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Nostalgic Music From The 90’s & Early 2000’s. Part 2.

It’s Monday, I know you guys are in a bad mood! You’re in luck though, I’m not.

I unfortunately found myself in that nostalgic mood once again today, I got lost in there. Childhood memories and all that jazz just swept me up; I definitely went through the emotions! It’s nice though because I’ve recently come into some luck with jobs and job interviews and it’s slowly getting there! Things are definitely looking up folks!

So why am I blabbing on about all this ridiculous nonsense?

Well to cut to the chase; with all this luck flooding in, I’ve decided to go out tonight and enjoy myself, yet you can’t go out without being in the mood, am I right? You need to get into the groove! (No Madonna pun intended) therefore I was browsing through my iTunes library and boy oh boy I just can’t pinpoint that one song! You know the ones I mean, that song that takes you back and just gets your feet tapping.

I’m still looking for it folks!…Whilst I’ve been searching I figured I would do a follow up to all those nostalgic songs in part 1 – http://routinedreamer.com/2014/10/06/nostalgic-music-from-the-90s-early-2000-part-1/

If you can name a few songs to get me in the groove drop a comment!

Sit back and reminisce, you can thank me later guys!

  1. Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love.
  2. Kanye West – Stronger.
  3. Akon – Smack That.
  4. Nizlopi – JCB Song.
  5. Westlife – You Raise Me Up.
  6. Will Smith – Switch.
  7. Kid Rock – All Summer Long.
  8. Smash Mouth – I’m A Believer.
  9. Flo Rida – Low.
  10. Green Day – Wake Me Up When September Ends.
  11. Usher – Confessions.
  12. Coldplay – The Scientist.
  13. Nelly – Hot In Here.
  14. Nickleback – Photograph.
  15. Kanye West – Gold Digger.
  16. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dani California.
  17. Hinder – Lips Of An Angel.
  18. Uncle Kracker – Follow Me.
  19. Nelly – Over and Over.
  20. Akon – Sorry, Blame It on Me.
  21. Mike Posner – Cooler Than Me.
  22. Beyonce – Halo.
  23. Kings Of Leon – Use Somebody.
  24. DMX – Party Up In Here.
  25. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg – The Next Episode.
  26. Lady Gaga – Poker Face.
  27. Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling.
  28. Britney Spears – Toxic.
  29. Johnny Cash – Hurt.
  30. Katy Perry – I Kissed a Girl.
  31. Kelly – Trapped in the Closet.
  32. Ke$ha – Tik Tok.
  33. Shakira feautring Wyclef – Hips Don’t Lie.
  34. Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell – Drop It like It’s Hot.
  35. I. featuring Rihanna – Live Your Life.
  36. Macy Gray – I Try.
  37. 3 Doors Down – Kryptonite.
  38. Sisqò – Thong Song.
  39. The Killers – Mr. Brightside.
  40. Justin Timberlake featuring Timbaland – SexyBack.
  41. Beyoncé – Single Ladies. (Put A Ring On It)
  42. R-Kelly – Happy People.
  43. Amy Winehouse – Back To Black.
  44. Blue – One Love.
  45. Infernal – From Paris to Berlin.
  46. Ludacris – Runaway Love.
  47. The Streets – Dry Your Eyes.
  48. Owl City – Fireflies.
  49. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – I Tried.
  50. James Blunt – You’re Beautiful.

*Wipes forehead* Phew that was a lot of songs! Drop a comment if any of these brought back some memories for you guys! They certainly did for me!

Enjoy your day!

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The History Of Air Jordan! Part 1!

It’s a franchise globally known, a sneaker I’ve spent countless amounts of money on and a brand leader who we can all aspire to be.

Yes ladies and gentleman I’m talking about the classic Air Jordan franchise. It’s a sneaker worn by a vast majority of basketball players, your favourite rappers, rappers and pretty much anyone and everyone in the world. The classic 9-5 business man in his slick suits and shining shoes has a secret collection of Air Jordan sneakers!

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To tell you the truth I’ve been putting this one off for some time now, not because it’s hard or ‘tiring’ so to speak, in all honesty it’s just so rich with history! There’s far too much to be blogging about but you know what you lucky group of people? I’m going to do just that today!

So sit back and relax as we walk through time and go through the details of one of the biggest franchises in the world; the Air Jordan brand!

  • The Air Jordan 1 – 1984.

So it’s 1984, a young Michael Jordan has just won a national title at the University of North Carolina, in addition to this he also received a gold medal in the Olympic games in Los Angeles. Talk about work ethic folks! Chicago Bulls selected Mike (if I can call him Mike) 3rd overall in the NBA draft but what’s interesting is within that year Mike also signed a deal with the brand Nike (hopefully everyone’s heard of them) under a contract of 5 years’ worth a reported $2.5 million! Wowzers.

In 1985 Nike gave Jordan his personal line of sneakers and apparel, it’s worth to mention before the Air Jordan franchise most basketball sneakers were very simple and plain therefore Nike wanted this deal to revolutionise the basketball world, boy did it work!

The designer Peter Moore was given the task to create the first Air Jordan sneaker, it’s funny because you can see the similarities between the Air Jordan shoe and the Air Force 1 sneaker itself. Take a look!

Air Jordan 1: The classic Chicago Bulls colour way!
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Nike Air Force 1: See the similarities!
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This sneaker single handily set in stone the colourful shoes we see on court today. It changed everyone’s perspective on the basketball sneaker world and revolutionised the industry.  During the 1985 NBA season Jordan wore the Air Jordan 1 on court, even though the NBA banned them for their blatant disregard for the rules regarding shoe colours! Jordan was fined up to $5,000 for each game he wore them. It’s funny because Nike gladly paid the bills and the fines themselves actually gave the Air Jordan brand more of a buzz due to the controversy surrounding them. Jordan’s rookie career was a phenomenon; taking home rookie of the year honours, leading the Chicago Bulls to the playoffs and scoring 63 points against the Boston Celtics! All the time wearing the Air Jordan 1, a brand was born.

  • The Air Jordan 2 – 1987.

Wow, what a storm Jordan created! By this time Jordan himself was moving up in the ranks, after the frenzy the Air Jordan 1 sneaker created it was time to re-design  and who else could you get to take part in an overhaul of the sneaker; the legendary Bruce Kilgore. If you’re unsure as to whom he is, he’s the creator of the Air Force 1 sneaker, the biggest and best sneaker in the world. I did even do a blog about the sneaker itself, here’s the link; http://routinedreamer.com/2014/07/03/for-the-love-of-sneakers-3/ he made a sneaker worn by old and young, a true designer! Anyway, back to Jordan!

During the time every Nike shoe produced had the classic swoosh along the side, it was a status symbol for Nike and their company, in a way it still is. So did the Air Jordan 2 include the classic swoosh along the side? No, no it did not. The sneaker was such a simple design with upgraded and luxurious materials.

The sneaker was known for its upgrades in quality; a full air unit on the midsole to cushion Jordan’s sore foot after he’d broken it, unfortunately missing a fair amount of the season, a faux lizard skin upper and the classic Air Jordan wings logo embossed on the tongue! You could say it was the first “luxury” basketball sneaker to hit the court, simple yet outstanding. It set the path for quality footwear within basketball, unfortunately it didn’t hit the court as much as the Air Jordan brand would’ve liked however it’s got its place in history as it’s part of the brand.

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That’s one of the original Air Jordan 2 sneakers! As you can see overtime the original base has began to yellow, think about how old they are though!

Fun fact: Michael won his first slam dunk contest actually wearing the Air Jordan 2 sneaker, fans loved it.

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Notice the sneakers folks! *They had a few colour ways that’s why it’s different to the picture above!

  • The Air Jordan 3 – 1988.

In my eyes and many others this was the one that changed the game. This sneaker is coursing throughout the streets of the USA, throughout the streets of the world. This shoe now is a collector’s item, worn or un-worn. Look out of your window, look in the shopping stores I can guarantee someone will have a pair of Jordan’s on! I hope that theory works…

After the success of Bruce Kilgore’s Air Jordan 2 Nike decided to look for a new designer, one of the best; Tinker Hatfield. He was the man in charge to revolutionise the sneaker game and man what a gem he created. He switched the whole aspect of the Jordan sneaker up, and created a completely new design!

So what were the details of the new sneakers?

First, the Air Jordan 1 & 2 included the iconic “wings” logo however Tinker Hatfield decided to change this piece and re-branded the Jordan “logo” into the “Jumpman” and he placed it on the tongue of the shoe. This silhouette of Jordan was to celebrate his Slam Dunk Contest victory the year before.

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A fun fact: Every Jordan after the Air Jordan 3 features this Jumpman on the shoe. You learn something new everyday folks!

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The Air Jordan 3 was also the first to feature a visible air unit within the sole, something that was so extraordinary to the basketball world and then lastly, the Air Jordan 3 featured an elephant print design on the upper part of the sneaker. This was such a bold statement for the Air Jordan brand as it represented a fashionable side to the sneaker itself. It gave it that “jazz” that people wanted, you don’t want a sneaker that’s solely for basketball, you want a sneaker you can wear when you’re out on the streets, and you want that stand out shoe! That’s what the Air Jordan 3 was, a stand out shoe!

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The first 3 done! There’s a lot more to come, we’ll save that for part 2 folks! Hopefully you’ve learned something about the famous Jordan brand today!

Enjoy your day!

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Writers Block; 20 Facts I Guess!

I’m not going to beat around the bush here; I’m having a huge day of writers block folks! Everything’s coming out in drips and drabs, yet it’s still not sounding how I want it to. My whole sentence structure and choice of vocabulary just seems off, I hate days like these! In a sense I guess you can call this blog post ‘cheating’ but we’ll keep that on the down low! So as I sit here slowly slurping on my cold-ish cup of tea I find myself wondering; “what am I going to blog about today?” To tell you guys the truth, I haven’t got a clue!

Solution.

Everyone loves a good set of facts, whether they’re true or not true! Therefore (I’m pretty sure you’ve guessed where this is going) it’s going to be a fact day guys!

  1. America’s first self-made millionaire was actually a black female! I’m not sure as to why this came as such a surprise to me but when I found out my jaw dropped a little. Her name was Madam C.J. Walker. She made her fortune by developing and selling a range of beauty products for black women all under her company name The Madam C.J. Walker Company! They unfortunately closed business in 1981 however it’s such a wonderful story I couldn’t not share! Don’t worry there not all this lengthy!
  2. A man named Walter Summerford was struck by lightning three times in his life. After his death, his gravestone was also struck.
  3. In 2013, Norway had to close Brattli Tunnel because 27 tons of caramelized brown goat cheese caught fire.
  4. An officer of the California highway patrol, Sgt Kevin Briggs, has stopped more than 200 people from committing suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge.
  5. About 70% of the spices used in the world come from India.
  6. In 2008, when Gordon Ramsay was filming in Iceland, he lost his footing and fell during a descent off an 85 feet cliff, landing in the icy water below. His film crew reported he was submerged for at least 45 seconds.
  7. The first drinking straw was designed to have a diameter slightly smaller than the typical lemon pip, as the inventor was tired of getting lemon seeds in his mouth when drinking lemonade.
  8. When Twister (the game) was introduced in 1966 it was known by its competitors as “sex in a box.”
  9. There are more life forms living on your skin than there are humans on the planet.
  10. J. Simpson was considered for the Terminator, but the producers feared he was “too nice” to be taken seriously as a cold-blooded killer.
  11. Torchwood, the spin-off series from Doctor Who is actually an anagram of “Doctor Who”.
  12. In 1976 Ron Wayne sold his shares in Apple for $800 – today they’d be worth over $35 billion.
  13. A Tyrannosaurus Rex ran at about 18mph. An average human runs at 8mph.
  14. Bottling up your emotions can lead to depression. If you have no one to talk to, write a blog or journal.
  15. The average American/Canadian will eat about 11.9 pounds of cereal per year!
  16. Jellyfish are about 98 percent water.
  17. Milkshakes were originally an alcoholic whiskey drink
  18. Notorious BIG’s interlude on Ready to Die of him receiving oral sex was real audio of him receiving oral sex in the recording studio.
  19. In 2007, a Bosnian married couple found out that they had been cheating on one another in an online chatroom… with each other.
  20. In Oklahoma, it’s actually illegal to take a bite out of another person’s hamburger.

I guess if you’ve learned something or had a good chuckle that means writers block isn’t all that bad, right?

Enjoy your day folks!

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10 Reasons To Love The Job You Hate!

As I sit here searching through job site upon job site I have this lingering thought in the back of my mind; “man I would love to be back at work!” Any work as well, I mean seriously I never thought I would say this but man do I miss having a job! The thing is I complained a hell of a lot about it when I had it, but what a necessity it really is! So I’ve decided to compline a few reasons for you guys and girls who are in a job at the moment that you may find yourself disliking however you secretly need to learn to love. Hopefully these may change your mind a little, enjoy!

  1. That monthly pay check!…The thing I miss most was spending a ton of money on clothes, food and useless metal only to not need to worry about it due to being paid the following day. I could look at my bank balance the next morning and see that it was magically there again! Priceless.
  2. Actually having something to do. I’m so bored at home, after blogging and keeping myself entertained there’s only so much left to do. The internet gets boring after a while and you realise the TV’s utter trash!
  3. Seeing co-workers. In my last job I had good relationships with all my co-workers; I miss making the small jokes with them at lunch times, or just generally complaining about pointless shit.
  4. You gain a hell of a lot more experience and memories at work than you do at home! This one explains itself really; I had so many opportunities come my way in my previous job that they’ve really helped me develop into the person I am today. Not having that job I think I would be a person living within a shell!
  5. Job hunting sucks! I mean it really sucks.
  6. Not needing to dress up in a formal suit every time you get an interview. In my old job I had this terrible looking uniform but believe me it was a lot easier to chuck on that rather than a full blown suit!
  7. Being able to say you’re doing the job you do for the money, not making something up and saying you have a burning interest and desire to work within a certain company. I’ve had my fair share of interviews since I left school (roughly 15) so I’ve experienced the ones where you need to research the company and the ones where you can bullshit your way through, it can be mentally draining at times but you can’t just tell them straight up I need the money, believe me it won’t work! You only get to do that once you’ve landed the job.
  8. Laughing at customers. Oh how I miss that! It’s the little things they would do, not their appearance or anything like that but just the little quirks that we would recognise such as tripping up or doing something they shouldn’t.
  9. Being able to run to the closest shop and not worry about what you’re wearing. This one seems silly but hear me out; my closest shops are good 10 minute walk from my house whereas when I was in employment they were about a 30 second walk! Now, I’m not the most enthusiastic person in the world so when I’m hungry I can’t get my body in the mood to face that 10 minute walk whereas when I was employed I could literally purchase a buffet of items. Good thing there’s Domino’s folks!
  10. Last but not least, interacting with people. That’s what I feel life’s all about! I can’t stand not interacting or meeting new people, it’s just so boring! Sure, it’s nice to talk to friends online but there’s something more exciting about meeting new friends in the ‘real’ world so to speak!

There we are, the top 10 reasons to love the job you hate! I really can’t wait to get back into employment now! I’ve had multiple interviews over the past few weeks and so far no luck. It’s nice because I have some money saved up therefore I’m not broke and can still enjoy nights out however there’s something about not working I just can’t deal with. It’s so boring not earning money or just having a routine, sure I’ve got this blog and a few ideas for other ventures however it’s tough just sitting at home all day! So, enjoy the job you hate folks, it could be much worse I guess, does that contradict this whole post? I think it does.

Enjoy your day!

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“I’m Fine”

As of late I’ve been getting into a lot of poetry and spoken word stuff, there’s something rather therapeutic about it. In all honesty I’ve actually got a few videos recorded just to test the water with it, I mean it’s all easy to write it out on here but to actually perform it is another level. Not that I’m knocking anyone who doesn’t record their stuff and just writes because they love to, that’s a skill in itself! But in my eyes, I just want to progress a bit further with my stuff, so be expecting a few videos in due course folks! This piece I wrote over a few nights, I was feeling quite stressed and out of sorts and that’s when my mind starts to wander. This is what I produced, enjoy!

I’m fine.

These two words have just rolled from the tongue of the female who’s found out she’s pregnant,

These two words are said from the teenage girl in an abusive relationship all because she needs to be taught a ‘lesson’

These two words come from the son, who can’t take the bullying at school anymore,

These two words drop from my tongue because I’m lost and feeling sore.

See being fine is a code word that’s fluent throughout our ever changing society,

Being fine really means your lost and crying inside fearfully and quietly,

Being fine isn’t okay, yet we say it with a smile and put on a brave face,

Truth is I’m amazed that being fine causes so much pain.

As I sit here, stressing about my situation and my mental demons,

Being fines my personal state as I’m dealing with my inner feelings.

See, girls have got my head messing and I find myself job hunting yet again,

You ask me how I’m feeling today. I’m fine I still tell them.

But you really want me to unleash my darkest of fears and tell you how I feel deep down inside?

I’m crumbling, I’m struggling I’m losing all sense of pride.

Times moving on yet I’m still stuck here lost within this rut

I found myself praying to God the other day, I’m down on my luck.

I’m suffering and my heads feeling perplexed as I’m in a battle holding back the tears,

Truth is I’m sick of it all and I have been for years.

Money troubles, no love for me as we speak,

Life itself has taken and sealed me in a warmth of deceit

Yet there isn’t a receipt.

I can’t return this pain and suffering that I’m feeling,

I’m bruised bashed and broken my mental state needs plenty of healing.

Then you get the people, who question your troubles and compare it to your financial or living situation,

There’s worse off people than you, why are you still complaining?

Truth is I’m at breaking point and the strings are beginning to snap,

I may be better off than the man down the road but that don’t mean I can’t have problems like that.

I sleep it off for the morning thinking my state of mind will deceive me to become a more positive person,

My minds groggy and foggy the pains still lurching.

I’m here I’m speaking out these words to anyone who’s feeling just “fine”

You got a friend in me, anytime.

That wraps this on up folks! It was a bit of a sad post I guess however I never wanted it to feel that way! It’s just my form of expression and a way of testing the water to see how others respond!

Enjoy your day!

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What Are Your Bad Habits?

Bad habits, c’mon folks we all have them! If you’re unsure as to what a ‘bad-habit’ actually is it’s a negative behaviour pattern that we unconsciously tend to do. I’m not going to lie, as of late I’ve been a little bit stressed out and these bad habits are coming to light, I very rarely bite my nails but with the job hunting going on and all other stuff around me I’ve found myself doing it far too much! It’s made me wonder, what other bad habits I have…

  1. Like I said nail biting, I’ve been terrible for that! My nails look ridiculous.
  2. Eating stupendous amounts of chocolate, then worrying about being fat.
  3. Spending far too much time on the internet, especially here.
  4. Internet shopping, I’m definitely addicted! I’ve recently brought about 4 pairs of shoes within the last few days.
  5. Knowing there’s food in the house but being too lazy to actually make something, then saying “there’s nothing to eat.”
  6. Skipping lunch, I have no idea why I do this however I tend to just miss it and then pig out in the evening. It’s definitely not healthy!
  7. Getting caught up in “funny dog compilations” on YouTube.
  8. Complaining at the little things. “Who’s not shut the door?”
  9. Leaving the washing up for someone else. Sorry, not sorry.
  10. Finding out information on Wikipedia.
  11. Using Yahoo answers to back up that Wiki answer!
  12. Browsing Imgur, I spend a silly amount of time on that website.
  13. Feeding my dog chocolate, I will be the main person responsible for his death. Sorry Dexter.
  14. Being too conscious about my looks. I love to look in the mirror; does that make me a bad person?
  15. Biting my lips.

A nice and simple one for Friday guys! What are your bad habits?

Enjoy your day!

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Photographs That Changed The World! (Part 4)

There’s no real description for this one, you guys know the score!

The Russian Soldier And The Abandoned Piano – I tried to find where this photo originates and who actually captured it however I had no luck. This photo really captures a beauty between man and nature, it presents a sense of destruction throughout the world yet there’s something so peaceful about it. It’s tough to explain why it catches my attention but it’s so obscure that it just hits you.

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The Hindenburg Disaster - This one’s such a historical photo, captured on the 6th of May in 1937 it details the German airship catching fire whilst trying to attempt to dock with the mooring mast. From what I’ve gathered the incident itself actually was one of the main reasons they stopped carrying passengers in the airships. A truly tragic event.

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The Corpse Of Che Guevara - If you’re unsure on whom this man is, he’s been described as a revolutionary, author and guerrilla leader. From people who I’ve met there’s a few mixed ideas surrounding his methods to revolution, I’m not going to tell you what to believe as I don’t want to cause a stir, it’s best for you to do your own research on the man. In my eyes he was very influential throughout the world, it’s best to just Google his name and read up about him.

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Concentration Camp Scratches - This one’s truly horrifying, I can’t find an original photographer for this but it’s just heart-breaking. It shows how terrible the war actually was, I can’t even image let alone picture the harsh conditions back then. It really hits me with what I have today.

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President Bush Learns About The 9/11 Attacks – I don’t get how you could stay so calm, I understand he’s in a room filled with children but if that was me I would’ve been straight out of there. It’s such a terrible event that in my eyes changed the world. I still remember where I was and what I was doing when I learned of the attacks, I was still quite young but gosh it was scary. It’s such a tragedy things like this still can happen.

A September 11, 2001 file photo shows U.S. President Bush listening to White House Chief of Staff

Flower Girl - One of the bravest things I think I’ve definitely seen! Captured by Marc Riboud in 1967 it’s one of the most iconic photo’s in the world, that’s no over exaggeration either. The photo was taken in Washington DC where anti-war activists gathered at the Pentagon, a young lady (aged 17) named Jan Rose Kasmir presented to one of the soldiers a simple flower. The act of this gesture is rather touching; it just represents the beauty of life, truly astonishing.

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Earth – The best way to sum this one up is simply stunning. The photo was taken by Michael Collins and it’s funny because he’s the only human that actually isn’t in the photo itself, it’s just so peaceful. There was a description I read up on and it went a little like this; “matter can’t be created or destroyed therefore everyone who’s ever existed dead or alive is actually in this photo.” I really wish I could remember where I found it so I can give credit!Michael Col

The Human Zoo’s (this one’s pretty shocking) - This one was really suprising for me, it’s quite heart breaking. The photos show the Selknam natives travelling to Europe to be shown within the human zoo’s. Just think about that sentence for a minute, the fact there was even a thing such as human zoos is so terrible. The Selknam were one of the last aboriginal groups in South America.

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I found the human zoos image on http://rarehistoricalphotos.com/

Truly shocking.

Other notable photographs without the long description! 

Circus Hippo Pulling a Cart – 1924.
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Baby Cages – 1937.
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Suntan Vending Machine – 1949.
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Mushroom Cloud – 1953.
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Burger Flipper – 1938. Credits in the bottom left, from what I can make out it’s by – Jordan J Lloyd.
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Whites Only Playground – 1956.
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The Great Earthquake – 1906.
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The Great Manta – 1933.
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Manhattan Bridge – 1908.
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Hitler Inspecting The Gustav Railway Gun – ?
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Titanic Hull Propeller Dry Dock -1912.
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San Francisco Great Earthquake -1906.
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That’s all for today folks!

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Why Television Confuses Me!

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a lazy human being, but aren’t we all? I’m going to confess to you guys and girls there’s a time in the day when I just love to pig out in front of the sofa and gorge on stupendous amounts of junk food and engross myself within Netflix. I mean I’ve been getting through a fair few series on Netflix (the most beautiful existence in television history) however whilst looking back on these fragrant TV shows I’ve noticed something, none of them represent true life. They always seem to fabricate their surroundings and over-exaggerate (much like this blog) all the small things. Television is a lie. *it’s better to read that sentence in a crazy guys preaching on the pavement voice* it sounded far cooler in my head.

