45 cents

THE SIGNS AS PUNS
  • Aries: Shout out to the people that don’t know what the opposite of in is!
  • Taurus: I had a crazy dream last night. I was swimming in an ocean of orange soda. Turns out it was just a Fanta sea...
  • Gemini: My sister bet that I couldn’t build a car out of spaghetti. You should’ve seen her face when I drove pasta..
  • Cancer: I used to hate maths but then I realized decimals have a point.
  • Leo: I’m close friends with 25 letters of the alphabet, I don’t know y...
  • Virgo: I don’t trust stairs because they’re always up to something...
  • Libra: What kind of concert only costs 45 cents? A 50 Cent concert featuring Nickelback.
  • Scorpio: Had an argument with my friend 5 years after i super glued his phone to his hand, he just couldn’t let it go...
  • Sagittarius: I want to be cremated as it is my last hope for a smoking hot body.
  • Capricorn: What do you do when you are cold? Stay in the corner, it’s about 90 degrees there.
  • Aquarius: Did you hear about the restaurant on the moon? I heard the food was good, but it had no atmosphere.
  • Pisces: Rick Astley will let you borrow any of his Pixar collection DVDs but he will never give you Up.
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  • *CREDS TO THE BLOG JUST-BAD-PUNS FOR THESE AMAZE PUNS*

Jin: what concert costs only 45 cents
Yoongi: um… What?
Jin: 50 cent featuring nickelback *windshield wiper laugh*
Yoongi: you know if you told those fucking jokes at a concert we wouldn’t even make 45 cents in ticket sales, even I wouldn’t come

MY DATE WITH THE McCARTNEYS

Do you know how to work the washing machine, Sir Paul? Can I have a discount, Stella? Will you adopt me, Mary? Deborah Ross meets Macca and his girls to celebrate Linda’s legacy – and leaves wishing she could be one of the family

MAY 6, 2017 (Robert Wilson/The Times).- So, off to meet Stella McCartney (fashion designer), Mary McCartney (photographer and food writer) and their father, Sir Paul McCartney, who was once in some band or other, back in the day. (It may come to me.) I had previously been asked: did I wish to meet Stella and Mary and also Sir Paul, who was in some band or other, back in the day? I said, “Yes,” and, “You bet,” and, “Is Stella generous with discount cards if you suck up enough?”
So I was committed, prior to realising the proposed encounter had “poisoned” and “chalice” written all over it, as it would be strictly about the 25th anniversary of the Linda McCartney frozen food range, and Linda’s legacy in this regard, with any other subject being verboten. Also, it would be brief. (Forty-two minutes, as it turns out.) But I was determined to look on the bright side, as in: is Stella generous with discount cards if you suck up really, really quickly?

