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The Very Big and the Very Small

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎19-01-2015 01:47 PM - edited ‎19-01-2015 02:35 PM

You are never too old to learn new things.

Just stick in at what you’re doing and never stop learning.

It’s New Year! Well it was recently anyway….

So why not learn something new? I decided last year that I would. I didn’t want to learn anything vocational as I have been down that road before and a lot of it was pretty boring. OEICS, Unit Trusts, derivatives, futures, pensions <yawn>.


Christmas traditions. What’s yours?

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎01-12-2014 10:50 AM - edited ‎02-12-2014 02:44 PM

Everyone has Christmas traditions, be it personal or family. I myself have quite a few and I know for a fact that if I weren’t able to do them Christmas would most definitely be cancelled! (Maybe that's a bit dramatic, but it would definitely put me off my stride).


Demanding More

by on ‎29-08-2014 03:56 PM

In today's busy world more and more people are moving their viewing away from the traditional linear broadcast schedule, the latest Sky results were a real eye opener and showed just how much people are adopting the many different ways to consume TV be it on the go, time shifted Sky+ recordings or via the Sky On Demand Service.


One Giant Leap for Sky Customer Service

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎24-07-2014 11:59 AM - edited ‎24-07-2014 12:20 PM

We’ve been working our socks off all year to create an entirely new app: The Sky Service App.


How do you turn a football stadium into a boxing ring?

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎22-05-2014 10:14 AM - edited ‎23-05-2014 08:23 AM

Froch vs Groves II: Unfinished Business looks set to be an amazing night of boxing with a wealth of British talent on view.   Not only is the main event a hugely exciting prospect; the undercard also boasts an array of talent including Anthony Joshua and James DeGale.  Tickets for the event at Wembley stadium sold out within an hour and post-war attendance records for a live boxing event are expected to be smashed.


You want to watch what?!

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎08-04-2014 12:14 PM - edited ‎08-04-2014 12:16 PM

Saturday nights normally consist of one of two things for me. One, I’m either out with my better half or friends, (though this year seems to be the year of weddings and babies within my group of relatives and friends), so maybe that should be I’m either at a Christening, Wedding or hen party these days. Or (and this is my favourite) I’m sat in my PJs, sprawled on the couch looking through the latest films/TV programs to find myself a nice little playlist for the day.


Tonight we're gonna party like its.....2014?

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎27-01-2014 01:35 PM - edited ‎27-01-2014 01:37 PM







Well it’s 2014, almost the end of January already, how time flies.


Everyone at the Sky Help Team is looking forward to a super productive year. We want to continue to learn, grow and evolve as quickly and efficiently as possible.


We aim to promote new ideas and radical thinking in the area of Social customer service. With so many new Social Media tools popping up we are having to move fast to keep up!


Even in the relatively short time I have been in the department things have changed so much. Everyone in the Communities & Social Media team is hoping that 2014 will be our best year yet.







I asked the question to the department: What are you most looking forward to in 2014? Here’s the response…….!





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Robert-B : I’m looking forward to the new series of The Following




Malcolm-M : Game of Thrones and The Following, Boardwalk Empire Finale and the epic return of 24




Stacey-M:  I'm looking forward to quite a lot this year. Six hen parties, four weddings, two babies and my own big day where i become someone's wife (that make's me feel so old). I'm also already really enjoying the new season of The Following and looking forward to the new season of Moone Boy.





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Graham-H: I'm looking forward to the new Formula One season on Sky Sports F1 HD. With all the new regulation and engine changes it could be the best season ever      












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Pete-Ed:  I'm looking forward to 2015  (The next Avengers movie comes out) :smileyvery-happy:



Andy-F21 My Stag do, Wedding & Honeymoon and of course the World Cup




Jason-H I'm looking forward to this Summer's FIFA World Cup :smileywink:



LiamC88:  Brazil hosting the World Cup and the Winter Olympics 








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Ben-B : The season finale of American Horror Story : The Coven, 24 making a comeback, the new series of The Following and Fibre Broadband becoming available in Sunny Burntisland











Sam-R : I'm looking forward to any exciting developments with Sky Go which crop up in 2014. Seeing who dies in Game of Thrones (actually i already know that) Oh and #bringbacktimeteam :smileyhappy:




Anne-M: I am really looking forward to progressing my career.


