New Romney Magazine – Monday, 31th of January 2011 Welcome to the new year! Its grey and its cold – oh yes January is definitely here! But before we all get depressed, lighten up, cause it also means that there is only 5 months until Summer. January is the month of new years resolutions (lose weight, party more, stop smoking etc.). Its the time for forgetting the problems of 2010, and starting fresh. Here in New Romney it’s also time to start fresh; many interns have left, and new ones are arriving the next couple of weeks. This also means that the NR Mag has received a whole new set of editors; we will do our best to fulfil the job as good as the former ones. To celebrate the new year, the New Romney magazine, and the editors, we will add some new things to the magazine. We will try to make this magazine the best ever, as a rumour says that this year will be the last (the Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world in 2012)!!!. Don’t worry, we believe that it is a false prediction, but in case we are wrong, avoid the classical happy new year speech; good health, lots of money and success. Be more original and live as if this year was the last; go skydiving, learn to ride a horse, visit a different country. Do whatever makes you happy!!! This is our resolution for the new year, plus to start learning a foreign language, visiting a different country and meeting new people of different nationalities. We think it’s a good start, don’t you? The rest we will figure out later... But most importantly, have fun and enjoy what the future brings. So to start out the year in a proper manner, welcome to the first New Romney magazine of 2011.... A new year filled with fun experiences, mind expanding challenges, and luck.
The first night out of the year...... To start out the year in a proper manner, the girls (and our lovely Swiss, Sven) made a visit to the local pub so the new and “old” interns could get to know each other outside the Littlestone office. All nicely dressed up, and ready for English beer the group made its way to “The Ship”. In occasion of the big event, Filippa and Edita (the only ones who weren’t newbies) had chosen to wear matching bright turquoise shirts, so no newbies would get lost in the pub...
When entering the pub it was quite quickly noticed that the average age in New Romney is around 40 or 50. In spite of the age difference, it did not take long before the gang was partying. This was noticed by the DJ, who commented if a new bunch of exchange students had arrived. While some chilled and talked on the sofa, others were going crazy to the music on the dance-floor!
After some beer and drinks, it was time to go back home, as a new day at work was waiting next day. Feeling all hot and sweaty (from the dancing), and having a bit sore feet (poor Alessia) the group walked back to the houses. In total a good night.
Staff Presentation: What are your main hobbies/interests in life? Well I like learning new languages, meeting new people, travelling, and learning new things. At the moment I try to learn Russian and Spanish and to improve English as well. And I also like my food, I eat far too much, so I must go to the gym. And I go. To Marsh academy. It’s really cool. I recommend:) In general
I like almost everything. I like different kinds of music, different people,
different cultures :) Where are you from and what makes your country and city worth visiting? I am from Lithuania. I was born, grew up and studied in Kaunas. What makes my country and city worth visiting. Well... everything. We have Baltic sea, lakes, rivers, lots of forests, we have good food, cheap beer, rich cultural and historical heritage (castles, museums, old buildings, churches). It’s a small country. Sometimes we call it a land of brothers in law :) it means that everyone knows everyone. The distances between cities are short. It takes 1 hour by train or car from my city to reach the capital, 3 hours to go to Baltic sea, half an hour to run away from the city to enjoy some rural areas. It’s nice in winter. We have lots of snow. It’s beautiful in spring. It’s amazing in summer. During summer people usually go to Baltic sea resorts or to the lakes, enjoying rural tourism. It becomes a bit rainy in autumn, but autumn is the best time for picking mushrooms. It’s great fun:) My city is divided into two parts: Old Town and New Town. Old town boasts Town Hall, Church, cosy pubs, charming small streets with various shops. New Town enjoys the main street called Laisves aleja (alley of Liberty), where all the main shops, restaurants, some tels are located. We have several museums of art, Museum of War, even Museum of Devils, that are really worth visiting. In fact even though it’s a small country, there are so many things to see, really interesting things, that I haven’t yet seen myself... :) I haven’t mentioned breathtaking sand dunes, seaport, the Zoo, various parks, and we also have Ryanair. Now I want to go home:) What are you studying and what are your future plans?
I am studying business administration. And I have lots of plans. Would take too much space to name them all:) Tell me something we didn't know about you? I donâ€™t know. Depends on what you know already:) Which qualities are you looking for in people around you? I like open-minded, non-judgemental, easy going, funny, friendly, just good people;) What did this internship bring to you? First of all I met some really, really nice people that I definitely can call Friends. Of course I gained hands on-work experience. In addition, I learned to cook, to work in a team:) I am more organised now than I was before:) And people here are so smart. You can learn something new every day. And with every new person you meet you just gain something and it helps to grow as a person, to get to know yourself better.
