The Lighthouse of Almadoa by Angus Jones

The Lighthouse of Almadoa

The Lighthouse was built by the Ptolemaic Kingdom between 280 and 247bc. It took 12 years to finish the lighthouse, it was between 120 and 137 meters tall. It was also called the Pharos of Alexandria and one of the seven ancient wonders. It was one of the tallest man made structures for many centuries. It was badly damaged in the earthquake of 956, and then again in 1303 and 1323. The two earthquakes in 1303 and 1323 damaged the lighthouse to the limit of collapsing, the Moroccan traveller Ibn Battuta reported the lighthouse to be no longer enterable. It was built out of a light coloured stone and held together by molten lead. It was made out of three stages, a lower square section, a middle octagonal section and at the top a circular section. It then disappeared in 1480bc, this made it the third longest surviving of the seven ancient wonders.

In 796bc the lighthouse may have lost its upper tier. In 1480 the remaining blocks were used to build on the site of the lighthouse.

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At the beginning of it all in 332bc Alexander the great founded the city Alexandria.
Alexander died of fever at the age of 32. The first Ptolemy announced himself king in 305bc, after the death of Alexander he started building the lighthouse of Alexandria. It took 12 years to finish the lighthouse and it finished in the reign of his son.

The Lighthouse Today
In 1994 French archaeologists discovered some remains of the lighthouse near Alexandria’s eastern harbour.

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Lonesome George by Tom, Grace & Willow

Far away on a green, mountainous island called Galapagos lived a playful but lonely tortoise called George. It was a beautiful island with lots of other animals including dolphins, goats, ducks, rabbits and monkeys but lonesome George had no one to play with because he was too slow.

George loved tok1598464 swim in the water but the dolphins all said: “You’re too slow George.” George loved running along the sand when the rabbits and ducks had running races but they all said: “You’re too slow George”.  He loved climbing the mountains with the goats but the goats said: “You’re too slow George.”

Poor, lonesome George was feeling sad when one day he came across a crocodile on the beach. George walked slowly around the crocodile and the crocodile very slowly followed him. George thought to himself, “This crocodile is slow like me.”

“Can you play with me crocodile?” asked lonesome George. “Sure,” said the crocodile. “Let’s play chasey.”

George set off at his fastest speed (which wasn’t very fast at all.) At first the crocodile couldn’t catch him but the crocodile was tricking George. He suddenly ran very fast and quickly caught up to George. George was in trouble!

Meanwhile the island monkeys had been watching George and the Crocodile from high up in the trees. They decided the crocodile needed to be taught a lesson. They swung out of the trees squealing at the top of their voices and frightened the crocodile away.

George thanked the monkeys and as the sun went down, told them his sad story of being too slow for all the other animals on the island. The monkeys told George about another tortoise living on the other side of the island who was just as slow as George! They arranged to meet in the middle of the island and remain friends until this day.

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The Temple at the End of the Cave by Bella

Lucy stormed in the door laughing hysterically, followed by Mia and Jess.

“Girls quieten down please!” yelled Lucy’s mum.

“Mum you’re not gonna believe what just happened! That was the most awesome adventure I have ever been on!” shouted Lucy.

“Explain everything to me girls” yawned Lucy’s mum.

We decided to go on a walk in the forest because apparently there are ghosts in there. We had a map from the start of the track. Jess was holding the map and told us to go left at the next turnoff. We walked down an extremely narrow path all tight together. We turned a few corners but something was wrong. On the map we were meant to go right but there was no right turn! After lots of arguing we decided to go left.

The second we turned let it felt as though the forest was haunted! It was ten times darker and we all seemed to have terrible headaches. Mia claimed that she saw a black figure at the end of the path but Jess and I didn’t believe her one bit. The thin path was becoming thinner and thinner. The forest trees loomed over us and scratched our eyes. The sky looked black and miserable.

As it started to rain we all ran faster. We could see this huge cave in front of us and we weren’t sure whether we should turn around or keep going. We reached the cave and walked inside. As we walked through the cave, beaming light stuck our eyes. We all stopped walking and looked at an old temple that was at the end of the cave.

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Jess squealed “Let’s go in…come on guys it will be fun!” We agreed that we would all go in together. We walked up the dusty front steps and into the temple. There were spiders and bugs and we even saw a snake! We kept walking into the room next door and looked around. The walls had handprints all over them. The roof was cracked and the plaster on the walls was peeling off. Suddenly, we heard a loud scream from the room to the left. We all jumped and ran out the front entrance.

We faced the door and a figure wearing a black coat started screaming “GET OFF MY PROPERTY”. She or he said this over and over again. We ran as fast as we could all the way back to the start of the path that we were on. “RUN” screamed Jess. We tripped over all the stones on the ground, we were scratched by tree branches and we fell over but managed to pull each other up. Jess dropped the map on the way but didn’t dare to look back!

