Spielberg in Birmingham?

If you haven’t heard already, the one and only Steven Spielberg has been filming in several areas of Birmingham for the past few weeks, transforming areas of Digbeth and The Jewellery Quarter into a futuristic dystopian scene for his up and coming film ‘Ready Player One’. The film is said to be released in 2018, so still quiet a while before things are in full swing, however, this didn’t stop us here at Get You Seen from getting excited! For those of you who couldn’t quiet manage the journey to Brum town, here are a few sneak peaks just for you (including an extra special glimpse of Spielberg himself).

 

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Graffiti and wreckage was a prominent feature of the set

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Look close enough to the left side and you’ll see a wild Spielberg leaving set at the end of the day.

 

Did you see any of the action yesterday? Let us know!

Get You Seen’s PR Love and Loathes

This week our love and loathe blog is a combined discussion due to one major story that caught our eye this week.

The British public have always been very divided when it comes to The Sun, and few things are as controversial as The Sun’s infamous Page 3.

Now, I’m 99.9% sure we all know what Page 3 is, but just in case… Page 3 is the third page of the newspaper which usually contains a large photograph of a topless glamour model.

'No More Page Three' protest at News International offices, Wapping, London, Britain - 13 Oct 2012

Page 3 has been a part of The Sun since 1970, but recently many have been calling for its end; deeming it sexist and outdated. At the forefront of this is the ‘No More Page 3’ campaign and its passionate campaigners.

The Sun successfully fooled the entire nation earlier this week; by covering up its Page 3 girls in underwear and bikinis. This caused widespread speculation that the paper had permanently removed the feature, and that the ‘No More Page 3’ campaigners had finally won. People were shocked, overjoyed, some were even disappointed, and then they all opened yesterdays paper to the third page; to find a topless model once again.

It seemed that The Sun’s silence on the matter was intentional. Underneath the image the paper jibed “Further to recent reports in all other media outlets, we would like to clarify that this is Page 3 and this is a picture of Nicole, 22, from Bournemouth. We would like to apologise on behalf of the print and broadcast journalists who have spent the last two days talking and writing about us.”

The Sun Page 3 Whilst undeniably irritating, you cannot deny that this is a gem of a PR stunt. But was it entirely positive or not? The overwhelming response to the end of Page 3 was positive, many, in fact, were relived to see it go; specifically those who have been campaigning for the end of Page 3. But it got people talking, everybody from your friends on Facebook, to the BBC were talking about The Sun. And not only The Sun, but an array of other newspapers, and also the ‘No More Page 3’ campaign.

Whether or not this comedic PR stunt has had a positive effect on The Sun itself, is debatable, but it definitely got people talking. As they say, all publicity is good publicity, especially for the ‘No More Page 3’ campaigners who have seen numbers rise significantly!

Armed Forces

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Last Saturday marked the annual Armed Forces Day here in the UK. On the 28th June, communities across the country held events to show their support for those serving in the military. Created in 2006, Armed Forces Day is a way for the British public to commemorate the service of those men and women in the armed forces.

Currently, the main UK military operation is located in Afghanistan. This operation allows the military to provide a secure and stable country for Afghanistan, as well as enabling them to provide a safer Britain for us, and the world. The support from the public during Armed Forces day provides a much valued morale boost for the troops and their families.

The sixth annual national Armed Forces Day event was held at Stirling, Scotland, where thousands of guests turned out to enjoy displays from the air force and demonstrations from the military dogs and unarmed combat.

 

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As well as events and shows in Stirling, Bannockburn Park was the location for a battle re-enactment which saw over 400 actors participated in a recreation of the Battle of Bannockburn.

Here in Birmingham, celebrations for Armed Forces Day took place in Victoria, Chamberlain and Centenary Squares. Guests braved the rain and were treated to a performance from ‘the Forces Sweetheart’ Fiona Harrison and a closing performance from big band group Band with Beat the Retreat.

