Here’s a little video I put together for my college assignment on my trip to the Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps, New York City.
Here’s a little video I put together for my college assignment on my trip to the Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps, New York City.
Down to earth ‘kitchen sink’ indie band Little Comets are proving that words do truly have power. Touching on less spoken about subjects in their songs, the band is the new face of social justice through music.
Known for their unconventional gig locations, yet with relaxed and friendly atmospheres, Little Comets are braving the injustices of the world, as well as those experienced as a British citizen.
While “Isles” screams reverse British patriotism, “Dancing Song” and debut single “One Night in October” are instant mood lifters with infectious tunes. Their catchy sounds from across their 4 released albums are a representation of all that is experienced in life, not just romance, featuring the moving song “Salt” in remembrance of an abused young boy, an issue lead singer Robert Coles had been affected by and had spoken about openly during interviews.
The Yorkshire based band, comprising of brothers Robert and Michael Coles, Mark Harle, and Matt Hall, are keeping indie music alive through soulful anthems that discuss euphoria, tragedy, and the feelings that come with being alive. Their 2015 album Hope is Just A State of Mind, was a huge success followed after Life Is Elsewhere in 2012. “We started recording Hope is Just A State of Mind in December 2013 and it took about 13 months to finish it. We already had quite a lot of songs written so decided to release 3 EPs as well as the album.” Robert had said. The small town band were signed to major label Columbia Records in early 2009, to which their relationship with the company had crumbled, later being signed by independent label Dirty Hit. The band had its first and second albums released through Dirty Hit, before deciding to go solo with their careers. “We have so much more freedom with our music when we’re not on a label.” Says lead singer Robert Coles. “We’re now writing and recording songs that we want to produce and we’re a lot more confident about the whole process.” Robert says.
The band’s confidence has indeed grown, with the release of their highly awaited newest album Worhead, introducing a variety of new sounds for fans, from the elaborately expressive “Hunting”, the quick paced “Louise”, and the sentimental “The Man Who Wrote Thriller”. The album was released earlier this month, promoted through their UK tour which took place from January-February.
Worhead is now available on iTunes and can be purchased as both a vinyl or CD copy at selected stores.
Interested in reaching out to Little Comets? Keep up with tour dates and news by either visiting their Twitter, Facebook page, or lyric blog.
When asked about my future, my mind would often fuse with silly ideas like most children. At the time, I had envisioned in myself a future that was unrealistic, ones that involved either exploring the moon, owning the biggest zoo in the world, or being in the Hollywood spotlight. While these are all very plausible in their own right, it simply wasn’t me.
I should probably introduce myself. My name is Jenny Williams, and I’m a seventeen year old student who studies Journalism. And in 2000 words, I’m going to try present my life to you from age 5 and upwards.
So here was me. Cheeky grin, not a care in the world. Wearing my shiny new uniform and my smart bag, I smiled for the camera with a spring in my step.
My first day at primary school was a memorable one. It’s a day that my family still teases me about whenever the photo albums come out. Clinging on to my parents in my shiny new classroom, with my shiny new teacher and my shiny new classmates, I was apparently unable to come to terms that this was a place I would be left completely alone! What a shocker, I thought. However, I was soon playing in that little sandpit every school strangely has, chatting about this and that to my fellow 5 year olds, discussing time, space, and the universe. (Maybe not). Around age 9, our teachers began setting us little projects about our future. Questions upon questions. With a pencil in my mouth and a puzzled look on my face, I began to fully register the fact that I simply didn’t know. How could we have known?
I have always wavered in between different career choices, as in I’ve felt muddled about what I really wanted to do. Growing up, I always had something that kept me occupied, this mostly being reading or writing fictional stories of my own. Before it went bankrupt, I remember visiting Borders every weekend to pick up something new to read. Strange as it sounds, I used to love the smell of the pages, and how they felt when I turned them. (Yes, I was one weird kid). That bookstore became my haven. I’m not joking, I think I spent about 1/3 of my childhood in there! I remember it all so vividly – their galactic themed carpets, comfy bean bags, and the smell of coffee always lingering in the air.
When the school book fair came around, the excitement in me couldn’t be contained! I would gleam with joy whenever I saw those magical pull out book cabinets. I would be dizzy from deciding what to choose and add to my ever-growing collection back at home. Speaking of books, visiting the library was also a favourite pastime of mine. Whether I was nose deep into a dinosaur encyclopedia or curled up somewhere being lost in fantasy, where there was books, I was content.
