Wednesday, 30 November 2011

WHY PIGS CAN FLY...


WHY CAN’T PIGS FLY?

Pretty obvious really, it’s simply a question of wings! Let’s consider for a second; a pig is not really that different in shape to a bumble bee is it? Slightly heavier maybe but the real difference is that a bumble bee has wings & can fly despite the fact that it’s a technical impossibility. At this point we will step away from pigs, bumble bees and especially technicalities.

The beauty of this is that we are entrenched in certain modes of thinking and when these are twisted around by clever people all our pre-conceived ideas are challenged. In cartoons pigs can fly; FACT. The reason for this is that our imaginations are pretty much limitless whereas the physical world is full of boundaries both real & imagined.

In some instances with pure grit and determination some of us mere mortals are able to achieve beyond other people’s greatest expectations. An outstanding example of this is James Dyson who had the idea to produce a bag-less vacuum cleaner. How mad that must have sounded to people at the time, although the main point was to produce a vacuum cleaner that retained greater suction beyond the limits of a full bag. Of course this was not James Dyson’s first invention which was a ‘Sea Truck’ and he had used a ball for his ‘Ballbarrow,’ a wheel barrow that had the wheel replaced by a ball to increase ease of mobility. Its success brought Dyson into the public’s awareness.

Even with a brilliant new product Dyson had to face a huge challenge to launch his revolutionary invention. The British marketing powers that be were not having Dyson's vacuum because it was economic suicide in the world of dust bags. So, Dyson had to find an alternative method to sell his unique product & his pig eventually started to fly when the new vacuum was distributed to Japan via catalogue sales winning James Dyson the international Design Fair Prize in Japan, 1991. 'Fly' isn’t quite correct because the UK market continued to ban the manufacture of the ‘Dyson’ leaving only one alternative; James Dyson had to set up his own manufacturing company to get his product into British homes.

What we are looking at here is making the dream become a reality which is different from chasing a dream. James Dyson was determined to succeed so it was always a question of ‘when’ not ‘if.’ His product was originally called the ‘G-Force’ however has been re-named the ‘Dyson’ which is a tribute to his monumental achievement and proof that failure was not an option.

The major lesson we learn from this is that if you want your pig to fly, one day it will. How you decide to attach those wings is entirely up to you but ultimately it can be done! James Dyson is Braap... he is a living example of our slogan, so go ahead... ‘Be Braap Be PC!’ ~POSITIVE & CREATIVE~

Jaz McKenzie

Monday, 28 November 2011

Unique Poems by Chaynnell Rue


Chaynnell Rue performing live at 'Z-Lounge.'

Chaynnell is from Pennsylvania & recently performed at the Rex Theater, Pittsburgh


LOVE

Love is a subject I really don't share
even though my heart is real big and very dear
a smile a day can kill any mood and change ur ways
Love is like a smile that u show the world day to day
how can that be replaced?????
Love is the same game
broke poor, just making it just and wanting to hit the floor
there is that love and a smile that opens the door
so refreshing something u can't by pass
just straight to the door
So sending a smile is love
start smiling and looking around
Love can be anywhere around.(Freestlye).~ChayButta~G.M.E>


Chaynnell writes as she finds life, very directly, tending to give her poems one word titles. This has translated into a style that people easily connect with. Here is Chaynnell's favourite poem 'FEELINGS' & a little about herself.

