ADELE | 25 | Special Music Feature

ADELE - 25 - High-Res Special Music Feature Image

With her third album becoming the number one most pre-ordered album, with her album still remaining number one just after it was released, Adele has finally delighted us all with her much awaited album, 25, which is the first album in a while since she last released music. In just the space of the first week alone, Adele has officially broken the sales records in the US with 3.38 million in sales, with her ‘Hello’ video spanning over 500,000,000+ views, also with the sales record in the UK showing that a whopping 800,307 copies of Adele’s 25 album were sold in the first week alone, which also beats the 18-year long record that the former music group, Oasis, once held with their 1997 album: “Be Here Now”.

Before the album was announced, Adele sent the whole of Twitter into meltdown after premiering a 30-second advert of her comeback record: “Hello”, which aired while The X Factor was on an ad break. In theory, she kind of did a Beyoncé moment, because the advert was completely unexpected, but once I heard her voice, I thought: “Oh my god!!! It’s Adele!!! She’s finally back!!! At last!!!! Welcome back Adele, we missed you!!!”, which just goes to prove that none of us knew what was to

On the day of Adele’s 25 album release, I listened to Adele’s new album after it arrived through the post, and I must admit, I thought it was absolutely fantastic, because her voice has matured and she appears more and more relaxed now given that she spent a two-year long hiatus from the music industry altogether to focus on bringing up her son, Angelo, who she gave birth to on the 19th October 2012.

This new album brings with it a new kind of sound that is absolutely enjoyable and also happy, but also at the same time, absolutely heartwarming, because you can listen to Adele all day and never get tired of her music, because her music and her voice are timeless, and her music will never date, which just proves that if she has managed to get three albums out in her time, and have all three of them become chart-topping albums as well, including winning 2 Ivor Novello Awards, 10 Grammy Awards, 4 Brit Awards, 1 Academy Award, 1 Oscar Award and 1 Golden Globe Award, including many more other various awards, then that just indicates that a musician doesn’t have to prove themselves in order to have a big success, and Adele has sold 3 albums, 25 involved, with massive successes across the board without needing to prove herself to anyone, and that is why I love her music because she has the bubbly personality and a powerful voice that go well together with absolutely no problem at all.

Since the release of 25 on the 20th November, Adele’s album, at the end of the first week, became the Official Number 1 album on the Official Charts, as well as being Number 1 on iTunes.

Adele most recently said that she was inspired by Madonna’s 1998 album, Ray of Light, which was the main influential album that inspired her to write 25.

Below is the Official Album Artwork for Adele’s third album, 25:

© Official Album Cover - ADELE & XL Recordings 2015

© Official Album Cover – ADELE & XL Recordings 2015

Below are two of the latest music videos released by Adele from her 25 album: “Hello” and “When We Were Young“:

What do I think of the whole album overall? I absolutely love 25, because Adele has taken all of the much needed time to make this album, in order to produce the perfect sound possible. I love this album as well mainly because it is heartwarming, and 25 is completely open, as Adele has explored so many emotions from so many different perspectives and aspects, but the different kind of perspectives and aspects that we are all more familiar with.

The album is like a story, because it shows her mature from her 19 and 21 days into the 25 days, when she was at that age, even though she is now 27. Overall, I absolutely love the album, and I believe that Adele’s 25 album and her “Hello” video, including her live rendition of “When We Were Young” will certainly keep her album in the Top 10, the Top 20, the Top 50 and the Top 100.

Overall Rating for the Official “Hello” Music Video: 10/10

Overall Rating for the Official “When We Were Young” Music Video: 10/10

Overall Album Rating for 25: 10/10

Alex Smithson

© ADELE 2015

© XL Recordings 2015

© The Adele Logo, the 25 Album Logo, the Official 25 Album Artwork and the wide-scale Featured Image have all been used courtesy of the record labels and the artist. No Copyright Infringement Intended.

Croydon Photography

Croydon Photography

On Thursday, I headed down to some parts of Croydon with some of my classmates from my UAL (University of the Arts London) Level 3 Diploma Film & Photography Course, as we were doing some filming for our project which is currently based around Ghost Stories.

Whilst me and the small number of the students in my group were filming, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to snap some photographs down Surrey Street Market, Crown Hill and also around Croydon.

