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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Iceland's controversial advert tells us everything we need to know about palm oil- Writing Wednesday

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Earlier last week, my sister told me about this advert that Iceland made which stated that their products were going to have zero palm oil in them. Me and my family have only recently found out about the devastation palm oil can cause to the habitat of orangutans. To get palm oil, you need to take away all the trees because it's a big business that needs lots of space. This has fueled rainforest destruction in places like Indonesia and Malaysia which together account for 85% of the worlds palm oil production. You can find palm oil in practically anything like baked goods (e.g. cookies,puff pastry, bread,crisps, and chocolate) as well as in soaps and shampoos. There is no escaping it. But as always, there are 2 sides to every story.

Many of the people who work in the palm oil industry are extremely poor and are desperate to grasp any money they can find. Many have families that they need to look after so they cannot afford to not work in the industry, especially since it's big business. It is also promoted as a way to develop poorer countries. Not only this, but there has been signs of child labour.  Many children are made to carry large loads of heavy fruit; a massive attack against people's basic human rights. The children are probably also providing for their poorer families. 

Why has the advert caused so much controversy? Well, adverts are supposed to be all about promoting a brand's product. Many people feared that the advert contained to many political ideas. Although Iceland was stating in the advert that they were manufacturing their products with zero palm oil, for those who disagree, it can be a massive attack. This is due to the fact that adverts cannot promote a particular ideology. 

Iceland food


Today, I found out that the advert was banned from airing on TV. Although I understand where people are coming from, palm oil has been such a hot topic and we keep on saying how companies should do more. The fact that Iceland is taking the chance of creating in my opinion, an educational advert, is a step in the right direction to a safer efficient environment. I also believe that we need to give the workers a better alternative like eco-tourism and not just rip away their only source of income. 

How can we make the industry better? Do you agree with the advert being banned? Let me know in the comments below and I will be sure to reply to them. I ♡ hearing from you!

See you Saturday for another dance post,

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XOX, Juliette

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Monday, 12 November 2018

Never feel ashamed to voice your opinion and never let anyone steal your mind-#jumpintomonday- Lifestyle Monday

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I don't know if people outside of Britain have something like this in schools but here we have a thing called conference day which is a day where you learn something unconventional and would probably not do in normal everyday lessons. For this conference day, the topic was life skills.  In this one part of the day, we learnt about mental health and depression. Why this had anything to do with life skills, I do not know. It was going pretty smoothly at first. They were talking about what effects mental health problems had on people and those around them and why it's important to speak about these sorts of things. Then as the teacher flicked over to the next slide, things turned sour pretty quickly. This slide was labelled "Things you cannot say incase it offends someone with a mental health problem." Now some of the words I could understand why they were mentioned like "psycho" and "idiot" but it also depends on the context the person is saying those things in. For example, if I was getting annoyed at my phone and shouted "oh you idiot" that cannot be offending anyone because I'm not directing it at anyone in particular. There were also stupid things said like you cannot mention the word "mental" in a sentence because apparently, that's offensive. When they used The word mental in previous slides. The thing that made me the most annoyed about this slide though was that it said "Things you cannot say." We live in a society where we can say what we want and if we tell someone otherwise, we are going against the freedom of speech which is a basic human right. You may think what someone is saying is totally outrageous but you cannot stop them from saying it. If they're breaking other people's human rights then there will be consequences to what they have said, but you cannot stop them from saying what they have to say. So at that moment in time, I just said to myself "I can say what I want and they will not steal my mind."

Thoughts? Let me know in the comments below and I will be sure to reply to them. I ♡ hearing from you!

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XOX, Juliette

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Sunday, 11 November 2018

100 years later- Gone but never forgotten- Remembrance day special

"They shall not grow old,as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them,nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them."

To the 60 people that died during WW1 in my village. Many of them were either buried in the location that they fell or were missing and never found. 

"Their name liveth for evermore." Rudyard Kipling
From my trip to the Somme and Arras.










