Monday, January 9, 2012


I am saying goodbye to my dear Blogspot! It has been a fantastic 3 years and we've come along way. Writing on here has led me to go on and write for some amazing people and given me some amazing chances! Since being on here I've written for Coronation Street Blog, various charities, a Michael Jackson site and various news websites. I have had over 20,000 views and has allowed me to express my thoughts and reviews on a whole variety of things.

More importantly it has kept a diary of some of the most memorable events from the last 3 years including many fantastic holidays and gigs. It began when I was living out in the USA in 2009 and allowed me to keep in touch with so many of my friends and family back home who were wondering what I was up to.

I love blogspot but the time has come to move on and have my own website where I can design it myself and have more control over the editing. Please join me at where my articles, blogs and reviews will continue.

I have also begun a website using my knowledge from recruitment to help the jobless find work at which has had some fantastic feedback and has really kicked off, so I am very very pleased.

As for blogspot, well this webpage will continue to hold my past blogs; I have too many amazing memories on here to delete it. I hope people still come and look at my old journals on here. I certainly have had a lot of fun and recommend anyone starting off a website or a journal on this page!

Friday, December 30, 2011

And a happy new year to you!

As the Big Ben clock makes its final bong in 2011 and the fireworks across the country explode into the atmosphere, I contemplate the last year and wonder what will become of 2012 for little old me (little I hear you question?)

I began the year in the middle of my final year of University, completing my dissertation on the touristic legacy of Michael Jackson. The end of the semester also meant the end of one of my closest friend’s time in England as my dear friend Emily moved to Boston, MA to live with her husband and give birth to her little boy. Emily wasn’t the only one to have a baby this year as my cousin Chris and his wife had their first baby girl.

The year of 2011 sums up me finishing University and having to grow up. I graduated with excellent grades and was awarded for Outstanding Achievement with the faculty. My dissertation was also passed onto Michael Jackson’s estate and family too. I also continued Michael Jackson’s touristic legacy myself through attending a live show Man In The Mirror with my friend Kat, and attended the Forever tribute show in Cardiff (although the latter was nearly ruined as I ran around the capital of Wales looking for a hotel room).

Finishing university meant I had to go and get a job (tut) and temping at a large retail chain led me to move into my sought after career in Human Resources, a career I had desired since my University modules last year in the subject. I now recruit for one of the largest retail firms in the UK and the studying has not all together stopped as I completed an Equality and Diversity course this year and have plans to complete a part time Masters and CIPD qualification next year to help me progress with my career.

I went to V Festival where I hung out with the celebs in the VIP section and danced away to Rihanna! Me and Angus went to the Lake District where we walked up mountains which never ended (mainly because the paths had been redirected without notice) and did a spot of literary tourism in Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth’s homes.

October was a mixed month. It began with the wedding of two of my closest friends, Vanessa and Shaun but I later lost my Uncle Mick who sadly passed after being diagnosed of cancer. The month ended on a high however as my cousin’s christening brought a focus on new life in the Hatton family. Not many people can say they’ve done the full circle of life in just 4 weeks!

The year ends with close friends, who are coming to celebrate with us. And to that I raise a glass and wish all of my friends and readers a wonderful New Year and that 2012 bring everything you wish for x

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2011 in Review

It is safe to say that 2011 has been an eventful year with ups and downs. I tend to keep a log of major events across a year in the news as a reminder and I have filled nearly double what I had for 2010!

The year began with the New Years Eve Egyptian Terrorist Attacks where 17 people were killed after a church was bombed, bringing a less than optimistic beginning to the year. Later on in the year a revolution occurred in Egypt forcing out the government, which also occurred in Tunisia and Libya also in 2011. Egypt wasn’t the only place to receive terrorist attacks as an airport in Russia was also bombed as well as Morocco. The most shocking terrorist attacks were found in Norway where a right wing extremist set off a bomb in Oslo and killed 69 people at a summer camp. There was some good news in 2011 in the combat against terrorism as we caught Osama Bin Laden and our troops left Iraq, shortly before the 9/11 ten year anniversary.

