Creative writing/ Trigg Beach

I intend to write a descriptive piece of writing about Trigg Beach Australia. I intend to add figurative language.

It is summer. Early Sunday morning rays ricochet off the Indian ocean surface, flickering stars not in their usual place. A black rubber cloak drapes around my waist, stabbed in the sand, my patched up board stands. Fixed in place, I’m immovable. At the moment, Albert Einstein’s theory seems to almost be true. The tick of a second lasts almost a minute. My eyes dart across the horizon, sponging up every detail of where blue and blue meet. “Tick”, and what seemed an eternity ago is gone a fleeting memory as i duck-dive wave after wave, Whano whano, as I battle the sea. The body of Tangaroa, with great power tries but to no avail, pushing me back. Past the break, I sit chest out chin up, with the salty sea lapping at my waist. “Patterns” “Patterns” “Patterns”, the visual cortex complex as it is works tirelessly to recognize the best swell before it presents itself, to what is now an numerous audience eagerly waiting.

e hoa mā, ina te ora o te tangata, ne!

“My friend this is the essence of life.”

My ride back is fast approaching, muscles flex pulling the board through the currents, darkness looms, the sun backs down to this monstrosity. “Faster, faster.” With what ever energy left, I channel it into driving the board down. I pop up absorbing the roller coaster feeling in the pit of my stomach. I go to turn left, but wanting to eat me up, it blocks my path. Pumping my board, like Kelly Slater, I crouch lower, lower; Just…! making it from it’s clutches, I dare challenge this taniwhā, another day.

The ageing day gradually shuffles along. A sweltering sunny Sahara everywhere but here. The light onshore breeze lowers your core temperature just enough to be bearable. The Australian dream is present on this beachfront. The rolled out red carpet walkway is part of the never-ending landscape. My bright yellow and green neon Penny board is in my hand as I struggle to see through the constantly rising heat rays. I survived the sea, to live another day.

Listen. Morning waves still being tamed by the early surfer, and shops yawning open their doors to welcome in the day. The beachfront is a clock working with such habit, as I roll along, looking for my favorite Times square like billboard. Yelo Cafe if not for the birds and the waves, would be heard before seen. The bustling staff work as ants efficiently running the shop. No need to look around; loud chatter echoes, sharp laughs and lion-like roars come from every corner of this renovated house room, rebounding back to your now slightly sensitive ears. An antique Victorian style door bell notes my presence. Sensational aromas of fresh coffee beans and baking just being put out on display; a sign that I have just entered another realm.

“Dave”

“Meg”

“Samantha”

People stumble up receiving their morning drug, knowing the rest of the crowded room is glaring wishing it could be them, eager to leave.

Even nature seems to lull in a peaceful sabbath rest. “Flynn”, the eco-friendly see-though cup, its contents a swirled mass of ice chocolate delight. “Ding” “Ding”, that world is left behind in a blur of green and yellow. Little by little mankind emerged into life, bringing noise and taking tranquility.

Look. My wrist whispers willingly in a monophonic tone, “10 oclock.” I know I have an hour till Church. Making my return back along this coastal line. My eyes drift left imagining what the rest of this magnificent day will present, gift wrapped with excitement and received with joy.

Maori words:

Whano: is when waves are pushing you back, that action is whano.

The phrase, “e hoa mā, ina te ora o te tangata ne: is a proveb/saying that apprciates what is happening or what has just been received.

Tangaroa: is the god of the sea.

Taniwhā: Monster, spritual being that is out for chaos.

Coach Carter 4th Reading log/fim

The 2005 film Coach Carter is an amazing story of a change. Coach “Ken Carter” is offered the role of basketball coach at Richmond high school. He accepts and turns up to coach boys that won’t even come to school. Throughout the movie each boy learns, and changes. They grow as an athlete and become a student. By signing a contract given to them, stating that they must maintain a 2.3 grade average, turn up to every class and sit at the front of every class, they also earn the idea of a “student athlete, student comes first.”

