7 Christmas Songs to Illuminate Your Soul
Dec13

7 Christmas Songs to Illuminate Your Soul

Feeling down? Don’t allow your need for repose dim your spirit. All you need are Christmas songs that would uplift your soul.

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Wedding Songs: Timeless Melodies To Make Your Wedding Worthwhile
Jul04

Wedding Songs: Timeless Melodies To Make Your Wedding Worthwhile

Looking for that heartwarming song to play on your wedding day? Music is a crucial part of every wedding as it sets the mood of the day.

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Lyrics and Blooms: 10 Songs to Serenade Your Heart
Jun22

Lyrics and Blooms: 10 Songs to Serenade Your Heart

Lyrics and blooms are very much alike. They inspire and remind us of the joys in life. Serenade your loved one and give her a reason to smile.

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June Bride
Jun01

June Bride

The year is moving fast and June is already here. Historically, June has always been the most popular month for weddings. That is where the term “June bride” comes from, plus the month of June derives its name from Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage. In times of old it was thought that couples who married in June would be blessed with prosperity and happiness.  June as the Traditional Wedding Month Historically, June has always been the most popular month for weddings. That is where the term “June bride” comes from. The month of June derives its name from Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage. It was anciently thought that couples who married in June would be blessed with prosperity and happiness. Ancient Reasons for June Weddings There were also many logistical reasons for brides to consider June weddings. Brides married in June were likely to give birth to a first child in spring (also thought to bring good luck) and recover in time for the fall harvest. During medieval times a person’s annual bath usually fell in May or June, meaning that June brides still smelled relatively fresh. Contemporary Reasons for Getting Married in June However, these reasons aren’t very relevant to couples today. Couples today may plan a June wedding because of the nice weather, in-season flowers, and the higher number of outdoor venues available. In June, there is also less likelihood of spring rain or a mid-summer heat wave. June...

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In Remembrance
Apr24

In Remembrance

  Tomorrow Australians, New Zealanders and people around the world will observe ANZAC Day, which broadly commemorates the contribution and suffering of all Australians and New Zealanders who have served and died in the armed forces during World Wars I and II, plus all worldwide conflicts, and peacekeeping operations since then. This year marks the centenary of the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) in Gallipoli on the morning of 25 April 1915. They were fighting to capture the Gallipoli Peninsula to allow the WWI Allies navies access to the Black Sea. However, they met with fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turks. Most remembrance ceremonies feature a reading of an occassion appropriate poem, which is traditionally the Ode. Laurence Binyon wrote the poem For the Fallen, from which the Ode comes, while sitting on the cliffs in north Cornwall in 1914, as a remembrance of British troops suffering heavy casualties in WWI. The poem has seven stanzas, however it is the fourth which became the League Ode. This was already used in association with commemoration services in Australia in 1921. “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.” In honour of this national day, following are 20 nuggets of information about ANZAC Day that you may not have known....

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What to do if single on Valentine’s Day
Feb05

What to do if single on Valentine’s Day

Single on Valentine’s Day? Well, you certainly are not alone and you probably aren’t lonely. According to Pacific Standard you might actually think that your singleness is the best thing going. Coupled? You wish your friends would hurry up and find Mr. Right, already. (After all, they’re not getting any younger.) Single? You don’t see a diamond ring—you see an iron ball and chain. “We often become evangelists for our own lifestyles,” writes a trio of psychologists in a forthcoming Psychological Science report on the phenomenon. In other words, being single (or coupled) is obviously the best way to be … right up until we get hitched (or split), at which point the calculus of love suddenly inverts itself. Emotionally, we reinforce our decision to tie the knot (or file for divorce) by searching for external validation, or “normative idealisation.” The psychologists observe that, not long after the rice is thrown, married couples often cut ties with their single friends—after all, who wants a fifth wheel at the party? Likewise, the unbetrothed lament the loss of their once-wild-and-crazy sorority sister, now locked up in her suburban prison. Here are some ideas for those of you that choose to dig in their heels and enjoy Valentine’s Day, despite societal mores that tell us everyone should be in couples on the day of love. 1. Sing Tina Turner’s “What’s love got to do with it!”....

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Betty White gets flash mobbed
Jan21

Betty White gets flash mobbed

As reported on Mashable, staff on Betty White’s show, Hot in Cleveland on TV Land, flash mobbed her to celebrate the TV audience’s favourite elderly lady’s 93rd birthday. Apparently her assistant greets her every day doing a hula dance, which would be odd except she’s freaking Betty White’s assistant, which clearly merits a little jig. White’s reaction is gold: “At 93, you shouldn’t be doing this!”

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Sunday, don’t leave me!
Jan18

Sunday, don’t leave me!

This lovely little guys is enjoying the Sakura (cherry blossoms) and wistfully saying goodbye to Sunday. We hope you’ve all enjoyed your weekend. While getting back to work tomorrow may be the last thing you want to think about right now, we have something to brighten your thoughts: the Happy Mondays!

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iPhone romance
Jan06

iPhone romance

This creative use of 14 iPhones and iPads adds a whole new take on real-time animation. The music video is an incredibly well choreographed dance with the devices, which feature equally well thought out and executed animations, all set to the catchy “Knock Knock” by Ukrainian band Brunettes Shoot Blondes. However, the visual is a bit stalker-ish, with an odd bunny man relentlessly pursuing a woman who is clearly not interested. We’ll just appreciate the music, creativity and execution, not thinking too much about the meaning.  

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Swiftmas
Jan04

Swiftmas

Taylor Swift is known for taking the time to get to know some of her faithful fans online. For the holidays this year, she thanked them for their support in the most remarkable way. She noted their likes and personal details on social media, then sent them personal Christmas and Hanukkah gifts with hand written cards in each parcel. The kindness and effort put in by this superstar completely overwhelms the recipients, as seen in this year-end video, which co-stars Swift’s adorable cat Meredith. Grab a tissue and be prepared to become a fan yourself.  

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Year in search
Dec28

Year in search

Again, as we wind up the year here is a different kind of overview: our year in search. Google pulls at the heart strings as they show us the good, the bad and the things we loved in 2014. We searched for hope more than fear, for science more than fiction. We searched for greatness, to make sense, to remember and to be inspired. See more here.

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And The Waltz Goes On
Dec06

And The Waltz Goes On

The internet and social media is full of short sound bites leading to even shorter attention spans, but occasionally you come across something that is worth those extra few minutes. This amazing waltz by the most unsuspected composers is one of those. Put on a good set of earphones and enjoy this stunning piece of music, André Rieu performing And The Waltz Goes On, by Anthony Hopkins.

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