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I only needed to sell 28 copies

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I’ve always loved writing, from a young age I would carry a notebook with me and jot down ideas for stories and poems. I would use my computer to type up my work, print it out, and give it a title — like my own little publishing factory.

Although I never wanted to have a career out of writing, the idea of publishing my own book always stayed in the back of my mind. Of course, I knew how difficult it was to get a book published and I’d read all the stories of how hard it was for famous…


Get the shots you want by using these 5 tips to overcome your inhibitions as a photographer

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I have always been interested in photography and I enjoy trying to find the best spots to take a brilliant picture. A few months ago, a friend lent me their old DSLR camera and told me I could use it to get familiar with all the settings before going out and buying my own.

I couldn’t wait to get outside and start shooting; I did some research online to find the best places to photograph — I was interested in street photography, so I headed into my capital city, Belfast. …


How it hurt Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and countless other brands

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There’s no such thing as bad publicity. It’s become a cornerstone of marketing, it’s built the foundations for advertising campaigns across the globe and even has equivalents in different languages — in French, ‘succès de scandale’, meaning ‘success from scandal.’

Of course, this statement can turn out to be true for many businesses and their negative publicity can generate millions in sales revenue, but more often than not, bad publicity is the key to failure and it doesn’t care how big your business is.

Ultimo Lingerie

In 1996, Scottish entrepreneur Michelle Mone OBE started MJM International Ltd. with her husband Michael. They…


Why we still haven’t managed to communicate with the people of North Sentinel Island

The Sentinelese tribespeople, 1974 – Photo by Raghubir Singh, Nat Geo Image Collection

North Sentinel Island, in the Bay of Bengal, is home to the Sentinelese people. Located between India and the Malay Peninsula, the island forms part of the Indian Andaman Islands. Being so close to other inhabited land masses, North Sentinel is hardly what we would describe as remote. In fact, the surrounding islands are home to five other tribes that we’ve known about for hundreds of years: the Great Andamanese, the Jarawas, the Onge, the Shompen, and the Nicobarese. The only difference in the Sentinelese case is that they don’t want to know about us.

1867

The first recorded contact with…


Here’s what happened, with proof.

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At the end of 2020, I decided to take a break from publishing my work on Medium and instead spent time focusing on writing quality articles to save up for later. I heard that publishing consistently was the key to earning more money and I simply wasn’t able to keep up the pace.

January 2021 rolled around and I had successfully written and saved over 35 articles in my drafts, edited and ready to be published immediately. …


Medium gave us the clap feature, use it.

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In June 2020, I started writing on Medium. In the beginning, I was churning out articles at a speed of about 10 per month however, as you would expect, my motivation levels sank to an all time low as October rolled around and I decided to take the rest of the year ‘off’, instead focusing on improving the overall quality of my writing instead of the quantity.

Upon returning to the platform at the start of January, I had a bank of articles that I couldn’t wait to post. But, as I published each article, I noticed something: the amount…


Subtle ways to see if the person you like feels the same about you.

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Growing up gay in high school, I would always be the go-to person for my girlfriends to ask for advice on boys. Every time, there was the inevitable question: do you think he likes me?

I always found it super easy to tell whether someone’s crush (guy or girl) liked them back and, to tell you the truth, I almost always turned out to be right. Here are a couple of the methods I’d use to try and work it out:

1. What type of conversation are they having with you?

I always noticed that someone’s crush would make time to talk to the person they liked and wouldn’t care…


How Beau Jessup has earned over $400,000 from her simple idea.

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In 2019, British teenager Beau Jessup was travelling to China with her father for work. While there, one of their associates, Ms. Wang, asked Jessup for some ideas for an English name to give her 3 year old daughter. Jessup was honoured and wanted to spend time choosing a meaningful name for her. She asked Ms. Wang some questions about her daughter and asked what hopes she had for her future. Ms. …


LANGUAGE LEARNING

Stop with the Duolingo lessons. There’s a new way to master language learning.

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Growing up, I was always interested in languages. It was on my bucket list to travel the world and I knew knowing the local dialects would help me to achieve this goal.

Back in primary 7, when I was around 12 years old, we started being taught French. We didn’t learn a lot, just a few keywords and phrases, but it was a start.

When I reached grammar school, aged 13/14, I started learning languages properly — at least, ‘properly’ from a high school perspective. I was going to around one hour of class each week for each language I…


In some countries, it’s still punishable by death.

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In some parts of Asia, equality for LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender) people is becoming more hostile and is moving away from what we typically see in the West. In Indonesia, for example, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country is enforcing Sharia law and has introduced some strict punishments for those who break it.

In 2017, two 20-year-old men were publicly caned for having sex with each other by three enforcers who caned them 83 times each for breaking the Islamic law.

The beatings were compared medieval tortures by human rights activists. …

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