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You know who did take a plunge? Sadie.

There was a whole episode dedicated to her fear of singing in public. And look at her now! She took an impromptu opportunity and added some lyrics to the song the Cool Kids were making!

Even if it was one word repeated over and over, everyone loved it. Because that’s just how the Cool Kids are.

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aw, thank you! anyone that wants to make any is welcome to tag me, i love reading them. 

[tbh i’m still a bitter bean over how buzzfeed took this one in an article and never responded to my job app when i really needed one in LA but…ahem.] 

mischief, mistakes and miracles

Originally posted by jeonsshi

Love is like a surprising visit. Some people got it lucky, others got to wait in their wake but others just keeps finding theirs in the most ridiculous moments.

pairing: jungkook | reader
words: 3.2k 
genrefucking fluff
summary: jungkook’s friends were completely, absolutely and without a doubt not helping jungkook and his christmas wish. and to think his wish was his best friend, his friends find ways to screw him up.
a/n: i’m…,,,..writing this…,,at 4 fucking am….,,,, tagging @btslanesgurl and @pennelty because i fucking did this for you oh dammit AND MERRY CHRISTMAS MY BUBZ (( also i just edited because i did to many fuck ups pls excuse me while i cry ))

Love often finds its ways, doing its mischievous working on couples, on lovers, on strangers and in any under circumstances it find its victims in the most vulnerable situation, it never cease to waste its time ad instead capture its opportunity and make their lives utterly grossly frustrating.

Christmas season has a funny way of saying fuck you in the most infuriating way when Jungkook finds himself nibbling at his nails, gnawing at his cheeks as he wrecks his brain to concoct the best way to find a gift for you.

It also didn’t exactly help when Christmas season was being a complete ass to him when his friends who he sought for mature advice or ideas was teasing him behind his back or making it too fucking obvious that he is without a doubt head over heels for you.

It made it worse when Christmas always reminds him that this is probably the umpteenth Christmas he is spending with you and that amongst all those gifts that he gave with you, this particular year was giving him a big giant middle finger because you were making him go crazy beyond words.

“I can’t do this hyung, I just can’t,” He slammed his head onto the dining table, defeat sipping into his muscles and tendons making his limb numb with exhaustion from all the thinking. “I’m doomed. I’m gonna die in a bittersweet ending. Y/N will never like me. I will be alone for the rest of my life –“

“Freaking out won’t get you anywhere Jungkook,” Yoongi interrupted him, amused by his current situation. “Why don’t you just get Y/N a necklace or a bracelet with ‘Forever’ or what cheesy shit couples do –“

“Hey watch it Min,” The dulcet voice woke Jungkook up from his reverie, smiling at Yoongi’s girlfriend appearing from behind him. “You did that cheesy shit to me.”

“Shh, you don’t have to tell him Lucy,” Yoongi murmured, reddening from the sudden revelation that spilt into the conversation. “Anyway, I’m pretty sure Y/N would enjoy whatever you give her.”

“This is not just any gift hyung,” Jungkook silently screamed, his muscles straining beneath the skin of his neck, the frustration showing in his desperate eyes. “I-I got to make this confession special.”

“At the rate you’re going, you won’t be confessing anytime soon,” Lucy pointed out.

“Geez, I really appreciate the effort and help,” Jungkook muttered, slumping back in his seat.

“Look Y/N is someone you have known for like almost your entire life,” Yoongi began. “Whatever you do, I doubt Y/N won’t like you back. After all, she does have feelings for you.”

“That doesn’t really help,” Jungkook pointed out bluntly teeth sinking inhis lips, piercing the soft flesh out of nervousness. “I doubt she does.”

“And if she does?”

“I will be the happiest man alive.”

Almost the entire household knows about Jungkook’s undying love for you and when that happens, they found it in their duties to coax the confession out of Jungkook or ease him and you into the topic of young love.

It was a week before Christmas and the house was already screaming with festivity with all the gaudy décor that Jin insists they put up for the spirit of Christmas, as what Jin likes to say, as they put up their 6th string of lights on the Christmas tree. You came over, all prepared to help Jin out wth decorations and dinner and while all that seems normal, Jungkook couldn’t help but break out into cold sweat when you gave him a hug, smelling the fruity shampoo that lingered in your hair as he forced himself out of the embrace before he seems like a creep.

