7 Women On What It Was Like to Propose

From Redbook

If you’ve only ever been on the receiving end of a marriage proposal, it’s impossible to grasp just how much planning, sweat, fear, and excitement is involved in helping to create one of the most memorable days of life. When searching for women who boldly went where so many haven’t and proposed to their partners instead of waiting for them to pop the question, one thing became obvious: In heterosexual relationships, at least, the onus is still largely on the man to decide when to propose, purchase, and give a ring, and make sure that day is special.

But times have changed. Celebrities like Kristen Bell have popped the question to their significant others. And some non-famous women are completely balking tradition by handling everything from the rings to asking for a parent’s blessing to asking at a perfectly planned moment. Others are simply making it known to their partners (in no uncertain terms) that they are the lucky person they want to spend the rest of their lives with – and that they don’t want to wait for “the rest of their lives” to begin.

These 7 badass women shared their stories of how they proposed marriage to their partners. Their anecdotes differ greatly, but the message is similar: Women, if you want something or someone, go on and get it.

1. “I knew I loved him and wanted to get on with it.”

“We were dating for 3 years. I was ready. I knew I loved him and wanted to get on with it. I was so nervous when I asked his dad for permission. It was Thanksgiving and I wanted to ask Todd the next day so I had to do it and I made a deal with myself that I’d do it before Thanksgiving dinner. I told his parents, “So, I’m going to ask Todd to marry me.” His dad said, “Hey, that’s great!” His mom asked me, “You gotta ring?”

Proposing at Ridge Lytton Springs Vineyard was one of those stressful occasions where nothing went quite as I planned – right up until the point where it worked out perfectly! Our friends were with us and they were prepped for photos, the vineyard was open so you could walk around, we went to ‘check out the grapes’ and I walked us a little bit up this hill and then I went to kneel on one knee – and realized I was on the downhill slope. He’s 6’4″ so he was so far up there. I just said I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him, would he marry me – very simple and quick. He laughed and said “Of course.” We hugged, we all laughed, took a bunch of pictures, and he kept looking at me and smiling the rest of the day.” – Caryn G., Eugene, OR

2. “We literally picked the SAME NIGHT to propose.”

“I decided to propose to Matt after we’d been dating for about 7 years. We’d talked about getting married a lot, but it didn’t seem like he was ever going to do it and I’m not exactly a patient person. I really didn’t like the idea of him getting down on one knee and asking me to marry him because it felt too traditional and gendered and it really didn’t reflect our relationship. It just felt dated to me – a marriage should be a decision between two people, not a question. I don’t think there is any reason a man should have to be the one to ask a woman to marry him, but if that’s what you want, great!

I bought a ring for him because I was scared if I didn’t he might not take it seriously since it’s so uncommon for women to propose to their partners. I bought him a silver ring that I figured he would replace when we got wedding rings, which he could pick out himself. He did end up replacing the engagement ring with a gold wedding ring that matches mine, but he still has the engagement ring.

I planned to propose by writing him a bunch of notes with puzzles he had to solve at the end (we’re really into words games). I gave him the notes throughout a weekend vacation in Traverse City, Michigan. In the last note, I planned for him to rearrange words that would say “Will you marry me?” On our last night in TC we were camping and he asked if I wanted to picnic on the beach. I thought it would be perfect because I could give him the last note there and propose on the beach! Except he planned this picnic with wine and olives and cheese and then he pulled out a poster where we had put all of these photos of us and we had to write down our best memories together and then he proposed to me before I could give him the note.
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9 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Divergent’ Hottie Theo James

One of the best parts about the Divergent series is Theo James as the sexy and tattooed, Four. Seriously, we don’t even really need to pay attention to the plot of the sci-fi thriller when he’s onscreen. In celebration of the British God’s 31st birthday, here are 9 things you never knew about Theo James.

1. His real name is Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis.

Obviously, Theo James is just a tad easier to spell.

2. He used to clean up dead people’s body fluids.

This was his job when he worked for the National Health Service in England. Acting might just be a little easier.

3. Theo fell into acting by accident.

After graduating from the University of Nottingham, his girlfriend at the time wanted to try out for Drama School. Theo went along for the ride and ended up getting in. The girlfriend however, did not.

4. He got his big break on Downton Abbey.

Unfortunately, his character, Mr. Kemal Pamuk only lasted one episode because he dies in the middle of a sex session. However, Pamuk changes the course of the ENTIRE show.

5. He adores Harry Potter just as much as we do.

Theo confessed to GQ that he was hesitant about being in a YA franchise, but he remembered being obsessed with Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings growing up.

