With the end of lockdown restrictions in sight, you can do this.

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Photo by Lesly Juarez on Unsplash

We’ve all been going through a tough time lately, and there’s something about this third lockdown that has made it particularly hard-going. Maybe it’s the winter months or the increase in structured homeschooling, but it’s hard not to feel troubled at times.

Recent research from the University of Bath found a quarter of us have been experiencing elevated levels of anxiety or even depression worsened by lockdown and isolation, which is awful to hear.

Even though the end is hopefully in sight, it’s vital to keep on top of your mental wellbeing as we try to power through the coming…


The case of the fugitive accused of the annihilation of his family baffles police to this day.

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Robert William Fisher (Source: FBI)

In April 2021, it will be two decades since the start of one of the biggest manhunts in FBI history. It will also mark the 20-year anniversary of three cruel murders that have never officially been solved. So, what happened to Robert William Fisher? Could he really still be alive? And will he ever be brought to justice for his alleged crimes?

Inferno masks the horror within

On April 10th 2001, emergency services were called to a home in Scottsdale that was on fire. …


Archaeologists have made a startling discovery that shines a light on part of Ancient Egyptian burial rituals

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One of the golden-tongued mummies (Image: Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities via Facebook)

Ever since the discovery of Tutankhamen’s treasure-laden tomb in 1922, Ancient Egyptian archaeology has been linked with gold. This metal is known to have been used for everything from jewelry and weapons to death masks and funeral art.

However, archaeologists have now highlighted a relatively under-reported use of the precious metal in ancient times: to create tongues for mummies on their way to the afterlife.

Treasures from Taposiris Magna

In a statement published on Facebook by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, a team led by Dr Kathleen Martinez from the University of Santo Domingo explained that archaeologists had been conducting excavations at the temple…


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Australian police have offered a huge reward in the hope of solving the suspected murder of a British expat in Australia.

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Steven Goldsmith, who went missing in 2000 (Image: Queensland Police News)

Police in the Australian state of Queensland have offered a substantial reward for any information that could help them find out what happened to a British man who went missing there more than 20 years ago.

Steven James Goldsmith, 28, was an arborist who had moved to the suburbs of Brisbane when he was last seen in July 2000. He had been living in New Farm but commuted to work in Toowoomba, where he was a contractor for the local council.

Queensland Police Detective Inspector Damien Hansen said Steven’s disappearance remains a mystery, but added that he hopes a fresh…


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How careful do we all need to be when posting selfies online?

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Image by LhcCoutinho from Pixabay

In 2019, 21-year-old Ena Matsuoka was a pop star in her native Japan, performing regularly with the J-pop group Tenshi Tsukinukeni Yomi. However, she could not have been able to predict that her new-found celebrity would lead to a cyberstalker and a vicious assault.

The crime has led internet experts to warn of the dangers of sharing too much information on social media — even if that happens to be unwittingly through crystal-clear images.

Attack on Ena Matsuoka

On the night of September 1st 2019, Ena Matsuoka was returning to her Tokyo apartment when a man attacked her from behind and covered her mouth…


Prediabetes is serious — but it can be stopped in its tracks.

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Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

The western world could be on the cusp of a diabetes epidemic, fueled by unhealthy living and the associated impact on our waistlines.

According to the most recent figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 88 million American adults — that’s more than one in three — now have prediabetes. Of these, more than 84 per cent are likely to be completely unaware that they have it.

What is prediabetes?

Prediabetes, also known as borderline diabetes, is a condition where a person’s blood sugar levels are abnormally high, but not quite high enough to classify them as having the full-blown…


The docu-series might be shocking, but it‘s a timely reminder that Richard Ramirez was a brutal criminal who targeted even children.

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The publicity shot for the new docu-series on Richard Ramirez (Source: Netflix)

Having already notched up an impressive array of true crime documentaries, Netflix has now turned its attention towards Richard Ramirez, aka the Night Stalker, for a new limited series.

The four-episode collection entitled Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer is trending in the streaming service’s top ten, but it has divided viewers based on its portrayal of Ramirez’s horrific crime spree in 1980s America.

However, it could be argued that only this kind of shock tactic would work in convincing an audience largely born after Ramirez’s conviction for multiple murders, rapes and attempted murders — and even some…


They’re much-maligned, but good prompts can help you write yourself out of a rut

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Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

As writers, we’ve probably all felt the dread of the blank screen at some point. Whether you’re in the middle of a novel and know you need to get on with the next scene, or you’re a short story writer keen to put together something for publication, there are days when the words just won’t come.

Maybe it’s not as serious as the dreaded (and oft-debated) writer’s block. …


It caught the Golden State Killer, so could this breakthrough in DNA testing be the beginning of the end for unsolved murders?

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Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay

It was one of the most sensational revelations in criminal history. In 2018, the so-called Golden State Killer — who had terrorised the western coast of the USA and committed at least 13 murders and 50 rapes between 1973 and 1986 — was unmasked.

His identity? Joseph James DeAngelo, who had been living a quiet life in California where he remained unpunished for his crimes. And he was identified using a pioneering DNA tracing method called genetic genealogy.

Since then, many more murder mysteries have been solved using this technique and the law enforcement world has been lit up by…


Whether this is the worst Monday of the year or not, there are some simple ways to boost your mood.

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Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash

January 18th 2021 has the dubious honor of being dubbed Blue Monday, supposedly the most miserable day of the entire year.

Although the science behind this has been cast into doubt since the event’s inception in 2005 (it was actually created by Sky Travel as a way of tempting people into booking vacations), it has to be said that this point in January is hardly a barrel of laughs.

Many of us will be feeling the pinch on both our waistlines and our bank balances after overindulging during the holidays, plus the daylight hours are short enough to bring any…

Verity Partington

A writer and author of crime thrillers living in the UK. Partial to books, stationery, papercrafts and walking.

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