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I'm a sixteen year old student studying three A-Levels, English literature, Sociology and Media. I'm an active member of Greenpeace and other environmental groups. I enjoy going to protests and raising awareness about climate change, I enjoy learning and reading about other topical groups such as feminism.

When I am not doing this I'm often with friends, watching films or doing something creative, like drawing or painting.

Simren Virdee



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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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Simren's Blog

Simren has a wide range of unrelated interests from painting to the theatre. She has a friendly personality enjoying company and going out with others.

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Penguins

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Staycation

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The Summer Holidays

17 July 2020

This week marks the start of the summer holidays, which many students like myself have been looking forward to.

With the good weather and relaxation of lockdown rules, this summer looks like it will be normal, with restaurants back open as well as theme parks and hotels. I've already been out much more with friends and family, just like I would normally in the summer. However, I have been more active, playing more sports rather than doing things I have done in previous summers, like going to the cinema. However, since the shops opened a few weeks ago, I have visited them, spending due to boredom. I have accumulated a lot of stuff, clothes, shoes, books, that I definitely do not need which I suspect others are also doing as the stores seem to be getting busier.

This summer seems like it will be filled with shopping, sun, friends and family, hopefully it will be a good one.

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Exercise in lockdown

10 July 2020

This week I've been challenging myself by exercising more, as I haven't really worked out since before the quarantine. It was more difficult than I assumed, I'm defiantly not as fit as I thought I was. My friends and I whilst face-timing and excising together, struggled through it. As gyms still aren't open yet but may open later this summer people are getting ready, by starting to work out more. I don't think exercise is as fun as it used to be before quarantine, well at least not for me.

Another thing which I don't think will be enjoyable, is returning back to school in September. Trapped in class bubbles of up to 400 people, in a few classrooms, back in dress code, with people I've been avoiding for the past few months and seeing teachers. Doesn't sound as great and safe as they're making it out to be, sounds more claustrophobic and unsanitary. Which I don't think is for, I think they should make online school available throughout the school year. The idea of returning back to normal makes me nervous, as I feel I have adapted to being indoors, I'm not sure I could readapt to normal life and constant socialising.

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National Theatre Live

3 July 2020

I've been watching and reviewing plays recently and I thought I'd share my opinions with you.

My favourite virtual play I watched was Frankenstein. This was due to the director and set designers ability to transform one stage into multiple settings, through the use of lighting and minimal props. This Mary Shelly adaptation captivates the audience as we see Frankenstein's journey, and all the obstacles he faces to find love and acceptance. This struggle he faces is something audiences could empathise with, as everyone has faced difficulties of acceptance.

There are multiple motifs and symbols within the narrative, which link to the setting, for example the fire. Frankenstein's first encounter with fire could symbolise learning and acknowledgement as he learns of his dual nature, its ability to create light and warmth but also burn him. This analytical approach I've taken on this play is similar to the way I would analyse a film or book.

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Paintings

26 June 2020

Recently I've been getting creative, and have taken an online painting course, and have made quite a few paintings for my family and friends. I thought I'd share with you my painting process.

I first start by finding some inspiration either from a previous painting, photograph, or object. I then sketch an outline of the main shapes, and block in the main colours, next I blend and hope the painting comes together. These paintings can be anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours.

I have explored a variety of painting styles, media tools and surfaces. Here are a few of my favourite things I've made so far.

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Back to school

19 June 2020

This week shops and schools have opened up.

I recently went to Westfield with some friends for a few hours. And there was practically no social distancing, people ignoring the directions and cordoned off areas. It was quite amusing to watch the man in charge of the apple store que poke people to tell them they needed to increase the social distancing. In shops there were no regulated amounts of people allowed in, and everyone was touching everything, it seemed very unsafe.

Similarly, with school, this week I went in for a two-hour lesson, it was very strange seeing my teachers and peers again. The empty corridors, and classrooms, which were one full are now silent. The surreal experience continued as the class was half full and everyone was immediately asked to use hand gel, and there were tapes segregating everybody. However as soon as class finished so did the social distancing. I'm not sure when we do fully return to school safety precautions will be followed. When the second wave hits what will we do, will it be as strict as before or worse.

