We all know that 'Game Of Thrones' is not returning until next year. However, it's kinda impossible that something linked to our beloved GOT won't pop up on our screens from time to time. This one is a feast for the eyes, and I am discarding the fact that most of us probably don't have the budget for this kind of lavishness. But when has that ever stopped us from dreaming, right? So, this gorgeous GOT themed hotel in Finland is stuff made out of our dreams!
The guardian of the ice bar #snowvillagefinland #snowvillage_got #hbonordic #gameofthrones #lapland #visitylläs #visitfinland #instatravel #icebar #laplandhotels
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The Lapland Hotels Snow village has been built in collaboration with HBO and is completely carved out of ice.
Have look inside, how SnowVillage is being created. See full video in our Facebook page. #snowvillage_got #snowvillage #lapland #yllas #visityllas #snow #ice #finland #stihl #avant #art #construction #hbonordic #gameofthrones #winterishere
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Imagine sleeping on an 'ice and fire' bed with a huge White Walker carved on the wall.
Winter is here! Are you prepared with some dragon glass? #snowvillage_got #hbonordic #lapland #laplandhotels #snowvillage #finland #snow #gameofthrones #frozen #whitewalker #whitewalkers #ice #art
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@arctic_moments - Would you sleep under the White Walker in a suite made of ice and snow? ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- #ylläs #visityllas #luonnollisestiykkönen #visitfinland #lapland #laplandfinland #lappi #snowvillage #gameofthrones
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There is even a wall of faces out there. Talk about perfecting the dream.
Look at the amaaaazing Snow Village 2017-2018!! #snowvillagefinland #snowvillage_got #hbonordic #gameofthrones #laplandhotels #instatravel #visitfinland #lapland #visitylläs
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Imagine drinking wine out of dragon glass and just savouring the environment.
Welcome to taste 3 course dinner in our Ice Restaurant. Table reservations: email@example.com / tel. +358 40 416 7227 #snowvillagefinland #snowvillage_got #ylläs #levi #visitfinland #visitlapland #icerestaurant #restaurants #alacarte
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Also, there is statue of The Mountain as well, for you take pictures with him like a bro.
Ser Gregor Clegane, The Mountain ð± What a cool place this is! #snowvillage #snowvillage_got #kittilä #levi #levilapland #lapland #got #gameofthrones #sergregorclegane #gregorclegane
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If watching the Northern Lights is your thing, then the location of the hotel is pure perfection. The rooms start from a base price of around $200 (Rs. 12,800 approx) a night, with an additional $18 (Rs. 1,600 approx) fee for just entering the SnowVillage. This one should straight away go into your bucket list!
There is literally not one person on this planet who hasn't grooved to Sia's 'Cheap Thrills'. It was on repeat for the better part of 2016. Be it pubs, the disco or a house party, this song was played at each and every occasion. And people couldn't help but shake a leg to the song's peppy beats.
But unlike other popular singers, Sia doesn't want to be famous. However, she is a well-known name and a respected figure in the music industry. Believe it or not, this is one of the reasons why she often hides her face. You may have noticed that she doesn't feature in their videos nor is she seen socialising much. Whenever she is spotted out, she is seen donning her famous wig, which has now become her signature style. You won't find Sia anywhere without it. Well, it does make us wonder why she doesn't want to be famous despite being so popular in the industry.
On #SpiritDay we stand against bullying and show support for LGBTQ youth. Go purple now and join in ð glaad.org/spiritday - Team Sia
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For Sia, everything is about making good music and she tries her level best to stay out of the paparazzo's reach. She is camera shy and anyone who follows her is well aware of this fact. Looking at this trait of hers, an imposter decided to gain some leverage from the situation. Apparently, he found or clicked her nude pictures and threatened to leak them.
But the imposter didn't realise that Sia wasn't someone who will deal with this nonsense. The sensational singer took to her Instagram and shared a nude picture of her, giving it back royally to the man. She captioned the picture, “Someone is apparently trying to sell naked photos of me to my fans. Save your money, here it is for free. Every day is Christmas!”
Someone is apparently trying to sell naked photos of me to my fans. Save your money, here it is for free. Everyday is Christmas!
