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The Riots August 23, 2011

Filed under: Stuff — cartwheelqueen @ 12:48 pm

I wanted to do a blog post on this because I was thoroughly interested but also very shocked. When it was first on the news I wasn’t taking much interest but after it started spreading I wanted to know what it was all about.

I found it awful how so many people of all ages were taking part, so I started thinking, are they being swept up in it all or are the being lead or are they just wanting trouble? I guess it’s a different story for everyone, but what started it? Why did it start in the first place?  A lot of these are question that cannot be answered easily so I just have to come up with some sort of answer.

There were a lot of reports in the paper of families who were being kicked out of their homes because their children had been rioting, when I heard that I wondered if that was a good idea or was it just going to cause more riots? I guess they might want to get all the people who rioting as far away from each other which is a good idea but will it work?

It’s a strange thing to me, I can’t understand why people would want to do this but that’s just me, maybe the people involved thought differently but although that maybe true they had no excuse to do what they did. More than anything else I feel sorry for the children who have been arrested because no one forgets sadly.

There are other things that have annoyed me or made me wondered but they were the main ones.



No One Mourns The Wicked! August 12, 2011

Filed under: Dancing — cartwheelqueen @ 5:27 pm

Every year my dancing school does a performance of a well known musicals. This time we did Wicked, which is a prequel to the wizard. Wicked shows how a lot of the main characters from The Wizard of Oz came to be. The two main characters are Elphaba and Glinda, who later become The Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch of the North. The other characters are Madame Morrible, The Wizard he is also in the Wizard of Oz, Fiyero who turns into the Scarecrow, Boq the Tin Man,The Cowardly Lion and  Nessarose you don’t really know who she is but she is the one who gets squashed by Dorothy’s house!

We started the week with the auditions as normal, I wanted to get Glinda so I auditioned for her, unfortunatly I didn’t get her, I got Madame Morrible, who happens to be evil so I renamed her Madame Horrible!

I had 42 lines to learn (I counted them!) Which is more than I have ever had before, so it was quite a challenge! The four days that we had to practice seemed to go rather quickly so before we knew it, it was show day!

In my opinion I thought the show was great!!!! And it was a great week so an all round thumbs up from me 🙂


Book of the Month July 2011! August 1, 2011

Filed under: Book Reviews — cartwheelqueen @ 11:06 am

From now on I’m doing book of the month and this month it is…………………. Hetty Feather by Jacqueline Wilson! I chose this book because it is quite possibly the best book I’ve ever read, and that’s quite a lot coming from me! Here is my review.

Hetty Feather is set in the Victorian era and Hetty lives in a Foundling Hospital, which is like a boarding school where children live if their parents have died or can’t keep them, until they are five years old they have to live with foster families, but anyway getting on with the story.

Hetty was sent to the foundling hospital when she was a baby and sent to live with her foster family. Although Hetty loves all of her foster family her absolute favourite is her older brother Jem. Jem and Hetty get up to all sorts of mischief like going to the circus (where Hetty thinks she finds her mother) when their not allowed or making secret dens. Jem promises Hetty that when their older he will come and rescue Hetty from the Foundling Hospital and they will get married.

When Hetty has to go back to the Foundling Hospital she has to get used to a whole different life. Hetty hasn’t got any friends apart from Harriet who is one of the older girls who’s about to go off to be a servant. Harriet looks after Hetty in her first weeks until she gets used to her new life.

When Hetty meets Polly they become best friends and do pretty much everything together, they even catch influenza together! Everything is going well until Polly gets fostered by a family. After that happens the only person Hetty has left is the kindly Kitchen Maid Ida.

When the Queen celebrates her Golden Jubilee all the Foundling Children go to the celebrations but Hetty runs away to the circus that she and Jem visited so many years ago. But when she gets to the circus does she find her mother?  I cannot give away the end 🙂

A definite must read for all of you who haven’t read it before!


July Book Reviews.

Filed under: Book Reviews — cartwheelqueen @ 10:27 am

OK, this month I have read five books, so I’m still ahead by a long LONG way but I will do better this month! This month I have read The Spiderwick Chronicles, by Holly Black, Kiss by Jacqueline Wilson, Hetty Feather by Jacqueline Wilson, Girls Under Pressure by Jacqueline Wilson and The Deep by Helen Dunmore.

The Spiderwick Chronicles, I read the first three of these so they only counted as one book (not fair!) they were OK but there not my sought of book so I might not carry on with them but I might do. Basically they’re about three children (Mallory, Simon and Jared)  who find this magic book about faeries and ogres.

Kiss,  I enjoyed reading this book as it was very different from any of her other books which surprised me, but definitely one of my favourite books and I will possibly read it again.

Hetty Feather. Hetty Feather was the first Jacqueline Wilson book I ever read and I loved it, a friend lent it to me to read because she said she thought I’d like it, at first I thought I wasn’t going to like it but the moment I started to read it I fell in love with Hetty and all the other characters, since then I have read it three times. When I heard that there was another Hetty Feather book coming out I was absolutely over the moon. Definitely Jacqueline Wilson’s BEST book!

Girls Under Pressure. The second in the series of teenage books that Jacqueline Wilson has written, probably not one of my favourite books but it’s not one of my least favourites so somewhere in the middle I think.

The Deep. Unlike the other two books the The Deep felt a lot slower, it took me a lot longer to finish  but I still enjoyed it and I can’t wait until I read the next one!