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Having a beard is not something only synonym of hipsters now. It’s attractive and more and more common, even for young men. All is in how you take care of it and make it grow. But how do you avoid this frustrating vision of an eternal nascent beard? There is no magical trick but let us give you tips.   Let it grow Yes, it’s as simple as that but there are ways to avoid the Robinson Crusoe effect. If you have patchy spots, you should let the bear grow as long as you can. The best is to let it grow untrimmed for a month at least at the beginning of the process, on the cheeks and over the chin. Taking care of your beard also helps, especially with oils and balms. Brush it as well to stretch it towards the patchy spots. Never forget to keep it clean, especially in the neckline, cheek lines and moustache areas.   Be Healthy, good diet, hydrated, Supplements, Exercise Not surprisingly, your diet has an impact on your beard. If you have a healthy diet, especially made of proteins and vitamins, and hydrate yourself well, your beard have a softer touch. Some advise to take supplements as well, like biotin, which will help fortify your hair. Exercise and a good rest will make your hair vitalized and stronger: pport is good for your blood circulation, that’s why it will also be good to make your beard grow; while sleeping increases your testosterone, so it’s advised to sleep at least 8 hours per night. Same for stress: try to limit it, we know that stress makes us lose our hair, so keep calm and let your beard grow! Take care of your skin Grow your beard but don’t forget your skin underneath! If you hydrate yourself well, it will help you eliminate the toxins and have nicer skin, so a healthier and thicker beard. Either you like it or not, you will also need to apply a good moisturizer on your skin, while also cleaning your face regularly to remove dead skin cells, causing ingrown hair. Beard oil, trim, shampoo and conditioner Beard is hair, so, just like you take care of the hair growing on your head, do it for your facial ones! A good natural beard oil is a great start, this will moisturize your beard but also your skin, getting rid of dandruff beard itch, handy, no? Trimming is also very important. At the beginning and after the four weeks, the best way is to go to a barber, who will know how to deal with your sacred beard. Then you’ll be able to trim it yourself with a good trimmer of course, two or three times per week. Extra tip: start with your neckline and then the rest of the beard. Shampoo and conditioner will make your beard smooth and silky, but also thicker. Last resorts : Dye it, Beard transplant Some will skip this section, but as a last resort you can always dye your beard or do beard transplant. It will trick the audience but do the job. It’s particularly useful if you have mixed color hair in your beard, to make it homogeneous and as a result, thicker. You might be reluctant to do so, but beard transplant is actually a real solution if you’re really desperate after trying several natural solutions. The process consists in taking some hair from your back or your scalp, and transplant them on your face, on your patchy spots. The hair then falls out after a couple of weeks then regrow “naturally” after a few months. Only for the brave.
Starting out as an entrepreneur can be a daunting prospect. 50% of all startups fail to survive the exceedingly tricky first year of business. For those who do make it, many still struggle just to keep the lights on in the office. The most impactful lessons that people learn are often earned through momentous failure. This article highlights hard-earned advice from entrepreneurial icons that has gotten them to where they are today. These successful business people have scaled the heights and returned to impart advice that is worth its weight in gold. Perhaps, through following in their hallowed footsteps, some good fortune may rub off on us too.  Elon Musk From humble beginnings on the African continent, Elon Musk has risen to become arguably the most successful entrepreneur of our times. He has revolutionized motor travel with the first ever electric car company Tesla. Not only has he created an electric automobile, he has made it a status symbol to drive one, while SpaceX has consistently broken records in private space travel. This has made Musk just one of two people ever to found a $3 billion dollar company. What better person to listen to than this eccentric inventor? His priceless guidance is to ‘embrace failure and seek criticism’. It may seem counterintuitive but tough criticism makes us better. The aim should always be to ‘be less wrong’. Brutal honesty is invaluable in close friends and employees. According to Musk, ‘Yes men’ and sycophants should be avoided at all costs. As Musk puts it “you can’t solve problems with the same thinking that caused them”. Therefore, his time at Tesla has been punctuated by tough but productive conversations. Musk explains that “when I spoke with someone about the Tesla Model S, I didn’t really want to know what was right about the car. I want to know what’s wrong about the car”. Warren Buffett Nicknamed the ‘oracle of Omaha’, Warren Buffett was a millionaire by age 32. His golden touch when it came to stocks has made him a legend worldwide. However, there is more to Buffett than savvy investment, he is also willing to impart invaluable nuggets of advice. Buffett espouses the significant virtue of ‘building relationships and and treating people well’ when starting a new venture. The 88 year-old billionaire claims that “you can’t replace the relationships you build and the way you treat people with business knowledge”. Business is more about relationships, than it is about figures. Multi-billion dollar deals are based on trust. Buffett values patience when dealing with subordinates. He believes that actions like showing leniency convey that you believe in your staff. When staff feel trusted, they innovate. Life-long relationships also survive because they are mutually beneficial. To build a positive relationship, Buffett encourages people to give, without worry about receiving. A true relationship thrives when this first step is made in good faith. Steve Jobs It is difficult sometimes to differentiate between myth and reality when dealing with Jobs’ legacy. Such is the legend that has grown around this iconic innovator and CEO. Steve Jobs is the man behind Apple and the award-winning Pixar animation studios. Yet, he is perhaps best known as the genius who revolutionized hand-held computing with the release of the iphone. Not surprisingly, Jobs advises the next generation of entrepreneurs to think outside the box and ‘never follow the crowd’. In a passionate graduation speech, the Apple CEO states that “your time is limited. So, don’t waste your time living someone else’s life”. These students were implored to forge their own destiny and break with the status quo. Steve Jobs would not be a messianic symbol of creativity in popular culture if not for this brave compulsion to follow his own destined path. As Jobs eloquently notes “the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are usually the ones who do”. Bill Gates From his garage, Bill Gates ushered in a new era in personal computing, changing the world irrevocably since the early 90’s. Not only is Gates the principal founder of Microsoft, the billionaire is also a renowned philanthropist and humanitarian. His advice to young innovators is profoundly hopeful. Gates urges people to “trust that the world is getting better and can be improved further”. In the context of a few hundred years, the world is far better off now than it has ever been. Optimism can fuel innovation and lead to new tools being created that decrease global inequality. If we believe there is a solution, it opens doors to the answer. However, Gates makes a caveat, clarifying that “it doesn’t mean that you ignore the serious problems we face. It just means you believe they can be solved”. For Gates, technology holds the key to eliminating poverty and treatable disease from third world countries. With expectant hope, he proclaims that “we can finally take on these inequities and solve them”. Jeff Bezos Amazon founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, inhabits the enviable position of being the ‘richest person in the world’. The late 90’s saw Bezos start an online book-store right at the beginning of the dot-com boom. This wave of good fortune has taken him right to the top of Silicon Valley, with a net worth of $131 billion. Bezos lives by the advice: “be proud of your choices, not your talent”. The entrepreneurial tycoon does not celebrate innate aptitude, it is instead what you do with it that counts. For Bezos, hard work is the choice you make, this is what should be honored at the end of the day. This billionaire urges youngsters to pursue their passion, therefore making it easier to work hard. As Bezos puts it “you’ll get to work with like-minded people and you’re going to energize the room”. To find this passionate pursuit, Bezos says trust your gut: “your most important decisions are always made with instinct and intuition”. Endless motivation comes from following your passion. This is the principle that has made Bezos the wealthiest man on the planet. Richard Branson Richard Branson is not your average billionaire. The British magnate struggled through his native education system as he was dyslexic. Without a diagnosis, Branson endured fierce bullying and languished in the lower classes. This gave Branson the encouragement to leave school at 16 and start Virgin records. As they say, the rest is history. Branson now runs over 400 companies with a combined revenue of $20 billion. When interviewed, the advice Branson always gives is “never look back in regret”. Feeling sorry for yourself is simply lost time, lamenting the past does nothing to serve your future. If falling into negative rumination, Branson advises taking a long walk or getting other physical exercise. The body follows the mind and changing the physical circumstance will break a negative thought pattern. Thanks to advice like this, Sir Richard Branson has recently had the distinguished honor of being knighted for ‘service to entrepreneurship’ in his native United Kingdom. Source: collegeparentcentral.com The right approach This article includes guidance from many CEO’s across various industries. However, the one thing that they all have in common is that they have experienced the ups and downs of entrepreneurship. Success has not been a straight line for any one of them. These business leaders have faced tremendous adversity and emerged out the other side, clutching pearls of wisdom. This advice can act as a catalyst to progress your own entrepreneurial goals and aid you in avoiding the same pitfalls. Nevertheless, it is up to you to get out there and make things happen. All the advice in the world is no replacement for lived experience. Fail fast and fail early, then learn from it. Only then can you stand shoulder to shoulder with these giants of industry and act as the inspiration for others who were once in your same shoes.
Literature is not just a popular leisure activity. It can also convey important historical evidence and remarkable considerations about the socio-cultural situation of a country. This is exactly the case for “1984”, George Orwell’s political novel written in 1948 and published in the following year. Through his writing, the author was aiming to warn readers to the dangers inevitably carried by a totalitarian government. After having witnessed the different outcomes of Russia’s and Spain’s political experience, Orwell decided to represent in his dystopian novel all the cruelties and oppressions perpetrated by totalitarian countries. By depicting a perfect totalitarian society, the author puts into light the role of technology, which, despite some positive outgrowths, tends to enable oppressive governments to control their citizens. Winston Smith and the other inhabitants of Oceania – the fictional superstate where the story is played – endure an endless austerity ensured by several political strategies of the Party, such as a watchful technology and the indirect manipulation of inner thoughts. If the book was defined as an “excess of satire” by the New York Times in 1949, nowadays this statement seem to be inappropriate. Apart from being numerous, the reasons behind the assumption that Orwell predicted today’s society derive from the interpretations of the metaphors told in the book, thanks to whom it is possible to recognise uncanny similarities to contemporary society. The Newspeak The main goal of the Newspeak – the language forged by the Party – is to replace English and prevent people from conceptualizing anything that may question the Party’s power and authority. As a result, the manipulation of language is here directly associated to the control of minds and to the destruction of independent thoughts. In fact, the Newspeak is exempt from negative words in order to erase any rebellious way of thinking, or, as Orwell described it, the “crimethink”. Therefore, “bad” has become “ungood” in the novel, a word that carries negative connotations just through its prefix.   On the basis of literary analysis, the Newspeak has reminded critics of the techniques developed by the media in order to control people’s flow of thoughts. Just think of TV stations, which carefully choose their words to describe groups of people and create praise or disdain according to their political goals. For instance, they tend to call attention to religion if the criminal belongs to the Islamic community. In this way, they help the phenomenon of islamophobia increase and become a real menace. Another example can be found when people tackle the topic of abortion: instead of “fetus”, the emotionally-loaded word “baby” is often used in order to incite anti-abortion causes. In addition, the “politically correct” attitudes confirm the idea that the manipulation of people’s thoughts and beliefs is not just a mere assumption. On the other hand, it is necessary to underline that people themselves are responsible for this process. The more technology grows, the more daily language experiences a serious relinquishment of its efficacy. Abbreviations and incorrect sentences occur on a regular basis and, because of them, people are unconsciously forgetting the various nuances a linguistic code is composed of.   Omniscient technology As it has been already stated, technology has now become watchful and omnipresent. Through satellites and the internet, people can be easily tracked. If Orwell talked about giant telescreens which were put in every room to spread political propaganda as well as to monitor people’s behaviour, contemporary society controls people through computers and mobile phones. Former Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf stands for a good example of it: after her webcam was hacked, she had been watched for almost a year. Nevertheless, the intrusive presence of technology is most of the times a silent one. In fact, the idea that digital messages are inviolably private and can’t be stored is, without any doubt, a naive assumption. Moreover, memories and interpretations about past or present facts, as it happened in “1984”, are often manipulated, or even distorted, by the irruption of the mediatic power, which wants to show a reality that, nonetheless, is rarely akin to the truth of the matter.   