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  1. AS English Language Travel Writing - Tasmania

    Contrary to their northern cousins, Tasmanians are of an immeasurably more mellow character, counter to either stereotype you may hold of Aussies, unless you rumble regarding their cherished land. Tradition pronouces - "God's own country" - not a senseless observation, either. Adrenaline. As the vessel tilted to an inconceivable angle, my dainty size fours embedded themselves desperately within the depths of the craft. My fingers involuntarily shot out before me, gripping that vivacious tour guide in this unexpected territory of accelerated uncertainty.

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  2. The 25th of April, Anzac Day The one day of the year that evokes universal emotions in so many people. I am no different as I stand with pride as an Air Force cadet in my perfectly pressed blue uniform, time honored slouch hat, high polished belt buc

    bets are on Brewell, who is nearly 15 kgs overweight and known to never make it through a bivouac without having to report to the First Aid station at least once. As I stand with my head solemnly bowed, my mind wanders as I stand perfectly still. I think of Granddad, who when he was not much older than me was "Chasing Japs around the b****y jungle". This is the only insight I have of Granddad and the war as he seldom talks of it.

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  3. Discuss the statistic that 51% of the world is women but only 8% of countries have an elected female leader.

    In the early 1990s, Rwanda had less than 18% of women standing in parliament. Presently, 56% of Rwanda's house of Parliament consists of females, the highest proportion of females in parliament worldwide.7 These women took charge of the country after the genocide almost wiped out the males in Rwanda. Many women have proved to the world that they are capable of running a country.

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  4. Girl power - women who have inspired me. As the third wave feminism hits the shores of less developed countries, more girls are taking control over their lives rather than tolerate being mistreated by their community. These women believe that they can sh

    However, only an average of 19 percent of women holds parliament positions in the world today.2 Personal disinterest aside, women face many challenges in their attempts to join politics. The culture of female inferiority in Asian and African parts of the world has been so deeply inculcated that most women merely accept their social roles and subdue to their male counterparts. Then there are issues such as disapproval from family members to join politics as they believe that the primary role of women should be taking care of her family at home and inaccessibility to education that makes them unaware of the opportunities available.

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  5. Turning point. Walking past the corridor, I saw a student being punished, and I couldnt help but be filled with nostalgia, bad memories. I too was once caught up in such an embarrassing situation

    The entire class groaned and became tense on seeing the stack of red report cards he was carrying. My stomach churned as I already knew that I did not excel in my exam, having failed most of my science subjects as I really detest being in a science stream class instead of arts. Reluctantly, I dragged my heavy feet to the front and took my report card when my name was called out. " I knew it," I said and gave out a loud sigh when I saw my far from impressive results.

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  6. Pro Gay Marriage Essay. If Canada is seen around the world as this accepting and diverse place, what image does it send out by not allowing homosexuals and lesbians to marry? h********l marriage should be a constitutional right in order for the world an

    Change is what a society is based on as well as how it moves forward and hopefully through change discrimination and predjudice can be defeated. Under article seven of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it states that all are equal before the law and have the right to protection against discrimination1. If one were to look in history, there is much proof of rights being taken away from minority groups. Anti-miscegenation or the act of prohibiting interracial marriage was not uncommon in the states in the early 1900's.

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  7. "Strangers": a short story. My name is Dean and its everyone else thats crazy, not me.

    It's everyone else that's crazy. I am an avid reader and have a mild interest in water polo. I watch films and listen to music and spend time with the people I love, just like everyone else. But nobody knows or cares about these things because all they see when they look at me is a giant plaque above my head reading 'SPECIAL NEEDS'. I even watch it happening: their eyes glaze over and I can practically see as the little cartoony thought bubble appears next to their heads. Even my parents seem to put my condition before my personality these days, and it frustrates me so much that I want to scream and shout and run and punch and thrash and kick and cry and throw things and make them SEE and...

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  8. Film review: Fight CLub (1999) and Commentary

    to directly involve the reader. In concordance with this, the conversational tone of the piece takes on a very fast pace due to the fact that the discourse is made up primarily of compound-complex declaratives (p3 l45). Seen too in quotations such as this is the frequent use of punctuation utilized in film reviews as a way in which to convey the desired message in as few words as possible.

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  9. My news feature article. Summer of h**l. Those weather conditions during this summer - so called the worst in Australian history - havent made us surrender but made us stronger and display the true spirit of being an Australian.