In the UK, VAT rises and government cuts led to many strikes and protests across the country. We were offered a new way of electing in a way of an alternative vote but this was voted against coming into future elections. The UK also had a series of riots, which showed to be more of a group of vandalising looting chavs rather than a revolution.

2011 had held many natural disasters across the world including floods in Brazil and Australia, a tsunami in Japan, and earth Quakes in Spain and New Zealand. We had a repeat of a 2010 mining disaster, but unlike Chile, the Welsh were not so fortunate to escape.

There was a series of celebrity scandals this year; Charlie Sheen showed that he was no longer winning as he got too high and was fired from Two and a Half Men. Dr Conrad Murray was found guilty for his involvement in Michael Jackson’s death. Cheryl Cole was promised a job on the American X Factor, only to be fired shortly after; and Ryan Giggs realized that super injunctions do not work. But the biggest scandal of 2011 had to be the phone hacking from the News of the World, where Hugh Grant, JK Rowling, Steve Coogan and many other celebrities fought out against the phone hackers and the News of the World was shut down after 168 years of being in print.

We lost a number of famous faces in 2011 including Pete Postlethwaite, Elizabeth Taylor, Ryan Dunn, Amy Winehouse, Betty Driver, Jimmy Saville, Gary Speed and Kim Jong Il. The world was cheered up however when Prince William finally got married to Kate Middleton bringing lots of hope (and tourism income) to the UK.

And there is the sum up for 2011; who knows what is to come in 2012? The Olympics should be a huge event in 2012 as well as no doubt more strikes and protests against our forever disappointing government. But to everyone out there, have a happy new year!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Crimbo and that

It is that time of year again where I try to compete with the Queen for best Christmas message... personally I think hers lacks a little edge or humor but whatever!
I finished work today at 4pm (nice!) and now I'm not in until next Thursday, which will be the longest I've had off in ages! I received a lovely secret santa gift off a work colleague: a Coronation Street Rovers Return mug and a pair of Jack Duckworth Racing Pidgeons. I don't know what gave anyone the impression that I liked Coronation Street??

I tried to be all nice and charitable (''David, are you still doing stuff for charity?'' I hear you cry!) so I bought a selection box to give to the children's hospital as they were collecting them at work. I took my selection box to work but they had already been taken the night before; so I'm stuck with all this chocolate, oh how I will suffer this Christmas.

Working in a city centre is horrible at this time of year... people don't appreciate that I don't want to be there and that I have to be there due to work being all inconsiderate and placing it in a central business hub. I try to rush past the dordellers (you know who you are) who walk at a half a mile an hour and stop at every window to see what offers on. I HAVE A BUS TO CATCH! Is murder wrong if its a Manchester shopper?

The bus home on my final day was amusing; a young child stood up and announced to the bus, ''LOOK GRANDAD, THAT STRANGE WOMAN IS ASLEEP!'', the woman opened her eyes to see a young blonde haired boy pointing at her. As I got off the bus I saved a dog, who had run away from his owner, from running into the road. As his owner came running I could understand why the poor little animal had considered suicide; the owner was a chav, didn't for a second thank me for saving the cute puppy, but did pick it and screamed ''YOU LITTLE BASTARD!' at the dog. At least I hope it was the dog... if it was aimed at me, I don't know who he was calling 'little'. Lovely Christmas spirit.

I came home where I found a flustered Angus who informed me that I had used up all his Christmas paper. He wasn't happy I had used it all up. What am I? A shop keeper? I don't do stock checks. Anyway he's off finding Christmas paper two days before Christmas. Fun.

Christmas will be spent with my lovely family in Preston. New Year will be enjoyed with my good friends Finn and Shelley who I'm hoping will bring some of Finn's Scottish heritage to our festivities. We have a Scot, we only need Travis now and it will be Hogmanay in our own house!

Anyway Have a Wonderful Christmas too all my wonderful friends and family!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

a personal note after an emotional week

I am not going to advertise this on Facebook or Twitter but if you manage to find it then you will have come across something very personal and one of the saddest weeks of my adult life. On Tuesday evening I found out that two incredibly close friends of mine are HIV positive. I will never mention names, as it is not my place to; this a mere week in my shoes as their friend.

