As centeral as the environmentalist issue is to the&lsquo blooding&rsquo is more about a boys painful search for identity. Col&rsquos search for his own identity is a bigger issue it the blooding as he is a very confused teenage boy, who is torn between the community of Cornwall and the greenies. Col was brought up being very protected by his mother. As Col was brought up his mother made sure he had the best of everything. She would knit him all his clothes, like the city children wore and this made him an outsider as the other children in Cornwall would tease him for his clothing, his mother, as she is Irish and a Catholic who goes to church. Col came from a family which was normal for the community of Cornwall. His father worked as a tree logger and in the mill, as his father had and his father had and so on. Col had been horn in hope that he would follow his family foot steps and keep the tradition in the family going, by working in the mill. Col lead a double life - with the gang and the forest. Col would go into the forest and would stay in a special which was called The Palace for hours. His grandfather has shown him this special place in the forest. This Palace was the originally place of the settlement, that Col&rsquos great grand father had been at until a land slide had landed on his great grandfather. The settlement people them moved on, to a new place, which is Cornwall. Which he had visited nearly every day. This also made Col an outsider to the rest of the kids in Cornwall. The thing that transformed Col from an outsider was when he had a fight with Scott (who was the best fighter), and he won the fight. A copper called Golden Gloves, who is the best fighter in Cornwall then asked Col if he wanted him to train him. After the fight Col was accepted by the other boys and was no longer an outsider but a friend on the other kids in Cornwall. Then the greenies arrived to Cornwall, challenging the mills and the logging of the forest. Col has mixed emotions towards this issue.&lsquo Anyway I thought the old was right about the greenies, but I secretly agreed with the greenies about the trees&rsquo. (p.7) This quote shows how Col is confused about what he thinks and wants to think what other people do, but he know that he thinks differently. Col does not want to be an outsider again as he was in his younger years, he fears being an outsider again. Also this quote shows that finding his identity, is above the environmental issue, dispite it&rsquos envolment. Col wants to think as his dad does but he has different views to his father, which he would never express to his father.&lsquo Was I? Well. I wasn&rsquot on her side.&rsquo(p.8) This piece of writing from the Blooding backs up that Col is confused, and in the middle of the greenies and Cornwall. The Blooding also shows the identity finding of another person, Jade. Jade is a teenage girl, who is a greenie, that is having trouble finding her identity. Finding your identity is more important than environmental issues as you need an identity for the rest of your life, and you need an identity to decide what you believe in, what you want, and you gain perspective. 590 words -------------------------- "Remberance" As I look around at my family, watching television together, I wonder where our special place is. A place where we enjoy each other&rsquos company, the surroundings and get to know each other better. I then walked to our study and located the family photo albums, and took them out to the lounge room, where my family was. The four of us Mum, Dad, Jole my brother and I started pouring through the albums together and all the memories of holidays and fun began flowing back into our minds. Firstly there was a trip we took to Fiji when I was about seven or eight and Jole was about two or three, where we stayed at this huge time share resort. This resort was located near a beach with the clear ocean water constantly washing up the shores f the beach. We would lounge around on the beach, go swimming, go for rides on the donkeys, hang out or play with our new friends we made. There was never nothing to do here. The holiday was full of fun. There was another holiday where we went to America when I was ten years of age and Jole was about six years old. We as a family went to America for about four weeks. I think first off we stayed at time share resort which was massive, it was the biggest and best resort I&rsquove ever been to. It was so luxurious, with about a dozen tennis courts, approximately six pools, multiple spas, a library, a basketball court and a lot of other luxuries. This resort was called Buena Vista from memory. It is located not far from Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Orlando is a beautiful town where it has beaches, Disney World, Sea World, Wet&lsquo n&rsquo Wild, Universal Studios, Rosy O&rsquoGrady&rsquos, collection of mini golf places, and heaps of other fantastic attractions. I would say that this was the best family holiday we have been on. After visiting the beaches, body surfing and swimming amongst the waves, riding the excitingly terrifying