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5 Tips for Traveling With Pets

5 Tips for Traveling With Pets

For many pet owners, vacations are a thing of the past. Either too nervous to travel with their pet or too concerned to leave them at home in somebody else’s care, pets can restrict their owners with vacations. Of course, it isn’t their fault! If your pet had it their way, they would come with you on all of your vacation adventures.

With this thought in mind, below is a great top list of ways to make traveling with your pet easier.

Visit the Vet

Taking your pet on a vacation is the perfect reason to get them to a vet for a checkup. Let the vet know that you’re taking a vacation and ask for their advice on any medications or comforts your pet could benefit from during travel and the time at your vacation destination.

Packing

Speaking of what to take with your pet, make sure that you pack everything that you will need for the journey. A week leading up to your vacation, make a list of the activities you do for your pet and the items you use for each one. The obvious items will be a leash, water, and food bowl, food, medications, lotions, waste-bags. Use this list when you are packing your bags to make sure that you don’t leave anything behind.

Strap Them In

Just like they protect the driver and passengers in the vehicle, seat belts are the best way to protect your pets in the event that you are involved in a collision. Before you go and strap them in right now, there is a particular item required which safely connects your pet’s harness to the seatbelt to protect them in the best possible way.

Seat Liner

If you are taking your car or hiring a vehicle then a pet mat is going to be your best bet. If you don’t have one or have just been using an old sheet, check out the Groupon Coupons page for Orvis for a range of dog mats for your car or travel vehicle. When you are looking at these options, consider the idea of a seat extender. This is a liner type extension made from foam that gives your pet more space to lay out on the seat naturally.

Take it Slow

Just as you and your passengers need to stop, stretch your legs, use the bathroom, and generally rest, so too does your pet. The difference is that your pet can’t tell you when they need to go. Be sure to plan a good amount of stops to let your pet out to do their business and release any energy. When you pack your dog’s items, keep a few of their favorite toys in the car within easy reach to play with them during these stops to help them remain calm when they are back in the car.

With these 5 tips, there is no reason for you to not travel with your pets. If your pet has been preventing you from travel, now is the perfect time to make a change and head out for a short summer road trip.

Highest Grossing Broadway Musicals of All Time

Highest Grossing Broadway Musicals of All Time

Aside from being a well known vacation spot in the Big Apple, the Broadway Theater District is additionally a noteworthy income generator, hurling more than $1 billion in ticket deals yearly. Broadway demonstrates have withstood rivalry from all quarters, including the talkies, and have plainly survived it all. All things considered, more than survived, if the business figures are anything to pass by.

Today, Broadway musicals are all about the glitz and glamor, combined with extravagant visuals and racy music. When it comes to listing the highest earners in recent times, several factors come into play; for instance, the longest running may not always be the highest earning production. Putting this to rest, we’ve complied a list of shows that have ranked high on popularity, and have also set the cash registers ringing.

Highest Grossing Broadway Musicals

The Lion King
Having grossed $853.8 million, The Lion King became the highest grossing musical on Broadway in 2012, edging out The Phantom of the Opera.
Elton John’s music powers the theatrical version of Disney’s The Lion King, just like the original animated film. It officially opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre on November 13, 1997. More than 5,000 shows later, it is still going strong, pulling in family audiences and providing wholesome entertainment.

The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera celebrated its 25th anniversary on 26 January, 2013, with its 10,400th performance at the Majestic Theatre.
The longest running show on Broadway is also one of its biggest earners, certainly no surprises there. The Phantom of the Opera is based on Gaston Leroux’s novel, Le Fantôme de l’Opéra. It has been set to tune by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Charles Hart. The play’s worldwide gross earnings amount to $5.6 billion, the highest for any musical. Its Broadway earnings tally up to $845 million, and have been only recently surpassed by the previous musical on our list.

Wicked
Wicked is currently running to packed houses on Broadway’s huge Gershwin Theatre, commanding an average ticket price of $138.
Wicked is based on a novel that draws inspiration from The Wizard of Oz. The Broadway and West End versions compete with one another, and the shows are known to smash their previous records of highest weekly earnings. The last week of 2012 saw Wicked pull in a cool $2.9 million, making this the highest weekly earning for a Broadway musical.

Cats
Cats enjoyed an uninterrupted run on Broadway from 1982 to 2000, earning a whopping $366.4 million from its 7,000+ performances.
Cats ranks only behind The Phantom of the Opera as the longest running musical on Broadway. Another masterpiece by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cats is unique in the sense that it relies entirely on its lyrics set to the musical score, with no dialogs between the songs. The play is based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, a personal favorite of Mr. Webber.

Chicago: The Musical
Owing to its minimal production costs, Chicago: The Musical set a record for recovering its cost faster than any other musical.
Chicago’s second run on Broadway proved far more fruitful to the production than its previous outing in the seventies. With the audiences becoming cheekier at the turn of the century, they certainly warmed up to Chicago’s risque theme. It has earned around $380 million from more than 6,000 shows this far.

Les Misérables
This production cost $4.5 million to make, and had notched up more than $4 million in advance ticket sales before its New York premiere in 1987.
Set on Victor Hugo’s novel of the same name, Les Mis is remembered for its heart-wrenching storyline set in 19th century France. A few revivals and a celluloid version later, the audiences are still not tired of watching Les Misérables, seeing that the musical is due to return to Broadway’s Imperial Theatre in 2014.

Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia! opened on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre on 18 October, 2001, and is still running to packed houses.
This hit musical features several hit songs of the pop band ABBA, and has grossed over $2 billion worldwide, a stupendous record to hold. This success prompted a film adaptation which was also a big hit with the audiences.

