2nd March, the biggest and most tragic event occurred in Great Britain. A tragedy which left many speechless and lost for words. How the citizens were meant to cope with the news of the greatest of monarchs passing away, was just out of the question.  Queen Elizabeth did countless things for her country, we shall never forget her kindness and love that she showered upon us all. Not once did she make any of us feel like outsiders no matter our race, sexuality or gender , she made Great Britain feel like home to all.  That’s what’s most upsetting is will we ever have a monarch who will be able to take her position and respect it in the same way.

Popular support for the Queen was increasing after the difficult 1990s. Throughout her reign, the Queen represented continuity and surety, though she accepted the monarchy must attempt to renew itself. She undertook a 40,000-mile tour of the Commonwealth. She said her own “association with the Commonwealth has taught me that the most important contact between nations is usually contact between its peoples.” The Queen kept her people united as one, she was a woman of integrity who sought to achieve equality and fairness for the things that mattered in life. Our majesty was never one of the monarchs, the flaunted her fame, her only aim was to keep the people of her country happy.

She was found dead on her bed in the Palace, it has been said that she passed away in her sleep without any pain. The personal maid of the castle gave her statement to what she witnessed. These are her words to what occurred in the Palace when she found the queen dead. The witness was very distressed whilst saying these words.

The maid of the house, went into the Queens room to serve Breakfast to only find the Queen was still in bed which was very unusual because she was always up by 8:00. She said she rushed in to Mrs Middleton’s room and told her that the queen had still not awaken. Mrs Middleton giggled at the maid and told her she was overreacting and that the Queen probably just overslept.  The maid went back in to the room however she was hesitant to awake the Queen, as she thought she was in deep sleep so she just left the room.

Later on in the afternoon, the king found the Queen still asleep in the room so he shook her to wake her up. The Queen wouldn’t wake up, the king started panicking and start yelling for help. Whilst, he was yelling he checked her pulse and there was nothing. The queen was rushed into hospital but the doctors said it was too late to do anything. I , myself am so gobsmacked , what must have been going through the kings head whilst finding his wife lying down without breathing. Such a traumatic event to experience, all my prayers and thoughts go to king.

She was a week from celebrating her 100th of reigning as the monarch , what a shame and depressing time for those who were preparing to celebrate. A loss and sadness which nobody could describe.

The monarchy was shattered to many small pieces , their beloved ruler was found lifeless and to add fuel to the fire some blamed Kate for telling the maid that the Queen just overslept! What if the Queen could have survived if Kate hasn’t made such a hasty decision.

Their is so much controversy going around concerning Kate. Do you think she is the wrong? This has affected King Philip greatly in an extremely negative way. Guess we will never know, but what has happened has happened and at this time instead of the media stirring , we need to be sympathetic towards the royal family as this is not easy for anyone. We send all our love and prayers to the family and the public. Through this difficult time we can see the public pulling together, this is an amazing site to see because this is exactly what the Queen would have wanted after ruling for a long time, that her values are instilled in the people of her country.

cooking shows

Image result for jamie oliverA cooking show or cooking programme is a television genre that presents food preparation in a kitchen studio set. Typically the show’s host, often a celebrity chef, prepares one or more dishes over the course of an episode, taking the viewing audience through the food’s inspiration, preparation, and stages of cooking. Such shows often portray an educational component, with the host teaching the viewers how to prepare different meals, but some (such as Chopped, Iron Chef or Junior MasterChef) are competitions that are primarily for entertainment.

the purpose of a cooking show is to educate and inspire the audience/viewers to cook, while rarely achieving top ratings, cooking shows have been a popular staple of daytime TV programming since the earliest days of television. They are generally very inexpensive to produce, making them an economically easy way for a TV station to fill a half-hour (or sometimes 60-minute) time slot.

A number of cooking shows have run for many seasons, especially when they are sponsored by local TV stations or by public broadcasting. Many of the more popular cooking shows have had flamboyant hosts whose unique personalities have made them into celebrities, e.g. Gordon Ramsey. The cable TV, channel food network, and  BBC has showcased many cooking shows, like master chef, hosted by Gordon Ramsey, Jamie’s kitchen on channel 4.

