I’m off to this years NTA’s… again!

As a few of you may remember, last year I was given the opportunity to photograph the celebs on the red carpet at The National Television Awards in London’s iconic O2 Arena. I had so much fun and everyone I met was so friendly and not snooty in the slightest! This year, I’m heading back to the famous spikey dome near the Thames, just unfortunately without a red carpet pass. That said, it will still be a fantastic evening – who wouldn’t want to be at such a big live event and get access to the VIP after party?!

Me again with the giant NTA! (2014)
Me again with the giant NTA! (2014)

This year, I have voted for the following programmes and celebs who I’d love to see win:

* Most Popular Talent Show – I love both Strictly Come Dancing and The Voice in equal measure, but in the end I opted for The Voice as I was lucky enough to attend last years live semi-final and it was an absolute blast! Plus, Strictly won last year so I thought I’d give someone else a chance.

* Most Popular Serial Drama – Coronation Street won last year due to the outstanding performances from both Julie Hesmondhalgh (who played Hayley) and David Neilson (who plays her husband Roy). It was an incredible story line, which gripped the nation. However, this year I voted for Eastenders as it is the only soap that I actually watch properly and have done for many years.

* Most Popular Comedy – I voted for the same programme as last year, The Big Bang Theory! As many people already know, I am more or less obsessed with this show and desperately want to see it filmed live in LA. However, last year the award understandably went to Brendan O’Carroll’s cracking show, Mrs Brown’s Boys, and I wouldn’t be too surprised if they won it again this year.

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Mrs Brown’s Boys: Brendan O’Carroll with his wife (but onscreen daughter), Jennifer Gibney! (2014)

* Most Popular Drama – Unfortunately, I don’t actually watch any of the nominated drama’s that made the shortlist this year (Cilla, Doctor Who, Downton Abbey and Sherlock), however I think I gave my vote to Cilla in the end as Sheridan Smith is just so talented! Last year, not surprisingly (as Matt Smith was the most incredible Doctor there has ever been!), Doctor Who beat Downton to the award, although I’m not too sure they’ll be able to do that for a second year running.

Most Popular Drama Performance – This was one of the easier votes to give. Sarah Lancashire played the most incredible character in the BBC’s captivating programme Happy Valley. Plus, she is a superb actress anyway! That said, she is up against Benedict Cumberbatch…

* Most Popular Factual Entertainment – I’ve always been a huge fan of Paul O’Grady, so to see him scoop this award for the second year, with his adorable show For the Love of Dogs, would be absolutely fantastic! However, the popular (not with myself I must add) programme Gogglebox, where you watch people watching TV (?!?!), has somehow found itself in the ‘Factual’ category… I’m sorry, but how could this programme possibly be factual?! Unfortunately, I think this one will regrettably win.

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The wonderful Paul O’Grady with two of our Junior Photographers! (2014)

* Most Popular Daytime – I don’t think I’ve ever seen a year where This Morning hasn’t won! Don’t get me wrong, after watching Phillip Schofield’s 24 hour live TV challenge to raise money for the Text Santa appeal last year, he is one of the greatest TV presenters on our tellies. However, even with that in mind, I decided to give The Chase my vote this year as I’ve recently really enjoyed watching it and I end up learning so much from it, too. Sorry, Schofe!

* Most Popular Newcomer – This again was an easy one for me, as I think this actress brings much needed comedy to soapland. As soon as Maddy Hill (who plays Nancy Carter) stepped onto the square – or should I say carried over the shoulder of Danny Dyer’s character – I knew she would become one of my favourites and I’m overjoyed to see that she has made the shortlist! Last year I predicted correct in this category, with ‘Enders Khali Best (who plays Dexter) scooping the award – I even had the opportunity to congratulate him at the after party!

The gorgeous Maddy Hill!
The gorgeous Maddy Hill! (2014)

* Most Popular Serial Drama Performance – From one Carter to another, my vote was given to Danny Dyer, who again brings so much comedic value to the show as Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter. The two together are quite the double act and even though to begin with I was rather apprehensive for Dyer’s entrance, I’m so pleased the Carter family joined the cast!

