one for the uk and one for the states

anonymous asked:

Do you ever see ZR out in the wild?

Not at all. It’s a nightmare from which I can’t seem to wake. When I was studying abroad at San Francisco State back in 2014-15 there were weeks where I saw a cute girl in thigh highs daily, but in all my time living in the godforsaken wastelands of rural England - a name I enunciate with the same disgust and venom as one might the word ‘tapeworm’ - I see none.

In my entire UK-based life I’ve seen one girl wearing thigh highs. One. Foreign transfer student at my University. Saw her walking down the boulevard whilst I was driving out of the parking lot, nearly crashed into a car stopped in front of me because I couldn’t tear my eyes away from what I was sure was a figment of my imagination. There was another time where I saw a girl wearing thigh highs walking towards me on the pavement, but as she drew closer I realised she was wearing those awful, tricky ‘you-think-they’re-thigh-highs-but-they’re-actually-pantyhose’ style leggings, and I was absolutely crestfallen.

You think I’m playing; I’m deadly serious. One of the main reasons I want to expatriate is to live somewhere where thigh highs aren’t sighted as infrequently as ball lightning. It’s a hell and a half.

anonymous asked:

Allow me to clarify, because context is hard: you cannot legally enforce a contract clause that requires someone to hide their sexuality in the UK. Please do not argue that "if it's effective we wouldn't know about it". We know about NDAs, we know about super injunctions, we know about various financial dealings; ALL of which have been challenged in court and yet somehow in the entire course of UK history no one has ever gone to court to fight against being contractually closeted.

OK, but by your logic there are two possible reasons for your last statement:

(1) It has never happened and so no one has ever needed to try to enforce this law,


(2) No one has ever brought an enforcement action because they know there is no basis upon which they can state a claim.

I mean, I know I live in a more litigious world than most, but the idea that a claim has never been brought on a plausible cause of action because industry has been kind enough to acknowledge they shouldn’t do something and not do it seems to be a bit of a reach. On the other hand, no lawyer taking on a claim that they know has no basis (because they could be sanctioned for failing to bring a colorable claim) seems very plausible.

Using your logic here, there are lots of things that are illegal in contracts that people have taken to court and won verdicts on. These things are explicitly illegal – underpayment, gender discrimination, whatever. Industry still does it, employees sue, employees win, industry is punished. But this one illegal thing, just this one, no one has ever sued on. Because industry decided this was the one illegal thing they wouldn’t do, even if they believed it to be profitable for them. I’m sorry, but no matter how snarky you are with me, this argument is unpersuasive.

Another point you’re not getting: why is the UK law different than any other non-discrimination/equality law? It’s worded the same as most U.S. non-discrimination policies. We share a common law. (While the precedent diverged in the 18th century, the foundations are the same and it has developed largely in parallel). Why is that specific law the supposed basis for your argument? Yes, they signed the original contracts in the UK, but they also signed numerous contracts (especially with Columbia) in the US over the years.

And the Express article also written by Camilla tomimey about 3 years ago with CH stating that the Princes DO NOT WANT TO MOVE INTO THEIR MOTHER’S APARTMENT, BUT INSTEAD USE IT FOR CHARITY.

He wants another one, maybe the Gloucester’s one who knows???
Either way ….. move in with GF before marriage is a no no on taxpayers dosh and if he marries someone he barely knows in a year or so of dating??? Then nigga good luck with that bed you just made!!!


The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 522.000 copies in US and 863.000 worldwide in its first week of release, giving Bieber the largest first-week sales of his career and his sixth number-one album in the United States. Hit #1 on iTunes in 100 countries. Best selling album by a male released in 2015. Has now sold over 5.1 million copies worldwide (fastest album to sell 5 millions by a male in two years). The most streamed album of all time with over 10 billion streams in total. “Purpose” broke #HOT100 record by charting 17 songs.

Longleat - Wiltshire, England

Made up of 16,000 English Yew Trees, the Longleat maze is the longest in Britain. It can take 90 minutes to complete. The maze is lcoated on Longleat Estate, a stately home belonging to the Marquesses of Bath. It was one of the first great English homes to be open to the public, and is one of the greatest examples of Elizabethan architecture. 

