The Apprentice Series 8, Episode 4

The episode opens with a rare event…a morning off. Azhar, Adam, Ricky Martin and Nick are playing an interesting mix of ping-pong and running around before there is a phone call, and Duane rushes off to answer. Cars will be coming in 30 mins to take them to Chiswick Cinema. As they get ready, the candidates speculate on what the task could be – creating trailers or something to do with advertising? Nope, because that would make sense.

On the way there, Ricky Martin is complaining about Sterling being big headed after their win, and Katie agrees, stating that Nick and Duane need to be brought back down to earth. In the other taxi, Duane says that not everyone is contributing and they need to be exposed, and the camera cuts to Jane – clever editing?

Chiswick Cinema is apparently famed for its furniture and second hand goods. This is how it relates to the task – sell used goods and make the most profit. Sugar mixes the teams again, sending Jade to Phoenix and Ricky Martin to Sterling, the team he bitched about earlier on.

Sterling are contemplating refurbishing products. Jenna says that bins are the way to go, perhaps they could create a  “funky bin”. Didn’t she catch Duane’s EcoPress, the most fashionable and funkiest bin on the scene?

Duane wants to be PM again, but so does Laura. No one wants Duane and everyone else votes for Laura. Laura describes how

being an attractive businesswoman can have its ups and downs

but she is like a “Rottweiller”. Hmm. How lovely.

Tom is the PM for Phoenix. Tom says that “I’m only 23 years old” (Hope he won’t be like “I’m only 23” Alex from a few years back) and that he is a laid back and well rounded individual. He wants to focus on quality over quantity. Adam says that they should buy more more more. Oh and that Tom is wrong. Everyone is always wrong in Adam’s eyes – he likes to complain a lot. I await the day he becomes PM and does a sterling job (oop no pun intended).

Sterling are focusing on quantity on the other hand, or as Ricky Martin puts it

We’re selling crap and turning it into style.

Gabrielle is given the role of heading up the redesigning of the furniture, the creative soul that she is.

Back at the ping-pong table, the next morning Laura gives her team money to spend. She emphasises buying things to customise other objects with, like buttons! Elsewhere, Tom gives Katie, Adam and Stephen (KAS) £200, telling them to spend as little as possible. Minimising spend means maximising profit. They are unhappy at this, and later, Katie criticises Tom’s strategy and Adam says that they “are not miracle workers”.

KAS go to an auction at Greenwich and find it hard to buy things, restricted by the low money they were given. Nick says that they have

committed a number of mortal sins

for example, they didn’t ask for more money and they bid on 4 items and won 3, which was “foolish”. I wouldn’t exactly call that a “mortal sin” but I can see errors.

Adam, the forward thinking guy/idiot that he is goes to look at the auction house’s bins – it has finally come to this. Nick, wearing a trendy pair of sunglasses, cannot believe this, as Adam makes a swift exit with his team, failing to keep hold of the pans he picked up. After that, they criticise Tom some more, with Katie exclaiming

It’s like Tom wants us to lose!!!

Those sunglasses are well trendy

Contrast the two styles of the teams. Laura and Ricky Martin have located furniture to sell and are buying lots of things. Tom is looking at a variety of items at a car boot sale, and hating most of them. The important thing is that it isn’t what you want Tom, it is what people will buy. The segment ends with Tom breaking an item, and the rest of the team walk away without paying…or even apologising.

The concept for Sterling’s upcycling is “shabby chic”. Nick doesn’t know what “shabby chic” is – it is probably the stuff Tom dissed at the car boot sale. I am not sure whether anyone ever told Nick what “shabby chic” is – he might be left in the dark still. Gabrielle wants a brand or stamp on their furniture, which doesn’t sound very unique and sellable, especially if it is a vintage shop no? Karren is sceptical about their upcycling – it needs expertise, and money.

KAS head off to a junk shop as the pull out some things from the back of the shop that they think they could sell. Junk shop guy offers £50 for their things. Stephen cries out “We only have £25!!!”, then agrees to buy at £30. Junk shop guy tells the camera that the sub-team missed out on the good stuff (usually selling in the shop) and went for “absolute rubbish”. Meanwhile, in the taxi, Stephen is feeling a (misplaced) smugness about how they took the best stuff that was hidden in the back for a good price. he even goes as far to say that he should teach junk shop guy how to run his own shop. Boom.

Sensitive Ricky Martin exclaims “it smells vintage” as he ascends up the stairs with the team to collect things from a dead person’s flat (…) Duane is looking miserable, and has done for most of the task. Could it be due to not getting the PM role? It seems like a case of sour grapes and indicates a bad attitude when he doesn’t get his own way – not good in a team. Anyway, Duane is saying that he wouldn’t want to buy these things they collected from a dead person but it is free, quoting the well-known saying:

Don’t look a gift horse in the eye.

Damn, I have been getting it wrong all these years…

Gabrielle is getting into full flow with redesigning the stock. She has created a contraption that consists of a suitcase on chair legs, which doesn’t exactly look sturdy, or nice.

Gabrielle's suitcase on legs. It's er....different

Gabrielle's idea is similar to this - drawers on legs.
http://blog.jelanieshop.com/interior/oturakast-cabinet-by-rianne-koens/

Another invention is a suitcase on a ladder. Nick doesn’t understand the value of these things (and nor do I) but he has faith that Gabrielle knows what she is doing.

Setting up shop, Phoenix have opted for the minimalistic look (or a another way of saying that they didn’t buy enough). On Sterling, criticism falls on Gabrielle’s redesigns. Ricky Martin gates the Union Jack furniture, and Duane states that

it looks like I painted it, and I can’t paint

ooh.

The next day, the boys are discussing what to wear in Brick Lane, where they are selling. Duane worries that he is really old and doesn’t fit in. Nick laughs at him. Stephen just wants to look cool, but misses the mark somewhat.

Phoenix start off the day well – lots of interest and selling as Tom gets rid of an amaaaazing hole puncher. Woo. Sterling are running late as they try to get ready. Gabrielle tells Nick to scatter old leaves across the shop floor – possibly to fit in with “shabby chic”, but in reality looking more like a mess. Nick is sceptical about the stock, saying “I don’t buy this shit”. Will anyone else though?

When Sterling finally open, we are treated to some of Phoenix’s selling styles. Duane likes to compliment the customers, telling them that they are “cool”. Jane prefers to almost beg for a sale, and then raise hr voice to scare someone into buying. Is it working? Not quite. She shouts “WE COULD DO A DEAL!!! ARE YOU SURE?! (PLEASE COME BACK AND BUY FROM ME! I’M BEGGING YOU!!!)” as a person runs away from her.

