TOP 8 SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT OUR EASTER TRADITIONS

With Easter weekend approaching it seems only fitting to take a look at some of the classic Easter treats that can make your Easter weekend that extra bit special. But did you know these facts about these celebrated treats…

1. Chocolate eggs

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Yep don’t deny it we all love these cheeky chocolate treasures. They come from the painting of chicken eggs. Staining them red symbolised the blood of Christ and the eggs the empty tomb of Jesus.  Easter eggs are a definite winner (just put that diet on hold till Tuesday).

2. Easter egg hunt

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 You can’t deny that no matter how old you are the good old Easter egg hunt has its charm. Originally, coloured eggs were hidden for children to find but recently have been substituted for chocolate eggs. So its chocoholics time to celebrate! It’s an excuse to binge eat on sugary egg- cellence.

3. Easter biscuits

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Now you either love or hate them but these biscuits had to make the list. Traditionally a British cuisine the Easter biscuit originates from the West Country would you believe. So you gotta have these with your cup of tea on Sunday afternoon. Although trust us to add currants to them.

4. Hot Cross Bun

 These spiced buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday to mark the end of lent. Because of their popularity they are now available all year round. These yummy treats originate from the UK and also have currants in (why do we add currants to everything).  If you want chocolate chips instead of currants Australia and New Zealand know where it’s at with a chocolate version of the bun!

5. Simnel Cake

Not actually having heard of this cake before, this fruit cake was made to be eaten on the middle Sunday of lent. With its two layers of marzipan Simnel, meaning the ‘finest white bread’ has become well known. This is a must have cake especially for fruit cake lovers out there (and yes originating from the UK, they of course contain currants).

6. Easter Bunny

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Not much is known about why we have the Easter bunny. It was actually a German tradition where a hare decided if children have been good or naughty at the beginning of the Easter season. Hares are a medieval figure so linked to the Virgin Mary as they can reproduce without mating.

7. Lent

For many of us the first thought that comes into our minds is…. Pancakes! But did you know that the reason we have them is to replicate the fasting for forty days that Jesus did and the journey he made into the desert.

8. Have you ever wondered why Easter dates change yearly?

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Easter is a moveable celebration to correlate with the Jewish Passover. The Jewish calendar is based on solar and lunar cycles so dates can be moved. The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ happened after this time, so Easter falls on different days according to the Passover.

 

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Students at Gloucestershire University angered by tuition fee increase as they rise to £9250: Are you aware of the changes?

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Tuition fees are due to rise again for students from the current £9000 per year. A change in legislation has allowed universities to start charging an extra £250.

The increase will affect not just future students but those already at University. Most are unaware that they have signed a contract with a clause that allows Universities to start charging tuition fees with the rate of inflation. Although they are “capped at RPI + 2% subject” according to the tuition fee and bursary policy, they could rise by as much as £1000 over the next four years.

Student Union President, Raphaella Ward is lobbying against the changes she says: “It is vital that students are fully aware of the costs of their experience and are able to engage fully in their student experience to enable them to gain rounded competencies to support them in the graduate recruitment market”.

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Student survey about the increase

 

 

A recent survey conducted by the Students Union at the University of Gloucestershire found that “64% of students knew nothing about the increase”. A film student says: “I was unaware prices could rise for first years and it worries me”.

Due to the nature of how you sign the agreement, a huge proportion of students are unaware that this clause even exists in the terms and conditions. By ticking a box during the enrolment process along with the unclear language in the document, puts doubt over whether students knew about this in the agreement.

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Gloucestershire University advertising the increased fee of £9,250

Emily Andrews, education officer at Gloucestershire University says: “I’m not happy with it. We don’t see the plans at the moment for students getting that value for money and we are lobbying for the fee to stay the same”.

Students  have expressed their anger at the lack of information available. The loan will cover the new rate, but students deserve to be better informed from the start about how much they will be charged.

More information available at: https://www.nus.org.uk/

TV and Video Journalism

Week 6: Editing workshop II

In the lecture we used Premier Pro to make a package to music with images and text. I chose to do mine about the upcoming UoG media festival. We had to find images and edit them in Photoshop collating them and scaling them to the size 1920 x 1080 and making them HD.

