Saturday, November 21, 2009

History Waves #1 ~ The Ghost and the Darkness

This film is based on a true story.
In 1896 Irishman Lt. Col. John Paterson, a construction engineer from the British Army, was sent to East Africa to build a railway trestle bridge across the Tsavo River (in today's Kenya) for the British East African Railway. (This would help to expand the empire a little more.) During the construction of the bridge, two lions would enter the workers' camp to kill. The locals name them 'The Ghost' and 'The Darkness'. It is believed that from 35 to 130 people were killed by the two lions in nine months. The claims are varied.
1. Lt. Col. Patterson owned the skins and skulls of the two Tsavo man-eaters. In 1924, Patterson sold them to the Field Museum in Chicago for $5,000.
2. The title of the book is 'The Man-Eaters of Tsavo', and is one of two books Colonel Patterson wrote. The second book, 'In the Grip of the Nyika: Further Adventures in British East Africa' was published in 1909. The latter never became very popular, and is long out of print.

Mix writing styles* A little history and song lyrics?
* Poem and a letter?

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Opinion Piece #4 ~ Wildlife are becoming too urbanised

Pic by G.W. aka P.A. ~ Magpie on my verandah railing in the Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
Opinion Piece #4 ~ Wildlife are becoming too urbanised.
They are losing their wild spirit.
Do you agree?

Friday, November 6, 2009

Rock-a-Quote #1 ~ from "The Men in Black"

Rock-a-Quote #1 ~ from The Men in Black ~ Release Date: 11th. September 1997 (Australia)~ Quite an auspicious date!
Tagline: Protecting the earth from the scum of the universe...
Zed: "You'll dress only in attire specially sanctioned by MiB special services. You'll conform to the identity we give you, eat where we tell you, live where we tell you. From now on you'll have no identifying marks of any kind. You'll not stand out in any way. Your entire image is crafted to leave no lasting memory with anyone you encounter. You're a rumor, recognizable only as deja vu and dismissed just as quickly. You don't exist; you were never even born. Anonymity is your name. Silence your native tongue. You're no longer part of the System. You're above the System. Over it. Beyond it. We're "them." We're "they." We are the Men in Black."
1. Write a story based on this idea
2. Comment on the advantages and disadvantages of being A Man in Black.~

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