The question ‘What is love?’ was proposed to a group of children aged 4-8 and these are the reponses.
Makes you think that maybe children understand love much better than a lot of adults. Children have the most amazing ability to simplify things perfectly.
“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore.
So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.” Rebecca- age 8
“When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.
You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.” Billy - age 4
“Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.” Karl - age 5
“Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” Chrissy - age 6
“Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.” Terri - age 4
“Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.” Danny - age 7
“Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more.
My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss” Emily - age 8
“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” Bobby - age 7
“If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,” Nikka - age 6
(we need a few million more Nikka’s on this planet)
“Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.” Noelle - age 7
“Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.” Tommy - age 6
“During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.” Cindy - age 8
“My mommy loves me more than anybody
You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.” Clare - age 6
“Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.” Elaine-age 5
“Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.” Chris - age 7
“Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.” Mary Ann - age 4
“I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.” Lauren - age 4
“When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.” (what an image) Karen - age 7
“Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross.” Mark - age 6
“You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.” Jessica - age 8
Beauty is something that seems very important in the modern society as is obvious when we look at adverts and magazines, celebrity life-styles and even to a degree television programmes; how often do we see a ‘geeky’ young receptionist with no luck in love and then she removes her glasses and brushes her hair and low and behold she’s really the worlds next supermodel.
There has been continuous focus on the trouble this causes women while they spend their lives desperately trying to live up to the high standards that are plastered across every magazine. They’re right, to a degree, so many young women focus on their appearance and an increasing amount of men are beginning to feel the same, eating disorders aren’t uncommon for both, but in another way, they aren’t. The every day public don’t necessarily install so much belief in this ideal concept of beauty, because surely if they did, there wouldn’t be many couples in the world?
Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, what I find to be beautiful can be completely different to the person next to me. We have our stereotypes of ‘ugliness’; glasses and braces and other signs of imperfections. However if we really opened our eyes we’d see that everything’s beautiful in its own way.
Be that as it may, everyone can be shallow and no-one can deny that they have, at least once, agreed that women on the catwalk or plastered all over the magazines are a thing of beauty. There’s just one issue with the women in magazines and the men, infact, and that is called ‘airbrushing’.
There has been controversy about this particular topic in the last year, when L’Oreal launched an ad campaign involving actress Julia Roberts and supermodel Christy Turlington. The ad was pulled when complaints were made about the images being overly airbrushed.
Looking at the image of Julia Roberts, who I think we can all agree is still a beautiful woman at 44 and comparing it to one that was taken within the same month of the L’Oreal ad, it’s clear that airbrushing was used.
With the photograph of Christy Turlington, it’s even more obvious. But why? These women are beautiful and have been icons for other women for years. So why would we airbrush them to such an extreme?
Airbrushing is a marketing teams best friend, if you’re going to try to sell something, beauty works. So airbrushing isn’t new, advertising teams grab the most stunning women and men they can find and then they slap Photoshop on top to project what they’re product can ‘offer’ you. It’s part of everyday life, and has been for years now. It seems, however, that we’re no longer standing for it. There have been numerous campaigns appearing against it, including one from Debenhams and Britney Spears herself.
Debenhams released photographs of their new swimwear ads both airbrushed and untouched, which you can see below.
Personally, I’d say there wasn’t anything wrong with the natural model, but you can see the changes that would have usually been made.
We went out on to the streets of Farnham to ask the public and local business owners how they feel about life in Farnham; do you find Farnham an interesting place to live? Do you feel that having a business in Farnham is good?
We spoke to a range of the public, from mothers of young children to new residents of Farnham, to see what they think about life in the little villiage. Many recognised the small town feel and felt that larger places such as Guildford can be better on the odd occasion. However, all is not lost for Farnham as it seems people feel comfortable with the small town atmosphere offering a safe and fun place to raise children.
Sophie Bloomfield, Talya Varga.
UCA Farnham students have been paying tribute this week to a young student who tragically died recently.
Eighteen-year-old Kyle Hancock was studying Sports Journalism and was a keen footballer. Students on Kyle’s course and both UCA football teams decided to have a memorial match between their first and second team in his honour. There has also been two nights dedicated to him at the universities’ Student Union. There was a chance for grieving students to be together and talk to counsellors and an opportunity for Kyle’s peers to light a candle in memory of him, creating the shape of a football shield with the words “R.I.P Kyle.”
During these commemorative events generous students and staff have been donating money that will be given to Kyle’s family. So far they have raised almost £1000, but donations are still welcome.