And Jin was being a complete asshole about this.

“Hey Y/N, why don’t you help Jungkook cut the onions. He is shit at that,” Jin flicked his gaze at the struggling boy, palms trembling and clammy from trying to avoid you but Jin just insists (he out right threatened) that Jungkook helps out as well.

“Okay,” You dropped from slicing the tomatoes. “Come here Jungkook.”

And the moment you placed you hands over his, Jungkook flinched, the burst of sparks and the flaring heat came surging through him right from your fingertips. Oh, the crazy things you did to him.

“Jungkook are you okay?” You moved away, shocked by his sudden movement.

“Y-Yeah, I’m fine. I just reaiised I gotta do something – be right back,” And with a half hearted wave and quick deathly glare upon Jin, he fled the scene, leaving you dumbfounded.

“Is Jungkook okay Jin?” You asked, your eyes still fixated at the door where Jungkook disappeared.

“Oh yeah he is,” Jin chimed, oblivious to what happened as he continued storring the stew in the pot. “Just needed to spice things up that’s all.”

“Spice what…?”

“Oh the soup! It needs more salt!”

Jungkook wished he picked better friends. Ones that actually stuck with him through shitty tough times and not belittle those moments because in all honesty, at this point, he might just go insane with the amount of teasing he is receiving.

Friday rolled by, and Jungkook was going out with Taehyung and Jimin with some inkling of hopes that he might stumble on some miracle of a gift that will sweep you off his feet and have him claim you his significant other. As thoughts and fantasies prod him further, he was not aware of the familiar petite figure in his vicinity when he entered a store with his hyungs.

“Hey look Jungkook! Isn’t that your girlfriend?” Taehyung raised his voice with a cruel intention and mischievous eyes that left Jungkook incredulous and eyes wide when you turned their way.

Shut the fuck up – oh hello there Y/N?”

“Fancy seeing the three of you here,” You greeted them, shopping bags filling up your arms. “Christmas shopping?”

“Oh yeah of course, Jungkookie here needs to buy something for his girl –“

“Buy something for my parents,” Jungkook harshly slammed his palm against Jimin’s mouth earning a groan from the latter, immediately shoving him away in disgust when Jimin licked the skin.

“Oh I see,” You smiled back at him, cautiously eyeing at their queer cynical behavior.

“Hey, those Christmas sweaters are really cute,” Taehyung pointed out to the rack of gaudy Chirstmas outfits with colourful prints that were just an eye sore to Jungkook.

“Both of you should get matching outfits,” Jimin pointed out to you and and a wide-eyed Jungkook.

“Yeah, oh my god, that will be so cute. Don’t you think Jungkook?” Taehyung played along, winking at the both of you.

“What –“ You began, completely baffled by Jimin’s words as you glanced at jungkook

“Okay, um sorry Y/N, we gotta go. Jin wants us home as soon as possible,” Jungkook interrupted, gathering Jimin and Taehyung with his arms as he directed him towards the exit without even giving you a proper glance.

“But we just got here –“ Jimin countered, but Jungkook’s impaling glare had JImin cowering and brisk walking towards the exit.

“Bye Y/N!”

But even their goodbyes were drowned by the blithe and chatter of the store, the Christmas music playing too loudly for someone who is trying to fathom out her thoughts about why Jungkook was being too hostile and strange right then and right there.

“I swear I might tear every single one of you alive,” Jungkook muttered under his breath as he paced back and forth in the studio room where Namjoon was busy fooling around on the computer whiel Hoseok was on the couch scrolling on his phone, tuning out Jungkook’s deathly rambles.

“I couldn’t even get out to get Y/N a gift because you all were literally up at my thorat every single time I try!” Jungkook burst out of sheer frustration, a grunt resounding at the back of his throat as he slumped on to the couch.

“Why don’t you write her a song?” Namjoon suggested, swiveling towards Jungkook’s worn out figure.

“Christmas is literally in two fucking days. I can’t write a song that fast,” Jungkook groaned, head falling back in defeat.

