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Why I Love Poetry!

I’ve always liked poetry; it started around the age of 13/14 when I stumbled upon the great works of William Shakespeare. Ever since that I’ve been hooked, however I’ve always fell away from revealing it to anyone, there’s this certain stigma within our youthful culture that poems, poetry and poets are ‘odd’ it’s almost unacceptable in our culture.

Poetry gives everyone and anyone the chance to express themselves. I’m still an amateur however there’s something fun and almost addicting to it, you have the chance to craft and sculpt words however you want. Poetry can empower people, it can motivate them, help them through tough times but most of all it gives you the chance to relate to someone and express yourself.

It doesn’t have to be complex either, it can be simple. I always thought you needed the longest of words and the most intelligent vocab, boy was I wrong! Some people express themselves through a diary, through talking to friends but for me its blogging and poetry. I’m not afraid to say that anymore, boy does it feel good!

A short and sweet one today! I’ve posted a new poem as well, tell me what you think! - http://routinedreamer.com/2014/11/19/dreams/

Also don’t forget to send in your poetry or blog posts, I will be able to promote them on my blog! Send them to my email – routinedreamer@gmail.com here’s my blog post about it, http://routinedreamer.com/2014/11/17/blog-and-poem-submissions-rules-all-that-jazz/ it’s much easier to read through that than for me to explain it all again!

Enjoy your day folks!

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Tumblr? Porn?

I mentioned this rather briefly in yesterday’s post but I didn’t bother to touch on it too much. I just can’t grasp Tumblr. It just feels so messy; there’s a multitude of posts everywhere, gifs that just appear on my ‘feed’ and then, to top it all off I really can’t get my head around the navigation of the site.

One thing that I really disagree with though is the vast amount of pornography on there. I just can’t believe it. I have nothing wrong with pornography or the people who view it; it’s now part of our lives and is so accessible throughout the internet however I was very shocked when I saw it on there. It’s such a worldwide site for people of all ages and to have pornography on there seems so inappropriate.

It makes me wonder about a bigger question. Is pornography too accessible on the internet?

This shouldn’t be too explicit but be warned there is talk of sex and pornography here, if you’re easily offended please refrain from reading. Although I’m going to try make it as less sexual as possible but don’t feel embarrassed, we’re all humans, sex happens.

Like I said previously, there’s nothing wrong with viewing pornography (my personal opinion) however when sites aren’t monitored and it becomes accessible to minors and even young children it can and will slowly effect their teenage to adult lives. You could say I’ve experienced it first-hand.

I’m not going to sit here and lie to you all; I’ve watched porn in the past. I’ve been viewing it since my early teenage years (roughly 13 currently 19 now) and I’m not going to go into much detail about it, I don’t want to ruin your mornings however it has affected me in a few minor ways.

I guess the first one is the way we perceive sex and sex as a whole. In porn it’s really a huge ‘lie’ as most females and males are just acting. But viewing pornography changes the way we perceive sexual activity and you often think it’s going to be this fairy-tale of sexual desire and fantasy; it’s more often than not, completely different. It’s far less romantic at times and can be rather embarrassing for both parts however porn makes it completely different. It alters your views and ideas on sex, porn is for fantasy but we often let it drift into our personal lives and sex can become a much more enjoyable thing however it can be rather uncomfortable for some. It goes both ways but trying to live out a porn fantasy with someone who doesn’t can and will take its toll on a relationship. It’s all about control of your desires.

The second is the sexualisation of females. I hate to confess this and I’m almost sickened that I used to actually do it, please forgive me. I was still going through that kid to teenage phase at the time, obviously viewing pornography but it changed the way I saw females at that age. This actually makes me feel bad writing this, but whenever I was out with friends I could see a female and I would look at her in a sexual way rather than a human being. Don’t worry it was more often than not older females but it was still wrong, how was I to know? I think porn helped with that change of perception, if I didn’t see sex as often as I did would I have viewed those females in a sexual way? You could say yes or you could say no either way we won’t know. It’s such a vulnerable age as your mind and body is changing, it damaged my views in a way but I’ve grown up, I’ve matured and no longer view females in this way and I haven’t in a very long time.

The question is though, what happens when males or females don’t stop seeing the opposite sex in a sexual way? Some people say it can lead to rape, some say it can lead to an addiction. I’m not going to touch on those as they need to be researched in depth but I would love to hear your thoughts on those statements. I didn’t make those statements either, it’s been widely speculated and debated but like I said, I really don’t wish to offend anyone with this so if it does, please drop a comment or an email I will be happy to take certain parts out or edit it.

The third and final part I wish to touch upon is the violence within porn. Some pornography is absolutely disgusting; the way some females allow themselves to be treated is beyond my belief. There’s videos of women being slapped, spat on and it’s just vile. I don’t understand as to why some people would enjoy viewing this or why some women would actually do this for money, to let themselves be degraded as a human for some cash but you know what? Each to their own. I just couldn’t do that as a man, I couldn’t treat a female that way, and it’s just way too far out of my comfort boundaries. But if you were a young child viewing this multiple times a week, it’s surely going to damage your perception on sex and will surely halter your sexual performances. I can’t say it will for definite but surely it needs to be looked at.

The fact pornography is widely accessible to young and vulnerable children needs to be looked at. It’s a problem that can affect many young men and women, I was lucky enough to have matured and change my views on sex and porn, they are two separate things but when I was younger I thought they meshed into one. I was able to access these sites at the age of 13, with tech advancing and more children having smartphones and access to the internet, who knows what they will stumble upon?

This wasn’t supposed to go this way, I was writing a blog post about Tumblr however when I mentioned the point on porn something just clicked, it’s odd but it’s definitely worth a discussion, so please join in!

Also don’t forget to send in your poetry or blog posts, I will be able to promote them on my blog! Send them to my email – routinedreamer@gmail.com here’s my blog post about it, http://routinedreamer.com/2014/11/17/blog-and-poem-submissions-rules-all-that-jazz/ it’s much easier to read through this than for me to explain it again!

What are your thoughts on this by the way? I would love to know!

Enjoy your day!

Blog and Poem Submissions – Rules & All That Jazz!

Today’s the day ladies and gentleman. It’s this very Monday where I’ve put my mental state on the line and I start to work my socks off! I’m working like I’ve never worked before. Okay, maybe I’m over exaggerating, just a tad.

You can now officially start sending in your poems and blog post submissions (will explain further down*) as the first set will go out on Saturday the 22nd and Sunday the 23rd. If I get any submissions that is! I will be editing my homepage as well so it’s going to be far more user-friendly. I know at the moment it’s just a mess, by Saturday I will have everything categorised for you!

*You can send in your blog posts if you wish if it’s good enough I will put them up. It’s just another form of sharing your stuff, I do explain further down about all credit going to you! Please don’t feel like I’m going to steal your stuff. My blog posts and poetry will be separate to yours! It’s almost going to be a space for you guys really! It’s best to just read the rules down below as it explains everything!

I’m still not sure on how many posts I will put up from your submissions! Like I said it’s going to be like a sub-blog for you guys. It sounds odd here but you’ll see on Saturday!

So when will it officially start? As of now! You can send in your stuff this very minute but please read the rules below!

Rules!

  • You can send in your poems and blog posts to my email - routinedreamer@gmail.com
  • Please do not overload my email, just send one email for the week. It helps the work load!
  • Please don’t email me on Saturday or Sunday! Cut off point is on Friday!
  • In the email you can include up to 5 poems and 3 blog posts. Please send it all as one. Hopefully that makes some sense. Example; Just lay out at the top of your email ‘Poems’ and then underneath send the ones you want. After that if you want to add a blog post or posts just leave some space and then put the heading ‘Blog Post’ and then put them underneath. I’m not fussed which way it goes round but please, PLEASE don’t send 5 separate emails with poems and 3 more emails with blog posts. It clogs up my Gmail folks! I hope that’s not too nasty!
  • You don’t have to be based from WordPress! If you’re on another blogging platform or you want to submit some work anonymously I don’t mind! Say you’re from Blog-spot or Tumblr and you’ve got some work posted there, that’s totally fine. It just gives everyone the chance to share their work on another site and gives us all the chance to connect more!
  • I don’t mind your post including swear-words just as long as it’s general ones, not vulgar words.
  • Obviously no racism or anything of the sort.

I can’t think of anything else to add, if I do I will update you guys!

Extra Info!

  • This is my first time doing anything like this; please stick with me for the first week!
  • The first post, if I get enough submissions will be on Saturday the 22nd and Sunday the 23rd.
  • All credit goes to you.I’m not going to steal your stuff guys! I just want to create a blog where on one side I can post my things, thoughts and poetry but on the other I can create a platform where I can share your stuff! It’s giving you the chance to reach out to more people, get more feedback and more importantly ‘network’ with others.
  • I will get back to all of you. That’s a promise I’m making to each and every one of you reading this, you guys and girls are honestly fantastic. So if one week it’s not included, I will email you as to why but I might post it the week after!
  • I like controversy! Stuff that gets people talking, the more of that then the better!
  • If it spams your feed or clogs your stuff up please email me, I will try to work around it.

There we have it, you guys are all set! I just want to add I will share your stuff on WordPress but if you give me your permission via email I can also share it on my other sites such as G+ and Tumblr although I’m still figuring out how Tumblr actually works!

For the first Sat and Sunday it will probably be me selecting 5 poems from all your submissions and 5 blog posts. We’ll see how it goes I guess! I’m excited though, it’s something new and challenging, just what I needed!

Any questions drop a comment, or an email I don’t mind! It’s some fun for us all where we can connect and network with each other! Any problems as well email or comment!

routinedreamer@gmail.com

Much love to all of you! Enjoy your day!

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The Exciting News!

