Monthly Roundup: March 2017

This month flew like the wind, and it only felt like yesterday we just kicked off 2017! Time has flown so fast lately that it’s impossible to keep up with the speed of time.

I will make sure to take a look back at the articles published over the course of this month, and of course, I will be making sure to remember the victims and the police officer that died on Wednesday 22nd March 2017 down Westminster Bridge, London, as a result of the horrific terrorist attack.

1.3.2017 – Welcoming all of you to March on Mother Nature, I mentioned that I decided to go retro with the article image and did it up in the inspired style of Sonic Mania, considering that Sonic Mania and Project Sonic 2017 (now officially titled ‘Sonic Forces’) would be released over the next few months. I also mentioned that the next few weeks would be much busier considering my Summative Assessment deadline for the Self-Directed Curiosity Project was just around the corner.

3.3.2017 –  After a three-year break from music, and after his hotly anticipated second studio album became the most streamed album on Spotify and other music services, Ed Sheeran is back with his third studio album, ÷. Shape of You really sets the tone of his latest album, because it has a unique vibe that really sets the mood you want to experience when listening to this album. I mentioned that ÷ is the first ever vinyl record I have owned and that I felt so honoured to go retro for the first time and it was an absolute honour to review Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Deluxe) album.

8.3.2017 – As this day marked International Women’s Day, I wanted to make sure all women across the world get to celebrate being the women they are and to always be themselves. I also mentioned that all women deserve equality, diversity, respect, compassion, care and love regardless of skin colour, sexuality, gender, culture, religion and place of origin and that it’s right for all of us, including myself to celebrate all women as part of International Women’s Day.

15.3.2017 –  Let’s face it. We’ve all seen for ourselves the negative stigma that has become attached to Mental Health. The negative stigma has all too often put a strain on all governments and organisations, with Mental Health sufferers having to experience the harsh reality that they may end up not being allowed to access the help, support and treatment they need. Writing this article gave me the chance to be open about my anxiety, and although I am not officially diagnosed, I do suffer from Anxiety, and writing this article gave me the chance to be open about my Anxiety, as well as to how I have been able to manage and keep my Anxiety under control.

20.3.2017 – It was an absolute honour for me to share with you, my review of Oli Regan’s recently released début album, My Diary of Pain. I talked about how the rawness of Oli’s voice on this album really stands out, as he spoke from the heart, the mind and the soul about how he really feels. If you get a chance, please do listen to his album, My Diary of Pain, it is so good!

22.3.2017 – 24.3.2017 – No articles were published as I released an open statement on Wednesday 22nd March 2017 in light of the horrific terrorist attack that took place down Westminster Bridge, London, in which 3 victims died, including the police officer, PC Keith Palmer.

25.3.2017 –  After months of rumours and speculation that she was pregnant, Cheryl & Liam officially announced a few weeks before that they were expecting their first child together. It became official that Cheryl & Liam officially welcomed their first ever child together!

Also, on this day, I asked you all if you were ready for the clocks to go forward, considering that the time went quicker than expected and that it had only felt like it was yesterday we had just put the clocks back one hour, which proves and rings true even to this day that time sure does fly.

26.3.2017 – As this day marked Mother’s Day, I wished all mothers around the world a Happy Mother’s Day and hoped that all mothers had their Mother’s Day filled with love, happiness, joy, respect, compassion and care.

28.3.2017 – As part of my Final Major Project for the last year of my UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma Film & Photography Course at Croydon College, I was asked to produce a 6 minute and 40 second presentation on a time-keeping tool called Pecha Kucha, which is the Japanese term for Chit-Chat.

Pecha Kucha, which is Japanese for Chit-Chat, is where you produce 20 slides that have to be exactly 20 seconds each. For every slide, you would need to explain in 20 seconds for each slide a brief run-down of the kind of work you are going to produce, regardless of whether it is project-based or not. The 20 slides would have to consist of one or more short sentences you can talk about within 20 seconds, including any work you have currently produced to date.

As my Pecha Kucha presentation focused solely on Facial Expressionism, I mentioned that I would research certain photographers, such as Cecil Beaton, Walker Evans, August Sander, Thomas Ruff and any other photographer that specialises in Facial Expressionism; the field of work I want to produce.

29.3.2017 –  In the last few years, the police numbers have gone down due to cuts that have been made to save our government money, our money of which is supposed to be used to keep our police officers on the streets. On Wednesday 22nd March 2017, exactly one year to the day of the devastating attacks that took place in Brussels, which saw 35 people killed (32 victims, 3 perpetrators), with more than 300 people injured, a terrorist attack took place down Westminster Bridge, where 5 people were killed as a result, one of which was the terrorist, while the other was a police officer who was stabbed and sadly died as a result of his injuries.

31.3.2017 – I published two photographic articles that focused on Croydon, considering that I ceased the opportunity to photograph Croydon while the lovely weather lasts. The weather has been absolutely peaceful lately and it was good to see that the weather was finally looking up and that it was most certainly shaping up to make the two-week holiday as relaxing and as peaceful as ever!

Thanks so much for a great month everyone, and although it was a great month, it was also quite devastating as a result of the terrorist attack that took place down Westminster Bridge, London and I shall take this opportunity to pay my full respects and condolences to the families of the victims who lost their loved ones on Wednesday 22nd March 2017, including paying my full respects and condolences to the family of the police officer, PC Keith Palmer.

Again, thanks so much for a good month everyone, and I will see you all in April!

Alex Smithson

Welcome to September!

Welcome to September on Mother Nature! As this month is set to be quite an interesting month considering I’m progressing onto the final year of my two-year UAL Level 3 Diploma Film & Photography Course, it’s safe to say that this month will be quite a busy one for me indeed.

