Month: October 2017

Josh Gates Searched for and Found the Irish Banshee on Destination Truth

Josh Gates Searched for and Found the Irish Banshee on Destination Truth

Lethal, fairy tale phantoms and creatures have haunted Ireland for centuries, according to the Irish townsfolk. In particular, they hold a special reverence for the Irish Banshee. Based on the mysterious happenings at a certain dilapidated medieval castle near the cliff-side, the screaming Banshee seems to have settled itself there.

Destination Truth producers sent worldwide adventurer, Josh Gates, to Ireland to search for the notorious phantom. Here he questioned the townsfolk. And after hearing about the medieval ruins, he set out to find this terrible phantom. Strange events happened there. Afterwards, leaving Ireland, Josh Gates insisted the Irish Banshee is more than a mere fairy tale. Or, are the Destination Truth producers selling tall tales?



Why Josh Gates Searched for the Irish Banshee in the First Place

People around the world watch, know, and love Josh Gates. He is a fun-loving, down-to-earth American who respects and honors other people and cultures. Fellow Americans – and I must assume other people from different nationalities – also hold an interest in Irish folklore. Having combined these two elements, specifically with the infamous Banshee, Destination Truth producers had the perfect episode.

I only question why Josh Gates acted so convinced about the Irish Banshee’s presence? Yes, mysterious noises permeated the otherwise silent night. Some odd shadows appeared inside the castle’s ruins. However, in every abandoned place, there exists wild animals. Some rustle in the bushes, others hide in dark crevices. Demons probably exist, as seen in Josh Gate’s Romanian episode, but they are known to harass living people. Why did Josh so readily believe in the Irish Banshee’s existence?



What Occurred as Josh Gates and His Crew Searched for the Irish Banshee

Little occurred in this episode regarding the Irish episode other than what normally occurs when people go ghost hunting. Inexplicable shadows ran to and fro, up and down castle ruins and yawning lawns. Sounds like a screaming woman – which can be very similar to a howling fox – resound throughout the empty and silent grounds. Bats and birds fly up unexpectedly. All of this spooked Josh Gates and his crew. And soon they “heard” the phantom chasing after them.

What really got the ball rolling was when Barry, who used to host Ghost Hunters International, trained everyone’s eyes on an object on the ground. We television viewers saw nothing, though the camera pointed down to the ground. However, Barry convinced everyone that the Irish Banshee had thrown the unseen object. And if anyone picked it up, they would soon meet their death. Hocus pocus, in my general opinion. They should have picked it up to verify the rumors of the howling Banshee.

Then came the part where Hallie entered the high tower alone, where the Irish Banshee had supposedly been seen, to do a ghostly interview. The metal stairs, which she had just climbed, began making noise, as if the lethal phantom was coming to meet her. She freaked out and began talking on her walkie-talkie. And Josh told her to come down the stairs and investigate what could have made the noise. Nothing else happened.



What I Learned about Josh Gates and the Irish Banshee

To be perfectly honest, I learned more about Josh Gates during this episode than I did about the Irish Banshee. Based on the performance given, Josh Gates serves as the overworked employee to the Destination Truth producers. Either that, or he wants to believe in Irish folklore. Whichever one be the truth, I’m surprised either way.

To the screaming Irish Banshee, where are your victims? What leads the Irish people to wholeheartedly believe they will die if they pick up a thrown item? The wind there howls at night. Animals rustle and hide in crooks and crannies. Shadows appear in odd places throughout the world. All of these could explain the Irish Banshee’s existence. Why believe in a lethal phantom?

This Irish Banshee interests me greatly in folklore. But, in the real world, I’m a sceptic and a naysayer about television’s adventure programs. So, only one question remains: What do you believe?



 

Sunday Afternoon Tea – Exploring Several Odds and Ends in UK Delectables

Sunday Afternoon Tea – Exploring Several Odds and Ends in UK Delectables

Shopping at Cost Plus World Market and Nugget Market has filled our cupboards with UK delectables, including garnishes, sauces, and foods. Many of these items serve well in fancy meals or snacks with children. However, fancy meals and children rarely enter this home, which made the UK garnishes, biscuits, jams, and sweets far too comfortable in sitting and waiting in the cupboard. So, to solve this dilemma, Alex and I decided to have Sunday afternoon tea with all our odds and ends!



Preparation for Sunday Afternoon Tea with UK Delectables

UK Delectables
Preparing the Afternoon Tea – amidst the pizza from the night before.

Alex and I knew from previous study that a proper afternoon tea must have mini sandwiches and scones. Fortunately, earlier in the year, when Alex and I had visited Oregon, we stumbled across some marionberry scone mix. After church service on this particular October Sunday, we also went to the independent grocer in town and bought a cucumber, a red onion, some celery, apple vinegar, and canned chicken.

Using only some water, I quickly and easily prepared the marionberry scones. For the cucumber sandwiches, Alex sliced the cucumber while I mixed some light and regular cream cheese and made the sandwiches. Two chicken salads were made. One with apple vinegar, the other with light mayo. So, using the canned chicken, celery, red onion, and some grapes, together we made half a dozen sandwiches of each chicken salad.



