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How to decorate your home with flowers

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Decorations make each household feel unique and welcoming. If you are a creative person, you know that the sky is limit when it comes to different types of ornaments. You can use almost every object to illuminate the space around you. In the following text, we are going to tell you how to bring life into every room of your home with fresh flowers.


We are going to start with a kitchen. It is a place where your family gathers for breakfast and morning cup of coffee to discuss their plans for the day that is ahead of you or a tasty dinner to talk about what has happened that day. Because of this, this area has to be carefully decorated with different things, and of course, there should be at least one floral arrangement on a counter or a kitchen island. We recommend you Calla Lilies. They are great because they have a subtle scent. Since there are so many different smells of food in the kitchen, another strong fragrance is probably the last thing you want. In addition, Calla Lilies are usually white, but you can also opt for yellow, purple or green. Visit to see different kinds of floral arrangements.


When it comes to the living room area, you can choose between varieties of flowers such as anemones, tulips, peonies and so on. Since this is the place where you will spend quiet evenings, wrapped in a blanket with a glass of wine and your favorite book, or entertain guests, you can choose flowers that are according to your preference. Take into consideration the style and color of the furniture, and pick a bouquet that is fitting and that will make a statement at the same time.


Furthermore, if you have a big hall, you should also display some floral arrangement that will say welcome to every guest. You can pick between wildflowers or beautiful colorful hydrangeas. At the same, time you will fill up an empty space and also light up the area.


Moving on to the bedroom, a lot of people will tell you that roses are perfect, and we cannot disagree. Although, your first instinct would be to place them somewhere in the house where everyone would see them, just think how it would feel to wake up in the morning and see roses next to your bed or on a chest of drawers. They are romantic and come in a variety of colors you can choose from. Similarly, did you know that there is a flower for each month of the year? For instances, roses are for June, daisies for April, forget-me-not for September, and so on. This allows you to opt for personalized bouquets.


All you need for the bathroom is a small bundle of flowers. You can opt for orchids or eucalyptus. The former is perfect because they need a lot of heat and sun (though not direct sunlight). The latter you can hang on the shower hand for that aromatherapy feel, or keep it on the counter and enjoy the fresh scent in the morning while getting ready for work.

All in all, these are some suggestion when it comes to decorating each room of your house with flowers, but of course, it all comes down to your preference.

5 Feng Shui fixes for your office

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The mystical, 5000-year-old Chinese art of Feng Shui literally translates as ‘wind and water’ and it proposes that prosperity and health are promoted by ensuring a healthy flow of chi energy throughout a room.

So whether you work from home or in a traditional corporate building, it’s worth considering how it might affect the way you design your workspace.

With that in mind, here are five Feng Shui fixes for your office.


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The first step to switching up your office ambience is nothing more complex than a good old fashioned lick of paint.

And since experts suggest yellow makes you happy and boosts positivity, it’s as good a choice as any to cover your walls with.

Read more on the positive properties of this shade in this CNN report on the power of yellow.


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While its tempting to tuck your desk away in a cosy corner, the laws of Feng Shui dictate that its optimum power position is facing the door.

Apparently, when we work with our backs to the door, we subconsciously feel more vulnerable, whereas when we can see people entering the room, we can welcome them warmly and prepare positively for any interaction that follows.


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Facing a window while you work can feel pretty wonderful — a scenic view opens up opportunities for a few minutes of cathartic daydreaming.

But spending too long gazing outside can be a distraction and, according to Feng Shui, the energy we build up to attack challenging tasks dissipates dramatically because it flows right out of the window and escapes into the ether..


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Feng Shui is an elemental discipline and water represents a state of flow, adaptability and freedom which is closely linked with wealth accumulation.

So installing a small tabletop or freestanding fountain in your office might work wonders when it comes to balancing the books.

And place your water feature in the north, east or southeast of the office – areas associated with health, cash and career.


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Your office entrance is a primary portal for the flow of chi energy, so this area should be perfectly prepped to welcome in positive vibes and deflect negativity.

