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Art, Culture & Lifestyle Interview with an Octopus W R I T T E N BY S H I M A N I E S H A R E E F

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Stressfree Creativity W R I T T E N BY S H I M A N I E S H A R E E F

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Aware Brand Imitation W R I T T E N BY F U N KO

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Potted Herb Garden W R I T T E N BY N O O N U

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Dating & Relationship Keeping the Relationship Alive W R I T T E N BY S I P O F L I F E

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How to be a Gentleman W R I T T E N BY S I P O F L I F E

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EDITOR: MOHAMED RAFEEQ LE CUTE LAVISH LIFESTYLE IS PUBLISHED BY LINTEL INVESTMENTS AND MANAGEMENT SERVICES PVT LTD. THE CONTENTS OF THIS PUBLICATION ARE PROTECTED AND ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


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INTERVIEW WITH HISHKO & MUA King & Queen of Tiny Hearts I N T E RV I E W E D BY L AV I S H E D I TO R I A L T E A M

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Fashion & Beauty LACOSTE An Essential for Every Man & Woman’s Wordrobe W R I T T E N BY A N G E L S H U J A

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Your Fashionable Escape to An Exotic Beach Destination W R I T T E N BY A N G E L S H U J A

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Movies

DJANGO UNCHAINED  ZERO DARK THIRTY  MAN OF STEEL

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Music & Literature

BURIAL  FRANK OCEAN  GROUPER A L I F T H E U N S E E N   L O S T AT S E A   T H E D O G S TA R

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GRAPHIC DESIGN & ILLUSTRATION BY IBRAHIM A∏AFATH iA∏AFATH.COM


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LECUTE SHOPPER’S GUIDE


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PANASONIC

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 VIERA PLASMA 3D TV 

 FLOORSTANDERS 

Combine the thrill of a 3D viewing experience with superior quality HD entertainment by using the Panasonic TH-P50XT50 50 inch Plasma TV. It’s a HD Ready TV that provides a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels for great visuals. There’s also a 600Hz Sub-field drive that will improve the image quality further. Featuring the V-Audio Pro Surround technology, you’ll enjoy rich audio output as well. You can play games and have access to a range of fun apps by using the Viera Connect feature. Some other innovative features include Bluetooth connectivity, Web Smoother, USB Movie and two rear HDMI inputs. 

A new generation Uni-Q MF/HF array paired with a long-throw bass driver of equal size, and two matching ABRs. As front speakers in a home theatre system, these effortlessly assertive ­performers are capable of flooding the room with an intricate and intensely physical soundstage. As a viewer, you notice the striking clarity of the vocals and fluidly articulate midrange response. With massive bass extension heightening the drama and flawless 3-D imaging that faithfully tracks the action on screen; the illusion of being there is phenomenal.

TH-P50XT50S

MVR 25,000.00

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Q Series / Q900 / Walnut

MVR 11,132.00

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S CALVIN KLEIN

MARC JACOBS  DOT 

Eau de Perfume

 ENCOUNTER  Eau de Perfume

Calvin Klein launches a new fragrance Encounter - mysterious, seductive and masculine. The composition is developed by perfumers Honorine Blanc and Pierre Negrin.  It opens with aromas of mandarin, cardamom and rum. Pepper, Egyptian jasmine, patchouli and cognac form the perfume’s core, settled on woody nuances of oud, Atlas cedar and musk. Actor Alexander Skarsgard was chosen to be the face of the campaign and his partner model is Lara Stone.

Marc Jacobs Dot for women embodies floral-fruity scent, surrounded with exotic notes of coconut and wrapped in soft vanilla embrace. Top notes of the new fragrance DOT incorporates red berries combined with pitaya fruit, known also as dragon fruit. The juicy and exciting opening is followed by a floral trio composed of honeysuckle, jasmine and orange blossom, while a base closes with a trail of coconut water, vanilla, driftwood and sensual musk.

LANCÔME

50 ml MVR 611.00

100 ml MVR 911.00

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 GÉNIFIQUE 

Youth Activating Concentrate

Lancôme introduces Génifique a serum that intensely hydrates and promotes skin's natural exfoliation, a characteristic of young skin. Results are visibly younger skin in just 7 days. Skin looks as if lit from within, with breathtaking radiant. Its youthful quality returns: cushiony soft and velvety to the touch. Drop by drop, skin is vibrant with youth, its tone becomes astonishingly even, and texture dramatically refined.

100 ml MVR 3,017.00

50 ml MVR 1,132.00

100 ml MVR 1,145.00

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DAVIDOFF S  COOL WATER SENSUAL ESSENCE  Eau de Perfume

LADY GAGA   FAME  Eau de Perfume

Lady Gaga presents her first fragrance called Fame. The fragrance is built on three main accords; the dark accord includes poisonous flower Belladonna and incense, which evolves into the sensual and opulent wave of honey drops, saffron and apricot. A floral veil of Sambac jasmine and tiger orchid embody light and beauty. The bottle is designed in collaboration with Nick Knight, and advertising campaign is shot by Steven Klein.

50 ml MVR 794.00

Davidoff presents a new edition of the women's fragrance Cool Water (1996), the warm and shimmering Cool Water Sensual Essence which is glamorous, alluring and sensual, inspired by golden sunset reflected on ocean surface. Perfumer Nathalie Lorson tried to achieve this with notes of exotic flowers and vanilla. The top accords of the composition are bergamot and red fruits that lead to the floral heart of orchid and frangipani. The base rounds the fragrance with aromas of vanilla, musk and woods.

