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Yun*chi

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J-Pop artist Yun*chi performed at Hyper Japan at Earls Court, London on 27th July. Not being familiar with her (or any J-Pop music to be honest) I decided to look her videos up on YouTube. The only way I can possibly describe her and her music would be unique, fun and completely adorable. The only obvious problem is, I can’t understand a word she is singing. She wears some fantastic outfits too.

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Yiruma ~ River Flows In You

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I have to say that this is the most emotional and moving piece of music I’ve ever heard. I first heard it when on holiday in Spain last year. ‘House of Illusion’ in Salou used it as an accompaniment with one of their illusions. From then on I was forever wondering what it was called. I recently heard it being played on the new Disneyland Paris advert and had to google it. It didn’t take long to find it and I downloaded it straight onto my MP3 player. I’ve been listening to it just before I go to sleep to help me unwind.

A Big Price to Pay for Being Different

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Every now and then you come across a story that really affects you; and the story that I am about to share with you is no exception. I have no connection what so ever to this girl or her family, I just merely want to help raise awareness about this particular tragedy and others similar and maybe some good can come of it. I blogged this story previously elsewhere a couple of years ago and have adapted it for present readers. It’s now approaching the fifth year anniversary of Sophie’s death and I feel that its more important than ever to spread the word about hate crime and help tackle the problem in the UK and around the world.

I consider myself to be an open-minded person. My taste in music varies and my style changes as often as the wind. Most importantly I am very accepting towards people I meet no matter their background, gender or culture. As the saying goes ‘never judge a book by its cover’, the same applies to people! I think open-mindedness which includes accepting change and difference is an appealing quality for a human being to have. I would like to think in this day and age that everyone was as open-minded as me although this isn’t the case.

Some people just can’t handle it! and I would describe these people as small-minded and weak. These are people who will go to any lengths to express their disgust toward anyone who appears different or has different views to themselves. The truth is, they don’t know what to expect, they judge the cover before reading the book and assume that they won’t like it.

Now having been part of the alternative scene in the past, I have met many interesting people who have established their own individual styles in order to break away from the “norm” as some people may put it. These people whether they be Goths, Rockers, Emo’s etc are probably the most intelligent and stimulating people I know. On the inside they are no different to anyone else, they just choose not to follow the same old trends. The world would be an incredibly boring place if everyone in it were the same.

Being the sort of person I am, I was sickened and saddened by a story that I had read a few years ago about a girl called Sophie who was brutally attacked along with her boyfriend by a group of teenagers they had met in a park in Lancashire. It is believed that the pair were targeted because of the unique and individual way in which they were dressed. While her boyfriend pulled through and survived the attack, Sophie sadly died on August 24th 2007. Words can’t express how angry this makes me and many others who have heard this tragic story. People shouldn’t have to live in fear because of how they dress… its insane!

Photo taken by Robert Maltby

Sophie’s family and friends have worked hard to raise awareness since her death and strive towards a less violent society by starting a campaign in her memory. The S.O.P.H.I.E campaign has a powerful message attached to it:

Stamp
Out
Prejudice
Hatred
Intolerance
Everywhere

and is growing in popularity through the fun organised events that they put on. To find out more information about the campaign or to donate to the SOPHIE LANCASTER FOUNDATION please check out the following sites:

 http://www.sophielancasterfoundation.com/

www.myspace.com/inmemoryofsophie

http://www.facebook.com/thesophielancasterfoundation

A Look Back On My 2011

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As I took a short walk earlier I started to think about all the things that I have done this year and what a great year its been overall. The most memorable moments started with a trip to Dublin in March during St Patrick’s week. In that time we saw Boyzone at the Dublin O2 arena and went to Dublin zoo. There was never a dull moment, even back at the hotel while getting ready for nights out we would listen to music and have a glass or two of rose. The St Patrick’s day parade was crazy, I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many people attend such an event all at once. It certainly was an incredible experience.

I attended a few Boyzone Concerts this year, a couple of Westlife and one Take That which was an amazing birthday present from my brother and his fiancée. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a rock chick at heart but 90’s boy bands are my guilty pleasure.

This year has definitely been the year of the musical for me, I’ve clocked up an impressive 42 shows which include:

Jersey Boys x25

Ghost x3

Betty Blue Eyes x1

Legally Blonde x6

Lend me a Tenor x1

Grease x1

Mamma Mia x1

Rock of Ages x1

Priscilla x1

Wizard of Oz x1

I call it dedication… my parents call it a waste of money!

Another great moment was when I met my favourite YouTubers Katers17 and Cory Williams of SMP Films and Mean Kitty. They set up a fan meet up in Trafalgar Square, London back in September and caused quite a stir as they spent the whole day mingling with the crowd.

I’m hoping that 2012 will have lots more great things in store for me, I already have a few things in mind anyway. My new motto is to ‘live each day as if it’s you’re last’ – especially if this “end of the world” thing is true and we may not live to see 2013.