Features - CBD: looking for approval

Maté Jarai rounds up some of the latest CBD products to hit the market and assesses the impact of changing FSA regulations The popularity of cannabidiol (CBD) products has grown greatly in the UK over the last few years. Preliminary research suggests that CBD, a compound that comes from the cannabis plant, may be beneficial for several health conditions, including symptoms of anxiety, depression and pain caused by inflammation. And, as we’ll hear later, it may also help people conquer sleep pro

Bee Products - Pollinators versus Parliament

Where would we be without the honeybee? Maté Jarai weighs up the cost of losing the planet’s key pollinators and hears why it’s so important to #StandByBees The mighty honeybee is one of the most important creatures of the animal kingdom, yet numbers continue to dwindle. Up to 90% of wild plants and 75% of crops depend on pollination, and according to the WWF that means that one in three mouthfuls of food we consume depend directly on pollinators such as the honeybee. Recently, the Government

"I Treated my Asthma With a Plant-based Diet." Here’s What the Research Says

The list of medical conditions that could benefit from a switch to a plant-based diet seems to be growing, and asthma, the chronic respiratory condition, is also getting a good hard look from researchers around the globe. I have suffered from serious asthma and switching to a plant-based diet helped me, so looking into foods that trigger asthma, and possible dietary changes to help reduce asthma symptoms is a topic that's personal to me.

Structures of meaning: form and the mundane in the contemporary novel - ePrints Soton

In the contemporary novel, the mundane is proving addictive. The lengthy digressions and obsessive details of Karl Ove Knausgaard have hooked readers, while Brett Easton Ellis hailed Tao Lin as ‘the most interesting prose stylist of his generation’, while labelling his novel Taipei ‘boring’. But what strategies does the contemporary writer use to arouse interest in monotony? This thesis explores the question through a new novel Illuminato, whose protagonist Florián Hal struggles to find meaning, in what he feels is a pointless existence. The novel asks the reader to explore Florián‘s world experientially, and focus on the repetitiveness of his daily life. Through the novel, I ask how the contemporary mundane can prompt intrigue, immersion, and engagement from readers

Live Authentic Die Far Away

Live Authentic Die Far Away, the third poetry collection from Maté Jarai, is a culmination of the ideas explored in If We Open Our Eyes the Floods Won't End so Let's Not Do That and Instrumentals. This collection is a love story told in verse, exploring what it means to search for authenticity within a significant other. This idea is examined through a chronology of poems, from the beginning of a relationship through to its end. Live Authentic Die Far Away is about the age-old existential search for meaning, for self-authenticity, and the dangerous pitfalls of trying to dictate ones own destiny.

Cephalopress Ltd

Cephalopress is an independent publishing house formed of writers, operating out of Italy and the UK. Our aim is to help other writers who may be having difficulty in finding a home for their work based on the fact it might not be seen as ‘commercially viable’. Simply put, we want to publish good writing; real literature, the experimental and the brave, the forward-thinking in both form and content, the stuff mainstream publishing will rarely touch.

Breaking Bad's end left a void in my life, I filled it - with Sons of Anarchy - An article for Screen Robot

Walter White is dead. Breaking Bad is done. There is no more to that story, and after an epically satisfying final season, it was time for me to also move on. No television series has ever grabbed me like Breaking Bad, with its flawless list of elements from the writing, to the actors, the visual aesthetics and editing, the music and sound, all congealing to form a wonderful paste that sticks in your mouth and brain and stays there, becoming a part of you. Walter White’s story is one that will surely resonate with me for at least many years, if not always.

In the Panther's Wake/Through the Panther's Storm

In a ruined world, based loosely on our own, the surface is haunted by terrifying and deadly masked soldiers, left behind from the wars of the past. Survivors of the ‘old world’ have fled to the underground. Food and water are scarce and it hasn’t rained in a year. Bandi and Markus are brothers, and two of the youngsters tasked with scavenging the surface for food. The soldiers have always left the young ones alone, but things are getting desperate. Times are changing. After tragedy strikes, Bandi and Markus are alone. With only an elusive black panther to guide them, they set out in search of the sea, a sea that only Markus can remember. But they’ve been told the sea no longer exists and the path towards it seems impossible. It’s a journey that will test their physical and spiritual selves, their beliefs and their brotherhood. As they venture on, they hope the panther that leads them is real, hope that at the end of it all they’ll find safety beside the waves. But that’s all they have—hope—and Death is everywhere.

Mexican Drug Wars - An article for Planet Ivy

Last Saturday, February 22nd, Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, was arrested in the Mexican town of Mazatlán. He’s head of the Sinaloa Cartel, who are reportedly responsible for up to 30% of cross-border trafficking, to go along with a globe-covering trafficking network. Meanwhile the vigilantes, now part of ‘official’ security forces, have had a few victories themselves. All of this seems like great news for the Mexican Drug war. Could the tides be turning at last, it what has seemed like an endless battle for so long?