Thursday, 19 February 2009

Video of the Week!

Lady Gaga - Love Game
The best track on Lady G's album..but what do you think about the video?! Thoughts!

Brit Results In!

It's official. Duffy has been crowned "Queen of the Brits" (cough, splutter, CHOKE) yesterday evening as she was awarded not one, but THREE Brit awards. Well done! *Gritted teeth*
"Queen" of the Brits
Presented by Kylie Minogue, James Corden and Matt Horne, this year's Brits were held in Earls Court Arena yesterday evening. Guests and audiences were treated to performances by Take That, Girls Aloud, Pet Shop Boys and many more. Am I the only person who is just NOT feeling Duffy??
Obviously! Because girlfriend won Best British Female, Best British Album AND Best Brtish Breakthrough Act. I suppose when you've sold 536,000 copies of your first single I guess you must be doing something right. Best performance of the night? Estelle and the Ting Tings the perfect fusion of Indie/pop and Hiphop. Estelle and Katie rocked the stage! Who knew this combination could sound so good? Hope all those music execs/A&Rs and other music V.I.P were listening!!!
Ting Tings and Estelle rocking the stage
All the results below!
Best British male

Ian Brown James Morrison The Streets Paul Weller Will Young

Best British female

Adele Beth Rowley Duffy Estelle MIA

Best British group

Coldplay Elbow Girls Aloud Radiohead Take That

Best British live act

Coldplay Elbow Iron Maiden Scouting For Girls The Verve

Best British single

Coldplay - Viva La Vida Duffy - Mercy Girls Aloud - The Promise Leona Lewis - Better in Time Scouting for Girls - Heartbeat

Girls Aloud with award

Best British Album Coldplay - Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends Duffy - Rockferry Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid Radiohead - In Rainbows The Ting Tings - We Started Nothing

Best British breakthrough act

Adele Duffy Last Shadow Puppets Scouting For Girls The Ting Tings

Best international album

AC/DC - Black Ice Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes Killers - Day & Age Kings of Leon - Only By The Night MGMT - Oracular Spectacular

Best international male

Beck Neil Diamond Jay-Z Kanye West Seasick Steve

Best international female

Beyonce Gabriella Cilmi Katy Perry Pink Santogold

Katy Perry with award

Best international group

AC/DC Fleet Foxes Killers Kings of Leon MGMT

Critics' Choice: Florence and the Machine

Outstanding Contribution To Music: Pet Shop Boys
Pet Shop Boys doing their thing on stage

Gordan Praises Goody...

Last night Gordon Brown became involved in the Jade Goody debate discussing whether she should make money from her illness. What with the economic crisis and other concerns of the world going on, I am sure you are thinking, "Hasn't the Prime Minister of United Kingdom got anything better to do than comment on celebrity's person lives and their decisions?" Hmmm obviously not! He said:-
"Her determination to help her family is something that we have got to applaud and I wish her family well."
Jade pictured arriving home from hospital to plan her wedding
Last week Goody, 27, who suffers from cervical cancer, was told her illness was terminal and has just months to live. Controversially, she has decided to use media coverage of herself to raise money for her two children, Bobby five and Freddy four.
Jade and sons Bobby left and Freddie right
Jade is expected to make up to 1 million from selling the rights to her wedding day, expected to take place this Sunday 22nd February 2009. The wedding is scheduled to take place at Down Hall a house hotel in Essex. Though it will be broadcast on Living TV in mid March.
Will you be watching it?? I will!

Monday, 16 February 2009

Choccywoccydoodah!

There's chocolate...and then there's CHOCOLATE.
If you're a true fan of chocolate then you'll know what the heck i'm talking about!
Based in the vibrant seaside city of Brighton, you will find Bar Du Chocolate, from the creators of Choccywoccydoodah - the best chocolate shop in the South side of the UK.
Famous for their decadent chocolate cakes, fantastic sculptures, unique designs and delicious recipes it is no surprise that Choccywoccydoodah are known as the "couturiers of chocolaterie."
Inside Bar Du Chocolate
Bar Du Chocolate is a little intimate boudoir on the corner of Brighton lanes not far from the seafront. On offer are ice cream milkshakes, hot chocolate made from pure belgian chocolate and the famous chocolate dipping pots served with strawberries and marshmellows. They also make personalised cakes for special occasions. Jordan famously got her wedding cake specially created by Choccywoccydoodah!
Milk hot chocolate - yummy!
You have to try their milk hot chocolate which were generously served with PLENTY of marshmellows. To keep that sweet tooth yearning for more I tried the chocolate truffle cake too. Simply divine if I may say so myself!
If you don't believe me take a look at what I tucked into this weekend..and yes it was ALL FOR ME!!! (How lucky am I?!)