As I prepare to embark on my final year of the two-year film and photography course, I will also be retaking my English & Maths GCSE courses, as I ended up getting a D again in English, following results day which took place most recently. It does mean, however, that articles and anything else that is not college-related will have to take a backseat as I am ultimately keen on wanting to succeed in the GCSE English & Maths subjects.

I can safely say that I will not be publishing articles as often as I want to, as my education takes full priority over writing and publishing articles, and I want to be able to succeed and pass both subjects, but also pass the last year of my film and photography course, considering that this year will be my final year of college.

However, if I can find the free time, I may be able to publish at least a few articles depending on any free time I get, that is if I do get free time this time around, considering that this final year of college is going to be full-on and a whole lot tougher than the last two years. All I can say is that I can only apologise in advance if you don’t see much of articles from me over the course of this year.

I’m prioritising my time effectively like I have done this past year, but making sure this time around to put my GCSE English & Maths Courses, including my Film & Photography Course first before anything else. Writing and publishing articles can take a backseat now as I want to be able to pass the GCSE Courses and my Film & Photography Course as it’s my final year at Croydon College. I am also doing this because I want to be able to head into a job as soon as I finish education.

I wanted to lay this all down on the line now so that all of you know what to expect ahead of my final year of college. I will be starting my first day back at Croydon College on the 12th September 2016.

Until then, welcome to September on Mother Nature!

Alex Smithson

Rio 2016: Day #5

Day #5 has been such a positive day for Team GB, as we’ve won Gold in the Kayaking event thanks to Joe Clarke, we’ve won Bronze in the men’s individual time trial thanks to Chris Froome and we’ve just won Gold in the Men’s 3m Synchro Springboard Diving event thanks to Jack Laugher and Chris Mears.

We’ve also beaten New Zealand 21-19 in the Rugby Sevens event thanks to Team GB, and Team GB’s women have beaten Argentina with a 3-2 score to qualify for the quarter-final. All in a day’s work. How fantastic is that? It has most certainly been a Gold rush for Great Britain today!

Aimee Lewis (BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro): “Max Whitlock has the fifth-best score so far in the parallel bars in the men’s all-around final. He and his coach exchange smiles before returning to their seats to focus on the next apparatus. Whitlock doesn’t watch his rivals perform – he’s only seen defending champion Uchimura’s routines on YouTube – so his head is bowed throughout while others defy gravity and he simply concentrates on the task ahead.”

Max Whitlock’s fifth piece of the apparatus will be the horizontal bar. He is just getting loose now and is rotating around, getting a feel for the equipment, but meanwhile, Team GB’s Rugby Sevens team are preparing for a last-eight tie against Argentina.

Bad weather has caused the Rowing and Murray / Konta tennis matches to be postponed.

Sir Clive Woodward (The World Cup Winning Rugby Union Coach for the BBC): “Wow, wow, wow. Look at the emotion on those player’s faces. What a try for Team GB.

The current score for the Rugby Seven’s match is Team GB 5-0 Argentina.

Aimee Lewis: “The BBC commentary team rise to their feet after Max Whitlock’s floor routine to applaud the Briton. Was his effort enough? He is awarded 15.200 points – the third best score on the floor so far. Whitlock and his coach, Scott Hann, exchange words. It looks as if Hann is reassuring a nervous Whitlock.

The face of devastation has impacted the Argentine players, as they were so close to a last-four place. They were so close.

Team GB now have a match for a medal on their hands for whatever is to happen in the semis.

Sir Clive Woodward: “I will never ever forget that and neither will those players.

Christine Still (BBC Sport Gymnastics Expert & Veteran Coach): “The tension in the arena is something you can touch.

Luke Reddy (BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro): “The ball on its way to the posts to win it for GB, this is it, no…woodwork. To a scrum, this is truly gripping, one score, just one score. Dan Bibby, runs it, dummy, clatter through bodies, yes. Yes a thousand times over. He is soon to be a dad and his loved ones will be over the moon watching this. My word, one of the best sevens games you will see at this Olympics.

Kohei Uchimura has won Gold in the Men’s all-around final.

Christine Still: “I can’t remember such a fantastic Olympic final. They absolutely won their places.

Dan Keatings (British Gymnast on BBC One): “The hours of hard work, every day, these gymnasts eat and sleep gymnastics. For it all to come together in an Olympic final is everything they wish for. They will have dreamt of this moment.

Beth Tweddle (BBC Sport Gymnastics Expert & ex-CWG Champion): “Max held his nerve. The competition was so tough throughout. All of the top gymnasts performed to their maximum. It went down to the last five or six routines and Max went up first, set the bar and had to sit and wait. Most of these lads are on their third competition in row so it is tough and demanding on the body so there is relief at the end, it was so close at the top of that table.

Team GB will face South Africa in the Semi-Finals of the men’s Rugby Sevens tomorrow and if they win, they’ll go for Gold, but if they lose, however, they will have a game for a bronze medal. The Rugby Sevens score for South Africa & Australia is 22-5. 22 to South Africa, 5 to Australia.

Aimee Lewis: “It’s been quite a wait for a British all-around Olympic medal, which made seeing the flags gradually rise a special moment. Max Whitlock had previously said he wants to be a legend of his sport, he’s gone quite a way to achieving that with his performance at the Olympic Arena. A gold medal could be his too in the pommel horse in a few days.

Brazil’s gold medal winning Judoka, Rafaela Silva, opened up about her girlfriend for the first time on live TV. Just two days after her historic performance, Rafaela Silva discussed her relationship with her girlfriend, Thamara Cezar in a Globo interview: “She was there day-to-day and knew what I was going through, when I was tired and when I wasn’t,” she said. “Everything I needed, she was there for me ― so she’s also very important for this victory.

