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71

T H E

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T H E MINES

Lacking a front page headline and s t o r y , for i t seems that absolutely nothing has happened during the Vae., and the term i s too young f o r ma,1or occurrences. we thought i t was time that somebody enquired i n t o the progress made i n the b u i l d i n g operations on the Union Building. *e found t h a t , i n the o f f i c i a l wording, "due to a lack of dressed stone'! there has not been as much progress as was hoped. This has necessitated abandoning, the programme o r i g i n a l l y scheduled f o r Baster. The i n t e n t i o n now i s to f i t a temporary roof at the f i r s t f l o o r l e v e l over the space that was the Old lounge, so that this can be used as a r e f e c t o r y . The o r i g i n a l hope was that t h i s side of the b u i l d i n g would be complete up to the top of the f i r s t f l o o r l e v e l by Baster. When the temporary c a t e r i n g arrangements are complete, demolition work w i l l s t a r t on the other h a l f of the b u i l d i n g , and the Union w i l l l o s e the use of the Upper and Lower Dining Halls. Naturall y , t h i s w i l l involv e c o n s M w a b l e shortage of d i n i n g f a c i l i t i e s , and the Planning Dept. i s at the present time concentrating on the new caterin g arrangements. With better organisation and d i s t r i b u t i o n of food, Ayrton H a l l can cope with many more people at lunch-times, and most probably t h i s w i l l become the c e n t r a l eating-plt.ce. Loss of eating-space i s not the only additi o n a l discomfort t o be faced a f t e r Easter. There i l l be two fewer rooms available for s o c i a l ?unctions and club a c t i v i t i e s . I t i s intended to use the Ayrton H a l l more extensively this term. Three or four Saturday night "hops" are planned there before Baster. The general shortage of rooms should be eased about t h i s time as rooms i n the B e i t B u i l d i n g , at present occupied by Registry s t a f f , become a v a i l a b l e f o r Union use.

U N I O N NIGHT.

B e f o r e ^ d e s o r i b i n g the events of the night of December 10 , 1954, we give a word of p r a i s e t o the Mines' Entertainments Committee and a l l those energetio people who made the C a r n i v a l p o s s i b l e . She recent d i s r u p t i o n s i n the Union i t s e l f have made the organisation, of a l l dances a d i f f i c u l t t a s k , butt not insuperable by keen endevour and hard work.The deoorations f o r the C a r n i v a l were, of n e c e s s i t y , p r e f a b r i c a t e d i n the R.S.M. and t r a n s ported t o the Union on Thursday- a day before the event- and there erected. A l l the Dramatic Society stage f l a t s had been m i s l a i d , and the Miners had t o f i n d a s u b s t i t u t e f o r these i n a very snor t time. They used paper, which i n the normal course of events, would have served the purpose admirably. I n a matter of hours the Snack Bar and the Upper D i n i n g H a l l had been transformed i n t o a f a i r y land Beer Garden, and needed only "Mein Herr und F r a u l e i n * to complete the i l l u s i o n . Came the magic hour of n i n e . L e t the r e v f i l r y commencell! The c a r n i v a l f o l l o w e d the course of previous c a r n i v a l s , w i t h the r a p i d interchange of partners as one a f t e r another of the men f e l l out through exhaustion or i n e b r i a t i o n . Our beloved f r i e n d mit moustaches found the world too hard, so he lapsed i n t o the realms of unconciousness. The olook struck one, and the Cabaret commenced. Herr von Kingdon should have known better than to puix the l e g of G u i l d s . The b u i l d i n g shook as "Boomalakas" roared across the room, a^r) the aoiigstera found i t impossible to continue f o r f i v e minutes. We've never seen, anything q u i t e l i k e Mein. Herr Buster t r i p p i n g the l i g h t f a n t a s tic*, and t r i p p i n g i s the r i g h t word; not since Kitch. p i r o u e t t e d on the end of a rope l a the good o l d days-. Dancing oontinsed w a l l i n t o the morning, and the Jazz men i n the Upper D i n i n g H a l l Bank deeper i n t o a Rhythmic tranoe and played t i l l past 7.00.

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res, a l l i n a l l , the C a r n i v a l was a siiftcess, marred only tjy those moronic gentle, men who considered It- greac f u n to m u t i l a t e the deoorations. I f only they had put them up, how l o a t h they would be to t e a r them down.


