But then I think, can’t I just live it? Do I have to write everything down? I’ve written about everything I’ve ever felt, seen, known or heard. All my life has been poured into my books in one way or another. I have this public persona, but the person underneath has always been there and I don’t feel I know her very well anymore. Very little I experience remains mine alone and I’m fed up to the back teeth with myself. That’s why, when it boils down to it, the thought of writing another word makes me feel ill.

Sonya Hartnett, in an interview with Jan McGuinness (via weissewiese)

Gloria Swanson collage




Self defence sprays that are legal to carry and use in the United Kingdom

Image 1: Farbgel
Image 2: StoppaRed

I’ve seen a lot of people (mostly women, for reasons which may be obvious) speaking about being worried when going out, be it alone or even with friends, both in the day and at night. I know that a lot of female friends of mine carry around a can of antiperspirant or a pot of pepper to use if they’re ever attacked. What I know a lot of people don’t realise is that there are products out there which work in a violent situation and help in catching the assailant for the best part of a week afterwards.

Known as ‘criminal identifiers’, these sprays are brightly coloured dyes which can be sprayed in the face of an attacker. Unlike things such as CS or Pepper sprays, criminal identifier sprays are legal in the UK.

There’s a few available on the market, with farbgel and Mace’s Stoppared being the mostly highly recommended.

What these sprays do is release a sticky, brightly coloured dye. It’s difficult to wipe away and stains the skin a bright red colour. No matter how hard an attacker might try to remove it from their skin and clothing, the staining typically lasts for around a week and doesn’t even start to fade until after a few days have passed.

Unlike CS and Pepper sprays (which, again, aren’t legal in the UK) criminal identifier sprays don’t cause irritation or pain to an attacker. Instead, they expand and clog up the area sprayed with a kind of sticky foam that’s difficult to wipe away. It should give you enough time to escape and report someone whose face resembles a baboon’s arse to the police.

Each can of the sprays costs around £10 each, though it may be cheaper when buying multiple canisters and if you shop around.


StoppaRed UV Personal Attack Self-Defence Spray by Mace

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It should give you enough time to escape and report someone whose face resembles a baboon’s arse to the police.

That’s brilliant

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With my head between your legs, You’ll be reciting the poems I never finished because they were on the tip of my tongue

Vitor Hugo Mota (via permeate)

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Ecstasy. From the Greek ekstasis. Meaning not what you think. Meaning not euphoria or sexual climax or even happiness. Meaning literally: a state of displacement, of being driven out of one’s senses.

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tenebrae, by john kinsella


You are on the verge
of a resurrection,
standing on a fragile shoreline,
erosion undermining
the limestone cliff face,
expecting to plunge suddenly
into the churning ocean.
You’d rebuild memories,
though this coastline
is always changing — a childhood
hiding place eroded,
an overhang…

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it’s about who you miss at 2 in the afternoon when you’re busy, not 2 in the morning when you’re lonely.

We are all broken, that’s how the light gets in.

Ernest Hemingway (via henretta84)

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Are you scared? Or are you not ready? There is a difference.

Unique Quietness (via phoe-bs)

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