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MADE OF BRICKS

In 2007 when we both attended secondary school in Ireland, I text my best friend one evening and asked if she’d burn the new Kate Nash single ‘Mouthwash’ onto a CD for me. I met her the next morning around the ‘smoking corner’, where she handed me a CD, no box or plastic, just the […]

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DOCTOR GOOGLE 

Amongst other factors such as the over-consumption of processed foods and busy, stress fuelled lifestyles, it’s quite possible that our predecessors were healthier than us due to the lack of unregulated medical advice available to them on the internet. We are a generation who are lucky enough to have an endless supply of information out […]

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KURT COBAIN

I was only 2 years on this planet when Kurt Cobain left it to join the 27 club. While he was partying in eternal paradise with Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, I was delicately safe-guarded with gentle pop music and lullabys, and approximately 13 years away from learning about the legend who made a painfully […]

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INSTA-LOVE

We are all a little guilty of mild to severe smartphone addiction, and the influx of mindless & negative information out there is as bad for our mental health as the radiation is for our physical health. While we can all benefit from reducing our usage, it’s a hard habit to shake, so in the […]

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OLD PALS

35 years ago, my Grandad lost contact with his best friend. Brendan had moved to Northern Ireland, and without the ease of keeping in touch through Facebook, relationships naturally dwindled with distance way back when. My Grandad, a man of simple pleasures who never wears his heart on his sleeve, would say from time to […]

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GRATEFUL DEAD

Every once in a while, something happens that changes your life. I’m not talking about one of the obvious, life-altering milestones such as the birth of a child or landing your dream job, but more so something small yet significant that unravels your entire being and transforms your entire outlook. Something as small as a […]

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MUSICAL PLAYGROUND

Tickets have been secured before the last minute panic on gumtree. Weather forecasts have been googled, refreshed and analysed until they reveal that longed for glimpse of sunshine. Outfits have been bought, returned, swapped, and DIY-ed until finally settling on the one, equal part comfortable and equal part festival queen. Tie-dye and bumbags and glitter […]

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LES-TAH

I am not a football fan. I don’t know the rules nor can I name more than five players. I don’t have a team that I follow religiously, taking me to joyful ecstasy in victory and glooming heartache in defeat. I wear a jersey if I like the colour, and I intermittently gaze over a […]

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YES EQUALITY

In May 2015, flights coming in from every corner of the world on route to the little Emerald Isle reached full capacity, as Irish people dropped everything to come home and VOTE YES to marriage equality. The referendum, which allowed people choose love over religious driven gender discrimination, seen an overwhelming 66,000 new people register […]

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SAVASANA

The most challenging & beneficial of yoga poses, requiring the very least amount of body strain & discomfort, savasana is the fully conscious act of pure relaxation. In western and modernised yoga practice, savasana is usually squeezed into a 2 minute slot at the end of a class, if not completely skipped, while traditionally and […]

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THE GARDEN TERRACE

There is little else that provokes a similar eruption of happiness to that which we experience when going on a holiday. The entire process is euphoric, including the big lead-up. Whether it be a city break to London with an empty suitcase waiting to be filled with highstreet fashion or a month long trek around […]

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HYGGE

It seems that the danish concept of HYGGE (pronounced hoo-gah) has exploded in the last year, with extensive hygge-inspired research carried out, books & articles written, houses and gardens designed and lives transformed. We even saw a hygge-themed garden entry in this years Bloom Festival. I was introduced to HYGGE early this year after wandering around […]

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FLOATATION THERAPY

We don’t know how much tension we carry until the weight is lifted from our shoulders. We don’t realise how much time we spend overthinking until our minds grow quiet and free. We don’t feel the extent of our exhaustion until we are truly rested. This emotional and physical strain becomes a part of us, […]

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WHITE FEATHER

I’ve heard of people finding white feathers in unlikely places during significant times in their lives. This little one floated out of nowhere yesterday and landed at my feet amongst a crowd of people, and it could not have come at a better time. White feathers are believed to be a sign from the spirit […]

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DREAM

What is a dream? A dream is for you. Not that of another, Not foolish, but true. What is a dream? Is it for childish play, To be simply forgotten, At the dawn of each day? What is a dream? A risk not to be taken? A wish not worth wishing, In fear of heart […]

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DOUBLETHINK

In George Orwell’s dystopian classic 1984, doublethink is the power of holding two contradictory opinions or exclusive ideas in ones mind simultaneously, and believing and accepting them both absolutely. Doublethink requires using logic against logic, or suspending disbelief in the contradiction.  Doublethink is particularly common in social and political contexts, for example in the case […]

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WOODSTOCK

If given the impossible choice, who is the one musical hero you would choose to see perform, dead or alive? Some would no doubt opt to be hurled into a state of psychedelia by Jimi Hendrix and his funk fueled guitar. Others would choose to see The Who mastering the use of synthesisers way ahead […]

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LAZY DAY

This year I’ve learned some valuable lessons about personal time allocation and the concept of ‘laziness’. I’ve discovered the important truth that strips the word ‘lazy’ of its negative attachments, and instead reveals the efficiency of inefficiency, and the value of do-nothingness. While physical activity and brain boosting exercises are absolutely vital and should be […]

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HOME ON HA’PENNY

As I crossed the ha’penny bridge In Dublin’s city so fair Thoughts crossed my mind of sorrow For the homeless living there. The views are like no other In sunshine rain or snow But I wondered, after sunset, Where do these people go? Tourists taking photos Of the landmark in all its glory But although […]

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