Armed with “Talking Points for Deborah Ross”, as helpfully provided by the PR people involved – “Paul, Stella and Mary continue to be heavily involved in the day-to-day activity of the brand …” – I make my way to the appointed venue, a house in Soho in London that belongs, I believe, to a friend of Mary’s. It is wonderfully stylish inside, all mid-century modern, but it is tiny, and when I arrive there is barely space to take a breath. The photographer and the photographer’s assistants are still knocking about. The Linda McCartney Foods PR is here, as is Paul’s press person. There are various factotums doing this and that and putting a lunch together. I ascend the stairs – out of the way, top-flight journalist with Talking Points coming through! – to find Paul on the top landing. He isn’t doing that thumbs-up thing – he is sometimes known as Paul “thumbs aloft” McCartney – but does have open arms and is saying, “Hello, Deborah,” which is nice, and superfriendly, and does makes me wish that, in return, I could think of that band. (It may yet come to me. Do you know it?)
They are a striking-looking family. Mary, 47, is darkly pretty. Stella, 45, is 82 per cent eyes. (And also pretty. I’m not playing favourites here.) Meanwhile, Paul, 74, has brown hair and looks fresh as a daisy in a crisp, white shirt and a deep navy suit, both by Stella McCartney. “It’s my new menswear,” says Stella. “He’s my male model.” They are all wearing Stella McCartney because, as Paul says, “We had our instructions.” I say to Stella that I apologise in advance should I happen to call her “Stelvis”, because I’ve a niece called Stella, who has always been known as “Stelvis”. “Why?” she asks. I don’t know. It’s a bit funny, I suppose. “Right.” Sometimes she’s also known as “Stelton John”, I could have said, but instead I opt for: “And are you still heavily involved in the day-to-day activity of the brand?” They confirm that they are. (I think I pulled that back, and still have, “Does the brand have exciting consumer-facing events planned for National Vegetarian Week?” up my sleeve.)
Some would say vegetarian food has evolved since Linda McCartney founded her frozen ready-meal brand, that it has moved on from textured vegetable protein and meat facsimiles, but I don’t know. If your household is non-meat and you come in late and tired, or your kids truck up with friends, what are you going to want to do? Whip some McCartney “burgers” out of the freezer or embark on an Ottolenghi featuring 72 ingredients, several of which you’ve never heard of? (Some of those recipes “run to five pages”, confirms Mary.) It remains the bestselling frozen-food range of its kind – sit on that, Quorn! – and I have to say that, when I cooked a load at home, to see what it was like, the “sausage rolls” went down brilliantly well. “People can’t tell the difference,” says Mary. “I think they are amazing. The meat in sausage rolls is so overprocessed. Is it really meat? Or just eyeballs?”
As it happens, I found a copy of Linda McCartney’s first vegetarian cookbook – Home Cooking, published in 1989 – knocking about my house. I know I have used it down the years, particularly the recipe for beetroot with dill and sour cream. “That’s Mum’s Russian-Jewish heritage coming in,” says Mary.
“Borscht,” says Paul, gnomically.
“Borscht didn’t even exist in this country at that time,” says Mary. “Or quiche. We didn’t have quiche in Britain in that day and age.”
“It depended what class you were from,” says Paul. “3A or 3B.”
“This idea,” says Mary, “that Mum took things people weren’t eating in this country and had the courage to write a book and be ridiculed.”
“It was for one reason,” says Paul. “She loved, loved, loved animals. People would see something a bit creepy, like a frog or something, and they’d go, ‘Ewww,’ and Linda would always say, ‘Its mummy loves it.’ ”
“And you can’t argue with that,” says Stella.
I put it to them that Linda was truly a pioneer, no question, but I am not convinced by the recipe for spaghetti omelette. “My kids love it,” says Stella. On the other hand, it could work, I add, really, really quickly.
Home Cooking was, in fact, Bloomsbury’s bestselling book until Harry Potter came along. But finding a publisher was not easy initially. Linda wrote it with food author Peter Cox, and as he is quoted as saying, in Philip Norman’s biography of Paul, “I went to see one woman who was supposedly a legend in the industry, and who always wore white gloves to the office. She told me a vegetarian cookbook couldn’t possibly sell unless it had some chicken in it.”
“That,” says Paul, “was the climate of the time. There wasn’t vegetarian food. There was one restaurant, Cranks, which Yehudi Menuhin was something to do with, and I always thought that was kind of funny, that he called it Cranks. It was kind of self-deprecating and I liked that.” Was it good? “I never went there as I wasn’t vegetarian then.” I guess we’ll never know.
I say the other thing Peter Cox said is that, throughout the writing process, he kept a copy of Jane Asher’s bestselling book on cakes to hand, so that whenever Linda’s attention flagged, as it was wont to do, he’d take it out and start flicking through it with great interest, and that brought her back into the room. Paul laughs and claps, while Stella says, “That is very funny … Would bring her back into the room!”
We then flick through Linda’s book while I comment on the dated photography, which makes everything look so … dingily brown. The “macaroni turkey” – a substitute for a Christmas turkey, sculpted from macaroni – looks especially worrying. “You had to make it because you couldn’t get a vegetarian turkey at Christmas,” says Paul. “It was great,” says Stella. I can now see it could be great, I say, really, really quickly.
And do you remember Linda writing it? “She would have Peter Cox round,” says Paul, “and quite often I’d be in the kitchen, because I was just there, and she’d cook something.” And then photograph it in brown? “And then she’d photograph it in brown.”
“Mum,” says Stella, “was instinctive in the way she cooked, and Peter had to stop her.”