And that’s where checking out a company like Kleen-Tex comes into its own – as well as trapping dirt and detritus, their mats are available in colours that chime with your door-facing direction. For example, south-facing doors suit red, orange and yellow, while blue and black are better for north-facing.

After physically and psychically wiping the outside world from your feet, you can float into your inner sanctuary in a highly productive state.

That’s our list! Share your own Feng Shui tips in the comments section.

These are the most famous quotes by Paulo Coelho

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Paulo Coelho is a famous Brazilian lyricist and novelist, born on August 24, 1947, in Rio de Janeiro. He is one of the most famous and widely read contemporary authors, with a vast global fan base.

Coelho mostly writes drama and romance works, and his most popular and successful book is “The Alchemist,” which sold more than 65 million copies worldwide since its initial release in 1988. It is one of the bestselling books in the history of writing.

Paulo dreamed of becoming a writer since his early years. His family was Catholic, and very religious. He attended a Jesuit school, and his parents did not support his dreams, and even committed him to a mental institution at 17. He escaped three times and was released at 20 years of age.

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He decided to forget about his dreams and enrolled himself in a law school. However, he dropped out and lived as a hippie. He traveled through North and South America, Mexico and Europe, and used drugs during the 1960s.
When he came back to Brazil, he worked as a songwriter for many famous Brazilian artists. He also found work as a journalist, actor, and theatre director, before he entirely focused on writing.

Since 1974, he has been married to artist Christina Oiticica. Today, they live in Geneva, Switzerland.

The complete bibliography of Paulo Coelho

During the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s:

Theater For Education (1974), Hell Archives (1982), The Pilgrimage (1987), The Alchemist (1988), Brida (1990), The Supreme Gift (1991), The Valkyries (1992), Maktub (1994), By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept (1994), The Fifth Mountain (1996), Love Letters from a Prophet (1997), Manual of the Warrior of Light (1997), Veronika Decides to Die (1998), Essential Words (1998).

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During the 2000’s:

The Devil and Miss Prym (2000), Fathers, Sons and Grandsons (2001), Eleven Minutes (2003), The Genie and the Roses(2004), Journeys (2004), Life (2004), The Zahir (2005), Revived Paths (2005), Like the Flowing River (2006), The Witch of Portobello (2006), The Winner Stands Alone (2008), Love (2009).
During the 2010s:
Aleph (2010), Fabulas (2011), Manuscript Found in Accra (2012), Adultery (2014), The Spy (2016), Hippie (2018).

Quotes by Paulo Coelho

Except for his successful career as a writer, Paulo Coelho is famous for his inspiring quotes. They are a great insight into his mind, and many follow them as the words to live by. Below is a list of 15 of his best quotes.

” When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

 “When you repeat a mistake, it is not a mistake anymore: it is a decision.”

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 “One day you will wake up, and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.”

 “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

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 “Life has a way of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen at once.”

 “At a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.”

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 “And when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

 “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

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 “The act of discovering who we are will force us to accept that we can go further than we think.”

 “People are capable at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”

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Metal sculptures of cars and movie characters by Mariusz Olejnik

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Cars were always associated with art. In addition to engineering, there are designers working on the beauty of the vehicle, both inside and outside. It’s known that Americans have pretty crazy ideas when it comes to vehicle design, especially those custom-made vehicles. However, one Pole went a step further and created incredible works of art that deserve to be seen by people all over the world.

Mariusz Olejnik, who is the author of these magnificent sculptures, used parts of cars such as gears, wheels, brakes, and bumpers to create really interesting pieces of art. His work is part of modern art, and this show is certainly one you really need to visit to make sure of the beauty of his metal statues. In addition to the statue, some of the best-known supercars in the last decade can be seen at the exhibition, which Olejnik reconstructed and presented in a huge warehouse.

Scrap Supercars

We must say that anyone should see these works of art personally. You can do this in Pruszków, a city in Poland, in the Gallery of Steel Figures. So, in the vast expanse of space, there are dozens of huge sculptures made from parts of cars, which in this way served for better purposes than they would be used for recycling.

