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“You Inspire Me” Engelbert Humperdinck

Engelbert Humperdinck (born Arnold George Dorsey; 2 May 1936) is an English pop singer. Humperdinck has been described as “one of the finest middle-of-the-road balladeers around.”[1] His singles “Release Me” and “The Last Waltz” both topped the UK music charts in 1967, and sold more than a million copies each.[2] In North America, he also had chart successes with “After the Lovin'” (1976) and “This Moment in Time” (1979). He has sold more than 150 million records worldwide.[citation needed]

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Vacationing Or Not, Put Some Magic Into Your Mornings

Vacationing Or Not, Put Some Magic Into Your Mornings

 
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The Most Terrifying Bed And Breakfast

The Most Terrifying Bed And Breakfast

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On Earth, and, at Sea: “The Frying Pan Tower” Coast Guard Light Station
The Frying Pan Tower is a Coast Guard Light Station located 34 miles off the coast (seaward) of (Cape Fear) North Carolina that is being restored with the assistance of people like you!

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view: Frying Pan Tower – Light Station – Southport NC

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The Frying Pan Tower is located out of sight of land in 50 ft. of clear blue Atlantic waters (lat & lon 33°29′N 77°35′W).

Closeup view: Frying Pan Tower – Light Station – Southport NC

It may not boast a spa, fancy dining or swimming pool, but this one-of-a-kind bed and breakfast in the Atlantic Ocean’s hurricane alley has everything guests need when they’re looking for solitude.

Frying Pan Lighthouse: A unique B&B for the true adventurer …

Guests decide what they want from the refrigerator, freezer and pantries, or from what

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Despite its remote location, the bed and breakfast has some of the comforts of home, including hot showers, electricity, wifi and a kitchen with stainless steel appliances.

Guests’ Quarters

Captain’s Quarters

A visit to the Frying Pan Tower is an unforgettable experience and a way to truly get away from it all while enjoying the loneliness and endless views of the sea. With no other structure or land in sight, guests feel like they’re in the middle of nowhere as they gaze at the open water and take in spectacular sunrises and sunsets, and stunning displays as stars glitter in the night sky. From $500 a person for two nights (the cost doesn’t include helicopter or boat transfers), there are eight bedrooms (five twin beds and three queen beds) and the accommodation is rustic and basic. Richard Neal, a software engineer from Charlotte, purchased the surplus station when it was auctioned by the US Coast Guard in 2010. In calmer times, guests can admire 360-degree views from a light tower or lower themselves to the ocean’s surface, where they can dive with sharks and turtles, or fish for lobster, black sea bass in waters warmed by the Gulf Stream. With the Gulf Stream close by, we often are pleasantly warm when it’s still cold onshore and mild when it’s too hot to walk on the sand at the beach so don’t let a great weekend go to waste, come be part of history!

https://youtu.be/WE31soltwVU

Despite its remote location, the bed and breakfast has some of the comforts of home, including hot showers, electricity, wifi and a kitchen with stainless steel appliances.

Guests’ Quarters

Captain’s Quarters

A visit to the Frying Pan Tower is an unforgettable experience and a way to truly get away from it all while enjoying the loneliness and endless views of the sea. With no other structure or land in sight, guests feel like they’re in the middle of nowhere as they gaze at the open water and take in spectacular sunrises and sunsets, and stunning displays as stars glitter in the night sky. From $500 a person for two nights (the cost doesn’t include helicopter or boat transfers), there are eight bedrooms (five twin beds and three queen beds) and the accommodation is rustic and basic. Richard Neal, a software engineer from Charlotte, purchased the surplus station when it was auctioned by the US Coast Guard in 2010. In calmer times, guests can admire 360-degree views from a light tower or lower themselves to the ocean’s surface, where they can dive with sharks and turtles, or fish for lobster, black sea bass in waters warmed by the Gulf Stream. With the Gulf Stream close by, we often are pleasantly warm when it’s still cold onshore and mild when it’s too hot to walk on the sand at the beach so don’t let a great weekend go to waste, come be part of history!

https://youtu.be/WE31soltwVU

 
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Before the Blind Date: Can the “Smell Tell”?

