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Hugh Huokin and Robin Appleby were returned unopposed t o the posts of Presiden t and Secretary r e s p e c t i v e l y at the Mines Union. Hugh Huokin i s w e l l known f o r h i s rugby p l a y i n g and boxing prowess. Robin Appleby, l a anothesr sportsman who has rowed f o r I.C. Âťand i s the Chaps Club Sec


The Annual dinner of the Imperial College Mountaineering Club was held i n the Staff Common Room last Friday. The guests and members attended a talk by Dr. R. Scott" Russell preoeeding the dinner. Dr. Scott Russell, the son-in-law of Professor Finoh, guide philosopher, and instructor of the olub i n past years, gave a brief account of his olimbing experiences In the New Zealand Alps, and then passed on to his favourite "well-known" climb i n the ÂŁnutt Ridge of the Matterhorn. Dr. Soott Russell then'went on to describe the Imperial College expedition to Jan Meyan, telling of the scientific as well as the climbing achievements of the party. Soott Russell who studied Botany at I.C. was the second In command of the expedition. The toast to the guests was given by M.R. Piggott and was replied to by Wing Commander Beaumon of the Alpine Club who suggested that a possible source of the Xehti or Abominable Snowman was guests who having had too much to drink at olub dinners went out into the dark night never to be seen again. Dr. Soott Russell had hoped to convey a message from Professor Finch who i s now in India, but the message had not yet arrived. He was sure however that the message would congratulate the club on attaining i t s 25th Anniversary. Dr. G. Wilson ,who was the f i r s t president,proposed that Club and said he hoped that he would be present for the Golden Jubilee. J. Alexander gave his Presidential address after delaying i t as long as the members (now slightly affected by oertain alcoholic liquids) would allow. After saying he did not know any clean jokes he proceeded to t e l l one whioh nearly broke the duration record for this type of story. He followed this by a more serious discourse on the clubs forthcoming trip to the Alps. Finally the evening finished in the bar with the traditional traverse of the Union Entrance Hall made more difficult by the loss of two doors and the f i r s t contender pulling down a l l the holds.





Quean Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, attended a special meeting of the Convocation at Senate House on Thursday, 3rd March, where Her Majesty was elected as Chancellor by the enthusiastic acclamation of a l l present. After accepting the Declaration of Election, Hair Majesty replied to the Chairman of Convocation. In the reply, the new Chancellor said: "It i s my hope that I may be able to forge a peractial link between myself and this great University (of London) with its busy l i f e , and it s ever growing service to scholarship and to Citizenship. *Xou may rest assured that I shall do a l l that lies i n •y power to promote the successful development and future prosperity of our University". The installation oeremonies of the new Chancellor w i l l take place i n November of this year.




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THE TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF CHARLOTTENBURG IS THE IMPERIAL COLLECT OF BERLIN, WHERE FOUR THOUSAND STUDENTS STUDY SdENCE AND ENEDIKSRTNC. TEE COLLEGE BUILDINGS, WHICH WERE (F THE FAISER WILHKUI PERIOD, WERE BURNED OUT DURING THE WAR, BUT HEW LABORATORIES AND LECTURE ROOMS ARE BEING CONSTRUCTED IN THE CHARRED SHELL. As Berlin i s an island i n the Russian zone, contact ! betweem i t s students and those from abroad i s very limited During this v i s i t , i t was hoped to show the guests the l i f e of Berlin In both West and East Sectors. Peter Leads was chosen by the I.C. Executive to represent our college among the group of foreign students Invited by the Stalents' Union. He recorded these impressions of of the e,£ght days he spent i n the German capital. "Since the blockade of 1948, l i f e i n West Berlin has shown a steady improvement for i t a citizens. Although many gaps are s t i l l to be seen i n the streets, new blocks of flats offloes, and roads have been built and the soars of war are disappearing steadily. The shops are well f i l l e d and people apparently have the money to buy. The German students took us to the Berlin Kind! Brewery and to the Ernst Renter power station which was partly reequipped during the blockade. They did not neglect the social side, however, and took us to the Opera, the Theatre and introduced us to some of the Night-Clubs. These night i clubs are very cheap by London standards and the price of a beer enables one to see the floor show and danoe with the young girls provided. "On pre-war weekends the Berllne**would v i s i t the many lakes and woods surrounding the city for his pleasures. Now he cannot travel more than seven miles from the centre of the West Sector and so he makes his amusements in hie own neighbourhood. The West Sector fortunately includes one large lake and a forest, and i n Sumner these are very popular. "We visited the Russian Sector and here one sees a very different picture. In the centre, at least, rebuilding i s virtually confined to a new Russian Embassy and a long street called the Stalin Allee, which i s f i l l e d with large white buildings i n the Moscow style. Thereis very l i t t l e traffio and advertisements are confined to Political exhortations. As the tube train passee into the East Sector, Western newspapers disappear— possession of one may bring a term of imprisonment. On leaving the last East Sector tube station, sn announcer says, "You are now leaving the daaocratio sector." Just to prove this, papers from the undemocratic West reappear. "Despite many difficulties, the West Berlin students have a f u l l college l i f e , and they proved to be charming and groerodi boats."



