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Home Bion, Wilfred R. Stock Image. Bion, Wilfred R. Published by Fleetwood Press, Abingdon, Condition: Near Fine Hardcover. Save for Later. About this Item Spine very slightly cocked. Dj slightly discoloured. Are such votes now going to recur until subfusc is eventually abolished?

Oxford's traditions are part of the nation's heritage not just the university's and their removal should not be placed in the hands of a small, transient cohort of a few thousand people. What right does one small group have to remove a tradition which could be enjoyed my many hundreds of thousands of students for centuries to come?

Would those who voted to abolish subfusc be equally delighted to see the Cheyenne or Sioux abolish their distinctive headress and traditional regalia simply because it is 'anachronistic' and 'uncomfortable'? If people have a strong dilslike of tradition, they can choose from some 15, universities in the world where subfusc is not worn.

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I have been asked by Nuffield College to write a biography of Sir David Butler, the eminent psephologist and historian, who many of you will have seen on television, especially on the late-night general election results programmes between and I am having a fascinating time interviewing David, who is now 90 and still lives in Oxford.

I would like to speak to anybody who has interesting recollections of meeting, being taught by, or working with David. For many years I was custodian of a death mask of Napoleon which formed part of the Heber Mardon collection of Napoleana housed in the Westcountry Studies Library in Exeter. This mask was originally the property of the Scottish army doctor Archibald Arnott who replaced Napoleon's surgeon Francesco Antommarchi at the Emperor's bedside in April and was present at his death. He presented it to John Gawler Bridge from whose estate it was purchased by Maggs in Helena, and to be the first copy made after the Antommarchi archetype, now in Les Invalides.

The history of the death mask is indeed complex and controversial and has spawned several books and many articles, including: The story of Napoleon's death-mask told from the original documents by G. It also attracted a variety of fanatics to Exeter, including one who wanted to DNA test the lock of Napoleon's hair also in the collection in an attempt to prove that Napoleon was rescued from St Helena by submarine and replaced by one of his doubles. Many futuristic ideas about life in seem distinctly old-fashioned.

The magnetic levitation Maglev monorailway as proposed by WestOxMonorail was invented more than half a century ago. Very few lines have ever been constructed and some, as in Sydney, have already been closed, as they are expensive and impractical. Elevated railways need elevated stations, with lifts, stairs and escalators, switching trains from one track to another is very complicated and two tracks are necessary for the two directions, and it is very difficult to rescue passengers in the event of a crash or breakdown.

Their only useful function is in airports and amusement parks. As for a mile-long tunnel from The Plain to the railway station, it may be thinkable but the civil engineering is not feasible. Transport subways need access ramps at each end, and it would be necessary to demolish half of St Clements to construct the access at the east end.

The subway would need stations, and it would be not be possible to have lifts and escalators coming up in the middle of the High Street or at Bonn Square. The ideal future transport could be provided by electric trams running in the street, as proposed in a recent paper by Nicholas Falk and Reg Harman. Trams are quiet, clean and fume-free, with modern technology they can run without overhead wires in the historic city centre. I read your feature by Jayne Nelson with considerable interest. I have a copy of the other photograph taken two minutes earlier or later which is better of me but less flamboyant of Hawking.

We were the only two undergraduate freshmen whose Christian name was Stephen of the 90 who came up to Univ in the Michaelmas of Seeing a photograph of myself on the front cover of his autobiography My Brief History published two years ago in Waterstones window, I purchased a copy. I my third year, in order to make friends, I joined the Boat Club as a coxswain. My coxing career was fairly disastrous, though. Oh dear! As I wrote to Hawking on reading this paragraph it is absolute tosh! I cannot comment with authority on his happiness except to say that we were good friends for the whole of three years, enjoyed all sorts of experiences on the river as I describe below and played many evenings of bridge over a bottle of port with the junior dean, Tony Firth, and sometimes with his friends Francis Hope and Jeremy Lever who were fellows of All Souls, but always for very small stakes!

