Rahh!

Today, I’m just going to write a few random short stories in my life which all share a similar feeling and hopefully you’ll enjoy it. I doubt you’ll get something out of it but it’s still good to share things since blogs all help to form a community but anyway… Before I start writing I need you to be familiar with a word called ‘Rahh.’ Rahh is a slang word used in the UK (if not then definitely London) and it describes the feeling of disbelief or amazement at a situation. As soon as I start I’m going to write this in my speaking voice so it’s going to read a lot differently to everything else on this blog.

So, I was on my way to a job interview and as unemployable as I am, I was looking mad smart still. like, I don’t even know how to explain it but just know that I was looking bossy (the best word I can think of is great). But yeah pack to the point, I got to the train station and if I’m being honest I didn’t even wanna get this job because the pay was SHIT! (lower than minimum wage in the UK so I’ll leave you to make your own assumptions) The train was packed out, full of miserable looking people and I just thought this ain’t the one (this isn’t for me). This isn’t even the worse part, the worst part is that the train I actually needed wasn’t running so I needed to take a different route. I got on that train and I was just thinking about how I gotta make it in life and find a way to do what I want to do (you’ll see… just remember this post). I didn’t even think about long because that train was packed out and it stank even though it had air-conditioning :/. At that point I realised that what I was going through was the morning routine for so many people and I could see on their faces how tired of life they looked and I was just like rahh.

(If you’re wondering about the job interview, I didn’t get the job…)

I was on Twitter one day, well it’s more of a daily thing but that’s not the point. I was on Twitter one day because… well I don’t know why to be honest (however, in my mind I was searching for things to offer you all for Fucked up shit on Twitter) and I was just scrolling through bare (a lot of) tweets and whilst scrolling, I saw so many tweets that just made me think why are you lying? This made me think about how Twitter is its own society and it’s so dumb because of the kind of tweets that people agree with that almost become rules (I might blog about this one day). I looked at the amount of people of Twitter that tweet dumb shit and not even to judge but I just had to shake my head at the amount of people that lie about their lives just to get the approval of people that they don’t even know. I looked at my laptop and thought rahh but I have rate (respect) the people that are using Twitter to make a career for themselves.

A very quick last story. I met someone who constantly just used to chat so much shit! (they probably still do)about a range of topics, I won’t say the topics but to just be clear it was bait (obvious) that this person lied a lot and the way that they used to describe things just used to make me think rahh you’re such a clown. Once again not to be judgemental, but if you were in the presence of this person then from the minute they started talking you would have thought ‘you need to shut the fuck up!’

Anyway I hope you enjoyed these stories.

Song of the week 14/12/15 – 20/12/15

This week there’s no positive theme for the song of the week (I’m sure you guys have gotten tired of the cheesy feel good raps). The positive stuff will be back eventually but I can’t ignore this song just because of how real it is. The song this week is a ‘SBTV Warm Up session’ by Coinz in which he takes the listener through a journey of some of the events that he’s gone through in his life and shows the effects of the negative situations that he’s been brought up in. The rap is full of emotion and it’s very introspective, from this song I got the impression that Coinz is a person who has lost a lot in life and on top of that, he’s made a lot of bad decisions that he’s now trying to rectify.

Favourite line(s): Anything is possible, just look at Stephen Hawking and watch me turn it maximum with minimum resources.

In spite of everything that’s happened to Coinz, he seems like someone who’s grateful for where he is in life and the experiences that he’s had because it’s made him wiser. It’s easy to respect somebody who can turn negatives into positives and try to make life better for themselves and I say this because when you’re surrounded by negatives, it’s easy to give into them and accept that, that’s all life has for you. One thing about this song that really made me take to it was that Coinz raps about life on the road but he doesn’t praise it and to me this is a more accurate reflection of that life.

Recommendation on how/when to listen: I’m not too sure to be honest. I feel like this is a song that you should listen to over and over then come back to it after you haven’t listened in a while just to take in the quality.

