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I watch a lot of documentaries. I think they are incredible tools for learning and increasing our awareness of important issues. The power of an interesting documentary is that it can open our minds to new possibilities and deepen our understanding of the world.

On this list of mind expanding documentaries you will find different viewpoints, controversial opinions and even contradictory ideas. Critical thinking is recommended. I’m not a big fan of conspiracy documentaries but I do like films that challenge consensus reality and provoke us to question the everyday ideas, opinions and practices we usually take for granted.

Watching documentaries is one of my favorite methods of self-education. If I find a documentary inspiring, I usually spend more time researching the different ideas and interesting people interviewed in the film. I hope you find these documentaries as enlightening as I did!

[1] Life In The Biosphere

Explore the wonder and interconnectedness of the biosphere through the magic of technology.

Home
How Many People Can Live on Planet Earth
The Magical Forest
Ants: Nature’s Secret Power
Mt. Everest: How It Was Made
Mariana’s Trench: The Deepest Spot On Earth
Natural World: The Andes
Shining Mountains: The Rockies
Grand Canyon: How It Was Made
The Intelligence of Plants

[2] Creativity and Design:Advertisements

Learn about all the amazing things that people create with their imaginations.

Everything Is A Remix
The Creative Brain: How Insight Works
Design: The New Business
PressPausePlay: Art and Creativity in the Digital Age
Infamy: A Graffiti Documentary
Influencers: How Trends and Creativity Become Contagious
RIP: A Remix Manifesto
Design: e² – Sustainable Architecture
The Genius Of Design

[3] The Education Industrial Complex:

The modern school where young minds are moulded into standardized citizens by the state.

The College Conspiracy
Declining by Degrees: Higher Education at Risk
The Forbidden Education
Default: The Student Loan Documentary
College Inc.
Education For A Sustainable Future
Networked Society: The Future of Learning
The Ultimate History Lesson With John Taylor Gatto
The Education System in Communist China
The War On Kids

[4] The Digital Revolution:

The Internet is now the driving force behind change and innovation in the world.

The Age of Big Data
Resonance: Beings of Frequency
Life In A Day
Networked Society: On The Brink
Us Now: Social Media and Mass Collaboration
WikiRebels: The WikiLeaks Story
The Virtual Revolution: The Cost of Free
How Hackers Changed the World

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[5] A New Civilization:

We are at the dawn of a new golden age of human inventiveness.

THRIVE: What On Earth Will It Take?
Zeitgeist III: Moving Forward
Paradise or Oblivion
2012: Time For Change
The Crisis of Civilization
The Collective Evolution II
The Quickening: Awakening As One
2012 Crossing Over: A New Beginning
Collapse
The Awakening

[6] Politics:

Explore the politics of power and control and how it affects your life.

Owned and Operated
UnGrip
The Power Principle
The True Story of Che Guevara
Earth Days
Capitalism Is The Crisis
WikiLeaks: The Secret Life of a Superpower
The Putin System
The War On Democracy
Rise Like Lions: Occupy Wall Street and the Seeds of Revolution

[7] Biographies of Genius:

The biographies of modern geniuses who pushed humanity forward.

Isaac Newton: The Last Magician
The Unlimited Energy of Nikola Tesla
The Missing Secrets Of Nikola Tesla
Richard Feynman: No Ordinary Genius
How Albert Einstein’s Brain Worked
The Extraordinary Genius of Albert Einstein
Leonardo Da Vinci: The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything

[8] War:

War is history’s oldest racket for stealing from the powerless and redistributing resources to the powerful.

Psywar: The Real Battlefield Is Your Mind
The Secret History of 9/11
Robot Armies in the Future
The Never Ending War in Afghanistan
Shadow Company: Mercenaries In The Modern World
Why We Fight
The Fog Of War
The Oil Factor: Behind The War On Terror

[9] Economics:

Learn about the financial system works and how people and societies are enslaved through debt.

The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power
Overdose: The Next Financial Crisis
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of The World
The One Percent
Quants: The Alchemists of Wall Street
The Last Days Of Lehman Brothers
The Four Horsemen
Inside Job: The Biggest Robbery In Human History
Capitalism A Love Story
Money and Life

[10] Digital Entrepreneurship:

Profiles of the entrepreneurs who used technology to change the world.

