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Tuesday, 5 March 2013

My experience of work so far

For nearly fifteen years I have been listening to my Dad talk about his job, running BA Recruitment. 

From an early age, I barely understood what he was talking about, and even now I cannot remember what he was talking about. It wasn’t until I was about nine that I had any idea what he was on about. 

As my Mum was unemployed at the time, this was the only image I had of someone with a job, so much so that I believed that only people in his line of work wore a tie. I realised this wasn’t the case one day in pre-school, when, society being what it is, they wanted us to start thinking about work. They asked us, the unemployed 2-3 year-olds, to bring in something to do with what our parents did for a living so the others could guess what they did, in the spirit of healthy competition. At this point, I was still in the belief that my father was the only person in the world who wore a tie. It ended with one of the teachers having to ‘guess’ what he did as she already knew but meeded to 'play the game'.

However, I will never forget the feeling I had when wearing that tie. It made me feel like I was important, like I was making a difference. It made me feel, in some small way, like I had a job.

I have been told throughout my life that working in an office is depressing and all the best jobs are in the fresh air. I thought I was good with animals. So, for my work experience, I went to a dairy farm. While doing this I made two discoveries.

  1. Working in the fresh air is overrated.
  2. I am not good with animals.
I’m not physically fit, so there are probably better outside jobs, but working on a farm is not for me. Never mind the long hours, but the heavy lifting and the fact that I didn’t feel alright swinging round a cattle-prod really did it for me.
From here, with only my meagre experience to go on, I have no idea what I’m going to do with my life. I’ve got into sixth form. I’m planning to go to university, but which one, I don’t know. (Oxford please Henry!!) What I’ll do for money when I’m there and what I’ll do afterwards; I have no idea about. I can do chemistry, I can do maths. It’s a start.

This is a guest post by my son Henry Gray. Age 15. Let me point out that he excels in all the sciences and we are all hoping that he’ll do very well whatever his chosen profession is.

Why I think Gangnam Style became so popular

This is a guest post by 15 year old Henry Gray, regarding The Music Industry

Gangnam Style. A Youube sensation by South Korean artist PSY, featuring quirky dance moves. 

Why, you ask, did this become so popular, with over one billion views, when there is so much more talent out there who could have easily done the same thing? I don’t know either. But this is why I think it happened.

  • 1.    It was different. Today, where most songs are love-songs, we wanted variety. The original dance moves, tune, rhythm, everything was previously virtually unseen. True, Gangnam Style is a love-song, but we didn’t know that until someone ran the words through a translator, which brings me onto my next point.
  • 2.    No-one could understand it. This, as I have already said, made people think the subject matter was more original than it really was. Because it’s really quite hard to replicate the words and timing in another language, and it can’t be sung in English. This means that there are relatively few good covers of it and, if anyone wants to see it done well, they have to watch the original video.
  • 3.    Word gets around. Everyone knows one person who shares everything vaguely funny they find on the internet. Gangnam Style was not just put on YouTube, but on other websites people go on to get a good laugh, because of the frankly hilarious music video. Naturally, these sort of people found it, shared it and begun the endless circulation.
  • 4.       It inspires competition. This is true. In my experience as a fifteen year old, I have found that Gangnam Style is very much like Marmite. You either love it or you hate it. And it’s people like me, who like it and even write articles on it, that fuel this competition. For example, I have a friend who, if he read this, would probably write one of his own explaining why Gangnam Style should not have become this popular. In a way, this song is very much like art. It inspires conversation, debate even, and there will always be those who like it and those who don’t.

I hope with me writing this it has cleared things up a bit.