MICHAEL HIRST was headed for an academic life, having achieved his First Class Joint-Honours Degree in English and American Literature by the University of Nottingham, and completed his studies on Henry James at Trinity College, Oxford…
But Nicholas Roeg read some of his short stories and saw what today millions are able to see, too: A writer who blends history, legend and fiction with alchemic intuition, as he mixes the chemistry of our species’ will to survive with our common existential questions, thus threading the complexities of the individual into those of societies, and, ultimately, into what we know humanity is capable of.
LORI NIX is one of those ‘rare birds’ that aren’t just happy with flying the conventional way, because creating entire miniature tabletop worlds, just to be the subjects of photography is an out-of-the-box concept these days when Photoshop and the like reign -producing great creations, too- and, for which artists like Lori, requires heaps of work and dedication to materialise.
Yet, once it does is absolutely spellbinding and well worth the effort. Especially if the talent is applied, like in Lori’s case, to both the creation of the subject and its portrayal, resulting in powerful messages, superb atmospheres and wicked dream-like scenes, a knock-out kind of art.
Suicide statistics show that in the UK at least 16 to 25 children kill themselves each year because they are being bullied at school. In the U.S., a recent nationwide survey of high schoolers showed that around 16 percent reported that they considered suicide.
We seem to be failing in determining the real root causes for this behaviour when, in essence, it shouldn’t be so hard to realise that children do as they see, and in a world where nasty behaviour is encouraged daily in entertainment and media, whether in our personal romantic relationships or group settings, such as the competitive business arena, what do we think that our children are going to emulate?
Because bullying is not only about physical abuse, but also verbal and emotional abuse and it can start as early as in kindergarten, among both boys and girls. In fact, recent studies show that it is among females that bullying can involve larger groups and last far longer.
Dr. Michelle Anthony, respected developmental psychologist and Dr. Reyna Lindert co-wrote the book ‘Little Girls Can Be Mean: Four Steps to Bully-Proof Girls in the Early Grades’ which has been very welcomed by parents and professionals alike.
We had the pleasure to interview Dr. Michelle Anthony on the issue of bullying and on the guide that her and Dr. Lindert wrote to help us help our little treasures.
Exclusive Interview with OLEG DOU (One of the most captivating and copied young artists of our time)
‘I have a younger brother and he has very good drawing skills. As a kid, I suffered a lot thinking he was much more talented than me. I wanted to create as long as I remember but that was the main reason why I wanted to prove to everybody that I could do it.’_Oleg Dou
For as long as humanity has dreamt, we have felt a justified curiosity and fascination about the nature of our dreams: why we have them, what they mean or if even they mean anything at all, what they tells us about the nature of our own existence, whether we can control them… etc. This fascination has naturally fuelled many literary and film works, a famous one being Inception (2010) which directed our attention to some aspects of the science involved in attaining the understanding we long for.
Professor DEIRDRE L. BARRETT, author and teacher at Harvard Medical School, is widely known for her clinical work on dreams and her contributions to creativity and objective problem solving. She has interviewed many modern artists and scientists in the use of their dreams, and has documented stories that happened to subsidized Nobel laureates and MacArthur geniuses whose ideas originated in dreams. In her clinical research, she also confirms that we can learn new skills in our dreams, and find solutions to our problems, as well as through hypnosis.
Formerly known as Terence Trent D’Arby, SANANDA MAITREYA is a creator of atemporal soulful music, some of which has been included in several movie and television soundtracks, as well as numerous commercials, starting with worldwide hits such as ‘If You Let Me Stay’, ‘Wishing Well’, ‘Dance Little Sister’, ‘Sign Your Name’, ‘Rain’, ‘Seven More Days’, ‘Right Thing, Wrong Way’… as well as incredible renditions of other authors’ songs, such as ‘Who’s Lovin’ You’.
He now refers to his own kind of musical creation as POST MILLENNIUM ROCK.
Exclusive Interview with Prof. Frans de Waal (Renowned primatologist & ethologist; The Age of Empathy)
Author of numerous well-known books including Chimpanzee Politics, Our Inner Ape, the Age of Empathy and his most recent The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates.
His research focuses on primate social behaviour, including conflict resolution, cooperation, inequity aversion, and food-sharing
Exclusive Interview with Robin Hanbury-Tenison (Great Explorer of the XX Century & President of Survival International)
ROBIN HANBURY-TENISON is the Founder and President of Survival International, the world’s leading organisation supporting tribal peoples. To ensure freedom of action, Survival accepts no government funding.
Named as ‘one of the greatest explorers’ and hailed as one of the 1,000 ‘makers of the XX Century’, he has been on over 30 expeditions, including, as leader of the Royal Geographical Society’s largest expedition, taking 115 scientists to study the rainforests of Sarawak.
This research and his book, Mulu: the Rainforest, started the international concern for tropical rainforests.
ENGINEERING LIFE: An Exclusive Interview with Distinguished Prof. George J. Annas (Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights)
We are on the highway of genetic manipulation, cloning and molecular biotechnology, to the final destination of the engineering of all life.
Today, genetically modified seeds are being promoted to farmers, we have already cloned animals and are, in fact, in the early stages of manipulating human embryos in order to design our progeny.
It would be profoundly unfair to say that all our medical, scientific and technical advancements in this area are being pursued for the sake of power, notoriety and financial gain. The fact is that most of our doctors, scientists and engineers chose their specialties and poured their lives into their particular research because they genuinely wanted to prevent and end human suffering such as disease, physical pain, thirst, hunger, devastation, impediments, desolation, etc.
Still, there are a strong few who love turning these advancements into profit-making schemes, thus tilting the balance dangerously toward destructive tendencies that, ultimately, affect us all. We are all everyday witnesses of how easily and rapidly these destructive tendencies spread…
Colin Teague, the only one to have directed various episodes of Doctor Who and both its spin-offs, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, is also famous for his brilliant work in Holby City, the very popular and Bafta nominated Being Human, for which he directed several of the most exciting episodes of the first, second & third seasons, and, most recently, the also very popular The White Queen, which earned three Golden Globe nominations. Right now Colin is filming a new series…