Welcome to The Globalist Journal

Editors’ Foreword

Terrorist attacks, Brexit, a Mexican wall and too much conflict: all of these events are good incentives to master our languages. We should aim to do more than ask directions to the nearest cinema or order two cokes and a pizza. We should learn those colloquial phrases and friendly idioms which immediately build bridges across nationalities and ethnic backgrounds.

The Globalist team has sought to bring extra interest and different perspectives to the study of languages at King’s and beyond. From different houses, year groups and nationalities, the team has reported on everything from X to Y and highlighted prowess in poetry translation.

We hope you have enjoyed the fruits of our endeavours. We have even grander aspirations for the year ahead and we strongly encourage you to get involved.

‘The Greatest Poet’ – by Duoya Li

中国最伟大的诗人? 前不久的一部纪录片《杜甫,中国最伟大的诗人》别开生面地追寻诗圣的人生之旅,为西方鲜为人知的中国古诗揭开面纱一角。然而独独一位诗人的历程仅为中国古诗词千年历史的惊鸿一瞥, 而前无古人,后无来者之名加之于杜甫也或过于草率。本文中,笔者将以此纪录片为线索, 试勾勒中国诗歌文脉的草略轮廓以充实抑或启发读者对杜甫更深入的理解。 杜甫科举官场失利的经历在历代诗人文人中并非个例。千年的科举制度模糊了文人与政客之间的界线,高官多是精通儒术的文化人,故文人多怀有政治抱负,然而文人大多性情高雅而不懂政治中的迂回手段,往往直言相谏,最终得罪其他官宦甚至天子而被排挤贬谪。从战国时代被流放的屈原起,官场失意却心系江山就成为了中文诗歌的重要主题之一;唐朝,杜甫的好友李白仕途坎坷,四十三岁才受诏翰林,然而他与宫廷生活仍然格格不入,既安史之乱以来的诗人中,柳宗元遭贬永州;重文轻武的宋朝,陆游与辛弃疾以文写武,无法上疆场只得“醉里挑灯看剑,梦回吹角连营”,乌台诗案中遭诽谤的苏轼一生被贬密州,黄州,直至儋州。可见,辗转流放是诗人们常有的命运。然而或许正是因为他们才华与品格树大招风,平常的仕途才不会成为他们的人生;反之,千古流传的诗作也因苦难历练而不朽。 经历了安史之乱,颠沛流离的生活让他目睹并亲历了世间疾苦,也激发了杜甫的现实主义诗歌创作。长安城气象突变,以致在草长莺飞的春季杜甫“感时花溅泪,恨别鸟惊心”;当他简陋的茅屋被风吹破时,他写下了“安得广厦千万间,大庇天下寒士俱欢颜”;他讥讽权贵在百姓饥寒交迫之际仍奢靡无度的生活:“朱门酒肉臭,路有冻死骨。”;他在诸葛亮祠堂前写下的怀古诗“出师未捷身先死,长使英雄泪满襟”缅怀这位“鞠躬尽瘁”的蜀相却也感叹自己抱负落空的失望。“三吏三别”更是以六首五言叙事诗描绘了百姓生死离别的悲痛与战争的残酷。然而现实主义诗歌在中晚唐动荡时期也十分盛行,如白居易笔下“可怜身上衣正单,心忧炭贱愿天寒”的卖炭翁,和他深感同病相怜受乱世疾苦的《琵琶行》中的琴女,而柳宗元的骈文也发展了唐代现实主义文学。 片中提及李杜交情至深,一同饮酒赋诗出游。杜赠李诗“醉眠秋共被,携手日通行”,虽说知音难觅,诗人之间的金兰之交也常常成为诗作题材,比如交游甚广的李白,赠汪伦诗“桃花潭水深千尺,不及汪伦送我情”;杜甫写给李龟年“落花时节又逢君”;孟浩然与友人“待到重阳日,还来就菊花”。然而范仲淹则感叹忧国忧民的君子不可多求:“微斯人,吾谁与归”,可见大多气节清高的诗人难寻知己,故而有幸遇见志同道合者想必格外珍重他们之间的友情。当然,并非天下诗人自然而然志同道合,以苏轼,王安石为例:东坡曾数次上奏批评王安石变法,二人政治观点水火难容,最终东坡遭贬离开朝廷。然而当苏轼深陷“乌台诗案”的危机时刻,王安石却也上书为苏轼求情“岂有盛世杀才士乎?”。王安石始终关注着东坡的诗作,从不吝啬夸赞之言,而晚年王安石退隐后苏轼也曾前来拜访,甚至理解了荆公的变法。诗人之间,的确有种君子之交淡如水的默契。此纪录片近结尾也总结道诗圣杜甫未必是最伟大的中国诗人,且其人生经历也并非个例, 然而在他身上常能看到历朝历代文人墨客的影子。 在求索杜甫人生轨迹的过程中, 古诗词的魅力不过展现了冰山一角,在杜甫背后的,是千年诗歌文化的传承。Brief summaryThis is inspired by the BBC documentary Du Fu: China’s Greatest Poet, which follows the life of a poet/politician in[…]

