I am No One by Patrick Flanery

Set in the post-Snowden era of creeping surveillance of ordinary citizens and everyday life, I Am No One explores how a world without privacy is a world without freedom of expression.

Jeremy O'Keefe, a middle-aged Professor of History, returns to his native New York after a decade teaching at Oxford, hoping to reconnect with his daughter and rebuild the life he left behind. He settles into the rhythm of a too- empty life, long evenings alone after a day teaching students he barely knows. Then a strange encounter with a young man who presumes an acquaintance he doesn't remember and a series of disconcerting events leave him with a growing conviction that he is being watched.

2015 Sports Wrap-up - Remembering Jules Bianchi - Copyright: David Acosta Allely Image Credit: David Acosta Allely / Shutterstock.com

2015 Sports Wrap-up - Remembering Jules Bianchi - Copyright: David Acosta Allely Image Credit: David Acosta Allely / Shutterstock.com

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World football body Fifa shifted the focus from the on field antics of sport to the alleged backroom (or should that be boardroom?) shenanigans of professional sport. Football might find itself in a somewhat jaded position right now, but rugby provided the necessary bullish grunt to keep the game firmly position on the field.

The 2015 Rugby World Cup hosted by England was an epic tournament, arguably presenting the best Rugby World Cup from the minnows’ perspective. The New Zealand All Blacks became the first country to successfully defend their World Cup crown and also win the tournament for a record third time (1987, 2011 and 2015). But it was the brave Japanese team who won the hearts of rugby fans across the world when they defeated the South African Springboks in the first round. Don’t forget South Africa have won the Rugby World Cup twice, on home soil in 1995 and in France in 2007. Japan’s brave victory over the South Africans goes to show just what can be achieved through hard work, passion and sheer determination.

From failure to success: planning to counter failure!

From failure to success: planning to counter failure! Image Source: Stellenbosch Rugby Academy

There is no better example than sport of how to move forward after a hard knock. From poor exam results to bad career choices, challenges no matter how big or small will tend to surprise even the most prepared of individuals. Just as the South African Springboks lost to Japan in the 2015 World Cup, they still pulled themselves back as champion contenders in world rugby, an example for individuals who need to plan their future in case they do fail...

FirstStep.me spoke to Alie Brand of Stellenbosch Rugby Academy about how aspects of sport can be used to counter failure.

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Best of 2015 and what to expect in 2016 -Star Wars: The Force Awakens - © 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Right Reserved.

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Superheros, spies and galaxy adventures seem to be dominating the planet's viewership! But online streaming is breaking borders with Netflix making massive inroads into the market.

Whilst the world seems broken, Hollywood, movie and television makers are still churning out the proverbial imagination into reality.

It has been a while since a hard hitting magical movie that changed perceptions and broke borders has lead at the Box Office. Sure there are charming and edgy films out there which draw an audience, but it seems it will be a while before we see a film like All the Presidents Men draw a crowd as a big as the Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The world is broken and we need to fix it - trying to solve the impossible by doing the possible The best of 2015 and what to expect in 2016 - Image Source: ShutterStock, Inc Image credit and Copyright: DGDESIGN

The best of 2015 and what to expect in 2016 - Image Source: ShutterStock, Inc Image credit and Copyright: DGDESIGN

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When John Nash, famously portrayed by Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind, died in a car crash in May 2015, there was a shiver that began to ripple around the world. A shiver that turned into a cold chill. A coldness that showed the cracks and slowly the world began to break into pieces.

The world is broken and there is no John Nash to fix it with a master equation. As a population we have a lot of work to do to fix it. So let’s get to it shall we!

With over a trillion Dollars worth of student debt in the USA plus a global youth unemployment rate of 73 million individuals (ref. International Labour Organization). Wait that's a big equation, one of the world’s largest economies is riddled with student debt and the worlds youth are struggling to be employed.