The BBC’s Eastender‘s current story, which involves ‘Ronnie’ swapping her baby with a neighbour’s ‘Kat’ after hers suffered cot death, has outraged many people and the BBC have received over 8000 complaints which is the record for the BBC soap.

Samantha Womack who plays ‘Ronnie’ on the soap, who swapped the babies after her son died on the programme, has even suffered abuse on the street. Samantha had people shouting abusive language at her in front of her own children.

The BBC continue to defend the storyline by explaining that it is sensitive and people are able to learn from it. They keep insisting that the storyline is not reflective of every mother who goes through such a tragedy but just ‘Ronnie’s’ story of how she dealt with it. Eastenders have dealt with many difficult topics and this one is no different.

However, although the BBC have defended the cot death storyline, they are cutting it short. It is said that the plot was going to continue for at least a year but has now been announced that it is ending in April. Does this mean they agree that the storyline is wrong? Maybe. Or it may be that they do not want to upset anymore people or continue to offend the already disgraced audiences.

Jessie J is a 22 year old singer/songwriter from London who is storming through the charts with her new song ‘Do it like  a dude’. She has just been named BBC’s sound of 2011.

She starred in an Andrew Lloyd Webber west end show, Whistle Down the Wind at just age 11.

She studied musical theatre at the Brit performing arts school, where many successful artists also graduated such as Amy Winehouse, Adele, Katie Melua, Leona Lewis and Katy B. Katy B said she always saw her as a success and an inspiration.

Jessie J was then signed by a US label called ‘Universal Republic’ who saw her potential. She is planning to go on tour in the future and represent Britain and British pop culture.

She also carried on writing songs for other artists and wrote ‘Party in the USA’ for Miley Cyrus which was a huge hit and got to number 2 in the US charts. She was also going to give ‘Do it like a dude’ to Rihanna but changed her mind after a showbiz pal Justin Timerlake told her to keep it for herself. It is now her first single and is exploding everywhere.

Jessie J is enjoying everything that is happening to her to the full. However she has health problems and suffers from heart problems. She has been on an heart monitor during her childhood and suffered a stroke at just 18. She does not let this stop her from following her dreams and accepts her limitations. She also wishes to help people such as herself and to hopefully inspire them.

 Although she is no stranger to being in the spotlight she is still prides herself on being a very down to earth person and not just an “airbrushed doll”. I predict and hope for big things for Jessie J.

Michael Jackson’s death was a tragedy for many people, especially his family. The Jacksons have been in court fighting against Micheal’s doctor, Conrad Murray, who has been accused for his sudden death.

Prosecutors say Dr Murray was guilty of a string of failings which led to Michael Jackson’s tragic death and has appeared in court charged with manslaughter.

It is said that Dr Murray tried to perform resuscitation himself and performed it wrong. This meant that he failed to call the emergency services quick enough and then did not tell them what he had given to Michael when they arrived. Dr Murray was also said to have given Michael too much of the medicines prescribed for him and it  is anticipated that Dr Murray will claim that Michael took an overdose of the drugs himself.

There has been many big and successful films in 2010 including ‘Inception’, ‘Toy Story 3’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1’. There are many highly anticipated films coming up in 2011. Here are a few films I am looking forward to seeing in 2011.  

Firstly a hugely anticipated film is the second part of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’. The stars of Harry Potter include Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. Harry, Ron and Hermione have finally been caught by death eaters. Harry sets off to find the last horcrux to destroy Voldemort but the quest ahead is dangerous. Harry knows the sacrifice won’t be weak but he needs to destroy the most powerful dark wizard and save himself and the magical and muggle world. Many fans of the books and films are counting down the days till the release of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2’ on 15th July 2011.

A second film is ‘The Green Hornet’, a comic book adaptation, starring Seth Rogan, Cameron Diaz and Cristoph Waltz and directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). Many comic book fans are also looking forward to this release on the 14th January 2011. It is a story about Britt Reid who is happy to live off his father and keep living on the party scene. This all changes when his father dies and leaves Britt his media empire. Britt and a new friend Kato decide to do something meaningful and fight crime and protect the law by breaking it. Britt soon becomes the vigilante ‘The Green Hornet’ and, with help from his new secretary, they soon begin hunting down the man who controls LA’s gritty underworld: Benjamin Chudnofsky. However Chudnofsky will not go down easily.

Another film is ‘A Dangerous Method’. This ia a David Cronenberg adaptation of Christopher Hampton’s play which details the deteriorating relationship between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung as they contend with a particularly troubled patient. It stars Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Vincent Cassel. I am have high expectations for this film. The Date is yet to be released.

Everyone in britain felt the sudden drop in temperature. The massive change in weather is happening earlier than usual.

As freezing weather continues the snow and ice are already causing havok and interrupting trains, airports, busses and roads. Many schools are also closed.

Gatwick and Edinburgh are closed until at least thursday 2nd november 2010 leaving many stranded and inconvenienced.

Many roads are gridlocked and there have been constant icy road warnings. Trains and busses have also been delayed and cancelled. Many children and teachers are unable to get to schools and therefore many are closed. Some children in severe areas are having their third consecutive day off

The bbc is also keeping up to date with what’s happening.

