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Ring of Fire
Work experience is a wonderful opportunity for young people to understand how the wider working world works. It enables us to familiarise ourselves with our intended career path and, through trial and error, see what works for us and what doesn’t. Work experience is, ultimately, a valuable asset to any teenager’s life.
Invisible No Longer
In the 1800’s, when New Zealand was colonised, the ancient and sacred female tattooing practice of moko kauae began to fade away. Its very existence was placed under threat alongside the spiritual culture and identity of Māori. Yet, what was initially thought to be lost by the devastating impact of colonisation, has now begun to blossom once again; meaning that a whole new generation of Māori women can wear their identity with pride.
We Put In What We Take Out
There are fewer places on earth that calm, nurture and inspire the human spirit more than the ocean. The rhythmic beats of the rolling waves as they sweep across the sand; the faint cooling breeze as it brushes your face washed with a summer sunset. The ocean is our greatest source of life, comfort and fun; it centres the mind, and like all great partnerships we take out what we put in. There are few photographs which remind me of that notion than the one above – and the irony is, it wasn’t planned.
Take a Deep Breath
It can be overpowering sometimes – the constant tormented loop of anxiety. When it feels like it never stops spinning, instead growing faster and faster until the outside world becomes a composition of blended colours and shapes blurred into obscurity. To be anxious has for far too long be deemed unnatural. And if you are, you’re weak, unbalanced, unable to cope – a disastrous construct of a millennial world who needs to buckle up and “get on with it.”
There was universal shock at the news that HRH The Prince of Wales had tested positive for Coronavirus, forcing the Heir Apparent into self-isolation. With the diagnosis came the stark reality that both the Queen and her Heir were unable to physically lead the country through the greatest pandemic its ever faced. And whilst Her Majesty is scheduled to record an address to the Nation – only the fourth time in her long reign – her founding sentiments of duty and leadership must now skip a generation, landing on the shoulders of her grandson and second-in-line to the Throne, Prince William.
Wolves of the Sea
It is amazing what you can remember as a child. Whether it be the first time you watched your favourite movie or heard your favourite song. What is even more amazing, is how innocent the memory seemed. You never paid attention to what was happening in the movie, or what the lyrics said, you innocently enjoyed the moment.
Does a song need lyrics, a melodic symphony of words poetically entwined together to invoke a stir of the emotions? I always thought so. Without the librettos, a song was ‘boring’, without flavour or feeling. It wasn’t cool. For far too long I navigated the music world with this outlook – until the dramatic, emotive and encapsulating sounds of Hans Zimmer punctured what musical ignorance I had left.
Even towards the end she was mocked. A valentine’s day card depicting Caroline Flack in a heart with the caption: ‘I’ll f****** lamp you’, was plastered across social media and certain tabloid outlets. It was a reference to the impending court case surrounding an alleged physical altercation between the Love Island presenter and her boyfriend, Lewis Burton.
The Templars of Whitkirk
There were signs all around me. They had been there silently, muted by the modern world which had grown and evolved around them. Simple crosses embellished on stone tiles, built into the quaint exteriors of the cottages which had stood for centuries. An old manor house which garnered no attention as you drove on by. A medieval church – one which I had seen its tower rise high behind the rows of modern houses for 28 years – yet never fully taken notice of. And finally, a majestic Tudor mansion whose presence had dominated the landscape for hundreds of years. This village of Whitkirk, which I had always called home, that I had always arrogantly deemed mundane, was anything but.
“Mamba out.” With two words, arguably one of the greatest basketball players in history left the court of the Staples Centre for the final time. After twenty loyal years playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant set the bar for athletes to not only reach, but to aspire to. He was the king of the court as well as its greatest promoter. Hardworking, ambitious, passionate and driven – he had the ingredients of a champion. But like all those who step out from the status quo, Kobe had something else.
1917 - THE GREATEST WAR MOVIE EVER MADE?
Saving Private Ryan, Battle Of Britain, Dunkirk; there have been numerous war films throughout the years which have told the story of selfless bravery and strength endured by the men who fought in conflict. Each one has brought something new to the structure of war films. Who could forget Stephen Spielberg’s breath-taking opening to Saving Private Ryan? Or the heart-stopping score of Hans Zimmer in Dunkirk? Was it ever possible that a film could come along and achieve the impossible and become the greatest war film of all time?