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Eight reasons to visit Las Vegas

Las Vegas is one of the most exhilarating and seductive cities in the world – we all know about the jaw-dropping hotel, celebrity-chef restaurants and extravagant world-class shows. But, if you’re after something a little more offbeat, Danny Baggott suggests how to add a twist to your trip

See the light

Spend a dazzling few hours at the Neon Museum which has been collecting, restoring and exhibiting treasured Las Vegas neon signs since 1996. Experience the magic of the museum by day or night on a guided tour, which will take you around the museum’s two-acre Boneyard which houses over 200 retro signs.

Raise the bar

Make like the locals and head downtown for your cocktails. The Commonwealth Bar - inspired by pre-Prohibition era design - is in the fashionable Fremont East district and serves up cool vibes alongside an impressive drinks menu. Head for the rooftop deck, order a punch bowl cocktail, and soak up the views of the shimmering skyline. Or, if you’re lucky, bag a seat at the bar’s own hidden speakeasy, The Laundry Room - you need a password to get in and it’s strictly no photos but, take it from us, you’ll love it.

Add a little fizz

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You’ve most probably heard of the Strip’s famous Caesars Palace Hotel and, likely, MR CHOW, the upscale Chinese restaurant located within it. But did you know that the eatery - part of the famed global empire - has a silver Champagne trolley, which is wheeled between tables serving fizz and specialty cocktails? It’s simply the place to visit if you’re in Vegas for a special celebration. Bubbles aside, the food here is exquisite: signature dishes include Beijing duck, green prawns and chicken satay, as well as the famous hand-pulled MR CHOW noodles.

Head to the skies

There’s no better way to witness the mind-boggling beauty of the Grand Canyon than by taking a helicopter ride from Las Vegas. Fly over this vast natural formation - all red rock and the rushing Colorado River - and soak up the truly awesome views of Hoover Dam, Grand Wash Cliffs, Grapevine Mesa, and Grand Canyon West. You can even opt to land at the bottom of the canyon on a private plateau for a Champagne picnic.  

Need for speed

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If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, buckle up for a scream-inducing ride on The Big Apple Coaster, which is located outside the New York-New York Hotel and Casino on the Strip. The roller-coaster is not for the faint-hearted: it stands 203 feet tall, with a 144-foot drop, and reaches heart-stopping speeds of up to 67 mph, not to mention the fact that it’ll also turn you 180-degrees in the process. Brave brides-and grooms-to-be can even book their wedding ceremony at this exhilarating venue.

Make a knight of it

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The castle-themed Excalibur Hotel and Casino hosts the ultimate Medieval dinner and show experience: the Tournament of Kings. Sit in your throne, drink from a goblet and immerse yourself in the tale of King Arthur, as valiant knights ride their mighty steeds amongst show-stopping special effects - the jousting is a highlight. A three-course feast is served, and, as befits the period, you’ll have to eat it with your hands.

Jump to it

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Get your pulse racing at the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel and Tower. It may have 2,400+ rooms, six restaurants, two rooftop pools and a ginormous casino but the highlight has to be its SkyJump, the highest commercial decelerator descent in the world. Leap from 829 feet above the bright lights of the Strip and reach speeds of up to 40mph towards the landing pad where audiences applaud each participant. The sunset jump is most magical; if you’re brave enough to keep your eyes open, that is.

Work up a sweat

Hiking might not be your first thought when you think of Las Vegas, but Red Rock Canyon is under half an hour’s drive from the Strip and is home to a plethora of stunning trails taking you through the heart of the rugged Mojave Desert. Feeling tired from night on the tiles? Pink Jeep Tours will whizz you round some of its most scenic spots from the comfort of one of their fun brightly-coloured jeeps.

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Words by Danny Baggott

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Out of Control Teaser Photo (Edited)

anonymous asked:

Hiyaa!! Can I pls request for a bts reaction to accidentally hurting their gf's feelings? (Angst with a fluffy ending pls) thank you 💛💛💛

BTS To Accidentally Hurting Theirs Girlfriends Feelings

To the anon who had requested this, towards the end I realized you had put accidentally, I think how I wrote it I made it still be an accident but I’m not sure I hope you still like it though and maybe you can comment on this or contact me to let me know how I did, because I was really worried rather this is up to your expectations or not.

A/N: Warning is probably the longest reaction post I have ever done joesonghamnida(I’m sorry) (シ_ _)シ  
(also sorry for errors I didn’t proof read this beast yet)
P.S. Don’t take it personal if one member has a longer text then someone else since I try to think about their personalities and how they would really act someone of them get shorter answers because I believe that’s how it’d be.


What Happened:

The two of you were hanging out in the dorms playing mario kart “haha I win again” Jin cheered doing a victory dance in your face. “Yah! No need to rub it in” you pouted crossing your arms in front of your chest like a little kid. “Hehe I’m just joking jagiya” he laughed standing up “ah it’s been so long since we were able to spend time like this, what else do you want to do?” he asked heading into the kitchen.

