Track of the Week – CHVRCHES

Seen as I am a massive music addict, I thought I’d introduce some nice tracks here! First one is from a Scottish Electro-Pop trio called CHVRCHES. I saw them a couple of months ago and I was honestly very impressed!

Check it out:

I just got this one for myself (doesn’t include the single above)…can’t wait to put it on!

CHVRCHES Vinyl

Austrians (Part 1)

Have you ever met an Austrian? Been to Austria?

Check this out – it is in West Austria (far, far away from Vienna’s coffee culture):

view from the top of a mountain, hohe kugel, vorarlberg

Hohe Kugel, Vorarlberg

So, what’s it like to live there? What do we know about Austrians?

Austrians love playing their musical instruments, indeed they spend about 3 hours daily doing that. If they’ve finished playing for the day, they can be spotted in the mountains. Just keep your eyes open for “Lederhosen”. Hiking is an important activity to keep this species going and the occasional cuddling of cows helps maintaining their friendliness.

The main diet of an Austrian includes chocolate, coffee, dairy products like cheese and milk, cake and Schnitzel. This can all be found directly at the farmer’s next door.

Austria is also famous for skiing and the Apres Ski parties and Red Bull – funny enough though no one associates that evil drink with this small country.

Austrian for beginners – the meanings of “Na”:
Naaa = no
Na! = that can’t be true!
Na, eh = exactly!
Na ja = oh well, I’m not bothered
Na? = Who are you?
Na? = Why are you here?
Na? = What are you doing?
Na? = How are you feeling?
Na? = What are you thinking?
Na? = well, what are you waiting for?
Na net na na = you are pointing out the obvious, my friend

( Source: http://www.austria.info + contributions from real, cow-cuddling, tree hugging Austrians)

 

Are you going to Austria soon?

Remember:
– Austrians communicate via yodelling. Make sure you’re fluent before coming to this country!
– watch out for the kangaroos: thousands have found their way to Austria, after having misread the road signs in Australia.
– don’t get kidnapped, otherwise a long life in a cellar awaits you.

 

 

Just so you know, it’s actually a really gorgeous place.

wunderschoenes Stubaital

Stubaital, Austria

Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg, Austria

Stupid Lyrics (Part 1)

The Wanted – She Walks Like Rihanna

Right. She can’t sing, she can’t dance, but who cares – she walks like Rihanna. Seriously?! The Wanted, have you EVER MET A GIRL? I’m sure that will be a great chat up line: “Hey, looks like you’re pretty crap at everything, but you’ve got the same hair colour as this other girl on TV. Wanna go for a drink?” I didn’t think it needs to be explained that no girl likes to be compared to anyone else – and if it’s Rihanna, okay, but don’t go on about “her not being a good dancer”.

 

Black Eyed Peas – My Humps

My hump, my hump, my hump, my hump, my hump,
My hump, my hump, my hump, my lovely little lumps (Check it out)

Need I say more? I guess anything works as a filler, if the artists run out of…vocabulary.

 

Hilary Duff – So Yesterday

If the light is off then it isn’t on. God, she’s incredibly smart!

 

Bruno Mars – Grenade

I guess Bruno Mars just wants to say how much he loves someone, but is it really necessary to use all these gross details? Okay. He doesn’t go on about how he’ll catch that grenade, but everyone will be able to imagine what happens next? Right. I’m sure whoever this song is for, would love to see their lover’s blood splatter around.

 

To be continued…

How To Prepare For A Job Interview

Are you looking for a new job?

If not, surely one of your friends is? Recession, savings, redundancies…apparently this isn’t the case in PR, or is it? Well, I’ve got a job interview tomorrow.

We all know what that means: reading up on the company, knowing what’s going on in the world and going through your own experience in order to know what to focus on during the interview. It’s all about selling yourself, but not like a prostitute of course.

If the unlikely case comes up that the interviewer asks you a question on a topic where your knowledge is non existent, start bridging. Bridging is great. Question about writing skills – bridge straight to…Maltesers, or any topic you can actually talk about.

For example:
Interviewer: “So, what work have you previously done, regarding online campaigns?”
Interviewee: “None, but look at that cloud there! It looks like a Malteser!”

Or:
Interviewer: “Tell me about the coverage you’ve managed to gain in the last two months.”
Interviewee: “That’s a great question, but don’t you wonder sometimes, when you eat Maltesers – what makes those things SO LIGHT?”

I’m sure you’re hired in both cases.

Bridging is a great skill and it’s even better if you manage to do that without your counterpart noticing. It’s very useful if you’re supposed to talk about something you haven’t got a clue about.

Step 2 – read up on the company, as mentioned before. If you present some knowledge about work that has been done in the past, you show awareness and interest. Check out the website, company blog, potential Social Media sites and more. Also, try finding scandalous videos about the CEO. If worse comes to worst, you can always blackmail them.