    Then, category 1 cyclone: Anthony and other inundations in Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley follows. The unbelievable summer ended with the record breaking cyclone: Yasi of category 5 which, recorded wind speed of 250km/h. In this issue of the Townsville Bulletin NIE, we will explore how the floods and cyclones have left a huge impact on our society. Subsequently this has foregrounded just how community-minded Australians really are. Painful catastrophe causes agony and despair There have been many articles dealing with the destruction of the North Queensland Coast by cyclones and floods.

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  10. The Breakfast Club

    It is quite funny how nothing has changed over the past 25 years. Yet, no one is too eager to try and change that. That is basically what this movie portrays, a group of teenagers that are forced into spending the day together in the school library. What could possibly go wrong? Back in the 80's, teenagers were very much into things like drinking, drugs, and s*x. Nothing has changed since then. There are still the exact same cliques with the same type of people that partake in illegal activities. This movie, somehow, captures the whole aspect of a teenage life within 2 hours.

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  11. Parenthood Are You Ready To Take Responsibility?

    The decision to become a parent should only come once the parents to be are positively sure that they are willing to take hold of everything that comes along with rearing a child. Many of those who decide to have children decide to have them for the wrong reasons. Often young women make the mistake of having children in the hopes of achieving commitment from the child's father, or maybe they are suffering because of a bad home life. Young women may become pregnant in order to have a way out of their parent's home.

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  12. To What extent do Hardy and Walker depict Tess and Celie as victims of fate and unable to change?

    about disasters in the novel that we can claim occur due to fate, it appears the main characters are subject to forces beyond their control. The author employs a very fatalistic plot throughout the novel making Tess endure whatever is thrown at her . In the first chapter of the book the horse Prince dies, this is seen as Tess' fault as she falls as sleep due to being exhausted, this happens at night when the weather is very depressed.

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  13. Courtship Of Mr Lyon and Wolf Alice Comparison Essay

    In general those who tend to 'stick out' are ignored, abandoned and shunned. The use of this narrative choice enables reader's to be faced with the reality of their actions and encourage them to change their views. Beauty exists within days of 'pastel-coloured idleness', a sense of boredom reinforced by the use of soft sounding constanants and open vowels. The choice of these lexis help to suggest details regarding Beauty's persona, a passive character, innocent and submissive, unable to make her own decisions, reflecting historical context, many women were considered to occupy this role within Carter's writing time.

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  14. Ghana - Have an Education. On average only about forty percent of the United States population decides to go to college. So can you imagine that while we sit at our desks with our paper and pencil, in West Africa, there are kids just like us whom are fig

    On the take off strip, a father speaks to his son about control, discipline, and respect. Accepting the wisdom and guidance from his father the young man hugs him tightly and boards a plane to America. Carrying his luggage and his father's expectations upon his shoulders, the young man gazes across the uneven ground of his homeland. Silently, he prays that in America he will be met with success and that his education will take him higher than the mountain peaks of Kilimanjaro. On average one out of six American students drop out of school each month.

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  15. Home, Home on the Range

    Or the Foy's, who believe in being early, are going to come in for beer at twelve. Here was the consistency a body could count on, out here on the golf course. The Frog is one of the most well groomed golf courses in the state. The grass is a bright healthy green, with each blade cut low and evenly throughout the course. Every morning our outside staffs, who coincidently were all Mexicans, would arrive at about five in the early morning hour to clean and prepare for the day's clients.

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  16. English Language Commentary

    As a Conservative, his column had a slight anti-Labour bias, although it was very subtle and often humorous. I attempted to replicate this when I mentioned that waterboarding is classed as an 'enhanced interrogation technique' and quickly quipped that that was "more spin in one phrase than Alaistair Campbell managed in an entire dossier" - a reference to the controversial September Dossier which 'sexed up' claims that Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction. From that quote, we can see some of the writer's persona, seeing immediately that they are critical of the Iraq War, despite later making it clear he is a Conservative ("thankfully, I'm a son of Thatcher").

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  17. Gap Year

    It's quite true that traveling abroad may be a chance for you to have a break and to do something different apart from education. It may also improve your self confidence, assertiveness and also personal skills. For taking a job, it may be a good lesson for you to gain further life experiences. It could be possible for you to become more mature and widen your horizon at the same time. Nevertheless, I think gap year is not a good idea, because it may spoil your studies and career.

