Australian LGBTIQA+ activist meets Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

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Australian LGBTIQA activist Jacob Thomas meets Meghan, Duchess of Sussex at a garden party.
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“I don’t want to speak ill of my hometown because I still love to come back … but it was hard,” they said.”I was bullied horrendously in primary school and quite a bit of high school — I think everyone had the perception I was gay.” It was issues like this that led Thomas to eventually leave Shepparton to live in Melbourne.”I wouldn’t have been able to tough it out, I couldn’t have,” they said. But it was this difficult period that helped shape the message behind Thomas’s advocacy work.”It’s a hard thing — you don’t want your story to always be sad,” they said.If there is a message that they hope was communicated through their work, Thomas said it was “to the LGBTIQA+ community, in Australia and across the world, you are loved and so important”. The network has around 100 members in every state of the Commonwealth and operates on five areas of work: gender and governance; sexual reproductive health and rights, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics (SOGIGESC); early, forced and child marriage; and youth transitions in education, employment and enterprise.It was tragedy that sparked Thomas’s advocacy work following the death of a dear friend. (Supplied: Jacob Thomas)
Thomas said that while Australia is on the right track, it still has a long way to go in ensuring equality for all.”Marriage equality was a big win, but there’s still a lot that needs to be done.”A lot of us in Australia are still recovering from the [same-sex marriage] survey and we need you to keep standing with us.”The next stepThomas will be back in Melbourne at the end of the month.Currently travelling around Europe, promoting equality for the gay and trans community, the activist is due to speak at a side event for the International Planned Parenthood Federation in Amsterdam.”I’m looking at pursuing new opportunities overseas in the human rights field,” Thomas said.”But until then, I’ll be focusing on my research, supporting my mentees and my community, dancing in drag, and celebrating.” “I had a subsequent breakdown after that,” they said.”I started to do a bit more research and realised how disproportionately high the [suicide] statistics are for the [LGBTIQA+] community.”There is a lot of hate that goes on in our community across the world.”Rubbing shoulders with the Royal FamilyThomas had previously also met the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London in April.In 2016, Thomas also received the Queen’s Young Leader Award from the Queen herself, for the activist’s work with organisations trying to prevent suicide and advocating for access to primary health care for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community.Thomas does not underestimate the importance of discussing one’s cause with members of the Royal family.”People pay attention to the Royal Family, so it helps get our work out there and makes the issues we work on more visible,” they said.”It helps to have high level allies on your side when you’re working on tough matters.”Growing up in regional Australia

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Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network Coordinator Jacob Thomas discussed the future of the Commonwealth with young people from all 53 member states (Supplied: Jacob Thomas)
Thomas grew up in Shepparton in northern Victoria and said that growing up as a member of the LGBTIQA+ community in a regional Australian area was not always easy. “Your existence is an act of rebellion against hate and a promotion of kindness.”You’re incredibly powerful and you’re incredibly strong — you deserve your visibility, you deserve your dignity.”If I can do it, then heck maybe you can too!”

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Australian LGTBIQA+ activist Jacob Thomas at London’s Pride parade in July 2018. “We’re doing alright on a number of areas, but we need to invest in a safer, more secure, fairer and more prosperous future for our country.”
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Thomas was recently appointed Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network Coordinator. “On this very particular day when the photo was taken, there were 100 young people from all 53 states of the Commonwealth, all coming together to basically plan what the Commonwealth is going to look like to young people in 2040,” they said.”When the Duchess came over, she walked up and just goes, ‘Hello, old friend, how are you?'” Thomas said. Australian LGBTIQA+ activist Jacob Thomas made headlines earlier this year after being photographed laughing with members of the Commonwealth Youth Council — including Meghan, Duchess of Sussex — while sporting a jacket made in the colours of the trans pride flag.Thomas identifies as a gender non-binary person and uses the pronoun “they” — and it was their passion for creating a more accepting and fairer future for the LGBTIQA+ community that attracted the attention of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Thomas’s work is focused on reducing suicide rates of young people who identify as LGBTIQA+ and addressing issues of gender equality, youth participation and education among the community.”What I’m advocating for is human dignity and respect,” they said.”Australia is constantly seen as a beacon of excellence in the world, particularly the Commonwealth — people look to us.
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He said it became obvious to him that Robinvale was known for its multiculturalism when he travelled overseas.”Robinvale is on the map. Photo:
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Siua Taumefolau teaches music to local students to help create social cohesion in the town. Photo:
Robinvale councillor John Katis says he is proud to represent the town because of its diversity. They change to our way of life and they seem to be freer in the way they express themselves and the way they live.”Many languages, one band of musiciansWith a mix of cultures, Robinvale boasts a diversity of people that Mr Katis said he was proud to represent.But fitting in hasn’t always been easy for the locals. Diversity and multiculturalism have become a rich source of pride for the Murray River town of Robinvale. (Back Roads: Ron Ekkel)
While the region is best-known for its agricultural industries, the local music groups and sporting clubs are another form of social inclusion for the locals to connect with one another.Siua Taumefolau is a liaison officer with the local college and teaches music to bring people together.The program provides alternative options to labour in the field, where Mr Taumefolau has helped inspire youth to become role models for each other.”Just talk to the kids about their future and [tell them to] keep working hard at school to try and do something different from when we first came here, which was hard labour,” Mr Taumefolau said.”Music is the only one language we all speak.”I feel we can do everything in a different way but with music you get the same feeling and enjoying — doesn’t matter what culture you are — music is the one language.”

