torsdag 2. april 2009
When the Irish independence was a fact, struggle to get Ulster back form the British continued.The biggest problem was the majority of people in the region: they did not want to be liberated. As Protestants they were happy citizens of the United Kingdom.
During the 1960 the confrontations got more severe. A revolutionary spirit influenced Europe and the USA also affected the green island. Catholics felt concealed and started to demonstrate for civil rights and felt that there should be the same treatment with the Protestants. On the other hand, Protestants felt this action was a provocation towards them as a group and the situation got out of hand.
The period following 1968 has been named “The Troubles”. In 1969, British soldiers came in to bring order to the conflict in the society. Unfortunately the soldiers took sides and this led to more discrimination against Catholics. Both extreme Catholics and Protestants committed terrorism and murder and a lot of civilians have suffered. The ones who got suspected for being a terrorist could get in jail (kept in internment) for years without a trial. Most of these people were Catholics. Today, the fact of the British soldiers still being there is very provoking to the Catholic side.
tirsdag 31. mars 2009
"Your story of how blogging has helped you connect to a global audience and what this connection has meant to you. e.g. the friends you have made, what you have learnt about other cultures, how you are able to share your passions with others, how you are able to use blogging to share your views on topics."
I had never thought of blogging as a way of learning in school. One day one of our teachers told us that we had to make our own blog and post our assignments on it, we were also told to be creative with it. For me it did not seem to interesting at first. It was all very “mechanic”, and I did not enjoy doing it. Then our English teacher told us we had to make another blog, for her class. My first thought was: “Oh, not another blog!”
After some time I started to get used to this whole project, and actually started to enjoy it. We were also told that we could use pages as www.glogster.com to make our work a little more interesting. The work became more creative and I started to post more than the assignments we were given at school. A few weeks ago our English teacher introduced us to a new project, to communicate with American students for Louisiana through our blogs. This all seemed very cool! Suddenly I was getting comments on my English Social Studies blog and that was a lot of fun. Having other students on the same level looking through your work was a little scary at first, but I got used to it. We also got to leave comments to their blogs. I feel that during the rest of this school year, the Norwegian and American students will have a great opportunity to learn from each other and maybe become friends. We have already seen pictures from each others hometowns and learned a bit how they work when they are at school. For example, the American students don’t use computers in every class like we do.
Besides making possible friends, I feel that blogging is a perfect way to express your opinions. You can post whatever you like and you have the right to do it as well. So far I haven’t posted too much outside of school. My little sister on the other hand is a good example. She has made her own personal blog where she expresses her feelings around every subject that concerns her. All from animal rights to fashion! She has gained a lot of friends online and she also sells clothes. I would say that she is an inspiration to keep blogging after school is finished. I feel that I have learned a lot from blogging, not just from my own blog and how it is to blog, but how people react to others. I have seen some provoking posts, and it is very helpful when it comes to school papers and so on. All in all, I feel blogging is a great way to learn how to be creative and a great way to share your own passions.
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I just saw a clip on youtube where Obama was one of the guests, on the Jay Leno Show. I must say that my first reaction was: “Wow, the president is on a talk show?! I have never seen any of the presidents before make an appearance on a talk show. Apparently, Obama did this to reach out to the people who don’t usually watch CNN and so on. So I do get the point on why he did it. The population in America is about 300-350 million people. Not all of them voted in the presidential election, so it is perfectly normal for the president to try other distribution channels, like talk shows. When I started to watch the clip I noticed his way of behaving on the show. He was so relaxed and chilled out and he seemed very “cool”.I feel that as the president of the United States, you should have a different attitude.
Here is the deal, Obama and Leno were talking about bowling. Then suddenly, out of the blue, Obama makes a joke about the Special Olympics. The Special Olympics is nothing to joke about, the people who attend these competitions are people to look up to. They try really hard to become the best within their discipline, just as the athletes attending the Olympics. I see no reason to make this into a joke. Is this how Obama wants to reach out to the people watching talk shows? Just because he’s not participating in a political debate does not mean he has to make “funny” jokes about people. If he really wants to reach out to most people, why doesn’t he just behave normal? I guess the president has several sides of his personality, but he could consider holding on to some of his “good” jokes when starring in a talk show.
I’m no expert, but I believe this was a tiny, tiny step across the
tirsdag 24. mars 2009
I would like to share a Norwegian tradition with all you American students.
I don’t know it you have heard about it before, but it is called being a russ. Every year in May all the Norwegian students that are about to graduate celebrate for 4 weeks. This probably sounds perfectly normal, but here is the thing.
The celebrations take places on busses! About 20-25 (girls, boys or mixed) get organized to make memories for life. We start about a year in advance to gather enough money to finance this adventure. We each have to pay from our own pockets, and we all have to work together to make money outside our own wallets. Then it is time to buy a bus and you have to make sure that this bus is up to code, considering it has been used as a “russe bus” for many, many years.
Finally, it is time to start planning what the bus is supposed to look like. You can pick any theme you want, but you have to make sure no one has done anything like it before. It is all about being original. Some decide to make their bus look like night club, a cave (!) or a tennis ball. Of course you have to make sure that no one knows about the concept until May. You also have to make clothes with your own logo and hire artist to make songs, tailored to your bus. In other words, you can say that every russe bus is a small organization. We have to deal with bills, authorities and so on. It is NOT easy to pull it all together.
We also have to rent big sound systems and light systems. There are also several parties arranged just for the russ. About 8000- 11 000 russ gather for 3 days to experience artists from all over the world. This year Busta Rhymes, Dj Antoine, Booty Luv and Yves Larock are amongst some of the artist.
There are also several competitions during this time, like: Best sound system, best light show, best exterior, best interior, best concept and best bus. During the 4 weeks everyone drives around in their busses, partying has much as they can. (By the way, in Norway you have to be 18 years old to drink.) Of course, it is also important that you wear the official russ clothes during these 4 weeks. The outfit contains of a red, blue or black (depending on your studies.) pants, your own bus sweater and a hat. During the 4 weeks, you are also supposed to do different dares. For example, holding hands for an entire day without letting go, wear bread as shoes for an entire day and so on. For every dare you do, you will get some sort of symbol fasten in your hat.
There is A LOT to say about being a russ, but it difficult to try explaining it all.
So, if you have any questions, feel free to ask :D I would be happy to answer, considering I’m the boss of my bus :D Oh yes!!
Also, this means that all the Norwegian students you have been talking to are going to be a russ very soon!
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tirsdag 17. mars 2009
To break the ice, I'll start!!
I want to write about the N.R.A.
A relevant question is why do I want to write about this? Well, I don’t know much about the N.R.A and would like to learn more.
I want to learn more about the background story as to why N.R.A got established and what kind of influence the organization have on American politics.
I’m very excited to get started and I believe this will be an interesting project. I will get a better view of the N.R.A as an organization and a hold of American politics. I believe this is important for me to know, even though I live in Norway, this influences Norway as well.
I will keep updating my blog as to how the project is going.
Last time in history class, out teacher introduced of to Onenote from Microsoft.
This program works like a notebook. What is great with Onenote is that it accepts everything you wish to copy over to it or download. It works great as an organizer as well. You can make your own tabs for each subject at school, and then make several pages with notes under each tab. I think that Onenote makes it much easier to take notes and keep it all in one place, instead of having too many folders spread around on your computer. Another great thing is that you don’t have to safe every tenth minute in case your computer argues with you.
It safes everything automatically! I’m very excited over using Onenote, and I hope that more and more students will “convert” to it soon. I absolutely recommend it to every student that wants to keep school papers, power points and so on organized.