50 ml MVR 647.00

100 ml MVR 882.00

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BODY SHOP  HAND CREAM  Hemp, Wild Rose & Almond

The body shop Hand Cream collection consists of three 30ml tubes, Hemp Hand Protector, Wild Rose Hand Cream and Almond Hand & Nail Cream. The Wild Rose Cream with rosehip oil provides much needed moisture to mature skin while helping to reduce the appearance of brown spots. The Almond Hand Nail Cream cares for nails as well as hands and contains two manicurist’s essentials: sweet almond oil and panthenol. The Hemp Hand Protector softens and protects hands even after washing.

30 ml MVR 567.00


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CERRUTI  CHANTAL  Handbag

A spacious and stylish black shoulder bag, with zip pocket inside. This bag could be used for evening outings, or could be used as a travel handbag, Cerruti style.

MVR 12,740.00

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L F CLINIQUE  REPAIRWEAR LASER FOCUS  Wrinkle and UV Damage Corrector

Potent serum gives every skin a second chance against lines, wrinkles, sun damage. In 4 weeks, see obvious reduction in lines, wrinkles add improved texture. At 12 weeks, the visible wrinkle-reducing power is remarkable. Quickly absorbs to skin, and ideal even under makeup.

30 ml MVR 878.00

50 ml MVR 1,260.00

PANASONIC  PRECISION LADIES BODY SHAVER  ES-WR40VP451

Features include adjustable shaving head, can flip and lock into vertical positions and perfect for fine detailing on tough to reach spots. Has dry shaving technology, since you don’t need water you can use it anytime for a quick touch up, no matter where you are. Ultra sharp blade last up to 2 years, and great for travel use.

MVR 635.00


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STRESS FREE CREATIVITY THOUGH YOU MAYBE AN ARTIST A GRAPHIC DESIGNER PHOTOGRAPHER OR A WRITER THERE WILL SURELY BE TIMES WHEN WHAT YOU ARE DOING AS YOUR PASSION BECOMES A LITTLE TOO STRESSFUL FOR YOUR MIND TO TAKE ON. BEING STRESSED DOES NOT DO A CREATIVE MIND ANY GOOD. The causes of stress varies from one person to the other, therefore identify what’s bugging you so much so that you can do something about it. People may give you tips on how to relieve stress but just like the cause the solution for each person also differs. Every person has his own way of managing a project. When you are more organized it will cause you less stress. Plan your day and follow your list. Learn to discipline your self and to manage your time well.


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Treat your clients nicely. Don’t be stressed with your clients, as it ends up adding to your mind. Deal with them in a positive manner. If you are familiar with them, meet them in a café or anywhere outside of office and speak over refreshments. If you are good at managing your time well, it does not hurt to take a few days off from work once in a while. Do something you enjoy. Go out, hang out with your friends, or do something different. You can actually work better if you can get enough sleep. The brain works better and you can produce better outputs with some sleep or even a nap. If you can’t nap, take a break to relax. Listen to some calming music and get your mind off of work for a bit. In today’s world, working requires a lot of our time from the day. Despite of your busy schedule you should never forget the special people in your life. So spend sometime with your loved ones. Allot that time to be only about them and not about your work. Reading doesn’t only help you relieve stress, but also helps get you more inspiration, learn new things, get new ideas and even may help you with a project you are stuck with without much progression. Take charge of everything including your thoughts, emotions, schedule and even the ­a tmosphere and environment. Divide your time properly for work, friends & family, ­enjoyment and relaxation.

STRESS FREE CREATIVITY

It does not make you any less creative for lacking a certain skill required for a project. Or if you think you do not have enough time to do a certain work. Ask help from other people who has the skill you need, or some one who has enough time to help you with certain tasks you need help and assistance with.


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KEEPING THE RELATIONSHIP ALIVE IT’S LIKE

OUR PARENTS

TELL US

THE BEAUTY OF YOUR BODY & FACE ISN’T FOREVER

They age with time, until all that is left is your personality and charm. Ultimately, this is what keeps a relationship stable, and lasting. The first and foremost important point to remember is that, if he’s in it just for your looks, when you start aging, he’s going to be out the door faster than you can say

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WE’VE ALL ENJOYED THE LUSTFUL LOOKS, AND THE FLIRTY WINKS SHOT ACROSS THE CAFETERIA OF THE WORK PLACE. We’ve all been on the receiving end and agree that we do enjoy the attention we get. But when it comes down to a serious, mature relationship, there is nothing, and I really mean nothing, that is more important than communication. This ­article is especially for the ladies, and will give a few tips to

those men out there who want to score at a “real” relationship. Granted, the first thing you notice about us women, is our looks. Bodies, to be exact. Then faces, and then finally, our personalities. I spoke to three couples about their relationship for this article.


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Couple one, in their early teens seemed to be crazy about each other. Constantly touching the other one, giggling, and not really getting what their partner was talking about. As these two ­l ovebirds ( for lack of a better word for these two) seemed to be really “into” each other. I could tell instantly that they had only been together for only a couple of months. They weren’t really interested in talking or getting to know each other. When asked what was the most important condition in a successful rela­ ionship all I got were more giggles which unfortunately says quite a lot about the both of them together. But I thought, what the heck… two young people in “lust” let them have their fun.

