17 January 2018

Learning that he could sing at a young age (as soon as he could walk), Charlie Korman never knew what he could do with his extraordinary talent. That has all changed as he's grown up though, as a friend persuaded him to pursue a career in music, with great results.
With that talent and his flare of creativity, Korman is releasing his debut single 'OPTIONS' on Friday (19th January). Honing his craft with Grammy award-winning producers that have worked with the likes of Justin Bieber, Boyz II Men just to name a few, Korman's honest songwriting shines through in his debut, alongside a distinct and thumping R'n'B bass.

I'm certain we'll see a bit more about this rising star on his way up to the top soon and I can't wait. More about Charlie Korman can be found on Instagram. Also go and listen to 'Options' on iTunes and Spotify.

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A K Jones

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10 January 2018

Happy New Year! Sorry this post is so late into January dear readers, I've been overloaded with a lot and haven't had a lot of time to blog. My fairly short playlist for December includes some familiar names from past playlists, but also some new tunes from said familiar names and sone song from the 80s that I've enjoyed jamming to recently. As per my tracklist is below and the Spotify playlist is below it for you to listen.

1. UGH! - The 1975
2. Out of My System - Cale Dodds
3. After The Rain - Nickelback
4. The Cure - Lady Gaga
5. Big In Japan - Alphaville
6. She's American - The 1975
7. If You're Not The One - Daniel Bedingfield
8. Found You - Kane Brown

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A K Jones

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25 December 2017

So it’s day 12 and the end of Blogmas 2017. It also means it’s Christmas Day, so if you want to look back on what else I’ve written this winter, click HERE.

All that’s left is to say Merry Christmas! I hope you all have the day of dreams and get all the presents you’ve wished for and more. It’s not easy for some over Christmas though and HERE’s some ideas of how you can help next year. 

Speaking of next year, it’s the next time you’ll be hearing from me as I’ll be taking a few days off from blogging. Frankly this has been exhausting and I want to have a few days away from writing and spend time with my family. Also something new may be coming your way in the New Year. That’s all I’m going to say about it, stick around for more come January 1st ;) 

Again I hope you all have a wonderful time this Christmas and a great New Year whatever you’re up to!

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A K Jones

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24 December 2017

Christmas is such a magical time, with Santa and all the festive lights. But it means different things to different people. 

It means a lot to me as I get to spend time with my family that I don’t get to see that often, particularly last year as we met up with all our family in Scotland. 

Also this year as all in my immediate family (Mum, Dad and twin sister) are all working, so it’s nice to have some time off and see them. It’s the time to open presents, sure, but time too to appreciate what you have and being grateful you have a roof over your head and food on the table for Christmas. Some families and people don’t have that, so here’s some ways you can help

There’s just a couple of things that Christmas means to me. What about you? I’d love to know. 

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A K Jones

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23 December 2017

2018 is just around the corner and I really wanted to write some personal goals I’d to complete. 

1. Write more!
I don’t write on this blog anywhere near as much as I should. It’s also partly why I decided to Blogmas this year - I wanted to get inspired to write. For me it’s not about being the next Zoella, but just having a creative outlet for my love of music. 

2. Run a 10K
I know my family will just laugh with the idea of me running a 10K, but I want to genuinely get fitter and take up running again. A 10K is one of the things I’ll strive to complete by the end of the year. 

3. Get to 10,000 steps every day
The first step to getting to that kind of distance is to walk the recommended 10,000 steps a day with the help of my FitBit. My lunchtime walks (and hopefully runs) should help with that. 

4. Post more on Instagram
I know social media is supposed to be ruining our lives, but there’s one tool I’ve never really used that well which is Instagram. I only post blog stuff on it and it’d be nice to post more personal stuff on there. 

5. Go clubbing
I don’t like clubbing anyway, but a certain incident in 2015 put me off clubbing for life and I get extreme anxiety when I even think about it. 

It isolated me a lot at uni but now I’ve grown in confidence, I’d like to try clubbing again. If I don’t enjoy it then fair enough, but I’d at least like to say I’ve been for the first time in nearly 3 years!

There’s just 5 of the things I want to complete by the end of 2018. I know I’m wishing time away but it’s nice to write down what you want to achieve to look back on in a year’s time. 

What are your 2018 goals? Let me know. 

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A K Jones

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21 December 2017

2017 has been a whirlwind year. I graduated uni in May and started my internship in September. I also started (and sadly ended) a podcast, interviewed lots of great people and kept up with writing this blog (an achievement in itself!).

I graduated from uni in July, with a BA (Hons) in Popular Music Journalism, achieving a 2:1. I'm so proud of myself as uni was so stressful, especially third year. It went by in a flash though and before I knew it it was the last day of my degree and handing in my dissertation. University was a great life experience though and I wouldn't change it for the world.

