Endings

(Don’t worry, no spoilers in the post, may be some in the comments)

The Hunger Games. My favourite series. When I originally read the final installment, I was consumed for weeks. I couldn’t even look at the damned book for a few days. I don’t know why it has such an impact, perhaps it’s the immense journey undertaken by the characters, and as a result, their development. The constant twists that force you to read on and the numerous decisions taken by each character, which makes you ask, “what if…?”.
I understand that it isn’t a literary masterpiece, but I would say it’s a powerful series of books.

I know a lot of people didn’t like the ending of the Hunger Games trilogy.
They say she (Collins) rushed the ending. I sort of agree. They may also dislike the whole of the last book, as Collins tried to expand the universe too much, but I don’t agree.
The departing of some characters was quite sudden, devoting only one or two lines to major characters. However, I think it is rounded off sufficiently, just to give enough information to describe the lives some go on to lead, so that it’s not a cliffhanger, and leaving the rest to the reader.

These are the ending lines of the Hunger Games trilogy:

It’s like a game. Repetitive. Even a little tedious after more than twenty years.

But there are much worse games to play.

Every time I read this, I die a little inside.

 

Faith in Humanity… Slightly Restored!

Life of a Bunch of People

As a follow on post from my previous link, hacking group, Anonymous, have posted an audio message to the members of the EDL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uG-01A_Yfdg

These are the people who can change the world.

We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget. 
Expect us.

For those who don’t know, the English Defence League is a group of right-wing extremists, who are often criticised for their Nazi salutes. In the UK, they have been inciting racial hatred after the murder of a British soldier by two Muslims on the streets.

With this, yesterday’s news showed an article about how a Mosque offered tea to EDL protesters, and afterwards even played a game of football. They did this to people who despise their way of life, their religion and their heritage. In the words of Charles Ramsey, they’ve “got some big testicles to pull this off.”

Lastly, on…

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Teachers, Exams and Riots

Revising for exams now, not much time to write so I put in a couple of links instead.

Although on the subject of exams, it’s probably a good time to fit in a quote during my hours of totally-revising-and-not-procrastinating: 

“When students cheat on exams it’s because our school system values grades more than students value learning.”

– Neil deGrasse Tyson

http://www.guardian.co.uk/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2013/may/11/secret-teacher-teaching-climate-fear-ofsted

I would say that this is quite relevant to the UK, and that the education system is now just Michael Gove’s (minister for education – in case you didn’t know) plaything.

There is a reason why the UK is in downturn, and it will continue in the future. The youth are being disregarded, even though we are the country’s future. Whilst David Cameron is making statements like this, proving that it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-13173505

The obvious disregard for anyone else other than his rich bum-chums is blatant, even for a 16 year old. How is it that the corrupt politicians get away with a scolding when they are obviously lining their own pockets; the bankers only lose their knighthoods after crippling the financial system and ruining people’s way of life, yet those who retaliate (london riots, anyone?) are immediately locked up and silenced? It’s pretty pathetic when the only voice some people have is mindless violence. Oh, don’t forget the sacrifices Cameron made during the riots: he had to cut his luxury holiday to Italy short. 

“They were careless people… they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”

– Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, The Great Gastby

Just Like Clockwork

Clockwork

Just opened up my bedside clock at a whim, I thought I saw something pretty interesting, so I scribbled it down.

Click on the pic to see it properly.

Life of a Bunch of People

Palms are sweaty. Knees trembling, unable to carry my weight. My stomach is doing backflips.

Keep calm.

I close my eyes, exhale. It’s good to be nervous.

But I’m not nervous: I’m terrified.

The doors open, a crack of light intrudes the dark elevator. My calm has been broken. Terror clamps back onto me as I recoil back into the walls of the elevator: my final sanctuary. I resist as I am forced into the bright, harsh light of the dressing room. I am bombarded with advice as my prep team work, I try to remember, but my head is filled with death. I try to stay focused, but I feel dizzy and lethargic. My hair is wrenched back into a pigtail as I am wrenched back into the reality of my situation. Keep calm.

I am going to be sick.

I am marched down a hallway, the white harsh…

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