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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

X-Factor. The Results. The Truth.

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Well, this makes for interesting reading, doesn't it?  Shall we analyse it a bit?

Mary collated the highest number of votes in the first week.
Mary was in the top three for the first four weeks.
Katie should have gone out on week one if the results had been left purely to the public vote.
Cher should have gone out in the semi-finals if the original public vote format had been adhered to.
One Direction never, ever made it above third place/
Matt Cardle was always leading the voting stakes from week two, onwards.
The judges appear to have voted against the public each week.

My conspiracy theory for this year: 
Simon fixed it for One Direction to come third so that the public wouldn't think that he'd fixed it for them to win.

  • One Direction should have won the show because the were the best type of singers to be moulded and manufactured.  Especially considering they were a pretend group in the first place.
  • Singers such as Matt Cardle, Rebecca Ferguson and Cher Lloyd are better with record contracts that allow them to be the individuals that they have showcased throughout the last ten weeks or so.  Each has a different style and tone that will not survive or succeed within the Cowell Puppet Machine.  It will be interesting to see how Matt fares in the "pop" climate.  I hope he doesn't suffer from The Curse Of Steve Brookstein.
  • I have become tired of seeing the freaks come on in the last show, singing out of tune.  It's boring and humiliating.
  • I don't see the point of showing the crowd support in each of the finalists' home towns.  Although I think that Stacey Solomon has got the best chance of Konnie Huq's job next year.  
  • There is no way Huq can present the Xtra Factor again.  I couldn't bring myself to watch it this year after the first couple of episodes.  Back to children's TV with you, Huq, where viewers don't care/notice if you're shit at presenting.

And 15,448,019 calls at a minimum of 35 pence a time?  That's a whole lot of wonga* for Cowell and ITV.  Nice work if you can get it - especially when someone else is paying it!

*£5,406,806.65 to be exact