American Horror Story
Jan02

American Horror Story

I’ve been playing truant from my blog and Instagram for so long now that I feel like I should be producing a doctor’s note to explain my lengthy absence before penning this : my first post in over two and a half years! And if I were to offer up said doctor’s note, I imagine it would read something like : Kindly excuse Mr. Vagar from neglecting his blogging and social media obligations as he has been suffering from a chronic case of...

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Band-Aid Apologies, You Can Stick ‘Em!
Mar12

Band-Aid Apologies, You Can Stick ‘Em!

From repentant sports stars tearfully apologising to their fans on the telly for some scandalous behaviour to people close to you making amends for something they did wrong, I believe that we all have the innate ability to tell when an apology is either fake or genuine and heartfelt. Somehow, the latter ones just ring true on a heart or gut level. But then there’s the former kind, the apology of convenience, that doesn’t...

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What Ever Did You Mean, 2015?
Feb17

What Ever Did You Mean, 2015?

We’re well into the second month of the new year and by now I’m sure you’ve closed the book on 2015 and concluded that it was either a good year, a lousy year or just a so-so one. But at the beginning of every year I like to take pause and reflect on the year that was – to make an assessment of all the events, people and places that left a lingering impression or made an impact on me. It’s a kind of...

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The One Time Yuk!
Sep08

The One Time Yuk!

“The truth will set you free. But first it will piss you off!” someone once famously said. But this, as a fellow traveller* with whom I once shared a special connection aptly put, is only a “one time yuk!” I think the phrase sums it up perfectly, because although you might feel awful at first, you’ll find that owning up to some less-than-desirable quality or aspect to yourself (if only to yourself alone)...

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Weapons Of Mass Distraction
Aug11

Weapons Of Mass Distraction

Is it just me or is everything coming up superheroes these days? Just about every time I turn on the telly, open up a magazine or go online I come across news about some new superhero movie that’s been released, soon to be released or about to go into production. The list seems endless. X-men, The Avengers, Spider Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Wolverine, Ant-Man, Fantastic Four, Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Batman vs....

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Wham! Bam! Instagram!
Jul16

Wham! Bam! Instagram!

If you’re a regular visitor to my blog you might have noticed that I now have an Instagram feed on the home page. Joining Instagram is something I didn’t expect I would do. Perhaps it’s a generational thing, but I’ve always been deeply skeptical about the quality and real value of our social exchanges in this age of unprecedented connectivity and networking. Of course, I do see the merits of social media, but I...

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