While the hype around the celebrated Nintendo augmented reality game Pokémon Go has long since died down, perhaps because everyone decided to twaddle with fidget spinners instead, the game still draws a loyal support base. For the uninitiated, Pokémon Go is an interactive game, downloadable to your mobile phone, where you catch animals from the Pokémon kids’ cartoon series in real-life locations, raise them and use them to fight opponents. In 2016, the game’s popularity reached endemic proportions, with people crowding in parks to catch rare and elusive Pokemon, and state authorities such as police, giving out warnings for people to pay attention to their surroundings when immersed in the highly addictive game.
Pokémon Go lovers will soon be able to bond and exchange their little friends in a special Community Day event, scheduled for the 17th May 2018 across the world. The Community Day offers game players, known as ‘trainers’ a chance to go out and catch Pokémon together as teams in a special and social bonding experience.The creators of Pokémon Go, in a bid to counteract the perception of gaming as an anti-social hobby, created the events, held monthly, to encourage players to get out, discover new places, and meet new people.
There are many game bonuses being released for the day, according to online magazine iMore. These include extra XP, Stardust, faster egg hatching, lure modules that last three hours, and a special Pokémon with an exclusive move. The featured Pokémon for May’s event (the Community Day occurs for just three hours on one day per month) is Charmander, a small orange fire-breathing cross between a dinosaur and a dragon.
While the event is scheduled for just three hours, start and finish times will vary according to your location. Gamers in the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan, can start hunting at 12 pm to 3 pm JST (Japanese Standard Time). Participants in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India will have their regional event from 10 am-1 pm UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) and those in the Americas (including Greenland) can play from 11 am to 2 pm EST (Eastern Standard Time).
For Londoners, a trip to the seaside usually means a forty-plus minute drive through heavy traffic and with screaming friends/kids/radios to the Essex coast or Brighton, but from this May, you can be beside the seaside on a rooftop in south London, courtesy of Brixton’s Rooftop Beach. This event brings together sand, sun, buckets, spades, street food and seasonal cocktails for a fun day out without having to book the coach.
The Rooftop Beach, organised by fresh pop-up bar maestros Brixton Rooftop, takes place from May 26 to 29, 2017 over the Bank Holiday weekend. The event is a reincarnation of Brixton’s hugely successful Brixton Beach, a 1980s Miami themed occasion held in 2016 by the same people behind local events South Pole Saloon, Brixton Beach Boulevard and Big Apple Brixton. South Pole Saloon was rated “Best Pop-Up London 2015” by Design My Night. As the clocks turn back and the summer cranks up, the Rooftop Beach will feature bars and music, all on a few tonnes or so of imported sand for that squishy sandy feeling between your toes, minus getting tangled up in seaweed or a lost jellyfish. The beach’s massive interest among people looking for their next eclectic social fix can be gauged from their Facebook page alone, where 5,700 people have planned to attend with another 35,000 interested in visiting, so this promises to be a roadblock
The beach is part of a contemporary pop-up trend of temporary entertainments and establishments that have become a hallmark of city life in London. In the past years, temporary beaches have become a feature on the banks of the River Thames, for instance, drawing in thousands of tourists, office workers and locals looking for an easy way to enjoy the beauty of the coast without having to travel far or book off two weeks from work.
The Brixton Rooftop Beach is tickets only (see sources below) and takes place at Brixton Rooftop’s HQ at Pope’s Road, Brixton, SW9 8JH London, United Kingdom.
Unexpectedly, this weekend has seen a deluge of awards flying in from members of the HEM Community. While going through the blog emails that have been flooding in over this past week, I have gotten wind of award nominations from three fellow bloggers. For convenience’s sake I have combined everything into one article.
Mayday…Mayday!!….we’ve got so many awards, I think we’re gonna burst and splatter bits of grey matter all over the bloggy-verse.
Woop, woop…that’s another lot of awards for us….okay, now I’ve calmed down, let’s get down to business….
Our first award is the Sunshine Award, and this one comes courtesy of Joelle and Vickie, co-writers of the blog “Two on a Rant“. They originally received this babe from Tom at http://catsatthebar.org and soon started dishing out the prizes.