For more information regarding Veterans week and Armed Forces Day, visit their website 

 

Soccer Aid – A Lifesaving Football Match

Through Soccer Aid tickets and donations from the public alone, last night, the UK raised £4.2 million in aid of UNICEF UK; a charity that helps the world’s poorest and most vulnerable children.

 

Each year, millions of children around the world die from a lack of food and diseases that could easily be prevented. The money raised from Soccer Aid is an incredibly important contribution towards helping these children by providing them with food, clean water, vaccines and treatments that could save their lives.

 

A donation of £5 can provide 75 children with clean and safe drinking water for a month, whilst £25 can protect 93 children against deadly polio. The Government also doubles the amount you donate, which means a donation of £10 will provide UNICEF with a donation of £20.

 

Initiated by Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes, Soccer Aid is a charity football match that is made up of former professional players and celebrities from England and all over the world (Rest Of The World).

 

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Last night saw the Rest of the World team win by a score of 4-2. Pop star Olly Murs was among the celebrities on the team representing England, and one of the night’s highlights was when Rest of the World manager José Mourinho tackled Olly Murs. The celebrity was left lying on the field whilst José Mourinho walked back to the sideline with a grin on his face. Olly Murs, however, took everything with a good sense of humour. After the match, Olly Murs tweeted “1. I’m so gutted we lost 2. I’m so gutted I came off 3. What a night & 4. Thanks to everyone whose supported @socceraid@UNICEF this year!!”

 

It is incredible to see how much support Soccer Aid receives and how much money is being raised for this great cause. And it’s not every day we see celebrities running around a football field in tiny shorts! The next Soccer Aid will take place in 2016, and we already look forward to it. Which celebrities would you like to see on the teams next time?

 

To find out more about Soccer Aid and to give your donation, visit www.socceraid.unicef.org.uk or text CHILD to 70333 to donate £5.

Lets talk about power

 Women are finally free to express their ideas, concepts and power. As we finally make our mark this male dominated world, Forbes recognised our power by releasing the annual guide of The Most Powerful Women. Successful businesswomen, presidents, CEO and celebrities mark the 2014 Forbes list. Thus, are women a threat for men?

The annual Forbes guide shown top 100 most powerful women in the world. Here is top 10:

 

  1. Angela Merkel

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For Angela Merkel (59) is the fourth year on the top of Forbes list. Her name is well-known in the political area and her influence marked the system over the years. There is no secret that her success encourages many women to gain confidence and self-respect. Her status marks a new era of female dominance.

‘When it comes to human dignity, we cannot make compromises’

   2. Janet Yellen

 2.Janet Yellen

Janet Yellen (67) is an American Economist with many years of experience and a career that can make a lot of people jealous. Assistant professor at Harvard, lecturer at The London School of Economics and Political Science, Macroeconomics teacher, two awards from Haas School, president of the Western Economic Association International, former vice president of the American Economic Association, and the list can go on. There are no doubts that she is a powerful woman.

‘It slightly worries me that when people find a problem, they rush to judgement of what to do’

3. Melinda Gates

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Melinda Gates (49) sits at number 3 for her self made achievements, and not because of her husband (Bill Gates) celebrity status. She is an American businesswoman, philanthropist and the co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Gates achievements can be measured by the vast collection of awards she gained over the years.

‘We have to be careful in how we use this light shined on us’

 

4. Dilma Rousseff

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Dilma Rousseff (66) is the President of Brazil. This achievement is so important as most of the presidents are men and there is no space for women in their work area. Forbes placed her in a well-deserved top 10.

‘I hope the fathers and mothers of little girls will look at them and say: yes, women can.’

 

5. Christine Lagarde

5. Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde (58) said: “All economies have savings and productivity gains if women have access to the job market. It’s not just a moral, philosophical or equal-opportunity matter. It’s also an economic cause. It’s a no-brainer.” Should we say more?

‘The financial industry is a service industry. It should serve others before it serves itself.’

