I feel I must somewhat give reasoning behind my impromptu absence for the past 4 weeks (yes FOUR weeks since my last visual communication with you all!) my most lengthy blog writing break to date. 2 whole weeks of illness (which I eventually established the cure to be Manuka Honey and Lemon thanks to my favourite radio presenter Steve Allen coming up with the idea on LBC 97.3) which I’m still addicted to 3-4 weeks on, but purely for the pleasurable effect it has on my taste buds. Unfortunately, the downside is that it doesn’t have a positive effect on my wallet coming in at an astounding price of £12 per jar!!! Though at least I learnt a lot about the stuff during the process. Anyway, 2 weeks of illness, followed by a week of recuperating and having no time whatsoever, and then of course last week was Easter… of which I hope you all had a good one! My house is still filled with Chocolate rabbits, Easter cake and Cream eggs… though I’m not complaining of course! I must commend the supermarkets specifically ASDA for how promptly they have disposed of their Easter eggs, it seems they haven’t even bothered to reduce them, just simply disposed of them… let’s hope it is just a case of a bunch of early birds catching the worm so to speak in obtaining some cheap eggs for 20 pence or so, rather than them all going to waste… especially when the majority of the eggs are 50% packaging!
I digress, and it is brilliant to be back to usual and getting the chance to do some blogging again. Thank you very much for everybody’s support on my other writing project which is at Published World which I have still forced myself to do on a weekly basis, and you can get a link at the top right hand corner of the page to give it a read if you haven’t done so already.
There has been so much media occurrences I could have commented on during the last 3 weeks to boot! I’m not going to chat on about The Voice on Britain’s got talent too much on this blog either, as to be frank I’m sick of reading articles on them now as I’m sure you are. Lot’s to get through this week so let’s jolly well get on with it, and once again it is brilliant to be back… though I am feeling a little rusty, maybe that WD40 which has been hanging around under my kitchen sink could finally come to a good use?
Random irritations of the week:
It’s the popular part of my weekly ramblings were no celebrity wants to see themselves. I declare who has really got on my goat this week and just who are my random irritations!
<<< Is it just me that thinks that is the most irritating picture ever? All smiles yet no substance, and unfortunately the same can be said for the programme. BBC Breakfast has this week moved to Salford and it’s diabolical! The show has turned into a North West guest dominated affair which now seems to lack any form of significance in a morning, talk about a bad decision! Boring Bill and Susanna seemed a little nervous on their first show, probably knowing that it is the start of a slow decline. I’m a media lover, but am I excited about this? No! It oozes cheapness and budget cuts, and I know one of the people who is working for the show backstage… and if they are employing people like that, then I simply WISH it to fail!
It seems I am not the only one to notice the astonishing editing (or lack of in Miss Willoughby’s case) on BBC’S The Voice. It is no secret that she is being paid a six figure salary, yet only appeared on last weeks show for a duration of just over a minute, unbelievable! In all fairness the show isn’t bad and far outweighs anything ITV have managed to create, but the show could certainly do with some polish here and there, getting rid of anybody who is surplus to requirements may be a good start!
Despite my major dislike of Ms Price, I have to admit she has to be admired! She certainly doesn’t give up does she? Either that or she just likes flaunting her overly large fake assets in our faces. Her latest venture is a column in the ghastly Sun on Sunday, which between you and me I certainly don’t think she writes it herself! Anyway the latest goings on is that she has ended her Sky Living contract, since the disastrous ratings of her show last year… there is a god! Let’s hope no other channel are stupid enough to sign her up, though I am worried about Channel 5…
As much as I admire Channel 5 for their “wild” programming commissions, letting Gabby Logan go from her morning chat show “Live with Gabby” is quite simply a mistake. She was refreshing, energetic and a professional… quite unusual for a sports presenter and I liked her! She has been given the chop, owing to her Olympic commitments at the BBC… who has replaced her? Mylenne Klass, Jenny Frost and Kaye Adams… dull!
60 Minute Makeover saga and Catherine Gee!
Last year 60 Minute Makeover returned to our screens with a brand new presenter, former Escape to the country, Through the Keyhole and No place like home star Catherine Gee. As a former Estate Agent herself and her mount of television experience, it seemed only right that she would be the new face of the show… following a series of a voice-over rather than a face!
