Churchill college của tớ có một cái tạm gọi là mini-magazine tên là Winston (mini thật, bé bằng nửa trang A4). Trong này thì thôi đủ thứ thập cẩm hầm bà lằng do hội undergrad trong college viết, từ nhạc, phim, bóng đá, bóng rổ, party, spring ball…cho đến những thứ “nghiêm túc” như bài viết dưới đây. Nó làm tớ nhớ đến 2 quả postcard trứ danh Legally Blonde và Bridget Jones’ Diary ở UNSW.

(Đây là phần 1 về Gordon Brown, thủ tướng Anh. Phần 2 về David Cameron, lãnh đạo đảng đối lập, do một đứa khác viết, ko hấp dẫn lắm nên tớ bỏ qua)


By Emma Lough

What do we want in the face of Britain’s leaders? Let’s face it, presented with a choice of Brown and Cameron is about as satisfying as being offered jam or marmalade when you’re clearly craving nutella. One, nevertheless, must put his face to the British product. No-one – in their right mind – would concede that Brown is attractive – he’s not. This, however, is a considerable asset to the leader of a culturally and aesthetically diverse nation. While Brown’s face clearly has a bad relationship with the rest of his head (it doesn’t quite work) this surely lends a sympathetic and encouraging signal to the, ahem, less attractive voting public. If someone resembling a rag doll after a boxing match can run the country, anybody has a chance. So Brown may personify stage three in human evolution – so more at the monkey end of the spectrum. But even alongside this weak competition, Cameron – who resembles a newly born potato – fares substantially worse. Cameron’s hairline harbours a clear (if unjustified) fear of his eyebrows. Boasting a horehead the size of a raft is hardly an asset to the British image. Brown, on the other hand, has not been forced to subject his bulbous head to public scrunity, and can deploy his graying mop to promote a wise and knowing public image.

So while Brown may look like the beaten up second cousin of a gorilla, Cameron resembles the pre-pubescent offspring of a telly tubby – a significant more sinister alternative.