In the UK pubs are still closing at a rate of knots, and yet the British love a tipple, and never more so than at Christmas. With Supermarkets competing with each, and driving down the price of alcohol, it is readily available giving people plenty of incentive to stock up.
But, if you have reached a certain age, where you can’t drink quite like you used to, or at least not whilst waking up feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed – then read on for some smart ways to minimise the almighty hangover.
- Of course, as the first point, I should say that if you don’t want a hangover – the first and easiest option is to not drink!
We’ve got three good books to explore, a thriller, an inspiring year-long journey and possibly the last self-help book you’ll ever need!
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
You probably recognise Liane Moriarty’s name, as she is the best-selling author behind the hit HBO TV series – Big Little Lies.
Her latest book is set at Tranquillum House, a health & wellness retreat that sells itself on the basis of total transformation.
So, nine city folk that want to escape for a while from their stressful lives, dropping their mental and physical baggage as they go, via meditation, massage and more, go to the house. They are without cars, phones and all the entrapments of a modern existence that would allow them access to the outside world.
It should be a time of just getting to know each other, and getting more in touch with themselves.
The retreat is watched over by the Resort’s director, a woman who can be described as ‘on a mission’, but perhaps her mission is at odds with what the guests are imagining or expecting…
Maybe, just maybe behind the glamorous facade – a dark agenda lies! (more…)
Halloween seems like the perfect time to discuss magic, as the season conjures up all things sorcery.
Magic is for many a combination of science and art; the science part is in researching witchcraft and following a specific spell and method, and the art comes in the form of your insights, intuition and creative abilities! Both elements are needed in order to alter the natural forces to bring about your will and produce a new outcome.
Black Magic – White Magic
No doubt you will have heard the terms ‘Black Magic’ and ‘White Magic’. Magic that is used with the purpose of causing someone harm or being used to manipulate and circumvent free will is black magic, and white magic is where you wish to bring about a positive outcome.
But of course, things are not that simple, and life is not black and white. For example, if a person wished another to fall in love with them, then the desired outcome is a positive one, but it could not be achieved without influencing the will of the object of desire!
So, for some people the term black magic will be reserved for spells that draw on evil forces. (more…)
Film franchises, perhaps especially horror franchises are not necessarily known for their quality, often they just become a commercial enterprise, full of a lot of cliché’s and in the case of slasher movies, just a fresh approach on characters to kill off!
But the latest ‘Halloween’ film, is trying to sidestep that issue, by becoming a direct sequel to the original John Carpenter film of 1978. In doing so they are not chained by continuity issues of the franchise series of films that came after. This has given them the leeway to create a narrative that actually has a story, with an underlying theme of looking at the consequences that are far-reaching and long-lasting for the victims of trauma and violence.
Whilst a serious theme is addressed, don’t be mistaken for thinking that this horror movie moves away from its ‘slasher’ origins, because it doesn’t. There is plenty of violence and scenes of gore, but at the same time there is much humour, and a clever nod here and there to the previous films. (more…)
If you didn’t see the first part of this post, then click here to read about the 1st and 2nd stages of hand reading.
The third step is to look at the lines. There are five main lines that we assess on the palms, each of which tell us about character and the events in a life. The lines can even tell us what stage a person is at in terms of their career, love life, health and more…
There are certain marks on the lines, for example crosses or stars that point to events or turning points in a person’s life. These might denote a need to take extra care, or a break may demonstrate a complete stop of energy. (more…)
Reading palms is likely to have started in the Far East as long ago as 4000 years, it is mentioned in ancient Hindu scriptures and The Old Testament. It is thought hand reading, also known as Palmistry and palm reading spread in popularity throughout Greece and the Roman Empire and has been practised in one form another ever since.
There is a difference between what your dominant and passive hand can tell you. Generally, your dominant hand (the one you write with), reveals the aspects of your personality and how others perceive you. It can also assess your talent, your health, your life in general and likely future successes you will have. Whereas your passive hand is much more about your potential, your imagination and your instincts. (more…)
As you know in Chinese astrology, they associate birth years with animals. When it comes to the ancient practise of face reading, they also associate different eye types with animals. In Japan the practise of Physiognomy (The Art of Face Reading) characterises eyes based on their shape, and the shapes are derived from animal’s eyes – they base things on 40 animals in total, but for today we will concentrate on the seven animal types that the Chinese use.
Cow eyes are large and rounded, they have a steady and tranquil gaze. With this person – you will know where you stand, they are both honest and direct, on occasion you may need to forgive their bluntness. You might describe a person with cow eyes as being impulsive and charismatic, and yet they are not adventurous per se. They can be both emotional and romantics at heart, you will love their gentle and patient persona. (more…)
School holidays are in full swing, so ifyou have children at home and are doing some arts and crafts, why not join in the fun and create your own Angel Card deck.
Making the cards
- Angel card decks vary in number from 34-48 cards.
- You will need to cut pieces of card, all to the same size – you can base these on the size of playing cards; or go bigger if your shuffling abilities are not great, or you really want to go to town on the design of the cards!
Are you one of the few people that has packing a case and going on holiday down to a fine art; or does you house look like a whirlwind has rushed through it and like you are one step away from an almighty row with whoever gets in your way, including the family pets!
If it’s the latter, then perhaps our useful tips will get you on the road to a smoother journey this year.
Like many things in life, a little bit of planning goes a long way, and getting as many jobs out of the way early is the key to success:
- Check that your passports and driving licences are in date (some countries require a certain number of months left on the passport in order to accept you). It is a good idea to either have copies of the documents, or at least the numbers – in the case of loss/theft.
- Check if you need to apply for any visa’s, or documents such as DVLA documents for hiring a car.
I have to be honest that Mamma Mia is something that my husband and I still laugh about now, he is just a couple of years older than me but knew a lot more about ABBA than I did, I just thought we were going to see a film at the cinema, with no real idea that Mamma Mia was going to essentially be a musical. I’ll be honest and say that a few songs in I asked whether they were going to ‘sing’ the whole film, and my husband laughed hysterically at my question and replied – ‘yes, what did you expect!’ Well, suffice to say – lesson learned and ever since I have been more inquiring when a cinema trip has been raised…
But, whilst Mamma Mia the first time around might not have been my cup of tea, plenty of people disagreed with me, in fact the movie grossed more than $600 million world-wide, hence when I heard that Mamma Mia was getting a second instalment in the shape of ‘Here We Go Again’, I felt it should be featured. (more…)