Before the Blind Date: Can the “Smell Tell”?

BECAUSE SOMEBODY HAS TO DO IT


I tried Smell Dating
and it’s less weird than you think…

As a single woman who is willing to try anything — well, almost anything — to meet my special someone,  I was intrigued by Smell Dating when I wrote about it back in February. The premise is this: For $25, Smell Dating sends you a t-shirt to wear for two nights and three days. No deodorant, no perfume, just your natural (sometimes) sweaty smell. Then you mail the (at this point, smelly) t-shirt back and in return you get samples of t-shirts worn by other people who have done the same thing. After a few big sniffs, you choose your favorite t-shirt smells on the Smell Dating website and if there’s a match, the service connects you over email. The rest — a date, marriage, lifelong love — is up to you.

I’ll admit that wearing a shirt for three days straight without deodorant or perfume, letting someone smell it, smelling theirs in return, and then going on a blind date, seemed like exactly the opposite of something I’d be into doing. However, after I found out that Smell Dating was only open to 100 people at a time in New York City, the exclusivity and urgency drew me in. Plus, it would probably make a pretty good story, right? (Maybe not one to tell my grandkids, but definitely when I’m trying to make people pay attention to me at parties.)

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After I had officially registered on the Smell Dating website, I gave all my friends fair warning.

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Luckily, I was wrong. I could shower. When the t-shirt arrived, it came with detailed instructions, and my adventure began.

Day One

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This is me feeling fun, fresh, and ready to find love in a much deeper v-neck than I expected.

Day Two

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This is me feeling proud that it had been two days and I didn’t smell! I tried to help the process by using my most aromatic LUSH products in the shower and spending a lot of time at a local coffee shop that specializes in Nutella drinks and baked goods.

Day Three

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This is me officially smelling bad and really wanting to take off the shirt now, please.

That night, I finally changed out of my shirt and sent it off, praying not only that it would bring me a whirlwind romance, but also that whoever smelled it wasn’t allergic to cats.

The Smell Test

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My Smell Dating samples arrived in little tightly-sealed bags, which we neatly displayed on the HelloGiggles office floor for the purposes of this photo. Then, I got to work, giving each bag a sniff. I sorted the samples into piles of “yes,” “maybe,” “no,” and for one particular sample, “hell no,” which I threw across the room.

The samples are pretty bare bones: All you get are a slice of t-shirt without any additional information than smell. It could belong to a man or a woman, so you have to throw your sexual orientation out the window for the moment and just listen to your primal instincts. When it came to smell, I wasn’t looking for a pleasant odor as much as I was just trying to eliminate the bad ones. I couldn’t pinpoint exactly what I liked about the ones I chose, but maybe that was the point.

Finally, I entered my choices in on the Smell Dating website and was soon told I had three matches. I reached out to one of my matches at random, who I’ll call James, and we set up a time to meet for drinks after work.

The Date

We met for drinks at a bar in between our offices that served mostly beer which, it turned out, he couldn’t drink because of allergies. James then spent a good five minutes trying to get me to eat an olive, despite the fact I do not want to eat olives, ever.

We talked about other things in between, like how we found out about the project (he, a friend; me, my job) and whether or not I was going to write about our date (“Maybe!”). I learned that James and I had very different approaches when it came to choosing our matches. He took detailed notes whereas I simply listened to my gut, and after we connected, he didn’t look me up on social media, whereas I did everything in my power to find him online and see what I was getting myself into.

It was a perfectly pleasant date and something I had never tried before. However, was it love? Can smell really predict romantic attraction?

Well, the next morning I received this text:

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If I had to guess, this was based solely on my adamant dislike of olives. More likely, though, it’s because we just didn’t click, as is the case with most blind dates, no matter how much you like how they smell.

The most important takeaway from my Smell Dating experience — other than that maybe body odor isn’t the best predictor of romantic success — is that I’m both charming and fun, and that’s something he, and nobody else, should ever forget.

Source: http://hellogiggles.com/lifestyle/smell-dating-blind-date/

 
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Sammie Jay – original song Killing Me Slowly

busking talent, street performance, voice, lyrics, music …oh wow!
When this amazing Barefoot Street Performer started singing, no one expected that! Sammie Jay blew away online audience with her busking talent, street performance, voice, lyrics, music and her original song Killing Me Slowly, However, audience were too busy shopping to stop and properly enjoy her beautiful voice and Amazing song from one of the top street performers in London. Many compare her style to Janis Joplin or Joss Stone. Some conspiracy theorists even believe that was shot against a Green Screen! :-)

Enjoy this amazing busking talent, original song and beautiful music. Where is Simon Cowell when he is needed !! or The Voice. YouTube.com

 
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“Tom Jones – “It’s Not Unusual” (With Lyrics)”

Sir Thomas John Woodward[1] OBE (born 7 June 1940), also known by his stage name Tom Jones, is a Welsh singer. His career has spanned six decades, from his emergence as a vocalist in the mid-1960s with a string of top hits, regular touring, appearances in Las Vegas (1967–2011), and career comebacks—to coaching on The Voice UK from 2012 (with the exception of 2016).[2] Jones’s powerful voice has been described as a “full-throated, robust baritone”.[3]

His performing range has included pop, R&B,

included pop, R&B, show tunes, country, dance, soul and gospel. In 2008, the New York Times called Jones a musical “shape shifter”,[4] who could “slide from soulful rasp to pop croon, with a voice as husky as it was pretty”.[4] Jones has sold over 100 million records with thirty-six Top 40 hits in the United Kingdom and nineteen in the United States, including “It’s Not Unusual”, “What’s New Pussycat”, “Delilah”, “Green, Green Grass of Home”, “She’s a Lady”, “Kiss”, and “Sex Bomb”.[5]

Jones has also occasionally dabbled in acting, making his debut playing the leading role in the 1979 television film Pleasure Coveas well as playing himself in Tim Burton’s 1996 film Mars Attacks![6][7] In 2012, he played a dramatic role in an episode of Playhouse Presents.[8]

Jones received a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1966, an MTV Video Music Award in 1989, and two Brit Awards: Best British Male in 2000 and the Outstanding Contribution to Music award in 2003. Jones was awarded an OBE in 1999 and in 2006 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to music.

 
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“Billie Jean – Michael Jackson”

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Billie Jean” is a song by American singer Michael Jackson, released in January 1983 as the second single from his sixth album Thriller(1982). It was written and composed by Jackson and produced by Quincy Jones and Jackson. “Billie Jean” was one of the best-selling singles of 1983 and became the biggest-selling single for Jackson as a solo artist. It helped propel Thriller to the status of best-selling album of all time. In the United States, the song stayed at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks. It also reached number one in the United Kingdom and several other European countries, and reached the top-ten in many other countries. The song was awarded numerous honors, including two Grammy Awards and an American Music Award. “Billie Jean” also remains a critical favorite; in 2004 Rolling Stone magazine placed it at number 58 on its list of the 500 greatest songs of all time

The song is about a woman, Billie Jean, who had spent a night of passion with the narrator and now claims that the narrator is the father of her newborn son; he insists that “the kid is not my son”, although the song leaves open the possibility that he is indeed the father. Jackson stated that the song was based on girls who had made the same claim about his older brothers, when he toured with them as part of The Jackson 5. However, some have theorized that the song is based on Jackson’s own experience with a crazed fan.

The song’s spare, bass-driven arrangement helped to pioneer what one critic called “sleek, post-soul pop music”.[1] It also introduced a more paranoid lyrical style for Jackson, which would became a trademark of his later music. The choreography and costume that Jackson adopted for performances of “Billie Jean” would become widely admired and imitated. He premiered them on the TV special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, which aired in May 1983; his performance of “Billie Jean” won great acclaim, and was nominated for an Emmy Award. That performance introduced a number of elements which would become indelibly associated with Jackson, including the moonwalk dance move and wearing a single white sequined glove.

The song’s music video, directed by Steve Barron, played a large role in the early history of the cable channel MTV. It was the first video by a black artist to be aired on MTV in heavy rotation. Also, the video, along with the two other videos produced for Thriller, helped to cement the channel’s cultural importance, by establishing a well-crafted music video as an integral part of the marketing of any pop single.

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