Monday, 29 August 2011

'Young, Dumb & Living Off Mum' Series 3, episode 3

*may contain spoilers*

Three episodes in, and my excitement for BBC3's Young, Dumb and Living off Mum is just as great as it was when the first series began back in 2009.

In true Young Dumber style, the show kicked off this week by highlighting the latest feud (clearly the revelation that Sophie's departure some two weeks ago was going to bring harmony to the house was very short lived!). Tom and Jack have developed somewhat of a Bromance, but for a while this just caused a lot of tension in the house, resulting in a rather messy food fight. In hindsight, I hope the food-throwing culprits realise that this was quite an immature measure to turn to! I detest food fights. Yuck.

The task of the week dominated most of the air time throughout the hour-long episode however. The six were to set up a pop-up restaurant in the house for, initially, twenty five guests (see image below). However, it turned out that thirty guests had arrived and the Young Dumbers were blamed for not having enough seats or plates. Now correct me if I'm wrong, but if one was told twenty five guests, and thirty would turn up, one has the right to scream?

When you've never cooked before, delivering a three-course meal is never going to be an easy task. When you add the extra pressure, it's going to be quite intense! I actually feel that they all did really well! The Young Dumbers were divided into two groups; the kitchen staff: Tom, Ruby-Jo and Jade, and the front-of-house team: Jack, Ryan and Gracie. With a few hiccups along the way, the food seemed to be prepared rather efficiently by the amateurs, with the meals delivered with respect and care to the 'guests'.

Okay so perhaps things didn't go perfectly but it was clear to see that they put in 100% effort, if not more, so I do feel that Gareth was complaining a little too much. Sure, they lost him £150 as many of the guests were too rude to see that this was the Young Dumbers' first try at cooking and abandoned their seats entirely. However, I believe they did try as much as they could and one should never be punished for doing as well as they possibly could.

I have to say, the outcome of the elimination was a relief. I've nothing against the person who went out per say, however, I simply prefer the five remaining Young Dumbers! With another satisfying episode over with, it's onwards to next week...!

Amy x

^ Proof that they were told 25 guests initially, for which they had prepared themselves to cater for!

Two screen snaps I loved- a random fox, and Ryan petting a cute dog!

Friday, 26 August 2011

Kai Jenkins, rap artist

There's a cliche thought that the kids of today's generation lack ambition; it's often said that they care about nothing more than crime, violence and 'dossing around'. However, if one takes a deeper look into societies, one will see that this stereotyping is not necessarily a fair evaluation.

One teenager certainly shines above these assumptions. Kai Jenkins certainly holds a passion, which is made clear across his YouTube channel, KaiJenkinsMusic.

The fourteen year old, the eldest child of British actress Danniella Westbrook, uploads his work to his personal account online, sharing his talents as a rap artist. Not only does he write his own lyrics to accompany his music, but you'll also find a selection of his own music videos, adding to the expression of creativity.

Jenkins shows a great level of originality and personalty. His dedication is clear, the high level determination and ambition glowing around his videos. With his great talent and ambitions, it'll be exciting to see how far he has climbed within the next decade! If ever you need proof that teenagers do in fact know how to work for what they want, KaiJenkinsMusic is all the evidence you'll need!

Amy x

You can visit Kai Jenkins' channel, KaiJenkinsMusic here.

You can see my personal favourite video of his here!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Analysing Smash Hits! radio...

I used to listen to Smash Hits! radio on a daily basis; it was the only way I was able to keep up to date with today's music, I'm so out of sync! However, I did notice that there was quite a high level of repetition with the songs they play. So, I've just popped in my headphones and have decided to give it a listen for one hour solid. Having studied Radio, I've grown to love stations targeted at a slightly more, shall we say, mature audience? However, I'm going in to this music station with an open mind. Let's see what they throw at me...