Step 3 – watch this video:


I know, there’s so much more to consider, but it’s way more fun watching Jessie J saving the world, isn’t it?

I’ll let you know how my job interview went – depending on the result of course.

Guinea Pig Wars

Never fear, in case your vulnerable and cute guinea pig is conscripted to war. The newest protection and technology is now available to shield your little companion.

guinea pig in armour

The main question is now – is armour really enough to beat the two skilled warriors below?

 

– Pikachu
guinea pig pikachu

 

– And here’s the REAL Spider(guinea)pig
spiderguineapig

 

 

I guess we’ll never find out who’d really win that battle – as Lucky (guinea pig in armour – first image) died. R.I.P.

Politics – Don’t Vote For Rats!

Isn’t this cat cute?

Morris the cat

No, this isn’t just another blog post about cute animals (we’ll save that for later). This cat is actually running for Mayor of the Mexican city Xalapa with the campaign slogan “Tired of Voting for Rats? Vote for a Cat.” He also promises to eat, sleep most of the day and donate his leftover litter to fill potholes. Morris, the apparently very honest candidate has already got 118,800 fans on his Facebook page and more than 6,000 followers on Twitter – this makes him more popular than the five human contenders.

After the empty promises of politicians Chamorro and a few friends put Morris forward as a candidate – and they weren’t the only ones! A bunch of other farm animals are also running for mayor:

– Chon the Donkey (Ciudad Juarez, which was the world’s most dangerous city for several years)
– Tina the Chicken (Tepic)
– Maya the Cat (Puebla)
– Tintan the Dog (Oaxaca City)

Besides a great followership on Social Media channels, Morris also has international supporters. Stubbs, the honorary mayor of Talkeetna in Alaska, has shown support for Morris by posting his fellow feline candidate’s spot campaign on its Facebook page. Yes, another cat.

What we learn from all this: treat your cat nice, one day it might rule the city…

Here’s a link to Morris’ Social Media sites:
– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elcandigatomorris
– Twitter: https://twitter.com/CandiGatoMorris

And his website: http://www.elcandigato.com/

Canada (part 1)

Everyone likes a bit of a rant about other cultures, no? Or at least going on about funny facts. Today we’ll be taking a closer look at: Canada!

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Canada

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Canada

Who doesn’t love the friendly, sociable country above the United States?! Do you like Timbits, Poutine and Maple Syrup?

Canada has turned into a more and more popular travel destination, simply because…because of what? The beer? The food? The handicap places in front of the skating rink? Or the fact that a pizza can get to your house faster than an ambulance? We don’t know. However, should you ever think about traveling to Canada, have a look at these translations first:

The meanings of “eh”

Eh? = what did you say?
Eh? = what do you think?
EH? = something to say just to end a sentence.
Ehhhh!! = WOW!!
EH!? = what do you mean?
Eh?? = you’re joking!!!??
EH!! = Hello..(you off in the distance!!!)
Eh? = want a doughnut or some Tim Bits?
Eh! = sure!!
Eh!Eh! = coffee double-cream too please!
Eh? = what you say when you realize you have no money to pay for it.
Eh..cmon, eh? = asking them to let you pay for it next time.
hey..eh! = want to go to the drive-in movie??
Eh…uhuh = yes sure!
Eh..y’know = I’ll pick you up at 8:00 (8:30 in Newfoundland).
Eh..cmon!! = well that’s early..but ok.
Eh..wanna? eh? = lets fool around …
EHHHHHHH = sounds coming from the car.
hey..um..er eh… = I’m pregnant!
EH????????? = how did that happen?
EHHehhEHHehhEHHH = sounds from the delivery room.
EHHH-ehh, EHHH-ehh = baby’s first cry.
Ehh..whadya think eh? = marry me.

(source: http://members.shaw.ca/kcic1/canisms.html + my own travel experience, eh)

We’ve now understood that the same thing can have different meanings – no wonder the country itself has its name from a misunderstanding! Exactly, some dude was only pointing at Quebec City, asking for the name of the city, but Jacques Cartier misunderstood the use of the word “Kanata” (village). Could be worse, couldn’t it?

Last, but not least, we have discovered some weird laws in the country of the Maple Leaf.

– In some places residents are not allowed to have an Internet connection faster than 56k – ouch!
– Do not paint your ladders when climbing on your roof….it might be slippery when wet – and that’s illegal (fair enough, only the best for every citizen).
– It is illegal to show public affection on Sunday – how do they define public affection?
– It is illegal to kill a sick person by frightening them – why, just why would anyone do that?!
– The city is classified as a no-pee zone.

We love them dearly.