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The Inglorious Dead
Say NO to Christmas Kilos
One Christmas present we can all do without...
Tragedy + Time = Entertainment? By Victoria Woo World War I. World War II. Both were cataclysmic events of the last century, an era of incomphrensible suffering and fear. 70 years later through the rifts of time, the wounds of some still remain raw and the stories of struggle have not waned. 70 years later we still remember. But what exactly are we remembering? The trials of war brought forth tales of courage, sabotage, outrage, espionage, carnage...I could continue to list most of the words of the English language ending in -age (omitting pottage and hydromassage), and you would still be able to unearth some relevance to the World Wars. Through these words, we now face one of the most relevant and remarkable effects of the wars: stories, both of the mind-numbingly honest and fictitious sort. From the frustrating ‘what-if’ of Stauffenberg’s plot to the moving legacy of Sugihara, we are still very much affected by these accounts. Also, think of the sheer volume of film and literature that have sprung up under the war genre (WWII in particular), the list is endless. From ‘Casablanca’ and ‘Schindler’s List’ to ‘The Bridge On The River Kwai’, and ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ to ‘The Book Thief’, it is safe to say the war genre brings a certain poignancy to any form of art and entertainment. Depictions and descriptions: that’s all our young generation has of early last century. But recently, we seem to be shifting further and further away from reality, romanticising past. Think ‘Defiance’ or ‘Valkyrie’. Portrayals of ‘survivors’ become ‘victims’, and a slight resistance becomes a fully
fledged army complete with a soundtrack. The media culture is in a way desensitising the truth of history at the expense of fantasies. Most recently, Quentin Tarantino, notorious for his absurdity, unleashed his “macaroni-combat-inspired” war film ‘Inglourious Basterds’. For those who haven’t heard of it, two things: I have spelt the title correctly and yes, it is typical Tarantino (more than a couple hours of insane violence and a chockfull of cultural references). The difference this time is that table-turning plot is of Nazi-killing Jews (note the hyphen). Although Tarantino has clear intentions of not delving into real-world horrors of human suffering, are we really ready and willing to be entertained by a Nazi-clubbing “Bear Jew” with respect to the Holocaust in mind? Or are we just supposed to take the film at face value? I ask, is it ever not ‘too soon’ to mess with history like this for the sake of comedy? And if cinematic progress does relate to ideological progress, is society nearing the point to which we can debilitate the events of the Holocaust? It’s disturbing to see how fragile memory can be. A quote from ‘The History Boys’ puts this beautifully: “There is no better way of forgetting something than by commemorating it.” We’ve trundled through so many ages of war movies to forget what really happened in the first place. So I guess in a way, Tarantino’s ‘Inglourious Basterds’ does society a favour by bringing us back the roots of contemplation. At least we’re thinking of them, instead of idly remembering them as we lay a wreath by the Cenotaph.
By Johanna Lorenz-Meyer Christmas is coming closer and closer, and it always seems around this time of year that we just have a stronger affinity for chocolate Santas and mince pies and the nice little biscuits from Grandma. Oh, the delicious surprises Christmas brings every year- until you try on your nice skinny jeans and you have trouble trying to squeeze into them (The song "Dem Jeans" springs to mind...). This horrible wake up call will not come this year with this article's help in the war against the extra Christmas kilos. The first and most important thing is that you cut down the amount of snacking from your mum’s big bowl of Christmas sweets. Think about it, it's not the holiday period that you have to worry about it's the time after. If we were so worried about it during Christmas, we wouldn't do it. Munching on little things here and there will leave you with unwanted pounds at the end of the season, and not the sort tucked away in a generous card from Grandma. So stop now! It’s obvious that you can’t sacrifice every Christmas treat but do you really need to eat half a box of Abu-Ghraib Realitymince TV pies? It’s quality, not quantity! Take your time eating that mince pie, savouring will help you not only enjoy it more, but will also heighten the enjoyment of the entire season. It's really important to stay hydrated, Yushchenko WMDs we all know that, but instead of having five mugs of hot Sichuan Swine Flu why not drink some tea? These little titbits needn't chocolate be a chore, as cookies taste just as nice when they're dunked in tea. You will see that Christmas is just as enjoyable even when you cut down. One good way to manage a healthy Christmas dinner is to pile the plate full of veggies; less meat, less Yorkshire JFGI CERN puddings, and definitely less roast potatoes! This way you might be able to manage a slightly heavier dessert (like Christmas Pudding). Eat it very slowly as to not over eat, and to thoroughly enjoy your big Christmas Dinner. When Christmas is over it's important that your attitude to food resumes to normal. Although we'd all love for the "Christmas spirit to never end" if such a wish were to come true our clogged arteries would be feeling anything but jolly. At the end of the Christmas season you will be very happy you refused to overindulge. Being moderate at Christmas has benefits beyond those on a purely superficial basis: increasing the focus on family, not food will help remind you of the true nature of this holiday. And, if that's not enough of an incentive, you will still be able to wear skinny jeans without the bulge come New Year.
By Joyce Ip Every Christmas we wrap ourselves up with layers and layers of clothing, hoping to stay warm. However it is still essential to be aware of the fashion “dos and don’ts” for the season, as you can still look chic and trendy with a few tips.