The actual impact of social media on daily life It is easy to recognise several associations between the Big Brother and social media. Similarly to the dystopian party, social media spy on people in order to predict their preferences. What strikes most of this fact is that people are not often aware of it. Social media are also very important because of political reasons. In creating enemies and instigating hateful reactions, they make people channel their anger towards someone who is not the right menace to fight and defeat. The Big brother, on the other hand, opted for the “Two Minutes Hate”, a daily activity consisting in watching images related to the Party’s enemies. In the same way, social media have the power of arising cult of personalities. The political campaign of Donald Trump, for instance, has been promoted by mass media, propaganda, and patriotic strategies, as well as the election of Mussolini, Hitler, Berlusconi, and Putin – just to name a few. Another way to keep masses quiet is the spread of material for adults. In the novel, the Ministry of Truth was financing and producing this kind of material in order to make people become a “couch potato”, sapping all their forces. In the same way, contemporary society conceives this material as an opium for citizens, offering them a distorted idea of reality. Therefore, the sentence “Freedom is slavery” can be deemed as true according to these various points of view. Nowadays, people are becoming slaves due to the impact of social media on their life, which incite them to get more “likes”, or more “followers”. As a result, face-to-face interactions are about to become of secondary importance, silently supplanted by the virtual world shaped by social media. Political strategies Regardless of their political inclination, governments have the power to impose laws or regulations, which, even though they do affect people’s freedom, pretend to protect human rights by means of politicians’ communicative strategies. After 9/11, American surveillance practices have drastically increased and, due to people’s fear, some draconian laws ended up being accepted. For example, the Patriot Act, introduced in 2001 by the Bush administration, granted the Justice Department new powers, endangering free speech, civil liberties, and privacy. In the book, this phenomenon is explained by the concept of “doublethink”, which, as the novel describes, is “the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them”. Therefore, the lack of information and a sense of general confusion lead people to change their opinions and accept prefabricated notions and unclear reasoning. Orwell’s “proles” are nothing but workers who are overly happy because they are naive and satisfied with what they have. These uninformed people, who are too exhausted to consult newspapers instead of social networks, are the main engine of governments. Likewise, people who oppose any socio-political system are just activists who raise their voice in order to defend civil rights. Even if there’s nothing mischievous in these associations, Orwell’s Party, as well as contemporary society, tend to describe them as a menace that has to be silenced. The assumption that Orwell’s dystopian world is more and more akin to the contemporary society needs to be explained by means of statistics too. At the wake of 2017, when Donald Trump’s presidency had only just begun, the sales of “1984” considerably increased in India, Canada, Britain, China, and in the US. According to publicity director at Penguin USA Craig Burke, the book had a 9.500% increase in sales in January 2017, becoming one of the bestselling books on Amazon.  These data are certainly meaningful indicators of the overwhelming sense of bewilderment experienced by people. Actually, as Orwell said in his novel, “The best books are those that tell you what you know already.”
Having a beard is not something only synonym of hipsters now. It’s attractive and more and more common, even for young men. All is in how you take care of it and make it grow. But how do you avoid this frustrating vision of an eternal nascent beard? There is no magical trick but let us give you tips.   Let it grow Yes, it’s as simple as that but there are ways to avoid the Robinson Crusoe effect. If you have patchy spots, you should let the bear grow as long as you can. The best is to let it grow untrimmed for a month at least at the beginning of the process, on the cheeks and over the chin. Taking care of your beard also helps, especially with oils and balms. Brush it as well to stretch it towards the patchy spots. Never forget to keep it clean, especially in the neckline, cheek lines and moustache areas.   Be Healthy, good diet, hydrated, Supplements, Exercise Not surprisingly, your diet has an impact on your beard. If you have a healthy diet, especially made of proteins and vitamins, and hydrate yourself well, your beard have a softer touch. Some advise to take supplements as well, like biotin, which will help fortify your hair. Exercise and a good rest will make your hair vitalized and stronger: pport is good for your blood circulation, that’s why it will also be good to make your beard grow; while sleeping increases your testosterone, so it’s advised to sleep at least 8 hours per night. Same for stress: try to limit it, we know that stress makes us lose our hair, so keep calm and let your beard grow! Take care of your skin Grow your beard but don’t forget your skin underneath! If you hydrate yourself well, it will help you eliminate the toxins and have nicer skin, so a healthier and thicker beard. Either you like it or not, you will also need to apply a good moisturizer on your skin, while also cleaning your face regularly to remove dead skin cells, causing ingrown hair. Beard oil, trim, shampoo and conditioner Beard is hair, so, just like you take care of the hair growing on your head, do it for your facial ones! A good natural beard oil is a great start, this will moisturize your beard but also your skin, getting rid of dandruff beard itch, handy, no? Trimming is also very important. At the beginning and after the four weeks, the best way is to go to a barber, who will know how to deal with your sacred beard. Then you’ll be able to trim it yourself with a good trimmer of course, two or three times per week. Extra tip: start with your neckline and then the rest of the beard. Shampoo and conditioner will make your beard smooth and silky, but also thicker. Last resorts : Dye it, Beard transplant Some will skip this section, but as a last resort you can always dye your beard or do beard transplant. It will trick the audience but do the job. It’s particularly useful if you have mixed color hair in your beard, to make it homogeneous and as a result, thicker. You might be reluctant to do so, but beard transplant is actually a real solution if you’re really desperate after trying several natural solutions. The process consists in taking some hair from your back or your scalp, and transplant them on your face, on your patchy spots. The hair then falls out after a couple of weeks then regrow “naturally” after a few months. Only for the brave.
