Is This the Most Stunning Garden on the Planet?

Gardening is one of the most Zen hobbies on the planet. It is a great way to de-stress and unwind. There is no greater feeling than reaping the rewards for spreading seeds on your lawn and watching as they bloom into some of the most beautiful and elegant flowers imaginable.

The average homeowner will put a minimal amount of time into their garden. They will keep it in order, mow the lawn, and de-weed. And that is understandable, gardening takes a lot of time and patience. While others are more than happy to put in the time and dedication to make something spectacular. And that is what happened with this garden, which some are now calling the most sunning garden on the planet.

 

The Garden

Owned by a woman named Aribella Adams, this garden started off as a large, yet desolate plot of land connected to a small farming property. The previous owners have left it in a right state.

Aribella said she had no previous gardening experience and started off simply hoping to clean up the garden. Four years later she is inviting people on tours around the beautiful landscape.

She created an almost maze-like structure for her garden. Starting with a section of roses, all the colors of the rainbow, lead you into a winding hedge maze. These hedges are lined with beautiful lilies and petunias of various reds and yellows.

This leads into an open section with a beautiful fountain made out of a hedge. This spits out beautiful colored water that provides a contrast to the spiraling statue of a soldier made of radiant flowers.

England is filled with stunning gardens, so for anyone garden to claim the title of Most Stunning is no small feat at all.

The 6 Best Nature Documentaries Ever Made

The Blue Planet

The Blue Planet is a pretty recently released documentary detailing the huge variety of aquatic wildlife that exists on our planet, this documentary is a very informative piece of work which it is pretty clear that a lot of hard work has gone into production. From sharks to huge whales, if you are someone with an interest in what is lurking beneath our waters then this is definitely the one for you. This series follows highly-skilled divers with the most cutting-edge equipment including high-quality buoyancy control system components, scuba gear, and underwater cameras, this technology allows viewers to get a much clearer insight into the underwater world.

 

Night On Earth

This documentary follows creatures from all walks of the animal kingdom, what many documentaries lack is an in-depth account of what the animals get up to at night. This is where Night on earth differs from other series that are available due to the fact that it takes place at night time through the majority of the documentary. What many don’t know about their favorite animals is that they are so active during the night so getting an insight into things like a lion’s night hunt is definitely a valuable experience.

 

David Attenborough – A Life On Our Planet

The work of David Attenborough is well known by the majority of people around the world, his relaxing tone and vast knowledge of natural life are comparable to no other. Life on our planet highlights the impact of human life on the animal kingdom, showing animals who have evolved for a more industrialized world and the impact it has had in comparison to animals that are still able to roam their natural habitat.

 

Tiny Creatures

Many people forget just how many different species of animals there are out there, with most nature documentaries focusing on the larger, popular animals rather than showing us what could be considered less interesting. Tiny creatures show us exactly that and inform us about some of the smaller animals we may not be as familiar with. By focusing on smaller creatures we are able to see just how vast our animal kingdom is and learn something new about animals we didn’t even know exist. This fresh approach is definitely worth a watch as it goes into great detail about the trials and tribulations associated with the food chain.

 

Walking With Dinosaurs

If you are somebody with a passion for the historic creatures that roamed the Earth long before our time then you are bound to enjoy Walking With Dinosaurs, with high-quality computer-generated imaging showing in detail some of the scariest dinosaurs that used to exist. The fact that all of this show is computer generated is really surreal as the footage looks as though it had been filmed in real life. Walking With Dinosaurs is a truly informative series that would be a great watch for anyone with an interest in how the Dinosaurs lived and how they came to an end.

 

Planet Earth

The final documentary on this list would have to be another one by David Attenborough, his knowledge of our planet and its inhabitants is unlike anyone else’s so it makes sense he would get two spots on this list. {lante Earth is an informative series following animals from different habitats per episode, this series provides a nice variety of information about different types of animals that live on our planet. With high-quality footage and impressive visual landscapes prepare to be shocked by how brilliant this documentary is, both in terms of it’s visual and informative elements.

