Monday, 29 September 2008
Monday, 15 September 2008
Thursday, 11 September 2008
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
The Highwayman - Alfred Noyes
He'd a French cocked-hat on his forehead, a bunch of lace at his chin,
Over the cobbles he clattered and clashed in the dark inn-yard,
And dark in the dark old inn-yard a stable-wicket creaked
"One kiss, my bonny sweetheart, I'm after a prize to-night,
He rose upright in the stirrups; he scarce could reach her hand,
He did not come in the dawning; he did not come at noon;
They said no word to the landlord, they drank his ale instead,
They had tied her up to attention, with many a sniggering jest;
She twisted her hands behind her; but all the knots held good!
The tip of one finger touched it; she strove no more for the rest!
Tlot-tlot; tlot-tlot! Had they heard it? The horse-hoofs ringing clear;
Tlot-tlot, in the frosty silence! Tlot-tlot, in the echoing night!
He turned; he spurred to the West; he did not know who stood
Back, he spurred like a madman, shrieking a curse to the sky,
* * * * * *
And still of a winter's night, they say, when the wind is in the trees,
Over the cobbles he clatters and clangs in the dark inn-yard;
The asteroids turn traitor in the air,
Red the unraveled rose sings in your hair:
Cryptic stars wind up the atmosphere,
Loud the immortal nightingales declare:
Circling zodiac compels the year.
Monday, 8 September 2008
So Uni begins in what, a year? Scary thought. What's scarier is that our school has got an internal deadline for all Oxbridge applications (Oxford and Cambridge) - this Friday. Oh the joys. That means my Personal Statement (which is still a first draft...my form tutor really needs to mark it) my choices and everything need to be finished. Chances are no one will stick to this, but it's a generally scary thought. (If anyone wants to read my personal statement, I'll post it here, it's nothing interesting, awfully pretentious and not finished but it should give you a laugh - just comment me and I'll get it from my school account).
OK, so my choices. We get five choices here in England...and I finally have mine lined up. Oooh, and by the by I officially dropped Further Maths today, so I'm now taking German French and Maths for A Level, in which I got AAB (although I am determined to get my French up to an A, one way or another) and which I'm predicted AAA. So, now we've recapped on my sadly boring academic state, let's resume!!!
Choice 1 (These aren't in order) UCL - This is considered to be one of the best Universities after the Oxbridge lot. Personally I'm really excited about it, ever since I was little, I've always wanted to go here - I actually thought it was the only university in England, which perhaps implies "need" rather than "want", but you get what I mean, it's been a sort of dream. The course for Modern Languages seems fabulous too; exactly the right blend of politics, linguistics, culture, literature, film, and basic language learning. It's right in the heart of London too, which is fabulous...I LOVE London. If I succeed this will probably be my first choice Uni, but I'm guessing they'll want the full 3 As from me...so I'd have to do really well to get in.
Choice 2 King's College - I'm not particularly keen on here...it wouldn't be awful if I ended up going, but the course is very political/historical/literature - not awfully modern at all. I don't want one of these really contemporary courses where they completely forget about the culture and history of the place, but I don't want that to be my main focus. So...I probably won't put this down as firm or insurance if I can help it.
Choice 3 Oxford - Weirdly enough, I'm not so keen on this either!! I have a feeling I'm applying just to see if I get in - I might end up turning it down in favour of UCL. Well, actually, I dunno. I really like it, I like the course as well, it's quite literature based, but from a more "artistic" perspective, i.e. looking at literature for literature, rather than reference material or something. This would be really good if I ended up going into translation of books and stuff (I want to do an MA in Translation and Interpreting after I think) So yeah, I think I'd enjoy it here, but the application process is so bloody confusing, apparently they don't want to hear much extracurriculars in your personal statement, just academic stuff, whereas the other four do, and I can only write one statement. Plus, I'm really not sure about the college system - I'm thinking of applying to a specific college, 'cos I want to make sure that I get accommodation for the full length of the degree, and that there are self catering services - but apparently you're in with a better chance if you apply to the University as a whole. For those of you who don't get this, Oxford is split up into colleges, think houses at Hogwarts - you can apply to a specific one and then if you don't get in you don't get in, or you apply to the uni and they put you in whichever one they like. I think lol. So advice/help on any of this would be gratefully accepted - Emma, I'm particularly looking at you, ANYTHING about the Oxbridge admissions thing would uberly help and be appreciated :D
Choice 4 Royal Holloway - This is a definite back up - it wants like ABB or BBB or something which is perfect. Plus I love the uni itself, it's situated in the outside of London, close enough to be a University of London, but far enough to be a campus uni. Plus the course seems fantastic and it has really good grades in its research (5* - the top) which means the teaching is good. This is in competition for my second choice I think.
