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Issue 16

Spring/Summer Edition

We all know a nd love … We f her ind out what m Mrs Hig akes het tic k!

Pages 10—11

from around the Globe! UCC students have been pretty much everywhere. Find out more inside ...

Thankyou to GCSE art and textiles students for providing us with such a beautiful cover!

Lonely? Looking for that special someone? Look no further … than page seventeen.


ĞĂƌƌĞĂĚĞƌƐ͕  tĞŚŽƉĞLJŽƵĂƉƉƌĞĐŝĂƚĞƚŚĞďƌĂŶĚŶĞǁůĂLJŽƵƚŽĨ^ƚƵĚĞŶƚ ^ƉĞĂŬ͘/ƚ͛ƐĂůůĚŝĨĨĞƌĞŶƚ͕ůŽŽŬ͘ŝĨĨĞƌĞŶƚĨŽŶƚƐĂŶĚƐƚƵĨĨ͘zŽƵ͛Ě ďĞƚƚĞƌĂƉƉƌĞĐŝĂƚĞŝƚ͕ďĞĐĂƵƐĞŝĨLJŽƵĚŽŶ͛ƚ͘͘͘ dŚŝƐŝƐƐƵĞďĞŐĂŶŽŶĞƌĂŝŶLJĚĂLJŝŶ&ĞďƌƵĂƌLJ͕ŝŶĂŶŽƌĚĞƌůLJŵĞĞƚŝŶŐŽŶƚŚĞĨůŽŽƌŽĨ ƚŚĞƐŝdžƚŚĨŽƌŵƐƚƵĚLJĂƌĞĂ͘dŚĂƚΖƐƌŝŐŚƚ͕ƚŚĞĨůŽŽƌ͘dŚĞƌĞǁĞƌĞŶŽĐŚĂŝƌƐůĞĨƚĨŽƌƚŚĞ^^ ƚĞĂŵ͕ŶŽƚĞǀĞŶƚŚĞĐŽŽůďůƵĞƐǁŝǀĞůLJŽŶĞƐ͘dŚĞĨĂĐƚƚŚĂƚǁĞǁĞƌĞƐŝƚƚŝŶŐƌŝŐŚƚŝŶƚŚĞ ĚŽŽƌǁĂLJĚŝĚŶΖƚŚĞůƉĞŝƚŚĞƌ͘,ŽǁĂǁĨƵů͕/ŚĞĂƌLJŽƵƐĂLJ͊tĞůů͕ǁĞĚŝĚŶΖƚƚŚŝŶŬƐŽ͘ĞͲ ĐĂƵƐĞǁĞǁĞƌĞũƵƐƚƐŽĚĂŵŶĞdžĐŝƚĞĚƚŽďƌŝŶŐLJŽƵĂůůĂŶŽƚŚĞƌĞĚŝƚŝŽŶ;ƚŚĞϭϰƚŚͿŽĨ ^ƚƵĚĞŶƚ^ƉĞĂŬ͕ǁŚŝĐŚǁĞŚŽƉĞLJŽƵΖůůĨŝŶĚĞŶƚĞƌƚĂŝŶŝŶŐĂŶĚŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƚŝǀĞ͘ ^ŽŐŝǀĞLJŽƵƌƐĞůĨĂďƌĞĂŬ;ĂŶĚĂ<ŝƚ<Ăƚ͕ƉĞƌŚĂƉƐͿĂŶĚƐĞĞǁŚĂƚǁĞĐĂŵĞƵƉǁŝƚŚ͘ >ŽǀĞ͕ƚŚĞĞĚŝƚŽƌƐ͘ KŚ͕ĂŶĚƚŽƐƚĂƌƚŽĨĨ͕ǁĞƚŚŽƵŐŚƚǁĞ͛ĚƚĞůůLJŽƵǁŚŽƚŚĞ ƉĞŽƉůĞĂƌĞƚŚĂƚŝŶƐƉŝƌĞƵƐĂŶĚǁŚLJ͘ Chloe Jackson Nick Vujicic

͞,ĞŝƐƉƌŽŽĨƚŚĂƚůŝĨĞŚĂƐŶŽ ůŝŵŝƚĂƚŝŽŶƐ͘͟ Chris Brown Charlie Sheen

͞,ĞŚĂƐŽŶĞƐƉĞĞĚ͖͚'K͊͛͟ Katie Potter Kate Rusby

Jenny Walker Anne Frank

͞^ŚĞǁĂƐƐŽĨƵůůŽĨůŝĨĞ͕ ŚŽƉĞĂŶĚĞŶƚŚƵƐŝĂƐŵ͘͟ Gwyn C. Williams

Trotsky

͞ůŝĨĞĞŶĚĞĚďLJĂŝĐĞͲĂdžĞ ǁŝĞůĚŝŶŐDĞdžŝĐĂŶŝƐĂůŝĨĞ ǁŽƌƚŚůŝǀŝŶŐ͘͟ Ted Harbot

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͞ĂŶ͛ƚLJŽƵƉĞŽƉůĞůĞĂǀĞ ŵĞĂůŽŶĞ͍͟


The latest headlines from the world of Ullswater Community College

Ullswater Community College is “best ever” Humble school awarded superprestigious award for superawesomeness. UCC has been awarded a highly prestigious Ullswater Award for Excellency due to its high levels of excellency. The award, chosen by teachers from all over UCC, was awarded to our highly excellent school by none other than George Foreman. The famous boxer, and Lean, Mean FatReducing Grilling Machine™ specialist, expressed his opinion that the school is “so good, I [he] put his name on it.” The school shall, therefore, henceforth be known as George Foreman’s Lean, Mean, Ignorance-Reducing Learning Machine™, or “GFLMIRLM” for short. Although, technically Foreman will have no role in running the school, a statue has been erected in his name, and form, and it has vowed to make the school “more excellent”, despite its recent award for excellency. Students and teachers are already beginning to notice the changes. I asked a year 7 his opinion: “I don’t understand. Why are there statues of George Foreman everywhere?” (Needless to say I refrained from answering with a powerful right hook. Whack! Out like a light. Dance like a fairy, sting like a rattlesnake. Or is that Ali?!) The statues of gorgeous George are not the only change, though. Emphasis has now been moved away from conventional lessons, such as English Literature and History, and moved towards subjects like Boxing and Punching Stuff. Mr Skelton, who teaches boxing classes, had this to say: “Aye, it’s rate good, like. We get t’ punch ’n’ that.” Wise words. Wise words. We, here at the SS, welcome the pugilistic change and hope that George will continue to make this school great, because if there’s one thing we love it’s success. Luckily, George has introduced a rule that everyone must be a success. Or face expulsion.

Too much beef Mass hysteria has taken over in the Westmorland hall after a miscalculated food order has left huge mounds of rotting beef Wellingtons in the lunch area. The breakfast bar has been closed.

Student Speak would like to point out that we refuse to accept responsibility for the veracity of the reports on this page.

Art hut destroyed in freak bulldozing accident The art hut is no more. Say that to anyone a few months ago and they’d say “Yes, it is. It’s right there. Use your eyes, jerk.” But those were days long passed away. Days before bulldozers and freak bulldozing accidents. Go to admire the Art Hut’s beautiful architecture now and you will find rubble. Also scaffolding and a building site. ‘Scaffolding? A building site?’ you may ask. ‘Why?’ you may also ask. I’ll tell you why. This site has been chosen. Chosen as the foundation for UCC’s new ‘Skills Building Academy of Learning Aptitude and Educational Propensity’. Some say the name is too long but I say damn them! If they can’t remember/

Prestigious car manufacturer threatens to sue school for “plagiarism”

pronounce it then maybe they’re not fit to learn there. After all, as the saying goes, ‘Eloquence is nine tenths of Learning Aptitude and Educational Propensity.’ And so, we say ‘Adieu’ to the Art Hut and its many memories (not for me, I never went in there. The place was a dump). Let’s just hope that the new, infinitely more expensive building lives up to expectations. Mr Pattinson has said in his blog that “steel erectors discovered that some of the supporting uprights of the steel frame were 150mm too long and had to go back to the manufacturers to be re-cut.” I, for one, cannot contain my excitement. Roll on September.

French car makers Peugeot have threatened to sue the school for what they say is “une imitation flagrante de la célèbre logo Peugeot.” The school’s lawyers disagree. Let’s hope they’re as good as their word if it goes to court.

Can you see a similarity? No, you can’t and you’d do well to remember it. If we find out you’ve been blabbing to Peugeot’s lawyers we’re going to come down on you like a ton of feathers. Got it?

High tech fizzy drinks machines erected in the lunch halls As students entered the Cumberland and Westmorland halls on Monday morning, they were amazed to find brand new, flashy, high-tech beverage dispensers in place of the old ones. Rather than selling boring drinks, like water and pure orange juice, the new machines sell exciting drinks, like Suso! Don’t worry, though, the new drinks still contain all of your essential nutrients, like

potassium sorbate and dimethyl dicarbonate. Mmm, can’t get enough of that sweet, sweet dimethyl dicarbonate. When I asked a bloodshot-eyed student about the new drinks, he grabbed one out of my hands, gulped it down and said ‘Get me some more! I need the potassium sorbate!’ and pushed me over. Well, I couldn’t have put it better myself. These drinks are deeeeeeelicious.


ƐƚŚĞLJĞĂƌϭϯƐĞŶƚĞƌƚŚĞŝƌĨŝŶĂůƚĞƌŵĂƚhůůƐǁĂƚĞƌ ŽŵŵƵŶŝƚLJŽůůĞŐĞ͕ǁĞĂƐŬĞĚĂĨĞǁŽĨƚŚĞŵĨŽƌƚŚĞŝƌ ŵŽƐƚŵĞŵŽƌĂďůĞŵŽŵĞŶƚƐŽĨƚŚĞŝƌƚŝŵĞĂƚƐĐŚŽŽů͘ EĞĞĚůĞƐƐƚŽƐĂLJ͕ǁĞǁĞƌĞƵŶĂďůĞƚŽƉƵďůŝƐŚŵĂŶLJŽĨ ƚŚĞŵ͘^ƚƵĚĞŶƚ^ƉĞĂŬǁŽƵůĚůŝŬĞƚŽǁŝƐŚƚŚĞLJĞĂƌϭϯƐ ;ĂŶĚĂŶLJŽŶĞĞůƐĞǁŚŽŝƐůĞĂǀŝŶŐͿůŽƚƐŽĨůƵĐŬĨŽƌƚŚĞ ĨƵƚƵƌĞĂŶĚĞǀĞƌLJƚŚŝŶŐLJŽƵĚŽ͊ ^ƚĞƉŚĞŶ,ŽŐŐͲ͞ĂƌƌŝĞĂŶĚĂŶ͘͟ ĞŶWĞĂƌƐŽŶͲ͞/ŚĂǀĞŶŽĨĂǀŽƵƌŝƚĞ ŵĞŵŽƌŝĞƐ͕/ŚĂƚĞƚŚŝƐƉůĂĐĞ͘ƵƚƚŚĞƌĞ ǁĂƐƚŚŝƐƚŝŵĞǁŚĞŶƚŚĞLJŚĂĚďŝŐŵĂƚĐŚ ĐĂŶƐŽĨ/ƌŶƌƵĂƚƚŚĞĐŽƌŶĞƌƐŚŽƉ͘͟ :ĂĐŬtŝŶƚĞƌͲ͞^ĐĂƌŝŶŐ&ůŝƐƐ͕ŽŚ͕ĂŶĚƚŚĞ &ĂĐĞŬŝŶĐŝĚĞŶƚ͙ :ŽƐŚZŽďĞƌƚƐͲ͞WĂƌŝƐdƌŝƉ͕ĂĨƵŶƚƌŝƉ ĨƵůůŽĨďƌŽŬĞŶĂƌŵƐ͕ďůŽĐŬĞĚƚŽŝůĞƚƐ ĂŶĚŵƵŐŐŝŶŐƐ͘͟

,ŽǁŽůĚĂƌĞLJŽƵ͍ /͛ŵϮϬ͘ tŚĂƚͲ>ĞǀĞůƐĚŝĚLJŽƵƐƚƵĚLJ͍ /ƐƚƵĚŝĞĚ/ƚĂůŝĂŶ͕&ƌĞŶĐŚ͕DĂƚŚƐĂŶĚŶŐůŝƐŚ͘ tŚĂƚŚĂǀĞLJŽƵďĞĞŶĚŽŝŶŐƐŝŶĐĞLJŽƵůĞĨƚh͍ /ƐƚĂƌƚĞĚŽĨĨƐƚƵĚLJŝŶŐ/ƚĂůŝĂŶĂŶĚDĂƚŚƐĂƚ'ůĂƐŐŽǁ hŶŝǀĞƌƐŝƚLJ͕ďƵƚĂĨƚĞƌĂƚĞƌŵ/ĚĞĐŝĚĞĚƚŚĂƚŝƚǁĂƐŶ͛ƚ ƌŝŐŚƚĨŽƌŵĞ͘EŽǁ/ĂŵƐƚƵĚLJŝŶŐĂŶĐĞĂŶĚƵůƚƵƌĞ ǁŝƚŚWƌŽĨĞƐƐŝŽŶĂůƚƌĂŝŶŝŶŐĂƚƚŚĞhŶŝǀĞƌƐŝƚLJŽĨ^ƵƌͲ ƌĞLJ͘ ƌĞLJŽƵĞŶũŽLJŝŶŐŝƚƚŚĞƌĞ͍ zĞƐ͕/ĂŵŚĂǀŝŶŐĂŵĂƌǀĞůŽƵƐůLJǁŽŶĚĞƌĨƵůƚŝŵĞ͖ďŽƚŚ ƚŚĞĞĚƵĐĂƚŝŽŶĂůƐŝĚĞĂŶĚƚŚĞƐŽĐŝĂůƐŝĚĞĂƌĞŝŶĐƌĞĚŝͲ ďůLJĨƵŶ͘ ŽLJŽƵŚĂǀĞĂŶLJĂĚǀŝĐĞĨŽƌƉĞŽƉůĞĂƉƉůLJŝŶŐĨŽƌ ƵŶŝǀĞƌƐŝƚLJ͍ /ǁŽƵůĚƐŝŵƉůLJƐĂLJƚŽŵĂŬĞƐƵƌĞLJŽƵĂƌĞŶ͛ƚũƵƐƚĚŽͲ ŝŶŐƐŽŵĞƚŚŝŶŐďĞĐĂƵƐĞLJŽƵŚĂǀĞďĞĞŶƚŽůĚƚŽƉŝĐŬ ƐŽŵĞƚŚŝŶŐŽƌũƵƐƚĨŽƌĐĂƌĞĞƌƉƵƌƉŽƐĞƐ͘KďǀŝŽƵƐůLJĂ ĐĂƌĞĞƌŝƐƚŚĞŐŽĂůďƵƚŵĂŬĞƐƵƌĞLJŽƵĂƌĞĚŽŝŶŐ ƐŽŵĞƚŚŝŶŐLJŽƵůŽǀĞ͘DĂŬĞƐƵƌĞLJŽƵƚŚŝŶŬĂďŽƵƚŝƚ ůŽŶŐĂŶĚŚĂƌĚ͊

