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One Lovely Blog Award :)

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 To my pleasant surprise I received a comment from Austere Alacrity on monday, informing me that she had nominated me for the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’. I thank her immensely for this, it is such an honor,and  it inspires me to continue my blogging and writing, which are two of my passions. In the past I have read other posts from bloggers receiving awards and looked upon them, wondering if my blog would one day be as popular or great as theirs. Now I know, although I am I small blog, that others do appreciate my work, and that makes me feel over the moon.

Now…

Here are the rules of this award:

1. I need to thank the person who nominated me.

2. Share 7 things about myself that you still may not know

3. Nominate 15 bloggers.

4. Notify the nominees that I have done so.

5. Put the logo of the award on my blog site.

And now here are 7 things that you probably don’t know about me;

1. I play football (soccer, whatever)

2. For someone who loves to write and is apparently good at it, I’m a slow readers.

3.  I used to have a heated passion for music and my guitar, although now I barely find the time to play or even listen to music. 😦

4. I have braces, at the moment they are blue and silver.

5. At school I am in the advanced learners A classes, which means I am a down right nerd (not a bad thing). (And I’m not trying to brag)

6. I frown upon the teenage/college society, even though I am a part of it.

7. Next year I am thinking of taking english, history, geography, media studies, science, and maths (because I have to). When I’m older I am aiming to become a journalist or psychologist

Now you know quite a bit about me, although from my perspective, I think I am quite a complex person. Time to pass the torch on, here are the blogs I have chosen to nominate, although some may have already got it, I don’t know.

Ermilia

Logi-ligi

Castelsarrasin

Littlewonder2

Writersclubkl

Ironwoodwind

Write away

Carol J Forrester

Reading Pleasure

The Forgotten Wife

ABC Of Spirit Talk

The Equiatic Bind

Woman On The Edge Of Reality

Anne Schilde

 

A New Government System?

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The world seems to be suffering without many of us noticing or caring. Not just environmentally either, it’s quite obvious that many countries are having government difficulties. I may only be starting to notice it now because as I younger child I never really cared. It occurs to me though that disastrous media headlines usually relate to government issues, like recently; Libya, Egypt and Syria have all be revolting against their tyrant leaders. There’s also subtle problem’s occurring in bigger and apparently more prosperous nations like America who have troubles with healthcare and high unemployment. The EU also, seem to be having financial difficulties, or at least countries within the EU like Greece and Spain, there’s more and it’s said it could spread to bigger countries like United Kingdom and France. So if it’s these countries government causing the problem, what is the best government?

Well that depends on many different cases doesn’t it. For example, after the first world war, Germany plunged into depression along with many other countries. Unlike other countries though, Germany’s depression was worse as the nation was humiliated after the war, having been declared guilty of the cause of war, ( although it wasn’t). With the strict Versailles settlement in place, it seemed almost impossible for Germany to rise out of the ashes of war. Until Adolf Hitler came to reign, he remarkably pulled Germany from the deep, and although his actions of anti-Semitism and war were unspeakably horrible, the did a brilliant job of returning Germany to a prosperous nation. His government being dictatorship (or tyranny) worked exceptionally well under the circumstances, yet would not work for many countries of the present day.

Depression isn’t the problem in the present day, overpopulation and recession are. Dictatorship would no longer work for countries with threatening large population, as it would be simply be too much to handle for the dictator. Communism sounds very good on paper but has been proved a failure in practise. It could be one of the few solutions for America though. America from my view it like a cake, looks good on the outside, the media and tourism makes it look good, but there’s the unhealthy, high fat content side of it, or the healthcare crisis and high unemployment. To be honest, (I don’t want to offend anyone here) America is in a bit of a muddle, I wouldn’t know how to fix it other than filter out the bad but that’s easier said than done and would it do anything? Then again, the entire world is in a bit of a muck, human’s are stupid, and that’s coming from a humans perspective.

Maybe there should be a cryptarchy, (secret rulership) over the whole world by a group of people. In my opinion the first thing they would need to do is mass genocide on all people bad in society. Criminals. They’re a dead weight, why keep them? That would teach everybody, and stop people from becoming criminals themselves. That’s the first half of my government, the ‘dead weight’ policy. My next policy is similar to the moral; “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” except it would work in a rewarding way not as punishment. People would get paid as much as they work, someone works well they get paid well, someone who doesn’t work simply doesn’t get paid. They’re both harsh policies but it would straighten humanity out, in my opinion, for the better.