“He’d say,” continues Paul, “ ‘Just before you put that in, let me measure it.’ ”
“I remember,” says Mary, “making a stew and thinking, ‘This tastes rubbish,’ and I phoned Mum and the extra thing was celery.” “Celery is critical,” adds Stella. “She would start all her soups with celery,” says Paul. “Mum and celery, it’s true,” concludes Stella.
Linda – who died of breast cancer in 1998 – was, indeed, ridiculed for her vegetarianism, as all the McCartneys have been. Oh no, here they come, the bloody McCartneys, banging on about not killing cows, and now fish, too. “At the end of the day, what people are forgetting to talk about is fish,” says Stella. “We need to be aware that fish is a stealth industry,” says Mary.
But they’ve proved themselves menschen, have kept at it, haven’t caved on their principles, or gone away quietly. “Almost a third of land is used for livestock production,” Stella might say. “Ninety-five per cent of soya is grown for farm animals,” Paul might add. “The reality of the conversation is that it has to become political,” Mary might further add.
But more and more people have come round to their way of thinking, which must be satisfying. “When I was a child and we said we were vegetarian it was a case of, ‘Why don’t you kill animals to eat them?’ I was the outsider, and you did meet a lot of aggression and anger. But now the landscape is changing,” says Mary. I ask if they’ve seen Simon Amstell’s Carnage, which puts the best case against meat-eating ever. Not yet, they say. You should, I say. They will, they promise. I can’t believe I had to alert you to it, I say. How have you all managed without me for so long? “I’m all for shadowing you and just absorbing,” says Mary. I’m busy, but might be able to fit you in for an afternoon, as a favour. “Thanks,” she says.
I am quite interested in Paul’s food memories. As a working-class boy from Liverpool, when did you first encounter an avocado, say? “I was in Soho,” he remembers, “and we went to a restaurant with George Martin. We were all slightly mystified by the menu and I thought, ‘I can do this,’ so I ordered an avocado pear for dessert, because I’m thinking pear melba, or maybe it’s going to be like stewed pears, and this sniffy Italian waiter said, ‘That is not a dessert, sir.’ I said, ‘Yeah, I know that. Just kidding you.’ I was about 21.”
“And your dad,” says Stella, “brought you back bananas, didn’t he? Because he worked in the cotton trade.”
“It was after the war,” says Paul, “when nobody had had bananas, and he brought some back and said, ‘Look! Bananas!’ We’d never seen them or tried them or anything, and we didn’t like them. He was annoyed.”
And was your mum a good cook? “Yeah, in the traditional way. I ate what everyone else ate growing up. There was no variation. You knew that if you went to a friend’s house it would be the same as at your house. Just like us, they would have mandarin oranges from a tin with Carnation milk. That was very well accepted.”
After you left home and before Linda, would you have cooked? “I lost my mother when I was 14, so there was my dad, my brother and me. My dad would drop into the Cavern where we were playing at lunchtime and he’d say, ‘Here’s tonight’s meal, son,’ and he’d leave me a few chops. I’d get home before him so I’d grill the chops and do mashed potato.”
“It’s always his job, the mash,” says Stella.
Are you competent in other domestic areas, Paul? Could you work a washing machine? “No, I can’t.”
“But,” says Stella, “you can hand-wash in a sink with soap.”
“When we were on tour you did do your socks, because they would get a bit smelly,” confirms Paul. “So before you’d go to bed you’d give them a good rub in the hotel sink, with the little soap, then rinse them out and hang them on the radiator.” I think he is referring back to when he was in that band, whatever it was.
They do miss Linda dreadfully. We meet just before Mother’s Day, and I think they wouldn’t have been willing to say how much they still miss her if I hadn’t mentioned it’s a hard time to get through when you’ve lost your mother, as I have, and there’s all this stuff in the shops. They do it because, much as I’ve been joking around, they are, clearly, kindly people. “You definitely notice it,” says Mary. “I also notice mums and daughters walking down the street and you know they are having a lunch or a shop and are having that little moment.”
“At the end of the day,” says Stella, “for a fraction of a second, I think I can’t believe Mum hasn’t called me today.”
“You did that recently?” asks Paul. “That’s normally the first year, when that happens a lot.
“A friend has just lost her husband and I was saying to her, ‘You think he’s going to walk in the door, don’t you?’ And she said, ‘Yes.’ ”
“You’re going to get me going,” says Stella.
“But look at Mum’s achievements,” counters Mary. “They are so relevant. The balls she had. I am so proud she left a legacy and that she is in each and every one of us.”
Stella adds that she gets it in the neck “for not using fur or leather in my career”, but she doesn’t care. Is grateful to her mother, in fact, “for giving me the spectacles that have allowed me to have a point of view”.
The PRs are madly trying to wind us up now so, as she’s mentioned her fashion range, I decide I’m just going to have to come out with it straight, so I do: can I get a discount? “Yes,” she says, adding, almost with a wink, “and Stelvis.” We’ve bonded. I’ve arrived.
Typically, I then push my luck. I could be up for adoption, I say to them all. I would make a good McCartney. I would bring my own celery. And I’d bring your Jewish quotient zooming back up. “My wife [Nancy Shevell] is Jewish,” says Paul. Decent cook? “No, bless her. When we married she was intimidated by Linda’s reputation, so she said, ‘I’m a lousy cook.’”
“She’s a very good orderer,” says Stella. “She is a very good orderer,” confirms Paul.
They’re half out the door, but time for one last question. Paul, were you in some band or other, back in the day? “Yes. The Quarrymen.” Were you any good? “Damned good. Great little band.” Never heard of them. Sorry.