At the Refectory Sub Committee meeting on Monday, the main item under discussion was the provision of new accomodation for the lunch hour. Mr Mooney w i l l be taking over from Miss Bowling ( Queenie to you ), so that the whole of the catering for the College will come under his jurisdiction. During the Saster Vacation, the Snack Bar w i l l be used for the serving of breakfasts, but on the 28th* March, and from then on, both luncheons and suppers w i l l be served in the Ayrton Hall* The tines are as at present, though i t may be found practicable to shorten them i f the demand i s small during the evening meal. It i s hoped that the Union w i l l reopen on the 25th. April, from whioh date dinners and suppers will be served here also. Al l other functions, including Society Dinners, will take place under the direction of Mr Mooney in the Ayrton Hall. Felix wishes him the best of luck on his new, and difficult venture*





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John i a the rather rotund f i g u r e who has been the unobtrusive but guiding hand on F e l i x t h i s year. A l l of you w i l l remember the "Freshers' F e l i x " , which was sold on the f i r s t day of l a s t term, and on the three preoeeding days. Few of you w i l l r e a l i z e the tremendous amount of work whioh John did to make i t sueh a success. The record sale speaks f o r his organising a b i l i t y , and energy. He refused to say where he was born, but he was brought up i n Minehead, Zummerzet, where he broke his nose. In John's own words, " I t happened when I f e l l out of my pram a f t e r being b i t t e n by a dog!" In Minehead he went t o a co-ed school, but didn't l i k e i t , and l e f t at the e a r l y age of s i x t e e n t o become a M.O.S. apprentice at Malvern. After working on radar equipment f o r a couple of years, he came to Guilds i n 1951 as a f i r s t year e l e c t r i c a l engineer. For the next two years, John said he was a brown-bagger - singing as a tenor i n the Imperial College Choir, and working as a conscientious helper on Felix. He played rugby, but a slippe d d i s c i n his spine brought a premature cessation to h i s a t h l e t i c pursuits. S t i l l an active o h o r i s t e r , John i s a p i l l a r of the tenors. At a l l F e l i x meetings, hl3 advice is.valued. He i s a member of the sedate body known as the Residents' Committee, through which he now owns the largest bed i n the Old Hostel. His l i k e s ? Well, these are many and varied, but amongst the more predominant are music, both c l a s s i c a l and contemporary, V a l e r i e , and the quietness of the f i f t h f l o o r of the Old Hostel. He says that he d i s l i k e s work, but the i n t r i c a t e structure with which he labours as a post-graduate has received regular a t t e n t i o n at his hands. C o n f i d e n t i a l l y , John HATED w r i t i n g Editorials. He i n v a r i a b l y l e f t these t i l l the l a s t minute, i n the hope that news could go i l l the column instead I



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Shivering on the hard at Chiswiok under the u n f r i e n d l y eyes of U.C,L.S.E. and the r e s t , stand f i v e f r a i l Icwarians. These are the dauntless few who chose to row and braved the storm of d i s approval from Putney. And how, you may ask, i s the I.C.W.B.C. ooxed four f a r i n g " The answer i s quite simple - we're doing a l l r i g h t . We haven't put on pounds of muscle, our hands are only very s l i g h t l y b l i s t e r e d and we haven't f a l l e n i n ( y e t ! ) . The i n i t i a l d i f f i c u l t i e s have now been sur-. mounted and we were very glad to receive some good coaching during t h i s period. Now, a f t e r tanking and tubbing, we have ventured out i n a c l i n k e r . None of us care to remember the f i r s t time - we must have resembled an a g i t a t e d water b e e t l e , but we kept a f l o a t . The second time out there was an immense Improvement and a l l I s now set f a i r . Except - doesn't anyone want to coach us?