💜

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Lyu Xiaojun has just broken the World Record in the snatch of the Men’s 77kg Weightlifting event, as his lift of 177kg just managed to step up the mark from his previous World Record, which was 176kg.

Sir Clive Woodward: “The drama was amazing. I thought the team handled the pressure really well. They really kept their nerve. The scenes at the end were just fantastic and this game will go down in the history of Rugby Sevens. It was that good.

Sir Chris Hoy spoke to the BBC after Fabian Cancellara’s victory in the men’s time trial: “The conditions were extremely difficult. Cancellara was the best man on the day. For Chris Froome to be a minute behind, he has got to be happy with his bronze medal. You could see everyone was happy for Fabian to win in his final Olympic Games. I think he was in a league of his own. He was phenomenal. He has been great in the past and now is the second oldest in the field. Maybe people counted him out a little but he showed them still the boss and what a way to finish.

Nijat Rahimov has broken a world record in the Men’s -77kg weightlifting by lifting 214kg in the clean and jerk, ultimately snatching the title from China’s Lyu Xiaojun with the Gold Medal winning lift.

Simon Mason (Ex-Team GB Olympic Hockey Player on BBC One): “If either team loses this it makes it very difficult,  GB would have to beat Spain who are currently top of the group. It really is a very crucial game. Australia are really struggling to score, which is the last thing you would think of from an Australian team. They get into the circle enough, they just haven’t got the outcomes.

Luke Reddy: “Coming to you from hockey under the lights. This is a big one. A GB player told me last week that Australia are full on. He said you don’t play them in a friendly because they only know one way and that’s intensity, intensity, intensity. As I enter the stadium I hear an Aussie fan say to his buddy: “Should be a good game mate.” The reply in a thick Australian accent: “Ah it’s do or die mate.”

Luke Reddy: “It’s worth remembering that Australia probably started this men’s tournament as favourites. They hold the 2014 World Cup, the 2015 Hockey World League and 2016 Champions Trophy. About a half full stadium again. I’m yet to see a full one in Deodoro this week. I’m going to head over to sit where I can see Aussies and Brits in close proximity, see if there’s any Ashes-style sledging going on.

Tim Vickery (BBC Sport’s South American Football Expert): “This was supposed to be the tournament where Brazil got their fans back on side. Instead, they seem to be digging themselves further into the hole. Even Fiji has scored a goal in this tournament. They have not been able to reproduce what they have been working on in training. They move the ball so badly, there is too much space between the lines of the teams. It looks like Zombie football. You can compare it to the Thriller video. This is a young side and they need Neymar to be a calming influence. He hasn’t been and there is a lot of pressure on him tonight.

Inna Deriglazova has won Gold after beating Elisa Di Francesca of Italy with a final score of 12-11 to take the Gold.

Ason Szilagyi has won a Gold Medal in the Men’s individual sabre fencing event.

Luke Reddy: “When the eye in the sky makes its way near fans they get giddy. Everyone wants to be on TV and in the absence of any goals, why not? Maddy on the left and Emma have come from Sydney to support Emma’s brother who is in the Aussie team. Don’t worry, there’s an inflatable kangaroo nearby too, you’re never too far away from one in Deodoro.

Luke Reddy: “These inflatables pop up everywhere with rugby and hockey in close proximity at Deodoro. This one gets his own seat. To be fair, there’s plenty of room in here.

Mark Foster (Former Freestyle World Swimming Champion on BBC One): “Andrew Willis has a great chance. He’s looked light in the water, his stroke length is good and his timing is on. He looks in control and it looks like he has a little bit left. Andrew Willis goes in the men’s 200m breaststroke final at 02:03 BST. GET THE HORLICKS ON

Luke Reddy: “So here’s the set-up, a big group of Australia fans, probably around 150 of them. Then there’s a cluster of Brits either side behaving a little more calmly, as Brits do.* There’s some needle, when one set sings the other thinks it has to have a go, but there’s no riot bubbling. On the pitch, GB have it all to do as Aran Zalewski nets. We are into the final quarter. Defeat leaves Team GB on the brink with a game of the group to go.

Luke Reddy: “Prior to that second goal, one loud Briton was bellowing: “He’s coming for you, he’s coming for you-uuu, Harry Potter, he’s coming for you.

Seems Australians have no fear of the wizard.

That’s 2-0, that’s that. This tournament is not going well for GB’s men at all.

Luke Reddy: “Ugly, just ugly for Great Britain’s men. Fifth in the group where four go through. They’ll have to beat Spain you’d think now, a draw will probably not be enough. This wasn’t a walk off the pitch but a trudge. Not a single player stopping for media.

Team GB’s Andrew Willis: “I think I know what to expect in the Olympic final. You go to the big stages but the Olympics is a step above. There will be nerves and excitement so I need to try to control them. It is my dream to win an Olympic medal and it always will be.

Rebecca Adlington: “It is going to be a close race. Everyone in this race has done 2:07 so it will be whoever gets their hand to the wall first.

Mark Foster: “Andrew Willis has looked good through the rounds. He is confident and looks great, he seems to be floating through the water.

Dmitry Balandin has won Gold in the Men’s 200m Breaststroke Swimming event. Team GB’s Andrew Willis came fourth.

Adrian Moorhouse: “Andrew Willis left himself just too much to do. It was such a close race – it was all over the place. Less than a second separated the whole field. I’m so disappointed for Willis. But he gave himself too much to do after the 100m.

Rebecca Adlington: “Andrew Willis needed another five metres and then he would have got a medal. It is still a very good time for him. It was just off his personal best.

Adrian Moorhouse: “What a brilliant swim by Campbell. She was well ahead at the turn but Oleksiak was catching.

