Tag Archives: Debate

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.

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.

Mumbles of a Medic: No Pain, No Gain


(As seen in Pegasus Pages, June 2013)

Mumbles of a Medic, by aspiring medic, Sahaj Kaur

‘The pain is there to help you; stop moaning’

This was a stimulus for a previous BioMedical Admissions Test essay question and it got me thinking, to what extent is this statement true?

The Cyprus Experiment


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.

Bravo for the Beale Debate

Beale Debate

By Naomi Morris Omori

As seen in Pegasus Pages (December 2012) and the Gloucestershire Echo (Monday, 21st January, 2013).

Eight debaters stunned at The Cheltenham Ladies’ College’s Beale Debate last term, and Guild (CLC’s alumnae association) left with an impressive victory, despite the skilful arguments put forward by girls in College.

If there is one event of the school calendar which is the most overlooked, it is the Beale Debate. People often forget about it at the end of the year, amongst the bustle of Christmas and end-of-term festivities. However, one is surprised by the passion and enthusiasm which races around the galleries of the PH, once the girls remember how fun it is, despite having to sit still for two hours.

Freedom of the Press or Privacy?

By Mimi Prickett and Minty Eyre
As featured in Pegasus Pages (December 2012). This article also appeared in The Gloucestershire Echo and The Standard.
A free press is ultimately preferable than a right to privacy; in recent decades the press has been a key medium for revealing hidden information about public figures. It most recently manifested itself in the form of the MP’s expenses scandal. A full copy of the uncensored MP’s expenses record was leaked to the Telegraph, who began publishing details of the MP’s expenses claims in daily installments from May 2009 onwards.

RAP BATTLE: Kanye West’s Cruel Summer – G.O.O.D. Music


Kanye West released a compilation of collaborations between noteworthy rappers, under his new label, G.O.O.D. Music, back in September. Etta and Bella present two alternate viewpoints on the same music and battle it out.

DEBATE: Custard vs. Jam Donuts


Break times – those sacred twenty minutes of the day are precious for all. Samantha and CyberJelliFish give compelling accounts of why they are passionate about their preferred donut filling.

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