Wednesday, 29 September 2010

University Challenge

Firstly, the story writing went well! HA, for the whole 2 days. I rather enjoyed it none the less and may continue again soon. Although, I dunno if I want to bother reminising in sight of recent events !
Any way....

University is now back on the cards and Mr Malcolm has requested a blog about his Online Lecture.
I do like online journalism if I'm honest as I like citizen journalism and Blogging is pretty fun!

For this blog I will talk a bit about Twitter.
Twitter is a fairly new concept to me as I haven't been familiar with it for that long. I signed up for an account last year. Looked at it. Signed off. And didn't sign back on again.....UNTIL university enlightened me to what a useful tool for journalism it actually is.
Twitter can be used as citize journalism and can also be used to find out information on topics in the news and for people's opinions.
Many famous faces are on Twitter. From Simon Pegg to Fearne Cotton and from Tom Hanks to Jimmy Carr. Even Barack Obama has Twitter!!
It's a good way to find out information about people's lives and well being and getting a celeb fix and it's also useful for job searching, news searching, current affairs. It's all starting to heat up on Twitter with it being in the news a lot due to celebs abusing the fact Twitter is seen by their fans. Many sports stars have now been told that they are not to use Twitter whilst preparing for matches and fixtures etc to avoid being hounded and possibly charged because of something they have written.
The England Football Team was told earlier this year that they were not to access Twitter during the worl cup for this reason.
The Ryder Cup this year has said no to mobile phones and such internet devices being used by the Prof Golfers as well as spectators to avoid such events.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

part 2

For me, the whole initial thing of going up to someone and making any kind of move is utterly unbearable. So why, why, why, did I feel it was me who had to make the first move when it came to him?
Standing with my girls the party was starting to hit off and we were all drinking our cheap booze. Soph had poined out Mr Dreamboat earlier in the night explaing who he was and how even she had slept with him. Here, I wasn't really too sure. If he'd been with Soph and they weren't even in a relationship, what kind of guy was he going to turn out to be? But I suppose everyone deserves a chance and I really wanted to give him one.

After the who was he, where he lived and who he's recently been with talk, I felt pretty hyped up. Push came to shove, and in the end Soph had pursuaded me to go over and talk to him. Walking across the room, it felt as though I was walking miles. All eyes on me about to make the biggest fool out of myself ever! But in reality it wasn't that bad. Walking over I could see him more clearly. The green eyes, the freckled skin and the slick brown hair. Maybe this wasn't such a bad idea after all.
Reaching him, what was the first thing I thought of to say? Hi? Alright? Nope. First thing to come out of my mouth was.... nothing!!! I just stood there!! Pathetic, pathetic, pathetic. I may as well have done a dance or dressed up as a chicken, I felt so stupid. He laughed and then started to talk. His voice strong and deep. He told me I was beautiful. Told me he'd heard stuff about me and wanted to get to know me better. In short, he said everything every girl wants to hear. The next thing I knew he had his hand on my face, softly stroking my cheek. His green eyes were looking deep into mine and as I started to melt with an overwhelming rush of lust, his lips touched mine. Before this, I had never so much as danced with a guy I didn't know, never mind snog his face off!! Ok, that was a bit too much detail, though true none the less. But for old times sake and for the want of remembering, more detail on the kiss is needed. It was amazing. The best kiss ever. You know when romantic couples kiss in films and the girl does that leg popping thing, when she lifts up one leg like a loved up flamingo?? It was one of those kissing moments. (Although I'd like to point out that I did not do this, as I would of most surely done it way over the top and taken someones eye out with me neon pink heels.) But anyway, back to the kiss. It was soft but aggressive. Passionate but firery. Flirty but love. Yeah, I said it... love. Looking back now it was lust but at the time it was still wow.

