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We all have a story to tell. We are lucky to live in a world where it has never been easier to say what’s on our mind. Digital technology gives us the opportunity to spread the word to a wider audience than ever before. We are blessed with this and with that in mind Torrance Global came to be.

We strive to bring alternative news stories, interviews, reviews and much more to our global readers. Our stories normally have an inspirational tone because it is more important than ever to be reminded of the good that is going on in the world.

We are so excited be climbing from our humble beginnings to reach for the stars. With this in mind we are opening up our news feed to more writers. So if you have something to say, a news story to share or would like to organise an interview with us get in touch.

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A hero For every Villain; by Ashley Williams

You may have seen a video that went viral lately. It should a woman in Canada demanding that her son be seen by a white doctor. Despite her son being sick she was not happy that there were no white doctors to attend to him.

In this hospital there are no white doctors?” she can be heard raging.

In a climate of fear this kind of racism is becoming more common. I had a similar experience lately as I was having lunch with my editor.

At the table across from us sat a man with his two boys. Throughout the meal he was becoming more and more aggravated. He had been unpleasant from the start to the waitress who wore a hijab and was as British as I am.

It started off when the waitress brought the drinks. He took the drinks and wiped where the waitresses hand had touched. Perhaps it was just a dirty glass I assumed so thought no more of it. After the waitress had offered a full and efficient service the man let off a tirade of racial abuse. He demanded that she went home (which, incidentally, was only two streets away). He told her that he would not obey her Sharia law (as though it were the waitress who wrote the laws).

My editor could see that I was becoming upset by this. It is difficult to watch another human being be bullied in such a way. Before I could offer my opinion on the manner another man stood up.

Britain is for everyone who treats others with respect,” he said. Without being aggressive he continued. “The girl has treated you well and if you are not willing to do the same you are the one who should go home. You are setting a shameful example for your boys.”

The abuser had nothing to say in return so he packed up the boys, paid for his meal and promptly left. The waitress thanked the man who came to her aid.

Seeing the poor girl having to face such unwarranted abuse was awful. However, like the man who stood up I like to believe that where there are people who act so horribly there are many more willing to step up and say,

No, that is not acceptable.”

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Ask Aunty: Gaping at Grandma

Dear Aunty,

I live in a quiet apartment complex. There has been some talk of a peeping tom in the area. I heard a loud bang and being a chivalrous gent I went to check on it.

When I stepped outside I caught sight of someone running away so I followed them. I tripped and fell over the bins.

Mrs Taylor, my eighty year old neighbour, who lives on the gound floor must have heard because her light blazed on. I stood up, she pulled the curtains back and there I was staring back at her through the window. She screamed so loudly I’m surprised she didn’t wake the whole complex up.

Now every one thinks I am the peeping tom! How do I convince them I’m not a pervert?

Gaping at Grandma

Well, that is a stupid problem to have.

It’s unfortunate you found yourself in that situation. You could try to explain what happened but I suspect that will just make you look more guilty.

My advice is to pack up and move. The sooner the better. Just pray your photo doesn’t appear on the news.

Aunty

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Game of Thrones: A Review; by Alan Watt

We all know Game of Thrones. If you don’t what cave have you been hiding in?

Written by George RR Martin and adapted as a HBO show that has set the bar for all other TV shows. It has shocked, amazed and given a lot to talk about so I’ll try and break it down into two simple points.

What I like about Game of Thrones

A long list you might assume but lets look at the basics.

The visuals

The sets, costumes and cinematography all look stunning. The fantasy world of Westeros seems so real. From the beautiful architecture of King’s Landing to the immense wall guarded by the nights watch.

The characters

Spicy, well written and well acted. Being nice gets you nowhere in Westeros. Everyone has their own agenda and even the ‘good guys’ aren’t typically good. (Except perhaps Ned Stark 😛 )

It’s not often I enjoy following a show week to week. I have always been more of a binge watch person but the comings and goings of the characters definitely have you tuning in to see more.

A special shout to Maisie William’s portrayal of Arya Stark, Peter Dinklage’s portrayal of Tyrion Lannister, Natalie Dormer’s portrayal of Maergery Tyrell and of course the queen we all love to hate Lena Heady’s Cersei Lannister.

Game of Thrones is brilliantly cast and well directed. Although in her first scenes I felt Gwen Christie’s performance of Brien of Tarth was wooden and forced I have decided that it is just part of the character and have accepted it as her charm.

The plot

Red weddings, purple weddings, red vipers and mountains (You all know what I mean). The plot for Game of Thrones has been transferred from enjoyable book to can’t miss television. The plot gets thicker each season and I for one can’t wait to see what else is in store.

What I don’t like:

It wouldn’t be a full review if I didn’t discuss the things about the show that I don’t like so here goes:

Shock value

Although it was adapted from the book series I can’t help but feel that some of the plot lines have been thrown in deliberately for shock value. It has plenty of gripping content. That should be enough to draw the audience without reducing to soft core porn.

Taking my favourites

I loved Rob and I supported him as King of the North – mistake. Oberyn Martell quickly became my favourite. He was cool, exciting to watch had the nickname red viper, awesome! That was also a mistake. Catelyn Stark was a little more than awesome in a world where the women are either manipulative witches or put upon girls she stood out as tough but fair. Damnit.

I am holding onto hope that the Black Fish has managed to escape…

Jon Snow is boring

The battle of the bastards was brilliant, there is no denying that, but when it comes to scenes with Jon Snow I feel I have to stifle my yawns. To me his character is dull and Kit Harrington is a little robotic and forgettable. If it hadn’t been for the fact that he was up against Ramsay Bolton (who is always compelling to watch) I wonder how good that battle would have seemed then. It was the same when reading the books. I was often close to skipping Jon’s chapters.

Where exactly are you going with this?

We all know that Danaerys is going to return to Westeros and retrieve her family’s throne, right? Maybe. It’s been six seasons so far and the most we have seen is her taking some other places, sit in a pyramid and her dragons getting bigger. The season six finale suggested she was on her way. The trailer confirmed this but given the time it has taken so far we’ll just have to wait and see. Perhaps Jon Snow will take the iron throne. Given the way that the prose is written sometimes it seems like the author is making it up as he goes along and there is no long term plot.

All in all, you cannot ask for much better than Game of Thrones. There is a reason why it is the most talked about, most watched and most successful TV show ever. It has it all and it comes highly recommended.

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The Knight and his Horse

Every knight needs his noble steed. It seems finding one that will behave poses a bit of a challenge!

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We are not one soul. We are a society!

Conflicts are fought on many fronts. With heroes and villains on all sides it takes a fearless group of people to stand against social injustice. They come and go without being seen. The forgettable man you pass in the street, the woman selling jewellery in the market or the even the children playing. The spectre society is everywhere and they will have their people remember one thing… THEY ARE NOT AFRAID.

They will stand against injustice, they will fight against tyranny and in a world torn by conflict they will protect the innocent.

Not a single soul but a society.

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