On this day in music history: November 25, 1984 - The single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid is recorded. Written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, the one off benefit single for famine relief in Africa is a huge worldwide hit. Boomtown Rats leader Bob Geldof sees a BBC news report on the plight of famine stricken people in the African nation of Ethiopia. Deeply moved by what he has seen, Geldof enlists the help of Midge Ure of Ultravox, along with over thirty British and US pop stars including Paul Young, Boy George, George Michael, Sting, Bono, Duran Duran, Bananarama, members of Kool & The Gang and Jody Watley to help produce a record with all of the earnings being donated to famine relief. Recorded at producer Trevor Horn’s SARM West Studios in Notting Hill, London, the track is recorded in one twenty four hour long marathon recording session. The single is released in the UK on November 29, 1984 (US release date is on December 3, 1984), with Mercury Records in the UK and Columbia Records in the US donating pressing and distribution of the single for free. Famed pop artist Sir Peter Blake (“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”) designs the singles’ iconic sleeve artwork. It quickly sets a record as the best selling single in history in UK record history, selling over 3.7 million copies in only two weeks. By 1989, its worldwide sales will reach over 11.8 million copies sold, holding the sales record until 1997 when it is surpassed by Elton John’s “Candle In The Wind 1997”. “Christmas” spends five weeks at number one on the UK singles chart beginning on December 15, 1984, and peaking at number thirteen on the Billboard Top 200 on December 29, 1984, earning millions for Ethiopian famine relief. A thirty minute long documentary on the making of the landmark single titled “Do They Know It’s Christmas? - The Story Of The Official Band Aid Video” will be released on home video by Polygram Music Video in the UK and Vestron Video in the US (VHS, Beta, and eight inch laserdisc). The song is re-recorded in 1989 (as Band Aid II), 2004 (as Band Aid 20), and a for a third time in 2014 (Band Aid 30) with the latest recording raising funds for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

sdmn vs. ytas #2

so many emotions from the match today:

1. congratulations to the youtube allstars, they absolutely deserved it in my book. they played well and at the end of the day it was an amazing cause to play for.

2. chris finally got the goal that he deserved 

3. motm for me is easily josh pieters; i had no idea how good he was until today. 

4. everyone played so well. it was such a toss up, for me at least, on who would win this year and i was happy with it going either way. congrats to the youtube allstars and a job phenomenally done for sidemen fc

but on a much more angry and upset note:

1. to those that ran on the pitch: have some respect please. people have worked so hard for this day to come to fruition and running on the pitch ruins it for everyone, especially those that have worked for it to come true. it does nothing for you, it cuts off the ceremony and the game for the crowd and the people watching at home, it puts everyone on the pitch in danger, it ruins their chances of having a game next year, and it overall is simply disrespectful and a shame. so well done hope you’re happy you did that. 

2. the youtube allstars absolutely did not deserve to get booed. i get it you want the sidemen to win, but seriously? it’s a friendly match for charity and every single person on that pitch is playing for charity; that is not something to boo and never will be something to boo about. 

that’s my takeaway from the match this year, and hopefully another one is in the cards for next year 

also shouts to @sidewomanxix for skyping and screaming with me throughout the entire match…love ya girly

~ karren xx

Has anyone else just been thinking about how dan an phil’s lives have been lately compared to before. I mean these are two guys who have felt like outsiders their whole lives and phil was shy and dan didn’t have a best friend and then they met and then seven years later look where they are. They’ve published two best seller book, made two movies,release a super successful single for charity, went on the biggest world tour of any youtuber ever and performed in front of thousands of people who love them and now they’re at home being happy and being  themselves and can you just imagine telling young dan or phi that they would be doing all of that just because of that silly youtube thing?

anonymous asked:

ah i really love the fact that they did that make a wish foundation thing, that's really considerate of them

dan and phil are such considerate human beings. that picture of them spending time with that girl at the zoo was so organic. i also haven’t stopped thinking about when they released the internet is here as a charity single for stand up to cancer or when they uploaded a best fiends video to donate $10,000 to charity. they could’ve easily released those things for their own personal gain and for more promotion, but they chose to use the revenue to support good causes. it just makes me really happy that they use their money for things that could really make a positive impact on other people’s lives


