Firework Safety: Why it’s Important

Fireworks are used now and then when it comes to a special occasion; a party, or even during bonfire night and on New Year’s Day, but why is firework safety important?

Firework safety is important considering the health risks they can pose if used incorrectly or used in such a dangerous way that doesn’t involve them being set off to go bang in the sky but used to aim at the public.

Ignorance is the ultimate killer, as there have been cases where school kids and even some adults have been using fireworks and setting them off and aiming them at people, which is disgraceful.

Recently, you may have heard in the news about a man who has been left fighting for his life after someone ignited some fireworks and pushed it through his letterbox, which, in effect, torched his house from top to bottom, leaving him for dead. I won’t name the man who was the victim of this horrific attack but all I hope for is that he pulls through and that he survives.

What is disgraceful is how some people can be so callous by putting other people’s lives in serious danger, and I shan’t be the least bit ashamed to say this, but those who hurt others around them intentionally with explosives should be taken off the streets of London and everywhere else, because this behaviour cannot go on any longer.

If you are going to a firework display over the coming weeks leading up to New Year’s Day 2018, please stay safe and wrap up warm. Your health and safety are both important and no one is allowed to compromise that.

Alex Smithson

Need a Quick Hair Fix? Try L’Oreal’s Matt & Messy Putty!

As I use this hair product on a regular basis to make sure the style of my hair stays as trendy as possible, I wanted to recommend L’Oreal‘s Matt & Messy Hair Putty to all of you.

Whether you’re someone who likes to style your hair in a certain way, no matter what the occasion, L’Oreal’s Matt & Messy Putty will leave your hair feeling refreshed and not only that but when you put the putty in your hair and style your hair the way you want it to look, the putty isn’t noticeable and you’ll feel like you didn’t put any putty in, which goes to prove how good this product really is.

I use this product on a regular basis as I always love to make sure first impressions count, and even after the first impression, I still love to use L’Oreal’s Matt & Messy Putty as I can still look the part even if I do or don’t choose to go out.

The benefits you’ll get from this hair product is that it doesn’t leave visible clumps of putty in your hair at all, as it’s not clumpy in any shape or form. This hair product will really benefit you for any occasion and this product is so easily workable in your hair, no matter what hairstyle you choose to have and because L’Oreal’s Matt & Messy Putty gives your hair that roughed up natural look, it makes your hair look as natural as possible whilst keeping the hairstyle you have in check.

L’Oreal make sure to deliver, and if that doesn’t convince you, then I know this will. L’Oreal’s Matt & Messy Putty can be washed out easily and doesn’t leave any clumps of putty in your hair, and it doesn’t even create clumps of putty in your hair when you apply the Matt & Messy Putty to it.

I use this hair product on a daily basis and it has always delivered the best results each time.

If you are in need of a quick hair fix, I recommend L’Oreal’s Matt & Messy Putty.

Alex Smithson

iPhone X Wallpaper Pack #1

Ahead of Friday’s release of the hotly anticipated tenth anniversary iPhone, the iPhone X (officially pronounced 10), I have created some new wallpapers, some with the logo’s cube on and some without, depending on the wallpaper and colour choice you may have for your choice of wallpaper.

They are sized exactly to the wallpaper specifications of the iPhone X, as noted in the tech specs on Apple’s website, though if you want to create your own iPhone X wallpapers, here are the width and height dimensions of the iPhone X screen:

Width: 1125

Height: 2436.

Mother Nature Cube

Plain

Please feel free to download these wallpapers. To save these wallpapers to your iPhone X on release day, press and hold the image and then press ‘Save Image‘.

Are you excited for the iPhone X? I sure am. Please let me know in the comments below your thoughts on the iPhone X. All comments welcome.

Alex Smithson

Welcome to November!

Welcome to November on Mother Nature! As this month is set to get a whole lot busier for me considering I am about to embark on my first ever full-time job following finishing my education, it’s safe to say I’ll be trying to keep to a schedule of when I can publish articles, which means I won’t be free mostly as I am putting myself first to earn from my full-time job whilst I learn and re-take GCSE Maths, but at the same time, I will try and publish a few articles here and there when I can find the time.

The next few weeks are set to get much colder as we near the Christmas period, so it’s now the time to wrap up warm and don the scarves and woolly hats as we are set for a breezy and frosty winter. I too find it hard to believe it’s almost the end of 2017, and it only felt like the start of 2017 yesterday! My my! How time flies!

In terms of the photography work I have produced in recent months which still need to be published, I will try and find the time to publish my photography work for the photography series: “The Concept of Expression”, whilst also trying to get my photography work I produced of my recent trip up to London published soon.

Until then, Welcome to November!

Alex Smithson

Monthly Roundup: October 2017

October sure has been quite an interesting month, wouldn’t you agree? It’s been quite an interesting month despite some ups and downs but it’s most certainly been the best month on record.

Without further ado, I shall now take a look back on the articles published over the course of October.

1.10.2017 – Welcoming you to October on Mother Nature, I mentioned that October was set to be just as busy as the last considering I was looking around for jobs, which meant I wouldn’t be publishing as much as I used to.

10.10.2017 – As this day marked World Mental Health Day, I wanted to raise awareness by telling you to make a difference, so that if you are or know someone who has a mental health condition, this day was about coming together and supporting everyone regardless of what mental health condition you and everyone else has or may have.

13.10.2017 – It’s been five years since The Truth About Love, but P!NK is back with a bang! Beautiful Trauma is the hotly anticipated album of the year and it’s no surprise to see P!NK bless us with such good music. In case you missed it, to read my review of P!NK’s album, Beautiful Trauma, click here.

16.10.2017 – This day was strange, to say the least, and for a good reason too. The sky was all yellow as a result of a sand and dust storm. This was due to Hurricane Ophelia leading a destructive path of its own, considering that the United Kingdom is no stranger to this kind of weather.

26.10.2017 – “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay.” was my way of telling all of you that it’s okay that you’re not okay, that you should never keep your emotions inside and open up to everyone, and that you’ll begin to notice that you’re much stronger than before.

30.10.2017 – After months of job-hunting and a lot of hard work, I finally secured myself a full-time job! This day was the best highlight of my year alongside passing my UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma Film & Photography Course with a Pass, as well as passing GCSE English with a C.

31.10.2017 – As Halloween Night finally arrived, everyone got into the spirit of dressing up to look like some characters from films or TV Shows, even with some going to such effort to dress up like the zombies from The Walking Dead, but what about the films? Well, to get into the Halloween spirit, I recommended up to almost 50 horror films for all of you if you wanted to put some fright in your ghoul for Halloween.

Thank you so much, everyone, for such a fantastic month. I know there has been some ups and downs over the last few weeks and I’m glad to have got through these past few weeks and I couldn’t have done this all without my family, my friends, especially all of you, so thank you so much for everything!

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Again, thanks so much, everyone, and I shall see you all in November!

Alex Smithson

Ready for Fright Night? Get Your Claws into These Films!

As Halloween Night is finally here, everyone likes to get into the spirit of dressing up to look like some characters from films or TV Shows, even with some going to such effort to dress up like the zombies from The Walking Dead, but what about the films?

Well, to get into the Halloween spirit, if you’re staying in for Halloween, there’s plenty of horror films to watch.

Below is a massive list of horror films that will be worth watching if you’re ready for the fright of your life.

  1. IT (Original TV Mini-Series (1990) & Film Version (2017))
  2. SAW
  3. The Exorcist
  4. Salem’s Lot
  5. The OMEN
  6. The Shining
  7. The Blair Witch Project
  8. Scream
  9. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  10. The Conjuring
  11. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  12. Paranormal Activity
  13. Paranormal Activity 2
  14. Paranormal Activity 3
  15. Paranormal Activity 4
  16. Paranormal Activity 5: The Ghost Dimension
  17. Psycho
  18. The Fly
  19. Hellraiser
  20. The Silence of the Lambs
  21. Jaws
  22. Rosemary’s Baby
  23. Let the Right One In
  24. The Invitation
  25. Sinister
  26. Get Out
  27. 28 Days Later
  28. Night of the Living Dead
  29. Nosferatu
  30. The Evil Dead
  31. The Sixth Sense
  32. Creep
  33. Poltergeist
  34. The Descent
  35. Halloween
  36. Carrie
  37. Christine
  38. Dracula
  39. Frankenstein
  40. Cat People
  41. Pet Sematary
  42. Piranha
  43. Dolores Clairborne
  44. The Langoliers
  45. The Birds

If you want to put some fright in your night with an added touch of ghoul, and you have either one of these horror films and love blood, guts and gore, which must make you as disturbing in the Halloween sense, pick one of these films out of your film collection and watch them and see if any of these films make your skin crawl to the max!

Happy Halloween!

Alex Smithson

I Just Got a Full-Time Job!

After months of job-hunting and a lot of hard work, I have finally secured myself a full-time job! I’ve not given up once despite some stress along the way following rejections from some companies left, right and centre, which isn’t too bad as I got used to that, but I am pleased to say I am officially in a full-time job.

I have felt euphoric about the positive news since I woke up at 8:30 AM this morning, and even now I still feel the sense of euphoria in the air. As it is a retail assistant full-time apprenticeship, this is beneficial for me considering I’ve had some retail experience following a two-week work experience placement with Tesco PLC which I completed from the 13th May to the 25th May 2013, with my most recent work experience placement being with Watches2U, but this full-time job will really help me to gain confidence whilst I retake GCSE Maths.

I wanted to share this fantastic news with you today as it is my first ever full-time job and I’ve been bursting with excitement to tell everyone, including all of you, the fantastic news.

Alex Smithson

 

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay.

In life, we all go through difficult stages over the course of time that break us all down eventually.

Never keep your emotions inside and open up to everyone, tell them how you feel, and you’ll soon begin to notice you’re a lot stronger than before.

We’ve all been through it, I should know because I’ve been there myself, been through it all and opened up and I’m so much more confident and so much better than I felt before and I want for you to know that if you’ve ever been there and can relate to how I feel, especially to how you feel, just know that you are never alone.

Never be afraid to open up about how you feel; the release of emotions you once felt will slowly but surely disappear and you’ll be stronger than before.

Never give up, never hide your emotions; open up and never be ashamed to admit you’re not okay even when you’re okay. It’s okay to not be okay and there is no shame in how you feel. So what if some people don’t see it that way, it’s their loss and your gain.

I hope these words brighten up your life and give you hope and know that it’s okay to not be okay. Don’t be afraid to open up and show everyone how you feel. Life is never easy, it is hard, but with the courage to open up to everyone, you’ll regain that lost strength and your willpower will be much stronger than before.

Alex Smithson

The Sky Was All Yellow…

Noticed the sky turn yellow today? Me too! The sky turned yellow as a result of sand and dust. This is because as Hurricane Ophelia is currently creating a destructive path of its own, it’s no surprise that the United Kingdom is no stranger to this kind of weather.

To be fair, it was 30 years ago today that the infamous hurricane, or the Great Storm of 1987 as it is most commonly known by, so it’s ironic to think the sky would turn yellow exactly 30 years to the day, and yesterday also marked 30 years since the infamous weather report that Michael Fish did, and bless him, he didn’t know it was going to happen considering the hurricane happened instantly without any given warning. I fully respect Michael Fish because it was a completely innocent mistake and he had no idea that the Great Storm of 1987 would affect the United Kingdom.

Below is one photograph I took of the yellow-like sky and cloud formation. Please accept my sincere apologies for the photograph being so grainy and noisy, as I was trying to produce the photograph exactly how the sky looked and this is unedited so that’s even better so you get the genuine result. I took inspiration from Coldplay‘s record, Yellow, which has done the rounds on social media so I wanted to shine a light on the weather in the musical sense, not literally, of course.

If anyone has been affected by Hurricane Ophelia, please know I am keeping you in my thoughts and will pray the hurricane disappears soon.

Did you witness the extraordinary yellow sky? Please tell me, I would love to know what you’ve got to say about it.

Alex Smithson

Camera Used: Nikon D3300

What a Beautiful Trauma! P!NK is Back & Ready to Kick Ass!

It’s been five years since The Truth About Love, but P!NK is back with a bang! Beautiful Trauma is the hotly anticipated album of the year and it’s no surprise to see P!NK bless us with such good music.

To see the album artwork is to be believed, but listen to the album closely and you’ll understand why this album is so good! Beautiful Trauma is the textbook example of how an album should be done and is the perfect album if you’re going through a difficult patch or a break-up at any stage in your life.

Released on Friday 13th, and packing plenty of punches, P!NK is not ashamed to unleash the rawness of her voice, whilst giving her unique and personal touch to Beautiful Trauma.

Listening to the album gave me goosebumps from the first track on the album which is self-titled also for the name of the album. This album also intentionally tugs at the heart-strings, and you cannot quite help but relate to the message she intends to get across.

This is the full tracklist for Beautiful Trauma (Explicit + Clean):

  1. Beautiful Trauma
  2. Revenge (feat. Eminem)
  3. Whatever You Want
  4. What About Us
  5. But We Lost It
  6. Barbies
  7. Where We Go
  8. For Now
  9. Secrets
  10. Better Life
  11. I Am Here
  12. Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken
  13. You Get My Love

Below is the official album artwork for Beautiful Trauma:

Because this album has two sides to the message, personal and political, it’s easy to understand why P!NK would channel her real feelings and emotions into Beautiful Trauma because like I said, she’s back and ready to kick some ass!

Don’t be surprised but expect the unexpected because P!NK doesn’t hold back and with positive reasons in mind.

I love that P!NK is a realistic, unafraid and independent woman because she doesn’t hold back. She speaks her mind and is not at all ashamed to make her feelings clear, and for me, I can relate to that in a certain sense because it’s like she is trying to say to us: “Why should we hold back how we really feel? Why should we hold back what we really think of the world?” and for me, I cannot and shall not deny that Beautiful Trauma is beautifully crafted with punchy visuals in each record. It’s like each song paints its own picture and you don’t need to feel like you cannot relate to this record because you can now have that right to relate to the album, Beautiful Trauma, and that no one, and I mean no one, can tell you that you shan’t relate to it because you can.

Concluding this review with one word: Perfection!

Heard Beautiful Trauma by P!NK? If so, please tell me, I would love to hear what you’ve got to say about her album. All comments welcome.

Alex Smithson

© Alicia Beth Moore, RCA Records, Sony Music & Pinkspage.com

© The Beautiful Trauma album artwork, the article image and tracklist are all copyright of Alicia Beth Moore, RCA Records, Sony Music & Pinkspage.com. Full copyright goes to the respective owners.

Beautiful Trauma / P!NK / Album Rating: 10/10