Tuesday, 16 October 2012

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was born on 26 April 1564 and died on 23 April 1616. He is widely regarded as one of the best if not the best writer in the history of the English language. The remaining works of his consist of around 38 plays and around 160 poems. His plays have been translated in every major language and are performed very often.

He was born and raised in Stratford-upon-avon. He married Anne Hathaway (Not the actress) at the age of 18 and had three children with her: Susanna and twins Hamnet and Judith. Not many records of his private life exist, so not much is known about what he looked like, his religion or whether he actually wrote his plays himself.

Most of William Shakespeare's well-known plays were written between 1589 and 1613. Most of his earlier plays were comedies and histories. He gradually built up the sophistication and artistry in his work by the end of the 1500s. He wrote mainly tragedies until 1608, some famous examples are Macbeth, Hamlet and Othello, which are widely regarded as some of the best works in the English language. After 1608, he wrote romances, the most famous of which is Romeo and Juliet. His best known works were performed at the Globe Theatre in Southern London.

Here is a list of all his works. 
§  All's Well That Ends Well 
§  As You Like It
§  The Comedy of Errors
§  Love's Labour's Lost
§  Measure for Measure 
§  The Merchant of Venice
§  The Merry Wives of Windsor
§  A Midsummer Night's Dream
§  Much Ado About Nothing
§  Pericles, Prince of Tyre 
§  The Taming of the Shrew
§  The Tempest 
§  Twelfth Night
§  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
§  The Two Noble Kinsmen 
§  The Winter's Tale 
§  King John
§  Richard II
§  Henry IV, Part 1
§  Henry IV, Part 2
§  Henry V
§  Henry VI, Part 1 
§  Henry VI, Part 2
§  Henry VI, Part 3
§  Richard III
§  Henry VIII 

§  Romeo and Juliet
§  Coriolanus
§  Titus Andronicus 
§  Timon of Athens 
§  Julius Caesar
§  Macbeth 
§  Hamlet
§  Troilus and Cressida 
§  King Lear
§  Othello
§  Antony and Cleopatra
§  Cymbeline 
  • Shakespeare's sonnets
  • Venus and Adonis
  • The Rape of Lucrece
  • The Passionate Pilgrim
  • The Phoenix and the Turtle
  • A Lover's Complaint
§  The Birth of Merlin
§  Edward III
§  Locrine
§  The London Prodigal
§  The Puritan
§  The Second Maiden's Tragedy
§  Sir John Oldcastle
§  Thomas Lord Cromwell
§  A Yorkshire Tragedy
§  Sir Thomas More

I don't see what's so amazing about Shakespeares writing, it doesn't look so amazing or different to me apart from the language. (Thou, art etc)

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Book Report Thing

The book that I am reading at the moment is called "The Enemy" and it is written by Charlie Higson. It is a horror book about ZOMBIES. What happens is, a disease strikes England and possibly the rest of the world that turns everyone over the age of 14 into mindless, disgusting, flesh-eating creatures who aimlessly wander the world looking for fresh meat. The kids who are left, have had to fend for themselves for over a year from a supermarket when they decide that enough is enough, and embark on a journey to Buckingham Palace.

If you are easily scared, don't read this book. It is extremely graphic and detailed. There is also a lot of deaths and tragedies in the story. For example, at the very beginning, a little kid named Sam, who is only 7 years old is snatched away by the zombies while he was playing behind the supermarket in which the kids live. The book is gruesome, very scary and leaves very little to the imagination. In other words, it goes into deep, deep detail when people are dying.

I would not recommend this book to anyone under 13 because it will keep young people awake at night. Not because the book is so good and will make them want to read more (which it will) it will keep them awake because they will be so scared that the zombies are going to get them, and each little noise that they hear will make them soil themselves a little bit.

In conclusion, The Enemy is a very good book. It has a great storyline, is very detailed and would make an amazing horror movie (which would most likely be R16.) If you want to be scared more than the "Scary" videogame Slender, read this book.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Most Inspiring Teacher

I chose Miss Kelly as my most inspiring teacher because she is never angry and is always calm and relaxed. She assigns us work, and leaves it to us to complete it. I look forward to English lessons because they are always fun and it is a good lesson to start the day or finish the week with. I like her different style of teaching because it means that we are taking responsibility for ourselves by completing the work, and if we don't get it completed it is our own fault because we had plenty of time to do so. However she is not completely oblivious and will help a student if help is needed. She will also tell you to get on with your work but in a calm way without yelling. Miss Kelly can make jokes and is someone that you are able to have a conversation with. She also gives a good amount of homework, never too much to handle like some teachers. Students look forward to her classes because of her different, relaxed style of teaching.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Olmypic Opinion

I don't think that the 50 km walk, or any other walk should be in the Olympics for obvious reasons. For one thing, the walk looks unnatural and a little bit gay. It also does not take a lot of athletic ability to walk around for 4 hours, and half of the so called "Competitors" don't even finish the race due to disqualification. It is also not a spectator sport, unless you tune in for two minutes to laugh at them. It should be replaced with a sport such as rugby (Sevens will be in Rio) because rugby requires a huge amount of fitness, strength and durability. Power walking is not an Olympic Sport, and in my opinion it is right up there with chess and poker for "Sports" that are not deserving of that title.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Greatest moment in Olympic History

The greatest moment in Olympic history was when Michael Phelps won 8 gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics, setting numerous records in the process.

In his first race, the 400 m individual medley, he broke the world record in the preliminary heat, and followed that up by beating the record again in the final by almost 2 seconds and winning the gold medal
In his next race, he swam his leg of the 4x400 metre relay in 47.5 seconds, which was a new U.S.A record, and won his second gold of the 2008 Olympics.
For his third race, Phelps broke his previous record for 200 m freestyle race by almost a second and won his third gold medal of 2008. He also set his 3rd world record of the games, finishing the race in 1 minute and 42.96 seconds. He also became the fifth athlete in modern Olympic history to win 9 total gold medals at the Olympics (he won 6 golds in 2004.)
The next day, he participated in two finals. In his first race of the day, the 200m butterfly, he broke his previous world record by nearly a second and made it four gold medals at the games despite having his goggles filled with water for the last 100 metres and not being able to see.
Less than an hour after the butterfly race, Phelps swam the lead off-leg of the 4x200 m relay and won his fifth gold and set his fifth world record (Team record) by beating the previous record by more than 4.5 seconds.
Two days later, he won his sixth gold medal in Beijing by winning the 200 m individual medley with a world record time of 1:54.23.
The nest day, he won his seventh gold medal in the 100 m butterfly, with a world record time of 50.58 seconds and edging out the silver medalist Milorad Čavić by 1/100 of a second.
On August 17, Michael Phelps won his eighth gold medal of the 2008 Olympics in the mens 4x100 m medley relay, breaking Mark Splitz's record of 7 golds in 1972. Phelps and his teammates set a new world record in the event with a time of 3 minutes 29.34 seconds, which was 0.7 seconds faster than second placed Australia.

This is the greatest moment in Olympic history because Michael Phelps won 8 gold medals in 8 events, a 100% success rate. No one had ever done it before, and it will probably not happen again anytime soon, if ever. This was a very rare occurrence and an extraordinary feat for an individual.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Make a movie

Here is a basketball video I made with my friend from my team.
It was cut short by the stupid program we used to upload it but all you missed is a replay of the half court shot and a list of his accomplishments.