Fame is hard to achieve if you don’t go on The X Factor, but staying famous is even harder. (Part 1)

Nothing gets the public buttered up more than a good sob story. “I’m doing this for my dad, he’s definitely looking down on me now.” It’s a lovely concept, but it’s one that we’ve become all too familiar with in the Cowellian format of television. Why does this have such a profound effect on the ignoramuses that gaumlessly watch the mindless drivel as the highlight of their weekend. As a result, this gets everyday folk like you and me catapulted to a plastic fame that lasts for about 15 minutes (maybe that’s where the saying came from, who knows?). Look at the staying power of Storm Lee and Luke Lucas. There’s something about their short stint in our lives that will never be forgotten… Other than everything.

I would imagine that the source of all of this indifference is that being fame is essentially the same as fashion. Some is timeless, like jeans. Everyone knows about them and everyone has had a pair at some point. Whereas the iPod Mini for example, got outdated very quickly, the Nano took over. So the Mini just now sits in very few rooms, gathering dust, like the careers of many failed personalities, musicians and actors. So every season, there’s another new influx of poor souls in the celebrity dustbin that Big Brother can rummage for their new escapades on Channel 5.

How does this effect the mega-famous, though, I hear you ask? The enigmas of the world, Madonna, Cher, Prince and others known simply by one name. How DO they stay so famous. And the answer is so very simple: Just stay in the papers. Makes sense, if you’re maintaining attention, you’re still newsworthy. I mean, does anyone really care about what Frankie Cocozza got up to anymore? Whereas people still marvel at what Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie do in their spare time, which is not very much to be honest.

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F1 2012 is go, go, go!

After the hullabaloo of the first four-day test in Jerez, it’s clear that one thing is for certain: We know pretty much nothing that we didn’t know already about the 2012 season. The anticipation was in the air for another F1 curtain-raising test that would show the resurrection in Ferrari’s fortune which has been long overdue in the eyes of the “tifosi”. It would also show which team would take the fight to Red Bull this season. And the answer to the aforementioned statement lies with the team that I think is best looking (although you may not agree about that, despite the Platypus Wings being exhibited): McLaren.

With Jenson Button ruffling the feathers within the team last year, and Lewis Hamilton faltering despite 3 wins under his belt last season, it seems that Button has the backing of the team to make a serious challenge against Vettel for the title. The new RB8 is looking like the form car in testing already but there have been some rare reliability issues (by missing a morning’s running with electrical problems) that the team will be desperate to have ironed out come Melbourne.

At this point, enter Fernando Alonso. The man that many still regard as the arguable best driver on the grid. The 2005 and 2006 World Champion will be itching to make amends for two fruitless years at Maranello, and with the right car, he will almost definitely be in the thick of the action. The 2011 season saw a struggle for 2008 title runner-up Felipe Massa, who could only muster a highest finish of 5th for the whole season, and he has been issued with an ultimatum in the last year of his contract to essentially “get faster, or get out” by Stefano Domenicali. Something which will be a challenge for Ferrari’s number two to achieve with the team being firmly behind Alonso.

2010 saw the return of Michael Schumacher, which as yet has turned out to be a somewhat torrid time, albeit with some reminders of his inherent ability and racecraft on occasion in 2011, Canada to name but one. So many sceptic eyes will rest upon Kimi Raikkonen as he steps back into the fray for another shot at glory after having a limited run of success in two years of Rallying. His new midfield running Lotus outfit have been impressive in pre-season so far, with Romain Grosjean determined to make amends for a frankly poor half-season with Renault in 2009.

With relative stability in the regulations for the upcoming season has also brought relative stability in the team lineups for the coming campaign, with Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren, Sauber, Caterham and Mercedes retaining the same personnel. This has in turn left relatively few rookies in the new season, with Jean-Eric Vergne coming in at Toro Rosso alongside the promising Daniel Ricciardo, and Frenchman Charles Pic completing the Marussia lineup alongside the experienced Timo Glock.

The three so called “newer teams” in F1 being Caterham, Marussia and HRT will be keen to try and make an assault on the midfield in the coming season, as none of them have even scored a point as yet, a statistic which the newly named Caterham team are looking the most likely to do on early indication with a consistent performance in Jerez, not a million miles away from the likes of Sauber and Force India.

The 2012 season will need to be a rebuilding mission for fallen giants Williams after a disastrous 2011 season, this being the worst in their history with just 5 points accumulated over the 19 race calendar. Bruno Senna has been drafted in, replacing the vastly experiences and popular Rubens Barrichello, who looks set to start 2012 in American series Indycar.

With a new season often comes new circuits when Bernie Ecclestone and Hermann Tilke are concerned. But there is only one addition to this year’s calendar being in Austin, Texas. This means that F1 will be back in America after a five-year absence. But as concerns have been expressed over the completion of the project (a similar problem experienced by those in Korea in 2010), the outcome on whether the race will go ahead or not remains to be seen.

All in all, this looks like the 2012 Formula 1 season is going to be another season of the rest of the field playing catch up to Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull, but I can almost guarantee there’s going to be some fantastic racing along the way!

Why hello there, blogosphere!

Hi there,

 

You’re probably reading this wondering if this is just another young, aspiring writer trying to make his work seen in the world by implanting the way that he sees the world’s affairs into a page. And you’d be right. But I’m going to try and make this a blog that’s a good read, that offers perspectives on topical happenings that may not be published in the news immediately. You may even find some stuff out about me that you may not expect!

 

So look out world, watch this space!

So the UK might go to war again, joy to the world!

I saw in the news this morning that the Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner sees the UK sending a naval gunship over to the Falklands as part of a training mission as “nothing but provocative”. Right, whatever you say, love. Apparently, the UK is “Militarising the South Atlantic once more” and David Cameron should “Give peace a chance.” (Very down with the kids, aren’t you Ms Fernandez?) For the record, I don’t agree with war at all because all it achieves is a pile of innocent bodies and war veterans which can’t think properly for the rest of their lives. So in essence, Britain entering another war can only be a good thing!

 

These highly disputed tiny land structures are hardly even worth the trouble, if I’m honest. I mean, look at them, they’re barely visible from space and are in the middle of nowhere! As a complete patriot, I think we’ve had our time at the top and we should just go back to being a small, insignificant island nation, but what do I know? Supposedly nothing if Conservativism is led to be believed. But no, it seems that everyone in Parliament has the same philosophy of “we were powerful once, why shouldn’t we be now?!” which borders on the proverbial small children playing with their toys and still trying to be cool when all the other children have new, better things to do.

 

Ms Fernandez feels so strongly about the UK and its little toy boat and action men being anywhere near the islands, she’s writing a complaint letter to the UN, the headteacher of the world’s school. And to help matters even more, the UK Foreign Office has released a statement saying that “The people of the Falkland Islands are British out of choice. They are free to  determine their own future and there will be no negotiations with Argentina over sovereignty unless the islanders wish it.” Well done, Mr Hague, you always know what to say at the right moments. In response to this, Ms Fernandez gave a speech with a backdrop of an Argentinian Flag with the watermark of the Falklands on it, fantastic. Playing cat-and-mouse with each other’s gestures is hardly going to make this better, is it? So just stop your bickering right now, children, or some of your civilians might get hurt.

 

 To stop this, it looks like the hippies are going to need to protest again, so keep this space watched while peace is given a chance, man.