The Life Of A Young Entrepreneur
Profile: Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin
Profile: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg
Starting-Up in America
Steve Jobs: One Last Thing
Steve Jobs: The Billion Dollar Hippy
Elon Musk: Risk Takers
The Story of Twitter

[11] Sports:

Watch the inspiring stories of amazing athletes.

Fearless: The Jeb Corliss Story
Carts of Darkness
Usain Bolt: The World’s Fastest Man
Wayne Gretzky: The Life and Times
Mike Tyson: Beyond the Glory
Birdmen
The Legacy Of Michael Jordan
We Ride: The Story of Snowboarding

[12] Technology:

Find out more about the impact of exponential growth and the approaching Singularity.

Ray Kurzweil: The Transcendent Man
How Robots Will Change the World
Human 2.0
Trance-Formation: The Future of Humanity
The Venus Project: Future By Design
Bionics, Transhumanism And The End Of Evolution
The Singularity Is Near
Car Technology Of The Future

[13] Origins of Religion:

Explore the original religious experience of mankind at the dawn of civilization.

Entheogen: Awakening the Divine Within
Manifesting the Mind: Footprints of the Shaman
Ancient Egypt and The Alternative Story of Mankind’s Origins
The Hidden Knowledge of the Supernatural
Re-Awaken: Open Your Heart, Expand Your Mind
Shamans of the Amazon
The Root of All Evil: The God Delusion
Ancient Knowledge
The Naked Truth
Before Babel: In Search of the First Language

[14] Western Religion:

The fascinating history of the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Secret Quest: The Path of the Christian Gnostics
The Secret Gate of Eden
Forbidden Knowledge: Lost Secrets of the Bible
Banned From The Bible: Secrets Of The Apostles
The Road To Armageddon
Muhammad: The Legacy of a Prophet
A Complete History of God
Gnosis: The Untold History of the Bible

[15] Eastern Religion:

Expand your mind by also studying the entirely different religious worldviews of the East.

Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds
The Life Of The Buddha
The Seven Wonders of the Buddhist World
Mysteries of the Cosmic OM: Ancient Vedic Science
Where Science and Buddhism Meet
The Yogis of Tibet
Taj Mahal: Secrets To Blow Your Mind
Light at the Edge of the World: Tibetan Science of the Mind
Myths of Mankind: The Mahabharata
Ayurveda: The Art of Being

[16] Consciousness:

Learn about the basic unity of existence and the miracle of consciousness.

Athene’s Theory of Everything
Theory of Everything: GOD, Devils, Dimensions, Dragons & The Illusion of Reality
The God Within: Physics, Cosmology and Consciousness
5 Gateways: The Five Key Expansions of Consciousness
Return to the Source: Philosophy and The Matrix
The Holographic Universe
DMT: The Spirit Molecule
Kymatica
Neuroplasticity: The Brain That Changes Itself

[17] Mysteries:

Indiana Jones-style explorations into the unsolved mysteries of the past.

Alchemy: Sacred Secrets Revealed
The Day Before Disclosure
The Pyramid Code
The Secret Design of the Egyptian Pyramids
Decoding the Past: Secrets of the Dollar Bill
Origins of the Da Vinci Code
Forbidden Knowledge: Ancient Medical Secrets
Secret Mysteries of America’s Beginnings: The New Atlantis
Secrets in Plain Sight

[18] Mass Culture:

Learn about how our thoughts and opinions are influenced by mass culture.

The Century of the Self
All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace
The Power Of Nightmares
Starsuckers: A Culture Obsessed By Celebrity
Human Resources: Social Engineering in the 20th Century
Obey: The Death of the Liberal Class
Motivational Guru: The Story of Tony Robbins
Bob Marley: Freedom Road
Radiant City

[19] Corporate Media:

Discover how the mass media and advertisers channel our irrational impulses.

Weapons of Mass Deceptions
Secrets of the Superbrands
Orwell Rolls in his Grave
The Esoteric Agenda
Propaganda
The Myth of the Liberal Media: The Propaganda Model of News
Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media
Symbolism in Logos: Subliminal Messages or Ancient Archetypes
Edward Snowden: A Truth Unveiled
Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism

[20] Art and Literature:

Explore the lives of famous artists and how art opens people’s minds.