YouTube Drama: Is Keemstar Getting Sued By YouTube?

We could spend hours listing all the controversial YouTube celebrities. It seems every day another YouTuber has said something offensive or is taking aim at a group of people they dislike. The sad truth of the matter is fame often goes to the heads of these people and corrupts them. It lets the innate darkness within them seep out and present itself in their video content.

But today we are looking at one of the biggest, and often most controversial names on YouTube. Keemstar. And we will be examing the rumor that is might be being sued by YouTube itself. A court case he would be sure to lose.

 

Keemstar

But first, who is Keemstar? For those of you that don’t know, Keemstar is a YouTuber who began his career in the very early days of youtube. Originally he created funny videos and did commentary on video games. Mainly on Call of duty matches. It was here he first gained some renown as a commentator for some of the biggest CoD matches in gaming history.

His channel, KillerKeemstar, soon blew up as he began hosting a YouTube talk show where he would invite various guests, often with disagreeing views, and have them debate it out. In the early days of YouTube, this became one of the first online shows of its kind.

Soon Keemstar would find his niche when he began his YouTube Drama series. Essentially working as a news show meets panel discussion meets debate forum. YouTube Drama would focus on the biggest happenings and gossip stories within the YouTube community. He would invite people who were in the middle of heated feuds and add fuel to the fire.

He would also do spotlight sessions, where he would bring in unknown YouTubers. And became quite popular in the community by getting real views on YouTube channels that were otherwise going to remain obscure.

And it is also here that we see his slow decline into controversy.

 

Stirring the Pot

At first, many critics of Keemstar said he was intentionally stirring the pot with the drama to get more views. Which, of course, he admitted he was. That was the draw of his show and made sense. But soon he began stirring the pot with the community as a whole.

It started with him tweeting horrible or aggressive things towards people that disagreed with him. His messages would often be insensitive and disrespectful. He soon made a number of enemies. Including most of the gaming community as his disgusting response to Totalbiscuits cancer diagnosis. Keemstar soon became one of the most hated men on YouTube.

 

The Lawsuit

The latest rumor says that Keemstar recently put out a series of tweets, which have since been deleted, in which he made some serious claims about the legitimacy of YouTube and its ad services. In the tweets, he essentially called them thieves and liars and used insulting and borderline racist language to get his point across.

YouTube apparently is reported to be thinking of moving into a class action suit against Keemstar. The charges would be defamation, slander, and hate speech. Our source says they plan to use the backlog of all the terrible and hateful things Keemstar has said in the past in what could be considered a character assassination.

While this all remains speculation and rumor at the moment, it would not be a surprising move. Considering the current political climate, YouTube could be hoping to crush Keemstar before he draws too much attention and YouTube comes under fire for giving him a platform to spread hate.

 

Is Warner Brothers Dropping the Fantastic Beasts Series?

A few Christmases ago I spent a solid week going from shop to shop, trowling every online toy store, all to find the besten einhorn geschenke für mädchen. The reason being my two daughters had caught a bad case of the unicorn bug. Unicorns and other magical creatures. And how did they catch this bug?

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The first installment in what is being now dubbed the Wizarding World Universe. Originally containing the Harry Potter movies, this is Warner Brothers attempt to rival the MCU and reignite the passions of all those who loved the original Harry Potter movies.

And to their credit, it worked. The first Fantastic Beasts movie was a resounding success. Eddie Redmayne gave a stellar performance. The supporting cast was fantastic. The effects were stunning and the creatures were made well enough to sell endless merchandise.

So why is the rumor mill touting that Warner Brothers is considering dropping the entire series? Despite the fact, there are still three more movies to go before the story is wrapped up?

 

The Sequel Curse

The Harry Potter movies worked wonders for a very important reason. They were coming from books. And authors writing a sequel book often have a lot more luck than scriptwriters creating a sequel. There is any number of reasons why, but the biggest is, of course, freedom.