Beauty and the Beast
Another stellar production from Disney Theatrical, it remains the longest running production at the Palace Theatre and the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
This fairytale has inspired several school productions due to its enduring storyline. The Beauty and the Beast was also the first Disney musical to be staged on Broadway. The show came to an end on Broadway only when Disney came out with their next musical, The Little Mermaid.

Miss Saigon
Miss Saigon’s most spectacular scene shows the last of the Americans being evacuated from the embassy roof by helicopter, with several Vietnamese watching in despair.
Miss Saigon is based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly, and is an ill-fated love story which sees a Vietnamese woman abandoned by her American lover. It opened on Broadway Theatre on 11 April, 1991, and closed on 28 January, 2001, after 4,092 performances.

The Producers
The Producers broke the record for the largest single day box-office ticket sales in theatre history, gathering over $3.5 million.
This humorous musical is based on the 1968 film that featured Mel Brooks. It ran on Broadway from 2001 to 2007, winning a record-breaking 12 Tony awards. The Producers garnered a neat sum of around $290 million from its 2,502 performances on Broadway.

These were some sterling Broadway musicals that have offered unmatched entertainment to theater patrons for several years now, and it is only justified that they’ve ended up making the kind of money they have.

Dan Carlin’s Podcasts

Dan Carlin’s Podcasts

In the United States, individuals who focus on political analysts have most likely seen that there are fundamentally two sorts of observers to look over: Democrats and Republicans. When all is said in done, columnists, intellectuals, and other people who freely discuss governmental issues, are transparently adjusted to either of the two noteworthy political gatherings in this nation. Obviously, there are a couple periphery bloggers who call themselves Libertarians, Communists (or, all the more stylishly, Leftists), etc, however these are the special case to the run the show. What’s more, even on account of these uncommon reporters, it is anything but difficult to find a political mark that fits.

Dan Carlin

The rule to which there are almost no exceptions on the political commentary scene is the rule that every commentator has a particular political party or ideology with which he/she is aligned. One of the few media personalities who does not claim any particular political ideology is Dan Carlin. He hosts two podcasts. The first, Common Sense, consists of his political commentary, and the second, Hardcore History, is a history podcast with political resonances. Although Carlin’s ideas are often controversial, his political position is impossible to label, and he gives listeners the impression that he wants it that way.

“Sometimes things turn out better than a pessimist like I believe they will. But someone has to take the reins. I despise the idea of doing it myself. But I also don’t want that wagon to go over the cliff without at least being able to say I made a dive for the reins before it did. It’s something that we all need to ask ourselves some hard questions about. If not now, when? Every year we wait, it’s only going to be harder and more daunting and more laughable that puny efforts of citizens will work. I feel as though I have waited long enough.”
—Dan Carlin

Considering the Issues

Dan Carlin is certainly an outlier when it comes to political commentary, but his lack of a label makes him both interesting and important. He does not consistently agree with either Democrats or Republicans—most often he disagrees with both parties—but he arrives at all his disagreements through a consideration of the actual issues, rather than the labels that are typically associated with them. This idea may seem insignificant in writing, but in fact, it represents a type of political commentary and political thought that the American public, or at least the minority of the American public that follows politics, has all but forgotten about.

Common Sense and Reason

By commenting on political issues, using, as the title of his podcast suggests (in addition to referencing Thomas Paine’s famous pamphlet), common sense and reason, Carlin is reminding people that it is possible to form an independent opinion about complicated political and economic issues, and that one needn’t have a law degree from Harvard to do so. This basic idea is crucial to American democracy, and Dan Carlin is the only voice in the media today who promotes it. Instead of attacking ‘the Left’ or ‘the Right’, Carlin looks at current events, at historical events, and at future possibilities, in order to arrive at conclusions about how our government is operating. In doing this, he is teaching his listeners how to do the same thing, empowering them to make decisions about issues that too many people feel are beyond their comprehension.

“As I’ve said many times, these people saw sights, and lived lives, and experienced things that the vast majority of people in the modern world, not only will never experience, but can’t even envision.”
—Dan Carlin

Listener Empowerment

The impossibility of easily labeling Dan Carlin’s political position is not the only good thing about his podcasts. He is also a skilled storyteller, with a talent for bringing historical events to life, and an ability to understand and explain the forces and motivations at work in events and actions at all levels of human existence. At the end of a Dan Carlin podcast, the listener rarely lacks a sense that she has gained a clearer understanding of the issue. Even if listeners don’t always agree with Carlin’s conclusions, he presents his topics in a way that empowers listeners to disagree with confidence—with the sense that they understand why they disagree.

This feeling of empowerment is one reason that Carlin has been rapidly gaining followers, and hopefully he will continue to do so.

A Double-edged Sword

A Double-edged Sword

Restriction is pervasive in the present day society. It is a profoundly divisive issue with its own particular points of interest and burdens. There are advocates who believe that its utilization makes an adjust in what should be said and composed, while adversaries censure on the premise of the danger it stances to one side of discourse.

Censorship is the control of the influx of information and ideas in a society. Both democratic and non-democratic countries use it. With the explosion of communication technology, it has become all-pervasive. There is a dispute as to whether censorship is good or bad. It is applicable to programs on television, plays, movies, printed books, print magazines, video games and everything on the Internet.

