The saving grace of quarantine

The coronavirus has been quite bad, to put it lightly. It’s brought most of the world to a standstill, wrecked the NHS and caused over 50,000 deaths around the world. Some of the biggest cities have turned into a real-life 28 Days Later, with parts of London and New York being transformed into mobile hospitals to care for those who are ill.

Summer has essentially been cancelled with festivals, sporting events and just about everything else being put off, either until a later date or outright cancelled.

What makes Heath Ledger’s and Juaquin Phoenix’s Joker performances so special yet so different?

To determine this, we must first look and understand that both Ledger and Phoenix are playing the character of the Joker at two very different times in his life. Phoenix plays the character of Arthur Fleck and shows how that character spiralled into madness and became the Joker. Whereas Ledger plays as he says ‘an agent of chaos’ the Joker you see in the Dark Knight is a much later version of the character seen in the movie Joker. Therefor both performances although both amazing cannot be compared as they are not portraying the same version of the Joker.



“James put’s it up, no good, rebound Bosh, he kicks it out to Allen…. BANG tied game with 5 seconds remaining’. What makes someone a clutch performer? Is it something your born with or something anyone can learn? Within the field sport the term ‘clutch’ is often used to define someone who rises to an occasion and effects any given game late on when it matters, to push themselves and or their team to win. This is commonly used term in all the major sports in the world such as Football, Golf, Rugby, but in this occasion the sport in question is Basketball.


My time at CFJ

In my third and final of study it became clear that I was not interested in pursuing a career in history, which offered the stereotypical career choices of a historian, teacher or librarian. Although, it was clear that I had an interest in current issues around the world. This ranged from politics to sport, with a particular interest in the ever-growing fight against the climate emergency. I began to think about pursuing a career in journalism and whether it suited me.