>ƵŬĞĂLJͲ͞WŚLJƐŝĐƐ͘Dƌ͙͘͘ƉƵƚĂƉůƵŐŐĞĚ ŝŶƚŽĂƐƚĞƌŝŶƚŽƚŚĞƐŝŶŬ͘,ĞĚƌŽƉƉĞĚĂƚƌĂLJ ŽĨŵĂŐŐŽƚƐ͕ŽŚ͕ĂŶĚDƌĂůĞLJĂŶĚŚŝƐĨĂͲ ŵŽƵƐ͚ĞŐŐ͛ůĞƐƐŽŶ͕ĞŐŐƐǁĞŶƚĞǀĞƌLJǁŚĞƌĞ͕ ŝƚǁĂƐƐŽĨƵŶŶLJ͊͟ <ĂƚŝĞWŽƚƚĞƌͲ͞^ŽƵƚŚĨƌŝĐĂŶĞƚďĂůů ĂŶĚƌƵŐďLJƚŽƵƌ͕ǁĞŚĂĚƚŚĞŵŽƐƚ ĂŵĂnjŝŶŐƚŝŵĞ͘͟ :ĞŶŶLJtĂůŬĞƌͲ͞>ŽŶĚŽŶŶŐůŝƐŚdƌŝƉϮϬϭϬ͘ tĞŶĞĂƌůLJƐĞƚƚŚĞĨŝƌĞĂůĂƌŵŽĨĨŝŶƚŚĞŚŽƚĞů ĂĨƚĞƌďƵƌŶŝŶŐĐŚŽĐŽůĂƚĞŝŶƚŚĞŵŝĐƌŽǁĂǀĞ͘ tĞǁĞƌĞďĂůĂŶĐŝŶŐƉƌĞĐĂƌŝŽƵƐůLJŽŶĐŚĂŝƌƐ ƚŽĨůĂƉƚŽǁĞůƐĂƌŽƵŶĚƚŚĞĂůĂƌŵ͊͟ :ĞŶZĞŝĚͲ͞WůĂLJŝŶŐ&ƌŝƐďĞĞŽŶƚŚĞ ĨŝĞůĚĚƵƌŝŶŐĞdžĂŵƉĞƌŝŽĚŝŶzƌϭϭ͘͟ ŶĚLJ,ĂƚƚůĞͲ͞DƌĂŶĚDƌƐ,ĂƌŶĞƚƚ ĂƚzƌϭϭWƌŽŵ͘͟ ŵŝůLJtŽƌƌĂůͲ͞&ĂŶĐLJĚƌĞƐƐĚĂLJƐ͕ǁŚĞŶ ĞǀĞƌLJŽŶĞĐĂŵĞĚƌĞƐƐĞĚĂƐƉŝƌĂƚĞƐ͘͟

,ĂŶŶĂŚŝŶDĂŶŚĂƚƚĂŶ͊

,ĂŶŶĂŚĨŽƵŶĚŚĞƌͲ ƐĞůĨƉĂƌƚŝŶŐhǁŝƚŚ ƚǁŽƐĂŶĚĂ͕ŽƉƚŝͲ ŵŝƐƚŝĐƉƌŽƐƉĞĐƚƐĨŽƌ hŶŝǀĞƌƐŝƚLJŽůůĞŐĞ >ŽŶĚŽŶĂŶĚĂ ŚĂŶĚĨƵůŽĨŚŽƉĞƐĂŶĚ ĚƌĞĂŵƐ͘

tŚĂƚůĂLJĂŚĞĂĚǁĂƐƵŶĐůĞĂƌ͕ƚŚĞǁĂůŬŽĨůŝĨĞŝƐĂ ĚŝĨĨŝĐƵůƚŽŶĞ͕ďƵƚďĞŝŶŐƐƚŽƵƚŽĨŚĞĂƌƚĂŶĚĚĂƌŝŶŐ͕ ,ĂŶŶĂŚƋƵŝĐŬůLJĞƐƚĂďůŝƐŚĞĚŚĞƌƐĞůĨŝŶƚŚŝƐǁŽƌůĚĂƐ ĂŶĞdžƉůŽƌĞƌ͕ĂƐƚƵĚĞŶƚ͕ďƵƚŵŽƐƚƉƌŽŵŝŶĞŶƚůLJŽĨĂůů͕ ĂŬŝŶĚĂŶĚĂĐĐĞƉƚŝŶŐŚƵŵĂŶďĞŝŶŐ͘ ,ĞƌƐƚƵĚŝĞƐŽĨŶƚŚƌŽƉŽůŽŐLJĂŶĚƐƵĐĐĞƐƐĨƵůĚĞŐƌĞĞ ŚĂǀĞďƌŽƵŐŚƚŚĞƌƚŽĂƉůĂĐĞŝŶŚĞƌůŝĨĞǁŚĞƌĞƚŚĞ ŽƉƉŽƌƚƵŶŝƚŝĞƐƐŚĞŚĂƐĂƌĞĞŶĚůĞƐƐ͘ĞƐƉŝƚĞƚŚĞ ŚĞĂǀLJŚĂŶĚŽĨƌĞŶƚĂŶĚƚĂdžĐƌƵƐŚŝŶŐĚŽǁŶŽŶŚĞƌ͕ ,ĂŶŶĂŚŚĂƐƐƚŝůůǁĂůŬĞĚƚŚĞƐƚƌĞĞƚƐŽĨDĂŶŚĂƚƚĂŶ͕ ĚĂŶĐĞĚŽŶƚŚĞďĞĂĐŚĞƐŽĨƌĂnjŝůĂŶĚƐĞĞŶƚŚĞ ƐŶŽǁLJƚŽƉƐŽĨƚŚĞ,ŝŵĂůĂLJĂƐ͘ &ŽƌƚŚĞĨƵƚƵƌĞ͕,ĂŶŶĂŚůŽŽŬƐĨŽƌǁĂƌĚƐƚŽďĞŐŝŶŶŝŶŐ ŚĞƌDĂƚh>ĂŶĚŵŽƌĞƚƌĂǀĞůƐ͕ůĂƵŐŚƚĞƌĂŶĚůŽǀĞ͘ ͞dŚĞƌĞŝƐŶŽƉůĂĐĞ/͛ĚƌĂƚŚĞƌďĞƚŚĂŶ>ŽŶĚŽŶ͘/ůŽǀĞ ǁŚĞƌĞůŝĨĞŚĂƐƚĂŬĞŶŵĞĂŶĚ/ǁŝƐŚĂůůƚŚĞďĞƐƚƚŽ ƚŚŽƐĞǁŚŽƉĂƐƐƚŚƌŽƵŐŚhůůƐǁĂƚĞƌŽŵŵƵŶŝƚLJŽůͲ ůĞŐĞ͘͟


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GCSE NEWSFLASH! As you might already know, the new government (god bless'm) has introduced a new way of measuring schools' achievement at GCSE level. It used to be the case that 5 grade A*-C passes in English, Maths and three other options of your own choosing, was the standard they approved of. Not any more! Now, they are looking at GCSE students achieving grades A* -C in five core subjects - maths, English, two science qualifications, a foreign language and either history or geography. This is a measure for grading schools, not students. You can still choose whatever subjects suit you. However it is important to be aware that in the future, some Universities may not look at subjects outside of this government standard: for instance applied subjects like Salon Services or Small Animal Care. Before making any decisions, talk to your teachers, form tutors (who will probably know a lot more about it than us!) and your parents and think about what you may want in the future. Ultimately, take the time to consider all the options and do what's best for you.


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Spring gives us hope that winter has gone. Snowdrops are out, daffodils are blooming and grass grows long. Spring is when lambs are born, When we are woken by bird song at the crack of dawn. Spring is full of happy days and excitement! Spring is when I am born and is a precious moment. By Charlotte Fabi 8JC

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Chapter 1 - Paris (Kept in shorthand)

3 May - Left Penrith at 4.67am on 14 FebruŶ ĞdžƉĞƌŝĞŶĐĞ ƚŚĂƚ ǁŝůů ůĂƐƚ Ă ůŝĨĞͲ ary, arriving at Paris early next morning; should have arrived at 6.97am but train was ƚŝŵĞ Ͳ dŚĞ ǁŚĂĐŬ ďĂŐ ĂĚǀĞŶƚƵƌĞ an hour late. Or bus. Paris seems a dreadful ƚŚĂƚ ĨŽƌŵĂůůLJ ďĞĐĂŵĞ ŬŶŽǁŶ ĂƐ ƚŚĞ place, from the glimpse I got from the train/ ͚ĚĞŶ^ĐŚŽŽůƐ^ƚ͘sŝŶĐĞŶƚǀŝƐŝƚϮϬϭϭ͕͛ bus and the little I could walk through the ǁĂƐ Ăƚ ĨŝƌƐƚ ŽŶůLJ Ă ǁŚŝƐƉĞƌ ĂŶĚ streets. I feared to go very far from the station as we had arrived late and would start as near ďĂƌĞůLJĞǀĞŶĂƚŚŽƵŐŚƚ͘DŽŶƚŚƐůĂƚĞƌ to the correct time as possible. The impresĨŽƵƌƚĞĞŶ ƐƚƵĚĞŶƚƐ͕ ƚǁŽ ƚĞĂĐŚĞƌƐ sion I had was that we were leaving the Feast ;ŽŶĞ ďĞŝŶŐ ŽƵƌ ǁŽŶĚĞƌĨƵů DƐ /ǀŝŶͲ and entering the East. The most western of ƐŽŶͿ͕ Ă ĨŝƌƐƚ ĂŝĚĞƌ ĂŶĚ ŽŶĞ ͚ƚŚĞĂƚƌĞ splendid bridges over the Danube, which is here of noble width and noble depth, took us ĚŝƌĞĐƚŽƌ͛ ƐĞƚ ŽĨĨ ĚŽǁŶ ƚŚĞ ůŽŶŐ ĂŶĚ among the traditions of Turkish rule. ǁŝŶĚŝŶŐ ƌŽĂĚ ƚŚĂƚ ŝƐ ƚŚĞ Dϲ͘  ďƵƐ We left in noble time, and came after nightfall at Klavsensdfliuwdfoiburgh. Here I ũŽƵƌŶĞLJ ƚŽ ůĂƐƚ Ă ůŝĨĞƚŝŵĞ͕ ĞƋƵĂůůĞĚ stopped for ‘le’ night at The Hotel Noble. I ^ƚ͘sŝŶĐĞŶƚĚĞWĂƵůďůĞƐƐĞĚƚŚĞƚƌŝƉ͘ ŽŶůLJ ďLJ &ƌŽĚŽ ĂŶĚ ^Ăŵ͛Ɛ ǀĞŶƚƵƌĞ ƚŽ had for dinner, or rather supper, a chicken DŽƌĚŽƌ͘tŝƚŚƉĞƌŚĂƉƐĂůĞƐƐĐůŝŵĂƚŝĐ done in some way with red pepper, which ĞŶĚŝŶŐ͘ůƚŚŽƵŐŚŝƚĚŝĚĐŽŶĐůƵĚĞǁŝƚŚƐĞǀĞƌĂůďŽƵƚƐŽĨƐŝĐŬŶĞƐƐĂŶĚ was very good but thirsty (mem. get recipe for Mina). I asked the waiter, and he said it was ĚŝĂƌƌŚŽĞĂ;ĂƐŬ'ĞŽƌŐŝŶĂŽƵƉůĂŶĚĨŽƌĚĞƚĂŝůƐͿ͘ called “paprika hendlliyhytgrter” and that, as it was a national dish, I should ‘be’ able to get  ƐŚŽƌƚ ǁĂŝƚ ŝŶ 'ĂƚǁŝĐŬ ĂŶĚ ďƌŝĞĨ ĞŝŐŚƚ ŚŽƵƌ ĨůŝŐŚƚ ;ƚŽƚĂůůLJ ďƌŝĞĨ͙Ϳ ‘it’ anywhere along Carpathathixoyizoiccs ůĞĚ ƚŚĞ LJŽƵŶŐ ŬĞĞŶ ĂŶĚ ĞŶƚŚƵƐŝĂƐƚŝĐ ĂĚǀĞŶƚƵƌĞƌƐ ƚŽ ĂƌďĂĚŽƐ ĂŝƌͲ (mem. get recipe for Mina). I found my smatƉŽƌƚ͘hƉŽŶĞdžŝƚŝŶŐƚŚĞĨůŝŐŚƚŝƚǁĂƐƋƵŝĐŬůLJĞƐƚĂďůŝƐŚĞĚƚŚĂƚƚŚĞĐƌLJͲ tering of German very useful here; indeed, there is something je ne sais quoi, oh so very ŝŶŐďĂďŝĞƐĂŶĚĐƌĂŵƉĞĚƐůĞĞƉŝŶŐƉŽƐŝƚŝŽŶƐǁĞƌĞĂƉƌŝĐĞǁŽƌƚŚƉĂLJͲ special about a firm young carrot (mem. get ŝŶŐĨŽƌƚŚĞďĂůŵLJĐŽŽůǁĞĂƚŚĞƌĂŶĚƚŚĞƐĐĞŶƚŽĨƚŚĞƐĞĂ͘/ŶĐůĂƐƐŝĐ recipe for Mina). Having some time at my ĂƌŝďďĞĂŶƐƚLJůĞĂŚŽůĚƵƉĂŶĚƐĞǀĞƌĂůůŽƐƚďĂŐƐůĂƚĞƌƚŚĞƐƚƵĚĞŶƚƐ disposal when in Paris, I visited ‘le’ Paris; it ĂŶĚƚĞĂĐŚĞƌƐĨŽƵŶĚƚŚĞŵƐĞůǀĞƐƐƉƌŝŶƚŝŶŐĨŽƌƚŚĞŶĞdžƚĨůŝŐŚƚ;ǁŚŝĐŚ had struck me (mem. get recipe for Mina) that some foreknowledge of the country ǁĂƐ ĚƵĞ ƚŽ ƚĂŬĞ ŽĨĨ ƚŚŝƌƚLJ ŵŝŶƵƚĞƐ ďĞĨŽƌĞ ƚŚĞ ŵĂĚͲĚĂƐŚ ĞǀĞŶ ďĞͲ could hardly fail to have some importance in ŐĂŶ͊Ϳ͕ŝƚǁĂƐƋƵŝĐŬůLJĚŝƐĐŽǀĞƌĞĚƚŚĂƚĨůŝƉĨůŽƉƐŵĞƌĞůLJŚŝŶĚĞƌĞĚLJŽƵƌ dealing with a noble of the country. ƌƵŶŶŝŶŐĂďŝůŝƚLJĂŶĚĐĂƵƐĞĚƐĞǀĞƌĞĨƌŝĐƚŝŽŶďƵƌŶƐ͘ƌŽĐŬLJƚŚŝƌƚLJŵŝŶͲ Ted Harbot

ƵƚĞƐ ŽĨ Ăŝƌ ƚŝŵĞ ůĞĚ ƚŚĞ ŐƌŽƵƉ ŽĨ ŐĂůĂĐƚŝĐ ĞdžƉůŽƌĞƌƐ ƚŽ ƚŚĞ ƐŚŽƌĞƐ ;ůŝƚĞƌĂůůLJ͕ĂƐƚŚĞĂŝƌƐƚƌŝƉďĞŐĂŶŝŶƚŚĞŽĐĞĂŶ͙ͿŽĨƚŚĞƚƌŽƉŝĐĂůŝƐůĂŶĚ ŽĨ^ƚ͘sŝŶĐĞŶƚ͘

KŶĞǁŽƵůĚŚŽƉĞƚŚĂƚƚŚĞǁŝůĚĂŶĚĞdžŚĂƵƐƚŝŶŐũŽƵƌŶĞLJƐǁĞƌĞŽǀĞƌ͕ ďƵƚ ƚŚĞƌĞ ǁĂƐ ŽŶĞ ŵŽƌĞ ůĞĨƚ͙ dŚĞ ƚƌĂǀĞůůĞƌƐ ĐůĂŵďĞƌĞĚ ĂďŽĂƌĚ Ă ƌŝĐŬĞƚLJ ͕ ƌƵƐƚŝĐ  ďƵƐ͕ ĐŽŵƉůĞƚĞĚ ǁŝƚŚ Ă ďƌƵƐƋƵĞ ůŽŽŬŝŶŐ ďƵƐ ĚƌŝǀĞƌ ĂŶĚĚŽŽƌĂƐƐŝƐƚĂŶƚ͘dŚĞŶŝŐŚƚǁĂƐĚĂƌŬ͕ĂŶĚƚŚĞƌŽĂĚƐǁŝŶĚLJĂŶĚĂ ŵĂnjĞ ƚŽ Ăůů ǁŚŽ ĚŝĚŶ͛ƚ ůŝǀĞ ƚŚĞƌĞ͕ ďƵƚ ƚŚĞ ĚƌŝǀĞƌ ƚŽŽŬ ƚŚĞŵ ŝŶ ŚŝƐ ƐƚƌŝĚĞ ĂŶĚ ǁŚŝƉƉĞĚ ƚŚĞ ďƵƐ ĂƌŽƵŶĚ ƚŚĞ ƐŵĂůů ŝƐůĂŶĚ ůŝŬĞ ĂŶ ŝƌĂƚĞ ũŽĐŬĞLJǁŚŝƉƐŚŝƐŚŽƌƐĞ͘tĞƐŽŽŶƉƵůůĞĚƵƉŽƵƚƐŝĚĞ͚DĂƌƐĞLJ͛ƐWůĂĐĞ͛ ͲŽƵƌŚŽŵĞĐĂŵƉĨŽƌƚŚĞǁĞĞŬͶĂŶĚĞŶũŽLJĞĚĂĨĞĂƐƚŽĨĨƌƵŝƚƉƵŶĐŚ ĂŶĚƐƚŝĐŬLJ ďƵŶƐ͘dŚĞ ǁĞĞŬ ƚŚĂƚ ĞŶƐƵĞĚ ǁĂƐ ĂĐĐŽƵŶƚĞĚ ďLJ ĂůůǁŚŽ ƚƌĂǀĞůůĞĚƚŚĞƌĞ;ĞǀĞŶ'ĞŽƌŐŝŶĂŽƵƉůĂŶĚͿƚŚĞŵŽƐƚďĞĂƵƚŝĨƵů͕ǁŽŶͲ ĚĞƌĨƵůĂŶĚĂǁĞŝŶƐƉŝƌŝŶŐǁĞĞŬŽĨƚŚĞŝƌůŝǀĞƐ͘DĞŵŽƌŝĞƐƚŽůĂƐƚĂůŝĨĞ ƚŝŵĞĂŶĚďŽƚƚůĞƐŽĨĐŚĞĂƉƌƵŵƚŽůĂƐƚĂŶĞǀĞŶŝŶŐ͘