Any donations can be given to Christian Simmons, a friend of Kyle’s and a fellow student at UCA.
Counselling and further support is still available, for more information contact Student Services or Night Line on 020 7631 0101.
The common conception of students being disruptive within their local communities can’t be said for the creative arts university in Farnham. Even the Students Union has been said to have a reasonably calm atmosphere on a night out. Student Union staff have said that the SU hasn’t ever really seen much trouble. Locals Shirley Rolf and Christina Lilley have said that the most disruption they’ve seen is the litter that is sometimes left.
Everyone knows when Remembrance day is and at least has a rough idea why it is a date to remember. Of course, we all realise the massive loss of life that occurs because of the wars that go on in the world and even though most of us would like to live in a world in which war is not a given, a world of pacifists is an unlikely occurance.
Although we see evidence of it plastered across the media from day to day I believe it’s something that we rarely actually stop and think about. The lives that have been lost many years ago are just as significant as those that we see dying for our country today and therefore having just one day a year that is dedicated to their memory and outstanding bravery seems an important part of our culture.
We went out on to the streets of Farnham recently to ask the publics opinion on this matter and this is their response.
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Sir Richard Branson, today, sends a 55 tonne relief effort out to the Pakistani earthquake victims.
The earthquake that hit in Kashmir on the 8th October has left Pakistan devastated causing the deaths of around 80,000 and injury a further 50,000. Virgin Atlantic has teamed together with British Airways and charitable organisations Save The Children and The Rotary Club to send the 55 tonnes of aid which includes tents, tarpaulins, basic tools, and lighting, water purification and cooking equipment to those left homeless after the disaster.
British Airways have agreed to carry out The Rotary Club’s aid packages known as ‘Shelterboxes’ in addition to the other aid they have transported previously.
Mr Branson, who is currently in New York at The Time Global Health Summit, has said that those who work at Virgin have been saddened and shocked at the devastation in Pakistan. Talking of the already dwindling stocks in Pakistan Mr Branson added, “We hope the British public and other British companies will continue to support the relief effort to avert a loss of life greater than the original earthquake.”
World champion boxer, Amir Khan has also commented on the most recent relief effort, wishing each of the companies his personal gratitude and thanks. He added “I’m sorry that I’m not going to be there… and please, please ensure the aid has got out to ground level as soon as possible which will help all the families who are experiencing difficulty at this time.”
The flight is set to leave today at 6:30pm from London Gatwick and will arrive in Islamabad, Pakistan at 7:30 the morning of the 1st November, getting much needed aid to the thousands of injured and the millions that have been left homeless.
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We can all be accused of a little body modification because surely that means everything we do to adapt ourselves; big or small, permanent or temporary. Obviously some of us take it to greater extremes than others, such as the ‘Cat-man’ in the photo. Real name David Avner, a Native American that got $200,000 worth of plastic surgery to adapt his body to look like his Totem animal, a tiger. There’s definitely a difference between getting your ears pierced or a little tattoo and getting your teeth removed and replaced with more ‘feline looking’ ones, steel implants for whiskers, pointed ears, lip modification, silicone implants and your whole face tattooed with stripes.
It’s fast becoming the fashion to get numerous piercings and the locations are becoming increasingly strange; including the back of your neck, hips, collar bones and wrists. Not to mention things such as ‘corset piercing’ which is a reasonably scary sight; to see someone’s back or side laced together.
The same goes for tattooing. We see the popularity increasing and the locations becoming just as strange; the tongue, inside lip, and even more recently, the eyeball.
But why are we putting our bodies through this? If more and more people are partaking in these types of modifications then what sort of extremes are we going to have to go to be ‘different’; if that’s what we’re even striving for?
If we’re not doing this to be different or outstanding and simply because as a society we like the look of body art why is it still so shocking to see?
We each strive for individuality while surrounded by a society that makes us so similar, meaning modification of ourselves is an important feature of our daily lives; anything from excess jewellery and different hair colours to outstanding piercings and tattoos that let our personalities shine through.
So, is body modification beauty? We don’t see the models plastered over the new Dolce and Gabbana campaign covered in tattoos and piercings, so perhaps it isn’t. But surely the airbrushing and make-up that is used to enhance these models is a type of modification that we mostly just accept. Truthfully, what’s the difference?
We each percive beauty to be different, obviously Mr Avner (catman) sees the way he has adapted his body as beautiful and those with piercings or tattoos or rainbow coloured hair find that to be their idea of beauty.
We can all be accused of a little body modification, but is that such a bad thing?