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Drop Wordz celebrates the birth of

Bob Marley - Reggae Icon (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981)

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Rest In Peace

Wilmot "Motty" Perkins (September 3, 1931 - February 10, 2012 )

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Rest In Peace

Whitney Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012)

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'We've Lost An Icon'

- Veteran Journalist 'Motty' Perkins Passes On • By: Anastasia Cunningham, Senior Gleaner Writer

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Dozens of tributes poured in from around the world yesterday for iconic radio talk-show host Wilmot 'Motty' Perkins, who died early yesterday morning at his St Andrew home after a brief period of illness. Perkins was 80 years old.

on Jamaican radio.

Friends, colleagues and faithful listeners have been using every tool at their disposal - call-in programmes, email, instant messages, social networks, blogs, and comment boards -to pay respects to the giant of journalism who started his career more than five decades ago, and who was the longest-serving talk-show host

Fearless

Barbara Gloudon, herself a veteran talk-show host and journalist, knew Motty from "back in the day" when they worked together as young reporters at The Gleaner.

"He was part of a group that formed the Journalist Union of Jamaica. Not many people knew of his trade-union activities," she shared. Gloudon noted that in analysing Perkins, most


people spoke of his fearlessness and his very strong convictions, which came out in his writings and conversations on his talk shows.

airwaves to go into farming, he later returned in the 1970s as host of 'Public Eye' for the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation.

Veteran photographer Junior Dowie also recalled working with Perkins at The Gleaner in the early 1960s. "He was one of the nicest persons I have ever worked with, very helpful. We have lost an icon," said Dowie.

Perkins later moved back to RJR to host 'Hotline', then 'Straight Talk' on KLAS FM 89, before hosting 'Perkins On Line' on Hot 102 FM. In 2002, he moved 'Perkins On Line' to Power 106 FM, where he remained until his death.

During his tenure at The Gleaner, Perkins served in the capacities of parliamentary reporter, news editor, and columnist.

Outspoken and controversial

The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) lauded Perkins for giving a voice to the voiceless. The association noted that Perkins could be depended on to champion the cause of the oppressed and the victimised at all times.

Perkins was as outspoken and controversial as they come, leading to huge listenership numbers for his radio programmes. He was never afraid to speak his mind, resulting in him being sued 28 times for libel or slander. However, none of these lawsuits was ever tried or settled out of court.

The PAJ said Perkins' influence on development in Jamaica could not be overstated. "Motty was a well-informed, fiery journalist, who was willing to challenge the Establishment and question every statement placed before him," said PAJ President Jenni Campbell. "There is no doubt that the local media landscape will be poorer with the passing of Perkins."

Perkins once said of his programme, which was referred to as the 'thinking persons' call-in show', "If people really think about it, they might discover that 'Perkins On Line' is more profoundly positive than negative." Perkins is survived by his wife of 56 years, Elaine, and grandsons Jamie and Eden. Source: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20120211/lead/lead1.html

In paying tribute, the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica noted that Perkins embodied the role of a media watchdog, was an advocate for justice, and an unapologetic defender of free speech. "Perkins loved a good argument and remained to the very end unafraid of controversy, always inviting robust debate against the background of his own strongly held political opinions," the commission stated in a release. Born in Portland and a graduate of Calabar High School, Perkins began his career in radio in 1960, hosting the programme 'What's Your Grouse' on RJR. After taking a break from the

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Chocolate • Casanova, well known as "The World's Greatest Lover," ate chocolate to make him virile. • Physicians of the 1800's commonly advised their patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining for lost love. • Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine's Day in the late 1800's. • More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine's Day. • Over $1 billion worth of chocolate is purchased for Valentine's Day in the U.S.

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Don't Just 'Love' on Valentine's Day • By: Q

sometimes hilarious to actually sit and watch people freak out over one day. They show more effort keeping "face" for that one day than they put into the relationship. Valentine’s Day should not be a day..... It show be a year. But we can’t have that now can we. I move that Valentine’s Day be pushed from the Wednesday to the weekend. Now granted this is a western civilization they are going to disagreements. Well too bad they asked for my view not yours. But in the goodness of my heart let me humor you guys a bit.

Another year once again and we are faced with the troubling question what is Valentine’s Day. Is it a just day or a holiday? Is to be celebrated or just be observed? Many males and females are plagued with this dilemma. But the most famous question of all what gift represents the full extent of your love.

Many make the mistake and think or persuade themselves that love can be bought like a number 5 at burger king, that often the mistake. Women are hymen being, and as such are prone to human nature and contact. speaking to a few females further concretize my point; that we as males often have no clue as to what's going on and what's the ultimate gift - if there even is one. But that not the debate right, what is my interpretation of valentine day. Quite frankly it’s just a day for me, well this year is just Wednesday, regular school and routine. Valentine’s Day is a double sword of sorts. Because, if you celebrate the day, don't you live your significant other the rest of the year? Is it a one-time deal I love you February 14, but like you the other 364. It’s

Let’s say yea Valentine’s Day, oh so awesome gonna treat my partner to an awesome day. Right ain't that the spirit? We gonna go out and have a ball on the town. My question is this, after the ball on the town what happens next? If Valentine’s Day is the only day you choose to put out all the stops, then aren’t you holding out on the relationship? Sad one day is the only day she might actually see the real you, and your creative process. It’s simply logic but I guess that was lost on us in the earlier days also as they often say humans and contradictory species. But to the once a year V Day peoples, a fare adieu and enjoy the occasional celebrations anniversaries, birthdays etc. To the REAL gentlemen, where every day is a celebration because you’re with the one you love and you cherish every moment of it, I tilt my hat. Thank you for showing us how is done. Now for those who don’t even have a Valentine’s Day partner or person, I think I pen pal could work…. Get a Facebook ac-

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Things that Could Lead to the

Worst

Valentine's Day

EVER!

• By: Cav

Guess what's coming up? Valentine's Day! Did you forget? For some of us, Valentine’s Day may prove to be a disastrous one for more reasons than one. It varies from personal experiences to plain dislike for the day itself. Some men conceive the notion that it is not necessary to have an annual special day to demonstrate love for that special individual. Statistics prove that these are the men who are more likely not return a valentine’s day gift, call their respective partners or even worse, disappearing until the season of love has blown over. However, they tend to not realize that females are emotionally driven and feel the need to embrace and encourage the celebration of their overwhelming feelings and love in particular. The failure of a male to reciprocate these feelings or sentiments can lead to a broken relationshp or the end of it. It was Melanie Berliet who stated that, “It’s the thought that counts most”. However, this is only a figure of speech used by many to demonstrate their modesty until they receive a gift they would consider to be "too simple" or "too cheap". There are few things to take into consideration when purchasing the ideal Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone; be aware of her hints. ladies do have the tendency to purposefully hint at their desired gift(s). It is advised that you ensure that you know what he or she likes or would like before purchasing a gift. Let us for a moment move away from the traditional gift of chocolate, roses and a card as we explore the many different, adventurous and exciting ways of making that special someone feel the love that you bare. The worst feeling one can experience on Valentine’s Day is the feeling of disappointment. My word of advice, don’t make promises that you do not plan to fulfill for that special someone espe-

