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Mr Yamaguchi

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Tsutomu Yamaguchi had a cushty job. He worked for Mitsubishi, in Japan, where he was an engineer in the shipbuilding division, designing oil tankers. It was World War Two. He was away on business when it happened, stepping off a tram, before heading to a shipyard that nestled among flat potato fields on either side. It was the final day […]

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Plummet

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The morning. Betty Lou Oliver did not wake up that day expecting to plummet 75 stories down the world’s tallest building. It was foggy outside, on the morning of July 28th, 1945. There was barely any visibility. A B-25 Bomber became lost in the New York mist and crashed into the side of the Empire State Building, killing all […]

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Think About All The Fucking Possibilities

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Believe in your fucking self. Stay up all fucking night. Work outside of your fucking habits. Know when to fucking speak up. Fucking collaborate. Don’t fucking procrastinate. Get over your fucking self. Keep fucking learning. Form follows fucking function. A computer is a Lite-Brite for bad fucking ideas. Find fucking inspiration everywhere. Fucking network. Educate […]

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The Debt Collector & The Heathen

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The debt collector was incessant. He wouldn’t go away. For a week, there he’d be, waiting outside school and becoming increasingly angry. Classic debt collector. I was 9. He was 10, going on 11. Adam was his name, and he liked football too. He was in his final year. It was a small school and only a few people played football. Adam […]

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The State of The Monsters

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The Waiting Room I was sat in a train station waiting room yesterday. Everything was cancelled because of a “severe engine failure,” and over the tannoy it was announced that “the wait for those travelling by train will be at least 90 minutes.” Boo. Hiss. Yeah, yeah. People complain about travel delays but secretly we […]

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Onism

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  Onism – n. the frustration of being stuck in just one body, that inhabits only one place at a time. “You are here. You were lost at first, but soon began sketching yourself a map of the world. Plotting the contours of your life. And like the first explorers, sooner or later you have to contend […]

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Learning To Use Intimidation

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A truck approached. It slowed down rapidly, as though it was a last minute decision from the pedal-heavy driver. I was riding on the hard shoulder, without music because I’d overplayed most songs recently and was bored of Every. Single. Album. For a while, silence, creaky gears and bird noises had most definitely replaced Mos Def. […]

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If You’re Having A Bad Day

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There’s a very valid time for quitting and walking away, and there’s a very valid time for sticking to your guns and ploughing on. I think more often than not, ploughing on is probably the best approach. The right or wrong decision is something that is obvious when you look back and connect the dots, but it […]

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A Letter To A Thick Chunk Of Paper

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Dear Book, Sorry for telling you to leave and never come back. But sometimes… well, sometimes I hate you. You don’t even realise you’re doing it, but you make everything so difficult. Whenever we’re in the same room, I hollowly stare at you – for hours or days – like a boneheaded idiot gazing at your […]

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It’s All Relative

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The following is a guest post from Emma at Gotta Keep Movin’. She writes about that age old question of what an adventure is. My view on this is unreliable and changes more than a regularly rotated hourglass, so it’s nice to read that Emma has a way more solid approach. Anyway, it can be easy to get drowned in […]

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