Tiawa - "Life Is Not a Crime" from the 2021 album Moonlit Train on Tru Thoughts. Brighton-based musician Tiawa fuses hip hop, neo-soul, and the Latin folk of her Portuguese heritage for an exploratory yet unhurried experience on her debut album Moonlit Train. Released at the beginning of the summer, the album features production by collaborator and multi-instrumentalist Jack-Chi aka Jack Kingslake and a thematic concept that maps a metaphorical train journey from relationships through to healing and liberation. Our Song of the Day, “Life Is Not a Crime” focuses on the liberation from oppression. A gorgeous Spanish guitar riff and lackadaisical electronic beat ground the song while Tiawa's woozy vocals float in a nearly imperceptible tone to create more “vibe” than message. What does come through, though, - words like “frightened” and “silenced” coupled with “life is not a crime” - paints a clear picture of Tiawa's story and intention. "Each song on the album is an emotion,” Tiawa explains. “I hope it helps to heal people in serious situations and make them feel better when they listen.” Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a late winning goal to complete a stunning Manchester United comeback against Atalanta in the Champions League. Much of Ronaldo's career has been defined by big goals in big moments and the Portuguese forward now has another to add to the list. To think that Ronaldo isn't anything other than sensational and useful at this moment in time is tantamount to not understanding football. GET THE FULL EPISODE HERE!
Bayern Munich have just cruised to another win the Champions League group stage, this time scoring four quickfire goals against Portuguese giants SL Benfica. This puts the Bavarians in a commanding position in their group with nine points out of a possible nine. Julian Nagelsmann couldn't make the game due to a sudden flu, but he'll be happy with the result his boys managed to get at the Estadio da Luz, the same place where Bayern clinched the treble a little over a year ago. Here are our talking points from the game: A recap of the extremely weird formation by Bayern, consisting of a back-three and asymmetrical wingers. Reviewing player performances from the top, starting with how Leroy Sane has surpassed his Manchester City form under Julian Nagelsmann. Talking about Marcel Sabitzer's first start, and how you can't help but feel disappointed by him so far. A quick recap of everyone else, including the beating taken by Robert Lewandowski from Otamendi and Vertonghen. A full breakdown of what's wrong with Benjamin Pavard, and why the arguments used to defend him don't hold water. Closing thoughts on the subs and the clean sheet. As always, we love your feedback and appreciate all the support! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @jeffersonfenner, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has accused the EU of blackmail in a heated debate with European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen over the rule of law. The clash in the European Parliament follows a top Polish court ruling that rejected key parts of EU law. Also in the programme; Eric Zemmour, the outspoken former journalist who is causing a stir in France's presidential race before it's even begun; and a Portuguese diplomat who was punished by his government for helping Jewish refugees during World War two has now been given the highest honour by his government. (Picture shows Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki delivering a speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Credit: Ronald Wittek/Pool via Reuters)
This is the first episode of the revamped Practical Stoic Podcast, now The Walled Garden Podcast. In this episode, Simon Drew, Sharon Lebell, Kai Whiting, and Jacob Bush discuss their new collaboration - thewalledgarden.com. They discuss the vision and mission of The Walled Garden, as well as the symbolism behind the name. ----more---- Discount for all listeners of the Practical Stoic Podcast: PRACTICALSTOIC Use this discount code to get over 20% off your Caretaker membership on thewalledgarden.com. Plus, you won't pay anything for the first month. Go here to join: thewalledgarden.com/membership-levels/ ----more---- About Sharon Lebell: Sharon Lebell has been an inspiring writer and speaker about philosophy, spirituality, and religion for thirty years. She is best known as the author of the international bestseller The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness, a contemporary interpretation of the Stoic teachings of Epictetus. Her primary focus is how to live a life of virtue and meaning. Central to her message is how we can use our lives to improve the lives of others and the necessity of beauty and engagement with art, music, and design as keystones of a well-lived life. About Kai Whiting: Kai Whiting is a Stoicism and sustainability researcher and lecturer based at UCLouvain in Belgium. He is the co-author of Being Better Stoicism for a World Worth Living in, which tells the personal stories of Zeno, Cleanthes, Epictetus, Musonious Rufus, and ancient Sparta so that we can solve some of the key challenges of the 21 st century. When Kai is not thinking and writing about Stoicism, he likes to build Lego, work out, and read books in Spanish and Portuguese. About Simon Drew: Simon Drew is a poet, musician, photographer, and philosophical mentor. He has a Bachelor of Music Performance from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and is currently studying for a Master of Divinity at Trinity College. He is most well known for his work with the Practical Stoic Podcast, which has since evolved into the Walled Garden. Simon's poetry and writings often play in the realms of mysticism, prophecy, and wisdom, bringing the deepest insights of his consciousness to light in search of answers to life's most fundamental questions. His first book, The Poet & The Sage, is set to be released in late 2021.
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Elizabeth Barrett Browning - Sonnets Of The Portuguese - Plus A Great Love Story! Hi, I'm Christy Shriver, and we're here to discuss books that have changed the world and have changed us. And I'm Garry Shriver, and this is the How to Love Lit Podcast. This is our second week in a two part series discussing one of English Language literature's most romantic couples- the poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Last week, we introduced Robert Browning and his notable dramatic monologue My Last Duchess which gives voice to a twisted psychopath. We talked a little bit about Robert Browning's life, but not too much. This week we'll return to his story as well as introduce his remarkable wife and her poetry, Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Christy, am I correct when I say that during their lifetimes, she was famous and he was the Mr. Elizabeth Barrett Browning, so to speak? Also, am I also correct that the man who wrote about the most twisted love relationship in British poetry also arguably had one of the most famous personal love stories! You are correct on both accounts- although, in his defense, in regard to the second fiddle Robert played to Elizabeth during her life, history has elevated him over the years. And been less kind to her, am I right about that? For a while-you're right- the world turned on Elizabeth, or EBB, as she signed her things. Wait= stop there- EBB for Elizabeth Barrett Browning? She went by that? Well, she had a family nickname BA, but in her professional life-Yes- she signed everything EBB but there is a story. When she was single she was Elizabeth Barrett Barrett- so, she started that before she got married. When she got married, she kept up the EBB- it avoided all the normal name confusion women deal with when they marry later in life and have the hassle of changing identities. In her case, sticking with thethe initials just made it easy. That worked out. I agree- Anyway- back to your point that history was RUDE to her. There was a period of about 100 years where people really criticized put her down. Virginia Wolfe, specifically, wrote what to me is a cruel essay about EBB's most accomplished piece of poetry, a long epic novel in poem form called Aurora Leigh. Wolfe is very condescending for many reasons, but from my perspective, Wolfe just didn't like poetry very much, and Aurora leigh is an epic poem. So, EBB, for about a 100 years drifted along on the coat tails of her husband, ironically, whose reputation gained ground over that same period of time. It was this giant reversal after death. Huh- I guess it's a good thing they were both gone- that could have brought some marital complications! So true, but maybe they would have laughed. When they were alive, Robert Browning once said that the only way he could get a publisher to look at his work was if he promised he'd get Elizabeth to print something with them. Today, though, over two hundred years later, we can all be relieved to know, history has decided to let them rest together in peace. They are both viewed in high regard in their own rights. The Wolfe crowd has settled down, and we can see EBB with a more balanced perspective, especially her work Aurora Leigh- something notable but more than we can really handle in one episode- I did want to mention because it was EBB's masterpiece- and something that is quite original- if you like her stuff or if you like epic poetry, you should check it out. No one has really done an epic poem about a female hero like her either before or since, at least that I know anything about. When it came out It was extremely popular, as well as quite scandalous. It's a plot driven story, and Marian Erle, a heroine in the stories, gets raped, has a child, refuses to hide the fact that it was a product of rape and does not take a proposal in marriage that would redeem her reputation as a fallen woman, so to speak. It has been said that women read it secretly under their sheets so as not to be discovered, and EBB loved that. Let me just tell you, that might scandalize readers even todayOh my, I'd say that's a very different hero than Odysseus or Gilgamesh, and I can see why Aurora Leigh was so popular so quickly not just in Britain but in America- in fact,. I read it hadsomewhere that they printed over 20 editions before the end of the 19th century. But, let's back up and get a little of the back story on this scandalous Victorian celebrity. Okay- boring stuff first. EBB was born on March 6, 1806, the eldest of TWELVE children to very prominent people. Her father's family, the Barrett's owned thousands of acres of sugar plantation in Jamaica plus all the slaves that went with that. The Barrett's had gobs of money. Her early years were happy, and for a while she lived in a fairy land. Her father built this incredibly lavish estate, and she had free reign to roam at will, and that's exactly what she did. In one sense, her family was progressive. They encouraged and even supported her studying, and she did and loved it. She had an excellent private tutor and she worked hard- even though at the time for a woman there wasn't much point in it. She received a very good classical education becoming proficient in both Greek and Latin. She read all of the time and anything she could get her hands on- which was a lot. She also got into poetry writing pretty early on. She wrote for everyone and all the time. Her father called her the Poet Laureate of Hope End (that was the name of their estate). He even sponsored the publication of her first epic poem she was only 13. Can you imagine a proud father publishing his teenage daughter's epic poem- that's definitely a rich kid thing to do. Well, it certainly was and an indication that her life was all just dreamy…until it wasn't. First, The Barrett's, as in the extended family, had some sort of squabble about the sugar plantation money and somehow, I'm not sure how, Elizabeth's dad, lost a big chunk of it. They lost the big fancy estate and had to move into some sort of temporary housing. Then, and this is even worse although, it seems what I'm about to describe happened to a lot of women during this time period, at age 15, she started getting really sick with no commensurate explanation. To this day, her illness is undiagnosed, but she had all kinds of symptoms that left her weak to the point of literally being physically disabled. What did they say it was at the time? And as historians have looked back through the record is there an idea today about what made her sick? Two good questions. Well, of course, her family tried everything, including moving to live by the seaside- which we've seen in a lot of British literature- that came up even in Emma. But in her case her health never really improved. By the time she was 25, her family was living in London,but that place wasn't really known at the time for its fresh air- think the chimney sweeper or Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins. What happened to poor Elizabeth is that she ended up spending all of her time confined in a bedroom in that famous address associated with her today- 50 Wimpole Street. Well, I'm not sure about 50 Wimpole street, but isn't 57 Wimpole street the famous home of Paul McCartney- the place where he and John Lennon wrote “I want to Hold your Hand” and then later “Yesterday”. Yes- that's a little bit after EBB's time there, though. HA. But actually, they did make a fairly famous movie called The Barretts at Wimpole Street about Elizabeth Barrett Browning. So, there's that too. Anyway, back to EBB's health- Victorian London, in general, was dirty and smoggy, and so Elizabeth ended up basically being locked up in her room theoretically for her own good. There is a school of thought that suggests that Some of her problems were connected to an issue with her spine from an injury she got from falling off a horse. We also know for a fact she had a lot of trouble with her lungs. I think the most trustworthy sources say she probably had spinal tuberculosis. Honestly, I really don't really know what was wrong with her except to say that by the time she was twenty-five, it seems she was pretty much disabled. And, if that wasn't enough, she has another issue- again fairly common for the time period. Her doctors- proscribed to her meds- and you can probably guess where I'm going with this- that were addictive- and like so many back then as well as today- she became an opium addict, of course, all under her doctor's care. This seems a little horrifying to me, partly because we just finished watching the Netflix series The Pharmacist which was an expose on the opium problem in the United States connected to Oxycotin and the ensuing 400,000 overdoses directedly related to that drug. But Garry, clearly, opium addiction is not a 21st century phenomenon, we talked about it a little bit with Frankenstein because it surfaced a little in that book, and even though this is a little tangential, it's interesting to me, so tell us about what opium addiction looked like in the 19th century and why would a little doted on homeschool girl wind up addicted to it? Sure, wellFirst let's establish what it was she was taking. It was a common drug called laudanum is what Elizabeth Barrett Browning was addicted to.. She wasn't popping pills or shooting up. anything. Laudanum was an alcoholic herbal preparation thatand was 10% opium. It was prescribed pretty much for everything: it was used as a pain reliever, a cough suppressant, it was used to control depression, heart palpitations. It was given as a sleeping pill, menstrual