Entertainment

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Brand pranks are the best, aren’t they? I love the humour that brands and services provide around the time of April Fool. However, there was one in particular, that happened a month prior that I’ll never forget. KFC’s #CleanEatingBurger.

This one had me in hysterics because I actually thought, even for a second, that it could be real. I mean, I didn’t think it was actually a cauliflower base, I just thought they made a bun look like that. ūüôą Only Judge Rinder can judge me. I’d like to point out that I quickly realised it was a joke, like after I had time to phantom-ly digest it (news and burger).

Okay, now that we’ve seen that one, let’s have a look at others brought to us by brands and services that we know and love.

Google Gnome

#GoogleGnomate MORE LIKE.. As cute as gnomes are, I don’t think¬†we need smart ones. I’m still trying to keep up with smartwatches… The only thing I like about this is that it’s a sassy gnome. I do think we need more sass. Google, phone gnome. #ET.

Another one from Google was Google Wind… Google Netherlands have unveiled¬†Google Wind, which uses¬†windmills to “blow all the clouds away from the Netherlands”.¬†Whether you agree with this or not, it’s pretty cool of them to¬†want to replace¬†smart with… FART.

BMW dDrive

BMW announced¬†‘dDrive’… It’s a dog basket/bed thing which makes you feel¬†like you’re¬†driving on the open road.

Coca Cola

If Red Bull gives you wings every day including April Fool’s Day, Coca Cola want to give you a lift – by adding helium to their cokes. (more…)

April Fool’s Day is happening. So, this weekend – I’m taking a break from blogging about lifestyle, and posting about stuff we all¬†can’t get enough of… Memes.

We’re only officially four¬†months into 2017 but¬†we’ve already had plenty of¬†cool internet sensations dominating our social-media feeds. Here are a few of my own faves. Know that it was very difficult for me to choose a few¬†and not include all of them…

Don’t worry though, you can expect more posts like this throughout the night and tomorrow. Notice, I haven’t put them in a particular order, because I love them all equally.

Roll Safe

Roll Safe¬†is an image macro serious featuring a screenshot of actor Kayode Ewumi grinning and pointing to his temple while portraying the character Reece Simpson (a.k.a. ‚ÄúRoll Safe‚ÄĚ) in the web series¬†Hood Documentary. The image is often captioned with various jokes mocking poor decision making and failures in critical thinking.

The Blinking Guy

A video from the video game site Giant Bomb. They run a regular series called Unprofessional Fridays, where they stream games and talk about them. The original video sparking the meme is actually more than three years old, and was snagged during a stream of the game Starbound. Fast forward to around the 1 hour, 49 minute mark.

Meryl Streep

It‚Äôs actually not a new image ‚Äď the two-year-old picture of Meryl Streep is from the SAG Awards¬†2015, where the actor was innocently shouting her support of Debbie Reynolds. Suddenly the image has entered circulation online once again, and for the past few days the internet has been awash with the Shouting Meryl meme, mostly used to quote classic call-and-response song lyrics.

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Salt Bae

Salt Bae is a nickname given to Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe, who was widely discussed on social media following the circulation of a video in which he flamboyantly sprinkles salt on a carved steak.

Trump Draws

The meme shows a GIF of President Trump showing off his signed executive orders for the camera, replaced with a variety of childish drawings.

The imagined drawings so far have featured a dinosaur, a self portrait, a house and a cat.

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CeeLo Green Gold

CeeLo Green may have not nabbed gold at the Grammys, but at least he was dressed in gold. His ensemble instantly won the internet.

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Tiny Trump

Another Trump meme is “Tiny Trump” – taking normal photos of Trump (or ones not even involving him) and adding a very small, shrunk version of Trump to the picture. No additional commentary or subtext – just¬†Tiny Trump.

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That Michelle Obama Side-Eye:

One of the weirdest (but best) parts of Trump’s inauguration was that moment when¬†Melania handed Michelle Obama a mysterious Tiffany’s box. Michelle’s “Jim-facing” was all of us that day, in more ways than one.

Cash Me Outside, How Bou’ Dah?

Late last year,¬†The Dr. Phil Show¬†unwittingly gave birth to a star, a 13-year-old girl who called an entire studio audience hoes and asked all of them to “catch her outside… how ’bout that?” The aggressive question has attained immortality in the form of a multipurpose comeback.

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Are you an aspiring video-blogger? Have you started vlogging as a novice and find yourself wondering how superstar YouTubers succeed? Well, a new¬†BBC Three commissioned series, ‘Pls Like¬†How To Be a Superstar Vlogger’ has been released, and the first episode is glorious!

It follows comedian, Liam Williams aka Vloggy McVlogface, as he goes on a quest to¬†understand what makes a successful vlogger (and slyly mocks them while he’s at it). He meets some of the hugest (albeit¬†undiscovered) names on YouTube¬†along the way – as he tries¬†to complete a series of six challenges set for him by the CEO of Beam HQ (an unestablished PR agency for big name vloggers), with the end goal of¬†winning ¬£10,000.

In the first episode, released¬†today, we see Liam’s¬†attempt at a video application for a “So You Think You Can Vlog?” competition thought up¬†by Beam – where he seems to be lambasting vloggers¬†in a funny way. His hilarity and ability to make¬†a mockery of them ends up winning him the ‘Most¬†Watched’ votes, but also results in having his video taken down by Beam. He then somehow ends up at Beam HQ where he attends and interview with¬†the CEO to¬†talk business…

Liam’s first challenge assigned to him by¬†the BIG boss at Beam¬†is¬†to create his own ‘Welcome’¬†video for his channel, and who better to turn to for advice than CharlieSouth (an undiscovered superstar video-blogger), and the boyfriend of Milipede (another not-heard-of¬†BIG name on YouTube)?

This series¬†seems to have the best of everything: humour, information, facts, insight, inside knowledge, and a bit of vulnerability (from the vloggers’ perspective). There was a scene in particular where Liam questioned whether CharlieSouth’s millions of “friends” ¬†(folllowers/subscribers) actually knew the real him – in a way that Milipede does… That’s very eye-opening and heart wrenching. Although viewers saw Liam to be negative and sad in the beginning, they realise that even the vloggers themselves are not happy, it’s their jobs to appear happy on social, but even they¬†go through hardships.

Pls Like, as far as I know, is a six-part mockumentary series, but I can see it getting extended because, in just one episode alone, it has done everything and so much more… Well done to all involved!

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I’m hooked on music right now… I love the beat of the music more than anything! If there’s a drum solo, some kind of up-tempo, catchy melody or whatever, I’m sold!

The songs I’ve been listening to recently are:

Ed Sheeran – Shape of You (SHOCK!)

Rag n’ Bone Man – Human (TUNE!)

Just Hold On РSteve Aoki and Louis Tomlinson

Don’t Wanna Know – Maroon 5¬†(gotta love a bit of 5 Maroons)

Don’t Leave – Snakehips (didn’t even know snakes¬†had “hips”¬†but there you go)

Clean Bandit ft.Sean Paul – Rockabye (BADA BANG BANG!)

The Weeknd – Starboy (yeah, I’m as confused as you are about this one, don’t worry)

London Grammar -Rooting for You

Seeb – What Do You Love

I also love a bit of old school music from Michael Jackson, George Michael, Lionel Richie and Phil Collins. You cannot ever beat the Golden Oldies (unless you have a drum, then in which case, beat away)! No one makes music like those guys, and no one will again – apart from Craig David who wants to be #AllOverYour… ūüėú

Fun fact: I use Spotify¬†(this is also NOT the fun fact). The fact is that it¬†has a great ‘Browse’ (nothing to do with Instagram #BrowGameStrong) section where you get to discover new music and see what’s trending on Downloads. They even go as far as sorting it into genres, and What’s Hot in every¬†country (Worldwide!)! #LifeHack

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This book series is BAE to me! I, truth be told, haven’t got past the ‘I Heart… London‘ book but, it’s a great series nonetheless hence why I’m sharing it with you.

If you’re familiar with the work of Sophie Kinsella, and love it, you’ll love this. It’s a comedic and romantic novel that’s set in modern times. It’s one that you won’t be able to put down or stop laughing at.

This series is so good that I’m actually quite worried as to why it hasn’t been made into a full-length Hollywood movie…

Lindsey Kelk = bae. No, seriously, what an actual bae! I’d go as far as to say that she¬†is “bae” personified. If I was going to be a writer, I’d want to write¬†like her. #Authorspiration #Writerspiration

The book follows Angela Clark, a journalist, who flees the U.K. after she breaks up with a long-term boyfriend.

She then, as you do, gives up her entire livelihood to start a new life in the States. ¬†That’s where she meets her new roommate (a receptionist at a hotel which she stays at in the early days), starts writing for a well-known Women’s magazine and falls in love with a rockstar, who becomes her boyfriend¬†further on into the first book. The chemistry between Angela and her new boyfriend is absolutely everything, and so is their banter… Their relationship is so lovely, but it does – further into the series – get tested. I won’t say any more than that…

This is just a brief synopsis because as far as I know, there have been seven books thus far, and each one focuses on a different aspect of Angela’s¬†life¬†(and location around the World), and it’s done in a very funny way.

It’s a very well-written book that’s not going to disappoint (I hope!) and one that needs to be a staple to any¬†girl’s handbag, kindle or¬†luggage before heading off on holiday, this year.

If you’ve read the books and/or are familiar with them, let me know your thoughts… Alternatively, if you haven’t,¬†give them¬†a go and tell me what you think… Finally, if you haven’t and will be needing more information before reading, comment below – asking me any question you may have¬†and I’ll do my best to get it¬†answered in as much detail!