Edublog Awards 2012!

This November I would like to nominate the following student blog in the “best student blog” category, and my vote goes to Marie!

In the category of the “best teacher blog”, my vote goes to Ann!



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Does blogging work?

My teacher gave me these two Q’s today, and here are my A’s :

  • Do you think there is more pressure on how you perform/write when you use blogs instead of writing a paper for the teacher only?

-I think it’s bit more pressure writing English on blogs than paper. I don’t know exactly why, but I think it’s because I just want to better in English, and blogging is more fun!

  • Do you think the use of blogs reduces the difference between your work at school and your everyday life?

-For me, my blog is my English work. But it’s a really fun way to work with English, and I truly enjoy it!


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Informal & Formal texts

When writing English texts, there are mainly two styles of writing- informal or formal. The most common differences between informal and formal text are often these:

Elementary aids used in informal texts:

  • Colloquial words/expressions (kids, guy, awesome, a lot, etc.)
  • Contractions (can’t, won’t, etc.).
  • First, second, or third person.
  • Clichés (by absence, etc.)
  • Address readers using second person pronouns (you, your, etc.)
  • Imperative voice (ex. Remember)
  • Active voice (ex. We have noticed that…)
  • Short and simple sentences.

Elementary aids used in formal texts:

  • Avoids contractions (write out full words – cannot, will not, etc.).
  • Avoids using colloquial words/expressions (children, man/boy, wonderful, many, etc.)
  • Third person (except in business letters were first person may be used).
  • Avoids clichés (was absent, etc.)
  • Avoids addressing readers using second person pronouns (use one, one’s, the reader, the reader’s, etc.)
  • Avoids imperative voice (Please refer to…)
  • Passive voice (ex.. It has been noticed that….)
  • Longer and more complex sentences.
  • State your points confidently.


You should probably know the difference between an informal and formal text, but I’ll show you an example as well, where I will talk about 

Informal text:

While reading todays news, I found an interesting text about the investigation on the ISAF and U.S guy, General John Allen. The general is now in the FBI’s spotlight after discovering lots of mails between him and Jill Kelley. And if you didn’t know, Jill Kelley was the woman leaked the threatening emails from Paola Broadwell- but let’s not talk about that. It isn’t totally clear how Allen and Kelley communicated, but FBI are investigating 30 000 emails and documents, 30 000! I’m not sure If this will play an important role in the CIA-case, but I do believe this will lead to some more interesting news. What do you think?

Formal Text:

Pentagon revealed this day that ISAF Commander and U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, is under investigation for inappropriate communication with the woman who should have received threatening e-mails from Paula Broadwell, as CIA chief Petraeus had a relationship.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta reported the news to the journalists who were in his flight from Honolulu to Perth in Australia, and said the FBI notified the incident on Sunday.

The woman Allen in all probability has communicated with, Jill Kelley, is also the woman who notified the FBI about what she perceived as threatening e-mails from Broadwell, and thus led to the investigation that revealed the relationship between Petraeus and Broadwell.

It is not clear what or how this communication between Kelley and Allen have been, but the American federals are investigating between 20 000 and 30 000 pages of e-mails and other documents, which likely has been sent between Allen and Kelley between 2010 and 2012, according to one of Panetta employees.

The fact that Allen is not suspended yet, may indicate that the general has not violated U.S. law, but rather violated military policy.


This is my two examples of an informal and formal text, where I talked about the investigation on John Allen, and were I used aids like : 

  • Colloquial words/expressions (guy, a lot, etc.)
  • Contractions (isn’t let’s etc.).
  • First person.
  • Address readers using second person pronouns (you, your, etc.)
  • Imperative voice (ex. Remember, If you didn’t know)

And in the Formal text, I used aids like:

  • Avoids contractions (write out full words – cannot, will not, etc.).
  • Avoids using colloquial words/expressions (man/boy, many etc.)
  • Third person.
  • Avoids addressing readers using second person pronouns (use one, one’s, the reader, the reader’s, etc.)
  • Avoids imperative voice.
  • Passive voice.
  • Longer and more complex sentences.

I hope you understood and enjoyed this article.


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Oh Sandy

In class this week we worked in groups of three, and we were supposed to either write about the Presidential Election, or Sandy the Hurricane. We chose Sandy the Hurricane, and first we wrote four things we knew about the event, then four things we would like to find out, and four tmethods we could use to learn more about it.

Here are the questions we wanted to learn more about:
1. How many are injured or has died totally?
2. How much has the storm cost so far?
3. Where did the hurricane begin?
4. Which place are most damaged so far?