cramps were treated with laudanum. Just likeEven worse than oxycotin in the early days of the opioid epidemic today, itlaudanum was an entirely uncontrolled substance. Almost no one took the side effects of the drug seriously- and there were a lot of them- But another point to understand, and again this is just like opioids today- there was that associated euphoria people experienced from taking the drug that encouraged it's people to use it. Why not, right? It's not hurting anything, and it makes me feel good. . However, as we all know, thatdrug euphoria comes at a cost and the cost was depression, the slurred speech, the restlessness, poor concentration, and of course, theif you ever wanted to get off, terrible withdrawal symptoms. Here's one crazy fun fact that might blow your mind- Itlaudanum was even spoon fed to infants, if you can believe that. No way! But before we judge too quickly with the arrogance of the present, we have to remember, that it wasn't until 1899 that aspirin was invented. These were days when there were no antibiotics, no mild tranquiliers; not much of anything and people needed help- not just pain relief, but with all kinds of things, and this is what they had. Do you think Barrett's prolonged disabilities could be connected with her drug use? I'm sure it's possible, but I really don't know. Laudanum has no curative properties. After they got married, Robert Browning did help her reduce her drug use significantly, and in fact, she reduced her dosage to where she was finally able to get pregnant after two miscarriages related to laudanum. After marrying him, her entire health condition improved actually. She even got to where she could walk again, but I'm not sure what all the factors were that contributed to her general improved health. She was definitely in a better climate and presumably happy. I do want to be clear, there was no stigma at that time in using laudanum, so we don't need to see her as dark or even unconventional because she was a laudanum user. Lots and lots of people used it for all kinds of things and lots were addicted- including names we recognize like Charles Dickens. Okay-moving on to the love story- so Elizabeth was pretty much locked up in her room, disabled but otherwise living a fairly engaging intellectual life. She was writing poetry, writing letters and basically building a literary career out of that bedroom, even in her disabled state. In 1838, she published a book of poetry called The Seraphim and Other Poems and that one was met with a lot of critical success- oh and let me note- Elizabeth Barrett Browning published her work under her own name!!! That wasn't what a lot of women writers were doing. But, because her work was well received and NOT anonymous, this led to her corresponding via the mail and making friends with important literary figures of her day- some we've even heard of today- famous people like William Wordsworth and Edgar Allan Poe. In 1844, she published another book of poetry, and it met even more success- and it was the publication of this book that changed her personal life completely. In one of the poems in this collection, the poem's name, btw, was “Lady Geraldine's Courtship”, If you're interested, but in this poem she references the poetry of another fairly obscure British poet, a man by the name of Robert Browning. Well, this obscure poet, Robert, was highly flattered to be noticed by someone who was now quite famous, and wrote her a letter thanking her for the shout out. However, this was not your run of the mill thank you note. In his thank you letter he very forwardly and now famously said this, “I love your verses with all my heart, Miss Barrett”…”, I do, as I say, love these books with all my heart- and I love you too.” Ha! That is forward. Robert Browning was very much a very bold suitor- no doubt. He pursued Elizabeth and all throughvia the mail. I was amazed to read there are over 573 letters between these two, and these letters pretty much document the story of two people falling in love. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan's email drama has nothing on these two!! They wrote each other every day and seemingly pretty much about everything in the world. These were not check in texts. These were not Joey Tribiani lines like “what's up!”- they were full on epistles. So true, and these letters have been popular reading material ever since- for those of us who want to take stalking to the next level and stalk the love lives of the dead. You really get an intimate look at two people falling in love. Elizabeth said they were “talking upon paper”. When you read the letters, you literally feel like you are injecting yourself into their private world. Mostly because you are. I guess that's true, but it is sweet. Here's a clip for you to see what I mean. “You've come to me as a dream comes, as the best of dreams comes.” That's Elizabeth to Robert. And Robert Browning responds in the same sorts of ways, “I have loved you all my Life unawares- that is the idea of you.” It's a very special back and forth that has been preserved, and they were clearly falling in love now before the eyes of the world and posterity- but we also see that Elizabeth was not totally sure marriage was the path for her. No, she had a couple of serious hesitations. Not the least of these was her father. He absolutely did not believe in allowing his children to get married- especially Elizabeth, and by that I mean not ever. They were a close family, and that put her in a terrible position. To marry Robert would be to cut off her father. Her relationship with her father otherwise was good- if you take out the tyrannical controlling thing- I know that kind of fails the say out loud test. And of course we see in the letters that Robert, obviously was totally against this kind control over her. That was one big problem, but she was also concerned about her disability and her age. She was six years older. Would this really work? By the time, they got married she was 40- today 40 is the new 20, but she didn't feel that way. She felt past her prime. These are some of the insecurities, we will see her write about in her love sonnets. But, at the end of the day, Robert did love her. He wanted the relationship to work. And despite her father's objections, he visited her home 91 times unrelenting in wanting a relationship with Elizabeth. Garry, do you have a theory as to what Mr. Barrett had against Robert or marriage in general? Well, for one thing, he thought Robert might be trying to use Elizabeth's fame for his own career- and that would be understandable, I guess, although for a 40 year old, today that seems her problem not his. But the bigger problem was sex in general. From everything I've read he was a good father and loved his daughter. Elizabeth, who they calledhis Ba- in many ways she his pride and joy. He struggled with his daughter having her own sexual identity- he had idealized her. It seems that as he got older, the sex piece was just more than he could handle. This sort of thing happens even today. Well, the locking the daughter up in the room plan failed. I will say those plans usually do. Robert and Elizabeth were in love, and on September 12 1846, with the help of her maid, Elizabeth sneaks out of the house and marries Robert. One oddity is that after they get married, she had to sneak back into her father's house and live there secretly married for another week before they could work out their train tickets to Italy. But they did ran away together and eventually settled in Florence and where they lived for the rest of Elizabeth's life. One unfortunate fall out is that her father never got over the elopement. He disowned her; cut her off financially and never spoke to her again. He would die never to see his daughter again. That's sad. I suspect she knew that was a possibility, and the reason for her hesitation. I'm also sure that really hurt, but she didn't seem to regret her decision. Italy was her choice. She'd loved it from her classical studies. The doctors insisted it would significantly improve her health- which it did. She also wanted Robert and a life with Robert, so Italy was the plan. After three miscarriages, they had a son, she began walking again; she got involved with European politics, supported the the Unification of Italy, took stands on women's rights issues. She was fully engaged in a life there. In 1850, she would publish another collection of poetry- this one contained what she is most famous for- her “Sonnets from the Portuguese”. Selections from this work is what we're going to read. These were poems she had written to Robert during those days when she was living locked up in that room on Wimpole street. She wrote 44 love sonnets to Robert, but she didn't give them to Robert until after they were married. What's the connection with the Portuguese? Well, when they were dating, Elizabeth wrote a poem about a Portuguese girl named Catarina who was beloved. Robert loved it and always connected Elizabeth to this fictional girl Catarina from the poem. When Elizabeth published these love sonnets it was kind of an inside joke- the speaker is the Portuguese (her) and the poems are all love poems to her husband. Sonnets from the Portuguese. Also, you may remember from Robert's life- he had kind of a bad experience with writing personal confessional poems, so when it came to publishing truly personal poems, he wanted her to create some distance between the speaker of the poem. So, they basically pretended she translated the sonnets. I like the idea- although, I will say, it's not super-well disguised. So, why are these love sonnets so popular? For one, there's just the idea that they are so so sweet. And since their love life is so well documented with their letters, the personal story makes the sentiments in the sonnets charming. Elizabeth was 39 years old. She considers herself past her prime when they met. She was disabled. She expresses what to me seems like a disbelief someone she found to be as amazing as this man she admired really truly loved her. On his part, it's kind of a female fantasy- it's sweet- against a lot of big obstacles,he made her believe he loved her because he did. He really did. He was equally enamoured with her. He admired her. He wondered how could a woman as brilliant as this woman love me? And there we have something special- a mutual admiration- it is this mutual admiration that led to a real intellectual exchange. In these letters we watch this intellectual exchange develop into a reciprocity of respect and from this respect we see trust and then intimacy. All of this, of course, is exactly the kind of thing Ibsen advocates for in A Doll's House. The Browning's relationship is the exact opposite of the Helmer marriage. The BrownsingsThe Brownings started as intellectual equals but then emotionally connect. After many months of back and forth, after many doubts, we finally land on those famous lines most of us recognize from grocery store valentine cards that young boys glue boxes of chocolates or put in the arms of teddy bears. “How do I love thee, let me count the ways?” I really like Elizabeth; but I also like Robert. He loved her for who she was. He was bold; he took risks. This is something young men aren't often encouraged to do. For whatever reason, Robert demonstrated leadership, and Elizabeth absolutely reciprocated this strength back to him. Sonnets from the Portuguese take us on her journey. And because we know the true story of their real-life romance- the sonnets just seem sweet, romantic and precious. You seem smitten, Christy, should I be concerned? Or should I write sonnets? Oh, you should definitely write sonnets, But let me say, there is more to appreciate about these love sonnets than just the love confession. EBB was a rhetorician- and you know I love rhetoric- persuasion. These poems don't just express emotion. They are making an articulate argument- she's making a statement one I find interesting and relevant. Because Elizabeth was a product of the Victorian era, she had a very specific understanding of the view of the ideal woman of her day. However, she was an intellectual, her father had done her the disservice of introducing her to Greek and Latin philosophy. She was enamored with the female poet Sapphos- so as she sat in the confining room on Wimpole street, receiving letters from Robert- she found herself thinking- what does something like romantic love mean for someone like me? I don't need a man for money? I don't need a man for a career? I don't even need a man for love- my father loves me. What is romance? What is love? What is a relationship between a man and a roman? She sat around her room a thought about those sort of things and she draws conclusions. For one thing, she defines female love in a different way- it doesn't have to be the same thing as masculine love- but it also doesn't have to be this frail Victorian helpless type she found typical of the age- she defines feminine love in a stronger way. For EBB love comes from confidence and fills the lover with confidence. In the beginning we see a woman who was confident in her intelligence; confident in her work, confidenr in her family, but not necessarily confident in any romantic sense. And how many of us can relate to that? This was exactly me as a high school and college student- if I'm being honest. One thing that stands out to me is this idea the frail female. This WAS the ideal female for a lot of men at this time period. Of course, most men, even today, want to be strong for a significant lover or the love of women in general, but this dramatic idea of the sickly and frail woman is very typical of the Victorian period. I can see that a woman expressing powerful confidence was not something people expected from a female in a romantic relationship and certainly not in a female romantic figure. Exactly, and EBB, who ironically was sickly, didn't want that to be the reason someone loved her. She ran from that. In fact, she even ran from being appreciated for being a woman in general. When Wordsworth died, England needed a new poet Laureate, Elizabeth's name was recommended to succeed him. The argument was that there should be a woman poet Laureate for the nation because there was a woman monarch. Barrett took issue with this- she made the statement that she was not a poetess but a poet and she thought poetry should be judged by its merits not by the sex of its writers. HA!! 19th century cross-sectional politics. I know, right, but here's why I bring it up. When it came to her poetry, she didn't want to be looked at as a woman-as in a hyphenated sub-group. She saw this kind of thing as patronizing like how I heard boys talk about girl athletes when I was a kid- phrases like, “she's pretty fast- for a girl.” That was not Elizabeth's thing. It's why didn't use a pseudonym like George Eliot or Emily Bronte who went by Ellis Bell. Hiding your gender professionally was totally acceptable. But it seems to me that for EBB she wanted to say- I am a woman- know that-, I have the feelings and desires define me as a woman. I will write about women and what women care about. I will show how I as a woman see the world and I will stand confidently this. This is an important thing to do. Don't patronize me by qualifying me by gender; I define my femininity for myself. But all of that only applies to outside relationships. n So, how does it apply to personal relationships? It seems crazy, and unljikely but somehow, she and Robert were on the same page in their understanding of