Nothing is ever declared plausible until it’s actually put to practise though.

Four Lane Road to a Insignificant Trail

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While fiddling with my blog I managed to change a setting and now I can’t get updates from the blogs I follow on new posts. (If you know how I can fix this please tell me!) Anyway, after about 2 weeks of not getting updated I’ve kind of lost connections with the blogs I follow, the last 2 days however, I have decided to flick through a couple. It seems a lot of writers are having the similar troubles with novel-writing like myself.

I’m 14 and started writing novels about 4-3 years ago, it’s humorous to trek down memory lane and see some of my first works of art. There’s about 30 stories saved on my little 2GB Toshiba memory stick, all small sparks of ideas I had once upon a time and all unfinished. Most novels I start, are lucky if they have the first chapter completed, it seems that the only 1 novel I wrote really got far and it was semi plagiarised and also my first attempt at a novel. It’s 108KB big, or 46 300 words long, the second biggest story I’ve attempted is 49KB, or 14 900 words, which I gave up on a month ago, it was of a completely different genre. (The bigger one was fantasy the other sci-fi).

 Most writers problems are editing, I leave that until I finish, of course I never finish though. My problem is that I feel my plot sucks, it was once a great idea which I believed would be the one, it is later dumped because I think the plot grew to be terrible. I can write the first chapter fine, it’s when the story becomes 4 chapters long that I decide I don’t like it, and I think it’s because it’s becomes too big for me to hold.

So now I’ve identified my problem, I need to prevent it from happening, or at least fix it. But how?! I believe my blog has helped me immensely, now I hope my few 33 followers or any other bloggers can help me.

R.I.P Vale Carroll Shelby

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When I began my blog, I vowed never to write about cars on it even though they are a true passion of mine.  However, I received an email this afternoon from a friend who sent me a link to some very sad news. Vale Carroll Shelby sadly passed away on the 10th of May at the age of 89,  even though that’s quite old, it’s quite doleful to hear that a legend died.

You may be thinking at the moment, ‘Who the hell is Vale Carroll Shelby?’ or you may know who he is. Either way, his last name sort of gives him away, that is if you know what a Shelby is. In my opinion, Shelby’s are legendary cars, only truelly great Ford’s are given the title of ‘Shelby’. Such cars as the Ford Shelby Cobra, Shelby Mustangs and the Shelby GT500.

Above: Shelby Cobra

In commemoration of the great Vale Carroll Shelby, I think I may shed some history about him, his cars and his racing. Before he raced he was a chicken farmer, one day, he wore his farming overalls for his races because he didn’t have time to change. Those overalls became his trademark because he got more publicity from his overalls than his racing that day. Even when he won the Le Manns in 1959 he wore them.

From 1932 when Shelby had his first a race (A drag race) he continued to race and eventually led from drag racing to road racing. Shelby became very good at racing and when his chicken farming finished (his chooks all died from limberneck disease) he took racing on as his main career. He went on to become a well known racer and won titles such as the 24 hour Le Manns, 3 U.S.A national sport car championships, and in Bonneville salt flats set speed records (land by the way).

Above: Carroll Shelby with Shelby Mustang GT350

Carroll Shelby had heart conditions when he was at the height of his racing career, so he came to temporary halt. He decided to share his talent of automative manufactuaring and race car designing, first consulting with Chevrolet, who turned him down (how stupid of them.) After he talked with Ford who took on his ideas and created the first Shelby, the Shelby AC Cobra, or just Shelby Cobra. Shelby went on to design the Shelby mustang (see above) and the Shelby gt500 after that. He is an American and car legend and won’t be forgotten, until we start using helepods instead of cars.

Above: Ford Shelby GT500

Lest We Forget

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“Lest we forget”, a line from a poem called, “Recessional”, written by Rudyard Kipling for the Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jublilee 1897. The poem is now, also sung as a hyme on Anzac day, a national remembrance day for New Zealand and Australia, originally to remember those who fought at Gallipoli during World War I. It now commerates a broader range, remembering all those who fought in both World War I and II, those who put their lives on a thin line to support their allied countries. 

The reason why I’m giving this history lesson, is because today is Anzac day and I felt I needed to post a tribute type thing,  to remember my ancestors. So here I have posted the entire poem, “Recessional”, by Rudyard Kipling, if you care to read.

