A bit of Cabin Pressure Appraisal

It has only recently occurred to me that my experience in listening to radio programs is minimal. So that was why when my friend recommended the highly popular radio sitcom; Cabin Pressure, I was very sceptical. However after uploading all the episodes to my iPod, and sitting down to listen to it, I was immediately enthralled.

Cabin Pressure is a highly acclaimed radio sitcom which has entertained audiences with 3 series and 1 Christmas special. Running since 2008 it stars well-known actors Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Finnemore (also the show’s writer) and Anthony Head.

It focuses on the travels of a small charter airline; MJN air with its CEO Carolyn Knapp-Shappey, failed Pilot Martin Crieff, Co-Pilot Douglas Richardson and steward Arthur Shappey.

Together they fly all over the world, taking stag parties to Rome, film stars to Italy and rich gentleman Mr Birling to wherever the six nations rugby final is happening.

Along the way they get into various fixes whilst we learn new things about the crew…

Keeping Christmas to Christmas

Call me Scrooge (I don’t mind) but I have never enjoyed sitting down to watch TV in early October, and having to sit through more Christmas advert then I could count on both hands.

Don’t get me wrong I love Christmas. Christmas is amazing however recently I haven’t failed to notice that it has somewhat expanded over its designated time slot. A few years ago Christmas started on the 1st of December, the shops were immediately clothed with Christmas displays and it was then that you would hear the Christmas carols bursting out from, well everywhere. However each year the prospect of Christmas comes ever nearer. I can’t remember where I heard it but Harrods’s Christmas grotto opened in late July and already Christmas albums are on sale (as if there weren’t enough already).

However this isn’t always a bad things as the advertising gurus will tell you. Companies can make a small (and in some cases large) fortune from this rather un-subtle advertising and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to John Lewis’ annual Christmas advert (see this year’s below).

All my point is (and I don’t think it’s an unreasonable one) it’s a bit early isn’t it?

The Note-Taker

Today was one of my school’s twice-yearly ‘Academic Review Days’. Basically it means you go into school, chat to a teacher for 15 minutes about how you are doing, and go home again.

One of my targets for improvement was to make a summary sheet for each lesson I do. My teacher got a bit carried away with ideas; firstly it was sheets, next using a dictatorphone and then even getting onto making a blog. I don’t think he was being serious.

However I had taken a shine to the idea. If you want to see my new blog ‘The Note-Take’ then go to:

www.gcsenotes.wordpress.com

Let the note-taking commence.

2012 – The End of the World?

When asked ‘Do you expect any apocalyptic events to happen on December 21, 2012?’ sixteen percent of Americans said ‘yes’.

Now that may not seem a lot but actually evens out at over 40 million people. This added with the countless people in Europe, Oceana and even Asia and Africa who believe in this phenomenon, it adds to quite a lot.

Many ancient prophecies indicate that change is coming. Big change. Some people believe that this change will come in a complete apocalypse; the complete end of the world, whilst others believe that it will come in the form of human enlightenment, a quantum shift in human awareness and consciousness. Some even believe that the 21st will bring the return of Jesus, predicted for so long.

So why is the 21st of December 2012 the big day? Well this date is regarded as the end-date of a 5,125 year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar. This states (as I said earlier) that there will be a colossal change in the world.

However there have of course been ‘end of the world’ claims before. In the early 1900s, German scholar Ernst Förstemann interpreted the last page of the Dresden Codex as a representation of the end of the world in a cataclysmic flood. In September last year Ronald Weinland predicted Jesus Christ’s return to earth coinciding with nuclear explosions in US cities.

So really it is up to you. Is 2012 the end of the World?