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For a reasonably young person I believe i have had my fair share of embarrasing moments already, but to be fair i do set myself up for them quite often. So ive decided, for everyone who feels like the joke is always on them, i will compile my top three most embarrasing moments.
3) Manchester 2002 Commonwealth games Opening Ceremony-
In 2002 my high school was given a chance for some its pupils to have the chance to take part in the opening ceremony of the games. Being an overweight geeky child, it wasn't that often that i had a chance to shine. i took the oppourtunity to take part. Then i found out their would be months of grueling work to do, hours and hours of choreography sessions to take part in. but i went for it thinking I was going to be the best at it. when it came to actually performing to 40,000 people in the stadium and millions world wide, i suprised myself and just went for it! Just to get home where my parents had recorded the whole thing on video. I there saw the fact i really couldn't dance, the clothes the dressed me in made me look like a knome and the worst part about it was it was seen by so many people, it was an amazing experience overall but, i have extremely embarrasing eveidence of it.
Its a well documented fact that Dads are the most embarrasing members of the family, Mine is no exception. When i was little my dad used to come up with little nicknames to call me, but the thing is he still uses them. and being a 19 year old that is still known as soldier and smelly by his Dad is so embarrasing. And he always uses them in the most embarrasing places like infront of my mates, in shops and at parties! I tell him to stop and he does it even more!
1)The Bus journey i will never forget-
I used to hate coming home from college on the bus,because by the time it got to the stop i get on it the bus was usually full, with all the retired people from the retirement home round the corner from my college and with all the high school kids from the school down the road. One day i got on the bus and as usual all the seats were taken so i had to stand in the middle of the bus, and to make matters worse no-one else was stood up so everybody was starring at me! suddenly i felt someone tugging on my jeans, i turned round to see a little girl sat on her grand mothers knee, who was to engrossed in conversation with he friend to notice what her grandaughter was doing. I decided to ignore it, hoping that the old lady would eventually realise what mischief the little girl was upto. Anyway she didn't and the little girl persisted, and kept pulling harder and harder. Suddenly i felt my belt buckle ping open and before i had time to drop my college bag and art folder to grab my jeans, they were already round my ankles. everyone on the bus burst into fits of laughter, i slowly bent down pulled them back up and ran off the bus at the next stop.
I went to a secondary school where Physical education was compulsory to take as a full GCSE, and at the time i wasnt to pleased about it! During my time in high school i was overweight and often found certain sports activities difficult. But when i started P.E as a GCSE something about it changed, it suddenly became a much more interesting subject. There were no more cross country runs in the rain, and the teachers treated us with much more respect. Along side the physical sport was an academic side of the subject we called "PE Theory" This taught us the imortance of diet, exercise, how to treat and recognise injuries and how to treat them. I found this extremely interesting and this has definately had a possitive effect on my life since.
Overall compulsory physical education has made me much more aware of the importance of a healthy diet, and since leaving school I have stopped eating fast food meals, and i have found myself automatically wanting to have a balanced diet. I have also joined a gym since leaving school to keep up the physical side. I no longer find exercise really destressing like i used to in early high school years and now actually really enjoy it. The mix of a healthy diet and regular exercise has resulted in me losing some of the extra weight i was carrying and now am completely normal weight for my height and my BMI is normal
I do believe that if physical education became compulsory in all schools, i do believe it could seriously help reduce the rates of obese people in the country, but this will only work if people are open to change and realise that exercise isn't a punishment and is actually really rewarding.
The increase in the recorded cases of Eating disorders such as Anorexia have increased rapidly in recent years, One reason over all the others has been pushed forward into the public eye as the main cause of eating disorders, the media. But could it be that models, celebrities and nations obsession with dieting and looking "good" be the only cause for eating disorders?
Recent research into a possible biological cause of eating disorders have come up with some very interesting results. The found that in pairs of identical twins where one twin has Anorexia, the other twin has a higher risk rate of developing an eating disorder than other non identical siblings, this suggests that their could be some genetic link.
Personally I do think the media has some responsibilty, but we also have to remember the awful slating gossip magazines gives to extremely skinny celebs aswell as the ones who are overweight. It also falls down to what the child witnesses when they grow up, parents shouldn't blame themsleves but i feel they should take on some responsibilty if while the child was growing up they were constantly dieting and complaining about their weight. As i believe this could have a profound effect on what a child believes is right and wrong.
