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Is capital punishment wrong? 09/04/2007

The Death Penalty- Should it be brought back?

Is capital punishment wrong? Imagine a man whose hair is shaved off. He is being strapped to a chair with belts that cross his chest, groin, legs and arms. A metal skullcap-shaped electrode is attached to the scalp. Then imagine a man pulling a handle. Suddenly the prisoner's eyeballs begin to pop out and rest on his cheeks. He defecates, urinates, vomits blood and drools. As 2000 volts surge through him, his body turns bright red. His flesh swells, his skin stretches so much that it looks as if it will snap. Then imagine steam or smoke rising from his body, the smell of burning flesh, like bacon on a frying pan… Then imagine that this man is innocent. That he was wrongly accused. That he should never have suffered such a painful death. I believe that Capital Punishment is wrong, that it is primitive and inhumane and that it should never, no matter the circumstances, return to Britain. Imagine the grief of Laura Mattan. Her husband Mahmood was executed in Cardiff jail in 1952 after being wrongly convicted of slitting a woman's throat. Imagine how his widow felt when she went to visit him in jail and discovered he had been hanged by a heartless notice pinned to the prison door. Imagine the shock and disgust she must have felt. No one had the decency to inform her that her innocent childhood sweetheart had suffered this terrible fate. Put yourself in Mahmood's position, being dosed up with brandy and having your shaking hands tightly strapped behind your back with a leather belt. Desperately ...

Veer Zaara (DVD) 02/04/2007

Forbidden love between a Pakistani and an Indian

Veer Zaara (DVD) I am not writing this review as an expert on Bollywood movies, instead, I am going to offer my insight as a girl who prior to Veer-Zaara, had only watched two films made in Bollywood (Dil Chatha Hai and Khabi Khushi Khabi Gham). -Plot- The film is essentially a love story between Veer, a squadron leader in the Indian Airforce, and Zaara, a Pakistani girl from a strict, wealthy family. It is a tale of forbidden love, set against the backdrop of the still ongoing conflict between India and Pakistan and has therefore caused much controversy. Indeed, after the film was released, the leader of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, invited the much revered Producer and Director of the film, Yash Chopra, to lunch and to discuss what he regarded as the film's negative portrayal of Pakistan. The story begins with Veer as an old man, rotting away alone in a dingy, cramped cell in Pakistan. Immediately, the audience knows that the love story between Veer and Zaara went wrong. He is visited by Saamiya Sidiqui, a young lawyer determined to prove that firstly, women can do the same things as men and secondly, that lawyers can do the right thing. She wants to help Veer leave prison but in order to do this, she must know how Veer came to arrive there (no mean feat considering he hasn't spoken for 22 years and is reluctant to do so now)- this serves the purpose of a number of flashbacks that tell the story of how Veer met Zaara as she arrived in India and how they fell in love and ultimately, ...

Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller 18/02/2007

Death of a Salesman- Miller's most famous play

Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller Death of a Salesman is a play, written by the late, highly respected Arthur Miller. Miller was not a prolific playwright, and Death of a Salesman is one of his few but most famous works. The genre of the play is essentially a tragedy although not in the typical sense. Miller wanted to challenge the typical literary device of tragedy which has always been a person of high stature falling out of power because of a fatal flaw. Death of a Salesman showed that tragedy can happen to anybody in the world, no matter what their social class, which is why the play centres on Willy Loman; a salesman. Indeed, the word 'Loman' is symbolic of a 'low man'. The play uses two different timeframes simultaneously, one based in the present, and one based in the past. Past flashbacks are often triggered in Willy's mind by symbols and motifs from the present, and often serve to develop the present situation and explain why characters are acting the way they are. -Basic Plot- The story is about Willy Loman, who has been a salesman for all his life. He has spent the sixty years of his life chasing the 'American Dream', and accepting the competitive values of society. He is of the school of thought that academia is not what matters; instead, being popular and well liked, and good at sport is what is important. All his life, Willy has dreamt of being a popular salesman so that when he dies, people from across the country will flock to pay their last respects to him. In his job, he tries to ...