The crew is pictured on page 33 of his My Brief History with the trophy we won held by the stroke because he had rhythm Bayan Northcott, later music critic of the Sunday Telegraph , and I can of course name all the rest. His editor could not have tried very hard to corroborate the text and the date of the illustration. He goes on to claim that in his first bumping race the Christ Church Regatta is rowed side-by-side his bung got caught in the rudder lines, which I recall occurred in the Torpids in I have the blade to prove it.

I have many rowing photographs of Stephen in the years before he claims to having joined the Boat Club and it would be sad indeed if history regarded the wholly inaccurate statement quoted in your Trinity Term issue p. I may add that Stephen has acknowledged to me through his office that my recollection is in accordance with the facts and his is entirely untrue! Chris co-ordinates some veteran members and as a previous secretary provides some history of the club. Those were days when undergraduates fortunate enough to own a car were required by the proctors to have a small green light on the front to indicate ownership by a junior member of the University.

The club name followed its revival — possibly pre-war — after the proctors had closed the Oxford University Motor Club. In my time with the OUMDC we purchased two trophies, which seem to have disappeared by the time the club officers were asked about them in the s. Would it be possible, please, to ask if anyone knows their whereabouts? The Targa Plate was given to the overall winner of the Hilary Term overnight rally — usually through the Welsh Borders. The rally usually began in Burford or Chipping Norton and ended at breakfast time where it began.

Craven Arms was another centre. It was bought in memory of a president, David Goddard Univ, ? I was delighted to see the letter on fracking from my friend and contemporary Alan Mears Oxford Today , Trinity The front cover of the Trinity Term edition of Oxford Today shows an arrow pointing downwards. The authors recall that the work on the New Bodleian in the s first set this trend of expanding downwards.

When the underground book stack of what is now called the Weston Library was dug out Rupert Bruce-Mitford, a graduate of Hertford, then working at the Ashmolean Museum, made a record of the archaeology of the site. This research virtually established the study of medieval archaeology in England. Since the s the work of these two pioneers has been continued and expanded by later archaeologists.

For instance, evidence for Roman occupation was found during the construction of the underground Radcliffe Science Library extension. Today archaeologists continue to make important discoveries in the City. Furthermore developers who wish to destroy archaeological remains are now required to fund any necessary recording, publication and archive creation, as a condition of planning permission. In your obituary of Lord Robert Gavron , you appear to notice that he was also a member of the Guardian Media Group, In the Trinity edition of Oxford Today there is a fascinating feature on the possible future of Oxford It addresses many issues that are close to my heart, some of which sound quite promising.

However, were all of these things to become true, there will be a severe reduction in jobs in the area. Robot scouts, driverless transport, no Royal Mail or other parcel delivery companies, to name just a few of the eliminated jobs. Oxford will turn into a city inhabited only by those privileged enough to have attained a higher qualified profession. It sounds like the Oxford of might become a social mobility nightmare! I just saw in your recent alumni email that you have a report on this student that is going on the Mars One mission.

I just wanted to suggest that you should be a bit more careful when choosing these stories, as it is very likely that the whole Mars One project is an enterprise with no real future that only justifies itself through the hype that it is creating. I can probably find more evidence if you so require. The more I read articles, such as Professor Ash, on Charlie Hebdo, on free speech Oxford Today , Trinity , the more I am left with the sad reflection that it is not really free speech that is threatened.

The entire thinking world salutes free speech and those who do not, cannot or do not wish to think straight. Rather it seems to be a death wish by a group of people whose effort and life sadly seems to be wasted and who inadvertently drag others to death alongside with them. Mr Francis was for me, as for many other students and dons, an unfailing resource for books on theology, whether newly published or newly exhumed from libraries being dispersed. I am confident that your readers would be pleased to see an article about a hero to impecunious theologians in urgent need as a tutorial, a lecture, or even a DPhil thesis deadline loomed.

With appreciation for the excellence of Oxford Today , as for your kindness in considering my suggestion. Finally an article dedicated to the Oxonian side of Stephen Hawking! The image of a naughty Hawking waving his handkerchief in the air calls to mind another famous Oxonian: Magdalen College graduate Oscar Wilde, who found it difficult to live up to his blue china, and boasted about doing little work when in fact he was a work-horse, and was a sartorial Trojan horse at parties.