Morbid fascination is an intrinsic part of the human condition. It could be argued that it is this curiosity that heightens our sense of suspicion and prudence, and serves to make us more vigilant in dubious situations. As a result of this proclivity, vicious evil doers, like Ted Bundy and Charles Manson, have found their way into the collective psyche, and everybody knows their names, and are familiar with their crimes. A 2014 study estimated that, at any given time, there are between 25 and 50 active serial killers in operation in the United States. Serial killers seem to be as much a part of our society as the law makers, and the peace keepers are. With this in mind, who, aside from the Bundys’ and Mansons’ are you aware of? If you are interested in whetting your macabre appetite, read on. We have compiled a list of some of the most barbarous, perverse and brutal serial killers ever caught, but who failed to achieve the infamy of the aforementioned psychos and sociopaths. Be warned, what you are about to read is both 100% true and 100% unsettling. Readers should continue on with caution, this is not for the faint of heart, and definitely not for younger readers. Robert ‘Willy’ Pickton Canadian serial killer Robert Pickton is described as being one of the worst serial killers in the world. He was a pig farmer based in Port Coquitlam, in British Columbia, and his crimes are known as The Pig Farm Murders. Outwardly quiet and introverted, Pickton was harborouing a terrible and savage secret. By the time of his arrest in 2002 he had viciously butchered 49 women on his farm, before grounding their remains into mince, at a meat rendering plant. Most of it was fed to his pigs, however, he sold some of it for human consumption. The depraved killer was arrested in 2002, after items belonging to a number of missing women were found on his farm. Officers made the discovery after a chance visit to the farm, in search of illegal firearms. Following his arrest, DNA of at least 26 women who had been reported missing were found at the property. Many of these women were thought to be prostitutes who Pickton had picked up in Vancouver’s Red Light District. It is alleged that he brought them back to his farm to have sex, before brutally murdering them. He unintentionally confessed to the murders after he was put in a cell with an undercover police officer. Irritated at being caught, he complained to his cellmate: “I made my own grave by being sloppy. Doesn’t that just kick you in the ass now. I was just gonna [expletive] do one more, make it even, I wanted one more to make the big 5-0.” Alexander Pichushkin Alexander Pichushkin is a Russian serial killer nicknamed The Chessboard Killer. He was caught in 2007, in Moscow, and convicted of killing 48 people. During the investigation, detectives found a chessboard with dates on all but two of the squares. These dates were connected to the murders Pichushkin had already committed. Pichushkin said he wanted to kill one person for each of the 64 squares on a chessboard, and crossed out a square for every kill, earning him his nickname. At the time, Russian authorities considered reinstating the death penalty, due to the gruesomeness and number of murders. Pichushkin targeted the weak, elderly and hopeless. He would lure his victims to a local park, to reportedly drink with him at his dead dog’s grave. He would then wait until his intended victim was drunk, then he would begin his attack. He would hit them repeatedly with a blunt object until they were dead or lost consciousness.  He would then, often, throw his victims into a sewer pit. On occasion, some of his tragic victims were alive when thrown in, and died from drowning, rather than from blunt force trauma. Over time, Pichushkin’s attacks grew even more savage. He began leaving a broken vodka bottle, protruding from the skulls of some of his victims. He also became more lackadaisical when it came to disposing of the bodies. He left many of them out in the open, without bothering to try to conceal them. Authorities finally caught up with Pichushkin in June 2006, after he murdered a female colleague from his job at a supermarket. She had left a note for her son to tell him that she was taking a walk with Pichushkin. Chillingly, Pichushkin’s confession was aired on Russian television. In it, he went into great detail about his need to kill, he said: “For me, a life without murder is like a life without food for you.” He also later claimed that there were in fact more than 48 murders. He said that he had in fact killed 61 or 63 people, (his story varied), On this he said: “I thought it would be unfair to forget about the other 11 people.” Donald Henry ‘Pee-Wee’ Gaskins Donald Henry Gaskins, known as Pee Wee Gaskins, has gone down in the annals of serial killer history as the most prolific killer South Carolina has ever known. He was executed in 1991 by electric chair, after being convicted of 9 murders, however it is thought that he murdered far more people than that. His own claims bring his death toll to over 100 people, and a litany of other vile and depraved crimes can also be attributed to this seemingly unassuming man. Up until 1968, Gaskins spent most of his life in and out of prison for various crimes, from theft to gang rape. In 1969 he moved to the town of Sumter in South Carolina, and it is here that he would begin his true reign of terror. His first murder in Sumter was a hitchhiker that he picked up, tortured, and murdered, then sunk her body in a local swamp.  In the book he wrote in prison, detailing his life and crimes, he wrote: “All I could think about is how I could do anything I wanted to her.” This woman was the first of many in what Gaskins referred to as his ‘coastal kills’. He would  torture and mutilate his victims, while attempting to keep them alive for as long as possible. He confessed to killing these victims using a variety of methods including stabbing, suffocation, mutilation, and even claimed to have cannibalized some of them. He would go on to confess to over 80 of these types of murders, although none of these claims have ever been corroborated.  Then, in 1970, Gaskins committed the first of his so-called ‘serious murders,  which were people  he knew and killed for personal reasons. Some of these victims included his own niece, Janice Kirby, aged 15, and her friend Patricia Ann Alsbrook, aged 17. He beat both of the girls to death, after attempting to sexually assault them. One of his most shocking murders was that of two of his neighbours, Doreen Dempsey, who was 23 and pregnant, and her two year old daughter. He drove Doreen and her little girl out to a secluded, wooded area, and violently raped, sodomized, and killed both her and her little girl. Gaskins was eventually arrested in 1975, and was found guilty in 1976, and sentenced to death. However, this was later commuted to life in prison when the South Carolina General Assembly’s 1974 ruling on capital punishment was changed to conform to the U.S. Supreme Court guidelines for the death penalty in other states. On September 2, 1982, Gaskins committed another murder. While incarcerated in the high security block at the South Carolina Correctional Institution, Gaskins killed a death row inmate named Rudolph Tyner, he was tried for the Tyner’s murder and sentenced to death. While on death row, Gaskins told his life story to a journalist named Wilton Earle. He claimed to have committed between 100 and 110 murders, however, law enforcement sources found his claims impossible to verify. Patrick Kearney, ‘The Trashbag Killer’ In Los Angeles, in the mid 70’s, Homosexual men were being murdered and dumped in trashbags along the highways between LA and the Mexican border. The investigation centered around Patrick Wayne Kearney, an electronics engineer from LA. Kearney would eventually end his murder spree, when he walked into the Redondo Beach police station, and gave himself up. He plead guilty to killing three men, and was sentenced to life in prison, however, police knew there was much more to Kearney’s story than met the eye. They offered him a no death penalty deal, in exchange for a complete list of victims. Shockingly, it was worse than they had imagined, and Kearney initially confessed to eighteen more killings. He would later admit to a further eleven murders, which would bring his total to 32 killings. Kearney’s first known murder victim was an unidentified 19-year-old man, in 1962. Kearney claimed that he took the young man to a secluded area on his motorcycle, shot him in the head, and proceeded to engage in acts of necrophilia with the man’s corpse. Kearney would mostly pick up male hitchhikers, or homosexual men from gay bars. He would almost always shoot them in the temple, above the ear, with a .22-caliber derringer.  