5 Creative Ways to Celebrate Your Birthday

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Birthdays. They’re a blessing for some and perhaps somewhat of a burden for others (once you’ve reached a ripe old age), but they should always be a special day for the celebrant, as they offer a wonderful opportunity to not only surround yourself with family and friends, but to also be the center of attention! If you’re looking for a creative way to celebrate your birthday this year, here are five great ideas that will surely provide you with some creative inspiration.

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Munich nightlife guide for the avid partier

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You won’t find many cities that are so geared to partying that you can have non-stop entertainment 24/7, but Munich is one place that fits the bill. If you have a yearning for sausages and beer, this capital of Bavaria near Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic in southern Germany is the best place to let your hair down with its vibrant nightlife.

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Up Your Game Naturally: Sensible Ways to Sustain Your Energy When Playing Sports

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Competitive sports are a great way to stay in shape and have fun, no matter your age. You get exercise and the rush of playing well against others. But if you don’t take the time to get your body in prime condition, then you may not have as much fun as you could.

Whether you play golf, football or tennis, your body runs out of energy quickly as you compete. Pair that with the hot weather that most sports usually take place in, and you may be left feeling tired quicker than your opponents if you don’t sustain your energy. If you want to play your best on game day, here are a few tips that will have you feeling energized all day long.

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How can modern men tackle mental health issues?

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While we’re generally happier tackling physical health problems than previous generations, as modern men are still reluctant to talk about mental illness. Yet it can be every bit as damaging and affects around 58 million American adults every year, costing the economy $226 billion and contributing to a considerable number of deaths. So what do mental health issues involve, and how can you tackle them?

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Blu Tuesday: The Girl on the Train and More

Every Tuesday, I review the newest Blu-ray releases and let you know whether they’re worth buying, renting or skipping, along with a breakdown of the included extras. If you see something you like, click on the cover art to purchase the Blu-ray from Amazon, and be sure to share each week’s column on social media with your friends.

“The Girl on the Train”

WHAT: Still reeling from her divorce from Tom (Justin Theroux), who left her for another woman (Rebecca Ferguson) and started a family, Rachel (Emily Blunt) has become a raging alcoholic prone to blackouts. Despite losing her job in the city, she still rides the train every morning, fantasizing about the relationship between Tom’s neighbors, Scott and Megan Hipwell (Luke Evans and Hayley Bennett), from the train window. But when Megan suddenly goes missing and Rachel fears that she may have been involved, she becomes entangled in the investigation to discover the truth.

WHY: It’s easy to see how the producers of “The Girl on the Train” thought they were making the next “Gone Girl”; in addition to being based on a bestselling crime thriller that features multiple narrators, it has a twist ending that you’re not supposed to see coming. The problem, however, is that you do see it coming in director Tate Taylor’s big screen adaptation, which deflates most of the tension in the story. Whereas “Gone Girl” had several layers to peel back and explore, “The Girl on the Train” is a fairly straightforward mystery made to seem more complicated by the disjointed timeline. It also has one of the worst opening acts in recent memory, boring you into submission with its one-dimensional characters and terrible pacing. Though the movie improves significantly in the second half as the storylines begin to converge, the damage has already been done. Emily Blunt delivers an extraordinary performance in the lead role (rather than simply acting drunk, she plays Rachel as an alcoholic desperately trying to look sober), but it feels like she’s in a different film – one that isn’t marred by soapy plot turns and Taylor’s messy direction.

EXTRAS: In addition to an audio commentary by director Tate Taylor, there’s a pair of behind-the-scenes featurettes and some deleted scenes.

FINAL VERDICT: RENT

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