Examples of Censorship
One of the very first incidents of censorship in movies took place in Hollywood in the year 1934, when a nude scene was snipped off from the film ‘Tarzan and His Mate’, as it violated the moral code back then. Even today films follow the modern MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) code for censorship. During the 1950s, Elvis Presley appeared in one of the famous TV programs only to be shot by the camera till his torso; as his world-famous pelvic movements were deemed vulgar. Again during the 1950s, the Scientific American magazine published an article on thermonuclear fusion which was censored by the United States Atomic Energy Commission. The printed copies of the magazine were found and burnt as it contained classified information. During both World War I and World War II strict military censorship was laid on the freedom of press. A similar kind of censorship was also laid in India during the State of Emergency period in the 1980s. With the introduction of television and Internet, many important developments have taken place in the field of censorship around the world. A number of countries like Syria, Australia, Cuba, UAE, Yemen, Pakistan and Burma have censored the Internet. China has imposed stringent censorship regulations. A military censor was also laid on the freedom of press and Internet in Egypt lately. To protest against Internet censorship through PIPA (PROTECT IP Act) and SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), Wikipedia went on a 24 hour blackout. WikiLeaks, the sensational international whistle blowing website was closed down several times under the pretext of censorship. Satellite phones, Internet and freedom of press were also censored in Libya during Gaddafi’s rule. International press was not allowed in Libya. Exception to this rule was made only when the government invited them for the PR propaganda. Though some people claim that censorship curbs freedom of expression and right to information, others are of the opinion that it is a necessary evil. Censorship is not only used to control the flow of information but also to benefit the people.

Pros
Censorship does not mean restraining the expression of people, in fact it is imposed to protect them.
▰ Censorship of pornographic material prevents the minds of children from becoming corrupt.
▰ Religious conflicts are avoided by the censorship of material deemed insulting or offensive to a particular religious community.
▰ It is useful in hiding sensitive military information, which could be used by an enemy state.
▰ Censorship protects the privacy of people.
▰ Scenes of people consuming alcohol or smoking influence people to copy them. Hence, censoring such scenes serves a useful purpose.
▰ People may copy dangerous stunts shown on TV or movies. Censorship proves necessary here.
▰ Books may be used to portray wrong information about individuals or groups that could incite violence against them.
▰ Plagiarism is prevented due to censorship.
▰ Abusive scenes in movies may offend some people. Censorship prevents that.
▰ It protects indigenous cultures from the bad influence of foreign cultures.
▰ It prevents the public display of disrespect to any particular individual or community.
▰ It prevents companies from spreading inaccurate or grossly exaggerated claims about their products.
▰ It promotes political correctness.
▰ Terrorists are prevented from learning about dangerous technology like the atom bomb.
▰ Children are prevented from learning things that could harm them and others.
▰ It prevents the ill effects of globalization affecting societies.
▰ It shields the morals of society.
▰ It restrains vulgarity and obscenity.
▰ It prevents violence by stopping the broadcast of events, which might trigger it.
▰ During an emergency like a terrorist attack, it helps in controlling panic and rumors throughout the nation. This was observed in India in 2008 when terrorists attacked The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai.
Cons

Censorship denies access to vital information.

▰ If sex-related topics are completely censored it becomes difficult to teach children and teenagers about the dangers of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV/AIDS.
▰ Dictators use censorship to promote a flattering image of themselves and for removing any information that goes against them.
▰ Religious fundamentalists like the Taliban use them to coerce the population.
▰ It encroaches upon the freedom of the press.
▰ Freedom of speech is compromised.
▰ It may intrude on the privacy of a person.
▰ It is generally associated with dictatorship.
▰ Censoring of information may lead to a wrong image perceived by the public.
▰ Censorship has been misused in the past.
▰ It is a force against globalization.
▰ It works against creativity.
▰ If you hide something from people they will become extra curious about it.
▰ It has no place in a truly democratic society.
▰ It is used to control people.
▰ There can be different standards of morals among different societies quite different from the imposed ones by the censorship.
▰ Governments should not control people. It should be the other way round.
▰ Political parties around the world use media censorship for their own benefit. It stifles the opposition, broadcasting only a particular point of view.
▰ People have a right to know.
▰ Media giants push their own agenda under the pretext of censorship.

Censorship is just like a double-edge sword. If used properly, it serves as a valuable weapon. However, it can also be misused. Censorship may have many technical and legal repercussions. Governments and other regulatory institutions must learn to use it judiciously. An absence of censorship might not be a perfect notion, however, it also doesn’t mean that the government uses it for its own personal gain by suppressing dissent. Hence, censorship should not be treated as a taboo.

How for Getting Discounted Broadway Tickets

How for Getting Discounted Broadway Tickets

For a theater fan, there is nothing superior to spending a decent lump of your day away from work viewing the most up to date Broadway appear. For such regulars, it bodes well to select marked down tickets and make the best of their Broadway encounter.

With premium tickets for Broadway musicals being sold between USD 100-200 and more, getting hold of discounted tickets is always a welcome change. There are some very reliable online ticket resources that offer substantial discounts and an opportunity to make the Broadway experience more worthwhile for buyers. However, booking online is not the only way you can buy comparatively cheaper Broadway tickets. This Buzzle guide discusses how to get cheap Broadway tickets.

