The Spy Who Dumped Me

The Spy Who Dumped Me is a 2018 American action comedy film directed by Susanna Fogel and co-written by Fogel and David Iserson. The film stars Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Justin Theroux, Sam Heughan, Hasan Minhaj and Gillian Anderson and follows two best friends who are chased through Europe by assassins after one of their ex-boyfriends turns out to be a CIA agent.

So that’s the whole premise – cashier Audrey Stockton has been dumped by her boyfriend Drew via text. It’s her birthday and her best friend and roommate, Morgan, tries to cheer her up. However it turns out that Drew is a spy and he calls her and tells her that he dumped her. He asks her not to burn his stuff. At her work, a man she flirted with, Sebastian, and a colleague force her into a van and he proceeds to tell her he is Sebastian Henshaw and that Drew works for the C.I.A. and has gone missing. A man Morgan  slept with turns out to be a rival spy and he and others are out to be after the secret usb drive Drew left hidden in a trophy. Drew turns up and is then murdered.

Audrey & Morgan then go on a manic travel adventure through Europe where they get shot at and have few people that they can trust. Everyone seems to be after the data in the drive, even an old friend of Morgan’s father is killed and a killer pretends to be the friend just to get the drive and including a fashion model/androgynous model cum gymnast. Sebastian happens to be the only one on the girls’s side and helps then at every turn, even going against orders. After they recover the data – which Audrey hid in her vagina ffs! – it turns out that the data is a lot of information which can be used for blackmail governments. Drew turns up alive and in a predictable twist is actually a bad guy and is finally bested by Audrey and Morgan. Sebastian & Audrey kiss and a year later Morgan & Audrey now work as spies and are on a case in Japan with Sebastian.

Predictable, corny, ridiculous, totally contrived story and plotlines. I could predict a lot of things from a mile away and it feels like the jokes are just crude and stupid for the most part. I wonder what the whole point was. 6 outta 10!

Effective Ways To Get Over Trauma

Unfortunately, trauma is an inevitability of the human condition. Even those of us who live charmed and privileged lives can still be affected by a wide range of traumas. A good job, a nice house and an enviable car cannot insulate us from the risk of personal loss, the end of a relationship or falling out with friends or relatives. Sometimes a physical trauma may also accompany an emotional trauma, such as getting into a physical altercation like a fight or a mugging. And even after the physical wounds have healed, the psychological scars remain.

Whatever the nature of your trauma, it’s up to you to try and put it in your rear-view mirror… but that’s far easier said than done. Everyone’s trauma is different and everyone deals with it in different ways, however, if you’re desperate to move on but just don’t know how to, here are some effective strategies to help you to get over your trauma and unshackle yourself from the detrimental effect it has on your daily life…

Seek a positive outcome

A negative can always be turned into something even remotely positive. The loss of a loved one from illness or disease can always be used to raise awareness and help those who are similarly afflicted. The end of a relationship can lead to another, healthier relationship in which you learn from the mistakes of the past. If you have lost a loved one as the result of someone else’s negligence, seek the services of an attorney like Robinette Law’s quality legal services to hold the guilty party to account. If you have been involved in a painful break-up, use this as an opportunity to enjoy being single and getting to know yourself a little better before you rush into something new. No matter how terrible your trauma may be, there’s usually a positive outcome to be found on the other side.

Channel it into something creative

Art can be an extremely therapeutic process. Channeling your anger, hurt, anxieties and frustrations into a creative endeavor can liberate you from your pain and turn something profoundly negative into something that you can feel pride and accomplishment in. Paint a picture, write a short story or channel it into some music. There are no right or wrong ways to do it but channeling your pain into something creative can make it far easier to get over and process.

Avoid the stop-gap solutions which will only make it worse

When we are afflicted by trauma, we can look for a reprieve from our pain in all the wrong places. We can try to find it at the bottom of a bottle of whiskey or in a tub of ice cream. We can try to escape into a party lifestyle or simply into the fictional worlds of movies and video games. While some stop-gap solutions are more harmful than others the best they can do is distract you from your trauma, and the longer you leave it unchecked, the more damage it can do.

