And what lies beyond the pursuit of always being right.

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The two-ship fleet searching for the fabled Northwest Passage has hit a block, literally, a massive block of ice, damaging HMS Erebus’s propeller and cutting her efficiency by half.

It’s September 1846, and the European hunt for the illusory marine trade route has been going for nearly 350 years, since John Cabot first attempted to sail it.

AMC’s series, The Terror, based on a fictional retelling of the real-life naval catastrophe, takes the viewer on a melancholy journey of what may have transpired when the two ships disappeared over 175 years ago.

In Episode One, John Franklin and Francis Crozier…

No matter what your station is

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It’s nearly 20 years since Enron declared bankruptcy, wiping out over $74 billion of shareholder value.

The shareholders who lost their money were not the executives who cashed out months before the fall but the employees and public service workers; teachers, firefighters, nurses; anyone who had their pensions or savings invested in Enron stock.

The company hid their debt and continued to inflate the stock price superficially until the illusion burst. Naturally, this ethos of making money at all costs seeped down through the organisation.

One way they cultivated a culture of greed was…

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On Day 17 of the Tour de France (Le Tour), so close to the end of the race, a rider waits at the foot of the Col de la Madeleine to help his leader up the dramatic assent.

Jens Debusschere, former Belgian National champion, is riding for the first time with B&B Hotels — Vital Concept, a second division team with a whole load of spirit.

Newbies to the event may not realise just how much of a team sport Le Tour is. …

Three ideas from David Hume, Adam Smith, and Francis Hutcheson on making a better world.

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In the 18th Century, Scotland was a land without a leader. James VI of Scotland had become James I of England. The country was Crippled by debt and blighted by poverty. Scotland was a country without a parliament.

Yet out of this small country emerged a ferocious movement of innovative thinking; The Scottish Enlightenment.

Dennis C Rasmussen, the author of The Infidel and The Professor; charting the friendship of Adam Smith and David Hume, poses the question;

“How did a nation that began the eighteenth century as a poor, backward outpost on the fringe of Europe manage to become such…

Easy tactics to add texture and dimension to your stories

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When you hear the word myth, what do you think? An epic Homer text or a Euripides play? Do you think of a 10-hour Lord of The Rings trilogy? Something enormous and impenetrable. I find it daunting to think in terms of creating something that huge.

And fear aside, the Middle-Earth Blog by Michael Martinez reports that it took Tolkien 17 years to write Lord of The Rings. Who’s got that kind of time?

But fear not, mythology doesn’t reside only in epic fantasy or sci-fi books, and it’s not hidden in the formidable stories of the Greeks and Romans.

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Have you seen the new Stella Artois ad with Lenny Kravitz? Choosing the life Artois looks tempting; watching Lenny bang on the drums is not a chore, and it’s sweltering here in London.

Yet I’m not tempted, and I do like beer.

Because years ago, when I first arrived in London, it was the ruffian’s drink of choice. And there’s nothing like having a chair levelled at your head by a resident psychopath you’ve been told not to serve any more alcohol to put you off their beverage.

‘Wifebeater’ was the telling nickname for the beer during the 1990s. But…

For individuals and groups with big ideas and small budgets.

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Friedrich Engels, philosopher, socialist and collaborator of Karl Marx, was a rare beast, a man of action and ideas in equal supply.

As a young communist radical, his family whisked him safely out of Prussia, where the police were clamping down on progressives and off to the city of Manchester to manage a factory they co-owned.

Manchester in 1842 was a hub of deprivation and poverty, a living, breathing symbol of the inequality of unchecked capitalism and economic liberalism. …

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Neha Yazmin. — Author, Blogger, Ex-Investments pro, psychology grad, mum of 1.

To this, I would add a huge advocate and champion for the terrifying realm of self-publishing and courageous blogger.

A huge thanks to Neha Yazmin for giving us a glimpse into her world of experience and knowledge around Indie publishing.

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When Dorothy’s house gets whisked into the air in L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard Of Oz (1900) it leaves behind a scorched and lifeless landscape in Kansas. The dull repetition of colourlessness has infected the land and the hearts of those around her.

In the 1939 film version, Dorothy has a different problem. No-one is taking her seriously. No one cares about her fight with the influential Miss Gulch and the threat to her dog, Toto. Aunt Em, Uncle Henry and even the farmhands are too busy to lend her their ears for a couple of minutes.

Sound familiar? A…

The lifelong philosophy of a resistance heroine.

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Lucie’s disguise is convincing. Different hair, a little makeup, a characterful rayon dress, and a veiled pillow box hat. She sits in front of the feared Gestapo head in Lyon, Klaus Barbie, a la the butcher, and her act seems to be working.

If she feels repulsed at sitting so close to a man who represents everything she has fought against her entire life, she holds it in.

Weeks after the arrest of her husband and eight comrades at a clandestine resistance meeting, Lucie has finally found a way to set him free, tenuous though it is.

Like his fellow…

Sarah Thomas

Storyteller, ex playwright (produced), award winning screenwriter, always writing. Creating story-based content for businesses. London based but heart in Europe

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