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Valentine’s Day

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Today was a very eventful and fun-filled day. Most people spend Valentine’s Day with loved ones and are showered with gifts. My day was somewhat different. Myself and my trusty irish friend had a 7 o’ clock start with camera and tripod in tact as we headed through the valleys to our desired destination.

As we all know it’s Valentine’s Day and as part of our course we decided to cover one of our television/online production days on this topic. Rhondda Cynon Taf Council  gave us a helping hand as their campaign ‘Love Leisure for Life’ encouraging couples to exercise  together seemed like an exciting initiative to cover. Especially for Valentine’s day the leisure centres had organised some promotional deals and ‘romantic’ events across the Borough.

I borrowed my friends Satnav, which bizarrely spoke to me in a strong Irish accent but decided to take me through the most narrow country roads imaginable and even off road. We arrived on time luckily and headed into the leisure centre to see what romance was in the air and this was what we saw…

Tonyrefail Leisure Centre

Valentine's Day in Tonyrefail

A romantic swim in ‘pink water,’ as the swimmers eagerly waited to jump into the pool of romance we rushed around to get some effective shots of the dye taking effect. After interviewing the manager and doing a piece to camera we had some great conversations with friendly locals, plenty of pictures and a vox-pop with possibly the sweetest elderly couple ever.

All was going great and so we headed back to university to edit our package together. We sighed a breath of relief as we sat back and began to contemplate how we would organise our minute and a  half  package. First things first my friend jokes ‘ha can you imagine we forgot the tape,’ as the manager had previously joked about it during the interview.

The joke was on us as my friend turns her bag upside down and the tape is nowhere to be seen. We call the manager to find out he found it in the plant pot beside where we had done our piece to camera. Back I went through the valleys to recover our tape!

 Luckily as were both calm and collective my friend stayed to edit the material we had and wrote it up as I went back to Rhondda. We managed to finish it and it was a lesson learnt. I must admit not the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day but it was definitely worth it, meeting all the people in the Leisure Centre and finding out about different campaigns in our area was a great experience and it’ll be one I’ll never forget.

Valentine's Day at Tonyrefail

Valentine's Day at Tonyrefail

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!