I have been writing since I was 15yrs old. This would be my fav poem, only cuz feelings really get u in some tight spaces and I need this to remind me everybody changes on how they feel and I dont want to change on feelings but the fact of the matter...my life inspires me to write. my life is adventure and what a great story...I think my poems touch people by letting them know the same thoughts they think, there is other people that feel the same..basic living is what people want to hear about...I like to do a CD and maybe just write a book. My fav subject is Math..I started performing at IUP while taking dance and drama...from the plays I really started performing them cuz people ask me to write a poem for them all the time. I work for a entertainment company G.M.E.and been on stage for awhile.


feelings they come they go
one second i like u then i don’t
those r feelings!
Don’t loose control!!
i would like too say,or maybe i wont!
oka u draged it out
feelings are man made they r not real!
there i said it,i cant get no more real!!!
feelings they go away
thats nothing im proud to say
i want to always have the feel of joy in play
but as we know feelings make u feel that way
feelings get hurt
causing pain on self
that sounds painful in away
feelings create lust
in later days it becomes rust
feelings i would like to say can crash ur a**
so let me leave by saying
ashes to ashes dust to dust watch before those feelings can make ur life rough....


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Sunday, 27 November 2011

Christmas Magic at Fairfield Halls... your kids will love it!!


Details & Flyer with kind permission of the Fairfield Halls.
Croydon has excellent transport links to Central London & other boroughs along with on-site parking so no excuses!!



SANTA CLAUS AND THE CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE
A MAGICAL CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE WITH SONGS, STORIES,
A MEET AND GREET WITH SANTA AND A FREE GIFT!
FEATURING THE VOICES OF LESLEY JOSEPH & IAN TALBOT AND
MAGIC ILLUSIONS CREATED BY PAUL DANIELS
Friday 2nd to Friday 30th December 2011

Do you believe in Santa Claus? Well if you do head down to Fairfield Halls this Christmas for a brand new fun-filled show, SANTA CLAUS AND THE CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE, a magical experience with songs, stories, a meet and greet with Santa and a free gift!

Featuring magic illusions created by the legendary PAUL DANIELS the adventure takes place on Christmas Eve at Santa's Ice Castle in the North Pole. The Reindeer Santa-Nav is programmed and the toys are piled high on the sleigh, then… chaos strikes! The fog is too thick for Santa and his reindeer to fly through. Charlie the Elf suggests that a young reindeer called Rudolph could guide the sleigh with his shiny red nose, but he’s not in his stable and can’t be found anywhere! A huge search of the North Pole takes place. Will Santa ever find Rudolph and deliver the presents to all the boys and girls?

Santa needs your help, and in return the children will get to meet him after the show and even receive a present. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the magic moment your little ones meet Father Christmas for the very first time!

TV and stage star LESLEY JOSEPH will provide the voice of Santa-Nav, the sleigh’s onboard computer and award winning director and actor, IAN TALBOT OBE, will provide the voice of Santa’s playful friend Muffin the bear.

SANTA CLAUS AND THE CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE can be seen from FRIDAY 2ND UNTIL FRIDAY 30TH DECEMBER (performances at 10am, 10.30am, 1pm, 1.30pm, 3pm, 4pm & 6pm on selected days) and promises to be the festive treat you won’t want to miss – come and join the fun and help Santa save the day!

Tickets are available from the Fairfield Halls Box Office 020 8688 9291 or online at www.fairfield.co.uk priced Fri 2 – Sun 4 Dec all tickets £10, Thu 8, Fri 9, Mon 12, Wed 14, Thu 15 & Fri 16 Dec Adults £12.50 & Children £10, all other performances Adults £14.50 & Children £12.50. Family Tickets (2 adults & 2 children) £40 & £49, Groups of 8+ £8. Please check daily performance times online or with the Box Office. No Performances on Mon 5, Tue 6, Wed 7, Tue 13, Mon 19 and Sun 25 Dec. SUITABLE FOR AGES 3 – 7 YEARS.
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For further information please contact: Laura Roberts, Press Officer, Fairfield Halls
Tel: 020 8603 3931 Email: publicity@fairfield.co.uk

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Tale of a Frustrated Creative!! ~ Interview with Styling Consultant Lisa Gillbe


Photo: Lisa Gillbe, Corporate Stylist.

Would you like to tell us a little of your background and why you decided to become a personal stylist?

The reason I went into styling is because I was a frustrated creative! I spent years working in finance and banking including investment banking. I worked with finance in media and enjoyed the creative side of it, eventually coming to the realisation that I am essentially a creative person.