The Answer:
Last week, a hurricane called Sandy, killed more than 65 peoples in the Caribbean and about 106 lives went lost total. Sandy arrived to the Caribbean and Haiti first, and the hurricane destroyed 70% of Haiti’s food crops and several buildings and homes were destroyed. The dirty water (which was caused by the hurricane) and lack of food makes that numbers of dead raises every day, because of illness like Cholera.
Later, Sandy hit the west coach of the United States. The damages caused a flood underground the subway, and led to all the public transport went down. As in the Caribbean, threes felt down and increased the number of deaths in America too. Lots of Building and cars were destroyed and most of the electronic is still down. The Number of the injured aren’t published yet.
According to IHS Global Insight, a forecasting firm, believes that Sandy will end up causing about $20 billion in property damage and $10 billion to $30 billion more in lost business, making it one of the costliest natural disasters on record in the U.S., with a possible total cost of $50 billion. The Gov. Chris Christie said. “The devastation on the Jersey Shore is some of the worst we’ve ever seen. The cost of the storm is incalculable at this point.”
The United States weren’t the only country Sandy affected. Both Cuba and Jamaica were some of the affected countries in the Caribbean, and is expected to use $88 million and $16.5 million to rebuild their countries. Haiti was also tragically touched by the storm, and while no specific number of the cost has been published, the country is suffering a great food crisis.
But where did the hurricane begin, and which place was most damaged? The storm, Sandy, hit the Caribbean first, and it was Haiti who was worst hit. According to what we read Jamaica was the first to get hit, but it was still Haiti who was most affected and who got the biggest damages. The majority of deaths and the most extensive damage has fell upon Haiti, who was already devastated from the earthquake in 2010. The damage is especially significant since it already was 400.000 homeless people in Haiti from the earthquake in 2010, and now there are 200.000 more homeless people. On top of all this Haiti was also struggling with the aftermath of The Tropical Strom Isaac, which hit the country in August, and a cholera epidemic that killed thousands and afflicted more than half a million people. As this article says, there has almost been given none attention to Haiti and the other countries in the Caribbean, only to the USA. There has been given very much attention to the storm when it hit the USA, but almost nothing to Haiti – who is most damaged. Lots of people are dead or injured, or without electricity in the US, but Haiti was also struggling with the damages from the earthquake in 2010 and the Tropical storm Isaac. Luckily for Haiti, there is a lot of charity sites who gives support, and Venezuela is also giving away lots of food. Also because of the Presidential Election there is given a lot of attention to the USA, but maybe it would have been possible to wait for a little while and focus on helping all the countries who are hit?


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Greenpeace, Big Miracle & The Inuits

Last Tuesday, me and my class watched a movie called “Big miracle”, which led me to write this blog post and today’s topic, combining Greenpeace, the Inuits and a movie review written from me in person.

Greenpeace is basically a big environmental organization, with over 2.8 million supporters. The organization was founded in Canada in 1971, and the rebels with flower power have more than 40 offices around the world. Greenpeace has since the dawn of their existence been working against non-environmentally friendly events that has touched their green hearts, with some significant success- but also not so fantastic news headlines.

One of their greatest achievements was remade in the movie “Big miracle” that took place in Alaska. The story was about three whales stuck under the ice while the burger-nation was trying to help. The rescue mission was started by a Greenpeace activist that believed drilling after Oil in Alaska was wrong and when she heard about the whales, it was only one option.

After thinking twice about the incident, I didn’t know whether I should laugh or think about all the wasted money. I don’t have any number of the cost, but I feel sure that it was way too much, especially when the baby whale died. Not saying that it was an utterly stupid operation, I think it was a nice gesture, but again, it was just too much for two whales.

The movie itself though was well made, and had a well-built story, but I felt it became to American and boring in the end. I’ll give it 3 out of 5.

Since the movie also was about the indigenous people of Alaska, more specifically the Inuits, I’ll write about them too.

A long time ago, the Inuits lived in skin tents in the summer, and sod or driftwood houses in the winter. They lived in a cold climate, and were therefore forced to adapt into the harsh Arctic weather. This led the Inuits to create fur clothing even more resistant against colder climate than jackets made in industrialized countries with help from todays science.
In the summer, the Inuit wore only one layer of clothing, along with sealskin boots. During winter, Inuit tends to wear two layers of clothing consisting of a suit on the inside with fur facing the skin, and an outer suit with the fur facing the outside. This allows the air between the two layers to create insulation, while the fur on the inside evaporates any perspiration.

The Inuit people live in groups varying from a single family to several hundred members, and have little contact with other cultures except infrequent and sometimes hostile encounters with people living further south in the Arctic.
In spring and fall for example, the Inuits come together in groups to hunt large amount of animals to ensure that no one suffers from hunger. During the rest of the year these communities spread out along the coast and countryside in search of fish and other types of food. Men are traditionally hunters, and women raise the children and take care of the household. Depending upon location and season, food for the Inuit varies from whale to foxes and includes caribou, hares, fish, and seal. During the winter on the coast a bowhead whale can provide meat for an entire Inuit community, while inland, caribou hunted in the fall can mean the same thing. The meat is usually eaten raw or frozen.
Transportation for the Inuit people during the summer consists of walking on foot over land or water by boat. The two boats typically used are known as umiaks and kayaks. Umiaks carry up to ten people, and are made of wood. During the winter months the Inuit travels via sled pulled by dogs.
Even though the Inuit are not religious, they believe in spirits. They uphold that all people, animals, things, and forces of natures have spirits. To keep the spirits happy, the Inuit follows rules and together they believe that if these rules are ignored the spirits will punish them through sickness or misfortune.


