Hyde Park Corner


Heroes: a need or a caprice? Part 3

 

So far I’ve written about Iron Man and Spider-Man. I think that now we should have a closer look at a non human hero – Thor (http://marvel.com/characters/60/thor).

He’s an incredibly strong Nordic God with a source of additional power from his hammer. He’s a little confused in the world of men but he doesn’t have bad intentions. With this issue he got help from his human lover. He learns what mankind is like and try to understand them. I think that’s why he decided to fight alongside the Avengers against monsters and his brother Loki from his dimension. He does his best to help protect the world – our world.

If we would have him right here, right now he could help us in battles and try to restore law and order but I think that he wouldn’t do well because of his anger and temper. In my view, he would definitely be a caprice in 21th Century world but his presence in our world would prove that there is more than one God. I guess we will never find out.

Heroes: a need or a caprice? Part 2

I would like to continue the topic of superheroes. Next hero I wanted to analyse in terms of matching our safety is Spider-Man (http://marvel.com/characters/54/spider-man).

He’s a genius just like Iron Man, but unlike Iron Man, he uses his intelligence in battle or by improving his costume and gadgets. His not trying to invent new types of weapon but he just wants to help people and protect the city he’s living in (New York). I think people’s safety and incarceration of criminals are Spider-Man’s priorities. And that is why, in my view, it would be nice to have him in our world (also because of his sense of humour ;) ). He could help the police to catch bad guys and not contribute to increasing danger because of his genius inventions.

On the other hand, some people may say that he enforces the law by himself and that is not right, but I think he wouldn’t do any harm to our world. What’s more, he would help us solve the problem of increasing crime rate and terrorism. Of course, not all around the world but maybe in some cities that are thought to be the most vicious.

At the end I have to mention that taking into account the arguments above Spider-Man would be more a caprice nor a need. Someone who may help but is not necessarily needed.

HYDE PARK SPEAKERS’ CORNER

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WHAT DO KARL MARX, VLADIMIR LENIN, GEORGE ORWELL AND MARCUS GARVEY HAVE IN COMMON?

THEY ALL FREQUENTED HYDE PARK SPEAKERS’ CORNER, A PLACE IN LONDON WHERE FREE SPEECH HAS BEEN EXCERCISED SINCE 1872, ANYONE CAN TURN UP UNANNOUCED AND TALK ON ALMOST ANY SUBJECTS.

YOU CAN DO A SIMILAR THING ON THIS WEBSITE! YOU ARE MORE THAN WELCOME TO SHARE YOUR INTERESTS, IDEAS, TRIVIA, ETC. BY PUBLISHING YOUR WORK IN FREEDOOM OF SPEECH. THE FIRST ARTICLES ARE ALREADY THERE. THE CONTENT AND FORM (WRITTEN, FILMED, RECORDED, DRAWN…) ARE UP TO YOU, SO DON’T MISS OUT ON THE  CHANCE TO EXPRESS YOURSELVES.

THERE ARE SPEAKERS’ CORNERS IN ENGLAND, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, ITALY, MALAYSIA, THE NETHERLANDS, NEW ZEALAND, SINGAPORE, TRYNIDAD AND TOBAGO, THAILAND AND THE USA, SO WHY NOT BRING ABOUT ONE IN BYTÓW, POLAND?

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Winter break

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Winter is the time for comfort, for good food
and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand
and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.

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Brace yourself, winter is coming. Put extra blankets on the bed,
put lights everywhere & curl up in front of the fireplace. But to appreciate
the beauty of the snow flake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.

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Baby it’s cold outside. Spend your days
snuggled up in a blanket on the sofa with hot
chocolate and movies.

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(about 6 servings)

⦁ 4 cups whole milk
⦁ 1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
⦁ 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
In a large saucepan over low heat whisk together cocoa powder and milk until combined. Add chocolate chips, increase heat to medium, and stir frequently until chips have melted and liquid is glossy and smooth. Reduce heat to low and keep warm. Stir and ladle into mugs to serve.

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⦁ a scoop of your favourite ice cream
⦁ dark or white chocolate chips
⦁ vanilla or orange extract
⦁ ginger powder
⦁ caramel sauce
⦁ ground cinnamon
⦁ instant coffee mix
⦁ maple syrup
⦁ peanut butter
⦁ orange zest

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⦁ marshmallows
⦁ whipped cream
⦁ chocolate coating
⦁ bisquits

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1/2 cup milk + 140 g milk chocolate + 1/4 cup heavy cream + 3 tbsp. caramel sauce

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1 cup milk + 1/2 tbsp. sugar + 1/2 tbsp. grated orange zest + 50 g dark chocolate

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1 cup vanilla almond milk + 1-1/2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder + 2 tsp. palm sugar

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○ heat the chocolate until it’s hot – do not let it boil!
○ pour the hot chocolate into a blender, cover with the lid and blend till frothy

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I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently?
And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says,
“Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”

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PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE by Ed Wood Jr.

