Tuesday, 20 March 2012


After studying both Nazi Germany and the Cold War through nondescript GCSE textbooks and handouts, I and thirty nine other year elevens were thrilled to visit the place about which we had heard so much about; Berlin.
Touching down at the grey, concrete airport just outside central Berlin and travelling then down the main roads, the most immediate observation to become apparent was the similarity of the buildings. The vast majority were functional to the point of dull and had obviously seen better days. This was the first hint at the gulf of difference between capitalist London, which has a varied kaleidoscope of architecture, and Berlin with its communist history. 
We next enjoyed a fantastic tour of the main touristic hotspots of the city on foot. Although reaching temperatures of minus eleven, most of us were engrossed in the hoard of interesting gems of information and insight that under our layers we felt fine.
Thinking back, the people of the city, the everyday Berliner of Potsdamer Platz, seemed oblivious to this history that has become synonymous with their city.  Our group were polar opposite to how they felt. It begs the question, do we, living so close to London; once the capital of the British Empire, reject our history?
In Berlin, an example could be the site of Hitler’s infamous bunker. It is situated only ten metres from a huge block of flats but since filled completely with concrete. Of course, it is wise to avoid turning the site into a monument for Neo-Nazis, but I do not believe that smoothing over history as if it never happened is wise either. Surely humanity should remember its darkest period so history does not repeat?
Wishing to give a chronological account of all the places we visited, word counts apply. I will, however, touch upon the place that touched us most. Located disturbingly close to metropolitan Berlin, Sachsenhausen concentration camp was in a prime location as the administrative control centre for the whole Holocaust. I shall not list the obscene facts about this camp but one does stick in my mind. The camp was at one point so overcrowded that one dawn role call took eighteen hours as all ‘workers’ were counted. Having to stand during this time caused over twenty people to drop dead.
In the four days were there, we visited many sites of both the communist and fascist eras. It was interesting to how the two regimes dealt with their victims. The communist Stazi police force focused on intense, individual and physiological torture to extract information from political opponents. This contrasts dramatically to the techniques used by the Nazi Party shown above. I noticed the contrast while visiting the Stazi Prison. Surrounding the Prison, greyness was supreme; colour had been eradicated.


Friday, 9 March 2012

Kony 2012

A huge new craze has swept the blogosphere and social network sites these last three days around Joseph Kony, leader of the Lords Resistance Army, who has gained huge notoriety due to a thirty minute long documentary relaying his crimes. This sick man has displaced over 2.1 million people and captured thirty thousand children. After capture, he forces the boys into becoming child soldiers Their initiation ceremony is murdering their own parents.
'For twenty six years  Kony has been kidnapping children into his rebel group, the LRA. Turning the girls into sex slaves and the boys into child soldiers. He makes them mutilate people's faces, and he forces them to kill their own parents' Kony 2012
This quote tells how the LRA, powerful in Uganda, Congo and South Sudan, gains power. Kony has been placed first on the world's most wanted criminals by The Hague. There is a mass poster campaign planned for the 10th of April in Trafalgar Square to promote awareness, not power or fame, of Joseph Kony.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Old Testament Queries...

Ever heard the story from the Old Testament when Isaac took his only son to be killed to show his devotion to God? After hearing this today, I realize that the God of the Old Testament is a cruel and often ruthless. How is this the same omni - benevolent God that Christians read about in the New Testament? What kind and loving creator would demand of a man his one and greatest joy to simply show devotion to him? I thought that Christians, like many other religions, show devotion to God in their everyday actions and prayers. Is this not good enough? The Bible is ambiguous at times... 

Saturday, 3 March 2012

The Urban Dictionary View

Urban Dictionary's view on the future of the internet:
A vast tundra of knowledge, now corrupted and slowly imploding on itself. Those caught on the outskirts enter a void of stupidity and insecurity. Eventually, it will completely cave in on itself, and then explode with such force, we will all be sent to an information oblivion. Random bits of intelligence will float amongst vast oceans of idiocy, and all of man kind will commit suicide in a futile effort to repent for creating such a weapon of mass destruction. God will not accept their sacrifice, and everyone will go to hell, where Satan will get pissed off at the extreme overpopulation of his facilities, and send everyone to someplace completely unihabitable, like Utah. 
The four horsemen of the apocalypse crashed my unix server. Lol internet.

TOTP2: 'Casing Pavements' by Adele

A truly captivating performance by Adele of 'Casing Pavements'. First played on John Kennedy's Exposure show on XFM London, Adele has since become an international star and her latest album, 21, has been at the top of the british charts for twenty one weeks. This performance of 'Casing Pavements' , from the album 19, was shown on the Christmas Top of the Pops in 2008. Enjoy!

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Meat? Murder?!

It's not "natural", "normal" or kind
The flesh you so fancifully fry
The meat in your mouth
As you savour the flavour

Chilling! 'Meat is Murder' is supposed to be the thing that has converted most people to vegetarianism. Morrissey's astounding words and views supporting his belief are something to be admired. The eery sound effects and powerful lyrics certainly tempt me to give up sausages...
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