Friday, 5 July 2013

Taylor Swift 'Red' Official Music Video

Taylor Swift released the video to her latest single Red just weeks after the debut of her collaboration with Ed Sheeran, 'Everything has changed'.



The track, which is also the name of her album has a video based on her tour, featuring countless costume changes, dramatic staging and great editing. Much like the release of tour music video Sparks fly from previous album Speak Now, it marks the near end of the Red era.

Looking forward to when the tour comes to Europe and check out the music video below:

Thursday, 4 July 2013

The Apprentice Season 9 Episode 10 Recap

Just three more episodes to go till we find out who Lord Sugar will pick as his next business partner! This week the teams have been split between boys and girls, with the task being to start up a business with only £150.

Luisa is project manager for team Evolve and is quick to decide on fashion being their product, stocking up on hats and leggings. On the other team Miles is PM but takes ages deciding on the product, eventually setting on homeware- novelty mid range ceramics ( pricey products no one would buy).


At Spitalfields, Luisa and her team sell their hats like hotcakes and is constantly restocking. After a slow start, Neil manages to sell some ceramics, making hefty profits.

The next day the teams must bring their goods to a stall. With only 16 items, Endeavor decides to buy new stock and Jordan is sent to buy candles, wasting valuable time and eventually flops. As a last resort, they decide to buy a high-end product and risk making just one sale to redeem themselves.


Deciding also to up their margins, Luisa sends Francesca to hunt out some designer clothing, but these too aren't selling well. In the end, it was team Evolve's strategy which won them the task and the girls through to interviews!

Monday, 1 July 2013

PHOTOGRAPHY: Serpentine Pavilion 2013 by Sou Fujimoto


I finally managed to check out 2013's Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Sou Fujimoto. The structure, made of steel poles is in line with Fujimoto's other works, exploring the dynamics of space, light, air, transparency and material. [SEE HOUSE NA]

The cloud-like structure was rather dense and could perhaps do with slightly greater variation of module sizes, but was beautiful to capture on camera. I would also love to have seen more of the structure being accessible as it physically could be, but probably due to some stringent health and safety issues, was not permitted in the design process. 

That said, this is one of the more successful designs, with loads of people using it unlike last year's pavilion which was rather deserted (perhaps due to the fact I went when it was pouring)...

Check out more images below:



The Apprentice Season 9 Episode 9 Recap

This post is beyond irrelevant now but for continuity's sake, here is my quick quick recap. So this week, the two teams have to devise ready meals to appeal to the masses and the team that makes the most orders (after pitching to retail giants) will win.


Alex is PR for the first time whilst Luisa picks Neil to be PR over Francesca. Alex and his team decide on gruesome foods over Alex's initial geography idea, making a prawn bolognese. Neil decides on a fusion of food, mixing Thai with Caribbean- infusing noodles with a Caribbean chicken, but sends Francesca who can't cook to make the dish, even though Luisa has experience in the kitchen with her baking business.

Brandingwise, Alex and Miles decide on a dark grey background and adorned it with a big skull (bad move!) whilst Luisa and Neil team up for a colourful Asian style packaging which is eye-catching.

When putting their products to focus groups, Alex's meal went without a hitch but the packaging was heavily criticised, whilst for Neil, it was the reverse. Francesca, having not tasted the food, served up a flavourless dish, but was praised on the packaging.



Pitching to retail giants ASDA, Morrisons and Ocado, Neil makes sure he promises to add flavour to the product if a large order was made. Miles struggled to pitch as Alex pokes holes in the packaging whilst Leah is constantly being spoken over during hers. 

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