Posted on January 20, 2017 by Glodi

Opinion Piece

I mean, when you’re walking through Leicester Square many things come to mind, extravagant theaters? Yes. Lavish penthouses? Certainly. Expensive restaurants? Maybe. But for me, 28 year old Steve, an aspiring entrepreneur my view of Leicester Square is, damp and cold back roads. in which I’ve has been living in for the past 4 months. Go back 4 months and I was just appointed manager of a big Retail company in Oxford Circus. But after I had to stop working due to an injury I sustained in a car crash, my life has been nothing but, misery, agony and sadness. Everything gone within a click of a finger. The ability to use my left leg, my job, my money, my house and finally my pride and dignity.

The way they look at me when they walk past me , it’s a real confidence killer. They probably think I’m a drug addict, or even an alcoholic. But I’m just an aspiring entrepreneur trying to get his life back on track, but people don’t think about what people are going through, they instantly base their opinion is always based on what they see. That’s one of the things that put me off about London, including the poor attitude of business men and women making their way to work during the rush hour, and the way the Government handles the benefit system, and how people who are apart of that system are treated.

Aged 28, I’m an orphan. Both my parents were the only child, that means no cousins, no aunties and no uncles. So when I lost my job and couldn’t find another one I knew I was going to have a tough time. By the time I was 19 both my parents had died, meaning for the past 11 years I became accustomed to fending for myself and not having to really rely on anyone for basic necessities to be able to live the life I want to live.

I’m pretty sure everyone is wondering how my life could turn upside in a matter of months. The crash was one of the worst experiences I’ve ever been through. Till this day I still feel the pain in my side from the whiplash and the pain from the whole cab  collapsing on my left leg. And till this day I cry myself to sleep in the one dry place I can find. Behind the bins of a Lavish Italian restaurant, in which I’ve developed a bit of a friendship with a member of staff there, Antony. Who would bring me something to eat whenever he could, obviously behind the back of his manager and other colleagues who would most definitely be against him doing that. I have a lot of respect for him as, he’s the only person in that restaurant who bothered to speak to me and actually ask me how I got into the situation I am currently in, whereas the others would do what most people do. Push up their face when they get close to me, as if they think they are better than me. Pathetic, that’s what I think people like that are.

At first when I lost my job it wasn’t as bad as it could have been, as I’m not a person who spends money. I had just about enough money in my bank to pay my rent for the next month. But when I lost my job I knew the search for a new one wouldn’t be as easy. The last thing I wanted to do was to claim Job Seeker’s Allowance, that would have been the one and only thing I wouldn’t force myself into doing. I came from a tough neighborhood growing up, but my parents a lot better off than the kids around me and those who went to my school. Christian, one of my closest friends when I was growing up, his mum, a single parent of three and living on benefits. I obviously won’t be able to tell you how she felt, but I can easily tell you how I think she felt just by what I saw. Tired of life, distressed and probably even suicidal. But she was a strong woman, she wouldn’t let any one of her kids see how she was feeling on the inside and always assure them that everything was alright, but I could see through the whole act. I had respect for her in all honesty, little moments where I would be at her house and the electricity would cut, or she didn’t have any money to give Christian when we would go out, I could see it pained her. She would even starve herself just to make sure her children would get enough to eat.

Fast forward 9 months. 19 January 2017, and I’m still homeless. Still being scrutinized by the public. Still receiving the right amount of food from Antony to last me the night. Still blaming everyone but myself for my downfall. Still crying myself to sleep and praying for better days. I mean, that’s really all I can do. 

Posted on November 10, 2016 by Glodi

Ron Suskind Essay

Ron Suskind presents Cedric’s difficulties during education in various ways in part one and two of his articles. Cedric goes through a lot of difficulties at Ballou High such as abuse from troubled students and violence, whereas at MIT he was struggling to have positive relationships and interacting with students. Suskind uses a selection of language devices which help strengthen our knowledge on how Cedric struggles in education.
One of the language devices Suskind uses is metaphors. An example of a metaphor in part one of the article is when he says Cedric’s education is an ‘arduous odyssey’. The word ‘arduous’ means having to do something that requires strenuous effort and/or will tire someone, and the word ‘odyssey’ comes from a Greek myth where Odysseus goes through a tough long journey. In this journey Odysseus must battle against many monsters. In Cedric’s situation the monsters are represented as the struggles he goes through at school, so the threats from other students, violence and general poverty. Another point on this metaphor is, Odysseus went through the journey alone, and no one was there to support Cedric and he had to go through his struggles on his won.. This metaphor shows Cedric’s personal experience at Ballou High isn’t one that anyone would want to or be able to go through, and expect to do well. For your life in education to be described as an ‘odyssey’ it shows that it isn’t something that will be easy to go through.

Another language device Ron Suskind uses is personification. This is when he says ‘failure is persuasive or somewhat seductive’. This personification outlines that Cedric isn’t the only person at Ballou High that goes through struggles in terms of education. The words ‘persuasive’ and ‘seductive’ personifies failure and gives it human personality traits. This means that students at Ballou High want to succeed in the school, but this thing failure follows them around and continuously overpowers them into wanting to fail, instead of succeeding in school. Also, Ron Suskind using the word seductive adds a bit of excitement to failure. As if it’s a thing in which students at Ballou High want to do, or even have no choice but to fail, because failure always tries to make the kids at Ballou High give in to trying to succeed, and leads them to the life of violence and failing in school. Compared to the previous quote both of them are quite similar. They both concentrate on the negative sides of Cedric’s education at Ballou High, but in ways they are also completely different. This is as the previous quote focuses on the personal battle that Cedric has to go through at Ballou High, and how no one is there to help or support him. Whereas this quote talks about the struggles all students at Ballou High go through as a collective group, and how although they are all different they all suffer the same problems.

Another thing Ron Suskind says in his story which presents Cedric’s difficulties during education is when he says, ‘You can tell the difference between the ones who have hope and those who don’t, Cedric has it–the capacity to hope’. This means Cedric is one of the handful of kids at Ballou High who have the ability to even hope that they will have a good life after they leave school. This shows how badly influenced students at Ballou High get, to the point where they can’t even hope of having a positive life after or even while they are at Ballou High. Compared to the last quote, the quote sheds more of a positive light on Cedric’s education, saying he has the capability to make something positive of his education whereas the previous quote was focusing on how failure was a thing many students at Ballou High were going through, and found it hard to avoid.

Another metaphor Ron Suskind uses to present Cedric’s difficulties during education is when he says ‘But where I start from is so far behind from where some other kids are, * have to run twice the distance to catch up.’ This metaphor means that Cedric needs to do alot of work to catch up to the other students at MIT. And the reasons for Cedric being behind in education compared to the others as MIT, is due to the fact that at Ballou High he wasn’t able to get an education as good as those other students,  all because of the environment he was made to work in, wasn’t one in which he was able to succeed in. This quote has a major difference to the quote in the last paragraph as, the last quote singles out Cedric as a student who ‘has the capacity to hope’ for a good life after school, despite the hardships the students there go through. Whereas this quote is saying how Cedric is a student at MIT who is currently performing under-parr. There is also a differentiation of roles Cedric has at Ballou High in comparison to the one he had a at MIT. At Ballou High he was always singled out as the student who had the capability to do well, and was usually a name which would come up when the topic of the conversation was success, in comparison at MIT he was a student who wasn’t able to keep up with the standard of work which was expected of him.

In conclusion, Ron Suskind uses an array of language devices to help the readers understand the difficulties Cedric goes through at MIT and Ballou High. A quote I feel is the most effective in doing this is ‘But where I start from is so far behind from where some other kids are, * have to run twice the distance to catch up.’ I think this because it really concentrates on how Cedric’s past experience in education will forever affect him no matter where he goes due to the poor standards of education of Ballou High.

Posted on June 26, 2016 by Glodi

Rappers criticising the REEL ESSAY

Hip Hop started in the South of the Bronx. Most rappers would rap about things which other black people living in America at that time could relate to, such as police brutality, racism and struggles growing up. When they were rapping about things like this, hip-hip was mainly consumed by black people, as they could relate to the topics being spoken about. Although the lyrics being spoken about in the early hip-hip white people couldn’t relate to, white recording companies saw hip-hip as a profitable investment. They then bought small recording companies, in doing this the lyrics began to change to suit white suburbia instead of black people, who it was first intended for. The lyrics went from touching up on socially conscious issues, to selling drugs, killing and sex. The process is called REEL, where people would act a certain way to fit in or for fame.

Many rappers criticise the REEL, one of those rappers being Kendrick Lamar. Kendrick Lamar is a black Compton based rapper, who touches up on socially conscious issues such as, police brutality, racism and growing up poor. He also criticises the REEL, and implements context which would be considered as ‘REEL’ within his songs. One song in which he does this is ‘The Blacker They Berry’. A bar which contains both of these concepts is ‘So why did I weep when Trayvon Martin was in the street, when gang banging made me kill a nigga blacker than me? Hypocrite!’ In this song Kendrick touches up on social issues by talking about Trayvon Martin, who was killed due to racism and police brutality. On February 26 2012 Trayvon was killed by a policeman by then name of George Zimmerman. Zimmerman wasn’t charged of anything, although he took the life of a young, innocent African-American boy. This proves that deaths of black people in America are not taken as seriously as they should be, and that white people are given a lot more leniency in the eyes of the law. Kendrick also criticises the REEL, as he talks about his time as a gang member where he took the life of a fellow black man. In doing this he is criticising himself and the REEL. He is criticising himself as he says he is a ‘Hypocrite!”, I know this as he talks about being involved in gangs and crime just to fit in and be seen as a threat to others. In doing this he is criticising the REEL as he then later says, he is not proud of what he has done and he could have chosen a better path in life.

Another rapper who criticises the REEL is Vince Staples, from Long Beach California, he touches up on many social issues as well as criticising the REEL. A song in which he criticises the REEL is ‘Intro’, where he talks about struggles growing up and how many young black boys were drawn into a life of crime at a young age, as they saw older people around doing it. An example of a line which criticises the REEL is ‘spend a week where I live most can’t do that’. This line means that Vince is one of the lucky people in his neighbourhood who hasn’t been dragged into a life of crime, and is able to spend time at his home with his family. In this line Vince is also saying that people who live a life of crime aren’t able to stay and live in their house as they are always in and around their area involving themselves in crime, or in extreme cases either in prison serving time for a crime they committed or even dead due to the target that they put on their on back in living a life of crime.

Akala is an example of another rapper who criticises the REEL in his songs. One song in which he criticised the REEL in is his SBTV Freestyle. A line in his song in which he criticises the REEL is when he says ‘Sorry kids let me apologise before I go further, Unfortunately I don’t rap about how many man I’ve murdered’. This line mean that hip-hop listeners have normalised rappers rapping about killing, selling drugs and things along them lines. Akala is also criticising rappers who rap about such things, but instead of insulting them, he criticises them in a way in which it seems as if he is giving them advice so they are able to think about the content in their music they are releasing for kids to listen. And instead of releasing music with hyper-violent lyrics they should touch up on topics which could benefit a child’s mind so they can enhance their knowledge. Akala also talks about white people affecting the hip-hop music industry. I know this as he says ‘Black rappers claiming they clap a black in the face, Talked about killing white people as much, would he still get embraced?’. This line means that white owned hip-hop companies have encouraged rappers to talk about violence on their own kind, which has also been normalised in today’s society, but if a black rapper was to talk about violence towards a white person it would be scrutinised upon and probably seen as racist.

Mos Def is an example of another rapper who criticises the REEL in his music. A song in which he does this is ‘Mathematics’. I know this as he says, .Young bloods can’t spell but they could rock you at Playstation’. Mos Def is attempting to say that children are influenced by media and rapers into thinking that the luxuries of life are more important compared to going to school and attempting to take life seriously, and studying to have a better life when they are older compared to the life they have now. I personally think Mos Def is totally right in thinking this as, luxuries in life such as entertainment systems are commercialised more than things which people need to succeed in life such as books and school supplies.

My final example of a rapper who criticises the REEL in his songs is Mick Jenkins. A song in which he does this is ‘Martyrs. I know this as he says ‘all the little niggas got guns now, and they carry them to the fucking beat’. This means young children are carrying guns and involving themselves in a life which is totally inappropriate for their age, and this is all happening as rappers who are being publicised in the media are rapping about these type of things therefore leading to young black hip-hop listeners thinking that style of life is normal. This criticises the REEL as Mick Jenkins is saying rappers are rapping lies and those lies are influencing the everyday lives of young children growing up. Another concept which is used in Mick Jenkins’ song is ‘satire’, this is where you use irony to criticise something or someone. Mick uses satire to criticise the REEL as, he is criticising rappers who talk about guns, drugs and sex in their songs, so he is doing what those rappers would be doing in their videos. For example, in a room with their friends ‘hanging’, smoking and other things like that. This is criticising the REEL as he is undermining rappers who would usually do things like that in their songs, by imitating them.

It is evident from my research that many hip-hop artists in the 21st century try to implicate a good message within their music. These rappers have chosen to make a unique style of music content, instead of being influenced by major label companies and other rappers, who channel a negative message to young children and people in the society of black people. At the end of my essay I hope I convinced you that real hip-hop has a positive message and rappers who talk about guns, sex and selling drugs, aren’t portraying the true image of black people, as well as hip-hop.

Posted on June 10, 2016 by Glodi

Mos Def Paragraph

Mos Def Paragraph

I think Mos Def does criticise the REEL in his song ‘Mathematics’. I think this as he says, ‘It’s dangerous to dream’. I think this line means, that a lot of black people living in the inner city, who are going through poverty can’t hope for a lot of things in life due to their situation. In my opinion when Mos Def says this, there’s much more behind what he is actually saying. I think he’s also saying that, a life of crime is seen as a normal life for young black teens as, where they are from there aren’t the resources for them to able to be successful or grow up and have a life to be proud of. Mos Def is criticising the

Posted on November 30, 2015 by Glodi

Act2 Scene2 Summary

In Act 2 Scene 2, Launcelot, (the ‘Clown’ in The Merchant of Venice) has met his father, Gobbo,  for the first time. His father is also blind, and he decides to play a little trick on him. Gobbo asks Launcelot where he can find his son ‘The Master Jew’, but he doesn’t know he is in fact talking to his son Launcelot. Launcelot then decides to give him the directions by saying ‘Turn up on your right hand at the next turning, but at the next turning of all, on your left; marry, at the very next turning, turn of no hand, but turn down indirectly to the Jew’s house.’ This shows that Launcelot is in the play for the sole purpose of making people laugh and brighten their moods, as the play is quite sad and solemn, they put his character in there to make the audience laugh. I know this as he is describing to a blind person how to get somewhere by the things he will be able to see, but he won’t be able to get to where he is trying to get to as he is blind therefore the directions Launcelot is giving to Gobbo are therefore unneeded. It also seems as if by giving him these directions he is mocking him and attempting to make a joke out of him and put a smile on the audience’s faces. Launcelot then decides to tell Gobbo that he is indeed his son, but as expected Gobbo does not believe him as he says a real son would not attempt to play his father for a fool but instead guide them to what they want, and greet them with respect instead of ‘toying’ with them. 

Posted on October 9, 2015 by Glodi

What discrimination is there in the inner city?

In the inner city a lot of discrimination occurs, just from the little things such as, discrimination in a workplace or school environment. Another example of this is when a group of ‘white’ boys wouldn’t want to socialize with ‘black’ boys as the stereotype for boys of that ethnicity isn’t the best at this present moment of time. This can be seen as racism to a certain extent, because, they feel like they are superior to other races, and feel like they are not good enough to be in their presence. Another piece of discrimination that is going in the inner city, is the way people have been treating Muslim’s recently, due to the things that have been going in Syria with the Islamic State terrorist group. Another reason people scrutinize Muslim’s in today’s society is, the terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine which happened in France, and sent shock waves all over the world and made the hashtag ‘#JeSuisCharlie’ trend on Twitter for a couple weeks. This hashtag was to support the people of France and all people who were affected by the attacks to show their respect. This lead to other major politicians all over the world to speak up about the situation of terrorism and how the whole of the world should work together to shut it down. Another piece of evidence of discrimination in the inner city is, the situation going on in America where, the police force are killing innocent young black men with bright futures. It’s at the point where the U.S government would defend a ‘white’ racist serial killer, but would kill a young black man who is in a wheelchair with both hands in the air, and the rest of the society would just turn a blind eye.

Posted on October 9, 2015 by Glodi

Meeting Shylock

The fact that Shylock is simply described as ‘the Jew’, just shows the level of respect that the Jews, or anything to do with the Jewish religion had during that time. I know this because, rather than calling him by his first name, they call him ‘the Jew’, which shows they are attempting to put him down and make others think that the Jews in Venice are not as good as the Christians. This lead to the Jews being put to one side away from the rest of society, during this time it was the first time you heard the use of the word ‘ghetto’, which was used to describe the area that all the Jews were living in. Another piece evidence to suggest this is, that when Jews were going into the city they would receive a lot of abuse from the other people in Venice. You can see this happening during the opening scene of the film version of The Merchant of Venice, where you see  Christians from Venice spitting at Jews who were in the busy bits of Venice. You could also see people burning Torah’s, the Jewish holy book, which in my opinion is the highest level of disrespect you can show to any member of the Jewish community. 

Posted on May 26, 2014 by Christopher

This is Your Online Domain

Hello and welcome to your personal online journal.

Edutronic has been created to enhance and enrich your learning at the London Nautical School. Its purpose is to provide you with an audience for your work (or work-in-progress) and you have the choice (by altering the ‘visibility’ of your posts) of whether your work on here is visible to the world, or only to your teacher.

Anything you post here in the public domain represents you and thus it’s important that you take care with that decision, but don’t be afraid to publish your work – as the feedback you may get from people at home, your peers and people from around the internet is only likely to enhance it.

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