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p COLOGNE UNIVERSITY won t h i s years H y d e P a r k Road R e l a y and s o , for the f i r s t time in i t s 28 year history, the winners trophy g o e s abroad. T h e s i x man team c o v e r e d the eighteen mile c o u r s e (each runner completing one three m i l e lap) in a time of 85 minutes 23 s e c o n d s . T h e l a st team home, i n a time of 125 minutes 17 s e c o n d s were the c o u r a g e o u s team from and dogged M o n s U n i v e r s i t y in B e l g i u m . their valiant effort, For and for coming l a st for four consecutive years, they were p r e s e n t e d with a wooden spoon at the end of the tea-time presentation ceremony. Later in the e v e n i n g , w h i l s t attempting to rock a car across Queens Gate they were c a u g h t i n the a c t by a p a s s i n g p o l i c e p a t r o l c a r . T w o members o f the team, unable to make a sufficiently fast escape were apprehended by the L a w a n d taken to the l o c a l s t a t i o n . T h e r e they b e c a m e u n a b l e to u n d e r s t a n d E n g l i s h and were d i s c h a r g e d without charges being made. Blood..'. E x a c t l y 100 teams b e g a n the r a c e at three o ' c l o c k o n Saturday at the start in R o t t e n R o w and 97 teams f i n i s h e d . A c c o r d i n g to o n e s e a s o n e d runner, the ground was very hard a n d the l o n g s t r a i g h t s e c t i o n on the north s i d e of the Se'rpentine was ... unpleasant. This was b e c a u s e runners were able to s e e the c o u r s e s t r e t c h i n g out in front o f them for m i l e s a n d m i l e s . Sixteen Continental Universities from Belgium, West Germany and the Netherlands competed in what i s , for I C , a p r e s t i g i o u s event. Birmingham U n i v e r s i t y , the f a v o u r i t e s to w i n were u n a b l e to attend due to the a f f e c t s o f f l u a n d the l o s s of R o n Smedley to a n International Championship match.

The start of the race — far left captain of the Cologne team and second from the right lan Ellis, IC Captain. The race was started very informally with a quiet " a r e y o u ready . . . G o " from o n e of the o f f i c i a l s . In the f i r s t three l a p s the lead positions changed r a d i c a l l y e a c h time runners c a m e to the e n d o f a l a p . However, after the fourth l a p , s i x teams e m e r g e d a s c o n t e n d e r s f o r the l e a d i n g positions. Sweat... T h e y were L o u g h borough C o l l e g e ' s A a n d B teams, Durham University, Borough Road College, Manchester University and Collogne University. Over the d u r a t i o n of the race the l a s t l a p s e t o u t o v e r 20 m i n u t e s after the race h a d been won! The lap record was e q u a l l e d f o r the t h i r d t i m e i n as many y e a r s b y D a v i d Moorcroft of Loughborough C o l l e g e A team. H e c o v e r e d h i s l a p o f 2 m i l e s a n d 1740 y a r d s c o u r s e i n in 13 minut 21 s e c o n d s a n d won the m e d a l for the f a s t e s t runner i n the c o m p e t i t i o n . Toil... The Union building provided very cramped changing and showering facilities for c o m p e t i t o r s . It w a s i n the U n i o n D i n i n g R o o m t h a t Mr Teague, deputising for Lady very capably

Flowers who unfortunately w a s i l l , p r e s e n t e d the m e d a l s and t r o p h i e s to the w i n n i n g teams. T h e L a d y R o d e r i c H i l l C u p for the w i n n i n g team went to C o l o g n e U n i v e r s i t y . T h e Steve Webb T r o p h y for the s e c o n d f a s t e s t team went to L o u g h b o r o u g h C o l l e g e A team. T h e I m p e r i a l C o l l e g e U n i o n C u p which i s awarded to the f a s t e s t t e a m from a c o l l e g e w i t h under 500 m a l e students went to Borough R o a d C o l l e g e who c a m e fourth in a time o f 87 m i n u t e s 17 seconds. Medals were a w a r d e d to e a c h member o f the trophy w i n n i n g t e a m s . . . . a n d beer. Congratulations are d u e to the I m p e r i a l C o l l e g e C r o s s C o u n t r y C l u b , their e x e c u t i v e committee and especially to Rich Harrington for organising the e v e n t with such efficiency. T h e Road R e l a y h a s becom e a n important event in most B r i t i s h and some C o n t i n e n t a l U n i v e r s i t i e s calenders and w i l l hopefully remain s o . O h b y the w a y , the I C contingent came 24th. A n o t a b l e run from R o b A l l i n s o n on the t h i r d l e g l i f t e d u s from to 22nd a n d there 40th a p p r o x i m a t e l y , we r e m a i n e d . David Moorcroft, Loughborough College. Equalled lap record for 3rd time in as many years.

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Sunday 29th IC Catholic Chaplaincy: R e a d i n g the B i b l e b y M A R I A ISAACS, P r o f of Scripture S t u d i e s at H e y t h r o p C o l l e g e . 7.30pm at More H o u s e , 5 3 Cromwell R d . A l l welcome. Monday 1st March WELLSOC: "The Zaire E x p e d i t i o n " , A t a l k b y the W o r l d ' s m os t famous e x p l o r e r MAJOR JOHN B L A S H F O R D S M I T H . Mech E n g 220. 7.30pm. T u e s d a y 2nd RAILWAY SOCIETY: "Swiss Railways T oday " by M R F W HUNT. Mech E n g 664 at 5.40pm. fc&G Mot or C l u b : A t a l k b y TONY POND and B R I A N CULCHETH of British Leyland plus a film of last y e a r ' s tour o f B r i t a i n . M e c h E n g 5 4 2 . 7 . 0 0 p m . A d m 2Qp o r by membership c a r d , ASSOCIATED STUDIES: The Documentary F i l m Movement 2 . T h e Impact o f War b y H A R R Y W A T T , Director o f Nort h S e a e t c . T h e a t r e A , Sherfield Building. T.30pm.

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EXAM RESULTS(and feel free by July) Cynical? Try us ... TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION E l e c E n g 606 T u e s M a r c h 2nd 5.45pm.

The Railways in Victorian S o c i e t y 1. T o w n a n d C o u n t r y by P R O F JACK SIMMONS, P r o f of History, Leicester U n i v . Theatre B , Sherfield B u i l d i n g . 1.30pm. HALL DINNER in the S h e r f i e l d B u i l d i n g . 7 . 0 0 for 7 . 3 0 p m . S e e P a t i n the U n i o n O f f i c e b y 12.00 noon t o d a y . INTERNATIONAL SOCIALIST S O C I E T Y . D i s c u s s i o n meeting on'Recent events in Portugal". 1.00pm Maths 5 4 0 . M A T H E M A T I C A L ' AND PHYSICAL SOCIETY: A lecture o n the "Magnetic Containment of Plasmas" (an a l t e r n a t i v e to the u s e of l a s e r s f o r the p r o d u c t i o n o f controlled nuclear fussion) MG HAINES, IC by Prof P h y s i c s d e p t . 1.30pm P h y s i c s L e c t u r e T h e a t r e 3. Wednesday 3rd Nothing happening??!! T h u r s d a y 4th ASSOCIATED STUDIES: The Documentary F i l m Movement. Film: GALE IS DEAD. Theatre A , Sherfield B u i l d i n g . 1.30pm. The Lunch-hour Concert. L i b r a r y , 53 P r i n c e ' s G a t e . Safety F i l m s : One Million H o u r s , A n d T h e n T h e r e Were T w o . Mech E n g 220. IC E N T S FILM: " T H U N D E R BOLT A N D LIGHTFOOT" M e c h E n s 220. 6.30pm A d m l O p . F r i d a y 5th IC F I L M SOC: " C R I E S A N D W H I S P E R S " . Mech E n g 220 7.15pm. Adm b y membership. E N T S 'Almost' F R E E D i s c o . Union Lower Refectory. 8.00pm. A d m l O p .

Voluntary Service Overseas T a l k and s l i d e s at 1.30pm F r i 27th F e b (today!) C i v E n g 201

FOR SALE A M S T R A D I C 2000 M K 2 In good c o n d i t i o n — just been s e r v i c e d . £25 o.n.o. Contact P a u l Ekpenyong v i a F E L I X office int 2881.

Communist Party Branch Revised Programme Of Meetings Education/discussion Meetings M o n d a y e v e n i n g s at 7 . 3 0 i n I O W A l o u n g e , U n i o n B u i l d i n g . Mon. 1st March Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State — s e s s i o n 3 , t i e R o m a n S t a t e , the G e r m a n S t a t e , the b e g i n n i n g o f c i v i l i s a t i o n . I n t r o d u c e d by P a u l W a t k i n s . Mon. 8th Socialist Democracy in the Soviet Union and Britain — P e t e r H o l l a n d . ( a f o l l o w up to the d e b a t e n o w t a k i n g p l a c e i n ' M a r x i s m T o d a y ' , t h e o r e t i c a l j o u r n a l of the C P G B , and the branch p u b l i c meeting — s e e below) M o n . 15th Origin of the Family — s e s s i o n 4 , d e v e l o p m e n t o f M a r x i s t a n a l y s i s s i n c e E n g e l s . Sue B e a r d o n ( j o u r n a l i s t , National Exec, CPGB) P u b l i c Meeting T u e s 3rd a t 1.00pm, M e c h E n g 6 6 4 Socialist Democracy Speaker, GERRY COHEN, London District Secretary and N a t i o n a l E x e c u t i v e member, C P G B . E v e r y b o d y w e l c o m e to a l l m e e t i n g s .

EVENT

A SHROVE TUESDAY BARN DANCE Tuesday 2nd March 8.00pm JCR(Sherfield Building) LIVE MUSIC B A R 20p P A Y A T T H E D O O R

The Fremlin Cup IC Open Singles

Darts Competition

Entries are now being accepted for this competition which is a knockout. The competition should be completed this term so entries will be open until February 28th.' These should be given to the staff of the Union Bar.'The entrance fee is 20p (lOp to Darts Club members). The winner will be presented with the Fremlin Pot which he retains for one year and will be engraved with their name. ATTENTION

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W A T C H THIS S P A C E YOUR C H A N C E TO GO U P Q U E E N ' S TOWER A N D S E E A VIEW N O T T O B E MISSED - MORE INFO. N E X T WEEK

IC R A G W i s h e s to a n n o u n c e a n o p e n m e e t i n g i n the I C W A L O U N G E on T U E S D A Y 9th M A R C H at 7.00pm i n o r d e r to s e l e c t next years minor charity (gasp!) If y o u k n o w any s m a l l , under-developed, unfinanced c h a r i t y (other than y o u r s e l f ) y o u are on whose behalf w i l l i n g to s p e a k for a f e w minutes, do come along.

