Monday, 23 January 2012
I wondered down the way, trees entwined above my head forming an ivy wooded cave for me to get lost inside a tunnel of nature. I stopped at a gate way and watched the cows down the far end as they stuck their heads through the hay trough, their stubby tails aimlessly flicking as they chewed on the fresh straws. Under my boots mud imprinted itself in the grooves of the rubber. I wrapped my hands over the cool metal of the gate and let the sweet chattering song of the birds fill my head.
My body knew something my head didn't.
I felt revived, excited, hopeful, strange, sad and I didn't know why.
I called to Fern and we strolled along. I wondered why she had chosen to join the human race; to become part of a human life and in gaining the trust of us, lost the trust of the birds, butterflies, horses and cows.
I thought to myself, that if I were to be her, I think I might join nature instead of man.
But here I am: a human and made for a purpose even if she may not know of what yet.
And just as Fern had no choice, neither did I. I did not ask to be born, but I know I am blessed for being chosen to be alive today.
For now I shall bask in all that the welcoming shower of life has before me. It is as if the country is on the brink of something phenomenal: springtime.
I know there is nothing like English spring time in all the world, and even if I shall be distanced and forever cut off, I shall never watch again, but instead always take part.
Bring On The Spring!
Thursday, 19 January 2012
Tuesday, 17 January 2012
"He leaned back against the hives and with upturned face made observations on the stars, whose cold pulses were beating amid the black hallows above, in serene dissociation from these two wisps of human life."
-Thomas Hardy (Tess Of the D'urbervilles)
"Jennifer conjured up the scenes of the past, she saw the men and women whose name she bore live out their little lives, knowing sorrow, joy, suffering and despair, loving and hating one another, and so pass away out of the scene of things, realities no more, nothing but the grey tomb stones in Lanoc Churchyard.
Janet-Joseph-Christopher-Jennifer, all bound together in some strange and thwarted love for one another, handing down this strain of restlessness and suffering, this intolerable longing for beauty and freedom; all searching for the nameless things, the untrodden ways, but finding peace only in Plyn and in each other; each one torn apart from his beloved by the physical separation of death, yet remaining part of them forever, bound by countless links that none could break, uniting in one another the living presence of a wise and loving spirit."
-Daphne Du Maurier (The Loving Spirit)
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Last night I watched the film 'Cold Mountain' it was truly interesting. When the film ended I just watched the credits roll up right until the end listening to the beautiful angel-like voice of Alison Kruass. I thought Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger were absolutely beautiful together. There were violet moments that I couldn't let myself watch. I think it opens people's minds up to what really went on in the American civil war and it was no tame thing at all. I think the worst part would have to be the innocent families and wives that were tortured and accused just for being gracious. But the most crucial part was that the home guard were the enemy in the end, and that made me think how true it is with the world.
So many people are on to each other even though we are all from the same tribe. So many wars about religion and politics and land and who owns what or greed, why can't we all live as one?
Because that world doesn't exist here on earth and it never will. Sin rules the earth today and we can't escape it. Some take their children and families and move out of the world completely, they hide themselves away in a dream like world, but can they ever really escape it?
Aren't they just running away?
The words in the film that touched me most was when Ruby said, 'The world won't last much longer, God won't let it!' She had seen so much sickening abuse she knew God wouldn't be able to let it go on. And yet here we are, it goes on. But it won't go on forever. There will be a time to come, a much worse time than any war and then it will all end.
God offers us a choice while there still is one to be had. He still offers us a chance to find perfect peace in a world full of ambiguity. There is a way out of the hatred and conflict, perhaps not physically, but instead inside of your soul.
Your soul can be at peace and your shoulders can be lifted of a burden.
!You can be set free from the addictions that tie you down!
Jesus came to the earth 2000 years ago so that we might know him and know perfect love which casts out all fear.
And in that love we can find true life- a life worth living- even in this world...
Saturday, 7 January 2012
'To many people die with their music still in them.'- Oliver Wendall Holmes
We have all been blessed with heavenly gifts from our father in heaven, whether we use them or not is our own decision. But as I have discovered on my Youtube account, http://www.youtube.com/user/joburgess?feature=mhee many people asked me to give them some advise on how to achieve different accents from a vast variety of countries. So I thought I would start a fresh new blog review on how to master or at least give advise on how to achieve this. I'm new to this, and I've never taught anyone accents before, but I will try my best to break down how I manage it myself!
Thursday, 5 January 2012
Today I am going to give you some tips on how to speak in a general American accent and a deep southern American accent.
How the general sounds- Aey, Eee, I,y, (very silent 'y') O, ( like in word 'hold') Uw.
How the southern sounds- Ey (soft, like hey without 'h') ie, Ah, O'W', U
The general American accent I tend to speak through my throat and chest with defiantly a more croaky sound. If I place my hand on my chest I can feel my words vibrating compared to when I then change back to my English accent which comes from the mouth.
The southern American accent is also in chest and throat but is more slurred and can be husky. When pronouncing words let your mouth open wider to really hear those twangy words, eg- 'thy'at instead of 'that'.
Letter T changes to 'D' when in the middle of words (butter- budder)
Letter R is always pronounced ('there' becomes 'they'er' in southern and 'they' r' in general which is less stressed)
The American 'R' makes the tip of your tongue curve but it doesn't touch anywhere in the mouth. It is in the throat.
Words like 'cot' and 'caught' sound the same and 'meddle' and 'mettle'.
In the southern accent the letter 'I' changes to an 'A' in words like hi- ha.
‘It's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all’
General- Its, Bedder to have love'd an larst then to nev'ur have love'd aat all
'A friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be somewhere else.'
Southern- Ah frend is someone 'hwho is they'er for ya when 'heed rather be someway'er else.
I would recommend having a look at the film 'Fried Green Tomatoes' there are some great southern accents in it. 'Or Gone with the Wind,' which has a more old fashioned southern accent.
For your general American, anything you find on TV or many blockbuster films have a broad range of american accents in. look at a soap like 'The O.C'.
And most importantly have fun and practice over and over again!