Tom realises that he needs more stock and sends sub-team KAS to get more. They go to a new car boot sale or something like that, and a lady says that she will sell a blue thing for a pound if they promise to go away. Stephen thinks that he has scored a massive bargain, which is obviously due to his natural charm (ahem).

Laura decides to offer a 10% discount on Phoenix. A guy on a motorbike wearing a Union Jack jacket drives past. Surely he will want a Union Jack chair? Turns out not, but the discount does bring more people in, and Laura is confident about the day, and spouts out that

she will be pleasantly surprised about the profit.

I am guessing surprise but not sure if it will be a pleasant one…

Phoenix are doing well and Nick takes back his words and sneering, and compliments Tom and his team. That includes Stephen, who slickly makes a sale as he drops the bag, rips the bag and then forgets whether he has given the customer a receipt. Oh Stephen! Meanwhile, Adam is talking to some customers, one of them says  that it looks like the stock came from a skip. Adam laughs, knowingly.

Ricky Martin complains about the Union Jack things not selling and then deeming things with flags as “cheap and tacky”. He has done a lot of moaning in this ep, and not even in a funny way, nor has he contributed much. But he’s still called Ricky Martin.

Sterling attempt to sell the rest of their stock at extremely cheap prices, and are still floundering. Laura offers a glass table for a pound, but the lady says that she lives too far away to take the table with her. Gabrielle is attempting to sell as many things for a pound to a customer who has already bought a table, but he seems reluctant to. Desperate times indeed.

I am predicting a win for Phoenix this week, Sterling has put too much effort (and money) in redoing their stock, and cutting the price so dramatically may work against them. Tom hasn’t been the best PM but his strategy has worked and the team as a whole have done well (if you don’t count the constant sniping by Adam and Katie boo)

In the boardroom, Sugar is also failing to understand what “shabby chic” is, and deems the leaves-in-the-shop idea as making the shop look like

an Oxfam shop in the middle of a hurricane.

Why Oxfam?

He asks Sterling’s PM who was the best of selling, and Laura modestly answers “Me!”. Hmm.

Stephen talks about their “success” at the junk shop, and Adam lays into the shop design, saying it had a muddled concept. This provokes a strong defence from Jade and Sugar arguing that you do get minimalistic shops in the area. Adam then states that he doesn’t know Brick Lane well, as he retreats from his comments. Into a hole.

Results:
Phoenix made £1423.50, spent £360.10, making a profit of £1063.40.
Sterling made £1444.25, spent £660.76, making a profit of £783.51.

Phoenix win! And because the task involved vintage, Phoenix are rewarded with a 40s vintage party and a swing dancing lesson. Hmm 4 boys and 2 girls – how will this work? It turns out that it isn’t really a problem, as we see Tom wearing a dead fox around his shoulders. It is worrying that a cool and trendy guy owns something like this. Katie is forced to admit that Tom was a strong (although not good) PM and his risky strategy paid off after her first win. Jade is the only one with a 100% win record. Tom starts talking about his young age again and how brilliant he is.

At the cafe, Ricky Martin blames costings and design, Laura blames the materials as part of the design and Gabrielle blames the amount of stock bought. Gabrielle brings up this point again in the boardroom as Laura blames her for the loss. Gabrielle and Jenna attack Laura for lack of strategy or control. Jenna says that there weren’t give a budget and Ricky Martin points out that they bought a lot of stuff. Certainly, Sugar isn’t impressed, labelling their store as “a shop full of rubbish”. Interestingly, it turns out that Gabrielle and Jenna sold the most, with Jane only selling £10. Jane’s selling style is deemed aggressive but she rebrands this as “overenthusiasm”. Laura decides to bring back Gabrielle and Jane.

Laura is looking like a worse PM by the minute. Whilst she appears to have the style and speech of a good PM, she had no direction or plan like Tom did, even if his leadership style was not as polished as Laura’s. But hey, he is only 23. Gabrielle launches a powerful speech, much like she did in week 1, about how Laura didn’t contribute anything useful. Laura tells Sugar

I am successful in everything I do. Period.

Sugar rains on her parade and promptly adds that she wasn’t successful in this task.

Sugar babbles on about potential: he likes Gabrielle’s enthusiasm so she is staying. Laura was a bad PM but Jane hasn’t shown any spark, so she is fired. A tearful Jane in the taxi is momentarily lost for words before saying that she will be fine and that Sugar will regret firing hr. I don’t think Jane was at fault for the loss the task, I would say it was Laura’s fault, but Jane hasn’t really shone and she has had good opportunity to do so. So, on balance, maybe it was her time to go.

Scary Jane is fired

Next week, the teams are devising fitness classes – Azhar is in retro gym gear, Stephen’s Hip Swing (which looks dangerous) and I wonder is Ricky Martin will incorporate wrestling somehow…he hasn’t really contributed much so far…

Being Human Series 4

Series 4 saw big changes into terms of its cast, but did the show manage to continue its success without most of its main characters exiting? Last series saw Mitchell depart the show as George staked him, sending home to where dead vampires go (oblivion perhaps), and after the first episode of the fourth series, we had already lost Nina, and by the end, George, in an emotional farewell as he sacrificed himself to save his daughter. We saw the reintroduction of Tom in the meanwhile, and the entrance of ex-Old One, Hal. In the first few episodes, Hal made me miss Mitchell. Whilst Mitchell had charm, Hal lacked the likeability factor, although over the series, he has got better, and the bromance he has struck over with Tom, a sweet, at times naive, character, was one of the highlights of the series. I am still not sold on Hal yet though, his constant whining and self-pitying about his vampiric side starts to grate. It seems bizarre that I felt more sympathy when Cutler (who I preferred over Hal) found his wife dead than when Hal found Alex dead.

 

This series, Annie has had to cope with losing her best friends but I like the way in which she managed to bring Hal and Tom together, and the new household and friendship they had created. She has taken part in some of the humourous part of the show, such as the accidental killing of a cantankerous old man, but she has also shone in some of the more darker plotlines, such as being faced with having to kill baby Eve. The final scenes she steals as she exits in a blaze of glory and her ending is resolved, but there is a hint that she could return to the mortal world in the future.

 

So for the next series, we are done with the original cast and faced with a new household dynamic. Alex, the new ghost, has proven to be a witty character with moments of vulnerability, and to find what her unfinished business is, delving deeper into her character, will be fascinating. The introduction of the “cleaners” is intriguing – are they villains? Will we see vampires and werewolves unite against them? Also, if Eve’s death means that all vampires will die, what does that mean for the show? It has been a great series and has done well to move the focus from the original trio onto the newer characters of the show, and I cannot wait to see what will happen in Series 5.  

