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FELICIDE R A D I C A L ACTION NOW! T H E R A D I C A L A C T I O N group i s , a c c o r d i n g to i t s o w n w o r d s , 'a student organisation set up in response to trends within the National Union of Students'. O n e of i t s major a i m s i s to demo c r a t i s e N U S a n d make i t more r e p r e s e n t a t i v e of the g r a s s - r o o t student. Andy Vallance-Owen, National RAG does not propose Co-Ordinator of RAG and disaffiliation from NUS but P r e s i d e n t of B i r m i n g h a m U n i constructive criticism. RAG v e r s i t y G u i l d of S t u d e n t s put wishes to prevent further f o r w a r d s e v e r a l of R A G ' s a i m s a l i e n a t i o n of the a l r e a d y d i s and p o l i c i e s . T h e s e include: illusioned NUS membership. The N U S executive should In h i s s p e e c h to s t u d e n t s at by e l e c t e d by a n a t i o n a l s e c r e t Keel University last Thursday ballot. Delegates to N U S conferences s h o u l d be e l e c t e d by campus wide secret ballot, and i n s t a n c e s where d e l e g a t e s v o t e d against their mandate be prevented (in the one case where this happened the delegates were applauded!). T h e restrictions imposed by N U S o n s p e a k e r s s h o u l d be eased. (The R A G is concerned T h e r e i s s t i l l no d e v e l o p w i t h the e r o s i o n o f c i v i l l i b e r t i e s ments c o n c e r n i n g w h e n or i f in a l l fields). s t u d e n t s w i l l be a l l o w e d b a c k T h e s i m p l i s t i c foreign p o l i c y Hall. The coni n t o Weeks o f the N U S s h o u l d be reappsultants' report does not r a i s e d , (e.g. N o t e i s t a k e n of the appear to have arrived at p r o b l e m s of d i s s i d e n t s i n the C o l l e g e as yet. Soviet U n i o n — something at The President has addressed present disregarded by N U S ) . three q u e s t i o n s to t h e a u t h o r i t i e s : While R A G i s an umbrella organisation containing students 1. If Weeks i s d a n g e r o u s why i s from a w i d e p o l i t i c a l s p e c t r u m , the Warden s t i l l there? If he i t i s not an 'unholy alliance' h a s a moral r i g h t to s t a y b u t a n e w group p r o v i d i n g the there why haven't the b a s i s for o p e n d e b a t e on v a r i o u s students who should be issues. . there? Set up a local Radical 2 . Who are the two s t u d e n t s l i v i n g there? If the f l o o r they A c t i o n Group now! o c c u p y i s s a f e , why- i s the entire floor not o c c u p i e d ? that Weeks remains vacant is 3. What i s W e e k s ' entertainnumber of depriving a large ments allowance for the accommodation students of A u t u m n term b e i n g u s e d for; which is •their right. Whatever s i n c e there are n o s t u d e n t s the reason for leaving the hall i n Weeks? vacant, whqt I am questioning is the justification for allowing a When questioned further whilst few people into the hall Trevor P h i l l i p s said: denying space to 60 odd 'There is no question of an students'. attack on the Warden but the fact

More On Weeks

AVERTED ! THE BID to remove the third sabbatical from the Editorship of F E L I X at last Monday's IC Union Council meeting failed after a 'delete all and insert' amendment found the common line which, crystallised most Council members' feelings on the matter. T h e m o t i o n to r e - a l l o c a t e the s a b b a t i c a l w a s p r o p o s e d b y Jacqui Gerrard, the Hon. S e c r e t a r y o f the U n i o n , i n a Need for paper entitled 'A Change'. Several points were made w h i c h o u t l i n e d t h e n e e d f o r a n o t h e r s a b b a t i c a l i n the Union's central administration to e x p l o r e the r e a l m of f i n a n c e w i t h a v i e w to b e i n g far b e t t e r p r e p a r e d for d i s c u s s i o n s w i t h C o l l e g e i n that a r e a . T h e p a p e r also remarked on certain aspects of F E L I X . M i k e W i l l i a m s , the E d i t o r of F E L I X , a n s w e r e d most of the points r a i s e d c o n c e r n i n g the n e w s p a p e r and then w e n t on to p r e s e n t h i s own p a p e r w h i c h a r g u e d that w i t h o u t a s a b b a t i c a l a fortnightly FELIX would

d e g e n e r a t e i n t o a p o o r communications service with lousy presentation and low readership. A f t e r the t w o s p e a k e r s h a d a n s w e r e d a few m i n o r p o i n t s of clarification, Ron Kill, the D e p u t y P r e s i d e n t r o s e to p r e s e n t his amendment (See Council Highlights, page 5) which p r e s e n t e d the c a s e that Council should not rush into making any sort of far-reaching decision without a full investigation into the workings and the needs of FELIX and the Union central administration. M r s . Gerrard and Mr. Porter s p o k e a g a i n s t the amendment and M e s s r s . P a r k e r a n d M o r t i m e r s p o k e for i t . O n the v o t e , the overmotion was carried whelmingly.

HEALTH CENTRE INCIDENT A R E P O R T is being prepared for the College Secretary following an incident in which there was difficulty in contacting the Health Centre at night. J u s t after 2 a . m . on M o n d a y morning a girl i n B e i t comp l a i n e d of a b d o m i n a l p a i n s . T w o male students attempted to phone the H e a l t h C e n t r e ( u s i n g the number s t a t e d i n the c o l l e g e d i r e c t o r y : e x t . 1038). H o w e v e r , the c a l l was answered by a security g u a r d who s a i d h e c o u l d not put them through a s h e w a s n o t on the c o l l e g e exchange and c o u l d not help them. He suggested Beit security who were however a l s o u n a b l e to h e l p . T h e P r e s i d e n t h a d a r r i v e d on the s c e n e by t h i s time a n d w a l k e d to t h e H e a l t h C e n t r e w i t h one o f the s t u d e n t s . T h e y e v e n t u a l l y got i n t o the H e a l t h C e n t r e w i t h the h e l p of Weeks

s e c u r i t y . N o - o n e w a s there but on l i f t i n g the p h o n e (ext. 1038) to d i a l for a n a m b u l a n c e , the P r e s i d e n t c u t i n on a c o n v e r s a t i o n b e t w e e n the o r i g i n a l s e c u r i t y g u a r d a n d the n i g h t s i s t e r . T h e g u a r d a p p e a r e d to h a v e d i s c o v e r e d he d i d have the n i g h t n u m b e r . T h e n i g h t s i s t e r w a s t o l d the s i t u a t i o n a n d a t o n c e got d r e s s e d . O n r e a c h i n g B e i t i t w a s f o u n d the girl had recovered. However, such a course of events c o u l d have had grave consequences and so the P r e s i d e n t h a s s u g g e s t e d that a l l s e c u r i t y s t a f f s h o u l d be s e n t a memorandum c o n c e r n i n g n i g h t calls to the H e a l t h C e n t r e .


FELIX

Michael Williams

THE COMMON line was found. The third sabbatical will remain with the Editorship of FELIX for the next year. FELIX is safe for the time being. L a s t Monday's council decision can only be described as a victory for c o m m o n s e n s e i n a s m u c h that a n y major d e c i s i o n r e g a r d i n g the t h i r d s a b b a t i c a l h a s been deferred u n t i l a w o r k i n g party h a s thoroughly i n v e s t i g a t e d the w o r k i n g s o f the F E L I X O f f i c e a n d the U n i o n C e n t r a l A d m i n i s t r a t i o n . A n y such enq u i r y , I s h a l l p e r s o n a l l y w e l c o m e for only after prolonged d i s c u s s i o n and d i a l o g u e i n a w o r k i n g party a t m o s p h e r e c a n one b e g i n to e x t e r m i n a t e the n a i v e technical misconceptions that swirl around F E L I X ' s new situation l i k e a diseased mist. O n e o f the a p p r o a c h e s o p e n to the e n q u i r y w o u l d be to s e e w h i c h c o n c e r n ( i . e . e i t h e r F E L I X or the s o o n - t o - b e has c r e a t e d j o b o f Junior T r e a s u r e r )

p r i o r i t y i n terms of i m p o r t a n c e a n d s o w a r r a n t e d a f u l l s a b b a t i c a l ; that w o u l d s i m p l y a n d i n e v i t a b l y l e a d to a d i v e r g e n c e o f o p i n i o n . However,, if the approach were to be the determination of which area could least afford to do without a sabbatical, then the resolution of the matter would be more clear cut. B e that a s i t may, one further a s p e c t o f the w h o l e a f f a i r must n o t go u n b r o a c h e d : a s i n the c a s e of the F E L I X E d i t o r / P u b l i c i t y Officer anomaly, it was the i n i t i a t i v e s h o w n by the D e p u t y P r e s i d e n t w h i c h p r o v e d to be the i m portant s t e p p i n g - s t o n e t o w a r d s u l t i m a t e l y r e s o l v i n g the m a t t e r . Ron K i l l has once a g a i n p r o v i d e d the m e a n s by which the majority has expressed its feelings overwhelmingly.

The President's Office, The National Union of Students, i Endsleigh Street, London, WC1H ODU 10th January,

1975.

Dear Sir, I must take e x c e p t i o n to the statement p u b l i s h e d i n the l a s t edition of your paper that I took no i n i t i a t i v e to c o n d e m n the bombings recently perpetrated i n Birmingham. May 1 d r a w y o u r a t t e n t i o n to the f o l l o w i n g r e m a r k s that I made i n o p e n i n g the N a t i o n a l Conference o f the U n i o n on November 29. O n that o c c a s i o n I said: 'There have been for some time those who have sought to this Union by a discredit deliberate misrepresentation of our policy on Ireland. In the wake of the tragic events in Birmingham may I make it clear that at no time has the NUS condoned acts of indiscriminate terrorism, or the murder of innocent people, be it by the extreme Provisional IRA, the loyalists, the SAS, or the army. Let me repeat what was said on behalf of the Union after the Birmingham bombings. As an organisation that has campaigned for an end to internment and for a Bill of Rights for Northern Civil Ireland, we condemn unres" ervedly the bombings. They will only serve to hinder progress towards social justice in the six counties. I must add sympathy of also the specific the Union to those Birmingham students who were injured and maimed in the explosions. But in so doing I must state that our views of condemnation for the bombers and of sympathy for

* C a n i t be the w i n d of c h a n g e that i s r u s t l i n g through the p o r t a l s of I C W A ? I u n d e r s t a n d that c o n s t i t u t i o n a l m o v e s are a f o o t to i n c o r p o r a t e a p o l i t i c a l a s p e c t i n t o the A s s o c i a t i o n . We a w a i t further d e v e l o p m e n t s .

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Incidentally, Dave Lea's 'vicious band of rustlers' (Council Highlights, p a g e 5) w e r e t h o s e who k e p t o n r u s t l i n g their papers.

John R a n d a l l ' s letter leaves me unmoved. The paradox so grubbily e x p l o i t e d by the D a i l y E x p r e s s r e m a i n s

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intact: (i) Tfce N U S d o e s not s uppo r t v i o l e n c e ; ( i i ) T h e N U S d o e s not s uppo r t the I R A ; ( i i i ) Some of the N U S p o l i c y on N o r t h e r n I r e l a n d c o i n c i d e s w i t h the a i m s of the I R A ; but does the N U S totally condemn the very concept of the IRA and its aims? B y p r e m i s e ( i i i ) , i t w o u l d appear not, but the s p i r i t o f s u c h a conclusion appears to c o n f l i c t with p r e m i s e ( i i ) . I f e e l s u r e at some time or other, someone must have said 'Paradoxes can be construed'.

their victims extend, as they have always done, to those who have lived through the hell of in the six the last five years counties. The best memorial we can offer to those who have died, be they in Belfast or Birmingham, Deny or London, is a continuing and unrelenting campaign for civil liberties in Northern Ireland. At this time we must ask whether the measures announced by the Home Secretary will assist in achieving a solution to the problems of the six counties. My view is that they will not. The existence of the Special Powers Act and the Emergency Provisions Act in Northern Ireland have not brought an end to violence, nor a political solution to the problems. I fear that the new police powers may be used indiscrimately against the left in this country, and against those groups, such as the official Sinn Fein, who pursue by peaceful means the legitimate political objective of a united Ireland. The tragic lessiort of Northern Ireland is that we will not establish civil liberties by accepting their erosion'. I am g l a d to l e a r n from yornr editorial that you are not c o n d e m n i n g me for t h i s a t t i t u d e but I am somewhat d i s t u r b e d to f i n d that i t i s not a p o s i t i o n y o u f e e l a b l e to s u p p o r t . Yours sincerely, John Randall, President.

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who w e r e to be o n t h i s term. H o w e v e r o n s e e i n g the E n t s Sheet p u s h e d out on the s e c o n d d a y I found for the fifth time there w a s no one I p a r t i c u l a r l y w a n t e d to s e e . O n c e a g a i n the l i n e up of a c t s s e e m s to c o n s i s t of tired and s t a i d rock bands w i t h the o c c a s i o n a l A m e r i c a n F o l k i e (?) w h o s e e m s to get b o o k e d to a p p e a r at I C on a l l h i s B r i t i s h tours. T h e i n c l u s i o n o f N i c o , I p r e s u m e , i s to a p p e a s e t h o s e w i t h s l i g h t l y more avante garde tastes, w h i c h i s O . K . i f y o u h a p p e n to l i k e a s i n g l e l a d y on s t a g e r a m b l i n g on for an hour or so a c c o m panied only by harmomium. C e r t a i n l y not e v e r y b o d y s cup of t e a . However one o n l y h a s to r e a d the m u s i c p r e s s or t a l k to f r i e n d s from o t h e r u n i v e r s i t i e s before one r e a l i s e s the number o f d i f f e r e n t a c t s w h o h a v e done U n i v e r s i t y tours o v e r the l a s t few months and presumably h a v e n ' t been a p p r o a c h e d by I C .

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B y t h e s e I d o n ' t mean the Y e s ' s or P i n k F l o y d ' s of t h i s w o r l d , w h o a p a r t from b e i n g a bit e x p e n s i v e aren't much above the s t a n d a r d o f the b a n d b o o k e d already, but t h o s e s u c h as Hatfield & The North, Fairport C o n v e n t i o n , the G l i t t e r B a n d , 10c.c. etc. S u r e l y the a t r o c i o u s l o s s e s made at the H e a v y M e t a l K i d s and Chapman-Whitney-concerts l a s t term h a v e s u n k i n , so why not try a b i t of a c h a n g e , a b i t of adventure. A b o v e a l l , my m e s s a g e to E n t s Committee i s , c a n we have a b i t o f v a r i e t y i n the a c t s booked ? A.P.Stevenson, Metallurgy II P.S.

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H E L L i s w a i t i n g a t C l a p h a m in t h e p o u r i n g r a i n for a number 3 4 A b u s ; j u m p i n g into a f r e e z i n g c o l d bath under t h e m i s t a k e n i m p r e s s i o n that i t ' s h o t ; b e i n g marooned on a d e s e r t i s l a n d w i t h Malcom Muggeridge and M r s . M i l l ' s Party P o p s a n d running two m i l e s t o a p u b l i c l o o to f i n d that a l l y o u h a v e i s o n e f r u i t m a c h i n e

V/NC CHEUNG KWf comes from Hong Kong, as you might have imagined, and is working very hard as a first-year undergraduate chemist. She feels that lots of work

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A N Y G I R L w h o c o m e s t o I C i s g o i n g t o h a v e a hard time t o begin w i t h — a d a p t i n g to a n a l l male e n v i r o n m e n t i s n ' t e a s y . O n e i s not e x p e c t e d t o m i s s f e m a l e c o m p a n y b e c a u s e there j s a p o p u l a r myth that 'women don't like women' s o generally one d o e s n ' t a d m i t to i t . When y o u ' r e s t a r t i n g u n i v e r s i t y a n d l i v i n g a w a y from home, i t ' s q u i t e hard to a d a p t — w h e n y o u ' r e part of a m i n o r i t y group i t ' s m u c h w o r s e . S e t t l i n g i n i s n ' t s o b a d for t h e men, w h o c a n e a s i l y f i n d o t h e r s to t a l k t o , o r w h o c a n l i v e in isolation. It's when you're one in t e n o r e v e n o n e i n t h i r t y , a s on s o m e e n g i n e e r i n g c o u r s e s , that y o u feel conspicuous. Most cope with t h i s ; however, no g i r l c a n p r o p e r l y a d a p t t o a male dominated society, w h i c h a s s u m e s the f e m a l e e l e m e n t i s there purely for the man's b e n e f i t . M o s t of t h e a c t i v i t i e s

a t I C s e e m t o be o r g a n i s e d i n t h i s w a y , a n d i t t a k e s a great d e a l of s e l f - d e c e p t i o n t o e n j o y them and similarly interc o l l e g i a t e a c t i v i t i e s . In t h e s e the women i n v o l v e d to b e t e e s h i r t e d , beer d r i n k i n g , a i l - l a d s together t y p e s l i k e t h e men they mix w i t h . I condemn these a c t i v i t i e s b e c a u s e they s u m up the t o t a l a t t i t u d e t o w a r d s w o m e n a t I C . We n e e d s o m e t h i n g a l o t better for t h e women here, (unless the attitudes are v a s t l y changed t h e r e ' s no p o i n t i n

taken, two ha'pennies and a y e a r o l d that h e w a s pregnant, bent p e n n y . My p e r s o n a l h e l l i s his last concern would be boredom. whether he w a s married or not. F o r t u n a t e l y t h e w o r l d i s t oo The s o c i a l stigmas would come busy dropping bombshells — t h o u g h , a n d i t w o u l d be Interexplosive, inflationary, verbal e s t i n g to s e e if a g i r l w o u l d or o t h e r w i s e , t o b e c o m e b o r e d , t o marry h e r feel obliged but i t c o u l d h a p p e n . T h i s i s w h y pregnant boyfriend. Shotgun the oldest most boring i n weddings would assume a whole s t i t u t i o n of them a l l — t h e M a l e ne w a s p e c t . E x p r e s s i o n s would institution — needs a w e l l h a v e to c h a n g e . 'Bun in the p l a c e d k i c k t o get i t m o v i n g oven' w o u l d p r o b a b l y h a v e t o b e a g a i n . T h e t r o u b l e i s men t a k e themselves far t oo s e r i o u s l y . a d a p t e d to 'He's got a little car T h e i r a t t i t u d e s w i t h regard t o in the garage'. T h e d a y may y e t themselves, their role in s o c i e t y , come when hospital waiting their lifestyle a n d e v e n t h e i r rooms a r e f i l l e d w i t h a n x i o u s d r e s s , h a v e h a r d l y c h a n g e d in w i v e s w a i t i n g f o r n e w s of a the p a s t hundred y e a r s . In f a c t 7 l b b e a u t i f u l , b o u n c i n g B i s e x u a l — I t h i n k w e c a n s a f e l y s a y that but r e s t a s s u r e d that I s h a l l be men a r e g r a d u a l l y g o i n g o u t of t h e f i r s t to g i v e up my s e a t t o fashion, which i s w h y t h e s a v e t h e a c h i n g b a c k of a n c o n s c i e n t i o u s male i s j o i n i n g expectant father. Down here at healthy heteroG a y L i b . Women i n c o m p a r i s o n s e x u a l I F l i f e c a n be summed u p a r e m o v i n g a h e a d a t t h e rate of by o n e w o r d : c h a o s . If t h i s term k n o t s . They now play a dual r o l e i n s o c i e t y — that of mother c o n t i n u e s a s i t h a s begun w e s h o u l d be i n for q u i t e a r i d e . and breadwinner. Of course O n t h e s o c i a l s c e n e w e hope to women h a v e been e m a n c i p a t e d arrange a c o u p l e of d a n c e s w i t h by contraception, whereas m e d i c a l s c i e n c e s e e m s to h a v e I C , a P a r i s t r i p i s o r g a n i s e d for d o n e l i t t l e f o r t h e m a n . What n e x t month and/ of c o u r s e t h e w o u l d be h i s r e a c t i o n o n d i s - h i g h l i g h t of t h e s e a s o n w i l l be c o v e r i n g that h e t o o c o u l d bear our D i n n e r D a n c e at t h e H i l t o n on Friday, February 28th. A children? (Actually I have a s t e e l band w i l l be i n a t t e n d a n c e s n e a k i n g s u s p i c i o n that a w a y a n d the c o s t o f a d o u b l e t i c k e t h a s been found but i t ' s b e i n g will be £8.50 (£7.00 for I F kept q u i e t ) . s t u d e n t s ! . N o t s o much d i s Of c o u r s e h e w o u l d n ' t haVe c r i m i n a t i o n more a l a c k of to suffer from s o c i a l s t i g m a s . dough. If t h e d o c t o r t o l d a n e i g h t e e n