“I’m ok with whatever you want to do, say got anything to eat?” you asked hearing your stomach grumbled in the need for something to eat. “I’ll make something you can lay down if you want I’ll call you when it’s ready” taking his word you went into his room and sat on his bed, Looking around you giggled spotting his mario collection “aww that’s soo cute” you squealed getting closer to the shelf.

“Hey what’s that up there?” you stood up on your tippy toes reaching for the shiny object “almost..” you mumble pressing yourself more onto the shelf in hopes to grab it. Little did you know that the shelf and the figures on it were wobbling, about to come down. “I’m done-What are you doing?!” you heard jin yell which had startled you after you had quickly grabbed the shiny toy you fell, your loss of gravity from force of pulling the object off had caused the whole collection to come down.

Jin rushed over to his fallen shelf in shock “What did you do?” you frowned “I’m sorry I didn’t mean-” before you could finish he had cut you off. “GET OUT! YOU’RE SO CLUMSY (Y/N)! I SHOULDN’T HAVE INVITED YOU HERE!” his voice boomed throughout the room. “But Jin I said-”  “just leave!”

How You Made Up:
A whole week had passed since you and Jin had last spoke and the mario collection crumbled had happened. You didn’t bother going back to the dorms anymore to apologize, simply because whenever you did he would shoo you away or another member would say he wasn’t home or he was busy. You walked with both hands in your pockets as you kicked a stone down the sidewalk, passing many shops as you were about to head home, but paused when one shop had caught your attention that shop being the nintendo store.

Smiling you reached for you wallet before heading into said shop “maybe I can buy him everything that broke, this way he’ll have to forgive me” you chirped eyeing around the store. Your happy spirits were soon going south for your search with certain items weren’t available “what am I going to do now” you sighed with your head down. Not paying attention to where you were going you had bumped into someone “oh I’m sorry I should have-”  “(Y/n)?!” the stranger had cut you off. “Jin!” you said with equal amount of surprise “what are you doing here?” you both said in unison. “You first” you told him.

He nodded “I felt really bad with what happened last week, I was hoping to come buy you a princess peach..because you’re my princess peach in my castle..” he mumbled cheeks turning red “but they didn’t have any so..”  you smiled some “I wanted to restore your collection, but they don’t have what you had…and I’m really sorry I didn’t mean for those to break” you looked down “sorry you’re stuck with a clumsy person like me” you sniffled.

He quickly pulled you into his embrace “Ani! Don’t apologize, you don’t have to apologize to me any more. I should be the one apologizing…I’m really sorry for yelling at you like that (y/n) you know I didn’t mean it right?” he asked with some hope “you really scared me” you spoke truthfully. “I won’t ever raise my voice like that to you ever again I promise. I didn’t mean to scare you” you finally returned his hug along with giving him a quick kiss on the lips “all is forgiving..prince Jin” you giggled.


What Happened:
Suga finally had a free day off and the two of you decided to spend it together since it was so rare for him to have a day off especially towards the beginning of their comeback. What you thought would be a peaceful day turned to be the opposite since suga decide to bring you to the studio it was a odd place for a date you thought at first,but it wasn’t a  date at all he was just working on a song the whole time which made you upset.

“Can’t you stop working for just a second and pay attention to me” you pouted in annoyance
“Can’t you stop complaining”
“I would if you’d just spend a little time with me”
This had caused him to snap at you “spend time with you?! I always spend time with you and all you do is complain I thought you’d understand,and maybe if you helped me I’ll be done faster, but all you’re doing is whining and it’s really annoying I can’t want someone to spend time with you how about you spend time with the maknae, because I’m sick of this!”

You were shocked at his response and frankly quite hurt, your eyes began to get cloudy due to your tears. “If that’s how you really feel then, I won’t bother you anymore since I’m such a nuisance I’ll just leave you to your work then!” when he saw tears start to roll down your face he’d instantly feel guilty “wait (y/n) I didn’t mean-” but it was too late, for you had already stormed off.

How You Made Up:
Since he felt bad about blowing up on you, he thought about how you must have felt, just because he was an idol didn’t give him the right to completely blow you off all the time that would mean being in a relationship was pointless. Closing his laptop and turning off his computer he went to the nearest flower shop and picked up some pink/white roses your favorite, along with some caramel chocolate. You were sitting in the dorms living room watching a music video, your knees pulled up to your face, your eyes were puffy from crying “pabo yoongi..” you mumbled seeing the couple in the MV share a kiss. You were so busy feeling sad that you didn’t hear footsteps proceed over to you, covering your eyes you heard someone whisper “guess who” you knew it was yoongi,but decide to not say right away “could it be my best friend in the whole wide world one that actually likes to spend time with me more than my boyfriend does…jungkook?” at that he quickly removed his hands from your eyes “ouch” he mumbled before walking in front of you “I know you must be mad at me, but I wanna make it up to you” he gave you the flowers and chocolates he had bought. “I’m sorry I should have thought more about your feelings, I’ll try to spend more time with you, please don’t be mad/sad anymore” you sighed hugging him “I forgive you, I guess I can learn to not be so clingy, after all it mustn’t be easy having to make your own songs” the two of you hugged it out in the end. (^.^)

Rap Monster:

What Happened:
You sat at your room staring at your laptop you had debated rather or not you should call him since he was away for tour and must be super busy, but even though your mind was telling you too just wait your heart was saying something else and without realizing it you had clicked the green little call button it was already ringing and you knew there was no turning back now.

