Vincent Ehindero Award II!

Hi everyone! I’m really excited to say that that I’ve been nominated for my second Vincent Ehindero award, by pooja rani. Please take a look at her blog – it is full of interesting insights into her mother country as well as her enlightening opinions, to name a few. Thank you, pooja rani!

Rules:

  • Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog.
  • Make a post of the award (with a photo).
  • Post the rules.
  • Ask 5-10 questions of your choice.
  • Nominate 10-30 other bloggers.
  • Follow Vincent Ehindero at vincentehindero.wordpress.com (to qualify for a free blog promotion and shoutout and more blogging opportunities).

Answers to pooja rani’s Questions:

  1. What is your favourite blog site and why? I don’t have one! I value everybody’s different opinions, and I enjoy any blog site which always ensures an interesting read.
  2. What is your favourite post, and which post is bad? I have lots of favourite posts but one of the top ones would be a post named ‘Gender is Over’, written by a 13 year-old boy named C.J. He explains his gender identity and expression, and writes about his experiences of being gender creative. The reason this post is one of my favourites is that it would be so inspiring and encouraging to those struggling with their gender identity, and is beautifully worded. None of the posts I have read so far can be described as ‘bad’. There will always be something to improve on each and every blog, but this does not make a post ‘bad’.
  3. Write three hobbies which are bad and good. Three good hobbies I have are: reading, as this helps build my vocabulary as well as broadening my imagination; cycling, since this assists in keeping me fit and healthy; and blogging, because this leads me to explore varying opinions and lets me put my thoughts into words. Three bad habits I have are: watching television, since this often leads me to lose track of the time; wasting time online, as this is pointless and leaves no time for the more important things; and eating too many sweet foods, because this eventually leads to weight gain.
  4. If you had a chance to change the world which thing would you change and why? I debated eradicating coronavirus, but my trust in scientists and doctors in fining a cure as well as awareness of bigger underlying issues caused me to change my mind. There are so many things I would want to change, but the most important would be helping those suffering in poverty, so that no person would be rendered homeless and without sufficient resources.
  5. What would you choose: books or your phone for the rest of your life? I would choose my phone, simply because I would be able to read books electronically. While I would most definitely miss the sensation of turning pages, the fresh smell of a new book, and the feel of the pages between my fingers, a phone would be more useful to have (with numerous added benefits, such as contacting others).

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Nominations:

  1. hashtagzindagiwithneha
  2. Karan Mahajan
  3. indianeskitchen
  4. Spoorthy Alla
  5. Gabriel k Jones
  6. elganspo
  7. Zainab Chhatriwala
  8. Anyichie Camillus
  9. Tangie T. Woods
  10. mentalhealth360.uk
  11. Nathi
  12. jeofreyogire
  13. Ava Tripathy
  14. Ingramuniversal.com
  15. Kelly Curtis
  16. SIMRAN TOTLANI
  17. Antonia
  18. The Godly Chic Diaries
  19. Shaunak
  20. Mateo
  21. parneetsachdev
  22. Kally
  23. worddroid
  24. shantanu mishra
  25. Matt P
  26. Cindi
  27. Lucy
  28. drjurisharma
  29. Mizou
  30. WildHeart
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My Questions:

  1. What is your favourite aspect of blogging?
  2. What is your favourite social media platform, and why?
  3. Are you more of an indoors or outdoors person?
  4. Tell me a weird fact about yourself!
  5. What is your favourite season?
  6. What is your favourite memory?
  7. Cats or dogs?
  8. If you were an only child, would you wish to have siblings?
  9. What is your favourite ice-cream flavour?
  10. What three wishes would you ask from a genie?

Thank you all, and I hope you are safe and well!

– TishGirl❤️

 

50 Followers!

Hello everybody! I have exciting news: I now have 50 followers!

It has been just over a month since I revived my blog. It’s been an amazing journey so far, and I owe this journey to each and every supporter. Whether it be a view, like, comment, or follow, I really appreciate it. Thank you so much, to all of you!

On a side note, please do stay safe and I hope you are all well.

Here’s to many more followers in the future!

– TishGirl❤️

Vincent Ehindero Award!

Hello everybody. I hope you’re safe and well during these times of unrest.

I was recently nominated for the Vincent Ehindero award by science_girrrrrl! A big thank you for her nomination, and do check out her blog for interesting posts to do with all things science. She is a great and informative blogger who writes with a unique style.

Rules:

  • Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog.
  • Make a post of the award (with a photo).
  • Post the rules.
  • Ask 5-10 questions of your choice.
  • Nominate 10-30 other bloggers.
  • Follow Vincent Ehindero at vincentehindero.wordpress.com (to qualify for a free blog promotion and shoutout) and more blogging opportunities.

Answers to science_girrrrrl’s Questions:

  1.  What’s your favourite unrealistic eye colour? Turquoise eyes, by far. Honestly, I can’t put it into words. Take a look (pun unintended) at the image below, and you’ll see what I’m talking about. See the source image
  2.  Growing up, what was your favourite story? I have many! Even at a very young age, I was a total bookworm! There was nothing better than snuggling beneath the covers of my bed on a Winter’s day with a book to accompany me. If I had to choose one, it would be ‘Adventures in Puzzle World’, a book I received when I started pre-school. This was a collection of short stories that let my imagination know no bounds! In my mind, I was with each and every character as they trekked through caves, battled pirates, and hopped from planet to planet. I would even dress up, imagining myself going on these magnificent, death-defying adventures and emerging a hero. It was pure bliss to a seven-year-old like me!
  3.  Which song is currently stuck in your head? I know it’s been quite a while since it came out, but I can’t seem to get Dance Monkey (Tones And I) out of my head! The catchy tune and rhythmic beat seem to make an annoyingly brilliant combination!
  4.  Which chore do you absolutely hate doing? The dishes. Does anything more need to be said?
  5.  If leaves were any different colour, which would you like them to be? Autumn is my favourite season, with all things coral orange, lemon yellow, and crimson red. Leaves do indeed have these hues, but only in the Autumn. It would be beautiful to see these colours on leaves all year round. Another interesting colour, perhaps, would be transparent…
  6.  If you had the chance to learn any language, minus the hard work, which would it be? One of the sign languages. It would be a welcome change to learn a language without speech, and generally interesting. Alternately, I would love to learn Hindi. As well as being a widely-spoken language, it would be great to have the ability to speak the main language of my country, India. I already speak Bengali, but Hindi would be useful to learn.
  7.  According to you, what was the last experience that made you a stronger person? In these troublesome times, it would be going into lockdown. Each dreary day of waking up with nothing to do or look forward to all day has taken its mental toll. The uncertainty, whether a cough is just a cough or an indication of disease, is haunting. The disconnection from friends and wider family leaves me helpless. Of course, this is among the least of the disease’s toll upon the world, with each death a tragedy. While it may be trivial to others, accepting the course this deadly disease could potentially take on my loved ones has mentally prepared me for the effects of Covid-19 to come. On this note, I hope you all stay safe and are able to avoid suffering from the coronavirus.
  8.  Do you believe in afterlives and reincarnation? As a Hindu, my religion dictates that reincarnation occurs after death, and the ‘afterlife’ is reached (God’s union with the atman/soul) after generating enough good karma. Enough of the RS lesson!
  9.  Let’s say you were doomed to speak only one word for an entire day. What word would it be? Help! I may not need to use the word ‘help’ during the day, but it would come in useful in an emergency.
  10.  What’s your favourite kind of workout? Any workout that doesn’t require me to do physical exercise! I’m much too lazy… Does a brain workout count?

