Tv show: is it offensive?

James Corden and Jack Whithall enjoying a glass of wine

It is only a show!

The original plan for this blog post was that I would do a review of the first term this year as part of my on-going review posts. However when searching through the online newspapers today I was shocked by one story and felt I had to write about it. [The review will be up next week!]

I am slightly ashamed as a journalism student to start off this post by saying; I was looking through the Daily Mail website [Sorry lecturers] and was shocked to see an article written about how Jack Whitehall is being recommended to step down from presenting a prize at the National Television Awards after a number of complaints about his actions on the TV show ‘Big fat quiz of the year’ which was shown on channel 4.

For those of you who are not familiar with the show, it is a quiz show featuring a number of comedians and familiar on screen faces, they are asked a number of questions about stories from throughout the year.  I find that it is an amusing end to the year and enjoy being reminded of a number of the highlights throughout the year. This years panelists included: Jack Whitehall, James Corden, Russell Howard, Jonathan Ross, Richard Ayoade, Gabby Logan, and  was hosted by Jimmy Carr.

Although it is a quiz show the men took a much more light hearted approach to the show, often choosing to write down a comedic answer rather than the correct one. Gabby Logan seemed to take the show rather seriously and answered pretty much all questions correctly. I have to be honest here that although the technical object of the show is to get to questions write, I feel this show is more of a comedic show than a quiz so without Richard Ayoade as part of her team she would come across somewhat dull.

Roughly half way through the show which lasted over an hour and a half. James and Jack received an ordered pizza and pulled out a bottle of wine with two glasses from under their desk, which they happily tucked into. Most of the complaints which have been received by both OFCOM and Channel 4, said that they felt the show contained some material that was too controversial to be shown at 9 O’Clock during the Christmas period, as a number of children were still awake to see it.

There are a number of rules set out for broadcasting show on television, one rule, which as far as I know is very well known, is that the 9 O’Clock watershed. After 9 O’Clock you can  air a show which contains adult material and possible sexual explicit content. The idea is that by 9 O’Clock children are likely to be asleep so will not view the material. To me this means if you don’t want your children to see this type of material, you should not allow them to watch tv after 9. Even if its the holidays, why not grab a board game if your worried about your child.

I think we can all agree that over the past couple of years a number of the talent involved in this quiz have been known to make comments that have been thought to be offensive. Jimmy Carr often comes out with rather risqué jokes and Jonathan Ross were recently fired from the BBC after his offensive phone call with Russell Brand. [if you don’t know look it up] Knowing that these characters were involved in this show, I would imagine easily offended people would think that it is possibly not what they would enjoy.

Although a lot of people are blaming the comedians for the tone of the show and created sexualized jokes. One of the questions of the show was what was the unfortunate hashtag used in Susan Boyal ‘s Album release. The answer was Susanalbumparty, it was obviously meant to be Susan Album Party but looks like Su’s anal bum party. surely any one faced with this answer would have to make a joke.

I honestly feel that people need to stop being so sensitive! Their comedians, let them make jokes. They are the sort of jokes I would hear down the pub, it’s not like this is anything new.

What do you think? Did they go too far? Are we living in an overly sensitive world?

Daily Nuggets

– I am watching a Criminal Minds marathon

– I have been so busy this week, going to London and spending new year with my boyfriend.

– I have so much work to do before going back to uni.


Matalan Review

Hey guys. Sorry I have been away for so long! It has been manic in my life! I will explain all soon. Meanwhile enjoy this review 

If you follow me on facebook or Instagram then you may have seen my talk about a new review. Well It is finally here!

A couple of months ago I got an email asking if I would be interested in reviewing some things from the Matalan students range, and of course, I jumped at the chance. I hadn’t really heard anything about the range before, I am not sure how long it has been around but I certainly didn’t know anyone who got stuff from there when I moved into halls.

I really enjoyed searching through their site and looking at the students items. They have some great deals on necessities, but also some great all round stuff. So this is what I got.

Reem Tea Towel- £1.50 (currently 2 for £2)reem

When I heard about the review my boyfriend and I started searching the website and he loved this tea towel. I think the ‘reem’ reminded him of our friend who went to a different uni this year. The towel is made out of proper tea towel material, Cotton I think, not the toweling sort that sheds on all of your plates. It is relatively thin but does its jobs well and makes a funky addition to the kitchen.

Oven Gloves – Not currently available

This is one of the most over looked uni item ever! You never think you need oven gloves, but after one too many burn you will love them. I think the black and white flower pattern on them is great, although very girly and not very colorful. They seem  to standup to heat well. Although ours have a few marks on them the patten hides any marks. Overall I think these are great, and a really useful thing to have in the kitchen (we have 2!)

Towel Bale– £10.00

I have to say that if you have a friend who is going away to uni, or possibly moving into their own home, then this would be a great gift. Bundled together with a matching ribbon the different sized towels look really pretty. I chose the Aqua blue because I think the bright color can bring life to even the dreariest uni bathroom. The bale contains two wash clothes (or Flannels, depending what you call them.) two hand towels and two bath towels. This is perfect for uni because you are likely to have friends to stay and you don’t want to share a towel. (also Wash one, use one is big at uni!) The bath towels aren’t huge, but thats because I am used to bath sheets (the huge ones) but they are really nice. The material is not too thick so I don’t feel too weighed down and they are great for you hair! Overall I love this set, they give you everything you need and they are super cheap.

