We’re not getting it this time but we’ll get it next time, right?

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I’ve always loved Samsung products they are always innovative and have a fresh new look. Apple on the other hand, always have the same boring design and even thought they claim to be happy with competition they refuse to compete and sue them! From one iPhone to the next, the changes are minor yet consumers flog their hard earned money just for it to become outdated in a few months time. I cannot possibly reason this argument.

Here is the new Samsung Galaxy SIII advert which is blatantly poking fun at the iPhone’s faults and the inferiority of the SIII. It shows how miniscule the changes are like the headphone jack is now as the bottom. Cool, right?

Seeing Apple fanatics defend the iPhone is hilarious. A great advert. Samsung have definitely won this round. Take a look!

 

For those of you who still think the iPhone 5 is better than the SIII….

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Downton Abbey!

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Downton Abbey

The third series of Downton Abbey graced our telly screens last night! Well, if you live in the UK that is, if you live in one of other the 100+ countries which Downton Abbey is broadcasted in, I’m afraid you’ll have to be patient! It was straight after The X Factor so I guess it puts the good/bad telly into balance.

Here are a few of the one liners from the first episode:

“Never make an enemy by accident.”

“I’m expressing myself badly if you think it is not serious”

“Nothing must be done on the cheap.”

“Oh dear, have you swallowed a dictionary?”

“You should forget everything I say. I know I do.”

“Don’t worry about me. I’m an American. Have gun, will travel.”

“Did they lose your suitcase on the way over?” “No, it arrived safely, thank you – along with my manners”

“It’s nice to have someone from the real world, isn’t it?”

“Forgive; perhaps. Forget; never.”

“It seems so strange to think of the English embracing change.”

“You must take a tip from a modern American girl”

“She’s like a homing pigeon, she finds our underbelly every time.”

“I should hate to be predictable.” – Lady Mary when she got to the altar!

Congratulations Andy Murray!

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Andy Murray

Wow. After 4 Grand Slam final loses, and 76 years to the day since the last British man managed to hold that trophy, British tennis has been craving this day. The day Andy Murray won a Grand Slam title.

I couldn’t watch it myself, due to the time difference and the match being on Sky so I was refreshing pages on the Internet, and checking my Twitter feed for any possible updates! I eventually gave in at midnight as I had to be at work for 8am this morning!

After Murray’s heart breaking defeat to Federer in the Wimbledon final, a few weeks later, he avenged that loss by beating him in the Olympic final to claim the gold medal. Murray reached the final once more, to face one of his biggest rivals, and life long friend, Novak Djokovic, and claimed his very first Grand Slam win. That means Nadal, Djokovic, Federer, and Murray have all won a Grand Slam this year!

Murray hasn’t always has the support of the British public. After he was questioned about whom he would be supporting in the World Cup of 2006 (after Scotland had failed to qualify), he stated he would ‘support anyone but England.’ Murray later apologised for this comment and claimed it was a light-hearted interview and never meant to cause any offence. This however, left a stain on his reputation and he was already seen as a grumpy, emotionless Scot.

There were claims that Murray was ‘Anti-English’ regardless of him living in London, having an English girlfriend, and identifying himself as British and Scottish. There was also the idea that Murray was British when he won and Scottish when he lost. My friend is upset she can no longer say ‘I’ve won as many Grand Slams as the world number 3’. I have to admit, I too, loved that little cracker!

Somewhere between the natural British cynicism, Murray’s Wimbledon tears, and the Olympic spirit, Murray was playing the best tennis of his career and won the heart of the nation. The Grand Slam win didn’t come as easily to him as his fellow rivals Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic who all got their first wins at a younger age.

He may be late to the party, but I hope Andy is accepted as one of the great four. The win, I’m sure was worth the wait, and I hope to see many more! Murray has put the icing on the cake to celebrate the end of London 2012 with one more cheer. Andy’s Grand Slam win wasn’t only important to him personally, but to British tennis, and to Britain. Hopefully Fred Perry can rest easy and remain only as a peice of trivia. Congratulations (Note To The Queen:  Sir?) Andy Murray, you’re a worthy winner, and for the second time this summer, you’ve made history!