Where to Get Discounted Broadway Tickets

TKTS Booth
The TDF (Theater Development Fund) operates three TKTS centers in New York City, which are located in Times Square, South Street Seaport, and Downtown Brooklyn. Although the best, waiting in line at the TKTS booth in Times Square is also the lengthiest way to get cheap Broadway tickets. This is the one place where you’re likely to find both travelers and New Yorkers waiting in line with equal anticipation. The downside of waiting at the TKTS boot is that, there is no guarantee that you will find the tickets to the show you wish to attend, which is why being more flexible about shows would work more in your favor. The center at Times Square Booth sells discounted tickets on day-of-performance basis. Avoid Window #1, as they sell tickets on full-price for all same-day shows that have no discounts to offer. For discounted tickets for matinée and same-day evening performances, head to the South Street Seaport Booth or the Downtown Brooklyn Booth.

Broadway Concierge & Ticket Center
The Broadway League Concierge and Ticket Center offers discounted tickets for same-day, premium, and advance shows. Those looking for a safe alternative to get tickets can call CTC’s customer service to make inquiries, or visit their Broadway Concierge & Ticket center outlet in Times Square Visitor Center and Mini-Museum on 7th Avenue. Their staff is trained to provide general Broadway information to customers in six languages, and help them buy regular and premium Broadway and off-Broadway show tickets along with concierge service.

Audience Rewards
The Audience Reward program is America’s first such program for arts and Broadway. Its main objective is to provide theatergoers with bonus points which can be availed to save money while buying tickets. This program also lets theatergoers earn free tickets, win Broadway merchandise, and upgrade seats.

Contact Theater Box Offices

Those looking to catch a specific show, should consider calling theater box offices a day in advance. The reason being, individual theater box offices sometimes keep rush tickets and lotteries, and have Standing Room Only (SRO) for students and theatergoers on a tight budget. Rush tickets are meant for hard-to-sell seats and often offer deep discounts, wherein the tickets are sold at as low as USD 20.

Authorized Broadway Ticket Vendor Websites

Playbill
Playbill asks for a free membership with the Playbill Club, wherein theatergoers can order online for tickets, call their ticketing agents, or present a printout of their Club page at the theater box office to avail discounts on their ticket. These discounts can vary from 10-50 % on several Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.

Broadway
In their ‘Offers’ category on their website, Broadway has options for ‘Last Minute Ticket’ wherein, customers can buy tickets for same-day or night shows. However, these deals are posted only in the morning at 10:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m everyday and may run out quickly. The next best alternative is to call their customer service providers for information on up-to-date deals.

BroadwayBox
BroadwayBox has been offering the best discounts for Broadway shows, plays, and musicals in New York City since 2001. This venture began in the aftermath of September 11 attacks, as a way to ease the hearts of the people of NYC. This website does not require users to sign in, and thus, makes the ticket buying experience extremely easy and hassle free.

TheaterMania
TheaterMania was founded in 1999, and has since become one of the go-to online resources for Broadway tickets. They provide special offers and ticketing services to their subscribers. This website also offers great discounts that range from 20-71%! It is indeed very rare to find such deep discounts on Broadway tickets anywhere else on the web.

Non Broadway-specific Ticket Websites

Although not specific to Broadway, here is a list of some websites that offer Broadway tickets at substantial discounts.
ticketmaster

StubHub
CheapTickets
Telecharge

With so many online resources to get the best deal on Broadway tickets, theatergoers such as you should find it easier to save on tickets. Make the best of their offers and book ahead in time, just to be on the safer side.

Ideas to Graduation Party Entertainment

Ideas to Graduation Party Entertainment

unduhan-18College is the place where you get acquainted with students coming from different backgrounds and ethnicities, and your days are spent in close interaction with each other. Studies, despite remaining the main aspect of college, become monotonous when you don’t enjoy yourself. Thus, entertainment always plays an important role in freshening up your mood, and reviving your goals in life. During graduation, students are fully sparked up to enjoy their life as much as possible. It’s the time to party hard, and taste every flavor of life. With this view, some graduation party entertainment ideas have been listed in the upcoming section.

Graduation Party Ideas for Entertainment
Deciding the venue is one important thing, that has lots to do with entertainment. If you have arranged a party at home, then probably you will not get many options to enjoy, other than dance and music. Attending discos and pubs with friends, although entertaining, limits itself only to music. Here, we go ahead with some ideas to make your graduation party happening.

Set a Dress Code
You can pick up a theme to make it more entertaining. Halloween, Christmas, or Valentine’s day themes call for a particular dress code for boys and girls. A masquerade party is the most interesting of all, where you wear masks and gel up with friends for dance and making merry. Cocktail dresses suit summer get-together parties. When you are well-decked, you are in full spirit to enjoy the party.

Arranging for Party Games
Games may just as well add some spice to the party. You can organize one-minute game shows, like eating ice creams, drinking cold drinks, etc. One of the most entertaining game is charades. You can also team up for playing memory games, passing the parcel, and scavenger hunt. Collect ideas for games from your friends, and arrange them well to derive maximum fun out of them. These can be enjoyed most if the party is organized in a spacious venue, where you have ample scope for entertainment.

Non-stop Dancing
How can you miss out dance in your graduation party? Call for Djs, and make a list of great party songs to play randomly. Decorate the party with dazzling lights to create a more vibrant ambiance. Dance with your friends, or hold a session where you can choose partners for dancing. It could be much more fun if you are dancing with an unidentified person at a masquerade party. Dance parties are mostly celebrated in discos and pubs, where you can dance the night away amidst the loud beats and lit up ambiance all around.

A Karaoke Night
If the party continues for the entire night, you can organize a karaoke. Hire a group of singers who would entertain you with their performance. If your group consists of friends from different religious backgrounds, the karaoke might just get interesting. Folk songs, country music, rock, pop, and other genres would come together. Singing competitions could also be arranged in the party, along with a prize for the winner. This entertainment option is open when you have enough funds to invite a guest singer. Schools and colleges usually support such ideas.