Here are my reasoning’s:

  1. The good guy always gets the girl. How very wrong is that?
  2. Guns have unlimited ammo. Especially in shows like The Walking Dead and 24.
  3. The bad guys have terrible aim and always miss even though they’ve shot at least 30 bullets.
  4. It always rains in the graveyards, spooky stuff.
  5. No one really sneezes. Think about it, you never ever see anyone sneezing!
  6. Bins are nice to always jump into at vast heights.
  7. Hardly any dirty cars, they’re always looking slick.
  8. Food in restaurants is always delivered quickly; yeah I’m pretty impatient if I’m hungry.
  9. People who work in offices love their jobs.
  10. Strangers love to do flash-mob dancing. Please stop it, yeah I’m a downer on your day, deal with it.
  11. Kissing in a full blown argument solves the problem.
  12. Advertising in actual television is so in your face.
  13. You can be a nasty so and so and females will come running at you if you’re attractive, please tell me this isn’t true ladies.
  14. Everyone wakes up with perfect hair and makeup. I would actual pay for that to be reality, well maybe just the hair bit.
  15. A lot of the time TV likes to show non married couples having a better sex life. I can’t speak on this personally however that’s the perception from TV.

As you can see TV is a lie, yet we all sit round it as a family in our household. I guess it’s something we’ve grew up with and I wouldn’t change that for the world, I love TV. Is that sad?

Enjoy your day!

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Nostalgic Music From The 90’s & Early 2000’s. Part 1.

Everyone who reads my blog knows I’m a sucker for nostalgia, especially nostalgic music! You know the one’s “oh yeah I remember that song! I haven’t heard that in years, it brings back so many memories!” well I had that earlier on today.

I guess you want to know what I was listening to; it would be rude not to share. Well I heard Black Eyed Pea’s – Where Is the Love and oh my. It’s a timeless classic, who would’ve thought it was 11 years ago! I think I got my math right, I’m sure it was 03 when it was released. It got me thinking, what else have I forgot about?

So here’s my list for you all to dwell on. Go back in time and remember those terrible haircuts, odd clothes and more importantly the memories you and your friends made. Enjoy!

Please share the ones you can remember also! I would love to hear some extras.

  1. Avril Lavigne – Sk8r Boy.
  2. Sum 41 – Fat Lip.
  3. Limp Bizkit – Rollin’.
  4. Electric Six – Gay Bar.
  5. Blink 182 – All The Small Things.
  6. Crazy Town – Butterfly.
  7. Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag.
  8. OPM – Heaven Is A Halfpipe.
  9. Bloodhound Gang – The Bad Touch.
  10. Outkast – Mrs Jackson.
  11. Eiffel 65 – Blue. (da ba dee)
  12. Black Eyed Pea’s – Where Is The Love?
  13. The Cardigans – Lovefall. (Everyone knows that one but no one knew the name)
  14. Aqua – Barbie Girl.
  15. Haddaway – What Is Love?
  16. Kelly Clarkson – Since You’ve Been Gone.
  17. Maroon 5 – This Love.
  18. Outkast – Hey Ya!
  19. 50 Cent – In Da Club. (Everything in my body disagrees with that spelling)
  20. Rihanna – S.O.S.
  21. Green Day – Boulevard Of Broken Dreams.
  22. Justin Timberlake – Cry Me A River.
  23. Shaggy – Angel.
  24. Sean Paul – Get Busy.
  25. Sean Kingston – Beautiful Girls.
  26. R-Kelly – Ignition.
  27. Sean Paul – Temperature.
  28. Akon – Lonely.
  29. Fray – How To Save A Life.
  30. Mario – Let Me love you.
  31. Nelly & Kelly – Dilemma.
  32. Nickelback – How You Remind Me.
  33. Linkin Park – In the End.
  34. Vanessa Carlton – A Thousand Miles.
  35. 3 Doors Down – When I’m Gone.
  36. Eminem – Lose Yourself.
  37. The Game – Hate It Or Love It.
  38. Jay-Z – Hard Knock Life.
  39. Dre – Forgot About Dre.
  40. Kylie Minogue – Can’t Get You Outta My Head.
  41. The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army.
  42. Jay-Z – 99 Problems.
  43. Gnarls Barkley – Crazy.
  44. Daft Punk – One More Time.
  45. Baha Men – Who Let the Dogs Out.
  46. Kelis – Milkshake.
  47. Britney Spears – Hit Me Baby One More Time.
  48. Five – Keep On Moving.
  49. Blue – One Love.
  50. Gorillaz – Feel Good.

There’s so many more! This is just part 1. Be prepared ladies and gents!

My New Job!…Yeah, About That.

For those of you that don’t know me, I shall introduce myself. As of late I’ve had a huge influx of new readers which is so awesome, so hello to all of you! I really hope you have a high tendency to tolerate commas and over-exaggeration! As of recent weeks or I should say months I’ve blogged and been blogging about disliking my job situation, I was in retail for roughly 2 and a half years and I completely hated it. Until one day when my manager was (to put this bluntly) being “ass-y” with me I plucked up the courage to tell him I quit. I told everyone on here and to tell the truth it made me a much happier person. I applied for this dream job; Ralph Lauren in a clothing store, so essentially I would have been working on that department, I mean that’s a huge step up from what I was used to doing! Well, it all went a bit downhill…

Essentially I was offered this job and received all the training dates and all that other jazz that comes with it. It’s fine, it’s what I expected. My first training day; I’m all suited up, aftershave at the ready and I’m feeling good. I feel I should note the job required me to wear a suit! I wasn’t doing that for fun. Anyway, I get there pretty early and meet and greet the others; all were welcoming and friendly. To tell you the truth it was a really nice work environment. Anyway, we start with the training day and it’s the usual stuff; customer service, health and safety blah, blah, blah. I’ve heard this a million times before. 

The day proceeds on with role playing different situations and it’s just dragging. I seriously hate role playing within the workplace, in my personal opinion it doesn’t benefit anyone, well it doesn’t for me. It just made everything a tad awkward I felt. This day is half way through and we’re seriously going over the same stuff; retail, about the brands, about the store and health and safety. I just wanted to get on that shop floor and sell! After they finish up we were told we had another training session the next day and that it would be more practical stuff. I couldn’t wait!

I feel I should mention, I hadn’t got my salary or hours at this point, it was rather disorganised. My fingers were crossed though.

So I go home and rest up for the evening and prepare myself for the next day. Same routine; suit, aftershave you know the score. As I arrive I say my “hello’s” and “how are you’s?” yet I had this nagging feeling that something wasn’t right. I wasn’t wrong. The day proceeds with the over capping of yesterday, pointless. Then we go into till training, however it was till training in a room with no real structure. It was just bits and pieces of the tills. I mean c’mon! Show us on the shop floor and give plenty of examples. You could tell they were winging it. The day went on with some more retail stuff that just took far too long but we eventually got there! Practical time!

Another thing I do need to mention I applied for Ralph Lauren, a specific brand department. So I expected to be working on Ralph Lauren.

Where did they tell me to work? Suits. 

First off I didn’t apply for that section at all nor do I have any passion or interest in working there. Second of all there was absolutely no structure, no one to shadow off and no real training for the shop floor. It was as if they’ve plucked me from the streets and expected me to work there. I have no previous experience in the clothing sector therefore I expected some help. The training we went through had nothing to do with what was going on with the shop floor. It was all useless and unneeded information. 

So there I am, in the suit section with not a clue what to do. No help what so ever from staff. I made myself busy for the last part of the day with tidying and folding; which I was terrible at as they have a specific way to do it, which I wasn’t shown. After the day I went to find out what went on with my application and they said it was for a customer service position which I presumed as Ralph Lauren as the online job form stated Ralph Lauren. They proceeded to tell me it was a general position they offered me. Very un-clear. I quit earlier on this morning as I couldn’t take having no help and I wasn’t prepared to work somewhere I have no interest in. 

Here I am, once again. Jobless. 

If I’m being completely honest I’m not feeling particularly down about it in any way. I believe because it was such a bad experience, me leaving was actually the right thing to do. I guess the job hunt begins once again.

Enjoy your day folks!

:)

If you get the chance check out my previous post! I very rarely do this however this one took me ages and I want to show it off to the world! http://routinedreamer.com/2014/10/03/the-abcs-of-life/

The ABC’s Of Life.

This one kept me up for hours upon end; I’ve lost days of sleep due to this one! At the time I thought this was a good idea, oh how wrong was I? This one absolutely drained me folks! I used to do this thing when I was younger where I would create stories using the ABC’s. But, yes there’s a but, each line has to be created using the same letter. So the first line has all A’s then the second has all B’s and so on. It’s really tough but it’s so good for learning new words.  I wanted to get back to doing this but I forgot how hard it really was, there’s a small story in there but it’s nothing to deep. It’s my first time in a good 3 years doing this! The worst part was I decided to make it rhyme, I’m so glad this one is over now! Everyone should definitely give this a try, it’s so enjoyable and I wasted hours doing this, be warned though it does affect you mentally! Enjoy

Announcement, announcement. Armageddon’s abruptly approaching,

Beautiful but bewildered beasts become bespoken,

Calm coalitions create confrontation coinciding choking.

Announcing time is ending that Armageddon is approaching.

All animals e.g. the beasts are becoming rare.

People coincide with each other to stop confrontation with the world ending.

Essentially I was trying to get across the point that if the world was ending the surroundings we see would become bespoke, that they would start to become non-existent. That last line was the toughest! I was trying to get the point that people who have coalitions and are let’s say ‘friends’ have confrontations with each other due to the world coming to an end, thus ending in each other fighting and choking. First part was a nightmare, I won’t lie. It gets betters!

Alas, allegiances and alliances attack at activism,

Bland billionaires building bridges but begin bidding,

Controlled controversy creates companies coldly chilling.

Agencies and friends start attacking at the big companies for change.

Billionaires who own these companies begin building bridges to their lifestyles bid for dominance.

This creates controversy between billionaires and companies starting to get stale with each other and begin to kill (This was meant to be a play on words, chilling – killing)

These 3 lines were to get across the point there’s no social status now, everyone is equal. No matter what financial figures you have sure you may build bridges to survive however it doesn’t matter as it will all come down with how we react as humans thus chillingly killing others. Almost as if we’re our own demise.

All ashamed and all afraid,

Beings brutally begin bashing brains,

Cold children coerced carrying chains.

As humans we are all afraid and ashamed with what we’ve done.

Looking back on us fighting with one another.

How we forgot all humanity and children lost their youth building bridges for the billionaires for survival.

These 3 were to show the world how painful life is, what we do when were desperate for help. It’s really how some days my mind perceives the world, sure it’s not apocalyptic yet when you think of these 3rd world countries where there’s still dirty water yet we live in a life of luxury almost. It makes you think.

All affection aesthetic and aged,

Buried beauty behind bloody blame,

Conquered cleanliness covers charcoaled charred change.

All the love we once held for one another has disappeared and aged with time.

The girl or male you thought was beautiful committed crimes buried in a deep blame.

Conquering the pain to start over again and bring change.

This one was to bring out forgiveness in one another. No matter what they’ve done to survive you need to talk about it, even if you do blame them for something going wrong. Why live with resentment, sometimes it’s better to get it off your chest and make way for change,

Afterlife aggressively attaches among aimless adolescents,

Bitching bully’s becoming brutally benevolent,

Calmly cooling cocky cretins.

The thought of death attaches to the weak and aimless adults.

Bully’s become kind, they see their ways of wrong and make change, the billionaires really.

Finally, cocky cretins become more calm and relaxed.

This one is similar to the previous; really it’s just about change within the human spirit. You know at school you can tell who the bullies are but then a few years after school some have changed their ways. That’s essentially what I was trying to get across, how some people who’ve been nasty in their previous life have the ability to now change.

All,

Beings,

Conquered.

That’s that folks! Nothing too special but it’s something a bit different I guess! I’m welcome to your suggestions if there’s something you wish to add, please drop a comment! Or give it a go for yourself; it’s great for learning new words!

Enjoy your day!

:)

My Short Story, Worth A Try.

Birth.

“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.”

The shell dropped, the sound resonated throughout the house. The gasps of desperation sucked into the mouths of the wicked. The table’s guests blankly stared at one another, pondering, wondering. Then I heard it, a scream only born within the souls of the lost. A scream lost between life and death, sanity and insanity.

I jumped out of my chair, we all did. The house fell faint; my surroundings were meshed into a distraught Illusion. As we paced to his bedroom my legs fell heavy. My heart sank fearing the worst. I shared a stare to my mother I will never forget, her eyes sinking into the depths of despair. She knew, I knew. Today was the day a mother would lose her son, the day the unborn child would grow up without a father figure.

Celebration, what celebration?

We gathered earlier in the day to celebrate the joyous event we cherish as life. A child were to be born, a soul to be birthed a life to be lived. Danny, my brother excused himself from the table. He was surrounded with love, excitement. His girlfriend had a face of many masks. Don’t we all? She was troubled, she knew something wasn’t right. They were so young.

Time passed no sign of Danny, that’s when we heard it. It was a life taken in the click of my growing fingers, a second to demolish an existence but a second to build one.

As I approached his room my bones crushed and cracked with the ongoing grief pent up inside my ever aching body. I opened the door. If nightmares existed outside our deepest of fantasies, this was it. It’s funny to think how dreams can be broken with the pull of a trigger, life ends. His body lay emotionless, stiff with blood drenched into the carpet. His eyes were cold; he was walking with the grim reaper on a trail of depression. A motionless gasp of breath from my family, I dropped to the ground.

I blocked out the whaling of the two families rejoicing in the tragedy that’s called death I saw his note ‘To my son, read once you’re 18.’ It was grasped with blood ridden fists; I blocked the anguish from my mental state and began to read.

“Dear son,

You may never forgive my actions for my soul feels lifeless at this moment in time, I’m lost. Scared. I’ve given up the fight, there’s no one I can turn to. May your life be filled with joy and pleasure for mine was a light slowly walking its last legs. Never be afraid like I was, were. I’m a coward for leaving this world and travelling to the next. Respect your family, live the life you love and love the life you live.

To my dearest relatives,

I’m sorry.

A light too dim and a soul to bright.

A Letter. A Text.

First off I would just like to point out this one’s going to be short and simple today, but it’s one you definitely want to get involved in!

My question to all of you reading this, if you could write a letter to anyone in the world, dead or alive; who would it be? Nobody writes letters anymore; it’s something that’s perceived as ‘ancient’ in our modern society however in my eyes letters are far more than ‘ancient’ they’re romantic and spontaneous. We tend to get caught up in the world of texting and we do it far too often, we look at our Facebook far too often; it’s nice sometimes to take it back to basics and just be real with one another.

There’s nothing worse than when I’m with someone in a deep conversation and they pull out their phone to check their twitter feed! It’s so frustrating. That’s why a letter would be perfect as it’s straight to the point; it’s a dose of love. It’s something you can treasure and not accidently delete!

It’s obviously due to the high quantity and quality of technology nowadays it’s pointless to pen out a letter. Maybe the true question I should be asking then is if you could send a text to anyone, who would it be?

This can be for someone in the future or someone who’s done wrong in the past, really anyone. Mine’s easy, I’ve had this person in mind for ages.

Myself. Well, maybe for my future kids to reference as well. It seems silly I know but hear me out!

I’m young, 18. My views and ideas revolving around this ever changing world are guaranteed to develop over time therefore it would be nice to write out to my future 50 year old self the views I have on our modern times, at 18. Maybe I would give myself a good chuckle, maybe I would think I was silly and reckless at the time or maybe I would think I were smart, who knows?

In terms to my future children I would love to write a letter to them. I would detail about all the mistakes I’ve made and how I’ve overcome them, how not to be scared to reach for what they want. Most of all to make sure they’re happy. Just to write to them from my teenage perspective or even my older perspective let’s say 30 just what I’ve gone through, how I’ve overcome the problems. To treat and respect others how they wish to be treated and enjoy this precious life we’ve been given.

A tad deep for a Wednesday afternoon but it’s a nice little thought to get everyone involved!

Who would you write a letter to?

Enjoy your day!

:)

Our English Language; Idioms…Piece Of Cake!

Idiom’s – a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words (e.g. over the moonsee the light ). In other words, utter bull! Let’s take a look at a few;

  • Piece of cake- One of the most commonly used idioms throughout the world, this one travels off the lips of all ages more often than not used to pretend you can do something. I used this one as a child all the time and rather embarrassingly in my teenage life, an example;

“Oh, I bet you can’t eat this cake”

“Pffft please, that’s a piece of cake

Comedian of the year goes to…We’ve all done it folks; you know you’ve done it as well, don’t hide in shame! Piece of cake, beautiful.

  • Back to the drawing board- My ideas tend to fail more often than not; I like to start a series on this blog however I tend to drop them off before they’ve even started. I remember having a Netflix series a few months ago but only got around 3 blogs out of that and then dropped it. I remember the exact words I said to my friends when discussing ideas; yes you’ve guessed it, “back to the drawing board.”
  • Method to my madness- Does that really work though? I mean, really? It’s something someone insane would say…That’s why I say it. Shh don’t tell. I think this one’s my favourite of the bunch though, there’s something a bit zesty about it. It has this cheekiness to it. God look at me, talking about words as if they’re cheeky; back to the drawing board. (He shoots, he scores!)
  • Costs an arm and a leg- C’mon, are you serious with this one? I really can’t understand how we’ve let this one creep into our daily dialect. Whoever came up with this had either a really funny sense of humour or unfortunately lost an arm and a leg!
  • Elvis has left the building- Can people stop using this one, please. It sounds so ‘dad-ish’ if you know what I mean. You know those terrible dad jokes you get told, it’s just one of those! Rubbish! If you don’t know what it means it’s just another way of saying the shows over, it’s come to an end. It’s a bit morbid.
  • Speak of the devil- I use this one far too often, people tend to sneak up on me too much! One of the more common ones in our lingo, it essentially means someone appears after you have finished or are still talking about them. Let’s hope you’ve not been bad-mouthing someone!
  • Let the cat out of the bag- How horrible does that sound? Poor old cat. I’ve got no puns for this one, my funny tank’s running dry. If you’ve not heard of this one it just means; sharing concealed information.
  • Kill two birds with one stone- What’s more worse? Trapping a cat in a bag or killing two birds with a stone? When I hear this I can only think about the 7/10 split on bowling, is that bad? If you’re unsure what this one means it’s just accomplishing two things at the same time. Does eating and watching TV count?
  • Hit the nail on the head- Opposed to hitting it on my finger, does what it says on the tin. Doing or saying something exactly right for that specific situation.
  • Don’t give up your day job- This one’s so nasty, I feel there’s a certain harshness towards it. It cuts deep. Basically telling someone to give up their entire dreams and go back to living a life they don’t want to, it’s horrible in my opinion!

Other notable idioms!

  1. Every cloud has a silver lining – Being optimistic.
  2. Can’t judge a book by its cover – Not to judge someone on how they look.
  3. Hit the books – To go study, not literally hit them!
  4. Crying over spilled milk – Looking back on the past.
  5. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket – Keeping multiple avenues open.
  6. Feeling under the weather – Feeling ill, don’t ask me how.
  7. In the heat of the moment – Doing something overwhelming in the present situation.
  8. Miss the boat – Missing your last chance to do something.
  9. On the ball – Understanding something well.
  10. Pull the wool over someone’s eyes – Deceiving someone.
  11. Take it with a grain of salt – Not to take what someone says too seriously.
  12. Whole nine yards – All of something.
  13. Make a long story short – Coming to the point of it.
  14. Keep something at bay- To keep something away, distancing yourself from it.
  15. Beat around the bush – Avoiding the topic you need to be talking about.

There we have it, a few of my favourite idioms! What a piece of cake.

Enjoy your day!

:)

Do you Believe In Luck?

Luck is an illusion. It’s a concept perceived to trick the mind of the outcome with every decision surrounding our very existence. It is a probability of chance that makes us ponder whether outside events can or cannot control our ever changing lives. Luck is misperceived as a concept of state to make you feel as if there is something else in control of your life, the direction its heading and whether it will go your way or not.

The truth is luck doesn’t exist. We like to trick ourselves into thinking it exists to push the blame onto something else or if it were to go your way, you just think its luck. In reality, it’s all down to you. I’m not saying you create your own luck but what I am saying is you create your own energy. You create your own life, your destiny, your future, it’s all on you.

Here’s a perfect example, I’m going to take one form my personal life; I was feeling down with work (negative energy) my manager was pissing me off (negative energy) and I felt as if I didn’t know where to go in life (negative energy) I had all this negative energy pent up inside of me the only outcome was ever going to be negative. Let’s face it, if you’re constantly surrounding yourself with horrid thoughts, with ideas of not doing anything with life such as myself you’re only going to get negativity come back.

There I was waiting for luck…

It obviously didn’t turn up. I was the one that needed to change it. I couldn’t rely on an outside interference or sit around and wait for my life to get better; it just doesn’t work like that. It all changed when I started doing something about it; quit my job (positive energy) didn’t have to see my manager again (positive energy) had the time to find myself and where I wanted to go (positive energy) as you can see it all is on the up. You feel happier within yourself because you aren’t feeding off negativity. I landed my dream job the other day, I haven’t blogged about it yet but it’s perfect for me and I couldn’t be happier, I didn’t land it through this magical thing called ‘luck’ oh god no. I landed it from perseverance, working hard and being true/positive to myself. If I was still working in my negative situation I can guarantee you I wouldn’t have landed it because my mind wasn’t in the right place. It’s all about being true to you, don’t ever forget that.

I guess you could say luck is just positive and negative energy then?

In a way this swings in roundabouts, you could argue my theory with people winning on the lottery or taking home a nice win from a casino. If you’re positive at a casino it still may not be the outcome you want. With places such as casino’s and things where probability is in a way randomised as to where you cannot predict the outcome this energy has no effect at all. If your friend wins the lottery you’re going to tell them they are ‘lucky’ however it’s just a random act of probability that they’ve won. It isn’t luck at all, if you think of all the people who play the lottery and lose you can’t tell them there are unlucky as it’s a randomised game. They know the chances of winning and they know the chances of losing. There’s no luck or skill involved, it’s just a pick of the draw sort of thing. Hopefully I’m making some sense here.

I guess the whole point of this blog was really because I only came to the understanding there is no such thing as luck the other day. I went my whole 18 years thinking ‘oh this persons lucky’ or because I didn’t win something I was unlucky. Whenever I had this negative outlook towards life it would always be because I thought I was unlucky, in reality I was just overcrowded with negative thoughts that the only outcome to anything could be negative. It was until I changed my thoughts to being positive and really strived for change then I started to see life in a happier light. No luck, no probability it was just down to me making a change and going for something I wanted. Blocking out all negative thought and feelings and feeling positive about myself, it’s odd how you can trick your mind into being relaxed within a certain ‘state’ but it can make the difference between keeping a job you hate and landing a job you love.

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My Dog And Attractive Females!

What a nightmare.

All these events happened within 24 hours, oh yeah I’m talking Jack Bauer style folks! Okay, maybe I didn’t save the world or rush around the city with the government causing a ruckus. It’s much better than that. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an embarrassing story, however it’s one I feel I need to share. Sit back and enjoy whilst you all laugh at my pain!

