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How-to: Stress ABC – breaking the cycle

Image credit Colourful Vowels by originally appeared on the Speaking Well in Public Facebook page, April 2015

Our reactions to stressful situations tend to happen in a repeating cycle of habits:

A – An Activating event happens

B – This triggers your Beliefs about it

C – The Consequence is your physical response; how you feel about what you’re thinking Continue reading

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Review – Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Star Wars: the Force Awakens movie posterI just spent two hours watching J.J. Abrams playing Star Wars Greatest Hits – The Video Game, while Disney try to sell me shedloads of merchandise. Riding a wave of childhood nostalgia is all very well, but this is strictly by-the-numbers, Star Wars IV: A New Hope, replay-by replay. It’s like watching a rock band re-union retirement tour – and a tribute band at that.

A disappointing Kasdan screenplay has been hacked about by committee to a point where nothing actually fits together and the whole plot is a muddled re-hash of bits we’ve seen before. There are some beautiful CGI landscapes, the space-going Battles of Medway with X-wings and TIE-fighters are frenetic, the prospects of new Jedi and light-sabre duels thrilling, but poorly carried out. Continue reading


Review: Spectre (2015)

Spectre movie posterIn what looks like Daniel Craig’s swan-song, the Bond team reunite in an all-too familiar, albeit stylishly executed, rummage through the toy box. The lame plotting links the other three Craig outings, while our gritty blonde Bond-shell does what he does in exotic locations, with a variety of transport and weapons, two Bond girls and a supporting cast who nod and wink their way through International espionage like an end-of-Summer-season variety show. Spectre is an uneasy throwback to classic Bond nonsense. Continue reading


Review: Mr Holmes (2015)

Mr Holmes - movie posterSouthern England, 1947: returning from a mystery trip to Japan in search of herbal remedies, a long retired Sherlock Holmes faces up to mortality, but can’t quite shake the last case that led to his retirement. A man out of his time, Holmes must come to terms with the post-world war nuclear age and the loss of the incredible mental faculties that made him the world’s most famous detective.

Now all that remains is to solve a 35 year old mystery, while teaching a ten year old boy about bee keeping. Continue reading


Humour: Knights of the Ikea Table

Knights of the Ikea Table by Hippie Peace Freaks and Sarah BottKnights of the Ikea Table, by Hippie Peace Freaks with Sarah Bott

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