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TV Review: “Apple” on Random Acts

Given the number of expensive and highly publicised TV shows these days, a 1:40 long animated poem is probably the last thing you would expect to see on your small screen. And let me tell you – what a breath of fresh air. Continue reading

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Aspire to inspire: interview with the creator of “Inspire Me”

Filipa Pontinha is only 21 and already a trend-setter. When I asked her to introduce herself in a few words, she said: “I live in the moment. I have feelings and emotions, and I take care of them – they’re all I am and all I’ve got.” As you do.

A Marketing student in Lisbon, Filipa inspires people on a daily basis with her increasingly well-known Facebook page Inspire Me. Many of you may not have heard of it (yet), but it has become a true cultural phenomenon in Portugal. Continue reading

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TV shows: healthy entertainment or dangerously addictive?

Admit it. As much as you love your friends, you’ve always secretly wished you could hang out with Phoebe, Chandler and the gang. Or you’ve probably been thinking about what it would be like to have a social life like Naomi’s in 90210. You may even keep telling yourself you’re as awesome as Barney but know in your heart you’ll never lead a life as legendary as his.

It’s OK – we have all at least once imagined what our life would be like if it were a TV show. And don’t lie, you were pretty bummed out when they shut down Megaupload too (may it rest in peace). Continue reading

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Peter Pan syndrome

As a teenager, leaving home appears to have all the advantages – advantages that always outweigh any possible drawback. If you can live without supervision, party with no curfew and basically do whatever you want, what could possibly happen that would make living on your own anything other than awesome?

It’s quite simple really. It’s not just the washing your own dishes, doing your own laundry, and all that jazz. After a while of generally just handling life by yourself – real life – you end up getting the feeling that, well, party’s over, and suddenly you feel like curling up in your childhood bed like there’s no tomorrow! Continue reading

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Is the web taking us hostage?

Throughout the history of mankind, many were the discoveries and inventions that changed the face of the universe – the wheel, electricity, Penicillin; it’s hard to even imagine what life would be without them. Internet, which the Britons consider the fifth most important invention of all time, according to a study published last year in the Daily Telegraph, belongs to that category of inventions that have altered our lives irreversibly.

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Jamie Oliver: from zero to hero

If someone had told 16-year old James Trevor Oliver that in 10 years’ time he would become not only a phenomenon in the world of food, but a world phenomenon himself, and one of Britain’s most famous exports, he probably wouldn’t have believed it.

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Port(ug)al

After the whole Viajante fiasco, I’d given up on the idea of finding a warm, cosy Portuguese restaurant that would make me feel better whenever I’m homesick. I can’t say I found anything of the sort yet, but a restaurant in Islington has recently given me a bit of hope.

Portal's logo, from the restaurant's website

Unlike Viajante, Portal is a restaurant looking to be considered Portuguese, and what’s great about it is that it doesn’t necessarily mean it has to look like a sloppy tavern and serve “ultra-traditional” dishes – by which I mean food that tastes good to people who are familiar with it but doesn’t exactly attract newcomers because they don’t know what it is and, frankly, have no interest in finding out about it. Continue reading

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