 

6. Hillary Clinton

6.Hillary Clinton

 

There are rumours that Hillary Clinton (66) will be the first female president of U.S. being one of the favourites for 2016 elections. She was the U.S Senator, First Lady of U.S. and the 67th Secretary of United States. With such an amazing career and promising future, she will definitely keep her position in Forbes list.

‘Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.’

 

7. Mary Barra

7. Mary Barra

Mary Barra (52) is the CEO of General Motors and the first woman who achieved such an important goal. The title of One of The Most Powerful Women was recognised even by Time magazine and she was the featured on the cover as well.

‘I think there are more women in more senior roles than in 1980 when I started. But from my career perspective, I don’t go into a room and take count. I want to be recognized for my contribution and for what I do. Yeah, there were probably times it was to my benefit, and there were probably times when it was not to my benefit. But that is true for everyone. There are always things that potentially impact how you are received. And I just don’t focus on it. I don’t focus on what you can’t control.

 

8. Michelle Obama

8. Michelle Obama

Her ideas, words, behaviour and status are so inspiring that she became one of the most powerful women in the world. The First Lady (50) shows the world that behind every powerful man there is always a powerful woman.

When they were seated, the owner of the restaurant asked the president’s secret service if he could please speak to the First Lady in private. They obliged and Michelle had a conversation with the owner. Following this conversation President Obama asked Michelle, “Why was he so interested in talking to you.” She mentioned that in her teenage years, he had been madly in love with her. President Obama then said, “So if you had married him, you would now be the owner of this lovely restaurant,” to which Michelle responded, “No. If I had married him, he would now be the President.” ‘

9. Sheryl Sandberg

9. Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg (44) knows what success is and how to reach it. She is an American technology executive, activist and author. Her career was built by her new fresh mentality and hardworking spirit.

‘When my mother took her turn to sit in a gown at her graduation, she thought she only had two career options: nursing and teaching. She raised me and my sister to believe that we could do anything, and we believed her.’

 

10. Virgina Rometty

10. Virginia Rometty

Virginia Rometty (56) is the CEO of IBM and this role is as overwhelming as she is the first woman who ever lead the company. By a powerful mind she found her way in a global company, thus all the ‘most powerful woman’ rewards are well-worth.

‘If you are clear on what you believe, you have a great foundation to go make a market.’

 

Are women a threat for men’s careers? They should be!

 

Met Gala 2014

Formally called the Costume Institute Gala, the Met Ball is an annual fundraising event for the Metropolitian Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Known as one of the most exclusive social events in New York, and one of the biggest fundraising nights in the city, the gala is considered to be one of fashion’s biggest red carpet events.

Attended by personalities from the entertainment, arts and fashion industry, we give you our favourite looks of the Met Gala 2014.

 –          Victoria Beckham:

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Victoria shows how the red carpet is done by wearing a white cropped, floor length dress from her Pre-Fall 2014 collection. Teaming this angelic look with smouldering smokey eyes and a side parted tousled hair; Victoria knows how to work it

–          Joan Smalls:

 

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Not many people can get away with this beautiful shade of violet lipstick, but supermodel Joan Smalsl makes a huge impact with this statement look by wearing a nude floor length gown by Vera Wang. With extended eyelashes and a fresh bare face, Smalls is the pleasantly surprised look of the night

–          Suki Waterhouse:

 

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Suki Waterhouse resembled a real fairytale princess in this breathtaking Burberry dress. The twenty-two year old British model kept the look simple by wearing a romantic up-do and a matte red lipstick

–          Emma Stone:

 

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Personally, Emma Stone has always got it right when it comes to the red carpet. In a pink Thakoon ensemble, Stone’s summery metallic, pink beauty was turned casual with the help of the messy side plait

–          Beyonce:

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Beyonce makes her ‘black widow’ debut look at this year’s gala by wearing a black and beaded floor length dress, accessorised with a netted veil and dangly earrings. Queen B kept everything else relatively simple by slicking her hair back into a side-parted style with statement burgundy lips

