I’m back!

Hi guys!

It’s been three months since I have turned off my blog and decided to take a break from everything media and writing related and so much has happened!

Hundreds of notifications on Twitter from the lovely bloggers I follow, Trump is President-elect (What?), we witnessed the Super Moon and I got a new job! (*yaaay*).

Simply put, I am glad I decided to be back.

To be completely honest with you, when I have decided to turn the blog off I thought I am going to be doing an incredible amount of research for awesome blog posts, invest in an awesome camera, and even more, invest in a more awesome self. But then life kicked in, and I just did not have the time to do all that and I had to prioritise.

So just to give you a quick update, I am currently investing more time in becoming a better self, in spending more time with the loved ones and in developing more of my cultural knowledge.

Writing this blog has been such a pleasure, because I was able to put whatever came into my mind, without being limited by the structured facade of a specifically themed blog.  I know that this doesn’t bring me extra 1000 followers every month, but for those that still read my non-sense, thank you! You’re awesome!

So that is pretty much it. I am back, with a strong will of writing more often and keeping you updated of the latest things going through my mind.

Extra information for those interested: I am open to collaborations and to guest bloggers, should you want to. Just drop me an email and we can discuss about it 🙂

I wish you all a happy weekend.

Love,

Csilla x

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Blogs, placements and creativity with FutureRising

Originally posted on FutureRising

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Csilla Kulcsar is originally from Romania, but grew up in a Hungarian family. Interested in space travelling and language tuition, one of her dreams is to teach English or Spanish to children from disadvantaged areas. She is driven by passion, not by money, and believes in second chances as everyone learns from their mistakes in order to thrive.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO WANTING TO WORK IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES?

Being creative has always been a part of me. As a child, I grew up in a bilingual family, so the need to master two languages was key and the only way I could do it was by being creative. The creative industries offer the option of personal development through one’s visual perspective and my desire of working in the creative industries was particularly generated by the media world. Unlike any other industries, the media world exists to deliver information and help others. And that’s what I want to do: help other people understand everything that’s happening in the world.

WHICH ADVERTISING AGENCY WOULD YOU LOVE TO WORK FOR AND WHY?

Ever since I’ve moved to London I have expanded my knowledge about the creative industries.

“…it didn’t take long until I found Grey Advertising and Thinking Juice.”

I started my search for the dream agency I’d love to work for and it didn’t take long until I found Grey Advertising and Thinking Juice. Both of them are really great agencies that deliver creative strategies and digital transformations to brands, and most importantly, they are the leading agencies in the market. By following their work I understood the necessity of delivering customer-focused content and implementing interactive methods of satisfying the audience.

WHY DID YOU START A BLOG & WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION FOR YOUR POSTS?

The idea of starting a blog came from the thought that I needed to find a voice for myself. A voice to truly represent who I am and what I do.

“..I launched myself into the great world of media and delivered my stories effectively.”

Finding inspiration is not easy, I must confess. So every time I think of writing something new, I plan ahead with a few days. My muse so far, has been the city. There’s so much in London that’s worth writing about: places, cafe’s, people, literature. And even better, I can link all this to worldwide information and write followers-focused posts.

Interviewing people from different places in the metropolis has given me another insight to what exactly it means to be part of such a great place. By doing so, I never struggle to find a new idea for the blog: I keep a journal with quotes and themes; and when I have time, I just put the pieces together.

HOW DID YOU LAND A PLACEMENT WORKING WITH LONDON AND PARTNERS?

Working with London & Partners has been my greatest achievement so far. Being an International Student Ambassador has offered me an incredible amount of information and personal development and I am really grateful for that. I was just starting my final year of studies at Middlesex University when the opportunity of being an ambassador came through.  I received an email from the Media Department saying that London and Partners are looking for an ambassador from our university; and I simply applied.

My role consisted of visiting different locations in London and blogging about them to inspire future students to come and study in London. It has been a great experience and I have been awarded the ‘Most Committed Blogger’ at the beginning of this month.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU KNOW NOW THAT YOU WISH YOU’D KNOWN EARLIER?

Yes. One of the things no one ‘warned’ me about London, was the immense cultural diversity that exists here. If I had known earlier, I would’ve moved to London ages ago! The beauty of the cultural diversity in London is that you get to know so many people from all around the world and that is something that shouldn’t be taken for granted.

“Understanding different cultures makes you question whether you know enough about the world…”

Understanding different cultures makes you question whether you know enough about the world surrounding you so I believe that being in London has given me the opportunity of better understand myself as well.

WHAT DO YOU GET UP TO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?

When my schedule is free, I like to travel and take photos and, of course, blog about it! Travelling and writing are my passions and I would feel incomplete without them. Also, I read a lot: whatever falls to hand. From Nietzsche, Dostoyevsky, to Austen and J.K. Rowling. I am a bookworm; I even wrote my dissertation about the impact the Harry Potter books had on literature!

SELL YOURSELF. WHY SHOULD SOMEONE HIRE YOU?

I like to think of myself as a free spirit that challenges herself as much as possible.

“I am fluent in five languages, incisive when it comes to work and devoted to my causes.”

I am fluent in five languages, incisive when it comes to work and devoted to my causes. I also believe in equal rights and the importance of caring for one another; and what better way of doing so, than working in the creative industries and connecting with people.  I like exploring new things and I never just do what I am told, I always wonder about more and try to dive into the immense world of possibilities.

New documentary explores the truth about Romanians in Britain

The Romanian community’s expansion in the UK transcends into a big voice. Csilla Kulcsar meets with two Romanian producers and discusses their upcoming documentary, ’13 Shades of Romanian’.

It is no longer unfamiliar to anyone that immigration in Britain has been a widely discussed topic. The national newspapers have been battered with negative headlines on immigrants and truth be told, Romanians have been a lot in the attention of the media.

Britain is known across the world as one of the countries that provide the strongest job market and opportunities for people from all cultural backgrounds. According to a study done by Migration Watch UK (March 2014) the net migration levels are five times higher than they used to be in the 1990s and 35% of the population believes that “immigration is one of three most important issue facing Britain”.

Also, 76% of the public opinion (by the same study) thinks “immigration has placed too much pressure on public services, such as health, transport and education”. It is understandable that the public opinion is concerned about their public services, however, the unnecessary false image built on immigrants is producing stir among Romanians.

Let’s take an example widely known to the United Kingdom.

Channel 4 has launched a few months ago a documentary called “The Romanians are coming”, which, in their own words is “a documentary series exploring the levels of Romanians trying to make a new life in Britain, and seeking out the truth behind the headlines about immigration”. As the documentary episodes’ unfolded, a narration upon the Romanian life described the poor conditions in which some communities live.

The Telegraph has stated:

“The argument made by the film was that the majority of Romanians come to Britain […] to escape lives of grinding poverty back home”.

Interestingly enough, this documentary triggered a debate about the Romanians in the UK and two of the biggest British newspapers – The Independent and The Telegraph – have given their review on the documentary and don’t agree either with the unapologetic views presented. The perspective that was created by “The Romanians are Coming” have offended most of the Romanians already established in the UK and some have even protested outside Channel 4’s headquarters.

While I was on a quest of finding answers for the stigma put on the Romanian immigrants, I’ve met two Romanians living in London whose project seeks to challenge the views of many people. Anda and Dragos Teglas are the producers of the upcoming crowd-funded documentary called “13 Shades of Romanian”.

The project came to life as an inspirational movement meant to change the perspective on the Romanians in Britain. In an interview with them, I managed to undo the woven threads of this project.

Interviewer: Csilla Kulcsar. Photo courtesy by Rita Santos

Interviewer: Csilla Kulcsar. Photo courtesy by Rita Santos

Dragos Teglas is the founder of the production house “This Is Insomnia”, where he acts as a Senior Editor, Post-Production Supervisor and Director and his unique style of editing along with his creative vision stand out in his visual work. On the other hand, his sister, Anda Teglas, has joined the company as Co-founder and Creative Director. With the aid of many years of experience in production and her bubbly personality, she oversees the creative aspects of the development, production and post-production stages.

Anda and Dragos Teglas. Photo courtesy by Rita Santos

Anda and Dragos Teglas. Photo courtesy by Rita Santos

The Teglas brothers are not new to the media world. They have many years of experience across the film, advertising and entertainment platforms. As Romanians themselves, living and working in the UK, the immigration stigma has gotten to their ears and have decided to shift people’s perspective about Romanian immigrants.

“13 Shades of Romanian” is a project that aims to shed some light on the lives of Romanians in the UK. When the campaign had started, Anda and Dragos hoped their project would successfully echo overseas.

People from all around the globe contributed, and the goal of £12,000 has been effectively achieved.

The idea of creating this documentary had come from the premise that nobody has yet tapped into the positive side of the Romanian community. The two brothers have said:

“ We wanted to showcase a different side of the Romanian community living in the UK and to start with positive stories, stories that people haven’t had access to before.”

They have considered of doing a project of this kind previously and they knew they had to wait for a perfect moment to put everything in motion. Projects of such scale take time and funds, but more importantly, it needs to be driven by good stories and motivation. Dragos believes that our entire knowledge comes from stories; however, some stories are not particularly factual or conclusive. The levels of migrant communities have significantly increased in Britain and so did their negative illustration.