The second Fantastic Beasts movie, Crimes of Grindelwald, did not meet the same success as the first. In fact, it was mostly scored very low by critics and the public alike. The biggest complaint was the disconnected nature of the film. The first movie had clear motivations, plot progression, and characters. The second was trying to set up too much for this Wizarding World universe.

This is a common problem we have seen with many franchises lately. They are all trying to compete with the MCU and create their own universe. But they miss the key factor that made the MCU so successful. Patience. Marvel spent years building their universe, and they did it by creating solo movies that were good. The DCU and the Wizard World universe both try to cram everything into the first or second movie, expecting audiences to take in all the information in one go.

 

Distancing From Rowling

It is no secret that J.K Rowling has made herself a very divisive person. We aren’t going to go into the debate about that. But it could be one of the reasons the studio is considering dropping the series. You cannot have a Harry Potter based movie with her name being all over it. Even if you didn’t put it in the titles, everyone would associate it with her. And while that doesn’t mean the movies would be bad, it wouldn’t be the first time a studio has stepped away from someone to avoid negative press themselves.

 

The Pandemic

The pandemic has caused a lot of turmoil for filmmakers. Especially considering cinemas as we know them are slowly dying. And the Fantastic Beat movies were always designed to be event films, drawing in large crowds. So home releases most likely wouldn’t allow the studio to recoup their costs. At the end of the day, movies are all about money for these studios. So it would not surprise me if this was the biggest reason that led to the series being dropped inf favor of more profitable projects.

 

Of course, all of this is just speculation. It could be the studio is simply going to delay the movie production until the pandemic has passed. That may be a while away yet, but we live in hope it will be sooner rather than later.

Music Schools are Seeing a Surge In Applicants For a Surprising Reason

During the lockdown, many things have become much more difficult. Non-essential shops had to close, entertainment venues were shut down, schools were suspended, and almost the entire country was confined to their homes. All of this meant there was a drop in overall spending (apart from to panic buy toilet roll) in all sectors. Many places lost business almost overnight, and many businesses had to close permanently due to the sudden loss in income.

However, one of the places which seemed to have thrived on adapting to the new circumstances of the pandemic is music schools. Applications for study have been rising because of the manner in which institutions have been rising to meet online course demands. Here’s how they did it.

 

Communication

Frequent and clear communication is important regardless of whether a global pandemic is happening or not, however it is especially key for teaching, and even more so online. Being able to have student-teacher communication is imperative to student learning. With online communication, students are able to ask questions and receive quick responses from their tutors, just how they’re able to in person. Frequent communication is key to making sure students aren’t falling behind due to the pandemic. This kind of communication allows for more personal and attentive teaching as each response is individualized. While it may not be perfect, this kind of communication is key to distanced learning.

 

Video teaching

One of the most utilized tools during the pandemic has been video-communication. Whether that be Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or other forms of video chatting, these communication platforms have been invaluable. Another reason music schools have been having an influx of applicants is, as a music student, all that is needed is high-quality sound for an online appraisal of your practice. While it’s true group practices are harder to achieve, individual practices aren’t hindered, and another workaround is available for group practice. This also means that once distanced learning is no longer necessary, students will still know the sound of playing with others and find it easy to adapt when able to practice with others again.

 

Online resources

Another further reason music schools are thriving during lockdown is their huge access to online resources. Although other institutions also have access to subject-specific recourses, music schools are already refined within their niche of music, allowing for further funding to be allocated to specialist resources within different music niches. Having extra funding allows students great online resources to learn from: teaching videos, sheet music, access to the latest books, and so much more. With high-quality online resources, students are still able to receive a good education.