Quick thoughts on Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

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Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann… I’m not sure how to start this post for some reason. Gurren Lagann is about a boy (who later becomes a young man) called Simon who is on a quest to reach his destiny (I paraphrased that from the opening sequence of every episode… I’m sorry). In all seriousness, the anime is about Simon who discovers a drill which is used to activate a gunmen (or ganmen if you watched it with subs) called Lagann. Simon along with his “bro” Kamina live in an underground colony, just like most humans in this series and they both dream of touching the surface which eventually happens when they meet Yoko who they help to defeat a beastmen (beastmen are the bad guys). Once they reach the surface, they learn about the beastmen and discover that the beastmen and their leader the Spiral King are the reason that humans are confined to underground colonies. The story takes another direction where humans (spiral beings) have to fight against an entity known as the anti-spiral. (I know it’s a bit of a crappy explanation but I’m trying not to give too many spoilers).

This will sound cheesy but the first thing that I got from watching this anime was that it was a nice way of showing people to follow their dreams and to always have the will power to follow through on them. Usually in anime, people have some sort of energy that provides the source of their power and in this one the energy is called spiral power, something that’s only available to spiral beings but when you look at spiral power, it’s nothing like reiatsu or chakra, it’s just based on the spiral being and their desire not to give up (maybe it’s a little like the ones I mentioned but at least there’s an explanation that makes sense). I felt that the story progressed too quickly which was a shame because this was something that I enjoyed watching. For the first few episodes I thought that this would be one of those character of the day anime however, the story came together which felt rewarding because I considered giving up on this anime (like I felt with Kurozuka). The second half of the series is where things get really interesting, personally I liked it because it was more linear and it had some surprising (if not confusing revelations). The one thing about the series that got to me was the ending, however I’ll let you decide on that for yourself.

Most of the characters outside of Simon, Kamina and Yoko seemed secondary, so no matter what happened to them it was hard for me to care. To be honest, as the series went on Yoko lost importance as it started to focus more on Simon. Kamina was probably the character that it was easiest to take to because he provided a lot of comedy, he was also part of my favourite moment in the show which made it even worse when he died. His death was necessary as it gave Simon some character development, however I felt that as the series went on Simon transitioned from himself into Kamina 2.0. Simon was also victim of the disease (or blessing depending on how you look at it) known as being an overpowered main character. I didn’t see anybody pose a serious threat to Simon during a fight for more than half an episode which took the away the chance for some really good fights.

Favourite scene:

I thought that this was going to be an anime for children and I’m so glad that I was proven wrong on that. For some reason, the drawing style really helped to contribute to that, probably because it reminded me a lot of Shaman King. I can say that this is an anime worth watching for many reasons but one of my standout reasons is that the show does make some statements (that I hope I’m not reading too much into) such as how humans can be ungrateful and turn on someone that’s done a lot for them. It also made a statement on religion (something that I’ve seen in a few anime and will probably blog about later).

Other thoughts: There was a character called Viral and despite everything, I didn’t like him. He was just too annoying and never really seemed like a character that I could take seriously. There was a gunmen called Dai Ganzan/Gurren which had a very huge third leg, in fact this show was weird when it came to private parts because there was another gunmen which had a scorpion tail in that area. Maybe it’s me but getting closer to the end of the anime, it was like it gave up on the story and said “convenience for the win!” I liked that the whenever a character talked inside a gunmen the gunmen would talk as well. Of all the characters in the main group that could have died, the one that I was looking forward to seeing die, didn’t die. I’ve said this a few times lately for anime but I liked the soundtrack, it was a good mix of genres.

Recommendation: I’d recommend this to anybody that hasn’t watched a mecha anime (we’ll see if I change that after watching more).

Thoughts/review (kinda) on Tables, Ladders & Chairs (2015)

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THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS!

Tables, Ladders and Chairs. The final pay-per-view of 2015 aired and I can say that it was better than Survivor Series (it usually is these days). I’m going to go ahead and say that I’m happy the ppv returned to Tables, Ladders and Chairs after last year’s stairs edition which involved a stairs match with two wrestlers that fans wish they could pay not to see. This ppv definitely had some interesting booking decisions which have slightly got me looking forward to WrestleMania (even if it is a few months away).

General thoughts on TLC:

This is another gimmick ppv however, every year there always manages to be something interesting which makes me more invested in a storyline and that’s more than I can say for most ppvs in the WWE calendar.

Matches

The New Day (c) vs. The Usos vs. The Lucha Dragons (Tag Team Championship)

Winner: The New Day

This was the spot match. From the minute that you see a match with The Usos, The Lucha Dragons and Kofi Kingston, you immediately know that this is the spot match. I didn’t have a problem with this match, if anything I’d say that this was the match that I enjoyed the most from the whole ppv. Once again, when you get these guys in a ring together, you know exactly what to expect, lots of moves from the top ropes, suicide dives, Big E doing something to look strong and all of that jazz. I don’t think that there’s too much to say on this match because it gave me what I expected. I’ll admit this last thing, I feel like I would have enjoyed the match more if this was my first WWE match in months.

Watch or Skip: Watch

Other thoughts: Kofi Kingston only noticed at the ramp that Xavier Woods didn’t so some crazy shit with his hair. Aren’t they road buddies or am I looking too far into this? The New Day’s promos go nowhere but they do indeed rock. If The New Day put out an album on iTunes then I’ll buy it. WWE are shameless promotion shoguns, not only did they plug WWE 2K16 during the match but they also plugged Woods’ YouTube channel upupdowndown where they play WWE 2K16 (and other things). Kalisto’s Salida del sol to the Uso (I’m still not sure which one) was my favourite part of the match. When Kalisto started climbing the ladder and Michael Cole called him Sin Cara I asked myself ‘are you sure about that Mike?’ and speaking of commentary why was Xavier Woods better on commentary than the actual team? Xavier Woods showed why New Day rocks when he threw his trombone at Kalisto but here’s some food for thought. What if he missed?

Head done fucked up

How your head should feel trying to answer that last question.

Rusev vs. Ryback

Winner: Rusev

If you’ve watched Rusev and Ryback’s recent matches on WWE’s free programming then you basically watched their ppv match. This match was a bit longer than the matches that these two have had recently but pretty much the same things happened. Ryback smash, Rusev crush, Rusev rolls out of the ring, Ryback comes into some kind of contact with Lana. The biggest difference between this match and the ones that they had on TV was that this one got an ending.

Watch or Skip: Skip

Other thoughts: I didn’t expect much from this match, it’s ok but you’re not missing much by skipping it. I’m not sure if this is the case or just me but Lana isn’t as over as she was before getting injured. This match had no story and wasn’t even necessary.

Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Jack Swagger (United States Championship)

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

This match was boring to me. Even the chairs in this match couldn’t save it and if I’m honest straight after the match finished, I forgot most of what happened. I’m not even sure which theme song Alberto Del Rio used to enter the ring. Before the match started, I already questioned why it needed to be a chairs match but I think that the worst part in this is that both Del Rio and Swagger can both give good matches. I guess that’s what happens when you have to tone down the wrestling and there’s no story to a match.

Watch or Skip: Skip

Other thoughts: Having Alberto Del Rio and Zeb Colter split before the match was definitely not the smartest thing that WWE could have been done. I guess Jack Swagger is off to the wilderness now until he’s needed to job to someone again (I could be wrong). I wonder if WWE are aware that when Michael Cole was reading out Colter’s tweet, they put up the wrong tweet. The crowd clearly weren’t invested in the match as the CM Punk chants will tell you. Del Rio really didn’t care to sell Swagger’s ankle lock even though it was applied with a chair, A CHAIR. How did the US Championship go from having John Cena and Seth Rollins putting out all the stops for it to this? WWE have underutilised Del Rio so much that I’m waiting for John Cena to come back and take the US Championship off him. In this era, the man makes the title instead of the opposite which is a shame. WHAT THE FUCK IS DEL RIO’S FINISHER!!?

The Wyatt Family vs. The Dudley Boyz, Tommy Dreamer and Rhyno

Winner: The Wyatt Family

I honestly didn’t think much of this elimination match. I tried to be interested but the two matches that came before this made it very hard for me to care about what was going on. I don’t want to talk shit and give an opinion on the quality of the match because admittedly, I didn’t really pay attention. If you were hoping for something then I apologise.