Food and Drinks
Set up stalls for different menus including starters, main course, appetizers, desserts, and drinks. Decide the menu beforehand, and give the responsibility to a catering service. You can also cook food from home, and assemble it at the party if an exotic dinner is not within your budget. The menu could also be kept casual with pizzas, hamburgers, sandwiches, and a wide range of soft drinks and cocktails. A simple, casual party with good food could be enjoyed easily at home, instead of spending dollars on lavish celebrations.

With these party entertainment ideas, you can organize a grand party with your friends. The memories of college days amidst fun, frolic, and merriment, would be cherished when you graduate from your college. The parties are just a medium to assemble friends, and share humor and laughter together.

Wedding Entertainment Tips

Wedding Entertainment Tips

For the lady of the hour and prep, their big day is without a doubt the most extraordinary one of their lives. It turns out to be much more extraordinary when the visitors at the wedding recall the wedding as well, for a long time to come. Utilize thoughts said in this article as a motivation or concoct some of your own.

The wedding day is the most important day in the lives of the couple getting married. Whether the ceremony is simple or is being organized in a very extravagant manner, creative entertainment ideas can make it very special for the couple as well as the guests. However, in order to properly implement the planned ideas, combined efforts of all the family members of the couple is necessary. Given in the next few paragraphs are some fantastic ideas of entertainment.

Organize a Musical Concert
This will introduce a lot of enthusiasm in the party. If your budget allows it, you can invite a reputed band of musicians to come and play some hit songs at the wedding. You can even ask the bride and the groom to try their hand at singing songs and playing musical instruments. Playing old romantic songs can also be a good idea. Make sure that the seating arrangement for the musical program is perfect so that all the guests are comfortable.

Dance and Have Fun!
Dance is believed to be the best form of entertainment at all occasions, and wedding ceremonies are no exception. You can perform different dance forms with those interested and have a lot of fun together. Inviting professional dancers for the occasion would also be a cool idea. Even though many people present might not be that good at dancing, you should allow then to dance the way they want and teach them a few steps to improve their dancing. Play some rocking music so that the people feel more energetic and give their best in the form of dance they do.

Organize a Fashion Show
Organizing a fashion show for both, the male as well as the female guests would indeed be one of the best entertainment ideas for a wedding. You should ask all the guests to wear designer clothes or the ones in which they look best and then walk the ramp along with their partners. You should appoint experienced and talented photographers to click their photographs. The dresses worn can be traditional, formal, or casual as per the wish and convenience of the guests. Ask the bride and the groom to take part in the fashion show and welcome them with a loud cheer when they make a grand entry on the ramp together. The clothes worn by the married couple should be of different color than the rest of the lot to highlight them or bring them in focus. Do not have any hard and fast rules of walking on the ramp for the guests as this is not a modeling competition! You can have a video recording of the entire event done. You will have a great time watching the videos and the photographs later on.

These were just some ideas to help you get started. Share your ideas and suggestions with us in the comments section. Make sure you guarantee a lot of fun and entertainment to all those present at the venue.

Tips to Write an Entertainment Speech

Tips to Write an Entertainment Speech

Is it accurate to say that you are being depended to set up an excitement discourse? On the off chance that yes, then we are certain that you would need the discourse to be a huge one which truly engages the group of onlookers. In this article, we will know how to compose an excitement discourse and will likewise look at a few cases of well known talks.

There are some occasions which demand speeches filled with humor and wit concurring with the vibe of the event. Whether it is a best man speech or a maid of honor speech, humor ensures that your speech entertains the audience, creating a jovial atmosphere. There have been orators who have impressed us with their entertainment speeches and people simply loved to hear them talk. Oscar Wilde and Mark Twain were two legendary figures who are known as much for their contribution to literature as for their impromptu speeches. Delivering a good entertainment speech takes some effort from your side and the first and the foremost thing that you need to do is a thorough analysis of the entertainment speech topic.

A great opening plays an important part in establishing you as an able orator, so it is imperative that you spend considerable time to write a witty, humorous opening. Most of the distinguished speakers always analyze their audience as it helps in knowing the level of sophistication that the speech should have. It also helps in deciding which elements would be a part of the speech. Before writing an entertainment speech, it can be beneficial if you gather some information on who is on the invitee list. You may not be able to precisely gauge their likes and dislikes but, it will certainly help you in deciding the undertone of your speech. Let us take a look at the famous speech of Mark Twain, titled “Our Fellow Savages of the Sandwich Islands”.

Ladies and Gentlemen: The next lecture in this course will be delivered this evening, by Samuel L Clemens, a gentleman whose high character and unimpeachable integrity are only equaled by his comeliness of person and grace of manner.
And I am the man!
I was obliged to excuse the chairman from introducing me, because he never compliments anybody and I knew I could do it just as well.

The next thing that you need to focus on is the body of the speech. It is necessary that your speech has a central theme around which the whole speech would revolve. The body of the speech is the central part of the speech and generally, it is observed that the attention of the audience starts drifting away at this stage. To ensure that you keep your audience interested, try keeping this part concise and make it lively by remembering some anecdotes. Look how beautifully Mark Twain has filled the speech with humorous epigrams to keep it lively and entertaining. This excerpt has been taken from Mark Twain’s address at gathering of Americans in London, July 4, 1872, titled “Americans and The English”.

