Monthly Roundup: July 2017

This month certainly has been busier than the last, though I have been working on finding jobs in the meantime, whilst also trying to fit a few articles in. I can only apologise again for being less frequent with publishing articles, I’ve been making sure to prioritise my time more on finding a job whilst also going out and enjoying myself with friends following the end of my time in education at Croydon College.

I will be publishing some articles over the next few weeks but please keep in mind that it might be less frequent depending on how busy I have been lately considering I am searching around for jobs, so I can only apologise if I don’t publish articles as much.

Without further ado, I will take a look back at the articles I have published over the course of July.

1.7.2017 – Welcoming you all to July on Mother Nature, I described that the weather was expected to be getting much hotter and more humid, whilst also mentioning that I would be looking around for jobs considering that my time at Croydon College had almost reached the end.

14.7.2017 – This day officially marked the end. My education came to a remarkable close as I finished my final year at Croydon College. The end result from my final year of the two-year UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma Film & Photography Course was that I passed with my final grade being a Pass.

25.7.2017 – After hearing about the beautifully artistic mural that the artist, Bareface, had produced of the late music legend, Amy Winehouse, who sadly passed away at the age of 27 on the 23rd July 2011, on the Croydon Advertiser, I just could not resist seizing the opportunity to photograph the mural.

31.7.2017 – Would you find it hard to believe that it was exactly 21 years ago since Crash Bandicoot graced our screens? Remember the days where you would jump over obstacles, smash through boxes and tackle side-scrolling levels? Well, those days are finally back! As the Crash Bandicoot: N⋅Sane Trilogy is back to true form, with all three of the original Crash Bandicoot games completely remastered from scratch.

Well, those days are finally back! As the Crash Bandicoot: N⋅Sane Trilogy is back to true form, with all three of the original Crash Bandicoot games completely remastered from scratch.

Also, to kick off my own photography series, titled: “The Concept of Expression”, I photographed two close friends of mine as I mentioned I would be intending to explore the concept of expression, as well as to how a facial expression can alter or change the mood of a photograph. In this case, the two close friends I photographed for my own photography series were Saviyon Thomas & Shaquille Roachford.

Thank you so much for such a great month. It’s been quite a busy month but it sure has been a great one.

Thanks again for such a great month and I shall see you all in August!

Alex Smithson

The End of the Road! I’ve Passed!

It’s officially the end. My education comes to a remarkable close as I have finished my final year at Croydon College.

Who would have thought that this time three years ago I would be starting my first day at Croydon College, only for the time to fly so much quicker than school? Even I am shocked myself by how far I’ve come since I started at Croydon College.

This time, three years ago, I had just marked the end of secondary school for good as I finished Year 11, and I can even remember starting my first day at Croydon College. I introduced myself to everyone and within the first day, I had made a lot of friends, as we instantly clicked with one another. Three years later, I have so many friends who I keep in contact with and even now, the support I’ve received from my family and my friends has made me realise that I can talk to anyone if I ever feel down about anything.

Croydon College, despite the ups and downs I went through over the course of the three years I studied, gave me the chance to realise my potential and now as I am at the stage of applying for a full-time job, I have officially decided to take a gap year to apply for jobs as I am considering possibly doing a degree in photography next year, which, for me, will really help me in many years to come.

I have enjoyed this year better than the last, but it’s safe to say I will miss Croydon College and everyone in that respect. On the plus side, I have left with my head held high knowing that I have done so well and I cannot wait to take on the best opportunities that become available to me.

Although my work is sufficient enough for a Pass instead of a Merit, I will settle for a Pass instead as I have managed to pass my final year of the UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma Film & Photography Course. That’s good because I have passed my final year. Result!

I am so chuffed to have worked so hard because despite spending a countless amount of hours getting work done, even whilst having to pull all-nighters that would last up until 8:35 AM or 9:00 AM in the morning, I am glad to have passed because now I can officially bring my time at Croydon College to a remarkable close.

Thank you, Croydon College, for all that you have done to get me to where I need to be and I shall continue to go the extra mile to really get the best out of the work I produce in the foreseeable, and thanks for giving me the chance to realise my potential to become a photographer. None of this would have been possible without your help and guidance, so thank you, Croydon College, I’ll miss being at Croydon College but my time at Croydon College has now officially come to an end. Thanks for everything.

Alex Smithson

Ignorance

Shortly after I went to see the firework display at the Croydon Road Recreation Ground on Saturday 5th November 2016, I was on my way home and whilst I waited for my bus, I saw two drivers who were using their phones or tablets behind the wheel whilst I waited. I didn’t make it obvious that I was looking at them, but they were being ignorant enough to use their phones behind the wheel even when there was heavy traffic present.

The title says it all. Why is there so much of ignorance in this world? I’ll tell you, it’s because some people think they’re so clever thinking that they can do something that they are actually not supposed to be doing, to which they find out the hard way sooner rather than later.

Recently, there were major health and safety concerns after a group of people set fireworks off which they relentlessly aimed at secondary school students as they were on their way home down Shirley Road, something of which I was only made aware of the moment I got home from college.

Just imagine this, suppose you were someone who went to see a firework display and then all of a sudden, someone with not a brain in their head decides to set off and aim a firework at you, and you nearly didn’t see it coming, how are you going to feel if the firework explodes and you almost come close to suffering burns to your body? It’s going to be extremely painful for you and can have a life-changing impact on how you look. Straightaway, the first thing they will begin to think is: “Why did I set that firework off at them? They never did anything wrong and yet I have aimed that firework at them, not realising the horrific pain that they could have been going through as a result of my own ignorance of setting off the firework.

At the end of the day, ignorance kills and only we can prevent it.

If you feel that ignorance can kill, then please let me know by submitting feedback below. Your feedback is much appreciated.

Alex Smithson

Rio 2016: Day #2

Given just how fantastic Day #1 was after the Opening Ceremony, Day #2 has been no different as the crowds are roaring with excitement, and so far, China are in the lead with 7 medals (2 Gold, 2 Silver & 3 Bronze), though the United States & Japan aren’t far behind with 6 medals (United States: 1 Gold, 4 Silver & 1 Bronze) [Japan: 1 Gold & 1 Silver], with Italy & Australia equalling 5 medals each (Italy: 3 Silver & 2 Bronze) [Australia: 3 Gold & 2 Silver].

Today has actually been quite a good day, because although Lizzie Armitstead finished fifth in Cycling, with Anna Van Der Breggen winning the road race, fifth is better than nothing in my opinion. If you want to find out more about Lizzie Armitstead finishing fifth, click here.

Andy Murray, who recently scored a win and made history at Wimbledon last month after beating Milos Raonic, being the first British man to win multiple Wimbledon singles titles since Fred Perry in 1935, began his Olympic games with a win after beating Viktor Troicki during the Tennis event with a score of 6-3 6-2, which will mean Andy will progress on to the second round at this year’s Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. If you want to find out more about Andy Murray’s win against Viktor Troicki, please click here.

The cyclist, Annamiek Van Vleuten of the Netherlands, who suffered quite the scary crash in the final leg of the Cycling competition has announced that she is ok. She was trying to make a quick right turn on a steep corner, but ended up going a bit too fast more than she hoped, which caused her to topple over the front of her handle bars, with her head hitting the pavement. Luckily, she got away unscathed as she wore her helmet to prevent the possibilities of serious head injuries. If you want to find out more about Annamiek Van Vleuten’s scary crash, please click here.

It was just announced that Great Britain reached the women’s team gymnastics final. This comes after Ellie Downie, who hurt her neck in a bad fall to help Great Britain reach the gymnastics final at this year’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games, recovered from her fall. Great Britain managed to finish with a total score of 174.064, which makes us currently the fourth in qualifying behind Russia, China and the defending champions, the United States, who are leading by almost 10 points. If you want to find out more about Team GB reaching the women’s team gymnastics final, please click here.

Team GB’s women’s Rugby Team have beaten Fiji to the semi-finals with a result of 26-7 in the last eight at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games and they’ll be facing New Zealand in the semi-finals for the Olympic Rugby Sevens. If you want to find out more about Team GB’s female Rugby Team reaching the semi-finals, then please click here.

Wu Minxia of China became the first diver to win five Olympic golds after sealing her victory in the women’s 3m synchronised springboard event with Shi Tingmao. Wu Minxia and Shi Tingmao were both in the lead as a result of their opening dive and they were able to comfortably beat Italy’s Tania Cagnotto and Francesca Dallape by 31.77 points. If you want to find out more about Wu Minxia’s fifth Olympic title, please click here.

Hsu Shu-Ching for Chinese Taipei managed to win Gold in the 53kg weightlifting event after she lifted a combined 212 kg (kilograms to save confusion). If you want to find out more about Hsu Shu-Ching’s gold medal win in the weightlifting event, please click here.

With a sudden blow, it’s been revealed that Serena & Venus Williams have lost the Olympics’ Doubles Match for the first time, after their hopes of winning a fourth successive title were dashed in the first round at this year’s Summer Olympic Games in Rio. If you want to find out more on Serena & Venus Williams’ hopes for a fourth successive title being dashed, please click here.