Talk about it

Finally, the more you talk about your trauma, the better able you are to cope with it. It stops being a huge, unconquerable leviathan and becomes something more mundane and manageable. While a counsellor or therapist should be the person you talk to, even talking to friends and family about it can help you come to terms with it and eventually overcome it.

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The Saints ended Arsenal’s 22-match unbeaten run and won their first home league game since April thanks to Charlie Austin’s 85th-minute header with Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl running on to the pitch to celebrate with his players on the final whistle. In a see-sawing encounter, the hosts took the lead after 20 minutes as Danny Ings muscled home a header from Matt Targett’s cross. Henrikh Mkhitaryan nodded in shortly after for Arsenal, following good work by Alex Iwobi and Nacho Monreal – but Ings struck again just before the break.

Nathan Redmond’s floated cross was precise and Ings cushioned a looping effort into the far corner. Arsenal turned the screw in the second half and restored parity as Mkhitaryan’s shot deflected in off Jannik Vestergaard. The Gunners had their chances with Alex McCarthy impressing in the home goal, but Southampton were dangerous on the break and Shane Long had a goal rightly ruled offside before providing a teasing cross for Austin’s winner.

The victory takes Southampton out of the relegation zone and up to 17th. At the final whistle, Austrian Hasenhuttl – nicknamed the ‘Klopp of the Alps’ during his spell at previous club RB Leipzig – joined his players’ on-pitch huddle before whipping up more decibels from the home support. With rivals Chelsea winning away at Brighton, Arsenal are now three points adrift of the top four.

Promoting Yourself As A Musician

If you are a musician, there are a few things that you will need to be aware of if you are to make the most of it as a lifestyle. As long as you know how to do that, you should be able to make it worthwhile, and that could mean that you really improve your life in a number of distinct ways too. The truth is that it can be very hard to be a musician professionally and make it work, but with the right attitude and approach and a sprinkle of luck, you can find yourself making money and a career out of playing music. One of the major things that you will need to do is to make sure that you are promoting yourself as a musician – something a lot of people find hard to get right. In this article, however, we are going to take a look at this, so that you can hope to get your music career moving in the right direction, and at a speed that suits you.

Understand Your Genre

It is hugely important to make sure that you are aware of your genre and where you fit within it, as this affects the way in which you promote yourself quite a lot. You can think of your genre, in business terms at least, as a kind of branding, and once you understand that bending you can make sure that you are going to be promoting yourself in the right way. If you do not really grasp what genre you play or how it appears to others, you will find it considerably more difficult to really make inroads with your self-promotion, so it is important to make sure not to make that mistake. The more you know your genre, the easier you will find it to promote yourself, so start researching and understanding it from others’ perspectives soon, so you can do that as well as possible.

Make Use Of Free Publicity

If you look around, you can always find opportunities for free publicity, and you should be able to make use of these to enhance and further your attempts at promoting yourself as an artist. Of course, when you are just starting out you will probably find it a real challenge to come across these opportunities, but the more that you look, the more that you will find, and that is the important thing to bear in mind here. It might be that you have found a way to get free soundcloud plays on your account, and so draw attention to your music that way. Or maybe you are just making good use of networking and talking to people, and then people start offering you the chance to publicise your work. However you do it, you will find that such chances appear for you more and more often once you start to look. That will then mean you can expect your career to be much more successful and lucrative than you might have even thought possible.

Play!

One of the most important things you need to be doing is actually playing your music live. If you are not performing, you might still be able to garner some interest in your work, but you will probably find it much more difficult indeed to get the ball rolling swiftly. You need to make sure that you are playing your music on a regular basis – and if you are not, you will have to think about what you can do to make up for that. Performance is the best way to get known in your local area and beyond, and it’s enjoyable too. It also helps you to get more in touch with your own music, and that can mean that you start to feel yourself more, which leads generally to more of an ability to promote yourself successfully. The more you play, the more that people will hear you, which is after all exactly what you are looking for here.

