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Topic: Hunting with Dogs Running for your life, but yet knowing deep inside you that you're going to be ripped limb from limb. The last thing you hear is your screams for help and the sound of cheering by a group of humans. The last thing you see is your killer's face covered in your blood. Some people call this morally wrong act of cruelty a 'sport'. It is turning into a more common 'sport' around the country and it needs to stop"¦not for the distant future, but NOW! Reports and tests show that 96.9% of animals hunted and then killed by dogs die a slow painful death due to their atrocious injuries. The other 3.1% of animals killed by dogs die from exhaustion and die more quickly from its injuries. Either way the hunted animal dies from the effects of being hunted. Surely this has to stop? "Why" do you say? Well 'why' do hunting packs only hunt foxes, deer's, hares and minks? I'll tell you why, its because these animals don't defend themselves against the hounds. They aren't strong enough to attack back. They just run, run as far as they can go, until the hounds catch up and kill them. Easy targets. More animals hunted in one go. Quick and 'effective' games. If this isn't cruelty to animals, then I don't know and can't see, what is! RSPCA, CPHA and LACS are the most highly praised organisations that try to prevent these hunting games from carrying on. They try to their highest ability to try and ban hunting with dogs, but sadly the government and the House of Lords are too strong and believe this morally wrong blood sport is perfectly 'normal'. They say the sport can go ahead because it keeps control over the numbers of Foxes, Deer's, Hares and Minks. However, studies show that the number of those animals doesn't need controlling and could decrease at alarming rates in the near future. If they thought this sport helps keep control and that it's the only way, well they're wrong! Scientists show that the only rightful way to keep control over the numbers of animals is not to hunt them with dogs but to shoot them with a type of tranquilliser which would cause the animal to die a quiet, non painful death. This is kind to the animal without the outrage of a bloodthirsty dog ripping them limb from limb. Are the government and the House of Lords being stubborn? Scared to face up to the situation and the blood sports team members? Among the supporters of hunting there is a fear that if it is banned there will be a severe shortage of jobs in rural areas. However I feel that this argument does not stand up in today's modern world with its very low overall unemployment rates. In addition to this the rapid increase in opportunities for working at home coupled with the advances in computer technology and the associated training courses available make it easier to replace any lost jobs. "Hunting is natural. Humans have been hunting since the moment we were created, so why stop now?" says Mr Robert Burns, a farmer from Somerset. Everybody aggress initially we were barbaric in nature but surely we're suppose to have progressively become more civilised. Or have we? Picture the scene: You're looking for food for your loved one and your 4 children. You hear a noise, which you've heard before, but you carry on hunting for food for your family. Then suddenly out of the bushes jump 15 hounds, thirsty for blood, your blood. You run until you can run no more; you collapse. Fighting for your breath, you try to get up but before you know it you're being ripped apart. You're dead. Your body is covered in blood and taken away by a human on a horse. Your skin to make clothes. Your flesh to be eaten by your killers. Your bones crushed to mark various items. Your family is left to starve. Your family is dead. But worse the, perpetrators revel in it. The question we need to ask is, who are the real animals, the Foxes, Deer's, Hares and Minks, or US? Let us make positive steps to change this situation by getting the law changed to ban hunting with dogs.
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Topic: Hunting with Dogs Running for your life, but yet knowing deep inside you that you're going to be ripped limb from limb. The last thing you hear is your screams for help and the sound of cheering by a group of humans. The last thing you see is your killer's face covered in your blood. Some people call this morally wrong act of cruelty a 'sport'. It is turning into a more common 'sport' around the country and it needs to stop…not for the distant future, but NOW! Reports and tests show that 96.9% of animals hunted...
know it you're being ripped apart. You're dead. Your body is covered in blood and taken away by a human on a horse. Your skin to make clothes. Your flesh to be eaten by your killers. Your bones crushed to mark various items. Your family is left to starve. Your family is dead. But worse the, perpetrators revel in it.

