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I enjoy non-fiction books, all types of music, tennis and learning new things. I am going to study accounting and finance at university and plan on becoming a chartered accountant.

My blogs will be about people I find interesting, TV shows I have enjoyed and things I am learning about. I hope you find the blogs as interesting as I do.

George Verghis



KS Learning

KS Learning provides tuition for all ages inluding GCSE and A Level for a wide range of subjects such as Mathematics, Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English, History, French, German, Spanish, and more, in the Boroughs of Richmond-Upon-Thames, Hounslow, Kingston-Upon-Thames, and surrounding areas.

Tuition for A level and GCSE for students at school or home schooled in subjects like maths and english



Porridge and Rice

Porridge and Rice combats poverty in the Nairobi slums, home to some of the poorest people in the world, by enabling pupils at partner schools to obtain a sound education.

Porridge and Rice is fighting poverty through education for the extreme poor of the Nairobi slums




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KS Learning

KS Learning provides tuition for all ages inluding GCSE and A Level for a wide range of subjects such as Mathematics, Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English, History, French, German, Spanish, and more, in the Boroughs of Richmond-Upon-Thames, Hounslow, Kingston-Upon-Thames, and surrounding areas.

Tuition for A level and GCSE for students at school or home schooled in subjects like maths and english



Porridge and Rice

Porridge and Rice combats poverty in the Nairobi slums, home to some of the poorest people in the world, by enabling pupils at partner schools to obtain a sound education.

Porridge and Rice is working to combat poverty through education for the extreme poor of the Nairobi slums




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George's Blog

George has grown up buying and selling as a hobby. He is a natural entrepreneur, eager to find a place in the business world running his own business. He has had real success selling high-end brand clothing which bodes well for his future.

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The Three Cs of Sex Education

22 May 2020

Two years ago, I travelled to Kenya with the charity Porridge and Rice. I had volunteered with the charity for many years in the UK and felt it was time to see their work in Kenya for myself. I spoke to volunteers who had already been and they described it as a life changing experience, and now whenever anyone asks me about my time in Kenya, I say it was a life changing experience where I gained a new perspective of the world and the work needed to be done to make it a fairer place.

I taught sex education with another volunteer called Niki. Niki and I had to prepare lessons plans to ensure we addressed the issues at hand and any stigma around the topic. We developed an acronym known now in Porridge and Rice schools as "The Three C's", namely consent, condoms and communications. We described these as the three things you needed to have before engaging in the sex. This sounds pretty simple when presented to a western audience, but in the slums of Nairobi the conversation was a lot more challenging to have. In Kenya there is a huge stigma around condoms. If you wear a condom it is considered as an admission to being HIV positive. This causes young pregnancies and the spread of HIV/Aids. The lack of discussion about this has fuelled the stigma making it harder for charities like porridge and rice to break it.

We spoke to children aged 8 to 15 as sex education has to be taught earlier on as the average child shares a room with their parents and has exposure to sex. Consent was another issue. Girls felt obligated to engage in sex and felt like they didn't have a choice. We worked hard and tirelessly to change this and spoke to girls and boys about this issue. We explained that sex was something to be discussed and not just acted on. We encouraged questions and were shocked by some of them. We were asked whether it was okay to have sex with animals and after explaining no, we were asked if it would be okay if you wore a condom. The difference in understanding was purely due to the lack of conversation. Each lesson we taught the children became more and more confident in terms of asking and answering questions as well as knowing their rights. I did not realise until my first day teaching how important sex education was. It something we take for granted in the west.

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Mac Miller

15 May 2020

I've been a fan of Mac Miller for the past 3 years. His music is so soulful and thought provoking that it makes you reflect on your own emotions and behaviour.

Mac has struggled with substance abuse and everyday struggles like many people. His album "swimming" and "circles" addresses these struggles and allows him to express his internal battles. Swimming shows a more optimistic transition through the album and circles gives me the impression that he was hoping for better days.

I loved the album swimming with songs like come back to earth, what's the use, small worlds and 2009. The album transitions from a more dark and moody vibe to a more optimistic outlook on life. Mac miller himself said when the album was being made their was light in his eyes. He explained all the positive steps he took in order to make his life better. One of which was removing his online presence.

Circles was his posthumous album that was completed by Jon Brion. He did a fantastic job as the the album still sounded like it was all Mac. What I respect about all of Mac's music is the truth behind it all. It's so honest and raw that you feel like he's telling you his story. The aim of the album was for the audience to be able to listen to the entire album from the first song to the last. This aim succeeded for majority of his fans.

