Northern Lights Could Be Seen By Londoners

The Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis could be seen as far south as London this year. It is caused by the collision of electrically charged particles interacting with the Earth’s magnetic field.

They are rarely seen in this country – normally visible in places near the Arctic such as Iceland, Alaska and Norway. Every so often however, an increase in solar activity causes abnormally potent explosions of particles and when this happens, the Aurora Borealis can be seen much further south.

Earlier this week, people living in Scotland and parts of northern England got to witness the spectacularly breathtaking display of vibrant green and blue hues lighting up the night sky.

If the skies are clear, and the collision of charged particles remains strong, then people as far south as London may get a rare opportunity to witness this magnificent natural phenomenon over the next few nights.

Did you see the Northern Lights in UK this year?? Send us your pics and we’ll put them up!!

McDonald’s Twitter Hashtag Campaign Dubbed a “McFail”

Last week fast-food monoliths McDonald’s launched a Twitter hashtag campaign in an attempt to get customers to share their pleasant memories and experiences about chain. Within a couple of hours however, the company’s marketing magnates pulled the hashtag promotion due to the sheer volume of negative comments they received.

The majority of Twitter users were tweeting stories of finding disgusting things in their food, throwing up after ingesting the food, describing filthy restaurants and sharing terrible experiences of working for the chain.

Social Media Director for McDonald’s USA, Rick Wion recognized that the social media campaign did not work out exactly as the company had expected, and said the company had learnt from the experience.

However terribly this particular ad campaign might have gone for them, McDonald’s is still doing extremely well in economically difficult times. Their fourth quarter and 2011 earnings showed a substantial increase in profit.

McDonald’s – do you Love it? Hate it? Or Love to Hate it?

Fenton – The Dog Who Won the Heart of the Internet!

Have you seen the infamous YouTube clip of Fenton the dog herding the deer in Richmond Park, while his hapless owner hopelessly chases after him yelling his name?

If not, you are in the minority! The clip became an overnight internet sensation and has received millions of views. The soundtrack from the clip, featuring the frustrated owner’s voice repeating the runaway hound’s name over and over again with a growing level of alarm, has been taken by the internet savvy and put onto scenes from movies like Jurassic Park, The Lion King, and Pirates of The Caribbean.

Ali Goodyear, whose 13-year-old son filmed the incident on his phone, told the BBC that they were amazed by how popular the video clip had become.

Fenton’s owner, an architect from South West London, has tried to shy away from notoriety gained by his boisterous pet, especially after suggestions that he may be prosecuted by police for endangering the protected deer in Richmond Park by failing to control the frantic Fenton!

Ed Sheeran Gives Out Free Lego at Gig!

Word on the net is that Ed Sheeran’s hit single ‘Lego House’ has pushed the sales of Lego up by about 18%. Supremely talented singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, who was nominated for 4 Brit Awards last week, has always had a fondness for the multi-coloured building bricks. Since his triple-platinum selling album ‘+’ came out featuring chart-topping hits ‘The A-Team’, ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’ and ‘Lego House,’ fans at his concerts have littered the stage with pieces of Lego in an extravagant attempt to show their adoration.

On Friday 20th January, at a sold-out Brixton Academy, Ed Sheeran reversed the roles and started handing out Lego pieces to his loyal fans in the audience. Apparently he had been building the Star Wars Death Star out of Lego throughout the tour. It had gone with him all over the country, until his coach driver dropped it causing it to break into hundreds of pieces. Rather than attempt the mammoth task to rebuild it, Ed decided to share it with his fans at the gig that night.

It was a surreal sight to see thousands of outstretched hands reaching up towards the sky, grasping and grabbing at the little pieces of Lego he sent soaring into the crowd, hoping with all their hearts to get a memento from the gig that Ed Sheeran described as ‘The biggest gig of my career so far’.

The video for Lego House doesn’t actually feature any Lego, but does boast a star performance by Rupert Grint who plays ‘Ron Weasley’ in the Harry Potter film series.

Oscar Nominees for 2012 Awards

The Nominees for the world’s leading film awards, the Oscars, are in! 3 British actors are in with a chance of winning a coveted Oscar, they are: Gary Oldman – Best Actor – playing George Smiley in ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Kenneth Branagh – Best Supporting Actor – for his portrayal of Sir Lawrence Olivier in ‘My Week With Marilyn’ and Janet McTeer – Best Supporting Actress – playing Hubert Page, in the gender-bending drama Albert Nobbs!

Martin Scorcese’s 3D Film ‘Hugo’, about a boy who lives alone in a Paris railway station and an enigmatic toy-shop owner, got the most nominations. Hugo was nominated for 11 awards, two of those being in what are considered to be the most prestigious categories – Best Director and Best Picture.

Michel Hazanavicius’s ‘The Artist’, which was tipped to be the film to look out for at the Oscars this year, is close behind ‘Hugo’ with 10 nominations.
Steven Speilberg’s ‘War Horse’ was nominated for 6 awards, as was Bennett Miller’s ‘Moneyball’, Alexander Payne’s ‘The Descendants’, which was another film that was hotly tipped to be nominated for numerous awards, came away with just 5.

The 2012 Academy Awards will be the 84th in ceremony’s history. They will be presented by funny-man Billy Crystal on the 26th February.