Splash Mountain, fast roller coaster Space Mountain and meeting the head mouse himself, Mickey, and riding all the rides and visiting all the attraction at Disney World, having a ball at Sea World with Shamu the killer whale, the entertaining acting sea lions, the crowd pleasing dolphins who performed all types of tricks, jumps, flips and aerial stuff, riding all the water slides and rides at Wet&lsquo n&rsquo Wild Water Park, visiting the largest MacDonald&rsquos I has ever seen, that had a huge playground for the kids, and visiting most of the attractions at Orlando we hired a van and traveled across the states of America. We traveled through Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky. We visited all types of attractions including Graceland (Elvis&rsquo house), the Jim Beam factory, riding on a steam boat on the Mississippi River, visited the house of Colonel Sandres (the guy who invented The branch of food places, Kentucky Fried Chicken), Opry Land ( a country music theme park), and not to mention filling our car up with gas and eating weird food. After looking through the photo albums, I released that you don&rsquot have to go some where or for some place to be special place. Our special spot was our house. This was a place where we enjoyed each other&rsquos company, got to know each other better and all enjoy the surroundings. Yes our house was our special little place that we like. ------------------------ Review of Matchbox20 Matchbox 20 are Rob Thomas, Kyle Cook, Adam Gaynor, Brian Yale and Paul Doucette. Matchbox 20's debut CD 'Yourself or someone like you' has 12 hit songs. The songs are 'Real World', 'Long Day', '3am', 'Push', 'Girl Like That', 'Back 2 Good', 'Damn', 'Argue', 'Kody', 'Busted', 'Shame', and 'Hang'. The CD is in the top ten Album Charts and 'Long Day', '3am', and 'Push' are high up in the singles charts. All Matchbox 20's songs are written about people whose lives are coming apart and their struggle to hold on. They are written by Rob Thomas except 'Push' and 'Back 2 Good' are co-written by Matt Serletic. Rob Thomas is a story teller whose lyrics focus mainly on personal relationships and he delivers his lines which a certain spark as if the words are strong and meaningful. He is complimented by the background vocals of lead guitarist Kyle Cook and rhythm guitarist Adam Gaynor, combined with drummer Paul Doucette and bassist Brian Yale. Rob Thomas says: "Ever since I can remember I have always wanted to tell stories but I never have had the patience to sit down at typewriter and write songs or anything like that. I started writing songs as a way of communicating ideas the best way I could". The way Rob Thomas came up with his songs was when he was younger at seventeen to twenty, he did a lot of hitch-hiking and spent a lot of time by himself. He would pull out his little keyboard that he kept with him and work on some tunes. Rob drifted around at this point in time in an effort to understand his family problems at home. My favourite song from Matchbox 20's CD is 'Push'. Rob Thomas describes the romantically aggressive 'Push' whose chorus is highlighted by the lines; I wanna push you around, I will, I will, I wanna push you down, I will, I will, I wanna take you granted, I will, I will &lsquo Push&rsquo is a songs about how Rob was manipulated, controlled, how he handled it, how he grew to like it and became comfortable with it. Rob Thomas adds that the song&lsquo Push&rsquo was written by three points of view. This song is actually about emotional violence, but people mistake the song for being about physical violence. The characters on 'Yourself or someone like you' wrestle with ghosts and demons and you never know whether they will win their battles. They deal with busted up romance, insecurities and fear. As in&lsquo Long Day’ Reach down your hand in your pocket, Pull out some hope for me, It&rsquos been a long day, always ain&rsquot that right, And no Lord your hand won&rsquot stop it, Just keep you trembling, It&rsquos been a long day, ain&rsquot that right. &lsquo Long Day&rsquo is about how a day in a bad relationship can feel like forever,&lsquo 3am&rsquo is about Rob Thomas taking care of his mother during her fight with cancer when Rob was twelve or thirteen. An example of this in the lyrics is; She says baby, It&rsquos 3am I must be lonely, When she says baby, Well I can&rsquot help but be scared of it all sometimes, Says the rain&rsquos gonna wash away I believe it. &lsquo Back 2 Good&rsquo is about the consequences of cheating,&lsquo Kody&rsquo is about a little boy who died when he was two and a half and this song is a tribute to Kody&rsquos memory,&lsquo Shame&rsquo is a cheating song where you have destroyed everything and no matter what you so you can&rsquot change it and&lsquo Hang is about Rob&rsquos friends. Rob Thomas was born in a military base in Germany and raised in the southeast. He wrote songs during his high school years when he was in bands. Later on Rob Thomas was introduces to Brian Yale and Paul Doucette. After playing together for a few years in bands and touring