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  18. How does Shakespeare create tension in Act 2 Scene 2 of Macbeth?

    This is mirrored in his speech that state: 'Every man is a king! And I am the king around here, so don't forget it!'. The repetition of 'king' represents he's trying to re-establish his authority which portrays he's perhaps making an attempt to just reiterate that he's the boss. Moreover, the exclamation marks further puts special emphasises on his aggressive tone and helps readers visualize and feel the forceful attitude. Alternatively, the idea of the 'king' also connotes being the king of the jungle which further implicates that it's his territory and it is unrightful to argue with men, him in particular.

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  19. Is a united world at peace possible at all? Is a world completely free of strife feasible?

    Poverty would be eliminated; crime would be a thing of the past, long forgotten. This is what a united world at peace means. Is a united world at peace possible at all? Is a world completely free of strife feasible? Is the human race capable of tranquility? The answer to that is no. Ever since the beginning of time mankind has always been in conflict with himself and his fellow men. This is inevitable as each person is different. Even with 6 billion people on the planet, no two have been found to be alike.

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  20. Hard Times demonstrates the importance of imagination in a persons growth and development

    Dickens derisively introduces facts as 'the one thing needful', however, it is clear that the 'sowing' of 'facts alone' without the aid of fancy has a detrimental impact. Louisa Gradgrind is introduced with; '...a light with nothing to rest upon, a fire with nothing to burn, a starved imagination keeping life in itself somehow.' The suppression of this 'light' is what eventually gives way to Louisa's apathy in her response to her marriage to Bounderby; 'What does it matter?'Gradgrind's oppressive utilitarianist ideology forces Louisa to submit to the opposite of the embodiment of Victorian femininity; 'cold, silent and unfeeling' as a result of her upbringing.

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  21. Should students use Wikipedia for references?

    Teachers always advise and encourage students avoid using Wikipedia's sources because it is not reliable at all. That is partially true because the dependability of the Wikipedia's information can be judged based on the comparison with other reliable resources, the frequency of editing and the wordings and tone of the materials. The quality of the Wikipedia's sources is in fact depending on what you are trying to retrieve. If we solely utilize the Wikipedia's resources for our references, we will certainly fail. The inferiority of Wikipedia is that the information provided is relatively unofficial and inconsistent. We can validate the trustworthiness of Wikipedia by comparing the information with other reliable and authorized websites.

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  22. What do I plan to get in the future four or five years in university?

    In order to achieve my goal, I will be more active in the extra-curricular activities to solidify my teamwork spirit as well as other skills; I will also explore my 2 undiscovered interest so as to diversify my self a little more and expose more to the unknown side of the world: and lastly I will try my utmost to ensure the university life will help me to establish my unique personalities so as to have a chance to settle in the society in the future.

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  23. Eric was a stable, dependable man, a good man, but he was entirely transparent. To him, Anne was nothing less than an enigma. Whatever had become of their relationship of their marriage?

    From the ceiling hung a chandelier, long left untouched and crusted with dust. The unbearable heat and silence of the room was bound to awaken lethargy in any woman. But she knew that her sheer lack of energy had nothing to do with the temperature or the absence of sound. If a stranger had walked into a parlour--upon hearing the silence, breathing the dust, and sensing the death and memory pulsating in the air--he would have suspected Anne to be nothing more than a pristinely preserved corpse.

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  24. Loneliness in The Catcher in The Rye (persuasive essay)

    However, even though one would think that he would find a place in three days, he ends up going from one hotel to another. Once again, this creates suspense, because he keeps attempting to call someone and ask if he can stay, but he always fails to do so. He even admits to himself that he cannot go anywhere, by saying "I got a cab outside the hotel, but I didn't have the faintest d**n idea where I was going.

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  25. The Downfall of Macbeth

    If chance will have me king,/ why, chance may crown me,/ Without my stir."(I, iii, 142-144) Macbeth's over confident attitude is the first characteristic the witches detect, and they take advantage of this trait to bring about his downfall. If the witches did not play up his confidence, he would not have got himself killed. As the play progresses, Macbeth slowly relies on the witches' prophecies. He returns to seek their guidance again when he realizes that everyone is turning against him. This is when the witches give him three apparitions that make him extremely confident about his position on the throne. The first one of the three apparitions tells him to watch out for Macduff.

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