 

Student Participation

We’ve discussed teacher-communication and video platforms to teach students, but not much on how important student interaction is. In order for students to learn and retain what they’re taught, students need to be more active in their education than ever before. Some music schools in particular have set up precursor agreements for their online applicants. To be accepted as a student, all applicants much agree to the following terms: a recording of their practice must be sent once each week to be appraised and critiqued by their tutors, along with a slow tempo recording of their technical work, as well as written music scores. This means all students must be engaged and their progress monitored and logged. All students must adhere to these tasks to ensure they are on track and keeping up with distanced learning. It is one of the many safeguards put in place to help make sure no student is falling behind due to the new, unavoidable teaching methods the pandemic has made staple. Schools have also allowed these requirements to be sent via any platform the student finds easiest to access. This ensures no student is disadvantaged due to software or hardware access, and for more flexibility during the difficult time of distance learning.

Although there are negatives to distanced learning, many have said learning online will help students become familiar with music software and the skills needed to operate them, such as how to mix in key, overlay their own music to others, and record their work with good sound.

Although the notion of distance learning brings many unknowns, it also brings new ways to interact with students, as well as teaching them to learn and access their music in different ways.

5 Great Films Set in New Jersey

Many films find the setting in New Jersey, some reaching the heights of top ten lists on sights like IMDB. If we were to list all the quality productions we would be here for far too long, though there are 5 that stand out.

 

Being John Malkovich

Being John Malkovich is a stellar film from such a unique angle, its plot revolves around a puppeteer finding a door that allows those who pass through to see through the eyes of the famous actor John Malkovich, he then monetizes for 20-minute intervals as after that they are ejected out onto the Jersey Turnpike. The blend of realism and absurdism really find a happy warm-spot in this film, there are genuine characters who have very subtle underlying issues and fantasies that combine with the fairly unique premise to create this experience that is enjoyable and more than slightly thought-provoking.

 

War of the Worlds.

War of the Worlds when it was first written was the first the world had ever seen of the genre of Science Fiction, and the films do the original book justice by far. There are two versions to pick from one from 1953 and another from the early 2000s, either are a fabulous watch though the 20th-century version might hold more nostalgia in the way films use to be made. It is about Martians invading earth and the subsequent chaos that comes which such an extinction-level event.  This film carries excitement in buckets and asks that eerie question ‘what would happen if there was life on Mars, and what if they found us?’.

 

Paul Blart Mall Cop

There are some jobs that movies bring to the life you would never expect (I am still waiting on a film based on the pest control in nj though) Paul Blart is that exact thing. Paul Blart Mall cop and its subsequent sequels are good films to enjoy for their on the nose simplicity. Headed by funny-man Kevin James, this energy-filled comedy follows the titular Paul Blart, who fails in his training to be a police officer for the New Jersey police force, so instead decides to climb to the career he actually wants by gaining a job as a mall cop, but when a bank-heist situation arises, he has to step up and predictable hilarity ensues.

 

Friday 13th

Hailed as one of the most iconic horror franchises of all time, following the murders of Mrs. Vorhees, a distraught mother who lost her son to drowning whilst he was at camp, the fault of which she blames on the sexed-up councilors. This gore-fest is such a classic in the slasher genre, and a commonly misunderstood original considering Jason Vorhees becomes the main villain in the sequels, but it has some amazing performances from Betsy Palmer and a youthful Kevin Bacon. The sequels are also highly recommended for those more familiar with the Hockey mask wearing zombie-like Jason. The villain the franchise is now known for.

 

A beautiful mind

A beautiful mind is a biographical piece based on the life of John Nash, a Nobel-prize winning Mathematician. Starring Russell Crowe in one of his finest performances to date, it follows the character as he goes through life with this incredible brain that can easily decrypt and decode messages from sight alone, a skill that only he possessed. The emotion is rife in this film, Nash’s paranoid Schizophrenia combined with a period-plot revolving around the Cold War leading to Nash believing he was being followed by Soviet spies due to his condition means there is so many themes and discussions in this film that will leave a lasting impression on anyone who watches it.