Watch or Skip: I don’t even know to be honest

Other thoughts: The fact that Erick Rowan was the only member of the Wyatt Family that got eliminated says a lot about who the least important member of the family is. The way that D-Von was eliminated made me laugh, I think it was the fact that Bray Wyatt kind of snuck up behind him and delivered the slam with so much force, it would have been complete it he said ‘get the fuck out of my ring!’ When Michael Cole said that the feud began the night after SummerSlam, which SummerSlam was he talking about? It definitely wasn’t this year’s one. The table that Erick Rowan barely touched did a botch all on its own, how amazing is that?

Kevin Owens (c) vs. Dean Ambrose (Intercontinental Championship)

Winner: Dean Ambrose

This match was solid and going by the wrestling that WWE tends to give its viewers outside of WrestleMania and SummerSlam regarding the Intercontinental championship, that is more than I could have asked for. Kevin Owens and Dean Ambrose are both solid workers who can put on a match that fans can invest in. I’d say that what really hurt this match was the lack of story going into it; every championship match that isn’t for the WWE World Heavyweight championship feels as if two wrestlers have been told they’ll be feuding for the title, it will come to a head at the ppv and that’s all that matters. It’s like there’s no indication that they should care what happens inbetween. I could go on about how feuds for championships deserve stories but I’ll say that from a pure wrestling perspective, this was my match of the night.

Watch or Skip: Watch

Other thoughts: WWE put Kevin Owens and Dean Ambrose in a feud that clearly deserved mic time, that was all they needed to do (rather than popcorn and soda) and the feud would have written itself but instead they didn’t. Jerry Lawler made a comment about people magazine, I don’t remember what it was but I know that it made me annoyed. Kevin Owens usually gives good promos but his promo before the match was awful, it fucking sucked.

My reaction to Kevin Owen’s promo.

Charlotte (c) vs. Paige (Divas Championship)

Winner: Charlotte

The match itself wasn’t anything special but it leaves a lot of questions. It’s very interesting to see how Charlotte and Paige’s feud develops from here and how Becky Lynch fits into the equation along with Team B.A.D. (mostly Sasha Banks) This match was better than the one that they had at Survivor Series even though there was less effort put into the build up, WWE just can’t get the balance can they? Like many matches at this ppv there isn’t too much to say on this one.

Watch or Skip: Watch for the questions it should make you ask

Other thoughts: Becky Lynch has been forgotten since Team PCB broke up which only confirms what Paige said about her. Ric Flair is too old to be doing spots, he chased after Paige to distract her and he was too slow to catch her. What was that with Team B.A.D wearing the wigs? WWE’s attempt to give them character isn’t working. Clearly. Is Charlotte a tweener or a heel, is Paige a tweener or a face because she works better as a heel. Charlotte’s theme song is one of the worst that I’ve ever heard.

Sheamus (c) vs. Roman Reigns (WWE World Heavyweight Championship)

Winner: Sheamus

I liked this match, despite what the crowd’s opinion was. These two went out  and completely beat each other up, I think there were only two matches in the ppv that were more brutal than this one. I felt that this match dragged on at times but for the most part this match was fun to watch and as usual Roman Reigns looked strong and resilient. For me, this was definitely one of the better matches on the ppv, before the ppv I believed that these two wouldn’t work a 20 minute match well but I was proven wrong. The one drawback of this match is that it looks as if it’s one step towards setting up another feud so it’s almost as if this match was unintentionally made into an afterthought.

Watch or Skip: Watch

Other thoughts: Are WWE commentators allowed to reference UFC ppvs? I always thought that there was an unspoken rivalry between the two organisations. The crowd doesn’t respect Roman Reigns at all, first there were ‘we want Cena chants’ which was weird considering that Boston always boos Cena, then there were ‘we miss Rollins’ chants which was rude and then there were ‘NXT chants’, all of which made me shake my head. Were there always two referees in TLC matches? Did Sheamus sandbag Reigns or did Reigns genuinely struggle to lift him up? Where was Wade Barrett? Did I miss something? When Reigns lost, how did he have the kayfabe energy to attack the League of Nations and Triple H? Cena treatment. Why didn’t the Spanish announce table break the first time that HHH was slammed into it, that isn’t the Spanish announce table that I’ve come to know and love L. Is there a possible HHH vs. Reigns feud for WrestleMania in the works because Reigns destroyed him. The fans were absolute pricks during this match.