6. He can beat box!

Seriously, this dapper dude has rhythm. He was also a singer and guitarist in a band called Shere Khan.

7. He’s quite keen about practicing his smooches.

Theo spilled the beans at an LA press conference for Divergent. He said, “I wanted to practice the kissing scene as much as possible, I kept being like, ‘listen, we need to go over that scene again.’ Genuinely, though, we wanted it to be as good as possible because that’s the only time [Tris and Four] get together. When they eventually kiss, I want it to seem earned and not just, ‘Oh, they need to get it on.’” We’re available if you need more practice Theo!

8. He’s a hero in real life!

Theo’s Divergent costar Zoe Kravitz chatted with SheKnows about a trailer door getting accidentally slammed in her face. She said, “The door slams shut…and I just feel the blood coming down.” Theo then had her lie down and applied ice. “Being the gentleman that he is…he was like, ‘Do you want to see it or do you not want to see it? It’s not that bad, but it’s kind of bad’” What a gentleman!

9. He’s been called the next Brad Pitt!

We’ll take it!
Courtesy: http://hollywood.com

Source: http://www.hollywood.com/celebrities/things-you-didnt-know-about-divergents-theo-james-60506103/

The Wild thing – born to bowl fast


The Wild thing – born to bowl fast

Tristan Lavalette • Last updated on Thu, 30 Mar, 2017, 02:17 PM

It was a sight to behold when a trademark Shaun Tait in-swinging delivery sent Geraint Jones’s off-stump cartwheeling © Getty

September 12, 2005, is undeniably an indelible date in cricket history. Although, Australians may disagree as it was the fateful day their long-suffering arch-nemesis England finally ended a 16-year Ashes drought. Australia was thwarted by Kevin Pietersen’s memorable cavalier debut century on the final day at the Oval to ensure the fifth Test ended in a draw and a 2-1 series victory for England in a major boil over.

However, that result was not a foregone conclusion earlier in the day with a swirling belief that Australia – who were at their peak of their powers and hadn’t lost a Test series in four years – could conjure a miraculous victory like they had summoned so many times before. Almost inevitably, legendary bowlers Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne – playing their last ever Test in England – had a slew of early wickets to give Australia hope.

With the Ashes – and legacies – hanging in the balance, Australian captain Ricky Ponting leant heavily on his two prized bowlers and paceman Brett Lee for the breakthroughs in what was essentially a three-pronged attack.

Neglected and seemingly forgotten was Shaun Tait, the then 22-year-old firebrand, who was anchored to the boundary and copping a mouthful from hardy English fans sensing history was in the making. Tait already had built a formidable reputation for having an innate ability to scythe through batting lineups. However, that rarefied talent was juxtaposed by an unfortunate knack of spraying the ball and leaking runs.

Ponting, quite clearly, didn’t have faith to bowl the youngster, who was playing just his second Test, under such a bright spotlight with the Ashes hanging delicately in the balance. With Australia’s three main bowlers tiring, Tait was belatedly given the ball in the 56th over of the innings. Promptly, almost confirming Ponting’s suspicions, Tait was immediately smashed for consecutive boundaries off a rampaging Pietersen.

However, three balls later, Tait’s mesmerising talents harnessed when a trademark in-swinging delivery sent wicket-keeper Geraint Jones’s off-stump cartwheeling. It wasn’t quite a knockout punch but nevertheless it was a breathtaking moment which even had unruffled veteran ABC broadcaster Jim Maxwell in hysterics as if he was Bill Lawry.

The vital wicket briefly reignited Australia’s faint flicker before Pietersen’s heroics snuffed out the bold comeback bid. Tait only bowled four more overs before Ponting’s patience wore thin. Still, the utter destruction of Jones indicated Tait’s future was bright in a shining light amid the gloom for a humbled Australia.

“I was young and embarrassed… frustrated because I hadn’t bowled that much,” Tait recalls in an interview with Cricbuzz. “The crowd was ripping into me and I was just relieved to get that wicket because I hadn’t done much. But we lost the Ashes that day, so it isn’t something that I look back fondly on.”

Tait’s unbridled fury tested the speed guns numerously in his career © Cricbuzz

Succumbing to injuries due to a demanding unconventional bowling action, Tait wouldn’t play Test cricket again until January of 2008, where Australia’s 16-match winning streak stunningly ended against India at the WACA. It proved to be his third and final Test, as he soon made the tough decision to call time on his First-Class career at the age of 25. Incredibly, during such a high period of success for the team, Tait never tasted a Test victory and the losses at Nottingham – during his debut in the fourth Test – and the WACA were Australia’s only defeats during that 30-month period.