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Erinn-R I am looking forward to so many things in 2014 from going to see Drizzie Drake live to finally spending Xmas in Jamaica (with my extended Jamaican family) here's hoping the Jamaican Bob-Sled team make history at the Winter Olympics  "Feel the Rhythm, Feel the Rhyme, Get on up, It's Bobsled time" Wha ya mean :smileyvery-happy: . I will also be spending the next 6 months (or so) working my way through my Bucket List before i hit the scary 3-0.









But what we really want to know is, what are you looking forward to in 2014, don't be shy, get in touch and comment below. 


"They think its all over, it is now!"

by ‎15-01-2014 09:50 AM - edited ‎15-01-2014 09:55 AM

Those words of British sporting history, uttered by Kenneth Wolstenholme as Geoff Hurst broke away to score England's fourth goal in the 1966 World Cup final, could sum up the televisual landscape today. Ever since the early nineties, BBC and ITV have found it exceptionally tough to resist the megabucks of Sky when bidding for prestigious sports rights. Now, there is a new kid on the block in BT Sport which threatens to challenge Sky's hegemony and render the terrestrial channels as bystanders as the century wears on.


Host's of Christmas past - my yuletide (b)log

by Find & Watch Guru ‎12-12-2013 08:09 AM - edited ‎12-12-2013 05:23 PM

If you're going to have a tradition then surely Christmas is the best time of year to have one.

Mine started in the early '70's with the publication of the big double Christmas and New Year issues in December of the Radio Times and the TV Times. This of course was in the day before the multitude of TV listings magazines. You had the Radio Times for what was on the BBC and the TV Times for what was on ITV and that was it.


The Face and all things make up!

by Staff ‎06-12-2013 01:17 PM - edited ‎06-12-2013 01:21 PM

"'We do not contour and highlight' said no make up artist ever!" - anon.

I found the above quote through Tumblr and chuckle to myself every time I think of it.

I think it is amazing how ones facial features can be promoted and detracted with the right tools. Did you know with the right colour powder you too can achieve Naomi Campbell-esque cheekbones? If you are a little heavier around the face, a jawline can appear from thin air? (One of my secret weapons...). I am fascinated by the art of make up artistry and how it can transform almost any face shape into something amazing!


Before I start properly I want you to know this is not an advert. I am not endorsing a product on behalf of Sky. I am not one of the Sky Forum's chosen deSKYples. I'm simply a customer and I'm not gaining anything from this, (although if Sky want to send me a little something I won't mind ;-)).


Calling All Bloggers!

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎18-09-2013 12:22 PM - edited ‎06-12-2013 01:40 PM

We're getting ready to open up our community blog to ALL forum users so you too can have your blog featured on the Sky Community Forum. Do you have a budding passion for movies? Are you fanatical about a TV show?

Well, step forward!


You stay classy.......

by Retired Staff Member on ‎04-09-2013 03:23 PM - last edited on ‎30-09-2013 09:43 AM by Retired Staff Member

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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)


“There was a time, a time before cable, when the local anchorman reigned supreme, when people believed everything they heard on TV. This was an age when only men were allowed to read the news. And in San Diego, one anchorman was more man than the rest. His name was Ron Burgundy. He was like a god walking amongst mere mortals. He had a voice that could make a wolverine purr and suits so fine they made Sinatra look like a hobo. In other words, Ron Burgundy was the”… Wow wow ease up now.





Off Yer Trolly!

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎28-08-2013 09:17 AM - edited ‎28-08-2013 09:27 AM

Season three of Trollied has started and I’m really enjoying it. Andy the butcher is by far my favourite character, with some brilliant observations on life and some cracking one liners such as “deaf women have extra taste buds, it’s a well-known fact. She wouldn’t be able to get enough of my meat!”- Sterling!


It's the dawn of the new football season, and “The Ashes” cricket series is almost completed. Things were different when I was a kid...