Support Others

This kind of thing always works two ways. The more that you support other musicians, the more they are likely to support you in return, so it is actually in your interests to make sure that you are supporting the people out there as much as you can. Get involved in your local music community and support the work of other artists. You will find they reciprocate most of the time, and that is all you need. The other meaning of support here is, of course, to support them on stage, which is also a hugely effective means of promoting your music.

Fall Back in Love With Your Home by Making These Changes

Have you fallen out of love with your home? When your surroundings are tired, cluttered or past their best you’ll struggle to find joy in where you live. Home is the place we should feel at our happiest, and so if you dread returning home then something needs to be done. Here are a few changes you can make to start enjoying your property again.

Declutter

When you live in a place for a long time, clutter can accumulate. New things get bought to replace the old, and sometimes, instead of throwing them away or donating them, they get put into a drawer or cupboard. Before you know it, you can end up with a home that’s bursting at the seams. Not only can this bring down the look of a place, but it can leave you feeling stressed and disorganised. You go to grab an item you need and have to sift through years of unloved junk to find it. Do yourself a favour, declutter and be brutal about it. Unless something is useful, is an heirloom or holds significant sentimental value, don’t keep it. Get three big boxes and label them ‘charity shop’ ‘give to friends’ and ‘bin’. When you’re going through all of your items, this can make it easier to make decisions. Something might be perfectly useful and in good condition still, so too good for the bin, but if it’s not an item you use then find it a new home. A friend might want to take it off your hands, or a charity shop can sell it to raise money for a good cause. When you clear space in your home, you make room for the things that you do need and love. Stop waiting for items of clothing to come back into fashion, or keeping items ‘just in case.’ Save what you need and use and remove the rest from your life. You’ll feel so much better for it. On top of this, it will make your home much easier to keep clean. Psychology has shown that a tidy home really can lead to a tidy mind. You’ll sleep better, experience less stress and your house will be a more pleasant place to be all round,

Redecorate

One your home is decluttered, organised and clean, you might notice that some of the decor is in a bit of disrepair if it hasn’t been touched for a while. Redecorating doesn’t have to be as expensive as you think, and a simple coat of paint of the walls can completely transform how it looks. Remove fussy wallpaper, and use ready made filler to fill in holes and cracks (sanding it down when it’s done). Then use a light, neutral shade such as white, magnolia or very light grey and paint the walls. You’ll create a blank canvas that makes your home look bigger and brighter. Paint doors, skirting boards and other woodwork in a bright white gloss that will make everything look really clean and fresh. Just this step alone can make your property look completely different! Add colour and texture with cushions, plants, pictures and other accessories. Ikea, Dollar stores and other cheap and discount stores sell these really cheaply so you can make it look beautiful without breaking the budget.

Extend

If it’s a matter of space that’s the issue in your home, have you considered extending? A single or double story brick extension would give you extra space to extend existing rooms or add new ones. But if you don’t want the expense or time waiting on planning permission, there are other options. A conservatory could be used as an office, a dining room or as a way to extend your kitchen and don’t usually need planning permission. Another opton is a garden room, these are self contained structures and are fully insulated so act as a room and not just a summer house style building. You could use one as a guest bedroom, an office, a hobby room, teenage hangout- whatever you like! Again, you don’t usually need planning permission and they can be built quickly. You’d have an electrician come in and connect the electrics, and if you were including a toilet or bathroom in there, a plumber too.

Improve the garden

Making use of your garden can really add so much to your life. If you don’t use it at the moment as it’s scruffy or overgrown, make it your mission in spring to get it up to scratch. There’s nothing quite like entertaining friends when the weather is nice- afternoon tea, barbeques and garden picnics. You and your family can eat your evening meals outdoors while the sun is shining, or you can sit with your partner and enjoy a glass of wine or even just read a book in gorgeous surroundings. Get your lawn in order, sprinkling down grass seed and applying the right fertiliser will have it looking lush and green again once the cold winter weather has passed. Invest in some good garden furniture, picnic benches work well as you have tables and chairs in one and they’re nice and sturdy. Fill pots and borders with pretty flowers, if you buy bulbs and seeds you can save money by growing them from scratch.