The question we need to ask is, who are the real animals, the Foxes, Deer's, Hares and Minks, or US? Let us make positive steps to change this situation by getting the law changed to ban hunting with dogs.

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Quite literally dying to be thin....Quite literally dying to be thin. I'm not here to bore you or lecture you on something that will never concern any of you. I'm standing here in front of you all to tell you of something that affects everyone everyday. I know not only from research but, from person experience. A heart braking memory I'm willing to share in the hope I may possibly help reach out to someone. If I make this speech five hundred times and save one life I will have accomplished far more than a lot of people out there. I wake up in the middle on the night sometimes, sweating, crying. I have so much guilt built up inside me. All because people judge you before they know a thing about you. People see someone who is over weight and instantly assume that person sits on a sofa eating big Mac's all day. Ok for some people the thought of a gym or a salad frightens them to death but for a lot more of these people this isn't true. There are a number of reasons that person maybe retaining weight. So anyway I bet you wondering how this constantly makes me cry well"¦ Steph was my best friend. We'd grown up together, went through primary, secondary and even college together. She had a smile as wide as the ocean and a wardrobe any 16-year-old girl would be proud of. So she wasn't the perfect size 8 but no one was bothered. She was such a laugh; I can remember memories of us like yesterday, laughing so hard my sides hurt and rolling round the floor crying. It was a Friday night and we were off to a local disco. Steph asked me if she looked ok, and she did. She looked better that ok she was glowing. She said she'd been skipping a few meals and was really happy because she could finally fit into the red skirt I brought her for her birthday over a year before. Through pure ignorance I praised her claiming she looked radiant. That night was ruined! Some childish, stupid, heartless little boy called James Wright ruined the whole night in one fowl sentence. "Oi fatty breath in I aint got all night to get round ya" Harsh as it was I doubt Steph would have been so devastated if it hadn't came from James. James was the captain of the football team at our college. Steph was in love with him. So much in love in fact she brought his tutor photo off a kid in his class for £50. Steph was like that. From that night things seemed to change. Steph had an eating disorder. She lost pound after pound and became little more than skin and bone. It wasn't just physical differences I noticed, she wasn't the girl I once knew. The girl who had a warm smile and a hug for everyone became the girl whose skin flaked and whose hair fell out. The girl who would race against the boys and usually win became the girl who cheered them on instead. The girl who never lied became lost in a sea of dishonesty, in a feeble attempt to cover the truth. The girl, who told everyone to be true to themselves, was telling herself the biggest lie of all. It went unnoticed for far too long. A friend or family member suffering from an Eating Disorder can be very frightening. You want to help that person but you aren"t sure what you can do, you don"t even know what to say. Our once fun and giggles turned to awkward looks and silence. I wish id have paid more attention to what was coming out of her mouth rather than what"s going in. So why does society dictate that we should be stick thin with blonde hair and long legs? Surely its what's inside that counts? Maybe one day someone will create a dress that looks good on all of us. Maybe one day if I have grandchildren they will not know what an Eating Disorder is. If I had one wish it would be that we could all look past the appearance...sometimes a pretty package holds an empty gift...sometimes a package wrapped in plain paper, with no bows or ribbons, holds a diamond. Unfortunately, the media and the public continue to idolize ultra thin actresses and models. It's the first thing you see when you turn on the television or open a paper. So do these people, youths aspire to be like really deserve the admiration we give them? I pray that the next generation of women raised on "girl power" realise that the real power comes from within us, and that every person should be ruled by her own expectations and not one society dictates. I have read lots of statistics of eating disorders yet there is more behind those statistics that you read. Behind those statistics are people. Those numbers represent lives, lives that have been lost due to eating disorders. They are mothers. They are sisters. They are aunts. They are daughters. They are wives. One of those numbers was a very close friend of mine. This wasn't a one off problem. Thousands of people die every year due to eating disorders, that isn't fictional its fact. This cannot be argued with, however the fact that we can help can be. I'm quite sure a