It was announced that the rowing events in Rio were postponed due to the high winds. Team GB’s Heather Stanning & Helen Glover were initially meant to be competing in one of the 10 events which was supposed to begin at 12:30 PM, but it’s been revealed that the Rowing event’s races will now take place on Monday, in which Glover and Stanning will fight to defend their pairs title from 4:30 PM BST (British Summer Time). Alistair Magowan of BBC Sport said: “Whether it was fans, rowers or Great Britain rowing performance director Sir David Tanner, everyone agreed that postponing events at Lagoa on Sunday was the right decision. At first, the wind speed wasn’t too dissimilar to Saturday, which saw a bumpy day’s competition result in a crew from Serbia capsizing, but soon after the regatta was called off the wind really increased to a level where it wasn’t good for running around the lagoon let alone rowing on it. The hope is that time can be made up from Monday, and there is an extra day built into the schedule for circumstances such as this. But if organisers lose a second day, a revised schedule could mean crews rowing twice in one day.” To find out more about the postponed Rowing event, please click here.

Team GB’s William Fox-Pitt, who suffered a head trauma in a cross-country fall last October which resulted in him being put into a medically induced coma, leads eventing after the dressage phase of the eventing competition at this year’s Summer Olympic Games in Rio. To find out more about William Fox-Pitt, please click here.

Majlinda Kelmendi won Kosovo’s first Olympic medal in the Judo event, making this her country’s first Olympic medal for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. If you want to find out more about Majlinda’s Judo win, please click here.

Michael Phelps is attempting to win a record 19th Olympic Gold medal after being named the United States’ quartet for the 4 x 100m freestyle relay final for this years 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. To find out more about Michael Phelps Gold Medal aim, please click here.

It’s just been revealed that Andy & Jamie Murray have been knocked out of the men’s doubles Tennis event after losing to Thomaz Bellucci and Andre Sa in the straight sets. They seeded second, however, by losing 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (16-14) in front of the partisan home crowd. That was quite a large blow, I did not see that coming. To find out more about Andy & Jamie Murray being knocked out in the men’s doubles Tennis event, please click here.

China struck gold thanks to Long Quinquan after he broke the world record during the men’s 56kg weightlifting final with a combined world record of 307kg. If you want to find out more about Long Quinquan’s combined world record in the weightlifting event, please click here.

Yes!!!!!!!!!!! Adam Peaty has just officially won the first Gold medal and broken another world record for Team GB in the 100m breaststroke at this year’s Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Thank you!!!!!!! What a legend!!!!!

Novak Djokovic has been knocked out of this year’s Summer Olympic Games in Rio after losing to Martin Del Potro and he’s not happy. He has lost to Martin Del Potro with the score of 6-7 (4-7) 6-7 (2-7).

Celebrating Adam Peaty’s first Gold Medal win for Team GB, Jazz Carlin for Team GB came second with a Silver Medal in the women’s 400m freestyle to Katie Ledecky, who came first, earning the United States another Gold Medal, beating Jazz Carlin by just 4.77 seconds with a finishing time of 3:56:46.

Andy Jameson (BBC Commentator, Former British Olympic Swimmer): “Already Britain’s achievements in Rio have been better than in London 2012. And we’re only on day two.

Adam Peaty, our Gold Medalist, has just received his Gold Medal for the 100m breaststroke swimming event and he’s only 21! How amazing is that? Adam Peaty, you’ve done Team GB, myself and everyone of Great Britain proud. Thank you!

Adam Peaty: “So much relief. Coming here people were saying it’s going to be tough and there’s pressure on me but pressure is not real, it’s in your mind, almost wanting to stop you achieving things, but I got into the right mindset and wasn’t scared. I am so happy to have GB’s first gold of the Games and it’s so good for it to be in swimming. This is what you dream of. Every time you want to go back to bed at 4am when it’s dark this makes it worth it. Every day I push the boundaries and it’s paid off. I’ll get back on Twitter tonight. I want to thank the whole of Britain, the Royal Family, everyone.

Adrian Moorhouse (1988 Olympic 100m Breaststroke Champion, BBC One): “I think we’re the only people sitting down. The whole place is on its feet. It’s only going to get noisier with Brazil in contention.

I knew it! Michael Phelps has made history tonight after winning his 19th Olympic Gold Medal in the Men’s 4 x 100m relay swimming event for the United States, with a finishing time of 3:09:92.