how men and women should relate. He was not intimated by her professional success at all, and he really should have been. She was very well known; he was not. Their personal relationship was all theirs. She was a woman who wanted to be desired, to be cherished, to be loved and adored- and he wanted very much to do all those things for her. That is a very traditional relationship, and maybe Victorian in nature- but I have to be honest, I love all those very same things. As we read these poems, I see a powerful writer but also a dreamy love-struck woman. “As the prisoners think of liberty, as the dying think of heaven so I think of you.” That is another quote from one of her letters to Robert- but in this line we see a brave but smitten female voice. So, you're saying, she's not writing as someone trying to be coy or silently waiting to be seduced. Exactly, she does want to be seduced; she's just dropping the silent part. Sonnets from the Portuguese are in sequence; they take us through her evolution of thinking and her emotions on this experience of falling in love. In sonnets 1-2 we see the woman speaker as object of man- she is not the creator of her own poetic voice yet. And this of course is what we think of when we think of traditional love poetry- man loves woman- man speaks- woman stays silent- just think about the convention of the sonnets in particular- especially Petrarchan sonnets. That's what they were all about. Now, we don't need to rehash our entire episode on Petrarch- although he's worth listening to if you haven't listened to that podcast- or at least not in a while- but, by way of reminder, Petrarch wrote sonnets to a woman named Laura who did not return his affection- the entire genre of the Petrarchan sonnet is about objectifying women. In fact, I'm pretty sure Petrarch never really even refers to Laura as a whole human being- it's always her hair, or her breasts, her voice, her smile- even the name Laura- some people think just stands in for the word Laurel. You're right. Laura is distant- impersonal- an ideal. The sonnets are mostly about Petrarch- the man- not the woman at all. Elizabeth is to not just going to reverse this- she's going to redefine the sonnet genre entirely. She's going to say, I'm the object- yes- I want to be the object, but I'm also the speaker- I am not silent. I am a recipient of a love that empowers, but I am also the giver of a love that emboldens. The poetic relationship in these sonnets is reciprocal- His love calls for her poems- SHE writes them. In a sense, he is a magic prince who kisses and restores her- she sees him like this- but she is not weak, she is not powerless- even in her physical fraility- even in her age- and she did see herself as kind of past her prime maybe physically but definitely not creatively or professionally. SHE is the creator of the art here- she is creating this new idea that I can be a the muse for love and the creator of its art. I also want to point out that their relationship, although it is intellectual, it is not platonic. It's very romantic and there is a lot that is physical here… and some of this is erotic to be honest… He was bold towards her, but now she reciprocates with boldness of her own…. Well, that could get interesting. I think so, but we'll let you read those on your own, though. Okay- so, we're going to read three of her sonnets? Yes, I want to. I think it's nice to try to see a little bit of the progression we've been talking about- how they kind of show her evolving into her own understanding of her relationship. We won't overdo the analysis thing because there are three of them- and we'll just try to enjoy them more holistically. We'll start with 14, move to 22 and then finish with the famous 43- the one most people know. Sonnet 14 If thou must love me, let it be for nought Except for love's sake only. Do not say, "I love her for her smile—her look—her way Of speaking gently,—for a trick of thought That falls in well with mine, and certes brought A sense of pleasant ease on such a day"— For these things in themselves, Belovèd, may Be changed, or change for thee—and love, so wrought, May be unwrought so. Neither love me for Thine own dear pity's wiping my cheeks dry: A creature might forget to weep, who bore Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby! But love me for love's sake, that evermore Thou mayst love on, through love's eternity. It seems very straightforward and easy to understand for me. It really is. Just to give a little introduction to the form, notice that it is in iambic pentamenter, that means there are five strong beats in every line- just like in most every other sonnet in the world. Also, just like Petrarch, there is a rhyme scheme abba abba cdcdcd. But, that's as far as she will follow Petrarch's model. In fact, she's almost responding to Petrarch- don't love me like Petrarch loved Laura. He loved her for stuff- for her smile, her look, her way… all that garbage… don't even love me for any cute thing I say, or even what you do for me and how it makes you feel to do stuff for me, like wipe tears from my cheeks- nonsense like that…I'm just not interested. If we're going to do this love thing, we need to get past all that and figure out something much deeper …the smile and tears stuff isn't enough. “Love me for love's sake, that evermore though mayst love, on, through love's eternity.” Well, it's a very ornate style- and it's understandable in light of what we know about her own personal underconfidences that she would talk like this, but like I said before, I really enjoy seeing a mature woman experience a deep and intimate love- she's allowing herself to enjoy all the emotions of love like most people associate with you, but it's not immature love, it establishs reciprocal terms. Another point I want to make before we read the next one, and this may be one of the reasons her poetry was so ill-received in the 20th century, EBB has no trouble exploring her doubts and underconfidences in her romantic relationship. And we see that a little here, although the earlier ones had more of it. She seems slightly concerned that if the love relies too much on the physical, it might be a bust. Feminist critics of the 20th century didn't like that. They said things like, she's lowering herself in the relationship when she should be promoting herself. And there is a real sense that that is true- she clearly submits to Robert in these sonnets- on purpose- but here is the difference that I think has since redeemed her- it's a reciprocated submission- it's not something that Robert himself was not doing. Today, as we read her poems, we aren't really offended by her vulnerability. In fact, the honesty has been reinterpreted as confidence. It takes quite a bit of sincerity and confidence to be openly underconfident and dependent- as paradoxical as it sounds. Well, of course, I agree with that. And I have to think, from a psychological point of view, that being in love and writing about how it makes you feel at age 39 as opposed to 19 is probably why she can be vulnerable about her self-doubts without coming across as weak and pitiful. She's already been through the adolescent stuff as a totally separate issue, so as she tries to understand what about love is overwhelming her and making her feel so differently- she can separate what is unique about this particular love relationship from regular developmental issues of underconfidence or even the loving relationships she's already experienced from her family- which we have to remember- she'd been adored her entire life. Let's read 22- we can see the tone has shifted. There's been a progression from love me for love's sake to now WHEN we stand erect…the posture is very different. Let's read it. When our two souls stand up erect and strong, Face to face, silent, drawing nigh and nigher, Until the lengthening wings break into fire At either curvèd point,—what bitter wrong Can the earth do to us, that we should not long Be here contented? Think. In mounting higher, The angels would press on us and aspire To drop some golden orb of perfect song Into our deep, dear silence. Let us stay Rather on earth, Belovèd,—where the unfit Contrarious moods of men recoil away And isolate pure spirits, and permit A place to stand and love in for a day, With darkness and the death-hour rounding it. Again, we have the same iambic pentameter- five strong beats in every line. We have the rhyme scheme Abba Abba cdcdcd. But what we notice more than the rhyme change is the tone change. Traditionally in the Petrarchean sonnet the first eight lines set up a question and then the second six lines answer it. There's a turn. In this one, the first eight lines or the octave are going to define the status of their love as it is now. The last six will argue- quite untraditionally that they need to stop time and just stay in the present moment. HA!! Wouldn't that be nice to be able to do. Yeah- but I guess it's a nice sentiment even if a bit unrealistic. I guess that's why she can enjoy it. I want to point out how much religious imagery she throws in here. It's not two bodies- it's two souls- they are not constrained by physical restraints anymore- something she was all too familiar with. I also want to point at how equal the two people in this poem are. They are two souls- erect and strong- face to face- with wings breaking into fire- that's pretty cool imagery.- kind of like some mythical phoenix full of power and energy. And yet, as cool as they would be, I would prefer to just stay here in this moment with you. It's sweet. Okay, ready for the last one…the famous sonnet 43, the second to last poem in the series- in many ways the concluding one. In this one, she is going to summarize some of the arguments she's made throughout the other sonnets. She is going to catalogue the eight ways of loving that she's been making for the last 42. Let's read it and then we'll see how this famous love story ends. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of being and ideal grace. I love thee to the level of every day's Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light. I love thee freely, as men strive for right. I love thee purely, as they turn from praise. I love thee with the passion put to use In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith. I love thee with a love I seemed to lose With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death. By the end of EBB's sonnet sequence she has reshaped her understanding of love. She has allowed herself to express her initial insecurities, walked us through her doubts and developed before us a full and complete discovery of what her romantic relationship means. Again, she is using the same iambic pentameter- and the same abba abba cdcdcd. It's simple. It's obvious. It's confident. Where in the first one we read, there was a lot of insecurity, the second a very confident equality, here she is asserting her own leadership. I think she's ready to elope!!! HA!! I guess she is. Again there is a lot of religious and Christian imagery- it even alludes to the Bible. The languages borrows from St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians where he describes Christ's love for humanity. Exactly, she's expressing a completeness here- in every line she's showing us this cycle. There's spiritual love, every day love, free and society love, virtuous love, passionate love, permanent love and finally eternal love- after death. Well, how does their story end. It's nice. First of all, I forgot to tell you, they nicknamed their son, Pen. That's cute. After the elopement and the move to Italy, they had 15 years before Elizabeth's health finally gave out. The story goes that on the day Elizabeth died, Robert lifted her up towards him and she kissed him repeatedly, even kissing the air after he put her back on her bed. Robert was heard saying, “Beautiful, beautiful.” After she breathed her last breath, he looked at her and said, “How she looks now, how perfectly beautiful.” This was on June 29, 1861. That autumn, Robert and Pen left Florence never to return. He prepared and published her last works that he titled, “Last Poems”. He was unselfishly pleased that even after her death, sales of her work exceeded his. Browning stayed in England, gradually establishing a place in London society. He did propose again to a woman named Louisa, Lady Ashburton, a rich and attractive widow in 1869. However, he blew the proposal so badly that she turned him down. You know bad proposals are some of the things America's Funniest Home Videos really taught us all to enjoy. But how was his so bad. I mean, he was a poet. You'd think he could turn a line. Oh, he turned a line for sure, but this stands out- even in a long list of bad proposals. He literally told her that his heart lay buried with his wife in Florence and he really just wanted to marry her for the advantages it would give Pen. Well, at least he was honest. Yes, he was that- just honest and single. He continued to write and to publish all the way until his death. And he died in the same country as his wife. He and his sister were vacationing in Venice, Italy. He had bought a house there for Pen. While in Venice, he caught a cold and died on December 12, 1878 there. Today, EBB is buried in Florence, but ironically they did not ship Robert Brownings down to Florence to be buried with her. He actually got a very prestigious placement. Today Robert Browning's body rests in Westminster Abbey. Wow, that's impressive and an interesting ending to this very famous romance. Unless it doesn't end the romance…according to Elizabeth, she was going to love him better after death. Ha!!! Well, there you go, perhaps she's set those wings on fire!! Oh my, we've read way too many sonnets this week. Next week, we are changing gears entirely. If you're listening to this in real time, it's October 2021, Halloween season and we are starting The Haunting of Hill House by the American Shirley Jackson. It's not my favorite sub-genre, but here we go…into the scary stuff!!! Thanks for listening, please know we appreciate you spending time with us each week. 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Jabu Morales, Luedji Luna, Céu and Sara Tavares discuss how chaotic composing can be, what's it's like to write music as a mother, singing in multiple languages, and recording with musical legends. Jabu Morales is a Brazillian vocalist and percussionist, and a member of the band Ayom, which blends “century old traditions with the black and rhythmical language of lusophone cultures”. Jabu also teaches percussion and studies Candomblé and Afro-Brazilian rhythms, as well as working as a solo artist. Brazilian singer Luedji Luna's latest album, Bom Mesmo É Estar Debaixo D'Água (It's Really Good to Be Underwater), has been described by many as the best Brazilian album of the year. It references the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomblé - imported and developed by slaves – as well as Black feminism, love, revenge and celebration, along with her views on Brazil's social and political issues. Céu is a Latin Grammy and Grammy Award-nominated singer from São Paulo. She blends “post-Tropicalia samba, valsa, choro, soul, reggae, hip-hop, and jazz”. Her latest album is Acustico, released earlier this year, featuring stripped-back versions of her songs from various albums over the last 13 years. Portuguese singer, guitarist, and percussionist Sara Tavares released her debut Balancê in 1996. Her latest album was 2017's Fitxadu, and she's back with brand new material this year.
