Debate: The Arts

London’s Arts programme, can it charge affordable rates and survive cultural boundaries?

One of the most cultural sectors of the British establishment is the Arts. Mostly around London as most known with Museums, galleries and theatre, London is jam packed with them.

The Arts often rely’s on funding from the government and has since suffered cuts since 2010 as with many other services and evil welfare cuts from the Conservative government. Using the excuse of underperformance by the Arts to cut the program substantially from funding, many have seen sales and cultural interest dip.

So can people come to a show and be cultured whilst feeling justified in their payments?

Most who would like to go but are struggling with daily life are classed as not interested nor cultured. Branding with assumption, the poor are sacrificed to miss out instead. Shut out from this thought, the class divide has risen. Poor communities have seen that the shut out means by assumption, that the Arts is for those who are snobbish and can afford such extravagance, or as they call them, the rich.

But if the Arts charged affordable rates, for the exhibitions or plays etc that are worth the cost, people will pay. They might pay 5 – 7 pounds for certain gallery exhibitions for example and maybe stretch to 10. Anything about would be unsubstantial and deter them from it.

Can you expect a ‘poor’ community to go and see a stone found in the soil from so many years ago for say fifty pounds? Can you ask them to part with huge amounts or at least to them? Something that Arts directors may think is affordable for them with the ‘I would go to it’ mindset won’t be so inviting for others. Those also assumitively classed as uncultured as above, would, by that thought then, not come. The more distant they grow the more uncomfortable they become. Everyone of us tends to, at least a majority, backtrack to what we know as comfortable in order to feel secure. We can make sense of what we know, but not the unknown. After this spreads to a town of most people not visiting any form of the Arts or Culture prompts them to join the community they know. With the ‘No one from round ‘ere likes that stuff’ chitter chatter, a town then becomes isolated. In that town will sit many cultured individuals that may want to experience forms of culture deemed only accessible, also by location, to classy or upper toffs. So then, if it makes everything affordable, at the cost of what the showcase is worth with sustainable pricing, the Arts would have more depth to grow and even possibly produce a more cultural scenario that can pull even communities back together. Or even network two completely different ones with rewarding life experiences.

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Top 5 tunes (10) (Xmas Special)

Top 5 tunes (10) (Xmas Special)

Need 5 top jingles for a last minute Crimbo playlist? We’ve got you covered.

Elton John – Step into Christmas

A bouncy bauble jingle sure to please.

The Pogues Featuring Kirsty MacColl

Classed as the best Christmas song, one listen explains it all.

Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You (Dance Remix)

This classic has undergone a makeover with a twist, a dance version!

Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Remade lots of times, here’s the original in all its beauty.

Celine Dion – Oh Holy Night

A smooth and classic song, made current by this beautiful rendition by Celine Dion.

Strictly Come Dancing 2014, The Final

Strictly Come Dancing 2014, The Final

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On Saturday Strictly ended its troublesome series with a winner. After stretching the finals to four couples instead of three in a daft choice, Mark Wright was finally booted off in fourth place after another pathetic performance.

Finishing up in third was Simon and Kristina, saved numerous times by BBC in-house favouritism like Mark.

Frankie and Kevin came second as the winners were announced as Caroline and Pasha.

Both were very deserving winners. Though some complained as Caroline was later revealed to have had professional dance training, as well as choreographed girl group star Frankie and pop star Simon from Blue fame.

Front-runner Jake Wood was voted off the week before after the producers made judges mark them down. Jake lost a dance off to hapless tool Mark Wright, saved by producers via the judges.

All the four stars are featured on Strictly’s upcoming tour, which many viewer believe was the reason for biased marking procedures throughout the series. The producers already planned the end before the show began and failed to count on the fact that the public are the ones who actually choose who makes it.

Whilst it still thrashed the weak rival X Factor, producers of the show with in-house favouritism, on air jabs and abuse and failed attempts to be creative have shone a dark light over the glitzy spectacular.