This is an age of progress, and ours is a progressive land. A great and glorious land, too-a land which has developed a Washington, a Franklin, a Wm. M. Tweed, a Longfellow, a Motley, a Jay Gould, a Samuel C. Pomeroy, a recent Congress which has never had its equal (in some respects), and a United States Army which conquered sixty Indians in eight months by tiring them out-which is much better than uncivilized slaughter, God knows. We have a criminal jury system which is superior to any in the world and its efficiency is only marred by the difficulty of finding twelve men every day who don’t know anything and can’t read. And I may observe that we have an insanity plea that would have saved Cain. I think I can say, and say with pride, that we have some legislatures that bring higher prices than any in the world.

The conclusion of the speech should be written in such a way that it should drive the central idea of your speech and make it a memorable experience for the audience. You can use words such as, “Before I wrap up” or “Let me end this by saying” to signal to the audience that you have reached the closure of the speech. Audience will more likely remember the closing part of your speech so you might as well give something nice to remember. Something that will leave the audience in splits and allow a fitting end to your speech. You can take a look at the below example which highlights the use of humor while concluding a speech. This was an address by Woody Allen, titled “My Speech to the Graduates” and it first appeared in the New York Times in 1979.

Summing up, it is clear the future holds great opportunities. It also holds pitfalls. The trick will be to avoid the pitfalls, seize the opportunities, and get back home by six o’clock.

Some things that you have to remember are that entertainment speeches are just another form of speech and are not be confused with a stand-up comedy act. When you get down to write your entertainment speech, remember that you aren’t writing a script for a comic caper. Many people shy away when it comes to entertainment speeches, because they feel that they are not capable enough to make people laugh. You have to remember that humor is subjective, and while one person may laugh his head off, other may completely miss the joke!

Writing an entertainment speech is only half the job done as it is very crucial that you are able to deliver it well in front of an audience. You can rehearse in front of a mirror or a group of friends who can give you feedback on where you need to improve. You need to bring out the required emotions and ensure that you get your timing right. You don’t really need to get too worked up as the idea behind an entertainment speech is to ‘entertain’, so it will be great if you too enjoy your speech. It will make you appear natural and take care of any nerves.

Party from Drab to Fab Entertainment Ideas

Party from Drab to Fab Entertainment Ideas

The thing about gatherings is they are as great or as terrible as the arrangement for amusement made for them. On the off chance that a gathering does not have a great time and intriguing to do, then it’s only a meeting of individuals. This article will give you a few thoughts to guarantee that your gathering is not dull and exhausting.

Have you ever been to a party where you hardly knew anyone, but yet managed to have a whole lot of fun? If you have, then it’s simply because the host or hostess of the party did one heck of a job of planning the entertainment for the party. They took care to see that the activities that were planned were suitable to everyone attending it and that’s why it turned out to be such a major hit. Many of us tend to underestimate the need to plan the entertainment for a party. We take care of the food, the decoration and the venue and conveniently ignore the aspect of entertainment. We take it for granted that since it is a party, people are bound to have fun. That’s where we make a big mistake. This Buzzle article will give you some ideas on how you can plan out the entertainment facet of your party to make sure it’s a roaring success.

Ideas for Entertainment at a Party

People come to a party expecting to have fun. They also expect the host or hostess to direct them towards said fun. If they go to a party and just watch people sitting around doing nothing, it’s bound to create an impression that is dull and stop them from being enthusiastic. So, coming up with entertainment ideas is the only way out of a possible similar situation. The sections below to give an idea of how you can bring in some fun and frolic to your party.

Games
Using games, funny as well as competitive, is one of the best ways to entertain kids. When you have a room or house full of kids, the best way to avoid any major disaster and mayhem is to keep them all occupied in some interesting games. There is a wide variety of games that you can choose from that will keep the kids engaged and away from trouble. As far as games for kids are concerned, you can try the typical Simon Says, Red Letter, Blind Man’s Bluff, Follow the Leader, Hopscotch, Tail the Donkey, etc., or come up with some interesting and innovative games on your own. For adults, there can be slightly more evolved games like trivia quizzes, Pictionary, Twister, Poker, Truth or Dare, etc. The aim is to make sure that everyone has a good time. So keep that in mind and ensure that the games you select are acceptable by all.

Competitions
Another fun way to keep the party from turning into a boring one is to have some sort of competition in it. You can set a theme for the party and have people dress up according to the theme. Ask them all to get up on a makeshift stage and say something about what they’re wearing, kind of like a fancy dress. You can also have some music and dance and then have someone judge who gets to win the ‘best dancer’ award. Alternatively, you can also have a treasure hunt planned and divide the people into groups and give a prize to the team that wins. Another competition that you can hold can be based on creative arts. Have the guests explore their creative side with some painting, drawing, sketching, coloring and other such activities.

Shows
Another idea that you can try for providing some entertainment at a party are different kinds of shows. It could be a movie screening, a laser show, a cartoon series, a musical fountain, a dance performance, a singing performance or any other such performances that people will have a good time watching. Keep them upbeat and lively, or else your guests won’t really enjoy them. You can keep the music and singing as a background form of entertainment and organize a special time slot for the others so that they get the undivided attention of the guests.

Hired Artists
Hiring people to perform or keep guests entertained is a fairly common practice and quite a practical one too. Instead of trying to come up with ideas to entertain people with something that you have no idea about, you can hire a professional entertainer who will know how to handle the guests as well. A magician, a tarot card reader, a juggler, a clown, cartoon characters, superheroes, tattoo artists, movie characters, mimes, fortune tellers, face painters, etc. are some of the artists that you can hire for entertainment. There are so many kinds of artists that you can hire who will know how to give the audience a good time and also do it very professionally.