Chocolate Truffle - you know how we do!
For directions to the store or to order online visit :- http://www.choccywoccydoodah.com/

Chris Brown SPEAKS!!!

Chris Brown
So after more than a week of drama, followed by gossip, rumours and more random "sources" and "reports" and "friends speaking out" Chris Breezy finally..well..releases a statement - and about time too!!! He said:- "Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired. I am seeking the counseling of my pastor, my mother and other loved ones and I am committed, with God's help, to emerging a better person. Much of what has been speculated or reported on blogs and/or reported in the media is wrong. While I would like to be able to talk about this more, until the legal issues are resolved, this is all I can say except that I have not written any messages or made any posts to Facebook, on blogs or any place else. Those posts or writings under my name are frauds." - Chris Brown 16/02/09 Thoughts?!?

Friday, 13 February 2009

13 Year Old Baby Daddy

Alfie, girlfriend Chantelle and baby Maisie
Teenager Alfie Patten has become a father - at the age of 13.
The boy, from Hailsham in Eastbourne, fathered a girl named Maisie with his 14 year old girlfriend, Chantelle Steadman.
The boy who is just 4ft tall, became a father on Monday night as Chantelle gave birth to Maisie after a five hour labour at Eastbourne Hospital in East Sussex. He told the Sun newspaper:- “I thought it would be good to have a baby. I didn’t think about how we would afford it. I don’t really get pocket money. My dad sometimes gives me £10."
Alfie's dad Dennis, 45 who is separated from Alfie's mother said: “He loves computer games, boxing and Manchester United.” Dennis, who has fathered nine kids, told how he was “gobsmacked” when he discovered Alfie was to be a dad, too.
He said: “When I spoke to him he started crying. He said it was the first time he’d had sex, that he didn’t know what he was doing and of the complications that could come. It hasn’t really dawned on him. He hasn’t got a clue of what the baby means and can’t explain how he feels. All he knows is mum and dad will help."
Maisie was conceived after Chantelle and Alfie — just 12 at the time — had a single night of unprotected sex. They found out about the baby when Chantelle was 12 weeks pregnant and kept it a secret until six weeks later when Chantelle's mum Penny 38, became suspicious of her daughter's weight gain.
Chantelle lives with her Mum, dad and five brothers in a rented council house in Eastbourne, and Alfie who lives on an estate across town with his mum, spends most of his time at Chantelle's house.
Alfie Patten with his daughter, Maisie
Chantelle’s mum said: “I told her it was lovely to have the baby but I wish it was in different circumstances. We have five children already so it’s a big financial responsibility. But we are a family and will pull together and get through. She’s my daughter. I love her and she will want for nothing."
Chantelle admitted she and Alfie — who are both being supported by their parents — would be accused of being grossly irresponsible. She said: “We know we made a mistake but I wouldn’t change it now. We will be good loving parents.
Chantelle has started a church course and is doing work experience to help other young Mums. "I'll be a great mum and Alfire will be a great dad." She said.
Alfie bottle feeds his daughter
The Press Association have reported that police are not looking to prosecute anyone involved in this case. Uh-huh....discuss!

Valentines Day Massacre

When I think of Valentines day I think of red, pink and white, cupid, arrows and love.
Yet searching through images of valentines day online I didn't expect to come across these type of pics! Thought i'd share them with you because they made me giggle - enjoy!
Not a fan of teddy bears I take it... Oh dear! Let it go - they ain't worth it! You and me both! Arrow to the head..that's gotta hurt even for cupid!