The kissing lasted way over 2 hours and by the time it was over it was time to leave the dingy skittle alley and head home. The lights came on and I could see my kisser in the dim lighting and I thought, Yes, here I have made a good move. Attractive, tall and a great kisser. Nothing can go wrong! Ha Ha. Yes I was an idiot. But it's what followed that made me the biggest idiot of all.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

I begin to write a book! The begining of the end, in old fashioned diary/book form

If I said I'd start at the begining, you'd probably think that I'd had something stupidly awful happen to me and that I wanted to start the whole thing off by explaining in dramatic and gory detail about it. Yes?
Well, Yes and No.
For the purpose of this though, I will start at the begining. The begining of the end, of a very complicated relationship. Which in short, is that of the relationship between A Man... and his Dog. (No, I'm only kidding.) Between A Man and A Woman.

No one is good in relationships. Agreed? Well for me not being good, is something I seem to know too well. Although I've never felt, at the time of the whole relationship fiasco, that things are actually going bad. But that's how they seem to end up!
Confused? Me too.
Well here we go.

I remember it all so clearly. The party, the people, the drink, the music... Him. Yes, I deffinately remember him. Stood over the other side of the room dressed up as some swarve Bond style character. Swarve I spose isn't really the correct word, seen as what he was actually wearing was a rather large dinner jacket, (that he obviously stole off his dad 10 minutes before leaving) and a black chain. To remember this in such detail must still, somewhere mean something.
But anyway.
I'd gone to the party with my girls. A friend's 21st Birthday Bash at a local pub's skittle ally. Yes, it is indeed very classy and a place to pick up boys! Armed with vodka stashed in Pepsi Bottles and Cola in Fanta ones, we were all set for a pretty great night! (Because who really can afford a lot of decent drink on a students income.) Us girls were all dolled up in super 80s styles. The theme for the party being 80s and 90s film, game and tv. And being us, we went as 1980s Flash Dancers. Thrilling I know!
Whether or not it was the fluroescent yellow top I was wearing, which caught his eye, I shall never know. But the smile and laugh captured me and from then on I was sold. Sold to be a slave to love. Gutted. Ridiculously fallen for him. Damn It.

Get back to blogging

Ok.. so after slipping back into very slack ways, I have once again decided to start blogging.

The Blog of Bec Waters, if this is what we choose to call it, is some what that of a mixmatch of excitement and drab. Somedays this will be filled with exciting life changing information (ok so that might be a skight exageration) and other days it will be clear of thoughts about birds, flowers and photography. (Ok, so that was a slight exageration too.)

I talk about things that interest me. Mostly random events and things going on in my life. BUT for purposes unknown to me, (University Degree) I must refrain from doing this all the time and should concentrate on something more educational and of use.
So for this, I will talk about presenting and such like, on television and radio.
I will also Blog about recent Student Radio shows and hopefully I will blog about my own local radio show, BUT (once again a big but) I need to sort that out!

So for now, let me just say, Bec is back....well crawling a very slow pace :P

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Where have the presenters gone?

My dream job is to become a children's television presenter, but in the past few years I have noticed a decrease in the amount of presenters on television.

Back in the 90s when I was between the ages of 4-10 I remember seeing Angelica Bell, Chris Jarvis, Dave Benson Phillips and a lot more presenters on the tv. On the BBC there would be a section for the presenter to show all the birthday cards that had been sent in. Here a presenter would make it fun and entertaining for the children. The introducing of the programs was also a lot more entertaining than it is now. A presenter would introduce the program and give you an insight into what the program was about. This link from program to program made a really nice transition and a good change from seeing animation or tv characters. It really made the channel fun to watch.

Now there is a lot of animation and voice overs when programs are introduced. There aren't many presenters on main stream tv any more. BBC had turned to complete animation until last year when they introduced Ed and Oucho.

I miss the presenters. All I can say is that I hope there'll be a job for me when I come out of uni and Bring Back the Presenters!!

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Cbeebies presenter shock!

I have been thinking about a story which happened late last year. I'm very passionate about children's television and remembered this story for the sheer prejudice about it.

