Thursday, July 28, 2011

Madeline McCann: a glimmer of hope

After the excitement of a possible find of missing Madeline, Katie McCann has confirmed that the girl in question was not their daughter. After four years, the public thought for just a few hours that the search might be over. Sadly this is not the case, a massive blow for not only the McCanns but for the country.

I don't believe this was just the case of another tabloid news story going out of proportion, I believe the world was genuinely trying to hold onto some good news, something that we've had a shortage off this year. The Norwegian Massacre, Amy Winehouse's death, Libya, Africa, the list of negative news goes on; today for just a short while we had a glimmer of hope that we could for once celebrate.

Sadly this is not the case as we continue to dwell on the negative press that fills our webpages, newspapers and television screens. Hopefully the world will soon be able to celebrate a more joyous news story.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Amy Winehouse: 1983-2011

Another talented artist has tragically died due to drink and drugs today. Amy Winehouse follows the likes of Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Michael Jackson whose talent has been overridden by addiction.

A musical genius and a legend she will remain to future generations, but will also be remembered as a wonderfully kind person who clearly got lost within a world of fame, drugs and unstable relationships.

While this news is shocking, it is sadly not surprising. Her behaviour over the last few months and her last performance made people fear the worst for Amy; that fear has sadly become a reality.

Hopefully Amy's legacy will be her music and talent, rather than her infamous addictions.

Rest In Peace Amy Winehouse. A Tortured Soul No More. x

''I'm a musician. I'm not someone who's trying to be diplomatic, you know, trying to get my 15 minutes. I'm just a musician who is honest'' (Amy Winehouse)

''I only write about stuff that’s happened to me.. stuff I can’t get past personally. Luckily, I'm quite self-destructive'' (Amy Winehouse)

David Hatton, BA (Hons)

After four years of hard work and a sandwich work placement I have finally graduated! The 22nd July saw me travel to Leeds Metropolitan University to collect my cap and gown and see my mum cry with pride before having thousands of snaps in front of the Harvard-esk architecture of the University campus. As egotistical as I am, I realized how uncomfortable cameras made me feel!

It was an early start because I had to attend a prize ceremony because I had been awarded with the faculty for outstanding achievement... (well of course...). I then moved onto the main ceremony where I sat through an hour applauding 300 people I had never even met. Good times.

The moment came where I had to get on stage to collect my degree. Unfortunately the cap and gown are not the most stable of garments, and I was petrified throughout the entire experience of it all falling to pieces. When having my hat fitted, an elderly gentleman grabbed the first hat he saw, put it on my head and then proceeded to say ''I knew you were seven inches'', which was a little disconcerting! It was even worse that he winked.

The best part of the day was catching up with wonderful friends who had made the last few years some of the best. And now we all move on to different careers and some moving away to different countries. I begin my own career in two weeks in the Human Resources department of a large retail chain.

So that is it! Graduation over and moving onto bigger and better things, it is surprising how fast it all went. Oh well, I'll be doing it all again once I've completed my Masters ;) I have a feeling my Masters graduation will be my last unless some prestigious university wants to provide me with an honorary Doctorate, which I will happily accept. Dr David Hatton Msc BA Hons CIPD, I could live with that... maybe even a knighthood too for all my philanthropy.

So with that I wish all my peers the best of luck with their future careers and hope we all keep in touch, mainly so that those in nice sunny climates can give me a place to stay on my travels!