Thoughts

We saw a Zoo 🌍

I used to want to be a zoo keeper or owner because I love animals. But after watching documentaries and people telling me, I finally realised that it is worse for the animals to be there. They are being held captive and even though you are presenting them to the public, they aren’t meant to be there. My views have completely changed and I thought that what I wanted was to have all these animals all in one place so that everyone can share the happiness. But it’s the selfishness of humans, wanting things for themselves, where we can’t see what is best for anything else including these animals.

It is such a normal thing to have zoo everywhere. Theres about 50 zoos just in the UK, and this is not including safari parks, which is slightly different. What they do there is a lot better considering they give the animals much larger areas where they can roam around. Of course this is still nothing compared to in the wild, but it is a small step in the right direction. But because they are so normal, it’s not something that is going to be declining anytime soon.

This summer, I went to 2 zoos, Edinburgh Zoo and London Zoo. These were 2 of the most popular ones in the UK and it just so happens that I was in those areas which made me really want to go to them. They ended up being a great experience and I didn’t think for a second about the encasement. I was thinking, it was one of the best experiences seeing a Panda! But on the other hand, I would love to see one who was treated well or even be a panda hugger which is apparently a job in China. Dream job right there. Or even the stunts for entertainment. Just like in the documentary Black Fish, the trainers taught the whales to do tricks and fed them with fish to congratulate them on what they did. 

whale

And this happens quite a lot, but animals like whales, aren’t meant to be ride by humans.

 And in the documentary, scientists even mention how they will all eventually lash out because they aren’t supposed to be there, and they get fed up.

 

Not to mention, the recent law update that animals don’t have feelings? I don’t even understand where they got that information from or what they were thinking. It is so ridiculous, we are all mammals and all have emotions. Some animals such as whales, more emotions than we do based on the research on their brain. It explains their behaviours and the government clearly have not given that any consideration. And again, of course, humans care more about themselves than anything else.

I watched Lilo and Stitch recently, and this probably sounds like it can’t relate to any of this what-so-ever, but Lilo is a human and Stitch is a new creature from another planet. Lil and her family have a saying, ‘ Ohana mean family. Family means none gets left behind or forgotten.’ Lilo brings Stitch in to the family despite what he is and see’s the good in him. Why can’t everyone be like her? She’s only a little girl and yet she has a bigger heart than most people on this earth. Not to be review like but I watched the second and third movie, and I loved it so much, and shed a slight tear.

Zoo’s are just a partial example of how we treat animals. You see people just leave their pets not he street just because they cannot be bothered to look after them anymore. The amount of animals in shelters because they have bad owners is not okay. Surely we should love them as much as we love our own family. We as humans, are the reasons for a lot of animals going extinct. And because there are so many different living organisms, we don’t think about all the ones dying out.

Some of my favourite movies are about zoo’s including, “We Bought a Zoo”. This shows how much they care for the animals and I fell like this sparked a love for zoo even more. Because people like that, aren’t just in it for the money like most businesses, and it’s a sad reality, just like a lot of movies portray.

But we can all make our own opinion.

LOVE ALL.

❤︎

Advertisements
Film · Review · Thoughts

Review: Before the Flood 🌱

Documentary: Before the Flood (2016)

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio

Director: Fisher Stevens

Writer: Mark Monroe

 

I’ve been meaning to watch this documentary for quite a while now. What further pushed me to watch it, was my Television Documentary module at University. It was pretty much research, which is what I told myself. But it did count! Another reason is because of Leonardo DiCaprio. I wasn’t expecting him to be producing a project like this, but then again, they can do anything else.

Leonardo starts off by telling a story about himself. This immediately becomes more of a personal story of how he discovered climate change. He mentions how he didn’t grow up around nature at all as he was from LA. He was interested in different animals since he was very young. It shows that you don’t have to be around nature to be aware and want to help it.

It’s now apparent that the things that help us get around everyday are basically helping destroy the planet; and that’s really scary. But because we have started with these things and carried on using them, no one wants to change their way of doing things.

Transportation, the way we produce our food, and pretty much everything we do, releases carbon dioxide which leads climate change. It’s happening right now all around us, and most people aren’t even aware of it because they can’t see it happening right in front of them. This is why I’m glad more and more people are making and filming all of this so everyone is informed and can make bigger changes to help the planet we live on. And just like him, I want to help stop it.

