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Live TV!

Hello again! So as you may, or may not, know I study TV & Broadcasting. To many this might simply mean another episode of Jeremy Kyle or a quiz show turned around in 45 minutes but it’s so much more than that .. it’s hours of planning, paperwork, filming and then, when it comes to the live part, running around like a mad hatter for a little bit until all is finished. So I wanted to give you an insight into my course and what it is I do! There’ll be more coming soon so keep your eyes peeled!

A8e8fs part of my course we work in 6 groups and put on a show in these teams.. this week was our week and I put myself forward as a producer. This meant I had to plan the show, organise the show and make sure everything slots together nicely.

After deciding I wanted 3 interviews we then had to fill the rest of the time with VTs (or VideoTapes) – basically a number of short films to give a bit more information. Now this process took about 4 weeks from start to finish and involved several days of pulling my hair out, wracking my brains over ideas and tonnes and tonnes of emails.

So then it’s on8cto the filming part. Now I personally enjoy going to shoots – not just to get paperwork signed but for the atmosphere and feeling involved.
Shoots can take anywhere between 30 minutes and 3 hours – you have to get your interviews, the bits and pieces you cut away to, the opening shots.. so it’s a lot more than just point and shoot!

Then you’ve got scriptwriting and editing to do in your group. Of course, whilst all this is going on I also have to organise guests! As you can see from the pictures – this show was themed around creative arts with community running through it.

Finally it comes to show week – you have to make sure every bit of paperwork is done. This includes things from making sure where you’ve filmed is health and safety approved.. to the timings of the show. Lots of print credits later and you have a beautifully formed folder full of paper. (I’m a bit of an organisational freak if you can’t tell!)

Rehearsals get hectic; you’re running here and there meeting people, te8blling people where to go and then you’re trying to stay on the phone with someone calling times at you which you have to pass on to a room full of people.

So after hours of everything pre-filmed and planned it boils down to 30 minutes..
In our show we had information about community based projects, sport as a motivator to help counteract stress, information about the Drama and Performance course and an amazing interview with The Turnblads from Hairspray!! It was so entertaining and so great to watch back. To know you and your team have been part of a journey and to see an audience laugh and enjoy themselves is wonderful.

And as much as Live TV can be hectic and busy and stressful – it gives you an adrenaline like no other. It’s a buzz that you can’t describe until you’ve done it and I wouldn’t swap any of it for the world.
Make sure you check out the show here…


11 Things to do in Portsmouth when you’re bored

In the unlikely event that you run out of ‘studenty’ activites to partake in (lying in bed watching Netflix?) I thought I’d think of a few things that I’ve done whilst in Portsmouth that I should share with others. Some are pretty obvious options, touristy things that are still well worth doing, whereas others may be a bit more unusual or things that you might not know even exist!

1) Go to the historic dockyards

One of the more obvious options, and you may have potentially been on a school trip previously, though there have been some more recent changes so a revisit would definitely be worth it! Tickets are more on the pricier side (£20-£25) but they’re valid for a whole year, so you could go back as many times as you like, as you’d probably be pushed to fit everything in one day! One thing I would definitely recommend would be the boat trip, which takes you all the way up the harbor where you can see the Navy boats, and then round the front of Gunwharf Quays where you can choose to get off or return to the dockyards. The Mary Rose museum opened within the last year or two as well so will be worth a trip for sure.

2) Go down to the seafront

There are multiple things to do down at the seafront, whether you choose to sit on the beach, be brave enough to have a dip in the sea or relax with an ice cream! Clarence pier has a massive amusement arcade, and you can play crazy golf and have a go on the rides. From Clarence Pier you can also take a walk through Old Portsmouth, which has some really lovely pubs overlooking the water – definitely try the Fish and Chips at the Still and West

3) See the guinea pigs in Victoria Park

In my first year I discovered, along with my course friends, a Park which you can get to round the side of Guildhall, past the war memorial. We were having a walk through the park when we found a large aviary in the middle. In there they house a variety of birds, as well as rabbits and guinea pigs!

4) Palmerston Road

Palmy Road is maybe a place not as well known to students as Commerical Road, particularly amongst the first years living in halls. However, this lovely shopping area which leads down to the common often has markets on at the weekends, good for a browse even if you don’t buy anything! There is also some nice, independent coffee shops around there too.

5) Southsea Common

Perhaps more a summer activity, the common is a perfect place to go and sunbathe (when the sun eventually surfaces) or revise with your friends during exam period, and when the exams are eventually over, a great place to have a BBQ or kick a football around.

6) Canoe Lake

One thing I have never done but vow to do before I graduate is to hire one of the pedalo boats at Canoe Lake, it looks so much fun and a great way to enjoy the sunshine! There is also a really nice café over the road that makes really scrummy brownies.

7) D-day Museum

I think whilst you are in Portsmouth it is important to learn about its history. At the D-day Museum you can find out more about Portsmouths role in the Second World War and particularly what happened on and leading up to D-day.

8) Garage Lounge Café/Tenth Hole

These are two cafes that make the most amazing cakes and are perfect when you need a little pick me up!

9) Albert Road

If you’ve got a free morning or afternoon and fancy a wander and a rummage around for some quirky bits and pieces, Albert Road is the place to go.

10) Spinnaker Tower

As with the dockyards, this is another of the more obvious options but a trip up to the top of the Spinnaker Tower is a must whilst you’re in Portsmouth. It’s not as expensive as you might think, as you can get student/resident discount, so it’s under £10 to go up to the top, though I’ve found it’s a good place to go with your parents when they come and visit for the day!

