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 ...

How to pack for a weekend city break using only hand luggage – a definitive checklist

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[Image source] Last weekend, a few close friends of mine and I escaped on a weekend visit to beautiful Berlin. We had managed to nab a flight at a really good price on a budget airline and visit what currently seems to be the coolest city in Europe. The problem with budget flights, though, is that ...

How to pack for an overnight hospital stay

¬† [Image source]   Illness is not something I - or anybody else - particularly like to talk about. It's painful and depressing and I would rather spend my time discussing more productive things. Unfortunately, however, there may come a time when you may have to spend the night in hospital following surgery. I found myself in this ...

Pimp Your Memory: How to Build a Mind Palace like Sherlock Holmes

You've all seen that scene in the Baskerville episode of BBC's Sherlock (if you haven't, you're missing out, mate) where the show is about to reach its climax and Sherlock, in that flat, bitchy tone we've all come to love, commands: "Get out. I need to go to my Mind Palace." John Watson explains it's a ...

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 ...