locally, the three guys decided to start a new band which was to become Matchbox 20. Adam Gaynor who was from Miami and Kyle Cook from Atlanta were recruited and joined the other three member, which completed the band Matchbox 20. It was not long before the band attracted attention from recording studios. They then recorded 'Yourself or someone like you' straight away. The band&rsquos live shows are a reminder of what can be achieved when musicians never lose sight of the fact that songs are the most important thing. Rob Thomas describes their performances as energetic and extremely heartfelt. Rob Thomas also says that they just play the songs and they lose themselves to the songs. Over all I consider Matchbox 20&rsquos debut CD 'Yourself or someone like you' to be a really good CD. Matchbox have a excellent variety of good songs on the CD suiting all types of people. Everytime I listen to the CD, I enjoy the songs even more each time. I also can so the meaning of the lyrics in the songs. My three favourite songs on 'Yourself or someone like you' are&lsquo Push&rsquo,&lsquo Long Day&rsquo and&lsquo 3am&rsquo. ---------------------- "Should smoking be banned in public places?" A current issue to people in today&rsquos society is whether smoking should be banned in public places. Smoking is already banned in some restaurants, other eating places, sporting arenas and other public places. The issue is basically saying should people that chose not to smoke have to subject to cigarette smoke. Public places are defined as a shared location where the public can visit, including restaurants, clubs, sporting venues and other eating places. Smoking in public places should be banned or have clearly separated sections that is well ventilated so that everyone is not exposed to the smoke fumes. If people chose not to smoke they shouldn&rsquot have to pay for it, by being a passive smoker, involuntary. Smoke fumes expose people to risks without their permission and this is a reason why smoking in public places should be banned. People have the right to being in a smoke-free environment, without being involuntarily confronted with these smoke fumes, as other people&rsquos smoke is unfiltered. It is not only those who are smokers, that are in risk of cancer and respiratory diseases caused by smoking, but those who are being in contact with smoke fumes, through passive smoking. Smoking and passive smoking can cause cancer and respiratory diseases such as asthma, lung cancer, throat cancer, corony heart disease, bronchitis and many more diseases. As in this quote is proves that cigarette smoke can cause cancer. "A cinogen in cigarette smoke disables a pivotal gene in the body, which can lead to cell mutations and eventually cancer" Compared with the smoke inhaled by a smoker to other people&rsquos smoke, the cigarette smoke in passive smoke contains; - 3 times as much nicotine, - 3 times as much benzopyrene - 3 times as much carbon monoxide - 50 times as much ammonia - 51 times as much formaldehyde. Proving that the smoke inhaled by passive smokers is much more deadly than the filtered smoke smoked by smokers. Passive smokers are worse off than smokers, as they inhale unfiltered smoke fumes, whose particles are smaller than the particles in inhaled smoke which enables them to reach much deeper into their lungs. Babies and young children are the ones which passive smoking has the biggest effect on. "Maternal smoking led to the deaths of 33 babies and to more than 500 being admitted to neonatal intensive care in one year in New South Wales, we found."2 "Yes smoker&rsquos have the right to smoke if they want, but they don&rsquot have any to injure anyone else&rsquos health."3 A way to get around this problem is if there were designated rooms, that smokers could smoke, without the smoke effecting anyone else. Smoking is the smoker&rsquos personal choice to smoke. By banning smoking in public places, this is stopping people from smoking all together, just in certain places or areas, so smokers can still smoke. Should smoking be banned in public places? Yes, that is a easy question, as all the evidence is for smoking being banned in public places. Through surveys and studies it has found that most people want to be in a smoke-free environment, 72 % or around 3 in 4 Australian adults are non smokers, leaving only a minority being smokers, and 90% of customers want restaurants to be smoke-free. These clearly show that the majority want smoke-free public places, as the majority are non smokers, but are being effected by other people&rsquos smoke. BIBLIOGRAPHY - Other People&rsquos Smoke, The Health Risk Exposed, The Border Mail, November 13 1993 - Passive smoke causes a new frontier, The Sunday Age, December 26 1993, Juile-Anne Davies - Former PS man compensated over passive smoking, The Age, July 28 1995, Steve Dow - Smoking Ban is favored by diners&rsquo, Border Mail, September 15 1993 - Medical chief fires up over anti-smoking laws, Age, November 8 1997, Steve Dow ------------------ Text response to "Brave New World" What is the purpose of unlimited sex, soma, the