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AS 2 0 % O F T H E women c l e a n i n g s t a f f a n d forewomen are off s i c k w i t h i n f l u e n z a , there will n e c e s s a r i l y be a cut-back in non-essential cleaning services. Priority will b e g i v e n to h y g i e n e , particularly as related to women's cloakrooms. We would a s k y o u to b e a r w i t h u s , b y not a d d i n g by m a k i n g to the d i f f i c u l t y minor c o m p l a i n t s d u r i n g the next f e w w e e k s , until the influenza epidemic subsides. Thank y o u , Domestic

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W e l l , here w e go a g a i n ' a l l the fun of the ' a y r e ' a s the e l e c t i o n s get under w a y . J u s t a s one b e g i n s to s e e c l e a r l y a l l the p o s s i b i l i t i e s for new d e v e l o p m e n t w i t h i n a group, one f i n d s o n e ' s term of o f f i c e c o m i n g to an e n d . T h u s , the f i r s t thing I w o u l d say to someone s t a n d i n g for a U n i o n post i s — be w a r n e d ! a year i s incredibly short. The ICWA nomination papers are now up a n d if you are t h i n k i n g of s t a n d i n g for a post, the f o l l o w i n g of what the j o b s outline involve may be helpful. T h e P r e s i d e n t ' s j o b i s o n e of providing initiative and new i d e a s w i t h regards to the running of the A s s o c i a t i o n , r e p r e s e n t i n g i t s members on c o m m i t t e e s and t a k i n g a keen interest in t h e i r w e l f a r e . S o if y o u c o n s i d e r that y o u know w h i c h d i r e c t i o n ICWA s h o u l d t ake next y e a r , s t a n d ' o r election. As you will be a w a r e there i s much a c t i v i t y w i t h i n the Women's Movement in other c o l l e g e s and g r o u p s . A c t i n g a s a l i a i s o n between t h e s e groups a n d the c o m m i t t e e i s the Deputy P r e s i d e n t ' s r o l e . If y o u a r e c o n c e r n e d about w o m e n ' s s t a t u s and w o u l d be prepared to attend outside m e e t i n g s , t h i s i s the post

for y o u . T h e r e i s no m y s t i c when it c o m e s to the r o l e of the Honorary S e c r e t a r y , a s s u c h , you w o u l d be s e n d i n g out notices for and taking m i n u t e s at c o m m i t t e e meet ings , c o p i n g w i t h the paper work and in general g r e a t l y c o n tributing to the efficient running of the A s s o c i a t i o n . T h e next post in the ICWA h i e r a r c h y , if s u c h a term c a n be u s e d for s o informal an assembly, i s that of the T r e a s u r e r w i t h o u t whom no organisation c a n hope to f u n c t i o n s m o o t h l y . T h e job i s not difficult but i s v i t a l , it i s an e x c e l l e n t training for aspiring accountants! (And thats 2 5 % of the ICWA mem b e r s h i p . ) T h e r e are v a r i o u s groups w i t h i n I C W A w h i c h have a r e p r e s e n t a t i v e on the c o m m i t t e e for e x a m p l e , the women in Science and Technology group. If you have been actively involved! in the group t h i s y e a r a n d w o u l d l i k e to s e e i t s s c o p e d e v e l o p e d to i n c l u d e a large p e r c e n t a g e of I C W A , s t a n d for a post on the c o m m i t t e e . Who o r g a n i s e s the A n n u a l D i n n e r , the B a l l e t c ? A n s w e r : the E n t e r t a i n m e n t s officers. If y o u have a flair for o r g a n i s i n g a n d w o u l d enjoy

p l a n n i n g s o c i a l e v e n t s then are a p o t e n t i a l Ents you Of c o u r s e , it i s Officer. pointless organising events if nobody knows about them which i s w h y we need a Publicity Officer and D e p Reps. I would, however, like to e l a b o r a t e on the role of dep reps a s not o n l y do they let the departments know what the committee i s d o i n g , but they a l s o provid e the e s s e n t i a l f e e d b a c k from the d e p a r t m e n t s so that the A s s o c i a t i o n ' s a c t i v i t i e s r e f l e c t the n e e d s and w a n t s of i t s members. T h e need for t h i s c a n n o t be stressed enough. The dep r e p ' s role i s a key o n e , but s a d l y , in the p a s t , p e o p l e holding these posts have f a i l e d to r e a l i s e t h i s . O n l y with d e p reps c a n ICWA operate to i t s members best a d v a n t a g e s o , if y o u stand for a post p l e a s e remember t h i s and play a f u l l part in the decision making and organising. A s y o u c a n s e e from the a b o v e e a c h post i s interr e l a t e d a n d the w h o l e t h i n g i n v o l v e s a lot of team effort. S t a n d i n g for a p o s t , w i n n i n g it and then not p u l l i n g y o u r w e i g h t i s l e t t i n g both y o u r fellow committee members and I C W A a t large d o w n . What I w o u l d l i k e to s e e

present "The Amateur and his instruments. " a n i l l u s t r a t e d l e c t u r e by ERIC MOBSEBY , F.R.A.S. Monday, Physics

1st. March, 12.30 L . T . 3 ( l e v e l one)

next y e a r i s ICWA gather i n c r e a s i n g momentum from the thrust we h a v e g i v e n it t h i s year. ICWA c a n be very worthwhile playing an essential part in college l i f e or it c a n be w o r t h l e s s . W h i c h it i s to be if e n t i r e l y up to you. Stella Godfrey

Covent Garden Proms "50p: pay at the door, take your friends and sit on the floor." Five performances by The Royal Opera: Monday 29th March at 7.30 pm Fidelio {Beethoven) Tuesday 30th March at 7.30 pm La clemenza di Tito (Mozart) Wednesday 31st March at 7.30 pm Carmen (Bizet) Thursday 1st April at 7.30 pm Fidelio (Beethoven) Monday 5th April at 6.30 pm Die Frau ohne Schatten (Strauss)

Two performances by The Royal Ballet: Friday 2nd April at 7.30 pm The Dream (Mendelssohn/Ashton) Apollo (StravinskyjBalanchine) The Concert (Chopin/Rohbins) Saturday 3rd April at 7.30 pm Serenade (Tchaikovsky/Balanchine) Afternoon of a Faun (Debussy/Robbins) Twilight (Cagej van Manen) Elite Syncopations (Joplin & Others/MacMillan) 700 Stal Is Promenade places available on the day of performance one hour beforecurtain up. 50p each, including VAT. Seats: £1-10to£1100. Further details: 01-2401911 (24-hour information service)

Opera House in association with M i d l a n d B a n k The Royal Opera House Covent Garden Limited receives financial assistance from The Arts Council of Great Britain.

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A l f s A r m y amuse royalty S i r , — May I b r i n g to y o u r attention the f a c t that the remark by Mr R i c h a r d P a r k e r ( I C U A A O ) r e f e r r i n g to the ' F a c a d e ' , of A l f ' s Imperial ( P a c i f i s t ) A r m y , of "fighting "high" Christianity and to the " t r u e m e t a l " yet to be r e v e a l e d , w a s utter n o n s e n s e , b a s e d not j u s t on a m i s u n d e r s t a n d i n g , but, a p p a r e n t l y , an i g n o r a n c e of f a c t . • The battle against the Christian Union, which occured during the CU mission week, was organised at the instigation of the C U t h e m s e l v e s . A l f ' s Imperial Army (AIA) accused them henceforth with practicing low c h u r c h e v a n g e l i s m after the mould(!) of B i l l y G r a h a m , c a u s i n g the m i n d l e s s p e a s a n t masses to stray from the true path of f a i t h a c c o r d i n g to Charles I authorised version. They disagreed . T h i s conflict was resolved in b a t t l e ( p a c i f i s t type) where the C U showed t h e m s e l v e s to be of the true faith and a truce was called in good spirit and both waring

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parties proclaimed their u n i t e d s t a n c e in the d e f e n c e of the F a i t h a n d P r o p a g a t i o n of the Word So much for the " F a c a d e of f i g h t i n g "high" Christianity". A s for A l f ' s " t a k i n g o v e r ICU", may I suggest you read an e x c e l l e n t a r t i c l e in F E L I X N o 4 1 2 by Mr P a r k e r , in w h i c h h e s h o w s the IC c a n be t a k e n o v e r by a n y o n e who c a n get " 2 0 p e o p l e w h o are w i l l i n g to s i g n a p i e c e of p a p e r " , s a i d p i e c e of paper being a nomination for a place in ICU, supposedly. And, after a l l , at I C " W e substitute s e l e c t i o n from a competent few w i t h p r o s c r i p t i o n of an u n o p p o s e d f e w , s o w h o needs military take-overs (pacifist-type)? Mr Parker also implied that we are a threat to democracy in IC. May I that w e h a v e , remind y o u on numerous occasions, d e c l a r e d our a l l e g i e n c e to the C r o w n , our support of the principles of British C o n s t i t u t i o n a l G o v e r n m e n t and

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Sir, — Regarding last w e e k ' s d i s a f f i l i a t i o n n e n - d e b a t e , for w h i c h the f i r s t m o t i o n w a s that N U S i s u n r e p r e s e n t a t i v e of the bulk of s t u d e n t m e m b e r s , from w h i c h the s e c o n d motion (that disaffiliation is the b e s t way to c o u n t e r this) w a s meant to f o l l o w . I call it a non-debate because the first motion, which underpins the whole disaffiliation argument, is by nature a non-debatable issue. Whether or not the N U S represents its members' v i e w s i s a matter for s y s t e m a t i c r e s e a r c h , and no amount of rhetorical assertions which m e r e l y beg the q u e s t i o n , or