In Flanders fields- John Mccrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses,row on row,
That Mark our place; and in the sky
The larks,still bravely singing,fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived,felt dawn,saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved,and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

           


#thankyou100

Thank you to those who died and got people to where they are today.
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XOX, Juliette

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Saturday, 10 November 2018

Dance diary entry #2-Dance Saturday

Dance diary 18/10/18 
We began class with our standard warm up which I went into more detail in my jazz strides entry.  Our focus for the lesson were jazz turns.  We did our preparations first with no practice and we found that there were things we needed to work on.  Firstly, we needed to make sure that we were not turning out like we do in ballet when we stepped out to the side in jazz second. We had to keep our hips in the same position just moving our left leg out to the side.  Secondly, when we stepped to the back with our left foot behind and our right foot forward, we had to make sure to bend both legs.  Keeping our right leg bent, we lifted our left toe up to our right knee and with our arms in a slight circle in front of us, we had to pull up in our back.  We tended to lean forward whilst doing our turns which wasn’t correct, we had to keep low but still pull up in our back. After some practice, we did the preparations for the turns again and improved from our first try. However, we needed to make sure that we made our arms sharper by using stronger dynamics. Sharp dynamics is part of the unique features in the jazz style. Our arms are not as softly placed like in ballet there has got to be an accent and a rhythm. We attempted our jazz preparations using sharper arms and this time, we added a single turn on the end. I struggled to stop turning so I think I just need to work on the amount of power I put into each turn.  I need to use less power to achieve a single turn.

What do you struggle with in dance? Let me know in the comments below and I will be sure to reply to them. I ♡ hearing from you!

See you tomorrow for a remembrance day special,

Bye,

XOX, Juliette

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Wednesday, 7 November 2018

What all vegans need to hear- Behind the glamorous Mediterranean- Writing Wednesday

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I recently sat down and watched Simon Reeve's documentary on the Mediterranean with my mum and my sister and was shocked by what I saw. The journey of the migrants crossing over Ceuta, the busiest shipping lanes injuring passing dolphins, and the amount of plastic that fishermen dig up from the bottom of the seabed is just horrendous. But what is more shocking to me is how ignorant we are about this one particular subject. It made me realise that in the grand scheme of things, nothing is cruelty free.

On one of his trips, Simon visited greenhouses that grow and cultivate the majority of our fruits and vegetables. The workers were all migrants that had crossed over from neighbouring Africa. These greenhouses are made up of large plastic sheets- a cheap but successful alternative used in mass production. These greenhouses provide the work migrants need to survive. And although the business is successful, it does not mean that the workers get treated fairly. One of the migrants was interviewed and he said that if the boss didn't think you were doing the job correctly, he would hit you. People do know that these plantations exist. As soon as Simon stepped out of one of the greenhouses, he was on a main road.

Not only this but the apartment that is run by the local council is unsafe for any human to live in. It's got exposed wires, it's cramped, the walls have holes in them but they house a lot of migrants in one apartment. The migrants cannot escape from this because their wages are too low. While this is all happening, the bosses are making all the money without doing the dirty work. 

During the destruction of the greenhouses, the plastic does not go to a proper landfill or gets recycled. Instead, it gets chucked away in the nearby desert. It rarely rains in the desert, but when it does, it can produce mass flooding. This means that the yards of plastic eventually gets washed away into the ocean. Something the nearby fisherman will have to clear up.

So to the vegans out there eating your plant-based food, claiming its cruelty free, think more about where your food comes from. On the grander scale, it could be contributing to the to the terrible ways the workers get treated as well as the destruction of our environment. 

What can we do better? Let me know in the comments below and I will be sure to reply to them. I ♡ hearing from you.

See you next time,

Bye,

XOX,Juliette

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Monday, 5 November 2018

The 2 worst school trips I've been on- storytime- Lifestyle Monday

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I have been on some terrible school trips throughout my time at secondary school. One was a language trip where I visited a fake town. The other was a canal trip where all we did was opening and closing locks. Want to hear the full stories? Please keep on reading.

I think it was in year 8 when I went on this languages trip. Not many people I knew went but I still had my good friend Emma to sit next to on the bus. Firstly, the drive there was like 2 hours long so by the time we actually got to the place, I was expecting something good. When we got inside the building, we went inside this room and did a French quiz which was really boring. Then we were told a few safety measures. We were also told that they hired an actor to pretend to be a robber and steal all the fake food from the shop and we had to try and find him. We were given a list of French and German things and we had to go to the different fake places in the fake town to try and figure out what they were. After we finished that activity, there were these people who made crepes for us in the fake kitchen which we ate. While we were eating,  the "robber" pitched up and we were told to catch him which was easy because he didn't try to run away. Then we finished by going on the 2 hour trip back home!