I first really liked this movie because of my personal enjoyment for basketball, and throughout the film I could connect with a lot of what was happening. Although, this is inspired by a true story, and it tells me of students that fought against their culture to play basketball, study at school, and most of all succeed in their life. At the end of the film they played against the team the viewer first saw them play against, St Francis.  The whole game was tight, until the final buzzer went with the score board showing 70-68, St Francis takes the win. This film didn’t have the storyboard ending like I hoped, but it had a lesson woven into it instead. Turns out that a few of the players went on to college and graduated with degrees and played basketball while attending. This was a movie a really enjoyed because it taught resilience, persistence and most importantly, it taught friendship. Resilience is found when we as person are challenged by great struggles and overcome them. For me I relate to the ending, when they didn’t win the championship. In my basketball years I’ve failed in games and lost countless too. With resilience and persistence I’ve come to practice harder, play harder, and drive to be better. And even through all this, I’ve made friends with people that are so much better than me and less too. In Coach Carter, they worked as a team with each others strengths and weaknesses, and this is what I now strive to do too.

“You said we’re a team. One person struggles, we all struggle. One person triumphs, we all triumph.”

 

Is our planet useful Speech draft

Is our planet useful?

For most of our time on this earth we humans have been driven by wealth and power. With food, an essential need to our survival, it makes sense that the wealthy and the powerful get the say, as they are the one’s who own and profit off it, they control it for their own gain knowing that either way we still need food.

In economics there is a term called the law of demand; so there is demand, where people want something and the quantity, how much is available. Demand(lift hand) and quantity(lift hand). When there is high demand and low quantity, the good that people want is limited, so the price will rise, people will pay more for it, just to get it, they will bid the price up, and vice versa as the economic students will know.

Let us look at China, biggest population in the world, they’re a growing economy right now. Their middle class are getting richer, and are buying more luxury items such as meat, and dairy. A country like China can’t afford to feed its 1.4 billion people due to the space it has. So this is where New Zealand and Australia come in. China is now the world leader in meat consumption mainly because of their massive population. This is great for our economy, dairy is booming and we send meat over there so much you’d wonder where it all actually came from.

So rich countries eat meat, here’s why. It is common for in a farming family that when you shoot an animal and I’m going to stick with cattle, if they shoot a cow out of their herd to put in the freezer it should last them from half a year to a year, because every cow is different, if you look at the fat amount, the muscle size, how much it weighs, and on. So one cow, half a year to a year.  The average is that you get 250lb/ 113.4 kg of beef from one acre of land, but at the same time you can get 50,000lb/22,680 kgs of tomato’s or potato’s, off the same acre. Are we being effective?

Our world population now stands at over 7.3 billion people, and our cattle population is at 1.4 billion. 71% of our earth is covered in water, and of that 29% that is land, 37% is used for cultivation. By 2050 we will be at about 9 billion people, that’s not getting any better for land space and agriculture, because as we grow, we will want to develop the most comfortable land first, but what’s already there, our growing food. Now here’s where it gets interesting, one of the worlds greatest problems right now, worse than climate change, and that the media seem to sweep right under the carpet, is soil degradation. Soil degradation is when artificial pesticides and fertilizers are slowly destroying the life in the soil. The living ecosystem it is contains absolute trillions of microorganisms, and by unleashing all of our controls on nature, it comes back to bite us. We need soil, 95% of our food comes from the ground, and it has a key role in adsorbing carbon and filtering water, why are we messing with our planet. We won’t be able to breath soon let alone eat. Some scientists estimate we only have 60 years left of grow-able soil. From life in the right direction. com I found these facts,

  • “40% of soil used for agriculture around the world is classed as either degraded or seriously degrading”
  • “70% of the topsoil, the layer allowing plants to grow, is gone”

But here I am only talking about land, well what’s left of it. What about the 70% water. Lots of people want to go to organic farming, and look after the land better, but how long will that last us with our population still rising. In the ocean there are numerous amounts of life that we could harvest and feed on. There are a few companies that are investing in farming in the ocean. Through study we have only just started to learn about the life that lives below the waves. From the fish that we already over catch to the seaweed and kelp lots of other cultures have been eating for generations. Wakame is a popular Japanese seaweed salad that few of you might have had before. Last checked only eight asian countries were actually farming seaweed and the total output reached over 24 million tons. From only eight countries… Going to who… and this is one type of seaweed and one species among the thousands that live in the ocean. What if the western diet was completely changed. No genetically enhanced meat and vegetables, no processed products. I’m saying that by investing in our oceans capability we could spread our needs over a greater spectrum and start to utilize our planet with out completely destroying it and us too.  And who knows we could even stop world hunger, too.