(Start time: 9:30pm)

Mike Posner - Cooler than Me

One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful

Justin Bieber - You Smile

Jennifer Lopez - On the Floor

Cover Drive - Lick Ya Down

The Wanted - Glad You Came

Jessie J - Dude it Like a Dude

Example - Changed the Way You Kiss Me

Nelly and Kelly - Dilemma

JLS - She Makes Me Wanna

Alexandra Burke - Bad Boys

Leona Lewis - Collide

Usher - DJ Got Us Falling in Love

P!nk - Who Knew?

Nicki Minaj - Super Bass

Adverts - (One Day movie, Barclays Student Account, Toyota igo)

Chris Brown ft. Justin Bieber - Next to You

Olly Murs - Thinking of Me

(Finish time: 22:30)

Okay, we had a good start. I do like Cooler than Me, it's an addictive song and great to sing along to! This positivity remained throughout the second song too; I'd been meaning to check out 1D's debut single, so thank you SH! radio for allowing me to do so! It's quite a catchy one, that's for sure!

On dear, the third song has forced me to admit that I do in fact like Justin Bieber. I think SH! has melted my brain. As much as I'd like to question his somewhat cocky personality, he does have a good voice and a lot of his tracks are rather enjoyable! The fourth song too was most enjoyable, one I've enjoyed listening to for a few weeks now!

The fifth track of the hour was sadly not so good; the lyrics to Lick Ya Down are appalling. The tune isn't too bad the but general feel of the song is just...minging! Had never heard of the song that followed but quite enjoyed it!

Ah, now Dude it Like a Dude I love (in fact, I love it so much that I have it on my iPhone!). That was a cheery little treat there! However, the song that followed didn't impress me in the slightest! Bummer. Although it's not a song I care for, it was nice to see a slightly older song withDilemma thrown in there to take us to the top of the hour!

The tenth track wasn't too bad. I do like JLS but She Makes Me Wanna certainly isn't one of my favourite options of theirs! I was actually overjoyed though when I realised immediately that I recognised the song that followed - not a bad option in there at all from Alexandra Burke!

We appear to stick with the apparent X Factor theme with Collide being the twelfth track, a song by Leona Lewis I'd not previously heard. Well, it isn't too bad, I'll give it that! Track thirteen bored me near to tears.

Ah, P!nk! I actually knew this one straight away too, I'm quite proud of myself! A good option to cheer me up after the tragic latter! However, Nicki Minaj, I'm not impressed in the slightest with what you had to offer!

Slotting in two minutes of adverts at twenty-three minutes past the hour seems quite a peculiar thing to do, but I shan't complain - the two minutes of adverts were appropriate to the target audience and were slightly entertaining (only slightly!).

Now before I set the time on this challenge, Next to You had been playing at what would have been the same time exactly an hour ago...does this mean the next hour will be identical to the previous? To provide myself with an answer I kept listening for a little while. Thankfully, just before my scheduled hour was up, Olly Murs came on so I was overjoyed, both by the song choice and the fact that SH! weren't going with the repetition method! Following on we had songs from J-Lo (I'm into You), Nicole Scherzinger (Wet) and Ne-Yo (Beautiful Monster) so you can safely listen to the station for more than an hour without tiring of the same songs!

What impresses me most about Smash Hits! radio is the quantity of songs played in a one-hour period. To have seventeen tracks and just one advert break is pretty good going; most people will turn over to another station during commercials but at least this was not a temptation here.

The option for callers to contact the station and request their favourite songs is a nice little option too, however the fact that only recorded voice mails are played does make it a little less personal, with no connection being made due to the lack of presenter on the show!

The SH! ident breaks up the songs nicely so we know when a clear segue is being made. However, none of the tracks are actually introduced! You either have to know the song, or recognise the artists' voices, or as I did, Google the lyrics to the songs you've never heard of before to find out the track names! It's a little irritating, but a problem which can be solved.

In all, I'd say Smash Hits! radio is definitely worth listening to. Over an how during the evening show there is a good level of diversity in artists, with the modern music themed all the way through. I don't think I could cope with it on a daily basis, however I shall definitely tune in now and then if only just to try and stay 'down wit da kidz'! (Yes, you can roll your eyes if you wish...)

