Broken marriage? There’s an App for that…

7 12 2010

Yes, you heard me right and no, I’m not trying to be funny. There really is an App for fixing marriages. In fact, there are numerous ones to choose from.

The past twelve months have been full of ‘big announcements’, with more than a handful of my friends getting engaged. As well as being wonderfully happy for each and every one of them, I also love a good wedding… they’re like an extended Office Christmas Party; inappropriate drunkenness is always guaranteed! Whilst I don’t, for a second, think that any of my friends will live a less-than-perfect married life, there are always some couples that take ‘lover’s tiff’ to a whole new level. And for these couples, technology has a solution.

Introducing… the marriage apps. Yes, that’s right, use Marriage Fight Tracker to “keep track of your arguments and issues that include date, facts, descriptions and as many details as you want.” Seriously… how often would you refer back to this? Or why not try Why Did I Marry You Anyway? (sounds good already!), which includes cue cards with wisdom like “Infatuation does not last.” The fun doesn’t stop there kids – Mind Over Marriage, Fix a Fight… the list is endless.

I do love technology but, seriously, who is using these Apps? Are they a sign of the future; will a simple disagreement about Eastenders vs Football be noted down on your phone and referred back to at every available opportunity? Or are they a good way of re-evaluating what’s really important in life? Personally, I’m undecided so until I get hitched, I think I’ll just stick to Angry Birds…

Ps. I hope someone gets Kate an iPhone… just in case Will starts to get on her nerves!

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Share what you love about Birmingham for the UK City of Culture Bid

9 12 2009

Whatever your thoughts – and there are a lot of opinions out there – Birmingham’s official bid to become the UK’s first City of Culture has been announced today.

Birmingham’s bid will be managed through the Birmingham Cultural Partnership (BCP) and the finalists will have until May 28 2010 to make their last attempts at the title.

With an expected £200m boost to the local economy if successful, it’s no surprise that there are 22 other cities going for the title too.

As part of the bid, Birmingham City Council and the BCP is asking people that live and work here to share their thoughts on what the City of Culture can and should mean. The new interactive website – Big Blank Canvas – asks people to share what they do in their ‘cultural life’, what they’d like to see happen as part of the city of culture in 2013, and also say what their favourite place is in the city.

So, make sure you take part and have a say in what you love about Birmingham, and equally what you want to see come out of the City of Culture Title.

FYI – The winner of the UK City of Culture is being announced by the Culture Secretary, Ben Bradshaw, next summer.





The end of the road for GHD’s…?

9 12 2009

So it looks like this could be the end of the road for GHD’s, as scientists have today announced they are creating a pill to eradicate the ‘curly hair’ gene. Now, I’m not really sure how I feel about this – something sinister within me enjoys spending 15 minutes every morning using said hair straighteners to make sure I don’t leave the house looking like Scary Spice.

With the weather the way it is at the moment, it wouldn’t be a bad thing if I didn’t have to worry about a ‘frizzy fro’ situation. But who knows what a pill strong enough to *destroy* an actual gene, would do to the rest of the body?! And what about the beauty industry; the amount of money we spend on hair relaxing treatment and straighteners… what would all of those people do? On the plus side, there are massive benefits for forensic scientists… but still.

It’s definitely an interesting ‘watch this space’ situation, but at the same time I do wonder whether they should be trying to cure cancer or something before spending time and money on this. I’m happy to waste time on my hair; after all, what else would I have to complain about?