Sunday, April 30, 2006

TIME FOR A BIT OF BLOGGING

Hello all. I have been busy doing more of that horrible studying type stuff so haven't had a chance to write anything for a while. I watched the latest episode of the Apprentice through my fingers as Syed and Ruth carried out the most ridiculous idea ever for a service on a cruise ship. These people were 50+ (mainly) and I couldn't see how a backwards egg and spoon race was ever going to do it. I thought they would be destroyed for having a raffle (a service?) and was sure that was going to be the reference to reading the rules. The show was a bit weird as, again, there was no sign at all of Michelle or Ansell. Ansell did manage to jump on the bed and Michelle danced a bit but we didn't see anything else. It is strange that they are in the final 4 but there doesn't seem to have been anything shown to say why they are there.

Syed came across really well in his You're Fired even though I was surprised that the panel were so onside. It is normal for there to be one of the panel having a go whilst the other is a bit more gentle. This time it looked like they both wanted to get in his pants!! His interviews have been very good too - very measured and with a dash of self-criticism. I enjoyed listening.

I haven't been up to much. Had a great time as a guest at the Chamber of Commerce dinner and was asked to draw the raffle. Enjoyed a mad night at the St Andrew's University fashion show (two huge Magnums of champagne on the table with shorts of Absolute Raspberry vodka and no-one drinking but me - very messy). I have been getting some more interesting job offers and also got my first 2 hand-written fan letters. So lovely if a bit strange to believe that people want to write to me. I will write back but am loathed to send a signed picture (as requested) as it feels so arrogant!

I have been asked to speak at a couple of events over the coming months and am generally loving the fall-out from the Apprentice. I am also really looking forward to the 9th May when we all get together again. I am very interested to see the dynamics of the group as things will have moved on so much from the time when I was in the house and people were generally getting on okay! Will be an interesting night and, by then, we will have our Apprentice!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

I'M A STOCKBROKER DON'T YOU KNOW

I have just finished and passed my last exam and am now (technically only) qualified to be a stockbroker! It has been weeks and weeks of horrendous studying but the first stage is over. I have now been handed two HUGE folders of papers to plough through for the next 2 weeks to do my certificate in Financial Planning 3 and 4 - Retirement Planning and Financial Protection - YAWN!!!

I am waiting for the moment when I wake up and decide that I have reached all my goals and don't need to keep looking for the next big thing! For most a law degree and a career in the law would be enough - I would love to know what it is in my make-up which means I am never settled and have to keep looking - a friend told me it is typical of Scorpions - any other thoughts?!

Time is moving on and it will soon be time for the You're Hired show - I am so looking forward to seeing (most of) the Apprentices. We are planning a massive night out - so standby London.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG!

There is a problem with leaving comments on this blog. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO DO! Sorry! If you want to get in touch you can still use the contact me link.....I will try and sort this out but I think it is a blogger problem rather than one with this site.

Hope you all have a happy and chocolate-filled Easter.

(Added 10 minutes later) - I think I have fixed it - let me know if there is still a problem...

Friday, April 14, 2006

I TOLD YOU!

I am as daft as a brush ( as my mum would say). Thanks so much for all the comments you have been posting on the site which I totally didn't know I had to moderate! Suddenly, a whole world of chat is on the site that I hadn't read before.

I can now answer some of them.

Thanks to those of you who said you shouted for me when I was practically running down the red carpet at the Sharon Stone premiere. I honestly didn't hear anything but would have loved to have stopped and seen a friendly face - it was a mad time!

I will now be moderating all comments as quickly as they come in!

ANOTHER WEEK - ANOTHER ESCAPE

Thought I would take a break from the relentless studying and throw some words down! I have been stuck inside for the last week studying Regulations which, believe me, is enough to send anyone quite mad. As a result I have been clicking on and off the internet (and especially the Internet Forum) every five minutes so am quite up to speed on what the great posting public think of the series at the moment.

