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Turn Back The Clock To More Wholesome Times By Signing Up To Be A Pen Pal

“Hey, I’m Hattie. I love men and snacks.”

In news that will warm your heart for the rest of time, a senior living facility in North Carolina USA has decided to help its residents get a little more social during the covid-19 crisis by kicking off a pen pal project.

Victorian Senior Care has shared some truly adorable posts on their social media accounts, introducing potential pen pals to their community of fascinating residents. These posts show individuals from their community holding up a sign that gives a little insight into who they are.

Covid pen pals? Hello, I’m obsessed with this. Credit: CBS

Some of these include things like, “I enjoy people, spaghetti, candy bars and teddy bears” (cute!) or, “I really like making new friends” (I could learn from this one). Reading through these posts will give you a rare opportunity to feel some serious joy in a pretty damn tumultuous time.

My personal favourite is the lovely Hattie, whose little sign read: “Hey, I’m Hattie. I love men and snacks.”

Honestly, I’ve never read a sentence I could relate to more. Hattie’s about to get herself a tonne of new friends, and I plan on being one of them.  

Meredith Seals, the chief operating officer for Victorian Senior Care, spoke with Travel + Leisure about the initiative and shared that they have been blown away by the response.

“It has been mentally strenuous on them to not be able to see their families or go out into the community,” she told the outlet.

“We never imagined it would get this big. We are overwhelmed with the love that we have received from all around the world.”

If you’d like to get involved in the project, you can search through the delightful folks looking for pen pals here and here. Addresses for each resident are listed in the social media posts shared.

At a time where the dangers of COVID-19 means senior citizens have been isolated more than ever before, choosing a pen pal and writing a letter seems like a sweet and simple way to share some love and brighten someone’s day. More of this, please!

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Who Exactly Is And Isn’t Allowed Out Of Their Home In Victoria?

108 cases were confirmed overnight.

Additional updates have come out of Victoria, with the government confirming a list of additional postcodes that will now be returning to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions.

As of 11:59 pm Saturday, July 4th, these are the areas that must follow new community lockdown rules.

3031 Flemington, Kensington

3051 North Melbourne

3012 Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray

3021 Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans

3032 Ascot Vale, Highpoint City, Maribyrnong, Travancore

3038 Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens

3042 Airport West, Keilor Park, Niddrie

3046 Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park

3047 Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana

3055 Brunswick south, Brunswick west, Moonee vale, Moreland west

3060 Fawkner

3064 Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Mickleham, Roxburgh Park, Kalkallo

According to the Victorian government, “This decision was made in response to increasing evidence of significant community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) in these postcodes”.

People living in the above-listed will be required to remain at home unless they are shopping for supplies, receiving care or caregiving, exercising or if they are required to head out to study or work if you’re unable to do so from home.

Fines may be issued for those who do not follow these restrictions.

As the ABC reports, Victoria recorded 108 new cases of Covid-19 in a 24-hour period over the weekend. This is the second-highest number of positive cases since the pandemic hit.

Off the back of the confirmation of these new cases, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced that nine public housing towers would be included in the lockdown effort. These buildings have been placed under a ‘hard lockdown’; they are unable to leave their homes for any reason SBS News reports.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 04: Police cars surround the housing commission flats in the suburb of Flemington, where a coronavirus outbreak has been recorded. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)

3,000 people live in the 1,345 units affected by the lockdown. It has been reported food and supplies will be delivered to those living in these buildings. The hard lockdown is expected to last at least five days.

On the restrictions, Andrews told media:

“We have sufficient evidence to take these steps. They’re not taken lightly.

“We at no point underestimate how challenging this will be for families and businesses, particularly families, many of whom are vulnerable in those public housing towers, but for their safety and safety of all Victorians this is the right approach.”

SBS also shares that The Victorian Council of Social Service, Emma King, has made a statement on the decision to lockdown these nine public housing buildings. She stressed that while she understands the decision was made in the interest of public health, it must be considered that this experience will likely be traumatic for many tenants.

“Some public housing tenants have fled war or family violence. Some are dealing with mental health challenges. Many don’t speak English as their first language. Many others work casual or insecure jobs,” Ms King said.

“This lockdown will scare many people, and trigger memories of past trauma.”

Mark Feenane of the Victorian Public Tenants Association spoke with the ABC about the current situation in the state. He stressed that more access to public housing would have been able to help prevent this spike and protect the people in these areas.

“COVID-19 is a highly infectious virus, and it does not discriminate based on income or housing tenure. However, overcrowded living conditions assist the virus to spread. We believe that if Victoria had more public housing, this would be less of an issue,” he said.

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Study Reveals The 10 Most Popular Songs For Sexy Times – Most Are By The Same Artist

Let’s talk about music and sex

Ah, the art of the curated playlist.

Creating a playlist is a delightful, personal thing that has the power to mould the energy of a space, or an interaction, pretty damn quickly.

Want to break up with someone? Make them a playlist.

Feeling angry at your boss? Make a playlist (please don’t send it to them).

In a sexy mood? Make a playlist, honey!

Now, seeing as the days of pressing record on your tape recorder while listening to the radio are mostly over (unless you’re one of those extremely cool people who makes retro mix tapes), Spotify is likely to be the site of your library of varied playlists.

This means there is a good amount of data surrounding the kinds of playlists people make, and what they’re putting on them.

Knowing that we humans are curious, nasty creatures, lingerie brand Pour Moi has taken a look at Spotify’s playlist data on sexy songs.

What they found was pretty damn interesting if you ask me. And well, you are asking me because you clicked on this article.

According to Pour Moi, they reviewed over 300,000 sexy songs from playlists titled things like ‘date night’, ‘getting it on’, ‘sex playlist’ and ‘Netflix and chill’. And 20,000 more from playlists named ‘touching myself’, ‘solo sex’ and ‘masturbation playlist’.

As a result of this analysis, they found that folks like to listen to different songs when they’re getting sexy with a partner compared to when they’re alone.

The most popular song for solo sex was (unsurprisingly) ‘I Touch Myself’ by the Divinyls. For partnered sex, the top track was ‘All The Time’ by Jeremih – a tune I will never not associate with the masterfully-made Magic Mike XXL.

Interestingly, it seems a lot of people are pretty literal in their song choice for solo sexy times. Tracks like ‘Sex With Me’ by Rihanna, ‘Love Myself’ by Hailee Steinfeld and ‘Feeling Myself’ by Nicki Minaj made the list of top ten songs.

The most popular artist across both lists, however, was The Weeknd. The Canadian musician appeared 8 times in total.

Check out the full list of top ten songs here:

Most Listened To Songs During Sex

Alexa, play sexy medieval songs. Credit: HBO
  1. All The Time – Jeremih
  2. Often – The Weeknd
  3. Earned It – The Weeknd
  4. Birthday Sex – Jeremih
  5. Neighbors Know My Name – Trey Songz
  6. Don’t – Bryson Tiller
  7. Wicked Games – The Weeknd
  8. Slow Motion – Trey Songz
  9. Pony – Ginuwine
  10. The Hills – The Weeknd/Call Out My Name – The Weeknd

Most Listened To Songs For Solo Sex

Sexy hair flip. Credit: Warner Bros
  1. I Touch Myself – Divinyls
  2. Sex With Me – Rihanna
  3. Love Myself – Hailee Steinfeld
  4. Call Out My Name – The Weeknd/ Often – The Weeknd
  5. Slow Dancing In The Dark – Joji
  6. Get You (feat. Kali Uchis) – Daniel Caesar
  7. Earned It – The Weeknd
  8. Take on Me – a-ha/ Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Tears For Fears
  9. Under the Bridge – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  10. Feeling Myself – Nicki Minaj

Personally, I’m surprised to see Massive Attack didn’t make the list, but hey. Whatever floats your boat, friends!

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