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There are actually two main things I would like to banish to Room 101 and they are both pretty similar and huge pet hates of mine. Not everyone will agree with me on these and I completely understand, but it is only my opinion and I do not wish to offend anyone.
Has to be the ridiculously huge wages that celebrities get for there jobs and half of them aren;t even that famous. In my opinion some celebrities get paid far to much money to do certain jobs for example Talent Show judges especially in the UK.They get huge sums of money just for being a famous face and sitting on a judging panel usually giving the opinion of every audience member anyway.
I think producers of shows try and bribe Celebrities into working for them offering them 1 Million pound and the celebrities saying they are to good for that or they want more and refuse. 1 million pound for normal people could pay off mortgages, insurance, debts and just let them have a nice peaceful life. Not necessarily enough to quit a job but enough to take it easy for a while.
Yes the main aim of having Celebrities on certain shows are to get us watching tv or buying albums or going to theatre shows etc which is all well and good but the money they get paid to do these things just makes your jaw drop not even with envy but because of the fact that money could be used for such better things. Celebrities let money fly by these days and forget that it could be used for so much better things.
I am not saying that famous people do not have a heart because I am sure a high proportion of them do, expect a lot of them give money to charities or foundations but what does annoy me is when charities or companies want money from the general public, we don't all have high paid jobs where we could just say 'Yes here is 1,000 keep the change' if we did I am sure we would all show of our money and I would definitely put some of it to greater use. If celebrities could all donate like a 10% off there huge wage packets that they earn to charity it could be a great help or to local business in need etc.
I can only hope and say my opinion on this issue. I can't just watch a tv programme or advert easily without going all Sherlock Holmes and imagining how much money celebrities would get by smiling or using a caption for a business or some sort of project. It actually does make me sick to my stomach to see how much the highest paid specifically actors get in the UK for films.
I do have a softer side to some celebrities I know plenty of them do donate to charity and go out of their way for people, they aren't all bad people in fact I never did say they where I just wish that with some of there massive earnings they could but some of it to better use. I don't see what they do behind the scenes but many of them appear to be great role models and at they end of the day entertain us. But I would still cut there wages slightly and send some of it to Room 101.
I am sure most famous people work hard for there money but I do think in general to much money is invested into celebrities wages to bribe them into doing a show or an interview etc. If they like there job they should do it because they want to and not always for the money.
Rude, impolite and grumpy people.
I know we all get days were we may feel grumpy or not in the modd to chat to others which is fine but if you are going to go out in the public sector and walk around like you've just been slapped by a fish a lot of people just don't want to see it and it can put a massive downer on other peoples moods.
The one thing that really grates on me is people who do not use manners, for example I served a customer at my work the other day she purchased a tea set and I mean there must have been about 30 pieces to it so I put it all through the till as you do but I knew I had to wrap it all up and it wasn't going to be a five minute job simply because I didn't want to break it and wanted to do it right. The lady asked me to assist her with bringing it to the till which I happily abligued to doing especially as it is my job and I like to be helpful. As I started to put it all through the till I complimented her purchase and she just grunted at me, another customer also walked past and saw it and said the same thing the lady looked at her grunted and shrugged her shoulders, by this time I realised she was either shy or not in the mood to chat. I carried on wrapping her tea set (typical my manager just left to get something) it had been about 10 minutes now and I was still going I thought she may even have offered to help just because I could see her getting agitated, she walked off and said to me ' I think I'll go grab a coffee I think you will be a while, I'll just sit over here and watch you do it, call me when its done' and walked off. I continued wrapping the tea set which was not fun especially as it was for such a rude customer and once I finished and brought it over to her she took it and left. I was absolutely gob smacked, how can people possibly be so rude? Or maybe I would never act like that even on a bad day so didn't expect it.
That is just one example of why people are constantly rude, impolite and grumpy should be banished to Room 101 when they finally realise how grumpy they were they should be able to reappear as happier human beings.
These two things are just my pet hates and are only my opinion but without any hesitation I would instantly banish them both to Room 101.
So this is the one time of year when we are all allowed to be a little shellfish and wish for a few nice surprises to appear under the Christmas Tree in the morning. The chances of people usually getting what you wish for at this time of year are pretty high I think. A lot of people save up the money for Christmas presents and are in the feel good mood and awaiting a happy Christmas.
I am personally a huge fan of Christmas ever since I was young I have been. I am 19 now and still wake up at about 6am every Christmas Morning and jump on my parents bed wanting to open my stocking to start the day off. It is an amazing feeling at Christmas of feeling loved, together and a little spoilt. I treat my sister all year round so to know she's put effort into whatever she brought me for a Christmas present means a lot. So this is just my say on why I love Christmas and what things I would love to see under my tree on that one special Christmas morning.
Number 1- A computer/laptop of my own, not an expensive one but just one that can keep going and do the basics mainly for University or just to search something up when I feel like it. I'm currently borrowing my Auntie's spare work laptop as my motherboard on my old laptop which I paid over £350 failed and will cost a fair bit to fix. Yes I am grateful that I have a laptop for now that works and was kindly given to me to borrow, but it could be taken away from me at anytime as it is a work laptop.
Number 2- For a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas. My family had a terrible Christmas last year due to the fact we lost a family member but we don't need to go into detail about that. This year it would be nice to have a less stressful Christmas and actually get the chance to take it in and enjoy it.
Number 3- To Have a great year. The one thing everyone wants more than anything at Christmas is to hope the new year will bring joy to everyone and that many things will happen in it and for the better.
Number 4- A new Mattress, I love my bed and the mattress I've had it for about 5 years now it's so comfortable but it squeaks to much every night especially when I move and I am a terrible fidget. I'm lucky I do not have to share a bed with anyone although my parents insist they can hear me every time I move from their room. I think it's time I let go of it now and get a new mattress but technically it would be way too big to fit under our tree.
Number 5- I'm pretty indecisive about Christmas presents and I never really know what to ask for. So having something unexpected to open on Christmas Morning from under the tree would be a nice little surprise.
Number 6- I go mad for cartoon/ patterned pyjama/lounge pants. They're the most comfortable thing to wear around the house and they look good on to. Plus they have pockets, my favourite ones are actually from ASDA George they are about £10 a pair and come in so many patterns. I'm starting to build up a collection. When I go to University and move into halls I want to look cool/geeky in my pyjamas when I have to walk to the bathroom in front of 20 odd people.
Number 7- At the moment I am planning on going to University in September and I am trying to gather all the things together I need to move in residence halls. I honestly didn't realise how much I needed to get. I am sure I will gather a lot of it before September but if I could have a few little things under the tree on Christmas day for University I would be relieved. I'd probably be so happy to see some pots and pans and odd little bits that can make a huge difference to things I can do in halls.
Number 8- I would love cupid to have got me a date with someone and put a ticket under the tree to say they have got me a date with the person I've had feelings on for 3 years such a cliché I know but just being honest. I think most of things under the tree I would ask for would actually be gifts for my family or not real possessions but a good atmosphere.
Number 9- A white Christmas would be absolutely amazing. I know I wish for it every year and it isn't something that will just happen. But if it fell at the right time even just for a few days so it doesn't cause havoc to everyone it would be beautiful. I don't have the money to go somewhere snowy at Christmas plus it wouldn't be right as it wouldn't be in my home. Just one snowy day of the year would be great!
Number 10- Overall number 10 has to be for the day to go well and for friends and family to have a lovely time and put all of their worries behind them for the day. Leave the problems at the door and smile, have fun, drink alcohol, listen and sing to Christmas classics, play board games or do whatever suits you, but this is the one day of the year most people can relax be with their loved ones and just make the most of it and also think how lucky we all are to have each other.
