Should young people vote? 

The date of the next general election Is set for the 7th of May and this will be the first time since moving away from Guernsey that I’ll be able to vote. 

Have I registered you ask? Well yes but it took a bit of persuasion. My reason for being a bit hesitant to sign up as I’m sure it is many other young people in the UK, I felt I didn’t know enough about the political parties and just found the whole thing a bit confusing. It’s not that I don’t care about what’s happening in our country but more that I didn’t want to make an uneducated vote.

Only 24% of 18-24 year olds are predicted to vote in the election and to be honest I can see why it is so low. I went away and looked at depth at the main parties policies but even then it was hard to know where my vote will lie. Not only is there a lot of information to take in, but for many young people who have no idea about politics a lot of it just wouldn’t make sense. 

One thing I would say that helped me was a quiz that showed you which party your interests would be inclined to. Here it is for those of you who are still unsure:

https://voteforpolicies.org.uk/ 

Warning!!!!! The quiz takes quite a long time to do, so you might have to sacrifice an hour of Netflix I’m afraid. 

Anyway back to the original question, should young people vote? Honestly in my opinion I think it’s totally up to the individual, some people simply don’t understand it all or just aren’t interested, so why waste a vote! I would say one thing that political parties could do to get the young vote is to have more interaction on social media. 91% of 16-24 year olds in the UK are on at least 1 social media platform or more so it’s a perfect forum to attract our vote. Get on those hashtags political parties! 

That Bloody Dress Malarkey

Yes I’m sure you all know what I’m going to be talking about. Over a week has gone by since dressgate and I thought it had been forgotten about, but oh no, scroll through my Twitter feed and there it is again, and I still see white and gold (yes I know the original is blue and black people). 

For me it was very frustrating that I could only ever really see it in white and gold even though others were seeing black and blue. How is it possible people are seeing different things !?! Of course the viral image of the dress sparked a debate across the globe, multiple theories as to why people are seeing the dress in different colours. Some said it was a case of colour blindness, some said it was a positive vs negative attitudes and some even put it down to the illuminati (what is wrong with some people, come on we all know the illuminati is run by Queen Bey and Jay-z) !! 

When my friends were only seeing black and blue I thought they were mad, how is it possible I kept thinking to myself, it’s clearly white and gold. While it was all quite humorous it showed how if there is someone telling us that they see something differently, and even when they back up their claims with scientific proof, we disregard them. Often the way in which we answer/see things is by choosing a side and ostracising the other one. I think that this is a good kick in the butt to show people that we should take time to think about things from all sides of the coin, instead of jumping to a conclusion based on what we first experience. I admittedly only ever saw the dress in white and gold, looked back the next day and hey, there it was in black and blue, hooray!! 

One things for sure this viral photo shows the real power of the Internet, in the first day of the resurfacing of the image alone, more than 10 million tweets mentioned the dress. Roman Originals’ the retailer of the dress found that it had sold out with in half an hour that day! Which I thinks incredible for a dress that is a bit 2012.

It’s nice to see that Roman Orginals’ haven’t just exploitated this viral sensation and started making and selling thousands of the white and gold dress. Instead they have made a one-off white and gold dress and put it up for auction to raise money for comic relief, very commendable, and I’m sure it will raise a fortune for a wonderful cause. 

I was going to put up an image of the dress on this post, but then I thought better of it haha. Goodnight and God bless, #Thedress .

Expectations.

So for the last half an hour I’ve been sat here wondering what I can write my next blog post about, seeing as it’s been over two weeks since my last one (Sorry about that). What do my readers want to read? What do they expect from me? This is what got me thinking about expectations.

It’s not like me to write about something a bit more meaningful, but I guess its something a bit different to my usual light-hearted posts. I fancied a change (plus it’s a nice break from a 5000 word essay that currently has only had its title written).

Throughout life we are expected to live up to expectations, usually they are built upon similar expectations that are given and passed down from family, friends, teachers, celebrities etc. We all have them, and often it seems its what drives people to achieve things in life. We are expected to do things from a very early age, starting of with the basics of learning to talk, learning to spell, passing exams, getting married, having children and of course the lists goes on and on. But are all expectations a good thing, and is it good for us to all have very similar expectations?

