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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.

Principal’s Lecture Series: Professor Lisa Jardine

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By Niamh Hanrahan

Professor Lisa Jardine CBE is an internationally renowned scholar and, fittingly for College’s 160th anniversary Principal’s lecture, an ex CLC girl. Currently Professor of Renaissance Studies at UCL, Professor Jardine also directs their postdoctoral Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Humanities. She balances these responsibilities with her role as Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. Professor Jardine founded The Centre for Editing Lives and Letters in 2002, which develops archive-based research projects of relevance to the period 1500-1800 and writes and reviews for many major national newspapers and magazines, regularly appearing on arts, history and current affairs programmes for television and radio. She is a regular writer and presenter of ‘A Point of View’ on Sundays on BBC Radio Four.

Metamorphosis

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As seen in the Gloucestershire Echo.

By Tofe’ Ayeni

Last term, I took part in The Cheltenham Ladies’ College’s production of Metamorphosis, and I must say that I felt like quite a celebrity for a while, albeit having had a relatively small part.

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.

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.

Superstition – Fictitious Rubbish or Worth Listening To?

It’s Friday the 13th so this couldn’t be more apt. But is there any point in believing in superstitions? This is the question which Emma Bryan asks us.

You’ve probably heard that a black cat crossing your path will give you bad fortune and that finding a penny will bring good luck. But did you know that eating grapes on New Year’s Eve in Spain will bring a successful year, whilst drinking the water inside a coconut will make you into a fool, according to South African belief? Whistling inside will bring bad luck in Russia and here in England, wearing green is traditionally regarded as unlucky because it is associated with decay and ageing.

Theatre Review: Ubu Roi

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By Synnøve Karlsen

As seen in Pegasus Pages, March 2013.

Play: Ubu Roi

Company: Cheek by Jowl

Rating: 4/5

A few weeks ago, I travelled to the Oxford Playhouse to see a modern interpretation of Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry, directed by Declan Donnellan and performed in French with English surtitles. As a rather rude play full of boyish humour, it was originally aimed as an attack at Jarry’s old school teacher. It received so much criticism that it was only ever performed once in Jarry’s lifetime as it was condemned for its mockery of a bourgeois, hedonistic society. The play is about an old, fat, and crude man called Pa Ubu who aims to seize the throne of Poland and become incredibly rich through the use of his cardboard-cut-out horses and ‘the whole polish army’. The intentionally obscene and ridiculous plot mocks early 20th century Parisian society.

Coming to a Screen Near You

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By Allegra Ayida

As seen in Pegasus Pages, March 2013.

Late March to early April is normally that time of the year when New Year fever has worn off,  yet it isn’t quite summer and dreaded exams are fast approaching. Have no fear, film is here… *Ehem*… Or something to that effect. Two favourite genres of mine are Science Fiction and Fantasy and let me give you three good reasons why all is not lost; the Brits are storming America.

Talks & Lectures: Chinese Ancestral Worship

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By Niamh Hanrahan

On 6th October, 2012, the first of the Principal’s Lectures took place at CLC on the subject of Chinese Ancestral Worship. Our speaker was Professor Hugh Baker, who is Emeritus Professor of Chinese at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has published books on the Chinese family, Hong Kong’s history and culture, and the Cantonese and Mandarin languages.

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