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Certainly, the central part of this show is dedicated to the reconstructed iconic cars that have been marked in the past two decades. Here you can find the Maserati GranTurismo, the Lamborghini Aventador, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL and, of course, the legendary Bugatti Veyron among the others.

One feature of all re-created supercars is that they are actually made very detailed and that a lot of attention is devoted to every detail. If you want, you can go inside the vehicle. Although you might not expect that a lot of attention is devoted to interior details, it’s actually as fascinating as the exterior. You can see all the parts as in real vehicles such as seats, dashboard and steering wheel. For example, within Veyron, you can see engine and seats that are made in real size. And all this is made exclusively of steel. Also, we must say that you can open the door or hood so that the experience is complete.

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There is no doubt that these exhibits will attract visitors and car enthusiasts around the world to visit this incredible exhibition in Poland. In addition to cars, there are motorcycles that are just like all other sculptures made of steel parts. We believe that it took a lot of time to assemble a lot of small pieces in order to create only one sculpture.

Other exhibits

In addition to these incredible cars and motorcycles, all art lovers will be able to see more exhibits that are equally incredible as well as vehicles. Mariusz Olejnik showed his great creativity and talent by creating figures that were inspired by some of the most famous characters in the film industry. On this show, you will find Gollum, Incredible Hulk, Optimus Prime, and many other well-known movie characters.

Of course, these sculptures are also made of steel parts. In addition to the incredible characters from the movies, the massive lion attracted our attention, and it was very detailed, as well.

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The Polish artist said that he found inspiration in the Madame Tussauds wax museum in London. The figures that can be seen in the London Museum are truly realistic and incredible, so he was inspired by these artworks made of wax and decided to make metal sculptures. The characteristics of his exhibits are many details that are also present in wax figures in the United Kingdom capital. Another important feature of his figures is that they are made of scrap metal, so this material has a new function in this way.

Visiting the Gallery of Steel Figures

All tourists who want to visit the exhibition of Mariusz Olejnik can do this in the Gallery of Steel Figures. It is located at Przejazdowa 17 05-800, Pruszkow, Poland. The period in which you can view works of art are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7. p.m. In addition to the existing sculptures, the Polish artist announces new exhibits that will become part of the current exhibition.

3 photographic techniques for capturing professional images

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It’s true that one of the main attributes that a good photographer needs to have is the accurate look, but that’s not all. It is necessary to study the theory a little to know and be able to use various effects and techniques that make the photographs more beautiful and professional.

We’ve talked a bit here about some editing tricks for anyone who wants to do a post-production and leave a more professional-looking photo. However, there are techniques that the photographer needs to know before taking the photo, so that he can apply his knowledge at the time of shooting. See some of these effects in this selection and learn how to get them with your camera.

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The Bokeh effect is quite visible when there are small sources of light in the blurred background.  The word “Bokeh” comes from the original term “Boke”, which in Japanese has a meaning close to “blur”. This effect has a fairly broad definition and is easily recognizable, but often it is mistaken for macro photography. Although they are almost complementary effects, they are not exactly the same technique. Bokeh is mainly recognized by the disk-shaped blur that is caused by the lights or areas at the bottom of the image, looking like little balls in most cases. Some photographers place filters in front of the lens with special shapes, such as a star or heart, so that the Bokeh blurs stay that way.

Lens Flare

Lens Flare are these colorful “rings” and distortions caused by the angle of light entering the lens. We have already mentioned the Lens Flare around here quickly, but it is worth talking about once more. It was born as an imperfection, but ended up falling to the graces of photographers and today is used on purpose as an aesthetic effect in photography.

The Lens Flare is nothing more than a distortion of the ray of light when it enters directly through the lens – but by the edges, not exactly the center. For example, when you point the camera at the sky and the sun is causing a reflection on the sides of the photograph or still on the edge of some element of the landscape. This happens a lot in photographs of the sunset, since at that time the star is directly illuminating the lens at a favorable angle.