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We found audio to fit in the background, I used a ukulele upbeat track from Bensound.com and imported the audio and images on the timeline. Reflecting on what went well, I think I was able to learn how to change the images to JPEG format and resize them correctly even though I had never used the software before. To start with, I was slow because of the task involving technical elements and I need to improve on this. I will need to practice as I feel like I will struggle to recall some of the steps but this will come the more I use it.

My feedback was that I was on time with the completion of the task and worked well. I was able to add an ‘M’ marker in the audio, this signals the beat and can more effectively transition the images and texts from one to the next. But I wasn’t able to put in the extra elements with the text like fade, zoom and movement because of time constraints, so I will need to make sure I understand and include this in future.

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Week 5: Editing I using Premier Pro

In the lecture today, we had our first session on editing using Premier Pro. We were given interview clips about Graffiti that we had to edit on a timeline and use a news format to input over the interview.

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To start with, we had to put the interview in order using the script, then we had to take the scenic shots of Graffiti and overlay them over the commentary and fit them either side of the points to camera. Although to start with I found it difficult to find the tools, after getting used to the software, I was able to edit the footage.

We added a news bulletin with the reporters name so that we can use these techniques for a TV broadcast. My feedback was that I understood the basics of editing and I feel that it went well because I changed the audio levels and fade and I learnt editing techniques that I have never tried before. I should have put the cutaway shots in a different order as this would have worked better as it was a bit jumbled. Next time, I need to practise putting the green screen name over the point to camera as I found it hard to do.

 

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Week 4: Transitions and Voice Over to make a Package

For this weeks session, we were shooting an interview alongside cutaway shots and setting shots while leaving gaps to input a voice over, this overall creates a package interview. Also, looking at transition shots and making them flow. This can be done in a number of ways, by making sure the interviewee hands or body to leave the shot, having cutaways very similar to the interview shot or adding a point of view.

The lecturer introduced a grid to plan our shots. In the interview I shot, there was lots of variety in shots which had lots of movement as well as atmos. I thought that the interview was clear, in focus and framed correctly. The improvements I need to make are, building my sequences as some of the shots are individual and would work better consecutively grouped with similar content shots. My feedback said that I need to show faces more as the audience prefer watching this, as well as watching movement during close up shots.

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In future, I need to work on getting more of a balance between scenic shots and close ups of objects, like too many hand shots because this was disproportionate. I should avoid this, as they don’t give the audience much knowledge or show them enough content of people.

 

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Week 3: Sequences, Cutaways and Overlay Shots

In the lecture we looked at the effectiveness of sequencing and the variety of shots like cutaways, overlay and jump cuts available to use in an interview to give it energy and give it more contrast for the audience. Another key part of an interview is continuity throughout especially when filming cutaways.

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The interview I filmed was clear and framed well. I took on board the feedback from last week and made sure that I had the interviewee talking to the side of the lens however, I need to make sure I am eye level with the person rather than them looking up at me. The sequence shots were a variety of sizes but during the editing I put them individually rather than as a sequence which I shouldn’t have done because its not as effective as three simultaneous shots.

The feedback the lecturer gave me was that on the close up shots, the framing needs to have 1/3 head and 2/3 scene to make it fit with the other shots. In future, I have to watch out for jump cuts that break the continuity and use cutaways to avoid this happening.

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Week 2: Sequencing and using the Mojo kits

The theme for this lecture was looking at sequencing and the effective ways it can be used in an interview. Sequencing is where there is three consecutive shots of the same place or thing but in a slightly different shot size. This creates a connection to form the scene.

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We had a go at filming our own interviews and sequencing shots. I filmed the interviewee talking about what they liked about the University using the rule of thirds. To create my sequence, I then filmed a shot of the University grounds, the building, and a welcome sign which I linked together during editing using IMovie.

Looking at what went well, all the shots were in focus, had balanced exposed and were straight. On reflection, it would have been interesting to have varied the shot sizes, as I used mainly wide shots, this would have added dynamic contrast alongside the interview. The feedback I received was that, there needs to be more interest in each sequence shot, so perhaps to have students moving in the background rather than a stillness which you get from having stationary objects. Next time, I will think more about my audience and what they will enjoy.