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Top 10 jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe

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Top 10 jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe

As my mum always says ‘if you don’t laugh you cry,’ so I’m a great believer in finding every opportunity available to have a good laugh. Here’s a list of the top 10 jokes from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival:

1. Stewart Francis – “You know who really gives kids a bad name? Posh and Becks.”

2. Tim Vine – “Last night me and my girlfriend watched three DVDs back to back. Luckily I was the one facing the telly.”

3. Will Marsh – “I was raised as an only child, which really annoyed my sister.”

4. Rob Beckett – “You know you’re working class when your TV is bigger than your book case.”

5. Chris Turner – “I’m good friends with 25 letters of the alphabet … I don’t know why.”

6. Tim Vine – “I took part in the sun tanning Olympics – I just got Bronze.”

7. George Ryegold – “Pornography is often frowned upon, but that’s only because I’m concentrating.”

8. Stewart Francis – “I saw a documentary on how ships are kept together. Riveting.”

9. Lou Sanders – “I waited an hour for my starter so I complained: ’It’s not rocket salad’.”

10. Nish Kumar – “My mum’s so pessimistic, that if there was an Olympics for pessimism … she wouldn’t fancy her chances.”

I’m lucky to have a great group of friends that always make me giggle. These are some recent pictures of my crazy friends that made me laugh.

Giggles mid week

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Originally my blog was meant to be a laughter guide which would involve me posting anything funny for you all to have a good old giggle at. I then realised my blog has in fact been taken over by my experience as a journalist, perhaps reflecting how much I’ve learnt and how much I’ve grown up since getting a proper job and finishing my course. BUT do not fear as I’m still always on the look out for funny things, so I came across this which made me actually LOL (laugh out loud,) so have a look and a laugh!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/9625832/Viral-inspired-Ruff-Dog-Day-video-becomes-online-hit.html

This video also reminded me of my dog and how human like she can sometimes be. You have to love Labrador’s 🙂

Cymru am byth

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Wales V Scotland

Wales V Scotland 2012

I am very proud to say I have lived in Wales all my life and also very glad my parents decided to send me to both a fluent primary and secondary school. This made it easier for me to learn such a complex language as I was growing up. I couldn’t even begin to tell you how many people tell me they wish they spoke Welsh and I really do understand how hard it is to learn from scratch.

Having a very strong Welsh accent  means I often get  mocked jokingly by friends, and also get laughed at by family members as I talk at  100 miles an hour when I’m excited. There’s also the joys of Six Nations rugby days when Wales are playing and I put on my Welsh rugby top and sing the Welsh National anthem at the top of my voice.

Wales V France

Wales V France

 

Hen Wlad fy Nhadau
(Land of my Fathers)

The Welsh National Anthem
Cymraeg

Mae hen wlad fy nhadau yn annwyl i mi
Gwlad beirdd a chantorion enwogion o fri
Ei gwrol ryfelwr, gwlad garwyr tra mad
Tros ryddid collasant eu gwaed.

Gwlad Gwlad,

Six Nations in Cardiff

Welsh rugby shirt!

Pleidiol wyf i’m gwlad,
Tra môr yn fur i’r bur hoff bau
O bydded i’r hen iaith barhau

English:

Land of my Fathers, O land of the free,
A land of poets and minstrels, famed men.
Her brave warriors, patriots much blessed,
It was for freedom that they lost their blood.

Wales! Wales!,
I am devoted to my country.
So long as the sea is a wall to this fair beautiful land,
May the ancient language remain.

A close friend of mine who I met at the start of my course has always joked that I will become ‘the face of Wales.’  Everytime I made a comment with any hint of negativity he would joke ‘as if the face of Wales could do anything wrong.’ I celebrated my 24th birthday on the weekend and couldn’t wait for my card he told me he ‘was working on.’  After 3 days I couldn’t help thinking he was lying when he said ‘it’s  in the house,’ but today when I finally got it…I decided it was worth the wait.

The joys of growing up

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Admittedly it’s been a while fellow bloggers and I know it’s not acceptable to keep apologising for MY lack of blogging and so I’m just going to fill you in on my busy life and continue to do this as often as I can.