The concept of our film was that one of our students would play the part of someone who is depressed, and also on the edge of it all, like as if they wanted to just end it all and never experience it again, but on a more serious note, the concept was about needing an angel to be there for that person who may have been almost bullied into silence, but was stopped from going to the point of no return. The angel would be the natural healer, by being there to pull the victim out of danger, and also out of harm’s way and also out of the midst of it all so to speak.

But back to the subject of things, just after we finished filming, despite having to re-shoot a scene because of one member of the public waving at the camera (which wasn’t supposed to happen despite us all telling him not to do so until we concluded filming), which resulted in a scene becoming useless for video editing, we did a re-shoot of the same scene again, and after we finished re-filming that scene, I thought it would be a fantastic idea to snap these photographs.

Colour Photographs (Original)

Chosen Edited Photographs (Black & White)

Have we actually finished filming? Yes we have, and I’m absolutely pleased to say that the way the production of this film has gone, it has gone well despite a small faux pas moment from a member of the public, but aside that, me and my group absolutely enjoyed filming for this project, despite the weather conditions.

Please feel free to leave feedback on this article based on what you thought of my photography work that I did in Croydon on Thursday :-).

Alex Smithson

Device used to snap these photographs: iPod touch (5th Generation)

Life Goes On with Drowned Out | Special Music Feature | Pre-Release Music Review

Drowned Out - Life Goes On (EP) - Special Music Feature & Pre-Release Music Review Article Image (Final Version)

With their EP, Life Goes On, being made available for digital release tomorrow, with the physical release of the EP being made available for release on the 23rd January 2016, my close friend Charlie Philbrick from the Drowned Out band treated me to an early listen of him and his band’s EP (Extended Play), and it’s absolutely awesome, and mind-blowing as well. One of the band members in Charlie’s band has certain vocal elements in her voice that remind me of Christina Aguilera.

This EP, standing in at 5 tracks, packs quite the adventurous ride, as this band has made sure to create their own sound, a sound that is entirely original and doesn’t copy any other band in question. The EP also carries full originality, as it has an exploration of different aspects and perspectives that even our own sub-conscious minds cannot see.

To give you a genuine idea as to how I thought the EP sounded, I’ll give you all a full run-down of the tracks in their desired order.

Transitions had that kind of welcoming feel where it reaches out to you, because in the lyrics, the same few words: “…can you hear me?” are mentioned, as it’s like you’re being asked as if it was a real life question you were being asked, though I find it welcoming because this track has that approach where it feels like as if it is a story; in other words, it’s like the person is trying to reach out to someone and that’s why I love this track, because it’s like that special someone wants to connect to someone that is far and wide from them.

Dreamer has more of a visual approach, as it creates a visual image that depicts the song like as if it’s a story, but at the same time, it also has that kind of feeling where it wants you to dream the kind of dream that wants you to push away all of the crap and the pain you’ve had to put up with, in other words, this song is more of a letting-go song, as it advises you to let go of your past and move on into the future.

Leaving shows more of the strenuous and courageous side to anyone’s personality, as it has that kind of feeling where instead of you putting up with it all, why not just leave? In other words, this song is saying to you: “You shouldn’t have to put up with all of this on your own. If you leave now, you’ll become stronger because you’ve decided that you’re not going to put up with it anymore, and instead you’ll just rise above it and let those who want to do that to you do it to themselves instead. Just concentrate on you and you only. That’s what matters.” I like this song mainly for that reason, because it takes off all of the weight on your shoulders, and it’s like it takes that weight as if it was a piece of paper, and you just chuck it in the bin.

Interlude is the introduction of what’s to come after the interlude finishes, as much of the EP shows a transition between hell and heaven, but in a really honest and genuinely kind way, but with the final song that comes up after the interlude, it brings more positivity to the table.

Summer ends the EP on a very, very positive note, as this song brings with it some more magic, which, in its own context, makes the EP sum up exactly what it is all about, and that it proves what it says on the front cover: “Life Goes On“.

Below is the official artwork for the Life Goes On (EP):

Drowned Out - Life Goes On (EP)

© Official EP Artwork | Drowned Out 2015

What do I think of this whole EP overall? I absolutely love it, because it explores so many different emotions that have, very easily, tugged at my heart-strings, but this EP has given me goosebumps, given that it has a directly bold approach that can instantly make you feel comfortable, and not only that, but this EP has put my mind at ease, and has relaxed it also because of the fact it has made me feel comfortable with listening to it, and if you want me to be honest, I absolutely love the EP, and I absolutely believe hand on heart that Charlie and his band, Drowned Out, are going to go very far with their music careers.

My Overall EP Rating: 10/10

Alex Smithson

© Drowned Out 2015

© Full Credit: Charlie Philbrick (Bass), Maizey Palmer (Vocals), Robert Jenkins & Sam Marklew (Guitarists) & Owen De Lacey (Drums).

© The Drowned Out Logo, the ‘Life Goes On’ EP title, the EP artwork, the track names, including the high-res photograph used in the Featured Image above have all been used courtesy of the Drowned Out band. Full permission has been granted by Charlie from the band. No Copyright Infringement Intended.

Pray for Paris | No Publishing Articles for 1 Week.

Pray for Paris Article Image

In light of the horrific events that occurred in Paris, following a devastating massacre which resulted in 132 or more lives being lost on Friday 13th November 2015 (Vendredi 13 Novembre 2015), I will not be publishing any articles for one whole week.

I’m doing this, not because I want the bad parties to think that they’ve won, I’m doing this because I’m standing up for the whole of Paris, and showing the world that we are not going to bow down to violence or pander to any needs. We are a world that should unite and make peace, and that is why I am not publishing any articles whatsoever for a whole seven days, as I will be paying my full respects to all of those who lost their loved ones.

As a request from me, I am asking of you all if you could put this Pray for Paris sign up on your blog, to make sure that we all pay respect to all those who lost their lives. If you feel, however, that you don’t want to put this sign up either due to personal reasons, or if it’s something that you might worry about that might affect you in relation to what happened on Friday 13th, I’ll understand, but I’m asking all of you if you could put this sign up on your blog. It would really mean a lot if you all could, as this will show Paris that we as a world are here to pay our respects and that we all unite together to show our respects to Paris at such a sad time.

Pray for Paris Sticker

Alex Smithson

Full Credit: Eiffel Tower design created by Pamela at Free Vintage Digital Stamps (Original Black & White Version of the Eiffel Tower can be found on Pamela’s website by clicking on the hyperlinked: “Free Vintage Digital Stamps” link above).

Ben Haenow (The Deluxe Edition) | Croydon | Special Music Feature

Ben Haenow (The Deluxe Edition) [Special Music Feature] - Final Article Image

Coming exactly 5 weeks today after he released his collaboration of Second Hand Heart with the Piece by Piece American singer, Kelly Clarkson, Ben Haenow has finally released his long-awaited debut album to the world.

After spending 10 months out of the spotlight, considering he won the X Factor last year, Ben Haenow decided to take as much time as he needed to make sure this album achieved the sound that he wanted, as he didn’t want to release an album less than 6 months after winning, which has, in the past, been the usual method after a contestant has won on the show. Well, not this time, as Ben Haenow has taken all of the time he’s wanted to take to make sure this album is perfect.

The three songs he released from his album, which were Second Hand Heart (feat. Kelly Clarkson), Make it Back to Me & All Yours, were all made available for purchase in the weeks leading up to today’s release, and for this album to be a powerhouse pop-rock album, Ben Haenow has most certainly hit all of the right notes and has also done this album justice. It really is that good, you just can’t miss out on the opportunity of listening to his debut album.

Ben Haenow - Official Standard Album Artwork

© Ben Haenow, SYCO Entertainment & RCA Records 2015 (Official Standard Album Artwork)

Ben Haenow (The Deluxe Edition) - Official Deluxe Album Artwork

© Ben Haenow, SYCO Entertainment & RCA Records 2015 (Official Deluxe Album Artwork)

To show my love and full support to our Croydon lad, Ben Haenow, I have taken to GIMP to use both of these debut album covers, and I have merged both of them together to make this for Ben:

Ben Haenow (The Deluxe Edition) - Customised Final Album Artwork

© Ben Haenow, SYCO Entertainment & RCA Records 2015 (Official Fan-Made Customised Deluxe Album Artwork)

What do I think of Ben Haenow’s finally-released debut album overall? I absolutely love it, he really has hit the right notes, and to be honest, I’m absolutely glad that I pre-ordered his album and received it, as it feels like he’s given us all something back we can always feel proud of, knowing that we’re absolutely proud of him, and even I am absolutely proud of Ben Haenow.

My full recommendation to all of you is to give his debut album a listen, and I am absolutely pleased to announce that starting from now, Ben Haenow’s self-titled debut album is now available to stream via the Spotify Playlist that’s located in the “Ben Haenow” widget on the right of this website. This album will also remain as a permanent fixture on Mother Nature.

We love you Ben!!!!! I absolutely love this album of yours, and I believe, hand on heart, that you’re going to be in the music business for a very, very long time. I will always believe in you, not just because you’ve done the whole of Croydon proud, but because you have also done me proud as well. I will always support you no matter what, and I’m absolutely glad that I’ll be behind you 100% all the way to support you in your musical career. This is your time to shine. We love you Ben Haenow :-)!!!!!!!!!

Overall Album Rating: 10/10

Alex Smithson

© Ben Haenow 2015

© SYCO Entertainment & RCA Records 2015

© The Ben Haenow Logo, the Official Standard Album Cover, the Deluxe Album Cover, the Customised Fan-Made Deluxe Album Cover and the wide-scale Featured Image, including ‘The Deluxe Edition’ logo have all been used courtesy of the record labels and the artist. No Copyright Infringement Intended.

Fear: What 5 Main Fears Scare You?

FEAR (Final)

To give you an idea what my five main fears are, I will do a 5 bullet-pointed list of the five main fears that scare me.

  • My first main fear is heights. I can go up to a certain level in a building, but if I am very high up and I go near the balcony and I look down, which I know I shouldn’t, it will make me feel somewhat possibly dizzy, or if not, feel like as if I’m being pushed over the edge of the balcony like as if it isn’t there. The only time I would ever go near the edge of the balcony is only if I need to lower something down to someone, for example, if there were certain items for a celebratory event that required hanging stuff up from a great height, then that would be different, as long as I can get to have a drink of water here and there to calm my nerves and also my fear of heights.
  • With the level of protection the United Kingdom has at the moment, I often fear for my own safety, including the safety of others, because you get all of these gangs in parts of the UK going around causing so much trouble, which I’m sorry to say is my generation’s fault, because the level of maturity and the level of communication in certain aspects has just gone out of the window. In my eyes, the first 50% tend to be the most immature and less communicative, while the other 50% are always mature, communicative and always speak face-to-face. I honestly don’t mean to be taking a dig at my generation, but many of us feel the same about it all, because our generation, if things carry on the way they’re going, it will be only a matter of time before it’s all too late, and nothing is done about it. Like one of my WordPress followers recently said to me shortly after I published that Violence article, it is up to all of us young ones to do the good work and to make sure the world is a better place. In the face of adversity, the more this continues, we will all live in fear of our own lives, and no-one in the world wants that all, not even me.
  • Travel is often a fear I have, as I often fear for my own safety, especially when it comes to getting on a bus, tram or even a train in that matter, because I don’t like the thought of boarding on these forms of travel, and not being given enough time to get seated. If you recall from last month, I talked about my bad bus experience, and how I suffered an unfortunate accident which resulted in me falling on my bus, with the end result being a gashed elbow with a juicy bruise and a winded chest. Now I fear for my own safety when it comes to travel, but that was just the tip of the iceberg, and it is an experience I will never forget for the rest of my life, but at the end of the day, we all fall to the floor at some point, it’s about picking yourself up and dusting off the mess that’s been caused that matters the most. Still, I fear travel, but now I have become a lot more aware of what to do now, following the bad bus experience I had last year.
  • I don’t tend to think too much about it, but I do fear of falling over when I least expect it, and especially when I’m having to rush to my lessons, or even when I’m rushing for my bus in the event that it arrives early, I often fear the possibilities of falling over, because it is like as if you’re standing up one minute, and then falling over the next, and it’s not a sight I’d imagine, let alone expect anyone else to imagine.
  • I do often tend to fear the element of time going so quickly, because it’s like as if you enjoy something one minute, and then you never to experience that kind of enjoyment ever again. To be honest, I hate the thought of time going way too fast, because I absolutely, without even a shadow of a doubt, want to make the most of everything I have and to make the most of the time I have with everyone I know, even my own family and even my own relatives, because I know for a genuine fact that I’ll never get that chance ever again, and that is why I want to make sure to make the most of my own life and make the most of spending time with everyone around me that I care and love, and also talk to. As I said yesterday, life is precious, and we should all make the most of it, because we only get one life, so we should make the most out of it and also make the best out of it too.

Before I conclude this article, I would like to leave you with 5 questions that are based around fear:

  1. What kind of fears do you have?
  2. What kind of fears do you often tend to worry about?
  3. Which kind of fears often bother you?
  4. Which kind of fear scares you the most in your life?
  5. What kind of fear scares you, but makes you more aware of everything and why?

Alex Smithson

Life: How Does Life in General Matter to You?

LIFE (Final)

Life in general matters to us, as we should value the lives we are given, and to make sure that we make the most of the time we have in this world. I appreciate life entirely and I am entirely grateful for the fact I was brought into this world, as I’ve learned so much in the space of the time that I’ve been around.

I know that I’ve got a very long way to go in life, but I really appreciate the fact that I’ve been able to value the life that I’ve been given, but at the end of the day, I also live by this:

Make the most of your life, because you only get one life of your own to lead. Make it count. – Alex Smithson

Sometimes, we do take our lives for granted, and we shouldn’t, because where would we all be now if we took our lives for granted and didn’t appreciate the life we were given? We would be nowhere, it’s only because we have appreciated the lives that we’ve been given that helped us to get through certain points in our lives.

Why does life matter to me? Life matters to me because I love, value and appreciate the things I get in life, because I know for a fact that the things I get in life now, I won’t ever get again in the future, and I appreciate everything I’ve been given, and I always respect the fact that I have a life, and that I’m fortunate to be able to live my own life in the best way that I want to live it. Although 17 years may sound like a short amount of time to some, to me, 17 years is a very long time, as I’ve learnt that life is precious, and that we should make the most of it.

Like they always say, make the most of your life while you’ve still got one, because you’ll never ever get to do the best things in life when you’re gone. I always believe that we should make something good out of our lives now while we still can, because by making the most of our own lives, we will all leave a mark on the world knowing that we got everything good out of life.

Make the most of your life and the time you’re given. They’re both precious, so make sure everything counts, but in a positive way, and you’ll find that you will have left your mark on the world knowing that you did something good. Value your own life and appreciate the time you’ve been given preciously, because they’re only given to you once in your life, so make the most out of them. – Alex Smithson

When it comes to life, I always like to see the positive side to life, and never the negative side, because the positive side to life shows an endless amount of possibilities and opportunities, and it’s always a fantastic idea to branch out your horizons to all new heights that you never thought you would imagine, because, like you, this also helps me to connect with everyone, and I love the thought of connecting with everyone, as I always like to show interest in what you all like, so that I can also connect my own interests to yours, as this can help me and all of you to become interested not just in the interests I have, but the interests of others as well.

Before I conclude, I would like to leave you with 3 questions 😊.

  1. How does life in general matter to you?
  2. How do you value your own life?
  3. What life interests do you have (for example, what life goals have you achieved or what life goals are you aiming to achieve)?

Alex Smithson

One Year Without Braces. My Two Year and Two Day Life Experience.

One Year Without Braces - My Two Year and Two Day Life Experience

So, what has it been like for me since I had my braces off exactly one year ago today? Well, not much has changed, though I must admit, it does feel completely different to the way my teeth felt before I had the braces fitted. I must admit, it’s almost the same for many of us, as there does come a point in time where you face the possibility of having a few teeth out in order for the process to become a lot easier.

I went through the painful experience of having two teeth out, and it was horrible, but, at the same time, it was going through that horrific pain that got me the perfect smile that I wanted.

What did I think were the best advantages about having braces? The best advantages about having braces were that I could change the colour of my braces to any colour I wanted, and I was also able to have the ability to feel comfortable with having them without them irritating my gums, and without them causing me to feel agitated with wearing them too.

What were my main disadvantages about having braces? If the wiring on the left or right hand side of my gums and teeth weren’t cut correctly, they would often dig into my cheeks, which is not the kind of feeling I want, and not only that, but it didn’t matter how careful I was in eating my food, the modules on my braces would often break due to a thinner wire.

The thicker wires were often the best wires that were usable and were also what made my braces last longer without breaking, as long as they were cut down properly to prevent the wiring from digging into my cheeks.

I must admit, to get them fitted on Guy Fawkes Night 2012, it was kind of a good thing, because I got to have them fitted the day a celebratory event was taking place, so that was the good thing about it, though having two teeth out was more of my concern, which were taken out the day after, but still, it was going through all of that pain and all of the countless amount of appointments that got me to achieve the perfect smile.

Having the braces out on the 7th November 2014, exactly two years and two days to the day I had them fitted was the best feeling I could ever ask for, because I felt so grown up in my own body and mind that I felt like I had gone through the adult phase already, even though it was just my teeth that looked different, even though I had my first haircut at a professional hairdressers the day after my braces came off.

My first set of retainers only eroded on most parts because I bit into some Rennie tablets, accidentally forgetting to realise that I had them on, but with my second set of retainers, I’ve had absolutely no problem with them at all, and they work a treat.

My first full year without braces has been absolutely amazing, and I absolutely love the feeling of waking up to a perfect smile every morning, knowing that I came this far to achieve the perfect smile that I always wanted, and I feel so proud of it. It feels like an achievement that I’ve made by myself, and not realised it.

Overall, I can most definitely say that I feel absolutely grateful for how everything’s all turned out.

Before I conclude, I will leave you with 6 questions. Please feel free to decline answering if personal reasons are involved that you don’t want to discuss, I understand 😊:

  1. Have you ever had braces?
  2. What does it feel like to have them?
  3. How have they helped you?
  4. What were your pros/cons of having braces?
  5. How do you feel now that you no longer have braces?
  6. Do you feel proud in the fact that you’ve achieved that perfect smile that you’ve always wanted?

Alex Smithson

Censorship: Do You Think it Should Be Made Law in all Jurisdictions?

Censorship Article Image

As censorship is often the most-talked about controversial issue that is still going on today, I wanted to express my own views, and why I think that censorship is a very good idea, and how it could help all of us to put an end to abuse, forms of bullying, including cyber-bullying.

Why should censorship be used on all social networks?

I feel that censorship should be used on all social networks in question, as there have been a large number of abuse and bullying cases that have surfaced among a lot of networks, which have, in turn, either resulted in a person or a number of people being treated for injuries, or even worse, death.

Censorship is a very useful option that should be used on a regular basis, as this can help block any potential problems from occurring, whether it would be to do with defamation of character, a misuse of information that focuses on something more extreme, or even that, verbal abuse and possible cases of cyber-bullying.

If you have a look at The Daily Dot’s news article about censorship, Turkey had censored Facebook, YouTube & Twitter after it emerged that a court order was imposed in April which was designed to stop people sharing a terrorist photo over many of the Turkish Internet Service Providers. To go further in detail, the details of this terrorist photo emerged after it was depicted to be showing a member pressing his gun against the prosecutor, Mehmet Selim Kiraz’s temple, which started to go viral, prompting an immediate backlash which resulted in the Turkish government issuing an immediate gag order on the news of the incident.

What uses would censorship have on all social networks in question?

Censorship does have a lot of uses when it comes to all social networks, as Facebook, Twitter and many of the social networks around are nothing new at all when it comes to censorship, especially on certain things that may affect how we all use them.

Most notably, censorship has been used quite a lot in the past year as Facebook and Twitter have censored graphic videos and pictures from sources, some of which have been known to leave little to the imagination, with cases of graphic videos and pictures eventually being taken down as a result of a large variety of complaints.

Although this may not possibly be a social network, given that this website I’m talking about is an Internet Service Provider, TalkTalk, as you know, was recently hacked between the 19th and the 23rd October 2015, which saw personal data, bank details and accounts being stolen. Now you might not call this a social network, but in a way, it is, because TalkTalk has its own webmail service, which allows you to send and receive emails socially. They also have censorship as well, which prevents any harmful content from being shown to the world.

Do I feel that censorship has a use on all social networks and also in this world? I do oppose the idea a little bit, considering that privacy and personal data are major concerns that need to be taken into consideration, but with the correct procedures and with the right people available, I would most definitely agree with the idea of censorship being used for social networks and everything else in that matter in general.

How is censorship important on all social networks?

Censorship is important on all social networks, as this is useful for if any graphic content is seen by users. It’s also a beneficial tool that can be used wisely to report any disturbing and graphic content that could potentially have a lot of abuse and bullying behind it.

On Vicky Beeching’s blog, she went quite in-depth about Social Media Censorship, as there was a furore of clashes between tribes in Assam, which is the “…north-eastern state of India”. After the clashes occurred, it was revealed that messages were “…apparently sent using social media…” which would threaten the migrant workers “that further attacks were in store”.

Censorship, in general, is extremely important in this day and age, and if it’s not used at all, computers and technology will kill the human race in the future if we don’t do something about it, so yes, I personally feel that censorship should be used altogether.

Will censorship help to prevent abuse, bullying and even cyber-bullying on all social networks?

Censorship will most certainly help to prevent abuse and bullying on all social networks, as long as it is used carefully and is not abused at all.

