I went to see 'Democracy' produced by Michael Frayn the other day with my drama workshop people. Barring a panicked half an hour running around at the end of the play, the visit went well. It is a historical thriller set in Germany in the 1970s and 80s, factually based, about how the Communist spy Gunter Guillame became Willy Brandt's good friend and deals partially with the power struggle of those within the German party with Brandt.
There were no women in the play and it was, for the most part, similar guys in suits on stage talking to one another, but it wasn't that hard to pay attention because you wouldn't know what they were talking about if you missed half a sentence. I liked the play overall as Guillame is seen as trustworthy by mostly everyone and so it was interesting to see how as well as why they would turn against him, notwithstanding that there was a power struggle between Brandt and the other contenders for the title of Chancellor which was the German equivalent of President. However, I did find it a little difficult to take in what they were saying because the characters frequently mentioned places and events that I didn't know about so I felt out of the loop.
That was really the only downside of the play.
It was hard remembering all of the characters, but because of the workshop earlier, I remembered some of their names and so could distinguish their motives. They did call out other character's names as well so that was a help. What kind of spoiled the ending for me was that the workshop earlier told me some of the ending, so I knew what was going to happen before it did happen.
I'm not by any means a reviewer of plays, so I'll just say that I really liked this play and would recommend it to people who liked thrillers as well as history or politics and can stay awake during lectures as there is a lot of talking to be had between the characters.
In other news, I am playing through 'Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations' and am loving it so far, as I've done previously with all the others, even though I want more of Mia Fey's backstory and more of her cases since the Dahlia Hawthorne one was good. It's probably shallow of me, but every time Mia was yelling 'Objection' I could only think of how pretty she looked. Also, I wonder how many times Winston Payne has been bested by another younger and more inexperienced lawyer? I have no idea why he's so arrogant, but I guess it either means he's good or maybe he has built up his self esteem to be inpenetrable to deflation by other lawyers. It'd be kind of funny if Capcom released a game in which you had to play an always wrong lawyer, maybe.
I'm only on the second turnabout though which I am taking my time with since it's the last game Phoenix Wright ever stars in as the protagonist. I am upset with that, but then again, Ema Skye stars in the next game and I reckon she'll be very handy what with all her scientific gear. I really liked 'Turnabout: Rise From the Ashes' partly because of the scientific detective work I got to do!
HAPPY NANOWRIMO ANYONE WHO'S DOING IT ON MY F LIST!
Yes, I too have taken the plunge.
Without a fully or even partially completed storyline to boot. But after this, I will be scribbling away the plot like crazy.
And no character sketches.
Am I mad? Well, to tell you the truth, yes. Why am I doing it? I think it's the website's fault: all those gadgets and I do want to write a novel.
So yes, I may not be an original fiction writer but I shall try. Alas, I have a feeling that I shall fail...
But if anyone who's doing it wants to add me as their NaNo buddy, I'm called violet_oasis [my favourite colour is actually blue...don't give that weird look, purple is my third, I think].
Besides those two reasons, I like a challenge.
Hopefully I will get my story at least completed by November. I don't know or particularly care about getting to the 50,000 words.
For English Literature, I got an A*, which is also what I got for English Language [which is a separate qualifIication with my exam board], I got a B in Maths for which I'm happy about as it meant that I didn't have any problem with getting into my chosen, although I do wish that I could have worked harder and gotten an A. I have an A* in Religious Studies Christianity, 3 Bs in GCSE Chemistry, Biology and Core Science although I did get 2 As in GCSE Physics and GCSE Additional Science. I got a B in Geography, [I hope I don't run into my Geography teacher at Prize Giving, as I'm not really sure she's going to be happy about this...]
I got an A in History and...
AN A IN DRAMA! I EXCEEDED MY TARGET! I really didn't think I would do so well, I have a feeling that if I bump into my Drama teacher at Prize Giving, she's going to be disappointed when I tell her that I'm not doing Drama...oh well.
Am I happy? Yes and no, I'm still disappointed about what happened with my science grades, but it got me into the courses I wanted to do. And I'm told that most employers look only at Maths and English so yes I am. I'm learning to live with my Bs. But I am going to make sure I have no Bs for my A levels! I'm predicted to get 4 As anyway so, yes, I've got a lot of work to do because I haven't yet learnt how hard A levels are compared to GCSE.
I've been at my new sixth form for a few weeks now and it's going great! I'm going to my first choice, which just so happens to be a very good sixth form [they have a lot of people from there going to top universities, like Cambridge] and it's very close to my house which means that I can walk to school! I'm really happy about that, because I love walking, notwithstanding the fact that I'm reducing my carbon footprint and I can stay after school without worrying about when I need to get home [as long as I tell my mum, of course]. Everyone's very lovely, friendly and helpful including the teachers who seem to passionate about what they are teaching, some more than others. They're very knowledgeable about their subjects some of them which is so cool since they can answer all of our questions that we bombard them with [especially true in my Organic Chemistry class].
I'm taking A levels for which a similar American equivalent of is AP. However, A levels take roughly 2 years. I'm taking A level Chemistry, Biology, History and English Literature. So far I'm really liking all of them. I must admit though, I love English Literature and History too. We're doing Russian history from 1881 to 1924 and how it changed the world which in my opinion is very cool! I've got two teachers for each subject teaching 2 different modules at the same time since sixth form or college in Britain currently lasts a year and a half so there's a lot to cram in! So we're doing British history too, from the 18th century to somewhere in the 19th century which is also quite interesting. I find Russian history more interesting though. I think one benefit of English Literature is that you get a lot of books, for a subsidised price. I love this class because I love reading and analysing text, notwithstanding that everyone's eager to learn and eager to share their views. Which is how all of my other classes are, by the way.
Exams were completed on Friday, 17th of June, 2011.
Paper 2 of English and English Literature Paper went well, really well, I'd say so did History Paper 2 and on some level, History paper 1. I'm worried about my Biology exam the most but I can't do anything now: I think I missed out on a couple of points that will cost me an A* in one module.
As for Chemistry, I think I did well. I'm sure that I did well for Physics. AND i GOT AN A* FOR MY PHYSICS COURSEWORK! Which means that I will get an A* even if my exam results for Physics is an A. I was smiling throughout the exam as I found out just before the exam.
Geography? I'm not sure. Maths was O.K. In past exams, I always used to get a C in Maths even though I thought I did well.
So I'm just hoping that I will do well in it. I need a B for my A level Biology and my A level Chemistry course. I need an A, says my Chemistry teacher, to do well in both but I think I can get it without an A because I've got a Maths CD.
For these past few weeks, I've been reading and watching television as well as playing a lot of Nintendo DS. I've been reading 'Villete' by Charlotte Bronte and 'Persuasion' by Jane Austen. I might take a leaf out of Nagasasus' book and do a book review when I've finished since I'm not that far into both of the books.
We're going to Holland in a few weeks for a holiday! I'm so excited but rather doubtful of how it will be fun...still we'll see. I'll post about it later, when I've gotten back.
And immediately after that is Ramadan. I'll do better this year, that I promise: I didn't finish the whole Quran in the month of Ramadan last year and so it's become one of my goals for this year. August the 25th is when our GCSE results come out and I really hope that it will come quickly!