What books are your reading? What books do your recommend? – Delveintodem (BLW Contributor)

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THE SOONER A-LEVELS CEASE TO EXIST IN MY LIFE…THE BETTER!

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(For international readers, a-levels are college equivalents)

2 years ago, I was able to perch myself into a plush recliner, fresh coffee in one hand, my phone glued to the other so conveniently whilst fixating my eyes and all my attention to the TV screen. Want to know the best part? This time consuming ritual that I would partake in every evening, 2 years ago, came at little concequence. Why? Because 2 years ago I did GCSE’s and not A-Levels! The good days, if I had had an inclin into how consumptive A-Levels were I’d have ran for the hills, no doubt followed by another thousand reluctant teens. I feel like, if I read one book for pleasure, or watch a movie just one… Then I’ve already ruined my chances of passing my exams!

They told me to do some light reading… That was the first lie of A-Levels.

Why I would vanquish A-levels from my life before I would Labour Voters…

  1. The lies: they will tell you that picking your own subjects will render you eternally happy and you’ll be so amazed and joyful that you are studying what you want to that you won’t even think of it as work. 
  2. The pain: that burning sensation in your eyes from too much reading and gazing aimlessly at a computer screen? Yeah that will last you forever!
  3. The isolation: you will be so caught up in your work that you have to say a heartfelt goodbye to your social life and learn to have a relationship with your books. Me and Plato have grown rather close.
  4. The weight: this is applicable for both guys and girls. The ten kilo bag you’ll carry around with all your resources in, no room for your personal items. If your nose starts running and you had no space to pack tissues… There’s always your exercise book.
  5. The belittling: most students range between 16-18, yet one of my teachers still insists at shouting at me for being late, not doing my homework and for having an opinion. 
  6. The hatred: I’ll keep this short and sweet. You will end up loathing about 98.99% of the people at your school. But it’s okay because the chances are… They hate you too.
  7. The zombie look: the countless hours I have traded in to write an essay is ridiculous, I have the dark circles to prove it!
  8. The fire burns down: I can no longer read a novel without exploring the underlying meaning, I read The hungry caterpillar to my little brother, the most simply of stories, yet I found copious amounts of psychological interpretations…their validity? None.
  9. The hair loss: a product of stress no doubt, but I could really do without bald spots left, right and centre.
  10. The addictions: you have to find a way to curb your anger, mine comes in the form of addiction. Don’t worry, I mean caffeine… Mostly.

These are just a few of the things I’d love to banish from my life, the only light is after the toils of A-level, I finally understand why adults wish they stayed young. Growing up, I think, starts at sixth form, college or your countries equivalent. I’d give anything to fast forward to retirement or backtrack to adolescence. 

For most people, summer is what is getting us through! I can’t wait for this summer! 

The relatability is uncanny 

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Weekend Inspiration – Inspirational video for Women- How to have Motivation and Never give up!!!

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Jeetly provided this passionate video about inspiring women to be the best they can be so we have created this video to help women to find their calling in life. As a clothing brand, we dress women for success. Our clothes are designed to make women confident, classy, chic and above all feminine. 

These women exhibit no fear to get where they want, they are strong willed, ambitious and disciplined. This video fails to disappoint on how to find your calling in life, the motivational speeches shown here inspire and change the way you will think about yourself. Celebrities and famous women from the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Hilary Clinton, Michelle Obama, new billionaire Sheryl Sandberg, Margaret Thatcher and JK Rowling give speeches that inspire you to make a difference. Brief videos of Beyonce in concert, Eva Longoria, Lady Gaga crying, Anjolina Jolie with tears, J-Lo, Adele and Serena Williams. 

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Gavin McInnes, Fox News Guest, Says Women Are Less Ambitious And Happier At Home – What are your thoughts on his comments?

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According to the Huffingtonpost, Fox News guest declared that the gender pay gap exists because women are “less ambitious” than men and that most would be happier staying at home with children.

Gavin McInnes, a writer and former co-founder of Vice Media, made the inflammatory comments Thursday evening while on “Hannity” along with attorney and Fox News analyst Tamara Holder.

“Women do earn less in American because they choose to,” he said. “They would rather go to their daughter’s piano recital than stay all night at work, working on a proposal, so they end up earning less. They’re less ambitious.”

“What?” replied an incredulous Holder.

“This is sort of God’s way — this is nature’s way — of saying women should be at home with the kids,” he said. “They’re happier there.”

“If you were a real feminist you would support housewives and see them as the heroes and women who work wasting their time,” he told her.

“Why am I sitting here?” Holder asked at one point.

“You’re making a mistake,” he responded. “You would be much happier at home with a husband and children.”

Even host Sean Hannity did a face palm at that comment. “Oh boy,” he said, laughing.

“Sean, this isn’t funny,” Holder said.

McInnes has a history of making misogynistic comments. Earlier this year, he said on “Hannity” that women shouldn’t go on spring break because they “aren’t as strong as men — they can’t even hold their booze as well as men.”