Europe’s stars in music: When you walk around in the office building, you often hear people singing in many different languages while they are working. We therefore thought that it would be interesting to ask around in the office about which artists are “big” in Europe right now. Below we have listed some of the stars in music, lets take a look!
Italy: Ladies and gentlemen, we welcome the first STAR on the list! A famous lady from Italy by the name of Laura Pausini, a 36 year-old singer and song -writer from Solarolo. She sings in the five languages; Italian, Spanish, English, Portuguese and French. Her music genre is POP, POP rock, and latin pop. Some of her most popular songs are “E ritorno da te”, “Vivimi”, and “Invece no”. Laura has won several awards for her music, e.g. for “Best Selling Italian Artist” in the “World Music Awards”, “Best Female POP Vocal Album” in “The Latin Grammy Awards”, and “Best Latin POP Album” in the “Grammy Awards”. My favourite song: “Primavera Anticipada” feat. James Blunt
Denmark: Moving on to the country of long-legged, blue eyed and blond girls we present Medina (her real name is Andrea Fuentealba Valbak). Medina is 28 years old, and from Aarhus, Jutland. She is a mix of Danish and Chilean, and has specialized in R&B. Her debut single “Kun for mig” (You and I) spent 52 weeks on the Danish music charts. Medina has since then become more and more popular, and was announced one of the most successful Danish singers and song-writers of 2010. She started out singing in Danish, but has recently started singing in English as well. She has won awards at the Danish Music Awards, and The European Music Awards. Her most recent release (in Denmark) is the song “Addiction”. My favourite song: “Addiction”
England: Continuing to the UK, there is one band that pops up! A band that made girls scream like crazy, and men envy them. A band that broke up, and then ten years later got back together and succeeded in doing it. Oh yeah, I am talking about Take That!!! The band consists of Gary Barlow, Jason Orange, Howard Donald, Mark Owen, and Robbie Williams. The bands breakthrough single was “It only Takes a Minute Girl”, and after a couple of hit singles the band released its first album “Take That and Party”, and after that they became extremely popular in Europe and Asia. By 1995 the band experienced some internal problems: Robbie William’s drug abuse made the other members complain, and he was in the end thrown out of the band. A year later in 1996, the rest of the band decided to stop. In 2005, the four
members Mark Owen, Gary Barlow, Howard Donalds, and Jason Orange decided to reestablish Take That. They released the album “Beautiful World”, which entered the UK album chart at no. 1, and they have since then received much success in the music world. Latest news from the band is that Robbie Williams from July 15 th, 2010 will be joining the band again, as well as a new tour in 2011. My favourite song: “Relight my Fire”
Lithuania: Continuing to Lithuania, we encounter Andrius Mamontovas, a 43 year-old singer, actor and song-writer. He is a former member of the band Foje; one of the most popular bands of that time; they released approximately 14 albums, and won many awards. In 1997, Andrius decided to leave the band to start a solo career. As a solo artist he has gained a lot of success, and the number of awards won are a proof of this. He has in total received 15 Bravo awards, which is the Lithuanian version of the grammy. Among other things he has released the albums Geltona Zalia raudona, Mono Arba Stereo, and Tyla. Andrius Mamonto helped create the band LT United, which participated in the 2006 Eurovision song Contest. The group ended up at a sixth place. My favourite song: “Marso Kanjonai”
Spain: We talked to Liseth about Spain and she told about David Bisbal !!! Attention everybody because David Bisbal is a serious competitor for the guys in the office (girls this singer is delicious for the eyes) David Bisbal Ferré was born in Almeria, southern Spain on June 5, 1979. He is a Latin Grammy winning Spanish pop singer. He was first known when he became the runner up on the interactive reality television show Operation “Triunfo” which was produced by TJ Hall. He has since released four studio albums, all of which topped the Spanish Album Chart. In addition he has recorded a number of live albums. He has toured throughout Europe and Latin America and is now considered to be on the verge of an international career. My favourite song: Buleria
Portugal: It is a great pleasure that I have discovered Rui Veloso because his songs are very beautiful and relaxing. Rui Manuel Gaudêncio Veloso, commonly known as Rui Veloso was born on 30 July 1957 in Lisbon. He is a Portuguese rock singer and musician (also called the "father of Portuguese rock"). This composer had a great impact on the Portuguese music scene with the record Ar de Rock in April 1980. Songs such as Chico Fininho and A Rapariguinha do Shopping were instant classics in the 1980s. His lyrics, normally written by Carlos Te, are strongly influenced by the Porto culture. He is an unconditional lover of the blues, and has played with B B. King several times. He became one of the most productive and renowned Portuguese musicians, as his discography clearly shows today. My favourite song: Nunca me esqueci de ti.