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Sleeping i n the bedrooms, sleeping i n the barn, and i n the games room - and even i n the l o c a l Youth Hostel - Two hot water b o t t l e s , and ton blankets - Everybody welcome. Come In, i f you can get In'. Such was the s p i r i t of the two winter house parties run by the I.C. C h r i s t i a n Union. In the days when many societie s have good cause to complain of student apathy and d i s i n t e r est, I t Is a pleasant change to f i n d a committee running round i n c i r c l e s to accommodate a demand far exceeding anything i n previous years. About f i f t y people took part on each occasion, and a very h e l p f u l and enjoyable time was had by a l l . Washing up, and pleasant company were by kind cooperation of a small party from Q.E.C. C h r i s t i a n Union. Our host at the second party was Mr. Metcalfe C o l l i e r , by now a w e l l known figure at I.C. Many of us had cause to be g r a t e f u l for the help and advice of a man with 33 years of v i t a l C h r i s t i a n l i v i n g behind him. He spoke to us on "The Second Coming of C h r i s t . " The fact that t h i s event Is coming as surely as the June examinations was c l e a r l y set f o r t h , and with i t the To those apart from age-old c a l l of the Gospel. God, the c a l l to r e c o n c i l i a t i o n , - to the C h r i s t i a n , the c a l l to a holy and consecrated l i f e . The value of these housepartles can only be measured i n terms of our answer to this c a l l .

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Opinions recorded at a hostel coffee party: Clothing: I t i a funny the things man wear. Clothes look better on men than on women. You want to be like the Germans; they don't wear pyjamas. I prefer the French system. This IS iranaral. Let's talk about something also. Man: Ken are always irresponsible when they are together. So few of than eon hold any drink at a l l . I don't knew anything aaout men. Mines i a like I.C.W.A. I an nervous with anyone. Felix: 9m next Felix w i l l be tan pages; tho one after w i l l to

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On Wednesday, 2nd March sixty Goildanen spent an exotio day as guests of a group of electrical companies in South Wales. The party wont to Newport by train and on to the works of South Wales Switehgear Ltd. at Blackwood by ooaoh. Directors of the firm and a representative of the Welsh proas aooopanied us to lunch after whioh the Managing Director, Mr. A.J. Nicholas, described the basic principles of Switqhgear. The works went to considerable trouble to make the v i s i t interesting and numerous exhibits and demonstrations had bean arranged in the factory. Saying good-bye to the guides we entered the ooaohaa again and crossedsonny valleys on the waytoa Cable works i n Abardare. nor* wo were conducted round the factory and given an excellent tea. We thanked our host* and retained to Newport i n time for the 7.20 train to London. After fifteen minutes wait everybody was becoming a l i t t l e restive and i t was a relief for the station master when the train arrived, greeted ay the roar of a Boomalaka. In spite of arriving nearly an hour late at Paddingten, credit i s due to British Railways for the f i r s t class dinner that waa served. Shsnry and beer were also provided - i n fact instead of taking part i n the usual pub crawl i t appeared that we wore i n a crawling pub! Our benefactors oertainly know the best way to a Guildaman'a heart. One theory explaining the slow progress of the train. Was that the insulation paper, streaming from the windows, had wound round the axles of the coaches. The party rolled out of the coaches at T0.45 p.m. and finished the day with another Xoomalaka.



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On Thursday last, City and Guilds College adopted a proposal which may have far-reaching effects on future Guildsmen - the idea of a Fresher's Dinner with undergraduate hosts. The idea, is not a new one, for many years ago Guilds held such a dinner, and Mines s t i l l do. However new or not the proposal shows great foresight. •J. We a l l know that the three colleges of I.C. are due to ex• pand i n numbers in the next few years,butnot many of us have interested ourselves in what w i l l happen to the future Corporate lifeof our respective Unions. We pride ourselves i n our social l i f e ; but there i s grave danger looming ahead which forebodes evil on this l i f e - threatening to turn I.C. into yet another polytechnic institute. Unless we,the present students, make the effort to interest • the Freshman in this society or that club, and to meet his fellows out of worktime, tills danger cannot be averted. The Fresher's Dinner i s the answer that Mines have found successful, and that Guilds have adopted. Let us hope the scientists follow suit.because unless something i s done, there are going to bo more Brown Baggers i n I.C.than exist im the whole of H.L. a*.

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We hear that the denizens of the Senior Common Room are investing i n a painting. Finding that they had some £75 to spend, their committee selected a work, on show in a gallery i n town, and staff members have been going along to examine i t . Such an investment i s a good one,and perhaps the example might be followed by our Union. Apparently one provincial university some years ago began investing in one good painting a year and now have a valuable collection. Its worth i s inoreasing as the years.

We are sorry to hear that "Charlie" Chester, the man we profiled i n our last issue, i s onoe again in bed, after breaking his ankle i n the Mines v. R.C.S. Cup game. last time you w i l l remember i t was 'flu.