After murdering them, he would take the bodies to a secluded place, and engage in acts of necrophilia, then take them home, where they would be sodomized with X-Acto knives. They were then mutilated, and dismembered with hacksaws. He would dispose of the bodies in various ways, including, dumping them in trash bags, earning him his nick name. He would also leave them out for wild animals to eat, throw them off cliffs into local creeks and would even drain some of the bodies of all their blood, to eliminate odors. Kearney, now 79, continues to serve his life sentence at Mule Creek State Prison, California. Danny Rolling, ‘The Gainesville Ripper’ Known as the Gainesville Ripper, Danny Rolling murdered four University of Florida students and a Santa Fe Community College student in their apartments in 1990. He is known to have decapitated one victim, posed with the bodies, and removed skin and body parts and arranged the murder scenes using props that included broken mirrors. Rolling’s reign of terror began when he broke into the apartment of 17-year-old university freshmen Sonja Larson and Christina Powell. They were found mutilated and stabbed to death. He had raped both women, one after she was dead. The next day, Rolling killed Christa Hoyt, 18. Her body was found propped up, sitting on her bed bent over at the waist. Rolling had sliced off her nipples and left them on the bed next to her, and police discovered that her torso was sliced open, from her chest to her pubic bone. Her severed head perched on a shelf across the room. Two days later, Rolling killed roommates Tracy Paules and Manuel Taboada, both 23. Rolling remained at large until September 8, when he was arrested after a botched robbery in the central Florida town of Ocala. He was later linked by DNA to three more killings in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1989. He was not charged in the Gainesville slayings until 1992, while serving a life sentence for armed robbery and other crimes. He pleaded guilty to all five murders as the jury was being selected for trial in 1994. He attributed his behavior to abuse by his father, a police officer, and to an evil alter ego. In prison, he drew disturbing pictures and wrote a graphic book, ‘The Making of a Serial Killer’, with a woman who was his fiancée for a time. Rolling was executed by lethal injection at Florida State Prison on October 25, 2006 Arthur John Shawcross Arthur John Shawcross was an American serial killer who was in operation  between 1972 and 1990 around Rochester, New York. Shawcross is known to have killed at least 14 people, as well as being a known cannibal and mutilator. He was also known as, ‘The Genesee River Killer’  and ‘The Rochester Strangler’, all due to how he would carry out his murders and where he would frequently dump the bodies of his victims. In 1967 he was drafted by the US Army at age 21. He served one tour in Vietnam, and loved to brag about the  violent, gruesome atrocities he committed, like raping and cannibalizing children and, according to a police interview: “beheading mama-sans and nailing their heads to trees as a warning to the Vietcong.” After his release and discharge from the army, Shawcross and his second wife would move to Clayton, New York, where Shawcross would terrorize the surrounding counties, until his final arrest. In the Spring of 1972, 10-year-old Jack Owen Blake disappeared after going out to play near the Cloverdale apartments, where Shawcross lived. Shawcross had gone fishing with the boy a few days earlier, but denied knowing where he was. When Jack’s body was eventually found (after Shawcross’s arrest) months later, he had been suffocated, mutilated, and molested. Shawcross would later admit to luring the boy into the woods, forcing him to strip naked and run, before murdering him, and consuming his heart and genitals. Months after Jack’s murder, 8-year-old Karen Ann Hill disappeared, while on a Labor Day vacation with her mother. Her body was found under a bridge near the Black River, and she had been raped, mutilated and strangled. After reports surfaced detailing that Shawcross had been seen with Karen before she disappeared, and he was later seen eating ice cream cones, on the bridge where the body was found, Shawcross was brought in for questioning. After being arrested for both children’s murder, Shawcross confessed, and agreed to reveal the location of Jack’s body, in order to have his charges dropped from homicide to manslaughter. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison, but would only serve 12. Unfortunately, staff and social workers made the call to grant him parole, stating he was: “no longer dangerous”, despite numerous psychiatrists warning that he was a schizoid psychopath. His parole officer would later be quoted as saying: “At the risk of being melodramatic, the writer considers this mant to be possibly the most dangerous individual to be released to this community for many years.” These words would ring tragically true when in 1988, Shawcross began a bloody, depraved murder campaign, that would claim 11 victims. Most were prostitutes and all were strangled and battered to death. They were also posthumously mutilated, and sexually assaulted.  After the last victim’s body was found in January 1990, the police decided not to remove it and instead keep surveillance on the area. Based on a psychological profile that suggested the killer would return to the scene of the crime, police figured this would be the best way to catch their killer. Sure enough, Shawcross was spotted masturbating as he sat in his car, on a bridge over the creek in which the body of his final victim was floating. He was arrested and eventually confessed in custody. In November 1990, Shawcross was tried for 10 murders in Monroe County. He was found guilty and sentenced to 250 years imprisonment. On November 10th, 2008 Shawcross complained to officers about a pain in his leg. He was taken to the Albany Medical Center where he went into cardiac arrest and died that night. Louis Garavito In 1999, Luis Alfredo Garavito Cubillos was arrested in Colombia and he confessed to murdering 140 children. He was charged with killing 172 altogether, but some of the cases are still ongoing. It’s thought he could have been responsible for hundreds more deaths, with the number potentially estimated as being higher than 400.  Better known as “La Bestia” or “The Beast”, Luis Alfredo Garavito Cubillos was one of the most ruthless serial killers of all time. Garavito’s victims were poor children, peasant children, or street children, between the ages of 6 and 16. He would  approach them on the street or countryside and offer them gifts or small amounts of money.  Once he had gained their trust, he would take them for a walk, and as soon as they began to get tired, he would pounce. He would rape them, slit their throats and dismember the corpses. As if this wasn’t bad enough, he would often mutilate the corpses, and many of the bodies found showed signs of prolonged torture and abuse.  