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“..On giving up processed food..”

“..Here are 8 things we discovered on our path to a healthier life:..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> On giving up processed food | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Where have all the style tribes gone?..”

“..Gone are the punks – casuals – new romantics – ravers – skaters – crusties. Now all kids look the same..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Northern Soul: Where have all the style tribes gone? – Features – Fashion – The … Continue reading

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“..Studios lack ‘imagination’ – says guy who bled Star Wars dry over 30 years..”

“..George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Studios lack ‘imagination’, says guy who bled Star Wars dry over 30 years – News – Films – The Independent.

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“..is this the year we say goodbye to the iPad?..”

“..Sales of the tablet are set to fall again – say analysts..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Apple iPad sales are set to fall again say analysts – so is this the year we say goodbye to the iPad? – Gadgets … Continue reading

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“..Gough Whitlam dies at age 98..”

“..Prime minister for just three years – - he brought in sweeping changes that transformed Australia – - and inspired a generation of progressive politicians..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Gough Whitlam dies at age 98 | Australia news | The … Continue reading

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“..Sleater-Kinney Confirms New Album ‘No Cities To Love’ And 2015 Tour..”

(ed:..link has video of their new single..) (cont..) go to source/story>> Sleater-Kinney Confirms New Album ‘No Cities To Love’ And 2015 Tour.

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“..Macy Gray On Her Drug Use – And Reaction To Fame: ‘I Was A Massive A**hole’..” (video..) )

“..It was also a time when Gray began using drugs. ‘My drug use started as a result of being on tour’ she says. ‘My crew was from England. All they did was smoke hash all day – - and they … Continue reading

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“..Open Relationships Reduce Jealousy? – 12 Surprising Facts About Non-Monogamy..”

“..For one thing – swingers report more exciting and satisfying lives than the general population..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Open Relationships Reduce Jealousy? 12 Surprising Facts About Non-Monogamy | Alternet.

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“..’We’ve Created a Generation of People Who Hate America’ – Filmmaker Laura Poitras on Our Surveillance State..”

“..Back to that Hong Kong hotel room with Snowden..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> “We’ve Created a Generation of People Who Hate America” Filmmaker Laura Poitras on Our Surveillance State | Alternet.

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“..Photo highlights of the day..”

“..the best photographs from around the world..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Photo highlights of the day | News | The Guardian.

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“..A Life in Music: 50 Years on the Road – in pictures..”

“..here are some highlights featuring Mick Jagger – Led Zeppelin – John Lennon – David Bowie – Patti Smith – - and more..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Michael Putland: A Life in Music: 50 Years on the Road – in … Continue reading

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“..John Holt: five great performances..”

“..One of reggae’s great singers has left us – – here are five classic tracks to remember him by..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> John Holt: five great performances | Music | The Guardian.

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“..New book on Joy Division’s Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer..”

“..Ian Curtis was aged just 23 when he committed suicide on 18 May 1980 – - on the eve of Joy Division’s first American tour – - causing the band to dissolve and reform as New Order..” (cont..) go to … Continue reading

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“..6 Dumbest Right-Wing Moments This Week: Ebola Stupidity Rages On..”

“..Trump ups the ante – - with an insane tweet about the president..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> 6 Dumbest Right-Wing Moments This Week: Ebola Stupidity Rages On | Alternet.

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“..Highlights from Cliff Diving World Series..”

“..Jumping from a 27-metre cliff in Mexico – - contestants have to perform complex moves to impress the judges..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Highlights from Red Bull’s Cliff Diving World Series – video | Sport | The Guardian.

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“..Douglas Coupland: A hen party is one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen..”

“..The author of Generation X on his short-lived career as a restaurant reviewer – - his strangest ever meal = – and why he loves the writing on TripAdvisor..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Douglas Coupland: A hen party is one … Continue reading

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“..Jerry Lee Lewis: ‘There was no pure rock’n’roll before Jerry Lee Lewis’..”

“..His life has been as extraordinary as his live appearances. He has survived boycotts – riots – scandals – - and a career low following the marriage to his 13-year-old cousin. An extract from the authorised biography..” (cont..) go to … Continue reading

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“..Ade Edmondson: ‘I never laughed as hard as I did with Rik’..”

“..Ade Edmondson reflects on his life and work – - and on the recent deaths of three close friends – - including his Young Ones co-star Rik Mayall..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Ade Edmondson: ‘I never laughed as hard as … Continue reading

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“..Spare a thought for isolated – unloved – self-made millionaires..”

“..They may have yachts – fancy cars – and private jets. But pity the super rich. They are miserable. A new book claims self-made millionaires have few friends – trust no one with their money – - and generally feel … Continue reading

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“..Why science fiction comics are better than sci-fi movies..”

“..Forget ‘X-Men’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ — – read these mind-bending comics instead..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Why science fiction comics are better than sci-fi movies – Salon.com.

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“..The day Jon Stewart quit: Why ‘The Daily Show’ isn’t the satire America needs..”