I also think the over publicisation of eating disorders can also have a negative effect, It is well documented that some people who have eating disorders get "Tips" from stories of people with eating disorders in the press. It also leads the nation to panic about people having eating disorders when they are actually quite normal. I recently began, not to diet but to eat more healthily, through this and regular exercise i managed to loose around 2stone in weight. which brought me from being overweight, to average weight for my height, since then i have not lost anymore weight, but everytime my mum sees me she keeps telling me i'm getting even thinner and she thinks im anorexic. When in fact im near the heavier end of normal weight for my height my body mass index is normal and i'm eating 3 healthy meals a day, with some snacks in between, all this hype causes more harm than good.
In considering what are my top ten television programmes of all time I had to think back over my whole life and really consider what i would go back to watch time and time again, My list contains a variety of types of programmes from different decades. Please comment on what you think of my list. As you may be able to tell from this list i'm a bit of a Channel 4 Junkie!
10) 8 Out of 10 Cats, I am a huge fan of Jimmy Carr and i think the guests they also bring on the show such as David Walliams, Alan Carr and Johnny Vegas, all adds up to make one of the funniest quiz shows on TV. Unfortunately every week i get the feeling that it is over too quickly because i have enjoyed it so much i want more! Its a great Idea for a quiz show based on statistics and quirky polls. I hope it can last like other quiz shows such as a question of sport.
9)The Bill, This ITV classic televison is something i have been brought up on since childhood, at one point the programme was very repeatative and practically the same narrative every week, but since the switch to an open narrative which allows for tha story to run and run, it has lead to the creation of an excellent programme covering interesting and realistic topics. Its now one of the best dramas ever.
8)Friends, This has got to be a popular choice in most peoples top ten programmes ever, what is so great about it is it doesnt take to much concentration to follow the narrative. I have been wathcing friends since the beginning, and i feel like the characters are like members of my family. its great conforting television to watch when you are ill.
7)Derren Brown(any of his programmes), I am amazed by derren, he has got to be one of the cleverest and most talented people on tv, i recently went to see his live stage show, and i can assure you that his tricks are nothing to do with camera tricks or payed actors. He is one very intelligent "showman" as he likes to be called, and i will watch anything which he makes.
6)Two Pints of lager and a packet of crisp, very similarly to friends its just great TV to watch when you are either too tired to watch something complicated or you are not feeling well, its a great little comedy that i can really relate to being based in a northern town.
5)Distraction, this extreme gameshow on channel 4 is where Jimmy Carr first became recognised for his great sarcastic sence of humour, the show showed contestent taking part in extreme challenges such as drinking their own urine, being given electric shocks if the buzz in for a question and also at the end of the show they had to answer questions to prevent the distruction of the prize they have won, such as their prize car being destroyed with sledge hammers.
4)Fawlty towers, This classic comedy has got to be one of my all time favourite shows, Although very few episodes were ever made it managed to create some of the greatest comedy characters and catchphrases ever, Basil Fawlty has got to be one of the most famous roles ever played by John Cleese, its great classic television.
3)Big Brother, This is the only reality television show to have a place on my list because it is the best ever reality show. I really enjoy working out the new characters and watching with psychological interest and for entertainment value. It can become addictive but i watch it like a sport, you choose your favourite and support them all the way.
2)Coronation Street, The longest running soap has to take place on my list, sipmly because i really do feel as if i have grown up with the street, the storylines are always interesting and unlike most soaps it has a great hint of comedy which appears, unlike the ever depressing eastenders. Characters such as the Platt family and the Barlow household have been on the street for years, this makes the programme so much more realistic and such a great prgramme to carry on watching.
1)Little Britain & The simpsons, I couldn't choose between them so I decided to let them share the top spot. The simpsons is a great animation which plays on american stereotypes to have a laugh at their own country. I believe that it has a great style of humour, it has great comedy timing and has very iconic characters, it has all it takes to be the greatest programme of all time. Little britain is simply the best new thing to come out of Britain in many decades the great comedy writing of Walliams and Lucas, Basing their characters on extreme national stereotypes, makes it so appealing to all. Great TV
Celebrities come in all shapes and forms nowadays, Many of them are talentless and pointless and only have celebrity status due to their famous families or a small stint on a reality show, and even some of the celebrities who do have some talent should learn when to call it a day. My top ten list of worst celebrities is based upon pointlessness of their careers and how much they annoy me. One who people may expect on the list is Paris Hilton, she is my number 11 worst celeb she only just missed out on the top ten because her pure dumbness makes me laugh.
10)James Hewitt! This toff shot into the public eye after rumour spread that he had an affair with Princess Diana. His publicity from the newspapers created a short burst of fame for James and he became a tabloid favourite for a period of a few weeks. This small taste of fame must of had a profound affect on him. Because since then he has many attempts to get himself back into the public eye. He has appeared on many reality shows, most recently X-factor Battle of the stars, which was pure embarrasment television. He is a pointless celebrity that i cannot stand
9)Callum Best, The only reason for him being famous is due to his father being the late George Best, I think he seems like a decnt bloke but i don't believe people should achieve fame due to what other people around them have done, even if it is his own father. If he wants a place on the celebrity circuit, Earn it!
8)Jade Goody, I actually do like Jade at times but the fact that she is in the public eye so often i do get bored of her very easily, she has made the most profit from appearing on Big Brother than any other contestant and good on her for making it work, but i'm now begining to become sick of the sight of her, shes always on Tv, Magazines, Newspapers, also she has he own books, perfume and beauty salon, she is everywhere and its a bit to "In Your Face".
7)Shakin Stevens, he is just past his day, I was outraged that he won that awful programme, "Hit me Baby one more time" his perfomance was out of tune and his singing was attrocious, their were far more talented people on the show and i seriously cannot believe the public voted him to win!
6)Chico, This X-factor reject has already had a number one single and who knows if their is anymore to come from him , lets hope not. "chico time" has got to be one of the cheesiest pop recoreds ever and its all about him! He seems very self centered and obnoxcious. please say its time up for chico.
5)Victoria Beckham, Do i really need to explain, she is so up her own a*** its unbelieveable! all she does is shop and go to parties, Who cares if she is getting too thin, even her attempt of becoming a solo artist have fell flat on there face, Thank god! Please i don't want to hear about her anymore!
4)Sean Paul, his music is terrible, he is really full of himself and he has been the main inspiration for young white fans of his start talking in a jamacian accent. I really just don't get the appeal of him, and he really grates on me.
3)Tom Cruise, another celeb who is so far up his own a*** to see daylight! It was his lack of humour when a channel 4 Prank show squirted a tiny bit of water at him that has given him such a high place in my list of the worst celebrities. He was very confrontational to the prankster and came across that he felt he was a higher class than everyone!
2)David Blane, this fruitcake and his stunts have just gone to far, puitting his life at risk for the sake of press coverage is pure stupidity, unfortnately he is a very talented magician its just a shame we don't see more of that rather than his stupid stunts.
1)Jordan, Shes agressive, Obnoxcious and a totally minger, Yes she has some good assets, but thats all she has got. To be honest she is so fake that to me she is a fictional character, everything she does is so overdramatic, and slef centred that i cannot actually stand hearing the stories about her. Ive had enough of the fake woman idol bring back real women for us blokes to admire!
If i had the chance i would put thousands of things into room 101 but i would be writing this review for days! So ive shortlisted my best 10 in hope that these would be enough to make my life that little bit easier.
10)Just making the short list is television adverts for ringtones for mobile phones, these adverts aren't just extremely annoying but also they are scams which cost you upto £9 in credit per week, they make it very clear how to start a contract with the ringtone service but make it very unclear how to stop it. For anyone who is reading this and wants to know how to stop it, just text the word "stop" back to the number which sent you your ringtone.
9)Mc Donalds! I cant stand the place, its cheap and convienient food appeals to many millions of people across the world everyday, not only are there products slowly killing the people who are eating them regularly( As seen in Super size me) but also they are destroying the amazon rainforest to make room for cattle farms, and also they are a super world power and they have huge influence over many nations, Mc Donalds needs to go.
8)Fine rain, there is no weather condition more annoying than fine rain. Heavy rain is good for environment, whereas fine rain has very little difference in environmental factors, the only job it seems to do well is to make sure when you are out in fine rain that you get absolutely drenched.
7)Internet Pop ups. Although any firewall system is supposed to stop pop ups appearing on your screen, why should we have to buy an expensive piece of software when we could just get rid of them alltogther. More recently the designers of the pop ups have managed to make them capable of getting through the more basic firewall systems, it makes me wonder if the designers of pop ups are in buisness with firewall companies?
6)Antiques programmes, i'm sorry if your a fan, and me not liking them may be due to my age but they drive me mad. I cant believe that anybody finds watching middle aged toffs talk about old bits of tat that people have lying about their houses interesting, i just dont get it.
5)Golf on Tv, I have actually played golf a few times before and i did find it quite interesting. But their is no sport more dull to watch on television (although snooker is also quite boring, but no where near as dull as golf), your basically watching people go for a walk, i'd rather watch paint dry.
4)London, i'm sick of London being the centre of attetion in this country do people in the media just not realise that there are other places outside of the capital, London gets majority of the funding that is supposed to go to other cities and its about time we had a change in how the country is seen.
3)Im sorry but old people who keep stopping in front of you for no reason while you are out shopping have got to go to room 101. It's as if they cannot think and walk at the same time, all that has to happen is them getting the feeling that its someones birthday soon and they just hault right in front of you for just a bit of a think. Its so frustrating, you cant get past them because of their trolley they stop at the side of them and when you say "excuse me" they can't hear you because their hearing aid isnt on.
2) Im sure this will be a popular choice but telephone sales call are next on my list. They are usually companies based in india which are told that they have to practically force the products on the people who they call. One time the person who rang didn't get off the line even when i hung up the phone.
1) Unfair and biased car insurance rates, as a young male driver i find it particulary unfair than we are discrimnated against by our age and gender, the female rate for someone of the same age and experience is half the rate. I find this very unfair! Sort it out and get it in room 101
Thanks for reading if you disagree with any of my points let me know.
Speaking from first hand experience, after just finishing my 'A' Levels this summer can i firstly mention that i do not agree with what the press are claiming that exams are getting easier! But in the debate between whether girls are better at 'A' Levels and generally all other exams than boys, well unfortunally, being a male myself the statistics seem to prove they are. But personally i do not think it is a difference in intellegence levels, its the other factors that seem to affect boys more than girls that make their scores lower:
During many psychological experiments it has been found that females are much more capable to cope with stress than males. Therefore the exam stress that all students face, has a much larger depremental effect on males than females.
I personally don't know the reason why but males have allot lower concentration levels than females, whether it be the desthractions on having the girl you like infront of you, or not being able to cope with the hours of mind knumbingly boring hours of revision needed.
Factor 3(Mixed Colleges and Schools)
The Statistics show that males who are taught in single sex colleges and schools have much higher pass rates than males in mixed colleges, this could be that the males in single sex tuition my be being taught in a way specifically designed for the male mind to learn better or the fact that the males aren't distracted by the girls.
Factor 4 (exams)
It has been found that the gender gap between males and females is much narrower in practical assesments such as practical exams and coursework, this shows that it could be evidence to show that exams sren't a fair way to test intelligence in both genders.
In all the best hope for males in the future is to study practical subjects, in single sex education, with lessons in stress management and being kept on a diet of nutritious food which will aid concentration levels. Thats if you can be bothered! Ha ha
good luck for anyone collecting their results this august.
The main craze started after Big Brother series one was first aired on television. And with a huge media frenzy bringing it to everyones attention it wasn't long before other programme makers cottoned on to the idea. Now in today's television era we are being swamped with such programmes, The worst offender being "The reality show" which was aired on channel 5 in which all the contestants were chosen for the line up because they had all previously been on reality shows! (very poor excuse of a programme).
Its not that i don't like these sort of programmes, like most people i get quite drawn into allot of them, particularly big brother (Lisa to win, ha ha)! but its now the society we are living in is now obsessed with the idea of the celebrity, and these programmes are basicly a line of people queing to be famous. Take Last years celebrity big brother, i loved the concept of having a none celebrity in their pretending that she was because that what the original version basically is. But Now chantelle is out that house i don't want to keep hearing about what she is doing next.
The other thing which really bothers me about these sorts of programmes is the increasingly large number of celebrity versions. that are being created. I really don't want to see old has beens scratching away for one last ditch attempt in the lime light. Get some people on these shows which have really talent and personality instead of wannabes!!!
Derren Brown has been in the public eye for a few years now, and its about time that people with a form of celebrity status have talent, just like Derren. He never claims to be a psychic or Mind contorller. He openly admits that his stunts are carried out through Psychology, suggestion and showmanship and believe me he is certainly a showman.
His Mind control programme showed him using a number of techniques that showed him to posses the ability to read minds, but of course the synics amongst us don't believe in such rubbish. And the biggest Synic of all is Derren, He openly admits that he doesn't believe in psychic abilty, so if that what you thought he was, this programme isnt for you.
His mind control techniques include ideas such as conditioning, thinking outside the box, and throwing a spanner into the works,(more information on this is on his website "http://www.channel4.com/entertainment/tv/microsites/M/mindcontrol/index.html".
I dont want to give too much away to spoil peoples experience of the programme but it is pure entertainment, he doesn't take himself to seriously and some parts of the programme are even comical at times. He is the ultimate showman as i found out recently when i went to see him live.
If you are a fan of Derren and his work already i would strongly advise you to go and see his live show, his tricks were incredable and went off without a glitch, and some of the content is a bit more extreme that what you have seen before, because it can't been shown on Television for legal reasons.
The mind control programme is a great place to start if you haven't seen any of his work before, and you certainly wont be dissapointed.
Ive been on a few club 18's-30's holidays now and with another one to faliraki coming up this year, appart from the usual items such as passport, suitcase and clothes, i have found these ten items impossible to live with out!
10)Lilo's/ inflatable pool toys:
Although they mite seem quite pointless and childish at times, the amount of fun you can gain from a lump of rubber filled in air is amazing! In our hotel lat year we made friends with a couple of groups stayin at our hotel and invented some crazy games in the pool which filled up our days waitin for the nights to come round.
Even though allot of the accomodation is described as basic in the brochure, you might also find that some areas of the appartment, usually the kitchen and bathroom need a bit of a clean. But i am a bit obsessed with being clean! but it is important to pack washing up liquid because you are staying in self catering accomodation with club 18s-30s.
8)Well fitting swimwear:
Trust me whether your in the pool or on the beach, if your swimwear doesn't fit, then you'll look like a complete idiot! If you happened to have gained a few pounds since you last wore your, Swimming Shorts, Trunks, Bikini's etc. Then you wont look your best with some really embarrising bulges! especially if theres not much there!!! Ha Ha!! and if they are too big it can be extrememly embarrasing as my mate found out last year and decided to dive in too show off infront of a group of girls and end up coming back to the surface minus his swimshorts.
Absoloute essential, i came home last year with seriously burnt feet because i forgot to take mine with me, plus if you are planning to be swimming allot, they are great for quick entry to the pool!
If you think of the amount of items you need to keep with you at all times, it is sesible to plan ahead, the amount of people you see walking to the beach with Asda or Tesco bags which they have too use to carry their suncream to the beach with them! a small backpack is much more practical.
5)Suncream and Aftersun:
If you don't want to come back looking like a lobster, then make sure you take plently of it making your minimum factor no less than 8! And Aftersun if definately essential it was actually on a ski trip with college i found this was the essential item! i was the only one on the trip to take it and the amout of people who got badly burnt on the first day, the queue outside my room was huge! so dont forget it!
4) Your Personal hangover cure!
Whatever helps you get over your hangover make sure you pack it! I find medical cures to not affect my hangovers, so what i make sure i take with me is a some premade smoothies with lots of banana, these really help to cure a sore head and a sickly feeling quite rapidly!
Get the phrase book for where your goin, they are absolutely useless for actually ordering food, or anything like that but if you learn a few basic phrases you are sure to impress some girls which your exotic languages!
If you are going to impress the ladies on the beach with your fantastic beach bod! then designer sunglasses have got to be on your list! They cannot resist! not because you look particulary good in them but you are guarnteed that all the girls will be talking to you, because they want to try them on! its tried and tested!
If you are planning on getting lucky on your holiday then you don't really have a choice, you hear all the horro stories of the sti's that are spreading round your resort, play it safe and don't take the chance!
any questions dont hold back from asking!
This tradishional cake has been made for centuries as a traditional cake to eat in the autum time. (especially around bonfire night.) well this udated version will make sure your night will go with a bang!
200g of oatmeal
200g of Self raising flour
200g of Demerara sugar
1 tsp of Ground ginger
1/2 tsp of ground cinnimon
pinch of salt
200g of Brown treacle
100g butter or Margerine(butter works best)
100g of lard (sounds digusting but its worth it)
1 medium egg (large will do but if you don't like your cake to eggy then medium)
1 tsp of milk
to decorate (optional)
A tin of peaches
20g of demerara sugar
tsp of ground cinnamon
Turn on the oven at gas mark 3
Mix the Oatmeal, flour, sugar, ginger, cinnamon and salt in a large mixing bowl. Rub in the butter and lard, with your fingers, until the mixture looks even. Then stir in the treacle, beaten egg and the milk, until the mixture is smooth.
Put the mixture into a well greased cake tin.
(Remove 4 of the peach halves fron the tin, lay them carefully on top of the mixture in the cake tin. Then evenly sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon over the peahes.)
Place the tin in the centre of the oven for 2 hours making sure the mixture doesn't begin to burn. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack, (or clean grill pan).
Sevre as a light treat to your guests or use as a dessert with a scoop of extra creamy vanilla ice cream.
Please let me know how you get on.
I will be the first to say this product doesnt work! Which is probably not the right thing for me to do as i workl for Boots. But i cant help but tell the truth. I suffer from really bad blocked pores so i bought this product hoping it would help me prevent the build up of grime in my skin. But instead the lotion just seemed to wipe of a light layer of dirt and not clear my pores at all. And what was even worse was it left my skin dry and a bit itchy. Personally i have found that pore clearing strips are much more affective. Even though this might sound disgusting but at least afterward you have th evidence that they have worked!
Its a great little dessert that can easily be adapted from a childrens birthday party pudding, to a christmas time treat
1 packet of cookies ("Maryland" cookies work well)
Chocolate ice cream syrup
Large block milk chocolate (cooking chocolate works best)
Firstly whip your cream until it forms nice strudy peaks, then put to one side. Then pour out some of the chocloate syrup on a plate, dip one side of a cookie into the chocolate syrup and then on top of the chocolate side of the cookie a tablespoon full of whipped cream. Then dip another cookie into the chocolate syrup. Put the dry side parralell on top of the original cookie and whipped cream structure and then put another tablespoon of cream on the chocolate coated side. repeat this process untill you have created a long horazontal cylinder of the cookie structure around 30 cookies long, ending with a dry cookie. then put in the fridge for about 1 hour.
Put a pan of hot water on the stove simmering slowly place a heat proof bowl on top of the pan. Break up the chocolate bar and place in the chocolate pieces in the bowl. wait until runny then pour over your cookie structure then wait for it to cool the place it in the fridge for another hour. After this you will be able to serve a delicious pudding perfect for a party. Try it with Vanilla ice cream its amazing.
For a more sophisticated verision replace the chocolate syrup with sherry and the milk choclate for whits choclate! this is my personal favouite verion, but the alocholic flavouring may not suit everybody.
I love this aftershave! its not too overpowering, its light and a bit fruity but not too sweet like Joop Ewww! It has been fragrance i have ever bought as girls love it so its great to use when going out on the pull. And at such a reasonable price! Always buy the bigger bottle especially if your shopping in boots as it is only 50p dearer and nearly twice as big! and unlike other fragrances that just fade away. I personally have found this to last all day! Great Product.
When i first bought this printer, it was very easy to set up, the cartrages are very easy to change and is very simple to use. In the first few months it was very reliable and reasonably quick. Then it broke down and no ink would print. even though we tired 3 new incartrages, we then took it to have repaired and since it has broke again 2 more times. I spoke to a number of people i know with the same printer and both have suffered similar problems. I wouldn't ever buy a lexmark ever again!