 

Is Religion need speech draft

Is religion needed.

necessary, what would the world have been like with out it?

Estimated roughly there are 4200 religions throughout the world.  That means that, again roughly estimated, there are around 320,000,000 gods that people worship and believe in. Is religion needed?

To keep it slightly simple the two examples that I’ll use today are the Bible and the Koran. These two books are globally know texts, they have historic and spiritual value, and to be fair cause a bit controversy. The Bible is linked with Christianity, The word of God. Each piece, yes each piece, as it is made up of many different books, all written by many different Men and Woman. See each piece its believed to be revelation from God about one thing or another.

The Koran on the other hand is an Islamic text. In short to sum up the Koran, Muhammad was visited by an angel in the desert and wrote a whole bunch of new scriptures about what was actually the word of god, and over about 23 years he got revealed more and more stuff, and finally after he died they were all put together into one book. But while claiming that this is the proper valid truth, like most faiths and religions do;…. he had no witnesses. To believe in either of these texts requires faith, believing in what you can’t see. For the Koran you just have to believe that Muhammad was telling the truth like the other 1.8 billion people who do. Or with the Bible believe that Jesus really did rise after being hung on the cross to die. The Bible- Relationship & forgiveness, that is pretty much the simplest, looses way to describe it, and the Koran- Slavery & Guidance,  So remember that. Relationship and forgiveness, Slavery and guidance. One difference, free will.

In this day and age we constantly see problems, in abundance and very much in a way, bigger than they seem. A constant companion, that tells how the world works and reminds us of how insignificant we are in this largely evolving world, social media is a presence we have grown so accustomed too. Yet I know we as a race have always strived to achieve a close perfection in all areas of life that closely concern our choices, beliefs and last but no where least rules. I know that many of you don’t like what’s different, change is different, but you don’t understand it. “Why are they doing that, it’s not right, I understand this and like this, so why is this happening.” See there lies a subtle difference, Choice are influenced, beliefs are built, and rules are made. But they all intertwine in way that you don’t realize. See when your beliefs influence you to make a choice, it could lead you to step forwards in your life or to either side. You learn and grow from that choice, and decide, that your beliefs guiding you, are important… vitalneeded. Then rules, I quote from Google “one of a set of explicit or understood regulations or principles governing conduct or procedure within a particular area of activity.” Easier said as, “control of or dominion over an area or people.” You lay down rules everyday of your life, often unconsciously. Not knowing that there are boundaries being set right inside your own mind. These consist of don’t walk on that side of the street, don’t talk to him, get out of it now… and onward.

With religion you will see negatives and positives. and  Fair enough some negative things have happened in the name of “God” “Allah”, but look at the great things that have happened. People’s lives have been turned around, families reconnected, many other miracles. what would the world be like without religion. Good? Worse? Completely different?

 

 

 

The Intouchables, 2nd Log

“The Intouchables” is a French dramedy film directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano.

Philippe is a very wealthy quadriplegic, who hires an unqualified, uninterested and on the benefit, Driss, to be his caregiver. Philippe and Driss form a relationship based on humor, excitement and adventure. Philippe states that he wants no pity from people, and that is Driss’s mentality, “don’t be lazy, you have to throw some back.” he said as they played in the snow. Through out the film Driss pushes the boundaries of social classes and the discrimination that lies there. He looks for the laugh in Philippe and in all others that he meets, making this film the comedy-drama that viewers will watch again and again.

