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dariuscrank · 4 years ago
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Study Finds No Evidence That Consuming Part Of Your Own Body Can Reduce Postpartum Depression
Whether it's popping pills like Kim and Kourtney or consuming it raw in a smoothie like actor Gaby Hoffman, eating placenta has been the latest alternative maternity trend to hit the mainstream. But in case you were wondering whether or not it's a good idea to follow suit, the latest research suggests it's best to sit this one out.
Not only does it put your child at risk (the CDC issued a health warning this summer), it appears the health benefits have been over-exaggerated. According to a study recently published in Women and Birth, new mothers who take placenta capsules show no significant improvement in maternal mood, mother-infant bonding, or fatigue.
The placenta develops during pregnancy to supply the fetus with nutrition and discard its waste. The theory goes that post-labor, the nutrients that have been passed from mother to fetus during pregnancy persist in the placenta and eating it raw helps the mother recover from childbirth. The practice has been gaining increasing popularity in recent years with proponents claiming that placenta pills can ease fatigue, prevent post-natal depression, and improve milk production.
Advocates also point out that humans are one of the relatively few species of mammal that don't partake in placentophagy (the scientific name for eating the placenta). While this might be true, it doesn’t necessarily mean that we should do the same. As Rebecca Baergen, a professor and Chief of Perinatal and Obstetric Pathology at Weill Cornell Medicine, pointed out in an interview with Scientific American, “there are a lot of other things that animals do that we don't do.”
Still, until now, there has been relatively little science that has looked into the effects – beneficial or not – of eating your placenta.
Researchers from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, monitored maternal mood, mother-infant bonding, and fatigue levels in 27 new mothers. Twelve volunteers were given placenta pills to take. The remaining 15 were given placebo pills.
Ultimately, there was no significant improvement in any of the categories measured, though the researchers did note very slight decreases in depressive symptoms in the placenta pill group, which could be investigated further. There were also small but noticeable changes in hormone concentrations.
“What we have uncovered are interesting areas for future exploration, such as small impacts on hormone levels for women taking placenta capsules, and small improvements in mood and fatigue in the placenta group,” Sharon Young, lead author of the study, explained in a statement.
It was a small study so it would be interesting to see whether these findings can be replicated on a larger scale, but while experts advise against the practice, and with pills costing upwards of $200, for now, it might be a trend to skip.
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equinoxts2 · 28 days ago
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I posted 170 times in 2021
127 posts created (75%)
43 posts reblogged (25%)
For every post I created, I reblogged 0.3 posts.
I added 261 tags in 2021
#sims 2 - 66 posts
#ts2 - 60 posts
#kulo seeri - 54 posts
#rambly post - 15 posts
#s2cc - 13 posts
#vt's personal problems - 12 posts
#sims 2 gameplay - 12 posts
#vt's cc - 10 posts
#sims 2 mod - 10 posts
#kulo seeri gameplay - 9 posts
Longest Tag: 45 characters
#but can't share those over the internet sorry
My Top Posts in 2021
#5
Mod + Memory: Amicable Unbonding
Season’s Greetings! I’ve figured out how to make a mod that lets sims break up without causing furious reactions, and here it is - consider it an early Christmas present (or anything else my followers might be celebrating) from me!
With the mod installed, Sims who are married, engaged or going steady have access to a new social (cloned from @midgethetree’s Just Be Friends mod) found under Propose.../Unbonding so there’s less likelihood of clicking it by mistake. This interaction will remove the married/engaged/steady flags, as well as the family ties if married, and will add the optional custom memory I included if you have it installed - but won’t break your game if you’re wary of custom memories and choose not to install that file. However, it will not change the two sims’ daily or lifetime relationships (or make them fall out of love; use Midge’s mod for that), move either of them out, or make them or their children upset about it.
It does not replace or alter the standard Maxis Break Up interaction, or Midge’s Friendly Break Up mod - so if you still want a nasty breakup for certain scenarios, this mod won’t stop you. The custom memory is positive and has an icon taken from TS3.
GUIDs: Controller = 0x86797B9C Interaction = 0x86797B9D Memory = 0x86797B9E
Any conflicts or issues, let me know and I’ll fix them. Enjoy, and have an awesome festive season! - Equinox/VT
edit: Oh, right. Dingbat Quin forgot the download link: DOWNLOAD (SFS)
46 notes • Posted 2021-12-21 17:19:44 GMT
#4
A very merry un-Valentine’s Day
I had the idea of making some Valentine’s Day gifts for my fellow asexuals and aromantics, so we can still enjoy the good bits of the day without the actual relationship stuff. I know I’m uploading this part two days early, but I was spurred on by completing the torch-to-wand defaults last night, as well as the Natasha Una post I reblogged today (I’ve been listening to that song on a repeat loop since then).
This is a tiny little trait name replacement mod, turning the Commitment Issues trait to the TS4 equivalent Noncommittal. Because not wanting to settle down is a matter of personal preference, not a shortcoming! It only changes the name and description, not any mod functionality. You’ll still need trait_MAIN from the original traits project post to have this show up in game. Please note, this is the collection only trait.
Download (SFS)
Credits: @hexagonal-bipyramid for the trait mod, @gonerilcapp for the less ableist trait name mod that inspired me, EA/Maxis for the original trait and for having the good sense to  switch to a less judgmental name in TS4.
46 notes • Posted 2021-02-12 18:45:28 GMT
#3
In my efforts to become a better mesher, I’ve decided to join a dating site for non-monogamous vampires. It’s really helping me to find decent poly counts.
130 notes • Posted 2021-09-07 17:54:56 GMT
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Interest Ages Mod
@rio-sims​ literally just asked me if I’d made a mod editing the interest age limits EA assigned. I have; here it is (SFS). Now all sims’ interest levels are truly random and not dependent on their age stage. Come on EA, there are topics I’ve never been interested in, regardless of my age (looking at you, Fashion interest) and I don’t see why being a certain age means you “have to” be more or less into any topic. ;)
Credits: - @rio-sims​ for the post that prompted me to upload this. - I’m pretty sure @midgethetree made a post about the in-game interests and their age limits. If it wasn’t Midge, please can someone let me know so I can credit the actual poster?
206 notes • Posted 2021-08-24 21:32:23 GMT
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CAS Memory Equality Mod
Thanks to some advice from @midgethetree​ on which resources to edit, which I literally received just now, I’ve been able to fix something that’s bugged me for years: the fact that, even with mods like “pregnancy for all genders,” “have child not adopt” and “same-sex marriage,” when you make a same-sex couple in CAS they will still get the “joined” memory as well as “adopted child” if they also have offspring. That ends today! :)
With this little mod, all couples created in CAS now get the “married” memory. They will also get the “had child” memory rather than “adopted” if they are created with children. Thanks again to Midge for the advice - without her help I would have spent hours looking at the wrong resources!
What am I forgetting? Oh yes...
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klbmsw · 12 months ago
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50 things that are better already
President Biden has just completed his first week in office, but already there is much to celebrate. Let’s count the ways:
1. You can ignore Twitter
2  The White House briefing room is not an Orwellian nightmare of lies
3. We are now confronting white domestic terrorism
4. We are not paying for golf trips
5. There are no presidential relatives in government
6. The tenor of hearings is sober and serious
7. Qualified and knowledgeable nominees have been selected for senior spots
8. We have a first lady who engages with the public
9. We have not heard a word from presidential children
10. We are now tough on Russian human rights abuses
11. We get normal readouts of sane conversations between the president and foreign leaders
12. The White House philosophy is to underpromise and overdeliver, not the other way around
13. Manners are in, bullying is out
14. You feel calmer after hearing the president
15. Fact-checkers are not overworked
16. Quality entertainers want to perform for the White House
17. We have seen the president’s tax records
18. The president is able to articulate policy details, coherently even
19. The worst the press can come up with is the president’s watch
20. We have a White House staff that looks like America
21. We have a national covid-19 plan
22. Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony S. Fauci is liberated, sounds happy and even looks younger
23. Fauci, not the president, briefs on the science of covid-19 and efficacy of vaccines
24. Masks and social distancing in the White House
25. The White House has policy initiatives and proposals, not merely leaving it all to Congress
26. The administration is committed to releasing information, not covering it up, on the slaughter of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
27. The Muslim ban is gone
28. It is the Republicans not the Democrats who are in disarray
29. The national security adviser has not been fired for lying to the FBI
30. No Soviet-style fawning over the president by his subordinates
31. The president takes daily, in-person intelligence briefings
32. The president does not care about Air Force One colors
33. We have a president familiar with the Constitution
34. Real cable news outlets get high ratings, others not so much
35. President Andrew Jackson is out of the Oval Office, Benjamin Franklin is in
36. Voice of America is back in the hands of actual journalists
37. We get memes about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), not crowd size
38. We are back in the Paris climate accord and the World Health Organization
39. Instead of running it like a business, the new administration will try running government competently
40. We have a president who doesn’t think military service is for “suckers” and who doesn’t send his “love” to people assaulting law enforcement
41. The secretary of treasury nominee has her own Hamilton lyrics
42. Amanda Gorman is a household name
43. More than two-thirds of Americans approve of the White House covid-19 approach.
44. No more work-free “executive time” in the presidential living quarters
45. We have a churchgoing president “who has spent a lifetime steeped in Christian rituals and practices.”
46. We have first dogs
47. The vice president’s spouse does not teach at a school that bars LGBTQ students
48. The White House takes the Hatch Act seriously
49. The administration wants as many people as possible to vote
50. The president will talk more to our allies than to Russian President Vladimir Putin
Written by Jennifer Rubin
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intelligentchristianlady · 11 months ago
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So Grateful!