Candle– £3.00 candle

Candles are one of those non-essential things I was talking about in the intro, as well as that they are also something you are most likely not allowed in uni halls. However one of the things I was looking forward to this year was my candle! This candle is a very bright almost christmasy color and smells amazing. It is a Warm Spiced Apple scent, and I really think that its a true description of the smell and MY GOSH! I love the smell! I have to say this came in very useful when I lost light in my bathroom and was great for relaxing me when I my essay was due in.

Mug- £1

As the days have got colder I have been more and more attracted to warm drinks. So I decided I wanted to try out a Matalan mug. I have to say It is a really nice mug. I got it in Purple, (matching the dinner set you can read about next.) I think it is a good size and looks great. For £1 can you really go wrong?

Dining set– £12.00

I always feel like your dining set is one of the biggest thing you need at university. You can live without a lot of kitchen stuff but you will need something to eat off. Unless you plan to eat out every night. This set is a great value, you get 4 large plates, 4 bowls and 4 side plates. This is a great number if you have friends stay over as well as meaning that you don’t have to do the washing up every time you eat. Mine is in purple, matching with my mug and I think it looks really good in my draw as it adds a nice touch of colour.

basketNylon Basket– £5.00

Looking at this basket on the website, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it. However I wanted to try it out to see if it was any good. It feels quiet plastic-y but looks like a wicker woven basket, just in fun colours. This material is great for holding clothes or food as you can wipe down the basket if anything is spilt on it. I have found that this is the best basket for my laundry. It is the perfect size for a load of washing in an average washing machine and the wet clothes doesn’t stain or ruin the fabric, so I can use it to carry wet washing.

Although the items reviewed in this post were sent to me by the company, Matalan, all the opinions expressed in the post are completely my own. Matalan have had no input into what has been said in the review, they have simply provided me with the products to review.

Talk to you soon!

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My handbag survival bag!

My Emergency Bag!

Since I have my new handbag, which I wrote about in my last post, I have decided to become more organized. You will see a pattern in my blogs coming up!

So I have created a small Survival kit that I carry around in my handbag and I thought I would share it with you.

inside the bag.

The first product I have in my kit is an Impulse spray in ‘Temptation’. This is a spray one of my friends brought for me a while back and I don’t normally see the point of a body spray. I use deodorant and perfume normally but I thought it would be a great if it’s a hot day or I have been rushing around and I need a quick refresh.

Impulse temptation.

I also have Vaseline in Rosy Lips. I quiet often find I have dried lips so this just helps to keep them soft. Vaseline is also one of those useful things to have.

Vaceline Rose Lips

This is a great product for on the go makeup touch-up. It has a relatively large mirror, a cream to powder foundation and a small sponge for application. So, it’s basically it has everything you need, I often use it if my foundation is starting to fade.

My compact

I first discovered rescue remedy while I was on holiday in South Africa and I was amazed that this magical little product made me feel so much better when I was ill. So it is now a must have! You only need a few drops of the liquid either into water or directly down your throat. It really seems to work!

Rescue Remedy.

This perfume was given to me in a box set ages ago. It’s not my favorite scent so at home it doesn’t get used but it is the perfect size for on the go! The more I use it the more I like it.

Sex in the City Perfume.

I have one strip of my tablets. This means that if I end up stopping over at someones house or forget to take  my tablets I have them in my bag.

My tablets

Ibuprofen is my painkiller of choice to use and it always comes in useful.

So what would you carry in your emergency bag?

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Review: The Sanctuary Salt Scrub

The packaging

So I decided that I would start of the health and beauty section of this blog by talking to you about a product that I have just used and to be honest loved.

I am by no means a regular salt scrub user, I have used shop brought products as well as made my own but I don’t do it every week. However after cleaning like  mad to move my boyfriend and I out of the halls we have been living in this year I felt like I deserved a little bit of a pamper so I hopped in the bath and grabbed The Sanctuary Salt Scrub.

The Sanctuary claims that the salt scrub is to relax and indulge in the bath. “Exfoliate your skin with Dead Sea Salts, whilst moisturising with sweet almond and evening primrose oil.”

As you can see from the picture above the packaging is a really simple sachet that you just tear at the top. The product itself is, as you would expect the product  looks like chunks of sea salt however as soon as you touch the product you can feel the oil that is also in the product. I feel like I should mention this isn’t a horrible slimy oil feeling, more an intensely moisturizing feel.

The leftover Salt

The packet suggests getting into the bath and massage the scrub into your body in circular motions. Then you should lay back and allow the bath water to wash off the scrub. The one problem I found with this was that you do have to stand up in the bath to get all the areas I wanted to,  i.e. top of your leg. However feeling it wash away and the oil in the bath was very luxurious. The smell is also amazing, it has an aromatherapy quality to it I think which is obviously relaxing in the bath.

Packaging when I had used it

I was a little skeptical about the idea that this would actually moisturize my skin. It pretty much washes right off when I was in the bath so how can that actually moisturize? If I did that with regular moisturiser it wouldn’t be any use but this really does feel amazing once I got out of the bath I really felt like I had just bathed in moisturizer.

When I’m at University I obviously can’t have a bath, you can barely sit down in my bathroom so since I have been back I think I have been making up for them. So bathe while you can!