This is the way I see it! Unrealistic expectations or those expectations set by other people will, can, and most often will lead to disappointment. Too many people are obsessed with getting perfect grades, finding the perfect career or the perfect relationship, and then as a result become increasingly frustrated when this does not go as planned. Not only that, it can start to turn life into a bit of a competition wanting to better others and people wanting to become perfectionists, which isn’t healthy.

As a very laidback and open-minded person I like to think that my expectations, the majority of the time, are set by myself and are what I realistically and genuinely believe I want to achieve in my life. There has to be an element of learning how to take responsibility for our own lives and decisions, having an independent mind and not relying solely on others.

Also I think its important not to force your expectations on others, sometimes peoples expectations turn into their beliefs and they feel that others should also have similar.

So throughout writing this I think I’ve come to realise the real reason as to why I’ve written about this particular topic. Recently I went for a day of interviews at a very established corporate headquarters and got down to the final five, but unfortunately didn’t get the job. A lot of people would be disappointed in themselves for not getting the job, but I was just happy to get that far. I set myself the expectation of just remaining positive throughout the process, and just trying to enjoy it. This meant that I had nothing to be disappointed about and I could relish in what good experience it was going into the future.

When things do not necessarily go the way you want, it’s a lot more beneficial to accept that’s just how life goes, no point getting yourself worked up about it. Remain confident in your own realistic expectations.

Tweet Twoo

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I reckon I spend at least a couple of hours a day on Twitter, really this valuable time should be used doing something far more productive(I tell myself daily that napping is productive!) But I just can’t help myself, whether its reading about a friends recent debacle with a night of too much vodka or what new and outrageous outfit Kim K is wearing, Twitter is always entertaining. Simple.

Sooooo I thought I’d share with you a few of my favourite tweets! Gonna have to admit here guys to start off with it seemed like all this blog post was going to be about was tweets about Beyonce (If you don’t love Queen Bey, shame on you), but I scrolled through the deepest depths of my Twitter and found some truly corkers of Tweets. Enjoy!

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The weird and the wonderful. Totally random tweets like this just have to make you giggle, sometimes I wonder what is happening in peoples brains to be thinking things like this. Richard Ayoade famously known from the I.T. crowd is a comedy genius, but admittedly a bit of a nutter!

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And here the Beyonce posts start… In my eyes Beyonce can do no wrong, she is amazing at singing, dancing, she is beautiful, she is an amazing wife, mother, daughter – basically she is Amazing. Incase I haven’t said it already Amazing! This picture just sums up how powerful she really is, obviously its a very comical photo but you’ve just gotta love it.

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Sometimes I question whether some of the facts on @Uberfacts are real, I found this particular tweet hilarious though. Out of all the foods that could be stolen in the world its CHEESE! Maybe Anthony Worral Thompson’s cheese stealing encounter started of a craze.

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Who doesn’t love a cute cuddly animal!?! Fluffy, cuddly, cute and protective – If only it was acceptable to have Koalas as pets.

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The day my Mum told me that Genovia wasn’t a real place was a sad sad day, probably ranked up there with when I found out Santa wasn’t actually real (Sorry Kids). The only thing I can hope for now is that one day Julie Andrews will host a sleepover for me with mattress surfing and sing-a-longs with Raven. One can dream right !?!

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My favourite bunch from the Channel 4 show Googlebox has to be Steph and Dom, they truly crack me up. Everyone loves a bit of the posh couple, they get royally hammered and they are absolutely jokes – what more could you want from Friday night TV.

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Crisps, chips, roast potatoes, boiled potatoes, potato salad, baked potato, potato gratin, hash browns, croquettes, potato skins, gnocchi, patatas Bravas, mashed potato… probably enough said. I’ve now written the word potato so many times it doesn’t look right anymore.

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Only in England …

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The love for Leonardo DiCaprio will always be alive and real. The big question is, how hasn’t he won an Oscar yet !?!

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I’ve been using this phrase for years now, and it couldn’t be more true.

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The question is who’s parents have been gallivanting with who !?!

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Sometimes things come up on my twitter feed that are jaw-dropping, this is just beautiful. These beautiful lights are created by ostracod crustaceans and can only be found in a handful of places around the world.

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I once got told off by my teacher because I use to write all my homework in the multicoloured Wordart. I thought I was cool alright, took a lot of time to try write my timetable in Wordart.