Consider moving

In some cases, making the above changes can really make a huge difference, and allow you to fall back in love with your property. However, in other situations your best bet might be to search for something new. Maybe you’ve been feuding with your neighbours for years without any resolution, or perhaps the area has gone downhill and there’s more crime than there once was. The house might be harbouring bad memories which you’re not able to shift by making cosmetic changes. If this is the case, looking for a property and moving somewhere new can be a fresh start. You know what you didn’t like about the old place so you can make the best choices next time, and you can find a home that really fits your lifestyle. This is useful if you don’t want a huge project to work on, and spend time, effort and money transforming an existing house to suit you.

Too Cheesy?

It had been 3 weeks or so since I had gone out for anything other than work and I felt that I was due a day to go out for lunch and some shopping. Nothing too major, just lunch and buying groceries and supplies. I asked my cousin if he could join me and although yesterday he said that he was game, this morning he wasn’t feel too good.

So I was on my own and with no agenda than just a nice lunch and shopping at Big Bazaar, I left my apartment by 12:45 pm and took an Ola to The Burger Junction. I made the mistake of ordering the cheesy fries with minced beef and salsa along with my Dark Knight burger and shake. The fries were good and the mince beef was good but the cheesy sauce mixed with the salsa put me off and I couldn’t finish it.

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The burger and shake were awesome and I idled over there for a while. By 2:30 pm I went to Big Bazaar in Center Mall and bough the usual things I buy. Soaps, deodorant, sugar, apples, Pringles, bread, garlic & jalapeno mayo (my fav) and chocolate. That’s all. Nothing major. I then went to get a soft drink as I was sweating by then and came home.

Long Week

What a week! Infact include the previous Thursday and Friday as well and that’s 7 days of work that has seen a lot of stress, strain and pressure plus long hours. I think…yeah on Tuesday I think I left kinda on time but it’s been so much pressure and man am I feeling it. Bags under my eyes, that you could pack all your belongs in and body aches and tiredness all over.

I came home at 5:30 am last two days, though Friday’s shift I didn’t do much over time. But this is getting ridiculous. Two days in the week seem like 6 days or more! That is not good for the body and your overall outlook. I came home and tried to stay awake long enough to eat a sandwich I had brought from the cafeteria at work for breakfast and watched an episode of The Big Bang Theory and it was 6 am by then. I went straight to sleep and woke up at 12:30 pm. I had the biggest headache and sinus problem and I felt like crap.

I have since had the shower and a few coffees helped. I ordered shawarma plates for everyone (dad, mom, Mumu my niece) and chilli gobi with kuboos for my sister who came over at night. Really enjoyed that as it was delicious. I’ve been on Youtube a lot today and also watched Damien : The Omen II this afternoon post lunch.

5 Reasons Why Atheists Are Good For The World

As you probably know, I am an atheist. Quite frankly, though, I couldn’t care less whether you are an atheist or religious. There’s no reason why a contrast in belief systems should ever stop two people from getting along.

One thing I will say, though, is that atheists are good for the world. And I don’t think you can argue that even if you are deeply religious. Here are just five reasons that prove the world is a better place for having people that do not believe in a higher being.

#1. Scientific & technological advancements

Science and technology are two key components in human evolution. Our species would have still progressed without atheism, but there is no doubt that atheists have played a major role in the developments.

Atheists don’t merely accept the hand that is dealt by nature. Experts explain here how genetically modified humans are possible thanks to tech and science. Meanwhile, there are many other aspects of medical science and discovery that may not have occurred without atheists.

#2. Intelligence

There are several studies that show a positive correlation between atheism and intelligence. While I’m probably not the greatest example of that, I assure you it does exist.

That’s not to suggest atheists are actually smarter. However, atheists are perhaps more inquisitive as they pose existential questions. Contesting the notion that “God just made it happen” certainly has an impact.

#3. Peacekeeping and integration

It would be far too simplistic to state that all wars are caused by religion. Still, it’s impossible to ignore that it is a common factor. Atheists are more likely to integrate with people from other walks of life. Marxist views show that atheists have been guilty of atrocities too. Atheists tend no to kill others in the name of atheism. The fact that terrorism is very rare in Scandinavia and non-religious regions gives further credence to the argument.

#4. Belief system makeup

Many people view the failure to believe in a higher power as an unnatural perspective. On the contrary, this study shows that it is just as natural as religious beliefs. After all, they are all (including atheism) ideologies that have been passed down.

If a society can exist with different cultures that believe in varying gods, there’s no reason non-believers can’t be involved too.

#5. Human choice

While I don’t believe in any religious script, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility that I could be wrong. Still, the scripts were all produced many years ago. As such, many of the teachings simply don’t match up with modern life.

Atheists are often behind the fight for equality relating to sexuality, race, and other key human issues. Without them, there’s a strong chance that religion would still be playing catch up. The fact that people are able to live more freely can only be a positive – even if you disagree with their decisions.

One last note – I do believe that the world is a better place thanks to religion too.

Five Favorite Family Night Movies

What are your five favorite movies for a family movie night?

What family night? I am not married and no kids and no girlfriend(s) so it’s usually just me choosing the movie to watch. In this apartment it’s my dad, mom and me but it’s almost like it’s them and me sharing the apartment rather than us living together as the only things we do together is eat lunch or dinner together. I don’t watch their Malayalam tv shows and the rare movies that they watch.

And they don’t sit and watch movies with me. Anyways, I watch my movies & tv shows in my bedroom. So here is what I would pick as family movies, if I had a wife & kids:

  • Home Alone
  • Gremlins
  • Ghostbusters
  • The Goonies
  • Jurassic Park

How to Avoid Holiday Disasters This Year

If you are a family man or woman, you might already be excited about meeting your long distance relatives and friends and spending some quality time together. However, according to Murphy’s Law, if something can go wrong, it will happen at the worst possible time. If you would like to avoid disasters and make sure that you are relaxed and worry-free during the Christmas and New Year period, pay attention to these risks.

Safety

In case you are planning on spending a couple of days or even a week at your relatives, you will leave the house vulnerable to people with bad intentions. This is why you need to upgrade your security and safety around your home. It might be a good idea to ask one of your neighbors to collect the mail, or even park their car in your drive, so you being away is less obvious. Set up timers for your TV and your lights, so your home doesn’t look abandoned at all.

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Next, if you are expecting guests over the Christmas period, you will need to make sure that your heating, air conditioning, and appliances are working correctly. There is nothing worse than having a broken heater or an oven that is only working when it feels like. You might want to get in touch with a hvac contractor before the holidays and get your appliances and heating system a good servicing and checkup.

Insulation

You are likely to spend more time at your home, which means that you will use your heating and your rooms more. If there are cold patches in your living room, this might be the time to get them fixed, so you don’t end up paying a fortune for heating your home for the couple of days you are spending there enjoying the company of your loved ones.

Trees and Branches

It is great to have a winter wonderland, but if you will have friends and family members visiting, you will need to tidy up your front yard and your driveway. Get rid of the fallen branches and the leaves that can get slippery when wet, so you can avoid accidents that will land you at the emergency services. If you haven’t had your trees and shrubs cut back or your old branches inspected, you can get in touch with a tree surgeon.

Weather

Before you plan any programs holiday fun, nights out, or visits to the local church, you should always check the weather. If you live in an area that has loads of snow, chances are that you will need to have the shovel and the snow chains ready, so you will not end up stuck in the middle of nowhere. Those in remote areas should always check the weather forecast and have enough food stored in the cupboards as well as a fully functional generator.

We all want a pleasant and carefree holiday season. Make sure that you check the risks and address them before it is too late.

Ways To Keep Busy And Have Fun This Winter

Ways To Keep Busy And Have Fun This Winter

Aah, winter. Whilst it can be pretty fun just re-watching the same series over and over again on Netflix, it soon gets boring, and you need something to fill those dark days when going outside may not be an option. There are many ways to fill the time, however, and they don’t all involve watching the television and staring out of the window wishing summer would come back (that doesn’t work, guys). We’ve put together a list of a few things that you can do to get rid of those winter blues, so read on if you want to have fun this season!

