Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Musee d'orsay art gallery

While we were in Paris, we saw the Musee d'orsay. It's an art gallery in Paris. Inside, we went to see the Henri Rousseau exhibition and the impressionists exhibition. I'm going to talk about the impressionists exhibition because it was amazing.  We saw a lot by a guy called Monet (pronounced mon-nay) who did some really pretty paintings of water. I found one that I really liked of the beach with some very pretty waves. By the way, impressionist art is more focused on colour than detail. Unfortunately you weren't allowed to take pictures.

Monday, 30 May 2016

The Eiffel tower

We went to the Eiffel tower and it really isn't worth blogging about.  It was BORING. I wonder why it's a tourist attraction.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Back from Ireland part 2

Interesting fact: I'm now in Germany.

3. Craggonowen
We did this on the same day as Bunratty Castle and seeing as Bunratty Castle was so big it was very late when we arrived. But we still got to see everything.  So anyway,  the first thing we saw was,  obviously, the Cranog. The Cranog was a manmade island made by iron age people. Not much else to say. The next thing was a hill fort.  Which was, surprisingly, a fort on a hill. But underneath the hill fort was a little passage which ended with a ladder leading up to one of the huts. There was also a thing about some guy sailing around the world in a small boat to prove some other guy could do it, but I won't talk about that.

4. Flying back to London.
I felt sick for an hour. Coincidentally in the air.

5. Bath.
Bath is a Roman town in Wales. What did you think it was? It's where the Roman baths are. Unfortunately I  don't remember much.  I remember the huge green baths and a opening of the natural hot springs, but not anything else. Sorry about that.

6.Flying to Germany.
Turn Germany into England and it's Tuesday.  That doesn't work when you don't know what day it is.

The baths
The cranog village

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Back from Ireland

I haven't been able to blog lately because of lack of internet and I was staying with an grandaunty that was very anti technology. So, this will be a long post.

1. Bunratty Castle.
The day after we left the house I talked about in the last post, we went to a place in the other side of Ireland (The Republic of Ireland) called Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. One word: AMAZING. Multiple words: Very big. Bigger than the TOWER OF LONDON! THE MASSIVE IMPENETRABLE* FORTRESS WHICH IS MOST FAMOUS THING IN LONDON! Still very cool though. We did this "typical Irish night" thing where there was tons of people, you got this very nice lamb stew and there were a couple of people dancing and singing. This post is going to be very long if I don't move on.

*Unless you're a tourist

The castle
The dancing people

I now have to split this into two parts.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

I'm in Ireland now, among other things

The day before yesterday, I went to the natural history museum. We got lost. There was this moving dinosaur and there was SUPPOSED to be a "Living fossil" which was a preserved coinelithith? Conilefith? Coneilifif? A fish. Moving on to arriving in Ireland, and some things in Ireland.

So, the flight from London to Ireland was actually quite short, only a hour long. But once we got there there was a 2 hour drive in this stupid rented car, for half the journey the speed limit was in miles and the car only said kilometers, we went on a toll road without realizing it and I was carsick. But once we got here, it was really nice because my grandaunty Laine has this HUGE house with a massive back yard and it was just really nice.

Little bit about the peat photo, what you do with peat is, you scoop it up, dry it out and burn it. Don't get that stuff in NZ.

Waterfall at a walk in Ireland.
Grandaunty Laine's house
Moving dinosaur.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Tower of London

Yesterday we went to the Tower of London. More accurately, the Towers of London. There's the white tower, the wardrobe tower, pretty sure there's another one tower and the many more tower. Also, we did nothing yesterday, but we're going to the natural history museum today.

Tower Bridge
White Tower
The entrance

Monday, 9 May 2016

I'm in London now!

The day before yesterday, I arrived in London. We flew from NZ to Singapore to London. On all the planes I felt sick. Hooray. By the way, I'm only going to blog on the weekdays. Weekdays in England. Anyway, we went to Tilbury  Fort. PHOTOS! And steep stairs.

Tilbury Fort cannon of some kind 
Tilbury Fort gunpowder crane
The steep stairs at granddads house.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Term 2 Week 1

Holidays are over now. :(

This week we started a writing project where we had to make an ad about something that could make our holidays awesome.  I have already done a post about this. It should be just about there . Also, we are doing Agamographs for art. So far, all we've done is write down ideas. I suppose I should tell you what an Agamograph is. An Agraph, agamy, agamo, FINE I'LL CALL IT AN AGAMOGRAPH, is a picture that changes depending on how you look at it. Example: Earth to Earth shaped Penguin in space. These usually have to be related somehow. With the example, the Penguin ate the Earth, hence the earth shaped. Anyway, I am finding the ad easy because I've finished it and the art easy because I haven't started it*. My next step is to:
  1. Start the art.
  2. Nothing.
Penguin says bye.

*WOW SMALL TEXT! This is going to change in about 2 hours and 20 minutes. Lemonade Apple.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Persuasive techniques in commercials

My Reflection
We were learning to make an advertisement to convince our parents to do something that would make our holidays amazing. I chose to make mine about letting us play video games all day. I started out doing an animation like everyone else, but after I couldn't think of a script and most of the time I didn't have a computer to make the animation, so I decided to try and do a POSTER OF AMAZINGNESSABILITY. I was the only one doing a poster, since it wasn't one of the original options we were given. And look, it turned out amazing. I even made a pamphlet. The persuasive techniques I used were:
1.Emotional appeal: Using things that the people who I am directing this ad to like.
2. Testimonial: A review from a happy customer.
3.Slogan: In this case: "Leave'em be and be free" A catchy thing that will stay in people's mind
4. Repetition: Saying something over and over again so you remember it.
5. Bandwagon: Fear of missing out.
6. Expert opinion: Using something that people will trust because it was said by someone who knows what they're doing.   
 I found this work tricky, because there wasn't many benefits. My next step is to make more pamphlets.