Sadness

Look into their eyes,
Admire the sorrow,
A cloudy grey,
Like the darkest of skies,

Read the sadness of their soul,
place your hand in theirs,
does it feel cold?
Your mind begins to lose control,

You feel their pain,
like it’s your own,
you fake a smile,
it becomes a bane,

As they speak,
they begin to stutter and sigh,
your heart sinks,
when did they become so weak?

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It’s not exactly the Oscars but…

I am proud to tell you all that my lovely friend Ella has very kindly nominated me for a blog based award called a Liebster award. ‘Liebster’ is German for ‘favourite’ therfore bloggers nominate their favourite blogs on various websites including WordPress.

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It is rewarded to bloggers who have less than 200 followers and comes with a number of rules:

  • Post eleven facts about yourself
  • Answer the questions posed by your nominator
  • Pass the award on to eleven new recipients
  • Pose eleven new questions to your bloggers

Post a copy of the badge on your blog (type “Liebster Award” into Google images; you’ll find plenty to choose from). Notify nominees and include links to the originating blog, as well as the new recipients.

11 facts about me

  1. I don’t know what I will do with my life when How I Met Your Mother ends
  2. I auditoned for Britains Got Talent in 2010
  3. I have pigeon toes (not literally)
  4. I want to go to university in London and live there
  5. I constantly joke about hating excercise and wanting food
  6. I want to see the Northern Lights from the igloos in Lapland
  7. I currently have a jar which I’m putting notes of all the good things that happen in 2013 in
  8. I am one of the 2% in the world with very green eyes
  9. My favourite place to eat is Nandos – you can’t beat it!
  10. My brother knocked my front tooth out with a torch when we were little and now it breaks on just about anything from french bread to toffee apples.
  11. Ever since I purchased my first bath bomb from Lush, if I don’t bathe without one, it just isn’t a successful bath.

Questions I was asked

  1. If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
    I would love to go to New York in the Winter or Canada.
  2. What would you do if you couldn’t write?
    I enjoyed food technology at school so maybe something to do with that.
  3. If you could invite anyone (dead or alive) on a date, who would it be?
    Leonardo Dicaprio in Romeo and Juliet – serious eye candy.
  4. Would you rather be successful in something you hated or fail in something you love? Definitely successful in something I hate because the thought of failing in something you enjoy is rather upsetting.
  5. Where do you see yourself in ten years time?
    I hope to be living in London doing any sort of career based on Journalism whilst writing fiction for fun!
  6. If you could have any fantasy creature as a pet, what would you choose?
    The little gingerbread man from Shrek, how cute would that be?!
  7. Can you cook?
    Oh you know it. I got an A in my food tech GCSE!
  8. Films or books?
    It depends, but I usually prefer books because they’re so much more detailed but I feel more emotion from films.
  9. Favourite genre of music? I listen to a bit of everything.
    I would say it is mainly Alternative Indie however I will admit that One Direction are my guilty pleasure…
  10. Who inspires you the most?
    I went to work at World Challenge for a week and the people there are incredible, they do everythinhg they can for countries and young adults. They’re really inspiring because they have all travelled to amazing places and they are all so kindhearted.
  11. What made you decide to write a blog?
    I study Journalism at College and part of our course was to set up a blog but I really enjoy uploading work that I produce outside of college too!

 My nominees

My questions to you guys

  1. If you could be an animal, what would you be?
  2. What is your favourite book?
  3. Something you say on a day to day basis?
  4. Most terrifying situation you have been in?
  5. What made you start your blog?
  6. Lucky number?
  7. If you had to write a short story about anything in the world, what would it be about?
  8. Have you always wanted to write?
  9. 3 words to describe yourself?
  10. Coke or lemonade?
  11. Do you believe in love at first sight

Thanks again to Ella for nominating me for this! I know it’s nothing huge but it is still a good feeling when you know that people enjoy your writing!

x x x

13/02/13

I arrived at the office at 9:30am and sat at my desk. I started working on the Al Shaheen story I did, and made it a couple of hundred words shorter.

I had an interview with a man named Rod Hicks at 10am who is a new joiner, he works in stores and has many roles in the business including head of logistics, facilities manager and fleet manager. It was interesting to find out a bit about him. I went back to my desk and wrote up that interview, I then gathered up all the information I had on the different parts of the world and started writing up and laying out my ‘news of the world’ piece which I will attatch as a word document below along with the rest of the work I have done today.

At 11am, I had an interview with a woman named Kate Jenkins who is part of the leadership management team, she places expedition leaders on relevant expeditions and manages their administration. She was lovely. I went back to my desk and added that to Rods interview. I then recieved a message off my friend Laura who took part in World Challenge in 2012, so I have completed the spotlight interview with a challenger feature and I will attatch that as well. At 2pm I had an interview with a man called Rob Berry, he is part of the planning team and World Challenge is his first career after graduating from University, he is the planning manager of East Africa and he has travelled to a lot of amazing places so I found his interview interesting. I went back to my desk and filled in his interview answers, so by 2pm today I had completed 3 new features for the newsletter, I now have 5 things to submit!

