The Solar Eclipse is coming!!

From Anshi’s Desk…..

As you most probably know, tomorrow there is going to be a Solar Eclipse. If you did not know a Solar Eclipse is when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, whereby you cannot see the Sun. Hence, the name Solar Eclipse(you cannot see the Sun). Here is some more information:

A solar eclipse can only take place when the moon is aligned with the Earth and Sun whereby the moon is blocking us from seeing the Sun. However, that does not mean we can only see the Moon as the moon does not actually give light. The only reason we can see the Moon is because it reflects light from the Sun. But, now that it has no light to reflect, apart from parts of the edges we cannot see the Moon apart from – as I already stated – the edges, so it looks like a black circle. All of this can also be explained in a diagram.

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However, it also depends on where you live. If you live in the North or South poles then you will see more of the Sun, as explained in the diagram, however, if you live in the middle of Earth then you will not see as much, if any, Sun.

Here are some images of a Solar Eclipse:

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So, there you have it, a few facts about the Solar Eclipse. I hope you enjoy the Solar Eclipse tomorrow, but make sure if you are going out tomorrow, then you are wearing protective eyewear to ensure that you do not damage your eyes because while it is safe to go outside, if you are not cautious you can damage your eyes.

My first experience of Camping

From Anshi’s Desk….

Day 1

For most people, it was an ordinary Friday morning; however, for 144 pupils of my secondary school, it was the beginning of a trip to the Peak District! Why? Because our school had decided to let us go camping for our year-end residential trip.

I arrived at school at the specified time of 7.30 am; I was bustling with excitement with my father comfortably ambling along. We reached the school field, the specified place of departure, along with the other pupils all ready to go!

After the three and a half journey with a quick 15-minute break at the service station, we had finally arrived at the camp site! After unpacking in our tents and a spot of lunch we were ready to head off to our afternoon activities. My first activity was river-rafting in which our task was to create our own raft and sail it across one side of a rather large reservoir and then back. After we had secured our raft, we pushed it into the reservoir and sailed across using oars to propel ourselves forward. After we had completed the task properly, we put our practice to the test. We now had to race another group to one side of the reservoir and back. It was an extremely tight race – there were only a few seconds between the winner and the loser – but our raft touched land first and therefore we had won the competition! After changing from our wetsuits, a very awkward experience, we left for dinner. After dinner, we had time to ourselves until curfew at 10 O’clock. Our tent decided to have a sleeping bag war! We all climbed into our sleeping bags and stood up. The aim of the game was to knock over everyone else and be the last person standing. Here’s the story:

Everyone had been knocked out apart from me and my friend, we were moving in circles and suddenly I jumped at him and his immediate reaction was to fall over and so I was king! Then, we all reluctantly entered our sleeping bags, as instructed by our teachers, and so we went to bed……

Day 2

I woke up to find everyone else sleepily arousing from their slumber, and as we left for breakfast, we were all excited to find out what our activities were. After breakfast, we found out from our instructor that we were going ‘weaselling’. Weaselling is climbing over, through and under lots of different sized boulders, nooks and crannies. It was extremely hard to climb through but I just about managed to do so! Then after an expeditious lunch break, our team headed off to ‘Bush Craft’.

Bush Craft is the art of surviving in the wilderness using only the natural resources encompassing you.

We lit fires using flint and steel, and I found a flawless method to make sure that I acquired a spark each time!!

Then, we created a group fire use small twigs e.t.c to ignite the huge flame and then started to add larger sticks to make the fire grow whilst also providing oxygen as an oxidising substance.

After dinner, we had free time to ourselves, just like last night, and today the pupils in our tent decided to play ‘go fish!’ a particular card game. In this game the aim is to make as many sets(packs of four) as you can using the 5 cards you are given.

Day 3

The entire day was spent on the journey home………

 

 

 

My first taste of the “Indoor League” competition

It was an ordinary Sunday morning for most people. However, for me, it was a very special and exciting day. I had been waiting for this day to take place for the past few weeks. It was the first match of the Indoor League and I was feeling fairly nervous about whether I would play well though! I felt as if there was a huge procrastination for the match to being but, according to the match schedule, we had started on time.