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Golden Hour

It’s not just the Lens Flare that looks better (and more naturally) at sunset or at sunrise – these times are the “darlings” of photographers. What favors the aesthetics of photography at these times is the angulation of the sun, which is directly illuminating the elements of the photo at a front angle, and not much inclined. The lighting, especially in low key lighting situation, is softer and the shadows are less “hard” but the whole scene is illuminated, causing an interesting dramatic effect.

The three photography techniques above are very important to know, even by beginners. Good luck and have a try.

How to choose the perfect knife for your survival kit

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Are you a person that loves going out in the wilderness? Or you’re simply someone that loves quality blades? Either way, in this article we’re talking about survival knives and the importance of choosing the right one for your survival kit.

What are survival knives?

For the newbies, survival knives are not your usual kitchen knives. They’re made out of harder steel, have more practical handles and their blades are really, really sharp. Some of them might offer even more features like built-in compasses, places where you can store the smaller parts of a first aid kit such as a needle and thread etc. Survival knives are called like that for a reason.

They help you survive. If you find yourself in an unfortunate scenario where you’re lost and you can only rely on your knife in order to survive, you don’t want to have a cheap “butter knife” along with your side, that’s for sure.


Why do I need a survival knife?

Although we just mentioned this earlier, we’re still going to say it once more since not enough people realize the importance of having a very reliable blade with them when going out in the wilderness. Here are just some of the things your survival knife will help you in case you need to use it.

  • Hunting for food

If you run out of food and you need to hunt something you definitely need a sharp and strong blade for the task.

  • Building a shelter


Some situations in the wilderness might require you to build a shelter. You can’t cut wood and branches with a knife that’s not sharp and strong enough to do it. According to, this can be done using a quality survival knife or even better, a machete.

  • Use it as a weapon

The wilderness is full of danger and you need to be ready for it. Defending yourself is just one of the many benefits that a solid survival knife will provide you with.

Your survival knife will do almost all of the things you need to do in order to survive in the outdoors. Therefore, choosing the right one is really important. If you’re new to survival knives or just looking to upgrade your kit with a brand new one, crowsurvival is the best place to start. They have guides and reviews which will help you pick a good knife that might potentially save your life in the future.


There are a few things you need to look at before buying a survival knife. Although size does matter, bigger does not always mean better in the world of blades. By getting a big blade you sacrifice the ability to perform more “delicate” and detailed tasks such as carving or making outdoor tools such as primitive screwdrivers etc.

Fixed blade versus a foldable blade is one of the most common choices as well. Although a foldable version of the survival knife will be more compact and easier to store, it is not as durable and strong as the fixed blade one. In the world of outdoor survival, any kind of joint is a disadvantage. Also, you can use fixed blades to make spears and other types of “javelin” weapons for example if you need to.

My First Sewing Machine Experience

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I got my first sewing machine during the Christmas of 2007. I had wanted to become a fashion designer when I grew up, and I wanted to sew. My great-grandmother had always sewn the most beautiful things by hand, but I wanted to sew larger and do greater things. When I got my machine, I went to Jo-Ann’s Fabric, and I learned from one of the women who work in the department. It was the most rewarding thing to be able to create new things and be in control of creating wearable or useable things.

Having a sewing machine helped me to finish projects that earned me badges in Girl Scouts and even helped me make a costume for ballet. It opened up opportunities for me to volunteer at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s costume shop as the student program was coming up. This summer I had to teach a co-worker of mine how to use a machine so that she would be able to make gifts to her friends. If I had not received my sewing machine, there would have been gaps in my life, and I would not have been able to help others as I did.

To begin your sewing machine journey, you need to determine its grand purpose in your life. If you are a strategic quilter or just a beginner wanting to sew simple pillowcases, you will need to sort out what specific tools and settings you will want your machine to have. Sizing and colors should also be taken into consideration, as you wouldn’t want to spend the money on a machine that is too large for the space you are planning to keep it or even have a color that doesn’t suit your desires.

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When using your machine, you should first make sure that you have it plugged in and turned on. Once your needle has been threaded, and your fabric is ready, you may begin sewing. Most machines have a peddle that controls the speed, and you will want to make sure that you are going as fast as you can handle and control the machine.

