Tag Archives: Opinion

Principal Leads Fashion Trend


By I’ll Have Fries with that Satire

As seen in Pegasus Pages (Summer 2014)

One would have had to have been in a cave for the past year to have failed to notice that the latest fashion trend to grace the Marble Corridor is the velvet scrunchie.

Pegasus Pages has received a tip-off that the source of this latest craze is CLC’s own Principal. Never seen without her hair in an immaculately neat bun, the Principal’s hair scrunchies which tie up this sparkly little up-do are currently ‘so hot right now.’

Depression, Bulimia, Anorexia: Not Attention-Seeking Behaviour

By Hannah Tong

As seen in Pegasus Pages (Summer 2014)

Suppose someone said this to you: “I’m getting very tired of this cancer thing of yours. It’s high time you snapped out of it.” Not only would it be unimaginable, offensive and insensitive, it displays a clear ignorance in the assumption that the illness was under any of our control. And yet this seems to be many people’s attitude towards mental illness. I don’t doubt that compared to a hundred years back, awareness of mental health has increased. It seems to me however that as the awareness has increased, so have the misconceptions.

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


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


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.

When YouTube Became NoTube

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By Sam Goh

(As seen in Pegasus Pages, March 2014)

It was a bright cold Wednesday in March, and the clocks were striking seventeen. Girls sat at their desks desperately racing to finish overdue prep before the celebratory mood of the last week of term kicked in and rendered the entire student population unproductive and in a state of elated vegetation. That was when the study music stopped. Refreshing twice, we found that the glorious YouTube had been blocked. A certain SFC2 in St. Hilda’s streaked across the corridor from her bathtub to discover in desperation if this was true. Chaos and confusion reigned CLC for a night.

Blurred Lines: Nature vs Nurture


Emma Bryan explains that the foods you eat, the amount of sleep you get, the attitude you adopt could affect your own genes – and even the genes of your great-grandchildren. (As seen in Pegasus Pages, March 2014)

DNA is a brilliant molecule. In just about three billion base pairs, it can code for the (approximately) 250,000 proteins in the human body, as well as the three types of RNA required to synthesize these proteins. But if the genome itself wasn’t clever enough, attached to every DNA molecule are sets of chemical “tags” that determine the extent of coiling of the DNA molecule, and therefore which genes are expressed and which proteins formed. Collectively, they are known as the epigenome.

Is Space Exploration a Blast Best in the Past?


By Francesca Speke

(As seen in Pegasus Pages, December 2013)

Ever since the Babylonians’ identification of the planets in our solar system, man has been both enthralled and perplexed by the seemingly never-ending expanse that surrounds us. We have made it our mission to familiarise ourselves with the massive space that envelopes us, to assert the human race onto every possible place we see fit. However, with billions of dollars being spent on space research annually, there comes a point when one must ask the question: what is it all for?

Hand Dryers: A Load of Hot Air?


By Rebecca MacKay

(As seen in Pegasus Pages, December 2013.)

Some of you are going to dislike this article. Why?

I’m going to advocate the use of paper. I know. Global Warming, the polar bears, the melting ice, the toxins in our atmosphere that will all ultimately result in the total destruction of society as we know it within the next week.

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.

Looking Back on Controversial Summer Tunes


As it’s chilly December, we thought we’d let you reminisce about the music of those summer days of blissful sunshine. ‘Tofe Ayeni puts some of the most talked-about songs and albums of last summer under the magnifying glass.

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