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NEW BLOG

Hey! Sorry that I’ve rarely been posting! I’ve just been overwhelmed with homework and I have exams in two weeks! 

And my friend and I have also started up a new blog called allyouneedtosucceed.wordpress.com which you should all go like! We’ll be posting some short stories we’ve written, some writing tips and ideas, maybe some book and movie reviews and more! And if you also enjoy writing you can send us in your writing, for us to read it, or even post it on the blog! 

Hopefully I’ll be posting a bit more soon! 

Thanks!

Rach, x

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The Truth About Admining a Facebook Fan Page

Nine months ago, May 2012, I was at a sleepover at one of my good friends house. We are both huge The Hunger Games fans, and one of us -it might have been me- suggested we make a Hunger Games fan page. We both loved the idea, and spent ages pouring over the first book, looking for the perfect quote. Eventually we decided, and our page was officially created. “She has no idea. The effect she can have” – The Hunger Games.

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I remember we spent hours posting things and asking for ‘promos’ on other pages. By the time we went to bed we had 30 likes on our page, and we were so excited. We didn’t realise what we’d gotten ourselves into. I’m not gonna be blunt – admining a fan page is hard work. For six months it was just me & my friend, asking for promos, sharing other pages, making statuses, posting photos. It was hard work. A promo by the way, you might have seen, is where one page will post on another page, “Hi there, promo for promo?” Basically you share there page, and they’ll share yours. A share for a share. It became harder to find new content. You have to be a good page. Posting at least once a day, doing promos every now and then when you (or another page) asks, so you get more likers. But then you can’t post stuff you’ve already posted, or steal something from another page without crediting them and you have to keep it HG related most of the time. After six months, in about November 2012, when we had only 300 likes, my friend and I opened an admin contest. We chose four trial admins, and three of those we’re taken on board, and are still with us today, three months later where we have 1145 likes!

But don’t get me wrong. Being a Facebook admin can be good fun. You have this power – being able to reach out and talk to people from all over the planet, bringing Hunger Games fans together. It’s great. And of course it doesn’t have to be HG. You could make a Harry Potter, or Divergent or The Host or Game of Thrones fan page. Or whatever page you want. It doesn’t even have to be a fandom page.  If you’re thinking about creating a FB page, just remember that it can be a big commitment, and you have to be prepared and able to post regularly otherwise your fans won’t be impressed. And you don’t have to have more than one person to make a page (although it will certainly make it easier). Or if you don’t want to have the hassle of making the page from scratch, look out for pages that are running admin contest, and enter! You never know, you might win!

And please, if you are a Hunger Games fan and have the time, please go check out my page, and maybe even like it? It would mean the word to me and my fellow admins! And if you do like a lot of pages and they post content, like or comment on it. It means the world to us admins, so don’t be scared. There’s nothing better than having people like or comment on your statuses and photos! Thanks on behalf of the admins 😀

Check out my page >>> 

http://www.facebook.com/SheHasNoIdeaTheEffectSheCanHaveTheHungerGames

Rach, x

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The Help ~ Movie Review

The Help is a story full of racism and discrimination. It’s a 2011 movie directed by Tate Taylor and based on the novel of the same name by Kathryn Stockett.

It stars Emma Stone, as 22 year old Skeeter. She’s returned to Mississippi, after graduating from school, with dreams to become a successful writer. She gets a job at the local news paper, but her mother (Allison Janney) isn’t happy. She just wants Skeeter to find a man and get married. But Skeeter isn’t interested. Instead she gets an idea that could put herself and the people involved in danger.

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Then there’s Aibileen (Viola Davis), a coloured woman who works as a house maid for a white family with a young daughter that they have no time for. Aibileen is dedicated to looking after the poor girl, the seventeenth white child she’s raised. Her own son was killed at work, where his bosses looked the other way.
Finally there’s Minny (Octavia Spencer), Aibileen’s best friend and the best damn cook in town. She’s funny and sassy, and also a black maid for one of the woman in town, Hinny (Bryce Dallas Howard). Until she’s fired and finds herself working for Celia (Jessica Chastain), the social outcast because she was born into a working-class family and she’s married to Hinny’s old boyfriend. But Celia, treats Minny with respect and like an equal, as she faces problems of her own.
The plot is about Skeeter’s plan to write a book from black maid’s perspectives. It’s set in the 60’s during a time where people were discriminated because of their skin colour.

The movie is beautiful. I loved the relationship between the maids and Skeeter, and the friendship between Minny and Celia, and the scene at the end where Celia and her husband treat Minny to a special lunch just for her. It really sheds light on how big the racism was back then and how terrible it was.
I recommend that everyone watch this movie! It was stunning. I’m very excited to go read the book now, as I’ve heard good reviews for it. I’ll give you a review when I’ve read it.

Rach, x
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School; My Favourites, Least Favourites and Back-to-School Organisation Tips!

School started back for me last Thursday. I’m in Year 10 which is kind of a big year. It’s the first year of school we have exams for all our subjects. Plus, I’m also doing an advanced placement in Year 11 History of the 20th Century. 

