24 Years of Fighting Cancer – Specialist Article

Cancer Patient Dies after 24 Years of Fighting

First diagnosed with breast cancer over 20 years ago, Brenda Hattingh began a long treatment of chemotherapy. However, after suffering with bone and liver cancer, she died at Bridlington hospital on Monday 18th November 2013 with her daughter Sharon by her side.

“She was an inspiration to many. I’m going to really miss her.” Granddaughter Rachel said.

Mrs Hattingh was a strict Christian and visited her local church whenever she was well enough. Through her long-term illness, she remained positive and lived each day to her full. Even on her deathbed, she remained happy and content.

“I remember the last time we visited her in hospital,” Granddaughter Ami began, “we were all crying. She gripped my hand and told me not to cry for her, as she knew she was going to somewhere better; she was going to God.”

The family have been sharing memories of the positive, strong lady, and even found a family video filmed on Mrs Hattingh’s 70th birthday five years ago. Son Simon told us about his experience watching the video.

“It was sad, because the whole family was there. I couldn’t help but think that the last time her family was together after the birthday party was for her funeral.”

Mrs Hattingh was cremated at a family only service at Octon Crematorium on Friday 29th November 2013, followed by the church service of Thanksgiving at Mrs Hattingh’s church in Bridlington, which was attended by both friends and family.

Mrs Hattingh will be dearly missed by all those who knew her, especially her family and husband Steve.


How is the Free Press threatened by the Royal Charter? Essay

The Royal Charter is a legal document that encourages regulation in the press. This has been brought on by the recent Leveson Enquiry, where newspapers such as the News of the World has been accused and found guilty of hacking the phones of certain celebrities, and people such as the parents of missing child Madeline McCann. Through their phone hacking scandal, newspapers were publishing their findings illegally, as the press was not regulated and anything could be published. The Royal Charter has recently been brought in with the idea of a self regulated press, which means the end of what we know as a “Free Press”.

A Free Press is a press that can publish anything they want, with certain legalities such as those similar to stories where they are legally contracted to courts or scandals involving young children, and cannot publish certain information about the victim(s) of the stories. A Free Press would be threatened by the Royal Charter because the Charter has the ability to bring in any form of regulation, which starts the argument that the press wouldn’t exactly be “free” to write what they want, therefore making some stories impossible to publish.

The Free Press would be threatened by the Royal Charter because recently the Royal Charter has brought in a new idea that the press can self regulate itself. This means that newspapers can choose one person, an editor possibly, to read all the stories about to be published and can say “yes that is regulated enough to be published”, or “no, this cannot be published because of this reason”. There are arguments for and against this new regulation written by the Royal Charter. A famous argument for press regulation was written by Steve Coogan, actor and supporter of group Hacked Off, who are fighting to regulate press. In his argument for the Royal Charter, Coogan wrote a letter to David Mitchell of the Guardian, arguing against Mitchell’s view of the press being threatened by press regulation. This is what Coogan wrote: “Let me give you an example of what the rubbish part of the press don’t like about the very modest Royal Charter: equal prominence of apologies. Let’s just suppose you read a headline, something really awful about you like, “David Mitchell likes to have sex with animals… small ones… a lot.” (I know it’s a bit annoying but multiply your irritation by a thousand and you may get a taste of what it was like to be Bristol landlord Chris Jefferies, who was accused – without a shred of evidence – of murdering Joanna Yeates.) Now let’s say that you can demonstrate quite swiftly that the headline is untrue through personal testimonies (I would vouch for you) and CCTV footage. How would you feel if, after the paper did a mea culpa, they printed the correction/apology in a one-inch column on page 16? Happy? Or really, really happy? OK, now imagine you’ve been accused of pickpocketing the dead on a football field after a disaster. Just to sell more newspapers. Not so funny now is it?”
In his argument, Coogan is explaining that we need press regulation because otherwise anyone could write anything about anyone, as he uses the example that someone could write that David Mitchell likes to have sex with animals. Coogan also uses the emotional side to back up his argument, asking D avid Mitchell how he would feel if he were a victim in this. This last sentence appeals to Coogan’s own time as a victim of phone hacking, so he is using personal experiences to back up his argument.
Other arguments against press regulation include Bob Satchwell of the Society of Editors, who says: “This is disappointing and it is a pity the Queen has been brought into controversy. Royal charters are usually granted to those who ask for one not forced on an industry that does not want it. The press has moved to create a robust new regulator, taking on board Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendations including £1million fines, orders to make corrections, investigative powers and an independent board with no serving editors in the regulatory system. Those who seem to want to neuter the press forget there are 20 national papers, 1,100 regional and local papers and hundreds of magazines who have not done any wrong.” Mr Satchwell’s argument includes the fact that a press regulation would affect newspapers who are currently not doing anything wrong, and they would lose out on freedom because of someone else.
Other arguments for press freedom include the idea that if a press is regulated, then everyone will have to write the same thing, and not put their own angles on it because there will only be certain things they can write. This idea means that the public will become fed up of reading the same thing over and over again. Newspapers such as the Guardian write things in their own opinions sometimes, depending on the story, and if a press is regulated then they will not be able to write what they want, because they may write something that is against the regulation, as Steve Coogan mentioned, David Mitchell sometimes puts a funny spin on things, and these things may have to disappear if press regulation comes into action. However, to counteract this, the argument for press regulation explains that if a press is regulated, people will not have to worry about rubbish being written about them and published to the whole nation, or the whole world. This would stop people becoming the victim of press publication, and phone hacking.
One final argument against the press regulation is that some local newspapers use the word “free” in their newspaper titles, and it encourages people to buy them because they know that the newspaper is free to write whatever they want about their local area. For example, the Bridlington Free Press writes about things that happen all over the Bridlington area, from murders to drug raids, or even people being married or people dying. Residents in the area like these “free” papers because they tell people the truth about what is going on. Whereas, if the press was regulated, they would lose “free” and would become the Bridlington Press, which some people may have trust issues about because they know it is regulated and would worry about what people can and cannot read about. Some stories such as murders or drug raids may be cut out if they were not written about properly, and therefore residents of the local area would not know everything that they would like to know about what is going on in their area.
In conclusion, there are arguments for and against the free press and press regulation. The Royal Charter threatens the Free Press mainly by regulating what can be written and published in a newspaper, and this has been brought on by the Leveson Enquiry and the phone hacking scandals. There has been an uproar whether or whether not press regulation is the right or wrong thing, because either press regulation means the end of “free” news papers such as the Bridlington Free Press, or because it is a way to stop horrible scandals such as the phone hacking and public humiliation for many people involved, such as the parents of Madeline McCann and actor Steve Coogan.
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Steve Coogan, argument for Hacked Off: Coogan, S. (2013). Steve Coogan: David Mitchell, press freedom is not being threatened. Available: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/27/leveson-press-regulation-steve-coogan-david-mitchell. Last accessed 9th Jan 2014.