“..There was once a time when ‘The Daily Show’ was truly groundbreaking. That isn’t the case anymore..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> The day Jon Stewart quit: Why “The Daily Show” isn’t the satire America needs – Salon.com.

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“..The Sugar-iest Foods – That Don’t Even Taste Sweet..”

“..They don’t taste supersweet – - but these sugary foods can easily push you over your recommended limit of 25 grams a day..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> The Sugar-iest Foods That Don’t Even Taste Sweet.

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“..Jackson Browne Tackles What Matters Most on New Album..”

“..The singer-songwriter addresses affairs of the heart and problems of society on his new record – - ‘Standing in the Breach’..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Jackson Browne Tackles What Matters Most on New Album | Alternet.

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“..Women in horror: the revenge..”

“..After years of playing screaming victims – - women in today’s horror TV series and films depict something much more scary – – repressed female anger..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Women in horror: the revenge | Television & radio | … Continue reading

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“..songs to mend a broken heart..”

“..What becomes of the brokenhearted? They should play some banging tunes – - advises our musical agony aunt’s alter ego Dr Crotchety..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Cerys Matthews: songs to mend a broken heart | Music | The Guardian.

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“..Soundtrack of my life: Andrew Spraggon..”

“..Growing up in the 70s – my first introduction to music was my Dad’s vinyl collection – - which was small – and mostly consisted of yacht rock..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Soundtrack of my life: Andrew Spraggon | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Child geniuses: What happens when they grow up?..”

“..Patrick Barkham quizzes bright sparks past and present..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Child geniuses: What happens when they grow up? | prodigies | Life and style | The Guardian.

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“..Five best writers’ sheds – in pictures..”

“..we round up five of the best writer’s sheds..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Five best writers’ sheds – in pictures | Books | The Guardian.

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| “..Glen Campbell and the country stars staring death in the face..”

“..The authenticity of Campbell – who sings unflinchingly about Alzheimer’s in his final single – - is part of a country music tradition imperilled by a party-loving younger generation..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Glen Campbell and the country stars staring … Continue reading

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“..The 10 best short story collections..”

“..the sharpest and smartest of small but perfectly formed works of fiction..” (cont..) go to source/story>> The 10 best short story collections | Culture | The Guardian.

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“..Top five features of OS X Yosemite..”

“..Apple’s latest operating system – - is the most comprehensive update in the software since in 2001..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Top five features of OS X Yosemite | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Seven reasons why the iPad mini is toast..”

“..Seven signs that tell you that after just two years – - the iPad mini may be headed for the scrap heap..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Seven reasons why the iPad mini is toast | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..When Art Rocked: San Francisco Music Posters – 1966-1971..”

“..the history of the psychedelic rock poster..” (cont.) go to source/story>>> When Art Rocked: San Francisco Music Posters, 1966-1971 – Boing Boing.

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“..Prog rock: the sound of history’s future..”

“..In the 1970s a new wave of bands looked beyond the drugginess of psychedelia – - to classical music as the true guide. Peter Bebergal explores the occult roots of the prog-rock genre..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Prog rock: the … Continue reading

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“..Apple unveils world’s thinnest tablet – and highest-resolution PC..” –

“..At first these new models seem like gentle upgrades – - but in the flesh the lightweight thin iPad Air 2 – - is something of a revelation..” (cont..) (ed:..i must confess to some consumer-lust over the new imac-desktop..) go … Continue reading

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“..Architecture for bikes – in pictures..”

“..From Calgary’s space-age Peace bridge – - to Eindhoven’s floating roundabout – - and the Copenhagen apartments with a cycle path straight up to the 10th floor – - some of the world’s best cycling infrastructure..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> … Continue reading

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“..Cubism at the Met review – stupefying – heart-quickening – and overpowering..”

“..Consisting of a collection donated to the Met by the cosmetics magnate Leonard A Lauder – - this is the single most important exhibition of cubism since MoMA’s Picasso/Braque show in 1989..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Cubism at the Met … Continue reading

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“..Lady Gaga review – mother of all fightbacks..”

“..The unusually emotional Artpop-star defends her right to writhe around in PVC – – and don a giant squid costume – – all while turbocharging her biggest hits..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Lady Gaga review – mother of all fightbacks … Continue reading

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“..Kevin Rowland and Big Jim Paterson on their favourite Dexys songs..”

“..From rehearsals in a warehouse – to battles with record companies – lineup changes – and an attempt to write the new Bohemian Rhapsody – - the singer and his long-serving trombonist share the stories behind the hits..” (cont..) go … Continue reading

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“..Citizenfour review – gripping Snowden documentary offers portrait of power – paranoia – and one remarkable man..”

“..Laura Poitras’s film shows the first extensive interviews with Edward Snowden – - after he blew the whistle on NSA and government intrusion..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Citizenfour review – gripping Snowden documentary offers portrait of power, paranoia and one … Continue reading

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