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Racism today

12 June 2020

Although earlier I did predict protests and riots to occur toward the end of the lockdown, I did not think it would be due to racism, however, I still believe I have powers of prediction as protest due to injustice occurred. This week George Floyd was murdered wrongfully, sparking outrage globally, as Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin, crushed his neck with his knee whilst for almost nine minutes George repeated 'I can't breathe!'.

This act of racism, led to protests and looting in Philadelphia as well as across America, and the UK. Reminding many of the injustice and prejudice views still held by many today, including the leader of the free world, Trump, who has decided not to support the protests or jail those police bystanders, but to support them, as he has called the national guard and is using method of violence against peaceful protesters. These protests have sparked a global movement, making it the lagest civil rights movement in history, which I feel proud to have participated in. a friend and I went to a local protest, although social distance measures were not completely followed, it was and amazing atmosphere of peace, hearing stories of peoples hardships. And seeing people of all races, background, sexuality, gender come together to try and make a change. However these racial incidents seem almost like Deja vu as riots like these occurred during the 60s and the same actions of violence against peace was taken. Begging the question, when will racism end? A it feels like we've been fighting the same battle for years, will it ever end, we need to educate people on the struggles people face due to racism, through reading, watching tv, speaking to others, or simply just wondering what it would be like if the roles were reversed.

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Returning back to society

5 June 2020

This week, shops and schools are reopening.

It feels quite surreal to be going back to some sort of normality and seeing people in real life for the first time in months. Whilst its strange it's also quite scary, knowing that you must continue with your life despite a disease with no cure looming, ominously in the background, which could harm you. Although the rest of the world is returning back to some form of normality, and some countries have even declared themselves corona free.

The UK's slow response rate has made it the country with the highest death rate/cases in Europe, leading to travel bans to certain countries for the foreseeable future. Some places have experienced a second wave, which makes me feel nervous about returning back to school, knowing that safety procedures haven't been properly followed, for a while. Even on a regular day, corona free, schools are not very cleanly, as well as shops. Considering this disease spreads through contact, and air, going shopping and to schools where people are constantly touching things, it doesn't seem like hand gel and a mask are very protective. People are out more due to the good weather, ignoring the safety warnings, as Boris has lifted some of the safety guidelines. It seems like the best immune system will win, now that we're returning back to some form of normality.

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Stuck inside during summer

29 May 2020

This week the sun's out and as are the people as Boris lifts restrictions allowing people to meet, if they stay two meters apart. With the opening of more fast food restaurants, and parks opening, people are starting to go out more. However although the majority are sticking to the two meter rule, others have decided to ignore the governments warnings, and head down to the local parks and beaches to enjoy the sun, ignoring the social distance warnings, and the fact that there is a deadly virus we know almost nothing about spreading across the entire world. Even though the suns out we should still do our best to stay safe and follow government rules, so that the virus dies down whilst a cure is found, so we can go back to some form of normality soon.

I've been busy going on walks and talking to more people in my neighbourhood, bringing back a sense of community. I've been going on walks with other people from my neighbourhood, who I wouldn't normally speak to. It's been nice talking to new people and forging new friendships. I've also been going on longer walks, and spending more time outside in nature, which I wouldn't normally do either. It's been fun and relaxing being able to spend time with others face to face instead of online. This move to going out some more, has school and workplaces considering opening, however many are unsure as to how we will be able to go back to school/work and stay safe. What will be taught in schools? How will we help exam years? How will the economy be affected? When will we be able to return to work?

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Corona virus isolation

22 May 2020

Corona virus as you know has caused a global pandemic and we're all starting to feel the effects of not leaving the house and being trapped in a confined space with family and friends, who you thought you got along with, until you had to see them 24/7.Governments around to world have issued lockdowns, making it difficult to establish a sense of normality for many, as schooling and working from has become online.

