crafted a dazzling 99-minute drama.

For the most part, Oppenheim’s script focuses on Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman) following the assassination of her husband and President of the United States, John F. Kennedy (Caspar Phillipson), which we experience via a framing device where Jackie tells her side of the story to a journalist (Billy Crudup) about what occurred and what she was feeling at the time. She’s surrounded by people throughout most of the movie – brother-in-law Bobby Kennedy (Peter Sarsgaard), Social Secretary and close friend Nancy Tuckerman (Greta Gerwig), a priest (John Hurt) and Bill Walton (Richard E. Grant), to name a few important figures – but she’s portrayed as deeply alone and hurting, and Larraín and Portman make that pain tangible. She has to go from trying to pick up her husband’s brain, to witnessing Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson (John Carroll Lynch) be sworn into office, to then trying to arrange a funeral that’ll help maintain her husband’s legacy.

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