Once I finished my degree, the job search started. I applied for lots of jobs and internships, finally securing a year's internship with Siemens as an External Communications (PR) Intern. I've been in the role for 3 months - I enjoy it so much and I've had some amazing experiences. The rest of the internship will fly by I'm sure, but I'm getting stuck in as much as possible.

In terms of personal projects I created my political podcast Amy Talks Politics, and interviewed some great people including ITV News' Europe Editor James Mates and House of Commons journalist Andre Walker. You can listen to the episodes on Mixcloud if you wish. Due to conflicts and work commitments, I wasn't able to keep it up. But all is not lost! All I can say is that something new is coming in the New Year ;)

Below are a couple of my favourite memories and moments that stick out in my mind about 2017:
1. Posting tweets and creating social media posts for Her Majesty The Queen's visit to Siemens Gamesa in Hull in October. It was such an honour to help out and amazing to see The Queen in the flesh -  I know a lot of preparation went into it.
2. In September before starting my Siemens internship I got the opportunity to have a day of work experience at ITV News, shadowing the team and asking lots of questions. I've included a couple of pictures into the grid above, but make sure to read my separate post all about my day there.
3. A press trip I went on in April to Cairo, Egypt. It was to see lots of different projects and organisations funded by the European Union. Again I wrote a blog post about this, so read it here.
4. The family holiday to Greece in June, which was a great time to relax and unwind, particularly as university had finished.

I've had a great and fulfilling year looking back. It's nice to reflect as it seems the year is all doom and gloom, particularly in terms of what you see on the news. You should do this too, you'll see a great thing about this year I'm sure. Here's to 2018!

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A K Jones

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Apple recently released the much-anticipated iPhone X, or ten as its official name. I bought one recently and have spent some time with it, so wanted to give you an overview of what I thought after it being in my possession for 10 days.

I know what you're going to say, why would you spend £1000 on a couple of pieces of glass?", well there's a few reasons: 1) I didn't £1000 on it. I got a great contract for the handset and it's actually a pretty good deal. 2) I desperately needed a phone upgrade. I had a battered 6S before the X and was toing and froing between the X and 8 Plus, but I knew if I bought the 8 Plus I would regret it and want the X so just went all out.

I waited a few weeks to receive my iPhone due to stock demands, but was instantly impressed when I took it out of the box - it looked so beautiful. I instantly saw the infamous 'notch' (more on that in a bit) and the full OLED screen display. I got the 256GB version and I have a great explanation as to why: my iPhone 6S was only 16GB (they've done away with that as the minimum storage now though) and I could only fit 100 or so songs on it.

I would've got the 64GB one but once I'd added up my photos, music and videos into the total capacity it would have been over. I'm so glad I made that decision as I can now listen to my entire music library and save as many photos as I like without worrying that the dreaded 'Storage Nearly Full' message coming up.

Anyway, back to the phone itself. I was instantly terrified seeing all these drop and shatter tests of the iPhone X on YouTube, so decided to put it in a case. If you are getting this device, a great but not too bulky case is the Snugg, which has reinforced edges and two layers of case, so you know you're being protected when you drop your precious phone.

I went against all good advice and omitted a screen protector from my purchase. I have mixed feelings as to whether I regret this or not as there's hairline scratches on the display already and I haven't had it very long. Subsequently, I did buy a screen protector but can't for the life of me put it on without getting dust on the sticky side so it looks awful and there's dust in between the screen and its protector.

In terms of features, Face ID is definitely a stand-out one for me. It unlocks your phone by you simply looking at it, instead of using a temperamental fingerprint sensor. I find myself not having to enter my passcode anywhere near as much as I did on Touch ID when it wouldn't recognise my print. Also Face ID is now integrated into most apps, so you can use your pretty face to see your banking, watch TV and more. It's pretty versatile too so will recognise you in darkness, low-light, with a scarf over your face and sometimes with you not even hovering over it.

The infamous 'notch' is a widely debated topic: is it distracting? Does the phone need it? Here's my opinion: it doesn't bother me one bit. Like most things you get you used to it and it doesn't distract me from Netflix viewing or anything else. Also the 4K quality of shows such as The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime with the brilliant screen is just gorgeous, so all worries about said notch aren't worries anymore and a mere oversight.

Instead of boring you all for hours on end about the iPhone X, I thought I'd end with my official verdict: it's awesome and I really love it. Also the battery life is great, so if that isn't a selling point I don't know what is. Have you got an iPhone X? If so, let me know what you think.

You can buy the iPhone X at any major phone retailer or network, at your local Apple Store or online.

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A K Jones

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