Another popular activity at Longleat is the safari park, featuring elephants, tigers, monkeys and rhino. The safari park opened in 1966, and was the first drive through safari park established outside of Africa. 

oureverydaychaos  asked:

In by no way am I trying to be rude. In my college level psychology class and the one I took in high school both said that the disorder is a made up one. created by your very own psych. they told me that the United States is the only place that accepts it as a "real" mental disorder. At this point in time I'm not sure if it's real or not.... I'm just looking for further education

Unfortunately many psych teachers are very biased towards DID for one reason or another. DID is actually recognized In many places. Africa, the UK, Australia and China to name a few. DID is a way for children to survive trauma. Everyone is born with a not fully formed identity and in their early years that identity comes together as one person however when there is trauma sometimes that process of the identity coming together is interrupted in order to protect the child. Rather than coming together the pieces of the child’s identity become further apart so that at least part of the child’s identity has been protected from the trauma. For example I, Scarlet, hold no memory of that trauma we went through and our host Amelia holds only some but most of it is held by our two trauma holders. This process is known as structural dissociation. If you have any more questions just ask. And to our followers DO NOT hate on this person who is looking for education and has, by no fault of their own, been failed by the education system. ~Scarlet

I’ve watched a lot of Vampire tv shows in my life from bits of Dark Shadows reruns as a kid to Buffy to True Blood and the Vampire Diaries. It’s a guilty pleasure but I’ve got to say that Being Human(UK) was probably one of the best. None of the others really addressed that vampires are monsters, or at least not in the same way. By the end of that show or at least the end of the first couple seasons it makes clear that the only truly good thing Mitchell (the vampire) can do for the world is end his life. It doesn’t play around and it has one of the best episodes stating that no matter how much good the penitent vampire does he’ll never be able to make up for the evil he’s done. Now the show broke my heart and Mitchell’s end wrecked me but it was so well done. The show made a point to show that it wasn’t just the people he killed that were hurt, it was their friends and families and that by killing one he hurt countless others. It did such a good job of deconstructing the repentant vampire. (I know they kind of took a different direction with the last two seasons but still the whole thing with Lia was so well done!)

And with a straight face, you’re going to tell students that America is so star-spangled awesome, that we’re the only ones in the world that have freedom? Canada has freedom, Japan has freedom, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia, and Belgium has freedom. 207 sovereign states in the world, 180 of them have freedom. Yeah you, uh, sorority girl, just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day, there’s some things you should know and one of them is, there is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we’re the greatest country in the world. We’re seventh in literacy, twenty-seventh in math, twenty-second in science, forty-ninth in life expectancy, one hundred and seventy eighth in infant mortality, third in median household income, number four in labor force, and number four in exports. We lead the world in only three categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending, where we spend more than the twenty six countries combined, twenty five of whom are allies. Now, none of this is the fault of a twenty-year-old college student, but you nonetheless are a member of the worst, period-generation-period-ever-period. So, when you ask what makes us the greatest country in the world, I don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about.

It sure used to be. We stood up for what was right. We fought for moral reasons; we passed laws, struck down laws for moral reasons. We waged wars on poverty not on poor people. We sacrificed, we cared about our neighbors, we put our money where our mouths were and we never beat our chest, we built great big things, we made ungodly technological advances, explored the universe, cured diseases and we cultivated the worlds greatest artists and the worlds greatest economy. We reached for the stars Acted like men. We aspired to intelligence, we didn’t belittle it, it didn’t make us feel inferior. We didn’t identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election and we didn’t scare so easy. We were able to be all these things and do all these things because great men, men who were revered, informed us. The first step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one. America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.

—  Will McAvoy (Newsroom)
Israeli ambassador to US says there is 'no daylight' between the countries for first time in years

Israel’s ambassador to the United States has said there is “no daylight between our two governments” for the first time in years when it comes to Middle East policy.

Ron Dermer was speaking at a conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) lobby group, which advocates pro-Israel policies in Congress. Other speakers included former UK Prime Minister and Middle East peace envoy Tony Blair.

Mr Dermer said there was “a meeting of the minds” when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Washington DC in February.

