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The Walking Wounded: Injured but still Alive

This is an ardent appeal to those suffering the after-effects of a drug – a drug which was supposed to heal but ended up harming beyond any worse nightmare. Apart from and as a result of all your physical distress, you may be plagued with thoughts of suicide. This article seeks to offer you a […]

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Film Review – The Timely Takeaway from ‘Groundhog Day’

Rita: “Sometimes I wish I had a thousand lifetimes. I don’t know, Phil. Maybe it’s not a curse. Just depends on how you look at it.”

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Film Review of ‘An Inspector Calls’ – The Choice to Live when Death Seems a Foregone Conclusion

“If we were all responsible for everything that happened to everybody we’d had anything to do with, it would be very awkward, wouldn’t it?” Mr Birling

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Princess Diana: Shattering the Fairytale Image

She wanted to be the ‘Queen of people’s hearts’ even though she knew she would never be the future King of England’s queen. Swept off her feet by Prince Charles, she had a fairy tale wedding in 1981 watched by an admiring world. Over the course of 11 years the façade slowly crumbled until the […]

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Joan Rivers: In Therapy

The famous comedienne died in 2014 at the age of 81. In the 2008 broadcast of her counselling session with psychologist, Pamela Stephenson, Stephenson highlighted the recurring theme of betrayal in Rivers’s life. What most readers might recall about Rivers is that her former husband , Edgar, killed himself, and was survived by she and […]

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Vincent Van Gogh – Living in the Shadow of Failure

Perhaps the greatest undervalued virtue – the one we least applaud – is the capacity to endure difficult circumstances. We have been ingrained with the notion, particularly through fictionalised films and literature, that victory lies in changing one’s external situation. If we perceive our bodies to be defective, we feel compelled to subject them to […]

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Virginia Wolf: Ravaged by the Wolves of Childhood Trauma and Unresolved Grief

Those of the more introspective bent, as most writers tend to be, are vulnerable to being held hostage by their own negative thoughts which can become patterns of negative thinking. Wolf’s need to write may well have been a natural inclination to relieve this negativity through escapist fantasy and cathartic activity of applying pen to […]

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The Life-long Lessons of Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is an old, Dutch Pennsylvanian tradition which is observed every year on 2 February. A specially chosen groundhog dubbed ”Puxatawney Phil’ is used to predict whether there will be an early Spring or there will be six more weeks of winter. There is a special ceremony in the town of Puxatawney whereby this […]

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‘Muse’ – musings on Social Isolation

This sci-fi, dystopian film (2015) shows how loneliness and despair can predispose vulnerable people into settling for a dangerous second best to provide  meaningful interaction – in this case a half-human, half technological being called ‘muse’. Although exciting at first, this physically perfect yet psychologically flawed innovation, ends up boring and ensnaring Jack, who paid […]

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The Sanctity of Human Life

Today in the USA is the National Sanctity of Human Life Day. What a welcome opportunity to remind ourselves of why human life is so precious, and deserves protection from conception to natural death. The Bible affirms that we are made in the image of God,  that not one sparrow falls to the ground without […]