God of our fathers, known of old—
Lord of our far-flung battle line—
Beneath whose awful hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

The tumult and the shouting dies—
The Captains and the Kings depart—
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
An humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

Far-called our navies melt away—
On dune and headland sinks the fire—
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

If, drunk with sight of power, we loose
Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe—
Such boastings as the Gentiles use,
Or lesser breeds without the Law—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

For heathen heart that puts her trust
In reeking tube and iron shard—
All valiant dust that builds on dust,
And guarding calls not Thee to guard.
For frantic boast and foolish word,
Thy Mercy on Thy People, Lord!
Amen.

 

Lest We Forget!

Teaching Techniques

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I’d like to thank rich (http://brainsnorts.wordpress.com/) for giving me the idea of writing this post. I’ve been thinking for a while, about teacher’s today and their approach on teaching. I’m a student myself, and my teacher’s are all different, and I learn a different amount of knowledge from each one each lesson because of their teaching techniques.

My english teacher for example, is the type of teacher who, students who can be quite lazy, like. Last year I found she didn’t mind the class mucking around, or she didn’t know how to handle a class who muck around. Either or, I thought we didn’t do much work, I began to like english because we talked a lot and didn’t do much work. At the end of last year, I realised english wasn’t my favourite class because my grades seemed to wilt a little, unlike in social studies.

At the start of last year, I was excited about school, it was my first year of college what nerdish kid isn’t. I found out soon enough who my teachers were, and decided instantly I didn’t like my social studies teacher much. In social studies we always seemed to be doing work. Whenever we had a reliever teacher or went to the library, I celebrated a bit inside, it meant we wouldn’t have to do much work. At the end of the year, after exam results, I realised my social studies teacher was probably my best. All my hard work listening to them and surviving social studies paid off, I did well in that subject and actually got all of the highest marks on my end of year report, (yipee).

There are also teacher’s who suit different students, my brother for instance, liked one teacher that others didn’t. He often daydreams in class, that’s what the teachers say, the ones that tell him off for not paying attention, he often doesn’t like. The teacher’s who simply draw his attention back without making a deal out of it, he likes. I like teacher’s who push me to work, and don’t side-track and tell me  information I don’t need.

When it comes to learning, it’s the connection between the student and teacher, with the teaching technique between. That’s what I think anyway, if you think otherwise, then please comment, I’d like to hear.

Music These Days

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Katy Perry, Rihanna, Justin Bieber; these names all belong to ‘singers’. I think calling these three people, and many other modern artists, ‘singers’, is an over-statement. What ever happened to Led Zep, The Eagles, Beatles? Now those were real singers, they wrote real music, good music, not lovey-dovey teenage crap. They worked hard to get their lyrics pumping through global microphones and amps.

Today, ‘singers’ like Rebecca Black, don’t even have to try, just a couple of rich parents and, ‘Ta Da!’, we have our own album. Next we have ‘artists’ like Skrillex, their ‘music’, isn’t even music, it’s a bunch of stupid noises and a mismatch of sounds from the latest songs all molded together to create a hideous sculpture. A stream of modern music is flowing from global talent shows like; American Idol, X Factor, and Some-countries Got Talent. There are actually some remarkably talented people on these sort of shows, but due to the fact that majority votes come from teenagers, the good singers get bumped and instead we’re left with Reece Mastin. One day a random, new song by a random, new artist pops up, and we’re left wondering who the hell they are. If you really want to find out, just wander through a college/highschool, you’ll find out soon enough from a group of gabbling girlies who watch X Factor every night.

Is modern music even about music anymore? Music videos by ‘artists’, such as Katy Perry and Lady Gaga are unsuitable and provocative. I don’t particularly like it when I turn the t.v on a see Lady Gaga almost naked rolling around like a bath. Her music video for “You And I”, is more of a porno than a music video. Music is enjoyment for our ears, not murder to our eyes.

Above: One of Katy Perry’s concerts. Took me a while to photo of her not dancing on stage props, or wearing a strange outfit. 

From this article you’ve probably gathered that I’m no pop lover. This is kind of true, depending on what you call pop. The Black Keys? Are they pop, rock & roll, or alternative? Sometimes I wonder what artists follows what genre. Last week I found out that, what I thought was a rock band is actually in a genre called ‘electronic’, is that half techno and rock, or what? Why don’t we have three genres; Okay, bad and Amazing, is would be much easier. An example of okay music is Six60 and Maroon 5, bad music – One Direction and Katy Perry. Amazing   Adele and Colplay, note, I have chosen only modern 21st century artists. Of course I know that opinions are probably different, so tell me what you thinks Okay, Bad and Amazing, I’d like to hear, it can be from 1000B.C to 2012.