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Everything that starts with M ... 01/03/2005

Marsden Bay

Everything that starts with I ... 04/02/2005


Poetry 04/02/2005

my fav poem

Everything that starts with N ... 24/01/2005

Inequalities in health provision

Everything that starts with T ... 23/01/2005

Television- Is it bad for children?

Everything that starts with T ... Everyone has been told to ‘go out and get some fresh air’ or the myth that watching television gives you ‘square eyes,’ but is television really bad for children? Before researching this I saw no harm in the television. As a younger child it was the first thing I sat down to as a means of relaxation. However, after closely investigating the affects that television has on children, I feel that there is, as many positive outcomes to that of negative and can see no right or wrong answer to the proposed question. Firstly, my attention was drawn to the battle between television and books. In an article written by Christina Hardyment for the Independent, she informs the reader of how children “refuse to read a book that has been televised.” It is easier for the parent to sit the child in front of the television, than sit with them reading a story. Similarly, it is less taxing for the child to have ideas and pictures said and shown to them, rather than letting their imagination take over. Quoted are also the words of Roald Dahl, who states, “It kills the imagination dead. It makes a child dull and blind.” On the other hand it can be argued that television actually encourages reading. Sales of books featured on television are likely to at least double for the duration of that series. Likewise, it may encourage youngsters to attempt more adventurous and harder novels such as those written by Dickens or Tolkein. Recently, a two part series was shown on Dickens’ life, which ...

Is beauty only skin deep? 30/12/2004

The World of a beauty queen 20/12/2004

An ill-fated journey!!!!

An Inspector Calls - J. B. Priestley 01/12/2004


The Great Gatsby - Scott Fitzgerald 24/11/2004

"A morally bankrupt society?"

The Great Gatsby - Scott Fitzgerald Throughout ‘The Great Gatsby’ F. Scott Fitzgerald uses numerous symbols to depict characters’ personalities and to develop the themes and ideas within the text. Often people first read the book and see a dull storyline however, if you look closely into the book there is more than meets the eye. ‘The Great Gatsby’ portrays the story-from the point of a view of Nick Carraway-of a man named Jay Gatsby, his shady past, his longing for Nick’s cousin, Daisy and his downfall due to this illusion. Primarily, ‘The Great Gatsby’ deals with the corruption of the American Dream. Fitzgerald believed that the American Dream was unattainable because it is not simply about money, but happiness and love. However, no character in the novel shows this combination. Frequent symbols of corruption as a result of hope are therefore used. Gatsby is described by Nick as having, “an extraordinary gift for hope.” It is the light at the end of Daisy’s dock that symbolises this astonishing hope that he has for a relationship with Daisy, his past lover from five years previously. At first the light bears no significance, it is merely ‘minute, far away, that might have been the end of a dock,’ nevertheless, its role is vital in the characterisation of Gatsby and his longing for Daisy. As long as Gatsby gazes at the green light his dream of reliving the past lives on. Nick visualizes Gatsby’s dream as the dream of the Dutch sailors who first touched the shores of the ‘New World’ and this emphasises ...

A Day In The Life Of.... 19/11/2004

A day in the life..

As the sun squints and sparkles through the gap in the curtains I awake from a deep sleep. My dreams are quickly forgotten as I return to reality. The luminous hands on the clock show seven o’ clock. I rub my eyes to wipe away the tiredness and quietly emerge from beneath my bedcovers and creep downstairs. It is best to get up first to avoid any possibility of being last in the bathroom queue. A teenage girl needs as long a time as possible to pamper herself! By half past seven everyone is awake and the usual morning routine commences. My mum and sister are fighting over who is next in the bathroom and my dad is clinking at his cereal bowl avoiding any involvement with the argument. After having searched for a lost shirt, then a lost tie, I prepare my school bag and set off, leaving the hustle and bustle behind me. Along the way I meet a group of friends. The journey takes no time at all once we are engrossed by a deep conversation on the latest Eastender’s plot or what we are doing at the weekend. Generally, I enjoy school. I go by the motto that, you have to go there so make the best of it. I would describe myself as quite an ambitious, determined and motivated pupil, therefore I work hard to achieve the best grades within my capability. I am also encouraged to concentrate all my energy into schoolwork to try and make my family proud. They are always expressing their wish for me to achieve highly. Often I feel imprisoned under their pressure but I soon remember that ...

Macbeth - William Shakespeare 15/11/2004

Lady Macbeth ?EVIL?

10 Most Common Superstitions 12/11/2004

Would you cancel your wedding for a chimney sweep?

Does inclusion within the education system work? 10/11/2004

Do kids that learn together,learn to live together

Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres 08/11/2004

Captain Corellis Mandolin

Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres The war is at its peak. Girl meets boy and their love blossoms in the midst of the fighting before everyone lives happily ever after. Does this story sound familiar? I had this ignorant tone when I was recommended Louis de Bernières, “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.” I could not refrain from thinking that it was exactly the same as every other war novel I had read or heard about. However, from the moment I opened the front cover to the moment I closed it I found myself captivated into the world of Cephallonia and into the minds’ of the characters. It was much more than a simple love story with a perfect ending but incorporated numerous issues, experiences, characters and emotions that kept me unable to believe that this was a fictitious story Bernières style of writing is extremely effective. The novel, made up of a mixture of both first and third person narrative, allows the reader to have the best of both styles. The reader is brought into the minds’ of the different characters, from the power-crazy, ‘Unsleeping Dictator,’ Duce who wants everything arranged so that ‘people always see me from a lower position’ to the soft and gentle character of Pelagia, before being given an overview of the situation, allowing the writer to ‘play God.’ The story also jumps from place to place, character to character and from one situation to another. This keeps the reader gripped to the story, kept in suspense about one character while reading about another, for example, the writer will ...

Enemy At The Gates (DVD) 08/11/2004

What we need are heroes

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