Work experience – Exciting!

Work experience – Exciting!

8.30AM

 

Today, Tuesday March 29th marks my first day of a four day work placement at  Bournemouth Echo – how exciting!

I am utilising public transport as we speak to reach my destination, let us pray that I get there on time.

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It’s Easter sunday, but I can still complain.

It’s Easter sunday, but I can still complain.

It’s raining, it’s cold and it’s grey outside… If my life was a movie or a novel the pathetic fallacy is setting me up for a tragedy or a horror movie… I can’t really say at the moment, but today is okay thus far.

Today it is essential that I write the main body of my essay.

I have not been purposefully putting it off, it’s just that everytime I even think of doing it, let alone sitting down and actually doing it, I begin to get the most excruciating pain in the left side of my head, it honestly feels like someone’s inside my head with a poker poking my brain and pushing my eye.

I honestly think writing the essay would be more fun than the pain I get when I attempt to write it.

It’s crazy…

Anyhow… I was planning on going to the gym and being social this evening by seeing my friends, but due to the poor weather and impending headache I doubt the possibility of either of those things.

 

I know it’s Easter Sunday, but I must have a moan put it out there, I really really hate when people slurp, scrape their plates, lick their fingers and their cutlery at the table.

It’s vile, it’s impolite, and plain disgusting.

Like, are you some kind of animal?

Have you no manners?

Do your parents condone that kind of behaviour?

I feel it’s mandatory for table manners to be taught to people before they’re allowed to dine in public or the presence of other humans.

#SendHelp

Thursdays with Amber, featuring Fi-dates.

Thursdays with Amber, featuring Fi-dates.

It’s Thursday, commonly known as everyone’s favourite day of the week!
I normally feature my favourite person ever, Doreen, yet today we are many miles apart, but a quick Crumpdate for you – Today, Doreen will be working on her law essay, and she threw in a cheeky ‘Spain’ for the blog.

Thanks Doreen, you’re a good sport.

 

Today, I’m joined by FiFi, she’s the coolest person I know. I don’t know if it’s because she’s only two, or related to me, but either ways, she’s so jazzy.

This morning, I visited Avonbourne to speak to the Year 12 pupils about their media case studies, and university courses and life at university. Although it sounds dull, all of those things are important to know!

I’m now home, with Fi, who says “I dat”… You know what Fi? I totally agree with you.

I feel I should set the scene.

Fi is sat across the table from me, wearing a furry Peppa Pig onesie, drinking hot chocolate out of the Peppa Pig mug she requested.
She’s got chocolate biscuits (The good kind) and a Donut, also the good kind, and is watching her favourite show…
When suddenly, she screams… Why?

Her biscuit broke in her hot chocolate – That’s it – She’s had her first taste of disappointment in life.
Fi, life hold plenty more disappointment, just you wait.

11.35AM

Fi is now in bed with her mother, sipping some milk, watching some TV, having some cuddles – Living the life rn.
Doreen’s most said word is ‘Spain’… FiFi says ‘Nooooooo-ey’ or ‘Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?!’ even though she agrees, or can hear what you say… Let us see how many times she utters those words this day.IMG_5968.JPG

11.48AM

Cuddles weren’t enough for her – she’s sat on my lap and I’ve been forced to put ‘Elsa ones’ on youtube.. Great.

It’s deadline day. May the odds be ever in your favour.

It’s deadline day. May the odds be ever in your favour.

 

 

I write this to you, even though I should not be writing to you, my audience.

It’s deadline day today and everything is finished, I just have to assemble my screenshots and links and pop some champagne, but other than that, I’m done.

I’m re-reading the brief to make sure I’ve included everything, when I saw this…

“At least THREE tweets, preferably more per story” 

I follow several million news outlets on Twitter, and the same story isn’t ever tweeted more than once… Why?
Because the followers would be annoyed at the constant regurgitation of a story… It will block timelines, ruin lives, and hurt eyes, and I am not about to do that.

What I am about to do is generate some more content, because everyone loves my content, my mum said.

 

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IT’S TUESDAY. TOMORROW IS DEADLINE DAY.

IT’S TUESDAY. TOMORROW IS DEADLINE DAY.

IT’S 5AM.

I AM AWAKE

I AM CLEAN.

I AM GOING TO THE GYM.

 

 

7AM.

I WENT TO THE GYM.

IT WAS HOT.(LIKE ME)

AND SWEATY (LIKE EVERYONE WHO GOES TO THE GYM) AND I’M NOW TIRED, BUT NO, I MUST WORK, WORK ON MY WEBSITE.

 

12PM

“DO YOU WANT TO GO OUT FOR LUNCH?”

ARE YOU SOME KIND OF CRAZY? OF COURSE I WANT TO GO OUT FOR LUNCH.