Deborah Ross has since given up meat
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Photos: Robert Wilson
Shoot credits Stella McCartney: Make-up Jane Bradley, hair Lewis Pallett

Donating from the Dollar Store

If you, like me, want to donate needed items to hurricane victims but are also on a strict budget and unable to spend much outside of it, I spent the day wandering around between stores and comparing prices so you don’t have to.

Before we begin, some foolish assumptions: this post assumes you have equal access to a dollar store and a super center/grocery (in my case, Dollar Tree and Wal-Mart).  It also assumes that your goal in donating is to get as much as possible to as many people as possible.  I.E., you’d be looking for the best deal on multiple rolls of toothpaste, not looking for the cheapest individual tube.  This post also only covers toiletries, such as toothpaste, deodorant, and shaving cream.  It does not cover food items or clothing.  I am also aware that super centers and groceries have sale periods for items, so what the products cost when I checked may not always be the case.  But I figure if you’re trying to donate for Hurricane Harvey, you’ll be doing so sooner rather than later, so the prices ought to stay fairly accurate.  Finally, I’m not factoring in any coupons a shopper might have.

What You Should Buy at the Dollar Store:

  • Brushes: Generally, I tried to find items in bulk, but I could only find individual brushes at either store.  Dollar Tree had the cheapest at a dollar a pop, while Wal-Mart’s cheapest brush was $1.98.
  • Body Spray: Dollar Tree’s best deal was one dollar for a 3.36 oz. can, or 30 cents an ounce.  Wal-Mart had a two pack of 6 oz. bottles for 6.47, or 54 cents an ounce.  Four bottles of the Dollar Tree spray would be cheaper than one Wal-Mart two pack, and more people could use them.
  • Combs: A 12 pack of combs cost one dollar at Dollar Tree.  The Wal-Mart 12 pack cost $2.57.
  • Dental Floss: One dollar for 115 yards at Dollar Tree vs. 98 cents for 66 yards at Wal-Mart.
  • Diaper Rash Cream: The only tube at my Dollar Tree was 4 oz. for a dollar.  At Wal-Mart, the best deal was 16 oz. for 7.97, or 50 cents an ounce.  Dollar Tree’s cream is a quarter an ounce.  4 tubes of the Dollar Tree cream, even with sales tax, still gives you 16 oz. for less than Wal-Mart.
  • Disposable Razors: Dollar Tree’s largest pack of disposable razors was ten for a dollar, ten cents per razor and double-bladed.  Wal-Mart had a pack of twelve disposable double-bladed razors for 1.88, 16 cents per razor.
  • Individual Hand Sanitizer Bottles: At Dollar Tree, I found a three pack of 2 oz. hand sanitizer bottles for a dollar.  At Wal-Mart, the only pack of sanitizers I could find cost 3.77 for three 1 oz. bottles.  3 oz. hand sanitizer bottles at Wal-Mart were 97 cents a piece, which is about 32 cents per ounce.  The Dollar Tree three pack was around 16 cents per ounce.
  • Lip Balm: Two Chapstick-sized tubes at Dollar Tree sold together for a dollar.  A three-pack of Chapstick at Wal-Mart was 2.94.
  • Shampoo: Dollar Tree had a 32 oz. 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner bottle for a dollar.  Wal-Mart had a 30 oz. bottle of shampoo for 1.94.  The largest bottle of just shampoo at the Dollar Tree was 15 oz. for a dollar, around .07 cents per ounce.  The 30 oz. Walmart bottle was .06 cents an ounce, and I feel one more cent per ounce is pretty much a wash, even with sales tax.
  • Shaving Cream: Wal-Mart had a two pack of 8 oz. bottles for 3.54, 22 cents an ounce.  A single bottle at Dollar Tree was one dollar for 12 ounces, 8 cents per ounce.  
  • Stick Deodorant: The largest bar of deodorant I could find at the Dollar Tree was 2.5 oz. and cost one dollar.  The best deal on stick deodorant I could find at Wal-Mart was a two pack of 2.5 oz. sticks for 3.48.  Buying two sticks at the dollar store would be cheaper.
  • Toilet Paper:  Wal-Mart has twenty-four rolls of 2-ply toilet paper for $10.72, 45 cents per roll.  Dollar Tree sells four rolls of 2-ply for one dollar, 25 cents per roll.  Even with sales tax, four of the Dollar Tree packs are cheaper than one of the Wal-Mart packs.

What You Can Buy at the Dollar Store:

  • Adult Toothbrushes: A six pack of soft adult toothbrushes from Dollar Tree costs a dollar.  A six pack of soft adult toothbrushes from Wal-Mart costs the same.
  • Denture Adhesive: I actually couldn’t find any at my local Dollar Tree.  Of course, had I been able to, I know it would have cost a dollar per tube.  A 2.4 oz. tube at Wal-Mart was $2.32, so an equally sized tube at Dollar Tree would be better.  Even a smaller tube might have a better price per ounce.
  • Hand Lotion: The Dollar Tree had a 7.5 oz. bottle of Jergens hand lotion for one dollar.  The cheapest bottle of hand lotion at Wal-Mart was $3.58 for two ounces.  However, the biggest bottle of body lotion in general at Wal-Mart was 32 oz. for $3.38, or 11 cents an ounce.  Compared to the 13 cents per ounce for the Dollar Tree bottle, Wal-Mart has the better deal unless you need hand lotion only and specifically.
  • Toothpaste: Dollar Tree’s biggest tube of toothpaste was 8 oz. for one dollar, 13 cents an ounce.  Wal-Mart had a three pack of 8 oz. toothpaste for 4.95, 21 cents an ounce.  Three rolls of Dollar Tree toothpaste would be cheaper.  However, Dollar Tree’s biggest tube of toothpaste was a generic, while Wal-Mart’s three pack was a name brand, Colgate. If you’re concerned about the toothpaste’s effectiveness or quality of ingredients, you might choose to spend the extra dollar or so for the brand. 

What You Shouldn’t Buy at the Dollar Store:

  • Baby Diapers: Dollar Tree only had diapers in packs of three.  The biggest package at Wal-Mart was 160 diapers for $16.12.  While it’s technically cheaper per diaper at Dollar Tree, it would cost you more to buy enough Dollar Tree packs to equal the number of diapers in the Wal-Mart box.
  • Baby Powder: At Dollar Tree, baby powder was one dollar for 9 oz., 11 cents per ounce.  Wal-Mart had 15 oz. of baby powder for $1.58.  That’s also 11 cents per ounce, but you’re getting six more ounces.
  • Children’s Toothbrushes: A three pack of soft children’s brushes was a dollar at Dollar Tree.  A five pack at Wal-Mart was also a dollar.
  • Children’s Disposable Nighttime Underpants: I couldn’t find any of these at Dollar Tree.  There were infant diapers and adult diapers, but nothing in between.  At Wal-Mart, it was $16.47 for 34 S/M pairs or for 27 L/XL pairs.
  • Incontinence Pads: Dollar Tree had unisex pads in packs of ten for one dollar, or ten cents per pad.  Women’s pads at Wal-Mart were $14.34 for 45, and men’s were 52 for 9.54.  While the cost is more per pad with the Wal-Mart versions, they are designed to have more protection in specific needed areas by sex, and so are better absorbent.  They are also likely made of more durable and higher quality materials.
  • Menstrual Pads: Maxi pads at Dollar Tree are twenty to a package for one dollar, five cents per pad.  A package of 45 maxi pads at Wal-Mart is 4.99, 11 cents per pad.  However, literally every review I’ve ever found for dollar store pads warns that they leak, they don’t stay adhered, or they adhere too well and can actually tear underwear.  This is one of those instances where quality is the most important thing.
  • Tampons: The Dollar Tree had a box of 8 tampons for a dollar, thirteen cents apiece.  Wal-Mart sells a box of 54 for 5.27, ten cents a piece.
  • Tissues:  The Dollar Tree sells one box of 160 tissues for a dollar, about one cent per tissue.  Wal-Mart sells a 6 pack of Kleenex boxes, 160 tissues each, for 7.72.  That also comes out to one cent per tissue, but for six times the product.
  • Wet Wipes: Dollar Tree had thirty-two wipes per pack for a dollar, three cents per wipe.  Wal-Mart’s best deal was 5 packs of 48 wipes each for 6.28, also three cents per wipe for nearly eight times as many wipes.
South African nine-year-old becomes third HIV infected child to go into remission

