Love Island’s Olivia Buckland and Alex Bowen talk bad habits and wedding dates

The one couple who always stand out at events is Alex Bowen and Olivia Buckland. With continuous hand holding and looks of admiration, it is evident the couple are still completely loved up eight months on from the end of Love Island 2016… 

How have things been since you starting living together?

Alex: Obviously when we were in the show together we were basically living together so it was weird for us to be apart. When we came out, we wanted to move in together straight away and we just clicked. Now we live together it’s just perfect.

Olivia: We tried to not be together, I think we tried two days apart and we just couldn’t do it. We are the soppiest people you will ever meet. I think for us, because of the situation we were in, it’s made it easier because we’re used to being around each other and used to having each other there. If I didn’t have him there I wouldn’t be who I was.

Alex: To go on a show when you’re with each other 24 hours a day with no phone, no time apart and being away from everyone, when you come off it’s weird not to be with the person you’re in love with.

What is your most common argument? 

Olivia: I tell you something specific, some exclusive information; I cook dinner because Alex can’t cook, so if I cook I expect him to clean – what he’ll do is clean half the kitchen. You’ll go in there and there will be a garlic crusher and spoon in there that he hasn’t even seen. That is what he does!

However, despite being bad at clearing up, apparently Mr Bowen is good in every other aspect.

Alex: You’ve thrown me under the bus now! But, say if we are watching a film or something and the window sill is by the sofa, she’ll be having a drink of milk (I know it’s weird but she loves milk) and put the glass on the side. When I’m washing up, she’ll leave it on the window sill and leave it there for a day. It’s gonna stink!

(Olivia claims she is waiting for Alex to tidy up).

After moving in together, most commonly, the next step for couples is to get a pet to create a sense of having a family. Olivia and Alex now own a gorgeous French Bulldog named Reggie, as many followers of theirs will know as they understandably post videos and photos of his adorable face frequently.

Our beautiful fur baby is getting big! @ab_bowen @manlikereggie 🐶

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How did it feel getting Reggie? 

Alex: Honestly it’s like having a child. Say if we’re having a cuddle and a kiss, he’ll go mad because he wants to be involved.

Olivia: To say I kiss Alex, he’ll bark at me and I’ll be like, “What the hell? Calm down, I’m trying to kiss your f*cking Dad here!”.

Love Island is set for a third series with Caroline Flack presenting again after last year’s series won a National Television Award. Sadly the cast and the start date for this year has not been confirmed yet.

What relationship advice would you give to this years’ contestants? 

Alex: With the people on the show, you don’t know who’s going to click with who so they might pick the wrong person. If you pick the right person then it’s just meant to be – that’s all the advice you can give.

Olivia: Trust your heart, trust yourself, be yourself and just try not to get caught up in the game because it is a big, big game and they will try to pull you in to it.

After whirlwind relationship and a romantic proposal in New York last December, everyone’s wondering when it will be – the couple will be Love Island’s first wedding.

She said yes 💗🗽 @oliviadbuck

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When the hell is the wedding?!

Olivia: Well! When is it Alex?! We’re trying to organise – we’re the worst organisational people. We’re late to everything, we’ll be late to our own wedding!

Alex: What it is, obviously we were late to the thing tonight [Britain’s Next Top Model launch party] so I think we’d f*ck it up a little. I think it’s just nice to be engaged for a little while, do you know what I mean?

We tried to not be together, I think we tried two days apart and we just couldn’t do it.

Overall, it’s safe to say one of Britain’s favourite couples are still going strong and don’t seem to be showing any cracks (other than Alex’s bad clearing up and Olivia’s milk drinking habits). Unfortunately there are no wedding dates currently on the cards but it is obvious that the couple are a match made in heaven.

 

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Why Social Media’s Brainwashing Us

At the age of 20, I find it truly surreal how badly peoples lives revolve around social media – the main culprits being Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram. We are living in a time where it is the norm to document every single movement we make, letting the world know where we are and what we’re doing. Also, I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels 99.9% of what people are posting is complete and utter bullshit.

