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It is the time of the year again! “Movember” is an annual event for men to grow moustaches to raise awareness of men’s health issues.
History of Movember
It was started in 2003 by the Original 30 Mo Bros in Australia. They have formally support prostate cancer as their cause. The list of the Original 30 provided by Movember Official Website.
Since then, it has grown far and beyond Australia. Countries like Czech Republic, Singapore, Hong Kong and even South Africa has joined to support the cause. As of 2013, there are more than 4 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas becoming part of the Movember movement.
Rules of Movember
To get yourself involved during the month of Movember, here are the rules which you must “STRICTLY” adhere to;
Adapted from Men’s Journal
Thinking of a moustache for yourself to support Movember? Worry no more! Here, we have a poster on The Moustache at our physical store at Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus or place your order with us on our official Posterific Facebook page!
Halloween is often as a ‘trick-or-treat’ episode complete with candies and treats for children or a ‘costume party’ for teenagers and youths. Millions of people worldwide celebrate Halloween without knowing its origins and myths, and these only make the holiday more interesting and fascinating. Today’s history lesson will be on how Halloween came into existence, followed by a list of 15 fun trivia facts of Halloween. Are you ready for the scare of your life?
The Origins of Halloween
The word ‘Halloween‘ derived from the old words of ‘All Hallows Eve‘ because it took place on the eve of All Hallows Day which falls on November 1. ‘Hallow‘ is an old word for ‘saint‘ and because November 1 is known as ‘All Saints Day‘, thus Halloween is always celebrated on October 31. It is one of the oldest holidays still celebrated today, and one of the most popular holidays in the world, sccond to Christmas.
The Halloween culture can be traced back to the Druids, a Celtic culture in Ireland, Britain, and Northern Europe, over 2,000 years ago. Its roots lay in the annual feast of Samhain on October 31 to honour the dead. The feast signified the ‘end of summer’ or in this case, the starting of the month of November. Samhain was a harvest festival with huge scared bonfires that marked the end of the Celtic year and the start of a new one. The Celts believed the souls of the dead roamed the streets and villages at night. But not all spirits were friendly, so treats were put out to pacify evil and ensure next year’s crops would be plentiful. This custom soon evolved into trick-or-treating that kids enjoy so much today!
Different cultures view Halloween differently but traditional practices remain the same. It as a time for fun, costume parties, and trick-or-treating, or as a time of superstition, ghosts, witches, and spirits that should be avoided. Just remember that celebrating Halloween is a preference, not as participating in an evil holiday. However Halloween is celebrated, there is no references tie this holiday to pagan rituals or occults.
Now we’d like to share a compilation of 15 HALLOWEEN FUN FACTS with you:
So, did you enjoy our little trick-or-treat 15 Fun Trivia Facts of Halloween today?
“We couldn’t have done it without you!” seems like a cheesy understatement considering what we have gone through with our customers. But it is true! As quoted by Genise M. Patterson, a senior consultant in management and technology:
“There is no such thing as PERFECT or COMPLETE… only continuous improvement.”
So the only way we can improve is to move forward. And by moving forward, we need you. That’s right, you guys are our customers’ and we need your help!
We want to thank you for choosing Posterific and buying posters from us. We also want to thank you for your feedback. With your feedback, we can do better and in doing so, we can provide better customer service to you!
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“All you need is love.” – John Lennon
Perhaps Mark David Chapman, the deranged fan who shot him, had just about too much love for his idol. Either that or when John Lennon said that, he hadn’t thought it would affect the world so much that it cost him his life.
Singer-songwriter John Lennon was the brains behind The Beatles. In 1957, Lennon met Paul McCartney and invited him to join his music group. Back then, The Beatles had not yet made an appearance in the music scene. When they both formed a musical partnership, it was under a different name but it was the most successful songwriting partnership in the history of music.
John Lennon: The Legend
Born and Bred in Britain
John Winston Lennon was born in Liverpool during a German air raid in World War II. When he was 4 years old, his parents separated and he went to live with his Aunt Mimi. His father was a merchant seaman, and despite being mostly away at sea, this had not fueled the fatherly urge to see his son more often. He was not even present at his son’s birth and did not see much of his son during his years of growing up. His mother, Julia, remarried and made a point to see her son and Mimi more regularly. She taught him how to play the banjo and the piano, and purchased his first guitar! His mother played an important role during his childhood years, and he was understood to be devastated when she was hit by a car driven by an off-duty police officer in 1958.
The Beginning of ‘The Beatles’
The Quarry Men was Lennon’s first band, an inspirational result of Elvis Presley’s explosion in the rock music scene. A year after Lennon invited McCartney to join the band, the latter introduced George Harrison to Lennon, and soon, Harrison and art college buddy Stuart Sutcliffe became members. In 1960, Pete Best became the drummer for their band. Buddy Holly’s ‘That’ll Be The Day‘ was the first recording they made. Apparently, it was Holly’s group, The Crickets who inspired Lennon’s band to change its name to The Beatles!