But on a more serious note: play is a crucial step in creativity. Oxford, when will our version of a Hawking movie come out? This would be a wonderful film, very comedic and young-at-heart and a true-story of Oxford blues and the rowing tradition. But it never works, for two fundamental reasons. The first is that it ignores human behaviour.

Driverless cars owned by the city or some other third party will rapidly be vandalised. Only personal ownership imbues a sense of duty of care.

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No one predicted Google or Facebook twenty years ago. We can also be sure that the pace of technological development coupled to basic economics will mean that many of the supposedly promising developments today will fall by the wayside and entirely unseen but actually quite foreseeable technologies and applications will dominate the world of Coupling technological understanding to evolutionary psychology could save a lot of investors a lot of wasted money and likewise help entrepreneurs to get it right more often, more quickly.

Interpretation of that comment depends strongly on whether it was made before or after Waterloo. Could Mr Danziger enlighten me? Perhaps even more surprising is that it is not the only one in Oxford. Lord Curzon Chancellor bequeathed his collection of Napoleonica to the University, where it is preserved in the Bodleian Libraries. Danziger describes how Antommarchi released a subscription edition of the mask in Sixteen copies of that are known.

They also have 6, books of his, I believe. I am lost in admiration of the deeds of present-day Oxonians, but where are all the eccentrics and oddities that used to provide the main constituents of the exciting mixture that was Oxford in my day? I have personally achieved little of interest that will go into my obituary, but I believe I absorbed at Oxford a huge amount of culture, learned how to enjoy and discuss almost any subject and above all how to have fun.

I was educated. Has Oxford changed a lot? I used to do tutorials with Konnie, a young Greek god who used to put Chanel No 5 on his feet. One day Konnie took me to his room to see his grandmother. A friend of his had shot a deer in Magdalen Park and he was hiding the proceeds for him. Konnie married an Italian starlet. Gorgeous Robin was thrown through a closed window by a drunken Rugger Blue whom he had invited to dance with him. Lovely Vicky, an accomplished painter and jazz singer, kept a huge pet snake in her bedroom a place much visited by eager young undergraduates.

She fed it with live white mice. Her mother had been married nine times. He is now a woman. I could go on, but I hope my point is made. There are probably many like these at Oxford today: if so, your columns could do more to reflect the fact. It is a great pity that the Brideshead Revisited image of Oxford has been so long a-dying. Twenty-five years after I graduated, my son rejected Oxford for this reason and obtained his degrees in theoretical physics and astronomy elsewhere.

May I, however, respectfully point out a small error. General Charles Jean Tristan de Montholon, who lived in Longwood House with Napoleon Bertrand and his family lived separately nearby , also remained until the bitter end. There are alternatives to the vision concerning energy set out by Barbara Hammond Oxford Today , Trinity , p.

Her assertion that energy will cost more, made affordable by using less of it, carries with it the implication of falling productivity and economic decline. An alternative vision is of cheap and almost limitless power as represented by the work going on just down the road at Culham. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change points out in its Working Group III report that it will take all our technologies to decarbonise our energy supply, and that restricting solutions to the renewables taxonomy will lead to less of a solution, or a failed solution.

It also points out that we need to use the cheapest solutions or else we will damage the fabric of society through careless use of a finite resource — money. Neighbouring France has already decarbonised its electricity, using 76 per cent uranium fuelled nuclear and 11 per cent hydro-electric power.

In the process it has delivered electricity bills at the lower end for Europe. It makes an Oxford vision of getting there expensively by look a bit weak. By comparison, the main renewable contenders are all intermittent, and as the IPCC points out require extra measures store and recover technologies to meet demand, or else they are lame ducks. Unavoidably those processes will consume some of the initial energy and incur process plant costs. For solar photovoltaics in particular, the engineering challenge of storing enough energy during the summer to see us through the winter is daunting.