A South African nine-year-old is the world’s third child born with HIV to go into remission, scientists have said.

The child has had a healthy immune system for more than eight years after receiving a short course of treatment in early life, according to a new study.

Researchers believe aggressive treatment soon after infection could enable long-term remission of the disease – which, if it lasts, would be a form of cure for the deadly virus.

HIV-positive individuals must take daily antiretroviral drugs (ART) for their whole lives to control the infection’s progression.

But experts were surprised by the results of the clinical trial, presented at a conference in Paris, which appears to have left the child with no need for medication.

The study was sponsored by the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which previously found that early treatment helped babies survive.

Researchers did not identify the minor but said they started on HIV drugs when they were two months old and stopped 40 weeks later.

Tests when the child was nine and a half years old found signs of the virus in a small number of immune system cells, but none capable of reproducing.

The child does not have a gene mutation that gives natural resistance to HIV infection, the researchers said, so remission seems likely due to the early treatment.

Experts have stressed the case is extremely rare, and does not suggest a simple path to a future cure for Aids, which killed an estimated 1.1 million people worldwide in 2015.

Linda-Gail Bekker, president of the International Aids Society, said the study raises the “interesting notion that maybe treatment isn’t for life” but was “clearly a rare phenomenon”.

“It’s a case that raises more questions than it necessarily answers,” she told Reuters.

So far, similar results have been seen in two other children, one in the US and another in France.

A French woman who was born with HIV and is now around 20 has had her infection under control despite no HIV medication since she was around six years old.

And the infection was suppressed in a baby born with the virus in Mississippi in 2010 for 27 months after stopping treatment before it reappeared in her blood. She was able to control the virus again after treatment resumed.

Around 18 million people – half of all those living with HIV around the world – take ART, which can cause unpleasant side effects.

These drugs could in future be replaced with six yearly injections that slowly and continuously release HIV medication into the blood, scientists also revealed in separate research.

At least a dozen adults have had remissions lasting for years after stopping HIV medication.

A study under way now is testing whether treating HIV-infected newborns within two days of birth can control the virus later after treatment stops.

It started in 2014 in South America, Haiti, Africa and the United States, and some of the earliest participants might be able to experiment with stopping treatment later this year.

Access to drugs and fewer people being infected with HIV have led to a steep fall in the number of deaths related to the virus, according to the World Health Organisation. In 2015, 45 per cent fewer people died of the virus compared to in 2005.

Dr Michael Brady, medical director of the Terrence Higgins Trust, said the case report was “really interesting” and called for further research into the phenomenon.

“Early HIV therapy, in both children and adults, has been shown to reduce some of the damage to the immune system that HIV causes in the first few weeks and months of infection,” he said.

“If we can understand this mechanism better it will hopefully lead to novel treatment strategies and, maybe one day, a cure.

“Further research is needed, but this case adds to the hope that, one day, we may be able to prevent the need for life-long therapy with a short course of early HIV treatment in infancy.

“For now, however, early diagnosis and life-long treatment for HIV remain our best options for fighting the epidemic.”

!!A LOT OF THE NUMBERS ARE GUESSTIMATE BECAUSE REBUBBLE WON’T LET ME UPLOAD NEW WORKS OR LOAD MY EXISTING WORKS!!

Ok serious talk, if you’re able to make your own stickers instead of having to use a website like say, Redbubble, then please do.

Why?

Redbubble changes the price of a product depending on how much of the percentage you want to earn. (I.e. you want 50% of profit) 
A reasonable price for stickers is $2 (which is like 10% profit or so)
“But what does that mean?”
 That means you the artist will get paid in dirt. A measly .45 some cents.

Right now I have my own stickers set at like 100 some%, that makes the public price $4+ dollars just so I can get $2 back.

THAT’S TOO EXPENSIVE FOR A SMALL 2″ STICKER

And get this, most of your sales (if you’re lucky) will come from like “If you bought this, you’ll like this” recommendations to customers and that’s usually to apply a discount.
Now you’re small .45 cents will now be .23 cents.

Redbubble is shit and you deserve better.