S i r , — I w o u l d l i k e to m a k e a few points regarding the farcical debate I attended l a s t F r i d a y on N U S . (i) T h e misunderstanding w h i c h r e s u l t e d in the f a i l u r e to attend of o n e of the s p e a k e r s was unforgivable. Whoever made the arrangement s s h o u l d t a k e the b lame for not c h e c k i n g with Mr M i n n i s e i t h e r by letter or t e l e p h o n e . Thus, the debate was already u n f a i r and h e a v i l y w e i g h t e d in Mr C l a r k e ' s f a v o u r . (ii) A l l credit must be g i v e n to Pete Teague for s p e a k i n g for the m o t i o n , at such short n o t i c e . I think most students would agree that he s p o k e much better

m e r e l y deny it, i s g o i n g to c o n v i n c e me one w a y or the other. C l e a r l y what i s n e e d e d i s a properly c o n d u c t e d s u r v e y of the o p i n i o n s of a r e p r e s e n t ative sample of students. C o m p a r i s o n s b e t w e e n student o p i n i o n s and N U S p o l i c i e s can then be made, and sensible conclusions can be d r a w n . O p i n i o n p o l l s may not be i n f a l l i b l e , but they are p a t e n t l y more d e p e n d a b l e than these 'finger on the p u l s e of the p e o p l e ' a r g u m e n t s . Yours faithfully CRAIG DUNANT Elec Eng UG2

than Charles Clarke, who managed to a v o i d the m o t i o n for much of h is s p e e c h (iii) The major event of the m e e t i n g w a s the v o t i n g on the s e c o n d part of the motion, whet he r or not to d i s a f f i l i a t e . F r o m my p o s i t i o n , the v o t i n g l o o k e d a p p r o x i m a t e l y 5 0 - 5 0 , or p o s s i b l y a s l i g h t m ajor it y to disaffiliate. O b v i o u s l y most p e o p l e agreed w i t h me, a s w h e n the r e s u l t was read out; there was s t u n n e d s i l e n c e . I am sure the c o u n t i n g of the v o t e s w a s done with complete sincerity, but i s not t h i s method of vote c o u n t i n g l i a b l e to error? I am sure nobody present expected such a difference

the l e g a l l y e l e c t e d G o v e r n m e n t , our a d h e r a n c e to the law and the t e a c h i n g s of the C h u r c h of E n g l a n d . In a d d i t i o n we h a v e informed H R H C h a r l e s , Prince of Wales, of our a c t i v i t i e s , w h o w o u l d , wrote h i s a i d e , be " m o s t a m u s e d " by them. Our patron the W i z a r d of the A n t i p o d e s h a s a l s o p l e d g e d that w e s h a l l c e a s e a l l a c t i v i t i e s if " H e r Majesty or Her Majesty's G o v e r n m e n t or H e r e n v o y s or Her R e p r e s e n t a t i v e s in the Antipodes So d e c i d e . " A l s o Alf's Army is based on principles parallel to the Boy Scout movement, and no-on e r e g a r d s them a s a threat to d e m o c r a c y , s u r e l y ! Actually, I appreciate that Mr P a r k e r ' s c o m m e n t s on Alf's Army (Imperialistpacifist-fun-type) were with the probably made tongue in cheek attitude w i t h w h i c h w e regard o u r s e l v e s . If s o I r e s p e c t Mr P a r k e r for h i s i n s i g h t a n d am g l a d at l e a s t o n e p e r s o n not in A l f ' s doesn't take Alf's Army

seriously. However, Honour demanded a r e p l y ! May I j u s t s a y o n e more t h i n g , u n c o n n e c t e d w i t h what h a s gone b e f o r e ? RCSU presented CCU with their s h i e l d s , purloined months b e f o r e . I s e e t h i s a s a precedent for the return of our c o l o u r s , c a p t u r e d by RCSU unarmed (armless!) f o r c e s on Morphy D a y ' 7 5 . Naturally, the presentation would take place with full ceremony and A l f ' s p a c i f i s t type army w o u l d u n d e r t a k e to o r g a n i s e the c o l o n i s a t i o n ' of any nearby rag o b j e c t i v e in the name of R C S U R a g ' 7 6 , to the great benefit of said n o b l e c h a r i t y f u n d . I'm s u r e their w i s e and enlightened R C S p r e s s y w o u l d agree to t h i s , b e i n g w i s e and e n l i g h t e n e d , (and w a n t i n g to w i n the R a g c o l l e c t i o n s race) if it w a s s u g g e s t e d to h i m . (I'm too shy). T h a n k y o u for y o u r k i n d indulgence. I a m . S i r , your h u m b l e and obedient servant, IAN H O L I D A Y (A1A)

Deputy President to the u n r e a s o n a b l e a t t i t u d e s of the answers critics Sofn o ockeerrt a iCn l u bmembers w h o f a i l e d to

S i r , — I w a s very i n t e r e s t e d to s e e a letter of c r i t i c i s m l o d g e d a g a i n s t me in F E L I X N o 4 f 2 and w o u l d l i k e to take this opportunity to r e p l y to t h e s e c r i t i c i s m s . Indeed the U n i o n i s for the s t u d e n t s , for all of the s t u d e n t s , and I w o u l d hope that they make a s much u s e of U n i o n f a c i l i t i e s a s p o s s i b l e . H o w e v e r , a s D P , one of my main r e s p o n s i b i l i t i e s i s the Union Building and this includes discipline within it. If, at any t i m e , members of a particular club or society are found to be misusing the facilities or behaving in a manner other than that which is reasonable, then I am empowered to take such s t e p s a s are n e c e s s a r y to d e a l w i t h the s i t u a t i o n . On this occassion, due

b e t w e e n the t o t a l s . Concluding, a secret b a l l o t w o u l d -be the f a i r e s t w a y of s o l v i n g t h i s issue o n c e and for a l l ( w e l l , for a f e w y e a r s at least). This would provide the true, d e m o c r a t i c r e s u l t , and s t o p all the uncertainty, which h a s gone on t h i s y e a r . P l e a s e , Mr Teague and company, c o u l d not t h i s be a r r a n g e d before the e n d of t e r m ? Y o u r s f a i t h f u l ly. J STUART MatRs I

p r o d u c e their U n i o n c a r d s on r e q u e s t , I had no c h o i c e but to c l o s e the r o o m . I w o u l d that therefore not agree Messrs Mills and Latter wer e deprived of Union facilities because of "a personal grudge" between the a b o v e p e o p l e and m y s e l f . I would remind Messrs Mills and Latter that the situation was fully explained to them when they a c c o s t e d me in the U n i o n bar on the same e v e n i n g . S u r e l y they r e a l i s e that it w o u l d h a v e been a c o m p l e t e c o n t r a d i c t i o n to a l l o w them the u s e of the s n o o k e r t a b l e s after having c l o s e d t h e s e f a c i l i t i e s down for the night and e s p e c i a l l y s i n c e the i n c i d e n t had y e t to be resolved with the appropiate parties. Despite this, I would r e i t e r a t e my a p o l o g i e s to a l l Union members who were inconvenienced by this regrettable a c t i o n . In conclusion, I would l i k e tn point out that I w a s misquoted in s o much a s I did not s a y "the innocent sutler", but that always "unfortunately, some innocent people always suffer through the actions of the inconsiderate few". Yours sincerely RIZ SHAKIR Deputy P r e s i d e n t


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Charles Clarke talked to Clive Dewey FELIX: Charles, what are your feelings about today's debate? CLARKE: I thought it w a s fairly satisfactory. I think i t r e f l e c t s the problem that N U S h a s h a d for some time and that's getting a c r o s s to now students i n o r d i n a r y u n i o n s what our p o l i c i e s and a c t i v i t i e s really are. I think that w a s r e f l e c t e d i n the f i r s t vote (IC voted overwhelmingly that NUS i s unrepresentative). Obviously I m g l a d that the q u e s t i o n o f d i s a f f i l i a t i o n has f i n a l l y put an e n d to i t . We are very keen to encourage more active student involvement in their own u n i o n s , and of c o u r s e at some s t a g e we need to look at some changes to the N U S constitution'. In the last year we've seen great efforts to 'democratise' NUS. What are you and the Executive doing to prevent the shambles at Scarborough caused by Alistair Stewart's misrepresentation of the Electoral Reform Society? I d o n ' t think S c a r b o r o u g h w a s a s h a m b l e s i n the w a y y o u d e s c r i b e . T h e k e y thing w e ' r e t r y i n g to do to d e m o c r a t i s e N U S i s to get a c r o s s to t h e membership what the p o l i c i e s a r e a n d w h a t ' s g o i n g o n . National Student i s the m o s t r e c e n t example of this. We are very k e e n to e n c o u r a g e more active student involvement in their o w n u n i o n s , a n d o f c o u r s e at some stage w e n e e d to l o o k at some c h a n g e s to the N U S c o n s t i t u t i o n . You mention N a t i o n a l Student, what were your feelings on this month's issue? A l t h o u g h it w a s the l a u n c h i n g i s s u e , I w a s f a i r l y p l e a s e d w i t h i t . It w a s strong i n the most important r e s p e c t s , w e a k i n o n e o r t w o , but t h a t ' s n o t surprising. Generally I w a s very p l e a s e d w i t h it. As regards news, do you think that a weekly paper will be a much more effective venture? The main problem here i s o n e of f i n a n c e . I d e a l l y w e ' d l i k e to get i t o n to a w e e k l y b a s i s , but I d o n ' t s e e that h a p p e n i n g for s o m e t i m e y e t . I think p e o p l e w i l l a c c e p t that the key thing i s to get the f a c t s over to the membership'. T h a t ' s what the paper i s about'. I d o n 't just mean NUS facts, but n e w s about the student movement a s a whole'. Do you think the activists who attend NUS conferences will accept they cannot have a campaigning newspaper and will agree to finance the launching of a fact-based weekly? N a t i o n a l Student i s a student n e w s p a p e r . I t h i n k p e o p l e w i l l a c c e p t that the k e y thing i s t o get the f a c t s o v e r to the m e m b e r s h i p . T h a t ' s what the paper i s about. I d o n ' t j u s t mean N U S f a c t s , but n e w s about the s t u d e n t movement as a w h o l e . Do you feel that the prominence given by the press and others to the International debates is the cause of the present 'disenchantment' with NUS that you mentioned in the debate? T h e I n t e r n a t i o n a l d e b a t e s are c e r t a i n l y

amongst the most contentious and thus get more c o v e r a g e i n both the n a t i o n a l a n d student p r e s s . I d o n ' t m y s e l f f e e l that they take up a great d e a l o f t h e u n i o n ' s w o r k . I think i t i s important to m a i n t a i n our I n t e r n a t i o n a l liason with other unions and our international activities on certain political questions. Are you trying to say that the disenchantment boils down not to what we fight on, but how we fight on the issues affecting students? T h a t ' s a l w a y s been an i s s u e . I myself don't believe that just by polite arguement w e c a n w i n the c a s e . We c e r t a i n l y n e e d that p o l i t e arguement, but w e a l s o n e e d to be p r e p a r e d to s h o w that students are b a c k i n g that particular claim. T h e o n l y comment I'd make, i s that in the a r e a s one m e n t i o n s , be it G r a n t s , O v e r s e a s Students, whatever, international e v e n t s do h a v e quite an impact on what happens'. / take it then that you believe NUS's first commitment is to its home students and that the press should focus more on NUS policy on Grants, Education, etc? I'd agree w i t h that a h u n d r e d p e r c e n t . C e r t a i n l y that i s t h e m a i n o r i e n t a t i o n of our p o l i c i e s . T h e o n l y comment I'd m a k e , i s that i n the a r e a s one m e n t i o n s , be it Grants, Overseas Students, whatever, international events do h a v e q u i t e an i m p a c t o n what h a p p e n s . F o r e x a m p l e i f D e n i s H e a l e y goes to do a n o i l d e a l i n the M i d d l e E a s t , then it h a s a n impact o n O v e r s e a s S t u d e n t s b e c a u s e h e ' s t a l k i n g about d e a l s on that k i n d o f t h i n g . Let's talk about NUS's image. Do you think its credibility could be enhanced to produce a more effective unified union? T h e r e are c e r t a i n l y m e a s u r e s w h i c h n e e d to be t a k e n . T h e d i s u n i t y i s e s s e n t i a l l y a f eat ure o f the c u r r e n t p o l i t i c a l p o s i t i o n i n the c o u n t r y . T h e r e i s d i s u n i t y , a n d there i s n o c o v e r - u p j o b I c a n do to h i d e that f a c t , a n d I wouldn't desire to. Because people h a v e d i f f e r e n t v i e w s a s to h o w w e s h o u l d d e a l w i t h the e c o n o m i c p r o b l e m s facing us.

"I myself don't believe that just by polite arguement we can win the case." IC has a large percentage of overseas students. Could you perhaps tell us your reaction and what NUS intends doing about proposals to increase overseas students fees to over ÂŁ2,000 per annum? We are t o t a l l y o p p o s e d to t h e s e p r o p o s a l s . They will discriminate particularly a g a i n s t the 8 3 % o f s t u d e n t s w h o c o m e form the T h i r d World and s e l f - s u p p o r t i n g . We are o r g a n i s i n g a number o f e v e n t s ; the O v e r s e a s S t u d e n t s D a y of A c t i o n has already taken p l a c e , as have formal r e p r e s e n t a t i o n s to t h e Government and M e m b e r s o f P a r l i a m e n t . Now that IC students have decided to stay in NUS, what would you like to see them help NUS? T h e m o s t important t h i n g for I m p e r i a l s t u d e n t s to d o i s to get o u t a n d support the c a m p a i g n (grants). I hope that means on February 27th (grants demonstration) t h e y ' l l c o m e o u t a n d support i t . M u c h more than that i t ' s n e c e s s a r y f o r e v e r y o n e at the debate to go o u t a n d argue the c a s e w i t h a l l those students who weren't at the m e e t i n g . T h e n for t h e s t u d e n t s i n the c o l l e g e to t ake it o u t more w i d e l y into the c o m m u n i t y a n d g a i n support t h e r e . Thank you very much Charles. My p l e a s u r e .

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External Eclairs A t y p i c a l week in the l i f e of an E x t e r n a l A f f a i r s O f f i c e r M O N D A Y - G o t up j u s t in time for a 1 0 . 3 0 a m l e c t u r e . H a v i n g s u r v i v e d t h i s , I r u s h e d off to the U n i o n to c h e c k the p o s t . I then wrote up a lab report and t y ped a f e w e n v e l o p e s for a p e t i t i o n w h i c h I w a s c i r c u l a t i n g to a l l C o u n c i l members (on D i s c r e t i o n a r y G r a n t s ) . A t 5.30pm I took a s e a t in t h e S C R for the U n i o n F i n a n c e C o m m i t t e e m e e t i n g . F i r s t we s o r t e d out the U n i o n E s t i m a t e s for next y e a r and then went on to d i s c u s s major equipment c l a i m s from the c l u b s and s o c i e t i e s , w h i c h a r e , of c o u r s e , the most important part of the U n i o n for the o r d i n a r y s t u d e n t . T U E S D A Y - S t a g g l e d out of bed at about 12.00 noon h a v i n g m i s s e d the m o r n i n g ' s l e c t u r e and m a d e , my w a y into C o l l e g e , s t o p p i n g for some s h o p p i n g e n r o u t e . D i s t r i b u t e d p e t i t i o n s and s e t t l e d dow n in the U n i o n o f f i c e to s c r i b b l e a few l i n e s for the A l t e r n a t i v e P r o s p e c t u s , w h i c h i s to be s e n t out to p r o s p e c t i v e freshers. C h a t t e d to J i l l D a n i e l s , P r e s i d e n t of R C A about I C s t u d e n t s u s i n g t h e i r r e f e c t o r i e s and v a r i o u s other t o p i c s . P h o n e d I F to s p e a k to Margaret S l i m m i n g , but s h e ' d g o n e to L i v e r p o o l . A t 5.30pm S T O I C w a n t e d to i n t e r v i e w me for s o m e r e a s o n s o I went a l o n g and s a t w i t h C h a l k y , m a k i n g f a c e s at N i c k and T o n y w h i l e they w e r e b e i n g i n t e r v i e w e d . B u s h e d s t r a i g h t off to E a l i n g T e c h n i c a l C o l l e g e w i t h D u n c a n Turner, s e c r e t a r y to the E x t e r n a l A f f a i r s C o m m i t t e e , for a m e e t i n g of the West L o n d o n A r e a L S O . T h i s w a s e x t r e m e l y b o r i n g , e s p e c i a l l y s i n c e we w e r e inquorate a n d t h e r e f o r e u n a b l e to t a k e any d e c i s i o n s . I p r o p o s e d that w e make f u n d s and t r a n s p o r t for the n e x t N U S c o n f e r e n c e a v a i l a b l e to a l l s m a l l c o l l e g e s ( l e s s than 7 5 0 s t u d e n t s ) in W e s t L o n d o n , a n d t h i s w a s a c c e p t e d . P i c k e d up a Sennet on the w a y home — m o s t l y a s b o r i n g a s N a t i o n a l Student. I w a s v e r y i n t e r e s t e d to read about the e l e c t i o n procedure at T h a m e s P o l y t e c h n i c , p e r h a p s s o m e of t h e i r i d e a s are worth c o n s i d e r i n g for I C . W E D N E S A Y — A c t u a l l y made it to l e c t u r e s t o d a y . Went a l o n g to the J C R at l u n c h t i m e to h e a r the a r g u m e n t s . I'm a f r a i d I d o n ' t q u i t e u n d e r s t a n d the n e e d for a s e p a r a t e " a c t i o n g r o u p " , s u r e l y the O v e r s e a s Student C o m m i t t e e i s a d e q u a t e ? Spent an hour or s o w a n d e r i n g around the C o l l e g e p u t t i n g up p o s t e r s for the demo t o d a y . I phoned up B r u n e i U n i v e r s i t y to t a l k to P h i l S t o p f o r d , t h e i r E x t e r n a l A f f a i r s V P . H e t o l d me that they are a l s o k n e e - d e e p in e l e c t i o n s ; the n e w P r e s i d e n t i s J i m D a l e , an Independent S o c i a l i s t . I w a s i n t e r e s t e d to h e a r that D a v i d W i l k s , (the f i r s t C o n s e r v a t i v e , to be e l e c t e d to an N U S C o m m i t t e e s i n c e 1969, w h e n he r e c e i v e d the most f i r s t p r e f e r e n c e v o t e s at the r e c e n t U n i v e r s i t i e s C o n f e r e n c e ) , had been e l e c t e d P r e s i d e n t at L e i c e s t e r U n i v e r s i t y by 1000 v o t e s to 2 0 0 . L a s t y e a r ' s P r e s i d e n t w a s a M a r x i s t . T h a t s h o u l d s e n d the o l d s w i n g - o - m e t e r b e s e r k ! In the e v e n i n g I a t t e n d e d the U L U S R C (Students R e p r e s e n t a t i v e C o u n c i l ) , w h i c h w a s a d d r e s s e d by R a l p h Dahrendor f on the s u b j e c t of O v e r s e a s s t u d e n t s ' f e e s . T r e v o r P h i l l i p s , P r e s i d e n t of U L U , t o l d u s of d i s c u s s i o n s w h i c h he h a d r e c e n t l y had w i t h M P s . A n o t h e r member of the C o u n c i l reported on the I L E A m e e t i n g w h i c h he had attended that a f t e r n o o n . T h e y had d e c i d e d

to c u t b a c k o v e r s e a s student p l a c e s by 6 0 % by 1982 , w h i c h w e thought w a s a d i s a s t e r s i n c e t h i s w o u l d mean the c l o s u r e of many c o u r s e s and s e v e r a l c o l l e g e s . I s p o k e to T r e v P h i l l i p s before the m e e t i n g began and he a s k e d me whet he r it w a s true that N i c k B r a y s h a w w a s s t a n d i n g for P r e s i d e n t . "I t h i n k I'll j u s t h a v e to go b a c k and s t a n d m y s e l f " , he s a i d . T H U R S D A Y - H a v i n g been up u n t i l 2.00am w r i t i n g my report for c o u n c i l and s o r t i n g out some p r o b l e m s in my lab report, I o v e r s l e p t and m i s s e d y e t a n o t h e r l e c t u r e . B u t I managed to make my a s s e s s m e n t w h i c h went rather w e l l . T o d a y of c o u r s e w a s the day of the G r e a t D e b a t e . C h a r l e s C l a r k e managed to s p e a k for about 15 m i n u t e s w i t h o u t a p p r o a c h i n g the s u b j e c t . When I got up to s p e a k it w a s hard to f i n d a n y t h i n g to s a y s i n c e P e t e T e a g u e had a l r e a d y s a i d it a l l , c o n c i s e l y , and l o g i c a l l y a s h e a l w a y s d o e s . I hope that I managed to c l a r i f y a f e w p o i n t s and I h o p e C h a r l e s t a k e s them to h e a r t . T h e r e s u l t w a s , in my o p i n i o n , very s a t i s f a c t o r y — the v o t e of about 3 6 0 to 41 for the part of the motion e x p r e s s i n g the v i e w that N U S d o e s not r e p r e s e n t the v i e w s of its m e m b e r s h i p w a s better than I h a d h o p e d for, and the vote on d i s a f f i l i a t i o n s u r p r i s e d C h a r l e s by i t s c l o s e n e s s . I s h o u l d j u s t l i k e to point out that the F E L I X report w a s not q u i t e c o r r e c t in s t a t i n g that t h o s e p r e s e n t v o t e d to s t a y in N U S — in f a c t , the m e e t i n g v o t e d that d i s a f f i l i a t i o n w a s not the b e s t w a y to changa the U n i o n . I hope that the U n i o n o f f i c e r s c a n interpret that a s a mandate to c h a n g e the N U S by other m e a n s , that i s , by w o r k i n g through the i n a d e q u a t e but e x i s t i n g process. I r e l a x e d in the e v e n i n g by g e t t i n g rather drunk before, d u r i n g and a f t e r G u i l d s R e v u e . I made two mental n o t e s w h i l e in the U n i o n bar; (a) it i s about time that the U n i o n bought the E x t e r n a l A f f a i r s O f f i c e r a pot, s i n c e the bar t e n d s to run out of pint g l a s s e s w h e n two C C U f u n c t i o n s e n d up in the bar; (b) I must a s k J o h n D o w n s to e x p l a i n the t e c h n i q u e of d r i n k i n g a y a r d of ale. FRIDAY I thought t h i s w a s to be a q u i e t day — n o t h i n g dow n in the d i a r y e x c e p t for a W e l f a r e c o m m i t t e e m e e t i n g . B u t a s s o o n a s I e n t e r e d the U n i o n o f f i c e at 1 1 . 3 0 a m , it a l l c h a n g e d . A p p a r e n t l y C h r i s C u l l e n , A n d y V a l l a n c e - O w e n , T o n y B r o w n and a few other p e o p l e from the S t u d e n t s for R e p r e s e n t a t i v e P o l i c i e s group had b e e n s t u d y i n g their N U S d i r e c t a c t i o n b r i e f i n g , s i n c e they had o c c u p i e d 3 E n d s l e i g h S t r e e t , the N U S H e a d O f f i c e . I w a s immedia t e l y on t h e p h o n e : no r e p l y from N U S , s o I t r i e d B r u n e i — Stopford h a d been up t i l l 4 . 0 0 a m at v o t e c o u n t i n g and c o n s e q u e n t l y h a d not s u r f a c e d . So I rang D a v e H u g h e s at K i n g s ' and he g a v e me the s t o r y . I found a few u s e f u l p e o p l e , that i s , M e s s r s B a r r a t t , S a n t i l l i and H o u s d e n and jumped into the n e a r e s t t a x i c r y i n g " E n d s l e i g h S t r e e t , p l e a s e " . When w e a r r i v e d , it w a s a l l h a p p e n i n g . D u e to a p r e s s l e a k , their move had been a n t i c i p a t e d and s o the o c c u p i e r s h a d o n l y h e l d the ground f l o o r . E v e r y o n e w a s there •* a l l the N U S h a c k s , the W R P , the C P , U C L F a s c i s t S o c i e t y , e t c . It w a s i n t e r e s t i n g to note that C l a r k e ' s f i r s t r e a c t i o n w a s to t e l l the s t u d e n t s that if they broke into the f i l e s , the N U S e x e c u t i v e w o u l d c a l l in the p o l i c e . Of c o u r s e , the former i s e x a c t l y the procedure advocated by the N U S t h e m s e l v e s l T h e protest e s s e n t i a l l y c o n c e r n e d the B u c h a r e s t bean f e a s t o , and a c o p y of the 17 p a g e c o m m u n i q u e w a s c i r c u l a t e d . It w a s a n a u s e a t i n g a s I had e x p e c t e d , f u l l of the u s u a l l e f t i s t c l i c h e s , and perhaps not in i t s e l f worth w o r r y i n g about - but the N U S s t i l l h a v e to j u s t i f y w a s t i n g money on t h i s sort of t h i n g .