Couples number three has been married 7 years, the woman in her late twenties, and the man reaching 30 years of age. This couple seemed more mature and stable. They seemed to understand each other, and though I hadn’t known them that long, I could tell that they were still very much in love, and appreciated each other. They seemed to be very understanding with each other, and didn’t get into any useless or pointless arguments over the little issues. Life, for them seemed to be very relaxed, quiet and to me, they seemed to be very “in sync” with each other. It seemed worthy to ask this couple on how they maintained their relationship for as long as 7 years.

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MISTAKES Couple number two were two years in to their relationship. The man was in his early twenties, while the woman was a good five years older than the man. The man had previously made some “mistakes” in their relationship but was working on things. The woman was open to giving him one more chance to work at their relationship, and honesty. The ­woman said that honesty was the most important condition of a relationship while the man said “love.” Not sure whether he just meant to be sweet and compliment his partner.


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THEIR ANSWER WAS QUITE SIMPLE Communication and honesty. Whatever you do, whatever you say, always, always be honest with your partner. Life can be pretty hectic with work and friends and family constantly surrounding you, but we make sure that we take a little break, at least once a month, just the two of us, to get away, to talk and to enjoy each other’s company.

Speaking to all these couples made me realize one thing. A relationship is nothing, and I mean ­a bsolutely nothing without communication. As you grow older, and more mature, you realize that without being able to communicate with your partner, what do you do after the sex? Being able to share your stories, wisdom, and well, your ­mistakes with your partner is what makes a relationship ­stable and strong. It’s like our parents tell us. All our youthful looks will eventually fade away with time. What doesn’t fade away is our personality and charisma. If you are unable to make your partner laugh now, then you might as well call it quits. Stabilizing your relationship is hard work, and maintaining the stability is even harder, and

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communication and understanding each other is key when it comes to maintaining a relationship. Of the three couples I spoke with, all were about as similar as night and day. The first couple, let’s call them Couple 1, are only just two teenagers in their “puppy love” phase, and it would be crazy to try and analyse them. Couple 2, the second couple, looked to me that the woman wasn’t about to give a hundred percent because the man had already made one too many mistakes. I got the vibe that the woman was merely sticking with the man for fear of being alone, after the breakup. Couple 3, the third couple, they seemed to know what they were doing. They seemed to be after the same goal, they appeared to have the same ideas, and their way of talking and being­

together seemed really mature, and responsible–as far as I could tell. You can’t call two teenagers being in “lust”, a relationship. Because it is as clear as the day that “lust” is only for a short while, and while it slowly disappears, if the two people aren’t able to talk to each other, there really is no “relationship.” Being able to just sit and talk about meaningless little things, or have a discussion or even fight and make up with – this is what makes two people a family, a whole. Life is ­pretty hard as it is, to go through it alone. We all need that someone to lean on, to talk to and to laugh with from time to time. Because if you have that special someone by your side, you’ll go to bed knowing that you have them to wake up to the next day.


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AN OCTOPUS

INTERVIEW WITH

ALI OSMAN

COSKUN COŞKUN RETURNS TO ­MALDIVES TO EXHIBIT OCTOPUS LAND NOTES: MEMORIES, NOTES, DREAMS AND ­ MEMORABLE ­FRIENDSHIP THAT WAS HELD ON 04 – 14 DECEMBER 2012 AT THE NATIONAL ART GALLERY.

Ali Osman Coşkun is a Turkish ­contemporary artist born in 1958. After graduating from the fa­culty of political science, he has been pursuing the love for art by engaging in many solo and group ­exhibitions in Turkey. Although his artworks are regarded as ­contemporary, there is a strong ­expressionism against the restrictive hegemony of the art industry. His ­artworks invoke the voice of art that is being overpowered by the disillusioning words of the information age, often lost in translation.

This interview was done in a span of 10 days in 3 seperate interviews by email, phone and in person. How and when were you exposed to art?  In childhood! I know this is a classic answer, but it is true… Because, you cannot choose art, it chooses you. I guess you have to have a pas­ sion for art since ­childhood. Different people perceive art differently. What does art mean to you?  For me, Art is a kind of existence, a being style… I believe that art is the expression of desperateness, like a creative longing to express.


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INTERVIEW WITH AN OCTOPUS


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Which artists inspired you the most? 

Van Gogh

Gauguin

Picasso

You have lived briefly in M ­ aldives in 1995. What brought you here the first time around?  A memorable friendship! After coming here, I found “memorable” beauty in nature and people. What are the things that inspired you ­creatively during your stay in Maldives?  Once again, the people and the pristine nature of Maldives had a profound effect on me. That’s very nice to hear. You had a very curious title for the exhibition. What is the meaning behind the title, “Octopus’ Land Notes”?  I felt myself like an octopus on land, so strange like it. The collection is my land notes, hence the name… I also published a drawing album with the same title. The portraits titled, “Faces”, “We (Again?)” & “People” are interesting to note that neither have mouths. Does it reflect what you said about the world being smothered with words?  Sometimes, words do not work… usually, do not work! We as h ­ umans, have smothered the world with words already, can’t say it has shaped it in its best interest. For that reason, we need art to get important messages across… I can say that my paintings reflect this situation… Sometimes, there are mouths, but no voice… I see what you mean. Words don’t always get the message across. What is the concept behind the dark/ hollow eyes seen in the “We (Again?)” portraits?  All of us have eyes, but not everybody sees the truth right in front of them…We have to learn to see things as they are, not what we are told to see.