On this day in music history: April 13, 1985 - “We Are The World” by USA For Africa hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 4 weeks, also topping the R&B singles chart for 2 weeks on May 4, 1985. Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, the benefit single recorded for Ethiopian famine relief becomes one of the most successful humanitarian efforts of all time. Following the singles release in early March of 1985, it quickly becomes one of the fastest selling singles ever released when it sells out of its initial pressing of 800,000 copies in two days. Entering the Hot 100 at #21 on March 23, 1985, it rockets to the top of the chart three weeks later. On Good Friday, April 5, 1985, over 8,000 radio stations around the world play the song at exactly the same time as a show of support in the effort to assist in the famine relief effort. On May 16, 1985, then Columbia Records president Al Teller presents the first royalty check to the USA For Africa Foundation, which is for $6.5 million dollars. By June of 1985, the first cargo plane with food, medicine and other supplies take off for Ethiopia and the Sudan. A year after the songs release, sales of the single, album and associated merchandising have raised over $45 million dollars and continues to generate revenue to this day. “We Are The World” wins four Grammy Awards including Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, and Best Music Video, Short Form in 1986. “We Are The World” is certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.


we’ve released the song from our stage show ‘The Internet Is Here’ as a charity single for Stand Up To Cancer!

Download it now on iTunes: or Google Play: to raise money for cancer research!

To see more about why we did this and how we recorded it in a studio check out this behind-the-scenes video:

Please reblog this video and tell all your friends to buy the song too as it’s for an incredible cause! :)


No one leaves home, unless home is the mouth of a shark.

Europe is facing its worst refugee crisis since World War II, as thousands flee war. Half of them are children.

We Must Do More. Please donate now and download ‘Help is Coming’ on your country’s iTunes Store. #HelpIsComing

(Benedict Cumberbatch introduces #HelpisComing charity single for Save The Children – See the video here.)


1. Info-Chan and Yui Rio are twin sisters, but Yui sees her sister very rarely.

2. Budo loves cartoons, especially Steven Universe.

3. Kokona texts every single animal charity organisation to donate if she sees any cute animal.

4. The Basu sisters roleplay their favourite TV shows, which is why Oka thinks they are Supernatural.

anonymous asked:

How would the rfa+v and Saeran react to finding out the mc was pregnant and her fiancé left her before she joined the rfa?

thank you for the request!!! :) 


-he knew something was wrong when you had nervously grabbed his hand and told him to please just hear you out

-you blurted it all out so fast that you were honestly impressed that jumin managed to keep up

-“so….you’re saying that your fiance left when you found out you were pregnant?…what was his name again?”

-“and….you’re pregnant???” a small smile broke his serious expression

-“don’t worry mc, i’ll treat this child as if were my own flesh and bone, we’ll raise it together, i’ll take good care of the both of you”

-rip ur ex fiance


-“zen i have something important to tell you…and i understand if you’re angry but..”

-when you finished explaining zen is almost crying

-“we’re…having a child?!!! thats amazing mc!!!”

-“you don’t have to worry about that jerk, he doesent deserve you!! i promise i’ll never ever leave you, princess! our child is going to be so beautiful!!!!”


- as soon as you mention you need to talk with him about something important, he’s tense

- when you actually sit him down and calmly talk about it he slowly loosens up again

-when you’re done, he’s crying

-“i can’t believe anyone would leave you mc…and especially not like that!!! you must have been so hurt!!! i won’t leave you ever!! i promise!!! i’ll do my best as a dad!!!”


-jaehee can tell how nervous you are, so she pays you her full attention bc she knows this is going to be important

-when you tell her about your fiance, her eyes turn sharper and you can tell she’s furious someone would dare treat you like this

-when you get to the pregnant part tho, she completely gives up on her anger to replace it with an exited smile

-“oh my god mc!!! i’m going to be a mom! me! i love you so much!!! i hate your ex, but at least some good came of it!, how long will it be??”


-he knew you had an fiance, and that you two split up some time before you joined the rfa, he had just assumed it was something you both agreed on

-when you tell him why, he freezez up.. “mc…my parents were horrible people… i’m nervous, but i’ll definetly do my best! i promise!!”