Thanks to Bram Stoker for the inspiration for the above review.


dŚĞ>ŽŶĚŽŶƌĂŵĂdƌŝƉ͗ƌĞǀŝĞǁ ďLJ'ǁLJŶĂůĚĞƌͲtŝůůŝĂŵƐ͕ĂƐŵĂůůƚŝŵĞĐŽƵŶƚƌLJďŽLJ ĂŶĚŐĞŶĞƌĂůĂůůƌŽƵŶĚƉŚŝůĂŶƚŚƌŽƉŝƐƚ͘ >KEKEʹĂƚƌŝƉŽĨĂůŝĨĞƚŝŵĞ͍EŽƚƌĞĂůůLJ͘ƵƚŝƚǁĂƐĂďĂƌƌĞůŽĨůĂƵŐŚƐ͕ĐŽŶƐŝĚͲ ĞƌŝŶŐƚŚŝƐƚƌŝƉǁĂƐƵŶĚĞƌƚĂŬĞŶŝŶƚŚĞĚĞĞƉĚĂƌŬĚĞƉƚŚƐŽĨDĂƌĐŚ͘^ĞƚƚŝŶŐĨŽƌƚŚ ĨƌŽŵ WĞŶƌŝƚŚ ƐƚĂƚŝŽŶ͕ Ă ƚǁŝŶŬůĞ ŽĨ ũŽLJ ĐŽƵůĚ ďĞ ƐĞĞŶ ŝŶ ƚŚĞ ĞLJĞ ŽĨ ĞĂĐŚ ĂŶĚ ĞǀĞƌLJŵĞŵďĞƌ͘zĞƚ͕ǁŝƚŚŝŶŵŝŶƵƚĞƐ͕ƚŚŝƐũŽLJǁĂƐƐŚĂƚƚĞƌĞĚĂŶĚƚǁŝƐƚĞĚďLJƚŚĞ ĂƌƌŝǀĂůŽĨƚŚĞŽǁůƐĐĂƌƌLJŝŶŐƚŚĞĞdžĂŵƌĞƐƵůƚƐ͘ůĂƐ͊ůůǁĂƐǁĞůů͕ŝŶŵŽƐƚĐĂƐĞƐ͘ ƵƐƚŽŶǁĞůĐŽŵĞĚƚŚĞhůůƐǁĂƚĞƌĞdžƉƌĞƐƐŝŶƚŽƚŚĞƐƚĂƚŝŽŶǁŝƚŚĂĐŚĞĞƌĂŶĚƉƌŽͲ ĐĞĞĚĞĚ ƚŽ ĚŝƐŚ ŽƵƚ ůĂǀŝƐŚ ŐŝĨƚƐ ƵƉŽŶ ƚŚĞ ƐƚƵĚĞŶƚƐ͘ KLJƐƚĞƌ ĐĂƌĚƐ͊ dŚĞ ďĂŶĞ ŽĨ &ƌĂŶŬĞŶƐƚĞŝŶ͛ƐŵŽŶƐƚĞƌ͘ ƚŚĞƵŶĚĞƌŐƌŽƵŶĚ͕ƚŚĞũŽLJŽĨƚŚĞƚƌĂǀĞůƉŽůŝĐĞ͊&ŽůůŽǁŝŶŐĂƐŵĂůůƚƌĞŬƚŽƚŚĞŚŽͲ ƚĞů;tĞŵďůĞLJ/ďŝƐͿ͕Žƌ͕ŝŶƚŚĞǁŽƌĚƐŽĨŚƌŝƐƌŽǁŶ͕͞ĂƐŝdžŚŽƵƌƚƌĂǁůƚŚƌŽƵŐŚ ƚŚĞĚĂŶŬƐƚƌĞĞƚƐŽĨ>ŽŶĚŽŶ͕͟ǁĞƐĞƚƵƉĐĂŵƉĂŶĚĂLJĞ͕͚ƚǁĂƐďůŝƐƐ͘ &dZƚŚĞĂĚǀĞŶƚƵƌĞƐŽĨĂŶĂƐƚͲĞŶĚƚŚƌŝĨƚƐŚŽƉ͕ƚŚĞŐƌŽƵƉĚĞƐĐĞŶĚĞĚŽŶĂƐŵĂůů/ŶĚŝĂŶƉƌĞŵŝƐĞƐ ƚŚĂƚƐĞĞŵĞĚ͕ƚŽƚŚĞŶĂŬĞĚĞLJĞ;ŝůů͛ƐŶĂŬĞĚĞLJĞ͕ŚĞ͛ƐƐŝĐŬͿ͕ŽŚƐŽƐŵĂůů͘dŚĞĚĞůŝĐŝŽƵƐĨŽŽĚǁĂƐƌĂǀͲ ŝƐŚĞĚďLJƚŚĞŚƵŶŐƌLJƐƚƵĚĞŶƚƐƵŶǁŝůůŝŶŐƚŽƉĂLJƚŚĞ>ŽŶĚŽŶĨŽŽĚƉƌŝĐĞƐ͕ŶŽƚǁĂŶƚŝŶŐƚŽƐƵƉƉŽƌƚŽͲ ƌŝƐ͛Ɛ Ğǀŝů ƐĐŚĞŵĞƐ͘ ĨƚĞƌ ǁĂůŬŝŶŐ Ă ƐŚŽƌƚ ĚŝƐƚĂŶĐĞ ƚŽ ƚŚĞ >LJƌŝĐ͕ ,ĂŵŵĞƌƐŵŝƚŚ͕ ƚŚĞƌĞ ƚŽ ƚĂŬĞ ŝŶ ƚŚĞ ĞǀĞŶŝŶŐ͛ƐĞŶƚĞƌƚĂŝŶŵĞŶƚ͕ǁĞƐĂǁĂƉƌŽĚƵĐƚŝŽŶŽĨ͞DŽŐĂĚŝƐŚƵ͘͟/ƚǁĂƐƚƌƵůLJƚƌĞŵĞŶĚŽƵƐŽƌĂƐƚŚĞ ŬŝĚƐƚŚĞŵƐĞůǀĞƐǁŽƵůĚƐĂLJ͕͞/ƚ͛ƐŐŽŽĚ͕ŝŶŶŝƚ͍͟tŝƚŚƚŚĞƉĞƌŝůƐŽĨƚŚĞ>ŽŶĚŽŶƌŽĂĚƐŵĂŶŽĞƵǀƌĞĚ͕ĚĞͲ ƐƉŝƚĞ Ă ĨĞǁ ŶĞĂƌ ĚĞĂƚŚ ĞdžƉĞƌŝĞŶĐĞƐ ŝŶǀŽůǀŝŶŐ ďƌĞĞĚƐ ŽĨ >ŽŶĚŽŶŝƚĞƐ ŬŶŽǁŶ ŽŶůLJ ƚŽ ƚŚĞ ŵĂƐƐĞƐ ĂƐ ͞ĐĂďďŝĞƐ͕͟ǁĞƌĞƚƵƌŶĞĚƚŽƚŚĞŚŽƚĞůƚŽƐĞƚƚůĞĚŽǁŶĂŶĚƌĞůŝǀĞĨŽƌŵĞƌŐůŽƌŝĞƐ͘ ͞K,͕ĂŵĚĞŶdŽǁŶ͕ƚŚĞďŽƌŽƵŐŚŽĨĚƌĞĂŵƐ͟ďĞůůŽǁĞĚĂĚĞƌĂŶŐĞĚƐƚƌĞĞƚƉĞƌĨŽƌŵĞƌ͕ŚĞŵĂLJƐƉĞĂŬ ƉĂƌƚ ŽĨ ƚŚĞ ƚƌƵƚŚ͕ ďƵƚ ŝƚƐ ŝŶĂďŝůŝƚLJ ƚŽ ƉƌŽǀŝĚĞ ƉƵďůŝĐ ƚŽŝůĞƚƐ ŽĨ ĂŶLJ ŬŝŶĚ ŝƐ ƌĞĂůůLJ Ă ďůŽƚ ŽĨ Dƌ ĂŵͲ ĞƌŽŶ͛Ɛ ŐŽǀĞƌŶŵĞŶƚ͘ ƚ ƚŚĞ ƌĞŶĚĞnjǀŽƵƐ ƉŽŝŶƚ ŽĨ WŝnjnjĂ ,Ƶƚ͕ ǁĞ ĞĂĐŚ ƚŽůĚ ƚĂůĞƐ ŽĨ ƚŚĞ ĚĂLJ͛Ɛ ĞǀĞŶƚƐ͕ ǁŚĞƚŚĞƌŝƚďĞŵĞĞƚŝŶŐƐǁŝƚŚŵŝŶŽƌŵĞŵďĞƌƐŽĨƚŚĞĐĞůĞďƌŝƚLJǁŽƌůĚ͕;zĞƐ͕LJŽƵ͕ĂǀŝĚdĞŶŶĂŶƚͿŽƌĂ ĚŝƐƚŝŶĐƚ ĚŝƐƚĂƐƚĞ ĨŽƌ ƚŚĞ ŚĞĐƚŝĐ ůŝĨĞƐƚLJůĞ >ŽŶĚŽŶ ƉƌĞƐĞŶƚĞĚ ƚŽ ƵƐ͘tŝƚŚƐƚŽŵĂĐŚƐĂŶĚŵŝŶĚƐĨƵůůŽĨŵĞƌŝĐĂŶůŝĞƐĂŶĚƉƌŽƉĂͲ ŐĂŶĚĂ͕ ǁĞ ƐĞƚ ŽƵƚ ĨŽƌ dŚĞ EĂƚŝŽŶĂů ĨŽƌ Ă ƉĞƌĨŽƌŵĂŶĐĞ ŽĨ ͞&ƌĂŶŬĞŶƐƚĞŝŶ͕͟ ƐƚĂƌƌŝŶŐ ĞŶĞĚŝĐƚ ƵŵďĞƌďĂƚĐŚ ĂŶĚ dŽŵŵLJ >ĞĞDŝůůĞƌĂŶĚĚŝƌĞĐƚĞĚďLJƚŚĞĂƉƉĂƌĞŶƚŵĂŶŽĨƚŚĞŵŽŵĞŶƚ͕ ĂŶŶLJ ŽLJůĞ͘ tĞ ƐůŽǁůLJ ůĞĂƌŶƚ ƚŚĞ ǁĂLJƐ ŽĨ ŚƵŵĂŶƐ͗ ŚŽǁ ƚŽ ƌƵŝŶ͕ ŚŽǁ ƚŽ ŚĂƚĞ͕ ŚŽǁ ƚŽ ĚĞďĂƐĞ͕ ŚŽǁ ƚŽ ŚƵŵŝůŝĂƚĞ͘ ,ĂǀŝŶŐ ŐĂŝŶĞĚƚŚĞƐĞĞƐƐĞŶƚŝĂůůŝĨĞƐŬŝůůƐ͕ǁĞŶŽǁďĞůŝĞǀĞŽƵƌƐĞůǀĞƐƚŽ ďĞĨƵůůLJƌŽƵŶĚĞĚŚƵŵĂŶďĞŝŶŐƐĂŶĚǁĞƌĞĞǀĞŶŐŝǀĞŶƚŝŵĞƚŽ ƉƌĂĐƚŝƐĞƚŚĞƐĞƐŬŝůůƐĂƌŽƵŶĚ>ŽŶĚŽŶ͘ ^K͕LJĞƐ͕hůůƐǁĂƚĞƌŐĂǀĞ>ŽŶĚŽŶĂƚĂƐƚĞŽĨƚŚĞŐŽŽĚŽů͛ĐŽƵŶƚLJ ǁŚŝůƐƚǁĞƌĞǀĞůĞĚŝŶŝƚƐƌŝĐŚĐƵůƚƵƌĞ͘dŚĂŶŬƐŵƵƐƚďĞŐŝǀĞŶƚŽ DŝƐƐ^ŚƌĞĞǀĞĂŶĚDƌƐZĞĂƌĚŽŶĨŽƌŽƌŐĂŶŝƐŝŶŐƐƵĐŚĂƐƉůĞŶĚŝĚ ƚƌŝƉĂŶĚďĞŝŶŐƐƵĐŚŐŽŽĚƐƉŽƌƚƐ͘ tƌŝƚƚĞŶďLJ'ǁLJŶĂůĚĞƌͲtŝůůŝĂŵƐ