 

 

The Apprentice Series 8, Episode 3

It’s The Apprentice time again, and this week it is all about the saucy world of condiments. Which team will win and who will be the next to be fired?
6.30am: the girls are dressed and applying makeup, and the boys are simply lolling around in bed. You snooze, you lose! Adam says that Stirling needs boys in their team to win. Jane says that having boys in Stirling would be awful – some of them are weak and should be fired. Don’t hold back.
They arrive at St Katherine Docks, a once-bustling shipyard, where Sugar used to play. Here is where they used to import spices…so the task is to make a condiment. Liking the link there? To mix things up, Sugar sends Duane and Dreamboat Nick to Sterling, and Katie to Phoenix. Marginalised in the girls’ team, can she prove her worth now? Jade is glad she has gone.
Duane, a drinks entrepreneur, declares he wants to be PM. He has no product knowledge but he has the necessary qualities to lead well. Dreamboat Nick asks if anyone wants to volunteer. Gabrielle says that she wouldn’t mind. Duane says: Wouldn’t mind?! I WANT to be PM! And so he is.
On Phoenix, Katie nominates herself as PM. Adam, very patronisingly, tells her that PM is a complicated job, as if she has never seen the show before or dealt in business. Stephen also puts himself up for the role, but Katie marginally wins the vote. The team elect to produce a table sauce. Ricky Martin says that he doesn’t think that Katie will be an effective and decisive team leader, and it will be easy to influence her, and ensures that he manages the sub-team to do so – ooh you shark.
On Stirling, Duane opts for a chutney, which is backed by the rest of the team, well except Scary Jane (a food manufacturer). She says it is a bad idea – there isn’t a good market for chutney and suggests targeting the health market. Duane proposes that they will produce a quality and luxury product.
In brainstorming names for Stirling’s sauce, Gabrielle comes up with Chunky Chutney or Charlie Chutney. The winner is InFusion, Jade’s idea, and she declares that this is the best sub-team she has ever been in. Phoenix’s name comes in the form of Bellissimo, courtesy of Stephen, as it conjures of connotations of love and Italian (for a Mediterrean sauce, makes sense). Katie likes it but says that they need to check the meaning to see it doesn’t mean “crap”. I can assure you it doesn’t.
Ricky Martin is a biochemist turned recruitment consultant, and he is now heading up the production team for Phoenix as Tom number crunches. Stirling are making a pineapple chilli chutney. Jane is trying to figure out numbers and quantities but is struggling and holding up the rest of the team, and to the annoyance of Duane. Jane says that she is not an accountant (did she not learn from Jenna last week – if you can’t do finance, don’t do it) and doesn’t appreciate people being aggressive towards her.
Katie takes her team to design the bottle for Bellissimo, which obviously throws up images of the Mediterrean, not Italy. It reminds me of La Popcorn, the Mediterrean style popcorn. The team want to conjure up images of something beautiful, fantastic, but the end results seems to suggest anything but – it looks cheap and has a picture of a pepper. It resembles something I could’ve designed on Paint when I was younger. The team also seem to be confused as to what they are trying to sell – is it a table sauce? Is it Mediterrean? Is it mass market? The naming and the branding seems to conflict with these points, and there seems to be no clear idea of what the brand is supposed to be.
Sterling produce their first batch of sauce and the signs are good. Except they’re not. Jane says that it is burning the tip of her tongue and Duane splutters. He might not make it to the end of the task – a new meaning to being fired. Nick labels it a “VICIOUS chilli chutney” and the team fail to provide a sample for testing. Let branding and marketing take care of that, someone might have a use for it – an industrial cleaner or weapon?
 