PEOPLE—(2005–2010, 35¬55 CM, GOUACHE ON PAPER, CROP)

Since you are a Political Science graduate, does it reflect on your artworks?   Of course! Artists must be interested in all the world, all “Hayaath” or facets of life. At the exhibition you mentioned your dislike about the current state of art in the world. You said that the capital dictates the art industry and the visibility of art. What can the artist do?  An artist must be a “guerrilla”! There are lots of ways of resistance… However, first of all, one must believe in the “resistance” to make positive changes. The artist should resist the pressures of the market. I believe it’s not a good thing for the market to dictate what the artist should produce. This restricts and shuns the creative process of the artist, thereby affecting the natural progression of art as a whole. Art must not be filtered or restricted by any ­authority. It must be free in this sense. It must be free from hegemony. I don’t think most artists are aware of this. Can you please elaborate your thoughts about the hegemony of art and its negative effect on the art world for the readers?  The capital or the ruling class controls what the society wants. Money is the name of the game. They create and commercialize cultural icons like Marilyn Monroe or James Dean to cash–in on their success. This sort of creates a cultural tunnel vision, the ones neglected suffer even if they are comparatively beneficial to the society.


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PEOPLE—(2005–2010, 35¬55 CM, GOUACHE ON PAPER, CROP)

Meaning, a game changing idea can get lost forever just because it was on the blind spot of the society. Van Gogh is a good example. He sold only one painting when he was alive. The society was so engrossed in what the elite favored they failed to notice his genius. Of course, they wasted no time to make him a cultural icon soon after his death. I believe the cu­rators are doing the same thing. They’re like movie directors and the artists are their actors. I think artists should be the directors. No one should dictate what the artist should create. Hegemony limits the true potential of the artist. I had no idea. In your mind, what can be done to develop and nurture artists and the art industry?  Artists should relieve themselves of the hegemony of art industry. It tends to handpick and commer­ cialize the true nature of art. No organization should be allowed to do this. Let the artists find their own voice. Help them to develop their individual ideas.

The art industry in Maldives is still in its in­ fancy. What are your thoughts about art in Maldives?  “Infancy” should stay! Picasso once said that he wanted to paint like a child…“Art industry” is not good friend for art… As for Maldivian art, I have yet to learn more about it. What is your message to aspiring artists?  Don’t be afraid to be real, to be brave and to resist hegemony of the art industry. What is next for you?   I don't know yet, but I do know that I will continue creating. Will you be hosting any future exhibitions again here in Maldives?  Of course! Insha Allah.


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I A BM WR I A A T RNAOR I G I — E DT F AK E I O N LUXURY GOODS ARE SORT AFTER BECAUSE MOST PEOPLE SEEK & YEARN FOR THE HIGH LIFE.

CERTAINLY ADVERTISING & THE HIGH ROLLERS WHO PROMOTE THESE GOODS FURTHER INCREASE THE DESIRE.

OWNING A LUXURY GOOD MAKES YOU FEEL SPECIAL, AND IF YOU ARE; YOU HAVE TO OWN IT!


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There can be two underlying reasons for the demand for l­ uxury goods. When these goods are world brands they indicate a level of credibility and panache that ­exudes quality and high standards. So purchasing for this r­ eason is because the product is genuine and will deliver the promise that the particular brand ­p ortrays. Secondly purchases of such products may be driven by the brand exposure which in turn is ­reflected on the consumers owning them. For such a ­reason it may be that some customers in this bracket may well wish to flaunt the products, to demonstrate that they are one in amongst the clique! Although there may be some other reasons for the consumption of luxury brands, the two mentioned can be rather ­important and these two can ­follow somewhat different paths.

A poor quality product ­ estroys the reputation of the d ­c opied brand, but as there is ­a lways demand for these inexpensive copied products and the factories catering to this need, the ­c ycle continues to run over and over again. Help by making people aware of this issue. Take some time and do some research to check the name and authenticity of the product before you purchase. Day by day it is getting harder to ­d istinguish what’s original and what’s not. Public awareness campaigns may help reduce demand, but only if members of the p ­ ub­lic can tell the genuine product from a counterfeit. Technological ­a dvances like making use of packaging and other markers that are difficult to imitate, and ­consumers should be made aware of the markers so that they know when a product is fake.

DO SOME RESEARCH ON THE ORIGINAL BRANDS SO THAT YOU KNOW HOW TO SPOT THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A FAKE AND AN ORIGINAL.

AWARE BRAND IMITATION

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On the one hand those seeking a quality established product opts for the particular brands not only because they could merely afford it, but more ­i mportantly ­b ecause it will deliver the promise of such brands. On the other hand c­ onsumers vaunting these products may not be particularly c­ oncerned about being genuine. This poses a difficult issue. The brand becomes established because it embodies certain conditions— exclusivity, quality, acceptance, luxury etc. Equally this leads to certain criminal elements wishing to exploit this. The world’s larg est scam ­m arket, replication of original products of renowned brands into fakes or counterfeits and sold at cheap rates. Common counterfeited items include everything from designer clothes to computer ­software to ­pharmaceuticals. The selling of counterfeit or phony products has become one of the biggest and most profitable ­i llegal businesses in the world. Even with authorities employing entire task forces dedicated to eroding piracy, it's an e­ pidemic that will never fully subside, ­especially with online shopping ­making it easier for counterfeiters to sell their cheap merchandise. Counterfeit clothes, shoes and handbags from designer brands are made in varying quality, s­ ometimes the intent is only to fool the gullible buyer who only looks at the label and doesn't know what the real thing looks like, while other consumers do not care if the goods they buy are phony and just wish to purchase inexpensive products.