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cially on a day like Valentine’s Day. If you should see your lover going "all out" to make you feel special on Valentine’s Day, it won’t hurt to at least make an effort to try and get her something she will appreciate. Let us take the time now to address the "player(s)". It is not wise for you to toy with the emotions of females on the day they recognize to be the most special time of the year to demonstrate love for someone. Make a change and allow someone to feel love on Valentine's Day, being a player places you in a position to be able to afford multiple gifts for different girls which in the end may lead to disaster for you and the lady whose heart you have broken. Stick to that one special female and allow her to feel like she owns the world for the day. Ladies, bear in mind that it takes two to demonstrate love when in a relationship. Move away from the self-centered mindset and remember that the guys are to be treated special and they too can receive a gift on Valentine's Day. Work together to make the day a special one for both of you. Ladies, you will have to pay close attention to the hints given by guys, it never tends to be obvious. Ladies and Gentlemen, stay away from petty arguments, it does nothing for the day and for the plans you have with that special individual, try to fing a solution as soon as possible.


Gifts

• News flash, Fast food, not romantic [try homemade] prepare her favorite dish

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The do's and don’ts when considering a Gift: • Stay away from the half dead roses,[ Not romantic at all] • It’s a day of love, not a day of embracement! [Please avoid the gifts that will make your lover feel insecure about themselves] • Household gifts are not romantic [as if] • No one would like to receive a break up message on Valentine’s Day Please don’t do it!

• At least remember to call and say Happy Valentine’s Day [ she will appreciate it] • Stay away from ex-lovers, [they are ex- lovers for a reason] focus on the one who make you smile and shows that they appreciate and love you. • Cheap perfume which doesn’t last for 24hrs... [it’s not going to happen] • Don’t be predictable in purchasing a gift for a guy, there are other gifts you can give other than a tie and a pair of socks [Not romantic]

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Rose or Bulla Valentine

• By: Sara

Valentine’s

Day by definition is a day observed on February 14th when lovers express their love for each other. Lovers , for most people, refers to a partner in a relationship. So technically, Valentine’s Day is a day for partners in a relationship to express their love for each other. But this day brings a whole lot of questions. For those who get no gifts or “special” treatments…. does this mean your partner doesn’t love you? If your boyfriend doesn’t give you a gift throughout the year & always forgets your birthday or stands you up for dates but gives you a gift for Valentine’s day ……does this mean he loves you? If your girlfriend is constantly cheating on you but gives you a gift on valentine’s day…does this mean she loves you? If this day is meant to celebrate love ….then people should choose their VALENTINE wisely. In other words, by definition, your valentine doesn’t have to be your partner. It should be any person who shows you love….but that just spells trouble. What if I gave a valentine’s day gift to my best friend….who is a male….because I feel he shows me more love than my boyfriend? End of relationship!!!!!!

can bulla. For most persons who received a bulla, they laughed, thinking that someone must have really liked them to even consider sending them a gift (whatever the gift may be). But there was one girl who broke the record!! She was one of the very popular girls who anticipated a romantic day….with her boyfriend sending her a surprise delivery of roses and so forth. And she was right, she got a surprise. She was sitting in class and saw a delivery guy from the school with a gift basket. Her face lit up and she looked around at everyone…making sure everyone noticed. The delivery guy walked up to her with the beautifully arranged, well-decorated basket with red and white bows. He slowly lowered the basket, low enough for all the envious female to peek inside and there it was….a basket of BULLAS!!!! That sent the excitement into overdrive…so much that BULLA & ROSES was cancelled for upcoming years. It is still a mystery where that LOVELY basket came from. I wish I had gotten that basket ….i would have eaten bulla & cheese til mi belly full up!!! On another note, I wonder how cupid would feel if he got shot in the rear with an arrow!!!!

My most vivid memory of valentine’s day was a few years ago while I was attending community college (well technically more than a few years). Bullas and Roses was the order of the day. The idea was that everyone was eligible for a gift…..the person you liked got a rose and the one’s you didn’t like got a bulla. This day always brought excitement to school. There were those relationships that would crumble because some guy decided to send some random girl a rose and upset her boyfriend. There were those relationships that toppled over because a girl got a rose and was disappointed to find out it was not from her boyfriend. However, the real drama was with the good old Jamai-

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Pesto Chicken Pasta In the spirit of this season of appreciation for the one you’re with, remembrance for the one you lost (or gave away), and desire for the one you wish you had, called Valentine’s, here’s a recipe that requires little preparation time and promises mouthwatering sumptuousness….

Ingredients • 1/2 pound linguine pasta • 1 (8 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into small pieces • salt and ground black pepper to taste • 3 tablespoons olive oil • 6 whole garlic cloves • 4 ounces fresh mushrooms, halved • 6 ounces roasted red peppers,

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drained and chopped • 1 (7.5 ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and quartered • 3 ounces fresh spinach leaves • 1/4 cup prepared basil pesto, or to taste • 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided (optional)

Directions 1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over

high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the linguine, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink. 2. While the pasta is boiling, sprinkle the chicken with salt and black pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and cook the


chicken pieces until lightly browned, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the garlic cloves, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, and artichoke hearts; reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until the mushrooms begin to give off their juices, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the spinach, and simmer just until the leaves are wilted, about 2 minutes.

3. Transfer the cooked linguine into a bowl, and toss with the basil pesto. Divide the pasta between 2 plates, and serve topped with the chicken mixture. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over each plate to serve. And as an added bonus, here’s a treat of a dessert…..

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Ingredients • • • • • • • • • • • • •

1 cup chocolate cookie crumbs 3 tablespoons white sugar 1/4 cup butter, melted 1 (10 ounce) package frozen raspberries 2 tablespoons white sugar 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1/2 cup water 2 cups white chocolate chips 1/2 cup half-and-half cream 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup white sugar 3 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4. In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time. Blend in vanilla and melted white chocolate. Pour half of batter over crust. Spoon 3 tablespoons raspberry sauce over batter. Pour remaining cheesecake batter into pan, and again spoon 3 tablespoons raspberry sauce over the top. Swirl batter with the tip of a knife to create a marbled effect. 5. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until filling is set. Cool, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 8 hours before removing from pan. Serve with remaining raspberry sauce.

Directions 1. In a medium bowl, mix together cookie crumbs, 3 tablespoons sugar, and melted butter. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan. 2. In a saucepan, combine raspberries, 2 tablespoons sugar, cornstarch, and water. Bring to boil, and continue boiling 5 minutes, or until sauce is thick. Strain sauce through a mesh strainer to remove seeds. 3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). In a metal bowl over a pan of simmering water, melt white chocolate chips with half-and-half, stirring occasionally until smooth.