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PEGGY

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Producing a p r o f i l e of Miss Peggy Taylor, t h i s year's President of I.C.W.A., l i b e l l o u s enough f o r F e l i x , has proved d i f f i c u l t . No amount of excavation could uncover a sordid past, no undeclared, hushands, no well-drained b o t t l e s i n f a c t , no P r i v a t e L i f e . Born young i n Hammersmith, she looked round, took f r i g h t and f l e d to school i n Bedford. An e a r l y i n t e r e s t i n the structure of things took her i n t o a chemical laboratory; and, although she has worked i n several of these, at Seals Hayne A g r i c u l t u r a l College, and a l s o f o r the M i n i s t r y of A g r i culture at Starcross i n Devon, she has never managed to escape e n t i r e l y , and i s now half-way through her t h i r d year i n the Chemistry Department. A b e l i e v e r i n v a r i e t y being the spice of h o l i d a y s , she has canned f r u i t f o r fourteen hours a day i n Sweden, l i v e d under canvas i n the middle of P a r i s , and nursed a s i c k f e l l o w - t r a v e l l e r i n a truck on i t s dusty way through Yugoslavia. As regards her nursing a c t i v i t i e s , when two or three of I.C.W.A. decided to r e t i r e from the s t r a i n of l e c t u r e s f o r a few days under the codeword " f l u " , they were b u l l i e d and coaxed back i n t o perfect h e a l t h by Peggy, i n no time at a l l . The dramatic s o c i e t y f i n d her an e f f i c i e n t Roman h a i r d r e s s e r and she capably supervises the When not under the dressing of t h e i r plays. stress of imminent examinations she supports "hops", and Arosa meetings. A well-trained Icwarian she plays table-tennis and squash. Tennis she plays f o r pleasure. Whenever I.C.W.A. i s Involved i n College a c t i v i t i e s , Peggy i s there, q u i e t l y e n t h u s i a s t i c and p l a y i n g an unobtrusive p a r t . When asked, she i s always ready to give help and advice, and (an i n f u r i a t i n g c h a r a c t e r i s t i c t h i s ) she i s always right. You may t h i n k from a l l t h i s that she i s r paragon, but she i s i n c l i n e d to lose umbrellas. She i s i n t e r e s t e d i n G i l b e r t and S u l l i v a n , c o l l e c t i n g o l d s i l v e r , and buying new umbrellas. The only t h i n * we know which rouses her to anger i s an ill-mannered man. 1

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f o l l o w i n g the e x c e l l e n t T e l e v i s i o n adaption of h i s book 1984, the name of George Orwell has become one f a x l l i a r t o many, and b o o k s e l l e r s have reported l a r g e sales of h i s two best known works "1984" and "Animal Farm". The l a t t e r has now been made i n t o a f i l m and i a c u r r e n t l y showing i n the West End. B r i e f l y the s t o r y i s of a badly managed farm which i s taken over by the animals on i t , who l a y down r u l e s f o r i t s r e g u l a t i o n . The animals are l e d at f i r s t by a k i n d l y leader Snowball who i s however soon removed as a " t r a i t o r " by "Pig Brother" Napoleon. The f i l m d e a l s with Napoleon's t y r a n nous r u l e and disregard j f the laws of the farm, i n o l u d i n g h i s famous amendment " A l l animals are equal, but some are more equal than others1" The producer has t r i e d a d a r i n g experiment by making a novel with a p o l i t i c a l basis i n t o what may be termed a "cartoon". T h e - a r t i s t s have done a very f i n e job and have put over Napoleon's tyranny extremely w e l l ; he has been endowed w i t h a p e r s o n a l i t y of h i s own. The a c t u a l c o l o u r i n g of the scenes, the drawi n g and the sound traok are a l l s k i l l f u l l y oombined together to express the s t o r y and are seldom wrongl y used. A soene with great e f f e c t i s the a n i mals' r e v o l t against Napoleon when one f e e l s t h e i r insurgent anger. This i s a bold experiment w e l l worth seeing.

In choosing a f a i r l y r e c e n t l y expired West End success, I.C. Dramatic Society no doubt hoped that i t s reputation would ensure a good reception. However, judging by the rather sparse attendance i t appears that the grapevine must have been b l u r t i n g that t h i s was not another Pheonix Too Frequent or more l i k e l y , staging the play at one of I.C. happy hunting grounds kept away those who did not wish to mix business with pleasure. I f the c r i t e r i o n of t h i s production were to be based on the response of the audience to the humour i t contained, i t would have been adjudged f l a w l e s s , but the excellence of the humour was o f f s e t by some of the s t r a i g h t dialogue being a t r i f l e l i f e less. Ian Duff, as James Winter, by day a respected c i t i z e n , by night a reputed safe cracker, gave an uninspired performance f o r the f i r s t act, but improved considerably afterwards and acted w e l l i n S h e i l a Taylor was never very conthe l a s t act. v i n c i n g as Winter's motherly, s h o p l i f t i n g wife. In a l l f a i r n e s s i t should be emphasized that i t i s very d i f f i c u l t f o r undergraduates to impress i n semi Darby and Joan portrayals ( e s p e c i a l l y when the make-up department does not appear to be on t h e i r side.) Nevertheless, the f i r s t act was a l i t t l e s t a t i c u n t i l the v i c a r blustered on to the stage L e s l i e A l l e n ' s h i l a r i o u s c h a r a c t e r i s a t i o n of a venerable absent minded v i c a r enlivened proceedings from thence onwards. He conveyed the impression of age e x c e l l e n t l y with h i s doddering movement and speech, and h i s i n c l i n e d posture - although i t was f e l t that he straightened up a t r i f l e more than h i s lumbago would normally allow. Derek H i l l ' s version of Sam Jackson, a spiv type who was Mr. Winter's "fence", was also w e l l done. The rest of the cast, with the exception of the producer, Martin Jacob, who twice f l i t t e d on to the stage as Asst. Comm. Preston, were not encumbered by t h e i r youth. Peter Winter - the white sheep - (or the shepherd who t r i e d to lose h i s crook) was adequately acted by Dan Boyle. As h i s s i s t e r Pat, a female A r t f u l Dodger, J u d i t h Kornbluth was very impressive. Janet, the appre t l c e pickpocket-curn-housemaid. and Angela Preston (who f o r t u n a t e l y was no angel) were commendaoly performed by Barbara R u s s e l l and Rosemary M e l v i l l '

"Herbert", the Imperial College phoenix, i s back i n the Union o f f i c e a f t e r h i s health t r i p to Northampton. The c a r r o t s which f o r some reason seem to be so dear to the Northampton heart are back where they belong. Taking an o b j e c t i v e look at "Herbert" one . could see that h i s colour scheme was more v i v i d than formerly. Without p a r t i s a n b i a s i t i s f a i r t o say that we painted the carrot i n a more a r t i s t i c fashion. THE

RECTOR

Imperial College n i n welcomes P r o f e s s o r R.P. Linstead F..H..S. who o f f i c i a l l y became Rector of Imperial c o l l e g e on January 1st, t h i s year. Previous to t h i s apnointment Professor L i n s t e a d held the Chair of C ^anie chemistry i n the H.c.S. I t i e expected that he w i l l r e t a i n an i n t e r e s t " i n the progress of research i n that department. n

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FELIX XMAS



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•EDITOR: JOHN SEELEY.

COLLEGE C i r c u l a t i o n : 120C

The E d i t o r , John Seeley, has become engaged to iiiss V a l e r i e Lark ham.

The FELIX s t a f f o f f e r t h e i r hearty congratulations.

F e l i x congratulates the f o l l o w i n g on t h e i r engagements.-John Harding to Barbara H a r r i s . Mark Abbott to B e r y l Walker. Alan Came (c ft S) to Marion Thonson. s

CONCERT

The Christmas Concert of the I.C. Musical Society was held on Dec 8th. i n c.A.H. The Jaques S t r i n g Orchestra, conductor Dr. Eric Brown, opened the programme with 'Alcina', by Handel, a q u i e t , l y r i c a l piece, putting everyone i n a Christmassy mood. I f e l t that both t h i s and the 'Hymn to ST. C e c i l i a ' which followed, however, were strange choices f o r a Christmas concert. B r i t -ten's 'Hymn to S T . C e c i l i a ' i s a very d i f f i c u l t work to sing as i t i s unaccompanied. I t would perhaps have been f a i r e r to the choir i f they had had something easier and more melodic to loosen up t h e i r voices. As i t was, the soprano tone was harsh e s p e c i a l l y on the forte notes, and we could not hear the words. The s o l o i s t s were Georgina C a r r o l l , soprano; Helen MoKinnon,contralto; P a t r i c k Halstead, tenor; and Bryan Johnson,bass; a l l of whom sang w e l l , although once again we l o s t many of Miss Carr o l l ' s words. The f i v e carols.which followed, were quite a r e l i e f . The f i r s t , " M a s t e r s i n t h i s H a l l " i s a del i g h t f u l c a r o l , and both choir and audience enjoyed i t , but the c h o i r were hampered by the acoustics of the h a l l which makes loud notes deafening. We then Joined i n singing 'Good King wenceslas', and the choir sang two unaccompanied c a r o l s , 'The Truth sent from Above', and a r e a l l y d e l i g h t f u l arrangement of the Czech carol,'Rocki n g ' which was b e a u t i f u l l y sung. We again Joined i n with '0 Come, a l l ye F a i t h f u l ' , i n which I missed the descant. The second h a l f began with Elgar's 'Serenade', which has a t r u l y l o v e l y melody and was very w e l l played. I can only say of the l a s t item, Mozart's 'Mass i n C', that i t was excellent, c h o i r and s o l - o i s t s sang w e l l and we were a l l sorry when i t finished. In s p i t e of any Taults, I think that the Musical Society should be congratulated on g i v i n g us a most enjoyable evening. S.R.G.

T O U C H S T O N E On Boxing Day, the wedding took plaae a t C h r i s t Church., B r i d l i n g t o n , of Michael Baty t o M i s s S y l v i a Coupland. Mike, a t h i r d year C i v i l , i s P r e s i d e n t of the I.e. Dancing Club and h i s b r i d e , whose parents l i v e i n B r i d l i n g ton, i s a graduate of W e a t f i e l d . The best man was Trevor B a i l e y , 2 C.B. , and greetings t e l e grama were r e c e i v e d from the t h i r d year C i v i l e . The couple spent t h e i r honeymoon i n P a r i s .

The t h i n g we have a l l been dreading has at l a s t happened. There i s a T e l e v i s i o n set i n the Old H o s t e l . I s TV a home-breaker or maker, does i t destroy the a b i l i t y to e n t e r t a i n one's f r i e n d s ? We w i l l be able to study the e f f e c t s on Mr. Levine, who says i t was a Christmas present. Anyway, i t gives him a reason to t u r n h i s l i g h t s low. The College are h o l d i n g an Easter B a l l t h i s /ear at C l a r i d g e ' s Hotel on the l a s t day of term 25th March. Jiurther information w i l l be a v a i l a b l e l a t e r but Dancing w i l l be from 8.30 u n t i l } and t i c k e t s £2.10. (double) i n c l u s i v e of b u f f e t .

The E d i t o r has r e c e i v e d , by post, a f r e e sample of F e l i x - the r e a l CATF00D. We never knew that FELIX:(1) Can be served dry s t r a i g h t from the packet; ( 2) Needs no scraps adding; (5) When served stimulates the d i g e s t i o n , helps i n b u i l d i n g strong t e e t h , and ensures perfect c o n d i t i o n with a smooth, s i l k y coat.

Miners and others worried by impending clashes with examiners: Are .you nervous, r e s t l e s s and jumpy? Do you f i n d y o u r s e l f t a l k i n g to y o u r s e l f ( ? ) i n your sleep? I f so spend a n- and f r e e y o u r s e l f at •onight's Guilds C a r n i v a l . Clubs are obtainable the u s u a l o f f i c e s i . e . I.e. Bar etc.

A f t e r a coach r i d e to Silwood Park, and found a l i g h t tea, the XI or 40 students who the spare time f o r a cheap and i n v i g o r a t i n g weekend were addressed by Dr. Sole, an authori t y on the subject of extra-sensory perception. He described mainly the work done i n America and his own work, using s t a t i s t i c a l methods to evaluate the r e s u l t s of thought-transference t e s t s , where a subject guessed cards seart only by various agents. The l e c t u r e r was very convincing even to such an incredulous audience as a group of s c i e n t i s t s . The l e c t u r e was followed by a f i r s t class supper, and the meeting then divided into two groups f o r discussion. Meanwhile a few people acted as subjects f o r some card guessing tests - only inconclusive results were obtained. The impression Dr. Sole made on his audience was r e f l e c t e d i n the discussion groups, one group deciding unanimously that the results Dr. Sole and others obtained i s a discovery about human p e r s o n a l i t y , and not evidence that t h e i r s t a t i s t i c a l t h o d s were i n c o r r e c t , since control experiments showed only chance r e s u l t s . The discussions went on t i l l about 11.30 p.m. a f t e r which most people r e t i r e d to t h e i r rather hard beds i n w e l l heated Nissen huts. Nothing was arranged for Sunday morning, and most people went walking i n the pleasant surroundings of Windsor Park. A f t e r another excellent meal at lunchtime followed by another free hour, the groups of the previous day met to compare notes, and the conclusions they came to were commented on by Dr. Sole. Then followed a l i g h t tea before the journey back to Kensington. me

Tne Ititertainmfi- ts C< mmlttee are holding a C h a r i t y Dance i n Queenie's oi Saturday January 29th. A l l proceeds- and we expect a donation worthy of I.C.go to the B r i t i s h Student Tuberculosis Foundation. This student o r g a n i s a t i o a i s associated with W.U.S. and l i k e i t .depends e n t i r e l y on voluntary support. YOUR HELP IS NEEDED NEXT SATURDAY. Admission w i l l be 1/- + Tax, so come and b r i n g your f r i e n d s to the C h a r i t y 'Bob Hop'. D.R.H.


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FELIX







TO THE

POLISH

Chem.Tech. 3rd Jan.1955

The Editor of F e l i x ,

Dear S i r , Would you please p u b l i c i s e the following facts about John C.U.Taylor i n the next issue of Felix:He i s now i n the Western Hospital, F u l -han, and would very much appreciate v i s i t s from old college friends f o r , l i v i n g i n an i r o n lung, there i s precious l i t t l e else he i s able to do but t a l k to people. He l a very ^cheerful and eag-er f o r news of old friends and of the college . His address i s i - WARD 23, WESTERN HOS-PITAL, SEAGRAVE ROAD.S.W.6. Seagrave Road i s almost apposite the Snpress H a l l - West Brompton Station (Wimblndon Line) or No. 30 'bus from Sth. Ken. O f f i c i a l v i s i t i n g hours aro 6 - 8p.m. but i f you w i l l r i n g FUL 2105, they w i l l generally allow you t o v i s i t at other times. Thank you, Yours s i n c e r e l y , Peter Rowe. Imperial College Onion.

The E d i t o r , Felix.