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COVER FEATURE

INTERVIEW WITH

HISHKO & MUA  Tiny Hearts of Maldives


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INTERVIEW WITH HISHKO & MUA / TINY HEARTS


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Tiny hearts of Maldives is an association established in memory of Keyaan, the beautiful first born son of Ali Muaz & Fathimath Hishmath Faiz, the founders of the association. Why did you form Tiny Hearts? What was the reason behind it? Tiny Hearts of Maldives was esta­ blished in memory of our son, Keyaan who was diagnosed with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD.) It was a difficult time to see our baby suffer so much in vain even with the heart surgery. We wanted to help others who were in similar situations and provide them the necessary i­ nformation. With suggestions from Keyaan’s surgeon, we started at a very small scale with little information, slowly getting into it. How did you cope through your loss?    Keyaan was our strength to cope and to carry on helping others with CHD. We wanted to not shed a single tear in sadness, with Keyaan’s inspirations, to work in strengthening Tiny Hearts. Could you share your expe­ rience and journey towards forming Tiny Hearts?    The experience of losing Keyaan was the most difficult and for us, Tiny Hearts is Keyaan. He is the hero who inspired us to help other parents and to work for this cause and the formation of the NGO was to help create awareness.

How long has the association been operating?    We started helping people during Keyaan’s surgery in 2008 and registered the NGO on Keyaan’s birthday on 8th July 2009 and our official launch was during September 2009. What are the aims and goals of Tiny Hearts?    Our longterm goal is to provide information and assistance regar­‑ ding everything do to when a baby is diagnosed with CHD, and make the country go to that level. Also to establish a place where the treatment is provided, and have someone to continuously monitor the heart disease.We also want to create awareness in people to prepare during pregnancies to reduce high risk factors and work to reduce the chances of congenial heart disease. There are no records of how the disease is diagnosed and when we had to face it, we were puzzled. We want people to know during pregnancy the things that could help prevent this. Which areas do you focus on when you’re planning activ­ ities of the association?  All of our activities are based on very specific targets & objectives.

Our focus in all events is to create awareness about CHD and to help the diagnosed children live a near normal life. What have you achieved through the work you have done so far since you’ve formed Tiny Hearts? We’ve had “Care for Tiny Hearts” programme in 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012, where two pediatric cardiologists observed and provided scans for patients and pregnant women from islands and Malé. Furthermore, we’ve had successful fundraising events from which we assist our patients for the surgeries. How many parents / patients have you helped over the years? We have with us registered over 300 patients and we have helped each and every one of them in anyway we can, including financial help. We go to places like India and find that the rate is much smaller despite the huge population. Including those not registered with us, we have 300, some of who have already passed away. What saddens us the most is not being able to identify the disease during the pregnancy. Today, we have that facility of identifying the disease via scans during the pregnancy.


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Can you tell us the process of providing information up to the professional help for special members?    We help them by providing information on what course of action to take next and we help in providing financial help and in raising funds.

What are the main obstacles, challenges you face?    During the 3 years, one main challenge was to build trust of pa­rents in getting treatment from the country itself. People still are not aware and have lost trust in the system, so the govern­ment has to do a lot to make the system better.

What are the major key events, activities you have planned & accomplished so far?    All our events were very successful. We had three major events. A celebrity football match which had a full house on Galolhu grounds and our second activity was to form a heart. Our aim in that was successful as it was to gather a lot of people to one place and make them aware and to attempt a world record. The primary objective was to gather more people into this cause rather than the latter, world record attempt. Our kids show also turned out well and a lot of schools were reached. We also have a pro‑ gram called Healthy Heart, which is in line with our mandate to promote healthy lifestyle as well.

What are your future plans for the association? What do you target to achieve?    Our aim is to have a major event every two years but have more doctor visits every year to help more people. We also hope to have a better working environment for volunteers. How many volunteers, members are in the association?  There are 10,000 members and we currently are sorting through it and there is an honorary membership that is like an award for contributions. How can the Maldivian community help in the work of Tiny Hearts Association?    NGO’s and people can volunteer, donate and take part in our projects.

Who encourages/supports the work you do for Tiny Hearts Association?    Public. They have been supportive and they accepted us. How is the association funded? Do you help in accumulating funds for patients through fundraisings? We get sponsors from corporations and we do personal fund raising. Do people donate to Tiny Hearts Association?  Yes. The donor list is open. Other than the association do you contribute to any other social work?   We both work in the fitness industry. We want our income to come from giving someone else a benefit, and by helping people keep fit, we are helping them. As both of you are fitness trainers, how did you first become involved with fitness training?    We started at a very young age, we’ve been in the fitness industry for over 12 (twelve) years.


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What are your occupations?    We are both personal trainers. We give trainings on Radical Fitness as well. What are the trainings you have completed? Nutrition education, fitness?    We had several trainings including Radical fitness & other trainings. How do you maintain a healthy lifestyle?    We workout. Our exercise routine is one hour long.

What is your advices or recommendation to people who chooses a career as a profes­ sional fitness trainer?    One of the best professions to choose, specially for youngsters, as there is ample scope & future in the field. What are your hobbies?    We watch movies a lot even though we fall asleep in the middle. The last one we watched was “What to expect when expecting”.