InFusion Take 1 doesn’t quite hit the mark
Ricky Martin appears to be managing production well, but is not happy with the label. Things get worse as Adam has problems with the sauce – it is “boiling like an omelette”. Is it wise to let someone who thinks omelettes boil take care of the sauce? Adam blames Ricky Martin or rushing things without checking things properly. The batch gets thrown away in the end.
At the sample testing at Partridges, reception seems to be good for Phoenix’s sauce itself but it is highlighted that the sauce isn’t Italian (d’oh) and there is a spelling mistake in Belissimo (there should be 2 L’s – D’oh 2). Stirling find it hard to sell their sauce without a sample as Jade tries to use words to capture Partridges’ interest, a hard task to do in itself. Partridge guy says that this is the first time someone has tried to sell him something without a product. It is up to Dreamboat Nick to explain all.
Duane and his team do well to complete all the numbers for their InFusion sauces, but there is a disaster going on in Phoenix’s kitchen. The ketchup has coagulated into something from a horror movie. Ugh. Ricky Martin has a plan though. Go on! You can pull this back! He decides to use this anyway and reheat it so it has a nicer consistency. Come on Ricky Martin! Tom tells Katie that the cost price of Belissimo will have to be higher due to the earlier wastage. No one is impressed.
8am and Stephen does a great big yawn. Katie instructs her team to see at £3.99 at market to cover losses. Michael is appointed leader of the sub-team. Hello Michael, are you new? I haven’t seen you around here before.
One half of Stirling try to sell InFusion to some farmers, who turn up their noses at the use of tropical fruits, not British ones. They don’t order any. Xenophobes. At the supermarket, Duane and his sub-team have trouble selling their sauce. Duane tries to tell an elderly couple “You try, you buy 100s!” If only…
Ricky Martin: “I’m a sweet man, but the sweet offsets the spicy in my opinion” Culinary expert of course too – he is a man of many things.
New Michael takes his sub-team to their first appointment. Katie previously told him not to sell any lower than £1.99. Michael tries to negotiate the cost price but the woman refuses to budge, sticking at £1.95 – only 4p difference. Michael decides it is not worth it – he has other appointments anyway. Tom looks confused. Azhar doesn’t agree with this.
Ricky Martin: “Only 200 bottles left! Once they are gone, they are gone! And they’re spicy too!” Ooh I was thinking of not buying but when he added that they were spicy I completely changed my mind!
Stirling’s sub-team manage to sell 300 bottles at £1.70 cost price. Outside they do the all-hands-in-middle-lame-shout-of-team-name thing. They’ve nicked that off Phoenix. Thieves.
Azhar challenges Michael, and he takes the next pitch – Michael can be his “supporting element”, although he doesn’t say anything. Instead, it is left to Tom to step in as the Italian man they are pitching to notices the spelling mistake in the name. Honestly, did no one bother to check this stuff beforehand? Tom says the product is nice though. Unsurprisingly, no orders.
At another shop, Katie and her team sell the rest of their stock for £1 a bottle. Someone asks whether they should negotiate but Katie maintains that it is fine. She is pleased that she has got rid of everything, despite doing so at a dirt cheap price. And that is how you do business, no? Well I am predicting a loss for Phoenix – they had less stock to start with, the branding is a bit of a mess and they sold their stock cheaper, which aren’t good signs.
Initial chat in the bathroom draws attention to a line from Katie’s CV: “men can be manipulated”.
1.       How did this crop up in her CV?
2.       She doesn’t really do herself any favours does she?
Nevertheless, the rest of the team say that she was a good PM. Another thing is Adam, dubbed “Modesty Manager” by Sugar, claiming that the success of production ultimately was down to him and the role he played. Oh and also the rest of the team, but mainly him.
Results: Phoenix produced 305 bottles generating £585.56, Stirling produced 607 bottles making £1028 WIN.
Sugar grants Stirling a visit to where another Stirling used to run around – Silverstone (oh Sugar!)
What does this mean for Katie? Having tried to prove herself in the PM role, she succumbs to a 3rdloss in a row – will the boys start to turn on her?
At Silverstone, Duane expresses his problems with Scary Jane. She was bad with figures and was “unenthusiastic and miserable”. Don’t take it to heart – that’s normal of her.
At the café, Ricky Martin says that all the good things in the task happened because of him.  HAha. Tom blames Michael and insists he did nothing wrong.
Back in the boardroom, there is talk about the missing batches of sauce. Stephen blames stock problems, Katie blames sales and Tom blames branding. Sugar declares that the margins of Michael’s sub-team are a “joke”. Katie also blames Michael and someone else for production, although she hasn’t decided who yet. She wants to say Ricky Martin as he was in charge but he sold well. Adam says that she should chooses the production manager, shying away from the massive role that he played in production that he talked up. In the end Katie chooses Michael and Ricky Martin to return. Ricky Martin tries to argue against this – you can tell that he will fight in the boardroom. I think that Ricky Martin should be safe. He does show some great potential. Katie wasn’t decisive enough but she was an OK PM. As for Michael, I think he will go. He didn’t contribute anything and he has been quiet in the two previous tasks he has supposedly been in (I didn’t see him though).
Final three in the boardroom and Ricky Martin says that he did well in production given that it wasn’t made clear how much volume was needed. Katie says that she believes in Ricky Martin but he was in charge of production. The fact that it was intended to be a mass-market table sauce yet made more expensive due to stock wastage conflicts with each other.
Karen blames mismanagement of the production team – too much cooking, not enough of anything else. Ricky Martin does a U-turn and accepts the blame, but says that he has no experience, he is no food man.
Michael blames his lack of sales due to the cost price being so expensive. Ricky Martin the shark asks why didn’t he tell Katie if he had a problem, before declaring that he would be embarrassed if he sold as low as Michael did. Katie and Ricky Martin announce that they sold 80 bottles in 1 hour, whilst Michael and his sub-team sold 50 bottles in 1 day. Michael rambles on about location.
Michael’s new defence is to proclaim he is not the best salesman but he can do other things, launching into his life story: how he started from nothing to build up his business. Hmm. He then points to his lack of education. Hmm. Sugar is not impressed either, and says that he doesn’t care about qualifications. Defence not going well then.
Ricky Martin, proving himself to be a ruthless and powerful talker in the boardroom, calls Michael a “passenger”. Michael hits back saying that you shouldn’t underestimate him just because he is not a “motormouth”.
Sugar lies the blame for the loss of the task at Ricky Martin’s door, and it looks like he is going to fire him, but wait…Sugar talks about his gut feeling (he hasn’t been eating some of the teams’ sauces has he?) about who can handle this process. Ricky Martin is saved!!! Oh and Michael is fired. He is “out of his depth” according to Sugar. Michael is not too sad at this, he says that he will be fine with current business.
 
Ricky Martin – who didn’t get fired, some other guy did…who? Er…I can’t remember…
Back at the house, Dreamboat Nick says that Ricky Martin will be back. Adam says that although Katie did do some wrong thing, she did well to try to fix this, and Michael did nothing. Everyone agrees that Ricky Martin will be back. And everyone cheers as Ricky Martin (and Katie) make their triumphant return.
On balance, Michael was the right person to be fired – he has no presence and he doesn’t seem to fit what Sugar appears to be looking for. Also, it means that Ricky Martin lives to wrestle in the boardroom another day, and one step closer in my campaign to see Sugar become partners with Ricky Martin in his new venture, whatever that might be…
Next week, it is all about sourcing and selling second hand stock, or as Ricky Martin eloquently puts it: “We’re selling crap”. Oh and someone is looking in a big skip. Till next week!

The Apprentice Series 8, Episode 2

Welcome! The second week of The Apprentice is all about designing and pitching an original product – a task we’ve seen many times but how will this series’ contestants fare this time around?
5.30am, and Ricky Martin answers the phone, where is he told that a car (or 2 ) will be coming to pick them up to take them to the Victoria and Albert Museum in Kensington. 15 mins?! 15 mins?! A bleary-eyed Stephen cannot believe it. These early starts and short times to get ready will only get worse you know…
The girls declare the boys as arrogant after their first win, whilst the boys declare themselves to be more closer than Stirling, more “knitted together”.

 
Team Phoenix…can you work out who is who?
At the museum, Lord Sugar emerges onto the balcony, forcing the contestants to look up to him, whilst he reveals that the task is to produces a new household gadget in two days (design museum…design task – hmm, they’re actually related this time; that’s disappointing). Sugar emphasises the importance of the product concept itself, and whoever gets the most amount of orders win. Then we are treated to examples of household “gadgets” – a silicone egg poacher, a pizza cutter?! Wow.
On Sterling, scary Jane wants to be PM, as does Katie. Katie says it will be a good task for her given her background in research and development, but Jane gives her dagger looks and feels of a “it should be me! Me! ME!” speech. It works, as the rest of the team vote in her favour. Scary Jane, a self proclaimed “bossy boots” then displays her wonderful leadership skills by shushing and not letting people talk, telling the team that she’ll be going around in a circle one-by-one to let them talk, like circle time for children.
Fridge expert Azher volunteers for PM. We learn something new about him: he is like a killer whale in the sea world. On one hand he is intelligent, polite and nice, yet he is also committed and aggressive. I’ve heard business is a dog-eat-dog world, and full of sharks (like Ricky Martin), but never killer whales. He settles on designing a gadget for the kitchen, like a good killer whale would.