Crafts and Food
This is an idea to involve everyone at the party. What you can do is, divide the party area into two. One area for crafts and one area for food. People can go to whichever section they feel like. If they choose to go to the food section, they have to prepare a food item, with the help of the ingredients that you will place there. Make sure it’s something easy like a sandwich, a burger or something as easy. Nothing very elaborate and time consuming. This food can then be eaten by all at the party and can be judged. The people in the crafts section can make different craft objects with the material provided and these can be used as party decorations when they are ready.

Karaoke
What’s a party without some song and dance, right? Get yourself a karaoke machine, or rent one for the occasion. Make sure the music is something that everyone can identify with. This will depend on the age and gender of the people attending the party. Get your guests to sing to the lyrics and watch everyone enjoy. People might be shy when it comes to exhibiting their vocal talents, so be a sport and you can begin the streak.

When it comes to a party, entertainment is a must. That is what distinguishes it from a gathering of people. How else will it be a party? So make sure you come up with some really good ideas so that your party turns out to be one that is remembered for a long long time. You can either use the ideas mentioned above or come up with some really creative ones on your own. Just remember that the aim is to have fun and you definitely will.

Tips to Choose Wisely

Tips to Choose Wisely

Mass correspondence is one such field, which has seen a lofty ascent since its begin. As the world comes nearer consistently, the need to share and keep each other educated additionally increments. This has made an immense interest for employments in this field. On the off chance that you are an understudy of mass correspondence, here are a portion of the best alternatives for you.

As the world is in a constant revolution to bring its people closer and reach a wider populace, it has opened myriad job opportunities. The constant need to collect information and spread it across to hungry recipients has created several new opportunities in the field of mass communication. This field covers a large area of work, which is primarily associated with dispensing information through modes of communication.

Interestingly, mass communication offers jobs in the government as well as private and public sectors. For making a career in mass communication, one cannot just stumble upon it. It takes years of hard work, dedication, and commitment to get yourself a substantial job. This field is driven by work culture which is extremely deadline-oriented. Hence, it demands individuals who are ready to work through the toughest of pressures with a cool and composed demeanor. So, if you think you have it in you to deal with the cutthroat competition and scale heights of success, welcome to the offer that the world of mass communication is about to make to you.
Journalism
✦ Print
Print journalism is the classic form of a career option in mass communication. To this day, it remains the most preferred career option for its enriching experience. Working with newspapers, magazines, periodicals, news service agencies, news websites, and tabloids are some of the options one can pursue in this field to build careers. The typical nature of work is working as a reporter, collecting news, and knowing what would make great news items. The other posts one can work for, with considerable experience, are editor, sub-editor, photographer, freelancer, columnist, correspondents, proofreaders, and news analysts.
Editor: The editor of a newspaper or magazine is responsible for editing articles, writing original articles, laying out the newspaper or magazine, and following the important leads for news stories.

Sub-editor: Sub-editors have to check all that is written for the newspaper or magazine. They have to check the matter for grammar, spelling, style, and tone before it goes online or gets published.
Photographer: A newspaper or magazine photographer can be a full-time employee or freelancer. The job essentially demands the candidate to get photographic evidence supporting the corresponding story.

Freelancer: A freelancer or stringer is a person who contributes to the newspaper or magazine on a project basis.
Columnist: A columnist is the person who writes opinion pieces for newspapers, magazines, or websites. He/she may have specialization areas, such as politics, spiritualism, sports, religion, fashion, and such other subjects.
Correspondents: A correspondent has to report and write new stories from ground zero.

Proofreaders: The quality check of a newspaper is done by the proofreader. Spelling, grammar, style, photographs, illustrations, headings, page numbers, and other such details are checked by the proofreader.

✦ Broadcast
The aspect of broadcasting has played an important role in pushing mass communication on a bigger platform. It introduced a new dimension of an electronic medium, bringing many new career opportunities for its aspirants. To work for any form of electronic journalism, it is important to have a complete understanding of its technical know-how, pressures of work culture, and the purpose of such a job.
The typical jobs under electronic journalism include working for a radio as a jockey, news anchor, jobs involving editing, sound engineering, scriptwriting, and graphics. The exponential growth in TV networks and satellite communication has opened a whole new array of jobs.
Radio Jockey: A radio jockey has to create entertaining interactions with the audience. This may include creating content, interviewing guests on the show, impromptu edits to the script, and complete understanding of the electronic consoles used in the studio room.

News Anchor: News anchors are the journalists we see on television. A news anchor’s primary job is to read the news, but they may also have to interview the guests and be updated with the latest news and events happening around the world. A news anchor may also have to present a live story being delivered by a correspondent.

Broadcast Editor: A broadcast editor is responsible for editing videos and putting them together with the required audio tracks. The job also includes complete understanding of the news item, to be able to put together the videos sequentially.

Sound Technician: Sound technicians play an important role of enhancing the news item with the technical equipment. They have to maintain the equipment, amplify the sound, mix or change the tone, or reproduce the sound.

Scriptwriter: A news scriptwriter has to know the facts perfectly. The job demands writing crisp news items that are delivered as the event has occurred. This kind of scriptwriting is different from writing for films, TV commercials, or soap operas.

✦ Web
Web or online journalism is the newest form of journalism with increasing number of options to build careers. This form of mass communication is quite nascent as compared to the others, which is why its facets have not yet been fully recognized. However, blogging, citizen journalism, and working as a freelance reporter or photographer for online media are some of the job options available in this sector.
Blog: Writing a blog is very similar to maintaining a diary. However, while trying to venture into the world of journalism as a blogger, one needs to develop an expertise in a subject.