Your favorite destination?    We have very few favorites. India is our current favorite. We go to Kochin every year, especially during the hot season. Your favorite perfumes?    We really don’t know the names. I like Lady Million. Mua gave it as a birthday gift this year. Mua likes One Million.


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Do you own a business? If not, do you have any plans to start a business in the near future?    We’ve established a fitness focused business, Glow Fit. Glow Fit’s been operating aqua aerobics classes at artificial beach focused for women since 2009 . We had boot camp for individuals and various teams preparing for tournaments. Furthermore, we work as fitness instructors at Total Fitness Group (TfG) for the Radical Fitness programme.

What do you think are the social problems in this country?   Lack or rather the unavailability of proper healthcare. Even if anyone asks that unknowingly, I have only one answer: Healthcare sector.

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HOWEVER IT’S HARD TO KNOW HOW TO ­IMPRESS ­SOMEONE YOU DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT. FEAR NOT. FOLLOW THESE S ­ IMPLE TIPS TO MAKE YOUR DATE A SUCCESS.

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IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO TAKE A GIRL OUT ON A DATE, YOUR MAIN AIM WILL BE TO IMPRESS HER.

Arrive on time. There is no such thing as being ­fashionably late for a date. Chances are if you keep her waiting one of two things will happen; either she won’t be there when you arrive or she will be pissed. Neither of these makes for a good start. Talk about politics, ex girlfriends and other hot topics. This is the first date. Keep it light and simple. If you try or battle them over a hot topic, you may reach a point of no ­return. Buy flowers and open doors for your date. Classic good manners will never go out of style and your date will ­really appreciate the thought and it will make her think you’re a nice guy to have taken the time to do something sweet for her. Don't wear your pants off your butt: it's not that attractive and she probably did not want to see the color of your boxers. Wear clean, attractive clothes that fit. Don't wear skin tight clothes, but don't wear clothes that are too baggy either. Smile when you see your date. Maybe you are a tough guy. Maybe you are nervous. Maybe you are paralyzed. Maybe you are shy. Either way, smile. Do not glower. Cancel last minute or stand someone up. It is rude. What does it accomplish? If you change your mind, at least have the strength to just cancel. No need to make someone feel bad and waste their time just because you're too chicken to cancel the date. Ask questions and listen to her answers. This is pretty ­obvious but some men just don’t seem to get it. Women like attention, (who doesn’t). You asked her out and she accepted, so now offer her the courtesy of listening to her. They call this a “date,” but, really, for ­women, it’s more like a “test.” If you e-mailed or talked on the phone beforehand, remember what she told you about herself. If you forget, you will be sorry later. Dont criticize her. Unless she asks for constructive criticism. Even in these cases, she probably wants you to compliment her. Use flattery, appropriately. There must be a reason you asked her out in the first place. Is she pretty? Attractive? Beautiful? Intelligent? Tell her what you think, but keep it simple. Crazy over the top lines will probably not get you that second date. Check out other people. You'd think that no one would do this, but guys are always looking at waitresses, or girls when out. You might think you are being discreet but believe me you are not, she will know. Pay the bill. Feminism, shmeminism. Take care of the bill without comment. Wave off any offer to go dutch. Remember a gentleman ­always pays.


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Owning a piece of Lacoste clothing is without question an absolute essential for all fashion ­conscious beings. If you peeped into any style guru’s wardrobe you are ­certain to find a Lacoste item. Fashion’s two C’s — “Comfortable & Contemporary” that Lacoste so naturally bears is what makes their products such perfect objects of desire. The brand’s trendy and sporty element is altogether chic to pull-off for almost any occasion, thus we’ve handpicked a set of Lacoste items for both men and women that can be worn for a day out shopping or even to a dinner date.


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 DAY OUT 

A crispy white Tee with multi colored stripes is perfect for a Friday breakfast with your friends at the local cafés. Or if you choose to go for a swim in Villingili then a pair of navy blue trunks looks not only modern and sporty but is exceptionally comfortable as well.

 WORK WEAR 

Linen shirts in cool blues or pastel tones are a classic that still rules men’s fashion. Take a look at the outfits of hit TV series characters such as, Dexter and Dr.Gregory House, a Lacoste long sleeved blue buttoned-up shirt never goes out of fashion.

 EVENING DATE 

It’s a fact that a well dressed man always makes a huge impression, especially on women. So a slim fit shirt in indigo blue is an ­impeccable choice for an evening date. If you want to bring a bit of youthful quirkiness then a pair of chino trousers in caramel are easy & stylish.


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Women FOR

 DAY OUT 

A classic polo in a pastel pink or a crew neck tee with a modern print is parfait for a day out shopping with your girlfriends. If you have a casual outing with your family then a pair of Lacoste slim fit stretchable jeans is a must-have if you want comfort and style.

 WORK WEAR 

For the modern day woman the perfect work attire is an ensemble that achieves sartorial elegance. Style of clothing has a way of e­ mpowering you at your work place. Lacoste’s sophisticated shirts in simple and chic colors come in easy breezy fabrics like cotton and silk; suitable for the Maldivian weather.

 EVENING DATE 

We are all damsels in distress when it comes to deciding what to wear to an evening event. Whether it is a dinner with a hot date or an official function at Dharubaaruge, women need to be saved in times of ‘outfit-crisis’. Go for a Lacoste printed satin dress to charm that lucky guy.


39 POTTED HERB GARDEN

Potted Garden Fresh, zesty herbs are a must in the modern kitchen. Fortunately, you don’t need green fingers to grow tasty herbs from seeds and cuttings. The best thing is you don’t need a purpose-built herb garden. You can plant your herbs in a pot, trough or ­window box, or pop some in among other plants in the ­garden.


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First and foremost, herbs need full sun for the best performance. Place your containers in locations that receive at least eight hours of direct sun. Herbs will grow in any good garden soil. The soil should not be extremely acidic or alkaline; a soil nearly neutral is best for most herbs. You can sometimes find herbs in florists shops like Lola and shops that specialize in exotic produce like Eeolis. Herbs in pots must be watered more often because they don’t have enough soil to hold ­water. Although, some herbs like rosemary and thyme prefer to slightly dry out between watering. Good drainage is important. Herbs will grow in almost any type of container as long as it has good drainage. If you are not using a traditional style container be sure to poke some holes into the bottom for drainage & provide a drip plate if you are keeping them indoors. Classic terra-cotta pots (available at the local nurseries) are an excellent choice for container plantings because their porosity allows air and water to move through the walls, which is healthy for root development. If possible get cuttings from healthy plants or buy potted herbs as it is easier to grow herbs this way. With seeds you can never be sure whether they will germinate and you might need to plant them several times before you get results.

THE TWO MOST POPULAR METHODS FOR PRESERVATION OF HERBS ARE FREEZING & DRYING. ONE POPULAR METHOD TO DRY LEAVES IS USING THE OVEN. THIS PROVIDES FOR FAST DRYING, AND PREVENTS DAMAGE DUE TO EXCESS MOISTURE IN THE PROCESS. FREEZING IS ANOTHER METHOD, WHICH TENDS TO PRESERVE MORE FLAVORS. TO FREEZE, SIMPLY WASH THE LEAVES, PAT DRY & PLACE THEM IN A SEALED PLASTIC BAG. LEAVES CAN BE STORED FOR 4 TO 6 MONTHS IN THE FREEZER USING THIS PROCESS.


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A hearty plant that can grow under a variety of conditions. Basil likes lots of sun, well-drained soil, and plenty of w ­ ater. In general, the plants do not require plant food or fertilizer. Regular watering should be all that is needed for lush, healthy plants.

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MINT

Growing mint requires little care. Mint grows best in moist well-draining soil, with full to partial sun. Mint plants should receive 6 hours of full sunlight per day. Make sure to keep the soil of the mint plant very moist at all times with regular watering.

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The coriander plant is relatively easy to grow in many types of home gardens.  It is generally recommended to grow coriander in an outdoor garden.  The root systems are deep, and many pots do not allow for sufficient space for root development. Coriander plants prefer a milder climate, without too much heat or cold so it grows best in the shade.

Thyme is an easy to grow and hardy herb from the mint family.  This versatile herb is a great addition for any home gardener. Thyme prefers a sandy, dry soil. Avoid planting in heavy, wet soils. Harvest thyme just b ­ efore the flowers begin to open, by cutting the plant one and a half to 2 inches from the ground. Dry in the warm shade.

Since rosemary is tolerant of hot, dry conditions, it is perfect for our climate. Just make sure to provide them with a good soaking once a month to encourage deeper root development. Rosemary is s­ usceptible to root rot; so make sure the soil is dry before you ­water it again. Pinch off the very top of the cutting to encourage it to develop branches.


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TO AN EXOTIC BEACH DESTINATION PACK “STYLE AND COMFORT” WITH LACOSTE FOR THAT PERFECT HOLIDAY That long awaited holiday is finally here, your tickets to Bali or to that ideal exotic location is booked, and you have been dying to get out of that stuffy o ­ ffice cabin, evade those complaining clients and escape to a resort where you could stretch your legs and just laze around carefree every day. You have everything ready and listed out except when it comes to your wardrobe, you are ­completely clueless as to what

you should pack. Fret not my dears as this is where we step in to help you pack style and comfort for that special trip! One of the key comfort rules when travelling to any beach destination is to travel light; carrying around five ­enormous luggages would be a rather tedious task, won’t you agree? So here are four essentials that would help prepare your stylish beach wardrobe.

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Before you start selecting what you want to wear, you must know where you are going to put it. Always invest in a durable yet classy ­luggage that can be easily moved around, with exceptional luggage space in it. Once you are at the resort, a classic Lacoste tote bag that comes in red is a must-have accessory, as you have to carry around essentials like your sun tan lotion and sunnies in it. Sport a pair of Lacoste a ­ viator s­ unglasses that come in a variety of colors. The aviator style suits almost all face shapes. Just make sure they are not too big for your face. Tottering around in heels would be a bad idea on a beach, so put on a pair of gladiator sandals in ­metallic or leather, which would go along with any of your beach outfits. Accessorize with gold hoop earrings when lunching near the seaside or with an eclectic mix of bangles to give a boho accent to your printed maxi. Always pack one glamorous necklace for a special dinner or ­evening date.


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Always carry a moisturizing lotion in your tote bag. Dulgon’s sun milk is ideal as it protects & ­moistures your sensitive skin from the harmful sun rays. Before you head out in the mornings for b ­ reakfast, put on Maybelline’s color sensational lip gloss in pink or cranberry that would make you look fresh and look done without putting on too much makeup. To give an exciting twist to your ensemble, a­ pply a striking shade like magenta or aspen green nail polish from Elianto on your fingers and toes. Floral scents are parfait for any beach getaway, so spray a generous amount of Oh Lola Marc Jacobs to bring a fun and playful feel with its fruity and sweet notes of raspberry, pear and vanilla.

