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How to be an ice-cream eating pro

With the help of the expertise of Blue’s dad, who won an ice-cream eating contest in Australia at the age of 18, this article has been written to make you a pro. An example of a contest is where you have to gobble up as much ice-cream as possible in two minutes.

Before: You may want to have practised eating as much ice-cream as you can, so that your confidence is built for the competition. Make sure you choose some healthy ice-creams to practise from, as filling yourself with unhealthy and fat foods constantly is not the right way to go. A healthy choice is Häagen-Dazs Mango Fat Free Sorbet, which came in the top ten of the Health magazines ‘America’s Healthiest Frozen Treats 2008’.

Just before: Start to crave ice cream, by putting some containers of it in front of you but having to resist eating as this will make you happier once you start eating the ice cream in the competition! Make sure your stomach is empty and your mindset it not to feel sick. Be sure to have two glasses of water nearby, one which is lukewarm and the other which is hot.

During: The two glasses of water will motivate you to have as much of the cold beverage as possible, so be sure to place them where you can see them. If you start to feel sick, think of pleasant things, not food if possible. Try to only concentrate on the ice-cream you are eating if you do not feel sick, and do not look at others. Keep on repeating in your mind ‘I can do this’, and preferably close your eyes, blocking the outside world. One of the largest problems you will have to conquer is brain freeze. Brain freeze is caused when the veins on the roof of your mouth swell due to the cold, and these connect to the brain. The brain then interprets this as pain. An ‘effective preventative’ is keeping the cold substance in your mouth for a while, so the palate becomes used to the temperature. Still, the best possible way is to push your tongue against your palate until the pain goes (as your tongue warms up the palate) and an advantage is that you can still have your Magnum or Calippo in your mouth.

After: Straight after, treat yourself to the lukewarm glass of water, relishing your longing for something warm. Once you are ready, have the hot one.

Another article, written by White x

The deeper you look, the more you will find as the biggest beauty is inside you.

Love,

Blue x

Anne Frank’s house

Recently, I was fortunate enough to go and see Anne Frank’s house in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Like most people, I have read parts of her astonishing and well known diary, the Diary of Anne Frank, which she wrote whilst hiding in the secret annexe from the Nazi’s during the Second World War. Whilst I was reading this, I accumulated a visual image of her surroundings and lifestyle in my head. Now, walking down those very streets and looking up to that very house she did whilst escaping, I felt amazed to actually be there, on the site of what was probably one of the best known Wartime stories of all time.

The actual house is surrounded by canals, and is situated on a cobbled road near a bridge. As I looked up at it, I saw how small it was, yet how lucky she was not to be uncovered for around two years. The buildings surrounding the house have now been converted into a museum, which is a tourist attraction.

The whole story of her life fascinates me, such as how it is an actual diary and how she lived in that secret annexe. What happened in World War Two is very sad, and, as many people would say, it should never be allowed to happen again. To anyone who has not, you should certainly read the book as it demonstrates what a talented writer she was, in such a terrible situation.

Overall, this was quite a moving yet amazing experience, and I would recommend it to anyone.

Love,

White x

Newspapers

This everyday booklet of papers may not be noticed so much, but it surely makes a difference to our lives.

A newspaper is a timed publication of articles, refering to weekly or daily events or sometimes gossip. Things such as puzzles, sudoku’s, jokes, comics, television listings, entertainment, economics, world news, sport, pictures, competitions, gossip and articles about the future, present or past feature in them. It also consists of the occasional advert. Some newspapers base their income on these adverts, hence they are handed out free.

Some newspapers have been closed down due to legal issues, such asThe News of the World,which closed down after a court trial earlier this year.

Most countries have their national newspaper, as well as local newspapers too. Occasionally, you may read International newspapers too, such as The International Herald Tribune. They are sent out so far and wide to as long as Mumbai or Jerusalem, in various languages.

If you are a Brit, you may have heard of Fleet Street, in London. This is where in the 1900’s all the newspapers were printed and then sent out the next day. It is extremely famous for this reason.

Sometimes, Newspapers publish ‘fake’ stories or rumours about celebrities. Sometimes it is necessary to remember that they only do this to add interest. After all, would you really enjoy reading about politics or economics all the time? You can read these articles, but of course, if they are in the ‘gossip’ section, you need to remember that they have been over-exaggerated or may be a total lie.

Overall, newspapers make a massive difference to our life. They educate and inform us, they make us think, they make us smile and they keep us updated on almost anything.

An original photo (via Instagram) and article (via my brain!) love,

White x

Be ‘uncopyrightable’ because it is the only fifteen letter word which does not copy a letter.

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White x

Beauty on the inside also determines beauty on the out.
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West-end musicals

 Being in one of those families who is obsessed with going into the heart of London to see actors and actresses sing their hearts out, I thought that this would be something interesting to write about.