* Most Popular Entertainment Programme – This was a tricky one as all four programmes are equally great in their own right. However, I think I voted for Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway this time because it’s the one I watch the most of. Either way, Ant and Dec have a 50% chance of winning this award as I’m A Celebrity is also nominated (and the show actually won last year, too).

Most Popular Entertainment Presenter – Since Ant & Dec won this category last year, as well as the award above AND the 2014 Landmark Award, I decided to give my vote to the hilarious (and on many occasions inappropriate) Keith Lemon. I absolutely love Celebrity Juice and thanks to this programme, played the funniest party game with my American relatives… Don’t Show Keith Your Teeth!

* Most Popular Chat Show Host – This was another category in which I found it extremely tough to decide who to give my vote to – I literally enjoy watching every single nominee! Since they are all worthy winners, I had to alter the question slightly… “Who would I most like to meet?”. Even though I very briefly asked Alan Carr last year if he would have a picture with our Junior Photographers and thanked him for it afterwards, I’d still really like to meet the hilarious Chatty Man properly. Et voila!

The wonderful Alan Carr with our Junior Photographers! (2014)
The wonderful Alan Carr with our Junior Photographers! (2014)

* Most Popular Multichannel Programme – As I briefly mentioned a few categories ago, I find Celebrity Juice addictive and very much a feel good show, as it never fails to make me laugh! However, and this is probably the biggest however I will make on this post, it is up against the incredibly popular Game of Thrones. So in theory, it unfortunately has absolutely no chance on winning!

* Most Popular Skills Challenge Show – This was a coin flip between The Apprentice and The Great British Bake Off (not that I actually had a coin handy – typical!), as I thoroughly enjoy both. Thus having no coin to flip, I decided to vote for Bake Off as not only is Mary Berry the sweetest lady I’ll ever meet (albeit briefly at, none other than, last years NTA’s), but Mel and Sue’s comedy narration throughout is just pure genius!

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The adorable Mary Berry in our photographers limelight! (2014)

* Most Popular TV Judge – Surprise, surprise, I voted for Mary Berry for this category, too! I don’t watch X Factor anymore since both Nicole Scherzinger’s and Gary Barlow’s departure, so that cut the shortlist in half right there (both Simon and Cheryl were nominated). I then dismissed David Walliams as I thought that he probably has lots of different awards for numerous things – although he does seem like lots of fun!

So those are my predictions/hopes ahead of next weeks National Television Awards – I can’t wait to see who wins! Also, if you’ve made it all the way to the end, thank you very, very much!

Best way to end the year!

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Wooooohoooooo! I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has followed and supported me over these last 12 months – I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the experience and am overwhelming happy to have reached 200 followers! With only fifteen days left of 2014, I guess I should really start thinking about what challenge to accept for 2015… all suggestions very much encouraged.

Thanks once again you wonderful bloggers for making me feel so welcome!

Mixtape masterpiece

#279: You make a new friend. Make them a mixtape (or playlist, for the younger folks) that tells them who you are through song.

Hmm… a tricky one! I don’t know whether there are songs that could sum up or narrate my life – and I’m not saying it to insinuate that my life is completely different from every other persons on the planet, but purely that I’ve never thought of songs in that way. So instead, I’m going to examine my (current) favourite songs, to see if there is any relevance…

Pentatonix – La La Latch. The ‘La La La’ parts of the song of the song refer to families future responses to upcoming (exciting) decisions and the ‘Latch’ parts refer to a new interest in my life.

Pentatonix – Rather Be (cover). Again, referring to a new interest.

Sigma ft. Paloma Faith – Changing. Referring to a part of my life that I hope is going to continue to change over the next 6-12 months… exciting times!

Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass. I believe that the use of PhotoShop to manipulate models images for glossy mags/billboards etc, should stop as it’s damaging to tonnes of teens around the world. Fair enough, I’m only a size 8-10 but women should be portrayed as healthy weights and as Megan rightly references… no plastic, stick thin barbie dolls!