Cosm: Alex Gray’s Visionary Art
Banksy’s Exit Through The Gift Shop
New Art and the Young Artists Behind It
Salvador Dali: A Master of the Modern Era
The Day Pictures Were Born
Off-Book: Digital Age Creativity
This Is Modern Art

[21] Health:

Explore issues in health, how our bodies work and the incredible power of our brains.

The Human Brain
The Truth About Vitamins
How To Live To 101
America’s Obesity Epidemic
The War On Health
The Beautiful Truth
Food Inc.
The Truth About Food
The Living Matrix

[22] Drugs:

Documentaries on the effect of drugs — legal and illegal — on the body and mind.

The Union: The Business Behind Getting High
The Drugging Of Our Children
How Marijuana Affects Your Health
Making a Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging
Clearing the Smoke: The Science of Cannabis
LSD: The Beyond Within
The War on Drugs: The Prison Industrial Complex
Are Illegal Drugs More Dangerous Than Legal Drugs?
The Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic
Run From The Cure: The Rick Simpson Story

[23] Environment:

Thought-provoking documentaries on the environmental movement and the growing threats to our biosphere.

Earthlings
Blue Gold: World Water Wars
Shift: Beyond the Numbers of the Climate Crisis
All Things Are Connected
The Fight For Amazonia
Flow: For Love Of Water
Here Comes the Sun
The World According To Monsanto
The Story of Stuff

[24] Cosmos:

Expand your mind by exploring our indescribably large and beautiful Cosmos.

The Search for Planets Similar to Earth
Cosmic Journeys : The Largest Black Holes in the Universe
The Mystery of the Milky Way
Fractals: The Hidden Dimension
Into The Universe With Stephen Hawking: The Story of Everything
Pioneer Science: Discovering Deep Space
Carl Sagan’s Cosmos
The Strangest Things In The Universe

[25] Science:

The history of scientific discovery and how scientific instruments expand our perception.

The Complete History of Science
Secret Universe: The Hidden Life of the Cell
Stephen Hawking: A Brief History of Time
Quantum Mechanics: Fabric of the Cosmos
The Light Fantastic
DNA: The Secret of Life
Parallel Universes, Alternative Timelines & Multiverse
What Is The Higgs Boson?
Infinity

[26] Evolution:

The story of our evolution and the emergence of self-aware human beings.

The Origin of Life
Homo Sapiens: The Birth of Humanity
Beyond Me
The Global Brain
Metanoia: A New Vision of Nature
Birth Of A New Humanity
Samsara
Ape Man: Adventures in Human Evolution
The Incredible Human Journey
The Human Family Tree

[27] Psychology and The Brain:

New research is shining a spotlight on how we can improve our brains.

How Smart Can We Get?
The Science of Lust
The Secret You
What Are Dreams?
A Virus Called Fear
Beyond Thought (Awareness Itself)
The Human Brain
Superconscious Mind: How To Double Your Brain’s Performance
How Does Your Memory Work?
Secrets of the Mind

[28] Modern History:

The story of the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution and the rise of the modern world.

History of the World in Two Hours
The Industrial Revolution
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
The French Revolution
Big Sugar
The American Revolution

[29] Pre-Modern History:

The story of the Americas and European history in the pre-modern world.

Socrates, Aristotle and Plato
The Medici: The Most Influencial Family In The World
A History of Celtic Britain
The Crusades: Victory and Defeat
The Vikings: Voyage To America
Copernicus and the Scientific Revolution

[30] Current Events:

Become more informed about current events that are shaping the world.

Syria: The Reckoning
Empire: Putin’s Russia
The New Arms Race
The Killing of Yasser Arafat
Egypt In Crisis
Inside Obama’s Presidency
The Untouchables: How Obama Protected Wall Street
Behind The Rhetoric: The Real Iran
A History of the Middle East since WWII
Climate Wars

[31] Ancient Civilizations:

Fascination explorations into the ancient civilizations of our past.