Now, if you don’t have the essentials to make your own and you have no other way besides Redbubble and other similar sites to make your stuff, that’s ok. I understand the struggle. 
But please, do try to find a way to eventually make your own because
 you deserve so much more for your work!

independent.co.uk
Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere hit alarming new high, says UN
The unprecedented levels of CO2 could lead to dangerous rises in sea levels and temperatures.

The amount of carbon dioxide in the air is growing at alarming rates and is now at levels not seen for millions of years, according to the UN.

The dangerous levels of CO2 could fuel a dramatic rise in sea levels and add three degrees to temperatures, its World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said.

Levels are accelerating far faster than before, with last year’s growth more than 50 per cent above the average for the last decade. That has led CO2 levels to rise 45 per cent above pre-industrial levels and further outside the range of 180-280ppm seen in recent cycles of ice ages and warmer periods.

As far as anyone can tell, the world has never experienced a rise in CO2 levels as quick or intense as this. The increase has happened 100 times faster than when the world was emerging from the last ice age.

“Today’s CO2 concentration of around 400ppm exceeds the natural variability seen over hundreds of thousands of years,” the WMO bulletin said.

The latest data adds to the urgency of a meeting in Bonn next month, when environment ministers from around the world will work on guidelines for the Paris climate accord backed by 195 countries in 2015.

The agreement is already under pressure because US President Donald Trump has said he plans to pull the United States out of the deal, which seeks to limit the rise in temperatures to “well below” 2°C (3.6F) above pre-industrial times.

Human CO2 emissions from sources such as coal, oil, cement and deforestation reached a record in 2016, and the El Nino weather pattern gave CO2 levels a further boost, the WMO said.

Scientists know prehistoric levels from tiny air bubbles found in ancient Antarctic ice cores, and they can derive even older data from fossils and chemicals trapped in sediment.

The last time carbon dioxide levels reached 400 ppm was three to five million years ago, in the mid-Pliocene era.

“During that period, global mean surface temperatures were two degrees warmer than today, ice sheets in Greenland and West Antarctica melted and even parts of East Antarctica’s ice retreated, causing the sea level to rise 10-20m higher than that today,” the WMO bulletin said.

Since 1990, the global warming effect of CO2 and other long-lived greenhouse gases has risen by 40 per cent. The two other main gases – methane and nitrous oxide – also grew to record concentrations last year, although at a slower rate of increase than carbon dioxide.

anonymous asked:

I'm sorry for your loss, at least he's in a better place now... Now bear with me here, I'm not the best at cheering people up but please accept song dumb and terrible puns. Ahem... Rick Astley will let you borrow any of his Pixar dvds but he will never give you Up! What kind of concert only costs 45 cents? A 50 Cent concert featuring Nickelback! I'm sorry if these were terrible, but I hope you feel better soon :3

At this point I’m allergic to Rick Astley

anonymous asked:

I would really love to get into embroidery but im a bit overwhelmed by the materials! Can you recommend any online sites best to buy the basic materials? Also, love your work, youre inspiring me to get my hands a bit messy :) xxxxx

Awesome! I don’t have any online recommendations, but the nice thing about embroidery is you don’t really need all that much to start, and the basics are pretty cheap! I’m not sure where you are in the world, but if you have a local fabric/craft/sewing shop they should have everything you need. I went to Michael’s. And if you check out a how-to book or online tutorials, they should have some recommendations on supplies, but here are the basics I started with:

-Simple sturdy fabric. I’m not exactly sure what I got, I think it’s a cotton muslin or similar, but it was 4$ a yard (and you can do a lot of embroidery on a yard). Some that I started with originally was pretty thin and see-trough, so maybe pay attention to that when you pick something out. Also, if you have any old clothes you want to get rid of that could be another source.

-An embroidery hoop- about 2 or 3 dollars. I really like the plastic ones for working on as they seem to hold tighter, but they only come is random super bright colors, or pastel, so the wood looks better for presentation. 

-Embroidery needles- about 2$ or less for a pack.

-Embroidery floss- I use the DMC brand, it looked the most familiar and had the most colors. 45 cents per- I’m not even sure what to call the way they sell it… skein?- shockingly low for someone used to buying colored pencils or paint by the color. And you maybe want some of those little cards to wrap the thread around- about 2$.

-Water-erasable marker- you could probably also use a pencil if you’re just trying things out, but these are really useful! But most expensive item at 5$. 

That’s about all I bought the first time I went out to get supplies to experiment with. The total was about 20$, which is not a terrible investment if you want to try something. I have since gotten somewhat enthusiastic and maybe over-invested… so some other nice useful items if you’re going to do a lot of it-

-Embroidery scissors- much sharper and smaller so you can get closer to the stitches and have more control. 8-20$

-Seam-ripper- These are magic! Like an undo button, but, real. 2$

- Small jewelry pliers- The fabric I use is thick and sometimes the needle gets really difficult to pull through when there are a lot of dense stitches… This is maybe not supposed to happen, but so it goes. 5$

-All the colors of thread!! I got a bit enthusiastic about this one. 

-Beads! I’m going to try some things with these… because well, there was a sale, and now I have a lot of them. 

-The numbered label stickers for the thread. You can write these on.. But I am lazy and the pen kept wiping off.

-A lightbox to trace your design onto your fabric, you can also use a window+sun.

-Some sort of box to organize it all. 

There’s the list. I’m not at all super knowledgeable about it, but that’s where I started. Hope that helps!