Then came my writing phase. As a child, I really liked and juggled the idea of being an author. Sitting in my dad’s office, I would write for hours on end, the clickety clack of the keyboard becoming almost like white noise to me. Though I enjoyed all my subjects in primary school, I was always drawn towards the writing side of everything. The highlight of my day would always be my literature lessons, my eyes quite literally lighting up whenever I was handed that little red exercise book. Those ruled line pages and margins, the date at the top and the (almost too neat) underlined titles. Ah, what’s not to miss about school.
Roll on the teenage years. After hundreds of new memories made and a more fixed plan for my future, I had decided I wanted to pursue a career in the creative media industry. So, standing at the podium during my Year 6 Leavers Celebration, my 11-year-old self told my classmates I would like to ‘go further with my literature.’ While a small voice in my head was telling me to become an author, my love of books and writing throughout secondary school had finally drove me down the exciting path of a Journalistic career – something I would study in years to come. I think what really compelled me towards the media world was the impact it had always had on me. I realised that in some way or another I had always been connected to Journalism. On the radio, on TV, and in my school life. As someone who was always asking questions, eager to learn more, Journalism seemed to fit me quite well as a person.
One of my fondest memories of High School was visiting Berlin. Germany’s capital is a city thriving with culture, colour and history. I had the chance to experience history retold while visiting various landmarks. Berlin is definitely a place in which I plan to visit again.
I thoroughly enjoyed my History lessons during High School. They appealed to me greatly as they were closely related to story telling and analysing – something I found common ground with. My 5 years spent at High School, did, as warned by every relative ever, go exceedling quick. Before I knew it, I was head down sitting my GCSE exams in the June of 2015. Waiting outside that hall, my mind couldn’t help but think of how crucial the situation behind those doors was. I pulled through, and with a smile on my face, August swung round with news I had passed my exams.
College was a whirlwind of fun (and time of learning!) that flashed too quickly before my eyes. It really was a break away from High School, and I enjoyed the independence of it all. It also felt very strange not being told to tighten your tie and fix your top button everyday. Before deciding to go to college, I had considered sixth form, however this was something I knew I would not enjoy. Choosing futile subjects that I would be learning for the next 2 years was far harder than simply choosing Journalism – a course entirely dedicated to what I wanted to do. Though the work load was heavy in the first year, in a way it had kept me alert and on my toes for those creeping up assignment deadlines – something I look forward to in University (sarcasm). 2 years is not a long time. If put into perspective, college was like repeating Year 7 to Year 8, the lazy years that everyone remembers all too well!
A lot has happened in the world while we’ve all been busy growing up. Politically, economically, and socially that is. If I written down all the worldwide events that have happened from 2005-2017, I’d have a self published book. If thought about deeply, I have actually grown up in a very interesting era. New trends, fantastic inventions, and sprouting technology has made the 21st century an iconic one. Journalism itself has changed and evolved over time, and will continue doing so as it adapts to the contemporary world. Though print Journalism is said to being replaced by digital Journalism, this is an advantage in my opinion. With digital, it’s very easy for people to produce a generous amount of followers through online links to their other articles. There is no denying that the idea of Journalism through modern advancements will be much different – a prospect that I am excited to see.
Past, present, and future. These are the three imponderable things that will follow us throughout our lives. Of course, nobody knows what will happen, but we can choose the paths that lead us there. It’s true that horror stories of University can scare people away. Loud flat mates, stress, and that returning thought of the £9,000 loan in the back of your head. A lot of people see this as a major discouragement, and it’s reasonable to see why. I chose University as personally I believe it would give me a worthwhile boost in starting a print related career that is not only sustainable but also one that I would have a great knowledge of. It’s also a place I believe I’ll best grow and learn a whole new set of life skills.
Q: “Did you feel apprehensive about applying to University?”
A: “Yes, it was very nerve-wracking.”
Q: “What was the hardest part about the University process?”
A: “Definitely writing my personal statement.”
Q: “Do you think that a lot of people struggle with knowing what to do in their future?”
A: “Yes, I do, but many people I know are certain of what they want to persue career wise. I have an interest in American studies, but I’m unsure of what jobs are avaliable for it.”
