Friday, 30 April 2010
This year, the circumstances are different. If I do it (and possibly win), I could write it in my CV which will make me look like a bright kid. Haha! And maybe I could get a prize if I win! Oooohhh that's exciting!!
I will first write the script and then hand in the application.
PLEASE do this. you will be saving a life. :-)
Read the datails first...
To save Kiana Firouz’s life by stopping her deport from UK
Kiana Firouz, is an Iranian Lesbian whose application for asylum has been turned down by the home office. Her appeal against home office’s decision was dismissed by the adjudicator with baseless grounds. Notwithstanding Home office officially accepted the fact that she is a lesbian within the refusal letter. Please sign the following petition to save her life before it’s too late
Homosexuality in Iran, treated according to the Islamic law, is a sin in the eyes of God and a crime for society. In Islam generally homosexuality is among the worst possible sins you can imagine” (PB).The punishment for lesbianism involving persons who are mature, of sound mind, and consenting, is 100 lashes. If the act is repeated three times and punishment is enforced each time, the death sentence will apply on the fourth occasion. (Articles 127, 129, 130) The ways of proving lesbianism in court are the same as for male homosexuality. (Article 128)
Kiana Firouzさんの件は、LESBIAN CINEMA PARADISEのこちらの記事から知りました。Kianaさんはイランのレズビアン活動家であり、ドキュメンタリー映像作家でもあります。彼女の制作した“Cul de Sac（行き止まり）”という作品がまもなく英国で公開されます。予告編はこちら（はてなで動画検索しても出てきませんでした。YouTube検索ではトップに出てくるのに！）。
Save Kiana Firouz's life by stopping her deport from the UK (April 21, 10)
Kiana Firouz, an Iranian Lesbian, born in 1983 in Tehran-Iran, supported and advocated for the homosexual movement in Iran without considering the dangers that accompanied such a cause. To create awareness she took to making a documentary that showcased the lives of homosexuals in Iran. Unfortunately, some of the documentaries footage fell into the hands of the Iranian Intelligence Services who in turn placed her under surveillance. Unsure of her security in Iran, Firouz managed to leave the country for the UK where she would be able to continue her work and also study.
Kiana Firouz has sought asylum in the U.K but her application was turned down by the Home Office, despite accepting the fact that she is a lesbian. She accordingly submitted her appeal which was dismissed incredibly by the adjudicator. According to her solicitor’s point of view there is a little chance to grant a permission to appeal against the adjudicator’s decision. It means that she will face with deportation soon.
Kiana Firouz still remains in the UK, however her case has been denied by the Home Office. She, nonetheless, is receiving support regarding her situation. She also continues to advocate for the rights of homosexuals in Iran by participating in documentaries. Recently Firouz acted in a documentary about her life and the struggles she faced in Iran.
Kiana Firouz stated on an interview that: “In my opinion, the film potentially falls into the genre of docudrama. It was important to me as an Iranian lesbian to play a role like this. I believe the best way to enlighten people is to raise public awareness through free media, and film is the most powerful medium that can share the difficulties that all Iranian lesbians are experiencing. I strongly believe this film will touch everyone.”
She asked all Iranian queer supporters to help her. "I have recently played a role in a feature film called “Cul de Sac” which is mainly based on my real life story. The movie is scheduled to be screened in May 2010. The trailer of the movie had been published on You Tube since December 2009. It was watched by more than ten thousand viewers just in the first four days. The film’ news was covered by the international Media world wide specifically by the opposition those are under severe surveillance of the Iranian authority. The movie contains sexual scenes which itself would be subject to death punishment if I return to Iran. Now, the only hope remains for me is LGBT’s supporters."
彼女はイラン全国のクィアサポーターに助けを求めています。「私は最近、主に私の実人生に基づいた“Cul de Sac” （行き止まり）という映画に出演しました。この映画は2010年５月に上映される予定です。2009年12月からYou Tubeに予告編がアップされました。最初の４日間で10万人以上のひとたちが観ています。この映画のニュースは国際的なメディアによって世界的に広まっています、特にイラン当局の厳格な監視下にある反対勢力によって。映画には性的なシーンがあり、もし私がイランに戻ったら死刑に処される証拠となります。いまや私に残された唯一の希望はLGBTサポーターたちだけです」
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
This is what you have to solve in order to show everyone you can use English. I think it is simply RIDICULOUS.