For many the decision to become a journalist emerges slowly, but not for Nataliya Zotova. Writing was always a passion, and the killing of Novaya Gazeta's Anna Politkovskaya inspired her to work at the same newspaper. She shares her journey from shy teenager to BBC Russian reporter. The Chinese workers who live in fear in Pakistan Chinese workers who move to Pakistan to work on projects connected to China's Belt and Road initiative are increasingly being targetted by local militant groups. BBC Urdu's Sarah Atiq visited a factory in Balochistan where the Chinese employees have to live on site under armed guard. Give us back our gold! The theme of stolen gold is a popular internet meme used by Brazilians against the Portuguese. Brazil had a huge gold rush in the 18th century, and there's a feeling that nearly all that wealth ended up in Portugal. As BBC Brasil's Vitor Tavares explains, the real story is much more complex. 1, 2, 3: counting around the world Counting on your fingers is as easy as 1, 2, 3 right? But do you start with your thumb, or your pinkie, or even your index finger? Maybe you get clever and use each finger segment to triple up the number? Counting around the world, with Suping of BBC Chinese, Devina Gupta of BBC Hindi, Grigor Atanesian of BBC Russian and Iman Mohammed of BBC Somali. Vietnam's pets killed for Covid Vietnam's extended lockdowns have left many people out of work and forced them to return to their home towns. The story of one family's return sparked outrage when the authorities destroyed their pets – 15 dogs and 1 cat. BBC Vietnamese journalist Bui Thu spoke to the family. Image: Nataliya Zotova at work Credit: Georgy Malets
What is up, everyone! Welcome to another episode of our podcast series, Fluency News! Here, you'll have the opportunity to train your listening skills and be up to date with what's happening in the world. We present you with some of the most important stories of the week, in English, and add snippets of explanations in Portuguese on what we think requires more attention. In today's episode, you'll hear about the oil spill that is threatening the lives of nine million people in Yemen. We'll also talk about Bolsonaro's decision to block the distribution of free sanitary pads and tampons for people in need and Ontario's decision and agreement to do the exact opposite. We'll also talk about the new treatment that might eradicate Lyme disease and a very peculiar lawsuit. Visit fluencytv.com to have access to more free content and check out our Instagram page, @fluencytvingles! We have a new episode of Fluency News every week, and we'll be waiting for you! This episode was written by Lívia Pond.
In this episode, Lucas invites Menno Henselmans to the show. Some of his work has featured in Men's Health, IronMind, T-Nation, AARR, and many more publications. His work has been translated into Dutch, Norwegian, Spanish, Polish, Turkish, Italian, Chinese, Bulgarian, Portuguese, and German. He is an Experienced physique coach, including several pro card winning clients, and has received international prizes in physique sports and powerlifting. Relevant links:Buy The Science of Self Control Book Here: https://www.amazon.com.au/SCIENCE-SELF-CONTROL-stick-productive-excel/dp/B0991FG9SC/ref=asc_df_B0991FG9SC/?tag=googleshopdsk-22&linkCode=df0&hvadid=463938214949&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=8815274261876675615&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1000567&hvtargid=pla-1392900540377&psc=1 Menno's IG: https://www.instagram.com/menno.henselmans/ Buy Health Optimization Products Here: https://www.ergogenic.health/
I've been chin-wagging with the best people in the world while in lockdown! Today's guest is Shana Thompson, host of the American English Podcast! Like me, she creates fun & educational content designed for intermediate to Advanced English learners. Ah mates, we've got much in common! We both do podcasts for English learners. We both married Brazilians (she's American, and I'm- well, you know that, don't you?!). We both know how to speak Portuguese. AND we both have two children who are growing up in a bilingual household! In today's talk, we talk about what it takes to "marry" a new culture. How it feels to open up yourself to a different way of doing things. We also talk about the struggles of learning a new language. Like, when you're up there at that intermediate level (like you!), now what? And we also talk about how we are raising bilingual children! Our children are learning both English and Portuguese at the same time, and it's fascinating to watch them switch between the two languages. Besides English, are you learning another language? Tell me about it in the comments below! Improve your listening skills today – listen, play, & pause this episode – and start speaking like a native English speaker!
This week on CODEPINK radio we'll be discussing the sanctions on Venezuela. In the first segment Teri Mattson and Margaret Flowers interview William Castilo, Venezuela's Vice Minister for Anti-Blockade Policies, about the devastating economic war. In the second half of the program, Teri interviews Venezuelan Vice Minister Yvan Gil about $2 billion in Venezuelan funds currently being frozen by Portuguese bank Novo Banco - money that would otherwise be spent on healthcare for Venezuelans.
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Today I'm not going to tell you what to do. I'm going to tell you what NOT to do. Specifically, we're going to be talking about what you don't want to do while growing your Instagram account. Basically, I'm going to help you learn to avoid the “fuck-ups” I've made in the past. The last few days have been super weird. Yesterday around 1:00 p.m. I looked at my Instagram and my following had grown by around 700. I said, “What the fuck?” I couldn't figure out what it was. Maybe I had a Reel going viral. Those of you who are in my course or who have been following my podcast know that I really push that you should be posting regularly on Instagram Reels. It can lead to super viral content, and super-viral content can lead to a lot of followers. So, I went and investigated all of my Reels. And I do have some Reels that are doing really well, including one that recently hit 500,000 views. But I hadn't gotten an influx of followers from that. After a while, I kind of forgot about it and went about my day. Then I checked my phone a few hours later and suddenly I'm up by 1,500 more followers! Again I said, “What the fuck?” So I dug in a bit deeper and started looking at some of these new followers' pages. A lot of them were from Central and South America. Countries like Brazil, Mexico, and other Spanish and Portuguese-speaking nations. (Listen to episode #504 and find out what NOT to do when growing your Instagram!) I've Been There. I've Done That. Now Learn with Me. I know all the ins and outs of online fitness coaching. I've made mistakes and I've had successes. But I've never given up. That's how I was able to open my own gym and start an online coaching business that has not only brought me success but also benefited over 600 other online fitness coaches. I love to share my knowledge. So, when you work with me, you learn with me. I'm ready to help you shed those 9-5 shackles and enjoy the freedom, satisfaction, and yes, money, you'll get from being an online fitness coach. If you got value from this podcast and would like to work closely with me and my team to scale your fitness business and learn how to go online, go to my Instagram account @bmarkfit and DM me with the words “Change Lives.” We can start a conversation about our amazing Online Trainer Escape Plan, that allows you to make $10,000 plus a month by helping people transform their lives through health and fitness. Follow Me. I'll Help You Succeed. While you're here, be sure to subscribe to my podcast Change Lives Make Money: The Podcast For Online Trainers. It's a great source for free advice and info. Rate and review too. It helps me know whether or not I'm giving you the kind of content you want and need. And don't forget to follow and subscribe to my social media accounts. TikTokInstagramFacebookYoutube My DM is always open. Let's keep talking! I want to hear from you! You can contact me any time through my social media accounts or email. Tell me about your latest successes. Ask me questions. Give me ideas for future podcasts. I've always felt a successful business is built on two pillars: Persistence and Communication. If you're looking for a little bit of help with your online coaching business, click here to shoot me a message
Welcome to another episode of our Coffee Break English course! This time, we hear from Matthew in Australia. He tells us about a mystery on Pukapuka island, and we focus on using articles.Coffee Break English can help you improve your English with short lessons - the perfect time to enjoy a cup of coffee while learning. The course is presented in slow English which is easy to understand. Don't worry if you don't understand every word, it's more important to get the general meaning. This course is for you if you learnt some English at school or if you want to review the basics. Coffee Break English can help you improve your accuracy and understanding of English, to prepare you for many situations like using English at work, visiting an English-speaking country, taking exams, or talking with English-speaking friends. Find out more about Coffee Break English at https://coffeebreakacademy.com/p/coffee-break-english-season-2.In each episode of the audio lessons, one of our colleagues from an English-speaking country tells us about an aspect of life or culture in their country. In season two, we will hear from our colleagues in the USA, the UK, Canada and Australia, and we will hear new voices from South Africa, Ireland and the Caribbean.Mark and Josie guide you through the text, explaining the language and helping you understand it better. Each text focuses on a specific language point, including tenses, prepositions, phrasal verbs, and much more. In addition to the main audio lesson, the course contains lesson notes, which explain the language in the lesson in more detail and provide a transcript of the text; practice exercises; a video version of the lesson; bonus audio episodes; and vocabulary lists in many different languages.Coffee Break English is presented in English, to give you lots of practice, but we also provide a vocabulary list for each lesson in lots of languages, to give you a little extra help. If you speak Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish, we have a vocabulary list for you.Follow Coffee Break English on social media:Facebook - https://facebook.com/coffee-break-english-podcastInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/coffeebreakenglish_/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
She was the most powerful pirate in the history of the world – and you've probably never heard her name. How did this brilliant, ruthless, utterly unstoppable woman manage to dodge the Chinese, British and Portuguese navies for a decade, and still end up left out of the history books? Our guest Dr. Jamie Goodall, author of Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay, introduces us to this enigmatic and fascinating figure. … The post THE PIRATE Ching Shih appeared first on What'shername.
