Friday, 26 April 2013

Kendal's Column: Lifescouts #4

Karaoke
At the end of my last year at primary school we had a leavers party and there was karaoke there.
Now, I am the kind of person who lets themself get  peer pressured into doing silly things* they'd really rather not.
Like karaoke.
It didn't go terribly but NEVER AGAIN.



Go To A Concert
I have been to 2 concerts in my life.
the first one was Kelly Clarkson in October last year and she was amazing and I would recommend going to see her to anyone. It was at the MEN and we managed to get really good seats. She opened with My Life Would Suck Without You at the end of which, my friend caught the guitar pick and closed with What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger).
My second concert was Imagine Dragons about 3 weeks ago, it was standing only but it was truly amazing. I knew the event had sold out but I never expected that many people to show up and to know all the words to all the songs.We managed to get right to the front on the right so we could see really well AND Dan Reynolds touched my hand *internally screaming*.
These were two of the best nights of my life.
p.s I heard danny broke his hand hitting a drum (I think that's what it was), GET WELL SOON.

Perform On Stage
Despite the fact that I am not the most outgoing person on earth I have performed on stage quite a few times.
I joined a drama group at the start of year 7 to stay connected to a close friend and the group puts on a summer show every year.
I have been the Lion in the wizard of Oz and Eliza Doolittle in Olivia! so far and this summer I am set to be a murderous cook in a sherlock holmes sketch.





Happy Friday!
@Team_Haymitch
Kendal
xx

*silly things being karaoke not drugs or underage drinking both of which I do not want to do. EVER.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Kendal's Column: Prejudice against the internet?

We have all heard the horror stories of the internet- meeting people who turn out to be peodophiles, leaked photos, personal information spread, fraud and viruses to name just a handful of the dangers that ARE out there.
However, the internet is, the majority of the time, a great place to be. As long as you are careful, there is no reason why you can't make friends online as it is a great way to find people who are into the same things that you like.
Over recent days, and in other cases in the past, the internet has proven it can be more than 'a good thing'. It has proven itself to be a lifesaving thing.

The Boston Marathon.
Two bombs are set off at the finish line.
Camera's everywhere. The news broadcasts it. People talk.
When the bombs set off in Boston I was scrolling along my twitter feed and straight after the first tweet about it an AVALANCHE of tweets about staying safe, where not to go, how to try and locate people advice from police, how to donate blood and advice from officials followed. The hashtag #PrayForBoston became Worldwide #1 topic in minutes as the news spread. The fact that so many people have twitter and so many people were tweeting about it probably means that multiple families were reunited with runners faster, urgently needed blood donations were received probably meaning lives saved.
We will never know if anyone else may have died if there hadn't been such a quick response from everybody- from the police to the internet.

I don't understand how some people can say [all] people on the internet are conniving, scheming people living in a basement. NOT EVERYONE IS EVIL. There is no reason to hate anyone/anything if you haven't experienced anything bad. The news picks out the worst of the world. People on the internet are normal and care for each other as well as what is going on around them. I have met some of the most amazing people on social networks. Make sure you have the whole story before you generalize.

The Boston marathon was a huge tragedy and the investigation has found 2 suspects, to my knowledge, so far. I sincerely wish and hope that the people that caused so much pain are brought a swift justice for the families of those who have lost.

This Post has been a bit scattered but i wanted to talk about a few things so incase you missed any
the boston marathon-  I know it sounds cliche, but my heart is with you.
generalization that the internet is a negative thing
the internet helps and can spread news faster than other media.
I am not denying that it has its hiccups but ,when it comes down to it, the internet helps people.

Happy Friday!
@Team_Haymitch
Kendal
xx

Friday, 12 April 2013

Kendal's Column: Stupid things people say #6

@Bookfangirling did this segment a while ago but, whilst sat in a cafe with my dad today, I overheard a group of people talking. The topics within the conversation all began with 'young people today' and were laced with the tuttings of disapproval.