In 1961, Brian Epstein became the manager of The Beatles and secured a record contract for the band with EMI, with Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) as the new drummer, and George Martin as the producer. The band released their first single ‘Love Me Do‘ that hit the British charts at No. 17. Inspired by Roy Orbison, Lennon wrote the band’s follow-up single ‘Please Please Me‘, which topped the charts in Britain. The Beatles became the most popular band in Britain with mega-hit releases like ‘She Loves You‘ and ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand‘.
In 1962, Lennon married Cynthia Powell, and had a son called Julian (named after Lennon’s mother). However, his hopes for a good marriage crumbled due to the huge success of his band, famously known as the Beatlemania. Four years later, they divorced. In 1967, he remarried to Japanese avant-garde artist Yoko Ono, whom he met at the Indica Gallery in 1966.
Beatlemania Takes Flight!
The Beatles became the first British band to break into the big scene in US. Beatlemania had launched a “British Invasion” of rock bands which included the Rolling Stones and the Kinks. The Beatles returned to Britain for their first film titled ‘A Hard Day’s Night‘ (1964) and prepared for their first world tour. Their second film ‘Help!‘ (1965) paved the way for the honour bestowed upon by Queen Elizabeth II of England that they would be named a Member of the Order of the British Empire. In 1965, the band performed to 55,600 fans at New York’s Shea Stadium, a new record for largest concert audience in the history of music. That year, the band returned to England and recorded their breakthrough album ‘Rubber Soul’, notably remembered for extending beyond love songs and pop formulas which the band was previously well-known for.
The Beatles took a break and returned to the studio to expand their experimental sound with a drug-influenced exotic instrumentation with lyrics and tape abstractions. The first sample was the single ‘Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever‘ followed by the album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band‘ in 1967. The album was considered by many to be the greatest rock project in musical history.
Lennon’s Solo Career
In 1969, John Lennon left The Beatles after the band had completed the recording for ‘Abbey Road‘. A year later, Lennon released his debut solo album ‘John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band’ which featured a raw and minimalist sound followed by “primal-scream” therapy. In 1971, Lennon released the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed track called ‘Imagine‘. The track took No. 3 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s “All-Time Best Songs” list.
In 1973, he and Ono separated. Lennon went to Los Angeles and released hit albums, including ‘Mind Games‘ (1973), ‘Walls and Bridges‘ (1974), and ‘Rock and Roll‘ (1975). It was during this time that Lennon had collaborated with David Bowie and Elton John. A reconciliation took place in 1974 between Lennon and Ono, and were gifted with the birth of their only child, a son named Sean. It was then that Lennon decided to leave the music industry to focus on being a family man.
In 1980, he returned to the music industry with the album ‘Double Fantasy’, featuring the hit single ‘(Just Like) Starting Over‘. Sadly, a few weeks after the release of the album, he was shot several times by a deranged fan, identified as Mark David Chapman. Lennon died at New York’s Roosevelt Hospital on December 8, 1980. He was 40 years old. His death left a profound impact on pop culture. Millions of fans worldwide mourned as record sales tipped the scales. His untimely death evoked deep sadness around the globe today, as he continued to be admired by new legions of fans. In 1987, he was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
No Shooting Please. Just Posters 🙂
Show a burst of love and support for the British superstar and The Beatles by getting their posters below (we have three of John Lennon himself, and two of The Beatles) at our physical store at Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus or place your order with us on our official Posterific Facebook page!
After a grand two weeks of competition and fighting for first place, it is time for the Asian Games 2014 to come to a flourishing end. It has been a tough battle, with top athletes from all 45 participating nations strutting their stuff and showing who’s boss in each of the event category of sports that were hosted and organized in Incheon, South Korea. The closing ceremony will be held on this Saturday, October 4, 2014, at 5:00pm (South Korean time), 1:00am (Sunday, October 5, 2014, Malaysian time).
The Closing Ceremony
There will be three main parts of the closing ceremony: the Welcoming Performance, Part One: The Countdown, Part Two: Remembering the Games with special feature films, and the Final Part: A Congratulatory Performance. During the Welcoming Performance, the Asian Games 2014 staff and volunteers will welcome the visitors and provide them with seat information while the Official Mascots and comedians will provide entertainment to the spectators. During the closing ceremony, famous K-pop stars such as CN Blue, Big Bang, and SISTAR will be performing live for the musical ears of the spectators.
Part One kicks off with the countdown, followed by the Korean Cultural Performances, such as the National Dance Company of Korea, Gugak Center Dance Troupe and Kukkiwon. Part Two will begin with the host nation’s flag brought forward to the venue of the closing ceremony. A special feature film will be aired for the spectators, to remember when the Games began on September 19 until the very end. Also, the Samsung MVP Award will be presented during the Part Two of the closing ceremony to the memorable and spectacular athletes who shone during the Games.
The Final Part of the closing ceremony is the Congratulatory Performance where the next host country for the Asian Games 2018 will be presented. Indonesia has won the rights to host the next Games so their flag will be brought forward into the venue. The Extinguishing of the Flame will be conducted at the end of the closing ceremony to close the celebration of diversity and sports throughout Asia.
