Vicky Pattison To Be Joining Loose Women??

By now I’m sure you’ve all heard that 28-year-old Jungle Queen, Vicky Pattison, will be appearing as a guest panellist on Wed 6th Jan – rumoured to potentially to kick off a month long trial.

Following a string of audience complaints, is the fresh faced Geordie beauty the ITV’s latest attempt for the daytime chat show to win back viewers, with hopes of even impressing a younger demographic.

It’s common knowledge that Vicky isn’t one to hold back her opinions, and therefore it’s no surprise that she been selected by the producers as an ideal candidate to partake in the usual topical debates.

A TV source said: “Vicky won I’m A Celeb by a landslide so everyone knows she is popular, especially with a younger audience.

“ITV are desperate to keep a hold of her and invest in her as a future star.”

Vicky won over the British public during her ‘mint’ time in the jungle with her honest (yet sometimes brutal) Geordie wit.

However, will the celebrity be able to reign in her harsh one liners and bad language for pre-watershed television?

Is she right for the job?

Will it kick-start her presenting career?

Will you be tuning in to ITV to watch her?

I, for one, think not.

I believe people voted for Vicky to win because her real personality shone through in the jungle. The latter will chance if she moves to a daytime setting; one where language is censored and controversy is rife. As much as I like her, I feel the move will be damaging and ensure the loss of fans, as she will no longer seem ‘real’ and like the relatable girl next door everyone wants to be friends with.

I asked my Twitter followers their thoughts.

Leave a comment below to let me know what you think!

Rae Coppola

Salix Homes complete Tweetathon for #HousingDay

Salix Homes held a Twitter marathon to give the public a rare glimpse into a typical night for the 1st response team.

The overnight Tweetathon began at 5pm on Tuesday, live from their Salford control room, and lasted for 12-hours.

Tweets were posted from the account using the hashtags ‘#HousingDay’ and ‘#salixoncall’.

Salix Homes are a social housing provider based in Salford that provide 24 hour access to housing services, partake in mobile patrols, respond to reports of anti-social behaviour day and night, and monitor more than 600 CCTV cameras covering 28 tower blocks across Central Salford.

For the second year running the Twitter marathon successfully showcased the hard work the first response team put in to keep Salford safe.

Amidst the tweets, calls were reported including: a noise complaint, an electric gate repair, an emergency toilet repair and an elderly lady who needed help with her water.

Gina Dalton, 36, a Marketing Consultant at Salix Homes, took part in the live Tweeting.

Dalton said: “I feel like people don’t appreciate all the things we do.

“I didn’t even realise until I was on the ground tweeting about it, so it’s good to raise awareness.”

Lee Sugden, chief executive at Salix Homes who joined officers in the control room, said: “The reaction from the public to our Tweetathon has once again been hugely positive, with many surprised by the scale of calls and incidents we are tasked with every night – this just goes to prove that we are so much more than just bricks and mortar.”

The multi-award winning social housing provider received praise from the public, with a total of 250 positive interactions on Twitter, which is 50 more than last year, according to Dalton.

Thanks to the amazing result, Dalton said: “There’s scope for a 3rd year.”

(*The feature image is a selfie taken by the first response team on the night)

Rae Coppola

I already dislike Facebook’s soon-to-exsit ‘dislike’ button

A Facebook update is rarely a welcomed visitor, and with the notion of a ‘dislike’ button confirmed the looming new and not-so-improved social media outlet will disappoint once again.

In my opinion the upcoming feature has a high possibility of causing upset and is better not existing at all. It cause more harm than good, and create a platform that trolls can use and abuse to bully users. As of this, Facebook will have to take care and vet the dislike system as the risk that some people may take it too far is always there, and their emotional health could suffer from the negative feedback from their own posts. It has even been scientifically proven that those with positive messages on their Facebook timeline are happier and more stable than those without any at all, or with negative posts, meaning the dislike system would only have detrimental effects.

Admittedly, the ‘dislike’ button would be ideal for status’ about the user being unwell or grieving, as well as other scenarios where up voting does not feel 100% comfortable. It could also be useful to demonstrate opposition to a controversial opinion post. Even so, it still seems like a pointless feature, as if a status is sad, users can comment their condolosences, or supportive messages, and if one is out of order, there is the report button.

