Shouts. Cries, The stamping of feet. Whips. I looked out the window. Blood leaked from the door bases. I ran to my layout of hay and picked up my little toy bear. I looked at it and started to cry. It was just a little cry. I lay on my back and closed my eyes, but it was impossible to sleep with the racket outside. Mum and dad were so stupid. And my brother couldn’t take care of me. So he sold me to the ruler of China for some money and that he didn’t have to carry one extra person, and I’ve been here all my life since then. If I could run out of the iron gates and into the forest, I would be free, alive, breathing fresh and natural air, and not have blood on my feet, back and hands all the time, and not to wake every morning as a slave. But the guards stood there all the time, and I coudn’t get out without being beaten to death. Then they would throw me out. I wouldn’t mind being thrown out, but I would mind them beating me. I’d seen photos of the outside when I was little, but I still remember them as clear as day. Sweet flowers, bees on them, The Great Wall of China, The Forbidden City and so many other places mother and father had been to. If only I could visit them, one day.
By Elise D
A little briefing on this:
I am willing to be an author, and I have an idea for a story. This is some of the first chapter (I might change it to a Preface) that I have written so far. It’s a story of a Chinese girl, (who doesn’t look it, she looks English or Australian) called Aaliyah who is put to work by, as above, the Ruler of China, (even if there is no ruler but there’s a king or something.) who doesn’t talk to the slaves at all, as he thinks the guards can take are of it all. Soon somene comes to take her away from all this, and she finds a nice fresh and open bungalow in the forest to stay. She learns how to sing and be positive. But a boy comes along and finds out who she is, but the housekeeper of Aaliyah’s is not entirely impressed by this boy and banishes him from seeing Aaliyah again. Aaliyah doesn’t know what’s happened to him and the housekeeper feels guilty for making Aaliyah feel unhappy. But in time, the two children meet up again and find out everything they will do and achieve together, even if that means, runnng away to the other side of the Great Wall, finding Aaliyah’s parents and, if needed, to go back to the danger zone where Aaliyah grew up. I will be attemping to write this tory under the same name, title and author that it is here. Hopefully I can publish this and publish more!
Over these past few weeks, people called asylum seekers have attemped to come into Australia to start a new life and escape whichever country they came from. Some have been sent to an island called Christmas island. But it might not be as easy as, “Right then all off you, get onto this boat you’re going to Christmas Island.”
Some countries have been given areas called search and rescue zones around them to save a boat if it was in trouble. Say if a ship was in trouble off the Great Australian Bight, that would probably be Australia’s job to save it. They might put the sailors/passengers onto their own boat and might take them to wherever they go to but not Australia. (And also where they’d be safe until someone works out something about it.)
One reason that might answer the question, “Why is the world split up into search and rescue zones?” is that the countries that are like the two pieces of bread on the outside of the filling to make a sandwich don’t get confused in who should rescue the boat.
In 1912, when the Titanic sank after colliding with an iceburg, the last few survivors waited almost 4 hours for a ship called the Carpathia to pick them up. It was probably the nearest ship to the Titanic at the time and was sort of in it’s search and rescue zone.
If survivors are taken to the nearest port, then that might cause a problem say if you were an asylum seeker. The nearest port might become crowded over time and the nearest port might have to change to people going to the second nearest port.
And if the asylum seekers that have had a boat in trouble in Indonesian waters recently, then it should be Indonesia’s job to do what you would have to do with the asylum seekers. Not Australia’s.
40 years, a month and a few months ago, three men from the USA landed safely on the moon after the eleventh attempt which didn’t work like all the other ones before it. It was stunning for people to see this bonza event as it had never been accomplished before. Over 600 million people from all over the world sat at their televisions to see just what would happen next. Would it work? There was only one way to find out.
“Tranquility base, the eagle has landed.”
FINALLY! The day had come. The breaths were let out. The jaws were dropped.
Then out came Neil Armstrong.
“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Buzz Aldrin followed. Maybe Michael Collins was either happy to have just landed or he might have felt, “I wish I was out there.”
Australia played an important role in this even if it was the americans landing on the moon. We were in charge of receiving the signals to the tracking station at Honeysuckle creek outside Canberra.