The next trip was a 5 day residential. My sister had warned me about this trip but I stupidly went anyway because I thought she was just exaggerating. It was in a place called Warwickshire and the school had hired some canal boats for us to stay in. Again, we drove quite a long way so I was expecting something good. Unfortunately, not only did I have to stay with 2 bossy teachers, I also had to stay with these girls that I did not like. The only person that I was okay with was my friend Jin-yu. Everyone else I highly disliked. What made it worse was that we were on canal boats, so they were cramped and we got on each others nerves. We got on the boat, unloaded our luggage and food and set off. It was alright at first, until we got to the first lock. From there on then it was non-stop on and off the boat. The whole trip, the teachers did nothing but move a stick to steer the boat. Not only that, but at the end of a long day of tirelessly opening and closing locks, we had the make the food for us and the teachers. No one one on the boat apart from me and my friend could actually cook anything so in the end, we ended up making all the food!

Do you have a terrible school trip that you've been on? Let me know in the comments below and I will be sure to reply to them. I ♡ hearing from you!

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XOX,Juliette

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Saturday, 3 November 2018

How to devise a routine- Dance Saturday

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If you are choosing dance as a GCSE/BTEC option, you are going to need to know how to come up with a routine. I know That in BTEC dance, you might need to come up with a solo or a group routine to show the examiners what you can do. So it is always a good idea to get devising under your belt. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you on your way.


  1. Choose a style that your comfortable and confident in. By doing this, you are eliminating your chances of getting things wrong with your technique.
  2. If you are confident enough, you can try combining together 2 different dance styles. If you can make it work, you will really impress the examiners.
  3. Choose a storyline that reflects something that has happened in your life. By doing this, you are really bringing a lot of emotion and feeling to the dance.
  4. If you're struggling to come up with moves, turn on your favourite music and start improvising. This will really help with deciding what steps you want to add to your routine.
  5. Finally, once you've finished choreographing your routine, it's a good idea to film it or write the steps down so that you don't forget.
Any other tips? Let me know in the comments below and I will be sure to reply to them. I ♡ hearing from you.

See you on Monday for another lifestyle post,

Bye,

XOX, Juliette

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018

🎃My favourite Halloween memory🎃- Writing Wednesday

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Me and my sister always carved our pumpkins together. We would make fancy designs and even have mini "competitions" as to who could make the better pumpkin face. It was good fun. We would first start by carving out the insides. Saving the flesh for soup and the seeds as snacks. We would then cut out the top as the lid and we would start to carve away at the face. This one time, I made a really cute face on my pumpkin. It did not look scary at all! I must have become attached to it because I would simply not let it go. Lol. Days and days passed and the thing was basically rotting away. But it felt mean to throw it away. Eventually 2 weeks passed and we threw it away because it was basically a rotting mass!

What is your favourite memory of Halloween? Let me know in the comments below and I will be sure to reply to them. I ♡ reading what you have to say.

See you next time,

Bye,

XOX, Juliette

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Monday, 29 October 2018

Publishing my best history essay from year 9- Lifestyle Monday

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I wanted to publish my best history essay from year 9 because I thought it would help you guys who are maybe in year 9, write your history essay. This essay is on Anne Frank since we could choose what to do our essay on. I did not agree with the things I said in the essay but I thought it was quite an interesting point to put across since everyone seems to write the same thing about Anne Frank. Hope you enjoy!





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Saturday, 27 October 2018

Quick stretch with me + a few health benefits by doing dance-Dance Saturday

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Today I am going to be showing you a stretching routine that you can do in your room quickly after homework. This routine should take approximately 10  minutes and if you do it regularly, you should be keeping up your flexibility. As well as showing you guys some stretches, I am also going to be sharing with you some health benefits by doing dance. Hope you enjoy!


For this stretching session, I used the Capezio slip on jazz shoes but you can do it with socks on or barefoot.




Dance can improve your mental health by putting a boost on your overall happiness. It also allows you to express yourself and release your emotions.



Dance helps to improve your co-ordination, core strength, and flexibility. Things like co-ordination skills are needed when you are doing jazz turns or pirouettes.