Tom VK, Buffalo Tom, Melinda DLS, Granny K, MarDrag, Himani, Christopher DV, Vijay, Dennis the Vizsla, and someone from Nudge/Wink, please pay very close attention to the following because I’m dragging you into this with me:
The award comes with a few rules.
1. Create 10 questions to ask
2. Nominate 10 bloggers and ask them to answer your questions.
These are the questions that our two wonderful ranters have asked of all the nominees. Here’s what I had to say.
1. Why did you start your blog?
I started my blog as a means of keeping my news and article writing skills fresh and to show my work with an audience of thousands from the comfort of my home. I left university with a good degree in journalism and media but found it hard to secure a reporting gig as the industry has fierce competition for vacancies between would-be journos. This was especially grave considering I was (and still) living in London, which is the throbbing heart of the UK’s media industry. After graduation, I drifted in and out of jobs, before settling on a database admin position for a multinational conferencing and publications firm. Fearful of forgetting my journalistic knowledge and just the nuance of writing a compelling story, I finally got round to setting up this blog. Also I’m hoping that keeping a news blog in my spare time might motivate an editor or HR manager to consider me experienced enough for that dream job. Fingers crossed.
2. What is your favorite memory in life?
One that’s just sprung to mind was my eighth birthday. I and my family had settled in a battered women’s refuge in east London, after fleeing an abusive husband/father and I don’t recall my father ever organising any birthday celebration in our house. So on my eighth birthday I was blindfolded and led into the living room, where all my little friends and their parents, plus my family were waiting for me. Surprise!!!. I was dumbfounded and elated. All this..for me. I had simple, but lovely presents, and it was nice being the centre of attention instead of crying in pain in my bedroom. To this day, this is one of my happiest memories.
3. Who is your favorite author?
My favourite all time author would have to be Roald Dahl because his witty and playful means of expression pretty much defined my childhood. Nowadays though I don’t have much time to delve into a book so my reading diet mostly consists of newspapers and pizza delivery menus. There is one journalist who works for the London Evening Standard. His name is Nimrod Kamer. He just has this way of writing which is left-field and playful with puns galore. He really has a literary finger on the pulse of young hip London. If you go to their website, I strongly urge you to check out Kamer’s articles. He’s an Israeli satirist and journalist and here’s his Tumblr blog – http://nnimrodd.tumblr.com/articles
4. Are you presently on a diet and if so, why?
Well, I don’t know if you can call it a diet per se, but for the past few months I have radically changed the way I eat, as I badly need to shed some weight. I am trying to ditch the chocolates and biscuits and eating more healthily, especially at lunch. Pitta bread with humus, fruits, salad…you get my drift. Also I’ve become a fan of the smaller portion meal.
5. Which do you prefer–Turkey or steak?
I would have to say turkey as I don’t eat (beef) steak for religious reasons. I only ever normally eat proper turkey (i.e. chopping up a bird carcass) at Christmas time, and we all know it’s banging with a bit of cranberry sauce. Dry as the Sahara though texture wise. And health freaks, school headteachers and Jamie Oliver devotees in Britain pour scorn on ‘Turkey Twizzlers’ like they were the breadcrumbed droppings of the Antichrist.
6. What is the link the blog entry you wrote that you consider your favorite?
Oh wow…I have so many favourites. Where do I start?. Umm, here’s one!
Practically zilch. I really need to sit down with a good book though, I do miss that.
8. Which famous person do you admire most, living or dead?
I am not one to idolise people, but anyone who has made a positive difference to others’ lives and has left a sizeable impact on our society can count. So for example, Swami Vivekanand, Princess Diana, Florence Nightingale, the boxer Muhammad Ali etc.
9. If you could sum up your philosophy on life in 10 words, what would it be?
“Whatever life throws your way, don’t let it faze you”.
10. What is the most exotic food you’ve ever eaten?
As a half-Mauritian, exotic foods come as a default setting. I’ve done Caribbean fish head curry, son papdi, sugared rose petals, a three-layed chicken burger from a McDonald’s restaurant in India and drank out of , then hollowed green coconuts in Mauritius.