Back in late 2009 the BBC recieved lots of complaints from parents of children who watch their Cbeebies channel. The reason for the complaints? A new presenter. The BBC had hired new presenter Cerrie Burnell to present the Cbeebies channel. The complaints from parents didn't stem from the way she acted or spoke on the channel, it was about the way she looked. Cerrie had been born without an arm and had been left with a stump just past her elbow. Apparently, her disability and her different appearance caused parents to be concerned for their child's safety. The BBC had many letters and emails stating that children watching the channel were frightened by her appearance. To me, this is utterly ridiculous! Here you can see an obvious case of prejudice from many parents out there. It wasn't the children with the problem, as a study was carried out which showed that most children didn't even notice Cerrie only had one arm, or that if they did they weren't bothered by it!

Being disabled shouldn't have to cause a scene and certainly shouldn't put someone under the media spotlight. Cerrie is a great presenter and is achieving her dream by doing this job. Just because someone on tv has a disability, there is no need to complain about it. All the complainants should feel very ashamed of themselves, as Cerrie is still working on the Cbeebies channel and doing a great job!

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Bring Back the 90s and early 00s

I've always been really interested in working on Children's TV. But in the last couple of years, I have noticed that the standard of Children's TV has decreased dramatically. What happened to the good old days of Blue Peter, Noddy and all the decent shows?

Now days everything is all computer generated, with most of the old school classic programs which all of us 90s kids grew up watching, are changing into 3D cartoons with no classic presenters.

I remember when there were no specialised channels for children's tv. The BBC had BBC 2 which showed both young and older children's programmes with a presenter introducing each program and making the channel a lot more interactive. They used to get you to send in your pictures and letters and would show them on TV and you would get all excited if your art work was held up by the presenter that you admired so much! What has happened to those days?

The rise in technology has pretty much ruined the classic children's TV. You may have more channels out there for kids now days but how many of them are actually decent educational shows? Where's Playdays? Where's Words and Pictures? Where's El nombre?

I say bring back presenters and bring back more educational programs for children. Come on BBC, you can do better than this!

Another Musical...How do you solve a problem like The Beamans?

If I said to you comedy duo band, what would you think of?
Flight of the Concords maybe?
Or maybe you just wouldn't have a clue what I was on about?

Comedy Duo Band- pretty much what it says on the tin. 2 people, in a band, performing comedy songs.

In other words, "The Beamans"!

The Beamans are a new band starting out in Cheltenham and just starting to perform live!

Me and Harri make up the band with an occasional star appearance from our friend Tea. The Beamans have written a few of their own songs and have performed a few covers. Lady Gaga's Bad Romance and songs from hit Disney Film the Lion King are some of our personal favourites.

In true style, I will put some links to some songs and The Beamans' MySpace page, just incase you were wanting to take a closer look at the nutters that truely make up The Beamans.

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Thought Bubble- April 3rd!

I wanted to post another blog and this time about some very dear friends of mine!

Dan Williams and Rosey Ferguson, congratulations on your new baby girl, Bonnie Williams, born today on April 3rd 2010 at 15:37 weighing 6lbs!!!

Love to The Williams Family :)

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Thought Bubble - Gig Tastic !

Another blog about something that will interest me when I write it and will hopefully interest you when you read it!


Gigs are pretty mental. Whatever style of music you go to gigs just have a general mental atmosphere.

I went to a gig last night to see my mates band "Lost Laika". They are a metal bank with a bit of screamo in it but they are so fun to watch as they are actually mental people. Their lead singer Wagg is such a good performer, even though he is a nutter and the rest of the band are so good at what they do! Even if you don't like this kind of music give them a listen as it's just a good experience to listen to it. Take a listen to some of their stuff on their myspace. (I've put a link on the band name above!)

Well, that's my plug to band, "Lost Laika", so check them out. Band consists of:
Sasha- Drums/Vocals

Another gig I may as well mention, even though it's gonna be stupidly funny, is the Live Music Easter Event at FCH Campus for Uni of Glos Students!

Me and Harri, "The Beamans" are playing a set tonight at 9:30pm. Bit of a pointless plug as we doubt any one is coming anyway! If you have read my previous blogs you will see that we are no normal band and our music is umm special?!
We are performing:
It's always the girls
Two and a Half Men Theme
Risk Assessment
You've got a friend in me -Toy Story
He live in you -Lion King

Fun Times!