Live in the 50's (Live Recording) - Art Blakey 13/02/2007

The Secret Garden- a worthy adaptation

Live in the 50's (Live Recording) - Art Blakey The Warner Brother's movie adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's Secret Garden is many things. - It is a film where the main characters are children and yet, you do not want to strangle them because of their awful acting or turn the noise down because of the horrific noises that leave their mouth. - It is a film that faithfully follows the original story so that you are not left thinking, 'hang on, but they didn't explain that!... They left that out!... Where the hell did that come from??' - It is perhaps the only children's film that I will happily watch without feeling ashamed. Released in 1993, the Secret Garden begins in India in the early 1900s, with the selfish Mary Lennox (Kate Maberly). When an earthquake shakes the country, Mary loses her unloving parents and is sent off to dreary England, away from her servants and a life of splendour. A memorable line from the movie is, 'I didn't cry. I didn't know how to cry.' Mary arrives at the melancholy Misselthwaite Manor, home to her absent and troubled uncle and the young girl is free to explore the grounds, discovering a secret garden that becomes her refuge. Not everything is as it seems, however, as she discovers a variety of characters in the house who she will change and whom will change her forever. This is a story of an unloved girl who learns how to love and be loved. Never have I watched a movie that is so atmospheric before. The direction captures the heat of India, the cold unfriendliness of ...

Clinique Quickliner for Eyes 10/02/2007

The Holy Grail of Eyeliners- Very Black

Clinique Quickliner for Eyes At last, I have found an eyeliner that actually stays on me. Previous to discovering Clinique's eyeliner, I had suffered under the many trials and tribulations that eyeliner provides; either melting into the wrinkles under my eyes or just plain disappearing. If I wore brown eyeliner, it would melt and make me look like I had a skin condition, if I wore black ,in about two hours I looked like a Panda. In short, the many eyeliners that I tested did not stay on for longer than a few hours and I would have to constantly be checking in mirrors to try and fix the eyeliner that had travelled halfway down my face. It was a pain and because I didn't want to be seen looking into a small hand mirror (and being mocked by my peers for being vain) I had to keep on going to the bathroom to use the mirrors there. I got so sick of it that I ditched eyeliner altogether. Then I had an idea. I would go to the House of Fraser near me and go to one of the counters and ask what the hell I was to do. I chose the Clinique counter purely because it was the one nearest to the door and I'm glad I did. Many could have been put off by the fake orange tan, bright tanned blonde hair and makeup so thick that I could scrape it off the skin with a trowel assistant but I perservered and explained my dilemma. At first, she recommended liquid eyeliner but after trying that once and getting it on everything except my eyes, I had sworn never to try it on again plus, I don't like the fact that you can't blend ...

Gilmore Girls - Series 1 (Box Set) (DVD) 10/02/2007

A perfect dvd for intelligent teenage girls

Gilmore Girls - Series 1 (Box Set) (DVD) The Positive Review: The Gilmore Girls tells the story of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, a mother and daughter from the picturesque and rather quirky Stars Hollow. Lorelai, originally from an upper class family, left her home and escaped her parents when she fell pregnant with Rory at 16 but now, sixteen years later, her parents have made an unwelcome entrance back into her life. I'm a sixteen year old girl myself and I have to say that I loved this dvd series. It is incredibly humorous, (I spent a lot of my time wishing I had Lorelai's wit and some of the characters are just hilarious), heartfelt, (the relationship between mother and daughter is developed fantastically), it has drama, romance, it is even, dare I say it, motivational to see how hard Rory tries to achieve her dreams of going to Harvard. The show is essentially about mother and daughter but it is peppered by the fantastic supporting characters. The growing relationship with the grandparents is an important one, as is the relationship with best friends (accident prone, food obsessed Suki, poor Lane who tries constantly to evade her mother's attempts at arranging marriages with celibate, strictly religious, future Korean doctors). Add in the men of their life , the crazy neighbours, the competitive backstabbing school friends along with a constantly exciting, well written script with a catchy soundtrack and you have the perfect dvd series. Although primarily aimed at females, this is essentially a show for ...
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