I have always been involved with vintage clothing and used to make my own clothes, curtains and blinds; being obsessed with interiors! I was working at Coutts bank as a member of the charity investment team when I had my first child and found the job too demanding to fit in with the priorities of my new lifestyle. It was clearly time for a change.

How did you go about making such a phenomenal change?

Luck played its hand. Whilst I was expecting my second son I was offered voluntary redundancy. The redundancy payment was generous enabling me to follow my creative interests by doing a course at the London College of Fashion where I studied the principals of styling. I absolutely loved it and knew that I had done the right thing as it fulfilled my passion or more accurately ‘obsession’ for fashion! My friends were very interested in my self styling so I decided to set up professionally. I pursued this by going to an image consultancy business in Holland Park who train corporate image consultants and signed up for a very intensive course. I learnt how to be a colour analyst so that I can tell people what skin tone they are and advise as to which colours they should wear. I followed this with additional training as a style analysist for women which involved learning to match cuts, colours and styles with the different body shapes. My next moves were to find a web designer and design my logo so I could develop my brand. I settled on using my name and based the logo around black, white and gold, featuring lace which is feminine and eye-catching. This proved challenging and it took 3 attempts to find a designer who understood my vision for the brand.


Were you based at home?
No, I was working from an office in Putney where I was able to network and styled 5 people before I really launched. One of these contacts introduced me to a company who train high achieving people, including politicians, in the true art of public speaking. I am now working as their Image Consultant which helps to enhance their service.

Do you have links with hair dressers and make-up artists?
Yes, I have found an excellent make-up artist and am looking for a free-lance hairdresser who understands my vision for the client. Eventually I would like to extend my business and be able to offer a complete bridal service.

How are you finding it setting up a business in the recession?

It is quite difficult in these times to find clients because having a stylist is seen as a luxury. That is why I am trying to make inroads into companies with the possibility of developing group contracts and maybe group sessions. I went to a ‘women in business’ meeting at the Chamber of Commerce which was attended by women such as barristers and lawyers, my target market. They are high flyers who like to look good but often are not interested in fashion or don’t have the time to shop so want somebody to sort it out for them.

How long does it take to re-style someone and can you outline the steps?
 First we do a telephone questionnaire which takes about an hour.
 Secondly I go to their house and undertake the colour and style check... 2 hours.
 Thirdly, the wardrobe re-vamp which is where I bring my rail and put all of the client’s clothes on it, analyze everything and remove all unsuitable clothing.
 Next I plan to utilize what people have and identify gaps in the wardrobe to give them a more functional and usually classic wardrobe
 Now I can create the shopping list
 With the list prepared I go back to the client and also use the comprehensive notes identifying their style and requirements to ensure I am meeting their requirements.
 Finally we go for our personal shopping session of between 2-6 hours.

Can you describe how you go about re-styling someone?

I will go to their house and do a full style, colour and body analysis. I look at their shape, scale, body proportions and then their colouring. I use a series of seasonal coloured drapes to work out their true colouring and usually people resemble one season. Occasionally people resemble two seasons if they have a strong personality, which needs to be taken into account. I look through their wardrobe and establish their tastes, patterns and ‘Ruts’ as many people buy the same thing constantly. I build up a picture and try to get to know the person and what makes them tick as people dress in very different ways. Some people like to look natural with little make up and an easy hairstyle so I would keep them looking natural and not dress them in tight pencil skirts and high heels for instance.

How would you handle somebody who likes to look natural if you have to style them for a red carpet event?

