“These are the Times We Live in”, by Imtiaz Dharker

In our Literature class we split into groups and had to work either on the poem  “These are the Times We Live in”, by Imtiaz Dharker or on “The Border Builder”, by Carol Rumens and make a questionnaire of six questions on it. I worked with Agustin and Pancho on “These are the Times We Live in”, by Imtiaz Dharker.

  1. Considering that Imtiaz Dharker is a Pakistan-born British writer, how far does the poem deal with cultural conflicts and prejudice?
  2. How far is the poem autobiographical?
  3. Words such as “passport” and  “flying” make up the semantic field. What does that semantic field suggest about the setting of the poem?
  4. What is the effect the voice creates by repeating “the times we live in”?
  5. “You shrink to the size of the book in his hand”, how does this quote help the reader have an idea of how the persona feels?
  6. «You could be offended», why does the voice say this?


«To The Evening Star» – Analysis

The last post I made was about our presentation on ‘Soldier, Rest’, and now, in connection to the presentations each group had to make, we have to choose a stanza or a set of lines of one of the Romantic poems which OUR GROUP HAS NOT DELIVERED A PRESENTATION OF. Copy it and paste it here and show its connection with the hypothesis the class has harboured:

«The poems share a criticism to the industrial, urban, rational and bellicose society of the 18th century».


I chose the following set of lines from «To The Evening Star»:

The fleeces of our flocks are cover’d with
Thy sacred dew: protect them with thine influence!
This set of lines were taken from the poem «To The Evening Star» by William Blake and they denounce the society of the 18th century in different ways.

Firstly, as we analysed in class, we realised that there are different elements of sexuality present in the poem. In these lines, the use of the word ‘dew’, makes reference to semen. And this opposes the morals of the 1700s since people only had sex at night as it was thought to go against morality. But in this case, William Blake is conveying it in a positive and natural way by portraying through it the finding of inspiration and knowledge. By using these images of fertility he is challenging society.

Secondly, there are images connected to nature. ‘Flocks’ and ‘dew’ are both visual images for the reader to have nature present by imagining sheep and wet grass. William Blake through these images shifts the focus away from the reality and from the industralization of the world to nature, since during Enlightenment less importance was given to nature. Consequently, he is reinforcing the importance of nature against society and criticising the irrelevance attributed to mother earth during that time.

Finally, ‘fleeces of flocks’ is a Christian imagery since in the Bible, the innocent people are depicted as sheep. This imagery criticises the society’s mentality since the poem is appealing to Venus, the evening star, who is the goddess of love, sex and fertility from the Pagan tradition. Therefore, this represents the Romantics support of pantheism, which was the belief in more than one god, and denounces society’s close mindedness.

How can we extract DNA?

In MTC we did an experiment to understand how we can extract DNA from natural products and to observe the fibrilar structure of DNA.

We mixed pieces of the central part of an onion with 3 tsp of detergent, 1 tsp of salt and distilled water and beat the solution.


We then filtrated the solution with a coffee filter.


We filled 1/4 of a test tube with the filtrate and mixed it thoroughly with some pieces of banana to which we then added the same volume of ethanol.


We let it rest for 2-3 minutes until a cloudy area is formed between the 2 layers.

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Finally, we extracted a network of white fibres of DNA and place it on a Petri dish and added a few drops of blue methylene.

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We Preach not Our selves: Paul on Proclamation

We Preach not Our selves: Paul on Proclamation

In their e-book, We Preach not Our own selves: Paul on Proclamation, Michael P. Knowles (2008) intends to respond to the essential doubts those who exercise ministries on preaching and teaching have. Determined by Paul’s theology of Christian Proclamation, the study displays a coherent theological and sensible justification in the preaching of your Christian Gospel, as well as the good thing about pastors and preachers should go the added distance to grant trustworthy strategies to questions that include what really is proper way to preach which really can be as great as apostle Paul’s and what training lessons can a particular study from him with regards to unique ministries of proclamation. Sigue leyendo

Homeostasis: Control of Blood Sugar Levels

In our Biology class we have been studying Homeostasis, and in order to understand how it works, in terms of the control of blood sugar levels, our teacher, Male, asked us to make a flow chart showing what happens when the levels of glucose in blood increase and decrease.

This is the flow chart I made:


NEGATIVE FEEDBACK: the negative feedback control system responds when conditions change from the ideal or set point and returns conditions to this set point. If the level of something rises, control systems reduce it again and if the level of something falls, control systems raise it again.



This is a comparison table between Diabetes type 1 and type 2:


GENETIC ENGINEERING: process to make sure there is enough insulin for everyone who needs it. It involves transfering artificially selected genes from one living organism to another living organism of the same species.

Unnatural Learning ability: Could it Ever before Go on a Place of a persons Thought process?

Unnatural Learning ability: Could it Ever before Go on a Place of a persons Thought process?


Artificial knowledge happens to be an prospect which need not thought in virtually any critical contemplating in connection with upcoming simply because it mounts lots of weighty matters for open public and ethics policy an element that philosophers will need to commence imagining.http://payforessay.net/thesis-paper Unnatural intelligence denotes the wisdom displayed by software program and machines. Sigue leyendo

France 1789 – 1794

In our History class we have been studying the events that took place during the French Revolution and after it, during the Reign of Terror. And as the end of term virtual period activity, our teacher Lenny asked us to create a timeline of all these events. This is the one I made: