Grey areas in the sex industry?

Our visit to the prosenter was very exiting and I learned a lot about prostitution that I did not know from before. I realised that prostitution comes in many forms, and is not necessarily girls selling themselves at the streets to earn money. It can be people struggling to provide for their family, and people without permission to work in a country. It can also be by force, but this is not very common in Oslo. We also learned what was allowed and not allowed to do when it comes to the sex industry. There are also a lot of grey areas where it is difficult to know what is right and wrong when selling your body. We discussed if it is right to hire someone to participate in pornography, when it is not allowed to pay to look at someone having sex.

Human trafficking is a big global issue in the world today, and a big part of this is the sex industry. Human trafficking is people forced or tricked across borders to work for companies or industries. It is often difficult to leave the work, for many reasons. It can be because they get a huge debt to pay, or the traffickers takes their passports so that they can’t go back, or they get stuck because they can’t get another job in the country where they are smuggled.

Grey areas in the sex industry?

Dear Donald Trump

Congratulations on winning the election and taking over the role as president for the united states. During the campaign, you have shown your opponent and the people of the united states what you stand for and how you will affect this country. Even though many people may not agree with you and your opinions, we have no choice than to throw in the towel and congratulate you on becoming the next president. After all, everyone should realise that they have to accept you as a president one time or another.

I have some suggestions and meanings about how you should run the country, and some of the things that should change. First of all, I think that it is important to show respect to all of your people and specially your opponents. If you were to be rude or disrespectful to other people you would not be respected back. It is important to be nice to everyone, no matter skin-colour, gender, orientation or race, or else you will lose a lot of your supporters as well.

Secondly, when it comes to the economy, something definitely has to change. Some of your proposals, seems reasonable for the citizens, however I do not think that they will be easy to go through with in real life. I have to confess that I am not familiar with the American politics and I have slightly no idea of how you should solve the problem, but I know that something has to change. There is no social security that can guarantee people a safe future if they lose their job or fall out of the system. You should find a way to improve the economy without it affecting other countries.

Last, but not least I want to say good luck to you for the four next years. Even though a lot of people (including me) may not be big fan, you should try to unite the people, both the democrats and the republicans. You all have to work together if you are building a sustainable country for your future generations and we simply have to hope for the best. Keep in mind, that some of the decisions you make, will not only affect America, but the whole wide world.

Thank you for reading my letter.

Sincerely Mari Rosvold

Dear Donald Trump

Humans of Oslo “We are two oldies traveling together”

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Today, we had a somewhat different English class from what I am used to. We were gathered up i pairs to interview people and ask them some personal and some not so personal questions for the project called Humans of Oslo. We met up outside the subway station at the National theatre and went our separate ways. We interviewed three different people with different backgrounds. Now I will tell you about the ones i found very interesting.

At a bench by the university of Oslo we found to ladies waiting for the tourist bus. They were in their sixties, and they were really nice and welcoming. We introduced ourselves and wondered if we could ask them some questions. A minute later we had found out that they were from the east coast of Australia and that they were visiting Scandinavia on a cruise ship. They liked to travel and had done it for years.

We asked them a personal question about what were the happiest moments of their life. They looked at each other and thought about it for a while. One of the ladies said that it had to be when her grandson was born. That was the first thing she could think of. The other one answered that it would be the week she was on a cruise ship around the British Isles. It was clear that they both loved to travel around the world!

The last question we asked I did not think that we would get a very interesting answer. I asked them how they knew each other. One of the women told me that they were partners which really surprised me, thinking they were friends or sisters. The women to the left told me that her husband had died many years ago and when she needed a new partner, she wasn’t afraid to try new things. Both of them had a husband before they found each other.

Towards the end of the interview the other woman said: “were two oldies traveling together”. I was really touched when she said that, for some reason. Not because it was such a special thing to say, but just because I think they had a great time and I hope to do the same thing when I get old. They wished us good luck with our school project and we wandered up Karl Johan heading to the royal castle.

I thought it was a very nice experience and even though it was really out of my comfort zone I think we managed to get trough the task pretty good. I can see how it might be very intimidating when to people come up and ask questions, but since they were two it wasn’t that bad for them either.

Humans of Oslo “We are two oldies traveling together”

Topics for the year

Studying and Working Abroad

Many young people choose to go abroad to study or work. What might be the reasons for this?

There are lots of reasons to study or work abroad. I think most people do it for the experience of living in a foreign country or city as well as they want to learn proper English. When your studying abroad, you are forced to talk English to every other student, colleague or person you may come across. If someone are learning a third language such as Spanish or German, they can also move to another country and learn to speak it properly. A lot of people move because they get job offers to work in other countries. All of these reasons are typical reasons why people move to other countries.

Multiculturalism

What is multiculturalism? Can you give examples of multicultural societies? What possibilities and challenges do multicultural societies face?