At 2:45pm I had a meetnig with Matt again, I handed in the work I have completed today along with the updated versions of the Fiji and Al Shaheen features, he said he would have a look and get back to me later on. I then drafted some questions for another spotlight interview with a member of staff named Stu Morris who is important to the health and safety side of the organisation. Matt gave me back the Al Shaheen piece and the News of the world piece with some annotations on them so I corrected them and started writing an article on the new pension schemes. It started snowing really heavily at the end of the day and tomorrow I’m with events again which will be good 🙂

My work from today:  Challenger spotlight printscreen , Spotlight interview with a member of staff draft, New joiner interviews draft , and News from around the world printscreen

11/02/13

Sorry I have posted this a day late, I had no access to a computer until now! I was starting at World Challenge HQ at 9:30am so I woke up at 7:30 and got myself ready. Clarissa drove me to the office and I went up to meet Niki who is the woman I am shadowing over the next week. She made me a cup of tea and introduced me to a couple members of staff, my initial impressions were that they were all lovely!

Niki showed me where I would be working for the duration of the week and a man in her office is absent therefore I get my own desk which is great! She took me over to Matts office who is the boss of this HQ and he told me that he wanted me to work on a project.

The project is an e-newsletter. As World Challenge is all over the world, he decided an e-newsletter would be most efficient as anyone would have access to it from London to Australia! I took my notebook into the office and jotted down the ideas he had for this e-newsletter which included the following:

  • Project Domino which is a web project
  • Reservations project which doesn’t have a specific name yet
  • Al Shaheen project
  • Spotlight interview with a member of staff
  • Spotlight interview with a previous challenger
  • New joiners interview
  • Skype call with someone at the Australian HQ to find out about Global sites
  • Embed a video of a teacher speaking
  • Talk about new product: Fiji
  • Market focus on the US
  • New pension laws – how does it affect you? – speak to someone at Human Resources
  • Photo of building in the snow, compare with Bostons building

As you can see I have a lot to work on over the week and I am very excited about it! I have already written the story on Fiji, Al Shaheen and I have prepared interview questions for new joiners as I have 3 interviews on Wednesday. One with a member of staff from Stores, one in the Leader Management Team and someone from Plans so I’m looking forward to find out a bit of information about them. I have met lots of amazing people already and have drank my body weight in cups of tea but this is a great placement and I’m looking forward to tomorrow as I am working with the events team!

Here are the documents of the work I have produced today:  Al Shaheen draft Fiji draft Interview questions for new joiners

Reminiscing by the fire side

in January 2013, devastating wildfires hit the Australian island of Tasmania. Amongst the devastation of land and property, the papers seemed to focus on one man’s heroic rescue of his family.

Having recently been reading about Welshman Tim Holmes, a resident of Dunnalley in Tasmania who saved his wife and his 5 grandchildren during hours of thick smoke and ferocious flames, the tragic wildfire involving the Holmes family from Dunnalley in Tasmania which occurred in January of this year inspired me to write the following short story. The wildfires affected hundreds of properties across Tasmania. Whilst reading through the many articles explaining the chaotic scenes, I couldn’t help but speculate about what memories this would hold to a child many years later.

Matilda, aged 11 at the time, remembers jumping into the water, it was anything but refreshing. As it gently touched my bare arms, I felt calm and I felt like I could pretend that my siblings and I had not just experienced the most terrifying affair of our lives but there was no disguising the fact that we just had. I will never forget the terror in my grandmother’s eyes as I looked over once we were all in the water. I remember how fast my heart was beating and how the sweat dripped from my forehead into my eyes, blinding me, but being the eldest child, it was my duty, I had to protect them. I held my youngest sister so tightly as the water began to heat up. We saw tornado’s of fire coming towards us at rapid speeds and there was only about 200 to 300 millimetres of air above the water. The atmosphere was indescribably toxic. I can’t emphasise enough how petrified I was, the memories were so intense that I still feel them burning at the back of my mind yet I knew I had to remain calm to prevent the rest of my family from panicking.

I recall my grandfather calling us over as the heat was almost unbearable.
“Over here” he yelled. As he led us towards a small dinghy, we climbed in and it took my family and I further offshore. Sheltering under a jetty was the wisest idea at the time despite the fact the water was up to our chins and we were all struggling to breathe in the sweltering heat and lack of air. I glanced to my left and my grandfather held a camera up, I was confused but smiling was the first thing that I thought of when I saw a camera so I tried my very best to smile for a photo, attempting to forget the current situation we were in. It was so difficult. Looking at that photo brings back so many emotions making me feel tearful and nervous but keeping the fact that we survived in my mind has always encouraged me to strive for more as I have aged. By Matilda Walker, retired senior ecologist for the United Nations.u