“I think that right now, we don’t have a great image; and not only Romanians suffer from that”, is what troubles Dragos’s mind and it was vital for this project to be put forward.

The launch of the documentary has a particular personal connection to Anda and Dragos. They want to capture the main essences of the stories that the documentary will present, so that “people will be able to understand a little bit better what a nation like Romanians are doing in Britain”.

Dragos Teglas. Photo courtesy by Rita Santos

Dragos Teglas. Photo courtesy by Rita Santos

Anda talks about the context into which “13 Shades of Romanian” was born and she has mentioned one important thing:

As I said, we have thought of creating such a documentary for a long while, but we haven’t taken action until The Romanians are Coming documentary. Even though it was born at the same time, it is not meant to be seen as a direct reaction to it.

What we’re trying to achieve is a more balanced view of the Romanian community; but it’s not meant to have any political affiliations or implications.”

 

Anda Teglas. Photo courtesy by Rita Santos

Anda Teglas. Photo courtesy by Rita Santos

Whilst trying to maintain an objective course and to convince the audience to see it as an independent film, “13 Shades of Romanian” still manages to raise questions. The title itself is a reflective conglomeration of words and many of those reading it are probably thinking it might be something related to the famous ’50 Shades of Gray’ movie. However, it’s not.

Number 13 is in many cultures a superstition, perceived as having negative connotations without solid grounds, which has lead me to believe that 13 stories within our documentary will be a good link” Anda explains.

13 Stories. Photo courtesy by Rita Santos

13 Stories. Photo courtesy by Rita Santos

Furthermore, it’s all about marketing tactics. Anda wanted something that made people wonder and make them be interested. The two terms have been tied together in the hope that the wider audience will want to know more about this challenging project. And it is challenging, indeed; selecting the stories was not an easy task. Dragos considers that that was the most challenging part of their journey so far:

It is a hard job to select anything. I, myself, as an editor have to decide everyday from thousands of possibilities. It is not everyday that happens for someone to send you their personal story or to open up their heart and tell it.

It’s something quite special.”

Although hundreds of stories have been sent in, the documentary can only present 13 of them and they are going to be narrated by a British Journalist. The producers wanted someone passionate to be the documentary’s narrator; someone who could appeal to people and their choice had fit the requirements. Richard Green, a friend of theirs has been selected for this special task.

He’s very talented; he worked with The Sunday Times for over 15 years and now freelances with over national publications.”

Richard Green. Photo via This Is Insomnia

Richard Green. Photo via This Is Insomnia

As a travel journalist, Richard has travelled all around the world, and, surprisingly, never worked in Television.

He’s natural and knows how to get deep to the bottom of the problem when he speaks to somebody. We really wanted him”, Anda and Dragos have revealed.

The impact on the British audience might be very revealing and the creators of the idea are very optimistic:

People are much more open to see a positive and good story and we think we’re going to capture their souls.

As filmmakers, we hope that after they’ll see the film, they will say that their time wasn’t wasted.”

Immigration is a continuously widely discussed topic and through this project, the producers hope to bring transparency and straightforwardness towards the image of Romanians living in the United Kingdom.

Magna Carta at the British Library

Let’s take a short trip into history, because 1215 represents an important year. It was the year in which Magna Carta ( the Great Charter) was agreed upon by King John of England at Runnymede and ever since, it illustrates great meaningfulness.

Magna Carta established the principle that everyone is subject to the law, even the king, and guarantees the rights of individuals, the right to justice and the right to a fair trial.

What does it say?

The whole document is written in Latin, and the original Magna Carta had 63 clauses. ( The Independent)

As Magna Carta celebrates its 800th anniversary, The British Library decided to put to exhibit, for the first time in London, the four surviving original copies.

More than 40,000 people entered a public ballot to see them, with 1,125 getting the chance to see all four at the British Library over three days. ( BBC)

It represents one of the most important documents in history and it is considered one of the first steps in parliamentary democracy. The reunion of the four copies will last for only three days at the British Library and after that, the documents will be taken to the House of Lords for one day before two are returned to the British Library and the others are taken back to Lincoln and Salisbury Cathedrals, where they are kept.

One of the joint statements of both the cathedral and the library was:

Eight hundred years later, the international interest and excitement about this unification event is testament to the extraordinary significance and symbolic power of these four manuscripts.

Although many of Magna Carta’s clauses were created for the benefit of the entire national, until nowadays only three causes are still valid:

The one guaranteeing the liberties of the English Church; the clause confirming the privileges of the City of London and other towns; and the clause that states that no free man shall be imprisoned without the lawful judgement of his equals.

Symbol of history, perseverance and unity, this major document is a mark of the British Nation which has known fame and historic importance across all countries around the world.

Courtesy of the British Library, here are some photos of the original documents:

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The four surviving copies of Magna Carta are prepared for display

However, security in the area and at the entrance of the British Library has been tightened and CNN reports:

There are guards at the gate, guards checking bags, and guards at the door of the darkened room: Security is tight as a drum. The reason for these safeguards is stored under glass, and bathed in a pool of low light — not jewels or what might traditionally be termed treasure, but four “grubby brown manuscripts.”

“It has become a relic in the best sense of the word, in that it represents a whole tradition,” says Justin Champion, professor of history at the University of Holloway. “It is a bit of a disappointment when you first see it… [it’s a] grubby brown manuscript,” but, he insists, it is much more than that.

“The Magna Carta [has become] not just an artifact [but] an idea — and as we know ideas are much more dangerous than things.”

Benedict Allen at Middlesex University.

As a third year student, I need to slowly start planning my future, and what better way to get inspired than listen to Benedict Allen talk about his experience with travelling and exploring? But before I begin, let’s do a short introduction about who Benedict Allen is.

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Photography by Murdo MacLeod

Benedict Allen is a British writer, traveller and adventurer best known for his passion of travelling to remote locations and learning new survival skills from indigenous people. He has recorded six TV series for the BBC, written nine books and is also an international motivational speaker. One of the things he’s famous for is the fact that he had to eat his dog in one of the expeditions, due to harsh surviving conditions.

However, let’s not be scared by that! Benedict explained how it was his dream since childhood to become an explorer and see the world with other eyes. Ever since a child, his interest in exotic locations and customs was inspired by his father Colin Allen.  As the years went by, Benedict’s desire to go out in the world and see what it has to offer increased, making his main goal to travel across the Amazonian rainforest.

Benedict said:

After graduating [university], I worked in a warehouse for a few weeks, just to get the money I needed to travel to South America.

Everything was said and done and soon after that, Benedict found himself in the rainforest, being chased by goal miners, “third-class assassins”. As he dived deeper into the nature, he ran across a few aborigine villages, where in order to be part of the community, he needed to be initiated ( to be strong as a crocodile). After undergoing several trials, Benedict explains:

All this men were dancing and telling us to be brave. Having been through that ritual, we thought the worse was over, except, that was the better day of the initiation. After that, we got beaten with sticks at least four times a day.

The ceremony was all about bonding, all about forgetting the differences and learn to work together.

By the end [ after six weeks], we were finding a way to cope with this huge world. I was initiated into this culture.”

His journey hadn’t stopped there. He underwent several adventures with different villagers and worked with children as well and he understood he needed to be more humble after seeing how little girls had great knowledge of surviving in the rainforest and using herbs as treatments.

I’m either going to become a hunter or a [herbs] gatherer.

Gradually, after spending months in the rainforest, Benedict understood the necessity of processing his own food and things were slowly deteriorating. He started to become ill and his cautiousness was slowly fading. When things started to go wrong, he realised he needed to take challenges and try something else.

In the end, I wasn’t alone. I thought of the people who had faith in me, my parents, friends; and I survived. After seven and a half months, I pulled myself outside the rainforest in the Amazon.

Benedict Allen had not stopped there. After the Amazon expedition, he travelled all around the world in order to find new villages and understand better the functionality of new communities: Russia, Mongolia, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Papua New Guinea, the Gobi dessert . His determination and curiosity of learning new things was what kept him going.

On his webiste, http://www.benedictallen.com/, he says:

For me personally, exploration isn’t about conquering nature, planting flags or leaving your mark.

It’s about the opposite: opening yourself up and allowing the place to leave its mark on you…

That’s why, for me, listening to him was inspirational and made me understand I need to find a way of creating my future, of deciding whether a path will be right or wrong and challenging myself more. As Benedict himself said,

It’s all about finding something in yourself.

It’s about how much potential you have.

For those in the same situation as me, take a minute and think about the options you have. Are you really doing what you want with your life? If not, what would you change? Don’t let harder steps ruin your desire for a better future! Work, determination and inspiration is what makes a life truly full-filled.

Always remember, the choice of today is the reward of tomorrow!

How will the Ironmaiden affect Romania?