I'm a huge child at heart and love everything about Christmas day and the build up to it. Getting Christmas Cards through the door is nice and eating plenty of mince pies and going all out on present buying for family. Make the most of it, don't be a Scrooge not at this time of year.
I have worked in retail since I left school so for round about 3 and a half years now, I never knew what it would be like to be a customer service assistant in a shop and my goodness the job I took was not what I expected. When you walk into a shop as a customer you often get greeted with a smile and someone saying hello to almost every customer who enters the shop and if you miss one you desperately try and make it up by getting another member of the team to approach them in another manor.
I worked in M&Co for 2 and a half years, when I first started I assumed it would be plane sailing, just say 'Hi' to customers and smile all day long so when you get home after an 8 hour day of work you no longer feel the need to smile constantly.
Truth is it doesn't matter if your good at paperwork, cash handling, approaching customer or any other shop that may involve retail or customers. You have to want to speak to them and start a conversation if you don't like people or just don't like making conversation with complete strangers then a Customer Service job simply isn't for you. I personally love talking to customers I always have since I worked in retail not everyone does and you can often see it by there attitude.
The main aim is to use high levels of kindness, friendliness and persuasion towards the customer at the end of the day your job is to please them but most of all get them to purchase something to keep you in a job and the company thriving.
My favourite thing was actually answering the phone to customers I wish I could have put my own ring on what I could say but it was as simple as 'Hello M&Co Marie speaking, how can I help you?' with an enthusiastic voice hoping customers would also be along the same wave length as you. The chances of a customer responding back in a polite manner was pretty low. As an adviser you have to deal with rude customers, who always think they are right and by this what they say you usually have to agree with. So if you really don't like people shouting at you in front of everyone or complaining about a person or product this job isn't for you. You have to learn to take it on the chin and accept it, It shouldn't be something that will effect you from sleeping etc.
It can be a tough job no matter were you are not all customers will want to be approached or want a conversation with you and usually this is made obvious. Even in my new place there are some people that want to look around in peace buy something and leave but that one word 'Hello' can be a great help they know you are there and happy to help and be approached. Plus I still see regular customers from M&Co although I have now left and some will stop and chat today.
I started off pretty timid if I am honest with not much confidence or experience. But now I love speaking to customers it isn't a fake smile anymore it is genuine. Yes the job may not always be that fun but it can be if you make it. I now go into shops when I'm not at work and usually end up being able to tell if their customer service is good or bad simply by the way they introduce themselves to you and say 'hello' if they don't say anything and pretend they haven't seen you or ignore you then they really are in the wrong job and I have seen it before! But in some places I go in and they have a real friendly smile I don't like being approached which sounds a little hypocritical but if they just say 'hi/hello' and smile its enough for you to think they're doing a good job. The WORST thing I have heard customer service assistants do and I do admit I did it at the start of my first job is complain about how long I had left of a shift, or how bored I was, or nothing to do things like this not only make conversations awkward with staff but can cause issues with customers hearing or cause problem for the manager. I've learnt to keep things like this to myself until it is dead in my shop and then moan about it in my head to myself!
Another thing for me personally is I went into M&Co for my first interview thank goodness I got the job, I'm not a great lover of fashion for myself I go more for comfort but they sell some lovely clothes and being able to pick out things for customers and give my opinion on things was great fun! y job now is still customer service based but its a completley different type of shop. Working in a customer service filled environment can give people such great experiences and great skills that can be put forward for many things in the future.
This is only my opinion on Customer Service Advisers. Yes honestly I think it is great fun, it is certainly not plain sailing and can be a struggle at times. Keep cool when customers get worked up and hold your own. After all they are supposedly always right! The majority of customers especially in my new place loves a chat and like someone to smile at them and greet them, complimenting a purchase to will give you something to talk about. But if you really don't like talking to people or even approaching people I'd say get a warehouse job or a cleaning sort of job, But in all seriousness you have to want to talk to customers if you do it because you have to it usually shows, act natural and it'll go well. Being a Sales/Customer service adviser brought me out of my shell and has given me confidence today. I amm so glad to still be in this role sort of role now!
The Apprentice UK, so for anyone who has never watched the show or stumbled across it whilst flicking through tv channels, here is a short description for you on The Apprentice and why its actually one of the most entertaining shows to watch! A group of businessmen and women all looking for that one dream job, to be Hired by Lord Sugar and to work in his huge and successful business empire! Candidates show courage, konwledge and stupidity in fighting their way through round after round to get their dream job. The set up of the show is basic, the candidates are split into two teams (initially by gender) in all sorts of different tasks and the team that makes the most money wins and gains a treat, the team that loses plummits their way into the board room battling out out against other contestants to secure a place in next weeks challenge. The tasks test every quality that is needed to be a business partner for Lord Sugar. 3 candidates from the losing team are called back into the board room (The project manager decides who will brawl with them in the final showdown almost).
The aim is to be hired by Lord Sugar, but only one candidates out of 16 can be hired and be given a 6 figure sum of money to set up there new business. The candidates give the British public a lot of entertainment. They like to make it clear why they are suited to be Lord Sugars next apprentice, they all have talents and they know they do and none of them have low self esteem or usually a filter for their mouth. Some of the things they say make you cringe and want to hide the most memorable candidate for this must be the one and only Stuart Baggs himself, if you haven't seen him on the show please wath his final interview...'Everything I touch turns to sold!' and 'I'm the Brand'. I respect the candidates for wanting to do well and doing anything in their power to achieve this but making yourself look like a fool just isn't the way forward, Lord Sugar can see behind the rubbish.
Who can forget Lord Sugars wonderful aides to help spy on the candidates throughout the tasks they are set. The aids for the first few series were Nick Hewer and Margaret Mountford, both very successful business people who work alongside Lord Sugar to help him find the right person for the job he is offering. Nick and Margaret never spoke an awful lot, you just simply see them on camera either nodding, smiling, smirking or writing notes down and occasionally you might get a word or two out of them in the boardroom! Margaret chose to retire after the end of the 5th series, she was later replaced by smart, attractive and previous part owner of West Ham United Football Club Karren Brady.
The Apprentice is currently on tv in its 9th series with more crazy candidates, hungry for the opportunity to have an investment in their business handed to them on a plate by Lord Sugar himself. The boardroom is the place for Lord Sugar find out the details on the task and how well the teams have done, every finer details about the task has been noted by both of Lord Sugar's aides. His aim to find success and ability from the candidates in the tasks.
So for anyone who has never seen The Apprentice or taken any notice to it i'd say watch it! Its worth it, its entertaining to see the candidates work well as a team and face off against each other in the boardroom. Lord Sugar takes no prisoner, he only recruits the best! Lord Sugar's quotes are also very funny, serious but funny. The candidates will suffer a 'Job interview from hell!'
The new series of The Apprentice is under way (BBC1 Weekdays) with some hilarious contestants, yes they are smart and probably the right people to be in the running to work with Lord Sugar, but when it comes to testing them and their ability to work in a massive business empire like Lord Sugar's it shows not all of them are cut out for it!
In my opinion it is a great show to watch its entertaining and it really gets you thinking. I even like to play along and guess who may win it and get fired etc. The show has around 6m viewers per series for a 9 o'clock week day show it does well. I'd never be brave or stupid enough to go on a show like this but I give it to the candidates they fight for the job!
Britain's Got Talent was first set to broadcast in 2005 but was postponed until 2007 due to The Hit Show America's Got Talent. It doesn't matter who you are, how old you are or what your apparent talent is, everything is welcome onto a show like this.
With 3 Judges from the Start Simon Cowell the boss of many famous Talent Shows, with big opinions and a big smile if you get it right, he is the boss of any talent show he judges! Piers Morgan mostly famous for a lot of his work in America, hard to impress but I believe a good asset to the Judging panel although at times could be very bland and same old. Who could forget the beautiful Amanda Holden, sweet, quirky and really connects with a lot of the contestants. Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden have stuck it out in The Talent show since it started (Simon missed the auditions in series 6 due to other work commitments in America). Piers left the show in 2011 due to commitments with a new show in America. Who can forget that Ant and Dec are the presenters of the show! A genius idea in my opinion to have these two men working together in the fun filled talent show!
Just like many other Talent Shows it doesn't matter how good you are if you can't squeeze into the demanding life as a celebrity becoming famous on a programme like this just isn't right for you. Whether they can cut it in the world of the media industry is a completley different story. We are all still used to the occasional sob story, although the set up of the show doesn't change each series, the type of contestant most certainly varies. It isn't like a singing competition you never know what to expect or who might walk on the stage next and what on earth could they be doing. There is some excitement to this programme you just never know what to expect next, will the next act make you cry? laugh hysterically? or just leave your jaw dropped.
The only issue I personally have with the show is because the judges in later rounds aren't pitched against each other and have to work together to put acts through they all do get on pretty well and have a giggle with each other. Yes its nice to see them laughing but it is nice for viewers to also see an arguement hear and there even if it is just for effect people always like a bit of drama!
Series 1 2007- The winner of series 1 was incredible and a great start for the new UK Talent Show. We all doubt these sort of shows to start yes they are cheesy but they are addictive and we do all hope that the contestants wow us and do well! Paul Potts used to work in a Phone Shop for several years, a large man with a sad looking face, as most cynical people do like myself I assumed he would be rubbish and didn't pay much attention to his introduction until he started to sing. Beautiful Opera voice that felt like it came from nowhere came from his mouth! He received a standing ovation from the audience ad all the judges and has gone on to sell debut albums in his name. This series received just over 8.2 million viewers on average. I personally think looking back at the list of contestants in the show Paul is by far the best winner and most deserving, all the other acts aren't really that recognisble even more.
Series 2 2008- George Sampson a teenage boy with a big dream appeared on the show, he is extremley talented and a fantastic Street dancer. He won the show at the age of only 14 with an unforgettable final performance to 'Singing In The Rain'. This year the Talent Show had more people appyling and over double the amount of people in the semi's to the year before, but again this year the stand out act had to be George. It was obvious from this series who the winner was likely to be. The series had on average ratings of over 10 million.
Series 3 2009- Susan Boyle an older lady, who had absolutely no fashion sense, a cringey sense of humour and a rather unique voice, did Britain proud. This is something that will never be forgotten in all of Britain's Got Talent history. She started to sing and sounded like a professional, she sand 'I dreamed a dream' from Les Miserables. In my opinion I was very cynical when she first came onto the stage and I believe the judges admitted it to as they sniggered at her before she started to sing. Susan now has the nickname of SuBo blew the great british public away and received a standing ovation from the audience and the Judges (The original Simon, Amanda and Piers). She has had over 20 Million Youtube views for her first audition. She was that good that she was even talked about right the way up to America. She was tipped to win the show but lost out to Talented and Diverse street dance crew Diversity. Diversity won the show against 9 other acts with over 204% of the overall vote. Diversity are a tight street dance crew who were up against acts similar to theirs such as Flawless, but with their cutting edge performance, sweet and deserving attitude they won it! If I'm honest I think Susan thought she would win simply because of all the press she had and the massive reaction she had. Overall this show had a massive amount of viewers with over 13.3 million on average.
Series 4 2010- Spelbound won this series of BGT against 9 other acts with a massive 37% of the vote. Spelbound are a gymnastic/dance crew with brave choreographed routines. Spelbound also performed twice for the Olympics last year in London. They are good at what they do in my opinion but people forget who they are these days, after the Royal Variety performance people forgot about them. I'd say this was in my opinion one of the weaker series of BGT out of the 4 so far, most of the final acts aren't that well remembered these days. Twist and Pulse another dance crew excelled in the competition and even had a Sky tv show after but after that it all sort of went disappointingly downhill. This series again had the 3 original judges Amanda, Piers and Simon but also brought along Louis Walsh for some of the auditions, in my eyes his opinion really didn't make much of a difference. This series brought in on average about 11 million viewers.
Series 5 2011- Jai McDowall winner of this series, I had to actually search up who the winner of this series was because in my opinion he wasn't really anything incredible. I think a lot of singers who go on this show are on the wrong talent show and have more chance at success on a music talent show. Ronan Parke who was against Jai McDowall in the final and finished in second place was tipped to win the show which does make you think was it fixed and planned for the underdog to win it? Jai won with 29% of the vote. In this series the funny thing was the top 3 acts were all singers as well! The series average of viewers was around the 9.5 million mark. This was also the year the judging panel was finally shaken up a bit, Simon Cowell took a step back for the years auditions and appeared again in the Live shows and left Amanda Holden in charge with the help of newly appointed judge David Hasselhoff an American citizen who was a judge on America's got talent, the only problem with 'The Hoff' was he had a few communication issues with the British public and judges, he couldn't understand typical English terms which was funny for the public but annoying for some of the acts and himself. Michael McIntyre (My favourite comedian) a hilarious larger, funnier and camp comedian appeared on the judging panel for the year, he lightens the mood and always has great energy levels, cracking a joke whenever he could. A recipe for weirdness with this unique judging panel, they plotted to put some rubbish acts through to the live shows because Simon wasn't around and boy didn't t work!
Series 6 2012- The most recent BGT series to date and may I say hasn't it been one of the best, another new judging line up to make some fresh changes Alesha Dixon a UK singer had been appointed as a judge as well as David Walliams the comedian other half of Matt Lucas. David and Simon struck up a bromance in this series of BGT David loved Simon and Simon was always irritated by David's behaviour. David awarded Simon his own name by the end of the series which was 'My Simon'. Alesha and Amanda worked well together ganging up against the boys or ganging up with David against Simon.
Another sinical move from the British public this year Jonathan and Charlotte two best friends who do a lot together walked onto the stage, Charlotte a young pretty girl, Jonathan a larger boy who gets bullied at school and picked on a lot. They come and go as a pair, after announcing their act and what they were about to do the audience laughed at the thought of them being any good, the audience were wrong, a fantastic pair of choir/orchestral singers with fabulous voices, only problem is they thought Jonathan was better than Charlotte but they decided to move forward in the competition as a pair and finished in second place with over 25% of the public vote, they also became an internet sensation with over 34 million hits for their first audition alone. The WINNERS of BGT are incredible, Simon has always been a sucker for talented dog acts and wasn't it about time one of them did really well in this competition. Ashley and Pudsey, Ashley a young teenager that studies hard at school and at home and makes time for her best friend her dog Pudsey, Ashley created a fantastic first routine that blew the judges away and who would of thought it their routines got better and better, best winner of this series and in my opinion what was better was the underdog won, bets were all on Jonathan and Charlotte to win! Ashley and Pudsey were also the first acts to win the massive lump sum of money £500,000 compared to the original £100,000, one of the most deserving winners of the show. They won with over 39% of the public vote!
So Britain's Got Talent is currently airing now it is into its 7th Series and hasn't the talent so far been exceptional, if you don't watch it I really think you should give it ago its funny and entertaining. It's one of them things people say that they hate to watch and 'it's boring' or 'our country don't have talent' but really there are always some icredible acts that hit our television screen, some are hysterical, some are awful, some are truly talented but all our entertaining no matter what they are like.
I love the show and I am happy to admit to that, fine not everyone will and it is only in my opinion that it is a great show but looking at the amount of viewers that usually watch the series its true that a lot of people do tune into it. The judges are hilarious and work well together, I do sometimes they say things just for a bit of drama and more ratings, after all they did pitch themselves up againt The Voice UK with the prime time tv spot on a Saturday night. Britain's Got Talent really is a true statement in my mind, yes some people go on there just for 5 minutes of fame and some go on there just for the money but most of all people go on there to showcase their talent to the UK.
There is a lot in it for the winning act they get a great sum of money if they win to do whatever they wish to do with, which for most people will always be a bonus and ore of a reason to try out, for a lot of contestants its money over pride. The winner also gets to perform at the Royal Variety in front of the Queen which is a pretty scary task to complete I must say. But after the Royal Variety performance it is up to the act to find some sort of way to find fame, they need to find a way to get recognised and signed by an agency if they can do this the chances of them succeeding are high. Ashley and Pudsey appeared in the NTA awards of 2013 with a 'Gangnam Style' Routine, short sweet and the audience loved it (I was there!)
Britain's Got Talent is a talent show watched by millions of viewers, it doesn't matter if you win or lose if you are talented people will hear about you. I like the fact the judging panel varies most years and gives it a fresh look. My only critique is there are still to many sob stories as far as I am concerned, I know they are meaningful but because they try to squeeze a story on the contestants life in it means that we can't see as many acts. I understand going into more detail about the acts in the next stage but not through the audition process. Oh! Another thought I worry more about the young children being allowed to appear on the show, one year one of the girls reached the Semi's Live and broke down on the stage not only is it sad to see this happen it can take a lot of time to find a contingency plan. I do think some of the younger children cannot cope with the fame or the pressure and maybe they should contemplate a minimum age restriction.
Well I do also think that the show wouldn't be the same without Ant and Dec as the presenters, they are on our tv's every Saturday night when the show is on and don't the ladies love them! They have a great relationship and they interact well with the contestants and audience. They even laugh along with the rubbish acts and usually egg them on a lot! They bring a different sense of fun to behind the scenes that the audience viewers and most of the judges don't usually get to see.
It is a great talent show and I think the more you watch it the more you learn to love it and almost become addicted to it. The series that is already on tv currently has kicked off to a great new start with some fantastic singers, dance crews and plenty more surprises in store! Tune in for the new series, don't miss out! See for yourself if Britain really has Got Talent!
So this is just my opinion on The X Factor its coming to its 10 year milestone this year! But does that mean it's going to get any better? The X Factor has in all fairness had some fantastic contestants throughout the years but it's the same every year, way to serious, never that light hearted and plenty of sob stories. Simon Cowell will do anything in his power to boost viewers and his popularity more than anything.
The aim of the show as most people to know is to find a star as Louis Walsh would say 'With the whole package' The star who is lucky enough to win the contest at the end receives their own single and a recording contract. Whether there route to fame and stardom takes lift of is a completely different story now.
The Original Judging Panel started off with Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne. It was a weird panel for sure. Simon would take charge of the panel and Sharon would cause havoc with the Judges and some of the acts. Louis Walsh would use his repetitive lines constantly like 'You just haven't got the X Factor' or 'You're the whole package' or 'You're a star'. The 3 Judges stuck together as a trio for 4 series, nothing about The X Factor changed, the set up of the show would be the same each year, the judges wouldn be the same, the sob stories were all still there and they had to perform in a room with a load of camera crew and the 3 judges, it was this moment that would be make or break for the contestants and my god didn't they act like it was the be all and end all of their lives.
In series 4 The X Factor had a bit of a revamp to pull in more viewers with an extra judge, and who could it be? Kylie Minogue? No Danni Minogue was introduced to the Panel, Kylie's younger sister that had once tried out a career in the music industry. This brought a bit more action to the panel and the viewers enjoyed it more because there happened to be a few more bickering arguements between the judges than usual.
Winners of Series 1-4
Series 1 2004- Steve Brookstein, this year none of the singers were overally talented. They could all sing but none of them really had anything special about them. If you were to ask members of the public now to list all the finalists from this series I expect only 1 or 2 maybe listed with ease. It also shows that this year was one of the worst years for ratings with only a miniscule 7.4 Million viewers. The most dismall series of them all but people had some hope so tuned in to watch the others.
Series 2 2005- Shayne Ward, definitely more well known then Steve who won the first series of the X Factor. Shayne Ward, an attractive guy with a really catchy single 'That's my goal'. The ratings vamped up a gear in 2005 with over 8.6 million viewers roughly every weekend. The best thing about this series was that the 2 final contestants were so close in votes no one knew which way it was going to swing. This had a lot of controversy around the subject though as people started to think it was a fix. No one is really that remembered from this series which is a shame but it didn't help the show get off to a great start.
Series 3 2006- Leona Lewis was a phenomenon, typical nervous and withdrawn lady, she has the looks but everyone hoped as she walked into the audition room and greeted the judges she would have a good voice. She started to sing and blew everyone away I can remember her first performance to this day. An incredible singer who went on to win the show and break America after as well as the UK, Although The show did lose a fair few viewers throughout this year and dropped from 8.6 million in 2005 down to 8.2 million. Leona won the show against Ray Quinn with 60% of the final vote. Leona's first really successful single was 'Bleeding Love' which reached number 1 in over 30 countries. The X Factor had reached a real high after this series as such a modest and skilful contestant won the show. Leona in my opinion is by far one of the most unexpected and raw talents the UK have seen in years.
Series 4 2007- Leon Jackson winner of The X Factor, As there was so much expectation from the show before and after having such an incredible and deserving winner, Viewers once again started to chat more and more about the show. It's one of them programmes if you love it or hate it you still end up watching some of it no matter what you think of it. The final was between Leon and Rhydian the vote came close again and Leon won with 55% of the vote. Kate Thornton was also replaced this year as a presenter by Dermot O'Leary who brought in a lot of female viewers. Brian Friedman also replaced Louis Walsh the dismall judge for the Audition period of the show, but wasn't comfortable doing this and was soon replaced again by Walsh as Brian took his comfortable position make as choreographer. Dannii Minogue was the new judge of the series and went on to win it! I think Leon was the worst winner to come out of The X Factor to date he had no charisma and unfortunately his career just didn't lift off after at all.
Series 5 2008- Sharon had finally had enough of The X Factor for now and chose to take a step back, or did she just get fired? Who are we to know. Cheryl Cole the nations sweetheart had been brought in to take over her role, the panel now consisting of 4 Judges 2 new and 2 old, it gave The X Factor a fresh look and feeling. Alexandra Burke who was in Cheryl's category won The X Factor this year and wasn't it nice to see a new mentor win again proving they can bring something new to the panel. 'Hallelujah' Alexandra's single had become the fastest selling single of all time. Alexandra was up against some tough competition this year with contestants such as Boy and JLS and Diana Vickers who today are still doing well in the music industry. Alex won with over 58% of the vote this year! But for once a group had finally made it into the Final for the first time. JLS have now gone public with their aim to split at the end of this year after a long time together in the Industry thriving so well. The average amount of viewers that watched this series had beat an X Factor record of over 10 million. In my opinion I think it was because of the fantastic contestants and the 2 new judges Cheryl and Dannii, people thought they were rivals and every week the papers would rate there choice of fashion.
Series 6 2009- Joe Mcelderry went on to win this series of The X Factor with his mentor Cheryl Cole. This was the first time in The X Factor history that a mentor had one 2 years in a row. Joe Mcelderry did his final duet with George Michael and went on to win the show with a whopping 61%. Funny girl Stacey who acts like a bimbo surprised viewers with her enchanting voice and Olly Murs with his quirky singing and dancing, both of these acts have gone on to do well today. Olly has had a sold out tour and is now the Presenter of The Xtra Factor and Stacey presents Love Machine and also appeared on I'm A Celebrity and went on to win it! The amount of viewers for this series had also bumped up to a massive 13 million that year. Joe in my opinion has faded in the music Industry and would be pefect for theatre productions but not for selling number one singles and albums in the charts. This was also a great year as the audition format had changed from being in a room just with the Judges and the crew to a massive arena full of audience members as well.
Series 7 2010- Matt Cardle one this series by miles looking at the statistics he won every show every week on votes, except the first week. He was a painter and decorater and surprised the viewers with his soft and mellow voice. He had Dannii as a mentor and went on to win the show with 45% of the vote against Rebecca Ferguson. Although after the show finished Matt's single peaked at number 2 on the charts. The biggest surprise from this series was watching the Boy Band One Direction who had been put together by the judges almost appear from nowhere and shoot to fame. The Boys also managed to break America. They have sold over 14 million singles and 8 million albums. Their newest single that was for Comic Relief reached number one in 63 countries. Out of all of the series this was the best year for rating with just over 14 million. One Direction in my opinion should have won this year but it makes you think if they did win would they be where they are today.
Series 8 2011- Little Mix won! This is the year that Cheryl and Dannii both left The X Factor and I think Simon paid for this mistake big time! The views dropped this series to 12 million. New Judges Gary Barlow and Tulisa were recruited and Simon also left the show which meant the only regular left was Walsh. Groups had been doomed bad luck in The X Factor and no one would have ever guessed one could go on and win it. But Little Mix a group formed by Judges proved everyone wrong and did exactly that with Tulisa as the mentor. Kelly Rowland also another new judge to the show most well known for her debut with Destiny Child's. This year I personally feel there wasn't a lot of competition they contestants where nothing really special except from Little Mix who had a nice aura about them. They went on to win with 48% of the vote against Marcus Collins. Marcus Collins has recently been performing in Hairspray the tour and I think this is what he is most suited to do with his spectacular dancing and theatrical voice, if it's possible to be too nice to win a show I think this could also be a reason.
Season 9 2012-James Arthur the winner. The show was on its 9th year and it really needed something doing to it, it was getting boring and people were getting tired of it. James why shy in his first audition but his voice is incredible he performed Tulisa's song 'Young' acapella version which blew the audience and Judges away including Tulisa (She was probably more worried it was better than her version!) Kelly Rowland had also left her judging duties behind her to focus on her career in The UK she was replaced by Nicole Sherzinger former Pussy Cat Doll. Nicole brought some light to the show and the rivalry between her and Gary had started against Tulisa and Louis (Yes Louis still a Judge, god knows why!). The weirdest thing about this series is looking at the stats Chris Maloney the wild card contestant who had a life line from viewers had won the votes every show up until week 7. James had pinched the votes from week 8 all the way up to the final and won with over 53% of the vote, In my opinion he was a deserving winner, I am no way into sob stories but you could tell this meant the world to him and that it was his dream like many others but it wasn't just about winning to him. I just hope he can carry on impressing in the music industry, if he can release anymore songs like 'Impossible' he should be on to a real winner! The ratings for this series had a massive drop from the last series also to 9 million.
The X Factor has been on for 9 years now, it almost feels like routine to wait around for it to appear on a Saturday night. I know most people's favourite part about it is the auditions as there is a little humour when you see acts that sound tone deaf come onto stage thinking they can sing, or just seeing someone come on stage and trying to predict if they will be good or bad or just incredible. The performances that throw you back in your seat and back your mouth drop open are the most exciting ones and for sure there have been a few contestants throughout the years that have made us do that. But have the right winners one every year? In my opinion and it is only my opinion I'd say most years yes the obvious choice has won but it's nice to see an Underdog win or someone that has dreamt about this every day! I do also have my own suspitions that some of the voting may have been fixed but there is no way to even show if this is true or not. Either way the winners have won now whether they win for the right reason or not they have got a career but if it works is a different story. Like JLS have proved it doesn't matter if you win or just take part put the hard work in and you will find a way through the industry!
Little Mix are one of my favourite acts from The X Factor they got put together and worked through there differeneces, 4 girls with different personalities. They impressed the public and in all fairness had a good mentor to sale them through that series but they ignored the press and horrible comments and look where it has got them. They all have 4 wonderful boyfriends and fantastic careers as a women I respect them. There have been some amazing acts I cannot deny that, In fact I don't think anyone can but whether they succeed or not after the Talent show is a different story.
It's coming into the 10th year of the series this year and it has been confirmed Sharon is back, I know it need some sort of revamp but will bringing back old mentors give it a fresh vibe I really am not sure. I do personally think Louis Walsh will have done his course after this year's series and I think he should step down and let someone fresh and talented take his seat. The only Judge's I'd love to see back are Simon because it's his show and he is entertaining to listen to and Cheryl Cole, she clearly knows how to work with young singers as she has done Pop Stars the Rivals before this. Put this naughty duo back together with 2 new judges would be the perfect combination.
At the end of the day this is just my opinion, People won't always agree with me, I do love tv and I do watch The X Factor every year just to see whats going on and to see some real talented people get involved and make a career for themselves. After all if I could sing I would go on a show like this as it gives you so many opportunities. It's entertaining but it does have a very serious mood once it passes the auditions. If The X Factor could just ease off a little and put a bit of humour into it and fun people would be more inclined to watch it!
So I saw the topic of Bullying come up and thought i'd share my opinion on it and why from my personal life I am so against it. I think everyone or mostly everyone goes through a fair bit of bullying at school and if they don't its probably because they were being the bully to other people.
I left school around 3 years ago now and I am so glad, yes I made a few friends but we go to school to learn. Not many children really enjoy school anyway but with the thought of going into school everyday and being bullied as well as just having to be there can be hard work.
So a bit about my life and why I got bullied, Unfortunately I wasn't a typically girly girl at school, I hated the fact that I had to wear a skirt to school because that just wasn't me. Not only was I uncomfortable in a skirt and didn't fit in with the cool crowd I got called a man pretty much for the whole 5 years I was at school. I'm not into skirts, blouses, make up and hair extensions etc. I'm not saying that every girl is either because they aren't but people that weren't cool and stylish got bullied for this just because we wore our uniform like an actual uniform at school. If I didn't roll my skirt up to look like a belt boys in my class would laugh at me, and if I tried to look 'cool' I'd still feel stupid. Either way I couldn't win when it came to the way students had to dress. I was deemed as a 'man' from the word go at school because I looked different and dressed differently.
Another reason why I was bullied at school. I got my hair cut pretty short for a girl in year 9 and fair enough it probably was a a bit of a bad move but it didn't mean people had to insult me over it or pretend they liked it and then walk away laughing. I had fingers pointing at me all the time and people sniggering behind my back. School is never really that fun anyway but this made it a lot worse. I never took time off of school and I wouldn't but it was hard getting up in the morning knowing I had to face them horrible bullies everday. If I did even tell the teachers what happened they would sort it but then you just get bullied for being a snitch. Most of my kind lovely friends fell into the bully crowd by the end of year 11 or just said harsh things about me behind your back. To this day its made me a little insecure and I can be quite paranoid. Trusting people isn't easy now either.
One of the biggest and most controversial reasons that I was bullied at school and people are completley entitled to their own opinion. I 'came out' so to speak at school. I knew I wasn't like a lot of girls in my year and I never really wanted to be like them. Sometimes I did just to try have an easy life but that didn't cut it. In year 9 I came out as a Bisexual to one of my apparently not real friends. She promised she wouldn't say anything because I didn't know for sure then and didn't want the news to spread. But within a few days everyone at school heard and people were coming up to me that I didn't even know asking me questions. I gave them honest answers and then walked on by. Even over social network sites people at my school that I didn't really know would start asking me if the rumour was true. I am happy with the person I am today now I do know my sexuality and I am proud of it. At school its a massive deal for people and its a rumour that can spread like lightning. This ruined my school years as every person would just laugh at me as I walked past or shout verbal abuse at me especially the so called 'popular' people that everyone looked up to.
School like I said can be tough and for me it really was. A lot of people get bullied at school It could be for any reason whatsoever, the truth is people will find a reason just for entertainment just so they have someone to pick on. Its not tough and its not cool but it won't stop for a long time. The punishments in my opinion for bullies at school isn't enough. They either get suspended whih means they come back and don't learn their lesson or they get expelled and they end up causing trouble somewhere else.
My Sister is currently at school and has been bullied for about 3 years now my one girl imparticular. My sister had never actually done anything to this girl but this girl just didn't like her. She got bullied on a social network site and gets verbal abuse and barged from her at school all the time. The girl also gave my sister two death threats, but thank goodness my sister is in a stable condition and would never take real offence to them. The school has been notified but they haven't done anything with the girl as of yet. I think schools are to chilled out about bullying and let it go on for to long before something serious happens and then something is done.
Now I can look in the mirror and smile, no I am no way shape or form perfect but I am happy with myself and what happened to me has made me a stronger person. I definitely wouldn't recommend people bullying its not hard and it doesn't make you popular. People usually bully to cover up their own insecurities. Its made me a stronger person but it can take time to heal from all of the insults. If anyone ever gets bullied admit too it and go seek some help don't do it on your own.
I started smoking a few years ago, I thought why not my friends were so why shouldn't I. The thing with most smokers is it doesn't matter how much you are against it to start for most people they will try it at a party to be more social or just to say they have done it.
I puffed on my first cigarette at a party over a year ago and since then have become addicted. I don't have many friends now that smoke which isn't neccessarily a bad thing because it means I do go outside less as I don't always want to go on my own.
Many people smoke for all different reasons but since I start smoking we were never allowed to smoke indoors anyway or anywhere near public entrances to shops etc. For me it hasn't really effected me I go outside a few times a day and light a cigraette. It can be a way for some smokers to meet other people just by starting a conversation of 'Have you got a lighter I can borrow please?' or 'Can I pinch a fag?' and from then people often strike up a conversation with you.
The smoking ban like I said hasn't had a massive effect on me, although I am a smoker making people inhale passive smoke isn't nice. Before I smoked it would make me ill for days just because it loiters in the air. If anything I don't smoke as much as people who have since before the ban, because I don't have time, I don't like going outside on my own all the time and I absolutely hate standing in the rain.
But from a smokers point of view I completely agree. It is bad for us we know but we don't want it to effect other peoples health. Even in clubs or at parties now I smoke less because half of my friends don't want to come outside with me. I do agree though that there should be shelters for smokers at least especially if they can't smoke inside. I know its a horrible habit but at least then they can interact with each other.
I've been on Dooyoo since last year and people always rate my reviews. I thought id tell the Dooyoo community a bit about me...
Eye Colour: Brown
Job: Work as an Assitant Manager in a retail shop.
Do I enjoy it? Its ok, It is a good way to meet new people as it is my gap year. It gives me some financial stability for University this year too!
Hair Colour: Dark brown with one random red streak!
Do I have any brothers and sisters? Yes I have one younger sister.
Cat or Dog sort of person? I love Dogs we have an adorable chocolate lab.
Phobia's: Snakes, The dark, dying and the bath plug noise.
Phone/Computer Wallpaper? Mila Kunis on my phone and Novatech background on my Laptop.
Why these wallpapers? I love Mila Kunis who doesn't?! And I'm borrowing my Auntie's work laptop so I didn't want to change the background.
My Favourite type of food? This is a hard one but I would have to say being half Maltese I would say Maltese food. Ravioli and Maltese Macaroni.
My Best and Worst Personality trait? I'd like to think I'm pretty caring and nice to be around. Worst I'm jealous but that can be good because it shows I care.
My all time favourite top 5 films?
My all time favourite top 5 tv programmes?
Him and Her
Favourite Artists? Hands down Cheryl Cole, Cold Play, Calvin Harris, and Rihanna.
Best Holiday I have been on?
Malta or France
Worst Habit: Smoker
Hobby: Judo and Hockey
Best Present I have been given? Sat Nav and dvd's.
Best Show/Concert I have been too? Girls Aloud at The O2.
Facts about me: Half Maltese, Black Belt in Jujitsu and born 6 weeks early.
I'm still classed as pretty much a young adult ready to start Uni in September. After I finished college I got a car and just became lazy I ate a lot of food and just didn't take notice what was going into my mouth and what it could do to my health and weight. Just recently I got a few comments from close family members saying I had put on weight, I knew I had but sometimes admitting it just isn't that easy, I needed to tone up mainly round my stomach area. I'd also gone up a clothes size from a 14 to a 16 which wasn't a big issue for me but obviously its not nice to go up a size for anyone really!
So I did something about it for 2 weeks I have been following in the footsteps of my Mum and Nan who both do Slimming World. My Nan has been to many classes and met new people and my Mum does it from home. I follow the books that list how many syns per food. I actually think 15 syns a day is a fair bit it may not seem like it but you can eat a lot. I have a Kit Kat chocolate bar every day (5.5 syns), Snack a Jack Crisps (2.5) A warp which classes as your bread allowance for the day and on a Meat and Fish day either some tuna, ham or Turkey and plenty more.
There are 2 different days you can do on Slimming World. Original and Green day, both allowed 15 syns on each. On a green day i dose up with vegetables, plenty of fruit and I love an egg and toast for lunch, there are so many things people eat on Slimming world that they may never had noticed before. Like quorn! If you are a great meat lover on a meat/fish free day this is a great substitute.
I have only done Slimming World for two weeks and I have already dropped a dress size. By eating the right things but allowing myself to have a treat each day. It makes you look forward to food more and get excited about having a treat. There is a lot of online support and the prices for a suscription are really good considering what it can you do for your confidence and health.
You are even allowed 1oz of cheese a day, it doesn't seem a lot but when you weigh it out its a lot! Fat Free yoghurts no syns, diet Coke/lemonade etc is all free too. And depending on what type of milk you drink you can have a fair amount so no need to restrict tea or coffee! (I switched to skimmed milk and it makes a difference!)
So there you have it my opinion on Slimming World its easy to stick to and you can eat a lot of food as long as its all varied. I have one day off a week to eat a pizza and panini but be good for the week with one treat or two a day and it will fill you up! You'll lose weight in no time and be happier in yourself like I am now. I', preparing for Uni and now I am doing slimming world I realise there are so many things I can still eat while I am there.
Give it a go, you won't regret it sign up online or join a club. If you join a club its roughly £4 a week but when you hit your weight target you don't pay from then on! Make friends, have support and feel better about yourself! Its most certainly been a massive help to me! :)
Friday Night dinner is a comedy based sitcom around a family of four people (The Goodman's) and what they typically do on a Friday night. First broadcast in February 2011 a very well known actor who is one of the main family members in this show Simon Bird. If you think your family are a bit odd and have disfunctional relationships try watching this. The language can be crude and some of the story lines or beyond bizzare but that is what makes it fun.
Adam (played by Simon Bird)- The oldest of the two brothers, he likes to get his younger brother Jonny in trouble. His aim is to be a famous musician but he hasn't had a lot of luck so has edged his way into what he finds a boring and dead end career in script writer for adverts. Adam doesn't feel like he gets on with his family at times they often pester him about his love life or lack of one. He is well groomed and looks after himself he enjoys family dinners on Friday nights for a little while before things get out of hand and he just wants to escape.
Jonny (played by Tom Roenthal)- The youngest of the boys Jonny works as an estate agent and gets caught up in a relationship with his estate agent manager.He defines his job as a real one compared to older brother Adam's. Jonny is a cheeky lad who loves the girls and the attention from his mother. He gets kicks out of annoying his brother too.
Mum, Jackie (played by Tams in Greig)- Jackie adores her two boys and would do anything for them both. She is a loving woman and can be very sexy and flirtatious she has a childish sense of humour and has a short fuse. She always wants the best for her boys and loves a good old chat with Best friend Oval. She likes to think of herself as peacemaker in the family but that isn't always the case.
Dad, Marin (played by Paul Ritter)- It is safe to say Martin is very unique he likes to walk around the house airing his chest to family and occasional friends. He struggles to hear and wears a hearing aid using this to his advantage especially during arguements. He likes to scavenge from the house bin and hide snacks in the bathroom.
Jim, the neighbour (played by Mark Heap)- Jim is neighbour of the Goodman's he is an usual sort he is infact petriffied of his own dog. He always turns up to the Goodman's on Friday night uninvited hoping for a nice meal, he fancies Jackie and hints at it a lot. Jim is never without his dog Wilson.
If you like a good old comedy sitcom with a very unique family this programme is for you, the follow up series is fantastic and gives us more hilarious gags and awkward situations. However disfunctional the family are its nice to seen they come together once a week whether the boys want to or not and sit down and have a less than civilised dinner at home discussing topics from there lives.
My opinion. It is truly worth a watch, there are some hilarious scenes the sitcom was actually written by Simon Bird from the inbetweeners. If you like the Inbetweeners you will love this. No I matter what humour you like there scenes in this that will make everyone giggle. It is cringy, funny, heart warming and different to say the least!
For £7.99 I think it is a bargain , if you like it that much you can watch it over and over again. The sort of programme you can watch with anyone!
As if the first series wasn't good enough! A lot of the girls are back and ready to cause trouble, making it seems even tougher to be a lesbian that most people would have thought! It follows the lives again of a group of ladies from different walks of life who all swomp together in Glasgow forming almost an army of lesbians! Sex, Love, Heartache and Devastation are on the cards this year and events are even more shocking an unexpected than usual leaving a lot of fans in tears! Happy or sad tears you may ask? Well you would have to watch it to find out!
The main Character of series 1 was Frankie but in this series they haven't set a main focus on one person infact they have given us the opportunity to get to know the other characters and what happens in there day to day life as well as lesbian issues that a lot of the girls face daily.
A lot of the Actors from the first series return to series 2 but with a few more different faces on the scene stirring up trouble and defining what a real lesbian goes through involving having a lot of sex, sharing intimate feelings with someone and lies and heartache.
Frankie (played by Ruta Gedmintas)- Still a very confused young lady, she has a lot of tattoo's and is slim in size this time with slightly longer hair, she usually wears skinny jeans, boots and a tank top. Frankie and Cat a couple that got together and fell deeply inlove were involved in a break up in the last series. Frankie doesn't like to hurt people so ran away from her relationship with Cat ending it instantly before returning to her life. At the end of series 1 we see a blossoming relationhip form between Sam and Cat but as Series 2 starts Cat knows after her lovely holiday away she has to face the music and confront Frankie. Frankie being Frankie never knows when to stop and won't allow the answer ever to be 'no'.
Sam (Played by Heather Peace)- A butch lesbian strong and intimidating in appearence but a real soft person at heart, she idealises her lover from series 1 Cat but worries Cat's mind is wondering off elsewhere. Sam is a very sporty person who is in the police for as a sergeant, she has a lot of stamine in the police and other places! Sam likes to keep herself fit and throughout this series becomes more fond of the new girl in the pack 'Lexi' ( I will discuss later) They get closer as the series progresses and end up becoming running partners but what happens next is a mystery.
Cat (Played by Laura Fraser)- A well groomed lady, very elegant with jet black hair, red lipstick and a demure fashion sense. After returning from a luxurious holiday away with her idealised lover Sam she knows she needs to sort things out with Frankie and set the record straight but being in love with two people is hard and it isn't as easier said than done.
New Character!!! Lexy (Played by Anna Skellern)- A cheeky austrailian who rocks up in glasgow, a hot young lady with a butch but feminie sort of look who has a fairly hard exterior again but is sweet in personality. She takes a liking to a few of the girls and ends up renting a flat with Tess (I am yet to discuss) and Frankie who are struggling with money. Lexy finds herself having a lot of sex, lying to people and getting caught up with emotions. One person imparticular that takes a liking to young Lexy is Tess who has been dreaming of being with a girl like her for years! Is this her chance?
Tess (Played by Fiona Button)- Very niave and lovely her ambition in life is to be an actress potentially on stage, she lands herself with a fantastic job at the start of the series on stage as the main part but things don't work out so well with her and another colleague look forward to arguements and violence from both of the girls! Tess is lovely and has a delightful personality she has a lot of friends but know one that would like a relationship with her as of yet, she likes to experiment with people but often her feelings get in the way. Tess takes a liking to new girl Lexy and wants to get to know her but someone else wants to do the same thing.
Sadie (Played by Natasha O'Keeffe)- Sadie appeared in series 1 as one of Frankie's flings. We all know Frankie used girls for sex and it was her way of coping. Everytime Frankie wanted sex Sadie would be there, but because Frankie was so in love with Cat she never truly realised that Sadie wanted more than just that. Sadie only appeared every now again in series 1 but in this series we really get to know her! Her relationship with Frankie has gone from a no string attached relationship to a slight friendship they have come to the conclusion it will never be any more than that! Sadie gets back out there and finds herself a very attractive lady from an art gallery they have a lot of sex and are very naughty, one catch this lady is married!
Relationships in Lip Service never really end up that well, In my opinion it is a fantastic series and there are some absolute real twists in this serious. Nothing is predictable and relationships chop and change. Emotions can go from high to low and the other way around in an instant! The girls don't all get along which in some cases is understandable but as the series goes on they all find one reason why they should all try to get on which is a shock to the girls.
I am a masive fan of Lip Service and the one twist in it that I never expected made me cry repetitivley. It really does dive into the lives of some lesbians and how they live there lives. Watching this programme as well as serious one although it isn't real it is very near the truth for a lot of people and makes you realise don't just look at the cover of a book and judge it read it get to know it and the outcome maybe different. It tests the girls relationships and some of the men involved but at the end of the serious things don't always have a happy ending...Worth a Watch hope I haven't given to much away!
Oh and the DVD costs around £10 at the moment which is a bargain! if you like a good old lesbian drama this is for you!
Fresh Meat delves into the life of a group of six young students starting out at University. It is a comedy series which consists of 8 episodes. There are some familiar faces in this series.