Edward D. Wood Jr. – what an interesting man! Self-made man without film school became a real cinematic legend! I guess people asked about legendary directors come up with names such as Orson Welles, Francis Ford Coppola, Stanley Kubrick, Krzysztof Kieślowski or Ingmar Bergman. But Ed Wood is a different kind of legend. He didn’t direct „The Godfather” or „Clockwork Orange”. He wasn’t innovative or revolutionary director. While directors listed above are called one of the best directors ever, Wood was called… the worst.
„Glen & Glenda”, „Bride Monster” or „Plan 9 from Outer Space” are just a few titles he made. I’m going to write a little about the last one, Wood’s „opus magnum”.
„Plan 9 from Outer Space” was written, directed and produced by Ed Wood in 1959 and was originally titled „Grave Robbers from Outer Space”. The plot revolves around ‚aliens who resurrect dead humans as zombies and vampires to stop humanity from creating the Solaranite (a sort of sun-driven bomb)’ [taken from IMDB]
So what makes „Plan 9” special? Is it a good movie directed by awful director? No, it is definitely not. It’s an awfully bad movie. It has everything that make Ed Wood „the worst”. Terribly written dialogues, shoddy scenography (my favourite part of scenography are little cute flying saucers, which Ed Wood bought in a toy store and hung with strings), uncommonly bad acting, erratic montage (in chasing scene there are night and day time shots at the same time), laughable special effects and ridiculous plot. It has everything that movie shouldn’t have. And that’s what makes it so unique. Its awkwardness and ‚crappiness’ makes it somehow… beautiful.
For me, as a B-class movie and cheap sci-fi/horror fan it was an amazing experience. Watching a movie that became a truly legendary picture and cult classic was someting special to me – somebody, who loves this kind of ‚pulp stuff’ and all this trashy pop culture. I find all this things so bad that they become worth watching, because they are unusual. They have something that makes you remember it even if they are trash. And I found that ‚something’ in „Plan 9 from Outer Space”. I found that kind of beauty that may be hidden really deep which makes many people not even notice it. I could sense the heart that Edward D. Wood Jr. put into flick. His love to ‚pulp’ magazines, cheap movies, etc. Love which he gave into every single frame of this movie. Probably I enjoyed it that much because me and Wood love the same stuff. Maybe… it’s a sign for me?

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Heroes: a need or a caprice?

We’re living in the 21th century in which violence is omnipresent and no one can do anything about it unless you’re a politician. What’s worse we’re hiding the truth from ourselves. We don’t want to see a war that is taking place near us. Not to mention the negative impact that technology has on our lives.

Taking the above into account, I’d like to find out if we need heroes to help us solve the problems or if they would be needless.

For starters, think about  Iron Man (http://marvel.com/characters/29/iron_man) that we humans can relate to. He’s rich genius that created a suit of armour connected to his mind and also the main artificial intelligence system of which headquaters are located in his house. Wearing the armour allows him to do almost anything without super powers, but I’m not sure if we really need Iron Man in our life. I think that without the Avengers (http://marvel.com/characters/68/avengers) he wouldn’t be able to save the world even if it was just another war in which people fight against people – not the one caused by the arrival of gods from Asgard.

On the other hand, his inventions and knowledge could help in the real world to solve the military conflicts that are in progress these days. But it could also cause more problems, even graver than we’re facing now, because his weapons are just like an atomic bomb that kills all the living organisms within its range, not just enemies.

To sum up, I have to say that he’s not the one that could save our world, but he could contribute significantly to its ultimate destruction.

Projekty unijne

Za Juliuszem Cezarem i Jackiem Kaczmarskim, Ave Ceasar morituri te salutant

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Oznajmia się, że w bytowskim LO zaczyn pełny i niepełny mieć będą projekty unijne, w których uczestnictwie partycypować można, jak mówi Jurek Owsiak, „za absolutną darmochę”.

