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Friday poem: 'Darkness'

Friday poem: 'Darkness'

Next Wednesday, 22nd April, is Earth Day, an annual event to remind ourselves of the importance of protecting the world in which we live. 'Darkness' by Byron seemed a fitting way to mark the occasion (albeit prematurely), as relevant now as it is in 1816. 

by Lord Byron

​I had a dream, which was not all a dream.
​The bright sun was extinguish’d, and the stars
​Did wander darkling in the eternal space,
​Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth
​Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air;

Follow the leader: tips for starting a cult

Follow the leader: tips for starting a cult

Ever thought about starting a cult? It requires more calculation than you might think, as Rebecca Wait reveals in this very helpful video. After just five simple steps you could be the leader of your very own band of worshippers. What – or who – they worship is up to you. 

Seven books about obsession that have got us hooked

Reading about obsession is at once unbelievably uncomfortable and completely compelling. The characters are always fascinating and their actions wildly unpredictable; they can be funny and self-pitying, self-righteous and convincing. You just have to hope they stay in fiction... Here are seven of our favourite books about obsession.

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