Why is love being so outwardly rude to him, making him wreck his brains for hours, wring out his energy to think because he is absolutely crazy for you and that you just can’t seem to get out of his mind every time he needed to space to think. You just do crazy things to him. But that’s why Jungkook is so in love with you; you bring out the most vulnerable, most risky feelings that Jungkook was willing to unearth from the depths of his heart and share it with you. You make the world seem so small when you are the entire universe in his very eyes, with all the spasm of emotions, adventures and memories that you carry with you.

“Might as well do it now,” Hoseok suggested, patting Jungkook’s back out of brotherly gesture or maybe it was out of commiserations and consolation for his lack of success.

“Yeah, Y/N is coming over soon. So you might want to get a head start,” Namjoon began, ideally watching his watch as a smile graced his lips.


“Oh, hello there Jungkook! I didn’t know you would be here too,” You waved at the three of them, eyes immediately fixated on the younger boy who had his mouth agape as if he wanted to say something but his words were castrated at the back of his throat.

“Hello Y/N, thanks for coming over to the song. But I was thinking Jungkook would be a good voice partner for this song,” Namjoon nonchalantly spoke, blatantly ignoring Jungkook who was still stunned by your presence – not to mention you were looking exceptionally beautiful.

“I wouldn’t mind that,” You mused, ignoring the bliss that erupts in your chest at the thought of singing with Jungkook.


“A-ah…” Jungkook trailed off, unsure of how to figure ways to escape out of this. Oh yes, how he yearned to sing with you, gaze at your eyes as he slipped his fingers in yours and let the whole world revolve around you as you sing to your heart’s content. But at the moment, he was freaking the fuck out.

“Jungkook, come on. Are you ready?” Hoseok shuffled slinging an arm around his younger friend.

He caught the upturn of your lips, the gleam of flickering hope and promise in your eyes. It pained him when he thought of turning this opportunity down but he just can’t seem to collect his thoughts, take a breather because if he chased for you right now and right then, he might just screw up his chance.

“I-I’m sorry. Something came up so I don’t think I could do it. Sorry Y/N,” Jungkook shove Hoseok’s arm off before walking out the door with an unapologetic aura left behind.

His words may have been little, unsympathetic and little effort was put in to cover up for his monotonous behavior, but it still felt like a stab in the heart, piercing you out from your fantasies as you watch him walk away.

“Sorry Y/N. Jungkook just doesn’t have the confidence to do it.” Hoseok looked at you apologetically.

“Its okay. It doesn’t matter,” You breathed out, shaking out of your reveries.

It really does actually. It really does.

The festive spirit did come by at Jungkook door on Christmas morning but it was really bothering him because despite the numerous attempts at banging the door and waking Jungkook up from his haunted thoughts, Jin does not get any signs that Jungkook was going to come out any sooner.

“He really got that bad huh?” You questioned, concern lacing her voice.

Its Christmas and friends and family were already gathered in the living room, the waft of delicacies of marinated meat and sweet tangible scent of champagne filling the air. Excited chatter and blithe breaks out here and there but there was an empty void in the crowd that everyone keeps to themselves as they waited for Jungkook to come out from his hibernation.

“Yeah, he hasn’t come out since last night,” Jin sighed.

“What has gotten into him lately…” You muttered to yourself, shaking your head at the boy’s attitude. The once sanguine lively personality that he possessed was no diminished into ashes and you weren’t sure why. You really though that you could rekindle whatever that you thought you could have with Jungkook, dropping hints here and there, but Jungkook was not reciprocating any of your signs of love for him.

“Come, let me talk to him,” You suggested, giving Jin a small smile. “You go entertain the guests Jin.”

“Thanks Y/N. I really appreciate it. No wonder –“ Jin began but abruptly stops and hushed himself. “Gotta go. Good luck.”

Once Jin was out of your sight, you knocked on the door gently, pressing your cheeks against the cold teak door that separates you form the troubled boy.

“Jungkook,” You softly called out. “Its me. Y/N. Can we talk?”

It was barely a minute that Jungkook storied out from his bed, completely disheveled and disoriented form the lack of sleep he had. What could he do when he hadn’t gotten you a gift because he was so troubled by the possibilities and consequences and he got so caught up that he wasn’t aware with the fact that he still hasn’t gotten anything for you. For his fucking crush.

