Half Robotic- Half Human

The three men trudge sluggishly in the snow, disguised in black, as dark as the centre of a wolf’s eye. Dark. Black. Just black. The streetlights, as well as the torches held in their hands, support my vision but I was distracted by the smoke flying past from the long ago constructed factory; along with the Noises of the deafening footsteps of the men. However there was a sense of suspicion building up in the air, as more lights could be seen but it wasn’t from either the streetlights or the torchlights, it was sparks. Sparks from their…hands.

Something about the hands were almost ‘half robotic.’ Due to the darkness I wasn’t able to see clearly. The hint of curiosity, still lingering, drove me to investigate further. The white carpet lies on the ground, but it was destroyed with the specks of burnt flakes. Sparks. Specks of burnt flakes. There must have been something that linked the two abnormal sights. I was now more than sure that that the hands weren’t ‘almost half robotic,’ I was sure it was robotic.

Faint murmurings can be heard in the background, I wasn’t able to recognise whose voice was whose however the Noise was clear.

“What was that?” one of the three men, asked sceptically.

“I don’t know!” answers back with a deep resonant Noise, abruptly, my sensory faculty breaking, not enabling me to tell whether he was lying or not.

A beast on four wheels rev past, but as it did the three men disappear, leaving with a peculiar craft, almost shaped like a capsized boat, in the distance. The strange half construction; half destruction was decorated with hundred lights, surrounded with illuminating streetlight assist my sight. The sky, contrasting with varied colours-the dark navy blue fighting against the purple of the cloud-the stones were scattered everywhere, dug beneath the cavernous snow.

The car driving as shuffled amongst the staggering, jagged rocks, the Noise reverberating beneath my legs. The car, suddenly, pauses as two feet, wearing hike boots, appear. A girl’s. She looked around as soon as she came out, doubtfully. I was in this town for too long not to know who she was, a feeling that she was a new comer to this place hits me, and therefore I go to greet her, leisurely.

As I go to greet her, she interrupts me:

“Do you know the way?” her Noise she questions me, panting as her azure crystal eyes lit up like a blowtorch. They were twinkling like sequins sewn on a blanket.

“Umm…take the right,” once again staring at her eyes.

“Okay, thanks,” she said as she turns around, her chocolate river dances in the cool zephyr.

Her Noise lingers behind as she strides away.

Her Noise saying, “Why was he staring at me like that?”

 

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Cleopatra’s Biography

CLEOPATRA

Cleopatra, Egypt’s greatest Queen, was born at the beginning of 69 BC. She had not even the smallest drop of Egyptian blood. She and her entire family, which consisted of several siblings, was what was called Macedonian Greek; Greek in customs, tradition and language. She also spoke other tongues besides her own, including Arabic and Egyptian. Cleopatra could also read hieroglyphs.

At the age of seventeen, Cleopatra became co-ruler of Egypt with her 10 year old brother, Ptolemy and following his death after a massive civil war, Cleopatra married her youngest brother who was only six years old. This meant that Cleopatra, the eldest of the two, was the supreme ruler. Cleopatra turned out to be very good at politics and was able to bring prosperity and peaceful times to a country which had been poverty-stricken and torn apart by war. But it was only the beginning.

Cleopatra met Julius Caesar when she was at the age of twenty-one. Caesar was charmed by the youthful and intelligent woman and took her to Rome with him. And thus began the most famous affair in history. Cleopatra allied Julius Caesar because of shared political views rather than romantic love. A few years later, Cleopatra bore him a son. After this, Caesar was assassinated, and because of this Cleopatra left Rome and returned to Egypt once more. In order to have full power to the throne and have sole control of Egypt, Cleopatra murdered her brother who was ruling in her absence and then appointed her son to the throne. In 41 BC, one of Caesar’s most famous generals, Mark Anthony, whom Cleopatra had met a few years before, summoned her to meet him in Tarsus. Thus began Cleopatra’s second love affair.

However, historians do say that her interest in Mark Anthony was not purely political as it had been with Caesar, but was born of a true romantic interest in him. It is shown in records of the time that the two lovers returned to Egypt and got married. They had 2 sons and 1 daughter. Cleopatra’s worst enemy (Octavian) killed her beloved husband (Mark Anthony), after hearing this Cleopatra decided to commit suicide by getting a venomous snake to bite  herself.