Bob Satchwell, argument: Little, A, and Brown, M. (2013). Royal Charter causes outrage as freedom of press is cast aside after 300 years. Available: http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/440257/Royal-Charter-causes-outrage-as-freedom-of-press-is-cast-aside-after-300-years. Last accessed 9th Jan 2014.

Writing For Purpose Assignment Brief – Finalised Idea

As I said in a previous post, for the assignment brief we have to create a news story. I was initially going to use the question Do you think a lack of job prospects after finishing school causes more young adults to join the British Forces? However, after personal problems over the last few weeks, something else has come to my attention.

Whenever I watch the news, I hear all about some paedophile being jailed or someone having died; there is no sense of positivity or hope in the news. I have found a story that combines both these things, and is a news story.

A week ago, my Grandma died after fighting cancer for 24 years. Through that time she remained positive and was an inspiration to everyone. This is a news story in itself because of two reasons: 1) someone has died, and 2) someone has been fighting cancer for 24 years. I have decided to do a tribute video for the family to celebrate Grandma’s life, and I am going to create the tribute into a news package to hand in for my brief. I will use videos and images of Grandma when she was alive and I will voice over some important part of her life. I will have voice interviews and video interviews with family about their memories of her. I will also try and find some fitting music to use in the background.

Writing For Purpose Assignment Brief – Ideas

For my assignment I have to create a piece of news, which could either be a news story or a video package.

I have decided to create a news story for BBC News online, and I would follow the same format as this story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-25094101, where you have an interview or important point of the news story as a video format and then the text of the actual story underneath.

My story idea came about after I was looking through my yearbook from year 11 at school. There were so many people who had left school early to go and join the British Forces, and so I came up with a question to ask people: Do you think a lack of job prospects after finishing school causes more young adults to join the British Forces?

I sent the question to two people who I knew would be good examples of interviewees in this subject:
– My friend Rachel, who knows many people who left school early to join the Forces.
– My boyfriend, who has been a serving member of the Army for three years.

Rachel O’Brien, student: “I know someone who wanted to join but not straight away, but because he couldn’t find a job and didn’t want to be on dole, he decided his only option was to join the army. I myself would consider if I didn’t have a child.”

A serving forces member (my boyfriend): “Yes, I think more people are joining the army because people cant find jobs, so they decide to join the forces because they are guaranteed a job there.”

NB: Because of security reasons, I am not allowed to state the name and title of any serving forces member.

Because my question came back with results and so I have decided that this is the right news story for me. I shall now research my topic further and conduct more interviews, some video, that I can use.