Noelle and Vickie nominated us in the last week of April (27th). Just three days later, one of their nominees, Melinda de los Santos of Fido ‘n Fluffy’s Blog also nominated us for this award, and we rewarded Melinda by making her the latest-ish entrant into the Hall of Fame known as the HEM Community. Welcome, Mel!
Melinda also asked ten questions for the Sunshine Award. Here are my answers. You saw it here first.
1. What do you find most relaxing?
Just lying down in a park or field, on a breezy and slightly warm spring day, listening to the birdsong.
2. Who are three of your favorite celebrities?
Number one is the British comedian Russell Howard…he’s as funny as duck, in second place is the Indian singer Shreya Ghoshal, a true rags-to-riches story. I want her to be my wife and have pretty singing babies with me. Thirdly it would be the journalist Jon Simpson as he epitomises the very concept of a professional and sophisticated media personality, not given to feeble posturing and obsessions with fame.
3. What is your ‘pet peeve’?
People who have annoying laughs or who speak too loudly like everyone within striking distance has to hear their entire life story and what colour their kaka was after gym and lunch. Put a lid on it, baas!
4. What is the most challenging and/or best thing about being a parent?
I am not currently a parent myself (still a work in progress), but from observing my mother and sisters it would be handling toddlers’ volcanic temper tantrums, especially when you come from a family of Krakatoas. I guess for me now with my siblings, nephews and nieces and of course, with my future children, it would be watching them grow up, pass through all those special milestones and growing into their own personalities.
5. What talent or skill would you like to possess that you don’t think you have?
I have always desired to be a polyglot, a person with mastery of several languages. I can currently only speak English to native fluency and would find it useful to be able to visit another country and be able to communicate effortlessly with locals and read their media.
6. What was your most awkward or embarrassing situation?
Going to a job interview for a computer admin position in central London and suddenly realising that my belt had broke causing my trousers to behave loosely. Thankfully they didn’t taking advantage of by gravity, but the laugh of the interviewing panel as I left and tried to save face haunts me to this day.
7. What’s it like riding a roller coaster?
Your guts are inches away from exiting your mouth and the adrenaline rush makes you feel immortal. I never actually rode a rollercoaster until I visited the Winter Wonderland fair in Hyde Park, London about three years ago. I avoid the high ones though.
8. What do you think of ‘motivational speakers’?
I think some speakers can really put across a message that can radically change your life and inspire you in a way that you wouldn’t normally give credence. Some are very expressive and are masters of the oral word. However that doesn’t exclude the numerous faddy ones out there, who are little more than money-grabbing quacks preying on people’s sensitivities for a quick buck.
9. If you could have any part or role in a movie or play, what would it be?
I know I am going to sound like a typical man here, but an action role, where I pack serious heat, roll up into a hive of badly dressed baddies, drop a one-line catchphrase and then machine-gun the lot of them sounds really down my street…past the newsagents. Or I can play a newsagent. Less eventful.
10. What subject in school did you find the most uninteresting?
Maths, as I had no head for numbers and found it boring. That didn’t stop me getting a B grade in my secondary school examinations though. Also add to that physical education (we call it P.E. in British schools). I was a rubbish athlete/sportsperson and the teachers were sadomasochistic thugs. Armed with stopwatches.
And now for my 10 questions:
1. If you could introduce one new thing (design, widget, story idea, new page) to your blog, what would it be and why?
2. What is your favourite television programme?
3. What do you think is the biggest crisis affecting humanity (or other animal species) in 2014?
4. Who is your favourite reporter or media personality and what is it that you like about them?
5. If you were marooned on a desert island for a week, Castaway style, what five objects from your home would you pack with you?
6. Do you collect anything as a hobby?
7. What was the last thing you remember reading in the newspaper or watching on TV news or heard on a radio news bulletin?
8. What do you normally eat for breakfast?
9. Which blogger in your follower’s list has inspired or helped you the most?
10. What’s your favourite aspect of using WordPress (or other blogging platform) when updating your blog?
Another HEM Community member, Diana of the “Part-Time Monster” blog has nominated us for the WordPress Family Award and the Very Inspiring Blogger Award as part of a special giveaway commemorating the six month anniversary (or in her words, “blogiversary” – nice portmanteau, BTW) of the founding of her blog.
