Although I can get easily distracted on my blog, I really, really love posting my own or re-blogging other users posts too. What I really like is posting poetry, stories and articles (which, take up to two hours to write; argh!) But, it’s all worth it at the end of the day because it gives viewers a chance to read. It’s good to read and it’s good to write – it’s creative, it’s fun and I think, it’s good for the brain. I try to write first thing in the morning and at last thing at night; I really enjoy it. A lot. 😉
Why take away a life
When she stood up for what was right?
Who may one day be equal,
Why treat them unfairly,
When we see the hurt clearly?
Women are equal,
Women are fair and wise,
Cause they are God’s children
Through his and everybody’s eyes.
Note: This is a poem I have written. However, this has taken me two years to write; although I’m unhappy about it, I thought I would share it away. Hope you enjoy it. 🙂
When you’re down and
You need a hand, through it all;
God, the saints and the angels will be here
To help and guide you when you are in trouble.
Take some time to relax
And to rediscover yourself.
Whither your life will be long or short,
Make it memorable, treasure each day and forever more.
Never forget who you are,
Always be true to yourself,
Have faith, spread your wings
And learn how to fly.
They say that communities, schools, clubs and Universities bring people together; friendships are made through these connections, sometimes lasting forever.
But what about music? Does it fit into the same categories? Well, it does.
Last week, I had a moment at Drama school where my friends and I were in our dressing room, waiting for our queue to go on stage. I was bored, so I started to watch YouTube videos on my mobile phone. Then, I began to research music; old school music. Suddenly, I listened to songs from my favourite childhood band S Club 7. Not long after, one of my friends asked me what I was listening too. And before I knew it, I took my headphones out, turned the volume up loud and were singing along until we were called to the stage. We had other students looking at us; some with confused looks and others with interest. But we didn’t care. We carried on and on.
S Club 7 was my favourite childhood band and one of the first pop bands that got me into modern music and celebrity life; they even taught me about Endangered Wildlife, through one of their Children’s shows, “S Club 7 Go Wild!” They’ve showed me that anything is possible and helped me go through tough times; way a go, guys. 🙂
A lot of my friends at Drama school like the same artists as I do; Jessie J, Spice Girls, Black Eyed Peas, Busted, etc. And sometimes, we would like the same songs! (Which is pretty awesome. 🙂 )
When I have looked at the world today, I’ve realised that music has changed a lot. If you had lived back as far as Medieval times, you could only listen to music in religious places. But properly before the early 20th century, some types of music were restricted to different cultures since radio and television weren’t invented yet. Today, music doesn’t exclude cultures to listen to their own music; there are many people listening to different genres of music – Jazz, Blues, Pop, Rock n’ Roll, Musical Theatre, Indian, African, Country, you name it. So without music, there would be no community.
I will know leave you with my favourite songs and artists and I would like to know what you’re favourite songs and artists in the comments section below. I would love to share with your opinions and who knows, maybe we may share the same songs.
My Favourite Girl Band/s: Girl’s Aloud, The Saturdays & Spice Girls
My Favourite Boy Band/s: McFly, Busted, Queen, & Take That
My Favourite Mixed Gender Band: S Club 7
My Favourite Solo Male Artists: Gary Barlow, Michael Bublé, Elton John & Ronan Keating
My Favourite Solo Female Artists: Lady Gaga, Jessie J, Rachel Stevens & Kelly Clarkson
My Favourite Songs: Happy by Pharrell Williams, You by S Club 7, Domino by Jessie J, We Will Rock You by Queen, These Days by Take That & Hallejuah Song by Julianne Hough
My Favourite Happy Songs: Alive by S Club 7, Dancing In The Street by Martha and The Vandellas & Spice Up Your Life by Spice Girls
My Favourite Sad Song: Because of You by Kelly Clarkson
My Favourite Celebration Song: Celebration by Kool & The Gang
My Favourite Inspirational Songs: The Whole World Is Watching by Within Temptation & Dave Pirner, Bring It All Back by S Club 7, Who You Are by Jessie J, Let In the Sun by Take That & Over the Rainbow by Eva Cassidy
My Favourite Birthday Song: Birthday by Katy Perry
My Favourite Love Songs: With You by Ronan Keating, (Everything I Do) I Do It For You by Bryan Adams, Truly by Lionel Richie, True Colours by Phil Collins & Cindy Lauper, Hungry Eyes by Eric Carmen, Glory of Love by Peter Cetera, Amazed by Lonestar, Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship, & Time of My Life by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