“Facebook’s so-called ‘dislike’ button will be about kindness and empathy, not meanness or bullying.” – Forbes summing up Mark Zuckerberg’s attitude towards the upcoming feature.

Although I don’t necessarily agree with it, being the sarcastic person I am, I’ll probably use it frequently. However, this will only be with people who know it is not done in a malicious manner, and is purely for amusement reasons.

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I believe those that choose to use the button however, should be named, with no option of anonymous disliking. This means people will hopefully think more carefully about clicking on the button, and the user will be able to tell who disliked their post, and either find out why, or delete them off the networking website.

What do you think? Will it be a welcome addition to Facebook or are the officials wasting their time implicating it? Leave your comments below.

Rae Coppola

New Font ‘Dyslexia’ by Daniel Britton

Dyslexia is a disorder that involves difficulties in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols. The disorder is misunderstood by the masses, but unlike what they believe, it in no way affects general intelligence, with many sufferers becoming successful in life.

Daniel Britton, a graphic designer from Kent, is among them after his accomplishment creating a font to simulate the visual experience of the condition. After showing his work to a few peers, Britton- who recently landed a job with a local dyslexia awareness commission- feels like he succeeded in what he set out to do.

2963615800000578-3112756-image-m-47_1433534587168Although at this moment in time there is no scientific evidence to support his theory, Britton, 25, believes that the font, dubbed the Dyslexia font, uses Helvetica as a base, but removes 40 per cent of the typeface’s lines, ensures the reading speed of an average person would be slowed to match that of a person suffering from Dyslexia. This occurs as readers have to take their time to decipher the letters and make sense of the sentences.

Britton said: “The whole process of reading is 10 times slower, similar to that of a dyslexic reader, to recreate the embarrassment of reading with everyday type.”

Upon reading the article by Ellie Zolfagharifard in the Daily Mail regarding the Dyslexia font, I couldn’t help but be interested and really think about the positive consequences of its existence.

I, for one, spent forever attempting to decipher the message (page left) written in the font and therefore couldn’t begin to imagine how one would cope having to deal with that constantly. I’ve realised I take “simple” things like reading for granted when I really should not since it’s not the same for everyone. Due to this, I am extremely hopeful that others will face the same issues and that the awareness raised by the font will encourage individuals to be more supportive to suffers of the condition as they too can empathise with the frustration of reading.

The only questions on my mind are, what does a person with Dyslexia see when they try to read the font, and why is the font named “dyslexia” when it does not actually show what someone with the condition would see, but instead re-creates the feeling of reading being slowed?

Rae Coppola

Madonna falls during 2015 BRIT’s performance

MaGonna, as Twitter users have labelled the pop star, fell backwards down a flight of stairs during her performance at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

The star quickly took to Instagram to inform the public she was fine and the issue was that her, “beautiful cape was tied too tight!”

From this it can be deciphered that Madonna was routined to untie her cape, and on cue the dancers were supposed to pull it off.

This inevitably became an issue when the star couldn’t do so and was unable to let the dancer know in time, nor at all.

Regardless, the star showed true grit and carried on, albeit in a more low key fashion.

However, concern about the aftermath for the dancer is growing stronger by the minute on the Twitter trending thread. Users seem torn between how as they followed the cue surely they should keep their job, and the possibility that they will never work again.

Personally, I believe it was an easy mistake due to the knot inconsistency, as well as how Madonna would not have been able to stop a live performance to mention the factor that the cape was not undone. This means she therefore was likely to have made her own conscious decision to face the consequences of a more aesthetically pleasing performance.

It’s safe to say, Edna from Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles will be twitching in her fictional existence at how easily the entire situation could have been avoided. In the film the animated character retorts how capes always cause problems and it is best to stay clear of them. I’m sure Madonna wishes she’d have heed her warning and avoided her very public accident.

All I can say is, I hope Madonna makes a full recovery, both in health and dignity, and I’ll keep my fingers crossed that she gets the compensation she deserves!

Rae Coppola