Hi people reading this unacceptable blog,

The bad news is I woke up at 5 this morning.
Beach
The good news is: Today I’m going to Jeffrey’s Bay.
I’m so excited because we’re staying at a guesthouse that is only walking distance from the beach. I’m so happy right now!!! I’ll also will make some footage about which you can watch it at my youtube channel, if I have WiFi. So you will get so jalous that you want to go there too!!!

When we leave Knysna we’re first going to see a bridge at Tsitsikamma where people like to jump off with cords on them (weird right?!). And then we’ll be going to Jefrey’s. Sleep there for a night and then going back Sunday evening. Short holiday but I’m sure it is gonna be a good one.

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The Voice UK vs Other

I watched The Voice UK a couple of weeks ago and watched their auditions. I see in X Factor and Idols videos, that the judges sometimes laugh at bad contestants! There is no dignity left and what will happen after this is shown on television? Will this contestant remain living normal without being looked down on? I don’t think so. In opposite the contestants of the Voice must first do audition via the an open audition which is not televised. So if there are really bad singers , they will not be embarrassed in front of a audience at home. This keeps people dignified so they can still do their normal stuff without other people looking down on them.

Only a couple of singers continue to the blind audition. The judges are put with their backs to the contestant, so the judges only will be able to judge on the voice of the singer namely the Blind Auditions. After they noticed the singing skills the can press their button to let the contestant join on of impressed judges’ team. Mostly good singers but also some less skilled singers are asked to do these auditions. What was surprising me was, that even when the particular singer was bad, there weren’t any insults. Only constructive feedback that mentioned things that the particular singer could improve. One of the judges (Danny O’Donoghue) said:

“The stance we’ve taken is that you can deliver bad news in a good way. Maybe it’s not great for ratings but we had a 17-year-old on our show and she wasn’t great. Are we going to destroy her so she couldn’t walk down the street? Absolutely not”

Simon Cowell, was judge in American Idol and is judge in X Factor UK&US, thinks differently about bringing bad news. He often says that people’s singing is awful without really delivering useful feedback for the contestant to improve their singing, afterwards. Also other judges at X Factor and Idol do not deliver useful feedback, with exceptions of course.

X Factor and Idol have high watching rates. Who wouldn’t like to watch people laughed at and insulted. But is it all worth it? I don’t think it is. Shows like The Voice have more potential. I’d rather watch a show that leaves peoples dignity and is less sensational then watching a show which is sensational because the judges insulting the contestants.

2 rhinos killed each day

As stated statistically there are two rhinos being killed each day in South Africa. This is not really surprising for the street-value of the horn being about R520000[1]. Most of the poachers come from Mozambique,  a country with the lowest Human Development (read as poor) [2]. The bad conditions and the high street value make it attractive for people to hunt these animals.

Rhino horns are popular because of there use in South-East Asia. The people there believe that it can prevent and cure cancer. It is also found in old Chinese medicine to treat, in a mix, a lot of diseases.

I think this could be stopped by searching for the traders that make it possible to sell. Hereby the poachers can’t sell their rhino horns and will stop hunting rhinos. If this is being done wrong, the street value could rise to a much higher amount which makes it even more attractive to hunt them. I also think that scientist should investigate of the use of animal body used as medicines is really helpful.

Overall source: http://goo.gl/bL9gv
[1] http://www.wisselkoers.nl/calculator
[2] http://goo.gl/1PmVM

This was an writing project for English but an extended version since there could be only 120 words being include in the task.

18th December 2011

Morning

Approximatly 9h00 started the service at ‘The Island Church’ in the centre of Knysna.
This a charismatic church with the goal to be ‘A place of grow’. You can also find them on FaceBook.

Afternoon

We planned to go to ‘The Heads’ that are the famous rocks of Knysna.
The place was too busy we didn’t go there after all.

So we went back to our cottage*. My dad, brother and I played many times UNO after arriving at the cottage.
My dad stopped but my brother and I continued with playing. We played ‘four in a row’, UNO and <Rumicub> with UNO cards.

Evening
We had Rice and (roerbakei) for Dinner. It was nice though there were not many vegetables in it.
After we had had dinner I went to the <hangmat> near our cottage. My brother and I have had many arguments about it.
Particular who would be first on it. we had some deer visiting our cottage.

And as usual we played some UNO. I always win (not unfortuantly).

It has been 3 days ago since I wrote some on my blog. In that tree days we had a little culture shock. We were suppose to live in a cottage which was far from clean. In one room it smelled like there had been a beer flood. The cottage smelled bad. There was still some coffee in the cups. The whole thing was a real shock compared with the clean cottages in the Netherlands but the owners where nice poeple they were really really nice. I will post some pictures maybe.

First Day in South Africa

After a trip of 11½ hours I finally arrived at ‘Cape Town International Airport’. It had the look of an airport like Schiphol or Lnd Heathrow, descent modern. After our passports had been checked and the luggage had been taken from the airport, we drove to  ‘Guesthouse De Molen‘. This guesthouse is property of a Dutch family who came to live here a few years ago (Seen on Tv, ‘Ik Vertrek’). We stay here only til tomorrow morning.

The view here looks great. Miss u guys…

PS. Pictures and Nederlandse version will be there tomorrow I hope