When Sharon was fired it seems there was little real response to her. The main thrust of things was how Syed is managing to cling on for so long. I don't want to say anything about Syed himself but I do think that it sends a really poor message to everyone, but especially young wannabe entrepreneurs, if the person that lies is the one that stays in. I would like to say that I have never lied but that in itself would be another one but there is a difference between telling your best friend that her bum doesn't look big in that dress (when she's already bought it, is wearing it and is about to go on the hottest date of her life) and blatantly lying about why you are 30 minutes late for a deadline. I have been in many situations where a deadline meant just that - whether it was tendering for local authority business or having to get court papers in - and there is no flexibility and if you cock-up you should have the honour and decency to admit it. You WILL get caught out in the end and you WILL look a bigger fool for it. If there is one message here it is that you shouldn't lie to get on in business and you don't have to. One of the things I learned in Officer Training was the importance of integrity and that is something which has carried me through my life.

Things have quietened down on the media front - as they inevitably will - there are still a few interviews and TV opportunities floating round but these things, it seems, take time to mature. I am happy to bide my time as there was never any really burning desire to be the next Kirsty Wark! I did enjoy my 15 minutes though and would recommend the next series to anyone.

On that thought I see that the application forms are already out for the next series. I would be very surprised if Alan Sugar does a third one. I don't think it is fresh anymore with him - it is just too obvious what his prejudices are and it makes the firings less interesting. I would love to see someone like Stellios have a go and really mix things up. For anyone thinking about applying I would recommend it 100% (or 150% if you are Syed!). The one thing to take with you to the interview, though, is yourself - what I mean is, don't try and be wacky or the next Jo (there is only one, believe me). These TV guys have seen it all before and they can see someone trying to play a part. If you are what they are looking for then you will make it - just be yourself - another bit of honesty!

OK - probably enough of me. I had a message from someone saying that the comments button isn't working on this site. If you have any problems just drop me a quick email and I will see if I can do something! (now that was a lie - there is no way I would have any idea how to do anything with IT but I know a man who can!).

Sunday, April 09, 2006

ANOTHER TASTE OF TV!

Hello one and all. I am going to have to make this quick as I am currently taking my stockbroker's exams and am meant to be studying at the moment - you have no idea what a load of nonsense I am filling my head with at the moment.

I had a lovely day today when I went to the STV studios in Glasgow to do a morning news review programme - Sunday Live - with Stephen Jardine and Tommy Sheridan. It was fast and furious - in at 1000, read the papers and then talk about them at 1100. I have been stuck in a classroom in London for the last 5 days so wasn't exactly up with the news - I hope I managed to sound reasonably knowledgeable!

Stephen has been a great support to me and has recommended that I get an agent (something I never thought about). I will give it a go and see if there is anything out there. I am still in talks with three TV companies about possible projects so who knows what is on the cards. I have to say, I am not holding my breath and will keep on with the studies in the meantime.

I actually didn't watch The Apprentice this week on Wednesday! I can't believe that I didn't as I thought that I would never miss it this series but I was out celebrating my first exam success and couldn't persuade those I was with to put down their drinks for an hour between 2100 and 2200. I was gutted that Samuel went (even though I knew he was going to) as he is one of the soundest people left on the show and really has got a huge amount to offer. He made it clear that his skills are in presenting and selling to high level clients and he proved his worth in the advertising task - but Sir Alan clearly would rather have a Top Shop assistant than a top level negotiator. He was great on You're Fired - which I think always sorts the men from the boys.

Still not sure how Michelle is getting away with it....I couldn't believe that she survived this week as SAS told her that she was 100% responsible for what had happened. If you are 100% responsible then no-one else is to blame AT ALL. Have the laws of maths changed since I was at school? Syed gives "150% effort" all the time, he was "100% to blame" for the pizza task yet Alexa went. Can someone please explain this to me?

SAS was in fine form again in his Mirror column praising Paul for being charming with the ladies. I don't mean to go on but weren't the women thrown to the lions for similar behaviour in week 1? My mum phoned me when I was on my way back from the studios today to let me know how inconsistent it all seems. What is charm and what is flirting? Can only a man be charming? Is it the case that a woman is using sex to sell and a man is simply making best use of his 'talents'. Paul said he would marry about half a dozen women on Wednesday - that's pretty outrageous in anyone's book. Don't get me wrong - I reckon you use everything at your disposal (within reason) to achieve an aim but the man making the decisions can't seem to decide what he thinks is acceptable and what is not!

But enough of this - there are Regulations to be learned.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

OK - AM I TAKING THIS A BIT TOO MUCH TO HEART?



Right Dean. Get your slap on and get yourself off to the Sharon Stone premier! I want to see how much alike we are!