It might have been a filler. “The Real Housewives of Auckland premiered on Bravo in July. (it airs Saturdays at noon.) Even at this obscure hour, Auckland has found an audience. Interest is growing via social media.
Auckland first and only season premiered in New Zealand August 2016 to solid numbers and good reviews.
The Real Housewives of Auckland is this year’s most entertaining TV
Then it happened in Episode 6 “Healing Hands” we don’t actually hear the word but it was said.
Michelle Blanchard, Gilda Kirkpatrick and Julia Sloane planning to sunbathe in the bikinis on the front of the boat. Gilda asked Michelle for a hand. Julia, trying to be funny ,said “Michelle isn’t your boat nigger. There wasn’t any malice or real intent, but it was beyond wrong and Julia was justifiably called on the carpet for it. This episode caused a firestorm in New Zealand with some politicians saying Sloane’s remark was not acceptable and does not represent the country.
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Bravo in a unusual action: Cancelled all advertising. In America, many advertisers would be clamoring for ad space.Before the episode aired, the network released a statement on the issue saying, “We have taken this matter very seriously. Bravo has given much consideration to ensuring the events are accurately represented, in order that the context of the remark and subsequent events can be fully understood. While the nature of Bravo programming is unscripted, it is a deeply regrettable incident which we are endeavoring to deal with in a responsible manner
In Bravo’s other franchise’s Bravo may have found mileage in the controversy. In New Zealand, even though Michelle Blanchard was destroyed, she didn’t allow the word to defeat her. In the next episode , Michelle met with Julia Sloane, who at one point tried to become the victim,she told Julia how despicable the word is . She put the matter to rest. The two will never be bosom buddies and Julia’s use of the word will never be forgotten but Michelle thought the two could peaceably co-exist.
The show opened with good ratings however there was a large drop in ratings ,after controversial episode.
There was no reunion show, however all the cast members are reportedly under contract for three years Bravo could bring the show back.
There is considerable and growing interest in the show.
Could American interest bring back a New Zealand TV show?
March 21 2006, The Real Housewives of Orange County premiered on Bravo. Followed by The Real Housewives of New York, Atlanta, New Jersey, Washington DC,Miami. In 2011, the franchise went global, Athens Greece, Vancouver, Melbourne Australia, Cheshire in Britain, Auckland, Toronto ,Sydney and later this year “The Real Housewives of Hungary.
Every now an then Bravo places an International franchise in the schedule. Last year it was Melbourne, this year Auckland New Zealand.
In the first episode “Model Behavior” Some of the cast member’s are meeting each other for the first time. The setting is Julia Sloane’s birthday party. At the party we learn Michelle Blanchard was a model. Enter Angela Stone, who says she is a model. A shocked ,Michelle says, “You still model? Plus size, or…” Angela blinks rapidly, smiles and says, “No, not at all.” “I’m just saying,” replies Michelle. Angela tears up. (Like how dare she!) Michelle, not remorseful at all quickly adds “Sweetie, with tits like that you’re not a normal-sized model. Get over it.”
I’m all in!
And I’m not Alone
Huffington Post Contributor Shira Hirschman Weiss says: The best ‘Real Housewives’ franchise you’reprobably are not watching is The Real Housewives of Auckland (RHOAKL)
How often do you use your smartphone? The chances are even if you think it is a lot you will have underestimated how frequently you pick up your device.
A study showed last year that the average person handles their phone 85 times a day and spends a whopping five hours browsing the web and using apps – that accounts for a third of the time we are awake.
Research suggests it is a growing obsession. According to analytics firm Flurry between 2013 and the end of 2016, the minutes per day spent on mobiles rose from 152 to 300 and only 8% of that time is spent on a browser.
The apps that demand most of our attention are Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, measured at around 19% of all smartphone use, while 15% is spent on music, media and entertainment.
Otherwise, we are picking up the phone to play games (11%) use Snapchat (2%) or watch YouTube videos (4%).
If you are beginning to question whether we are addicted, we could well be. Some 11% of people in Western countries have a technology addiction. And, like most vices, it is damaging our health.
Swansea University researchers found that heavy phone users had a spike in blood pressure and heart rate when they put their devices down – as well as feelings of anxiety.
But it’s not all bad. Doubtless, you will have experienced many of the positive aspects of the smartphone boom yourself.
Smartphones give owners access to information, services, education or communication at affordable prices. According to USAID, a 10% increase in mobile penetration can boost a country’s GDP by 1%, while 93% of women reported feeling safer with a phone.
The key then, it seems, is to find a way to reap the benefits of having smartphone technology while not letting it control our lives.
TEDx speaker Anastasia Dedyukhina founded training company Consciously Digital to help individual and corporate clients become more productive online.
