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Brenda Benedict

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23 Mar 2015 | 7:00 AM

Commemorating the patron saint of Ireland in extraordinary ways

St Patrick’s Day is a big deal in the US. From specially dyed rivers and fountains to centuries-old parades, Brenda Benedict joined the revelry.

A man dressed in Irish colours joins revellers as they make their way up 5th Avenue during New York City’s St Patrick’s Day parade on March 17.
9 Mar 2015 | 7:00 AM

Looking cool despite the chill

Miniskirts and shorts as winter wear? Brenda Benedict looks at a fashion trend that gives her goose bumps.

Hardy: A jogger shows he is no winter wimp dressed in a pair of shorts. Photo: Reuters
23 Feb 2015 | 7:00 AM

Why does the US capital quake at the sight of a snowflake?

Why does the American capital quake at the sight of a snowflake?

Snow is cleared around the National Mall near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, Feb 17, 2015. The DC area received several inches of snow effecting public transportation and shutting down the Federal Government. - AFP/Brendan Smialowski
9 Feb 2015 | 7:00 AM

A taste of the Super Bowl

Can’t figure out American football? Neither can Brenda Benedict. But the half-time shows, advertisements and trivia of her maiden Super Bowl kept her entertained.

Jubilant: The New England Patriots Super Bowl victory parade on Feb 4 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX.
26 Jan 2015 | 7:00 AM

Martin Luther King Jr’s dream is still evolving

Jan 19 was Martin Luther King Jr Day. Brenda Benedict visited his memorial in DC and comes away wondering if we’ll move closer to his dream.

People gathering at the wreath-laying ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial in Washington DC to commemorate MLK Day on Jan 19.
12 Jan 2015 | 7:00 AM

Cutting clutter from your life

While decluttering makes for sound advice when starting a new year, our columnist is looking past the tangibles.

Lose it: Clutter manifests itself in various ways.
29 Dec 2014 | 7:00 AM

A conspiracy of love that’s worth spreading

Columnist Brenda Benedict reflects on the vitriol, violence and conspiracy-ridden year that was 2014 and wishes that we could all agree to conspire on just one thing.

Light in the dark: A Pakistani lawyer taking part in a vigil held for schoolchildren and teachers killed in a Taliban school massacre in Peshawar on Dec 16. 2014 was marred by massacres, often carried out supposedly in God’s name.
15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 AM

Prince William – the royal with a cause

Last week, Prince William visited Washington DC for the first time, armed with a worthy cause and a call for action.

Prince William was all smiles and devoid of airs when he greeted the crowd that turned up to meet him.
1 Dec 2014 | 7:00 AM

Black Friday and Cyber Monday tales

Cyber Monday today marks the culmination of a national shopping frenzy that began on Thanksgiving Day last Thursday and continued on Black Friday.

Black Friday heralds the start of the holiday shopping frenzy in the US.
17 Nov 2014 | 7:00 AM

Celebrating valour on Veterans Day in the US

Our columnist looks at the history of Veterans Day, the commemorative offers and events, and the much-hyped ‘Concert for Valour’ in DC.

Crowd-puller: People gathering before the start of Concert for Valour at the National Mall in Washington, DC.