During my two weeks in isolation I have realised many things about myself and my family, that although I do love them, they've become just about tolerable during this lockdown. I think this has something to do with our astrological signs, being the four fixed signs, this means our personalities are too intense when together causing us to clash. Or it could just be that tensions are rising as we are not able to go anywhere or see anyone except for each other. Simple tasks like shopping have become difficult due to panic buyers bulk buying pasta, rice and any other non-perishable food. The constant updates on the virus have people afraid to leave the house. There are those who are binge watching every single show on Netflix and in a permanent state of relaxation. Others who feel the need to clean and disinfect the entire house as they believe cleanliness will prevent the household form catching the dreaded COVID-19. Whilst everyone in in my household has adopted one of these roles the situation outside is becoming worse, with the UK's corona cases and deaths increasing daily.

Although there are some positives to being in isolation, like not seeing the people you can't stand but must see in your regular everyday life. Having a lot more free time to catch up on that show you were too busy to watch, learning a new skill or starting a new hobby. Another positive is that many are learning how to cook and do more domestic tasks making people more reliant upon themselves and not others. By the time we leave isolation and enter society we will all be independent individuals who have gained a multitude of skills. However, many during this isolation have chosen to relax and treat this time as a staycation, whilst this is enjoyable, they will be shocked when returning to normality of work. Which could lead to a, revolt as people will finally realise that they've been working for years without recognising that they deserve to be paid more due to their labour. This revolt could trigger many changes, like the change in government and society, not just nationally but globally. This could be the start of a Marxist revolution. This could be the year of new experiences for the UK, first Brexit, now COVID-19, then a Marxist revolution.

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The peak

15 May 2020

Another week another blog, the repetitive nature of the everyday currently saddens me.

I like many of you feel that there is nothing to do, except school/work and very little leisure activities available, like watching tv. This current lifestyle has many bored and worried about mental health.

The police and MP's have warned that the effects on people's mental health is leading to an increased number of suicides. This is due to many reasons, like decreased support from mental health services, religious organisations, sports and other leisure activities. Many are struggling due to lack of mental support, but there a things we can do to help, contact people through social media who you would normally speak to, keep active and participate in at home work outs, eat a balanced and healthy diet and manage stress with all of these can help with this mundane lifestyle. Other things like starting new hobbies or taking up old hobbies you've lost touch with, other things like going outside into a garden or going on daily walks. By trying new things during this time period, you can develop skills which you will be able to use in the future.

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Is social media useful?

8 May 2020

Another week has past in quarantine and I'm getting more used to being at home, the restrictions have become normalised, I'm almost enjoying being at home. The death count in the UK has gone down and people are starting to take the lockdown rules more seriously, so hopefully the Corona virus will be over soon, and we can return to some sort of normality.

One difficulty I’ve faced is communication with others, and topics to talk about as everyone is living a repetitive mundane lifestyle. Things that were once considered boring and a part of everyday life, like going to buy groceries and going to school/work are all online, leaving people feeling lonely due to the lack of human contact. My friends and I have started playing online games, PlayStation games, facetiming/calling, online group exercising in order to stay in contact. Due to schedules often changing its difficult to see everyone due to their personal and family lives. Although we can't be with each other, it hasn't stopped the dynamic of friendships as arguments and rowdiness have not disappeared. Although this quarantine has showed me that just because I see people regularly doesn’t mean I’m friends with them. However, the friends that I have kept in touch with during the lockdown have become better connected.

I've used this time to develop other skills like; painting (acrylic and watercolour), drawings, astrological readings and tarot cards/ future predictions. Turns out I'm no Picasso as I can barely paint an orange, however, the online classes I'm taking show people making a great deal of progress, so by the end of this quarantine I will, hopefully be a decent artist. I am enjoying learning to read tarot cards although my friends and family believe they're nonsense and won't let me practice on them. Some of my friends have decided to develop cooking skills and other domestic skills as we're planning on moving out next year when we go to university. Although it has proven more difficult as fire alarms have gone off, tea towels have been burnt, children have been burnt. It's proving a lot more difficult to be independent than we thought.