In 1997, police uncovered a mass grave. Suddenly, a widespread investigation into the missing children began. In February 1998, the bodies of 2 naked children were discovered lying next to each other on a hill in Genoa, Colombia. The next day, another child’s naked body was found, just a few meters away. Garavito was captured on 22 April 1999. He confessed to murdering 140 children. However, he is still under investigation for the murder of 172 children in more than 59 towns in Colombia. During his imprisonment, Garavito helped police to find the bodies of his victims. This, along with his confessions, allowed him to win a reduction in sentence by 8 years, thereby making the effective sentence 22 years. Colombian law does not have life imprisonment or death penalty options, and the possibility of serial killings was completely ignored in Colombian law. However, with increased public unrest, the law was revisited, and the maximum sentence for murder was increased to 60 years of imprisonment. Joseph James DeAngelo, ‘The Golden State Killer’, and ‘The East Area Rapist’ The Golden State Killer is a serial killer, rapist, and burglar who committed at least 13 murders, more than 50 rapes, and over 100 burglaries in California from 1974 to 1986. What was initially a search for the East Area Rapist, ended up being a 40-year manhunt for a killer, rapist and home invader. The reawakening of this cold case decades later led to the April 2018 arrest of suspect Joseph James DeAngelo, now dubbed as the Golden State Killer. DeAngelo was born in New York but went to Folsom High School, in suburban Sacramento, and was a former California Police Officer.  In 2016, around the 40th anniversary of the first known attack, the search for the culprit of a suspected 12 homicides and about 50 rapes was renewed. Thanks to the advancement of DNA techniques and databases, DNA from a discarded item, and genetic information on a consumer genealogy website, guided police to the missing piece with DeAngelo as the suspect. DNA evidence linked the Golden State Killer to eight murders in Goleta, Ventura, Dana Point and Irvine; two other murders in Goleta, were lacking DNA evidence, but were linked by the killers usual modus operandi. His initial modus operandi was to stalk middle-class neighborhoods at night, in search of women who were alone in one-storey homes, usually near a school, creek, trail or other open space, that would provide a quick escape. He was seen a number of times, but always successfully fled; on one occasion, he shot and seriously wounded a young pursuer. Although he originally targeted women alone in their homes or with children, he eventually evolved to attacking couples. He would break in through a window or sliding glass door and awaken the sleeping occupants with a flashlight He would then begin threatening them with a handgun. Victims were bound with ligatures, and gagged. The male victim was beaten and left in a different room, while the female victim would be raped repeatedly for hours. In 1979, he moved on from rape, and began to murder his victims by gunshot or bludgeoning. After 1986 the case would go cold, until April 24, 2018, when the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo in connection with the crimes. DeAngelo, was charged with eight counts of first-degree murder. On May 10, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s office charged DeAngelo with four additional counts of first-degree murder. Unfortunately, DeAngelo cannot be charged with rapes due to the statute of limitations expiring for those offenses. Identification of DeAngelo had begun four months earlier when officials uploaded the killer’s DNA profile from a Ventura County rape kit to a personal genomics website. The website identified 10 to 20 distant relatives of the Golden State Killer, from whom a team of five investigators working with genealogist Barbara Rae-Venter, constructed a large family tree. They identified two suspects in the case (one of whom was ruled out by a relative’s DNA test), leaving DeAngelo the main suspect.  
With the recent release of the PlayStation Classic, a mini version of the original PlayStation 1 console with 20 classic pre-loaded games, it would be easy to get nostalgic about the old pale grey reliable console. PlayStation 1 original consoles are still readily available on sites such as eBay, and games for it are still just as easy to get your hands on. The PS1 was home to some of the best video games ever made, many of which still hold up extremely well even against their modern successors. Here, we take a look at some of the all time best PlayStation 1 games, many of which will not be available on the new mini classic console. Spyro The Dragon Spyro was everyone’s favourite little purple dragon, and he still survives today in many PlayStation games. The original game was what’s referred to as a platformer, and was released by Insomniac games in 1998. Tomb Raider II The first Tomb Raider game was released in 1996, and basically introduced the genre of the 3D action/adventure game. The second offering from Eidos games, released in 1997, massively improved on the first one. Graphics, game play and story were all ten times better in the sequel. There has been 18 Tomb Raider games produced so far, since its inception. Silent Hill Silent Hill is arguably the first psychological horror video game. It is a survival horror game published by Konami games and released in 1999. Its clever use of fog provided a menacing atmosphere and there were plenty of jumps scares to be had. The game spawned many sequels across multiple platforms, and even two Hollywood movies. Crash Bandicoot As one of the earlier PlayStation games, this one is a big favourite among fans. In it you Take control of Crash Bandicoot in his very first adventure to stop the evil Doctor Neo Cortex and Nitrus Brio from taking over the world. It’s a platformer, similar to Spyro but faster paced. It was released by Naughty Dog productions in 1996, and has 14 sequel games and spin offs. Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee was a cinematic platformer similar to Prince of Persia or Another World. In it you play as Abe, an enslaved member of the Mudokon race, leading a rebellion against their corporate overlords before they are turned into a cheap food source. It was released in 1997 and has five sequels and spinoffs. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis What Resident Evil began, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis perfected. Gone was the clunky game play and blocky graphics. It was better on all counts, and still gave us another installment in the tale of Jill Valentine, Racoon City, and the Umbrella Corporation. It was released in 1999 by Capcom, and to date there has been 7 full Resident Evil games, each one furthering the story. It is one of the most successful games franchises, spawning spin off games, an entire movie series, books, graphic novels and comics, and tons of merchandise. Final Fantasy VIII Final Fantasy was already a well established and well loved franchise to most video game players. The 8th installment, which came a year after its wildly popular and successful 7th installment, was a groundbreaking achievement in video game mastery. It contained stunning graphics, and even boasted original music and songs. It was released in 1999 by Square Enix Games. Metal Gear Solid Metal Gear Solid is an action stealth game released by Konami in 1998. In it you play a special ops soldier named Solid Snake, who must infiltrate the hideout of a rogue unit threatening the United States with a nuclear strike. Snake has a variety of tools for evading and taking out guards, making it one of the most taut and tactical gaming experiences available at the time. The series has since spawned four more critically-acclaimed main entries and various spinoffs. Gran Turismo 2 Released by Sony in 1999, Gran Tourismo 2 was a hyper-realistic driving simulation. The sequel expanded on the originals car library, but maintained the game play that players had become accustomed to. This made it one of the best selling driving games in the PlayStation’s inventory. It also boasted the most extensive selection of cars in any game ever, and the Gran Tourismo franchise is still producing games and topping the polls as a gamer favourite to this day. Medal Of Honour Before Call Of Duty took over the first person shooter, war game scene, we had Medal Of Honor. It was released in 1999 and, amazingly, Steven Spielberg developed the story. It was the first game to really tap in to the expansive storytelling potential for the game medium. Where previous shooters had been relatively light-hearted affairs  Medal of Honor was one of the first serious cinematic shooters. Critics and fans also praised its game play, however, as one of the most generally refined shooters released to date.   If you manage to get your hands on an old console, or simply want to dust off your own one, this is the perfect list of games to keep you occupied for days, and really get you back into the swing of the original PlayStation console.
You can’t please everyone, and it is confirmed by the fact that many great movies have both won prestigious awards AND have been banned from countries around the world, including, for some, their home country. Here are some films that haven’t been shown in some countries due to their content. Rafiki – Banned in its home country, Kenya The 2018 movie picturing a lesbian love story has been forbidden to screen in its own country, Kenya, still very conservative and homophobic. The Kenyan authorities have accused it of “promoting lesbianism” (like that would be a bad thing). Still, the censorship has been temporarily lifted, so the film would be eligible for Oscars. It has already won awards at the Chicago International Film Festival and at the Carthage Film Festival (best music and best actress). Last Tango in Paris – Banned by the Bologna Court, Italy When the movie was first released in 1972, its violent and sexual content raised strong objections to it being screened. The Bologna Court banned the movie for two months. In the end, the Last Tango has travelled the world and won many awards, even one in its home country (Golden Goblets, Best Director). The Last Temptation of Christ – Banned in Mexico, Chile, Argentina The Martin Scorsese 1988 movie depicts the life of Jesus in a way that hasn’t pleased everyone. Religious organisations have tried to get it banned from screens, and it was censored in several countries such as Mexico, Chile and Argentina. These restrictions didn’t prevent the movie from winning awards at the Venice Film Festival and National Board of Review. The Wolf of Wall Street – Banned in Malaysia and Nepal Oops, Scorsese did it again. With the 2013 movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, he has won a Golden Globes award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture and the Movie of the Year at AFI Awards, but also several countries’ disapproval. The movie has been banned in Malaysia and Nepal, and some scenes have been cut in the versions that screened in India and Lebanon. It’s not because you get banned from conservative countries that you can’t win awards; remember that when you feel like writing a script with tons of cocaine. Also, don’t write it. Blow was disappointing enough. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
Many TV shows still don’t feature gay or bi characters, and that lack of visibility is even scarier when it comes to transgender characters. The 16’-17’ GLAAD report has shown that « Of the 71 LGBTQ characters counted on five broadcast networks, 4% (3) are transgender. ». Let’s give them some space, here are awesome transgender characters appearing in mainstream TV shows. Coach Sheldon Beiste – Glee Remember that awesome football coach from Glee, named Shannon Beiste the first time he appeared in the series? The coach then transitioned to male during the sixth season. Glee was a great, inclusive show, and also featured the character of Unique Adams, a transgender teen. Sophia Burset – Orange is the New Black Sophia is a male to female transgender who was serving time for credit card theft. Without her, the inmates’ hair would’ve looked even worse, so for that and trans visibility on screen, thank you Sophia. Nomi Marks – Sense8 Nomi was played by the transgender actress Jamie Clayton. Just like Sophia, the character isn’t a token transgender character, it’s just an awesome one, clever and mind-blowingly hot, who actually transitioned. Maura Pfefferman – Transparent The great actor Jeffrey Tambor is Mort Pfefferman in the Amazon show, Transparent. At the age of 70, Mort announces that he will be undergoing a gender change and that they should now refer to him as Maura. Kyle Slater – EastEnders It doesn’t really matter what you think of the show, but it is still rare enough that LGBTQIA+ actors and actresses, let alone transgender actors and actresses get to play an LGBTQIA+ character – or get parts in mainstream shows at all. That time, though, it was the transgender actor Riley Carter Millington who played Kyle Slater on screen. This list might be heart-warming and give some hope for transgender visibility on screen, but trans people are still massively under-represented when it comes to pop culture. It might take a little while before things get better, but talking about these characters, acknowledging trans actors, actresses and characters, is a start. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
If, like us, you enjoy watching foreign movies, you’ll appreciate how creative, unusual and thought-provoking they can be by broadening our experience of cinema and exposing us to new film making styles and genres. You’ll also understand how nerve-wracking and infuriating it can be to see your favourite foreign movies to get the dreaded ‘Hollywood treatment’. From blatant plagiarizing of the source material to losing the spirit of the original and making silly changes to the plot and characters, Hollywood has a checkered history when it comes to reimagining classic films from around the world. So here are 12 of their worst attempts! The Vanishing (1993) The Original: Spoorloos (1988) Probably the biggest boo-boo the remake made was that it did away with the original’s hauntingly grim ending in favour of a much less memorable, happily ever after final act.   