Sharron Davies (The BBC Sport Swimming Expert): “Oleksiak is the latest of a whole bunch of youngsters who excite us at every Olympic Games. When you’re young you have no fear of anyone else, you know if you don’t win a medal then you’re probably going to have another chance in four years. That takes off a tremendous amount of mental pressure. But having said that my money is on Cate Campbell in the final.

Adrian Moorhouse: “Murphy looks good. I’m surprised he didn’t get under one minute 55 seconds though. He was calm and collected. I’ve never seen him break into a smile though…

Adrian Moorhouse: “He’s got beautiful long arms has Rylov.

China’s Ding Ning has beaten her compatriot, Li Xiaoxia, in a thrilling women’s singles final for Table Tennis and she has claimed the Gold Medal.

Adrian Moorhouse: “The question is whether Maddie Groves can hold on after going out this strong.

Mireia Belmonte has won Gold in the Women’s 200m Butterfly swimming event.

Adrian Moorhouse: “The first female winner in the pool for Spain. This was a brilliant swim, she paced it supremely well. Groves and Zhang were coming back but she held them off.

Andy Jameson (BBC Commentator & Former British Olympic Swimmer): “It’s wonderful to have Duncan Scott in this final and wonderful for what it means for our relay chances. There are some really big guys in this race. It’s going to be fascinating. The world record could go.

Kyle Chalmers of Australia has won Gold in the Men’s 100m Freestyle event as he had made sure to power through to take it in a wide-open race and he’s only 18 years old! How amazing can life get? Peter Timmers takes silver, while Nathan Adrian takes bronze. Duncan Scott takes a very creditable fifth place.

Adrian Moorhouse: “That was a big, big swim from Kyle Chalmers, the 18-year-old. It’s a real surprise and Australia have another freestyle sprint sensation.

Chloe Tutton has come fifth in the Women’s 200m Breaststroke semi-finals.

Andy Jameson: “It’s brave from Tutton but it looks comfortable. And she has a great second half.

Team GB’s Duncan Scott on coming fifth: “I am delighted with that. I was happy to make the semi-final and to be in that final was incredible. Hopefully things can move on next year. Everyone in the GB team is swimming with confidence at the moment. We have the best breaststroker ever and the whole team wants to keep swimming.

Team GB’s Molly Renshaw has come third in the second semi-final.

Adrian Moorhouse: “Taylor McKeown belted that out from the beginning but you couldn’t ask any more from Molly Renshaw. It was a wonderful swim from the Briton.

Molly Renshaw after setting a British record to reach the final: “My training has been going so well and it’s nice to get a good time. It’s been a few years since we had British female breaststrokers at the top so to have two is amazing.

Dan Wallace has come 7th & Ieuan Lloyd has come 8th in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley.

Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte both have their headphones pulled quite hard over their heads, with absolutely no chat or any forms of engagement whatsoever.

Dan Wallace is officially in the final and is the fifth fastest qualifier.

She may have just finished fourth and only just missing out on the chance of a medal, but there was no lacking of confidence for Cammile Adams, as she said: “I looked into the mirror as I was putting on my make-up and said ‘Cam you’re amazing. My goggles broke just before the race but I’m so frigging stoked at doing that time.

Adrian Moorhouse: “Lochte was working hard. I think he’s going to struggle in the final. Pereira will have the support of the crowd to push him but Phelps goes in as the quickest.

Dan Wallace after he qualified for the final speaks to BBC One: “Two months ago I didn’t think this was possible but I knew I had it in there somewhere and it was nice to step up when it counts. I’ve started to enjoy swimming again and days like last night and this night made it clear to me that I want to keep doing this as long as I can.

Mark Foster: “Dan Wallace is still only 23, he has another Olympic cycle in him, and it’s great to hear that his love for swimming is back again because you need that to put the effort in.

Katie Ledecky & Katinka Hosszu are among the swimmers that are going for another medal here. Missy Franklin, the 200m Freestyle Specialist, however, has been dropped and is out of touch and also, time.

Katie Ledecky has just won her third Gold of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, and also her fourth medal in total. The United States have won it, with Australia coming second and Canada being delighted with coming third.

Here are the final medal listings for Day #5:

Country
1

United States
11 11 10 32
2

China
10 5 8 23
3

Japan
6 1 11 18
4

Australia
5 2 5 12
5

Hungary
5 1 1 7
6

Russia
4 7 4 15
7

South Korea
4 2 3 9
8

Italy
3 6 2 11
9

Great Britain
3 3 6 12
10

France
2 3 1 6
11

Kazakhstan
2 2 3 7
12

Thailand
2 1 1 4
13

Germany
1 2 1 4
14

Sweden
1 2 0 3
15

Netherlands
1 1 2 4
16

Belgium
1 1 1 3
17

Brazil
1 1 0 2
17

Colombia
1 1 0 2
17

Slovenia
1 1 0 2
17

Vietnam
1 1 0 2
21

Chinese Taipei
1 0 2 3
22

Spain
1 0 1 2
22

Greece
1 0 1 2
22

Switzerland
1 0 1 2
25

Argentina
1 0 0 1
25

Croatia
1 0 0 1
25

Independent Olympic Athletes
1 0 0 1
25

Kosovo
1 0 0 1
29

North Korea
0 2 2 4
30

Ukraine
0 2 1 3
31

Indonesia
0 2 0 2
31

New Zealand
0 2 0 2
31

South Africa
0 2 0 2
34

Canada
0 1 5 6
35

Georgia
0 1 1 2
36

Azerbaijan
0 1 0 1
36

Denmark
0 1 0 1
36

Malaysia
0 1 0 1
36

Mongolia
0 1 0 1
36

Philippines
0 1 0 1
36

Slovakia
0 1 0 1
36

Turkey
0 1 0 1
43

Egypt
0 0 2 2
43

Uzbekistan
0 0 2 2
45

Czech Republic
0 0 1 1
45

Israel
0 0 1 1
45

Kyrgyzstan
0 0 1 1
45

Poland
0 0 1 1
45

Portugal
0 0 1 1
45

Tunisia
0 0 1 1
45

United Arab Emirates
0 0 1 1

Benin
0 0 0 0

American Samoa
0 0 0 0

Afghanistan
0 0 0 0

Aruba
0 0 0 0

Burkina Faso
0 0 0 0

Andorra
0 0 0 0

Belize
0 0 0 0

Armenia
0 0 0 0

Mali
0 0 0 0

Bangladesh
0 0 0 0

Refugee Olympic Athletes
0 0 0 0

British Virgin Islands
0 0 0 0

Brunei
0 0 0 0

Kiribati
0 0 0 0

Liberia
0 0 0 0

Papua New Guinea
0 0 0 0

Seychelles
0 0 0 0

Marshall Islands
0 0 0 0

Somalia
0 0 0 0

Iraq
0 0 0 0

Sierra Leone
0 0 0 0

South Sudan
0 0 0 0

Gambia
0 0 0 0

FYR Macedonia
0 0 0 0

Ghana
0 0 0 0

Cameroon
0 0 0 0

Congo
0 0 0 0

Bhutan
0 0 0 0

Cook Islands
0 0 0 0

Comoros
0 0 0 0

Guinea-Bissau
0 0 0 0

Central African Republic
0 0 0 0

Cape Verde
0 0 0 0

Jordan
0 0 0 0

Equatorial Guinea
0 0 0 0

Guinea
0 0 0 0

Micronesia
0 0 0 0

DR Congo
0 0 0 0

Chad
0 0 0 0

Guyana
0 0 0 0

Cambodia
0 0 0 0

Malta
0 0 0 0

Sao Tome & Principe
0 0 0 0

Togo
0 0 0 0

Haiti
0 0 0 0

Samoa
0 0 0 0

Tonga
0 0 0 0

Mauritania
0 0 0 0

Maldives
0 0 0 0

Swaziland
0 0 0 0

Libya
0 0 0 0

Suriname
0 0 0 0

Nicaragua
0 0 0 0

Tuvalu
0 0 0 0

Senegal
0 0 0 0

Nepal
0 0 0 0

Lebanon
0 0 0 0

Madagascar
0 0 0 0

Solomon Islands
0 0 0 0

Vanuatu
0 0 0 0

Pakistan
0 0 0 0

St Vincent & the Grenadines
0 0 0 0

Cayman Islands
0 0 0 0

Niger
0 0 0 0

Uruguay
0 0 0 0

Palestine
0 0 0 0

Hong Kong, China
0 0 0 0

Malawi
0 0 0 0

Syria
0 0 0 0

Liechtenstein
0 0 0 0

Monaco
0 0 0 0

Mozambique
0 0 0 0

Montenegro
0 0 0 0

Sudan
0 0 0 0

Turkmenistan
0 0 0 0

Laos
0 0 0 0

Honduras
0 0 0 0

Rwanda
0 0 0 0

Tanzania
0 0 0 0

Palau
0 0 0 0

Timor-Leste
0 0 0 0

Yemen
0 0 0 0

Dominica
0 0 0 0

Nauru
0 0 0 0

Oman
0 0 0 0

Guam
0 0 0 0

Ireland
0 0 0 0

Belarus
0 0 0 0

India
0 0 0 0

Serbia
0 0 0 0

Bulgaria
0 0 0 0

Norway
0 0 0 0

Cyprus
0 0 0 0

Guatemala
0 0 0 0

Singapore
0 0 0 0

Lithuania
0 0 0 0

Finland
0 0 0 0

Estonia
0 0 0 0

Mexico
0 0 0 0

Austria
0 0 0 0

Cuba
0 0 0 0

Ecuador
0 0 0 0

El Salvador
0 0 0 0

Dominican Republic
0 0 0 0

US Virgin Islands
0 0 0 0

Iran
0 0 0 0

Ethiopia
0 0 0 0

Qatar
0 0 0 0

Bahamas
0 0 0 0

San Marino
0 0 0 0

Angola
0 0 0 0

Costa Rica
0 0 0 0

Myanmar
0 0 0 0

Kenya
0 0 0 0

Moldova
0 0 0 0

Morocco
0 0 0 0

Venezuela
0 0 0 0

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Day #5’s events have officially come to a close. Please make sure to check back soon for Day #6 of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Thanks to all of you for such a fantastic, positive and absolutely perfect fifth day and I hope and wish all of you a very good night.

Alex Smithson

Welcome to May!

Welcome to May on Mother Nature! As the next couple of weeks are set to get warmer considering that Summer is just a few weeks away, it’s great to say that the weather is finally looking up. Today has actually been a lovely day and I hope this lovely weather continues.

Over the course of this month, I will be very busy with my college studies, but this may mean I’ll be publishing articles less frequently than I did last month, considering last month was extremely productive, but fear not, as I will be heading up to London on Tuesday 10th May to the Barbican Gallery where Madonna was a few weeks ago as I will be going to see an exhibition that comprises of over 250 intuitive works produced by Martin Parr.

As you can imagine, I’m really excited about the trip, though I will be making sure to be cautious about the photographs I will take as I have been given notification that some parts of the Barbican Gallery are okay for taking photographs, whereas some parts of the gallery are restricted in terms of photography, due to security reasons of course which is what I’ve taken into full consideration.

