5 Videos To Watch This Week On YouTube!

Hi everyone! 🙂

Here is my five suggestions for this week.

Social Issues

First up we have the twenty-seventh episode in Crash Course’s Black American History series with Clint Smith. In this episode Clint talks more about the Harlem Renaissance but this time the focus is more on the political and social issues lens. Clint speaks about Booker T. Washington, A. Philip Randolph, Chandler Owen, the NAACP, Eugene K. Jones, James Weldon Johnson, Walter White, Buchanan V. Warley, the story of Black History Month, Carter G. Woodson, Marcus Garvey, Amy Ashwood Garvey and Amy Jacques Garvey. As always very interesting and informative.

TV

Next we have all the dances from week 10 of Strictly Come Dancing in the UK. As always some excellent dances including John and Johannes’ epic and amazing Argentine Tango to David Garrett’s The 5th, Rhys and Nancy’s romantic and beautiful Waltz to You Light Up My Life by Whitney Houston and AJ and Kai’s stunning and entertaining Couples Choice to Janelle Monáe’s Make Me Feel.

Next up is all the dances from the quarter final of Strictly Come Dancing including Rhys and Nancy’s wonderful and powerful Argentine Tango to In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins and Rose’s and Giovanni’s beautiful and fun American Smooth to This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) by Natalie Cole.

Music

Next up is Lizzo with Cuz I Love You. A wonderful and gorgeous ballad and Lizzo’s vocal on the track is stunning. Fabulous music video too.

Finally we have Your Love Is King by Sade. I adore this song and Sade sings it so well. The music video is amazing as well.

Easy Weekly Quiz!

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Last Week’s Answers

  1. Ireland
  2. Moby Dick
  3. New Delhi
  4. 52
  5. A pail of water
  6. South Korea
  7. 11
  8. Orlando Bloom
  9. Camera
  10. Trees

How many did you get right? Brag below. 🙂

Answers next week. Give it a go without Google’s help!  Answers will appear in next week’s quiz. Feel free to leave your answers in the comments. Good luck! 🙂

This Week’s Questions

  1. Pizza comes from which country’s cuisine?
  2. What is the capital of Iceland?
  3. Which city hosted the Olympics in 2012?
  4. Which US state has the biggest population?
  5. Which singer had a hit with Imagine?
  6. What is the first day of Lent called?
  7. Which actor played Kevin in Home Alone?
  8. Complete the title of this TV show Everybody Loves …?
  9. What are the names of the doomed lovers in West Side Story?
  10. Jamesetta Hawkins was the real name of which singer?

Beauty On A Budget: Workplace Look

Hi everyone! 🙂

Here is my latest Beauty On A Budget look. Hope you all like it. 🙂

First Steps

Use Miss Beauty London’s Ready Set Go! powder on your face and neck. Brush eyebrows and put the gloss from Max & More’s Long Lasting Color & Gloss. Use Max & More’s concealer under your eyes. Blend in well. Put the lightest grey from the MUA Makeup Academy Professional Matte Palette – Winter Forest on your eyelids. Use Miss Beauty London’s Waterproof Mascara – black on your eyelashes.

Final Steps

Put the color from Max & More’s 2 in Long Lasting Color & Gloss on your lips and cover with Miss Beauty London’s Lipstick Sealer.

(Not too sure of the price of the MUA Makeup Academy Professional Matte Palette – Winter Forest but I don’t think it’s too expensive. However any light grey eyeshadow will do the job. :-))

Beauty On A Budget: Workplace Look

Hi everyone! 🙂

Here is my latest Beauty On A Budget look. Hope you all like it. 🙂

First Steps

Use Miss Beauty London’s Ready Set Go! powder on your face and neck. Brush eyebrows and put the gloss from Max & More’s Long Lasting Color & Gloss. Use Max & More’s concealer under your eyes. Blend in well. Use the black colour from the MUA Makeup Academy Professional Matte Palette – Winter Forest under your eyes and the dark grey from the same palette on your eyelids. Use Miss Beauty London’s Waterproof Mascara – black on your eyelashes.

Final Steps

Put the color from Max & More’s 2 in Long Lasting Color & Gloss on your lips and cover with Miss Beauty London’s Lipstick Sealer.

(Not too sure of the price of the MUA Makeup Academy Professional Matte Palette – Winter Forest but I don’t think it’s too expensive. However any black and dark grey eyeshadow will do the job. :-))

Beauty On A Budget: Workplace Look

Hi everyone! 🙂

Here is my latest Beauty On A Budget look. Hope you all like it. 🙂

First Steps

Use Miss Beauty London’s Ready Set Go! powder on your face and neck. Brush eyebrows and put the gloss from Max & More’s Long Lasting Color & Gloss. Use Max & More’s concealer under your eyes. Blend in well. Put the light pink colour from Max & More’s Baked Eyeshadow palette – Burgundy on your eyelids. Use Miss Beauty London’s Waterproof Mascara – black on your eyelashes.

Final Steps

Put the color from Max & More’s 2 in Long Lasting Color & Gloss on your lips and cover with Miss Beauty London’s Lipstick Sealer.

Easy Weekly Quiz!

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Last Week’s Answers

  1. 1066
  2. Las Vegas
  3. Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po
  4. Angel Falls
  5. China
  6. Stevie Wonder
  7. La maison
  8. 5
  9. Iman Shumpert and Daniella Karagach
  10. The bishop

How many did you get right? Brag below. 🙂

Answers next week. Give it a go without Google’s help!  Answers will appear in next week’s quiz. Feel free to leave your answers in the comments. Good luck! 🙂

This Week’s Questions

  1. Danny Boy is a traditional song from which country?
  2. Call me Ishmael is the first line of which classic novel?
  3. What is the capital of India?
  4. How many weeks are in a year?
  5. What were Jack and Jill going up the hill to fetch?
  6. Which country does K-Pop come from?
  7. How many players are in a football team?
  8. Which actor is the partner of singer Katy Perry?
  9. What object is in the Instagram logo?
  10. Wood comes from where?

5 Videos To Watch This Week On YouTube!

Hi everyone! 🙂

Here is my five suggestions for this week.

Animals

First up here is this little dote of a cat doing cute meows. Adorable.

Relaxation

Secondly here is a relaxing video from asmr zeitgeist where your mind is relaxed with a wonderful head massage and lots of relaxing triggers. Very soothing.

Music

Next here is an excellent cover of Adele’s Easy On Me by Lloyiso. Such an amazing vocal. Great job.

Next up we have Smokin Out The Window by Bruno Mars, Anderson Anderson .Paak and Silk Sonic. I love the vibe of the music video. It has an old-time feel to it done in a contemporary way. Amazing song with stunning vocals.

TV

Finally for today here is the tenth RuPaul’s Drag Race compilation by Mikeekee. Very entertaining as always.

Beauty On A Budget: Gold & Silver Look

Hi everyone! 🙂

Here is my latest Beauty On A Budget look. Hope you all like it. 🙂

First Steps

Use Miss Beauty London’s powder – Autumn Beige on your face and neck. Brush your eyebrows and put the black colour from Max & More’s Nude Look Palette on your eyebrows and under your eyes. Put the silver colour on your eyelids from the same palette. Use Miss Beauty London’s Waterproof Mascara – black on your eyelashes. Mix the silver colour with the gold colour from the Max & More’s Nude Look Palette together and use as a highlight on your cheeks.

Final Steps

Use the gold from the Max & More Nude Look Palette on your lips and cover with Miss Beauty London’s Lipstick Sealer.

Mitch/Adam Book Parts 2/3

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Part two of my Mitch and Adam scenes. Hope you all like it. 🙂

Section 1

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It was the first time I had seen Adam since the incident in the smoking area. He had come over to see Nate but Nate was still at the gym. I obviously wasn’t. Me and gyms, no baby! Though I will admit the desire to be on a treadmill right now was strong when I was alone with Adam. I was cooking dinner while he sat at the kitchen table with a cup of tea he was shocked I offered him. We were in silence. The scene might be rather comical if it wasn’t so goddamn awkward.

‘Mitch, about the last time we saw each other I probably shouldn’t have said it the way I did. I certainly stand by what I said but I was a bit drunk and there was probably a better way of coming around it. I also shouldn’t have become aggressive. I really am not violent and I wouldn’t actually physically hurt you or anyone.’, he says breaking the silence.

‘Ok.’, I say, guessing that will probably be the closest thing to an apology.

