November 25th, 2015
We’ve known the stories of national anthems in our own country and we hold it with pride along with the history of our respective countries and cultures. But sometimes, fate has a way of making something so traditional have a new memory other than the fact it represents the country’s ideals and objectives. Such as…
Making The President Mad
In the United States, a sit-com actress had enraged the then-US President George Bush because of her national anthem antics during a San Diego-Cincinatti baseball game at the Jack Murphy Stadium.
The sit-com actress Rosanne Barr sang The Star-Spangled Banner a bit too high. She ended up singing too loud. She finished by making the gesture of a baseball player. Bush called her performance “a disgrace” and the crowd booed her off the stage.
Arrested For Disrespect
In 2014, India, a philosophy student found himself arrested over refusal to stand up during India’s national anthem before a movie they were about to see.
Reports said several audience members protested against their disrespect and a complaint filed against Salman Mohammed, 25 years old, found himself charged with sedition under the Information Technology Act, which could see him and his friends a possible life imprisonment. Luckily, he only spent 35 days in the cooler.
We know that several humanitarian groups criticised India’s government for the brutal implementation of its laws.
Algeria’s national anthem itself is bizarre. Written by a political rebel in 1956, Moufdi Zakaria would write ‘The Pledge’ on his prison walls in Algerian prison cells expressing his anger against the French oppressors during the time.
His poem saw light as a national anthem after Mohamed Triki began to add music, which Mohamed Fawzi finished in 1957.
The lyrics, infused with anger, spoke about the cries of the common Algerian and the war’s nuances, such as the noise of gunpowder as the rhythm of their daily lives and machine guns as their melody.
Categories: Cultures |
September 29th, 2015
If you thought speed dating was weird, then this is your last chance to turn away! Looking for your soulmate has never been this challenging and hilarious at the same time. Don’t see what I mean? What if your date turned from the best date to a living nightmare? That’s what these guys found.
Compiled from IGN Boards
Group Date Gone Wrong
It’s nice to know you’re loved by many guys if you’re a woman. It may feed vanity but it also shows you as a desirable woman. But to date five guys all at the same time? It’s like facing a panel of judges. One woman from IGN’s forums encountered the same situation. The guy claims the five guys and girl are his best friends since they were children and it was a usual first date. Yikes!
Strip Club What?
A guy meets a woman in a bar and goes on a normal first date. Then, a girl invites the guy in question to head over to the local strip club. What an invite, to be honest because it is rare girls enjoy strip clubs. Then he meets the new girlfriend of the date’s baby daddy and he arrives as a boyfriend-ish guy. Then, guy tries to make things go further to his advantage. Weird, but nice.
Dance In Darkness
Going on a double date? Don’t do it in the dark. Putting on music in the dark with another couple sounds like a great idea, until you start doing things your partner with another couple in the room. You might not see each other but you do understand, it is one strange experience.
What’s harder to digest? You have to go dinner outside with them. Ouch!
Categories: Dating |
July 23rd, 2015
I have to admit that plenty of dating advice websites advice men on how to talk to women. It’s probably because it’s truthfully difficult to talk to women depending on the subject manner, context of place and their perception of you.
But it can be difficult for women to talk to men too. Most men have some topics that could be sensitive for them. Sometimes, men wouldn’t be too interested and will even try to step out of a date when they can.
So how do you manage such a situation? Here are four things that you need to know.
Don’t Go Talking About Yourself And Your Girl Friends
Men are interested in your life, that’s a given. Men want to be part of your life, that’s also a given. But men don’t want to hear every adventure you’ve had with your best friends, or your personal adventures in particular.
Men want to talk about something they can relate to. It could be your favourite movie, a moment in a sitcom that you just couldn’t get over with. It’s all about not talking about yourself all the time.
Let Them Brag… a bit
Allow men to talk about themselves, their accomplishments and their hobbies. Men love talking about something that is important to them. If you tease them a bit, things can get less tense and more comfortable.
After teasing them about themselves, you could try and talk funny. Assess what’s on their minds. Play a short game that will end up in laughs.
Remember, you often remember many things when you’re happy and having fun, so why not start here?
Categories: Dating |
May 27th, 2015
Many will agree that stress is a daily part of life that is inevitable. One can never feel inspiration, motivation or even perspiration without stress. Too much stress is fatal and counter-productive to the health. So, keep your stress in balance and don’t overdo anything or else you might have to suffer the consequences in the future!
Categories: Health |
March 25th, 2015
Understanding and improving corporate culture in the office can be a very difficult scenario. However, one thing’s for sure. Corporations such as Pixar, Patagonia and Google make it a point to keep their employees happy. The employees, in turn, make the office a working space brimming with ideas and productivity. Check this infographic out and see for yourself.
Categories: Business, Cultures |
January 25th, 2015
The controversial Fifty Shades of Grey became a phenomenal book hit. When it hit the big screens, its avid readers and new fans wanted a sequel to the big screen. But whether you’re already a big fan of the book or the movie, here are five facts from the movie that you probably didn’t know.
Dakota Johnson Isn’t New To the Big Stage
When she debuted as Anastasia Steele in the first movie, Dakota Johnson was fresh to viewers. She became known for her explicit role. However, being the daughter of celebrities Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith. Melanie Griffith had remarried Antonio Banderas, which is actually her stepdad now.
Fifty Shades of Grey was Originally a Fan Fiction of Twilight
E.L. James, the author of Fifty Shades of Grey, originally used Twilight Characters Edward and Bella. Then she changed the name to Anastasia and Christian, who had been based on the name of Twilight’s author and her husband. Meanwhile, Italian real estate mogul Alessandro Proto, who is a man the author knows, thought the book was based on him, minus the more explicit parts.
James Dornan is a Veteran of Sexually-Charged Movies
Fifty Shades of Grey has made its fan-base swirl with its sexually-charged scenes. However, James Dornan, who has played the charismatic and sexy Christian Grey, is not new to sex scenes. Dornan once played the Sheriff in Once Upon a Time where he had some sex scenes.
4. The Damson Dene Hotel Does Not Have Bibles in the Drawer
UK’s Damson Dene Hotel once planned to put Fifty Shades of Grey in every drawer in its hotel. However, it gained negative feedback from the United States. Meanwhile, UK nationals and other guests haven’t complained about it.
5. Pop Star Olly Murs Thinks Its His Life Story
According to Olly Murs, he had found very many startling similarities in his own pop star life with the book.
Categories: Movies |
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November 27th, 2014
After your first date with a very potential life partner, you think you had it all figured out. Then it turns out she was just being polite to you the entire night and didn’t really think you were long-term or marriage material. You might think you haven’t done anything wrong, but it is highly likely you did. Here are three reasons why girls won’t follow through on a first date.
Maybe you were a bit too nice. While women expect you to be gallant and gentlemanly during a date, they’d like to see a man who knows his wants and needs, and has control. If these three things aren’t evident, especially with you being too nice to your woman, then you’re making a doormat out of yourself, and women don’t like that too much.
Of course, women like the gentleman, responsible type. They like being treated with respect. Being too brash with your bad boy attitude isn’t helping. It only makes you look obnoxious and undesirable. Despite your good looks, your personality will always reign favour with women’s desires.
Women like a man who has something to say, but not a man who has a lot to say. Being too talkative isn’t attractive to women. If it has humour added, you might stand a chance. But if you’re only talking about current events (which you shouldn’t as this is a date) or about yourself, you’ve just missed your mark.
Categories: Dating |
October 27th, 2014
We talked about how to cull your emotions in the last post, but in this post, we’ll be discussing your anger’s capability to focus you into your work and productivity.
Anger is a very strong emotion. It is capable of getting you into trouble because your strong feelings may manifest into dangerous expressions. This could tarnish your relationships with other people and even do irreversible damages. Unless the other party is understanding, your anger will not solve anything.
Your anger actually enhances your focus and concentration. However, if you could divert your anger into something more productive, it can definitely make a difference.
The next time you get mad, ask yourself you have more work to do and there are other things that you need to focus on. When you realise the world will not stop for you, that’s when you come to a point that you need to be productive, or else you risk losing the chance for your own growth. Picture your task as a punching bag that you could deal blows by doing everything on time and precisely.
Accepting the damages and the impact is one way to retain your concentration. The body has a fight-or-flight mechanism that activates to “fight” when we’re angry and furious. Instead of focusing on the damages, focus on accepting that it has already happened, passed and forgiven, and you could just change what is happening at present.
Lastly, goals are very important. Prioritise all your tasks for the day instead of focusing on what isn’t supposed to happen. Don’t let your anger cloud your productivity by trying to ease it. Instead, focus your efforts to let your mind wander with your tasks. See the beauty in the small capabilities and achievements you could do attaining your tasks. In this way, you also ease the emotions while retaining your focus all the while.
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September 17th, 2014
Humans are different because of their emotion and their capacity to think, but emotions can sometimes be very difficult to control. Emotional intelligence is more important than intelligence as it plays a primary motivator to accomplish objectives. Here are three mindsets that will help you cull your emotions.
- Forgive, Never Forget
This is not a case of people doing you wrong and you could not trust them again. It is always easy to forgive, but you could use your experience to never let the other person, or another similar person, to take advantage of you or wrong you in the same way. Move on quickly, but keep in mind the lessons you have learned from dealing with similar people.
- Do Not Dwell on Problems and Face Them
People fear having big responsibilities because of the accompanying multiple problems. However, avoid looking at the big picture as intimidating. Instead, look at it as a map and identifying the small twists and turns, or resolving the small problems first, will help you see the effects your seemingly-miniscule activities actually make to resolve the big problem.
- Doing Everything but Expecting the Worst
Cynicism had taken much of the younger population dissatisfied with the results of the efforts they put in, leaving many to place a meagre amount of effort to avoid any failure and disappointment with themselves. However, if you still know what could happen, it is important that you still give all you could, but expect that things can still fail. It is important to do everything you can, but you must also expect the worst. This will help you manage your disappointment and move on quickly to rebuilding and re-planning.
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August 25th, 2014
When you were a child, you believed you can be anything, which is why a child’s dreams are grand. Today, many have grown cynical, especially when faced with a gigantic problem to reach their goal. Regardless of how big the trouble is, a solution could be formulated quickly if you do the following.
1. Big Problems are Made up of Smaller Ones
Think of it as a thesis study or a research you need for your work. Big problems are not big because they are one, solidified gigantic problem. These problems are made up of smaller problems, which have its own group of smaller problems. The quantity may be overwhelming, but finding a starting point is crucial to motivate one to resolve a problem.
Keeping focused on resolving the small problems not only helps you avoid being overwhelmed by a gigantic problem, but you tend to resolve the problem efficiently. These small problems are similar to cogs in a machine; if you create and place them strategically, they can help resolve other problems quicker.
3. Small Details
As you now have focus, small details will play a big role in resolving the sub-categorised smaller problems that will help resolve your gigantic problem. Be sure to pay attention to even the slightest changes or deviation from the solution you have proposed and note its possible impact. From here, you could solve your problems by either finding an easier way or a way to modify such troubles.
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