In a very unusual occurrence, and more by luck than plan, this blog seems to mostly follow along a similar theme. So without further ado, let’s dive into it!
History. We did some more essay plans and talked about the way the Netherlands’s shaped England’s foreign policy during Tudor times. A fair bit actually as their location means there was always a threat of invasion launched from there.
Eng Lit. We looked at a couple of patriotic poems. (I hope you are beginning to notice the theme).
The Soldier by Rupert Brooke is the classic poem with the famous first sentences in literacy history:
IF I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is forever England.
It’s a lovely poem but has the sinister undertone of the threat of death due to the First World War. This is from the first wave of war poetry though when the tone was more positive.
The second poem was Robert Browning’s Home Thoughts, From Abroad and it uses Spring imagery to describe how much better England is than the “gaudy melon-flower” Browning is in. Probably France…
As lovely as these two poems are, I am struggling to think of how I will use them in an exam where the theme is “love”. It’s just not going to happen…
Geology. We revised the evolution of amphibians and dinosaurs. This involved watching more David Attenborough and the more we watch of him the more we are convinced he is CGI.
Whilst at school we had the theory that our school is the new Tracy Island and the new Jubilee Garden opens up and allows Thunderbird One to launch from it. Thunderbird Two launches when the geography block tilts onto it’s side.
I had to go to the dentist for a check-up today. There is very little I like less than visiting the dentist. I just sit there on the chair and give the look to say “yes I will brush my teeth harder next time” whilst thinking “whatever”. AND I have to go and visit the hygienist on Friday morning.
Anyway, back onto the theme! This evening Gordon Brown officially resigned as Prime Minister and David Cameron has taken over, leading a coalition government of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. I didn’t want Cameron to take over but the fact that it is a coalition means there will be electoral reform and the chances of it going horribly wrong (or right as the Conservatives would see it) are reduced thanks to Long Legged Cleggy Weggy. (Watch Russell Howard if that means nothing to you!) But at least it’s all resolved and we have some order.
I am proud to be English. If anyone asks my nationality I refuse to say I am “from the UK” or “British” as I am English and I’m very pleased about that. I shall be especially patriotic when the World Cup starts as I think England have a pretty decent chance of winning it this year!