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New interview in Sunday’s The Observer. Highlights:

On doing press: “Having just turned 40 I hope I’ve achieved some sort of wisdom or patience,” he says in his soft, evenly paced brogue. As a younger man he disliked watching himself on screen; he struggled with press duties and avoided TV chat shows until a few years ago. “I was very uncomfortable with this,” he continues with a gesture at my tape recorder and notepad. “The reductive nature nowadays of most journalism is very frustrating.” One newspaper report on the most recent series of Peaky Blinders focused on the baring of his bottom. “It is getting absurd with the dumbing down, the level of questions you get asked.”

On moving to Dublin and getting a puppy: Murphy moved away, making his home in London with his wife and children Malachy and Aran, now 11 and nine. After 14 years in the British capital, however, they have just relocated to Dublin… “You want to be with your parents as they get older and you want your children to be aware of their culture… Irish people are brilliant and you have to go away and come back to realise it.” Did his boys rebel when they were told they’d be leaving their schoolfriends behind? “We promised them a dog so that was just fine.” A black Labrador arrived, though, he says, “I am the only one that walks it, of course.” 

On Dunkirk: Though Nolan’s films are usually shrouded in secrecy, as Murphy points out: “Everybody knows what happened at Dunkirk, so it can’t deviate too much from the facts. It is not like Inception or Interstellar, there’s no major reveal.” He describes Nolan as an old-fashioned filmmaker. “And while all of his films have big budgets and involve a lot of setet pieces, they always feel like a little independent film for the actor because you only ever have one camera and Chris watches on a tiny little monitor. He is right there beside you.”

On Peaky Blinders: The show will run for two more seasons. “It is some of the best writing I have come across,” he says, “and I never expected to revisit a character like that over and over. It will be about 30 hours of television when we have finished and to shine a light into all these weird parts of the character’s psyche that you would never ever get in the compressed version of a feature film or even a play, that is an extraordinary gift. I am very lucky that it came along. I have always just been about the work.”

On his interests outside acting: “I have not been interested in anything else,” he says. “I know I am old-fashioned, but I don’t want to bring out a fashion line, I don’t want to bring out an album. I just want to do the work as best as I can and if that effects change for somebody, then that is great.” He smiles. “I don’t want to change the world.”

Change does not come overnight; it will not supply immediate gratification. It is master to none except time, and time uses change well. Both rely on each other and work to flow together. Therefore change will take only as long as we want it to. Change will only happen when we realize that time will keep moving forward, and so must we.
—  The Concerned Observer

North Carolina legislator Larry Pittman compares Abraham Lincoln to Adolf Hitler

  • Fresh off of White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s already-notorious gaffe denying Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler’s use of chemical weapons, another Republican official has waded right into the completely unnecessary but inexplicably ongoing debate about how bad Hitler was.
  • According to the Charlotte News-Observer, North Carolina state Rep. Larry Pittman of Concord wrote in a Facebook post that President Abraham Lincoln was no better than Hitler, who exterminated millions of Jews and others deemed undesirable by the Nazi regime and launched a world war which killed tens of millions more.

Barcelona players' Whatsapp group

Barcelona’s players have a means of communicating that more than one fan would ‘kill’ for the chance to sneak a peak, let alone be able to actively participate in. We’re talking about the Whatsapp group which all the members of the first team, as well as some other employees, use to chat.

The adminstrator of the group – the person in charge of adding and removing people – is Gerard Pique. The Catalan defender is very active when it comes to technology. Remember the controversy his Periscopes caused and the fact he now doesn’t use that particular app any more to communicate with his fans.

This particular Whatsapp group is used most often to communicate and make arrangements during away games and nights spent in hotels, but there are some absentees. Among them is Luis Enrique – as well as the rest of his coaching sert-up in the first team and the club’s directors and executives.

We don’t know the motives the coaches have not been included, but it’s an understandable stance given that, even though there’s a good relationship with them, they are still the 'bosses’. For that reason, if one day anyone has to express any concerns, it’s easier to do so without being observed.

Stolen IV - Tommy Shelby

Stolen pt. 1 | pt. 2 | pt. 3 | pt. 4 - Tommy Shelby

It was  nearly one in the morning when Michael came to your door. Mary let him in and as soon as the door was open Michael was sprinting up the stairs. He and Isaiah had tracked Betty’s boyfriend to a train station and had watched as he bought a ticket to Brighton. Michael had wanted to take the man down right then in the middle of the crowded train station but Tommy had made him promise to just observe. Any news was brought to Tommy’s desk first. He was going to be the one who killed the son of a bitch that took his son. 

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Seth Rollins Injury Update: Good News

According to Wrestling Observer, WWE believe Seth will be back in time for Mania. The feud with HHH is still set to go. It will be a slow build and will most likely keep Rollins off TV until possibly Fastlane. 

Judging by Seth’s recent Instagram post…this sounds about right. 

On that note:

Junkertown Radio stations,

Little signal towers dotted around the landscape broadcasting news, weather observations (a few of the bigger ones even have a few rudimentary weather monitoring systems for advanced warning. DreamTime FM is considered the most reliable in terms of weather), what music records they have and even some live local stuff. A few can be called in to share stories and warnings, and some are just humour focused for a little light relief.


Stole this from @fadedforyou and expanded it a bit. If Evelyn Trevelyan and Josephine Montilyet were on social media.

If they had a tumblr, what would they post?

If Evelyn had a tumblr, it would be filled with quotes and love poems, love songs and landscapes. She would tag her posts with things directed at Josephine. Josephine, on the other hand, would probably post news articles, observations, history quotes and the occasional picture of cute animals. If she was upset about something, she would post a rant which she would delete within minutes of posting.

If they had facebook?

Evelyn would have a ton of friends on hers and post updates on her travels with various pictures.  Josephine would reserve hers for just family and close friends. She would rarely post except the occasional picture or status update.

If they had twitter?

Evelyn would use this the most with updates like “Just killed a dragon” or “Can you believe how boring this dinner is?” with various hashtags. Josephine would be in stealth mode where most people would not even know she had a twitter account. She would rant in multiple messages and get into twitter wars. She could possibly become twitter famous with people speculating on her identity.

Latest News on AJ Lee’s Retirement

On Saturday night’s episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said AJ likely gave WWE two days notice (after her match at Wrestlemania 31).

Meltzer said that since the lawsuit against CM Punk was filed by Dr. Amann with WWE’s support, it turned into a really bad situation for her to work there.

WWE likely used the term “retired” instead of released, because retirement means AJ had to agree that she can’t go to work for any other wrestling organization. And apparently that was the only way WWE would let her go. But at this point, Dave speculates that AJ didn’t want to work anywhere else anyway.

In closing, Meltzer said AJ’s situation with WWE is “Exactly what you would think. A very uncomfortable situation to be in for her.”

Source: April 4, 2015 Episode of Wrestling Observer Radio

3 Members Of Muslim Family Murdered In Chapel Hill, Sparking #MuslimLivesMatter Campaign

Three members of a Muslim family were shot to death Tuesday in their home near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus.

The suspect, 46-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks, surrendered and was arrested on charges of first-degree murder. He is accused of killing Deah Barakat, 23, Barakat’s wife, Yusor Abu-Salha, 23, and Yusor’s sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 21.

Police responded to reports of gunshots at about 5:15 p.m., Tuesday, when they found the victims’ bodies. The shooting happened in a neighborhood that is mostly rental apartments where students live, and crime there is low, according to the News and Observer. Read on for developing news here. 

About Attention

When some people pop out one kid after another or in general, I kinda think much of it is for the attention. You’ll know it’s true if they flip out on you. That’s what happens when you hit a nerve.

I actually remember one of my friends getting offended that I didn’t say congratulations or anything like that. Actually when I found out. I noped the fuck out of her life. 
Here’s the thing, special snowflakes. No one is obligated to be happy for you. No one is obligated to endure your screaming, pooping, $250,000 debt sentence/life commitment. No one is obligated to endure your bodily changes and mood swings other than the person who helped cause it. If he’s not around, that’s your problem. The reality is, not everyone in your social circle has the time or patience to deal with the situations you create.

Maybe Planned Parenthood cares, but do you see that logo on my shirt?  

FYI abortion is OK. No brain, no pain receptors. It sucks, but so does having an innocent child you’re not prepared for. Contraception is OK, it’s better than OK it’s the best thing in the world. No glove no love. Plan B. IUD. Go get it or endure the consequences.  

Have you ever heard parents say, “I don’t care about anyone else’s kids but mine?” The only person who genuinely cares about your kids is you, maybe your family, although, if you watch the news or observe society when you go out, some parents don’t even do that, and that is truly fucking horrible. 

If you want my attention, do something of REAL value (having more kids in an over-populated world is the opposite of value). Save animals, help the needy, even ADOPT a child. I’ll congratulate you and tell you how awesome you are until Armageddon. I don’t hate kids, I hate ignorant, selfish, entitled parents that raise ignorant, selfish, entitled offspring.

7 Billion humans on earth came out of vagoos. It doesn’t take much effort to make a kid, but it takes a helluva lot of effort and energy to raise them. You run the risk of going it alone as more people are waking up to the childfree movement because we give a damn about the environment, and the reality of bringing another human into the world.

okay this isn’t really news it’s just an observation that i thought was kind of neat

remember phoenix’s spy camera :O badge from apollo justice?

that badge probably originally came from ema given that she’s seen wearing it in rise from the ashes (and in investigations), along with two other badges on the side of her coat:

however, in apollo justice she’s only seen to be wearing one badge on her bag, one of the little blue yelling ones:

so what happened to the other badge?

she gave it to apollo

Tano And Kenobi: The Senator From Naboo

Previously on Tano and Kenobi…

Now that she has been re-accepted into the Jedi Order and named a Jedi Knight, Ahsoka Tano has some work to do. Luckily a helpful Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn is there to point her in the right direction. Senior Initiate Obi-Wan Kenobi has some training to make up for and a lesson in jar’kai waiting for him. 

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Jar’kai was amazing.

Exhausting, but amazing!

Obi-Wan could not remember the last time his arms were so tired and sore after just an hour of lightsaber practice. He happily slumped his way back to the Initiate Dormitory, shedding his robes and boots before taking a long shower in the refresher when he got to his room. After an eternity of muscle-relaxing warm water, he got out, changed into a more comfortable set of robes, and headed back out for dinner.

He was so wrapped up in the happy memories of his lesson with Master Ahsoka that Obi-Wan paid little attention to the older Padawans who were whispering about how he didn’t have a master yet.

“I can’t believe he’s still here!”

“I would have left out of shame by now.”

“My master says no one will take him. They say he’s too emotional. That he might go dark.”

“I heard he tried to ask Master Sinube. Can you believe it? How desperate do you have to be to ask that old fart?”

Holding his head high, Obi-Wan nodded pleasantly to his fellow Jedi. He had a wicked retort on his tongue but he stilled it, knowing deep in his heart that Master Ahsoka would not approve. He was going to make her proud, to show her that he was worthy of her teachings and maybe, if he was lucky, being her padawan.

So that meant Obi-Wan would just have to bite his tongue and ignore the cold-hearted nexus he found himself in line with.

“Hey, Obi-Wan!” a voice called out through the dining hall, belonging to a dark-skinned Kiffar with a golden stripe across his nose.

Who was pushing his way through the dinner crowd and making a beeline towards Obi-Wan. “Thanks for saving me a spot in line.”

Obi-Wan rolled his eyes. “I did no such thing, Quinlan. The end of the line is back there behind Padawan Rast.”

“You are such a goody-goody!” Quinlan groaned, wrapping an arm around his friend’s shoulders and then pulling him into a headlock where he could give him some proper encouragement with his knuckles. “You were totally saving a spot for me, right?”

“Gah! Ow! Quin! That hurts!” Obi-Wan protested, smacking at his friend’s arm for release before he would have to employ more aggressive measures. “Let me go, you odiferous gundark!”

“Odiferous?” Quinlan laughed, releasing Obi-Wan with a flourish and a firm place in line behind his friend as they shuffled forward to dinner. “I will have you know I took a bath yesterday.”

Obi-Wan gently touched the top of his head and winced. “I know. I can smell.”

“So what’s this I hear about there being a new knight in the Temple?” Quinlan asked, his eyes bright with curiosity and his smile lean and curious. “Master says she’s a Togruta that grew up on the Outer Rim? And her master passed into the Force a while ago.”

The surrounding padawans seemed to inch closer to Obi-Wan and Quinlan, their arch commentaries on Obi-Wan’s presence and Quinlan’s boisterous nature forgotten in the face of news and gossip. Highly observant for an initiate, Obi-Wan chewed on his lip as he carefully thought of what to say that would sate Quin’s voracious curiosity but wouldn’t give too much away about Master Ahsoka. He felt very protective of Ahsoka and didn’t want idle gossip to cause her the kind of trouble it had caused Obi-Wan.

“Knight Tano has recently returned from an extended mission in the field,” Obi-Wan finally concluded, thanking the serving droid as he took his tray and stepped away from the food line, Quinlan right on his heels. “She’s been having trouble finding her way with the renovations and I have offered to assist her around the Temple.”

“Tano?” Quinlan echoed, flopping down opposite Obi-Wan at one of the long tables the initiates and padawans sat at. “I don’t remember a knight by that name. What does she do?”

Obi-Wan frowned off to the side, trying to stay silent.

Quinlan narrowed his eyes, his grin growing wider. “You know what she was doing, don’t you! Tell me! C’mon, Obi-Waaaaan! I swear to Yoda I won’t tell a soul!”