To be honest, us girls in the office could have kept going…

The Month of March

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To our readers,

We’re already one quarter of the way into 2014! February has zoomed by and Easter eggs are being shoved in our faces ready for April. But before we consume our weight in chocolate, March beholds plenty of events to be aware of: here’s a few of them;

  • Saturday 8th March: International Women’s Day
  • Wednesday 12th March: No Smoking Day
  • 10th-16th March: National Salt Awareness Week
  • Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
  • Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

This years International Women’s Day (IWD) was based on the theme ‘Inspiring Change’. Google’s homepage was a mini video showcasing inspirational woman from all over the world, and events took place in forms of coffee mornings, fitness classes, and lectures to join women of all walks of life.

No Smoking Day is held by the British Heart Foundation, and on Wednesday will be raising money and awareness to help as many people gain victory against smoking. Quitting is promoted through the education of the immediate and long term health and financial benefits that could come about. Find out more at http://www.nosmokingday.org.uk/.

National Salt Awareness Week aims to broadcast its slogan ‘Less Salt Please’, to be incorporated in food preparation in all areas of the industry. Even the slightest excess in salt can lead to severe health issues, such as stroke, obesity, osteoporosis, and kidney disease. Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) has plenty of information on the quantities of salt in all food groups, and how to control your salt intake. Children are especially being targeted in the fight against hidden salt due to the rise in child obesity. Birmingham based KiddiChef takes the issue seriously and ensures that all food contains the least amount of salt possible, and uses other substituted nutritional ingredients to season and complement meals for children. Find out more at http://www.kiddichef.com/.

This month also raises awareness for both Ovarian and Prostate Cancer. Both can be treated in the early stages of diagnosis, but can be hard to spot unless regular self checks are carried out. Both cancers can be a genetically dominant, and are common in individuals over the age of 50, however, women and men of a younger age aren’t ruled out. Whether any of the possibilities or symptoms apply to you, make March the month you are aware of your body.images

Finally, it’s National Bed Month, with many health experts recommending making the most out of your sleep before we are robbed of another hour at the end of March… which rounds off March to be a salt-free month of women, sleeping, being aware of the health (and counting down to Crème Eggs galore!). If you’re also looking to find a reason to celebrate, be merry, and make this March a great one, then Happy St. Patrick’s Day (17th March)!

From,

The team at Get You Seen.

National Eating Disorder Week

ImageNational Eating Disorder Week, or shortened as NEDAwareness, is one week that cannot be ignored. The week, running 23rd February – 1st March, makes a person aware of the hidden sufferers: whether they are someone you work with, your family or friends, or whether you are displaying features of a sufferer yourself.

‘I Had No Idea.’

 As a point that we can all relate to, this year in particular employs the message ‘I Had No Idea’, which aims to reach those who are perhaps unnoticeable of recognising the ‘pressures, attitudes and behaviours that shape the disorder’. NEDAwareness.org articulates the aim of the week ‘is to ultimately increase outreach and awareness of eating disorders and body image issues, while reducing the stigma surrounding eating disorders and improving access to treatment resources.’

Although it holds a high significance, the disorders are not entirely food related. The illnesses hold much more of a deeper meaning for the sufferer as their body image is damaged, their self-worth deprecated, and their ability for a rational diet is affected.

The National Eating Disorders Association is placing stress on the importance of addressing eating disorder misconceptions. Even if the disorders are recognised, that’s not to say that someone related to the sufferer understands the mental and physical health implications. The Association therefore, urges for anybody distinctly related to a sufferer to talk about any disorder they may have, and to get in the know.

The media is at a constant blame for the change in attitudes to our bodies, and trigger food and body issues that we have the potential to lose control over. Examples of repulsive trends displayed through the magazines and television affect more than we think, with the ‘thigh-gap’ fad or various diets like the ‘seven-two’ cultivating trends. Celebrities are at the forefront of this culture, with their legs covered in large red circles pinpointing areas of cellulite or stretch-marks.