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HAHAHA When I read this for the first time I was literally belly laughing. Next thing you know she’ll be wondering why her snapchats aren’t coming through.

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Last but not least my beautiful little Island of Guernsey.

PR and social Media

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The field of Public relations (PR) has changed so much since the beginning of social media and it will continue to change as social media keeps evolving. Understanding how much social media has changed the PR profession will help us put together better communication programs that put both parts in a way that intensifies your messages. With that said, I would like to share a few areas of how social media has impacted the world of PR

Communication consistency

It used to be that PR was a one-way message program. You put out the information that you hope is relevant and wish that it will reach everybody. With Social media, your target message is transformed into a conversation that just about anyone can start, converting the one-way message into a constant discussion.  Social media makes it possible to enter this discussion anywhere, but the discussion…

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Sandwiches have never been the same again at Sainsbury’s!

In 2011 a very witty and cute letter was sent to Sainsbury’s from 3 ½ year old toddler (the half a year is very important when your that little apparently ahah) Lily Robinson, the letter simply explained how she didn’t think it should be called Tiger bread but in-fact Giraffe.

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So how did Sainsbury’s reply to this – “renaming tiger bread giraffe bread is a brilliant idea – it looks much more like the blotches on a giraffe than the stripes on a tiger, doesn’t it?”

I’m putting it out there its actually one of my favourite breads, and you know what lovely little Lily is right it does look a lot more like a Giraffe!

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The response to this letter on social media went viral and the post on Facebook was liked 150,000 times and shared over 48,000 times. 150,000 likes, I couldn’t even get 5 likes on a status in 2009, which obviously at the time I thought was hilarious (Laura it’s really not, and good spelling by the way).

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Writing this has made me hungry, time to make a sandwich!!!

Stuart, Kevin and Bob head for the Big Apple!

‘Minions, Minions have been on this planet far longer than we have, they all share the same goal – to serve the most despicable master around.’ Yes you heard right the cute little yellow organisms are back!!

The first trailer for Despicable Me spin-off Minions has been released, showing them setting off on a mission to find their next villainous boss.

Stuart, Kevin and Bob are seen heading off to New York in search of a dastardly master to serve in 1968, 42 years B.G (before Gru).”Without a master they had no purpose, they became aimless and depressed. If this went on much longer, they would surely perish.”

“The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill, the world’s first ever female super-villain.”

I was quite late on the bandwagon for watching Despicable me, never really understood the hype just thought it was some silly child’s movie, but one boring Sunday I decided it was probably time to watch the first two films, and since then Ive never looked back. I LOVE THEM!!! I wish the minions were real they’d be better then any pet, they can do household chores, their loyal, they have the cutest laugh and most of all minions are always ready for a party!!!

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I don’t know about you but I’m very excited for this movie to come out, hurry up July 2015!!

Hot Wheels

When I was younger I use to read my Dad’s copies of National Geographic (when I say read, I mean stare at the amazing pictures). The first thing I use to do is see if there was any pictures of penguins and cut them out, why you ask!?!

Because they are the CUTEST animals in the world, my opinion I know but you at least have to admit they are very cute.

This article I have reblogged reminds me of the program – Penguin, Spy in the huddle. This BBC documentary spends nearly a year in the close company of penguins, deploying 50 spycams to capture as never seen before the true character of these birds.

Some of the footage is filmed from extraordinarily close range, by cameras disguised as rocks, eggs, penguins. Robot-camera penguins – it’s all just brilliant.

Anyway enough about that, I just wanted to express my love for the animals and also inform you that top of my Christmas list this year is to adopt a penguin, fingers crossed!

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[Hey..I’m new here. Do you know where the best place is to pick up chicks?]

(A robot spy cam keeps an eye on penguins in Adelie Land, Antarctica: more at NBC News.)

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Butler’s Bubble Begins…

It will please some of you to know that my dear friend Sally almost persuaded me to title this blog ‘Butler’s Bosom’. Although I’m sure it provided you all with a little giggle, I begrudgingly decided against it (Definitely would have been an interesting bunch of people visiting my blog with that name though ahahah).

More to the point! You’re probably thinking why Butler’s Bubble then, another one of sally’s suggestions, however thinking about it I guess it’s my own little bubble. Somewhere for you all to experience my crazy mind and what really interests me!

Cya later!

X

P.S. Sally’s the crazy one in the back of the picture.