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Throwing away CDs, DVDs and even video games is not only wasteful but also bad for the environment - it can take centuries for one disc to break down in a landfill. How can you upcycle all those old discs?
Zombies don't have prejudice. They're egalitarian fellows who'll eat anyone's brains. But we do. Oh yes, we certainly do. Let's join forces with the Zombie Rights Movement to work on our prejudice and media-fed stereotyping... together.
Make your own Christmas presents: If you love crafting, you're feeling a bit thrifty and want to make your own Christmas present, we have 101* Christmas gift ideas that are cheap, fun and crafty to give you inspiration.
You are no doubt dimly if not fiercely aware of Bel Ami, a period epic of scandal and seduction starring R-Patz as a cold, macchiavelian shard of evil. Let's look at the REAL scandals of 19th century Paris.
Bugging in or bugging out? When it comes to the ZA, the best way to deal with the Zombie Apocalypse (or any other kind) is to prepare for both. Form your own B.O.B, get ready and don't fear The Panic...
Bored with being bored? You might find these tweaks a helpful starting point to change, so you'll no longer be bored at work (or with lack of work, or your appearance...), Find new ways to stop being bored with your life.
People. Ugh. People. We know, right? More specifically, people wanting you to go out clubbing. They can be as precious as tears of joy from a crystal unicorn - or a total (though kindly) pain in the arse. Discover how to avoid people, socialising and clubbing when you're genuinely not up for it.
Metalhead Dom shows you how to teach yourself guitar, with a breakdown of guitar techniques used by metallers and other guitar gods. These tips cover choosing equipment, learning to sing/play at the same time, and how to get the most out of your playing. Nice!
Not all male egos are so fragile that they feel threatened by a girl in 'man' territory, of course. But the world of the musician is, let's face it, often ego-driven, and women rock musicians have to armour up to avoid getting a raw deal.
When you bat your lashes, do men offer to father your many children or perish trying? When you exercise your wit, do they write a new will and testament? No? Then you're doing it wrong. Do it like Cleopatra instead. She did surprising things with carpets.
Listen now to a jolly, informational tale of exactly how and why the Victorians fell for the exotic charms of the Orient... and how it affects us today. Those darned Victorians - they do insist on teaching us things!
While we're young and carefree, we're able to get away with a lot of stuff they say we won't when were older (they're probably wrong) - and now is the time to try new things. Who knows, you might discover something amazing and end up doing it for the rest of your life!
Let us say, for the sake of argument, that you already are a mad scientist. Well done! The problem is that no-one's noticed. If you want your laboratory to be burned to the ground by the aryan do-gooder hero/heroine, shouldn't you be trying a little... bit... harder?
You may find that college/work/life only happens with a coffee in your hand, whether it's from Starbucks (and their trippy occult logo) or anti-capitalist indie coffee shops. Here are 10 ways to tell you might have a coffee problem. We shan't tell you what to do about it, of course.
Snakes, iguanas, tortoises and lizards are all wonderfully exotic pets but can be rather expensive to buy, house and maintain. The pet I suggest is cheap, easy to keep, breathes through its skin and, in my opinion, very cute. It's a frog! (Or a toad).
Whether you're a Rocky Horror Show regular or "Virgin", nothing can top this theatre experience that encourages audience participation from heckling to dancing to dressing up in Rocky Horror costumes. Don your fishnets, cake on the lipstick and warm up your hips. I would like - if I may - to take you on a strange journey...
Assassination is a tough job. You want to be prepared - and that includes being dressed for the part. Do you want the last thing your victim ever sees to be a deplorable fashion faux pas? We didn't think so.
Weddings On A Budget. Four words any bride dreads hearing. But it can be done cheaply and still be an amazing day to remember for the rest of your life; I should know. I did it myself for less than £500 on June 11th 2010.
Street safety is a really sticky topic. Even the experts disagree on how best to handle self defence. The best you can do is (a) be aware of your surroundings, and (b) read as much on the topic as you can and consider your options. So here goes...
Dearly beloved: We are gathered here today to bury our dearest companions, be they furred or scaled. Let their funeral be conducted with skill and respect. Here's a mooky guide on how to bury your pet and hold a pet funeral...
Your workspace needs to be a happy place. From choosing colour schemes to creating new table fabrics and mood boards, browse our 10 ideas for giving your workspace a makeover and changing the way you work and think.
So you've read the Zombie Survival Guide? Well, good luck with that. You can't be flicking through a heavy tome when the zombie hordes arrive. Read THIS article and carry it at all times for an increased chance of survival.
If you want to make an indie film, practise by making a 5 minute film short. We has got tips for screenwriting, actors, location, budget, equipment, props and post-production. Be the next Gus Van Sant...
Random acts of kindness are best defined by their very name. Acts of kindness, usually carried out by strangers, to put a smile on your face. There are so many little ways that you can commit random acts of kindness.
How to pass exams: It's getting to that time again. Exam time. The big question for many of you is "how do I not fail my exams?" Mookychick wants you to pass exams with flying colours, so here's how...
Party ideas: You've made your vegan chocolate easter eggs. Now it's time to arrange a lovely party with a vegan Easter egg hunt!
Summer jobs: There's nothing like planning ahead. If you're a festival junky who needs their fix but can't afford the tix, our guide to volunteering at festivals will get you into your favourite festivals for free.
Animal care: Would you help an injured animal? Would you stop and lend a paw? Would you know what to do, and where to go to for help? Our tips on how to help an injured animal (road accident, you name it) could save a pet's life.
How to build self-confidence: Our confidence building tips include becoming more confident through assertiveness and observation - and learning how to overcome shyness and handle difficult people or situations.
Money saving tips: When living on a student loan alone, even those of us who are normally good with money can struggle to cope with the financial demands of being a student. These 10 money saving tips are written for students by a student...
Victorian Christmas games: The Victorians made Christmas a festival for the family and children, and any gathering was a good excuse to play parlour games. Our guide to Victorian Christmas parlour games should keep your clan educated and entertained.
Victorian Christmas: Christmas as we celebrate it today (tree, carols, cards, presents, pudding) has its roots in Victorian Britain - even Charles Dickens got involved in shaping our celebration of Christmas. Doesn't he just get everywhere?
How to guides: How to have yourself a Very Merry Unbirthday Party! Lewis Carroll coined the idea of an unbirthday in 'Through the Looking Glass', but if your birthday falls on a 'taken' day like Christmas then an unbirthday party might be the very thing...
Penpals: Letter writing is an art form that one should encourage to stay alive. From making gothic lolita penpals to creating your own scented ink and sealing wax, we show how how to explore letter writing as both an ancient medium... And arts and crafts.
How to tips: If there's anything a girl worth her salt should know it's how to survive an earthquake. As if we need to tell you that. Our earthquake survival tips will help you survive anything from Gojira encounters to shifting tectonic plates!
How to tips: It's actually rather easy to start on your own country - and in such a way that the Government won't raid your house just because you used your arts and crafts skills to make your friends a few passports. Here's zigackly how to start your own country - just for funsies!
How to tips: As you stoically stare at the enormous pile of brand new books and stationery on your desk, ask yourself: "How am I going to survive this academic year?" Our school guide advises you on how to survive this school or university term without a single scratch or trauma.
How to tips: Got something to celebrate? A good camp out is the way to go. Well, it can be. If you don't get eaten by horses. Chased by farmers. Chased by police. Chased by the sleeping bag buddy you just puked on. Face it, there are many things that could so easily go wrong, even in your backyard. Especially in your back yard...
How to tips: When the uprising comes, the first wave of hostile robots may be those closest to us. Be careful - your rosy-cheeked young servant robot may have become a sullen, distrustful killing machine.
How to tips: Whether it's marvelling at Alucard the vampire politely ordering a sandwich, sewing a Magic Knight Rayearth outfit in two days or making friends in the longest queues known to man, your first anime convention holds unspeakable joys...
How to tips: There's nothing like a good old power cut to remind you just how dependent on technology you really are. How do you survive after the exciting first hour ("Look! If I put a torch under my face, hilarious faces ensue!")? Let Mookychick 'illuminate' you...
There's nothing better than camping at a festival, even if you claim you don't like mud and stink. Most festivals have eco-showers anyway, and mud makes you grow roots, lady! Here are our favourite funky festival tents and tips on how to get the best festival spots for your tent.
From mood-setting and learning classic striptease moves to choosing the ideal music and outfit, we show you how to do a striptease of truly mooky quality. Surprise your lover, cat, tolerant best friend or yourself right now.
How to tips: The Campaign for Real Ale - it's not just about old men and boys with beards. It's about having much less of a hangover in the morning. It's about national heritage, consumer rights... oh, and a 4,000 year old Sumerian glamour goddess who invented beer, called Ninkasi...
How to tips: Ask the man (or woman) on the street what they think of opera. Go on, do it. What did he (or she) say? Something about fat, screeching ladies in horned helmets, right? Well, that's partially true - Wagner's Ring Cycle did feature horned valkyries. But there's far more to opera - think murder, True Love, magic, mistaken identity, abduction, rebellion, vendettas and sex. Think passion.
How to tips: It may be a fallacy that Parisians drink and smoke all the time, wear timeless classics, hang around in cafes and graveyards and always look existentially bored. Weirdly, adopting these stereotypical traits will actually make them talk to you in French...
How to tips: Parma Violent walked in off the street and got a job as a face painter. From brushes to skin conditions to creativity and face painting community links, she shows you how to become a face painter too.