France: In France a popular singer right now is Christophe Mae and I will not lie to you he is really cute. Christophe Maé was born on October 16, 1975 in Carpentrase, Vaucluse. He is a French pop singer. Maé learned to play the violin at age 6, and later began playing the guitar and
harmonica at age 16, after he was immobilised from a chronic illness. He states that this was the time when he became inspired by Stevie Wonder. In 2005 he rose to fame by playing the role of Monsieur in the musical "Le Roi Soleil" Maé's first album was entitled Sa Danse Donne, and was released in 2002-2003. This album is not considered his first studio album. He released his first studio album, Mon paradis on March 19, 2007, which included the singles "On s'attache", "Parce qu'on sait jamais" and "Ça fait mal". His fourth single is "Belle Demoiselle". Mon Paradis was France's second best-selling album of 2007. Maé opened for Seal at the Grand Rex in Paris and for Cher at the Zénith de Paris, both in 2004. In 2010, Maé's second studio album, On trace la route, was released. It has sold more than 600,000 units to date. My favourite song; j’ai vue la vie
Finland: Don t worry boys !! Because this Finnish performer is a girl, and a really beautiful one. Jenni Vartiainen was born March 20, 1983 in Kuopio. she is a Finnish singer, who rose to fame after winning Popstars along with two other girls (a reality show competition in Finland in 2002). The trio together formed a band called “Gimmel” and released two albums before breaking up in October 2004. After the split Vartiainen started a solo career. Vartiainen's first single Tunnoton was released in April 2007 and the debut album Ihmisten edessä was released in September 2007. This later led to singles, such as Ihmisten edessä,
Toinen, Mustaa kahvia, and Malja, of which Ihmisten edessä was the largest hit. Selling over 33,000 albums, which is a lot in Finland, her debut album went on to reach platinum status. Her second album Seili, released in March 2010, sold triple platinum and was the best selling album of 2010 in Finland. Three singles were released from Seili: En haluu kuolla tänä yönä, Nettiin, and Missä Muruseni On. My favourite song: Ihmisten edessä
Boaz “Thank You Party” aka salsa evening As darkness and stillness fell upon the small town of New Romney, there was one place where the mood was high and people were ready for some good fun. Oh yeah, Foreshore was definitely the place to be. In dedication of it being Boaz last party in New Romney, we decided to spice up the party a little with a salsa night. Also, in this way, we could pretend for one night that we were all in a warm place... To fully complete the salsa night, it had to include
Spanish/Argentinian “chica”, Liseth was in charge of the salsa lessons. So when everybody had arrived in their party outfits, “la fiesta” could begin. Under strict instructions from the teacher, and a very motivated crowd, the steps were learned in minutes. As it was Boaz “Thank You” party, there was a bit of a nostalgic feeling in the air, as it was the last chance to party with him. Despite of that the party was going strong to the good rhythm of the music. The party went on till early in the morning, where half of the party mysteriously disappeared. Luckily they were found after a short search around the house (before becoming too worried, everybody was found in good health, which was a good thing as none of us could remember the number of the police).
So as the morning was approaching, the only few survivors left were Raquel, Adam, Filipa, and Sofia. All the others had gone to bed.... It was time for some rest, leaving the clean-up for the next morning. So as the quietness fell over the Foreshore house, it was apparent that Foreshore does something to people (as Dino himself has said) cause it was a cool night.
Departures: Boaz: On January 28th, 2011 Boaz left us, to go back to Holland. He will be missed by everybody in the office, especially his “marketing wife” Elsa. We hope that he had a good trip home (with his mom and dad;)), and doesn’t get lost in the “Red Lights District”.
Newbies: Anniina: Start date: 10/01/2011 End date: 10/04/2011 Department: Marketing Hobbies: Anniina comes from Finland, she is a discreet girls with blonde hair and blue eyes. You can find her in the marketing department behind her computer, but the rest of the time she prefers to read a book, or listen to music. Also she likes sports, and to exercise on her bike, a “healthy mind in a healthy body”. Secret/something we didn’t know about you: she likes embroidery, yes, I know this girl is very surprising!
