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HOME noun

A home is a place of residence

Home heart nadia

But where the heart is right now, I can’t tell. It is somewhere, in the middle of nowhere and has deviated from the right path. It got lost in the woods and is glad about every clearing, however small. It should have spread some crumbles when it decided to blindly follow love.

haunted house

The Shining

The Sentinel

Caretaker at a winter resort! Sounds like a great gig, until you realise the hotel is haunted... and totally isolated.

That brownstone apartment isn’t a great deal if you have to guard the mouth of Hell. Trust us.

Poltergeist If you find out your house is built on defiled Native-American graves – get out of the contract.

The Amityville Horror

Burnt Offerings The family is falling apart, the house looks better by the day... what’s wrong with this picture?

Monster House

That voice booming “get out”? Listen and learn... if the house doesn’t like you, cut and run.

Little kids hone in on a ghostly possession at the house next door. The neighborly thing to do: Excise it.

The Haunting

The others

Cold spots, phantom dogs, loud noises and scary voices are just a few of its selling points.

A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted.

House on Haunted Hill Eccentric millionaire turns his modern abode into a house of horrors... and you’re visiting why?

1408 John Cusack is challenged to survive a haunted hotel room. His solution: Burn the place down.

Beetlejuice The good news: The former owners loved this place. The bad: They refuse to leave.

The Strangers A young couple staying in an isolated vacation home are terrorized by three unknown assailants.

Paranormal activity People are scared that their home or their soul might become haunted, which gives the perfect formula for both screams and box office success.

The woman in black

The Legend of Hell House

When a friendless old widow dies in the seaside town of Crythin, a young solicitor is sent by his firm to settle the estate.

When a place gets a nickname like “Hell House”, think twice before running over to get a cup of sugar.

The innocents

The Grudge

A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.

If brochures show a cute house in Tokyo, it could be because a supernatural curse is harder to photograph.

home gods Around 2.8 million people in Nepal live in slums. With a higher rate of urbanisation than India, Nepal’s slum population is growing. Source:


A number of Nepalese homes are built on a steep slope, with most roofs simply being made of hay. Source:

Most homes in Nepal are constructed from local natural resources, such as stone, mud and wood. Source:

Home less

They have no shelter: they sleep on pavements, in doorways, in parks or under bridges. Or they sleep in public buildings like railway or bus stations, or in night shelters set up to provide homeless people with a bed. Source:


An estimated 100 million people are homeless worldwide Source: United Nations Commission on Human Rights, 2005

An estimated 3 million people are homeless in Europe Source: Red de Apoyo a la Integraci贸n Sociolaboral (RAIS) 2010

In 2003, there were 78 million homeless people in India. India is home to 63% of all slum dwellers in South Asia Source: Action Aid, 2003

The UK has one of the highest levels of homelessness in Europe with more than 4 people per 1,000 estimated to be homeless Source: Homeless Pages, 2004.

Estimated homeless figures in the United States range from 600,000 to 2.5 million Source:, 2009

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Get to know the photographer

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Is there anything you want to say to someone? Nadia, thank you for this lovely feature!


In front of you are 10 pistols, 5 of which are loaded. If you survive you’d receive 100 million dollars. Would you be willing to place 1 to your head and pull the trigger? Never. l prefer to be alive and stay ‘poor’!


What’s the worst injury you ever had?? Luckily there are no bad injuries l can think of, but the worst l ever experienced in regards to my well being was pregnancy sickness!

104. Do you tend to hold grudges against people who have done you wrong? That would always depend on the situation, but usually l can forgive quite easily. 150. If the whole world were listening to you right now, what would you say? Follow me on Instagram!! ;))

29 Songs home


Lynyrd Skynyrd

17. Staind

Sweet Home Alabama



Michael Buble

18. SheDaisy



Chantal Kreviazuk

19. The Cure

Feels like home



The Beatles

20. Great Lake Swimmers

She’s leaving home


The Rolling Stones

21. Switchfoot

Going home


Simon & Garfunkel

22. Peter Fox

Homeward bound


John Denver

23. Momford and sons

Take me home, country roads



Frank Sinatra

24. Elle Goulding

Baby, Won’t you come home



City and Colour

25. The Killers

Coming home

10. Edward Sharpe

Come home soon

This is not like home This is home Haus am See

Carry me home

26. Alexander Knappe


Weil ich wieder zuhause bin

11. Ben Harper

27. John Mayer

Give a Man Home

A face to come home

12. Neil Diamond

28. The Head and the Heart

Home before dark

Honey come home

13. Vanessa Carlton

29. Mötley Crüe


Home Sweet Home

14. Philip Philips Home 15. Dido

Don’t leave home

16. Adele

Hometown Glory

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shrink A serialized novel the simps

All is not well in the life of Sara Moris. Her friends are in constant catfight mode, her dates end in panic attacks, her promotion went to somebody else and suddenly the only men she meets, seem to be "older"... Nothing a good therapist couldn’t fix in about an hour’s session or two. If only she just could get herself to pick one! Breathe! In. And out! In through the nose. Thinking of a deliciously sweet and steaming hot chocolate. Out through the mouth. In through the nose. Thinking of a heavenly beautiful sandy white beach in the Caribbean Sea. Out through the mouth. In through the nose. Thinking of the black patent leather Marc by Marc Jacobs boots at Butterfly’s. Out through the mouth. It’s weird the kind of things one notices while lying naked on a bathroom rug in some guy’s apartment trying to avoid a full-blown panic attack. Things like “Are bathrooms of single men generally supposed to be this house-wife clean?” Or “Am I a messie for having a bathroom, that’s – let’s carefully describe it as – lived in?” Or “Where on earth did he get this rug? It’s both perfectly comfortable and fashionable.” Well maybe not exactly comfortable, but can one really judge a rug that’s supposed to be stood on by lying on it? I mean, let’s cut the rug some slack.