“Damn it who is calling me now!” you heard a voice say over the mic
“H-hi namjoon..” you stuttered out now feeling guilty for calling him all of a sudden “(y/n)?” his eyes widen for a brief moment “why are you calling me?” he raised a brow and for a brief moment you thought you saw him glaring at you, but shook it off. “I just missed you is all” you blushed a small smile coming you your lips “because you missed me? (Y/n) we made a deal that when I’m on tour you only call me for emergencies not because you miss me” he sighed irritated “i-i’m sorry I just-” but you were cut off by him.

“When I’m on tour I have very important work to do, I have to practice for the concerts and as the leader make sure everyone is doing what their suppose to, I don’t have time to chat with you because you “miss me” do you understand” not giving you the chance to say anything else he had hung up. You stared at the now black screen and seeing your reflection you saw that tears were running down your face ‘huh, when did those get their?’ you sniffled, you were hurt because he had never been this harsh towards you and no matter if he was away or not he always made time for you. You laid in your bed covering yourself in your big fluffy blanket.

How You Made Up:
You had drifted off to sleep from crying so much, a few hours had passed until you had woken up thanks to your laptop ringing signalling that someone was trying to call you, groaning you opened your eyes and checked the time on your phone “mmh it’s 1 in the morning who could be calling?” you questioned yourself before getting out of bed. Opening your laptop you were surprise to see who was calling you “nam-namjoon” you mumbled staring at your screen dumbfounded. After what had happened earlier you thought for sure you wouldn’t be hearing from him anytime soon.

Looking over by his username you saw that he had tried to call you 3 times and had left 10 messages to you, deciding not to keep him waiting anylonger in fear he’ll snap at you once more you quickly clicked the accept button. “Namjoon..” you whispered out seeing his face appear on the screen. He held up his hand “don’t say anything..I mean…if you will just hear me out..” he spoke. You nodded your head “look I know what I said to you was wrong, and I apologize for blowing up on you like that, it’s just this comeback is really having me on edge, but that still shouldn’t be an excuse for my behavior towards you I should have never spoke to you like that” he looked down in shame.

You stared at him for a little bit “I should have known better than to contact you in the middle of your tour I’m such an idiot…” you felt like crying all over again for some reason, but what he said next had made you smile pushing that sad feeling away. “No you’re not an idiot I am, what kind of man snaps at his lady just because she misses him, this idiot right here that’s who and I’m really sorry for doing that…do you think you can forgive this idiot?” you giggled nodding your head “I forgive you, and even if you say you’re an idiot you’re my idiot” he smiled “I got to go now, but I’ll try to call you tomorrow, I love you, sleep well”


What Happened:

You were so happy to finally able to spend a day with your precious hope, since you knew he has been working hard lately and for his hard work PD-nim finally decided to grace the boys with a few days off to chill, spend time with their loved ones or just hang around the dorms and be lazy. You had reached the dorms in record time, not needing to knock because the boys had gave you a spare key to the place, you entered excited to finally have some alone time with your boyfriend.

“Hobi~ I’m here” you yelled gleefully, while taking off your shoes, heading deeper inside the place you noticed it was a little too quiet. “Hobi?” you questioned looking all around the place, he wasn’t in the kitchen, his room, living room it was like he had gone up and disappeared. You checked your phone on more time making sure he for sure wanted you to be here. ‘Yeah, as I thought  he told me to meet here at the dorms’ you frowned sitting down on the couch.

You don’t know how long you were waiting for him, but the alarm on your phone had ringed signaling it was time to head home and get to work. You woke up with a yawn escaping your mouth, letting out a sigh you stood up “(y/n)?” you heard a voice call to you, looking in the direction of the voice you frowned even more “what are you doing here?” it was hoseok, and by the looks of it he had been practice due to his sweaty attire. “Well I did come here to spend some alone time with you but..” you bent down slipping on your shoes about to speak up he had beat you too it “well wait don’t go let me take a quick shower and we can spend some time together” he smiled.

You sighed once more standing back up as you had finally put on your shoes, grabbing your purse from the door handle you shook your head “I can’t do that I have work now” this wasn’t the first time he had blown you off to practice when the two of you were suppose to hang out “well how about tomorrow then” you shook your head once more “No you’ll just keep practicing like you always do and I’ll be left here waiting” he frowned “you know I have to-”  “no you don’t!” you cut him off “How much longer do I have to see you push yourself?…until you collapse of exhaustion? No I don’t think so”
Hoseok: “You know it’s not easy for me either”
You: “And what does that mean, huh?” sass clear in your tone
Hoseok: “It’s not easy dating someone who isn’t an Idol, you wouldn’t understand”
Hurt you looked down “so don’t think I understand?” he nodded his head “how could you? This isn’t your world (y/n)” with that said you ran out the place with tears in your eyes.

