Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Labour 2010

Every Tuesday is politics Tuesday here at 'Inside My Head'. This week's blog post is my thoughts and feelings on what has been a long few months. The race for the Labour Leadership.

                                                      (Photo Credit: Zimbio from Day 2 of conference.)
As I mentioned in my blog last week there was still 24 hours to cast your vote (if you were a labour party member or union member). Well everything came to an end on Saturday evening. The time was 5pm. The place was Manchester. A couple of months ago I had every intention of applying for a ticket to conference, however a new job and training course, made me have to cancel that thought. So at 5pm on Saturday my phone starts to vibrate in my pocket at work. Just as I am about to open the message a handful of other messages comes through. The new leader of the Labour party has been announced. It is a Miliband. However it is not the Miliband I had voted for. It was his younger and slightly less well known brother Ed Miliband.

I was a little disappointed to say the least. For a while I have believed that David Miliband was to be the future of the Labour Party. What is even more disheartening is that there was 1% difference in the votes. It wasn't until I finished work at 10pm that I would find out how close margin the votes had come. Ed Miliband was now the party leader thanks largely to Ed Balls and the Unions. It wasn't until Ed Balls votes were spread out that Ed Miliband had the majority he needed.

So with the Labour Party Conference in full swing David Miliband's future is still not been made public. Nobody should blame him if he chooses not work under his brother. I hope he does though. I still believe (and so do most of the MP's and members of the party since he won more votes in these two very important areas) that he is still an asset to the party. The thing all labour party members need to do now is put all of our support behind Ed Miliband. He is the future of the party. He needs us to join together. So come the next general election the man in number 10 is Mr Miliband.

So hope everyone is having a good Tuesday.

****Special thanks to Liza Harding for her tweets the last few days and months. She has been a great supporter for the Labour Party (as well as making me feel that I've been at Lab10 :) with her pics and tweets.****

Friday, 24 September 2010

Top 5: Things I'm Looking Forward To About New Job

Every Friday here at 'Inside My Head' is Top... day. As anyone who follows me on twitter will know I'm half way through my training to become a registered childminder. So this weeks Top 5... is what I'm going to look forward to about that.

No. 1: Its going to be the most rewarding job I've ever done.
As I have been warned. Working with children is one of the hardest jobs your going to have. That is almost always followed up with. Its one of THE most rewarding jobs you can do. This is what I'm most looking forward to about my new job.

No. 2: Get to work from home.
This one pretty much speaks for its self :). Its a job I'm not going to have to pay any travel costs to, to go to work. All I have to do is go downstairs and walk to the local school (which is like 10 minutes away tops.)

No. 3: I can pick and choose (to a certain extent) when I work.
As long as I keep to the right ratio's of children, I can pick and choose how much time I work. My own hours, how many weeks a year and how much I get paid!

No. 4: I get to spend my days with kids who can't talk back at me :).
One of the joys of looking after other peoples kids is that they don't talk back at you like your own children do. I've seen this first hand from my mum (also a childminder). Plus the added joy of working with babies is its a great way of looking after kids and being able to give them back to there parents at the end of the day.

No. 5: The money and being self employed.
For the first time in my life I'll be making a career out of my job rather than just working. There is a difference. In this new job I can decided how much money I get paid. I will also be my own boss. I won't have to answer to anyone (well except being inspected by Ofstead every 3 years).

So these are my five things I'm looking forward to. Does anyone else work with kids and can share any hints I'd be much appreciated :)

Happy Friday everyone!

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

The Final Countdown

Every Tuesday here on my blog is political Tuesdays. Here I give my views on stuff that has been written heard or watched in the press. As anyone who has read my blog will know I have been following and voting in this years Labour Leadership race.

I've been having somewhat of an 80's feeling day today. After watching OTH (One Tree Hill) this morning and there homage to John Hughes, I've been listening to some classic 80's tracks. I find it kind of ironic and in no way planned but, for some reason I've not been able to get the following track out of my head. What does this have to do with 'Politics Tuesday' I hear you ask. Well. With tomorrow being the final day for voting I thought this was a rather fitting song :)

So for anybody who has yet to still vote you can so off the website on your ballot paper. So weather you have voted David Miliband, Ed Miliband, Andy Burnham, Dianne Abbott or Ed Balls the wait is almost over.