With the amount of influence DiCaprio has over people as a popular actor and public figure, it’s worth using his influence to spread the word about this issue. Others who don’t have as much of an impact, don’t have the access to resources that he has. He even spoke to the President of the USA, gave speeches at the UN and did press conferences to raise awareness. And he is travelling around the world to show all of it to us. But of course, not everyone can do this. I would absolutely love to, but of course I don’t have the funds.

A major example of the result of climate change is in Florida. The streets started flooding and instead of helping the problem, they raised the roads to prevent it and will only last 40-50years. But clearly, not everyone agrees that climate change exists, or that we should do anything about it, which is why this all continues. But where do they think the rising sea levels are coming from?

An interview he did with a scientist showed that there was clear evidence of climate change. He got abuse and death threats because people didn’t believe him, because they’re too stubborn and scared to accept the truth. But another reason why people aren’t changing is because of business – businesses make more profit if they use cheaper ways of production, and fossil fuels are cheap, so the rejection of fossil fuels makes it harder to make money and obviously businesses don’t want that. And it’s hard to solve problems when majority of the congress because ‘it’s controlled by fossil fuel funded climate change deniers’. So if the wealthy people who make their money off using fossil fuels reject the idea, it makes it harder to make bigger changes. This is why everyone else has to start making a difference to show that more people care and want to do something about it!

beforetheflood

 

As the population grows around the world, the problem gets bigger, and harder to control. It’s horrifying seeing people in China who are severely affected by pollution in their everyday life – Beijing is the number 1 polluter in the world. But a great deal of people are aware of the effects on their health and protest to help their country change. Thankfully, the government agreed and have made changes such as changing their plan for renewable energy, as well as having the biggest solar and wind companies. You can see the progress that is being made here. And if such a big country is transitioning, then surely so can all the others. On the other hand, they had to see people suffer before the even acted, which just shows we need to sort it out before it gets to that point.

‘You give people the data, you empower the people…’ This couldn’t be more true. The more you know about these issues, the more people are going to act and spread the word. The media are a big influence on people and we should use that to our advantage.

Leonardo travels to Delhi, India. As this is a less developed country, and could they be just as successful in changes? 3 million people in India don’t even have energy, but even if they did saving it wouldn’t be their biggest concern. They are more focused on making a living without electricity.

Sunita Narain talks about the future and if we have the problems now, we will have them in the future. It is quite funny how she blames the Americans for these problems and even shows the data. She is so passionate about this issue and it’s a shame that they have the major impacts of climate change unlike the USA. They have been the biggest emitter of green house gases in history and they have benefited from it – but imagine what has been sacrificed for that.

There are places around the world where people’s homes are being lost because of the water levels rising and we’re losing phenomenal natural wonders such as coral reefs. Reefs are going to disappear in the next decade. Coral reefs are so beautiful and losing them is such a shame, and I’m sure if more people knew that they wouldn’t see some great wonders of the world because of how we live our lives, then a big change could be made.

Products are a big part of the cause for climate change. The ingredients we use everyday are slowly destroying the planet from the way they are made. Palm oil is in so many products, mostly food and cosmetics, and while it is cheap to use it results in so much deforestation. This is such a simple thing that we can change – we could just move on to natural products that don’t damage the forests. It’s a small change that could make a massive positive impact. Many animals lived in these areas but don’t anymore because of the forest loss.

Beef is another big problem that people don’t really think about. When people promote not consuming this meat, it is usually always associated with veganism and not wanting to harm animals. But it’s so much more than that. Cows produce methane which is a powerful green house gas, from burps and gases they release, but as we mass-produce cows for our consumption these gases increase. For example, one 1/2lb beef burger is equivalent to 200 hrs of using a 60w lightbulb, which is crazy. Think about it – not eating 1 beef burger will help the environment.

Talking more about the impacts of the environment; snow is slowly becoming rare. When I was younger, there was so much snow and I was excited for the winter to come, mainly for the foot deep snow. Now, it hasn’t snowed in 2 years and even then it barely settled. And it’s sad to think that we’re not going to see much of it anymore.

snow

It is even more of an astonishment because it’s so precious. When Leonardo mentions how in the future, he thinks about how his children won’t be able to see the things we have seen because most of it will be different and that’s the tragic reality. And that’s going to be the same for the rest of us. I want my kids to see the snow and have other potential memories. I want people to see this from Leonardo’s perspective where we need to think about future generations and how much our motions effect them.