Each episode is often based around a certain character, the first episode introduces the characters nicely and allows us to see what they are really like and why they are in this rented student accomodation all together. they start off as individuals who do not know each other and as the series progresses the students find themselves in some awkward and tricky situations and some situations that many students can relate too.
JP (played by Jack Whitehall)- A posh boy from the country who didn't make it into a 'proper' University. He likes to think of himself as one of a kind someone who shouldn't need to be associated with people who do not have wealth or brains like him. He has some strange bonds with the other students, he irritates them all but always looks to them when he needs help. He starts off the series trending on peoples toes a little which is no surprise seeing has he has one of the most bizarre personalities the house mates have ever set eyes upon. He doesn't care what people really think of him though but because he is rich his so called 'friends' sponge off of him for money, JP see's nothing wrong with this as he feels its makes him look a popular and like a nice person which will help him attract 'girls'. JP's parents don't often keep in contact he has a very respectful relationship with his parents and a snesible one if only they knew what he really acted like especially when drunk their opinions of there posh little son might dramatically change.
Oregon (played by Charlotte Ritchie)- Oregon has been brought up well, very polite and well educated, but she doesn't want to be known as Melissa so she reinvents herself and uses the name Oregon. Her aim is too be cool and try and fit in by making up stories and acting like a completely different person? Her friendships with her housemates are tested by this. She is worried people may think she is boring so tries to act like someone else sleeping with a teacher and failing her coursework too try and act cool and fit in. All Melissa/Oregon really wants is to have cool friends and seem like a hardcore person but in fact she is a nice person anyway who drives a normal car like many students and has money and the knowledge to survive at University. Melissa especially looks up to Vod one of her housemates (described below). Vod likes to break the rules, smoke, do drugs, drink alcohol and have a good time. Melissa thinks by changing her name and acting like a 'cool' person she will fit in more but truthfully it is clear throughout the series her lies will eventually catch up with her and who knows maybe her housemates will like her for who she is when she cuts out all of the lies.
Josie (played by Kimberley Nixon)- Arrives from Wales her ambition to be a dentist. She is very helpful around the house and gets on with everyone, she has some feelings for a housemate but it wasn't the housemate she hooked up with on the first night in there new home which made things awkward for people as they didn't really know each other then. Josie has some hilarious one liners and often makes people feel weird when she comes out with them, for instance when she was sleeping with this housemate she said something along the lines of 'hump me with your massive ****' to try and get him in the mood. Her feelings for another housemate soon develop as the series goes on but has she left it too late to say something and make a move? Oh i forgot to mention she does have a boyfriend called Dave that she left in Wales for University as well. Josie is a pleasant housemate at most times but does have a mouth on her and does like to make sure she is heard a lot of the time.
Vod (Played by Zawe Ashton)- an independent individual, who has come from a rough background, she likes to drink, smoke and break the rules. She never really bothers to much to do her coursework until the last minute. She is very relaxed and Oregon wishes she could be just like Vod, infact Oregon just wants to try and impress her and others around her. Vod doesn't really get to grips very well with doing work at University instead likes to feel young and have a good time and she definitely does a fantastic job at this. As the series goes on a lot of her housemates are intrigued about her sexuality due to her Butch look people think she may not be entirely straight as people confront her on this matter Vod doesn't really know herself she thinks she is straight and hasn't doen anything for people to think otherwise but is so laid back about it she doesn't think anything of it or even care.
Kingsley (played by Joe Thomas)- Kingsley has been through a lot with his mother looking after her for years before deciding to make something of his life, he is very music orientated and looks forward to meeting new people and enjoying life but he is still hesitant about the experience. He is a mature student who has progressive feelings for another housemate as the series goes along. But is it too late for anything to happen will they ruin their chance? Kingsley almost feels sometimes that he is better than the other housemates and doesn't always think that their time is worth anything. Although Kingsley being intellectually stupid is persuades to change University causes as a joke, he does so but realises after it is all finalised his friend didn't actually change course either. Silly Kingsley!
Howard (played by Greg McHugh)- before the other students arrived Howard was already living in the house. He likes to think of himself as a recluse who hides away in his room playing with his gadgets. He has a very strong accent and some hilarious one liners. It is safe to say he is a character who can make people feel very awkward. In the second series things with Howard get deeper as he starts to actually show an attraction to one lady imparticular which confuses him as he is usually the only housemate who never shows feelings about anything or to anyone.
My Opinion- Fresh Meat is a very funny show all the students have very different personalities and all get themselves in some strange situations to say the least. They do what most students do drink, have fun, get themselves into trouble but unfortunately not all of them actually do well in Uni. By the end of the series we get a feel of what they are all really like and why they are in this bizzare house. They all do their own thing but at the ed of it no matter how many disagreements they have had they are all like one weird big family. All some big personalities and some challenging events for them in this series but they all get on well and in very different ways attempt to make the most of their first year at University for better or worse well you will have to watch to find out.
The actors are incredible and most of all believable, students may watch this and realise that their lives aren't far from this. For me I am going to University this year, if I ended up in a house with people like this it would make University worth it and I hope I would make friends just like these. Hoping of course not to get lead astray though or get myself into to much trouble!
All housemates take a journey through the series whether good or bad they all learn something from it which leads onto a funnier series 2. Series 2 is hilarious and dives deeper into their lives ad what they actually do on a daily basis whilst at University. Truly impressive series some hilarious scenes that must have been awkward to film and overall a massive laugh.
Fresh Meat Series 1 DVD costs around £14 and is truly worth the money, guaranteed a laugh and maybe you can relate to some of the scenes or might hope one day to relate to them!
Well as if the Olympics wasn't good enough we still had another couple of action packed weeks of sport, dedication and true inspiration to follow. 2012 has been a phenomenal year for our Paralympians, medal in hand or not they all trained so hard for this and excelled in each one of there sports making our country proud.
First of all the DVD shows the incredible Paralympics opening ceremony well it was a long ceremony but fantastic too watch introducing our country in the way we do best with outstanding story telling, music, group acts and real energy!
The DVD is around 7 hours long which is pretty time consuming but the price is a reasonable one at around £7.
This DVD highlights all the incredible elements from the 2012 Paralympic Games that inspired our nation. There are some scenes that you just want too relive in your living room and scream allowed too!
There is a lot of triumph in the DVD with some fantastic scenes that weren't all given a lot of coverage on TV. The DVD is touching and heart felt seeing how hard the athletes work and watching them succeed. The Opening and Closing ceremonies are truly breathtaking. When you have 7 hours of free time it is worth a watch!
I actually fell off of my seat with laughter a few times! Most comedians make me laugh through there stand up tour every now and then as some of there stories flick from one to another way to quickly. Don't get me wrong there are some really talented comedians out there who I respect I couldn't stand up on stage like Michael does and try to make people laugh with actions and stories.
Michael is an incredible comedian I have watched his previous tour 'Hello Wembley and Live and Laughing' which made jokes about all sorts of things I love the idea that he brings his family into some of his sketches which gives it that personal touch that a lot if people can relate too.
I definitely didn't ever think that Michael could improve on anymore or make me laugh more but it is possible. As soon as he walks in stage he gets the audience involved and roaring with laughter. His DVD was I believe filmed from The O2 Arena in London and may I say it was worth the wait. He moves through sketches at a lovely pace with impressions, actions and great memory!
The DVD is on sale at around £7 at the moment and worth the money its around an hour and a half long of pure laughter there are certain moments which resulted in me crying in was the hilarious! As someone who isn't a comedian it is hard to give and feedback all I can say it great price, great for most ages and guaranteed a giggle, I just wish it was longer!