Quentin: Start date: 10/01/2011 End date: 25/02/2011 Department: IT Hobbies: Quentin works in the IT department. His first love is his computer, but he also likes a lot of sports; golf, tennis and skim board (sport practised on the water). You cannot overlook him, because that boy smiles all the time, speaks very loudly and he has a very special laugh. Secret/something we did not know: Make no mistake, inside the surfer boy is a real sensitive boys who likes to take care of himself and listen to “girl” music.
Elsa: Start date: 10/01/2011 End date: 31/03/2011 Department: Marketing Hobbies: she is French and works in the marketing department. Elsa likes to party, and she is always cheerful. She came to New Romney to meet new people and improve her English. She has practised boxing since she was 8 years; and sports activities are very important to her. Secret/something we don’t know about you: she has a passion for “guy” sports, such as rugby, soccer and video games like PES (a soccer video game).
Sven: Start date: 15/01/2011 End date: 31/07/2011 Department: Marketing
Hobbies: this boy is straight from Switzerland and dreams of working in fashion. He is an accomplished athlete; practices tennis, soccer and fitness. He loves going on long rides on his motorbike, hoping that the ladies will think he’s a real man! Secret/something we don’t know about you: you are now thinking, oooh this man is great and strong, and fears nothing. unfortunately, he has a secret. This man is scared of dogs and came to internship-uk to overcome his phobia, is he going to win... this is the question???.
Liseth: Start date: 10/1/2011 End date: 10/7/2011 Department: Marketing Hobbies: Apart from loving her work at internship-uk, Liseth enjoys listening to music, surf the internet, meet with her friends, read books (she has unfortunately left her books at home), and she also enjoys drinking “mate” with her family (Argentinian tradition). Secret/something we don’t know about you: She likes to talk a lot. She has a lot of patience and optimism is for her the guide of every day. She loves her family, they are very
close! She likes to tidy the house, amazing?:) Oh, and she would like to learn Chinese.
Alessia: Start date: 10/1/2011 End date: 10/4/2011 Department: Marketing Hobbies: Alessia enjoys going to the gym, going out with her friends, listening and dancing to music, and reading books. Secret/something we don’t know about you: She has a double personality; She can be very serious and smart, and the next second an airhead.
Sofia: Start date: 10/1/2011 End date: 10/6/2011 Department: PR Hobbies: I don’t really have specific hobbies, but I have always liked languages, travelling, meeting new people, playing the piano, and going out with my friends. Secret/something we don’t know about you: I have a special relationship to diet-coke. When some people smoke a cigarette, I drink a coke. You could probably say that I am a bit of a coke-aholic.
John: Start date: 20/1/2011 End date: 20/4/2011 Department: IT Hobbies: I like sailing, and playing basketball, also I like hanging out with my friends, and watching movies at the cinema. Lastly, I like surfing on the internet. Secret/something we donâ€™t know about you: I have two dogs and I love them very much.
Staff presentation: Where are you from and what makes your country and city worth visiting I’m from Portugal and I live in a city called Santa Maria da Feira in the North . What makes my city worth visiting? Well the weather is nice and we have a lot of events during summer and plus that we have beaches that you can reach in just 15 min by car. But to be honest this city doesn’t mean too much to me. For me my city is Peniche it’s a small place surrounded by ocean. I have lived there 4 years of my life and it was one of the best times of my life...Why? It’s true that the people are a bit narrow minded but I have learned so many different things there, I really grew up there..not in age but as a person. This is for me one of the best places for vacations too. In this city you are surrounded by beautiful beaches, you can choose which one you prefer. You can surf, dive and try more activities related to the sea. There, we also have one island called Berlengas that is a natural island. It is a great experience but a bit tiring because of the weather.... it is really hot there!!! So now you guys know that Portugal have really good places to visit (and it is not just girls with hair...Julien!!!! we like to go to the beaches almost naked..remember?! So no hairs ;) ). What are your main hobbies/interests in life? Hummm... I like to swim but the truth is that I’m a bit lazy to make sports, but will change that this month I will start going to the gym (I will Boaz, it is true!!!!). I like to watch comic movies and romantic movies and during the last one I cried like a baby.. well at least when Raquel doesn’t scares me :)..she yells at me sometimes like a girl from exorcist.. can you imagine? :) But the thing that I like the most is sleep and wake up on Sundays and just stay in my cosy bed doing nothing :)...ok, ok I really like to EAT!!! as Edita says we are emotional eaters ;)