With the extra measures included, the cost of onshore wind power is about twice that of nuclear, and offshore wind, solar and tidal are between three and four times as much. In context, the excess spend equates to between 20 per cent and 50 per cent of the NHS budget. While we may use less energy per head overall, a considerable expansion of electrical generation is required to replace fossil fuels in transport and heating, as well as address population growth.

A high cost and environmentally intrusive platform of renewables is not an auspicious starting point. Should not the Oxford vision be one of uranium power today, thorium power tomorrow and fusion power on the day after? Is Oxford leaving it to others to prick the renewables bubble with the pin of rigour? My friend, David Durie Christ Church, is the only person I know who has made marmalade from oranges from his own trees Oxford Today , Michaelmas , p. When he was less grand, his marmalade was pretty good.

The marmalade he gave me as a gift, after a stay in the Convent, was outstanding! Although I do rather like the monorail idea and bamboo bicycles too — still saving-up for one! I was very pleased to see from the Trinity Oxford Today p. One of my predecessors, a year or so before, had pulled off a real coup in getting Graham Hill to visit and give a talk — the humorous and racy in every sense nature of his talk can be only too easily imagined!

My own tenure began well as I was able in my first term to invite Tony Rolt of Ferguson Engineering — four-wheel-drive pioneers from my home city of Coventry. I then aimed higher, and was able to persuade Jackie Stewart to come and talk; however, disaster struck, for me at least. About a week before the date, I was told he could not come because of duties elsewhere, the details of which had to be kept secret.

It was a week or so before it emerged into the public domain that Jackie had been secretly testing, in Spain if my recollection is correct, the new Formula 1 car designed by Ken Tyrrell, the first under his own name. I have never had the chance to meet Jackie and tell him of my disappointment! This system, devised by a former Club officer called John Brown, who went on to be a professional co-driver, was simpler for working out the overall times for each car, but unfortunately had the side effect that there was no way of checking that each stage had been covered at an average speed of 30mph or less, as required by RAC Motorsport rules!

Consequently it was, some time after I went down, banned by the RAC! The strength of In Place of Fear is, among other things, its account of the founding of the NHS and why it was so important; whereas in The Future of Socialism there is a more detailed analysis of how socialism might adapt to changing conditions. Neither work anticipated Thatcherism and privatisation.

Just a quick email message to say how lovely it was to read the interview with Sir Peter Stothard Oxford Today , Trinity , p. In my first year and quite possibly only my first or second term at Trinity College, Peter Stothard came back to give a talk in college. That talk motivated me to write, review and edit with university publications Isis , The Word and the Oxford Student. I later went onto win third prize in the Young Financial Journalist of the Year Award and worked in regional newspapers for a number of years before moving into the world of writing short fiction and poetry.

I just wanted to say a belated thanks to him for that inspiration, and more generally to alumni taking the time to come back and encourage new students. An ongoing dilemma not just for those involved in the storage but for all of us, all being involved, directly or indirectly, in this data creation. I recognise several of my contemporaries, including one who became a good friend, and we all matriculated in October I was as naive in those days as I am now at the age of 80, but I never noticed anything of the sort.

As far as I remember, we envied anyone who had any sort of relationship with the other sex, given the shortage of acceptable females. This will do almost nothing in my lifetime to improve the view from Port Meadow, and the views of the dreaming spires are of course gone forever. March During my time at New College all were still represented. As an undergraduate I believed Oxford the sanest spot on earth.

Time has only reaffirmed this conviction.

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Apparently the catholic sanity of Oxford had had little civilizing effect. I was, and am, appalled. This will help placate, not inflame, an already volatile South Asian region. But might professors Gershuny and Fisher also address child labour? Consider, for instance, a factory that employs year-old children.

Or vice versa. On our first night in Oxford, my family and I trekked down from our house on Victoria Road to hear a concert at Merton. We were jet-lagged, cold and wet, but seeing that vase as we walked in imprinted a memory that is with us yet. When I lived and worked on the campus of the University of the Philippines at Laguna, Los Banos, Luxon in the late s and early s, I was grateful for the various tropical trees that graced my house in the Villegas Compound on Silangan Street. Decades later, when I returned there with my family, I was saddened to see a lot of those majestic trees missing; they were cut down, beloved landmarks and natural shade were gone, it was like losing old friends.

