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Meet the Stalkers Carjack victim recounts his harrowing night – B – Flash Player Installation For Louis C. K., the Joke’s on Him – NYTimes.com The Faithful Executioner – The Barnes & Noble Review Helen Gurley Brown Only Wants to Help – Nora Ephron I Choose My Choice! – Sandra Tsing Loh – The Atlantic Trickle-Down Feminism | Dissent Magazine How Raymond Davis Helped Turn Pakistan Against the United States – NYTimes. n 1: Too Much Sociology

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Coloured views

I remember sitting in a lecture hall, third row from the front. It was an old room, well loved, and the sun was streaming through the vertical blinds captured in the dust stirred by 30 nervous, anxious and very unsure students. It was the first day of college and I had no idea what to expect. As it turns out, I never really figured it out but that’s a story for another day. Instead I sat there next to two guys who I’d happened to wander into the room with. We were chatting awkwardly and I think we were all grateful when the lecturer entered the room. Fresh from school, we all hushed up and did our best impressions of …

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Try something new. Try something different. Don’t give in to the fear. A while ago this was a bit of a mantra. I was pushing myself, not dramatically but enough to broaden my horizons and my view of the world (or the world as I see it). But recently, not so much. Case in point, for Christmas, Kirsty bought me a guitar lesson and I’ve yet to cash it in. Why? Mostly fear. I need to find a better way to get healthy. Whether it’s join a gym and get an exercise program in place, or find something that’ll help me control my eating habits. I’ve not done anything about either of those. Why not? Fear.

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Life continues

New tattoo, sprained ankle, and a desire to write more. But aside from that, not much else in my head. Nothing ready to fall out here at least. Off to my cousin’s wedding on Friday, sunny Birmingham for some fun with friends at the weekend and on Monday I’m hoping to try the award winning Meathead Ltd burger. My boss is over from the US of A, so hoping to treat him to some of the better places in Glasgow. Dining at Urban on Thursday with the team, and then on Monday I’ll drag him to Oran Mor, Nice and Sleazy, and then to the Horseshoe Bar, finishing at Blackfriars. A mini-tour of some of the more down to earth …

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Finding the way

Overhead the clouds swirl, heavy drops of rain plummet onto his upturned face. Eyes closed he savours each tiny impact, each one reaffirming one thing, he is still alive and, as the rain washes away the dust and grime, he smiles. He lowers his head and looks around, noticing each blade of grass anew, the slick leaves on the trees, springing back and forth as the rain continues to fall. His head is light and the disconnect remains, he is floating just outside this reality despite the cold damp of his sodden clothes. He turns full circle, unsure of what he is looking for and as the first shiver of the evening passes through him he intuitively sets out to …

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Electric Shock — MATTER The Ghost in the Cell — MATTER Uprising — MATTER Scammed — MATTER Word aversion: Hate moist? Slacks? Crevice? Why do people hate words? – Slate Magazine One Town's War on Gay Teens | Politics News | Rolling Stone The Writing Revolution – Peg Tyre – The Atlantic Why Do They Hate Us? – By Mona Eltahawy | Foreign Policy Fear of a Black President – Ta-Nehisi Coates – The Atlantic

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