Sunday, 11 June 2017

15 Doping

It's obvious that doping is against the rules of sport. Nowadays many doping stories has finally become public. It's scandalous what has happened in Russia. Finally, an extensive report has shed light on the mecanism of sport management in many countries. The emergence of a doping culture is not a new phenomenon, but recently we have more evidence that entire countries are involved in providing doping to athletes.

1. Swimming
Have you ever heard of teenagers taking performance-enhancing drugs? My brother was a really good swimmer. When he was 14 he won Polish National Championship. He was one of the greatest, promising swimmers. A prestigious school offered him a place at the roll of students. My brother's trainer sent him a list of "supplementary vitamins" (strangely affecting the health of kids, especially the heart). My dad rejected the proposal.

2. Tennis
Maria Sharapova was banned from tennis for 15 months. She had been taking meldonium. It's a kind of medication that increases exercise capacity. Before the press conference, everybody suspected that she was pregnant. It was a real shock, totally unexpected news. Sugarpova, the sweetest tennis player could have done something so... unethical? After being suspended, she could be given a wild-card invitation to get into Roland Garros. She didn't get the card. Journalists said that Sharapova's fans could be disappointed. Seriously? She had been taking prohibited substances so she can't be treated as a tennis player who is returning to tennis after having an injury.


Friday, 9 June 2017

14

I'm a typical movie buff. I could spend every day watching movies. Things are getting more complicated when I want to watch a movie with my friend who is also a movie freak. She has seen everything, so we only watch the latest new movies. 

The Girl on the Train

I figured out immediately who was the killer with no effort. Fortunately, I haven't read the book. Surprisingly, recently every blockbuster book results a complete sh... trash. I read an academic article about the necessity of creating a new literary genre. Blockbuster books have some similarities in the narrative elements and in the emotional reaction that the book produces. As it achieves enormous sales, the plot has to be very simple. Nowadays, people prefer a light reading. Oh, wasn't the "50 shades of Grey" a page-turner? Another brilliant blockbuster book. Strangely, I flipped through that book. 

The script is also a complete trash, but The Girl on the Train has a stellar cast. Emily Blunt's acting is incredibly good. I was certain that Jennifer Lawrence (Megan) had botox injected into her cheeks or she just wanted to know what was the aesthetic medicine in practice. But... it wasn't her! The director featured Haley Bennett in that role! To my pure astonishment, she was quite good at imitating Lawrence. 

So... The script was terrible. Rachel takes the train to work in New York and the train passes near her house where she was living with her former husband. She was also watching a couple (o spying on them) who lives near: Megan and Scott. Ok, I got tired. The plot summary: murder, alcoholism, love affair, hangover.

Another unnecessary waste of time.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

13. the cultural diversity

It's amazing to watch the cultural diversity. I have always been curious about other cultures and the ways in which they have adapted to live in our planet. When I was in Spain I had to use a pot to boil water. To my pure bewilderment, my Spanish friend told me that it would be great to invent something that could boil water without using a pot. SERIOUSLY?!

Yesterday I read an intriguing article about bizarre customs. Let's criticize one of them.

Scotland: When a woman finally decides to marry her boyfriend she's certain that they will withstand everything. In Scotland, marriage is not deified. I should check the divorce rate in Scotland. So, before getting married, the couple has to be pelted with rotten eggs and fish. The clanging of church bells won't be the most desirable sound, rather the sound of streaming water in the shower. If I were Scottish I would be my favourite pastime. It has to be fun to destroy the perfect wedding dress!


Sunday, 28 May 2017

12. The Sims 3

A few weeks ago I rearranged my bedroom because I couldn't stand my mother's grumbling. She uses our house to showcase that she is a creative person. She's a painter and our house has to be typical house of an artist. Full of unique stuff. So that's why I had to reorganize everything. I put all my personal belongings into cartoons. I hate surprises and my friends love to make me mad. One of my friends visited me and saw me hiding a box full of The Sims out of the corners of her eyes. I was embarrassed, because when I was younger I spent more than 2 thousand złotych to buy these games... It still sounds pathetic (for some grown-ups). 
She didn't ask me why I played Sims or... why I'm still playing Sims (I quit it). She borrowed it! 

Why were The Sims so cool? 
1. You can live the life you want but you can't have. You play how you want and you can name your Sims as you want. When I was younger, The Sims was bringing me peace. I had a knack for killing Sims. I had never got attached emotionally to my characters. Obviously, I didn't have time to do it because of the hunting for new Sims to murder. I knew 12 techniques to kill them. Quite funny. 

