This fortnight is Fairtrade fortnight. Fairtrade is an important charity that helps support the lives of the communities and farmers providing us with much loved produce such as chocolate, bananas and coffee.
I decided to volunteer at my local discovery centre to help out with their massive Fairtrade event. I was given a stall where I provided an activity for the public to get involved in. I helped out at a stall all about Peru and Chile. I got the public to take part in a match the flag game to win a Fairtrade tote bag. It was awkward at the beginning of the day as I only knew 2 out of the 10 but know I know all the flags for South Africa, India, Columbia, Peru, Chile, Madagascar, Pakistan, Palestine, Ghana and the Dominican Republic. I am proud of that as previously I didn't know many flags at all.
At the event there was live performances from my area's samba band and a Columbian Farmer came to the event to give a talk. Julio, the banana farmer, didn't speak English so he had a translator to translate his Spanish. It was enjoyable and interesting talk. I liked being able to test my Spanish from GCSE Spanish which I haven't done since June last year. Julio was very enthusiastic about Fairtrade and was very grateful at how the charity has helped to improve his and his family's lives. I asked him whether he enjoyed bananas and he does. In Columbia they like to eat them raw, fried or cooked.
It was a great atmosphere and a lovely day. I enjoyed the experience of helping out with a public event. I also ate too much chocolate throughout the day and can confirm that Fairtrade chocolate is lovely and worth buying. It was my first time volunteering and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would love to help out at an event like it again. It has also opened my eyes to the world of Fairtrade so from now on I will try and buy Fairtrade where I can.
To learn more about Fairtrade visit http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/
I've really been into horror films recently (which I'm sure is obvious considering I've reviewed a few horror films) and saw this one advertised a while ago. It looked so scary and jumpy so I was really looking forward to it.
I wasted 1 hour and 30 minutes watching this film. It was pants! It did have a few jumps but the constant fighting between characters and their high pitched arguing was so irritating. They were clearly playing into the ghosts hands despite the main character even telling her boyfriend that that is what the ghost wanted them to do. Are they stupid?? Also I came to watch a film not read. Much of the plot was shown through online messages. If I had wanted to read I would have picked up a book. Both things were very annoying and made it hard to watch. I did watch it until the end however, just to see how it would end.
The ending was a disappointment. Now I know that all things can't end happily or resolved but what is the point when everyone dies. I mean everyone. It was such an anti-climax.
I would not recommend this film to anyone unless they want to watch a movie where the basic summary is they all die!
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I LOVE this book. There, I've said it. This book is fantastic!
I have read all of the Mortal Instruments series, so I am already in love with the Shadowhunter world. This book only added to that love.
I love that this series is set in England. It's nice to see the Shadowhunters in my country. The narrative from Tessa is great. It allows a magnificent incite into her brain as she copes with all the new surroundings, information and Shadowhunter way of life which is completely different from the Mundane world in the 19th century.
I was so happy that Magnus played a more prominent role in this book as he is my favourite character from The Mortal Instruments series. But, my heart went out to Will once the truth about his past was revealed. The constant battle against Mortmain however is frustrating and creates a tonne of sympathy for the characters as the problems don't ever seem to end. Hopefully all will be resolved in the final book.
Despite this, there were many unexpected events like the engagement of one couple (who I won't name due to spoilers) which was a lovely surprise.
The arrival of a certain character at the end (the cliff-hanger) was shocking and left me wanting to read more. Luckily as I own the series I have been able to start the next book straight away.
I have watched the original Poltergeist so I was hoping this wasn't going to be a pointless, rubbish remake. Luckily, it wasn't. It was an amazing remake.
The cast were fabulous- they perfectly displayed their characters' personality and role in the story line without being cheesy at all. I enjoyed the added element of being able to see inside the other dimension where the poltergeists are, using modern technology. It added a new depth to the movie that the original didn't have. Also, the CGI effects were fantastic. The spirits looked amazingly scary.
The plot was almost exactly the same as the original which meant the new twists were 100% unexpected thus making the film a good remake where you didn't already know everything that was going to happen. The ending was good, it made me chuckle which was good as previous scenes made me think a happy ending was going to be unlikely. Overall this was a fantastic film, I would highly recommend it.