My Favourite Musical Song: Defying Gravity from Wicked (I really, really like India Menzel’s and Kerry Ellis’ own versions too)
My Favourite Opera Song: Faust’s The Jewel Song
My Favourite Childhood TV/Movie Songs: You’ll Be In My Heart & Strangers Like Me by Phil Collins, When A Mermaid Comes of Age (from the 1975 film “The Little Mermaid”) & Colours of the Wind by Vanessa Williams
My Favourite Religious Song: Amazing Grace
My Favourite Instrumental Song: Storms In Africa by Enya
My Favourite Mediation Song: Book Of Days by Enya
My Favourite Disco Songs: 5,6,7,8 by Steps, Tell Me Ma by Sham Rock, Oops Upside Your Head by The Gap Band, Grease Megamix, Saturday Night by Whigfield, Macarena by Los del Rio, Stop by Spice Girls and Reach by S Club 7
My Favourite Song I Have Sung In Karaoke: Mercy by Duffy
My Favourite Oldie Songs: Crocodile Rock by Elton John (the original version; sorry Gnomeo and Juliet fans), My Destiny & All Night Long by Lionel Richie, We Built This City by Starship, I Wish by Stevie Wonder, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Sister Act 2 Version), We Will Rock You by Queen, Uptown Girl by Billy Joel & I Love Rock n’ Roll by Joan Jett
My Favourite New Songs (early 2000’s): Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars, Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding, Let In The Sun by Take That, Shake It Off & Enchanted by Taylor Swift, All Fired Up & 30 Days by The Saturdays, Uptown Girl by Westlife, Star Girl by McFly, Year 3000 by Busted & You’re My Number One by S Club 7
Note: This is a monologue I wrote for Drama school. Last term, my class were focusing on including and excluding subjects that the world suffers and in our spare time, we were asked to research and send information that are either inclusive or excluding. I’ve chosen many subjects and some, I’ve written in articles and two monologues. This is my second monologue I have posted online; hope you enjoy it. 🙂
People believe what they hear. Every day, it’s all the stories are the same – in the papers, on the television and when we have a conversation. These are all rumours, lies… No stereotypes!
There are different racial stereotypes all over the world – Native Americans like gambling, Arabs and Muslims are terrorists, Jews are greedy, etc. The list goes on but what about the people behind the stereotypes?
Some of them are hated, sneered at and abandoned. Why? It’s all down to these bad stereotypes; there is no such thing as a good stereotype because people say negative things about other people’s races. However, no one explains the truth about racial stereotypes. The truth is always hidden; we are all afraid. But, what if the truth can’t always be hidden?
If you look around the room, and especially the person sitting next to you, you’ll see that everyone is different. If we are all the same it would be boring, wouldn’t it? Not all girls are rubbish at sports. Not all Irish people are drunks. And not all elderly people behave like children.
We still have a lot to learn; we don’t need to keep these stereotypes going. We need to learn, allow others to achieve to see what they can do and integrate with each other.
So, ask yourself; is there anyone who has stereotyped you?
Do you believe in fairies?
Do you believe in the magic?
Do you believe in true love?
Do you believe in God, who lives up above?
Do you believe in riches?
Do you believe in societies?
Do you believe in money?
Or do you believe in classes?
Do you believe in creativity?
Do you believe in innocence?
Do you believe in fairy tales?
Do you believe in adventure?
Do you believe in the truth?
Or do you believe in the lies?
Do you believe everyone has a soul
Or do you believe in anything any more?
Like any young person, I dream to travel the world, learn about new cultures and make new friends. Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve been (in my spare time) researching the Internet, reading books, writing bucket lists and random stuff about travelling.
However, I feel my Autism and Drama studies are in the way. It’s really hard because I have to concrete on my work, as I’m working full time and I don’t have the proper social skills to be prepared; my Mum says I can’t travel independently since I’m not good on buses, trains or taxis if I am on my own. But, I can walk to the local shops near where I live and near Drama school; sometimes I can, but not too far. If I do, I have to walk with a group of friends or my learning motor. It’s frustrating because I see my friends travelling all by themselves, while I’m stuck having public transport or my parents taking me places. I’m learning how to drive at the moment, but will it give me independence? It makes sad as well because I hear my friends making plans to travel aboard in groups and there’s me; the “boring girl” who either stays at home or goes on holiday with family every Christmas, Easter and Summer holidays.