The following events take place between yesterday at 18:00-19:00; dun dun, dun dun. Yeah that was my pathetic attempt to re-create the actual theme of 24, I’m sorry. On a serious note this isn’t my finest moment

I’ve left you in suspense far too long I will start telling the story now. Well, what happened was it was 18:00 last night, after my nightmare with the attractive female on the train yesterday I figured my luck was all gone, it’s gushed down the stream of dreams until….

This lovely women walks past me yesterday walking her dog. Oh my, she was perfect. I’m over exaggerating again, not that she wasn’t perfect but burgh you know what I mean; she was attractive! Phew *wipes sweat from forehead* anyway as I was walking my terror of a dog he decides to get a bit rowdy, he starts chirping up. He obviously likes this other dog; I should add she was across the street from me. Perfect opportunity right, especially after my disaster at the train station.

I keep walking and so does she, a few glances here and there and then eventually a smile. Me being the smooth operator (totally in my mind anyway) decide to ask if she wants to walk together and to my surprise she says yes. She adds her stops nearly up however I figure I have plenty of time to build some rapport and get at least a name and maybe, just maybe a telephone number.

So as I cross the road slowly glancing into my dogs eyes with a look of *don’t mess this up otherwise we’re through* I introduce myself, she tells me about herself as well however this is where it all goes wrong.

My dog, what can I say about my terror of a dog. I’m pretty sure he is just a demon in disguise as fur; honestly this boy is a rowdy, psychotic devil. At home he’s the sweet yet mischievous dog but when we’re out it’s almost as if he’s a whole different dog, it’s unbelievable.

Anyway whilst walking with this attractive female my dog decides he needs to go to the loo, not a wee either oh god no, of all the times! I’m with a female and he decides he needs to take a poo! Darn dog, she didn’t mind (I hope) because she has a dog herself, she knows the score. What’s worse though it was rather close to her leg, this demon spawn when to loo right next to this girls leg! That’s not even the worse bit!

After he’s decided he wanted to go to loo in that specific spot he then thinks it would be hilarious to attack the other dog! My worst nightmare. He starts barking at the dog for no reason, becoming a raving lunatic; running in circles, almost standing in his own poo! He ruined my chances! My one and only chance with this girl and what does my dog do? Has a poo next to her and tries to attack her dog! Little devil.

All this happened after a fantastic interview yesterday, after feeling like I was on top of the world my dog dropped me back to reality, I still love him though! In all honesty I’m not that fussed but it would have been nice to get a chance to converse with this female, that’s life I guess. Until next time!

Enjoy your day!

:)

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Why Does No One Talk Anymore? My Flirtatious Disaster.

Honestly, some people really need to lighten up a bit, I mean take a chill pill folks! I get that some people may be shy, scared or even frightened to talk to another human, I don’t blame them either it’s their fear, they’re scared to do so however people who aren’t scared of communication sociably really need to start doing it and doing it more!

I was sat on the train home, my confidence oozing after feeling as if I aced my interview, I’m a happy chappy at the moment! Well on the way home there’s this rather attractive girl getting on the same carriage as me, we look at each other and for once rather than an awkward stare back this girl actually gives me a smile, almost as if she approves of my carriage choice. It’s all looking up from here!

After that beautiful approval we both decide to take our seats, she sits on the left side and I sit on the right, both in talking distance. Before I begin to introduce myself she pulls out her phone! What, her phone! I’m thinking “oh no” at this point. I figure she might be just checking the time or responding to the text, I leave her as is for a few minutes.

Next things she’s now laughing, boom this is it. I have to say something here otherwise I will regret the decision not to! I chirp up with what I thought as an average opening line “you can’t be laughing on the train and keep it all to yourself, what’s so funny?” she responds “just a video” are you going to add some context or just drag this out like a riddle? Obviously I didn’t say that however I did think it if I’m being honest, so I respond “what’s the video?” she gives me this absolute gold “oh just a video my friend sent me” I mean c’mon! Give me a break Jesus!

After that I swiftly swivelled my head around to look out of the train and proceeded to watch out the window for the rest of my journey. Now I’m here, at home writing this blog, complaining we as humans have a lack of social interaction however in a sense I’m contradicting myself by chatting to you guys through my blog. You get the picture though; we spend far too much time on our phones. Just put them down and take a risk. It’s honestly disgusting the amount of people on that train who were sat next to each other staring blankly at their phones! I was sat next to an old lady on the journey up; I decided to get to know where she was going and what she was doing for the day. It’s little things such as interacting with another human that make life all that more enjoyable.

I just want to point out, if you’re on a train reading this, put your phone down afterwards. ;)

But seriously folks, talk to people more you may actually enjoy it! I wish to point out though there are people who are scared to interact with another human, hey, I definitely don’t blame you. Some of us can be real up tight (insert swear word here) so and so’s however you need to try break the shell every once in a while! Even if its small things such as talking to a cashier every now and then overtime you will find your confidence begins to grow, you get bolder to go out and just pluck a conversation from thin air and you know what, you will enjoy it! They key word is TRYING though! You need to try for this to succeed!

Hopefully you’ve picked up a few things from this and put them into play within your everyday lives!…In regard to the attractive female on the train she may have just not wanted to talk to me, each to their own I guess!

Enjoy your day folks!

:)

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Fear. (My Attempt At Poetry)

I knew what you were thinking. You were thinking “oh no, not him going on about breaking from your shell and trying something new. Needing to break the chains of 9-5 life and go for your dreams” in a way that’s all true however I’ve drowned you all a multitude of times with that stuff. It’s time to let you all breathe and relax. Heck, you may even get a laugh out of this one!

I love a bit of poetry; it’s something we can all learn from, we can interpret and most of all it’s something I enjoy. I’ve never really had the thought of ‘attempting’ it until now. I’m not sure how this all came about either, essentially it was a late night a few weeks ago and I just decided in my mind “you know what? I’m going to give poetry a try” and that was it really. There are people reading this thinking “NO, you can’t just get up and write poems, it takes years to write a good poem” so I hope this doesn’t offend anyone!…I don’t want it to come as if I’m tarnishing your passion, I just decided to give it a try, see what others think? What’s the worst that could happen? (A torrent of vile abuse?) I’m not fussed either way.

In all honesty I was just in one of them ‘moods’ where everything seems below average and you just feel as if you’re stuck, it’s not like I was feeling low or down let’s say however I just felt average. I wondered where my life was turning. Sometimes that makes me feel a little stressed and it was at this point where I decided to jot down a few lines, those lines turned into more and I guess that turned into a poem. In reality, this is how I felt that night.

I really hope I’m not giving off the impression I’m a depressive person to be around! I’m not! Honest, just to prove it you all here’s a little joke before we get a bit deep;

My uncle was crushed by a piano; his funeral was very low key. Waheey!

Not my joke, it’s by a guy named Stewart Francis. He’s this really awesome one liner comedian, definitely worth your time to check him out! I just realised I didn’t pick the perfect joke as it was actually rather morbid when you realise what it’s about. Yikes!

Any way let’s get onto it shall we?

“Timeless Fear”

I’m a terrified noun that lives within the happiest of humans,

I wait to strike when their time is lost and looming.

I’m on the horizon trapped in a cyclone of your thoughts,

I make you lost; intertwine your ambition with demonic claws.

I make you lose sleep; I rarely let you breathe,

Time’s running out. Now it’s just you and me.

You’re scared, frightened almost twisted and turning bitter,

Barriers are brought up; you’re lost in my demonic dinner.

Your dreams are my nutrition and your lack of motivation lets me sleep,

You’re trapped, stuck in a lust less love of lifeless defeat.

What’s this? You’re standing up and say you’re changing your ways,

Ha, I give that a week. No only a few days,

This is what you always do; this is what you always say,

I needed that laugh, get back to work otherwise you’ll be sent home without pay.

That’s me, I’m fear and I grow inside everyone,

I’m your only thought when the sea connects with the sun.

Go for your dreams, I dwell and bathe lavishly in your thoughts of being too scared,

Let’s face it, why do you care?

But what if they judge me? Laugh at my dreams,

What if they push me around and send me back downstream?

I’m too scared, back to the day job for me.

I tried it once to tell you the truth,

I’m lost, broken with a fear contributing to my attitude.

I stand up, I break the threshold, I’m not falling to these shallow depths,

I take a hold of my fear and grip it around the neck,

Time is obsolete with a perception of a devilish death.

Fear takes over time, ticking its last breath.

As I gasp for another tick I realise my dreams are fading,

The seconds have stopped, my dreams have dropped, I’m suffocating.

I’m in a choke hold with my thoughts yet the Devil tightens his grip,

My hearts dropped, I’m scared to make the trip.

Times limitless and my dreams have faded,

I regret my lifeless decisions for fear of judgmental stages.

I’m 70 now; my kids have grown continuing from where I left off,

Their dreams in the cracks of the pavements, we’re all just lost.

There we go! I really just want to point out that I just wanted to get across that time is obsolete when you’re dreaming, it’s very limited however when fear grips a hold of you and you decide to go against those dreams for fear of being ridiculed time is infinite as nothing will ever change.

What did you guys and girls think?

Enjoy your day!

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Hip-Hop’s Gems!

Right, okay I haven’t posted in a while; please still love me you guys. I do have to apologise for that!…After quitting my job the past few days have been rather ‘stressful’ to say the least therefore I just haven’t had time to sit down and crack out a blog post, I’ve currently got two interviews lined up so I’m feeling far more happier about my work life and that stress is starting to disappear which means I can sit down and write, I can write an enjoyable post not a half ass attempt at one because I feel I need to get it out. I figured if I was to write one after I quit, it would just be horrible because I’m forcing myself to write but now my life’s getting back together I feel happier, I’m in the mood to write. I’m happy! Woo

So what’s this blog post all about?

Essentially, everyone knows I love hip-hop. I ramble on about it all the time here! The truth is though no one in hip-hop anymore is grabbing my attention, there’s no more real lyricists within the main stream circle, the last lyricist that I can think of that had a buzz was Kendrick Lamar yet I don’t think he really got the push he deserved. His wordplay and intricate rhymes were phenomenal but he just didn’t get out there I felt. Now, more than ever hip-hop has this generic style that you hear over and over again. There’s no one that’s truly perfecting their craft anymore, it’s almost as if they’re in and out.

What’s the point of this post?

In reality I just want to share my love for music with you guys and girls but I really want to open up your musical avenues to expand to different areas and roads so to speak. These musicians have a buzz within their own right however may not have the buzz that Drake receives. These musicians find ways to combine their imagination with metaphors, verbs and this whole hearted passion to eventually conjure up this vivid imagery that is so powerful you are taken back and have to pause for a minute; these are the tracks that really hit you.

Let’s get down to it!

  • K-Rino – Grand Deception.This guy is seriously from another planet, you think I’m over exaggerating don’t you? Oh, far from it. It’s almost as if he’s swallowed a dictionary and is just recording these biblical scriptures for me and you, he’s so in touch with wordplay and vivid imagery it’s nice to hear someone who really loves what they do. Essentially this song details the corruption within this world such as the Illuminati and conspiracies revolving around them. It’s truly a phenomenal track and to tell you the truth I felt a little smarter after listening to it! Check out some of these lines, it’s rather gob smacking.

“You are a tool in the hidden hand that’s using you
Please don’t be delusional the rulers of this world practice confusing you
The people and the priest and the Imams
Have been jammed by government scams, mind systematically programmed
Blatant Black hatred and racism
The way they laced the whole world in nation with traces of Satanism
This place is a pagan prison, the Founding Fathers enslaving intentions
Were no different than Bush’s and Reagan visions”

Like I said previously my blog post just doesn’t do it justice, please check out the real song. Here’s the link! Don’t worry it’s not a virus – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5mSWLnJXY0

Some of his other notable songs;

Valley of decision. 

“I’m in a spiritual prison, but on this day I’ve arisen
To the vision of an internal god and Satan collision
The fight to win me took place within me
And whoever I submit it to would ultimately choose where they would send me
I stood motionless, approaching this comatose-ness with openness
Could only hope and wish for sanity when I awoke from this
I’m coping with the possibility of making the wrong choice
No reason to rejoice, I heard Satan speak in my own voice”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEcTNAdzPik

Solitary Confinement. 

“Minutes after I received my sentence
I was then sent to the threshold of a corridors entrance
Forced into a hellish existence
I wends from intense pain then commence to seek intense repentance
My hands served as a surveyor
With no light I’m sightless I stand beneath darkness third layer
Imprisoned as a punishment I was sieving of faith
In a place so desolate prayers can’t even escape
The reason I was here was never communicated clear
Two minutes in this place appeared like I had waited years
When the lights came on I was bathed and bladed tears
Cause the room had common dears all of my greatest fears”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5wWr5kml98

Trust me you will not be disappointed, if you’re are, sure you can blame me.

  • Immortal Technique – Dance with the Devil.One of the most touching songs I’ve listened to, I felt a bit sick after hearing it. That’s not a lie either, listen to it all the way and you will see why I felt like that. It’s hard to explain the song without giving away and real details, if I was to do so it would spoil it and I don’t want to do that. I guess I can summarise it for you, it’s essentially detailing the life of a guy choosing the wrong path and joining a gang and the things he has to do for that gang but the end though, man oh man, it’s truly un-explainable. You just have to listen to it!

“I once knew a nigga whose real name was William
His primary concern, was making a million
Being the illest hustler, that the world ever seen
He used to fuck movie stars and sniff coke in his dreams
A corrupted young mind, at the age of thirteen
Nigga never had a father and his mom was a fiend
She put the pipe down, but every year she was sober
Her sons heart simultaneously grew colder
He started hanging out selling bags in the projects
Checking the young chicks, looking for hit and run prospects
He was fascinated by material objects
But he understood money never bought respect”

“So Billy started robbing niggas, anything he could do
To get his respect back, in the eyes of his crew
Starting fights over little shit, up on the block
Stepped up to selling mothers and brothers the crack rock
Working overtime for making money for the crack spot
Hit the jackpot and wanted to move up to cocaine
fulfilling the scarface fantasy stuck in his brain
Tired of the block niggas treating him the same”
This post just doesn’t do it justice! Please, please listen to it. Honestly, if that’s all you take from this blog I will be happy – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qggxTtnKTMo

Here are some other notable songs;

Industrial Revolution.

“The bling-bling era was cute but it’s about to be done
I leave you full eclipse like the moon blocking the sun
my metaphors are dirty like herpes but harder to catch
like an escape tunnel in prison I started from scratch
and now these parasites wanna percent of asscap
trying to control perspective like an acid flashback”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb3gB-qY2bQ
– Revolutionary. 

“Technique will force you into strategical retreat
Because I dominate guerrilla warfare in the streets
There ain’t no way to picture me without a victory speech
When I reach higher positions
Without the recognition of pissed on competition
Cause I conquered their ambitions
In a systematic form like a religionist tradition”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ss_6nKrzQ0
Honestly, Immortal Technique is up there with the greatest of all time. He’s just so on point with his music.

Now last but not least.

  • AZ – Never Change.One of the most slept on emcee’s. Dude has been around for centuries yet hasn’t ever got the recognition he’s deserved, the thing is he doesn’t bitch about it either. He’s a true artist. It’s his wordplay and rhyme scheme that has you just staring at your computer screen saying “damn did he just say that?” He was on Nas’ Illmatic album, in my eyes he’s influenced so many rappers with their techniques and flows yet just isn’t rewarded for it. His story telling ability is mixed between vivid wordplay and an intricate flow, it’s awesome! The song really details the story between him and his friend, they lost touch and he’s reminiscing about his friend and then they meet up again and hang out I guess, well that’s what I got from it anyway.

“You know the happenings, homies just yapping and
Hand shaking, laughing and exchanging all they math again
You usually lose touch when you traveling
A few dudes bruise up in the battling”

“Godly trained, he could camoflage on any terrain
Cardi frames, we go back like bottles and James
It’s a shame ‘cuz they say his baby mom is to blame
But nonchalantly, I refrained ‘cuz it constantly changed
From close range somebody please slowly explain
If they just wanted some jewels, why didn’t they go for the chain?
If they just wanted some news, they coulda left him in his Hanes
But no, they just left a nigga breathless and banged”

One of the cleanest and rawest flows in hip-hop, period. Check it out, now! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=covkh9ShXz4

Other notable songs;

I Am The Truth.
“Scrilla rap spitter, silverback gorilla, mass killer
Heavy hoodie cow, hide, half chinchilla
Watch for scrilla’s cuz they hastle the dealers, for reala
Y’all little niggaz, me I lex and grilla, I’m chilla
Pillows of purple had to seal up my circle
It’s serious, when your seralbello senses alert you
Pollack church shoes parolee homie’s home on curfew
Who’s commercial, I verbalize universal
Uniqueness, I’m nonchalant nigga no secrets
What ambiance never show weakness, control leakege
Live niggaz know I speak it
Verbalize outta eye, cuz we cohesive
Flow’s freakish
Dough is just honor the pieces to the puzzle
Like the streets always been to the struggle”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcPSaYqwkUg

Sugar Hill.

“At times I wanna watch out the Mariot
Zoning on owning co-ops, foreign drop top coups
And yachts guzzling straight shots a scotch formulating up plots
To escape from Salem’s lock ’cause it’s scorching hot
Making it hard trying to figure who’s out ta trap me, Pataki
Got all kinds of under covers coming at me
Perhaps he, won’t be happy, till they snatch me
And place me where half slacks be, sitting in Catsaki
But never me, see my destiny ta be forever free
In ecstacy, on a hill that awaits for me
So plus, just to visualize is like a coke rush
Vivid enough to make living this a must, plus this is real”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBeyeSCG5Ho

There’s my top 3 done! Honestly these 3 are up there in my greatest of all times list! Hopefully you will check out their songs and put some others on! If you have a favourite musician drop a comment, I’ll deffo check them out!

Enjoy your day!

:)

*I hate the way these words are spelt! It’s so yuck but sounds so good!

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My First Time Clubbing!

Boy oh boy, what an experience. Now, I’ve said this in the past and badgered on about it time and time again, I’m not a drinker. So you can see the conundrum I’ve got myself in, can’t you? The whole reason people go out to clubs I guess is to drink and have a good time, but who says you have to get drunk to the point where you pick fights with strangers and can hardly walk yourself home? The truth is I had an amazing time and in all honesty I wish I started going when I was 18. I’ve been missing out! Big time.

There’s a few niggles I have with clubs though.

I say clubs but in all honesty I really only mean ‘club’ seeing as it’s my only one. I know how much you guys and girls loves lists so….without further ado or is it adieu? I present to you my list, my niggles with clubbing!

  • Yes that’s my ID sir, please don’t reject me.
  • Yeah, having a light toned voice sucks.

“We’re finally in!”

“What did you say?” I said

“We’re finally in!”

You eventually make out the words “I can’t hear you” over the loud thumping of heavy bass.

  • Having that same problem trying to shout at the bar to tell them what beverage you would like.
  • Going to the dance floor but no one’s dancing! I mean this one pissed me off, big time. I was the only one who was jumping around enjoying myself, it seemed as if everyone else was just shuffling their feet! I mean seriously, it’s a dance club! Not a shuffle around club!
  • Sweating a stupendous amount that you have to take your top off as it’s drenched in drinks and god only knows what.
  • Some random photographer snapping up pictures of you mid dance and catching you off guard. Then having the nerve to upload them to Facebook!
  • Losing your friends only to miraculously meet with them after almost having a panic attack from the fear of being the loner in the club.
  • Those idiots on drugs that really can’t handle it. Calm down!
  • Dudes trying to gyrate their hips where it’s unwanted. If I was to ever get drunk I would hope for the life of me I would never do that. It’s just so, yuck. Especially when the person you’re doing it to doesn’t want you to do it. You come off as a creep. Side note, no male was gyrating at me, it was them trying to do it to females but they really didn’t want it.
  • Those people who walk past and have horrendous body odour, it just ruins your nose and lingers there.
  • Waiting for the 5 in the morning train to roll in as you haven’t slept in almost 24 hours only to find out it’s delayed. It’s delayed? IT’S 5 IN THE MORNING. How can you mess up that bad?
  • Waking up to your calf muscles ripping a hole through your skin because they burn so much from that excessive dancing.
  • Your voice being like a demonic spirit because you went overboard with the singing.
  • Last but not least, waking up from a long sleep to find out you still have your wallet, ID and keys.

Perfect.

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Today, I Quit My Job.

I finally did it. After months of endless thoughts of ‘do I?’ ‘Don’t I?’ I finally had the last straw and jumped ship. Yes folks, I’ve quit! I couldn’t be happier. Now, to tell you the truth it was a rather rash decision however I feel so much better for doing so, it’s almost as if this weight has been lifted from me and I can now begin a new career elsewhere. My career in retail is over; it was just a horrendous experience. 2 and a half years of my life wasted you could say, sure I’ve gained experience within the retail sector but it was 2 years of utter un-happiness. It seems like yesterday I wrote my first post on ‘why retails sucks’ and now I’ve finally decided to move on with my life. It’s such buzz to know I won’t be going back there!

It was a big jump for myself, most of the time I’m a bit more reserved to stand up for my rights and my human emotions/nature, there comes a time when you’ve decided you’ve taken enough crap from your managers and bitchy customers and it comes to the point of asking yourself ‘do you really deserve this?’ after weeks, months and years of being nice to each and every customer who walks through those doors to get complaints from them and your manager, it really gets to you. You give every customer your 100% best efforts and then you get pulled to the side for not persuading them to purchase extra insurance or put it on store credit. Excuse me? Did you not see how satisfied that customer was? Yet, you’re still going to moan and rant at me for not getting them to waste money on insurance they don’t need. That was my main reason for quitting and now it’s over, I shall reveal all.

I’ve been very strict with myself about revealing the real problems at work just in case someone there catches wind of this blog and then reads how bad I hate or I guess I should say hated my job. Truth be told I don’t care anymore. I won’t reveal the name of the company however I will tell you the real reasons as to why I decided to leave. When I first started it was all dandy, I was in my first job, learning new skills building confidence within work and outside of it and most of all, I was getting money! What’s not to love, right? All was well until my manager started having these mood shifts, it was every now and then where I would be doing my job, keeping the customers satisfied but he would criticize a certain aspect of how I went around it. Don’t get me wrong, you could see it as feedback however when you use a stern face and a voice with anger it becomes more like a ‘telling off’ this was all starting within my first month. I was a little taken back as it was my first job, I didn’t expect any of that. I figured he would lighten up as time went on. Oh, how I was wrong.

Month after month he would keep doing the same, one point he’ll be happy then the next his whole persona would change. I don’t want it to seem like I hate the guy because at times he was a great manager but he really knew how to bring a person down and make them feel worthless. Roughly one year into my job things got a lot more serious, we had a new area manager and he was just this grade a bully. He was on a true power trip. This was when they introduced selling insurance and getting people to purchase items on store credit. Each store had monthly targets we needed to hit, obviously if we didn’t hit targets the area manager wasn’t hitting targets, can you see where I’m going with this? So one month we don’t hit target, the area manger lays into my manager which internally means he lays into us. This happened for months and I was at the point where I didn’t want to turn up every day I was asked in. I was just getting shit from my manager’s day in and day out for not selling insurance.*

*We had techniques to try persuading customers to purchase it, for the most part I was hitting my targets but I really couldn’t care less about it after a while. To me I would much rather have the customer leave with an enjoyable shopping experience rather than feeling as if they’ve been interrogated and never want to shop here again. It’s not how business should be run. I get they must make a much higher profit from selling insurance however when the customer comes away and tells friends and family not to shop there it reflects pretty poorly. What’s even worse is being laid into because a customer just doesn’t want to purchase it, you can’t persuade someone who really doesn’t want to be persuaded, it’s just silly. Rant over.