Ah I remember now.. I really really like to listen romantic music and then annoy Raquel :) with my songs and my singing...prepare yourself Ilse you will come to Windsor!!! ;) What are you studying and what are your future plans? I’ve already finished my degree in Marketing for Tourism. My future plans are simple: Get a job that I like, find the Prince Charming or the right frog that I can turn to a prince :) (workshop about communication skills helped me here :) ), and then the last plan but the most important one: BE HAPPY!!!! Tell me something we didn't know about you? I don’t know ;) what you guys don’t know about me?? humm...I’m afraid to come home alone with Raquel :) seriously the house makes a lot weird noises!!!! :) maybe we aren’t alone in Windsor and we didn’t know.... Raquel we need a bodyguard...good idea, ah? :) This time for real, I LOVE CHOCOLATE!!!!! :)..already knew this? LOL ok, ok the true I have three boobs :) (Edita told me this joke! I laugh for hours..) more...hummm... I studied art in High School, I wanted to study design and I was in the University of Arts, sculpture course. Better now? Which qualities are you looking for in people around you? Well this is easy.. funny people because even when I’m sad they always can make me smile and laugh (thank you Edita for being such a PMA person!!), people who cares about the others, nice people... ok, now the other way.. Which are the things that I don’t like in people around me? I don’t like when people tell me “you should be like this!”, we are all different so we must accept this. Some of us are shy, some are weird ;) (just kidding), some of us are just perverts like Boaz ;) (kidding again or maybe not) but I don’t think that we are perfect to tell the others what they should do or be. But sometimes it happens, I used to do the same
myself.. how many times we told someone I would like you to be more of this or more of that? Some tips: People don’t change!!! if they don’t want to change themselves, you can’t change them even with the best communication skills it’s hard. What did this internship bring to you? So many things...Well I make a list: –
I saw and touched snow for the first time
I could get out of Portugal for the first time for a long term (so good!)
I flew for the first time (it’s boring!)
I met so many different people
My English is better now
Now I know how to make a website.. well at least change something that I want to
I’ve learnt some words in French, Italian
I know more about other countries
This internship helped me a lot giving me the chance to improve myself as a person and also as a marketeer. I’ve learnt a lot here, and as I said before not just about work but also about life and others cultures. It was one of the best things that I did in my life!! Thank you all!!! And THANK YOU Raquel and Isabel ;)
Guess the feet: In occasion of the new year, we have made a little shoe game! We have stalked some of the interns and photographed their shoes. It is now your task to figure out which shoes belongs to which person. You will find the answers at the end of the NR Mag. Well, lets start the game... (You will find the answers at the end of the magazine). The first pair of feet is from a person in the marketing office. Who is it???
The next pair of feet is from another marketing person, who is the person?
Are these the feet of a man or a woman???? We can only say that this person is a crazy French.
We bet you canâ€™t figure this one out. He is tall and from marketing. Who is it?
The last pair of feet belongs to a very sweet lady in marketing. She is one of the newbies, who is she?
How to make oneself at home in New Romney? An internship in England is an incredible opportunity to improve your English, but can also be a little stressful. Just before my arrival in New Romney I had 1 million questions running through my head: are the people there nice? is the work difficult? How should I dress? will I succeed in learning English? When I got the question “Are you ready to go to England?” I was honestly not sure about what answer I should give.... I am sure, that I am not the only one to think like that, In fact I am quite sure of it. Therefore we have decided to give you the 7 rules of how to make oneself at home in New Romney.
Rule number one: Forget all your prejudices and get ready to meet people very different from you (in personality and culture).
Number two: Look at the definition of the word sharing and caring, because in New Romney it is everything.
Third rules: Participate in the daily cooking, it is handy if you later on get a big family!
Number four: Keep an open mind because you learn a lot from others.
Rule five: Spend the evenings with your friends, play pool, watch movies, go to the ship, or party in Foreshore House, in that way you will never feel alone.
Sixth rules: Especially, don’t worry about getting bored at work or after work.
Number seven: PMA (positive mental attitude), this rules is paramount, remember to be positive all the time!!
If you live by these few rules, you will survive in New Romney, it’s easy, dont worry. Your internship in New Romney will be a wonderful experience (of course somtimes it’s difficult because you speak in a foreign language). But in the end, it is most important to feel good. But in the end, I must admit, there are some things for which you unfortunately can never be prepared for, and that is to say "good bye" when everything is over!
Answers to the “Feet Game”: Picture 1: Edita Picture 2: Sven Picture 3: Elsa Picture 4: Boaz Picture 5: Alessia
Elsa & Sofia
Published on Feb 1, 2011