5 Videos To Watch This Week On YouTube!

Hi everybody! πŸ™‚

I am trying to catch up on my five video suggestions blog posts to watch so here is another post with five more suggestions for you all. πŸ™‚

Music

I adore this track by Janet Jackson. It is one of my favourites of hers. I can relate a lot to the lyrics. Great song, great music video, here is Control by Janet Jackson.

Aloe Blacc is an amazing singer. I think he can pretty much sing anything. His voice is wonderful. This is his song and music video for I Need A Dollar. Like the first song I can defo relate to the lyrics. It might be a Euro in my case though. Brilliant. πŸ™‚

This is the music video for Walk On by our very own U2. The lyrics are really beautiful and the music video which was dedicated to the support of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar is excellent.

Dance

Near the end of last year Bill and Oti won Strictly Come Dancing. I haven’t seen the series yet and I must at some stage but I seen this amazing dance by the Champions to Rapper’s Delight by The Sugar Hill Gang. Great job! πŸ™‚

Quizzes

Absolutely loving quizzes at the moment so here is another quiz I found with general knowledge questions and some extra info. I got 26 out of 31 here so I was very pleased with that. πŸ™‚

5 Videos To Watch This Week on YouTube!

Hi everybody! πŸ™‚

Here is my five video suggestions to watch on YouTube this week. πŸ™‚

Music

First up is a great track and music video from the late ’90s. Here is Shola Ama’s You Might Need Somebody.

Next up we have M People with One Night in Heaven. I love M People. Heather Small’s voice is amazing. Great song and music video.

Here is Lola’s Theme by The Shapeshifters. A really great song to dance to. Great music video too.

Dance

I love Matthew Richardson’s dancing on YouTube but I didn’t realize he had been on America’s Got Talent till recently so it was great to see his audition for the show which was another great performance.

Dogs

Shifu is an adorable dog I came across in this short video recently. He is going to the vet and he does not like it one bit!

5 Videos To Watch This Week On YouTube!

Hi everybody! πŸ™‚

Wishing you all a wonderful New Year. Here is my 5 video suggestions for this week.

Make-Up/Drag

The first episode of the 13th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race took place recently and I am definitely team Gottmik. Here is a wonderful make-up tutorial she did with Gigi Gorgeous.

Music

This is a great classic from my younger years and the music video is great. I present to you all Gossip’s Standing In The Way Of Control.

I love this song by Des’ree. You Gotta Be sums up so much about life in such a short space of time. Love the music video and that understated and beautiful casual black outfit she wears is stunning

Janet Jackson’s What Have You Done For Me Lately? is such a great bop. With a guest appearance by Paula Abdul and great storytelling and dancing this music video is just excellent.

Quizzes

Really enjoying quizzes at the moment and enjoyed this quiz which I did ok in getting 18 so there’s your challenge, get more than me! πŸ™‚

Culture Vulture Express Wins Mystery Blogger Award!

Thank you very much to Samreen for nominating me for this award, the Mystery Blogger Award. It is very much appreciated. πŸ™‚

You can check out Samreen’s amazing blog at:

https://unlockingthehiddenme.org/

The Rules:

  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • MentionΒ Okoto Enigma, the creator of the award.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer 5 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers.
  • Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, including 1 weird or funny question.
  • Share the link to your best post.

Three things about me:

  • I am an Irish writer who has written 29 books currently and I plan to do many more. In fact I’m working on quite a few at the one time at the moment so looking forward to getting some of those out there soon.
  • I love Chinese, Italian and Mexican food. I also adore savory snacks and savory food in general.
  • I hope to one day read all of Agatha Christie’s books. I have read quite a few but she was so productive, that goal will take a while! πŸ™‚

Questions and Answers:

1. Who do you love the most and why?

My family. We are a very close family and we look out for each other and spend a lot of time together. Sadly my Dad and my dog passed away in 2008 and 2010 and that felt like links in the family chain were broken. It is just my Mum, my sister and me now and we are super close.