I’m going to keep this one short and sweet for now, I didn’t write this yesterday as I previously stated I would in last night’s post. I’m lazy like that! Essentially I’ve noticed that my poetry and spoken word posts have been getting frequent hits, I’ve noticed my I’m fine post (http://routinedreamer.com/2014/10/13/im-fine-2/) has actually surpassed my top blog posts! It’s quite surprising, but me being the rather blind fool that I am, I haven’t used the opportunity that it’s created and just let it fizzle out.

With my poem I posted yesterday I got a huge influx of new readers and a fair few new followers. I made the decision yesterday to start doing daily posts of poetry as well as my daily blog posts! Now I know as of late they’ve not been coming in daily but they will be, starting from next week! I just need to settle into this new job for the rest of this week and then I’m good to go. It’s going to be a mammoth of a task with 9-5’s and 12-8’s but it’s going to pay off.

How does this news benefit you? You have the opportunity to be featured on my blog! Woo, right?

I won’t just be posting my stuff; I’m giving others the chance to feature their poems on my blog! Exciting right, all free of course! The only rule is I will post them on Saturdays and Sundays, the days which I never post really. Now to tell you the truth my follower count isn’t into the thousands however I do have a good solid number of 205 at the moment, it’s taken me ages to get there and I haven’t fell out of love with it as of yet.

I guess it just gives everyone the chance to get their poetry featured elsewhere and gives you guys and girls the chance to get it read by some of my followers, a huge benefit; am I right? I’m not going to lie; it will benefit me as well as I will have posts for the weekends and get a few new followers hopefully myself.

We all win!

I will write a post with rules and guidelines but for now just embrace it in and if you can, please do share! I wrote this after my 9-5 today, I’m shattered. Please do forgive me if there are any mistakes with grammar or spelling!

Enjoy your day, well evening now I guess!

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Some Spoken Word! & Exciting News! Well…

I’ve just finished my first proper 9-5 in a what I shall call a hectic few months, and boy oh boy does it feel great! I haven’t had time to write a ‘proper’ post for tonights blog however I’ve got some spoken word I wrote a few days ago that I wish to share. It’s been a bit up and down I’m losing one friend and I can tell another one’s going as well. It’s a bit of a nightmare to be honest, I’ll get over it though I guess! I’m back on 9-5 tomorrow as well so I best get writing tonight so I’ve got something for you guys tomorrow! Enjoy and I’ve got some big plans coming for next week! All shall be explained in tomorrows post, it’s something that will benefit us ‘bloggers’ I can’t give to much away as of now but I shall write it all up tonight and post it tomorrow! Like I said enjoy and if there’s any comments you have, good or bad I don’t mind! It’s all love! Can you tell I’m in a much happier mood now? I’ve finally found a job I enjoy! Right enough rambling, here we are;

It’s funny, I remember the days that we walked the same path and we crossed the same roads,

But today I’m lost, crossed, intertwined as each of our souls,

Have departed and dispersed and the feelings of friendships are immersed,

Within the depths of previous thoughts and feelings we once un-earthered.

Do you remember the days where we could conversate for hours upon end?

But when I saw you today it was as if we were strangers again.

I know you have work to get done and really, so do I

But we’ve lost our connection and now I wonder why?

I’m feeling like there’s a sense of hostility building inside this serenity,

The friendship and bonds we had and have is now the enemy,

My thoughts and my previous tendencies,

Are rendezvousing with a lost entity,

But this friendship is sick and it doesn’t seem as if there’s a remedy.

I meet up with you even though a few years have gone past,

We still chat via text but it just doesn’t last,

See we chat every other week but it just hasn’t got that same buzz,

Remember we used to chat everyday, but it’s gone now, I’m lost and feeling stuck.

Words and verbs, metaphors that I used to use,

Are now not spoken as they’re overly used.

We say the same things but format our vocabulary,

This feeling sucks and I’m losing my sanity.

See we used to have the strongest of bonds that didn’t match anything else,

You might of saw it differently but really that’s how I felt.

I guess the reason we become so distant is because we began to grow up,

That was the fact we parted and the buzz fell into the rough.

You gained new friends and I’m not mad at that,

I’m just glad you’re enjoying life and I can deal with that.

But is it wrong I want my friend back, even though we’ve both changed?

Is it strange that things deep down just aren’t feeling the same?

It’s funny as we walk the same paths where we once laughed,

But all we do now is smile and walk graciously past.

The connection and tether of friendship just broke off and it’s blowing into the wind,

Almost as if that bonds been trashed and it’s thrown in the bin.

As I sit here and the rain stumbles upon my glass frames,

I’m imagining a life without hearing your name.

Is it odd that I speak of you so high and mighty?

Is it odd as friends I want to hold and hug you and feel so tightly?

I’m never going to stop loving you as we once were,

But the fact of the matter is it’s not as it once were.

You’ve got a boyfriend and you’re acting different trying to think that I want to get physical,

Truth is I’m just respecting you, trying re-kindling our friendship why you acting all cynical.

Don’t flirt with me and expect me not to do it back,

I wanted to chill for the day you were the one who introduced that.

I love you for who you are, deep down as a friend,

But if it’s going to be this way I think it might have to put it to an end.

You see me as someone who’s trying to flirt and wants to be something else,

Truth is I’m not, I’m always a friend if all else fails.

I’m always your friend don’t ever forget that,

I’m sorry for the way I acted; I hope you can respect that.

I just want to re-kindle those feelings we once had,

But if you want to call it a day I won’t get mad.

What you think guys? I wrote this a while ago and it relates to the post from yesterday but to tell you the truth it hits home even more, as I stated earlier I’m starting to lose another friend. Our bond has just gone it seems and it’s almost as if we’re strangers now, but I’m not going to kick up a huge fuss, that’s life. The post yesterday was just me venting it all out, I’m in a much happier mood!

Any thoughts please comment!

Enjoy your day! *ps I write this on my mobile so if there’s any spelling or grammatical errors please point them out!

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When Friends Start Turning Into Strangers.

It’s rather tough when a friend or a close friend starts turning into a stranger. It’s as if all the feelings you once un-earthed with each other start to disperse, the jokes you used to tell become an un-funny part of your life and it feels awkward when you’re around them. It’s tough, it’s not like you’re losing them it’s as if you’re losing someone who you can count on, someone you can explain specific feelings to and someone who you seek out for guidance. In a sense you’re losing a companion.

I’m quite lucky because I have a fantastic set of friends, it’s a small group of friends but they’re truly genuine people. The problem I’m facing though, I feel as if I’m losing one of them and it’s quite an emotional roller coaster. I’ve let other people interfere with how I interact with them and it’s taking its toll on the friendship. I remember the times when we used to talk and text for hours, and days in fact but as time went on it’s as if all those memories and the bond we created has begun to snap.

I figure I should reveal it’s a girl by the way, I think it’s because she’s a female we have a much different relationship than my male friends. Sure we can joke in the same way but it just feels different.

I’m happy though, they’re getting on with their life and I feel as if they’re in a happy place but I just don’t want it to feel as if we’re strangers anymore. It’s as if we went from being rather close to the point where we hardly know each other. Maybe I’m just being silly but it certainly feels a lot different. I’ve never experienced it before either, sure at times I will admit I’ve been a bit off with them but who hasn’t with a friend?

I think we’ve been at such a vast distance for a long time we haven’t got the chance to hang out as much. It’s definitely not an excuse but I don’t know, it just feels as if that plays a huge factor and I’m not blaming them for that either I guess that’s just how it goes sometimes but I just would like that same ‘vibe’ to be back, the same vibe it once had.

It’s crazy, I was just talking to them the other night and I compared it to the level of conversation we had when we first met, it’s such a substantial difference; we tend to repeat ourselves but word it in such a different way, it’s got to the point where we talk about the same stuff over and over again and I’ve often wondered is it worth it? Is it worth me trying to push through so we can connect again? Or is it just going to stay like this forever?

I’m sorry if this has dampened your mood but I just felt this was the best way to vent my feelings. Sure I have other friends who I could have confided in but I just can’t express myself in such a vast way with them, I don’t want them to feel obliged to help either. But as of late I’ve just seemed to have been giving and giving to everyone and being nice and making sure everyone else feels good to the point where I don’t have that one person who I can vent to.

Maybe it’s not best airing my personal problems out there like this but I just wanted to get this off my chest. I’m a nice guy, that’s not me being cocky or arrogant either, I know I’m a nice guy. I’ve helped numerous people with countless problems over and over but when I have a problem they seem to run away or have other things to do. It gets pent up inside where it comes to the point where you either snap or just breakdown.

I haven’t broke down as such but I’ve just decided to say screw it and let these feelings go free and to tell you the truth it already feels a million times better. If I had to give advice to anyone going through anything similar I would try to tell them to express their feelings to someone or even put it in a diary. It’s almost as if this weight has been lifted from my shoulders, cliché I know but that’s how it genuinely feels. After being nice to everyone and helping sort out their problems it’s nice to tell someone how you’re feeling for once, it’s nice to just let loose.

I met up with another old friend on Friday, we had a day out. The problem was I felt so mentally drained and shattered from all the bullshit and negativity it definitely effected the day. I felt so bad afterwards and in a way still do. They wanted to spend their time with me but I seemed to be in such an anti-social mood so they mustn’t have enjoyed it but I couldn’t help it. I mean I did try at one point but I just felt like crap, I want to make it up to them and I have apologised via text but it just doesn’t seem right, I’m not going to include their name but they know who they are. On behalf of the world to see, I do apologise but you’ve got to understand you can’t be happy 24/7 and the one day where my feelings began to break through was the day we met up, so I’m sorry.

You could counter all of this with telling me to push though it or even tell me there are people out there feeling much worse and that I need to get over myself and guess what? I completely agree, it’s a minor problem to be complaining about but it’s something I needed to get off my chest, hopefully this will help me move on with a decision to wait it out or just let it go. You can only take so much as a person and the fact people moan about you moaning just doesn’t help the situation. You need someone or something to vent to every now and then.

Sorry to put a downer to your day, it’s a Monday I know you want something to cheer you up but you just need to vent sometimes and today was that time!