Instagram is the bane of my life. I will often look down the posts of people I follow and wonder how in God’s name there are 13-year-olds gaining over 200 likes on the photos when I’ll scrape 30 on a good day (I’m not jealous… honest). Instagram didn’t become popular until I was about 15 or 16, but these 13-year-olds in their crop tops, Topshop ‘Joni‘ jeans and Adidas superstars have had these social media platforms since primary school.

Then there’s the photoshoppers. For the love of God if you’re that desperate for likes you feel the need to photoshop your pictures then you need to seriously re-evulate your life. It’s extremely sad we live in a society where people think it’s necessary to photoshop themselves for their Instagram followers to think they’re a bit slimmer that they are or have perfectly airbrushed skin – which FYI doesn’t actually look realistic. I’ll hold my hands up to admitting I’m all for some good lighting and angling but photoshopping is excessive. It’s sad girls aren’t confident enough in their own skin to just put a nice, genuine picture up of themselves. Is it just me that would be truly mortified to meet a new person and have them discover how completely different you look in life to the way you look on Instagram?

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Want to know another thing that’s sad? That people live their lives for Instagram –  I’d bet some people only go travelling for the Instagram opportunities. It’s almost like a virtual reality that it’s a true representation of your life or the person you are. Serial instagrammers are more interested in taking a picture of the food they’ve got instead of actually eating it and they’re more interested in taking a picture of where they are than actually enjoying the experience. Yawn.

Over to Snapchat. Bloody snapchat. It’s like people feel they have to snapchat their nights out to prove themselves. We get it, you went to a club, congratulations. Instead of wasting your time (and battery for that matter) snapchatting every song played or the “fun” you’re having, appreciate the moment you are in and the people there with you for god sake! Pet peeve alert: this filter is not a true representation of how you look! No one honestly has that slimmer face and eyes that big. This filter it totally cheating at life (as demonstrated by actress, Anna Kendrick):

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Moving over to the bullshit-fest that is Facebook. Facebook is full of fake friendships and crappy relationships. The only reason I still have Facebook is to assist me with my journalism and for the highly entertaining memes (sorry to my friends that I tag in 7 a day). Why frequently post about you’re undying love for your boyfriend or girlfriend? What are you trying to prove? That you’re actual crappy relationship is all fine and dandy when it’s really on the rocks? Do yourself a favour and spend time working on your relationship instead of wasting time trying to justify it to the people of Facebook.

We’ve become transfixed with focusing on how we present ourselves on social media; whether than be slimmer, or happier than we genuinely are. People have become alienated into believing that social media is the be-all and end-all of their lives and without it they’re nothing. You do not need to look like society wants you to and you don’t need to act that way either. If you go to McDonald’s for a date instead of the Alchemist, who gives a damn. If you go caravanning on holiday instead of a cruise, again, who gives a damn. I saddens me that society has come to a point where people can only feel secure in themselves and the way they look by conveying a false persona.

If you feel the same way as I do, unfollow the people that aggravate you and take a day off from social media. Trust me, you’ll feel a weight lifted off your shoulders.

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Films to Look Out for in 2017

2016 had some whopping films over the course if it’s 12 months; from the long awaited Batman Vs. Superman to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The question is, will 2017 consist of movies remembered for years to come? Here are the films everyone’s talking about for 2017.

 

  1. Manchester by the Sea 

After the death of his brother, Lee Chandler [played by the outstanding Casey Affleck] finds out he’s been put down to be the guardian of his nephew Patrick Chandler [played by film newcomer Lucas Hedges]. Lee struggles to come to terms with having to be his nephew’s guardian after living a quiet and reserved life in Quincy, Massachusetts. Many reviewers have described this film as a ‘masterpiece’ so expect big things for actors Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and Lee Hedges. In cinemas 13th January. 

2. Live by Night

This film was not only written, directed and co-produced by Ben Affleck but also stars him as the lead role. The crime drama film has an all star cast with actors such as Sienna Miller and Elle Fanning. Set in the 1920’s/1930’s, the film follows Joe Coughlin [Ben Affleck] who is the youngest son of a Boston police captain. Joe moves to Florida to become a bootlegger, followed by a rum-runner, to then end up becoming a notorious gangster. This riveting film is action packed and will leave you on the edge of your seat whilst you follow Joe’s progress up the organised crime ladder. In cinemas 13th January.