And in 2013, he said on HuffPost Live that feminism has made women less happy, and being in the work place has made them miserable.

“Women are forced to pretend to be men. They’re feigning this toughness,” he said. “They’re miserable. Study after study has shown that feminism has made women less happy. They’re not happy in the work force, for the most part.”

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Happy Crepes Suzette Day!!! – Seville Marmalade Crepe Suzette Recipe

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For the sauce, place lemon and orange zest in a small saucepan and cover with two cups (500 millilitre) water. Bring to the boil over medium heat. Drain and cool zest under cold running water. Repeat twice, then drain the zest well and set aside. Place lemon and orange juice in a saucepan, bring to the boil over medium heat and simmer for 10 – 15 minutes or until the liquid is reduced to 1 ¼ cups (310 millilitres).

Dissolve cornflour in one tablespoon cold water and whisk into the hot liquid until smooth. Whisk in sugar, and cook for 3 – 4 minutes until thickened. Remove from heat and whisk in butter. Set aside and keep the sauce warm. (Final yield for sauce is one cup)

To make the crepes, place two tablespoons butter in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat, swirling the pan, until the butter melts and turns a deep golden brown.

Remove pan from heat and spoon off the white foam from the surface, so you are left with a clear browned butter. Set aside.

Place flour, sugar and yolks in a large bowl and whisk until just combined. Whisk in browned butter and milk, until combined. Pour batter into a jug, cover with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.

Heat a non stick 20 centimetre crepe pan over medium high heat. In a separate pan, melt remaining 20 grams butter. Using a pastry brush, coat crepe pan with melted butter. Gently stir batter, then pour two tablespoons batter into the pan, swirling to coat the base. Cook for 1 – 2 minutes until golden, then flip. Cook for a further 20 seconds, then transfer to a baking paper lined plate. Repeat, brushing with more butter, until you have eight crepes. Set aside to cool.

Serve with marscapone and Seville Suzette sauce.

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May the Fourth be with you!!! Happy Star Wars Day! – What is your favorite Star Wars Character?

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Star Wars Day is a day in May that celebratesStar Wars created by George Lucas. It is observed by fans of the films. Observance of the holiday spread quickly due to Internet,social media, and grassroots celebrations.

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What’s you favorite Star Wars Character and Why?

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Happy Birthday Wes Anderson!!! (Director) – What is your favorite Wes Anderson film?

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Wesley WalesWesAnderson (born May 1, 1969) is an American film director and screenwriter. His films are known for their distinctive visual and narrative style.

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He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Royal Tenenbaums in 2001, Moonrise Kingdom in 2012 and The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2015, as well as the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for Fantastic Mr. Fox in 2009. He received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Director and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014. He also received the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2015.

What is your favorite Wes Anderson Film?

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Budweiser Pulls Slogan After It’s Accused Of Promoting Rape Culture – What do you think? Is our culture too sensitive now?

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Budweiser have issued an apology and pulled the latest slogan from their beers after it was accused of promoting rape culture. 

The new Bud Light slogan read, “The perfect beer for removing ‘no’ from your vocabulary.” It was also accompanied by the the tagline, “The perfect beer for whatever happens.”

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People soon started to register their disgust at Budweiser’s poorly worded slogan, which was also accompanied by the Twitter campaign of #UpForWhatever. The furor began after the first image of the new bottle appeared on reddit.

Media outlets then picked up the story on Tuesday morning, and by the evening, a social media storm had gathered and criticism was being launched towards the company.

Twitter was soon lit up with messages from users lambasting Budweiser.

What do you think? Is our culture too sensitive now? Or are people in the right to be offended?

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WHAT THE HELL ARE WE DOING? – DATING IN THE MODERN AGE (10 STAGES IN RELATIONSHIPS)

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Dating these days is a joke. And not a very funny one at that. I don’t know if it’s because our generation started dating before we hit puberty or whether the Kardashians of the world have ruined what was once a beautiful thing, but the truth is that dating these days is horrible.

Half the damn time you won’t even know if you’re actually dating or not. What was once explainable using a single digit binary code now requires the decimal system.

It’s no longer “Are you dating?” or “Are you not dating?” There are now different stages, one hardly distinguishable from the other – at least while on the inside.

Looking from the outside in, on the other hand, gives shape to the confusing and convoluted dating culture that we have created for ourselves. Here are the more easily recognizable stages:

1. THE ONE-NIGHT STAND.

Regardless of whether you met on the street, in a coffee shop, at your yoga class or in the park, the first date tallies up to one thing: either a successful or failed one-night stand.

It doesn’t matter what the initial intentions are – not as if you know what the other person’s intentions are anyway – on the first date you’re either sleeping together or not. Depending on the results of this stage, you’ll move on to stage 2.

2. THE SECOND GLANCE.

Seeing as how you were probably highly intoxicated the first time around, you decide to see this person one more time. This decision is most likely the result of you not being certain whether or not the person was good in bed.

You managed to black out sometime in the middle of it all and can’t figure out whether the person was the best or worst sex of your life. Round 2 it is.

