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Review: The Ghosts Of Belfast by Stuart Neville

I have been meaning to read The Ghosts Of Belfast (originally published as The Twelve in Britain) for quite some time now. I actually remember reading parts of the book on the authors blog before the book was ever published, when it was still a work in progress. So why has it taken me this

You Will Succeed At Anything If You Have These Two Things

  If someone asked me what I thought the key to success was in any endeavor, I would reply: “Two things. Firstly, know exactly why you are doing what you are doing. Secondly, develop a thick skin.” Over the years, I have learned the vital importance of having those two key things in place. All

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Marijuana: Does It Make You A Better Writer?

  I have a confession to make. For the last twenty odd years, I have been smoking weed every night of the week. I also confess to loving it. I don’t drink or do any other drugs (any more), so smoking weed is like my one “vice”, although I don’t think of smoking weed as

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Why The Internet Might Be Changing Your Brain For The Worse

  Following on from my last article about how the internet sucks these days, I would like to discuss in this article the toxic relationship we have with the internet now, and some of the negative consequences of that relationship. If you value your brain, you are going to want to hear this.   The

Warning: The Internet Sucks

I have been wondering about the internet lately. I’m wondering why the internet these days feels like a corporate playground, just another weapon of mass distraction like TV and print media. I’m old enough to remember the days before the internet came along. I also remember well the feelings of excitement I had when I

H.R. Giger: A Visual Appreciation Of A Dark Master’s Work

H.R. Giger’s work has always fascinated me-as it has many people-right from when I first saw Alien at a young age (I think I was seven when I saw the movie for the first time). There is just something amazingly unique about Giger’s work that makes it incredibly striking to look at. Looking at Giger’s

Why Nile Are The Best Death Metal Band In The World

When I was young and in my teens and twenties, I was deeply passionate about my beloved metal music. I drank it in deeply and I was passionate about many different bands. As I have grown older however (I’m forty-one now), I found I have lost much of the passion I once had for metal.

4 Simple But Effective Ways To Give Yourself A Break And Achieve More

You are your own worst ememy and you know it. Admit it. You are a complete bastard towards yourself most of the time. If you treated other people the way you treat yourself, everyone would hate you. So why do you insist on treating yourself in this way? Because you are human, that’s why. It

4 Ways To Find Hope And Meaning In A Fucked Up World

One of the most eye opening documentary’s I have ever watched is one called The Corporation. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can watch it in the video below. I remember being shocked and astounded at the information in that film. Not that I thought big corporations were run by angels before then, but