Mr. Hewby, well known for his work as Vacation Work Offioer, has moved to 178, Queens Gate. Most of the I.C. Administration staff are now at 178 or 179 in SJueens Gate, i n accordance with the expansion 3chema.

Two King's College students had the nerve to come up to I.C, last week, in reply to the reply to an advertisement i n the U.L.Rag. They thought that they would meet two Icwarians. As they described themselves as mysogynists, the men of I.C. decided that they should leave as such, so thsy were driven away to South Kan. tube station i n a Builders handcart, dressed in slips instead of trousers.

•yw Insertion: Stop Press News: - Does anybody want a Chess report? The FELIX Sports Editor i s at the moment complaining bitterly that he's not having i t on his page - ssye "That's not a sport J" - Nelson i s not having i t either. 9

HELP FELIX1 • • I f you are a w r i t e r , a r t i s t , c r i t i c , t y p i s t , photographer, interested i n cheso, or just w i l l i n g to do what you can to help, drop a note to the B a i l o r i n the Union l e t t e r rack. The hours do not exceed a morning or an afternoon every other Sunday. The time Is well spent, i n good company, (including the FELIX athlet e i n his usual b r i l l i a n t waistcoat). Just drop a note i n the rack, that's all- . Martin Jacob and a present working on Lord Mayor's Show. theme and the cost

The Dramatic Society* s offerings thi3 term were Chekhov's comedy, "The Proposal", and Jean Anouilh's Modern version of "Antigone". "The Proposal", although hardly .typical Chekhov, served as a light hors d' oeuvre to the more serious fare. Due to some very good acting, none of the humour was lost - indeed, i t wa3 added to by Martin Jacobs' gymnastics. It was felt, however, that he and Rosemary Melville would s t i l l be at loggerheads had not Dick Saunders managed to get the proposal carried without a division. Ian Duff s production (in three weeks!) of''Antigone was far above the general run of College dramatios, and he is to be congratulated on this polished performance. He also had no mean role as chorU3, and oame through with flying colours. Lea Allen excelled in a long and difficult portrayal of Creon- a very different part from others he has previously taken. The play was really made by magnificent cut and thrust dialogue between him and Judith Korhbluth, whose Antigone was superb, to say the least. Of the supporting characters, Rosemary Melville was very good a3 Antigone's nurse, and although Haemon (Michael Spence) seemed a t r i f l e uncertain when facing the g i r l friend, he was very impressive when wrangling with his father, Creon^ Light relief was afforded by Derek Hill's cockney "First Guard". The other two Guards had smaller parts John Hendy's northern brogue was quite pleasing, but Dan Boyle's acoent seemed rather out of plaoe. Kathy Dent as Surydice had very l i t t l e to do except knit, and i t was quite a relief when Tony Eycott eventually opened his mouth. The set and backoloth were very effective, and the lighting was excellent. I t i s a pity that the audienoe was no reflection on the merits of the play, which deserved better. B.B. w

sub-committee of four are at the Guilds' contribution to the They have to work out a suitable of the contribution.

jtm On Tuesday the 8th, a packed House defeated a • • m o t i o n that everybody had thought would carry: "That i n the Opinion of t h i s House, University Education should be to provide a Technique of L i v i n g , not a Technique of Barnlng." Two guest speakers from Bedford supported the debate, which produced several good speeches from the f l o o r . The notion was l o s t 7 2 - 3 9 , with 25 abstentions. So now we know why I.C. 11 fe i s so dull.

J. The l a e t week of term w i l l also be the l a s t week of the present gentlemen please !

A d v e r t i s e r s ' Announcement: 'Coming to C l a r i d g e ' s John? I t seems tne perfect way to end the term. 'Yes, as a matter of f a c t I nad tnougi.t about i t , l e t ' s make up a party. I ' l l go along to tue Unian O f f i c e r i g h t away and ge'. a ticrtet.I n ipe they've s t i l l some l e f t . ' 1