I really am learning how to be a broadcast journalist in 9 months- a bit like a journalistic pregnancy. I sleep, eat and breathe news and my brain is constantly working overtime as I think about ways I can be interesting, creative, organised and as my lecturer keeps telling me ‘relax and slow it down.’ I have a tendency when i’m excited to speed up and it has its positives (meeting deadlines,) but can also have its flaws (sometimes I feel like im in the panic room on the Exit List.)  Anyone who hasn’t seen that game show, it’s very addictive.

Nevertheless my life is 100 miles an hour and with less than a month before I break up for a very exciting 3 week work placement the pressure is on. It is possibly the most important year of my life but I am still making time for socialising and fun and of course I’ll be sharing that with you.

Firstly, yes it’s that time of year again- the Six Nations! Possibly the most exciting time of the year as I’m a massive

the aftermath of the rugby match

Crowds flocking out of the Milennium stadium

rugby fan and there’s nothing quite like a rugby day in Cardiff. Any home games at the Millennium stadium brings thousands of supporters, the streets are packed and the atmosphere is phenomenal. Yesterday Wales were playing Scotland and as the game ended the streets flooded with happy Welsh fans and the Scots were a great sport as they proudly wore their kilts.

This weekend was my 24th birthday and was celebrated in style with a house party theme, ‘seven deadly sins.’ My very good buddies made me heart-shaped biscuits and decorated the house with birthday banners and balloons.

I also loved the practicality of all my presents and how they were all useful for my journalistic lifestyle- a blazer, a smart shirt, posh handbag, pearl earrings, classy necklace, ‘State of Play’ DVD etc. 

It was definitely a memorable birthday and I am lucky to have so many good friends. The costumes were great;  a pride of lion’s, a lot of people GREEN with envy, some Katy Perry style ‘Gluttony’ costumes, Mr. Darcy himself (lust,) Miss Pride and many more.

Birthday fun

Seven deadly sins birthday

So that’s pretty much the social side of my busy life but journalistically it’s also been a bit crazy. Every Tuesday and Friday we have production days which reflect a real day in a newsroom. More often than not, the days will start with a stressful rush to get a 5 minute bulletin out by 9 o clock but then as the days go by and the interviews begin to come together the days are a massive adrenalin rush.

There’s no better feeling than working and developing a story, timing a bulletin perfectly, getting some great interviews and the list goes on. As I have finally got to grips with the technology side of things thanks to practicing in the TV studio and radio  booth the journalism can be the main focus.

TV studio practice

Practicing in the TV studio.

 

Tomorrow is Valentine’s day, that time of year when men feel a huge amount of pressure to buy the perfect gift and treat their loved ones to the usual cheesy gifts: chocolates, roses, teddies ETC.   I am very much looking forward to covering a story on it in the Rhondda.

Valentine’s Day is often focused around couples going for candle-lit dinners but this year the council are running a campaign ‘Love Leisure for Life,’ to encourage couples to exercise together on Valentine’s Day. It’s going to be an early start tomorrow as we go and see for ourselves how many couples will be hitting the leisure centres for a romantic swim.

I’ll let you know how it goes!

Reasons to be cheerful

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It’s January 2012 and I’m just as shocked as you are at how fast another year has flown by. After spending vast amounts of money on celebrating Christmas and New Year’s January is usually the month that sees many people feeling  a bit down. The weather is miserable (which most of us living in Wales should be used to by now!) and money’s tight BUT fear not because my job is to remain positive and to spread the cheer.

Writer and actress Meera Syal has a three-part series at 10.30 AM (BBC Radio 4) on Saturday’s designed to keep us cheery through the dark days of January. In her opening series she celebrates the fact that women can enjoy boxing, sings of praises of karaoke, and looks at the good things about modern motherhood. The second part of the series will be this Saturday (14th January) so tune in to a series which:

 seeks to challenge the prevailing atmosphere of doom and gloom and dares to be optimistic

I thought I would also provide you with some reasons to be cheerful:

1) Life’s simply too short to be miserable- as illustrated by tragic stories we read about every day in the media. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-16510035

2)  The world is our Oyster. Work can be stressful but why not take a leaf out of my dad’s book (whose 56) and take a trip. Though I am slightly jealous as I leant him my backpack to trot off to Thailand for 3 weeks!

3) There’s always something to look forward to (holidays, weddings, spending time with friends/families etc.) Arrange some fun things to do and jot them in your diary.

4) New year= New attitude: Why not pick a random hobby to do with a friend e.g. pole dancing or salsa classes.

5) YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE!!

Live one day at a time and make it a masterpiece (Dalai Lama.)

Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama