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Probably the thing I am most excited about is the Hunger Games! I absolutely love the books like every other book reader I know!

Set in a modern North America known as Panem, Panem is set into 12 districts and a Capitol. The capitol uses the 12 districts to fuel it with its needs, and to enforce power over the 12 districts every year the districts are forced to enter two tributes, a boy and girl to be entered into a fight to the death. The book follows Katniss, a girl who volunteers to be in the Hunger Games in place of her sister.

Katniss is probably the most interesting character of the whole series, she’s no Bella Swan. She’s not graceful and elegant, far from it. She’s very wary and clever but also very headstrong and she makes mistakes. I think that in a lot of cases Katniss should have acted differently and she builds such a wall around herself that she prevents Peeta (the other tribute from her district) getting in and this does cause a lot of issues.

I’m hoping that the film will be accurate, I’m going to see it tomorrow and I can’t wait!

What if you had all the time in the world? If you could just stop time and everyone would freeze and you could do whatever you liked until you were ready to resume time? I’m having one of those weeks. I want to read a million books, watch a million TV programmes, write a million novels. Of course I consider myself quite lucky to be able to have time to do a few of these things.

Some people have always got things to be doing, always got to meet the deadline and I think if you did have a time stopper, you would definitely stop it so you have more time to do jobs before the deadline. Gosh, how can they not go crazy having no time to themselves? When they aren’t working, they’re washing, tidying and cooking. All work.

I’m a lot more active in the summer than the winter because I feel like I have more time, of course the only thing that’s longer are the days. But in the winter my head says ‘Well you’ll hardly get anytime to do more than three things.’ But in the Summer my attitude’s more ‘The sun’s not even gone down yet! You can do all those things! So if I was to stop time I would do it in Summer!

The poor people who work 9 til 5 in an office at some points in the year never get to be in the sunlight. Winter is grim.

We are studying Dracula in school at the moment and one of the things we’re studying about how he is merciless, how immortality has made him do radical things because he has all the time to do it. And I think that’s why I don’t think it would be a joy if we stopped time forever because if nothing changes then you get really bored. Look at Dracula, he’s so bored with immortality he goes chasing after Mina because she’s a change.

Gossip Harms

I’ve got a couple of people who I dislike. They annoy me , they’re horrible, they think they’re amazing , the list goes on.  And sometimes we can be tempted to put them down by gossiping , spreading rumours and being horrible about them ourselves. But that makes you no better than them. You miss out on all the good things about friendship like laughing and messing about and talking about your life if you are always putting down someone else’s life. I guess this is a little link to my other post from October, Just Have Fun Already!. Although you do feel great about yourself when you put someone down, you’ll feel even better if you were known as the one who was positive about everyone rather the one who hates everyone. I’ll admit it, when I gossip about someone I do it behind their back, I avoid every possible means of confrontation. I hate facing someone. But these days I’m going to try and keep my negative words about people to the minimum.

How can you do it?? I looked at all the people I dislike at the best of times and found that they had problems whether it was that they had lots of brothers and sisters or because their parents were very young and found that most of them did have severe problems.  Most of the time if they are attention seeking it’s because they either have to fight through lots of siblings to be heard or they normally have their parents full and devoted attention and when they are at school or work they feel like they need the full attention again. After you’ve found the issue you’ve only fought half the battle. You need to accept them for who they are and begin to tell them what is wrong about what they are doing. I guess that sounds like something you would say to a toddler but you’ll be making them a better person because of it. If you really think you never want to be friends, at least be civil to them and don’t keep generating hate. Even if their not civil back whatever your age, gossiping is really immature and that’s why I’m trying to quit.  If everyone else hates them to and they try to cling to you think about what it would be like if you had no one who liked you, would you drift about on your own or would you seek desperately to fit in somewhere. See life from their eyes.

Backstabbers :(

Opinions don’t change in a day but if they hurt someone why not keep them to yourself?

from Susie xxx

Unknown Musicians

Slowly my music taste is veering away from the popular music, I care less and less about who is new to the industry and what new songs everyone’s releasing, I think it’s weird because my taste in music has generally been whatever’s in the charts and whatever’s big. I guess this shows a sign of maturing in a way because I’m not being lured in by what everyone else seems to be praising I’m being more individual. I can understand why you would like pop music because it’s romantic or it’s good dance music or something like that. Music has become a huge part of my life because it can make me feel so many different emotions! There are some popular artists I love like Ed Sheeran and Coldplay but I’ve found a whole new world and I just love it!

When people ask: ‘What sort of music do you like?’ My standard reply used to be ‘Oh, you know, Katy Perry, Taio Cruz, the usual.Pop music. ‘ But over the past year I’ve been finding genres of music which I feel comfortable in ‘So what type of music do you like?’ My reply these days ends up being ‘Indie, acoustic, yeah bands like The Wombats and Mumford & Sons’.

Indie is so upbeat and energetic (obviously it depends on the song but mostly) and it mixes electronic with rock to make a very mind blowing combo. The Wombats are my most famous indie band. 2 Door Cinema Club and stuff are great too.

Acoustic is more stripped back and that’s why I like it, even when I was into pop music I still used to love the acoustic versions. And I love it at festivals where you just get a young girl or guy sitting or standing on the stage alone with a guitar singing. Mumford & Sons do more sort of folky stuff but I like it all the same, guitars, accordions and stuff.

And now also I’ve begun to try and find all these amazing singers and bands who can sing as well live as they can in their songs. The ones who nobody knows about but me and there have been some amazing places for me to find all of these unknown artists. The two places I used were Spotify and YouTube. There is a feature on Spotify where you can insert the name of a singer or band and it’ll generate similar music so I found tons from there. On YouTube you get all those related videos and with all that original music being posted by unsigned artists onto the Internet it’s amazing!

On YouTube I have this girl Drew Tabor (drewby1xo) who does covers of pop music but don’t be put off because they are one thousand times better than the originals , they are so relaxed. She takes away the strong beat from pop songs gets an acoustic guitar and slows it down a fraction and they are awesome, I have to watch them twice before they fully settle in!

While on YouTube I got a friend request from a channel called The Runaway State and I looked at it just before I ignored it and this guy , George is one of those great people who writes amazing songs, plays amazing guitar and drums and can sing so well it could break your heart.

 

On Spotify Finder I typed in the Runaway State and it came up with tons of content similar to his and one that kept occurring was this singer Mindy Gledhill, I fell in love with her stuff! It can relax you and soothe you. I am actually currently waiting on her album Anchor to come from America which causes me to run hopefully to the post and then return disappointed but I will keep you posted on that!

They were one of the most viewed with their weird and funny cover of the angry bird theme tune and they seemed very attractive , Pomplamoose which is Grapefruit in French. I dug a bit more into them , they originally just did strange but compelling covers of stuff but eventually began to write their own songs which are just as weird but just as addictive as the others, weird song titles include ‘Bust Your Kneecaps’ , ‘Monster Mask’ and ‘River Shiver’ I don’t think it’s just the music , it’s also the video and how it’s presented. It’s all very jazzy but not like saxophone jazzy, it’s fast and jazzy.

What sort of music do you like? Some of my friends like rock, others dance and others pop everything’s a fair mixture in the world
Susie xxxxx

At the moment I’ve got some pretty big choices coming up. I’ve got my subject choice coming up.I have to whittle away the subjects I don’t need or want and I have to find the subjects that I want to do in future. Literacy and Maths are compulsory but from there I’ve got 6 subjects to take. Luckily I’ve already got a rough idea of what I want to take so it won’t be an extremely hard decision but it’s a choice all the same.

Choices are hard. Occasionally if you’re taking a big step , you have to think long and hard about it. I had 2 years to think about what school I was going to,it was probably my hardest decision so far. One was the school where all my friends were going and the other was one with great education but I wouldn’t know anyone there.
So I wondered and my opinion would waver between choices and eventually I went to the school with the better education. But I still managed to keep my friends :).

Though what I’m really bad at is the little decisions, ones that at the time you don’t think about but sometimes you can severely regret later .

So my new years resolution for 2012 is to care for the small choices too. What’s your 2012 resolution?
Susie xx

Yeah its delayed , I have been so lazy this holiday and now I’m back at school with exams :S did you all have a good Christmas , I got some great stuff ! Mumford & Sons sigh no more (<3) and a onezie and some other stuff .

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

I’m dreaming of a white christmas this year. Why? Because it’s too warm for snow.I went out today and it felt more like April instead of December which was dissapointing. I mean I do hate the cold but christmas doesn’t feel like christmas without the white stuff. I had a vision of me and my family sitting out on our decking in the snow all wrapped up eating warm turkey and veg. It’ll be weird to not see the kids trailing about with their sledges behind them. And last year after school we would come home from school and get into our sallepettes and we would go sledging always scared that we were going to fall into the burn which lies at the bottom of the hill. And that was our only way of burning off all that fatty food which we ate around the christmas period. Last year the first day of snow that year was on my birthday which was really  special for me.  It raises doubts, if I have children, will they ever see snow in Britain?How many years will it be until I see snow again?

Susie xx

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