Final thoughts: Interesting ppv which has left me invested in the world title scene. Like the matches I can’t say too much but I can bash this ppv.

Song of the week 7/12/15 – 13/12/15

It’s another positive theme this week (can’t you feel all of the positivity coming from these posts) and the song that I’ve been feeling this week is ‘Determined’ by Kendrick Lamar featuring Ash Riser. This is an inspirational song by Kendrick Lamar who talks about how he wants to be successful and asks himself what he has to do get there. When I listen to the song, I feel that it’s relatable for people that want to follow their dreams and really want to stand out whilst doing so. Trying to do what you’ve dreamed of is always hard because there’s the internal pressure to impress everyone and be the best which can lead to doubts that might stop you from pursuing your goal; you can also get people telling you that you’re not good enough, a frustration from a lack progress and other things but that’s not the point.

Favourite line(s):

A dollar and a dream, I feel J. Cole, word to the hole in my pocket and the hoes, that don’t wanna fuck with a broke nigga with ambition, but the last time I checked y’all was broke bitches.

You know you the best boy, you gotta keep doing it, but don’t forget when you do just keep you in it, and never listen to what the industry say don’t be a typical artist be more like Jay Russell, Berry Gordy, Quincy Jones, Bob Johnson, Sean Combs, L.A. Reid, young black entrepreneurs did what it took to succeed.

As the song says ‘Go out and get it’ which is self explanatory.

Recommendation on how/when to listen: Whenever you question your decisions and you need a reminder that someone successful was also once in the same position as you. I’ve said before that it’s always a good time to listen to Kendrick Lamar and I stick by that.

Fucked up shit on Twitter vol. 8

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I have to be honest, I enjoy posting this series a hell of a lot more than you enjoy reading it. Some of this stuff will get deleted down the line (for anyone that reads this when I’m on vol. 11 of this) and thanks to the new layout of wordpress I can’t delete it (I just thought I’d tell you that). Back to the point, here’s more tweets to leave you with questions that will probably never get answered.

He’s definitely trolling (I think) anyway…

#RipBozo is a lot funnier than it should be.

I wasn’t trying to single out white people with the last few tweets because everyone has some weird shit about them so…

As usual, if you’ve made it this far then I’ll leave you with something not so fucked up.

 

Song of the week 30/11/15 – 6/12/15

After completing one of my goals this week, it got me in a good mood so this week it’s another positive song that I hope helps to inspire you in some way. This week the song is ‘The World Is Yours’ by Nas and the reason for that is the hook which is the way that I’m feeling and a way that a lot of people hopefully feel. This song has one of the smoothest beats I’ve ever heard on a hip-hop song which is great for the ears, and the song itself a lot deeper than just telling the audience that the world is theirs, as Nas makes references to plenty of things such as growing up in Queensbridge, keeping himself focused on success despite the trials of living in the ghetto, his love for his crew and how he gets money without making it the be all and end all of his purpose. Lyrically, this song is excellent (this is coming from me, who isn’t great with understanding lyrical rappers) and if you’re looking for a place to start on hip-hop then this song is a good place, while you’re at it you might as well listen to ‘Illmatic.’

Favourite line(s): The world is yours

I feel like this song is trying to tell the audience that no matter the circumstance, you can overcome the odds to make your goals a reality. Life is what you make of it, so why not try and make the most of it?

Recommendation on how/when to listen: Whenever life is beating you down and you need something to relate to. When you’re high and it’s a good buzz (for all the smokers out there!). Generally this is just a song that can start your day or end it, it’s always a good time to listen to the song.

Thank you

Just a quick appreciation/gratitude post (even though it’s not that month anymore). I’ve set a few goals for myself, one of which involves this blog and the amount of views I was hoping to see it gain in a month sometime before September 2016. Last month, I gained exactly that amount of views which now means that one of my goals for the year is complete and I can continue trying to complete other goals.

Thanks to everyone that read and interacted with this blog, I can go on setting other goals and hopefully see this blog expand. This also gives me faith in my other goals, so once again thanks and also a special thanks to Ronda Rousey for losing to Holly Holm because that did wonders (and no I’m not taking the piss).

On a side note, this makes think about a post that I wrote a few months back that could have turned in a rant under different circumstances.

I leave you with this.