I really enjoyed watching the Intouchables through the humour that Driss used. His personality is one to break the tension, in this case, when people take pity on Philippe’s condition. Driss would quite often make jokes at the expense of his disability; like don’t be lazy, you’re too slow, etc… This is the main theme in the movie as it is also about breaking the social barriers too. Driss being “Black” and from the street compared to, rich and wealthy hotel owner Phillppe.

The social barriers of France are just as

I would highly recommend this movie, as its a roller coaster of emotions and a full of humor. Everyone can find a place in this story, and the culture with it adds the final touch. When I found out that this was based on a true story too, that hit the spot of relating to the movie. This isn’t just any movie.

The Man Who Planted Trees, 1st reading log

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“The Man Who Planted Trees” is a French novel written by the author Jean Giono. It’s a story about a man on a hike through the hills of “an old region where the Alps penetrate into the Provence,” where he stumbled upon a man who spent his days planting trees. He sorts out one hundred good acorns every day, and plants them while walking his sheep. Slowly through years, the land changes. People and animals return, life is brought back to the area.

Socially, This story brings out the idea of selfless perseverance. Bloufer spends a whole year planting 10,000 trees, to only have them die. Although he had this major disappointment, he ploughed on. This kind of resilience is important, Everyone has experienced hits in life causing you to back down from a goal, dream or even a personal satisfaction. It shows and builds character to stand back up and continue on. For me this story really builds onto some quotes that I try to live by,

“Losers quit when they fail, while Winners fail until they succeed”

“The one who falls and gets up is so much stronger than the one who never fell.”

I would definitely recommend this text as it is an amazing story filled with French culture, old age dreams, and learning and change; such as resilience and hope. The Man Who Planted Trees might tell each and every reader a different story, based on what part they relate to. The short story has managed to talk about travel, war, history and friendships, all in the few pages it is. So I repeat myself again, read this book!

The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini’s novel, “The Kite Runner”, is a 2003 international bestseller, portraying a story of guilt to redemption. This essay will be focusing on three of the many language features that the author uses in his novel; such as narrative P.O.V. (point of view), foreshadowing, and symbolism. Hosseini guides our imagination again with the usage of the Farsi language and cultural references.

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Narrative P.O.V.

Amir was very well off as a child growing up in Kabul, Afghanistan. His father Baba, was one of the richer men in the Wazir Akbar Khan district, of which where they lived. Amir grew up enjoying many of the pleasures a child should, apart from the attention that he constantly craved from his father. Being a rich household they had servants, Ali and his son Hassan. Ali and Hassan are Hazaras, and are looked down upon by other Afghans. Besides that Amir and Hassan were best friends,doing everything together. Amir  Being a servants son, Hassan had a profound respect for Amir as demonstrated numerous times throughout the novel. Amir leads the reader through

paragraph 2

Foreshadowing

 

paragraph 3

Symbolism

Pomegranate tree

kite fightingeing

Baba and the black bear

“Lore has it my father once wrestled a black bear in Baluchistan with his bare hands.” This story

Conclusion

 

 

Significant connections

“A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.”

This essay will be focused on the idea of illusion and how it links to the charters of 4 different texts. the texts consist of: The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald, Now You See Me directed by Louis Leterrier, The Lost Decade by F Scott Fitzgerald, and The Landlady by Roald Dahl. Each of these has a main character chosen for representing illusion, Jay Gatsby, how he has built a life that is really all an illusion just for a long lost love named Daisy; Dylan Rhodes, a man who fixed himself a new identity, just to get revenge with the one of the greatest magic ticks ever; Louis Trimble, the man who has been drunk for a decade and is shows it as an illusion that he has been away from civilization; and The Landlady, a psychopath woman that is an illusion of a harmless, hospitable old lady.

