Life

How to Make it in North Korea

Sunday March 11, 2018

North Korean capitalists? It may sound like an oxymoron, but a new breed of entrepreneurs is introducing retail therapy into the Hermit Kingdom. 

We've sent our Smith Scouts out in search of gifts. From a smoky sauce made from a special kind of mould to a skateboard emblazoned with Warhol-esque tomato soup cans – we think there's something here for everyone (including yourself). 

From refusals to renounce the devil to petitions for a toothpick, and a better last supper, these famous folk really aced their exits.

The poignant, funny, poetic last words of Humphrey Bogart, Marie Antoinette, Thomas Edison and Emily Dickinson (now that'd make a good dinner party...). 

The Secret of How to Survive the 9-5

Tuesday February 13, 2018

German philosopher Joseph Pieper had a lot to say about work and play – and it’s strangely just as relevant now as it was in 1948 when he wrote it. We’ve summed up the vibe of the thing here.   

We were a bit taken by this traffic intersection footage. It's much more mesmerising than it sounds (promise).

Talk about music to your ears – Turkey’s ‘whistled language’ is perfect for chatting with friends across steep mountain valleys. But its days may be numbered, thanks to SMS and instant messenger. 

So – we recommend taking a week off work to explore some of the jaw-dropping footage just released from Princeton Uni's archive. Some of these recordings were deemed so fragile, they came close to never seeing the light of day at all. 

Smith's New Year's Drinking Guide

Saturday December 30, 2017

Here's what our writers will be drinking this NYE to cap things off.

A Festivus for the Restivus

Sunday December 24, 2017

Looking for some Christmas cheer? Here's our guide to the best TV to get you through the day/season.