A while back, I had an episode of psychosis. It was like living in a waking dream (and occasional nightmare). Every physical object, every physical action had a deeper significance. I wandered around the psychiatric ward collecting cups that people had left, forgotten, dirty, and washing them up in warm water in the sink in a ritual symbolic gesture. When I was released, on a cold February day, I had never felt so alive. Later I read #neverwhere by #neilgaiman, and now am reading #americangods. These stories - that weave together the real world and strange, beautiful under and overworlds are not only captivating but remind me of these experiences. The blurb on the cover says "Gaiman has a rich imagination" but sometimes it feels less like imagination - a conjuring up of complete fantasy - and more like an ability to reach under the surface; to see and describe a deeper truth, eternal and mythic.
There's something really nice about the old school single blade razors. The modern multi blade ones - the blades cost a bomb, and get blunt real quickly, and are a mess of plastic and metal. These take single blades - you can get 100 for about £10 so you can always have a sharp blade. Not only is it more environmentally friendly, you also get a better, closer shave.
Perfume genius Francis Kurkdjian created Le Male by when he was 26 (he has subsequently gone on to found his own perfume house, Maison Francis Kurkdjian). I had a sniff of this in Oslo airport and instantly recognised it as one of those scents I've noticed around. Mint, lavender, vanilla, musk.
I'm trying this out after glowing reviews from @bronsa. Said to be as effective as most anti-depressants, but with fewer side effects, St John's Wort has been used as herbal remedy for centuries. It is recommended that you notify your doctor if you are taking this.