Choice 5 Bath - In competition with this. I only recently decided to apply to Bath, but I'm really excited, it seems a GORGEOUS city and a fabulous uni at that. Plus it wants good grades from me, but not straight As, so it's a wonderful back up, and yeah, it seems perfect!!!
So that's that. Advice? Lectures? Agree? Disagree? Whatever...tell me about it, I know most of you are heading off to uni or are already there so you'll know heaps about this.
Ok then, I'm off to do some work so I actually can get into Uni!! peace out xxx
Friday, 5 September 2008
Thursday, 4 September 2008
Anyway...summer’s drawing to a close (not technically, it ends September the 22nd, but, well, did it ever begin, to be honest?) and autumn is beginning. Most of my friends tend to hate this prospect...autumn brings with it freezing weather and torrential rain, and a general mood of all round misery. I, however, love it. That's not saying much, seeing as I love all the seasons...but I've got a bit of a soft spot for autumn. After several months of summer, I tend to bore of perfect sunny skies and long balmy evenings, and long desperately for it to get dark really quickly, for freezing weather and thick winter coats and gloves and stuff.
Even though I will get bored of this soon too, this autumn-y winter-y madness lasts up 'til Christmas usually. I think the months leading up to Christmas are pretty special. Firstly there's October, when the leaves are really gorgeous colours and on the ground (not really crunchy, but usually sodden mulch. Still) and there are enormously deep puddles near the kerb. There's also this feeling in the air - a feeling I associate with Hallowe'en, when I used to design lots of different pumpkin, ghoul and vampire masks, and get special ghost and skeleton chocolate novelties from Marks and Spencers. And then of course, the fireworks start to go off - which is always lovely...I've loved fireworks since my dad took me to see a big display at Alexandra Palace. I usually stay at home and watch from my window (my house is at the top of a hill - amazing view) but last year I went to a display in my town, which was really fun - although it's really noisy and crowded, it's still really fun to actually stand there, with the bonfire smell and everything.
Then naturally, there's the Christmassy time. My family don't celebrate Christmas - it's not part of our (their) culture or religion, so I guess it makes sense - but I would really love to. I know it's commercial and expensive and blah blah blah, but I love nothing more than Christmas shopping with Christmas lights everywhere and decorated with Christmas trees and everything. It's just really lovely; it's a nice warm feeling. *beams* I am so the spirit of Christmas in disguise.
So yeah, that's the next few months for me :D Naturally schools started again...which is why I'm on the phone (they still haven't picked up - 18 minutes). I've decided to do 3 A levels - French, German and Maths. However, I desperately want my Mum to continue teaching me Maths, she's (oooh they picked up :D and I think it's sorted!!) been teaching me since I was 12, and she got me an A last year, so yeah, I want her :D But I had to check that it's alright that I only do two subjects at all (most do three) and I think it is!! EMA incidentally is a benefit/grant/funding type thing from the government where you can get up to £30 a week just for staying at school, depending on your parents' income (mine is £30 lol). Obviously, for someone about to embark on very expensive student life - I need the money. And hopefully I'll get it :D
Peace out people...hope y'all enjoy autumn too :P (I'm not entirely sure why I've spent an entire post waxing lyrical about autumn. Just go with it) xxx