The nominees listed below will receive all the awards featured on this page, but can accept or decline all or some. In the spirit of the Beautiful Blogger award I have selected 10, based on recent likes/comments for this weekend. Well done to all of you!
To Joelle, Vickie, Diana and Melinda, I humbly appreciate these awards and for your kind consideration and respect for the work I do here on the Half-Eaten Mind. To Melinda, especially a big warm welcome to the blog and a massive congrats to Diana on reaching the sixth month of glorious blogging for PTM.
Thanks to all of you!!!
SOURCES & IMAGE CREDITS:
“Sunshine award.” – Vickie & Noelle (Floridaborne), Two on a Rant (27 April 2014) LINK
“SUNSHINE AWARD” – Melinda de los Santos, Fido ‘n Fluffy’s Blog (30 April 2014) LINK
“6 MONTH BLOGIVERSARY–AWARDS EDITION!” – Diana Gordon, Part Time Monster (2 May 2014) LINK
“Top Ten of 2013” – Ashtyn, Wonderland’s Reader (30 December 2013) LINK
The Half-Eaten Mind is pleased to announce that, now with April having drawn to a close and the warmer days of May upon us, our good friend Sage Doyle has kindly gifted us with four awards, including one never before received accolade.
Sage himself had picked up a spate of blogging awards recently, partly due to the concerted efforts of an Anglo-Mauritian guy in London with a virtual green-and-brown owl and a news blog or something along those lines. He had received multiple awards over the past couple of months, and on the 27th April (last weekend) he was able to express via his blog just how amazed he was. In return he has passed on these awards to around a hundred bloggers, including the Half-Eaten Mind.
Sage’s hefty awards packages, while not having the monetary clout of a Barclays banker’s bonus, is certainly a more enriching gift. One package consists of around six awards which Sage has offered rule and obligation-free to all of his blogging comrades. Out of this generous package, I have accepted the Angel Award (original version). This award traditionally has one requirement – that the recipient write an appropriate acceptance post, which I think this article will more than adequately cover.
Sage’s second package consists of awards that are being handed to particular bloggers, and the three awards further down the page you’re reading are the ones that Sage has nominated this blog for. Some we have already accepted, one however is a totally new addition to the HEM awards cabinet. Here we go!!!
1. Display the Award on your Blog.
2. Announce your win with a post and thank the Blogger who awarded you.
3. Write seven interesting things about you
4. Present 15 deserving Bloggers with the Award
5. Link your nominees in the post and let them know of their being awarded.
Seven “interesting” things about me:
1. When I was younger, I had two dogs in my family, both German Shepherd Dogs, also known as Alsatians. Their names were Leo and Jake. I also had three rabbits, Snowy, Whitie and Brownie.
2. The last film I watched was the remake of the movie Robocop. I did not feel it was as good as the original although it had a nice storyline with a positive message about family.
3. I currently live in a two-floor terraced house in Plaistow, east London, where I have been residing since March 2013. It is a shared house with other tenants (housemates) and our landlord is this rather scatterbrained Bangladeshi man who is a non-practising barrister. Two of my housemates have recently left. One moved to Brighton to live with her partner and one was a Hungarian guy who liked cooking chicken and onions and was apparently allowed to take his room without having to pay a deposit first. He left recently for what was assumed to be a two-month holiday to visit his girlfriend in Hungary but never bothered to stump up the deposit. He ended up losing the room. The last housemate, a systems analyst from India, is currently away back home for two weeks.
4. My last major shopping purchase was a Archos Cobalt 80 tablet which I bought from the Tesco Outlet on eBay for just under £50.00 about a month or so back. I was so happy to have bought it. Even though it was a refurbished model, the tablet is fast, has good resolution and I even treated it to its own faux-leather case to keep it safe from bumps and scratches.
5. I bear an uncanny resemblance to Jon Tickle, a presenter of the hilarious Brainiacs: Science Abuse series that explores science in a funny, informal and laddish way. Ironically the term Brainiac is also an unofficial term I use to describe my readers.
