Hello again, all of you! A lot has happened since my last post; I’ve got my GCSE results back, I’ve started - and now completed my first term at - a new school in Oxford, and I’ve discovered what it means to be eternally busy. So busy, in fact, that for a while I wondered… Continue reading POST #42: Happiness
Getting my GCSE results tomorrow! Here are a couple of poems I wrote on holiday in Italy last week 🙂 Swimming The pressure of water on skin, buoyant and heavy, thick and thin ripples and water lines on goggles - blue and yet see through, ever-changing. Reaching out with pink, bloated fingers for something more… Continue reading POST #41: Summer Poems
Hello again everyone! I hope you are all having a lovely summer. I have spent a lot of time writing stories, listening to podcasts, and making increasingly complicated friendship bracelets (more on that later). I regularly listen to about eight different podcasts, of which one of my favourites this summer has been ‘Talking Politics’. It’s… Continue reading POST #40: I Know Why Trump Won The Election!
There’s been a few articles in the news recently about Cultural Appropriation in western popular culture. It’s quite a controversial topic; and the question of whether it’s either ‘political correctness gone mad’ or yet another indicator of today’s inequality has been hotly debated. I did a speech for a scholar’s society meeting at school a… Continue reading POST #39: Cultural Appropriation
I'm loving the creative freedom a whole summer of no revision brings 😍 Prepare for more New York posts - I'm taking thousands of photos! new york. the storm has dislodged the stars from the sky and they have scattered dazed, blinking, here; the highway streams a rush of liquid gold. the peach clouded sunset is soft,… Continue reading POST #38: New York at Night
Okay, everyone - GCSE exams are finally over, and I’m on a plane at the moment, jetting over to New York! As you know, I haven’t posted anything for a while, and so, as a reward for all of you for sticking with me, and also as a reward for myself for surviving 25 public… Continue reading POST #37: Beating the Brexit Blues!
A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have dinner with Professor Bob Hahn (currently at Oxford), and his wife. Among other things, he's a Behavioural Economist, and it was one of the first times I have ever had a long conversation about Behavioural Economics without boring the other person a lot! He has… Continue reading POST #36: Why I’m Glad I Don’t Follow Football
WARNING: This is a long post! In fact, it's a 3,000 word short story that I entered for our school competition. The title I was given was Ambiguous, and I tried to include as many ambiguous elements as possible. The sun sank leisurely below the dipped horizon, speckling lazy rays of light across the West-facing… Continue reading POST #35: Ambiguous
At school last week, we were asked to create a ‘Code of Conduct for Society’, using the Decalogue as a starting point. I came up with eight, and am recording them here. I think it would be interesting to look back in a few years and see how my personal ‘Code of Conduct’ has changed!… Continue reading POST #34: Isabel’s Eight Commandments
I’m afraid I haven’t posted in a while. I have a reason, and I’m going to try to explain. Over the last year, and especially the beginning of 2017, I’ve become heavily interested in modern politics. I’m obsessed. Every spare moment I get is spent trawling the BBC for new articles, and when there’s none… Continue reading POST #33: My Perspective on Today’s Politics