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This we ek we conclude the Pood Survey, with what la perhaps the most important part; the o r i t l c i s m and suggested improvement ef the e x i s t i n g oat ering arrangements i n both the Onion and the Ayrt on H a l l . I t may seem at f i r s t sight that as the Union i s due to be demolished to a l l Intents and purposes for at least eighteen months there i s l i t t i e point, i f any, i n c r i t i c i s i n g the f a c i l i t i e s hioh w i l l be taken away a l l too soon. Thl3 i s simply not true. For the f i r s t time i n the colleges' h i s t o r y , the average student has been able t o speak his mind en masse on the subject of HIS dinner, - and on dinners i n general. The r e s u l t i n g flood of curses and compliments was something of a r e v e l a t i o n . We w i l l present them to you i n three sect i o n s : general grumbles, p a r t i c u l a r grumbles, and suggestions. I n c i d e n t a l l y , there i s a suggestions book kept i n the Union, which receives regular a t t e n t i o n at the hands of the Refeotory Sub-Committee, f o r the use of the student and There were no more than h a l f a dozen the s t a f f . people who praised the e x i s t i n g arrangements. Seotlon 1) General Grumbles. As one gentleman put i t on his questionnaire, there are too many QQQQ.QQQ. A natural result of t h i s , i s that an average student has to When wait ouarter of an hour t i l l he oan eat. he a r r i v e s at the head of the queue, he finds that there are too few popular dishes, the food supply is i r r e g u l a r , and there i s not enough of i t . What i s more, the presentation seems to upset h i s aesthetic nature, and the food i s lukewarm or cold on r e c e i p t . One person suggests that the oost should be compared to that at other c o l l e g e s , such as Northampton P o l y t e c h n i c Many believe the con d i t i o n s of serving can be cleaner, e s p e c i a l l y i n the Snack Bar.





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The Bditor, Felix. Dear Sir, Aocording to the last issue of Felix, hope of further hostel accomodation for I.C. i a now gone, as the U.G.C. does not see i t s way to providing the neoesaary ÂŁ1,000 per person for a new hostel. Surely this i s a very defeatist attitude. Provision for living-in is ritual for any university worthy of the name and i t i s obvious on the most superficial examination that I.C. suffers from the relative lack of i t . This situation we a l l know w i l l be made worse i n the near future i f something i s not done now. A new hostel would be rather beyond us, but surely two thousand students oan raise enough money to purchase on lease one or two of the otherwise unused houses of the type in Exhibition Rd. for use as further hostel accomodation. I do not suggest that direot contributions w i l l be sufficient, but a l i t t l e ingenuity and hard work w i l l often make a lot of money. Let us do something now before i t is too late. R. L. Imperial College Hostel,

S.W.7. Bear S i r , I hope this week you w i l l find further opportunities to Fillmore spaces with his usual brilliant name. Yours etc., F, 3.1m,I Fan

No ooffee a f t e r lunoh; Soggy chips; D i r t y tables (the remedy f o r t h i s l i e s with the student), Inadequate seating; s t a f f smoking; etc. etc. Ayrton H a l l No soup; Small portions; No v a r i e t y ; Burnt sausages; Stacks of d i r t y dishes; Stale r o l l s ; etc. etc. Section 3)


After reading through the previous section i t i s a welcome r e l i e f to read the more serious suggestions. Some are p r a o t i c a b l e ; some are not. We hope the Refeotory Committee w i l l consider them with not too incensed f e e l i n g s . Many people suggest that the methods adopted by J . Lyons and Co. could be studied with advantage The use of two cash desks i s considered to be a good idea during the rush hour, together with a "Lay-by" f o r those people who would prefer to wait u n t i l t h e i r ohoice has been presented. The old idea of staggering the Lunoh Hour appeared i n various guises. Another muoh voiced opinion was the voluntary choioe of extras, such as potatoes, f o r whioh a small a d d i t i o n a l charge oould be made. But. above a l l was the cry, "Cut down the Queues!" To nonolude our l i t t l e survey, a few of the more amusing r e p l i e s are printed below. Anon. - The Cashier i s very nioe; pity the other dishes are not like her. (Please note this dish i s now off the menu; the lady i n question has now left! Id.)


R.C.S The Bditor, 21-2-55. Felix. Dear Sir, I think the Tinker, who last week suggested that Cassandra is suffering from a metallurgical misfit, was entirely misguided. In fact, R.C.S. likes to help any of i t s ladies who are ao obviously afflioted. I therefore eaolose a platform (whioh I hope you w i l l be able to forward to her) on whioh she oan further purify her soul to the amusement of the Tinsmiths. Tours sincerely, G.A.3. (Ed. : enclosed with the letter was a tiny wooden soap box, inside which a block of 'Puritan' soap rested. Cassandra thanks G.A.S.)

(Editor's Note: Even though most of these comp l a i n t s are v a l i d to some degree or other, most people f a i l to r e a l i z e the tremendous d i f f i o u l t i e s that the Refectory s t a f f s have t o faoe.) Section 2) P a r t i c u l a r Grumbles

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Old Hostel, The Editor of Felix. 13,3,55 Dear Sir, Spurred on by the remarks i n Nelson's Column I should like to aomment on your sports editions of the penultimate issue. "Let us examine a few details of our inglorious reoord" - call a spade a spade i f you like but to describe our reoord as inglorious i s utter rubbish. One might think from the editorial that the main purpose of fielding team was to amass cups. I f your Sport's Editor really thinks this, then he i s wrong. It i s well known that knook out oup oompetitiona although exoiting and nice to win are not a really fair criterion on whioh to judge a team. Of the nineteen olubs on A.C.O. brief exerpts from the reoords of six were reviewed and the prospeots of two surmised and so the achievements and potentialities of more than half the olubs were not even oon3idered. Practically a l l of .the athletio olubs have had very good seasons, several have been outstandingly successful and no doubt the 'summer clubs' w i l l aquit themselves well. A number of olubs oan field the strongest team in the University and at least two are stronger than U.L. fhen the accounts are audited at the end of the year, 1954-55 w i l l hardly appear ao one of the leaner sporting years. Alastair Fairbairn. ^â&#x20AC;&#x17E;^ ? * reoeived from w.J.L. A n


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,. P.G. I oannot afford to buy a lunoh with beer the prioe i t i s ! One other i n t e r e s t i n g point came t o l i g h t during the survey. I t seems that many postgrads, e s p e c i a l l y In R.C.S., as one put i t , consider themselves above the "aoramon proles". These gentlemen also appear t o have l o s t the a b i l i t y t o s p e l l oorreotly any word w i t h more than four s y l l a b l e s .









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1.10p.m. i n the Botany Leoiuee Theatre, I.C.S.C.M., "The C h r i s t i a n Message-Ill""The C h r i s t i a n B t h i o Today"-talk by Rev. M.S.Gunn. A l l welcome. 1.20p.m. i n Committee Room 'A'. Crosscountry Club A. G.M. 5.15p.m. i n Zoo. Leoture Theatre. I.C. Photo. Soo. Kodak L t d . Manusoript Lecture, "Training Troubles." Mr. G.C.Mercer, "Dry Mounting w i t h a Domestic I r o n . " 7.50p.m. i n the New Lounge (Snaok b a r ) . I.C.International R e l a t i o n s Club present a Student Evening. I.C. students w i l l , t a l k about t h e i r own oountries or t r a v e l s and lead an informal d i s c u s s i o n . A l l are i n v i t e d . SATURDAY MARCH 19th. Judo Club Hop.

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SUNDAY MARCH 20 t h . 8.40a.m. at v i c t o r i a f o r I.C.Mountaineering Club at HarrisoAs Hocks. 7.00p.m. i n the New Lounge. I.0.Film soo. present "The F a l l of B e r l i n , " how a Russian E r r o l Flynn won the war, and "Unemployment and Money," preoeded by the a.G.M. T i c k e t s l/9d. , on sale from 6.30p.m. Suilds Motor Club Spring Rally. ( For detail* see artioles below ) MONDAY MARCH21st. 5.10p.m. i n the Botany Lecture Theatre. I.C.S.C.M. t a l k and d i s c u s s i o n on "The Atonement" l e d by F r . B r i s c o e . A l l very weloome. 1


Guildsmen packed i n t o Room 17 l a s t Thursday bo attend what, has been one of the most l i v e l y Union meetings i n reoent years. I t started when the minutes were questioned — am unheard of event i n the l i v e s of many present. Andy Levine, Guilds president, opened business with the reading of a l e t t e r from the president of Heading U n i v e r s i t y , who wanted some coloured bulbs returned . Unfortunately, the bulbs, having attended the l a s t two C a r n i v a l s , were i n no c o n d i t i o n to be returned and because or the f i n a n c i a l i n s t a b i l i t y of the Heading union a cash repayment, together, with twenty-one coloured oandleBjfor good measure, werj to be presented to our poorer neighbours. The seoond item on the agenda was one of considerable importance as K e i t h M i l l e r emphasise when he said that the measure he advooated would net to form the Guildsman of the f u t u r e i n t o a f u l l y mature engineer i n s p i t e of the proposed increase i n numbers whioh might otherwise have prevented him taking part i n Union a c t i v i t i e s . J a very l a r g e m a j o r i t y , the house passed the motioi i n favour of a Fresher's Dinner, i n whioh each "Freshman" would have h i s own host f o r the eveninj This host would pay a l l , or part of, the oost of' the dinner. A p l e a f o r l e s s course work and a proposed c r i t i c i s m form on l e c t u r e r s was l o u d l y applauded Then followed a stormy and widely d i f f e r i n g d i s c u s s i o n on c o l l e g e hours, the o r i g i n a l proposal being to lengthen the lunoh-hour on every day of t l wdek. Mr.MaoKenzie expressed moot people's f e e l i j s on saying "Let us not tamper with the c o l l e g e hour* against the wishes of the m a j o r i t y . " The b a s i c i a a behind the proposal was to enable the smallest olubss to a t t r a c t more members, but i t was. f e l t that these olubs were i n a d e f i n i t e m i n o r i t y . K e i t h M i l l e r was on h i s f e e t again, t h i s time i n i n d i g n a t i o n at the queue-jumping at tea-time i n Queenies, and wishing to l i m i t each person to one cup of t e a . "I was twenty-fourth i n the queue one day," he said "and I had the f o r t y - e i g h t h cup of t e a J " The house was amused, and before most people r e a l i s e d i t , the motionthat "Any person who i s obviously queue jumping i n the tea queue should have h i s trousers removed and suspended from the f l a g - p o l e outBide G u i l d s " was proposed, seconded and c a r r i e d i n a storm of cheers Ivan Abbott leaped up and c r i e d to the president "We have passed a dangerous motion." A s o t t o voioe suggested he should see F i n a l l y , an nour a f t e r the meeting began, Mr. Graham proposed that Mr. Kenneth Horne should be eleoted an honorary member of the Union to give G u i l d s the " r i g h t sort of p u b l i o i t y " . As soon as the president brought the meeting to a c l o s e however, a crowd of j o s t l i n g , laughing Guildsmen h u r r i e d to Queenies to debag the f i r s t queue-jumper. We wonder what the form i s i n the case of a her, not a himl