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Her fans totally loved the way she didn't fear anyone and supported her for her bold move. One of the users commented saying, “Amazing genius!!”. Another one wrote, “Hahaha I totally love your action !! brilliant move Sia !”. Her fans went gaga over her move, supporting her firm and bold act. Many even went on to say that they are truly proud of her.
The girl has definitely got some swag!
The question we're going to be answering today is, who's hotter Leah Gotti or Lana Rhoades? While this might not be a popular topic in high-school debates, we're sure it will be popular here. So, let's get into it:
(#Hotness is measured in terms of popularity here!)
1. No. of films
Leah Gotti – 86 films (approx.)
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Lana Rhoades – 132 films (approx.)
Leah Gotti – 27
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Lana Rhoades – 4
Leah Gotti – 5
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Lana Rhoades – 0
4. Google Results
Leah Gotti - 3,91,000
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Lana Rhoades – 5,49,000
5. Mentions on Instagram
#LeahGotti – 1,033
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#LanaRhoades – 2,131
Lana Rhoades - 3-2
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Irrfan Khan, one of the most talented actors in Bollywood who has already proved his mettle with his acting skills, recently revealed a rather very sad news on Twitter a few days ago. “Sometimes you wake up with a jolt with life-shaking you up. The last 15 days, my life has been a suspense story. Little had I known that my search for rare stories would make me find a rare disease," his tweet read.
— Irrfan (@irrfank) March 5, 2018
Yes, Irrfan has confirmed that he has been diagnosed with a very rare disease called as Neuroendocrine Tumor, that commonly occurs in the intestine but can also be found in the pancreas, lung and the rest of the body as well.
A cancerous tumor can grow and spread to other parts of the body if not found early, whereas a benign tumor can only grow.
Explaining it to the public, Irrfan began with choosing the wise but emotional quote by Margaret Mitchell -- "Life is under no obligation to give us what we expect."
He then went on to say, “The unexpected makes us grow, which is what the past few days have been about. Learning that I have been diagnosed with Neuroendocrine Tumour as of now has admittedly been difficult, but the love and strength of those around me and that I found within me has brought me to a place of hope. The journey of this is taking me out of the country, and I request everyone to continue sending their wishes."
Irrfan also clarified rumours saying that NEURO is not always about the brain and added that "As for the rumours that were floated NEURO is not always about the brain and googling is the easiest way to do research To those who waited for my words, I hope to be back with more stories to tell."
— Irrfan (@irrfank) March 16, 2018
Neuroendocrine tumor basically arises from cells of the endocrine (hormonal) and nervous system. The major symptoms of a neuroendocrine tumor are severe anxiety attacks, heart palpitations, and rapid pulse and as discussed above, if it is a benign tumor then it would be easier to cure and if not, then it depends on how early the tumor has been detected.
“I leave a squad full of talent, including Gigio Donnarumma and Mattia Perin... I want to give a hug to Chiello, Barza, Leo and Lele, who I had almost 10 years alongside." pic.twitter.com/Ka9T4r1MIm
— European Qualifiers (@EuroQualifiers) November 13, 2017
All Bianconeri are by your side @gianluigibuffon. You're the pride of our nation and the best goalkeeper in the world. ð®ð¹ ð pic.twitter.com/iDAJBwn2Xx
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 13, 2017
Ever watched an adult or romantic film in a theatre or TV along with your parents? Then you have surely faced a situation when the main characters get intimate, you just don’t know where to look! Fidgeting for the TV remote to change the channel or running to get a glass of water are some of the things we all have done, isn’t it? Have gone through that awkward feeling? Turned uncomfortably on your seat? Wanted the ground to swallow you? Tried to make eye contact with your parents but couldn’t? Well, all of us have been there. But that doesn't mean that you shouldn't watch those movies. Just be a little wise and watch these 8 Bollywood movies when your parents are 'not' around.
B.A.Pass A strict NO when it comes to watching this film with your parents around. A young man Mukesh is seduced by Sarika 'Aunty', whom he meets at a kitty party. Sarika lures him to sleep with her in return for money. The last thing you would want to do is watch the story of a gigolo with your mom and dad.
P.S. The film is dark and has tons of hot and sexy scenes.
