Building a new website

iusedtoliveinnottinghill is coming to an end. It has been a fun era, but what I wanted to do with this blog morphed almost as soon as I started it. Some of the articles I’ve uploaded I’m immensly proud of – but with all things, some I’m less proud of. Either way, this is not the end. In the new year, I will be creating a new website (from scratch, using Adobe Muse), that will cover all aspects of my writing. Including work from other organisations, blog-specific posts, essays, and a dissertation diary.

Until then, I’m Politics Editor of Pi Media. Below I’m adding links to some of the work I’ve done recently (both for myself and you). Best!

Pi Media

The Re|view

The Guardian

UCL News

Bartlett School of Architecture

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I recently wrote an article for Pi Media on the first full year of the UCL Academy in Swiss Cottage. The school is fully funded and operated by University College London as an attempt to bring a more university-style education to the secondary experience. In the article I tour the building and facilities, plus interview the Prinicipal of the Academy, Geraldine Davies. You can view the article here. It’s also included in Issue 701 of Pi Magazine which you can pick up for free across Bloomsbury or view online here.

“We don’t learn languages very well in this country. So our principle has been to embed one modern and very important language into the life of the school”

The Lost Script

A while ago I plugged an old USB stick into my laptop. I hadn’t used it since my college days, so was surprised by what I found. Amongst the sub-standard history essays and error-ridden schoolwork was a little gem I had completely forgot.

‘Vote for Me’ was a script I had written during my time at the college’s film club. I was the most senior member in the group, but at that time had little confidence to plough through an idea. Rather than doing the treatment on this (which I never presented in full), we produced an overly-dramatic tale of a girl who commits suicide because of the bullying she recieves (*sigh*). It was just as bad, if worse, as you imagine.

Following this, I was due to complete an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in my final year. Somewhere down the line I came back to ‘Vote for Me’, hence it’s philosophical note in the synopsis.

Whilst it’s far from a work of art and could of used with slightly more time and passion, it still has a certain charm to it. So here it is, plonked on the internet for all to see – untouched for just less than three years. I’d love any comments you have!

‘Vote for Me’

A short film by Jordan Rowe

SYNOPSIS:

Shot in a mockumentary format, ‘Vote for Me’ (single-camera comedy) is the story of an over-confident student (played by TBA) running to be elected to the student union – unfortunately he doesn’t realise just how unpopular he is within the school. Pulling out all the stops to win votes, he must battle with a grumpy camera crew, an unhelpful personal assistant (played by TBA) and a slightly perverted shopkeeper (played by TBA). In the end, despite the campaign being run into the ground, Erik somehow wins.

On a philosophical note, the film gives an insight into just how much people are willing to do to achieve their dream or to get what they want. My inspiration for the idea came from TV sitcom ‘Modern Family’ which has mockumentary aspects to it. ‘The Office’ and the 1999 cinematic film ‘Election’ starring Reese Witherspoon also helped in the process. The humour throughout is dry and sometimes dark, with a hint of satire.

CAST:

Erik Hassler:

Danielle (PA):

Olivia Wilde (competitor):

Shopkeeper:

Announcer:

Camera Man (unseen):

Boom Mike Guy (unseen):

SCRIPT:

SCENE TITLE: HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF A BIN?

The camera is travelling through the corridors of the school – passing a number of election posters as the title ‘Vote for Me’ appears on screen

ERIK

Vote for me! Do you want a leaflet sir? Hey, ow! Well, that was just uncalled for.

The camera heads up a final corridor where we see the student handing out leaflets

ERIK

Oh good you’re here, I was wondering where you got off to.

Hi, vote for me, take a leaflet!

Erik hands the leaflet out to a female passer-by who promptly scrunches it up and chucks it on the floor

A girl walks into the corridor and sees Erik. She tries to do a double take and go back, but Erik spots her.

ERIK

Oh well, if it isn’t my closet competitor in this race. Olivia it’s a pleasant surprise to see you.

OLIVIA

You do you realise I go to this school, meaning it’s hardly a surprise that I bumped into you… just an unpleasant nuisance.

 

ERIK

Joke all you want, but I’ll be the one laughing on January 11. All of the polls taken show that I’m on course to take that slot on the union.

Olivia looks puzzled

OLIVIA

What polls? There are no polls.

ERIK

My assistant took a snapshot of the political air running through Chalmers School, and the wind is blowing towards me, my friend. Isn’t that right, Danielle?

DANIELLE

Whatever.

Danielle is blowing a bubble with her chewing gum and texting on her Blackberry.

OMG 

She giggles at something on the phone and walks of

OLIVIA

(sarcastically) Wow, looks like you have a strong team.

Olivia begins to walk of, but returns

 

Before I go, can I just ask why you have a camera crew following you?

ERIK

They just thought I was such an interesting person, there going to make a documentary about me.

CAMERAMAN

The cameraman is out of shot, Olivia turns round to look at him

No I’m pretty sure you’re paying us to film you. Well, that’s what it says on all of my cheques, anyway.

Erik is signing for him to keep quiet and pointing at Olivia. Olivia turns back around to look at Erik and shakes her head. She then walks of. Erik looks embarrassed. The cameraman calls Erik an idiot, but this is covered up by a cough. The scene ends with Erik saying Vote for Me to passers by.

 

 

END OF SCENE

 

SCENE TITLE: BANNANAS, BLACKBERRIES AND BEATS

 >> This scene was never written, but would have taken place at a local smoothie shop where Erik attempts to put up a campaign poster, resulting in an argument with the shopkeeper <<

SCENE TITLE: 11.6%

ANNOUNCER

Now turnout for this year’s student election was high people! 11.6% of the school turned out, so I think that deserves a thorough rantamaplause!

There’s faint applause, a few people mutter – an awkward silence as the announcer tries to hide away his embarrassment

ANNOUNCER

Yes, right, well. Now, without any further a due I can reveal how the voting for the 2011 Chalmers Technology School’s Student Union election went. Now let me tell you it was close between the top two. Olivia Wilde had 35% of the vote, but Erik Hassler has won with 42%. Congratulations

Everyone in the crowd looks shocked, Danielle drops her mobile in pure disbelief. Olivia walks of stage, shoving past Erik in the process. Erik smiles and is visibly jubilant.

 

CAMERAMAN

Why on earth would anyone vote for that a-hole?

People filter out of the area as Erik says thank you to the announcer and waves at his adoring crowd.

 

END OF SCENE

SCENE TITLE: A RATIONAL EXPLANATION

We move to a small room with the election box in it. A message comes up on the screen stating ‘1 hour before election results announced’. We see Erik with lots of small pieces of paper and mouthing out ‘Erik’ as he puts crosses in the boxes next to his name, as the audience finds out the results were rigged. He turns to the camera (which isn’t really there – not the doc crew).

ERIK

What? Everyone needs a plan B.

He smiles and continues to put crosses in the boxes

Summer of Sorts

IUTLINH is having quite the summer. In between trips to Berlin and Rome, I’ve been spending my time working as a communications assistant at the Bartlett School of Architecture and freelancing at The Guardian.

My time at the Bartlett revolved around The Bartlett Summer Show 2013, one of the largest architecture degree shows in the UK. Whilst there, I commissioned two videos focused on the show’s opening night and preparations for the event, respectively.

I’ll be taking a short break from this blog over the summer as I go into writing overload. I hope you’ll enjoy the sun if your somewhere where that’s a possibility, and visit back next time. Make sure you don’t miss an article by following this blog via WordPress or email. Links are on your screen.

The aforementioned videos are below:

New Island Values: Eat Less Meat

Hardly a specific goal – this one is twofold. It relates mainly to my other New Island Value – East More Fish. Naturally, if I eat less meat, I’d probably eat more fish.

This...no moreVisiting Berlin in February, the challenge stepped up. In a non-religious observance of Lent, I promised myself no meat until Easter.

It turned out that I failed in that challenge. Changing habits at the flick of a finger is hard graft as I found when I walked into a McDonalds ordering a hamburger, subsequently eating it all, and having the error of my ways dawn on me only days later.

But in general I have been eating much less meat.

I’m not suggesting there is a health benefit to this. Eating less meat was a way for me to challenge my diet and see what I need and what I don’t need. It was a personal goal to challenge myself in an area that would alter my habits, rather than a conviction that eating less meat was good or bad for me.

>> New Island Values