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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.

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

Food Miles

Food miles’ is a term used to describe the distance which food has travelled before it reaches your home.  There is almost a certainty you have imported foods in your home and you probably don’t even know where it’s come from!  In fact imported food is at an all time high with 50% of our vegetables being imported and 95% of our fruit.  Being imported from thousands of miles away.  We need to find out why this is such an issue and what can we do to improve the situation.

What can we get out of having imported foods? In winter when the majority of crops don’t tend to grow our diet used to be of little variety but with imports we can have a larger range of goods.  Farmers in the UK can’t grow pineapples, bananas and grapes in mass production because it’s too cold here.  The good thing is that we can import those fruits from other countries.  Due to imported foods we can taste different cultures, for example the rice in an Indian curry can be imported, the spices can be imported so that we can eat Indian food with (see across) leaving the country.  And generally imported food is cheaper than locally produced foodstuffs and with the economy the way it is ever corner needs to be cut.

Because of us the farmers abroad are employed; they can bring home a steady wage to their families and especially to farmers in less economically developed countries this is hugely important.  They might get more business abroad as there might be more demand for their foodstuffs abroad.  Also due to us the food industry can be a huge job market.

There are numerous problems to food miles too.  Because local food is more expensive people are less likely to buy the goods that the farmers in the UK have put so much effort, time and money into.  Festivals like the harvest festival which is a festival celebrated around the autumn equinox which celebrates a successful years harvest are not as significant Because we can import all these lovely foods from different cultures we are losing a bit of our own culture.  Also buying imported food becomes a habit, a person will go up to a shelf filled with strawberries, one of the boxes might have Scottish strawberries, one of the others might have strawberries from Mexico.  The person might have bought Mexican strawberries through the winter and so automatically picks the Mexican ones even though they have flown 6000 miles.

And there are so many benefits to local food for a start it could potentially be more nutritious.  For example spinach that has been freshly picked and eaten within 24 hours after harvest contains 90% more Vitamin C than spinach eaten over 24 hours of picking.  We know that it was produced at high hygiene standards.  63% of 22 people thought that local food tasted better than imported food.

The importers in less economically developed countries hardly get any money, most of the money we pay for our mangoes go to the big supermarkets like Tesco.  Some money goes to those who’ve transported it from Israel to your home.  But the people who have created the very existence of the mango get the least money, it’s terrible!  There is also huge pressure on the supplying countries to produced these vast amounts of food if there was an inconvenience which meant that the food was unable to reach it’s destination the farmers wouldn’t be able to take any money home to their families.


Perhaps one of the strongest arguments against food miles is that it causes so much environmental damage annually.  Only 1% of our food is transported by air which you might thing is good because air transport causes so much carbon emissions but that measly 1% causes 10% of all the emissions related to food miles!  Most of the transport used uses oil, a fossil fuel which emits carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.  The foodstuffs have to be packaged so that they don’t go of 60% of our household waste is made up of that food packaging.  And due to the pressure on the supplying countries it has meant they have destroyed habitats and homes to animals and trees.

Food miles is a very complexed issue which we some need to solve.  Personally I think we should reduce food miles but we should not try to get rid of it, after all the farmers in less Economically developed countries need us!  We should encourage a higher wage to those famers and we should be encouraged to eat our local produce when we go to the supermarket.  Whether they do it by putting all the local produce by the entrance or whether they put a little tab telling us that we should buy the Scottish strawberries.  In summary we need to learn more about where our food comes from!

from Susie xx

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Saving our planet

What do you do to try and stop global warming? We all feel a tiny bit of guilt when we think of our lights sitting left on in our homes but how many of us actually try to stop it?We love our dear planet in it’s summer glory, winter elegance, spring beauty and autumn joy, if it weren’t for our planet we would all be dead. But what about that time , a time where our planet will be flooded because of the damage to the ozone layer, our ancestors or maybe even the younger generation of today will be left to face an extreme situation.

I’m not going to tell you to change oyur lifestyle dramatically because I’m pretty sure your happy the way things are so here are a few tips I use on a general day to day basis on how to save my planet.

  • Switch off your lights.When it’s summer and you have enough light coming through the windows do you need them on. It’s not a hard task and once you get into a habit it comes naturally.
  • Take out your plugs. Of course you don’t want to have to plug in your oven every time you use it but if you don’t use your CD player or your iPod dock all the time then take the plug out. Don’t just switch the switch off because did you know power can still get through so unplug it only 2 secs more effort for a nicer world <3
  • Use roll on deoderant. At least try it  because the spray stuff completely makes holes in the ozone and that’s not good. If you can’t use roll on, try not to over excessively spray it!
  • Don’t leave your phone to power over night. I have trouble with this one because I want to have it when I go out in the evening and when I wake up in the morning and then of course I have to have it for school. When your watching TV just plug it in the nearest socket or charge it whilst your having your evening meal. Or charge it when your doing your admin (it’s probably not best for someone to distract you whilst your working.
  • Try to have more eco travel. Have you ever considered walking to school or to work? If walking is not an option then what about a bus? Either way it means you(or your parent) don’t have to drive !
  • Local food. You don’t have to check all your food from the weekly shop to find the origin but if you see carrots from your country or carrots from  China, pick the ones from your country.

These are simple small little things but they do make an impact, we are a huge movement and we can save our planet by doing small things. Susie xx

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2012 Summer Olympics

London 2012 Olympics

London 2012 Olympics

The Olympics are going to be held in London next year, though it is my home country hosting I am dreading it. I love the Olympics , it is an opportunity to see so many cultures together and for me that is special. No, I’m dreading it because of my national pride.

Firstly let’s talk about Bejing in 2008 , it is the first Olymics I actually remember and it was absolutely magical. The Ceremony was absolutely beautiful it displayed everything about them , their societies and it was so well choreographed. From the hundreds of people doing martial arts all in perfect sync with each other to the stunning moment when that little girl was flying, holding the olympic torch in her hand.

London has to live up to 2008 and the way things are going it’s going to be half as cultural and half as intresting. For example have you seen the mascots! In Bejing the mascots were 5(?) fictional characters who were wonderful , I have little talking ones at home that say what they’re called and they say stuff like

Welcome to Bejing in 2008!

In a voice that is just too cute. Our mascots look like traffic lights, they aren’t creative , they just look like aliens with an industrial feel to them and their names, Wenlock andMandeville! Is this what the whole

 

Wenlock and Mandeville

Wenlock and Mandeville

 

 olympics will be like?

As another example let’s compare the stadiums. In Bejing they had a beautiful stadium designed on a birds nest hence it’s name ‘The Birds Nest’. It lit up in the evening and looked perfect. Britain’s stadium is like a normal stadium, think of the most average stadium you could think of well it’s like that except for they have massive posters slapped over it. The posters aren’t of British artwork or anything no they’re just pictures of runners.

We’ve paid so much money for this but are we putting this opportunity to good use, I guess it sums up British authorities Too much practicality not enough creativity Hopefully this is a mere insecurity and it will be great after all its ages away. I wish your country, whatever it may be, good luck!

From Susie xx

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The Obsession with the Union Jack

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We all have it and why ? At first glance I can spot 3 items which are union jack related . This stuff has worked it’s way into my hands . There is National pride of course I mean most of us love our nation to bits, our culture , our lifestyle, our history and some of us even love our country’s stereotype but I don’t .

National pride is one reason but then again I walk around with a bag showing the American flag and I buy stuff with the French flag on it so maybe we just love flags after all we see other country’s flags everywhere their isn’t a Union  Jack flying . There are of course  countries within Britain with there own flags the English flag , the Scottish flag , the Welsh flag and the Northely Irish flag . But the Union Jack is my favourite out of all the British flags because
1. It’s a mash up of all the flags
2. It shows how Britain can be together but apart
3. It’s pretty to look at
4. National Pride whereas my national flag makes me feel pride but not great pride
5 . It’s cool to make patterns with

So I think it’s safe to say this is a ramble post but …

What do you feel about the Union Jack ? What do you feel about your flag ? What do you feel about national pride ? What do you feel about your country’s stereotype ? Comment below, on your page or email me at italkblog@yahoo.co.uk.
Susie xx

 

 

Wasps

Wasps, horrible creatures with wings aren’t they?I used to fear them but now I just pure hate them. I have never been stung by a wasp but I imagine it would be painful because it’s not like sticking a pin in your leg , it’s like putting a slightly venomous pin in your leg. And usually a wasp sting is unjustified unlike a bee sting which kills the bee and so usually bees only do it as a last resort whereas wasps sting anyone or anything.

I am telling you all this because I have had a very funny encounter with wasps lately. My friend gave me some sweets and I didn’t really like them,they were okay but they had fallen all out my bag and got dirty. I was tidying up and I had these sweets and I didn’t know what to do with them so without thinking about it I put them on my window ledge because my window was open at the time later I shut the window forgetting they were out there. A few days later I was undoing the curtains and I noticed a few wasps eating these sweets I’d left out a lot of sweets and there were hardly any left!

 They were fighting over these sweets and were acting like they were glued to the sweets. It was quite scary, I wanted to check whether the window was closed properly because I didn’t want wasps inside. I wondered how long it would take them to finish them and so through out the day i mentally checked

a) the amount of sweet left

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b) the number of wasps at one time

At one point I counted 7 wasps outside my window also I noted that a wasp had died for some of it becacause I saw this little adomen ( and if you don’t know what part the abdomen is,here’s a diagram )

By the next morning all the sweets were gone and considering they were eating food the same size as their whole body they were pretty fast! You’d think they’d get sick of it and give up.  So wasps may be very ugly, very creepy , whatever but no one can deny that they aren’t impressive…

How did I do on this piece let me know below, on your page or at italkblog@yahoo.co.uk Please note how I have taken advice and it’s an easy colour to read and will be from now on. What are your thoughts on wasps ? Have you ever been stung by one? And what do you think about my wasp tempting?

Susie xx


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