Celebrity culture…what happened?

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Type in the word “Celebrity” on Wikipedia and you will get this definition. 

“A celebrity is a person, who has a prominent profile in day-to-day media and because of this commands some degree of public fascination and influence. A celebrity is usually expected to be wealthy (commonly denoted as a person with fame and fortune), implied with great popular appeal, prominence in a particular field, and is easily recognised by the general public.”

If I asked you to walk into a shop and approach the magazine/newspaper section. I bet you would see a celebrity on almost every single cover of those magazine. Celebrity is not a person anymore its a business and a lifestyle. Countless gossip magazines, newspapers 3/4 full of celebrity stories and news. People make a living from “documenting” other peoples lives. Now documenting is probably the polite word for it. Numerous times have i opened a newspaper to see a photo of some z lister eating a banana. Really! Like seriously?! is this what counts as news these days?

On the front cover of almost every newspaper, minus a few reputable papers. You will see a headline of something like “Helen Flanagan flashes knickers.” That is not news. Yet turn the pages past say the first 5 and you will see a story on 35 people killed in a bomb blast. Thats news. It makes me angry to think that we have allowed ourselves to be dumbed down so much by gossip and celebrities , that we have started to become numb to the real pressing issues of the world. Poverty, hunger, governments being overthrown, wars. They all take a backseat so that we can find out what colour top Justin Bieber is wearing today!

When I was a child, I do not remember knowing about too many celebs. I liked to play, dressed in whatever my mum put me in, and the only idols I had were the Power Rangers. Now you see children wanting to dress like the people they see in magazines. Young children idolising Miley Cyrus or Rihanna who wear next to nothing and prance around on stage twerking on people. These are the people young children look up to. 

It is worrying to think that celebrity culture now pretty much runs the life of everyday people. We want to follow what they have been doing. We want to copy what they have been wearing. We follow them on Twitter. People like Kim Kardashian. Why do people feel the need to follow what she has been doing? She is just a woman, a woman who got famous for sleeping with a rubbish rapper. How do people feel the need for her to be famous? I do not understand? How can people idolise that? We should be idolising people such as Mother Theresa, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King. Real heroes, revolutionaries, people who have actually made a difference in the world. So many ordinary people, day to day heroes do not get the acknowledgement and appreciation they no doubt deserve, because it takes a backseat to this drivel we see on the news everyday.

Something else that celebrity culture is killing off. Individuality. Everybody these days looks like sheep? They all dress the same, in the name of what, fashion? Fashion that stems from what celebs have been wearing. You all look like clones! Dress how YOU want to dress, not how society expects you to dress. Wear what you like, pierce what you like, be YOU , for the love of God, be yourselves.

I could probably talk about this forever. Go into facts or statistics but this is a blog and not an essay or some factual research! 

If you agree OR disagree, feel free to comment!

Rant over, Smurf out!

Oh London town

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I have grown up in London. Thats 22 years of living here. Now after 22 years of anywhere, you tend to get a little bored. The same sights, the same people. Same way of life. For some years now I have been wanting to leave, and I will leave at some stage. London just doesn’t do enough for me anymore. Its as if my heart lies elsewhere…..*cough Sydney cough*

Or so I thought.

As I am currently waiting to start my new job, I get a bit bored of sitting at home doing sweet FA while waiting for the other kids to finish work and come out and play. Obviously play means head to the Pub for those of you who do not know me too well. Well yesterday I took it upon myself to dig out my trusty Nikon camera, which I had been neglecting for some time now and hit the streets of London. I simply needed to get out the house. Only so much Jeremy Kyle one person can watch before you start to literally feel your brain cells diminishing.

On my travels something peculiar happened. A feeling came over me that I had not felt for some time. One of excitement, and discovery. Pride even? I was seeing London in a light I had not seen for some time. Myself and my camera , exploring Southbank, Tower hill, Westminster. I looked like a tourist but I felt more at home then I have for some years. I was realising just how magical London really is, and just how much I take it for granted. This amazing city, populated by such a diverse range of cultures and beliefs. Blended into one to make it what it is today. It really is a beautiful city. As I strolled down the Southbank, discovering all these cobbled back streets, littered with amazing old English pubs, or wonderful examples of modern architecture such as the Shard, I felt very much happy that I could call this city my home.

So for that, London. I owe you an apology. For dismissing you so eagerly as a rubbish place to live. For forgetting how well you blend the old with the new. For many reasons. I do still want to move to Sydney, once my adventures come to an end. Sydney has my heart, and my family. However instead of turning my back on London. I have realised that this will always be my home. I grew up here, went to school, fell in love for the first time, had my heart broken, met my amazing friends and many many more experiences all while living in London.

If you find yourself starting to loathe the place you live, forgetting what made you move there in the first place or any number of reasons for not wanting to be there. Take a step back and admire it for what it is. Remember what you loved about the place. Do something different? Even if its taking a slightly different route to work! The little things will make a difference. If you still don’t like the place. Well. My advice to you would be…. there is always Sydney ;).

“Wow you are so small!”