The best example of self deception is the life of Jay Gatsby. F Scott Fitzgerald is the author of The Great Gatsby. A novel telling the story of a successful young man living in West Egg, New York. James Gatz was raised on a small farm in North Dakota, he left home at the age of seventeen and changed his name jay Gatsby. At the age of twenty seven Gatsby fell in love with eighteen year old Daisy Fay. He loved her so much, that when he was called off to war he thought through just how he was going to end up having her. After leaving the army, Gatsby made his way to New York. He knew that he needed wealth and influence to have Daisy so that’s the life he built. “I don’t think she ever loved him.” Gatsby turned around from a window and looked at me challengingly.” Gatsby tells this to Nick in a way that almost seems to be self assurance. He wants to believe that Daisy doesn’t love her Husband Tom and only ever loved him. Gatsby has to keep telling himself every day that everything is alright. It helps him to keep his illusion alive. “I did, old sport,” he said automatically, “but I lost most of it in the big panic – the panic of the war.” This piece is the same, Gatsby replies to Nick, “automatically”. Showing that he is lying and that he has practiced that line before. Gatsby is man living so much of an illusion that everything he now does turns to self-deception. The name, “The Great Gatsby” even fools him as he is far from great. 

The film Now You See Me, directed by Louis Leterrier, is about 4 magicians, called the Four Horsemen. Led by a man named Atlas, they preform a stage trick in Las Vegas and have a bank robbed in France. Federal agent Dylan Rhodes suspects that they really did rob the bank and tries to accuses them for it. In this film Dylan Rhodes displays illusion, by pretending that he is someone else. The whole movie is centered round the idea of illusion in magic, and a common sentence the viewer hears is, “The more you think you see, the less you’ll actually notice.” This is said by Atlas multiple times as it is another thing for his views to think about while he tricks them. Dylan Rhodes isn’t really that focused on during the movie as the viewer knows of him as the, “cop”. A debunker, named Thaddeus Bradley, tries expose the horsemen’s tricks for his personal gain. Later on the horsemen rob a safe and leave the money in Thaddeus’ car, making everyone believe that he is the fifth horsemen and getting him thrown into jail. In jail Thaddeus is visited by Dylan. Bit by bit Dylan lets him put together the pieces, disappears and then reappears out side of Thaddeus’ cell. Turns out Dylan was the mastermind behind everything but doesn’t say why. The viewer can guess thought that Dylan is Lionel Shrike’s son. Lionel was a magician, who died in a escaping safe trick, the movie showed it in a way that the son had to be Dylan Rhodes. Why he changed his name or secreted himself, who knows. But like Gatsby he had a goal that was primarily focused on the past. He started living this illusion of someone else for a purpose not known yet, but as the viewer guesses it is all about revenge.

The Lost Decade by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a short story about a man in New York who has been drunk for 10 years, he displays the illusion of being away from civilization, when in a sense he has. “I’ve been in it — lots of times. But I’ve never seen it. And now it isn’t what I want to see. I wouldn’t ever be able to see it now.” Louis Trimble is meet at the offices of news-weekly by a man named Orrison Brown. Brown is instructed to show Trimble around town for a bit before letting him go, a “feeler” they called him. Orrison shows him the city while letting Trimble actually point out things. Every word that Trimble puts out, Brown grasps on to it trying to figure out who this man really is. “Orrison was sure he had his clue now, and with nice delicacy did not pursue it by a millimeter…” Finally Orrison hears something that gives a clue that Trimble had been drunk, for “ten years” where as he was actually at one of the restaurant’s “last May”.  Another part to the illusion that Trimble is putting off, is his image. “Orrison looked after him when he started out, half expecting him to turn into a bar. But there was nothing about him that suggested or ever had suggested drink.” This quote from Orrison Brown shows of what he thought of Louis Trimble, he never thought of him as the drunkard. This illusion is very similar to Dylan Rhodes in the film “Now You See Me”. Rhodes let everyone think that he had a hatred for the 4 horsemen. Even fooling Thaddeus Bradley the debunker, who thought he found Rhodes’ secret of being a famous magicians son, but didn’t realize that he was also the mastermind behind the organization called “the eye”.