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John Katis says Robinvale citizenship ceremonies remind him of when he arrived in Australia. Nowadays you meet different cultures, you talk about different ways of life, they bring different foods. After living here for so long, it just grows on you,” Mr Katis told ABC TV’s Back Roads program.”I think it’s the people that make it stand out.”It’s the people that live here, and the new ones. She meets communities whose good humour and inventiveness will inspire and uplift. Robinvale is known throughout the world,” he said.”I went to Greece and I went to Israel and right down to the Dead Sea and everyone knows Robinvale because we have so much diversity from here that goes out there.”I’ve lived here for 60-odd years and it has changed a lot. (Back Roads: Ron Ekkel)
The north-west Victorian town claims to be one of the most multicultural communities in Australia.The town has a fluctuating population of about 3,000 residents depending on seasonal workers, but there is a large mix of English, Italian, Tongan, Vietnamese, Indigenous Australian, Malaysian and other residents who account for more than 30 languages spoken in the community.Councillor John Katis has lived in Robinvale for more than 60 years after migrating from Greece about halfway through last century.”It’s fantastic. (Back Roads: Ron Ekkel)
Putting Robinvale on the mapBringing the people together to become Australian citizens is just normal practice for Mr Katis, who is also the master of citizenship ceremonies in the town.He said formally welcoming the new citizens was important because they were the same kind of people that travelled to Australia in his earlier years.

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“This is an ongoing program,” Mr Bell said. “Next April we’ll have another group from Canberra and Melbourne as we did this year, and these guys are already looking to next year.”We have six host families [for this trip], but the people of the Bega Valley are so generous, I’ve got 26 on my database.”It is hoped that the schoolchildren can also meet more people their own age next year.”We hope to run it again in September next year,” Ms Enders said.”Next year we’re going to coordinate with a school down here so that on the last day of the school term we’ll actually take them into some of the schools down here as well.”Bassam Paulis is excited that more families like his will benefit from the program.”I don’t know how we can give back to them but I hope that they can continue what they’re doing because it’s amazing and it’s very, very important to people like us.”

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Bassam Paulis with a tawny frogmouth at a Tathra bird park. Or some beautiful native birds.That was the experience of a group of 35 new arrivals from Iraq, who live in western Sydney, when they made their first trip out of Smithfield to the south east of New South Wales.For 14-year-old Maryam Salim, who came to Australia about a year ago, the excitement started on the drive down.”When we were on the bus coming here, someone said ‘Oh look there’s a kangaroo there,’ and then we saw the kangaroos for the first time,” she said.”I saw the joey, it was so cute.”Making up the group of 35 new arrivals were six children from Smithfield Public School who were chosen to make the trip, along with their families, based on their good attendance record and involvement in the school community. Photo:
The group of 35 new arrivals from Iraq were able to watch a traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony as part of their visit. (ABC News: Kerrin Thomas)
The visit to the Bega Valley was organised by Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast.Secretary Gavin Bell said that the aim of the visit was to give the new arrivals a weekend that was both fun and informative.”People say ‘why do you do it?’ and it’s the joy we get from doing this for the weekend,” he said.”These families have had so many hurdles to jump through to get here to live in Sydney that we feel if we can give them a weekend, just to come and let their hair down… why wouldn’t you do it?”The families chosen all have children attending Smithfield Public School in western Sydney where Julia Enders, who helped organise the trip, is a parent.She said she hoped the visit to the region would help locals foster a greater understanding of the challenges that new arrivals and refugees can face.”The biggest thing is understanding that these people are happy to be here,” Ms Enders said.”They’re lovely, welcoming, happy people that have escaped hardship and are looking for a new future, for them and their kids.””I’d like to think it spreads right through the Bega Valley as far as people’s knowledge of why we’re doing it … but for the families involved it gives them a taste of what a refugee looks like,” Mr Bell said.”We just want to show people you don’t just have to get up in the morning, work and go to bed at night — there’s a bigger world out there that we need to discover and it’s so enriching for the people who get involved.”Plans to continue visitsThis is the third visit to the region so far this year that has been run by the Social Justice Advocates group. The group spent the weekend getting a taste of coastal and regional life outside of the city as they stayed with host families in the Bega Valley and visited local sights including the Killer Whale Museum, Marine Rescue and the Marine Discovery Centre in Eden, a bird park at Tathra and a dairy farm. Imagine seeing a kangaroo for the first time, or a beach. (Supplied: Julia Enders)
Bassam Paulis, who came to Australia two years ago with his wife and two children, now 10 and seven, was also excited to see his first macropod.”We went to a golf club, we were very close to the kangaroos, like two metres,” Mr Paulis said.”We took lots of photos with the kids, we saw them eating and scratching.”His children enjoyed learning about native Australian animals.”They’re enjoying it, they see the animals, they got some information about the nature and the bush and also we did a smoke [ceremony] celebrating for Aboriginals,” Mr Paulis said.More than cute animal sightings

