Benedict has a point…

Matthew Horwood / / Via

Matthew Horwood / / Via

So the third series of Sherlock has recently begun filming – if you have never watched Sherlock please do so! – and the main actor Benedict Cumberbatch decided to give the paparazzi a subtle message as he left his trailer.

This photo puts the job of the paparazzi into perspective somewhat. Every single day we can not look in a newspaper or look online and not see photos of celebrities doing the most mundane of things and then somehow this becomes news. How is Victoria Beckham eating a burger somehow a newsworthy piece of information? The answer? It’s not. It isn’t like all these paparazzi turn up, get the pictures they want and then leave. These people will easily sit around for hours and hours trying to get a photo of a certain celebrity and often a lot of the photos that are taken aren’t used in the article.

Is it just me who finds seeing other people’s holiday photos boring? No? Just me then….

It seems that paparazzi are obsessed with snapping photos of various celebrities in various sunny foreign places and somehow them being on holiday is something that the general public needs to be made aware of. If the photos are of a female celebrity in a bikini usually the headline will make some reference to her body shape – another thing that paparazzi are obsessed with – and either criticizing it or praising it. Another place you are guranteed to find the strange creature that is paparazzi is an airport. If a celebrity is jetting into any airport there will be a barrage of paparazzi ready and waiting to shove cameras in their face. They are human beings as well, some people need to learn to respect personal space

In my opinion Benedict has got it completely right. The majority of photographs that the paparazzi take is of celebrities and somehow turn them into newsworthy stories; whereas as other subjects don’t even get half the coverage that they deserve

Shame on you paparazzi

Shame on you


People who annoy me on trains….

Over the past two months I have been up in London doing an internship at a company in London so I have to get the train 3 days a week during rush hour. This leads to me seeing various people, most of whom who do not irritate me in the slightest but there are certain types of people who do. Here is the top 10:

1. People who decide to have very loud conversations on the phone – nobody wants to hear your conversation at 7am when most of them – including me – are trying to get a bit more sleep before work. I’m not talking about business men calling work, I’m talking about the people -namely girls- who decide to have really loud conversations with their friends for half an hour about the happenings of the weekends or some such pointless conversation. They always seem to start their conversation something like “Douggiie …how you doin’ matee!” at the top of their lungs. I swear they think everyone around them is deaf

2. People who decide to read broadsheet newspapers – I don’t begrudge people bringing things on the train to read – I do it myself – however it is not OK to read a broadsheet newspaper out wide on a cramped train during rush hour. To me these people – usually men – look like swooping eagles with their outstretched arms. They also fail to notice that the person sat next to them might get hit in the face with said newspaper

3. People who get on the train before you get off – this happens on a regular basis to me. I swear people just assume that it’s their given right to get on the train regardless or whether other people actually want to get off it. These people then look annoyed when I get off as they are trying to get on, surely 10 seconds won’t harm their journey?! Its just pure bad manners and a lack of common sense

4. People who run at the train doors seconds before it is meant to leave – now this can either be funny or really annoying. Either the train pulls away and leaves said person on the platform looking rather deflated, or, it can end up with that person squeezing on to the train and trying to find a spot to cram themselves. Not cool.

5. Wearing a backpack on a crowded train – I don’t see why people feel the need to wear huge ass backpacks on a crowded train and risk smacking someone on the face when they move. It doesn’t take a minute to take it off and hold it. I’m pretty sure they don’t realise exactly how much space they are taking up. Some people are just so inconsiderate.

6. Leaning on a pole – it’s a crowded train and there is no need for you to lean on the pole that people want to hold on to. Having your hand crushed by someone’s back isn’t a nice experience

7. People who listen to their music too loudly – I like listening to music as much as the next person, but I enjoy listening to MY music; I do not want to listen to yours. Your music does not need to be so loud that I can hear the buzzing of your headphones. Just think about your poor ears.

8.  People who put their bags on a seat – I’m sorry I didn’t realise that your bag was so important that it needed to have it’s own seat. The seats on the train are meant to be used for people to sit on not for your bag. Is it such a hardship to put it on your lap or on the floor. No it isn’t.

9. Slow walking commuters – I understand that stations get very busy and crowded but often people will be walking along at such a slow pace and there is nothing stopping them from walking at a normal pace. It seems that commuters seem unable to walk at a reasonable pace. Slow walking people need to be punched in the back of the head.

10. People who randomly stop in the middle of the platform – why just WHY?!?! This happens to me at least once a day and it annoys me every single time. I’m just walking along behind a group of people when the person in front decides to stop in the middle of the platform causing me to nearly smack into them.

So that concludes the people who annoy me trains, happy commuting guys!



It’s ‘Celebrity’ Big Brother time…

It’s that time of the year again! No not Christmas but Celebrity Big Brother stumbled back onto our screens on Wednesday. Everyone from soap stars Julie Goodyear and Cheryl Fergison, to Page 3 model Rhian Sugden and Jasmine Lennard, Olympic athlete Ashley McKenzie, rapper MC Harvey and even a prince made the cut this year.

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Must be duck shooting season

You have probably seen loads of these girls on Facebook posing and making themselves look slightly deformed. The “Duck Face” is also known as the “MySpace face”. It is an expression that is made by the girl pressing her lips together in the shape of a duck bill. It is seen on mostly teenage girls.

The duckface trend started to appear once social networking site became popular. The launch of MySpace in 2003 meant that these photos were often the common photo used on many girls MySpace photo. In 2006 UrbanDictionary posted the first definition of the duckface:

How to Create the “Perfect” Duckface

  1. Attempt to pout.
  2. Make an unattractive kissy face.
  3. Make peace sign (optional).
  4. For best results, go to a bathroom mirror.
  5. Take picture.
  6. Congrats! You’re a duckface

I don’t see why girls think this face is attractive. It is the complete opposite. It makes you look absolutely stupid and for some reason these girls don’t see it. Guys aren’t going to think you are attractive if in nearly all your photos you are doing that ridiculous duck face. Are you unable to smile for once?

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

If you have never heard of Honey Boo Boo then just watch Toddlers and Tiaras and you will soon know who she is. Honey Boo Boo is following in the footsteps on Eden Wood who landed her own reality tv show “Eden’s World”. Toddlers and Tiaras is a show about child beauty pageants and the sugar-crazed girls and the obsessive parents who support them. “Honey Boo Boo” is the rather strange nickname for 6 year old Alana Thompson from Georgia.The family, which includes mom June, who was also featured on “Toddlers in Tiaras;” dad “Sugar Bear,” a chalk-miner; sisters “Pumpkin” Lauryn, “Chubbs” Jessica, and “Chickadee” Anna.

If you haven’t seen the promo trailer here it is:

Although Toddlers and Tiaras is meant to be about the children it is often the fame obsessed parents that attract more attention so it was more than inevitable that “Honey Boo Boo” would land her own reality show. She has also become more famous for her catchphrases and behaviour than her performance in pageants. One of her most famous catchphrases is “A dollar makes me holler, honey boo boo!”. What six year old cares about making money? It just seems that it’s her mother that is more concerned about getting her 15 minutes of fame rather than having her daughter in child pagaents

Obviously I have only seen the trailer so I can only judge the show from the that but from I have seen I can only think of one way to describe it – car crash television

My ‘glowing’ opinion of TOWIE

What do you think of when you hear the word Essex? The amount of green fields we have? The several country parks we have? No the first thing that springs to many people’s mind when they word Essex is that show ‘The Only Way Is Essex’.The types that are portrayed can be seen hanging around the likes of Sugar Hut etc but day to day Essex people are nowhere near as shallow as they are portrayed in this rubbish programme. It is set in a rather small part of Essex and it has made people think that everyone that comes from Essex is like that. I can assure you they aren’t. It also prortrays that all girls from Essex are really shallow and always plaster themselves in make-up and wear extremely short dresses. The show has also spawned several other shows such as Geordie Shore, Desperate Scousewives and The Only Way Is Marbs.

The one main horror that has come from this show is the amazing amount of Joey Essex clones that appear on the streets. They all have the same hairstyle and all dress the same. Yeah because that’s so original. They think they look cool but in fact they look absolutely ridiculous. Some of these boys you see must only be about 11 or 12.

There is disputing that The Only Way Is Essex has become a phenomenon. The stars have become the topic of many tabloid news stories. It is mean to be a fly-on-the-wall documentary but it’s just so staged it would give Jerry Springer a run for its money (and that’s saying something!)

What gets me is that girls find Joey Essex absolutely irrestible. So the orange tan, insanely white teeth is attractive? It might just be me that doesn’t find tan on blokes attractive but I somehow don’t think I am. All of the blokes on this show are about as vain as the girls on the show.

I’d rather have a country boy over a Joey Essex look a like thank you very much

Come get it while it’s hot

Want quirky jewellery? Want to stand out from your friends? Well I have the answer: Hot Butter Industries. What is HBI I hear you ask? Well it is a rather cute online jewellery store run by my friend Rachel Harris. There are a range of products such as the uber cute M&M earrings to the rather unique ‘Like’ keyrings. Although this business is just finding its feet it is a brilliant places to find jewellery for yourself or find a present for someone. Hey what about both!

Here’s a selection of the products:



So go check it out!