Traditions Lost.

It seems Christmas has come early.

We still have a month left until the big day yet the craze of Christmas has already been unleashed upon us. We have just waved goodbye to thanks giving and now we’re already onto Christmas. Where’s tradition nowadays? It’s not even December and already people are going crazy for gifts, food and Christmas music.

Yes those good old songs are back in the shops, repeated for a month until those great classic Christmas songs becoming ruined due to being over played. How many times can you listen to such songs as “little drummer boy” and “Rudolph the red nose reindeer” before they become truly irritating? The answer is not long.

Wasn’t it always traditional to prepare the feast, gifts, tree’s etc a couple of weeks before the big day? Yes in the past it was, or at least wait until the first door of the advent calendar had been opened. Today the masses bundle into the shops to get the best toys, bargains and sales. We have lost the true tradition of Christmas.

Christmas is not about gifts; it is about coming together in order to enjoy a celebration with family and friends. It’s about unity. It is an occasion for members of the family put behind past feuds and join in with the festivities rather than concerning themselves with what presents they will get, who got which present etc.

Today in a world full of materialism it seems, in many cases, that the simple traditions of Christmas have been lost, due to presents and greed.

Christmas Shoppers.

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Blazing Berba

The Red Devils are at it again, proving that they are the best team in the world. Ok so that is an overstatement but a 7-1 victory is impressive.

Dimitar Berbatov

This Saturday, Manchester United faced an admittedly less than decent Blackburn Rovers side. United proceeded to score 7 goals, allowing only a late consolation goal by Blackburn.

Even more impressive was Dimitar Berbatov’s 5 goal scoring binge. he joins only 3 other players who have managed to score 5 in a game. I admit that up until this season, I had not been at all impressed by the Bulgarian. But his effort and his performances so far during this campaign make me proud to have him.

Dimitar Berbatov

This might seem like a statement based on one performance but it is far from the contrary. I have seen a large increase in effort and he has developed more awareness to the players around him. I feel that it is another example of the potential Sir Alex is able to release in so many players. he makes good players great.

A Caculated Bombardment from North Korea

On November 23, 2010, North Korea bombarded a small island of Yeonpyeong, killing two innocent civilians and provoking South Korea to fire similar bombs as retaliation to the North.

To the news of his two victims, the North Korean dictator Kim Il-Sung replied, “That is unfortunate.”

Several hours after the bombing was reported widely through media, in Seoul, the South Korean Capital, I was surprised to get a taxi so fast during the busy hours and have the usually heavily trafficked freeway all to my lucky self.

“People feared,” said my taxi driver after telling me how he does not believe in the imminence of the Korean War any time soon.

I agree. Fortunately, resuming to the Korean War is not so simple. During the years of the pause, the world has intricately involved itself with the war economically, socially, and politically. Logically, North Korea needs consent from China and South Korea needs one from America and UN to begin the second Korean War.

However, I am not saying that North Korea has acted out of irrationality. They indeed must have a meticulous calculation behind this bombing.

Yet, the world has not been informed of this plan.

Scientists Claim Removal of Proteins Can Rid Brain of Bad Memories

Reminiscing over one’s most embarrassing, upsetting memory has never proven to be fun. Recalling the first time you tripped in front of your  kindergarten crush to the first time your heart was broken, the painful memories are always something we hate to remember, but unfortunately, the things we remember most.

Recently, researchers at John Hopkins University have linked the removal of proteins from the brain’s fear center to the permanent removal of certain memories. Although some may simply wish to use this process so that their most unlikable memories may never again be recounted, professor and chair of neuroscience at John Hopkins University, Richard L. Huganir, believes that this mechanism could also be applied to people with certain disorders.

“This raises the possibility of manipulating those mechanisms with drugs to enhance behavioral therapy for such conditions as post-traumatic stress disorder” said Huganir.

Though before we are consumed with the idea that all our pains can magnificently just disappear, critical doubts have been placed on Huganir’s theory by the executive director of the mental health support group NAMI Maryland, Karin Farinholt.

“Erasing a memory and then everything bad built on that is an amazing idea, and I can see all sorts of potential,” said Farinholt in an interview with the Baltimore Sun. “But completely deleting a memory, assuming it’s one memory, is a little scary. How do you remove a memory without removing a whole part of someone’s life, and is it best to do that, considering that people grow and learn from their experiences.”

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secret snow flakes

After the Thanksgiving is the Christmas, which means my favorite event is coming, The Secret Snow Flakes.

The event is that everyone at the school needs to draw a name tag from the bags, and give the person you get a gift everyday in one week. No one knows who they will get. They might get someone who they never talk to or someone they are already close to.

However, if some students told other people who their secret snow flakes are, it will ruin the whole event, because the person who receive the gifts is supposed to guess who is his or her secret snow flakes at the end of the week. However, no matter the person keep his or her secret or not, the main point of this event is to bring the entire community together.

different reactions

On November 18, the varsity boys’ basketball team try-out results were announced. Only 15 players out of 25 were admitted onto the team. There are two totally different kinds of reactions for those participants who didn’t get admitted.

Some of them are complaining why they can’t get in, and they said their basketball career is done. However, others are willing to accept the results, and they said they are going to go for the manager position.

The team has offered 7 managers position for those people who didn’t get into the team. And the coaches had stated that the managers will have the opportunity to participate in the practice, and when some of the players are injured, the managers can have the opportunity to play on the game too.

So I encourage those people who didn’t get in should not get disappointed because your basketball career has not ended!

Fight The Fees!

Freedom of speech, one of the many rights we have as a human being. Many around the globe are not necessarily able to exercise this right through fear or extreme consequences. People are unfairly prosecuted for expressing an opinion. Today in the United Kingdom teenagers all over the country stand up for what they believe to be right.

In the United Kingdom the government has released a new scheme to raise university tuition fees across the country. This decision has caused much controversy and teenagers all over Britain have united in order to make a change.

Many teens believe the opportunity for them to go to University has been diminished by these cuts, as the expenses are far too much. In the past the government have supported teens paying for expenditures in order to encourage people to further their education. Now this opportunity has gone, how many dreams will be lost?

Everywhere teenagers are attempting to make a change, voicing their opinions through numerous peaceful protests, marches and walkouts. Numerous students and school pupils have walked out of classes in protest. It seems even teachers and lectures are protesting.

People have gathered in major towns and cities in order to demonstrate their strong opinions, aiming to gain the government’s attention. Admirably they have taken it upon themselves to make a change.

These strong-willed individuals have set out with great intention to help the youth. They are taking a stand in order to salvage their crumbling dreams as well as those of people all over the country.

In 2003 millions of people came together in London in order to protest against war in Iraq yet the government went against the masses wishes and decided to enter our troops. Lets hope the youth of the country have more success in this international issue. After all it is the future of the country the government is destroying.

Here’s an image of students raiding a Liberal Democratic office.
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