Happy Tuesday everyone :)

Friday, 17 September 2010

Top 5... Books I've Read (So Far) This Year.

Every Friday here at 'Inside My Head' I do a Top 5... . This weeks Top 5... is a collection on books I have read so far this year. I love reading. There is something so good about sitting back and getting lost in a good book. I love different kinds of books, depending on my mood at the time. So here are my picks:

No. 1: Poor Little Bitch Girl – Jackie Collins.
As you may remember if you read my book review last month, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book on holiday. This is Jackie Collins at her very best. I can't wait to read her next book.

No. 2: Chelsea Chelsea, Bang Bang – Chelsea Handler.
Chelsea Handler last weekends host of the VMA's and nightly host of E! 'Chelsea Lately' is a comic genius. Not afraid to say whatever the hell she wants. This book is a must read for anyone who enjoys a good laugh. I honest to god could not put this book down. After taking me 2 days to read I wanted to read it again.

No. 3: Young Wives' Tales – Adele Parks.
I was first introduced to Adele Parks after seeing her book on a recommended book list a few years ago inside the Manchester Waterstones store. If you enjoy a good girly read then Adele Parks should be on your bookshelf too.

No. 4: Living Dead In Dallas – Charlaine Harris.
This is book two of the Sookie Stackhouse books that the TV series True Blood is based on. I would recommend you read the books in order. Anyone who is a fan of the tv series is going to love the books.

No. 5: A Champions Mind – Pete Sampras.
This book is a must read for any tennis fan out there. Long before Roger Federer was braking records Pete Sampras was making them. I grew up enjoying watching Sampras play. Some of my all time favourite matches have featured this guy. In this book you can hear Sampras' version of his career.

If any of you guys have read the above books I'd love to know your thoughts too. If you love reading as much as me then you know that coming across across new authors is exciting. So if any of you guys can recommended some good reads I'd love to hear from you.

Happy Friday everyone!

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Gordon Brown's Next Chapter.

Every Tuesday at 'Inside My Mind' is politics Tuesday. Now then I've noticed as of late I seem to have been doing a little bit of moaning. My apologies. I was reading online today about what plans Gordon Brown has since May 2010 he stepped down as Prime Minister paving the way for the Cameron/Clegg fiasco we have been living through since :(.

It seems Gordon Brown is going back to the education side of politics. From 20th September he will be guest lecturing at Harvard University. I personally think this is a good thing for Gordon Brown to do. I know he was never a popular labour leader, however it seems from interviews and programmes I have seen, he has a good political mind. Here he can share his views on international politics, to the newest generation of political minds.

Gordon Brown was never going to follow in the footsteps of Tony Blair as they seem like very different people. Gordon Brown it seems is instead following the educational and charity route post Prime Minister.

I think this is a nice story of a Labour Party Member in a positive manner.

(As a side note any Labour Party members who have yet to vote for the next leader remember David Miliband is the face of the future :) none of the other's in the running will give Cameron a fight in the next General Election.)

Friday, 10 September 2010

Top 5... Albums I Have Listened To This Week!

Every Friday is Top 5... Friday here at 'Inside My Head'. All week I have been sharing with my 'tweeps' albums I have been listening to. Well today you will understand why. Today's Top 5... post is Albums I Have Listened To This Week!

The contenders were a varied variety. On the list I've had the following: Maroon 5, Ke$ha, Black Eyed Peas, Dashboard Confessional, Michelle Featherstone, The Script, The Killers, Katy Perry and BonJovi.

No. 1: Dashboard Confessional – A Mark, A Mission,, A Brand, A Scar.
I was first introduced to this band when there music on 'One Tree Hill' I now own all of there albums. This is my favourite one. Favourite tracks: Rapid Hope Lost, As Lovers Go, Ghost of a good thing, and Several Ways To Die Trying. Where did I listen to it: While out shopping.

No. 2: The Script – The Script.
I'm not sure how long ago it was when I first heard about this group. What I do know is that this is one of my favourite albums on my i-tunes. Favourite tracks: We Cry, The Man Who Can't Be Moved, Rusty Halo, The End Where I Begin, and I'm Yours. Where did I listen to it: On the bus home from shopping.