President Donald Trump made headlines during the visit for his seemingly indifferent stance on the widely-supported two-state solution, saying: “I’m looking at two-state and one-state and I like the one that both parties like.”

In a later interview he again stopped short of reasserting the US’ traditional commitment to eventual Palestinian statehood, saying: “I like this two-state solution, but I am satisfied with whatever both parties agree with.”

Speaking on Sunday, Mr Dermer said: “When it comes to the great challenges facing Israel and the United States, for the first time in many years, perhaps even many decades, there is no daylight between our two governments.

"Both our governments recognise that foremost among those challenges remains Iran. We both recognise that the nuclear deal does not block Iran’s path to a bomb, and that Iran’s appetite for aggression and terror has only grown since that deal was signed and since sanctions were removed.

"We also both recognise that the worst outcome that could emerge from the horrific carnage in Syria would be to effectively cede parts of Syria to Iran and Hezbollah.

"And we both appreciate that the rising tide of militant Islam which has engulfed the Middle East has also enabled a rare moment of opportunity to bring Israel and many in the Arab world closer together.

"In working together to thwart common dangers there is a real prospect—a real prospect—of building a genuine path towards reconciliation in the region.

"A path not based on empty hopes and dangerous illusions, but a path based on a clear-eyed understanding of shared threats as well as a common desire for a safer, more prosperous and more peaceful future.

"During the visit of Prime Minister Netanyahu to Washington last month it was clear that there was a meeting of the minds between our two governments on the great strategic challenges facing us, and that has made me even more confident that our alliance will get considerably stronger in the years ahead.

"You see the strength of that alliance every day. You see it when military assistance to Israel is fully funded at a time of great budget cuts. And you see it when America finally finds its moral voice, in defending Israel at the UN.”

On Friday the UK said it had put the UN’s Human Rights Council “on notice” over what it called its “disproportionate focus on Israel”.

While it made clear its “serious concerns about the growth in illegal demolitions and settlement activity” and said the UK stood “shoulder to shoulder with the international community” in support of a two-state solution, it added the council’s “unacceptable pattern of bias” would only make the goal harder to achieve.

According to UN documents, the United States was also “disappointed that the council continually singled out Israel for criticism without fully acknowledging the violent attacks directed against its people, nor the obligations and difficult steps required of both sides”.

Briefing notes showed US representatives saw Israel’s agenda item status as “among the largest threats to the credibility of this body”.

Mr Trump has appointed as his ambassador to Israel the strident opponent of Palestinian statehood David Freidman, who also supports Jewish settlement building in disputed land. Mr Freidman was confirmed earlier this week.

He used his confirmation hearing to back down on some of his controversial past statements. Mr Friedman had called one liberal group, J Street, “worse than kapos"—a reference to Jews who helped the Nazis imprison other Jews during the Holocaust. He also accused Barack Obama of "anti-Semitism.”

Lord Horatio Kitchener (24th June 1850 – 5th June 1916). Kitchener was a British military leader and statesman who, as secretary of state for war in the first years of World War One, organised armies on an unprecedented scale. He was also depicted on the most famous British army recruitment poster ever produced.

People mention “the american wizarding school” re: Harry Potter but assuming there’s a generally constant ratio of muggles to wizards throughout the world America would need at least five schools equipped to service the same number of students as Hogwarts in order to accommodate the whole population

Plus, there’s the geographic concerns. The entire UK is about the size of Kansas. It wouldn’t be practical to have five Hogwarts-sized schools for the entire United States, each one serving an average of ten states. It would make more sense to have a lot of smaller schools peppered across the country. 

There might be a few magic schoolhouses in the larger metropolitan areas, I’d guess the small towns far away from the city, the ones with a muggle population of maybe 8000 people and a wizard population of a few dozen maximum would have a town witch or wizard who would act as an after-school tutor for the handful of magical kids. I can only imagine that they would claim they were taking lessons for the clarinet or some other made-up instrument, and then a few of them would remain in their hometown to become the new tutor when the old one died. 

I also imagine there’d be a fair sight more magic homeschooling here. As an immigrant nation built on the genocide and forced assimilation of Native Americans and the enslavement of Black Americans, there would be a lot of witches and wizards trying to keep their heritage alive. There would be elements of Santeria and Voodoo and other Native and West African magic, plus any non-Anglo-Saxon Old World magic that immigrants and their descendants would be trying to maintain in an increasingly homogenizing American culture. 

Anyhow, this post sort of got away from me, but my point is that the Salem Institute would logically have to be only one of dozens if not hundreds of magic schools in the United States


Castle Square (former state)
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, UK; 1969

City Engineer’s Department under the direction of C. R. Warman

«This roundabout and pedestrian concourse received a 1969 Civic Trust Award. The assessor was the architect Roger Booth, who had this to say about it: “This is an object lesson in what to do with traffic and pedestrians at one of the congested points of the City, in a context where the street formation was already settled but had been overwhelmed by converging streams of people and traffic. It is also one of the first of its kind in this country"»

see map (current state)

via “Concrete Quarterly, 86” (Autumn, 1970)

Celebrity Big Brother’s Tiffany Pollard Heading For UK Success?

She won over the British public by being potentially one of the best housemates to ever enter the Celebrity Big Brother house.

And it seems her UK success is set to continue, with reports claiming offers for TV shows over this side of the pond are ‘rolling in’ for Tiffany Pollard.

Copyright [Jeff Spicer/Getty Images]


A source told The Sun: “Tiffany went into the house a total unknown and she’s leaving one of the most popular housemates the show has ever had.

“Telly chiefs are seeing why she’s such ratings gold back in the States, she is compelling viewing.

“Between telling Gemma Collins she was ugly to her outrageous flirting with Darren Day and Scotty T, she’s definitely won over viewers.”

Copyright [Channel 5]

Her spokesman confirmed that there are lots of offers on the table at the moment, and that they’re ‘working through them’.

Tiffany herself added: “Oh my goodness, the workload has begun. I have so many TV appearances, club appearances and magazines that really want to get with me, so that’s really been good over here. 

Copyright [Channel 5]

“The reception, I could not have dreamed to be.”

As the old saying goes, watch this space.

SGFG Aussie Promo Tour Rant

If i see one more non-Australian person complain that Aussies get a promo tour for Sounds Good Feels Good, i will lose my shit. Australian’s literally get nothing regarding 5SOS. The only reason we get the album early is because we’re a day ahead of the rest of the world, which is totally out of our control. The USA and the UK got m&g for ALL of their other tours, we only got m&g for Pants Down Tour (which hardly anybody went too because nobody really knew about them) and only one group of people from each state in Australia and NZ got to meet them for ROWYSO (which they had to pay a lot of money for), so don’t start complaining that you don’t get anything, because you always get everything. Extra EP’s, extra songs on the album’s, extra everything. Just let us have this one thing far out.
Jane Moore: Push kids in One Direction ... to granny
Sun columnist says Louis Tomlinson’s mum is the real victim in baby saga

By JANE MOORE, Sun columnist

KEEN to show his new father credentials, One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson carries his baby son Sydney out of a California hospital and off to a life funded by his pop star millions.

So far, so fairytale. But scratch the surface of this modern story and you’ll find a crack the size of the state’s San Andreas fault.

For Sydney is the result of a fling between UK-based Louis, 24, and US-based stylist Briana Jungwirth, 23, who, despite her years, is now “living the dream” in a four-bedroom house in an exclusive LA neighbourhood.

The £50,000 a year rent is being paid for by Louis, who is also coughing up an extra £69,000 per annum for toys and baby clothes. That’s a hell of a lot of designer romper suits.

And yet, if recent reports are to be believed, Briana’s mother Tammi thinks he’s getting off lightly and should be paying around £35,000 a month.

Word also had it that he nearly missed being at the birth because Tammi “went berserk at him in the hospital” for not doing enough and he was dispatched to the car park until things cooled down.

Hmmmm. A mother’s instinct to protect her pregnant daughter is understandable, but Tammi needs to accept that Briana must also take responsibility for the situation she finds herself in.

After all, having unprotected sex with a globally famous pop star she barely knows — and whose daily itinerary runs to several pages — is likely to add up to an unplanned pregnancy where “Dad” is absent most of the time. And at least Louis is able to cushion the blow by providing the mother and child with a luxury lifestyle.

No, the person I feel the most sorry for in this deeply unsatisfactory state of affairs is Louis’s mother, Johannah Deakin.

The birth of your first grandchild is a momentous event in any person’s life. It’s the product of your cherished offspring, an extension of your close-knit family born at a time of your life when you have precious hours of attention and wisdom to impart.

Unlike the frantic days trying to juggle your own children and a career, the grandparent years are ones of quiet wonder as you help from the sidelines in shaping this little person to be a well-balanced, happy adult.For the most part, it’s an experience shared and enjoyed by both sets of grandparents. But not always.Last year, a friend of mine who had long dreamed of the day she would become a grandmother finally saw her wish come true.

However, the pregnancy was the result of her son’s one-night-stand and there followed a strained few months during which the expectant mother wielded the unborn child as a weapon to get what she wanted.

When the boy was born, my friend fell in love with him and talked excitedly about how involved she was going to be.

But every time there’s even the smallest of arguments between the estranged parents, her contact is withdrawn by the disgruntled mother. “It’s like walking on eggshells,” she says wearily.

In other words, the power base of the maternal grandparents is invariably stronger than that of those on the paternal side.

So perhaps Tammi should count herself lucky. After all, she was the one at the hospital calling the shots and will also live close at hand to play an active role in Sydney’s upbringing.

And what of Johannah? She has maintained a dignified silence on the matter so her feelings about becoming a grandmother are unknown.

But despite the circumstances, Sydney is still Louis’s son, so what’s the betting she would dearly love to be actively involved in his life?

Whether the dual challenges of geography and the Tammi/Briana power base allow her to be remains to be seen.

Random Thoughts From My Lane

It’s feeling different to me  lately.  I know we all see things in our own way based on our own unique experiences and filters, and I wouldn’t presume to tell any one of you how to feel or what to believe.  If I look out at my Canadian landscape and say it’s sunny, while one of my UK friends is describing her full moon and night sky,  how can I argue?  That is her reality vs mine.  Shipping and the state of things on board is the same.

The thing is that I am hearing more and more things lately that leave me cold, with nothing to contribute but a blank stare.  I have no answer and I have no opinion because the thing just has no place in my consciousness.  Sam and Cait are together in my world.  I am one of those who thinks they might even be married.  This is as real to me as the green grass and the blue sky.  So when I hear that they were once together but have split up, or she is dating Tony, or Sam is in Montreal enjoying a secret rendezvous with MM, or Cait is a groupie following a band …I have no words.  I don’t want to argue the point and I don’t mind that you think what you do.  It’s just so totally foreign to me that I have no input. 

I don’t care that MM posted a picture to her IG account while she was wearing her Patagonia hat.  Maybe it’s her favourite.  Who knows.     I don’t care that Sam was in Montreal.  There are a ton of reasons for him to be there, none of which include seeing a secret lover to my mind and none of which are any of my business.

I decided after the IFH that they are a couple and I haven’t wavered in that belief.  By that time I had long paid my dues as an anon, weighed the evidence, taken the emotional hits, ridden the roller coaster, and decided that enough was enough.  For the sake of my sanity I had to make a decision and follow the best advice of the fandom…stay in my own lane.  Focus on what makes me happy.  It’s why I’m here.

But it worries me that there’s not so much traffic out here any more.  People are getting fed up and getting off at the next exit, or pulling over and waiting for the latest storm to pass.  Instead of being afraid that Sam and Cait might not be a thing like I did in the beginning when I was doing this alone,  now I worry that they are a thing but by the time they admit it everyone will be gone and I’ll be alone anyway.

There’s no point to this long blurb really except to make me feel better,  and see if anyone chimes in with a ‘me too.'   If you’re of similar mind, stick out your thumb and we can ride along together.


52+ Museums, 52 Weeks

This is the year of collaboration. For all of 2016, over 52 museums will share @52Museums Instagram and Twitter account to give a behind-the-scenes look at museum life around the world.

The first four weeks of the year?