I felt as if there was a huge procrastination for the match to begin, but, according to the match schedule, we had started on time.

Bowling the first over

As always, my Captain decided that I should bowl the first over. So I took the ball from the Coach and slowly walked towards my bowling crease – with an air of nervousness around me. I looked at the batsman who played for the local county. However, I knew he hated in swing and could not face it, so – as I was running into bowl, I had my eye on the off-stump. With the seam facing slightly towards the right-hand side; as I ran in with full pace and a spring in my step I angled my arm in slightly so that the seam would swing in even more. The ball landed in line with the off-stump and moved in, so as to be in line with the middle stump. The batsmen tried to play straight drive and top edged it, and it went soaring into the air like an aeroplane taking off. There was no reason to worry though, as our wicket-keeper has an extremely reliable pair of hands in situations such as this. Five seconds later, the ball was in his gloves. I was elated at the fact that on the first ball I had taken the first wicket. I could not believe my eyes! The batsman was walking back to the pavilion. The second ball was a dot ball (the batsman did not score a run). However, the third ball was another good ball and the batsman chipped the ball up straight to mid-on who took a simple catch. And then, on the final ball, I decided to bowl a yorker, bowling as fast as I could. The decision paid off and I was rewarded with another wicket.

My first experience of batting in the “Indoor League” Competition

I walked into bat at number 4 – my favourite position to bat in, after opening – and was facing an easy spinner who I knew would bowl a few wides which would gain me at least 2 runs. The ball pitched off the pitch – a massive wide – and barely spun in, passing the outside edge of my bat. I was given two runs – as the rules of the Indoor League differ from the outdoor rules. The next ball was again a wide giving me another two runs. However, I believe, there was a controversial decision which proclaimed me out. It began like this. The ball was a wide and my back foot was well inside the crease – or so I thought – and the ball rebounded off the right-hand glove of the wicket-keeper and hit the stumps – supposedly being a stumping. However, first of all, I thought that the ball had to be in the wicket-keeper’s glove to complete a stumping. However, in this occasion, the ball had rebounded off the glove of the wicket keeper and had hit the stumps, when – my second point, I was sure my backfoot was deep inside the crease. And so I was given out stumped for four runs. So I reluctantly returned to the pavilion. I was extremely indignant about this controversial decision – but, I could not review this decision or argue against the umpire’s controversial decision, but, I was supported and sympathised by the members of my team, who agreed with me about this odd decision.

Celebrating the first win of the season

However, even though I was dismissed for only four runs, the other members of our team batted extremely well and we comfortably managed to win the game. It was a moment of great elation for all of my team and there was screaming and shouting all around!!! I was extremely satisfied with my bowling performance – as I contributed three wickets, however, there was still a lot to be desired with my batting and I knew I would have to make a comeback with it if I wanted my place to remain in the team.

Winter

From Anshi’s desk……

Winter is a time…

Winter is a time when all the freezing parents rush home to be invited by their loving children and a warm fire. A time when all the animals take a well-earned rest after working so hard during the Summer, Spring and Autumn. It is a time when the plants disappear under the ground and replacing them – snow. It is a time when people receive presents(Christmas) from a rather large, plump man with a huge sack, sleigh and reindeer – or so we assume. It is a time when we celebrate the end of the year with a party, fireworks, a countdown and friends. Winter is a magical time where people rejoice in harmony.

Winter is also a sign that Spring is returning, and when it does the animals will awaken from their deep slumber and return to their laborious jobs.

However, Winter is not perfect. The dull, grey clouds fill the day with gloom, making sure that all children wishing to go outside are restricted. The once green canopy covering the branches of the leaves, fall away onto the floor leaving the poor trees bare and cold.

Winter is a time when many people sit inside, on a cold night, by the heart of a warm fire drinking a steaming hot mug of coca. What a perfect time! However, during the mundane day, people laze about with a feeling of gloom inside. How boring!

Winter is a time when people rejoice and laze. What else can we do!