Tait’s brave decision to stop playing red ball cricket caused a stir at the time but proved the right call as he enjoyed the fruits of a long and decorated career as a Twenty20 specialist. The now 34-year-old officially retired from cricket on March 27 due to a chronic elbow injury, which hampered him during the recent Big Bash League (BBL), where he played for the Hobart Hurricanes.

The injury shelved plans to continue playing for a couple of more years but Tait is grateful the advent of Twenty20 provided him with an alternate pathway. “I knew I was going to retire after the BBL…I was done. I was struggling to play,” he says. “I copped a bit of flak for concentrating on T20 cricket and I had to wear that. But I was able to play a fair bit and T20 suited me and was my best format so it worked out well.”

Tait’s unique slinging action, marked by a heavy exertion of the shoulder, was physically demanding and the subsequent toll derailed his career numerously. As he rose up the ranks of South Australian cricket, numerous coaches attempted to tinker with Tait’s action and the bowler himself deep down knew he needed to stymie the exertion on his body.

However, Tait, nicknamed ‘Wild Thing’, was innately a gunslinger and all he really yearned for was to bowl as fast as humanly possible. Always bigger and stronger than his peers, a 17-year-old Tait was recorded bowling at 142km/h at an amateur fast bowling competition.

“Growing up, I loved watching Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Curtly Ambrose…I wanted to bowl quick like them,” he says. “Coaches told me to change my action but it got hard to do that after a while. I wanted to consistently bowl 150kmh. I wanted to be an entertainer.

“I was born to bowl fast and it bored me bowling slower.”

Tait’s unbridled fury tested the speed guns numerously in his career, most notably when he bowled a 161.1 kmph thunderbolt against England in 2010. It is the second fastest recorded delivery in cricket and was just 0.2 kmph short of Pakistani paceman Shoaib Aktar’s all-time mark.

“In my thinking, I wanted to reach 160kmph and just try to bowl as fast I could,” he says. “I was probably never going to play 50-100 Tests because I just wanted to bowl express pace and that’s hard on the body. Although bowling fast is what got me picked in the Test team so I’m thankful for that.”

Tait’s international career may have been limited but being an important member of Australia’s unbeaten 2007 World Cup team stands out as his crowing achievement. During a memorable two-month stretch in the Caribbean where his talents meshed physically and mentally, Tait superbly replaced an injured Lee to claim 23 wickets at 20 to help Australia claim their third consecutive World Cup.

“I didn’t get to win that much in my career but to be part of the 2007 World Cup triumph is something no one can ever take away from me,” he says. “It was just a really memorable two months and the thing that sticks with me was the team environment. We just loved being around each other both on-and-off the field.”

With retirement from cricket coming a little earlier than expected, Tait says he will take some time to consider the next phase of his life. Having an Indian wife and recently becoming an ‘Overseas Citizen of India’, Tait foreshadows spending plenty of time in the subcontinent.

“I would possibly like to get into fast bowling coaching but I’ll sit back and have a think about it,” he says. “If you’re not used to India, it can test you with the sheer amount of people and traffic. But I’ve grown to love the place and no doubt will spend some time over there in the future.”

© Cricbuzz

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IIT student attempts suicide

A first-year engineering physics student at IIT, Delhi, allegedly attempted suicide by jumping off the hostel terrace Wednesday morning, police said.

IIT Delhi director V Ramagopal Rao said, “It seems the student didn’t want to pursue engineering, and that there was some kind of parental pressure. At least that’s what his friends are saying. We’re also talking to counselors to see whether the student ever approached them,” he said. Additional DCP (South) Chinmoy Biswal said, “Appropriate action will be taken after we record the student’s statement.”

One of the boy’s seniors said a friend of his had claimed that he wanted to join the music club at the institute, but wasn’t able to do so, and, therefore, felt isolated. Rao said every attempt was being made to get to the bottom of the issue.

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Source: http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/iit-student-attempts-suicide-4591748/

Hear From Hugh Jackman And Patrick Stewart At ‘Logan’ Fan Screening

As I’ve said before and the stars of the film said in the interview, ‘Logan’ is a movie that the people wanted, so why not have an early screening for fans?

So that’s what they did. Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart took to the Lincoln Center in New York City to take some pictures, talk to the press, and show fans what they hope will be the new standard for superhero films. In the above interview from the screening, Stewart talks about the X-Men comics and franchise, as well as why this movie stands above, and Jackman discusses Wolverine dealing with his past as well as how he hopes people will feel and take from his film.

