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Beautiful Music That Touches My Soul

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I love these two tracks:

God Help the Outcasts (from The Hunchback of Notre Dame and sang by Bette Midler):

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What Do I Know of Holy? (by Addison Road):

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I am truly blessed for my faith and devotion in God and love for God and I hope that this grows as each day passes… And that it helps me to be a better, more compassionate and loving person with each passing day…

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Please note that I do not assert any rights over the copyright of the above music videos.  I do not own any such rights and do not intend to infringe on any copyright.  The copyright for each music video is owned by the respective owners.  Some of the owners (and further information) may be identified by going to the video on You Tube.

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I’m Flying

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Picture of sunny sky with clouds

Enchantment and excitement reign as I lean over to see Earth has become a toy land below with its lush emerald pastures, delicately placed fences and fairy tale cottages.  I’m gliding in the air, so high, with half of me one with the elements.  There is no window to lock me in, no cabin to contain me.  I’m flying.  I close my eyes and realise its real.  The dream unfolds in reality and its real.  I’m flying.

 

I hadn’t grown wings.  I was on a microlight, an incredibly “fragile-looking” aircraft with seating for two.  There are essentially two types of microlight aircraft – the fixed wing and the flexi-wing.  The former has a closed cockpit and more or less looks like a conventional aircraft albeit a lot smaller!  The latter, on the other hand, has a wing that looks similar to a hang-glider, with the seats and engine suspended below and an open cockpit.  Of course, I chose to fly on the flexi-wing and experience the exhilarating thrill of flying in an open cockpit!

 

As I first walked towards the aircraft, it’s “fragility” hit me and I wondered whether it was safe.  I wondered how such a “fragile” aircraft could actually fly and stay up?!  I cannot remember how many times I thought about turning back and going home.  I was torn between staying on firm ground “where it was safe” and the thrill of flying and conquering my fear.  Of course, the latter won… or maybe I rationalised that it really could not be that “fragile” since no one else was falling out of the sky!  

 

Just prior to and during take-off I felt very vulnerable.  I prayed.  I held my breath.  And yet I was also brimming with excitement.  Just a few seconds later I looked down and around in complete astonishment.  It was absolutely incredible.  It was surreal.  I was high above the Earth, I could feel the air and I could look down and around, all without any barriers.  I was flying.

 

For more information and for photos of the aircraft, you may want to check out:

http://www.intotheblue.co.uk/

http://www.microflight.co.uk/html/microlighting.html

 

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I can’t see it, but I know its there…

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Photo of London sky with grey clouds with a quote

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Savouring Heavenly Chocolate on National Chocolate Week

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photo of billionaire shortcake chocolate and coffee and walnut milk chocolate

A friend and I recently decided to sign up for the most fabulous chocolate tasting club… one membership between us (if we had one membership each we would end up eating far too much chocolate!)… Its a flexible monthly membership with one box of the finest wonderfulness sent to us each month.  The first box arrived just in time for National Chocolate Week (running from 8th Oct to 14th Oct).

We decided to go for the milk chocolate collection because we both prefer the mellow and creamy taste of milk chocolate over the more deep and bitter taste of darker chocolate.  The free box of nibbles that were provided with the first box are already finished…  How could they not be?  Crunchy caramelised almonds and hazelnuts coated in delicious chocolate…

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When I opened the chocolate box I was greeted by the inviting and irresistible aroma.  Each beautiful and exquisitely crafted chocolate is testament to the care and attention to detail of these chocolatiers.  Indeed, an exquisite chocolate can and will engage all your senses, not only your taste buds.  Aesthetically, it will be a work of art.  Its aroma will fill the room.  You will hear that first satisfying bite.  Textures and tastes are an exciting paradise, just waiting to be explored and relished.  Beyond my five senses, even my mind was engaged by the wonderfully unusual creations hidden in the box!!!  “Salt and Pepper” chocolate… “Raspberry Mousse”…  This is after all, a chocolate tasting club!!! 

photo of full box of milk chocolate selectionphoto of pink champagne milk chocolate

I had never before tried raspberry chocolate… until now that is!  The “Raspberry Mousse” is described as being “made with plenty of white chocolate, cream and raspberry juice whipped together to make a refreshing mousse that’s brimming with rounded creamy notes cut through with the zing of raspberry.  Encased in a milk chocolate cup and finished with raspberry pieces for even more fruity explosions” (The Chocolate Tasting Club 2012).  As wonderful as this description is and the connotations it gives, as evocative and as sensual the description  is, the actual chocolate is better.  My words cannot do it justice, but I would describe eating this chocolate as a bite into a crisp, solid, chocolate shell, that releases a full and tangy but also creamy burst of fresh raspberries with cream onto my waiting taste buds, covering them so fully with the refreshing, sunny and satisfying taste of summer, before adding smooth chocolate with each subsequent bite.

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The “Whisky Truffle” was a bit too strong for me… I later read that its enough to “knock your socks off”!!!   Hmmm….