Pharrell Williams – Happy. Self explanatory 😀

The Lion King – Hakuna Matata. A motto that I try to live by… it means no worries for the rest of your days!

Les Miserables – Little People & Do You Hear The People Sing. Just because some of the verses are very relevant at the moment (and I LOVE Les Mis!) – plus I’m only 5″3, so Little People signifies that height doesn’t restrict an individuals capabilities.

Hercules (Disney’s) – Go the Distance. As I believe that I can (and will) achieve great things in my lifetime.

And I couldn’t write this post without including… Frozen – Let It Go! Signifying that I’m ready for the next stage of my life, no matter what anyone would think of me.

Imagine all the people

#248: The next time you’re in a public place — a coffeehouse, a park, a store — observe the people around you. Pick a person, a couple, or a group, and imagine what their lives might be like.

Usually, I love a bit of people watching, but having witnessed something terrible this lunch time has really shook me up and I can’t focus on the most recent time I’ve ‘people-watched’ as such. So, as I was heading to Sainsbury’s (a local supermarket) a horrifying scene was catching everyones eye. There was someone lying in the road with a group of people surrounding him. I physically stopped in my tracks in shock. You hear about people being knocked off their bike around London all the time, but I’ve never actually seen anything like this before. I continued on as I didn’t want to be one of those people who stopped and stared to know what was going on, but my first thought, surprisingly, was a prayer. Now I’m not overly religious, but it was something that automatically happened as I desperately wanted him to be ok and pull through. I then noticed that this persons face had been turned away from the public and his entire front was facing scaffolding/billboard type wall, and they were also not talking to him. This made me come to the sickening realisation that quite possibly something terrible had happened. The whole way back to the office, I was wishing that there was something I could have done to help, even if it was just helping the builders divert the traffic. But there was nothing I could do that would actually help this poor individual. I just hope he/she is ok… even if he doesn’t have a family of his own, he still belongs to a family.

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Yesterday’s blog post… later than planned!

I am a rock

#247: Is it easy for you to ask for help when you need it, or do you prefer to rely only on yourself? Why?

It depends who I’d need/want to ask, as there are obviously people in my life who I feel much closer to and that I feel a lot more comfortable asking for their help. However, when it’s a professional situation, I very much prefer to rely on myself to work it out, which I think is more of an ego thing as I like to prove my capabilities to my colleagues. But if I’ve exhausted all avenues and still can’t work it out, I don’t feel embarrassed or ashamed to ask for help – it’s the only way to learn! 

Resolved

#2: Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution that you kept?

Hmm … the one that sticks out in my mind the most, was to stop biting my nails as I’d always longed for beautiful nails (that weren’t tacky fake ones – never tried those and probably never will!). As kids we all had that one bad habit, that for whatever reason, it just couldn’t seem to be kicked to the kerb. Nail biting was unfortunately mine. Looking back, I cannot for the life of me remember why I did it – it just seems so gross and unthinkable! Thankfully, I now have super strong nails that have natural white tips to them. Go me! 

Stroke of Midnight

365 days of writing prompts: #1 Where were you last night when 2013 turned into 2014? Is that where you’d wanted to be?

As mentioned in my recent blog post ‘2013 in two thousand and thirteen words …maybe*‘, I have accepted the 365 days of writing prompts challenge set by the fabulous Editors at WordPress, in a bid to turn blogging into a happy habit. Each post will remain short and to the point so that I can keep waffling to a minimum. With that in mind, here goes …

Last night, when everybody else seemed to be out welcoming 2014, I was cosily tucked up in bed … not asleep, but in bed. Since the normal working week resumes tomorrow, I thought it was more sensible to stay in so that I could begin retraining my body to get back into the early morning routine. Admittedly, I would have preferred to have been out with friends and family, but whilst the world continued to sleep off their party head, I had already had my morning work out and completed a lot of the days housework. I’ll always opt for a great sense of achievement over a rotten hangover any day! 

So until tomorrow … have a very Happy New Year wherever you may be!

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