 CAPSULE HOLIDAY WARDROBE 

Your capsule wardrobe is a small collection of flexible garments that you can wear to the beach and even to a dinner. White cotton is just perfect for any ­tropical destination and a knee grazing summer dress or a Lacoste shirt dress in cotton would be i­ mpeccable for an afternoon walk on the beach or even to a dinner. The printed maxi dress is yet ­another fashionable chameleon that works for day and night. Don’t forget to pack a bathing suit that flatters your figure. If you do not want to reveal too much skin then you can always go for a one-piece Lacoste swimsuit that is very trendy today, add in a funky “Splash” towel by Lacoste and you’re the perfect beach babe. If you want to keep it simple in a T-shirt, choose a colorful argyle printed one by Lacoste.


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Written by Chris Terrio (Screenplay), Tony Mendez (Book) BEN AFFLECK, TAYLOR SCHILLING, ALAN ARKIN, BRYAN CRANSTON, JOHN GOODMAN & VICTOR GARBER

Based on true events, Argo chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis-the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ­ambassador. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA “exfiltration” specialist named Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) comes up with a risky plan to get them safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies.

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HENRY CAVILL, AMY ADAMS, MICHAEL SHANNON, RUSSELL CROWE, KEVIN COSTNER & DIANE LANE

A young journalist raised by his adoptive parents after he was transported to Earth in infancy from the dying planet of Krypton finds himself in the position to save humankind after Earth is attacked. 14 June 2013

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DJANGO

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JAMIE FOXX, CHRISTOPH WALTZ, LEONARDO DICAPRIO KERRY WASHINGTON & SAMUEL L. JACKSON

JESSICA CHASTAIN, JASON CLARKE, KYLE CHANDLER JOEL EDGERTON, JENNIFER EHLE & HAROLD PERRINEAU

Set in the South two years before the Civil War, Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz. Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda, the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago. Django and Schultz's search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie, the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation.

For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. Zero Dark Thirty reunites the Oscar winning team of ­director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer, producer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) for the story of history's greatest manhunt for the world’s most dangerous man.

UNCHAINED Director Written by Quentin Tarantino

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In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients—dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups—from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif—the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind. The aristocratic woman Alif loves has jilted him for a prince chosen by her parents, and his computer has just been breached by the State’s electronic security force, putting his clients and his own neck on the line. Then it turns out his lover’s new fiancé is the head of State security, and his henchmen come after Alif, driving him underground. When Alif discovers The Thousand and One Days, the secret book of the jinn, which both he and the Hand suspect may unleash a new level of information technology, the stakes are raised and Alif must struggle for life or death, aided by forces seen and unseen.

LOST OCEAN SEA FRANK

CHANNEL ORANGE

Channel Orange is the debut studio album of American singer-songwriter Frank Ocean, released on July 10, 2012, by Def Jam Recordings. After releasing his 2011 mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra, Ocean began writing the album with creative partner Malay, who assisted him with its recording at EastWest Studio in Hollywood. Ocean eschewed his mixtape's reliance on samples and wanted to approach sound and song structure differently on Channel Orange. He titled the album as a reference to the neurological phenomenon grapheme–color synesthesia and the color he perceived during the summer he first fell in love.

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THE JOHN RONSON MYSTERIES  Jon Ronson 

The strange things we’re willing to believe in, from lifelike robots programmed with our loved ones’ personalities to indigo children to hypersuccessful spiritual healers to the Insane Clown Posse’s juggalo fans. He looks at ordinary lives that take on extraordinary perspectives, for instance a pop singer whose life’s greatest passion is the coming alien invasion, and the scientist designated to greet those aliens when they arrive. Ronson explores all these tales with a sense of higher purpose and universality, and suddenly, mid-read, they are stories not about the fringe of society or about people far removed from our own experience, but about all of us.

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DOG STARS GROUPER BURIAL  Peter Heller 

THE MAN WHO DIED IN HIS BOAT

“When I was a teenager the wreckage of a sailboat washed up on the shore of Agate Beach. The remains of the vessel weren't removed for several days. I walked down with my father to peer inside the boat cabin. Maps, coffee cups and clothing were strewn around inside. I ­remember looking only briefly, wilted by the feeling that I was violating some remnant of this man's presence by witnessing the evidence of its failure. Later I read a story about him in the paper. It was impossible to know what had happened. The boat had never crashed or capsized. He had simply slipped off somehow, and the boat, like a riderless horse, eventually came back home.” The Man Who Died in His Boat is an album of unreleased songs recorded alongside the Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill album.

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A riveting, powerful novel about a pilot living in a world filled with loss—and what he is willing to risk to rediscover, against all odds, connection, love, and grace. Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life—something like his old life— exists beyond the airport.

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TRUANT / ROUGH SLEEPER EP

Truant/Rough Sleeper doesn't have the intensity of last year's Kindred EP, and it leans closer to the classic Burial sound, but its subtlety is its own reward. Who knows if or when a full-length follow-up to Untrue will arrive, but as long as Bevan continues to release smaller missives of this quality, it hardly matters. Taken together, this 12" and the Kindred EP are roughly the same length as Untrue; the form and content are in perfect sync.

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