Accents, Dialects & Diversity in the Media

Kamm RigbyStudents were asked to write an op-ed response to the issues raised by Oliver Kamm in The Times about criticism faced by Beth Rigby, Sky News’ Senior Political Correspondent, over her accent, especially dropping gs in her Estuary twang.

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Blog posts should also include at least one photo.

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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Joe DiMaggio Biography

Munch LemesJoseph DiMaggio was born on November 25, 1914 in California as the second to youngest child born to Sicilian immigrants Giuseppe and Rosalia DiMaggio who came from a family in the fishing trade. The family moved to nearby San Francisco when Joe was a year old.

After being processed on Ellis Island upon arrival, Giuseppe worked his way across America, eventually settling near Rosalia’s father in California on the east side of the San Francisco Bay Area. After four years, he earned enough money to send to Italy for Rosalia and their daughter, who was born after he had left for the United States.

Joe DiMaggio’s first experience in a baseball uniform came when he played in the Boys Club League with other kids from his North Beach neighbourhood. Joe’s team, sponsored by Rossi olive oil company, went onto the championship game where Joe hit two home runs, ultimately helping his team win the championship.

Joe’s older brother Vince made the roster for the San Francisco Seals, a minor league team, a little while after. When a shortstop was needed for the team, Vince recommended Joe, who then made his professional baseball debut on April 12, 1932 and went on to play three games with the Seals to finish out the 1932 season. Joe DiMaggio joined the Yankees for the 1936 season, making his major league debut on May 3 against the St. Louis Browns.

Joe immediately made a strong impact in his rookie season, helping the team to its first pennant in four years. Success only continued as they went on to defeat the New York Giants in the World Series. As a rookie, Joe hit .346 against the Giants and made a stunning catch in deep center field before a crowd of more than 43,000 fans, among them President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

 

 

Jamie Oliver biography

Jamie Oliver is a British chef best known for his television series The Naked Chef and for campaigning for healthier diets in school children.

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 Westminister 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.

Marilyn Monroe-Biograpy

Marilyn Monroe was born as Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California. During her brief life, Marilyn Monroe overcame a difficult childhood to become one of the world’s biggest and most enduring sex symbols. During her career, Monroe’s films grossed more than $200 million. Monroe died of a drug overdose on August 5, 1962, at only 36 years old.

Monroe was born into a troubled early life. She never knew her father and Monroe’s mother, Gladys, developed psychiatric problems and was eventually placed in a mental institution. As an adult, Monroe often mentioned one of her earliest memories of her mother trying to smother her in her crib with a pillow. Monroe had a half-sister, who she was not close to. Monroe spent much of her time in foster care and in an orphanage. In 1937, a family friend and her husband, Grace and Doc Goddard, took care of Monroe for a few years. The Goddard’s were paid $25 weekly by Monroe’s mother to raise her. The couple was deeply religious and followed fundamentalist doctrines; among other prohibited activities, Monroe was not allowed to go to the movies. But when Doc’s job was transferred in 1942 to the East Coast, the couple could not afford to bring Monroe with them.

At 7 years old, Monroe returned to a life in foster homes, where she was on several occasions sexually assaulted and later saying that she had been raped when she was 11 years old. But she had one way out—get married. She married her boyfriend Jimmy Dougherty on June 19, 1942, at the age of 16. By that time, Monroe had dropped out of high school (age 15). A merchant marine, Dougherty was later sent to the South Pacific. Monroe went to work in a munitions factory in Van Nuys, California, where she was discovered by a photographer. By the time Dougherty returned in 1946, Monroe had a successful career as a model, and had changed her name to Marilyn Monroe in preparation for an acting career. This isolated childhood created the world famous and iconic symbol that was Marilyn Monroe.  The couple divorced in 1946, the same year that Monroe signed her first movie contract. With the movie contract came a new name and image; she began calling herself “Marilyn Monroe” and dyed her hair blonde. Throughout her short professional career she was involved in various successful films and TV programs, the most famous being ‘Some like it Hot’. However, especially towards the end of her career, she was often late or didn’t show up to filming through illness which could have been an indication to the internal troubles she was undergoing. She also had a  string of unsuccessful marriages and relationships. Her 1954 marriage to baseball great Joe DiMaggio only lasted nine months.

On August 5, 1962, at only 36 years old, Marilyn Monroe died at her Los Angeles home. An empty bottle of sleeping pills was found by her bed. There has been some speculation over the years that she may have been murdered, but the cause of her death was officially ruled as a drug overdose. There have been rumors that Monroe was involved with President John F. Kennedy and/or his brother Robert around the time of her death, causing yet further controversy.

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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.

 

 

LETTERS BETWEEN EDWARD AND HELEN THOMAS

Edward Thomas is commonly considered a war poet, although few of his poems deal directly with his war experiences. In 1915, he enlisted in the British Army to fight in the First World War and was killed in action by an exploding shell at Arras on 9th April, 1917, soon after he arrived in France. Thus, this is why the extract states the place as being in Arras. It was written a couple of days before he died.

In response, his wife wrote a postscript that is somewhat like an epilogue featuring the date as being “April 9th to…” This was the date her husband died, and it is understood that “the way has been very difficult”. It was known that Helen struggled to cope after her husband’s death. In fact, her daughter, Myfanwy later said that the books had been written by her mother as a form of therapy to help lift herself from the deep depression into which she had fallen following Thomas’s death, therefore, this postscript could be an example of that.

Moreover, it would not have been uncommon for soldiers to reflect on the brutalities and losses that they faced during the war. Roughly 10 million soldiers lost their lives in World War I, and some turned to poetry, as a way of release from their horrific experiences.

And, in the case of Edward Thomas, his letter does not reveal the full extent of the brutalities he and his comrades will have faced. Hence, it was typical of war-time soldiers to distort the truth, in order to reassure family members and to keep them from worrying.

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Helen and Edward Thomas

Helen Noble (1877-1967) loved her father, the writer and editor James Ashcroft Noble, and was alienated from her mother as much as Edward Thomas loved his mother and hated his father. Fortunately James Noble liked Thomas when the young writer came to call on the editor, and Helen Noble saw him frequently in her family’s house

. Shy at first because he was shy, Helen then sought him out, and, in time, they became lovers united by their love of poetry and the beauty of the English countryside. When Helen Noble became pregnant, Edward Thomas married her, and their first child, a son, was born in 1900.

Intensely in love, they lived together in near-poverty on Thomas’s earnings as a writer and reviewer. Often melancholy and depressed, Thomas was cold and almost cruel to Helen and their children-then he hated himself afterward. He frequently left his family in order to travel alone ostensibly to gather material for his travel books.

Shaun White and the Sochi Olympics

Games medals in snowboarding and skateboarding, and the lead guitarist in an LA based rock band. He is the CEO of his own company, and the face of many others. Shaun has amassed numerous titles and victories, most notably gold medalling in both the 2006 & 2010 Winter Olympics. He holds the X Games records for gold medals with 15 and the highest overall medal count with 23 to date. He also has won 10 ESPY awards for Best Male Action Sports Athlete and Best Male US Olympic Athlete.

Going into the Sochi Winter Olympics White was expecting to finish on the top three podium. During the games however he finished well below his usual standards. White’s final run was uncharacteristically sloppy, without a complete fall but with multiple bobbles, and received a score of 90.25, an improvement of his first run in which he fell twice, but only good enough for fourth place. White had been trying to become the first American man to win the same winter event in three consecutive Games.

Shaun White competes during the men's halfpipe snowboarding qualification of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. (Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports) Never before in an Olympics had White faced this sort of pressure. And he slid along the base of the course late Tuesday believing he could have done more.

Consequently White pulled out of the slope style competition less than 24 hours before qualifying rounds, prompting rivals to suggest White may have been scared to lose. White withdrew from the event too late for the United States to replace him.