When the lock clicked and the door was open, leaving it ajar for you discover whatever mess was behind these walls, you were greeted to a worn out boy that you were head over heels for, stiffened and tensed with every step you took towards him.

“Jungkook,” You reached out to him, smoothening down his chestnut hair. “Do you want to talk it out?”

Jungkook didn’t flinch under your touch because truthfully, all he needed was your presence, your company, the very thing that finds solace in because he feels so out of place right then.

“I-I’m sorry,” Jungkook murmured, his hoarse voice audible to your ears. “Sorry for being so harsh and weird around you.”

“Hey, if you were so worried about me not forgiving you, you shouldn’t have shut the others out. We could talk it out and I would forgiven you,” You smiled, hands cupping his face, the gesture making Jungkook’s heart swell.

“I just…” Jungkook let out a shaky breath.

“Come on Kook. I forgive you. You don’t have to worry about anything –“

“No you don’t understand Y/N,” Jungkook burst out, making you stagger back in shock. “Y-you don’t understand…”

“What do you mean Jungkook?”

“I couldn’t get a gift for you. I was so sure I was going to give you the best give after all those years of crappy gift cards or chocolates and other stuff,” Jungkook blurted out, his heart pouring out no truer words along with the intense emotions that remained formant for the past years. “I want to show you how much you mean to me, how amazing and crazy I am for you. But I’m always fucking things up and I just want to make sure my confession is enough for you to like me back.”

Jungkook was out of breath when he stops, his chest heaving and hands clammy but he felt a weight lifted off his shoulders. His gaze fell to your eyes, ones that he had always to disappoint because of his lack of confidence, zero balls to go up to and tell you how much he actually admire the twinkling of your coffee brown eyes.

“You could have just said so,” You softly spoke, leaning forward and slinging your hands around his shoulders and pulling him closer to your face. You could taste yesterday’s coffee and peppermint in his erratic breathing from your sudden gesture. “If I had known, I wouldn’t be sulking, thinking you hated me. But now seems the right time to do the confessing.”

When you pressed your lips against his, the soft flesh tasting absolutely amazing in Jungkook’s taste buds, he almost had to think twice about what was actually happening because fuck is this actually happening. He could taste the cherry chapstick, the pumpkin spice latte you had this morning and all the concoction of flavors that riles him up. His arms encircle your waist, pulling you closer and lifting you off the ground because oh god, he was just beyond contented with what was happening right now.

Breaking away with reluctance, Jungkook still held you in his arms, gazing in your eyes, the stars swimming with fervor like in the milky way. It was hard to dawn in him that you kissed him, and not that he was complaining, he would sweep you in for another kiss but he wasn’t really expecting anything surreal on a Christmas day.

“So now that you and I confessed and we probably might go out on a date tomorrow,” You began, still breathless from the kiss. “Are you going out of your room now?”

“If I get another kiss…?” Jungkook tried, leaning forward. You quirked your eyebrows, giggling at his clinginess. Pecking on his lips before playfully shoving him off.

“Come out if you want more kisses,” You singsong as you walk out the door, the mellifluous voice hitting the shell of his ears. Jungkook had to hold himself back from pulling you into his arms because god, you were adorable.

Well he better get ready if he wants you.

“Oh my god, its by fucking time they both confessed,” Taehyung squealed, eyeing the entanglement of fingers as both of you shied away from their gaze.

“My children are all so grown up,” Jin tears up, pulling the both you in an embrace, squeezing the life out of you.

“Come on guys, give them some space,” Yoongi pointed out, shoving the rest of them away. “Oh wait –“

All 6 pair of eyes flickered towards the ceiling, the hint of green appearing above their heads. Jungkook groaned inwardly, shutting his eyes in embarrassment at the thought of this really cliché Christmas tradition unfolding in front of his friends.

Kiss, kiss, kiss!” The words spoke like a spontaneous chant and even if Jungkook was shy about this whole thing, he looked at you, and the knowing look you had made his heart warm and flutter. And instantly, he pressed his lips against yours, melting in your warmth and softness that still feels extremely amazing and he doesn’t really know if he could get used to this.

