Google Timelapse reveals how the Earth is changing

Worried about global warming? Not even sure if it’s a real thing? One thing we can be sure of is how much earth has changed over the last 30 or so years, and Google is here to show you just how much.

In a short amount of time this generation has seen a technological growth spurt that’s now at a point where we can literally do everything from a tiny screen.

Google Earth has given us the ability to look at pretty much every area of the world, at the touch of a button. It’s something you can spend hours doing already, but they’ve now enhanced our awareness of how much the earth has changed visually with the launch of Google Timelapse.

You can now see how things have changed in the last 32 years by searching, zooming and panning videos from over five million satellite images that were taken from five satellites between 1984 and 2016.

Be careful though, it’ll blow your mind.

California’s giant metal desert sculptures

Something more than desert wildflowers and the spectacular Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is attracting visitors to the Borrego Valley in Southern California.

People are coming from around the United States and internationally to see the amazing 130 full-sized metal sculptures here that are inspired by creatures that roamed this same desert millions of years ago.

The artworks range from prehistoric mammals to historical characters, fanciful dinosaurs, and a 350-foot-long fanciful serpent.

As you drive through the roads that weave through the area you’ll see sculptures of wild horses in a nearby field, sabertooth tigers in pursuit, and desert tortoises that seem as if they’re crawling through the brush.

The artist, Ricardo Breceda, brings life to his sculptures by capturing each creature in motion. They are so still, yet all you see is movement.

The late Dennis Avery, land owner of Galleta Meadows Estates in Borrego Springs envisioned the idea of adding ‘free standing art’ to his property with original steel welded sculptures created by ‘Perris Jurassic Park’ owner/artist/welder Ricardo Breceda based in Perris, California.

There are over 130 metal sculptures located in Borrego Springs.

Watch the artist create giant metal sculptures in California desert in the player below:

This post is sponsored by Air New Zealand & Visit California, however the opinions are of the author.

Brexit’s potential impact on the music industry

If you’re confused and overwhelmed with all the EU referendum stuff at the moment, you’re not alone. There’s so much information to take in and consider. It could have a huge impact on pretty much everything here in the UK, including the music industry. One company has just revealed research into how Brexit could affect the music industry in the UK, and it’s pretty scary, not just for the artists, but for us too.

If we left the EU, major aspects of the industry will be affected, including working visas, tax paid on records and merchandise, the touring ability of smaller acts, travel costs, and British fans being able to attend concerts in Europe.

Artists travelling to the UK do require a work permit, however UK band’s don’t need a working visa to perform in an EU country. If we left, they would need one, which could potentially place a huge barrier up for many artists during their touring schedule, meaning less gigs and some of your favourite artists not playing the usual venues.

Records and merchandise purchased online could increase in cost, as you currently don’t have to pay VAT or customs duty on imports and exports within the EU. If we left, that’d change. Even digital downloads would require the VAT registration for the artists in every EU country.

Smaller bands will be affected the most as the majority of their money is made during tours, selling merchandise and gaining exposure to hundreds of thousands of potential new fans during European festivals. Promoters from around the world will be less inclined to book acts as there’s additional costs, paperwork and general work involved.

Non-EU artists will have to purchase a Schengen visa that costs between £45-50 depending on the current exchange rate. This may not seem like a massive amount, but if you factor in the driver, tour manager, sound engineer or however many different people involved in the tour, the end result is a massive cost that just wasn’t there prior to Brexit.

For all the fans, it’s sad news as the costs of pretty much everything involved in seeing an artist abroad will increase in so many different ways. Flights for example are currently cheaper and more regular due to our EU-US open skies regulations, as well as free health care access, financial protection, caps on mobile phone charges and compensation for delayed flights that are included within the EU membership.

This is a brief overview of what impact Brexit could have on the music industry, and it doesn’t look like a positive one. Do you think we should leave? And what further knock-on effects do you think this may have on travelling artists and fans? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

If you’re still getting to grips with the whole thing then check out the BBC’s easy-to-follow breakdown of the referendum here.

The biggest birthday celebration on earth

What if you could celebrate your birthday alongside your best mate or partner in one of the coolest cities in the world. Not only that, but be treated like royalty, flown to another country, party on a boat, given free booze and have a live DJ performance on the top of a tower, just for you. An amazing prospect right? Well that’s exactly what happened when KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Heineken arranged for four lucky people to take part in The Orange Experience 2016.

This isn’t the first time these two companies have joined forces to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a group of lucky people. Last year they gave five people an epic experience after they answered yes to a random question once they had ordered at the bar. Sometimes it’s good to take yourself out of your comfort zone and say yes to things you normally wouldn’t, which in this case, ended very well for them!

The Orange Experience KLM Heineken Sponsored Amsterdam Birthday

This time though, the unassuming adventurers were nominated by a friend or partner to go and celebrate their birthday in Holland for King’s Day, just as long as they shared the same birthday as the Dutch King, which is the 27th of April. These guys had the luck of the draw since the day they were born, literally.