President Biden has completed his first two weeks in office, but already there is much to celebrate. Let’s count the ways:
1. You can ignore Twitter
2. The White House briefing room is not an Orwellian nightmare of lies
3. We are now confronting white domestic terrorism
4. We are not paying for golf trips
5. There are no presidential relatives in government
6. The tenor of hearings is sober and serious
7. Qualified and knowledgeable nominees have been selected for senior spots
8. We have a first lady who engages with the public
9. We have not heard a word from presidential children
10. We are now tough on Russian human rights abuses
11. We get normal readouts of sane conversations between the president and foreign leaders
12. The White House philosophy is to underpromise and overdeliver, not the other way around
13. Manners are in, bullying is out
14. You feel calmer after hearing the president
15. Fact-checkers are not overworked
16. Quality entertainers want to perform for the White House
17. We have seen the president’s tax records
18. The president is able to articulate policy details, coherently even
19. The worst the press can come up with is the president’s watch
20. We have a White House staff that looks like America
21. We have a national covid-19 plan
22. Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony S. Fauci is liberated, sounds happy and even looks younger
23. Fauci, not the president, briefs on the science of covid-19 and efficacy of vaccines
24. Masks and social distancing in the White House
25. The White House has policy initiatives and proposals, not merely leaving it all to Congress
26. The administration is committed to releasing information, not covering it up, on the slaughter of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
27. The Muslim ban is gone
28. It is the Republicans not the Democrats who are in disarray
29. The national security adviser has not been fired for lying to the FBI
30. No Soviet-style fawning over the president by his subordinates
31. The president takes daily, in-person intelligence briefings
32. The president does not care about Air Force One colors
33. We have a president familiar with the Constitution
34. Real cable news outlets get high ratings, others not so much
35. President Andrew Jackson is out of the Oval Office, Benjamin Franklin is in
36. Voice of America is back in the hands of actual journalists
37. We get memes about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), not crowd size
38. We are back in the Paris climate accord and the World Health Organization
39. Instead of running it like a business, the new administration will try running government competently
40. We have a president who doesn’t think military service is for “suckers” and who doesn’t send his “love” to people assaulting law enforcement
41. The secretary of treasury nominee has her own Hamilton lyrics
42. Amanda Gorman is a household name
43. More than two-thirds of Americans approve of the White House covid-19 approach.
44. No more work-free “executive time” in the presidential living quarters
45. We have a churchgoing president “who has spent a lifetime steeped in Christian rituals and practices.”
46. We have first dogs
47. The vice president’s spouse does not teach at a school that bars LGBTQ students
48. The White House takes the Hatch Act seriously
49. The administration wants as many people as possible to vote
50. The president will talk more to our allies than to Russian President Vladimir Putin
(This is from the Washington Post, but it's behind a paywall.)
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kyrie-silverwings · 2 years ago
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1ST RULE :     tag 9 muses you would like to know better . 2ND RULE :     BOLD the statements that are true for your muse . tagged by :  @resistance-ranger
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MUSE : Kyrien Silverwings
FC: Valorem Tenebris <VT>
OCCUPATION :  Adventurer / Guardian (to one particular Ascian) AGE :  28 SEXUALITY :  Bisexual PRONOUNS :  He/Him
APPEARANCE :
I am 5'7" or taller
I wear glasses
I have at least one tattoo
I have at least one piercing
I have blonde hair
I have brown eyes
I have short hair
My abs are at least somewhat defined
I have or have had braces
PERSONALITY :
I love meeting new people
People tell me that I’m funny
Helping others with their problems is a big priority for me
I enjoy physical challenges
I enjoy mental challenges
I’m playfully rude with people I know well
I started saying something ironically and now I can’t stop saying it
There is something I would change about my personality
ABILITY :
I can sing well
I can play an instrument
I can do over 30 push-ups without stopping
I’m a fast runner
I can draw well
I have a good memory
I’m good at doing math in my head
I can hold my breath underwater for over a minute
I have beaten at least 2 people in arm wrestling
I know how to cook at least 3 meals from scratch
I know how to throw a proper punch
HOBBIES :
I enjoy playing sports
I’m on a sports team at my school or somewhere else
I’m in an orchestra or choir at my school or somewhere else
I have learned a new song in the past week
I work out at least once a week
I’ve gone for runs at least once a week in the warmer months
I have drawn something in the past month
I enjoy writing
I do or have done martial arts
EXPERIENCES:
I have had my first kiss (I haven’t thought about this XD)
I have had alcohol
I have scored the winning goal in a sports game
I have watched an entire season of a TV show in one sitting
I have been at an overnight event
I have been in a taxi
I have been in the hospital or ER in the past year
I have beaten a video game in one day
I have visited another country
I have been to one of my favorite band’s concerts
RELATIONSHIPS :
I’m in a relationship
I have a crush on a celebrity
I have a crush on someone I know
I have been in at least 3 relationships
I have never been in a relationship
I have asked someone out or admitted my feelings to them
I get crushes easily  
I have had a crush on someone for over a year
I have been in a relationship for at least a year
I have had feelings for a friend
MY LIFE :
I have at least one person I consider a “ best friend ”
I live close to my school
My parents are still together 
I have / had at least one sibling
I live in the United States
There is snow right now where I live
I have hung out with a friend in the past month
I have a smartphone (It’s an iTome)
I have at least 15 CD’s (orchestrions?)
I share my room with someone
RANDOM SHIT :
I have break-danced
I know a person named Jamie
I have had a teacher with a last name that’s hard to pronounce
I have dyed my hair
I’m listening to one song on repeat right now
I have punched someone in the past week
I know someone who has gone to jail
I have broken a bone
I have eaten a waffle today
I know what I want to do with my life
I speak at least 2 languages
Tagging: @lillies-n-lilacs, @littlestcreampuff, @voidsentprinces, @kazexvoss, @verdandir, @ahlis-xiv, @blood-of-the-dragons, @bookbornexiv, and @ishgardsmaddog!