Amy x

(You can listen to Smash Hits! radio here!)

Monday, 22 August 2011

'Young, Dumb and Living Off Mum' Series 3, episode 2

WARNING: may contain spoilers.

With Sophie now away from the show, one would except harmony to be infiltrating throughout the house. However, not all was quite as straight forward...

The work placement task for the second week, I found to be quite impressive. The eight Young Dumbers were required to work in a fish market, packing and selling fish. Now I'll hold my hand up and admit that this is something which would make me gag. I don't fancy sticking my fingers into slimy fish eyes, not in the slightest. Nonetheless, it seemed that the majority of the Young Dumbers actually did quite well! Jade especially showed efficiency when studying the fish, and Gracie managed to forget about the squirmy side of the dead animals and got on with the job as instructed. When it came to finding the locations for delivering fish, this task too was completed much more smoothly it seemed than previous series' tasks (remember when they had to deliver flowers the series previous and it took one group forever?!).

The job challenge may have went well, but it was the atmosphere in the house which wasn't too rosy. The group ended up being divided: Enzo, Ruby-Jo, Jade, Gracie and Ryan all willing to work on a rota and do their bit, with Tom and Jack not showing so much as a caring thought. Where will this leave the house next week?

The elimination left me rather annoyed. I've four favourites, and one of those four were asked to leave. I'll be honest, they did seem the most head strong and the one most likely to cope in the 'real world' if they left now, however I still loved having them in the series!

Two episodes down and I'm still very much buzzing with excitement from this third series. I can't wait until next week's episode, but until then...

Amy x

This is my favourite screen snap from the episode - Ryan swinging a pig cushion!

Friday, 19 August 2011

Celebrity Big Brother 2011 (Channel 5)

(Video review: )

I don't like it. I don't understand how it lasted so long, and I can't get my head around why Channel 5 would wish to broadcast the show.

I've never liked Big Brother. I think I half-followed one series about five years ago but even that was done with just one eye open. When I heard it'd been axed by Channel 4, I was quite delighted. Finally I'd be able to switch on the TV and sigh with relief knowing that I was safe from the mind-numbing TV.

When I heard the rumours that Charlie Sheen was apparently being offered a large sum of money to appear on the revamped Channel 5 version, I did smile a little. Much to many people's disgust, I adore Mr Sheen and his involvement in the show would have perhaps persuaded me to at least check in with the show now and again.

Sadly, it was not meant to be. I didn't watch the launch last night - I have far more important things to do with my time - however, the lovely people of Twitter kept me well updated on who was going into the house. I have to admit, when the first into the house was Kerry Katona, I was a little delighted. Perhaps this was going to be Celebrity Big Brother after all; Channel 4 had a habit of introducing non-celebrities into such a series, which I laughed at incredibly.

We also have Amy Childs. I was ready to gouge my eyes out at that point. How can somebody who's famous just for being famous get anywhere in life? I know this contradicts what I've said about Katona, but...well, I like Kerry! I am not a fan of Childs in the slightest. Not one little bit. No way. Never. Ew.

We then have a bunch of people who I've never heard of: Tara Reid, Paddy Doherty, Darryn Lyons, Sally Bercow, Pamela Bach-Hasselhoff, Bobby Sabel. Having done a small amount of research on Bercow, I can at least conclude that there's a slight amount of diverse personalities in the house now.

If I had to predict a list of names of who I thought might have gone into the house, never would I have said Lucien Laviscount. Maybe I'm just not cool, maybe I'm too old, but despite his appearances in a few TV shows I've watched he's not a personality I've ever really cared for. However, it's an entirely different story with the last 'housemate' to enter.

Of course, I'm referring to Jedward! I absolutely adore the Irish twins; they're so full of energy and live. I think they'll bring a refreshing bounce to the show. Sure, previous contestants have often displayed high energy, but generally it's fuelled with hatred or insanity. John and Edward seem to have nothing less than a love for life and this should (I stress should) add an air of admiration in the house. I'm not holding my breath though.

It seems that not many people are 'feeling the love' for the show's new host, Brian Dowling. I do have to admit, while I like his character, I do feel that Davina made the show. Even though I didn't like the show, I did enjoy seeing Davina's enthusiasm and craziness on the occasion that I'd put on C4/E4 in the hope to watch a FRIENDS rerun, only to discover that yet another series of Big Brother was getting in my way. The world does miss McCall.

One episode down and I'm already annoyed with the show. Not even the lovely Jedward twins can make me watch it. I'm probably going to watch a couple of Jedward-based clips every now and then, but I'm praying they're the first to go! This is not because I don't want them to win - I very much do want them to win - but I don't want to even have to think about Celebrity Big Brother!

It seems that this is the beginning of a very long and frustrating road. Big Brother, I'm afraid I just don't care about you. Please try and not infiltrate my life, that'd be much appreciated.

Amy x

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Looking Back at Subject Choices...

Since today' is A-Level results day, I thought it would be the perfect time to look back over the subject choices I made back in my school days (which, quite frankly, were not that long ago!).

Now I didn't do A-Levels. Because I went to secondary school in Scotland, I naturally studied a Scottish education. The GCSE equivalents there are known as 'Intermediates' and 'Standard Grades', with the A-Level equivalents being 'Highers' and 'Advanced Highers'. Now my school didn't offer Advanced Highers as such, but more on this later.

I was fourteen when I had to make my first set of subject choices. At that age do you really know what you want? Well, yes and no. Having made my career decision at just seven years old, I'd learned by that point that diversity was part of the key to success in the TV industry. So, I decided to try a few different subjects. We did have a few compulsory subjects: English, Maths, German, RE and PE. I'll be honest, none of those subjects bothered me, and English I adored anyway, so I'd have probably kept most, of not all of them anyway.

We were required to take a Science, so I chose Biology. Good choice? No, not really! I detested it! Looking back, I think Physics may have been the better option, but never mind! As well as this, I also opted for Computing, History, Geography and Music. Here's the thing: given the fact that I spent a lot of time on the computer, choosing that first subject was a sheer waste of time. What I learned, I've never used since - why would I need to know how to draw a snail just by typing in certain key combinations?! Music was fun, but hasn't been too useful! History and Geography however were simply divine! Not only were they exceedingly enjoyable, but incredibly insightful and have provided me with a lot skills which I can apply to my career too!

In all, my 3rd-4th year subject choices weren't too bad! I think I'd have liked to have studied Modern Studies as I do take a keen interest in politics now, however at the time I hated them and couldn't get my head around them! My Higher subject choices I find to be much more appealing though. The four subjects I opted for included: English, Drama, History and Geography. Please do not ask me why I hadn't taken Drama the years previous; I cannot provide you with a sure answer! Well, actually, I can - I wasn't keen on the teacher and she left me with a negative attitude towards studying the subject. However, my Higher Drama teacher was an utter delight! He had a wonderful Irish accent and people say he looks a little like David Tennant... I think we will leave that conversation there for now.

English I loved. We studied some wonderful texts and was both rewarding and enthralling. History too was incredibly fun and although it took me a little while to get my head around one of the subjects, it gave me the chance to study the years surrounding WWII in greater detail (this is something I'm greatly passionate about). Geography was insanely fun. I've no idea how I can enjoy reading about soil formations or expanding my knowledge on the formation of glaciers, but I can and I did!

I don't really think I'd have changed anything about my Higher choices. I'd stayed on to do my last year of school and had selected Psychology and Philosophy, and was going to resit Geography and History too, but decided that I'd simply had enough. Instead I went on to study Radio at college, a decision I made very much so on the spur of the moment but it certainly paid off!

With some of my earlier subjects aside, I'm quite pleased with the knowledge I've gained from my subject choices and feel that, with a few tweaks, they could have been perfect! I suppose a lot of the subject enjoyment does come from the class environment. During those few months I studied Psychology, I found it to be one of the most interesting things I'd ever looked at, but the class just wasn't right and it dampened my enjoyment incredibly.

If you've still subject decisions to make, do give it a lot of thought. Make sure it's something you'd enjoy learning about - don't just choose a subject because you like the teacher, or because your best friend is doing it too. Ensure you put 100% into your studies - it's true what they say when we're told that you get back what you put in! I must have put something into my education since it's now giving me the opportunity to go to University! Enjoy every moment - don't complain about homework; put your mind to it and you'll find that it can actually be quite enjoyable! To those who have just received exam results, I hope you've done as well as you've expected, and if not, don't panic. It's not the end of the road - there are ways around certain situations!

Your education is so precious, the foundations to the rest of your life. Treasure each and every second and give yourself some very happy memories to look back on. I did, and I wouldn't change it for the world.

Amy x

Monday, 15 August 2011

Young, Dumb & Living Off Mum Series 3

(Video review: )

For the past three years, Summer has brought great delight. This is not because of the sunny skies, nor is it because of the exciting fashions. No, the highlight of the warmest season is BBC3's Young, Dumb & Living Off Mum.

The first series back in 2009 allowed Robert Webb to introduce us to the almost 'Big Brother' like concept of a group of Young Dumbers living away from their pampered lifestyles and left to fend for themselves in one house. Not only do they have to cope with personality clashes, but they also need to learn to manage an allowance and undergo a variety of different tasks in the work place.

The new series has given us quite a mixed bag of personalities, which has indeed resulted in a few comedic moments. However, it's clear to see that there's one Young Dumber who is causing a tremendous stir and upsetting people on more than one occasion.

This series seems to have given us a few more people with level heads, those who know the error of their ways and seem to genuinely want to change them. However, will this pattern of positive thinking remain as the weeks progress?

On a personal note, Gracie and Enzo are firm favourites, however I've yet to etch this in stone since we're only one week in. I'm keen to see which other tasks are lined up for them, and cannot wait for more dramatic events to unfold! The first episode of this new series has proven delightful, but only time will tell if this is carried right across the series.

Amy x

Catch Young, Dumb & Living Off Mum every Sunday at 9pm, BBC3.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

'Swagger Jagger' - Cher Lloyd

(Video review: )

Never before have I seen a song that is good enough to reach the number one top stop in the UK charts receive so much hate...

Cher Lloyd caused an insane amount of controversy during her time on the X Factor last year, dividing the nation into 'haters' and 'supporters'. Some, like myself, were undecided about how they felt towards the young singer, however the release of her debut single, Swagger Jagger has left me feeling very positive about her.

Swagger Jagger delivers a message which has clearly been taken direct from Cher's experience, as she encourages her haters to move on and stop bothering her with negativity. She certainly receives more than her fair share of bad-mouth comments, and I'd be interested to find out just how many of those are jealousy-fuelled.

Despite all of this, Swagger Jagger has done exceptionally well as a debut single. The music video is full of fun and colour (and a Cheryl Cole clone - see image below), blending perfectly with the high energy beat of the song.

Lyrically, it's quite interesting. "You can't stop looking at me...tweetin' about me" - I've never before heard of an artist singing about Twitter, a concept which adds to the youth of Cher. "You're a hater, just let it go" is a simple but powerful message as she instructs the haters who are quick to share their poison views through the internet (but how many would actually say things to Cher's face?!). The only line I dislike is "Hi hater, kiss kiss I'll see you later...", as I feel it has an air of immaturity to it. The rest however I find to be quite clever and, indeed, catchy.

It took me a while to like it, but time paid off as I've now fallen in love with Swagger Jagger. It's definitely shown Cher's capabilities and is a song I don't think I'll tire of any time soon!

Amy x

At first glance it would appear that Cher had morphed into Cheryl Cole...

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Dreams of Torchwood: Battle of Nine V Ten

Okay, so I’ve another dream to report to you this morning. As mentioned in my previous blog post, I do have a lot of Doctor Who and Torchwood dreams, and this one plays into that…

I sat on a train with a pile of tickets in my hand. Sitting backwards at the table there were two people in front of me, but nobody to the side. It became apparent that these two other people were my Torchwood companions. Yes, I was a member of Torchwood!

Shortly after the ticket inspector had come along, I noticed a metal creature approaching the train. It held the figure of a small dinosaur but once it reached the train doors, I could no longer see it. No commotion was created; it had arrived in peace.

I didn’t think anything more of it, until I felt something tugging at my legs. I hovered myself by using the table, resisting the creature’s strength as best as I could. Alerting my colleagues, action was quickly taken.

In charge of our group was a slightly round middle aged man (I imagine this is what Barrowman would look like if he abandoned the make-up and ate a couple of pies). Following his instructions, I sped along the train corridor, opening all of the doors to ensure passenger safety. It was then that we realised we had a bigger problem on our hands.

This had just become the battle of Nine V Ten. It turned out that the only reason the metal creature, now known as Ten, had come on board was to seek out its plastic enemy, Nine (think Autons V Cybermen!). As I made my way down the corridor with our unnamed leader following behind, Ten vanished out of sight. Instead, a long snake-like plastic arm slithered its way down behind us, chasing us and gaining speed.

Right at the very end of the corridor was a lift (yes, on a train…). Hammering on the button for the doors to open, we rushed inside and let the doors slam behind us. We were safe.

We were stuck in the lift for what felt like an eternity. Why weren’t we outside trying to do something about the creature invasion? Well, the answer to that is simply because we couldn’t! We’d somehow managed to get ourselves trapped inside the lift. We weren’t moving anywhere but the doors refused to open.

We had no idea what havoc was being created outside those doors – we couldn’t hear nor see anything. However, we had a new problem to deal with – our oxygen supply was quickly running low. Unable to leave the lift, it seemed as if our chances of survival were against us. Being Torchwood, we simply wanted to sort out the war that could have been unfolding mere metres away from us, but we were helpless. We couldn’t fight, and we couldn’t breathe…

I didn’t get a chance to see how this one unfolded, for I woke up in a state of panic and refused to go back to sleep. The dream was enthralling, action-packed and very exciting. However, once awake with the time to contemplate and replay the scenes, it seems so much more terrifying! This is also the second night in a row which I’ve dreamed about losing my life, both times with a TV-related, sci-fi twist. What does that mean?!

Amy x

Friday, 5 August 2011

Dreams of Mars, Marvel, Magic...Murder?

As you may already know, dreams mean a lot to me. I love dreaming and no matter how scary they can be, I treasure each second. However, last night I had a dream that has left me tempted to eat my words...

I'd ended up on Mars. I'm not entirely sure how this happened, but there was a group of us led by the gorgeous Alex Kingston. (Doctor Who tends to spur sci-fi based dreams!) The others around me I didn't know, but in the dream realm it was apparent that I was aware of their names.

We were inside a standard apartment in a small block of flats - the entire surface of Mars it seems was just as populated as Earth is, and all with the human race. At least this was what I was to believe. This apartment was small (it actually remembered the flat I lived in this time last year!) with a small bedroom, a bathroom which I never entered, a living room and a kitchen.

A lot of the scenes took place in said kitchen, as we gazed out of the window. At times I felt like their wasn't a roof on this apartment, allowing us to see into the skies clearer. For up above there could be seen what resembled several Moons. Initially I thought we were on the Moon until I was informed that it was indeed Mars. Each of these 'Moons' turned out to be a different planet: Earth, Jupiter, Mercury and the rest, and one of them was in fact the Moon itself.

What made these planets stood out however was the fact that they were all a different neon colour. One was pink, another green, a different one blue and so on. This was quite peculiar to see, but very pretty. I'd taken my camera along with me and tried to take some video footage but they simply wouldn't show up for the camera, which was frustrating!

Out of the corner of my eye I noticed a pipe from the building across the road to the one we were standing in. Out of this pipe shot bright coloured, thick gases, emitting them directly up to the sky. Not knowing what this was, I began to panic.

Upon asking our 'expedition leader', I was told not to worry. This was when I began questioning the fact that we were able to breathe on Mars. It turns out we had little oxygen packs strapped to us being fed directly into us - these were barely bigger than the mobile phones of today and would only last so long. Time was running out.

For the next hour or so I was frantic, asking if it was time to leave yet and trying to get everybody closer to the main door so we could leave as quickly as possible. However, it seemed that I was the only one with this attitude - it was as if everybody else was in a trance, without a care in the world.

Finally somebody agreed to accompany me down to the bus station at the bottom of the building which would then lead us to our transport back home. He seemed friendly enough, I knew nothing more about him than I did the rest of the group, but I wasn't going to go alone and since 'Kingston' wouldn't get ready to go, this was my only option to try and remain calm.

However, I quickly became aware of the fact that I didn't trust this person. They made me feel uneasy, a feeling which had been underlying the entire time I spent in the apartment building. I felt so alone, so scared. It was then that I suddenly realised that there was a pretty good chance that these were not of the human race. With no recollection of how I actually got myself to Mars, I began to panic. Who were these people? Why was I here? And more importantly, would I make it back to Earth...alive?

After that dream, I genuinely awoke terrified. I'd actually searched the house afterwards to make sure I was alone! It took me a good fifteen minutes to shake back to reality and calm down, not jumping at every little movement! As much as it's put great fear into me, I'd love to know what it means! Well, for one thing, I'll never be going to Mars...! It's deeper meaning however I cannot be too sure about...

Amy x

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Jedward's Loose Women interview...

Despite my huge admiration for Loose Women, I do miss the occasional episode (or ten!). Only today did I finally get a chance to watch Jedward's interview on the show from back in May of this year (clip can be viewed here).

There are so many memorable Loose Women interviews, but there's something about this one which stands out incredibly. I've always liked Jedward and find them rather fascinating, and their appearance on the ITV show has simply trowelled this on further.

Some may see the twins as rowdy and rude, but this is not the case! They simply have a healthy supply of energy and like to share their enthusiasm with others. Nowadays there are far too many people who fail to see any positivity in life and focus purely on the factors which drag our country down. Jedward should be available on prescriptions; they're a sure cure for depression!

The boys have a wonderful relationship with those around them, fulfilling their questions with hearty responses and energising the atmosphere. They're a delight to watch and I'll feel privileged if ever I am fortunate enough to be around them. They even end up breaking the Loose Women panel into song - how many people have you seen do that before?!

Although they've done many other interviews, this one on Loose Women is especially refreshing and exciting, the passion clearly spilling out of them. If you only watch just the one Jedward interview, I strongly recommend this one - it's cheerful, it's colourful and it'll certainly brighten up your day!

Amy x

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Hoover talk!

Hoovering is not fun. Housework isn't too bad if you've got music playing loudly (my personal favourite is John Barrowman's rendition of Copacabana...), but annoyingly the hoover seems to enjoy drowning all happiness out. However, there's an exception...

Being on the latest shift at work a few days ago, one of my duties included hoovering the shop floor. I wasn't really bothered about this, but as soon as I saw I'd be handling Henry Hoover, I nearly died with excitement! I've always loved the concept of a hoover with a face but had never been blessed enough to actually play with one!

So off I went, cleaning up loose thread and small balls of stuffing fluff, all the while talking to Henry. It's a bizarre thing, speaking to a little face who masters in sucking. I even gave the little fella into trouble for whizzing off in the wrong direction when I gave him a little tug!

I've made it my mission in life to own a Hetty Hoover. As much as I love Henry, there's something so appealing about the luscious pink shade of Hetty. I also feel, given her feminine gender, that she may be a little bit more cooperative and helpful! I also plan on getting round to buying a mini Henry and a mini Hetty for the desktop - have you seen anything cuter?!

I did try talking to the duster cloth, but it ignored me. How rude! For now, I shall stick to socialising with those cleaning instruments who have the ability to brand a smile. After all, I wouldn't want to run the risk of seeming insane...

Amy x