Pick of the Week! Valentines Day Lingerie

With Valentines Day fast approaching what better way for ladies to make any excuse to treat their boyfriends or partners (or even better themselves!) to lingerie.
Expensive, cheap, sweet, cute, sexy or just damn right naughty, these days the options are endless with the amount of choice on offer both in stores and online.
Debenhams, La Senza, Marks and Spencers and ASOS have a great range of fair priced lingerie sets. Kylie, Caprice, Kelly Brook and many other celebs have their own collections but surprisingly I will go with Caprice as having the best Valentines Day inspired range - and at good prices too! Below are my selected favourites - enjoy!
La Senza
La Senza Bra £25, Shorts £14, Thong £10
ASOS Bra £17.75, Thong £7.75 http://www.asos.com/By-Caprice-Sweetheart-Lingerie-Set-in-Pink/pgeproduct.aspx?sgid=372&cid=6575&clr=PinkPrint&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=20&sort=_PriceAscending# Debenhams *BARGAIN ALERT!!!* Bra £5.40, Shorts £3.00 http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_10001_10001_18474_863042_-1 ASOS Bra £19.75, briefs £11.74 http://www.asos.com/Yes-Master-for-ASOS-Satin-Frill-Lingerie-Set-in-Red-/pgeproduct.aspx?sgid=375&cid=6575&clr=Red&sh=0&pge=1&pgesize=20&sort=_PriceAscending
And for all you broke ass peeps stop by Tesco for their "value deals"on lingerie sets...lol sorry but come on - if there was a time to splash out and treat yourself make it Valentines day. Some things you just CAN NOT do on the cheap! And if you don't believe me see for yourself... :-)
TESCO
*Available in stores* xxx

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Grammys 2009 Results!

2009 Grammys were dominated by the UK artists - and about time too! The 51st Annual Grammy's awarded Adele, Coldplay AND Estelle with awards - you know how we do! Though heavily pregnant, M.I.A rocked the stage in a polka dot designed by Henry Holland, performing hit single "Swagga Like Us" with T.I, Mr. West and Lil Wayne. The best performance of the night by far. The sheer dress designed with polka dots covering the stomach area, received critcism from bloggers, calling it "daring", "outrageous" and some went as far to call it "sheer madness". Holland told the Independent, "I was a bit worried about what the patch was going to cover with the belly involved, but she wore a little skirt with it. We are going through all the blogs and looking at all the comments people put about the dress. It's quite amusing."
M.I.A in Henry Holland dress
Exactly WHAT was the problem with the dress??? I thought it was fine considering it's one of the biggest musical events of the year, the woman was about to pop any moment and she wants to wear an outfit that she can perform in, yet still look sexy AND feel comfortable ALL AT THE SAME TIME. G.O.S.H! You don't have to look like an unfashionable frump just because you're pregnant. Some bloggers have WAY too much time on their hands! ;-) It's a shame that the whole C.Breezy/Rhi Rhi drama has shadowed (in my opinion) the most star-studded musical event of the year. But lets not take away the fact that there were many well deserved winners on the night. See below for the full list!
Album of the Year:Raising Sand, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
Rap Album:Tha Carter III, Lil Wayne Song of the Year: Viva La Vida, Coldplay
Coldplay collecting their award
Male Pop Vocal Performance: Say, John Mayer Record of the Year: Please Read The Letter, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss New Artist: Adele Contemporary R&B Album:Growing Pains, Mary J. Blige (Geffen)
Adele with awards
Rock Album: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends, Coldplay (Capitol) Pop Collaboration With Vocals: Rich Woman, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Rick Rubin Female Pop Vocal Performance: Chasing Pavements, Adele R&B Album:Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Hudson (Arista)
J-Hud collecting her award
Pop Vocal Album: Rockferry, Duffy (Mercury) Rap Solo Performance: A Milli, Lil Wayne
Rap/Sung Collaboration: American Boy, Estelle featuring Kanye West, track from Shine Rap Song: Lollipop, Lil Wayne R&B Song: Miss Independent, Ne-Yo Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: Swagga Like Us, Jay-Z and T.I. featuring Kanye West and Lil Wayne
West, Lil Wayne, M.I.A and J-Zay performing hit "Swagga Like Us"
Female R&B Vocal Solo: Superwoman, Alicia Keys, track from As I Am (J) Male R&B Vocal Solo: Miss Independent, Ne-Yo, track from Year of the Gentleman R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: Stay With Me (By the Sea), Al Green featuring John Legend, track from Lay It Down (Blue Note) Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: You've Got the Love I Need, Al Green featuring Anthony Hamilton, track from Lay It Down (Blue Note) Visit http://www.grammy.com/ for more info

