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Home Cooking Made Easy

Lorraine Pascale is one talented woman. Being discovered at age sixteen, she has enjoyed a glamorous career as a fashion model. A couple of years ago, she started looking for a more dependable livelihood. After several far-out stints as a hypnotherapist and a car mechanic, she finally discovered her true […]

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The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking

Over the last decades, the self-help industry has become booming business, filling numerous shelves in every local bookshop. For example, even those without special interest in this field could not have escaped the amount of success The Secret achieved in 2006. The law of attraction portrayed in this book, or simply […]

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Rome: An Empire’s Story

History has a broad appeal – whether it be in books, cinema, television, or even gaming. Certainly in the last five years, epic stories involving history’s heroes and villains – always embroiled in their grandiose wars and devious plots – have experienced a resurgent popularity. The story of the Roman […]

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How to be a Victorian

Writing about any period in history is not without its challenges. To try and describe the sights and sounds that make an era, while staying aware of the historical distance between then and now is a balancing act. We should take care not to let our modern notions cloud our […]

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Outdated: Why Dating Is Ruining Your Love Life

Samhita Mukhopadhyay knows what she is doing: she is the editor of a well know feminist website, and her book Why dating is ruining your love life sets out to explain the reasons why contemporary dating is based on continuous brainwashing by media, and this, she argues, is done so […]

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He Korero: Words Between Us

This is the story of how language was first recorded on paper in New Zealand. Prior to Pakeha (white settlers) coming to New Zealand, there was only spoken Maori language. When Pakeha arrived to New Zealand, they brought with them things that the Maori had never seen before: cows, sheep, […]

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So…You’re a Creative Genius, Now What?

Creative people can be slightly strange. It’s a calling card, look at David Bowie and Frank Zappa. A blog post by the Author Carl King Ten Myths About Introverts, had gone viral. It seemed to hit a massive nerve with a lot of people, myself included. It seemed that there […]

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The Tree That Bleeds

In February 1997, a riot shook China to its core which reverberated across the world. This riot, between the Han and Uighur ethnic groups, took place in the town of Yining. At the time, western media were denied entry and relied upon grainy smuggled footage and shaky testimonials.  Eyewitness accounts […]

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The Possessed

Elif Batuman’s The Possessed is funny, downright hilarious even at times. Like the description of the scholars squabbling over a dinner table at the Babel conference in the opening chapter of the book or the trip to St Petersburg to report about the modern-day replica of Anna Ivanovna’s Ice Palace […]