Scary Jane immediately settles on a gadget for the bathroom; asking “What problems to solve in the bathroom?”. Silence. Jane asks the team, and one replies, “Whatever you want”. This is great brainstorming.
Duane proposes the idea of a bin that compresses rubbish, which Azner loves. Duane says it is a moredn and fashionable thing to be reducing waste – not sure how trendy it can be but we’ll go with it for now. Adam hates the idea, and suggests oven/mittens(?)/rubber gloves with scourers on one hand and sponges on the other, which Tom and Ricky Martin (potential costume for wrestling; you could scour the opponent’s face – yeah! Feel the pain!) love.
The girls are struggling to come up with an idea, until Laura describes the problems of a splashy baby and invents a screen around the bath, which can be personalised (I’m not convinced). Katie proposes a tap cushion but Jenna talks about the problem of different taps (Katie’s not having much luck is she?). Sterling visit Grosnover Hall for the focus group with mothers. The idea of the bath screen is shot down – they like their babies splashing, as well as safety concerns. The group seem to support the tap-cushion (really?! I guess the bath screen isn’t much cop either). Maria, the purple lady (argh! Purple eyeshadow!), who wants 5 restaurants by the age of 25, shows off her sketches of the products to the public, and they like the newly renamed Tap Cosy.
Adam, Tom and Ricky Martin head off to the catering college for their focus group. The compressor is a hit, and Adam’s gloves are called “sensible” but someone says they would rather buy a sponge. On the phone to the other half of the team, Adam tells them that it was an unanimous decision: the gloves rock, conveniently forgetting what the last man said.
Jenna (a bit irritating at the moment, needs to have more wacky  dreams and use them to make choices) rants about how the product is to be attached to the screen. She starts to push for the bath screen, ignoring the market research which didn’t exactly favour it. This sends Maria asleep, and no one has noticed. Until Scary Jane picks on her, asking her if she has anything to add. Maria answers “I’m thinking! I’m thinking!…” – well played.
Adam starts to brainstorm names for his product (which hasn’t been given the go-ahead yet) –  Easy Clean? Magic Hands? Tom loves Magic Hands. Talking to the rest of the team, Adam says that 8 out of 8 of the focus group loved the product (hmm). Azner replies that someone has the same idea already, but doesn’t reveal who. Stephen steps in and states that Adam’s idea isn’t a great one, frustrating the sub-team. What happened to “knitted together”? I knew this was a sign of bad things to come. Ricky Martin dryly states, “Basically we’ve invented the bin”. The voiceover declares that “the gloves are off” as the designer gets to grip with producing a compressor bin for the boys’ team.
Whilst Stirling’s sub-team are dreaming of what colour their Tap Cosy should be (Pebble coloured? Grey?!), Jane states that they will go with the bathguard, which she has already started designing without telling them. Great leadership.  Jane lies that there was too many design constraints for the Tap Cosy according to the designer. This is blatant lying – she can’t get away with this! She asks Katie and the rest of the sub-team whether they prefer KIDS SPLASH or SPLISH SPLASH as the name. They answer KIDS SPLASH, so naturally Jane plumps for SPLISH SPLASH.
Ah…things aren’t good on Phoenix. Ricky Martin challenges Azner, who tells him to focus on the task and product. Ricky Martin hits back with : You didn’t consider our feelings. You insensitive clod! (Who knew he cared so much?)
Breakfast the next day, Ricky Martin, eating cornflakes, is more confident, saying  “We’re going to smash it”. The EcoPress arrives, and Duane has never looked so proud. Azner says it looks like an espresso machine. What if you got 2 confused? No one wants old leftovers in their morning coffee. Adam says that it doesn’t look bad…he just doesn’t like it ( as he reminisces at what could have been if his gloves were allowed to shine, with a forlorn look in his eye).
Jenna proposes 1million orders from Amazon will cost £748,000  cost price, making a 240% profit margin. Good luck with that. Jane take the first pitch, talking about Amazon ordering said 1 million units. The guys don’t look that impressed, and ask for a lower order. Jane then mentions 500,000 will produce 225% gross profit margin, 100,000 will give 185%. She is hopeful. Jane is asked about the figures again and turns to her “financial team”: Gabrielle and Jenna. Not a good idea as they look disorganised, discussing what they are going to say. Outside, Katie says that 1million is a £9million order, and she doesn’t want to be laughed at, whilst Jenna looks shameful.
Nick stops Duane from pitching, telling Stephen and Azner to pitch instead. Duane looks hurt, and Nick (Hewer) screws up his face at the whole thing.
So Stephen starts off the pitch, informing us that 72% of people in the UK cook at home. The Amazon guy asks about the USP of the bin – Stephen mumbles about the EcoPress being a “simple choice” before Duane steps in, a moment that has everyone at home saying “Go on Duane! Talk about your bin!”. He talks about the problem he has with recycling – he puts it all in one bin (!) but the EcoPress will help him. (The passion towards the bin was more obvious than me writing about it) It seems convincing to the Amazon guy. Nick (Hewer…oh no, 2 Nicks!) declares “What a nonsense” that Duance wasn’t allowed to speak initially about his “passion for his baby”. Hear hear!
Jenna says that she didn’t get the figures wrong, just reduced it to its simplest figures – that’s a new, and wrong, way of saying “wrong”. Maria shouts down the phone – JUST FOCUS ON THE PRODUCT!!!!! In the second pitch, Jenna mentions that 0 – 200,000 orders will mean that the cost price is double, and Katie steps in, adding more detail that the cost price is £6 – £10 ( she actually seems competent this week). The guy points out that the children could make more mess with the special crayon, undermining the purpose of the Splish Splash to keep things tidy. Score.
The boys are asked about the inspiration for the bin, and Stephen rightly refers the pitchee to Duane (Yeah! Go on Duane!), who is allowed to talk this time. Even if he does call bins fun (no bins are fun). Phoenix seem more cohesive in terms of the team and pitch, have a better product and listened to the market research, unlike Stirling. Plus, they don’t have Scary Jane. After the pitch, Duane says “Did someone say “nailed”?” Yes, perhaps.

 
Yeah wooo go Duane! The man who wants to make rubbish seem fashionable. And has problems sorting out his recycling
Task over, back to the boardroom. Maria is wearing her purple get-up – again?! Sugar calls Splish Splash a “toy”. Katie describes how the Tap Cost was successful and Laura says that they “marginally” preferred the Tap Cosy (although I think it was a more overwhelming preference). Jane witters on about how taps are different. The girls do seem to support Jane when asked if she was a good PM, even when the million orders debacle is brought up.
Poor Azner – his sub-team diss him for communication and decision making problems, and Duane criticises him too. Et tu Duane? But Azner backed your bin! Adam hated the bin, and talks more about his Magic Hands. Tom says he felt neglected. Aww.
Results time!
Amazon: Karen says she was “cringing” in Sterling’s pitch but they like the product.
Sterling 7,500, Phoenix 3,000 (really? Jane cannot be safe! She has to go!)
High Street Store: Karen says that the store hated the Splish Splash.
Sterling 0 (go on boys), Phoenix 10,000 WIN
 
Phoenix win again, although Azner doesn’t look too happy about it. The treat: having designed a kitchen gadget, Phoenix aren’t going to be in a kitchen, but the opposite – a restaurant (oh Sugar!) – a private room at the Ivy. What Sugar would have done if the girls won with a bathroom gadget remains to be seen. Intriguing…what is the opposite of a bathroom?
At the Ivy, Ricky Martin praises Duane for the win. Azner says that they won with the right people in right places (an attempt to claim credit for the win?) – this is met with awkward silence. Ricky Martin reveals that he doesn’t rate Azner. Following Stephen’s poem last week, he says:

“He’s cool, he’s got all the gear, but no idea” (Rhythm might need a bit of work)

 

At the café, Jane seems to be gunning for Katie (apparently the loss was all her fault as she kept challenging her) and Maria. Maria isn’t happy about losing. She says that she wants to take over the team to show that girls can win. I don’t think Maria should go and Katie did ok. Jane to go.
Stirling are under fire for the product. Laura says that she wanted something functional that could double up as a toy before Jane chips in with “not a toy, an entertainment centre and/or storage”. A long winded way of saying toy, no? Sugar says that he hates the Splish Splash, and can’t fathom why Amazon even made orders.
Jane brings Maria (no contribution, sleeping – Maria gasps) and Katie (doesn’t do anything she was asked to). Sugar warns her to think with her head, not her heart, and Jane brings in Maria and Jenna instead.
In the final showdown, Jenna claims that Katie should be in the final three instead of her. Jane brings up that no-one can say that she did a bad job. Jenna and Jane gang up on Maria. Why is no-one mentioning the lying?!
We are now treated to a sob story from Jane, how she started from nothing to become a great success. Did she learn nothing from last week?! Sugar has no patience for this though. Please talk yourself into being fired Jane! Jane then fires a line: “I was more upset losing this task than speaking to my son”,
This earns a Maria gasp, and I feel sorry for Jane’s son.
Jenna and Jane both say that Maria should be fired. Maria challenges Sugar to put her as PM, and she will show him what she can do. It doesn’t work, Maria is fired. Hmm…on one hand, there will be no more of this purple nonsense but another week of Jane. On balance, I prefer the purple.
It’s not over yet, Sugar threatens another firing. Jane talks about her business that she started from nothing, similar to Bilyana (this didn’t work for her last week), and how she delegated tasks wrongly – a mistake that she won’t be repeating. This earns her a reprieve.
On the way out, Jenna and Jane ignore Maria – nice. Maria is disappointed at being fired, but she says that she can get money somewhere else or make her own money.

 
Maria and her purple eyeshadow are next to be fired.
Back at the house, Katie says that she thinks Jane will go, as she thinks that tactical behaviour doesn’t go well with Sugar, like Bilyana last week. On contrast, I think that Jane knows how to play it well, listening to Sugar’s critiques and adapting her choices well. Sugar highlighted the problems with the figures, and she brought back Jenna as a result. She’s clearly not the strongest candidates but great tactically in the boardroom. If she brought Katie in, she would have come off a lot worse in the final showdown. Bringing Jenna back helped her to get rid of Maria, and save her own skin.
Jane and Jenna return, and receive a hug from Katie. It’s all genuine and sincere, honest.
So apparently, lying, or as some would call it, Creative Amendment of the Truth, is the norm in the world of The Apprentice. Nevertheless, I will look forward to these products coming on sale, as the other products from the past series have done so well (…)

Next week, the teams are mixed and designing a new condiment. Duane looks like he might choke to death having tried one of his sauces. Let’s hope he doesn’t. Bye!

The Apprentice Series 8, Episode 1

The Apprentice returns! Have you missed it? It’s been a while, ooh a few months ago since Young Apprentice finished. In my preview entry, I’ve singled out a few to watch, not because they seem like the new business minds of the future but because they are comical, like Ricky Martin. Will they live up to our initial impressions? Now is the time to find out…
As usual, we start with a lengthy intro, starting with a few choice quotes, such as

To be the best, you have to beat the best.

(…but surely if you beat the best, then you have to beat yourself?)
and

I will literally roar my way to the top.

(I would really like to see this. Instead of a dignified and eloquent speech in the boardroom, would general roaring do the trick?)
One candidate describes himself as a

master puppeteer who can pull the strings to control people

an interesting metaphor, or perhaps he is planning to set up a puppeteering business as part of his plan for the show.
My favourite is the guy who described himself as a shark – “top of the food chain” and “the reflection of perfection”. Which means that in actual fact, he is the complete opposite. This is Ricky Martin everyone, who must win the show.

Ricky Martin must win

Scenes of the series look fun. There is a lady with garish purple eyeshadow (and I’m talking scarily garish) to match her purple blouse, a bit of dancing and people running to a car with plates  of food in hand. Fun fun fun.
8am, and we are greeted by the sight of the purple lady. Eek. And the other 15 candidates. Lord Sugar says that if was the same age as the candidates (not sure how are they are varying ages) he would be entering The Apprentice, and that he would win (I don’t think so, but I’d like to see that happen in the next series, obviously with a new person in Lord Sugar’s seat obviously – he can’t award the prize to himself. Although, if Tom Pellerau’s business ideas go belly-up, Sugar might be inclined to keep the money for himself in this way. Unfair, but sensible). Anyway, he is looking for the Marks to his Spencer, the Lennon to his McCatney (although they fell out). The task is to design blank items and sell them. The team that makes the most profit wins.
Before they leave, Sugar picks on a sweaty looking guy, who denies that he is nervous (and revealing that he is just a sweaty guy), whilst another man licks his teeth, creepily. These boys are weird, compared to the girls, who all look immaculately groomed, and scarily alike, like clones…This proves a problem as I fail to remember who is who – Jane, Jade, Jenna, Jim?…
The teams get to know each other in the taxis. One girl talks about her financial career, and the other girls say that they can depend on her for the figures. Don’t be too sure, remember Edward the accountant who was useless with numbers? He went out first week. Rolling with the punches indeed…
We also meet Stephen, a poet: “Enthuaisam is his greatest asset, something that is caught, and not taught.” He goes on to say that business is easy, just complicated by idiots. Let’s hope that these aren’t his famous last words.
Maria describes herself as Marmite, which is just asking for trouble.
And now herald the return of Ricky Martin:

