Proficiency article.

All too often, I wonder whether an under-thirty aged, first-world living citizen would ever consider walking a 20-minute distance on a daily basis. If anything, wouldn’t it be seen as an eccentricity? Actually, it doesn’t take great skill to be that observant to realise of the many non-friendly, sedentary effects our contemporary lifestyle has had.

Those born less than three decades ago have grown in a society whose routine assumes the availability of any means of transport. Many readers would even consider the mere idea of accessing their home without an elevator unthinkable. Nonetheless, this dependency is just part of the story. As a millennial, I belong to a generation whose imagination has been utterly captivated by the fantasy offered by either TV series, videogames or social networks. Playing in the neighborhood outdoors is not as appealing as it used to be. But along with this technologic boom, we have all witnessed the shift family values have undergone. Some enthusiastically argue that, while in the past children were pushed to take on responsibilities quite early on, nowadays parents could be jailed for doing exactly so. Therefore, youth is provided with neither the opportunity, nor the confidence to stand in action.

Too frequently have we heard of the need of a closer parental care. However true, it lacks realism; many can barely afford seeing their children after long working hours. Undoubtedly, the problem is educational and should be treated observative. Talking from experience, state schools should dare to think out of the box and stop limiting themselves to academic subjects. Leaving volunteering or sports competition on a secondary place, when not ignored, is like chopping a part of one’s personality off.

The truth is, these are changing times we live in, and institutions should evolve with them. In the end, youth inactivity has become so blended in our reality we have hardly realised its consequences. Good news is, measures can be taken. Only let’s hope we react on time!


CAE film review.

You are the arts review writer for a magazine. Your editor has asked you to review a film. Choose a film that you have seen. Describe the plot and the characters involved. Say who the film is suitable for and why. Mention any special effects or aspects of the film that stood out in some way. Would you recommend the film? Why, why not?

Write your review.

The popularity of ‘Fifty First Dates’ is not hard to fathom. Nor is the almost hysterical reaction of critics, who have hailed this comedy as one of the funniest productions as of late.

Set in Hawaii, ‘Fifty First Dates’ delves into the romance between Henry, a womanizing veterinarian, and Lucy, a girl with short-term memory loss. After knowing Lucy’s illness, Henry makes up bizarre situations to trigger Lucy’s falling in love. No way will I forget the hilarious scene in which Henry and his friend Ula perform a fight in order to catch Lucy’s attention and she reacts hitting Ula with a baseball bat.

I bet young women reading this will fall head over heels with the movie. Not only will they laugh until their belly hurts, but there will also be some tears rolling down their cheeks. For sure, this compelling story won’t disappoint you!

Plus, from my point of view, it’s vital the moving soundtrack be pointed out as the icing on the cake. The film features the well-known song Over the Rainbow, which is able to make my hair stand on end every time I listen to it.

In short, I hands down recommend you youngsters give this film a try and, of course, families and lovebirds who want to pleasantly surprise your significant others!