e n c o u r a g i n g women to c o m e t o IC). P l e a s e don't blame the women by s a y i n g that they c o u l d d o s o m e t h i n g about i t . W e ' r e i n a b a d p o s i t i o n a n d w e need it i m p r o v e d . If a n d w h e n s o m e thing positive does happen, perhaps then w e ' l l discover w h a t i t ' s l i k e l i v i n g in a m i x e d community a n d not just a male one. I'm not s a y i n g that l i f e i s i m p o s s i b l e for women a t I C , I'm j u s t s a y i n g that i t ' s d i f f i c u l t . When I s e e i n t e l l i g e n t a n d a l e r t f e m a l e s l e a v i n g after s i x w e e k s b e c a u s e they c a n ' t s t a n d it a n y l o n g e r , I know h o w they f e e l . The attitude towards women a t I C i s purely s e x i s t , a n d i t ' s g e t t i n g w o r s e a l l the t i m e . T h e activities s u c h a s the R a g Q u e e n , B o B e l l e a n d Queen of J e z competitions are thoroughly degrading and i n s u l t i n g to the women here. Other i n s u l t s a r e the p i c t u r e s in F E L I X w i t h t h e i r s i c k l y , patronising dribble on some misguided female who's been s t u p i d enough to p o s e f o r it (I thought you said, they were intelligent and alert! Ed). A n d o f course there's the Men's B a r — N o comment.

I C Society for S o c i a l Responsibility i n Science (ICSSRS) Speaker: Title: Venue: Tuesday,

Sir Brian Flowers, Rector of I.C. T o B e Announced. Mech. E n g . 3424th February, at 7.30p.m.

T o be s u c c e s s f u l i n a c a r e e r , clear, p r e c i s e t h i n k i n g i s the first necessity. H o w c a n you improve i t ? Introductory talk o n T r a n c e n d e n t a l Meditation Tuesday 4th February in Elec. Eng. 406 at Ip.m.

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In my l a s t P r e c i P i c e (two w e e k s a g o , s i n c e the l a s t F E L I X w a s b e d e v i l l e d by p r i n t i n g d i f f i c u l t i e s ) I s p e n t a lot of s p a c e e x p l a i n i n g the need for a c a m paign against the c u t s in e d u c a t i o n a l s p e n d i n g , a n d s h o w i n g that t h i s w a s i n s e p a r a b l e from the G r a n t s C a m p a i g n . I t h i n k that t h i s w e e k ' s n e w s s h o w s q u i t e a c c u r a t e l y w h a t the future h o l d s , p a r t i c u l a r l y for s t u d e n t s in I C . The Science Research C o u n c i l has d e c i d e d to offer 3 5 % l e s s p o s t g r a d u a t e a w a r d s than in 1 9 7 4 . T h e c l a i m Is that there were not enough applicants q u a l i f i e d l a s t y e a r to take up a l l the a w a r d s o f f e r e d ; I am s u r e that w e a l l k n o w p e o p l e w i t h upper s e c o n d s w h o d i d not get a w a r d s . T h e f a c t s a r e that the s c r e w s a r e b e i n g put on the S R C , a n d t h e y are i n turn s q u e e z i n g s t u d e n t s . What is alarming to me is that most of the cuts are coming in awards offered for engineering research. How many Guildsmen are going to be disappointed? The obvious result of this will be to into the arms of drive research students industry, with a number of firms trying to tie students to contracts and to direct the postgraduate's research. It i s not a pretty p i c t u r e for f i n a l - y e a r s t u d e n t s . T h i s i s w h y the c u t s must be fought w i t h a l l the s t r e n g t h that s t u d e n t s c a n m u s t e r . It i s in the i n t e r e s t s of a l l others, lecturers and a n c i l l a r y staff i n c l u d e d , to s u p p o r t u s . If the s t u d e n t s go - then s o w i l l the j o b s .

The National Grants/Cuts Campaign culminates in A Week of Action at the end of February. The National Demonstration is on February 28th. It is crucial that students support the activities of that week.

Some p e o p l e a r e not a w a r e of the c l a i m s of the C a m p a i g n . I hope to w r i t e a s h o r t a r t i c l e for F E L I X e a c h w e e k , which w i l l cover an a s p e c t of the c a m p a i g n . It i s important that p e o p l e r e a d t h e m , they a r e r e l e v a n t to y o u a n d y o u r future.

Two-Year Terms? There h a s b e e n much d i s c u s s i o n o v e r the r o l e of s a b b a t i c a l officers r e c e n t l y . O n e of the p r o b l e m s w h i c h much be f a c e d Is the l a c k of c o n t i n u i t y in the s a b b a t i c a l p o s t s , s i n c e a new s e t i s e l e c t e d a n n u a l l y . It i s in our c o n s t i t u t i o n that n o - o n e s h o u l d be a b l e to t a k e more than one s a b b a t i c a l y e a r . T h i s i s one p r o v i s i o n the e t h o s of w h i c h I very s t r o n g l y s u p p o r t ; that i s , we s h o u l d not a l l o w the U n i o n to be run by 'professional students'. O n the other h a n d , a r e a l i t y that must be f a c e d i s that by the time the P r e s i d e n t , for i n s t a n c e , h a s c o m e to g r i p s w i t h h i s j o b , a n d begun to u n d e r s t a n d it p r o p e r l y , it i s a l m o s t time for h i m to go. T h i s s t a t e of a f f a i r s i s c l e a r l y no good to the U n i o n . has discussed this The Executive problem many times. A possible solution that we see, is to change the constitution to allow a sabbatical officer to term of office. stand for a second Clearly, if the Union did not want him, reject him. Furthermore, it it would would provide an added incentive for officers to get things done sabbatical (though I don't think they usually need it, since in order to survive one has to be committed to the job.

selfThis i s not f l o a t e d out of i n t e r e s t ; it i s too late to be of a n y u s e to t h i s y e a r ' s o f f i c e r s . B u t it i s worth a d e b a t e , and it may be of d e f i n i t e b e n e f i t to the U n i o n .

Voluntary Levy T h i s i s my l a s t try at e x p l a i n i n g i t . T n o s e s t u d e n t s who knew about the 35p levy thought it w a s a levy (paid on top of the w e e K l y rent) that g o e s t o w a r d s new b u i l d i n g s . We d i s c o v e r e d m a t t h i s i s not the c a s e . It i s in fact part ot tne rent w h i c h i s s i p h o n e d off for new b u i l d i n g s . We a s k e d for it to be d i s c o n t i n u e d for t w o main r e a s o n s :

Weeks Hall T h e E x e c u t i v e h a s d e c i d e d to a c c e p t the G o v e r n i n g B o d y ' s d e c i s i o n on Weeks H a l l that it must remain empty u n t i l a l l r i s k i s e l i m i n a t e d . H o w e v e r , I h a v e three q u e s t i o n s to a s k of the C o l l e g e :

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It Weeks Hall is in danger of colcannot be occupied lapsing, and (legally) by students, why is the Warden of Weeks Hall living on the floor? top ' The Warden receives an entertainments allowance of £1.50 per student p.a. To what purpose is the £60-plus from the Autumn and Spring Terms being put, since there have been no students to entertain? " Is it true that there are students living in Weeks, and if so, why is the floor that they live on (presumably sate) not filled with students? I asked these questions at the Finance Committee of the Student R e s i d e n c e a n d got no a n s w e r s . Why? If none a r e f o r t h c o m i n g the U n i o n must r e c o n s i d e r i t s p o s i t i o n on W e e k s very u r g e n t l y , a s s t u d e n t s are b e i n g d e p r i v e d ot t h e i r own a c c o m m o d a t i o n .

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T h e fund w i l l n e v e r b u i l d up f a s t enough to provide a significant number of new p l a c e s . It w a s o r i g i n a l l y e n v i s a g e d that it w o u l d b u i l d a new h a l l of r e s i d e n c e . C o s t s s h o t a n d the p r o j e c t w a s a b a n d o n e d . T h e money collected o v e r four years e v e n t u a l l y h e l p e d to buy 14 Q u e e n s berry P l a c e . O n a v e r a g e the l e v y g a v e a n e x t r a f i v e p l a c e s per y e a r .

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It i s more i m p o r t a n t , in the present e c o n o m i c c l i m a t e , that that 35 p h e l p s pay the c o s t of r u n n i n g the H a l l s , a n d k e e p i n g them in s h a p e ; the H a l l a c c o u n t s are a l r e a d y under t r e m e n d o u s s t r a i n , p l u s the £13,000p.a. w h i c h t h i s c h a n g e w i l l g i v e to the H a l l s s h o u l d be of c r u c i a l significance. In my view, it is not students' new halls; the responsibility to provide Government gives us a 'maintenance grant', to meet our bills, and it is for that purpose that it should be used.

