Ultraviolence – Lana Del Rey Gets It Right

June 19, 2014

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I’ve always been a fan of Lana Del Rey, from the first time I happened across her song Video Games while listening to the UK top 100 (don’t ask). I needed to know who this vintage siren was who understood my nostalgia towards life gone by while remaining fully present, in the present.

When I got Born To Die and I listened to it from start to finish I said “This is the most amazing sh*t I have listened to in ages!” Then came Paradise, or Born to Die – Paradise Edition. Again, amazing tracks. I was full and in love with the poetry, vocal stylings, controversy and audacity of an actual songwriter cooing about her life, love, her dreams and of course her flavored vagina! I wasn’t expecting her to release anything for a while and I resigned myself to that. Then West Coast came out all of a sudden and I bought it as soon as I saw it on iTunes.

West Coast touched me in a way none of her other tracks did before. The dual styled song within a song speaks to the sentiment of what the West Coast (California) represents to Americans but for me, it spoke to the West Coast of my little island and how I feel whenever I’m there – hopeful, ambitious, gifted, revered and almost worshipped. Life DOES get better, on the West Coast.

Ultraviolence as a title tickled me. I first saw it on her Instagram while trolling through my feed, I said “yaaaaaassssss bitch! Give it to me!” Upon regaining my composure I said I must get the album when it came out.

Hearing Ultraviolence was like hearing my unwritten journal entries being sung out loud by a voice that wasn’t mine. Here were my innermost thoughts and secrets being aired and reverberating through my bed from my subwoofer. I can relate to the album a little too much, more than even my closest friends will realize.

The toxic relationships, the unwavering love in the face of apathy, emotional retardation, indifference and general melancholy reminded me of my dedicated love, like St. Jude, the patron saint of lost causes, that still lives on to this day. A love that haunts, overwhelms and envelops.
F*cked My Way Up to the Top has replaced Cola in my mind’s default Tourette’s like song outburst. The gall of her! She is definitely controversial but it doesn’t feel deliberate. It’s simply honest and unapologetic (Hey Rihanna) and she makes real music about real life and real experiences. Some literal, some metaphorical, some lived and some witnessed.

The me of today feels about Lana Del Rey’s music like how the me of the 90s felt about Alanis Morissette. Having grown darker and more honest with myself and my pathology, Lana Del Rey is my new drug of choice.

And to the one person who won’t read this – Old Money is the song I dedicate to you, even if you change your mind I’ll come, come come.


First post of 2014 with Video

January 7, 2014

So I’ve finally installed WordPress on my iPhone, over a year after having it. That means I’ll be more likely to post pics, videos and stories. I just hope I don’t post my “personal photos” accidentally! 馃槣

Check out the video here!

The purpose of this revised blog is to be more open with readers about what makes me tick, how things in the world work and to help everyone better understand what’s going on in the world around them in a way they can appreciate.

I’ll also be uploading to YouTube so check out my channel – guess what it’s called.

Watch this space to find out more of what’s happening in the life of the Superlative1.


Fashion is W.A.R

September 26, 2010

What does Fashion mean to you?
To many people, Fashion is this intangible whimsical thing that rich people with glass office doors and stark white walls use to set themselves apart from the average citizen.
Truth be told, fashion IS the average citizen. With a total global worth of $300Billion US, the fashion industry simply can’t be for a handful of super rich people you’ve never met. Fashion is about expression, from something as simple as a crisp hem line on a pair of trousers to something as sophisticated as a couture gown- even something like oversized jeans with matching jackets, all of these things are what Fashion is about.
One aspect of Fashion that people often overlook is the many charitable causes that have benefited directly from the efforts of Fashion houses. A noteworthy campain being that of the (product)RED, everything from iPods to Converse are involved in the fight to find a cure for HIV/AIDS, the beneficiary of this particular drive.
However, it is true that for many, fashion is their be all and end all; photographers, designers, models, shopaholics, musicians, actors, gay, straight or taken, there is always someone who is obsessed with fashion. The reason for this is that for people who embrace Fashion, and all its cut-throat splendour they recognize that Fashion is W.A.R:
Wild
Awe-Inspiring
Rebellious
Shred your jeans, lace up your corset or button down your jacket, Fashion is the only aspect of your life you can wear on your back, and yes even that T-Shirt that speaks about your particular religious affiliation, or dissociation is a part of Fashion. If you want to be associated with a particular group you dress as the members dress, and that would be the single most superficial yet brilliantly deep message that Fashion brings to our lives- You are welcome to be who you want and don’t you worry, there’s an outfit for just that!
So, whether you spend two minutes or 30 minutes getting dressed, it’s all a costume, nay army fatigues, so prepare for battle. Are you willing to fight for your cause?

The Fashion is W.A.R initiative by RFAHarewood is set to launch in 2013.

 

 


Like Being Robbed at Gunpoit

June 14, 2010

So I am here checking out new and inventive ways to turn the overpriced stuff I have and don’t necessarily use into some fast cash.

I investigated nearby pawn shops to offload a watch or two, but I never followed through on that because well… just because. At any rate, I had really been finding it difficult to part with my possessions since I spent so much time and effort (and money) acquiring each of those items and I hold them all so dear. Not QUITE materialistic, let’s call it sentimental. Given the difficulty, I decided to hold off hawking my belongings since I had nothing I was willing to part with.

Fast forward to me sitting down watching clips from the Isle of Wight Festival and seeing an ad with an overly made up blonde girl standing up in front of a ticket station using her cell phone, then attempting to use her phone to pay for the ticket. Here booms the announcer’s voice informing all of us wondering what’s going on that only Envirofone.com gives you money to recycle your old cell phone. Being ever so curious I decided to check it out, since I had another phone with me that I really don’t use and I’d simply transfer the contacts to my SIM card and readily part with it for the right amount of cheddar.

Imagine my surprise when I found the sister phone to my model which I paid roughly 拢123.00 for, they had the GALL to value it at 拢9.02 (the 2 pence really was the slap in the face)! Well I said to myself, this does not even include wear and tear or anything, just the flat fee! It was like being robbed at gunpoint! I was tempted to fall to my knees, toss my possessions on the floor and plead for my life! Then I decided to be cheeky and see what they would give me for the BlackBerry Curve 8520- 拢52.05 I’m like “Now they’re really having a laugh!”

I refuse to even hyperlink them in this post because they’re criminals! There are several other sites that purchase the same second hand phones for sometimes 拢30 more than Envirofone does and up! Think about that, just hit the internet and do a proper search. Don’t let their hefty advertising budget fool you, each new customer pays for an old ad.

Rubbish!


Countdown to Exodus

April 2, 2009

As that song by Chantal Kraviazuck goes,聽 “All my bags are packed I’m ready to go…” pretty much echoes my current sentiment as it relates to my zeal for a relocation. Yes the grounded world traveler plans on taking on a greater metropolitan existence.

I have spent a great deal of time contemplating which city to move to, especially from an island such as Barbados. The significance of the origin of the flights stems from two standpoints, one if the confusing and tedious issue of immigration- the ease with which my relocation can be expedited, and the other is that of aesthetics. I mean come on, I come from a holiday destination with multimillion dollar real estate right around the corner. I can’t go from living in ‘paradise’ to surviving a hell of my own choosing. So I need to give it a lot of thought.

So far I have narrowed it down to three countries, Canada, England and the United States of America. However, Canada is clearly my number one pick because currently, it’s the least controversial. As far as cities within, it’s Toronto, New York and London. The least pretentious as well as the cleanest of the three, Toronto comes out on top. Getting back to immigration, it would be easier for me to travel to either Toronto or London without a Visa, whereas for America on a whole, I would need an NIV (Non-Immigrant Visa), a process which can take months in and of itself, is costly and after your wait and expense, there is no guarantee that you will succeed in your application for one. Folly.

So that rules out the U.S.

Next point, England is just… gloomy, whereas Canada is consistent cold snow but it has sun! Now, whereas the sun and I are not friends, if I can see it and not have to be adversely affected by it, that works for me. Also, I have to mention this little fact.聽 I LOVE COATS! I went visiting the Burling Coat Factory site looking at coats that for obvious reasons would make no sense to be worn in Tropical Barbados.聽 So to all the nay-sayers telling me how one it’ll be cold, I say “You can put things on to make you warm, you can’t take enough off to make you cool.”

Finally, the issue of job opportunities comes up. Canada really does have an exceptional job market right now, and luckily, I have experience in SO many different areas, finding a job may not prove as difficult as it might be in the shrinking violets of London and New York, save if I were a drug dealer or prostitute, but that’s neither here nor there.

So, as I mentioned, I am working on a strategy of departure and have decided upon the fine city of Toronto. Fund raising efforts to be announced later. Will keep you posted.

Love, or something like it,

Superlative1
246superlative1@gmail.com


Why are YOU Unemployed?

March 5, 2009

Have you ever sat at your computer, talking to a friend about their office/workplace and be regaled with stories of how dumb, inefficient, scandalous or just downright unskilled their colleagues are? If you have friends, the answer is undoubtedly yes.

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Now as humorous as it may be, if you’re desperately searching for that dream job, or any job for that matter, it’s disheartening to say the least, to be subjected to stories which are nothing more than painful reminders that you’re not gainfully employed. Worse still is the fact that you actually are experienced/knowledgeable in the area the aforementioned ‘louse’ is inept at, yet YOU are the one home scouring newspaper after newspaper or hitting up the ever popular Monster sites (be they .com, .ca, .co.uk or whatever)
Chances are, it’s a matter of timing. Many companies advertise within, not necessarily meaning that the post is limited to those already on the company payroll, but the company in question would rather have an “I know the PERFECT person for this job!” type situation so they have some idea of how that potential employee might turn out (company they keep) and in turn, have someone to blame other than Human Resources. Solution: keep checking with your friends/associates about opportunities within their organizations that may be available, although not advertised. You may be surprised at how easy it is once you start asking the right people the right questions.
On the converse side, “Why is it I go on ALL these interviews and I still don’t get it!” seems to be the common plight of many an unemployed person. I say, stop and think about the interview. One has to learn to balance being professional without being stiff, and being engaging without being overly ‘familiar’ with the interviewer. Also, your personality should match the position you’re applying for and the image of the organization itself. Let’s say for instance KPMG advertised a vacancy for an actuary, showing up dressed like a low-rent clerk and trying to be a comedian to dispel the tension in the room may not necessarily be the wisest approach. Likewise, a corner store may not want an uptight snob dealing with their clientele either. So always be cautious and conscious of how you are making yourself appear and get an idea of the personality the company or organization may be looking for.

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When all is said and done, even if you have the perfect r茅sum茅 or CV (depending on where you’re from), be the perfect interview and聽 still not get the job. Don’t beat yourself up about things beyond your control, just keep trying and don’t let a simple obstacle stop you altogether. Keep looking, you just might find an opportunity that you weren’t expecting.

Good luck!


Consultancy Services

February 24, 2009

Consultancy Services & Fees:

1. Full-Time Consultant
Services will include:
路 Linguistic monitoring (spelling, grammar, syntax etc.) to ensure the highest quality and professional presentation of information, while maintaining its accessibility to the average user of the site.
路 Research and Information verification- this would encompass fact verification, validity checks on information received and intended for publication, finding and presenting educational resource information that is most current and applicable to the local dynamic.
路 Networking with professionals and other persons in the varying fields addressed in the site to allow for group counseling sessions as well as one-on-one sessions within and outside of a religious based setting based on the personal beliefs of the individual seeking council.
路 On-site* scheduling and event management/planning to ease with excessive demands for time in the event of scheduling conflicts overlapping deadlines.
路 7 days a week availability** for general advice or to double check information as well as ventures in which either the organization as a whole or any of its members may be getting involved
Fee: $2600- $3500 per month ($650- $875 per week)***

2. Part-Time Consultant
Services will include:
路 Linguistic monitoring (spelling, grammar, syntax etc.) to ensure the highest quality and professional presentation of information, while maintaining its accessibility to the average user of the site.
路 Research and Information verification- this would encompass fact verification, validity checks on information received and intended for publication, finding and presenting educational resource information that is most current and applicable to the local dynamic.
路 3 days a week availability** for general advice and to double check information as well as ventures in which either the organization as a whole or any of its members may be getting involved
Fee: $1500- $2500 per month ($375- $625 per week)***

*On-site service refers to time spent in the Bahamas working on projects. Travel (within the Bahamas) and entertainment allowances etc., will be included in the Full-Time fee accounting for the salary schedule. Plane fare and such incidentals will be incurred at the expense of the company.

**Availability will include e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging as well as voice calls, and may be done at any time of the day preferably after 4 hours notice has been given and the time agreed upon however, last minute urgent communication will not be discouraged.

*** Given the current exchange rate of the Bahamas Dollar to the U.S. Dollar being 1 to 1, fees will be paid in either currency, or that which is higher at the time of payment finalization. Fees are negotiable only until contract finalization. Any adjustment thereafter must be agreed upon by BOTH parties within reason. (May not be applied to incidental expenses incurred during the performance of duties.)