I am not his biggest fan but I can appreciate that was probably even hard for him to say.

‘It’s just difficult sometimes with the way the world is. I am expected to say things are fine which I don’t think are fine or I face being ostracized. It can be hard sometimes.’

‘I would say so.’

‘It isn’t God’s way and I just want to do what’s right. My freedom of speech is being taken away.’

‘I wouldn’t know what His way is. I haven’t meant the dude.’

‘He’s God, not a dude. Don’t say that again.’

I resist the urge to roll my eyes because that would be rude.

‘Freedom of speech and all that.’, I smile instead.

‘I meant nothing bad by it.’, I add because I didn’t but I am wondering why I am explaining myself.

‘It can be difficult seeing the world ignoring his message.’

‘Well not everyone is a believer Adam.’

‘It’s not a subjective thing.’

‘Oh it is.’

‘People can live their lives however they please. I don’t give a fuck how they live their lives.’

Yeah, you sound like you don’t.

‘Just as long as they don’t annoy me Mitch.’

‘That’s good. The only thing is what your definition of annoying you would be because I am really confused about that.’

‘Don’t be calling me things. In places I can’t say what I want or I will lose things I worked for like my college place.’

‘Do you mean bigot and terms like that?’

‘I’m not a bigot.’

‘I didn’t say you were.’

I think you are but I have never said it.

‘There is no need for name calling and I don’t deserve to be called that.’

‘I’ve been called worse. You’ll be alright.’

‘You don’t understand what I go through. You and your fellow sheep. Doing everything you are brainwashed to do.’

‘What you seem to be missing is that if I said anything discriminating against cis people or straight people I would lose my job too. I have nothing against cis or straight people but if I did I would have to shut up too. It isn’t actually one way. It’s just that straight and cis people don’t often face discrimination that it isn’t spoken much about.’

‘You talk like we are on the same level.’

‘We are.’

That’s exactly what you don’t like.

‘God will let you know when the time comes.’

‘Well let Him do that. You weren’t God last time I looked.’

‘If you read some of His words it would be of benefit to you.’

‘Treat others as you would like them to treat you is one of his thoughts, isn’t it?’

‘Maybe you should try it.’

‘Maybe you should unless you want me to tell you you are a woman? Is that why you say it to me? Because you want me to treat you like you treat me?’

‘You will never be a man!’, he shouts.

‘Chill. God you are very precious about this whole man thing.’

‘And you are an irrigating abomination.’

I simply laugh.

‘You and your kind think you will all bring us down but we will battle on. I tell you now Bella, and yes I said Bella because that’s your fucking name and I will say it …’

‘Oh, aren’t you a big man?’

‘But we will frighten you into submission. Make you feel so unsure of yourselves that you waste away on your anger and hate.’

I faced bullying for my entire school years. I faced emotional abuse at home. I survived. Does this idiot really think his words have any power over me? He is very funny. Should have been a comic.

‘Right Adam.’

‘We will battle till people like you are on their knees …’

‘Oh, I do like to be on my knees.’

‘Until you are so scared to be in this world that you don’t want to be anymore. Till your air passages are obstructed with your poisonous feelings towards us.’

‘I don’t hate you Adam but you sure hate me …’

I stop as his words draw a realisation in me.

‘You read my blog post, didn’t you Adam?’

‘I wouldn’t read that shit you write.’

‘You know how I nearly done it?’

‘Pity you didn’t. Does that offend your pretty little ears? We’d have one less freak in the world.’

‘Do you think God would have wanted me to do it?’

‘It’s a sin, of course not.’

‘But you don’t care about that. You wish I did.’

‘You’ve committed enough sins already. Why not add one more to the list? You want me dead too. All your like do because I speak truth.’

‘No, Adam I don’t. I can’t speak for all Liberals, I’m sure there is people who do. I’m not one of them. Do you know what I am Adam? I’m a debater, a very passionate debater. But there’s lines I don’t cross over. You fly over them all. You are filled with hate because you are power crazed. You can’t even bear a person debating with you. You feel they have no right to. Well let me tell you something. I will always debate against any of your prejudice and I ain’t going anywhere.’

‘You think you get to me. You don’t. I know I get to you.’