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Hello Kitty Meets Mac


When two of the world's most iconic brands join forces what do you get?? Hello Kitty Meets MAC of course! Hello Kitty best known for its large variety of consumer products ranging from clothes to home appliances, are teaming up with make up art cosmetic giant, MAC , to create the ultimate cosmetic collection. The collection falls into two categories, The Hello Kitty Colour Collection and Hello Kitty Kouture - a more high end version. Group President of Estee Lauder Cos. Inc John Dempsey said: “MAC has been mining pop culture since the brand was founded. This is a sexy and innocent fashion line, and a true MAC moment. In these times, everyone can use a little fun — and a little Kitty.” Products include shades of lipstick, tinted lip conditioners, eye glitter eye liners, false eyelashes, beauty powder, nail polish and much more. To say I'm looking forward to this collection hitting the shops is the biggest understatement of the year - there is nothing better than two of my favourite brands coming together and forming a mega brand! The limited edition collection is available in America on February 12th and in European stores in early March 2009. Get ready to queue up at your nearest MAC Store! See below for the MAC/Hello Kitty advert. For more info on the Hello Kitty & MAC collection visit:-
www.maccosmetics.co.uk www.temptalia.com/mac-hello-kitty-collection-photo-information

Monday, 9 February 2009

Chris Brown Arrested For Allegedly Assaulting Rihanna?!?!

Trouble in Paradise - Chris Brown & Rihanna
Did anyone notice Chris Brown and Rihanna's no-show at the Grammys last night?? Well that's because Chris Brown was arrested for allegedly (though not confirmed!) assaulting Rihanna after the Clive Davis pre-grammy tribute event on Saturday night. According to LAPD reports, police arrived at the scene early Sunday morning after receiving a 911 call reporting a "disturbance". A woman, who insiders claim was Rihanna, was found with visible injuries and identified Chris Brown as her attacker. Chris turned himself in to police around 6:30pm after he was officially booked at 7:41pm for making criminal threats. $55,000 dollar bail was made for Brown's release. GOSH - drama for ya momma! For more info check http://www.perezhilton.com/ and http://www.bossip.com/

Sunday, 8 February 2009

Ozzie Bush Fires Turn Deadly

A fire truck in front a wall of flame at the Bunyip sate forest
Tonimbuk township in Victoria, Australia
Southern Australia is facing deadly bush fires, the worst in the country's history.
The death toll has reached 108 as entire towns in Victoria state are destroyed by temperature and winds which cause the fires to rise.
BBC news website reports that witnesses have described seeing "walls of flames four storeys high, trees exploding and the skies raining ash, as fires tore across 30,000 hectares (115 square miles) of forest, farmland and towns.
Australian police have said that the arsonists responsible for lighting the fires could be charged with murder.
For more information about the Australian bush fires visit www.bbc.co.uk/news

Peaches Marriage OVER

Peaches & soon to be Hubby, Max
Peaches Geldof has released a statement announcing her divorce from singer boyfriend, after only 156 days (six months) of marriage.
Peaches, daughter of Sir Bob Geldof, married Max Drummey last August 2008 in Las Vegas.
In a joint statement released they said:-
"After much soul-searching we have made the mutual decision to end our marriage and have agreed to go our separate ways. Our parting is amicable and both of us still respect and care about each other immensely."
Previously in interviews Peaches has admitted that her marriage to Max had been "nuts" and her father Sir Bob said it was "..a bit silly."

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Throwback Track of the Week!

I hate whenever people refer to RnB music they can only mention the likes of Neyo and Usher and Chris Brown. Don't get me wrong, they are all fantastic artists but there is more to Rhythm and Blues than just these three young men! Take Basic Black for instance - this is one of my favourite tracks. If you don't know - get to know people!!!
Basic Black - She's Mine

Jade Gets Emergency Surgery

Jade Goody
Today, reality TV star Jade Goody has undergone emergency surgery to remove a tumor on her bowel. Goody was diagnosed with cervical cancer in August 2008. Goody's agent, Max Clifford, released a statement to the media announcing her progress so far. He said, "As you would imagine she's very very sore and tender. She has tubes in her neck and up her nose to try to cure the pain." Earlier this week, Goody did an interview with the Sun where she revealed the cancer has spread to her bowel, liver and groin. She has two children with television presenter Jeff Brazier.

Sex And The City Sequel?

The stars of Sex And The City
It has been announced that ALL the stars of the Sex And The City movie have signed up for a sequel. The film is due to be released in Summer 2010 by Warner Bros, a perfect time for a summer chick flick! Although there has been stories of friction between the four leading ladies, it seems all is behind them now - perhaps the fee for starring in the sequel was too much to turn down?!? I am really looking forward to seeing the sequel are you??