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Union Officers' Hustings IMPORTANT MANY O F YOU H A V E L O O K E D FOR F L A T S THROUGH A G E N C I E S AND H A V E POSSIBLY B E L I E V E D T H A T IT IS I L L E G A L FOR T H E M TO C H A R G E YOU A F E E FOR FINDING A F L A T FOR Y O U . A L E T T E R HAS B E E N R E C E I V E D FROM T H E UNION SOLICITOR. IT SAYS: "The House of Lords ruled in

December that the practice of accommodation agents in charging prospective tenants for their service is now legal for so long as the customer actually takes up the tenancy which is offered." SO NOW A G E N C I E S CAN C H A R G E YOU A F E E IF YOU A C C E P T T H E ACCOMMODATION.


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COUNCIL The meeting opened at 6.02p.m. on Monday, 27th January 1975. The President introduced Mr.Carl Seaford, the Domestic Bursar who d e s c r i b e d what h i s job e n t a i l e d . H e a l s o o u t l i n e d the h i s t o r y o f h i s work at C o l l e g e , which does cover a large area. F o l l o w i n g a short question and a n s w e r s e s s i o n the B u r s a r w a s t h a n k e d for a t t e n d i n g C o u n c i l .

Matters Arising From Minutes It a p p e a r s that the B r i t i s h C o u n c i l are p r e p a r i n g to make a financial c o n t r i b u t i o n to the French Trip. Concerning the fire in C o l l e g e B l o c k l a s t term; the D P r e p o r t e d that i t w a s not n o r m a l p r a c t i c e to p l a c e a fire a l a r m i n an a r e a s u c h a s the J C R in case panic was caused w h e n the a l a r m went off. T h e r e i s a b e l l n e a r b y that c a n be h e a r d by the b a r s t a f f who w o u l d d e a l e f f i c i e n t l y w i t h the situation if it arose. No nominations have been received for the post of P u b l i c i t y O f f i c e r but a member o f the U n i o n h a s i n fact a s k e d to be c o n s i d e r e d for the p o s t .

Correspondence A l e t t e r h a s been r e c e i v e d from Leeds University S.U. concerning a conference on student c o u n s e l l i n g i n B r i t i s h U n i v e r s i t i e s . Anyone interested should contact the Welfare Officer.

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A t the l a s t R S M U M e e t i n g the p r o p o s a l that the P G A f f a i r s O f f i c e r b e c o m e a member of the ICU Exec was discussed. Tom Abraham ( P G Affairs Officer) arid R o n K i l l (ICU Deputy President) spoke in favour of and a g a i n s t the proposal respectively. After a d i s c u s s i o n John Mortimer called" for the m e e t i n g to i n d i c a t e t h e i r f e e l i n g s about the p r o p o s a l to h i m . A s h o w of h a n d s r e v e a l e d a large majority were a g a i n s t the p r o p o s e d c h a n g e .

Davey trials A t the same m e e t i n g the l o s s of D a v e y w a s a d m i t t e d . T h e ' Davey bearers w i l l stand trial at the n e x t m e e t i n g unless D a v e y i s r e c o v e r e d before t h e n .

CHEMSOC L E C T U R E 11th F e b r u a r y 1975 a t 17.30 "Impossible Reactions" Dr. R . A . J a c k s o n , Sussex U n i .

ORIENTEERING Would those two students who borrowed t w o o r i e n t e e r i n g c o m p a s s e s l a s t term i n order to w a l k the P e n n i n e Way p l e a s e c o n t a c t T e r r y D o o r i s of C o l l e g e F i n a n c e (431, C o l l e g e B l o c k , internal 3926). Mr. D o o r i s i s l e a v i n g C o l l e g e on M a r c h 2 1 s t andw o u l d l i k e them' b a c k before that d a t e .

Other Business

H A T H A Y O G A c l a s s e s , f o l l o w i n g the method of M r . B . K . S . l y o n g a r a u t h o r of 'Light on Yoga', are w e l l e s t a b l i s h e d at I C . C l a s s e s are h e l d in the L e v e l 8 Common R o o m , P h y s i c s , on T u e s d a y s at 5 . 3 0 p . m . , and b e g i n n e r s are very welcome. Members i n c l u d e s t u d e n t s a n d c o l l e g e e m p l o y e e s . If y o u h a v e no p r i o r e x p e r i e n c e y o u a r e i n v i t e d to w a t c h a c l a s s . H a t h a Y o g a i s a p r a c t i c a l way to a t t a i n a h e a l t h y body together w i t h a more c a l m and d i s c i p l i n e d m i n d through the r e g u l a r p r a c t i c e of t r a d i t i o n a l y o g a e x e r c i s e s . For further information come along to next Tuesday's class or phone Internal 2175.

T i c k e t s 50p (Sat. 60p) A v a i l a b l e from members of the S o c i e t y or from U n i o n B u i l d i n g and S o u t h s i d e from J a n . 2 7 t h . 589 2963

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M r . L e a a s k e d the P r e s i d e n t to p a s s a m o t i o n of c e n s u r e on the v i c i o u s band of r u s t l e r s i n C o u n c i l . The President replied that he c o u l d not s i n c e h e w a s i n the c h a i r . The meeting* closed at 10.35p.m.

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I . C . Photographic Society T u e s d a y 4th February 18.45 M i n e s 246 'Iron D i n o s a u r s ' — The Follow-Up To ' A f r i c a n S a f a r i ' L a s t Year. S o m e Superb R a i l w a y Photography. . For Sale Garrard SL65J3 Deck. P l i n t h and cover. G800 Cartridge. Excellent c o n d i t i o n . H a r d l y used. £15.00. Phone Marion Int. 2508 (day) or 373 4855 (evening).

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A l l the s a m e , he w i s h e s more p e o p l e w o u l d come and g i v e h i m t h e i r o p i n i o n s on the t h i n g s they feel he ought to be d o i n g . The general student's disi n t e r e s t in u n i o n matters i s , he t h i n k s , at l e a s t p a r t i a l l y d u e to the f a c t that the U n i o n is d o i n g approximately what most s t u d e n t s w a n t it t o . Ron enjoys being Deputy P r e s i d e n t , and l o o k s on it a s being to s o m e extent light r e l i e f from h i s r e s e a r c h work in Bio-organic Chemistry. 'Research is frustrating. If chemical A will not react with chemical B , you won't change matters by reasoning with them. But people are much more flexible. You can persuade them to see your point of view'.

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A l t h o u g h I have been known on a number of o c c a s i o n s to c o m p l a i n about the work i n v o l v e d in I C W A , I s h a l l a l s o be the f i r s t to a d m i t the p e r k s of the j o b . T h e w e e k e n d before l a s t I w a s g i v e n w h a t I regard a s an o p p o r t u n i t y of a l i f e t i m e - the c h a n c e to f l y in a g l i d e r . T h e c a p t a i n of t h e G l i d i n g C l u b at I C , N i g e l Leak, and his committee, d e c i d e d to offer me the c h a n c e to e x p e r i e n c e this incredible s p o r t in the hope that I w o u l d t h e n be a b l e to w r i t e this a r t i c l e to e n c o u r a g e some of the more a d v e n t u r o u s w o m e n a m o n g s t u s to j o i n . I s h o u l d f i r s t l i k e to g i v e y o u s o m e idea of the w a y the w e e k e n d w a s s p e n t rather t h a n j u s t s p a c e f i l l w i t h my f e e l i n g s o v e r the matter. I, together w i t h Sue T a n n e r ( P h y s i c s I), w e r e p i c k e d up on t h e F r i d a y n i g h t by N i g e l a n d d r i v e n to the L a s h a m A i r f i e l d in S u r r e y . O n f i r s t s i g h t , It w a s a l i t t l e d a u n t i n g but after a l i t t l e D u t c h c o u r a g e at the l o c a l our spirits rose considerably. In the m o r n i n g it r a i n e d , in t h e af t e r no on it s n o w e d ! ! N o t the most e n c o u r a g i n g w e a t h e r for g l i d i n g — not for a n y s p o r t i n f a c t . We w e r e s h o w n round the w o r k s h o p (fondly k n o w n a s the B r o w n E l e p h a n t ! ) w h e r e I s a w my f i r s t g l i d e r c l o s e t o . I found it d i f f i c u l t to b e l i e v e something so fragile looking c o u l d make me a i r b o r n e . H o w e v e r , the a c t u a l s t r e n g t h of these gliders is undoubtable this one certainly did not collapse under my weight! In the evening we were treated to a s u p e r b pub m e a l , accompanied by a lovely selection of home brewed wines. Enjoyable as this was,

it w a s not the most ideal p r e p a r a t i o n for the following day. We were, c a l l e d at 7 . 1 5 a . m . to look out onto a perfect c l e a r s u n n y but very frosty m o r n i n g . We a r r i v e d on t h e runway a t 8 o ' c l o c k a n d w e r e s c o l d e d for being late, a w e l l deserved comment a s a l r e a d y the g l i d e r s w e r e out a n d ready to f l y . T h e g l i d e r s a r e t o w e d i n t o the s k y at L a s h a m in two w a y s — by a e r o tow or by c a r tow. In the former y o u are p u l l e d up into the s k y to a b o u t 2 , 0 0 0 feet by a s m a l l , powered a e r o p l a n e ; in the l a t t e r , a c a r s p e e d i n g a l o n g the r u n w a y , h o i s t s the g l i d e r i n t o the s k y . I w a s a e r o - t o w e d into the s k y a t 8 . 3 0 a . m . in a two-seater g l i d e r w i t h my i n s t r u c t o r D o u g s i t t i n g b e h i n d me. T h i s part of the f l i g h t , t h e tow w a s s u p e r b — the v i e w b e i n g l i k e a dream w i t h p o c k e t s of m o r n i n g m i s t d o t t e d a r o u n d the c o u n t r y s i d e (it w a s p o s s i b l e to s e e W a t e r s h i p D o w n from here\. T h e n c a m e the s l i g h t s h o c k a s the tow rope w a s r e l e a s e d and w e w e r e j u s t f l o a t i n g in the a i r . I must a d m i t , I f e l t rather s c a r e d but it w a s i m m e n s e l y e x c i t i n g too. The nasty bit is experi e n c i n g the a b n o r m a l b a l a n c e f e e l i n g s y o u get though I w a s a s s u r e d that a f t e r one or t w o more f l i g h t s one i s h a r d l y a w a r e of them. I w a s allowed to. experiment w i t h the c o n t r o l s '

for a l i t t l e w h i l e and t h e n w e made for the landing s t r i p . Landing, s u r p r i s i n g l y , (as I thought I w o u l d be s c a r e d s t i f f ) w a s r e a l l y great f u n . A n d there e n d e d my f l i g h t . The hospitality and ki ndne s s of the p e o p l e of the c l u b — both of IC a n d L a s h a m i t s e l f — w a s s u p e r b throughout a n d I s h o u l d l i k e to t han k a l l of them now for s u c h a good w e e k e n d . T h e e x p e n s e ? Y o u c a n afford to g l i d e on a grant w i t h o u t a d o u b t but one a l s o h a s to g i v e u p the time to r e a l l y make a go of i t . F o r d e t a i l s of the c o s t I suggest you contact Nigel Leak in A e r o E n g . II or Indeed, myself. The IC G l i d i n g C l u b is the s e c o n d o l d e s t In the c o u n t r y a n d Is a w e l l e s t a b l i s h e d , w e l l run o r g a n i s a t i o n . It i s a lot of f u n , but a l s o a lot of hard w o r k . But the feeling of gliding through the a i r a s a bird i s j u s t i n d e s c r i b a b l e — s o do try it for yourself.

Annual Swimming Gala T o be h e l d at the S p o r t s Centre on Tuesday, 18th F e b r u a r y at 6 . 0 0 p . m . F r e e Beer a n d Sandwiches will be provided for competitors and spectators in the U n i o n L o w e r L o u n g e f o l l o w i n g the e v e n t . Admission will be by programme p r i c e I 0 p on s a l e in U n i o n O f f i c e s . Prospective competitors should contact their CCU's.


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Thefts on the campus of College equipment and students private property such as cash, wallets, clothing etc. have increased in recent months. All students and staff are asked to co-operate fully by promptly reporting to the Security Officer details of such losses and, what is equally important, to telephone the Security Office immediately they see any person acting suspiciously. Many of these thefts occur during normal working hours and the persons most likely to see anything untoward happening are those students and members of staff who are constantly about in their own buildings. A polite 'Can I help you' to a stranger may be the means of assisting a geniune visitor or it might provoke a reaction which would indicate that the person is up to no good. Recent occurrences in the College suggest that illicit keys, either 'home-made' ones or other improperly obtained are still circulating. Whilst the manufacture and retention of such keys may not have been motivated by any criminal intent, their very existence does a great deal to undermine security in the College. Persons still in possession of such keys are asked to forward them (anonymously if need be) to the Security Officer at once. If you leave your pedal cycle on College premises please ensure that it secured with a stout chain and good padlock. Don't forget to insure it and retain details of the serial number. Frequently, document files containing lecture notes bearing no details of their owners are handed in at the Security Office, Some of them are never claimed though no doubt worried students are still searching for them. A name on the file would prevent a lot of worry. A.D.Dawson, Security Officer.

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Perhaps that—is true, perhaps n o t , but i f i t i s , how much of "trie e r o s i o n i s due to s t u d e n t s , a n d how much i s d u e t o i n a d e q u a c i e s , within the teaching staff of the c o l l e g e ? One p o s s i b l e , and I b e l i e ve probable, a n s w e r to t h e q u e s t i o n i s that, w i t h the i n c r e a s e in the q u a n t i t y a n d d i v e r s i t y of t h e i n f o r m a t i o n to be t r a n s m i t t e d , t h e l e c t u r e r s , few of w h o m h a v e h a d a s i g n i f i c a n t p e r i o d of formal t e a c h e r training, are becoming overwhelmed by t h e i r t a s k a n d c o n s e q u e n t l y l e s s a b l e t o put o v e r the i n f o r m a t i o n s a t i s f a c t o r i l y . This i s a s i t u a t i o n that s h o u l d not a n d must not b e t o l e r a t e d e s p e c i a l l y i n future. Undergraduates represent over 6 0 % of t h e s t u d e n t body of t h i s c g l l ' e g e a n d w e a r e e n t i t l e d to good lecturing. Although, a p p a r e n t l y , H e a d s of d e p a r t ments are now seriously the teaching questioning capability of prospective a c a d e m i c staff, t h i s w i l l not r e c t i f y the s i t u a t i o n for s e v e r a l y e a r s to c o m e , a n d i t i s time the college thought s e r i o u s l y o f r e m e d i a l c o u r s e s for e x i s t i n g

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C o u r s e on S a t u r d a y , F e b r u a r y 1 s t , 2 . 3 0 to 5 . 3 0 p . m . at B r a n d s H a t c h , i f y o u are i n t e r e s t e d please see Martin B l e a s d a l e , Room 674 S e l k i r k H a l l . MOTORCYCLE CLUB If anyone supports the forming o f our c l u b , p l e a s e s i g n Council the notice on the Elec. Eng. II. N o t i c e b o a r d i n the U n i o n L o w e r Imperial College, L o u n g e . We a l r e a d y meet on 24th Jan., 1975. T u e s d a y s 1p.m., above Southside bar. Dear Sir, Cont. from page

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I am w r i t i n g on behalf o f the proposed IC Sporting MotorClub in response to cycle Rupert Harper's 'Motorcycle Column' (FELIX No. 3.74). I w i s h i n no way to c r i t i c i s e R u p e r t ' s l e t t e r e v e n i f h e might have antagonised a certain N o r v i n o w n e r a n d s p e l t my name wrong. I too t hi nk t h i s H o n d a we are w a n t i n g to r a c e i s a g o o d i d e a , but £200, i n my o p i n i o n , i s a fair price, having just glanced through a few b a c k c o p i e s o f M ot or Cycle News. I also b e l i e v e that the f i r s t p r i o r i t y of the C & G M o t o r c y c l e S e c t i o n i s to f i n d a g o o d w o r k s h o p . H o w e v e r , there are a l s o i n I C a number o f p e o p l e w h o a r e n o t only interested in maintaining t h e i r o w n b i k e s , but a l s o i n the s p o r t i n g s i d e o f the m o t o r c y c l e s p e c t r u m . H o w e v e r , one n e e d s money to go r a c i n g , s c r a m b l i n g or w h a t e v e r , a n d t h i s i s where we would come i n . The C & G Motorcycle Section i s , a s i t s name i m p l i e s , a s e c t i o n of the C & G Motor C l u b . If the C & G M ot or C l u b h a d the f i n a n c e s to r a c e , no doubt they w o u l d prefer to r a c e a c a r , or p e r h a p s e x t e n d the f a c i l i t i e s of their already e s t a b l i s h e d G o kart and P e d a l C a r S e c t i o n s . F o r this reason it was decided to go a h e a d and form a n I C Sporting M o t o r c y c l e C l u b . T h u s this club would direct its energies towards motorcycle s p o r t . T h i s c l u b i s i n n o way i n t e n d e d to r i v a l the C & G Section. We a l r e a d y h a v e the f a c i l i t y through the Southern 67 R a c i n g C l u b a n d the B r i t i s h M o t o r c y c l e Racing Club Limited ('Bemsee') to m a r s h a l l at Snetterton a n d Brands Hatch. A s a marshall, one n a t u r a l l y p a y s n o e n t r a n c e fee to the r a c e m e e t i n g , i s g i v e n free m e a l s , a n d , m o s t i m p o r t a n t , i s i n v o l v e d i n the m e e t i n g i t s e l f , M a r s h a l l s a r e a b l e to select which meetings they attend. T h e r e i s a one day T r a i n i n g

Yours faithfully, R.S.L.Wilks.

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Sir, P l e a s e l e t me r e p l y to the l e t t e r from S . B r a d y , w h o w r o t e o n b e h a l f o f the N a t i o n a l F r o n t ( N F ) i n the l a s t i s s u e of F E L I X . A s a f o r e i g n e r I am p r o b a b l y l e s s p r e j u d i c e d , a n d a s far a s the abundant use of the word 'fascism' is concerned as a G e r m a n I k n o w from my f a m i l y what fascism really means. I do not u n d e r s t a n d why the N F d o e s not s h a r e the r e s p o n s i b i l i t y w h i c h the p e o p l e o f t h i s country h a v e from the p a s t and w h i c h i s w i d e l y a c c e p t e d by the majority of the B r i t i s h people. A s a matter of fact most of the c o l o u r e d p e o p l e i n t h i s c o u n t r y are B r i t i s h a s a c o n s e q u e n c e of the p a s t a n d t h e a d v i c e to 'go home where they come from' i s not o n l y i n h u m a n b u t a l s o might p r o b a b l y be a sign of i l l e g a l i t y . Since the NF does not a c c e p t any c o l o u r e d p e o p l e i n t o i t s m e m b e r s h i p , why d o e s i t not go further a n d a c c e p t o n l y t h o s e who can trace back their family to W i l l i a m the C o n q u e r o r or, b e t t e r s t i l l , A l f r e d the G r e a t ? N e v e r t h e l e s s , one c a n f i n d a s i m i l a r pattern of p o l i c i e s i n various countries, e.g. in Switzerland, (where Schwarzenbach t r i e d to r e d u c e the number of f o r e i g n w o r k e r s ) ; a n d i n G e r m a n y , ( w i t h the N a t i o n a l democratic party, at present fortunately almost disintegrated). All these movements are c e r t a i n l y not ' f a s c i s t ' but the psychological background is similar. Sure, the integration of m e m be r s of s o c i e t y who a r e not

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l a y i n g on a free c o a c h to t a k e s u p p o r t e r s ( a p p r o x i m a t e l y 40 In number) to the m a t c h . T h e c o a c h w i l l l e a v e B e i t A r c h at 1.00p.m. for M a n c h e s t e r w h e r e there w i l l be a party ( i . e . l o t s of n o s h a n d booze) for the team and s u p p o r t e r s . T h e c o a c h w i l l l e a v e M a n c h e s t e r at 2 2 . 0 0 p . m . a n d w i l l not a r r i v e b a c k in London till after midnight. A l l t h o s e w h o w i s h to go on the t r i p p l e a s e s e n d y o u r name and department to Martin T u r n e r , B o t a n y III by M o n d a y , 3rd F e b . 5 . 0 0 p . m .