‘You are going on something which happened a few years ago. I know I don’t get to you, nor do I have any desire to but you don’t get to me either. I wised up after that to exactly what your type is like. I do believe in your freedom of speech but you aren’t fighting for freedom of speech. You are fighting for power.’

‘You don’t know what’s in my mind.’

‘I know it enough to know that. And let me tell me something honest since you’ve been so unbelievably honest yourself, people like me don’t fight for your freedom of speech even if we believe in it because give you lot an inch and I would end up in a hospital for the mentally ill.’

‘You don’t know that.’

‘I’m not willing to take the risk though. Would you?’

‘It’s where you should be.’

‘I didn’t ask you that but thanks for your qualified diagnosis.’

‘I am a proud Catholic. You won’t take that away from me.’

‘Not trying to. My Mum was a proud Catholic too.’

‘And even with your mother having been, this is how you treat us.’

‘Adam I have nothing against Catholics. I’m not over fond of bigoted people Catholic or otherwise. Do you honestly believe that I do?’

‘Bigoted? There you go with your buzzwords again. You and your sheep grazing …’

‘You make me laugh with your descriptions. When you say you find it hard in society, are you talking about how policies are in place which you don’t like?’

‘I am persecuted. I can’t have my opinions in places. Surely you don’t think that is ok. But of course your type do. You all want to shut us up.’

‘I worked in a religious shop for a year soon after I went to the Bronx. The people over it had very similar views to you Adam. I heard the rumours before I started working there and those rumours were true. But I took the job because I needed the money. Outside of work I had my ideas about things but I went along with the policies which were there because I was only a worker. I didn’t run the place and I had no desire to tell people how to run their own shop. There is places which have policies which would work for you so I don’t really understand what your problem is. I got on with it and I eventually found my way to the job I’m in now which is totally Liberal. I mean I’m confused what your issue is. When going anywhere you sign contracts. You know the deal. You agree to it. Therefore you get over yourself. I got over myself. Left my opinions at the door.’

‘Your kind try to tell people how to run their business. A person can’t even use their freedom of conscience if they run a bakery.’

‘I’ve worked in customer service for years Adam. The first rule is the customer is always right even when you secretly think they are wrong. You treat every customer the same and you do what they ask you. My culinary skills definitely wouldn’t be good enough to run a bakery but if they were and a customer wanted a cake for say a protest against same-sex marriage I would make the cake. I wouldn’t be a baby about it. I’d be professional. Opinions at the door and all that again. Making a cake doesn’t mean your opinions suddenly change. It’s business. The only opinions that matter in a scenario like that is the customer’s if someone is professional.’

‘If I ran a bakery that gay couple would get a cake alright.’, he replies with a sinister laugh.

‘Then you would go to prison.’, I say calmly with a sigh.

‘I do agree on one thing with you Adam. It is probably for the best conservatives and liberals don’t make each other cakes or the like because you never know how far someone will go with tensions heightened. Most on either side wouldn’t kill each other. I certainly wouldn’t go to them lengths but is there people on both sides who might? Sure, without a doubt so I wouldn’t take the risk. I would research it very well.’

Nate came back at that point so we had no more time to debate with each other. For now.

Section 2

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I entered the Zebra bar with Karen. We went up to the bar to order in our drinks before we found our seats. I heard Adam’s familiar laugh in the seats behind us. There was a glass section thing between us so I couldn’t see him and he couldn’t see me. I soon realised he was sitting with George as George spoke next.

‘You know why Nate was given that distinction, don’t you?’

‘Of course. They have to pander to his kind. Gives them a good look. I like the dude but it’s obvious.’

‘These gays know they can run the place.’

‘And the irony is that he isn’t even gay. He’s living with a woman. Even the college knows that but they have to pretend Bella is a man to be all pc. And I’ll say it again that Bella has a mouth on her. Knows she can say what she likes. I wish we could go back to the days when her type were not listened to. I certainly don’t listen to her. I have my own mind.’

Karen rubs my hand.

‘Are you ok Mitch?’, she asks.

‘Nate worked hard for that distinction. He was up all night most nights working on it.’

‘It’s meaningless. All that matters is that he got the distinction and he deserved it.’

I sigh. Of course she is right.

‘I know. It’s just they are his friends and I just wish they were happy for him. He would be for them. I suppose the main thing is they pretended they were.’

