In the first week of college I attended a meeting for the sixth form newspaper. It lasted 35 minutes. I was assigned to do travel writing, but later I chose to do a film review as well.
During the weekend 19-20/10/2013 I wrote two articles for the sixth form magazine ‘The Procrastinator’. The first one is a film review of the documentary ‘The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology’. I wanted people to know about it because I thought they might learn something valuable while watching it. To get extra info I surfed the internet and added it to the review.
The second text was a travel article about Skopje, the capital of Macedonia. I hoped to raise awareness of this beautiful city by describing briefly the highlights any tourist can enjoy. As for the first article I searched on Google for extra info. When I finished, I showed it to my parents and they made some final corrections. This activity took me 2 hours and 10 minutes.
Now you can read them here:
Film review for ‘The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology’
‘The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology’ is the sequel to ‘The Pervert’s Guide to the Cinema’ by and with the Slovenian Marxist philosopher and cultural critic, Slavoj Zizek. In this documentary (directed by Sophie Fiennes) the ‘Elvis of cultural theory’ explains his concept of ideology through scenes from Hollywood and foreign movies, both famous (e.g. ‘Titanic’) and lesser known (I don’t think many people have heard of ‘They Live’, directed by John Carpenter). With his intellectual charm and clever wit, the viewer gets to see the world from a different angle. Be attentive because you may also learn something valuable. To me, this is one of the best documentaries of our times. I recommend it to anyone studying History, Philosophy, Film, Psychology or anyone interested in understanding modern society.
Rating: 5 stars
Skopje: a city entangled in its past but looking towards the future
Skopje is the capital city of the Republic of Macedonia, the Balkans’s forgotten jewel. It is also the birthplace of Mother Theresa and you can visit a memorial building dedicated to her in the city centre. This is only one of the many attractions Skopje can offer. In this period, the project known as ‘Skopje 2014’ is going ahead and by next year the city will be completely renewed, but you can still see what has been achieved so far, in terms of some new museums and monuments. Last year and this summer I had the pleasure of viewing the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle which highlights the efforts of those who fought for Macedonian freedom and independence between the 17th and 20th centuries. When I was a child I went many times to the Museum of Natural History and the Zoological Garden. I don’t know how much they have been altered, but they are both good attractions for youngsters and anybody with a passion for zoology and paleontology.
A must-do is a trip to the Millennium Cross up the Vodno mountain which can be reached by bus and a new funicular. At the top you will have the opportunity to experience a spectacular panorama of Skopje and the surrounding mountains and enjoy a walk along the ridge.
Skopje is a shopper’s paradise. A few months ago, the new Skopje City Mall was opened and has been a thriving business for the residents. People not only can wander around the various shops, but can also relish the restaurants, attempt a strike in the bowling alley and be entertained by the films shown at the cinema. Non-Macedonian movies (including Hollywood ones) are shown in their original language with Macedonian subtitles which is good for both natives and foreigners.
Art lovers can see the Museum of Contemporary Art or the three National Galleries which hold vast collections of artists from Macedonia and abroad.
If you want a taste of what Skopje was like in the past, the Old Bazaar is the right location to go to. It is full of small shops and restaurants embellished with historic architecture.
As I mentioned before, eating places are in abundance and it is advisable to ask locals where the best ones are ( most adults and teenagers speak good English). Macedonian food is simply delicious. My advice would be to try a Pleskavica, a burger which is filled with melting cheese. Or a Shopska salata, a salad composed of tomatoes, cucumber, onion and feta cheese on top. Sweet teeth can indulge in desserts which you may be familiar with, such as baklava, brought by the Ottoman Turks during their occupation of Macedonia . But you can try other specialities such as Tulumbi and Indianki. The cake shop ‘Apce’ is the perfect spot to buy these.
You can move around Skopje easily by taxi or bus. The bus service is more reliable than in Cambridge and you might feel as if you’re in London because of the large number of red double-decker buses everywhere.
The ideal months to visit this magnificent city are September, October, May and June. If you can stand temperatures up to 40 degrees Celsius you could also go in July and August! Winter can be very cold.
If you want a direct flight, choose WizzAir which has flights from London Luton to Skopje’s ‘Alexander the Great’ Airport.
For extra tourist information, check out these websites:
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