Brick Mansions (2014) The Original: Banlieue 13 (2004) Banlieue 13 was a top-notch dystopian thriller with lots of gritty action and dazzling parkour that’s since garnered a strong cult following. The pointless English language version brings back the acrobatic David Belle from the original (just check out the trailer’s corny line “We taught you how to speak English”) but will only be immortalised as the last film Paul Walker completed before his death in 2013. Godzilla (1998) The Original: Gojira (1954) The classic monster franchise is fascinating, because it was born into the context of a post-World War II Japan still reeling from the destruction of the atomic bomb. By contrast the Hollywood blockbuster was a bewilderingly stupid catastrophe devoid of any action and let down by decidedly rubbish CGI and dialogue. However, Godzilla (2014) was the second version of the original, which at least was much better than its 1998 counterpart. Nine (2009) The Original: 8 ½ (1963) An adaptation of the musical that was already based on the original movie, the glitzy Nine fell completely flat with audiences and critics alike, as well as being cinematic proof that there are actually things that Daniel Day-Lewis can’t do. Vanilla Sky (2001) The Original: Abre los ojos (1997) A critically divisive movie, Vanilla Sky has been as acclaimed for its lofty ambitions and individual performances as it’s been reviled for its pretence and baffling plot. Most people can agree though, that it’s not a patch on the audacious Spanish original. The Wicker Man (2006) The Original: The Wicker Man (1973) Nicolas Cage is no stranger to shoddy American remakes but the hilarity of this completely nuts reboot of the British cult classic really takes the biscuit. “Oh no! Not the bees!” Bangkok Dangerous (2008) The Original: Bangkok Dangerous (1999) Proof that lightning rarely strikes twice, the Pang Brothers’ tried to remake their own successful original with an added Nicolas Cage, and instead ended up with a withering score of 9% on Rotten Tomatoes. Taxi (2004) The Original: Taxi (1998) Jimmy Fallon and Queen Latifah teamed up for this commercially successful but critically panned remake. While the original has spawned three sequels in France, the American effort has unsurprisingly…not. Swept Away (2002) The Original: Travolti da un’Insolito Destino Nell’azzurro Mare d’Agosto (1974) When Lina Wertmüller, director of the original film, saw Guy Ritchie and Madonna’s 2002 version he allegedly left the theatre at the end crying, “What did they do to my movie? Why did they do this?” Enough said. My Sassy Girl (2008) The Original: That Bizarre Girl (2001) Although the American reimagining of the well-loved Korean rom-com isn’t actually bad per se, it’s still a great example of how much of the charm and originality of the original can simply be lost in translation. Last Man Standing (1996) The Original: Yojimbo (1961) Empire magazine ranked Yojimbo at #95 in their list of the “500 Greatest Films of All Time”. Bruce Willis stars in Hollywood’s box office trainwreck of an adaptation, which obviously didn’t make it onto any such lists. Quarantine (2008) The Original: REC (2007) Let us be clear, Quarantine is a pretty solid horror movie. It’s claustrophobic, decently cast and boasts enough scares to excite its audience. Where it falls down though, is how brazenly it copies the source material almost verbatim, aside from changing the ending (for the worse). In short, it’s impossible to enjoy Quarantine if you’ve seen the quite excellent REC. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
The world is a weird and wonderful place and should be experienced in all of its fantastic glory. If you are someone with a bold spirit and an adventurous soul, we might have just the right unusual travel destinations for you to consider for your next trip. Freetown Christiania, Denmark The Free Town of Christiania in Denmark is an autonomous, alternative, free-living utopia that exists right in the middle of Copenhagen. It is a hippie paradise and is wildly out of place in the centre of the orderly Danish capital. Visitors are welcome and are free to roam freely around the town, however, photography is prohibited in most areas. Slab City, USA Slab City is known as the last free place in America. It is completely uncontrolled by the government and living there is completely free and unregulated. It is a place of freedom and isolation. Situated close to Niland, California, the deserted World War II Marine outpost draws thousands of visitors annually. Door To Hell, Turkmenistan In 1971, a natural gas field collapsed and formed a 30 metre deep crater. The crater began to leak flammable methane. Scientists decided to set it on fire as a way to control the gas. They assumed it would burn off all of the natural gas within a few days, but incredibly enough, the fire still burns to this day. It is a miraculous sight and would make for one of the best photo opportunities of your life. The Chocolate Hills Of Bohol, Philippines There are over 1700 conical hills dotted across the middle of the island of Bohol in thePhilippines. They range in height but the regularity of their shape makes them look almost man made. According to UNESCO, they are the uplift of coral deposits and a result of rainwater erosion. The Fly Geyser, Nevada, USA This looks like it belongs on the set of a SciFi movie. Located on the edge of Black Rock Desert in Nevada, this geyser was accidentally created in 1964. An energy company drilled down into geothermal waters and caused this spectacular geyser to form. The scalding waters erupt five feet high and the mineral buildup means that the conical shape grows several inches year. The red and green hues are a result of the thermophilic algae. Cat Island, Japan The tiny island of Tashirojima, Japan has a population of merely one hundred humans, however they are grossly outnumbered by their furry feline friends. Cats were originally brought to the island to catch mice, as the island was once heavily involved in silk production and mice are natural predators of the silk worm. Locally, they are considered to be good luck and there is even a cat shrine on the island. There are even cute cat shaped cabins for tourists to stay in. Lake Natron, The Petrified Lake, Tanzania Lake Natron in Tanzania is a creepy spectacle to behold. Due to a mixture of salt and minerals called natron that exists heavily in the water, this lake is one of the deadliest lakes on the planet. Natron consists mainly of sodium bicarbonate and sodium carbonate. This causes the lake to sometimes have a pink or orange hue. Animals that die in the lake are turned into statues through calcification. The Sea Of Stars, Maldives Located on Vaadhoo Island, one of the islands of Raa Atoll in the Maldives you will find the breathtaking Sea Of Stars. It is a naturally occuring phenomenon wherein a chemical reaction known as bioluminescence takes place when the water is disturbed by oxygen. Phytoplankton, the marine microorganisms in the water, have a blue luminescence, which causes the water to glow a glorious blue colour. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }