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Halloween – what is it?

Do children and the mass of people know the real reason why we celebrate Halloween?

Halloween today is celebrated in a traditional way by most through trick or treating. This usually means that parents take their children out dressed in scary costumes, ready to knock on people’s doors to ask for sweets by saying ‘trick or treat’.

The word ‘Halloween’ is of a Christian origin and means ‘hallowed evening, or holy evening’. Today’s costumes are thought to be influenced by folk costumes and beliefs from mainly the Celtic speaking countries.

Christianity is the core religion behind the special occasion, which is important for people to remember that the sacred and religious fundamentals are deeply rooted behind Halloween.

Originally, the festive came around at a time when some folklorists detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona – the goddess of fruits and seeds – linked to the Celtic festival called Samhain. This was a time when ghosts and spirits were believed to be abroad.

The night itself – 31 October – is the eve of all Saints’ Day and is an exciting time for most. For others, it is a time when we feel frightened to even leave our front door – or that might just be me?!

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Royal Festival Hall Classical Music Beethoven Symphony No.9

Yesterday’s evening was spent at the Royal Festival Hall watching a beautiful, classical performance of Beethoven Symphony No.9.

I was kindly invited along by the Commercial Music students at the University of Westminster and couldn’t turn the offer down. I mean, would you if you only had to pay £5 to watch such a royal and prestige performance?

From the moment I got there I felt special, being surrounded by elegantly dressed individuals – many of them drinking a glass of red wine – and the venue was magnificent. The whole situation felt welcoming and much to my dismay, I had no issue with fitting in this sort of way of life. If anything, it is exactly where I can see my journey taking me.

There were four pieces of music overall, but each song was split up into different movements. I was absolutely stunned as this was the first time I had been to anything of this kind. There were violinists, people playing the cello, the double bass, flutes and brass. At the back there were saxophones and trumpets being played with a sophisticated backing of a professional choir.

The occassion marked the 100th year anniversary of WW1 and where I was sat I could see Prince Charles in the royal box… Mesmerised is an understatement.

London is just beautiful and if you want to enjoy a breathtaking experience you cannot choose a better location. Fully immersing yourself in the present moment, enjoy the classical productions England’s city has to offer – because to say the least, you will not be disappointed.

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Useful links for the media

So I found these useful Journalism links I thought I would share with you all, I hope you like them!

 

Data transfer:

http://www.senduit.com/

http://www.wetransfer.com

http://www.dropbox.com

 

Time management:

http://doodle.com/en/

 

Free MOOC online courses:

https://www.canvas.net/courses/doing-journalism-with-data

https://www.coursera.org/course/writing2

https://www.coursera.org/course/googlemedia

https://iversity.org/courses/the-future-of-storytelling

 

For busy journalism students:

http://www.hackcollege.com/

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The education system

Speaking to an inspirational natural remedy doctor the other day, we were discussing a very interesting topic – the education system. Is education today what it should be? Are students being treated fairly or are they being exploited? Are we pressurised to succeed through academic achievement?

It’s a tricky and a sensitive topic when we begin to depict the reasoning why we are spending so much nowadays to go to university, when you compare this to the past and my parents generation, for example, didn’t have to pay a penny. It’s quite frustrating actually, but of course times change and the scale of things differ so  we have to adapt and understand and see things for what they are.

The fact that any student pretty much, is able to apply for student finance through the government makes it somewhat achievable for most to go to university. Through UCAS students are able to pick out five universities according to their grades, which gives them a reasonably good chance of being accepted. Once graduation is over we NOW left with an excess debt of £45,000 – how are we able to cope with this burden over our shoulders? It’s traumatising for most, and can be quite off-putting just to have the thought of going to university in this day in age.

I still can’t grasp the idea of paying for something which is bettering the citizens of the United Kingdom. We – as the younger generation – are the future of what is to come, so shouldn’t the government be encouraging us to perform in an outstanding way via our academic success to strengthen the British economy?

As the years go on the amount of teaching hours are decreasing, and the party-life of university continues to appeal to future university students. Many are forced to go through parental pressures but many choose to go just for the party and because it’s an escapism away from working life. But those who genuinely want to go to achieve a 2:1 or a first – isn’t the fact that we have to pay for our university now and obtain funds from the government quite conveniently taking away the qualitative idea of a university degree?

For example, in most other countries students have to may for university themselves without the help of the government, or in some cases it’s free to go. However the grade boundaries are set so high that only those that are performing way above average are entitled to study for a degree.

However, to a certain point it is good that the UK function in the way that they do as it gives equal opportunities to students no matter their class, ethnicity or any other differentiating trait that may segregate them from society. It’s just about dealing with the huge debt after leaving university, we can only hope and pray that the government comes up with an action plan to make this pressure less worrying!

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Build your team

There is no I in TEAM is there? You may have the best idea and the best strategic plan, but without you initial team to help you strive for it and achieve your dream you will never make it no matter how hard you try.

It really is true that communication, contacts and networking is the most valuable asset any one person can have, and this even accounts for students studying trying to get their qualifications. You may be the best writer in the world, but unless you know the right people and you have good skills to help you get recognised, it may only be your bedroom that knows how much of a talented writer you are.

When you analyse any talent that is universally known, behind the scenes they have their teams to do work for them. For example, Justin Bieber takes photographs while he is out and about, but I can almost guarantee you it isn’t him that posts his stuff up on Facebook and Twitter he will have a Social Media manager who schedules them and tags them in the appropriate way to boost SEO about him as an artist.

See, having a team makes things easier for you and it all starts with association. ‘Association breeds similarity’ – and quite literally – if you have a team of people that share the same vision as you, believe in you and WANT to help you make it, will they not do everything in their power to ensure that happens? Of course they will. Yet if you surround yourself with ‘empty’ individuals who have no enthusiasm about what you’re doing, are not willing to help you at times of need and don’t give you enough time of day – I’m pretty sure they will be of little use to you if any at all.

So build your team and make things happen for you faster. Build that ‘collective intelligence’ within your circle of friends, which can be done by working out who is good at what and helping one another to reach your full potential.

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HONY – inspiration

I love finding an online resource, a book, a name, a song, a video clip or even a strong – well-believed-in – idea that inspires me to a whole new level.

I came across this online group that are based in America called Humans of New York and I started to research them. They seemed very interesting from first sight, and then when I looked into what they actually done, I was amazed at the originality of it. Absolutely amazing. The founder of the organisation is called Brandon and he began his journey in 2010 shortly after leaving his job – or getting fired – either or!

Basically, Brandon thought it would be really cool to create a map of individuals from all over New York by photographing them in their natural states as he walked around NYC streets. He set out to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers and then shortly after began interviewing his people, collecting their quotes to share with the world. After much hard work and persistence in his creative craft, he developed a successful blog that had gained over a million views from people all over the world. His type of ‘photo-journalism’ was one of a kind, completely unique and many people had never seen anything like it before.

The fact that Brandon was photographing complete strangers gave a sense of ‘realness’ to his work. It made people and individuals feel heard, made them feel special and through HONY their voice was being shared with a community of other people from all over the world. HONY’s Facebook page is below! I urge to take a look and experience the same ‘wow factor’ as I did when I stumbled across them.

https://www.facebook.com/humansofnewyork

The reason why this business means so much to me is because I love writing, I love photography and I love to make a difference – something I believe HONY is doing very effectively. They have a strong burning desire to capture the still moments of strangers alongside the spoken word, and are then reflecting this via different platforms for others to see: it’s genius.

No matter how silly your idea may seem or if you come up with something that has never been done before, it’s important for us to remember that it doesn’t matter, and it’s wonderful to be unique. Keep believing in what you love and do what you love and trust me…you will get there!

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Characteristics of winners

FOUR CHARACTERISTICS OF WINNERS THAT WE SHOULD REMEMBER ON A DAILY BASIS:

1.RED BURNING DESIRE TO WIN AND FOLLOW THROUGH WITH THEIR PASSION

2.PERSISTENCY TO CONTINUE AND NEVER GIVE UP

3.WINNERS NEVER LISTEN TO NEGATIVE PEOPLE OR COMMENTS THAT CAN STUNT THEIR GROWTH

4.WINNERS NEVER SIT BACK BUT THET TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION AT THE RIGHT TIME!

LETS ALL FOLLOW THE ABOVE AND LIFE THE WAY WE WANT IT

You are the author of your own life, so write it the way you want it.

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