Dance can improve your cardiovascular health as well as improving your overall stamina. At school in dance, we do a lot of running around the studio and cardio exercises which all improves your stamina.



Dance also helps to strengthen your bones and muscles which reduces the chance of abstaining any related illnesses.



Dance is a calm exercise that you can do to relieve stress. On stressful days, I found that dance really helped me to relax.



Dance can also boost your confidence and improve your overall outlook on life.



I also found that dance really helped to improve my concentration. In dance you really have to concentrate on what you're doing in order to grasp the routine.


What does dance help you with? Dance really helps me to express my thoughts and feelings. Let me know your in suggestions the comments below, I ♡ hearing from you!

See you on Monday for another lifestyle post,

Bye,

XOX, Juliette

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018

The cotton industry and its effects on our planet- Writing Wednesday

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Recently, I watched a documentary called Fashion's Dirty Secrets with Stacey Dooley and I was shocked by what I had seen. We constantly talk about the effects of plastic on our environment but little do we know that cotton has a large impact on our planet too. If we are globally producing 100 billion new garments from new fibres every year, our planet will simply not be able to handle the impact-as Stacey Dooley quoted. So what is the damage? Here are a few examples.


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Back in the 60s, the Aral Sea in Kazakhstan, covered 68,000 sq km. It was known as one of the biggest inland seas in the world with a full ecosystem and attracting loads of tourists. However, it has shrunk dramatically due to the cotton production. Stacey drove for 3 hours on what once was the seabed. This catastrophe is all down to the fact that we can use up to 15,000 litres of water to grow cotton to make one pair of jeans.

Another big issue lies in the international hub for clothes production in Indonesia. Due to the cheap garment industry, chemical waste is discarded into the nearby Citarum River by 400 factories during manufacturing. Dr Sunardi, a nearby toxicologist, tested the river water and found high traces of mercury, cadmium,lead and arsenic. Many families on the nearby river can't get access to clean water so they drink and bathe in the river water. Many have incurable skin conditions including children and small babies. 


In textiles produced in the EU, cotton is the most used fibre. Since it totals 43% of clothing sold,it might not sound like an extreme polluter in the way oil is. However, the manufacturing process includes using pesticides in cotton farming, toxic dyes that eventually get carelessly chucked into rivers as well as natural resources, like water, which causes huge shortages.

What I found was most shocking was that big brands such as ASOS, H&M and Primark, who probably produce clothes in those factories, simply just don't want to listen to what is happening. Stacey made numerous phone calls and emails to their managements but many just didn't answer or answered with a mediocre message. Stacey even attended an event where these big brands were trying to make their products more environmentally friendly and even there, they refused to answer her questions face to face.



This may be a global catastrophe, but there are businesses and people willing to make a change and a positive impact. 


Head of the the global product innovation for the jeans brand Levi's,Paul Dillinger told Stacey that his team are working on taking old garments, chemically deconstructing them to make it look and feel like cotton but with zero water impact.

Niomi Smart, a well known influencer on YouTube, is hoping to change people's attitudes about buying into fast fashion. She quoted-"Rather than going directly to retailers, I’d talk to my audience," she said."As a consumer, let’s change our attitudes. The beauty of what I do is I can take my audience on a journey with me. It’s letting people know they can wear the same outfit more than once or swap clothes with friends. It's more: let's talk about this; what can we do to make more of an effort, and be more conscious about the environment?"

Since then, she has taken the time to declutter her wardrobe and keep only the clothes she wears often.

Niomi Smart


What am I going to do about this?
I have never really been a bad shopper in the first place. But I will be honest, there has been times when I did go out and I did buy a little more than I needed and that is what has to change. Maybe I could start shopping more in charity shops when I do want to splurge on some items. I am also going to try my hardest to buy clothes when I really need them. Recently, I bought some jeans from Tesco because I needed new jeans. As an influencer, I am going to try and educate more people about this subject. As Niomi Smart said, it's not necessarily about going to retailers but more so about educating our audience as consumers, to buy less clothes from the fast fashion industry.

What can we do better with the cotton/clothes industry? I quite liked the idea of changing the cotton from old garments into something that looks and feels like cotton but uses zero water. Let me know some of your opinions in the comments below. I ♡ hearing from you!

See you guys on Saturday for another dance post,

Bye

XOX, Juliette

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