Poetry & Art – Regrets & Gone Girl by Ryan Fu

Regrets

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Gone Girl

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RYAN FU

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THE SOONER A-LEVELS CEASE TO EXIST IN MY LIFE…THE BETTER!

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(For international readers, a-levels are college equivalents)

2 years ago, I was able to perch myself into a plush recliner, fresh coffee in one hand, my phone glued to the other so conveniently whilst fixating my eyes and all my attention to the TV screen. Want to know the best part? This time consuming ritual that I would partake in every evening, 2 years ago, came at little concequence. Why? Because 2 years ago I did GCSE’s and not A-Levels! The good days, if I had had an inclin into how consumptive A-Levels were I’d have ran for the hills, no doubt followed by another thousand reluctant teens. I feel like, if I read one book for pleasure, or watch a movie just one… Then I’ve already ruined my chances of passing my exams!

They told me to do some light reading… That was the first lie of A-Levels.

Why I would vanquish A-levels from my life before I would Labour Voters…

  1. The lies: they will tell you that picking your own subjects will render you eternally happy and you’ll be so amazed and joyful that you are studying what you want to that you won’t even think of it as work. 
  2. The pain: that burning sensation in your eyes from too much reading and gazing aimlessly at a computer screen? Yeah that will last you forever!
  3. The isolation: you will be so caught up in your work that you have to say a heartfelt goodbye to your social life and learn to have a relationship with your books. Me and Plato have grown rather close.
  4. The weight: this is applicable for both guys and girls. The ten kilo bag you’ll carry around with all your resources in, no room for your personal items. If your nose starts running and you had no space to pack tissues… There’s always your exercise book.
  5. The belittling: most students range between 16-18, yet one of my teachers still insists at shouting at me for being late, not doing my homework and for having an opinion. 
  6. The hatred: I’ll keep this short and sweet. You will end up loathing about 98.99% of the people at your school. But it’s okay because the chances are… They hate you too.
  7. The zombie look: the countless hours I have traded in to write an essay is ridiculous, I have the dark circles to prove it!
  8. The fire burns down: I can no longer read a novel without exploring the underlying meaning, I read The hungry caterpillar to my little brother, the most simply of stories, yet I found copious amounts of psychological interpretations…their validity? None.
  9. The hair loss: a product of stress no doubt, but I could really do without bald spots left, right and centre.
  10. The addictions: you have to find a way to curb your anger, mine comes in the form of addiction. Don’t worry, I mean caffeine… Mostly.

These are just a few of the things I’d love to banish from my life, the only light is after the toils of A-level, I finally understand why adults wish they stayed young. Growing up, I think, starts at sixth form, college or your countries equivalent. I’d give anything to fast forward to retirement or backtrack to adolescence. 

For most people, summer is what is getting us through! I can’t wait for this summer! 

The relatability is uncanny 

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Poetry Mondays – Great Expectations by Ryan Fu (The Hated Ones)

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I am going to let you down.

Not because I want to,

it’s because I have to.

I have to be better,

faster,

smarter,

than anyone else because

you want to see me fail. 

I know you want to look down on me

with your arms raised high to the Gods,

hovering over me

like you won life’s race

but you didn’t.

This is a marathon,

a dog fight,

where I embrace the Grind

putting my head down,

biting my on mouthpiece.

A world filled

with high school counselors,

misjudging me,

telling me my future,

but you’re not a fortune teller

because I control my destiny.

I am ready to write my own story.

I am ready to fail.

I am ready to disappoint you.

I am ready to be great.

I am ready to die.

Are you?

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Artsy Fartsy – Do you have Faith in Humanity? – Art Pieces by Banksy

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Dorothy Police Search

Banksy’s Dorothy Police Search canvas is yet another piece featuring a pop-culture figure to help express a message. Much like the beginning portion of the Wizard of OZ, the piece is in typical Banksy style, done in a black and white stencil. The only exception to this is the officer’s gloves, which are presented in a blue-latex material.

In the piece, Banksy creates this 2D storyline. It appears that the police official is stopping Dorothy without probable cause. The blue-latex gloves handling the basket imply the officer is searching for something. Dorothy and Toto’s efforts to get home are being delayed by the search.

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I Remember When All This Was Trees

Location: Detroit, Mich.

Banksy’s take on Detroit created somewhat of a firestorm. The work originally stood on a brick wall outside of the Packard Plant in Detroit until members of the 555 Gallery took it upon themselves to dismantle the newly discovered piece. The work of the anonymous artist was then transported to the gallery in southwest Detroit. Since the piece was put up on the downtrodden remains, however, no one could truly claim ownership of the work.

The piece is a take on Detroit’s financial deprivation, quite evident by the placement of the work. The Packard Plant has fallen into abandon since the automotive market left Detroit. The words “I remember when all this was trees” stands beside a dejected child, referring to the scene of many squatters and homeless individuals within the Packard Plant.

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Pluto has 4 Moons!!! New NASA shots of Pluto’s small Moons (Science is Awesome)

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According to Engadget, NASA’s New Horizons probe has just taken its first snapshots of those new satellites, something of a miracle considering it was 55 million miles away and Styx is only 4 to 13 miles across. It required 10 second exposures from the probe’s sensitive Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) and copious image processing to reduce background glare, resulting in the animation above.

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The photo is a sign of things to come, as New Horizons will carry on toward Pluto until it it passes within about 10,000 km (6,200 miles) of the dwarf planet around July 14th this year. At that point, it’ll map out Pluto’s surface and study its largest moon, Charon, which is actually about half the diameter of Pluto. It’ll also search for evidence of cryo-geysers that scientists think could be active on Charon. The probe will produce the highest resolution images yet of Pluto (Hubble has taken the best photos so far, above) — giving the snubbed planet a chance to finally get to strut its stuff.

Credit: NASA

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Poetry Mondays – Legends by Ryan Fu (The Hated Ones)

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Legends

As a kid,

I’ve always wanted to capture

a dragon

but I wondered what

would I’ve done

if I actually caught one?

So day in

&

day out

I eat

&

take shit

with a smile on my face

just for the chance to write

my own story.

Because isn’t that the only reason

why we do anything?

Why we abuse

&

torture ourselves,

until we are halfway to our graves.

 

We want to be remembered.

 

We want our words

&

actions

to live on past the afterlife

making us immortal.

We are tired of not being the narrative

because we want to stand out.

We want to become heroes

in our own story. 

So, I remain steadfast

with my pen

&

my balls

waiting for the opportunity,

still chasing that dragon.

Photo Credit: Andy Fair Hurst

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Artsy Fartsy – In Bed: The Kiss (Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec)

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s 1892 painting, In Bed: The Kiss, captures two prostitutes from a brothel in a lip-locked moment of lesbian love. After painting several female couples getting cozy in bed, Toulouse-Lautrec supposedly said, “This is better than anything else. It is the very epitome of sensual delight.”

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In fact, the artist considers this painting as the epitome of pleasurable and sensual delight. The color scheme that he selected was brilliant with shades of red and yellow, which were subdued by grey, green and blue. This enchanting masterpiece expresses the tender love shared by the couple, as though they were fearful of being separated from each other.

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Thankful Thursdays – Change your View

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