17 August 2011

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After reading and listening to every report regarding this horrific incident, I have come to the conclusion that even though a man was killed two weeks prior to this attack in the same area, there was no warning issued. Knowing this little bit of information would be no comfort to Ian Redmonds wife, but it's one of the most important factors to consider whilst there is an ongoing search for the shark. It's stories like this that make me lose faith in people, especially when the result is death. 

Had they issued a warning prior to the honeymoon of this lovely couple, Ian would still be very much alive, not having left behind his wife to mourn the loss of a wonderful husband. It makes you wonder sometimes just how oblivious and uncaring some people tend to be. Perhaps they were trying to save themselves from a bad name, whatever their excuse, they should have given a warning to tourists. Can you imagine finding out there had been at attack in that particular area after your spouse had been killed? Aside from the enormous amount of tears and sadness, you'd be ready to attack yourself, toward those responsible.

Whilst the shark is very much to blame for this mans death, the people in charge of making sure the island is completely safe failed to do their job. What they did, was nothing. My sympathies to Ian's lovely wife, family and friends. I cannot imagine the pain they are all feeling at this moment.

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There are songs out there we all know have something special going on. Those tracks that make us more our hips in circular motions to the beat of the melodies. Below I have come up with a list of my personal favourites. Just feel free to look through and mention those I may have missed!


Because The Night

Cry To Me


Wicked Game

I Need You Tonight

Inertia Creeps

If I Was Your Mother

The Sensual World

You're Makin' Me High

Break Of Dawn

Freak Me



Red Light Special

Ending this post with Red Light Special has to be one of the best things I have ever done in my life. You just can't beat that song, nothing can top that to be honest. Unless of course Nobody went up against it, perhaps then I would rethink my decision, but for now I love both songs equal. Any to add or subtract, let me know! 

16 August 2011

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Elvis was one of a kind. There never has been and never will be anyone quite like him no matter what anyone might say. He was something special. The loss we feel, still to this day, is unexplainable. This post is dedicated to his life, the wonderful music he made, quotes from those who knew him well, from those who admired him and those he inspired to become great musicians. If you love Elvis, you will certainly love this!

All Shook Up 

Almost Always True

An American Trilogy 

Are You Lonesome Tonight 

Burning Love 

Devil In Disguise 

Don't Be Cruel

Good Luck Charm 

Got A Lotta Livin' To Do 

Heartbreak Hotel 

Hound Dog 

Can't Help Falling In Love 

I Need Your Love Tonight 

In The Ghetto 

It's Now Or Never

Jailhouse Rock 

King Creole 

Love Me Tender 

Marie's The Name 

Return To Sender 

Suspicious Minds 

Teddy Bear 


Viva Las Vegas 

The Wonder Of You 

Wooden Heart 

You Were Always On My Mind 

Do you have a favourite Elvis song? Do you have any specific memories that his music reminds you of? Are there any songs not listed here that hold a personal place in your heart? Give all of your answers below in the form of a comment, discuss his lyrics, melodies, memories and more. 

The King 
"Tonight, I would like to pay tribute to the greatest entertainer of all time, Mr. Elvis Presley. Elvis was Las Vegas. And if it wasn’t for him, so many performers like myself would not have the chance to do what we do in this town. He really was the king."

"He had total love in his eyes when he performed. He was the total androgenous beauty. I would practice Elvis in front of the mirror when I was twelve or thirteen years old."

"It’s rare when an artist’s talent can touch an entire generation of people. It’s even rarer when that same influence affects several generations. Elvis made an imprint on the world of pop music unequaled by any other single performer."

"That’s my idol, Elvis Presley. If you went to my house, you’d see pictures all over of Elvis. He’s just the greatest entertainer that ever lived. And I think it’s because he had such presence. When Elvis walked into a room, Elvis Presley was in the f***ing room. I don’t give a f*** who was in the room with him, Bogart, Marilyn Monroe."

"He was the firstest with the mostest."

"You have no idea how great he is, really you don’t. You have no comprehension - it’s absolutely impossible. I can’t tell you why he’s so great, but he is. He’s sensational."

"A Presley picture is the only sure thing in Hollywood."

"This boy had everything. He had the looks, the moves, the manager, and the talent. And he didn't look like Mr. Ed like a lot of the rest of us did. In the way he looked, way he talked, way he acted… he really was different."

"If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead."

"Before Elvis, there was nothing."

"There have been a lot of tough guys. There have been pretenders. And there have been contenders. But there is only one king."

"Elvis was the king. No doubt about it. People like myself, Mick Jagger and all the others only followed in his footsteps."

...Share your thoughts and feelings about our lost but never forgotten, Elvis Aaron Presley...

15 August 2011

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I often browse Desktop Nexus when I am in need of a particular wallpaper for my desktop or youtube background so it seemed appropriate to create a list of the best abstract designs on that site. I hope you agree with my choices, feel free to comment if you wish.

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Bram Stoker's Dracula is a one of a kind movie, you either adore it completely or loathe it entirely. In my case, I absolutely adore it to pieces and that view will never change. There is one website in particular I turn to when I want an honest review and/or rating of a certain movie, Rotten Tomatoes. According to that site, this movie has a pretty decent rating and even though I'd expect the amount to rise, it's good enough for me to live with.

Main Cast:

Dracula - Gary Oldman
Mina - Winona Ryder
Van Helsing - Anthony Hopkins
Jonathan - Keanu Reeves

The above have been mentioned because I feel they give the best performance throughout. Each are unique in their own way and make this movie what it is. In my opinion, this is one you have to watch before you die. I have read through all the lists of 'movies you must watch before your life ends' and believe this has to be on them somewhere. I understand there are mixed views in regards to the acting and storyline, but in reality, who can do a better job than Gary Oldman? He's just fantastic in everything he does! this wasn't any different. If you're a fan of his you will agree with me.. but this is a MUST! don't spend your life avoiding it :)

13 August 2011

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Thank you very much for choosing to purchase 'How To Make Money Online'. I am thankful that you have opted to read my step by step guide toward earning a decent income over the internet and hope that you find it as useful as possible.

Ebooks will be delivered to your email address no longer than a few hours after purchase. Patience is a virtue and it's all you will need until your chosen file has arrived. I aim to respond within the quickest time possible so you should not be waiting too long.

Thank you once again and happy reading!

11 August 2011

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I recently stumbled upon another blog that featured a post discussing motivational movies. The post sparked the idea to write one similar myself, using the movies that inspire me day by day. There are not a lot of movies that have the ability to make us feel as such, but those that do deserve a special mention.

American History X:

This is on the top of my list because for years it has been my all time favourite. Not only is the story beautiful and heartbreaking, it contains one of the most important lessons we should learn in life and I quote the movie; We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature. That particular quote featured at the very end of the movie inspires me to never carry hate in my heart. Life is indeed too short to be pissed off all the time.

The Brave:

I've chosen this one because the message it sends across is so powerful, it can't be ignored. I doubt many have seen this particular movie as it wasn't released in the states, though I fail to understand why. This has got to be one of the most tragic stories ever told and it narrates clearly what life is like for those of native american indians. Throughout the entire movie there are sad moments, some lasting a lot longer than others. There are also very inspiring quotes, but the most important thing to remember is how you should lead your life and to be weary of the choices you make. As with the family in this movie, the love is undeniable, especially from the father who chooses a heartbreaking route to freedom.

Willy Wonka:

I couldn't leave this one off the list so I had to squeeze it in somewhere. This movie reminds me constantly that I should be thankful for the things I do have and not stress, worry and make myself ill over what I don't. Even though the family in this movie are worse for wear, they seem to get by quite alright knowing they have each other. That, to me, is what true love and family is all about. Knowing you have loved ones around you, to help and guide you through all of your struggles in life. Sometimes, money isn't everything, money can't make you as happy as love can. It's especially heartwarming toward the end of the movie when they finally get what they have been waiting for. It's a wonderful feel good, family movie that can't be missed or forgotten.

