Chocolate: The British Founding Fathers

When chocolate arrived in Britain it did so more or less simultaneously with two other stimulants, tea from Asia and coffee from Africa. Coffee was the first to catch on in British society as it was relatively cheaper but chocolate soon followed. Documentary evidence of the first chocolate house in … Continue reading

Only Children and Drunks Tell the Truth – Part 2

A common reason for violence is deeply rooted in our dark subconscious, our genes, nature and nurture hand in hand, our past can often rear its ugly head when we are at our worst states, when we have the least control over ourselves, when we are drunk. And suddenly…we are … Continue reading

TV Review: The Venture Bros – What Colour is your Clean Suit?

Adult Swim’s mature animated comedy series The Venture Bros has always ran the risk of having a very niche sense of humour. Much of the show’s hilarity relies on the viewer having seen Hanna Barbera cartoons like Jonny Quest or Scooby Doo and it is entirely possible that members of … Continue reading

TV Review: Hannibal – Coquilles

This month, Hannibal was renewed for a second season, which for all its fans across the world was the cause of a collective sigh of relief. This relief comes as it would have been a far worse crime to not have the series renewed then any act of cannibalism performed … Continue reading

Film Review: After Earth

After Earth stars Will Smith. This film started like a 1950s newsreel. Earth is no longer habitable and a new planet has been found. The theme was like Starship Troopers, as bugs on the new world tried to kill the settlers. These bugs can smell fear! How? The explanation given … Continue reading

TV Review: Warehouse 13 – The Sky’s the Limit

The fourteenth episode of Warehouse 13’s fourth season, The Sky’s the Limit, features an imaginative plot with two distinct and interesting investigations for the now-sizable cast. The downside, however, is that the show retains its irritatingly immature and juvenile attempts at humour. For every observation that can be suggested in … Continue reading

Five Steps to a Better Life

London Life Coach & Clinical Hypnotherapist Sloan Sheridan-Williams talks about 5 steps to improve your life. Follow Sloan on Twitter @SloanSW_London and check out Sloan’s website www.sloansw.com Clients often come to hypnotherapy or life coaching expecting us to delve into the past and drag up and rake over old memories … Continue reading

Chocolate as Medicine

Chocolate was used therapeutically as long ago as the fourth century, when the Maya first started cultivating the cacao tree. Mayan sorcerers, who were the predecessors of priests and doctors, prescribed cacao both as a stimulant and as a soothing balm. Warriors took it as an energy boosting drink, and cocoa … Continue reading

Film Review: Fast and Furious 6

Fast and Furious 6 is the next sequel in this thrilling series. Lots of twists and turns keep this movie fresh. All the regular crew return with a chance of earning a full pardon for their past misdemeanours. Paul Walker and Van Diesel star as pals Brian O’Conner and Dominic … Continue reading

Chocolate: From Bean to Beverage

The rich and creamy drinking chocolate we enjoy today could not be more different from the original Aztec drink of tchocolatl which was a chocolate liquor that was bitter, greasy and served cold. The sixteenth-century Italian botanist, Giramolo Benzoni, described one of the methods the Aztecs employed to make tchocolatl: “They take … Continue reading

TV Review: Da Vinci’s Demons – The Hierophant

In its seventh episode, titled The Hierophant (as each episode is titled after a Tarot card), Da Vinci’s Demons continues to be a mostly enjoyable if not bafflingly inconsistent programme. The show possesses an almost binary nature; being both a drama rife with political skulduggery (in the spirit of Game … Continue reading

Movie Review: 42

42 is the story of Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Bozeman) and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford). A deal or let’s say decision that put both Robinson and Rickey in the firing line of public opinion, the press, and fellow … Continue reading

Quantum Computing in 2013

The introduction of classical computing brought the languages of classical physics (electricity and magnetism) and joined it into a new assembly of people in the future called computer scientists. Comparable to most technologies, classical computers like ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) began under the purview of engineers and progressed … Continue reading