Dear S i r , X was shooked, astounded and disgusted by the matter appearing i n the Christmas issue of F e l i x . I t i s the habit of most cats t o keep themselves scrupulously clean, but not so F e l i x , I fear. This evil-minded f e l i n e has forsaken the habits of nature, and has sunk Into a l i f e of shame. He has become an abomination unto the moat c l e a n - l i v i n g society i n London. I t r u s t you w i l l take steps to remedy t h i s . Yours f a i t h f u l l y , Cat lover. THOOQBTS FOB THE WEEKEND 1.

Marriage i s an i n s t i t u t i o n . Marriage i s l o v e . Love i s b l i n d . Therefore marriage i s an i n s t i t u t i o n f o r the blind.

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The P o l i s h Society i s new to the C o l l e g e , and l a s t term they h e l d t h e i r f i r s t open n i g h t . An e x c e l l e n t a d v e r t i s i n g campaign, f i l l e d the Ayrton H a l l and conditions would have been even more crowded had the Resident's Christmas Dinner not been h e l d on the same evening. However I n s p i t e of the packed house no one r e g r e t t e d a t t e n ding. There was dancing, singing and even an e x h i b i t i o n of f o l k c r a f t at the rear of the h a l l . The performance cannot be adequately described; one has to watch and l i s t e n to appreciate the beauty of the f o l k dancing,the magnificent s i n g i n g o f Mowakowski andtthe P o l i s h Students C h o i r , and the enchanting piano r e o i t a l by Miss Malankiewioz. C a r o l s , opera and a wonderful ' j o i e de v i v r e made the evening one t o be remembered. 'FELIX' s i n c e r e l y hopes that there w i l l be many more l i k e this. For those i n t e r e s t e d i n I . C . P o l i s h s o c i e t y , the P r e s i d e n t i s Miss Borudzka P.G. R.C.S.,and t>>e Secretary Mr Sohutz 2Ae. C&G. P.A.E.S.

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STARTING FROM ZERO. Those of us who were here l a s t year w i l l remember the L.I.F.C.U.Mission i n the Christmas term. Mr.Metcalfe C o l l i e r , who was our resident missloner then, has now publishe d the g i s t of his t a l k s i n t h i s one small v o l -ume, which w i l l be coming on sale soon. As the t i t l e Implies, Metcalfe C o l l i e r r e a l l y does s t a r t rrom zero. These talks were given to you, and t h i s book i s written f o r you, as l o g i c a l l y minded s c i e n t i s t s or engineers, who w i l l not be taken i n by a'lot of hooey'. The foreword i s w r i t -ten by Dr. Spanner of R.C-S., and the author a f t e r a b r i e f introduction to himself, launches s t r a i g h t i n t o a discussion of 'Is there a God', and develops that point through many channels such as - The Claims of the B i b l e - The Claims of Christ - Did B i b l e Miracles happen - Is Dogma r e a l l y necessary? snd f i n a l l y asking you to make a decision as a result of these observations. This i s not Just another book about the Christian F a i t h , but one that has been written by an ordinary man (Metcalfe C o l l i e r i s an accountant), i n order to present to you as future professional men, the claims of C h r i s t i a n i t y , s o as to a s s i s t you to draw your own conclusions. I.C. C h r i s t i a n Union are responsible for sales of t h i s booklet which w i l l cost sixpence, and ÂŤ5a recommend i t to everyone, as a sound l o g i c a l ar\g-ument l i k e l y to produce thought-provoking disc -us3lon, and to help many f o l k c l e a r up doubts and errors.