Back to the story. These moods swing eventually got worse and worse and I just couldn’t take it for much longer, there comes a time when you just say no to all the shit in your life and decide you know what, I’m better than this. Well this was my day. He spoke to me as if I was worthless, even though I came in earlier to help out. He essentially complimented me on my service to customers and it felt great. He seemed happy but then his mood switched again, he proceeded to explain how I was under performing in all aspects of hitting targets and then he asked me ‘do you still want to keep your job?’ It was that point when I just had enough. My brain though about all the hard graft I put in to helping customers, helping the store and brand and because I wasn’t hitting a few targets I get treated like shit. No thanks. I handed in my resignation and my last working day’s Sunday. I have an interview on Monday for another job but to tell you the truth I’m just so overjoyed it’s over. I just want to say, I’m not hating or disrespecting my manager in any way. He has targets to hit as well, so if I’m not hitting he’s not hitting and he is then getting shit from his managers. I get where he’s coming from but his tactic of almost bullying me into selling insurance and making me feel like shit didn’t work.

Onto the next chapter I guess.

Enjoy your day!

:)

 

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Are You Religious?

Time and time again I’ve been asked this question, whether it’s by friends or family my answer still stays the same. No, I’m not religious, however I’m always open to the views and opinions of others and I guess there are a few exceptions to the term religious.

In my 18 years on this earth I’ve never been introduced to the idea of religion or joining a religious community, it’s something that my mind just doesn’t ‘get’ so to speak. When we left school at 16 we were all given this bible to take with us, it’s been sat on my shelf ever since until I opened it up the other day. I was intrigued. I was searching in all honesty, I felt stuck, I needed an answer, and I needed something to guide me. I just couldn’t find it.

I read chapter after chapter, verse after verse however it just doesn’t add up, so when someone asks me am I a religious person, it’s always going to be a no but in terms of finding your inner soul and your spirit, that’s a different story. At one point in time my mind just clicked, I never believed in having a soul or anything like that, to tell you the truth I thought it was a bit silly but now, now I feel different. There’s something so intriguing about finding your inner soul and being at one with yourself. I’m not sure if you can count that as religious however it’s as close as it gets to being religious for me.

As of late motivation for me has been up and down, I feel the job I’m in just isn’t doing me any favours. It’s sort of soul crushing you could say. I always said I never knew what I wanted from life but deep down I secretly knew. I was just too afraid to accept it. Now I’m starting to embrace that secret and starting to work towards it my mental and physical state is feeling much more ‘happier’ you could say. I guess the point I’m trying to make is; whatever makes you happy, do it. You will regret not being happy 30 years down the line. It feels as if my soul is happier, if that is even a thing. I don’t know it’s just nice to be at one with myself and truly accept what I want to be.

Society has a way of making us follow a set of rules which then turns into our reality. You know the score; school, college, university and then work. But what if you were to un-shackle yourself from that routine of life? What I mean by that is, why don’t you do what you want to do. To do what makes you happy. That’s what I’m going for, I’m taking it in very small baby steps but I can already feel a shift in my mind and my emotional state. I wake up every morning feeling a little bit more refreshed, a little bit more awake. There’s something nice about knowing you’re trying to change yourself, you’re trying to change for the better. 

I think the main part that’s really helped is just sitting down and organizing my life. I’m talking a big spring clean out of all the bad stuff and negativity and filling those gaps with positivity. I sat down and just mapped out my visions and almost created this ‘roadwork’ of where I want to be, who I want to be and what I wish to achieve and believe me, it really helps. It gives you something to strive for and keeps your path clear. 

When I started this post I was talking about religion and searching for god. In my eyes the only god is you. As long as you’re true to your morals and true to yourself, the rest should take care of itself. Well, that’s how I perceive it at the moment. People change, views change and the world keeps turning. All I’m trying to get across is, be true to you. 

Have a good day!

:)

 

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Leaked Celebrity Nudes. How Safe Are You Online?

The internet blew up last night, no not literally however figuratively speaking, it did. I witnessed it. Last night someone hacked the personal and I repeat personal data from top high ranking celebrities and proceeded to leak nude photos of them for personal gain, almost ruining their lives. 

As a society, in general we tend to overlook the safety of being online we forget about the scams, hackers and predators. We often brush it off and pretend it can never happen to us. For most of us we keep safe, do nothing illegal, sure you may download a few songs from YouTube to your iPod’s or mp3’s but nothing to serious however we tend to forget when we’re online that we need to keep safe, now more than ever. We like to reveal information all across the world. Think about it; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram hell even WordPress. How much information is spread globally for anyone to see? Information you’ve gave out.

Really, this post is more about staying safe online and being careful, I’m not sure if anyone has seen the news as of late but quite a fair few of ‘A list celebrities’ have had their accounts hacked and there private photos leaked. It’s truly shocking. Most of you have heard of these celebrities, the list includes the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande and Kate Upton. What’s happened is, a hacker has got access to their personal data, some say it’s through iCloud however I’m pretty sure it’s just speculation at the moment and then accessed their personal photos. It’s all nudes. I can’t imagine what they’re going through at the moment. The hacker then proceeded to release them for the world to see.

It’s personal data for a reason. They’ve kept it from the public and someone’s gone and ripped their lives apart for personal gain, it really makes you wonder, if such a high endorsed celebrity can have their private data leaked out onto the web, how safe is yours? What the media will more than likely do in a few days is present these celebrities who are role models as ‘bad people’ when in reality they aren’t. They can do whatever the like, the media just put them on a higher pedestal because they have this power to influence. We’re all human at the end of the day and we’re bound to make mistakes. Those photos we’re their photos, no one else’s.

The images were posted on Sunday night on a few websites such as 4chan and Reddit and hey I’m not judging these celebrities or anything, you do what you want, it’s your life. If you wish to take naked photos do as you wish however you have to be careful. It’s an invasion of privacy and in my eyes a form of theft/burglary, but what’s worse is how brands such as TMZ have been rumoured to have offered the hacker a 6 figure sum for the photos. It’s a rumour though, yet if it’s true, it’s truly sickening. I guess I’m only adding fuel to the fire with this post, it’s like I’m ‘gossiping’ but I didn’t mean that to be the message. I really want everyone to re-think how they present themselves online and be more careful because if it can happen to them surely it can happen to anyone.

I only hope it doesn’t halt or stop any of the celebrity’s careers, it was personal photos for a reason. There’s bound to be a follow up in the news but I figured it’s best to alert a few people before it gets out of control. Once the internet has it, it spreads like wildfire. 

Stay safe.

 

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Photographs That Changed The World! (Part 3)

Recently I’ve been getting a few hits here and there on my historical photos posts so I’ve decided to compile another list for you guys, it would be silly not to, right? I think there’s something so interesting looking back into the past and being able to delve into how routines and how daily life worked there. There’s this enjoyment I get from visualizing history and witnessing what happened. You read about it at school and you don’t get to really get into it as much as you hoped for, that’s why photos give you a real sense of imagery. Well something along those lines anyway…For this post there won’t be any photographers names as most I were unable to find. If you know of a photographer who’s photo I’ve listed drop a comment or message me so I can include it, I would like to give credit where credits due! Some of these photos hold real emotion within them so if one upsets you, I can only apologise. Enjoy.


 

Unpacking the head of the statue of liberty. 

statue of liberty head


 

Elvis in the army.

elvis in the army


 

The last known Tasmanian Tiger.

tasmanian tiger


 

Nagasaki 20 minutes after the atomic bomb.

nagasaki


 

Californian lumberjacks working on Redwoods. 

lumberjack on redwoods


 

The 1912 world series.

1912 world series


 

Construction of the statue of liberty’s head.

statue of liberty


 

Adolf Hitlers pants after the failed assassination attempt.

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The unbroken seal of King Tut’s tomb.

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A refugee carrying his cholera stricken wife. (I just want to point out the determination this man has, look at the emotion in his face)

refugee


 

Shell shocked soldier. This photo just shows how devastating wars can be.

Shell shocked soldier, 1916

 


 

A KKK child meets a black state trooper.

A KKK child


 

Children playing with hyperinflation money in 1922.

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Job hunting in the 1930’s.

Job hunting in 1930's


 

Theodore Roosevelt’s diary the day his wife and mother died.

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Rat catchers of the 1900’s.

Rat catchers


 

Child laborers smoking cigarettes.

Child laborers


 

Brotherly love. This young Japanese boy carries his fallen brother all the way to a cremation pyre. So shocking.

A Japanese boy


 

Hats in New York.

Hats


 

German soldiers reacting to footage of the concentration camps.

German soldiers


 

Slaves shackles being removed.

Slave


Last public execution by guillotine.

Last public execution by guillotine


 

Easter eggs for Hitler.

Easter eggs for Hitler, 1945


 

Himmler and a prisoner in a stare down.

Himmler


 

The last Jew in Vinnitsa.

The last Jew in Vinnitsa

 

That wraps this one up! 

Enjoy your day!

:)

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What’s Your Biggest Fear?

We get up at 8:00; hit the cupboards for some food to fuel our every crushing endless thoughts of negativity then we head on for the short shower to wash away the depressive thoughts we’re having. This takes us roughly 30 minutes, and then we haul off to a job we hate. How many of you don’t want to be doing that? Wouldn’t you rather be working your ass off to create your own dreams rather than helping another person build theirs? This thought hit me hard the other day. Why am I getting up and letting another person control my whole life. Why am I waking up tired, a little angry and just drained from all of life? I bet you’re thinking well it’s your bosses fault or putting the blame elsewhere. In reality it starts with you and ends with you. The only reason I’m feeling that way is because I’ve let myself get that way. No one else, just me. I bet you’re thinking well why are you still there? Really that’s an easy one. It’s the fear of change.

The thought of breaking away from everything you know everyone you once knew and starting over again. It’s the opinions of others that talk to you. Well I’m going to put this very bluntly, screw that. Who cares what they think? Who cares if you change and do what you want to do? It’s time to embrace your true potential. Each and every one of you reading this are fantastic, you have a true meaning to someone out there in the world, a skill you harness but you aren’t doing anything with it. I’m not doing anything with mine. I’m stuck. We’re in a generation of laziness and silly behaviour where we don’t really work hard. We like to think we do but we don’t. You, yes you reading you can really do whatever you like, it’s your life, no one else’s. We just need to break from this day to day routine and say “you know what, I’m doing something different today, it’s time to enjoy life” otherwise I’m going to be 30 and do the same things as I did at 18.

In our society today more than ever, we like to put fear on such a high pedestal to the point where you end up getting comfy with the way you live even if you have to sacrifice your emotions and enjoyment. Let me ask you a few questions, how many of you really deep down enjoy your job? Could you do it without pay you enjoy it that much? Why are you letting someone else control your one and only life? Don’t think I’m being nasty at anyone either, shit I’m in the same boat as everyone else just my boats sinking and I’m going to do something to stop that. I’ve said it in the past time and time again “oh I’m going to try this avenue or try this one” in reality I was just being lazy and saying that to make myself think I was trying for change. I wasn’t.

I can guarantee a few of my readers have done the same as well, you’ve got up to a job you don’t want to be at and told yourself “I need to change” but you, well we’re still there slaving our assess off for someone else’s dreams, why? We’re far to comfy with our state of living, I’ve got happy living pay check to pay check even though I come home at nights and feel down. That’s not life, what kind of way of living is that? It’s time to stop making excuses. The world isn’t all dandy as it is now, we’re just stuck in a position where we like to think it is. When you get that pay stub you think it’s all great you think you’re winning but in reality you aren’t winning, you’re suffering. After you’ve spent that pay check on food, rent or the everyday necessities, how much have you got left? That’s not living, it’s surviving. It’s not enjoyable to work all those long, gruelling hours and have nothing to show.

One quote I wish to share and is one that really sticks with me is; “the graveyard is the richest place on earth.” I forgot who it was by so I do apologise for that however the point that I’m trying to get across is, change and fear is necessary however if you don’t do anything about it nothing will happen. You have to embrace to fear otherwise when the time comes your dreams and ambitions die with you. You may have had an invention you wanted to create when you were 30, a career you wanted to pursue when you were 50 but that fear held you back. You end up doing the same job day in day out and you eventually leave this life. Those rich and beautiful ideas are taken to grave and no one can benefit from them.

You must be thinking, but why haven’t you changed anything? It’s all good me telling you things I’ve learned but I’m in the same position as everyone else. I’m afraid to break off into the shadow of the un-known for the fear of being ridiculed, for the fear of being wrong. It’s scary; don’t let anyone tell you it isn’t. I’ve just let myself get comfy within an environment I shouldn’t be in. That’s not what I want when I wake up every morning. If this was my last day on earth, would I really want to be working a job I hate or doing whatever it is I love? There was a video I watched where Steve Jobs said something along the lines ” I wake up every morning look in the mirror and ask myself if this was my last day am I happy with my life, if the answers no then something needs to change” don’t quote me on that word for word but it really hits the nail on the head though, I haven’t been happy for some time now, I have to change. Let me say that again I have to change. I can’t be depending on anyone else to do it for me, I can’t be scared, I just have to do so.

Just decide. Just do. Be happy. To hell with what everyone else thinks, just do YOU.

My whole goal when I started this blog was to create it as an advertising tool however things change, that idea flopped and I just continued blogging. I think the goal now is to still do the same blogging posts I do but include my process with change and help others.

I want to challenge all my readers, do what you love and make the change today!

Every day is a new day. Make the change now I know I am.

:)

*spelling of gruelling and behaviour is different over here in the UK.

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Photographs That Changed The World! (Part 2)

I love a good batch of photos. Well, when I say photos I have to tread carefully, what I really mean is photos not of me, those ones suck! I can never get the right smile, the perfect angle. It’s a skill I have yet to acquire. Than god for trusty old Instagram! 

Today’s post is just me really spreading the photos that influence my thoughts and hit home with me, these are pride, pain, suffering all wrapped into one. It’s a bit on the edgy side but I feel you guys should see them. Before I start though I just want to explain a few things; I’ve been rather busy as of late due to work and things like that therefore my posts aren’t going to be as constant as they once were. I remember once being able to churn out a post each day a little while ago and now it’s almost as if I haven’t got the ability to write one anymore. It’s not that I don’t want to post it’s more that I’m un-sure on what to post about. Work’s beginning to take its toll a little so I haven’t been able to focus on this as much therefore my posts won’t be as constant as they once were!

Like I was saying for today’s blog I just wanted to do something similar as a post I did around a week ago. Essentially it’s going to be quick but some of these pictures will last a lifetime. This one’s short and sweet! If you didn’t get to see my first post, here’s a link to it:

http://routinedreamer.com/2014/08/20/photographs-that-changed-the-world/


The Plight Of Kosovo Refugees – Carol Guzy

 

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Fire On Marlborough Street – Stanley J. Forman

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Oklahoma City Bombing – Charles Porter

oklahoma-city-bombing

 


 

Reichstag Flag – Yevgeny Khaldei

Le drapeau de la victoire


 

Assassination Of Japan Socialist Inejiro Asanuma – Yasushi Nagao

assassination


 

Hooded Iraqi Prisoner Comforting His Child – Jean-Marc Bouju

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Niagara Falls Frozen – Unknown

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Hitler In Paris – National Archives

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Afghan Girl – Steve McCurry (This one’s not photo shopped)

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The Fall Of Saigon – Hubert Van Es

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The Assassination Of John F Kennedy – Unknown

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Ground Zero Spirit – Thomas E. Franklin

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Challenger Explosion – NASA Tracking Camera

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Black Power – Unknown

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The Soul Of A Horse – Peter Thomann

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That wraps it up for today’s post! Last time I included some context about the picture and the situation around the photo however I just felt today you needed to witness these without any dialogue or witty lines. Some of these are truly phenomenal, they make your spine tingle with fear, joy, pride a huge variety of emotions. It’s funny how one single picture can change the minds of nations. 

Enjoy your day folks!

:)

 

 

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Paris! Meh.

Well, this one’s tough. It’s the first time I’m really stumped with my writing. You guys are expecting this fairy tale story detailing my adventures; unfortunately you won’t be getting that. For those of you that don’t know I’ve been away for a 5 days, I decided to take some well-deserved time off work and venture out to Paris. You know the stories; love, excitement and happiness, unfortunately I didn’t see any of that. Paris just wasn’t what I expected. Don’t get me wrong I had a good time there but nothing really jumped out at me. I think I put the trip on such a high pedestal it just ended up flaking on me.

For most who have visited Paris you will have a completely different outlook to me however it was very reminiscent to London in my eyes. I’m going to detail how my 5 days went down for you.

Here’s the real truth about my trip to Paris.

My bags were packed, my iPod was charged, and it was time to go. We took a taxi up to our train station and our minds were just elsewhere, I remember thinking ‘god we’re actually going to Paris’ I couldn’t believe it, from booking the tickets a few weeks back it was actually happening and it was all coming together. We spent around 1 hour to get into London and then roughly 20-30 minutes on the tubes getting to the station, it was a nightmare but we wasn’t worried, we had enough time to wait around. It took us about 30 minutes from check in to the checks with the suitcases and all that jazz to get to the waiting lounge. It was really lax there, it wasn’t as stressful as I presumed. I definitely recommend the Eurostar, the service was truly excellent.

After the train arrived into London we boarded up and got into our seats. It’s humongous the train! I couldn’t believe it; my nerves were starting to crawl in now. As we sped off into the hills my eyes dropped and I napped until we arrived at Gare Du Nord. We were there! I was in Paris! After getting off the train we headed straight for a taxi to get into the hotel.

Now, this is where it goes downhill.

We was approached by some guy claiming he was a taxi driver, he didn’t speak much English however I showed him where we needed to go and he said he could take us there. Not being from Paris I didn’t know how long the taxi drive would take and usually you expect a fare  type of system or some sort however this guy quoted a price straight up, €65. Us being idiots, we accepted. In reality the trip took around 10-15 minutes and should have only cost €20 or so euros. Bummer. We just got conned, asshole.

As we get into the hotel the front desk and reception looked very nice and clean, I was thinking we are in for a treat here! I paid up the rest of the hotel charges and we were set. I was room 001, bottom floor and that felt great, no long elevator waits or lugging myself up the stairs. My friend on the other hand was room 407, what a nightmare. It was fine though; we settled up and in, got over the painful attempts to open up our hotel rooms with those pathetic swipe key cards and made ourselves at home. This places was rated 3* I wasn’t expecting luxury but I wanted something half decent.

Instead I received a view of next doors window and a tiny square flat floor with three walls surrounding me. I couldn’t look at a nice clear sky in the mornings or look into the sunset at night. I got walls and a bucket, however I did get to see into next door, I’m a little bit nosy so that was a bonus you could say. Next was the smell, honestly it smelt as if someone left rotten eggs all over the place, it was horrendous. I ended up wasting half a bottle of deodorant to try clearing it out but it didn’t work if anything it made it worse. Now we move onto the bathroom, if you could call it that. That toilet was fine, the sink well was a sink but the shower, the necessity of my trip. I was beyond words. It was so small, I had to stay in one position to shower, if I moved my arm to far I risked breaking it because it was so loose. It wasn’t the best of places to say, we picked the spot because it was close to the Eiffel tower. In hindsight it was a bad move, for the money we paid (€552) I expected something better.

After we showered up we eventually met in the lobby area and decided to venture into the depths of Paris, after finally figuring out the traffic system there, which is beyond words we headed into the big attraction of course, the Eiffel tower. I’ve witnessed it in films, on the internet and on Instagram posts however it’s a sight you really need to see. It’s astounding just how big it really is (a perfect that’s what she said moment) we arrived at night time as well so it was lit up and just looked magnificent. It was surrounded by hundreds if not thousands of people all laying out and just living, it was at that point I realised I should have taken a girl with me!

After our amazement and overwhelming joy we headed off into the city to get some grub, some well-deserved grub as well, I hadn’t eaten since the early hours of the morning. We found this nice little spot around 10 minutes from our hotel and ordered up. I got this fantastic margarita pizza topped off with extra cheese. My stomach loved it! We only had a small fee of €40 to pay as well, it was cheap and cheerful. After gorging on the pizza we headed back into our rooms for the night and hit the hay.

Blue skies and an early start to the day, Paris was ours. We went straight for food I believe, it’s quite hard to remember however I’m pretty sure we went straight to the Eiffel Tower again, we had to witness it and all its beauty. We ventured off deep down all the routes and saw it from so many angles; we must have walked a marathon by the end of the day. I’m pretty sure we just looked around at all the places for that day and just witnessed how daily life works there.

I don’t think we did anything to exciting that night either, the only exciting thing was eating McDonalds! The prices were truly horrendous though, back home I get a cheese burger for 99p over there it was €5 a rip-off! I was hungry though, I didn’t mind paying. We ended up just chilling out in front of the Eiffel tower for the night and then went back to the hotel, we figured out pretty early it wasn’t for us. I think we even debated getting a train home early but we decided to man it out. Don’t worry it gets a little bit better!

So the third day has arrived, what to do now? We really didn’t plan the trip out, it was a more off the cuff sort of thing. I think if we planned each day, where to go and what to see I think it would have been more enjoyable, I guess I’ve learned for next time. After a few hours of wandering once again we decided to visit the Louvre museum but unfortunately for us the line was far too long! We weren’t waiting 3 or 4 hours to get in and then have to leave straight away, it was nice to see that area of Paris though! There was so much to explore around that way, we went up to the smaller ‘town’ like areas, there’s a real sense of community there. We didn’t feel as welcomed. I think they knew we were outsiders due to the clothes we wore. I’m pretty sure we were called American boys a few times.

After exploring the area around the Louvre we headed back, we got to know the routes far too easy! Everything’s within walking distance. We ended up planning what to do for that night and decided on hitting up a shisha/hookah bar. Me and my friend are keen shisha smokers; we ended up grabbing a Maccy D’s and hauling a taxi to the shisha address. The problem was we couldn’t find the damn place! We ended up being dropped off at the location however we couldn’t figure out where it was. There was another shisha bar near to it and we eventually settled up for that spot. We had enough walking from earlier! Anyway, we get in and the place just looks horrid, there was no chilled vibe you get in other shisha spots and it wasn’t a very welcoming place. We got this mint flavour and it just was rubbish! There weren’t any thick clouds or a nice taste, it was getting harsher and harsher by the minute, and we must have left after 20 minutes due to it being so terrible! We walked around the area for a bit longer and eventually decided to go back to the hotel. As you can see we weren’t having as much fun as we hoped for!

Thursday, I’m pretty sure we visited the Arc De Triomphe that day. It was crazy there! The traffic surrounding it is unbelievable, after walking in circles or 10 minutes we finally figured out you need to go underground to get inside! After looking at all the detail and design to it we headed back, to me it just wasn’t as interesting as I thought! Like I said previously, I put the trip on such a high pedestal it just ended up flaking on me!

We walked back to the Louvre place and the line was rather thin, we decided screw it and waited in line. We must have got in within 10 minutes. Man, that place is phenomenal! Honestly it’s hard to put it into words how big it really is! Plus, we got in to the place for free! I believe if you’re a British citizen and 18 or younger you get to go in for free! It was a starting to get better. We arrived there at 15:00 and there just isn’t enough time in the world to explore that place! We walked into what we thought was a small section ended up leading us into another section and then another and then another. The stuff that place holds is so valuable and so rich in history. There are paintings dating back hundreds of years, sculptures that you wouldn’t think of and luxurious items and dining’s rooms built for kings. If you get the chance to visit, do it. Take a whole day out to do so; it’s so easy to get trapped in there!

