Alice Underground: Down the Rabbithole and into Wonderland

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[Grace Carter as Alice - image source] In order to mark the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's beloved classic, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the subterranean Vaults at Waterloo have been beautifully transformed into a sprawling underland... wonderworld... wonderground. No, no, that's all wrong, I'm certain! I must have been changed for Mabel! Produced by Les Enfants Terribles/Emma Brunjes ...

40 untranslatable words we should all be using

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[image source] I love words. I really, really love words. Their silent power to evoke reactions - some intellectual, some emotional, some even visceral. I love words - those arbitrary combinations of sounds which are at the core of language, which are so heavy with meaning. The love of words is a truth universal to all the ...

So long, 2013; hello, 2014

[Ta' Xbiex, Malta; August 2013] Dear 2013: You were quite rubbish and I'll be really happy to bid you farewell tonight. From frustrated unemployment to medical emergencies, you really hammered in those nails nice and hard. You've brought sadness, death, misplacement and a whole bunch of wtf. But sitting around wallowing in emotional debris has never helped ...

Mind hacks: 8 ways to be smarter

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I don't believe that intelligence is a thing reserved only for an elite percentage of people. I think that reasoning is either an excuse intended to justify ignorance, or a genuinely-held belief which only serves as a wall between a person and their potential. True, some people are luckier than others, in that they have ...

9 dystopian novels you should be reading

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1. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell (1949) "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen..." From its unsettling opening sentence to its final statement (one you will never forget), 1984 is the perfect warning against giving up too many of our freedoms in exchange for what we perceive as security. Set ...

Reading List: The Catcher in the Rye

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  I first read The Catcher in the Rye when I was a 15-year-old misfit. The story or, rather, musings, of the young Holden Caulfield struck a chord with me, as with millions of other people who have found the book during an opportune time in their lives. Caulfield gave a voice to the edgy, slightly neurotic, ...

How to entertain yourself for free (or very cheaply) in London

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Moving to a new city can be an intimidating experience for anyone, especially if your new city is one as big and notoriously unfriendly as London (a myth, bythe way). It's easy to opt to stay indoors, or limit yourself to tourist spots, or even rely on your friends for entertainment. But what if you ...

roger bear

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I've always loved reading and when I was a kid, I prized some of my books more than any of my toys. I read them over and over again, memorising the words and committing the illustrations to memory. I loved the smell of the pages and the shapes the words made as they spread out ...