In 1964, my parents bought a house. We moved from an inner city terrace with an outside lavatory and a yard to a semi-detached house with a garden in a quiet Birmingham suburb.  I was 7 years old.


Comic Books: A Beginners Guide

by System Admin on ‎16-08-2013 02:35 PM

We’re launching a Superheroes channel. I’m more excited about it than is deemed socially acceptable for a 26 year old man.

I used to read the Beano when I was a kid. Looking back on it… That’s a bit rubbish.


I would imagine this was the first introduction to comic books for a lot of children in the UK. If you were too young for Whizzer and Chips (and if you’re reading this blog you probably are) you probably read the Beano, or The Dandy, or if you were a girl you have my pity because you had to put up with the absolutely abysmal Bunty which didn’t represent you or your interests. If you were super-cool like me you will have read Sonic The Comic which, at recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. I read issue one, and that makes me seriously cool and rather old.


Cycling: A Love Story

by System Admin ‎07-08-2013 02:04 PM - edited ‎07-08-2013 02:10 PM

Do you remember when you learned to ride a bike?

I remember being on stabilisers and everything being rosy. I remember whizzing round a quiet little housing block on 4 wheels, as happy as anything. I also remember when those stabilisers were gone and I was on a big-boys bike for the first time.

My parents were working class and I was the last of three children, so money was in relatively short supply when I was growing up. As a result, everything I owned was bought a few sizes too big with the intention of me ‘growing into it’. As a result, the clothing I wore for my formative years before I learned that I could object was very much akin to a series of long, flowing ‘60s-style’ dresses in a variety of fabrics. I even once owned a shell suit SO BIG that it would go on to set a trend for hip-hop artists well into the 2000s.


FIA Formula One World Championship 2013… The Season So Far.

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎31-07-2013 09:00 AM - edited ‎31-07-2013 09:11 AM

…So … It’s the traditional mid season break on the FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

It has been an interesting season! In way of a recap here is just some of the drama and excitement thus far ………

Australia – A shock victory for Kimi Raikonnen and Lotus – A two-stop strategy which allowed Kimi to grab the lead from Red Bull & Ferrari.  The E21 just seemed to be kinder on the tyres allowing the bold two-stop strategy.


It’s all hood: This is the 411

by Community Manager Community Manager on ‎26-07-2013 09:20 AM

For those of you who are already completely turned off by the title of this blog or more likely are completely mystified please bear with me, hear me out and listen up for this is sure to widen your cultural horizons.


In today’s society we are all susceptible to a multitude of political, cultural and social influences many of which, we readily affiliate with whether that’s a particular fashion style, music genre, social group or political cause. These affiliations are based on our political, social and cultural consciousness whether we are active advocates of a lifestyle/view or are silently part of a particular group the abject assimilation gives us as humans that feeling of belonging. But what of those social, cultural groups that we reject as contrary to or in direct objection to our own personal views? We readily dismiss that which we do not understand and/or do not identify with but really isn’t diversity the beauty of this life?


A Grand Day Out

by Super User on ‎17-07-2013 01:55 PM

The red-eye glides smoothly to a halt. People stand up and stretch, gathering belongings. I disembark into the terminal building. Then I’m outside in the bright morning sunshine, already feeling the heat of the day. The driver folds away his newspaper and I sink into the back seat. He guns the engine and we pull out into a stream of traffic heading downtown.


Thirty minutes later, we arrive at the studio. The security guard raises the barrier and waves us through. Busy looking people walk to and fro along the network of internal roadways, connecting the many buildings that make up the studio lot. I’ve arrived at my destination.


The 16 year wait is finally over…..

by Staff ‎10-07-2013 09:28 AM - edited ‎10-07-2013 09:29 AM

What a weekend, in fact what a month and what a tour. The British and Irish lions are a team that started in 1888 and are one of the oldest touring teams and is something, if you are ever lucky or good enough to be involved with, a special group of teammates and now friends bonded over the love and enjoyment of the game.