Picture it...
Me and my dad have just sat down and I'm just about to start eating my sandwich when one of the ladies in the group sat on the next table says 'young people today don't know how to write with all this *taps on the table as if typing*'
These were the first two interpretations of what she said that came to me

  1. she means young people today are physically incapable of picking up a pen 
  2. she means young people today have no grammar skills and so don't know how to write correctly
Either one of these interpretations is grossly inaccurate as every single child in the UK receives some form of education which a) teaches them how to write letters and b) teaches them how to form words, sentences and paragraphs correctly with correct punctuation and grammar.
I can understand that some people may not have fantastic grammar skills but that is no reason to generalise and say that young people in general have horrifically bad writing skills.
Moreover, everyone makes mistakes and everyone needs to learn how to use more complex punctuation which can take time so you shouldn't judge a persons writing ability whilst they're still in mandatory education.
I could also ,possibly, register her comment as hypocritical as i highly doubt she has never made a mistake whilst writing, whether it be punctual or grammatical

The argument that I think she would have made is 'text talk' which I understand however, I don't see it used much anymore and even if it was I (and I what I hope is the majority) know not to put in a piece of writing  about Romeo and Juliet 'OMG U WULDNT BELIEV!!1!! U NO HOW ROMEO SED HE LUV ROSALINE, I KID U NOT HE SED 2 JULIET I LUV U AT DA CAPULET PARTI <3333' instead of 'Romeo, unbelievably, declared his affection for Juliet at the Capulet ball. This would shock the audience as he previously lead us to believe that he had an unrequited yet everlasting love for Rosaline that left him unable to love another... ' for example. 

The only other interpretation that I can think of for the comment the woman is talking about is that she is talking about the neatness of handwriting. If this is the case then I wonder if she is aware that under most exam boards handwriting is taken into account and that there is a rise in handwritten university/college/job applications so if an individuals handwriting isn't legible they could lose out on marks in an exam, a job or even a placement at university.
If this lady wants to argue that typing is less useful than handwriting i'm not going to disagree nor agree as both are equally important as companies and universities often require both computer skills and good handwriting to excel.

As the conversation progressed I picked up snippets of this groups other observations of 'young people today' and I just...

I wasn't intentionally listening in but ,when you are in a cafe that's empty apart from you, your dad and a group of people who are talking quite loudly about what they think of your own age group, it's hard not to listen.

Please don't generalise.

Happy Friday!
@Team_Haymitch
Kendal
xx

P's. I am aware of the irony that this is typed and that it probably has several grammatical errors that I haven't noticed

Friday, 5 April 2013

Kendal's Column: Music news.

I'm centering this post around music (but i'm not just going to list a load of videos) because for a the last two weeks the music industry has kind of exploded with news
  1. MCR have split.
  2. 'Teenagers' was the first song i ever placed on my ipod and it's still there. I salute you.
  3. Fall Out Boy is off hiatus
  4. 'Paramore' album out 8th April
  5. Imagine dragons 'night visions' released in uk (THEY'RE IN THE UK TOURING NOW)
  6. Demi Lovato has a new single 'Heart Attack'(video premieres 9th april) and a new album 'DEMI' out 14th May (available for preorder worldwide on the 9th)
  7. Selena Gomez has a new single 'come and get it' out 8th April.
also, MTV MOVIE AWARDS- CATCHING FIRE TRAILER

(Ok, I'm coming clean...my easter book challenge has me hooked and I can't stop reading (help me) so this post is horrifically short but i'm going to post youtube video's below that I love and then we can be friends again)


Happy Friday!
@Team_Haymitch
Kendal





Monday, 1 April 2013

April Fools! The Phandom Takeover 2013

Today was a great day in terms of people who are fans of Dan and Phil and youtubers alike - Twitter had a Phandom Takeover on a global scale!

This April Fool's prank began at around 11 o'clock last night and carried on until 12 o'clock today.

A few things happened, which in my eyes made the whole thing better:
  1. Phil changed his name and Twitter icon to Dan
  2. Emma Blackery changed her profile
  3. Luke Cutforth also joined the team
  4. Chris Kendal blocked everyone who was taking part and now can't unblock them
Things that weren't so great:
  1. Dan didn't join in!
  2. Everyone was scared for their life - they didn't want Chris blocking them!
  3. Justin Bieber fans tried to make their own version and perhaps outnumbered us
  4. Emma Blackery received a lot of hate messages for joining in - poor Emma!
Overall, it was an amazingly hilarious experience and I was glad to be a part of it on my phandom account. Yes - I also have a phandom account. Creeper alert!

There weren't just Dan and Phil clones, though. Here are some people who followed me who had profiles that were particularly funny:

Obama

Nick Clegg

Dean Winchester

Postman Pat

Mr Blobby

I will leave you with some screenshots of the crazy day!

The Book Critic x
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