Shock and Awww

The following article was really well put together and highlighted what is and/or what isn’t shocking these days. It really puts forward some really good points.

I always try to think the best of people but a lot of what happens never really truly shocks me, especially since what happened at 9/11. But as I have grown up, I’ve seen and heard of many things that perhaps at the time may surprise you but as you become worldly, they tend to stop surprising you. I’m not sure if that is sad or just the way of the world. Perhaps it’s just over exposure to the world.

Check out this great article. I hope you enjoy.

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“Somewhere,
something
incredible
is waiting
to be known.”
~Carl Sagan

People use the word ‘shock’ a lot. The news keeps telling us how shocked we should be. Politicians are always shocked. Most things they use the word shock for, are not, in fact, shocking.

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Shockingly, we’re still cavepeople. We just happen to be living in a modern world. The modern trend is toward being positive, but there is a reason humans tend to be negative. It kept us alive. It was important to caution your family, friends, even strangers about: the wolves in the forest, the cliff behind the bush, the saber tooth tiger about to jump on their head, the rabid bats in the cave, the poison berries, and so on. We spoke of, then later, wrote about negative things not always to dwell on them, but to often to help others, protect others. And sometimes, other times, it’s…

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Q&A

Evening / Afternoon all!

I  am very grateful to Giulia (what a beautiful name by the way) for tagging me into this little Q&A that was originally created by a chap called David too.  I’m not sure that I’m going to be really great at answering these questions BUT I will give it my best shot. 

The Rules: 

*Mention the creator of the TAG

*Use the image that you find in this article. (I’m not sure I understand this one completely)

*Mention the blogger who has chosen you.

*Answer the questions.

*Mention 9 bloggers/friends and let them know through a comment on their blog. 

*Make sure to check out who I tagged!

The Q&A

1.Describe your 2016 in 3 words.

Sombering

Difficult

Unexplainable 

2. Write the names of 2 people that have characterized your 2016.

My Uncle – Tragically, my Uncle passed away in January of 2016. While we found out in November of the previous year that he had little time left, no one could have been properly prepared for the news. He battled with aggressive B-cell lymphoma. I miss him, his humour and his charm that made every day better. His loss typified the dark and empty year that 2016 was. 

Donald Trump – I mean, what happened there? So much about 2016 was beyond bemusing, almost outrageous. How could a man with no experience in governing govern a major player in the world. A man, who comes across as ethical as he does mature. 2016 was insane in many ways and his election in many ways characterised its madness. 

3. Write the most beautiful place you’ve visited in 2016 and why you liked it so much.

Last year, I didn’t get to visit many places. But I did get a chance to drop into a small fishing village in Cornwall called Mousehole. It’s not the most extravagant of places but it is a pretty and scenic place that gives you a proper feel of the British coast.

 

4. Write the most delicious food you’ve tasted in 2016.
My Mum’s homemade gluten-free pizza with pepperoni, mushrooms and lactofree cheese. 

5.Write the event which has marked you more of this in 2016 (even global event).

The loss of my uncle 

6. Write the finest purchase you’ve made in this 2016, and if you want link a photo.
I wouldn’t say it was particular fine or extravagant but Now That’s What I Call Sing has to be the most amusing. 



7. Write 3 good intentions for this 2017.

To be more considerate to those who I care about. 

To work on improving my health 

To be more confident.  
8. Write 1 placed you want to visit in 2017.

I very likely won’t get there but I would LOVE to visit Hawaii or Austin, Texas. 



9. Write 1 plate/food you want to eat in 2017.
Honestly, I’m not sure. I’m looking forward to my Chinese Chili Beef on Thursday though.  

Mentions:

Thanks for reading and hopefully it wasn’t dull! 

My nominations are:

Jenny

This Tat and the Other
Lipstick and Freckles
Graham
Danniijane
Rebate
Thanks for reading X

Sex Robots. Wait what? Since when did I enter Westworld?

One of the latest stories of the day is that of Sex robot ‘clones’, made to order, that are identical to your favourite celebrity crush and which will even have their own PULSE. I know…I’m creeped out too. 

Love and Sex with Robots author David Levy has claimed the sex robots “are coming” to a store near you, he tells the Daily Star, which granted is the bastion of knowledge here in the UK. 

They would used photographs to build the human replicas and maybe even have them sound like the person.


Mr Levy is quoted as saying “Once the technology and the whole system of ordering and manufacturing these products becomes sophisticated, you won’t be able to stop your ex-boyfriend if he wants to order a robot that looks like you, same size as you, with the same voice as you”. 

He also BELIEVES that the range could also extend to a celebrity line, with A-listers licensing their images. Sure, I can see that level of depravity happening – well, maybe with Charlie Sheen or Pamela Anderson. 


The reality of this story is somewhat mixed. Writer and Sex Councillor Ian Kerner recently told the Daily Mirror that these robots would enable couples to have fantasy threesomes and also for sex-hungry partners to be able to “act out fantasies” without the cause for concern or jealousy. PERSONALLY, I think I would have a bit of an issue if my girlfriend was going steady with someone else, whether it be another man, woman or advanced vacuum cleaner but that’s just me. Regardless, it is heavily debated how soon these robots will reach the market. While some people have estimated them to be here “soon”, others believe that they are still far away. Nevertheless, one thing for certain is that the sex technology industry is an ever growing and fast moving industry and some have predicted that these machines could be around realistically as near as 2030. 


Personally, it seems all a bit too cringeworthy for me. 

This is one bishop I wouldn’t go to…

Ghanaian preacher Daniel Obinim has been filmed performing a ritual where he moves around a room full of men, grabbing them each by the crotch. In some cases, he will keep hold of their penises and give them a little shake.

Apparently this is done because he is able to make men’s penises larger by massaging them with his hands. I kid you not. 

Graciously, he also offers to massage women’s breasts in order to enlarge them too.

In a scene broadcast on his own channel, Obinim TV, the bishop says: “If you do not like the looks of any part of your body, come to me”

“What do you want that I can’t offer? If you want big buttocks I can do it for you. If you want big breasts, I can help. If you have a small manhood, I can change them all when I come to the spiritual realm.”

Bishop Obinim founded the International God’s Way Church in the Ashanti region of Ghana and SHOCKINGLY has been criticised for his practices before. 

Here he is working his magic. 14 inches please!

The dark side of the internet: the rise of sextortion

I don’t know how many of you follow the news but over here in the United Kingdom, we have been witnessing a rise in an online sex blackmailing scam known by the police and media as sextortion
Victims are being lured into exposing themselves or committing sex acts online by pretty young women after accepting their friendship requests on social networking sites.

They then face payment demands of hundreds of pounds – or threats that recordings of their behaviour will be sent to work colleagues, family and friends whose contact details they have unwittingly given access to. The scams, which have been on the rise for the past 18 months, has led to tragedy with as many as four men having recently committed suicide because of the threats. At least two of the suicides were kids of no more than 17 years old. 

Martin Hewitt, of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said: “We started to see it emerging about 18 months ago.

“Last year we had about 300 offences recorded in the UK and we’re now this year over 900, and I suspect there’s a significant number that don’t get reported because the crime is preying on people’s embarrassment and their humiliation of being caught out doing something like this.”
Schoolboy Ronan Hughes, 17, was tricked into sending intimate photographs of himself, then faced a demand for £3,000 to avoid exposure.

He killed himself even though he had revealed the threat to his parents and police in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

Daniel Perry, from Dunfermline, also 17, took his own life after threats to reveal his compromising online conversations.

Organised crime groups in the Philippines, Morocco and Ivory Coast were discovered running many of the sextortion scams, some using British girls.

Most of the UK victims are men aged 18-24, the eldest was 82 and the youngest 14. Some women have also been targeted.
Police have issued advice to victims, urging them not to pay or panic, but to shut down their social media accounts and report what has happened. Senior officers insisted they will investigate and will not judge victims’ behaviour. The fear at the moment is that people are not reporting these crimes because of the fear of embarrassment but it is important you act. The internet is what it is. It can be a great place to network with other people from all around the world. It is a great place to share experiences and be all the best things humans can be. But there are also some very devious people out there. So make sure you act safe and think about what you share. Maybe I’m old fashioned but perhaps it would be better to save the nakedness for people you know and meet in person. 

Epic marriage proposal


I’ve seen some epic marriage proposals in my time. Okay, let me rephrase that. I have “seen” some epic marriage proposals in my time on television. BUT, I’ve never seen anything like this. 

The proposal happened while the couple were playing a game of Speak Out, which requires one player to wear the plastic mouthpiece and say tricky phrases for the other contestants to try and decipher.

