(4) Personal development… at home

January 12th, 2013 by buivydaite3zivile3s

By Zivile Buivydaite (1996), Silutes pirmoji gymnasium/Lithuania

All of us sometimes (or often) have such free time when we don’t know what to do. Some start to play computer games, some watch TV. But what is the point of this? I disagree with you, when you say “ I am tired, I want to relax playing with my Xbox”. There are so many activities to relax in a more valuable way

At first I want to say that the best rest for me is reading. Regular reading improves our thought, gives proper knowledge, inspire us, generate ideas and keep us in the right way. It isn’t so boring as the majority thinks. You just have to cream off the most attractive books, not necessarily from the compulsory reading programme. For example, my favourite books are Gregory David Robert’s “Shantaram” and Margaret Michell’s “Gone with the Wind”.

 

"Shantaram" image from http://www.bookadda.com/books/shantaram-abridged-library-edition-gregory-david-1433270161-9781433270161 and "Gone with the wind" image from http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/gone-with-the-wind/images/2349108/title/book-started-all-photo

 

Of course, if you are too tired to read, you can watch films. And I recommend to see some documentary films. Today there are so many documentaries which are so simple and so interesting. Sometimes even more interesting than popular films. I think the best documentaries are created by BBC. It realised a lot of various films translated in different languages. My favourite ones are “Human Planet” and “Planet Earth”. “Human planet’s” series are about human life in different parts of the world. “Planet Earth” features a global overview of a different biome or habitat on Earth.

 

"Human planet" image from http://hd-cafe.blogspot.com/2011/10/bbc-human-planet.html and "Planet earth" image from http://www.flickr.com/photos/nobodyblue/5870692585/

 

In conclusion, I want to say that regrettably, reading rates in Lithuania decline. “Alma littera” analysis shows that more than third of children from the age of 3 to 10 in Lithuania don’t read at all.

 

And this is the Americans statistic to make a comparison:

Statistic from http://www.cleancutmedia.com/books/does-anyone-read-books-anymore-be-surprised

Stereotypes about the most popular subcultures in Lithuania

May 9th, 2012 by buivydaite3zivile3s

By Zivile Buivydaite (1996), Silutes pirmoji gymnasium/Lithuania

Subculture – cultural variant, specific to a certain group of people united by the worldview, interests, social status and etc. I think everyone knows what it is and everyone has an individual attitude towards subcultures. In this article I want to present the opinion of Lithuanians on subcultures. I found an interview where 40 people were questioned and I will show the results and comments:Subculture cartoons

Metalheads

The majority associate them with freedom and aggression, some even with satanism. Metalheads are often described – “a bottle of beer in a hand, like to smoke “weed” or cheap cigarettes, playing guitars”. Talking about their appearance everybody said, that metalheads have long hair, grow beards, wear black leather clothes.

Punks
Punks are inseparable from the free behaviour, anarchy. Respondents said that they want to be different their looks. They don’t care about anything, and like conflicts. Metalheads wear second-hand clothes, torn jeans, Dr. Martens boots, lots of earrings. And above all, they have got crazy dyed hair.

Bikers or sometimes rockers.
Inseparable from the motorcycle and the freedom. Some think, that bikers do not pay serious attention to women – for them girls are just jewelry.
Bikers wear black leather clothes, but more expensive than metalheads.

Also they wear sunglasses, helmets and bright, colorful headscarves. And interviewees tell that rockers have got long hairs and beards. They may be of elderly age.

Skinheads
Talking about this group, the majority said: “Skins are an example of anti-tolerance” and think, that they propagate nationalist ideas. Also, skinheads are associated with fights. They are described with shaven heads, dr. Martens boots, military-style clothing.

 

Goths

Everyone has own opinion about goths, so I want to present the most popular stereotypes. At first, many people don’t see difference between goths and metalheads, certainly, talking about appearance. Some think that all goths are satanists and belong to a certain cult. They listen to hard and strange music, which other “normal” people can’t listen to. But also respondents say that goths are quiet and mysterious, don’t like to socialize and are too dark.

I think Lithuanian youth is too intolerant because mostly have got just a negative opinion. We still have to try to be more tolerant.

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May 9th, 2012 by buivydaite3zivile3s

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