General Review of Eurovision 2016

General Review of Eurovision 2016

Hey everyone.

I’ve been wanting to do a General Review of Eurovision 2016.

Now here it is.

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Surprisingly, I didn’t pay much attention to the entries that were going to be played at Eurovision (apart from the UK’s entry).

People especially in the UK don’t take Eurovision so seriously which is fine.

I think the disadvantage of the UK having an entry in Eurovision is that Europe has some dilemma with the UK for some reason or another and because the UK are producing high organic calibre artists that the UK doesn’t want to tarnish their reputation (to be honest I don’t blame them). So right now, I don’t pay attention to the UK charts but I’m assuming Ellie Goulding, Adele, Calvin Harris, Little Mix, Tinie Tempah, Jess Glynne are pretty hot right now which is why I want to illustrate the point that the UK are pretty much too good to send there best artists for Eurovision.

These entries below were my favourite that were played in this year’s Eurovision contest. Let me know what your favourite entries by commenting on the bottom of the page.

Made of Stars – Hovi Star (Israel)

Soldiers of Love – Lighthouse X (Denmark)

Midnight Gold – Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolita

J’ai Cherche – Amir (France)

Miracle – Samra (Azerbaijan) 

If I Were Sorry – Frans (Sweden) [One of my personal favourites]

Heartbeat – Justs (Latvia)

You are the Only One – Sergey Lazarev (Russia)

Say Yay – Barei (Spain)

Loin D’ici – Zoe (Austria)

If Love Was A Crime – Poli Genova  [12 POINTS]

No Degree of Seperation – Francesca Michielin

Fire in the Rain – Mans Zelmerlow

I was a bit late of watching Eurovision. I watched the Semi Finals on BBC iPlayer the day after it was televised and I watched the final the week after it aired. It does feel weird.

To be honest, before I watched the Semi Finals, there was a lot of talk of Russia winning the thing (although I hadn’t listened to the song before it aired on the Eurovision stage). I believed and expected the UK to do so much better than recent years. I can’t say I was enthusiastic early on but after a month or so late I did hope Joe and Jake’s entry did well.

By the end of Eurovision, I was inspired by Italy’s and Austria’s entries the most because the songs in which they were spoken in was a breath of fresh air. Italy’s entry was spoken in Italian (with a bit of English) and Austria’s song was spoken in French. While I am writing this blog, I am learning Italian, I’ve listened to the first CD for the first time so at least it is a start.

I was a bit gutted for Joe and Jake, I thought they did an excellent job representing the UK this year.

With respect to the artists that performed in Eurovision. All the acts did a fine job representing their countries.

I wanted Bulgaria to win because overall it was a winner’s song for me. In no way shape or form that I would have thought that Ukraine would have won the whole thing, even when Ukraine were in the semi finals, the song didn’t grab my attention. The song doesn’t make much sense anyway. To be honest, I don’t know how Jamela who represented the Ukraine could win Eurovision after mourning about the dead, I thought everyone in general would just move on and stop reminding people about the past. It must be a crazy world we live in.

To be honest, the most shocking thing that happened in Eurovision this year was probably not seeing Denmark get into the final, they rocked in the second Semi Final and I expected them to go through, it may not have been a winning song in everyone’s eyes but it definitely felt like it.

It was good to hear that the Eurovision song contest this year got international exposure, it was good that it is getting publicity in the US. The idea of having JT on board felt like a big deal, he is an international superstar who is still at his peak now, his songs may just suit the New York crowd, he is a hit everywhere he goes. I saw a stint on YouTube from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, it was incredibly funny, I would recommend watching it.

Although Australia were good at Eurovision this year and last year, I’m a European through and through, I believe that only the countries that are situated in Europe should complete. Ok, maybe Eurovision historically allows countries from outside Europe to complete. I only can recall Morocco (1980) being the only country from a different continent to perform in Eurovision before Australia did in 2015. If the UK decide to leave the EU will that mean they will not participate in Eurovision again? Let’s see what happens.

Mans and Petra did a fine job as presenters in Eurovision this year.

If you want to give your reaction to this year’s Eurovision then feel free to comment below.

Cheers

RealJoePhill25

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Week 1 of temping in Whitechapel

Week 1 of temping in Whitechapel

So if you haven’t read my Facebook account. I did my first tempting role a few weeks back.

I just want to show people that although I may not be doing enough to find employment, I don’t have any excuses and to be honest I want to prove people wrong in the sense that I’m employable.

So let me tell you how I got into this position, I got an email from a recruitment agency who I was recently registered with about an opportunity to work on a database project in Microsoft Access at a leading university in London. I said to myself, “I’m up for that” because I have used Microsoft Access in the past. Then I submitted my interest (not knowing what to expect) and it just gone from there, a click of a button.

So then after I registered my interest on Monday evening, I got asked to come in for a sit down interview on Wednesday morning with the manager and line manager. I was around half an hour late for the interview anyway because my knowledge of Whitechapel and East London was terrible. To be honest, I didn’t know what my overall impression was but I did say I have a computer background and have experience in Microsoft Access. I was told that I would hear back in a few hours time.  After my interview, I usually do voluntary work in Farringdon so I went there for a few hours. As I was connected to WiFi, I checked my emails, and I GOT HIRED. I was happy but NERVOUS HAPPY. I didn’t really know what I was thinking of in taking the opportunity. That was the truth. I hadn’t used Microsoft Access since I left school which was like five years ago so I was doubting myself a bit. At the same time, I didn’t care what I was paid for, I’m just grateful for an opportunity to get paid.

When I was doing this temping. I wanted to write a diary to give yourself and myself a true reflection of this experience. I written my diary on a notes app on my phone while I was travelling on the train from Aldgate to my hometown in Harrow.