All Eyes on Malaysia
A hearty congratulations to all the Malaysian athletes who took part in the Asian Games 2014. We may not have met the target for 8 gold medals but there is always room for improvement and we can certainly be better in the 2016 Rio Olympics and the next Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia! Below are the medals tally for our country:
Chee Wei’s gold medal is Malaysia’s seventh in karate at the Asian Games since 1994 after emulating the feats of R. Puvaneswaran (two), C. Muralitharan, R. Muniandy, S. Premila and Ku Jin Keat (Chee Wei’s master who ended Japan’s dominance in men’s kata in 2010). Karate is now on par with badminton as Malaysia’s joint-fourth highest gold medal contributor at the Asian Games.
Nicol David has worked hard to impress the nation and her supporters in the Asian Games 2014. She was selected as the flag bearer for the country, won two gold medals in squash, and now being nominated for the prestigious Samsung Most Valuable Player award. She is the first ever Malaysian to be awarded the nomination for the award. Now it remains to be seen whether she will lift the award during the closing ceremony. We certainly hope she does, as it looks to be her last Asiad now that the squash No.1 player has already hit her 30s.
The time to drink and be merry has arrived once again in Munich, Germany, as the Oktoberfest kicks into full gear. The German locals as well as those who travelled far to participate in the Oktoberfest can feast on a smorgasbord of food served the traditional way, and washed down with big mugs of German beer!
The Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival held annually in Munich for 16 days and attracts over six million people every year. About 1.5 million gallons of beer are consumed, together with 200,000 pairs of pork sausages and 480,000 spit-roasted chickens during the two-week extravaganza. My goodness, that’s a lot of food! The festival reinforces a stereotypical image of beer-loving, meat-loving Germans who dress for the occasion in dirndls and lederhosen, but most of the party-loving people are made up of visitors from all over the world. The Oktoberfest is one of Munich’s largest and most profitable tourist attractions, bringing over 450 million euros to the city’s bank books each year!
Did you know…
… that the largest Oktoberfest held outside Germany takes place annually in the twin cities of Kitchener-Waterlook in Canada? That’s the residence to a large ethnic German population.
Did you also know…
… that the largest such event in the United States is the Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati in Ohio, which boasts half a million visitors each year! Phew!
The Origins of Oktoberfest
The first Oktoberfest began on October 12, 1810 after the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig (who became King Ludwig I) to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen in Bavaria. Five days after the marriage, a large festival was held in front of the Sendlinger Tor, one of the gates leading to Munich. The festivities included horse races that eventually became an Oktoberfest custom until 1938. An agricultural fair was added in 1811, and the first carousel, two swings, and beer pubs were included in 1818 along with performers. Oktoberfest gradually became a great tourist attraction and a way for visitors to learn about Bavaria and its people. In 1887, lederhosen and dirndls became the traditional attire of the Oktoberfest attendees. Beer tents and halls set up by enterprising landlords with the backing of the breweries replaced the beer stands in 1896.
The Festivities of Oktoberfest
The festival may have begun in October, but it is now held in September as the weather is milder then as compared to October. The festival lasts for 16 days, beginning on a Saturday in late September and ending on the first Sunday in October. Oktoberfest traditionally begins with a parade before noon, which includes the participation of the mayor and other civic leaders, followed by horse-drawn brewer’s carts, bands, and the townspeople wearing their costumes. The parade ends at the oldest private beer tent, the Schottenhammel tent, where the mayor opens the first keg of beer to kickstart the festival, and the toasting begins. The opening ceremonies are usually attended by more than 7,000,000 people.
The remainder of the festival site provides the space for a funfair. At the foot of the Bavaria Statue, there are carousels, roller coasters, and all the spectacular carnival rides for the enjoyment and excitement of the public. The festivities are often accompanied by music and dancing, followed by a program of events, including the Grand Entry of the Oktoberfest Landlords and Breweries, the Costume and Riflemen’s Procession, and a concert that involves all the brass bands represented at the “Wiesn”.
The Grub and Beer of Oktoberfest
The festivities are not just the highlight of the Oktoberfest. The endless flow of beer and the wide array of food prepared for the partygoers make up the rest of the festival. The Oktoberfest beer is an amber-gold coloured lager with six percent alcohol with the addition of German hops such as Hallertau and Tettnang. Six major Munich brewers known to take part in the festival are Hacker-Pschorr, Lowenbrau, Spaten, Hofbrauhaus, Augustiner, and Paulaner. They can be found in the seven halls where live music can be heard from all throughout the day. The variety of food served during the Oktoberfest is far and wide, and includes meat such as beef, chicken, veal, and pork, as well as sauerkraut, potato salad, cabbage, onions, and pretzels.
This has been an entertaining Oktoberfest session, don’t you think? All this talk about food and drinks has made me hungry. For all the beer-lovers out there, we have posters on them as well as the country where Oktoberfest and beers originate from, and not to mention, our favourite cartoon character, Homer Simpson! He who drinks the most beer and still lives to tell his tale. Drop by our physical store at Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus or our Facebook page to get your beery posters!