3.  Split 

This psychological horror film entails the kidnapping of three teenage girls in broad daylight by Kevin [played by James McAvoy]. Kevin locks the three girls in a windowless room and goes on to baffle and scare them by acting and dressing in different ways. Later on the girls come to realise Kevin has dissociative identity disorder with several main characters, each of which has dangerous thoughts towards his captives. It’s up to the girls to work out which personality they can persuade to let them free. In cinemas 20th January. 

 

4. Fifty Shades Darker

After the Fifty Shades of Grey film made a massive $571, 006, 128, there’s a lot riding on it’s sequel, Fifty Shades Darker. The sequel follows Anastasia’s attempt at moving on from Christian Grey, but Christian manages to persuade to her to come back under her new rules. During their reconciliation Christian’s past comes back to haunt them putting their new “vanilla” relationship to the test. In cinemas 10th February. 

5. Beauty and the Beast

A long awaited Disney live-action remake of the 1991 animation starring Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as ‘the Beast’, and Luke Evans as Gaston. The new film sticks to the original story line of Belle taking her Father’s place as prisoner in the Beast’s castle and ends up befriending the enchanted staff during her stay. In addition to this, the Beast and Belle end up growing fond of each other when Belle learns to look past his harsh exterior. This is much to Gaston’s dislike who wants Belle all to himself, despite her frequent dismissals. If you haven’t already seen the original, go watch how this unlikely love turns out. In cinemas 17th March.

6. Life

The International Space Station sends out a six man crew [including actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson] to study possible proof of life on Mars. The sample they find contains a certain organism proving there is life beyond earth but the new found life form turns out to be a lot more intelligent than they expected… In cinemas 24th March.

7. The Boss Baby

This amusing DreamWorks animation is about 7-year-old Tim who is jealous of his suited and booted, briefcase-carrying, coffee drinking baby brother. ‘Boss Baby’ has been sent by Baby Corp. to investigate Puppy Co. as they believe parents are giving more affection to puppies than babies and that there’s an imbalance of love distribution worldwide. ‘Boss Baby’ is hilariously voiced by Alec Baldwin. In cinemas 31st March. 

8. Despicable Me 3 

The third instalment to the Despicable Me franchise is about Gru’s new rival Balthazar Bratt, a former child star from the 80’s who still wears shoulder pads and flexes a mullet haircut. Bratt aims to achieve world domination to get back at everyone who mocked him during his teen years after his career plummeted. Also, Gru [voiced by Steve Carell] meets his “likeable” identical twin brother, Drew  [voiced by Steve Carell as well]. In cinemas 30th June. 

9. Dunkirk 

This film is based on the Second World War when British, Canadian, French and Belgian troops were surrounded by the German army on Dunkirk’s beaches. Dunkirk follows the evacuation process of the troops after the massacre took place killing approximately 20,000. The film stars Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and One Direction‘s Harry Styles. In cinemas 21st July.

10. Justice League 

Wonder Woman and Batman met in the film Batman Vs. Superman and have thought up the ultimate team of ‘metahumans’ inspired by Superman sacrificing his life for humankind. The team includes Batman and Wonder Woman themselves, ‘The Flash’, Aquaman, Cyborg and the newly resurrected Superman – their aim is to fight off Steppenwolf and his army of ‘parademons’. The cast includes: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller. In cinemas 17th November. 

 

Other films to keep an eye out for is King Arthur:Legend of the Sword, (starring Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law), Wonder Woman, the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean and World War Z 2. Watch this space!

How to Help Anxious Friends

In the year 2013, there were 8.2 million mental heath cases in the UK alone. One of the 8.2 million was probably a friend of yours – they may have openly told you about it, or you may have put two and two together yourself. Helping someone with anxiety can be hard if you have no experience in doing so, so here are some tips on showing that you’re there for them. 