 

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Nominations:

  1. taikisy
  2. Katie Miller
  3. Deep Tuesdays
  4. sakshi ‘s poetry
  5. Resa
  6. Sonam Tsering
  7. Roberto
  8. SumitOfficial
  9. Elizabeth Burns
  10. LifeTube
  11. ApostleTakimQuotes
  12. Deepsh
  13. bubblebathselfempowerment
  14. Rising Star
  15. SaaniaSparkle 🧚
  16. Brothers Campfire/The Storyteller
  17. stevescountry
  18. deeply shreded
  19. Sheree
  20. Farida Hakim
  21. Anish Nair
  22. Devon Brock
  23. Ianus Christius
  24. Haroon Mirza
  25. Lydia Potter
  26. sarthak2700
  27. kopfundgestalt
  28. The Freethinker
  29. Adi
  30. Paul

My Questions:

  1. Who is your role model, and why?
  2. What are your hobbies?
  3. What would you do with a million pounds/dollars?
  4. What is one thing you would change about yourself?
  5. Chinese or Indian food?
  6. What is the thing you are most proud of?
  7. Sweet or savoury?
  8. Recommend me a book!
  9. Which country is your favourite, and why?
  10. Why did you choose to blog?

Thank you all, and I hope you are well!

– TishGirl❤️

 

 

A Daydream’s Fancies

A Daydream’s Fancies

Take me afar where the moon rides nigh

And stars sit on my fingers.

Fly me away from this maddening crowd

To where a smile forever lingers.

A place where wonders never cease,

Where the cosmos kneels to me.

My heart as if fit to burst – 

For this is where my soul is free.

Take me away, my charming freer.

Paradise lures from afar.

I long to be under the navy abyss,

Under many a sparkling star.

I await restlessly for the beckon of day,

To experience my musings divine.

Why so special are these fancies, you ask?

For this ‘reality’ is none but mine.

By Ritisha Baidyaray

Ebony-Skinned

I recently wrote a poem based on the transatlantic slave trade, which occurred from the 16th to 19th centuries. Since this is such a sensitive issue, I tried my best to capture the emotions of those enslaved in such horrific conditions. This is in honour of the enslaved Africans who suffered unjustly.

Ebony-Skinned

Kente cloth adorns his body,

Complete with a youthful grin.

His soul is at its peak of joy, with

Pride in his ebony skin.

The sudden boom of an approaching gun

Startles him in his wake.

Whisked away by pale ghostly spirits

He must obey, for his life is at stake.

He is taken at gunshot to a colossal ship

Upon which the torture does begin.

Week upon week of shaming dehumanisation

Shatters his body and soul within.

He is bid to a cotton plantation.

Months of burning the midnight oil.

Branded. Identity stolen.

Months become years of merciless toil.

His ebony skin – once the pride of existence

Has become a symbol of lesser worth.

He longs to be freed from this cycle of life

But he is trapped on this hell upon earth.

Ritisha Baidyaray

The Red Shoes Ballet Review

I recently went to the ‘Red Shoes’ ballet in the Birmingham Hippodrome, and here is a review I wrote:

     On Thursday 13th of February 2020, L4th was thrilled to have the unmissable opportunity to venture to the Birmingham Hippodrome, to watch the famed ‘The Red Shoes’ ballet. Viewing a ballet would be a new experience for many, including myself, so it was with high hopes and effervescent manners that we anticipated the ballet.

     The purpose of our trip to the Birmingham Hippodrome was to see for ourselves how music can assist in complementing the style, atmosphere, and mood of dance. This would be fitting with our current ‘Music for Dance’ topic, which we are studying in Music. Experiencing the ballet would help in identifying the features in music for each individual dance.

     The music used was particularly effective in that it rose and fell along with the mood and tone of the part being portrayed in the ballet. I can specifically recall the orchestral music playing in a forte, and emotive manner at a point of high tension in the ballet. I liked that the music reflected the ongoings of the ballet, since this assisted in understanding it (especially in parts where the plot was ambiguous).

     I was genuinely spellbound post viewing the spectacular choreography used by the dancers, particularly the main characters such as Victoria (Ashley Shaw) and Julian Craster (Dominic North). A feature of the ballet that continues to remain with me is Dominic North’s dance solo, due to its dramatic and thought-provoking choreography. The choreography was perfect in that it was always clean-cut and synchronised.

The designer had effectively put the set and lighting to full use. During the times at which Vicky and the rest of Lermontov’s troop were performing to the onstage ‘audience’, it was completely clear due to the use of the moving curtains. Another standout piece of set was the sliding screens from the wings, as they provided an interesting equipment for the choreography to be based around. The lighting, too, was reflective of the mood of the ballet. For example, in depressing parts of the ballet, the lighting became blue (associated with sadness).

I had a personal appreciation for the costumes since they showed the type of clothing that people of the 1940s would have worn, so the historical context was present. I liked this as it added a more realistic touch to the tale.

     If I had to point out a criticism, however, it would be to make the plot clearer. This is due to the fact that there were times at which I was confused at what was going on in the ballet. An addition such as narration may have helped. Despite this, I would undoubtedly recommend ‘The Red Shoes’ to anyone because it was entertaining and the audience was able to empathise with each and every character (since they showed such emotion in their dancing).

Personally, I have learnt that music in ballet can help in building tension and creating atmosphere, which would be a useful addition to any type of emotive dance. Music can be the key to portraying emotions, and helps in the understanding of the ballet.

– (Edited with the assistance of my music teacher.)

The 2020 Academy Awards

Blinding lights of numerous cameras, pining to capture a fragment of your enchanting looks. A cascading dress, accentuated and perfectly complemented by the rouge blush of the red carpet. Fan upon fan, mesmerised at the sight of their idol, hustling and bustling to get that One. Step. Closer…

And you awake from your dream, not nearly ready for the drudgery of your ordinary life. While we may not be fortunate enough to experience the renowned Academy Awards, this dream was a reality for lucky few on the 10th of February (at 1 AM GMT time, no less). The 92nd Academy Awards made history, with the critically-acclaimed Parasite claiming a whopping four Oscars, to funky and flashy outfits stealing the show.

    Parasite was one of the show-stopping films of the annual Academy Awards, becoming the first foreign film in Oscars history to receive an award for Best Picture. It was proud to claim Best Original Screenplay, Best International Feature, and Best Director, in addition, with Bong Joon-Ho (director of Parasite) joking, “After winning best international feature I thought I was done for the day and ready to relax.” Brad Pitt made a dig at the US Senate during his acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor, “They said I have 45 seconds. Which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week.” While the crowd found the joke rip-roaringly hilarious, supporters online were quick to respond with disappointment of yet another mention of tedious politics. Meanwhile, Rebel Wilson and James Corden were quick to bring on the laughter with their cat outfits (complete with face-paint) to represent Cats when presenting the award for visual effects.

The Academy Awards have wrapped up for yet another year, with comical jokes and emotive speeches being among the highlights of this year. With such triumphing successes among unexpected winners, who knows what next year’s Academy Awards will present?!

Food Groups Experiment – KEHS

After a much-needed Christmas break, L4K were back in the lab, ready to begin their new topic of food groups! We kick-started 2020 Biology with an experiment – the perfect way to start any term!

     Apparatus consisted of four test tubes and a test tube holder, as well as the food groups we were testing and their reagents. First up was starch with the iodine reagent, turning from a fiery orange to a deep blue-black. There was a unanimous gasp as the unexpected colour change occurred, and the fact that starch was present was confirmed. Next, was protein with the biuret reagent, the colour change from a sky-blue to a light lilac hue. The aesthetic shades of the colour change were much appreciated, and were all the confirmation we needed to state that protein was present. Following this was lipids (fats) with ethanol, whereupon the clear/colourless starting state had been transformed to milky/cloudy white. Albeit some confusion at first at the little colour change observed, we proceeded to shake the test tubes vigorously (after which we were rewarded with a lovely bubbling milky mix)! Last but not least, we tested sugars with the benedicts reagent. After the sky-blue benedicts had merely given the sugars a blue-ish tinge, we placed the test tubes in a hot water bath. Our curiosity was wholly satisfied after observing a dramatic colour change from sky-blue to varying shades of brick red, orange, and yellow.

As you can see, our first lesson back was extremely productive, and I can vouch that each and every member from L4K has learnt something new. While getting involved and seeing for ourselves how actual scientists tested for various nutrients was greatly enjoyable, we were happy to apply our new-found knowledge to studying more and more of the food groups topic. With such an interesting experiment to begin with, who knows what the rest of the term will bring?

