Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Social Failings

In the new age where phones and computers rule the roost, there seem to be a few social failings in society and in whatever community we are in, whether it be school or the workplace. But what are the social failings associated with the internet and media in general.

Well first of all we create a divide between friends, the digital era has led people to completely ignore each other, instead they just finish the level on angry birds or text their mates. This unsociable nature caused by technology reverberates throughout cities across the world, the mentality that it is better to text than to speak seems to be becoming prevalent. We are losing the idea about what we are on earth for. 

We need to realise there are some things that a mobile phone can't sort out and indeed there are some things that are more important than getting a higher score on doodle jump.

Interaction is an important part of growing up and finding friends  and believe it or not some friends may not be made on the internet, but the ones who you can approach with any problem are the friends you need.

As Muhammad Ali once said "Friendship... is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything".

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Terry not guilty

John Terry has been cleared of all charges after an accusation was thrown by Anton Ferdinand. John Terry denied all charges that he had racially abused Ferdinand at Loftus road. However it was obvious that Terry would do that. Any lawyer would recognise that this kind of thing is hard to prove. In a way this shows a flaw in the justice system or rather a point where a stalemate occurs. It was Ferdinand's word against Terry's and it seems that the phrase 'innocent until proven guilty' shines through again.

It seems that Terry's main defence was that he did say it however it was in response to something he thought he heard Ferdinand say. The FA will continue an investigation so Terry must be weary, this shows a sign that the FA have major intent in cutting out racism.

The magistrate Howard Riddle said he had 'heard plenty of evidence to suggest Mr Terry was not racist' however it seems that it might hasve been more to do with the fact that he didn't hear enough convincing evidence.

Here is the accusations and evidence:

On the pitch

The game took place at QPR's Loftus Road ground in London on 23 October 2011.

Chelsea were down to nine men in the game, and Mr Ferdinand and Mr Terry began trading insults over a penalty claim, the court heard.

The QPR defender said he was angry at Mr Terry trying to get a penalty and "he barged me in the back for no reason".

Mr Ferdinand told the court Mr Terry insulted him with sexual swear words and made a gesture as if to say his breath smelled.

"I was very angry and I was upset”
John Terry
Mr Ferdinand said he asked how Mr Terry could say that, because "you shagged your team-mate's missus" and he then swore back at the Chelsea player.

This was a reference to Mr Terry's alleged affair with Wayne Bridge's ex-girlfriend, Vanessa Perroncel.

The court heard that Mr Ferdinand then jogged down the pitch, while making a fist gesture, intended for Mr Terry, to imply sex.

It also heard that Mr Terry has accepted how, when both players were around the half-way line of the pitch, he used the words "f***ing black c**t".

But the court also heard that Mr Terry maintains he was only sarcastically repeating what Mr Ferdinand incorrectly thought he had said.

During Mr Terry's testimony in Westminster Magistrates Court, he said that as the pair traded insults, he heard Mr Ferdinand using this racist phrase.

Mr Terry told the court he thought Mr Ferdinand was accusing him of using the phrase.

"I was very angry and I was upset. I replied 'a black c***, you f***ing kn**head'".

After the match

After the match, Mr Ferdinand told the court, Chelsea defender Ashley Cole told him: "You can't talk to JT [John Terry] like that."

George Carter-Stephenson QC, defending Mr Terry, gave the court further details about the exchange between Mr Cole and Mr Ferdinand.

This included Mr Cole asking Mr Ferdinand: "Did you think JT called you a black c***? You know he isn't like that."

"It's handbags, innit - it's what happens on the pitch”
Anton Ferdinand

Immediately after the match, Mr Ferdinand did not think that Mr Terry had used racist words, the court heard.

Later, Mr Terry asked a steward to get Mr Ferdinand from the QPR dressing room.

"Mr Terry said, 'Do you think I racially abused you?'. I was like, 'No'," Mr Ferdinand told the court.

"I said 'No, that never came out of my mouth'. Then Ashley Cole popped his head round and said: 'Yeah, didn't you say that to me?' I said: 'I didn't say that at all'."

Mr Ferdinand told the court: "It's handbags, innit - it's what happens on the pitch," and said he shook hands with Mr Terry.

Video footage

Later still after the match, Mr Ferdinand's then-girlfriend showed him a clip of the exchange with Mr Terry, which was posted on YouTube. It was then that he believed Mr Terry had used a racist term.

Mr Ferdinand told the court that if he had realised this at the time he would have told officials.

He said: "I would have been obviously very hurt and I probably wouldn't have reacted at the time because, being a professional, you can't do that. I probably would have let the officials know what happened and dealt with it after the game.

"When someone brings your colour into it, it takes it to another level and it's very hurtful."

Terry's statement

Mr Terry made a statement to police last November, in which he said he was offended by the accusation that he had used racist language.

He said his words to Mr Ferdinand were meant to make it clear that he had not used a racist insult.

The statement read: "Whilst footballers are used to industrial language, using racist terms is completely unacceptable whatever [the] situation.

"I was completely taken aback by this remark as I have never been accused of something like that and I did not take his remark lightly at all, and took strong offence to his suggestion."

Saturday, 16 June 2012

British weather

The subject of uproar, controversy and outrage in Britain....

no not the fact that England are only able to beat Sweden with the greatest hardship

no not the fact that Bob the builder is supposedly more well known than David Cameron

and no not the fact that music In Britain is deteriorating into scrambled nothingness

It is of course British Weather.

This is how it can deteriorate


let's just let her explain

British weather rule:

Barbecue's should not be planned ahead.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

The Library

The Walker Library is a warm and welcoming place for me in my school and also my academic life. The extensive collection of books, journals and magazines. I absolutely love it
Over 85% of the resources are available for loan.

Also, the library provides:
A reference section

  • A space for private study

    • Access to software, intranet, internet, online resources.

    • Wireless network for laptop computers

    • 7 daily newspapers and 60 periodicals

    • Printouts of resources currently in stock

    • Collection of DVDs and CDs

    • Access to British Library for out of print materials and photocopies for research

    • Class use for library lessons and project work based on library materials

    • Photocopying facilities.

    I need my library.

    As well as providing shelter from everyday life it gives me books and references that can help me enormously with my academic life.


    • I would have more e-books because they are easier to read and also more practical.
    • I would have greater research facilities in reference to the British Library
    • Greater comfy seats for students and also tighter rules on speaking in the library
    • The library is a haven so we should keep it so and keep it quiet.
    • Book of the week might be a nice addition.
    • Also possibly reccomendations by students and teachers.

    • Room design: I would make the library more interesting, possibly more pictures and a more vibrant colour scheme. 

    • Prevent clutter on tables.

    • Improve the welcome area. The library is hard to get into 

    Saturday, 2 June 2012

    The voice

    And the winner of the voice is

    Jessie J song with video



    wait what


    You are fired


    Saturday, 26 May 2012

    The Eurovision Song Contest

    Wasting people's time since 1956.

    Making Britain seem like idiots since 1956

    Showing off Europe's fine culture since 1956

    You been watching it...

    ...if so take a long look at yourself in the mirror and don't watch next year

    Saturday, 12 May 2012


    Evernote is a piece of software and services designed for making notes and remembering things and archiving. (Remebering things through your computer or smartphone).

    I used it for making notes on our English book 'Brighton Rock'

      A "note" can be a piece of text..., a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten "ink" note. (I found this particularly interesting!). Notes can also have file attachments. Notes can be sorted into folders, then tagged, annotated, edited, given comments, searched and exported as part of a notebook. In my opinion it is very clever but I don't know when I would use it.