I LIVE AND BREATHE FOR MY NEXT MEAL, NEXT TIME DON’T ASK ME THAT SILLY QUESTION, INSTEAD, JUST CALL ME WHEN YOU’RE OUTSIDE MY HOUSE AND TELL ME IT’S TIME TO GO, AND I’LL BE HERE, SAT , WAITING WITH MY COAT AND SHOES IN HAND.

 

17.00PM

I’M HOME.

I HAD LUNCH.

I WENT SHOPPING WITH MY MUM.

SHE BOUGHT ME MATCHING GYM ATTIRE FROM GAP.

I LIKE IT.

I LIKE HER.

SHE IS KIND.

I LIKE KIND PEOPLE.

 

19.25PM

“AMBER DO YOU WANT TO GO WAITROSE?”

WENDY, YOU KNOW I DO.

WENDY, YOU KNOW I LIVE FOR MY FREE LATTE AND MY CHOCOLATE BERLINER AT NIGHTTIME, DON’T ASK ME THESE SILLY QUESTIONS, JUST COME TO MY ROOM AND TELL ME WE’RE GOING AND WE’LL GO.

21.30PM

I’M MAKING ALL THESE DOCUMENTS,

I’M PUTTING ALL MY SCREEN SHOTS TOGETHER AND THEN I GET TO THE SUDDEN REALISATION I GOTS TO MAKE A CRITICAL ANALYSIS TOO.

WHY?!

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS OTHER THAN TO RUIN MY LIFE, INCREASE MY STRESS AND GIVE ME A PREMATURE HEART ATTACK?!?!?!??!?!??!?!?!???!?!?!!??!?!?!??!?!?

“WHY DID YOU CREATE THE PIECES YOU DID?”
“BECAUSE YOUR BRIEF TOLD ME TO”
“WHAT PUBLICATION ARE THEY FOR?”
“MY WEBSITE”
“WHAT STYLE ARE THEY WRITTEN IN?”
“MY STYLE MO’FO!”

 

I’M TIRED.

I’M DONE.

OKAY, I’M NOT REALLY DONE, STILL PRETTY FUMING ABOUT THE CRITICAL ANALYSIS… I CAN SIT HERE AND CRITICALLY ANALYSE MY WORK ALL DAY LONG, BUT HAVING TO WRITE ABOUT IT IS TEDIOUS – CAN I NOT JUST SEND TRANSCRIPTS OF MY FACEBOOK CHATS WHEREIN I MOAN ABOUT MY WORK?

 

ARGH I JUST WANT TO BE A SPONGE WHO LIVES IN A PINEAPPLE UNDER THE SEA AND FLIP BURGERS ALL DAY LONG AND BE FRIENDS WITH A FAT, TOPLESS STARFISH.

 

 

AND HAVE A PET SNAIL CALLED GARY.

TOUCH ME FOR MORE FUN

Monday + Amber = Jelly. I DON’T THINK YOU’RE READY FOR THIS JELLY

Monday + Amber = Jelly. I DON’T THINK YOU’RE READY FOR THIS JELLY

Blending brand new technology, slow-motion videos and epic pranks are things that have been massive sensations on Youtube over the years, yet a new sensation is wobbling its way in and pudding other trends to shame.

Jello, is it me you’re looking for??

Yes, jelly.

As of late, vloggers such as GlamourLifeFox, AwesomeDisneyToys and Karina Garcia have been creating jellified versions of popular beverages, such as Coke, Starbucks Frappucinos and milk for our viewing pleasure.

Not one to miss out on trends, I thought I would jump on the jelly wagon, but in doing so, I had the sudden realisation at how bad it is for you to eat a jellified beverage.

Let’s break it down.

Jelly.

So, to help create my bottle of wibbly wobbly good(or bad)ness,I used two packets of Hartley’s Orange Jelly. You can find some here, which is where I found mine.

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I used just under 300g of this jelly ‘as sold’, which equates to approximately 888 calories, 172.2g of sugar and 1.5g of salt.

The drink I used for my jelly creation was Oasis, because my mum doesn’t allow me to have fizzy drinks on a Monday.

Anyhow, the nutritional values are as follows –

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This beverage contains 90 calories per bottle, and 20.5g of sugar.

Another ingredient in this jellified bottle of diabetes is powdered gelatine, of which boasts 40.8 calories per sachet, which brings the grand total amount of calories in our bottle to 1019 calories, and a whopping 192.7g of sugar…

Which counts for over half a womans daily recommended daily calorie intake, and OVER SEVEN TIMES the recommended daily sugar intake by the World Health Organisation.

If you’re not sick from the sheer sweetness after your first bite, you will be if you eat the whole thing!

That aside, here’s the action you’ve been waiting for, a glorious video of the creation of this product.

 

Be warned, it’s a little long, and a lot beautiful.

Also, I recommend being accompanied by an adult during the creation process, because box cutters are super sharp, and the gelatine gets really really hot, so hot it can burn, so please take care!!!

What are the danger in consuming something of such?

