Above the Eternal City (by QuinntheIslander)

"Here’s what I know about the realm of possibility— it is always expanding, it is never what you think it is. Everything around us was once deemed impossible. From the airplane overhead to the phones in our pockets to the choir girl putting her arm around the metalhead. As hard as it is for us to see sometimes, we all exist within the realm of possibility. Most of the limits are of our own world’s devising. And yet, every day we each do so many things that were once impossible to us."

David Levithan, The Realm of Possibility

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Cappuccino in Camerino (by Theunis Viljoen)

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Astor PIazzolla - Ballet Tango dedicado a Richard Galliano

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Bonsoir, Montmartre - Paris  by bartek rozanski

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Christina Rossetti’s poetry, antithetical to the modernist sensibility, fell out of favour in the early part of the twentieth century. But in recent decades her work has been rediscovered, not least by feminist critics, though she is far from an uncomplicated figure to champion.

Simon Humphries, editor of the new edition of Rossetti’s Poems and Prose, discusses the poet’s literary legacy in this podcast. Listen to the full audio guide on Rossetti’s life and works from the Oxford World’s Classics.

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Blueberry Basil Vodka Gimlet

Ingredients:
4 parts blueberry basil syrup (recipe below)
3 parts vodka
3 parts fresh squeezed lemon juice
Seltzer water to top off individual glasses

Directions:
Stir together all the ingredients into a pitcher filled with ice cubes until cold. Strain into individual glasses, filling them up about 3/4 full. Top off with seltzer water and garnish with basil sprigs.

BLUEBERRY BASIL SYRUP
Makes about 2-1/2 to 3 cups

Ingredients:
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
Zest from one lemon
1 pint blueberries
2 cups packed fresh basil sprigs

Directions:
In a medium saucepan, stir together all the ingredients over medium heat until the sugar has melted. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat a little and simmer until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes.

Strain the contents into a bowl, pressing hard against the sieve, then discard the solids. After it’s cooled, cover the syrup and store it in the refrigerator until cold.

"One’s emotions are intensified in Paris—one can be more happy and also more unhappy here than in any other place. But it is always a positive source of joy to live here, and there is nobody so miserable as a Parisian in exile from his town."

Nancy Mitford, The Pursuit of Love

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Flower (by danielgiuditta)

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Tom Waits - Black Market Baby

Album: Mule Variations

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Island by Anna Tarasenko

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Scientists discover most relaxing tune ever

Sound therapists and Manchester band Marconi Union compiled the song. Scientists played it to 40 women and found it to be more effective at helping them relax than songs by Enya, Mozart and Coldplay.

Weightless works by using specific rhythms, tones, frequencies and intervals to relax the listener. A continuous rhythm of 60 BPM causes the brainwaves and heart rate to synchronise with the rhythm: a process known as ‘entrainment’. Low underlying bass tones relax the listener and a low whooshing sound with a trance-like quality takes the listener into an even deeper state of calm.

Dr David Lewis, one of the UK’s leading stress specialists said: “‘Weightless’ induced the greatest relaxation – higher than any of the other music tested. Brain imaging studies have shown that music works at a very deep level within the brain, stimulating not only those regions responsible for processing sound but also ones associated with emotions.”

The study - commissioned by bubble bath and shower gel firm Radox Spa - found the song was even more relaxing than a massage, walk or cup of tea. So relaxing is the tune, apparently, that people are being Rex advised against listening to it while driving.

The top 10 most relaxing tunes were: 1. Marconi Union - Weightless 2. Airstream - Electra 3. DJ Shah - Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix) 4. Enya - Watermark 5. Coldplay - Strawberry Swing 6. Barcelona - Please Don’t Go 7. All Saints - Pure Shores 8. AdelevSomeone Like You 9. Mozart - Canzonetta Sull’aria 10. Cafe Del Mar - We Can Fly

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"Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, something is out of tune."

Carl Jung

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'I'm a normal girl.' 
Before My Heart Falls (2012)
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'I'm a normal girl.' 

Before My Heart Falls (2012)

Made for Pluk de Nacht Festival

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"Painting is to dream. When the dream is over, I don’t remeber anything I dreamed about. The painting, however, remains. It is the harvest of my dream."
Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000, Austrian)