Many congratulations to my mate and colleague, Owen Smith, for being voted in third in the BBC's Countryfile readers photo competition. Owen made it into the top ten shortlist in his first photography competition, out of over 700 entries. He was voted by over 300 of his friends and family to come third in the public vote. You can see the final top 10 here, which includes some stunning shots.
England have lost a very important football game to Iceland at the Euro 2016. It is not the fact that England have lost a football game, because they usually do lose at big tournaments, despite putting so much effort into preparing for such events, but it is the fact that they lost to Iceland- a team which doesn't really posses the talented players that England has. England players should really be ashamed of themselves (seriously...come on, this is terrible). The second half performance was nothing short of atrocious. I know they held Portugal and have played well. But try telling someone like my dad or my uncle that England have lost a game of football to Iceland. He'd laugh in your face. Photo Copyright BBC
LONDON (U.K.): For the past four years I have celebrated Christmas and the New Year in mainland China, where it does not really feel like Christmas (except in Hong Kong & Macau), and the Western New Year is not celebrated with the same song and dance as in the rest of the word (again...except only in Hong Kong, and more recently in Shanghai and Beijing). Last year I was in Suzhou (China), where there was not a whisker in sight to be seen at the stroke of midnight on the 31st December 2011. So this year was a special one as I celebrated the New Year festivities with my parents in London.
At the stroke of the first chime of midnight from Big Ben, amid miserably cold, and rainy skies, around 250,000 brave people were treated to a spectacular display of bright colourful fireworks that lit up the dull London sky. As 2012 was being concluded with slow-motioned fireworks that were erupting away in front of my eyes, there must have been a myriad of thoughts that went through my head at the same time. There were reflections of how 2012 had gone, and also thoughts on how 2013 can be a more productive year ahead. Some people have reflected that a certain optimistic future is in sight for the world, especially after the economic financial crisis in 2008. But in the reality of the times, let us not forget those individuals who are still suffering from the global economic crises, and still have no jobs. The world is still going through a difficult time financially. Companies are limiting as much as they can on their expenditure.
I personally believe that 2013 would be a continuation of an effort to make the world a better, safer, and more friendlier place to live in for everyone. Most of this contributes to whatever happened in 2012, especially with all the stories exposed by the media (i.e. the scandals in the banks, terrorists, radical Islamists', Right-Wing British racists like the EDL and BNP, the hacking by newspapers, the shameful/disgraceful episode of the BBC where they had child abusers and serious sex offenders employed as DJs and journalists for so many years, the rape cases in India, and other stories that were thankfully brought to the public's attention).
In regards to the BBC, anyone with a right frame of mine is furious and completely lost as to why the horrible acts were allowed to happen at BBC studios for many years by some really vile and disgusting humans who disguised themselves as being superstars (Jimmy Savile, Stuart Hall, and many others). The question here is, how many more idiots like that are working for the BBC? Who else are they protecting? We need to smoke em' out of their caves, and name & shame them. And more importantly, if this can happen at a respected company like the BBC, then what about other institutions?
I know that the media has been blamed sometimes, but on the whole the effect from the media's influence on people and governments can bring about a positive change and a good result for humankind.
Though, the key question here is, whether 2013 will be the year that will take us all out of this global economic financial crisis? Most people think not (realistically...we may be looking at 2018!). Time will tell...and we shall see.
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