A BRIEF HISTORY OF DAVID N. DONIHUE

Poster from 1999 play by underground writer / director David N. Donihue

Below is a collection of works and hard to find memorabilia taken from 20 years of Donihue’s writing and directing of poems, plays, films and music videos. Below is taken from a series of articles and a couple photos from Donihue’s own private collection.

Donihue was born in rural Eastern Washington and raised near the Green River Killer in Auburn, Washington. He started writing plays that were performed for 45 cents in his back yard and local parks when he was as young as seven. His first film was made when he was eleven, utilizing a rented video camera and two borrowed VCR’s with stereo cables. His father was a pastor. His mother, a well known Christian Devotional author. 

The controversial writer got his first negative reviews at the age of 15, when he was nearly expelled from his conservative town’s high school for writing the below story -


MR. CLOWN (1990, Age 15)

Mr. Clown was a happy clown.
He loved making children happy.
And they were happy and the parents were happy.
And everyone was happy.

Until Mr. Clown realized he could no longer please children.

They wanted to be transformers and deformers and things with no form whatsoever.
And so then the children were unhappy and the parents were unhappy.

Until Mr. Clown decided to blow himself up into many little pieces and then
the children were happy and the parents were happy and Mr. Clown never had to be sad again.

The End.


Donihue handled the rejection of his early art well yet refused to take another writing course again. It should be noted, he was later nominated for a Film Fare Award for his writing on Parzania, the highest honors in India and one of the largest international awards one can receive. The film, was an anti-religious violence piece.

By his mid teens, Donihue was writing feature length plays. During these years, Donihue began to work graveyard shifts at a local college radio station, KGRG-FM, as an overnight DJ.

There, he became obsessed with experimental music and film, and directed a series of student films. These included Anthony’s Apocalypse and Inside Anthony’s World. During this era, at age 18, he wrote Hold My Hand & Tell Me I’m Not Insane, a comedy-drama about a young playwright whose scripts follow his life, yet later dictate it. The play was produced in Seattle with its premiere at the Scottish Rite Hall on Capitol Hill.

During his early twenties, Donihue wrote, directed, acted in and produced a string of independent plays within the northwest including Hey Baby Do Ya Wanna Come Back To My Place and Justify My Existence, and another pop psychology comedy Brain Aches And The Quest For Redemption Of A Telephone Psychic as well as the forty-minute short film Love Me Tender, Pay Me Well.

In 1998 Donihue began performing under the stage name Punko and released an indie album titled The Day Bob Went Electric. The comedicly performed yet earnest album garnered regional radio and Donihue continued to perform the sad and sweet parody like tunes until his final show at sxsw in 2007.


POEMS & LYRICS - LATE 90′s


projections (1997)
you expect me to become what you project

my eyes are drifting to the clouds once again

I see the colorless planet and am ashamed

I see the vibrant vivid crashing rain

crashing down with sincerity

why does it take pain to 

transcend us a bit of honesty 

in this day and age


and all of my daydreams come crashing in

singing dum dee da lum dum dum dee lumm dum

and all of your projections threaten to transend

screaming dum de da lum dumand 

all of my daydreams function once again
run in the sunshinelike 

your drift in the daydream light

like that colorless drifting look in your eyes

I’m still the same no matter what you bring to my life

I’m still the same I can drift inside


on account (1997)
on account that your strung out and

there’s no doubt I lost my mind

I’m a tripper & a spinner & I’m stuck on overdrive

I’m a preacher and a seeker 

like watching Jimmy kiss the sky

And all about that day & how you sat me down 

& changed my life

There’s no reason to be seasoned 

if you’ve seen the world flash by

Look at what’s going on

Yet they are strong

He’s my brother like a summer like a daydream whitworth time

He’s a prisoner and I miss him wonder who he’ll be next time

He’s a liver & a giver & I’m sorta trapped inside

Look at what’s going on

Yet they are strong


I’ve seen all the young idealist turn into what they despise

I’ve seen all my daydreams take me right on through this daylight life

I’ve seen people try to heal me just so they could feel alive


Donihue during this era directed the little seen feature The Humanity Experiment.

In 2005, Donihue wrote and produced the first “non-trippy” film of his career, Parzania. It was directed by Rahul Dholakia.

The internationally acclaimed feature was nominated for the eastern hemispheres Oscars, the film fare award for Best Picture and Best Screenplay and Best Story. Leads Sarkia and Naseeruddin took home Best Actor Nominations. The film is considered by many accounts, to be one of the most controversial films in the eastern hemisphere.[8]

The English language thriller, based on the true story of the Gujarat Riots of 2002, was initially banned in India, caused a storm of protests and bomb threats, and later garnered praise from the New York Times, Variety, Indiewire and many others.[9] It was shown in New York as part of the Museum of Modern Arts’ India Now film exhibition.[10] Donihue was nominated for Filmfare Awards for Best Screenplay and Best Story for Parzania. The film won the Screen Gem Award for Best Picture.

While at the same time, he was developing something revolutionary -

In 2010 Donihue’s epic four and a half hour interactive choose your own adventure film The Weathered Underground was released by Indican starring Heroes Brea Grant. The comic book inspired picture went on to become a small cult classic and is now shown as part of curriculum at many of the worlds best film schools. Considered one of the most daring voices to come out of the independent underground film scene, 

in 2014 Donihue directed another socially driven action comedy, The Bang Brokers, which is currently headed for distribution.