I’m not 100% sure on how I feel about carbon tax. I think that even if they stop buying certain things, they need a push to buy the products that are good for the economy. Or they could just bulk buy products, or just continue to by the products and pay the amount. Either way, it still seems like a small change that might not have a big effect.

Scandinavian countries are doing so well when it comes to sustainable energy. I’m slightly jealous of how well they live. I’m sure it’s against the law to not recycle in some countries. We need laws like this. Laws which stop everyone from doing anything that further damages the environment.

I got a little emotional when the girl started talking about her island in the Martial Islands – Imagine getting told that your home is going to disappear by the time you get old. And imagine that you are part of that reason someone is loosing their home.

OBAMA! My heart dropped when he came on screen. It makes me so happy that he is so positive and agrees that science that is happening. People listen to Obama, he’s an inspiration to so many and this is why I’m so glad he was part of this. He mentions what DiCaprio did earlier on, about their children not being able to see what they saw. They’re similar in so many ways and maybe it’s that generation who have kids that start to think about their children’s future, who start to care a bit more about the environment and think about who it will effect others. However, now we have Trump…

The fact that he actually met the Pope is surreal. And the Pope cares so much, and it is adorable. There are a lot of people around the world that care about this issue but it takes real strength to spread the word and actually do something about it. You really start to feel for all the people impacted. And as said before, more knowledge, more power. And that’s what I’m trying to do. This documentary sparked my idea for my dissertation; which will hopefully promote this. I realised that this documentary is about a year old, but I still recommend people to watch it.

So, save the world, Before the Flood.

❤︎

Holiday

Remember the 5th of November 💫🔥

Bonfire Night! One of my favourite times of the year! I don’t really know what it is about it, the fireworks, being in the cold and looking at beautiful colours in the sky. Or just a nice time spending time with people enjoying something spectacular. But I look forward to it every year. This year was no different. I guess because I don’t see it very often, that one time of the year I do get to see it, makes it better than it even could be. I guess on special events like New Years, the fireworks come out. That is just as magical.

IMG_9112

This night is also known as Guy Fawkes Night, is celebrated because Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot got arrested because he was guarding explosives. These were plotted beneath the House of Lords and the explosives never went off because Fawkes got caught. Now they set fireworks off to celebrate the survival of King James I. Of course, these days, no one really thinks about that and we enjoy the views of all the fireworks. But they gave us a night of sparkling fun.

I hope everyone had a great bonfire night!

❤︎

Holiday

The meaning of Hallowe’en…

Halloween is slowly creeping up on us, just 1 day away. Pumpkins are being carved, people are dressing up, drinking and partying. And people seem to wonder, why are we dressing up, buying and carving pumpkins, and what even are we celebrating?

Halloween is an annual holiday that is celebrated on the 31st October, which I’m sure everyone knows. This originated from old European traditions from the ancient Celtic harvest festival of Samhain, meaning “Summers End”, which celebrates the end of the harvest season. I quite like the idea of this, the end of summer and the beginning of winter.

Pope Gregory III designated November the first as All Saints Day to honour all the saints; which was then incorporated with Samhain traditions.

greg.jpegThe evening before was known as All Hallows Eve and now has evolved in to Halloween. The word “Halloween” literally stands for “hallowed evening’ the night before ‘All Hallows Day’ or ‘All Saints Day’ and therefore is celebrated the night before this day, on the 31st October. It is also known as Allhalloween, All Hallow’s Eve or All Saints’s Eve (1st November). It is celebrated the night before so they could warn off all the evil!

Some cultures actually believed that this time was a fine time for the boundary between this world and the next which enables them to connect with the dead and it was easier for them to move among the living. I don’t really know where that came from but maybe because it’s the end of summer, so it’s getting colder? But traditions tradition I guess. This idea is shared with multiple cultures including Jews holiday of Yom Kippur which also happens in October that involves saying prayers for the dead. Some still believe this and continue to celebrate it with that in mind.

This tradition was created to try and scare off any evil spirits by dressing up as saints, angels and demons. Funnily enough, people still dress up as these.

The main tradition of having spooky costumes for the festival dates all the way back to the Celts, who disguised themselves to blend in with the ghosts believed to wander the Earth on Samhain.

But in Britain, dressing up in costumes grew and Scottish and Irish pranksters thought it was a great idea to dress up in scary looking rubbish just to scare the neighbours. It sounds very British for scums to do so that makes sense. This is definitely something people still do.  And since then, Halloween costumes became scary, funny, adventurous and creative. People sometimes dress up to try and be someone else just for a night. It’s quite inspiring.

Children used to dress up and go house to house to ask for food, “soul cakes”, in exchange for them to recite songs/verses which means praying for the souls of their friends and relatives.

soul-cakes.jpg

The soul cakes were sweet and were cross marked on top so when they were eaten, it represents a soul being freed from purgatory.

This seems quite gruesome and very religious, which I they were back then. And now, children do the same but get sweets and toffee apples instead. Whichever sounds so much better to me.

They also burned crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic dieties. This was thought to help have a longer winter to come. Now we take that and dress up to have fun and have it as an excuse to go out, drink and dress up in random, funny clothing. I’m sure they didn’t see think that was ever going to become of it. They also share special feasts and made lanterns by hollowing out gourds. We like to play with this idea and carve scary faces in to pumpkins. They are placed usually in front of the door and around the house to scare the demons away.

The holiday almost didn’t make it far around the world because of the Pagan roots. But once the Irish and Scottish immigrants arrived in America, the more enjoyable people found it.

Trick-or-treating was first used in 1927 in America, didn’t even become widespread until 1940’s. I guess people didn’t really catch on for while because they didn’t understand it.

trickortreat

Around the world, everyone celebrates this holiday differently and some really stick with old traditions.

In Austria some people leave bread, water and a lighted lamp on the table before going to bed. It is believed that this will welcome dead souls back to Earth.

Meanwhile in Germany, people hide their knives to make sure none of the returning spirits are harmed – or come to harm them!

In the city of Kawasaki in Japan holds an annual Halloween costume parade. More than 100,000 watch it and 2,500 people take part.

Personally, it’s only once in a while that I’ll actually make the effort to dress up. It’s not something I enjoy that much, but this year, definitely! We’re all going as the Scooby-Doo gang, and I’m going to be scooby. I’m can’t wait!

Pumpkin carving, dressing up, decorating will stay a long lived tradition thanks to the old european beliefs!

But whatever you end up doing, have a great Halloween! 🎃

❤︎

Parks

Abbey Park

As the summer is shortly approaching, and the sun is shining, it is the time for going to the park. It’s one of my favourite things to do and it’s so lovely. I honestly think it’s a great day out. Me and some friends decided to go to Abbey Park in Leicester. We have literally wanted to go for so long now and just to go explore more of Leicester since we started university. As the weather looked good on Friday, it was the perfect day to go have a nice picnic in the park. We thought it would be silly not to go this year, considering we live a lot closer than we will be next year. IMG_5841

It was probably about 26 degrees so it was pretty hot. When we first got there, we went straight to the animals. They have such a cute animal area. I think it was called ‘The Pets Corner’. They had rabbits, goats, chickens, birds and some others. I don’t think I’ve actually seen chickens before and I don’t know what I was expecting but it was different. I definitely won’t be eating any chicken soon (even though I don’t actually like it anyway). There were so many of them! I am personally an animal lover and just seeing little animals chilling was adorable.

It’s also quite a big park. I didn’t realise there were so many different areas you can go explore. There was a path which had dragon stands on the top. It was oriental which is quite nice. A few bridges were thrIMG_5892oughout the pathways with trees and a small flow of water beneath. It honestly felt like I was on holiday for a moment. It felt quite relaxing. We stopped for a bit to have a little photoshoot haha. The lightning was so cute and just fit in with everything. I think they called this part the “friendship garden’ or something similar. All the trees make it look so beautiful. I would recommend it to anyone.

They also have one of those exercise areas where people can use different equipment provided. I personally don’t use them, but people seem to enjoy it. There was also a play area where we decided to embrace our inner childhood and play around. We didn’t get too many looks, haha.

As it was a park, there were plenty of places to sit, lay down a blanket, and have some food. Considering it’s been one of the hottest days for a while, there wasn’t as many people as I thought. The heat always makes me want to start eating healthy. So for our picnic, we had a normal and fruit salad, some snacks and water. We ended up buying some ice cream from the cafe. I honestly don’t understand why it was around £1.70 for a 99. Since when was this a change. I’m sure it was called 99, because it was 99p. But it tasted so good so i’m kind of going to let that go.

I still find it hilarious that a friend got sunburnt after this day. But it was going to happen. Other than being exhausted from all the walking, it was a cute day spent with cute people. We’ll probably have another trip there again soon.

🙂 Happy Summer

x

 

Film · Thoughts

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Review [Spoilers!]

Movie: Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Starring: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth with Julianne Moore and Halle Berry

Screenplay: Matthew Vaughn

Genre: Action/Adventure

 

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is the sequel to the movie Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) which was based on a comic released. This series is based on a organisation called Kingsman who basically save the world from villians. This is very much comic book material and you can tell from the plot itself. The main character, Eggsy, is found in some trouble and calls for help from someone who worked with his father before he died. Turns out, his dad worked with Kingsman which starts a new life for Eggsy. He continues to impress us with how diverse and unique he is, just like his father. He then finally becomes a Kingsman by saving the world, even though he got kicked out.

During the sequel, he continues to work for Kingsman and the plot thickens while some crazy drug dealer [Julianne Moore] tries to destroy them all. Personally, I’m not the biggest fan of the plot. I don’t understand why they would think that drugs is a good base for it. ALSO, of course they had to kill majority of the characters off?! The point of it was that it is different from superhero movies and the hero dies and isn’t meant to come back to life. Majority of people who I’ve spoken to and read from, are very shocked that they actually bought Colin Firth back. They really did not have to do that and add a random method of why he came back to life. It felt like they couldn’t think of any other reason for him to come back so they made a serum that brings everyone back to life from the dead. Which is completely ridiculous.

Additionally to that, there were plenty of unnecessary characters including, Channing Tatum (who was only in the movie for about 2/3 scenes) and Whiskey (who was a double agent). These plots were random and just seemed like they wanted to add more to the story when it wasn’t needed.

In contrast, Eggsy [Taron Egerton] was amazing still. He did a great job in my opinion, just like in the first movie. And not to mention, he still looks great in a suit! He still has the heartfelt, caring personality and a determined to save the world attitude. A part that was a bit odd, was Eggsys’ girlfriend, who was the princess he saved from the first one. I was slightly shocked when I was watching this and entirely confused. I grew on the relationship after a while. But then there was a scene where he was with another girl and that was uncomfortable and it dragged on for some weird reason. It felt like he didn’t even feel comfortable in that scene let alone the audience watching.

The meeting with an american partnership was not the worst idea and they could have made it work a lot better. Halle Berrys role was very small and could have been larger. It seemed like she was just shoved in the movie just for the views. But she did a great job and I still love her.

Overall, I would not watch it again or recommend it to anyone really. Unless they’ve seen the first one and want to see how bad it was. But I do enjoy Matthew Vaughn’s movies but definitely not this one. Hopefully he will create something a bit better than this!

 

❤︎

Film

Despicable Me 3 Review :)

Usually, I would not go to the cinema to see something that I’m not too interested in, but we were bored. It happened to be a great idea and overall, I really enjoyed it! I can’t believe how much I laughed out loud about it. I don’t think I’ve done that in a cinema in quite a long time. So, pleasantly surprised.

As this is the 3rd film in the series, and I have seen the other ones, I didn’t know what to expect. Usually, with film series and especially with animations, they aren’t always the best. One story line is ideal and the secondhand story never goes too well. But for some reason, these are lovable and adorable. I think this is especially because of the minions. These little creatures are tiny are have their own language which have a new language just for them. This makes them so much more attracting to the audience. Personally, I find them so cute and funny as well as many others. Also, I’m 20, and I still enjoy it. Let alone all the children, and adults that enjoy it. Just goes to show how well this animation is doing.

I’m sure that they’ll carry on making more and people will continue to laugh and enjoy Gru and his little family. I certainly will. 🙂

❤︎