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Christina Skreiberg is a freelance feature journalist, photographer, DJ and designer from Norway.  I met Christina in London about 6-7 years ago (wow can’t believe it’s been so long!).  During her four years in London, she gained a degree in Journalism from City University London and launched the east London magazine “ditched” which got her a nomination for The Guardian Student Media Award for her work as editor and publisher.  Now living in Oslo, Christina has been pursuing her dream of working as a freelance journalist, a career which has led her to be involved in various different projects and travel all over the world writing about a range of topics that she is passionate about, some of which include sociocultural issues, art and travel. For the past year she has helped launch as well as being the commissioning editor for a new Norwegian newspaper called Aftenposten Junior. What’s so cool about this is, it’s a newspaper especially for kids (and the first of its kind in Norway), giving children a voice on issues that are important to them:

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Now ready to move on from this valuable learning experience, Christina is set to continue with her freelance work, photography and making interesting accessories.  I feel so lucky to know such an amazing and wonderful person who has such a creative imagination and love of the world.  Here is a range of Christina’s features, photography and accessories:

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Find out more about Christina and all the wonderful things she’s up to on her blog: http://christinaskreiberg.blogspot.co.uk and website: http://www.christinaskreiberg.com

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This is Orion.  He lives in California and is really into his wine, so much so that he is currently in the process of producing his own wine label.  He sent me this photo yesterday – bottling is done, now onto the selling!  If you’re anywhere around the California area and if you’re into red wine look out for Dilecta (it won’t be in shops until around August but remember you heard it here first!)

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As I much as I try not to, I sometimes judge a book, or in this case a DVD by its cover.  I’m quite particular about what kind of films I watch and a film about violence and brutality on the streets of Paris didn’t particularly appeal to me.  However, yesterday I was going through all the DVDs I have and realised that I hadn’t watched this particular one.  For some reason, I’d put off watching this film because I had already put the idea into my head that perhaps it ‘wasn’t my kind of film’.  But I took the plunge and decided to watch La Haine (Hate) directed by Mathieu Kassovitz.  It tells the story of three youths; Hubert, Said and Vince, who after witnessing their friend being brutally beaten up by the police, vow to take revenge if he dies.  Their estate becomes a battleground in the space of 24 hours, in which the police and the boys on the estate see both sides as enemies.

What would have made this film even better is if the three boys didn’t live up to their stereotypical roles, which to some extent they didn’t- inside the care-free angry exterior were three boys who were fearless yet at the same time scared and showed love and respect yet simultaneously demonstrated so much hate (for the police).

 From a fashion perspective, the mix of New York ‘street’ style and classic 90s worked really well mainly due to the fact that it was genuine and actually shot in the 90s (and in black and white) the camera is clever yet conveyed in such an unpretentious way.  All three main actors were brilliant in their portrayals and for me, the film really highlighted the importance of friendship and loyalty.  La Haine raises serious issues (drugs, racism, crime, deprivation) but in such a humourous way.  There are so many funny moments that make you realise that whatever you’re going through there’s always room for laughter. I absolutely loved this film and would definitely recommend it.  So, the moral for today (and everyday for that matter) is:  don’t judge a DVD or a book or a person or anything else by how it/they looks because you may well be wrong (like I was)! 

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