Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them review JK Rowling goes steampunk

The latest film from Harry Potter author Rowlings wizarding world is a wonderfully enjoyable adventure featuring Eddie Redmayne as a magizoologist who stumbles into a dark magic adventure in New York Weve never needed cheering up more; though on the strictly escapist level, this film is maybe compromised by making one of its characters an obnoxious rich New York chump, a charmless lump, or do I mean grump, reliant on his fathers money and nursing political ambitions. Hes been mentioned as a future president, says someone. Surely not… That entertainment enchanter JK Rowling has come storming back to the world…

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How to cope with loneliness | Oliver Burkeman

The new spin on loneliness is that we ought to welcome it, in modest doses Loneliness is everywhere in the world of psychology these days the subject of so many articles and a better predictor than obesity of an early death. But the new spin on loneliness is that we ought to welcome it, in modest doses. As long as we then do what we should do reconnect with people then loneliness is a good thing, biological warning system that evolved over millennia, alerting us to potentially dangerous levels of isolation. True, isolation isnt so dangerous today: a friendless Londoner…

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Leonard Cohen obituary

Canadian singer, songwriter, novelist and poet revered for works including the song Hallelujah It is a remarkable testament to the scope of popular music that Leonard Cohen could ever have been filed under the headings of rock or pop. A poet and novelist as well as a songwriter, Cohen, who has Talking about his musical legacy, Leonard Cohen jokes about his health Early in his career, his novel Beautiful Losers (1966) caused the Boston Globe to declare that James Joyce is not dead. He is living in Montreal under the name of Cohen. Yet Cohen was determined to establish himself…

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How Twenty One Pilots charted a course for success – BBC News

The momentum began with Stressed Out, a rock-rap ode to the innocence of childhood (“Used to dream of outer space, but now they’re laughing at our face / Saying, ‘Wake up, you need to make money’”). Released in January, it reached number two in the US and gave the band their first UK hit. But things really took off when they contributed a song, Heathens, to Warner Bros’ anti-superhero movie Suicide Squad. Eerie and atmospheric, it took singer Tyler Joseph’s prevailing concern – the demons faced by people with mental health issues – and applied it to the film’s cast…

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Unions Win A Battle On Election Day

Unions in Virginia campaigned hard against the proposal, which was supported by business groups and Republican lawmakers. Virginia has had a right-to-work law on the books for decades, but the ballot measure would have effectively made it permanent. In states with right-to-work laws, employees in unionized workplaces aren’t obligated to pay any fees to the union, allowing them to opt out completely. Conservatives refer to this as “workplace freedom,” but unions call it “free riding.” Whatever you want to call it, it’s been the reality in Virginia since 1947, when changes in federal law first allowed states to pursue right-to-work…

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Zadie Smith: the smart and spiky recorder of a London state of mind

The novelist has a new book, Swing Time, and a forthcoming BBC version of her acclaimed NW There is a scene in the BBCs adaptation of Zadie Smiths acclaimed novel NW in which a character listens as her old school friend holds court in her tastefully decorated north-west London home. The talk is of children and schools and house prices, and in that moment the gulf between the two is seemingly laid bare, one listening in disbelief at how far the other has travelled from the council estate they once called home. Yet behind that confident facade, the other woman…

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The Chainsmokers on feuding with Mark Ronson and writing 2016s biggest hit

After a disastrous start on American Idol and pastings from Deadmau5, the US dance duo have had the last laugh with Closers chart success In 2014, American Idol hosted a performance by the Chainsmokers, a duo who had appeared, apparently from nowhere, with a preposterous, internationally successful novelty dance hit called American Idol, get in our selfie! The camera angle was unforgiving: at that moment the duo were being watched by precisely five members of the studio audience. Everybody else was still staring at the judges. DeadMau5 on Twitter), but one of the more even-handed responses came from DJ Laidback…

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Building an Author Platform – And Why You Need One

By Mari Selby Before you have even finished writing your book, you need to build your author platform as part of your marketing efforts. Today, all authors, whether they are published by traditional publishers, co-op publishers, or have created their own imprint, have to market themselves to generate awareness of their books. Platform is more […]

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Health anxiety may increase risk of heart disease, research finds

Study suggests worried well who fret over non-existent illnesses are 70% more likely to develop heart diseases Fit and healthy people who worry about developing an illness may be increasing their risk of heart disease by unnecessarily fretting over their health, research suggests. A study of more than 7,000 people over 12 years found that those with health anxiety at the start of the study were about 70% more likely to develop heart disease than those without that state of mind. Additionally, the researchers found that the higher the reported anxiety, the higher the risk of heart disease. Anxiety is…

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A decade of deadlock over Alzheimer’s treatment may be drawing to a close

The next phase of trials for a new Alzheimers drug will answer the real question: are brain plaques the root cause of the disease, or just a symptom? When Terry Pratchett was diagnosed with Alzheimers he recalled his wifes relief that he hadnt got a brain tumour. All I could think then was, I know three people who have got better after having a brain tumour. I havent heard of anyone whos got better from Alzheimers, the latest trial results from Merck,

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