Why Do My Favourite Dress Designers Have a Beirut Connection?

I’ve been pinning fashion on Pinterest for almost a year now. During this time, I’ve definitely found some favourite women’s fashion designers whose work I adore from the many pins of theirs that I have pinned. My favourite five dress designers are, in no exact order: Continue reading

Royal Family Shows Pride to Give New Baby Boy Initials of GAL

George Alexander Louis Windsor! Now there’s a GAL! He may become quite the lad some day, but he’s already quite the GAL!

George Alexander Louis is the name given to the new royal baby boy by William and Kate. And GAL are his initials.

Nice to see an open minded couple who left a small gap in case their son wants to become the first transgendered prince and king. ūüėČ

Can you imagine all the hoopla that would create…

Fashion Designer Spotlight: Alexander McQueen (and Sarah Burton)

Alexander McQueenFor January, I’m choosing to focus on some works I’ve seen a lot of lately, which is that of Alexander McQueen. However, much to my shock, in gathering profile material for this post, I found out he’s been deceased for almost 3 years (Feb 11 2010). Hey, I never said I was a fashionista up to date on all the news! I just look at some of the fashion where I find it and learn from it. Anyway, I’ve been seeing a lot of Alexander McQueen’s work done by Sarah Burton, who had taken the reins of the Alexander McQueen line. That does not mean this post has been wrongly attributed, though. A lot of what I saw of Alexander McQueen’s work which appealed to me go back before his death. There’s just also been a lot of it after his death as well.

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X-men First Class Character Trailers (Beast, Mystique, Havok, Banshee)

Recently, a slew of brilliant one minute X-men First Class movie trailers came out, each focusing on a character in the movie. This was brilliant because while the X-men have their story, each character, of course, has his/her own story, struggling for acceptance, identity and place in a society that generally rejects them. You will struggle to find a good movie with so many individual story lines and strong characters. Even the minor characters have a whole history behind them that is intriguing because they have those elements of epic struggles for acceptance, identity and place to their character!

These short character trailers were so effective because add an additional dimension of intrigue and interest to the movie and makes it personal to the fan, creating a connection with each character. Originally, they were an MTV exclusive, but that lasted for about a day before someone captured it in high definition to put it on YouTube. Below is the collection thus far, along with a final longer X-men First Class trailer out a week before this post.

Get this music (Half the Man by Kopius Few and Methodic Doubt).

Banshee, or Sean Cassidy, possesses a “sonic scream” capable of harming enemies‚Äô¬†auditory systems¬†and causing physical vibrations. However, it is the latter which he uses with incredible intelligence and power to do incredible damage and help himself fly on the sonic waves he generates.

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Would You Like to See Some Fighting in Olympics and International Hockey?

I still have Olympics fever and I just had a thought today on the hockey seen there, but also at international events like the IHHF World Championships.

In the NHL, you see a lot of fights in the games. It’s part of the game, although it’s so much a part of the game it’s routine now. People just fight because without it, somehow a lot of the fans feel it wasn’t that exciting a game. Thing is they don’t even have a good reason to fight any more. They just do for entertainment.

In the heated rivalry of international hockey (above juniors), it’s quite the opposite. So much is at stake and the teams are so good no team wants to put itself down a player for the sake of getting an instigator penalty. But given the electric atmosphere and fierce rivalries among countries with so much national and some personal pride on the line, when is a better time to fight for something? What more reason do you need to lay a couple of knuckles on someone? That’s when they should have some fights!

Imagine what a little brouhaha would have done towards the end of that Canada-Russia quarter-finals game of the Olympics. With a big lead and the Russians frustrated, we Canadians could have incited a Russian player into a fight. They had nothing to lose, and neither did we, frankly, given that score towards the end of the game. I’m sure one of them would have loved to have taken out their frustration if given the chance. We could have settled a score with Volchenkov for a dirty hit, the American way in a fight, instead of the Canadian way in Getzlaf putting a clean cruncher on Volchenkov.

What do you think the crowd reaction would have been if someone like Pronger or Getzlaf dropped the gloves with Volchenkov? Or if Crosby just got it on with Ovechkin, as they’ve been tempted to before?

Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin ready to fight in NHL action

The crowd would have gone nutsier than they already were!

Or if the Russians had played the Americans, they could have gotten in a fight and thrown one for Plushenko. Hahaha!

Now, in a close game that often happens like with the Americans in the finals, fighting wouldn’t be wise. But if two guys could just agree to fight, honestly and without an instigator, we could have fights where no one would be disadvantaged on player numbers. Which player to choose would be another matter, but let’s leave that aside. Forget the instigator penalty if they drop the gloves quickly enough within the first one doing it. It’s not like you’re going to have a goon show with that slight time window to negate the instigator penalty. Let the players work it out themselves to fight cause they’ve got something to get off their chests, so it’s not fake. Then have some fun, entertain the crowd and take out some frustrations all at the same time.

How electrifying would have have been to have seen a US player fight a Canadian player in the Olympics finals?

That goes just as much for the women! ūüėČ

p.s. You don’t need to stock your teams with goons for this. Lots of skilled guys can also fight, and even the ones that don’t, to see them out of character in fighting would be fun! What if Sidney had taken out his frustrations of not scoring and gotten in a fight, only to lose it and respond on the scoreboard with that goal in OT? Wouldn’t that have made a better story than the legendary one he had already created?

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