Enjoy your day folks!

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Words That Annoy Me! Example, “Bae”

From Internet memes to vine compilations words such as ‘bae’ and ‘yeet’ (don’t worry I’ll explain later) have worked their way into our daily lives through the power of the ever un-controlling social media. I’m not sure if Vine and Twitter are to thank for this or just some idiots coming up with words in their back garden in the vain attempts to make their video or tweets go viral but you know what? It’s the slang of our generation.

Words come and go but then there are some words that annoy you to the point where you need to blog about it, this is that blog ladies and gentleman. Here are my top 5, well 6 annoying words from Vine and Twitter.

  1. Bae- The cool new way to say babe. Even though I never thought the word babe was cool in the first place, bae just makes it so much worse, am I a bad person for this? No. Well I hope I’m not. If you let the word ‘bae’ slip into your daily vocab please give yourself a punishment, it just sounds so terrible and hopefully it’s not just me who thinks this but it’s a rather cringe-worthy word!
  2. #Squad- Friends, a group or gathering of people. An everyday word turned into slang for my youth of today. I’m not saying you folks reading this are old but I would be surprised if a 30 year old reads this and actually uses the word squad. It’s mainly used on Twitter and Instagram. Common examples include someone taking a photo with a group of friends and then using the hash tag squad hoping for the whole world to witness there finesse at being beautiful. #Squad yo.
  3. Turned up- No someone’s not turned up; they’re not a dial you can switch up and down people. If you’re ever turned up or had someone say you’re turned up they’re deluded. It’s the new way of saying you’re being wild I guess. If you’re at a party, drunk and having a good time apparently you’re turned up. Makes sense but it’s just horrendous!
  4. Friend zone- Now this one really pisses me off to the maximum. If you’re friends with the opposite sex and let me repeat, just friends; people automatically assume you’re doomed to ever have a relationship with that person, but you know what? What if I never wanted a relationship in the first place? What if I’m happy with just being friends? Never thought about that did you? Honestly folks, don’t look at everything in a sexual or relationship type way! Two people can be friends without wanting to have sex all the time! I’m not in a zone, we’re friends!
  5. Yeet- This word was made famous by a classic vine clip, it features a little kid on a race track dancing in one of the most peculiar ways possible, take a look at the vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDXgTGUxo8g odd right? Well essentially this went viral and everyone began doing crazy stuff such as smacking food from someone’s hand, pretending to slam dunk over someone’s head and tripping people over. All were videoed and all had the phrase ‘yeet’ shouted somewhere along the lines thus creating this phenomena called ‘yeet’ such an odd term.
  6. Thot- I was going to stick with 5 but right before I posted this I found a gem. A rather nasty word but best described via Urban Dictionary:

A Thot is a hoe. Plural: Thotties

Marquan: Yo that’s my main girl
Deshaun: She yo main girl but she my main thot.

There we have it, a rather small and quirky post from me today but hopefully it’s kept you entertained for a few minutes!

What are some of your annoying words?

Enjoy your day!

:)

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Street Harassment…

I just want to state before I get into this whole crazy mess of a blog post, if my words or opinions anger or annoy you in any way, I’m sorry. It’s my opinion and mine only, I’ve stated my views on this video and the whole ‘vibe’ surrounding it and a few people have been angered by it, to the point where there tone of voice was rather aggressive. It’s funny, we all think we’re a civilized and mature generation yet when someone gets angry because you have a specific opinion on a controversial topic it makes you think otherwise. Before I get into my thoughts and feelings I shall link the video, it’s only a few minutes but it has caused quite the viral stir.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1XGPvbWn0A

Watched it, good? I’m pretty sure it’s stirred your emotions as well.

It’s a mess, I’m unsure as to where to start this one in all honesty so I’m going to just talk about the facts and state my opinions and why I feel that way, I hope that’s cool with you guys? And if you disagree with my thoughts and ludicrous opinions please feel free to comment! I won’t hate you, don’t worry!

So after watching this video I had mixed-emotions. Everyone knows YouTube, the comment section is a war of verbal abuse and a torrent of hatred, some of the stuff on there is so vulgar it’s disheartening to read. Comments such as;

  • “People are straight up retards for such a ridiculous video even to exist.”
  • “You sound gay.” - This even got 6 likes people, I mean seriously sort your shit out.
  • “Compliments? This bitch can’t take fucking compliments?” So disgusting. If you’re going to make a comment on such a controversial topic, do it in a professional way without the offensive language. Just think about that comment for a moment, this persons called the woman in the video a ‘bitch’ just because she has a certain opinion on something. It’s wrong on so many levels.

So yeah, this was just on the first few comments I browsed through, most people are generally commenting “oh it’s just compliments” or “she’s brought it on herself because of the clothes she wears.” Now these are the two main areas of debate I wish to get into. I’m going to chuck in my two cents on the general remarks as well such as the “damns” and the people who stare and whistle. Ready? Let’s discuss!

  • “Oh it’s just compliments.” In all honesty this was my first opinion when I saw the video, I watched it and then re-watched it and some of the stuff people are saying to her can be passed as compliments. If I was to go up to a girl and say “hello, you’re pretty” is that such a crime? I don’t think it is. BUT for some females or males might I add they may not want some random stranger coming up to them and trying to spark up a conversation, it may place them in an uncomfortable state where they end up feeling harassed because of it. And I don’t blame them. It all comes down to the person at the end of the day, but it shouldn’t be publicized as harassment just because you see a girl who you find attractive and try talk to her. That’s how I’ve met friends in the past, that’s how friends started relationships and that’s how people ended up getting married. All because someone, in this case the male went up to the female and simply complimented her. The best example of this is at 00:38 seconds into the clip. I believe it’s the guy sitting down and he simply asks “how are you this morning?” It’s just a simple question I understand there’s no compliment but there’s no malicious tone to his voice, like I said some women may respond and react to the question others may not. It comes down to the person. But it shouldn’t be classed as harassment, there’s no real harassing in that statement. Can’t one human ask another human how they’re doing? Is it so wrong to want to interact within our cultures and cities?
  • The cat calling. Why’s this still around? Media and films really helped changed societies ideas on cat calling and whistling, but put yourselves in the females shoes. If a man, who’s slumped against a wall, staring right at your body ends up whistling it’s definitely going to make you feel uncomfortable, but like I said some girls may enjoy it. But for the most part, in my eyes it’s just rude to do that to someone and it makes you look sleazy.
  • “Damn girl.”I mean c’mon guys, is that the best you can do? That’s not a compliment in anyway, it’s in my eyes disgusting. If you’re approaching a girl who you feel is attractive and you feel as if they’re someone you want to get to know, why are you saying “damn girl?” you should be approaching as a gentleman. You shouldn’t be shouting at them or slanted over acting “tough” or what’s perceived as tough in our modern day society. I can see why this comes off as harassment, the way they’ve presented themselves and the way they’ve gone about talking to someone is so rude. It’s touchy but I hope you can see where I’m coming from.
  • “She’s brought it on herself because of the clothes she wears.” I hope you’re kidding, right? I’m sorry it’s not your body; it’s down to her what she decides to wear. If she’s comfortable and wants to wear an item of clothing that shows off her body, what gives you the right to say she brought it on herself? It’s all because some males think it’s acceptable to whistle and stare at her in an oddly manner when in reality it’s not. A minor glance should be fine, she’s an attractive woman I’m allowed to look the same as she’s allowed to look at me and if I think she’s attractive who then says it’s un-acceptable to not talk to her? She could end up becoming a close friend or even a girlfriend if she wants to communicate back to me. Just because she’s wearing clothes that show off her curves and body, why in the world would you call her ‘a stuck up slut’ all because she doesn’t want to talk to someone?
  • Open the clip back up and go to 00:50 seconds. Now this is the scariest thing that I think could happen to a female or even male, I felt slightly worried when watching it. The clip shows an annotation that the guy follows her around for 5 minutes. You obviously have your own views on this but seriously, it’s creepy. It’s going to scare and shake you up, the fact it was for 5 minutes is even worse. In a way I can see it as a form of harassment, the guys not leaving her alone! He’s not taking the hint she doesn’t want to talk, just leave. You’re not respecting her wishes and in turn essentially harassing her by following her every move.
  • “Because I’m ugly” – 01:24. Sort that out, from the video she doesn’t say the guy is ugly. It’s something that’s totally ludicrous to say, I’m unsure as to why the guy believed she didn’t want to talk to him but from my eyes it’s because he thinks she’s thinking he’s ‘ugly’ or it could be just because she doesn’t want to talk to you, she doesn’t have to explain as to why. Maybe she just doesn’t want to talk or maybe she’s in a hurry; don’t ask questions like that, ever. Yeah that whole he thinks, she thinks got me confused as well, apologies.
  • “God bless you mami” – 00:27.It’s not just what the guy said, it’s the way he said it and the way he’s staring the female down as if she’s an object. Sounds a tad out there I know but hear me out. If you look at the way the young gentleman eyes up and down her body, not even in a subtle way it’s a full on stare, it’s rather rude. I can’t speak for the female in question or females in general however if I were in the position as a male and a female doing that; I personally wouldn’t mind it having said that, that’s just me. Some women are going to feel uncomfortable and some women are going to enjoy it, it’s personal taste but in terms of harassment it depends on the person. For the female yes, it’s rude to her and she doesn’t like it but I guess from the males perspective it’s a little different. In his eyes I guess it’s his way of showing you a compliment even if it’s not gentleman like, if you see what I mean. He feels as if he’s not harassing you. He feels as if he’s paying you a compliment because he may not know any other way to do so. Not speaking for the gentleman or knocking his attempts but in my eyes from the way I’ve learned it’s not respectful but he may not know that. A bit of an excuse you could say but it’s a tough one to analyse. Sure you can call it harassment but in his eyes it’s a compliment. Two complete different spectrums meeting as one.

