I was incredulous. The account relayed to me of a conversation with a friend with whom I had once worked had me flabbergasted. I had absolutely no recollection of the event described and the account was so diametrically opposed to my core values that I was, 'shocked, stunned and not a little amazed'...
Negative comments. We all get them. Not many of us enjoy them, but the majority of us can take the rough with the smooth. However, there is always that one statement (the straw that breaks the camel's back, if you will) that forces us to snap. To respond. To cause an issue. But what makes us do this? And why can't we take a step back, a deep breath, and realise that it's not that big a deal?
Songbird Kelly Clarkson called off the big wedding she and her fiance were planning this October, because she was 'so overwhelmed' and 'so over' planning it... But for most couples, it's simply not possible. So if you've got to knuckle down and get it done, how do you manage to not hate your own wedding?
For football fans of a certain age who were brought up believing FA Cup Final day to be the height of human existence, it wasn't just about the game, it was about the 'build-up'... The same can be said for award ceremonies. The Oscars are the epitome of the build-up, and also the build-down. The chat, the TV shows, the red carpet and the event itself.
There are loads of reasons why having an engagement photo shoot is an excellent idea but the main one is FEAR or the removal of it. Many people are apprehensive about having their photograph taken by a professional photographer for one reason and one reason alone: fear of the unknown. They don't know what to expect.
Today's rapidly changing pattern of media consumption is a force which editors and publishers are all too aware of. The ability to showcase stories through a vast array of multimedia platforms is now an essential editorial tool which almost every media outlet is taking advantage of to accommodate their readers' expectations.
My colleagues often ask why I use Twitter so often. There is a belief amongst those who do not really use it that everyone is just broadcasting the details of their breakfast, or which train they are waiting for. This is a misconception.