No. 3: Katy Perry – One Of The Boys.
I really like Katy Perrys music and this album is no exception. Favourite tracks: One Of The Boys, Hot 'n' Cold, If You Can Afford Me, Self Inflicted, and I'm Still Breathing. Where did I listen to it: In my bedroom.

No. 4: Black Eyed Peas – The E.N.D (The Energy Never Dies).
This album has been one I've enjoyed for a while. I go through stages of liking the Black Eyed Peas though this album is definitely one of the better ones. Favourite tracks: I Gotta Feeling, Meet Me Half Way, Alive, and Missing You. Where did I listen to it: In the living room while helping my mum.

No. 5: Ke$ha – Animal.
I'm not sure when I was first introduced to Ke$ha I do know that I was introduced to the album by my best friend K. Favourite tracks: Your Love Is My Drug, Tiktok, Take It Off, Kiss N Tell, Blind, and Dancing With Tears In My Eyes. Where did I listen to it: Sat in the kitchen doing some work on my laptop.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Phone-Hacking The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Every Tuesday here on my blog 'Inside My Head' I'm going to share my views on a political story. This Tuesday is all about Andy Coulson and his phone-hacking.
                                                     (Photo Credit: rex Independent.co.uk)Many people are comparing this phone hacking with now infamous 'Watergate'. Now then I am by no means old enough to remember 'Watergate' but just the sheer mention of that 9 letter word people of all ages know what you are talking about. This story is not as globally infamous. At least not yet!

Instead of recycling this story, thanks to a New York Times news article. The bigger question people should be asking is how Andy Coulson was able to get a job under the new government. The fact that Andy Coulson is 'willing' to meet with the police on the matter voluntarily doesn't really help his case, at least not from a public perspective. Many people found that his resignation from his post as Editor of the News Of The World was a strategic decision. Both by the newspaper and the Conservative party.

During a time when public opinion on the Conservative party could be a lot better for a new(ish) party in power. They 'should' still have that winning glow and likeability, however not many people seem to have been since they came into power. The Tories just seem to be the gift that keeps on giving. Not a day goes by that one story or another is coming out showing them in a less than favourably light. It makes you wonder who is doing the hiring over there.

Now then I agree with MP Michael Meacher (and my local MP for Oldham West and Royton) when he tweeted that only a public enquiry will clear the air. For more on this story check out fellow blogger and twitter friend :) 2me2you2me.

Hope your all having a good Tuesday.

Monday, 6 September 2010

What Does Your Fave Shows Say About You?

My mum turned to me the other day while I was watching tv. She asked me if I watched anything 'Normal'. It got me thinking about my favourite tv series. I'm definitely a fan of the crime solving drama. Here are some of my favourite programmes that according to my mum means I am NOT normal :(

Criminal Minds


The Closer

(New Edition) Dexter


Lie To Me

If you look at my favourite shows it either looks like I'm really sick and twisted :) or as I like to think of it, I like a good who done it. As I mentioned above my mum thinks my choice in tv is not normal. But this is coming from a woman who's favourite show was 'The Golden Girls' lol.

What are your favourite tv shows? What do you think it says about you?

Friday, 3 September 2010

Top 5... Pictures From My Photo Albums!

Every Friday is Top 5... day here at 'Inside My Head'. This Friday I have been looking through my personal pictures and have chosen my five favourites and why they're so special.

(Left to right: Chantelle, Me, Michelle & Lisa)
No. 1: Night out with my old work friends. Chantelle's 18th Birthday.
It was a great night one of the few nights us girls all went out together.

No. 2: Me age 3ish sat in my gran and grandads garden.
This picture I love of me. It really sums me up with biscuit crumbs around my mouth.

No. 3: Top of Tandle Hills.
I love living where I do. Not only do I live close enough to all the great shops in Manchester, I also live only a stone throw away from some great countryside views.

No. 4: The Beach in Wales from my holidays this year.
This was the view of the beach on the last day of my holiday this year. I had a great time and the view was lovely.

No. 5: My brother sat in an armchair on holiday.
My brother absolutely loved sitting in this chair reading his book with a cup of tea. Being so unbelievably English ha ha ha.

So these are 5 of my favourite pictures.