By day I am a business superstar, by night, a professional wrestler

Said like some kind of Apprentice superhero, the latest one since Pantsman in 2009. He tells the rest of the guys that Sugar could “feel the charisma coming out of him” from the other side of the desk, whilst Nick looks out of the window laughing (or trying not to laugh) to himself. Ricky Martin (not just Ricky, he must always be mentioned in full name) – idiot or genious? I go with genius idiot. He seems fun, again he must win the show.
Next comes the naming of the teams. The boys go with Phoenix, suggested by Stephen, who says when they lose, they will rise out of the ashes. Slightly naive as it suggests that the team need to lose, not a positive thought for week one. Eh. It’s Ok. On the other team, one of the girls had a dream that they should be called Sterling, a “strong” name. Does she decide all things, including business, by dreams? This would be fascinating…
Q: Why did you pick that product to sell? There’s no market, it’s unpopular, and just plain boring A: A monkey told me to in a dream.
In selecting PM, offers are a little thin on the ground until a posh guy, dreamboat Nick (much better looking than that Tom guy from my preview entry) goes for it hestitantly. Someone says that he has 100% support from the team (if only because no-one else wanted to do it, but he doesn’t mention this bit). Dreamboat Nick reveals that he “ranks everything in life like an Excel spreadsheet”. Egh.
On Sterling, Gabrielle puts herself forward as PM, as she has opened a print and design store. One girl, who gesticulates wildly, backs her, but often, the PM with the most experience fails to deliver a win. Is this a sign?
First thing that Nick does is fail to listen to evreyone and talk over them. Classic PM behaviour. The focus appears to be on profit and numbers, and little thought is given to the design. The team chant “To Phoenix” before splitting up – seems like things are lovely at first, not sure how long that will last, and the men begin to hate each other.
Sterling are using an animal theme to target the baby market. Jade designs the goods, and the drawings look like a 3 year old drew them, and not in a good way. In fact, parent watching at home might consider using their children’s drawings to make these goods, they would probably look better.
Nick sets his sub-team to spend no more that £200 on bags, and they buy their blank products in budget and sticking to numbers. In contrast, Sterling has no numbers to work with – a bad plan, what happened to the girl who was meant to be good with numbers? (I can’t remember who this is, someone who has dark hair, which accounts for 3/4 of the team) Jane decides to amke up some numbers and the sub-team spend £280. Back in the taxi, the sub-team dismiss Gabrielle as someone who “draws buldings” and nothing else. Nice to say how friendly they are all being.
Phoenix are focusing on maximising profit whilst Stirling are concentrating on the concept. Money usually wins over creativity – there was a task making sandwiches a few years back, and the girls team used really cheap ingredients and scrimped on using them – not good quality but it helped them win in the end.
Phoenix’s sub-team finally come up with a concept. Their bags and shirts have “THIS IS” with a picture underneath (e.g. bus), whilst their Jack the bears have Union Jack t-shirts. Karen criticises it – it is nothing special. To be honest, I wouldn’t buy one of these myself, but it looks like they are trying the London tourist angle, so it could work in their favour.
Stirling are printing their goods, and Gabrielle is taking charge. However, Nick is disappointed by Katie, who is “too quiet”. Still no business plan for Stirling as of yet. Jane consistently moans about this but didn’t really do anything about it in the beginning, and she is starting to get annoying.
Whilst Stirling are coping well with the printing, the boys’ team is not doing so well. Ricky Martin may be a good wrestler, but he is a poor printer. The quality is variable: smeared red on the bag handles, over inking and under inking – it all amounts to a waste of stock. Some of the team aren’t too keen on the concept either, like Duane, but the boys press on together.
The next day, Phoenix set up their stall on the South Bank. They get a pep talk from Nick, who wants them to make £325 each (I’m presuming on both halves of the team), focusing on the teddies at £15 each. Stephen steps in and pushes his sales background, challenging Nick. Stephen says that if he asks 20 of his friends (assuming that he has 20) if they would buy a teddy for that price, the majority would refuse. He proposes lowering the teddy price but no one listens to him. Some members criticise him for confronting Nick at that stage in front of everyone.
The girls set up their stall at Greenwich Market, who set out to sell personalised shirts and sell at London Zoo – a good idea to appeal to their market.
***Momentarily distracted by Sockomals stall in background. What do they look like? I can’t see properly…Noo…***
However, the sub-team are staying at the market a little longer, and Stirling begin arguing with each other in public view.
Selling to tourists, the boys are having little success. Come to think of it, £15 is a bit expensive for a teddy, perhaps Stephen was talking sense, although there is something odd about him. They go on to lower the teddy prices.
At this point, it seems that Stirling will win. The idea to personalise items for £5 extra is a good moneyspinner, whilst Phoenix’s stock is generic and over-expenisve. Yet, the girls’ sub-team are still in traffic on the way to the zoo, and losing time, which could be costly.
They eventually reach the zoo, and their tactic is to go in a large group and allow people to take it in turns to sell to show off their skills, yet no one seemed to tell Bilyana, who seems to be chasing all potential sales leads, annoying the other girls. They confront her about this and being arguing. I don’t see the problem, surely they should split up to sell, you reach more people, and any sales (no matter who they are made by) that are made do all add up to the profits at the end. This tactic seems a little off.
Having exhausted all potential sales leads, Bilyana, who knows London well, takes the sub-team to find shops to sell to…if she could find them that is. This ends up being a lengthy tour of the surrounding area, again costing time and money, before they finally reach upon a small gift shop. Things don’t get much better though, as when pitching, they all talk over each other anyway. The shopgirl tells them that she can’t buy anything today but the girls persist in an aggressive fashion. The girls responds by saying that she doesn’t

like buying under pressure or stress

(you feel sorry for her to be confronted by this lot) and she genuinely looks terrified. Outside, the sub-team get told off by a man with a milkshake (presumably the manager), pointing out how rude they were and how one of them said