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Map of Ukraine with its neighbours

 

Ukraine has passed through a series of political changes and military tensions during the past months, due to the desire of people to be connected to Europe, rather than forgotten in the immensity of Russia. With tensions having started in November 2013 and  still continuing until today, Ukraine has faced great loss of both people (according to the UN office, the death toll rises to 7,962 since 2014), and territory (Crimea being annexed to Russia.)

Due to these tensions and to its close borders with Romania, some Romanian nationals expressed concerns regarding the start of a civil war.

Considering Romania’s Strategy of National Security and its fundaments, some things may be affected. Because the Strategy implies preserving national security, the mere start of a civil war in Ukraine can endanger Romania’s safety and national security.That is why, Romania has increased its defence and people seem to be concerned about why these tensions might affect the country.

For instance, some of the opinions were:

“I think the Media has a lot to do with this new social panic. Of course, the Russian-Ukrainian conflict is a serious matter to be carefully handled, but people should not be fed useless news. There are a lot of countries, strategic and diplomatic teams working together working to solve this. As far as Romania goes, the threat is a real as it was for the Ukraine, anything can happen, but, Romania is not a weak country.” (A.C, recruitment worker)

On the other hand, someone else considers that:

“In Ukraine, the population is divided into two categories: the pro-Russians and the pro- Europeans and until Russia will keep intensifying the conflict, we cannot think of stability. As for how Romania might be affected, I can only say that the import of gases from Russia will increase its price, so we’ll have to deal with our own resources. As long as Romania keeps its nose out of their [Ukraine] military business, there’s nothing we should be afraid of.”(D.H, photographer)

To conclude:

 “Considering the historical problems between Ukraine and Russia, I don’t think that the so-called war is a way of motivating the population, moreover, it will strain the relationship with the neighbour-countries, plus the loss of so many lives. As for the effect of this conflict on Romania, a possible war might break on Romanian territory. My opinion is that these tensions might be solved peacefully, avoiding the option of a war.” (Codruţa Filip, 19, student)

All in one, tensions in Ukraine keep fortifying every day and both Russian and Ukrainian troops are standing ready by the borders.

How will this all end?

 

FabulousFashionistas: rebellion against ageing

” Damn it. I can do anything!” Sue Kreitzman

Fabulous Fashionistas at Women of the World Festival

event chaired by Ruth Pitt ( television producer, journalist and writer) and guests Bridget Sojourner, Daphne Selfe, Sue Kreitzman and producer Sue Borne ( all known from the eccentric documentary Fabulous Fashionistas)

As I am making my way in to this talk, I hear my friend saying: “This will be so awesome!” and I smile questioningly.  Every seat is taken, so we decide to sit on the floor near the first row so we could get the best view for what was about to change my perspective on life.

The event started with an introductory clip of the documentary and with Ruth Pitt’s question about how is it to be old but still living the life to the fullest?

Bridget, Sue and Daphne from Fabuous Fashionistas

 

Fabulous Fashionista is all about ageing beautifully, and the speakers said that it’s okay to age and enjoy it, as it is a part of the natural cycle of life. Even though life has its ups and downs, we must carry on. These ladies have proved that life can be fun even at 80!

“As you grow older, you learn to let go”, Sue says, and there’s nothing truer than that. Even as I hear these words, I remember that at some point in life, I had to let go of some things to be happier. And that’s what Fabulous Fashionistas is about: learning to know that you are enough, that you are strong, and regardless of what people might say, the capacity of doing things rest in your hands.

The other thing that stuck with me was the fact that the speakers not only emphasised how important is it to love yourself and to accept the things that come with age, but it’s important to make the most of the years you’re having ahead.

Daphne said that she always made her own clothes, thing that characterised her as a person and as an artist, while Bridget gets most of her clothes from charity shop.On the other side, there was Sue with the conviction that beige “might kill you.

It does really reach the life of you. It will make you sad and old.

The discussion tackled some of the issues we have to deal with in our daily life and also the new context into which older women are put, and sometimes, even marginalised.

All in one, Fabulous Fashionistas was all about living the life fully, enjoying the small things and carrying on always.

Many thanks to ‘Southbank Centre’s WOW – Women of the World Festival 2014’ organisers for giving me the opportunity to attend this event, which was more than interesting and motivational!

Highlights:

  •  Fabulous Fashionista – documentary;
  • Discussion about life, art, and why wearing beige might kill you;
  • Redefining age;
  • Living life at its maximum!

Quotes of the talk:

  • ” Carpe Diem. Live every moment. Do things that mean to you.” – Sue Kreitzman
  • ” The process of dying can be quite dramatic.” – Daphne Selfe
  • ” Of course I’m on Facebook. I’m not a fossil.” – Sue Kreitzman
  • ” We’re lucky to be old.” – Daphne Selfe