TUESDAY MARCH 22nd. 5.45p.m. i n the Botany Lecture Theatre. I.C.Mountaineering Club. J.Stephenson, B . S c , "Climbing i n Eastern A u s t r a l i a , " t a l k with s l i d e s . WEDNESDAY MaRCh 23rd. I.C.Railway Soo. v i s i t to Gloucester Road S i g n a l Box, S.H. D e t a i l s on notice-board. FRIDAY MARCH 25th. Imperial College Easter B a l l at Claridges H o t e l . T i c k e t s obtainable from Union O f f i c e and B o o k s t a l l . THURSDAY APRIL25th. I.C.Railway Soo. two day v i s i t to B r i s t o l , Taunton, Bath and Bournemouth (Somerset & doraet Railway). Details on notioe-board or from Hon. Sec. v i a I.C. raok before March 26th.

GUILDS SPRING RALLY. The laat rally of the year l a being held this Sunday Maroh 20th starting from the Union at 12 noon. You are advised to arrive early as there i s a large entry. The rally takes the form of four road seotiona, various **£^ !!j" * « "-«°°a Drive. ^ »J£ f » P " e consult the Motor Club notice board i n Guilds' entrance hall. <


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When instituting the Head of the River Race fro. Mortlake to Putney (the reverse Boat Race course) i n 1926, Steve Pairbairn wrote that this race would "do mare for rowing than anything has done yet." By 1930, eighty crews were racing and the number has steadily increased until today there are 230 crews entered in both "best" and clinker built boats. The winners of the f i r s t race i n 1926 were London R.O. and apart from sharing the Head with Thames R.C. the following Imperial College year, they remained champions until 1935Boat Club had the honour of being the f i r s t oollege crew to "go Head" i n 1946, beating Jesus College, (Cambridge) who reversed the position i n 1947 end won again i n t951 and 1952. This year the race w i l l be rowed tomorrow Saturday, 19th March and the I.C.B.C. has entered its f i r s t nine crews to row the 4< miles. Last year's finishing positions were 8th, 28th, 79th, 119th, 158th, 195th, 212th, 221st, the ninth crew being one of the new entries whioh start in alphabetical order at the back. The competition for the Headship t his year i s keen. The. R.A.F. crew (the present holders) are very f i t and will bo making every effort to stay "out i n front." The Thames and London crews are fast, the Thames crew being credited with some very fast timesin bad conditions. The other college Jesus, have gone Head in the Lent Bumps on the Cam and w i l l be s t i f f opposition. The 1.0. f i r s t VIII, with plenty of power and ability at its disposal, although slightly lacking i n "togetherness", have great spirit and determination i n spite of (or because of) the many setbacks this term. Having some 450 miles of hard work to their credit and the shook of seeing the films of the Staines trip s t i l l fresh in their memory, their faults are rapidly disappearing and with their present rate of improvement they look like justifying the pains of the coach. Any success of the f i r s t VIII w i l l be shared by that plucky team of lightweights, the second VIII who have not spared themselves in their efforts to be the fastest I.C. crew and who h' re given the big chaps some uneasy times earlier this year. A very neat orew with a l l the guts i n the world, they w i l l be expeoted in the f i r s t division. The third VIII, who have already showed their ability against their opposite number at Reading University, will go up. Likewise the fourth VIII and the fresher crews who are promising material display that elusive quantity - club spirit. In general, the lower boats have their own private battles fighting to go from Nth to (N - 10th) or better and as the tendency i s to follow the upper boats - 'nuff said. We wish a l l the coxes good luck; theirs i s the headache but they can do so much to bring the boys home those few seconds earlier by their spirit, keeness and ability, to say nothing of the course they steer. To Kim Ash, (the Captain) and to the Club let us say "Have a 0oc row, with a l l of your share of good luck*.