This tree is like the autograph tree — signed by the likes of William Butler Yeats and Lady Gregory — near Gort, County Galway, Eire; full of literary allusion and priceless heritage. More surprisingly an expedient unconvincing response from the Conservative Government is the only conspicuous reply here, or within Europe? However strongly we may support a general case for migration, it is reasonable that individual countries can decide how much economic migration to allow.

Is there any intellectual rigour to underpin unrestricted freedom of movement as a sustainable economic ideology? It would be appallingly negative to reject economic migration purely because we are not good at absorbing different cultures or because one female leader tells us that there is no alternative! Europe is a small and increasingly crowded continent, and the successful portion of our overall economy is mainly concentrated in densely populated countries. Within a closed Eurozone market there is an obvious risk that motivated, talented and entrepreneurial individuals will be attracted into the most vibrant sectors, which then have to prop up a depleted residue.

If individual Euro countries get into difficulty, financial markets have shown clearly that they can respond much faster than political rescue plans can be negotiated. Hence freedom of movement poses significant environmental risks. If we partition the European Union into two distinct groups, the totals are striking:. It is possible to be very positive about Europe in principle, without being confident that the European Union will always head in good directions. Rather than preparing to deal with inevitable challenges, it seems desirable to question this underlying economic dogma, by highlighting the potential environmental consequences.

At that time I was serving in the US Army. The War in Europe ended in May , and I then went on to serve in the army of occupation in Berlin. During this time the US Army provided an opportunity for those soldiers awaiting discharge to apply for transfer to a programme at Oxford. The highlight of this for me was a tutorial with Professor Roy Harrod, the distinguished economist, who had just returned from Bretton Woods where he participated with Professor John Maynard Keynes in the development of the International Monetary Fund.

My rooms at Christ Church were in Tom Tower, just under the large bell that struck each evening at a designated time. On one occasion I was offered access to the top floor of the Tower where the ropes were placed to ring the bell. On that occasion I saw several large wardrobe cases which I was told had been placed there by German students who were then living at Oxford and who had to leave Oxford suddenly when World War II broke out to report back to Germany for service in the German army.

What a fascinating story of tolerance, compassion and cultural exchange!

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I would like to point out that the German presence in Oxford has always been fascinating and compelling. One very memorable anecdote:. During the rise of Nazism, Jewish scientists in Germany either lost their jobs or went abroad for university posts.

College authorities frowned upon his open relationship and barred him from the University. While I am speaking about renowned scientists, let me take this opportunity to present a challenge to Oxford. He could possibly give Rob Lowe a run for his money in a funnier version of Oxford Blues! It appals me that so many people here in New Jersey — and the rest of the galaxy — think that Hawking was solely a Cambridge man. Please, please tell the world the wonderful story of Hawking the Oxonian!

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They both make good points, but this debate can be put on a more rational basis. The first step is to use the right terminology. The campaigners are objecting, not to the technique, but to the new industry to extract hydrocarbons from shale. This involves not only multi-stage fracking, but also horizontal drilling, with wells every 1. But this is not very specific. The main driving force behind shale fracking in the UK is the economic argument, that since it has transformed the economy in the USA with lower energy prices and increased industrial competitiveness , therefore it can do so here.

We argue that this is unlikely to be the case. Conditions are very different. Firstly, the US has 40 times the land area of the UK, and so they can afford to loose a few million acres. They have vast open spaces, relatively uninhabited, where the adverse consequences of this new industry which the Government's chief scientific advisor recently warned could be on a par with thalidomide, asbestos, dioxins and many pesticides will not affect many people.

Furthermore, our population density is eight times theirs, so every square mile shracked affects eight times as many people. Secondly, we use 2.

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Thus to get the same economic impact as they have had, we would have to shrack proportionately 2. Furthermore, this would affect eight times as many people per square mile on average as them, and so the total number of people adversely affected by shracking, to get the same economic impact, would be 20 times as great as in the USA. Some people might find this acceptable if one could achieve significant economic benefits, but even this is unlikely in the UK. Supply and demand requires that one has to produce a surplus to get the prices to come down significantly, but in practice this is unlikely.

