Sideways Glance

The World is a curious place, and we mean that in more ways than one. Events around the globe always raise a lot of questions here in our Boston newsroom. Some of the questions we ask tackle a story head on - the who, what, when and where. But other questions, usually the why, can lead down less traveled, more interesting roads. And that's where Sideways Glance comes in. One of us finds a global story that hits us where we live – that makes us do a double, or even triple take, and then we dig in to learn more. The result? You can often find out more about a person, place or thing by taking a Sideways Glance than by looking at it straight on. The World's Clark Boyd serves as curator of our Sideways Glance segment.

Sports

How one American in Brussels is dealing with the upcoming World Cup clash between the US and Belgium

No more ties. No more "losing," but still "winning." All bets are off at the World Cup in Brazil, and if you lose, you're going home. So now that it's serious, it means that Americans overseas have to decide where their loyalties lie. From his perch in a Brussels cafe, The World's Clark Boyd comes to terms with Tuesday's clash between the US and Belgium.

Arts, Culture & Media

You wouldn't believe the situations a hard-working Lego photographer finds himself in

Everything is Awesome. That's the theme song to The Lego Movie, a recently released film that imagines a richly detailed life for its animated minifigure characters. But what's it like to be a working Lego stiff, a one-and-a-half-inch tall freelance Lego photographer? Andrew Whyte's been finding out. He's been carrying around a little Lego man for more than a year, photographing him every day, rain or shine.

Arts, Culture & Media

How the sands of time have almost swallowed a German ghost town in the Namibian desert

French photographer Romain Veillon has a thing for taking pictures of abandoned places. And you can't get much more abandoned than Kolmanskop, a German diamond mining town in Namibia that became a virtual ghost town in the early 1950s. Veillon visited Kolmanskop last summer, and returned to France with 4,500 photos of a place where time, but not sand, has stood still for decades.