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Valentine's Wine Picks:

White, Red, Pink, Sweet or Bubbly

•By: Mary Gorman-McAdams

The wine media waves are awash with suggestions on

what to gift or drink this Valentine’s Day. Do you like to enjoy a special bottle with your loved ones on this day? Something bubbly to toast the occasion? Something dry to savor with dinner? Or, something sweet to complement a decadent chocolate dessert? Here are some suggestions to cover all the possibilities; there's something for everyone in here! As retailer and marketer campaigns are in full swing on Valentine’s Day wines I am pondering about what makes one wine more Valentine’s Day-friendly than another and how different people might choose different wines. For some reason, most of the marketing and advertising seems to be pink-themed targeted at women. Are men not also the beneficiaries of Valentine’s wines? On Valentine’s Day I love to cook a special dinner. Hence, I generally choose the wines more or less according to

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what I am planning to cook. I also like to choose something a bit different. Perhaps something that we haven’t tried before, perhaps something that I know my husband loves but we haven’t tasted in a while, or, maybe just the new vintage of a favorite wine – just some little special detail to mark the occasion.

Sparkling Wines Champagne or *sparkling wine is usually a nice way to start the evening. While I am a die-hard Champagne fan, it is expensive, so it is worth considering other options such as Cava, which I wrote about last week. The Segura Viudas Reserva Hereded at $19, would make an excellent and savvy choice for any Valentine celebration. If you really want something French, but less expensive than Champagne, I would suggest trying some of the Crémant styles from Alsace, Burgundy or the Jura. I


have been particularly impressed by some Crémant de Jura wines tasted lately. One such is Domaine Hubert Clavelin Brut-Comté Crémant du Jura Chardonnay NV and at $20 it is not just tasty, it is another savvy buy. Dry Rosé Wines I usually don’t start my rosé consumption until about April, when the new releases are generally available. However, I know that there are many who love to drink pink for Valentine’s day. My only word of caution – make sure you choose a wine that was made to last more than a year – as many rosé wines are made to be consumed within about six months of release. Here are two that I heartily recommend. First up is the 2000 Lopez de Heredia "Viña Tondonia" Gran Reserva Rosado Rioja $24. No, the year 2000 is not a typo, this is the current release of this wine. It is truly a rosé like no other. This wine is aged for four years in American oak, and further bottle aged before being released. Therefore it is driven by a multitude of wonderful complex tertiary aromas and flavors rather than youthful primary fruit. Not everyone’s cup of tea but if you want to try a truly unique, aged, age-worthy rosé then this Gran Reserva is for you. If you would prefer something more typical I would suggest the 2009 Terre Nere Etna Rosato from Sicily, $17. I am a big fan of all the Terre Nere wines and this rosé is no exception. It is fairly full-bodied, rich and well structured. Not fruit driven but it has lots of plummy, dried cherry and wild red fruit flavors against a savory, earthy backdrop.

White Wines The weather is still so cold, so I am looking for a more fullbodied, richer white wine. Over the holidays my husband made a request for ‘white Rhône’ – so I bought the 2008 Alain Graillot White Crozes Hermitage. Made from Marsanne, this wine is unoaked and delightfully refreshing, yet is richly textured with great breadth and depth of flavor. It is a bit on the expensive side at $32, but worth it if you are looking for a special and different white.

Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvèdre. Warming, spicy, juicy and smooth with hints of smoke, leather, game and earth. I see a nice beef or venison stew on my horizon. Back to the old world and France, I recently came across the 2006 Chateau Montus from the Madiran appellation in South West France, $27. This is a blend of Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Fairly medium bodied with nice firmish tannins. Lots of ripe, earthy black fruit flavors, spices and hints of smoke.

Dessert Wines It is time for that ‘decadent’ chocolate pudding or soufflé that you’ve been waiting for. I am thinking of the ‘Soft Chocolate Mini Cakes’ dessert from Sara Kate’s new cookbook, which she cooked for us last week-end. We enjoyed it with a deliciously sweet Blandy’s 5 Year old Malmsey Madeira. While a bottle of Madeira can be pricey, it is pretty much indestructible and will last forever, even when opened. The sweeter Madeira wines have a particular affinity with chocolate. Alternatively I would go for a red VDN (Vin Doux Naturel) such as Banyuls or Maury or if you prefer something from the US, how about a late harvest Zinfandel from California. Two delicious examples that I have tasted this year are from Dashe Cellars (the 2008 Late Harvest Zinfandel costs $24 for a half bottle) and Rosenblum Cellars (their 2007 Désirée Chocolate wine, which is a blend of mostly Zinfandel with some Touriga Nacional costs $20 / half bottle). Both will pair wonderfully with rich chocolate deserts. These are but a few suggestions, intended just as a guide, to help you navigate the sea of wine choices being marketed for Valentine’s Day. Whatever you choose, keep it true to who you and your loved one are. Source: http://www.thekitchn.com/valentines-wine-picks-somethin-138744

Another excellent option is the 2009 Decoy, Sonoma County Chardonnay, $20. This wine is deliciously bright and crisp with a small amount of well-integrated oak adding subtle hints of vanilla and spice. Delightful texture on the palate, rich but not heavy and well balanced with the core of lively fruit. An excellent example of the more restrained Chardonnays now coming out of California.

Red Wines It is February, we are still in the depths of winter, so I am likely to cook something heartwarming, requiring a hearty red – maybe a blend, something spicy and ‘Rhone’ like perhaps? On my shortlist are the 2006 Bonny Doon “Le Cigare Volant” from California, $26. This is a delicious blend of

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What Would You Like For Valentine's Day This Year?

• By: Cav

Valentine’s Day like Christmas comes once each year, yes, it’s that special day when we exchange gifts in the name of love and do the most prefunding things for the ones we love. We took the time out to see what are some of the things that our patrons are hoping to receive for this Valentine’s Day. of wedding bands. • Kimberly Austin would like chocolate, a card and a framed picture of she and her lover and lovely night out for dinner. • Sammi-Joe D. would like jewelry. • Ornella D. would like a perfume, body jewelry and chocolate. • Chantal W. would like to get any material thing, a night out with her lover and an iPhone 4S. • Melisa L. would like a Victoria Secret gift set and some red and white roses. • Kymberli C. would like chocolate, perfume set, teddy bear, roses, wine, a nice card and a romantic dinner. • David-Lee C. would like a PS3 and dinner. • Ava-Neil M. would like chocolate and a card.

• Patrice W. would like for her boyfriend to fly in and surprise her with his presence. • Shamae C. would like for her boyfriend to buy her jewelry. • Nikeish S. would like her boyfriend to surprise her with tickets for 2 to Paris. • Javon L. would like to spend the day with the one he loves. • Kimberly W. is looking forward to getting a juici couture perfume. • Kimar R. would like a perfume. • Tashanna G. would like a big heart shaped chocolate, perfume and a lot of sex. • Debra P. would like the heart shape flavored chocolate, with wine and dinner on a boat.

• Shane G. would like chocolate and a teddy bear. • Ebony W. would want her boo, some good loving and maybe some jewelry.

• Shanique W. would like a picnic, wine, strawberries, whip cream and some love making under the moon light.

• Jamey O. would like a charmed bracelet, red shoes, dinner and sex all night long.

• Jeneil J. would like a romantic home cooked meal and quality time with that special person.

• Richard M. would like dinner and some sex.

• Chad C. would like a nice bracelet that involves his favorite colour and is in favour with his personality.

• Carolyn B. would like to get money and a new pair If a conclusion were to be drawn based on the responses, most persons are still interested in traditional gifts such as: jewelry, chocolate, dinner for two and ending the night with some passionate lovemaking. However, based on their responses, what really matters on Valentine’s Day isn’t how much cash anyone spends but how much quality time couples get to spend together. And when gifts are involved, it really is the thought behind the gift that counts.

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Your Take

On Valentine's Day

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Geek Lo e • By KG

Technology definitely has a role to play in

modern romance, from a quick text message to say ‘I love you’ to online dating and everything in between. However, when it comes to celebrating Valentine’s Day, tradition still trumps tech. …… (or so they say). Nothing says love like tech. Why waste your money on roses that wilt or chocolate that's eaten and forgotten? If you're looking for a romantic gift that says you care, look no farther than tech. Tech gifts endure, at least until they're made obsolete by the next "latest and greatest." Now that we've got you started on thinking about Valentine's Day, it's time to think about the perfect present. And what's better than a Valentine's Day gift which your partner will really like? A Valentine's Day gift that you can use as well! Besides using it together, these gifts can also help tide over the lonely days (and nights) when the both of you are apart. The only problem we foresee is that there may be disagreements over who gets to keep the present.

Xbox 360 with Kinect A slight risk with the Xbox 360 with Kinect suggestion is that the male party may end up spending many sleepless nights playing Skyrim. If your partner doesn't enjoy shootem-ups, avoid buying Call of Duty and the like. Titles such as: Beautiful Katamari, Guitar Hero and Need for Speed are relative-

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ly easy to pick up and could be enjoyable for both parties. We recommend Kinect games to get couch potatoes moving and some of them encourage teamwork as well. Unless one of you has taken an arrow to the knee, try Dance Central 2, Forza Motorsport 4 and Kinect Adventures.

USB Flash Drive Cufflinks If your favorite geek prefers more formal attire, check out these USB flash drive cufflinks. These are available in a variety of styles and can store up to 2GB of data each. Your loved one will be feeling like James Bond in no time! They cost from $199 to $255 from Amazon. (as of the date of this publication).

iPod Nano If it's time to update that clunky original iPod and replace it with a much smaller, sleeker and red Nano, this is the perfect occasion. Especially with the free personalized engraving option on back and the support for (PRODUCT) Red. The new version plays for an unbelievable 24 hours when fully charged and is a great little accessory for any music-lover. (Apple store, prices start at $129.)


When did it all start? There are various theories on the origin of Valentine's Day, but the most popular dates back to the time of the Roman Empire during the reign of Claudius II, 270 AD. Claudius didn't want men to marry during wartime because he believed single men made better soldiers. Bishop Valentine went against his wishes and performed secret wedding ceremonies. For this, Valentine was jailed and then executed by order of the Emperor on February 14. While in jail, he wrote a love note to the jailor's daughter signing it, "From your Valentine." Sound familiar?

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Geek Love Cont’d. GeekStuff4U: Heart-Shaped USB Thumb Drive

SkinIt Gadget Skins

SkinIt.com specializes in making custom, The techie in your life will love one of these geekglossy-vinyl, adhechic, heart-shaped USB thumb drives. Before givsive gadget skins ing the 2GB drive, try loading it with a few phofor your electronic tos, songs, and videos that are special to the two devices. Just select of you--suddenly, this nerdy data tool becomes your device, choose a heartfelt gift. The hearts are available in light your specific model, pink, magenta, and the slightly more masculine and browse through red. However, the site is based in Japan, so the selection of patorder early. terns. Devices aren't just limited to phones and laptops--SkinIt also has patterns for MP3 players, e-readers, and gaming consoles. SkinIt has a section specifically for Valentine's Day designs (pictured here)--but if that isn't your beloved's style, try something else, like a favorite cartoon character or sports team. www.geekstuf4u.com | $49 Don't see anything appropriate? You can create a design by Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive uploading an image (a photo of you?) from your online photo account or home network. If you aren't the romantic type, go with a funchttp://www.skinit.com | $15 to $40 tional gift like a portable hard drive. The 500GB Iomega eGo is even Valentine's Day appropriate, with its vibrant cherry-red case. But worry not, this drive offers more than just a flashy design. The eGo is fast, and it comes equipped with two Geeks love too and what more do geeks love useful pieces of software (Retrospect Express than tech. Have fun this Valentine’s Day with these great gift ideas. and Iomega QuikProtect) to simplify backups. It has FireWire 400 and 800 ports plus a USB 2.0 connection, and it performed well across the board in our DropWordz Test Labs. www.pcworld.com| $100

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Music for Valentine's Day • By: Fuse

Alternative Rock (Rockative) Alternative rock (also called alternative music, alt rock

or simply alternative) is a genre of rock music and a term used to describe a diverse musical movement that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1980s and became widely popular by the 1990s. Alternative rock is a broad umbrella term consisting of music that differs greatly in terms of its sound, its social context and its regional roots. By the end of the 1980s, magazines and zines, college radio airplay and word of mouth had increased the prominence and highlighted the diversity of alternative rock, helping to define a number of distinct scenes such as gothic rock, jangle pop, noise pop, C86, Madchester, industrial music and shoegazing. Most of these subgenres had achieved minor mainstream notice and a few bands representing them, such as Hüsker Dü and R.E.M., had even signed to major labels. But most alternative bands' commercial success was limited in comparison to other genres of rock and pop music at the time, and most acts remained signed to independent labels and received relatively little attention from mainstream radio, television or newspapers. In the US, punk itself had also failed to find wide mainstream recognition, which the genre had briefly achieved in Britain. Instead, underground US bands in the early 1980s developed an uncompromising and noncommercial style of hardcore punk, which influenced the lo fi sound of much US alternative rock significantly. Some examples of alternative rock bands that have achieved commercial success and mainstream critical recognition are R.E.M., The Smiths, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Green Day, Coldplay and Muse. However, many alternative rock artists, such as Pixies, Cocteau Twins, Meat Puppets, My Bloody Valentine and Pavement, are cult acts that have recorded with independent labels and had more sustained influence on other bands than mainstream commercial success of their own. Alternative love songs are a cute way of expressing your feelings to your loved ones. You can compile a CD of good alternative love songs that will make your loved ones feel more special and just play it for him/her on Valentine’s Day while having dinner or when you’re both just relaxing. Alternative bands are famous for their rebellious flavor and heavy beats. You may be wondering, are there

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some good alternative love songs? Alternative music is in no way related to the soft mushy feelings of love and will the rocking beats able to do justice to love songs, is often the question? Fans of rock music, which eat, drink and dream rock music, know there are some extremely great alternative love songs that help you send across your love. For those who follow this genre or would simply like to explore it, here are some recommended songs for the evening: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Mason Jennings – Ballad For My One True Love Moby – Love Should John Mayer – Your Body IS A Wonderland Maroon 5 – Sunday Morning Air Supply – Making Love Out Of Nothing At All Evanescence – Good Enough Hinder – Lips Of An Angel Papa Roach – To Be Loved Hoobastank – The Reason Guns ‘N’ Roses – Don’t Cry