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March 22, 2021 0

¿Qué ‘las Chicas del Cable’ puede enseñarnos sobre la vida de las mujeres en los años veinte en España? – Grace Chester

¿Qué ‘las Chicas del Cable’ puede enseñarnos sobre la vida de las mujeres en los años veinte en España? Ayer comencé a ver la cuarta temporada de ‘las chicas del[…]

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January 27, 2021 0

Photo Competition Winners!

Have a look at these amazing photos! The Winning Entry ‘Can I go where you go’ – by Josephine Zhuang. Congratulations Josephine! Other highly commended entries:     

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November 19, 2020 0

‘Love in the time of COVID’ by K Starck

Amare bellezza senza amare l’animo,amare in compagnia,come amare per gelosia.Paura e rabbia, gli accompagnatori di un cuore spezzato.La vita è bella, ma la vita è corta,come esistere senza ostacoli,se scoprirsi[…]

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November 7, 2020 0

Common dreams : Lucy Huang

画材:丙烯,一次性医用口罩Description: 这个作平的灵感来源于我读到的一篇文章。在美国有一对夫妇,他们俩都是在抗疫前线的医护人员。一天早晨,他们为了一件很小的事情而吵架了,但他们很快就意识到,现在并不是计较鸡毛蒜皮的小事的好时机。他们说:“最重要的是我们团结在一起,并始终支持彼此”。我们每个人都有着共同的目标,此时此刻,大家都在为更好的未来而努力着。我们应该相互传播希望与爱,并作为人类这个大家庭的一员一起度过这个难关!Translation:One day, I read about an article and was really inspired by it. It’s about a couple, who are both working at the front line in the hospital against[…]

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October 16, 2020 0

‘Två steg framåt, ett steg bakåt; Rasism i teatervärlden och Hollywood’ by Pippa Stroem

  Vi, som ett samhälle, har kommit en lång väg ifrån rasism i filmer och teaterpjäser. Sedan 1950 talet började direktorer att inkludera människor av färg och fler möjligheter öppnades[…]

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October 6, 2020 0

‘LE HÉRISSON’ by Duoya Li

Ce qui importe, ce n’est pas de mourir, c’est ce qu’on fait au moment où on meurt. Renée, qu’est-ce que vous faisiez au moment de mourir ? Vous étiez prête[…]

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October 6, 2020 0

Le synonyme du mots Roumain en Europe, c’est la discrimination ! by Alexia Chiriac

Le synonyme du mots Roumain en Europe, c’est la discrimination ! (Translation of previous Romanian article) Plus que jamais, la discrimination reste un sujet tabou en 2020. Personne ne veut[…]

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June 4, 2020 0

Sinonimul cuvântului român în Europa este discriminare! by Alexia Chiriac

Mai mult decât oricând, discriminarea rămâne un subiect tabu in 2020. Nimeni nu vrea să recunoască că participă direct sau indirect într-o formă sau alta la discriminare. Întrebarea este dacă[…]

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June 4, 2020 0

Creative Writing using 20 different adjectives – by Grace Chester

La fille avait les yeux marron foncés et intrigants. Son visage était fixé avec détermination. Elle est trop fière depuis toujours et elle marchait en colère devant son frère, sans[…]

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May 18, 2020 0

Hur hanteras coronaviruset i Sverige? – The Swedish Approach to the Corona Virus – by Philippa Stroem

Hur hanteras coronaviruset i Sverige? Under de senaste veckorna, har Sverige fått väldigt mycket uppmärksamhet från pressen och ledare som Trump och organisationer som World Health Organisation (WHO) eftersom vi[…]

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May 14, 2020 0

Marstrand – en gömd pärla i Sverige. By Philippa Stroem

Marstrand är en av dem 221,00 öar som ligger i Sverige. Mer specifikt i sydvästra Sverige ungefär en timme från Göteborg med en befolkning av runt 1,300 men detta nummer[…]