Other factors include harmful comments, or self-image issues. There are many more issues relating to an individual sufferer that lead to various eating disorders, such as Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder. For more information, click here.

ImageNo matter where you are in the World, you aren’t alone and can receive help; even if this is advice is from a knowledgeable and trained professional first. Whether you are in the United Kingdom (http://eating-disorders.org.uk/) or the USA (http://nedawareness.org/), awareness of the disorder is always on the increase.

International Bowen Week

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12th-18th April is the first International Bowen Therapy week. The week is happening in conjunction with the celebration of the birthday of Tom Bowen, who is the creator of Bowen Therapy. We want you to join in with our celebrations!

The main aims of the week are to promote awareness and an understanding of Bowen Therapy, and to encourage the deserved recognition of the amazing man behind the Bowen technique. We want you to get involved with the events happening across the UK from 12th-18th April.

Tom Bowen PolaroidTom Bowen was a humble man worth celebrating who worked hard developing and administering the Bowen technique. According to his daughters, he practiced 5 hours a day in the clinic, followed by 4 hours house calls and dedicated Saturday mornings to treating disabled children free of charge. So let’s get celebrating.

We at the BTPA (Bowen Therapy Practitioners Association) strive for the protection and the benefits of both our members and the public, so we are eager to be as involved in the awareness week as possible. The BTPA will be coordinating the awareness week which will span the UK, with BTPA practitioners participating in individual events for the cause of Bowen therapy and the work of Tom Bowen. We also welcome therapists from other organisations to join us in our celebrations of Tom Bowen’s work.

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There are many ways that you can keep up to date with what is going on during International Bowen Therapy Week in your area. Take a look at our website (www.bowentherapy.org.uk), where we will be posting all the events happening to celebrate the international week. Also, follow our Twitter account @BowenBTPA (www.twitter.com/BowenBTPA) and our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pages/BowenBTPA/187376591329049?fref=ts) for instant updates on what our practitioners are getting up to.

We hope that you join us 12th- 18th April for International Bowen Week. Keep a look out for updates on our website and social media.

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Random Acts of Kindness Week

As one of our smaller and lesser-known awareness weeks, but equally needed in today’s society, Random Acts of Kindness Week occurs on Monday 10th – Sunday 16th February, in the midst of showing our declarations of love on the Valentine’s Day, 14th February.

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Random Acts of Kindness Week, is a week where we reflect upon and provide a selfless act of kindness that improves the world one deed at a time. We are at a frequent constant of being surrounded by negativity in all of the media, whether it is through a burglary reported on the evening news, or the printed newspaper showing articles related to the destroyed buildings and areas, in the mass flooding across the nation. Whilst the media acts as a warning device, we are rarely reminded of any positivity surrounding our daily lives.

Therefore, the labelled awareness week gives everybody a chance to add perspective to the ever-growing destructive factors occurring in the United Kingdom. If you are concerned with those affected by flooding, you can donate to the Salvation Army, who support flood relief in the UK. Alternatively, you can buy one of the homeless a hot drink, or a jumper in days when they are affected by the cold weather.

However, ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend any money: paying someone a compliment is just one example of the small yet effective, 10-second good deed for someone in need. Even the offering of a ‘thank-you’ to a bus driver or sales assistant adds a feel-good factor to their day.

The ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ website, http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/  has a collection of ideas that are easy to browse if you are struggling to think of an act. The website also has a story-sharing initiative that allows you to read others stories or simply share your own. Visit the website for more information during the good-deed week, and if you really want to push yourself for the greater good, visit the ‘RAKtivist’ page to see how you can do more!Image

Let’s add positivity to the world, and offer a small amount of our time or money to help those in need with an act of kindness, whether this is for yourself, someone close or a stranger. We shouldn’t need to a reminder to show our kindness, but with the thought of everybody doing so, we are living for a friendlier future. What will you do?