Book Review: The One Memory Of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

The One Memory Of Flora Banks

This book is about a young female called Flora, who has anterograde amnesia. This condition affects her everyday life, as she is required to use her memory for most things. One day she has intimate contact with a boy, on the beach and suddenly it changes her life. She remembers something and this excites her. Can you imagine what it must be like to not be able to use your short term memory and one day out of nowhere, one event just sticks?

Well, according to improvememory.org – Anterograde Amnesia is “often a permanent condition generally thought to be caused by damage to the hippocampus section of the brain. This damage can be caused by an accident, as a result of surgery, alcohol, and even an acute deficiency of thiamine known as Korsakoff’s syndrome. Whatever the cause of the trauma, the person who is affected is unable to convert their short term experiences into long-term memory”. This is reflected in the book, by Flora constantly writing down notes. Also, her parents constantly remind her of who she is. They leave letters and information around the house, in order to keep her memory activated.

She decides to embark on a journey to France, to find the guy who helped her jog her memory. She decides not to inform her parents, by telling them a white lie ( the lie is she’s going with her friend Paige, when she’s traveling solo) because they wouldn’t approve of her new-found independence. They believe she only accustom to her familiar settings, so they are apprehensive about how she will handle the outside world.

Her trip to France is definitely an experience, as her mind was opened to many different revelations about herself and overcoming obstacles she faced during the time. She meets people on her way, who assist to get to her chosen destination. In the end, she finds Drake (the boy she kissed) and they have a discussion about the night they shared on the beach. However, there is a plot twist, Drake denies the event and leaves Flora in confused manner. Also, her parents find out about her secret adventure and immediately wish she would return home. As well as, having different accounts of information coming in from various people and direction, which causes a mental overloaded sensation for her.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book, because you got to see what it was like to live with anterograde amnesia. It showed how the condition affects a person, those who they interact with and surrounded by. It also focusses on how her parents are able to cope managing her, even though they have to attend to her older brother Jacob, who has problems of his own. So, it must of felt good for Flora, to remember something, bearing in the mind the majority of the time, her mind is completely blank. You can see how it made a significant impact on her life.

Similarly, it must be like sitting in a dark room for hours, then a ray of sunlight hits you; it feels good, because the sun is blessing your skin. Another great way this book explains her condition, is by including the parts she regurgitates notes back to herself to remind her of who is she and what she’s doing. You get a snippet into how she analyses and re-centers herself, so she can proceed with her tasks. I think it was very brave of her to branch out and explore the world on her own. She took a risk, without her medication, knowing the implications it may cause but went for it anyways. That is true determination on her behalf!

The book is available at WHSmith for £7.99. Also the ebook and audio version is available too 🙂

Chanda D

 

London Bridge Views 

After a seminar workshop last night, I went for a stroll by the River Thames and caught three landscape photographs. It was nice to stop off and get the best images I can before setting off on my travels home. I’d like to share those pictures with you all..

Tower Bridge (Black and White)

 

 

London Bridge Side View (Blue Tone)

London Bridge (colour tone/night life)
📸Taken by Chanda D

 

 

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Young T x Bugsey – 4 x 4

Young T and Bugsey are a rap duo from Nottingham, United Kingdom, who have been delivering consistent bangers for a while now. They first made their mark in the music scene with the track Glistenin, afterwards releasing No Mickey Mouse Ting, and a collaborative feature with Belly Squad called Gangland. All their music is available on all major platforms (Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer etc.) . You can watch their videos on Youtube too. I’m also sure you can catch them doing live performances. I’d recommend checking out their social media pages. (It will be listed at the end of the post). 

I’ll be talking their recent song 4 x 4 produced by ScribzRiley.

The two seem to know what they are doing on every beat they touch. Every song has a smooth feel to it, with the instrumental making your head bop. Their lyrics are always accurately placed together, allowing it to collide perfectly as the song progresses. I’ve noticed their ability to produce catchy bridges and choruses. This especially can be heard on 4×4 – “Now I hop out the 4×4, man jump out one by one”. You can sing along to it quite easily without getting tangled up within it. (It’s been stuck in my head since I heard it).

 

The song talks about how they were trying to bring their people through but they were not interested in it. However, they are now perceived to be of a higher class status, as they have the privilege of cruising in a 4×4 vehicle with their friends. So consequently as the song continues, they dive back into the archives of their life story and explain their positions, before they got to where they are now. Young T and Bugsey also mention life-changing events and circumstances that have contributed to the upheavals in their lives. Perhaps, many artists will be able to relate to their come up in the industry. Whereas the music supporters get to understand and picture what it was like, as they take in the lyrics.  Luckily for us females, we find out Young T knows what contour does. It hasn’t been an easy road to success, but they are reaping the benefits for the journey as time goes on. Last but not least, it includes references to their popularity with the ladies.

Go and check out their music!

Twitter – @YoungTandBugsey , YoungTArtist x BugseyETMG

Instagram – youngtmusic x bugseymusic

Youtube – YoungTBugsey1

#TheGrimeShow LIVE

IMG_2164This show is usually a 3 hour radio segment on Rinse FM (106.8FM) , which is hosted by Sir Spyro. He gathers a range of MCs in the studio, to deliver memorable freestyles, while spinning grime instrumentals on the decks.

However this time round, the listeners got to witness the behind-the-scenes action live, with few selected artists and DJs showcasing their talents. The location of the event was Haggerston, East London in an enclosed venue with a bar, serving complimentary drinks.

First stop, the visual aspect – take a look at the highlights from the night:

You might recognise some faces and familiar voices..

The song features Teddy Bruckshot x Lady Chann x Killa P. The video is available on Youtube and the audio version is on major music platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer etc.)

Swiftly moving on to the live freestyles..

There were many more artists who performed and you can find short clips/pictures online via Instagram – @yogzilla , @ukgrime.tv , @grmsets and @sirspyro

Now lets settle the mood with a couple of photographs..

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So we have come to the end of the post and I’m sure you can understand how the night went. Well nevertheless, I’d recommend going to see your favourite artists perform live, because it enriches the impact of their songs and lyrics on you. Also, when you know others are there for a similar reason. There’s a great sense of energy in the atmosphere, collectively coming from the supporters, artists and DJs.

That’s something to think about when attending your next event!

Chanda D

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Book Review: A Quiet Kind Of Thunder by Sara Bernard 

Book – Quiet Kind Of Thunder

This book is written by a lady called Sara Bernard. 

It discusses the complications couples face, when in a relationship with a language barrier. For example, the main characters Rhys and Steffi. Rhys is deaf and Steffi can’t speak (she has selective mutism), so therefore they communicate through sign language and lip read. It actually teaches you a bit about sign language and provides you with further information; if you’re interested to study it.

Despite their differences, it’s cute because they use this msn type messenger called Jackbytes to talk. It’s more like a snapchat version (the messages disappear). However throughout the course of the story, it shows how they face issues and overcome it. For example, they take a trip out to Scotland. Rhys has an accident whilst hiking in the mountains. This really tests their relationship, as he feels like he’s let her down but can’t express himself. 

Nevertheless they come to realise they understand each other on a fundamental level, so they overcome the minor hiccups they have.

The book also revolves around Steffi’s friendship with Tem (her best friend) and shows how having differences in friendships can be worked out. 

Overall, this book was really good to read, because you could hear the story from her perspective and understand the relationship and family issues that come up. It was like being in her brain navigating your way through how she sees her world of life. I found some parts of it to be humorous, because it reminded me of mini inserts, you know things you would be thinking in your head but won’t say out loud. Similar, to a thought bubble lol and also, the simple language that was used; direct and straight talking. 

Last but not least, it’s available at Waterstone bookstore for £7.99 

Chanda D