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jlf23tumble · 3 years ago
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1D Day, Hour One
God only knows what this hellscape will look like on December 18, so if I’m gonna recap each hour of 1D Day, I might as well do it now, eh?? 1D Day is a gift that none of us really deserved, and yeah, it has a ton of shitty moments, but much like X Factor itself, the true gem is Louis Tomlinson and how much he runs this entire show (and lbr, the band itself), Jesus, god, do I love him.
Anyway, 1D Day aired 7 hours of live content on November 23, 2013 to promote Midnight Memories, and yes, yes, we’ve all seen the gifsets, but like anything else with this band, it’s tremendously better in context. I watched this whole thing a couple of years ago, when I first got into this fandom, but I didn’t know all of the dynamics then, so it’s extra fascinating to me now. We’ve all binged worse shit than this that took way longer, and I promise you won’t regret an hour a night for a week--but if you’d rather read my hot take, here you go, under the cut! Note: these are really shitty screengrabs, and for that, I am truly sorry.
A horrible announcer introduces the D by saying they weigh in at a collective 792 pounds, and all I can wonder is does this mean they have daily weigh-ins, why is it that specific? This focus on their weight is just gross to me. C’mon, writers, you’re better than this (j/k, you aren’t).
The three-foot bubble between Louis and Harry is established pretty early on, with Harry doing the prettiest sitting in all the land before bolting to his feet immediately because Louis happened to walk by his couch. A very real question: Was this bubble a requirement that Ben Winston constantly whispers into their headpieces, or did sbb decide, hey, let’s make it obvious that we have to CONSTANTLY adjust where we stand, even if it’s two feet away because that’s not enough room for Jesus?
There are some truly hilarious guest “stars” to announce, the first being the giant video head of David Beckham, which pops up and immediately starts speaking, so we're already off to the races with a) fuckups and b) Louis’s annoyance at said fuckups.
Liam takes a good hard look at his future:
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Harry isn’t allowed to gaze at Becks, he’s off by the listening booth, which is a giant red call box because they’re Briddish, pip pip, cheerio. Unrelated, but I low-key feel like Harry's coked up or else really taking the piss with all his “LIVE BANDDDDDDD,” JERRY! JERRY! JERRY!,” etc., not to mention how fast he’s speaking, the way he grinds on the guitarist’s lap while Louis fonds at the sky, and all the yelling with arms aloft.
The best part of the rundown of the guest “stars” (or breast stars, if you’re Niall) is that we’re only in the first 10 minutes, so everyone’s giving it a go, but then we get to Mr. Simon Cowell, and Niall claps five times to stony silence (me as Harry constantly staring at Louis from three feet away):
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Piers Morgan comes out to describe the “grilling” he’s going to give them later, all angry—genuinely angry—that they’re trending on twitter because they keep saying that he smells. And they don’t stop, even here, they keep yelling, “What’s that smell? You stink, etc.,” and he’s such a dick that I want to bottle this moment and spritz it around my house daily.
This mild trash talking continues, with Piers promising “tears from Piers,” but Slytherin Niall pulls the fingernail out of his mouth, smiles that sneaky smile, and says, “Yeah, but this isn’t Piers Morgan Day, is it, this is 1D Day,” and I want a transcript because there’s so much talking, but all of it trashes Piers, and god, I love my sons.
Anyway, they keep winding Piers up (Piers: “I’m going to find out what you’re most embarrassed about,” Liam: “The way you smell,” Piers, genuinely in a rage: “Don’t say that”), and he keeps talking about how he’s interviewed heads of state, etc., the implication being that this is below him, but Niall counters that Oprah and Barbara Walters have, too, and they would have much preferred Oprah, to the point where Piers admits they couldn’t afford Oprah (lmaooooooo). 
We move on to Harry, spinning a twitter wheel that means they’ll follow whoever it lands on, which seems like a cute idea. I’m guessing it’s the official twitter handle?? I don’t know or actually care!
Louis can’t read the teleprompter, and he mutters later that it’s because it makes no sense rather than being too hard to actually see, but me as Niall, already yawning at the 25-minute mark (the bubble is preserved, though, whew):
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I’m guessing Scott Mills is the “host” of this show because he comes out with a stick (??) and an agenda (Scott’s no Dermot…he has a face for radio, as they used to say back in the day). This whole section just features a lot of Harry and his pinned sleeves staring at Louis, and honestly relatable:
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The next task is toilet paper roll stacking, with two judges from the Guinness Book of World Records on hand to see if this band of hyenas can beat the current world record and stack 28 (!!!!) rolls in 30 seconds. Two reasons to love Louis: he interrupts this idiocy to ask, “How did you two get into this, is this a full-time job you do every day?” (I was wondering the exact same thing), and this is his face for this challenge:
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Sadly, they fail, and Harry’s the one who has to tell the judges, “Well, sorry for wasting your time!” with a cheery wave from the ladder. Uh oh, though, the bubble, we’re at two feet:
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Much better!