My Favourite Subject:

At the moment it’s my advanced placement- History. Even though the workload will most likely prove to be a lot harder than my other Year 10 subjects, I’m really enjoying this class at the moment. And I’m enjoying learning about the first World War. There’s four Year Tens in my class including myself. And I’m friends with them which is good. The Year 11’s aren’t as intimidating as I thought they would be, but on our first lesson, there was a lot of ‘You’re in the wrong classroom’, especially when we weren’t on the roll, LOL. 

My Least Favourite Subject:

The way I’m feeling right now I’m gonna say my Fitness class. And that’s because I haven’t had that class (although I have it tomorrow) and because I don’t know if I’m gonna know anyone in it. Last year, the couple of friends I had in my fitness class are either not doing it or doing it at a different time. I’m pretty worried that it’s just gonna be me, and people I’m not friends with. Fitness and the Heart, is the only class I don’t know anyone in and it’s the worst to not have a friend in because we do a lot of partner stuff. So here’s to hoping it won’t be too bad and that I’ll know someone in the class! 

My Back-to-School Organisation Tips: 

  • Through my experience of high school, my number one tip is to have a planner. You might get one through school like I do. If you don’t I highly recommend you go out and buy one. Get one with a section for each day, and write down all your homework and anything you need to do or remember. If you are given an assignment, write it down on the day that you were given it and the day, so you don’t forget.

  • Another tip is to complete your homework when you get it and not leaving it to the last minute. If you get an assignment that’s due in a week, work on it a little each day and don’t put it off until the last day. It just gets you stressed and your work won’t be as good because you’ll probably rush it. 

  • When you’re in class write down everything that your teacher writes on the board (unless they specify otherwise). It might come in handy in the future. 

  • Have you been asked to take notes of what you learnt in class, or just doing it because you want to remember it? Well the key to taking good notes is to use different colours and dot points. Keep the dot points simple and neat. You can use little pictures and symbols if you want to, as long as you’ll remember what you were talking about, down the track. And make sure you use headings and sub-headings, and put the date on your notes. This way you can go back to the time you want and read over the notes for that day. 

    I hope you like my school tips! 

    Rach, x

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Man On A Ledge: Movie Review

For Christmas, one of the DVDs I got was Man on a Ledge. ‘A 2012 American psychological thriller film, directed by Asger Leth’. It stars Sam Worthington as the main character, Nick Cassidy, or the man on the ledge. It also stars Elizabeth Banks as the police psychologist who tries to talk him down from the ledge. Other cast members include Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Anthony Mackie and Génesis Rodríguez. It was released January 2012, with a running time of 102 minutes.

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The imdb description is: “As a police psychologist works to talk down an ex-con who is threatening to jump from a Manhattan hotel rooftop, the biggest diamond heist ever committed is in motion…”

 Which basically sums it up. But the whole time you’re watching this movie, you’re trying to work out who’s working for who. Who’s the bad cop and who’s a good cop. The whole time you were thinking, are they in on the plan? Are they working for the evil guy?

The whole cast played there roles super well, with a bit of comedy throughout it. The movie was very interesting and got straight into the action right away. I would give Man on a Ledge, a 7 out of 10 rating. I recommend everyone see this movie!

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Can we go thrift shopping?

Yes. Yes, we can.

On Monday, it was my last day of school for the year. We finished at 12:30, and decided to head down to the shopping centre for a few hours, and then go to dinner. Yes, it was good fun, but after being at the shops for hours, we were tired, and had already been around the place, a few times. But it was only 4, and we didn’t want to be ‘uncool’ and have dinner so early. So we decided to head into Savers, this massive second hand store.

And it was the best decision we made all day. I loved it in there. I think we spent half an hour in there, and the only section we really looked at was the books. It was amazing. They had rows, and rows of books, most of them in pretty mint condition for only a few dollars. My friends and I were in heaven. In total I bought 5 books, and it only cost me $16, (I had to save some money for dinner). In abook store these books could have cost me around $50.

The books I bought there were:

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone- it was $2 and in pretty good condition. Yes, I’m a big HP fan, but no, sadly I don’t own the books. I’ve read them all, and own all the movies, but I haven’t got around to owning them yet.
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire- this was $4, hard cover, and very good condition. Yes, I know they’re out of order, but these were the only two HP books they had.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird- this one was $3. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while, especially with the whole HG mockingjay thing, and last week I received next year’s book list. And what was on the Year 10 English list? This book. So when I saw it for $3, I thought that I should buy it, save my mum a bit of money, ’cause I’m just the best daughter. Hehe.
  • The Time Traveller’s Wife- this one was $3 also, and from the outside, it looks brand new. Inside it has a few rips, but I don’t care. There were two reasons I bought this book; one- it’s on my to-read-this-summer-list, and two- I have the movie on DVD and I love it!
  • Night World Volume 2- about two years ago, I won this book package including NW volume 1, and even though it wasn’t my favourite in the pack, when I saw V2, I thought I should buy it. It was only $4, and looked like it was in perfect condition!So that was my adventures in thrift shopping. Yes, I admit, thrift shops kind of intimidate me, but I recommend visiting one, if you’re looking for a bargain!

    Rach, x

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So, this be me!

So, this be me!

This is me, back in March, when I bought my hunger games tickets! Yes, as you can tell, I’m a big HG fan! #NoHate 😉

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December 20, 2012 · 9:34 pm