lot of you sitting in front of me are self-conscious. You choose particular outfits because they make your bum or stomach looks smaller or your boobs look bigger. We all want people to be attracted to us, its natural but it seems it's also natural to point out other peoples short comings. So do we do this to restore our own confidence? I think the bigger question is do we understand what were doing to that certain individual and the impact were putting on their lives. Steph became really ill and was admitted to a special clinic. I tried to talk to her but I just didn't understand. I tried everything; the nice approach, the honesty, the tears. Nothing worked. It was making me bad and I couldn't bear to see her parents that way. I had her mom crying to me, asking me to talk to her. I did my best. I decided I wanted the old Steph back. I went to visit the day after and told her how I felt, how she was killing herself and how she was selfish and couldn't see how much hurt she was putting here parents threw. We had our first real argument that night. She died in her sleep the night after we argued. Dearest Steph I hope that you had good dreams that night. I hope that you dreamed, and you know that I love you, and am very sorry that we couldn"t have parted ways on better terms. But Steph, I love you hun, everyday that passes, you're in my thoughts! I miss your smiling face and those eyes! And to be quite truthful I'm having trouble accepting the fact that you're gone, so I wont. I just see it that we are going a while without seeing each other. I can understand why God would want you close to him, as you truly was an angel on earth. I love you and I miss you. I thank you for listening and hope even a little of what I said made you think. It's far easier to focus on bad things than good so all I ask is for you to think before you speak.   

Quite literally dying to be thin. I'm not here to bore you or lecture you on something that will never concern any of you. I'm standing here in front of you all to tell you of something that affects everyone everyday. I know not only from research but,...

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William Shakespeare, the world's most famous...William Shakespeare, the world's most famous playwright, Romeo and Juliet, the greatest love story ever told. For over four hundred years this play has been performed for audiences of all ages. Containing famous lines such as; "Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo" And "A plague on both your houses" This play has been studied time and time again by students in schools and universities world wide, so is very well known. For a person to play the lead role, Romeo, who the play revolves around, comes with extremely high expectations. Many people know the lines to the famous scenes so there will be a lot of pressure on him to get them spot on. The actor needs to be well experienced but also young and traditionally good looking. Romeo is the most important character in the play and in Shakespeare's time he would have used his best young actor possibly trained by himself. Shakespeare would have taken a lot of time to ensure that Romeo's actor knew exactly what he was doing and that he performed is role perfectly. In the sixteenth century the theatre was the main form of social entertainment so it was a big exciting thing when people attended a show. Because it was such a special event they expected it to be wonderful and were very appreciative of a good performance, but this also meant that they could be very hostile if they were disappointed. Because of the size of the theatre and the fact that it was open air also they didn't have the luxury of microphones! the actors would have to be really good at projecting their voices. Speaking clearly and making clear obvious gestures on stage were also important for everyone to be able to follow the story line easily. Many films have been produced using the story line of Romeo and Juliet. There are ones like Zefferelli's Romeo and Juliet and Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet that follows Shakespeare's original very closely. Then there are ones such as A West Side story that follow along the same lines but in a different form. In all Romeo and Juliet films there are different interpretations of the language as many of the meanings have changed a lot over four hundred years. Some of the humour and jokes have been lost such as in the first scene between Sampson and Abram "Do you bite your thumb at us sir?" "No, sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, sir, but I bite my thumb, sir." This would have been seen humorous, as to bite your thumb at a person was an offensive and rude gesture Nowadays this means noting to the average person so we interpret different lines to make them comical to us. Romeos actor would have to have a good understanding of the language, so when he performs he can put across his lines convincingly and with confidence. It is vital that Romeo can do this because he is the main character who the play revolves around. We witness Romeo maturing throughout the play from the beginning when he plays the part of a foolish young hopeless romantic "Out of her favor where I am in love" "This love feel I, that no love is this" To the end when we witness him feeling "true love" and being prepared to die for this. "Here's to my love! Drinks. Oh true apothecary! Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die Dies" Juliet is also a main character but because in the sixteenth century women were not allowed to act in the theatre the part would have been played by a young boy so Shakespeare tried to keep Juliet's piece to a minimum. Romeo is put across as an individual character. He is into poetry, love, romance and uninterested in fighting unlike all his peers. Most of the conflict that Romeo comes across is internal. In the beginning he has to over come his "love" for Rosaline, he seems to think that life is not worth living without her, until he sees Juliet when he immediately forgets about Rosaline and we hear no more of Rosaline from Romeo. Even when Romeo does fight it is in the name of love, he fights and kills Tybalt after he finds out that Tybalt had killed Mercutio and he also fights and kills Paris when he goes to visit Juliet in her family vault. You can interpret Romeo's character in a way that Shakespeare meant for us, he is a romantic character who's life revolves around love and is deeply in true love with Juliet, or a more modern day person may see him as a young hopeless romantic, who went from one infatuation to the next. Romeo may appear to be foolish to us nower days as he has let his heart rule his head, which as romantic as it may seem is not a practical way of life. Juliet was also infatuated with Romeo, so they thought it was the real thing and took it too far, which ended up in them both dying. The second time Romeo meets Juliet in almost every line he speaks about love and how he is in love with her "And but thou love me, let them find me here; My life were better ended by their hate, than Death prorogued wanting of they love" Romeo states here that after their second meeting he is already prepared to die for Juliet. There are many enormous contrasts in this story, such as the characters Romeo and Tybalt; Romeo tries to avoid fighting and violence at all costs but Tybalt is always looking for trouble. Tybalt; "Boy, this shall not excuse the injuries that thou has Done me, therefore turn and draw!" Romeo; "I do protest I never injured thee, but love thee Better than thou canst devise"¦" This scene shows Tybalt trying to force Romeo into fighting with him, and Romeos reaction to this, trying to be peaceful and calm telling Tybalt that he loves him. This is a contrast within one scene between two characters, but in entire scenes there are complete contrasts, with this whole mood of the play changing, such as Act 2 scene 2 the balcony scene and Act 3 scene 1 the fight with Mercutio and Tybalt. In the balcony scene, the actor playing Romeo needs to act in a contrasting way to in the fight scenes. Romeo is normally quite calm and sure of what he is doing apart from the scene when Mercutio is killed then Romeo loses it and kills Tybalt in a rage. The audience is quite shocked at this because of the Romeo's unusual behaviour. In the fight scene Romeo would have to appear distraught and angry but scared all at once, this could be quite tricky on stage in front of an audience but maybe slightly easier would be as a film. Tybalt would be played by a larger and more athletic man, so Romeo would have to fight in a very agile manner in order to beat him which may be hard for a modern actor to have to learn how to sword-fight, if he had not done it before. So the actor would need to be able to learn quickly. The balcony scene is a complete contrast of the fight with Tybalt. Romeo's actor would appear to be nervous but determined to make his love shown. In the beginning he would be listening intently, completely captivated by Juliet, unsure of when he should but in, and when he does speak it needs to be in a very dreamy desperate fashion. Romeo would act excited and nervous like a child while he is in the Capulet Orchard already he seems prepared to put his life on the line just to see Juliet; "Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye Than twenty of their swords. Look thou but sweet, And I am proof against their enmity." Romeo is basically saying that he is more scared of missing her than being attacked by the guards. In this Shakespeare gives us a contrasting imagery of both love and violence. In conclusion, the actor will need to be able to act like a love struck fool who is obsessed with Juliet. To help give across this feeling it is very important for there to be a good relationship between the two actors.   

William Shakespeare, the world's most famous playwright, Romeo and Juliet, the greatest love story ever told. For over four hundred years this play has been performed for audiences of all ages. Containing famous lines such as; "Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo" And "A plague on both your...

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