You know, I respect this video. It’s raised some issues within the way we present ourselves in our modern day society. It shows to some males, females are not objects you can shout at them or whistle because ‘that’s the thing to do.’ But it’s misrepresenting the term ‘harassment.’

The definition for harassment is: aggressive pressure or intimidation.

Now the guy walking with the female for 5 minutes, that’s borderline in my eyes. Very scary for anyone male or female and is in my personal eyes a form of harassment. However, asking someone if they’re having a nice day or even complimenting someone to tell them they’re beautiful is in no way aggressive at all. I would love for someone to tell me I’m beautiful, it gives people a lift of spirits but having said that some women or some males may feel otherwise. They may feel uncomfortable or even worried if someone strange and new said that to them. And it’s not their fault. It’s just how they feel.

I think the term harassment was the wrong choice, I’m unsure as to what you could call it but there isn’t much in terms of harassment. I’ve said it to friends and family and I will say it again, in my personal opinion cat calling, vulgarly staring at a female as if they’re an object and shouting rather aggressive compliments is not a compliment it’s rude and makes someone feel uncomfortable. Saying to someone they’re pretty or telling them to have a nice day is not. It’s common manners and it’s sociable, if you like it you can choose whether to talk back but if you don’t you can walk on, nothing wrong with how you feel it’s your choice. It’s what happens afterwards that needs to change. You can’t be mean or nasty to someone just because they choose not to talk to you, it’s their choice not yours!

I guess no one’s really explained their views and opinions on the subject to me; they’ve just made comments without backing it up. I would love to hear what others think, I’m open to changing my opinion if someone can persuade me otherwise but because I haven’t had an intellectual talk on it as of yet I just can present how I feel as of now. But you can make a point that might sway my thoughts on this subject, just drop a comment or an email (routinedreamer@gmail.com) don’t be afraid I will not be nasty to you, or un-friendly it’s all just a debate where we as humans can learn from one another!

Enjoy your day!

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Movie Mistakes! & Movie Facts!

Be-warned this blog post may actually ruin your favourite movies!…

Only kidding folks, I’m not that mean! I love films, I’m un-sure as to who doesn’t but there’s these great little niggles that come with these high end movies and to tell you the truth it’s not anything bad it’s just little ‘mistakes’ in the continuity within the film. To give an example (my list later on will include pictures don’t worry) little things such as cups changing colour or actors hitting their heads. The funny thing is they’re kept in and produced within the final cut and this is where the reviewers come out of their lurking shadows and criticize the films until the cows come home.

Really though most reviewers don’t but you get the vibe I’m trying to create! Movie mistakes aren’t bad unless it effects the story if it’s just a cup colour or a camera showing up it’s usually fine but they’re interesting to see when it’s such a huge production!

Before I get into this all credit is due to http://www.moviemistakes.com/ I just added my witty descriptions and no I don’t work with them or have been approached by them it’s such an interesting site! The time and dedication put into finding these mistakes and keeping geeks like me interested is greatly appreciated! All picture credits go to them!

The Shawshank Redemption – Honestly such a fantastic film, if you haven’t seen it I greatly recommend it. Quick overview from IMDB; (I’m a cheat, don’t hate) two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. Did I forget to mention Morgan Freeman’s one of the main characters, that fact alone should swing it for you! Anyway the movie goof, I nearly forgot about it! This one’s a minor mistake, funny but minor. It’s from the scene where the wardens come through and start tossing cells, in the scene it shows all of Andy’s chess pieces upon the window being knocked over one by one. After a little while one of the pieces has been placed upright again even though no one touched them! Pretty nifty to be able to spot right?

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Extra cool facts – IMDB gets credit on this one! I should add the facts are mainly to do with dates, the film was based in 1947.

  • When Tommy goes out into the yard to talk to Warden Norton, Warden Norton offers him a cigarette. The pack of Marlboros that he offers him has Marlboro Miles on them, which weren’t around until the 1990s.
  • When they are on the roof during the tar job, in either 1949 or 1950, Andy tells Hadley that the IRS allows a gift to a spouse tax free. At that time, the IRS was known as the Bureau of Internal Revenue. It did not become known as the IRS until the 1950s.
  • The full-size photo poster of Rita Hayworth that Red procures for Andy in 1949 comes from a series of celebrity posters that went on sale in the early 1960s.
  • The stamp used by the parole officers in 1947 prints in the Helvetica font, which was not invented until 1957.

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone - Fantastic movie as well, I’m pretty sure I lived on Harry Potter VHS’s when I was younger. I probably should have read the books as well I feel I’m missing out on a huge part of history there but I watched the films, which counts for something surely! My nickname in school was ‘Dobby’ and no it was not because I looked like an aged old elf it was because of my tiny stature in size and it was very similar to my second name. Is it wrong my closest friends still use that nickname rather than my ‘real’ name? They never call me Jake, ever. It’s got to the point if they do slip it out it’s like ‘who’s that?’ The mistake! Well in one scene where they’re all eating together it’s clear to see that Harry is sat next to Ron but when the camera angle changes he is ‘magically’ next to Hermoine on the other side of the table. Isn’t this just to the perfect time to insert a witty joke about magic and the world of Harry Potter? Pretty cool spot though.

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Extra cool facts – The Internet gets credit on this one! General Harry Potter facts might I add.

  • There are roughly 700 fouls in Quidditch.
  • The actress who played Moaning Myrtle was 37 years old at the time “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” was filmed.
  • Dementors, the deadly phantoms that guard Azkaban Prison, represent depression and were based on Rowling’s struggle with the disease.
  • The least successful Harry Potter film, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” made $90 million more than the most successful Twilight movie.

Pulp Fiction - Surely one of the greatest films ever made? Definitely in my top 5. If I’m being brutally honest it’s quite hard to describe the actual film because it feels like there’s so much going on! It’s got action, comedy, romance and more comedy; dark comedy though. Best way to describe it is…Yeah, I’m going to IMDB. The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. There we are that’s that sorted! Anyway, movie goof; this is a mistake that’s quite hard to notice but there’s a scene in the film where bullets are being fired or should I say going to be fired, well in the movie Quentin Tarantino (amazing I should add) showed off the bullet holes in the wall before any gun was fired. Doesn’t discredit the movie in any way, just an awesome goof!

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Extra cool facts – The Internet once again! http://www.shortlist.com/entertainment/films/50-things-you-(probably)-didnt-know-about-pulp-fiction

  • At the end of Pulp Fiction , Jules says he wants to become a “drifter.” In Kill Bill Volume 2, Samuel L. Jackson appears as a piano-playing drifter, called Rufus.
  • John Travolta spoke to a recovering heroin addict during his research for Vincent Vega. The addict, a friend of Quentin Tarantino, suggested Travolta get drunk on tequila and lie in a hot pool, as this would be the closest representation of heroin’s effects without actually it. Travolta tried this method with his wife in their hotel hot tub, lining up tequila shots along the bath.
  • The shot of Vincent plunging the syringe of adrenaline into Mia’s chest was filmed by having John Travolta pull the needle out, then reversing the footage.
  • Marsellus and Mia Wallace never speak to each other on-screen, despite being husband and wife.

There we have it, just take a look at the site - http://www.moviemistakes.com/ there’s so much more!

I just want to add the only parts I really did was the intro, the photos and facts were from other sites. The other sites I used were;

There were others as well for a few facts but I’ve lost them in my internet history, if they’re yours drop me an email so I can give credit! Just a short and easy one for today. 

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10 Things We Should Be Taught At School!

Is it wrong that I don’t miss school? I mean sure there were some nice moments and a few memories throughout the years but in reality school only taught me the basics to life. I can’t say I learned all that much but that may be saying something about me! But in all seriousness I had fantastic teachers but I just didn’t retain anything, hopefully that makes some kind on sense! Sure it was the easiest time of my life and I think will be the easiest time of my life until the day I die but I don’t feel I’ve benefited all that much. I’m 19 now so it’s probably not been put in perspective for me, I may look back at 50 and have a total different opinion but for now I just don’t get it. School gives you routine, it gives you an education, a basic education but an education none the less. It can benefit a huge variety of people but for me, it just didn’t.

I’ve worked ever since I left at 16 and there hasn’t been a day where I’ve used what I’ve learned in Science about chemical bonds to benefit me, there hasn’t been a day where I’ve used my knowledge in art to benefit me, you see where I’m going don’t you. Sure 10, 20 or even 30 years down the line it may come into play but in all honesty I just don’t see it. I don’t have a huge problem with education at the moment but I think certain life skills that I’ve picked up along the way really need to be introduced.

I’ve created a list of 10 things that I wish I could have learned whilst at school, hopefully you agree if not please drop a comment as to why! Feel free to add your own as well! Enjoy!

(I apologise on the lack of structured English for this one! I was in a rush, no excuse but I feel I should definitely mention it.)

  1. Learning CPR. This one’s top of the top for me, it’s a skill we should all be taught by law. You don’t know where you may need it, when you may need it or who you may need it for. In my personal or can I say ‘professional’ opinion even though I’m really only a professor in eating junk food, I would much rather be taught that than some topics we’re forced to learn in school. Obviously it’s not going to take up a whole term, c’mon guys I’m not that dumb! But we definitely all should be taught it whether it means missing one lesson that’s not as important as your main subjects just as long as we are all taught it in our lifetime. What are your thoughts to that?
  2. Learning how to take control of your taxes and all that other ‘nasty stuff.’ I’m pretty sure everyone else has complained about this, I’m just chucking in my two cents I guess! (woo an American idiom) I got screwed on my first job and my tax was an outstanding amount, when you’re a teenager expecting your first pay check it’s a bit of a surprise to see absolutely nothing and most of it going to tax. They don’t teach you how to sort it out, it’s down to you to learn but I mean it’s a huge shocker seeing as you’re still young. A foot in the door would definitely help introduce you into that world! In terms of the ‘nasty stuff’ as well I’m talking about information on mortgages and renting houses, all that grown up stuff! It would have been nice to get a taster into the ‘adult’ life rather than having to start from scratch.
  3. The swimming basics. Now this one’s a tad controversial, in some or even most schools within the UK I do believe it is taught, the only problem was I never learned at that period of time how to actually swim. They took us to do these training classes when we were roughly 4/5 years old but I never properly understood how to swim. I eventually did though, thank-god! The Earth’s surface is roughly 71% water so it’s definitely something we should all know, even if it’s just learning how to float. It’s better than drowning right?
  4. Cooking. I look in my fridge and man what do I see? A whole section full of ingredients, succulent foods and the tenderest of meats but you know what the problem is? I really don’t know how to cook, and when I say really; I mean really! I’m literally terrible. Obviously I’m an expert/ master at the obvious foods like Pasta, beans on toast and the ‘crappy’ stuff but you know what would be awesome? Learning how to cook up a bad ass steak or a pizza from scratch. Okay they weren’t the best of examples but you get the picture. I know what you’re saying at home as well, “why don’t you just learn it from the internet man!” and to some extent that’s true but I feel learning it at school maybe as an extra-curricular activity would benefit the subject of wanting to cook more as pupils would go if only if they want to. Rather than being forced to learn a subject they didn’t want to! Although there would obviously be problems with funding, staff, ingredients and all that jazz, you get the picture. It would be a cool idea though hopefully you’re with me on that, it beats dominos and Chinese takeaways, not that I have anything against them! I pretty much live off those!
  5. Recognising when you’re drunk. I hate people who get so wasted they can’t even stand, I’m unsure as to why you let it get to this point or your ‘friends’ let you get to this point. I’m one of these people who really doesn’t understand drinking alcohol, people often tend to use it and abuse it. Example; “I drink to numb the pain” woah that just took a turn didn’t it? I’m sorry to depress you even further on a Monday but this is a valuable point! Alcohol should be used to celebrate, it’s something we should use to relax after a long day’s work or just use it as something to treat yourself with. Even if you’re on a night out or you’re in a club, why go overboard? It just makes you look like an idiot but to go even further it ruins your night and your friend’s night. There’s times when it can be acceptable but when it gets to the point where you’re knocking things over, stumbling and hurting yourself that’s the point when someone should tell you, ‘you’re drunk you can’t have anymore.’ If you do it can lead to health issues inside your body, you can fall over and physically hurt yourself but you know what the worst part is? The pain it takes on your bank balance!
  6. Basic Geography. I hate being lost, it’s genuinely terrifying. It’s much worse if you’re lost within a dark, scary place and those loud bangs and noises creep you out. Oh wait, Halloweens over! Darn. You get my point though, when I’m walking home late at night and I hear a cat screech and scarper across the road it can be quite scary even though I know nothing will happen to me or maybe I just get scared too easily either way I know it freaks me out! Anyway; geography. Sure we’re all taught it in school but we’re taught about rocks and volcanoes and sure it’s beneficial to certain pupils but what I really want to know is how to read the time when looking up at the sun or where to go if I’m lost within a foreign country. I get there’s leaflets and stations with all this information and with the vast improvements of tech there’s more than likely no need for this but I feel it’s something we should all be able to retain inside us just for future reference if all else fails.
  7. Public speaking. I absolutely used to loathe public speaking or speaking on my own to a group of people, it’s terrifying! You feel far too out of depth and you can’t seem to slumber back within your comfort zone but you know what? Those are the moments when you really find yourself, those moments let you relish within your own confidence and in turn makes you a much better person. It makes you feel better about yourself even if at the time you’re frightened to death. There’s so much pressure put on kids and teenagers nowadays especially when it comes to things such as looks and intelligence, school time can really knock your confidence which doesn’t set you up to well for work life or social life. I think by teaching people to be more comfortable within their own body will help greatly in the future.
  8. Respectful Flirting. I’m not one to fuss if I get turned down or rejected by a female, it happens; at least you’ve given it a go right. The thing that really bugs me is when guys think they’re like walking gods and continually harass females all because they’ve turned them down. This happens in clubs, a lot. You see these dudes trying to grind on females even though they’re pushing them away and telling them to leave them alone, I guess the fact they’re intoxicated on alcohol doesn’t help but it’s certainly not an excuse. Like I was saying though if she’s rejecting you, respectfully take the hit don’t try and move around it, just move on! We should be taught to respect boundaries when we’re in college, although it will seem pointless at the time, when you’re out in a club hopefully that knowledge of respecting her wishes and leaving them alone will come into play because you’ve successfully retained the consequences as to trying to persuade them otherwise.
  9. Finding out if someone’s telling a lie. There are a few signs that someone’s telling a lie e.g. stumbling around the question or questions, a change of breathing or even standing very still. The thing is we don’t consciously put these into play we just retain the information sub-consciously and don’t think about it after the conversation is over. What we should be able to learn is if someone’s doing it mid-conversation, it would save a lot of time!
  10. Budgeting. Boy oh boy I spend my money on the most stupid and weirdest crap ever, well that’s a lie it’s mainly trainers/sneakers or food. I enjoy it greatly, my bank balance doesn’t but I do. The problem is when the time comes for me to pay bills, rent and get the weekly essentials it’s going to be a huge shock. I’m so used to this luxury of having spare money around that once I get those bills paid and only have pennies to my name it’s going to hit me hard. They should really teach you how to section out your money; it will definitely help out for most in the future!

I apologise on the lack of structured English for this one! I was in a rush, no excuse but I feel I should definitely mention it.

There we are my top 10 things I wish I learned at school! What are yours?

Enjoy your day!

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“Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover”

We’re always told not to judge a book by its cover, yet as we grow up and get older we often lose sight of this ‘rule’ and let our minds cast an opinion on someone or something before we’ve even talked to them or learned about their situation. We cast judgement based on overall introduction and overview yet when you get down to the nitty gritty of things it can be a total shocker and something you didn’t expect may turn up. Essentially it’s a post about casting judgement on someone when you haven’t learned about them and are just judging from the perspective you see.

I’ve literally just landed a new job that I’m proud to say I want to do, a job I will enjoy waking up at 7 in the morning to go to and a job I wouldn’t have landed if I stuck it out on a previous one (will explain later.) I got the call about 10/20 minutes ago but this blog post was wrote yesterday and to tell you the truth I’m over the moon about it, the job that is!

(Please stick with the out of date references and the odd style to it, hopefully at the end it will make much more sense.)

I’m a bit annoyed, angered and let’s be honest here; stressed. It’s been an up and down month, well an up and down 2 months in fact. Most of you know the story of me leaving my previous job in retail (the one I had for 2.5 years) and leaving to work for Ralph Lauren. Like you all know that one didn’t end up too well! As I blogged previously I left as wires were crossed and I quit on the ‘first’ day (I will get more in depth to that later on.) Well I went through various job interviews and travelled stupendous miles and I finally found a new job after that. Only problem was that it was even worse than my first one, I was in training but I knew I wasn’t going to be doing it another day and I just had to quit. I just had this gut instinct and knew it wasn’t for me.

I can already tell what you’re thinking, just the same as everyone else in fact “he quits easily” or “he falls at the first hurdle” and to tell you the truth I’m tired of hearing that. They’re completely wrong, they’re judging from their perspective without hearing my side of the story. It’s funny how people judge you deep down even though they try to word it as if they aren’t, for example; “oh don’t worry you’ll do fine but you should have stuck it out a bit longer maybe.” Shit like that gets on my nerves, I’m tired of people judging me on the basis of what they’re seeing and not knowing the details as to why I quit. They don’t have the experience I went through previously or the instinct to feel that way. I had to go to the manager with the balls to say I quit because deep down you know it’s wrong for you. I made a decision that was best for me and my career yet people can’t get passed that, as I’ve stated before and will state continuously throughout this blog it was my decision, don’t judge it from my previous experiences and actually find out the reason as to why I quit so early on.

I’m not just talking about friends or family either, it’s just people in general e.g. previous work colleagues or customers I built relationships with. They hear the story of me quitting three jobs and already cast an opinion. They’ve not understood why I quit and they’re seeing it from a two dimensional view, it’s funny for them; they see someone who’s quit a job they hated, went to another job and quit that and now landed themselves another job and quit that one. They haven’t heard my side and have judged me from the word go, so here we are; to all you judgmental people here’s why I quit those jobs. From the top to the bottom.

First job – Retail, loathed the last 6 months. At first it was fantastic as I was learning a new skill, meeting new people and getting paid! What’s not too like? After a while it just drained me; targets, service and seeing the same customers and having the same conversations day in day out. It got to the point where I couldn’t take it anymore. I gritted my teeth for a multitude of months and ploughed through, I hated it. I woke up not wanting to go there and one day that was it, a few bad words and I quit. Just like that. I gave one week’s notice and I was gone. I’m not bothering to get to deep with feelings and stuff with this one as I’ve blogged about it numerous times and it’ll be me just dragging up the past even more, not fun for anyone.

Second job – clothing retail, most of you know the story of this one. If not let me jog your memory. Landed this dream job, Ralph Lauren; doesn’t get much better than that right? The only problem was it was a bit of a trek to get to. It was a rough 15-20 minute train journey and then a 10 minute walk to the store but truth is I wasn’t fussed about that, it’s Ralph Lauren I would travel much further to be working for a brand as luxurious as that. Well, after doing my training days I found out they made a mistake and told me I was being placed on the suit section! My dreams were shattered, suits! I had absolutely no interest for it. I called up the following morning and told them I wasn’t going to be working there, it made no sense money wise either. People began to judge and told me to stick it out but I knew it was pointless; it made no sense financially either:

It cost me £6 to get up there, I was going to be working 5 days a week therefore it would be £30 a week, £120 a month down the drain for a job I had no interest in. Can you see my point? If I was still on Ralph Lauren I would definitely have stayed there but because there was no interest or fire in my belly to work on a suit section it just wasn’t worth it.

Third job (latest one) – selling phones, just very reminiscent to my first job; but much worse. I quit after giving it sometime but I just had that gut feeling of it not being my career. It’s funny; I had the same feeling working at this latest job as I did when I knew I wanted to quit my first. It was instinct. I wasn’t wasting another 2.5 years of my life feeling drained and tired from life, it’s just not worth it. Sure you have security within having a job but is it worth waking up in the mornings feeling tired before the days even started? No. I can use that time to my advantage and search for a job I’m going to enjoy. The problem is everyone is seeing me quit this third job and just assuming and judging I’m quitting at the first hurdle, I’m not. I’m just being smart about it; the thing they aren’t seeing is I’ve decided to do what’s best for me. I stuck it out at my first job for far too long and it stressed me out therefore it’s silly for me to be feeling that way about this third job and continue to stick it out.

Hopefully that made some sense, let me try phrase it better. I’ve had the experience of gritting my teeth and smiling through a frown with my first job. Once I entered that third job I sensed and felt exactly the same as my first therefore with my previous knowledge and experience of hating a job why should I stick at it just because it’s a ‘job’ you know what I mean? But a lot of people don’t see that, they just see “oh he’s quit another job again.” They’re completely overlooking my situation and not getting the full details.

I had a fantastic interview as well today for a much better job, just to think I could have missed that today all because I was sticking out a job I already knew was going to be a problem for me. Then they ask how do you know it would be like that? And in the easiest way to put it is, I’ve already experienced it and had the ‘symptoms’ so to speak.

There you have it, I’ve just rambled on and on about it because I’m sick of explaining my situation to people. I haven’t quit 2 jobs just because I fell at the first hurdle; I was smart enough to get out of those situations because I knew they would only get worse.

Stop judging people and think before you speak. The comments from people saying I’m a quitter and shit like that have annoyed me to the point where writing this was so much easier than trying to get it into their brain I wasn’t quitting at the first hurdle, that’s why it’s not as grammatically correct as it should be or as smooth as my usual blogs. It’s for the people who’re judging me and won’t let me explain my situation, if you still don’t get it; re-read it. Again and again until you do…

Like I said I wrote this yesterday and got a call today saying I’ve been offered a job for the interview yesterday. Truth is I couldn’t be happier and just to think I wouldn’t have landed it if I stuck at the job I already knew I hated!

Enjoy your day folks!

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The Topic of Volunteerism! A Tad Controversial Folks.

Wrote this one yesterday, fine-tuned today. Enjoy guys!

It’s a very rare sight for me to be angered, let alone outraged on a Sunday. Yes you heard that right folks! I’m angered on a Sunday. It’s a day for peace and tranquillity, a time to reflect on the week before and look forward to the week ahead; not to be fuelled with opinionated thoughts on a sub sequential topic that I thought need not be discussed.

What’s the topic in question you ask?

‘Volunteerism is a waste of time and money’

Before we get into this I would just like to add, I’ve never volunteered myself. This is coming solely from research gained from others and at no point did I mean for this to come out biased, I hope it hasn’t come out biased as I felt I’ve kept both argument’s fair. If it has come out biased though and unfortunately offended you, I sincerely apologise as that wasn’t my true intentions.

It’s a controversial one for me; one I didn’t even know was controversial in fact. You hear the word volunteer and something in your mind just clicks; you automatically assume it’s going to be a story or a gesture of good will. To be volunteering and helping out others for reasons other than financial profit is amazing; you tend to assume everything around it’s going to be right as rain.

Well what I’ve learned is this fact may not be so true, there’s a deep and almost monstrous shadow cast over the act of volunteering or volunteerism as it’s commonly known.

It’s hard to do this one without coming from a biased stand point. I feel as if my minds already made up from my previous experiences and knowledge about volunteering itself. I’m going to try and put both arguments across for you guys so you can make up your own judgement but be warned the article that unintentionally angered me may cause some knock on affects to you! You think you can handle this? Ready? Okay…Let’s go!

What is ‘voluntourism?’

First I should give you some background information about volunteerism so you’re not coming in empty handed. Essentially it’s a form of tourism in which travellers participate in voluntary work, typically for a charity. Yeah I got that from Google, don’t hate! But it sounds pretty good, right? Who doesn’t want to travel across the globe helping others and gaining multiple life experiences money can’t buy! The chance to experience the gratefulness of a gesture of good will, the chance to give to those less fortunate and know you’ve helped their life whether it’s substantial or not! It sounds perfect doesn’t it? The truth is not all think so.

I figure there’s only one easy way to do this; most of my readers will have already guessed where this is going. It’s those beautiful things we call lists, better yet a list of the pros and cons to volunteerism, sit back and relish in my bullet pointed wonder and then judge for yourself!

Pros:

  • Tourism! It’s in the name people, need I say more? You can visit exotic locations throughout your travels, admittedly it may not be all the time however there are a few places you can visit giving you that well needed break from helping others and just live, experience life as you should. There’s a true beauty in that.
  • Knowing you’ve helped out. Obviously you’re not going to be superman to the entire country or town however there can be a real sense of achievement knowing you’ve made someone’s quality of life better or just improved how they feel, you know what I mean? I’m not a huge charitable guy but on nights out if there’s a homeless person begging for food and money I always go and get them a burger; it’s a 99p burger. Why should we suffer and starve for our most essential quality of life? It’s a necessity to eat and replenish ourselves yet we still have people who go without, it’s truly shocking. Off topic I know but it needed to be said. So basically the whole point is just gaining the sense of accomplishment within one’s self and knowing you’ve actually helped out another person’s life can make it all that worthwhile.
  • You get to take a break from the stress of ‘home-life.’ From what I’ve read a lot of the people who’ve voyaged on the task of volunteerism have done this on a gap year or taken a break from home life, it gets you away from all the negativity of what you have to deal with and lets you see the world in a completely different perspective, it really shows you how lucky we are at times. We complain about the minutest of things; being too cold, waiting for food at a restaurant or not having enough money you know, silly things. Truth is most of these are easy to deal with or just pointless to complain about but volunteering to help others where people are struggling and really have nothing and I mean nothing, can give you an intense perspective on the spectrum of reality.
  • You take home an education of different cultures. You can gain this eye-opening experience on how others eat, live and congregate with each other. It’s a perfect way to break from that usual routine of life; you know the one 9-5 Monday to Friday or study, study, study. With volunteerism you get the opportunity to break that cycle and relish within another world and experience their routines.
  • The country or place where you’re visiting gets an influx of your specific skill sets or knowledge into certain topics. I hope that makes sense, you would tell me if it didn’t right? What I’m trying to put across is the place you’re visiting can gain your knowledge to benefit them for future reference or you can teach them skills or tips to benefit in their daily lives.
  • You get this cross between cultures within the community. They get insights into how you lead your life and then you get insights on how they lead their lives. It promotes a whole new social aspect to volunteerism and benefits both parties involved.

Cons:

  • In some cases there’s been a lot less time for the tourism aspect of actually going out there, what’s happened before is some people have travelled to these exotic locations but have fell short where work is the main priority. They had no chance to get out and sight-see which is a main part of ‘volun’ The work eventually ended up taking over and all that money spent on flights out there and places to stay haven’t been worth it, sure you get to meet new people and get to help out but you’re completely missing out on the goal of also tourism itself. You need some ‘me’ time as well, otherwise it’s very similar to your situation at home where you’re constantly working however this time you’re emotional aspect can come into play as well and you don’t benefit in the long run.
  • In some cases voluntourism itself actually affects the lives of others, not for good though for bad, let me explain; when multiple organisations after organisations comes into these countries or towns what actually happens is, it puts local trade out of business. When you have hundreds of tourists coming in to say donate clothes, build support systems or erect buildings for free the local business men and women then have no one to offer their services to. It puts the local tradesmen and women out of work thus not actually helping the community itself almost damaging it in a way. Sure you can argue the case of the tourists helping out the smaller proportion of the community but wouldn’t you rather help out all the community. By employing the local businessmen and women to do the same work the tourists do for free surely it benefits both parties. It can swing both ways though that one, you see why it gets a bit controversial?
  • This next point is more defined rather than surveying the whole aspect of volunteerism; it’s aimed at helping in orphanages. Let’s face it working in an orphanage, from an outsiders perspective seems a daunting and emotional challenge. It’s high-rewarding but it can be very life changing in certain ways. At this point I’m wondering if this could actually go in both sections but I’ll decide to leave it here for now. So, when an orphan has lost their mother, father or even both and has no one to bond with, it’s got to be emotionally terrible. I can only image the pain and trauma they must go through. In some cases what’s so controversial about helping out at an orphanage is, when you make these deep connected bonds with the children it can have knock on effects. Say you’re visiting an orphanage for 3 weeks, you meet all these lovely children and connect with them, after those 3 weeks are finished you leave and you feel fantastic. The problem it can cause is the child’s now been left alone yet again, a friend torn from them and a bond broken. It can be disastrous for how they’re feeling and unfortunately the bond you’ve created shattered and they can then go through a variety of emotions; they feel angered, sad it’s not fair on the child.
  • Like I said though it’s not all bad. It can go both ways, some orphans may enjoy the company; they may enjoy the companionship and feel as if they have a friend anywhere in the world. It just has to be judged with the child’s interest first, not the volunteers!

Controversial, am I right?

In no way do I want this post to knock the wonderful act of volunteering or in fact even halter anyone from going. As I said previously it’s quite hard to judge as I’m not speaking from experience and at times almost coming from a biased perspective, I never intended to do that. I wanted both sides to have an equal argument where the reader can make up their mind.

In my personal opinion:

Carry on, but and that’s a big BUT, there needs to be more rules and guidelines for doing so. Let’s face it, who’s interest do you have at heart, yours and your egos or the people you intend to help? If it’s yours I feel you need to change that, sure it’s nice to get a sense of accomplishment but if you’re solely going there for that purpose it’s a problem. If you’re going there to gain a sense of experience, accomplishment and actually help out then by all means go for it.

There’s huge potential for volunteerism to benefit those who’re less fortunate than us, I really mean that. But as we speak now, I can only wonder is it more about being self-indulgent or is it more about helping others. Until you do some research for yourself into the area you’re travelling to or understand the local culture it’s hard to tell.

You can’t forget you’re a tourist as well; you need a break every now and then. You can’t go all through life being nice and then take nothing for yourself, you deserve a treat. Go visit the hotspots, go see the sights and enjoy yourself.

The one and final point I wish to repeat is I’ve never volunteered myself. This is coming solely from research gained from others and at no point did I mean for this to come out biased, if it has and the post itself has unfortunately offended you, I apologise. As I said, I think it’s a wonderful idea that we should all embrace but we need to look at the system and how it’s run. That being said can you take my point and respect it even though I’ve not actually tried it for myself? It’s down to you to make that call.

What are your thoughts on voluntourism/volunteerism?

Enjoy your day!

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The Meaning of Life – Chapter 1.

“I would rather live poor and happy than die rich and lonely.”

For time is all we have; money, dreams, life and love are speckles of dust within our ever perishing lights of life. We create memories for a life we forget and memories that others grieve for. They perceive our life in a multitude of emotions all up until our last ember leaves our dimming soul and creates a new one. They can go through your entire life with thoughts of love, anger, hell they can even want to kill you. But you know what the sickening truth is? It doesn’t matter, life is about experience, and how happy you are isn’t based on an eternity of man-made wealth, we forget this fact more often than not. We lose sight of reality. My wealth is based on life experiences and I’m the richest of the kind.

Chapter 1

“You’re a spineless, good for nothing sack of shit Bill.” Yeah I’ve heard this all before, I wasn’t fazed. Yeah maybe I was a bit angry but phased? Far from it. Is this what life’s come to I pondered. I vowed to myself at 18 I would never end up in that same shit different day routine, now look at me. Same shit, different day routine. She was trying to rip me a new one all because the rent was due and money was tight, how could she blame me for that shit? I work my ass 24/7 in a job I loathe indubitably and she gets on my back the minute I walk through the door. My strings were snapping, you go throughout life being nice to everyone you ever meet and what do you get in return? Nothing, sure the world doesn’t owe you anything and it never will, it’s what you make out of life but there’s those times when you just think to yourself; “where’s my love?”

I snapped my tie with a tight grip I know all too well, kicked my shoes off my aching feet and sat on the sofa. You’ve seen the films, it’s that epiphany moment; the world blurs and meshes into the backing, the screams and torrent of abuse just become a silent murmur and then my mind fell blank. It was that ‘pin drop moment’ you hear all the time, I just had enough. I’ve felt this way for years, today was the day I changed that.

Crap, Did I forget to introduce myself to you, I did didn’t I. As you’ve guessed my name’s Bill, yeah I was the one getting called a ‘spineless sack of shit’ but before we delve into that I bring you my childhood, my rather flat childhood I should say. Everyone loves to intrude and drag the mess from one another’s lives to make theirs feel all that much better, before you try and do that to me I shall just tell you.

I lived a basic life, from the age of 6 I always loved to write. It wasn’t until I was much older I began to get deep into it, like I said before I was very average in all aspects of this world. I woke up, went to school, done my homework and repeated this process. I guess that’s an ever recurring routine we all know too well. I watched my parents do the same; they put food on the table and warmth into my heart. I didn’t understand as a child but once I hit those teenage years it just all fell apart. I had dreams, aspirations and so did they however they ploughed through a life they didn’t want just so I was happy. I wonder how they look at me now, they wanted and pushed me to reach for whatever goal I could conjure up in my lost mind however I’m a fucking accountant and barely scraping by, I fucked up, big time. What would they think of me now?

Throughout childhood I was a spotty geek, a recluse of sorts. I just wandered in and out of dreaming and reality almost every day, my mind had gotten into the routine of wanting more yet never having the balls to do so. That’s probably why I’m like this now. I shouldn’t make excuses, to be quite frank I shouldn’t be complaining I have a roof over my head but do I have a life I want to lead, no. I was far from it. I met my current girlfriend in a fucking Starbucks, romantic? I think not. I was sat down just going over a few clients’ accounts on my laptop, it was a packed Friday morning and of course the empty seat was next to me. Now admittedly I was jumping to and from work and social network sites, maybe I was on the social sites a bit too much than I should have been but hey at the time I weren’t complaining. I just stopped giving a fuck.

I was watching a video, some silly video about dogs and what they do with their owners, truth is I can’t really remember but what I do remember was this beautiful girl sitting next to me. It’s odd, I was always shy within my professional life yet in a social environment I was able to relish, I could come off as the most confident man in the world but deep down I was a lost lonely wanderer.

Essentially I’m going to cut a rather boring love story short, I’m sick of love. It disgusts me at this point in my futile existence, I’ve only just realised I need friendship, I didn’t want to fall in love, but I did. She kept peering over at the video and she slightly giggled, that was the chance to open up a conversation. Like I said, just your average life nothing out of the normal, we exchanged names and contact numbers and ended up going on multiple dates.

We fell in love to quick, we pushed the boundaries and jumped straight into the deep end; our love eventually drowned when we began living together. I’m choosing not to reveal her name or compromise this story; at one time in my life she was perfect. Why should I cause her suffering by betraying our bond we once had? With our professional lives taking over our relationship went stale; we fell in and out of love far too much. She wasn’t interested in me anymore. I found myself drawing back the curtains each morning with disgust in my heart, you could call me nasty for saying that but it’s true. We despised each other, the sex was non-existent only ever on birthdays and we never did anything romantic. I think back wondering what caused all of this, maybe it’s not having the balls to go for goals and dreams. I was just letting the world trample all over me.

Like I said, it was an average childhood and an average adult/romantic life; it’s my memories and tales of adult life that really out shadow the richest of humans.

Snap back to reality.

I blurred her shit out my mind, that tether holding back my fears and reclusive behaviour magically broke. It was like a drug had entered within my system and controlled my whole body, I was more than alive, and I was on cloud 9. You end up taking so much shit from the entire world all you can do is break, I ran upstairs still in a different spectrum of reality; I grabbed the wallet on the drawer, my passport from my closet and ran back downstairs. My legs wandered to the door and that was it, a middle finger back at her and a viscous “goodbye” I was gone. I didn’t understand what happened; I couldn’t believe I just did what I had done. I usually have a guilt trip after doing something nasty or malicious however this time, nothing.

I was living. I was young, 23 and without a plan.

Next stop the nearest airport.

Is University Worth It?

Everyone loves a bit of controversy in the morning, I hope. This is going to be exactly that, it’s something to get your grills all heated, something to make your blood boil whilst you pour the hot water into that morning coffee and most of all its calmly debatable. It’s a tough one to present to you folks without taking up a biased position, I guess you’re wondering what my credentials are for this and to tell you the truth I have none. It doesn’t mean I’m bashing university; in all honesty I would like to go some day.

How’s this going to be a fair fight then?

Well, after long and careful consideration it’s going to have to be a pro’s and cons list. I wrote a few drafts previously and after reading them back they just sound as if one’s outweighing the other, it’s not fair. I want this to be equal, so without further ado/adieu (I don’t want no problems on the whole ado/adieu situation, I’m not that smart I can’t decide which one!) let’s begin!

Going to University!

Pros:

  • Education – Believe it or not, after all those wild ass parties and those horrendous hangovers after the allocated time at university you can actually walk away with an education. Funny right? If you buckle down and grind your ass off you can increase your prospectus within this big bad world, you get your degree into whatever field you’ve chosen to pursue and man, you’re off! People often say it’s more about experience than education however in my personal experience I think education definitely makes you stand out. University gives you the chance to broaden your horizons; it gives you an outlet into life skills you may not require within the ‘real’ world.

What do I mean by this?

Well take things such as the debating society or a movie theatre club, if you get yourself into those activities it shows how much of an outgoing and enthusiastic person you are. It shows you have a human side rather than just work, work, work. After you’ve completed these activities it’s a great booster to have on your CV, it sets you up for life whether it is personal or education, you’ve gained essential skills you probably wouldn’t have if you were doing your 40+ hours a week, there’s limited time.

  • Meeting New People – Think about it, everyone’s in the same boat as you. Everyone’s going to be feeling nervous, excited, home sick; there’s a vast variety of emotions you will go through. You’re leaving your home to live in a world where independence is everything. You need to learn for yourself but it’s all the more fun learning with others, am I right? Because everyone else has these same emotions gushing and coursing throughout their bodies it can make them easier to talk to, you have something to relate back to them with. There are people who meet their wives at university! There’s people who bond at university and can create everlasting friendships, it’s such a perfect place to meet new people.
  • The Whole Life Experience – University has this label of being a big party, as I said previously I cannot say as I haven’t attended uni however the stories you hear often make you think otherwise. That’s not a bad thing either, would you rather be 19 fresh faced and stuck working a job you have no real passion for or would you rather be in a lecture discussing your favourite topic with people from all over the globe and then going to a wild ass party afterwards. I know what I would do, obviously it has to be the latter yet that’s more than likely because I’m still discovering myself and this whole party ‘culture’ whereas someone who has a family may choose the first one. Shit, that was a bit biased wasn’t it? Apologies. What I’m trying to get across is you can leave Uni with a vast amount of stories and experiences you will treasure forever, and memories you can look back at once you’re 50 and think “wow, I miss those days” you know what I mean?