Over the course of this month, I will be focusing more on my studies, but also revision as I have two of the most important GCSE English exams coming up next month and I will be making sure to dedicate a lot of my time to revising as I want to stand a good chance of passing this time around. I will try, however, to fit time in now and then to publish articles on Mother Nature, as I want to make sure I can keep everything balanced so that nothing goes haywire whilst I’m studying or writing articles.

Until then, Welcome to May!

Alex Smithson

Welcome to February!!! A Month Full of Hard Work, Love & Experiences

Hello, and welcome back to Mother Nature for a chilly February!!! February is set to be a month full of hard work, love and experiences, as everyone is preparing for what could be a hard season solely focused around work before the Spring break hits us. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this month is also set to be filled with love, creating a refreshing feel to the atmosphere over the course of roughly 4 weeks.

This month, in terms of experiences, means that everyone is getting ready to experience all new things, as well as what the future for this year holds.

Over the course of this month, it will be quite a hard month for me especially, as I’ll be dedicating more of my time to my college studies, given the fact that the work I’m doing is based on dozens and dozens of research about UNICEF‘s UN Convention based on the Rights of the Child, which will help me throughout my UAL Level 2 Art & Design Course. When there is some free time available, however, I may be able to fit at least a few articles in, but I’ll try my absolute hardest to get around to doing some articles as best as I can.

Until then, welcome to February!!!!!!!!

Alex Smithson

Case Study #1: Henry VIII | The King of England

Hello everyone. To mark the launch of the new Famous Icons page, and now that I have got on top of my studies, which I have worked effortlessly to complete, I wanted to mark the birth of the new Famous Icons page by doing a case study based on Henry VIII. Also, another small change has been made to the pages bar, and now, the 2 pages: “Nominations / Awards” and “Purpose” have been moved into a drop-down menu, overlapping on the Directories page, just like how I did the drop-down menus for the 2 ‘About’ pages. Don’t worry, all of the pages on here are still accessible, including the Directories page and the other pages that have been condensed down into drop-down menus, so all of your worries are now at ease :-).

Henry VIII (28th June 1491 – 28th January 1547 (Aged 55).

Born on the 28th June 1491 at Greenwich Palace in Greenwich, Henry VIII, for 48 years, was the King of England, and was also coronated on the 24th June 1509. Henry VIII follows just after his predecessor, Henry VII of England. Henry VIII’s mother was Elizabeth of York.

Famously known for having six wives, he was often a controversial and historical icon of the Tudor times, as his years of marriage only lasted briefly due to consequences that lied ahead. The famous saying has always been around, and surrounds the 6 wives that Henry VIII used to be with, and that was: “Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived”.

The history of Henry VIII dates all the way back to the 1500s, when he became one of the most controversial icons of the 16th century, and up to the present day, he will always remain a controversial icon that defined Great Britain for the large, and widespread amount of history that we have around as of today.

Henry VIII’s Six Wives – Divorced, Beheaded & Died, Divorced, Beheaded & Survived.

Catherine of Aragon – She was the Queen of England from 1509 until 1533, as she was not just the first wife of Henry VIII, but she was previously married to Prince Arthur, when she used to be known as the Princess of Wales.

Anne Boleyn – From 1533 until 1536, Anne Boleyn was the Queen of England, until her execution on the 19th May 1536, which, in turn made her the second wife of Henry VIII and also becoming the Marquess of Pembroke in her own right. Her coronation was on the 1st June 1533, and her Tenure as the Queen of England lasted from the 28th May 1533 to the 17th May 1536.

Jane Seymour – Sworn in as the Queen of England just after Anne Boleyn’s execution, Jane Seymour was the third wife of Henry VIII, who had sadly died of post-natal complications less than 2 weeks after she gave birth to what would be her only child, known as Edward VI. Out of the 6 wives that Henry VIII had, Jane Seymour was the only wife of Henry’s that received her own queen’s funeral, which would also be his only consort to be buried beside her and Edward VI at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

Anne of Cleves – With Anne of Cleves being the Queen of England for only 6 months, she was the fourth wife of Henry VIII, though her marriage to Henry VIII was declared to be never consummated, with Anne not being crowned the queen consort. Despite the annulment of the marriage of Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves, she was given a generous settlement by the King, and was, from there, to be referred to as the King’s Beloved Sister. She lived to see the coronation of Queen Mary I, also outliving not just Henry VIII himself, but also the rest of his wives.

Catherine Howard – Referred to by Henry VIII as his “rose without a thorn”, Catherine Howard was the Queen of England from 1540 until 1541 as Henry VIII’s fifth wife, which came almost immediately after Henry VIII’s annulment of his previous marriage to Anne of Cleves. However, after less than 2 years of marriage to Henry VIII, Catherine Howard was beheaded on the sufficient grounds of committing adultery and treason while she was married to Henry VIII. She had also become the third of Henry’s wives in which she was a member of the English gentry instead of the European nobility.

Catherine Parr – To become the last wife of Henry VIII just before he passed away in 1547, Catherine Parr was the Queen of England from 1543 until 1547. She outlived Henry VIII by one year, and she was also the most-married English Queen with four husbands, and was also the first English Queen to be titled the: “Queen of Ireland”. She had enjoyed a close relationship with Henry VIII’s three children, and she was also personally involved in the education of Elizabeth and Edward, both of whom would later go on to become English Monarchs. Catherine was also an influential figure in Henry’s passing of the Third Succession Act which, in 1543, had restored both of his own daughters, Mary & Elizabeth, to the line of succession to the throne. Catherine Parr, despite outliving Henry VIII by one year, died on the 5th September 1548 at the age of 36.

I did quite a lot of research on Henry VIII and also his six wives by finding out some or most of the information via Wikipedia.

Still to come…Case Study #2 will focus on the famous Queen herself, and that is…Queen Victoria. Make sure to check back for Case Study #2 very soon on Mother Nature.

Thank you for reading this article.

Alex Smithson

The Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games | The Closing Ceremony in Review

Hello again everyone. Following on from the Closing Ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games, I will now do a review based on the Closing Ceremony as it unfolded. This blog post marks the final, last ever blog post for the Commonwealth Games.

For England, we managed to come up on top of the medal table with an astounding 174 medals overall, with Australia finishing with 137 overall medals. All the other Commonwealth countries that took part in this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow did absolutely well, given the fact that the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games were on for just 11 days. Everyone’s excitement was at an all time high, as the medals were constantly building up for every Commonwealth country that took part.

The Closing Ceremony was absolutely wonderful, as famous acts such as Kylie and Lulu made appearances throughout the ceremony while it was slowly drawing to a close. There were a wide number of clips that took us all through a look-back over the past 11 days since the first few events got underway. Prince Imran delighted all the crowds that turned up to see the Closing Ceremony, as he branded the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games the best Commonwealth Games ever. He went on to add: “Scotland, and Glasgow, you really have delivered in every aspect the best Games ever.”

Lulu started off the Closing Ceremony with her classical rendition of one of the most famous songs she has ever done, which was Shout. Before singing Shout, she said to everyone: “tonight is all about saying thank-you” and then she introduced the athletes of this year’s 20th Commonwealth Games that took place in Glasgow.

Many pop-up tents were in place, and with such a remarkable display, Kylie sung one of her most well-known songs, Can’t Get You Out of My Head. For Kylie Minogue to sing one of her best remembered songs like this one, this was the song that would most definitely allow everyone to remember the best of the Commonwealth Games, as this song described perfectly just how well everyone did, and I’m thankful and absolutely proud of every Commonwealth country that took part, as all of us came together as one, and also made sure that none of us would ever give up. The determination was there from the very start of the 20th Commonwealth Games, and continued all the way from the very start to the very end of the Commonwealth Games.

When you consider that the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games would run for only 11 days, it’s a shock how all of the Commonwealth countries went from no medals to loads of medals, in an instant, time just flew so quick that it was slightly impossible to keep up with the excitement. I mean, I was absolutely excited, but the time needed to slow down. It made me laugh how the time flew, but time flies when you are having a lot of fun.

The 21st Commonwealth Games (XXI) will take place in Australia at the Gold Coast in 2018. From me, I bid a massive farewell to the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. I wonder what the next Commonwealth Games will hold for all of us come 2018. For now, bring on the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games!!!!!!!!

Thank you for viewing this final Commonwealth Games blog post :-).

Alex Smithson

The Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games | Day 11 – Highlights

YES!!!!!!!! WE WON THE GLASGOW 2014 XX COMMONWEALTH GAMES WOOHOO!!!!!!!!

Hello everyone, to mark the end of the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games, the journey to the top is now at an end for all of us, as England have finished at the top of the medal table in first place with the final, overall amount of 174 medals (58 Gold, 59 Silver & 57 Bronze), with Australia following closely behind with the final, overall medal amount of 137 medals (49 Gold, 42 Silver & 46 Bronze).

For the final time, I will do a short, but quick summary based on the last of the Commonwealth Games event’s that just finished today as they unfolded.

  • Wales’ Thomas and England’s Armitstead wins the Cycling golds for today’s final event.
  • In Squash, Australia wins Gold in the Men’s Doubles – which marks the last ever, and final medal of the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games.
  • England finish at the top of the medal table with 58 Golds, while Scotland finished with 19 Golds. Wales finished with 5 Golds, with Northern Ireland finishing with 2 Golds.
  • 4,750 athletes overall competed over the 11 days leading up to the Closing Ceremony today for 261 Gold medals.
  • The Closing Ceremony is due to start at 9:00PM.

For the final time, to mark a wonderful end to the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games, here is the final, updated medal table to round off what has been one of the best Commonwealth Games for all of us.

Nations Gold Medal Count Silver Medal Count Bronze Medal Count Total Medal Count
England 58 59 57 174
Australia 49 42 46 137
Canada 32 16 34 82
India 15 30 19 64
Scotland 19 15 19 53
New Zealand 14 14 17 45
Republic of South Africa 13 10 17 40
Nigeria 11 11 14 36
Wales 5 11 20 36
Kenya 10 10 5 25
Jamaica 10 4 8 22
Malaysia 6 7 6 19
Singapore 8 5 4 17
Northern Ireland 2 3 7 12
Cyprus 2 4 2 8
Trinidad & Tobago 0 3 5 8
Cameroon 1 3 3 7
Uganda 1 0 4 5
Pakistan 0 3 1 4
Bahamas 0 2 1 3
Samoa 0 2 1 3
Namibia 0 1 2 3
Papua New Guinea 2 0 0 2
Ghana 0 0 2 2
Zambia 0 0 2 2
Grenada 1 0 1 2
Mozambique 0 1 1 2
Mauritius 0 1 1 2
Bangladesh 0 1 0 1
Isle of Man 0 1 0 1
Nauru 0 1 0 1
Sri Lanka 0 1 0 1
Barbados 0 0 1 1
Fiji 0 0 1 1
Saint Lucia 0 0 1 1

The Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games | Day 10 – Highlights

Hello everyone, well what another perfect day it has been for all of us, and we are still at the top of the medal table. GO ENGLAND WOOHOO!!!!!!!! With a few of our main athletes, divers, boxers, hockey players and the table tennis event, things have certainly looked up for everyone. Our main diver, Tom Daley won Gold in the 10m platform diving event, and in Boxing, Nicola Adams won Gold, bringing England an overall total of five Gold medals, with Scotland and Northern Ireland winning two medals for each other.

Here, I will give a quick summary based on the events that have just finished, highlighting the day’s events as they unfolded.