6. I once rode a horse called Stranger. I believe he was coloured brown or black if my memory serves me well. I was about five at the time, and despite the presence of a horsehand and safety apparatus, I was scared fartless.
7. I have never understood the trend of some men in wearing pink garments (shirts, t-shirts etc). Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for freedom of choice in the sartorial department, but I don’t think any man could seriously pull off that look. It just looks too girly (apologies if I sound somewhat sexist here). I personally would not be seen dead in a pink shirt.
The essence and strapline of this award, which the Half-Eaten Mind has been nominated for the first time ever is “All you need to start a forest is one seed”. I suppose this can mean that it just takes one small idea or step or a single word on the laptop screen to start something much bigger and influential. You have to begin somewhere.
This is an award especially for blogs that inspire creativity, nature, connection, communications and beauty. I certainly have let my creative side rampage throughout the Half-Eaten Mind and I appeal to people’s natures with much of what I write. And I do try to make the blog look nice, I hope so.
1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Nominate at least 5 blogs and provide links to their blogs.
3. Notify each of their nominations.
To make things easy for myself, I am going to nominate a set number of bloggers and will pass this award onto them along with the other zingers featured here. Hopefully the Seed of Light Award Integrity Authority won’t set their heavies down to my house to break my legs or violently disturb my cutlery. In any case, it wasn’t me, it was Shaggy!.
Beautiful Blogger Award
Now this one is special. Special not because I hadn’t received it before, because that is not the case, but for how Sage himself presented it on his blog after I awarded it to him in April. On Twitter, I operate a special retweeting policy for this blog’s account, where I retweet or share every blogpost I like from the HEM Community, and occasionally for blogs and sites beyond ‘the pale’. Sage is one of the bloggers who I regularly retweet, and which he always thanks me for. I suppose some of you might be wondering that my constant re-distribution of Sage’s novel chapters on the adventures of Amon-Re might make me a prime candidate for a harassment lawsuit, but in reality, it’s far from that. In fact me and Sage have an inside joke that I should be his press agent, which is no surprise given my promotional skills and experience in press activities (i.e this blog you’re reading). Even in his awards article for which he re-nominated me for the Beautiful Blogger, he mentions that I really should be a literary agent. Now there’s an extra career I could look into.
Just to prove my point, here’s what Sage wrote in his nomination:
https://halfeatenmind.wordpress.com/ – Now this one here, I seriously want to be my agent, or press agent or something. This is the blogger who has re-tweeted more of my tweets than anyone else, including myself. He has given me most of the awards that I’ve posted today. I can tell that in real life, if he’s your friend, then you’ve got the most loyal friend you could ask for. I honestly have no idea how to fully express my appreciation for the support he has given me. So far, this is the best way. Thank you.
Thanks so much for these kind words. I am truly honoured to be your friend and to share and witness your outstanding literary talents. I don’t even have much space for books in my room here but I would honestly go out of my way to get Sage’s book when it hits the shelves of London’s bibliotheques sometime in the future.
1. Copy the Beautiful Blogger Award logo.
2. Thank the person who nominated you and create a link back.
3. Nominate 7 (yes only seven) other bloggers and say a little something about them.
As mentioned before, I am going to nominate a set bunch of lucky bloggers to receive all the awards mentioned in this article. As always, you do not have to accept if you do not want to, but this is just a way of communicating across my appreciation of your work and of the support you have given me over the past few months. If you accept, you can choose to accept all or some of the prizes. In support of this aim, I have selected nominees from recent likes and comments on the Half-Eaten Mind towards the end of April.
A very big congratulations to all the nominees. I hope I have given your weekend…the first one of May…just that little extra sweetness.
The Big Thank You
To Sage Doyle, I just want to wholeheartedly thank you for your kindness in nominating me these lovely awards, for all of your entertaining reads and for of course rating me as your number one unofficial press agent.
“Humbled by All These Awards!” – Sage Doyle, “The Journal of Wall Grimm” (27 April 2014) LINK
“Humbled by All These Awards!” – Sage Doyle, “The Journal of Wall Grimm” (27 April 2014) LINK
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