Finishing college and venturing out to University has been one of the biggest decisions and commitments I have ever had to make academically. Though my focus and end goal has always been with University, the idea of moving to a city far away from the people I hold closest was a likelihood that had to be taken seriously. After hours of research, Coventry University had caught my eye and I had shortly concluded with a strong mind that this was the University for me. With my chosen course being a combination closely related to Journalism and creative writing, it was a perfect match, a place I could go to that would enable me to continue doing what I am so passionate about.
In the meantime, all I can do is wait. My offer is secured, and these leading months will give me the time to prepare for my big move to University. This will most likely consist of filling my brain with student recipes, researching how to survive Freshers week, and deciding what things I’m going to (and how I’m going to) fit in the car when moving day comes. There is a lot of nerves mixed in with the process, which is normal, but it’s proven that everyone feels this way too. For most students, like myself, moving to University means living on your own for the first time, handling your own money, and having newfound responsibilities. It’s a learning curve that’ll involve both courage and wisdom! Transitioning from one place to another can be either seen as a daunting time or an exciting time, but I think optimism plays a very important role in this.
I would like to think that throughout my 2 years spent at college I have learnt skills that I can take with me for my next big step in life. I believe that the experiences we have as individuals help mould us into better people, whether this means something as simple as attending a concert, visiting your favourite place, or being surrounded by the people who make you happiest.
Everything has a beginning followed by an end. Everybody will remember a time within their lives where they had to say farewell to something; where they have had to move on. Speaking in the physical sense, shifting from High School to college was a time that involved a lot of change, likewise from lower to secondary school. People adapt to new environments in different ways however. As a slightly more introverted person, my time at college enabled me to become more confident, whether this was in presenting my work in front of others or taking the role of management for a project. Thinking about where you’ll be in 10 years can sometimes be a scary thought, but your perception on this is what counts. Though it’s hard to determine your set in stone future, change should not be feared!
The Mandela Effect is one of the strangest phenomenons to happen in recent history. It’s name, Mandela, comes from what made the theory come alive – Nelson Mandela’s death. Allegedly, millions remember human right activist Nelson Mandela dying in prison in the 1980’s, but his passing only in fact happened in 2013. While many have offered explanations for this, such as people simply recalling false memories, the highly popular theory states that there may be a parallel universe that is causing people’s memories of certain events and objects to alter. Here are just a few of the one of many Mandela Effects people are experiencing.
The Berenstain Bears
Possibly the most famous and talked about Mandela Effect, the spelling of the children’s show and book series The Berenstain Bears has been speculated, many people claiming the show used to be called “Berenstein” rather “Berenstain”. There is even evidence to prove the many claims – just take a look at this genuine DVD. What do you think?
Another famous Mandela Effect is the spelling of the universally loved Rubiks cube. Many believe it to be actually spelt as “Rubix”, while others are sure the original spelling is correct. People are convinced of having memories of purchasing “Rubix” cubes rather than”Rubiks”.
Ford Logo (Top = Recent Logo)
Which looks most familiar to you? Many are recalling memories of the Ford logo without the curl on the letter F. Though the change is subtle and may just be a new design, the speculation behind it is quite interesting. People have even been reported to have contacted Ford about the noticeable change due to their absolute certainty of the previous logo.
Another popular example is the spelling of Maltesers. It is believed that the chocolate was originally spelt as “Malteasers”, many people claiming to have vivid memories of purchasing the chocolate as a child with it spelt this way. What do you remember?
The Monopoly Man
Can you notice the difference between these two images? The man on the right is in fact the real Monopoly Man, despite people claiming memories of a monocle being an iconic piece to the mascot.
Not all Mandela Effects relate to objects. The theory also suggests that famous film lines such as those found in Star Wars have changed. The infamous line: “Luke, I Am Your Father”, often seen on merchandise such as T-Shirts, has now changed to “No, I Am Your Father.” Quite a big change, don’t you think? A similar example is Forest Gump’s famous line: “Life is like a box of chocolates.” It has now ‘changed’ to “Life was like a box of chocolates.” As a person who has never seen the film but has heard the term with “is” throughout my whole life, it truly reinforces the theory.
Of course, the idea of the Mandela Effect existing is a lot to wrap your head around. Parallel universes have always been theoroised, and there is in fact a lot of explanations on the web that are convincing and extremely readworthy.
If you are familiar with motor neurone disease, the first person who may come to mind is the world renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, known for his diverse study of black holes and scientific matter.
When a young and optimistic Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) is diagnosed with a life changing disease, his perception of time begins to change. Can the clock be rewound? How far back can we go to decipher the history of time? With a life expectancy of 2 years, could a proposed theory be in the making? Redmayne stars in the 2014 major motion film, his remarkable performance winning a variety of BAFTA awards, including a Golden Globe award for best actor.
Before the dreadful diagnosis, Hawkings had adapted to University life at Cambridge quickly, falling at his feet to his loving future wife Jane (Felicity Jones). She is compassionate and fully committed to his needs, where she believes his potential in discovering the unknown is far too profound to simply throw away. Their love in the biopic is as real as the events that happened in real life – a very raw and emotional aspect within the film. The motion picture was thoroughly enjoyable to watch, both in the educational and emotional sense with the elements of love, despair and hope.
“There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. However bad life may seem, where there is life, there is hope.” – Stephen Hawking
Eddie Redmayne is an outstanding actor. Working his way up the career ladder from a part-time model to a full-time actor, starring in classics such as Les Miserables and more recently, a star role in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is surely commendable. Apart from the noticeable resemblance to a younger Hawkings, Redmayne’s portraying is beautifully immaculate in terms of provoking real emotion. There is no doubt that Redmayne was chosen to star due to his acting excellence. As a person who has seen a selection of his previous films, I was not surprised by the sheer quality of his performance in The Theory of Everything.
Occasionally witty but definitely a film to tug at your heart strings, The Theory of Everything tells the story of a man who thought he had lost his way, only to embark on a voyage of both personal and scientific discovery that would soon change the world. One of Hawking’s novels, “A Brief History of Time” had sold over 100 million copies within two decades, and had inspired a multitude of people from around the world. With the film being based on the life of Hawkings himself, a certain question may rise; what did he think of the portrayal? Hawkings in fact praised the biopic greatly, essentially giving Redmanye a pat on the back. “At times, I thought he was me.” He had said. Hawkings had also added that the opportunity to have such a film made had enabled him to reflect on his life. “Although I am severely disabled, I have been successful in my scientific work.” He said. “I travel widely and have been to Antarctica and Easter Island, down in a submarine and up on a zero-gravity flight.” Hawking had proudly said, finishing: “One day, I hope to go to space.”
The Theory of Everything is available to watch on Netflix, and Stephen Hawking’s books can be purchased both online and in bookstores.
Netflix’s captivating 8-episode sci-fi drama Stranger Things has announced its official Season 2 release date to air in July of this year. It has been ranked as the 3rd most watched TV show on its streaming platform.
Inspired by an era where science fiction conspiracies were alive, the show is indicative of both past and modern extra-terrestrial tales. Set in 1983, the story follows the desperation of single mother Joyce (Wiona Ryder) as she tries to uncover the truth about her abducted son Will. (Noah Schnapp). With a cast full of both new and familiar faces, the TV show gained mass popularity, winning various awards. Packed with suspense, mystery, and the unexpected, Stranger Things will soon become your favourite TV show to binge-watch.
The show had produced a massive fan-base upon its first episode, leaving people eager for more alien goodness. A far cry from cult classic films such as Predator and Alien, it’s episodes are truly both mind boggling and entertaining. The Stranger Things Stars have promised a “bigger, darker season 2” – rumours around the possible storylines have been speculated by fans in anticipation of the show’s return. “Season 2 is bigger and potentially darker in its stakes.” Says director and executive producer Shawn Levy. “The threat, which in Season 1 was to Will Bryers, has grown. That’s all I’m going to say!” Producers have infact released episode titles, only further teasing its fans. “The Lost Brother” titled episode has been brought to fan’s attention in particular, theories sprouting on what it may signify. Who is the Lost Brother? Is this a connection to Eleven’s past or is it something more sinister?
Rick Yancy’s hugely popular science fiction novel The 5th Wave is the first instalment in The 5th Wave trilogy which was later adapted into a major motion picture in 2014. Yancy perfectly captures the essence of vulnerability and the importance of survival in The 5th Wave as 16 year-old Cassie Sullivan is separated from her younger brother Sammy during an apocalyptic alien attack. Cassie is on a mission to relocate her brother, and will stop at nothing to be reunited with her only surviving family member who was taken from “The Others.”
“All my books start with an concept and an image of a character in a situation. Something is happening, or something is about to happen. I then mould, twist and explore the character.” Yancy says. The inspiration from the novel came from his own childhood experience of feeling ‘trapped’ and alone like Cassie in the world. “Like Cassie, I did definitely encounter those feelings.” He says.
Rick Yancey, author of The 5th Wave series.
The title, The 5th Wave, is in reference to the gradually worsening waves of destruction caused by what the aliens are describes as “The Others”. Identical to humans, The Others are intelligent beings capable of mass destruction and homicide. Their goal is simple and incredibly clever: train the survivors to kill the survivors, obliterate the human race, and obtain planet Earth. “First electricity. Next natural disasters. The 3rd wave: 3 billion dead. The 4th: double that. The 5th? Nobody knows. But it’s coming.” Not knowing who the enemy is or knowing where to go, Cassie is faced with the reality of her new life; run and die or run and survive. And when she is rescued from a near death experience by mysterious farm boy Evan Walker, it seems all hope may not be lost. The novel, consisting of 500 pages and 91 shortened chapters, features various first person viewpoints in which the story links and is unfolded brilliantly. An array of interesting characters is what makes this novel so enticing. Though the viewpoints may be at first somewhat muddled, there is an element of surprise and suspense with every turn of a page. It is a story of trust, love, and most importantly, human connection. The 5th Wave has been compared to popular franchises such as The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner due to its similarities in reference to genre and themes. The stereotype of most sci-fi novels are spaceships, green goggled eyed aliens, and the panic of human civilization after their extra-terrestrial visitors are heard shouting ‘We come in peace!’. What makes the 5th Wave so unique is the unpredictability of the enemy at hand. Yancey induces the feeling of uncertainty onto readers and leaves them buried nose deep into the book, unable to put it down. Yancy had no second thoughts on choosing a female lead protagonist for the series. “I hope it doesn’t effect the readership. As a writer, I always strive for authenticity of a voice, regardless if it’s a male or female character.” He said. Cassie Sullivan is an interesting and likeable character. She is portrayed as the typical American high schooler, her biggest fear being rejected by heartthrob Ben Parish, who later proves himself to be an unlikely hero and respected solider. Yancy depicts Cassie’s personality in many ways. She is fearless, independent, however her weakest points in the novel are clearly shown. Losing her parents and being separated from her brother results in her hating the world, yet a strong desire to kill the enemy and avenge her family is prevalent within her actions and character development. A drastic change in personality is also seen in Ben Parish. New experiences and new feelings contribute to Ben’s development, leaving readers, and certainty myself feeling satisfied with his changed attitude in comparison to his previous easy-going high schooler life. The protagonist, Evan Walker, is also a character in which we see a change. He is calm, accustomed to change, a survivor. However, there is more to him than what meets the eye. Minor likeable characters in the novel such as ‘Ringer’, ‘Dumbo’, ‘Oompa’ and ‘Teacup, are representative of the vulnerability and manipulation of the targeted young generation, who later successfully overcome The Other’s lethal tactics. While romance was a reoccurring theme in the novel, it is clear that Yancey intended the sci-fi/post-apocalyptic elements to dominate the romance aspect in the novel. Though the feature length film was impressive in terms of CGI scenes, the overall theme seemed to be centred around the romance between Evan and Cassie; a disappointment in my view. The 2014 feature film, directed by J Blakeson, had introduced new faces Chloe Grace Moretz (Cassie) and Nick Robinson (Ben) into the Hollywood scene. Through a fan’s perspective, the characters were not shown as reaching their full potential within the film, and were merely a truthful representation of their true personalities. Blakeson had seemed to discard the idea of showing character progression into their changed and better selves. It also seemed as though there was not as much emotion within the storyline as one would have anticipated through judgement of what was read in the novel. More focus on the character development and devotion to its central meaning may have saved the film a few less bad reviews, and a bigger fan base for Yancy’s works. With two more films left in the trilogy, it is hoped that filmmakers may use this time and opportunity to master the accuracy of the novel’s content while keeping the CGI action at a quality that is both respectable and fair.