King’s Day is one of Holland’s best kept secrets, and is one of the most amazing national events of the year. It’s the celebration of the King’s birthday and is a huge celebration and display of national pride in the Netherlands. Also known as Oranjegekte or Orange Madness, everyone involved dresses up in orange, and has endless amounts of fun throughout the day and well into the night. Canal boats, streets and pretty much everything in sight is covered in orange – it’s truly an eye-opening spectacle to behold and the perfect event to create the biggest birthday celebration on earth.

The biggest birthday celebration on earth

The winners were handpicked by KLM and Heineken, and then visited in their cities of Beijing, Rio, San Francisco and London much to their surprise with an invitation to celebrate their birthday with VIP access to one of the biggest events in Holland. They were then whisked away to the airport with the announcement of their destination, stopping by just once to pick up a bag!

Arriving in Amsterdam with King’s Day celebrations in full swing, the winners enjoyed a Royal Experience in Soestdijk Palace and traditional Dutch King’s Day games before boarding a boat for a Royal Birthday party.

To finish an amazing experience they were taken to The A’dam tower for an exclusive party with world famous DJ Martin Garrix. Not a bad birthday right? Watch the video below and see all the events unfold as four lucky winners get a birthday experience like no other:

With its combination of world class culture, entertainment and history, Amsterdam is an absolute must for travellers everywhere. And, as KLM and Heineken proved, there’s no better time to visit than King’s Day.

This post is sponsored by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Heineken.

Eden Hazard’s perfect kick

Lotus Bakeries challenges Eden Hazard to demonstrate the perfect kick, by hitting a target surrounded by thousands of coffee cups. The goal is to hit the target, after which a Lotus Biscoff will fall onto a saucer next to a fresh cup of coffee.

The talented Belgian football player currently plays for Chelsea, and the Belgium national team as an attacking midfielder and a winger, so he has no problem performing under similar pressures with hundreds of thousands of fans waiting for him to kick the ball accurately, every single time.

Eden Hazard The Perfect Kick Looking

Hazard is well known for his technical ability and accuracy with the ball, so giving him the daunting task of hitting the smallest target in front of a whole camera crew, and an intense wall of 10,000 cups just waiting to be smashed is a tense, but expected and exciting outcome. Can he do it, or will he smash all the cups? Watch the video in the player below to find out:

What did you think? Was it what you expected? And even more so, do you think you could do better? Why not show your perfect kick, and give yourself the incredible opportunity for you and a friend to meet Eden Hazard in London! Get creative, and think of any scenario where you can hit the target and display your perfect kick. Whether it be cracking the crossbar from the halfway line, or floating the ball into a basketball hoop with your exceptional left foot – it’s all to play for and we can’t wait to see what you can do!

Twice per month, Eden shares his favourite tricks you submit on his Facebook and Twitter page too, so your perfect kick will be shown around the world, to hundreds of thousands of people. To upload your video, simply go to the official website and click on the ‘Upload’ tab. From there you will be given the relevant instructions to enter.

Sponsored Video: Eden Hazard demonstrates the perfect kick

If you win the Perfect Kick competition, you and your mate will be sent to London to meet Eden Hazard in the flesh, and he’ll sign your favourite football shirt. You’ll also get to stay in a central London hotel and capture this once-in-a-lifetime event and share it with all your friends if you take a camera with you.

The event will be in August 2016, so make sure you’re available if you do win as you wouldn’t want to miss out! When talking about the competition and the perfect kick, Eden said: “Now I want to see your perfect kick. It doesn’t even have to be on a football field … Just make it fun, and then maybe I’ll see you in London…”

Sponsored Video: Eden Hazard demonstrates the perfect kick

Make sure you read the rules before entering this amazing competition, and please take care when performing your perfect kick!

Lotus Bakeries focuses on authentic specialities from the biscuit and cake world and specialise in the world famous Lotus Biscoff. They create caramelized biscuits, gingerbread, cake specialties, waffles and pepparkakor biscuits that’ll tease your tastebuds.

For more information on Lotus Bakeries, and the range of lotus biscuits available, please go their official website here.

This post is sponsored by Lotus Bakeries, however the opinions are of the author.

7 Ways To Free The Joy With Cadbury

It’s still the start of the new year and you really are sticking to your New Year’s resolutions.

The hours of work you’ve put in the gym and in the kitchen are really starting to show their metal in the areas that matter, so why would I write this article to promote chocolate. Well, you have to treat yourself every now and again.

You need to be rewarded for all the hard work you’ve put in, and there’s only one life to live, so work hard, and enjoy it. However, as with all goodness, there is badness, so enjoy a balanced diet on top of a treat once or twice a week.

Treat yourself to one of seven Cadbury Dairy Milk flavours and experience the joy! There’s some amazing moments in store for your tastebuds, so prepare yourself.

You can enjoy a crunchy wholenut for an extra bite to your treat, or divulge in a mouthwatering Cadbury Dairy Milk Turkish Delight Bar, chow down on Oreo or Daim filled chocolate and keep it classy with a smooth caramel bar.

For those of you that like to keep it simple and classic, there’s always the standard Cadbury Dairy Milk Bar – this is a personal favourite of mine as I like to keep things simple.

To celebrate these fantastic choices, YouTube star Anthony Vincent takes on the “Yes sir, I can boogie” tune in this awesome video.

Unfortunately, the video has now been set to private, which sucks ass.