pregnancy substitute, the feelies, the violent passion surrogate and leisure activities in the Brave New World? Brave New World has five sorts of people created in it; Alphas, Betas, Deltas, Gammas and Epsilons. Each sort of people is different in their intelligence, their clothes they wear, and their height. Their intelligence is higher, the taller they are. If they are short that means that they are not very intelligent. The Alphas are the most intelligent, most beautiful, clever, they wear grey clothing, are hard workers and are the first level in society in the Brave New World. The Betas are the second level of society, being shorter and less intelligent than the Alphas. The Deltas are the middle level of society in the Brave New World. They wear khaki clothes and have average intelligence. The Gammas are very stupid, near the bottom of society, wear green clothing and do menial work. The Epsilons are the bottom level of society in the Brave New World, and they are complete morons. Society in the Brave New World revolves around artificial birth and no family life. The people are conditioned and educated in their sleep. They are conditioned to be happy. Everyone is kept busy concentrating or consuming. In this society they have unlimited sex, soma (a drug), the pregnancy substitute, the feelies, the violent passion surrogate and have leisure activities. These things main purpose is to keep the people of the Brave New World busing concentrating or consuming. In this world a man can have sex with anyone and vice-versa, that is how it is done in the world of the Brave New World. Also if you want to be with one person, there must be something wrong with you, and if for any reason you do start to have feelings towards someone, you must take a drug that brings you back to&lsquo normal&rsquo (that is you go back to not having feelings for anyone.) The purpose of unlimited sex in the society of the Brave New World is to keep them busy, so they can not think, so they are kept happy, so they are never alone, as this is considered strange to be alone and sex is a need. A few examples of the unlimited sex in the Brave New World are: "Yes everyone belongs to everyone else", Lenina repeated slowly; "I&rsquom beginning to get just a tiny bit bored with Henry everyday", Lenina said and "And then he spends most of his time by himself - alone". There was horror in Fanny&rsquos voice. The first quote proves that you do not just belong to one person or stay with the one person and so does the second quote and the third quote shows how being alone is abnormal and strange. Then there is soma, which is the happiness, feel good drug, that drowns any unpleasant thoughts: "euphoric, narcotic, pleasantly hallucinate ... a holiday from reality." This means that soma is used to escape reality and takes you to a happy state of mind. Soma&rsquos purpose is also to keep them busy, so they can not think and to keep them happy. Soma is a replacement of feelings or emotions. The people of the Brave New World are given soma is rations. An example of soma being a replacement is: "Why you don&rsquot rake soma when you have these dreadful ideas of yours. You&rsquod forget all about them. And instead of feeling miserable you&rsquod be jolly. So jolly", Lenina repeated. This shows the replacement of emotions and the happy state of mind. You can tell someone has had soma because they are happy, their eyes are shining, their cheeks are flushed, they have happy faces and friendly smiles. Soma&rsquos main purpose is used to escape from anything they do not want to think about. This is soma&rsquos purpose as it makes them forget about thinking which could create problems if they did think. The feelies are movies where they hold onto a metal handle on their seats and they get some sort of effects from the movie. Two examples of the feelies are: "Going to the feelies this evening, Henry?" inquired the Assistant Predestination. I hear the new one at the Alhambia is first-rate. There&rsquos a love scene on a bearskin rug, they say it&rsquos marvelous. Every hair of the bear reproduced. The most amazing tactual effects" (Page 38), and "If our young people need distraction, they can get it at the feelies", said Dr. Gaffney (Page 131). As these quotes show the feelies&rsquo purpose is to distract the people of the Brave New World. The people of the Brave New World also have leisure activities to occupy them. They have obstacle golf, electro-magnetic golf and holidays to anywhere in the world. The purpose of leisure activities is the keep them happy and busy so they do not think. The pregnancy substitute is a biological need for women. The violent passion surrogate is a treatment where at the beginning there is a sense of dreadful emptiness, a breathless apprehension and nausea. All the people are equal, have the same needs and are provided with the same needs. The main purpose of unlimited sex, soma, the pregnancy substitute, the feelies, the violent passion surrogate and leisure activities in the Brave New World is to keep the society consuming and concentrating so they do not think.