She told metro.co.uk that many of the times we pick up our mobile devices we are not doing so consciously.
‘I usually start workshops by asking people how much time they think they spend online and then we actually measure it and consistently all groups underestimate how much they spend online by two hours a day,’ she said.
‘Two hours a day is actually one month a year. It is because we are unconscious. We are always reacting.’
She said the constant distraction has a big impact on our productivity.
‘It happens to all of us,’ she continued. ‘You go to check your emails just for a second and then you see something else and then something else, and then you just click this link and then lo and behold two hours later, you say “oh, what did I want to do?!’
‘There is research that says if you are doing something and your mailbox is open and you see an incoming email it takes your brain about 64 seconds to go back to what you were doing even if you didn’t open it.
‘If you receive 60 emails in a day that’s one hour of your productive time wasted.’
The upshot is that devices that were marketed as being able to free up our time are doing the opposite and absorbing more of it.
Anastasia explained that faster browser speed – enabling us to access more content – and design features like notifications are drawing us in.
‘Notifications are a very good example. Most notifications you receive are not very relevant,’ she said.
‘The whole idea of staying online longer is being sold as something useful but the truth is that while it is great that we have this technology you really don’t need to be connected all the time.’
The TEDx speaker has adopted what some might see as an extreme solution.
She spends most of her time using a Nokia so old that she says people don’t steal it when she leaves it lying around. Her smartphone is kept in a drawer and then used when travelling.
‘For me it is difficult to use it on a daily basis, I very easily get back into the behaviour of checking my Facebook and emails and that is what I am trying to explain; we cannot rely on our willpower,’ she said.
‘It’s the same as having a cookie in your pocket and being on a diet. You will eat it.’
But she doesn’t think the solution is for everyone to unplug. Instead, she advises people to set themselves artificial boundaries.
‘Depending on what type of job you do and lifestyle you lead, you can play with it,’ she said,
‘For example, a healthy thing is not to use your device in the places where you relax and where you process information.
‘That’s your bedroom but this is also other places such as at the dining table.’
These have to be self-imposed and strict rules.
She uses the example of Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google parent-company Alphabet, who often switches off his phones before dinner.
‘You can choose not to use them in particular areas or not at a particular time,’ she adds. ‘I know some families have WiFi going off at 8 or 9pm so there’s not a decision about whether they should watch something or not.’
She said adopting such an approach will make you more productive.
‘I think it helps to discipline yourself when you know you have a specific time period to finish your work. If you don’t you tend to procrastinate,’ she added.
She said not having her smartphone with you eliminates choices.
‘Barack Obama used to have similar clothes, the same size, the same material because he didn’t want to make choices. Every time we have to make a choice it depletes our will power a little bit,’ she continued.
‘If every time you get a notification you have to decide am I going to have to use the phone or not it depletes your willpower and then it becomes more and more difficult as you progress through the day.
‘This is why it is important to have routines.
‘Some people might choose to say I am not working from 10pm. Whatever works for you but it’s important to understand the cost. The cost is that you are not living your life.’
Anastasia is far from the only voice in the movement urging us to spend more time offline.
Chris Bolin, a software engineer at Formidable, has created a website that’s only available offline.
He uses the web page to promote his personal manifesto, arguing disconnecting ourselves from the internet boosts our productivity.
He argues: ‘The external interruptions are legion and well documented: you have a new message on Gmail, Slack, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn. Friends, family, coworkers, and spammers: each have direct access to your precious attention.
‘But it’s the internal distractions that are truly pernicious. You can mute Twitter notifications and log off from Slack, but how do you stop your own mind from derailing you?’
The ‘offline advocate’ thinks the solution is to spend time both on and offline, explaining further down his missive that if you need the internet for work ‘do your research online; create offline.’
Former Google design ethicist Tristan Harris argues the same thing.
On his website, Time Well Spent, he offers four steps that will help us to reduce the time we spend on our phones.
Turn off all notifications
Clear your first page of all apps and just include tools
Force yourself to type and search for an app instead of just clicking on the icon
Get a separate alarm clock and charge your phone outside your bedroom
If you want to monitor how much time you spend on your phone, you can use apps like Moment, which was released a few years ago on iOS.
Creator Kevin Holesh built the app after recognising how much his smartphone addiction was affecting his relationship with his partner.
He explained in a blog post on Medium:: ‘Relaxing meant whipping out our iPhones and catching up on the latest happenings in social media. Her drug of choice is Instagram. Mine is Twitter.
‘We stopped doing fun and productive things and chose the path of least resistance.
‘About six months ago, I realised I had a serious problem. I was addicted to my phone, exactly like I predicted when I first waded into these always-connected waters. I felt naked if my phone wasn’t weighing down my right pocket.’
