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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!

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The Spice Girls!

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Spice Girls

So, the Olympic Closing Ceremony was a bit of a shambles yesterday. I assume the rest of the world were thinking ‘oh, and they were doing so well!’. Maybe?

Anyway, to me all was forgiven, even the monstrosity of One Direction and screeching Jessie J when I saw The Spice Girls! I love them and I always have! I wish they had a bit longer but I think it was done incredibly. I would love nothing more than for them to get back to together (or maybe another Harry Potter Book but I think there’s just as little chance of one as the other).

And here’s a picture from the 90’s.

Ah, nostalgia and stuff.

 

What did/didn’t you like about the Closing Ceremony?

Snoop Dogg, Tea, and The Queen

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How Do You Do!*

So, now the London Olympics are over, I think it’s time to clear up some stereotypes and misconceptions about the British.

The Queen

The Queen - Diamond Jubilee

The population of Britain is about 64 million yet the assumption is, everyone knows the Queen. I assure you, we don’t. Most of us would be lucky to even get a glimpse of her once in  our lifetime.

We’re All Posh, Like

Posh Men

Men do not walk around in suites and bowler hats. It just doesn’t happen.

Duchess of Cambridge

We aren’t all as amazing as the Duchess of Cambridge –  royalty, looks, class, money but….

…ugh. She’s what we call a chav. Infact, she’s probably the queen of chavs!

Tea and Scones

Tea and Scones

Okay, we do drink a lot of tea!  In fact it would be frowned upon if you don’t like either tea or coffee. Unfortunately for me, I am part of that minority. Seriously, you’d think I was breaking the law or something!

But we don’t have fancy little tea parties drinking tea and eating scones all day.

On a slightly unrelated note I typed ‘Tea and Scones’ into Google and this picture came up. Maybe Snoop Dogg likes tea and scones? Maybe Snoop Dogg had tea and scones with the Queen?! Okay I’ll stop there.

Snoop Dogg/Lion Whatever You Want To Call Him

Queen’s English

Believe it or not, everyone in England does not speak as accurately and promptly as the Queen. You’ll probably hate me for this but I’m going to introduce you to some English accents. There are a few horrific reality TV programmes over here (before you judge, Americans particularly, you have Keeping Up With The Kardashians!). There is The Only Way Is Essex (in London) and Geordie Shore (in Newcastle) and Desperate Scousewives (in Liverpool).

Please be aware these television programmes do not represent to majority of the people who live in these cities. They are just stereotypes and I just want to show that people in England have varying accents and I personally hate these shows! (Yes, I am aware I am trying to remove one stereotype by showing you another 😐 )

The Prime Minister – David Cameron

He does not represent Britain whatsoever. He looks after the rich and wealthy and makes sure they are nice cosy, whilst the 9 to 5ers pay the price with huge increases in taxes and cuts. Poor old Dave hasn’t been given any credit for the Olympics and he has been known as cursed when attending sporting events as GB hadn’t won a medal in his presence. When attending a boxing match he was actually booed! He never gave up through, trying to show he’s ‘one of us’ here is a staged picture posted on twitter of David enjoying a boxing match at home.

Oh Dave.

I do have a few more but I may fill you in on those another time :). I hope I haven’t been patronising but I apologise if I have!

Cheerio!*

*Don’t ever say that.

Why We Need More Role Models Like Jessica Ennis

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Jessica Ennis After Winning Gold

We live in a world where ‘celeb gossip’ in classed as news, where the news that the tabloids are publishing is what happened in last night’s ‘The Only Way is Essex’ or ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ and who what’s his face from Big Brother is dating. When did it become okay to be famous just for the sake of it?

The London Olympics show athletes who have trained their whole lives, for in some cases just a few moments, which can make or break their efforts for a gold medal. They strive for greatness and are known for being the best in their field. And of course it is not easy, but they dedicate their lives striving for success and greatness. Jessica Ennis herself has said she hopes she has inspired a generation. The likes of Greg Rutherford, Mo Farah and Beth Tweddle should be the real role models in today’s society.

Kim Kardashian slept with someone famous, sold her sex tape for millions, and now her family has a reality TV programme making yet more millions. She does not even seem to be ashamed of herself and the example she is setting young girls everywhere – she has over 15 million twitter followers!

The press also seems to show these ridiculously thin celebrities which are made to seem the norm and that there is a certain way that every woman should look. Why are people so interested in the Miley Cyrus’ figure? It should not be drilled into girls’ that this is normal. Jessica Ennis is a real role model who isn’t wafer thin but a dedicated athlete.

Now, I’m not saying that everyone should become an athlete, but do something with your lives that you are proud of. Something you are passionate about and strive for success in whatever you wish to do. Don’t chose to become the next Tulisa because it’s the easier option and a way of making millions of pounds. Don’t seek attention or be caked in fake tan to ‘fit in’. There is nothing wrong with standing out as long as it is for the right reasons.

I believe perseverance, hard work, and determination are the way to success. I’m not going to pretend that I have all the answers, after all I am a twenty year old, I loathe my job, and I’ve not a clue what I want to do with my life. I am however, determined to find a job in London (200 miles away from home), be independent and figure what it is I really want to do. I’ve always been one to take baby steps! But hopefully my friends in London can help me out there.

Now, please can we stop worshipping TV Stars and use our brains for a living?

The Olympic Opening Ceremony

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Opening Ceremony

It watched by millions across the world and after the Beijing Olympics and seven years of planning expectations were high for Britain and the man behind the plan, Danny Boyle.

It was a very British celebration, very cultural, historic, and diverse. If the Brits know how to do anything, it’s to put on one hell of a show, and to show the world how great we are. For example, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert earlier this year, and the Royal Wedding last year. It is incredible that even in times of economic and financial uncertainty that our little nation can be so proud and patriotic of its history and culture which make Britain what it is today. And yes the walk through of every country participating in the Olympics was a bore but it’s not our fault! It would have been quicker if we were still an empire and owned half of those countries. But hey, you can’t win them all.

It included everything from agriculture, the Industrial Revolution, the NHS, Jame Bond, the Queen, J.K. Rowling, Mr Bean, British music new and old and everything that screamed what a proud nation we are. And shame on you Americans tweeting Sir Kenneth Branagh was dressed as Abraham Lincoln when he was actually dressed as Isambard Kingdom Brunel who played a major role in the Industrial Revolution (a little history lesson for you there).

What did irritate me is the number of tweets and Facebook status’ which I saw at the beginning of the Ceremony of people complaining they didn’t understand what was happening. These are people who were born here, grew up here, and went to school here yet are so blatantly unaware of their own nation’s history and culture. Admittedly, the Olympic Ceremony was not a complete representation of Britain today due to the reforms, and high cost of living and the NHS most definitely is not what it used to be (courtesy of David Cameron) but it did represent the best of British.

It was a very different ceremony to Beijing, however, we live in a very different country where we are, when the occasion rises, proud. 99% of Brits will agree that it was a fantastic Opening Ceremony and that Danny Boyle is incredibly imaginative. Okay, he’s no Nicki Minaj ‘You a stupid hoe’ (lyrical genius!). I doubt it will take long for him to become Sir Danny Boyle, and quite rightly so. James Bond and the Queen = Genius.