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Caged

1 May 2020

Another day trapped inside, I wonder if this is what animals feel like, caged up in zoos.

The popular Netflix show, 'Tiger King' shows the rivalry between a man and a woman who run tiger zoos. It follows the treatment of the animals and the lives of the owners. The show that many of us are watching and not realising the similarities they share with the tigers at the moment, like them we're all caged not in our natural sociable habitat, hence dampening the spirits of many. This isolated feeling is what many animals experience daily, some for their entire lives. We know that animals that live in cages are unable to return to the wild, I wonder if the same thing will happen to humans?

What will it be like when we return to a contact world and can no longer hide behind screens and social distancing measures? Will we be unable to return to the wild? How soon before things go back to normal? What will everyday life look like? These are some questions I and many others have been thinking about recently as lockdown lifts in many European countries, Germany, Austria, Spain and Italy. Although lockdown has not been fully lifted, children are back to school and people are back to work, however, communal spaces like gyms and other leisure venues are still closed.

As some normality has returned to other European countries, the UK is still in lockdown but will hopefully follow soon, and we could be back outside enjoying the weather and socialising. I wonder how the changing social interactions will affect people's everyday lives, commuting, schooling and work dynamics will not be the same. Will this limit the efficiency of people's productivity? All these questions have not been answered by any government officials, leaving many unsure of what is to come. But at least for now we have entertaining television programmes as the BBC, ITV, Netflix and other streaming services have added many new shows to keep the nation occupied.

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What would you do as world leader?

24 April 2020

Another week has passed and we're all still stuck inside. However, there is hope a Boris plans to make a formal announcement on Sunday about the state of the current virus outbreak, many have speculated that we will be returning to normality soon, with the prime minister loosening lockdown regulations in a traffic light format, many believe by June/July many will be back at work and school. Many are excited to return to normality, but I'm enjoying being at home, and I'm not sure I want to back to school. At first, I despised the lockdown and couldn't wait to leave and continue with my life, but now I've realised the comforts of being introverted. I'm not ready to go back to being surrounded by others or any of the other social norms. I'm sure many feel the same as I, this could make for an interesting return, if we do return to society. This had me wondering what I would do if I was prime minister? I have a few suggestions, which I believe Boris should take into consideration, like, imposing a nationwide curfew, providing more PPE equipment for those working in COVID units and any other doctors, nurses and other health care professionals, however by adding PPE more equipment, this would mean factory worker would need to go back to work, I would only allow essential workers back or if people knew how to sew or had sewing machines, I would ask them if they could lend a hand in making more PPE equipment. I would also enforce rules within care homes, making sure workers stayed within the homes, and deliveries of supplies were made directly to the home, and contact free. I would also make sure those doing exams next year, had scheduled calls and assignments set for them, ensuring they stay on track and focus on the curriculum. Also, for those planning to apply to university next year, I would make sure virtual tours were available and universities to hold virtual seminars which they would’ve previously had running, making it easier for students to apply for universities. I would also make it a priority for all key workers to be tested weekly for corona and their families and anybody they come into contact with, this way anyone with the disease is made aware that they have it and then they would immediately self isolate, limiting the spread of the disease, until the cure or the spread of the virus becomes eliminated. So, what would you do if you were prime minster?

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Survival skills

17 April 2020

This week I decided to broaden my horizons, and try some cooking, and I made pasta from scratch. Here's a step by step of how it went.

I started by adding some flour, eggs and water, until it formed a dough and then left it in the fridge for about an hour. This was going surprisingly well for me, as there had been no problems making the dough, I had done it in quite quickly, I then like my dough rested for a while. Then it was time to roll the dough into some pasta, this is where things got a bit tricky, it took me longer than I thought as rolling out pasta is a long process that requires good arm to turn the lever so that the past rolls at a nice thin and even pace. Then the cutting of the pasta into long evenly sliced strips, to form some spaghetti. Then I left it to dry and later served it to my family.