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1 a week and a h a l f j u s t a f t e r Christmas I.C. Mountaineering Club v i s i t e d a c l i m b i n g hut i n a remote Lakeland v a l l e y reached most q u i c k l y by f o o t by way of mountain passes. The hut was conveniently s i t u a t e d f o r rock c l i m b i n g on Sea P e l l , but i f Great Gable or P i l l a r Rock were v i s i t e d "the r e t u r n l a y by way of the Wastwater Hotel: most of the c l i m b i n g was done on Great Gable, t h i s being the nearer of the two l a t t e r peaks. The weather was extremely c o l d , but mainly dry, and there was only a s l i g h t s p r i n k l i n g of snow on the peaks. The wind was very strong, sometimes making even walking on the high r i d g e almost impossible. The Gable c l i f f s were s u f f i c i e n t l y sheltered f o r quite a l a r g e number of climbs t o be done t h e r e , the h i g h l i g h t s being ascents of Kern Knotts Crack, an i n t i m i d a t i n g crack on a v e r t i c a l w a l l , too narrow t o get i n s i d e u n t i l one i s about 40 f e e t up, ( i t i s a great r e l i e f t o get i n s i d e the crack as I t I s too t i g h t t o f a l l out o f ) , and L u c i f e r Craok which proved t o be r a t h e r exposed t o wind, and i n I t s 100 f e e t was never more than a few inches Napes Needle was climbed several times. wide. Photographs of t h i s seem to show people hanging on t o an almost bottomless v e r t i c a l faoe w i t h hardly any holds. I n f a c t , the usua l route i s quite a safe crack w i t h p l e n t y o f f o o t and hand holds , l e a d i n g t o a very b i g ledge (the shoulder) a f t e r only about 40 feet of olimbing. A delicate move then f o l l o w s , and an a i r y face ( w i t h p l e n t y of holds) b r i n g s you t o the top of the climb a f t e r another 15 f e e t . There are harder and longer r o u t e s to the top, i t being usua l f o r climbers not t o be s a t i s f i e d w i t h the e a s i e s t way. Members of the p a r t y climbed one of these routes the Obverse r o u t e , and a l s o t r a v e r s e d r i g h t round the needle at the l e v e l of the shoulder. A l a r g e number of e a s i e r and longer climbs were done, and n e a r l y a l l the surrounding peaks were v i s i t e d . Most o f the climbs aroundj Wasdalt are a t a high l e v e l (about 2500 f e e t ) but on one of the most c o l d and windy days the p a r t y v i s i t e d a low c l i f f j u s t above Wastwater, where f o r onoe we could climb without numb f i n g e r s . I t s shelteredness was the more appreciated when a f t e r the c l i m b i n g was done we walked t o the top of the h i l l , Yew barrow, on the f l a n k of which we had been olimbing, where pools were covered w i t h i c e three inohes t h i c k , and a s h r i v e l l i n g b l a s t was blowing. The r i d g e f o r t u n a t e l y l e d towards the Wastwater H o t e l , and the promise of i t s comfort spurred us on. On the l a s t day a midnight ascent was made of one of the nearest h i l l s , c a l l e d The Screes. The moon was n e a r l y f u l l , though i t s l i g h t was rather deceptive - t h i n g s looked t e n times f u r t h e r away than they proved t o be. The c o l d wind made the t r i p a l i t t l e l e s s romantic than i t sounds.

DID YOU know t h a t almost 250 books have d i s appeared from the Union L i b r a r y d u r i n g the l a s t three y e a r s ? M I S S I O N . AT THE BROMPTON ORATORY S.W.7. FOR CATHOLICS AND NON-CATHOLICS. f o r : I m p e r i a l college,Queen E l i z a b e t h College Chelsea and B a t t e r s e a Polytechnics,St.Mary's H o s p i t a l M e d i c a l School,Royal College of Music The m i s s i o n w i l l be preached by the C a t h o l i c Missionary Sooiety. MISSION SERVICES : Monday,Tuesday,Thursday a t 1.10 pa. A 5.30 pa Wednesday,Friday a t 1.10 pm. only. At SI'.ETHELDREDA'S,Ely Place,Holborn. Wednesday,2nd Feb. High Massftsermon a t 8 pm F r i d a y , 4 t h Feb. Dialogue MassftSermon 6 pm. Sunday,6th Feb. High MassftSermon a t 9.30 am At WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL. Sunday,6th. Feb. Compline, f i n a l Sermon of the M i s s i o n and B e n e d i c t i o n a t 7 pm. MISSION from 31st January - 6th February i y s 5 ALSO SEE NOTICE BOARDS.

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Fit!DAY JAN. 21st, I.C.S.C.M.? 1.16p.m., Botany Lecture Theatre. PACIFISM. J . Fergus on Esq., F.O.R., w i l l give a t a l k on the reasons f o r Pacifism. Sandwiches on s a l e . A l l welcome. "CAVEMEN'S CAPERS" or "DRUID'S DEBAUCHERY". I.C. Dramatic Soc. general meeting, 5-30p.m. i n Committee Room 'A'. SATURDAY JAN 22nd. i . e . conservative Soc. are hosts t o the London U n i v e r s i t y Conservative Association who w i l l hold t h e i r annual conference i n the Ayrton H a l l . Boring Club Dance. J.30 q.A. Bar, Band & Novelties. SUNDAY JAN 23rd. I.C. Film Soc. present a Grand New Year Show at 7.00p.m. i n the New Lounge. "The Man i n the White Suit","3-D Metroscopix"."East Anglian Holiday"and "Drawings that Walk and Talk". MONDAY JAN 24th. I.C. 3.CM., 5.10p.m. i n Botany Lecture Theatre. "Adult Baptism" by Rev. Douglas Stswsrt followed by an informal discussfcon. A l l yielcowr, I.C. Riding Club A.G.M., 5.15p.m. i n Committ«9 Room 'A'. I.C. Mountaineering Club Annual Dinner, 7.00p.m. i n Westminster Arms, S.W.I. George Band on "T«s Karakorams." 10/6d. per head. Apply K. Cox. TUESDAY JAN 25th. Scriblerus Club publie meeting, 5.00p.m., Chem. Tech. Lecture Theatre. James A. Joyce ( B a r r i s t e r a t Law), Secretary of the B r i t i s h branch of the World Calendar Association w i l l give a t a l k on the Association's aims. U.L. Orchestra inaugural rehearsal under John Hollingsworth, 7.00p.m. atbBodford College. WEDNESDAY JAN 26th. I.C. Railway Soc. v i s i t to L i l l i e Bridge Depot, London Transport. Details on Union Board. L i s t closes 5.00p.m. on Friday 21st. C.& G. Engineering Soc. v i s i t to B.T.H., Willesden. India Day, 6.45p.m., Friend's House, Euston Rd., N.W.I. Details from International Relations Club board. FRIDAY JAN 28th. I.C. S.C.N., 1.10p.m., Botany Lecture Theatre. PACIFISM L e s l i e P a u l , Esq. w i l l give a t a l k on the reasons against Pacifism* Sandwiches on s a l e . A l l welcome. C.ft G. Motor Club Night Navigation R a l l y , organiser M.T.Deere. R a l l y based on O.S. 159 ( C h l l t e r n s ) , s t a r t i n g and f i n i s h i n g near Slough. Suitable f o r cars and motor-cycled. SATURDAY JAN. 29* ' Entertainment* Committee Charity Hop - Queenie (see a r t i c l e . ) MONDAY JAN 31st. Radio Soc. Lecture. Under-water t e l e v i s i o n with f i l m . I.C. Chemical Soc. Lecture,  5.15p.m. "Chemical Configuration  F l e x i b l e Molecules i n Relation to Reactions i n the Gas Phase." Prof. A.R.Ubbelohde. 1