A lot of people think I’m normal and don’t guess that I’m Autistic, unless I tell them or my parents tell them (*EMBARRASSING MOMENT*). It makes me feel comfortable because I know I may be accepted into a group of friends, instead of them thinking I’m some kind of loser who is Autistic and she can’t do anything.
I’m not giving up though; I try and convince my parents to help me travel on public transport on my own or with a group of people. But, I either forget, busy or my parents say “No”. In the meantime, I will keep planning and planning.
As well as world travelling, I’ve been in an expedition, partially scientific. Science isn’t my strongest subject; I like Biology, but I’m more into it than Chemistry and Physics. I like to look at animals, plants, collect samples and do something special like plant a tree. The last time I did something like this was five years ago when I was in Sixth Form (or Senior’s for US followers) when I planted about three trees with a couple of students in a new woodland area, near my old school. I haven’t done anything since.
I want to go in the summer, but I’ve booked a holiday to the OneWorld Festival so I may have to wait next year or a few years. Next year, I graduate Drama school but I have a choice; I can either study an extra year, receiving a BA Degree or I can go off into the big wide world. So, I guess it’ll have to wait for a while.
As many of you guys know, my dream holiday for travelling is Africa but I would really love to travel other places too. So, I have made a list of the places I want to go and what I want to do there:
- Whale and Dolphin Spotting in California, USA: Whale and Dolphin spotting along the broad beaches in Southern California will be amazing to do. Not only, I would get a chance to see them, I would help researchers into why the whales are being threatened over dangers such as pollution and heavy shipping traffic.
- Archaeological Dig in Peru: I’ve always wanted to go on an archaeological dig in Peru; however according to my research, there’s an expedition in Huyro, Lucumayo Valley where there is an opportunity to investigate and map out the ancient road network, while working alongside Peruvian archaeologists. Sounds like fun, expect I may have to travel between April and October because between November and February, it’ll be the rainy season. I can live with that, I guess.
- Teaching Drama to Children in Romania: Performing at Drama school myself, I have always wanted to give back, in return to what my teachers had taught me. And what better way to do that than teaching a Drama class in Romania! Volunteers would be able to lead workshops, coach drama groups and help students to prepare local performance productions in Brasov. However, there’s a slight problem; I’m not a leader (at the moment) and I’m not brilliant at leading groups. But, that might change – it depends if I’m confident enough or not.
- Work on a Conversation Project in Kenya’s African Savannah: My first African dream trip – the project is in the Kigio Wildlife Reserve. There’ll be opportunities to do some wildlife research, including doing mircro-ecology (studying the gut or stomach) of the Rothschild’s Giraffe. Not sure about this one because I’m not into blood and guts.
- Volunteer as a Journalist in Cape Town: Sounds an interesting project to take on; if it was to happen, I would be able to work with other volunteers, with a magazine company called the Cape Chameleon. I would also work on another magazine, which is an online global journal called the Voices of the World, which encourages 16 to 25 year olds to express ideas and exchange stories. The only query I have to this is that do I need have a qualification or an interest in Journalism? I have published a few stuff in my school magazine, plus my blog but is that going to be enough?
- Going on a Riverboat Exploration in the Amazon: In the Amazonian rainforests (in North Eastern Peru), there’ll be a change to help and seeking endangered wildlife, including macaws, primates, otters and bats. However, I HATE piranhas, which is one of the animals that volunteers should be working with. ARGH!
- What is happening to the Chimpanzee’s in Uganda? Let’s Investigate: That’ll be something I want to solve. This is my last Africa dream trip destination for now. I’ve been fascinated by Chimps for a few years now and like all animals, I believe that saving them from extinction is vitally important. These chimps are living in the rainforests of Uganda and we get to support both chimps and farmers, so they can work together for the chimps to live in peace.
- Australia’s Kola Country: Like working with the chimps in Uganda, volunteers get to work on why climate change is causing change in their natural habit. This project is set in the Great Otway National Park in Victoria.
Well, these are my dream expeditions; hopefully I’ll get to do them but in the meantime, I’ll wait and see. And plan; plan a lot.
So what do you guys think? What is your favourite holiday destination or expedition? Please let me know in the comments section below; I would love to hear from you guys. 🙂