But ultimately, Anastasia argues there is no one simple solution. The complexities of modern life mean finding an answer that works for you.
‘Don’t rely on your willpower,’ she said.
‘There’s no unique recipe, just make one step and see how it works for you and whether it is changing something.’
Los Angeles is the second largest TV market in the nation. Professional sports want a slice of that lucrative pie. The LA Rams left town in 1996 after several attempts to get taxpayers to pay for a new stadium. So they moved East where St Louis gave them everything they wanted and more. ( Las Vegas, recently gave the Raider Organization every thing they wanted to move.) For 10 years Los Angeles was without an NFL team.
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In 2016, the Rams returned to Los Angeles where they are temporarily playing in the 93,000 seat Memorial Coliseum until their new home opens in 2019 in Inglewood. Over 83,000 attended last years opener at the Coliseum. Despite tickets prices as low as $6.00 less than 58,000 Rams fans were in stands yesterday.
Photo: Jorden Heck, Twitter
The news isn’t any better for Los Angeles newest team the Chargers. Twelve miles southwest of Memorial Coliseum is Stubhub Center in Carson the temporary home of the LA Chargers. After over 50 years in San Diego Chargers moved to Los Angeles The Chargers will share the Inglewood Stadium with the Rams . The Chargers share the stadium with LA Galaxy Soccer Team. Yesterday, in their home opener nearly half the fans supported the Miami Dolphin in the 27,000 seat stadium.
2016 attendance for the Rams was in the top 10. However, the team unable to sell out at $6.00 doesn’t bode well for the future, especially when you consider the USC Trojans nearly sold out the huge stadium the night before.
For many, in the LA area there are two teams , The Lakers and The Dodgers.
Its early, fans support winners, in the second week the Rams are 1-1 and the Charges are 0-2.
She’s been on the straight and narrow for 35 years, but getting there wasn’t easy.
In an ET Online interview released on Thursday, Maureen McCormick said she’s “lucky to be alive” after struggling with addiction for several years.
“I am so lucky to be here, alive, and I feel like my mind is still really good. I feel very very lucky that I came out of it,” she said.
McCormick, 61, told the publication she struggled with substance abuse for “six, seven years,” hitting “quite a few low points.
According to her interview with ET Online, husband Michael Cummings was instrumental in helping her kick her bad habits.
“When we first got together, I was still dabbling, and he said, ‘You know, it’s either me or that, take it or I’m out of here,'” she recalled. “And I realized that I didn’t want to lose one of the greatest things I had ever found.”
Although she said “life has never been so good,” as it is after she got sober, she’s still dealing with a great deal of guilt from her addiction. McCormick said most of that stems from the pain she caused her parents during their lifetime.
“I remember my father saying that he was going to turn me into the police…I wish I could take back all the pain that I caused them,” she said.
McCormick’s journey toward sobriety was a long one, which she spoke about at length in her tell all book, “Here’s The Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice.”
The “Brady Bunch” actress who starred as Marcia Brady admits in a new memoir she was a cocaine fiend who swapped sex for drugs, partied at the Playboy Mansion and bedded screen sibling Grey Brady.
“I sought refuge in seemingly glamorous cocaine dens above Hollywood. I thought I would find answers there, while in reality I was simply running farther from myself. From there, I spiraled downward on a path of self-destruction that cost me my career and very nearly my life,” she wrote.
Long lines down 15th waiting to enter Midtown’s “Ultra Lounge
18 Blocks Long (10th to 28th)
5 blocks wide (I to Capitol)
Its the weekend, and your looking for grown up entertainment, in most cities San Francisco, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Portland if you want to change to a different venue say classical to rock. It means you must drive across town.
In midtown Sacramento, Moroccan Belly Dancers are a block from LGBT dance clubs, a block from Beer Gardens, Live Rock Venues, Country, Sports Bars, Cigar Bars, Wine Tasting Rooms Blues Clubs. and Restaurants.
The Best Place to Stay in And Get your party on?
Residence Inn Capitol Park
The Residence Inn Capital Park is the ONLY hotel in Sacramento that has six restaurants, two dance clubs and four bars on the same block!
If you have a fear of crossing streets this is your place in Sactown!
The hotel has its own a bar and grill called ” The HOTEL Bar .
You literally do not have to leave the block!
Should you cross the street…..
There are nine more restaurants and two of dance clubs and of course the State Capitol
The Ultra Lounge is directly Across the Streets as is Cafeteria 15L
Drink and Ride
Sactown’s Midtown is lively, surprising, with a variety of restaurants and venues. Park you car, you’ll find something in Midtown.
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