 

Firstly, try to understand what “anxiety” actually is. Do your research and try to understand what your mate is going through! Every human being will come across a feeling of ‘anxiety’ in their lifetime, but someone who suffers the mental disorder of anxiety has an abnormally anxious response to some day to day situations which most people would find just fine.

AnixetyUK define an anxiety disorder as the following: “Anxiety is a normal response to stress or danger and is often called the ‘flight or fight’ response. This process involves adrenalin being quickly pumped through the body enabling it to cope with whatever catastrophe may come its way. The problems arise when this response is out of proportion to the actual danger of the situation, or indeed is generated when there is no danger present.” 

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Secondly, check up on them. A simple text will mean a hell of a lot to them. Knowing you’ve got a friend there if you’re needing to talk is a great feeling as mental illness can cause a large sense of loneliness. Many people with a mental illness are reluctant to bother friends and family with their issues to prevent coming across as a burden, so if you text or call them first they won’t feel that way. Even if they don’t want to talk about anything, it’s nice to know someone is there and thinking of you.

As Charlie from Perks of Being a Wallflower says, “I’m both happy and sad at the same time and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”

Thirdly, still ask them out with you. Unfortunately, people with anxiety often don’t want to go out much, but the invite still means a lot. Even though you’re 90% sure they’ll decline, by still asking them it makes them feel wanted. Also, anxious people may need a bit more persuasion to go out – try to gently encourage them to come out with you if you know it is something they’ll probably enjoy, without pressuring them into it.

Fourthly, expect mood swings. Sometimes your friend will be on Cloud 9, other times they’ll be unbelievably sad and often they won’t actually know why. As Charlie says in Perks of Being a Wallflower, “I’m both happy and sad at the same time and I’m trying to figure out how that can be.”  There will be times when your anxiety-filled friend will just want to be off grid for a bit, other times they’ll be happy to come and socialise.

Fifthly, don’t ask obvious questions or say obvious comments. Some things can really sting for an anxious person. In my opinion, the worst ones are “What do you have to be anxious about?” – well this is the issue isn’t it, it wouldn’t be an anxiety disorder if I was anxious about normal things. Also, “Just be happy!” – if it was that bloody easy I would be but unfortunately my brain and thoughts aren’t currently letting me.

Lastly, try to be non-judgemental. As the video above shows, those ‘dramatic’ feelings they get are genuine. Anxiety can cause you to drown in your thoughts making the anxiety swallow you up. This is why people are reluctant to speak to people about how they’re feeling because they think people will think they’re being overdramatic – the more empathetic and approachable you are to your friend, the more likely they are to talk to you.

Overall, anxious people are sensitive beings and need a little extra looking after compared to some of your other friends. As well as the negative aspects of it, there are positives to being friends with an anxious person; they’re extremely thoughtful and very empathetic meaning they are great listeners. To distract them from their own anxieties, they like to help others. It’s not all that bad being friends with a nervous Nelly.

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“What’s More Important, Your Boobs or Your Life?”

Similar to Angelina Jolie, Grace Marshall and Lydia Hughes may have inherited the BRCA gene meaning they too need to consider major surgeries in the future…

Grace, a 21-year-old civil servant, and Lydia, a 20-year-old Lancaster university student, may have the BRCA2 gene meaning they have a lifetime cancer risk of 70%. Most women have a 12.5% lifetime risk.

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Women with the BRCA2 gene need to consider major preventative surgery like mastectomies and hysterectomies which is a difficult decision to make, especially at the age of 20 and 21.

The BRCA gene (types one and two) are a genetic mutation that increases a person’s chance of developing breast and ovarian cancer in women, and breast and prostate cancer in men. The gene itself does not cause the cancer to occur; the BRCA mutation impairs the cell’s ability to repair DNA damage making it easier for a cell to become cancerous.

Grace’s mother and Lydia’s auntie, Diane, was diagnosed with cancer in 2001.  After a family history of breast cancer she was tested to see if she had the gene. Unfortunately, Diane did have the BRCA2 mutation, and soon after finding out, two of her three sisters found they had the gene too. This lead to their double mastectomies and hysterectomies.

Most young women are thinking about planning what holiday to go on next year, or what festival to go to, but that is different for girls like Lydia and Grace. They will soon have to decide when to take these genetic tests to find out if they have inherited this gene; and from that plan when and if to have preventive surgeries.