-lol bye ur ex fiance, seven would completely destroy him. donate his money to a charity for single mothers, get him fired, break up any relationships he might have.


-he’d hear the quiver in your voice and know it was serious

-would insist on holding your hands while you tell the whold story

-he’d start crying once you mention you’re pregnant

-“i’m sorry you had to experience that, you must have been very hurt…but mc!! i couldn’t be more happy to raise this child with you!”


-when you sat across from him on the verge of crying, he’d immediately demand to know who made you sad.

-when you tell him the whole story he’d be so angry, he’d just storm out the door to find your ex.

-when he comes home later, and finds you crying on the couch, he’d realize his mistake

-ofc he would never ever leave you, you saved him. he’d hug you and apologize from storming out the door like that, without saying anything.

-he would be terrified of starting a family, because of his own childhood. he’d be so afraid of messing up and not being good enough

-you’d have to remind him that he is not his parents, and he’d make a great dad, you’d help him and be there beside him.

anonymous asked:

F m k : Abernathy, Queenie and Tina

Fuck: Queenie.  I might have even considered marrying this woman however her powers of Legilimency would prevent me from committing to her. It’s a dangerous thing, to have someone around who can literally read every thought that passes through your mind. I would never consider putting a ring on her, although taking her to bed is another matter entirely.

Marry: Tina. She could be an extremely effective wizard if she had more focus and less of a bleeding heart. She wants to adopt every single charity case that comes her way, from magical creatures to No-Majes to wizards. With the right guidance she could make a formidable Auror and a good wife. If we married, she could spend time on her pet projects (but absolutely NO magical creatures in the house. And Newt cannot visit either. He has a BAD influence) It doesn’t hurt that she is a hot piece of ass.

Kill: Abernathy. Well I’m sure as hell not going to fuck or marry him. 

anonymous asked:

hi! just wondering how you manage to read all of those books? like do you have a website? or do you just have extreme amounts of money you never talk about? love all your book recs btw!

I do not have extreme amounts of money nor a website! this is my website! hello! welcome! what I do have is lots of friends who also love books and serve as my personal little libraries, and some good luck/Canny Skills™. as much as I desperately want to Keep The Industry And Bookshops Alive by only buying all my books in hardback full price from Waterstones, that is just not realistic. none of us are fucking millionaires. and frankly, my dear, I love reading far too much to be so self-sacrificing. 

okay. here is how I get all my books: 

- aforementioned friends! find someone (or multiple someones) in your friends group who loves books as much as you do and set up some sort of Book Co-op. share and share alike. you spend half as much money if you’re lending books back and forth, especially if there’s a whole NETWORK of you! I’m slowly but surely borrowing books from every single person I work with. it’s great. (also works with online friends: friends send friends epubs!) 

- NEVER UNDERESTIMATE YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY! I went to my local library and got a new library card (after paying an outstanding 8-year-old fine of 6p) in 2014 and never looked back. if they don’t have something you want they can ask a different branch to send it over, or you can request something brand new and they’ll try to get it for you! you love books! they love books! it’s like browsing a weird, uncool Waterstones, except EVERYTHING’S FREE! 

- charity shops. charity. shops. I will not walk past a charity shop. every single charity shop in the UK has a bookshelf, and generally the books people give away to charity are the ones they got for Christmas and read once or didn’t bother to read at all, and those are generally ones people grabbed from the Buy One Get One Half Price table at Waterstones. in short: NEW/ISH AND POPULAR PAPERBACKS FOR LIKE A QUID. my last charity shop jaunt I brought home William Boyd’s Any Human Heart and Andrew Smith’s Stand-Off and spent about £3.50. I almost bought a pristine, untouched, mint condition copy of A Gathering of Shadows. for £2. CHARITY SHOPS!!!

- if you live in a city (or a big/trendy town), I can guarantee you have at least five secondhand bookshops. find them, take an afternoon, wander around. if you’re really lucky, everything’ll be alphabetised to make your life even easier. it might even be sorted… by genre. mmm. it’s also worth finding any local independent bookshops and popping in for a browse rather than defaulting to Waterstones when you need to buy something new – the books’ll definitely be pricier than a secondhand bookshop or charity shop (though not pricier than W’stones), but if you’re going to give anyone money for Brand New books it should be independent bookshops! 