We’re wasting time, let’s move on to the next one

which someone owns up to. Hah…this won’t be forgotten in a hurry.
It now seems that the boys have the win in the (This is a bus) bag but hang on. The customer who they sold leftover stock to isn’t pleased with the quality. I can’t believe Azhar and his sub-team tried to sell her the bad stock. In the end, they have to refund the money.
Task over, now time for the results. The purple lady is there wil her purple eyeshadow and blouse – this won’t be a lucky trademark outfit will it? I think that the boys will edge it to get the first win as they implemented a better business plan.
Sugar points out the boys wrote that they all wanted to be PM, such as Azhar saying in his CV that he’ll be PM for all the tasks, a stark contrast to this ep. One, I don’t think you can do that, and two, it’s called playing the game. Sugar goes on to criticise their brand and the quality (or lack of) with the bags and a teddy with a red head – what has Jack the bear been up to? Everyone loves Jade’s design for Stirling ( am I the only one who doesn’t?).
Results:
Stirling took £690.60, spent £475.80 and made a profit of £214.80 Phoenix took £1015.66 (hmm, I can tell how this might go), spent £399.40 and made a profit of £616.20 – WIN


And their prize is an art-inspired reception back at the house – with food and drink in the style of art, seeing the boys dorn blue liquire and flicking stuff into cocktail glasses, and a profession of bromance by on the guys. Fun.
Back in the boardroom, scary Jane delves straight in, complaining how the team didn’t consider the figures in the task, backed by gesticulating-widly girl. I don’t think that it was the PM’s fault for losing the task, I blame the disorganisation of the sub-team at the zoo. Next, the focus turns to Bilyana, who so-called knowledge of London is very strange, let’s hope she isn’t wanting to sell her own maps as part of her business plan! The other girls turn on Bilyana, mocking her risk analyst and financial background and how this wasn’t put to good use in the task, slightly unfair as the other girls didn’t put to use all of their backgrounds. Gesticulating-wildy girl blames Katie for not doing enough, and Katie tries to defend herself by saying that she doesn’t want to shout and scream over others at the risk of professionality. Sugar says it is an excuse he has heard many times before, which doesn’t bode well.
Gabrielle brings back Bilyana and Katie. I think Katie is more likely to go, as the quietest members are usually sacrificed in place of the louder candidates, i.e. Bilyana, who will make interesting TV.
The final showdown sees Bilyana tries to talk her way out of this, with great style and panache. She explains how she has many good points and wasn’t loud enough to be heard (hmm) and breaks down the task, and how she did well, and others didn’t. Sugar says that she is talking too much spiel, using her risk analyst critique and overcomplicating what was meant to be an easy task. Bilyana even makes the nice mild-mannered Gabrielle let rip at her, saying that she drove the task well and the rest of the team shed blood, sweat and tears, and all Bilyana has are “excuses, excuses, excuses” – nice one. Sugar then turns to Katie, reading out how she says that she “doesn’t hide behind others” in her CV. In a last attemps, Bilyana attempts to tell Sugar all about her background, starting from when she came to the UK on a one year scholarship programme at the age of 17, and managed to stay longer, becoming head girl, before she is interrupted by Sugar, who doesn’t even want to hear it. Bilyana continues to try to defend herself: “Whatever I get my hands on, I have an impact” – not always a good thing…when a car crashes into a tree, it has an impact on the car…and the tree, and none of them good.
It comes down to the decision, and Sugar is talking about hiding behind others, which I took to refer to Katie, who looks resigned to being fired. Yet Bilyana steps in again and tries to talk up, but she is fired. Shame, she would have made interesting TV for the next few weeks, even though she was annoying towards the end. Sugar describes that it was “her demeanour that led to her demise”. We will never get to hear her life story…what happened after she was head girl…? WE WILL NEVER KNOW!!!
Bilyana doesn’t seem to affected by the firing, saying that she thinks her business plan is amazing and that she’ll move on anyway. Good for her.
In the taxi back to the house, Katie counts her blessings, saying that she has Bilyana to thank. I can’t see Katie improving much and staying on for a long time after this week.
Back at the house, Sterling want Gabrielle to come back and think Katie will be fired. When they return, I think the team are genuinely grateful that Bilyana is gone. It is a shame, as she was one of the few girls whose name I do know and remember.

What was her life story? We will never know…Bilyana is the first candidate to be fired.

Next week, the teams design gadgets. Ricky Martin says that their team has invented a bin.

The Apprentice Series 9

Welcome! It’s been a while, but get ready for Chocolate Button’s daily reviews of The Apprentice, starting from Wednesday. To prepare you for tonight’s show, here is a preview of this series’ contestants
http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/gallery/2012/mar/13/apprentice-reality-tv

Ones to look out for:

  • I like the idea of Ricky Martin winning the show, although I would prefer to see the singer Living La Vida Loca singer win…now that would be good for the ratings, and I can see Sugar liking that idea! Nevertheless, this boring Ricky Martin that did apply for the show is a wrestler…maybe he will use this to his advantage – wrestle the other candidates to obey him, put clients in a headlock until they order from him, wrestle Sugar until he gives him the cash. Then again…Britain isn’t really known for its wrestling, maybe it is a fail…
  • Adam Corbally is quoted as a man who “gets too excited” – this could be either fun to watch as he annoys everyone else, or he could actually be the most boring man on earth, and annoy the audience at home instead.
  • Gabrielle Omar is one to watch, if only because I want to see her animorph into a lion on primetime TV
  • Tom Gearing calls himself  “confident, charismatic…and good looking” – yes he may be the best looking out of this year’s men – but that’s not hard. And there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance
  • Jenna Whittingham…hmm I am tempted to say that her “personality” we will only see once and only once. But I am being mean aren’t I?

Check back on chocbutton.wordpress.com, or @aglet2 on Twitter for updates on The Apprentice!

Chocolate Digestive Biscuit

I’ve just uploaded the new drawings. Amongst there are the continuation of Twilight, the beginning of a new story I am trying out called Angel Love Agency, and a Fat Duck.

Drawings for 31st Jan to 06th Feb.

http://chocolatedigestivebiscuit.blogspot.com/2012/02/drawing-day-31012012-06022012.html

Drawings for 7th Feb to 13th Feb

http://chocolatedigestivebiscuit.blogspot.com/2012/02/drawing-day-07022012-13022012.html

Drawings for 14th to 19th Feb.

http://chocolatedigestivebiscuit.blogspot.com/2012/02/drawing-day-14022012-19022012.html

Drawings for 20th and 21st Feb.

http://chocolatedigestivebiscuit.blogspot.com/2012/02/drawing-day-20022012-and-21022012.html

The Drawing A Day feature should be updating daily for the next week or so, so keep checking www.chocolatedigestivebiscuit.blogspot.com for new entries!

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