All you have to do is select your stitch pattern, step on the peddle, and push your fabric through in the direction you want. Having a sewing machine is not just for those who sew, but for any regular household. From fixing torn clothes to sewing gifts for others, a sewing machine can provide many benefits to anyone who has one.

Sewing machines are something that can be tricky to learn and take care of, but having one has great impacts. You never know what kind of hobbies you can begin or personalized gifts you can make for others, even what type of opportunities will come your way. There is so much benefit into even knowing how to work a machine, as I know many people who have asked me or who have needed to use one but are unable. I believe that everyone should learn how to use a sewing machine, and purchase one to have. Sewing machines are very beneficial to everyone.

A complementary product to a sewing machine is a Cricut cutting machine. These machines can cut fabric, leather, vinyl, and so much more. Use them together by cutting out patterns with a Cricut, and sew the pieces together with your sewing machine. Find the best Cricut bundle here.

Chinese New Year Traditions

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China is one of the oldest countries in the world, with its history dating back thousands and thousands of years. China has at least eight different linguistic groups, with hundreds of dialects. China is a very big country in terms of population, and as we said, traditions date back thousands of years. With all those factors in play, traditions tend to be different at some parts of the country. Namely, Chinese New Year traditions are different in large parts of the country, are we are going to tell you all about them.

1.    Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner

In Chinese tradition, the New Year’s Eve Dinner is the single most important tradition for Chinese people. Like most parts of the world, celebrating New Year’s Eve dinner is all about reuniting with family, especially for those that are coming a long way from home. During the course of the dinner, fish is mostly served, with dumplings being the most important dish. Other foods are served based on personal preference, but the former are especially important to parts of Northern China. Fish and dumplings are dishes that celebrate prosperity, and another important Chinese tradition is to celebrate New Year’s Eve at home, rather than at a restaurant or other food establishments.

2.    Fireworks

Fireworks are an important part of China itself. Chinese are especially famous for their magnificent display of fireworks (remember the Olympic Games in Beijing, China, 2008). This is because fireworks are used to drive away the evil spirits in Chinese traditions. After 12 pm on Lunar New Year 2019, fireworks are launched to celebrate the upcoming year, as well as, to protect them from the evil spirits. Old Chinese traditions state that whoever launches the fireworks, will bear good luck throughout the year.

3.    Shou Sui

A common Chinese phrase, Shou Sui means “after the New Year’s Eve dinner.” After dinner, people will stay up to enjoy the fireworks. An old Chinese legend says that a legendary mythical beast named “Year” will harm any man, woman, child, and animal, that it encounters during the New Year’s Eve. The legend also states that the beast is afraid of the color red, fireworks, and loud sounds, therefore, during the New Year’s Eve, thousands upon thousands of fireworks will be launched, lots of celebratory noise will be made, and red flames will be lit in order to protect themselves from the beast.

4.    New Year Market

After the start of the New Year, a common Chinese tradition states that a market will be set up in order to continue the selling of food, clothes, fireworks, and arts.

5.    Red Packets

Many Chinese traditions focus around the banishment of evil spirits, and this one is no different. Namely, a red packet is a red envelope filled with money ranging from a few hundred to several thousand Yuan. These packets are given to married couples and elderly to young children, and it is said that the money inside will banish the evil spirits from their children, as well, as keep them healthy and give them longevity.

6.    Cleaning

In old times when bathing was not a common thing, people would bathe at the end of the year in order to welcome the New Year. In today’s age, Chinese people will do a full house cleaning in order to remove the old year and welcome the New Year.

Best Wedding Gift Ideas Out There

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The wedding is one of the most important events in the life of a person, and it represents a celebration of marriage – a form of unity between two persons in love. Whether it is a private wedding with hundreds of invitations chances are there is going to be a lot of food and fun. And one of the most important things, when you are going to a wedding is to get an adequate gift.

For a lot of people out there gifts are a problem, and that is for one sole reason – we are not sure if the person will like it. While you are young, you can get gifts like certain perfume, book or clothing items that everyone would love. Once you get older, it isn’t that easy, and you want to get something to show how much you truly care about them. Saying this is getting the right wedding gift is pretty important, and it is your chance to impress the pair! For that reason we created a list of the wedding gift ideas out there – let’s take a look!

Surprise The Wedding Pair With An Adequate Gift


  1. Matching Spa Robes. When it comes to a wedding gift this one is something that will probably impress the couple. It is simply something people forget about, and it is a type of a kind and useful gift. They will get the opportunity to wear it on their honeymoon, and if it is comfortable enough, they will enjoy it on a regular basis. Simple yet effective is how we would describe the matching spa robes.

  1. Charcoal Grill. A charcoal grill is something absolutely any family should have – including the married couple. They will have great use of this for a Sunday’s barbecue with friends or take it on a trip and make the meal preparation much easier. And their kids will love it.


  1. Colorful Dinner Plates. Kitchen accessories are something every woman loves and getting the couple a set of elegant serving plates is something they will definitely Get a good pair of customized wine glasses with that and bam you have the perfect wedding gift.


  1. Coffee Brewer. Along with that, every couple needs a coffee brewer. Coffee is an essential morning thing for a lot of people, and that is why getting them a high-quality coffee brewer is one of the best gift ideas out there. Throw in a few packs of good unmilled coffee beans, and they will be so grateful!


  1. Round Dutch Oven. Le Creuset has some of the best Round Dutch ovens out there, and as many people know this kind of a pot is so useful that you won’t almost need anything else apart from it. You can cook tons of different-styled meals in it, and it is sturdy and durable. Getting the couple one Dutch Oven along with a few cookbooks will be impressive.


  1. Last but not least when it comes to the gift ideas is cash. Though it might not be an item or something that will last cash is what every couple needs (especially after the pricey wedding event) and they will appreciate it. And if a baby is on its way well then a reason more to help out the parents with few hundred bucks for needed items and clothing!



 Though getting a gift might not be the most interesting activity out there it isn’t hard, and with the right mindset, you will impress the couple. The above-mentioned ideas are just some of the great ones, and if you kick in a bit of your own creativity as well we are sure you will come up with the one that will knock the couple of their feet!

‘Hobbs and Shaw’: The ‘Biting’ Chemistry Between The Rock and Jason Statham

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The Fast and Furious spin-off, Hobbs and Shaw, will be released next August and we couldn’t be more excited! What’s more, The Rock has boosted out excitement by revealing that there is a ‘biting’ chemistry between him and his co-star.

The two of them, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham have co-starred in Fast and the Furious and they’re reunited again. We can’t say who is more excited with them working together, the fans or The Rock.

The 46-year-old actor in a recent interview for Entertainment Weekly, said: ‘I’m really happy that we were not only be able to crack the creative and really lean into the relationship and chemistry – the biting chemistry between myself and Jason Statham – but I think that also you find out that it’s something the fans have been wanting for some time now.’


Moreover, The Rock admitted that his main goal in life is to keep the Fast and Furious franchise alive. Having that in mind, in order to prolong its longevity so it can last as long as it can, he claims that it’s all about creating new stories and characters.

He also shared that filming Fast 8 was the time to make their move and they had a lot of fun doing it.

Previous to this interview, Dwayne published a teaser image on his Instagram account and he captioned it ‘We either gonna get along or we gonna get it on,’ ‘Fuck getting along.’ The black and white image features the two actors facing each other and there can be seen a certain tension.


Besides Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, Idris Elba will also be part of the cast of Hobbs and Shaw. Recently, there have been pictures of the trio filming scenes in London and Glasgow. Alongside these three amazing actors, the cast will be joined by Vanessa Kirby.

This film is all about the unlikely alliance between the Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs and the assassin Deckard Shaw. The Rock plays Hobbs while Jason is the assassin.


Become A Musician With The Following Tips

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Do you want a career as a musician? If so, follow these tips below from SMVT will help you out.