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Shoot for the stars Aim for the moon

8 May 2020

Pop Smoke was a rapper that I was never a huge fan of. I enjoyed a few of his songs but never took the time to sit down and listen to his albums. I remember sitting in the back seat of my friend's car trying to use minority influence techniques of consistency, flexibility and commitment that I learnt in my A level psychology class to persuade them that we needed a change of music. It's all changed now!

After listening to "Shoot for the stars Aim for the moon" I now feel the utter loss that all Pop smokes fans felt on 19 February 2020, the day he died. Ignoring all the lucrative business and industries he could have diversified in; the loss of artistic potential is devastating for the music industry. With such a unique sound that can only be described as moody and smoky pop smoke built up a huge reputation in the American drill scene, but the new album shows how Pop Smoke could use his sound to explore different genres. The album is filled with features and different sounds moving away from the straight fire and chaos which would bring energy to any room.

The features that really stood out for me were Lil Baby, DaBaby, 50 cent and Roddy Ricch. I enjoy all of the artists above and especially enjoy having 50 Cent on the album bringing the old school vibes into this new school album. With the similarities between Pop Smoke and 50s sounds I believe 50 Cent was the right man to be the executive producer. With this album being put together after the passing of Pop Smoke I wonder what he would have changed and kept, but I believe this album to be one of his best.

Here are the names of the song I think you should listen to right away on "Shoot for the stars Aim for the moon"

  • For the night
  • The woo
  • Yea Yea
  • Got it on Me

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Hannibal Lector

1 May 2020

The first time I saw Anthony Hopkins on screen was thrilling.

Silence of the Lambs sounds like a children's film, or at least that's what Anthony Hopkins thought when his agent pitched the opportunity to him. He read the script starring the notorious Hannibal Lector that has tormented and disturbed people by the millions. Hopkins still refers to his character as one of his favourite roles. Hopkins worked for thirty years in the acting industry to get this role and boy was it worth it. The level of fear and anxiety that he placed on the audience will forever be remembered. Whether it's his hissing, wide eyes or stillness, Hannibal made you feel trapped.

His performance won him a BAFTA and an Oscar in 1992 for best actor in a leading role. These awards were greatly deserved as anyone who has watched the film can tell you. The scene where Clarice Starling the budding FBI agent was introduced to Hannibal was filled with tension. Clarice slowly walks past a row of prison cells where she is heckled at by other inmates. He was standing and did not move a muscle. As soon as Clarice gets close enough, he simply says "morning" in his sobering voice. The combination of his body language, voice, environment and the music transports you into the room with him.

Most of the conversations between Hannibal and Clarice were filmed in such a way that Hannibal was purely talking to the audience. He spoke right into the camera lens almost like he was seeing through you. I remember just waiting for the glass to break, or for him to smash against the glass, but that's not Hannibal's style. He'd rather get into your head and make you doubt everything that you believe. This is why the film is not purely a horror, it's a psychological horror which takes your mind into all sorts of directions and possibilities.

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Warren Buffet

24 April 2020

Warren Buffett has been an inspiration of mine for a long time. I wrote my GCSE English language speech on him while all my peers were writing about their favourite football teams and rappers. Buffett's simplistic investing strategy has mesmerised since I first looked into him.

Value based investing which Buffett has adopted from his teacher and famous author Benjamin Graham is defined by investopedia as an "investment strategy that involves picking stocks that appear to be trading for less than their intrinsic or book value".

This is common sense for most us even in our own lives. For example, if a new phone has the retail value of £200 and we get the opportunity to buy the phone for £150. Wed think what a steal. We could buy the phone for £150 knowing the retail is £200 and sell it for the retail and therefore making the £50 profit. Buffett will spend hours a day looking for that steal in hopes of making a profit, but this is not the only strategy Buffett has.

The key is simplicity. Sahdguru says intelligence is not making a simple thing complicated but a complicated thing simple. Buffett has used a similar idea for a number of his investments. One of which was Gillette the razor blade company. The simple logic was that every man has to shave and that will only stop when mankind dies out. When I first heard this, I had grin on my face the size of planet. The entire simplicity of this investment resulting in buffet gaining an additional $4.4billion on his $600 million investment was shocking.

Warren Buffett's humble lifestyle has intrigued me since I ever first looked into him. We live in a show off culture where we post how great our lives and possessions are on social media. Social media makes everyone a celebrity and we forget that most celebrities are unhappy, but not Warren Buffett resides in the same house he bought for $31,500 in 1958. Not a huge mansion in the Hollywood hills. Buffets drives a 2014 Cadillac XTS. Not a cherry red Ferrari. And for breakfast Warren does not have a fancy breakfast made by a personal chef but a good old McDonald's breakfast. Buffett has a passion for his work that cannot be faked. He doesn't care about the money he cares about getting that steal. That's his passion.

