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From Playing To An Empty Room To A Europe Tour: A Story of Musicians

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Interviewing Libido Cornucopia (USA) Written and Interviewed by Shazeen (UK) Anytime I heard someone say, “If I could move to Portland I would do it in a heartbeat”, my curiosity for the eclectic city grew. I wondered why all those I spoken to about Portland were at least greatly fond of it. Amongst its many prized qualities, the […]

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Pushing away the poison chalice; how losing my faith helped me find much more

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By John Williams (UK, Graduate of Law at Birmingham University) “The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness.” – Karl Marx I cannot remember becoming a Christian. I, like most who have followed a faith, was raised religious from birth. I have fond memories of […]

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Birmingham’s First Young Professionals’ Eid Dinner

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Written by Shazeen Iqbal The celebration of Eid is interwoven in the fabric of British Society since the 19th century, where Muslims contributed in different fields. Every year thousands of Muslims celebrate Eid twice; to honour the completion of 30 days of fasting, and the completion of an annual pilgrimage in Mecca. Celebrations manifest in […]

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Why Coping With Trauma Is Different Than Dwelling On The Past

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By Inés (Paris and Canada), Interviewed by Shazeen (UK) What makes Inés who she is? Tell me a bit about yourself. I am me, foremost. Oh, don’t think it’s just a tongue-in-cheek answer. So many, too many people are someone other than themselves, at least partially. A person will always embody aspects of others – […]

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Travelling With My Disability

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By C.S. Jackson, Interviewed by Raf Bracho What particular challenges do you face, and how does it affect your travel? I think that the particular challenges I face when I travel are probably best summed up using a quote: “As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also […]

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In or Out? The Big Question in the UK

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Familiar beats of music pulled me into a gigantic room of balloons and lights. Was I in an EU Referendum event or a Saturday night party? I looked at the booth in front of me to be met with smiling faces of two young ladies. We greeted and they asked me, “In, out, or unsure?”. […]

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The Thing Is, by Ellen Bass

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“…to love life, to love it even when you have no stomach for it and everything you’ve held dear crumbles like burnt paper in your hands, your throat filled with the silt of it. When grief sits with you, its tropical heat thickening the air, heavy as water more fit for gills than lungs; when […]

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Art Is Active And Incomplete: A Conversation With Erik Wahl

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By Erik Wahl, Internationally recognized graffiti artist, best selling author and global philanthropist. Interviewed by Shazeen (UK) How did you discover yourself as an artist? Where did the spark for graffiti art and speed painting come from? My story is one of discovering a win through a painful loss. I spent the first half of my […]

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The Mist of October

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By Sean Savage (UK), Interviewed by Shazeen (UK) Hi Sean, thank you for speaking with us. Tell us a little about yourself?  I am 47 years old, and only started taking photographs a year ago. I joined a local photo club and learnt a lot from the other members by going on photo shoots. I […]

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Let’s Talk About Depression

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By Anthony Avice Du Buisson (Australia), Interviewed by Shazeen (UK), Photography by Flavio Emanuel (Brazil) As a young South African teenager growing up in Australia, I found myself at a point in my life where thoughts of insignificance and self-loathing were starting to cloud my mind. If anyone has ever experienced depression, then they would know […]