2. The creative aspect of the game I was spending hours
playing for sheer joy of creating new cities. If we talk about The Sims 4, it is believed that the animation is absolutely top-notch. I looked over the back of the game. To my pure amusement, the description was similar to the second part of The Sims' description. Nothing has changed (the graphic is acceptable) except the price of the game. Storytelling games are as gripping as good books. There's a little difference - you are the writer. It helps tremendously to develop creativity. 

 Undoubtedly, The Sims is not an unscramble phenomenon.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Zootopia

Many movies have surpassed my expectations. In some cases, trailers were really tricky and that's why I probably haven't seen wonderful movies. I thought that Zootopia pictures a story of some animals and their truly exceptional friendship. Does it sound intriguing? Nope. The truth is that Zootopia is... exceptionally original and... Surprisingly, watching the growing friendship between a wily fox and a cuddly bunny was so exciting! 

Judy Hopps becomes the first bunny to join the police in a mammal metropolis. She was dreaming of being a real cop who would enforce the law and bust criminals. Unfortunately, her boss assigns her to be a city guard. But a bunny like her never gives up. She is given only 2 days to solve the mystery that other cops couldn't explain. So, to prove herself she decides to jump at the opportunity. Regardless of the possibility of being fired, Judy wants to overcome the prejudice and tries to uncover a conspiracy. Despite being diminutive and delicate, she acts as if she were a lion. A harsh fox is trying to help her (I recommend you the song What does the fox say by Ylvis). 

Not every dream will come true, but Judy shows that life is a great surprise. A predator and the prey come together to fight with enemies. 

Overall, I liked the gags in this movie and the whole story touched me deeply. The movie features the effort that they make to eradicate prejudice. Nowadays, there's so much violence in cartoons, even in bedtime stories. I have finally found a movie which I will watch with my cousin.









Friday, 12 May 2017

Spain

A few years ago my friend told me that living in Spain has no downside. I fondly believed her (thanks for having ruined* my holidays). Sea with nicely sandy beach, wonderful weather, tasty food and extremely handsome boys - so how could I have a rough time? I was struggling with problems. Plenty of problems. So... 

1. Weather.
In the north of Spain, the weather is capricious. It wasn't raining all the time, something worse was happening - short rain showers. The afternoons were so baking that every occasional shower was annoying me. My skin was sticky and I was sweating even when I was drinking cool baverages.

2. Kids. It's so obvious that I went abroad to discover other people and their culture.Strangely, kids behave unkindly while their parents are polite and affable. I have never met a Spanish lovable kid. Many times I heard "Your son is thriving" and I thought that he is on the right lines to become another rude child. 

3. I was fed up with... lack of hygiene and respect. 
I will be honest. I didn’t do an adequate research before coming. Frankly speaking, Spaniards are scruff. Dumps of clothes lying on their bed, rooms that are a complete state... My Spanish friend was wearing the same clothes for three or four days. Did I mention that she was using that clothes as pyjamas? Strangely, she didn't stink!

4. They talk out loud. I adore it! My dad says that I'm as deaf as a board. He should win a prize for being a great father. Unfortunately, I almost went deaf. I have bad hearing because of
otitis

5. They never show up at the prearranged time. Do you think that I'm describing a stereotypical Spaniard? Nope. Even at the university we have longer breaks because of latecomers :D

So... I can’t wait to move to Spain.





*Could you correct it? I'm not sure :(

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Daniel Radcliffe

Frankly speaking, Daniel Radcliffe looks ordinary. Being Harry Potter makes him appealing. Unfortunately, he's not my type. On the other hand, I can objectively criticize him as an actor. It will be a pleasure for me to present him as a great actor.


A Young Doctor's Notebook
Film critics described this series as "delightfully weird". It's a British dark comedy based on the short story collection by Mikhail Bulgakov.  I'm a lover of movies which are dominated by droll humor. Undoubtedly, a young callow doctor in a remote Russian hospital during the Russian Revolution will make you laugh. With no practical experience, he tries to operate people. It's hard to say who was more petrified: he or the patient. Too stiff to walk, but using a scalpel is not so complicated, isn't it?


The F Word (Słowo na M)
Doubtlessly, it hurts to be put in the friend zone. How to get out of the friend zone? Ask Wallace. I utterly adore this movie because Radcliffe as Wallace is quite clumsy but still charming. There is a lot of dialogue (and witty jokes!) in the book. If a movie can be waffle, The F Word is at the brink of it.


Horns
Horns was not well received by film critics. A murder mystery in a small town and... horns sprouting from the head of the protagonist. Strangely, I'm fond of strange movies.


December Boys
This movie touched my heart.
One summer, four orphans boys who have grown to be the closest of friends find themselves competing for the attention of the same family. 


If you want to watch a movie with Harry Potter you should choose December Boys.