I took part in Bournemouth University RAG (raising and giving) charity event held on the 13th-14th November 2010.

The event was called ‘Leggit’ and the aim was to get as far away from Bournemouth University as possible in 36 hours without spending any money.

Alltogether over  £11,500 was raised in aid of meningities research foundation, victim support Dorset, Wessex autistic society and Dorset ME support group.

The winners made it to Egypt, with runners up also doing well making it to Croatia.

Our team was named ‘Are we there yet?’ and we made it to Paris. We raised over  £280. Everyone started from the University and set off at 10.00 am on the dot.

We first got on a coach to Bournemouth train station only to find that no trains were running which was a great start. We then moved on to another coach to Southampton airport trainstation. A train supervisor told us all that we would not make it anywhere and absolutely no one is able to grant a free ride in aid of charity. However, shortly after we hopped on a train to London Waterloo with the train conductor’s consent. 

We then rode the tube to Heathrow Airport with the slight hope to get a flight. Nearly every information desk we visited told us we had a chance with a different company but yet we had no luck. We then gave up and got back on the tube to head to London Victoria. From there we took a connecting train to Dover.

From Dover trainstaion we walked 10 minutes to a BP garage. Then stood, in the rain, with our official hitch hiking signs to try and get a lift onto the ferry as it is illegal to board on foot. We were in luck and within 15 minutes were able to get a lift with a friendly, young irish man named Johny in a huge lorry. We were also given free meals in the truckers lounge. Johny was able to give us a lift directly to Paris. However we had to travel a bit more of France and did not get to Paris untill the next morning as we had to make stops on the way due to his drop offs.

Once we were in Paris we asked hotels if they were willing to give us a room for the night for nothing in aid of charity. Many wanted to help but as it was a Sunday no hotel managers worked to grant permission. However we found a nice women who discounted the price of a room from €140 to €50. During the next day we went sight seeing using the metro for transport.

Late afternoon we decided to  start heading back. We got quite a few no’s which did not build our confidence. However we carried on trying and finally got on a train from Paris to Calais. We then got on a couple of busses which took us to Calais ferry port. The ‘P & O Ferries’ were kind enough to let us board as foot passengers. We then got on a train at Dover to London Paddington to get on a connecting train to Bournemouth. Our last ‘blag’ of the trip was a box of 12 ‘Krispy Kreme’ doughnuts.

In Bournemouth’s town centre students have joined the national march concerning outrage about the potential rise in tuition fees.

There are around 500 students and future students, some who have left their school classes to join the march, waving banners and have taken their stance outside the bournemouth town centre.

The angry mob has caused a stand still and the protesters are shouting and chanting to make sure everybody hears them.

Students in universities in England face tuition fees of up to £9,000 per year. If passed, it will be from 2012, as the government reveals its plans for higher education.

Read the bbc’s story.

What are tuition fees? This is the sum of money paid to the university to attend a course.

Will tuition fees rise for every course? Yes, all full time courses.

Will you still be able to get a loan to cover tuition fees? Loans will be adjusted to give support.

How much debt will a student leave university with? Debt will depend on the length of the course and size of loan. The average 3 year degree student will leave with £27,000 while 4 year degree students will leave with £36,000.

How will graduate students pay back their loans? The loan would not have to be paid back till the graduated student is making over £21,000.

Will all courses cost £9,000? No, courses will range from £6,000 – £9,000.

Facebook is a social networking site. Co-founded by Mark ZuckerbergDustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin and Chris Hughes while students at Harvard University.

2004: Website launched.

Facebook reaches nearly 1 million active users.

2005: Accel Partners invests $12.7 million into Facebook.

Facebook reaches more than 5.5 million active users.

2006: Facebook had a net loss of $3.63 million for the 2005 fiscal year.

Facebook is available to anyone over the age of 13 with a valid e.mail address.

Facebook reaches more than 12 million active users.

2007: Microsoft purchases 1.6% of Facebook for $240 million.

Facebook is valued at $15 billion.

Li Ka-shing invests $60 million in Facebook.

Facebook launches Facebook Platform for mobile.

Facebook reaches 50 million active users.

2008: Facebook aquired ConnectU for $20 million and 1.2 million in shares valued at $45 million.

Then launched Facebook Chat.

Facebook reaches 100 million active users.

2009: Compete.com ranked facebook as the most used social networking site worldwide.

The ‘like’ feature is added.

Facebook aquires Friendfeed.

Digital Sky Technologies makes a $200 million investment at a $10 billion valuation.

Facebook turns cash flow positive for the first time.

Facebook reaches over 350 million active users.

2010: More than 500 million active users.

Facebook launches Places.

My top five favourite websites are:

1. bbc.co.uk

Great for keeping up to date with current events.

2. channel4.com

Brilliant for seeing all the newest television programmes and catching up with the ones you’ve missed.

3. facebook.com

This is to keep in touch with all your friends and the latest events.

4. twitter.com

Twitter informs the world about what you are doing and gives you the chance to keep up with what the people you care about and are interested in are doing.

3. youtube.com

This is good for seeing first hand clips of events and quickly finding videos you want to see.

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