Now is this article going to be a moan about teenagers, underage sex, or Facebook? All three it turns out. I’ve just signed into my Facebook to be greeted by a wonderful status on my newsfeed:
“didn’t know you could get pregnant whilst you’ve got the implant in. l:”
I’m stunned. Why the heck would you post this on Facebook of all places? I’ve seen it more and more lately, people posting such pointless rubbish on a social networking site! Call me old fashioned, but I’m not too sure why anyone would want to broadcast someone’s sex life over the internet – it’s just immoral and downright stupid. This person is younger than me and things like this are being posted. Ugh.
Gone are the days of teenagers acting like human beings; the stereotype of lazy, spotty, binge-drinking idiots is slowly becoming a reality in my eyes. Facebook is a social networking site but I think some people may be taking this to a whole new level. Facebook has great potential and it has already taken off to be one of the most visited sites in the world; yet we need to remember that it is unsafe in the hands of unsafe people. Be careful what you post and be careful who you add!
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31 people have been confirmed dead with another 130 injured after a suicide bomb blast today at Moscow’s biggest airport, Domodedovo.
Out of the 130 people that were injured, 51 of those are currently in hospital, 35 of them in serious conditions. The blast took place in a lounge area, close to the International Departures zone, near a cafe, contrary to earlier reports that the bomb went off in the international luggage reclaim zone. 31 have been confirmed dead, but emergency staff called to the scene have claimed there could potentially be up to 70 losses.
In what must have been a terrifying expirience, Mark Green, a passenger from a British Airways flight had just left the terminal when the bomb went off. “Literally, it shook you,” he told the BBC. “As we were putting the bags in the car a lot of alarms were going off and people started flowing out of the terminal, some of whom were covered in blood.”
The Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, has taken to Twitter to promise that those responsible for the tragic attack will be tracked down and punished. “Security will be strengthened at large transport hubs,” he wrote. “We mourn the victims of the terrorist attack at Domodedovo airport. The organisers will be tracked down and punished.”
It is Russia’s most devastating attack since March 2010, when two Muslim female suicide bombers let off explosives in the metro, killing approximately 40 people, which was Russia’s worst attack since 2004.
This news is really upsetting to hear. I hate to think we still live in a world where people think something like this is necessary to make their voices heard. I hope the death toll doesn’t increase any time soon, and my best wishes go out to the families whom have lost loved ones today.
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American singer Bruno Mars has topped both the singles and albums charts in the UK this week, increasing his huge popularity.
Mars’ single ‘Grenade‘ retains the top spot for the second week running, holding off tough competition from the likes of Adele at number two, P Diddy at number four and Britney Spears, whose comeback single ‘Hold It Against Me‘ debuted at number six, which is surprising considering the amount of hype that’s been surrounding the song, however it is likely to climb.
Else where in the singles chart, Jessie J maintains a strong position at number three with her debut single ‘Do It Like A Dude’, and another ‘big for 2011’ artist, Wretch 32, who charts at number five with the song ‘Traktor‘.
Bruno’s debut album ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans‘ lands straight in at number one on the other side of the charts this week, knocking Rihanna’s fifth effort ‘Loud‘ into second place, after dominating the UK charts in recent weeks.
Another new entry in the album charts comes from rock band White Lies with their second album ‘Ritual’, which charted at number three, following on from their impressive debut album which hit the number one spot. Adele’s debut album ‘19‘ also re-appears in the top ten this week at number eight, ahead of the release of her new album ‘21‘ out tomorrow.
Though I’m not a huge fan of Bruno Mars, it would be hard to dismiss his talent and deny that he has been extremely successful in his career so far, and I think he will go on to achieve big things.
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President Obama robs a bank in Austria. Or does he? No he doesn’t, it was someone in a Obama mask!
A thief in Austria has robbed a bank while wearing a President Obama mask. The thief struck, in the town of Handenberg in Upper Austria just before the bank closed at 5pm (GMT) today. He threatened a bank employee with a gun shouting ‘This is a hold up, give me the money’!
The robber who is said to have spoken in a local dialect initially escaped on foot, with the money in a black shoulder bag but then, according to witnesses, sped off in a dark car. Sources put the amount stolen at around ten thousand euros. No one was hurt in the raid. Police think the man, disguised in his Obama mask, has been carrying out similar raids for the last two years.
I love it when people rob banks in masks of famous people. It just makes me laugh.
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In late 2010, I decided to invite all members of Habbox Forum to take part in a huge survey; that would determine what Habbox’s favourite songs of the 2000-2009 decade are. After two months that consisted of you nominating your favourite songs, me compiling the list, and you voting for your favourite songs from that very list – the top ten favourite songs have been chosen. These songs will be revealed in a three part series this week right here on Habbox. So, without further ado, here is the first part of the best songs of the noughties, as voted by you…
10. MGMT – TIME TO PRETEND
Written by: Andrew VanWyngarden, Ben Goldwasser
This debut single by American psychedelic rock band MGMT was the opener from their first album Oracular Spectacular, released back in 2008. Just like many other MGMT songs, the track was hugely critically acclaimed, and was also a favourite for media usage, being played in TV advertisements all around the world.
Despite the widespread love for this song, it never really took off commercially, not performing well in barely any charts across the globe. But regardless of its average chart performance, the song has become one of the most loved of the noughties, with many bands performing cover versions since its release.
‘Time to Pretend’ is famous for its synth riff which serves as the intro for the song. The inspiration for the music in the song is certainly a strange one: “We wrote Time to Pretend our senior year of college, and the music was inspired by a praying mantis we had in our house. She laid eggs and it died, and we laid the egg case on this kinda model pirate ship on the mantle piece, and the eggs hatched and all these baby praying mantises were climbing up the rigging of the ship, and it was pretty crazy…” Pretty crazy indeed! The song tells the story of an aspiring rock performer, dreaming of a famous rock stars life, resulting in a genius piece of work.
9. GREEN DAY – BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS
Written by: Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Tré Cool
Released in 2004 as a single from their fantastic album ‘American Idiot’, ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ has become one of the legendary Green Day’s signature songs.
However, there were criticisms from fans of British band Oasis that Green Day had ripped off the chord progression from their song ‘Wonderwall’ for this song, but despite this, the song went on to receive critical and commercial success, even winning a Grammy for Record of the Year at the 2006 ceremony, and going on to become their most successful song ever in the United States.
Lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong wrote all of the lyrics, whilst in his son Joey’s bedroom. It is sung from the point of view of Jesus of Suburbia, the main character from the concept album ‘American Idiot’. A rock anthem paced at a moderate tempo, Armstrong’s lyrics are touching, depressing and clever at the same time, displaying why Green Day are one of the biggest rock bands on the planet.
8. KINGS OF LEON – SEX ON FIRE
Written by: Nathan Followill, Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill
Kings of Leon’s break into huge mainstream success was arguably down to this song alone. Acting as the lead single from their fourth album ‘Only by the Night’, the song marked the King’s transition from a southern rock Nashville group, into a loud, chart invading arena rock band. The song received a lot of praise from critics, however some branded the lyrics as “silly”, most notably the hook: “your sex is on fire”, a fair point I suppose, as, let’s be honest, is there any actual meaning? It was originally supposed to be “set us on fire”, but was changed due to a ‘running joke’ in the studio. Oh well, it’s catchy!
The song was a success, particularly in the UK where it peaked at number one, and was #14 in the End of Decade chart. It is also the third most downloaded digital single ever in the UK. Despite its following in the UK, the song didn’t really take off in the US, peaking at #56 on the Billboard Hot 100. Despite this, the song is one of the bands most famous, and a favourite at their live shows.
7. M.I.A. – PAPER PLANES
Written by: Mathangi Arulpragasam, Wesley Pentz
‘Paper Planes’ was the breakthrough into the mainstream for Sri Lankan rapper/singer M.I.A. The song became a surprise hit from her 2007 album ‘Kala’, after it gained attention from being used in the trailer for the movie ‘Pineapple Express’ starring Seth Rogen. As a result, it hit the top 20 in the UK, and peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. M.I.A. herself was surprised at the mainstream success of the song, telling Rolling Stone magazine: “I always took pride in being a little underground — it really is a very unlikely record to cross over.”
M.I.A. recorded the track with DJ/Producer Diplo in Brooklyn. Musically, the song is based around a sample from the song ‘Straight to Hell’ by The Clash. The chorus is famous for its controversial gun shots, which were censored on the radio, much to M.I.A.’s annoyance. Lyrically, ‘Paper Planes’ has been described as a satire. “Paper Planes is about people driving taxicabs all day and living in a ****** apartment and ‘appearing’ really threatening to society. But not being so. Because, by the time you’ve finished working a 20-hour shift, you’re so tired you [just] want to get home to the family,” she explained.
The song is truly a highlight from ‘Kala’, and is one of my personal favourites from this list!
That’s all for part one! Share your views in the comments as well – who will be number one on our list? Keep posted here for the next instalment later this week!
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