Tag Archives: Current Affairs

Jenny’s World Cup Musings

World Cup

By Jenny Laurence

As seen in Pegasus Pages (Summer 2014)

For those who haven’t been following the 2014 Brazil World Cup, I can wholeheartedly tell you that you are missing out. Why? Because of the things we expected, and the things we certainly didn’t.

A Cure for Cancer on the Horizon

Cancer

By Emma Bryan

As seen in Pegasus Pages (Summer 2014)

A sensitive topic for many, cancer, develops in 14.1 million people worldwide each year, and this number is expected to increase to 24 million by 2035. Both human and veterinary medicine are affected, with one in four dogs and one in six cats also being diagnosed in their lifetime. However, new medical advances in the field of immuno-oncology could have the potential to wipe out cancer, using the body’s own natural defences. Cancer is essentially caused by an error in the copying of genetic material when cells are replicated. The human genome is about 3 billion base pairs long and just one mutation could lead to uncontrolled division. For example, a mutation in the p53 gene during DNA replication might mean that the DNA sequence is not “checked” for errors, therefore division happens at a faster rate and produces cancer cells.

Poet’s Corner: ‘I am a Feminist’

Feminism

As seen in Pegasus Pages (Summer 2014)

‘Tofe Ayeni returns to the Poet’s Corner with another powerful poem to compel you. Send in your poetry to: contact@pegasuspages.com

Three Cheers for Democracy

Democracy

By Francesca Speke

As seen in Pegasus Pages (Summer 2014)

Nowadays, we seem to have a pre-conception that democracy is simply the best thing for everyone. We must implement it here, there and everywhere, in our quest to ‘bring justice and equality to all nations.’ But I want to put to you this question: is democracy really the answer? It cannot be denied that democracy has worked in more developed countries, such as the UK, the USA and much of Western Europe, and is an entirely plausible political system.

Bye Bye, Banksy

Banksy - small

By Naomi Morris Omori

As seen in Pegasus Pages (Summer 2014)

Update: The Banksy mural remains on the wall and has not been taken to a museum; however, the piece has been vandalised more than once and has therefore been covered up for protection. Its fate remains unclear.

It has been reported that the Banksy piece which was sprayed onto the wall of a house in Cheltenham is being sold for £1 million and will be displayed in a museum in London. This sale has sparked controversy amongst Cheltenham’s residents who have grown extremely fond of this piece of statement artwork.

You Don’t Have to Burn Bras to be a Feminist

Emma

By Naomi Morris Omori

Recently, someone said to me: “Naomi, you’ve become a lot more ‘outwardly feminist’ in the past two years.” Yes, and I’m proud of it.

What annoys me intensely is that there is a black name against feminism and that many people are therefore ashamed of calling themselves feminists – both men and women. They do not understand what being a feminist means: it means believing that men and women are equal. Not superior, but equal.

Why I Shouldn’t Have the Vote

Vote

By Megan Thresh

(As seen in Pegasus Pages, March 2014)

Labour & Lib Dems are trying to lower the voting age to 16, rather than 18.

Imagine as a parent being told to hand over the keys of your new, shiny car to your 16-year old for a test drive. They have been given no prior instructions – they can take that car wherever they would like, and no, you are not sitting in the passenger seat. In other words, they have full control. How optimistic are you feeling about the return of your vehicle?

If you would have felt reluctance at handing over control of your car to your teenager, on what planet would you feel comfortable handing over control at the polling booth? They have no understanding – they can do whatever they want, and no, you are not sitting in the passenger seat.

Breaking Boundaries

(As seen in Pegasus Pages, March 2014)

In Pegasus Pages’ first poetry instalment, ‘Tofe Ayeni takes us on a emotional journey through the guilt and helplessness of “a third world girl living a first world life”. Highlighting the problems of her people, she seeks a way to alleviate their suffering.

 

I feel helpless,

I feel useless,

I feel like I cannot change the world,

Mine being the third.

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.

Christmas Crossword 2013

By Mr Todd

Christmas Crossword 2013 (As seen in Pegasus Pages, December 2013).

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