We ran down random paths and finally ended up on the track that we started at. A few metres ahead was the path that led right where we were meant to turn. We ran up a steep hill and out of the forest. Once we were out we could hear the mysterious figure saying “I will get you one day.” That same line was said over and over again until we couldn’t hear it anymore.

We started laughing like mad people but then we heard another loud scream that echoed through the forest. We sprinted back home and now here we are! huffed Lucy who had now lost her breath completely.

“How weird” said Lucy’s mum, “because when I was your age, the exact same incident happened to my friends and me when we were kids!”

“Anyway…how about you girls clean yourselves up and have a nice hot chocolate?”

The girls started to walk upstairs into Lucy’s bedroom when the doorbell rang. Lucy opened the door and the mysterious black figure was standing outside Lucy’s house!

“Ahhhhhh” roared Lucy, Mia and Jess.

 

 

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The Magic Monkey by Lachlan Wong

BANG! CLASH! OH-OH-AH-AH-AH! Those were the noises that woke Bob up at four o’clock. Bob had been in a deep sleep until those noises stampeded into his thoughts. He was about to go back to sleep when…CLANG! BONG! MUNCH, MUNCH, MUNCH! The noises occurred again. This was way too much for Bob, so he decided to go and find out what was making the annoying noises.

Bob crept downstairs, through the lounge and opened the kitchen door slowly. After opening the door the light almost blinded him! It took Bob a while to adjust to the light when he saw a monkey making a mess of his kitchen and a machine that seemed to fire bananas!

Splat, splat, splat, splat, splat went the banana machine gun as it fired continuously. Bob had never had a pet before but he was keen to have one.

“Flur, blur a goo goo go”, said Bob as he tried to communicate with the monkey.

“Aha a a bloo ga do gee”, screamed the monkey as he went berserk.

The monkey charged up to Bob’s face and gave him a big, slobbering kiss. Surprisingly, he was a good kisser! Bob decided to give him a name.

“I’ll call you Tim.”

“Jim?”

“Tim!”

“Bin?”

“Tim! It’s Tim!”

“Banana?”

Bob gave up.

“Let’s get you to bed.” Bob said wearily.

So he carried Tim to bed.

Before Bob knew it, however, Tim was trashing the place yet again. Bob decided to settle Tim down by playing board games. Bob wanted to play Monopoly but Tim not surprisingly, wanted to play Falling Monkeys. They had different opinions. They would have settled this by a “rock, paper, scissors” contest but Tim didn’t know how to play. So they had a staring contest. Tim was very good at concentrating; he eventually won the contest and played Falling Monkeys until dawn. Then they went to sleep.

Bob slept in. He expected Tim to be making a portal to get bananas from outer space. However, when Bob got up, he realised TIM WAS MISSING! Bob searched all over the house for Tim and found the door open with slobber marks and hair all over the hallway.

“Tim wouldn’t do that much damage”, thought Bob. “He must have been kidnapped!”

So he put on his coat and run out of the door. Bob decided he should follow Tim’s hair and slobber by foot; he didn’t want to get caught in traffic. After all, this was an emergency! It was after about an hour that Bob came across a door with slobber all over it. It was a church. Bob crept in slowly and hid behind a bench. He peeped up and saw Tim chained to a chair. There was a hooded man with a sword to Tim’s neck.

“Make me a brainwashing chair, or else…” demanded the kidnapper.

Tim shook his head in distress. The kidnapper pushed his sword deeper into Tim’s throat.

Bob couldn’t bear to see his pet die now. So he snatched a stone sword from a statue, sprinted to the kidnapper and bashed the sword from his hand. Bob snapped the sword in half and was about to slice the kidnapper’s head off when he realised he only had the hilt! The hilt is only the handle; the rest was rubble because Bob’s sword had been made of stone not metal!

Bob headed for the belltower with the kidnapper following. As soon as they reached the top they picked up metal sticks and fought to the death. Bob managed to get the kidnapper to the edge. Then, with a mighty kick, the kidnapper plunged off the tower.

Bob rushed downstairs to free Tim. He managed to get Tim unchained and they became mates forever. Although it is a strange relationship!

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‘The Vengeance’ by William Lay

‘The Vengeance’ stands proudly in the entrance to his castle dressed in metallic blue and black armour, glistening red chains wrapped around his chest.

His choice of weapons are the phoenix blaster; a gun powerful enough to blast titanium plates used to defend most enemies. For added protection he has the vengeance sphere; a sharp, deadly blade forged from a meteor. He also carries two black thorn back blades, strong enough to slice open diamonds, and two extendible hidden blades that project from his armour.

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On his back The Vengeance has glowing wings made from shards of a rare crystal encased in chrome-plated metal. The wings crystal powers enable him to move at almost the speed of light. He has the hood of an assassin that increases his sense of hearing and psychic hearing, vital for his defence.

The Vengeance comes from a line of assassins giving him animal powers of the wolf and bear. The wolf can make him turn invisible for a limited time. He can also summon on three invisible wolves to come to his aid. The power of the bear gives him unbelievable strength. These special powers, however, come at a price – the more he uses them, ultimately the weaker he becomes.