“When I was 18 my Mum didn’t want me to find out and I wasn’t bothered either way,” Grace said. “Now Mum’s like, ‘I think you’re mature enough to know’. At the end of the day, it is my choice.”

Lydia said, “I’m not going to have it now, so I’m not going to know. Because I’m not having it now I’m just going to continue as normal until I do have it. I feel like I know that these decisions are coming up but I don’t have to think about that until I have the test. It’s like it will become real if I do have it.”

Lydia currently plans on having the test in her late 20’s, whilst Grace said the only reason she has not had it yet was because she’s been busy, not because she is wanting to hold it off.

Lydia explained her reasoning for wanting to hold off  on having the test, “If i found out now then I have to make these decisions now, and I don’t want to because I’m 19 [at the time of the interview], living at uni, and just… that’s not what I want to think about.”

Despite the big decisions after having the genetic testing, Grace said nothing would stop her having the test done, “ I see my auntie Colette and Claire, they’ve had the gene and they’re fine, and I see my Mum who got the actual cancer and well… she’s not fine, but she’s lived for over ten years. If I do get it there are things to stop it, and if it is terminal, you can still live quite a lengthy life with it.”

Lydia also had quite an optimistic view on her chances of having the BRCA2 gene, “It doesn’t bother me because I knew my Mum (Colette) and auntie Claire had the gene and I know that there’s options so I can just have preventative surgery giving me the same chance as everyone else.”

People who have the BRCA2 gene have a 50/50 chance of passing it on to their children. When Lydia was asked if it would stop her having children she said, “No because I know how we have been growing up knowing this and I know that we have all been fine with it. I know by the time that we have kids, my Mum’s been telling me they’re finding new ways to treat it and flip the gene so it’s not mutated anymore, so by the time I have kids this might have come into fruition.”

However Grace had different thoughts, “If I did have it (the gene), I’d never have a child without making sure that the child wasn’t going to get it because I don’t want to pass it on anymore.”

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Finding out you may inherit a gene like the BRCA2 and deciding to have genetic testing to find out can be stressful for any young adult, and not everyone will have the same family support and positive outlook as Grace and Lydia’s.

From one young adult in this situation to another, Grace said, “I think if you are stressing about it you should find out. If it’s something that plays on your mind every day, then you need to know. Think about how many people have it, and how many people live with it, I don’t think it should be a thing that is hidden away from. There should be more of casual look on it. Sometimes it’s like the C bomb isn’t it?”

Lydia said, “Even though you do have a gene that puts you at a higher risk, it’s a blessing in disguise because then it opens the doors to so much more help. You’d get offered so many things, like counselling, and more screenings more regularly. We might have a higher chance of getting  cancer, but we have a higher chance of it being found early and treated properly.”

If you are struggling with finding out the results of your test, contemplating having the test done or you’re simply just wanting to know more about genetic mutations, go online to www.cancerresearchuk.org or go speak to your local GP.

The Darker Side to Student Life

People like to think of university as all fun and games, but when it comes down to reality, it’s not. Yes, we might get money given to us for three (or four) years, but it’s usually hardly enough to cover our rent. Yes, we might be able to sleep in until noon sometimes, but that’s because we were working on essays until 1AM the night before. 

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Students end up facing several new things when moving to univeristy – you become completely indepedent when just a few months ago you had zero to worry about.

Problem number 1Money

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In my first year of university I received a scholarship off the university for my A-Level grades that went straight into my pocket which massively helped me. Second year, I don’t receive a scholarship and I feel like I may need to sell a limb to get by this year.

An earlier study showed that financial stress was the most significant factor in triggering depression at university. The current financial stresses on students are significantly greater than they were at the time of the study! – studentsagainstdepression.org

Student loans are CRAP. Students who’s parents do not earn a lot get higher loans than student who’s parents earn more – the government do not take into account that just because a student’s parents aren’t badly off, does not mean they will fund their way through university. Students who get a bigger loan, are likely to have a bigger overdraft to dip into too. If you don’t end up in debt with your bank, you’ll end up in debt with your parents!