Firstly they have to accept that they need to dress up for such an event and can’t go in their jeans! I would go for a simple, classic outfit and keep the heels to a minimum so that they would feel well dressed and comfortable. I would not put them in an outfit that is screaming for publicity and attention. Usually a classic dresser will have a well organised wardrobe and wear matching things whereas a creative person is more likely to be disorganised and wear unusual combinations. They might border on the eccentric and want to show this, so I dress people in a professional way that reflects their style and personality. Some people who approach me need to raise their game at work whereas others have a specific area they wish to address such as ‘smart casual.’ It is quite varied and complicated, skills needed being ; getting on with people at all levels, understanding how people tick and how to relate to them, understanding their interest and what makes them comfortable and having a passion for fashion. My aim is to dress people in a way that makes them look authentic and not just put them in the latest trends, such as ‘Harem Trousers,’ if they are not comfortable as this makes them into a fashion victim.

Could you give an interesting example pertaining to the wardrobe re-vamp?
I was re-styling a city party girl the other day who used to work in an advertising agency and was extremely glamorous. Since then she had a baby, put on 2 stone, became a garden designer and subsequently shed the extra weight. Her entire life changed within 3 years yet she had held on to her entire wardrobe having beautiful dresses and high heels that bore no relation to her current lifestyle. People tend to hoard so we went through everything giving reasons as to suitability. We worked out what she needed now rather than before and removed the un-necessary items.

Do you experience much resistance from people when you suggest removing their favourite dresses etc?
No surprisingly I don’t. There are things we all hold onto and just need someone who is objective to come in and help sort it out. If you haven’t worn it for 18 months you probably don’t need it and it’s a waste of space. It’s actually therapeutic and once done you can start afresh however you do need time and money to invest in this. I did have a young TV producer as a client, very high up in the BBC, who worked 20 hours a day, 6 days a week. She would just pop into shops and buy something, pop it in the wardrobe but never wear it, so she had about 40% of her clothing still with tags on! We gave a lot of clothes to charity shops but the designer clothes I sold through my boutique. I often sell busy customer’s clothes through my on-line boutique and give them 40%. Wherever possible I try to utilise further the clothes that people already have in their wardrobe. People naturally tend to go for things that suit them so I will try to style these; for example I will say, ’if you buy 2 scarves, 1 belt and a pair of wedgies you will get 6 more outfits from this to make your money go further.’ Ideally I like them to go shopping with me afterwards.

Could you run us through the actual shopping experience?

Yes, recently I had a client who I took to Selfridges. I arrived 2 hours before my client and went in the personal shopping suites on the second floor, collected a rail and went round while the staff collected the items I requested and brought them to the room. Her brief was; 2 new suits for work and an outfit for a business trip. I gathered the suits, put them on the rail and ordered the client a coffee up to the room so by the time she arrived it was all ready. It’s rather like being in a plush hotel. The client tried on the clothes and bought almost everything on the rail.
How much do you need to invest in your end of the market?

I would say to build a classic functioning wardrobe you ultimately need to invest between £1,500-£3000, which can be done over time. It is seasonal, so right now you would usually need a good winter coat, some good suites for work, nice shoes, great blouses and trousers and of course an attractive party outfit.

What do you regard as your personal approach to this business?

Definitely the key thing for me is making people look and feel authentic so they really understand where their style personality is. The advice I give is life-long advice to help people look their best now and in the future. It’s sound advice that suits their lifestyle. By comparison TV styling predominantly plays to the camera. For example, I saw a mother of 4 dressed in a white rain coat when she spends a lot of time taking the children and her dog to the park which is far from ideal! Clearly no thought went into it whereas I ask for personal details about how their week pans out to make sure that the clothes will be functional. The clothes have to work well and work hard for them because they are investing money in it.

As a final word I would say that ultimately you will need time and money to invest in personal styling because this is a premium service.

Interview by: Jaz McKenzie

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Larry The Lamb Stars in ALADDIN!!!


A BIG BRAAP THANKYOU to the FAIRFIELD HALLS for supplying the flyer & accompanying information!


Emily Wood & Paul Hendy for Evolution Pantomimes in association with Fairfield Halls present

Aladdin
Starring Larry Lamb


Friday 2 December 2011 to Monday 2 January 2012


Star of EastEnders and Gavin & Stacey, Larry Lamb headlines as the villainous Abanazar in this year’s magical pantomime Aladdin at the Ashcroft Theatre, Fairfield Halls, Croydon from Friday 2nd December until Friday 2nd January 2012.