The results of my pasta making were poor as the pasta was different thicknesses and widths and lengths and had a sort of funny flavour as I may have forgotten to add the salt. Nevertheless, my family appreciated the effort. Now that I've made pasta from scratch, I'm not sure what I'll be making next, but whatever it is I'll be sure to keep you updated on the process and success rate.

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Another Week

10 April 2020

Another week has past in quarantine and I'm getting more used to being at home, the restrictions have become normalised, I'm almost enjoying being at home. The death count in the UK has gone down and people are starting to take the lockdown rules more seriously, so hopefully the decline of Corona will be over soon, and we can return to some sort of normality.

One difficulty I've faced is communication with others, and topics to talk about as everyone is living a repetitive mundane lifestyle. Things that were once considered boring and a part of everyday life, like going to buy groceries and going to school/work are all online, leaving people feeling lonely due to the lack of human contact. My friends and I have started playing online games, PlayStation games, facetiming/calling, online group exercising in order to stay in contact. Due schedules often changing its difficult to see everyone due to their family lives. Although we can't be with each other, it hasn't stopped the dynamic of friendships as arguments and rowdiness have not disappeared. Although this quarantine has showed me that just because I see people regularly doesn't mean your friends with them. However, the friends that I have kept in touch with during the lockdown have become better connected.

I've used this time to develop other skills like; painting (acrylic and watercolour), drawings, astrological readings and tarot cards/ future predictions. Turns out I'm no Picasso as I can barely paint an orange, however, the online classes I'm taking show people making a great deal of progress, so by the end of this quarantine I will, hopefully be a decent artist. I am enjoying learning to read tarot cards although my friends and family believe they're nonsense and won't let me practice on them, the readings I've done on myself have been somewhat accurate, I'm just waiting for all of them to come true. Some of my friends have decided to develop cooking skills and other domestic skills as we're planning on moving out next year when we go to university. Although it has proven more difficult as fire alarms have gone off, tea towels have been burnt, children have been burnt. It's proving a lot more difficult to be.

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Isolation

3 April 2020

Corona virus has caused a global pandemic and we're all starting to feel the effects of not leaving the house and being trapped in a confined space with family and friends, who you thought you got along with, until you had to see them 24/7. Governments around to world have issued lockdowns, making it difficult to establish a sense of normality for many, as schooling and working from has become online.

During my two weeks in isolation I have realised many things about myself and my family, that although I do love them, they've become just about tolerable during this lockdown. I think this has something to do with our astrological signs, being the four fixed signs. This means our personalities are too intense when together causing us to clash. Or it could just be that tensions are rising as we are not able to go anywhere or see anyone except for each other. Simple tasks like shopping have become difficult due to panic buyers bulk buying pasta, rice and any other non-perishable food. The constant updates on the virus have people afraid to leave the house. There are those who are binge watching every single show on Netflix and in a permanent state of relaxation. Others who feel the need to clean and disinfect the entire house as they believe cleanliness will prevent the household form catching the dreaded COVID-19. Whilst everyone in in my household has adopted one of these roles the situation outside is becoming worse, with the UK's corona cases and deaths increasing daily.

Although there are some positives to being in isolation, like not seeing the people you can't stand but must see in your regular everyday life. Having a lot more free time to catch up on that show you were too busy to watch, learning a new skill or starting a new hobby. Another positive is that many are learning how to cook and do more domestic tasks making people more reliant upon themselves and not others. By the time we leave isolation and enter society we will all be independent individuals who have gained a multitude of skills. However, many during this isolation have chosen to relax and treat this time as a staycation, whilst this is enjoyable, they will be shocked when returning to normality of work. Which could lead to a, revolt as people will finally realise that they've been working for years without recognising that they deserve to be paid more due to their labour. This revolt could trigger many changes, like the change in government and society, not just nationally but globally. This could be the start of a Marxist revolution. This could be the year of new experiences for the UK, first Brexit, now COVID-19, then a Marxist revolution.

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