 

 

 

A Night in the Dark

A night in the dark

I can see two people from where I am. They are looking very unusual and suspicious just walking along in pure black suits, and holding a flash light each, they may just be racing though. The snow is very deep so I don’t see why they would bother. They look as if they are about to turn and run, maybe to that orange and white building over there. I had earlier heard them mention it was a museum but what would they do there. “Steal… arm” I heard them say but couldn’t catch the rest, then I realised something and everything clicked in to place.

The pair started running away and I sprinted after them in to the museum when they entered I stopped to look through the window of the structure. In there I saw a girl who l looked as if she had just ran from tigers through a forest. Her boots were caked with mud and her cheeks filthy. She has sea blue eyes, peachy white skin with rosy cheeks and she looked to be 25. She also had full, pink lips and had long cocoa hair. “I’m here to help” she announced her lips pulled in to an evil smirk as they took off running deeper in to the dark museum. I followed them.

Suddenly they stopped next to a big glass cabinet on the gold plate it read 1 of a kind robo arms. I slowly tilted my head up revealing the metal arms. I was put in to an instant flashback of a story I had been told they were a 1 of a kind weapon for military use only. You would wear them and could launch missiles whenever and wherever you wanted. They were made of copper but had soft leather gloves on the inside. People have even said the missiles had sharp diamond points. There where numbers on it that said 02. From around the corner I heard glass shatter and I turned around the glove were GONE…

“Sam, Tally we actually did it!” I heard a deep voice cheer. Not yet I thought to myself not yet you haven’t. I looked ahead at them they were sprinting towards a car it was filthy and red nothing suspicious at all but it was the escape car and that was bad. They hopped in to the car and drove of leaving me in a cloud of smoke and taking the gloves with them. Since I had been left I decided to stay and thoroughly search the crime scene. There was an abandoned roller coaster in the corner that looked like it would collapse if you touched it. In the horizon there was a dense forest where you could hear all the nocturnal animals like owls, foxes, hedgehogs etc. When I turned my head up to look at the stars I felt a shift under my foot heard a click come from above then a green net fell from the sky and the force knocked me unconscious…

Taylor Alison Swift

Taylor Alison Swift

Taylor Alison Swift was born on 13th December 1989, in Reading, Pennsylvania. Swift spent her early years on her family’s Christmas tree farm in nearby Wyomissing. Her grandmother had been a professional opera singer, and Swift soon followed in her footsteps. By the age of 10 Swift was singing at a variety of local events, including fairs and contests.  She sang “The Star Spangled Spanner,” at a Philadelphia 76ers game at the age of 11, and began writing her own songs and learning guitar at 12 years old. She went to Hendersonville High School.

To pursue her music career, Swift often visited Nashville, Tennessee, the country music capital. There she co-wrote songs, and tried to land a recording contract. Noting her dedication, Swift and her family moved to nearby Hendersonville, Tennessee, in attempt to further Swift’s career.

 

A stellar performance at The Bluebird Café in Nashville helped Swift get a contract with Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Records. She released her first single, “Tim McGraw,” in 2006, and the song became a Top 10 hit on the country charts. It also appeared on her self-titled debut album in October of that same year, selling more than 2.5 million copies. More popular singles soon followed, including “Our Song,” a No.1 country music hit. “Teardrops on My Guitar,” “Picture to Burn” and “Should’ve Said No” were also successful tracks.

In addition to commercial success, Swift received a lot of critical praise for her debut effort. She won the Horizon Award from the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music Award for Top New Female Vocalist in 2007. Swift next released Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection in 2007. Her renditions of “Silent Night” and “Santa Baby” were modest hits on the country charts.

 

In 2008, Swift was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best New Artist category, and won the Academy of Country Music’s “Female Vocalist of the Year” Award, the American Music Awards “Favourite Female Country Artist” award, and the American Music Association’s “Horizon” Award. Around this same time, Swift released her next album, Fearless (2008), which hit the top of both the country and pop charts and stayed there for 11 weeks. By the end of the year, Swift had become the highest selling country artist of 2008.

 

In 2009, Swift netted several awards for her work on Fearless, including “Video of the Year” and “Female Video of the Year” for “Love Story” at the CMT Music Awards. On 13th September 2009, Swift also won the MTV Video Music Award for “Best Female Video,” making her first country music star to win an MTV Video Music Award. The win stirred controversy when rapper Kanye West leaped to the stage during Swift’s speech, took the microphone, and declared that R&B singer Beyoncé should have won Swift’s Award.

The stunned Swift was unable to make her acceptance speech, and West was removed from the show. When Beyoncé accepted her award for “Best Video of the Year” later in the show, she called Swift to the stage to finish her speech. West later apologised to Swift privately, and made a public apology on The Jay Leno Show.

 

The attention from the award show made Swift an even hotter commodity. Her concert tickets began selling out in less than two minutes, and she also made her second appearance on comedy show Saturday Night Live, this time as both the host and musical guest. Additionally, she became the youngest artist to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2010 for Fearless.

In 2010, she released the album Speak Now, which featured hit songs “Mean,” “Ours” and “Sparks Fly.” The album was a success, debuting at No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling more than one million copies in its first week. She followed that album with Red (2012), featuring the hit single “We Are Never Getting Back Together” and also selling more than one million copies in its first week. With her fifth album 1989, Swift became the first woman in history to release three albums that sold more than one million copies in their opening week.

She was ranked No.1 as Forbes magazine’s highest paid celebrity under 30 in 2012, beating out Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Lady Gaga with a salary of $57 million. She has also been tapped for four CMA nominations in 2009 – “Female Vocalist,” “Music Video of the Year,” “Best Album” and “Entertainer of the Year”- as well as six American Music Award nominations.

The following year, Swift shared some of her fortune to help others. She funded the $4 million Taylor Swift Education Centre at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. The facility has three classrooms, a learning lab and a space dedicated to exhibits for children. In an interview with CMT Hot 20 Countdown, she explained that “music education is really such an important part of my life. My life changed so completely when I discovered writing my own songs and playing guitar and that can’t necessarily all be taught to you in school because there aren’t enough hours in the day.”

Also in 2013 Swift was honoured with the CMA Pinnacle Award for her achievements as a country music performer and for her “positive impact” on country music, according to CMA website. She picked up this award, along with two other wins for her collaboration with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban, at the CMA Awards ceremony held that November. Swift’s winning streak continued at the American Music Awards. For the third year in a row, she picked up the AMA Award for artist of the year. Swift also took home the top honours for country album of the year and favourite female artist in both the country and pop/rock categories.

With her next effort, Swift seemed to step further away from her country music roots. She released 1989, her most pop-sounding record to date, in October 2014. “Shake It Off” proved to be one of the catchiest tracks of the years, reaching the top of the pop charts. Swift continued to play with her public persona with the track “Bad Blood,” which features Kendrick Lamar. In the video for the song, which debuted at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, she appears as a tough, cutthroat character called “Catastrophe” in this noir action short. This song was based at Katy Perry and Taylor Alison Swift since they were having a few problems. Swift recruited a number of top names to appear in the video, including Karlie Kloss, Cindy Crawford and Lena Dunham.

 

During much of 2008, reports circulated that Swift was dating Joe Jonas from the popular musical group The Jonas Brothers. Neither Swift nor Jones has ever acknowledged the relationship. “He’s an amazing guy, and anyone would be lucky to be dating him,” Swift said at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. Whatever their relationship, it seemed to turn sour by the time Fearless was released. The song, “Forever & Always,” is reportedly about Jonas.

Swift was then romantically linked to actor Taylor Lautner, one of the stars of the successful Twilight saga. The pair reportedly met while filming Swift’s big screen debut Valentine’s Day which hit theatres in February 2010. Unfortunately, the couple didn’t make it long enough to see the premiere as a couple, having broken up late 2009 Swift then dated singer John Mayer for a brief period, which ended on bad terms when she wrote the tell-all song entitled “Dear John” about the womanizer.

From there, Swift was romantically linked to Glee star Cory Monteith and Jake Gyllenhaal in 2010, and Conor Kennedy-son of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.-in 2012. She found herself dating another celebrity at the tail-end of 2012, bringing in the New Year with One Direction’s Harry Styles. More recently, Swift has been seeing Calvin Harris, a music producer, DJ and singer.

 

By Amber Nixon

6:2

Hand of Doom

The three men wandered through the deep and icy snowfield when James exclaimed “Andrew look what I found” James observed it for a bit then passed it to Andrew ( the leader of the group) it was a hand. Andrew noticed that it had a piece of writing saying “Wear if you dare” this gave Andrew quite a fright so he decided to throw it away as soon as he was about to release it ,Terry, the most irresponsible in the group snatched it off Andrew’s hand and wore it. His hand started going frantic.

Gracefully, the delicate snowflakes were descending from the heavens like mini angels, settling comfortably on the freezer like floor, where they could be rolled up tight, into a friendly snowman. Meanwhile, the rolling hillside was being transformed into a majestic winter wonderland.

Terry began to quiver and punch everything in his sight. Andrew tried to stop him by blocking his “hand” but it was no use he was launched on the floor he was in a great deal of pain. Terry was like a different person from then on Terry ran off was nowhere to be found.

The hand was crimson-coloured and it had several lines going around it. It only had 3 fingers and it looked like the type of hand that a robot would wear, it also had some white coloured writing on the side of it. It vibrated if u touched it and it’s really hard and rough making it hard to destroy.

Andrew decided to bring a friend along her name was Anna. She had oak brown eyes and pale skin; she was wearing a magma red thermal jumper to keep warm. Anna was very tall   and shy she often looked away when talking to somebody. She was a shy girl always pushing up her glasses and moving her long brown hair and stutter her answer while speaking. Her chocolate coloured eyes magnified her brown- long hair.

Anna was the right person for this job because she was a retired mechanic who could possibly take the hand off Terry’s hand.  She snuck up behind Terry’s back and grab hold of his hand and loosened the screws with her screwdriver, fortunately the monstrous hand came off his hand but it was vigorously shaking on the floor James picked it up and buried it under the deep and frosty blanket of snow. It would never be seen, or would it?.

The Journey Back home

The Journey Back Home

Exhausted, tired and fatigued brothers (Max, Ryan and Tom) shambles across the pile of snow – their colleagues walking right behind them as slow as a tortoise. There friends were so far away that when they looked behind they could barely see them behind the trucks. There would be so many trucks around this place at night and men in the truck doing nothing. Nobody really knew why. The snow was just so deep that when the siblings were walking they could feel the snow up to their knee. A flood of pain was overtaking the men’s entire body. They could barely move any part of their body as they were working super hard for this whole day without a single break and only got two shillings salary. That is when Mark realized there was a taxi parked on the other side of the road.

“Hey,guys, there is a taxi parked on the other side of the street let us use the taxi to get home.” said Mark

“That is a really good idea. If I walked another mile I would have collapsed. Let’s go!” answered Ryan

Using the last of their energy, they ran to the other side of the street. As they got closer to the car they noticed it was small and really rusty. When they were right in front of the car they could see nobody as there were black painted windows on the vehicle. Tom knocked on the window and the windows slowly came down. There in the front of their eyes sat the most beautiful girl they had ever seen. The brothers stare at her. It seems like river of chocolate like, sparkly and long hair flows through her head. It also has a shining of its own. Maybe it’s the reflection of the lights. But they knew that it looks like a million crystals and diamonds are embedded in it. The girl’s eyes are deep set green. They’re the type of eyes that can get you hypnotized the moment you see them. A smile forms in the girl’s mouth showing off her white teeth. Her skin is tanned and she looks radiant. She’s wearing a scruffy old jean and a long sleeve plain red and black top.

“How can I help you?” asked the girl

“Do you know the way to get to Woodmote Road?”

“Yes I do. Hop on gentlemen.”

For a long time there was just silence, complete silence. Until Mark saw Tom sitting on the sit with his finger pointing at the driver’s seat; his mouth opened wide with his eyes was the size of dinner plates.

“What is up with Tom” asked Mark

“What do you mean?” answered Ryan

“Look at him”

Mark clicked his fingers in front of Tom’s face.

No driver… in seat…but car…moving” said Tom

Tom was right the girl – who was meant to be driving- was not there anymore but the car was moving.

“What is happening?”

“Where is the girl?”

“How is the car still moving?”

Questions were flooding the place.

“You guys I do not think there is any time to talk. This car is going to fall into the river.”

Without even thinking properly they jumped out of the car and there they were lying flat on the ground.

“OH MY GOD!!!” shouted Tom while they were trying to catch their breath and take on what just happened.

“Where are we anyway and how we going to get home?” asked Mark

They were in this ordinary place where there were just piles of snow covering the rocks and trees.

“Look at that!” Ryan shouted

“What is it?”

“It looks like an odd looking rusty and dusty spaceship with a lot of light on it.”

“Let us got check it out.”

When they went round the weird spaceship they saw this pair of robotic hands attached to the thing. Each arm only had four fingers and each had a number on it.

“Cool!” said Ryan putting it on before anyone could stop him

Suddenly this wooden door appeared in front of them. The three boys got excited and opened the door and stepped. The siblings were in this type of room where it was all white.

“Okay! This room is giving me the creeps. Let’s go back.”

“But you cannot go back. There is no exit.” said a voice from behind.

There standing right behind them was the girl who was the driving the car. What was going on? Is this some kind of joke? And most importantly how are we going to get out of this place?

 

The Unsolved Mystery

 

At midnight a little girl and her dad was in the forest driving home. Thick snow had fallen. The road was covered in 3m deep snow, making it impossible to drive in. The little girl was called Molly. She had long, blonde, silky hair and emerald eyes. Her skin was as pale white as winter’s day. She had a wild and crazy imagination. She always thought she saw fairies, aliens, dragons and more. None of this though, was true. Her father, Max, was a faithful solider as he worked for the military. His base was in Alaska. He usually had scruffy hair and always wore ripped clothes (probably to blend in!)

That one night, when Molly and Max were driving through the thick snow, Molly thought she heard a loud BANG! This time it was not her imagination. Molly thought “ALIENS”. Suddenly her dad’s phone rang, something was wrong, she could feel it. The bang must have happened close because a broken rollercoaster was revealed. Without any warning, Molly’s dad span the car round and shouted “the base has been attacked, that’s where the loud bang came from”. When they were driving, they drove upon a teenage girl. She had muddy brown hair and crystal, azure eyes.  She also had pale white skin (like Molly) and ruby lips. She wore a rose red dress with a dark green cardigan. She was called Ruby. 

When they arrived at the base, people were searching with torches in the snow. They wore thick clothes to keep them warm and snow boots. The boss of the base came rushing up to Max. “Quick, the base has been attacked. The weapon for the robot has been stolen”. Max replied “what?! That weapon wasn’t even tested”. Molly saw that both of the adult was pacing up and down, they looked like they were terrified. Ruby came out of the car and said to Molly “is everything all right?” molly said “from what I understand, no, it’s not. The boss of the base said to my dad that a secret weapon has been stolen. However it had not been tested.”

“Do you know who stole it?”

“No, but if we can we can go into the base and look at the cameras, then we can find out who it was.”   Molly and Ruby went into the base and the first place they went to was the CCTV room. There on the TV was the camera for outside. Ruby took the tape from the TV and inspected it. Molly told her to put it back in and play it back. They took it back 10 minutes from the explosion.

A strange man was walking around the entrance to the base. He was looking at all the cracks and in the windows, he did this for 10 minutes. Then BOOM. A massive hole was made in the wall; near to wear all the secret weapons were stored. Then the pair saw the same man walking out of the hole. He was carrying a pair of gloves. Not just ordinary gloves. These gloves where robotic gloves. They were light brown and looked a bit big for the hand. After that the pair discovered that the man was most wanted in the USA as he did the same thing to other military bases. This was a job for Ruby and Molly. 