An eruption of cheers and cries beat in his ears but nothing could compete to the sounds of your giggles when he pulled away as he held you in his arms, tuning out the entire world and focusing on you and only you.

“Merry Christmas my love,” He whispered, gazing into your eyes with full adoration and love.

“Merry Christmas Kook,” You smiled, nose brushing against his. You read the unalloyed alacrity in his wide smile, in the eyes that gleamed with incandescence, in everything that you could finally call yours.

Because Jungkook may have given you crappy gift cards, chocolates and other stuff, his love was the most magical gift he could ever give to you.

im flipping my shit rn because the cheesiness is unreal here and i hate it

Hezbollah says future war with Israel could take place in Israeli territory - 12 May 2017

Lebanese Hezbollah said on Thursday that any future conflict between the Shi'ite group and Israel could take place inside Israeli territory, at a time of high tension between the arch foes.
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah also said in a live televised speech that the group had dismantled all its military positions along Lebanon’s eastern border with Syria, and this area was now the “responsibility of the state.”
Israel “is scared and worried of any future confrontation… and knows that it could be inside the occupied Palestinian territories,” Nasrallah said.
Two Israeli air strikes against Hezbollah targets inside Syria in recent weeks have raised tension between the two.
Nasrallah said the Syrian conflict had entered a new phase, without elaborating, but added that any opportunity to halt the fighting in the country should be seized.

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Can you tell me a little about your school? What are the people like? Are the classes interesting? Are there internship opportunities? What's the atmosphere like on campus? Thank you so much!!

Hey Anon! Thanks for the questions, and I hope I can help a bit. I’ve got Personal/General, Campus, Classes, Internship/Jobs, Financial Aid/Study Abroad, Parties/Greek Life, and Clubs/Activities, Dorms/Dining below the cut.

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Sport Kisses

“Whoever makes the winning point gets a kiss from gorgeous cheerleader Lucy Heartfilia.” [Cheerleader/Volleyball Player AU] Nalu.

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Hope you all liked this small one-shot I wrote for you guys! I would love to hear what you have to tell me about this, I need to hear your opinions for future improvement. Thank you so much for reading this, you have no idea how happy it makes me. You guys are the best! 

“I’m not kissing anyone,” Lucy said exasperated, rolling her chocolate orbs for the billion time that day as she finished tying up her left ribbon.

“But think of it this way,” her best friend Levy and her fellow cheerleader said, an encouraging grin on her tiny lips. “What if it’s Natsu who scores the winning point?”

Lucy closed her locker, a pink blush adorning her cheeks as she said, “I don’t care, I will not kiss anyone, I don’t care who made that silly bet.”

Levy followed her as they walked towards the gym, where the final match of the volleyball high school tournament was about to start. Fairy Tail vs Sabertooth. It was going to be a epic game, considering the eternal rivalry between the schools.

“Whoever makes the winning point gets a kiss from gorgeous cheerleader Lucy Heartfilia.” Levy repeated, putting a thoughtful finger on her chin. “I wonder who came up with that,”

“Don’t know, don’t care,” Lucy scoffed, but she blushed deeper nonetheless. She innerly wondered if a certain someone was aware of that silly bet, and what that person thought about it.

“I also wonder what Natsu thinks about it,” Levy teased, watching playfully the bright red cheeks and shocked expression of her blonde friend. It made Levy laugh her lungs off. “You’re so funny Lucy!”

“Sh-Shut up!” Lucy said, looking indignant as she pushed open the doors of the gigantic gym. An endless maze of people were gathered there, everyone expecting the entrance of the two teams and the start of the game. It made Lucy nervous, to think so much people would see her performance with her cheerleaders friends.

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Applications for ALL THREE CLANS are CLOSED:


“A group of rogues has been rising in the suburbs near the clans’ territories. Their arrival is slowly threatening to change clan life forever. As a collection of kittypets, loners, and rogues, this group is large and ever changing. It frequently adopts smaller groups, and even forces others to join. Older members are given seniority, all reporting to the top boss, Moon. He rules with iron claws and provides unwavering leadership. It has been rumored that he has been blessed with limited omnipotent powers as he often knows more about other rival groups than a normal cat should. The group has been around for a long time with many names and numbers. Traveling with such large numbers can be challenging, however, and Moon’s plan to overthrow the three clans and seize their territories seems like the best future, though some members are suspicious of their leader’s true motivations. Many rogues have joined this group out of necessity or circumstance rather than free will. Some of those that did join of their own volition did so because the previous leader Gretel who was benevolent and kind. Gretel died in battle about twelve moons ago and her vicious subordinate Moon has been ruling ever since.”

