Obituary for Alice O’Connell

IMG_0154Alice O’Connell was found dead, bullet in the head, this morning in her condo in Colombia, a social universe away from the place of her birth but a fitting landscape to the end of a life consumed by drugs, delinquency and deceit.
These stony sentences, which read like the epilogue of a gangster novel, may be music to the ears of the multitudes of conspicuous characters to whom the notorious drug lordette opened her business, and exploited millions from. They may even cause a smile to pass across the lips of cops across the globe, enthralled with the illegalities of the dearly deceased’s entrepreneurship yet never able to catch her in her illicit acts. Do not doubt though, that the death of this criminal will trigger sorrow and affliction from the bottom of the hearts of desperate housewives and crime fanatics, who enjoyed hearing the ‘Breaking News’ of yet another felony committed by the somewhat loveable rogue.
She wasn’t always victim to news headlines and police on her heels; there was a time when the young Alice O’Connell was s child genius, flourishing in exceptional achievements and basking in the glory of success in everything she did. Life on the good side because tiresome for this young Einstein and when her flair for laundering drugs offered a wealthier life than her knack for good grades, she turned her back on her vanilla life in shoebox Bradford.
To say Alice O’Connell was a celebrity would be absurd. Despite the fame into which she was thrust after a deal done wrong or a a client confessing, the 22 led her short life in full discretion. It’s no secret that the name itself is a counterfeit- an alter ego, a mask behind which the real Jane Smith hid behind.
In the end, all that’s left to say is rest in peace Miss O’Connell; whoever you were.

Helen and Edward Thomas

Helen Noble (1877-1967) loved her father, the writer and editor James Ashcroft Noble, and was alienated from her mother as much as Edward Thomas loved his mother and hated his father. Fortunately James Noble liked Thomas when the young writer came to call on the editor, and Helen Noble saw him frequently in her family’s house

. Shy at first because he was shy, Helen then sought him out, and, in time, they became lovers united by their love of poetry and the beauty of the English countryside. When Helen Noble became pregnant, Edward Thomas married her, and their first child, a son, was born in 1900.

Intensely in love, they lived together in near-poverty on Thomas’s earnings as a writer and reviewer. Often melancholy and depressed, Thomas was cold and almost cruel to Helen and their children-then he hated himself afterward. He frequently left his family in order to travel alone ostensibly to gather material for his travel books.


Captain Robert Scott was an explorer and officer in the Royal Navy. Having lead numerous expeditions prior to his South Pole one, Scott is experienced in dangerous situations, which is why he is in no great shock in his diary entry.

Scott intended for his diary to be read, meaning that in recording his expedition he includes a variety of literary devices in order for his diary to be more ‘readable’ and thus to engage his audience.

Furthermore, his diary is recording a dangerous, life threatening event which Scott is experiencing. Consequently, the text will include hyperbole (again, to engage the audience) and also a spectrum of adjectives.

Unfortunately, Captain Scott was narrowly beaten to the South Pole by another explorer, Roald Amudsen and his expedition went down in history as one of the most unequipped. He died on 29th March 1912 from the extreme cold on the return journey and his other team members also perished.

Acceptance Speech

Teachers, students and fellow peers I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of this class. Thank you for your confidence in me and the support shown towards my campaign over the course of this election.

It’s imperative I start by making it clear that this is our class, our movement and our piece of history. Through our hard work and cooperation, we will strive to create a better and brighter future not just for our class but for the entire student body.

A core component of my campaign is to serve the people and serve them well. This is an urgent task to which to which I will attend with undivided attention in order to deliver to you a class we can all be honoured to be part of. A hardworking class with astounding potential to do immense things.

My message is elementary, no dream is too big, no challenge too great, nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach.

As your president, your representative but most importantly, your peer, I can promise you that above all else, with nothing in our way, I will not let you down. It is your vulnerability that motivates me each and every day to do what best I can in serving the people I have before me now.

Together, we must reclaim our school’s destiny and we not settle for anything that isn’t the best. United, we will rebuild the school’s corrupt Radiate system and contour it in a way that favours our school, our people and most importantly, our vision.

In consolidation with the people of this school I will lead a movement comprised of people of all races, backgrounds, religions and beliefs in order to deliver a faculty proud of its diverse community. A community with a hard history but a bright future, a sustainable future, a near future.

It is with great pleasure I look forward to representing you and doing a job that will make you proud of your president.

Hansard: my verdict

Dear Naz Shah,

The subject of Hansard recently came up in my English lessons and how the accounts are supposedly ‘edited verbatim’. The term in itself is almost oxymoronic- how can an account be exact and original yet also condensed and modified? Thus followed the debate: ‘should Hansard be edited or left completely in verbatim’, which brought up excellent points to be considered for either side. In this report I would like to present you with these points and explain the reason as to why I believe Hansard should be left in verbatim.

It is understandablenge that Hansard accounts should be edited in order to leave such important documents without informalities such as fillers and elisions. To leave these in may be seen as improper as the accounts should be formally presented and recorded for later reference.

Moreover, the minor alterations made when verbatim is edited make very little difference to the content of the account altogether, yet editing makes the account easier to read for future reference and eliminates any spoken mistakes that may have been said subconsciously.

Adding to this point, the meagre editing done to Hansard accounts bears next to no relevance to the content. The content and what is being said (though not necessarily word for word) is of most significance, therefore as long as key content is taken down and properly recorded with no amendments, no harm is done. Leaving in features such as pronouns would be inappropriate as they are only contextually relevant and not actually relevant to the content of the account.

On the contrary, editing verbatim also eliminates useful features such as pauses, which are relevant when used clearly for effect as it shows a dialogue intended for an audience.  A transcript version of Hansard- unchanged and original, would contain features which could give the reader an insight as to how the dialogue was said and whether such features were used purposefully or just as time to contemplate what should be said next, thus showing a lack of preparation on the speaker’s part.

Likewise, in editing verbatim important things may get lost in translation. For example, fillers (eg. like, um, uh) and false or repetitive starts may suggest a lack in confidence or preparation and so it may be that a weak point has been presented and not been thought out beforehand. By removing features like this, Hansard is presenting accounts as solid sets of dialogue spoken confidently which isn’t necessarily the case.

Additionally, verbatim doesn’t need editing; it show
s the realistic, true to form version of events and if edited or in any way adjusted, the report is no longer true to form or exact, and thus less reliable.

To conclude, I believe that in the future Hansard should leave their verbatim unedited as a lot can be deduced from the imperfections made through spoken language, which would be eliminated through editing. In addition, the accounts would serve as an exact record of the events inside court which would be of more use than amended versions which may not serve as the full truth.

Why I Chose English Literature/Language

I chose English literature/language to study at a-level due to the grade I achieved at gcse. Despite disliking the course at this level, my grade convinced me to choose the course at a higher level.

Furthermore, I had heard through people who had studied the English language course in the past who spoke highly of it, and I k


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new that a qualification in combined language and literature would be useful in the future and would leave my options open as to what career path I would choose in the future.


In addition, I knew studying English lit/lang would provide useful skills needed when applying for jobs and writing personal statements for university.