3. THE BOOTY CALL.

You have officially dubbed him/her, or have been dubbed, worthy of sexual pursuit. Congratulations! You can now move on to phase 3: the booty call. Now it is acceptable for you to text this person at odd hours, preferably when you’re intoxicated or about to be intoxicated, to come over.

In this stage, it isn’t recommended that you refrain from calling the person or see him/her without drinking heavily or taking drugs – it may be awkward. I mean, you’ve only been intimate a dozen times or so… slow down already.

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4. THE FRIEND WITH BENEFITS.

This is the first stage when you actually matter to the person more than any other slab of meat would. You put in the time and effort, your liver has certainly paid for it and it is now time to finally get to know the person you’ve been having sex with all this time.

Talking is recommended, but beware of throwing any romance into the mix. You’re friends. Not lovers. Keep all the lovey-dovey romance stuff to yourself and, whatever you do, do not look him/her in the eyes when in the midst of coitus. When you’re done, finish with a firm handshake or a high five.

5. THE DATE.

Not sure how you did it – most never make it this far – but you did it… you are now going on your first official date. You’re not yet “dating” in the traditional sense, but you are going on dates.

I understand this can be confusing, but what about this process isn’t? The first couple of dates are crucial as they will decide whether or not you will be moving forward to the following stages or if the two of you will be “too busy” to see each other in coming weeks.

This is one of the trickiest stages as often it can lead to being bumped up a few stages ahead of schedule. Or, as I have already mentioned, it could be the end of the road.

6. THE FLING.

After a couple of dates, it turns out that you aren’t really interested in each other. You enjoy sleeping with each other and even enjoy each other’s company, but you can’t see yourself together in the long run.

The feeling is mutual – you both know that whatever it is that the two of you have going on won’t last very long, but you decide that you want to have fun while it does. Flings are fun and usually harmless. However, this stage can look a lot like stage seven: the stepping-stone.

7. THE STEPPING-STONE.

This stage is like the fling stage with one critical difference: Only one of you knows that the relationship won’t last. While you might be beginning to consider the other a real partner, the other thinks of you as a means of getting into someone else’s pants.

Well, maybe not exactly a means of getting there, but a comfortable resting area while you look for a better watering hole. You like the sex and you even like the person you’re having sex with… you just don’t want to be with him/her for the long haul.

You consider this person a necessary stepping-stone before you can settle with the right person – or he/she considers you as such. One of you is going to get hurt after this process… but you may have skipped it entirely and moved on to stage 8.

8. THE BACKUP.

You have now been dubbed – or vice versa – good enough to be with. Unfortunately, you’re not good enough to be with right now. You’re good enough to keep around in case things don’t work out with anyone else, but to date you, really date you, at the moment would be silly.

These sorts of relationships get incredibly complicated, neither party really knowing what is going on as neither wants to completely let go.

The good news is, you have a safety net to fall on in case nothing else works out. Or at least you do at the moment. No one wants to be a backup indefinitely.

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9. THE BOYFRIEND/GIRLFRIEND.

Wow. I mean, seriously. You should be proud of yourself. Making it all the way to official status in our day and age is impressive – well done. You can now throw on the romance and allow yourself to finally have feelings for the individual.

You can start to be yourself and begin to actually care for the person you have been “intimate” with for oh-so very long. The only thing that you should keep in mind is that getting here doesn’t guarantee that you graduate from the dating scene to marital status.

In fact, most relationships of such caliber fail miserably. But cheer up! You can at least update your Facebook status and make all your friends jealous!

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10. LOST IN TRANSLATION.

This isn’t so much a stage as it is the platform holding all these stages. In this day and age just about everything gets lost in translation, but mostly because there is very little communication to actually translate.

Most people keep themselves closed off and sheltered, regardless of how intimate they’ve become with another person. Everybody is afraid to get hurt and afraid of possibly, inadvertently, giving up the opportunity to get into someone better’s pants.

Most of the time you won’t know what stage you’re in, were in or are headed to. You won’t be sure if the person cares about you or is only using you for amusement. The theory is that, with time, you’ll either find someone who won’t take you down this road.

Maybe it will come with maturity. Maybe you won’t be alone forever. Or maybe you’ll get to run through these stages for the rest of your life. No one knows! That’s half the fun!

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The Baltimore Riots – Is violence the best way to deal with all the Injustice of the World? How can we handle it as rational human beings?

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According to Reuters in Baltimore, ND, seven Baltimore police officers were injured on Monday as rioters threw bricks and stones and burned patrol cars in violent protests after the funeral of a black man who died in police custody.

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The riots broke out just a few blocks from the site of the funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray in northwest Baltimore and then spread through other parts of the city, after local law enforcement warned of a threat by gangs.

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Television images showed looting and a mob of rioters jumping on the top of a police car, after teenaged crowds ignored calls to disperse and clashed with a line of hundreds of police.

Is violence the best way to deal with all the Injustice of the World? How can we handle it as rational peaceful human beings?