Your character is a member in this group of rogues. You are unhappy with or on the fence about the current leadership and the direction things are going, for whatever reasons you choose. However they dare not speak up about it in fear of being killed by their superiors. Your character can be from any background besides clan and have any rogue or kittypet name. Your cat must be at least twelve moons old. Your cats can NOT be declawed, nor can they be spayed or neutered. Your cat must be fit for clan life as they will end up becoming permanent members.

How to apply: 

It’s the one year anniversary and we’re opening all the clans with a bunch of slots! You can apply for any of the three clans- Jaggedclan / Creekclan / Nettleclan -but you can only apply to one. 

A newly added opportunity allows members who are already part of the roleplay to apply to another clan of their choice. Please note that there are very few slots open for current members. 

The age limit for applying has been raised to 15 years. If you are under this age but turn 15 in the near future, and still want to apply, please add this information in your application. Do not lie about your age, we will know if you do and you will be disqualified. 

Before you apply you have to read our Rules and About pages. 

Your cat has to be twelve (12) moons or older, but we advice you to be open to changing this later on to better fit the RP. 
You, the roleplayer, as mentioned above, need to be 15+ years old. 
Keep in mind that this is a Skype based RP, which means you need a Skype account to join. 
If you do not think you will be able to handle interacting with many different people on a day to day basis, or you feel that you cannot handle high stress in-game events, please reconsider applying for your own mental health.
We also expect you to be active, so you’ll need to be on daily/semi-daily.

>>Apply here if you’ve read everything!

Applications close on February 1st! 

Maid to Serve

TITLE: Maid to Serve

CHAPTER NO./ONE SHOT: Chapter Thirty

AUTHOR: wolfpawn

ORIGINAL IMAGINE: Imagine that you have been sold to a slave trader to pay a debt. One day you are bought and given to Loki as a gift. He ignores you at first, but he slowly begins to notice your attention to small details in your daily tasks and your funny little quirks. He tries everything he can to seduce you, and the more you resist the more intrigued he is.

RATING: Teen and Up

You were humming to yourself as you made your way through the market, thinking about what you needed to prioritise in your purchasing needs. The loss of two months of salary had hit you hard, delaying the buying of a few things you had wanted, but worrying about it was not going to get you what you needed, you could only move on. You had a roof over your head and food on the table, so a few trinkets and clothes could be delayed.

Somewhat in your own mind, you walked between the stalls, your arms ladened down with a few garments you had gotten yourself, but also two purchases Loki asked you to get, the reasons behind which, he had not told you yet, but you gathered could be linked soon to some act he would perform. The weight in your arms was becoming a bit too heavy, so though you wanted to look at more, you decided it best to return to the palace. Sighing in slight annoyance, you turned and headed back.

Cursing the weight of everything in you hands, you felt them ache at their burden. When you recognised the hair and build of a man not too far away, you were relieved, so grabbing what you had; you rushed forward until you were just behind him. “I know you are a busy man, but you think you would give an elf a hand.” You joked. The man paused before turning around, and you felt yourself become red with embarrassment. “I am so sorry, I thought you were my friend.” You apologised.

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【James McAvoy in fund pledge to help aspiring actors】

James McAvoy has pledged £125,000 to help aspiring actors follow in his footsteps.

The BAFTA-winning actor is funding a 10-year scholarship programme at his former drama school, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS).

The fund will help those aged 25 and under who would otherwise be unable to afford tuition at the school.

McAvoy, who graduated from RCS in 2000, said he wanted to help young people achieve their potential.

“There are few opportunities for young people to engage in performing arts,” he said.

“I see tons of young people who are vastly intelligent but because they have this ingrained humility; it gets in the way of them expressing themselves and showing how brilliant they are.

"Drama breaks through barriers and it can give people the tools to walk into a room and express themselves.

