Only 2 weeks tops….

It seems we have recently become inundated with new household names over this past summer of sport. When i say ‘we’ i’m referring to us Brits, i have no idea what it’s like in other countries, i guess it would just be the equivalent kind of thing. But it just seems like sport is the big thing to be writing about now, it will get the papers selling and it will get scepticism at the other end of the scale. I know even writing this i feel incredibly hypocritical but it just annoys me the amount of stuff about the Olympics there is, and now even I am using it, but partly because i can’t think of anything else and it’s about time to do another post. It makes me feel ashamed but the Olympics sell. Well, you would have thought so, but many business in the UK are flailing due to the London Games, but that’s a whole other story, all I’ll say is if you want to know about that and can be bothered listening to a radio thing, then here‘s a link to the Jeremy Vine show in which he covered the topic quickly, don’t knwo if it’s available everywhere though, if not then sorry about that. I digress…

Anyway, back to my point, how long will these new household names will last? Will we forget about them by next year or will they continue to be well known and stay in the limelight. Well I guess a lot of that depends on what happens in the media…again!

Here are some of the new names which i have heard being used a lot more than they should be, Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah, Victoria Pendleton, Bradley Wiggins, and not so much Rebecca Adlington. Fair enough it’s the Olympics and it’s only every 4 years, and yes fair enough Bradley Wiggins was the first Brit to win the Tour de France for 1000 years, and i don’t mind the media picking up on it either, maybe a little annoyed, but it’s their job and if they didn’t do that then I don’t think people would be overly happy. But then again thinking on the opposite end of the scale there probably are lots of people who aren’t getting a look into just because their sport isn’t popular and they aren’t winning even though they have made it to compete in the Olympics. But then again, if the media focussed on everything it would just be too much for us, so it’s just the way the world works really. So yeah it’s not that which annoys me, what does annoy me is that everyone wants to talk about it now (being hypocritical again, kind of).

I see on social media sites every night people showing their – what they call – support for the athletes. How posting a status update containing an athletes name is support i have no idea. The thing is doing these updates doesn’t make a single god damn difference, nothing is going to come of it…what?…you say your socialising?…oh i’m sorry i must have accidentally mistaken it for arseholery. Not everybody cares what you think about sport on the TV, some people might even want to watch it later and you ruined it for them. “MO FAHAR YOU LEG-END!!” That seriously is quote from one of my “friends” on facebook, their need to tell the world of what most people who care already know is so great that they clearly forgot that the caps lock key was on, and that his name is clearly not Fahar.

Jessica Ennis, New household name, how long will it last? Well how long do the Olympics last?

At this moment in time these people are the big names, and i can forsee many a breakfast TV show appearance and guest appearances for the next 2 weeks tops, before they are quickly swept under the carpet, and the next big event sweeps over the top. So what i guess i’m saying is, actually i have no idea what i’m saying, maybe something along the lines of people pretend they care about it just to show that they do, when really they will just forget about them in a couple of weeks and carry on with their normal lives, i dunno, it’s difficult to get my brain on paper. You try and figure it out. I reckon this enigma will be harder to crack than ‘The’ Enigma code.

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The global phenomenon of sharing….

I have recently made the decision to include sharing buttons at the end of each new post. It has been a hard decision to make, but i felt it was necessary to continue this and making it easier to get out to the people who want to be got out to. Let me explain why it has been a difficult decision:

I’m not a fan of facebook, i have always been a little bit dubious about it, and especially now over the past year it had really taken hold and that’s something which i want back. Free time. As a child i could get by without the internet no problem, it was a luxury. Nowadays it seems to be a necessity, what with it now being a right to have access to the internet, and the fact that so much is done on it now, job applications, events, general keeping in contact with people. It has become the next level of communication. With that came advertisements, but i’ll leave that for now, don’t want to stray to far from my point. Getting back to the facebook point, I admire those who have easy access to it, but choose not to use it, they may also have a profile, which is empty. Good on them, good on you, you’ve done what i could not, and managed to keep you life normal and you can do what you want without this overshadowing dark mass. I wish i could do that, i try but i fail.

I don’t like the way we are now bombarded by people sharing things that they like (no one really cares what you are doing, they just want to see things, and then make themselves known, everyone only cares about themselves online), and the fact that there seems to be a facebook like/share button on all the websites with high traffic, as if prompting you to do so, and to be ‘social.’ I think i can decide for myself thanks, if i want to copy and paste the url then I will, i’m not so lazy that all i can only be bothered to click a little button. It really annoys me. And this is one of the reasons i’ve regretted adding it into my own blog, i’m being very hippo-critical.

There are some people who are really terrible with making websites, even when they are given a simple template to fill, (like in wordpress) they fail to get house colour schemes correct, and just generally seem to have no idea how to make a page look neat and good, (you’ll see them from time to time, and usually they post blogs about what an amazing time they have had doing something somewhere). I’m not saying mine isn’t like that, i’m not a webpage designer, but i’ve tried to make it have some form of continuity. At the end of some blog posts i’ve seen there has been every single kind of share button activated at the bottom, which just looks a complete mess, and no one wants to see that. I don’t want to be one of those people.

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I’ve seen worse, this is just a quick example of too many buttons.

Funnily enough as i’ve reached the end of this post, i think i’ve changed my mind, i’ve persuaded myself against doing what i’ve already done. By having it here i am going against everything i’ve just said, and why should i do that just because i want to find people, people can get by without it. So if your reading this, then there won’t be any share buttons at the bottom, it is not hard to copy and paste the url, if you really want to. The majority of people don’t anyway so there seems to be no point whatsoever in including these, unless i can be persuaded otherwise?