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Where students look to find extra money –  Source: savethestudent.org

Savethestudent.org conducted a survey that found that 78% of students that took part think student finance is unfair and that 80% worry about financially making ends meet, which effects their diet and grades. Students who struggle to get a job during university will turn to some extreme measures to earn some quick cash. One student on savethestudent.org said “I ate an entire flower for £20” … maybe stick to the normal jobs available guys.

Need help on budgeting? Click here for some advice!

Problem number 2 – Moving away from home

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Whether you’re an hour away, or a country away, the move is hard. One minute you have your mum cooking up a delicious roast dinner, next think you know you’re at uni and realizing you haven’t changed  your bed sheets in 5 weeks (oops).

People struggle with different aspects of the move; whether it’s taking responsibility for yourself and having to do adult things like food shopping and washing  up, or if it’s because all your close mates are dotted around different parts of the country.

It is well known that any such transition or change, however positive, entails a certain amount of stress. Indeed, for some students – especially international students – these changes can add up to what is known as ‘culture shock’. – studentsagainstdepression.org

Problem number 3 – Balancing everything

 

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If Ethan Hunt thinks he’s done mission impossible, then he obviously didn’t go to university. Trying to balance several different aspects of university is extremely difficult.

From trying to have a social life, but not getting behind on uni work to attending lectures but finding time to go food shopping or hit the gym, to wanting to go explore exciting things of the new city you’re living in to not spending outside of your means. It’s EXHASUSTING!

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 Problem 4 – Stress

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Stress is a very common things in university students; the University of Reading says there has been a 20% year-on-year increase in students wanting help from counsellors. Also, a nationally representative study of 1000 students found that 75% of them had suffered with some form of emotional distress whilst at university.

It’s easy to get stressed at university, whether it’s due to money or your work load, but it’s important to take care of yourself as too much stress can make you unwell and could effect your grades and lifestyle.

Particular stress points occur at the beginnings and ends of academic years, especially at the start and towards the end of the academic year. These times of increased stress can represent a tipping point when coping resources can become overwhelmed – a recent study found that student suicides more commonly occur at these times.  – studentsagainstdepression.org

Wanting to understand more about stress? Click here where you can take a test  to see how stressed you are, read about symptoms of  stress and advice on how to beat  it.

 

OK, so university isn’t all doom and gloom, but it’s important to understand the negative aspects of it too. As stressful as it can be, you’ll make new friends, you’ll create new memories and a large percentage of people I know who went to university describes it as “the best years of their lives”.

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Try make life easier for yourself by not doing an essay last minute, socialising a little more if you’re lonely, seeking consounselling if you’re stressed and/or depressed and finding money saving techniques to be able to afford experiencing the city you’re living in.

Enjoy the good times, and seek help if the bad times get too much! 

What I Thought of Bridget Jones’s Baby

Fifteen long years after the release of Bridget Jones’ Diary, Bridget Jones’s Baby is as hilariously fantastic as the previous films. From the array of cackles, hoots and guffaws I heard from the fully booked, estrogen filled cinema, I’d argue the majority of people agree with my high opinion of the film.  

The character, Bridget Jones, is known for representing every British women one way or another – which is why we love her. Whether it’s her on off relationship with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, her frequent social awkwardness or her lack of festival experience (wearing white jeans and kitten heels to a mud filled field is never a great idea), we can all relate in some way. I found my love of Bridget Jones doubled after watching Bridget Jones’s Baby and here’s why… 

Firstly, it’s f*cking hilarious (just “hilarious” doesn’t give it justice). From interrogating Jack Quant [Patrick Dempsey] about his love life live on telly, to attempting to pronounce an Indian chap’s rather long and unique name in front of Mark Darcy. My utter favorite line of the film was: “Glamping isn’t any better than camping just because you’ve added ‘gl’ in front of it, just like Gladolf Hitler would be no better.” Comedy genius.

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Secondly, it’s a ‘feel good’ film. Our beloved spinster finally gets a happy ending, and the journey there is really quite heart warming – silver fox Patrick Dempsey will definitely pull at your heartstrings. Jones goes from spending her 43rd birthday alone in her flat, to having two men fighting over her and a bun in the oven. Happy days!

