The Forgotten Kingdom? The Kingdom of Man and the Isles 1000-1300 AD
–10/11/2012 – 9/3/2013
–FREE - donations welcome
A world class exhibition featuring the Lewis Chessme and the Chronicles of the Kings of Man and the Isles.
Exploring the story of a time when the Isle of Man was the seat of power in a dominant sea kingdom that reached from the Irish Sea to the North Atlantic Ocean. Six pieces from the iconic collection of the ‘Lewis Chessmen’ on loan from the British Museum will illustrate the stories told in the exhibition alongside the earliest and most important manuscript from the Isle of Man – ‘The Chronicles of the Kings of Man and the Isles’ on loan from the British Library. Written at Rushen Abbey in the 1200s, it records the tales of warrior kings, fierce battles and brutal revenge in the fight for control of the kingdom that was at the heart of the British Isles.
It doesn’t matter what kind of book you decide
to write. There are no rules other than that the story has to be very,
very interesting. It can be exciting, scary, fun, funny or sad — but it
must not bore the reader.
Analyze and learn. Take your favorite novel of
the type that you want to write and read it again, as if it were a
how-to manual for becoming a millionaire. Then read it again, breaking
the book down into sections. Outline the action on large sheets of paper
that you pin to your office wall.
-So it's decided, I need to read Game of Thrones XD
Although there are no rules about story ideas,
I would offer you one caution: think small. One of the worst mistakes
most beginning novelists make is thinking big, trying to come up with an
end-of-the-world story, in the belief that big is better. That’s not
true. Keep your story idea small and focused.
Look into your creative soul and search for a little
story but one that has real meaning to you. We are all part of the human
family. If you create a story that has deep meaning to you, chances are
it will have deep meaning for the rest of us.
Patterns of negative or positive self-talk often start in childhood. Usually, the self-talk habit is one that’s colored our thinking for years, and can affect us in many ways, influencing the experience of stress to our lives. However, any time can be a good time to change it! Here are some ways you can stop yourself from using negative self-talk and use your mind to boost your productivity and self-esteem, and relieve stress.
Notice Your Patterns:
The first step toward change is to become more aware of the problem. You probably don’t realize how often you say negative things in your head, or how much it affects your experience. The following strategies can help you become more conscious of your internal dialogue and its content.
Journal Writing: Whether you carry a journal around with you and jot down negative comments when you think them, write a general summary of your thoughts at the end of the day, or just start writing about your feelings on a certain topic and later go back to analyze it for content, journaling can be an effective tool for examining your inner process.
Thought-Stopping: As you notice yourself saying something negative in your mind, you can stop your thought mid-stream my saying to yourself “Stop”. Saying this aloud will be more powerful, and having to say it aloud will make you more aware of how many times you are stopping negative thoughts, and where.
Rubber-Band Snap: Another therapeutic trick is to walk around with a rubber band around your wrist; as you notice negative self-talk, pull the band away from your skin and let it snap back. It’ll hurt a little, and serve as a slightly negative consequence that will both make you more aware of your thoughts, and help to stop them! (Or, if you don’t want to subject yourself to walking around with a rubber band on your wrist, you’ll be even more careful to limit the negative thoughts!)
Replace Negative Statements:
A good way to stop a bad habit is to replace it with something better. Once you’re aware of your internal dialogue, here are some ways to change it:
Milder Wording: Have you ever been to a hospital and noticed how the nurses talk about ‘discomfort’ instead of ‘pain’? This is generally done because ‘pain’ is a much more powerful word, and discussing your ‘pain’ level can actually make your experience of it more intense than if you’re discussing your ‘discomfort’ level. You can try this strategy in your daily life. In your self-talk, turning more powerful negative words to more neutral ones can actually help neutralize your experience. Instead of using words like ‘hate’ and ‘angry’ (as in, “I hate traffic! It makes me so angry!”), you can use words like ‘don’t like’ and ‘annoyed’ (“I don’t like traffic; it makes me annoyed,” sounds much milder, doesn’t it?)
Change Negative to Neutral or Positive: As you find yourself mentally complaining about something, rethink your assumptions. Are you assuming something is a negative event when it isn’t, necessarily? (For example, having your plans cancelled at the last minute can be seen as a negative, but what you do with your newly-freed schedule can be what you make of it.) The next time you find yourself stressing about something or deciding you’re not up to a challenge, stop and rethink, and see if you can come up with a neutral or positive replacement.
Change Self-Limiting Statements to Questions: Self-limiting statements like “I can’t handle this!” or “This is impossible!” are particularly damaging because they increase your stress in a given situation and they stop you from searching for solutions. The next time you find yourself thinking something that limits the possibilities of a given situation, turn it into a question. Doesn’t “How can I handle this?” or “How is this possible?” sound more hopeful and open up your imagination to new possibilities?
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I actually feel incredibly lucky to be a UK citizen for alot of reasons (the sense of humour, benefits schemes for unemployed and the NHS for the most part, even though the NHS is like £6 billion in the red, least I know I wont get stepped over in the middle of the street as I lie dying because I dont have insurance) In saying that though, I'd like to be a Canadian citizen, and would at least be a permenant resident right now if I had a spare $10000 when the Eds wrapped up, but big surprise I didnt, lol
So yeah, Canada get my vote, followed closely by the US as my best friends live there, and maybe Austria as a 3rd as Vienna is such an amazing city, very classy :P
A charmed life is something that anyone can have, long as they truly believe they deserve one. A charmed life is seeing the endless possibilities in everything around you. It's all about perception, and grabbing hold of every opportunity with an iron fist. To hell with the consequences. This life is your one shot at greatness. Don't abuse it.