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If I’m going to be honest, I dropped the ball with music this year. I didn’t listen to the new Belle and Sebastian, Passion Pit, or Three Days Grace. I didn’t even know Third Eye Blind and Foo Fighters had new albums out. (I know, my music taste is all over the place). If I didn’t hear it on the radio or find it while browsing through iTunes, it slipped off my radar. But there were a handful of songs that dominated my playlist this year, and some of them surprised even me. 1. New Rush – Gin Wigmore No…

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I read a LOT in 2015, and I have my Kindle to think for that. I used to be vocal about how much I love holding a book (still do) and would never read a book on a screen (I did), but convenience won out in the end. I’ve run out of storage space for my beloved books, Kindle books are often cheaper, I have more options of books to buy on a Kindle, and I can carry all my books with me everywhere I go. Technology is a cruel beast. Despite having read so many books this year, I…

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You may have noticed I’ve taken (another) hiatus from the blog for the past few months. It’s not for lack of anything to say or because I’ve become lazy or because of mysterious, unexplainable personal reasons. The reasons are all good – I’ve been busy working! As you know, I quit my job earlier this year to become a full time writer, and things have been so busy for me on the work front ever since. I’ve been published on The Swaddle (a new parenting website) and Unmapped (a very cool magazine that tells hidden stories from around the world)…

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Every week I bring you five articles from around the world that make your morning coffee break just a little more interesting. Reading List: Looking for new books to read? Who better to get recommendations from than the master himself. Stephen King’s reading list has books by authors like Raymond Carver, Alex Garland, Pete Hamill, and Kurt Vonnegut. There are even three Harry Potter books on the list! It’s time to bookmark the link and get reading. Childless: An increasing number of women (and men) are choosing not to have children. Their reasons vary, but they all boil down to…

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Shazam is an app that has made my life easier and my wallet lighter. With the touch of a button I can find out the name of any song I like, and if the iTunes Gods are in my corner then they’re in my playlist as soon as I get home. The iTunes Gods are not in my corner when it comes to Benjamin Francis Leftwich. Shine, from his 2011 album Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm, is a peaceful and melodic song that has me swaying every time I hear it. The acoustic guitar and uncomplicated rhythm provide a refreshing…

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Every week I bring you five articles from around the world that make your morning coffee break just a little more interesting. In-flight Entertainment: I don’t know about you, but when I’m on a plane – long flight or short – I like to be left alone. Even when I’m travelling with others, I prefer to be left to my own devices during the flight. I watch movies, read books, listen to music, and even go to sleep if the flight is long (or late) enough. It’s a few hours of solitude despite being cramped and achy and tired. So…

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The recent news that the next season of Downton Abbey will be the last is a little frustrating. I understand the whole “go out while you’re on top” thing and “leave people wanting more not less”, but they have so many more stories to tell! Will poor Bates and Anna finally catch a break? Will Lady Mary finally stop being a giant b*tch? (Doubtful). Will Tom realise he can’t live without the Crawleys and move back to England? So many questions, so little time. It also got me thinking of other shows that I used to love. Some ended right…

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Every week I bring you five articles from around the world that make your morning coffee break just a little more interesting. Film Photography Flashback: We live in an era that’s all about instant gratification, and digital photography is no exception. You can take a quick pic on your phone and upload it to Instagram within seconds or share it with your friends on Whatsapp. You can take a photo on your fancy camera and check the screen immediately to see whether you need to take another one. But do you remember the days of film cameras, when you wouldn’t…

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For no apparent reason I thought of Roxette today. Do you remember them of Joyride fame? I checked my iTunes playlist and saw that I had no Roxette songs on there, and I immediately remedied this and added it to my ’90s playlist. And, because iTunes is famous for sucking time out of my day, I started listening to a lot of the playlist and was on a nostalgia trip. The ’90s had some really cool music! Several hours later I had two different ’90s music playlists – the stuff that’s solid, good music even two decades later, and the…

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Every week I bring you five articles from around the world that make your morning coffee break just a little more interesting. Stealing Millions: Art heists fascinate me. The planning, execution, and above all daring that it takes to break into heavily guarded museums and steal millions of dollars worth of art is mind-boggling. How do you walk away with Monets and Picassos and Rembrandts? Where do you keep them? How do you sell them? The answer to that last question is, apparently, not very easily. In this 2012 interview with The Atlantic, the founder of the FBI’s art crime…