Music With Soul Now a lot of people say ‘oh they love soul music and it

the foundation of love songs’, but it’s actually an off shoot. Soul music has its roots in gospel music and rhythm and blues. The hard gospel vocal quartets of the 1940s and 1950s were big influences on major soul singers of the 1960s. The term "soul music" itself, to describe gospelstyle music with secular lyrics, is first attested in 1961. Ray Charles is often cited as inventing the soul genre with his string of hits starting with 1954's "I Got a Woman". Charles was open in acknowledging the influence of Pilgrim Travelers vocalist Jesse Whitaker on his singing style. Another view has it that a decade would transpire until Solomon Burke's early recordings for Atlantic Records codified the soul style; his early 1960s songs "Cry to Me", "Just Out of Reach" and "Down in the Valley" are considered classics of the genre. Little Richard (who was the inspiration for Otis Redding), Fats Domino and James Brown originally called themselves rock and roll performers. However, as rock music moved away from its R&B roots in the 1960s, Brown claimed that he had always really been an R&B singer. Little Richard proclaimed himself the "King of Rockin' and Rollin', rhythm and blues Soulin'", because his music embodied elements of all three, and because he inspired artists in all three genres. Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke are also often acknowledged as soul forefathers. Aretha Franklin's 1967 recordings, such as "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)", "Respect" (originally sung by Otis Redding), and "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" (written by Chips Momanand Dan Penn), are considered the apogee of the soul genre, and were among its most commercially successful productions. In the late 1960s, Stax artists such as Redding, Eddie Floyd, Wilson Pick

ett, and Johnnie Taylor made significant contributions to soul music. Howard Tate's recordings in the late 1960s for Verve Records, and later for Atlantic (produced byJerry Ragovoy) are another notable body of work in the soul genre. By 1968, the soul music movement had begun to splinter, as artists such as James Brown and Sly & the Family Stone began to incorporate new styles into their music. From what I’ve gathered from my research into this genre, it’s all about grown folks business so I would say it is grown folks music. These days the word love is being tossed around by any human with a mouth that works, but how many actually know what it means? These soul artistes knew about love, all its ups and downs, all the perks, and what to do when it seems to be going wrong. Its Valentine’s month and I would like to recommend some songs for the folks who really and truly appreciate music. Any songs from the above mentioned artistes would do well in setting the mood for having dinner with your significant other. I have ten (10) recommended songs: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Ella Fitzgerald – Someone To Watch Over Me Nat King Cole – Mona Lisa Nat King Cole – Too Young Mario Lanza – Be My Love Jo Stafford – You Belong To Me Al Martino – Here In My Heart Dean Martin – That’s Amore The Penguins – Earth Angel Johnny Ace – Pledging My Love The Platters – Only You

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Rhythm and Blues [R & B] Depending on where you were brought up as a child your musical choice will vary, but I know for a fact that every 90s child would have been exposed to the soft, calm and peaceful genre of R & B. Rhythm and blues [R & B] is a genre of popular African American music that originated in the 1940s. The term was originally used by record companies to describe recordings marketed predominantly to urban African Americans, at a time when "urbane, rocking, jazz based music with a heavy, insistent beat" was becoming more popular. The term has subsequently had a number of shifts in meaning. In the early 1950s, the term rhythm and blues was frequently applied to blues records. Starting in the mid-1950s, after this style of music contributed to the development of rock and roll, the term "R&B" became used

music, and similar music by white artists was labeled blue eyed soul. Motown Records had its first million-selling single in 1960 with The Miracles' "Shop Around", and in 1961, Stax Records had its first hit with Carla Thomas' "Gee Whiz! (Look at His Eyes)". Stax's next major hit, the Mar-Keys' instrumental "Last Night" (also released in 1961) introduced the rawer Memphis soul sound for which Stax became known. In Jamaica, R&B influenced the development of ska. This is the genre most, if not all of you would be familiar with, seeing that at some point growing up we all went to weddings. From the sensational Whitney Houston to the lovely Alicia Keys, we’ve all been in contact with their works which will forever be good music to lovers out there. Here are ten (10) songs I recommend for this Valentine’s Day with your significant other:

to refer to music styles that developed from and incorporated electric blues, as well as gospel and soul music. By the 1970s, rhythm and blues was used as a blanket term for soul and funk. In the 1980s, a newer style of R&B developed, becoming known as "Contemporary R&B". In 1948, RCA Victor was marketing black music under the name "Blues and Rhythm". In that year, Louis Jordan dominated the top five listings of the R&B charts with three songs, and two of the top five songs were based on the boogie-woogie rhythms that had come to prominence during the 1940s. Jordan's band the Tympany Five (formed in 1938), consisted of him on saxophone and vocals, along with musicians on trumpet, tenor saxophone, piano, bass and drums. Lawrence Cohn described the music as "grittier than his boogie-era jazz-tinged blues". Robert Palmer described it as "urbane, rocking, jazz based music with a heavy, insistent beat". Jordan's cool music, along with that of Big Joe Turner, Roy Brown, Billy Wright, and Wynonie Harris, is now also referred to as jump blues. By the early 1960s, the music industry category previously known as rhythm and blues was being called soul

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Adina Howard – T-Shirt and Panties Shai – If I Ever Fall In Love ISG – Nobody Maxwell – This Woman’s Work Tevin Campbell – Can We Talk Brandy – Have You Ever Whitney Houston – Your Love Is My Love Alicia Keys – Like You’ll Never See Me Again Usher – Dot Com Toni Braxton – Un-Break My Heart

Reggae Reggae is a music genre first developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. While sometimes used in a broader sense to refer to most types of Jamaican music, the term reggae more properly denotes a particular music style that originated following on the development of ska and rock steady.

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Reggae is most easily recognized by the rhythmic accents on the off-beat, usually played by guitar or piano (or both), known as the skank. This pattern accents the second and fourth beat in each bar (or the "and"s of each beat depending on how the music is counted) and combines with the drums emphasis on beat three to create a unique feel and sense of phrasing in contrast to most other popular


genres focus on beat one, the "downbeat". The tempo of reggae is usually felt as slower than the popular Jamaican forms, ska and rocksteady, which preceded it. It is this slower tempo, the guitar/piano offbeat, the emphasis on the third beat, and the use of syncopated, melodic bass lines that differentiates reggae from other music, although other musical styles have incorporated some of these innovations separately. Reggae developed from ska, mento and R&B music in the 1960s. The shift from rocksteady to reggae was illustrated by the organ shuffle, which was pioneered by Jamaican musicians like Jackie Mittoo and Winston Wright. This new technique was featured in the transitional singles "Say What You're Saying" (1967) by Clancy Eccles, and "People Funny Boy" (1968) by Lee "Scratch" Perry. The Pioneers' 1967 track "Long Shot Bus' Me Bet" has been identified as the earliest recorded example of the new rhythm sound that became known as reggae. Early 1968, was when the first genuine reggae records were released: "Nanny Goat" by Larry Marshall and "No More Heartaches" by The Beltones. American artist Johnny Nash's 1968 hit "Hold Me Tight" has been credited with first putting reggae in the American listener charts. Around that time, reggae influences were starting to surface in rock music. An example of a rock song featuring a slight taste of reggae rhythm is 1968's "Ob-La-Di, Ob-LaDa" by The Beatles. The Wailers, a band started by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer in 1963, are perhaps the most recognised band that made the transition through all three stages of early Jamaican popular music: ska, rocksteady and reggae. Other significant reggae pioneers include Prince Buster, Desmond Dekkerand Ken Boothe. Notable Jamaican producers who were influential in the development of ska into rocksteady and reggae include: Coxsone Dodd, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Leslie Kong, Duke Reid, Joe Gibbs and King Tubby. Chris Blackwell, who founded Island Records in Jamaica in 1960, relocated to England in 1962, where he continued to promote Jamaican music. He formed a partnership with Trojan Records, founded by Lee Gopthal in 1968. Trojan released recordings by reggae artists in the UK until 1974, when Saga bought the label. The 1972 film ‘The Harder They Come’, starring Jimmy Cliff, generated considerable interest and popularity for reggae in the United States, and Eric Clapton's 1974 cover of the Bob Marley song "I Shot the Sheriff" helped bring reggae into the mainstream. By the mid-1970s, reggae was getting radio play in the UK on John Peel's radio show, and Peel continued to play reggae on his show throughout his career. What is called the "Golden Age of Reggae" corresponds roughly to the heyday of roots reggae. Our beloved Reggae then gave birth to some other genres in our society today such as Dancehall, Raggamuffin, Reggaeton, Reggae fusion. Some people call it Reggae,

some say Culture but at the end of the day it still carries the same meaning over the years and the concept has not changed. From Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff to Chris Martin, Gyptian, Romain Virgo and so many more talented reggae artistes today, this music will live on and forever be ours – product of Jamaica. Now I don’t know where to start suggesting music from this genre because the possibilities are so endless when it comes to music from this genre but I will try my best to give my ten (10) suggested songs: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Bob Marley – Turn Your Lights Down Low Jimmy Cliff – Wild World Garnett Silk – Oh Me Oh My Garnet Silk - Place In Your Heart Cocoa Tea – She Loves Me Now Beres Hammond – She Loves Me Now Beres Hammond – Queen & Lady Beres Hammond – Rockaway Sanchez – Fall In Love Gregory Issacs – If I Don’t Have You

That was ten (10) old school reggae so for all the modern lovers of reggae, I have your prescription sign, sealed and ready to be filled. Modern Reggae (Culture) suggestions are: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Ghost – Nothing At All Da’Ville – In Heaven Stevie Face – Since I Met You Baby George Nooks – I Can’t Stop Loving You Fiona – Love Me Please Jah Cure – Longing For Alaine – Sacrifice Tessance Chin – Hide Away Chris Martin – Take My Wings Romain Virgo – I Wanna Go Home

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for Lovey Dovey Day

It’s that time of the year again! When you find yourself surrounded by pink and red, hearts and love, and most of all….chocolate!

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, but for those of you who like to watch movies with that significant other of your, What are you going to watch?

No need to worry Drop Wordz is here to give you some movies to watch this ‘lovey dovey’ day. Now for those of you who like to feel comforted during a scary movie for Valentine’s Day well this year you’re in luck as The Woman in Black was released last week. Gentlemen, this movie should defintely keep your girl clinging and holding on for dear life! The movie is about a young lawyer, Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe), who has been sent to a village by orders to sort out a recently deceased client's papers. As he works alone in the client's isolated house. Kipps begins to unravel horrifying secrets, his unease growing when he glimpses a mysterious woman dressed only in black. Receiving only silence from the locals, Kipps is forced to uncover the true identity of the

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Woman in Black on his own, leading to a desperate race against time when he discovers her true intent. There’s only one downfall to this movie it relied a little too much on jump scares not that that’s not to the advantage of my fellow guys out there who love how their girlfriends react to a good jump scare. Besides that it’s a good movie to watch if you’re looking for something in that scary category for Valentines Day. Now for those of you who just love to sit and watch something while cudding with that special someone and feel your hearts melt then this movie may not be such a bad choice. “The Vow” which is set to be released February 14, 2012 is a story of a newlywed couple who recovered from a car accident that puts Paige (Rachel McAdams) in a coma. When she wakes up she has severe memory loss, forgetting about her husband, Leo (Channing Tatum). But Leo is extremely determined to win his true love's heart all over again. If you’re feeling a bit nostalgic, or maybe its traditional I’m sure you all will like this legendary favorite Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace is now in


3D. I’m sure a lot of the Star Wars fan couples will be excited about this! "Star Wars" in my opinion was far beyond its time and deserves to be revived in a 3D theatrical experience. According to comingsoon.net “Episode I delivers some of the Saga's most stunning and spectacular sequences – from the Naboo invasion to the Tattooing Pod races to the climactic light saber battle between Darth Maul and the Jedi. Supervised by Industrial Light & Magic, the meticulous conversion is being done with utmost respect for the source material, and with a keen eye for both technological considerations and artistic intentions".

#2 "Dirty Dancing" (1987)

Me? I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw, I’m scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.

—Baby (Jennifer Grey) to Johnny (Patrick Swayze).

In keeping with the theme of Valentine’s Day or lovey dovey day as I like to call it, I decided to feature the Top 3 romance movie quotes ever to ever hit the big screen. Let’s get to it! #1 "The Notebook" (2004)

So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s gonna be really hard. We’re gonna have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, for ever, you and me, every day. Will you do something for me, please? Just picture your life for me? 30 years from now, 40 years from now? What’s it look like? If it’s with him, go. Go! I lost you once, I think I can do it again. If I thought that’s what you really wanted. But don’t you take the easy way out.

#3 "An Affair to Remember" (1957)

Oh, it’s nobody’s fault but my own! I was looking up… it was the nearest thing to heaven! You were there…

— Terry McKay (Deborah Kerr)

—Noah (Ryan Gosling) to Allie (Rachel McAdams)

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• By: Cav

Sexual

intercourse needs no endorsement, as many of us are simply fascinated with pleasurable sex. While some of us may not know this, sex is not only for fun but also one of the most pleasurable forms of exercise. In today's society men can sway their women into believing that sex is not only "for the pleasure", but of great health benefits.This issue focuses on the many benefits of health in sexual intercourse. During the heat of the moment in sexual tension, the last thing that tends to be on ones mind are those few extra pounds you want rid yourself of or building and maintaining a heallthy immune system yet, a healthy and active sex life helps you to do all of this and alot more. Here are a few, yet, great benefits of a healthy sexual life:

Sex Relieves Stress A big health benefit of sex is lower blood pressure and overall stress

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reduction, according to researchers from Scotland who reported their findings in the journalBiological Psychology. They studied 24 women and 22 men who kept records of their sexual activity. Then the researchers subjected them to stressful situations -- such as speaking in public and doing verbal arithmetic -- and noted their blood pressure response to stress. Those who had intercourse had better responses to stress than those who engaged in other sexual behaviors or abstained. Another study published in the same journal found that frequent intercourse was associated with lower diastolic blood pressure in cohabiting participants. Yet other research found a link between partner hugs and lower blood pressure in women.

Sex Reduces depression Endorphins are released during sexual intercouse and orgasm, which have a calming effect and help ease de-

pression. After orgasm, our muscles relax, our breathing, blood pressure and pulse rate slows down, leading us calm yet euphoric. Studies suggest that people who enjoy regular sex lead a calmer, less stressful life.

Sex Boosts Immunity Good sexual health may mean better physical health. Having sex once or twice a week has been linked with higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A or IgA, which can protect you from getting colds and other infections. Scientists at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., took samples of saliva, which contain IgA, from 112 college students who reported the frequency of sex they had. Those in the "frequent" group -- once or twice a week -- had higher levels of IgA than those in the other three groups -- who reported being abstinent, having sex less than once a week, or having it very often, three or more times weekly.


Sex Burns Calories Thirty minutes of sex burns 85 calories or more. It may not sound like much, but it adds up: 42 half-hour sessions will burn 3,570 calories, more than enough to lose a pound. Doubling up, you could drop that pound in 21 hour-long sessions. "Sex is a great mode of exercise," says Patti Britton, PhD, a Los Angeles sexologist and president of the American Association of Sexuality Educators and Therapists. It takes work, from both a physical and psychological perspective, to do it well, she says.

Sex Improves Heart Health While some older folks may worry that the efforts expended during sex could cause a stroke, that's not so, according to researchers from England. In a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, scientists found frequency of sex was not associated with stroke in the 914 men they followed for 20 years. And the heart health benefits of sex don't end there. The researchers also found that having sex twice or more a week reduced the risk of fatal heart attack by half for the men, compared with those who had sex less than once a month.

Sex Boosts Self-Esteem Boosting self-esteem was one of 237 reasons people have sex, collected by University of Texas researchers and published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. That finding makes sense to Gina Ogden, PhD, a sex therapist and marriage and family therapist in Cambridge, Mass., although she finds that those who already have self-esteem say they sometimes have sex to feel even better. "One of the reasons people say they have sex is to feel good about themselves," she tells WebMD. "Great sex begins with self-esteem, and it raises it. If the sex is loving, connected, and what you want, it

raises it."

Sex Improves Intimacy Having sex and orgasms increases levels of the hormone oxytocin, the so-called “love hormone”, which helps us bond and build trust. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and the University of North Carolina evaluated 59 premenopausal women before and after warm contact with their husbands and partners ending with hugs. They found that the more contact, the higher the oxytocin levels. "Oxytocin allows us to feel the urge to nurture and to bond," Britton says. Higher oxytocin has also been linked with a feeling of generosity. So if you're feeling suddenly more generous toward your partner than usual, credit the love hormone

Sex Reduces Pain As the hormone oxytocin surges, endorphins increase, and pain declines. So if your headache, arthritis pain, or PMS symptoms seem to improve after sex, you can thank those higher oxytocin levels. In a study published in the Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine, 48 volunteers who inhaled oxytocin vapor and then had their fingers pricked lowered their pain threshold by more than half.

Another study, reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that frequent ejaculations, 21 or more a month, were linked to lower prostate cancer risk in older men, as well, compared with less frequent ejaculations of four to seven monthly.

Sex Strengthens Pelvic Floor Muscles For women, doing a few pelvic floor muscle exercises known as Kegels during sex offers a couple of benefits. You will enjoy more pleasure, and you’ll also strengthen the area and help to minimize the risk of incontinence later in life. To do a basic Kegel exercise, tighten the muscles of your pelvic floor, as if you're trying to stop the flow of urine. Count to three, then release.

Glowing and Healthy Skin For women Serotonins are released during sex, which are responsible for the afterglow after sex. Serotonins create a feeling of satiety, bringing relaxation and providing relief from stress. Women who have more sex have higher levels of oestrogen, which is essential for healthy and smooth skin, also helps protect us from heart disease.

Sex Helps You Sleep Better Sex Reduces Prostate Cancer Risk Frequent ejaculations, especially for men in the ages of 20, may reduce the risk of prostate cancer later in life. Australian researchers reported in the British Journal of Urology International. When they followed men diagnosed with prostate cancer and those without, they found no association of prostate cancer with the number of sexual partners as the men reached their 30s, 40s, and 50s. But they found men who had five or more ejaculations weekly while in their 20s reduced their risk of getting prostate cancer later by a third.

During orgasm oxytocin is released, so after an orgasm, an intense wave of calm and relaxation overcomes humans and it's a time when people can truly liberate themselves and let go. The majority of who enjoy a regular dose of sex convey that they sleep much better during the night and feel alive and refreshed throughout the day. Getting enough sleep has been linked with a host of other good things, such as maintaining a healthy weight and blood pressure. This is something to think about, especially if you’ve been wondering why your guy can be active for few minutes and be snoring the next.

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What to Wear On • By: Ren

For those who might like it a bit more casual then why not try this outfit? Dress comfortably and still look sexy in this red pants, with grey top and flat shoes. In these, you can walk for a while with him in the moonlight. You could try a natural look with your makeup or something dramatic to draw attention to your face. Always enhance your features ladies. That's why you wear it in the first place.

Ladies, if you're going somewhere fancy this Valentine's Day then this outfit may be for you. Show off those legs with this short red dress paired with sexy, black heels. When he sees you in this, he'll be showing you off around the town all night. Remember don't overdo the makeup; just add enough to enhance your features. With this outfit, I would recommend smoky eyes and subtle lips.

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Valentine's Day You can still dress down and look sexy though. How about this outfit? Wear your sleeves down or roll them up to your forearms. Either way, you'll have her ogling you. The vest is a nice touch that adds that lfinishing touch for this outfit. Step out feeling confident and sexy on this Valentine's Day.

MEN, if you're going to treat her on this special day then you may as well do it right. Impress her with a suit that shows off your sexy bod such as this one. She will be strutting you around all night till while anticipating what's to come later.

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Party Reviews • By: the Drop Wordz Team

College Access: The anticipation for College Acess: Age of the Nerd was high! People came in their numbers by car, van and even scooters. Parking was congested, and the flow of traffic moved at a snail with drivers scurrying for a spot when one became available as they were in limited supply. Based from the outside, the male to female ratio proved satisfactory; approximately 4 males to 3 females. Even on the outside the audience swayed, sung and partied. The selection by (Dj Wayne) really had the crowd going. Security was tight, and entry and exit followed the proper protocol. Upon entry, the venue proved inadequate to facilitate its patrons, like the slave ship from Africa to Caribbean, it was CRAMMED! Persons complained about the lack of movement and the heat. With such elements and dancing, whining, rocking etc, it’s a definite recipe for someone to pass out. Thus far, 3 persons have vomited and by our expectations more will follow the trend. It was problematic to get to the main dance floor or the main area. Decor proved useful, unlike the last party, strobe lights improved and uplifted the otherwise dull house. Disco balls and light runners proved to uplift the spirits and unleash the inner freak. You almost had to ask yourself were you at a Rave or college party? Funny, the male to female ratio outside the venue was completely altered. Females started to dominate the event, It’s been a while since we saw more females than males at a party. We asked one patron, why she wasn't inside, her response "mi not baking cake or pudding." Again we stress, the phrase 'packed like sardines" had nothing on College Access. The juggling from the selectors seemed distorted; the vibe was on a high and waaaaaay down low, symbolizing a heartbeat monitor. Genre jumps were drastic,

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from reggae to alternative, with no linkage to warrant the selected "mix". On the bar front, liquor was out shortly after we arrived, not before cups however. Liquor, was there until cups took a vacation and rum punch became the drink of the night. Consulting the promoter as to why cups and liquor were finished, he commented that this crowd was unexpected and he's completely taken aback by the turn out. Amongst the patrons, we found ourselves in the presence of some of NCU finest - its security forces, along with some movers and shakers of the NCU community. A slight altercation at the gate, threatened to disrupt the party but that was soon resolved and the party continued to maximize its potential. All in all the party was a success. There are few problems to be addressed though; venue was too small and smokers need a smoking area as breathing was congested within the venue. We here at Drop Wordz give College Access “Age of the Nerd” a 3.5 out of 5.

People's Review Boy - "Party ok, but the venue is too small for the event. Everything look confusing. Can't believe them out of cup and only serving rum punch." Boy - "Party a shot, DJss could have been better, love to see all the ladies and the ratio look good." Girl- "A lot of ppl. The party is ok but the venue is a down fall." Girl- "Crazy vibes, a lot more people than they were expecting but it MAD."


Girl- "Super crazy!!!!!! I like it." Boy- "Venue a kill me bad. Hate that there is no liquor but I'm going to party it up still and see what's what."

Boy- "It a shot, but it hot!!!!"

Boy- "It's crazy pack. I don't see the vybz but I see the people."

Boy- "The party a gwaan mon but I hate that liquor was out."

Boy- "Better if I'd had gone to a 'gogo' club."

Boy- "The way it hot I have to be sweating but it crazy"

Girl- "the vibes crazy, the party shot."

Boy- "The lighting look very cool."

Girl- "In there is super tight. It look like a outside medz for the night." Boy- "One step inside and I had to say NOOOOOO!!!! But the ladies make me want to give it a try."

The College Xperience (TCX): J.A.N.U.S. TCX is no stranger to Drop Wordz Magazine as only a few weeks ago it was featured in one of our publications. Well on February, 4th, TCX hosted their first event for the new year, JANUS. JANUS featured the first of the new TCX that promotes a more exclusive atmosphere. When I arrived, the party should have been in full swing but there was only a small number of patrons sitting around or standing outside. There were no real evidence of decor besides a few coloured bulbs. The dancefloor was empty though the DJ was playing. It seemed TCX had not transitioned that much after all. After a while, a few more persons came and the party vibes started to pick up. The DJs played some mixes that were sure to get everyone dancing ranging from old hits of all to new ones from all genres. The patrons could not resist and converged on the dance floor. The mood was set then it died down after a while when patrons got too hot as the two windows weren't providing enough ventilation.

drinks at the bar. Many persons complained that there was no variety at the bar as they were only serving one mix that tasted like cranberry juice. But behold, some patrons were not having this complaint as they had GOLD MEMBERSHIP. Gold Members were being served apple martinis and eating finger food upstairs. One of the promoters, told Drop Wordz that Gold Membership was awarded to those that have been supporting TCX since its inception. New patrons have the option of becoming new members too. After they've pledged TCX, if they attend a certain number of events then they will be awarded Gold Membership. TCX was previously a party for a group of friends and acquaintances who partied together but now it has become something akin to a fraternity. Will it survive this transition? Only time will tell but Drop Wordz gives TCX: JANUS a 2 out of 5. The DJs may have built some vibes but that's about all that was great at this party.

Persons went outside and chatted with friends or got

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All Dese Tings •By: Fuse

Suh yes people it’s here once more when every woman

aguh want man fi atleast one day…….all di lesbian dem want man too lool HEH!!! Wat a sumn wen every girl aguh find out who a wife from matey inna di ting. Yes anadda year anadda valentine’s day, anadda year weh man aguh guh all out fi try get the end result of the day………. we all know at the end of valentine’s day is; males want that one thing from all females…….they want a HUG!!!! LOOOOOOOOOL riiiiiiiiiiiite wi know seh a SEX di man dem a pree fi valentine’s day suh all the virgin females….. bit of advice…..pick a fight the day before loool. On the flip side though, males mi know nuff a unu nuh waan buy nothing still enuh suh do as I say zeen…..first go to her and ask her what she wants for the day….if she is the average female she will say chocolate, rose and dem sumn deh, but if she is a bit above average she will say…..It’s up to u, surprise me babes’. Now is your chance to pick a fight with her just to get out of the day LOOOOOOL you must know from which angle yah guh pick the fight but the ball is in your court rite there son LOOOOOL suh go with God my fellow male companions. Now a bit off the topic of Valentine’s Day…..mek mi walk inna di tales store fi dah one yah. Mi see a rising trend weh mi nuh like none tall!!! Bagga man a par and a wear tuff face like yea ooooh wi mus fear deh face…..ummmm word of advice to these males….halloween is once a year in the STATES not Jamaica suh unu tuff face ting fi use ova deh not here because if unu feel she yutes now a days fraid a face unu have a next guess coming cool. As in man dem a guh hard too enuh……lone stare dung yah get from di hombre dem like seh, yes look into my eyes be mesmerized by my badness LOOOOOL hombre guh sleep wid dat ish zeen…….unu fi guh stare dung some woman fi the valentines and try get some fun from dem and leave the badness because as proven time after time….BADNESS NUH CUT IT! From mi a grow mi hear the phrase ‘Gyal Clown’ and mi always waan know what are the terms and policies that govern being a gyal clown. Let’s review a situation……dis hombre have him girlfriend and nah treat har rite and she step lef him zeen…….Man a play sorry and baye tings but because she smart and nuh deal wid BS, it nah work pon har suh she still nah gi him nuh fawud. Him try everything but unu know seh from a woman mind made up….it’s made up rite? Hombre guh as far as fi dis-

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respect the female, tell har all sorts of rude things and still waan the female fi deal wid him……I find it pathetic of him and frankly mi wudda step inna him face but dats just my view lol. Now it reach a point weh the hombre aguh send threats…..THREATS! and have all other females a send threats as well? How on earth can you do all these things and claim you love her? Unless the meaning of love changed over the years, you a stoopid hombre zeen……. STOOPID!!!

Shoutout to all real men who don’t ‘ bully women into talking to them’ I think schools shud have a ‘Be a Gentleman 101’ class for stupid males like him becuz im writing this and it a upset mi rite now sigh…….Ladies please be as smart as the female I mentioned above and not let males push you around with their so called ‘Badness’……Shout Out to all real men who don’t bully women into talking to them… Unu aguh have di best set a woman dem zeen and ladies if unu like wen man push unu around…please evaluate your self -worth cuz unu obviously nuh have none. Until a next time…..Fuse gone!!!!


Roses • Red roses are considered the flower of love because the color red stands for strong romantic feelings. • 189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S. on Valentine's Day. • Approximately 110 million roses, mostly red, will be sold and delivered within the three-day Valentine's Day time period.

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