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Holly Martin (pictured right) is a second year student at Bournemouth University, studying BA (Hons) Communication and Media. In a twitter style interview I challenge Holly to answer my questions in 140 characters and no more. In this interview I ask her everything about blogging to life at University.

Me: So, what do you think of blogging?

Holly: Yeah, it’s good if you have something interesting to write about. I like being able to experiment with different writing styles on my blog.

Me: Like what?

Holly: Like doing this Q&A, and also putting other content on my blog, like features and short stories.

Me: That’s cool, so  why did you choose to study Communication and Media?

Holly: Well, I knew I wanted to do something that involved writing but just wasn’t sure what. This course seemed good as it broadened my options.

Me: What is your ideal job after university?

Holly: I would really like to work for a magazine, something like Grazia would be good.

Me: Oh I love that magazine. Have you had a gap year or will you be having one after university?

Holly: I took one before I came to university working as a receptionist at an orthodontist called Dentalign.

Me: How was that?

Holly: Yeah was okay, I enjoyed the money.

Me: Fair play. How about travelling after university?

Holly: I would really like to but I don’t think I will have the money after university. It will probably be better going after I’ve earned a bit of money. I would love to go to Australia, New Zealand, and Thailand.

Me: What do you do when your not at university?

Holly: eat, sleep, and drink lots.

Me: Sounds good! And finally, what are you doing tonight?

Holly: I’m planning to watch the Brits, and then eating lots of pancakes with my friends and boyfriend.

So there you have it. I’m sure Holly will have a great night watching the Brits while satisfying her sweet tooth!

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Timeline: Friends

I have decided to do a timeline that feature significant moments in the famous TV show; ‘Friends’. The series ran for ten years, between 1994 and 2004. The timeline is relevant to the characters throughout the series, it shows weddings, births, and goodbyes.

It all started from 22 September 1994 with the pilot episode when we were introduced to the unforgettable six; Chandler, Joey, Monica, Phoebe, Rachel, and Ross.

January 28, 1996: “The one after the Superbowl.” This was the highest-rated episode, with 52.9 million viewers.

May 7, 1998: “The One With Ross’ Wedding”. The cast go to London and see Ross famously say Rachel’s name at the altar instead of his bride, Emily. Later in the series they get divorced. Chandler and Monica get together for the first time.

Oct. 8, 1998: “The One Hundredth.” This was the 100th episode. It was the Season 5 opener when Phoebe gave birth to the triplets.

 May 20, 1999: “The One in Vegas.” Drunken Ross and Rachel get married, and later get divorced. It was named by TV Guide as the show’s No. 1 greatest moment.

May, 2001: Monica and Chandler get married, and we find out that Rachel is pregnant.

May 16, 2002: “The One Where Rachel Has a Baby, Parts I & II.”  Rachel and Ross have their baby, Emma. This was the second highest-rated “Friends” episode, after the Superbowl one.

May 6 2003: Friends” say goodbye with a two-part final episode. Ross and Rachel get back together for the final time, and Monica and Chandler move to the suburbs.

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When visiting the guardian.co.uk website my first thought was that it is was an eye-catching site due to the use of colour and design.

Searchabilty: The website is very easy to find using search engines. I visited the website using google, and the search list that it provided gave several links to the guardian website.

Usability: The quality of the website is efficient, I watched a video on the homepage, which was a very clear picture and was fast to load, due to the convenience of not leaving the homepage. However it was quite slow in streaming the video which prevented me from being able to skip through the video. When I clicked on another video, it redirected me to a different webpage. The page loaded fairly quickly, and the video was of a sound quality.

Navigation: I found the navigation of the website to be one of its strengths due to the simplicity of the features. Across the top of the webpage is the different categories of interest, such as culture, sport, travel, and more. The variety of colours to identify the different categories catches the users eye, and makes the website look busy. The website is convenient as you can look in the travel section, and then browse the news section without having to go back and wait for the homepage to load, as the top bar of choices remains on the page.

Design: The website is very well designed, the bright colours and the variety of pictures makes it look appealing and interesting. The bigger font used for the headings break up the writing. All the writing is coloured blue which matches the brand name, Guardian. This gives a sense of promoting their brand to the users.

Content: The website provides a range of stories on its homepage from different sections, such as sport or culture. Pictures and videos are also provided to give more information on a story and to attract the reader. At the bottom of the page it provides a series of links of the ‘most viewed’ on guardian.co.uk. This is a good in helping people to look at popular stories without having to search the whole website to find that information.

Video: As I have mentioned before the video is fast in loading but slow in streaming. The videos promote user generated content, as some of the video news coverage have been sent in by citizens. I feel this is a good feature to have as it generates social networking through users comments.

Audio: The sound from video and radio posts are of a good quality. There is a wide selection of audio available on the website, for example it features a science weekly podcast, lasting 35 minutes.

Interactivity: In order to post a comment, the visitor needs to register or sign on. The comments that are posted from audio or videos are insightful and opinionated, giving the citizens a ‘voice’. The thread of comments from different users demonstrate interactivity. There is the Guardian blogs, which are categorised into the topics of news, sport etc. It is convenient to the visitor, to be able to navigate their particular blog of interest.

UGC: The website features user-generated content, through the readers participation of posting videos, and comments.

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