Choose the correct ending to this sentence:
I do not understand
a) why Mother should object to my playing the piano.
b) why Mother tries to discourage me to play the piano.
c) why Mother opposes to the idea of my playing the piano.
d) why Mother should disagree to me in my plan to play the piano.
Here's a vid from The L Word. Tasha (who is in the US Army) and Alice are talking about Iraq war and the US army. The scene before that was about people wearing t-shirts with war related quotes and so Tasha is pissed off.
I don't know how accurate this scene is but there are things only people who are actually in the army know.
I think life in the Roman days was a nightmare. If I had a time machine and was taken to that time and place, I would probably just kill myself. But maybe if it was trouble all the time since you were born, you get used to it. I don't know. I'm lucky to be living in a peaceful time and place. (although there are some difficulties... Stress and pressure)
And there are things so fight for. Like this...
Transgender student attacked in campus restroom, “it” carved into chest
A transgender student was attacked in a campus bathroom on the California State University, Long Beach campus. The attacked reportedly carved the word “it” into his chest with a knife.
On April 15, 2010, a 27-year old transgendered CSULB student reported that he was attacked in a restroom on the college campus, according to the LA Times.
The suspect addressed the transgendered student by his name. He pulled his shirt over his head and pushed him into a stall. He then used a knife to slashed the victim’s chest.
LBPOST.com obtained a Facebook posting about the incident:
“A [transgendered] student left class [Thursday] night to go to the bathroom and on the way there was assaulted by someone who knew him by name but whom he didn’t know. He beat him and threw him against a wall then carved “It” on his chest with a knife.”
The attacker fled and the student was taken to a hospital.
Police were able to sketch the suspect based on the information given by the victim (pictured above). Earlier reports claim the police have not said whether the attack was a hate crime.
UPDATE: According to existing reports, police have not confirmed that the incident was a hate crime. These earlier reports do not reference the information about “it” being carved into the victim’s chest.
Monday, 26 April 2010
One teacher says that we have to:
read more books
memorize classic Japanese words that is no longer used which is ridiculous
Also he tells us that we will never get into a decent university if we can do this and this and this and this.
I can't help daydreaming about the future when I finally graduate and go to England.
Papa Roach's song Be Free is the best way do describe how much I'm stressed out which goes like this.
Sick and tired of being sick and tired
I wanna be free from this ball and chain
and be free from this life and pain
and be free from this ball and chain
I wanna be free from you.
Hmmm.... Guess I'm not very good at describing...
Sunday, 25 April 2010
All the candidates (there were around 80 people in the room) looked over 20 years old. They probably were taking it to go to graduate school.
About the test... well...
I did listening, reading and writing on 24th and speaking today at a different place. I didn't get lost going to the speaking test because my grandad came with me and the building was right next to the station.
When I finished the test on 24th, I went to Myogadani where my grandparents live. My grandad was waiting for me at the station and because he didn't let me know beforehand, I didn't notice him and neither did he. I went to my grandparents house on my own to find I had left him at the station. He came back after waiting for 2 HOURS!!!! Hope he hasn't got a cold...
My aunt and uncle were with my grandma and my other aunt came at 3:00 and the other uncle at 6:00.
I ate all sort of things that night. Sushi, tempura, Haagen-dazs vanilla ice cream, monaka, chawan-mushi, cream cheese, premium calpis etc. I was full and tired by the time everybody went home at 9:00pm.
One thing I now know.
I LACK VOCABULARY
Thursday, 22 April 2010
I downloaded his entire first album "For Your Entertainment" and I'm hooked. (Free download, btw @http://www.mp3raid.com/. Poor singers... they don't get the money they deserve...) I think he has the kind of voice that is for a real singer. Not like a singer who's a singer because they can sing right.
And then I checked out wiki pedia as usual and found out he's kinda scandalous (but in a good way, I think.) Here's what he did...
In November, Lambert performed "For Your Entertainment" at the American Music Awards of 2009. The performance showed Lambert kissing a male keyboardist, grinding a dancer's head against his pelvis, and grabbing the crotch of another. Lambert told Rolling Stone magazine, "Female performers have been doing this for years—pushing the envelope about sexuality—and the minute a man does it, everybody freaks out. We're in 2009—it's time to take risks, be a little more brave, time to open people's eyes and if it offends them, then maybe I'm not for them. My goal was not to piss people off, it was to promote freedom of expression and artistic freedom." In response to his performance, the Parents Television Council, a conservative decency campaigning group, urged viewers to complain to the FCC. The performance, at the end of the show, was broadcast "outside the FCC's usual 6am-10pm time frame prohibiting the broadcast of indecent material". ABC received about 1,500 telephoned complaints and announced he would not perform on Good Morning America on November 25 as planned. CBS subsequently invited Lambert to perform instead on The Early Show, on the same date in New York City.
Why can't everybody just chill! Jeez!
Maybe this is one of the steps for gay people to be accepted as normal and I think Adam did was just fine. And I'm not the only one thinking this because people's comments about this goes like this...
God, it's just a kiss it's not that shoking :s
FUCKING GET OVER IT PEOPLE
I find this really hot
YOU GO ADAM!
Awesome performance and kiss!
Sex sells trust me if that was an all girl performance no one would say anything
some ppl need to fuckin chill bout this, so wat if he kissed a dude, ppl who think this is wrong shoul crall up in a hole, die and go to hell
It's amazing how hypocritical people can get.
Okay so lemme get this straight:
1. It's definitely okay to have sex scenes in movies and it's okay to let kids watch it, (oh sure it's a good bio lesson -.-)
2. It's NOT okay for a less than 5 second gay kiss.
Honestly? Which pollutes the brain more? That 5-sec kiss or the 5-min sex-scene?
They honestly do have some kinda messiah complex, don't they. "SAVE THE WORLD, NO HOMO KISSES. BUT KEEP THE SEX SCENES."
Monday, 19 April 2010
R and L. That's what Japanese can't pronounce. If someone in my class had to read a part of"The curious incident of the dog in the night-time" (which is the book I started reading yesterday), they would read it like this:
And then I placticed maths for the lest of the morning and...
No, I won't write anymore because it's ridiculous but nobody can pronounce L and R right. I think it's all right as long as it's understandable. From my limited vocabulary, I think the only word they should pronounce right in order to not have and embarrassing experience is "election" and "erection."
B and D. I had trouble when I was little with that one. My grandma suggested that i should think of a bed when I use the letters b and d. I sometimes mess it up when I'm typing on the keyboard like I'm doing now.
I also couldn't write walk(歩く) and run(走る) in Chinese characters for a while for a while. I wonder how Chinese people cope with their language... There must be thousands of letters they have to know!
Sunday, 18 April 2010
...The taxi came on time and it was time to say goodbye to Grandma. I gave her a big hug but couldn't say anything because I thought it would make me cry like I always do when we have to go. I couldn't stop the tears when I got to the top of the stairs anyway.
It took about 3 hours to the hotel. We don't usually stay in a hotel before going on the plane. This time, my dad's plane to Bangkok the next day was earlier than me and my mum's. So, we stayed for the night. We watched Frost and Master Chef and other TV programs. I think British TV programs are better than Japan's.
Anyway, the next day on April 3rd, my dad left at 6:00am. Me and my mum left at 11:00am. Mum's suitcase was too heavy and had to transfer some to mine. The journey was pleasant and I was busy watching movies. Oh, the problem was that the girl sitting next to me had smelly feet and she had her foot on the seat. Ugh, everyone who is going on the plane should wash their feet THOROUGHLY.
Friday, 16 April 2010
Oh yeah, my visit to the teachers room wasn't that bad for I got to see Mr A. <3
Thursday, 15 April 2010
The first class of physics and I couldn't understand a thing of what the teacher was saying. I could only stare at the black board and think "wtf am I going to do... I can't fail now." I knew it was because of the lack of studying because I didn't study AT ALL during spring break. Although I had to study, I couldn't get myself together to do it. However, the next day I thought it's not late to do it all from the start. I'm not under the stress the others are having (it's stressful for me too but that's tiny compared to the others) and there aren't tests coming up yet. So today I made it an All Physics Day. I'm concentrating on Wave which we are doing now. I'm glad to say I've understood the textbook and all I have to do now is practise. It sounds like a small step but I feel I've made a big progress so far.
I am also having trouble with maths and chemistry too but I will try my best to understand.
I need have more self-confidence. At school, friends tell me I'm good at English when I'm down. It sounds to me like I'm shit without English which is completely true so it doesn't cheer me up. It must be easier to be confident if you have something you're good at. Out of school, I'm not good at anything. Knowing this, my confidence is like ice that can break any time.
Sunday, 11 April 2010
Write about the following topic:
Some people think that universities should provide graduates with the knowledge and skills needed in the workplace. Others think that the true function of a university should be to give access to knowledge for its own sake, regardless of whether the course is useful to an employer.
What, in your opinion, should be the main function of a university?
Give reasons for your answer and include and relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
This is a road. But it's not just a road and shops. It's all on a bridge! ...Supposed to be famous for that. There's also a bridge with a prison on it (but not used now) in B-on-A.
Here's the breakfast at the B&B.
This is Shambles. It's famous because it's very old or something.
My dad was excited to find this. (His name is Duncan.)
Apart from that incident, York was all good. As there were students at the college, we got the feeling of what it's like on a usual day there. The building was new and it is right next to a huge Tesco!
Oh, and before we went to the college, we walked around the town to see York Minster. I think it's the biggest minster I've been in to (not that I've been to many minsters!)
Even if it starts POURING, some people can't be bothered to use umbrellas. That's why everyone wears hoodies in England.
Saturday, 10 April 2010
These are the ones she gave me today(well, sold, actually. I paid 500yen for these. Not each, thank goodness). I haven't read them yet... I will in a moment!
Yeah it's me. :-)
After the injection, I went for a walk as I always do on weekends because I don't get any exercise on weekdays. I walk to Doho park. It takes 1 hour in total.
I took this on the way back. Tsukuba city recently painted the ground with ridiculous paint and it now looks horrible.
Thursday, 8 April 2010
Here's a photo of York Sta.
After dropping our luggage at the B&B, we went to the univ by bus and had lunch at the univ cafe. It was raining (like always) and colder than in Bradford-on-Avon. Duh, it's in the North! The gloomy weather made the campus look gloomy and the first impression was not very good but I shouldn't judge by the weather!!
Anyway, the campus had a very nice (if it's sunny) but inconvenient feature. There were bucks and other birds you would see swimming in the river ALL OVER THE PLACE!!!!
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
It's "The Planet: The Podcast for L Word Fans!" It'll only make sense if you watch The L Word but it's absolutely hilarious! I was just listening to it as I went on a walk and I literally couldn't stop laughing!!
This episode I was listening to today was published in 26th Feb 2008 and it's the 60th one. I'm writing about it here because it was the first time a girl from Japan left a message and was broadcasted! Well all she said was "I love you Helena(who is a character from the L word) and the podcast is great and I just got fired and KC and Elka (the podcasters) are my English teachers." The message was funny because she kept on saying "I love you Helena" over and over again.
Monday, 5 April 2010
We had lunch at a restaurant where a wedding was going on! Hope we didn't disturb them!!
These are the photos I took of the city of Exeter. I thought it was a combination of old and modern. Literally. I mean, the city wall was right in the middle of the shopping centre!!
Area in front of Exeter Cathedral:
Exeter Cathedral. We didn't go inside because we had to pay.
The city wall:
We took the 3:45 train to go back to Bradford-on-Avon.
The staff and the students were all very friendly and helpful and organized that we got a very clear idea of what I will be doing there. Much better than Bath! The fact that the place I do the foundation year and the degree course are in the same campus was good too because I would get a better feeling of the University when I'm doing the foundation year.
This is the view from the house. Can you see Bath Abbey? ...Hmm, maybe not.
After that, me and my mum went to Ruth's house, who lives next door but one and is the owner of Brutus. I couldn't see or hear him bark when I went so I was worried if he was still there because he used to bark at everyone who passes the road. I was relieved to hear him bark after I rang the doorbell. He is old and doesn't move very much. His dog smell has increased too!