Will it help to prevent abuse and bullying on all social networks? Yes it will, because censorship is key when it comes to all social networks, and all social networks have to have censorship in order to put an end to any forms of bullying or abuse that may be considered as potentially life threatening to human life.

Censorship can help to put an end to any abuse or bullying online, and can also prevent anyone from becoming a victim of cyber-bullying, physical and verbal abuse, and can also prevent anyone from being bullied into silence.

How can we make sure that censorship is made law, not just on all social networks, but everything else in general that stops abuse, bullying and cyber-bullying?

We can make sure that censorship is made law by creating a petition that, if successful, can be taken to the government to express our feelings on this statement, and why we agree that censorship should be made law, given that it is something that should be taken into full consideration 24/7.

If censorship is made law, this could help to bring the gun and knife crime rates down, including social crime in general down as well. The government and the Mayor of London have to crack down on the crime rates and not make these figures up in order to attempt to brainwash us with inaccurate information. Censorship, in my opinion is a serious measure that has to be implemented, and if not, ignorance will kill and the only way we can prevent that from happening is if censorship is made law in all jurisdictions where possible.

My Three Questions to You:

  1. Do you think that censorship should be made law in all jurisdictions, to help crack down on abuse, bullying and cyber-bullying?
  2. Do you feel that censorship is fair or unfair in certain core areas?
  3. Do you believe that with the right people available, censorship can help to prevent gun & knife crime?

Please feel free to feedback your answers based on what you think of censorship.

Alex Smithson

Welcome to November!!! A Bitter Cold & Chilly Month Awaits!!!

Welcome to November

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Mother Nature for a bitter cold and chilly November. This month sees the cold and bad weather getting even worse, with patches of mist and fog which opened November to a near-wintry landscape.

As the next few weeks are going to be very busy for me, considering I’ve got my studies to worry about, among other things, I’ll try my best to publish some more articles like last month, though I must say that it was the first time ever this year that I actually published more than 10+ articles, as most of this year I’ve only published up to 5, 6 and 7 over the course of the year, but last month was quite an energetic month on record for me, considering that October was the busiest month of the year, given that I also had a lot of work to do.

How I was able to fit the time in where possible is beyond me, though I’m actually pleased that I was able to surpass the target for the amount of articles I wanted to publish this year, though my aims are to get more than 10, if not, maybe more than 15 articles out, as I want to try and make sure I publish more and not less.

Yes, there will be certain stages where I won’t be able to do as many articles as I want, considering I’ll be taking exams and completing work for my course, which is something I’ve taken into full consideration, but I’m making sure that my priorities stay as balanced as possible, by doing a balanced amount of work, and also a balanced amount of articles and everything else in that matter, so that I can make sure that everything stays in the right places where possible.

As the time has flown so fast this year, I will, just like last year, be taking a full look back on all of the articles that were published over the course of this year, as this will be useful for when I do my fourth book, which reminds me, I have some good news on hand.

My fourth book, which I have long teased, will be out sometime next year, and will be 100% a free download on Mother Nature when it’s finished and published, and the name of the fourth book, which I am pleased to reveal is called: “Life from My Own Photographical Perspective“.

This fourth book will talk about how I see life from my own photographical perspective, as well as a large number of articles that I’ve published on Mother Nature. Just like the past three books, I will be making sure that the book is full of new information, and if possible, I’ll be making sure to add some articles to the book that I’ve published this year, so that when it comes to the book being released sometime next year, I will be able to give all of you the chance to take a reflective look back on yesteryear, that’s 2015, not 2014, just to prevent confusion :D.

I am absolutely excited to be making this fourth book, but the front and back covers have been designed in the same third-book style, but with two different colours that will make the book look and feel more like an eco-friendly book to look at. But, for now, I can’t wait to release the book sometime during 2016, which will also be a kind of landmark year for me, as I’ll be 18 in June :-).

To conclude, November also sees the start of a 30-day run of the landmark Movember cause, where every man in the world grows a beard and doesn’t cut their beard off at all until the month is over and December starts. Unfortunately for me I can’t do it because I’m starting to develop a slight hint of facial hair, but I probably won’t have a beard for some time yet. The good news though is I can make the most of this month with writing and publishing articles on Mother Nature, to make up for Movember as well :-).

Until then, welcome to November!!! A Bitter Cold & Chilly Month Awaits!!!

Alex Smithson