Sins If you are a Bollywood movie buff, you might have definitely heard of this film. After all, this Shiney Ahuja and Seema Rahmani starrer was in controversy for its content. The story of the film goes where a priest starts an affair with a young girl. This film has sex...sex...and more sex written all over it.
Kamasutra The title of the film is enough to educate you and tell you what to expect from it. There are few films made on the famous Sanskriti text of Vaatsayana that guides you about human sexuality.
And every film has its own way of narration, though the most acclaimed one is made by director Mira Nair.
Julie Starring Neha Dhupia in the titular role, this film outlines the journey of a girl who ends up becoming a call girl. You can’t watch this film with any elder around as Julie gets filthy and raunchy in various scenes.
Jism Series Well....well what is it about ‘Jism’ that created a buzz in B-town when it was released? The first installment had some really hot scenes between Bipasha Basu and John Abraham.
The second installment failed at the box office but you can, of course, watch it for some dose of Sunny Leone!
Ek Chhoti Si Love Story This film’s plot was way too ahead of its time. A 15-year-old boy Aditya (Aditya Seal) falls for his neighbour (Manisha Koirala). The film featured bathroom masturbation scene which wasn’t seen before. There are various scenes in the film that leaves a viewer surprised. P.S. Maybe after watching this film your little soldier might need some working to do.
Hunterrr This is indeed a great film for youngsters. It touches on issues like arranged marriages, sex addiction, pre-marital sex. But watching it around anyone will make both the companies uncomfortable, so watch it when alone.
Murder Series We are sure every kid from the 90s has heard of this film. After all, many of us were not allowed to watch this ‘A’ rated film. Mallika Sherawat and Emraan Hashmi’s sizzling chemistry in this erotic thriller is a must watch.
You also have two more installments that you can watch if you wish to.
Better watch your back while watching these films.
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If you are someone like me who didn't think of watching the second episode on your way to the office and is dreading the decision of putting it off for another couple of hours – you're at the right place. Since, I haven't watched it with the world; I am not the best person to give you spoilers anyway, so you can breathe a sigh of relief!
The official synopsis from HBO for episode 3 revealed: “Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) holds court. Cersei (Lena Headey) returns a gift. Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) learns from his mistakes.” What the synopsis didn't reveal was the much-awaited meeting we see in the ‘The Queen's Justice', the episode 3 trailer:
In the second episode, Arya was seen confronted by a direwolf which left the fans flustered and many were hoping it to be Nymeria, the one she raised. Next week, Jon and Dan will be seen coming face-to-face, along with Sir Davos, Missandei, and Tyrion, all in one scene. The rest of the trailer is focused on Euron getting a hero's welcome in King's Landing with what we may assume is his ‘priceless gift' for Cersei.
And, the unsullied going on for a battle looking ready as always to take over Casterly Rock which is a speculation, but it would be the most perfect hit at Cersei and Daenerys' plan to conquer the Casterly Rock will come true, even before Cersei will realize it. Dragonstone and Casterly Rock are getting some visitors, that is for sure. The upcoming episode should be an action-packed episode and before you and I get all excited and in frenzy about the third episode, we should watch the second one before someone spoils it for us.
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Often labelled as 'delicate' and 'weak' with the ever-increasing disparity in wages highlighting their plight which is further marred by the lack of fanfare and recognition, the success stories of Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami in cricket, Saina Nehwal and PV Sindu in badminton and Mary Kom and Sarita Devi in boxing goes on to show that women are not just fighting against all odds, but have also shunned the naysayers by proving their mettle in male-dominated sports.
On 29 November, Saikhom Mirabai Chanu became the latest addition to this group of spirited Indian sportswomen who are hell-bent on changing the country's perception about women's sports.
Goosebumpsð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³!#MirabaiChanu U made every Indian proud by winning Goldðin World Weightlifting Championship..Congratsðð Your achievement will inspire millions of young girlsðª pic.twitter.com/GnbymXeiid
— Maj Surendra Poonia (@MajorPoonia) November 30, 2017
Standing on the podium with a gold medal around her neck and seeing the Indian tricolour flying high after overwhelming tournament-favourite Thunya Sukcharoen in California, Chanu was an embodiment of success - achieved on the back of great perseverance, hardwork and sheer will - giving a desperate shot in the arm to Indian weightlifting.