Fairfield Halls is delighted to announce a new producing partnership with acclaimed pantomime company Evolution Pantomimes, renowned for their superb family entertainment, who present this year’s pantomime treat for the first time at the Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon.


Prepare to travel to the Mystic East for the best and most magical pantomime of them all…
ANTONY HANSEN, fresh from a West End run in the hit musical Wicked plays the role of Aladdin, with JOE TRACINI, who recently joined the cast of Hollyoaks (as Denis Savage) and appeared in the BBC3 comedy Coming of Age, as Wishee Washee. QUINN PATRICK is the outrageous dame Widow Twankey in charge of the Chinese laundry, NATHANIEL MORRISON the magnificent Genie of the Lamp and KELLY CHINERY the Genie of the Ring. The beautiful Princess Jasmine is played by ROSA O’REILLY, closely guarded by the Chinese Policeman OLIVER BROAD. PAUL TATE appears in a majestic role as The Emperor, and also directs the pantomime.


Colourful sets, spectacular costumes, fantastic effects, lots of fun, laughter, great music song and dance, not forgetting plenty of audience participation, make this a spectacular panto not to be missed!


Larry Lamb is known to millions for his roles in BBC TV’s award-winning comedy series Gavin & Stacey, as Mick Shipman (Gavin’s Father), and as rogue Archie Mitchell in the hit soap EastEnders. The public voted Larry Villain of the Year at the 2010 British Soap Awards for his portrayal of Archie with EastEnders also receiving the Best Storyline Award for Who Killed Archie? Larry has recently added author to his extensive acting career, which includes a wealth of credits embracing television, film and theatre, and is currently enjoying success with his first book Mummy’s Boy: My Autobiography.


Aladdin offers great value with tickets at just £15 for all performances during the first week, from Friday 2nd to Friday 9th December and following performances £18, £22.50 & £26. Concessions are available for children, senior citizens, schools, groups and families. A booking fee of £1.50 per ticket, £1 if booking in cash, applies.


Tickets are available from the Fairfield Halls Box Office 020 8688 9291 or online at www.fairfield.co.uk

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For further information please contact:
Laura Roberts, Press Officer, Fairfield Halls, tel 020 8603 3931 email publicity@fairfield.co.uk

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Saturday, 19 November 2011

WOW... What A Coincidence!!i

image from travel-barbados.co.uk

I was busy looking to see what had happened this day in history in order to find an inspiring event to blog about when, lo & behold, I spotted that natural or un-natural phenomena, ‘the coincidence!’ Whilst looking at musical history I discovered that David Crosby was is hospital on the exact same day, 19th November, in 1990 & again in 1994.

1990, David Crosby from Crosby Stills Nash & Young was admitted to hospital after breaking a leg, shoulder and ankle after crashing his Harley Davidson motorbike.
1994, David Crosby had a successful liver transplant operation at Dumont-UCLA in Los Angeles.

Luckily for David the bad had pre-ceeded the good, not only the physical harm but also overcoming his serious illness. This got me thinking about the subject of coincidence, after all everyone of us can quote an entire chapter of co-incidences when pushed, despite it being a small world. Here’s my latest example:

Our accountant at work told me she had seen me on her friend’s Facebook page yet we are not linked on Facebook as she keeps her work separate from home. It turns out that she met my friend whom I know from Facebook... (who co-incidentally I met at a gig for the first time that I didn’t even know she was attending,) in Grenada whilst on holiday. Speaking of holidays it doesn’t matter where in the world you go as you can still bump into people you know... the word has definitely got smaller due to increased accessibility. Another example from a few years ago; my family ran into a friend we hadn’t seen for years who just happened to decide to go to Barbados for a holiday at the same time as us and we bumped into one another in St James... such a co-incidence especially as the friend had no ties with anyone in Barbados.