Principle #1: There Are No Shortcuts

Let me re-emphasize that again; there are no shortcuts. For the most part, you do know that this is true.
However, there is a part of you that wants to think that you will be different and you will make the shortcut work. The truth of the matter is, you will not make a shortcut work. You will need to put in the same amount of effort and take just as long as other people.

You need to realize that those website and platforms that promise ‘1-week success’ or ‘pro secrets to success’ are just there to take advantage of your short-cut mentality. They make their money when people buy (often time literally) into the idea of taking shortcuts.

Once you discard the idea of taking shortcuts, you are able to focus and dedicate your time and energy to actually improving, albeit slowly but surely.

Principle #2: Figure Out Your Motivation For Playing Music

Right from the start, you should determine why you want to play music. If you intend to play music for the purpose of being famous and or impressing people with your skill, you will not be great at it. This is because to be a great musician, you should be able to speak to your listeners; all great musicians speak to us. They say more than the standard ‘look at me.’

Unfortunately, there are very many musicians who reckon that being a great musician is all about acquiring skills and techniques. While your music skills and techniques are important, how you use these skills and techniques is more important. Technique and skills should be considered as the vessel through which you send a message.

You do not want to be one of those musicians who sings and plays notes but does not really say anything.

Some fear that people will reject their message. To be great, you need to get over your fear of rejection and actually say something that is true to you. Induce your personality into your music.

Principle #3: Being Great Is Not Equal To Instance Success

Being great is not a guarantee of success. You can no longer lie back and hope your greatness will help you be discovered. Those times are long gone. Today, you have to hone your musical skill and promote your music at the same time.
I have been promoting some of the best songwriters and skilled musician in the UK, and I have an intricate understanding of this subject matter.

There are plenty of musicians that are exceptionally good. Their music epitomizes spellbinding music. To Sam Beer ( for instance, his music is unique and compelling. He fits the musician image. He has everything it takes, yet he still struggles to make himself known and get gigs. He will without still make it; his an exceptional talent. However, he has to be patient.

With this in mind, are you willing to wait for success?
Do you have a strict timeline and limit set?
If you have a time limit, you might give in to pressure, and react to trying to please everyone.

Principle #4: Enjoy Your Music

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There are plenty of musicians who think that to be a great musician, you have to take your craft very serious. This means that they tend to have to squeeze the joy out of it. Your music should be able to lift you. If it does not, then there is a problem.

Being a musician is a daunting task but playing music should be able to get through the bad times. You will experience rejection, disappointments, and success. However, when you enjoy your music, you will gladly go through it all.

Principle #5: Identify Your Uniqueness And Highlight It

You should identify the things that make you different from any other person and nurture them. All of the musical greats are unique in some way; they have a unique of making music that many people are attracted to.

That being said, it common for many musicians to try and please everyone but themselves. The effect is that they end up being boring and mundane. A quality of great music is music that is divisive owing to its uncompromising nature. As such, if part of your audience love your music while the other part hates it, consider it as a success.

However, when everyone says it is ok or nice, reconsider your approach. Such music does not hit anyone at a deep level to elicit a deep reaction.
You should strive to express yourself in a unique way. You should work hard to develop your own voice.

Principle #6: Simple Music Is Nor Equal To Easy

It is quite annoying for a musician to think that he or she is beyond simplicity and the fundamentals such as feel, timing, and chords.
There are plenty of musicians who know solo’s on Ok Computer very well but find it difficult to play G to D.
They focus so much on learning and mastering complexity but forget to lay a strong foundation.

Jimi Hendrix spent years on end playing and mastering simple rhythm guitar.

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This approach did not stretch him, but it did form his own unique style. His style encompassed weaved rhythms and lead in such a way they became one, thereby oozing complexity.
This is basically laying complexity over incredible simplicity.

Principle #7: Always Learn From Those Better Than You

While it is difficult, when you give up the ‘genius’ tag, you end up learning a lot from the great music that is around us. Instead of expending a lot of energy competing with something, you are better off learning from it.

Search for musicians around you who are not famous but just as brilliant. You can learn from them. Furthermore, it is quite easy to say that you are not as good as Bob Dylan, but you can measure favorably with your peers.

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