Title: Spanker Author: Rohan kishibe

"Kappa". He's a Japanese folklore creature. A swamp monster who eats cucumbers, and steals the livers of children. (they named kappamaki after him).

One day, a group of friends go out for a walk and accidentally stumble across a swamp.That swamp...

They've heard about the infamous Kappa, but all Believe that it is just a silly myth. Their minds are quickly changed when a terrifying creature pulls one of the friends into the murky swamp.

The others scream in worry for their friend, but there is no response. One of the friends finds them on the other side of the swamp being dragged by a monster. they watch them break free and try to escape the swamp.

"They all go back to them family and they all got spanking" (this particular line was Parshva's. I spelled it exactly as it was written on the paper.)

A rat's tale

I was 6 when my brother John leaned across the kitchen table and casually whispered that he had killed Santa Claus. I stood at the table completely stunned, until I uttered the words "b-but it's mid June...". My brother, completely unaffected by this, says "yes, I know it's June, aside from that, Santa's lifeless blood-soaked corpse is lying in the foyer.". We sit in silence for a moment, I stare into my brother's eyes, shocked, and he looks back at me with this sense of complete disregard and carelessness. Sometimes I wonder how I'm related to him. In terms of animal matter, obviously, John is human. But, psychologically, I place him near fungus. I'm trying to process the gravity of what my brother just said to me. Him telling me that he had killed Santa "So, what do I do?" says my brother, still completely unaffected.

The crash (beginning)

The whine of a twin-turbo 600 horsepower V8. That's all I hear. Speeding away on a perfect summer's day on an Italian highway in a scarlet red Ferrari California T. The sun is beating down on the car. The road is completely empty. The beautiful rolling Tuscan hills give me the impression as though I am driving through an oil painting of the most incredible landscape you could ever imagine. It's high noon and the harsh, unforgiving sun is drowned out by the whine of the engine, the scenery, and the fact that there are no speed cameras. I begin to wonder where the rest of the cars are, but quickly put that thought to rest and enjoy the car and the drive. That's when I begin to hear the low grumble of a German flat-six boxer engine beside me. A Porsche. Specifically, a lime-green GT3RS flies by me. Followed by the shrill whine of a supercharged V6, nicknamed the "Godzilla", because of it's power, and the noise that the engine makes when the supercharger wails as the driver steps on the gas. I can barely make out the car. It's a Nissan GTR, having a dogfight with the Porsche, trying to see who has the most power. As I begin to be tempted to join them in their dogfight, I decide to stay cruising, and enjoy my car; since I'm already going 170. Right as the midnight purple GTR passes me, it downshifts, and begins to backfire. I see flames from the exhaust. What an amazing sound. The GTR and Porsche move to the lane farthest to the left, as I'm right behind them. I begin to chase. Like a starved lion in the Savannah, I couldn't stay away from a Gazelle trying to escape my grasp. I start to speed up. 200. 210. The speedometer begins to climb as I catch the two cars in my sights. Then, chaos. I hear an eruption as the GTR begins to burst into flames.

Chris Yang-first thoughts on global context

What is the nature and purpose of creative expression?

To me, creative expression is the ability to express your emotions and thoughts. It's important to have a creative outlet, which could be nearly anything. From creating visual art to express yourself to learning to play an instrument. Without creative expression, we wouldn't know of the concept of talent, because many talents are best shown in creative settings, through art. Artists like The Smiths, Victor Tsoi, or Nirvana are examples of how messages can be conveyed through music. Victor Tsoi was an amazing example of how passionate music can change the lives of others. He was a soviet artist who lived through the soviet era, watching the USSR become Russia, and wrote many of his songs about the soviet era and how difficult life was for him. When he died in a car accident, over 80 teenagers around Russia committed suicide, to show how much the artist meant. Music and creativity can change the lives of others on an enormous scale, and that's why it's important, and should be valued as such.

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after the fall break, we will have 50 mins to do this. The e assessment will give us 40

  • Outline two ways in which Pilkington gives you a sense of perspective in the first 8 lines of the text? [2 marks]

In Karl Pinklington’s An Idiot Abroad,He gives us perspective very quickly, by opening with “The odd thing with china is, they like to go out of their way to do things differently”, which can be seen as a form of racial prejudice through the eyes of a white man. By saying that the Chinese “go out of their way” to do things “differently”it shows us that he has based his opinions off of stereotypes.

  • Identify two ways in which the author makes the description of the toad killings memorable. [2 marks]

When the author describes the killing and dismemberment of the toads, he strips the scene to its essentials. He then tries to link the things in the scene to things that everyone can relate to, for example, when he says “they were a basic pair of scissors similar to the ones i’ve got at home”, it is supposed to connect with the reader, knowing that the reader either has scissors, or has definitely interacted with them in the past.

he also uses gruesome imagery to convey this.

  • Select two examples of humour from the text and analyse the effect of each on the reader. [4 marks]

One example of humor in the text is when the writer says “I thought they aged overnight like a pear”. The writer uses personification to compare a pear to a human bein. Another example of humor in the text is when he refers to the goldfish in his hotel room, contemplating whether they’re for company or a snack.

  • Outline two ways in which sound plays a role in this scene. (Do not include comments on the use of voice-over here). [2 marks]

One way that sound is used in this scene is the background noise of the vehicles, horns, music box type music, which white people might consider “oriental sounding”. It plays a role in this scene by making it sound busier than it really is. Another thing they do with the sound is they make the roosters, and animals louder to make the setting seem more like a marketplace.