RIDING What s p r i n g s to your m i n d when "Horse-Riding" is mentioned? Thelwel has a lot to a n s w e r for, for r i d i n g ' s image! Yet riding is an i n c r e a s i n g l y p o p u l a r sport a s the s u c c e s s of the r e c e n t l y formed R i d i n g C l u b t e s t i f i e s . first The Riding Club o f f i c i a l l y came into e x i s t a n c e at the end of l a s t term and h a s been g r o w i n g steadily ever since to its present membershi p of twenty-eight. T o quote i t s c o n s t i t u t i o n , it e x i s t s " t o a i d its members in the art of h o r s e m a n s h i p and the promotion of a g e n e r a l i n t e r e s t in r i d i n g throughout the C o l l e g e , and also to promote c o m p e t i t i o n between the c l u b and other c l u b s of the U n i v e r s i t y of L o n d o n . " Every Wednesday afternoon, t w e l v e members of the c l u b go to T r e n t P a r k S t a b l e s in E n f i e l d , a large R i d i n g S c h o o l chosen because:(i) it gives reduced rates to s t u d e n t s , (ii) at the s a m e t i m e b e g i n n e r s may r e c e i v e lessons while more e x p e r i e n c e d r i d e r s c a n r i d e in the two hundred a c r e s of wooded p a r k l a n d that make

up the Park. It is also possible to receive more advanced tuition, which is q u i t e p o p u l a r , a l t h o u g h it i s at f u l l rate. T h u s T r e n t P a r k S t a b l e s c a n run three d i f f e r e n t t y p e s of r i d i n g at the same time, a valuable feature. However, such is the demand that we are now investigating other riding schools in London with a v i e w to running more than o n e ride a week, and to broaden our activities further. It i s a l s o our hope to form a r i d i n g team to r e p r e s e n t IC in competition with other L o n d o n C o l l e g e s and p e r h a p s other U n i v e r s i t i e s . A l lof t h i s s o u n d s e x p e n s i v e . Y e t r i d i n g n e e d not be n e a r l y s o expensive a pastime as it i s g e n e r a l l y thought. N o r possess do you need to " f u l l r e g a l i a " to r i d e . S o , if you h a v e a p a i r of j e a n s and are interested, come a l o n g and f i n d out more about the c l u b any T h u r s d a y b e t w e e n 1.30 and 2.20pm in room 4 0 7 A in the Department of E l e c t r i c a l Engineering. Adam

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Socialist Zionism IT M A Y S U R P R I S E some to learn that S o c i a l i s m h a s been intertwined with modern Z i o n i s m s i n c e the b e g i n n i n g , the most n o t a b l e proponent b e i n g B e r B o r o c h o v . Born in the U k r a i n e , B o r o c h o v took part in the S o c i a l i s t m o v e m e n t s in R u s s i a aroun d the turn of the 20th c e n t u r y , s p e n t ten y e a r s in p o l i t i c a l e x i l s after h a v i n g been i m p r i s i o n e d for two years, and died an u n t i m e l y death in R u s s i a in 1917 on the e v e of the Russian revolution. Borochov analysed the Jewish problem in Marxist t e r m s . H e noted that a l t h o u g h there w a s a large J e w i s h proletariat, its role was m a r g i n a l , t h i s b e i n g in the nature of the o c c u p a t i o n s . The economic structure of the J e w i s h p e o p l e in E a s t e r n E u r o p e , c o m p a r e d to other nations, was abnormal, e s p e c i a l l y in that J e w s were u s u a l l y not e m p l o y e d in the primary means of p r o d u c t i o n . A n e x a m p l e i s that w h i l s t many J e w s might be c o b b l e r s , few, if a n y , w e r e farmers and kept the c a l v e s from w h i c h the l e a t h e r w a s o b t a i n e d In other w o r d s , e v e n if vast numbers of Jewish w o r k e r s went on s t r i k e , the impact on the national econom y w o u l d be n e g l i g i b l e . F u r t h e r , e v e n if J e w s t r i e d to move to other s p h e r e s of activity, there would be r e s i s t a n c e from the e x i s t i n g G e n t i l e labour f o r c e , r e s u l t i n g in e m i g r a t i o n , amongst other things. The only solution to occupational redistribution and e c o n o m i c normalisation was the concentration of J e w s in a n a t i o n a l h o m e l a n d : P a l e s t i n e . T h i s w o u l d then become the base in the fight for a S o c i a l i s t s o c i e t y . Israeli s o c i e t y today is dominated by three main

g r o u p i n g s that grew out of this S o c i a l ist Zionist movement,and a representative of one of them w a s r e c e n t l y welcomed by IC Jewish S o c i e t y as s p e a k e r . Nahum Sneh of "Mapam", the United Workers P ar t y, spoke about the development of Labour Z i o n i s m . He dealt with the aspects already m e n t i o n e d and went on to d i s c u s s the a t t i t u d e of h i s party to Palestinians. Essentially, it h a s a l w a y s recognised Arab Palestinian n a t i o n a l r i g h t s in P a l e s t i n e , s i d e by s i d e w i t h J e w i s h n a t i o n a l r i g h t s , but r e j e c t s s o m e of the currant PLO ideas b e c a u s e they would r e d u c e the J e w s to a s e c o n d c l a s s religious minority. H e p o i n t e d out the oft-forgotten f a c t that a l r e a d y W e i z m a n n (a c h e m i s t who later became the f i r s t p r e s i d e n t of Israel) had c o n c e d e d that part of the P a l e s t i n e problem lay in the c l a s h of t w o r i g h t s . Arab leaders did not s e i z e the c h a n c e to r i s e up against British c olonialis m , but the J e w i s h b a t t l e a g a i n s t foreign domination reached a climax in the War of I n d e p e n d e n c e in 1 9 4 8 / 9 . F i n a l l y Nahum Sneh f e l t that an old saying still h o l d s g o o d : " Z i o n i s m i s the n a t i o n a l l i b e r a t i o n movement of the J e w i s h p e o p l e " . T o put the Mapam party into political context, I w o u l d l i k e to add that in 1974, after the l a s t I s r a e l i elections, Mapam provided two Ministers out of a C a b i n e t of t w e n t y - o n e , w h i l s t the Israel Labour Party p r o v i d e d f o u r t e e n . A s far a s the s t a n d of the party is c o n c e r n e d , Sneh d e s c r i b e d it as approximating to the British left-wing "Tribune" group. DORI S C H M E T T E R L I N G SKIING!!!!!!

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I C S k i C l u b w e e k e n d in Aviemore M a r c h 13th - 14th C o s t £ 1 9 . 5 0 , S k i h i r e : £4.50 S k i p a s s : £3.50 per d a y If y o u want to come a l o n g to the f i n a l m e e t i n g on T u e s 24th F e b at 1.00pm i n the " R o o m at the T o p " (IC U n i o n ) . F o r further d e t a i l s , see the C l u b n o t i c e board — right h a n d s i d e of U n i o n B u i l d i n g .

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Lighter than air flight A N T H O N Y S M I T H , the w e l l known journalist and b r o a d c a s t e r , gave an a b s o r b i n g lecture on the s u b j e c t of ballooning and "How to Build Your Own A i r s h i p " . H e e x p l a i n e d the s i t u a t i o n s one s h o u l d not get into when b a l l o o n i n g , or rather l a n d i n g flight, such as after the a v o i d i n g b e i n g c h a r g e d by a r h i n o ; t h i s he d i s c o v e r e d when he w a s l a n d i n g in the Serengeti N a t i o n a l P a r k . One of the p r o b l e m s in f l y i n g o v e r remote a r e a s i s that one must be in c o n t a c t with one's ground c r e w — the a l t e r n a t i v e i s a long w a l k ! Mr Smith and h i s f r i e n d s h a v e the d i s t i n c t i o n of b e i n g the o w n e r s of one of the e i g h t a i r s h i p s in the w o r l d . T h e y b u i l t it t h e m s e l v e s , and he talked amusingly about the red tape they ran into w i t h

the c i v i l a v i a t i o n a u t h o r i t i e s , and then went on to e x p l a i n about the t e c h n i c a l d i f f i c u l t i e s they e n c o u n t e r e d . O n e problem w a s that in e f f e c t they were s t a r t i n g from s c r a t c h a s the literature which existed from the " G o l d e n A g e of a i r s h i p s " w a s very s p e c i a l i s e d , and hence they had not been u s e to h i s group u n t i l they had obtained some practical experience. H e c o n c l u d e d by s a y i n g that in g e n e r a l there w a s a great future for a i r s h i p s in c a r g o h a n d l i n g . N e x t summer, h i s group h o p e to t e s t their a i r s h i p in Brazil. Apparently this is one of the b e s t p l a c e s to f l y . A t the end of the l e c t u r e , Mr Smith made a small request. Anyone want to buy an a i r s h i p ?