For those of you who know me, you will know I am a short little man.Those of you who only know me via this blog, I would hope you realised from the “Smurf” references that I am no jolly green giant. How tall am I?  5 ft 2 to be precise. I lost 3 inches when I actually measured myself  a couple of months back and realised I really wasn’t as tall as I claimed to be. It was a sad day.

Ever since I was a child i have had to deal with people stereotyping me about my height, or ridiculing me. I was called midget right the way through secondary school, and so took on the nickname of Smurf, to try to blunt it down and make being short, my thing, not an insult. Has it ever truly bothered me? Not really. Its just who I am!  Besides it comes with a whole host of perks. I shall not have the time to list them all but I shall go over a few briefly.

  • I can shop at baby gap to save myself some $$$
  • I am usually at the right height so as if I am to go in for a hug on a woman, I get a free motorboat to boot!
  • It is very easy for me to manoeuvre about amongst crowds, e.g. football, festivals, clubs.

I have many more but one cannot give away all of ones secrets, I already fear the motorboat comment may cost me…

NOW the one thing that DOES really wind me up, is peoples stupidity. Something I hear all to often is;

“Wowww you are really short!”

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Way to point out the obvious! As if i had not realised that for the past 22 years of my life! Next time I spot somebody with one leg I might just feel the need to point that out to them. Just incase they forgot you know? Gosh… One stereotype I often get is, that people assume I cannot drink a lot.Guess what….this is false! I had somebody at the place I used to work, refuse to get me a double Jack at the bar, because he thought I  would not be able to handle it. . It does not matter, how tall you are, some people can just handle their alcohol better than others. I have a good friend of mine who is well over 6ft and I drink him under the table frequently. You know who you are… 

But seriously! Don’t stereotype me! Do not decide how much alcohol my tiny body can handle for me. Do not assume I am unhappy or have a crap life because I come up to your belly button! Do not assume I have no luck with women either! Granted some ladies like a taller man, but once your girlfriend realises how nice I am and how much of a stereotypical douchebag you are, do not be surprised to see her carrying me back to her place!

I love being short, it is just who I am. I would not trade it in for an extra couple of inches any day of the week. The people who are first  to make a wisecrack, usually you are the one who has something you are trying to distract from. Like your giant hooter or boss eyes. Yes i noticed, Im just not that much of an arsehole to bring it up.

So next tim you think “awww look at that cute little man.” Or “Are you even old enough to be in here bro.” Just remember that i am probably laughing at your tango tan makeup, or crooked teeth.

And by the way its true what they say,

Good things come in small packages  *wink*

Welcome to my world

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Sooo blogging? I have never really thought about doing it before. I tend to read other blogs but the thought of actually applying myself and dedicating some time to writing my own blog never crossed my mind. Until today, Sunday 9th Feb 2014. Whats changed? Im not too sure, and I have no idea what direction this blog will go, a public diary perhaps? Informative discussions? Mad ramblings? probably the latter but I will try to not bore anybody who takes 5 minutes of their day to read my entries!

Im at somewhat of a crossroads in my life right now. I left my job, for my own mental health and sanity, As such i now have to move out of my flat and back home. I have also parted ways with someone that was very special to me and always will be. Throw in my dearest Nan passing away just before christmas and its been a rather rubbish few months! So im sitting here wondering, “where is my life going?”

Im sure many of you reading this have thought this at some point in your life. If you are lucky enough to have followed your dreams and “path” from the off. Fair play to you. I tend to go off the beaten track myself! So as I was saying, where is my life going? Well for the first time in a long time I can honestly say I do not have a clue!

Until recently I was in a stable job, with a long term relationship to go with it. I constantly had something to do and somebody to talk to. I can honestly say right now without either of these things I feel very lonely and lost. That is not to say I made the wrong decisions. Yet it does leave me feeling rather vulnerable. As if my safety blanket is gone. That now I have to face up to reality and actually get my life together again.

I want to run away, it is so tempting to just book a flight to some other country and pretend like everything is alright. Yet as soon as I run out of funds and come home reality will hit me like Miley Cyrus on a wrecking ball. I know its not the answer. Neither is alcohol….I must admit I have not avoided that one much lately however…ooops.

However for the first time in a long time I also feel free.

This is a fresh start, A chance to jump aboard life and let it lead me on a new journey. My life is not over, pffft im only 22! My life is just beginning and these setbacks and obstacles that life throws at us, are not here to make us fail but to help us grow as a person and learn from these experiences.

So that is what I intend to do. I have started my PADI open water scuba diving course and complete that in two weeks time. The plan? Well i hope to do a diving internship abroad,Thailand possibly. Learn to dive and eventually become an instructor!

If you really know me, you know how adventurous I am. I know that I will never be able to work an office job for the rest of my life. That 9-5 is nothing more then a hell to me. This is an opportunity for me to do something I love. Imagine waking up on a tropical island, strolling 5 minutes down the beach to work and to Scuba dive all day as a job. I cannot think of anything more exciting!

I might get out there and end up coming home In a couple of months, who knows! I might end up travelling the world and teaching scuba for years on end! All I know is if I do not try it. I will regret it for the rest of my life.

I will keep you posted how my little journey is going!

I also promise not all my blog posts will be this boring!

Thanks for reading, catch you all soon!

– Sam