After that we walked throughout the city and so on, looking at all the high end establishments! I’m talking Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and The Four Seasons Hotel! Man that was a sight. You have to have real money for that spot! I took photos of the cars parked out the front; you had a Bugatti Veyron and those things cost around $1 million I believe, a gold wrapped Lamborghini and a beautiful blue Rolls-Royce. It was true luxury. After seeing that we decided to get back to the hotel and figure out what to do with our final night, of course we decided to hit up another shisha spot!

We found this little place 4* or so, why not? Last night and all. This was true shisha spot, it was so welcoming and calm we knew we were in for a good night! The owner spoke English as well, an extra bonus. To cut to the chase as this blogs a little stretched we ended up ordering two because they were so good! At the time it was fantastic, I eventually regretted that a little while after. Let me explain; after paying up we decided to hit up the Eiffel Tower for the last time, we took a cab to it. Now after two shishas, smoking them for about an hour each, it eventually fucks you up a little. I felt so dizzy, I thought the taxi would calm me down, it made me worse. As soon as we stepped out of the taxi, I vomited ladies and gentleman!

Yes, I vomited. I left my mark in Paris, not a good one either. My stomach must be really weak. I didn’t even drink either; it was the highlight of the trip I think. All the passers-by just staring and making remarks. Fantastic. After finally finishing up and downing a bottle of water we decided to go back to the hotel and sleep it off. Tomorrows train home couldn’t have come sooner!

So our last day, we checked out and finished up with the hotel, and we were off! We had done it all, all that we could think of I guess. We ended up killing a few hours by playing basketball and just relaxing in front of the tower and that was it really. We took our cab took Gare Du Nord and got on the train home. No fairy tale love story to tell, no true excitement or astonishment, just vomit.

It wasn’t what I expected at all! I’m not mad or anything because it was nice to visit a different location however it just felt like London to me. The people I met were a tad arrogant, that’s not in general though most of the French passers-by are rather nice however the few we spoke to just seemed to come across as rude! All in all a decent trip, 5 days was far too long though, for an off the cuff trip it wasn’t too bad. I won’t be back anytime soon though!

The rest they say is history.

A few notable things I wish to point out;

  • The traffic there is unbelievable crazy, it’s like they don’t care at all. Everyone’s in a rush.
  • We enjoyed French cuisine, not just McDonalds.
  • We tried using the French language but most people knew what we were trying to get across anyway.
  • Most shops we saw were for females.

What to do if you’re planning a trip to Paris;

  • Don’t get caught up on the Eiffel tower, there’s so much more!
  • Watch out for the con artists! There really sneaky there.
  • Plan where you want to go and do some proper research.
  • Don’t go for a week! I think 3 or 4 days would have been perfect, we ended up getting bored quite quick.
  • Wear suitable shoes!

There’s so much more but my brains just overloaded, I have to go back to work tomorrow and I’m really not looking forward to it! 

Amsterdam next!

Enjoy your day folks!

:)

My Favourite Paintings And My Interpretations!

I was never a good painter at school, I was more of a ‘doodler’ but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate a good piece of art work when I see it! The history of painting and drawing in particular can date back hundreds and hundreds of years, if not thousands. It’s another medium for us as humans to express ourselves, it isn’t all done through human body language or written words on a page. Lots of people tend to use the art of drawing and painting to create beautiful pieces that delve deep into the artists mind. It’s a shame I can only draw stick men! There are so many variables intertwined with drawing and painting, you’ve got your surface types; paper, concrete, wood canvas, walls pretty much anything you can draw over. Then you’ve got your intensity of the work; is it going to be black, white, include dark shadowing, light shadowing. You get my point. 

I said earlier this art of painting dates back thousands of years, I’ve done some digging and almost pinpointed the date and first painting, The oldest known paintings are roughly 40,000 years old. It’s believed the paintings were by early Neanderthals rather than the modern human. The Chauvet Cave in France is where this art work is displayed, it’s obviously not placed on a beautiful frame or placed behind some luxurious steel works but they are deep on the caves. The paintings represent the first basic form of expression; they show paintings of the nature that surrounded them at the time. From what I can tell I see; Bison’s, Horses, Lions and some form of furry/woolly rhino’s they’re truly astonishing.   

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As you can tell these early drawings are just phenomenal, they really give an insight into the nature at the time. It’s these paintings that paved the way for us to learn about the prehistoric human life. I love it. Times moved on swiftly though, painting became more intense, more defined and most importantly more expressive. 

The first piece of work I want to share is my favourite, The Scream painted by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. Edvard Munch created several versions of The Scream in various media. The first being pastel. The detail that’s gone into this piece is phenomenal. The sheer reaction of the subject just makes you wonder, what’s the scream for? I think it’s the hands around the head that really hit it for me. It really shows an insight into the artists mind, insanity, desperation, hopelessness. 

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That one’s the 1895 version, pastel on cardboard. It was actually sold for 120 million dollars. Yes, I’m just as shocked as the painting!

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That one’s the 1910 tempera version. It was actually stolen from the Munch Museum in 2004, and recovered later on in 2007. 

The next famous painting I love is of course, the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci. One of the most recognized paintings in the world. I figured since I’m in Paris this week why not include this famous and beautiful artwork. It was believed to have been painted roughly between 1503 and 1506 however some rumours are Leonardo didn’t finish work until 1517, whether it’s true or not I can’t say but it doesn’t take anything away from this piece of art. I can’t pin point what it is specifically that’s so fantastic about this piece but it’s world famous. I just love the presence it holds around it. It’s an unknown phenomenon  that holds such intricate detail. Take a look for yourself!

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Just to think about the time and effort put into play for this piece is beyond me! The first picture shows the perfect design in the background, check the bottom right. It’s truly fantastic!

The third and final piece has to be Van Gogh’s Starry Night. How could I not include this one? It’s one the world’s most famous pieces filled with such imagination in between each stroke. Painted in June 1889 it represents the view from his sanatorium window in southern France. It’s a magnificent painting with such deep meaning behind it. Just imagine what was going through Van Gogh’s mind when he decided to paint? 

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I just love how each swirl connects with the backdrop. The bright backing just brings life to the image. It just works and blends together. From reading up, what I’ve gathered about the painting is Van Gogh painted this piece in the day time, remembering it from the night before. It’s one of Van Gogh’s best works that’s replicated all over the world. It’s funny, you see the image in offices all over the globe, it’s the perfect painting.

That wraps it up for today guys and gals! What are your favourite paintings? 

Enjoy your day!

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Photographs That Changed The World!

Now, I’m no photographer or do I claim to be a photography expert, however some of these photos you’re about to witness are, to put it bluntly, rather harrowing. It’s images and photos like these that really capture the pain and suffering of one human to another. It’s heart-breaking to wonder what goes through a photographers mind when they captured these shots. They’re photo’s that have brought nations together, they show the true meaning to the word suffering and more importantly they’ve really changed my views on a few things. It’s things such as unnecessary waste of food, drink, water. Complaining about work and life that I do almost daily but in reality I have it so easy. These photos are heart-breaking. True eye openers; get your tear tissues ready. 

1.  Execution of a Viet Cong Guerrilla, 1968 – Eddie Adams. This one really captures the brutality of real life, it shows heart, courage, strength but most of all it shows two different spectrums that both connect to each other.  In reality, both men in the picture are fighting for what they believe in yet it’s unfortunate the way it ended. It shouldn’t come down to a human killing off another human, what is to gain from it all? This pictures deep beyond words, two men following orders to a bottomless pit of death. 

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2.  Tiananmen Square, 1989 – Jeff Widener. Courage still lives. This image really defines the word courage, it’s really an image of great will power of the human mind and a true strength of the body. One lone man stands right in the face of death, it’s truly powerful. It’s almost as if he’s prepared for what is to come yet he believes in his heart this is the right thing to do and he just goes for it. Breathtaking, 

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3.  The Falling Man, 2001 – Richard Drew. I’m seriously speechless with this one, it’s hard to capture this image with words or a description. It’s just something that cuts deep. It’s tough to really imagine what was going through the man’s mind when he decided to take the leap, I really can’t put it into words.

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4. The Vulture And The Starving Child, 1994 – Kevin Carter. This photo should’ve never happened. Ever. It sickens me that this poor, innocent child is left lying in hunger, whilst being stalked by the shadow of death. The fact the vulture is waiting there just sends shivers down my spine, this one really gets to you. 

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5.  The Burning Monk, 1963 – Malcolm W. Browne. This shows defiance, heart, soul and courage, very similar to the Tiananmen Square photo. It’s a true inspiration to see the rational lengths us humans will go to prove our points, to be true to ourselves. Fantastic photography.

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6. The Moon Landing, 1969 – Neil Armstrong. Dare I say one of the world’s greatest achievements?…So far!…This photo really captures the phrase “out of this world” in all seriousness it’s an image that brought a country, a world together. It was a moment that time stopped and everyone rejoiced for a split second, we actually went to the moon. It’s truly fascinating! I wish I could go back in time to hear the news or see the images on live TV. I love everything to do with outer space, one of my favourites!

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7.  Nagasaki, 1945 – ? True pain, true destruction of life. Should have never happened. The disgusting thing is, this shit still happens today. Haven’t we learned yet? All this death and loss of life yet we still continue to do it. I’m really beyond words, just take Gaza for an example, it’s horrific. The child that has just lost their life could have been the kid that grows up to be a doctor that one day could have saved your life. It’s un-needed death, brutal acts of humanities foolishness. 

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8. Segregated Water Fountains, 1950 – Elliot Erwitt. You can make your own mind up with this. Let me ask you the question, was it really needed? 

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9. Napalm Attack, 1973 – Huynh Cong Ut. I can’t find a way to put this one into words for you guys, it’s one you just witness and experience. I’ve tried to write out a few paragraphs for the photo but I really can’t describe how I feel, it’s one you just live with. 

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10.  V-J Day in Times Square, 1945 – Alfred Eisenstaedt. Love is in the air! The picture captures the true happiness in life. What more do you want? 

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11. Lynching, 1930 – Lawrence Beitler. Why? Just why? Was it worth it? This is an unnecessary waste of life, all because of the colour of someone’s skin as well, it was ridiculous. The problem is racism is still alive, it may not be as serious as lynching yet it still lives. It’s passed from generation to generation, it’s a disease that’s growing and in my eyes, won’t ever be stopped. It’s sickening. This picture really sums up how it was back then, I couldn’t even imagine the thoughts of a young black person at the time, to be scared to walk down certain neighbourhoods to be scared to visit or travel the world, what was it all over? The colour of someone’s skin, truly pathetic.

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12. Men At Lunch, 1932 – Charles C Ebbets. Boo!…Good lord that’s scary. I think I’m more afraid for the photographer though! Just look how high they are in comparison to the buildings below! You wouldn’t catch me up there in a million years. The fact there’s no safety gear either makes it all the more terrifying! 

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13.  Uganda, Mike Wells. (Couldn’t find a date for this one) This one hits home so much, the amount of food we waste, the times I’ve complained about a meal I didn’t enjoy yet there are still people in this world that cry out for food each and every night. It really changes your perspective on life and being grateful for the things we take for granted. It’s a true shock to see how tiny the child’s arm and hand is, the next time you complain about having to eat a food you don’t like, remember this picture. 

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14. Bhopal Disaster, 1984 – Raghu Rai. No real words, truly horrendous. A real tear jerker.

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15. Omayra Sanchez, 1985 – Frank Fournier. Look at those eyes, the desperation that’s etched inside really hits your soul. I really need to take a long hard look at my life, the shit I complain about is minuscule compared to what is going on with the world. This picture really puts it into context; death can happen to anyone at any time. It’s such a sad, unnecessary waste of life. 

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That wraps this one up. I’m not going to leave a witty line or quote, I just want to leave you with those photos. 

Enjoy your day.

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Essential Albums Of Hip Hop.

Nas – Illmatic – April 1994. This is my favourite album of all time, hands down. It’s so raw; Nas details the trials and tribulations of daily life where he’s from. You don’t get the dedication to rhymes anymore, this album is exactly that. Dedication. It’s his personal perspective of life around his way, it’s an album that still turns heads today. You don’t get much lyricism in modern hip hop anymore, of course there are underground tracks and emcees that still put time and effort into creating their music but on a larger scale such as TV, you don’t get that anymore. It’s a timeless masterpiece, I just want to share a few lines and what I call gems from the album; 

  • “It drops deep as it does in my breath/I never sleep, ’cause sleep is the cousin of death/Beyond the walls of intelligence, life is defined/I think of crime when I’m in a New York state of mind”- This line just shows how raw and gritty New York at time was, others view it as this big magical place where anything can happen yet Nas, where he grew up, views it as a dark place defined by its crime. (New York State Of Mind.)
  • “But yo, guess who got shot in the dome-piece?/Jerome’s niece/On her way home from Jones Beach” - Death can strike anyone at any time, this one just shows the realism to walking down the street. An innocent by stander, it’s a dark subject yet that was the reality at the time. (One Love.)
  • “That buck that bought a bottle, could have struck the lotto” - My favourite of the whole album. It really makes you think. That money you’re wasting on alcohol could have made you a millionaire, it’s perfect. (Life’s A Bitch.)

Notorious BIG – Ready To Die – September 1994. Biggie in modern day media is more known for his part in the whole East coast/West coast rivalry. It really shouldn’t be like that, I wasn’t alive at the time however when searching it up and looking into it more it seemed to be the media that ‘hyped’ it up. He really should be recognized for his rhyming skill, very similar to the likes of Big Daddy Kane, B.I.G was intricate with his lyrics. There was this ability B.I.G had for being able to tell stories that paint these vivid pictures in your mind. The album is very similar to Nas’ where Biggie is telling his story of how he’s grew up, where he’s grew up and things he’s had to do to survive. I’ll share a few lines that I thought were fantastic; 

  • “I never thought it could happen, this rapping stuff, I was too used to packing gats and stuff” - Not the most complex rhyme however the emotion and deliverance behind the words are a huge factor as well, Biggie had this laid back way of rhyming that just flowed perfectly. The line really represents how he felt at the time, his mind state was he could never make it as a rapper because he was to used to being caught up in the violence and drugs etc. It’s a line and a song that most young people at the time could look up to. It shows that with hard work you can make it. – ()
  • “Huh, I’m doing rhymes now, fuck the crimes now, come on the ave, I’m real hard to find now”- Very similar to the first, it’s basically just saying he’s quit doing all the bad stuff and sticking to rapping. It’s not that exotic of a rhyme or line however it’s the way it’s said and delivered which makes it fantastic. (Machine Gun Funk.)
  • “I know how it feels to wake up fucked up; pockets broke as hell, another rock to sell. People look at you like you’re the user, selling drugs to all the losers mad Buddha abuser, but they don’t know about the stress-filled day, baby on the way mad bills to pay” - This one really sums up how he was living at the time, what he needed to do to survive, what he needed to do to feed his un born child. It represents the realness in his world, it’s not all fairy’s and sunshine. You have to do what you have to do. It shows how the pressures of life and this demand for needing money can bring you down and really get to you thus causing a stress. (Everyday Struggle.)

It’s really an album that’s made to be listened to, these few lines really don’t do it justice. It’s the way they’re delivered and rhymed to a beat, that’s what makes this album and all these other albums so good. 

Eric B & Rakim – Paid In Full – July 1987. If you’re looking for straight hard core hip hop, look no further. This album is the definition of hip hop, in my eyes anyway. Now Rakim isn’t your average rhymer, he’s got such a complex rhyme structure there’s times when you listen to a track and you just have to pause it because it was so good. He set the bar for lyricism within hip hop. His style and structure made full use of internal rhyming. An example of Rakim using this is in his song: My Melody. Take a look at this.

  • “My unusual stylewill confuse you a while
    If I were water, I’d flow in the Nile
    So many rhymes you won’t have time to go for yours
    Just because of applause I have to pause
    Right after tonight is when I prepare
    To catch another sucker-duck MC out there
    My strategy has to be tragedy, catastrophe
    And after this you’ll call me your majesty”

It just works so well, time and time again Rakim impressed the masses with these complex tangents of rhymes. Perfection. 

Other albums that deserve credit!

  1. Wu-Tang-Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
  2. W.A. – Straight Outta Compton
  3. Boogie Down Productions – Criminal Minded
  4. Dre – The Chronic
  5. 2pac – Me Against The World
  6. Common – Resurrection
  7. Jay-Z – The Blueprint
  8. AZ – Doe or Die
  9. Mos Def – Black On Both Sides
  10. A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders
  11. EPMD – Stricly Business
  12. MF Doom – Operation Doomsday
  13. Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
  14. Snoop Dogg – Doggystyle
  15. The Roots – Things Fall Apart
  16. Scarface – The World Is Yours
  17. Run Dmc – Raising Hell
  18. Big Daddy Kane – Long Live The Kane
  19. Slick Rick – The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick
  20. Souls Of Mischief – 93 Til’ Infinity
  21. Gang Starr – Step Into The Arena 
  22. Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique
  23. 50 Cent – Get Rich Or Die Trying
  24. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP
  25. Big Pun – Capital Punishment 

To lots of you that list isn’t anything special; I know I’ve missed of hundreds of albums that are timeless classics but my brains in overload at the moment. Those were just a few I wanted to dish out to everyone, so if you’re ever stuck for some music check that list out! It’s for everyone! I love hip hop, it’s an art form, a business, a lifestyle. It’s what some live for and what some will even die for. I’ve recently been noticing a change within the hip hop community, there was this stigma that all hip hop is, is; violence, sex and money. To a certain extent there is truth in that statement but what people fail to realize is there’s a hell of a lot more when you dig deeper. The people who claim that’s all hip hop is, are far from the truth. 

Enjoy your day!

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The Death Penalty.

Punishment by execution. How do you feel about this? I’m interested on your thoughts and opinions, it’s such a debatable topic that I feel isn’t discussed as much as it should be, I’m pro death penalty but there a few variables that don’t sit right with me, I figured I should state that automatically but I’m going to be giving you some for and against points and in reality what I would like is a conversations to start. No nasty comments, no disrespect to another members opinions but a nice, social interaction. It’s good to get different views on certain topics that are a bit ‘edgy’ it really pushes the boundaries. I’m not fussed if it’s in the comments section or in the form of a blog post, I would just love to see how everyone feels about this!  

Let me start off with a few facts; 

  • There’s no evidence that actually states that capital punishment or more commonly known as the death penalty, has halted crime in any way. From my perspective it won’t ever stop crime, there will always be crime whether we like it or not. There’s this instinct within man and woman to react a certain way to a certain thing. It could stem from all sorts as well, an emotion, receiving bad news, literally anything therefore how we react to that information can deter or set the wheels in motion to crime being committed or not committed. Self-restraint is a huge factor that can decide whether you face jail time or not. It may not be as severe as murder or a death penalty offence but crime’s still a crime. It’s always going to happen. It’s within our human nature to do so. There are times as well when it may not be down to self-control, it could be from an influence, the way you have been raised or even what you’ve seen on television. If you’re surrounded by crime 24/7 when put into a situation where a crime is about to be committed who can you really blame? The person or their upbringing. Sure, self-control is a huge factor but the influence that early childhood has had also is part of the blame, that’s not the case for all but it’s something for consideration. (That was slightly off topic but it’s really just my view on crime; if you’ve been brought up in a certain way, it may influence your future, if you’ve had an easier childhood it’s more about self-control, knowing what’s right from wrong.)
  • Innocent people have been put to death. This is one of the big problems I have with the death penalty. For the most part I agree with it, it’s easy to say ‘if you have taken a life, your life deserves to be taken’ in some ways I agree with that completely, however what if the criminal who committed the murder was under the influence or forced to commit that murder. It’s not an excuse, far from it! But there are variables you really need to look into before sending someone to die. If the evidence is 100% clear then for me, it’s a yes, life for life. If they’ve shown no remorse for the victim or the victim’s family then yes, life for life. What I’m trying to get across is, if you were put into a situation or drugged even, then commit a murder, you would want the police to sort that mess out, not kill you. Obviously you would need to face the consequence to murder however the death penalty shouldn’t be an option for punishment. It’s clearly not as simple as that and I’m really messing this section up. It’s hard to put it into words without it sounding wrong, you know those times when it’s easier to say it rather than type it? That’s this situation; I feel I could argue this point much clearer in a proper face to face debate. In most cases it’s only punishable by death for first degree murder so that point about being under the influence isn’t really relevant as much however what if you were forced to do so? Most people wouldn’t take another life in that situation but what if you really needed to? It’s quite controversial and I do apologise if I offend anyone however I think it needs to be asked, what if you were forced? You would then need to prove you were forced to a court of law, if you can’t you’re then screwed. I’m getting into so many variables of ‘what if’s’ and such but hopefully you’re seeing my point. If you can’t prove that force for murder, what happens next? Man, that point really got out of hand, there were so many probabilities and factors that you can question but I guess what it comes down to really is the evidence. The motives behind it. Hopefully you got my message; innocent people have faced the death penalty when all along it wasn’t them who committed the crime.  
  • The quality of the attorney defending the ‘criminal’ what I mean by that is; some defendants cannot afford the high priced attorneys and more often than not have to have the state provide one for them. In truth, a lot of these attorneys are underpaid and overworked; this isn’t another excuse either however it’s something that you have to take into consideration. If you were on trial for a crime you didn’t commit, how would it feel to have an inexperienced attorney representing you? Everybody needs to start somewhere but in a case where the ‘criminal’ can face death, it’s not really acceptable. When doing some digging I found this statement; ‘In North Carolina, at least 16 death row inmates, including 3 who were executed, were represented by lawyers who have been disbarred or disciplined for unethical or criminal conduct.’ Now I can’t tell you this is 100% accurate and you could call this stirring the pot or just spreading rumours however it’s a statistic that makes you think and makes you want to find out a little bit more.
  • Our society and code of life is controlled by the order of justice, what I mean by that is; if you see someone cheat or do wrong you expect something to happen to them in return, you want justice. It’s very similar to the words ‘you’ll get what’s coming to you’ essentially it’s a deserving punishment to whoever needs it. If you’ve done wrong expect some consequences back. 

Those were just a few facts I had on my mind and I felt they needed to be shared, when writing them out I understand all can be countered or argued. Some may have false facts and they tell you not to read or trust everything on the internet however in some cases you just have to go with your gut and trust it. It’s down to you as a human to decide if it’s in your moral code to accept or reject the death penalty, I won’t judge you for it as it’s your personal opinions and feelings I just ask one, well maybe two things from you in return. 

  1. Respect the views of others, sure I’m in a way pro death penalty but that doesn’t mean that’s the law. Everyone has an opinion and everyone’s entitled to it. Respect that.
  2. Take all information into consideration. Sure, you may be set on either pro or against, like I said that’s fine but if someone’s got something they wish to share then let them. Listen to what they have to say, open your mind a little. I totally understand I’ve just contradicted myself there, shoot. I guess I’m really asking you guys and gals to respect the views of others and keep an open mind, don’t make a snap decision in 2 minutes. Really think about it, then go with however you feel! 

I’m now going to list a few lines explaining; for the death penalty and against the death penalty. 

For. 

  1. For some victims’ families it can give them a sense of closure, all the pain and suffering they’ve endured they have that chance to say it’s finally over. 
  2. It can save some costs for feeding, heating, controlling a prisoner. (There have been statements it costs more to send an inmate to death rather than keep them in prison but I can only speculate with the facts and figures on that therefore I won’t be including any information on it.)
  3. It can save lives; the death penalty stops the criminal from getting out and committing a crime again. 
  4. Some people feel it can be used as a deterrent, in my eyes that one’s very debatable. 