Being enthusiastic about the subject I thought I would check the dictionary for a definition:

1. 'The state or fact of occupying the same relative position or area in space.' This is a beautiful little definition and can be applied to the real world as well as cyberspace!

2. 'A sequence of events that although accidental seems to have been planned or arranged.'
Very often co-incidences do leave you wondering ‘how come.’


Looking further into the subject I discovered this little gem of wisdom;


‘Coincidence quotes and sayings about coincidences remind us to pay attention to these meaningful, sometimes magical occurrences. Many famous authors consider these acts divine in nature.’


There are many quotes about co-incidences but the fact is that they happen so often that it’s surprising we’re surprised when they occur! I think I would describe co-incidences as, ‘life’s natural sense of humour, whether the coincidences are happy, strange or even morbid.’


I will leave you with 3 quotes from the famous;


‘Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.’
Albert Einstein


‘There is no such thing as chance; and what seems to us mere accident springs form the deepest source of destiny.’
Friedrich Schiller


This is my favourite as it so positive and re-iterates the power within;


'Live your life with an appreciation of coincidences and you connect with the field of infinite possibilities.’
Deepak Chopra

Jaz Mckenzie

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Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Raise your Game - Your image and the way you dress is a powerful tool

Hand knitted Fashions by Babini Kuki®


Article reproduced with kind permission of Lisa Gillbe, Personal Stylist. Interview coming soon!!


Some may dismiss dressing and style as unimportant, frivolous and perhaps a bit shallow. Not so. Studies show that our first impressions of other people are made within 7 seconds of meeting them. Also, our initial perceptions of people influence our interpretation of their later behaviour because of our - possibly misguided - expectations. First impressions are hard to change.

Your image is powerful. It is widely recognised that attractive people are immediately assumed to have a good personality and more skills than someone who just looks ‘average’. This is known as the halo effect. I’m not saying you need to be of supermodel ilk to reach the top of your game (just look at some of our politicians!) but you can make the absolute best of what you have. Your efforts will quickly register with others and they will naturally assume positive things about you too. It’s not just the effect you will have on others that counts either, crucially if you look good you feel good and that increases self esteem and helps you to perform better.

We are talking about your Personal Brand and stepping back to have a good look at how you come across to others is time well spent. What is your professional presence and is it right for where you want to be? Ask yourself what message your clothes and grooming are sending. Are you creative, approachable, authoritative or corporate? Is your star rising at work and have you adjusted your appearance to fit?

By not paying attention to the way you dress and its impact in the workplace, you could unwittingly be causing negative bias. However, this is entirely unnecessary and something you can easily change.

So how can men and women dress well to communicate the right impression?

Women have moved on in the office environment from the days of power-suit dressing. There is no need to wear a pin striped trouser suit and stripy shirt to match from Thomas Pink. However, if you like the mannish look then go for it but it can look a bit dated if done incorrectly. Power dressing was popularised in the 80’s to make the wearer seem authoritative and competent but these days that effect can still be achieved in a more feminine way. You can inject personality into the way you dress and still look professional. Shift dresses are a good example, patterned or plain with a smart tailored blazer over the top. If I were to generalise here then a classic look would always work, pearls, knitted woollen dress, great tailoring.

Men, the rules remain largely the same for the corporate fields. Make sure your suit is in the standard corporate colours (black, dark grey or navy still lead the field). You need at least three good fitting suits that are in top condition and are dry cleaned regularly. Personality can be shown in colourful shirt and tie combinations or plush suit linings but steer clear of novelty ties and socks, you are trying to look professional not like an embarrassing uncle at the Christmas get together. The exception to these rules would be in a creative environment in which case dressing without some flair could perhaps cast judgements on your creativity.