11) Portsdown Hill

Portsdown Hill is to the north of the island, and you will either need a car or to get a bus here, but on a clear day you can see the whole of the island so its good to go for a picnic or even if you just fancy a drive. It’s equally as spectacular at night when you can see all the lights of the city.


My 2014 Round Up & Resolutions

Since 2007 I have kept a round up of my year; following me through school, sixth form, college and now university and looking back through my progress and how I’ve changed and rounded as a person is a really great feeling!
So, I thought 2014 shouldn’t be any different and here is my round up of the year…

This year
P1000327Looking back on last year a lot has changed; both for my personality, my hobbies, my lifestyle and my friendships. Some I’m happy with, some I’m thoughtful upon but I wouldn’t change any for the world. Everything I have partaken in this year has been a learning experience and an eye-opener.

This year I donned myself in fancy clothes for a ball, had a live radio show exam, took part in a 24 hour broadcast, directed a TV show, filmed for my documentary, had one of the best birthdays I’ve ever had, found a new love of cooking and different types of food, went to help film the Bupa Great South Run, saw McBusted, filmed for the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, wore lots of red lipstick, was featured in a recognised television magazine (twice!), fell in love with Brighton again, moved into my second house, lost both my bikes, vac-packed a giant sandwich, got heatstroke, cared less and – quite frankly – enjoyed more.I also decided to get a bit more healthy which I’m really pleased with (she says whilst munching on sweets).

Though I travelled less this year I felt more independent than ever. A few years ago walking to a shop on my own was alien to me but now I can happily stroll up town and feel good. I also discovered that it’s easy to hate but so much better to get on with my life and spend less time worrying. Feeling independent is truly a wonderful thing; as is learningDSC_0138 to not hate. My hope for 2015 is to spend less time focussing on the past and the future and to only concern myself with the present and the 24 hours infront of me. For a planner like me, this is difficult, but I’m determined.

A huge high for me this year was my birthday. I had the most wonderful day surrounded by Uni friends and drink and went home to a valley of presents (which I’m extremely grateful for) that I had to solve clues to obtain! Not only this but I went back to Essex to spend time with my closest friends and rounded up my 23rd birthday with a trip to Brighton! It was a truly memorable one.

What I’ve learnt

  • Friendships have ups and downs. I’ve mentioned this in the past but I think it’s important to note that I’m still learning. People change; for the better and for the worst. It’s ok to let go of friendships and it’s also ok to keep hold of ones as long as they’re still healthy.
  • 10583149_10152361338238752_86499385_nIndependence. Building on the independence I learnt last year I trust myself so much more with decisions, confrontation and advice. I no longer find I rely on others for opinions on personal issues and I think this is a huge learning curve.
  • If you put your mind to it you can change anything. A few months into the year I set myself a challenge and a change and I’ve done well. It’s important to set goals and re-assess them to see how far you’ve come.. and if you don’t manage to achieve them it’s about seeing why and accepting what could be done better next time.
  • Finally, I will not always get along with someone. Friendships might not always be maintained. People won’t always put in as much energy as I will and vice versa. I may have to be polite for work/argument’s sake. This is a part of life and always will be and I’m quite happy with that.


  • Write more.
  • Read more.
  • Explore more.
  • Enjoy every opportunity.
  • Continue being happy and healthy.
  • A little extra one – give up chocolate for a week and fizzy drinks for a month (at least). Not likely really but I thought I’d try a challenge!


Year Abroad

Celebrating the Holidays Abroad

We didn’t get any days off for Christmas this year because they don’t celebrate it here in China. So both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day I had normal classes with dictations and homework. It wasn’t too bad, though, some of my classmates wore a Santa hat and in one of our lessons we did presentations in Chinese on how we celebrate Christmas (or New Year’s Eve for people of other cultures) in our home countries, it was really nice. We also did a class Secret Santa and I received a lovely candle holder from my Kazakh classmate. On Christmas Day my friends and I got together for a little Christmas party in my friends flat. It’s really cool to get to know so many people from all over the world. New friends pop up weekly from other countries and it’s always great fun.

For me, my biggest fear of the holiday was New Year’s Eve. We had five days off for this occasion and I was afraid I would get in a lazy mood and miss my friends and boyfriend back in Portsmouth too much. I’m happiest when I travel and explore new places so I decided I wanted to go somewhere fun to celebrate. So on the 30th of December three of my friends and I flew off to Hong Kong!

Hong Kong and Mainland China are like two different worlds. China is not a bad place, but Wuhan is one of those cities that has recently seen effects of the rising Chinese economy, and the whole city is undergoing a revamp. It’s a bit difficult to explain what it is like here without having seen it yourself, but believe me when I say Hong Kong and China are not the same. Going to Hong Kong was like coming back to Earth after five months on Mars. Open Internet access, ocean, cleaner air and the fact that everything was so organised. You can really tell that the British has had an influence in developing the place, they even had Cadbury chocolates!

We saw many of the major sights of Hong Kong, and we even went on a day trip to former Portuguese colony Macau. It was so strange to know I was still on Chinese territory but here is a little part of it that looks just like a European village where they all speak Portuguese.

The countdown to 2015 we spent standing on a rooftop in Hong Kong watching the fireworks. The new year started off quite well and I hope it will be a good year. Happy New Year everyone!