Holidays for deprived children A R R A N G E M E N T S are b e i n g made to s e n d four c h i l d r e n to the U n i t e d S t a t e s for a m o n t h ' s h o l i d a y at a Y . M . C . A . Summer c a m p . T h e c a m p i s c h a r g i n g them no f e e s as t h e s e c h i l d r e n are in c a r e , - a r e a l l from d e p r i v e d f a m i l i e s a n d h a v e n e v e r had a h o l i d a y . T o m a k e t h i s t r i p p o s s i b l e £500 must be r a i s e d to pay for t h e i r a i r f a r e s . T h e problem of r a i s i n g £500 i s p r o v i n g more d i f f i c u l t than w a s f i r s t b e l i e v e d p o s s i b l e . T h e venture d o e s not s e e m to f i t i n t o the r i g h t c a t e g o r y for d o n a t i o n s for m o s t c h a r i t a b l e f o u n d a t i o n s to make a c o n t r i b u t i o n . A p p r o a c h e s h a v e been made to t r a v e l c o m p a n i e s but s o far o n l y b r o c h u r e s w i t h the a p p r p r i a t e p r i c e l i s t s h a v e been returned. It w o u l d be a g r e a t p i t y if the h o l i d a y h a d to be c a n c e l l e d and the g e n e r o u s o f f e r from the c a m p r e f u s e d . T h e c a m p i s the R a l p h S. M a s o n c a m p in N e w J e r s e y 70 m i l e s from N e w Y o r k . It i s a m i x e d camp for about 300 c h i l d r e n a g e d between e i g h t and f i f t e e n . T h e f a c i l i t i e s are s u p e r b . T h e r e are o p p o r t u n i t i e s to t a k e part in a w i d e range of s p o r t s , i n c l u d i n g c a n o e i n g , a r c h e r y , b o a t i n g and r i d i n g ; and there are many other a c t i v i t i e s , s u c h a s art and c r a f t s , photography and m u s i c . It i s a m a r v e l l o u s o p p o r t u n i t y for the four c h i l d r e n c o n c e r n e d , and it i s d i s h e a r t e n i n g that it h a s r e c e i v e d s u c h a n e g a t i v e r e s p o n s e from a l l the o r g a n i s a t i o n s that h a v e been a p p r o a c h e d for h e l p . E s p e c i a l ly a s it w a s h o p e d , if t h i s y e a r ' s w a s s u c c e s s f u l , to o r g a n i s e the s c h e m e on a permanent basis. If y o u know of any group of p e o p l e or o r g a n i s a t i o n w h o might be i n t e r e s t e d in c o n t r i b u t i n g or r a i s i n g f u n d s , then c o n t a c t T . C . M e r n i c k l e , M e c h E n g D e p t , Imperial C o l l e g e . It d o e s not h a v e to be in t h e r e g i o n of £500, a l l o f f e r s for h e l p in r a i s i n g f u n d s w i l l be a p p r e c i a t e d . K a r e n G add


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J u l i e T i p p e t s has a new album released this w e e k . S h e talks to I a n M o r s e about the musical direction she has taken since leaving the rock s c e n e at the height of her fame. T H E Y E A R WAS 1968. T h e band w a s the B r i a n A u g e r T r i n i t y , and " T h i s W h e e l ' s on F i r e " had hit the c h a r t s w i t h a b u l l e t ! T h e girl who fronted the band looked a w i l d , t o t a l l y e m a n c i p a t e d c r e a t u r e , with a c l e a r , b i t i n g tone to her v o i c e . She had just been voted ' B r i g h t e s t H o p e ' in the M e l o d y M a k e r p o l l , and 'great t h i n g s ' were b e i n g p r e d i c t e d for her. S h e w a s J u l i e D r i s c o l l . The Trinity at that time were a h u g e l y popular o u t f i t , e s p e c i a l l y on the C o n t i n e n t , where ' J o o l s ' w a s regarded a s s o m e t h i n g of a c u l t figure ( s i c ) . Another single followed, " R o a d to C a i r o " , together w i t h an album " O p e n " , and her s u c c e s s s e e m e d guaranteed — when s u d d e n l y , to the great s u r p r i s e of the m a j o r i t y , s h e s e e m i n g l y j u s t p a c k e d her bags and w a l k e d out on the rock s c e n e a l t o g e t h e r . A p a r t from a brief e n c o u n t e r with a c t i n g , when s h e portrayed a h i t c h - h i k i n g h i p p i e w e n c h in one of those s o c i a l comment p l a y s , popular w i t h the B B C at the time, it w a s the l a s t m a s s m e d i a e v e r heard of the g i r l . In 1970, s h e r e l e a s e d an album " 1 9 6 0 " , and married pianist/composer Keith T i p p e t t s , s i n c e then J u l i e h a s been i n v o l v e d w i t h the B r i t i s h a v a n t e - g a r d e / free m u s i c s c e n e . J u l i e T i p p e t t s and I are c h a t t i n g in the o f f i c e of some b i g w i g at R C A H o u s e . On the w a l l s are splattered g o l d and s i l v e r d i s c s , most of them awarded for the work of the S w e e t . She m a k e s me a c u p of c o f f e e , but I n o t i c e s h e ' s not d r i n k i n g h e r ' s . T h i s m a k e s me s u s p i c i o u s — after a l l i s not t h i s the very same f e m a l e w h o ' s w i t c h - l i k e a p p e a r a n c e s on T o p of the P o p s , s c a r e d the d a y l i g h t s out of i m p r e s s i o n a b l e s m a l l b o y s , back in ' 6 8 ? D o e s s h e l i k e people who w r i t e about her? W e l l , s h e ' s s m i l i n g a lot and t h e s e d a y s l o o k s a l m o s t a n g e l i c , w i t h not a trace of the f a c i a l paint work that e p i t o m i z e d the late s i x t i e s e p o c h . I d e c i d e to c a s t fate to the w i n d , and start my '20 Q u e s t i o n s ' r o u t i n e . So why did y o u d e c i d e to opt out of the rock s c e n e in the f i r s t p l a c e ? "I d e f i n i t e l y neede d to get out; I c o u l d n ' t h a v e c a r r i e d on w i t h that way of l i f e , it became u n r e a l . I w a n t e d to be i n v o l v e d in t h i n g s that were real and h o n e s t , and I found that I w a s in fact l i v i n g a bit of a - not d i s h o n e s t e x i s t e n c e , but an unreal o n e . A n d I r e a l l y had to get out of t h a t " . " B e f o r e I met K e i t h I hadn't r e a l l y listened that much to people like A r c h i e Shepp, although I w a s a l w a y s i n t e r e s t e d in those sort of f i e l d s . It w a s j u s t a matter of h a v i n g them sort of laid on me, you know. Of c o u r s e A u g e ( B r i a n A u g e r ) w a s a l w a y s int erest e d in j a z z and he w a s a l w a y s open to t h i n g s , s o I s u p p o s e I w a s drawn a bit

that w a y . But then my m u s i c a l t a s t e s are pretty b r o a d , t h a t ' s why I think an album like ' S u n s e t G l o w ' (her n e w record) — por t r ay s a lot of the t h i n g s that I feel m u s i c a l l y , i n s t e a d of being in one sort of a r e a " . What of her a c t i n g c a r e e r ? I remember he g e t t i n g f a v o u r a b l e c r i t i c a l r e s p o n s e at the time. D i d s h e r e c e i v e offers of other p a r t s ? "I d i d , but I d o n ' t feel drawn t o w a r d s a c t i n g . It's a matter of channelling my head somehow or other into one d i r e c t i o n , and m u s i c s e e m s to be it. I've never s t u d i e d , b u t then I've never s t u d i e d m u s i c a s s u c h e i t h e r , but that s e e m s to be the one t h a t ' s taken its c o u r s e throughout my l i f e , s o t h a t ' s the one I've to a c t u a l l y stick to. A n y w a y , I d o n ' t t h i n k I've got that k i n d of front a n y m o r e , to get into a c t i n g , y o u k n o w . I mean y o u start g e t t i n g i n v o l v e d w i t h a c t i n g and y o u ' r e acting, and I t h i n k that c a n sort of rub off on y o u r own l i f e ; and I want to get i n v o l v e d w i t h t h i n g s that are natural and h o n e s t . " It w a s in 1971 that h u s b a n d K e i t h u n l e a s h e d into the w o r l d h i s magnum m a s t e r p i e c e , ' S e p t o b e r E n e r g y ' , performed by the f i f t y - o d d p i e c e C e n t i p e d e . J u l i e wrote the l y r i c s , and p l a y e d w i t h the o u t f i t on a l l their too-few g i g s . (Incidentally there are plans underway to re-float the m u s i c a l w h a l e , after a successful performance in France, j u s t before C h r i s t m a s . Mr T i p p e t t s i s at present, busy w r i t i n g a few short p i e c e s to be i n c l u d e d w i t h ' E n e r g y ' . B y t h i s time the lady w a s f u l l y e n g r o s s e d in the a v a n t e - g a r d e , and h a s been i n v o l v e d at v a r i o u s s t a g e s of S p o n t a n e o u s M u s i c E n s e m b l e ' s l i f e s p a n , the group led by altoist, Trevor Watts and drummer, J o h n S t e v e n s . In late 1973 J o o l s s a n g the poetry of P a u l H a i n e s on A m e r i c a n c o m p o s e r C a r l a B l e y ' s a c c l a i m e d work, ' T r o p i c A p p e t i t e s ' . H o w had s h e c o m e to be involved in the r e c o r d i n g ? " I t was Irene Schweitzer (Swiss pianist) r e a l l y , she knew C a r l a , and C a r l a s a i d she needed a v o c a l i s t . T h e n s h e wrote to me and a s k e d if I w a s i n t e r e s t e d in doing it." H o w d i d s h e f e e l about the w a y the album w a s p r o d u c e d ? " T h e y weren't finished tapes even — it w a s a bit h a r d , " she e m p h a s i s e s . "I m e a n , I w a s o r i g i n a l l y g o i n g to go o v e r there ( A m e r i c a ) to do it, but a s it w a s I learnt the t h i n g s from t a p e s that C a r l a had sent o v e r , and d i d it l i k e that. I must admit I h a v n ' t p l a y e d it that m u c h , I think its turned out a bit l i k e it a c t u a l l y w a s recorded — a bit d i s j o i n t e d , perhaps not a s f l o w i n g e v e n a s C a r l a w o u l d h a v e wanted it, b e c a u s e it w a s done bit by bit, and I d o n ' t f e e l there w a s an a c t u a l flow about