She isn’t the typical presenter you would imagine, but I can safely say she is my favourite, a television gem. She is professional, she’s well spoken and comes across as somebody who has more genuinity than pretty much any other smiley faced faked presenter thinkable. The trouble is with the programme is its time slot, it’s a slot which is only going to be viewed by people out of work or possibly on a quick-lunch break, thus no full concentration is needed. It is perfected daytime television for sure, however is it claiming its full potential as a programme? Unfortunately not. Catherine Gee doesn’t have enough mass appeal, she’s far too well spoken for the everyday lout who has nothing better to do other than watch daytime TV, for the record I tend to pop the show on my Sky Plus to watch in the evenings, hopefully as many workaholics do!!! The shows format has remained the same over the years (aside from they no longer do bathrooms!) and the only change made is the presenter and a few of the designers. The show feels as fresh as ever, and aside from a few too many sob stories is an excellent past time.
When the show relaunched last year I did one or two blogs on the show and a discussion of Catherine Gee and a few simple observations, and it seems since the show has returned to our screens those blogs are getting hundreds upon hundreds of views all asking the same question.
“Does Catherine Gee have anorexia?”
is the main question, however others such as “Is she pregnant?” have appeared of late.
I had a rather abrupt message from somebody last week called Debroah Smith who had read my blog on 60 Minute Makeover, asking the question of basically “Who am I?!” well Debroah, for the record publicly, I am a rather successful showbiz blogger, journalist and writer who has been commended for his work by many top journalists in numerous publications. Clearly far superior for you to be reading my work anyway!
I digress, and the observation field has been in full force as it seems we are all interested in the personal lives of TV personalities and the everyday celebrity. I of course shall admit that I read article after article on many a person’s love life on an almost daily basis or even the personal life in general… but should it be the case for all media personalities to remain private? Well, another reason why I admire and commend Catherine Gee is that we hardly know a single thing about her and she hardly does a public interview!!! Good for her I say, and if you’re reading this Catherine, again you are an utter asset to our screens for all the right reasons… to have a presenter with sheer class and sophistication, rather than somebody who would prefer to show off their assets (such as Susanna Reid) is certainly an unusual occurrence in today’s fickle television world.
It is a natural reaction for us to gain an opinion of somebody, just one of those funny things in life and one thing I for one identified last year with Catherine Gee and indeed thousands of you reading this, specifically in relation to her weight. For me she does look uncomfortably thin, too thin for comfort… a possible result of an anorexic past condition? Quite possibly, but do we have a right to know? Certainly not! Though of course for us casually glancing at our televisions whilst we are munching through our daily calorie intake, it isn’t the most pleasantest of sights is it? But, there again none of our business. Should we even be discussing the issue? Should it be on our radar? She’s on the television to present the programme, and that she does more than adequately. She may be naturally thin, but then again maybe not… who knows? Just an observation! Another observation for the public record would be that yes, in a recent episode she seemed to be pregnant… maybe she was, or maybe it was a trick of the light? Television never flatters after all, or maybe just simply her pullover needed pulling down somewhat. It is important to remember the series isn’t broadcast in the order it was filmed, that is the case on every pre-recorded television show… so maybe we shall notice again in a few weeks time. Another observation would be the fact she is no longer wearing a wedding ring, seemingly she was last year… isn’t it strange how many things we can identify?
I must say Catherine is doing an even better job than she did last year in terms of presenting, this time round she just seems to be showcasing more of her elegant personality and even has a bit more to say! Keep it up Catherine, you are a truly superior presenter, of which we need more of, you’re in a minority. Yes, she’s well spoken and for that it can only be admired further. She may lack the general appeal, and some may brand her an irritant (I do wish though she wouldn’t’ try to shout in a room over the sound of a drill!) but what I brand her is an excellent television presenter with an image and personality of which you don’t see in anyone else. If anyone has any complaints then maybe the likes of Christine Bleakley or Jenny Powell are more your cup of tea, though that kind of presenter we see far too much of!
60 minute Makeover continues every weekday with Catherine Gee on ITV 1.
Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch is a step up from its predecessor!
I may be a little late in declaring my thoughts of Channel 4’s reincarnation of the BBC’S Something to the weekend owing to my 4 week absence, however I can simply say that it is a step up to that of the BBC’S efforts.