THIS IS MY STORY

Day 1

Felt completely miserable, I was stepping into a world which I knew nothing about which is medicine or medical profession.

I just wish that this work I’m doing would end as soon as possible.

Day 2

It’s been challenging to say the least although the work has been straight forward. I just think it’s challenging because the tasks relate to the additional things I had to put on my code while doing programming in my degree so to be honest it’s not been an enjoyable experience. That is why I want to avoid programming related jobs.

It’s always good to be challenged but I find it sometimes that it’s difficult to overcome.

It’s only my second day and I’ve not been assigned a computer so I haven’t been able to do much or very little performing.

I was writing this blog while I was in the office. Without anything to do or been set much, it’s just not been motivating. I would very much be happy if time just flown by because I don’t have a desire to be there unless I wasn’t getting paid.

This experience has been a harsh lesson or what you would expect when you don’t enjoy something and let it turn out to be like what you dislike so it’s been just de motivating. It reminds me why I didn’t enjoy my internship last year and the significance of a job that I would enjoy.

Day 3

I was thinking of what I wrote about Day 2. The whole point is, I am confident in ignoring jobs in undertaking developing software applications.

Day 4

Just did a few things on mail merge. Reflecting on this week, there have been some high points and low points. I don’t feel that I could 100% full heartily want to accept or need to accept the position if they had offered it to me.  Ok people will be slamming me for not taking it. I’m not convinced that I would be able to work in that environment or atmosphere. I’m wanting to pursue my dream and my dream is work in museums, historic homes and charitable organisations.

From the experience on Friday. Me and another person were working on a database project. The person then took it a clinic or practice to have it fully functional. If the system didn’t work then the go would have the records paper based. It turned out that the mail merge didn’t work at the practice so the database was worthless so the work is last minute. I want to ideally like to avoid working in high pressured situations especially in working in the medical institution.

Full credit tho. I didn’t design or develop the database but it looks professional and legit. I don’t think I would have come up creativity.

In my mind this week, this experience hasn’t been a joy or fascinating for me. Reminds me of my internship experience where I haven’t been assigned much tasks earlier on in the day. In an ideal world, I arrived to work to work and not to sit around. The travelling hasn’t been ideal either, I travel from Harrow to Whitechapel which takes around an hour and a quarter. Then when I leave, I walk towards Aldgate and get a direct train from there. Traveling wouldn’t be an issue if working was enjoyable but it hasn’t. I used to take a long route when going to Hampstead for volunteering but I wasn’t bothered by it or even going to Greenwich because I wasn’t doing it on a regular basis.

The work has been demotivating so my motivation is just count the remaining days I’ve got left which is about 10 more days so I’m going to count down each day. This time next Friday, I hope to be listening to Ain’t Far to Go by Jess Glynne. I want to be able to fulfill my obligations but I found out how tough work is. The important thing is to keep holding on, I just want to prove that I’m not going to quit even though it’s not been motivating.

Just 2 weeks and it will be over

 

 

Brief background to the Temporary Work

Brief background to the Temporary Work

Hello Everyone.

As always, I love writing new stuff.

So, you are probably wondering how this temporary work was planned or got started?

Well this is the prequel to the story.

I signed up to an agency a few weeks ago on my own accord. A person from an agency emailed me about an opportunity to work on an IT project and well since I did a degree in computers it wasn’t something I would instantly refuse as I was getting paid for it.

So, the agency setup an interview to meet up with senior members of staff from a leading university in London. The interview didn’t go down to a good start because I showed up at least half an hour late because I got lost.

When the interview commenced, I met the General Manager and the first point of contact. We then talked in detail about my background and the job itself for a good 45 minutes or so, I didn’t know if they were interviewing anyone else but it took place on a Wednesday morning. After the interview, I immediately went to do some volunteering at an office in London to buy the time. By the end of Wednesday afternoon, I received an email from the agency and so the client chose me the role so that was splendid. (An excuse for not doing volunteering).I was a bit excited but I was a bit sceptical because of the rush of the process. . So then they wanted me to start on Tuesday (although I did tell them i would be happy to come in the day after the interview). During that weekend, the snooker was on so I was catching up on the Snooker as I was behind on that.

So that explains how I got the role in the first place.

Stay tuned to find out how I got on in Week 1.

 

 

 

 

Recap

Recap

Hey everyone.

It’s been so long since I wrote a blog. Doesn’t time pass by in seconds?

If time stayed still for about an hour or so, I would have written about 1500 words but I’m not going to. The whole point is to gather my thoughts on events so far leading up to this point.

I'm turning you down, Vinny!
I’m turning you down, Vinny!

Just want to start off by thanking everyone for viewing my blogs, I take pride and enjoyment in writing effortlessly for you to read.

Right at the moment, there are several things in my mind right now.

Just wanted to start off by saying over the last two weeks I have undertaken temporary work at a leading university in London. While I’ve been on the train, I have written a diary of how and what I’ve been doing each day so that will be released soon.

I watched a television programme about Derren Brown (quite random for me to be mentioning it at this moment in time). It was called ‘Pushed to the Edge’. It was a very interesting show to say the least.

Obviously by the time you read this, Eurovision would have been over and you probably have known that Russia won the contest this year. In my time zone, I am writing this on the May 13th so I have no idea who has won it yet.

I need to catch up on a load of things like the Snooker, online courses, learning languages etc but just haven’t had the time these days.

Speaking of the temporary work, I am wanting to provide an EXCLUSIVE Video Blog of myself (that’s right, MYSELF) where I am going to be providing a video blog on my last day. I don’t know if I should be more excited that’s it my last day or that I am broadcasting myself. What could be sweeter? Who Knows.

Watch out for my next blog which will be released soon.

That’s it folks.