Tags archives: life

Creativity Has to Find You Working

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I would consider myself a ‘creative’ person, but then again, wouldn't everyone? We’re all born into this world, with minimal understanding of our limits, using our full heart and being our free and unapologetic selves. It’s only over time we learn that editing out the bad and keeping only ‘good’ things is the acceptable thing to do. What we don’t learn is, w[...]

Transcending Evil

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History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives. -Abba Eban (Israeli diplomat, politician and author) Probably, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilisation, we must make our choice; we can't have both.  -Abraham Flexener (American Educator)  We are divided as a species and yet we hav[...]

Funding Calais

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On 2nd September an image of three year old Aylan Kurdi washed up dead in a beach in Turkey after the boat he was travelling on with his family capsized was published online and caused huge international uproar. The response was astounding, and despite how the Syrian Civil War began in 2011, that image alone was enough to shock people into action. A simple [...]

The Scared is Scared: A Child's Life Advice

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As adults we often overcomplicate things, which is why this short film by Bianca Giaever is so refreshing. The Scared is Scared is a beautiful, simple look at the world through the eyes of a young child. Bianca asks six year old, Asa Baker-Rouse, "do you have any stories that you'd want to be a movie" to which Asa responds with a heart-warming story creat[...]

Tainted: A Perspective on Life

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The window that we look through, the that we all look through, is tainted. We cover ourselves with the negative that is present in the world. Every person in power is seen with an eye of distrust, deception and lies. Every man on the sen as a potential threat. The clothes we wear is seen as a judge of our inner personality. Every beggar  is seen as a cheat.[...]

Getting Started, Getting Here

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"That's it," I said, sitting back and looking round at my friends. "That's what I'm going to do. I'm going to live in the woods". It was the early autumn of 2012, three of us sat in my friend's room having just watched 'Into the Wild'. The other two agreed enthusiastically. Phrases like "it would be great", "totally amazing" and "me too!" were thrown aroun[...]

Photographer Interview: Francesca Beltran

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What’s your story?  Describe your practise in a nutshell. In a nutshell, I have always been obsessed with music and traveling, and my work is the result of my attempt to incorporate these two passions into my professional life. Photography has always been my way to capture the world around me and to express myself creatively but it took me a while to look a[...]

Tim Minchin's Nine Life Lessons

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Happiness is like an orgasm; if you think too much about it, it goes away. The source of this truism is cited below: Tim Minchin, University of Western Australia, 2013. I remember watching clips of Tim Minchin singing the role of Judas from Jesus Christ Superstar on Youtube.  And isn’t he the guy who wrote the Tony-award-winning musical, Matilda?  Ac[...]

Photographer Interview: Simon Martin

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Tell us a little about yourself and your work. I live in a small town called Sittingbourne and work as a freelance photographer. What I'm interested in photographically are people's passions, I like to meet people who enjoy what they do for one reason or another, I think I feed off their interests and it satisfies my need to learn. What drew you to mini go[...]

The Last Days of Winter: A Playlist

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If, like me, you're cooped up inside all day, you're wishing it was summer, or Seasonally Affected Disorder is rearing it's ugly head; let this playlist act as some faux-Vitamin-D. Listen to these tracks and pretend it's warm outside. Call it a sun dance if you will. Hello - The Cat Empire Folding Chair - Regina Spektor July - Natty Sittin' on the[...]

What do you want to be when you grow up?

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All children get asked it. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” A vet. A lawyer. A dancer. A mechanic. Some ballsy kids will answer “a tree” or “a cat”. You go, kids. What do I want to be want to be when I grow up? Try happy. Fulfilled. Give this answer and the asker will retort, “no, no, what do you want to be? What job do you want?” OK, so that’s a[...]

No Ball Games: An Ode to the Council Estate

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It’s the sort of noise dodgy electrical equipment makes in a silent room. There isn’t the damp sweet green smell that you have in the summer evenings in the country; it’s a dense, very warm and very human air. The air can be cloying and comforting, like the city that it’s produced in. It’s the smell of hot tarmac, and the creamy E-number laced taste of a scr[...]

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