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A Harum-scarum Schoolgirl

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"If I'd known!" groaned Winifred Cranston, otherwise Wendy, with a note of utter tragedy in her usually cheerful voice. "If I'd only known! D'you think I'd have come trotting back here with my baggage? Not a bit of it! Nothing in this wide world should have dragged me. I'd have turned up my hair-yes, it's quite long enough to turn up, Jess Paget, so you needn't look at it so scornfully; it's as nice as yours, and nicer! Well, I tell you I'd have turned up my hair, and run away and joined the 'Waacs' or the 'Wrens', or have driven a motor wagon or conducted a tramcar, or scrubbed floors at a hospital, or done anything-anything, I say!-rather than stay at the Abbey without Mrs. Gifford." "It's pretty stiff, certainly, for the Head to go whisking away like this," agreed Magsie Wingfield, sitting on the other shaft of the wheelbarrow. "And without any notice either! It leaves one gasping!" "Stiff? It's the limit! Why didn't she give us decent warning, instead of springing it on to us in this sudden fashion? I feel weak!" "There wasn't time," explained Sadie Sanderson, who, with Violet Gorton and Tattie Clegg, occupied, in a tight fit, the interior of the wheelbarrow. "It was all done at a day's notice. Geraldine's been telling me the whole history." "Well?" "Mr. Gifford got suddenly exempted, and was made Governor of some outlandish place with an unpronounceable name in Burma. He telegraphed to Mrs. Gifford to join him at Marseilles, and go out with him. So she went-that's the long and the short of it!" "Went and left her school behind her," echoed Vi.

Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential

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"The schoolgirl is the main driver of Japan's Gross National Cool, and Brian Ashcraft's book is the best source for those hoping to understand why." -Chris Baker, WIRED Magazine

Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential takes you beyond the realm of everyday girls to the world of the iconic Japanese schoolgirl craze that is sweeping the globe.

For years, Japanese schoolgirls have appeared in hugely-popular anime and manga series such as Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and Blood: The Last Vampire. These girls are literally showing up everywhere-in movies, magazines, video games, advertising, and music. WIRED Magazine has kept an eye on the trends emerging from these stylish teens, following kick-ass schoolgirl characters in videogames like Street Fighter and assassin schoolgirls in movies like Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill.

By talking to Japanese women, including former and current J-Pop idols, well-known actresses, models, writers, and artists-along with famous Japanese film directors, historians and marketers-authors Brian Ashcraft and Shoko Ueda (who have both contributed to WIRED's "Japanese Schoolgirl Watch" columns) reveal the true story behind Japan's schoolgirl obsessions.

You'll learn the origins of the schoolgirls' unusual attire, and how they are becoming a global brand used to sell everything from kimchi to insurance. In Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential, you'll discover:

  • Sailor-suited pop-idols
  • Cult movie vixens
  • Schoolgirl shopping power
  • The latest uniform fashions

Japanese schoolgirls are a symbol of girl empowerment. Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential shows why they are so intensely cool. Don't miss this essential book on the Japanese youth culture craze that is driving today's pop culture worldwide.

"Whether your preferred schoolgirl is more the upstanding heroine Sailor Moon or the vengeful, weapon-wielding Gogo Yubari of Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, Vol. 1, you'll come away well versed." -Publishers Weekly

Schools As Dangerous Places

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The lack of serious study on how dangerous schools as institutions can be is a little surprising given that the matter was put squarely on the research agenda in persuasive fashion by Waller back in 1932. The lack of response to the possibilities opened up means that a vibrant research agenda still awaits construction. This book will stimulate debate on the matter from the historical perspective. It consists of fifteen chapters drawing on historical case studies from the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, and Australia written by international scholars in the field. These chapters are helpfully grouped into three sections. The first section focuses on certain dangers to which pupils were exposed in the past and on certain dangerous practices which they promoted. The second section examines dangers to which teachers were exposed in the past along with dangerous practices which they themselves promoted. In the final and third section, the chapters explore the dangers to which teachers and students were exposed in the past at the university level. Throughout the book, the emphases range from dangers emanating from the institutions themselves and the patterns of relationships that developed in them, to what occurred due to particular ideologies and practices connected with sport, sex, religion, and science. Schools as Dangerous Places delivers a historical perspective of schools in a manner that is most unusual. This unique study helps us examine education through a very different lens.

Fashion For The People

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Marks & Spencer is an institution synonymous with quality, reliability, and customer care. But do we associate it with "fashion"? Drawing on previously unpublished company archives,Fashion for the People considers the company's contribution to British--and, since the 1970s, international--fashion. The author discusses how, from the 1920s, Marks & Spencer brought fashion to the high street, offering well-designed clothing at affordable prices. She examines the unique ways in which the company has democratized fashion, arguing that its pioneering role in the development of new fabrics, the employment of designers as consultants and its marketing and promotional strategies have changed the ways in which we understand and consume fashion. Marks & Spencer is not just a stalwart of the British high street. As this book shows, it has also brought fashion to the masses.

A Music Primer For Schools

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An excerpt from the beginning of the INTRODUCTION:

1. Sound is the effect on the ear of a wavelike (undulatory) motion of an elastic medium, caused by the vibrations of an elastic body.

2. When the vibrations occur at regular intervals, and the waves are therefore of equal length, a musical sound is produced.

3. Musical sounds differ from each other (independently of their duration) in intensity, character, and pitch, - determined respectively by the extent, form, and frequency of the vibrations.

4. Intensity, which depends on the extent of the vibrations, regulates the loudness or softness of a sound.

5. Character, which is also called quality or complexion (French timbre, 'stamp'; German klangfarbe, 'sound-tint'), has already been aid to depend on the form of the vibrations. Difference in character enables us to distinguish between voices and instruments, different kinds of voices, and different kinds of instruments.

6. The human voice may be divided into two classes, each of which may again be subdivided, as follows:-

Female or high voices (including those of children of both sexes):-
a. Soprano or Treble, the highest;
b. Mezzo-soprano, the intermediate;
c. Contralto, the lowest.

Male or low voices : -
a. Alto or Countertenor, an exceptionally high voice;
b. Tenor, the highest ordinary voice;
c. Barytone, the intermediate;
d. Bass, the lowest.

The terms 'contralto,' 'alto,' and 'countertenor,' are used somewhat vaguely, all three being applied to voices of the same range. 'Contralto' is generally used of a female voice, 'countertenor' of a male, 'alto' being sometimes inaccurately applied to either.

The names of the voices are thus derived:-
a. Bass, Low Latin bassus, 'broad.'
b. Barytone, 'heavy,' 'deep,' 'a tone.'
c. Tenor, Latin teneo, 'I hold': so called because it formerly held the principal melody when sung by men. This was called canlus, or canto, when sung by boys or women.
d. Countertenor, Latin contra tenorem, answering to the tenor.
e. Alto, Latin altus, 'high.'
f. Contralto, Latin contra altum, answering to the alto.
g. Mezzo-soprano, Latin medius, 'middle,' and Low Latin superanus, 'high.'
h. Soprano, Low Latin superanus, 'high.'
i. Treble, Latin triplex, 'triple': so called, either as applied to the third (i. e. the highest) octave of the vocal register, or as being formerly the third (i.e. the highest) part in part-singing.

7. Musical Instruments may be divided into three classes:-
a. Stringed instruments;
b. Wind instruments;
c. Instruments of Percussion; ....


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