“Life is random, but when you finish a puzzle you know you’ve made all the right choices.”
The film PUZZLE is actually adapted from an Argentine film called ‘Rompecabezas’ the tile means puzzle in Spanish.
Agnes (played by our cover star Kelly Macdonald), has never ventured far from home or family, she was raised in a tight-nit immigrant community by her widowed father. Now in her early 40’s she finds herself somewhat adrift with a husband and children after focusing solely on their wants and needs.
As a birthday present Agnes receives a jigsaw puzzle, and finds that she is very good at it, and it gives her a heady thrill that she has not experienced in a long time. This is the beginning of a quiet but dramatic transformation of her life.
Robert is a wealthy inventor, and somewhat of a recluse, and Agnes meets him as a ‘puzzle partner’, recognising her talent for puzzles, he recruits her for a world jigsaw tournament. This is something that Agnes wants to pursue, but it means stepping away from her domestic bubble to go after a new hobby. Not everyone in the family embraces the change so enthusiastically. (more…)
When you were growing up were you told ‘silence is golden’, I didn’t really appreciate the sentiment as a youngster, thinking it was over-rated, along with ‘children should be seen and not heard’… But as it turns out, our very modern busy lives are filled with distraction and noise, and actually finding periods of peace and quiet can be our salvation!
Noise pollution is actually quite a threat to health, and it’s a difficult one to manage – you don’t physically see that noise is having an impact on the quality of your life, but in fact constantly living with noise can increase your blood pressure, reduce your concentration levels and productivity and disturb sleep to name a few.
Some noise comes externally, like building works, aeroplanes, traffic and so on, but other noise can be brought on by ourselves, by not switching off from modern technology. (more…)
As I write this article England is in the throes of what can only be described as a heat-wave. It’s the glorious weather we can only dream about, and plenty of us pay good money each year to ensure we get some by holidaying abroad. But somehow when you are working, and trying to sleep at night, it’s all not so funny. So how can you thrive during summer rather than just survive?
Heat exhaustion is not just a possibility in foreign climes, it can happen just as easily at home… Typical symptoms are nausea, dizziness, cramps, thirst, tiredness, headache and even a fast pulse. It is caused by the body losing too much water and salt, through sweating, either due to extreme heat or maybe from playing sport in very hot weather. To guard against it happening, ensure that you stay well hydrated, try to eat more water rich foods in your diet (think cucumber and watermelon), and stay out of the sun during the height of the day between 11am-3pm, and seek shade where possible. If you do get caught out, then remove unnecessary clothes, lie down, get into as cool a place as possible, drink water, and try and cool the skin. (more…)
The nature of modern technology means that we are now documenting our lives in different ways, for many of us when we were young, events may have been recorded in a diary, or we may have had some sort of scrap booking or journal system for recording important events, as well as our thoughts and feelings. But now it is quite likely that these methods are deemed outdated and we are recording our lives in a digital manner, and perhaps memorialising them via social media platforms.
Whilst there is nothing wrong with embracing everything that modern living has to offer, there are some art forms that are being forsaken along the way, take writing for example. Very often we use words now as little as possible, with communications limited to an amount of characters or words.
One of the reasons this is quite sad, is that that the benefits of writing expressively has many therapeutic health advantages. (more…)
We now have so many choices in life, that decisions are more complicated than ever and we often make the same selections over and over again regardless of whether they are right for us or not.
Our wardrobes are a classic example, just take jeans – there is an overwhelming choice of colour, cut, style, for instance on the Marks & Spencer’s website for women there are 62 options before you get into shade or size…
As winter becomes spring and then spring becomes summer, it can be hard to make room for everything from jumpers, to coats, to shorts and more. So, is there an argument for a capsule wardrobe, and if so what do you choose?
Do you have enough storage at home for all of the clothes, shoes and accessories that you own? If the answer is no – then it is time to downsize your wardrobe! (more…)
Birds and their feathers have been used for centuries as both talismans and as predictors of the future.
In its simplest form a feather crossing your path can be read as a message trying to reach you. The way that you see a feather could be far and wide, one might fall from the sky, you might be gifted a present or jewellery that has a feather design, or in this day and age you could see something in a gift shop or printed on a t-shirt… The symbolism might be in you repeatedly seeing and noticing feathers in all of their forms.
Different colours help with the mystical meanings:
Black – Interpreted as spiritual wisdom. You can use a black feather to disperse pessimism, negativity and disapproval. It can also be used as an amulet for the home providing protection from unwanted visitors.
Blue – These colour feathers stimulate intelligence and enhance psychic cognizance. Use this colour when you need to tune in to your intuition. (more…)
Do you often wake, thinking that was a really weird dream? It can be hard to make head nor tail of what it meant. Sometimes we may have the feeling that the dream just happened, and that it was strange and complicated, but it is not always easy to remember all of the details.
The next time that happens to you, it is worth trying to think if there were any elements of the dream, perhaps a symbol that stood out to you. You may have noticed it, but not necessarily thought it was relevant to the story playing out. (more…)
Ch’i is sometimes referred to as ‘Qi’ or ‘Positive Ch’i’ or as ‘Dragon’s Breath’ and simply put is an invisible life-force.
The ideal, is to create positive energy, where everything flows properly for humans, the animal kingdom, nature and even buildings…
When the flow of ch’i is properly regulated health, vitality and growth will all be promoted, but when the opposite happens and energy is blocked problems occur in health and in life. Ch’i needs to be balanced just right, when it runs too intensely and fast it can lead to all sorts of things like hyperactivity, anger, lack of relaxation and more which in turn takes away good well-being and prosperity. (more…)
Angels are quite mystical in themselves, much has been written about them and there are many different opinions about their origins and purpose. Despite a diverse attitude a few theories have become accepted, such as one popularised by Dionysius the Areopagite who was a Greek mystic of the 6th century CE. He wrote the Celestial Hierarchy where he divided the angelic realm into nine orders, made up of three choirs. This theory was further developed in the 13th century by an Italian theologian named St Thomas Aquinas.
The First Choir
The first choir was made up of three groups of angels who were supposed to be closest to God, and who were given face-to face-worship with him.
Seraphim: They include Uriel and Michael who were aflame with love and devotion for God and were therefore known as the ‘burning ones’. (more…)