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Wiz Khalifa – All of a Sudden Lyrics

[Intro: THEMXXNLIGHT]
(Call me, reach me)
[Pre-Chorus: THEMXXNLIGHT]
Call me, reach me
Only when your goin’ to see me
Oh, then we go dancin’
I can feel us romancin’
Girl, why you actin’
Goddamn, you attractin’
All the attention
You make a good impression
[Chorus: THEMXXNLIGHT]
(I can see the moon in your eyes)
All of a sudden (you go out of sight)
All of a sudden (you go out of sight)
All of a sudden (you go out of sight)
[Verse 1: Wiz Khalifa]
I hear you ain’t callin’
I need you in the mornin’
I feel you when you walk in
Conversation, I’ma spark it
No time, I ain’t gon waste it
My time, I’m gonna take it
Slow it down, we love makin’
Speed it up, say that’s your favorite
Say something good to me
Say something good to me
Say something good to me
Say something good to me
I got just what you need
We gon drink and roll the weed
Ain’t gon fall in love with me
That’s just how it’s supposed to be
[Pre-Chorus: THEMXXNLIGHT]
Call me, reach me
Only when your goin’ to see me
Oh, then we go dancin’
I can feel us romancin’
Girl, why you actin’
Goddamn, you attractin’
All the attention
You make a good impression
[Chorus: THEMXXNLIGHT]
(I can see the moon in your eyes)
All of a sudden (you go out of sight)
All of a sudden (you go out of sight)
All of a sudden (you go out of sight)
[Verse 2: Wiz Khalifa]
(Uh) Ooh, wonder where you went to
I know what we went through, ’cause at first, we were cool
Now you up in my room, doin’ what grown people do
You want me me on you, hit me when we’re through
And say something good to me
Say something good to me
Say something good to me
Say something good to me
Hit it so good, you go to sleep
Didn’t know you was a freak
Got me fuckin’ up my sheets
Before I know, you gone away
[Pre-Chorus: THEMXXNLIGHT]
Call me, reach me
Only when your goin’ to see me
Oh, then we go dancin’
I can feel us romancin’
Girl, why you actin’
Goddamn, you attractin’
All the attention
You make a good impression
[Chorus: THEMXXNLIGHT]
(I can see the moon in your eyes)
All of a sudden (you go out of sight)
All of a sudden (you go out of sight)
All of a sudden (you go out of sight)
[Outro: Unidentified Voice & THEMXXNLIGHT]
Yeah
But she like, real cool
You don’t wanna be bothered
She like, I’ma fuck her
Just don’t lie to him
Call me, reach me
Call me, reach me

Wiz Khalifa – Bootsy Bellows Lyrics

[Chorus]
And my eyes so low, soon as I walk in
I got a joint rolled you know that imma spark it
That’s why I ride so slow, me and my gangsters
I hear ’em talkin’ like they livin’ but they ain’t us
Pockets, they swole
I won’t leave here alone, came here with no bitch
But when I walk out the door, I might leave here with your bitch
[Verse 2]
Uh, they ain’t goin hard as us
We courtside, chillin’, smokin’ out the building
Regardless if authorities give us permission
Boss bitches niggas breakin’ they credit card limits
To try to ball with us
We in talks with those who only own business
My spark lit, then I paint pictures
Don’t leave witnesses, nah nigga, my gang different
Pull the Benz out in the rain
Hit her once, I won’t even remember her name
Hella diamonds up in my chain
To say that I’m dope is an understatement but no, I ain’t underrated
Came from a place where niggas make their own way
Got some girls who fuck me but got niggas so they don’t say
I’m puttin’ KK in the paper
On point, gang ready for danger
Long joints, rollin’ them things like broken fingers
Too clean to ever have a stain
Khalifa the boss before you beat the game
[Chorus]
And my eyes so low, soon as I walk in
I got a joint rolled you know that imma spark it
That’s why I ride so slow, me and my gangsters
I hear ’em talkin’ like they livin’ but they ain’t us
Pockets, they swole
I won’t leave here alone, came here with no bitch
But when I walk out the door, I might leave here with your bitch
[Outro]
Pockets is gettin’ swole
Used to smoke blunts now it’s paper she roll
Diamonds to my toes
Everywhere I go, I’m froze
You already know
Fool
Gangsters too
This is how them gangsters do [Intro]
Gang, gang
Gang, gang, gang
Gang
[Verse 1]
Leave it to me, I’ll have you twisting that weed with a G
Got too much talent just to be sittin’ around with
Weed and alcohol, that’s the balance
Ridin’ in the Benz with low mileage
Working ’til my hands get callouses
Been a player, I established it
Whips be the fastest
Chicks be the baddest and my kush above average
Legendary status and my crib like a palace
I know why they mad
‘Cause your bitch layin’ in my bed
Still got the weed smell in her hair
Comin’ home later, nigga gettin’ cares
Make a whole pound disappear
Come for the money, tryna get a dog
Live this for the gang, Imma get involved
Look at me different now
Roll some weed and put your niggas on
You ain’t bout the paper, what you in it for?

Wiz Khalifa – Holyfield Lyrics

Uh, real deal, Holyfield
All my niggas real
Actin’ brand new
Why the fuck you here? Uh, real deal, Holyfield
All my niggas real
Actin’ brand new
Why the fuck you here? Uh, real deal, Holyfield
All my niggas real
Actin’ brand new
Why the fuck you here? [Verse 2]
I’ma get high, for real
I’ma get mine, for real
I’m doin’ my time, for real
I’m on my grind, for real
My diamonds gon’, shine for real
It’s still on my mind, for real
Take a paper plane, fill it up with kush
Goin’ hard so you never say we lose
[Chorus]
Real deal, Holyfield
All my niggas real
Actin’ brand new
Why the fuck you here? [Verse 1]
Uh, down to chill
All my niggas in the field
Money, pill, I’m a boss
They hatin’ still
Chevy grill, hunnid mill
Always real
Never feel thrown, I will I don’t chill
[Chorus]
Real deal, Holyfield
All my niggas real
Actin’ brand new
Why the fuck you here? [Chorus]
Real deal, Holyfield
All my niggas real
Actin’ brand new
Why the fuck you here?

Panic! at the Disco – Karma Police Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Karma police
Arrest this man, he talks in maths
He buzzes like a fridge, he’s like a detuned radio
Karma police
Arrest this girl, her Hitler hairdo
Is making me feel ill and we have crashed her party
[Chorus]
This is what you get
This is what you get
This is what you get
When you mess with us
[Verse 2]
Karma police
I’ve given all I can, it’s not enough
I’ve given all I can, but were still on the payroll
[Chorus]
This is what you get
This is what you get
This is what you get
When you fuck with us
[Bridge]
And for a minute there
I lost myself, I lost myself
Shit! For a minute there
I lost myself, I lost myself
[Outro]
I’m afraid that I…
I’m afraid that I…
Well I’m afraid that I
I lost myself
I lost myself