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mm m <* 1. C. L i t . a Deb. Soc. Debate, 8.00p.m. at Westfield College on the motion that "This House Considers the University to be a Seat of Yearning." Followed by coffee and s o c i a l activities. MONDAY FEB 7th. Radio Soc. l e c t u r e . Metropolitan P o l i c e System,


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The A r o t i o conditions which spread havoc amongst the weekend sports programmes,did not prevent the j I.C.Cross Country Club from holding t h e i r annualorosa coutttuy matohwlth S h e f f i e l d U n i v e r s i t y at S h e f f i e l d . The i n c l u s i o n of teams from Loughborough College and Nottingham U n i v e r s i t y added extra importance and i n t e r e s t to the match. I t had been snowing h e a v i l y sinoe eight o'clook on Saturday morning,and t h i s coming on the top of a f r o z e n hard surface promised t o make the course very treacherous. A f i n e snow was d r i v i n g i n t o the faces of the competitors as they l i n e d up f o r the start,and traok s u i t s were r e l u c t a n t l y removed,At the word "Go" f o r t y runners surged forward throng* the f i f t e e n lnohes of snow,almost trampling the press photographer underfoot aa he disappeared i n a f l u r r y of snow. There was some confusion at the s t a r t as t o which d i r e c t i o n the oourse should go,but T.Bailey (I.C.) and A.J.BROWN(Notts.) soon took the lead and quickly forged ahead.A t h i n mist creeping i n from the moors b l o t t e d out a l l landmarks,causing B a i l e y and Brown to go o f f course,so l o s i n g the 2nd and I s t places which they would inevitably; have gained. Meanwhile the r e s t of the f i e l d were s l i p p i n g and s l i d i n g over snow covered,frost-bound ploughed f i e l d s , t h r o u g h streams and over s t i l e s , H a i l e s of S h e f f i e l d won the raoe with a time of 29m-3s,leading a strong S h e f f i e l d team t o a surpri s i n g yet w e l l earned v l e t o r y , Loughborough were 2nd and I.C. 3rd. B e l l e y { 7 t h ) . M e l l e r ( I I t h ) , 0 1 d f i e l d ( I 4 ) Dearden(I8th),korris(20th),and Turner(25th) were the sooring members of I.C.'s team. Had the I.C.team e x c e l l e d i t s e l f with the same d i s t i n c t i o n i t displayed i n the S h e f f i e l d Union l a t e r i n the evening,a d i f f e r e n t r e s u l t might hare a r i s e n .

HOCKEY Last term provided the most miserable sequence of p l a y i n g c o n d i t i o n s f o r at l e a s t seven years. Only one match was played on anything l i k e a f i r m surface, a l l others being played e i t h e r i n pouring r a i n or on a mud-patch; of the 15 matches scheduled to be played by the f i r s t eleven, f i v e had to be c a n c e l l e d due t o u n f i t p i t c h e s . The r e s u l t s show t h a t the Club has not r e a l l y h e l d i t s own as y e t a g a i n s t i t s stronger olub opponents and t h i s i s most d i s a p p o i n t i n g as the team i s p o t e n t i a l l y the strongest sinoe we l a s t won the U.L. Cup. There i s no doubt that the forwards are the major offenders as, with the exoeption of one match; they have seldom looked l i k e sooring. Anything l e s s l i k e "boyish enthusiasm* I n t h e i r play i s hard t o imagine and they must s u r e l y appreoiate by now t h a t mature considerat i o n has never won any g a m e — — l e t alone scored goals. I n desperation and a g a i n s t advice, the Captain has moved himself from l e f t baok t o oentre forward and he t h i n k s that some improvement has r e s u l t e d . As has always been the case I n I.C. Hookey the defenoe has functioned w e l l and I n p a r t i c u l a r , Peter Mantle at r i g h t baok has been c o n s i s t e n t l y b r i l l i a n t showing how hookey should be played i n the C l a s s i c a l s t y l e . As u s u a l , the 2nd eleven contend that they are h a r d l y weaker than the 1st eleven but w i t h ao s t r o n g a forward l i n e t h e i r r e s u l t s have been rather disappointing. C o l i n Spenoe has had a v a r i e d and v a r y i n g assortment of p l a y e r s I n the 3rd eleven and the •Xtent of the d i f f e r i n g strengths from week t o • p i c oan be judged from the f a o t that the r e s u l t s inolude a 9-1 defeat and a 9-3 v i c t o r y . One oan o n l y hope t h a t more clement weather and r e s u l t s w i l l oome our way t h i s term.

