Author: theaakvik

Queen Elizabeth the first

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Elizabeth 1 was born 7. September 1533 and died 23. March 1603. Elizabeth was the queen of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death. She was sometimes called The Virgin Queen, Gloriana or Good Queen Bess. She was the daughter of  Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Anne’s marriage to Henry was annulled, and Elizabeth was declared illegitimate.

Her half-brother Edward ruled to his death and ignored the claim of his two half-sisters, in spite of statue law to the contrary. Edwards will of bequeathing the crown to Lady Jane Grey was set aside and his half-sister Mary became queen.

Elisabeth was imprisoned for a year under Mary’s reign on suspicion of supporting Protestant rebels. In 1558 upon Mary’s death, Elizabeth succeeded her half-sister to the throne and set out to rule by good counsel.

One of her first actions as queen was the establishment of an English Protestant church, of which she became the Supreme Governor. This Elizabethan Religious Settlement was to evolve into the Church of England. And as a queen, she was expected to find a man, marry and produce an heir. She never did. Elizabeth’s reign became known as the Elizabethan era. The period is famous for the flourishing of English drama, led by playwrights such as William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe, and for the seafaring prowess of English adventurers such as Francis Drake. After the short reigns of her half-siblings, her 44 years on the throne provided welcome stability for the kingdom and helped forge a sense of national identity.



Hills Like White Elephants

The short story “Hills Like White Elephants” is written by Ernest Hemingway. The story takes place in Spain, between Barcelona and Madrid. At a train station where we meet a man and a girl. “Hills Like White Elephants,” tells the story of a man and a woman drinking beer and anise liqueur while they wait at a train station in Spain. The man is attempting to convince the woman to get an abortion.

Throughout the story, it is clear that the man would like the woman to get an operation, which he describes as “awfully simple,” “perfectly simple” and “not really an operation at all.” He promises to stay with her the whole time and promises that they’ll be happy afterward because “that’s the only thing that bothers us.”

The girl does not seem to be sure of this suggestion. But she loves the man, and if that is what it takes for them to happy, she probably would go through with the abortion. But she is asking him if he really wants to. He answers that he is perfectly fine with her going through with it if it means something to her. He is indicating if he means anything to her. It is an awfully hard decision, and he is completely clear that he doesn’t want a baby.

The origin of the phrase is commonly traced to a practice in Siam (now Thailand) in which a king would bestow the gift of a white elephant on a member of his court who displeased him. The white elephant was considered sacred, so on the surface, this gift was an honor. However, maintaining the elephant would be so expensive as to ruin the recipient. Hence, a white elephant is a burden.

American History X

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The movie “American History X” was mainly about two brothers and their racist views. The older brother killed two “black people”, and went to jail, the little brother followed his brother’s footsteps and continued his “amazing” views and propaganda. The older brother learns from his mistake and when he got out tried to make everything okay. But if he would succeed was another question when your whole life revolves around racism and racist propaganda.

What we learned from this movie is that hate is never the answer, it only makes it worse. We can’t be blind and just decide that a whole race or non-whites are better, because it will only lead to sadness like shown in the movie. This movie is really important for kids/teenagers to watch. Like these boys, many people are vulnerable and wants to blame others, and it is important to learn that we should all be equally excepted, we all have baggage, we just have to accept it. This movie is definitely worth watching, you learn a lot from it and can take that experience with you throughout life.

Dosmetic migrant workers

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In class today we got a task to compare a story with some statistics about domestic migrant workers.

Fatou’s story is kind of heartbreaking because she reads in a magazine about someone who is living as a slave. She does not call herself a slave, but she thinks she is not because she does not have it as bad as this “slave” she read about. She is allowed to leave her employers premises, but she is not paid has and not seen her passport since she arrived. So, she is completely stuck in this job, because even if she leaves, she has no money or even a passport she can use to “get away”. She might not look at herself as a slave, but the workers do because she is easy to manipulate and has fooled her completely to become a domestic migrant worker. There are so many migrant domestic workers shown in the global estimate of the stock of migrant. 11,5 million workers are domestic migrant workers, they are often fooled into a good life, some might lose all rights and might not be able to leave their so-called “job”. They are living under bad conditions and are mostly looked upon as “slaves”. There are so many people like Fatou, believing that people want them good, even if they are actually are being used and have no chance to actually leave and be free again. So imagine 11,5 million people being used daily, and most of them women.


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Task 8

a) There are over 520 languages spoken in Nigeria. The most commonly spoken language of Nigeria, English, the former colonial language, was chosen due to the contrast of cultural and linguistics forced through drawn borders facilitated under the Berlin Conference. Communication in the English language is much more popular in the country’s urban communities than it is in the rural areas due to colonization.

b) The American roommate’s story was incomplete because she only had one picture of how all Africans were, she thought they were bad at English, could not use the stove, listened to tribal music and were very poor. The balanced view is in a middle-class family, her father was a professor and her mother was an administrator. She had spoken English her whole life and had a pretty “normal” life.

c) What she meant by the phrase: “her default position toward me, as an African?” is that she has in mind what all Africans are like. People who have never been there had through stories or media felt sorry for them.People are very prejudice when it comes to Africans. Why American people have this view of Africans is through media, books, and movies, showing how poor they are in comparison. They make a view without even experiencing Africa itself.

d) What she means is that stories can be used in both a positive and negative way; that you can either stop the prejudice that was created by them, or you can create even stronger issues. All of that depends on how you tell and interpret these stories.

e) Yes, because when people think of volunteering, they think that they are the white blue eyed strong rich saviors that can solve their problem easily. But without knowledge and training to be volunteers, you just end up taking pictures to show your own wonderfulness. Nigerians are not helpless and when other people just travel there to take pictures of themselves, they are just making themselves into tourists, actually not doing a difference.


Life below water

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Today we discussed the UN’s goal number 14 – life below water. We read an article about ocean pollution and watched a documentary about how the plastic is affecting the whales. 

    1. Discuss the problems life below water is currently facing.

We are just now discovering how much plastic is affecting the ocean. There is so much plastic in the ocean and it affects mostly the fishes and sea animals. The animals are often mistaking the plastic as food. Many animals, like the whales, are dying. It is not just the plastic that is polluting the ocean, oil spills, factories, chemical spills, cars, and trucks are some other examples. Even things like toothpaste and soap are polluting the ocean, tiny pieces of plastic, microplastic, is all over our everyday products. The microplastic is eaten by the fish, and we eat the fish, so I do not think this is healthy for either of us.  It is estimated that if we don’t take action now, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.


  2. Reflect on the impact this documentary had on you

I am completely shocked, there were so many emotions in this documentary. It is our fault that the whales are slowly dying of pollution. The sea animals are supposed to trust us, we were supposed to take care of them and the environment. We failed, and now we have to take action before the sea is filled with plastic and other trash.

The whales are graceful and beautiful creatures. To see the “plastic whale” suffer like that was so heartbreaking. The only good thing about the discovery of the “plastic whale”, was that the world actually noticed and hit the alarm button, that we have to do something. Like they did in this documentary, gathering volunteers, to help clean the ocean.


3. Do you think it will help the oceans that we put more focus on this problem? 

Yes, I do actually believe that if we put more focus on this problem it might save the oceans. After the findings of plastic bags in the “plastic whale”, people started to notice the great damage the pollution is causing. Many researchers have now focused more on how to clean the ocean, stores are currently talking about switching out the plastic bags with other environmental bags and we are gathering volunteers to help clean shores of plastic before they disappear back in the ocean. The discovery of the whale was a wakeup call for many and has been since February in 2017.


4. Finally, what are you most likely to do in order to preserve our oceans, and what do you think others should do?

My family has always been strict on recycling, telling me to never throw garbage out in nature. Because why pollute the environment when there is a trash bin not so far away?My dad has always been an enthusiast on cleaning up trash, he always brings a bag to pick up garbage almost everywhere.

I, myself will continue as my father cleaning our nature. I will as well choose products that can be recycled and that does not contain microplastic or other environmentally harmful chemicals. Others should as well think about what our everyday products contain and hopefully recycle everything. An improvement for our school could have been different recycling bins.



Ocean pollution

The plastic whale



I am a survivor of high school.

Back in the days, the opportunities were minimum, but the opportunities today are endless. I know what I like, but I don’t know what I want. Growing up in Skodje, a small town, I have found my interests and hobbies. I like singing and working out at the gym and would always like to be surrounded by friends and family. I am a positive girl and I’m always searching for new things to try. I am hard working and can’t ever leave something unfinished. I am currently a student at Fagerlia High School in Ålesund and I attend the international study program. I have been on two different exchange periods and have experienced how to adapt to new countries and learned about different cultures. I have great knowledge of how to interact with different people and I find that one of my best features. I love talking, I always have, I would call myself an extrovert.

One of the jobs I have taken interest in lately is marketing, I think it’s interesting, but do I want to live by marketing the rest of my life, the thought is scary. There is so much to choose from, there is a high possibility that I will choose something different because interests may change over time. But my biggest goal in life is to succeed in whatever job I choose in the end. And that is the reason why I would like to continue studying to become better and learn more about what I want than what I like.

I have my advantages and disadvantages. In school, I’m always the overachiever, some subjects are better than others. I always live up to the expectations and do my best. My advantages overcome my disadvantages. I have a strong voice and I’m not afraid to say what’s on my mind.