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L o o k o u t for further a n n o u n c e m e n t s i n F E L I X a n d T o p i c . M e a n w h i l e , i f y o u h a v e any b r i g h t (or dim) i d e a s to s a v e energy for the c o u n t r y a n d money for the C o l l e g e , s e n d them to: Save Energy c/o Department yet f u l l y a c c u s t o m e d to the s p e c i a l way o f l i f e i n t h i s c o u n t r y may be d i f f i c u l t . B u t I dislike these totalitarian methods s i n c e I k n o w p e r s o n a l l y w h e r e they l e a d to. A f t e r a l l , i f I w a n t to s t a y i n t h i s c o u n t r y for good, d o e s the N F w a n t to t h r o w me o u t likewise? Yours faithfully, J.J.Albrecht, Chem.Eng. PG.

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Andrews

Modern

Poets

(Fontana)

With t h e p u b l i c a t i o n of t h i s n e w v o l u m e , P e n g u i n h a v e now i n t r o d u c e d u s to 7 5 contemporary p o e t s , a n a d m i r a b l e a c h i e v e ment. When viewed as a complete a n t h o l o g y , the s e r i e s p r e s e n t s u s w i t h a n i n v a l u a b l e c o l l e c t i o n from w h i c h w e c a n a s s e s s the c a l i b r e of modern poetry i n B r i t a i n . In the last d e c a d e w e h a v e l o s t , among o t h e r s , E l i o t , P o u n d a n d A u d e n ; it i s not i n c o n c e i v a b l e that t h e i r e v e n t u a l s u c c e s s o r s w i l l emerge from a m o n g p o e t s such a s these. O n the s t r e n g t h of t h i s o f f e r i n g , h o w e v e r , I d o not t h i n k t h a t t h e three p o e t s w h o s e w o r k i s r e p r e s e n t e d here — G a v i n Ewart, Zul f i kar Ghose and B.S.Johnson — are l i k e l y to f i n i s h i n the s e l e c t band of p o e t s for w h o m the a d j e c t i v e ' g r e a t ' i s n o exaggeration. A s with a l l the writers P e n g u i n h a v e offered u s , t h e i r w o r k i s of a very high standard in general, and a l l three c o u l d be d e s c r i b e d a s s u c c e s s f u l ; but there a r e many o t h e r s j u s t a s g o o d . T h e i r work, although competent, d o e s not p r o g r e s s in a n y w a y from t h e s t a n d a r d s l a i d down i n the l a s t t h i r t y y e a r s . T h i s i s one of the major c r i t e r i a i n d i s t i n g u i s h i n g the major p o e t s from t h o s e w h o a r e j u s t w e l l p r a c t i s e d i n t h e a r t of w r i t i n g v e r s e . To reach their standard i s an achievement in i t s e l f , a n d for that r e a s o n I can recommertd the book a s a s u i t a b l e i n t r o d u c t i o n into modern p o e t r y . Some of t h e w o r k i s v e r y g o o d ; it n e v e r d r o p s b e l o w c o m p e t e n t . It i s a l s o , for t h e most part, e m i n e n t l y r e a d a b l e . B u t d o n ' t ex.pect t o o much from i t , enjoy i t , a n d r e m e m b e r ' t h a t minor poetry i s the l i f e b l o o k of l i t e r a t u r e .

Arianna Stassinopoulos: The Woman (Fontana)

Female

T h e Womens L i b e r a t i o n movement h a s been o b s e r v e d w i t h fervent a d m i r a t i o n , amusement a n d c y n i c a l c o n t e m p t . M s . , sorry, Miss Stassinopoulos is firmly e n t r e n c h e d in the latter g r o u p i n g , a n d t h i s book i s a d e t a i l e d a t t a c k of the t e n e t s of the p r e s e n t l i b e r a l f e m a l e s w h o h o p e to e l e v a t e the s t a t u s of women to that of the a l l - d o m i n e e r i n g m a l e s . H o v e r i n g in t h e

a r e the e v i l spectres of background G e r m a i n e G r e e r and K a t e M i l l e t ; t h e s e t w o , in p a r t i c u l a r , a r e s i n g l e d out for repeated and often hostile criticism. Miss S t a s s i n o p o u l o s u s e s a great d e a l of 'biological' reasoning, which is impressive, but at t i m e s l a p s e s in i l l o g i c a l , c o m m o n s e n s e a r g u m e n t s ; h o w e v e r , w e h a v e been brought up to e x p e c t t h i s from w o m e n , a n d a s the lady i s o b v i o u s l y a n a l l - f e m a l e f e m a l e I s u p p o s e s h e t h i n k s s h e c a n get a w a y w i t h i t . N o t s o , M i s s S . , not s o . T h e book d e a l s i n a s y s t e m a t i c w a y w i t h t h e v a r i o u s r o l e s a woman h a s i n s o c i e t y , a n d a t t e m p t s to r e a s o n that t h e s e a r e , i n the m a i n , n a t u r a l . I'm s o r r y , l a d i e s of I C , but a lot of it m a k e s s e n s e . O n the other h a n d , I t h i n k s h e i s b e i n g u n f a i r in t r y i n g to d e s t r o y the l i b e r a t i o n movement, in that s h e c l e a r l y d o e s not u n d e r s t a n d i t . I personally see womens L i b . a s a movement w h i c h i s s u f f e r i n g from o v e r - r e a c t i o n to the p r o b l e m . T h i s i s o n l y n a t u r a l b e c a u s e of the h u g e , f a l l a c i o u s t r a d i t i o n p r e s e n t i n most s o c i e t i e s w h i c h b e l i e v e s that women are an inferior race. G i v e n time, the movement s h o u l d s e t t l e down to a r e a s o n e d b a t t l e a g a i n s t p r e j u d i c e ; the a n s w e r to the problem d o e s not l i e i n t h e a s h e s of M s . G r e e r ' s gutted b r a s , n o r i n t h i s b o o k . If there a r e a n y ardent Womens L i b b e r s in I C , I recommend that y o u h a v e a look a t t h i s book, e v e n if it o n l y r e s u l t s in h i g h tone b l o o d p r e s s u r e . Its s e m i - f a c e t i o u s s u g g e s t s hope that M i s s S t a s s i n o p o u l o s i s not q u i t e s o a n t i - l i b e r a t i o n a s the book may s e e m to i m p l y .

Candi 'Modern Man Looks at W.W.Fletcher (Fontana).

Evolution'

With e v o l u t i o n a s i t s u n d e r l y i n g p r i n c i p l e , t h i s book s e t s out t o c o v e r e v e r y t h i n g that h a s e v o l v e d , from the i n c e p t i o n of the u n i v e r s e to p r e s e n t d a y s o c i e t y . U n f o r t u n a t e l y , (it w a s a great i d e a , but what c a n y o u e x p e c t in 160 p a g e s ? ) , it fails dismally. More s e r i o u s l y , it a l s o c l a i m s to be a n 'ideal

introduction

for

the

non'scientist

into the ways of science' w h i c h I find very hard to s w a l l o w . T o my m i n d whole s e c t i o n s df the book, e s p e c i a l l y on the a s t r o n o m y s i d e , w e r e l i t t l e more than t e d i o u s c a t a l d g u e s of f a c t s that c a n be found i n a n y y e a r b o o k , l e t a l o n e e n c y clopaedia. The general level of treatment, e s p e c i a l l y t o w a r ds the front of the b o o k , i s pretty s k e t c h y , but I s u p p o s e that t h i s i s i n e v i t a b l e in s u c h a l i m i t e d

AKC0AD8 Little Feat: Bros)".

Dixie

Chicken (Warner

A N O T H E R q u a l i t y a l b u m from a band that produce c o n s i s t e n t l y good m u s i c a n d remain c o n s i s t e n t l y u n n o t i c e d . T h e o p e n i n g t i t l e t r a c k m o v e s in w i t h a s h u f f l i n g beat s pr i nkl e d with honky-tonk bluesy piano and the u n i q u e larynx of L o w e l l G e o r g e , w h o g o e s on to power the w h o l e p a c k a g e with rasping slide guitar. The musicians h i p i s t y p i c a l l y tight a n d p r e c i s e a l t h o u g h giving the a p p e a r a n c e of laid-back they r e l a x a t i o n , a s if at a n y moment

might m i s s a beat or t w o but n e v e r in fact do. T h e k e y to the band i s the v o c a l s a n d s l i d e - p l a y i n g of L o w e l l G e o r g e . H e h a s c o m p l e t e c o n t r o l of the instrument and> s e e m s c a p a b l e of i m p a r t i n g some b l o o d and-guts to the s o u l d — u s u a l l y the p r e r o g a t i v e of s t r a i g h t e l e c t r i c guitar. B e c a u s e of t h i s the m u s i c in i t s c o m p l e x i t y i s more i n v i g o r a t i n g than s a y a comparable band s u c h a s the A l l m a n Brothers. With l u c k , they might f i n a l l y make it on the Warner B r o t h e r s p a c k a g e tour c u r r e n t l y d o i n g the rounds here, w h e r e , if t h e r e ' s

account. A l l the s a m e w e find an a s s u m p t i o n of b a s i c c o n c e p t s on one h a n d , and o v e r s i m p l i f i c a t i o n of i d e a s on t h ^ o t h e r . T h e r e i s a l s o a l i b e r a l u s e of m a g i c words like 'scientist', 'energy' and 'proteins' and too many throw-away p h r a s e s s u c h a s ( t a l k i n g of the moon l a n d i n g s a n d pr o be s ) ' w e now know nearly as much we know

about about

the surface the surfate

of the Moon as of the Earth'.

I d i d n' t find the plates particularly , illuminating either. T h e m a i n f a u l t of t h i s v o l u m e Is that it i s t r y i n g to c o v e r much t o o w i d e a f i e l d a t too e l e m e n t a r y a l e v e l . T o a p p e a l to the t o t a l l y ignorant layman a more d i r e c t a n d e x c i t i n g a p p r o a c h i s n e e d e d , w h i l e the s e r i o u s amateur w i t h o n l y b a s i c k n o w l e d g e w i l l find it s u p e r f l u o u s .

'Occasions' Dorothy Hammond Innes (Fontana) 'Occasions' i s not a book that I expected to e n j o y , b e i n g a l m o s t , the absolute antithesis of my travelling experience. Used to e c o n o m y class, c a m p i n g a n d w a l k i n g to s a v e bus f a r e s , I f i n d the w h o l e i d e a of l i v i n g i n h o t e l s a n d taking cars a bit strange. S t i l l , i t ' s a l w a y s good t o s e e h o w t h e o t h e r h a l f l i v e s , a n d to my s u r p r i s e I r e a l l y e n j o y e d glooehopping with M r s . Innes. F o r devotees of the M r . H . I n n e s , t h i s s c r a p b o o k h a s s o m e i n t e r e s t i n g if o b v i o u s b a c k g r o u n d g l i m p s e s , to h i s n o v e l s : t h e A u s t r a l i a n o u t b a c k a n d 'Golden

Soak'

for

example.

Make no mistake, though, t h i s travelogue i s n o t h i n g more than a s t r i n g of r e m i n i s c e n c e s of p e o p l e , p l a c e s a n d e v e n t s on a c u l i n a r y t h r e a d . I found the d i s c r i p t i o n s of m e a l s j u s t a b i t w e a r i n g after a w h i l e a n d they kept m a k i n g me f e e l -hungry. A l t h o u g h I'm no e p i c u r e (or e v e n a d e c e n t c o o k ) , I w i s h there h a d been a n a p p e n d i x of r e c i p e s to t r y . T h e book i s f u l l of fun & e n j o y m e n t ; a t y p i c a l b i t i s w h e r e the I n n e s ' & p i l o t are f l y i n g t o w a r ds the O l g a s — a n o t h e r A y e r s R o c k s o r t of t h i n g . " / was studying Harry Purvis' fine profile when I heard my husband say 'Oh, don't worry about Dorothy, she loves it'. I was Just wondering what I was alleged to love when he rolled the plane over and we crawled up the face of the Olgas, then down, then up again, slowly, very close to the details of the surface".

If y o u l i k e t r a v e l a n d t a l k i n g about places, y o u ' l l like this easy, flowing book. I t ' s c e r t a i n l y more a b s o r b i n g than a n y of the h o l i d a y - s l i d e v i g n e t t e s that I w a s treated to l a s t y e a r . I w o u l d e x p e c t it to be r e v i e w e d on Womans H o u r a n d r i g h t l y s o : y o u r m i s s u s o r y o u r mum w i l l probabl y t h i n k i t ' s g r e a t .

Hie any i u s t i c e left, they d e s e r v e to stomp a l l o v e r some of the b i g g e r names on s h o w . T h i s a l b u m i s t h e i r t h i r d , and a l t h o u g h not u p t o the e x c e l l e n t s t a n d a r d of 'Sailin' Shoes' remains strongly and u n m i s t a k e a b l y L i t t l e F e a t . T h e r e ' s the i n s i s t e n t , h a g g e r d l y drumming of R i c h i e H a y w a r d , the s t o n e d - o u t p i a n o of B i l l Payne and the d r a w l i n g blues-based s t a n c e of G e o r g e — ' t ' s a shame that l e s s e r m u s i c c a n become s o popular a n d s o many m u s i c i a n s of true q u a l i t y go unnoticed.


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Because of a disastrous Gutteridge C u p result for I C l a s t Wednesday, fitness training for t h e f i r s t X V h a d b e e n e x tended to F r i d a y evenings. Press-ups, pull-ups and sit-ups were not e n c o u r a g e d b u t a more s p e c i a l e x e r c i s e s u c h a s too much Y o u n g ' s b i t t e r w a s preferred. Undaunted by this servere t e s t of s t a m i n a the Brave Bandits b e l o n g i n g to B r u c e B r a d l e y s e t o f f to a v e n g e the a f o r e m e n t i o n e d 11-3 d e f e a t by Q M C . B e f o r e the m a t c h s t a r t e d i t was decided that tea and b i s c u i t s s h o u l d be s e r v e d t o both the b a c k s a n d forwards to h e l p k e e p o u t the e f f e c t s o f the consistent drizzle a n d biting cold wind. Unfortunately s i x m i n u t e s i n t o the f i r s t h a l f the forwards were s t i l l d u n k i n g t h e i r b i s c u i t s a n d consequently were too b u s y to s t o p a P L A f o r w a rd from a from crashing over q u i c k l y taken s h o r t p e n a l t y . Ten minutes later I C were awarded a penalty thirty yards out a n d i n front o f the p o s t s . B . F i n n e y elegantly converted a n d r e d u c e d the s c o r e d e f i c i t to 6-3. T h e adverse wet cond i t i o n s made h a n d l i n g the b a l l extremely d i f f i c u l t a n d both s i d e s found i t h a r d to produce clean possession from the l i n e o u t s . U n f o r t u n a t e l y I C were r e d u c e d to 14 men, ten m i n u t e s

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later, when B . S t e r n h a d to r e t i r e w i t h a b a d l y b r u i s e d arm. w a s , however, expertly He looked after by our resident Florence Nightingales, Janet a n d A n i t a . I t i s thought that next w e e k t h e t w o g i r l s a r e h a v i n g their h e a d s e x a m i n e d for hanging around in such miserable weather. H a l f time came a n d w e n t . The reshuffled I C side c o u l d make n o i m p r e s s i o n o n t h e score line despite constant good p r e s s u r e from the f o r w a r d s a n d steady p l a y from the b a c k s . F o u r m i n u t e s o f the game r e mained. T h e spectators were on tender h o o k s a n d e x c i t e m e n t to a c l i m a x . R a y mounted H u g h e s , a foimer good p l a y e r w i t h a l l h i s teeth, received good b a l l from t h e p a c k f i v e y a r d s from the P L A l i n e . B e c a u s e I C h a d h a d a two-man overlap from his blind-side break, R a y d e c i d e d h e ' d b e t t e r go a l o n e a n d snook i n for t h e w i n n i n g try. A m i n u t e l a t e r the ref b l e w up but no one w a s hurt. It w a s a d e s e r v e d w i n a n d hopefully the s i d e w i l l n o w c a r r y o n w i t h o u t l o s i n g for the r e s t o f the s e a s o n . Team: Denso, Clumsey, Sterno, Cuddles, Bobo, L. Lunch, Engaged, Sloop B, B1100. Verona, Nothandsome, lOg, Alias, D.Squared, M.Pius,

I C E x t r a 1 s t s w e l c o m e d the h a d c h a r g e d through the l i n e o u t , the b a l l b o u n c e d j u s t r i g h t f o r return o f t h e i r s t a r p l a y e r , t o p try s c o r e r a n d c a p t a i n for t h e i r S.Chudy w h o ran the l a s t 5 y d s match a g a i n s t L o n d o n I r i s h . a n d d i v e d o v e r w i t h h a l f the S u r p r i s e d that the game h a d not o p p o s i t i o n o n h i s b a c k . T h e b e e n c a n c e l l e d we a r r i v e d a t w i n d d i d n o t h e l p the c o n v e r s i o n attempt b u t H . S a y e r s H a r l i n g t o n to f i n d a c o l d w i n d that w a s b l o w i n g a t approx later p l a c e d a penalty k i c k over lOOmph (nearly a s f a s t a s ( L o n d o n I r i s h d i s a g r e e ) to g i v e S . C h u d y ) a c r o s s the p i t c h . H a d us a h a l f time l e a d o f 7 - 0 . i t not b e e n for t h i s w i n d w e may The second half w a s the have run u p a much b i g g e r more even o f the t w o w i t h t h e score a s i t played havoc with ball going backwards and the p a s s i n g . L o n d o n I r i s h were forwards. T h e wingers who not a s a f f e c t e d s i n c e t h e I C d i d n ' t g e t many p a s s e s c h a s e d front r o w w o n s o m u c h b a l l , k i c k s i n a t t a c k and c o v e r e d w e l l w i t h great h o o k i n g b y I.Shepherd, i n d e f e n s e a n d L o n d o n I r i s h that they r a r e l y h a d a b a l l to were l u c k y to g e t t h e i r c o n pass. verted try. M.Gibson w a s The I C backs d i d w e l l u n l u c k y n o t to s c o r e after a c l e a n i n g u p l o o s e b a l l to s t o p good run b y M.Sergot b u t a l a s t L I g e t t i n g a n y l o o s e b r e a k s , d i t c h effort j u s t c a u g h t h i m . M . G i b s o n ( n o t that o n e ) d o i n g F i n a l s c o r e 7-6. very w e l l i n t h i s d e p t . T h e I C C h e e r s l a d s , sorry y o u c a n ' t pack pressurised so w e l l a l l get m e n t i o n e d , (I take up t o o c h a r g i n g through l i n e o u t s on the much o f the report). o p p o s i t i o n h a l f b a k e s that w e s p e n t m o s t o f t h e f i r s t h a l f o n Team: H.Sayers, S.Ladle, t h e i r h a l f . M . K i l b r i c k a t N o . 8 M.Gibson, J.Rose, C.Whiteley, forced the L I w i n g f o r w a r d s a n d R.Stern. T.Fern, M.Sergot, scrum h a l f to g i v e a w a y p e n - I.Shepherd, C.Wrigley (No drain a l i t i e s b y h o l d i n g the b a l l i n . pipes this week), P.Jeffs, M.Kilbride, O u r f i r s t try came from a R.Sutton, I.Marwood, c h a r g e d o w n b y R . S u t t o n , w h o S.Chudy.