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20 / 10 By Annie Daniels Next term will be the start of a new decade. By the end of the 2020, all girls attending Roedean now, will have finished school (and probably university) and will be embarking on their careers. Whatever happens, it will be a time of enormous change for the school and for the wider world. The school is entering a new era of regeneration. By 2020, the school will be, (as long as the builders are pacified with tea & coffee!) completely anew: refurbished boarding houses, improved classrooms, replaced sports hall and swimming pool and hopefully, a synthetic outdoor sports surface. I asked the bursar Mr. Launchbury what he thought would happen in the next decade to the school and to the wider world. He believed in controlling costs so that Roedean education remains affordable for parents, as this is a key challenge in the forthcoming years. As long as this challenge is met and pupil numbers remain buoyant, Roedean will go from strength to strength and stay cemented in its reputation as one of the best girls’ schools in the world. Globally, it will be interesting to see how China and India develop as economic powers, and how they will work and compare with the US and the UK. Geography, we would all be lost without geography. We must remember what we are doing to the planet, and not leave it a burntout shell for the next generation. We face more flooding and hurricanes and global warming which will limit the amount of useable farmland while the population grows. Mrs. Rae says that the new AQA courses are changing to reflect these issues. In the field of Biosciences, Ms. Fraser predicts many important breakthroughs, with improved techniques to target specific genes and thus treat specific diseases as well as therapeutic treatments and stem cell therapy. Howard Gardner in his recent lecture at Roedean even suggested that in the future each person’s DNA could be scanned before they started education to determine what they would be best at. On another facet, reading is an integral part of Roedean society, so how will libraries change in the next decade? Dr. Blood
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By Rosie Moss As young children, Halloween was scary and exciting. We would get so worked up about whether we had the best costume, the best make-up, and Waterboarding Lisbon whoTreaty looked the scariest. Halloween parties were filled with screaming kids, apple bobbing, and who has the most frightening contests. Pumpkins were Mars Darfur carved and the sweeties would be waiting by the door for trick or treaters. It was all about looking the scariest, and getting the most sweets. Halloween aged 8. I had spent ages getting ready. I was dressed as a witch, with spiders in my hair and a huge plastic stick on nose with warts on it. I must have looked awful, but at the time, I loved it. I was convinced I would Vampires Slumdog look the best. When I arrived at the party, I was surrounded by other witches, ghosts, zombies and wizards. There were sweets everywhere, party games going on all around the house, and witches’ wands and wings on the floor all around me. Halloween aged 11. I had gone to a friend’s house to get ready. It was my Correctness” first secondary school Halloween party, and I was so excited. I was dressing up as Wednesday Adams. The look was different, but still a little scary. I wore a shirt under a little black dress, had my hair in plaits, and dark circles under my eyes. When I was ready I felt great. I looked much more grown Pirates
Scarves and woolly hats are popular accessories, as they change the tone of the outfit. A woolly hat is very warm and very cute with a bobble on the top, whereas a beret is more sophisticated and smart. • Do wear boots. This season knee-high boots are a must-have – just make sure they're comfy ("These boots are made for walking" kind of boots - Rocket Dog at Office have a gorgeous selection of boots to dress up or down in and are guaranteed to keep you warm). If wearing knee high boots with skirts or shorts, be sure to wear tights as not to look trampy and to keep warm! • Do have at least one party dress hanging in your wardrobe – Just something very simple to throw on at a minute's notice, then add some jewellery to make a statement to your outfit. Long, bold necklaces in jewel colours for black dresses, dainty silver pendants for posh black dresses, and gothic chains for fun little sparkly dresses. • Match your accessories. Going out with matching hat, scarf and mittens is a smart thing to do. Make sure that the material is the same, the colours match, and they're warm! TOPSHOP have an excellent range, but please be sure to wear fake fur if you feel the need to wear it all. • Don't dress like it's still July. I know it’s always sexy to show a bit of skin but the truth is Christmas is all about wrapping yourself up and staying warm. No one wants a cold, do they? Besides, the looks you receive when walking down Oxford Street in a miniskirt and t-shirt are hardly ones indicative of the 'Christmas spirit'. So no sundresses just yet. Beware of Undergarments. I know leggings are in right now, but please make sure you check that they’re not see-through. There’s nothing more embarrassing than to walk around town with everyone noticing your Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer knickers underneath.
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up, but there was still a scary element to the look. Everyone at the party was fairly similar. There were still witches, but the look was more mature, they weren’t just costumes from a fancy dress shop. There were still party games, but they were more controlled; we weren’t screaming little kids anymore. Halloween aged 14. Again, I had gone to a friend’s house to get ready, this time with another friend too. It was very different. We didn’t have an exact costume title, but we were inspired by the outfits from the film ‘St. Trinians’. There was nothing scary about this outfit. Short pinafore dresses, over the knee socks, shirts and ties, and lots of make-up. That’s what it was all about, looking sexy not scary. When we arrived, there weren’t many people dressed up. When I first walked in I felt a little silly dressed up, but that feeling soon wore off. I wasn’t the only one in a ‘cheeky outfit’. The few that were had tutus on, and were aiming for a ‘fairy’ look. Others were in casual clothes, just your average dresses. There were no party games this time, just loud music and lots of dancing. So, why have our Halloween costumes changed so much as we’ve got older? Do we want to appear more mature? Obviously we aren’t little kids anymore, but does that have to be shown by our costume themes and choices? Or is it to impress the guys? Wouldn’t it just be so embarrassing if he saw you dressed up like a witch, with the big warty nose? Reflecting on this Haloween just passed, think about why it’s different, why you’re changing, and why, as we grow up, we don’t want to feel the same feeling of terror and excitement, as we did all those years ago.
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Roedean School December 2009