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Liebster Award

I’VE BEEN NOMINATED for a “Liebster Award” by Risca’s Pieces (http://risaspieces.org/)! As glamorous as it sounds, I don’t think it’s quite as prestigious as an Oscar, but I’ll go along with it anyway. I wasn’t sure what this award was about, but it turns out that it’s just a chainmail-promotion for bloggers like me and…

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Can creativity be taught?

WELL, IN ANSWER to that question, I don’t think so. But more on that later. You might have come across an article in The Guardian this week focusing on the remarks made by a Mr Hanif Kureishi, a lecturer in Creative Writing at Kingston University. In a nutshell (and indeed, perhaps surprisingly), he believes creative…

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Love makes the world (and Facebook) go round

IT’S 315 DAYS ’til Christmas, apparently. But to many of us, that benchmark is otherwise known as Valentine’s Day – February’s half-way point, celebrated these days with nauseating displays of socially-networked affection. Indeed, I was lucky enough to stumble across a handful of pictures of red roses on Facebook this morning, all of which looked…

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Belieb it or not, Justin is cursed

SOMEHOW OR OTHER, I can’t imagine Justin Bieber would have ever envisaged this when he was recording videos in his bedroom all those years ago. ‘This’ being smiling into the camera of Floridian police, pompadour and all, after being arrested for drag racing through the streets of Miami. Under the influence, too. Whether or not…

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Flexitarianism? I’ve been doing it for ages

AH YES – IT was around about this time last year that I was sitting on my vegetarian throne looking fairly smug at the carnivores who’d just learned they’d been unknowingly eating Desert Orchid’s cousins for quite some time. Granted, many people I’ve spoken to weren’t, in reality, too fussed by the prospect of eating…