Life is pain

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“Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” William Goldman

I’m not a big fan of “positive thinking.” Yes, it’s important that we love ourselves, that we try to see all that is good and worthy of gratitude in us and others. I believe in seeing the light in others and offering them the support they need to better themselves.

But I also know that it is extremely important that we be realistic about what is what and who is who.

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Too far apart

many“There are too many of us and we are all too far apart.” ― Kurt Vonnegut

I’m writing these words knowing that people from all over the world are going to read them. People of all ages, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, of different religious beliefs. Most of them, I’ll never get a chance to meet. Most of them, I don’t know how they look like, what’s the thing they want most in this world, or what is it that they’re afraid of… most of them are perfect strangers to me.

Yet, simply by writing these words with these strangers in my mind, having the certainty that my words will reach them, they become a little bit more than strangers. They become human beings, just like myself, and that is one of life’s greatest achievements. Continue reading

Balsamo Deighton album launch night, Italian-style!

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A three-hour drive through biblical weather, a somewhat dodgy encounter with a man with a very strong grip, and nearly getting locked in the car park were the things that topped and tailed the evening of Saturday 6th Feb 2016 for me, Ria Keen and VIDLA Registrar Cordelia Lewis (aka Givvi Flynn), but what happened in between those two things was sheer joy!

UnfoldingThe venue was Coast Italia, an atmospheric, authentic and welcoming Pugliese restaurant / cafe / bar on Swansea High Street, and the occasion was the launch of Unfolding – the first album from singer-songwriters Steve Balsamo (famous for being a Jesus impersonator and one-time frontman of The Storys), and Rosalie Deighton of The Deighton Family (and also ex-Storys)!

We expected some lovely musical moments and we got plenty of them – all tunes from the album, including Light in the Dark, for which Steve sent…

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Behind the curtains

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“Heard joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed. Says life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world where what lies ahead is vague and uncertain. Doctor says, “Treatment is simple. Great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go and see him. That should pick you up.” Man bursts into tears. Says, “But doctor…I am Pagliacci.” ― Alan Moore

You know the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover?”

Well, it’s true.

Oftentimes there’s a big difference between what we’re able to decipher about a person, what we see at the surface, and what lies underneath it all. There’s a big difference between appearance and essence.
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Everlasting Friendship

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My exams are over (yaaay!), so I can finally get back to reading properly now. Instead of starting with a review right away, I wanted to write a post today about something more personal: friendship.

When I just turned 17 and the opportunity of online chatrooms opened up, I didn’t hesitate to go in. Talking to foreign people in other languages was a dream come true! That’s how I met Aditya, better known as Yogi, a guy from India who was studying at the Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in the US. We became pen pals and also sent each other copious amounts of emails for months on end. When he suggested to fly to Holland and visit me, I thought that was some pretty exciting shit. Especially for a teenager with a very adventurous mind, yet who had been living in a small boring town all her life where…

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Review: Frankly Speaking by Don Massenzio

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A 16 year old girl has disappeared. The police believe she is a runaway. Her parents believe she has been taken and is being held against her will. When the parents enlist the services of Frank Rozzani, a former police officer turned private detective, a series of events begins to unfold that implicates a popular local pastor and the religious stronghold of the ultra-conservative community.

The magic of a good detective novel is all about pace. How you create, mantain, and escalate the plot determines the quality of a novel. Continue reading