Mr. Donihue’s love for music driven short films continues, having recently directed over 30 music videos / short films in the last two years for EDM acts such as Moguai, Mark Sixma, Thomas Gold and EDM legend John Dahlback.

Below is a collection of poems and stills from the music videos from the last two years.

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Shocking anti-Semitism on streets of Britain.

With as many as 45 per cent of British Jews fearing they ‘may not have a future in Britain’, according to a survey by the Campaign Against Antisemitism - and following an experiment by Israeli Zvika Klein on the streets of Paris, British journalist

Jonathan Kalmus decided to test the levels of prejudice in two British cities with shocking results.

'You Jew’ was the anti-Semitic scream which came from a passing car. My shaken wife tried to explain it away to my seven-year-old daughter as a very large sneeze. They were simply playing in a local park in Manchester a few weeks ago when the incident ripped through what should have been a peaceful and wholesome time for any mother and child.

'Fight the Jewish scum’ and 'Jew, Jew, Jew… Run’, were the more vicious threats hurled at me in the past few days, however, when I decided to secretly film and find out whether 'Jew-hatred’ really is alive and kicking on British streets.

The answer to that question is a resounding and heart-sinking yes.

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Herb of the Week-Cashew

Common names

Cajueiro
Cashew Nut Shells
Jambu

Cajueiro (botanical name, Anacardium occidentale) is an evergreen tree found in the tropical regions and belongs to the plant family which also includes mango, poison oak and poison ivy. Although cajueiro is indigenous to Brazil, it now grows in all regions of the world having tropical climatic conditions. This tree grows up to a height of 30 feet (10 meters) and produces big oval-shaped leaves. Cajueiro bears flowers that have a yellow hue with pink stripes and emerge on the extended stems. The fruit of cajueiro is basically a coagulated stem. However, the actual fruit of this tree is found immediately under the thickened part of the stem and it encloses red or yellowish flesh that envelops the cashew nut. After the bark or shell of the nut is removed, it is mainly used as a food.

As mentioned earlier, cajueiro is indigenous to the northeast coast of Brazil, people in the region had domesticated (started cultivating) cashew much before the Europeans arrived in the country around the end of the 15th century. Later, the European traders as well as explorers ‘discovered’ and also documented cashew in 1578. From Brazil, cajueiro was taken to India as well as East Africa and it became naturalized in these places soon.

Cajueiro has a number of medicinal uses and is available in the form of a tincture. This tincture is effective for treating diabetes, but in this case the patients need to have patience before the results are evident. It would take a minimum of three to four weeks before the favorable results of low blood sugar are noticed. Nevertheless, diabetics using this tincture should measure their blood sugar levels every day to ensure that the combination of the prescribed insulin and/ or additional medications with cajueiro does not reduce the blood sugar levels too much. The shell of the cajueiro cashew encloses natural oil that may result in irritation of the skin provided it is not heated earlier to remove much of the caustic property of the oil. Hence, it is advisable that you should never consume raw cashew. However, they are safe after they are roasted in their shell.

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More volunteers wanted to help adults read and write

The PEI Literacy Alliance is looking for more volunteers to help adult learners on the Island with their reading and writing skills.

The organization started the PEI Volunteers for Literacy group last year and so far they have 12 volunteers but they are looking for at least 5 more.

Beazley said they have had success in the program, but there are 6 people currently on the waiting list, hoping for a tutor.

Illiteracy rate of 45 per cent on the Island

Amanda Beazley, the acting executive director of the PEI Literacy Alliance, said an international study done in 2012 by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in partnership with Statistics Canada showed the province had a rate of 45 per cent illiteracy among 16-65 year old Islanders.

“Years ago there were levels established, there were levels one through five, level three was deemed the bench mark," explained Beazley. "That was the level you needed to be at to fully participate in society. So you’re looking at levels one and two, those levels, that 45 per cent, there are even some below level one. Not being able to access information from print, and get the information they need and be able to apply it to problem solving and real world working.”

Range of people wanting help

​Beazley said the program is not just for people who dropped out of school, although that is the majority of people they see. 

​"We have such a range it’s incredible actually. We’ve got from the mid-20’s who are working towards their GED and need help in very specific areas, we have that sort of learner right up to an 82-year-old veteran who decided it was high time he learned how to read.“

The tutors are trained to work with adults and then matched according to skill sets, needs, and schedules. They meet with the learners, often in public libraries, once or twice a week for a few hours each time.

Linda Weisman helps train the tutors. She has been living part-time on the Island for almost 50 years.

Her book, ‘Yes, I Can Read!’ is used among other resources to prepare tutors.

Hoping to expand

Weisman said she was meeting adults who tried to learn but had only met failure, so she wanted to simplify the process.

"I think at any stage, at any age, it’s so important to learn to read and people find it so rewarding,” Weisman said. “People who couldn’t read to their children are finding they can read to their grandchildren and that means so much to them and it means so much to their children too. It’s hard to imagine not being able to read and navigating in society, you’re so shut off and you’re so isolated if you can’t have that basic literacy. I think everyone should have the chance to learn to read.”

The next training sessions for tutors will be in late October.

Beazley said she is really happy that now when someone calls for help, she has somewhere to direct them.

“I don’t like having a wait list right now but I’m really happy that we have a program available, however small it might be.”

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