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Lastly, the over all story line is great. Only Bridget Jones would get herself in the position of being knocked up and not know who the father is. Also it’s a different story line – Jones is going through a geriatric pregnancy, meaning pregnant women over 35 years old, that she is frequently reminded of (much to her dislike). It’s refreshing to watch a film about a middle aged women going through this process, as well as being [finally] successful in her career and possibly planning on being a single mother. Go Bridget.

This is what others thought of the film:  

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In celebration of the third Bridget Jones film, here’s some of the best quotes from the books and films to round off on:

  1. “Can I officially confirm that the way to a man’s heart these days is not through beauty, food, sex, or alluringness of character, but merely the ability to seem not very interested in him.”
  2. [Daniel Cleaver] “I spent the night with a gorgeous Thai girl who turned out to be a gorgeous Thai boy!”
  3. “Alcohol units: 5. Drowning sorrows. Cigarettes: 23. Fumigating sorrows. Calories: 3,856. Smothering sorrows in a fat duvet.”
  4. “I keep telling you nobody wants legs like a stick insect. They want a bottom they can park a bike in and balance a pint of beer on.”
  5.  “It is a truth universally acknowledged that when one part of your life starts going okay, another falls spectacularly to pieces.”
  6. [Mark Darcy] “Bridget, will you stop? Stop staring at me while I’m asleep. Now, find something to do.”
  7. “What is it about mothers and the phone which, immediately you say you have to go, makes them think of nineteen completely irrelevant things they have to tell you that minute?”
  8. “Oh, God, I’m so lonely. An entire weekend stretching ahead with no one to love or have fun with. Anyway, I don’t care. I’ve got a lovely steamed ginger pudding from M&S to put in the microwave.”
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Sources: telegraph.co.uk, imbd.com, goodreads.com

Ten Things You Probably Didn’t Know About GBBO

It’s the end of summer and that means one thing only, the Great British Bake Off is back! From bread to biscuits, from cakes to pies; the baking competetion wins over the hearts of British viewers every year as we watch the contestants create fabulous bakes… and not so fabulous bakes.

Over these next few weeks, Mary Berry will become our surrogate grandmother, Paul Hollywood our ever-critical uncle and the contestants our long lost baking brothers and sisters. To celebrate GBBO’s 7th series, here’s a few facts you probably didn’t know:

  1. GBBO first premiered 17th August 2010, with an average of 2.77 million UK viewers whilst last years GBBO had 12.50 million UK viewers.

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  2. Series 1 was filmed at Fulham Palace, Series 2 at Valentines Mansion, Series 3 & 4 in Harptree Court and Series 5 to 7 in Welford Park.
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  3. In the 5th series, a number of viewers complained about the volume of innuendos used by presenters, Mel and Sue.

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  4. Over the 7 series, GBBO has won three BAFTAs, two National Television Awards and a Rose d’Or lifestyle award.

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  5.  This year, over 12,000 people applied to be a GBBO contestant. 300-400 applicants make it to the first audition, and only 50-60 people get to the second audition. The applicants to the show are assessed by a researcher, followed by an audition in London with two of their bakes. They then undergo a screen test and an interview with a producer. The second audition involves the applicants baking two recipes for judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood in front of the cameras.

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  6. The reason the contestants wear the same clothes all weekend, despite the programme being filmed over two days, is for continuity purposes; not just because they only own that one outfit.

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  7. You’ll be pleased to know the bakes don’t just go in the bin! Chief home economist Faenia Moore of GBBO said: “It all gets eaten, but in a controlled way. It’s important for the bakers to eat what they’ve slaved over, so after each challenge I make up a ‘baker’s basket’ to go to their lunchroom. Then any leftovers go to the crew lunch.”

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  8. Apparently, Paul has a strict ‘no cake ban’ in his day to day life, and only eats it when judging on GBBO.

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  9. There are international versions of GBBO such as The Great Australian Bake Off, Bake Off Brazil and The Great South African Bake Off. 