- speaking of Waterstones, while working there I abused my seasonal staff privileges somewhat by signing up to as a bookseller. I don’t know if it’s possible to sign up to it without something to prove you work in a bookshop/in the industry, but if it is you TOTALLY SHOULD. (and/or try to cheat the system somehow. ahem.) publishers put books up on NG and you can request an epub to read and review. they don’t always give them to you – sometimes it’s a regional thing, or, as is probably the case with me, they check to see how many reviews you actually leave and they’re like On Your Bike, Missy – but a lot of the time they do! 

- if you’re an ebook person, you absolutely need to sign up to BookBub! they email you once a day with great ebook deals. on actually good books. there’s some questionable ones (ISN’T THERE ALWAYS?), but today there’s Ruth Rendell, Hilary Mantel, Sara Raash’s Snow Like Ashes, Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See, John le Carré, Bernard Cornwell… i.e. good people and good books. I love my daily BookBub email! 

- Epic Reads, the YA social media bit of HarperCollins, does something called FIRST5 which is super cool – every week they send you the first 5 chapters of a YA book, one chapter every weekday morning. it’s the perfect try before you buy fandango, and they send you decent stuff, too. last week’s book was V. E. Schwab’s This Savage Song, which is awesommmeee. (if you’re in the US, they also do $1.99 YA ebook deals!) 

- is god’s gift to thrifty readers who love impulse buying books in the middle of the night. type in the book you want and it’ll literally give you a list of secondhand book websites that have copies and do a price comparison. (which can be misleading. my heart nearly exploded out of my chest when I saw that it had found me a copy of Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition for £1.17, but it neglected to mention the $63 postage.) 

- honestly ~*~SECONDHAND BOOK WEBSITES~*~ are the way, the truth and the light. is a great way to find a specific book you want (especially if it’s something a bit weird or out of print: see Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition for full details), but I tend to head straight to AbeBooks. also, while I think amazon is The Devil and I avoid buying directly from them where books are concerned, I’m a frequent flier at the amazon marketplace. I’m constantly buying ex-library books from random places I’ve never heard of in America. nobody wants them because they’re all stamped inside and thousands of people have groped them. BUT I WANT THEM. I WANT THEIR WEIRD HISTORY AND OLD BOOK SMELL. I WILL CHERISH THEM. find the book you want on amazon, click on where it says ‘x Used & New From £x.xx’ and boom. buy your copy of Six of Crows from Second City Books in Aurora, IL.

SO THERE YOU HAVE IT. books on books on books on books

who remembers

the onesies
the video diaries and the stairs
zayns earrings
all their bieber hair
carrots and turtles and pussies and nandos and himself
harry never wearing a tie
the kombi van
suspenders and plaid and blazers and polos and varsity jacket
awkward photoshoots
spin the harry
the inbetweeners dance
the hair shave
that blonde streak
all of their songs leaking
the phone booth
the world tour
matching colour schemes
breaking record after record
the charity single
the first tattoos
skinny jeans
the movie
the bandanas
the rock and grunge influence
the boots
the hair growing long and messy
the heartbreaks
the rumours
the rollercoaster

but oh god the music


So in case you guys don’t know, two of my friends, Badger and Jen, have recently become engaged. Honestly, I can’t imagine two better people for each other. They’re both incredibly driven and passionate people, each in their own way. I haven’t had many opportunities to see them interact, but any time I have they’ve always been moments of delight and happiness.

Significantly, they impacted my life together in a time when I needed support most during my cancer fundraiser. Jen drew and sold a t-shirt for me which I know a few of you own (it’s such a good shirt…) And Badger hosted a 24 hour video game charity stream where he single-handedly raised over 2000 dollars for me.

Their combined passions and talents through the years have personally propelled me and made me a better human being, and have tangibly and actively made my life a better place. I’m looking forward to the wedding guys, and there better be some fucking lasagna at the catering table.

A Gay Take On A Pop Classic Becomes A Rallying Cry For Orlando

The global response to “Bridge Over Troubled Water” has prompted the London Gay Men’s Chorus, which boasts around 200 members, to record the song as a charity single.