The sound of Adam’s laughter rings out again.

‘George seriously though he did the whole thing on weirdos like Bella and never once said about how it was a mental disorder. How can you write a report and be that biased? Of course it’s a mental disorder!’

‘I’m sorry Karen.’, I say.

‘Not your fault Mitch. In any case I’ve heard it all before. Kinda boring actually at this stage.’, she smiles.

Our attention is drawn back to Adam’s and George’s conversation.

‘The thing is George that I do have some sympathy for Bella because she is ill. She should really have got help years ago and now it’s too far gone. She’s fucking nuts. Must be difficult for Nate in fairness. He has to pretend to believe her or she’ll lose her shit.’

‘I know but if he found a normal girl he wouldn’t have that problem. Of course he knows Bella is a woman who thinks she is a man. He is not that stupid. I’m not dissing him but how could you fall for her if you weren’t a bit strange yourself? He is a good-looking lad. Women look at him all the time. He could have his pick really.’

I feel Karen rub my hand again.

‘That isn’t true. Nate knows you are a man. They are projecting their own opinions onto Nate.’

Adam is on a roll.

‘I am tired of it all to be honest. I won’t be bullied. I will not be told how to be and they do it all the time. Bella does my fucking nut in. She believes she can bully me. Well she has another thing coming. I won’t give in. She won’t change me.’

I roll my eyes.

‘I have principles and I have God on my side. I won’t be tortured by these so-called woke people. Sheep. Losers. I will fight.’

It is soon after that Adam and George leave and I take a drag on my pint of Heineken.

‘He is obsessed with thinking everyone is out to get him. I should have went over and debated with him but that’s why I didn’t Karen. Having a debate with Adam turns into everyone is bullying him, tormenting him, trying to change him. Getting to know him more I have realised that it comes from hurt. He is a spoilt brat and when he is challenged he gets hurt. I’m not out to hurt anyone but how can you handle a situation with someone like that?’

‘You can’t.’, she laughs.

‘Reassuring.’, I smile.

‘I wouldn’t even bother trying Mitch if I was you. Just do you and if it’s too much for the poor pet, so what?’

‘The thing is he goes to a college five days a week where the policy is liberal and he isn’t able to say his views. So when he is out of there he doesn’t know the difference between a debate or a challenge and being told he can’t say it. He leaves the college bitter because he doesn’t like their policy and takes it out on everyone who dares to disagree with him.’

‘He has a superiority complex Mitch. He doesn’t think they have a right to do it. He doesn’t feel like you have a right to challenge him.’

‘He says sometimes that he is ok with me having my opinions but it’s always in a bratty like have your opinions I don’t care type thing. I never think he means it.’

‘He doesn’t mean it. He would rather you shut up Mitch. That’s the time never to. Let him think what he likes.’

‘It’s just …’

‘Go on.’

‘I’m not out to hurt people Karen and he says he feels like he is being bullied and tormented … I don’t know.’

‘You aren’t bullying or tormenting him Mitch if that’s what you are worried about. He gives his opinions. You give yours. That’s everyday life. You are both extremely opinionated people and you keep being. Let him do him but you keep doing you. If he wants to believe he is being bullied and tormented let him enjoy his fantasy.’

Easy Weekly Quiz!

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Last Week’s Answers

  1. 10
  2. Clare
  3. The Spanish Armada
  4. 10 Downing Street
  5. Five
  6. Batman
  7. Sir Christopher Cockerell and William R. Bertelsen
  8. Seven
  9. Antarctic blue whale
  10. Hummingbird

How many did you get right? Brag below. 🙂

Answers next week. Give it a go without Google’s help!  Answers will appear in next week’s quiz. Feel free to leave your answers in the comments. Good luck! 🙂

This Week’s Questions

  1. What year did the Battle of Hastings take place?
  2. A Little White Wedding Chapel is located in which US state?
  3. What are the names of the four Teletubbies?
  4. Which is the highest waterfall in the world?
  5. Which country invented tea? 
  6. I Just Called To Say I Love You and Lately were hits for which singer?
  7. What is the French for house?
  8. What is the number of the famous Chanel fragrance?
  9. Which couple won the most recent Dancing With The Stars in the US?
  10. Which chess piece can only move diagonally?