For both sexes, learning to choose the right colours to suit your skin tone is vital, and obviously, grooming is essential too - cleanliness, neat hair, polished shoes no chipped nail varnish etc…

Communication is a powerful tool for success. Learn how to communicate yourself in the best way non-verbally, and by using the power of dress you will be creating the right impression, influencing others positively, increasing your self-esteem and overall, raising your game.

Lisa Gillbe
09/11/11

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Saturday, 12 November 2011

X-FACTOR... BUT WHAT DOES THE ‘X’ REALLY STAND FOR THESE DAYS?!?!?



I don’t know what you think about this somewhat notorious show which Simon Cowell has swept across the Atlantic landing it squarely in the middle of American prime time TV.

The X-Factor UK has been on an ‘extraordinary journey ‘and produced a couple of quality stars, Leona Lewis & Alexandra Burke springing to mind. Must say, Leona does nothing for me... predictable every time; in fact I had to laugh when I heard that her autobiography was virtually a glorified picture book!

Anybody who would like the low down on the X-Factor should pick up a copy of Ben Elton’s book ‘Chart Throb.’ Ben has sussed it out to a tee and watching the show rapidly deteriorating in front of our eyes it’s fast becoming the ‘desperation factor.’ First Jedward, then Wagner... what on earth was all that about? Followed this year by Goldie who was clearly bonkers and couldn’t sing; very sad to see a man like Louis Walsh with a sharp reputation prior to the competition lowering his standards to find his ‘wind up the public’ factor. My thought... Goldie was paid off to disappear quietly! On top of all that we viewers and also some rejected worthy contestants have had to contend with the deplorable ‘bad bwoy‘ behaviour of Frankie Cocozza ( I was told that a comedian had referred to Cocozza as the Italian for coke head!!) Personally I imagine Gary Barlow had anticipated being able to strengthen Frankie’s voice and turn him into a soft rocker, sadly such a feat was beyond his capabilities... Soooooo exit Frankie. Quick thought... was the double eviction planned with a view to the unfolding drama?

It now looks as if the X has become a symbol for the major cover-up of several catastrophic decisions. The show is a shambles, very unfortunate for the 3 worthy contestants; Misha B, Marcus Collins & girl band ‘Little Mix.’ Love or hate Kitty Brucknell the woman can sing & perform.

What happens next? We will see how the producers are going to rectify the current situation. Evidently the plan is to replace Frankie which will leave the new contender weeks behind with regard to professional tuition & the experiences of performing week after week in front of a live crowd.
X-Factor?!?!?! Xtreme, Xcrutiating, Xtraordinarliy irritating... come on people and add your own... and maybe we should demand a public Xplanation form Mr Cowell & the programme producers!

Jaz McKenzie

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Refection of A Summer's Eve- Poem by Jaz McKenzie




Looking back to summer evenings past
Pale light reflective in the watery shine
Yet with the newly fashioned seasonal mix
Our autumn eve’s too appear sublime
Winter calls, darkness bearing down
Coldness creeping stealthily through the air
Whilst the day time sun still shines quite brightly
Rain flexing from mild showers to severe

DOWNPOURS

FLOODING

CREATING HAVOC, here and there.

Whilst the world turns.


All across the globe our lives are racing
Hearts beating with the challenges we face
Our ups and downs at times seem monumental
Leaving without a whisper or a trace
Here we are today and yet tomorrow?
Not promised, can’t be held within our hands
Time forever will be ticking on, eternal
So let’s live life and work it to a plan!

LIVING

LOVING

CARING, SHARING, woman, child or man

Glimmering life’s reflections

Jaz McKenzie © 2011

If you wish us to include your favourite original poem please send to itsbraap@live.co.uk Thanks

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

(A Must See!!) Why Is This Singer/BeatBoxer/Rapper BLINDFOLDED @ The Pia...



CHECK WHAT CAMILLY HAS TO SAY ABOUT THIS>> & GIVE YOUR VIEWS IN THE COMMENTS!!
'I wanted to do something different. So called rappers now a days lack, creativity. So i decided to combine most of my talents at once and this is the product of that.