UK Delectables Bought and Consumed on This Particular Occasion

We tried to follow the “British Code” in regards to Afternoon Tea. Unfortunately, on this occasion, America alone grew and packaged the ingredients for the scones and the mini sandwiches. But the aforementioned odds and ends were all UK delectables! The British and Irish foods and treats included in this special occasion for two are listed below:

UK Delectables
The table spread for the Afternoon Tea.
  • Plaza’s Black Capelin Roe
  • Carr’s Table Water Crackers, Original
  • Chivers Olde English Marmalade
  • Full Circle’s European Strawberry Fruit Spread
  • Devon Cream Company’s Luxury Clotted Cream
  • Elizabethan Pantry’s Lemon Curd
  • Candy Kittens’s Gourmet Sweets, Sour Blueberry
  • Farrah’s Rhubarb & Custard Candy
  • English Tea Shop’s White Tea, Blueberry & Elderflower

A special shoutout goes to Plaza’s Black Capelin Roe, Elizabethan Pantry’s Lemon Curd, and English Tea Shop’s White Tea, Blueberry & Elderflower. These three flavorfully unique tastes startled my husband and I with their wholly Irish and British flavors. Sealed tightly and imported straight from overseas, the products popped with strong flavors, freshness, and smoothness on their way down our throats. Buying these three products again became a certainty for the future.



Aiming to Learn How to Best Use UK Delectables

UK Delectables
Munching up the UK delectables.

As happened before in previous posts on the world’s beloved Facebook, I’m certain someone will criticize me on how I used these UK delectables. Therefore, I’m taking the time now to apologize for my ignorance on how to best use these foods and treats. According to what I’ve seen in movies, Carr’s crackers and the caviar would be best served in a party setting. Children would enjoy the sweets, such as the Sour Blueberries and Rhubarb & Custard Candy. But the creams, jams, and tea do seem proper for an Afternoon Tea. Am I wrong?

Thank you for reading! Alex and I had created such a large Afternoon Tea that we filled our bellies long before making any dent on the food. So, I look forward to future days with these UK delectables, and hope to invite friends over for future tea parties. How would you use these delicious garnishes, biscuits, jams, and sweets? Please comment below!



Testing Fragrances Made in the United Kingdom – Swagbucks and the UK Unite

Testing Fragrances Made in the United Kingdom – Swagbucks and the UK Unite

Swagbucks and the UK have miraculously managed to join together in my life. When I received a package from a Swagbucks partner, I found test bottles filled with fragrances made in the United Kingdom. Inspiration hit me hard. Suddenly, amidst all the retail work and home chores, I managed to find my way back here to tell you about the journey I’m about to embark on.

Hold On, Mary. What is Swagbucks?

I’m glad you asked! Allow me to explain how I’ve come to earn nearly 2,000 dollars, over the course of several years, right from my couch at home:

Back in the years 2009 and 2010, fresh out of college and dorm life, I was desperate to find a job and earn some money. Moving out into my own place was my number one priority, but the economy refused to work with me. So, I did the only thing I could think to do: Find money on the internet. Thus, in my searching, I stumbled across Swagbucks.



Completing surveys, watching videos, reading blogs, doing tasks, and shopping online can all earn Swagbucks. This term implies money, specifically one Swagbuck equals one penny in USA currency. Swagbucks are predominantly earned when the user interacts with advertisements from Swagbucks partners.

I highly recommend Swagbucks to anyone struggling to find work. This online company cannot replace any job, including part-time retail jobs. But they can provide reliable spending money for everyday expenses, as well as birthdays, Christmases, and other irresponsibly fun days.

What Arrived in the Mail – Fragrances Made in the United Kingdom

Coming home yesterday evening, my husband came up to me with a package in his hands. Expressing his confusion at having received such a package, since neither he nor I had ordered anything, he handed the parcel over for me to open. Reading the return address on the label instantly revealed a Swagbucks survey partner.



I tore open the packaging, excited to see what samples a survey had sent me. Surprise and delight filled me when I found five small, padded envelopes and instructions to use the fragrance samples inside each envelope on five separate days. I had forgotten about qualifying for a fragrance testing.

Anxious to see what fragrance I would try the next day, I carefully opened the first padded envelope and pulled out a small, clear bottle. The survey panel had labeled the fragrance sample as Z, and given other information in smaller print. Amongst the warning labels and ingredients, I saw the print, “Made in UK.” I was ecstatic.

Fragrances Made in the United Kingdom – Testing Day One, Fragrance Z

Don’t run away yet! I shall spare the details about every fragrance in the testing kit. But please, allow me to describe this first test bottle, labeled as sample Z. For the fragrance, which sprayed out an abundant amount for my wrists and neck, filled the air around me and changed the entire atmosphere.



Does this sound silly to my UK friends? For my limited experience with various fragrances have led me to believe American perfumes are less fragrant. Then again, maybe only the inexpensive fragrances contain less fragrance. Ladies who wear branded fragrances may receive stronger perfumes.

Nevertheless, upon spraying the fragrance sample on my person, I could smell the high class ingredients. This fragrance – whatever the name be – is likely sold in other places other than local pharmaceuticals. This fragrance smelled like money, like the fragrances found on older, well dressed, and expensively adorned women who occasionally walk into my small town’s local shops.

How I Will Respond to Fragrances Made in the United Kingdom

My husband, my father, my brother, and I suffer allergic reactions to strong fragrances. Whether the fragrances originate from candles, incense, or perfume, we start sneezing, sniffing, and holding our heads due to our pounding headaches. Did this high class test sample fragrance give me a headache? Sheepishly I admit, yes, it did. I also sheepishly admit to wanting more such fragrances from the UK.



This girl must have a screw loose in her head, my readers think. Yes, I do! However, knowing this does nothing to prevent me from desiring everything relating to the United Kingdom. So I shall wait for the day when I have earned enough money to experiment with more fragrances made in the United Kingdom. Until then, I shall keep these test bottles and remember to save my money for future UK experiences.

What do my readers know about UK fragrances? Do they tend to be stronger scented than American perfumes? Which do you prefer, strong or soft? Please comment below!