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Street Music

It’s amazing how much of an affect the simplest of this can have on us. Yesterday I found myself strolling through the gorgeous city centre of Nottingham with one of my best friends. We were supposed to be job hunting but after a couple of hours it descended into a Costa Coffee date and some retail therapy. 

Our journey took us up a clustered street. On the corner were three men mostly of Caribbean heritage where playing the drums and singing. It felt exotic. In my head we were wandering up a cobbled road bordered with endless rows of colourful stalls and the salty sea air toying with my hair. Moments later, at the end of the same walkway and elderly gentleman was masterfully playing the violin. Suddenly all the modernisms of current Nottingham vanished and suddenly we  were whisked back to the Victorian era. Top hats and murder galore. 

I began to think how much of an impact street music has. It’s music you tend not to listen to everyday and you can’t escape it. It follows you up every alleys. Maybe next time you hear it, let it catch you and allow your imagination to run wild. 

Pocahontas

Disney have been getting a lot of attention for feminism lately, with all of its films being analysed in a search for the theme. However, if you look a little passed the main characters other sociology theme are present. Pocahontas is a good example of this. The British men are lead by Governor Ratcliffe. He doesn’t have many reframing qualities. He isn’t brave, he’s the sort of man who makes others do his dirty work. I believe his main purpose in the movie is to contrast with John who leads by example and kindness. 

Ratcliffe leads by appearing above the others. He materialistically imposes his power. For example the gold throne on the boat, his special tent and the way he treats his pig better than his men. This gives him the aura of being godlike and more powerful than he is. This is reinforced by his motivational speeches. 

However, by the end of the movie the men over throw him. This is such an underrated scene. It represents history. The poor overthrowing their out of touch leader. This is socialism. The lesson here is that to rule you must participate. A king should fight in his own war and head chef should stir the soup. 

Author Puzzles

do you ever get madly into the works are a particular author suddenly and suddenly find you have over 10 examples of their writing in your possession? I do.Eventually you start to notice trends which act as puzzle pieces which can be used to build up a profile of the creator. Two good examples of these little reading obsessions are Clive Cussler and Virginia Andrews.

When I was 12 and graduating to ‘grown up’ books. Andrews was my first love. My mum had a couple of her novels lying around and they could be found in most charity shops for about 50p. The more of her work I chewed through the more I began to notice certain themes. I won’t go into detail for fear of spoilers and I hate to slate her, but after about 9 books I was fairly bored of the storyline. One day, it clicked. Why the same events cropped up in the lives of so many of her fictional characters; it was her life. She was dealing with her own tragedies by thrusting them upon someone who did not exist. This is what made her work so powerful, so believable and so honest.

As I stumbled through my teenage years I found the family drama and romance genre a bit dull and advanced into the scientific adventures that can be guaranteed in a Cussler novel. My college is probably 30% his books, I have at least 25. After my brief fling with Andrews i began to assume that all novelist based their main character on themselves and for a while Clive Cussler seemed to to this. His action heroes Dirk Pitt and Kurt Austin share many qualities and i had assumed this where Cussler’s fiction selves. However, he surprised, he wrote himself into one of his books by name, as  a mysterious side character. I was stunned. I tried my hardest to analyse the situation and the best i could do was gander at the possibility that this was him admitting to himself and the world that he wasn’t this perfect main character. It seemed to me as though Dirk Pitt may be a representation of who Clive wishes he was.

To conclude. I believe most writer tend to base they’re characters around themselves. its gives out work more reality. So next time to pix up a book, just question how much is actually fiction.