When the BBC announced that it had axed Something for the Weekend, it prompted nothing but outrage by devoted fans through Facebook and Twitter and even celebrities got involved. One of the worst decisions in BBC history… for Sunday morning television, Something for the Weekend was better than paracetamol! What was clear though towards the final stages of SFTW, was that it needed updating, the format wasn’t broken but visually it needed at the very least a minor spruce up. Don’t get me wrong it was far from perfect, never running on time, the presenting skills by Tim Lovejoy and Louise Redknapp were appalling and some of the shows features were nothing short of embarrassing, but it worked!
Shortly after the show announced it was to end Channel 4 wasted no time in buying the shows format, thus keeping Tim and Simon, however for Louise Redknapp her time as a presenter was finally put out of its misery (though she was somewhat likeable wasn’t she?) the NEW Channel 4 show “Sunday Brunch” is now in its fourth week and already its clear that it’s a vast improvement on its predecessor. Visually pleasing, more polished and it basically just seems to work. The lack of a female presence on the presenting team, however is noticeable… which leaves me wondering exactly why Channel 4 didn’t at least bring on Louise or the far superior Amanda Byram who proved herself perfect during her guest stint on the BBC show when Louise wasn’t on air (most weeks!) Tim and Simon’s friendship is clearly a real one, though the OTT laddish approach and outlook does become somewhat draining after half an hour, with numerous mentions to football and sports every microsecond… which is ever so tedious as I simply ask the question as to why Tim Lovejoy ever left Soccer FM on Sky 1 in the first place? I bet he regrets it now!!! Simon Rimmer’s multitasking of presenting and cooking works quite well, though the strange arrangements of moving from one side of the studio to another whilst in camera shot is amateur to say the least.
To be perfectly honest I’m quite impressed how the shows format has managed to ever so elegantly change so easily into the new surroundings and way of doing things at Channel 4. It may be the same production team backstage but it all seems a lot more relaxed and free than the BBC show which had ended up a little stiff during its last few months. Of course some things haven’t changed, such as Tim Lovejoy’s arrogance and blatant ignorance. Whilst feature wise, the new wine tasting segment doesn’t come close to Wayne’s cocktails on Something for the weekend and the trends woman is utterly ridiculous. In general though it all comes together quite nicely such as one of Simon Rimmer’s strange but wonderful concocted recipe’s. Sunday morning TV as it should be (just with adverts!)
Madonna’s MDNA sales slump isn’t a problem.
I’m quite frankly sick of hearing negativity surrounding Madonna and her latest number ONE selling album “MDNA” which happens to be her twelfth studio album overall. Madonna is one of those people who has had an astounding career since her début in the 80’s. I have recently just listened to her entire discography, album by album and if you do the same, you shall soon discover exactly why Madonna is the face of the music industry without a single question or mutter.
Yes, she has had a certain varied career with numerous highs and just as many lows… (Erotica anybody?) but whatever era of her career over the years she has managed to gain people’s attention in ways other people would dream of. Her latest album has been controversial by title. the music videos associated with it, though whatever criticism Madonna quite rightly so sticks up her middle finger to the haters. She is proof that she can sell albums on her name alone.
Her latest studio effort broke iTunes records, UK Chart history records and became number one in so many countries with very little promotion… leading to prove that Madonna can sell records (let alone tours) by simply ever letter equating to her name. Yes, her sales figures dipped here in the UK for the second week thus meaning she dropped to 7 in the UK charts, and the latest statistics reveal that something similar shall happen in America, making her break another record of one of the biggest sales dips on the US Music charts. But at the end of the day, shall Madonna be bothered by this? Certainly not! A tour is upcoming and without a doubt it shall break her own record from her last tour in 2009. For an age of 53 she is doing things other artists could only dream of and that is something to commend… yes the album hasn’t been promoted right, but let’s just embrace each era as it comes… this is Madonna were talking about, though I do wish she would give up the films!
Paloma Faith Picks up the pieces in new single!
Sticking on the music scene this week, and I thought it would be wrong not to mention the astounding new single from one of our UK’S most underrated artists… Paloma Faith! She oozes individuality and character like no other, the artwork for the single as pictured above hasn’t been touched by any form of computer and it is clear that for her upcoming second album Paloma is taking her career to new levels.
Her new single Picking up the pieces is full of a cinematic vintage quality which only Paloma herself could create so stunningly, the video which is linked below shares some form of Downton Abbey inspired scary theme, and it just adds to the songs uniqueness in today’s charts… one to watch!
The video for her new single can be seen below:
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