The Americans want to send more people to the moon to practise for longer missions to Mars. But some people steam is blowing out of their ears. They think that the problems on earth should be fixed first and then they can do the moon and mars jobs. It doesn’t matter so long as we always remember the famous moon landing 40 years ago.
Have you ever been overseas? I have, and it did have laws, but if you stole a mat from a hotel you wouldn’t go to prison. In Thailand a few weeks ago a woman was arrested because her friends put a mat belonging to the hotel in her bag. The Thai police found her and thought she was actually trying to steal it as she tried to tell them she never even touched it. They didn’t believe her and arrested her.
She was told to stay in the country while the court was thinking of what should happen to her. They finally decided that she could go home and be with her family again.
Some countries have very different customs and laws to ours. If you chew gum on the street in Singapore you can be arrested. In some other countries it’s illegal to take a photo of a government building. A few years ago an Australian man was arrested for insulting a member of the Thai royal family and it’s illegal to do that there. Overseas if you smuggle illegal drugs you can get life in prison or the death penalty. If that happens in Australia you would probably get a few years in gaol (jail). It’s strange how different countries have different laws but just be careful if you’re going overseas and do some research on the internet and some simple reading.
AHHHHHH! I’VE JUST STUMBLED ACROSS A MUMMY AND NOW I’VE GOT A CURSE ON ME AND I’M SOOOOOOO DEAD! is what we think when we see a mummy in real life. Or we have nightmares for the rest of our lives when we see a mummy coming to life on a horror movie rated MA. We also think that they’re only found in Egypt. But they’ve actually been found in South America.
In the Atacama Desert. On the edge of South America. It’s one of the driest places on earth and you’d never think you could find them there. You can even find bits of pottery and old bones!
It doesn’t rain much down there so the bacteria on the bones isn’t breaking down to much. The archaeologists seem to be very happy to find these mummies and prove other people wrong that they’re only found in Egypt. Every time they find a mummy they take it somewhere to study them even further. And some don’t look like they died too peacefully; one mummy they found had a spear through the centre of his chest! You should’ve seen it!
Orangutans live mainly in Borneo and Sumatra ( native to Indonesia and Malaysia ) and are endangered because of people cutting down trees and the Orangutans are losing their homes. The people are actually cutting down the trees to collect palm ( vegtable ) oil to put in a lot of foods that we normally eat everyday. Palm oil is actually the same thing as vegtable oil so people don’t actually know what they’re eating or cooking with. After some trees are cut down the kid apes are left without any parents. Some are dead. The babies attend an ape day care centre where they’re trained so that they soon can be returned to the wild.
It’s always fun to go down to the beach and have a good paddle or swim and probably a surf. But sometimes going to a rough surfing beach isn’t the best idea if you just want to take a mini dip.
Rips cause a rough guess of 50 deaths a year and about 15 thousand rescues. You can never be sure if you’ve found a good place to swim or a rip. If you see a section of water that has no waves don’t even think for one millersecond about going in! It’ll probably save your life.
But don’t panic if you get caught in a rip! Just stay as calm as you possibly can and wait for some help. But if you trash around and go insane that’s when you could drown. Don’t try to swim against them either, rips can actually go faster than olympic swimmers! Instead try to swim sideways to the whiter water. And if the rip is too strong, just wait.
Normally a lot of teenagers go out to rock concerts and drink and get drunk and some get arrested. Others decide to be more sensible and ditch the parties and drinking. But not many want to be sensible because they’re away from their homes and parents for a while.
But some girls decided to go to East Timor for schoolies last year. While their friends were out partying and going insane, these girls were helping the poor and homeless. A girl called Tara told the reporters that she didn’t think she was missing out on the parties and she thought she was doing something a little more valuable with her schoolies time. Another girl called Aimee had never been on a plane before she went to East Timor and her dad wasn’t acustomed to the idea. Soon he decided to come with the girls and he decided to help with the electricity in Timor because most of the poor country doesn’t have much of it. They use generators for the power and they break down a lot so Aimee’s dad fixed them. The girls felt like they were doing something right and were proud of their work.