BBC need to pick their glittery socks up. What they fail to understand is that FalseFabs, who they also attacked throughout the show over honest and fair reporting, will decide their licence fee debate. While the media and politicians decide what to do, we will make the final case ofr or against. It’s up to them to figure out how to build new future relationships, not just run off to a newspaper for a brief defence. Same age old rookie mistakes. The future is coming, not the past. Juvinlie behaviour is not acceptable and currently, we don’t have a strong case to support it as we have done for numerous years. BBC ruined it themselves and still continues to assume they are better than the rest. What honestly is being ‘given back?’ We will have to see.  If Director General Tony Hall or new boss Rona Fairhead wants to have a chat about it do contact us from the details provided on this site.

Strictly used to be one of BBC’s best. Now it has become a tedious affair by a ridiculous team intent on being nasty and abusive to its audience. Shameful. Lots of sackings need to be made to fix this ailing show.

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Debate. Are Apprenticeships worth it?

Debate. Are Apprenticeships worth it?

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So you’ve probably heard by now all the psycho babble by clueless politicians who want to encourage you back to work to jump at the chance to do voluntary or apprenticeship work.

Is it worthwhile or are you simply being exploited. While Politicians are completely deluded from the reality normal folk, known as commoners or peasants, have to live in, the landscape is entirely different.

The case for being worthwhile lists benefits such as learning and contributing. But what if you already are entirely skilled and can do the job but are downplayed in order to get some ‘numbers’ on your CV? With no end in sight and not one willing to offer graduates or non grads hoping to break into the market a position whatsoever the future is nowhere in sight. Gaining this experience, you might say, is a delusion. Employers are using you for free labour to pawn you off after two weeks and not pay you a dime. They are laughing. And what experience do you boast of? Something you knew how to do yet they would not let you play with the proper toys? Did you spend two weeks to become a tea lady?

Every time you work you are encouraging a free system of instability and broken implementation to flourish. Many will not even give you a reference, so when you put it on your CV/Resume it is as good as your word against their’s. Many who have been in interviews will know that when there is no support from an employing house, your claims fall on thin air. In such a short space of time to impress, you have now become warranted in the interviewer’s mind as a lackey and thus, will not be given any position.

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For those that do give the benefit of the doubt, you will likely receive a minimal offer or start on the low pecking order which does nothing for your skills, proves you are undervalued and you will always be passed by for promotion as the dogsbody.

With such small quantities of apprenticeships/internships available and not in the correct sectors either, the world of free work is implausible. In an economic recession with growing rental costs, education fees or energy bills constricting the wage packet, to which many apprenticeships do not offer, is simply a fantasy. It all sounds great, yet the reality is the system is flawed. Filled with underlays of corruption, abuse, no payment and no skill development, the notion of apprenticeships is a sham. I want them to be worthwhile. I would like to say that it’s a great thing, but when so many cannot do it the right way or not bother to care about some poor sap trying to be somebody we know can waste two weeks of free labour is diabolical. But hey, those people at the top will never have to go through any level of hardship or struggle, will they? Especially when they are simply born into their jobs with a snobbish misunderstanding of how the sectors of such working houses shut many out instead.

Then there is the troubling placement of all. Location. If your not in the hub of London, for example, which doesn’t have many for that matter, you haven’t much chance of getting one. Then imagine those who are going for the placement. You think you can get in over say 1 in a 100? With an overcrowded job market and an inaccuracy to understand healthy competition to grow an economy, many simply want to take your ideas, writing, or anything else you can contribute and steal them for their own bylines. Your hard work is often taken from under your nose, sent you home with a good job pat on the back and without your knowledge take your stuff and publish, use or claim the glory or targets for themselves.

So are you better off now? Has your bank balance increased? Has your CV now been upgraded with some experience? Have you developed your role further? Have you gained any useful contacts? Any references to boast of? Can you honestly say, all in all, the most important thing of all, that you enjoyed your work experience/apprenticeship? Have you simply become the office laughing stock? Good luck for the future. Once they have finished with you for two weeks, they get the next one in from the ever convoluted conveyor belt of capitalism. Free work without pay is called Workfare. Or slave labour if you prefer.

With the government’s own unpleased admission the situation is “endemic” there has been no efforts to continue them. Don’t worry. I am certain we shall see the Tory Party start boasting of this in their pledges for the General Election next year int he UK only because I mentioned it. If I didn’t they would not have considered it, which should highlight you should not be duped or exploited by false promises.

Apprenticeships Opening Doors

Then after you leave the internship, what do you do next? You are back to square one. Clueless of your next step. If you can do your own PR for nightclubs, build a portfolio, or find unique ways that benefit you then do so. Though not everyone has this foresight or direction. This is why apprenticeships are in existence. It is up to those who have the capabilities to extend the earning and learning hand. As with a regular position, employers will have to work with them. Apprenticeships are exactly the same.

When a realistic offer is on the table, you should take it and employers should allow themselves to open up and allow a negotiation with the trainee. This benefits business and companies and with the lack of many they should think long and hard on an apprenticeship funding, charity or own implementation of a program to encourage the option.

I am also available, should anyone like to offer me some experience, at an affordable rate with skill expansion if such generosity is offered.

Aspire, achieve and be great. The foolish illusion and complete facade of the apprenticeship is revealed.

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Are you prepared to be the dogsbody who gains no experience, no finance, no job and no career? The glamorous television adverts are a sham. There is no future in free apprenticeships. Those that do pay have quota’s based on young ages, ethnicity and gender specializations. It’s a convoluted mess that serves no purpose. Perhaps all rich people should set up or donate to them or offer their own apprenticeship house by finding companies to liaise with? Currently the service is not fit for purpose and free apprenticeships should be abolished. Real career opportunities should be available. The market has been very closed, selfish, abusive and irrespective for years, including centuries. To move forward, we should be Politicians, especially Conservative are deluded in the fact that free work labelled as apprenticeships are helping people and those who don’t do so are lazy. Charming. Or spiteful, vindictive and out of touch if you prefer.

The UK, among the rest of many worlds does not pay. The world, let alone any economy cannot function this way. Man’s greed will eventually cost him dearly. If you fail to pay people what they are worth, the economy wont grow. It is not rocket science.

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Leader of the UK, millionaire David Cameron on his holidays, who made his fortunes from slavery.

These should be rolled out worldwide to continue the fact that big companies must pay up and respect the workforce if they really want the best for a future. The corporate and business world needs a fresh kick up the backside. Maybe it should have just hired people to begin with?

Figure it out and make it work, or in ten years time riots and public anarchy will break this entire landscape. All the corporations and politicians will be hit. Whose the really lazy ones now?

Deal with it. Fair equality and real job prospects, not a PR statement that sure sounds good and offers absolutely nothing.  People wont put up with it forever.

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Strictly Come Dancing 2014, Week 11: Results

Strictly Come Dancing 2014, Week 11: Results

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The show opens with a stunning rain drenching spectacular with the pro dancers and a new ginger dancer. He looks very competent. Get him on the next series. Needs a bit of change for the better. That was world Latin champion Neil Jones, Claudia let’s us know.

Claudia and Tess are in their anorak-ed yellow raincoats as they inform us someone will leave and miss out on the semi-finals next week.

The results are in. The first couple making the semi-finals is, in no particular order,  – Mark and Karen!

Also back are – Caroline and Pasha.

The first couple to grace the dance off is – Pixie and Trent.

This is what happens when BBC bias takes over,the viewers wont be fooled forever and shocks happen thanks to the producers favourites. Fancy votes also ruin the new age X Factor show. Not too great, is it?  Bin the production and get me to sort it out Rona. The BBC is in trouble, dear. Why ruin your entire reputation over some four idiotic people with childish personal behaviour instead of professionalism? You have to lead this troubled organisation into a future, not a past.