Or the deflating fact that this calming breathing technique did not work. Like not at all. Or the undeniable and indubitable fact that I needed help. Now you might wonder why I addressed these lines to you, or you might wonder why I was lying naked on some guy’s bathroom floor. Both are admittedly a teensy tiny bit unusual. So why not start with the obvious predicament at hand? Aka the guy. Do you know the feeling when you know that somebody likes you – in a boy / girl kind of way – and you don’t really like that person back, but you like the attention and you love to be flirted with so you encourage said boy in a discreet but continued matter until finally you end up sleeping with him because frankly you didn’t know what else to do with him? Well that’s kind of what happened with this particular guy six months ago. The sex was ok. Not breathtakingly so, but reasonably satisfying. But since American TV series have taught the little girl in me that true love should feel different, that it involved the concept of a soul mate and ended with hearing wedding bells I was more than a little unsettled to realise that the only thing I heard was his snoring and the only thing I felt was uneasiness and a surprising restlessness. So I kind of left. In the middle of the night. Without telling him. Or leaving a note. Yeah, I know, being adult is different but the sex really wasn’t that great.

The sex was ok. Not breathtakingly so, but reasonably satisfying. Literally plagued by a bad conscience, I tried to call. No answer. I was vaguely intrigued. I went to the club where we met and usually always ran into each other. He avoided me. I was mildly annoyed. I circled him in to let him of gently only to learn that in the meantime he got together with somebody else. I was positively livid.

Why couldn’t he have the decency to despair over my lack of interest first? After all, he was supposed to be attracted to me. Not the other way around… And wasn’t it true that I am, was, and always will be a catch? Well maybe not in a universal, true for every guy on earth kind of way. My catchiness rather worked in a “I am hurt in my pride, and I need you to want me” kind of way. As a consequence I devoted the essence and content of the following six months of my life on getting him back. Of course I did. I mean, what would you have done?

He was supposed to be attracted to me. Not the other way around. And I succeeded. Only I succeeded a little too well. Somewhere along the way, I confused my bruised ego with my intact heart and my intent for revenge with true longing. I actually, seriously, depressingly so, managed to talk myself into believing I – heavy sigh – loved him.

You might wonder why I didn’t get an appointment and tell you this in person? It just so happens that choosing a trained and highly recommended expert such as yourself isn’t exactly a walk in the park. For instance, did you know that 113 psychologists are listed at Not to mention the additional 91 psychiatrists? As I’m sure you had the opportunity to notice by now I don’t have the luxury of picking the wrong one. So while I’ll be pondering whether you should be a man and or a woman, young or old, having an ad with a picture or not I’m afraid I kind of have to start our sessions without you. I mean how hard can it be? As television has taught us, psychotherapy basically consists of you asking me how I feel and me telling you all the weird and troubling stuff that’s been happening to me. Sure that’s only the beginning, but I’m confident that I’ll have found you by the time these notes will allow for a diagnosis. Right? …to be continued

The problem with panic attacks is that you can only talk yourself into so much. So after the deed was done for the second time in six months with a variation that can only be described as negligent, my mouth suddenly felt dry, my ears started ringing in hot and queasy way and I had never ever before in my life felt my heart beating so fast. I hastily left his bedroom for the bathroom and was too afraid to go back to the bedroom to get my clothes which should explain the naked on the bathroom rug part. Having picked what I hope to be a skilled professional, I imagine you now also know why I got in touch with you because that I need psychological help seems beyond doubt.

Follow all of Sara’s notes to her shrink, as selfish. will publish them chapter by chapter as a serialized novel in the next editions.


Get to know the author

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Would you kiss the last person you kissed again? Since the last person I kissed is my husband I’m pretty confident I can answer this with yes! ;))


Could you handle being in the military? Handle it? Hell, they’d leave me in charge of the joint after a few days. No seriously though, I suck at taking orders, specifically those I don’t understand or agree with. Not to mention that I virtually can’t get out of bed in the morning. The military and I? Probably, not a good fit.


If you could go back in time, which time period would you visit? As a teenager, I was totally into Ancient Greece, the home of modern democracy and the marathon. I basically loved it because of the mythology and mind you, that was before Hercules and Xena and before mythology was somewhat popular. But with my luck, I would probably end up a human sacrifice in some temple.

Another time period that in theory seems interesting is the 18th century in Great Britain because of their opulent aristocratic balls. I fear however that this is only fun when you’re in possession of a lot of money and have a high pain threshold that’ll help survive corsets.

So, if I had the choice I must say I would prefer to travel to future rather than the past.


Who is your celebrity crush? Daniel Craig, no question about it. Even though Bruce Willis is, was and will always be the sexiest man alive. And yes, I have seen the latest Die Hard sequel. And yes, I know it sucked big time.

122. Are you the kind of friend you would want to have as a friend? I never answer text messages right away, am late on a regular basis and can’t bring myself to stop analyzing people’s innermost thoughts. Not to mention that I’m always right. Good Lord, I’m lucky I have any friends at all…

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