Maps Skills Test

This is my online submission for the Maps Skills test part of my JN2053 module.

I took four stories from the 13th October 2010 edition of the Lancashire Evening Post where I felt the location was relevant and put them onto the map. I also used custom icons to make the map not only look more visually appealing but also to make it far easier to navigate and more user friendly. I also added an image to the Lancaster Infirmary story from a Creative Commons source.


My First Google Maps Attempt

This is my first attempt at a custom Google Maps as I work towards the maps skills test of my JN2053 module. The map contains three landmarks in Preston as well as three opposition stadiums that the city’s football club Preston North End will travel to this season.

Formula One 2010 – Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear ..

Alonso cruised to an insomnia curing win in Bahrain

If the Bahrain Grand Prix is anything to go by, the 2010 Formula One season could be one of the biggest disappointments in living memory. Continue reading

Why David Beckham is still missed in the English game


As David Beckham left the Old Trafford pitch with a tear in his eye, something in the English game seemed to click back into place again.

Beckham has been away from England for nearly 7 years now but when he arrived into the action as a 64th minute substitute, it was like he had never been away.

There is still something quintessentially British about Beckham and it’s clear that his adulation for the Manchester United fans has not diminished at all. A scorching volley minutes after being on the pitch further showed he still hasn’t lost his magic touch and I think the way Beckham acted like a model professional tonight could be a pivotal moment to whether he is on the plane to South Africa in the summer or not.

The way Beckham struggled to hold back the tears in his post-match interview meant the vast criticism he had received for his big money move to LA Galaxy suddenly took a huge back seat. The reception he got from the Reds’ fans shows the respect between the parties is mutual and his icon status shows no sign of disappearing any time soon.

Growing up watching football in the ’90s means Beckham will always be a legend in my eyes. The fantastic free kicks, his goal from the halfway line and even his extravagant hairstyles make David Beckham who he is, an integral part of the English game who’s void has never truly been filled since 2003.

Although he is now in the twilight of his career, he’s still the same charismatic cheeky chappy the country fell in love with during the nineties. I sure hope I’m not on my own in saying that I’ll be putting my hands together and praying that he gets one final chance to showcase his talents on the most illustrious stage of all.

David Beckham needs England and England needs David Beckham.

The future of journalism will be ..

As media and multimedia develops by the day, it’s an exciting time to be involved in journalism. As interactive sites like Twitter make the reader feel more immersed in the story, journalism is moving closer and closer to the general public. Continue reading