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The Exhilaration of getting a mobile phone!!

From Anshi’s desk…..

Have you ever been in a situation where everyone you know –nearly all your friends – have a mobile phone?

If you have, then you will know, that you feel completely isolated from the rest of the world. It feels as if you’re the only one who can’t talk to people when there not in the same room as you. I have been through this for many painful years, however, now I can hold my head up high and say that I have social media and a mobile phone.

What does Social Media mean to me? 

To me, Social Media is the extraordinary tool which facilitates being in touch with your friends and family at the press of a button. The excellence of hearing the voice of a close member of your family who has moved away. This is what I feel Social Media is. However, Social Media can have its downsides. For example, someone could access your account and get all your personal information……well potentially!!!

That is just one of the many reasons why you should be careful on Social Media sites.

When I got a mobile phone 

When I got a mobile phone; I was returning from school when my Dad gave me a rectangular box.

I was perplexed!!! I was wondering why he suddenly gave me this box. Then everyone told me to open it. So – beaming with excitement – I opened it. As soon as I saw what was in there, I was filled with exhilaration, quicker than the speed of sound.

 Although I felt like this on the inside – on the outside I had to remain composed as I am a mature young boy. As soon as I got to school, the next day I added all my friends’ phone numbers onto my phone.

Now I always try to keep my smartphone fully charged and treat it with the “utmost” respect.

 I hoped you enjoyed reading this blog post and I hope you read the many yet to be published!

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My book review of “Wonder” by R.J Palacio

From Anshi’s desk……….

Wonder, R.J Palacio’s debut book, is set around a 10-year-old boy called August “Auggie”. August is not an ordinary boy, not in the sense that he has many idiosyncrasies, but in the sense that he doesn’t look very ordinary. August Pullman was born with mandibulofacial dysostosis, which makes his face appear deformed. His eyes are placed in the middle of his cheeks, his ears are little holes in the side of his head, although he can surprisingly hear from them. In most cases people whose ears aren’t properly formed are deaf, however, Auggie can hear – with some difficulty – which resulted in him wearing bionic hearing aids. August has a few childhood friends which he has known since he was a baby. He is really close to his childhood friends and even though one of them moved away to Bridgeport(Christopher) August and his family still manage to come over to Christopher’s home a few times a year – mostly on traditional occasions – and August and Christopher have a blast!!! Of course, Auggie has more friends but, they aren’t as close to him as Christopher. They are mainly the kind of people that you get along with, despite the fact that he had been invited to their parties, he hadn’t seen them in a long time.

August has been homeschooled for his entire life, but at the age of 10, his Mum decided that she could only teach him a limited amount and that if he were to go to school his knowledge would expand greatly. So one day whilst August was playing with Christopher  his mother was discussing the idea with Christopher’s mother. Unfortunately for Isabel (August’s mother), August overheard the word school and rushed into the room. “What were you talking about ? ” he questioned with an interrogating voice.                           “Auggie, do you think you’re ready for school ? ” Isabel answered and questioned at the same time. “No!”, August replied decisively.                                                                                            “You should tell him what you were thinking, Isabel,” said Nate(August’s father) nervously.”Auggie, I can only teach you so much, you know how bad I am at fractions,” she said with a melancholy facial expression. August hated the idea of him having to go to school, but deep down he knew she was right, Mom really was terrible at fractions.

I believe that the story revolves around August – the main character – a special child who is trying to live an ordinary life at fit into society and, like most of us when starting a new school – make friends.

This story is based on reality as R.J Palacio’s and her own sons saw a boy who was facially different. So I believe that – after reading this book – we should treat all people mutually no matter what they look like or who they are.

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Finding the perfect job/career

I have spent many days trying to contemplate what the ideal job/career for me could be. I spent hours completing career tests that I thought would help me find my dream job. It is only now that I finally realize that it is extraneous to try to find your perfect job using tests on websites. The reason for this is: It takes a person to create a website; so how can a person tell what your job should be? See it just doesn’t make sense that someone who doesn’t know you should tell you what to become. Now I am just focusing on the present and not looking too ahead into the future. I know that this blog post was a short one but I just wanted to tell you that you should not be to decisive on what you want to become – focus on your studies and what is important to you and you will automatically find the perfect job. Or if you already have a job than focus on that.
 

My first trip to Wales

Anshi’s desk…

This story begins at my house…….. It was an ordinary Friday; I had just arrived from my weekly cricket training session to find my entire family packing their suitcases. I was bemused! I was trying to comprehend why everyone was packing; it wasn’t as if we were going anywhere this half-term. So I decided to ask my Mum. After, I had heard what she said I could not stop smiling – I was extremely elated to hear that we were going on a family holiday to Aberystwyth in Wales!!!

Off to Wales

The journey to Wales was tiresome and tedious; however, this was no surprise as Wales is situated on the other side of the country. However, we did have a few breaks, and once we had arrived in Wales, we took a wrong turn and ended up taking a long de-tour of Snowdonia, but it didn’t matter as we were surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the Welsh mountains. The mountains appeared speckled with white spots on them – from afar -guess what! these were sheep grazing all over them. Eventually, we did arrive in Aberystwyth and that was the main thing.

The visit to the Castle  

Once we had arrived, we were warmly greeted by Mausaji (my maternal Uncle), who asked us – if we weren’t too tired – and whether we would like to go to the beach. Well, the proposition seemed far too exciting to refuse……so, we all immediately agreed and decided we would visit the local beach after a quick break and of course a cuppa tea for my parents. Once we were all refreshed, we headed towards the beach. We arrived and completely forgot about the beach, as we gazed in awe at a majestic (though partly dilapidated) castle. Its is known as the “Aberystwyth Castle”. A major tourist attraction in this part of the world.We decided to abandon the beach and go to the castle instead. Once we arrived at the top of the hill, as the castle was located at the top of a steep hill, we looked down and before our eyes there appeared a magnificent view.

People were  lying on the soft sand of the beach, whilst others were  plunging into the sea and a few were indulging themselves in a barbeque on the beach.

The adventure at the Castle

My little sister and I had a small adventure at the castle. I’m sure, if you ask her she will give you a long and detailed description….. which might be a bit exaggerated, so let me describe it for you. Little sis’ and I like exploring, so we decided to take a look around the castle. It was at this moment of time, when I stumbled upon something spectacular. Lo behold….I had found a secret passageway!!!! I noticed a little hole in a wall that looked like it had been created by bombs hitting it (the Castle had been used as a base during a war.) So, I decided to take a look and I found a set of spiral stairs leading into darkness. I climbed up filled with excitement but also a bit scared as I slowly crept, engulfed by the darkness. I came to the top of one of the four towers. It was a momentous and adventurous occasion and I shall always treasure it’s memories!!!

The toy Train

The next day we decided to ride on a toy train. We arrived at the Vale of Rheidol which is the train station for the toy train. We quickly bought the tickets and hopped onto the train with a spring in our step. It was now when Timmy got frightened. Since the train was a steam train when the driver was about to go he would blow the whistle notifying all the passengers that he was going, however, Timmy’s ears did not find this sound pleasant at all. She screamed in shock and ran as fast as her little legs would carry her to me. Now, being next to me, she wasn’t scared so we had an amazing time. The views that we saw were magnificent, there were mountains surrounding us with one odd house in the middle of nowhere. Once we had arrived at the next station we had 2 hours to spare till the train that took us back home, so Mausaji took us to this place where you had to climb down a mountain (there were steps although they were extremely steep and jagged so it was very difficult) right next to a waterfall and then – once you had reached the bottom you had to climb back up on the other side of the mountain next to the same waterfall and that to it felt like we were in a jungle as all that the eye could see was trees. We were beleaguered by trees!!!  It was very difficult and I got frightened quite a bit. Going down was very hard, especially Jacobs Ladder, there were a set of steep steps leading to a path at the bottom. It was so petrifying that I could not let go of the rail!! But my Mum was terrific she did at lightning speed and didn’t even hold on!!!! It was miraculous. We have many photos so if you would like to see them, you would have to speak to my Dad!

The trip to the lake

Our trip to the lake was amazing however, I had an encounter with a sheep that was so hilarious that you would not stop laughing P.S: I am now an enemy of sheep. We all wanted to see as much of the amazing Welsh scenery as possible so, we went to a beautiful lake – in Machynlleth – that was surrounded by mountains. There was one mountain that looked more majestic than the others and I eagerly wanted to try to climb it. But, climbing a mountain is not as easy as it seems, it is exceptionally hard, but anyway, I climbed over a fence and started to climb. I reached a fair distance when… I saw it… the sheep. Immediately after I had seen the sheep my Dad insisted I touch it. I was terrified!!! I had only ever touched a sheep in farms when they were inside a fence; I approached it cautiously trying as hard as I could to make sure it couldn’t hear me. But it spun round and stared at me with its black beady eyes. I immediately decided that I didn’t want to climb the mountain anymore, and with other sheep approaching I swiftly climbed down the mountain and leapt over the fence (that separated the mountain from the rest of the area) as quickly as I could.

King Arthur’s labyrinth

Our visit to King Arthur’s labyrinth was absolutely amazing! There was no other way to describe it. We decided to go there specifically because, my school play was based on King Arthur. Once we had arrived we went to the reception to book our tickets. Whilst my parents, and Mausaji, were occupied buying the tickets I decided to take a look at the sword Excalibur. It was exactly the same as the one’s I had seen on television. Now it was time to go to the boat which would take us to the labyrinth. We arrived to find a huge boat and with it a man dressed as a ghost, he was to be our guide. The boat took us deep under the mountain and we arrived at the labyrinth. Then, we heard many stories about how King Arthur became king. I also found that, as a boy, Merlin was kidnapped; he was kidnapped because people thought he had magic powers, which of course, he did, but, at that time he had know clue that he had any powers. So, Merlin tried with all his might to make something happen but nothing came. But then, something did happen, he foretold that one day there would be a King named Arthur who would save England. So, the men didn’t kill him. And since then Merlin found he had more powers than just telling the future – he could do magic!!! Our guide also told us that the labyrinth that we were stood in had once been a mine and over 10, 000 people used to work there. The mine is 28 miles long so he made extremely clear to keep up otherwise we would be difficult to find. It was an amazing experience and I shall always remember it.

So folk, that was a complete recount of my trip to Wales;  I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed the adventurous experience!!!!

Idiosyncrasy – it’s meaning is deeper than you think

From Anshi’s Desk ….

It was another ordinary, uneventful weekend, when I came across an unorthodox word – “Idiosyncrasy”.

According to the Oxford dictionary the meaning of “idiosyncrasy” is when a person or A thing has an unusual or unique habit, feature or way of behaving, but I believe that it is not that unornamented.

For example ” One of his little idiosyncrasies was always preferring to be in the car first.”After reading this, I thought I had grasped the nuances of the meaning of this word. So, I tried to come up with my own sentence using the word idiosyncrasy, however it was in vain as the usage was incorrect.

So I decided to explore the usage of this word that simply fascinated me -idiosyncrasy. One example involved repeating words that were spoken – “Her worst idiosyncrasy involved repeating back every word that was said to her”.

Another example involved a man with a rather peculiar habit – “While my father had many peculiar habits, his biggest idiosyncrasy was collecting his own toenail clippings”. That one was particularly disgusting !!!

Yet another example included a boys reaction to oranges – “Because of his idiosyncrasy to oranges, Franklin got a small rash every time he drank orange juice”.  There were many more,  as you may have noticed there are a large variety of uses for the word idiosyncrasy.

So much so, that I have written a blog post about it. After all this research about the word idiosyncrasy, I finally constructed my own sentence using the word. My sentence was” George’s biggest idiosyncrasy was the amount of water he drank at meal times. “

In conclusion the meaning of idiosyncrasy is when a person or object has a unorthodox habit, reaction, feature or way of behaving. I hope you have grasped the nuances of the word Idiosyncrasy and hope you will use it in the future.