2. What according to you is important, love or money?

I think love is the most important. I’m from a working-class background and I’ve never had heaps of money and I’ve got by, having a happy life because I don’t think money is the be all and end all. In saying that, money can give you security for yourself and those you care about and for that reason it would be nice to have a bit more. But it’s not the main thing and as my sister always says you can’t bring money with you.

3. What’s your lesson learnt about life?

The biggest lesson I learnt is that I don’t have to be compassionate in excess. I know I am compassionate but it doesn’t mean I can’t be passionate and stand up for myself and what I believe in too. Realising that those things can exist alongside each other has changed my life for the better.

4. Who do you admire the most?

I admire people who are passionate about equality and aren’t scared to say what they feel. While I have improved on that, I have a long way to go to stop second-guessing that what I have to say is ok to be said. So I really admire people who fight through the fear of a negative reaction and just do it.

If you get a magic wand what would be your three wishes you would fulfill?

I would get my Mum a new house, it’s her dream! πŸ™‚ I would rid the world of people thinking they are bad and troublemakers because they fight for equality and I would make myself a bestselling author.

My Best Post:

I love all my posts. They are my babies, the entire blog is my baby, but this post means a lot to me.

https://culturevultureexpress.wordpress.com/2020/07/21/talking-about-ignorance-prejudice-gaslighting/

Nominations:

Anyone who feels like they want to accept, please do. You are all amazing. πŸ™‚

Paddington Takes The Test By Michael Bond Review!

Paddington Takes the Test (Paddington, #11)

 

Paddington Takes The Test (1979) by Michael Bond is a wonderful fun-filled book.

 

In this book Paddington goes on numerous adventures including trying out a hammock, being a model in an art studio, accidentally locking his neighbour Mr. Curry in a sauna, taking a driving test, going to a stately house and the theatre, doing some ironing and designing and getting a gift for Mr. Brown’s birthday.

I really enjoyed the book from start to finish. Paddington is such a fantastic protagonist. Really adorable and really funny. He makes each story brilliant with his sparkling personality. The writing is outstanding, flows incredibly easily and is super imaginative and creative. Great slices of life.

A very joyful must-read.

 

To get Paddington Takes The Test by Michael Bond go to:

https://largepdf.com/paddington-takes-the-test/

For more about Michael Bond and his work go to:

https://www.fantasticfiction.com/b/michael-bond/

Culture Vulture Express Is 7 Today!

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Today is a special day as my baby/blog Culture Vulture Express has turned 7. Happy Birthday my dear blog! πŸ™‚

 

It is difficult sometimes to believe I set this blog up seven years ago. And yet, when I really think about it a lot has happened in that seven years. I remember at the start I was finding it difficult to figure out how to get a blog up on the internet and figure out the features. Some of that is still going on if I’m being completely honest! πŸ™‚

I have published a lot of books in that time and Culture Vulture Express has always been my website in that time. I’m very proud of my blog. And I look to the next year posting here and hopefully keeping you all entertained one way or another. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported this blog over the years. I appreciate that every day because you don’t have to and the fact that you want to and you take time to come on here means so so much. So thank you immensely. πŸ™‚

The Diving Bell And The Butterfly By Jean-Dominique Bauby Review!

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

 

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (1997) by Jean-Dominique Bauby is a brilliant read.

 

This is a true story. It is editor-in-chief of Elle in France Jean-Dominique Bauby’s real life story of having locked-in syndrome. In 1995, he had a massive stroke and was paralysed and unable to talk. Using his left eyelid to spell out words and tell his story, he created this book with the help of a transcriber.

This is a stunning book. I planned to read a few pages of this book and ended up reading it all in one and a bit sittings. It is a truly remarkable accomplishment and shows how utterly dedicated he was to getting this book out there. The book talks about serious things and then the not so serious. It’s a group of anecdotes about living with locked-in syndrome and also a look at life in all it’s mundane ways. The love he has for his two children comes across so much. The way people were talking about him when he was ill is realistic and absolutely disgusting.