They said to the boss that they would find out what they could. They also told him what they found out about the culprit. Furthermore they said that he would come back to get more as this base is one of the most guarded bases in the entire world. Once something becomes hard, people want to do that certain thing.  For instance as this base has a lot of secret items. Now that it has become heavily guarded, they want to come back for more. They suggested that people should get in some big but fast cars to guard the weapons.

Nakano Takeko biography

Nakano Takeko biography plan

Tekeko’s full name is Nakano Takeko; she was born on 1st January 1847 and died on 1st January 1868 at the age of 21. She had a tough life because she had to practice very hard and become a Samurai  his father was an official Aizu leader, Takeko later became a martial arts instructor and trained others. She wasn’t married and did not have any children, she was special because she helped people who were being attacked and was able to protect families that were in trouble. She was a unique Samurai because she wasn’t a killer that never forgiven people she was a kind hearted person.  

Later Nakano Tekeko had become a Samurai from the clan Onna Bugisha and also the leader of women Samurai after when she became the leader she took charge against the emperor and the war called bushin war. She had fought bravely and had protected many people from dying however she was shot and ordered her younger sister to behead her and her sister did as she told and Takeko died as a brave Samurai.

Susan B. Anthony by Lesley

 Susan B. Antony

Susan B. Anthony was a women’s rights activist. She was born on February 15th 1820 Adams Massachusetts, USA. She died on March 13th 1906, Rochester New York, USA. She was an American reformer and feminist who played a vital role in the woman’s suffrage movement. Born to a Quaker family committed to social equality, she collected slavery petitions at age 17. The family moved to Batten Ville, New York in 1826. At this time she was sent to a Quaker school near Philadelphia. After her father’s business failed in the late 1830’s, Anthony was sent back home to help her family make ends meet and found work as a teacher. The family moved to Rochester, New York in the late 1840’s. The family then became more involved in the fight to end slavery. After teaching for 15 years, she became more involved in temperance, however because she was a woman she wasn’t allowed to vote or speak in temperance rallies. This experience led her to join the women’s rights movement. She even took matters into her own hands I 1872, when she voted illegally. She was arrested and paid a fine of $100. Ignoring abuse and opposition, Anthony travelled, lectured and canvased across the nation. Anthony was aggressive and compassionate by nature. She remained active until her death. Her house is now open to the public. Anthony’s middle name is Brownwell. She had her own United States coin called the Susan B. Anthony dollar. She was only three when she learnt how to read and write. Susan B. Anthony was a great woman who will be remembered highly. Susan B. Anthony (1820 _1906), American women's rights leader , ca. 1860. - stock photo

the life of Florence nightingale

 Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale was born on the 12th may 1820 in Florence, Italy and her mother and father was William and Frances Nightingale. In 1837 when she was 17 in her garden Florence heard the voice of god calling her to do his work but at the time she had been unsure of what the work would be. On July 1850 Florence came back from the trips she took to Italy, Egypt, Greece and Germany where she visited Pastor Theodore Fliedner’s hospital and school for deaconesses at Kaiserswerth near Dusseldorf.  Later on in her life Florence returned to Kaiserswerth for three months of nursing training which had later enabled her to became a superintendent during illness at Harley Street in 1853. During 1853 is the year of her life when she became most famous when the Crimean war began it was a war that was mainly between Russia, France and Britain. During her time in the medical staff of the war she started to train a bunch of nurses to help tend to the soldiers. Also during the war she became best known as the ‘lady with the lamp’. The reason behind people calling her this is because during the night she would go and tend to soldiers and would hold a lamp while doing so. In 1856 the war had ended and Florence went back to her country 4 months after the peace treaty was signed when she arrived she hid from the public. In the same year that the war had ended Florence went to a hotel in London which then became the centre of the campaign for the royal commission to investigate the health of the British army. In 1872 she worked on further development of the nursing school she had created and also published a book called notes for nursing. For the next 30 years of her life Florence wrote all the students of her school encouragement letters and invited them to tea for finishing their studies. And in 1907 she won the order of merit making her the first women to receive it. Finally in 1910 Florence sadly died in her home 10 south Hampton Street Mayfair and was buried at St Margaret’s East Wellow, near her parent’s home, Embley Park in Hampshire. when she died she had published 200 books.