Did you know?There's a concept called 'Susegad' in Goa and this is a way of life that Goa is famous for. It is this chilled and relaxed vibe, a laidback attitude that has existed in this region. The word 'Susegad' comes from the Portuguese word 'Sossegado' which means 'quiet'. In this episode of #TheHabitCoach, Ashdin Doctor talks about an interesting ideology from Goan culture called 'Susegad'. He explains the concept of Susegad and how it is existing in the region. Further, Ashdin describes how modern-day life is taking over this ideology and shares an interesting habit of how to slow down and cherish the real moments. Tune in to this awesome episode to understand how fast life can slow us down. Send questions to Ashdin Doctor for The Habit Coach Hot Seat Below: ( https://forms.gle/13vgf4MAk7zYKBd38 )Check out the Awesome180 Habit Coach app: ( https://bit.ly/2XTBvfC )Website: Awesome180 ( http://awesome180.com/ ) You can follow Ashdin Doctor on social media:Twitter: ( https://twitter.com/Ashdindoc )Linkedin: ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashdin-doctor/ )Instagram: ( https://www.instagram.com/ashdindoc/ )Facebook: ( https://www.facebook.com/ashdin.doc.9 )You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app.
In today's episode, I have the pleasure of hosting Miguel Neves, EventMB's Editor-in-Chief who likes to describe himself as a "curious creator and caring curator of computerized content and a conscious connector of charismatic characters'. Miguel lives and breathes the event tech sector and is deeply engaged in the global online community of event professionals. He is a Portuguese soul who built a career in the UK and is now raising a young family in southern Denmark. Tune into today's episode as Miguel and I will be discussing and demystifying the future of events as he sees it, the importance of A/B comparison testing in order to produce and host successful events, what a proper hybrid event should and could look like, content planning for the full event cycle as well as, the approval process that goes into generating meaningful content that informs, involves and entertains, and much more. “Events: demystified” Podcast is brought to you by Tree-Fan Events and your ah-mazing host is Anca Trifan. ————————— You can find Miguel here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/miguelseve Also, on social @miguelseven ————————— For event and podcast updates, tips, and tricks of the trades, follow us on these social channels: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eventsdemystifiedpodcast Become a Patron on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/eventsdemystified ————————— Tree-Fan Events offers Hybrid Event Production Services: https://treefanevents.com/hybrid-event-services/ ————————— If you like our podcast, please show us some love by subscribing to this podcast on your favorite listening platform and following us on Instagram. By leaving a great review and hitting the 5 stars, you make this Podcast visible to other listeners with the same interests as you. Until next time! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eventsdemystified/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/eventsdemystified/support
Today on “Order Up” Todd and Anthony pose the question to listeners in regards to their favorite “ethnic” foods, anything but Italian with that topic covered early on. We hear about Thai, Mexican, Portuguese, Shish Kabobs, and Indian food, among other things. Tune on weekdays 2-6 PM EST on WTIC Newstalk 1080 ;or on the new Audacy app! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
What is up, everyone! Welcome to another episode of our podcast series, Fluency News! Here, you'll have the opportunity to train your listening skills and be up to date with what's happening in the world. We present you with three of the most important stories of the week, in English, and add snippets of explanations in Portuguese on what we think requires more attention. In today's episode, we'll see an update of the South and North Korea story we covered last week. We'll talk about the Pandora papers, and the return of ownership of an area to its original people. Visit fluencytv.com to have access to more free content and check out our Instagram page, @fluencytvingles! We have a new episode of Fluency News every week, and we'll be waiting for you! This episode was written by Lívia Pond. Material: https://rhavi.co/fn-ingles-54
We're finally going on a field trip! Co-host Anna Van Valin is in Portugal for a month and she's sharing all the delicious things she's eating (pastries!), drinking (wine!) and discovering (ancient stuff!) with us. Follow her culinary adventures on Instagram at @FoodDayPod, and join us for our first Instagram Live this Friday Oct 8 at 12n PT to find out whether she's tried Portugal's world famous seafood (...probably not). To see more from Anna's Iberian vacay (including some stellar Castle Porn), follow her @annavanvalin. Obrigada!Connect with us: Follow @FoodDayPod on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook, check out our website and join our mailing list for more great content about the stories & foods we talk about on the show (plus a peek BTS)!Love the show? Want to support this women and BIPOC-created independent podcast? Buy us a coffee!(c) Van Valin LLC, Yumday CoSupport the show (https://buymeacoffee.com/fooddaypod )
In Today's Episode we have Author and long time Investigative Researcher Preston Dennett! We will be talking about his Research into the UFO subject, Some of the TOP Case's he has worked on, and What he thinks is important in today's research into the UFO Phenomena. Bio: Preston Dennett began investigating UFOs and the paranormal in 1986 when he discovered that his family, friends and co-workers were having dramatic unexplained encounters. Since then, he has interviewed hundreds of witnesses and investigated a wide variety of paranormal phenomena. He is a field investigator for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), a ghost hunter, a paranormal researcher, and the author of 28 books and more than 100 articles about UFOs and the paranormal. Several of his books are Amazon UFO best-sellers. His articles have appeared in numerous magazines including Fate, Atlantis Rising, MUFON UFO Journal, Nexus, Paranormal Magazine, UFO magazine, Mysteries Magazine, Ufologist, Phenomena Magazine, Outer Limits Magazine and others. His writing has been translated into several different languages including German, Portuguese, French, Russian, and Icelandic. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs. His research has been presented in the L.A. Times, the L.A. Daily News, the Dallas Morning News and other newspapers. He has taught classes on various paranormal subjects and lectures across the United States. CONTACT ME: TWITTER - @AATPEAK WEBSITE - UFOENCOUNTERSWORLDWIDE.WORDPRESS.COM EMAIL - UFOENCOUNTERSWORLDWIDE@GMAIL.COM UFO ENCOUNTERS WORLD WIDE USE'S FAIR-USE Fair use is a legal doctrine that promotes freedom of expression by permitting the unlicensed use of copyright-protected works in certain circumstances. Section 107 of the Copyright Act provides the statutory framework for determining whether something is a fair use and identifies certain types of uses—such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research—as examples of activities that may qualify as fair use.
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When we look at the future of the coffee industry and take into account the challenges ahead, e.g. lower than usual supply, inflation, logistical issues, labour shortages, etc., it's easy to think that there's a lot of doom and gloom ahead. In this episode of The Daily Coffee Pro by MAP IT FORWARD we're exploring an alternative perspective and how you and the stakeholders in your value chain (including your customers) could benefit from the challenges ahead.************************* PRESENTING SPONSOR: The Global Coffee Townhall************************* The Global Coffee Townhall is MAP IT FORWARD's feature event for 2021. It will include open forum discussions in English, Arabic, Spanish, and Portuguese. For pre-registration to this free event, thanks to our sponsors (announced soon) head to www.mapitforward.org/globalcoffeetownhall***************FURTHER INFO***************Website: https://www.mapitforward.orgSocial media: @imapitforward & @mapitforwardmiddleeastMailing-list: https://mapitforward.org/mailinglistAlso available as audio Podcast: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, and all other podcast-listening apps on Apple and Android devices
Welcome back to Coffee Break English! This week we're with Kate, in the USA. She talks about an important day in her country - Independence Day, and we learn some phrasal verbs with take.Coffee Break English can help you improve your English with short lessons - the perfect time to enjoy a cup of coffee while learning. The course is presented in slow English which is easy to understand. Don't worry if you don't understand every word, it's more important to get the general meaning. This course is for you if you learnt some English at school or if you want to review the basics. Coffee Break English can help you improve your accuracy and understanding of English, to prepare you for many situations like using English at work, visiting an English-speaking country, taking exams, or talking with English-speaking friends. Find out more about Coffee Break English at https://coffeebreakacademy.com/p/coffee-break-english-season-2.In each episode of the audio lessons, one of our colleagues from an English-speaking country tells us about an aspect of life or culture in their country. In season two, we will hear from our colleagues in the USA, the UK, Canada and Australia, and we will hear new voices from South Africa, Ireland and the Caribbean.Mark and Josie guide you through the text, explaining the language and helping you understand it better. Each text focuses on a specific language point, including tenses, prepositions, phrasal verbs, and much more. In addition to the main audio lesson, the course contains lesson notes, which explain the language in the lesson in more detail and provide a transcript of the text; practice exercises; a video version of the lesson; bonus audio episodes; and vocabulary lists in many different languages.Coffee Break English is presented in English, to give you lots of practice, but we also provide a vocabulary list for each lesson in lots of languages, to give you a little extra help. If you speak Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish, we have a vocabulary list for you.Follow Coffee Break English on social media:Facebook - https://facebook.com/coffee-break-english-podcastInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/coffeebreakenglish_/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
With labour shortages arguably here to stay in the hospitality industry, could automation be a valid solution for all the challenges that come with not being able to find staff? Let's deep dive into that in this episode of The Daily Coffee Pro by MAP IT FORWARD.************************* PRESENTING SPONSOR: The Global Coffee Townhall************************* The Global Coffee Townhall is MAP IT FORWARD's feature event for 2021. It will include open forum discussions in English, Arabic, Spanish, and Portuguese. For pre-registration to this free event, thanks to our sponsors (announced soon) head to www.mapitforward.org/globalcoffeetownhall***************FURTHER INFO***************Website: https://www.mapitforward.orgSocial media: @imapitforward & @mapitforwardmiddleeastMailing-list: https://mapitforward.org/mailinglistAlso available as audio Podcast: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, and all other podcast-listening apps on Apple and Android devices
How deep and historically grounded is the intertwining of cinema and psychoanalysis? In this episode, we'll listen to Vera Lamanno Adamo on the crafts of filmmaking and psychoanalysis as the art of sculpting time. She weaves correlations between the construction of a film and the analytic process, and draws a parallel between the history of cinema and the history of psychoanalysis. This episode refers to an article published in Calibán, Latin American Journal of Psychoanalysis, vl.18, n.2, 2020. Vera Lamanno Adamo is a training and supervising analyst of the Brazilian Psychoanalytic Societies of São Paulo and Campinas. She has published seven books. Her latest are “Work of the Negative”, “Living on the border: psychoanalysis and art”, “In Corners of Life Death Charms” (in Portuguese), and “Teresa Margarida: the audacity of a woman in the 18th century” (in Portuguese). In 2012, she received the Psychoanalysis and Freedom award from the Psychoanalytic Federation of Latin America for her contribution to the theoretical and clinical development of psychoanalysis, and in 2013 she received the Revista Brasileira de Psicanálise award. This episode is available also in Portuguese
In the sixteenth-century there was nowhere quite like Antwerp. Tolerant, energetic, independent, vibrant; Antwerp sat at the heart of a busy and growing trading network. After the Portuguese moved the spice trade to Antwerp it became a fierce rival to Venice. It was a place that many came to call. 'the city at the hub of the world.' Today's guest is the historian, columnist and broadcaster Michael Pye. For many years Pye has been investigating Antwerp's distinctive culture and unique place in European history. In this episode he guides us back into the rowdy streets of Europe's busiest port. Antwerp was, he points out, a haven for Jews and hard-line Protestants, and a playground for just about everyone else. As ever, much, much more about this episode is to be found at our website tttpodcast.com. Click here to order Michael Pye's book from our friends at John Sandoe's who, we are delighted to say, are supplying books for the podcast. Show notes Scene One: September, Charles V's ceremonial entry into Antwerp with his son Philip. Scene Two: The King of Sweden sends Jacob Binck to Antwerp to check on the progress of a tomb he had commissioned. Scene Three: Italian merchant and conman Simone Turchi's luck begins to run out as his past catches up with him, ending with his public execution. Memento: A baboon People/Social Presenter: Violet Moller Guest: Michael Pye Production: Maria Nolan Podcast partner: Unseen Histories Follow us on Twitter: @tttpodcast_ Or on Facebook See where 1549 fits on our Timeline
Who would Audrey Frick most like to drink a bottle of wine with and what did MJ learn from her answer? What turns John Kapon on - besides his wife? Pascaline Lepeltier's favorite cartoon? Lyle Railsback's least favorite word? (hint, there are two of them and yup, we totally feel him!) Bruno Almeida curses in Portuguese and Eric Asimov's work out routine makes him a triple threat. This is Before the Pour, Season 2, Part 1 - a super fun BONUS EP that is a mixed tape of candid moments with guests from the first half of Season Two. A perfect anecdote to a stressful day - kick back, relax and listen to MJ and your favorite guests warm up and cut loose before each show. Cheers! ________________________________________________________________ Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers and wine drinkers! Don't forget to subscribe and be sure to give The Black Wine Guy Experience a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show sign up at Blackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguy Thank you to our sponsor Skurnik Wine and Spirits, one of the most trusted names in wine for the past 30 plus years. Check them out: https://www.skurnik.com/ Love this podcast? Love the cool content? Get a producer like mine by reaching out to the badass team at Necessary Media. www.necessarymediaproductions.com@necessary_media_ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Traditionally when we think of coffee consultants we think of how they might advise a cafe owner or a roasting company. There are opportunities to re-purpose your skills as a coffee professional inside and outside of the coffee industry if you're prepared to be creative and do the work to build something that could be valuable to many. Find out more in this episode of The Daily Coffee Pro or consider joining our next coffee consultant's 6-week workshop at https://mapitforward.org/coffeeconsultantmastermind.************************* PRESENTING SPONSOR: The Global Coffee Townhall************************* The Global Coffee Townhall is MAP IT FORWARD's feature event for 2021. It will include open forum discussions in English, Arabic, Spanish, and Portuguese. For pre-registration to this free event, thanks to our sponsors (announced soon) head to www.mapitforward.org/globalcoffeetownhall***************FURTHER INFO***************Website: https://www.mapitforward.orgSocial media: @imapitforward & @mapitforwardmiddleeastMailing-list: https://mapitforward.org/mailinglistAlso available as audio Podcast: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, and all other podcast-listening apps on Apple and Android devices
Welcome to Boostly Podcast Episode 375. This is a recap of my Facebook live where I talked about How a Portuguese host made a stay memorable. 00:00 Start 00:20 A Portugal holiday story 01:50 There's a story behind every booking 02:25 What you can do • https://Boostly.co.uk • https://Boostly.co.uk/5steps • https://instagram.com/boostlyuk • https://Boostly.co.uk/guidebook • https://Boostly.co.uk/website • https://Boostly.co.uk/podcast
Finishing up the Portuguese version of Revolve has Aaron reflecting on a few of his creative projects over the years. Topics include: Portuguese version of Revolve, writing, creative projects, ADDTV video, Aaron is Jeff Censored
As we enter into the final quarter of 2021, there are three main factors that I believe will most shape the landscape - 1. The pandemic 2. Logistics, and 3. The global economy. None of these are new variables to have played a role in shaping 2021 however all are lining up to become more major disruptors at this stage of the year than has been anticipated.************************* PRESENTING SPONSOR: The Global Coffee Townhall************************* The Global Coffee Townhall is MAP IT FORWARD's feature event for 2021. It will include open forum discussions in English, Arabic, Spanish, and Portuguese. For pre-registration to this free event, thanks to our sponsors (announced soon) head to www.mapitforward.org/globalcoffeetownhall***************FURTHER INFO***************Website: https://www.mapitforward.orgSocial media: @imapitforward & @mapitforwardmiddleeastMailing-list: https://mapitforward.org/mailinglistAlso available as audio Podcast: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, and all other podcast-listening apps on Apple and Android devices
Alex Jarbo is a real estate agent and investor that specializes in custom-built short-term rentals. He also runs the YouTube channel, Alex Builds which details his process. In this episode, he tells us how he got started, what his strategy and returns are, and important things to consider if you are interested in getting started in the short-term rental game. Alex's channel and contact: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN0sdWw5T6zP7-NG4p8Ry6g Email: email@example.com --- Before we jump into the episode, here's a quick disclaimer about our content. The Remote Real Estate Investor podcast is for informational purposes only, and is not intended as investment advice. The views, opinions and strategies of both the hosts and the guests are their own and should not be considered as guidance from Roofstock. Make sure to always run your own numbers, make your own independent decisions and seek investment advice from licensed professionals. Hey, everybody, Michael: Welcome to another episode of remote real estate investor. I'm Michael Albaum. And today with me, I have a guest, Alex Jarbo. And Alex is actually doing ground up development for short term rentals out on East Coast market. So he's going to be talking to us about what that process looks like, and all the lessons he's learned along the way. So let's get into it. Alex Jarbo, welcome to the podcast. Man. Thanks so much for taking the time to hang out with me. Alex: Oh, thanks for having me on, Michael. Michael: Now. No, I appreciate you. So give everybody a little bit of background on who you are, where you come from, and what is it that you're doing in the real estate space, because I know that it's very interesting. Let's bring everybody up to speed. Alex: Yeah, so I'm originally born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. My parents grew up in Detroit and then my parents moved to like 20-25 minutes north of Detroit. During the Marine Corps when I was like 18 years old did that for like five years, I was stationed in Washington DC, that time it was like time to leave the Marine Corps. I decided that I want to be in real estate got my real estate license in North Carolina, moved to Asheville, North Carolina, right out of the military, and then I sort of dabbled around in real estate flipping properties. Didn't really like that too much did the real estate agent thing for a little bit made some good money but I was I was helping investors sort of find Vacation Rentals instead of, and I realized like okay, let me let me try like purchasing some. So we had some money saved up and I went out and started like looking for vacation rentals in this area. Or like properties that would do well as like short term rentals and stuff didn't really find anything that wasn't like crazy overpriced. This is like even before like the COVID lockdown and then so we just decided to build we just decided to build our first cabin which ended up being an a-frame took took about a year to get that done just because we were like my first build and just learning everything and then from there like we started renting it out and started doing really well and then like one turn into four and then four turned into not like next year so we're breaking ground on four this year and then we have 24 plan for next year. Michael: Holy smokes it sounds like these cabins are just having like little cabin babies. Alex: Yeah. We just took took the class cashflow and just rolled it into the next board took our like I took on investment money for the first time with with the like to have the cabins and then all the all the properties we're doing next year with investment money. So like with other people's money, oh, Michael: Man, that's frickin awesome. I love how you just said, Oh, this thing isn't working over here. So let me just go build my own. Most people say oh, it's not working like Screw it. Real Estate sucks. It's I can't do it. Alex: No, no, absolutely not. And I mean that the model that we're following now really has been I mean, like solidified with like with COVID, because we had a lot of like out of town, people moved to this area that are working remote. And that sort of drove real estate and that's driving real estate prices up everywhere. But that drove real estate prices up here now. And it's like, if I try to go out and find a vacation route right now like I'm competing with people who also want to live in the home, we build all of our homes a stick built permanent foundation. And the reason we do that is just so like it's just as a built in exit strategy there so we we build them as normal, like single family house for the most part, like they're still built as unique cabins, like a-frames log cabins, something something unique about the architecture. But if like for some reason, like 5-10 years down the road or the city, like decides to one like the county one day decides randomly to not allow short term rentals in the city or the county. Then like we do have an exit strategy there. Michael: So yeah, that's awesome. And so that first one that you built and rented out, was that a short term rental? Was that your traditional long term? Alex: Yeah, no, it was a short term right out of the gate. We had designed it as a short term rental and then we saw how good those numbers were that were just like I was I never really underwrote the property myself. I just figured that we underwrote it as a long term rental like okay if it doesn't work out, we can put a renter in there and just cover the mortgage and maybe cash flow a couple $100 but I mean the cash flow like for October's like five grand for the small cabin. That's like that's net in our pocket. So yeah, I was I was curious to see like, I was You know, I've never done my numbers on this before because it's been renting out for like a year and a half a little over a year and a half now, I was like, let me let me do like annual numbers and see like, what actually would have like if like, let me do the cap rate, let me do the ROI. And like, just with, like, I didn't have an investor with that property. So like, my cap rate was like 26%. My, yeah, my ROI was like 80 something percent, like for the whole year, I'm like, oh, okay, I think we are working here. Yeah, so that's what I put together, I started putting together like a YouTube channel and sort of talking to some people. Like just some, like close friends and stuff, who had some money saved up and they wanted to do something. And then I just just pitched him the idea of like doing like, right now what we do is like, we sort of pivoted from doing like one or two cabins at a time to like doing six at a time. So we do like these small vacation rental complexes, but there's still like stick build permanent foundation owns, like we purchase six to 10 acres. And then we subdivided into three plots. And then we put three primary homes on it. And then three accessory dwelling units are like mother in law suites that are detached, like in the back, like up maybe like 100 or 200 meters away. That way we get away with doing six at the same time, but it's three separate parcels. So safely, something comes up and we need to sell one of the properties are safe, like an investor wants to back out or something. We can also like give them back their money. But yeah, it's like we the 24 that we're doing next year, we have like 455 investors lined up for those for those 24 cabins and it's four separate communities. So… Michael: Man, this is incredible. So I'm curious on that very first one, did you finance the build with a construction loan? Did you go all cash then he didn't have investors walk us through how you got that done? Alex: Yeah, and I sort of briefly talked about this on my YouTube channel. But we we started with like a second home loan, essentially I had my license technically was still in Michigan, like where I'm from, and then my wife, we'd live separate for a little bit until just like until her job allowed her to work remotely full time. So we were allowed to get away with doing a second home loan second home loan construction loan. Just because I had an established residency here in North Carolina, I didn't know if I was going to be here long term either. So technically, like my address was still in Michigan. But a lot of people a lot of posts that I talked to now sort of that's how they get into this space, whether it be building or with with just purchasing an already built home for vacation while purposes they do it as a second home loan, and other lenders are fine with it. Like if it's a second home loan, it's rented out as an Airbnb that's what everyone's doing. It's like they'll stay in it two, three weeks a year and then for the rest of the time they'll just rent it out just to cover their mortgage. So yeah, that's that's how we started we did a two time close loan, which there are negatives and positives to that so it's essentially a construction loan for a year and then you refinance into a permanent like 30 year fixed which is what we ended up doing. Michael: That's awesome. And so can you walk us through some of the numbers on what did it cost to build because I think a lot of people just assume that building ground up is more expensive than buying existing which is why more people maybe don't do ground up. Michael: Right. Like you're a little bit of the head like headache comes with it if you're just like starting with it, but but it felt like it fell on us we're just like okay, we're either gonna overpay for a property that's not 100% perfect and it's gonna need some work anyways, so we're like instead of renovating a home for three to six months, why don't we just build one like from scratch and we'll take like 12 to 14 months. So what are our numbers these numbers again, these are numbers that were prior to COVID so like with like materials and everything going up but our first Kevin the first Kevin we built for 202 and that the 202 means it was also like furnish the land cost about 50,000 and then it cost around like 135 130,000 a build it's only an eight it's like an 830 square foot cabin, which sounds small but if you actually like if you actually see it like it's an open floor concept pocket doors everywhere so no doors are opening in and out we just really tried to optimize the space like. It's funny like we just the furniture sort of decided what when you're building these cabins like these smaller cabins, the furniture like decides what the house sort of looks like so it's like you have to like have your furniture planned out before you start designing the home but yeah, we that that cost It costs around like 202 to three to build and furnish. And then yeah, we started we just started renting it out. We've been we've been 100% occupied for the last a year and a half. I mean besides maybe like, one or two days that we've taken for like maintenance days or like to just do some like extra work on the cabin. Like I already mentioned my cap rate was like 25% for that first year without an investor. And then my ROI was about like 80% So like the nice thing about our market which If I do decide to invest in a different market and this market is year round I'm here like people like to be in the mountains year round we have the I'm in Asheville, North Carolina so we have like the breweries here but we also have like the Biltmore Estate, which people actually come for like in the winter and stuff people like to hike in the winter too so with Yeah, it's like I accidentally stumbled upon like a year round market now we do have like busier seasons and stuff so like October November in my opinion are our busiest seasons because it leaves season like with all the leaves, changing colors, it just like turns like yellow orange reds and stuff. So Michael: That's incredible. So while you were talking, I just pulled out my calculator and ran the numbers on your dollar cost per square foot, which is about 160 bucks a square foot Alex: Yeah, and I would say right now I'm pricing out these other properties that we did it's closer to 200 a square foot Okay, which is a pretty big jump but it's nothing it's nothing like compared to like if you're building in like California, like our lender that we're using now for the bigger projects next year. They're based out of California and it's like my entire 660 unit project is about like a $2 million bill compared to like something in California which like a single family house could cost that. Yeah, So yeah, we're around like 200 square foot or and so like this the first six that we're doing next year, it's anywhere between 400 square foot all the way to 2600 square foot so it's like there's a big range there. Like some cabins can only sleep like two people but the biggest cabin can sleep like eight to nine people. Michael: Oh my gosh that's awesome. So you take on investors you do the build and then do you turn around and sell them for the investors and then you manage them talk to us a little bit about the whole business model. Alex: Yeah, so that we self manage and that's that's part of the business model is we take we we take on the investor money and then we don't take a development fee, we're a full partner throughout the whole thing it's a it's a long term play we don't we don't we're not selling them so that the hold is about 10 years I just that's a pretty round number. If I can refinance say like at the five year mark, I will just to give the investors back their money but I think my projections I've done for my last the last three projects were like two and a half years to get your money back from when your initial investment from when when they're fully built so about it takes about a year to fully build the project three and a half years to get your initial investment back and that's not including the refinance to pull out money say like they want to another initial investment back essentially or we can take that money and go do other projects with it. And also that doesn't include principal pay down that doesn't include if if we do want to sell like in 10 years like so. Yeah, they're getting their money back four or five times over six times over I would say so. Michael: That's amazing. That's absolutely amazing. So what do you tell people that are trying to get into the short term rental business? Do you tell them hey, you know go start go do ground up development because it works really really well. Alex: It's all dependent on your risk and what type of headache you want. Like so Michael: You're getting headaches it just depends what kind Alex: Yeah so like that was a that was the biggest reason why I started the YouTube channel was like to detail every single part of the ground up is is not as stressful as people find it I would say the hardest part is just making sure that you have a builder like a competent builder that's also comfortable and take it on Michael: Competent being the main key Alex: Yeah, absolutely. And another another thing is like when you're approaching a builder like and you're you're looking to do maybe if you're just on the like if you're just trying to do like what we first did which is like an 800 square foot cabin make sure the builder knows that upfront like you're they might not want to take on a project that small um so yeah, I would say getting into it just making sure that you have a competent builder but also an agent like when you go start to look at land. And stuff to make sure that you have an agent that deals specifically in buying and selling land, which we have in this area. So like I went to Google and just type in like land agent Asheville and there are there are agents everywhere that only specifically deal in land save like you're in the rural parts of like the city that you live in. So that that's huge. It's just like you can you can leverage all their knowledge all their context when it comes to finding the right piece of land. Access is the biggest thing for us. So making sure that our guest isn't driving like 20 minutes down a gravel road, especially if they're arriving at night. So like we look at we look for like properties that are like parcels of land that are attached to like state maintained like double lane roads and stuff, especially if we're building six cabins. So like the six cabins we're building, the first six we're building next year that All if all those cabins are fully like maxed out on, like the amount of guests that can sleep in, they're all rented out. It can sleep up to 34 people a night, like all six cabins together, so you got to think of like 34 people going up and down that road, it can't be a single lane, gravel road. Michael: Right. Alex: So that even even if you're building only one cabin, you got to think of like the guest experience, like do like do you really want your guests who maybe is arriving at night to be like going up, like 20 minutes up a gravel road, and they've never been to this cabin, and they lose reception like, like, so it's like, that's the biggest thing when we first look at even building the access to the lands important, which means before like part of the due diligence before we even go under contract is driving out to the land, because it might look cool on on the MLS and might look cool when we're looking at it with the agent like on the computer, when we're looking like at the GIS maps, like the satellite images, but you might not know like, maybe it's just that, like, it's an absolute terrible commute to even get to the land. So it's very important to drive up there, too. Michael: That makes so much sense. And so are you using the same agent and the same builder like the same team for all of your builds? Or do you find Do you bid out all your projects? Alex: So different subs, same builder, I wouldn't say we have an agreement with the builder that we have is just like we're sort of like, we've become his exclusive client. Because we we I went to him, I'm like, hey, like 24 projects next year, like I'd like to be a priority here. Which makes sense. So yeah, we use the same builder, same agent, for the last two that we did was the same agent, I'm licensed in this area as well. But it does help to have someone that only deals in land. And like the land agent that we use has like experience with like buying and selling for their clients like up to like, under 200 acres. So like our 10 acre parcel isn't really a big deal compared to like, some of the larger projects they build. So yeah, same team, for the most part, it's just the subs are going to be different because we bid everything out after that. Michael: So Alex, can you speak to now that the building is built, you've got your short term rental built, or maybe you go and buy one, what's what are some things that you're doing to kind of set yourself apart without giving away the secret sauce, but that, you know, investors should be thinking about or be aware of, of things they could do in their own short term rental. Alex: Yeah, and playing off the title of this podcast, you got to decide if you're, if you're going to be worse, if you're going to be doing it remotely like out of state or if you're if you're living in the city, you also got to decide if you're going to self manage compared to if you're going to hand it off to a manager, you're going to hand it off to a manager, that's easy, you just give it to them they handle everything. Um, there are more and more tools that are coming out now that allow remote real estate investors to be able to handle this themselves. A good example of that is like when I when my wife and I recently went to Tulum, Mexico, I almost everything was handled from my phone like nothing crazy it happened there. So I would say the if you're going to self manage, which I'd honestly recommend because like right now managers is a good manager will take about like 25 to 30% of gross, which is a lot. I would recommend like trying to do it on your own. Start with the cleaning crew find a cleaning crew that specifically deals in short term rentals. If you're just starting out, I wouldn't like go out and try to hire a cleaning crew like find find a company that already handles short, short term rentals, they're going to be sort of like where the gravel meets the road there. The cleaning crew helped helps with like save something's broken, like my cleaning crew will like take a picture and send it to me and I sent it directly to Airbnb or wherever I'm renting from they, my calendar directly links to my cleaning crews calendar. So like if there's an update on a booking or like if, if a new booking comes through, they automatically see it. So I would say cleaning crew number one. Have some contacts. I like a plumber and electrician, like just like three or four contacts there just in case something does come up at the cabin. The nice cool The cool thing about new construction is for about the first year you don't really have to worry about too much maintenance, because they are brand new homes. And then on top of that it's just leverage leveraging the technology like we use. We use a service called Smart B&B that automates all of the messaging. So I'd say 80% of my messaging is automated, where like sending, sending and checking instructions, checking up on the guest sending out checkout instructions, and then everything like the last 15 to 20%. Like if I do like something some days will pass where I don't I don't look at we'll look at the Airbnb app, but it's like some days will pass where I don't even touch my like, contact the guests at all because they're having a good stay without me having to do anything. So messaging is important, Smart B&B. And then right now we recently started implementing stay fi which is like an online marketing platform where it's like an email capture. So like say if you like go to an airport, you go to, like a mall, you have to put in like your email address before you have access to the internet. And that sort of protects us. Like if they're doing anything like sketchy on our internet, that that will protect us. But it also captures their email, it captures everyone's email in the cabinet as well. So it's like one listing, if five people are staying in the cabin, that's five emails there. So you're building an email list there. And then we just re we're gonna start remarketing, to these guests who have already stayed with us. And the goal is to be able to take them off of the Airbnb platform and sort of run them through our platform. That way, we sort of have more control over the guests, like the the guests, and also, they're going to be paying less in service fees, because I believe right now, like the service fee on the guests adds like 15% for Airbnb, which it's getting higher and higher. And it's like, they take 3% from the host, which is not too much, but 15% from the guest, and it recently went up like like a year and a half ago. And like now I like there isn't really a week that passes by, and that we don't get at least like a potential guests or to complain about the price prior to booking. Like they're like them asking for a deal. So that didn't happen for the first year where you're renting it out. And it recently started to happen in the last six months, where like a lot of people are complaining about the price where we don't really have too much control over it, like of the service fee. So that sort of really opened my eyes to like, Hey, I think we there there has to be a way to sort of start getting, like controlling, controlling the guest experience essentially. Michael: Totally. Well, I mean, I feel like it's very similar to a rental car, you say, Oh, it's 25 bucks a day. And then I'm renting for three days, and then you get your bill and it's $700. Like, wait, what, how did that happen. Sur charge Alex: Yeah, why is my security deposit more than my rental. Yeah, yeah. Michael: It's crazy. That makes a ton of sense. I think that's frickin genius. I think that is genius. Alex: We were thinking about it like last, the service that we use Stayfi recently came out like in the last six months, but we're I was trying to figure out how to do that, like I want because like