The Persian Empire : Most Mysterious Civilization in the Ancient World
What The Ancients Did For Us
What the Ancients Knew
Egypt: Beyond the Pyramids
Secrets of the Ancient Empires
Graham Hancock’s Quest For The Lost Civilization
Atlantis: The Lost Continent
Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

I hope you enjoy watching some of these mind expanding documentaries! If you have a personal favorite, please share it with everyone in the comments.

Credits: DIY Genius

Domestic!

Some Domestic! Fierrochase for my new dear friend @literallyalexfierro, who is having a rough patch.

  • So Magnus cooks
  • Because A. Alex doesn’t know how to cook
  • And B. They made an agreement that Alex cleans the dishes
  • Magnus secretly enjoys it
  • They both love trying out new food because they finally can
  • When they first move into a apartment together it’s chaos
  • Even before hand it’s crazy when they try to plan their new home
  • How it’s gonna look
  • Where everything is gonna be
  • Stuff like that
  • This is right before they get married and after the honeymoon
  • So like the house will be ready when their back.
  • Move in day:
  • Alex ignores the boxes and goes straight to the slippery floors
  • And Magnus doesn’t really mind cause dam his S.O looks cute
  • After watching Alex short hair flow as she goes side to side
  • He finally joins in
  • And of course… They end up falling on the floor.
  • And they just got back from their honeymoon so…
  • They get all hyped about holidays
  • Alex’s fav is Halloween
  • Cause she’s a shapeshifter so.
  • Magnus LOVES Christmas
  • And again, they finally experience these things
  • And they do it together
  • They have eternity
  • Somedays they’ll just marathon movie series or TV shows.
  • After all Magnus is still a Whovian.
  • And Alex turns out to be a total nerd too.
  • Into stuff like Harry Potter and LOTR.
  • So like, they just act like normal teenagers who live together.
  • Alex takes a course in Art from Valhalla’s online school.
  • And Magnus does History.
  • And they’re really supportive of each other.
  • Like ‘Oh, you’re pulling an all nighter? Let me make a pot of coffee and I’ll help you with that research paper’
  • They have friends over
  • Cause Nico can get the CHB/CJ gang there
  • So they host a lot
  • And when Sam and Amir get married
  • And have (a) kid(s)
  • They babysit
  • And they babysit Percabeth’s kid… And Blitzstone kid… 
  • Cause no where safer then the afterlife!
(no, i am not afraid to die)

I wrote this because I am having a lot of feelings about the fact that everyone but keyleth and vax have died and idk man. title comes from the Oh Hello’s song this will end.

  • It’s many years later; decades, maybe even centuries after the dragons are defeated. 
    • A child lays in her bed, her grandmother telling her the story of the brave heroes who saved the world.
  • The rogue, the ranger, the cleric, the barbarian, the bard, the gunslinger, and the druid.
    • their heroics exaggerated after all the years, their names forgotten to time.
      • maybe not completely forgotten
  • Her grandmother tells her of the battles: 
    • how they killed the Iron Storm in his home
    • how they slayed the Hope Devourer by teleporting inside of it
    • how they took vengeance for their fallen friend in killing the Frigid Doom 
    • how they nearly died at the hands of the Cinder King 
    • how two of them did die, briefly, at the hands of the Diseased Deceiver.
  • The child, who had heard all the stories of the adventurers, asked her grandmother a question. 
  • “Do you think it hurt?”
    • “What do you mean, child?” asked her grandmother.
  • “They all died- well, all except for the druid and the rogue, I guess, but the ranger, barbarian, and gunslinger all died twice. Do you think that it hurt?” The child asked, curiosity gleaming in her eyes.
  • An innocent question, asked merely out of curiosity 
    • the child was always the type to ask, rather than leave a question steeping in her brain
      • Of course it hurts- it feels as if you lose a piece of yourself every time and it hurts so badly you feel you might die from the pain, too.
  • Her grandmother, sighed, and answered:
    • “Do I think dying hurts? Child, I know it does. To have someone you love leave? That pain is unimaginable, especially if it’s before their time. The pain would be awful for their friends, and it would only get worse every time someone died. Dying is painful for the living, I think. I don’t think it hurts too badly for the dead.”
  • The child stared at her with wide eyes.
    • “But grandmother, the dead have died. That’s gotta hurt, right?”
      • Trust me, child; I’ve lost enough friends to know it hurts. It feels as though the grief will swallow you whole every time.I’d rather fight a whole conclave of ancient dragons than lose someone I love.
  • “Child, I would not know, I haven’t died. I imagine it hurts, and I know people who are brought back have lasting effects. But those who are left behind, to live on after someone’s died? They have to live without the person they’ve lost. 
    • And it hurts; it gets better on some days, Child, but then there will be days when you see something and your first instinct will be to tell the person you’ve lost, and you will remember you can’t. 
      • But then you remember to stay strong,and be happy for those who have gone before, and to live well for them.”
  • The child blinked, taking in her grandmother’s response.
    • “Huh. Grandmother, would you tell me another story?”
  • Her grandmother laughed:
    • “One more, and then it’s off to bed, now which story would you like to hear?”
      • “Can you tell me the story of the Bard and his magic spice?”
        • Her grandmother smiled, and begin to weave the tale.
        • Oh child, if you only knew he thought he was buying drugs, not spices.
  • When she finished her story, she blew out the candle by the child’s bed, and went to leave the room. 
    • She stood at the doorway, the hallway light illuminating the room, her headpiece casting antler-shaped shadows over the room.
  • “Goodnight, my child. Sleep well.”
  • “Goodnight, grandmother.”