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This is still too close for Ben Winston’s comfort, so we split up the teams in what feels like a college course with a lot of money to run fake broadcasting drills. Zouis gets to report from the field, with some tweet rapping; the weather guy, sports guy, and lead broadcaster experience some technical difficulties, prompting Harry’s infamous, “SOMETHING’S GONE WRONG,” and we’re off to Poland:
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For a production company that seems hell bent on “no homo,” there are lots of things that raise my brows, like this big “handsome” (Harry’s words) he-man who’s going to pull a “boohs” full of 1D fans over a line, so the boys have to guess how long it’s going to take him…by writing all over his mostly nude body (I’m the eye contact that Harry and Louis maintain during this):
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Dude pulls the boohs successfully, so yay! Next up is Wrong Direction, the world’s worst lookalikes (HONESTLY, I’m embarrassed for everyone in this segment on Hollywood Blvd: the idiots who are “fooled” by this, the guys themselves and the low-key insult of it all, myself because this went on for way too long):
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I’ll spare everyone the individual matchups because yike, but the real Wrong Direction comes to the studio, with all the guys dressed up like their matches, and the real D is polite, albeit mildly “wtf are we supposed to do about this” (me, too, Zayn). Points to Harry for at least trying to strike up some conversation: “Did you have foon, acting like us?” We’re supposed to vote for the best one on Google+ (lolololololol).
Scott takes two girls who look like they’re legit about to pass out into the red call box so they can be the first people to listen to the new album. While they listen to something none of us can hear, we get some VT (that’s “videotape,” god, I hate the whole lingo lesson we got earlier) of Spain and some fans, all of which feels like lengthy filler. I feel for the people Scott mentions as being asleep during this because there is a LOT of fill. Maybe make this shit shorter, just a suggestion!
Next up is Jamie Scott from his home somewhere in the middle of the night; he wrote most of Midnight Memories along with Louis and Liam, and he gives them an 8.5 in terms of how they did on a scale of 1-10 (and that’s AFTER Louis insults his pillows with the alphabet on them, “In case you forget”). There’s a lot of Lilo hand-shaking in celebration, and some enthusiastic clapping from Harry (a little too enthusiastic…I’m gonna imagine that someone tells him to tone it down in his earpiece because he looks around quite a bit):
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A few things happen that don’t really interest me: the first listen of “Through the Dark” (this is skipped in the vid), a remote report from Radio Disney (Harry: “HOLLYWOODDDDDD!”) and a fan who wins the chance to come visit them later in the day, and then we’re back to Scott, who looks exhausted, and it’s only been 40 minutes.
All is not lost, because the next VT is the totally unnecessary yet extremely vital coverage of the D’s exercise regime. I’ve seen so many gifsets of hottttt and sweaty Lirry, but you haven’t lived until you’ve heard Niall’s American accent while he stretches: “Welcome to my workout dvd! I’ll be with you for the next 45 minutes to  give you the lowdown of how I stay in shape.” PLEASE @ NIALL, DO THIS.
I really WANT to be Harry and effortlessly pump out pushups, but in reality I’m Zouis, popping some robot dance moves and drinking Red Bull. The weird shorthand throughout this is that Liam is an animal (Ziam + a whip = fire), Harry’s into flirty sexercise, Niall wants an arse like Kim K’s, Zayn’s a slender boxer, and Louis…just fucks around? Missed opp for footie Louis.
The first performance is “Story of My Life,” and we’ve all seen it before, but godDAMN, Zayn sings like an angel. Lots of technical problems in the audio, prompting quite a few Louis/Harry hand gestures, but still, in spite of it all, they sound amazing individually and together.
Even local asshole Piers Morgan is impressed, as he comes out to tell them that they were surprisingly good, along with a bunch of other neg bullshit. This is another one of those segments that it pays to watch the whole clip of, and Jesus, do I want a transcript. They head over to the couches, and Piers points at Louis and says, “You have the most reason to be nervous,” but Louis’s like, “Yeah, but I’m not,” and wow, #goals.
Everyone gets a couch, and the upshot is that Piers is a terrible egoist who thinks he’s a fantastic interviewer, but he really isn’t…all the questions are shit, and these five eat him alive. Everything he asks falls flat, and it’s so masterfully, subversively handled, from Louis’s iconic “define girlfriends” (and the underappreciated attempt by Harry to define it for Piers later: “Like in primary school, if you hold hands with a girl and you're eight, is that a girlfriend?”) to the obsession with smells (Piers asking Niall, “Why do you always smell,” claiming it’s a fan’s question, and Niall answering that it’s because he had colic as a child, so can only fart; Piers asking Zayn, “Who stinks the worst,” and Zayn saying that they all smell quite good, actually) to Piers demanding to see Zayn’s tattoo and relentlessly attacking him for it being a gun (Louis keeps interjecting that it’s a watergun, but go off I guess, paraphrasing).
But the best is always Louis. “What’s the weirdest thing a girl has done to impress you?” “Tweeted Piers Morgan.” Later, he says pointblank to Piers, “You do stink.” But then…but THEN, it’s the Four interview 1.0, only instead of Ben trying to get Louis to deny gay rumors, it’s Piers, who does it twice: “What’s the one rumor you wouldn’t want to hear about yourself?” Louis’s answer: “That I’m not good at football.” “Are you good?” “No….I just wouldn’t want it confirmed.” Piers tries AGAIN: “What’s the worst thing you’ve had to read about yourself?” but Louis turns it around and says he hates reading about one of the other boys being dead (!).