For example, the recent British Geological Survey Report states that there are two billion to eight billion barrels of oil in the shale beneath the Sussex Weald, which sounds a lot. However, Professor Aplin of Durham University points out that shracking is notoriously inefficient at extracting oil and gas. The most one can expect, based on US experience, is to extract five per cent, which brings these figures down to to million barrels. In practice Aplin says the extraction efficiency is likely to be less, maybe only one per cent, because Weald shale contains clay which makes it harder to fracture.

So if the Weald was shracked from end-to-end, it would produce 20 to 80 million barrels, which is about two to eight weeks supply for the whole of the UK to million barrels is only 10 to 40 weeks supply. This is unlikely to affect market prices. Furthermore many will ask, do we want to destroy the Weald for the sake of a few weeks supply of oil? An alternative, tidal power, has not received the attention it deserves, and as a maritime nation we could excel in it. Unlike shracking, tidal power does not produce CO2 or poison the earth.

Furthermore, unlike shracking wells, which usually dry up after a year or two, tidal power will continue to be available as long as the moon goes round the earth, and so will produce clean energy for centuries to come. You are defining his school rather than his nationality; if so, pity the present undergraduates who are reading that subject. The Isis meets the Thame just south of Dorchester, the confluence thereby logically being named Thame-Isis Celtic Tamesis; see also Wikipedia here and here. Musing, at the age of 86, on the now very distant days when I studied modern languages at Oxford, I fell to wondering whether, in this digital age, the old-fashioned lecture still goes on as it once did?

This thought prompted my recollection of the occasions when, in addition to or instead of the usual paraphernalia for note-taking, a few of the bolder spirits among the female undergraduates had begun to bring along their knitting to certain classes at the Taylorian. Also helpful is the creation and development of quasi-incubators in which people can learn to work in teams and subject new ideas to critical exploration. Where are the real-world entrepreneurs who have gone through the grueling and brutal experience of moving from idea through execution to market?

I've started four companies since moving to California at the start of the s and each one has taught me that great ideas are far less important than relentless execution and insane determination in the face of seemingly impossible obstacles. Being an entrepreneur means for those of us not fortunate enough to be a Brin or a Zuckerberg endless worry, stress, sleepless nights, hour weeks year in and year out, and absolutely no guarantee of success anywhere in sight. Perhaps having a real-life entrepreneur or two involved in the various Oxford initiatives would bring a valuable additional perspective to what otherwise could end up being a series of superficial feel-good activities for most participants.

They appear now in material from or about both universities. Who was consulted about this — if anybody? Certainly not the alumni. Oxford and Cambridge are ancient institutions and there is no reason to be ashamed of it if that is the motive for the change. I enjoyed the recent issue of Oxford Today Michaelmas , and was impressed as ever by the quality of its production.

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But I do wonder whether the present style, of articles, news items, scenes from Oxford yesterday and so forth, is being sufficiently ambitious in engaging the attention and commitment of what must be a six-figure class of graduates all over the world. In short, I would like to urge that, without losing its role as providing agreeable reading and visual matter, OT should also address serious major issues in the University as it is today. I do not of course mean investigative journalism or much-raking, which would be inappropriate to OT as the voice of the University. But I see no reason why it should not include expressions of conflicting views on current questions, for instance, to take an obvious example, the Castle Mill flats beside Port Meadow.

There has been a lot of negative publicity, local, national and even international. But the case for the building of these flats in this location has never been made publicly, either by the University or by any sympathiser. This case needs to be put. Similarly, there is every reason for serious discussion of other major projects, such as the Andrew Wiles Maths Institute or the ROQ in general , or the Blavatnik School. What developments the University is undertaking, what purposes they are designed for, how they are financed, and what the resultant buildings are like, are all questions which would interest a large proportion of alumni.