With the mouthpiece distorting all of his words, “Will you honour me by becoming my wife?” is heard as “the yarn is tangled in the lights” and “the corn is on the ice”.

It takes multiple spluttered attempts for the man to get his message across, as the couple’s children watch on laughing. It’s really quite an innovative and crazy way to propose. 

And after more than three minutes of confusion, the bride-to-be twigs what her boyfriend is asking – and still can’t believe her ears.

“Are you kidding? You’re not kidding? Are you sure? Are you positive?” she asks as he eventually gets down on one knee producing the ring from his pocket. 
It’s a really lovely story and one that I’ll admit made me smile from ear to ear. Romance is a wonderful thing!

Snake on a plane? Seriously?

THAT’S IT! I’ve had it with these motherf*cking snakes on this motherf*cking plane. Oh Samuel L Jackson I love you. But anyway…


I just heard the craziest story. 

A large snake was found slithering inside the passenger cabin of an Aeromexico flight en route to Mexico City recently and the plane was given priority to land there.  

In a video posted online, the green snake can be seen inching along near an overhead luggage compartment before slipping and dangling from its tail, scaring passengers.


Aeromexico is apparently investigating how the snake got onboard the plane though they felt that the incident was not an emergency. It’s obvious though isn’t it? Haven’t they seen the famous movie? It was all part of some sinister ploy. Personally if I had seen a snake onboard, I’d have requested to move seats or better yet, locate the chutes! Just kidding! Here is the video from the passenger. 

The unluckiest man in Australia?

WARNING: the following story will not be appreciated by arachnophobes. 

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So I heard this story today about a man who various media outlets are calling “the unluckiest man in Australia”. But why you ask? WELL….

The poor fellow in question is considered the unluckiest man in Australia because he was bitten on the penis by a venomous spider TWICE in the space of a year while using portable toilets. 

Jordan, 21, from Sydney, says he was first bitten on the genitals by a redback spider in April while working on a building site. The bite left a nasty red and painful mark on his genitalia and it, unsurpringly, put him off using portable toilets afterwards. 

Skip forward five months and Jordan decided to take a chance and use a portable toilet again choosing one of the EIGHT available cubicles to do his business on a completely different building site in Sydney. And guess what happened? He was bitten AGAIN in nearly exactly the same spot. Jordan claims that these toilets had a little crevice under the bowl that was hard to check and the little bugger was hiding there. As you can imagine, he checks his toilets thoroughly now.

But what are the chances of being big for a second time in a year on your man bits by a spider? Those odds must be astronomical and let’s not forget that this was the first time he’d used a portable toilet since the last incident. The guy was rushed to hospital where he received a tetanus short and anti-venom. Jordan mentioned in his interview that the staff there remembered him from his previous visit. That must sting! (Pun intended). And to make things worse, apparently the bite was worse and more painful this time around. If I were him, I’d never use a portable toilet ever again. 

Source: The Mirror

Megyn Kelly – my new crush

Have you heard of Megyn Kelly? If you are British, you probably haven’t. Until recently, I hadn’t heard about her either. 

But her recent exploits in the American media (namely Fox News) have caught my eye and I’m fascinated by her. 


There is no question that Kelly is a beautiful. Her sea green eyes and amazing smile are hard to ignore but make no mistake, she is far more than window dressing in the media. Kelly is a former corporate defence attorney so make no mistake about it – this lady knows how to handle herself.  

But what really caught my eye about Kelly is how she handles herself in a male dominated world. Fox, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch, has never shied away from window dressing. This is evident on a lot of Murdoch’s broadcasting, even in the U.K. where he has attractive young females anchor news and sports news to help bring in the audience. And half the time, these ladies have spurious links to sport at best. Kelly doesn’t just look the part in this regard but acts it in equal measure with hardlined questioning and a tenacity to press her guests to the very best of her abilities. This has been seen on numerous occasions throughout the Trump/Clinton presidency campaign with guests such as Newt Gingrich. Gingrich was perplexed when Kelly questioned him about Trump’s alleged inappropriate behaviour towards women and attempted to shout her down in a tense conversation where he even accused her of being “obsessed with sex”. 

By the way, Newt Gingrich is a three time cheat and well known philanderer who at one point said that he behaved poorly (in reference to his adultery) because of “how passionately” he felt about his country. (America). I kid you not. 