SOCCE I.C CUP CHANCE On B e e . I l t h the I s t XI reached the s e m i - f i n a l )f the U.L. Cup competition by defeating Westminster t-0 at Harlington. The supporters of both teams witnessed a very c l o s e l y contested b a t t l e w i t h the honours just going to the home team. For the f i r s t f i f t e e n minutes the home team attacked i n c e s s a n t l y but somehow the Westminster j o s l remained i n t a c t .By t h i s time the v i s i t o r s ware paying more as a team but t h e i r sporadic rata? an the I.C. goal never r e a l l y spelled danger,due to some sound i f not spectacular play by t! ? home d?feiv:s I t was not u n t i l the near the end however tftifg the v i t a l goal came.This was a f i n e e f f o r t e;-n"s5 Hodge,who having moved i n from the wing beat a l l opposition and placed the b a l ] i n the corner- yf tfetf net,leaving the goalkeeper w e l l beaten.In n-5.tr ftp.fl<» ness the end came with I.C. s t i l l a t t a c k i n g Hird. Team;- M.McLeman,J.Anderson,R.Dytham.DSMoors, K.Richards,P.Blackall.P.May,A.Holgate,G.Green(c*nt} C.Brindley,K.Hodge. The s e m i - f i n a l of the U.L.Cup w i l l b e I.C.y Goldsmiths on Sat. 29th January.(probably at Berrylands,L.S.e,'s ground.) Supporters w i l l be most welcome and a coach w i l l be l e a v i n g from the Union.

RUGGER Last Friday's"Evening Standard" contained the f o l l o w i n g information: RUGBY OFF TOMORROW Wales v. England. Staines v. Imperial College ( a l l matohes) This i s the second time that we have been ment i o n e d i n the press t h i s season, as our defeat i n the U n i v e r s i t y Cup was considered, quite r i g h t l y , to be sensational enough f o r i n o l u s i o n i n the r e s u l t s l i s t e d i n THE TIMES. The f i r s t XV has been h i t hard by i n j u r i e s , and with several men p l a y i n g f o r U n i v e r s i t y teams, has been s l i g h t l y below the oustomary very high standard. Nevertheless they have f u l l y j u s t i f i e d t h e i r strong f i x t u r e - l i s t , and the worst defeat, 12 - 3 by London Welsh 'A', was c e r t a i n l y no disgrace f o r a college team. As u s u a l , we have shown a general s u p e r i o r i t y over other c o l l e g e s , but our only defeat by one,came,unfortunately, i n the Cup Hatch. This was played i n a p p a l l i n g condi t i o n s , and a l s o we were foroed to play four r e -serves. U n i v e r s i t y College, knowing they '/ere up against the Cup-holders of three successive years, had everything to gain and nothing to lose, "hey fought l i k e t i g e r s and thoroughly deserved their 5 - 3 win. This r e s u l t should c e r t a i n l y add -pice to next years competition 1 I t i s worth noting that I.C.'s heaviest defeat In a Cup Match over a period of s i x years i s 3 - 0 by Tets i n 1930. During t h i s t i n e we have scored 140 points to our opponents' 47 i n the competition. This term there are many tough matches Including a tour of Cornwall. I n c i d e n t a l l y there i s also a • f r i e n d l y l " with U.C., which should be a good blood bath. The 2nd XV, more than a match f o r most college 1st teams, has i n e v i t a b l y been weakened by the i n j u r i e s i n the 1st team, nevertheless i t nas given a goon account of I t s e l f and has won s i x of i t s nine games. The s p i r i t and performance of the three lower teams are w e l l In accordance with t r a d i t i o n . Dan Fowler (Ex a) must s u r e l y be the only' Rugby captain who has been known to respond to h i s f l y h a l f ' s shouts f o r the b a l l by standing bolt upright i n the middle o f a loose scrum and shouting " I f you want the _____ t h i n g , ooae and get i t yourself1" The s p i r i t of his team was consolidated by a f i n e win during an a l l day (and nearly a l l night) v i s i t to Crawley, Sussex. No doubt the climax of i t s •akaevements w i l l come a f t e r the Rugger Club Dinner, so look out Frank.

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