One Republic

Counting Stars

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Everyone wants a piece of the greatest band of the year. World class performance form the band, despite being taped weeks back when they were on X Factor. This is minor, though, as One Republic always deliver quality. An amazing year for them.

Len’s Lens

Pixie’s inconsistency was viewed by Len. Darcey spoke about Mark coming in and out of hold lying about the cleanliness of transitions, which were terrible. Craig spoke of Simon’s hand grooving. Bruno talked about Jake and Janette with their amazing routine of personality.

It’s back to Tess for the remaining results. In no particular order, returning next week is – Frankie and Kevin.

The second couple in the bottom two are Simon and Kristina leaving Jake and Janette to pass through to the semi-finals next week.

The dance off

 

Simon and Kristina

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Heartache Tonight – Michael Buble

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Simon’s start with finger clicking was slow getting to the floor. In hold much more swift and clean. Good synchronicity this time than original but still very slow and pale. Lacking real punch. Smoother lift ending second time around. Good effort and fought for place.

 

Pixie and Trent

Cha Cha

Love Shack – B52’s

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Stronger personality with Trent this time around, but should have been shown first time around. Good twirls but more like a pretty Barbie doll and slow steps into hold. Great partnership as always but reaching peak perhaps?

 

The Judges Vote

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If it’s a draw, leading judge Len will save them with the casting vote.

Craig – Tough choice. Save, Pixie and Trent.

Darcey – I wish I wasn’t having to choose between these two. Simon and Kristina.

Bruno – Really good seeing you both again. For me, overall dance ability, Pixie and Trent.

Len – Have to judge this on this one dance. Hard as a judge, harder as a person. Right result for me, my winners were, Simon and Kristina.

Third time lucky! Simon and Kristina both collapse on the floor.

 

That’s your Lott!

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Pixie said of her dancing experience.

 I was absolutely loving it. Couldn’t have asked for a better partner. Amazing.

Partner Trent, whose debut year reached the Quarter-Finals added of Pixie,

Super talented. Hard working. Genuine. Had such a fantastic time. Wish her all the very best.

 

While they didn’t push harder and really go for it, both Pixie and Trent had an amazing run and strong partnership. Trent proved to be an outstanding professional this series, despite being a stand in for injured Robin Windsor. He’s done enough to come back next year. Cool job.

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Strictly Come Dancing 2014, Week 11: Quarter Finals

Strictly Come Dancing 2014,

Week 11: Quarter Finals

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It’s the Quarter Finals! About time. Feels like forever with this over-marking rubbish. Back are the hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman. Joining them are the judges Craig Revel-Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli. Our frank, professional and honest score is in brackets as well.

Simon and Kristina

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Heartache Tonight – Michael Buble

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Simon tries hard but it was too cheesy. Watered-down, limp and double-step counts as a lift. Was very awkward. Made up little with good lift spin of Kristina face forward spiral held by both hands.

8, 9, 9, 9 (8)

Caroline and Pasha

Argentine Tango

La Cumparsita

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Caroline got some fresh tips from a friend who knows everything about ballroom dancing. Some bloke called Olly Murs, who always criticises X Factor for making him the toll he is today. Though he doesn’t mind going on it to try and flog a single at every call. Muppet. Tonight he’s on Strictly. Muppet.

Caroline started with a good few lifts and kicks helped with Pasha. Looking very controlled and classy. Sophisticated movement around the floor with good interactions and partnership with Pasha. Nearly flawless. Almost. Still good enough, with feeling and skill.

9, 10, 10, 10 (10) (Our second, and first for Caroline!)

Pixie and Trent

Cha Cha

Love Shack – B52’s

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Pixie turned around with her pink thrills to get Trent in the groove. Dancing around some weird 1970’s groovy coloured cushions and living room sofa’s the pair moved very well together. Occasionally walking into Trent generally from Pixie was weak. Too simple and easy made it very lame and lacking. Skill there but personality flawed. Was again a tad boring. Seriously. Let yourself go.