Schrödinger’s Box Sets

by System Admin on ‎03-07-2013 09:45 AM

Do you ever worry that you watch too much TV? It’s an ever-present thought sat at the back of my mind. I work for the TV, right, so it’s hard to go a day without thinking about TV. 

TV is being made faster than you can watch it now, particularly with the phenomenal popularity of reality TV as our own LauraMac described in one of our previous blogs. They’re making more of it than you can possibly soak up through your telly box with your eyesponges so I feel like, now more than ever, it’s important to be a little bit of an elitist with what you watch.


From Sea Side Heights to The Valleys

by Staff ‎26-06-2013 10:10 AM - edited ‎26-06-2013 12:57 PM

OMG as I sit and write this I think “why have I agreed to do this blog?” as I feel I’ll be opening myself up for public ridicule and shouting from the rooftops “I am a reality TV Junkie!” Then I think “what the heck” as anyone who knows me knows I don’t take myself too seriously and for the most part reality TV isn’t real,  alot of it is staged and far fetched, but who cares? Sometimes we just need to sit in front of the TV without having to think.


The Perfect Day

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎19-06-2013 12:28 PM - edited ‎19-06-2013 12:47 PM

Each time I mention the word “wedding” I’m met with a look that just screams “Please, I beg you… DON’T MENTION YOUR WEDDING AGAIN!!’




Me and My Computer

by Community Manager Community Manager on ‎12-06-2013 09:58 AM

Here I am, sitting at my ‘puter… yeah I get paid to sit at one… “Well I never!” I hear you say.  I am a lucky chap because I don’t just get paid to sit at a computer I get paid to do my favourite thing while sitting at a computer.  No, not eating pistachio nuts… that’s my second favourite thing to do at a computer.  I mean lurking on forums, if you had told me 7 ish years ago that I would be in a job with the title “Community Content Manager” in a team called “Communities & Social Media” I would have told you to shaaaadaaap. 


Tasty Centre Backs and Hungry Strikers! What A Team!

by Retired Staff Member ‎05-06-2013 10:54 AM - edited ‎05-06-2013 11:07 AM

I remember back in August this Forum was bristling with pre-season fever and predictions for the season ahead. To save myself any further embarrassment I will not reference what I predicted but they were pretty shocking efforts. I was watching Sky Sports on Saturday and I have to say I am already missing Jeff and boys!!! To keep myself entertained while watching lacrosse (don't ask), I started to think of who would be in my team this year so I thought I’d share my thoughts with you and start the debates raging all over again.


Not For The Faint Hearted......

by Retired Staff Member on ‎30-05-2013 10:56 AM

Now, I don’t do scary or violent TV shows. I spend too much time hiding behind a cushion at the first sign of gore or blood to actually enjoy the plot. These days my usual regular viewing comprises of Good Luck Charlie, iCarly and Victorious on account of having 2 girls that are of a certain age. Not really complaining, mind you, as I do enjoy these programmes and I actually shed a tear on the last iCarly, oh dear.


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I have always remembered the advice of the wisest woman I have ever known who told me “The secret to a happy relationship is keeping a man well fed, always make an effort to look your best, talk to each other, find shared interests and most importantly never talk whilst football is on the television”


A blank sheet of white paper......

by Retired Staff Member ‎14-05-2013 06:08 PM - edited ‎15-05-2013 11:06 AM here I sit, laptop fired up, large black Americano at my side, dog  has been given a nice juicy bone so not to distract me and I’m ready to get all creative and write my first ever blog, when all of a sudden my mind goes blank…….


Pro-Wrestling: High Heels, Sore Faces and Tights. That’s gotta be fake?

by Retired Staff Member ‎01-05-2013 03:30 PM - edited ‎04-01-2014 08:54 PM

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They say professional wrestling is fake… Is it really? I don’t think so. Are the general structures and outcomes of matches pre-arranged? Absolutely, however, for me that is where the fake part starts and ends. But Christopher they wear tights and trunks?  So!!! Robin Hood wore tights, cyclists wear lycra onsies, swimmers wear spandex trunks, weightlifters wear lycra singlets. The list goes on so I don’t think that matters.