  • What is the overall effect of the voice-over in this extract? Select two examples of voice over commentary and analyse their effect on the viewer. [4 marks]

Having been to these parts of the world, understood the culture, and seen markets like these, the voice-over of the white man saying that the food “looks like a load of condoms in water and jam” is disheartening and offensive. It makes him sound ignorant, arrogant and uncultured. The fact that the man is saying these things as jokes, for the sole purpose of getting his small-minded viewer base to laugh makes him appear insensitive, and uncivil. When Pilkington says “he seemed like a normal bloke” in reference to the bus driver eating the egg, he is indirectly saying that his first impressions of him were “normal”, but then his opinion changed, and he now sees the driver as freakish. He takes a prejudicial standpoint, by saying that the driver is not “normal” for eating the egg.

  • Outline two ways in which Pilkington makes the scorpion eating scene humorous through his spoken language in the scene. Give an example of each. [4 marks]

Pilkington tries to make it funny by taking something like a scorpion, which is completely bizarre and unheard of to a foreigner, and showing how it's normal for Chinese people to see it as food. He compares the scorpion to “a bit of chicken leg”, and he tries to alienate this woman for eating the scorpion so casually. The other example of this is when he tries to narrate everything that the woman is doing, but by exaggerating. An example of this is when he says “she’s eating them off of one stick, and she’s looking at the other like she can’t get enough of them”. The camera then pans to the woman eating the scorpion, showing the audience that she is not in fact “looking at the other like she can’t get enough of them”.

4. Touching the void analysis 1:31:10-1:34:00

From 1:31:10 in the film to 1:31:12, there is no noise. No background music, no narration, or speech. The visual to accompany this sharp, piercing silence is Joe sat alone in an area which the audience knows is vast, and isolated, with fog looming and closing in around him. The eerie silence is then broken by one of Joe's futile attempts to call for help. He screams into the void for Simon, to no avail.

At 1:32:00 in the film, it becomes evident to the audience how Joe is beginning to hallucinate and phase in and out of consciousness and reality. The camera is shaky and uncertain, and the shots change quite frequently, for example, from Joe lying on the ground to a Lizard sitting on a rock. It's a very complicated scene, with intricate camera work, and carefully planned sound decisions, such as the echoing of his voice as he cackles, in a delusional state.

At 1:32:15 in the film, there is a shot of Joe's face, with the spinning mountain range edited over him with a low opacity, so we can see Joe through this. This is a symbol as to how the mountains have driven him to the brink of insanity.

The spinning camera angles, uneasy music, and audio of Joe narrating are interrupted by the sound of Boney M's "brown girl in the ring", which is a rather upbeat. This contrasts with the staggering background music making the scene seem more eclectic.

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3. touching the void - analysis on how sound is used

At 1:25:29 in the film, the camera pans to a close-up shot of water glistening off of a rock. The sound that the water makes is relaxing, and calming; giving the audience a sense of relief by showing how Joe's life is saved because of the fact that he found water. We can hear Joe directly slurping water off of the face of the rock, showing how desperate his position is.

At 1:25:56 in the film, the camera pans back to the water, peacefully flowing, after having shown the audience how Joe plans on collecting water, by molding soil in the shape of a bowl to obtain the water.

Later in the film, at 1:26:05, we can see Joe drinking the dirty water from the makeshift cup that he had made. The sound to accompany this moment is him slurping the water, which is quiet, and relaxing, immediately followed by a cough, and Joe choking, which throws off the audience, and the mood shifts very quickly from calm to uneasy.

At 1:26:17, the sound of Joe slurping is interrupted by a voice over of the present day Joe saying "I drank litres of it", in a very solemn, reserved and calm voice. The placement for the voice over in this pulls the viewer out of the immersion of the scene, into a state of awareness, realizing, and being relieved by the fact that Joe had found water.

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touching the void annotation

The passage shows the use of many different feelings and senses, for example, when the narrator says that "Simon is some distance ahead", he is using the sense of vision. later in the text, there is a feeling of awe as they reach the peak of the mountain and look around them. the mood quickly switches to foreboding, as they mention the fact that they have no way to be rescued, and are completely alone, which is also an example of foreshadowing, for when Simon breaks his leg later.this mention of complete isolation is a huge change in mood from the relaxing, calm mood that was in the passage earlier. The relaxed mood is shown by the author using phrases like "I was no longer concerned about speed or fitness since we were pretty evenly matched.", and "I was not in a hurry". The rest of the passage is using the sense of vision to describe how beautiful and intimidating the horizon looks from the peak that they just climbed.

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What caught my interest this year?

When I learned the scope of what I could build or do for a personal project, it definitely peaked my interest. I was looking forward to building something I would be happy to use and to learn about, but at the same time have to do something challenging and useful. Throughout the building process, I learned the skills of welding, working with metal, and certain power tools, along with race driving, and the general functions of a go kart. My personal project was converting a pedal powered cart into an electric one by making modifications to the chassis (by welding parts on to hold the battery, motor mount, etc), and even learning how to wire things. All of this peaked my interest because I have been very passionate about cars, driving and mechanics since a young age, and thought that learning to weld and work in a workshop would be a useful skill in the future.