Origins of Crag Banna

As anyone who sees my posts could guess, Crag Banna is a pseudonym. However it is not just a nickname plucked from thin air, it has a history within my life, dividing opinions and interpretations.

In English a Crag is a Rugged Cliff Face and a Banna is predictably just text speak for Banner. Therefore people think it means somebody who projects a rough, tough exterior.

However from loose translations from Irish Gaelic has given words of association such as “Bond”, “Group” and “Tropical Holiday Present” which has given a few other views upon the meaning of the Phrase. If anybody reading has any other translations of the words in the phrase please comment or message me with them.

But none of these are the true etymology of the phrase as it falls back to a simple occurrence in March 2013 upon a school trip. For a side course from our studies a group of students from a select number of senior schools within my county we needed to travel to a nearby university, over time we expanded our social circles and made friends with people from other universities. On the final trip one of my schoolmates…a girl, an ex who had caused an indescribable amount of pain for myself and several other guys through screwing us over…was asked for her twitter handle so other people could add her. The username was her real name and coming from Gaelic Origins herself she spelt it out letter by letter, after finishing another girl a few seats infront of us, misspelt the name, turned around and shouted “YOUR NAME’S CRAG BANNA?” to which she became embarrassed, causing eruptions of laughter from my male friends and myself on the back row.

I’m not proud of doing so however when striking back against her wickedness I would call her by this incorrect name, annoying her more and more every time, it became a sense of relief, an addiction, to this day I find it difficult to say her real name when talking to her, it became natural to say.

As time passed we would make up scenarios where the name could be placed, example being creating a music label calling it “Crag Banna Studios” or a signage company named “Banna’s Banging Banners”. However one day it came to be that the girl in question had two distinct personalities: A headstrong feminist (Although she was commonly a hypocrite to the ideology) who took everything seriously or A fun-loving joker who would create a comfortable atmosphere and be everyone’s friend. Therefore we called the positive version of herself “Crag Banna” as though it was a superheroes Alias. As a result I created the theory and Idiom that everybody has a Crag Banna or fun side, the unleashing of which being to do a Crag Banna.

Naturally as she hated the name more and more she decided to disassociate the name with herself, leading me to adopt it as a nickname myself as I no longer saw it as a term of irritation and more a term of hope and liveliness. Despite most people still maintaining their view that it is slander, ever since I have embraced the nickname as my main nickname overtaking Jambob500, having it written on sports shirts and hoodies that I own, hence the usage upon here, the use of the word today and the inspiration behind going on holiday to Banna Strand and Banna Crag in Ireland later this year. Choosing to have this ever-presently associated with myself allows me to feel as though there is only one side to myself, an awesome side that lives life to the full, striving for purely positive experiences and creations.

…Crag Banna…It’s going to be a thing.

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Why Pokemon is the greatest Franchise of all Time

It is for ¬†children… It’s just a cartoon…the new Pokemon are terrible… all common thoughts by people who have never allowed themselves to experience Pokemon, well maybe apart from the last one with the example of a Pokemon being based on a key ring. However I digress as I believe Pokemon is the greatest Franchise of all time and here’s why.

I’m going to get the most boring reason out of the way first. As a business student it is obvious that in order to be a great franchise the company needs to make a large profit, in this case maximised by the incredible number of revenue streams with; Television Shows, Magazines, Comic Books, Video Games, Online Games, Megastores, Movies, Music and Trading Cards just naming a few. With this amount of financial and cultural impact Pokemon should not be going anywhere soon.

Which is good for my second point in that the anime reaches hundreds of countries worldwide and regardless of background, religion and political beliefs, there has been a moment of the shows for everyone and more than a few that has united everyone. Starting in the mid-nineties Pokemon has had to redevelop for twenty years to avoid missing out on grasping the hearts and imaginations of two generations, even managing to keep hold of those ten year olds who once dreamed of becoming a Pokemon Master alongside Ash in Kanto who have now turned in to educated, hard working thirty year olds in all manner of jobs. Who doesn’t want to feel what it would be like to hug a Pikachu,Piplup or Togepi? Who didn’t get teary when Pikachu cried when Ash got turned to stone in the first Pokemon movie? No body…that’s who.

Revisiting the vision of fully educated adults being the first generation of Pokemon fans, it is unbelievable how much education the franchise gave us all, some lessons more transparent than others. Subtly naming the first legendary trio; ArticUNO, ZapDOS and MolTRES, teaching us counting in Spanish to showing us how to care and love for pets and fundamentally each other. Giving us the platform to envision a Eutopian world with free Healthcare and Transport, humans in the majority living at one with the animal-like counterparts.

Even if the Television Shows and Movies were not your thing, there was still plenty for you and keeping Pokemon in the news and timelines of social media in recent years with the spirit of competition which the Franchise breeds through the Trading Cards Collections, International Trading Card Game and International Video Game Tournaments which everybody aspires to be part of after spending hours and days training hard to get the strongest Pokemon possible with a moveset and strategy that they love best. Even if you haven’t experienced the international competition, as players we have all experience the micro-heart attack when you almost accidentally delete your save data…if you non-playing readers think that this is being over dramatic, some people would rather buy another copy of that version of the game than start afresh on that same cartridge. That being said, in my opinion it should be an arrestable offence for any body to delete another persons save data.

I could continue to be wax lyrical talking about the Pokemon Franchise and go in to depth about the Fan Theories and discussions which it generates all day long due to the companies ability to operate on so many levels however there is only so much that I can put in a post before I get carried away.

Long Live the Pokemon Franchise and hope that like Ash Ketchum, we Pokefans never age.

Train Like a Pro 2016-January Review

January saw the beginning of my journey on the Train Like a Pro 2016 programme, exploring the training style and techniques of various sports and exercise crazes, the first of which was Powerlifting using a high weight, low reps, low sets approach to weighted and resistance exercises.

Going in to the month I saw that if any of the months could help me towards my main fitness objective it would be this one through it’s beneficial effect of muscular hypertrophy. At the beginning of the month I weighed 140 pounds with the end of month target being 141.5 pounds. With such I was slightly disappointed to see that I actually only weighed 141 pounds, however with the scales used not featuring half pound measurements it is unclear how far away I was or if it rounded down.

Should I do this again, I would make the resistance routines occur 2 days out of every 3 days do get an increased exposure to the techniques as 31 days is not seen as long enough to be able to see great change as most improvements occur between 6 and 8 weeks after the beginning of the programme.

Measuring the success of this month through the quality of my game play in Badminton, I have noticed that my smash shots have been more effective in beating the opponents reaction speeds. And supplementing this evidence of success, I have found it slightly more difficult to keep my far court shots within the confines of the court which suggests that I could have added in some exercises which enhanced bodily control rather than just increase my muscular strength.