5 Reasons To Start Loving Classical Music

Thought Catalog

I was on the subway this morning when I heard two men talking about a “Richard Wagner.” They were trying to remember where they had heard the name, eventually concluding that he sounded familiar from their days of collecting baseball cards. “He was on the Pittsburgh Pirates,” one of them shouted emphatically, as if having finally gotten to the bottom of a complex mystery. No doubt they were thinking of Honus — not Richard — Wagner, the notoriously speedy baseball player, but it was a bit of a shame that they had mistaken the great 19th-century German composer with a shortstop. I didn’t say anything, contented to finish up a bit of last minute homework rather than interject in a conversation I wasn’t a part of, but a portion of me was saddened by the fate classical music faces now that even the all-stars are forgotten.

No doubt there’s much…

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My Response to ‘Guns in America’

If nobody owned guns, nobody would be shooting people. To everyone but America, the need to abolish such stupidly lax rights is greater than ever. Let’s face it, if guns had been outlawed years and years ago, like they should’ve been, there’s a great argument that the Aurora and Sandy Hook shootings may not have happened because the perpatrators behind those attacks wouldn’t have got the guns so easily.

The whole reason, for Americans to bear arms is to protect themselves from the British, should we decide to invade. Like that’s going to happen (!) The US is more powerful than the UK. The UK is not going to invade. Hence, the Second Amendment being (pretty much) invalid.

The argument that kapoole mentions: ‘To me the number of people who have died from gunfire solidifies my point that I should have the right to own a gun. If there are people out there killing others with guns, I feel like I need to be able to defend myself’… As a civilised human being, I cannot begin to comprehend your view. If America caught up with the rest of civilisation and outlawed guns, justice would be done.

The attitude of the people has put the President between a rock and a hard place. He is under pressure from both sides of the argument, but is on the right path. Outlawing guns will be an act that reflects well upon America in later years. However, the people just don’t care. They protest. But how many massacres will it take until their moral compasses point anywhere near north?

Why is it that many Western countries, such as Britain, only have had to have 1, 2 or maybe even 3 massacres before they raise their hands and say: ‘We were wrong. Guns have got to go’. The UK only had 2 major massacres (Hungerford and Dunblane), each resulting in tightened gun laws. [Northern Island is a little freer, but nowhere near as bad as America.] We do have some pro-gun organisations, but hardly anyone’s heard of them and not a lot care because the UK is safe. Check this: The United Kingdom has one of the lowest rates of gun homicides in the world. There were 0.07 recorded intentional homicides committed with a firearm per 100,000 inhabitants in 2010, compared to the 3.0 in the United States (over 40 times higher) and 0.21 in Germany (3 times higher).

I rest my case.

Guns In America

The text I am about to post after this is my reponse to this article. Enjoy.

Digestible Politics

Gun policy has been a very contentious issue in recent years, especially in the light of the incidents at Sandy Hook and Aurora. As a result Obama has made some key proposals:

  • Reintroduce an expired ban on “military-style” assault weapons
  • Limit ammunition magazines to 10 rounds
  • Background checks on all gun sales
  • Ban on possession and sale of armour-piercing bullets
  • Harsher penalties for gun-traffickers, especially unlicensed dealers who buy arms for criminals
  • Approve the appointment of the head of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives


Here are some statistics on guns in America which sparked Obama’s desire to propose such changes”

  •  9,960 people were killed by a gun in the USA in 2010, a rate of 3.2 per 100,000 people.
  • They have the 26th highest death rate by guns annually in the world
  • Gun ownership is declining – In 1990 46% of households and 29% of individuals said…

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Margaret Thatcher- The Parliamentary Debate

Yes, the hot topic all over Britain- The Iron Lady is dead.

Her legacy is being debated in the Houses- Commons and Lords- in a tribute act. Parliament has been called from recess to gather. It has been going on since 14:30pm BST, 6 hours at the time of writing and it is not expected to end until 22:00 BST tonight. Unfortunately, not many Labour MPs have turned up. With 80 MPs wishing to share their view, it is clear that, whichever way you look at it, Lady Thatcher has had an enormous impact.

It is possible to shun Thatcherism yet respect the woman behind it. Many Conservatives who met her and knew her personally has said that she was a kind woman, compassionate and caring. I’m sure she was, but she will not be remembered that way. By most, she will be remembered as a tyrant, with some going as far as celebrating her death. To celebrate the death of a fellow human being, I agree, is sick and distasteful.

The case against her is stacked up high though. Lady Thatcher closed the coal mines, affecting the North East. Many people are embittered and will not forgive her easily. Jimmy Nail embodied the spirit in his song ‘Big River’, about the Tyne and how her actions affected his father, who was working at the time (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_g4hfmi0OgM) (Not the actual music video but gives you a better insight into how the removal of the coal industry affected Newcastle-upon-Tyne).

Labour MP David Anderson , formerly a miner in the North East, has launched a blistering attack on her, striking a chord with those on Twitter, many of whom agree with him. Glenda Jackson, formerly an Oscar-winning actress, now a Labour MP, also slated Lady Thatcher (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDtClJYJBj8), despite jeers and boos from the Tories. She introduced the controversial poll tax, stood firm against the miners despite a year-long protest, raised unemployment rather than reducing it as one of the advertising posters for the 1979 general election seemed to promise and we are still feeling the effects of Thatcherism today.

It is now 21:04 BST. David Cameron and Ed Miliband, leaders of the Conservatives and Labour respectively, are still there, having not left like some of their party members.

21:05- The BBC has reported that the Labour benches are now completely deserted. Whether that means Miliband has left or not, I’m not sure. There has not been a Labour speaker now for 90 minutes.

21:25 BST- Just noticed there is no longer a live feed for the House of Lords but the House of Commons is still going strong. MP for Harrow East speaking as I type.

I find it odd that more MPs want to say something about Margaret Thatcher than they did Winston Churchill. When he died, Parliament did one of these tribute debates. However, it only lasted for 50 minutes or so.

Churchill lead us through a war. A full-blown World War, where we fought facism and Hitler. History dictates that, with a little help from our friends the USA, the Allies won. He is regarded as a great. A Prime Minister that we can be proud of. Unlike the blustering, spineless one we have today.

Lady Thatcher didn’t really do any of that. Sure, she led us through a war (and, actually, the Falklanders are in a better position for it). Sure, she certainly made her mark (first female Prime Minister, for a start, come on!) and will live in history for the wrong reasons, but she gets 7+ hours.

Is it just me, or is there an injustice in that?

21:37 BST- 20 minutes or so until the finishing time. I suspect it may even have to carry through to tomorrow if every MP doesn’t get to say what they want to say. Eek!

I’m afraid that is all for today- I simply cannot hold out any longer. If needed, I shall write a sequel.

Isle of Tune


Isle of Tune is a fun game to play when you’ve got time to waste and you’re feeling a little creative.

Using various notes [or sounds] played by trees, houses, lamps and flowerpots, arrange them around a road. add a car- you’re done. Your very own tune!

Well, I say your very own tune, but some people recreate iconic ones. Most do parts like the famous intro that everyone knows, or the chorus that it is easily identified by.

http://isleoftune.com/?id=349365 – Grenade [Bruno Mars]
http://isleoftune.com/?id=23499 – California Gurls [Katy Perry]
http://isleoftune.com/?id=349140 – Bad Romance [Lady Gaga]
http://isleoftune.com/?id=348501 – Glad You Came [The Wanted]
http://isleoftune.com/?id=190692 – Jingle Bells
http://isleoftune.com/?id=262499 – Call Me Maybe [Carly Rae Jepsen]
http://isleoftune.com/?id=819 – Beat It [Michael Jackson]
http://isleoftune.com/?id=64475 – Don’t Stop Believin’ [Journey]
http://isleoftune.com/?id=54597– Harry Potter Theme Tune
http://isleoftune.com/?id=58035– Super Mario Bros.
http://isleoftune.com/?id=38596 – Star Wars Imperial March
http://isleoftune.com/?id=60357 – Chasing Cars [Snow Patrol]
http://isleoftune.com/?id=39702 – Forget You [Cee Lo Green]
http://isleoftune.com/?id=38157 – Mission Impossible

I will post more, promise!

If you recognise any of these songs as yours, please leave a comment and I will give you credit where it’s due.

9 days

Albanian: Gezur Krislinjden
Arabic: Milad Majid
Argentine: Feliz Navidad
Armenian: Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand

Bosnian: (BOSANSKI) Cestit Bozic i Sretna Nova godina
Brazilian: Feliz Natal
Bulgarian: Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo

Chile: Feliz Navidad
Chinese: (Cantonese) Gun Tso Sun Tan’Gung Haw Sun
Chinese: (Mandarin) Sheng Dan Kuai Le

Cornish: Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth

Croatian: Sretan Bozic
Czech: Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
Danish: Glædelig Jul

Dutch: Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! or Zalig Kerstfeast
English: Merry Christmas
Eskimo: (inupik) Jutdlime pivdluarit ukiortame pivdluaritlo!

Estonian: Rõõmsaid Jõulupühi
Ethiopian: (Amharic) Melkin Yelidet Beaal

Faeroese: Gledhilig jol og eydnurikt nyggjar!

Finnish: Hyvaa joulua
Flemish: Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig nieuw jaar
French: Joyeux Noel
Frisian: Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!
Gaelic: Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ùr!
German: Fröhliche Weihnachten
Greek: Kala Christouyenna!
Haiti: (Creole) Jwaye Nowel or to Jesus Edo Bri’cho o Rish D’Shato Brichto

Hawaiian: Mele Kalikimaka
Hebrew: Mo’adim Lesimkha. Chena tova
Hindi: Shub Naya Baras (good New Year not Merry Christmas)
Hungarian: Boldog Karácsonyt
Icelandic: Gledileg Jol
Indonesian: Selamat Hari Natal
Iraqi: Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
Irish: Nollaig Shona Dhuit, or Nodlaig mhaith chugnat

Italian: Buone Feste Natalizie
Japanese: Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Jiberish: Mithag Crithagsigathmithags
Korean: Sung Tan Chuk Ha

Lao: souksan van Christmas
Latin: Natale hilare et Annum Faustum!
Latvian: Prieci’gus Ziemsve’tkus un Laimi’gu Jauno Gadu!

Lithuanian: Linksmu Kaledu
Low Saxon: Heughliche Winachten un ‘n moi Nijaar
Luxembourgish: Schèine Chreschtdaag an e gudde Rutsch
Macedonian: Sreken Bozhik
Maltese: IL-Milied It-tajjeb

Maori: Meri Kirihimete

Norwegian: God Jul, or Gledelig Jul

Papua New Guinea: Bikpela hamamas blong dispela Krismas na Nupela yia i go long yu
Peru: Feliz Navidad y un Venturoso Año Nuevo
Philippines: Maligayang Pasko!
Polish: Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia or Boze Narodzenie
Portuguese:Feliz Natal

Romanche: (sursilvan dialect): Legreivlas fiastas da Nadal e bien niev onn!
Rumanian: Sarbatori vesele or Craciun fericit
Russian: Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom

Samoan: La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
Sardinian: Bonu nadale e prosperu annu nou
Scots Gaelic: Nollaig Chridheil dhuibh
Serbian: Hristos se rodi.
Singhalese: Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
Slovak: Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok
Slovene: Vesele Bozicne Praznike Srecno Novo Leto or Vesel Bozic in srecno Novo leto
Spanish: Feliz Navidad
Swedish: God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt År

Trukeese: (Micronesian) Neekiriisimas annim oo iyer seefe feyiyeech!
Thai: Sawadee Pee Mai or souksan wan Christmas
Turkish: Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Ukrainian: Z Rizdvom Khrystovym or S rozhdestvom Kristovym
Urdu: Naya Saal Mubarak Ho (good New Year not Merry Christmas)
Vietnamese: Chuc Mung Giang Sinh
Welsh: Nadolig Llawen

For more languages go to: http://www.santas.net/howmerrychristmasissaid.htm

Other blogs

I have three other blogs:

Book Reviews

An alternative view on the world of literature for teens. Sure there’s a bit of romance but it’s mainly vampire-less. I’ll try and aim it at boys as well.

Actually Useful Facts

The basics of each subject. Geography isn’t about the climate and global warming. Its about rocks, river, republics, mountains, populations and countries. I bet Teacher won’t tell you that Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia

Lists of everything

Ever been stuck on a Sporcle quiz? Need that one bit of information? Then here’s the place to look. It is just starting but I fully intend to expand on it on everything.

Just goes to show that you don’t mess with The Cats

365 And Counting

Yup.  I’m afeared, all right.  And all you cat lovers out there will know exactly what I’m talking about.  We know that, of all the animals, cats are the most misunderstood creatures.  They doangrycatlike people.  And they are affectionate.  Just on their terms, is all.  But there is one thing you never do to a cat.  Never.  Ever.  Come on, I know you know what it is.  Work with me, here.

That is correct.

You do not, I repeat, you do not mess with their litter.  This is not negotiable.  You hear me?  You do not mess with their litter.  Or their litter boxes, by the way.  They take all matters concerning their ‘toilette’ very seriously.  As I found out the hard way, not all that long ago.

My intentions were honourable.  I was walking through a very upscale shopping mall near where I live.  Amidst all the designer…

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Hiya peeps!

I’ve decided to stop with the random posts (although I shall leave them up for future reference) and get down to some serious blogging.

I will start with things I cannot understand. If you do, or you agree with me and don’t, please feel free to comment.

Things I really don’t understand:

  • The point in promoting BLP (when are we going to look back and say “I should’ve used BLP there’? Seriously?)
  • Why schools insist on calling our school blogs ‘Learning Journals’. It’s so posh and unneeded it makes me want to retch.
  • Why Justin Bieber is so popular
  • Why Jedward are so popular
  • Why people insist One Direction are gay
  • Howcome some boys are really obssessed with sex
  • Why girls are so bitchy
  • Exactly why Twilight is so popular (Put it this way: I thought Edward Cullen was fit until I found out he was a vampire. That was the big turn-off for me)

Do help me clear these things up. It would make my day.

See ya 😉