Devastated is the only word I can think of to sum up what I’ve been feeling. I was shocked, horrified and in fear for their welfare. In the past I have dealt with people having cancer and all sorts of illnesses, but this I have no idea how to handle because I have never come across it before. I am not belittling other illnesses, I merely want to express that I understand those illnesses and therefore feel I can cope with them, but this has been something else.

I’ve felt sick, tired, saddened and in a way quite mournful over the fact that my friends have an incurable disease. This isn’t even my body. I cannot imagine what the last few months have been like for my dear friends. My heart bleeds when I think of the day they found out or how they’ve managed to tell other people when there is so much stigma out there.

Knowledge is power and that is the only thing that has got me through this week. Knowing how good the drugs are to keep sufferers alive and healthy gives me a great peace of mind. If they are reading this (or if anyone who is positive is reading) my heart goes out to you and I’ll think of you everyday. To my two in particular friends, I love you both so very much and hope you remain happy and healthy for a very very long time.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Union Debate

I write not today to press an opinion on the public sector strikes; I have enough friends on both sides and I do not wish to partake in this debate and have kept many of my opinions of it to myself. I write today to talk about the Unions who push for these strikes and how I disagree with the Unions and not those on strike.

After my research at University and my past experience with them myself and through my nearest and dearest, I have become increasingly disgusted with the unions who supposedly hold our welfare and our rights so dear to them. A friend of mine who is a teacher wondered whether to strike; he couldn't afford to take the day off work and he didn't really feel the strike was justified, but his union turned around and told him that if he didn't strike he shouldn't bother coming to them for help again in the future, despite them taking some of his salary every month so that they will be there to support him should the time come. I would be horrified but after studying organisations such as Unite and other unions, I am more than aware of their reputations.

Unite, a union always in the news, particularly for their association with British Airways staff, have on numerous occasions accused companies of bullying their staff, and yet Unite have infamously 'named and shamed' those who haven't gone on strike and actively encouraged union members to bully those who dare not go on strike. Many unions have also had alternative motives to strike (especially with Unite with their links with the Labour government) and is not always for the concern of the workers who have lost their pay to fight.

I realize that unions can be a lot of good; I realize there has to be a balance and that they have brought justice because sometimes an organisation is in the wrong. I also believe that when your employer is the government that yes there should be someone there to make sure that the workers have their say. But some of the horrific counts of bullying have made me never want to join a Union. As someone with quite unitary views, I see joining a union as distancing myself away from my employer, rather being a part of the company who have employed me. I also don't hold it against others for joining them as that is their right and they hold differing views to mine. Maybe I have just had good employers who have embraced their employees and maybe my views will change in the future, but for now I commit to not being a part of a union and embrace the organisation I work within rather than fight against it.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

My Transexual Summer

While the final moments of last night's episode of My Transexual Summer was supposed to provide an air of hope and joy for a transgender girl finding a job around accepting people, it instead made me angry, unoptimistic and reduced me to tears. All this male to female transexual person wanted was to have a job and for once not be judged. Channel 4 watched her as she traveled from shop to shop asking for work. I was horrified to see how many people rejected her (on camera!) saying that she would make the customers feel uncomfortable and therefore could not give her a job. Is this legal? How can it be? If it is, it is disgusting. A flamboyant gay man, a disfigured or disabled person could make someone feel uncomfortable, but you would not dare reject them from a job they were perfectly be suitable and could easily do surely?

It probably didn't help that Channel 4 kept going up to customers and asking what they thought of the new transexual barista, they probably wouldn't have even noticed she was trans if they hadn't shaken bigotry out of these elderly customers.

I could not believe how horrificly these people are still treated in this country today; Britain claims it is a cosmopolitan and accepting place, but seeing how transgender people suffer on a daily basis shows that we are far from it. These people struggle a life time of pain just to be able to enjoy the simple luxury of being able to wear the clothes they wish to wear and feel comfortable in their own skin, which many of us take for granted on a daily basis.

The government need to crack down and make more clear that the poor treatment of these minorities will not be tolerated. Jobs should not be restricted from them because they might put off a bigoted customer. We need to open our arms and welcome these people who have suffered enough quietly themselves without the rest of the world looking in and judging them too.