Because he’s the worst, Piers takes it to the ladies and asks how many girlfriends they’ve had and how many times they’ve kissed a girl. Harry says he’s kissed 8 ladies (which prompts a good scoff out of Zayn), and everyone else says 5 or 6, 3 or 4, etc., with Louis declaring he’s only had one proper relationship (no genders mentioned), so maybe 2 (lmaooooo). Piers gets all excited that he’s kissed more girls than this hot boyband has, and I wanna say, you’re almost there, “friend”…keep working it through.
There’s more antics w/r/t Piers, like his poor 2YO daughter crying, and him trying to blame it on Harry Styles not answering her dad’s sex questions or stupid questions about embarrassing things they’ve caught the others doing, and yeah, I don’t think they’ll get into the big ot5 gang bang on live TV, but ask anyway, I guess?
The last person to suffer sitting next to Piers is Liam, and I love him always, but especially for saying, “How’s it going there, stinky?” when Piers takes a seat to ask him why he’s so sexy. Piers tries to “joke” that the sexy question is for him, but nobody says anything, and then he asks Liam AGAIN before admitting that it’s a shitty question, so then he asks about them all wearing tight jeans, and godddddd, why does anyone let him interview anyone?? 
The good news is that Piers can tell he lost, so as he tells them that he thinks they’re pretty okay, actually, but, “You’ve gotta stop calling me stinky,” and you know they never will.
Scott says it might feel like much longer, but it’s only been an hour, and Zayn’s lookalike won, so we can all rest easy. This hour closes with a review of the highlights, and it’s ham-fisted and awful. Shocking!!!!
I can’t do one of these every single day, but I’ll do hour two sometime soon! Hope you enjoyed this, @justlarried, lol!
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pentagoetpuffin · 2 years ago
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Good Grief...
Well, almost all of us, if not all of us, have been there. That’s right. I’m talking about “Grief.” Something that we all have to go through at least once in our lives. Some others of us have the displeasure of going through grief multiple times. 
Now, grief isn’t just something you feel when a beloved pet or family member or friend dies. Grief can be from so many things. It can come from bad news of any kind but we mostly know it as being related to death. 
Lately, I’ve been dealing with a lot of grief to the point where I can barely walk because I’m so exhausted. It feels like a severe depression that just won’t let up. I hardly eat, I hardly drink, I sleep a lot (or sometimes not enough), and I can’t focus on any one thing for more than 10 minutes. Even writing this I’ve had to take breaks because I just could not focus. I’ve been through grief before so I thought I’d know what to expect but, I guess this time I just so different. 
I’ve lost two important people in my life in the past 4 years and I wanted to share those stories with you. They’re moments that will forever have an impact on my soul and they were people that I will always love till the end of all time and space. They deserve to be remembered and celebrated.
One- My Grandma
In the summer of 2013 I got a call from my mother late one night while I was out with friends getting ice cream at the Ben & Jerry’s on Church Street in Burlington, VT. We were waiting in line when my phone started to ring. I looked down at the caller ID on the screen and it said “Mum” so I walked outside onto the sidewalk and answered the call. She told me that my grandma had gone to the hospital that day because she had a headache that just wasn’t going away and when they did a scan of her head...they found a tumour. They were sending her into emergency surgery that night otherwise there was no chance that she would live. When I got off the phone with my mum I just sat there with my back up against the brick wall of the ice cream shop, my knees tucked to my chest, and my face buried in my arms, crying. That news was devastating. I’d always known my grandma to be the toughest, strongest, most poised yet badass woman in the world and now, now she could die and I might not be able to say goodbye.
I did get to say goodbye though. I had 2 years to do it. On 26 September, 2015, Sarah Steindorf passed away of brain cancer. She was 80 years old. We had just been down to visit her and my grandpa in Pennsylvania and gotten home the night before. The next morning, we got the call. I had to start the grieving process all over again. The sadness, the anger, the frustration, the denial, the loneliness, the empty feeling you get inside, it all started again just like it did before when I got the news that she had cancer. 
Two- My Best Friend
On 25 December, 2018, I messaged a close friend of mine and asked her how she was doing. I knew she was in the hospital which was a common occurrence for her. The reply that I got back, I was not expecting...ever. It said “There’s nothing else the doctors can do this time. They’re sending me home with a PICC line and meds to take to make me comfortable the last few months.” I immediately knew that her heart was failing her for real this time and I was immediately mad at the doctors because I knew that they were just treating her symptoms and not the actual condition itself for so long. It took me so long to pull myself together. This girl was 19. She was 19 and going to die because doctors wouldn’t do anything but treat her symptoms.  
I went to visit her in the hospital for the final time on 28 January and it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. When I walked into her cardiac ICU room I almost broke down crying. She could hardly hold up her head, stay awake, or make a complete sentence that was longer than 4 words. I was so terrified and upset. Her mum and I talked as she rested and Alisha, a family friend, did some healing work. A very nice nurse came in and washed her hair. It was just very...stressful yet calm. After 2 or 3 hours of me being there, I had to leave. By that time she was able to sit up and have a full conversation. What I didn’t know at the time though, was that that was the last time that I would ever see her. I’m just thankful that I was able to see her better than when I walked in for the last time. It makes it easier to remember her that way. 
On 01 February, 2019, at 16:57, Kerin Nash passed away from heart failure. She was 19 years old. It’s only been a few days and it feels like it was just yesterday that I saw her up and walking around. She declined so fast and I’m just so confused and enraged and upset and lost. I’m expected to continue to go to classes and work and be a functioning adult human when I can barely walk out of my house without crying. 
Grief effects everyone differently but it also effects everyone very similarly. The first time, when I lost my grandma, it took time, but it didn’t come as a huge shock. I was able to make my peace with the idea of her passing before it happened. Of course I was sad when it happened but being at peace made the process much easier. In the event of Kerin’s death, I never truly had time to make peace with the idea of her no longer being here. I knew that it would happen but I never knew when it would happen. Then when made it much harder. 
So, I’ve pretty much come to the conclusion that grief is grief. It will always be grief no matter who you are and no matter what the situation the grief results from. It’s going to change form though. All of the circumstances leading up to the grief will play a role in how you process it. For me right now...I’m not really processing it much. I just feel like I’m hollow and floating through life. And ya know what, that’s ok. I am gonna just float along for awhile until I can reground myself and enjoy life again. It’s gonna take some time for me and I just have to make it through that time. It’s hard and sometimes I really don’t know if I’m gonna make it. But, then I remember that I have to carry on.
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dariuscrank · 4 years ago
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Peppa Pig: Comedian John Sparkes behind cartoon voices – BBC News
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Image caption John Sparkes won four Welsh Bafta awards for his hit ITV Wales comedy show Barry Welsh Is Coming
He could be described as the most reliable babysitter you never knew you had.
John Sparkes is the understated Welsh comedian who does not just narrate the $1bn (890m) Peppa Pig global franchise - the UK's greatest cartoon export - but he is also the lyrical wizard behind children TV's favourite characters.
As he walked into Paddington Station - fitting for cartoon royalty - the 63-year-old former bank clerk and English teacher did not raise a glance.
Yet, in the right crowd, if he burst into an impromptu "Peppa and George like jumping up and down in muddy puddles", we may have had company.
He is the vocal mastermind behind Peppa regulars Mr Rabbit, Mr Pony, Mr Potato, Mr Fox and Mr Mole.
Sparkes may also be recognised from Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom, as Fireman Sam and from Shaun the Sheep.
"I bumped into an old comedian mate a few years ago and his little boy was a huge Peppa Pig fan," Sparkes said.
"He made the mistake of saying 'this is the man that does the voice of characters in Peppa'. The little lad didn't like it because it ruptured his imaginary world, as for him Peppa Pig is real.
"So a message for grown-ups... if you're sitting at home now reading this story on the internet and show your kids this is the man who is Mr Rabbit, they won't thank you for it."
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Image caption John Sparks has been a mainstay of Peppa Pig since its first broadcast in 2004
His TV career started on 1980s cult comedy Naked Video as anorak-wearing Welsh poet Siadwell - but his showbiz career really began alongside a Hollywood A-lister.
Catherine Zeta-Jones was in the same variety show at Swansea Grand Theatre and Sparkes, then a young wannabe comedian, was in the 1st Gowerton Scouts.
"My mates and I wrote a comedy sketch show that we performed at the Grand in the The Gang Show," said Sparkes, who grew up in West Cross, Swansea.
"It was a show for local Brownies, Scouts and Cubs groups. I remember Catherine Zeta-Jones, who I think was from the Port Talbot Brownies, was in a choir.
"That, ladies and gentleman, was where it all began! For both of us, I suppose."
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Image caption John Sparkes' character Siadwell launched his television career on the BBC's Naked Video
After a pit stop as a clerk in Lloyds Bank's Mumbles branch, a computer studies degree at Oxford Polytechnic and a drama specialist at a Bicester comprehensive school, his professional comedy career started in a vegetarian restaurant.
"My first real booking was at the Earth Exchange in Archway after I took the gamble to chance it in London," he said, recalling joining Eddie Izzard, Alexi Sayle and Jo Brand on the alternative cabaret circuit.
"I thought vegetarians would be kind. It went ok, I surprised myself... I started making a living and paying rent on my flat."
His broadcasting breakthrough in 1984 came alongside Rab C Nesbitt stars Gregor Fisher and Elaine C Smith on Naked Video and on BBC Radio 4's Absolutely sketch show.
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Image caption Mr Fox, Mr Potato and Mr Rabbit are all voiced by John
As Absolutely became a TV hit on Channel 4, Sparkes' popularity grew - especially with two animation graduates from Middlesex Polytechnic.
"Mark Baker and Neville Astley, the creators of Peppa Pig, used to watch Absolutely and they got in touch to ask if I'd like to write with them for an animated series called the Big Knights - I've worked on every project they've done since."
His first Peppa project was 218 episodes ago.
He has remained a Peppa Pig mainstay, with the show now screened in 180 countries, from the United States to China. It has an estimated 200,000 associated products from a theme park to nappies.
"It surprised me when they asked me to narrate," he said.
"Why did I do it? It was a challenge and sounded interesting - and I haven't got to write or learn the words so I would've been a fool to say no."