What a fantastic day for #Indian sport! Huge congratulations to Saikhom Mirabai Chanu for winning the #Gold at the 2017 World Weightlifting Championship ðªððð #Champion #Superstar pic.twitter.com/hOhFKa9Ems
— Vinesh Phogat (@Phogat_Vinesh) November 30, 2017
Ending her country's wait of 22 years, the Manipuri weightlifter etched her name in history as the first Indian in over two decades and only the second overall to bag a World Championships gold in weightlifting. India's more-popular weightlifter Karnam Malleswari had bagged gold medals in the competition back in 1994 and 1995 respectively.
Competing in the women's 48kg category, the 23-year-old lifted a combined weight of 194kg - 85kg in snatch and 109kg in clean and jerk - which was just one kg over the best attempt of the tournament favourite from Thailand, but good enough to cause a big upset.
Congratulations to Saikhom #MirabaiChanu for lifting Gold at the World Weightlifting Championship and creating a World record. Entire nation is proud of you.pic.twitter.com/JpBEetHVmT
— Naveen Jindal (@MPNaveenJindal) November 30, 2017
But, Chanu's triumphant outing in the US is not about national pride, records and fanfare; in fact it's much more than that. Hers was a campaign aimed at finding her lost vigour and overcoming the demons of past failures notably the horrific 2016 Rio Olympics.
After claiming the national record in the women's 192kg category from her idol Kunjarani Devi in the run-up to the Olympic Games, Chanu witnessed a disastrous debut at the grandest stage of all. With a bout of nerves getting the better of her, the young weightlifter could only manage to successfully lift just one of her six attempts - three in the snatch and three in the clean and jerk category.
Out of the 12 lifters in the women's 48kg category in Rio, she was one of the two participants who did not finish (DNF) the event. Her dreams were shattered, years of hardwork in training camps came to naught and India's struggle in women's weightlifting took centre stage.
But, Manipur is famous for producing athletes who don't believe in giving up, Mary Kom is a prime example and Chanu proved no different. Learning from her mistakes, she continued to believe in herself and so did her coaches and selectors.
As her training resumed after the Rio horror, Chanu was reminded of her struggles that included the long hours of cycling from her home to a weightlifting centre that sparked her love for the sport. At times, she was told how much the country had invested in her at national camps and how everyone around continues to believe in her talent and potential.
And, not so surprisingly, all the efforts - her own and those of selectors and coaches - have finally borne fruit at one of the prestigious tournaments in the world. Chanu has also broken free from the shadows of Kunjarani Devi and Karnam Malleswari as her achievement at the World Championships goes beyond her personal struggles and eventual glory.
More importantly, in the bigger scheme of things, just like Mithali, Saina and Sindhu have inspired younger girls and fellow sportswomen to come out of the shadows of their male counterparts, the Manipur lass has undoubtedly given Indian weightlifting a shot in the arm by bringing the sport back into the collective public consciousness.
2018 is coming to a close and honestly, this has been one the most musically rich years and giving rides around the sun in recent memory. Making a year end list for anything is always a tricky affair because there is just waaaay too much to consume. I honestly haven't even scratched the surface of the sheer volume of amazing albums that have come out this year. One thing's for certain though: the future is exciting, the album format isn't going anywhere and the best things come from the quietest places.
Anyway here we go:
15. Tierra Whack - Whack World
No other album that came out this year is more tailor-made for the internet age as Tierra Whack's 'Whack World'. 15 songs, 15 minutes and 1 absolutely delightful music video. Check this one out if you like your listening experiences to be bite-sized, or if you tend to get distracted easily.
14. Rosalia - El Mar Querer
Seamlessly blending traditional Spanish Flamenco music with modern RnB, Pop, and Neo Soul, Rosalia's sophomore album further cements her place as a leader of the Spanish new wave by breaking through language barriers with a stunning and emotionally charged vocal performance.
13. Young Fathers - Cocoa Sugar
The Edinburgh trio continue their unique take on hip hop, punk, noise, pop and RnB while still keeping their songwriting abilities fresh as ever. 'Cocoa Sugar' keeps the emotional quotient high while surrounding it with a blend of a myriad of musical styles.