Against. 

  1. Prison is like hell on earth. Why give them the opportunity to escape what they’ve done. Death is the easy way out, that suffering day in and day out is more of a punishment. The criminal has to live with themselves.
  2. It’s not teaching criminals anything, in reality it’s just a solution to a much smaller problem. They should be focusing on other ways to try stop crime happening, like I said previously I don’t think it will ever stop but the death penalty isn’t working. 
  3. No civilian’s job should be to take another humans life.I feel sorry for the person who has to hold out the execution, you don’t know the physical and mental toll that can have on a person. What gives us the right to decide who lives or dies? It’s a form of playing God. 
  4. You can’t take it back. If you’ve sentenced a criminal to die and later on prove he was innocent, you can’t take it back. You have to be 100% certain they’re the culprit for the crimes they have committed.

When I started this I was really for the death penalty, but over the few days and hours of research I’ve put into this, my views have changed slightly. In all honesty I’m still for the death penalty but like I said there are some factors that would work better. These are my views down below, and how I feel. No one else’s, mine. 

  1. You need to be certain the criminal you are convicting is the culprit, even if there’s a slither of doubt it needs to be looked into. 
  2. You then need to decide what’s best for the criminal, death or life imprisonment.
  3. You need to find out of the criminal shows remorse or a chance of rehabilitation. If they’re serious repeat offenders then no, don’t waste the time however if they show remorse or a chance to be rehabilitated why not give them a shot? For a lot of people they will disagree with that and I don’t blame them but how about putting them back into prison, not letting them onto the streets. There’s always that chance for it to happen again. If you can stop them re-offending then why not? You just need to figure out how to stop them re-offending, that’s the key to it all.
  4. It can also depend on the victims’ families. They’re also victims in the tragedy. You need to take into account how they feel.
  5. For those who show no remorse and are likely to commit again then why waste time and money on trying to rehabilitate them, life for life. 
  6. In a way you’re playing God when you decide if someone can live or not, can you live with that decision?
  7. They need to have a fair defendant. Like I said previously, they may be innocent but have a rubbish attorney, it’s not fair. 

This one went much better in my head.

What I really wanted to achieve with this post was to understand how others feel about the death penalty, to try to summarise; we need to look into the process and get a much deeper understanding, every criminal case is different. I’m saying now I can’t decide whether I’m pro death penalty or not. I’m not sure if I could live with myself knowing I sent an innocent man to death for a crime he did not commit. I’m really on the edge now. For certain criminals it’s a yes but each case needs to be treated fairly with absolutely no bias. 

My views have changed over the past few days when researching this, how does everyone else feel? 

Enjoy your day!

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Paris On Monday!

The excitement is only just starting to kick in, the nerves are flowing throughout my veins and body and to tell you the truth, I love it. There’s something so strange about stepping into the unknown, it’s like when you have a fear of something you do everything in your power to stop yourself from doing it but once it’s done it seems so silly. The fear disappears. That’s like me and traveling I think, I was scared to just go out and do it, I was scared to be independent and not rely on anyone else but now I’m actually doing it, that fear I had is become a more enjoyable one. 

I know everyone’s probably sick of me banging on about going there, hell I’ve nearly wrote 3 blogs about Paris and I’ve not even been there yet! For me though, it’s a big thing, it may be a big thing for others as well who are in my situation. Obviously there’s going to be a follow up blog once I’m back but this is going to be the second to last one, I promise! 

I hope I haven’t put this trip on a high pedestal and I hope I haven’t over hyped it more than it should be. It’s been so fun to search up all the places I wish to visit, I’ve been exploring through Google maps, man it looks so magical! We get the Eurostar in roughly at 19:00 so I and my friend will go to our hotel rooms straight away and then it’s an adventure from there! 

I will be posting most of next week so there will still be blogs! I worked my ass off this week to write some good material for you guys and gals! 

Off to Paris we go!

Enjoy your day!

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Wrinkles Wit & Wisdom!

Cleaning, yuck!…Dust everywhere, my eyes gushing with water after sneezing for the 20th time, clutter all around me and worst of all no end in sight. There’s a good side to cleaning though, I guess you’re thinking, what? There’s a good side? You must be crazy. I am a little, shh! Don’t tell. You get to find a few gems that have been dropped into the cracks of the abyss of the dust layer underneath your bed. You push through those dirty cobwebs armed with your hoover in hand, and then bang, out of nowhere that huge spider dashes across your room to never be found again. You’re living a nightmare, you don’t want to go to sleep for the fear of the horrible eight legged monster stalking you, just waiting to pounce. 

I think I got a bit off topic there. Back to the cleaning. Well, this happened the other day; my mum/mom (for my American readers) was cleaning out her room. She’s got a lot of really cool old stuff, back in the day we would sign our t-shirts before we left school. Not every day of course. I mean on the last day, it was nice to look back at all my school photos and re-live the memories. It’s funny all the people you grew up with, they soon become distant. I’m lucky; I’ve kept the same friends for all my life, that’s quite rare for some! 

Well she found this old book she had; Wrinkles’ Wit & Wisdom. It’s by Rosemarie Jarski Allison and Alison Rattle. Now, seeing as I have the attention span of a goldfish I wasn’t inclined to go anywhere near it at first. Then she told me it wasn’t really a reading ‘reading’ book if that makes sense. In other words I don’t have to sit there trying to get through every chapter. It’s not that I have anything against books it’s I just don’t enjoy them anymore. I think school was a main reason for that, when they force you to read books you don’t enjoy it really sucks the life out of it. What they should do is encourage you to read what you want, obviously there would be some stipulations but it would get more young people to read and obtain further knowledge. I think it’s a better idea than sitting someone down and forcing them to read a book they have no interest in.

In school we had to read this book, Of Mice and Men. I’m pretty sure it’s in most of the UK’s syllabus; I’m not sure about anywhere else. It’s a book we were made to read as we had an exam on it later that year, now for me being forced to read that book really put me off reading in general. Don’t get me wrong there were a few parts where I enjoyed it, so I’m sort of contradicting myself here but it was the way they went about it. Each hour of that lesson was spent just reading and answering questions, it really wasn’t the best use of my time. I think if I had a list of books to pick from and then choose one I would have liked to read I think I would enjoy reading a lot more. There’s more than a few problems with my theory though, the time it would take to mark each paper, making sure people would read the books, and you know where I’m going with this. I just thought having to read a book you really don’t want to read isn’t as important as having a child read a book that they enjoy and encourages to read more. 

Rant over, back to the story. This book Wrinkles Wit and Wisdom. As I was saying it wasn’t a book that requires a lot of reading it’ a masterpiece just filled with fantastic quotes. I would like to share a few with you today. 

  • “Body and mind, like man and wife, do not always agree to die together” – Peter Ouspensky.
  • “As you get older three things happen. The first is your memory goes, and I can’t remember the other two” – Sir Norman Wisdom.
  • “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years” – Abraham Lincoln.
  • “The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it” – Anon.
  • “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life” – Muhammad Ali.
  • “You were born an original. Don’t die a copy” – John Mason.
  • “If we were promised eternal life we would shriek for the promise of death” – A.A. Gardiner 
  • “It is never too late to be what you might have been” – George Eliot.
  • “I don’t have pet peeves, I have whole kennels of irritation” – Whoopi Goldberg.
  • “The surprising thing about young fools is how many survive to become old fools” – Doug Larson.
  • “The days of the digital watch are numbered” – Tom Stoppard.
  • “There’s one good thing about being bald; it’s neat” – Milton Berle.
  • “The problem with beauty is that it’s like being born rich and getting poorer” – Joan Collins.
  • “Don’t take life so seriously. It’s not permanent” – Kathy Holder.
  • “If not now, when?” – Hillel the Elder.
  • “If you rest, you rust” – Helen Hayes.
  • “What a wonderful life I’ve had! How I wish I had realised it sooner” – Colette.
  • “If you wake up in the morning then you’re ahead for the day” – Mace Neufield.
  • “I wanna live till I die: no more, no less” – Eddie Izzard.

And last but not least, my favourite of the bunch!

  • “What a simple thing death is, just as simple as the falling of an autumn leaf” – Vincent Van Gogh.

I’m not sure why that’s my favourite quote but there’s something that’s just real about it. No bull, just telling you straight how it is. I love it. It really captures that death occurs every day and is a similar as the simple things. I guess I may be over looking it here? You get my point though. Those were just a few quotes out of the many thousand that are in there!  

That one wraps this blog post up today! Hopefully you enjoyed a few of those like I did!

Enjoy your day!

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What I Hate/Love About The Internet!

The internet’s a god send, am I right? The answer to all my school questions, the escape from boredom and more importantly it’s my little corner of the online word! I love it but there are a few niggles that over time really get to me. I’m pretty sure they get to you as well. This one’s a quick one. Enjoy! 

  1. To view these pages please insert your e-mail address! I just want to get the internet’s diagnosis of my symptoms; I would not like to subscribe to your spam.
  2. A 30 second advert for a 30 second clip, what’s up with that?
  3. Abbreviated words. Just stop, please. 
  4. Damned viruses.
  5. Music that pops out of nowhere. Not cool.
  6. You need flash player to view this website. WHY?
  7. Video needs to buffer, c’mon! Hurry up. Ah, finally. What? It’s only 240p
  8. Slow ass internet connection, I get the luxury of using the internet and we pay for this ‘high speed’ yet it always seems to lag.
  9. Password after password after password.
  10. Online dating websites. That one might be a bit controversial for some, I just don’t get it. 

So, there are the top 10 reasons I hate the internet! Now let’s get to the good stuff, the top 10 things I love about the internet!

  1. I can order food online! I think I would starve otherwise.
  2. Full box set seasons of TV shows. I’m a huge binge watcher; I’m currently on season 2 of Prison Break. I recommend everyone to watch it!
  3. Open news sites where you can view almost anything and everything!
  4. Online banking. There are days when you really don’t want to haul ass down town to get into the bank, it’s so easy online. Be careful though!
  5. Endless humour; gifs, memes, comments, everything!
  6. Online shopping! God send.
  7. Dog photos. I just can’t get enough of them!
  8. Job searching, another outlet rather than going down to each shop handing out CV’s 
  9. Creating this blog in fact! This blog’s gave me a voice, a place to share my opinions. I love it.
  10. Last but not least, killing time! The amount of hours I’ve clocked up on YouTube watching silly videos is phenomenal.  

As I said in my blog yesterday these posts are going to be short. Next weeks are much better, trust me. I guess if I can make one person laugh with these it’s better than nothing, right?

Enjoy your day!

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What I Hate About Swimming!

I was in one of those nostalgic moods the other night, boy, that’s not good right? Wrong, I actually found some old notes I made years and years ago, it was about this time I went swimming. Man, I hated swimming and in truth, I still do now. I get how to swim and everything but I just don’t get it. If you understand? It’s an important skill to learn granted, however when you’re stuck in that swimming pool with dirty plasters and hair floating around you, is it really that enjoyable? I wasn’t the most confident at swimming either; it took me ages to learn how to do it properly. I still don’t get that whole floating in the deep water bit either though! I’m in a list mood this week, it’s my week leading up to Paris therefore I’m not going to pound you with serious blogs! I’ve actually all the blogs for that week wrote out and ready to go! They’re pretty serious as well. Back to the swimming, here’s my list. My list of all the things I loathe with swimming and swimming pools!

  1. Hair in the water. You can’t pin point a culprit either. What’s worse though is when it gets into your mouth, it’s making me gag just thinking of it.
  2. Those tight ass shorts you need to wear. Then once you’re in the water they cling to you like a chubby kid with his eyes hot on the chocolate cake. What’s even worse is when you try to get out but they then proceed to fall down and you have your body on show for the whole world to see. Yeah, that didn’t happen to me…
  3. Verruca’s. Man, those things are just disgusting. They make you feel all dirty and just ‘burgh’ you can’t even wear some sandals once you get those. The fear of being ridiculed for having one is even worse as well! Hate those things!
  4. Those swimmers in the lanes that think they’re pro. Just stop, I get it, you can swim don’t rub my nose in it.
  5. My wet towel. That’s not cool. I’ve just got out of a stupendously cold/ luke warm bathing pit and you’re telling me my towel is magically wet! Oh for heaven’s sake, it’s a sensation on the body that just doesn’t sit right.
  6. Water getting in my eyes, just great. I look like Terminator now. You can’t even use the goggles that you’ve purchased because they’re rendered useless, they let all the water in thus leaving you out of pocket and blurred vision.
  7. The fear of drowning, this happened to me once, I’m pretty sure this is the reason I’m not a keen swimmer; it was your classic birthday party. Me and a few friends all at the local swimming pool, they’re all good swimmers. I was around 5//6 at the time and a poor swimmer. There I was in the shallow end, having fun and then they try bringing me out into the deep part. What a silly move. Me being the daring young child, I tried it. Did not go well, I ended up sinking to the bottom and almost drowning, I got myself up in time, no more deep end for me that day. Or ever in fact.
  8. No jumping in. Seriously? Why not? Let me have some fun, please!
  9. When the life guards not looking, jumping in. Doing it wrong and then doing a belly flop. Hey, it’s your fault they told you not to jump in!
  10. That weird ass smell that just lingers around the whole place. I’m pretty sure it’s just the chlorine but you never know, it’s always been an odd place that swimming pool. I guess we’ll never know.

There we have it, 10 reasons I hate swimming! Like I said previously this week’s going to be list type blogs as I’m preparing for Paris next week. Next week’s blogs are all ready to go as well.

Enjoy your day!

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Words That Make Me Cringe!

What’s that word that really gets to you? The word that is over used, unnecessary and just sounds horrible! You know the ones I’m on about, it’s these cringe-worthy words that just make your every existence clamp up, your jaw mouth’s a funny ‘O’ and your feet tense together. It’s the words that shouldn’t exist, the ones that make you stop what you’re doing, count to ten to hold back the infuriating anger building inside of you. What makes them all the more worse is when they’re accompanied by bad spelling, yuck! See that may have been on your list ‘yuck’ it’s an odd word. It’s going to be a short list but let’s say it’s going to be interesting, I will give you the reasoning to my choice of a particular word and then you can judge for yourself if it’s going to make your list!

Shall we begin?

  1. Crush – It’s actually painful to write these out! I really have it out for this word; it was used so much when I was younger, especially in my primary school. I think that really stems my dilemma I have with this one. I think because I tend to relate it back to my younger days it comes across as childish, to have a crush on someone just doesn’t fit right. In my eyes, I would say ‘I like that person’ not ‘I have a crush on them’ it just sounds out of place.
  2. Crunk – Excuse me? Crunk, what in the world. It’s a word that has a few meanings, from what I’ve gathered the first being to get excited, happy. It’s like a new word for ‘party’ from what I can tell. To use it in an example “Let’s get crunk” or “we’re getting crunk tonight” it’s so horrendous! I’m certain it’s used in a few mainstream songs as well or was a noted music genre back in 2003/4. The second meaning is it’s a form of dance, you don’t believe me? Look it up on YouTube, it’s…Just look it up!
  3. Fail – One of the most overused words I can think of, it really needs to stop. The amount of times someone’s made an honest mistake and some idiot comes up and shouts ‘fail’ is really just a prick. Remember when fail blog was the big thing as well on YouTube that really promoted the use of the word. It’s an unnecessary and useless word that really gets on my nerves.
  4. Flange – This one sounds way dirtier than it really is. People tend to use it as a dirty word where I’m from, I’m pretty sure they have no real substantial understanding of the meaning however they use it because it sounds ‘cool’ in reality it’s just terrible! This is what it means, ‘A projecting flat rim, collar, or rib on an object, serving for strengthening or attachment or (on a wheel) for maintaining position on a rail’ not something sexual.
  5. Moist – What is moist? This one’s also projected in a rather sexual way yet I really can’t get to grips with it. The word just makes me screw my fingers and fist up, not in a rage either it’s just a word that makes you do that. It can depend on the context it’s used in as well, if it’s to describe something damp such as a bathroom or whatever, sure, it’s fine. When someone sexualises the word, it really sounds horrible. It’s like a mould. A dirty mouldy word.

Those were my top 5! There are plenty others however I didn’t want to overload you with painful memories of this blog post! I do really want to hear your top 5 cringe-worthy words though! Drop a comment if you wish below!

Enjoy your day!

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Answerable Or Unanswerable? Philosophical Questions! (Part 2)

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” – Dalai Lama. That quote really sums it up for me. Just let it sink in. In life we tend to over complicate certain situations, look into the past and make judgments on ourselves when in reality we really don’t need to. From my personal perspective, the quote, to sum it up is saying; Religion needs to be simple, we don’t need multitudes of religions all over the globe. We don’t need to have temples or statues to worship and there’s no need to do what I’m doing, which is over complicating things that don’t need to be over complicated. The Dalai lama’s really saying our mind, brain and body are all of the above. It’s truly fantastic, even though I am contradicting the very quote itself. Hey ho, it’s all fun right?

Questions.

  1. Is our universe real?
  2. Does God exist? 
  3. What happens after death?
  4. If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?
  5. Why are we afraid to make mistakes? 

Answers.

  1. I have a very strong opinion on this one, there are so many views that the world we see is an illusion, a trickery of the mind, the matrix even, yet I really can’t grasp that concept. If this whole world we can see touch, hear and smell is a ‘fairy tale’ surely we wouldn’t be in existence? We wouldn’t be able to feel what we feel or experience the sights and surroundings we do. We wouldn’t be able to travel into the deep depths of the universe itself, we would just be stuck, in four corners. It’s a ludicrous thought in my eyes; at night just look up into the night sky and that should give you your answer.
  2. A very tough question, it’s one that may offend certain people but frankly it’s just my opinion, it doesn’t mean I’m bashing anyone or their views these are simply what I believe. In short, I don’t believe in God. I have tried to find faith in the past but to no avail, when I read up on certain facts and theories, Science seems to come out on top for me. The first being the process of evolution, there’s clear definitive proof for certain animals and ‘life’ evolving into different forms, it gives me the impression life goes along naturally rather than having a ‘God’ needing to control the situation. The second is answering the question with another question; what or who made God? My head just really can’t get around that. I’m a big believer in the big bang theory therefore I believe everything on this planet has evolved naturally, year after year it’s slowly changing, even to this day. The atmosphere, the universe we are surrounded by is changing, only the process of nature and evolution could change that, not a God. Is it worth worrying over though? Just my views folks!
  3. This one intertwines with the one above really, I guess if I was religious I would believe in going to heaven or hell yet because of my lack of faith I’m really not sure on this one. I just can’t get to grips with there being a spiritual resting place; it’s something that just doesn’t fit right. In all honesty I just feel once you’re dead, that’s it, you can’t come back. I have pondered around the idea of re-living life, re incarnation. That’s such an interesting subject, the gift of life is so magical yet so mysterious, the surrounding of death is more dark and bleak and we tend to stay away from talking about it. I guess there isn’t a need to talk about it though, seeing as we can’t do anything about it. In all honesty this one was a bit silly, we just need to focus on living more than anything, making your time the best it can be.
  4. This one also links back to the one above. There’s these set guidelines to life we’ve created; school, job, marriage, children you know the drill. What scares people is breaking into the unknown and being ridiculed for it. We are naturally scared to break from the norm as we get so dependent on living in routine. You need to accept what you want to do in life and deep down we all know. Even if it’s the most ridiculous thing to me, but to you it’s your dreams. It’s that which scares others off, the fear of being judged by someone like me for doing what they love. That’s when we get stuck in the same job day after day because you’re scared to change. That’s it. Just do something different, it’s your life, no one else’s.
  5. We fear the consequences to those actions. Everyone’s trying to be perfect, trying to be 100% the best they can and there’s nothing wrong with that but time and time again making a mistake has been ridiculed as ‘bad’ therefore we are scared to do it for the fear of not wanting to look bad. This idea of being scared to make a mistake is what halts the ability to step into the unknown as we would rather have it easy than challenge ourselves. 

That just about does it, sorry if anyone has taken any offence I didn’t intend it, promise! Would love to hear some of your answers! This was supposed to be short and sweet, I haven’t had time to put a lot of detail into these, nice light hearted fun to get our brains going!

Enjoy your day!

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Answerable or Unanswerable? Philosophical Questions

When I started this I really didn’t know what I was getting into. I Googled philosophical questions and the results are staggering, there are so many about the survival of man, the universe and pretty much everything you can think of. They really get the brain pumping. I’ve handpicked 5 of the best and had a stab at answering them! This ladies and gents is my attempt to answer the unanswerable!

Questions.

1. What defines good and evil?
2. What is true love?
3. What defines you?
4. Can we have happiness without sadness?
5. What is the meaning of life?

Answers.

1. I think good and evil is man made, I’m not a religious person therefore I can’t relate good and evil to things such as heaven or hell. I believe there’s this idea revolving around being good means you go to heaven and if you’re bad/evil you got to hell. In my eyes, it’s what us as humans created a long time ago to live by a set of ‘rules’ within life. It’s down to you to define what is good and evil.
2. A bond or connection between two souls. It’s this indescribable desire to feel connected to someone else, it’s the reason you are happy, sad, up, down it’s life itself. If you don’t love what are you doing? Everyone loves something, someone. True love is the bond of two people who are connected spiritually and physically. It’s what you feel when your spirits connect with each other. You can’t define it either, it’s there, existing within each and every one of us.
3. I think people look into the past far too often to define themselves, they like to criticize who they are, what they’ve become and more importantly they overlook who they really are. We like to have an opinion on ourselves through the eyes of how others perceive us but in reality the person that defines you, is you. You create who you are, who you want to be, where you want to be. We enjoy the views of others but that shouldn’t affect your thoughts on who you really are.
4. This one’s answerable. To put it into perspective it’s like asking how can you enjoy the sun without knowing what the rain feels like. You have to experience one to gain the benefits of the other. You have to have one to balance the other out, in a way it’s like good and evil, to have good and experience what ‘good’ feels like you need to know what ‘evil’ is like.
5. The concept of your very existence, why are you alive? Why are you here on this Earth today? There’s no explaining this, ever. It’s fun to debate as there’s no right or wrong to this one. You just need an open mind. There are ideas we were created for religious purposes, so many theories here there and everywhere and everyone gets their own opinion. My opinion is why bother? Just do you, live life and be happy. We are here to enjoy nature, to explore the universe, and to exist. We are minuscule in comparison to everything else within the universe, we are tiny. What is the meaning of life? Whatever you want it to be.

I really enjoyed doing this; it really got my mind going. It was short and sweet. Post your answers if you wish! Or if you want to go against one of my views please do! All are welcome!

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*I created this in roughly 30 minutes, the answers aren’t supposed to be super long, it was just a quick idea I wanted to throw out there!

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Are You Addicted To The Internet?

Without fail, day in and day out I’m constantly finding myself searching the Internet, page upon page. Whether it is; Facebook, YouTube, Netflix, eBay it’s now wriggled its way into my daily lifestyle and it’s really unhealthy. When I think about the long hours I’ve spent just searching through YouTube watching and giggling like a little girl at ‘the best fail compilations so far’ it really shocks me. My time could be utilized so much better however there’s something about the Internet that draws me in. It’s really the silly stuff that gets to me though, I and I think many others will admit they waste a good amount of time on the social sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Here I am trying to figure out if I’m addicted or not!