Never knew so many people would like it and share it so i guess I did something right. I just want people to see not all rappers are the same. At the same time, i just want "Artist" in general to display more talent and stop simplifying everything.

Kids are the future so if we keep feeding them garbage, guess what they're going to become and display??

The message in this song is inspirational too. So I think all around, its something nice to watch for everybody all over the world.'

THE REAL CAMILLY

A huge thanks to Camilly for giving us a little insight into the rational behind his amazing new song.Always good to hear to from the artist!! ~QJ~

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Sunday, 6 November 2011

LIFE IS NOT A MATTER OF MILESTONES BUT OF MOMENTS



‘Life is not a matter of milestones but of moments.’

A curious little statement and open to consideration. Yes we need to pay attention to the moments and live them to the fullest, squirreling these away in our memories to dust off at the opportune time. Whereas a milestone is a milestone!

Maybe the best way to look at this is that special moments give us the feel good factor which in turn generates waves of positivity that propel us forwards. Once feeling positive we are filled with determination to achieve and start striving towards our goals, marking out the milestones along the way.

An easy way to demonstrate is to consider a mother’s reaction to her child. The first time baby smiles is special and may well be something she holds close to her heart whereas baby’s first steps are definitely something to shout about!

Some of the most important moments in our lives often create feelings of negativity when they occur, for example the moment you hear that your job application/audition was unsuccessful or the project you worked on so hard stumbles at the last hurdle. We need to turn these around quickly by acknowledging what has happened and finding a new route to achieve that goal. With the given examples this could be through self employment or auditioning for different types of roles, possibly having a reality check. Turning negatives into positives is a fundamental skill that alters our outcomes by increasing our determination to succeed.

Milestones, by comparison, are pretty monumental therefore easy to recall and mark out our road OF achievement. Our C.V.’s cannot be compiled of ‘moments’ but achievements. It is very interesting listening to Rolf Harris speaking about his life; a man who clearly missed many moments in order to pursue achievements. Rolf missed out through working 7 days a week leaving his wife feeling lonely & almost suicidal. Rolf lacked the experience to realise that he was fulfilling public demand and had no idea how this affected his wife, being very shocked when he discovered this for himself. Rolf stated that he had led a very selfish life in order to maintain a good standard of living, which is not uncommon amongst men who pride themselves on providing for their families. The balance between work and maintaining a true family lifestyle is very difficult to achieve especially for celebrities and the special moments may become a scarcity as a result.

The lesson here is that whilst it is imperative that we maintain our focus and strive to reach our milestones we need to make an effort to create ‘moments’ and fill our memories with them. In a way there is a definite division between moments & milestones, in summary we can view our moments as the personal side of our lives whereas the milestones are usually within the public domain.

Jaz McKenzie
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Thursday, 3 November 2011

Joseph Macwan - Wind Has Got My Size



Joseph Macwan ‘Wind Has Got My Size’~ An introduction to Ska.

Today has been a great day, partly because I spent some time with Michael Arkk whose team is currently planning to launch a brand new Festival here in the UK. Now, that is an exciting prospect for 2012!

‘The Heritage of Ska’ will be the first ever exclusively Ska festival to be held in the UK and is designed to be both a fun and educational event aimed towards the whole community. The very nature of Ska music demands enjoyment and participation which is partially why it has crossed over culturally, drawing fans from a wide range of races and identities. ‘Wind Has Got My Size’ is a really good little number to retune your Ska vibes which I discovered posted on my Facebook wall. It is performed by UK artist Joseph Macwan & is on his debut album ‘Time is Up’... who knows, we may see him in what we hope will be a spectacular line-up of popular established artists and today’s new talents!

Here are the details so you can pop them in your calendar now... yes ‘in’ is the word!
<< July 7th and 8th 2012 >> Brockwell Park London SE24<< Website soon coming so bookmark now >> www.heritageofska.com

Jaz McKenzie