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Cheltenham Ladies Attend Eton Model United Nations Conference

MUN Eton Cheltenham

By Megan Thresh

As seen in the Gloucestershire Echo

On Sunday, 10th November, thirteen Cheltenham Ladies set off to Eton College to take part in a Model United Nations Conference, debating resolutions on the two provoking matters of the Syrian Crisis and of the growing threat of terrorism in the nations of Mali, Somalia, and Yemen. Having been tested by the extensive knowledge of the Etonians at previous conferences, the girls arrived thoroughly prepared for the day ahead, and spirits ran high as all lobbied for their resolutions to be supported.

Lord Adonis’ Talk to Politics Students

Lord Adonis 2

By Niamh Hanrahan

College welcomed Lord Adonis on 5th October, 2013, just before his engagement at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, to give a talk on many aspects of politics in Britain today. As a previous Secretary of State for Transport and someone who has worked in journalism at both The Financial Times and The Observer, it was fascinating to hear his view on current political issues, especially for those currently studying A level Politics.

The Times Debate at the Cheltenham Literature Festival

Chelt Lit Fest

By Alexandra Kirienko

The Times Debate took place on Saturday, 5th October in, appropriately, the Times Forum. As an event in one of the largest venues of the festival, it attracted a diverse audience since the topic chosen for the debate was very far-reaching and controversial: ‘Britain Great or Small? What Does the Future Hold?’ One can easily imagine the scope for discussion that could be triggered by this not-so-rhetorical question. Indeed, Douglas Alexander (the Shadow Foreign Secretary), Tim Montgomerie (Comment Editor for The Times), Maggie Aderin-Pocock (space scientist) and Jonathan Miller (opera and theatre director) found much to discuss.

The US Shutdown: Can Someone Explain What Just Happened?

Capitol, DC

By Megan Thresh

Early on Tuesday last week, a friend turned to me, and in a rather offhand manner mentioned, “You do realise that the US government shut down this morning, don’t you?” I was astounded. Why was I not woken up to this news with alarm bells, sirens, and police cars screeching down Overton Road? Surely the closure of the American government, managing one of the most influential nations in the world, would result in chaos; stock markets collapsing, riots, world-wide anarchy? As it transpired, although bewildering the situation may be, the shut down of the US government was not half as melodramatic as one might have anticipated.

Spherical Cups New to GCR

By I’ll Have Fries with that Satire

It has been reported that sphere-shaped cups are being rolled into action at water coolers and milk machines around College.

“They’re really fun to play with,” says an LC1. “But not so fun as to make me late to Period 5 or to miss the 1s’ Bookie Breaktime.”

Creative and circular, these cups of joy are multi-purpose and can be used to play croquet on the lawn outside in the summer months, or to kick around and ‘play ball’ and generally do exercise, if you like that sort of thing. They’ve been an instant hit around Lower College, next to the jugs of squash.

It has been noted that they also really help to bring textbooks to life; Maths teachers have been seen to be scavenging the bins, feverishly un-crumpling the rubbished cups to use as visual aids in their GCSE classes.

As ever, The Environmental Club pledges that they’re 100% eco-friendly. A spokesman comments: “They are biodegradable and are recycled from old toilet paper. They’ve been sterilised. I think.”

Cone Half Full or Half Empty?

By Sam Goh

DISCLAIMER:I am aware that they stopped giving us custard donuts a’er my previous article. Fingers crossed for better luck here. ASK anyone studying at CLC and they will gladly speak of the oppressive and overbearing presence that the infamous cone cup has upon us. Today, we reminisce about the glory days of when cups could actually stand on flat surfaces.

The days when we had been bestowed with the almighty plastic (and more importantly, flat-bottomed) cup; the days when we didn’t require multiple refills of water just to quench the eternal thirst of the prep- ravaged CLC girl, and above all, the days when the cups weren’t shaped so that the milk machine inevitably spurts milk all over your hand (yes, you know what I’m talking about).

Admittedly though, if the purpose of the cone cup was to stop girls from using disposable cups and bringing their own water bottles, they have been quite a success. But then again, if their purpose was also to drive those of us without the sense to bring a state-of-the-art ‘Bobble’ water bottle to the brink of dehydration, it has also been quite a success.

First of all, let me ask you: when was the last time in College you used a cup that was able to stand on its own without having to be propped up by your hand or wedged between tables? Indeed, it has been a while. Yet one wonders what merit there is in having a pointy-tip rather than a nice, flat bottom. None. Hang on a second – why were pointy cones even invented?

And who here hasn’t complained about the almost disgustingly diminutive size of the cone cup? Nothing less than two refills are required so as to even hold a candle to the enormous water-carrying capacity of the plastic cup and at least three refills to properly occupy the behemothic, concave abyss that are our mouths. How are we meant to continue to uphold the reputation of academic, dignified CLC girls if our brains are withering from fluid deficiency? Not to mention the excessive amounts of water required by females so as to uphold our transcendent superiority above the male race.

And of course: milk. Everyone loves milk. So pure, so white, chock- full of calcium (bye bye osteoporosis) and triacylglycrols… What’s there not to love? Yet the cone cup has proved quite a hindrance in our attempts to obtain this milk. It it has come to our (most devastated) attention that the dynamics of the cup were constructed such that it lacks the damping ability which would be required to dissipate the large amounts of kinetic energy in the milk and properly contend with the outburst and ridiculously accelerated velocity at which the milk machine excretes milk. Put simply, it requires much skill and talent to be able to dispense milk from the milk machine without it spurting explosively everywhere. It’s happened to all of us.

However, of late we have seen signs of rebellion, little glimmers of hope. Ever since the Christmas holidays, there have been those glorious days of victory where the plastic cups have prevailed and reappeared.

I hear it in the wind; a revolution is coming. Our pleas for change are not going unheard
– the fall of the cone cup is near.

The Dangers of Social Networking

Facebook

By Elizka Watt

As seen in Pegasus Pages (June 2013).

I am not on Facebook.  Nor am I on Twitter.  Nor Bebo.  Nor MySpace.  Nor Tumblr, nor YouTube, nor any of the varied and diverse Social Networks out there. When people ask me as to why I am not, I grow tired of explaining the intricacies of the dangerous world of cyber communication.  When people tell me of the “good” of social networking sites, I want to shake them out of sheer despair, especially when I’ve recently given them a lecture on the subject. Those of you who know me will know I enjoy lecturing. Sorry, everybody.

Cryptic Crossword

As seen in Pegasus Pages (June 2013).

By Mr Todd

This contains anagrams, hidden letters, double definitions, inversions, and other sorts of cryptic clues. There will be a chocolate prize for the most correct answers. Email submissions to: contact@pegasuspages.com by 09.09.13.

The Cyprus Experiment

Euro

As seen in Pegasus Pages (June 2013).

By Marija Michalczyk

The €10 billion bailout from the European Union and the IMF came at a heavy price; the restructuring of the nation’s largest bank, The Bank of Cyprus and the liquidation of the second biggest, Laiki Bank, is only the peak of the iceberg.

CLC & General Crossword Answers

As seen in Pegasus Pages (March 2013).

By Immy Stables and Naomi Morris Omori

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