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Biography of Jamie Oliver

Image result for jaimie oliverJamie wanted to ‘give something back’ to the catering industry, so he opened a training restaurant in 2001 for young people who were not in full-time education or employment. Cameras documented him as he spent the year setting up a training scheme, the restaurant and the charity into which all the profits would be channeled. The series, Jamie’s Kitchen, became one of the biggest hit shows of the year in the U.K. It has now been shown in more than 35 countries and the tie-in book, also called Jamie’s Kitchen, became a runaway success. The triumph of the restaurant was shown when it won Tatler Best Restaurant Award 2003 and the Academy Award of Excellence at the Tio Pepe Carlton London Restaurant Awards the same year.

Jamie Oliver is a British chef born on May 27, 1975, in Clavering, United Kingdom. As a child he worked in his parent’s restaurant, thus influencing his career direction. At age 16, he attended Westminster Catering College and then gained valuable experience working at several reputable restaurants. His break into television came when he appeared in a documentary while working at the River Café in London. From there, he gained fame after hosting a hit cooking show, The Naked Chef. Multiple cookbook publications and restaurant openings followed. Throughout the 2000s, he championed healthier eating for school children in the U.S. and U.K.

In 1997, Jamie was featured in a television documentary about the River Café. Jamie was then offered his own television show, and The Naked Chef was born. The concept was to strip food down to its bare essentials, and Jamie’s hands-on style and general laid-back outlook was like a breath of fresh air, inspiring everyone to cook. The first U.S. show aired in 1999. The Naked Chef book accompanied the television series and became an instant best-seller. A second and third television series was filmed, along with the second and third tie-in books, all published by Hyperion in the United States: The Return Jamie wanted to ‘give something back’ to the catering industry, so he opened a training restaurant in 2001 for young people who were not in full-time education or employment. Cameras documented him as he spent the year setting up a training scheme, the restaurant and the charity into which all the profits would be channeled. The series, Jamie’s Kitchen, became one of the biggest hit shows of the year in the U.K. It has now been shown in more than 35 countries and the tie-in book, also called Jamie’s Kitchen, became a runaway success. The triumph of the restaurant was shown when it won Tatler Best Restaurant Award 2003 and the Academy Award of Excellence at the Tio Pepe Carlton London Restaurant Awards the same year of the Naked Chef and Happy Days with the Naked Chef.



TV News Interview


Valerie Ann Amos, Baroness Amos
 Amos was born on 13 March 1954 , she was the eighth UN Under-Secretary-General for HumanitarianImage result for valerie amos biographyn Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.
 Before her appointment to the UN, she served as British High Commissioner to Australia. She was created a Labour Life Peer in 1997, becoming Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council.
 When Amos was appointed Secretary of State for International Development on 12 May 2003, following the resignation of Clare Short, she became the first black woman to sit in the Cabinet of the United Kingdom.
 She left the Cabinet when Gordon Brown became Prime Minister. In July 2010 Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon announced Baroness Amos’s appointment to the role of Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.[1]
 She took up the position on 1 September 2010 and remained in post until 29 May 2015. In September 2015 Amos was appointed Director of SOAS, University of London,[2] becoming the first black woman to lead a university in the United Kingdom

              Jeremy Paxman 

  • Image result for jeremy paxman biographyJeremy Dickson Paxman (born 11 May 1950) is an English broadcaster, journalist and author. He has worked for the BBc since 1972 and is known for his forthright and abrasive interviewing style, particularly when interrogating politicians.
  • His regular appearances on the BBC Two’s News Night programme were sometimes criticised as aggressive, intimidating and condescending, yet also applauded as tough and incisive.
  •  As a presenter, Paxman spent 25 years fronting the BBC’s flagship political programme, earning a reputation as a hard-bitten interviewer before he hosted his final show in summer 2014.
  • Paxman was educated at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, where he edited the student newspaper Varsity. His career began on local radio before moving to Belfast as an investigative journalist
  • Paxman became a focus of media attention in his own right in October 2000 when the stolen Enigma machine which had been taken from Bletchley Park Museum was inexplicably sent to him in the mail. He had it returned to its rightful location.

    Dizzie Rascal

  • Image result for dizzee rascalDylan Kwabena Mills(born 18 September 1984),better known by his stage name Dizzee Rascal, is an English hip hop recording artist and record producer. His music spans grime,Uk garage, bassline,British hip hop, and R&B. Best known for his number-one hits “Dance wiv me”, “Bonkers”, “Holiday”, “Dirtee disco”, and “Shout”, his debut album boy in da corneris considered a grime classic and earned him the 2003 Mercury prize
  • Was brought up in the UK Garage Music environment, with an emphasis on the dance floor.

Thank you for your support

To start off, I want to say I’m ever so grateful for all of the love and support you have given me. It feels unreal, almost like a movie that I can now say that I’m honoured t have been given the role of being on the school council.

Thank you allhillary-clinton very much. A very rowdy group. Thank you, my friends. Thank you.

Thank you so much for being here and supporting me from the beginning. I love you all. This is not only my success but the success of all those who have supported me through this. Last night, I congratulated Donald trump for how far he has come: it most definitely had not been the easiest time for either for us to be honest with you all this has been a stressful time for both of us. I’m so thankful to have you all besides me through this because I wouldn’t have made it this far without each of one you.

I hope that I will be a successful councillor for all of you. This is the outcome we wanted and worked so hard for and I’m proud to say we did it for the values we share and the vision we hold as a school.

I feel pride and gratitude for this wonderful campaign that we built together. This vast diverse, creative, unruly, energized campaign. You represent the best of the school, and being your candidate had been one of the greatest honours of my life.

I know some of you will be disappointed, as this may not have been the outcome for you. I Hillary Clinton promise you that I will work with not will only those who supported me but with all who didn’t because I strongly believe as a school we are much stronger. But I want you to remember this, I plead that you tell me any concerns or suggestions you have as I will listen to them and do the best I can do to come up with a solution for them.

Our campaign was never about one person, or even one election. It was about the school we love and building it into a hopeful, inclusive, and big-hearted place where everyone can be who they want to be. We have seen that the this school is more deeply divided than we thought, certain groups excluding themselves; my goal is to make sure that we can all unite as a school and make sure we can get rid of any divisions and make sure that nobody feels excluded from our community. I believe in this school, and I always will.  We can work together as school to get rid of any issues and make sure that the school is a place where everyone feels safe but most importantly happy.

We don’t just respect that. We cherish it. It also enshrines the rule of law; the principle we are all equal in rights and dignity; freedom of worship and expression. We respect and cherish these values, too, and we must defend them. So let’s do all we can to keep advancing the causes and values we all hold dear. Making our school work for everyone and an amazing place to be.

And breaking down all the barriers that hold any students from achieving their dreams. I strongly believe that the schools dream and aspirations are big enough for everyone. For people of all races, and religions, for men and women, for immigrants, for LGBT people, and people with disabilities. For everyone.


I am so grateful to stand with all of you to make this school the best it will ever be. I want to thank the school for giving me this opportunity to run as the councillor for this school and most importantly my family and friends for being with me all the way and motivating me on this difficult journey. I’m so astounded with the amount of support I have received, from the bottom of my heart I love you all and I’m excited to run as your school councillor.

I want each of you to know that you were the best campaign anybody could have ever expected or wanted. I want everybody coming out from behind that and make sure your voices are heard going forward. And so we need you to keep up these fights now and for the rest of your lives. And to all the women, and especially the young women, who put their faith in this campaign and in me: I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion.

Finally, I am so grateful for our school and for all it has given to me. I still believe, as deeply as I ever have, that if we stand together and work together with respect for our differences, strengthen our convictions, and love for this school, our best days are still ahead of us. Because, you know, I believe we are stronger together and we will go forward together. And you should never, ever regret fighting for that. I am incredibly honoured and grateful to have had this chance to represent all of you. May God bless you and may God bless this school.


Lexis and Semantics

Key Definitions:

  • Lexis- Vocabulary
  • Semantics- Words that mean different things depending  on the audience, context and the way they are said.

In English, there are approximately 1.2 million words. English has a huge lexicon because it has so many synonyms.  By synonyms we mean words which have similar meanings or are similar to each other for example comical and hilarious which both connote something happy. They are the not the same word however they have the same meaning this is what is meant by synonyms.

Synonyms are useful to use when studying english language as it can develop your writing skills  and make your writing more descriptive.


Example of synonyms

Word class

Nouns:  names a person, place or thing

  • Proper noun:  refers to places and names e.g. Zayn, New York
  • Abstract noun:  refers to feelings and concepts which you can not physically see e.g you cant see if someone is angry
  • Concrete noun: refers to objects which you can physically see e.g a chair

Nouns are useful in the study of english language and literature as it tells the reader what the you are talking about.