"I really believe in that; it’s why I believe drama should be taught in our state schools from an early age and it’s why I am delighted to be part of creating the opportunity for young Scots to help them realise their potential through drama at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.”

McAvoy said his time at the academy in Glasgow had a “profound effect” on his life. He went on to win acclaim for roles in films such as Atonement, The Last King Of Scotland and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
He added: “I had that opportunity and I want the same for other young people out there who may not have even considered going to college or any other kind of higher education.

"I would say to any young person thinking about drama, ‘Go for it, do it, don’t be worried about what people are going to say’.

"I come from a place where nobody had done anything like it and it worked out pretty good.”

Doctor Who star David Tennant, Tom Conti, Alan Cumming and Robert Carlyle are all former students of RCS, formerly known as the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD).

RCS principal Jeffrey Sharkey said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have James McAvoy enable and inspire young people to be part of the Royal Conservatoire.
"I have no doubt of the profound and long-term impact his incredible support will have on individuals, their families and their communities.”

Applications to the James McAvoy Drama Scholarship fund will open in mid-May, with applicants having to demonstrate that financial cost is the main barrier to their accessing pre-higher education drama training at RCS.

source: BBC Entertainment & Arts

Facebook, the TV-like social network

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Facebook is set to debut its collection of TV-like video content in mid-June, Business Insider reports.

The social network has set its sight on two types of shows: a marquee tier with longer, big budget shows akin to traditional TV series; and a second tier with less expensive, shorter shows of about five to 10 minutes, that would refresh every 24 hours. Around two dozen shows are currently scheduled for launch .

  • Major tech companies are scrambling to secure premium video programming. Facebook, YouTube, Amazon, Snap are devoting resources to develop their content catalogs, to make their respective platforms as compelling as possible to consumers.
  • These companies are competing for attention, and by extension, ad spend. The major opportunity on the horizon is the shift of ad spend from TV to digital media. Non subscription-based content platforms, including Facebook, Snap, and YouTube, are vying to be the most attractive solution for TV advertisers from here on out.
  • Original video programming is the new focal point for each of these players. YouTube plans to pour hundreds of millions of dollars to fund at least forty shows and films over the next year. Snap’s main plan of action is to build its library of TV-like shows. Now Facebook, which has bristled at being called a content company, is set to premiere its own slate of programming.
  • Facebook is targeting teen-centric content to offset the influence of its rivals. Its big rival, of course, is Snapchat, which has a strong hold on younger age groups. People aged 18 to 24 are Snapchat’s largest age group in the US, per the company’s S-1 document. On a given day, 35% of these 60 million daily US users aren’t on Facebook, and 46% aren’t on Instagram.
  • The social platform has made a concerted effort to turn itself into a video site. The company’s recently unveiled video tab provides a destination design purely for video consumption, like YouTube. The company also has standalone video apps for Apple TV, Google Chromecast and other over the top set-top boxes.
  • And its mid-roll ad breaks are a like-for-like format to traditional TV commercials. In February, the company had three updates relating to video monetization: the launch of in-stream video ads, including mid-roll ads, in Audience Network, expanding ad breaks in Facebook Live, and testing ad breaks in on-demand video.

Over the last few years, there’s been much talk about the “death of TV.” However, television is not dying so much as it’s evolving: extending beyond the traditional television screen and broadening to include programming from new sources accessed in new ways.

It’s strikingly evident that more consumers are shifting their media time away from live TV, while opting for services that allow them to watch what they want, when they want. Indeed, we are seeing a migration toward original digital video such as YouTube Originals, SVOD services such as Netflix, and live streaming on social platforms.

However, not all is lost for legacy media companies. Amid this rapidly shifting TV landscape, traditional media companies are making moves across a number of different fronts — trying out new distribution channels, creating new types of programming aimed at a mobile-first audience, and partnering with innovate digital media companies. In addition, cable providers have begun offering alternatives for consumers who may no longer be willing to pay for a full TV package.

Dylan Mortensen, senior research analyst for BI Intelligence, has compiled a detailed report on the future of TV that looks at how TV viewer, subscriber, and advertising trends are shifting, and where and what audiences are watching as they turn away from traditional TV. 

Here are some key points from the report:

  • Increased competition from digital services like Netflix and Hulu as well as new hardware to access content are shifting consumers’ attention away from live TV programming.
  • Across the board, the numbers for live TV are bad. US adults are watching traditional TV on average 18 minutes fewer per day versus two years ago, a drop of 6%. In keeping with this, cable subscriptions are down, and TV ad revenue is stagnant.
  • People are consuming more media content than ever before, but how they’re doing so is changing. Half of US TV households now subscribe to SVOD services, like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, and viewing of original digital video content is on the rise.
  • Legacy TV companies are recognizing these shifts and beginning to pivot their business models to keep pace with the changes. They are launching branded apps and sites to move their programming beyond the TV glass, distributing on social platforms to reach massive, young audiences, and forming partnerships with digital media brands to create new content.
  • The TV ad industry is also taking a cue from digital. Programmatic TV ad buying represented just 4% (or $2.5 billion) of US TV ad budgets in 2015 but is expected to grow to 17% ($10 billion) by 2019. Meanwhile, networks are also developing branded TV content, similar to publishers’ push into sponsored content.

In full, the report: 

  • Outlines the shift in consumer viewing habits, specifically the younger generation.
  • Explores the rise of subscription streaming services and the importance of original digital video content.
  • Breaks down ways in which legacy media companies are shifting their content and advertising strategies.
  • And Discusses new technology that will more effectively measure audiences across screens and platforms. 

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HELP ASAP- When it comes to things like pronouns, gender identity & sexuality, etc, I tend to get extremely confused :( I have been trying to learn more about it all because I don't know my own pronouns or sexuality. Can you help? what are all the pronouns? sexualities? identifications? ALSO! why do people call themselves 'cis'? a friend told me that it feels like people who identify as a boy or girl and that only just wanted to create some title so they could fit in with others who are trans.

Hey there!

Gender is what you identify as, generally if it’s not what you’re born as it’s due to dysphoria(say if you were born as female but feel like you should have been born with a male body and be seen as male)

Pronouns are what you want to be referred to by (such as males preferring he, females preferring she, or if you’re in the middle, you might prefer ‘they’ or a different neopronoun (”new pronoun”) such as “ey/em/eir/emself“ or “xie/xem/xyr/xemself“.
There are a ton more, but I haven’t the space to list every possiblility as new ones are made by people that don’t like the current opions every day.

Personally, I accept but do not prefer ‘neopronouns’ as they can often be inaccessable for people with intellectual disabilities and cogitive issues such as myself, especially needing to learn several different sets, particularly in cases where the pronoun set is very unique.
(Sometimes we mess up cis people’s pronouns to begin with due to our heads being wired all differently, adding a million other opportunities to mess up is tricky.) 

‘They’ is a good catch all for ‘I don’t know their gender/they aren’t male or female” and is already quite natural in conversation.

Sexual orientation is what genders you feel sexually attracted to, i.e, who you would do the frickle frackle with,
Romantic orientation is what genders you’d like to date, take out for candlelit dinner, marry, smooch, etc.
These two are usually the same, but not always.

Being cis isn’t a thing to seem special, no.
It just means you identify with the gender you were assigned at birth, i.e, you have a male body and feel like you are male.
It means ‘on the same side’ while trans means ‘across’. So trans people ‘cross’ the lines of gender while cis people stay as what they were.

I don’t have a source, but I am thinking cis was coined by trans people, not by cis people, and even if it was coined by a cis person, it was for much-needed reasons and not to ‘seem special’.

Put it this way, if you were discussing, say, IUDs and if someone could get one (e.g if they had a uterus), calling them a ‘woman’ doesn’t tell you if they could, as you don’t know if they have a uterus.
Saying ‘cis woman’ would imply they could, because they were born as a woman and identify as one, whereas a ‘trans woman’ would not have one because they were born without one.

There are many debates on exactly how many genders/orientations there ‘are’ but the truth is that there are people out there making new terms for the exact way they feel or love every day.
Personally, if you don’t understand, or you’re having cognitive trouble, I’d just take it one day at a time. Labels aren’t important. If you’re happy with yourself and your body, great. If you’re not, change it. If you like someone, date them. If you don’t, then don’t. It’s okay to not have a word for exactly how you feel.

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