Category Archives: Foreign Correspondence

Air Strikes in Syria: Salvation or Slaughter?

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By Sharvani Kim Jeya Putra

 The United States began air strikes without congressional authorisation or the backing of a UN resolution in a renewed war being waged in the Middle East. No evidence was submitted as to whether an imminent threat currently exists in America. However, a Justice Department Memo states that the United States is not required to have “clear evidence that a specific attack on U.S. persons and interests will take place in the immediate future” for there to be an immediate threat, creating a rather dubious precedent as to when the United States can justifiably intervene in other countries’ affairs.

5 ‘Experience’ Hotels for the Vacation Season

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Amelia Rupp and Felicia Xu

In anticipation of the holiday season, we have collaborated to create a top 5 list of the hotels we think are the most extreme or quirky. Our aim was to find five hotels in the most unusual locations, whether that was in the desert, up a tree, frozen by ice, or in the humid heat of the jungle. Our fifth category was a ‘wildcard’; a hotel that defied all rules of normalcy and was the epitome of eccentricity.

Next time you or your parents say: “It’s time we had a break”, don’t go straight for the expensive, glamorous, celebrity-endorsed hotels. Try somewhere different, a little bit….unconventional.

Bring Back Our Girls – Day 168: 1 Free, 219 Still Hostage

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By Honor McGrigor

Susannah Ishaya, one of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in April, was freed on Friday. She was discovered in a forest, having wandered for 3-4 days prior to being found. She is severely ill and believed to be 4 months pregnant. Susannah Ishaya is now safe, but there are still 219 girls being held by Boko Haram. The girls still in captivity are presumed to be alive and well, although a mediator who was liaising with Boko Haram reported 2 months ago that 2 girls had died of snake bites, and 20 were sick.

Jenny Laurence’s South African Adventure

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 Jenny Lawrence, our first Vicky Tuck Scholar, reports back from her amazing experiences volunteering abroad.

I chose South Africa as my destination for the Vicki Tuck Scholarship, firstly because I was interested in the socio-economic situation of the country, because the culture of the country intrigued me, and lastly because my work as the Development Prefect had already led me to become involved in CLC’s relationship with the Diocesan School for Girls (DSG).

CLC Abroad: Amira Fateh and Omid-E-Mehr

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Over the summer,’Empower Her Voice’ founder Amira Fateh volunteered at the Omid-E-Mehr rehabilitation centre in Iran, working with young women and girls who have suffered and continue to suffer with domestic violence. We caught up with her and asked her to tell us about her amazing experience, and the impact it has had on her.

Midnight in Paris

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Review by Clara Fong (As seen in Pegasus Pages, March 2014)

Film: Midnight in Paris

Rating: 5/5

Directed by: Woody Allen

Starring: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Tom Hiddleston

Awards: Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast,” Hemingway wrote in his memoir, aptly named A Moveable Feast.

International Music: French Favourites

By Alice Rouget

(As seen in Pegasus Pages, December 2013)

The world of French music has long been dominated by dramatic figures such as Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Brel, and Edith Piaf, amongst others. France has never really been considered a great exporter of music “for the youth”; however, this has all changed in the last decade or so with the emergence of new groups and successful comebacks.

Wanderings of a Staunch Sherlockian

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Sherlock‘s third season has aired since this article was first published, so let us know what you think about the new season in your comments below!

By Ella Halliday

(As seen in Pegasus Pages, December 2013)

After the announcement of an air date for American Sherlock viewers, in a typically Sherlockian style (a hurst with ‘Sherlock’ spelt out in roses roaming around the streets of London), the return of the consulting detective and his doctor has been at the forefront of many minds. As an obsessively dedicated fan, I celebrated the news by taking a short train journey to London for a Sherlock centric day.

Tell Your Story with the ‘Our Stories’ Project

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 ‘If you want to appreciate the beauty of a CLC daisy, you’ve got to examine its roots.’ Freya Granger tells us about the new project with which you can get involved to celebrate the cultural diversity represented at CLC.

As seen in the Gloucestershire Echo (29th January, 2014).

If ever asked to describe the CLC community in one, all-encompassing word, I don’t think I would hesitate. ‘Eclectic’ would be my reply, and for good reason. The school term here at CLC represents a union of different cultures and backgrounds from around the world. In a school with so rich a mix of nationalities, have you ever been curious about where your hockey teammate, chem partner, or housemistress comes from? In the chaos and activity that is CLC life, we often forget to appreciate these details – the details that the Our Stories Project aims to bring to light.

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

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By Naomi Morris Omori

As seen in the Gloucestershire Echo

Eleven girls from The Cheltenham Ladies’ College took part in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer, performing two shows at Gryphon Venues which were both well received by critics, receiving three and four star reviews.

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