How You Made Up:
It had been days since you and hoseok, talked after him completing making you feel like you weren’t important in his life. To help cheer yourself up you had walked to a nearby ice cream truck “one mint chocolate chip ice cream cone please” you had said in unison with someone that had arrived at the same time you had to the truck. “Two mint chocolate chips coming up” the guy in the truck spoke letting out a chuckle.

“I’m sorry you should have been first” you apologized bowing towards the stranger “(y/n)?!” you looked up in surprise to see him here. “Ho-hoseok..what are you doing here?” you asked standing up. “I didn’t feel right, with what I had said to you a few days ago and I wanted to make things right, and I Had this big thing I was going to do starting with getting you your favorite ice cream and then a picnic, but I didn’t think you’d be here and then we both ordered the same flavor and now I’ve gone and told you almost everything so I guess I should really shut up now, huh?” he chuckled scratching the back of his head.

You stared at him blankly before laughing while holding your side “ahahah” he stared at you in confusion “ahah oh no I’m sorry it’s just that” you giggled a little “I was mad, but after hearing all of that keke I can’t stay mad at you” you smiled wiping a tear from your eye from laughing so hard. Even though you had found it funny hoseok pulled you into a hug “I really am sorry you know, I didn’t mean to say that, I know you understand, heck you must understand more than anyone, I’m really thankful for you ya know (y/n)” he whispered in the crook of your neck.


What Happened:
You were going to see Jimin since he was finally done with his comeback, and you finally had a day off work the timing couldn’t be more perfect. “Jiminie surprise~!” you chirped walking into the boys dorm. The room was filled with people whose attention was now focused on you. You blushed feeling embarrassed for shouting when it seemed like every BTS member and staff was there everyone expect your boyfriend. “Um.. I’m sorry” you slowly spoke backing up some “I must be interrupting you guys..I-I should come back-” before you could say anymore a voice had cut in stopping you from continuing your sentence “(Y/n)?!”

It was Jimin, he had walked in “what-what are you doing here?” he seemed very shock to see you here in their dorm just out of the blue. “I got off from work and your off from the comeback…so I thought maybe I could surprise you…” you spoke awkwardly still feeling everyone’s eyes on you “..surprise!…” you mumbled out softly. Jimin had asked everyone to leave so he could talk to you in private “I have some good news, so you don’t have to leave” he smiled some “how would you feel about going public?” you frowned your brows looking at him in confusion “public..?” he simply nodded his head “our relationship, announcing it to everyone” you looked down shaking your head. “What’s wrong with how we are now?” you asked looking up at him through your lashes.

Jimin gave a pity chuckle for a second “I thought you would want this, you make it seems like you’re cheating on me” he spoke combing his bangs upwards. You didn’t say anything which made him frown “(y/n)? You’re not cheating on me right?” you looked at him somewhat panicked “ know I wouldn’t” you say softly, but he wasn’t having it “wow I can’t believe you, ya know so many people would die to be in your position and you go and cheat behind my back…I didn’t think you were like that but I guess I was wrong” not letting you get a word in he stormed off to his room.

How You Made Up:
A day after you and Jimin’s little talk, you finally decided to talk to him “why did you invite me here? Nonetheless with all this people around?” he asked adjusting his face mask while taking a seat across from you. “Jiminie, I only rejected going public with you, not because I’m cheating on you, but because I’m scared..” you told him honestly, tears now coming to your eyes “I didn’t think you would react that way..I’m sorry” you bowed your head towards him, which caused others in the cafe to give questioning looks at the two of you.  He chuckled nervously “you don’t have to bow towards me (y/n) raise your head” he whispered, looking around the cafe before back at you “and don’t apologize I shouldn’t have just assumed such things about you, you’re my girl gosh damn it, I've must have been crazy to ever say something like that to you, I’m sorry jagiya” he took hold of your hand and stared into your eyes lovingly.

You smiled a look of relief coming to your face “Well, I didn’t just invite you here to apologize to you..” you spoke standing up out of your chair. Jimin looked at you with curious eyes “what are you doing?” he asked “trust me” you whispered “excuse me everyone can I have your attention please” you raised you voice, now having everyone in the cafe look at you. “This man right here” she pointed at him “this man is the love of my life, I wouldn’t trade him for anything in the world and I think it’s about time we went public…I’M DATING PARK JIMIN!” you blushed saying the end part the loudest. Jimin looked at you with shock “(y/n)..” he smiled standing up, he quickly pulled you into a hug “you didn’t have to do that for me” he whispered in the crook of you neck “I wanted to” you whispered to him “I love you so much” he told you planting many kisses on you, which made everyone in the cafe clap and applaud the two of you.


What Happened:
He was never the type to get mad easily at someone let alone blow up on anyone verbally, but here the two of you were in the back room of the fansign event that would be taking place in just a few minutes from now. “I don’t understand why you’re so upset about this (y/n) you’re my girlfriend not them, plus it’s A.R.M.Y you know they won’t try anything” he defend, that’s what irritated you, he seemed to always take the fans sides, when one fan had gotta extremely close and extra touchy, he went on about that’s a close longtime fan of bangtan and how she was going to be sad because she couldn’t see them for awhile, but you knew you could tell after all what fan kisses an idol who is taken?

“That’s the problem Tae, you’re too nice to them, when you do that they’ll just take advantage because they know you won’t do anything about it” you huffed crossing your arms over your chest. Taehyung frowned, a look of disappoint coming to his face also with anger. “You shouldn’t be jealous, what do you even mean take advantage? Are you saying I’m some kind of doormat? Because that’s not even true. Or is it you think I may just run off with one of them” he smirked. “Yah! Don’t say that!” you frowned now feeling more sad than mad. Taehyung continued to smirk and gave a look almost as if he was thinking about it. You huffed, your cheeks turning red and eyes filling with tears you turned away from him right as a staff member had entered signaling it was time to start.

How You Made Up:
‘Maybe I should tease her some more, that’ll teach her to think so low of me’ he chuckled grabbing an album to sign, he smiled deciding to turn on his charm on full blast. You stayed in the back with the staff,but still made sure you were mostly hidden, your eyes focusing on Taehyung. You glared at him seeing him talk so friendly to the fan, but that glare was soon wiped off your face and replaced with a look of hurt as you saw the fan had interlocked her hand with his, they smiled and continued to talk so buddy buddy with each other “Taehyung-oppa~!” she squealed after he had whispered something into her ear sending her a wink, he looked back at you to see your reaction, but it wasn’t the one he was hoping to see.

He frowned seeing you cry silent tears as you stared at him, the two of you made eye contact and for a second it felt like no one else was around. He quickly broke contact turning back around to look at the fan, how was glaring at you before showing a fake smile when Taehyung had looked her. Removing his hand from hers he excused himself, while walking over to you. “Come here..” he said softly taking your wrist in his hand and bringing you further back so no one could see the two of you.

“Did I really hurt you this much” he mumbled cupping your face while his thumb softly wiping away your tears, you just sniffled looking down “I’m sorry (y/n) I was only teasing I didn’t mean for this to happen” he whispered resting his forehead against yours “don’t cry anymore please, I won’t be as intimate with them anymore..please don’t cry anymore” you sniffled one last time “y-you mean it, I didn’t mean to come off so possessive/clingy I’m sor-” but before you could finish his lips met yours “don’t apologize, you’re my number one lady, I should be giving you all my attention” he spoke before diving back into your lips for another kiss.


What Happened:
The two of you were chilling at the dorms just enjoying each others company, he was playing overwatch while you were on your phone, occasionally looking up to watch him play, as you were looking down at your phone you saw that you had gotten a notification on soompi, you clicked it ‘I wonder who they’ll be talking about this time’ you giggled , it was your favorite past time to read celebrity drama, but you would never believe it since you knew they always spun the story to catch more readers such as yourself.

Your eyes had widen when you saw it was about jungkook, pulling the phone closer to your face, the headline read ‘BTS Jungkook In A Relationship With One Of His Fans!’ at first you thought nothing of it, thinking they were talking about you, since you technically were one of his fans, but as you scrolled down what you thought would be cute pictures of the two of you, was pictures of him with someone else, they seemed a little to close than what you would consider appropriate for a idol-fan relationship “jungkook-ah” you spoke out deciding to confront him on this. “Hm” he hummed. “Why am I reading on the blogs that you are in a relationship with a fan?” you asked your tone giving away you were not pleased.

“Babe, you’re my fan, and we’re in a relationship haha” he chuckled “then what’s this?” you acted dumb while showing him your phone. “Jagiya you shouldn’t believe everything you see” you had gotten mad because it didn’t seem like he was trying to deny the pictures “I know you love your fans and all, but doesn’t that seem a bit much..”sneaking out to see her”” you quoted from the article. “Oh my gosh! You gotta be kidding me? Are you seriously going to be that kind of girlfriend? What, next your going to tell me I should stop attending fansigns? You should really stop looking at those dumb blogs and stop feeling so insecure about yourself (y/n)’s not very attractive!” you were hurt, and also mad “well excuse me for being that kind of girl!” with that said you stormed off, before he could see you cry.

How You Made Up:
Once you had stormed out, he continued playing his game, but it only lasted for a few minutes for while he was playing, it had finally hit him what exactly he just did to you. He paused the game no longer feeling in the mode to play anymore knowing he had hurt your feelings. Knocking on the door to his room he called for you, when you didn’t answer he slowly opened it “I’m coming in (y/n)…” he scanned the room for your figure, but was confused when he didn’t see you “that’s odd..” he whispered out, where else could you have gone? He was about to leave when he heard some sobbing coming from his bed and that’s when he saw a small lump under the covers “(y/n)…” he called for you again while approaching the bed.

“Go away! I don’t wanna see you anymore!” she cried out holding herself tighter under the blankets, jungkook removed the blankets off your body and pulled you into his embrace his face buried in the crock of you neck. “I’m sorry (y/n) I didn’t mean to say any of that” he whispered in your ear. “So you really do think I’m unattractive then..” you mumbled out tears rolling off your cheeks and hitting his white shirt leaving little marks. “Of course not, you’re the most attractive girl in the world, I’m sorry I didn’t mean to say any of those things I know your insecure about yourself but..” he pulled away from you for a second to cup your cheeks “you don’t have to be, I’m all yours, I’ll try to not be as close to the fans if that’s what you want” you shook your head “no you don’t have to do that” he smiled some “you’re my number one girl you got that and don’t let anyone or those stupid blogs tell you otherwise” he spoke giving you multiple kisses.


In 1991 Julie Dash premiered her first feature, Daughters of the Dust, at the Sundance Film Festival, which went on to win the award for Excellence in Cinematography. The film is set in the early 1900s and follows a Gullah family of women preparing to move from the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina to mainland America. Daughters of the Dust was the first film directed by an African American woman to receive a national release. 

The film appears to be a source of inspiration for Beyonce’s Lemonade. The visual album echoes imagery from the film with shots of young African-American women in the Southern wild and desolate beaches wearing turn of the century garments. 

Daughters of the Dust screened at the Festival again in 2012 as a part of the “From the Collection” program. The film has recently been digitally restored by Cohen Film Collection and will screen at film festivals and theaters in addition to a Blu-ray release this fall. Click here to view a trailer for Daughters of the Dust.

Film stills courtesy of Daughters of the Dust

Did some pony cleaning the other day. I really like how their hair came out.
However, I do have a problem with the Baby Surprise (far right). She has a lot of marker on her and I tried using a magic eraser but it barely removed the marks. Does anyone have any recommendations for cleaning this up? I’m relatively new to pony cleaning and restoration.


Next on the restore agenda. I am going to just clean up the carriers and put some figures on display. I don’t have replacement decals so I’ll have to be careful cleaning around them.

The Night Landing Craft wasn’t my first choice, I have a Stinger and VAMP Mk II both ready for restore but my five year old daughter is obsessed with it and really wants to work on it with me so we’ll go with that.


Sylvia Plath Collection: The Bell Jar, Ariel, and The Journals of Sylvia Plath

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” 

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.” 

So glad this is finally happening! In January 2018 @criterioncollection will release this cult-classic on Bluray and DVD with an brand new 4K-restoration and 5.1 surround-sound! The supplements are as fallows:

4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS‑HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray

Audio commentary from 2015 featuring actors Anthony Michael Hall and Judd Nelson

New interviews with actors Molly Ringwald and Ally SheedyNew video essay featuring director John Hughes’s production notes, read by Nelson

Documentary from 2015 featuring interviews with cast and crew50 minutes of never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes

Rare promotional and archival interviews and footageExcerpts from a 1985 American Film Institute seminar with Hughes

1999 radio interview with HughesSegment from a 1995 episode of NBC’s Today show featuring the film’s cast

Audio interview with Molly Ringwald from a 2014 episode of This American Life

PLUS: An essay by critic David Kamp

G.I. Joe Cobra Night Landing craft. Time for an air dry over night. The decals haven been removed and the residue left behind has been cleaned off too. I did a polish with some baby oil, letting it sit on it for a few days and have now given it a good wash to remove the oil. I’ll let it air dry over night to see if it needs another polish coat, most likely this one won’t.

Next will be wiping it down really well with a dry, clean cloth to remove any left over oil, which can get built up in tight corners or crevices, then it is on to replacement decals.

Display/action pics follow after that.  

How do you move a priceless work of art? Very carefully, of course. Hear a MoMA conservator and registrar explain the process to Leonard Lopate of WNYC Radio

[Jackson Pollock. One: Number 31, 1950. 1950. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2016 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York]


As cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki heads to the Oscars for the third year in a row, we’re hard at work restoring one of his earlier triumphs – Terrence Malick’s THE NEW WORLD.

To watch more demos and read more about the restoration, click here.


1969 Gibson SG Standard.  Restored my Mike 1 of mmguitarbar.  If you want one of these affordable vintage restored beauties, drop him a line…I understand he’s working on the restoration of an even more stunning ‘65 SG Standard as we speak!

Romanced companions react to sole saying "You're too good for me. Do I even deserve someone like you?"?

request for anon, (will be leaving dogmeat, strong and codsworth out)

Cait: The pair where in the Third rail enjoying a evening together, “you know love, it’s been a month straight since I got of the chems, that’s the second best thing I’ve ever done in my life” Cait smiled taking a sip from her glass, “how could I forget, I’ve never been so proud in my life, but what could be better than that” sole quizzed looking at her head tilted, “ well finding the love of me life” she smirked towards sole, “ “You’re too good for me. Do I even deserve someone like you?” “wait what!? what does that mean love after everything you’ve done for me, I should be saying that” Cait was shocked, “you opened up your heart to me in a way you never have with anybody, you quit chems for me, hell how many times have you saved my life” Sole hopped from his stool to wrap his arms round her waist snuggling close “ I love you so much cait” “ you to love” 

Curie: The pair was in curies make shift lab in Sanctuary, Curie was cleaning soles wounds he’d received in a scrap on their way home, “please hold still my dear, I know zis hurts? will kissing it better help? I read it helps on a mental level to kiss as you say a boo boo?” curie began to kiss each of the cuts on soles scowling face until they couldn’t take it no more and burst out laughing, “ah they do say laughter is the best medicine” she smiled holding their face, “  "You’re too good for me. Do I even deserve someone like you?” sole blurted flustered, “you’re the most beautiful loving person I have ever met why would you want this dirty pre-war vault dweller?” they quizzed somberly, “because my dear you are the one who rescued me and gave me life in thiz new body, you are my scientific marvel” She laughed and pulled her lover into a tight hug, returning to her kissing treatment.

Danse: Sole was returning from a long trip from the castle to there’s and danse’s sanctuary home, they where exhausted and rundown, trudging through the hallway of their home to be met with the sound of quiet music, sole curiously peaked round the room to see the radio softly playing, and candles warmly illuminating the room, they were completely oblivious to their lover who had snuck up behind them clad in a crisp suit, “woah danse what’s going on,you look amazing—wait why are you dragging me off” sole was met with danse pulling him to the middle of the room and wrapping a hand round there waist, “remember when you asked me to dance with you and I declined, I had no idea how to and I didn’t want to let you down so *cough* I err got a few lessons and thought maybe, well…you just deserve this okay” he squirmed and flushed under soles gaze before softly leading them into a slow dance, sole was completely smittened gazing into his eyes,  “You’re too good for me. Do I even deserve someone like you?”? sole whispered, “wait, don’t you ever and I mean ever say anything like that again danse scolded before snuggling sole against him and kissing them playfully, “but I- *Kiss*” Let me tal-*kiss*” sole gave up, sighing softly and nuzzling against their lover.

  Deacon: “Then me and sole jumped into action guns a-blazing, not an inch of armor on us, 3 NO 5 deathclaw’s ran towards us jaws a snappin, but that was nothing for us!! my gun ran out of ammo *GASP* sole punched the deathclaw bare handed K-O!!” sole was leaning against a tree smiling softly as they watched hand gestures fly wildly as Deacon told the children of sanctuary another story, “Sole get over here, I need hugs man” Deacon pulled a sad face and grabby arms towards sole, they laughed and ran over pouncing on him while the children laughed at the silly display, Deacon pulled sole into a kiss, “ewww!!” the children dispersed at the site leaving the couple laughing and snuggling together, “I love seeing you with the children, it’s adorable and you’re so great with them” sole cooed, “you know we could always try for our own” Deacon beamed holding onto soles hand, “You’re too good for me. Do I even deserve someone like you?”  “babe don’t say that you put up with my lying ass it’s me that don’t deserve you” Deacon reassured him love, now come on this baby ain’t going to make itself he winked and grinned before dragging sole to their home  

Hancock:  “You’re too good for me. Do I even deserve someone like you?” “sole I think you’re higher than me” Hancock slurred, the pair had been partying a little hard in Hancocks office, “no no I’m not high *hick* quite a bit shorter than you actually* Hancock burst into hysterics tumbling backwards and flopping into a near by chair with sole not far behind, “”nngh can’t see-stra*snoore*”. Hancock was the first to awake in the morning, sober with a sleeping sole in his lap, he kissed them on the temple “morning sunshine” he grinned down to the hungover lump in his lap, “hey sole?” “yea hancock”, “did you mean what you said last night, about me being to good for you?” hancock asked nervously, it took sole a moment to remember their drunken ramblings before they grabbed his face and smashed it against there own, telling them between kisses how lucky they where to have such a handsome ghoul in their life “while I agree, I have to say sole you’re to good for me so I never want to hear that from you again, K, doll face” He winked before pulling them back into a heated kiss 

Maccready: Sole was sulking, perched on the wall of sanctuary feeling rather sorry for themselves, they’d broken their leg during a tough fight and were forced to stay within the safety of the walls, bored and agitated, “Mac I can’t take this anymore, I need to get back out their, and do something..anything!!” “sole come on hun you know you can’t, stop pouting like a baby” Mac teased his lover poking their sides only to be met with more grumpiness, Mac had an idea to entertain his fidgety lover, he collected ever comic he could find around sanctuary, and built a little den out of blankets and lights, “Mac why have you blindfolded me, this isn’t funny…MAC PUT ME DOWN!” Sole shouted confused, they gasped excitedly when they saw the den before them,”since you’ve been acing like a sad mungo I thought I’d treat you like one” Mac laughed pulling his shocked sole into a big cuddle,  "You’re too good for me. Do I even deserve someone like you? sole whispered into their chest, mac smiled pulling sole onto their lap, comic in other hand “ of course you do sole, don’t ask stupid questions” “mungo” “jerk” “I love you too” both loves quarreled and cuddled into the night.