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After training hard for weeks in the capable hands of Mrs Jones and Miss Nicholson, an eager group of students from Eamont Block were entered into a tag rugby competition. The day arrived. Wednesday 15th March, all psyched up and ready for action, the team set off in style in the school mini-bus (okay okay, perhaps not in style with this mode of transport, but very determined). After the scenic drive to Netherhall School in Maryport, the team arrived (albeit a tiny bit late!) and met their competition. They were also greeted by the UCC HSLAers (who were early, that’s right, early!). After a brief, but exciting warm up with an ex army commander (LEFT RIGHT, LEFT RIGHT, ABOUT TURN!) the team from UCC joined troops with another school and the morning was spent getting to grips with the game of tag rugby. At 12 o’clock, a well earned lunch was had in preparation for the afternoon’s games and activities. The competitors ventured outside onto the Astroturf where the sun had begun to shine. The HSLAers were nominated to referee the matches (despite the slightly rusty/lack of knowledge of the game!) and the matches commenced. The team from UCC played extremely well in all games, many a try was scored, and many a tag was tugged. Well played UCC! The main emphasis of the day was to have fun, and to take part, and this was most definitely achieved. I can safely says that everyone fully enjoyed themselves.


Lonsdale Cinema, our faithful, friendly local Cinema, has recently been saved from teetering on the brink of extinction. As the curtains opened on 2011 the 100 year old cinema faced immediate closure: only 8 weeks for boss Alan Towers and his staff of 12 to leave the premises. Thousands of supporters flocked to its aid and nearly 4,000 people signed the petition started by local resident Dawn Stobbart (whose political career was kick-started by the campaign and who was recently elected as a county councillor for Penrith West.) Our very own UCC pulled together on non-uniform day and raised a lot of money for the cause. Community spirit in full force – but why did the Alhambra face such a perilous fate? Well, J. D. Wetherspoons was expanding its empire; and where better to begin than Penrith, the stepping stone to the Lake District? Plans for an outlet on the peak of Helvellyn were already underway, so a source told us. Clearly not satisfied with the introduction of “The Wetherlodge” (yes, unfortunately, that really does exist) to the United Kingdom, Wetherspoons wanted more. Timothy Randall Martin, the founder of Wetherspoons, is famous for his passion for merciless capitalism and the mullet hairstyle. The Penrith Alhambra, on the other hand, has no such world-domineering appetite. It is the place where many of us first saw “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “Toy Story” and of course, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”; the place where we first tasted pop-corn (maybe) and those mini-milk icecreams that somehow get all over your face every time (probably), perhaps even where you shared you first kiss with somebody special (hopefully). Wetherspoons, despite their extensive menu, fail to serve this delicious combination of “Heart-warming Memories with a Side order of Culture”. See, even this hardened SS editor couldn’t help getting a little sentimental. And I wasn’t the only one; big names such as Richard E. Grant (pictured below) and Eddie Izzard clearly agreed that a local cinema would benefit the Penrith community far more than Wetherlodges and mullets ever could, and promptly signed the petition. (That’s two star autographs in the bag as well – Nice!) Well, I hear you ask, did it work?? Did all this public enthusiasm pay off?? The SS is proud to inform you that the cinema has now been offered a ten year lease, and the owners are looking for other possibilities for the unprofitable Bingo hall which the cinema adjoins. The owners are obviously “Withnail and I” fans and couldn’t resist a free autograph from Grant! Ruth Parker, chairwoman of Save Penrith Cinema, said the campaign group was "absolutely delighted" at this extraordinary turn of events. Words well spoken. Though perhaps Arnold Schwarzenegger summed up this story in a little more style.

Written by Jenny Walker


Usually, I'm not the type to sit and watch 'News 24' for longer than a quick glance at the headlines. But today was an exception. With baited breath I watched the live news coverage, waiting for the presenters to utter those words none of us were wanting to hear. And then it came: “University tuition fees rise to £9000”. I think I was one of many who had that sinking feeling which comes with all your hopes and dreams for the future being thrown away with simple words and numbers. “Eurgh” was the first thought that sprang to mind. University can give you the necessary further education to get you where you want to be. But with the rise in fees, it means many young people now feel they won't be able to afford the costs. Loans you say? I don't know many people who want to come out of university thousands of pounds in debt. “So, you don't have to pay back the loan until you’re earning £21,000...” Let's be honest; being in debt before you have even entered the “big wide world” is not the nicest of places to be. So the experience of university: the place known for unleashing the inner 'crazy adolescent' we've been waiting to be; the place we let go of the comforts of home (mum's fresh cooking swapped for a pot noodle); the place we go to take the next step into adulthood and ultimately get the education we want, is becoming harder to achieve. Through raising tuition fees, are future Einsteins being held back because they simply can't afford university? Is it worth getting into so much debt? Who truly knows. What I do know is that university should be something that can be accessed by all. If that means getting into debt then, maybe, so be it. You will come out with a brilliant education, letters beside your name and the experience of a life time, so go for it! By Chloe Jackson

We thought that for this last half term we’d hit you all with a bit of random wisdom, courtesy of the Dalai Lama himself! Hope you get some inspiration, enlightenment and even fulfilment from this little gem.

Enjoy!

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, yet more problems; more medicine, but less wellness. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbour. Remember, spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever. Remember to say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person will soon grow up and leave your side. Remember to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent. Remember to say "I love you" to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you. Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak, and give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind. AND ALWAYS REMEMBER: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.


There have been many celebrations recently, from Easter to that thing at Westminster Abbey ... you know, the one where the queen wore bright yellow … and there was a movie ... oh yeah, the Royal wedding, that’s it. Well we thought we’d enlighten you with a few festivities from other cultures. There’s even one where you chuck paint at each other—why don’t we do that here??

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World Celebrations

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Buddha’s Birthday

Hanami Cherry Blossom Festival The Cherry Blossom festival is one of the most famous of Japanese Festivals. The beauty of Wild Cherry Blossom trees in particular is celebrated, and it is an ancient tradition. Although the flowers are the main attraction, there are also many performing artists to celebrate, a tradition is also to partake in a tea ceremony underneath a Cherry Blossom tree. Although there is no direct religious significance to the festival, many of the finest examples of Cherry Blossom are found in the Holy Mountains.

May the 10th this year was the most important day in the Mahayana Buddhist calendar, the birthday of the Buddha himself (Prince Siddhartha Gautama, to be exact.) In Nepal, his birthday is celebrated for an entire month, and celebrates his enlightenment as well as his birth. It is celebrated in true Buddhist style, with gentle and serene prayer and offerings to the Buddha of milk porridge, which represents the Buddha’s revelation that food is essential and that he shouldn’t harm his own body to reach enlightenment. In Japan, they celebrate the Buddha’s birthday by decorating small Buddhist statues with flowers and then bathing them as if bathing a new born baby. In Korea and ShriLanka temples and businesses give out free meals to people and are covered in lanterns and lotus flowers. In specific places there are whole buildings made out of light bulbs, which from a distance represent scenes from the Buddha’s life.

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We chat to the school’s longest serving English teacher, Mrs Highet, about the joys of Shakespeare, ceilidhs, and hot-tubs...

Hello, Mrs H! First things first: a big happy birthday from the SS Team! Thank you. I’m looking forward to getting my bus pass and my concessionary rates! Did you get some nice presents? Yes, I had some lovely jewellery. Oh yes, and a hot tub! We got it as a treat, and it’s great for relaxing and rejuvenating. Though we’ve had to reorganise the garden and build a patio (because a sloping hot tub wouldn’t do) so when I was lugging around big bags of gravel for the patio I did wonder if it would be worth it! On my birthday we had champagne in the hot-tub, which was amazing. Wow, now that’s the way to live! And how was your birthday ceilidh? It was brilliant fun. Everyone danced really well—though Mr Nulty dropped his wife in one of the dances! Speaking of memorable moments (poor Mrs Nulty!), what’s your most memorable moment at UCC? Oh, there’s so many! There was one time when all the staff dressed up on Red Nose Day for charity. So I decided to dress up as a fairy, all in pink. But I didn’t realise that a parent wanted to come and speak to me about an issue that day … I just couldn’t take myself seriously with a halo on my head! That’s put me off dressing up. Celebrating results are always such a joy, when students have done really well. And the leavers celebrations for year 11 and year 13 are always very memorable and emotional, saying goodbye to students who I’ve taught forever. This year I’ll be saying goodbye to the last of my form group, 13HMH, which will be very strange. I’ll always remember when, in the middle of a year 11 English lesson, Lee Savage brought me a potted plant for my birthday … How lovely! Wait—he was followed in hot pursuit by Mr Johnson demanding that he return the plant immediately. I asked where it was from, and he informed me that the plant had been removed from the ladies toilets! My year 11 class still remember it to this day… Still, they were a lovely form. Now this is a really tricky question for an English teacher, but who’s your favourite author? That’s so hard … I can’t possibly choose … No wait, it would have to be the classic: Shakespeare. As a student he gave me such delight in reading and language. It was a real revelation for me to see how relevant he still is today, and how he’s had such a huge influence on understanding literature. And there are so many plays to indulge in! Yes, it would have to be Shakespeare. So have you always known that you wanted to be an English teacher? You know, I think I did. I always knew that I wanted to teach. I really enjoy being with people, and being an English teacher is the perfect way to combine that with reading, and with learning too. I’ve been a teacher for nearly 40 years now and teaching for 31 years at UCC. I’ve really enjoyed


everything—despite the paper work and Ofsted! I get a massive buzz from it all. Which person do you most admire? I think it would have to be my mother-in-law, because she has gone through so many hardships, bringing up two sets of twins, including Mr Highet! She’s 91 and still independent: that’s amazing. Mr Highet has a twin? We’re learning so much in this interview! OK, now for some quick fire questions! Answer as quickly as you can … Cat or Dog? Dog! (Darcey the dog) Spots or stripes? Both! No, stripes! No, both— I have a spotty tea pot and—yes, both! Pastoral or gothic? Oh, it would have to be pastoral. Emily or Charlotte? (Bronte that is.) … Emily. Now, if you had a superpower, what would it be? (The quick-fire questions are over now, you can relax) Ah, phew. Hmmm … There’s flying, invisibility, super-speed …? I think I would like to be telepathic. Sometimes I think I can tell what people are thinking. Now, the Student Speak team has heard a terrible, terrible rumour … Is it true that you can’t eat cake? Yes, unfortunately I can’t eat most cake. But if I make it myself at home and I know what’s in it then it’s fine. Thank goodness! On a totally unrelated note, do you have a favourite joke? Oh, no I’m not big on jokes, I prefer witticisms and play on words, reading between the lines. I’ve never liked practical jokes on people, they’ve always made me uncomfortable. But I do remember a joke that my son told me when he was little. “What do you have if you hold 5 oranges in one hand and 5 in the other?” His maths skills are coming along swimmingly, I thought! Is it 10 oranges? I asked. “No” he said, “big hands!” We’ll have to remember that one! Ooh, now we’re gonna be a little deep to finish off, if that’s okay with you. What’s the most important lesson life has taught you? Resilience. Resilience and believing in yourself. I was brought up to be very selfsufficient and determined. That’s what I’d like my students to have: self-belief. I think I’m a positive person. I try to be independent and optimistic about life. Thank you so much for talking to us, Mrs Highet. All the best from Student Speak. By Jenny Walker and Katie Potter.