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T h e 7th December, 1974, A . D . m a r k e d the f i r s t v i c t o r y for I m p e r i a l C o l l e g e Ladies B o a t C l u b i n t h e U L Winter I V s . We h a d four c r e w s o u t , the College Crew consisting of some of the h a r d - c o r e f a n a t i c s , a n d three f r e s h e r c r e w s who h a d only been r o w i n g for about eight w e e k s . With t h i s sort o f n u m b e r s , and our effective k i l l e r - i n s t i n c t we felt we h a d to w i n s o m e t h i n g . L a d i e s from a l l p a r t s of L o n d o n a s s e m b l e d a n d the h e a t s b e g a n . Our B crew hadn't arrived. T h e y ' d b e e n s e e n o n the t r a i n but not s i n c e . T h e freshers' A c r e w w e n t o u t a n d won t h e i r h e a t w i t h o u t too m u c h s t r a i n . T h e C c r e w then r a c e d i n p l a c e o f the B c r e w a n d l o s t to the Royal Veterinary College. At l a s t the B c r e w turned u p after b e i n g l o s t for t w o h o u r s . T h e y went o u t a n d w o n t h e i r h e a t . Th e C o l l e g e C r e w were beset by h a z a r d s right from the s t a r t . Our rudder s t u c k a n d a s l i d e came off. Too much! We d e m a n d e d a r e - r a c e , but they l e t u s r a c e i n the f i n a l a g a i n s t the w i n n e r s of the t w o h e a t s . W e l l , b e f o r e the f i n a l I c a m e s e c o n d i n the N o v i c e S c u l l s . (Only two people entered

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a n y w a y ) . T h e n w e raced i n the final against R o y a l Holloway C o l l e g e and a U L Scratch IV. We left R H C way b e h i n d a t the s t a r t , but i t took some t i m e before we o v e r t o o k the U L boat and won by a considerable margin. N o w the f r e s h e r fours f i n a l was a different story. Our s u p p o s e d v i c t o r y w a s m a r r e d by the c o l l i s i o n of the two I C fours racing. I must say, I'd have l a u g h e d i f they h a d n ' t b e e n I C crews, but as i t was, only replusive horror struck our hearts as i t happened. R o y a l Veterinary C o l l e g e won. Y e t the i g n o m i e s a n d q u i r k s of fate w h i c h the day p r e s e n t e d were overshadowed by our v i c t o r i o us' joy as we j u s t l y regarded o u r s e l v e s a s the b e s t C o l l e g e I V i n the U n i v e r s i t y o f London. College

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cox. Nigel Williams Talbot str. Linda 3 Isobel Pollock 2 Alison Heap bow Helen Nattrass P . S . We w o u l d l i k e to thank N i g e l W i l l i a m s for c o x i n g s e v e r a l b o a t s for u s d u r i n g the Winter IVs.

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After w i n n i n g both d i v i s i o n s o f the L o n d o n inter-colleges league last Wednesday and l o s i n g i g n o m i n i o u s l y to M i c k F u l l e r ' s e n t o u r a g e i n the r a i n on Saturday, the I C Cross C o u n t r y C l u b j o u r n e y e d to the g r a s s y w a s t e l a n d s of R i c h m o n d P a r k . H e r e w e met the teams of B r u n e i , Wye a n d the L S E . T h e s t a r t w a s d e l a y e d for some time w h i l e P e t e F o s t e r t r i e d to e x p l a i n the c o u r s e to the r u n n e r s . It m u s t b e u n d e r s t o o d that P e t e i s a t l e a s t eight times a s u n i n t e l l i g i b l e as h i s brother a n d t h u s e a c h w o rd h a d to b e r e p e a t e d a n d , o c c a s i o n a l l y t r a n s l a t e d , by h i s team-mate B o b G l e d h i l l . B y t h i s time the rain, w h i c h had started when we left B e i t q u a d w a s q u i t e h e a v y , a n d M r . P . D o n n e l l y of P h y s i c s III fame w a s c a l l e d u p o n to start the r a c e . H e f a i l e d , b u t was given a second chance. T h e p a r k w a s i n the w e t t e s t condition that anyone could remember i t , but that d i d not deter Hurricane Houlbrooke from s t o r m i n g to the front for the f i r s t m i l e . T h e r a c e e n d e d with R o b A l l i n s o n i n front,

A l f G a m e t t i n fifth a n d I . E l l i s j u s t m a n a g i n g to b e a t S t e v e Webb (and a b o u t time) i n s e v e n t h p o s i t i o n . The r e s u l t s , computed o n the b a c k o f a C o m m e r c i a l A s s u r a n c e handout showed a d e c i s i v e w i n for I C . O n S a t u r d a y the t e a m w e n t to that h a v e n of the L e s s e r spotted Mudlark, Parliament H i l l f i e l d s to c o m pe t e i n the U C 5 . A special mention must go to D a v e H o u l b r o o k e who w a s l e a d i n g the r a c e a t o n e p o i n t , a n d h i s d o u b l e who f i n i s h e d the r a c e i n fourth p o s i t i o n a n d f i r s t home for I C . S t e v e Webb ran an e x c e l l e n t r a c e a n d M i k e 'What a b l o w ' Welford n a r r o w l y a v o i d e d l o s i n g the H o l b e i n H o u s e b a r k e y s i n a g i r l s ' s c h o o l of no good r e p u t e . T h e f i r s t t e a m f i n i s h e d the race a commendable fourth, being b e a t e n , p r e d i c t a b l y , by O x f o r d , Cambridge and Borough R o a d . T h e s e c o n d team c a m e tenth a n d s t i l l managed to b e a t t h e L S E ' s f i r s t t e a m . I am c o n f i d e n t that t h i s w i n n i n g form will c o n t i n u e for the r e s t o f the

IC V I S I T SIDCUP T h i s y e a r ' s t r i p to S i d c u p w a s l o o k e d f o r w a r d to w i t h a n t i c i p a t i o n by a l l , a n d s u s p i c i o n by s o m e , after the e s c a p a d e s o f l a s t s e a s o n . T h e s c e n e w a s s e t w h e n the A X V dragged three p l a y e r s off the s t r e e t a n d f o r c i b l y e x t r a c t e d a n o t h e r from the s t u d e n t house region. We a r r i v e d a t S i d c u p a h a l f an hour late a s h a s become c u s t o m a r y t h i s term. T h e 1 s t short — found B o o t h i n s u p p o r t X V d i d not h a v e time to warm up a n d S m i t h t o u c h e d d o w n for an w h i c h p r o v e d f a t a l , for S i d c u p u n c o n v e r t e d try. B o n e h a d met started with a ba n g and were bone during this drive and s i x p o i n t s up w i t h i n two m i n u t e s B r a d l e y w a s f o r c e d to r e t i r e to from a c o n v e r t e d try. A v e r y h o s p i t a l to r e c e i v e a t t e n t i o n . strong w i n d in their f a v o u r T h e I C fervour w a s not to be h e l p e d them t r e m e n d o u s l y i n the b r o k e n , h o w e v e r , the the S i d c u p first h a l f a n d I C found i t l i n e w a s now u n d e r c o n s t a n t e x t r e m e l y d i f f i c u l t to get o u t p r e s s u r e . F i n n e y K i c k e d another of t h e i r o w n twenty f i v e . A three ' man o v e r l a p brought another try , from S i d c u p a n d a b u r s t through u s dummies a n d s i d e , ^ the m i d d l e from the h a l f w ay l i n e s e c u r e d t h e i r t h i r d try of the e x c e l l e n t try. T h e c o n v e r s i o n h a l f a n d a l e a d of 16-0 w a s a s u n s u c c e s s f u l a n d so were d e s e r v e d l y t h e i r s at the h a l f I C who l o s t by 16-14. w ay s t a g e . T h e return c o a c h w a s not With the w i n d n o w i n t h e i r b o o k e d u n t i l 12.00 m i d n i g h t a n d f a v o u r I C s t a r t e d s t r o n g l y a n d I C l o o k e d forward to an e n were very u n l u c k y to h a v e a j o y a b l e evening. The most try d i s a l l o w e d i n the f i r s t few m a s s i v e s k i n f i e l d of the e v e n i n g minutes. A penalty goal c o n - undoubtedly belonged to the v e r t e d by F i n n e y w a s the o n l y M a n from B e d r o c k . S i d c u p s a w r e w a r d for I C for a l o n g time t h e i r f i r s t e v e r c a r r y out but the and Sidcup d i d extremely w e l l i n IC p l a y e r i n v o l v e d was s i n g f o r c i n g I C i n t o t h e i r own h a l f u l a r l y n o t a m u s e d . M r . U . G l y w a s for l o n g p e r i o d s . I C h a d b e e n n o t a s u n s u c c e s s f u l i n c a r r y i n g t h r o w i n g the b a l l b a c k w a r d s a s off a y o u n g lady d r e s s e d i n though the conditions were curtain material, however, p e r f e c t i n s t e a d o f c a r r y i n g the T h a n k s to e v e r y o n e , e s p e c i a l l y b a l l fo-jward a n d t h e s e t a c t i c s the p l a y e r s who turned out for p l a y e d : i n t o the h a n d s of the the A ' s a t s u c h s h o r t n o t i c e . S i d c u p team. A.Williams, I C w e r e not to be b e a t e n Team: DJShakesheff, withxmt a f i g h t , h o w e v e r . Some M.Cotter, J.Gilbert. G.Clement, r o b u s t p l a y p u t u s i n s i g h t o f B.Finney, R.Hughes, B.Bradley, the S i d c u p l i n e a n d from a m a u l R.Austin, D.Hart, K.Lipscombe, ten y a r d s from t h e i r l i n e B r a d l e y S.Booth, R.Cresswell, P.Robins, t hrus t forward, w a s brought d o w n J.Smith. p

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