How to tips: Student drinking games are more fun than a chav on Question Time. If you are student who's looking for a way to consume even more alcohol, Rhi has tried and tested a splendidly ominous card-based drinking game: 'Ring of Fire'.
How to tips: As spring approaches, winter snows are being replaced by sakura (cherry tree) showers of faint pink to magenta. The arrival of warmer weather coinciding with the blossoming of cherry trees has always been a lovely excuse to have an official flower viewing, otherwise known as a hanami party! So, fellow mooks, let us go forth and have hanami!
How to tips: Researching unusual baby names? We'll help you choose a unique, or at least unusual, or at least attractive baby name. Vampire baby names, elvish baby names, Wiccan baby names, Goth baby names... you name it. Be warned though. Like pets, naming a baby isn't just for Christmas - it's for life.
How to tips: Plague rats and mad girls trapped in Victorian asylums... Such is the world of victoriandustrial fashion. Become a wayward mistress of industrial Victorian style and rise to the ranks of Emilie Autumn, Hannah Fury, and other wayward Victorian girls...
How to tips: Never in your life will you meet a larger collection of people with similar tastes, interests and perspectives to your fine self. Not only that, but these people will bring certain other tastes, interests and perspectives with them. So keep an open mind, a smile on your face and let the learning begin.
How-to Guides: The 21st Century getting you down? Would life be better in an age where big hair was de rigeur and you could wear fake beauty spots and get away with it? Our fast-and-loose guidelines to living like an 18th Century aristocrat will be of more use to you than a trained and lightly scented macaw.
How to tips: Vanessa Gray has thought long and hard about buying a puppy. She'll buy it when her money tin fills up with enough spare change. That should be just about enough time to think of a name, then...
How to tips: Anyone with talent and a desire to live independently should strive to be their own boss when it comes to setting up their own indie business. However, not everyone is cut out to be a self-starter, and there are a few questions one must ask before determining if this is the right move for you.
How to tips: Hunting for fossils has a slightly greater chance of success than hunting the Snark, and as for putting in hours in the wet mud and coming back with nothing? Any fan of the Red Sox knows it's the thrill of participation not victory that counts.
How to tips: If you're brave/crazy enough to be a professional freak, art school may be for you. Artists and designers essentially rule the world. Every object in your environment was invented or redesigned by someone. However, a key to being taken seriously in art and design is being able to endure art school boot camp. Quite different from your standard college or university, art school requires a whole new set of coping mechanisms...
How to tips: Growing up is hard to do. A tidal wave of angst, embarrassment and unrequited love often leave you locked in your room wailing to Sinead O'Connor. But if you've ever seen a coming-of-age classic like The Breakfast Club you'll know that life doesn't have to be like that. And with our 5 easy steps, you too can experience a coming of age that is passionate, eventful and Oscar-nominated..."
How to tips: "I'll come and make love to you at five o'clock. If I'm late, start without me". Vamp screen icon Tallulah Bankhead was a sex goddess with bite, and she even managed to keep her clothes on. Most of the time. With some nips and tucks to your attitude, rather your body, you too can be a bona fide sex goddess.
Pirates vs ninjas: Ninjas were the dark side of the samurai. A ninja's unearthly skills and mercenary code allowed them to perform feats that went directly against a samurai's bushido code of honour - but would conveniently win a battle or a war. Trained from youth to withstand pain and dislocate their own joints, create gunpowder from secret recipes, and oh, a host of other things - learn of the real ninjas of medieval Japan.
Pirates vs ninjas: Leaving aside their bitter rivals the zombies, robots and monkeys (for the moment), Mookychick will attempt to answer the age-old question - pirates or ninjas? This week, Deborah Taylor (scourge of the seven seas and owner of a genuine hip flask filled with rum) will discuss the magnificent nature of one of the finest creatures known to man - the less-than-humble pirate.
Punk is as relevant today as it was when it first rose up and people like Iggy and Siouxsie had no idea what they were doing, only that it felt right. It's pro-intelligence and anti-apathy. Here is how to be a punk. Hey. Ho. Let's go. Oi oi!
How to tips: When Mookychick discovered the lovely Ericka knew how to make a pirate ship cake (both dairy and vegan versions) we just about went mental. Nothing else mattered. Let's drop everything, stop wasting our lives and make pirate ship cakes IMMEDIATELY.
How to tips: Nipple tassels (aka "pasties") are the ace up a burlesque dancer's proverbial sleeve as she turns her back to the audience to remove her bra and reveal she's topless... but not quite.Nipple tassles are the perfect way to end a sexy burlesque tease or to complete an outfit. Even better, you can make them yourself!
How to tips: It's Saturday night, the party's on, you've got your best high heels and you're pumped full of confidence for the night ahead. Except... uh-oh. The dance floor. Whether you're a smooth shaker or a diva of disaster, these simple rules will ensure you lose your dancing inhibitions, not your dignity.
