I’ve been expecting you, Mr Bond

It had to be the most memorable TV moment of 2012.

I’d even go so far as to say that it was the best TV moment of my life.

When the world saw James Bond (the wonderful Daniel Craig) walking into Buckingham Palace during the Olympics Opening Ceremony, no one expected The Queen of England to welcome him. Most people I’ve spoken to had expected it to be a voice over or an actress.

However, the Queen made the general public adore her even more by taking part in what can only be described as TV gold. A moment to go down in history.

Today, it is my pleasure to announce that the Queen has been awarded a BAFTA for her incredible support to the British film and television industries and, of course, for being the “most memorable Bond Girl yet.”

After the Jubilee celebrations last year, I think it was a perfect recognition of Her Majesty’s contribution and support of the arts throughout her lifetime.

Truly brilliant.

The Queen Receives a Bafta

The Queen Receives a Bafta

Photograph courtesy of The Huffington Post

 

I can’t wait for ‘Finding Dory’

It has been confirmed that ‘Finding Dory’, the sequel to the epic, Oscar-winning ‘Finding Nemo’, will be released in 2015.

The film will follow Dory, the absent-minded blue fish from the hugely popular first film, as voiced by Ellen DeGeneres.

The popular daytime talk show host expressed her excitement.

“I read the script and it’s fantastic, it’s hilarious, it’s warm, it’s everything that you want it to be,” she said.

Following the family reunion aspect of the ‘Finding Nemo’ plot, the sequel will focus on Dory finding her own family.

Fans of ‘Finding Nemo’ will be pleased to hear that Nemo and his father Marlin will feature in the film, as well as Nemo’s Tank Friends.

The film is set for release during the holiday season in November 2015.

There are high hopes for box office and award season success. After all, ‘Finding Nemo’ won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2004 and nominations for three other Academy Awards.

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Photograph courtesy of Fanpop

Like mother, like daughter

As if we weren’t jealous enough of Blue Ivy Carter (daughter of Beyonce and Jay Z), a recently uploaded Instagram picture has sent envy levels through the roof.

Former Destiny’s Child singer Beyonce (aka Mrs Carter) revealed a matching ‘director’s-style’ chair, with Blue’s initials, leading fans to believe that the singer will be taking her baby daughter on her World Tour this year.

Blue Ivy already has a pretty lavish lifestyle. The one year old’s wardrobe is without a doubt more expensive than mine! She was given a diamond-encrusted Barbie doll for her birthday earlier this year, worth a casual $80,000, without thousands of dollars spent on cake, flowers and costumes for the occasion.

It’s pretty safe to say that mummy and daddy will make sure these high standards continue to be met when on tour.

An early initiation into the music industry or just a protective mother who doesn’t want to leave baby behind…whatever the reason, Blue Ivy is guaranteed the best seat in the house!

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The Best April Fools’ Day Pranks of 2013

I’ll be the first to admit that this blog has been somewhat neglected. Unfortunately, the realities of being a third year law student and the daunting task of handing in a 12,000 dissertation in the next few weeks have taken priority in my life.

Hopefully this summary of today’s best pranks will help make for my MIA status…

 

1. Virgin Atlantic: Richard Branson announced another Virgin innovation this morning – the world’s first glass-bottomed plane. Tied into the launch of Virgin’s domestic flights to Scotland (not a prank), passengers would be treated to the best views around through the glass-bottomed floor.

 

2. BMW: Just in time for the Royal Birth in July 2013, BMW launched a limited edition P.R.A.M. (Postnatal Royal Auto Mobile). Perfect for driving down The Mall or over a polo field – and even fitted with a N.A.P.P.I.E. (Nanny-Assisting Petrol-Powered Injection Engine) for those who are ‘too posh to push.’ The advert was quite  a success – I’ve heard numerous comments of people actually wanting to buy the pram (if only it was real…). Contact Joe.King@bmw.co.uk for more information

BMW P.R.A.M.

BMW P.R.A.M.

 

3. Google Nose: Have you ever smelt something and wondered what it was? Google announced its solution – Google Nose. Google Nose BETA, the company’s new fictional product, promises “to offer the sharpest olfactory experience available.” There’s no simple explanation to the technology it would require – I won’t even attempt to provide an explanation.

Watch the announcement here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9-P6jEMtixY

 

4. Netflix: Have you ever thought that movie categories are always the same on every website? Netflix made itself stand out with its new film categories added to the website this morning. Here’s my selection of the best ones:

Movies That Are in English But Still Require Subtitles

Movies That Are in English But Still Require Subtitles

Reality TV About People With No Concept of Reality

Reality TV About People With No Concept of Reality

Movies Featuring an Epic Nicolas Cage Meltdown

Movies Featuring an Epic Nicolas Cage Meltdown

 

5. YouTube: Google announced that at midnight on 1 April, YouTube would be shutdown in order to enable a panel of judges to select the website’s best video. YouTube claimed that when the website was set up, back in 2005, it was all a ruse in pursuit of finding the world’s best video. It announced the website would be shut down in order to judge the best video – which would be selected in time for the website’s re-launch…in 2023.

Here’s the announcement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=H542nLTTbu0

 

6. Hotels.com: The online Hotel booking service placed an advert for London’s most sought after room in today’s Daily Express…The Belgian Suite in Buckingham Palace. A steal at £10,000 a night, visitors would have the best view in the city.

Daily Express

 

 

7. Google Maps: Google added another prank to it’s ever-growing list, by turning Google Maps into a giant pirate treasure map of the world. Click here to check out your hometown through the eyes of a pirate…

Google 'Pirate' Maps

Google ‘Pirate’ Maps

 

8. Boden: The latest innovation in men’s fashion…meet Boden’s Marylebone Man-Skirt! Hailed as the modern take on Scotland’s traditional kilt, the Man-Skirt is deemed the suitable attire for the modern-day man.