What did you do when you woke up this morning? I checked my mobile for any new notifications. Why? It’s this crave we desire to be updated. We like to know what’s going on in the world, we all check our Facebook to see what’s going on with others but is that what our lives has really come to? Where the first thing we do in the morning is find out what’s going on with someone else’s love life. It’s not all bad, I’m not throwing rocks of insults at Facebook as it’s great for organizing events, talking to friends etc but I feel we depend on it far too much and we have created this bubble around it saying post whatever you want when you want. As I write this post I have Facebook open in a separate tab, it’s almost as if I can’t go without keeping it open. It’s rather shocking, I tend to always go back to it as well even if I’ve closed it down. Even when I’m on my mobile I will load it up just to see what’s new but do I really need to? The answer really is no. It’s this addiction to be connected to the world at all times, it’s really un-healthy. I’m an addict.

I guess I’ve bashed Facebook enough there, what about Twitter? I created a Twitter account a goodly while ago however I never really enjoyed the interface or the whole aspect of it yet everyone seems to rave about it 24/7 especially celebrities. Everyone loves a good tweet, but are they always necessary? From my understanding it’s really all about your Starbucks and food that gets everyone gallivanting and raving. People on Twitter really enjoy coffee! In all seriousness though twitter is more of a laugh, you’ll be glad to know I mean it in a good way as well. Take Jimmy Kimmels – Celebrities read mean Tweets. Honestly, these are hilarious. It’s essentially what it says on the tin, Jimmy Kimmel gets celebrities to read out all the harsh and vulgar stuff people post to them, these aren’t un-known celebs either. I will chuck a link at the bottom so you can divulge. I’m not an addict. Wahoo!

Seeing as we are on the topic of social sites, why don’t I just do the big one? YouTube. We have this love hate relationship me and YouTube. One minute we’re happy, we’re sat there watching the dog vine compilation of 2014 (so far), everything’s dandy. Oh, what’s this? An advert, oh YouTube’s the worst now! Tell to you the truth, I spend most of my days on there. It’s my one stop shop for entertainment, music, hell anything you can name really. They’ve really taken over as this mega brand, some of the most interesting stories are compiled on YouTube, and it’s really a fantastic platform for anyone and everyone. Some YouTuber’s, who have worked there socks off, have now became millionaires from it. It’s really a fantastic site I think we all can just really sit back and get lost into, I love YouTube. I’m an addict. 

Netflix, oh you sly dog. I shouldn’t need to describe how I’m addicted to this site, it’s what keeps me entertained when I’m all YouTube’d out. I can chuck a series up and just rip through it all day. It’s the site that will keep me entertained on a Saturday night when not much is going on. In truth even if something’s going on I may be partial to drop a little lie so I can jump into bed and just watch a film. It has this perfect interface that’s so smooth you can’t not get sucked in, okay, I’m over doing it but you get my point. The amount of man hours I’ve spent on Netflix is staggering, I’ve watched all 9 seasons of The Office, twice! Yes, twice! Is this a sing of loneliness? Easy, I’m an addict

The internet is a precious gold and a diabolical weapon at the same time, we can connect to strangers, meet the love of your life, re-kindle with old friends and just escape the daily routine on there. Hell, I planned my holiday to France on the internet; it’s not all bad right. It’s this idea of being addicted to the internet which scares me, the amount of hours I spend on either a laptop, mobile, computer it’s all on the internet. Sure some may be for this blog, which in a way is a positive however most of the time it’s really an unnecessary waste of my time. There’s this compulsive nature within us that wants us to check up on everyone and anyone’s life. I have said to myself I need to do a certain task such as walk the dog or do some housework however I end up on the internet for hours upon end and nothing gets done. I can break away from it don’t get me wrong, it’s just an unhealthy habit that needs to be controlled more.

Some people need internet for work, catching up with friends and more importantly to blog! (I had to sneak that in there somewhere!) Yet when it gets overboard and it’s all you think about, something needs to change! Try challenging yourself for a day or so by not going on the social sites, not going on Netflix but actually doing something productive outside. You may want to meet someone new, travel to a different location, and go to a restaurant. Anything apart from the internet. Just a final touch, if you’re one of those people that take someone to a restaurant however has a lack of communication and constantly checks your phone, it’s ludicrous. Talk to the person next to you who you’re eating with! It’s rude!

Enjoy your day!

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Jimmy Kimmels mean tweets video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hcmz74AaXHs

My Rather Delayed Blog Hop!

Dear lord, is that time? It’s the days, well nights like this when my blog really comes alive. In consideration all those endless hours spent researching a specific topic, the nights I’ve stayed up until 3 in the morning just to get a blog post ready for the next day and finally, the days I’ve neglected my poor dog because I needed to get a post out, it’s finally starting to pay off. I had this ‘hallelujah’ moment; some people actually enjoy my work! It’s fantastic.

I was approached by a fellow blogger named Meg, she’s the one behind this rather awesome blog http://thehalfandhalfblog.com/ she posts some really fantastic stuff! It’s well worth your time to stop by and have a look! Some hilarious posts! A true diamond in the dirt, not that she’s covered in dirt, that one went better in my head.

I guess you want the story? After checking my rather full and bloated email (mainly spam from twitter and my never ending dominos orders/receipts) I noticed a ‘real’ email for once, totally gobsmacked. I opened it up like I was 5 and Christmas day was upon me, to my surprise it was Meg asking if I wanted to participate in this Blog Hop and like the chubby lad at school who has just noticed the double chocolate fudge cake left on the side to cool down, I jumped at the chance and boy oh boy what a chocolate cake this is!

I never thought I would be approached by another blogger because they respected my work, it gives you a feeling of warmth that what you’re doing is worth it. Someone out there enjoys your opinions, it’s better than gold to me. I bet you’re thinking huh? Better than gold? Is he crazy? I damn well just might be, but truth be told I love blogging. It’s a place to voice and vent my ramblings in this crazy world!…You could say these posts are just extended tweets, I think that’s nonsense. In reality it’s my corner of the Internet where my views are spread from one reader to the next. It’s a culture of connected eyes.

After that rather never ending introduction, I’m glad to announce I shall stop rambling and present to you my Blog Hop.

Let’s get down to it folks!

  • What am I working on/writing?

In all honesty, nothing. What, absolutely nothing? Yes, nothing. I’m currently just enjoying writing, if I was to set myself a ‘task’ or a ‘goal’ it would take the enjoyment I’m getting from writing at the moment and the drain the heart and soul from it. It would become a growing hassle (like work) and I would eventually just give up. A little while ago I actually tried writing an E-Book yet my heart and my writing wasn’t prepared for the mammoth goal I set myself. I gave that idea up and just decided to really make my blog posts the best I could, so to answer the question, nothing. It’s really all about my self-improvement at the moment and making sure the readers get the best experience from my blog posts!

  • How does my work/writing differ from others in its genre?

To put it blunt, it doesn’t. I’m one that hasn’t found there niche genre. It’s rather tough to say this is my genre and I’m going to stick with it, I enjoy branching into different areas and aspects of all life therefore if I was to say ‘I’m going to just blog about dogs’ it narrows down my work completely. I mean no disrespect to anyone that owns a blog about dogs solely either, it was just an example. I guess the point I’m really trying to make is my work doesn’t differ in genre as I like to divulge into every genre! This is a lot tougher than I expected, I thought answer a few questions and that’s it. I actually have to use my brain for once, moving on! 

  • Why do I write what I do?

It’s my form of expression. One day I will wake up and say ‘you know what, such and such don’t get enough credit, let me make people aware of their work’ and that’s it for the day, my main goal is on them. Then some days, I may just want to make a list of certain topics or certain things, from what I’ve gathered people like that. I write to express feelings from my heart and the feelings of others who don’t have the opportunity to voice what they feel, hopefully that gibberish made some sense! I write for me and I write for the people without a voice. Cliché?

  • How does my writing process work?

I always give myself a time slot to write, no matter what. Some days I will say to myself “this blog needs to be done in X amount of time” and some days I will spread it out across the afternoon but it shouldn’t take longer than a day. I’m rather OCD with that. It’s a bit of a hindrance to tell the truth, some days it just flows; like a river of words and some days I end up making myself go without eating due to not having a post ready…My poor body. I do gorge on stupendous amounts of Dominos though so I make up for it, but yeah, I just sit there and write until it’s complete. It’s rather tough though because our little sprocker dog wants to play 24/7 so he’s running in and out of our garden and jumping up at me and I’m sat there trying to compile my words together. You could say it isn’t a healthy process as I don’t spend a lot of time on my posts however I always want to achieve a specific amount each week so I have no time to worry about is it good enough, I just post it. I’m focusing on quantity rather than quality and I’m pretty sure it should be the other way round. My style works, but it’s not recommended. Take your time I would say, like this post; I’ve sat here after my 9-5 and just forced myself to write it. I spent 3 stupid hours searching the internet and looking up silly stuff I need not and now I’m facing the consequence to have to stay up late tonight. I’ll keep trying to convince myself it works!

And that’s that folks! I hope you enjoyed that little insight into my world and how my brain functions, to keep this process ‘hopping’ I needed to nominate two fellow bloggers. Now, I do need to apologise here, I’ve broke the rules. I’m sorry. I only have one blogger who wants to participate. Oops. After a week and a bit emailing other bloggers I’ve really had no luck, some haven’t replied and I understand that, they may have busy schedules. In all honesty I just got tired of waiting, I guess I’m impatient. I had this blog penned the second I got the email really, it’s just been sat in my drafted section staring at me. I wasn’t in the mood to keep emailing and asking other bloggers to participate, I just wanted to get it out. One’s better than none, right? Let me introduce the blogger that will be hopping it along for me!

http://lisalisted.com/

This blog is really outstanding! There are so many posts in each category to choose from, there’s always something to read here! I love Lisa’s writing style as well, all the posts are very well written with perfect punctuation! One thing that really hits it out of the park to me is the layout, honestly there’s nothing better than a blog that’s easy to navigate through! She brings a personality to the blog that is quite rare, it’s nice to read enjoyable posts without having to trudge through the usual generic stuff out there. There’s something for everyone here! You will not be disappointed!

Enjoy your day folks!

:)

*I included something about writing this after a 9-5, I get it’s only 12:00ish but I wrote this one a goodly while ago, I just needed to wait to get other bloggers to participate and do some fine tuning to it.

 

 

Why Do We Chase Money?

Money, wealth, fortune, gold. Just a few of the names for this precious necessity we hold so high in our modern day lives. It’s all we think about today, it’s all we think about for the future. We have no life beyond the value of our bank balance; we end up forgetting about living and begin to chase the next pay check, but why? Why are we missing out on our one and only shot on this beautiful planet, to worry about a piece of paper or a computerized number that holds no value yet we kill ourselves for it. Are you really happy with your job right now? Are you enjoying your life? Are you following your passion? Over the last few weeks I’ve had these questions racing through my mind and the truth is no. I bet some of you have the same answer as well.

People are too scared to break from routine for fear of being judged or ridiculed. This fear is what stops you enjoying life and progressing how you want to progress. We like to play it safe and ‘survive’ from pay check to pay check rather than pushing the boundaries and limitations. I can guarantee you the guy sat in the office desk has dreams of being somewhere else, having another career. He’s got stuck doing the same job for year after year because it’s the normality, he ends up being stuck there for another ten years and regrets not changing his situation. That’s not going to be me. Why waste this precious gift of experience of living to sit at an office chair and plug away at work day after day. That’s not living! 

Why haven’t you changed your situation then? Money. That’s all it comes down to plain and simple. You need money to survive in this modern world, but why should you waste years of your life for money that doesn’t matter. Picture this; you’re 50 years old and just completed 20 years of service at the same job you’ve worked day in and day out. A job you’ve disliked year after year. A job that has only benefited you in the small fortune of money each week or each month. Sure, it’s brought you your house, your car and all the fancy materials you own but really besides that what has it brought you. Years of being un-happy, wasted opportunity to do what you want. It’s your life, why waste it working for someone else! Just do you! Be happy, and be true to yourself.

Take the jump, just do it. No, that wasn’t a promotion for Nike!…Money has this huge strain on the human body and it takes such a physical and mental toll on your emotions yet we feel the need to keep chasing it to survive. When it gets to the point where you can’t take the strain and toll of working your ass off, ask yourself why? Is it worth it? Sure you may have bills, a family to feed, a mortgage but the stress and the un-happiness you feel will bring you down. Even the nicest of people have a limit. It eventually gets to you.

Personally, all my life I wanted money that was the one thing I was driven by. Pure greed and money. It was this drive and passion I had that’s messed me up, I’ve worked constantly for pretty much a solid two years and it’s finally caught up to me. I look back now and think about all the opportunities I’ve missed; to go out to clubs, to travel, to just enjoy life. It’s time to branch out. I get what you’re thinking, you’re only 18 you’re still young. True, however if I don’t change now I never will!

For some people chasing money may be your whole success, for some it works. To me, the real wealth is being happy and being financially stable. If I can get paid to be happy, all is well. There are the times, like now, where I’m in a job I don’t enjoy. That’s part of life but it is down to me to change that, in reality my life isn’t bad. Some people will say I’m complaining about nothing and in short they’re really true. My life is easy, if I were to compare my house, the clothes on my back the food I eat to somewhere, where they have less opportunity it puts it in perspective. It doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be allowed to have an opinion on life. Sure, my life isn’t hard but when you aren’t feeling happy and it feels as if you’re being dragged down who tells you, you can’t complain? My situation is less serious, granted however I can guarantee there are plenty others in the same boat as me.

As I said previously I get some people may have bills and all that other jazz to pay, I get that, but 30 years down the line don’t you want to be happy? Don’t you want experiences of life to be your wealth, don’t you want to tell your kids you enjoyed your experience on this planet, rather than struggling year after year?

It’s time to be true to myself, I’ve decided I’m going to follow my passion. Music, more specifically; Hip-Hop. I haven’t got a ‘career’ choice in that sector but I adore everything Hip-Hop, it makes me feel so happy, I have a huge passion for it. I ask myself “what’s the worst that can happen?”  I’m not chasing money anymore that was a huge mistake. I’m chasing money through a job that brings me down however I would rather chase a passion and enjoy life than waste years worrying about my financial status. Even if I didn’t make as much money, I would still be happy. That’s what it comes down to.

I guess that’s just my youthful view on the world, when I’m older I may have a completely different opinion, it’s just how my brain perceives living. When I’m old I want to tell my children to follow where their heart tells them rather than to lead an un-happy existence with nothing to show for it!

How do you feel about all this? 

Enjoy your day!

:)

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Paris, Here I Come!

It’s all falling into place, after a few months of not enjoying my job and feeling rather crappy I finally took the leap, me and my friend have booked our tickets and we’re off! I feel so much happier already, it’s almost as if this pressure of everyday life has lifted itself from me. I’m going from Monday to Friday (18th until the 22nd) and I really can’t wait. I have 8 more days of solid working then I’m saying screw work for 2 weeks! Yeah I booked a little extra holiday, I think I deserve it!

It was rather tough getting the wheels in motion though, why is booking a hotel so hard? There are thousands upon thousands of sites each leading me into another realm of the internet. We eventually got our hotel sorted out, we weren’t too fussed about whether it was a good or bad hotel, it was more for the location. We eventually settled for a little hotel called Saphir Grenelle. The hotel is situated a rough 15 minute walk from the Eiffel Tower, it was a no brainer. I’m splitting the cost with my friend so the price isn’t that bad, it’s roughly £220 each. The tough bit is going to be getting there!

We’re travelling via Eurostar, not cheap at all. (£199) Flying is definitely a cheaper option but we just had our minds set on the Eurostar so there was no point changing it. We get into Gare du nord roughly around 18:00 and then we have to make our way to the hotel which is a bit of a trek. We’ve decided to get a taxi there but the cost is the only thing that’s unknown. The drive from the station is around 25 minutes therefore we’re expecting the price to be quite high, but screw it, it’s Paris! 

In terms of spending money I’m going to just take my credit card and around €300 I don’t intend to spend that much, but it’s there just in case. One of the big things I’m really looking forward to is understanding the culture out there and how it differentiates to the UK. We’ve decided to go clubbing as well, my brother has said that it can get quite costly out there but who cares about money when you have memories more precious than currency.  

Oh did I forget to mention the attractions, of course we’re going there to sight see as well! There’s so much history running throughout France, it’s going to be a shock to the system to see how the world works out there. How everyone’s day to day runs. It’s going to be a change from my 9-5. It’s my first holiday. 18 years on this planet and I’ve finally decided to do something with my life, it’s baby steps now but these baby steps are the stepping stones to my future. 

I still have a little while until we actually go away but I’m starting to get things prepared now. I’ve already thought about the clothes and shoes I will take. I’m a huge shoe freak! I’ve brought a pair just for this trip, I like my feet to look good. Is that me just being a bit insecure?…I really can’t wait for this adventure, the first to be crossed off my bucket list! I remember my very first blog posts about my bucket list; Paris was the first. I put something in there about wanting to visit late June or July, I’m a month or so off, who’s going to judge?

If you have any suggestions on where to visit, any tips or you just want to make a comment please do! 

Enjoy your day folks! 

:)

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Why My Life Is Like The Walking Dead!

No, I’m not a flesh eating brain dead zombie. Oh no, it’s much worse than that. As a side note I think it’s fair to say I don’t carry around a huge set of guns, looking to take people’s heads off either. Clear? Good. In reality, what I’m trying to say is, I’m really just like a zombie. My skins a little bit better than a zombie I like to think, I do like to moisturize. I’m guessing as a zombie that isn’t your main priority; however it’s what’s on the inside. Apart from the flesh, brains and eyes of course, it’s what you feel when you’re alive. To cut to the chase, I’m feeling rather zombie-ish because I don’t feel anything on the inside anymore. There’s a lust that has just flew off, I’m now a walking talking zombie. 

You can look at zombies from the show and compare them to reality in a few different ways, number one as them being new obstacles. The zombies can really represent a challenge in life. So you could really say, when you go around killing these imaginary zombies you’re essentially killing the challenges and obstacles that have presented themselves to you. This is all a bit fairy tale and fantasy. The second is like what I mentioned earlier, where zombies can actually represent your life and where it’s going blah, blah, blah you get where I’m going with that one? The final one is zombies are the people who are holding you back such as the second item I explained. To simplify, I could be a zombie to one of my friends as I tend to complain about work a lot and I don’t see progression there however for him he could see me as a zombie because I’m going nowhere an I’m holding him back. Also I’m not a very fast runner either, not sure if that makes it worse.

Rick and his trusty gang. In truth, everyone has a gang like Ricks. It’s really just your companions. Granted, we don’t go around massacring everyone or anything we see in sight but as group of friends do we go on adventures, we explore the wilderness and after a few messy nights we may end up in a prison being chased down by ‘The Governor.’

Ah yes the Governor. He’s the evil in this world, all things you love to hate. He’s what stands in the way of your enjoyment in life. For some ‘The Governor’ can present himself in many ways; he could be your fear to explore different avenues, he could be a shitty boss you hate and he could be the reason why you aren’t living. The Governor just wants his piece of the pie but unfortunately he’s got greedy and he wants to take yours as well, your mission in life is to conquer his quest for your pie and overcome his ambitious attempts. 

The last piece of the puzzle is the dangers we are presented in this world. The TV show is filled with depth and character, mainly guts and gore is what you see but deep down there’s a real hidden gem behind the show. It shows the development of characters that can be translated back into reality as the development of you. You know when people use the phrase ‘I’ve seen some bad stuff man.’ It’s that which defines who you are today. To put it in short, killing zombies and all the guts, gore and horror you go through is what makes you the person standing here today. When I relate this into my world what I really mean is; all the ups and downs I or you may have faced create the person I or you are today. Just without the head splatters and the knife wounds.

That about wraps this one up today. Try not to get eaten by a zombie!

Enjoy your day!

:)

The Daily Gripes! Episode…?

I very rarely post on Sundays, I think this is a miracle, however I have been slacking for the past few weeks, you guys and gals deserve better! After my dog finally fell asleep, I had this hour window to crack this post and another out. I had to get up super early to do this, I have work in a little while, yikes! As you can tell it’s going to be rather short however it’s better than nothing, right?

My voice is rather hoarse after constantly repeating ‘fetch’ and ‘sit’ to my dog and boy oh boy he’s a menace. It had me thinking of a few gripes I have with him and I figured I hadn’t posted a blog about my gripes in a little while, perfect for a quick Sunday blog!

Let’s get down to it!

  1. The fact I’ve purchased multiple books that I haven’t read and are now currently being used as coasters. 
  2. Checking your bank balance after a silly spending spree.
  3. People that ignore you. 
  4. Writing a rather detailed post that you think is the bomb, to then accidentally press a button and it deletes itself. I have unfortunately done this numerous times and to put it bluntly, I have been rather annoyed.
  5. Fly’s in the summer! Darn things get on my nerves.
  6. My phone bill coming out when my bank balance is low.
  7. Not getting your change at a restaurant. No, you’re giving me my change! You may think that’s stingy or rude however if the service and food is terrible, why should I tip?
  8. Spam emails. Not cool!
  9. Those wasps that have a hit out on you, you know the ones. They just won’t stop coming at you until you cower inside the house for a good 10 minutes, yes I’m wimpy.
  10. News that is not needed. Oh, that celeb broke up with that celeb, dear lord I wonder how I will sleep at night.
  11. Smudged glasses. 
  12. Dirty utensils at a restaurant. I mean c’mon, sort it out!
  13. A drafty door or window. That high pitched whine can keep me up for hours.
  14. An early start, I hate that 9-5 grind.
  15. Dog hairs on my clothes! I love my dog but man, those hairs get everywhere!
  16. Shoes that rub. I had to purchase some new work shoes the other day and they destroyed my ankles.
  17. That cold rush from the shower in the morning! 
  18. A flat can of Coke!
  19. Working Sundays, just yuck.
  20. Wondering if I’m good enough. I know I shouldn’t however I tend to always contemplate ‘is this good enough?’ 
  21. A smelly bin.
  22. A smelly person. Is that mean?
  23. Clothes dumped across my floor. Yeah, I’m lazy.
  24. Dog owners not picking up their pets droppings. Just pick that shit up. Pun intended.
  25. Not having a balanced diet. Some days I can go through a 9-5 on a bacon sandwich in the morning and then I will come in and gorge away on white chocolate biscuits. My stomachs odd.

That wraps it up for today folks! If you have any you wish to share, please feel free to do so!

Enjoy your day!

:)

*I’m currently posting this on my lunch break at work, I did get up super early to write this one but I didn’t have enough time to get it out for the morning!

Retail, I’m Still Suffering!

Yesterday really just took the biscuit for me, I put in a really solid 8 hours of work. Constantly repeating myself to a variety of customers, dealing with their problems and taking their frustrations on the chin. It just ends up getting to you, well to me. I guess you could counter my frustrations by saying ‘that’s my job and that’s what you’re paid to do’ I totally get that. It’s days like those that just get to you, shitty customer after shitty customer. They were constantly moaning at me about factors that I couldn’t control, it’s getting hotter and hotter over here and we have this shortage of fans, now I get where you’re coming from, it’s hot, you want a fan. The demand has been so high though therefore we sell out fairly quick. This is what happens;

“I’m very sorry, were unfortunately out of stock of that item. Would you like me to help find an alternative or find out when it’s coming back into stock?”

“No, I want that fan, can you make it quick as well. I’m in a rush.”

“I understand you would like that fan however as I said before, we’re unfortunately out of stock of that item. I totally get where you are coming from, it’s been rather hot as of late and of course you need a fan but unfortunately we don’t have any of that one in stock, I can find out when we are going to get some back in if you like or I can find you an alternative?”

“No, I want that fan now! God it’s not hard is it.” 

“Yes, I understand you would like that fan but we don’t have it in stock at the moment.”

“Well, why? That’s not very good is it? You’re doing my head in, is there anyone else that can serve me?”

*All the other staff members were busy, dang.

“Unfortunately my other colleagues are busy.” (You’re stuck with me, bitch.)

“Well, you’ve just lost yourself a sale; I’ll take my business elsewhere.”

*She storms out cussing under her breath.

(Bye bye)

This is where I really want to tell her to go fuck herself, but we have to keep a ‘cool head’ with the customers. Her tone was rather aggressive and truth be told my tone was getting more aggressive. I just had it, she was rather inconsiderate. Now don’t get me wrong, as I said I do understand where she’s coming from. She wanted a specific item and she couldn’t get it. It’s annoying, but as I explained to her multiple times she still wouldn’t get the message. This was just one example of the many rude customers I faced all day. It makes me wonder “is it worth it?” After I add up all the time spent repeating myself to customers day in and day out, doing the other tasks no one likes to do and worst of all, get a low pay check at the end of the month I can’t help but ask “do I deserve better?” and the answer is yes. Why should I be un-happy? 

I want a career, a life. Somewhere that I can walk into with my head held high and actually enjoy. That’s not how the world works though. I have to suck it up and get on. I work in retail, I’m not suffering an illness, but that doesn’t mean I can’t vent my feelings every now and then. You can’t be nice all the time. It will eat you up if you are, I know it’s rather nasty yet that’s how it works. I’m nice, polite and friendly to every customer that walks through that door even the moody ones, yes that’s my job and that’s what I’m getting paid for I get that, but at certain times you just get worn down and frustrated to the point where all you want to do is jump ship. This feeling will disappear in a few days and I’ll be back to doing the ‘same shit different day’ but I just needed to get this one off my chest. 

The world keeps changing and it keeps on spinning. The only way my world will change is if I change. As I said before, it’s not a huge deal, it’s not like I’m suffering or I’m homeless. Something along those extreme lines but this blog post was my way of venting my frustrations with retail. It’s really just a super long tweet.

If anyone works in retail, you know what I mean. If you’ve had any bad experiences please feel free to share! Or if you just want to add your thoughts, please do so!

Enjoy your day folks!

:)

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Weird And Wacky Slang!

I love the English language, it’s a rather elegant and divine combination of words that’s spoken across most of the globe. What’s even better is the ‘break-off’ language we have decided to create, I’m talking about our English slang. 

Now I see slang as a distant cousin to the English language, it’s words that have meaning in a sector of a generation, they use words that have substance between them however have no real meaning in the English language, I’m hoping that made some sense. I’ll try to simplify it a tad, slang is an extension to the English dictionary yet isn’t considered formal enough to be considered a ‘real’ word but they do have substance in the urban culture and vary from generation to generation but are passed down between families. I hope that’s cleared it up a bit. It’s a wide variety of words as well; some funny, some rude and some just down right disgusting. So sit back with a nice hot cup of tea and a few scones (I live in the UK and I’m still not sure how to pronounce that one) and enjoy, as I bring to you the dirty depths of our English slang!…

  1. Dogs bollocks – Another word for awesome. (Rather strange, right?) 
  2. Chew the fat – To chat. (Excuse me?)
  3. Cracking – Brilliant/wonderful. (What’s cracking?…oh you mean that cracking.)
  4. Cream crackered – Tired, also rhymes with knackered. (These are getting rather ludicrous.)
  5. Mint – Awesome. (Could you say, those mints are mint?)
  6. Mare – A bad situation or a female. (I had a terrible nightmare, it was a mare. I think it works like that or you could call a female a silly mare!)
  7. Mincer – A homosexual male. 
  8. Balmy – Insane or crazy. (He’s gone balmy; yes people actually use that, madness.)
  9. Bees and honey – Money. 
  10. Buggered – Worn out or broken. (Did you bugger up my so and so?)
  11. Dingbat – Idiot. (What an absolute dingbat. Not my favourite.)
  12. Totty – A female. (I really don’t understand this one, I hear it all the time though.)
  13. Pikey – A gypsy or traveller.
  14. Mug – Idiot. 
  15. Tiddly – Rather drunk. (Most would think this means to go to the loo, oh no. It’s what makes you go to the loo)
  16. Solid – Tough. (Self-explanatory.)
  17. Tough titty – Hard luck. (You have to have a little chuckle to yourself.)
  18. Donkeys years – A long time. 
  19. Butchers hook – To have a look. (From cockney rhyme and slang, Google it.)
  20. Knees up – To go to a party. (This is what happens after the party?)
  21. Minted – A rich person. (Also known as the royal mint yet we see it as a person who is minted, someone who has a lot of money.)
  22. Porkies – To tell a lie. (I can’t help but think of the three little pigs for this one.)
  23. Up the duff – A pregnant lady. (You tell me.)
  24. On the piss – Going out to get drunk. (What!)
  25. Legless – To be rather drunk. (If we took this one without its slang meaning, that would be a bad night.)

If you’re from the UK reading this, it may have a different meaning where you reside however these are the interpretations from where I’m from. These were only a small handful as well, times have changed now, most of these are still used but the modern slang we have today is rather horrible. I’ll give you a few examples however they aren’t as exciting as the ones above. They really are quite dull;

  1. Butters – An ugly female. (Isn’t butter smooth and sweet?)
  2. Bare – Lots of. (How? Just how?)
  3. Swear down – I promise. (It really sounds disgusting, especially in certain accents.)
  4. Steaming – To get rather drunk. (Words can’t comprehend.)
  5. Hench – Huge, large. (I kind of get this one but it just sounds dirty.)

As you can see they aren’t as attractive or humorous as the phrase ‘dogs bollocks’ but they’re the more common ones in our modern day lives. I have quite a few readers from over the globe and less from the UK so it would be lovely to see some slang you have where you’re from! It’s all good fun!

Have a ‘cracking’ day! Earn some ‘bees and honey’

:)

 

 

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The Relationship Between Poetry And Music!

This one’s a tough one, on one hand you have poetry; a lovers art that serenades the wings of love and can take you into gut wrenching travels deep down in the dark depths of despair and on the other hand, you have this intense tangent of full blown music; the jazz, the full Monty let’s say.

I’m only messing with you guys, it’s not all going to be that descriptive! When I planned to write this it was rather straight forward, you know in my brain I planned out the structure, certain lines and sections however now I’m actually down to the ‘nitty-gritty’ of it, it’s proving to be rather tough. There’s this connection between the two medias yet it’s a tangled line that I’m trying to un-web for you. So stay with me on this one, it’s going to be rather interesting! 

First we must define the two media’s in what Google and people all over the world perceive them to be;

Music – “vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.”

Poetry – “literary work in which the expression of feelings and ideas is given intensity by the use of distinctive style and rhythm; poems collectively or as a genre of literature.”

There’s this saying I’ve found hanging around the Internet, “A poem can be sung but a song cannot be a poem.” (Is it me or does that sentence just seem badly written? It seems rather choppy, you could say this one was as well though, darn) To some extent the saying is true, I couldn’t turn up to a poetry evening and recite the words to ‘Michael Jackson’s – Beat It’ even though it would be hilarious…or could I?…In reality it all depends on what you’re trying to achieve, if I was trying to make people aware to say a certain situation I could rock up to a show and recite ‘John Lennon’s – Imagine’ it’s a great song but the lyrics behind it have a meaning that John Lennon wanted to get across therefore it is very similar to what a poem or poet may wish to achieve yet we still class them as different things however both include the same message, it’s odd.

We like to think of them being two different variables and to some they are. To me it’s an expression, like it says in both definitions. It’s this expression that is matched between both genres; the only difference is music has more variables of expression whereas poetry (in my eyes) only has a few. I’ll give you an example; with music I could express each and every emotion but I can do this via the form of lyrics, creating a rhythm, the tone of that rhythm but with poetry it seems you can only change the tone of your voice or the way you intertwine your words. Poetry seems to be very limited to how you get that message across.

In terms of writing there are a few differences, with music you have the different genres; Pop, Hip-Hop, Mainstream…you get where I’m going with this and with poetry you also have different genres so to speak; free verses, sonnets, riddles, haiku’s. So to try connecting the two we must get deeper into both cultures and the process of writing for one of these sub genres.

A poet has to do the same, if not more than a lyricist. They have to craft their words into a sculpted piece of work that the listener or reader can feel, a poem has to make you feel something, it has to have soul and life as there’s no back beat to hold up the strength such as with music whereas a song is doing the same yet in a very different format. A song makes you want to feel the same emotions yet you have to accomplish this by a variety of methods whether it’s down to rhythm or sound, something that stays the same though is the lyrics or words you write down, you need to have a strong meaning in both. Obviously if it’s a party song or somewhat then no, it’s different however a song with meaning needs to have the same focus and energy as a poem would. I may be going slightly off track here but take John Legends song ‘All of me’ for an example; the power in that track is just immense and it has this clear message behind it, but what makes it that more perfect? The back beat. Now, strip away that back beat and what do you have? In my eyes, a perfectly crafted poem. 

There are a few differences between the two though.

A poem can be structurally complex and still connect with a reader however a lyric to a song is created to be heard by a listener and can’t be too complex. Both need to do the same; they need to capture a listener’s imagination it just needs to be done by different formats. The problem with writing lyrics is you have a set amount of room to fit what you want whereas with poetry you get almost infinite space to scribble down what you wish. A few differences yet to me they both have the same meaning, they’re both an art form not to be taken lightly. One just gets overshadowed by the other. To try make it a bit clearer, poetry can be adapted into lyrics/music and music can be adapted into poetry. Both are one the same scales yet they are far apart, however modify those scales and they can, just maybe rejoice into one. I hope that clears it up a bit.

I feel there is something magic about poetry, it’s a true art form that unfortunately in modern day is overshadowed by the social aspect of ‘music’ in my eyes and I do repeat my eyes poetry is a form of music it’s like a distant cousin. Both have these similarities between them yet one gets more attention than the other, but why? Music can make me cry; it could be because of the roar of a back beat or the emotion put into the song but so can poetry. The guy or gal stood on stage pouring their heart out because they want to be heard is astonishing, it takes guts and courage yet it’s overshadowed and cast away.  

I think poetry needs to be appreciated far more than it really is, it can take as much time to create as music does yet because it doesn’t have this blazing sound to back the writer up it gets over looked. There’s no social dimension for poetry, it’s almost non-existent in this adult world, for some anyway. It really needs more appreciation.

I know I went off track multiple times and I didn’t really delve into the relationship between the two but I hope it may have opened up your minds to explore some poetry, it’s got all the same feelings expressed in music and is a much calmer and relaxed mood to the high volume of music out today.

“Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.” – Carl Sandburg. 

Enjoy your day folks!

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First Dates

Don’t you just hate being lonely? I know I do, now I’m not one for these dating websites or apps such as Tinder however it has come to my attention I’ve never actually been on a date. Yes, 18 and never been on a damn date, it’s ridiculous!…I’m missing out on all the fun, the awkward first moments, the ambience of the evening and maybe, just maybe a little sexual tension. Exciting! I feel I should be wined and dined yet I’ve always pondered, where would I go on a first date? There’s this cliché of taking someone to the cinema but for me that just doesn’t cut it, in reality you don’t actually talk to the person you’ve gone out with, you end up sitting there for two or so hours in utter silence, you haven’t made any connection with the person opposite you. Sure you may have enjoyed the film and even got a few giggles yet for a date it just doesn’t have that ‘oomph’ so to speak. It’s a bit boring.

So where would you go? What’s fun? Where’s the perfect place? Let’s try finding out!

All these ideas are clearly from an outsiders perspective, this isn’t proven or tested!…

1. Bowling, how fantastic is that? Everyone loves bowling, it’s fun there’s energy and there’s a chance to interact. There’s always something going on around you as well so if the conversations going stale or the date isn’t going as you planned there should be something around to help give you a talking point. It’s a bit more interesting than sitting in a restaurant or a stuffy cinema. You can also joke about those rancid shoes you have to wear!

2. Brunch, okay you may think I’m contradicting myself with what I said about going out to a restaurant however going for brunch is completely different, it’s less serious than going out for dinner. When you go out at night you have to go out all dressed up, get everything perfect whereas with brunch it’s a much more relaxed and a calmer vibe, you don’t need to worry about much. 

3. Going on a walk, for me this one only seems okay maybe after the first date. In all honesty there’s something romantic about a long walk however for some, doing it on the first date it may come off to strong or it may come off a tad boring, as I said previously this is all from my outside perspective of it so it may be completely wrong there isn’t really a right answer. There are quite a few variables; it can depend on the person, location and so much more. I just feel going on a long walk for a first date might scare someone off with your intentions. I’m not completely knocking it though, there are a few benefits to it; it costs nothing, you get a chance to really get to know the person and it gives you a quiet space to be with each other.

4. Take a day trip out, especially somewhere you have never been before. There’s nothing more fun than an adventure, finding out new locations in a world you’ve never visited before. How many have you who live in a huge city really taken the time out to see the main attractions that a tourist would see? We get so caught up living this routine we actually forget the world we live in. It’s a cool little quirky idea that may lead you onto different trails and it’s something the both of you can really enjoy!

5. Trying something new, a tad like the one above except instead of travelling to somewhere, try something new such as a different food. It can be rather fun getting to know each other and gives you a huge conversation piece. Even if the foods terrible it can set you up to try a different spot for the next date. 

These were just a few suggestions that popped into my head. I want to repeat this is all from my outside perspective of dating and I haven’t actually tried these! It’s just a few ideas I wanted to share, it may be a better idea than playing it safe and doing the cliché date, you want to be remembered right? Do something different! It can also depend on the person you want to take out as well, don’t take my word as the gospel! 

So who’s taking me on a date then?

Only joking folks!…Enjoy your day!

:)

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Subliminal & Hidden Messages!

Have you ever been tempted to make a purchase because of what you have seen on the television or what you have seen on a commercial? Have you ever had a sudden trail of thought go from one extreme to the other for no apparent reason? And finally, have you ever had a feeling of ‘hypnosis’ suddenly arise when watching TV? This ladies and gentleman is the most creative thing I think I’ve learned about, I’m talking about the use of subliminal messages! You could call this evil, you can call it smart yet in truth it’s a brilliant way to get your message across to millions upon millions of people without actually telling them…I’m hoping that made some sense!

It’s this art of targeting the subconscious section of your mind/brain and having the ability to take a hold of it, no not like aliens folks but actually being able to project a different thought into your sub consciousness, it’s this power to change someone’s perception on a certain topic and to persuade them if you like, to actually harness their ability to think for themselves and change it as you wish. It’s rather devilish! Just to think all those shoe boxes piled up in my room could be down to subliminal messaging! In all honesty though, some of the stuff I have found is quite scary, there’s this odd sexual presence around Disney films that is quite common, it’s odd what they’ve tried to project to the youth but in reality it may be accidental, you can be your own judge for that one.

Before I get into giving examples I wish to point out some of these pictures aren’t mine! I have found them on different websites, I will try to link back to where I’ve found them, enjoy!

Are you ready for your childhood to be ruined? 

1. The Lion King! This one’s a perfect example of the sexual references in the old Disney films, I’m not too sure if this one you’ll be able to un-see! 

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As you can see it’s a fairly normal poster however what you’ve failed to realize is the half-naked female standing right in the middle, don’t believe me? Check this one out!

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It’s not the most crude or shocking photo however it just shows something a tad odd, it’s more than likely just the design of the poster however it makes you think a little, right? I attempted to re-create the photo on Paint yet I didn’t have the patience or a steady wrist therefore I got the photo off of fugly.com I’ll admit I’ve never used their website but it seems like interesting.

2. Now this is where it starts getting odd, someone actually found a naked woman, it’s quite shocking, especially in a Disney film. I’m not sure if anyone is familiar with the film ‘The Rescuers’ when this was released in 1977 an editor at the time must have put this rather cheeky photo in.

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Can you see the topless woman at the window? Now I know it looks fake however in 1999 Disney owned up to their mistake and re-released the film without the topless woman, it’s quite a funny scene however that split second looking at that female may have had an impulse on some people yet in reality it was more than likely just a joke.

The last one, well the last odd one is in the film ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ and this is the scary one. I don’t mean scary as in ‘ahhhh’ either yet it’s truly shocking. From what I’ve gathered it appears Jessica Rabbit in one scene is actually flashing. Yes flashing. 

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As you can see, for a kids film and I repeat kids film, it looks rather menacing. I’ll let you be the judge for that one. There’s a couple more that didn’t make my cut, some were rather dirty so to speak. If you actually Google something like ‘subliminal messages in Disney films’ a few that I’m talking about will come up. You will be shocked. 

Now we move onto the hidden messages, something a tad lighter to read!

3. Fed-Ex, now this one’s not really a message, well it is but it’s not, you’ll see in a moment. Now these few coming up are my favourites, they’re not crude however they’re little messages that we miss almost each and every day, it’s nice fun light entertainment. See if you can spot this one, it’s quite well known so you’ll probably get it but for the ones who haven’t, enjoy!

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 Did you get it?

There’s actually an arrow between the E and the X. Who would have thought that hey? You won’t be able to not recognize it now. It’s a quirky little feature in the logo, now it’s not going to change your mind or thoughts yet it’s one that was quite nice to point out!

Another like Fed-Ex is Amazon, there’s actually a pretty nifty design in their logo where they’ve actually placed an arrow from A to Z, it’s not huge or major however its quite a cool idea to help represent their brand. Take a look for yourself!

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Another quirky one is the Tour De France logo, I bet you’re stumped with this one. I guess you’re wondering what’s hidden in the logo, well it’s actually a little cyclist. This one’s my favourite! Hell all of them are my favourite!

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Have a little look at the ‘R’ in ‘tour’ it may take a while and for others it may come quicker, there’s actually a little cyclist almost bent over looking as if they’re riding uphill somewhere, it’s quite hard to point out but if you can’t find it, Google it! 

Now onto the final one, as I said previously these weren’t really subliminal messages they were really just hidden gems let’s say, I think this one’s fantastic. It’s the Lion Bird logo and it really is what it says on the tin a lion bird but it’s just a really nifty design I felt I needed to share! 

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How awesome’s that? I should write something here about ‘is it a bird, is it a plane’ however I couldn’t come up with anything! Rubbish!  

Well that about wraps this one up really, less of subliminal messages and more of hidden logos in this blog, I do apologise for that but they were pretty awesome though! If you want to see more just Google ‘Hidden messages in logos’ the stuff that comes up is really creative and beyond my imagination! 

Enjoy your day!

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Why I Love London!

London is beyond words for me, honestly. It’s a place filled with a rich texture of history coursing throughout the city; you have the big city slickers who go day in day out and then you have the daily strugglers deep in Camden market, I was astonished by this lifestyle. It’s a completely different world out there. As I said previously I’m situated in a rather small town so I very rarely get to see this side of England but the trip down completely changed me, it’s changed my perspective on the world I see today.

London’s a vast yet majestic city, filled with tourist hotspots and wonderful sites. If truth be told it isn’t all that sunshine and glitter though, a few times in the day I actually witnessed in broad daylight someone actually dealing drugs! It was a hell of a shock to me, I couldn’t believe it. It’s their life though, that’s how it works down there I guess.

We started the day at the train station, it cost me roughly £19 odd pounds to get in which in reality isn’t that much that was for an all-day pass as well. What that is, is a pass which lets you travel all over London without having to pay again, it’s really essential. The amount of times we made mistakes getting on and off tubes was out of this world, it was an experience though. Our first stop was in Camden market, boy that was a shock. It’s a maze of shops and market stalls selling a huge variety of products, on one stand you have someone trying to sell you their paintings and their art and the stand right next to it is a guy trying to sell you some clothing. It’s a range of everything and anything, I’m pretty sure the ‘authentic’ and ‘genuine’ items such as Ray-Bans and Louis Vuitton belts they try to sell you are knock offs, it’s such a hectic place filled with madness and I guess childlike excitement you could say as you’re never too sure what’s around the corner.

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After Camden we decided to make our way down to Westminster, this has all the big attractions; Big Ben, The London Eye all that jazz! Man, this was a trek we spent roughly 30-40 minutes trying to actually locate where the place was, the tubes are rather confusing at times. In the end we had to ask a few people to actually give us a definitive answer. At one point we were just hopping from tube to tube, it was an adventure. The tubes at first can be quite scary, they wiz from place to place at what feels likes ridiculous speeds however its only around 30-50mph. Back to Westminster, now this was an experience. It has such a buzz to it, there’s over 1000’s of people on the street at one time all queuing and looking at the attractions. It’s such a tourist hotspot due to it being the central area of London therefore that’s why it pours in the thousands of people at one time.

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We was greeted at the station with the beautiful sight of Big Ben, Instagram here we come!…It’s a piece of history that looks over the whole city, watching the city folks back and helping them keep track of time. Obviously that was an over exaggeration but it felt nice saying it, everyone tends to use their phones now. Anyway, after the excitement of Big Ben we decided to wander on, what caught our eyes next? The London Eye, now this one was fantastic an experience I recommend fully! As we got up to the front gates we noticed the line was rather long, no surprise right yet to the side of the standard line there was this fast track area. We go over to the guy asking him to explain what the deal is with fast track and basically it’s a ticket that gets you on far quicker than your standard one! Considering the wait for the standard one was going to be well over an hour we purchased a fast track ticket, it cost £29.50 but man it was worth it. We queued up and within 15 minutes we were at the front of the line. It was happening we were actually going on the London Eye!

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What I didn’t realise about the Eye is it doesn’t stop, to get on you have to be quick as it’s constantly moving. Not fast but it’s got a little bit of speed. So at the front of the line you have to dash aboard and as you do it sort of swipes your body almost as if you were being pushed to the right, hopefully that makes some sense. It isn’t bad of course yet it’s an odd sensation. As we make our way up and up the sights just get better and better, I took a few photos but they didn’t come out as good as I hoped however it was an experience I won’t be forgetting, for a very long time! We finished searching the rest of Westminster, looking at the rest of the sights, the people and more importantly finding a place to get some food as we hadn’t eaten for a goodly 4-5 hours! We eventually decided we wanted to finish off the day in Piccadilly Circus and visit the famous Planet Hollywood!

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Now Piccadilly is hands down one of the busiest places I’ve visited, it was crazy. It’s probably because of the huge billboard situated right near the centre, I’m not sure which one was first New York one or London’s however they are both rather similar. Anyway after getting past the majority of people we found ourselves at Planet Hollywood! Dinner. We was greeted at the front by a nice lady and she explained there was a rough 30 minute wait, we wasn’t to fussed by that, it was a place to eat, we were starving! We sat at the bar for a little while and then our names were called, we eventually got a seat and was greeted by another nice lady who took our drink orders. We read the menu and it was a little pricey in all honesty yet it was a day out there was no point being ‘stingy’ we needed to make the most of it. I ordered a portion of fries and a double cheeseburger topped with bacon. It took around 10-15 minutes for our food to come (there was four of us) so it was good timing and man, what a burger! It was tough to eat it all but good lord it was fantastic! It cost around £14.50 (rough estimate) so much better than McDonalds.

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After dinner that was it, we packed up and left for home. A fantastic day out.

*I did forget to mention our trip to Covent Garden however I didn’t feel it was that exciting, in all honesty it didn’t seem like there was that much there, it’s a nice clean little place yet it wasn’t filled with anything that grabbed our attention. That could be because we are young however it didn’t have that ‘oomph’ so to speak.

To top the day off tried a cigar whilst enjoying the view! Don’t do cigars they’re horrible folks!

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Enjoy your day!

:)