Nick:  Sole was feeling homesick, not for home plate or sanctuary but for his family and fiends 200 years ago, now all gone, there was nothing really prewar left, it broke soles heart at times, sole sat in Nicks office crying softly to themselves, nick had realized his companions mood sinking over the last couple of days, he had memories of the life sole once new, pre war that belonged to the real Nick, “sole look I know I can’t take you back home, I’d do anything to bring you home but I can’t, I’ve been working on something for you though, this ol detective has been doing a little digging, I er hope you like it”. Nick spoke shyly, he led sole to a dark room with a restored projector and a collection of tapes, “Nick,,, all this, have you done this yourself”, Nick simply smiled and popped in a tape, the video that began to play revealed a young sole and his family, playing baseball merrily in a field” “Nick,,ho-ow” sole burst into tears seeing the images of there loved one pass his eyes,  sole lurched forward, collapsing into Nicks arm’s  "You’re too good for me. Do I even deserve someone like you?” they cried into his coat, incomplete disbelief ow what nick had done for them, “ hey, hey now don’t be like that, I should be the grateful one, this bucket of bolts doesn’t deserve somebody as loving as you sole” nick spoke into their hair, soothing them before offering them the box of tapes to search through, “I love you so much nick you really are my valentine” “real cute sole, real cute”

Piper: “Piper we have to do something, he could be lost, scared, hungry, I can’t fucking stand this we need to find him” Sole was in hysterics collapsed into pipers arms in publik occurrences, piper held them closely tears of her own spilling, “Blue honey dogmeat will turn up, he’s a tough ol pooch we’ll find him I swear” She was assuring herself just as much as she was sole at this point, she ushered them of to gets some sleep, they’d be searching for weeks. Piper worked through the night cracking her paper press and creating as many *lost dog* articles as she could, dashing madly round Diamond city giving them to every merchant and caravan she could find outside the walls as well. As morning dawned, exhausted she went to fix sole some breakfast when Nat burst through the door screaming for piper to come quickly. Dogmeat was home! A trader had found him on the road and patched him up, she picked up the pooch and placed him happily in bed next to sole. “PIPER HE’S HERE HE CAME BACK” piper smiled heart warmed at the site of sole snuggled up to dogmeat, “Did you have anything to do with this, because I doubt dogmeat wrote this missing dog article” Piper smiled joining sole on the bed “I told you I’ get your pooch back” “ You’re too good for me. Do I even deserve someone like you? sole beamed grabbing piper and kissing her heatedly, “oh quite blue” piper teased dogmeat happily jumped between the two cuddling lovers 

Preston: Preston was finishing up on his patrol with sole, the two lovers heading back towards the safety of sanctuary, he stopped outside the minutemen statue, smiling at it contently, “ I can’t believe I got so darn lucky” he sighed “ The commonwealth is safer everyday, I have a loving home and community, the minutemen are back in business and i met the love of my life” he blushed as he turned towards sole, kissing their hands and telling them how nothing could be possible without them, “You’re to darn good for me babe you know that” He chuckled to himself  “You’re too good for me. Do I even deserve someone like you? sole answered back nuzzling closer to preston wracking loving arms around them, “Are you kidding me I’m the one dating the hero of the commonwealth here not to mention a general” Sole blushed at the formality, “and if it wasn’t for stumbling into concord and finding you I’d of probably rotted in the commonwealth so I’d say were pretty even” Sole chuckled, “whatever you say babe, the two sat beside the statue taking in the sunset, resting comfortably against each other, thankful for that faithful day they met 

X6-88:  "You’re too good for me. Do I even deserve someone like you?” X6 removed his glasses confused glaring at his lover, “is this some kind of joke sole” he growled at him seemingly offended, “No X6 I;m not sheesh I wouldn’t joke about that you’re the best thing that ever happened to me, I don’t deserve you” sole stated, X put his glasses back on and stormed off leaving sole upset and confused, an hour later he returned with a large stack of papers, sole stood confused staring at the courser, “ I have a compelling amount of facts here to prove that you are indeed good enough for me and that your statement was severally wrong” x-6 stated before shoving them towards sole, “x—why did you do all….of this??” “because I love you and you need to be proven of your self worth my love” X6 smiled nervously to sole before turning round to leave, only to be yanked back and forced into a assault of kisses to the face “ I love you so much X i won’t bring this up again” sole chucked into his face before resuming their kissing 


Prince Frederick’s Royal Barge

This royal barge was built in 1732 for Frederick, Prince of Wales, son of George II. It was built by John Hall and designed by the architect William Kent. The barge is an open rowing boat, accompanied with 24 oars and is carved and gilded with the royal coat of arms, sea creatures, Vitruvian scrolls and Prince of Wales feathers.  Inside there is upholstered seating, carpet and a painted ceiling, this section is topped with a crown. The barge was intended to be rowed by 21 oarsmen and a Barge-Master. 

The first outing of the barge was a trip with Prince Frederick, his mother Queen Caroline and his five sisters, from Chelsea Hospital to Old Somerset House to see paintings from the Royal Collection being restored. On this outing they were accompanied by a second barge of officers and ladies and a third barge of musicians. Frederick went on to use the barge for numerous pleasure trips, including one notable trip in 1749 where the entire barge was decorated in the chinoiserie style and the bargemen were dressed in oriental uniforms. The barge continued to be used in state processions until 1849. The last outing of the barge was to take Prince Albert and his daughter the Princess Royal to the opening of the Coal Exchange. After this it was placed in the Royal Barge House in Windsor and has been loaned to various museums in the years since.