New BBC Logo (Inspired by W1A)

Recently, I have been watching a comedy called W1A, it is a sitcom about BBC. My dad started watching this program before me, but luckily it is still only on episode 3, today is episode 4. In the 3rd episode, BBC hire a company called Perfect Curve to rebrand BBC for a new logo. In the section at the end where it shows scenes from the next episode, (which is today) it showed what they have come up with. Personally, I don’t think it’s very good, so I have made a new one. You compare them and say what you prefer in the comments.W1A screenshot - new BBC logo

Clues: My logo has to do with music and the colours are related to the letters B and C.BBC Logo 1.0

Grass

As one of my summer holidays projects, I have done grass.  Most people think of it as a weed, but after watching ‘How to Grow a Planet’, I changed my mind. Read the pdf document and learn about the amazing evolutionary history of grass: how it battled against giant trees (and won, with fire), staved off herbivores (for a while) and helped spark human civilization (by starting farming).  Once you have read it, you should still watch ‘How to Grow a Planet’, it is very interesting.

Clash of Clans: Tips and Tricks

Using Gems

Firstly, I have to say I’m not the kind of person who spends hundreds of pounds on gems, my dad lets me get the cheapest choice once a month (he also plays Clash of Clans). Then I wondered what would be the best way to use the gems. I searched on the internet and found a great website, VK’s Journey in Clash of Clans.   It has all the stats of how to best use gems and showed how some uses of gems seem better at first but are actually a big loss compared to others. It shows that boosting barracks isn’t as good as just skipping training as you have to still wait for boosting, also, boosting mines and collectors is a huge amount worse than buying gold and elixir. It actually takes 6 hours and it doesn’t get as much resources.

Making your Base

To make your base you should think about some things:

  • Are you going for resources or trophies,
  • What level are the people who attack you,
  • How much gold and elixir have you got,
  • How much gold and elixir do you want before your next upgrade (in other words, what are you saving it for)

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Personally, I don’t care about trophies but I need lots of resources, I am going for hogriders (which cost 1.5 million elixir) and I need to use gold for upgrading my defences. You need to keep only defences, resources and your clan castle (depending on how much your clan donates) in your wall if you are farming (not caring about trophies and leaving your town hall outside). If you are not farming you also need your town hall inside the wall.  This will mean you won’t lose too many trophies.  As you can see my town hall is outside and my resource stores are very well walled in with lots of defences around them.  Now I should be able to increase my elixir to 1.5 million quite easily.

BE SURE TO JOIN MY CLAN “THE G-VAN CLAN”

Clash of Clans Cheats

I was once tempted to do cheats for Clash of Clans but my dad told me not to because they could have viruses on them. So to teach me he decided to make a virtual machine.  In there I could test out as many programs I wanted to and from which the virus wouldn’t be able to escape. I then looked through probably the top 50 hacks and all of them required you to do a survey or a subscription. To do the survey you had to put your details in so I put fake details in and a fake email address I created. Even when I did do the survey it didn’t work so I tried another one, and another one, and so on. The subscription ones required money so I didn’t do those. Then my dad told me that to cheat on Clash of Clans you need to be able to hack the Supercell servers and if somebody had done this then it wouldn’t be long before the company closed them down again. However, if you have a jail broken phone you can give yourself free gems but you’ll probably banned from Clash of Clans.

In conclusion, you shouldn’t try to get hacks from the internet because they can cost you money, waste your time or put a virus on your computer or device and that device will be useless unless you have professional help (from an expert like me).

Child Genius

Some of you may know that the program ‘Child Genius‘ has just started on Channel 4. It is about very clever children and what they do. 1500 people in London and South East England were recommended by schools and psychologists (in my case, professor Joan Freeman). Online, I did a test, it had interesting questions I had never done before.

I was one of the 200 people who passed and got to go to City of Westminster College. While we were there, we did a test and an interview. The test was matrices and got progressively harder. The interview was filmed and I was with my mum. I did a presentation on Tri-Ball for 5 minutes and then nearly half an hour of interview which I really enjoyed.  It was a whole day and we got to play outside with Dad and Jai but were called back in to get the results.  I was to progress to the next round – only 30 children were chosen out of the 200.

The next round was at the Wall to Wall HQ and was again a whole day. Dad was at work but joined me, mum and Jai at lunchtime as he was working close by that day. There was an IQ test – The Raven’s Standard Progressive Matrices (Plus Version, 2004). I thought I did quite well and it turns out I did extremely well.  Here are my results:

Ravens test results

Ravens test results

After this round, from the 30 in each region, only about 5 would get selected so that in total there would be 20 on the programme.  I did the WISC-IV test this time and again did very well but I didn’t make it through. Here are my results:

WISC-IV test results

WISC-IV test results

The main decision was at this point in the hands of Channel 4 and not Wall to Wall or any psychologists. I had mixed feelings about not getting through. On the one hand “I’D BE ON TV!!!”.  But on the other hand, “I’d be on TV”. I would get recognised but I’m sure I’d get quite nervous. So maybe it was a blessing in disguise.

Clash of Clans Tactics

In Clash of Clans I have a few tactics I always use defensively and offensively.

My village is quite good defensively, it looks like this:My Village

At the moment I like to attack with 60 archers, 60 barbarians and 1 dragon, I do have minions but I find them useless. The most successful attack I do is 3 dragons, 40 archers and 40 barbarians, just this takes ages to train and costs a lot of elixir to train.

Positioning

The most important building is your Town Hall, so I have put it in the centre with a wall around it. Then I have placed defences that cause splash damage near the Town Hall (this is mortars and wizard towers). I also have a hidden Tesla and a cannon nearby. The other 4 cannons are in the outer ring along with archer towers. I have placed less important buildings like army camps, barracks, builder’s huts, etc in the furthest corners as this will slow down raiders.

 

TroopsBarbarians

Barbarians are the cheapest troops and they are great for distracting defences, also they are good in big groups.Archers

Archers are good for long-range attacks and are useful for getting just outside of defences’ ranges. Sadly they are weak.Goblins

Goblins are great for taking loot but are quite weak.Giants

Giants are good for taking a lot of damage but don’t do much damage and take up 5 housing space.Wall Breakers

Wall Breakers are good for destroying walls but die in the process.Balloons

Balloons are good for destroying defences but can be killed easily with air defences.Wizards

Wizards are like archers but they take up 4 housing space.Healers

Healers heal other ground troops when they are damaged.Dragons

At the moment dragons are my favourite troops as they are the best I have, they are great for destroying buildings quickly.Pekkas

Pekkas are amazing at destroying buildings but are expensive and take ages to train.Minions

Personally, I don’t like minions because they die quite quickly.Hog Riders

I have never had Hog Riders but they seem to be very good as walls don’t affect them.Valkyries

I have seen a video with an attack with 30 valkyries and they are really good.Golems

I have seen a video with golems as well and they survive for ages, the only problem is their damage per second is only a bit better than balloons.