Another area of development which really needs to be expounded and discussed but categorically not just in terms of bland publicity is the huge expansion of Medical Sciences. An analysis of what elements the Division is composed of, where they are located now largely in Headington , how it relates to the Hospitals and the NHS, what the balance is between teaching and research, and where its finances come from, are all issues of great interest, which require explaining not just to alumni but to members of Congregation. Another very significant change in the nature of the University is the vast expansion of externally-funded short-term research posts not least in medicine.

The figures given in the Oxford Magazine in Noughth Week of Michaelmas are startling: 3, research posts as against 1, established academic posts. Most of the authors whose names go on research papers from Oxford are not members of Oxford University. Related to this is the major change in the balance between undergraduates and graduates.

Some might be appalled. I need not continue — there are many other important and problematic issues over which the University could and should take its alumni into is confidence, paying them the compliment of their being capable and willing to attend to how the University is changing, and what problems it faces. To take this step would, in my view, evoke a higher, not lower, level of commitment.

With apologies for the length of this, I would like to ask you to put it before your Editorial Advisory Board for their consideration. I think Sir Thomas Beecham would have had a forceful riposte to this error. A northern industrialist would be most unlikely to emulate the Dukes of Rutland, whose Belvoir castle is invariably pronounced Beaver.

In , though accepted, it was touch and go whether I could afford to go up to Oxford. My family were extremely poor. However, my mother located a secondhand specimen for me. It was a beauty! Unfortunately I removed them, thinking my short wartime skirts made them unnecessary — and then the New Look came in with its ankle length garments.

Amalia had several adventures. One day she had to go in to the bicycle shop in Broad Street for a minor repair. When I went to collect her she was nowhere to be seen. In vain we searched every room. Finally we went down to the cellar. There she stood, among the penny farthings. Another time I bicycled with my cello on board to a rehearsal in the Music Room.

It was a bitter cold night and snow lay in frozen ridges along the roads. Just outside Keble College, Amalia tipped over. My cello tobogganed ahead into the darkness. Miraculously, it was unhurt. My most worrying time was when Amalia was stolen. Now I should mention that the handlebar had a tiny snib that one could switch up to lock it so that it could not turn to right or left.

I habitually did so. I was very sad to lose my essential and beloved transport.

But about a week later, lo! Amalia reappeared outside my college. You can have it back. Amalia travelled many miles — even around the Dordogne on a family holiday. We five were a hybrid lot: two Moltons, one Raleigh, and Amalia with me on the saddle and our little daughter on the back carrier. Progress was leisurely, as by then the brakes were worn out and the rear wheel rim crumbling. We had to walk uphill and walk downhill. In a house move necessitated an end to a happy relationship.

That gallant old lady was for the dump. When I, a life vegetarian but not vegan , went up to Wadham in I went to see the chef about my diet. For my two years living in college I was given eggs for breakfast, eggs for lunch and eggs for dinner! Fortunately I liked eggs and lived to tell the tale, but it must have been really tough for vegans. Later, when my own three children, all vegetarian, went to university Nottingham there was a vegetarian option on every menu. Hopefully, when our six grandchildren, also all vegetarian, go to university — and the eldest is 17 this month so it is not far away — they will find it equally easy.

In his article defending fracking Oxford Today , Michaelmas , p. I have been inspired by some of the personal ads in Oxford Today to write my own personal profile for a dating agency. This is my first draft. Do you think it will have the desired effect? Suggestions for improvement if possible welcomed. Prepare to be swept off your feet by this tall but shrinking , blue-eyed, bald, slim, angular scarlet pimpernel.

A suitable subject for those interested in the early evolutionary stages of the Darwinian theory. A misogynist whose understated virility has long gone, so unlikely to trouble ladies of refined taste. A stranger to etiquette, good manners and dress sense, he is justifiably modest given his lack of achievement. Ladies, are you looking for a challenge with few redeeming characteristics?

I think this might need some polishing, but should have broad appeal. Second opinions welcome before I submit. Sadly, not all recipients realized this was written as a spoof. Perhaps it was just too true to life! Even in my day when Latin was a compulsory entry requirement, this would have made for a quiet and reflective lunch! Like Ottaway, he was a multi-blue.

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