Craig – Spectacular but little stiff.

Darcey – Zest, energy, came alive. Was an inconsistency with leg action. Awkward.

Len – I’ve been a little bit lenient with lifts early this season. If I see any next week, I’ll penalise you. You did three. (Well do it now, then. You’re a judge!)

9, 9, 8, 9 (7)

Mark and Karen

Foxtrot

L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole

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Gormless gobshite Mark Wright (Oh, that rhymes) played the sympathy card for audience votes. Flashing his teeth and jumping up with a lift waited for Karen to join him in hold. Standing on spot and waiting for Karen to move arms down. Stands and holds arms out on spot again. Tacky footwork. Moving around like a stick ultra-stiff. Circles around same area couple of times lost. Bad arm extensions and sad clapping moments. Ends on the letter seat. All teeth and no substance. Not barely any dancing in many places.

Darcey – Oh Yeah. (To Tess asking if she felt the love.) Liked that very much.

Bruno – You charmer you. Never been smoother. Well done mate. (Just ask him for a fuck and get over it! Biased crap.)

8, 9, 9, 9 (7)

Jake and Janette

Charleston

Entry of the Gladiators – Ken Griffin’s Circus Band

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Off to the circus. Janette makes way to the floor with a classy cartwheel. Jake takes control and leads his lady. Good hop along and captivating lift upside down Ferris wheeling. Proving ability to dance in singular moments. Controlled movement, strong power and entertaining fun. Always intriguing to watch which no other dancer has. Such personality with skill.

Len – Circus of delight.

Craig – Impressive character. Strong, quirky. I don’t know where it comes from.

Darcey – So in sync. Such imaginative lifts. Energy throughout.

9, 9, 10, 10 (10) (Our second for Jake!)

Frankie and Kevin

Salsa

Work – Kelly Rowland (Freemasons edit)

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Frankie starts grinding a iron rod for no reason and gets to the floor to shimmy then run into Kevin. Very weak. Does moment for cheap reaction from crowd. Sloppy hand grooves like washing the car windows. Awkward lift over. Clear to see pressure taking over by trying to push harder, which we appreciate. Very statuesque of leg hand widening jumps. Good end on pointed down to toes lift. Okay, but still lacking real thrust.

Bruno – You really have the tools of the trade. Plenty of bookings coming your way!

Craig – Little bit haphazard, lost fluidity. Incredible dancer.

Darcey – Packed full of moves. Didn’t look as comfortable, but fast, fun disco Salsa.

Len – Little bit rough around the edges.

8, 9, 8, 9 (8)

Waltz Marathon

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The ‘Waltz-athon’ is up now. This will rank every couple from 1-6 and points allocated. It could change all the scores. Here we go. Will Pixie and Frankie make it big? All are on the floor together and the judges will choose whose in and whose out.

Pixie , Caroline and Jake begin with personality as the other three stand around for most of it before getting going. Lots of control from Jake and Caroline. Mark simply standing in the middle as Karen dips down. Frankie doing okay. Simon lost in mix.

Oh, so they are not eliminated whilst on the floor. How daft. Make it up as you go along with the producers in the ear. SAVE PIXIE do they say?

In sixth place is Jake and Janette. Producers love marking him down.

Fifth is Mark and Karen. Fourth is Caroline and Pasha. Third is Simon and Kristina. Second is Frankie and Kevin. Winners are Pixie and Trent. It couldn’t be more fixed if it tried.

Should have been Mark and Karen, Frankie and Kevin, Simon and Kristina, Jake and Janette, Caroline and Pasha, Pixie and Trent. Ever trustworthy is the BBC. Do you not even care about your already perverted reputation?

If you can’t fix it, get someone who can. 🙂

Come on Rona, sort it out.

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