Athena’s Intervention

  • Hello and a belated happy 2020 to you all! I recently wrote a poem inspired by Minerva/Athena of ancient mythology, as part of an entry to a competition. I would like to share my poem with you, and I hope you enjoy reading it!

ATHENA’S INTERVENTION

Poses upon his throne of grandeur,
Moulding to his tyranny.
A malevolent frown with dagger-like eyes
Twists his features most horrendously.

Here be a dictator, feared and proud,
With solid heart of ice.
Tremble upon mention of his name – 
Or deign to pay the price.

Freedom unheard of among the King’s court:
His command is law to all.
From dusk till dawn they toil away
Enjailed by the King’s haunting call.

Years pass like the turn of day,
Hope dwindles, waning in plight.
But word spreads like a wildfire, swift,
Of a revolution soon to ignite.

On velvet wings like a preying owl
Comes Athena in highest splendour.
From resplendent hair to her sandal-clad feet,
Not a single person fails to fear her.

The King himself in his glory and pomp
Trembles, shaken by the warrior’s might.
With a fluid grin masking his quivering fear, 
The King greets Athena with false delight.

Promachos laughs – a sinister sound –
And turns to face her kin.
“Free my people of their toil and sweat,
Lest a heavenly brawl to begin!”

The King declines with a sadistic sneer,
Letting loose a fanatical roar.
All intentions of a civil exchange
Are discarded in place of power and gore.

Athena combats with stealth and grace,
But the King with the brutest of force.
Never such fight had been witnessed before
Without the slightest shade of remorse.

A warrior’s cry pierces sharp in the sky
As Athena plunges her sword through the air.
But pity and sorrow befalls her face
And her sword remains stagnant midair.

The King erupts to rapturous praise,
Grovelling at her holy feet.
Yet she looks away with a distant gaze
For her kin’s suffering is to abate.

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Years have flown on the breath of the wind,
And in hushed whispers talk the freed, of the fight.
They know in their heart of their saviour true,
For none can match Athena’s might.

14/04/2019 – Day 3 Thingvellir National Park/ Geysir/ Gullfoss/ Kerid Crater – Iceland

Today was a day not to be missed, consisting of touring the renowned Golden Circle and the Kerid Crater. Primarily we journeyed to Thingvellir National Park to witness a rare occurrence. Thingvellir is where two tectonic plates crashed then separated from the impact. Not only this, but Thingvellir is where most important historical events took place. For example, Norse clan representatives held meetings here and Iceland Asatru was abandoned here (the Old Norse pagan beliefs) to name a few. Thingvellir is geologically enhanced – being the clearest area in the nation above sea-level to see both sides of the Mid-Atlantic Rift, and features many exclusive ravines and gorges. One of the highlights of Thingvellir was being sprayed by the cooling droplets of Öxarárfoss: it was an idyllic moment that will always remain in my mind’s camera.
Next we ventured to the famed Geysir – this was an ethereal experience. Many onlookers much like ourselves were gazing as the boiling waters of the Skattur geysir started to bubble. Then the rumble of a beast waiting to be unleashed; and a dome of turquoise-blue arose. Another split-second and a towering spray of scattering droplets rose to an immeasurable height before dying down, only to be liberated another six to ten minutes later.
An Iceland trip could not be complete without visiting Gullfoss. The 32-metre cascading waterfall was most definitely my favourite tourist area in Iceland. The magnanimity of the whole thing left me utterly speechless. It wowed me that such a beauty, such a gem in the crown of Earth’s wonders could be so ethereal yet had the power to devastate on a massive scale. As the waters filled every nook and cranny of neighbouring rocks and crevices, I breathed in the scene. The English vocabulary falls short of the beauty I had witnessed at the heart of the Golden Circle.
This we followed by a short stop at the Kerid Crater – brick-red slopes (due to fresh iron content) caressed the royal turquoise waters. It was no surprise that the waters were pristine and perfectly coloured as the minerals from the slopes were exuding into the lake. The Kerid Crater was a particularly memorable end to our day as the vibrant colours lingered in my eyes long after the visit.

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