Eden Hazard of Chelsea
Eden Hazard of Chelsea

Gaming fans brace yourselves! There isn’t long to go now until the release of EA Sports’ FIFA 15, as the popular game officially hit stores this Friday. With a range of new features and even more dynamic gameplay, gamers are most definitely going to be in for a treat once they get their hands on the new edition.

One of the many exclusive features – which I’m sure gamers will be pleased about – is that you are now able witness players showing emotion and intensity based on the events of that particular game. With over 600 new emotional reactions, you can be sure to expect  disappointment, joy and frustration displayed more uniquely by your favourite players during crucial moments – missed tackles, missed chances, penalty decisions and many more! – in the game.


It gets even better! As goalkeepers have been completely transformed for FIFA 15, you can now expect them to be much more responsive than they were in the previous edition. There are a variety of save animations that can be witnessed, making the gameplay exciting and realistic as can be.

Tomorrow be sure to get a copy, as they – without a doubt! – will sell out fast. Once you do, make sure you get on that settee, sit back, relax, turn on your console and enjoy what might turn out to be one of the best of the lot.


Diamonds and Gold

gold-bar-diamonds“Show me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are”... I remember hearing that line from a few movies that I have watched. I think one of them was Mean Girls (don’t judge me lol) but I can’t quite remember the other films I had heard it from. Never mind though, I am sure it will come back to me at some point. The people we call our ‘friends’, believe it or not have a way of shaping our lives – for better or for worse. I know it sounds a bit extreme putting it like that, but when you really think about it, it’s true to an extent. If we hang around the same type of people long enough eventually we start to be like them, behave like them and probably even start talking like them. As I said that could be a good thing if they motivate you and are genuinely good people. This is good, because it’s always a nice feeling knowing you have friends who have your best interest at heart and want to see you do well in life. Yeah this may sound so cliché, but there’s some truth in it right? This year so far has been a roller coaster for me, the death of my father – earlier on in the year – really hit me hard, but it was the company of my friends that helped me manage the pain.

Being amongst friends really helped take my mind off things and just numb the pain. The pain never goes away you just learn to manage it I guess. But my friends did make realise and reassured me that I had their support, they were very understanding. I appreciated this a lot because it was a difficult time for me yet they tried their best to be there for me, no matter how difficult it may have been. When you go through tough times in life it’s your friends – and family of course! – that get you through the hardship, in those times more than ever you just learn to value them even more. Do we always have to go through tough times to realise that we have great friends? No we don’t, we can also learn to appreciate our friends in times where we don’t have a care in the world or aren’t stressed with the dramas of life. The littlest of things can generally make you truly appreciate your friends. Anything from playing  Fifa 14 to sitting on the settee and having endless banter amongst ourselves about the hilariously funny performances on X-Factor, are enough to make me truly realise that I have great friends. Reason being; you can’t just have a few jokes and relax with anyone, the people you do that with are the people you respect and trust.

TRUST is very important and it is one of the many things that build strong friendships and easily break them too. Your ‘circle of friends’ are generally the people that are there for you,help you in times of struggle and help you regain your positive spark when lost. We as individuals also need to help our friends during their times of struggle and hardship. Friends are like DIAMONDS and GOLD, their precious, rare and (most times) hard to come by. I’m sounding cliché again aren’t I? Well I am sorry, I cant help it!, it’s the only analogy that I feel best describes the fundamentals of friendship. So be it! you going to have to just take my word for it. So if you know you have your DIAMONDS and GOLD, then great! I am genuinely pleased for you because it’s always a nice – great in fact! – feeling knowing that there are people you can put your complete trust in. If you don’t, this is also great! As you now have the opportunity to really evaluate who you call your ‘friends’.

You may be fond of these so called ‘friends’, may get along and sometimes generally have similar interests. In the grand scheme of things having ‘friends’ that you have a laugh with, is meaningless if they aren’t elevating, pushing or supporting you to be the best version of yourself. If you feel like that it’s okay! You just need to remember that there is nothing wrong with ‘cutting people off’, who do nothing for you. Yeah they may be upset, angry and grow some resentment towards you. At the end of the day that’s fine – and part of life. You cant be friends with everybody because not everyone is going to genuinely care about your goals or well-being enough to be deemed as a ‘true friend’. I can honestly say that I can count the amount of true friends that I have in my life on each finger on both hands. In my 23 years of life I have realised when it comes to friendships it’s always about quality and not quantity. It can be hard removing the people who you regard as clutter out of your life – I have done it myself over the years, but at times it is something that just has to be done.

As Greek Philosopher, Aristotle beautifully put it: “A friend to all is a friend to none”.

In my opinion that has to be one of the most self-explanatory and elegant quotes I have ever read. Today take a moment and just reflect and ask yourself these things when evaluating your ‘friends’:

What type of company do I keep?

Do they empower me?

Do they Support me?

Do they make me feel mentally enriched?

I have always been meditating on these questions and truly try to apply to my life and my friendships. It most certainly has worked because I don’t even think I would be writing this post with such optimism if it weren’t for my friends constantly believing in me and encouraging me to be the champion that I am … LOL what can I say I guess I just love myself too much (I’m just joking but I am sure you catch my drift)

When your done thinking about these questions and you say to yourself: “Yes they do!”, then continue to cherish and hold on to those DIAMONDS and GOLD you class as friends. If you answer is “No”, then take that step and choose to surround yourself with people who are going to help and make you become that wonderful person you were destined to be.

Football Focus

 Last week’s action in the Premier League

Picture: Yahoo
Picture: Yahoo

What a week we had witnessed! Last weekend’s fixtures were full of plenty goals and surprises to say the least. This season might just prove to be the year of the underdogs, as the likes of West Ham, Leicester and Crystal Palace have been showing the big teams that they mean business in this year’s campaign. The clash between Leicester and Manchester United was one filled with action and beautiful end-to-end football. United took the lead courtesy of two brilliant goals by Robin Van Persie and Angel Di Maria – who is showing Van Gaal and the fans that he was a valuable investment. The Red Devils’ lead was short-lived as Leicester came from behind and went all the way to grab the winner, as they fought tooth and nail for their 5-3 victory.

Arsenal continue to keep their fans happy with their unbeaten run with 3 goals – in the space of three minutes! – against a lacklustre Aston Villa side. The Gunners 3-0 win comprised of goals from Danny Welbeck , Mesut Ozil and Aly Cissokho, who accidently slotted one past Villa keeper; Brad Guzan. Daniel Sturridge’s injury woes is seemingly affecting Liverpool’s morale after they suffered a 3-1 loss against West Ham. Manchester City managed to disrupt Chelsea’s consecutive winning streak, which resulted in both sides grabbing a point. Frank Lampard proved to be a super-sub as he found the net in the dying minutes of the game, making the match 1-1 at full time.

Picture: AFP
Picture: AFP

 Matches in store for this weekend

This weekend’s fixtures will be sure to have you glued to your settees! There is an array of exciting matches. We have not only one but two derby clashes! Liverpool host Everton at Anfield just after 12 noon. Whereas Arsenal battle it out with fellow north Londoners; Tottenham. Can Chelsea get back to their winning form against Aston Villa? Villa travel to Stamford Bridge, there is no doubt that they will be looking to redeem themselves after last week’s heavy defeat. Manchester United will also be looking to restore some of their pride when they go head-to-head with West Ham. It most certainly won’t be a walk in the park, especially if The Hammers put on a repeat performance that gave them a comfortable win against Liverpool last Saturday.

In other news….

Next Gen Game Play
Next Gen Game Play

 FIFA 15 is coming out on Friday! The game is undoubtedly going to sell like hot cakes; you better grab a copy as quickly as you can. Gamers are most certainly in for a treat as the game play has improved considerably.

Time Is of The Essence

There Is No Time Like The Present
There Is No Time Like The Present

When you think about the concept of Time, what springs to mind? Some might say that it’s precious, equivalent to money, the list goes on. We all perceive time in different ways, but most of us can agree that it is precious. What we choose to focus our time on is extremely important as it can arguably affect our lives whether it’s good or bad

As noted earlier many will agree that our time is precious and how we use it is equally important. Have you ever had a moment where you buy something and afterwards you think to yourself; “Why did I waste my money on that”. We as individuals should have a similar attitude towards ‘Time’ . Your time is your time and it shouldn’t be wasted on anyone or anything that doesn’t benefit you. The last things you want to be saying to yourself is “I wish I had never …” or “If only I…” . Living with regret can be so painful and annoying at times because in hindsight you realise what you should have done and even how to do it, but sadly you will never get the chance to because you are unable to go back in time.

In that eventuality you may not be able to go back in time, but you can make a decision to start using your time in a way that will ensure you never have to be faced with such regrets ever again. ” Just as money should be spent wisely, so should ‘Time’ “ , spend your time on things that uplift and make you happy. If you feel that you are currently in a position where you aren’t using your time effectively, you don’t have to be so hard on yourself. Don’t go through life thinking that there is some sort of manual you have to follow, or a set date where you have to do things by. Never feel that time is running out (although it will run out eventually), but there is always time to change the course of your life and pursue happiness.

As I said feeling regret is normal, and yes it can be annoying, but the most important thing about regrets is that we can use it to control how we move forward from situations. Constantly worrying about what you should have done better in a situation is not going to help you tackle it. The only thing that will help you through it is what you are going to do better next time, in the event that it occurs again. Choose to spend your time in ways that benefits your life and on things that your future self will thank you for later on in your life. You may not be able to go back in time but you can always look ahead and take control of your time to fulfill your happiness. As the saying goes: “There is no point crying over spilt milk”, so spend less time worrying about your shortcomings and look ahead and think of all the possible ways you can live a great life with the time you have.