A Bit of A Rant

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You’ve been warned. I am having a bit of a rant. Today’s topic is my job. My Boss. My Colleagues. Brats. Everything that has ever possibly gone wrong in the world. Okay, not the last one.

I can’t stand my boss, she is a first class bitch. She never stops barking orders at me. This includes doing things for her brat like children aged 16 and 18. Filling in her daughter’s college application form. Filling in her son’s university accommodation application form. Seriously. What is she doing to them? Most people their age do these things themselves. But no, she does everything for them, which means I do these things for her. They wouldn’t know the meaning of independence if it was written on their oh so many £20 notes and I slapped them across the faces using them (I wouldn’t do that, honest. No, really).

Her kids aren’t even that intelligent and I’m not just saying that because I don’ t like them. He daughter got her GCSE results the other day, believe me, she’s an average student. She also, apparently wants to be a language teacher but she got a C in Spanish rather than the A she was expected because her teacher changed at the end of the year. Really? You’re blaming your teacher? At the end of the day, you can only blame your teacher up to a certain extent. Learning the subject is ultimately your responsibility. When I did my GCSEs (which was only 4 years ago before you think I’m really old because I used the phrase ‘when I did my’) I barely revised and got As and Bs. School in the UK, it’s relatively easy. It’s A levels that really give you a kick up the backside. Anyway, I’m getting off topic, her daughter was crying because to do a subject at college, you need to have got at least a B in that subject in school (which is reasonable, as you would really struggle if didn’t do well at school in the subject(s) you want to study). And then my boss came to me for advice because her daughter is going to the same college that I went to. Did she really think I wanted to listen or help her, with her problems? That’s some seriously messed up shit.

My colleagues also treat me like shit. As I’m ‘bottom of the food chain’ so to speak, they also like to add to my ever increasing workload. And they are so bloody rude. Does nobody understand the meaning of manners? I know I’m 20 and they are all older than me, but does the word respect mean nothing?! A bit of manners, seriously, it won’t kill you.

I start work at 8am. I work 40 hours a week which doesn’t include my half an hour lunch break which I have to work through to get my day’s work completed. I am also paid pittance. I finished my apprenticeship a couple of months ago, so I am not on an apprentice’s wages anymore but being on a ‘full wage’ my boss has further demands. Yep, it’s possible. Further demands.

At the moment I get the bus to work which is relatively cheap. And because of the bus timetable I work 8am-4.40pm. But my boss wants me to buy a car, work 8am-5pm, and run around doing all sorts of errands for her. She apparently ‘needs’ me to these duties or she can’t afford to keep me on which is a load of shit since she’s paid for her no more than average kids to go to private school. 2 kids x 5 years x £10,000 a year is £100,000!!

Another small glitch. I haven’t passed my driving test. You’re probably wondering why didn’t I do this when I was 17 like most people did. Well, I couldn’t afford it. I have been on and off with driving lessons recently, but my boss has given me 3 months to pass my test (this was back at the end on June), then she wants me to buy a car. I don’t want to buy a car. With my wage I can’t afford a car. I told her this and she said she’ll give me an interest free loan to do this (not that I would take it of course). One other glitch. The expense of a car doesn’t stop at buying a car. There’s insurance, tax, petrol, MOT, service which would basically leave me with around £2,000 at the end of a year’s work. At 40 hours a week. Which I loath.

You might be wondering why I’ve stuck around doing this hellish job. Well, because I have been searching for longer than I can remember for another job without any luck whatsoever. And I will keep searching until I find something. Hopefully soon. Really soon.

If you are still reading this then I commend you and I take my hat off to you. I am currently hatless, but if I was wearing a hat, then I would really take my bloody hat off to you. And thank you for reading into a small insight of my not so interesting life.

Tony Nicklinson – Why Won’t You Let Me Die?

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Tony and His Wife Jane

Tony Nicklinson was a British Man who suffered from a stroke in 2005, and since then had suffered with locked-in syndrome aged 51. He was unable to move or communicate with any part of his body, other than his eyes. However, like you and me, he was completely awake and aware.

In 2010, Tony’s legal team sought guidance about assisted suicide as British law states anyone who assists suicide will be prosecuted. His case reached the High Court in March 2012 and on 12 August 2012 Tony was denied his right to die.