How to tips: Every girl, whether a natural-born tomboy or not, has at one point wished deep in their heart and soul that they could participate in a classic tea party! With all the charming good manners, frills, fluff and glitter that they've heard of on television or in books! So here's how to have one!
Throwing a themed party? Or want to turn your room/toilet into an unearthly glowing dream? The Mookychicks give you the lowdown on decorating your room so it glows under a UV black light. It will be... different. Replace cosy comfort with the Mariana trench - turn your room into a black light wonderland!
Skating, bonding, bruising and super-slut fashion are all part of what it means to be a rollergirl, and it's an obssession you pay for... in sweat. Read Hope 'n' Gory's 10 top tips for surviving a crash-course in becoming a rollergirl.
Christmas consumerism can be lovely when kept in its place, but if you're yearning to do something different this year, one option might be to help the homeless as well as your family, friends and self. Giving homeless people a nice Christmas might be easier than you think...
No-one keeps their house festively decorated all year round, not even you, but sometimes you's gots to impress a special guest with minutes to spare and no cash to hand. These quick tips will help you make your place look, smell and sound Christmassy on the cheap.
Language changes all the time, but the late 1920s and 1930s were a period of music, poverty, alcohol and sexual freedom - creative, dangerous times. And oh boy, did the slang move around a little! Grab some moxy, add a little jazz age colour to your life, and everything'll be just peachy keen...
Scare-acting is one of the more unusual jobs out there - you'll find scare actors in theme parks, 'haunted house' visitor attractions - anywhere where there might be a need for a vampire or werewolf to jump out at a punter and scare them sideways. The lovely and non-scary Wendy Withers gives you 10 tips on how to be really effective at scare-acting. Eek.
How to tips: Despite popular belief, vegans eat more than tree bark and lentils at Christmas. As a girl who'll never use veganism as an excuse to get healthy, it's my duty to let the rest of you in on my delicious, pastry-ish/sugary/creamy/boozy/chocolatey vegan yuletide fayre, adapted from the Vegan Family and Rose Eliot cookery books.
If you've got a lip-piercing and a curtain of hair some crazy people will automatically think you cut yourself. Or sing songs about how numb/full of feeling you are. That is, they will call you an emo kid. Jazz Croft tells you how to deal with this if/when it happens to you...
How to tips: Does your house or bedroom look and feel like it's been hit by a bomb? can't find your favourite pair of stockings amongst your books and CDs? Do you wonder why the wash pile is moving, only to discover it's the cat you haven't seen for days? It's time to sort it out. Hey! Ho! Let's go!
Whether it's a tattoo, fetish, comics or classic sci-fi convention, the rules are always the same: save money on food/hotels so you can spend it on the things that really matter, dress up if you dare and aim to get as much out of the Con as possible. Wendy Withers narrows it down...
Charity shops, or vintage stores, can be a strange-smelling world of ugly support girdles or an Ali Baba cave of brooches and die-for one-offs. Anna Blackaby tells you how to turn the mysterious forces that govern charity shops into your ally, not your enemy.
Debbie Read points out that Valentine's Day (a) is a satan-spawned commercial moneyhole, (b) is a way for cheapskate loved ones to get out of pampering you every day of your life, the way you so richly deserve, rather than just once a year. But it's still rather cute. Even if you're single.
Alternative students may feel stranded and freakish if college feels alien to them. If you're a corset-wearing goth rather than a guitar/bong indie kid, you can flourish in college and still remain true to your own bitchin' alternative self.
How to tips: Vanessa Gray has thought long and hard about buying a puppy. She'll buy it when her money tin fills up with enough spare change. That should be just about enough time to think of a name, then...
Things seem to be going well in your relationship then all of a sudden you're told that 'it's just not working'. You're left with nothing but a head full of now unwanted memories. Holly-Rae Smith says it's time to take matters into your own hands...
10 Ideas for Mooky Christmas Presents, from geocaching days and personalised photo rock wristbands from Thor's Hammer to tiny short stories printed onto canvas. Sod Amazon and their pink-hued Christmas gift ideas for girls.
How to tips: Halloween - the best night of the year for ninety-nine point nine per cent of the goth population. But, like anything else, it has its pitfalls. Here are the pros and cons of Halloween - and how to make the most of your fave event.
Let's be straight - you couldn't use these tactics if you were hustling, say, Paul Newman, but in a friendly hook-up in a poolhall or bar all these techniques are 100% valid. Especially if you have half an eye on your opponent.
Aussie men are pretty much from the same pot as other XY specimens, except they have a bit more sand down their pants. Amber McGown-Rules explains how to survive the malleable boythings that are aussie menfolk, and get azactly what you want from them...
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