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I was super excited for this film. The trailer made it seem like a great horror movie that was going to be a twist on the fairy-tale Hansel and Gretel. It wasn't.
It was an awful film, probably one of the worst films I've ever seen. Although the two young actors were very good, the plot was pants. It was silly, odd and lacking it horror. The movie started off with tonnes of potential but it was wasted. It had a few minor jumps but nothing too scary like the trailer suggested, instead they were so predictable they had no effect.
In the trailer the grandma is shown making her granddaughter climb into an oven. This gave me the hope it was going to be fast paced however having seen the movie this scene was pointless other than to show the audience the grandmother was odd. It didn't give me as the viewer that fear for the character that is usually created in a good horror film.
I watched the film until the end but even that was a disappointment. It was gross and boring. To be honest, I was glad when it finally ended. The film makers could have done so much more with this movie. I would not recommend it to anyone.
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I will admit it. I hate football. I don't understand the game or why the players earn so much. However on the 30th January, I went to my first ever professional football match.
I volunteered to go as my dad had a spare ticket. I thought it would be good experience and nice to spend time with my dad. I'm honestly not sure what I expected.
The pitch looked smaller in real life than on the TV screen which I thought was odd, though that could have just been down to where I was sitting. I didn't understand most of the rules but it was easy to see that the opposition dived a few times. It was shocking to see how many times the players headed the ball in the match. I had always thought headers didn't happen often. It was a good match and I surprised myself by not hating it. I quite enjoyed it and even found myself getting annoyed when the opposition took possession of the ball. It was a shame we didn't win but I did get to see our team score a goal.
Overall it was an amazing atmosphere. It was very busy and loud due to the amount of fans there. I enjoyed the chants; many of which made me laugh. I still don't understand why football players get paid so much but somethings will never change.
I enjoyed the experience and you never know, I might go again one day.
As part of my English A level I have to study the play The History Boys by Alan Bennett. I didn't have high hopes as I didn't enjoy any of the previous plays I've had to read for school in the past. But for a required read, it was really good.
The plot was enjoyable and had many shocking revelations that perhaps weren't quite as shocking as they could have been due to the hints throughout the play. It was a hilarious play; my favourite scene was the French scene in Act 1. Luckily, my teacher translated it for the class which made it easier to understand as I don't speak French. The boys pretend to be working in/visiting a brothel which was so funny. The play also produces some sympathy in unexpected places and shows what life was life at school during the 1980's.
I will have to read the play again for my course but for once, it won't be reluctantly.
I watched the film version of the play. I expected it to be better as it was performed rather than read. However, I was disappointed. It wasn't awful, far from it, but it was not as good as the text. There were extra scenes in the film that weren't in the play. I felt they were unnecessary and did nothing except make the film too long. The actors were amazing as they portrayed the characters really well. Overall it was a good movie but not the most accurate of adaptations.
I would recommend the play, whether you want to read it or watch it. It is definitely not a stereotypically boring required read.
I haven't read any horror books since Point Horror as a child. This resulted in high expectations for Say Her Name by Juno Dawson. And boy! I was not disappointed.
The plot was fantastic; full of twists, turns and plenty of frights. The ending was certainly not what I was expecting but was amazing none the less.
As for characters, they are so well developed. Bobbie is so likable in the fact she tried so hard to blend in and go with the flow but inadvertently got herself in a terrifying mess. I was cheering her on the entire book, hoping it would all work out. Naya is shown to be an amazing friend to Bobbie despite egging her on the complete the dare. And for Caine, there is not much I can say except- can he be real? I feel Juno Dawson just created every young girls perfect boy in just one book. A pure magician.
It was a superb telling of the well known urban legend Bloody Mary. But one thing is for sure, I won't be looking in any mirrors at midnight anytime soon.
This year I turn 18; I finally become an adult. I have decided to make the most of my time left as a child so I have set myself different challenges of 18 things to do before I turn 18. I will document all the things I do in this blog so in the future I can look back at everything I've done.
I have wanted to blog for a while now so have decided this is the perfect opportunity to turn thought into reality.
I have currently set 5 challenges of things to do before I turn 18.
I want to:
Hi, I'm Megan. I'm a 17 year old from England. This year I have decided to do something different so have set myself challenges of 18 things to do before I turn 18.
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