This book is so powerful and so emotive. The pages turn themselves. He has a way with words so it’s no surprise he was editor-in-chief of a magazine. So accessible and yet so poetic. This is so well-crafted. Heartbreaking but beautiful.

A wonderful part of his legacy to leave behind. A must-read.

 

To purchase The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby go to:

 

 

And for more about Jean-Dominique Bauby and his work go to:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Dominique_Bauby

Culture Vulture Express Receives The Sunshine Blogger Award!

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I was recently reading a brilliant blog post at Den of Dreams

Everyone who read the post was invited to accept The Sunshine Blogger Award and I thought it would be fun to take part and accept it on behalf of Culture Vulture Express. Thank you to Den of Dreams

Do check out the amazing posts posted on their blog if you get the chance and thank you for the nomination. πŸ™‚

 

My Answers

 

If you had a time machine and could go anywhere, where would you go?

The 60s because it had all the social issues revolution, the hippie fashion and culture, the excellent music. The 70s too with all the glam rock. On a more personal level, back to when my Dad and dog were alive because I miss them very much and I would love to see them again.

Three things for deserted island?

My family, my Mum and my sister. But that might unfair to them! So my laptop, book and face cream!

When is your birthday?

22nd of April.

What is your favourite chemical element? (for example, Fluorine, Carbon, Oxygen, Hydrogen)

Don’t know much about these but oxygen to live I guess.

What is your favourite landform? (like hills, valleys, oceans, coasts, delta)

I love lakes and beaches. There was a lovely lake in Virginia, Cavan that me and the family used to visit years ago. Now I live not far from a gorgeous beach area in Wicklow. I have also visited lovely beaches in Clogherhead Beach in Co. Louth and Dun Laoghaire Harbour. I love looking out of the train at all the beach areas from Dublin to Wicklow and I’ve never been but I love Brighton Beach from pictures I’ve seen and would love to see it in reality. I was in Wales a good few years back too and seen some beautiful beach areas on the train to Cardiff.

Something you wish more people would know about you?

I’m very opinionated and I think sometimes some people take it as harsh. I do mean what I say but sometimes I get the impression by some people it is took to extremes of ‘She hates them. She wishes them ill.’ which couldn’t be further from the truth. Certainly there is people I dislike, some I intensely dislike, but I think that’s normal. No one likes everybody but I certainly don’t hate anyone or wish badness on people. Everything I say comes a place of goodness and honesty, at least from my perception so I wish that was more obvious sometimes. Also as an introvert, I don’t always bring out my sense of humour which is nothing like really witty peoples’ but it does exist and I wish I didn’t second guess saying things more often. I tend to bring it more out in my writing than in everyday life and interactions.

Do you have a lucky charm?

I don’t. I should get one.

Where was your childhood home?

My childhood home was in a small town in Co. Meath, Ireland. It was called Oldcastle and I lived in the old part of a council estate.

Your favourite subject to study?

I loved English because I have always loved reading and writing. But I liked history and C.S.P.E too. The latter is Civic, Social, Political Education and I was sad it wasn’t offered after Junior Cert level.

What did you want to become as a kid?

I wanted to be a make-up artist and also a singer. The writing was in the mix too. But it became the main one later on.

Do you wish to go to school again?

No. Courses, yeah but a school atmosphere no. I do love learning but I prefer doing it at my own pace and not in a structured routine. Like through books and the internet is perfect for me!

 

My Questions

  1. What is your favourite book?
  2. If you could be anyone for the day, who would you be?
  3. Who is your favourite YouTuber?
  4. Where is the nicest place you’ve ever been?
  5. What is important to you?
  6. Where do you see yourself in ten years time?
  7. What is your favourite song?
  8. What is your favourite quality in someone else?
  9. Dogs or cats?
  10. Wealth or success? (If you could only have one)
  11. What’s next for your blog?

 

My Nominees

Anyone reading this. πŸ™‚