Listen to an album a day

Whatever you decide to do this winter, the Christmas season is a great time to listen to new music, and find out bands and artists that you love. Whether vinyl is your thing or you’d rather stick to Spotify, there is just so much time right now, and finding some new jams wouldn’t go a miss. Mix up your genres, try something different, and you could find something that you’re really glad you’ve discovered. Winter is a great time to get listening, so that you can go to those pub quizzes in the New Year and get every single question right on the music round. Winning.

Try out some new games

There are so many games out there on the market right now, that it can be difficult to choose. If you’ve been playing something like Fortnite Battle Royale for a few months, don’t you think that it’s time for something new? Anime is a totally underrated genre, and there are many Japanese Role Playing Games (JRPG) if you fancy a change from the whole killing-the-opposition thing. These games are quite story-focused, so you can spend a few hours really getting into character. A great way to pass the time, right? Check out AnimeWhiz for more advice for beginners.

Go on a road trip

Look, we know. Going on a road trip is a summer thing, and it sounds like hell in this weather. But don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it! A winter road trip will allow you to see some beautiful sights, particularly if it has been snowing. Get the air con on, get your scarves and gloves out, and explore somewhere amazing near you! Going for a forest drive if you can get to one is a great idea, and if you’ve got your thermals on, why not go for a walk? You’ll see unique wildlife, a beautiful snowy skyline, and you can even have a snowball fight. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Sign us up.

So, there are many ways to keep busy and have fun this winter, and listening to an album a week is one of them. Try out some new genres, and you’ll have new music all year! Trying out some new games such as JRPGs is also a good shout, as you’ll get lost in the interesting stories. And going on a road trip will get rid of that stubborn cabin fever, so give it a try, too. Have fun!

January Transfer Window : Arsenal Rumours

We have the January transfer window coming up in a couple of weeks or so and I’m looking at what Arsenal need to strengthen the team. Defense surely? Arsenal’s worst fears were confirmed on Friday as Rob Holding was ruled out for the rest of the season after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Considering Holding’s form, it is also a huge blow for Unai Emery who now has only two fully fit specialist centre-backs available in Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopolous.

Even though Laurent Koscienly has come back from injury and can play, the Gunners have been linked with a few defenders both in England & Europe. Nathan Ake (Bournemouth), Eric Bailly (Manchester United), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Mario Hermoso (Espanyol) & Manuel Akanji (Borussia Dortmund) are all looked at as possible shoring up for the leaky defense.

What about strikers? With Danny Welbeck out injured and his contract up at the end of the season, it has come out that Arsenal will not be extending his contract and that he will be free to join any club that wants him in July for free. Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele could be heading to Arsenal in the January transfer window. He has been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp amid concerns over his attitude and application. And bookmaker Coral have revealed that a flurry of bets has been placed in the last 24 hours on Dembele joining Arsenal. Coral spokesman John Hill told Starsport: “Punters think Unai Emery is going to strengthen his squad further in January with the acquisition of Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona as we have been knocked over with bets on the Frenchman to sign for the Gunners.”

Going Back In Time: Why Vinyl Has Made A Comeback

The association with vinyl is that it is an older generational way of listening to music, or at least it was, until vinyl became hip again. All of a sudden the world has become an increasingly vintage place with retro being the new trend, in fashion, interior design, and music.

Retro is cool, quirky and ultimately the on-trend style, which explains why vinyl is back to being cool again, but is the music actually any good? Back in the day, when vinyl was all there was, the listening quality was unquestioned, because it was all there was, but today that obviously isn’t the case. Luckily, the sound quality of vinyl has improved vastly due to advancements in record players – there are some incredible designs out there now.

Anyhow, the question is: why (aside from fashion) has vinyl made such a successful comeback?

The sound quality

Sound quality is superior. This is down to the way the music is produced, it is what is classed as ‘lossless compression’, which means when the vinyl is pressed nothing is taken away from the audio, it remains the same. Whereas, when a modern-day CD or digital file is produced, it is compressed into mp3 or mp4 which actually takes parts of the media away to compress it and make it smaller, so that it will fit onto mobile devices without taking up too much storage space. What this means is that the music does not play as it was intended to be when it was produced, so when you listen to it on vinyl, as sites like Vinyl Vintage will tell you, you get better audio as there has been nothing taken away.

