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  1. Drama Portfolio

    The future section was covered by a large white cloth. On top of the cloth was a bench on which lay a shape that looked like a body. This instantly made me think of a funeral, as next to the body was a huge vase of flowers. Also in this section was a table set out for one, which I think indicates that the person who died was lonely when they died, as it is only set out for one.

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  2. Breaking Up: How to get out alive!

    But not all three work for every situation. Determining which way is appropriate for you is the first step toward a clean break. Breaking up in person may be the most difficult way, especially since you never know how the other person is going to react. But if you've been together for a significant amount of time, it is really the only way. It shows that, despite the fact that things were ultimately un-resolvable, you do care about the other, and that you're still a decent human being.

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  3. This essay proposes to explain the principles regarding Locke's 'Theory of the Self'

    However, personal identity is a unique phenomenon to only human beings. Locke believes that a person can be defined as "a thinking intelligent being, that has reason and reflection, and can consider itself as itself, the same thinking thing, in different times and places; which it does only by that consciousness which is inseparable from thinking, and, as it seems to me, essential to it" (Baird & Kaufmann, 211). According to Locke, being able to reason and being self-aware are properties that a person possesses. When we think, we are conscious of ourselves thinking and Locke claims that this consciousness that we possess is what provides us with the concept of the self.

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  4. Non-Verbal Communication

    We all here during a conversation have experienced the feeling that someone is lying to us. The words of the conversation probably weren't what we noticed as a direct lie. It was more likely to be the body movements that showed he is lying to us. Darting eyes, palms not visible, shifting from one foot to another, hand covering mouth or fingers tugging at the ear are clues. All the clues are there. Our subconscious picks them up, and if we're lucky enough to be perceptive, decodes them and tells us that the words and gestures don't match!

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  5. "You might forgive, but forgetting is not always possible." Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer and show that you have considered more than one point of view.

    In addition, some sins are so serious that to simply forgive and forget is not an option. Even Jesus himself enforced this point, when he told his disciples that one of them was going to betray him. He used the words "it would have been better for this person had they never been born," which may sound a cruel thing to say, but what Jesus really meant was that it was going to be difficult to forget what Judas was about to do to him.

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  6. VIOLENCE AND THE HUMAN CONDITION

    Human behaviors tend to be motivated by the principle of reward and punishment. Thus, a person is likely to strive for things that bring pleasure, and to avoid those that cause pain. A person's behavior is directed towards the goal of avoiding pain as he or she endeavors to achieve pleasure, joy, and contentment from life. Hence, human beings strive to gain as much happiness as possible in their voyage through life. In the course of the pursuit of human beings to satisfy their inherent needs, acquired needs or otherwise known as human needs are developed.

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  7. Why is "Little Britain" funny?

    Rock Profile, Eastenders (as Alfie's fake registrar), Casualty and even Randall and Hopkirk Deceased all feature on his CV. He's very dishy (http://www.davidwalliams.com/full/jakebw.jpg), not that you would ever notice under the wig he wears for the role of Lou, or the fake breasts needed for when he plays Anne! If you're the kind of person who loves My Hero and My Family, I don't think this is for you. It isn't what you'd call politically correct, and I'm sure a few people will be offended, but you'd have to be extremely sensitive to find it insulting. The BBC have in fact received a few complaints over the sketch where Jason, a strange teenager, who has a crush on his friend's gran, seizes the opportunity and sucks her toes while giving her a foot massage.

    • Word count: 687
  8. Doraemon - Creative Writing

    This lovely girl is called Jenny, Jenny Reyes. She is really beautiful and lots of boys in school fancy him, but nobody knows whom she fancies. However she is also in Christiano's class, but she don't know that Christiano fancies her for a long time, however they are kind of friends, because they been in this school for a ling time. On the other hand, there are only two students who will talk or play with Christiano, but they don't treat him as a friend, so they are like the others, a bully to Christiano.

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  9. As Carl Jung stated " As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being".

    One problem in comparing these two approaches lays in the fact that they make rather different kinds of contribution to counselling and they can not be compare like with like. However both perspectives offer different models of the person and different ways of bringing about personal change, so they do present some interesting contrasts that relate to the person's autonomy, the nature of subjectivity and whether and how people can change. Both approaches focus on subjectivity and the inner world of the experiences in live, however psychodynamics are focused on the impact of the unconscious mind on meanings, motivations, behaviours and conscious experiences.

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  10. Should we outlaw gambling because of its addictive nature?

    The gambler thinks he creates a better self-image by betting, and losses are seen as bad luck. Think of what problems may be caused by the non-stop obsession to win more money after losing some. People's lives change completely because of that. The gambler keeps betting until he loses all his savings and this is where the depression phase comes. The person is now controlled by the slot machines which seem to be more important than his family, his job and his other responsibilities.

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  11. The wolf game

    I knew everyone in the room felt the same, as the person who I was holding onto held me very close, making sure that we were touching, to keep us both safe from the wolf. I was aware that my body was damp and I could feel the sweat from his palms on mine. Within seconds after, I felt someone pushing me violently out of the huddled group, which I was in and yelled at me to get out. My legs felt like jelly as I stumbled backwards. I felt unwanted and betrayed. The rejection that I felt was overwhelming.

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  12. FRED STENSON'S

    The players in his team are quite fatigued and near the end of a game. They are supposed to change lines onto the ice, but Burns is lost in a daydream about his youth and the line change goes too slowly. For some seconds there is no one on the ice except the goalie and the six members of other team. The other team scores a goal before the line change is completed and Burn's team goes on to lose the game 5-3 (93). The reader must conclude that the loss of the game is partly the fault of the main character.

