Fear from Fiction

Picture this...Grade five, recess time and a ball buster boy in my class (Martin) told me that years ago someone had hung themselves in the basement of my house. He offered up horrific details as I stood silent, my insides churning and a cold sweat running over me while the other kids laughed and played …

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CONFESSIONS OF AN ADRENALIN JUNKIE

USPA D Licensed Sky Diving Instructor - Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor - High Altitude Alpinist and Master Scuba Diver Williams Pontel joins us today in our first Q&A: Confessions of an Adrenalin Junkie MB: Thank you Williams for taking the time to chat with us this morning. WP: My pleasure. MB: I guess the …

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False friends – the vocabulary kind

While studying in Italy (as a young high school student) I visited the local grocery shop and ordered prosciutto and panini to take back to my classmates. I did so in the following manner: Vorrei quattro pannini integrali e 3 etti di prosciutto cotto senza preservativi. When the young man behind the counter, visibly blushed …

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Zines are back!

When DIY reigned Back in the late seventies and into the eighties there existed the gritty, garage style, grass roots fanzine. A declaration and repository of the decades Zeitgeist. This cult wonder would once again reemerge, with the Riot grrrl scene, in the nineties (as the next wave of feminists and activists found their voices) …

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Total recall?

We ate Tai - We ate Italian Total Recall. No way! Memories. Those fantastically flawed pearls... Remember the time we...? Remember that summer when..? Remember how she used to...? Our mind endlessly stores and recalls information, but how intact are these morsels we dredge up from the past? After all, personal reactions and interpretations about …

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Loanwords

LET'S TALK Fusion, in the kitchen, is the mixing of cuisines (ingredients and preparatory methods) from differing or foreign cultures. From this marriage emerges an entirely new "blended" eating experience. This mix has the ability to ignite interest and excite bored and demanding palettes the world over. Indian spices in an Italian dish or a …

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Rhythm O and Lord of the Flies

LET'S TALK Many years ago, in 1974, pre-moniker Godmother of Performance Art, a young artist, Marina Abramović, stood stock still, within the walls of Studio Morro in Naples, for her performance entitled Rhythm O. During the next six hours she would be the object and art would occur when the audience interacted with said object.Her …

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Falling under the spell of South Africa

Mal d'Africa is an apt term that describes the strong feeling of nostalgia and desire to return to Africa once visited. I experienced this firsthand, living in a fog the month after my return home. I would go through my daily routine somewhat mechanically, feeling like something was missing or not quite right. Another notable …

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European Bookshops to adore

Libreria Acqua Alta This bookshop in Venice, Italy is absolutely dreamy and inspirational. You will find books in gondolas, on steps, chairs and anywhere there is available space Shakespeare and Company Located in Paris, France, Shakespeare and Company, although not at the original address, still possesses oodles of Old World charm, down to the lighting, …

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M.C. Escher – a love affair between math and art

In The Hague, on a frosty winter's day, I visited the 18th century Lange Voorhout Palace where, since November 2002, a permanent exhibition dedicated to the Dutch printmaker, draftsman, illustrator - graphic artist, Maurits Cornelis Escher resides. I actually came across the building by accident during my wanderings. Attracted by the banners for the exhibit …

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