Christie Elsworthy is a personal trainer who also gives nutritional advice to her clients.
When approached on the matter, Christie said: “It’s shocking people are creating and considering consuming something so calorific.

“Not only does it have a high amount of calories, it contains a whopping amount of sugar which is dangerous. If someone were to do this regularly, within no time, they could develop type 2 diabetes.”

Sally Blackmore, a Bournemouth based nutritionist has also commented on the trend: “Sugar is an ’empty’ calorie – it only provides energy and has no nutritional value. Sugar has addictive properties – because it is absorbed into the body quickly it produces a ‘sugar rush’ which gives the body a quick high energy blast followed by a ‘crash’ and a craving for more.

“Sugar is very high in calories and as such is stored as excess fat around the body, leading to obesity and often diabetes. Obesity is associated with high blood pressure, high cholesterol (both leading to heart disease) osteoarthritis, fatty liver disease, depression, polycystic ovary syndrome, infertility, sleep apnoea and certain forms of cancer.

“The body works hard at regulating glucose in the body to ensure a steady supply. Type II diabetes occurs when the body gives up on trying to regulate the highs and lows because of the excessive amount of sugar in the bloodstream, which leads to a blood glucose imbalance. The impact of diabetes on the body is cell damage which can cause nerve damage with outcomes such as blindness, heart disease, kidney damage, difficulty healing and delayed gastric emptying – increasing risk of bowel cancer.”

Will you be trying this fun, yet dangerous trend?!

 

Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, are you the unfairest of them all?

Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, are you the unfairest of them all?

The wrong message is being forced upon children who dare to look in the mirrors at high-street chain clothing stores.

 

We all desire to be slim and tall, but should this be forced upon children when innocently shopping for clothes?

 

I will let you decide.

 

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but what happens when the beholder stands at just three feet tall, and only possesses a year of life for each foot she has?

 

She gets confused.

 

Ava, like any other little girl is besotted with a very famous Japanese cartoon kitty, and when she saw a top adorned with Hello Kitty’s face, she knew she had to have it, urging us to go into a very well known high-street store.

 

We picked out the t-shirt in her size, and I thought she would appreciate some hair clips with the kitty on too, so she looks extra cute, which is when she caught sight of herself in the mirror.

 

Ava, like any other human looks at herself when she sees a mirror, but remained silent on the matter until we returned home.

 

Upon arriving home from the shopping excursion, Ava just could not wait to put on her new t-shirt and Hello Kitty clips – Who could blame her? One of the most exciting parts about shopping is putting on your new clothes when you get home!

 

Several moments later, Ava is wearing her new top, and looking in the mirror when she remarks ‘why I not tall like I was at the shops? And my belly look big again?’

 

 

 

From this photo, you can tell that Ava is beautiful, and of a normal weight and height for her age, but she’s abnormally hilarious and observant which made me question what she was saying.

 

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Several years ago, before Ava’s arrival on earth I noticed the same thing as she… Slimming mirrors.

 

Whilst some, like myself, may not find fault with slimming mirrors in general, it is easy to find fault in them being in the children’s section of clothing stores due to the mixed messages it can send to them.

Nicky Hutchinson, author of body image publications such as ‘Body Image in the Primary School’ and ‘Promoting Positive Behaviour in Young Children‘ commented on the matter of slimming mirrors in the child’s section of clothing stores.

“It’s terrible that these mirrors are placed in the children’s section, we know that children begin dieting behavior whilst still at primary school and studies show they already prefer slimmer figures when given a selection of pictures to choose from.”

Nicky, also a body image and behavior consultant for ‘Not Just Behavior’ a Bristol based consultation company, commented further, “mirrors such as these just encourage young people to pursue the thin ideal and to become self critical and feel that the way they look as they are is somehow not good enough .”
“We also know that in research children always prefer the slimmer figures and so these mirrors may be a calculated way to encourage young people to make purchases.” – Nicky Hutchinson.

 

Nicky is not the only one to remark about the dangers slimming mirrors present to young people.

 

Maggie Clarke, a senior school nurse in Leicester said “I think it’s sad that large companies who have a predominantly young clientele subliminally  promote the belief that to look good you have to be thin and tall when they could really promote the view that we are all different shapes and sizes and being healthy physically and emotionally should be our goal.”

 

Tamzin Bouzad, an 11-year-old schoolgirl loves nothing more than doing sports, and going shopping with her friends in her spare time, she too noticed that the mirrors in a certain store give off a certain effect.

“I like to go shopping on the weekend with my friends, and I’m quite short. When Amber told me about the mirrors, I went back to the shop and I noticed I was taller. It felt strange.”

After contacting the chain for further comment, they categorically denied they had mirrors of such in their stores, yet said if they are giving such an effect it would be due to the mirrors being ‘incorrectly installed when hung on the wall’.

 

What do you think about slimming mirrors?

Should they just be in the adult section of the stores, or not at all?