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  13. Tom Robinson was the honest, helpful and most trustworthy person I have ever known

    As a respectful person and a good neighbor he was always first to help someone in need. Right now the person who was supposed to be sitting beside me, with his child in his lap is sleeping in god's lap. Not only me but also everyone else in Maycomb knows that Tom was innocent man and has never done anything to Mayella, but still he was sentenced to jail just because his skin was black.

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  14. Lloyd Banks- The Hunger For More

    the graffiti; about shoulder height; to his right. I also noticed, to his left, that the window had railings, which I presume the person who lived there was worried about his/her safety. But most importantly the general appearance of the street shows it's a very poverty-stricken neighbourhood i.e. the chipped and distorted pavement. Also, because except for the sky, everything else seems to be a very dark shade. Once again the shades of green play a major part in identifying the purpose of creating such a cover;-its all about the money, the appearance of the person does not harmonize with the background.

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  15. Outline and evaluate two theories of attribution

    When someone has to choose between alternatives that are similar (have no common effects) then we have to make dispositional attribution. For example, Sarah has two job offers one in advertising another is child care they both offer different thing the only thing that they have in common is that they both offer a good pension scheme. Jane also has two job offers both of them in advertising but one is for the garden furniture store the other is for a homeless charity.

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  16. My Turn at Bat

    Williams says that he is so grateful for what baseball has done for him as a person but he was glad to be out of the game as a player. He tells the reader through out the book that if he could go back to when he was 18 or 19 years of age he wouldn't do it because knowing now what was in store for him. He says that he had to deal with so much physical pain, the weight of the world being on his shoulders, and last but certainly not least the Boston reporters.

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  17. The Orphan

    This memory faded as I reached my destination at the church. Everyone was gathering to go inside, looking all teary eyed and distressed. A lady in a large black hat came up to me and mumbled "I'm so sorry for your loss." She handed me a tissue, and slowly walked away. I sat down in my seat and the ceremony began. A thought just struck me. I was now an orphan, having lost my father in a car accident. I have neither a mother nor a father. Where was I supposed to go? My thoughts were paused when the chilling feeling came again from before. A tall, thin lady overshadowed me.

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  18. I will always remember going to the RSAMD (Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) 2004 summer school. Although I had been to summer school each time it is a new experience. It almost gives you the feeling you get when you are going up the 1st sl...

    On the first day we all had to gather in a huge auditorium and have the register called, which was a good way to find out peoples names. I was, as usual late but I still just got there. I went and sat with some people I knew and I was so excited to see other people that I knew from either my Saturday morning classes, or from the previous summer schools. Something inside me told me that this year was going to be great.

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  19. Drama Coursework - Paper 1 Unit1 - Devised Workshop Love and Abuse

    I would be very afraid that once my picture was in the eyes of the public, people would blame me for the abuse that I faced. I would also be very emotional thinking back to when the abuse was taking place. I wouldn't like this picture to be taken of me seeing as it would bring back all of the negative emotions that I faced while I was being abused, and it would make me have flashbacks of what happened that day that I was assaulted.

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  20. What are the differences between "I am certain" and "it is certain", and is passionate conviction ever sufficient for justifying knowledge?

    The use of "It is certain" tries to remove the subjective judgement of the personnel, takes into account opinions and evidences from other sources and some level of evaluation and processing. The use of "it", though, does not necessarily indicate the other way round. "It" refers to a proposition that allegedly conveys "certainty", whereas the word "certainty" has a dispositional rather than propositional connotation. For example, the use of "It is certain" is more common in most textbooks and academic researches, and "I am certain" is used in daily life.

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  21. Importance of Friendships

    Friendship is a very personal and unique thing. No two relations between any two people will ever be the same because only those people know what they have been through or shared together. This is what makes friendship such an exceptional thing. A large part of friendship is learning lessons together, and for almost everything in the world there is a lesson that must be learned. Learning these lessons through friendships is a very powerful and exceptional thing. These lessons have varied from one extreme to the other in my life and have changed and shaped a large majority of my views and perceptions.

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  22. Commentary for a piece of original writing

    I had previous experience reading this genre and being a big fan of Robert Ludlum I wanted to emulate the thrill I experienced from his work, in my own. To gain a firmer understanding of the style I would be pursuing I began to view examples of historical references from encyclopedias and journals and I also read books of historical sub-genre. This is my final draft of this piece and I have made various alterations from the previous drafts to enhance it.

    • Word count: 854
  23. Waiting for the Train

    As I watched the train slow, I smiled in a sort of vacant amusement at their misfortune. It's the kind of smile that often creeps across a face when its owner is having a conversation with himself. Usually people find their own conversation hilarious (if you don't, give up accountancy), but often keep it to themselves to reduce the risk of being upstaged by some flash bastard with funnier stories. Unless you're schizophrenic of course, in which case there's always a flash bastard or three to swagger in and ruin things.

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  24. Prose Study.

    She becomes so possessive over these shoes that it reaches a point where she locks the shoes away in a cupboard in a locked room. She gradually moves the shoes around the room, firstly side by side in order, unlike the daughter whom the mother cannot control and is out of her control. Then held firmly in her arms, so they cannot escape, just like the daughter did. This could mean the shoes symbolize the daughter and when she locked the shoes away, she was locking the daughter away.

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  25. Recruitment and selection

    (ii) Qualifications: education, formal qualifications and experience (iii) Specific skills (iv) Hobbies and interests (v) Personality: temperament (vi) Personal circumstances The reason for the person specification is to find out more about the candidate and what the person is generally like. A person specification sets out the qualities of an ideal candidate. 4. Job advertisement: based on the applicant's personal profile Plus: 1. Wages and salaries 5. Holidays 2. Hours of work 6. Address telephone number 3. Perquisites 7. Closing date 4. Duties 8. Method of application: Application form Application form and c.v. Letter of application and c.v.

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