I really do feel cheated that Peter and Wendy weren’t a part of season 1 because cursed Darling Pan AUs are the best thing to exist
imagine them as students
I really like the idea of rebel Peter and bookworm Wendy but I also love the opposite of that with shy and awkward dreamer Peter and tornado Wendy Darling 
IMAGINE THOUGH CURSED PETER AS THIS REALLY SWEET, TIMID TEENAGE BOY who is super good friends with Henry and protects him from older bullies but when the curse breaks Peter is like lmao henry i like you you’re a lost boy now we’re going to neverland and that’s the next plot arc instead
a season that starts with ALL THE CHILDREN OF THE TOWN DISAPPEARING because Peter Pan has brought them to Neverland and the only remaining are the Darlings, because Wendy knows Peter well enough to evade him 
And what follows is basically the Nevengers going to Neverland + the Darlings to find Pan and find a way to bring all the children home
how cool would that have been

How i started yoga

Hi guys!

So, i get a lot of questions about how i started yoga lately etc. here are some answers!
When did you start? - I started four months ago, in the middle of january i think

Do you join a yoga class? - no i’m practising on my own at home

How do you started? - I started on my own at home. first i used youtube videos from yoga with adriene for beginners, but i couldn’t even reach half of the poses she showed for beginners so i started completely on my own with stretching (touching the ground with my hands, coming in the downward facing dog etc.) . coincident i started working on headstands, later on handstands and one month or a bit more ago with forearm handstands. i always used a wall because i was shaky like hell (and i’m still often!). i don’t do yoga flows at the moment because first i want to be able to reach the poses, so that the flows ARE flows and not just pretending like i’m relaxed when i actually have to fight to hold or come into different poses (yes i know, some of you think this isn’t good, but that’s the way i do it!). so when i do yoga, i always work on headstand, handstand and forearmstand and other different difficult poses and then i stretch my legs, my back, arms etc.

What kind of yoga do you do? - As you can see i just do the whole thing on my own. i often look through tumblr, instagram or blogs (always professional yogis) and look how they come into different poses or if they post tips or so. I don’t do one special kind of yoga for now. i do what feels good for me and as i’ve said, when i’m able to hold different poses for long times i will start concentrating more on real yoga lessons.

How often do you practise? - i practise around every day or every second day at the moment because i don’t have school and study a lot for my exams, so i have a lot of free time. the first three months i practised around every second day. if i don’t feel good i don’t practise (did this once, and it was a REALLY bad decision). i also do abs workouts every third day and i’m sure they also really helped for head/hand/forearmstands.