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3 News, 3 Countries

News from England Manchester Evening News:
Police fined after a memory stick holding the names of informants was stolen from a detective’s home


Some days ago, a memory stick containing the names of people who tip off officers was stolen from a detective’s home.An intruder walked into the officer’s house in Grotton, Oldham, after he left his back door open and took his wallet and keys to his black Volkswagen Golf, which was also stolen. The memory stick, which was neither password protected or encrypted was in the officer’s wallet. The Greater Manchester Police were fined 120 000£ by the Information Commission Office, and said in their report there were ‘significant failings’ surrounding the blunder.

Now the ICO reveals how:

  • Details of 1,075 people gathered over an 11-year period were lost
  • These people are now at risk of physical harm if the information falls into the hands of ‘untrustworthy third parties’
  • A similar data breach occurred in September 2010 but lessons had not been learned
  • The memory stick has still not been recovered
  • There were a staggering 1,000 more unencrypted devices within GMP at the  time

It is understood the names were not regular police informants but members of the public who passed on sensitive allegations about drug-dealing.The memory stick is also believed to have included details of previous police anti-drug operations, potential targets for arrest, and officers’ names.The police have now contacted all those whose names were on the list to let them know their personal details have been lost.

Lynne Potts, Assistant Chief Officer at GMP, says this about the case: “This was very much an isolated incident. We take all matters relating to the storage of data extremely seriously and have stringent measures in place to ensure the safe storage of data.”


Taxi boss’s Wife shot dead

A week ago, the wife of an Eastern Cape taxi boss was shot and killed. Nomvuyo Kozana, 38, died moments after being admitted to the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in Mthath. The woman was shot twice, in her upper body and in her head.
Her widover, Mongezi Kozana, is at home with minor injuries he received during the attack.

Mongezi believes it was him, the two men were going to kill. A week before the shooting, Mongezi received a phone call saying “your time will be up” and that he should watch his back. He claims that the threat he received was by members of the newly established Nateo.

News from Australia’s ‘The Daily Telegraph’
Bus on fire!
A local bus was travelling on its usual route down Sydney’s famous Oxford Street, when the engine suddenly burst into flames!
Over 30 passengers were evacuated and an ambulance was on standby, but luckily not needed. The blaze broke out around 9:30am and was extinguished by two fire units. The accident happened near Taylor Square and Oxford Street was closed between Crown Street and Flinders Street all morning.
Investigations are still ongoing; the cause of the fire is still unknown. All lanes on Oxford Street are reopened, but motorists and bus passengers must expect delays.



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England: A country with Social and Cultural values

England is one of four countries which combined is called Great Britain. The full name is “The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland”, and it is England, Wales and Scotland together that make up Great Britan, while Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, together make up Ireland. The country is famous for its bad weather, but also for a lot of other stuff. The capital city of the United Kingdom is London, which lies in England, and almost 8 million of Englands 53 million people live in London. There’s no King in England at the moment, but Queen Elisabeth II is still alive.

England also has some famous landmarks. The Big Ben is one of them, and is probably the best known landmarks in London, with its 98 meter tall clock tower which rise upon the river Themse.

There’s also a reason why London is called the “City of Parks”, because every part of London has at least one park, and all of the parks are truly spectacular. Hyde Park, Green Park and St. James Park are three of the most familiar parks in London.

England arranges plenty of events too, and this summer the Olympics found place in London. It included many big highlights, and the country were certainly proud of them self. It is also worth to say that they arranged paralympics too. It is also arranged many many football games each week, where Premier league is the most popular.

London is well known for it’s great musicals and several theatre shows, where people from all over the world travel to London so they can watch them.

In England the taxes varies between 20%-40%, based upon how much you earn. Some of these tax moneys finances the schools, so it’s free of charge for everyone between 3-18 years old, but it isn’t unusual to go on private school.

England is as you maybe knew before, a very free country, where you can be whoever you want to be and say almost everything want to say, and the government is also planning to legalize gay marriage.

There are British people, whose parents first came to Britain in the 1950s and 1960s, from all kinds of different countries. Their home are mainly in big English cities.

All this tell us that the people of England are a mixed race, with different habits, traditions, appearance, and religions. Therefor it is also different cultural and social values in the English and GB society, which is important to respect.

As always, I hope you found this text informative.


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