The west-end is thought to be the grandest level of theatre in the English-speaking globe. It all derives back from the English reformation, where theatre started to bloom in London. Playwrights, such as Shakespeare, often presented plays in numerous theatres. These began to flourish, and now, the technology, combined with the high-quality of live music is incorporated to make the plays that are performed today.

Some examples are ‘Wicked’, which is based on the story of the witches in the Wizard of Oz. This is a great scheme as because the classic Wizard of Oz is so popular, the storyline is easier to relate to. The longest running west-end show is Les Misérables, which my friends and I have gone to seen a number of times. One of the attractions about this musical, set in the streets Paris in the past, is that the actors sing through all of it, singing every conversation and thought. Recently, Matilda the musical won a record-breaking seven Olivier awards. Shrek the musical starred Kimberley Walsh, ex Girls Aloud member, which attracted many people to the show. I, in fact was extremely lucky to meet her backstage and get an autograph.

West-end shows feature special effects such as flying dragons and several scene changes, as well as sound effects and effective lighting. All this contributes to a phenomenon, which is highly recommended by both of us. Here are some links to marvellous musicals:

http://www.lesmis.com/tickets/

http://www.shrekthemusical.co.uk/tickets/book-tickets/

http://www.matildathemusical.com/ticket-information/book-tickets/

http://www.wickedthemusical.co.uk/buytickets.asp

http://www.mamma-mia.com/

http://www.thelionking.co.uk/

http://www.wewillrockyou.co.uk/

Love, White x

Write it down. That way, it will be in history forever.

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White x

The clouds holding the moon.
Original photography by White.
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The clouds holding the moon.

Original photography by White.

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White x

No matter how bumpy the ride, always look high and have pride.
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Nature speaks to us too- after all, what did this flower come in the shape of? Original photography by White.
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White x

Nature speaks to us too- after all, what did this flower come in the shape of? Original photography by White.

Love,

White x

Am I ready for a pet?

As much as you may love animals looking after one is not exactly the same. In this case we look on the animals’ side and its wellbeing. No matter how big or small the creature you have to realise that it is a living organism and that there are no second chances with life. Firstly, are you willing to take on this responsibility? Count every responsibility needed to take care of your pet, also listing the ones which involve you making sacrifices. With taking care of an animal you must treat it carefully, make it feel safe and be its friend. Also you have to be pretty responsible yourself because if you cannot take care of yourself than how can you be responsible for an animal? Anyway, my point is if you are not up for the responsibility then you are not really up for having a pet.

After debating whether or not to have a pet one may struggle to choose the right pet for the family/couple/person. Sometimes it is easy and other times hard, I first propose that you look at the circumstances of the dog, your family and your house. Make a decision of whether you are able to look after a big or small dog. Then perhaps choose the type of pet that suits your family, you may be strong headed about the animal you want but sometimes there can be a disagreement. To solve which pet to have when there is party of two, I think you should either vote or talk about it or decide whether if you would rather not have a pet.

Sometimes looking after a pet can have its challenges, expensive or not. With a pet you have to think about its essentials, now are you sure you can provide that? Food and water, toys, a nice home, and maybe regular check-ups to the vet. At the moment if you are not able to buys these things, I would wait, but then again it is your choice. Also remember that having a pet may take up a lot of your time, from walks to training sessions, so make sure you are able to give time to your pet.

Here are a few sites in which I recommend you buy/adopt a pet from:

http://www.dogstrust.org.uk/?gclid=CKqB_8fLtbECFSgntAod5TcAEQ

http://www.rspca.org.uk/home

http://www.cats.org.uk/adopt-a-cat/

http://www.bluecross.org.uk/1710/adopt-an-animal.html

I hope these websites can help or inspire you. I was inspired to write this article due to my love for animals.

Whether you are getting a pet now or in the future have fun and good luck.

Love Blue x

Animal Welfare

When was the last time you trampled on that ‘scary’ spider or that ‘annoying’ ant, just because of the small nuisance they caused you?

Sometimes we need to remember that animals have as much life in them as you have in you, and the world does not belong to you only. Animals are treated inequally or with disrespect worldwide, and numerous charities are trying to resolve this problem. Just because animals are not able to talk or some are not ‘cute’, does not mean they should be treated like this.

So, make a difference, organise an event for animal charities, volunteer at your local RSPCA, or simply be a little kinder to that little bug you next see.

Here are some charities which you can support:

www.rspca.org.uk

www.bluecross.org.uk

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_welfare

World Organisation for Animal Health http://www.oie.int/

World Society for the Protection of Animals http://www.wspa-international.org/

http://www.wspa.org.uk/

Love,

White x

Remember, every day is a new beginning, so a take a deep breath and start again. You may not be able to change you past but you can mend your future.
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