Another one I have to mention is the “Caramel Crunch” which is described as “a celebration of contrasting textures and complementary flavours with an utterly harmonious result.  Inside there’s a melt-away hazelnut praline made with a drop of caramel, which blends and mingles perfectly.  And outside comes the contrast in the shape of a whole roasted hazelnut for a bit of crunchy bite.  Enrobed in mellow milk chocolate” (The Chocolate Tasting Club 2012).  Its absolutely delicious and the contrasting textures completely held my attention, bringing intrigue, “fullness” and variety to the experience, defining it further.

Milk Chocolate Close up of billionaire shortcake coffee and walnut and raspberry mousse

There are still many more to go and i’m looking forward to trying the Billionaire’s Shortbread…  and i’m so curious about the “salt and pepper” chocolate!

How have you been celebrating chocolate this week?  If you haven’t done anything “chocolate-related” yet, don’t worry there are still four days to go!  How are you going to treat yourself this week?

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Its World Smile Day Today!

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So Smile  

And …

Perform an act of kindness and make someone else smile    

Who do you know who really needs to smile?

Who do you know who has been down lately?

Perform an act of kindness and make them smile  

If you want, leave a comment to let us know what you are up to…
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Copyright © 2012

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This blog and all of its contents* (including written contents, art work and photographs) are original works by the owner of this blog.  No material on this blog may be reproduced, distributed, copied, published or downloaded in any way without the prior written permission of the owner.

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Performance of Dramatic Elegance

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With the International Horse Show in Olympia, London coming soon in December, I thought I would post some photos I took at last years show.  

In addition to the show-jumping and dressage events, the show featured “The Lusitano Ride” from Portugal, where ten riders and their horses performed with precision and dramatic elegance to portuguese music.  Every move perfectly co-ordinated, beautifully performed…

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The show also featured Lorenzo, the Flying Frenchman, who stands on two horses, while he “commands” another four.  The six horses gallop and jump, all perfectly co-ordinated, with Lorenzo still standing, with one foot on each of two horses!

Lorenzo, the Flying Frenchman 2

Lorenzo, the Flying Frenchman 3

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Then there was the clown with his cute pony…

Clown and Pony 1

Clown and Pony 2

Christmas Finale

And of course, given the time of year, there was the Christmas finale, which was magical…

There was also a christmas shopping village with many equestrian stalls.

Unintentionally I managed to dress in a way that fit in with the equestrian theme, with my leggings and knee-high boots – so that was lucky!  So if you’re planning to go this year and are stuck for what to wear, you could always try that!

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Seven MORE Songs From My “Never Giving Up, Empowering and Go For It” Playlist

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One Moment in Time (Whitney Houston)…  Love this song…

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Miss Independent (Ne-yo)… What a gentleman…

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Baba Yetu (Christopher Tin)…  This track is incredibly empowering and full of life.  It featured in “Calling All Dawns”, the Grammy-winning album and won an award at the 11th Annual Independent Music Awards.  The lyrics are in Swahili and are a translation of the Lord’s Prayer.  The track features a Gospel choir.  I didn’t understand the lyrics at first and that made absolutely no difference as to how the music spoke to me – the track is empowering, irrespective of whether you understand the lyrics.

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Wake Up Everybody (Teddy Pendergrass, Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes)…  Set it for your morning alarm…

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Chale Chalo (With English subtitles, soundtrack for Bollywood movie Lagaan)…  The movie (released in 2001) is set in the Victorian period when India was under British rule.  Poor farmers and villagers struggle to pay the high taxes imposed by the British rulers.  The high taxes are imposed despite the lack of rainfall, which means a poor harvest.  One young man (Bhuvan) from the village agrees to a wager with the British officers, whereby if the poor villagers / farmers beat the British in a game of cricket then their taxes for 3 years would be cancelled, but if they lose then they would have to pay triple the tax.  Bhuvan then has to convince the villages of the opportunity in the wager and confront various challenges including learning to play a foreign, alien game without even the appropriate resources, confronting various injustices (e.g. fighting for a dalit (“untouchable”) to play on their team) and dealing with the pressure that the fate of the entire province rests on a single game.  The Movie is absolutely amazing and easily one of my favourites.  It has won much critical acclaim and was ranked in the 25 best sports movies by TIME magazine in 2011.  The movie is available with English subtitles.  This particular song is incredibly empowering and motivating.  There is a short movie clip prior to the song.

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We Will Rock You (Queen)…  Although the lyrics, in their totality, may be interpreted as “not very empowering”, the track itself is widely regarded as empowering…  So I don’t pay much attention to the lyrics, apart from the “We Will Rock You” part 😉

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Man In The Mirror (Michael Jackson)…  I think this is my favourite Jackson song…

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For more please check out…

https://keepingtheglasshalffull.com/2012/09/26/seven-songs-from-my-never-giving-up-empowering-and-go-for-it-playlist/

Let me know what you think!

Please note that I do not assert any rights over the copyright of the above music videos.  I do not own any such rights and do not intend to infringe on any copyright.  The copyright for each music video is owned by the respective owners.  Some of the owners (and further information) may be identified by going to the video on You Tube.