Dru Blair – a brief extrospective

  Have look at the image on the right. Take a closer look.   You can be forgiven for thinking it is a photograph. The pores of the skin are so clear, the eyes are so lucid that surely only a digital medium could capture such definition? …

How to read more

"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed and some few to be chewed and digested."  Sir Francis Bacon   Books are incredible things. Unlike movies or music, which are both passive channels, reading requires active participation of …

The subtle appeal of drawings

Though never in the forefront of the visual arts world, drawings have been a steady favourite from the time humans first made linear marks on cave walls.   As simple as this art form is, it still manages to evade strict definitions. Basically, a …

The magic of Adele

You must remember her from  when she went Chasing Pavements on her first album 19, published in 2008. Then she moved onto Rolling in the Deep with her second album 21, published in 2011.   Then Adele disappeared for a while.   Only to …

5 great books for Christmas presents

Books are wonders in themselves. Each one holds a self-contained world with myriad experiences contained therein. While many people prefer gimmicks or gadgets for Christmas, the titles below are the perfect gift for any bookworm.   The Mountain …

Music in the movies

Movies don’t have the same effect without music. Try watching a suspense-filled scene on mute: the scene stops being nail-biting without the accompanying music. Music does not dependant on movies in a similar way; we do not need to see actors acting in …

Masters of horror: Movies

  “I'll be right back.”   Never, ever, ever say those words on Halloween,  or in a lonely woodland cabin, or in an abandoned castle.   This is the first law that horror movies teach us. As soon as you say these words, you are dead …

Masters of horror: Novels

Literary historians will tell you that the horror story in its longer form is a relatively recent phenomenon. While there might be some truth in that assertion, it cannot be denied that the gothic novels of Radcliffe and Walpole were popular in the 1700s …

Masters of horror: Short stories

Need a good scare?   Halloween will be here soon and in the spirit of the season bidorbuy will be highlighting the best horror writers, films and video games to keep you all a'feared. This first volume will focus on the best short stories in the …

How to macramé a friendship bracelet

First of all, let’s tackle the pertinent question: why would you even want to macramé a bracelet?   We’ll give you three reasons, each better than the next:   because you want to give a friend a meaningful gift, but have no …