City of Culture 2017: Hull

Hull has been named 2017’s UK City of Culture, beating Leicester, Dundee and Swansea Bay.

Hull will take over the crown from this year’s UK City of Culture, Derry~Londonderry, which has packed 2013 full of arts and cultural activity, including hosting Radio 1’s Big Weekend.

Every four years, the government chooses a new destination to improve in a hope of boosting tourism and the economy, with £12 million to spend on developing the area.

Hull is known as the home of Phillip Larkin, the famous poet – whose first book of poetry, The North Ship, was published in 1945. Hull is also the home of the famous Ferens Art Gallery, which was founded in 1927 by Thomas Ferens, who the gallery is named after.

Angela Wilson from the Ferens Art Gallery said: “The funding from the City of Culture will give us chance to encourage tourism. The money can make things better for more people to enjoy.”

She added: “People come from as far as Newcastle, or as close as Bridlington, and they all love the city. There’s always something going on, for example, there’s the Victorian Christmas at the Streetlife Museum that the children will love.”

Cain Parkin, a student at Hull School of Art and Design, said: “The City of Culture gives Hull a chance to show what it can do.”

As part of UK City of Culture 2017, Hull will host a range of new festivals, as big as the successful Freedom Festival, on most weekends, as well as other special events to encourage tourism. The full programme is still in the planning stage.

Exercise – Opinion Piece on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann

Madeleine McCann has been missing for six years now, and Portuguese police stopped searching five years ago, but they have now reopened the case and are preparing to continue their search for the missing girl.

In my eyes, if someone has gone missing, police should not stop searching for them unless they find the missing person, or sadly in some cases a body, or unless they find solid evidence that proves what has happened to the missing person. It is cruel when a child goes missing, and there are many theories as to what has happened to them, but in the case of Madeleine McCann, it is emotional to know that her parents must have lived the last six years feeling sad and gutted to know that their child is missing, and they must feel even worse knowing that if they hadn’t left their child alone in bed that night, she might still be with them. I think that the police should not stop their search because it will not give the parents closure and if the police close the case, then the parents will live the rest of their lives wondering what has happened to their little girl, and that will haunt them for a very long time.

There are arguments I have heard that bring the McCann’s into the picture, such as “they shouldn’t have left her alone – they are irresponsible parents”. However, the key fact is that the McCann family were on holiday and were not far away from the hotel at all, a place in which they thought was safe, so in some respects it may be their fault as they left the child alone, however they obviously didn’t expect anything to happen. It could happen at any time, in any place, to anyone.

Police are now looking for a man, who is thought to be the prime suspect, who was seen carrying a child fitting Madeleine’s description from the hotel shortly after it was revealed that she was missing.

Facts from Sky News and the Daily Mail

Exercise: Feature Article

NB: names have been changed due to interviewee asking to remain hidden

“I had delusional disorder… And I loved it”
20-year old student Emily speaks about her delusions when she was at school three years ago, and how she loved the attention it gained her. Whilst in her last two years at sixth form, Emily used to make up stories that her boyfriend treat her badly or that she dated musicians, all for attention. This is her story.

Mum and dad blamed it on my ex messing up my head: I had loved him but he had just treated me as if I was his sex toy. I had been used, and it screwed my head up. Suddenly I felt lonely, and one day when I was talking to someone about my ex, they thought I meant a current boyfriend I had, and suddenly people began to feel sorry for me. I would walk into class and someone would come and give me a hug, saying, “Emily are you okay?” Suddenly I wasn’t lonely anymore! I loved it! So I decided to start making things up and telling people… I just didn’t want the attention to stop, it took a way all the pain from what had happened with my ex, and I felt better for the first time in a long time. But that’s where things started going downhill.

Looking back, I knew people were just giving me what I wanted; I knew they didn’t believe my stories. Once someone tried to reason with me, and we got into a fight. She had been my best friend, the only person who was willing to be there for me, the only person who was going to help me through this. And I had lost her. I wanted to stop the lying, but I couldn’t. I remember looking it up on the Internet one night and realising that I was delusional, caused by my ex screwing up my head. I was frightened. It could be treat by medication but I didn’t want anyone to know. I was too scared of being told off, so i kept it hidden. I went back to my friend the next day and apologised. I asked her for help. I promised myself I would discipline myself to stop lying, because I knew I could. I wanted it so desperately. And I did, with her help, we found a way to tell people, even my mum and dad, who were more considerate than I had expected. They helped me, kept me positive.

Now, three years on, I’m having the time of my life. I’ve stopped lying, and I’ve found the man of my dreams. People keep asking me that if I could go back and change something, what would it be? Would I change what I had done? The answer was always the same: no, I wouldn’t. Because if I did, then I wouldn’t have learned the lessons I learned. Now, when I am feeling down, I remind myself of what happened and I tell myself that things can only get better.