I experienced first-hand the impact of poverty during my own childhood when my father was made bankrupt and the bailiffs came calling, and I wouldn't wish that situation on any child. At the moment, we are in danger of creating a generation of children living in a vicious circle of hardship and disadvantage, growing up in communities reeling from the double hit of the recession and public sector cuts... I am pledging to give more at a time when need has never been higher, and I'm urging everyone else to do the same.
This was it. The result of three months of hard work was about to be broadcast to a roomful of big-hitters. Three of Britain's top talent agents, and two of the industry's most successful producers of on-screen talent were on the panel; Kirsty Wark was chairing the session...
So on to the Arena and welcome back to Souli Roots. Just get on with it woman. Less shouting and less of the drum please. Well, better than Wagner but...
Well we are progressing smoothly with the auditions. So far we have had the good, the bad and the maybe a little bit on the ugly side (no names, don't want to hurt anyone's feelings). What delights do we have this week? Here we go.
With over 250 entries from 40 countries across the world our competition has been a massive success. The quality of the entries has blown us away and after many hours of arguing and campaigning at Food Tube HQ Jamie has finally chosen his top five.
There's no denying that the rich and famous have got all sorts of things us regular folk would like. The money, flashy cars and big houses, to name a few, are obviously very appealing, but it seems we're also keen to get our hands on their perfectly formed features too.
Starting your own business is a personal journey you take that makes you question who you are and what you are doing it for. We all question out decisions and tend to overthink our intentions, but I believe that if you follow these five mantras, you can achieve great things for you and your business.
São Paulo is a city of contrasts: In one half, you see the height of luxury: five star hotels, skyscrapers and swimming pools, with company bosses earning more than they would in London. In the other, you see the depths of poverty: families living on the banks of open sewers, and millions struggling to pay the rent working as cleaners and electricians. And the biggest contrast of all: millions being spent on a shiny new football stadium for next year's World Cup, while the poorest communities are told there is no money for housing, health centres or schools.
Yessssssss!!!!!! I'm so happy. Simon Cowell has taken a great positive cultural step. He has banned X Factor contestants from talking about their "journey". How I have longed for this day.
Selfies are a pre-twerk-meme developed last year, it is a voyeuristic way of exposing one's self in different twists and crotches. It isn't a game as there are austere rules and regulations for doing one (a selfie).
This years' X Factor is like a bus, you wait ages and then two shows come along at once. Last night, the acts got past Gary, Mrs O, Nicole, Louis, oh and 'The Room' but can they get past the arena? Time will tell.
After months of waiting for series 10 of the X Factor, months of constantly checking my countdown app, (I'm not joking) the best entertainment show on TV is back, and with it we welcome back the Queen of opinions, our favourite controversial judge, always good for the unexpected, Mrs Sharon Osbourne.
In the rush to find love it would seem that more and more of us are making use of technology and other contemporary methods to find love - one of these happens to be our televisions!
I was lucky enough to know Seamus Heaney; to interview him and even spend time with him and his wife, Maire.
Anyway, 45 hours and 57 episodes later, not forgetting a serious lack of sleep, I'm now hooked on what I can comfortably call one of the greatest TV dramas EVER. So what is it that makes Breaking Bad so good?
2013 is the year tech-savvy millennial children become teenagers (and therefore legally are able to begin using social media). As a mother of a millennial baby I am experiencing this shift of interests with a child who is now a teenager and permanently attached to his smartphone.