Man Skirt

 

 

9. The Shlide: The latest addition to the London skyline becomes the world’s best thrill-ride. The Huffington Post unveiled ‘The Shlide’ – the helter-skelter style slide around Europe’s tallest skyscraper, The Shard. Thrill-seekers would be treated to a 75mph ride down from the viewing platform (on the 72nd floor) – with mats developed by NASA to resist the friction generated by the ride. I’m pretty thankful this one turned out to be a prank…

 

The Shlide (The Huffington Post)

The Shlide (The Huffington Post)

 

10. Twitter: There were plenty of Twitter-themed pranks online today.

Twitter announced a new service, dubbed ‘Twttr’, where users would be charged to use vowels in their tweets. A £5/month subscription would grant users full use of vowels and consonants. Click here to see the blog post announcing the new service.

Example of new Twttr Service

Example of new Twttr Service

Pasta manufacturer, Sacla, introduced a Twitter-friendly pasta range. In keeping with the growing ‘Tweet What You Eat’ phase, the Twitter shaped pasta would enable consumers to create “nutritious and social” meals.

Twitter Pasta

Twitter Pasta

 

 

With the developments in technology, it’s hardly surprising that people are finding April Fools’ Day pranks increasingly plausible. A few years ago, it would have been assumed that Virgin Galactic’s space flight was a farce.

 

The Ultimate Celebrity Baby Ad

If you think Romeo Beckham becoming the face of Burberry at the tender age of 10 was something pretty darn special (as I did), think again!

Following the announcement that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are expecting a baby, the media is full of speculation on what to expect. Here are some of the most credible predictions:

  • BE THE BRAND: being the face of an existing brand is sooo 2012. With this power couple as parents, expect to see an all new baby brand with none other than Baby Kimye modelling (followed by child brand as (s)he gets older)! The Kardashian Kid Kollection…?
  • TV: Kim was quick to dismiss a Kardashian spin off of ‘One Born Every Minute’ but for any die hard fans, Kim will continue to film her reality shows during the pregnancy. Kimye are likely to follow in other celebrity couples’ footsteps and keep the baby out of the media (as much as possible) in his/her early years. But given the amount of publicity they get (and adore) individually, let alone as a couple, Baby Kimye will most certainly be born into the spotlight.
  • LEATHER: Kimye are renowned for their matching outfits and their love of leather trousers. So expect a lot of coordinating outfits. Do they make leather babygrows?
  • K: most likely to follow the tradition of naming the Baby K-something. I mean, it would be rude not to!

Photograph courtesy of The Atlantic Wire

Kim and Kanye (aka Kimye)

 

How to…prepare for the big day!

It’s come to my favourite time of year again.

And no, I’m not talking about Christmas lunch…it’s time for Christmas sales!

I’ve often found people treat Christmas sales like Marmite: they either love it or hate it. But hopefully this ‘how to’ guide will be useful for finding the perfect gift or enduring shopping with your friends and loved ones.

1. Be prepared. If you’re looking for something in particular, a bit of advanced research into brands, shops and RRPs will go a long way. Knowing how great your bargain actually is will help prevent purchasing items you’ll regret. FYI, a 10% discount is rarely a good bargain during Christmas sales – unless it’s must-have item, it’s not worth it. You’ll find something better elsewhere…

2. Be open-minded. Some of the best purchases I’ve ever made have been from trying something on which I wasn’t sure about on the hanger. It doesn’t cost you anything to try something on.

3. If you want something special, venture further than the internet! The internet is great for sales shopping: especially if you haven’t got much time or if you hate shopping with hordes of people. However, if you’re after the perfect bargain, it won’t be online. If you’re lucky enough to afford ‘high-end’ luxury designer clothing, the gems in the sale will only be available in store. Also, online shops are likely to remove items when there isn’t much stock left. Just because it’s not online anymore, however, doesn’t mean it won’t be available in store.

4. Choose your company wisely. Sales shopping, especially Boxing Day sales, are every shopaholics ideal day out. However, not everyone will agree. If you go with someone who hates shopping, be prepared for a shortened day out and, ultimately, an unproductive ‘mission.’ If you want to find a gem, you need to be with someone who a) likes shopping, b) won’t get bored easily and c) might help you find it!

5. Have a budget and stick to it. There’s no point in making yourself bankrupt for the sake of a handbag or a pair of shoes (*flashback to Confessions of a Shopaholic*). You may think it is a must-have or THE piece of the season, but, ultimately, you’ll end up regretting such a drastic purchase later on. Having a budget will make you evaluate what you’re buying more carefully. Ask yourself, will I find something better elsewhere? Do I really want it? If you have doubts, you probably don’t want it (i.e. it’s not worth the money, even if it is 50% off).

A final note…things to look out for!

  • Beauty and fragrance gift sets. They were a bargain when you bought them as Christmas presents for your friends and family. They’re an even better bargain with an extra 50% off. 
  • Marc by Marc Jacobs. Incredible discounts if you know where to look.
  • Department store over individual stores. You’ll have more variety and won’t get bored easily. There’s a lot more to choose from. Also, you’re more likely to find something great that you weren’t actually looking for!
  • Handbags and shoes. We always need them. You can never find them when you actually need to buy some. Just opt for something that goes with what you already own. Buying a ‘bargain’ pair of shoes which you need to replace your entire wardrobe for just isn’t worth it.

Merry Christmas and Happy Sales Shopping!!

Selfridges Sale

Photograph: author’s own

P.S. KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON SHOPPING!