As of reading small portions of Richard Branson’s book ‘Like a Virgin’, he is now demoted from being my official ‘Idol’. However, before I reveal to you my new idol I’d like to explain to you what an idol means to me. An idol to me, is someone who I literally want to be like and is an inspirational force for good in my life. I often try to shape my life upon the lives of others and this does not go well. Alternatively, from reading about my idols, I find that I can relate to their struggles in life (not saying i’m anything special), just that sometimes I too find myself frustrated and wanting to do more; take on more, read more, learn more and most importantly do it on my own. An idol is someone who sets out the framework and protocols for how I should be shaping myself and someone, that helps me to understand the character you need to be within the world to win.
After much-ado about a personal definition of an idol, I can now reveal to you that my new idol is Elon Musk. South African born founder of PayPal, SpaceX and CEO of Tesla motors. ‘At the age of 10 Elon bought his first computer and taught himself programming’ according to an online source. Ok, so he was 10 and taught himself programming, see why I’m impressed with him? He also created his own video game called ‘Blastar’ and sold it for $500 at the same age. His net worth of $2bn in 2012 sets him well within the rich and powerful rankings of the modern business-world. Overall, I offer my seldom given ‘Kudos’ to Elon Musk, clearly an exceptionally intelligent and driven 41-year-old.
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Yes, you’re correct in thinking that the above estranged triple barrel name is Boris Johnson, London town Mayors full name. Also widely regarded as ‘Borish Boris’ for his strange antics and mannerisms. Mayor of London since 2008, the tory MP is also the editor in chief for The Spectator Magazine, this being a field that Johnson is not massively known for.
As a child Boris Johnson received the highest quality of education, studying and such establishments as the European School of Brussels and more famously Eton. Eton was to be where Boris would meet his future ‘leader’ Mr Cameron and since was been inspired with a passion for politics. Under Michael Howard, Johnson served as Shadow Minister of Arts on the Conservative front bench. He rose to mayoral fame through attacking the current mayor Ken Livingstone and mentioning him in several of his manifesto’s. For example in 2008’s “Making London’s Mayor Accountable’ Boris said –
“I believe Londoners should have a greater say on how their city is run, more information on how decisions are made and details on how City Hall money is spent. Ken Livingstone presides over a budget of more than £10billion and demands £311 per year from the average taxpaying household in London. Yet Londoners have little confidence in the Mayor spending their money with care and prudence.”
Since then Boris has been a majorly consistent Mayor of London and according to online sources, has reduced the mayoral budget massively compared to Ken Livingstone. For Labour voters and Liberal Democrats, the choice of Boris Johnson for mayor might have been difficult to initially bear, yet he has slowly become to ‘weird’ child of the conservative family and may be underestimated when called ‘unique’. His quirky personality has much been his benefit as he certainly does not fall into the category of mundane and generic in terms of politicians. He is a man with opinionated and educated basis and although he has had a privileged upbringing, often appears to be able to relate to the lower classes in our society.
Now that the Higgs Boson particle, also known as the God Particle, has been found or its existence has been proven the world continues to speculate as to the danger it presents to our tiny planet. So what are the real dangers of the God Particle and how likely are the dangers to come to fruition?
One danger that could occur is MBH (Micro black holes) a CERN study suggests. “This is possible because the CERN supercollider is the worlds most powerful particle accelerator and is smashing particles together at speeds similar to that of the first trillionth of a second after the big bang”. Internet-based arguments all seem valid to a non-physicist like myself and this only increases the worry felt by an apocalypse fearing 19-year-old.
In the world’s economy, bank managers and banks alike are cast into the shadows of people’s expectation. Little trust is thrown their way and rightly so, after the likes of Bob Diamond who fixed interest rates in aid of bank profits and how healthy the banking sector ‘appeared’ to be. However, amidst all of this, there remains one bank that has been a consistent and conforming beacon for banking regulation; that is the Cooperative Bank.
The Cooperative Group began from an amalgamation of regional societies creating what are known as cooperatives. The Cooperative group merged societies from London, Scotland, Yorkshire and Lancashire and began the CWS (Cooperative Wholesale Society), which is now an older name for the Cooperative Group. With a history of promoting fair competition and just ownership of shares and profits, the Cooperative Bank especially, remains one of the few banks seldom seen in scandal.
In the news today you might have seen that Cooperative Banks are to bid for a healthy £700m takeover of Lloyds TSB which own Halifax at present. With a wealth of capital, the Lloyds banking group are to quit whilst not necessarily ahead and are predicted to accept the bid. Good news yes? Yes.
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Kia, the South Korean car manufacturing owned by Hyundai Motor Group, have received a major set back with their city-speedster the ‘Sportage’. Volumes of customers have been complaining that the Speedometer kilometer is too faint to read and is causing them distress.
For any driver going where KPH speed signs are shown instead of MPH, this may pose a particular threat. However, Kia claim that they have met all of the restrictions as the speedo does what it is intended for. They run the risk of receiving points or paying a fine due to speeding.
The argument seems to have been focused on the faint Kia mostly in car forums whereby volumes of people can discuss particular topics. The general consensus seems to be that there are several cars in today’s market that don’t accommodate the need for a KPH reading with sufficient thickness or brightness of lettering.
Current legislation requirements are –
UK – The vehicle shall be fitted with a speedometer capable of indicating speed in mph at uniform intervals not exceeding 20 mph at all speeds up to the maximum speed of the vehicle and capable of being read by the driver at all times of the day or night.
EU – The vehicle shall be fitted with a speedometer capable of indicating speed in mph at uniform intervals not exceeding 20 mph at all speeds up to the maximum speed of the vehicle and capable of being read by the driver at all times of the day or night.
Kia’s speedo ticks the relevant boxes for both EU and UK legislation and therefore legal action cannot be taken. Kia seem relentless to admit that the speedo is not as fit for purpose as it needs to be and are leaving their customers playing the guessing game. Overall, Kia will suffer in terms of popularity with the disregard for consumer safety and the performance of their cars.
McLaren are the thorough bred pedigree of the sports car world and continue parading their design ability amongst the other competitors with the MP4-12C. McLaren and Ferrari are the Batman and Robin of our world, saving us from dull design features and monotone engine roars. But who is Batman and who is Robin?
In my mind, McLaren is the confident and calculated partition of the dynamic duo whose skills have been honed as of multiple years in practice and formulation. Alternatively, the Ferrari is Robin, the impulsive partner that thrashes stored anger anywhere and rushes into situations and thinks later.
But behold, McLaren have combined Batman and Robin characteristics to create the MP4-12C, a 3.8-litre V8 fusion of raw power, confidence and accuracy that eats tarmac for breakfast.
Packed to the brim with carbon fibre, this super-powered hero weighs only 1,400kg, which is the same weight as a giraffe (true) and is capable of reaching 200mph +.
The MP4-12C is the personification of speed, encased in the shell of a beautiful yet fierce creature that’s roar is not just intimidating, but goose bump provoking. For those that wanted to drive a road car with a Formula 1 style steering wheel, the MP4-12C is perfect for you. Yours for £168,500, this stylish and desirable vehicle will not only test the strength of the hairs on your neck, but your driving ability.