  • In the Athletics event, Usain Bolt leads Jamaica to the 4x100m Gold, while England win the 4x400m event. Wales’ Peake wins the Pole Vault Silver, with Jo Pavey winning the 5,000m Bronze at the age of 40.
  • In Diving, Tom Daley wins Gold in the 10m platform event.
  • In Boxing, Nicola Adams wins Gold, bringing England’s overall boxing medal count to 5 Golds, with Scotland and Northern Ireland winning two medals each.
  • In Hockey, Australia beat England in the shootout to win the Women’s Gold.
  • England’s Paul and Joanna Drinkhall win the Table Tennis Gold.

Below are the updated medal results following from today’s events that have just finished.

Nations Gold Medal Count Silver Medal Count Bronze Medal Count Total Medal Count
England 56 55 54 165
Australia 45 42 45 132
Canada 31 16 34 81
India 14 28 19 61
Scotland 19 14 19 52
New Zealand 14 12 17 43
Republic of South Africa 13 10 16 39
Nigeria 11 11 14 36
Wales 4 11 20 35
Kenya 10 10 5 25
Jamaica 10 4 7 21
Malaysia 4 7 6 17
Singapore 8 3 4 15
Northern Ireland 2 3 7 12
Cyprus 2 4 2 8
Trinidad & Tobago 0 3 5 8
Cameroon 1 3 3 7
Uganda 1 0 4 5
Pakistan 0 3 1 4
Bahamas 0 2 1 3
Samoa 0 2 1 3
Namibia 0 1 2 3
Papua New Guinea 2 0 0 2
Grenada 1 0 1 2
Mozambique 0 1 1 2
Mauritius 0 1 1 2
Ghana 0 0 2 2
Zambia 0 0 2 2
Botswana 1 0 0 1
Kiribati 1 0 0 1
Bangladesh 0 1 0 1
Isle of Man 0 1 0 1
Nauru 0 1 0 1
Sri Lanka 0 1 0 1
Barbados 0 0 1 1
Fiji 0 0 1 1
Saint Lucia 0 0 1 1

Before I conclude this blog post for the night, I would like to say that this year has been England’s year, as we have an astounding, overall amount of 165 medals (56 Gold, 55 Silver and 54 Bronze). This has certainly been one of the best Commonwealth Games we have all had. Australia have done absolutely well since the start of the 20th Commonwealth Games on the 23rd July 2014.

Other Commonwealth countries, such as Canada, India, Scotland etc. have done absolutely well, considering the fact this year’s Commonwealth Games have gone so quick. As the final few hours of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games tick away, this will always be the main Commonwealth Games we shall all remember. The 21st Commonwealth Games begin 4 years from now in Australia’s Gold Coast.

Thank you for viewing this blog post :-).

Alex Smithson

The Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games | Day 9 – Highlights

Hello everyone, and welcome to the first blog post for August!!! Today has been such a perfect start for all of us, as we are still in front, placing first place on the medal table with an overall medal count of 140 medals (48 Gold, 49 Silver and 43 Bronze). Australia also face a lot of stiff competition and pressure as they are now placed second on the medal table, with an overall medal count of 124 medals (40 Gold, 40 Silver and 44 Bronze).

The excitement and pressure has been on for so many Commonwealth countries today, as many more medals have been won by those that have taken part in this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. With just 2 days to go, the pressure is on for the final amount of medals to be won, and the excitement will quickly increase as the time goes by. In honesty, the time has just flown so fast, I actually cannot believe we’re almost at the end of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. It’s actually gone so quick.

Here, I will now quickly summarise today’s highlights, following on from the events that have just finished.

  • In Athletics, Lynsey Sharp wins the 800m Silver for Scotland, while Usain Bolt leads Jamaica into the 4x100m final (400m). Australia’s Sally Pearson wins Gold in the Hurdles event, while England‘s Steven Lewis wins Gold in the Pole Vault event.
  • In Diving, Tom Daley and James Denny win the 10m Silver, while Laugher/Mears win the 3m Gold.
  • In the Bowls event, Scotland won Gold medals in the Men’s singles and fours.
  • In the Hockey event, England’s women beat New Zealand in the shoot-outs to reach the Hockey finals.
  • In Gymnastics, England’s Claudia Fragapane wins her fourth Gold, while Nile Wilson and Daniel Purvis also win.

Below are the updated medal table results, with England in first place, and Australia in second place.

Nations

Gold Medal Count Silver Medal Count Bronze Medal Count Total Medal Count
England 48 49 43 140
Australia 40 40 44 124
Canada 30 14 31 75
India 13 23 15 51
Scotland 17 14 18 49
New Zealand 13 11 15 39
Republic of South Africa 12 10 16 38
Wales 4 10 20 34
Nigeria 7 6 14 27
Kenya 7 8 4 19
Jamaica 7 4 7 18
Malaysia 4 6 5 15
Singapore 6 2 4 12
Cyprus 2 4 2 8
Northern Ireland 0 1 7 8
Cameroon 1 3 3 7
Uganda 1 0 4 5
Trinidad & Tobago 0 2 3 5
Pakistan 0 2 1 3
Samoa 0 2 1 3
Papua New Guinea 2 0 0 2
Grenada 1 0 1 2
Bahamas 0 1 1 2
Mozambique 0 1 1 2
Ghana 0 0 2 2
Namibia 0 0 2 2
Zambia 0 0 2 2
Botswana 1 0 0 1
Kiribati 1 0 0 1
Bangladesh 0 1 0 1
Isle of Man 0 1 0 1
Nauru 0 1 0 1
Sri Lanka 0 1 0 1
Barbados 0 0 1 1
Fiji 0 0 1 1
Saint Lucia 0 0 1 1
Mauritius 0 0 1

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