The Day The Earth Stopped:

I know most people flagged this as a terrible remake of a 50's movie with the same name, but personally, I quite enjoyed it. I'll admit it could have been a lot better acting wise, but the storyline is what I pay attention to most of the time when watching movies. The story covered in this movie is all about finding the value of humanity and in the clip above, the otherworldly being is shown exactly what that is. After a long wait and what some would call absolute torment, the movie from that point on becomes decent and worth watching. How can you not love it for that scene alone? Or for it's music? which is probably the best harmony I have ever heard in my life. It might be poor acting, but the message is beautiful.

A Walk To Remember:

I usually only include this movie when I'm debating over which are incredibly depressing and have us up all night trying to stop the tears, but I figured this one also has a very clear message we should remember. Even though one of the main characters struggles with a lot of suffering and a heavy burden weighing on her mind day after day, knowing that one day it will eventually come to a halt, she doesn't allow it to affect the life she is currently living. The bravery and determination oozing from her in almost every scene is incredibly motivational and inspires me to get on with life no matter what bumps appear along the road.

Pay It Forward:

Without any doubt at all, I had to include this movie, this scene especially. The message we all receive through this movie is that we should always be willing to help out other people. No matter who they are, what they do, how they live, how they talk, how they dress, how they act. If you don't have decency enough to lend a helping hand when others are in need, you don't have much going for you. Would you expect other people to offer you guidance and open a door for you to see the light beyond it? I'm sure you would, I'm sure you'd like for someone to reach out their hand and help you take the steps you need to succeed. As with the young boy in this movie, he reached out his hand to a poor man living on the streets, showed him his potential and changed his life forever. We need more people like that in the world.

Dead Poets Society:

One of the best scenes in the whole movie, aside from the ending. The message I get from this particular scene is something I wish I had seen years ago when I was still in high school. Right through school I was a very shy individual, much like a mouse in the classroom and you couldn't even tell that I was there. If I had seen this scene, had a teacher exactly like that, I probably could have opened up a little more during debates and participated in activities. Aside from this scene, the basic idea of this movie is to make people understand that it doesn't matter what your passion is in life, you must never allow anyone to tear your dreams apart. One poor boy in particular wasn't so fortunate, having his father as the head of the school and trying to balance a career in medicine with acting. When your parents and peers don't understand, life is hard, but you should never let anyone stand in your way.

Patch Adams:

Another great movie starring Robin Williams and definitely one of my favourites. The reason I enjoy this movie so much everytime I watch it is because of it's powerful and heartwarming message. Although there are many who don't agree with this doctors methods, he is unwilling to allow their disagreement to affect the way he brightens up the lives of patients. Think about the possibilities of having doctors who treat patients like this, what it could mean for those who are seriously ill and are forced to feel agony every single day. A doctor who acts much like a clown would improve their quality of life if it were only squeezing out a small hint of a smile. The most horribly ill patient in this movie even produced a smile and laughter at his actions, think about what it could do for others.

Pursuit Of Happyness:

I couldn't leave this one out either as you'll find it's probably one of, if not the most inspirational movie ever created regarding those who are unable to find work. We know, at this moment in time especially, just how difficult it is to find a job and no matter how hard we try, sometimes luck just isn't on our side. Will Smith does brilliantly in this movie and I find the emotion through his acting is severely upsetting. He manages to drag down those watching with how amazing his character is. Even though at times throughout the movie, he gets angry and frustrated with not being offered work or falling short with his efforts, you can never doubt him as a dad. The climax of the movie is definitely the ending as a light shines down on him and his son when he finally finds what he's been searching for.

If I have missed out any that you feel deserve a place on this list, leave a comment with the name of the movie and your reason as to why you believe it is motivational or inspiring, or both. Is there a movie you watched that you just can't get out of your mind for a specific reason? Anything you've seen that immediately grabbed your attention due to a particular message it was hoping to get across? Let me know!
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Music is a huge part of our lives and is almost a companion of some sort. No matter what mood we are in, there is always something to listen to that will either make our mood worse or improve it. If you're feeling unhappy or sad over a particular event in your life, you may wish to listen to more cheery music. If you're feeling uncertain of something, you may have a certain song that guides you through your troubles.

Whenever I am feeling down, I tend to do the opposite of what I should and listen to depressing music. I guess in some weird and wonderful way, getting more emotional through music will calm you a lot quicker than you like to think. Allowing emotions to build up inside you for hours, days or even weeks at a time will surely have you in a depressive state forever. Listening to music that matches the way you're feeling can sometimes be a good form of medicine, providing you're not feeling suicidal, in which case it's obviously best to avoid such triggers.

It is the same with almost every situation. If you're in the mood to dance and be active, you're going to want to listen to something upbeat and catchy. If you're a writer suffering from writers block, music is a huge help at times, at least it is for me. Sometimes we go through phases whereby music is just as dull and pointless as a darkened and abandoned room. However, I do believe music plays a huge role in our lives and can influence the decisions we make at any given time. Do you feel this way about music? Have you ever had to make a very tough decision and played that favourite song to help you weigh up your options? Ever felt really low or really high and listened to the sounds of that oh so familiar track? Let me know in the form of a comment!

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Each and every soundtrack has at least one or a few songs that we don't like very much and High School Musical is definitely one of those, at least to me. Over all three movies, I would have to say there are brilliant songs, but there are also shameful tracks I just can't stand listening to. Below I have composed a list of what would be the best songs for a 'Greatest Hits' album in relation to these movies. I hope you agree! If you don't, leave a comment explaining why:

Breaking Free

Can I Have This Dance?


Start Of Something New

We're All In This Together 

When There Was Me & You 

You Are The Music In Me 

Perhaps I could have listed a lot more than that and I honestly believed I had more on my itunes! Oh well, do you agree or disagree with the choices above? Any to add or subtract? Let me know in the form of a comment below!

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Below I have picked out what I believe are the best anime related cosplay costumes. Credit goes entirely to those who designed the outfits and those who wore them for photoshoots. I have yet to attend a cosplay venue but in time I am hoping to do so wearing my own costume. Over the last few years I have become more and more interested in this particular type of art, especially regarding those who create their own costumes for certain events, I find them marvellous and incredibly talented.

If you are interested in cosplaying yourself but don't have a costume, I would advise browsing the following stores:

Cosplay Pub

Cosplay Shopper

Ez Cosplay

Cosplay Magic

If you have the material you need to create your own costume but aren't sure how to get started, see below:

Costume Design

Costume Designer's Handbook: A Complete Guide for Amateur and Professional Costume Designers

10 August 2011

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This is my second post on the most delicious food out there. My first food post was about two months ago and can be found here. If you haven't already checked that one out, please do so. This one however will include a lot more than the last. I hope you enjoy the yummy images!

Do you agree with the choices above? Anything to add or subtract? Have you had any of these yummies before? Do you have your own recipe that you'd like to share with images in this list?

Are you a beginner when it comes to cooking and creating your own recipes? Try out a few of the books below, they are guaranteed to help you get started!

The "I Don't Know How to Cook" Book: 300 Great Recipes You Can't Mess Up!

Ignore the ignorant title! it's surely one of the best cookbooks out there!

Betty Crocker Cooking Basics: Recipes and Tips to Cook with Confidence (Betty Crocker Books)

You can't possibly go wrong with a Betty Crocker cookbook can you!

The Beginner's Cookbook

It couldn't be more simple!