Psychic abilities give The Vengeance a distinct advantage over any potential enemy. He can teleport, read minds, control minds, move objects and remove memories. Of course, like all super-heroes, The Vengeance has his Achilles, whereby any psychic attacks upon him, renders his own psychic powers inert.

He stands as the most powerful being in the universe. He will always fight to the death for the good of mankind and to maintain the order of his beloved assassins.

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Violence is Never the Answer by Jack Wilson

Adam was a killer. I say ‘was’ because on December 14th 2012 after he had shot 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary school in America he turned the gun on himself.

On the 13th of May I could not sleep so then I got up. I was allowed to stay up for a while to watch ’4 Corners’ on TV. The show was about the shootings at Sandy Hook and the thing that caught my attention was all the shootings in America and how there were so many deaths. Mum and Dad explained to me the things I did not understand so that I understood them. Mum and Dad have always told me that I can make a difference in life so the next day I got up early and wrote to President Barack Obama to tell him my thoughts.

This is what I wrote.

“Dear President Obama,

My name is Jack Wilson and I am 10 years old. Last night I watched a program about the shootings at ‘Sandy Hook Elementary School’ in America with my parents. I am so concerned that kids growing up in America don’t feel safe like I do here. Do you know that I ride to school and feel safe? My school has a ‘sign in ‘ process for all visitors but there is just no need for high locked gates that might not work. The problem is the gun laws. We have strict gun laws here and it is just not in our thinking to pick up a gun and shoot someone. I am concerned that guns are part of life in America and it doesn’t have to be that way.

 

Thank you for your time and I hope my wish comes true.

 

Jack Wilson
Melbourne, Australia

 

I received an automatic response back and I get ‘The White House ‘ updates all the time now.

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I wrote to President Obama because I am shocked that at Sandy Hook a teacher was shot trying to save her class. She was standing in the middle of her class and the gunman. She was shot right in front of all her class just trying to defend them. Why was she put in this position?

He could not have done it if his mum did not have three guns under her bed and cupboard.

Adam had a hard time when he was growing up because he was bullied and he had to move schools many times. His parents also were divorced and that was another setback to him but just another bad thing going wrong in his life.

At the age of about 14 Adam was getting to know a teacher very well which was unusual for him. Then he moved schools again so  he had to start all over again.

Adam had an obsession of playing violent video games on his wii or X-box. From a very early age Adam saw guns everywhere and then it started to be a common every day thing for him to be involved with. Like a bike is to me guns were a normal part of life for Adam and thousands of others. Adam was encouraged to go to shooting ranges as a normal activity on the weekend. Gun laws in America make this normal.

In conclusion Adam was a sad kid and many things went wrong in his life. If there were no guns that Adam could get his hands on in the first place, then the shooting of 26 people and Adam would not have happened.

My one wish is that Barack Obama listens to my letter and then eventually America feels safer like I do.

 

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Little Mouse by Felicity

Deep in the jungle there were lions, leopards, monkeys, birds and the little mouse. Then one big morning in the hot jungle the animals had a meeting. When they were waiting little mouse couldn’t see.

“Because Leopard was right in front of me”, said Little Mouse. Then he had a great idea! “I will be polite”, he said.

So he pulled Leopards’ tail and when he saw Little Mouse he ignored Little Mouse. Then when Little Mouse was about to say one thing, “BANG!!” Leopard whacked his tail at Little Mouse’s head. Then he flew through the air and landed in a bushy branch. “OUCH!”, he said.

After that he heard some laughing back at the meeting. The Lion King came out of his cave and said “ROOAAARRR!! It’s very nice to see you all at the meeting … Wait, where’s Little Mouse?”

Leopard said “Little Mouse was saying something about flying through the air.” Then everybody at the meeting laughed and laughed, except Lion.

Way back in the jungle Little Mouse was looking around to see who was laughing, and saw it was the bird pecking twins. They were laughing because they were pecking themselves and it was ticklish.

He then had a great idea. Little mouse asked the Pecking Twins for some help – a secret idea. Back at the meeting when Lion was about to roar, a loud screech came from the Pecking Twins with Little Mouse on their backs. The animals at the meeting all ran away.

Then Lion asked Little Mouse if he could tell a story about the smart little mouse and Little Mouse said “YES!”

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Man vs Shark by Declan

The rotors of the helicopter roared as I climbed down the ladder. I courageously stepped off and watched as the helicopter flew away into the distance.

“It’s getting dark, I’d better set up a camp”, I said to myself.

I got my axe, fold-up tent and my flint and knife. I collected some wood and lit a fire, and went to find some fish.

Then, I saw it! The shark. It opened its cavernous mouth and I saw hundreds, no thousands, of gleaming, razor sharp teeth.

I whipped my trusty fishing gear out as fast as lightning and stabbed the shark straight through his lip. I now had enough fish to last me a week. It was man versus shark and I wasn’t going down without a bite!

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