Verbs: identify an action or state of being

  • Material: shows and action or event e.g. run and build
  • Relational: It identifies properties or shows states of being

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  • Mental:  shows sensing and feeling e.g. think, believe and wish
  • Verbal : process of saying e.g. say, shout  and scream


 Adjectives ad adverbs:  An adjective describes a noun or a pronoun whereas  an adverb describes verbs and adjectives.

  • Base:  A basic form of an adjective or adverb, modifying another word e.g. big and interesting
  • Comparative: Comparing two instances together either adding ‘ er ‘ or using ‘ more’ e.g. that was a more interesting game
  • Superlative:  A form used to compare more than two things together


Key words:

  • Hypernym: Words with a broad meaning
  • Hyponym: Words with a narrow meaning
  • Euphemism: A mild, often indirect way of saying something socially unacceptable or negative
  • Dysphemism:  Negative , unpleasant or derogatory way



Should Hansard be edited?

Dear Naz Shah,

The topic of  Hansard was brought up in my English language and literature lesson as we were evaluating and analysing transcripts.  The Hansard that we studied was Russell Brand giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee as part of its enquiry into  the drugs policy.  In this lesson I learnt how the record was “edited verbatim” ; furthermore there was a debate to whereas  Hansard should be edited or left in verbatim.  I will be pointing out some of the great points that were made in this debate, and why I think that you should leave Hansard as it is.

Firstly, I understand  why Hansard has been edited as there are  spoken language features which have been made which are not necessary such as the fillers and elisions. hansard




In addition to this,  in parliament could have been made such as false starts where the person has genuinely made a mistakes  as they have made an error of what they are wanting to say  which the reader does not really need to know about as it is irrelevant and in such a vital document minor non standard english doesn’t  really need to be noted down. I also agree with editing wrong facts out e.g. if in the court someone says the wrong date subconsciously then it is not vital for the reader to know that as the correct fact will be put in also it will not change the meaning of the document and not make a huge difference.

Similarly, Hansard makes changes where there is lack of readability which is understandable as it makes it much easier for the reader to comprehend rather than being confused which is unacceptable as this is a vital document which should not conatain non standard english.  This is tolerable as this does not adjust the document or change the meaning, it is only adjusting mistakes which may have been made by the speaker by accident.

Hansard is a vital document that needs to be corrected however it is only acceptable that the vital document is edited to some extent as this can give MPs and Society a false interpretation of what actually happened in the discussion and can lead to some judgements being wrong  due to certain words or pauses being edited out or added in.

Nevertheless,  by editing the verbatim record and adding to it could jeopardise the court as it is a false interpretation of what happened. People could find out that certain words which can have a big impact on the case have been edited out which can cause protests . I watched the case of Russel Brand and read Hansard  along with it. I realised that there were certain things that had been edited out of the Hansard which were in the video itself  that would have  change my mind if I read it like that. For example, pauses and fillers were not noted, the fillers changed my mind as it shows the speaker is lacking confidence however as this was not noted on the transcript it seemed to me that the speaker was confident when they were actually not. The transcript should be a record of what was being said in the court and not a polished written paper on the subject.

Corresponding with this, whilst I was watching the video there were pauses and fillers and false starts which to me are very vital and should be left in verbatim. When I saw the Hansard I noticed that these pauses and fillers were not noted down. Pauses and fillers show lack of confidence and show readers if the speech was rehearsed or not. If in the Hansard fillers are edited out then it will show the reader that the speaker is confident and is ready to get their point across; whereas in reality this may not be the case so it is essential fillers, pauses and false starts stay in verbatim as they show hesitation, uncertainty and a truer image of what occurred ;  and how the reader was speaking which is important as through the speakers words we can tell how they are feeling.

To conclude,  I would consider that Hansard is left in verbatim unedited as it gives readers a true view of what actually happened in the dicussion rather than painting a false image of what happened. There is nothing better than an unedited verbataim as everything that has been said in the court has been written down. How can we rely on Hansard if it is being edited ?. It is the job of parliament to make sure that the transcript is a true version of what was being said in court, it is not the job of parliament to polish the subject.



English Language and literature

I choose English language and literature as it fits perfectly fine with my career plus I find it interesting and would like to study it further. I also choose English language as it would help me evolve my speaking and writing skills. It is essential for me to advance these skills as it will be a huge part of my life, whereas i know that i did not optionally choose English literature however i have decided to stick with it so i have more career paths in the future if i  decide that i don’t want to go to in to law.