Wednesday, 13 September 2017

DOCS: Martina Cole - Girls in Gangs: LA

Posted by Dhruba Shrestha September 14, 2017 :
LA loses its lustre in the second of a two-part documentary. Crime author Martina Cole peels away the city's veneer of glitz and glamour, exposing, in her own words, "the gang heartland of the USA". The novelist is no stranger to the gritty and grim, having spent her life on "some of London's toughest streets". Indeed, her bestsellers are set in the East End's criminal underworld, brutal tales that are soaked in violence .Well-versed as Martina is, LA's underbelly is a wake-up call: "There are an estimated 1,100 gangs in LA. They're organised and widespread, with a rap sheet from drug dealing and auto theft, to robbery and murder. There's three firearm-related deaths everyday." The gutsy lady focuses on the role of girls in these gangs, gaining access to current and former members. What is the appeal of the gangster's life? How are these young women treated by their male counterparts? And are they seeking a way out?

Guide of the month: January 2018

Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.

Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.

Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.