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Name Miz Haque Age 16 As I sat opposite Miz on that cold Tuesday morning I was struck with the distinct impression that I was meeting with somebody truly special. It was indeed quite difficult not to imagine the glimmer of a halo above his head or even the sound of a harp playing while he spoke. As I soon discovered Miz is a man of true solitude and depth. His brown chestnut eyes and innocent wry smile suggest the persona of a young carefree teenager. But beneath that lies the real enigma. A mystery that not even Dame Agatha or the great Poirot could solve... Miz Haque - Through the Looking Glass. Now readers, I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking ‘Who wants a deep subtle man in this modern age? Not me.’ Well, you’d be wrong to think that! Dead wrong. And as for this modern age, pah! It’s going to the dogs. Eventually people will realise that men like Justin Bieber, Gaddaffi and George Bush are temperamental and really quite deranged. Yes, you may cry, ‘they are all men, men are all the same!’ but again, faithful reader, you’d be wrong to suppose that, Miz is more than ‘just’ a man, he’s a gentleman. And the last of his kind. It would be churlish of me not to introduce Miz more intimately to you. He is a man of simple pleasures. When asked what he looks for in a woman he replied… “She’s got to have a great personality, really be able to make me laugh y’know, we’ve got to be best friends but retain all that passion at the same time, oh and teeth, I think a good smile, a warm smile, is key to a positive relationship. After all a genuine smile says more than any words could. If a man’s devoted and both people in the relationship are prepared to reason with each other then it’s a smooth ride, otherwise, it can be like WWIII!” The diagnosis of Miz’s character cannot be complete without a study into his personal life. Among his many hours spent listening to music, most prominent of which is ‘The Velvet Underground’ (or Hendrix if he’s feeling a little more rebellious), A somewhat reliable source revealed that Miz also finds time to volunteer at the local homeless shelter, serving out hot chicken soup and bread rolls, this is after he has tucked his younger brothers up in bed and tidied up the restaurant. On Sundays he travels the town, collecting money for local charities and cleaning up the children’s play parks. He is heavily involved in the community charity ‘H.e.L.P.’ - a new society created to aid those suffering from long term memory loss. Miz tirelessly spends his energy on providing these people with a sustained and healthy way of life. Does this man have no limits?! Well the answer is ‘yes’. He can’t fly, and his Maths ability is lacking somewhat, but that’s nothing a two way flight to Bermuda and a calculator can’t solve. And would he take you to Bermuda? I like to think so. At least he promised me a trip to No. 15 after this for wine and cheese, which’ll be a delight. Ultimately Miz contains all the elements to be a prince of Greece. There is an excitement in Miz’s voice, a singing compulsion, a whispered, ‘Listen’, a promise that he has done terrific and wonderful things just a while since and that there were terrific and wonderful things hovering in the next hour. This is how I felt throughout my time with Miz Haque, and I left that interview room with distant pang in my heart and feeling a little at loss with the world. As if a light had suddenly been snatched out of my life with his departing. To conclude, humorous, good tooth’d women, with a delightful smile. Jump on the Miz Haque band wagon!


wine!’isiswhat whatpeople peoplemay mayhave havebeen been ‘Christmas time, mistletoe and wine!’ saying on their way into last term’s Christmas production of C S Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (or, as the French say ‘La pomme, le chat et le cygne’). This is because it was Christmas. Also because Cliff Richard is great! Don’t you just love him? If you don’t, you may as well stop reading right now! The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe was written in 1276 and, despite its blatant religious imagery and symbolism, it’s a play that can be enjoyed by all audiences. A story of four young ragamuffins caught up in adventures where they have to fight in wars and kill defenceless animals in cold blood. Well, not cold blood. War. Against a witch. The witch can also turn people to stone. By magic. Crazy. The UCC production of the above play was nothing short of really good. Audience members described it as “great” and one person even went so far as to say it was “superb”. The performance was performed as a performance in the round, a decision which almost had drama teacher Miss Shreeve burned as a witch. Religious radicals argued that “If God wanted us to perform theatre in the round, he’d have given us round eyes. This play will be destroyed in thunder and lightning.” They were wrong - dead wrong – and, despite these concerns, the decision to perform in the round was ultimately one which paid off. Big time. All of the students involved made a wonderful contribution to the performance. The costumes were fantastic, and that of the White Witch was especially striking. Some described Peter’s shorts as “the best thing they’d ever seen” and Mr Pattinson even hinted that he’d like to include them in the school uniform. The lighting of the show was, as always, superb and one audience member was heard to say “It’s like being in the forest. Wow. I love the forest! It’s so great. Who did this lighting?” The answer to their question was John Summers with the help of some trusty students. All in all, the production went down a treat, and so, to all the cast I say, in the wise words of Cliff Richard: “Congratulations and celebrations.” Written down, that lyric doesn’t really make any sense, does it? Stupid Cliff Richard.


“The star of the show was without question India Vollans, a shining member of the ensemble that was Aslan. Others were involved in this ensemble but they were inevitably dull and murky in comparison to ‘Oliver!’s ‘Man’. What’s more, this is not Vollans’ first ‘Dramatic Sensation Hit’ as described by a good friend of the actress, David Tennant, the young shiny star girl has appeared in a number of sensational drama pieces as various characters such as the memorable and cancerous ‘Angela’, or the dancing ‘Man’ as mentioned before, not to mention her ‘cameo’ or as the French say ‘PRINCIPALE’ role as a renovation dancer in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ when she was merely 14 years of age. Audience members made comments such as ‘Who was that renovation dancer?? I loved her! Seymour who? Little shop of what?’”


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Across 1. Primitive Calculator (6) 4. Baker’s dozen (8) 6. UCC Physics teacher (3,5) 8. Substance found in smokers’ lungs (3) 9. Foolish American general (6) 11. ______ clef - triple (6) 13. UCC Maths teacher with a cowboy hat (5,6) 16. Regretful - apologetic (5) 17. Spanish artist (7)

Down 2. Famous Russian dictator (6) 3. Very small (4) 5. Chronic sleep disorder (10) 6. Absurd (10) 7. Author of Dracula (4,6) 10. Famous Austrian Dictator (6) 12. Sign of the beginning or end of lesson/ break/school (4) 14. Opposite of sad (5) 15. School department for thespians (5)

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Revision doesn’t have to be that way. So, it’s that time of year again … GCSE and A Level students subsisting on 8 cups of coffee a day, sleepless nights, and an average of 2.8 nervous breakdowns per day in the sixth form study room. And that’s just the Student Speak team—you’re all probably handling your revision far more sensibly. But just in case, here are a few tried and tested tips for getting the most out of your revision, and a few ideas of our own to help you to reach the summer without too many stress-related health issues.

Make a timetable For some people, organising their time into a revision table really helps—if you’re the kind of person who’ll stick to it afterwards, that is!

Breaks Give yourself breaks to relax and to remember that there are good things in life: chocolate and sunshine, for example. If you let revision overwhelm you then your head will actually explode. Fact.

Organise Files Trying to revise from a load of papers scattered randomly about your room or stuffed in a drawer isn’t always that effective. It takes time, but having your work neat and orderly makes a big difference.

Study environment Find where you work best. Some people can only work at school, others in their bedroom in absolute silence! Sometimes a change of scene can really help you concentrate on revision.

Night owl/Early Bird? Are you at your best burning the midnight oil? Or are you up like a lark every morning? Optimise that time folks!

Cramming We at the SS don’t advocate cramming—you miss out on loads of sleep and give yourself tons of stress in the days before the exam, so when you actually enter the exam your writing’s going to be pretty garbled and your multiplication’ll be a big complication …

Perspective To make sure that you don’t get overwhelmed by stress, take some time out to see the bigger picture. Exams can be re-taken, and they’re not the be all and end all. Don’t let them take over your life, at least not for too long!

“Do your studies.”


Student Speak Summer 2011