Cons:

  • Not Passing Your Exams – It’s all good being at university and having a laugh however if you don’t put your work in, it can cause problems further down the line. Think about it, you can spend 3 to 4 years at university but if you fail and don’t get that degree it does make you wonder, was it worth it? I mean you end up leaving with no degree, no work experience and are stuck with a vast amount of money needing to be paid back. This leaves you out of the water in terms of applying for jobs and starting a career, the interviewers going to wonder why there’s such a huge gap on your CV seeing as you didn’t pass. I hope this doesn’t scare anyone from going but it’s the truth, all that time and there’s no guarantee you’re going to pass, it’s all down to the work you put in.
  • Costly Fee’s – I’m not too sure whether this is really a huge con, in reality quite a lot of people who go to university won’t actually end up working in that field they’ve studied in until they’re much older, not solid research however it’s what I’ve found through people I’ve talked to and who have actually studied at uni, quite a lot have ended up with mediocre jobs and won’t be in a field they enjoy until they gain experience to back up their degree. Back to the point, if you do get a high paying job straight out of the gate of university it’s got to be fantastic, you can pay of those fee’s, you’re doing a job you love and most of all enjoying life. From what I’ve gather the problem a huge amount of university students find is getting that dream job to pay of those fees. After a while life stops becoming all rainbows and butterflies and you’re welcomed into the real world where you need to work a job you hate at times to make ends meet, the only problem with that is if you’re earning over a certain amount you will need to make ends meet by paying rent, food, gas, electric and all your essentials then have student fees and loans to pay off on top. It’s a huge bummer.
    *You don’t end up paying off your debts until you earn over £21,000.
  • Lack of Money – Fresher’s week, woo!
  • “That dress looks nice”
  • “What about them shoes?”
  • “I think I’ll order a dominos”
  • “Can you help me out, I’m broke”

You have to be very wary and efficient with your money at university, I guess when your grant comes through it must be overwhelming to see this vast amount in your bank yet the problem with that is there’s always the chance to be so overwhelmed you go out and blow it all.  You need to be efficient with your rent money, food, and essentials and maybe travel expenses. There’s so much more to take into consideration like extra bills and what not but the point I’m trying to get across is you’re going to be strapped for cash if you end up wasting your grant and this happens quite often. People get reckless with their money; they can go out to clubs and spend ridiculous amounts on alcohol, not wise.

If you’re out of work it’s the same as well but if you’ve got a steady job and pay check coming in you can always be re-assured with that whereas if you haven’t got a job whilst in uni and have blown through most of your loan, it starts to get a bit scary, well I think it would get scary. It’s tough to have this perspective, it feels a bit biased again and I think it’s time to wrap it up.

What was the point to all this? Whilst being out of work for a while I constantly thought to myself have I missed out on an opportunity by not going to uni? It was odd, I’ve always hated studying but there’s something about uni that’s so different. It’s not like school, you know what I mean? You get that first taste of independence in life, you get the chance to create lifelong memories and converse with people from all over the globe. You get the chance to study a subject you’re passionate about, hell you even get a degree at the end to say I’ve study this course for 3 to 4 years, it’s a bragging right to say “hey I know what I’m talking about.” You get to go to wild parties and just enjoy life.

I took the route of not going to college or uni therefore I have to live with that yet when I’m out in a nightclub and meeting new people and they’re talking about their work and their dreams and aspirations it does hit home at times, you wonder if you’re on the right route or career in life. I guess I’m lucky because I’ve got a wide variety of experience on my CV yet I wonder if I’ve got a wide experience in life in general. It’s tough, that’s life though am I right?

What are your thoughts on university?

Enjoy your day!

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Job Interviews!

After an influx of exhausting and daunting interviews, where their main goal is to get deep into the core of your very existence and conjure out every tiny piece of information in regards to why you would like to work for a specific company, I’ve finally landed a new ‘new’ job. I guess you’re perplexed, pondering to yourself what’s this new ‘new’ job all about?

Well, most of you know the story but I’ve had a few new readers come through as of late therefore I feel I need to explain! I really should start putting all this work related stuff into sub-sections in my blog; it would be so much easier. Long story short, quit my job I hated and landed a perfect job elsewhere but they decided to change my departments as to where I was going to work and it just all crumbled apart so I quit that job roughly 2/3 weeks ago and I’ve been spending the past few weeks in tedious interviews.

Here’s what I’ve learned from those interviews!

  • Research – Do your research folks, honestly it’s been the biggest downfall to some of my interviews. Sure you can rock up to an interview and ace all the other questions however the interviewer is investing in you and your potential. They want to see you’ve got the passion to go out of your way and learn about the company. In some very extreme cases if you interview well and don’t know much about the brand it can work, it’s very slim but it can happen however I don’t advise it, do your research!
  • Be Presentable – I’ve been to those group interviews (they really suck) and the vast amount of people who’ve decided to turn up in a pair of jeans and a t-shirt is astounding. First impressions make a whole world of difference, you need to be the part and look the part! You don’t always need to put on a whole suit but you just being formal is good enough, I’m talking your shirts, your ties and most importantly clean shoes!
  • Be Calm and Confident – Some interviewers will understand you may be feeling nervous or even scared to interview and it’s tough not to let it show, especially if it’s your first one. I’m lucky, I’ve been through that whole experience and applied for the most outrageous of positions where the interviewer has pummelled me with the toughest questions yet the trick to this is to just breathe. Understand the question; don’t jitter around with an answer you should talk slowly and clearly. Look them in the eye when you’re talking and when they’re talking, it shows a certain confidence. Don’t look them in the eye for too long though; it may come off a tad odd!
  • Time – Get there on time folks! Pretty self-explanatory but you won’t believe the amount of people who turn up 5 minutes before an interview, you definitely need to give yourself more time than that. I usually go with 15 minutes but you can get away with 10.
  • Ask Questions – You need to prepare yourself with a few questions to ask about the employer, the brand or the working life. Try not to sound too intrusive if you’re asking about your employer, you don’t want it to come off as you’re asking what their credentials are. You definitely want to ask about the company though, it shows you have researched about the brand itself and have an actual interest to work within the company; you’re not one of these people who just turn up and try to wing it.

There we are my top 5 tips for the world to see! Hopefully you retain a few of these and it lands you your dream job!

Enjoy your day folks!

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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.

tuts


 

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.

hyperinfl


 

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!

:)

year-from-now

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

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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!

:)

Guest Poet Of The Week!

My first ever guest poet of the week! - http://fluencyofwords.wordpress.com


http://fluencyofwords.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/it-could-have-been/

It Could Have Been.

It could have been your brother,
to have suffered from a seizure,
foam suturing his lips.

It could have been your daughter,
to fall out the building,
air caressing her cheek.

It could have been your boss,
to collapse of a heart attack,
hand grabbing his chest.

It could have been your grandmother,
to rest from cancer,
knife probing her insides.

It could have been your friend,
to have bullets thrown at,
crying tears of blood to sleep.

It could have been the person next to you,
to fall asleep,
wheeled into a white room.

It could have been you,
to be dumped into a landfill,
with marble etched on your head.

It could have been you,
But it wasn’t.


This poem really hits home. When I was younger I used to think I was immortal of some sorts. You tend to grow up and see bad things happen all around you and you tend to create this mindset of thinking “oh, it will never happen to me” but the truth is it can, and it will. Such a fantastic poem!

Check out my first guest blogger as well, you won’t be disappointed! http://routinedreamer.com/2014/11/22/guest-blogger-of-the-week/


Don’t forget you can now send in your blog submissions and poetry submissions for next weeks post! Send them to:

routinedreamer@gmail.com

The rules and guidelines are in this post! http://routinedreamer.com/2014/11/17/blog-and-poem-submissions-rules-all-that-jazz/


Guest Blogger Of The Week!

Today’s the day, the first ‘issue’ for all you wonderful guest bloggers! It’s so exciting, I’m like a kid in a candy shop! Enough about me and my excitement though, this one’s all about you guys!

Who’s the lucky guest this week? http://fluencyofwords.wordpress.com

Some fantastic submission were sent in from this blogger and I’ve picked my favourite two! One’s poetry and the others a rather touching post! Enough chitty chat though, here we are!


http://fluencyofwords.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/what-do-i-fear/

What Do I Fear?

Everything, but at the same time,
Nothing.

Kind of weird, isn’t it? You cannot have ‘nothing’ and ‘everything’ at the same time, it can’t exist. A juxtaposition, you might say. True, so think about it like this:

If a car were to crash into the lobby and hit you, you’d die; if an earthquake cracks open the ceiling on you, you’d die; if you choke on your favourite apple, you’d die.

Essentially, anything can happen, and everything can kill you. Even your close friends: what if they accidentally bump into you and you fall, face-first, into a pile of rocks? A very shitty way to die, but entirely plausible. You could die at any given second. It’s a fact, isn’t it?

And if you die, you become nothing, won’t you? Perhaps not immediately, but eventually. Sure, your friends and family will remember you after you pass, but what will happen when they die? Nobody will remember you once generations change, let alone talk about you. Unless you’re incredibly famous like Napoleon or Shakespeare.

But let’s face it: Are we?

Hopefully, perhaps not now, but perhaps in ten years time. Or twenty.

So for now, here’s to all the living people. May we all not die in the next hour.


Absolutely fantastic, don’t you think? The fact it’s grammatically correct and punctuated perfectly just sweetens the deal! Very inspiring!

Link to the post once again - http://fluencyofwords.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/what-do-i-fear/

Link to their blog - http://fluencyofwords.wordpress.com


Don’t forget you can now send in your blog submissions and poetry submissions for next weeks post! Send them to:

routinedreamer@gmail.com

The rules and guidelines are in this post! http://routinedreamer.com/2014/11/17/blog-and-poem-submissions-rules-all-that-jazz/

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“Dreams”

As my day finalises and I lay my weary head to rest,

I dream and fantasise of all the things I want before my death.

I break my back for money and I live a life I wish not,

Money’s got me in a muddle; I’m tied between two knots.

I fight my thoughts and battle with my inner demons,

Truth is I’m feeding a thought thinking about leaving as I’m slowly breathing.

Some days, I day dream even though I live life inside a nightmare,

What’s life’s meaning if I wish not and feel as if I don’t care?

My feelings are contorted and stretched,

But I have life, so I guess I’m blessed.

It’s a situation we’ve all dealt with; old and young,

Let’s live life without money, my rich is based on having fun.