Thursday, February 4, 2010

Peter Andre: My Thoughts on the Sky News Interview

Yesterday afternoon Peter Andre appeared on ‘Afternoon Live’ on Sky News in order to talk about his upcoming tour and new album, yet the interview ended with the singer in tears after some tough questioning from Sky’s Kay Burley about his children.

The singer who has been nothing but a true gentleman since his tumultuous divorce from Jordan, better known as Katie Price, was asked by Burley several times how he would feel if his ex-wife's new husband wanted to adopt his two children. To be asked such questions just hours after learning via the media that Price had married lover Alex Reid in Las Vegas was nothing short of insensitive on Burley’s part.

While Andre may have been invited on the show to promote his album Unconditional Love Songs which is on release for Valentine’s Day Burley obviously had other questions on her mind.

After being nice and asking questions pretty much along the lines of what he was there to talk about Burley changed tact and began to push Andre about his thoughts on Alex Reid.

He said: 'I don't know the man, I've never met him. 'I couldn't care less, I'm so sorry, I'm not being bitter.'

Having not met or talked to Reid therefore how could Andre manage to form an opinion about him? Burley changed tact once more and showed a previous interview with former footballer Dwight Yorke, father of Price’s first child, Harvey.

In a clip, which Andre had been warned about but had not seen, Yorke accuses the singer of being "disrespectful" in his bid to adopt disabled Harvey, 7. That’s a bit rich coming from the man who doesn’t know the meaning of the word, and who has never once fought to be a father to his child.

An angry Andre responded by saying: "I asked to adopt him because I love him, not to be disrespectful. That angers me a little bit."

Of course Andre’s reaction led on to more probing questions about how he would feel if he was in the same situation with Alex Reid wanting to adopt his kids Junior, 4, and Princess, 2, which in my view was highly unfair of Burley to demand such answers just hours after learning about the marriage of Price and Reid.

A clearly distressed Andre replied: 'No one is going to take my kids away from me. And I will fight to the death for that.'

Teary-eyed, he eventually said: 'I'd rather just stop this if that's alright.'

While Burley may genuinely have not wanted to upset Andre her line of questioning I thought was very unreasonable. Writing on her blog last night she said: “I was mortified at having upset such an obviously doting family man and was keen to offer sincere apologies but he was his usual charming self.

As we stood and chatted about parenthood he said he was relieved he’d finally vented some of the pent up tension he’d been feeling and I sympathised but warned him not to ever cry in front of the children.”

Now, I’ve always liked both Katie Price and Peter Andre since they fell in love in the I’m A Celebrity jungle all those years ago, and I believe it was genuine love despite what Price may have had to say since the split. She is a very clever business woman and is worth a small fortune, but something else she also does very well is work the media which is why each and every time she opens her mouth to speak its most likely front page news.

I disagree with her actions and behaviour towards her ex-husband since the split but also think that there are two sides to every story and so far all we have heard is one way traffic. I commend Andre for his demeanour throughout the past couple of months. I also feel sorry for him and what he has had to put up with. It is all part of the business of being famous but there is also a line which has been crossed months ago.

But, let’s just say I for one am very much part of “Team Andre”

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Words fail me.

Now, I've not done a serious blog post in a couple of months but after seeing a couple of status' on twitter today, and reading the subsequent posts written by people I felt compelled to put this together.

An article appeared in today's Mail On Sunday under the headline of "The male chauvinist pigs of Irish air traffic control" which can be found here.

The piece is written by journalist Luke Byrne, albeit, I use the term journalist very lightly. Byrne has wrote his piece on Melanie Schregardus, who is a air traffic controller at Shannon Airport and had no idea this piece was to appear in today's paper.

Ms. Schregardus world was turned upside down as she wrote on her blog:

"I was minding my own business when I got a call from a good friend of mine sympathising with me about the Mail on Sunday article.
“What Mail on Sunday Article?”

“The one about you! I had no idea – I though you were happy in your job?”

“I am happy in my job – what are you talking about?”

“You told the Mail on Sunday that your workmates were sexist and treated you really badly – there’s a picture of you and everything”

And, just like that, my day fell apart. I don’t really know what to do. I didn’t know that this happened, or could happen, to people like me.

Journalism has changed over the year, and with the advances in technology, especially in social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter nothing that is posted on the internet is safe from prying eyes.

What I can't comprehend is how a journalist could just read a person’s blog, a person he has never met or talked to and used it as a full article in a national newspaper, it's beyond belief.

In a lot of newspapers you have these little sub-stories which are apologies to people, and I've noticed that the number of these have been increasing over the years. It certainly seems that journalists nowadays write their story and ask questions later, and this is the case here, or be it ask no questions at all and just go ahead with a disgusting, untrue piece of crap and get paid for it.

I am appalled, there is no more I can say.

Just please show your support and follow Mel on twitter - @mrs_schregardus

Friday, January 1, 2010


Hello and a very Happy New Year to everyone reading.

For those of you who may not know me, my name is Ian Walsh, and I am 18 years old. I currently am a student, studying Arts. The subjects that I am currently doing consist of Psychology, Sociology and Spanish.

It's hard to believe that I have one semester in the first of my three year done already.

The purpose of this blog is to show off my writing capabilites. I have already written for sites such as: Back Page Football, Soccerlens, The Sport Review .

I currently write on Touchline Views which deals with all the big issues in football, and is part of the twofootedtackle Blog Network.

Hopefully over the year ahead I can add some more footballing websites to that list because writing is my passion and in particular writing about football. One day I hope to write for a newspaper, but for now it is blogging from my bedroom.

Technology, and in particular, blogging is a very important part of journalism today. Also another medium that has come to the fore in recent times is twitter, and it is sometime I also use, you can follow me: @speedyian.

That is all for now. Hopefully this is start of something special.