Logan is in theaters Friday, March 3, 2017.
Courtesy: http://hollywood.com

Source: http://www.hollywood.com/movies/hear-from-hugh-jackman-and-patrick-stewart-at-logan-fan-screening-60677996/

Nicki Reveals Kanye Wanted to be Featured on ‘Right Thru Me’

Nicki Minaj had to convince Kanye West not to contribute a verse to her song Right Thru Me because she didn’t want the 2010 track to feature any guest stars.

The single appeared on Nicki’s debut album, Pink Friday, and Kanye was such a big fan of the single, he wanted to jump onboard – but the Anaconda hitmaker wasn’t interested.

Hooks I freestyled in the studio: “Blazin” Fun fact: Kanye REALLY wanted to get on RIGHT THRU ME. I had to beg him to change his mind. — NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) March 25, 2017

Nicki shared the piece of trivia in a Twitter post over the weekend (25-26Mar17), revealing of the collaboration that never was, “Fun fact: Kanye REALLY wanted to get on RIGHT THRU ME. I had to beg him to change his mind.”

The two rappers did work together on another Pink Friday song, Blazin, while Nicki returned the favor on Kanye’s Monster hit, which also featured Jay Z and Rick Ross.
Courtesy: http://hollywood.com

Source: http://www.hollywood.com/general/nicki-minaj-turned-down-kanye-west-feature-60682132/?hw_ref=hb-featured

View from Pakistan: Pakistan-US ties

It could just be the absence of meaty stuff. No Panama, Fasaad already inducing yawns — the national circus needed some excitement. And there’s nothing like a bit of civilian bashing to energise the system again. Maybe it’ll disappear once Panama returns or something new and unexpected happens — never say never in this land of ours. But already it has taken a turn for the nasty. History is being rewritten at will. On, then, to this Osama business. World’s deadliest terrorist found in Pakistan. Not a great place to be, was always going to have repercussions, etc. It takes a special kind of distortion though for, six years later, a contrived dispute over visas to eclipse the real issue. But there’s a reason for it.

From Raymond Davis to the Abbottabad raid to Mike’s “Haqqani Network is a Veritable Arm of the ISI” to Memogate — 2011 was an annus horribilis, for civ-mil and Pak-US. And, improbably, it was all connected. Years later, there’s no real reason to disbelieve the core of the boys’ public claim.

Zardari and Co. probably did facilitate a surge in American intel types in Pakistan, and Zardari and Co. probably did make some kind of idiotic offer to the Americans in Memogate. But that’s not really what angered the boys. What scared them was that a master dealmaker in Mr Zardari and a frustrated Pentagon and disillusioned White House on the other side might actually pull off something. Something that would loosen the boys’ iron grip. Rewind to 2010. Gen. Kayani was popular and had forced Mr Zardari into retreat. By year end, Gen. Kayani had grabbed an extension for himself and things were looking pretty bleak for the PPP in terms of policy. After the no-first-strike and ISI-to-Interior missteps early on, the PPP had been muscled out. The Mumbai attacks sealed the civilians’ irrelevance. But Mr Zardari, for all his love of money, wanted something more than mere figurehead status. Maybe it was the memory of BB and a desperation to be seen as her equal, but he wanted back in the policy game. And that’s where the trouble began — again.

If you hate Mr Zardari, you believe he’ll do anything for money and is motivated by nothing else. If you can allow yourself a wee bit of generosity, you may be able to put your finger on the policy disagreement. It’s not very hard to see what both sides may have been thinking. The civilian preference was straightforward though, equally obviously, fiendishly difficult to effect: shut down the jihad network at home, bolster the precarious Afghan State and open up to India. Rebuffed by the boys within months of arriving, and having complicated partners in Kabul and Delhi, Mr Zardari turned to the obvious power with the obvious interest and clout: the US. His recent publicly expressed disappointment with Mr Obama tells its own tale.

But back then Mr Zardari did what all civilians, desperate and uncertain but dogged in their own way, do: offered whatever the hell he thought may cause the Americans to show interest in him again. On the other side, the boys didn’t — couldn’t — really think that Mr Zardari would succeed. After all, 9/11 had only resulted in a shelving of the jihad project, not dismantling it. But allow a large-scale American intel presence inside Pakistan, and dangerous, funny, other things could start to happen. We all know how things turned out to be. Mr Husain was too conniving, Mr Zardari naive, Mr Obama already disengaged and the boys unduly paranoid. So, the boys won — as they mostly do. Pakistan? That’s another matter. But if they’re old wounds, why the fresh fake outrage? Because the civilians can’t be allowed to forget who’s boss, or what the boys can do to them.

By arrangement with Dawn
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Source: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/opinion/columnists/270317/view-from-pakistan-pakistan-us-ties-old-wounds-new-history.html