Well that's all for now


Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Student Life!!-Thought Bubble

Thought Bubble on Student Life - How I find it and how it's working for me

These pictures pretty much sum up my life as a student at The University of Gloucestershire.

I shall explain why in a second..........

Ok well first image is of me with a ukulele. This sums up my life with my friend Harri ( she has a blog too, click her name!!)Me and Harri write songs and sing songs and pretty much have an amazing laugh together.
Some of our songs are on youtube.
Hot Chocolate-Polar Express Cover
It's Always The Girls
Risk Assessment

The second image is of one of the best nights of my life! It's when I met DAVE BENSON PHILLIPS!!! He is a legend. Was so excited when he came to our University Freshers Week. He was a DJ at our Beach Party and my favourite quote from the night was,"Are you all having a great time?? With Dave Benson Phillips?" He liked saying his own name and it was very funny! But he was a great guy and we had a fab night! Cheers Dave!!

The third image is a gorgeous web cam photo! This is what we got up to on our 2nd day of uni after meeting about 18 hours before hand! The fun you can have with a web cam is a joke when you're bored and at uni.

Unfitting Topic 1- General Election!

So...I have to write an exciting blog about...... drum roll please..... The General Election!

If I'm 100% honest, I am probably one of the most uninterested people in the general election! I don't really understand what it is, how it works or really what it's about, but with this blog, I SHALL LEARN! (Along with you, if you don't really know much about the election either.)

This picture could quite easily sum up the election....

Here's a link to a political map in the Telegraph (I don't really know what this means!!)

Ok, I have got a few bits of information on the General Election. It's not about the actual election, it's more to do with me and the election itself.

On May 6th I am going to be helping my local BBC radio station, BBC Radio Gloucestershire, with the voting day and the polls! I'm going to be spending the whole day at Stroud Sub Rooms, helping out with the counting and helping Gloucestershire know the results of the votes!

I'm quite excited about the concept of going out and doing some proper work for the station as so far I have only done some work experience there! So Bring It On!

Monday, 8 March 2010

Fun, Frolics and Alcoholics

Thought Bubble of today: Not just the model mania and the physical side of media pressure, but the good and the bad to the mental and personal side!

So.. Fun, Frolics and Alcoholics.

Being who you are is part of the fun rollercoaster that is life. What's the point in hating every minute of it? Live it and have fun! Well, that's my motto any way.... (well actually my motto, just like Timone and Pumba, is Hakuna Matata, but that's beside the point.)

Fun is key in life. If you have fun you'll enjoy yourself and be happier. This will reflect in how you work, act, play and how you are in general. If you're happier and having more fun, you're more likely to get along with people and perform better at work. Also, if you're calorie conscious, it's even better. As laughing burns lots of calories.

Frolics...what really does this mean? Well I'm using it in the context of messing around, having a laugh and once again having fun! You need this in life too. Don't get yourself down about not having the latest stuff on the market, not having the "perfect" figure and not being the smartest in the world! Have a mess about with friends and let your hair down and have fun!

Alcoholics...well, this kind of speaks for itself! Remember 1 glass of red wine a day is good for the heart (so say?!)

Remember have fun and keep smiling.
Hakuna Mattata-"it means no worries"

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Model Mania- Boy, I want Abs and The Art of Air brushing

Thought Bubble- Why the lads want the latest abs and how air brushing can really change you

Well.. There are many rants about how the girls are being inflicted upon by the media to be thin and look sexy. We have established that to look good, you do not have to be a size zero. Being yourself and letting your personality come through is more important than any looks.

So with the girls in mind, what about the lovely lads?
The pressure is ever increasing on the boys too, to look just as you see the stereo typical male model, in todays glossy magazines. Take a look in magazines today. Whether it's a lads mag, a girls mag or simply any kind of publishing which would contain a male model. Just think how many topless males you see daily. This might not just be on TV or in magazines, but also on adverts. TV adverts are one of the main causes of teenage boys becoming inferior with their bodies. The males in the lime light have great abs. A proper 6 pack. They also have the most perfect pecks and a great package. But in real life, how many blokes are really like that?