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May 14, 2020 0

Was können wir heute noch von der Weißen Rose lernen? – Oscar Colliar

Obwohl die Weiße Rose nur ein kleiner Aufstand war, der am Anfang keine große Wirkung hatte, war und bleibt ihre Mentalität heute etwas, was wichtig und sinnvoll ist. Aber was[…]

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April 20, 2020 0

Writing in quarantine – Grace Chester (MT, 5)

Los jóvenes a menudo sueñan que los exámenes se cancelen o que cierre el colegio y ahora este sueño se ha convertido en una realidad. Sin embargo, no es lo[…]

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April 17, 2020 0

Writing In Quarantine – Alicia Lorenzo (MT, 6b)

A pesar de estar en lo que parece un apocalipsis global a causa de esta maldita pandemia, siento cada vez más y más rencor hacia la sociedad que nos rodea.[…]

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April 17, 2020 0

HARF DEVRİMİ VE REFORM RÜZGARI – by Alp Yilmaz

An essay about the ‘Letter Revolution’, which changed the official alphabet of Turkish from Arabic to Latin in 1928. I wrote about the political, cultural and practical reasons as to[…]

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April 15, 2020 0

Flash Fiction: Oscar Colliar – ‘Sur la frégate’

Sur la frégate, bousculée par la tempête, un matelot s’attachait au mât, se protégeant des eaux et des vagues de terreur le submergeant: toute sa fratrie avait péri dans de[…]

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March 9, 2020 0

Oxford Flash Fiction Competition

The University of Oxford In partnership with The Globalist… invite you to take part in the FLASH FICTION COMPETITION • Write a story of no more than 100 words in[…]

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March 9, 2020 0

Globalist Carnations – Multilingual Love

GLOBALIST CARNATIONS Everyone knows linguists make the best lovers.  Look at the findings of a recent study:  …for higher earners, the numbers are even more startling. Those earning £45,000 could see[…]

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March 6, 2020 0

New Year Photography Competition Winner and Runner Up announced!

Hello everyone, The Globalist has begun this new term on the right foot, and is very excited to announce the winner and runner-up to the photography competition ‘Cold’: 1st Place:[…]

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January 21, 2020 0

‘Acheter en ligne ou en personne ?’ Emma Bradshaw

Ça déviant de plus en plus commun de faire vos courses en ligne, cependant est-ce que nous devrions vraiment faire ça et conduit-il à la fermeture de les entreprises familiale[…]

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January 17, 2020 0
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‘Faut-il protéger les langues ?’ – Duoya Li

Dans une époque de globalisation, la communication devient sans aucun doute, de plus en plus importante et cela rend les langues communes essentielles, comme l’anglais et l’espagnol. Pourtant, les autres[…]

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January 9, 2020 0

Bulgarian Christmas Traditions – Savina Angelova

Българската Коледа Българската Коледа се състои на 25 декември (по Григорианският календар) и се счита за един от най-важните празници в годината. 82% от Българите са Православни, което има голям[…]

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December 11, 2019 0

Noël – Perle Seul-Riordan

À mon avis, chaque Noël que j’ai passé était unique et parfait à sa manière, mais si je devais choisir une année particulièrement mémorable, je dirais que c’était en 2018.[…]

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December 9, 2019 0

‘Natale in Italia’ – Grace

Io e la mia famiglia abbiamo sempre trascorso il Natale a Londra perchè è dove abitiamo. Tuttavia abbiamo qualche tradizione Italiana perchè mio padre è italiano ,cosi il nostro Natale[…]

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December 9, 2019 0

‘Celebrazioni Natalizie’ by Caterina Poddi

In Italia si celebra il Natale, Capodanno e l’Epifania , comunemente chiamata anche il giorno della Befana. A Natale come in tanti altri paesi ci sono tante decorazioni in tutte[…]

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December 9, 2019 0

New Year in Russia – Polina Bronstein

Новый Год Запах мандаринов, красная икра и оливье на столе, идущие фоном диалоги Нади и Жени из фильма «Ирония судьбы или с лёгким паром» , наряжённая елка и чёрное небо,[…]

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December 9, 2019 0

‘Noël chez moi’ – Ondine Sondhi

Chez moi pour Noël, on décore le sapin de Noël au début de décembre et pendant les vacances on part chez nos grandparents en France pour fêter Noël. Ma grand-mère,[…]

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December 9, 2019 0

‘Keresimesi Yoruba’ by Onize Salami

Ni Nigeria a nṣe ayẹyẹ Keresimesi gẹgẹ bi gbogbo eniyan miiran ṣugbọn pẹlu awọn iyatọ diẹ ninu aṣa Yoruba, ni awọn owurọ a ma n kọrin awọn orin lati yin[…]

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December 9, 2019 0

Chinese New Year – by Yolanda Hu

中国新年💕 这个庆祝活动是为了庆祝新的一年,家庭会给孩子些零花钱,新年的主要颜色是红色.因此在新年时,您可以穿红色衣服庆祝一下,使新年更加精彩!在新年的时候,每个家庭都会在门上贴一些红联来庆祝.准备一些美味的食物🍽这可以算是中国最重要的节日!我想展示中国传统,所以我选择新年!我爱中国!

