Share Your World – November 27, 2017

Would you prefer a reading book or an art, craft, photography studio?
Reading a book every time as that is my great passion.

Tell how you are feeling today in the form of a weather report. (For example, partly cloudy, sunny with a chance for showers, etc.)
Winds light to variable.

If you could witness or physically attend any event past, present or future, what would it be?

I would like to see the first ship to land on the planet Mars.

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The Apprentice 2017 Week 8

gallery-1511381030-screen-shot-2017-11-22-at-200250This week the show finally went to the dogs. Apparently doggie day care is all the range nowadays and people will pay lots of money on their best friend and each team had to offer a variety of services for dog owners including a spa day, activities, photo shoots and poop-a-scoop services.

Charles once again put his name in the hat to be project manager on the basis that he owns dogs and for the first time this series they let him be project manager probably just to shut him up.

James put his name in the hat again for Graphene and it was agreed that he could have another go at the job despite the fact that he knows nothing about dogs and the fact that he presided over the losing team the previous week.

Both teams were really keen on offering the spar to their clients and both teams pitched for that and the activity sessions. Vitality managed to win the day for the spa with Graphene having to make do with the activities which did not make them very happy but they went with it as they didn’t really have a choice in the matter.

With the teams split up half the teams went to drum up business offering to clear up dog crap from anywhere with Graphene getting the gig to clear up a massive lawn in time for a wedding, after the other team failed to win over the client mostly due to Andrew swearing during the pitch, and also as they didn’t charge as much for the gig as the other team.

When they got there they also agreed to clear up goose crap as well as the dog mess but for the same fee which was better for the client than for the people involved. Of course they did it but not without moaning about it the whole time.

The team who didn’t get the stately hall gig went round door to door and managed to do quite well as people are willing to pay in order that they do not have to pick up dog mess and they soon realised that this could be quite lucrative as they were able to do smaller jobs for more money than they would have got for one large job as it were.

Elizabeth and Joanne were in charge of the doggie activities with Charles, Jade and Michaela in charge of the doggie spa. Well I say Charles, Jade and Michaela but it was really just Jade and Michaela as Charles supervised and sat back. At least Elizabeth and Joanne each got stuck in and appeared to work together quite well without much moaning on the part of Joanne and a bit less taking over by Elizabeth who actually listened to her colleague for once.

The rest of the teams worked on getting as much money as they could. Bushra, Harrison and James offered photo shoots for doggies and managed to get a few gigs including on for a charity who offered them 200 to take photos of them for a possible calender but in the end managed to take only a couple of decent pictures and didn’t get the full amount they had agreed with the client which wasn’t great.

But they managed to get quite a lot of money for clearing up crap so it might not been such a disaster that they didn’t get all of the money from the photoshoot. Having said that the stately home team didn’t get all the money they were promised either as they didn’t complete the job and also people were charged more for the activities and some people and they had to honour all of the customers at the lower price mark to keep from people asking for their money back so both teams managed to cock up as bad as the others do no change there.

In the end it was Vitality who didn’t make the most money from their spa treatments and their poop-a-scoop and other services when compared to the other Graphene who were able to actually lose money and still win.

This was mostly down to them not making the most of their winning of the stately home contract and upselling on the spa treatments. Charles took Anisa and Andrew into the boardroom with him and there was carnage with all three people fired.

This was going to happen sooner or later and this time it would be hard to disagree with him even though in previous tasks this could also have happened on more than occasion

Share Your World – November 20, 2017

If you were having difficulty on an important test and could safely cheat by looking at someone else’s paper, would you do so?

No I would not as I would feel so guilty if I did and wouldn’t be able to sleep afterwards. I would rather fail than cheat.

What things in nature do you find most beautiful?
Rainbows. Sunsets.

Complete this sentence: When I travel I love to… visit new and interesting places that I have never been to before

The Apprentice 2017 Week 7

Apprenticeep7b-a016221This weeks task was all about cars. Each team had to create an advertising campaign for a new car including a commercial and a digital billboard for said car with the best campaign would win.

Once again Charles put himself forward for project manager of Vitality but there was tumbleweed until Michaela through her oar in and was picked over Charles yet again. Poor Charles.

For Grapehene Anisa put herself forward but it was James who was picked. I think because he owned a car, or perhaps because he really, really wanted to do it. Either way he was the one that everyone was happy with, at least at this point anyway.

Graphene chose to aim their campaign at families based upon Bushra making a offhand comment that this was car that she would happily use for her family, with Vitality aiming for the young female market based upon the fact that Jade is a young woman and Michaela used to be a young woman, and probably still thinks that she is.

Graphene chose the name “Expando” which does sound more like shape wear than it does a vehicle which went down like a lead balloon when it was first mooted but there really wasn’t anything better on offer so they stuck with that name, no matter how crap it was.

Vitality named their car “Miami” based upon the fact that if you bought that car it would make you feel like you were in Miami, rather than say Croydon, which is probably where most of the people who would actually by the car are actually from, but not in their heads.

For their advert Graphene wanted to set it in a old fashioned village as they thought that this would best show the car in a family setting. However Graphene ended up with the location of a Norman fort rather than the old fashioned village that they wanted for their telly advert which featured Elizabeth chasing some chickens away from the car whilst trying to take her kids to school, which is the sort of thing that happens all of the time.

Vitality’s advert just showed a car pulling up to take a party of girls off on a weekend away which made a lot more sense than Graphene’s advert and did actually manager to look quite stylish, especially when compared to the other teams effort. And there were no chickens in sight..

The billboards were not much better to be honest with people thinking that the billboard for Miami were either for a car hire firm, or a bike hire firm, with not one person they asked actually thinking that it was for a car.

When it came down to the pitches neither team covered themselves in glory with mistakes being made by all teams but Michaela doing rather well and much better than Anisa who were worried that Michaela would fuck up with pitch due to her nerves.

In the end neither of them did that well but due to the experts opinion it was Vitality that did better, more to do with Michaela’s performance in the pitch and also a slightly better advert.

James chose Joanna and Sajan to go back in the boardroom with him but Lord Sugar chose to keep Elizabeth back as well but it was Sajan who was on the end of the firing rather than the others and to be honest it was rather a close call for all of them to be honest and any of them could have gone for various different reasons, and probably should have done.