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John Sparkes
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Image caption John Sparkes has narrated Peppa Pig since the first episode was broadcast in 2004
Born: 9 January 1954 in Swansea
Family: Wife Beverly and daughters Isobel, 24, and Emily, 18
Favourite comedians: Peter Sellers, Peter Cooke, Dudley Moore, Monty Python, Not Only....But also
Favourite cartoon: Tom and Jerry
Notable works:
Naked Video - Siadwel
Barry Welsh is Coming - Barry Welsh, Hugh Pugh
Peppa Pig - Narrator, Mr Rabbit, Mr Potato, Uncle Pig, Mr Fox, Mr Mole
Fireman Sam - Fireman Sam, Elvis Cridlington, Station Officer Steele, Norman Price
Shaun the Sheep - The Farmer, Bitzer
Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom - Mister Elf, King Marigold
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Its popularity since its Channel 5 TV debut in 2004 is off the scale.
Eight billion YouTube hits and two cinema releases later, a further 117 episodes have been commissioned, with owners Entertainment One hoping to conquer France, Canada and Latin America as it aims to make Peppa a $2bn (1.8bn) brand by 2020.
"It's like a classic pantomime, it's got a bit of humour for the mums and dads while keeping the children entertained," he said.
"And often cartoons hire comedian voice artists for that comedic tone and delivery."
Sparkes insists he is just a "voice for hire".
But here is the man behind why Peppa favourite Mr Potato is French and why Mr Rabbit sounds like a Welsh civil servant.
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Yet as the narrator, he knows he is not just an entertainer but an educator.
"You must remember this is for young children who are learning how to speak English. So you must speak clearly, ensure you annunciate correctly, pay attention and sound cheerful," he said.
For a man who spends half the working week in a voice booth "the size of a telephone box", it is perhaps no surprise walking and nature are his biggest loves.
"I love nature and trees. I paid the council to put up another 10 trees in our street to make it feel more rural," he said.
"And while walking, I'm at my most creative. Nature gives me that opportunity to clear my head and allows me to concentrate without distraction."
So what does his average week look like for John?
"It's about seven days, I'm a bit of a traditionalist like that."
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kyrie-silverwings · 2 years ago
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1ST RULE :     tag 9 muses you would like to know better . 2ND RULE :     BOLD the statements that are true for your muse . tagged by :  @herohikara-wol and @lareine-kira (I was tagged multiple times, so I’m splitting them between muses :>)
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MUSE : Kyrie Silverwings
FC: Valorem Tenebris <VT>
OCCUPATION :  Adder officer / VT Administration / Blade-for-hire AGE :  28 SEXUALITY :  Pansexual PRONOUNS :  She/Her
APPEARANCE :
I am 5'7" or taller
I wear glasses
I have at least one tattoo
I have at least one piercing
I have blonde hair
I have brown eyes
I have short hair
My abs are at least somewhat defined
I have or have had braces
PERSONALITY :
I love meeting new people
People tell me that I’m funny
Helping others with their problems is a big priority for me
I enjoy physical challenges
I enjoy mental challenges
I’m playfully rude with people I know well
I started saying something ironically and now I can’t stop saying it
There is something I would change about my personality
ABILITY :
I can sing well
I can play an instrument
I can do over 30 push-ups without stopping
I’m a fast runner
I can draw well
I have a good memory
I’m good at doing math in my head
I can hold my breath underwater for over a minute
I have beaten at least 2 people in arm wrestling
I know how to cook at least 3 meals from scratch
I know how to throw a proper punch
HOBBIES :
I enjoy playing sports
I’m on a sports team at my school or somewhere else
I’m in an orchestra or choir at my school or somewhere else
I have learned a new song in the past week
I work out at least once a week
I’ve gone for runs at least once a week in the warmer months
I have drawn something in the past month
I enjoy writing
I do or have done martial arts
EXPERIENCES:
I have had my first kiss
I have had alcohol
I have scored the winning goal in a sports game
I have watched an entire season of a TV show in one sitting
I have been at an overnight event
I have been in a taxi
I have been in the hospital or ER in the past year
I have beaten a video game in one day
I have visited another country
I have been to one of my favorite band’s concerts
RELATIONSHIPS :
I’m in a relationship
I have a crush on a celebrity
I have a crush on someone I know
I have been in at least 3 relationships
I have never been in a relationship
I have asked someone out or admitted my feelings to them
I get crushes easily  
I have had a crush on someone for over a year
I have been in a relationship for at least a year
I have had feelings for a friend
MY LIFE :
I have at least one person I consider a “ best friend ”
I live close to my school
My parents are still together (supposedly)
I have / had at least one sibling
I live in the United States
There is snow right now where I live
I have hung out with a friend in the past month
I have a smartphone (It’s an iTome)
I have at least 15 CD’s (orchestrions?)
I share my room with someone
RANDOM SHIT :
I have break-danced
I know a person named Jamie
I have had a teacher with a last name that’s hard to pronounce
I have dyed my hair
I’m listening to one song on repeat right now
I have punched someone in the past week
I know someone who has gone to jail
I have broken a bone
I have eaten a waffle today
I know what I want to do with my life
I speak at least 2 languages
Tagging: @kael-haustefort-xiv, @under-the-blood-moonlight, @unkemptandtired, @alannah-corvaine, @ash-like-snow-xiv, @xiv-endora, @sequoiaofeorzea, @beasthuntergalvus, and @dragon-sound!
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