Mar 24, 2013 - Communication    No Comments

Weather causes loss of power across Britain

Many homes across the UK have been left without power due to the recent weather conditions. The heavy snowfall has caused a loss of electricity in homes across Britain.

The long winter that Britain has endured continued, even after the Spring Equinox, with snow falling across the country. Roads have been shut, trains and planes have been delayed due to the extreme weather conditions. The bitterly cold weather has had a huge impact on electricity throughout the UK and Northern Ireland Electricity stated that ‘it could be several more days’ before the electricity could be supplied back to homes.

The serious weather conditions led to weather warnings being issued by the MET Office over recent days and up to 21,000 homes could have been affected by the weather. 20,000 homes in Northern Ireland and Scotland have been affected by the snow and have therefore lost all electricity. The snow has been falling heaviest in Northern Ireland and Scotland and has caused many accidents and issues across both countries. Furthermore, 500 homes in Wales and 200 homes in Cumbria have lost power due to the snow.

The severe weather resulted in two deaths. 27 year old, Gary Windles’ body was found buried in snow near Burnley and a woman’s body has been discovered after a land slide in Looe, Cornwall.

The weather warnings remain in place from London, in the south east, to Scotland in the North.

BBC News

Mar 21, 2013 - Communication    1 Comment

Is Television dying in the youth of today?

Television has been something that families sit down in the evening to watch together from the 1930’s up till now. However, the attention of the youth of today and teenagers seems to be shifting to the Internet. Video sharing websites like YouTube have become very popular in recent years and teenagers of today are enjoying Internet videos more than television broadcasts. 28% of 16-24 year old’s when asked had watched an online video in the last week and only 3% of people asked said they watched more television than they did in the previous year. In a survey of 24 12-13 year old’s, when asked, ‘Have you watched a YouTube video in the last week?’ 88% said yes. YouTube is growing in popularity among young people as it is free to view and some of the main UK broadcasting networks are uploading content too such as ‘BBC’.

Gaming videos on YouTube are very popular and young people are not just viewing videos but uploading them too. In 2010 13 million hours of footage was uploaded to the site.

YouTube has a wide range of things that you can view at the press of a button. It has lots of music videos coming from the channel, ‘VEVO’, it has lots of documentaries on the site, it has gaming videos that come from channels like ‘PewDiePie’ who has 1.3 billion views and over 5 million subscribers. The BBC have made their own channel as they began to realize that people’s attention was shifting to the internet. Loius Theroux owns a YouTube channel, created in January of this year, where he posts all of his documentaries.

There are many reasons why YouTube is becoming more popular than television and one of them definitely is the fact that it is virtually free, the costs coming from the price of a computer and wi-fi. Another reason YouTube has become more and more popular is the spreading of ‘meems’. Meems are very popular videos on YouTube that sometimes seem to pointless. An example of a meem would be ‘Nyan Cat’, a video of a cat flying whilst excreting rainbows. Also music videos like ‘Gangnam Style’ a song by PSY, a Korean music artist became very popular and reached 1.5 billion views.

The increase in YouTube attention has slowly been increasing for since it’s foundation in 2005. However, there has been a huge increase in late 2012 and 2013, things like ‘Gangnam Style’ and ‘The Harlem Shake’ have been instrumental in this shift. Research showed that all the major networks in the UK own YouTube channels. BBC and ITV led the way who have had their YouTube channels for 7 years, Channel 4 posted their first video 4 years ago, while Channel 5 posted their first only 3 years ago.

This could affect family tradition of sitting together and watching television because the children may be watching their own form of entertainment by themselves using YouTube.

YouTube is still smaller than the biggest television networks, but the future for YouTube looks bright as the view counts continue to rise.


Mar 18, 2013 - Communication    No Comments

Bear sighted in London school

There has been a brown bear sighted in the Nautical School in London and students are trapped in their classrooms, the Northern American animal has somehow found it’s way into the school and is keeping the students locked and sealed in classrooms. The bear was first sighted outside a ground floor classroom where Mr Young alerted the rest of the school to the danger at approximately 9.05, at the beginning of the students’ first lesson.

Witnesses to the bear’s appearance are still unsure of how the bear got into the school and if it is still in fact there. Emergency services have been alerted and are on their way to the scene. Suspects for the bear’s strange appearance are two boys in the sixth form. Teacher, Mr Waugh, informed us that there was a rumour that the two boys were going to pull a ‘prank’ using the travelling circus that was coming to London.

There have been no casualties discovered as of yet, but as the news comes through there are many worried faces about teachers and pupils in the London Nautical School.

Mar 14, 2013 - Communication    No Comments

LNS Voice

On 26th March 4pm, there will be a news broadcast presented by LNS Voice. A broadsheet newspaper, a radio presentation and a television broadcast. Tune in!

Feb 25, 2013 - Feedback    No Comments

Romeo and Juliet Assessment Results

Over-All grade: (provisional) 7C

  1. Film:  – Not yet assessed
  2. Timeline: – Not yet assessed
  3. Write a new scene: 6A – again you show a subtle appreciation for the intention of the words as well as a command of modern idiom in your translation.
  4. Essay:
    • Reading Grade: 7A – Very sophisticated appreciation of the lingustic, stylistic, generic and historical context of the play. A thorough exploration of the action of fate and the dramatic devices employed to engage the audience.
    • Writing Grade: 7C – Well structured, with detailed reference to quotations from the text to support ideas. Ideas developed convincingly.
Feb 5, 2013 - Communication    No Comments

Investigative Journalism – Homework Task

Within the London Fire Brigade there has been a plan, London Safety Plan 5, drawn up by Boris Johnson to make some cuts, Mr Neale Williams, a Fire Brigade Official said ‘Boris Johnson has ordered the Fire Brigade to make £63 million savings in the next 3 years and to effect these savings the commissioner has recommended shutting 12 London Fire Stations and removing an additional 6 pumping appliances from service.’ The Official Fire Brigade website said that only ’£45.4 million of cuts would be made’. Cuts will be made within the London Fire Brigade and there will be £45.4 million made but up to £63 million is possible.

Dec 18, 2012 - Communication    No Comments

Metaphor Analysis

Your task is to identify the metaphor present in the following excerpt and then write a paragraph that explains the metaphor and its effect on the meaning of the passage it is embedded in.



From this world-wearied flesh. Eyes, look your last!
Arms, take your last embrace! and, lips, O you
The doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss
A dateless bargain to engrossing death!
Come, bitter conduct, come, unsavoury guide!
Thou desperate pilot, now at once run on
The dashing rocks thy sea-sick weary bark!
Here’s to my love!

Feel free to re-watch the presentation explaining how to identify and explain metaphor:

Nov 6, 2012 - Communication    1 Comment

Dating Central


AGE: 19


STATUS: I’m looking for someone. 😉


<PARIS> Julie I would happily marry you.

<JULIE> I’m not sure about that… I hardly know u. 🙂



<ROMEO> Hello.  😉

<JULIE> Who r u?

<ROMEO> Ur so beautiful. 😉

<JULIE> Lemme check u out. 🙂

<ROMEO> Do  you like what u see <3

<JULIE> defo:)

<ROMEO> 3:00 South Bank?

<JULIE> See you there. 😉

<JULIE> O, last thing, r u a Montague?


Oct 15, 2012 - Communication    2 Comments


A interptationinterpretation in the film would be that the Capulets don’t send out a servant to tell the people that they have invited about the party, they broadcast it on the news.

His sudden speech ending with him changing phishing mind and agreeing to go to the party, is, in the film, represented with a drug.


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