Shaking his head, Obi-Wan folded his arms over his chest and continued his mulish silence.

“Obi-Wan!” the Kiffar pleaded, holding up his dessert, hoping it would loosen his friend’s tongue. “I’ll give you my chocolate sponge cake!”

“No!” Obi-Wan refused, shaking his head. “I can’t. I don’t have authorization to tell you.”

“Authorization?” Quinlan gaped, his excitement growing by the minute as he was starting to imagine Knight Tano taking on whole squadrons of pirates over the misty rings of an exotic Outer Rim planet. “Is she a Shadow? Master didn’t say anything about her being a Shadow!”

“Quinlan!” Obi-Wan hissed, leaning under the table to give his friend a good kick in the shins. “Shut your karking mouth before somebody hears you!”

“Language, Initiate,” a low voice rumbled into the two boys squabble and they both turned their faces skyward to see the tall, imposing presence of Master Qui-Gon Jinn standing over them. His face was impassive, neither a smile nor a frown on his lips and his eyes seemed to see beyond them, as if they were not there. “Brother Jedi do not squabble over petty gossip. You would do well to set a proper example for your friend, Padawan Vos.”

And with that bit of wisdom imparted, Master Jinn moved out of the dining hall and into the shadowed archway that led back into the Temple.

Obi-Wan let out a heavy sigh and turned his eyes back to his food as Quinlan let out a snort once he was absolutely certain the mountain of a master was out of earshot. He proceeded to sit up straighter and sniffed in a poor imitation of Master Jinn, “You would do well to be more of a stick in the mud like Luminara, Obi-Wan. She never has any fun and all the masters love her.”

Rolling his eyes, Obi-Wan tucked into his dinner. “Shut up, Quin. I don’t want to get chewed out by two masters tonight.”

Deciding that his empty stomach could hold out no longer, Quinlan followed Obi-Wan’s suggestion and the two boys began to eat in relative silence.

Quinlan didn’t notice Obi-Wan turning around to gaze out at the doorway Master Jinn departed through. I know Master Ahsoka thinks Master Jinn might be a good master for me but… I don’t know. I don’t think any Padawan could ever make him happy.

Obi-Wan bit into his chocolate sponge cake and sighed. Definitely not me.

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Hide has a lot of patience, and is devoted to someone who doesn’t necessarily deserve his appreciation. I understand that Kaneki refused communication with Hide, for the sake of keeping Hide safe from him, but Kaneki went about it in a terrible way.

I like how the manga points out that Kaneki’s mother is a “selfish” woman, and that he, Kaneki, is very selfish, and very much like her. The idea that, “If I keep him away, he’ll be safe,” At first glance, is an actual noble idea.

But Kaneki never considered Hide’s feelings with this attitude. He considered Hide’s safety, but not his feelings. His pretending Hide didn’t exist meant that Hide could be safe, from him. And that’s selfish.

Selfishness isn’t always a bad thing, though, despite it’s negative connotation.

But what is negative, is that he hardly considered how Hide was feeling.

Which Is why I’m glad that Ishida not only highlighted Kaneki’s selfishness, but also the fact that Hide was lonely (in the anime, at least), and that Kaneki’s negligence to be a good friend is apart of Hide’s loneliness.

I would really love a scene in which Hide yells at Kaenki. Kaneki’s “protecting” Hide didn’t protect him at all.( Let’s be real, how is Hide bleeding to death protecting him? If Kaneki was really protecting him, he would’ve made sure Hide wasn’t involved with the CCG. What about the sewer? Same as the first sentence.)  What strikes me, honestly, is that Kaneki knows Hide’s personality, knows Hide and his tendency to investigate things that seem amiss. Kaneki’s disappearance is a miss.

I wonder if he expected Hide to forget about him, like he forgot about Hide?

(Going back to Kaneki’s relationship with his mother, and how he doesn’t want to be alone, and the selfishness that’s derived from that, I wonder if Kaneki was actually betting on Hide finding him. Perhaps I see it as an ego thing, Kaneki expects Hide to look for him. )

All-in-all, Kaneki owes Hide a huge ass apology. And the sad part is, whether he apologizes or not,  Hide will still love him unconditionally. Oh well, we all have those friends we don’t deserve.

p.s: Though part of me wonders if Kaneki just wanted to show Hide that he could do something on his own. Hide is always standing up for Kaneki. Judging by the fact that Kaneki knows that Hide may have been looking for him, I wonder if he did so in such a way that he can show Hide, “See, you don’t always have to help me.” In the anime, Kaneki doesn’t even seem surprised when Hide mentions his “Eye-patch” get up, and that he’s been seeing him on the news. Just an observation.