Carole Puts Her Foot In It

Carole Thatcher
Those people at the BBC just can't help themselves can they? Only a few weeks ago Chris Moyles was in the headlines for insulting Polish people and I don't have to mention the Ross/Russ gate scandal of 2008. So I wouldn't say I was "surprised" to hear that Carole "2005 Queen of the Jungle" Thatcher, daughter of Margaret Thather, has been banned from the BBC after muttering a hideously shocking and revolting racist remark.
The jungle winner made the remark whilst appearing on BBC's The One Show where she worked as a roving reporter. She refferred to a tennis player (who has not yet been named) as a "golliwog".
A "Golli"
For all those who are not aware of what a golliwog is, what they represent or even what they look like let me enlighten you with this enchanting bit of history... The Golliwog is a character created in the late 19th century by Florence Kate Upton. It was inspired by a blackface minstrel doll which Upton found as a child in her aunt's attic in North London. Throughout time it has been reproduced as a commercial toy for children coming in forms of a rag-doll, in children's books and cartoons.
Georgie with Robert's old Wolly, pen and wash (2008)
Although considered as a "toy" to some consumers, the term "golliwog" is a racist term for black people. The Golliwog has a wide smile, big bulgy eyes, a wide nose and huge afro hair showing similarities to people who performed in Minstrel shows, which lamponned black people in various ways, as ignorant, lazy, buffonish, joyous and musical.
A Golliwog entertaining his audience
Carol’s spokeswoman says that it was an “off the cuff remark made in jest” and added that she’d since apologised verbally and in writing to the BBC. The BBC confirmed that they had “no plans to work with Carol on The One Show at the present time”, with a spokesman adding, “The BBC considers any language of a racist nature wholly unacceptable. This is not the only time the term "golliwog" has appeared to spark insult and debate within the media.
  • In the 1980's popular children's author Enid Blyton replaced Mr. Golly in her Noddy books as Mr Sparks to avoid insult.
  • In September 2007, fashion retailer Zara stocked a Golliwog printed t-shirt. and a swastika emblazoned handbag As the designs caused so much controversy (including yours truly writing and receiving a written apology from Zara) the retailer was forced to remove the item of clothing.
  • In June 2007, world supermodel Naomi Campbell pleaded guilty to assault whilst travelling with British Airways. She claims her air-rage was fueled by being called a "Golliwog Supermodel" by a member of BA staff.
Zara fashion retailer's Golliwog T-shirts were removed from stores
So.... Was the BBC correct to ban Carole for using this remark? Should Golliwog still be considered an offensive word? Is everyone over-reacting? Let me know!

Purple Lippy...hmm..thoughts??

I did mention I was a fan of Lady G's style and I am all for matching outfits with make-up or other accessories.
However girlfriend can't tell me this is a good look:-
Lady Gaga
Lilac/purple shade of lipstick does not compliment any woman's complexion - in fact the whole outfit just looks ridiculous and the mega sized bow - is it really necessary? She resembles a sickly elderly lady. Sorry Lady G I'm all for experimenting with fashion but this look is just Wrong with a capital W. Looks like this is going in my file of "Wack Fashion!" Although experimenting with lipstick shades does bring back some vivid memories - Pump Up The Jam anyone?!?
Technotronic 1989 this was my jam back in the day...at 3 years old lol!

Christian "Wilds" Out

Actor Christian Bale has had an audio clip leaked online of him shouting at production staff. The actor, known for his performances in American Psycho and most recently Batman, can be heard ranting on the set of Terminator Salvation. The clip, which is three minutes long, begins with Bale screaming "..Kick your F***king ass..!" to Shane Harlbut, in charge of the film's photography. The clip continues with more swearing, shouting and threats by the award winning British actor. When he is interrupted he tells "Bruce" whoever that may be "To keep the f**k out." Hmmm, if I were Bruce I wouldn't need to be told twice! Was Bale out of order? Or would you feel equally annoyed if the production team kept interrupting your "scene". Oooher you thespians!!!

I do not like SNOW!!!

Am I the only person who has not enjoyed ONE moment of the snow blizzard in the UK? Whilst many are making snowmen, sledging and having snow fights I am stuck in doors. Last weekend I was meant to go to Rollerdisco but oh no those plans were RUINED because of the snow! Oh well all dressed up and no where to go..can you tell my "smile" is as forced as they come?! Well at least those UGG boots came in handy for something!!!
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