There is an irony to this column and that irony is that it will be shared on social media. It’ll be used to stimulate a debate, it’ll be criticised, agreed with or maybe just ignored. This is my grumble about my phone and social media; a forum I use for my job but one I’m increasingly switching off in my personal life. This week Simon Cowell, him of X-Factor fame, said he’d been phoneless for 10 months. He said the change had been good for his mental health and he’d become more aware of the people around him since giving up his phone. You can be fined £200 for using a mobile phone in the PASSENGER seat of your car He’s brave. And rich enough to employ someone to send texts, make calls etc for him. A recent story - that we only discovered as it was trending on social media - came from an American school teacher who reported how children in her class said “I hate my mum’s phone and I wish she never had one.” Out of the mouths … [Read more...] about OPINION: How do we find the right balance between screen time and happiness?
How do promoted tweets work
Accrington Stanley - who are they? Well, at the time of writing, the Lancashire club are leading the race for League One. John Coleman's side are three points clear of Luton Town, with two games in hand, so they're definitely in with a strong shout of taking one of the three automatic promotion spots. But anything can happen in football, and in England's fourth tier any of the teams down to 10th or 11th place could feasibly go up. We asked local reporters for each of the clubs in the promotion mix how their teams have fared this season and if they're likely to win promotion... Accrington Stanley Sheldan Keay (Accrington Observer) What mark out of 10 would you give Stanley's season so far and why? 10. Stanley obviously need to ensure they go on and secure the promotion for the rating of 10 to be accurate, but it's hard to give them anything less after their success so far. Once again they have one of the smallest budgets in the division and were tipped to be struggling near the bottom … [Read more...] about League Two promotion contenders assessed as fourth tier teams battle to go up
Flashback 11 years, Portsmouth, Blackburn, Wigan and Charlton were in the Premier League, competing among the best teams in England. But in football, things can change - or deteriorate - quickly. Today, each of these four clubs find themselves in League One, the third tier of English football. On a more positive note, they're all in the mix to go up to the Championship. With only three promotion slots available - two automatic and one play-off place - and a handful of other teams pushing to go up, getting there won't be easy. So how are the teams at the top shaping up as we enter the business end of the season? We asked a local reporter for each of the clubs bidding for promotion to give the inside track... Shrewsbury Town Lewis Cox (Express & Star/Shropshire Star) What mark out of 10 would you give Shrewsbury's season so far and why? No incomplete season should be awarded 10/10 but Shrewsbury are as close to it as possible. We'll go with 9/10 for now! Most neutrals' favourites … [Read more...] about League One promotion contenders assessed as race for Championship ramps up
SHE was the original Big Brother queen and is one of the country's most-loved television presenters. The star had a hectic 2017 following her split from husband Matthew Robertson after 17 years of marriage - here is the lowdown on everything Davina... Who is Davina McCall? Davina is a 50-year-old TV presenter and personality who shot to fame in the 90s thanks to her work with MTV. She was raised by her grandparents after her parents split at the age of three, before moving in with her dad as a teen. The star first became a presenter in 1992, and in the 25 years that have passed she has hosted a number of successful TV shows - most notably Big Brother while it was on Channel 4. Other shows of note include Streetmate -which is now being rebooted with Scarlett Moffatt - Million Pound Drop and Long Lost Family. She is also a frequently supporter of Comic Relief and Sport Relief, and gets involved in their telethons annually. In March 2018, Davina made an appearance on ITV's Ant and … [Read more...] about How old is Davina McCall, what is her net worth and who is her former husband?
Patari gives tips on how to market music in the digital era on the second day of the Lahooti Melo 0SHARES Share Tweet Email Patari's Khalid Bajwa and Ahmer Naqvi discussed marketing music in a digital age. PHOTO: COURTESY LAHOOTI HYDERABAD: Times have changed. Gone are the days when music in Pakistan can reach its peak, such as that of 2002, without being unique. Promoting music today has to be reconfigured for an era where the audience has mobile phones which have shrunk their attention spans and they now do not view content beyond a short video. Patari’s Khalid Bajwa and Ahmer Naqvi shared lessons in a session on ‘Marketing Music in a Digital Era’ on the second day of the Lahooti Melo in Hyderabad. Patari, a website and application for Pakistan music, was launched in 2015 and has managed to stir the people of Pakistan’s interest in authentic sounds from musicians working on promoting music of different cultures of the country. Talking … [Read more...] about ‘The trick is to promote a story, not just a song’