It’s true that Megyn Kelly has had her fair shares of metaphorical scuffles with guests on her television show and I am reasonably sure that this is, at least in part,  down to her gender. You see, many of male guests often seem baffled by her resilience and her determination to aggressively question them. Like Gingrich, many even get quite angry and expect her to defer to them like some good subservient woman. Maybe in their minds, she is there to just look good. Gingrich was annoyed. Donald Trump too has had his issues with her too. Indeed, during the Presidential Primaries, Kelly called Trump out on how he respects women, which completely blindsided him. After the debate, Trump told Morning Joe that he believed she should apologize. “There was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever,” he told CNN days later.

Kelly also is a woman of integrity and who has no qualms with arguing her corner on things she disagrees with, which is no less than you’d expect from an attorney. In a 2013 interview, she took on conservative pundits Erik Erickson and Lou Dobbs, both of whom were arguing that feminism was turning women into a race of dominant man-eaters. Kelly was infuriated by her guests’ insistence that working mothers were at the root of society’s downfall and that women who work out of the home were responsible for divorce and consequently social chaos. Dobbs was so annoyed at her willingness to debate this issue that he at one point admonished her referring to her as “oh dominant one” for refusing to cave in to their philosophy. 

This is certainly a major reason behind both my attraction and fascination of Megyn Kelly. She’s unpredictable, intelligent and doesn’t surrender. Plus, despite appearing on Fox’s predominantly biased broadcasting network (Fox doesn’t hide the fact that it is Pro-Republican), seems to be partisan and consequently of interest to viewers across the political spectrum (excluding those who don’t like strong intelligent women). For those people, Megyn Kelly is somewhat of an enigma. She doesn’t conform to their definition of what a woman should be and despite their best efforts, she also doesn’t waver to aggression or attempts to shut her down. And I doubt that those men will ever understand why she will never cater to their whims because those men just want their women to look good and nothing more. 

Batman is in Cumbria and he is taking on Killer Clowns. 

The killer clown craze that originally hit the United States has now reared its ugly head in the United Kingdom. If you haven’t heard about this craze, where have you been? Because a few nutjobs around the globe have decided to dress up as scary clowns and terrify both adults and children alike. There have even been stories of psycho clowns even breaking into schools just to frighten the little ones (see the full crazy story HERE).

While it may seem a harmless or even amusing event, it is a serious concern for the Police. Sightings have varied from ‘clowns’ frightening people in passing cars to more sinister incidents where the fancy dress figures have aggressively approached schoolchildren. If , as an adult, creepy clowns make you feel uneasy, imagine the sheer terror children must feel about these incidents.

But out of the strangest times come the unlikeliest of heroes and this one has come all the way from Gotham City. Gary Bedford, a construction worker by day, Batman by night has taken to the streets of Cumbria. And as long as it takes, he’s going to show the people of Cumbria that their county does not belong to the criminals and the corrupt (Batman Begins reference 😜). 


The 47 year-old father from Cumbria is taking on the killer clowns for the sake of the kids.

“To conquer fear you must become fear, you must bask in the fear of other men.” – Bruce Wayne. 

Although there’s no Alfred helping Master Bedford; nor does he have a fancy Batmobile or Batcave available to him to take on the underworld of Cumbria, Garry’s work is nonetheless important – and effective.
Indeed, Garry takes on the bad guys by pretending to be Batman on the phone, reassuring worried children in the area that they’re safe from the epidemic.
Indeed, Garry tells the kids on the phone that they have nothing to fear because the ringleader the Joker is already behind bars and that he has this craze in hand. And it is really reassuring the kids. 

Garry said, “They’re always quite a similar pattern. “The kids are apprehensive and scared at first but at the end they are very thankful.

He’s even been able to add to his team of super-heroes, and now has 12 volunteers who all work on the phones calming children – although Garry did splash out out £1,000 on the Batman costume (who wouldn’t?). 


One such example of the success that Garry has had was with a young autistic girl who couldn’t sleep without the light on after spotting a clown in her garden one night. Master Bedford called the young girl up and reassured her so much that she immediately ate her dinner and was able to sleep with the light off feeling safe. Now that is just awesome! 

Some men aren’t looking for anything logical. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn. At least now with Batman at the ready, we can be sure that the children of Cumbria can sleep soundly in their beds. 

For an interview with Batman, check out the clip below. (I do love Holly Willoughby by the way!) 

Story originally reported in the Mirror.