Archive | February, 2011

Hold on there Heston

26 Feb

I think James Walton has summed up Heston’s “Mission Impossible” show, very well in his Guardian report. Heston has tried and failed, to come across as the sick child’s hero with his show that argues children would rather eat sick soup and snot shakes, to pizza, chips and spaghetti.

Normally I love watching Heston’s crazy culinary skills and I thoroughly enjoyed channel 4’s  “Heston’s Feast” , in which he’d treat a table of celebrities to some weird and wonderful dishes which followed a theme e.g. an actual gengerbread house made from children’s treats to follow a nursery rhyme theme.

However, this show was a step too far, as Heston tried to pretend that his style of cooking was more appropriate than the traditional style when it comes to getting children to eat in a hospital.

I’m not a fussy eater and I would love to try almost everything that Heston creates, however if I was sick in hospital and someone served me a smoothie that had the look and consistency of snot, next to a bowl of soup created to look like something that I’d just heaved up, I would probably lose my appetite.

The framing of the staff at the Alder Hey hospital was also very dramatic and un-called for. They made the cooks look like…idiots, and Heston implied that they had been purposefully giving the children disgusting food when he pointed out that they didn’t want to face the patients they had been catering for.

Not all cooks have an endless budget to spend on any ridiculous food they fancy, or get to boss around other chefs and revel in the praise their customers give them, Heston. Some cooks have to work their hardest to serve hundreds of people while keeping to all the rules and regulations of the NHS.

There’s no way that Heston’s ideas will be carried out in hospitals and I don’t have high hopes for next week’s installment either. Heston is trying to replace the popcorn in cinemas…stupid.

Heston, you stay at the Fat Duck doing your thing in your appropriate setting and stop trying to change the world one tomato eye ball at a time. We like our traditions, that’s why they’re traditions!

Devastation hits new Zealand

22 Feb

At least sixty-five people have died and two hundred are feared to be trapped under the wreckage in Christchurch, New Zealand after an earthquake hit on Tuesday.

The 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit at 12.51 pm local time. Jo Kane, a Christchurch resident said “I’m a Wellington girl and I grew up with earthquakes, but I’m telling you I’m sitting here with an expression like an opossum in the headlights”

There are thousands of earthquakes in New Zealand every year, but very few do any damage. The last time the town experienced a high magnitude earthquake was September 4th 2010, when a 7.1 magnitude earthquake which only injured two people.

The famous Christchurch Cathedral has been destroyed by the quake, Kazkos of Twitter said “This is so sad…I remember playing chess in front of the cathedral…thoughts out to everybody in NZ”


turtles don’t always win the race

18 Feb

In News and Journalism this week, we had our in class timed assessment, in which we were provided with the details of a story and asked to write a report in less than an hour. I had been reading newspapers and taking tips from text books all week. I was feeling calm and collected and looking forward to practicing writing in the same way that journalists do under real work conditions.

After quickly reading through the information I slowly began writing down the key aspect of the report that I wanted to include…I was off to a bad start. I wrote my lead fairly quickly as I knew that would be the most important part of the report.

After about 30 minutes of creating an inverted pyramid of the information that I was quite happy with, a piece of information suddenly jumped out at me that I’d managed to overlook as a key candidate for the lead!

 I then found myself in a desperate scramble to re-order the report to allow for this information to be presented first. My brain was working ten times faster than my fingers could move and I was realising I had gone about this all wrong.

Once the time was up though I did feel like I’d created something to be proud of and I was so glad to have noticed the information when I did.

 I’ve learned now that a journalist can’t be slow and methodical except perhaps when they’re reading the information. Journalists have to work very quickly in order to reach deadlines but they can NEVER miss important information. Big lesson- Take your time reading information but don’t be too laid back when it comes to writing the story.

Practice makes Perfect

8 Feb

We had our third News and Journalism class today where I had a chance to put together my “Charminster Charmers” report. I really enjoyed coming up with, researching and writing my own story, it made me feel quite proud, is that sad? Well I need all the help I can get because I’ve got to write another report in class next Tuesday that one’ll be marked, eek! Let’s just hope the builders don’t keep me awake the night before like they did last night…grrrr.

Charminster Charmers

8 Feb

In the most romantic week of the year, Charminster locals are adamant that the Romance in Charminster is thriving. This information comes after the 2008 issue of Dorset Echo argued that the lack of interest in a local Valentine’s Day dinner meant that “Romance in Charminster is Dead”.

Although the town offers a plethora of bars and restaurants, several of which offering special Valentine’s Day deals, the locals prefer to venture away from their home town to their partners to more romantic locations.

Sarah, the local florist of “Flowers at 166” was shocked at the notion that charminster men were seen as unromantic, “if anything, because the men are in this area are often foreign they are far more romantic than any Englishman”

The shop is full to burst with red roses, heart shaped balloons, teddy bears and heart shaped chocolate boxes which Sarah was sure would be sold in a matter of days.

“The locals who come in here seam perfectly at home and they’re always keen to be extra extravagant for special occasions…this weekend will be manic”.

This view was shared by the Turkish owner of “Havana’s café”, who declared that the most important thing in his life, is his wife.  “My wife is from Essex but she’s not a typical Essex girl”, he chuckled, “We won’t be going out on Valentine’s Day but that’s because Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be any different to every other day”

Speedy Journalism

4 Feb

I had my second News and Journalism class today and discovered that the “patch” I will be working this semester, will be Charminster. This means I’ll be analysing everything that’s happening there for the next four days in order to find story eligible of being published in the Daily Echo. That means interviewing the people involved in order to provide a decent amount of insight for the readers…tricky stuff!

Before we can start that though, we were given an hour to roam the Uni campus to find out how the new semesterisation of courses have been working. We were able to work in pairs so I grabbed my good friend Sarah and we headed straight to the place where we felt students would be most chatty, the food court.

Late morning appeared to be a good time to be sent out to talk to students, as almost every table had at least one person sat eating, but there wasn’t the large hustle and bustle of people buying food and going to classes that there often is at lunch time. 

First we approached two very friendly looking girls, who we discovered we studying Advertising and PR, which gave us something in common and appeared to increase their interest in speaking to us.  After speeking to the girls we chose to speek to a group of guys who told us they were studying Journalism. They gave a very similar opinion to the two girls which Sarah and I felt could be due to their similarity in courses.

In an aim to find a more diverse range of opinions, we went to the library to speek to students studying different courses. Unfortunately, the people in there were far less interested in speeking to us than those in the food court. Rather than badgering more people who were trying to work, we went to “The Base” for some more informed answers. The guys in there were really friendly and keen to help with our queries which made a positive end to the hour.

After seeing journalists on television shouting at celebs and government officials, I always expect to be viewed as a nuisance when I approach people saying “would you mind answering a couple of questions?”. This doesn’t appear to be the case when it comes to fellow Media Students at Bournemouth as they’re sympathetic to our situation. I will try not to get my hopes up imagining that that’ll be the case when I do my Patch reporting, but I hope that it is!