Tony was the vice-chairman of the Arabian Gulf Rugby Football Union before his stroke and was described as an outgoing and confident person with a busy and active social and family life. He was a husband and father of two.

We can communicate with others, confide in them, share our adventures and explore the world. In his High Court case, Tony described his life as ‘dull, miserable, demeaning, undignified and intolerable’. Can you imagine being stripped of your dignity? Not being able to feed yourself, wash yourself, or scratch an itch? Much like a baby, except the inability to grow out of it.

Please excuse the comparison, but would it be appropriate to treat an animal in such way? In 2005 when Tony called for an ambulance, he unknowingly made a choice. He chose to live. He chose to do this because he had a life worth living. He also chose to die with the assistance of a doctor. This was not just a choice but a right which was wrongly taken away from him after years of being trapped in his own body. Tony stated that if he had known what his life would become when he had had that stroke, he would not have called an ambulance, but died then. He had the right to die then, but not now?

Who has the right to say who lives and dies? These men in suites who broke the heart of man by taking away the only choice he had left in life? He clearly felt that quality of life was far more important than quantity of life. The Courts do not have to live with this decision but Tony would for what could have been up to 20 more years of his life. Why not allow him to die on his own terms when he had already made piece with his decision and his choice to die?

Tony had ruled out going to Switzerland to end his life and wished for his wife to have no hand in the process. There was also no guarantee that whoever assisted him would not be prosecuted.

In June 2012, Tony sent his first tweet (@TonyNicklinson) using eye movement technology. He could only ‘speak’ with his wife, spelling out words letter by letter by winking at a letter board. “Hello world. I am tony nicklinson, I have locked-in syndrome and this is my first ever tweet. #tony.” He gained thousands of followers and much needed support.

After Tony received the High Court’s decision, he lost hope and became severely depressed. He refused medication and refused to eat. Why wasn’t he forced to eat? I don’t think they had the ‘right’ to. Tony became weak and contracted pneumonia. On the 22 August 2012, Tony died in his home in Wiltshire, aged 58.

As the saying goes, if you can’t find a reason to live, then find one to die for. Tony’s finally tweet: ‘Goodbye world the time has come, I had some fun’

I sincerely hope Tony has found solace wherever he is after these horrific years since his stroke. My thoughts are with his family. X

Who’s The Fairest of Them All?

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There has been a lot of scrutiny recently over the morality of celebrities. After Kristen Stewart’s affair it was reported that she would not be appearing in the prequel of Snow White and The Huntsman, however, Rupert Sanders may still be directing. I don’t believe that she should have to suffer professionally due to personal circumstances which were brought to public’s attention without those affected having knowledge of it whatsoever. What has really caught my attention is not all the ‘celeb gossip’ or whatever you want to call it, but that Kristen Stewart is suffering from the backlash of her actions but not Rupert Sanders. They are both adults, and both equally responsible for their actions, yet the woman is scrutinised far more than the man. Sanders is by no means in the public eye as much as Stewart, but why are her actions seen as far worse than his?

Another example is Chris Brown and Rihanna. To my knowledge, I an unaware of Brown’s actions towards Rihanna having any effect on his career whatsoever. His abuse towards Rihanna however, was completely out of line. Three years since their turbulent past, they are back in the media’s attention after Rihanna’s recently aired interview with Oprah. I haven’t watched it as I assume it is only available on American television, but Rihanna claimed she still loves Chris Brown and that she is still protective over him. There has been a lot of dispute over her words as she is apparently setting a bad example to those who have been effected by domestic violence. She opened up about a truly horrific part of her life, which must have been difficult for her. She was not bitter about her experience but saddened, and far more courageous than a lot people as she forgave Brown for what he did. Does that really make her a soft touch or weak?

Further examples include Mike Tyson raping an 18 year old girl, found guilty, yet his boxing career was not effected whatsoever. Actor, Hugh Grant has slept with prostitutes, yet his political opinion is still highly regarded within British media. Footballer, Wayne Rooney has paid prostitutes, thousands of pounds for one night stands, (once whilst his wife was pregnant) yet he still receives a six figure salary each week.

Yet, the question still remains, why are women scrutinised far more than men?