The Landlady by Roald Dahl is another short story. This text is about an old lady that owns a bed and breakfast in London. Billy happens to stumble upon it and decides to get a room there. He is greeted by the Landlady, who doesn’t give her name. She gives off the illusion of a frail old lady in a nice old Bed and breakfast. After a lot of discussion Billy finds out that he is only the third person to come here, from what the log book says.  “Oh, I am, my dear, I am, of course I am. But the trouble is that I’m inclined to be just a teeny weeny bit choosy and particular – if you see what I mean.” This gives off a bit of a clue that she isn’t any old lady, but Billy still doesn’t pick up on it. “Left?” she said, arching her brows. “But my dear boy, he never left. He’s still here. Mr Temple is also here. They’re on the third floor, both of them together.” Here she tells us that the two other boys are still here on the third floor, and just before this she tells Billy that she stuffs all her animals. This is a great illusion relating to Gatsby as he, like the landlady gives off a persona of some that he clearly is not.

This report links four different texts on their ideas of illusion and describes each individual text itself.

 

 

 

unfamiliar text work

  1. Family Holiday, by S Daly, from Phenomena a short story
  2. tick
  3. Q1

a)The swing bridge would be the first dangerous event, and the drop off under the waves would be the second.

b) (i) A verbal language feature in this is onomatopoeia, “crashed”, “The waves crashed down and sucked everything away,”

(ii) The writer could be using onomatopoeia to give a depth and memory in to the text. “Crashed”, shows that the waves were strong and powerful, this could develop feelings that the writer is having towards this holiday. She could have been a bit scared or curious

 

a.  Identify 2 language features that develop the narrators feelings about the holiday. Give an example of each.

“The waves crashed down and sucked everything away,” the use of the word “sucked”, might be being used to describe how the holiday she is on sucks. She doesn’t like it and it feels like she has been dragged away on it and everything around her is crashing down.

“I could move.” Is a simple sentence used to show the intensity of the situation, suddenly she is frozen.

 

b. Discuss how your chosen language features along with others in the text, develop an emotional theme for the family holiday.

These two examples are used in the text to show how the holiday isn’t going well at all, from the writers perspective. She really doesn’t want to be here.

Speech/ The Illusion of time.

 

The Illusion of Time

“The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” Albert Eisenstein said that once, now a quote stuck in time. Just to be clear I don’t think that time is an illusion, I think that way we chose to value our time and the power that we have given it, is a stubbornly persistent illusion. Time is relative, I’ve come to that conclusion, it flows in one direction, occasionally pulling things from the past along when it needs to. Like said before the power we as humans have given time is an Illusion, we have made this illusion, just like Gatsby did. He built a life that was a total illusion just for Daisy, but it was still a life based on your point of view.

In this day and age, our lives have so much more structure and direction, all built around the idea of time. We wake up to an alarm that forces our body to awaken. We quickly get ready for a day of events starting with us needing to be somewhere at sometime in the day. We look down at our clocks, and remember to eat lunch, dinner, and eventually go to sleep. That is our day right there. Some people might call this society’s structure. We are very unlike other species, and i hope you noticed that, see we have this idea of time and we let it control our lives. But all these other species don’t, they work when they need to and eat when they are hungry. Funny enough we did actually work like this, at one point in our lives, when we were children. As a child that is just how your life worked, you wake up when your body wants to, you eat when you’re hungry, play when you feel like it and eventually go to sleep when you feel tired. A child really doesn’t have that concept of time until a certain age when it all starts to kick in. To them each day is what it is, and there is no worry or concern about tomorrow or the day after.

Don’t think though that this is the perfect reality that we are missing out on, because it’s not. There is no such thing as perfect and reality is called a Utopia. Something fictional and made up. I know you all see time as valuable, but only when you want it to be. Obviously, then it becomes of value, because you desire it. To us as students in high school we quite often don’t value all of our time. We can value the minutes we are given for interval and lunch, like most people in life do, and those last couple minutes of the school day as they count down to the bell ringing, and the very short 4 hours of time we have for an internal to be due. But we don’t chose to value every other minute, hour or second. Why?

For me, it all comes back to how much value you place on the good big things, leaving only a small value on the smaller things.

 

 

I really like a quote I found during my speech research, it said, “Time is long but life is short.”

To break this down, time is to endless and complicated to understand so don’t waste your time thinking, or researching it, because life is to short to endure that hardship.