And the answer to that question is??

.....You've guessed it, hardly any!

Magazines and adverts are air brushed!The most perfect abs and the gorgeous body isn't always what is really there. You can add in a 6 pack and the biggest bulge ever. Doesn't mean to say they really look like that!
All you guys out there should love who you are! Don't feel pressured to follow the media and get this perfect "male" figure. Girls aren't all about how you look! Trust me!
Being a girl, I can tell you, I don't go for lads who have a 6 pack or a fantastic body! I go for, just as most of the other girls out there do, a fab personality and a great sense of humour! What's the use of a great body if you have no personality and can't have a joke!?

You see my point? You lads have got to be yourself! Don't look and compare yourself to these unrealistic male models! You are great the way you are! Just dress for your shape and how you feel! Be comfortable and classy!
Personality is key! Rock that instead of the body and you'll be onto a winner!
Don't try and be an air brushed model, as in reality, you can't be!
Be yourself and shine guys!
You know you're worth it!!!

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Model Mania- The Curse of Size Zero

Thought Bubble of today- Size Zero.
Good for our younger generation? Or just a meer inconvienience to girls of society?

If you go down to the cat walk today , you're sure of a big suprise.
If you go down to the cat walk today (and you're not size zero), you better go in disguise.

Ok... Get the picture?

Girls of today are being ridiculed into thinking that being a size zero is the only way to look gorgeous and get boys to be interested in you! The fashion of today's society is portraying the wrong message to young teens about their figure and how to react to it. Style guru Gok Wan got a petition together to try and promote real life, real size models. He took this concept to teen magazine Bliss, where for one issue and for a special feature, they used 3 real women as models. One was a tall girl 6"2, who struggled to find clothes to fit her hight and rarely saw any tall models on the cat walk or in publishing or broadcasts. Another was an athletic girl of size 8 who found it hard to find clothes to fit her boyish frame. And the last was 15 year old Emily who was a curvacious size 14. Here, Bliss found Emily the main problem. Not due to her personality or apperance, but because when the fashion companies send out the samples of clothes to businesses, they only send size 8 and size 10. Here you can see where the real problem arises!! Is it really the fault of the vindictive industry of publishing and broadcast? Or that of the fashion industry, that is slowly but surely, manipulating girls into thinking their bodies aren't good enough?!

It is the fault of the fashion world that makes us insecure about our body size and apperance. The publishers and broadcasters put in thin size models due to the lack or other sizes available by the fashion companies! This is wrong and all women and girls out there need to make a stand! We will not be ridiculed any longer! We will not be told by the media that our bodies are not beautiful because we're larger than a stick!

If you believe in this also, don't just watch it happen. Write to the magazines! Write the the fashion companies! Write to the broadcasters! As they will not do anything without public backing!

-next though bubble will be- "boy, I wish I had abs" -A thought about boys pressure to be sexy and athletic due to the media!

Monday, 1 March 2010

Right well another blog!
Having some weird stuff going on at the moment! Just had to come back from uni just to let my boyfriend into his house! He locked himself out when he ran outside to get his new dean razor back slime bumble bee guitar! Typical man.
Any way, uni us going ok. Sometimes boring sometimes not. Went to see the very funny Jimmy Carr last night with haz, t, jamie, nath and kim! Was very good! He told a funny joke about the queen doing the stamp position with Prince Phillip! Basically doing it backwards whilst Phillip licks the back of her head! Was o so very funny!
Well.... Me and harri .... "the beamans" have our first gig on 24th march at FCH campus! Will be good. Doing a few covers and a few of our own! Will be good fun :D

blog laters

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Starting in the world of Blogging......

Blogging, blogging, blogging......

Ok, I'm starting blogging......
Basically, I'll only use it for pretty much never write anything that will be any use to anyone and I'll probably forget my password and never be able to log in again after this :/

Hmm fun times