Andy Jameson: “What a night it has been. It wasn’t a surprise that Adam Peaty won – it was more relief and joy that he did it so well – but Jazz Carlin’s silver was a bit of surprise. She swam brilliantly. She did the best she could and deserves to be there receiving silver, having produced a lifetime best.

Adrian Moorhouse: “It’s a historical moment for me to be here and watch Adam Peaty win gold 28 years after I won it.

Such a perfect day, and perfect timing for Adam Peaty & Team GB, couldn’t have asked for more.

Here are the final medal listings for Day #2:

Country
1

United States
3 5 4 12
2

China
3 2 3 8
3

Australia
3 0 3 6
4

Italy
2 3 2 7
5

South Korea
2 2 1 5
6

Hungary
2 0 0 2
7

Russia
1 2 2 5
8

Great Britain
1 1 0 2
8

Sweden
1 1 0 2
10

Japan
1 0 6 7
11

Thailand
1 0 1 2
11

Chinese Taipei
1 0 1 2
13

Argentina
1 0 0 1
13

Belgium
1 0 0 1
13

Kosovo
1 0 0 1
13

Netherlands
1 0 0 1
13

Vietnam
1 0 0 1
18

Canada
0 1 1 2
18

Kazakhstan
0 1 1 2
20

Brazil
0 1 0 1
20

Denmark
0 1 0 1
20

France
0 1 0 1
20

Indonesia
0 1 0 1
20

New Zealand
0 1 0 1
20

Philippines
0 1 0 1
20

North Korea
0 1 0 1
20

South Africa
0 1 0 1
28

Uzbekistan
0 0 2 2
29

Spain
0 0 1 1
29

Greece
0 0 1 1
29

Poland
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

Malaysia
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

United Arab Emirates
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

Georgia
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

Kyrgyzstan
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

Independent Olympic Athletes
0 0 0 0

Dominica
0 0 0 0

Nauru
0 0 0 0

Oman
0 0 0 0

Guam
0 0 0 0

Germany
0 0 0 0

Ireland
0 0 0 0

Belarus
0 0 0 0

India
0 0 0 0

Serbia
0 0 0 0

Slovakia
0 0 0 0

Bulgaria
0 0 0 0

Norway
0 0 0 0

Portugal
0 0 0 0

Cyprus
0 0 0 0

Guatemala
0 0 0 0

Singapore
0 0 0 0

Tunisia
0 0 0 0

Croatia
0 0 0 0

Ukraine
0 0 0 0

Lithuania
0 0 0 0

Finland
0 0 0 0

Turkey
0 0 0 0

Slovenia
0 0 0 0

Estonia
0 0 0 0

Mexico
0 0 0 0

Israel
0 0 0 0

Switzerland
0 0 0 0

Egypt
0 0 0 0

Austria
0 0 0 0

Colombia
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

Czech 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

Azerbaijan
0 0 0 0

Mongolia
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

Chile
0 0 0 0

Peru
0 0 0 0

Sri Lanka
0 0 0 0

Puerto Rico
0 0 0 0

Paraguay
0 0 0 0

Romania
0 0 0 0

Saint Kitts & Nevis
0 0 0 0

Lesotho
0 0 0 0

Eritrea
0 0 0 0

Zimbabwe
0 0 0 0

Botswana
0 0 0 0

Jamaica
0 0 0 0

Uganda
0 0 0 0

Namibia
0 0 0 0

Bahrain
0 0 0 0

Burundi
0 0 0 0

Trinidad & Tobago
0 0 0 0

Latvia
0 0 0 0

Bolivia
0 0 0 0

Nigeria
0 0 0 0

Algeria
0 0 0 0

Fiji
0 0 0 0

Mauritius
0 0 0 0

Iceland
0 0 0 0

Zambia
0 0 0 0

Côte d’Ivoire
0 0 0 0

Gabon
0 0 0 0

Antigua & Barbuda
0 0 0 0

Albania
0 0 0 0

Djibouti
0 0 0 0

Saudi Arabia
0 0 0 0

Panama
0 0 0 0

Luxembourg
0 0 0 0

Tajikistan
0 0 0 0

Bosnia & Herzegovina
0 0 0 0

Saint Lucia
0 0 0 0

Grenada
0 0 0 0

Barbados
0 0 0 0

Bermuda
0 0 0 0

Day #2’s events have officially come to a close. Please make sure to check back soon for Day #3 of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Thanks to all of you for a perfect second day, and a massive thank you to Adam Peaty & Team GB and it’s my pleasure to wish you all a perfect and happy good night.

Alex Smithson