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Post-Exam Thoughts: GCSE Drama – 18 May 2012

After what can generally only be described as disappointing results across the whole year group back in 2011’s sitting, both GCSE Drama classes today retook the written paper than makes up 40 per cent of the final subject grade. (The other sixty per cent comes in the form of two performances: one devised, one scripted.)

FACING THE CHALLENGE: Me and my GCSE Drama classmates had already completed the two performances that make up the coursework, and had just the retake of the written exam still to do.

The Drama exams are always difficult beasts to revise for: the questions are quite vague while the mark-schemes are the opposite, and there were just two past-papers for this year’s candidates to look at. Furthermore, it seems in order to score top-marks you need to able to write faster than Philip M Parker, and write well. Read the rest of this entry

The Dramatic Oxbridge Boat Race – 7 April 2012

That was quite a race.

Actually, it wasn’t a race at all. After the half-way point, it was problem-after-problem, in the most exciting and dramatic (but arguably also the saddest) Boat Race in the history of the annual competition between the two top universities.

Oxford were the strong favourites to win and, as expected, charged off the start. But Cambridge didn’t let the gap between the two boats widen any more than a quarter of a length, and as the two teams went under the Hammersmith Bridge, it was (quite against the odds) suddenly becoming a very tight race. After seven minutes, working off an advantage from the corner, Cambridge had pulled into the lead: "They’ve kept alongside Oxford for so long – and now they’re starting to make it count", as a BBC commentator reported. For the next three-and-a-half minutes, it remained anyone’s guess as to who would win.

"Trust is a word you hear so much from rowing crews: trust in your own ability, trust in your own capacity, trust in the cox, trust in each other’s ability, trust in each other as a unit, to dig deep and give everything that you can in your power to take your boat to the finishing line first."

— BBC commentator, ‘The Boat Race‘, 7 April 2012

00:02 mm:ss into the race.

00:07 mm:ss into the race.

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Review of the Week – 30 January to 5 February 2012

REVIEW OF THE WEEK: 30 January to 5 February 2012

That Was The Week That Was

January came to a close and February began – and what a week it’s been. Certainly one of the most ‘juicy’ stories of the week has involved the Energy Secretary, Chris Huhne, who’s faced serious allegations that he charged driving licence points to the licence of his wife of the time. In Dominic Strauss-Kahn style, he’s resigned from his post to clear his name. What’s made this story yet more interesting is that the ex-wife who brought the case to the media attention (Vicky Pryce), will face the same charge of perverting the course of justice for agreeing to accept the points back in 2003. That’s an embarrassing backfire for her.

IN NEED OF A NAME: Kodak wants its name off the famous LA theatre.In other news, stories about Kodak’s bankruptcy has continued on into this week, as the company becomes desperate to save "a significant amount of money" by having its name taken off the Los Angeles theatre that hosts the Academy Awards.

John Terry lost his role as England’s national football team captain on Friday, ahead of his trial relating to charges that he racially abused Anton Ferdinand during a Chelsea-QPR match last October. But, for Egyptian football, Wednesday was a much worse day, as 74 supporters died after riots at the Port Said stadium – the most violent such clash in the country for decades.

SNOW FUN IF YOU'RE ON THE RECEIVING END: A friend lobs a snowball during the lunchbreak of yesterday's rehearsal. (IMG_2845) For me, though, it’s been quite a good week, with yesterday’s (Saturday) snow providing a source of fun for the lunchbreak in today’s all-day rehearsal for Little Shop of Horrors. We did a dress-run of the show (which opens tomorrow evening) this afternoon, and it was only then that I realised what a great show we’ve got. All of us are now very excited about performing in front of sell-out audiences every night from Monday to Thursday.

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