it. B u t , that c o u l d be b e c a u s e of m y s e l f . I probably w o u l d h a v e l i k e d to have p a r t i c i p a t e d a bit more than just s i n g i n g the a c t u a l parts and s o n g s a s s u c h , s o that c o u l d be an unfair c r i t i c i s m of the a l b u m , it c o u l d be j u s t from my p o i n t of v i e w " . We t a l k e d for a w h i l e about the free m u s i c s c e n e in L o n d o n . D i d she have an o p i n i o n on why in t h i s country, the m u s i c had not a c h i e v e d the m e d i a a c c e p t a n c e it e n j o y e d on the c o n t i n e n t ? " T h e r e d o e s n ' t seem to be much room o r it r e a l l y , d o e s there? I d o n ' t k n o w , when you go to p l a c e s l i k e Germany and s e e j u s t what a unity there i s between musicians — it's crazy that there's not something h a p p e n i n g l i k e that here — there a l w a y s s e e m s to be a b l o c k put on it. T h e r e ' s not the o u t l e t on radio for a start, maybe i t ' s e v e n down to being a s m a l l c o u n t r y . I r e a l l y d o n ' t k n o w , and yet i t ' s there — i t ' s a l l there, it just s e e m s that p e o p l e d o n ' t know w h e r e it i s ; ' T h e new album c a m e about a s a result of her long friendship- with p r o d u c e r G i o r g i o G o m e l s k y , w h o had first 'discovered' J u l i e Driscoll singing in an o f f i c e w h i l e s h e w a s s e c r e t a r y of the Y a r d b i r d s fan c l u b , in 1 9 6 6 . H e had recently been g e t t i n g a new record l a b e l together ( U t o p i a ) and a s k e d if s h e w a s i n t e r e s t e d in d o i n g a n y t h i n g for it. ' S u n s e t G l o w ' i s the r e s u l t . I f i n d the r e c o r d s u r p r i s i n g l y e a s y to listen t o , compared to s a y , the experimental work she has recently been i n v o l v e d in w i t h S M E . Was t h i s a c o n s c i o u s attempt on her part to reach a wider audience? " N o , it w a s n ' t an attempt to do a n y t h i n g l i k e that r e a l l y , other than I s u p p o s e to put together a l l the t h i n g s very I've learnt musically, it felt f

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I T ' S N O T E V E R Y p u b - r o c k band that a p p e a r s on p r e t e n t i o u s art programmes on t h e B B C , a n d h a s t w o a l b u m s on the market, but t h e K u r s a a l F l y e r s have achieved a l l this. So I don't think I c o u l d be j u d g e d h a r s h , for e x p e c t i n g s o m e t h i n g a b o v e a v e r a g e , but for m e , the b a n d ' s brand of s l e a z y , B - m o v i e m u s i c came in furlongs b e h i n d the exciting rock'n'roll animal that w a s E d d i e and t h e H o t R o d s . The Hot R o d ' s singer, besplendent in odd striped pyjamas who w a s p r e s u m a b l y ' E d d i e ' , w a s the hero of the n i g h t , c a r t w h e e l i n g , running a n d jumping h i s w a y through a v a r i e t y of good r o c k i n ' s o n g s , d r a w i n g on what seemed limitless amounts of energy

Dobin Degoslow to m a i n t a i n the v i s u a l e x c i t e m e n t of h i s a c r o b a t i c s . I got the i m p r e s s i o n there w a s a f r u s t r a t e d v i o l e n c e t r y i n g to e s c a p e through E d d i e ' s a c t , w h i c h seemed to me to range from the s e x u a l i t y of J a g g e r to the a b s u r d i t y of C h a p l i n . A l l t h i s w a s b a c k e d up by the H o t R o d s t h e m s e l v e s , a tighter bunch of y o u n g r o c k e r s y o u c o u l d n ' t w i s h to s e e o r h e a r a n y w h e r e . So to t h e K u r s a a l F l y e r s , s t a r s of s t a g e , s c r e e n a n d t h e N M E . T h e y were very well received by the s i z e a b l e a t t e n d a n c e , w h y , I c a n n o t s a y , their s e t b e i n g a much more limp o n e than that of their predecessors. True, I was not e x a c t l y familiar with the

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Thirdly, lastly, finally a n d in c o n c l u s i o n , the 2 1 s t N a t i o n a l Student Drama F e s t i v a l i s r a p i d l y a p p r o a c h i n g , it t a k e s p l a c e in E d i n b u r g h from 2—9 A p r i l , a n d , although IC w i l l be u n represented this year, s t i l l promises to g i v e a good time to a l l p a r t i c i p a n t s , whether a c t i v e or p a s s i v e . L a s t y e a r , in L o n d o n , IC D r a m s o c ' s performance of Albert's B r i d g e by T o m Stoppard w a s o n e of the h i g h l i g h t s (you may h a v e s e e n a photograph of the production in the n e w N U S newspaper). A number of D r a m s o c members spent the w h o l e w e e k at t h e F e s t i v a l a n d found it s t i m u l a t i n g a n d e x c i t i n g . If y o u want to know more about the 1976 F e s t i v a l I s u g g e s t y o u c o n t a c t me or t h o s e in the D r a m s o c s t o r e r o o m . T h e programme i s l i k e l y to be a n n o u n c e d next w e e k .

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Here, for public delectation, is the s e c o n d i n s t a l m e n t of A l a n . D o u g l a s ' of make-what-you-can-of-400trilogy hours-of-unused-Hendrix-factory-jams a l b u m s , a b a s i c a l l y t h a n k l e s s task no doubt motivated by g r e e n i e s before the e y e b a l l s . T h e g e n i u s of t h e man ( H e n d r i x , that i s ) i s s t i l l there — t h a t ' s been evident in even h i s worst moments, except the pitiful "Isle of W i g h t " r e l e a s e when h e w a s most d e f i n i t e l y u n f i t f o r p l a y , but t h e w a y that the p e r f o r m a n c e s h a v e h a d to be f i d d l e d w i t h , e d i t e d , a n d a b r u p t l y lopped off in p l a c e s s h o w s how d e s p e r a t e p e o p l e c a n get when they t h i n k t h e y ' r e onto a sure t h i n g a n d h a v e to c a p i t a l i s e o n i t . T h e t i t l e track i s a tasty little H e n d r i x b l u e s , w i t h a s o l o that s o u n d s beautifully co-ordinated and rehearsed for s o m e t h i n g that h a s been a l l o w e d to gather d u s t for y e a r s in a w a r e h o u s e a w a i t i n g t h e o u t c o m e of a l l the l e g a l

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Thomas Stevenson FIRSTLY MY a p o l o g i e s to P a u l E k p e n y o n g a n d a l l t h e other r e a d e r s w h o wer e f o o l e d by l a s t w e e k ' s r e v i e w . A s far a s I know the C h i e v e l e y T h e a t r e d o e s not e x i s t a n d no p l a y w r i g h t h a s been c r a f t y enough to c l a i m the authorship of the three plays described ;though I am w o r k i n g o n ' t ) . S e c o n d l y , t h e l a t e s t n e w s from t h e N a t i o n a l T h e a t r e on t h e i r t i c k e t s e l l i n g s c h e m e . Y o u w i l l remember that, a f e w w e e k s a g o , I m e n t i o n e d that t h e c h e a p e s t s e a t s a v a i l a b l e f o r b o o k i n g in a d v a n c e in t h e L y t t e l t o n T h e a t r e w i l l be £ 2 . 3 5 ; the £1 a n d 50p s e a t s w i l l o n l y be a v a i l a b l e on the d a y of the performance to t h o s e w i l l i n g to q u e u e at 8 . 3 0 a n Their latest advertisement s a y s , in very s m a l l p r i n t , that f o r p e r f o r m a n c e s from M a y 1 s t they w i l l s e l l half the cheap seats in a d v a n c e . T h a t ' s progress for y o u .

repertoire, save for their single 'Speedway', but then neither am I with the Hot R o d ' s . P a u l S h u t t l e w o r t h , much photographed s i n g e r of t h e F l y e r s , c a m e on l i k e S o u t h e n d ' s a n s w e r to Humphry B o g a r t , s l i d i n g h i s w a y through a p a r t i c u l a r l y g u t l e s s s e t of s o n g s , w h i c h for s o m e reason, seemed to be s e t t i n g t h e audience alight . Ironically the K u r s a a l ' s h i g h e s t moment c a m e w i t h the e n c o r e . G e n e P i t n e y ' s " 2 4 H o u r s from T u l s a " . In a pub a t m o s p h e r e , t h e l y r i c s a n d m a n n e r i s m s of S h u t t l e w o r t h probably c o m e a c r o s s better, but l i k e their fellow b o o z e band K i l b u r n a n d the H i g h R o a d s , no w a y a r e they g o i n g to make it o n t h e c o n c e r t c i r c u i t .

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h a s s l i n g a n d d o u b l e - d e a l i n g that h a s been g o i n g on s i n c e J a m e s M a r s h a l l • H e n d r i x moved on to ( h o p e f u l l y ) better times. " H e a r my t r a i n " i s of c o u r s e j u s t a f i l l e r , c o n s i d e r i n g the c o m p l e t e n e s s of the eleven-and-a-quarter minute v e r s i o n on the " R a i n b o w b r i d g e " s e t . N o w a y c o u l d y o u a d d much to that version. H e a r i n g t h i s , s o many y e a r s after h e ' s d i s a p p e a r e d from the forefront of the b i z b r i n g s b a c k the r e a s o n w h y h e ' s c o n s i d e r e d s o great — the amount of " f e e l i n g " to be found e v e r y w h e r e in h i s p l a y i n g . T h i s record i s n ' t p e r f e c t , i t ' s not p r e c i s e o r c r i s p , not e v e n t e c h n i c a l l y a m a z i n g , but it c o n t a i n s greater t h i n g s than d e v i c e s o r s t u d i o techniques c a n produce. It's inspired music, where Hendrix constantly explores, and i t ' s beautifully uncontrived and n a t u r a l . T h e r e are some dodgy moments, a s

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natural to d o it l i k e t h a t . I m e a n , I've d o n e a lot of e x p e r i m e n t i n g in t h e l a s t few y e a r s , a n d h a d i n t e n d e d a c o u p l e of y e a r s a g o to m a k e a c o m p l e t e l y ' f r e e ' a l b u m , ' sort of u s i n g t h e s a m e sort of l a y e r s , but c o m p l e t e l y f r e e , no a c t u a l structures. B u t then I found I w a s a c t u a l l y w r i t i n g songs, y o u know, and it c a m e out l i k e t h a t . " R i g h t now J u l i e T i p p e t t s i s r e h e a r s i n g her n e w b a n d , B u t t e r f l y , in r e a d i n e s s for a short tour of m o s t l y c o l l e g e s , w h i c h s t a r t e d in M a n c h e s t e r on F e b r u a r y 24th f o l l o w e d by a L o n d o n g i g at K i n g s C o l l e g e two days later. . D i d s h e s e e the band staying together a s a long term t h i n g ? " W e ' r e s e e i n g h o w it g o e s w i t h t h i s tour. I mean o b v i o u s l y it w o u l d be n i c e to carry it on if it f e e l s g o o d , a n d if people like it. There are tentative p l a n s for it in the f u t u r e , but at the moment I j u s t want to get t h e s e t w o w e e k s out of t h e w a y . T h e r e a r e t h i n g s in the a i r for g o i n g a b r o a d , but I'd j u s t l i k e to s e e h o w it g o e s a n d t a k e it from there — I d o n ' t want to look t o o far ahead." H e r c o f f e e r e m a i n s u n t o u c h e d . . . but I n e v e r doubted h e r for a moment.