January 4-10: Us! We’re on Instagram @TheGetty 
January 11-17: Two archaeological museums, one from Italy and one from the UK @MassaciuccoliRomana & @coriniummuseum
January 18-24: A Russian museum and Russian cathedral @state_historical_museum & @saint_basils_cathedral
January 25-31: A Connecticut art and natural history museum @brucemuseum

We hope you follow along! (And if you’re feeling extra generous, head over to @52Museum’s account starting tomorrow and give us some love. We’re the first to take over…*scary!*)

Important Harry Potter Stuff

It really annoys me when people go ‘Oh man, it makes no sense that the US should only have one wizarding school! It should have one for every state!’


– There are five boys and five girls in Harry’s house and year at Hogwarts. If we assume this is roughly representative of all the houses, then Hogwarts would have 280-300 students in it. The UK has 20% of the US’ population, so it’s likely that Ilvermorny has, at most, 1500 students. There are schools which have nearly twice that number of students.

– It’s not unreasonable to assume that the US has a lower number of magical people than most other countries anyway, given that a puritanical, hyper-conservative culture is not necessarily the kind of place magical people would want to stay in. (I’d also argue that almost all magical people in the US should be non-white, but that’s another post, and not really relevant to this one, which is purely about numbers).

– Literally none of you complained when South America (which has a higher population than the US) got a single wizarding school, or when the entire continent of Africa got a single wizarding school, so I’m going to need you to stop pretending that your dissatisfaction has anything to do with actual population numbers.
Do free One Direction tickets mean band are losing fans?
The Fab Four are resorting to giving away free tickets to fill arenas stateside. Is their popularity finally fading?
By Simon Keegan

Boy band One Direction have been giving away free tickets to their concerts in America amid speculation that their huge appeal is on the wane.

Fans have been offered an extraordinary buy one, get one free deal to secure up to four free tickets for the band’s tour of the States, which kicks off in San Diego next month.

It is new territory for One Direction who are used to selling out their shows in a matter of minutes.

Tickets are still available for all 17 of their US shows including San Francisco, Chicago, New Jersey and New York.

The latest setback comes after band member Zayn Malik, 22, surprised fans around the world when he announced he was leaving 1D in March this year.

Despite Zayn’s shock exit, the remaining four members, Harry Styles, 21, Louis Tomlinson, 23, Niall Horan, 21, and Liam Payne, 21, have kept the band going.

But tickets for their opening night in the US leg of their ‘On The Road Again’ tour are still available, with tickets on sale for as little as £20 - or $31.79 - face value.

The group, who were put together during the 2010 series of The X Factor, have emerged as one of the world’s most popular boy bands - having sold a staggering 18.2 million albums worldwide.

But their latest ticket promotion suggest the group of heartthrobs, who have accumulated around £77 million in just five years, are in turmoil.

Every one of the 17 gigs - from July to September - are still on sale after the band failed to sell out any of the American venues.

Their 'Where We Are Tour’ in 2014 saw them sell out every one of the 3,439,560 available tickets.

They played in front of 165,170 fans in Pasadena, California, bringing in a revenue of £8,116,720.

During the same tour they performed in front of 104,617 people over two nights in Chicago, Illinois, and 139,247 when they played two gigs in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The event, their third concert tour, brought in a staggering £187,517,984.

In 2013, their Take Me Home Tour made £34,022,461 - after the group played in front of a total of 824,843 fans.

During their latest tour, the band are playing their fourth album, Four, which extended their record to four consecutive number-one albums.

But the new promotion - which ran from June 2 to June 8 - gave fans the chance to buy 'two tickets and get two’, with a 50 per cent discount off the four tickets - essentially, buy one get one free.

The advert on the concert promoter’s website said: “One Direction and HONDA CIVIC TOUR are offering a special ticket promotion whereby all fans can 'Buy 2 Tickets and Get 2,’ getting 50% off a purchase of four tickets.

"Be sure to use promo code 1DCIVIC. Ticketing information and additional details can be accessed via

"Discount applies to multiples of four (4) tickets, up to eight (8).”

Details of the offer were also revealed in an email to fans subscribing to the concert promoter Live Nation’s website in America.

According to the One Direction tour website, although tickets for the UK concerts have sold out, tickets for their performances across Europe, the US and Canada are still available.

The promotion was only available for the American leg of One Direction’s current tour which starts in July and ends in September.

Hmmmmm. This keeps up the 1D are in turmoil narrative. Its also really specific re the figures.