Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Monday, 28 March 2011
IF you oppose the current proposal to suspend the British Council's language assistants scheme, you may wish to sign this petition co-written by the secretary of Leeds University's German Society, Chantal Sullivan-Thomsett (LHB, GrE 07-09).
Thursday, 24 March 2011
IN this long and sympathetic New Statesman piece on the student protest movement, Ben Beach (LaA, GrE 01-08) appears again and again:
Ben Beach is the Justin Bieber of the new left: a baby-faced riot messiah from Bethnal Green in east London with a tendency to hog the megaphone at demonstrations. He was trained in street activism by the Socialist Workers' Party, making him one of a minority of student protesters with a background in far-left politics… "We're using an economic model that's based on debt - and that's why every decade we have a recession, each one worse than the last, and why every time the poor are hit hardest. The root of this crisis was the free market, and the only solution we've been given by any political party is more of a free market. Parliament is not addressing what caused the problems, and so society needs to."A seven-minute TV interview with Ben, back in December:
ONCE part of the Duchy of Normandy, the Channel Islands have produced a rich stream of Norman-language literature extending from the twelfth century to the present day, exploring "themes such as economic expansion across the Atlantic to North America and elections at home; love and limpets; witchcraft, war and women's emancipation; slave-trading and seaweed." This neglected tradition is revealed to a wider audience in a new and intriguing anthology co-edited by that veritable incarnation of the islands, Geraint Jennings (ColA 77-84).
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
MEDIA coverage of Dame Elizabeth Taylor's death is focussing, understandably, on her two marriages to Richard Burton, but from 1952 to 1957 she was married to another (albeit lesser) film star, Michael Wilding (MaA 22-28), seen above with Taylor and their sons.
UPDATE (6pm): Burton's nephew Guy Masterson (Mastroianni, PeA 72-79) has just been interviewed on the BBC News channel, sharing his memories of Dame Elizabeth.
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
AN organ recital by Catherine Ennis (6's 65-71, Horsham Staff c. 85) is always a treat, but the one next Tuesday at 1pm (on her home turf at St Lawrence Jewry, London EC2) is particularly special: she'll have two trumpeters playing alongside her, and the programme will include concerti for two trumpets by Vivaldi and Torelli.
Monday, 21 March 2011
GEOFFREY ARDEN (MdB 41-47), professor of ophthalmology at City University, London, was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in 2008 - a rare honour, as there are only fifty such Fellows - and last year an international symposium was held in Munich to mark his eightieth birthday. Plenty of photos of him on its website, looking pleasingly hale and hearty.
Sunday, 20 March 2011
Saturday, 19 March 2011
CH has inspired at least three murder mysteries over the years: The Public School Murder by R C Woodthorpe (Staff early 20s); A Head For Death by Norman Longmate (PeA 36-43); and now Blue Murder by a current pupil, Will Goddard. Good luck to him.
Friday, 18 March 2011
Thursday, 17 March 2011
THERE seems to have been a puzzling lack of reaction to the death last month of a man who headed our Foundation for ten years, James Forbes (LaA 34-41, Treasurer 87-96). He held senior posts in a number of well-known companies, notably Cadbury Schweppes (finance director) and Tate & Lyle (senior executive director & vice-chairman), and chaired several major pension and other trustee bodies; he was also a Forestry Commissioner. This blog sends its sympathy to his family and friends, and hopes to link to obituaries when they appear.
ONE of those featured in Alex Blyth's Brilliant Online Marketing: How to Use the Internet to Market Your Business is Tanya Goodin (6's 76-83), founder and CEO of the social media and search agency Tamar, voted Agency of the Year in 2009 by the Financial Services Forum (Tanya herself was shortlisted for Woman of the Year in 2007). A taste of her thinking here.
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
THE UK Census, now in progress, takes place every ten years. In 1971 it was run by an Old Blue, Michael Reed (LaA 22-30), and in Punch magazine the humorist and jazzman Miles Kington composed a spoof census form, one section of which ran (more or less) as follows:
THE MAN BEHIND THE CENSUSThis charming recollection of Miles Kington is by Noel de Jongh (ThA 40-49).
(1) Who is Michael Reed?
(2) Wouldn't he be saving us all a great deal of trouble if he asked us now what we're going to be doing in ten years' time?
(3) On the other hand, wouldn't that put him out of a job in ten years' time?
(4) So he's no fool, is he?
(5) If a man came up to you at a party and said "So your mother was born in Tashkent, was she? That's fascinating," would you assume he was Michael Reed?