Rick Astley – Every Corner Lyrics

[Verse 1]
The fear of losing
The fear of losing you
Makes me do stupid things
The fear of wanting
The fear of wanting you too much
Makes me see stupid things
[Refrain]
I know
I know the way to keep using the way that I treat you
I can feel it
I can feel my jealous heart playing tricks on my bones
[Pre-Chorus]
But I won’t turn around
I don’t need it, I don’t need it
I let it go
I won’t make a sound
Cause’ I don’t need it, I don’t need it
I just let it go
[Chorus]
Yes I love, I love you back in every corner of my mind
Yes I love, I love you still, and no, I think I always will
Yes I love, I love you back in every corner of my mind
In every corner of my mind
[Verse 2]
I pull you closer
I pull you closer till my hearts stop feeling stupid things
I hold you tighter
I hold you tighter till my brain stops thinking stupid things
[Refrain]
I know
I know the way to keep using the way that I treat you
I can feel it
I can feel my jealous heart playing tricks on my bones
[Pre-Chorus]
But I won’t turn around
I don’t need it, I don’t need it
I let it go
I won’t make a sound
Cause’ I don’t need it, I don’t need it
I just let it go
[Chorus]
Yes I love, I love you back in every corner of my mind
Yes I love, I love you still, and no, I think I always will
Yes I love, I love you back in every corner of my mind
In every corner of my mind
[Bridge]
I love you
Every corner of my mind
I’m gonna love you
Every corner of my mind
I love you
Every corner of my, every corner of my
Every corner of my mind
[Chorus]
Yes I love, I love you back in every corner of my mind
Yes I love, I love you still, and no, I think I always will
Yes I love, I love you back in every corner of my mind
In every corner of my mind

Young Thug – Money Turning Me On Lyrics

[Intro]
Yeah, yeah
Oh, yeah
Uh
Wheezy beats
This money turnin’ me on
(Yo, turn me up bro)
Misery, yeah, yeah
[Chorus: Young Thug]
This money turnin’ me on, ayy, this money turnin’ me on
I’m thinkin’ out loud, but these hunnids got a nigga gone (woo)
Three hundred racks for a Bentley truck, yeah yeah
Take the factories off and go and lift it up, yeah yeah
Cash all on your bitch, she on the living room floor
Having a private party, you know how it go
[Verse 1: Young Thug]
Music all in my ears
Instruments in my ears
I’m in the backyard feeding deers
I’m in a condo popping seals
I got po-po’s in my rear
I bought CoCo with my deal
I missed a couple shows with my deal
If I could take it back I will
And don’t you take that to the head
You know I got you in my whip
It don’t matter if it don’t work out
Man I know you with me for real
You helped me balance my skills
You helped me over the hill
You got my mind right when I was thinking ’bout going and go kill
Young lil’ nigga popping shit
High school, I played quarterback
I ain’t never had to hit a lick
Never had to touch a nick
Never had to risk shit
But this wealth, cause if you played then it’s death
[Chorus: Young Thug]
This money turnin’ me on, ayy, this money turnin’ me on
I’m thinkin’ out loud, but these hunnids got a nigga gone (far gone)
Three hundred racks for a Bentley truck, yeah yeah
Take the factories off and go and lift it up, yeah yeah
Cash all on your bitch, she on the living room floor
Having a private party, you know how it go
[Verse 2: Young Thug]
Hunnid fifty thousand for a show
On the east or the west coast
Give a couple bands to the woa
Jet to Miami with some zoes
Hunnid fifty thousand for a show
Hunnid fifty thousand for a show
On the east or the west coast
On the east or the west coast, ayy
Every night I snuck my way outside
Started skipping school and I snuck up on a ride
My brother in law let me shoot a choppa when I was five
Ever since that day, man I been riding ’til I die
[Chorus: Young Thug]
This money turnin’ me on, ayy, this money turnin’ me on
I’m thinkin’ out loud, but these hunnids got a nigga gone (far gone)
Three hundred racks for a Bentley truck, yeah yeah
Take the factories off and go and lift it up, yeah yeah
Cash all on your bitch, she on the living room floor
Having a private party, you know how it go

Young Thug – Slide By Lyrics

[Verse 1: Young Thug]
Met her at the Petsmart (what you did after that)
Put her in that leg lock (okay then what)
Hit it backward in a headlock (man I’m feeling sick)
Performing surgery, she my head doctor (don’t drop a dime)
I had to call her one more time (why you had to call)
I think she slime, she looking lime (tell me what you told her)
I told her, “throw it baby for me” (slow it down)
She kissing on me like she know me (ay)
She said fuck that she want the old me (the old days)
She got a few bitches for the homies (bring ’em out)
Now I’m so lonely, lo-lo-lonely (hunnid k)
Like when I hit the dentist (and she wish)
She said baby she not even finished (she not finished)
I put Fendi under my linen, nope
Tell me she don’t got time for them women
I’m eating at Five Guys, I’m a fly guy, but as much as you can slide by, ah
[Chorus: Young Thug]
As much as you could vibe by, ah
This what you would divide by, ah
We living in the sky, ah
I left her then she cried
I got as much as you can buy
I got as much as you can fly
I got as much as you can slide by me
[Verse 2: Young Thug]
These niggas small to the Thugger like they [?]
I fuck that bitch right on the floor, that cherry wood shit
I told them niggas if they scared hit that pulpit
This ain’t no hope but it’s a dare, you not doing shit (fucks)
Yeah, Snapchat me that pussy bitch
Bitch I’m the shit, on my wrist it’s a full brick
We pop it off, won’t bow down to the bitch (nah)
You can tell I’m fly by checking out my chick
If you think I’m gay, you can come check my dick (check it bitch)
If you think I’m sweet, I’ll let you take a lick (lick it bitch)
If you want that molly, I’ll give you some grits (woo)
My breath smell like some Trident, put it on your lips (ha)
I can take yo broad with my black card (black card)
These days, lotta pussy niggas act hard (act hard)
We the crazy jokers, we gon’ pull ya card (pull it)
Big ol’ pool in the backyard
We can tie some ties, if you get this shit a fly by, ah
[Chorus: Young Thug]
As much as you could vibe by, ah
This what you would divide by, ah
We living in the sky, ah
I left her then she cried
I got as much as you can buy
I got as much as you can fly
I got as much as you can slide by me

Young Thug – Breathe Lyrics

[Intro: Young Thug]
Nigga back up with all that
Nigga back up with all that
Nigga back up with all that
Yeah, yeah
[Verse 1: Young Thug]
Hunnid bands, yeah she know that (know that)
Nigga back up with all that (ay)
Favorite picture baby Kodak (ching ching)
Back, back up with all that (back up)
[?] tryna get up all that
Back, back up with all that (back, back up)
Critics tryna get a picture
Back, back up with all that
You a diamond in the rough
These niggas don’t believe that (woo)
Pussy wet like [?]
Hey there, baby don’t you see that
Back up with all that
Nigga back up with all that
Nigga back up with all that
Nigga back up with all that, yeah
Back that shit up with some caution
Back that shit up with some caution (Thugger)
Leave ’em in a creek like Dawson (Thugger)
Leave ’em in a muhfucking coffin
You know it’s murder to play with murder
You know it’s hard for me to cough
I just bought like ten foreigns (so what)
You know it’s hard for me to walk (skrt)
I moved to another league
Always moving, call me Busy Bee
Keep the rhythm man you killing me
I pop them Skittles and they healing me
Yeah, nigga classic
Write it down and take notes (and what)
Money off a lucky boat (and what)
Showing love with lucky folk
[Chorus: Young Thug]
Breathe, ooh
I want you to breathe, ooh
I just wan’ see you breathe, ooh
I ain’t leaving you, I just wanna breathe, ooh (ya dig)
I just wanna breathe, ooh (ya dig)
Can I let you breathe, ooh
I don’t want you to leave, but I want you to breathe, oh yeah
[Verse 2: Young Thug]
Take you a breath (take you a breath)
Take you a few steps (a few)
I dig you like dust (I dig it)
I’m a player, I’m ya new neph
And it’s family first (fam)
Don’t leave ’em ’bout two steps (I promise)
I had a whole lotta enemies (where)
I think I got two left
The fuck is you talking ’bout baby
The fuck is you talking ’bout baby
I think they sleeping on a private flight
Don’t wake ’em, just chalk ’em out baby
Don’t wake ’em, just chalk ’em out baby
[?] done lost it out baby
The fuck is you talking ’bout baby
That McQueen the latest
[Chorus: Young Thug]
I want you to breathe
I need you to breathe
I want you to breathe, yeah
I want you to breathe
Baby can you breathe
I don’t want you to leave me, but I want you to breathe, oh yeah

Juice WRLD – Electric Chair Lyrics

[Chorus]
Let my insecurities take over
Right now it’s kinda hard to stay sober
Last thing I wanna hear is “it’s over”
Love is deadly it’s gon’ put me in a coma
If I lose you, then I’m losing my composure
Got me flipping in my coffin, turnin’ over
All this pain in my chest got my lungs hurt
She gon’ stab me in my left side, heart burst
[Verse]
I’m so scared, I’m so so scared
That I cared, and you don’t care
Momma always told me not to have any fears
But this shit is deadly like electric chairs
You told me you leavin’, death to my ears
This shit ain’t Houdini baby, don’t disappear
Heart break and harmony, feel it in the air
Tell Cupid stick to his day job yeah
I passed out in the party, almost died right there
All the drug use starting to pay off, yeah
I don’t work a job, but I lay off, yeah
The devil on my shoulder need to stay off, yeah
[Chorus]
Let my insecurities take over
Right now it’s kinda hard to stay sober
Last thing I wanna hear is it’s over
Love is deadly it’s gon’ put me in a coma
If I lose you, then I’m losing my composure
Got me flipping in my coffin, turnin’ over
All this pain in my chest got my lungs hurt
She gon’ stab me in my left side, heart burst

‘You don’t have to be physically fit’: The growing sport of robot wars

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The battle arena is encased in polycarbonate to contain any flying debris.
James Eddy, another of Adelaide Robot Combat’s founders, said he specialised in defensive robots.”I run wedge bots, so basically [with] no weapon and all my areas in defence,” he said.”So I tend to rush their weapons a fair bit and try and stop them from spinning up or activating their weapon.”Adelaide Robot Combat gets its chance for wider exposure at the Hybrid World Adelaide event at the Convention Centre from July 20-24.Ben Hayton will show off his various robots, made from materials including a transformer mask and a toaster.”We’re going to have so many people around and lots of people watching,” he said.”I’ve entered six robots because I couldn’t decide which ones I wanted people to see.” Photo:
Building a battle robot requires some intricate construction. You just just want to do it.”You just need to clear your mind a little bit and just aim at the other robot and keep going.”Robot combat is just as it sounds — enthusiasts build robots and then use them to smash each other up in a combat zone.The battle zone is encased in plastic to shield participants and onlookers from any flying debris.Like boxing, there are weight classes.Robots can compete in a 150-gram “antweight” class or the 1.36-kilogram “beetleweight” class.The sport is played throughout the world, with some competitions featuring 13 kilogram robots. Photo:
Ben Hayton will showcase several of his robots at a coming Adelaide event. (Instagram: /_team_panic_/)
Put simply, the robots smash into each other until one becomes incapacitated.”It can be pretty brutal… pretty scary, but we’ve got the polycarb here to protect everyone,” Mr Eddy said.Adelaide Robot Combat draws interest from many people of many ages and backgrounds, including a tech-passionate doctor and a 13-year-old Adelaide student, Jayden Strudwick, who is not intimidated by any opponent.”Once you enter the arena it doesn’t matter about age, they’ll treat you the same, it’s really fun,” he said.The Year 8 student said battling it out once a month was way more fun than playing video games at home.”Once you put your bot in the arena for the first time, [with] just the amount of energy you get through it, it’s just completely different and it’s a lot more things you can use in future careers,” he explained. External Link:

Here's how Jayden Strudwick built his battlebot called Mr Bladejangles. (Supplied: Adelaide Robot Combat)
“A lot of the time when you’re actually in the midst of a battle, adrenaline takes over,” Mr Hayton said.”You basically have to rely on instinct a lot, so it’s really good get some dry practice in beforehand because, in the throes of battle, you don’t want to be thinking ‘Oh, I need to pull my stick left so I can turn left’. Video: Battle robots go head-to-head

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“I love this idea of people getting out there, making things and then pitting themselves against each other as… sport,” Mr Hayton said.”But it’s more of a mind thing, because it’s your design versus somebody else’s design.”So you don’t have to be physically fit — you’re bashing heads more than bashing brawn, which is a really exciting thing.”A ‘brutal’ sport with no physical painAnother of Adelaide Robot Combat’s founders, Chris Bycroft, agreed it was somewhere between a hobby and a sport.”There’s nothing like the rush of driving these — your hands are shaking afterwards,” he said. It sounds a bit like speaking up at a self-help group: “Hi, I’m Ben Hayton, I’m 25 years old, an electrical and software engineer and I’m obsessed by robots”.Mr Hayton is part of “Adelaide Robot Combat”, a league his colleagues founded three years ago.And he said it’s a sport which takes both skill and energy.

We’re going to need a bigger shed: Vintage bikes make up a classic collection

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Steve Nutt’s new bike shed is bigger than most suburban house blocks and houses his collection of more than 200 vintage bicycles.The 69-year-old Gold Coast resident believes he has accumulated the largest collection of its kind in Australia.”I don’t know anyone who has more bicycles than me,” he said.The former bike shop owner said he buys and rebuilds bikes built between 1890 and 1990.”I mainly collect racing bikes and generally, ones with an Australian connection, either made in Australia or raced by Australians,” he added.Pedal-power passion began as a teenagerHis passion for pushbikes started as a 14-year-old while attending Bondi High School, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.He and his mates began racing and his love of the sport quickly grew into a lifelong love of steel-framed bikes.”Mum was a single mother and she couldn’t afford to give me money to buy a good racing bike, so I had to get a paper run and buy my own,” he said.”I never had a bike as good as all my mates, so that probably stayed with me and as I’ve become an adult, and near retirement, I decided I’d like to have the bikes that I couldn’t have when I was 14.”

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Steve Nutt spends up to 10 hours a week tinkering on his bikes in his shed and never takes them inside the house. (ABC Gold Coast: Tom Forbes )
Mr Nutt spends up to 10 hours a week in his shed restoring and maintaining his collection, which is 70 per cent Australian made.He has not bothered trying to value the collection consisting of bikes ranging in value from $500 to $10,000.”It’s in the eye of the beholder,” he said.”Everyone likes something a bit different and mainly, I like racing bikes with an Australian connection.”Resurgence of vintage bicyclesThe cycling enthusiast rides three time a week with a group who prefer the heavier steel-framed bicycles instead of the modern carbon-fibre constructed models.Vintage cycling is making a resurgence with classic bike shows, swap meets and tours being organised around Australia.Mr Nutt said he was often fielding calls from other enthusiasts seeking his advice and expertise in the field.”I’m getting more enquiries about people asking me to identify bikes and asking me to value bikes,” he said.The property developer said his wife Romy had grown to accept that vintage bikes were his second great love.”She’s okay with it all as long as they stay out of the house, that’s her only real rule,” he said with a smile.
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Mac Miller – Self Care lyrics

I could fly home, with my eyes closed
But it get kinda hard to see, that’s no surprise though
You can find me, I ain’t hiding
I don’t move my feet when I be gliding
I just slide in and then I roll out
[Verse 2]
I been reading them signs
I been losing my, I been losing my, I been losing my mind
Get the f*ck out the way, must be this high to play
It must be nice up above the lights, and what a lovely life that I made
I know that feelin’ like it’s in my family tree, yeah
That Mercedes drove me crazy, I was speeding’
Somebody save me from myself, yeah
Tell them they can take that bullsh*t elsewhere
Self care, we’re gonna be good
Hell yeah, they letting me go
[Chorus]
I switched the time zone, what do I know? Oblivion—yeah yeah
Oblivion—yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Oblivion—yeah, yeah—Ooh
I got all the time in the world, so for now I’m just chilling
‘Cause I know it’s a, it’s a beautiful feeling
In oblivion yea yea
Oblivion yea yea, oblivion yea yea Spending nights hitch hiking, where will I go? I could fly home, with my eyes closed
But it get kinda hard to see, that’s no surprise though
You can find me, I ain’t hiding
I don’t move my feet when I be gliding
I just slide in and then I roll out
[Verse 1]
Yeah, well, climbing over that wall
I remember, yes, I remember, yes, I remember it all
Swear the height be too tall so like September I fall
Down below, they don’t know that the medicine be on call
It’s feeling like you hot enough to melt, yea
Can’t trust no one, can’t even trust yourself yea
I love you, I don’t love nobody else, yea
Tell them they can take that bullsh*t elsewhere
Self care, I’m treating me right
Hell yea, we’re gonna be alright
(We gone be alright)
[Chorus]
I switched the time zone, what do I know? I could fly home, with my eyes closed
But it get kinda hard to see, that’s no surprise though
You can find me, I ain’t hiding
I don’t move my feet when I be gliding
I just slide in and then I roll out
[Beat Switch]
[Verse 3]
I didn’t know, I didn’t know
I didn’t know, I didn’t know
Didn’t know what I was missing, now I see a lil’ different
I was thinking too much, got stuck in oblivion yea yea
Oblivion yea yea, oblivion yea yea
I got all the time in the world so for now I’m just chilling
‘Cause I know it’s a, it’s a beautiful feeling in oblivion yea yea
Oblivion yea yea, oblivion yea yea
I ride around my city when I come home
The sun set quickly then get up slow
I disconnect and upload
Watch it spin around, we just spin around
Let’s go and travel through the unknown
We play it cool we know we f*cked though
You keep on saying you in love so
Tell me are you really down, are you really down
Just go back to my crib and play some 45s
It’s safe in here, I know there’s still a war outside
We spend our nights all liquored up, our mornings high
Can you feel it now? [Intro]
Yea you got you got you got
Yea you got you yea
[Chorus]
I switched the time zone, what do I know? It’s safe in here I know there’s still a war outside
We spend our nights all liquored up on [?]
[Outro]
Can you feel it though? Spending nights hitch hiking, where will I go? Spending nights hitch hiking, where will I go?