PUMA are pleased to unveil the Borussia Dortmund 2014/15 International Jersey. This will be the official kit sported by the Bundesliga side ahead of their UEFA Champions League campaign.

The BVB jersey comes in the traditional bright yellow colour with the sponsorship logo providing the only colour contrast. This year’s jersey boasts a simple but stylish collar design which is a new look compared to the crew-neck style of the 2014/15 Home jersey.

Marco Reus Sporting The UCL 14/15 Kit
                        Marco Reus

The PUMA logo is represented on each side of the sleeves with the main one situated on the top-left. The BVB crest sits across with the two stars, which are symbolic of Dortmund’s five Bundesliga titles, directly above it.

The Champions League 2014/15 attire is completed with black shorts and long yellow socks. Dortmund fans can purchase the full kit or the jersey on the official club website, with the name and number of their favourite player emblazoned on the back.


Inferiority Complex


“What have I done now?” I remember saying to myself one day my manager calls me into his office. Day in Day out I always ensure I work hard to the best of my ability and most of all do what is expected of me. As the job mostly involves communicating and liaising with people, whether it be via telephone or in person, I always ensure I conduct myself in a professional manner, I am attentive and always polite when communicating. But somehow it’s as if what I do is never good enough for my manager. You know those people that never try and see the good in you? Well he’s exactly that! …Why do I feel like I am always being chastised and never praised?

Maybe he just has a big Ego?

He’s not happy with himself in life?

He suffers from an INFERIORITY COMPLEX?????

Bingo! This has to be it, I mean it makes sense. But Why? Let me tell you because it may not make much sense to you now why this can be the only reasonable explanation for his resentment towards me. He feels some sort of inadequacy about himself and as a way of trying to compensate for that he will always try and find fault in all that I do. Perhaps I have something he feels he lacks, even so that is that isn’t my problem- I cant be faulted for the way God made me (LOL).

For a while I started to feel so berated, low in self-worth and worse of all completely unfit for my job. But you know what there is no point wallowing in self-pity, with these situations I think it makes you realise why you always need to hold yourself in high regard- not in a narcissistic type of way- and believe that you are talented in more ways than you can imagine.

Why beat yourself up worrying about what people think about you let alone ONE person, that’s just giving yourself an unnecessary headache. This might be somewhat contradictory as you ideally want to make a good impression on your boss/manager or whoever it is you answer to at work. In the workplace you do tend to worry about the way you’re perceived because you just want create a good reputation for yourself and ultimately be regarded as a good employee. This is absolutely fine, but when you start demoralising yourself because someone has a ‘vendetta’ against you then you’re creating a problem for yourself.

It took me a while to understand that you never do yourself any good letting people or things get to you. You simply cant expect others to value you if you don’t value yourself. That should be like a CARDINAL RULE.

Don’t ever let people- especially your manager- make you feel that you’re worthless or ‘not good enough’ because they seem to have a ‘problem’ with the way you are. Just remember that it’s their problem to deal with and not yours. I’m no expert on human behavior, but I believe that people tend to make you feel inferior about yourself because they feel inferior about themselves. These people (like my manager) may have some sort of authority over you, so they often try and use that power to make you feel insecure about yourself. Well let it stop now! Once you know your worth you will learn to appreciate yourself more, I know I certainly have.

Life is a Beautiful Struggle

Trust your Journey
Trust your Journey

At times do you ever feel that you’re carrying the world on your shoulders? You want to achieve your set goals so badly, please your family, friends, prove doubters wrong, but then you realise that you’re placing too much pressure on yourself. Admittedly, this has been the case for me. I have had many days where I have felt so exhausted because I am worrying too much, trying to please family, friends and make them proud of me, just so they don’t think I’m a failure. But then I asked myself: “Why am I stressing myself like this?”, I could never really understand why, but I just felt like I needed to… “It’s All or Nothing”“Failure is not an Option”, those were the only justifiable answers I kept saying to myself over and over again in my head. Even so, failure should never be an option, but then I realised that I cant keep using that as an excuse to stress myself out and worry excessively.

It’s very easy to give yourself a million reasons as to why you need to achieve your desired goal, which is good as it can motivate you, but it can also be an hindrance, because you have giving yourself so much reasons why you need to succeed to the point where you feel that failure can never happen. Well it can happen and it isn’t a bad thing, in some respects failure is needed for personal growth.  So don’t be so hard on yourself,realise that there are going to be setbacks along the way and understand that it’s part of your journey. Most of all don’t feel you have to please everyone. Your Journey should only fulfill you, making sure others are happy along the way shouldn’t be a prerequisite, friends and family will support you regardless.

Learn to trust your journey and continue to work hard to achieve your goals and aspirations, nothing comes easy in this life, but having persistence and dedication will always make your journey worthwhile. You can never be a failure for trying, it just simply means that you’re working hard to achieve what you set out to do. Do not worry or stress just keep working hard and have faith in your abilities. Yes!, it’s easier said than done but when you really think about it worrying never does you any favours.

When you fight for your dreams, secondary voices in your head are gone.