Sooo, i hope this helped! :) if there are any more questions, feel free to ask.
lots of love, kai xxx

Hey guys! I found the SasuSaku song
One OK Rock
Hey guys! I found the SasuSaku song

Nobody’s Home

How are you doing?
I could say that, but time sure has passed hasn’t it?
I’ve always been cradled by the warmth and tenderness
Of your embrace

But I’ve betrayed you so many times
I just say from my heart that I’m sorry
I just finally realized

Nobody’s home, yeah
Nobody’s home, yeah
That day I threw away absolutely everything and set off
If I let myself remember, at that time
You gave my back the powerful push it needed

Realizing how scattered I became
Frustratingly not knowing what I could and couldn’t do
The reality that my parent’s dream for me
And my own dream did not intersect

But now I can say that
Throughout our time apart, I never wavered

Nobody’s home, yeah
Nobody’s home, yeah
Even if I were to collapse into nothing
What I can’t see before my eyes
Is tied with our will to live

Nobody’s home, yeah
Nobody’s home, yeah
Because I honestly bombarded you with trouble
Someday definitely, more than definitely
I’ll show you the scenery I want to see

Nobody’s home, yeah
Nobody’s home, yeah
I love you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you

So, I was watching Cutthroat Kitchen (S02E07), and the challenge was to make french fries

Up for auction? Exclusive rights to the salt; i.e. only the person who won it could use the salt to season their french fries

When it got to the end, and the judge was trying everyone’s food, the judge got to the lady who won the salt and complained that her fries were underseasoned

she had exclusive rights to the salt, and her fries were underseasoned

she was sent home

how do you fuck up that badly? 

Tag 10 People You Wanna Get to Know Better

I was tagged by bloody–holly

Name: Grace
Average Hours of Sleep: Like 12 hours or 2 hours. There isn’t usually an inbetween
The Last Thing You Googled: Louis Theroux (heh)
Nicknames: Tony by Lauren but that’s it
Birthday: 27th June
Sexual Orientation: Straight but a lil gay. (keeping emma’s answer)
Height: idk like short 5′3″ or 5′4″????
Favourite Colour: Boring black
One Place That Makes You Happy: home
How Many Blankets Do You Sleep With: I just have the one quilt?? I change the thickness in the summer and winter
Favourite Film: Nope
What I’m Wearing Right Now: Jogger bottoms and a t shirt for bed
Last Book I Read: The Road
Most Used Phrase: haha probably “i’ll cut you” (in a jokey way iswear) or “fuck you”or something idk
First Words That Comes To Your Mind: fuck
Last Thing You Said To A Family Member: “mum what phrases do I say a lot?”
Favourite Beverage:  idk like depends on time of year and stuff, coke or for alcoholic wine
Favourite Food: risotto
Last Film I Watched in Theatres: Kingsman
Dream Vacation: some villa in Tuscany in the hills with a pool and surrounded by family
Dream Pet: I have him, he’s called Dennis
Dream Job: any job where I am in contact with the national (probably like the professional version of what Ryan Gosling does in Crazy Stpuid Love but for the sad dads instead. Like a pro make over person) Or a comedy/tv writer. Or working for a non-profit or something in Palestine??? (idk they’re all very different)

Yo: dessnering insertsonglyrichere imforgettingwhy friedarmisen charlton-brooker filling-everything pale-fire vanderlylecrybaecry i-wont-run sandylyle

i was tagged by the lovely edward-of-york :D

  1. Name: Solenne
  2. Time and date where I am at: 23:23 (or 11:23pm) in the south of France
  3. Hours of sleep I got: 7, more or less. i don’t sleep enough
  4. Last thing I Googled: “he ve never know” yeah, i wanted to be sure that my english was correct :P
  5. Nicknames: none. ‘nami’ sometimes
  6. Birthday: november 6
  7. Height: 165~~67 ?
  8. Favourite color: brown
  9. Places that makes me happy: the forest (alone) and my HOME
  10. How many blankets I sleep under: i don’t like a lot blankets, i prefer bed old-styles with plenty of sheets. but as it is winter, i am using one
  11. Last book I read: a biography about Neil Young
  12. Dream Job: i have no idea. something that could permit me to go around the world, travelling and see the beauty of the world i guess… something adventurous … idk

i tag : xrochester, my-heart-is-set-upon-a-lusty-pin, princerichardofyork, queenelizabethwydeville, yorkishprincess voilà