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How to prepare for the end of the world

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When our beloved sun dies in 5 billion years, it will grow as bloated as an uncle at a wedding lunch. It will incinerate Mercury and Venus, and maybe Earth too. If we avoid this fate, we will still be torn to pieces as we are dragged into the electron-degeneracy of the white dwarf our sun will have, by then, become. 

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The Candleholders of Destiny

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Inspector Goose shook the snow from her coat as she entered the cocktail bar. She placed her hat down and looked across the barroom. As she walked across the room, her one wooden leg tapped a flamenco rhythm on the wooden floor.

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A Cad's Guide to Halloween

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Halloween, officially known as International Monsters Night, is the second scariest time of the year (the morning of New Year’s Day being the most ghoulish). Any cad worth his, her or its salt will use this night of witchery and jiggery-pokery to create mischief and further his, her or its own cause.

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Silent Films!

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Tired of being sledge-hammered with the clamorous cacophony of the modern cinema? Sick of 45-speaker surround systems drowning your ears in polyphonic car crashes? We plea for a return to the civilised world of silent films.

As the famously back-footed mime artist Arisztid Bajusz once said, sometimes a step backwards is a step forward. With this counterintuitive truism in mind we look to see how we could improve the cinematic experience.

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