CRICKET. I.C. Crioket Club w i l l be holding p r a c t i c e matches nets and t r i a l s at Harlington at 2.30 pm o n i Saturday, 23rd A p r i l . Monday, 25th A p r i l . Wednesday, 27th A p r i l . On the club notice -board i n the Union there are notices which should be Rigned by freshers and 'old' members who wish to play this season. ALL aHK UtiSLCOMJi I The clubs f i r s t matches are on A p r i l 30th against formidable opponents i n Heading University. It i s hoped that people who played i n l a s t years f i r s t team w i l l be available for practice during the mornings of A p r i l 23rd and 25th. — — — — — . — - — . —

JUDO I.C. 9pts. Hatfield T.C. 5pts. 0a paper the Hatfield team was much stronger than leC'S but on the mats I»C. proved to be the more 3killful and experienced team. Burford gave a good example of this by using a KAEShTWAZA to a KUZURE-KAtfI3HIH0GA.TAl*E that he learnt when the team visited the Metropolitan Polios. This surprised both his opponent and the referee, J.G»Barnes, Chairman of the British Judo Association. The other three members of the team a l l ^Jpwgat wall. Williams surprising a l l by convincingly beating Til a.ib) ffim graded opponent.

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BBLL GETS THE BALL BACK TO LE MARQUAND IN THE QUARTER FINAL. On Saturday last I.C. I romped home victors of the University Seven-a-Sides tournament at Hotspur Park. After the early dismissal of I.C. II at the hands of Q.M.C. I the f i r s t seven,ably led by Fontin were able to show their true worth and reached the final by defeating Vets 16-0, Goldsmiths i9 - 0 and Westminster by a goal to a penalty goal. In the Final which was played before the crowded Hotspur Park grandstand I.C. met Kings. After taking a couple of minutes to settle down I.C. attacked time and again until Fontin went over for an unconverted try. After the interval Beam broke through for the second try but a defensive lapse allowed King's to score under the posts thus gaining their only 3 pts. I.C. now attacked relentlessly and further tries from Pontin and Corlett. the former being converted by Hearn gavo I.C. the decisive victory of 1lf pts. to 3 pts. This fine performance was essentially a combined effort but mention must be made of the fine breaks of Le Marquand at sorum-half and of the strong running of Palmer when given the ball. At the Rugger Danoe i n the evening the cup was presented to Pontin after whioh harassed barmen lost count of the number of times i t was drained of its contents by a team whioh had now made drastic changes i n its training diet programme.



For the f i f t h year i n succession the Sailing Club ha* won the University Championship. This year, however, i t obtained second place as well. The Chajepionahip was decided upon the beat five of seven races held during the winter tens* The new boat Pajsnlua arrived after the first race bad been baud and so eould only afford one Mistake. After a seoond In the next race i t was forced to retire i n the third. Prospects did not look too good, and the other three I.C. boats had fared no better* However, J.Conway-Jones, crowed in the main by H.Jackson, found his old form at last and won the last four races. Seoond position was s t i l l very open with several of the 20 boats placed favorably. T.Rodgars, erawed by C.Gent, brought the I.C. boat home.

FENCING The Fencing Club are i n the prooess of recording their best season for a long period. They have so far won 5 out of 7 * tohes fought, and also won the team prize in the U.L. Indivicjal Championships by a comfortable sargin. The most enoouraging features of this season's results are the great iiojrovesBnt of the epee fencing, and the solidarity of the sabre tesn.whioh i s as yet unbeaten. In the U.L. Tournament, I.C. was the only te<un to be represented in a l l three finals. Saddy won the aabre t i t l e with an unbeaten record, and Knill, the oaptain, was second, having lost only to Heddy.




R.C.S. 6 Mines ? R.C.S., superior in the backs, scored a surprise win over the Mines. Mines, playing with the wind, led 5 - 0 at halftime, but tries by Barnes and Shepherd, one of whioh was converted by Coates, won the day for R.C.S. The game was marred by a number of injuries, the worst being a broken ankle for J. Chester. We wish him a speedy recovery. Next Wednesday R.C.S. meet Guilds - supporters would be waloome.

i ^ T T m p e n a , College Un.on, London. S W Plait Ltd., 2, Exhibition RJ. S. \\ 7




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