COPY DATE Mon 1st March 2.00pm on " B l u e s u e d e s h o e s " w h i c h s o u n d s lame compared to h i s " I n t h e W e s t " version, and " M a c h i n e G u n " never w a s a p a r t i c u l a r l y good s o n g , l i k e w i s e h e r e . B u t t h e a l b u m s s l o w e s t number " O n c e I h a d a w o m a n " , t a k e n at a pedestrain blues pace oozes with confident relaxed guitar-work, vaguely r e m i n i s c e n t of " R e d H o u s e " . F r o m n e c e s s i t y , i t ' s a b i t butchered in p a r t s , but y o u c a n ' t k e e p a good man d o w n , e s p e c i a l l y when h e ' s of Hendrix quality and although he hasn't been c i r c u l a t i n g for the l a s t 5 y e a r s he s t i l l s t a n d s head and- s h o u l d e r s a b o v e anything that's arrived since his d e p a r t u r e . T h e man w a s a g i a n t .


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F O R T H O S E who have not h e a r d , the Imperial C o l l e g e F o l k S o n g C l u b h a s c a n c e l l e d the l a s t f i v e e v e n t s p l a n n e d for the 1975—76 a c a d e m i c y e a r , i n c l u d i n g the termly Ceilidh, and a guest a p p e a r a n c e by R o s i e H a r d m a n . The reason? T h e c l u b has over two hundred members in and around IC, but in recent w e e k s we have regularly run the c l u b with barely twenty p e o p l e in the a u d i e n c e . E v i d e n t l y , there h a s been a sudden drop in i n t e r e s t in f o l k m u s i c ; or perhaps there i s a general c o n c e n s u s of o p i n i o n that IC F o l k C l u b i s not as good as it o n c e w a s ; or maybe it i s too e x p e n s i v e , or the last bus i s too u n r e l i a b l e , or tube f a r e s are too h i g h , or there i s too much work to do . . . . ? ? ? ? Whatever the r e a s o n there is l i t t l e point in c o n t i n u i n g . It is both e m b a r r a s s i n g to the o r g a n i s e r s , and i n s u l t i n g to the g u e s t s , to a s k p r o f e s s i o n a l s i n g e r s to travel a c o u p l e of hundred m i l e s to p l a y to s o few people, however enthusiastic they may oe. But enough of m o a n i n g about the past: Nomination papers have already been p o s t e d for n e x t y e a r ' s c o m m i t t e e , who t r a d i t i o n a l l y take o v e r at E a s t e r . T h e r e w i l l be an A G M before the end of term, at w h i c h I hope there w i l l be some serious discussion about the future of the c l u b . Indeed, the credibility of the entertainment for "minority" groups in C o l l e g e c o u l d be a s e r i o u s s u b j e c t for d e b a t e . D o e s it matter if Folk C l u b disappears? Maybe Jazz C l u b w i l l be n e x t ? M a y b e F i l m S o c ?

WANTED Maybe Ents? If students want entertainment "On Campus", they s o m e t i m e s s e e m very r e l u c t a n t to s h o w it! If they do not want it, we may as w e l l a l l g i v e up! I hope that F o l k C l u b w i l l r e a p p e a r in O c t o b e r , a s s t r o n g and e n j o y a b l e a s e v e r . I hope there w i l l be someone there to j o i n in the c h o r u s , too.

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Binder and Gibson win tense final T H E F I N A L S for the Whitbread Cup were played last week and proved to be a tense, nail-biting affair. In the quarter-final stages, Neil Binder and Mike Gibson cruised to a comfortable victory over D B a l e s and Andy Devaney. T h e y wer e f o l l o w e d i n t o semi-finals by P Whitlock a n d J Hughes who won by default; A Gribble and K Freeman w h o beat A l a n W h a t l i n g a n d B i l l J e f f e r y in a v e r y c l o s e game; a n d T A d e y a n d I McDermott who came from b e h i n d to w i n a g a i n s t I a n H a l l and Stuart A d a m s o n . In the f i r s t semi-final, Whitlock and Hughes won a c o m f o r t a b l e f i r s t game a g a i n s t Binder and Gibson who began slowly and never looked threatening. However, the s e c o n d game, b o t h in pairs were more evenly matched and only a fine f i n i s h b y G i b s o n gave h i m v i c t o r y o v e r the other p a i r . B i n d e r a n d G i b s o n w o n the

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Union Bar Knickers Scandal A P R O P S A L b y Mary A t t e n borough, Mathematics departthat mental representative, e a c h member o f I C U n i o n Executive should d o n a t e a p a i r o f their underpants to the U n i o n b a r w a s narrowly c a r r i e d b y 13 v o t e s t o 10 w i t h f i v e a b s t e n t i o n s at the last Union Council meeting. The proposal was seen as a " i f y o u c a n ' t beat ' e m , j o i n ' e m " move i n t h e l a t e s t round o f the U n i o n b a r k n i c k e r s scandal. Mr T e a g u e , I C U P r e s i d e n t and c h a i r i n g the m e e t i n g at the t i m e , i n q u i r e d a s to where the u n d e r p a n t s were to b e p l a c e d i n the b a r . Where upon M s A t t e n b o r o u g h r e p l i e d i n s t a n t l y " O n top o f the l a d i e s k n i c k e r s " . T h e recommendation i s (not) to be carried out. The meeting however, d i d d i s c u s s l e s s trivial matters than t h i s . Due to the lar g e number o f t h e f t s r e c e n t l y from f u n c t i o n s

J O H N W H I T E , better k n o w n as Chalkey, was elected as Honorary Secretary of IC Union at yesterday's Union meeting. T h i s followed the resignation of Mervyn P i t c h e r s from the e l e c t i o n s left last Wednesday w h i c h Mr White a s the o n l y c a n d i d a t e running. The Union meeting at w h i c h the m a i n b u s i n e s s o f the d a y w a s the h u s t i n g o f c a n d i d a t e s for the s a b b a t i c a l , D P and N U S d e l e g a t e e l e c t i o n s w a s the m o s t w e l l a t t e n d e d to d a t e . T h e m e e t i n g w a s l i v e r e d up by M i k e W i l l i a m s the falling asleep during p r e s i d e n t i a l h u s t i n g s and then during h i s proposal speech s w e a r i n g at a c e r t a i n member o f the a u d i e n c e .

Adey and McDermott scoring consistently throughout and a l s o a c h i e v i n g the h i g h e s t s c o r e of the e v e n i n g — 1 3 8 .

o r g a n i s e d by the U n i o n , the D P , after consult at ion s with the I C U E x e c a n d the E n t s Chairman, Andy Higman, h a s d e c i d e d that o n l y N U S members and g u e s t s o f I C s t u d e n t s (who must b e s i g n e d i n the g u e s t book to be p r o v i d e d ) be allowed into IC will functions. T h i s m e a s u r e w i l l not be implemented until next year. The Working Party on Union Response presented a n i n t e r i m report i n w h i c h various short-term changes to the U n i o n structure were p r o p o s e d . A lengthy d i s c u s s i o n followed which resulted in an open meeting o f the Working P a r t y b e i n g c a l l e d with the date y e t to be d e c i d e d . T h i s date w i l l be widely publicised and a l l members o f the U n i o n w i l l be most welcome to a i r their v i e w s .

STOP PRESS Chris Kourouniotis howe v e r , p r o v i d e d the s e n s a t i o n of the afternoon when he r e f u s e d to make a s p e e c h a n d answer questions. This followed a proposal speech by M s A t t e n b o r o u g h i n w h i c h she attacked the e l e c t i o n campaign bumph of Mr Everett who is also a candidate for the p o s t of Deputy P r e s i d e n t . T h e p o l l i n g d a y s for t h e s e e l e c t i o n s are o n M o n d a y 1st March and Tuesday 2nd M a r c h . V o t i n g for the N U S delegation will be on the M o n d a y and b a l l o t b o x e s c a n be found in the U n i o n , ' Southside and J C R . T h e r e w i l l a l s o be a rovin g b a l l o t box.

T h e y e v e n t u a l l y w o n 2—0 to r e a c h the f i n a l . The f i n a l , b e t w e e n two p a i r s who h a d , u n t i l t h e n , n e v e r met in a game, p r o v e d to be an e x c i t i n g m a t c h w i t h A d e y and McDermott beginning well and running up a c o n f i d e n t 2—0 l e a d although Binder and G i b s o n played and competently. Binder Gibson however, avoided d e f e a t b y s n e a k i n g home the whitewash-beater with a c a l m d o u b l e one i n the t hir d game. In a high scoring fourth g a m e , B i n d e r s l o t t e d home to square the m a t c h at 2-2. The final game o f the match s e e - s a w e d b a c k a n d fourth u n t i l the p e n u l t i m a t e throw w i t h B i n d e r a n d G i b s o n on d o u b l e o n e a n d A d e y a n d M c D e i m o t t o n double t w o . T h e match w a s finally decided by Gibson who snatched v i c t o r y from a l m o s t ignominious defeat. Paul

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ELECTIONS NOTICE The Returning Officer w o u l d l i k e to re-iterate. the fact that a l l the C o l l e g e wide elecitons are in the foim of a secret ballot. T h e r e i s no w a y o f . c o n firming that anyone p e r s o n or group w i l l vote for any c a n d i d a t e . T h i s comment h a s been re-iterated because some c a n d i d a t e s • have in their p u b l i c i t y been making such inferences.

WARNING The College Fire Officer has given strict instructions that no-one i s to go up o n the roofs o f the U n i o n B u i l d i n g , B o t a n y a n d Z o o l o g y department and Beit Hall during the p a n c a k e r a c e next T u e s d a y If a n y o n e i s found on the roof, the r a c e will be immediately stopped and pancake races on Shrove T u e s d a y w i l l be banned in future. In a d d i t i o n the I C U E x e c h a v e w a r n e d that no water i s to be h u r l e d around the B e i t Q u a d before 12.30pm on T u e s d a y . T h e y are e m p l o y i n g p e o p l e that the who will ensure above two warnings are h e e d e d . So b e w a r n e d !

SPORT D e a r Sports R e a d e r s , Sorry about the lack of sport t h i s w e e k f o l l e s , but due to l a c k o f time ( e l e c t i o n bumph h a d to b e p r i n t e d ) w e c o u l d not print a b i g g e r F E L I X to accommodate a n y more So do not sports reports. l o s e heart — w e w i l l be backw i t h a bumper next week sports s e c t i o n .

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