Multiculturalism is when people with different nationalities or cultures accepts each other and live in a society together. Almost every country in the world consist of both ethnic and foreign people from different countries. Multiculturalism makes a bigger diversity of people and can lead to both good encounters as well as disagreements when it comes to religion, clothing, rules and behavior. There are a lot of multicultural societies and cities in the world like New York, London, Paris and Berlin. There can be a lot of conflicts and struggles in multicultural societies today like segregation and discrimination against other races and nationalities.

Varieties of English

There are many variants of English. Choose one of the countries where a variety of English is spoken (not the USA or the UK). Explain why English is one of the main languages there and describe how this variant differs from standard English.

English is spoken in most countries in the world today, however not all of them use it as their first language. Countries like the USA, the UK, India, Jamaica, South Africa and Australia are only some examples of English-speaking countries. Most of these countries started speaking English in the colonial-time when the UK ruled big parts of the world. The Englishmen came to Australia in 1787 when the British prisoners was placed at the island because they didn’t have enough space in the prisons. In Australia everyone speaks English. Even the aborigines that lived there thousands of years before the Englishmen came can speak the language now. It is closer to British when you listen to the accent, but some words are also similar to American.

 

Topics for the year

Breaking the ice – activities

My expectations was not so big since I didn’t know that we were going to have “breaking the ice activities”. I thought we were going to do some classic activities like remembering each others names like we usually do in the start of the year. It was nice to have some different activities and try new things, even though it was uncomfortable at times. I think that we really got to be more comfortable with each other even if we didn’t get to know everyone that well. If we were to do these kind of activities every week, we would be even more comfortable with each other.

As mentioned above, I was a bit uncomfortable, especially when we had to close our eyes and walk around the room. I also felt a bit nervous when we lent backwards and forwards, waiting for someone to catch us so we wouldn’t fall to the floor. I was exited for each of the tasks and what we were doing. It was actually really fun. Especially to watch other people struggle to get places when they crashed into each other in the circle and when we had to sit on each others laps and make a circle out of it. I was sometimes a bit afraid to fall down the stairs when we walked around with our eyes closed.

I learned that it isn’t that big of a deal if you can speak good english or not. You will learn a better accent and a lot of other people also speak really Norwegian-English. I also learned that i is hard to trust other people and letting them catch you when you lean backwards or walk around the school with your eyes closed. But you just have to trust that they know what their doing. I didn’t learn so much about the other people in this class, but I think we will have a good year together.

xoxo

Breaking the ice – activities

CRASH movie

My character was Christine Tayer who was the wife of the film producer Cameron. She was a Latin American and since she was married to an African American, I do not think she thought a lot of races herself. But, when the car was stopped by the police because of her black husband, she got really upset. When the car was stopped and the police officer came out to rummage the two, she felt really uncomfortable when he searched her dress and all the places she possibly could hide something. Some days later, she got stuck in a car because of a car accident. When she wanted help, the same police officer came to rescue her. At first she was really mad and did not want to cooperate, but when he told her that the gas was leaking and that they could burn up in flames, she had no choice. I think that the incidents in the movie made her realize that he was not such a bad person after all, and that she maybe should not judge after first impression.

I will continue the post later.

CRASH movie

Not waving but Drowning

Hello, and welcome back to my blog! Hope you have had a pleasant spring since I last posted on the blog. It has been a while now. The last few weeks has been stressful, with a number of test and assignments to get finished. But this week I am all free, and therefore I will write a new post for you now. This post will be about the poem “Not waving but drowning” by the British poet Stevie Smith.

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The speaker of the poem is both the bystanders and the man who drowned.

The first stanza is kind of a narrator who tells us that nobody heard him when he said “I was much further out than you thought”. He was not waving but drowning, and no one knew.

The second stanza is from the bystanders angle. They tell us that he died when his heart stopped because of the cold water. They felt really sorry for him since he always loved larking. They did not take any responsibility when they saw or found he died, and thought he simply drowned because of the cold water.

The third and last stanza is from the mans angle. He says: “I was too far out of all my life” and he confirms the line from the first stanza: “Not waving but drowning”. He was not larking around, but actually drowning.

I do not think that the people knew him well. Maybe someone knew who he was, but no one knew that he actually was struggling. They thought he was just larking and did not think that he was waving because he needed help, but because he was having fun. The dead man was trying to tell the people that he was indeed drowning not waving.

I think that the repeating makes the poem stronger. If the line “Not waving but drowning” only had stood once, it would not have had as strong message as it has.

The changing perspective in the poem, makes it much more real because you get to hear everyones thoughts and not only from one perspective.

I liked the poem because it was really deep, and after reading it a few times I understood the the meaning of it. That you have to see other people and dont just focus on yourself. Maybe they have gone trough things that you dont know about…

xoxo

 

Not waving but Drowning