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  10. The filming takes up to 16 hours a day over the two days of baking!

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Well there you have it – there’s more than meets the eye to one of the UK’s most popular television shows.

Let’s hope difficult bread week goes well for the contestants next week!

Sources: wikipedia, bbcgoodgood.com & mentalfloss.com

Naked Selfies: Confidence Conveying or Just Overly Revealing?

We all know some celebrities love a good naked selfie (or nearly naked selfie), but the question is what is their motive behind such revealing pictures? To convey how confident they feel in their own skin, or to just be some eye candy for their millions and thousands of followers? Are these pictures really setting a good example for young women?

Culprit number 1: Kim Kardashian West

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Mrs Kardashian West is known for her raunchy photos. We all agree her figure is pretty phenomenal, but should a mum and wife really be revealing so much to so many people? (touche to her however for getting back in shape after two kids).

One Facebooker commented on Kim’s naked selfie saying: “If I would look like this I would not only photograph myself naked, I would run around with nothing on all day! Haters should shut the F up. Really. You wish you looked like that,” whilst the next comment is, “Lol kim just can’t stop hoein” – so it’s safe to say there’s quite a divide in opinions on the matter.

Kim’s photo captions range. The naked professionally taken photo captions “#liberated”, showing her confidence, whilst the naked blonde bombshell photo captions, “When you’re like I have nothing to wear LOL”, arguably trying to cause controversy and gain attention.

The positive outcome of Kim’s photos is embracing more curvaceous bodies… other than that, it’s slightly too ‘X rated’ for me. Discretion has never been her strong point.

When asking my twitter followers on the topic of naked selfies, many felt people do it to be eye candy and come across sexy, rather than liberate women to be confident.

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Culprit number 2: Miley Cyrus 

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In recent years, it seems Miss Cyrus has forgotten what bra is. The once child star has removed the Hannah Montana wig… along with the majority everything else. It’s likely the Wrecking-ball singer, who once had to be a role model to kids, is simply rebelling now  she’s no longer a Disney actress.

From fake boob leotards on stage, to stark naked wrecking-balling, Miley’s rarely seen in a normal pair of jeans and a t-shirt. Cyrus is known for promoting “freedom” and so on, but maybe just a little too much of Miley’s flesh has been freed.

If you’re planning to rebel any time soon, I don’t recommend you follow Miley’s example unless you want to give your parents a heart attack – maybe just “running away” and sitting on your street corner for half an hour would be more appropriate.

I asked girls similar to my own age how they felt about so much nudity on social media & what example it sets for young women:

“I don’t think it sets a good example for young girls. Kim K and Kylie get more attention for putting naked selfies on social media & they know they get attention from doing it. They should promote themselves in a more productive ways, showing girls a positive way of getting attention.” Olivia McKell, 21

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“I think it shows more confidence to be honest, especially when it’s Kim who is rather curvy showing girls it’s okay to have boobs and a big bum rather than be a stick. When I saw Kim’s naked selfie, I just thought ‘Jesus she’s got some balls’.” Chloe Kendrick, 19

“It can go both ways. If things are sleezy and for men, then it’s eye candy, but then I could argue if men have the right to be topless then why can’t women? If they’re confident enough to show themselves off then I think it’s empowering because  it’s giving everyone the right to be confident in themselves.” Abbie Saul, 20

“I think it’s sometimes putting too much pressure on girls these days to want to have that  ‘perfect’ body, when the truth is celebs have probably spent a fortune on themselves to look like that, or by photoshopping pictures. Kudos to the celebs who work hard for it though.” Marie Bibat, 20 

“I feel like there are some things you should keep for yourself and your partner. I couldn’t stand having my naked butt all over the internet. Keep it a bit of mistery, you know?” Ana Iliescu, 20

 

I’m all for promoting being  confident in your own skin, it’s extremely important to be! However, some of these naked pictures (by other celebrities as well as Kardashian West and Cyrus), add to the pressure young girls face of having to be ‘sexy’. Don’t feel pressured into being someone you’re not, and showing things you don’t want to. You can show confidence with your clothes on, just ask constant clothes wearer, Beyoncé .

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