Citizen Journalism: Citizen journalism is also known as alternative or activist form of journalism. It refers to collecting news and reporting, irrespective of existing media institutions.
Freelance Reporter/Photographer: Freelance reporters are present to fill any gaps in news coverage for online media, while freelance photographers sell their photos for online use, which serve the purpose of enhancing the story for the readers.

Films
Mass communication goes beyond just dispensing news. A huge part of mass communication includes providing entertainment and giving information. Films today play that role in our society. There are various types of cinema, such as documentaries, promotional films, feature films, newsreels, and music videos which demand a unique set of skills. With a range of films being made, this dynamic field offers a plethora of jobs, such as directing, editing, scriptwriting, photography, light and sound engineering, and so on. Besides these, mass media professionals can also obtain jobs under various stages a film goes through, such as development, pre-production, production, post-production, and distribution. Working in a field and learning its new facets every day will help you build a career that you have always dreamed of.
Director: The director of the film is like the captain of the ship. He is the creative driving force who actually makes the film.

Editor: A film or video editor is responsible for arranging the raw camera footage into a finished film that’s ready for broadcasting.

Scriptwriter: Writing a script for films involves a very creative outlook. Scriptwriters are responsible for giving life to every facet of the film, such as characters, plot, time period, and look of the film.

Film Photographer: Film photographers work on the film sets and are responsible for taking stills for post-production of the film.

Light and Sound Engineer: The light and sound engineers have a very important role to play in filmmaking. They are responsible for operating the lighting and sound equipment on the set, setting the mood for the scenes, creating effects, and giving the audio-visual its character.

Advertising
This branch of mass communication is associated with building brand value of a product or service. Today, advertisements are an integral part of newspapers, magazines, posters, radio, television, social media sites, clothing, and even the mundane signboards we see along the road. Every organization in this world finds it extremely important to advertise in order to reach out to people. An important field like this one demands professionals who are capable of thinking out of the box. There are two sides to this field: one is the creative side; and the other is the marketing side. The two have to work hand in hand to achieve success. The field of advertising has grown tremendously over the years and is likely to grow further, as several developing countries are trying to pitch to international clients. Client servicing, technical engineer, copywriting, scriptwriting, and directing are some of the jobs one can begin with, to make a career in the field of advertising.

Client Servicing: A person designated to this post is responsible for interacting with the clients, understanding their needs, and sometimes, communicating the requirements to the technical and creative team.

Copywriter: The lines we listen to, or read in an advertisement are written by the copywriter. A copywriter is essentially responsible for giving the advertisement its words.
Scriptwriter: Being a scriptwriter for an advertisement is quite a challenging task. The writer has to be able to write just the right words, which will be conveyed to the audience in just a few seconds or a minute.

Public Relations
The simple function of publicity of a certain product or service has, today, turned itself into a huge management operation. The basic function of a public relations officer is to build a positive image of the organization using various modes of mass communication. The typical jobs in this field include media relations officer, community relations officer, employee relations officer, marketing communications officer, event manager, and fundraising. To be a successful public relations officer, one should like meeting people, have excellent communication skills, bear the ability to interact and convince all kinds of people, and build a long-lasting relationship. Having good organizational skills and quick decision-making abilities are an added advantage.

Public Relations Officer: The primary job of a public relations officer is to maintain and build a positive reputation for the company. The role also demands you to influence the opinion and behavior of potential clients.
Media Relations Officer: A media relations officer is responsible for representing the organization to the outside world and being the point of contact for all the media and press-related work. The person holding this post may also have to write press releases, monitor the news being sent outside, attend meetings, and think of ways to get more media coverage.

Community Relations Officer: A community relations officer is responsible for carrying out decided procedures and policies with an aim to build communities, such as a customer base. They are also held responsible for managing the full scope of activities, programs, and events. Such types of jobs opportunities are usually seen in schools, colleges, and other institutions.
Employee Relations Officer: An employee relations officer is known to look after all the communication that may occur between employees and the management. They play a key role in ensuring smooth functioning of operations, by maintaining peace between the two major contributors of an organization.

Marketing Communications Officer: The marketing communications officer in an organization works in tandem with the PR and communications manager to develop a marketing strategy.
Event Manager: An event manager is responsible for looking after the operations of company events. The person at this position also has to handle production of events, from its conception to creation.

Fundraising: Fundraising is a part of public relations. It is a job which includes looking for sponsors, convincing them, and raising money for the required cause.

Social Media
Social media is the latest trend in the field of mass communication. It refers to use of Internet to distribute news, discuss on forums, and bring people together. This novice medium has picked up great pace with social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and such other social media platforms. Social media manager, graphic designer, and social media analyst are some of the options with which one could start a career in this field.
Social Media Manager: As the term suggests, a social media manager has to manage the social media properties of a given organization. This could mean providing content for these platforms and devising ways to keep them growing.

Graphic Desginer: A graphic designer of a social media team has to come up with graphics for the relevant postings on the sites. Visual gratification plays a huge role in attracting and retaining users to social media pages. Thus, the role of a graphic designer comes with a huge responsibility.

Social Media Analyst: A social media analyst is the one who studies the growth or fall per month on the pages, the additions and subtractions in numbers, and searches for reasons for these happenings.

As the sector of mass communication is diversifying due to growing business and need for information, this is only likely to create more job opportunities. This field is meant for those who can handle work pressures, honor deadlines, think beyond the obvious, and have a flair for flawless communication.