12. Julia Holter - Aviary
One of the longer albums on this list, but an absolutely essential listen for fans of chamber pop, experimental jazz, and modern orchestral music. Julia Holter weaves a beautiful tapestry of sounds that deal with themes of memory, the nature and importance of art, love and natural beauty.
11. Yves Tumor - Safe In The Hands Of Love
The enigmatic Turin-based experimentalist returns with what in my opinion is his most honest and accessible record till date. It is deep, complex and melancholic but never has a dull moment and is still pretty much a straight up pop record when broken down to its elements.
10. Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs
'Some Rap Songs' marks the elusive Earl Sweatshirt's return to his lyrical and experimental best. This is not an album for traditional hip hop or 'trap rap' heads. Expect lo fi, stuttering and heavily sampled time signature fluid beats accompanied by Earl's meditative, buried and self reflective flow. A short listen, but one that requires your full attention.
9. Kelman Duran - 13th Month
13th Month is an idiosyncratic deconstruction of reggaeton and west coast hip hop inter spliced with choir vocals, interview snippets and protest speeches. One of the most apocalyptic yet club adjacent releases this year.
8. Low - Double Negative
It's hard to believe a band as late into its career as 'Low' can still come out with one of the year's most relevant and surprising albums. The slowcore veterans create a brooding, atmospheric and austere environment on 'Double Negative' that is at once heavy with emotion and weightless in its movement.
7. Westside Gunn - Supreme Blientele
Griselda records figurehead Westside Gunn has one of the most unique voices in modern day hip hop. The Buffalo natives high pitched, raw, snarly delivery packs more punch than a baseball bat to the face. On 'Supreme Blientele', Gunn gives us what Griselda records is best known for, grimey East Coast loops, posse cuts and all the street talk we can handle (which is a lot).
6. Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want
The Rhode Island Post Hardcore misanthropes return after nearly a decade to deliver one of the most psychotic, chaotic and blistering noise / no wave / post hardcore albums of the past 5 years. Warning: this is not an easy experience.
5. Death Grips - Year Of The Snitch
Probably the Sacramento trio's least hip hop inspired album yet. This time around the guys embrace the sounds of hard rock and punk to unnaturally combine with their mutant take on electronica, free form jazz freak outs, harsh noise and power electronics.
4. Hermit And The Recluse - Orpheus Vs. The Sirens
I'll say it right here right now - Ka is one of the most criminally underrated artists of the 21st century. He is easily the best rapper out there and as a producer he conjures some of the most rich, complex and meditative soundscapes that work so perfectly with his voice that it's hard to imagine him rapping over anything else. However on 'Hermit and the Recluse', Ka teams up with producer Animoss and this time takes on the Greek Epic of Orpheus.
3. Kids See Ghosts - Self Titled
Everybody's favourite celebrity to hate and the legendary hip hop crooner come together to give us one of the year's most beautiful, life affirming and experimental hip hop records. Kanye and Kid Cudi are a veritable powerhouse, both seemingly back in tip top creative shape, traversing everything from grunge, hard rock and soul to give us an album that literally nobody expected to be THIS good.
2. Sophie - Oil Of Every Pearl's Un-Insides
We can easily call it the defining pop album of the decade. This is emotionally tense, cathartic, calming and life affirmingly beautiful all in one. Sophie has cemented herself as one of the brightest stars of our generation and the future of pop production.
1. Playboi Carti - Die Lit
This brings me to my favourite album of 2018 and by no means is it the “best” album or anything idiotic like that. This goes way beyond that. What we have here is an infectious, psychedelic, minimalistic, hypnotic almost hymn like take on the sound that is nearing its peak in 2018, i.e. mumble rap. Across these tracks Carti, squeaks, squirms and yelps with childlike mischievousness, repeating the same phrase sometimes through the entire verse; but that doesn't matter. What we get here is an overall effect that drowns you with harshly bright synths, subterranean thuds and trap hi hats that spitter and spatter on top of the concoction, almost going toe to toe with Carti's infectious adlibs and singular phrases. This is the most avant garde mumble rap will ever get and I'm not even entirely sure Carti intended for it to be like that, but oh my god is this thing highly, highly addictive.
What were your favourite albums of 2018?