Monthly Roundup: October 2014

To mark the end of what has been a not so good month, I will go through a quick roundup of the articles that I did over the course of October.

I started off this month with a new article based on an autumnal dawn that broke, where there was suspected to be a warm spell supposedly lasting until the end of November, which is absolutely false, because the weather, recently, has been very cold, even at night, what with the cold snap being just around the corner. Autumn is slowly, but surely creeping in, which sort of worries me because of the fact that last year’s bad weather was much worse than it was initially presumed, given the fact Hurricane St Jude was causing trouble for the UK over a night or two. This article would mean that October would also be a very busy month for me, given the fact I will be committing more to the work I receive whilst I’m at college.

I did a special music feature for the Sydney-born singer, Vander. Known as: “William Vandermade”, Vander, over the last few years, has enjoyed worldwide success in both the international and local industries. His music was also featured and played around the world on many of the various radio stations, including countries, such as the UK, the US and Australia. To add, Vander’s music has also been featured in several different newspapers, featured on radio shows, in a wide range of different magazines, podcasts and blogs. His music has grown on me since I listened to his debut single: “Back to the Sun“, and things are set to get even better soon, as Vander has said to me on Twitter that: ” The EP is getting closer to being done!”. This leaves me feeling even more excited, as I can’t wait to listen to Vander’s EP as soon as he releases it.

The next article would focus on The Big Draw 2014, a drawing event like never before, as this would also fill October with a month full of hard work, drawing, and also, wide-scale designs. I’m a part of The Big Drae event, as I study Art & Design at Level 2 on the UAL course, and it is a fantastic opportunity not just for me, but also for all of you who are willing to take part in such an important event. The Big Draw will also give you the chance to show off your own drawing skills, and also your creativity of further skills that connect to Art & Design, and also The Big Draw. One tip I did add to the article I crafted about The Big Draw, was that if you are taking part in this event, always make sure that what you create is your own, and never use or copy anyone else’s works. Plagiarism is never the answer, that is why I recommend that you always be original, create something that is your own, and make what you design original, because being original and doing something that is your own will indicate that you have done something yourself that no-one has ever done before.

On the 19th October, the world lost one of the most-loved Loose Women, which was Lynda Bellingham. Lynda Bellingham passed away at the age of 66 on the 19th October from colon cancer. I found out the news of Lynda’s death the day after she died, as I was at college the following day that the news broke of her death. I broke down when I got home from college, as I was 15 minutes into watching the episode of Loose Women that aired earlier that day, when I cried bucket-loads. Famously known for being on the “OXO” adverts and also Loose Women, Lynda brought us all with many joyful laughs along the way, such as the famous moment where she mis-took Bob birds for the word: “Bollocks”, which has since been an unforgotten moment that made Lynda Bellingham the funniest, and most loved Loose Women I had ever known.

I’m literally breaking down in tears as I type this because it’s just looking back to the 20th October, and those few weeks before when she announced that her cancer was terminal, and that she had a few weeks to live. Before she died, Lynda released her final book, which is titled: “There’s Something I’ve Been Dying To Tell You”, which has since sold out almost everywhere since the sudden news of her death hit the headlines.

Hearing the news of Lynda Bellingham’s death, including the fact that her colon cancer was terminal really did hit me hard, as cancer is a very touchy subject nowadays, a disease that should never be left to bloom, and I had a go at one of the students at my college a few weeks before, and I won’t say who his name is, but he really pushed the wrong buttons when he made a mockery about one of my old school teachers, as he said that one of my teacher’s had cancer, and that she shaved all of her hair off. I can tell you this now, I had a go at the student because of the fact that cancer is serious and that it is not something to be laughed at. I can admit though that I took a visit down to my secondary school recently, and I saw the teacher that this student made a mockery about, and when I saw the teacher, she was in perfect health, she hadn’t shaved her hair off at all, and she wasn’t suffering from cancer at all.

Since this incident occurred, I have made sure that the student never says anything offensive again, that’s including not referencing the word, Cancer, again also. I have been keeping a close eye on the student to ensure that he will never say anything like this again. So, at the moment, I’m keeping a close eye on what he say’s, so that I can be absolutely sure he never makes a mockery of cancer again. I was getting fed up of people making comments about cancer, as almost 1 in 3 people suffer from the evil disease, or have just been diagnosed with it. If you ever get cancer, make sure to fight it with all the sheer determination you have got, you have everything in your own right to survive. I did, when I wrote the article about Lynda Bellingham’s passing, provide some clickable-named links that would help if you wanted to find out more about certain types of cancer, including colon cancer.

We will miss you loads Lynda, and you will never be forgotten, your memory and laughs live on forever xxxxxxxx.

Earlier today, I did an article based on BBC’s Genome Project, which focuses on the programmes that were on the day I was born, and certain programmes that may have been on certain TV channels the day you were born. I was surprised when I took a look back to the day I was born, as I was shocked to find out that the two BBC channels, BBC One & BBC Two, were the only two BBC channels that were around, before the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) started making further channel additions. The standard cable channels, such as ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and other standard cables were the only channels that were on the day I was born.

If you want to turn back time, you can now take a look at the article before this one, where I have provided the link at the bottom of the previous article, which will enable you to track back to the programmes that were on, on the day you were born.

To conclude, this month has been an absolutely eventful month which I won’t forget in the long run, but one more thing…

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Alex Smithson

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