See below for a full list of all the categories and nominees!

Best Picture

War Horse
The Artist
The Descendants
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris
The Help
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Best Director

Michel Hazavanicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

Best Actor In A Leading Role

Demián Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Best Actress In A Leading Role

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn

Best Actress In A Supporting Role

Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help

Best Actor In A Supporting Role

Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Max Von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Best Original Screenplay

The Artist
Margin Call
Midnight in Paris
A Separation

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Descendants
Ides of March
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Foreign Language Film

In Darkness
Monsieur Lazhar
A Separation

Best Animated Film

A Cat in Paris
Chico And Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots

Art Direction

The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Midnight in Paris
War Horse


The Artist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Costume Design

The Artist
Jane Eyre

Documentary Feature

Hell and Back Again
If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Documentary Short Subject

The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement
God is the Bigger Elvis
Incident in New Baghdad
Saving Face
The Tsumani and the Cherry Blossom

Film Editing

The Artist
The Descendants
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Sound Editing

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

Sound Mixing

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

Visual Effects

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Real Steel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Make Up

Albert Nobbs
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
The Iron Lady

Music (original score)

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
The Artist
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse
Music (original song)
The Muppets

Short Film (animated)

Dimanche / Sunday
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore
La Luna
A Morning Stroll
Wild Life

Short Film (live action)

The Shore
Time Freak
Tuba Atlantic

Balotelli Charged with Violent Conduct

Manchester City’s mercurial striker Mario Balotelli has been charged with violent conduct by the FA, for an incident in Sunday’s game against North London’s Tottenham Hotspurs.
Balotelli appeared to stamp on the head of Spurs midfielder Scott Parker, and although referee Howard Webb was just feet away from the incident, he took no action against the man who can’t seem to stay out of trouble.

Balotelli has until 6pm on Wednesday 25th January to appeal the charge, and could be banned for four matches if found guilty. If he does choose to appeal and it fails, he could face a lengthier ban.

The charge will come as little consolation for Tottenham who felt that Balotelli should have seen a straight red card in the match. Instead he remained on the pitch to score a stoppage-time penalty which saw City win the game 3-2, and denied Spurs what could have been a crucial point against their bitter rivals.

Spurs manager Harry Rednapp was also incensed by what looked like a deliberate forearm smash by Joleon Lescott on defender Younes Kaboul. Lescott also escaped unpunished and will not be facing any charges from the FA over the incident.

Fans of many of the premiership clubs were incensed by the injustice of Sunday’s game between Manchester City and Spurs, and showed their disapproval on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

One fan said, “I can’t believe the ref took no action against Balotelli, it was the most obvious straight red card I’ve seen all season. Spurs were robbed!

Another said, “City seem to be getting decisions like this from the ref all the time…It certainly makes you wonder if they’ve got friends in high places.

Have you seen the incident? Do you think it was accidental or deliberate??

The Return of Cheryl Cole’s Mojo!!!

After the devastating effect of her traumatic breakup with Chelsea Badboy Ashley Cole,31, we could all understand that Cheryl Cole, the 28-year-old Geordie stunner, needed to take some time out of the dating game.

But now, according to all the celebrity gossip sites, it appears that the Girls Aloud singer and former X-Factor judge, is getting back in the swing of things and is being chased by 5 super-desirable fella’s!!!

Well, maybe we should say 4 desirable guys, as one of the 5 is ex-Ashley, who dragged Cheryl through hell and back during their turbulent relationship and is hardly Mr Popular with Cheryl’s adoring public! Ashley is rumoured to be angling for a reconciliation with the pretty Pop Princess, although sources close to Cheryl say it is highly unlikely that she would ever take him back.
From London to the US of A, some deliciously desirable bachelors are battling it out for the affections of petite hottie!

Those alleged to be trying to win her heart include; Lindsay Lohan’s ex, multimillionaire Harry Morton,30, Dancing With The Stars and Latin American Dance Champion Derek Hough, 26, (who she is rumoured to have had a brief fling with in the past), singer-songwriter, producer and occasional rapper Taio Cruz, 28, and Producer Alex Da Kid, 28, who she made a 10,000-mile round trip to LA to meet for lunch a few weeks ago.

It’s quite clear to see that Cheryl has definitely fixed her Love Machine!! Let’s just hope the suitor she chooses treats her better than Ashley did!

Below are pics of 4 desirable guys who are in the hunt for Cheryl. Which one would you go for if you were her??

Harry Morton

Derek Hough

Taio Cruz

Alex Da Kid

Cat in a Lamp

My cat always get stuck in the drawers. I rushed to his rescue the first couple times. Then he started lying down just out of reach and giving me this “huh” look.

Damn you kitty. Get out the drawers yourself next time.

First World Problems

Hey guys, welcome to ‘First World Problems’ my rant-site about the annoying little things in life that we probably shouldn’t let get to us, but that sure as hell do anyway!

Don’t worry though, this isn’t just a place for an angry bint to share her anguish in an obscure cathartic web-rant…The whole aim of my game is to try my hardest to make you laugh!

I’ve always found raving about my grievances to my friends and family has always brought about a chuckle or two, and I’m really hoping that this will do the same for you!
Warning: I may swear and I WILL exaggerate for effect!