Natural Causes: Life, Death and the Illusion of Control

Natural Causes: Life, Death and the Illusion of Control provides an interesting account of how cancer can affect a human being by underlining this reality that a person can end up with an uncertain future because of a health issue, in spite of having led a healthy life. This is owing to ‘macrophages’ – white blood cells which hold the possibility to create blood vessels that sustain or push around tumors; macrophages basically increase cancer cells in a person’s body. In my outlook, the message regarding cancer which the book sends out is quite morbid and disheartening – that advances in medicine, such as examinations to catch a disease and stop it at its tracks, are not always successful in doing so. And not just that, the book also tries to compel you to miserably accept that death is a natural course of life which can happen too soon to a person that no health ritual, such as eating right, could have turned around.


North Korea’s Economic Troubles

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Why the Asian state’s economy is a picture of bleakness

North Korea is a communist state and a few of its major production areas are mining and textiles. The nation’s economy is a subject of centralized control and small scale improvements in the market have produced positive results, such as better living conditions (more than half of the people of North Korea now live in towns) and better wages.

However, because the middle range for age for North Koreans is a figure which is very close to the mid-thirties, it begs the question of how North Korea, as a state, can prosper when there aren’t enough young workers to count on to raise the state’s financial status quo. A big privatization drive could be the answer to that problem here because it would probably inject new money into dying trade areas but a problem that could occur owing to privatization is an increased presence of corruption.

So, the only way forward for the nation’s economy would be to rake in greater profits from its exports. A few of the nations which North Korea exports to are: India, China and Thailand, and export for the nation was recently affected in the areas of textile and mining because of sanctions forced upon the state owing to its nuclear weapons program – sanctions should have been avoided and a satisfactory result should have been reached owing to intensive negotiations. But nothing of that sort has materialized yet.

France Wins The World Cup

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France beats Croatia to win the 2018 World Cup

After days of matches at numerous stadiums in Russia, the World Cup finally came to an end with a victory for France. The final match between France and Croatia ended with a 4-2 result; in my outlook, results-wise it was quite a hard-fought victory for France. Furthermore, France winning the trophy was a very good end to an international tournament that was otherwise racked with tragic exits, such as that of Brazil. Meanwhile, Harry Kane, who played for England during this World Cup was awarded the Golden Boot – the award designates the finest goalscorer for a tournament; also, the match of 14th July resulted in a spectacular victory for Belgium with a 2-0 result, earning it third place at the 2018 World Cup.

Black For Evening Parties

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The best black dresses to get for summer evening parties

The idea of wearing black dresses at evening parties during the summer sounds hard to pull off because summer is a hot season. But sometimes acting impractical and occasionally choosing black for evenings is really the best thing to do when the idea of never wearing black for an entire season sounds far harder to follow through with.

Balmain ruched mini dress at Farfetch
I like this short dress because it has both a fitted and a see-through design; wear a simple black bra inside the dress and accessorize the look with a pair of black pumps.

Cutout Trim Maxi Dress at Topshop
A very long black dress that has cuts in places and also a glittering detail on the neckline + at the back; accessorize the dress with a pair of black high heels to look provocative for the night.

Temperley London Mosaico off-the-shoulder embellished chiffon midi dress at Net-a-Porter
This black chiffon dress has beads, a one-shoulder neckline and an asymmetric hemline; accessorize the dress with a pair of strappy sandals and wear it to an evening garden party.

Black and silver ruched front dress at River Island
This nice long-sleeved dress that has a ruched detailing at the front is perfect to wear when the weather turns unexpectedly chilly; accessorize the dress with a pair of black kitten heels and wear it to a dinner party.


Ink Talks To Harmony

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It is a sunny day. Ink is sitting on an upturned basket inside a shop at the market with three vegetable sandwiches on her lap. She had an argument with that nasty woman in the morning again, so she is at the market to talk to a friend regarding it, who works there – her name is Harmony. Ink and Harmony became friends because of their grandfathers; Harmony’s grandfather sells the harvest from Ink’s family farm at his shop – it is where Harmony works. Harmony is sitting on the floor next to Ink. She has just listened to Ink’s story on the nasty woman and she is unable to control her rage.

Harmony: So, why does your mother not say anything to this woman every time she behaves rude with you?
Ink: The woman is her relative and my mother told me that she is just like that – very rude and just plain horrible, and there is not a thing I can do regarding that.
Harmony: But the woman is wrong and…
Ink: My mother knows that. But you know my mother is powerless to stop the woman from behaving rude with me. You know, my mother is really soft-spoken and the woman is just always rude. Also, the nasty woman is like four times my mother’s size and she has eight children who are just as big and foul as her. And then there are others in my mother’s family who is just like that foul woman. How can one woman and one little girl do something against so many foul people?
Harmony: What about your grandfather?
Ink: My grandfather, for a start, is so old, you know. So, if I had asked him to do something regarding the woman and the people you know he cannot because it is still going to be only three people against a lot of nasty people. All of the foul woman’s kids are also married to people who are just as nasty and from nasty families too. How can only three people put a stop to this much nastiness – we are quite clearly outnumbered.
Harmony: I understand.
Ink: Is it alright if I just sit here quietly and eat my sandwiches? I am not in a very good mood today and really don’t feel like going back home.
Harmony: Sure! I am just going to get back to work now. I need to shelve a lot of vegetables today.
Ink: Alright!

Five minutes pass…

Ink (thinks to herself): I think I will save one vegetable sandwich for Dimitri. If I drop by his house and give him a sandwich, I think he will really like it. But first I must let Harmony know I am leaving for Dimitri’s home now.

The Semi-finals End For The World Cup

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The final match is on July 15, in which France and Croatia will be competing for the trophy

The semi-finals came to an end for the World Cup on July 11 and the Final is set to begin on July 15. At the semi-finals, England shockingly left the tournament by losing to Croatia; the match had ended with a 2-1 result. I think it was very surprising to have Croatia win because the team had scored once more only after extra time was added to the game; England had kept Croatia onto a 1-1 result for a long time, which makes the former team’s departure from the tournament a very tragic episode. Meanwhile, the day before the England-Croatia game, France won against Belgium, which means that France (a football heavyweight) will now be competing against Croatia in the Final for the cup. But before that happens, on July 14, the two losing teams will be fighting for a third place – it would be great if Belgium could gain that third spot since the team had performed better than England during this tournament.

A Piglet Called Truffle

The book is about a piglet called Truffle and it holds a very emotional story. Truffle was saved by a girl called Jasmine, whose parents work as a vet and a farmer. But after Truffle is rescued and looked after by Jasmine, uncertainty brews over whether or not the piglet can remain with Jasmine – this is where the story turns plain barbaric; what would have been better is if Truffle could somehow remain with the girl who saved the little pig from almost dying. Also, because the story is so emotional in nature, it is quite surprising that the book is meant to be one for children – the tale is quite mature for that.


What To Expect At The Semi-Finals

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Tragedy and an easy win is what plausibly lies in store at the World Cup semi-finals

The quarter-finals came to an end on July 7, with Brazil shockingly leaving the tournament early after suffering a defeat at the hands of Belgium. The semi-finals are now set to begin on July 10 and teams which will be playing include England and Belgium. France and England will play against each other at the semi-finals: England progressed from the quarter-finals to the semi-finals with a very good performance against Sweden, whilst France reached the next phase of the tournament by beating out Uruguay.

The current star of the tournament, in my outlook, is England – it has reached the semi-finals following a disastrous performance in the last World Cup, where it could not even make it to the knockout stage. But a tragedy could lie in store for the team at the semi-finals: France did not get a chance to play against any top-ranking team in this tournament, until reaching the Round of 16; when it did get the chance to play against good teams (Uruguay and Argentina), it spectacularly delivered wins. So, going by France’s winning streak against good teams, what the match against England could tragically result in is a big defeat for England after coming this far, unless maybe if a stroke of luck manages to turn the tide in England’s favor – in this tournament, England had played against only one good team (Belgium) and lost. Meanwhile, Belgium is going to be up against Croatia – a low-ranking team, and that is not a very equal competition. I think because of that it would be safe to forecast that Belgium have already earned a safe seat for itself at the finals.

Summer Colors

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What kind of color to wear in the summer?

What can be deemed as a good color for summer? A good color for the summer can be deemed as a color which does not make you feel extremely hot when you wear it. That means, always avoid dark colors during the summer and opt for light colors instead because dark colors soak up heat. So, if you wear that type of color, for example: black, in the summer, then you will feel extremely hot and uncomfortable. Some examples of light colors include: light green, baby blue, baby pink, lavender, peach and beige; these colors should be included in your wardrobe.

Protests planned for Donald Trump’s visit to the UK

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A march and the flying of a giant balloon are two types of protests that have been planned for the visit

A giant balloon very funnily caricaturing Donald Trump as a big baby wearing diapers is supposed to fly close to the British parliament in London on the day of his visit to the United Kingdom. The big balloon aims to act as a form of protest against the American President, who has been labeled as a racist and a hazard to vulnerable groups, such as members of the weaker sex, by the organizers of the event.

President Trump is scheduled to visit the United Kingdom on the 13th of July and the floating balloon is not the only type of planned protest against the visit – another protest in the form of a march, called Stop Trump, is also going to take place in London, with thousands marching against an unprogressive President. It does not appear as if the protests are going to cause an impact on the President at all but what these protests certainly do, in my outlook, is highlight that Trump is shockingly a deeply unpopular visiting President to the United Kingdom.