Category Archives: Illustrations by Helen

Why is caffeine such a popular stimulant?

Legality? Tastiness? Although it is another one of those addictive substances you have to learn to enjoy. I think it’s indicative of the capabilities of social mystique to sell something to us that people end up drinking booze and caffeine … Continue reading

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In relation to the beginning of the Universe, is science saying ‘Give me one free miracle, and from there the entire thing will proceed with a seamless, causal explanation’?

I think its important to recognise that the word miracle is pretty loaded. Personally, I’ve observed every moment that exists as its own miracle, at least when I’m feeling alive and awake and positive enough to recognise it as such. … Continue reading

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What makes a good hermit?

I think I have dreamed about hermitage for as long as I can remember. On long motorway journeys as a child, I remember staring out at the clumps of woodland alongside the road, trying to decide which bits would be … Continue reading

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Why are wasps so angry?

Just imagine life at such a different scale. A brain small enough to not quite comprehend the enormous multicoloured space below and around. Only enough gravity sensation to keep the blue or grey above. Looking at the world through a … Continue reading

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When?

I’ve already been putting this off for half an hour. The time is always now, but so much can be put off indefinitely, that it becomes irresistable. We cede control of our time to immediate whim, and weirdly, I think … Continue reading

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Is it possible to be surprised by a lunar eclipse?

Depends how intimate you are with your astronomical charts. Clearly, if you haven’t been expecting a lunar eclipse, and look up to see that the moon is slowly being eaten by darkness, you’re going to be surprised, at least for … Continue reading

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Wouldn’t it be cool if pavements were giant, sentient, interconnected living organisms. Do you think we would treat them with a bit more care?

Or would they just rise up from beneath our feet and destroy us for our crimes against their people? The pavement manifesto would probably make an interesting document. The rhetoric of the oppressed would have less a less metaphorical turn … Continue reading

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Which is better Sunrise or Sunset?

The thing is, I just don’t see the sunrise properly often enough. This plays both for and against it, in the aesthetic and enjoyment stakes. It becomes this desirable and rare process, harder to find, and often representing a particularly … Continue reading

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Should I hold my peace?

It depends, do you think it will be more useful to you later on? There’s so many different situations in which one can choose to remain quiet, and stay out of things. Sometimes it’s right, sometimes it’s wrong. And it’s … Continue reading

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“Sometimes reality is too complex for oral communication. But legend embodies it in a form which enables it to spread all over the world.” Discuss.

I’ve written on this subject before. Or at least, another form of it. Legend and Myth aren’t the same. History and reality aren’t the same. There’s some similar structures though. And I’m curious as to what I’ll write in a … Continue reading

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