The modern speakers and equipment is highly advanced

Today, the speakers and equipment that can now be produced to create record players for vinyl is way more advanced in comparison to when vinyls were first around, so you can actually get an even better sound quality with these modern sound systems. With these new record players, you can also connect your media devices to them, whether that be by Bluetooth or aux cable so your not limited to just using vinyl while you build up your collection.

With this ever-increasing use of vinyl there has also been a production of modern vinyl, so you can listen to your favorite modern songs on vinyl as well as via Spotify The fact that record labels are now creating these modern types of vinyl and record players shows how popular this type of retro music listening has become.

It’s easy to see why vinyl has made a comeback; combined with the amazing sound quality that vinyl offers and the modern players and speakers created to play records on, vinyl is once again peaking in popularity. It’s hip, it’s stylish, and it’s something unique. Vinyl creates a different vibe to streaming music, it’s about having the record right there in front of you, instead of a cloud system that you can’t see.

Mastering The Business Side Of Your Blog

For many bloggers, most of the fun is in the actual writing and blogging, and not in the management or the running of the blog. If that is true for you, but you still want to make sure that your blog is actually run well enough to generate a profit and so on, then you might find it hard to focus on the management aspect of it in quite the right way. That can be incredibly frustrating, but you will find that you need to try and know what you are doing here if you are to make sure that your business is going to be run as well as possible – and your blog is a business at the end of the dy. With that in mind, let’s take a look at just a few of the things that you need to think about if you are to master the business angle of running your blog.

Finances

If you are not very good with this side of things, it might be tempting to just outsource it to someone who is. Actually, that can be a very good and perfectly acceptable way of doing things, and as long as you find the right individual or team to do so that can really make things a lot easier for you. But let’s say for argument’s’ sake that you want to keep it all in-house. What can you do to make sure that you are managing the financial side of things more effectively? In short: keep a note of everything going in and going out, and make sure not to take your eye off the ball. By keeping records (which is, after all, a legal duty) you can ensure that you are going to be fully aware of the finances of your blog, and in such a way that you can keep on top of it effectively.

Administration

This is somewhere that a lot of bloggers fall down, partly because of boredom and partly from not really knowing what to do. You need to make sure that you have a proper system in place for your admin, and that means knowing what to do with all of the mail and emails you get and so on. One of the most effective and easiest solutions is to simply use a service like https://physicaladdress.com so that you can have your mail forwarded in the right way and through the proper channels, and in so doing be able to keep your focus on your blogging itself. If you want to go down that route you will find it a lot easier, but make sure that you are still keeping some control over your post and your administration too.

Marketing

Fortunately, this is one of the easier elements, and most bloggers actually have the necessary skills to make their marketing a reality. All you need to do here usually is get out there on the internet and promote your blog in whatever way you can. If that means social media, so be it. If it means being able to guest post for other blogs, so be it. Whatever it takes is what you should do, and no less. See https://www.hongkiat.com/blog/marketing-your-blog-10-essential-tips-you-should-know/ for more on this.

7 Signs You’re Not Alone In Your Home

Have you had a sense that you are not the only one living in your home? No, we’re not talking about ghosts or spirits! We are talking about a lodger of a different sense… a pest! From rats to wasps, there are many pests that want to stay the night but the trouble is they never want to leave, and they bring all of their friends and family too. Nightmare!

Do you fear that you could have rodents or termites living in your home? Instead of dismissing this as an overreaction, you should look out for some clear signs that you need pest control. After all, the last thing you want to do is allow the situation to get worse. So, with that being said, in this blog post, we are going to look at seven of the clear signs that you have some sort of pest problem in your property. If you have noticed any of this signals, don’t delay in getting it checked out further.

Here are seven indications that you have a pest problem in your property:



1. Creatures you’re not used to seeing indoors – This may sound obvious, but seeing creatures indoors that you’re only used to seeing outside is the biggest indication that you have a pest problem and that you require pest control. If you have noticed this, you are right to be concerned. Uninvited creatures that should raise the alarm include the likes of rodents, mosquitoes, cockroaches, termites, mice, flies, and fleas.

2. Strange sounds – If you think you could have a problem with rodents, listen carefully, as it is likely you will be able to hear their feet. Mice and rats often hide behind walls and under floorboards, and so it is likely that you will hear them scurrying, gnawing, or scratching on the walls. It can sometimes be possible to hear loud bugs too.

3. Gnawing – If you don’t have any pets, but you stumble across proof of gnawing, this is a clear sign that there could be pests living in your property. House mice and rats love to chew, and so if they have made your house their home you will undoubtedly come across gnawing tracks. Pay special attention to your furniture. If you can see evidence of this, it’s likely that pests are the evident issue. After all, who else is going to be eating away at the wood in your home?

4. Grease marks and tracks – This is another clear sign that you have a problem with either mice or rats, as they can leave tracks and evidence of their existence because they tend to travel using the same paths every day. Therefore, if you notice dark grease marks, you need quality pest control Petersfield.

5. Dead bugs indoors – You should check your basements and window ledges for dead bugs. If you notice that there are a considerable number of bugs of the same species, it is likely that they are living in your home. Just because these bugs are dead does not mean you don’t have a problem. It indicates that there are a lot of live bugs around as well.

6. Odd smells – Some pests give off a particular smell, which is instantly recognisable. For example, roaches have an oily odour, rats smell like ammonia, mice have a musty, urine smell, and bed bugs have a sweet, musty odour. Have you noticed that there is an odd smell in your home that you just cannot seem to get rid of?

7. Droppings – Last but not least, droppings are a clear sign that you have a pest problem. The appearance of the droppings can help you to determine what type of pest is living in your property; for instance, ‘poppy-seed’ pellets have most likely come from termites while black pellets will have come from roaches.

So there you have it: some of the clear indications that you are not the only person living in your home at the moment. If you have noticed any of the signs that have been mentioned above, it is important to call a pest control company sooner rather than later.

RIP Dynamite Kid

Thomas Billington (5 December 1958 – 5 December 2018 ), best known by the ring name the Dynamite Kid, was a British professional wrestler. He died on his 60th birthday. He competed in the World Wrestling Federation, Stampede Wrestling, All Japan Pro Wrestling, and New Japan Pro Wrestling in the mid-to-late-1980s. With his cousin Davey Boy Smith, he is also known for having been one half of the tag team The British Bulldogs. He also had notable feuds with Tiger Mask in Japan and Bret Hart in Canada.

Billington had been battling with a multitude of health issues for several years after being left consigned to a wheelchair following the end his career. Billington rose to fame in the 1980s alongside his tag-team partner Davey Boy Smith, who was better known as The British Bulldog. The pair won the WWF Tag Team Championship in 1995 at Wrestlemania 2, where they defeated Brutus Beefcake and Greg Valentine. Billington’s career looked to be over in 1986 when he broke his back in a match against Don Muraco and Bob Orton Jr, the father of Randy Orton. He was told he’d never wrestle again but battled back from his debilitating injury to compete for the WWE in 1988 before joining Stampede Wrestling and All-Japan Pro Wrestling.

His final wrestling match took place on 10 October 1996, at a Michinoku Pro event called These Days. The match was promoted as a “Legends of High-Flying” six-man tag featuring Dynamite paired with Dos Caras and Kuniaki Kobayashi against The Great Sasuke, Mil Máscaras, and Tiger Mask. Dynamite’s body had degenerated to the point where he was “practically skin and bones”, as the bottom portion of his tights were very loose. In the end, Dynamite delivered his trademark tombstone piledriver on Great Sasuke, leading Dos Caras to powerbomb Sasuke for the pin. While at the airport to return home on the next day, Dynamite had a second seizure (the first one was in 1987) and was sent to the hospital immediately.

In 1991, he was divorced from his first wife Michelle Smadu (the sister of Bret Hart’s then-wife Julie), with whom Billington had one son and two daughters (Marek, Bronwyne and Amaris). Following the end of his marriage to Michelle, he moved from Canada back home to Wigan with his parents. There he married for a second time to a woman named Dot, with her he had three stepsons; John, Steven and Mark.