with any business online or offline, like real estate to offline, for the most part, you have to build a list in some in some type of way. Even if you do long term rentals, like building a list, building a waitlist is super important. So that's our way of end like we're essentially getting paid to build our email list here. Where it's like the guest is paying us to stay at the cabin, and we get their email. And we're also helping them out. Because if they do decide to book through us compared to Airbnb, they are saving money on the service we sell. Michael: So yeah, so did you set up a direct website for us specifically, or is third party, Alex: We're building a website right now to help bring those like people in so like we're building the list right now. But for all of our future cabins, all of that is built into like the budgeting and everything. So.. Michael: That is incredible, man. But Alex, anything else that folks who are getting into the short term space should be aware of things you know where that you've seen things go south or sideways for short term rentals. Alex: Oh, when it comes to utilities, make sure that you have like, when you're purchasing the land, I would say the land is probably the most important part is making sure that you have access to utilities, when it comes to like, you get like, here we're a little bit we invest in more rural areas about like 15 to 20 minutes away from downtown. So let's like the first cabin that we built, we needed like an electricity easement from the neighbors to be able to run electricity to our property. And it took about like six months to build that. Or to get that we built that entire first cabin with a generator, which is crazy to think about now. Thinking about utilities, electricity Internet's a big one, making sure that you have like, even if you're doing Satellite Internet to like make sure that like you, you take down the right trees, or you know where the internet is going to be at. So when you start building. Yeah, making sure just making sure on the management side making sure that you are able to the right people are in place. So like before you if you're looking to get into like a specific market, making sure that the builder like you can find the right builder, you can find the right cleaning crew that that's going to be super, super important and just you building unique properties. If you're going the building route. What I'm seeing is and I started this way, like I started with the master leasing thing where it's like you you rent out a property from a lot like an owner and then put it on Airbnb and sort of split the profits there or at least pay that rent. That's how I started. That's how a lot of people started. That's how I saved money to sort of do the my first build. But what I'm seeing is investors like I already mentioned are coming into these markets and sort of really bidding up the properties which is driving down returns, and they're just they're purchasing normal properties and just putting them on the market. There isn't any really draw to them or any type of appeal, they're not really unique in any way. So I would say for the listeners, though, if you're going to go the building route to like really focus on building a unique property where the property itself is an experience outside of the city, like that the guest is visiting. So that's sort of like my company thesis, for the most part is building unique properties that will, like draw guests to these properties and sort of set you apart from the 1000s of listings in your market. Michael: Yeah, that makes a ton of sense. I have a couple Airbnbs over in Portugal, and we're getting it furnished right now. Beautiful. Yeah, it's awesome. But I was chatting with a property manager about furnishing it. And he goes, Michael, I swear to God, if you put a single trolley car picture in your house, it is not going to work with you, because that's what everybody does. Everyone. Portuguese is very famous. So you have to set yourself apart. I think that makes tons of sense. Alex: Absolutely. Michael: That makes sense. Alex: Yeah. And I mean, you can't like, like thinking of that, like, before you even like when you're designing the property is super important. Because like, yeah, change the structure once it's fully right. So. Michael: Right, right, right. Yeah. Cool. And Alex, my last question for you is how do you think about or how do you go about getting ahead of political changes or county ordinance changes? What's the best way to get informed about that if someone is trying to buy a short term rental? Alex: Yeah, I would say number one, look up your your county city's zoning laws before you go in there. So in the city of Asheville, currently, you can't have vacation rentals, but in the county you can, in the city you can't so we invest in the county that sort of helps us a little bit to Asheville is a drive in city where a lot of our guests were coming in are driving in they're not flying here. Um, so they don't mind the 15 20 minute drive. Getting Ahead getting ahead of it, it's just like call up your planning department and just ask them what the zoning laws are. What we do to on top of that, to protect us is we like Like I said, we keep the property separate. Where we subdivide, we're all say like, all six of our properties aren't on the same parcel say if we do need to sell, but we also underwrite our properties as long term rentals, like when it comes to like, we make sure that if we put a long term rental in our property that it will be able to cover the mortgage payment or at least break even if not cashflow a couple $100 a month. And that's like, that's like Plan C when it comes to the vacation rental stuff is underwriting them as a long term rental, which some coasts might not agree with. But that's just been with me taking on investor money, I need to be like 100 like very, very conservative when it comes to like, Plan B Plan C plan D So Michael: Yeah, I think that makes sense. That's that's what I've said for years too because you know, I don't know how somebody could disagree with that methodology because you seeing this this Airbnb going away in numerous cities like Monterey, California, you can't have short term rentals. So what are you going to do if you just bought a property there so I don't think saying it could never happen here is a realistic adage Alex: Yeah, no, I had spoken to a host that had like I think 2020 listings in Detroit where I'm originally from and the the mayor of Detroit at the time had done an Airbnb ad like he had he had been on an Airbnb ad like like telling people like hosts and stuff to like essentially come to Detroit like Airbnb is welcome. And then like a year later, it'll leave a year later, like Detroit just decides to get rid of Airbnb. So it's like like you like you? Yeah, and he had he had worked with the city and I forgot what he had done to sort of grandfather himself in but um yeah no you're completely right there is is like plan for the worst when it comes to this stuff because like, again, like the the mayor of the city was on an Airbnb commercial. Like and they still they still change their laws. So. Michael: Wow, yeah, I can't really happen anywhere. Alex might my truly last question for you is how can people find out more about you? Where can they get in touch with you? Where can they come invest with you if that's something you're open to? Alex: Yeah, absolutely. Yeah, we're, we're we're building out we're growing pretty rapidly right now. So if they want to, if they want to check out my YouTube channel, it's called Alex Builds. The little icon to find it is like a little treehouse or blue treehouse. Or they can email me directly at Alexbuildschannel@gmail.com so it's firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll be I'll answer any questions that anyone has some Michael: Fantastic man This was absolutely awesome. Thank you so much for coming on and taking the time really appreciate it and curious see how this next build turns out. Alex: Yeah, absolutely. Thanks, Michael. Michael: Alrighty, everybody, that was our episode a big big, big thank you to Alex. I hope I wasn't being too too much of a fanboy the whole time. I was like, what this guy is doing is unbelievable. So definitely go back. Give this episode another listen to if you're at all considering getting into short term rentals. If you liked the episode, feel free to leave us a rating or review wherever it is, listen, your podcasts We look forward to seeing the next one. As always, happy investing
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I need to thank the Commission of Vinho Verde for hosting this trip to the region and setting up such wonderful experiences that really gave a 360˚ view of this region. Photo: ©Wine For Normal People, Vineyards of Aveleda After talking about a wonderful tasting at Graham's Port Lodge in Vila Nova di Gaia (across the Douro from Porto) and Quinta do Noval, we discuss some important things about Vinho Verde that augment Episode 291 from my time there. This show is not about the base tier wines – fizzy, cheap and cheerful versions, but about the premium wines that are single grape varieties and made in interesting ways. It's a look into the diversity that Vinho Verde has to offer, beyond what you may know! We discuss some key points on Vinho Verde: There are nine subregions (see below for more detail). Depending on whether they are in the north or the south, closer to the Atlantic or inland, styles and grapes vary enormously. We talk about the thing that wowed me the most: how very different the aromas and flavors of wines of this region are based on the soil they grow on – granite v. schist We discuss the main grapes and their general flavor profiles: Loureiro: A grape with herbal bitterness, that's floral, and creamy. It's the top grape of coastal areas. Arinto: The MVP that adds acidity and minerality to blends, this is the base of most Vinho Verde sparkling wine. Trajadura: Although very light in flavor with low acidity, it adds body to blends. I found it tastes like stems – woody but not oaky. It's great with Loureiro and Alvarinho. Alvarinho: The same grape as Albariño from Rias Baixas on the western coast of Spain. Here the grape seems more tropical, but more acidic because unlike the Spanish, the producers in Vinho Verde do not put the wine through malo-lactic fermentation so the acidity is a bit sharper. The grape is from this region and interesting versions show rosemary and other savory herbal notes with salinity. We discuss the various permutations of the grape – there is experimentation with oak, amphora, eggs (stainless steel and concrete), and extended skin contact and what those versions are like. Avesso: An unusual grape, it represents only 2-3% of production because it is so tricky to grow. When it is good it is like pears, red apple, flowers and the texture is creamy, even though it doesn't undergo malolactic fermentation. It's a grape/wine worth seeking out. Azal: A rare grape grown only in some of the subregions, it is like citrus and herbs. It is usually marked for blending but the varietal wines are high in minerality and acidity and not short on fruit flavor. Photo: ©Wine For Normal People, Arinto Grape in Sousa And the reds: Vinhão: In its best form smells good – like incense, violets and lilies, but I found it can also smell like goat poop, band-aid, and dirt. It is lower in alcohol and very acidic (some versions are tannic). An inky, light style red with lots of flavor, this is really a local wine, made in a very local style, not for broader consumption. It is used in rosé but often blended with Touriga Nacional, the famed grape of the Douro/Port. Espadeiro: Another hard to grow grape, it is late ripening and tastes of strawberry and cherry. It is used for rosé. As well. Touriga Nacional: A lighter version of Portugal's star grape from just over the mountains in the Douro. Regions and their main grapes: Lima: Herbal, fresh and grassy Loureiro is their wine. The wines are lovely. Ave: Both single variety wines and blends of Loureiro, Arinto, Trajadura, Alvarinho. The Alvarinho + Trajadura blend is common and produces green herb, tangerine notes. Producer: Sao Giao Cavado: Similar to Lima, with fresh Loureiro and some Arinto for very acidic sparkling wine, Alvarinho that is peachy, floral and acidic. Sousa specializes in floral, talc-like and acidic Loureiro , Arinto for sparkling and for blending to add body to Loureiro, Alvarinho as the more serious wine that has lime and flint notes, and Trajadura, which is light and rounds out blends. Producers: Quinta da Lixa, Quinta das Arcas (Arca Nova) Photo: ©Wine For Normal People, Quinta das Arcas in Sousa Amarante is in the southeast. It makes a lot of different grapes but we focused on the Avesso grape, which is floral, like pears and red apples, bready (from lees contact) and creamy, as is the nature of the grape. I love this grape, it belongs in the full whites category with Rhone whites, Priorat whites, Verdejo, and Fiano. Producers: A&B Valley Wines, Curvos Basto is in the southeast as well, with Douro on the other side of the mountains. Avesso, Arinto, Azal, and Alvarinho are the main grapes. Azal is a rare grape that is acidic with green apple, citrus, herbal, lemon, grass, mineral notes and and acidic yet savory quality. (I mention that only about 10 -15 pure Azals made in the world, Quinta da Razas in one of them). Producer: Quinta da Razas Photo: ©Wine For Normal People, Harvest team at Quinta da Raza in Basto Monçao e Melgaço is the home of Alvarinho! There is traditional Alvarinho and then there is so much experimentation with the grape that flaovrs range enormously. The standard bearers show tropical fruit, lime, and floral notes with characteristic strong acidity because the wines don't go through malolactic fermentation. Granite v schist soils make a difference and any number of styles from sparkling to oak aged, to amphora aged to skin contact wines are being made. Producers: Soalheiro, Adega de Monçao, Quinta da Santiago. I did not visit the subregions of Paiva and Baiao so we don't discuss them in the show, but they are in the south and specialize in Arinto, Avesso, Azal, with some Loureiro. All in all it was a lovely trip! 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