Archive | November 2012

Research Log: Liverpool and Globalisation.

Here is my research log for my information on Liverpool, Slavery and Globalisation.

‘Of Time and the City’, a film by Terence Davies.

International Slavery Museum, (http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ism/)

(http://www.diduknow.info/docks/index2.html)

A history of Liverpool: (http://www.localhistories.org/liverpool.html)

Images on the Presentation: (Google Images)

Definition of Globalisation: (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/globalization)

Video: Youtube.com

Background knowledge on the Slave trade comes from both GCSE and A Level books, both AQA and Edexcel.

Two Controverial Stories on Liverpool: Two.

The second of my two controverial stories on Liverpool will focus on a more recent issue than my last; the Liverpool Care Pathway for Dying Patients. The desciption of the LCP from their website is this:

                       The LCP is an integrated care pathway that is used at the bedside to drive up sustained quality of the dying in the last hours and days of life. It is a means to transfer the best quality for care of the dying from the hospice movement into other clinical areas, so that wherever the person is dying there can be an equitable model of care.

– The Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute

In their final days, they provide the best possible care for the dying and their families, to make sure they are comfortable and taken care of. However, this is filled with controvery; an article posted on the dailymail website, published by Steve Doughty (Social Affairs Correspondent) states that the program is just a way to ‘hasten death’, stating:

                                              Several families have been shocked to find  that their loved ones have been put on the pathway – which involves the  withdrawal of food and fluids as well as medical treatment – without their  consent. The average lifespan of a patient on the  pathway is 29 hours. Yet, some patients who were taken off the pathway at the  insistence of their relatives have lived for several months.

Steve Doughty

It’s easy to see what makes this story so controverial; a patient can be put on the pathway without consent, and it seriously shortens the little time they have left. However, many Doctors still insist that the pathway is a good thing for patients, and that it brings them the best possible care for their final days. Senior Cancer Doctor Mark Glaser accused the NHS of using this pathway to ‘clear beds and achieve targets’, showing that even other Doctors are against the pathway. But against all these claims, the supports still claim that it is providing the best possible care for those suffering and poor, and strongly deny it as a form of Euthenasia, which itself is a very controversial topic.

This controverial story has developed over the past couple weeks, and is still developing, so it’s unlikely that we’ll find out what happens to the Liverpool Care Pathway for a few weeks. All I can say, is that if I were on my death bed, I would at least like to be given the choice to be placed on the pathway, because if this is being done without consent, what makes it any different from murder?

 

Liverpool and Slavery.

Here’s a video I’m going to use in my presentation on Liverpool and Globalisation.

Presentation Techniques: An Inconvenient Truth.

So today, with Neil, we watched the documentary, ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, by Al Gore. While he raised some very good points about Global Warming and climate issues, we weren’t really watching it for that; we were supposed to watch, and see if we could pick up any presentation techniques from how he presented his argument.

Firstly, a lot of what he showed seemed to be for ‘shock’ value; the rapidly rising figures, clips of the destruction caused by the climate, and so on. Anyway, from what I’ve taken from his presentation, I could use less text in my presentation about Liverpool and Globalisation, and also try to get more statistics (basically anything that conveys information, without it having to be written in text).

As with my presentation, I’m going to do it on how the Slave trade affected Liverpool and Globalisation, making it the city it is today. It’s still at an early stage, but I’ll post some of it once I’ve got something worth posting. I’m going to look straight for some kind of video I can use to do with Liverpool and the slave trade.

Five Jobs.

Okay, so our task was to find five jobs within the creative media sector that we would be interested in; of course, I looked specifically for jobs involving a degree of writing. Here are the five jobs that I found to be interesting:

 

Title: Production Editor.

Type: Creative.

Company Name: ‘Yarn Craft’.

Contract Type: Permanent. 

Location: Bath.

Pay Scale: Unspecified, Competitive. 

 

Title: Freelance Writer.

Type: Creative.

Company Name: Prospect Solution

Contract Type: Freelance.

Location: Anywhere.

Pay Scale: Unspecified.

 

Title: Media Assistant.

Type: Creative.

Company Name: John Ayling & Associates LTD. 

Contact Type: Permanent.

Location: Soho, London.

Pay Scale: Unspecified.

 

Title: Social Media and Contend Writer Intern.

Type: Creative.

Company Name: MGID.

Contract Type: Temporary.

Location: Oxford Circus.

Pay Scale: Unspecified.

 

Title: Freelance Sub-Editor.

Type: Creative.

Company Name:  Environmental Graffiti.

Contract Type: Freelance.

Location: Working from home.

Pay Scale: £15 per hour.

 

Okay, now that I have that information, I can lay it out in a creative format. I’m thinking either Photo-shop or as a News article. I’ll start on that now.