Pierwszym zaczynem pełnym będzie projekt pt.: „Mam kłopoty z gramą, a oni mają 16 czasów, i jak to wszystko ogarnąć? A oprócz tego są kondyszonale, łysze, strona bierna, mowa zależna i wiele innych podłych językowych pułapek… I jak to wszystko ogarnąć?” Półtoragodzinne spotkania mają tejk plejs wczesnym czwartkowym popołudniem. Syllabus obejmuje czasy przeszłe, teraźniejsze i przyszłe, question tags, strony czynną i bierną, okresy warunkowe, wishes, mowę zależną, verb patterns, czasowniki modalne, inwersję, relative clauses, articles (a/an/the), linking words, phrasal verbs oraz wiele trików i zagwostek, o których książki najczęściej milczą.

Całość to 120 godzin lekcyjnych w przeciągu dwóch lat z zastrzeżeniem, że można zapisać się tylko na rok szkolny 2016/17. Osoby które już teraz zadeklarują chęć uczestnictwa w całości projektu nie będą podlegały rekrutacji we wrześniu 2017 r., a ich uczestnictwo w projekcie zostanie przedłużone automatycznie. Projekt obejmować ma jedynie 10 osób!

Drugim zaczynem pełnym będzie stworzenie anglojęzycznej gazetki szkolnej (pomysł p. Magdaleny Wnuk-Lipińskiej), która ukazywać ma się periodycznie (monthly, ideally) w formie tradycyjnej (druk) oraz wirtualnej (sieć). Częścią tego projektu są spotkania dotyczące medioznawstwa, czyli wiedzy o mediach. Całość ma mieć formę redakcyjno-warsztatowo-wykładową. Redakcyjną, gdyż przed oddaniem gazety do druku, redakcja winna się spotkać i zaakceptować treści. Warsztatową, gdyż tworzenie „gazety” jest procesem polegającym na samodoskonaleniu, a zmiana i modyfikacja koncepcji jest jej nieodzownym elementem. Wykładową, gdyż chciałbym, aby odbyły się spotkania mające na celu przedyskutowanie rozumienia znaczenia mediów we współczesnym świecie, jak również analizę trybów machiny pt.: „Media”.

Jak mantrę powtórzę, że całość to 120 godzin lekcyjnych w przeciągu dwóch lat z zastrzeżeniem, że można zapisać się tylko na rok szkolny 2016/17. Osoby które już teraz zadeklarują chęć uczestnictwa w całości projektu, nie będą podlegały rekrutacji we wrześniu 2017 r., a ich uczestnictwo w projekcie zostanie przedłużone automatycznie. Termin spotkań, jak to w pracy dziennikarskiej, do ustalenia i na podstawie dedlajnów. Projekt obejmować ma jedynie 10 osób!

Trzecim zaczynem, aczkolwiek niepełnym, będzie uczestnictwo w COTTAGE’S CINEMA CLUB, który jest jedynym tego typu projektem na planecie kold (called/cold) erf (earth), polegającym na prelekcjach, projekcjach i dyskusjach na temat filmów prezentowanych w wersji oryginalnej z napisami angielskimi. Elementem wzbogacającym działania CCC ma być wzmożona działalność internetowa polegająca na stworzeniu zakładki na stronie szkoły, modyfikacji strony CCC (www.cinema.lo.bytow.pl), promocji CCC na portalach społecznościowych, tworzeniu prelekcji oraz recenzji obejrzanych filmów. COTTAGE zainicjował filmowy klób uw w 2009 roku i do dnia dzisiejszego w jego ramach odbywają się projekcje filmowe i koncertowe. Repertuar jest nie do przewidzenia, jako że filmy powiązane są ze sobą wypadkową poprzednich pokazów, a nowe spoiwa treści są jak najbardziej pożądane!!! Brzmi skomplikowanie? Przyjdźcie i pozwólcie się wkręcić w świat filmu.

Spotkania mają miejsce w sali audytoryjnej co dwa tygodnie we wtorek o 18:00 i pozwolę powtórzyć sobie jak mantrę, że całość to 120 godzin lekcyjnych w przeciągu dwóch lat z zastrzeżeniem, że można zapisać się tylko na rok szkolny 2016/17. Osoby które już teraz zadeklarują chęć uczestnictwa w całości projektu, nie będą podlegały rekrutacji we wrześniu 2017 r., a ich uczestnictwo w projekcie zostanie przedłużone automatycznie. Projekt obejmować ma jedynie 10 osób!

Osoby zainteresowane proszę o jak najszybszy kontakt osobisty (pokój nauczycielski / klasa 21 –> internat / librus).

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