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

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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.

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.

Sorry, BBC (but not much)

Looks like I owe BBC an apology, they ANNIHILATED the OFAH (Only Fools and Horses) video from yesterday’s post. Apparently, it’s copyright infringement to have a short clip of a programme. However, there are 32,900 OFAH videos on YouTube that haven’t been NUKED. So stop picking on a 10 year old fan, BBC – please don’t sue me, I’m sorry (but not much).

I’m gonna make an animation of that video so that I can share it without being exploded by BBC’s tactical nukes.

Classic Comedy

I like old comedies, they can be very funny. I would say my favourite old comedy is ‘Only Fools and Horses’, it’s hilarious. I also like ‘Friends’ and ‘Blackadder’, however, I haven’t seen much of ‘Blackadder’ yet. I’ve seen loads of episodes of ‘Friends’ as it’s on all the time on Comedy Central.

I think the funniest thing that I have ever seen is a scene from ‘Only Fools and Horses’. For some reason, it wasn’t on YouTube, so I uploaded it. Here it is: 

My dad already had the DVD of the episode (it is a Christmas Special from 1996) and he told me to use an open source program called AVIDEMUX to make cuts to the video and keep only my favourite scene.