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Naval Ravikant

17 April 2020

Naval Ravikant was born in New Delhi, India in 1974. He moved to New York with a single mother and his brother at the age of 9. Naval lived in a "tough" neighbourhood resulting in his mother using the local library as a day-care centre. When Naval finished his day at school he would go to the library and read all types of books while waiting for his mother to finish work and pick him up. This allowed him to absorb all types of knowledge which he enjoyed as he claims when he was younger, he always wanted to be the smartest person in the room.

Naval was a guest on the Joe Rogan podcast 1 year ago where he addressed many interesting ideas on happiness. Naval says having your brain full of thoughts 24/7 is the road to misery. This is because your mind requires rest, and this is getting harder to do in the age we live in where we are constantly flooded with information via social media and general smartphone use. This I where meditation has helped Naval in which he describes as "the art of doing nothing". I have dabbled with meditation for around 3 years and over the past 2 I have found it really beneficial. The ability to clear your mind is definitely challenging when studying A levels but I have found it useful as a way to destress when work pressures increase. Even breathing exercises like the 478 has helped me to clear my mind under stressful situations like exams. This exercise involves breathing in for 4 seconds, holding the breath for 7 and exhaling for 8. When done at least 3 times in a row you heart rate slows down and you feel more able to tackle a challenge. Naval practices meditation and accounts his happiness to it. Meditation is definitely a challenge and is something you need to persevere with, but each time it gets easier and there is so much to gain. what have you got to lose? Give it a go!

Social consistency can help you achieve happiness. Naval said that if you make it known to all your friends and family that you are a happy and positive person it will have an impact. This is because social contracts have a huge impact on our own mindsets. For example, if you say you are going to give up drinking to all your friends and family you re usually serious about it. Whereas, if you say you are cutting back you are usually less serious about the goal. This is not saying a depressed person is depressed because of a negative mindset, far from it. Its merely saying that there is a lot of power within our own mindset and we can make a difference.

I would highly recommend you to listen to the Joe Rogan podcast with guest Naval Ravikant and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Ozarks

10 April 2020

Since 2017, Ozark has gained vast amounts of attention not for its lakes or mountains, but for the Byrde family. The Byrde family are forced to relocate from Chicago to the Ozarks in order to clean money for Mexico's Navarro drug cartel. As expected the transition is not easy and is fuelled by Marty's survival mode to protect his family from his good business gone bad.

On the Byrde's arrival Marty searches for local businesses presenting himself as an angel investor. After being turned down by a few, he ends up investing in a bar, strip club, and funeral home. These ventures allow him to manipulate the business accounts by exaggerating expenses turning dirty money into clean money which is then sent back to the Navarro cartel allowing them to spend their now clean money with no questions asked. This is not enough for the cartel as the businesses don't clean enough money. So, Marty is forced to open up a casino so the cartel's money can be cleaned efficiently and easily, and as you can imagine this comes with its own problems.

After talking to a number of fans of the show, there was a common debate about the main character Marty. Is he a good man? Some would argue he cannot be a good man as he agreed to launder drug money for the Navarro cartel, but I would argue he is a good man despite some poor and naive decisions. Marty makes the best out of a bad situation in which I would argue he does more good than bad from providing jobs to the local community, protecting his family, standing by his word and giving Ruth Langmore a young women who was deprived of a second chance due to her past and family, a well-paid job allowing her to have more options in her life. Marty's relationship with Ruth started badly with Ruth stealing money and trying to kill Marty, but Marty gives her a job and their relationship develops into Ruth becoming a part of the Byrde family. Ruth makes sacrifices for the family and her character develops into a kind and caring individual; but you still wouldn't pick a fight with her.

Jason Bateman's performance was truly amazing very different to his usual dry comedy films such as 'Horrible Bosses' and 'Identity thief'. Bateman played Marty incredibly well with his performance perfectly capturing the essence of his character. Every situation Marty dealt with you could feel the anxiety and pressure he was under just from Bateman's body language. In addition, Bateman proved his ability time both on and off screen. As one of the executive producers Bateman played a significant role in the overall show proving he has more to offer not just in the comedy scene but in a serious action filled show. I commend the writers for turning a dry topic of an accountant and his clients into a thrilling show to which viewers feeled glued.

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