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December 9, 2019 0

Il mio Natale: Francesco Cecchetti

Natale è una festa molto importante nel mio Paese di origine, l’Italia. Tutto inizia l’8 Dicembre, giorno in cui per tradizione si decora l’abete di Natale ed il Presepe per[…]

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December 9, 2019 0

Año Nuevo’ – Alexandra Oburu Nchama

En mi país, Guinea Ecuatorial, celebramos el año nuevo, ¿cómo? Que te cuento. En Guinea celebramos con la familia cercana; mis hermanos, mis hermanas, mi padre, mi madre, mi abuelo,[…]

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December 9, 2019 0

Viaggiare nel tempo è possibile o no? – by Lago Starck

Viaggiare nel tempo è possibile o no? Secondo molte persone l’idea di viaggiare nel tempo è un concetto lontano dal possibile, neanche immaginabile. Pertanto, se fosse così impossibile perché ci[…]

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October 15, 2019 0

‘Le Formulaire de Consentement’

Le professeur avait subi son « accident vasculaire cérébral », comme le chirurgien l’avait appelé, vers la fin juin.  Heureusement pas devant une classe.  Imagine !  « Regardez les gars, Monsieur Dupont pète[…]

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October 14, 2019 0
'Chaos' : Photo Competition Winner 2019

2019 Photo Competition Winner: Many congratulations to Basil Arnander!

Theme: Chaos Photo: “Invasion Céleste” (Sky Invasion) En aout de cette année je suis parti en vacances en Croatie, plus particulièrement dans la ville portuaire de Pula en Istrie. Le[…]

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October 14, 2019 0

Young people and the internet, by India Boyd

现在的年轻人比上一代人生活好。请讨论。 网络有没有让年轻人更幸福? 年轻人在社会中起着重要的作用,因为他们是我们的将来。现在的年轻人有很多优势,但同时也有必须面对的挑战。 -方面,我觉得现在的年轻人比上一代人生活好因为现在孩子受到更好的教育,所以他们可以获得优良的成绩。此外,以前如果想看一本书,人们就得去书店,或去图书馆,很浪费时间。其次,以前青少年去商店买衣服但是现在他们可以在上网买的,又方便,又容易。最后,以前年轻人需要打电话跟朋友联系,现在年轻人可以通过微信或WhatsApp很快地跟他们的朋友聊天。这说明了上网让现在人们的生活更方便、更丰富。 然而另一方面我觉得上一代人的生活也有它的好处。社交媒体也给现在人们带来了负面影响,比如在网上有很多欺凌,可能令一些年轻人心理健康受损,甚至是会导致自杀。从这个角度来看,现在的年轻人没有以前那么幸福。 我认为虽然网络存在问题,但是只要合理使用网上的信息,现在的生活一定会比以前有趣,快乐。社会是一直不断向前发展的,所以我们不能抛弃现代技术,我们反而要学会怎么用技术让我们更幸福。

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October 10, 2019 0

El uso de la pirámide de William Glasser en aprendisaje de idiomas – Nia Zhangaskina

De acuerdo con el fisiólogo norteamericano William Glasser hay un sistema específico de la memorización de la información. Resultó que diferentes maneras del aprendisaje de idiomas como la lectura, la[…]

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October 10, 2019 0

‘La jerarquía de los idiomas mundiales’ Savina Angelova

No se puede negar que los idiomas son fascinantes. Hay aproximadamente 6,500 idiomas en el mundo de los cuales 2000 idiomas tienen menos de 1000 hablantes. Entonces, tenemos que preguntarnos:[…]

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October 10, 2019 0

‘Vita’ by Ka Starck

E allora, Avendo davanti ai miei occhi i tuoi, Non riconosceremmo chi ci è davanti, Colui immobile fisso nel tuo sguardo, Un riflesso ghiacciato. E allora, non ricorderai cos’è stato,[…]

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October 10, 2019 0

Photo Competition – CHAOS

Our first competition for the academic year 2019 – 2020 is a Photo Competition with the theme of ‘CHAOS’. It is well worth entering, because of the prestige, it being[…]

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September 16, 2019 0