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Thunder Over the Sound preparations taking shape Pretty soon the United States Air Force Thunderbirds will be thundering over the Mississippi Sound as the highlight of a two-day air show taking in place in two locations. Most cross-country trains were running almost empty. His report led to Conservative and Labour Ministers of Transport closing several thousand miles of track. It is often forgotten that some closures started and others were scheduled, before the Beeching Report. He went on to say that he hoped the same would apply regarding David Cameron.

It made me wonder a who makes the decision? When Mrs Thatcher came to power I was working as a buyer in the building industry. A strong leader was needed, and The Iron Lady did not disappoint. Yes, she made some mistakes, but for me, she was the greatest prime minister of my lifetime I am in my 70s. Clearly, Mr Holdsworth would not agree with me, but that is my point. I assume from his letter that Tony Blair was honoured by Oxford with an honorary degree. Again I ask, who decides and on what basis? In a coarse gesture that will live in the annals of pettiness and political prejudice, Mrs Thatcher was denied the honorary degree to which she was entitled.

I was therefore fascinated to see the letter in Vol 29 No. The letter caricatures the Brexit saga, entirely ignoring the compelling democratic necessity for granting a referendum, not that any such issues should affect the bestowal of an honorary degree on an Oxford Prime Minister. The partisan attitude and the ignorant misuse of custom reflect not on these two eminent servants of their country but on their petty detractors. September As life is full of wonderful and serendipitous event — not to be taken too seriously, I had occasion quite recently to open my mail and what to my wondering eyes should appear but a copy of your delightful magazine, Oxford Today.

A client, who works for the World health Organization, had been kind enough to forward the Trinity Term, , Volume 28, 2 to my attention. She my client is a doctor with the WHO and has a little of the pixie in her. When it actually happened I was inundated with calls and emails from various friends and acquaintances asking if I had shuffled off this mortal coil. My single retort was, unfortunately, a bastardization of Twain. I assured them that reports of my untimely death were greatly exaggerated.

I enjoyed the article and have, in fact, been moved to make a donation in my honour through your website. As Mr. However, I received in , 42 years later! I suspect that interest in, and a contribution to; the Rhodes Statue exercise at Oriel College may have produced these arrivals? Anyhow I have been reading them all with interest, and have now come to the OT magazine, which was interesting 1 because the new V-C of Oxford, Louise Richardson, Prof , 2 there is a 3-page article on energy from nuclear fusion, which has been an interest of mine since the s, when I asked my elder brother Colin Hunt, who was working for AWE in Tadley, how long he expected the time delay for commercial fusion energy to be.

Unfortunately it is still 25 years! There are 2 comments I want to make: 1 The OT article does not discuss the different fusion reactions which can release power, the TOKAMAK, I think or presume, does hydrogen, deuterium and tritium which is good but does deliver one spare neutron per helium atom produced. There are other ways of getting atoms to fuse.

And also, ominously, electricity, from nuclear fusion, was omitted from expected scientific breakthroughs in the 21 st century by the BBC, at the turn of the century. It seems to be the engineering problems that are most challenging. It is interesting to fond that OT has an interest in this quest. If the hope expressed in the OT article , that the 2 nd half of this century witnesses the commercialisation of fusion energy, then this would indeed be a breakthrough for science and a beneficial one at that!

July From these they imbibed a greater sense of superiority and self-importance than was justified, which in turn encouraged the general public to take more notice of them than was perhaps deserved. Cameron, however brilliant his former tutor might have thought him, will still go down in history and into a future Finals question? Such was the ruse used by Johnson to give the illusion of intellectual superiority in order to cover deception and to evade giving direct answers to serious questions.

And finally the renowned Oxford Union, though it apes the style of the House of Commons and may thus provide superficial training for a Parliamentary career, certainly does not enhance any unique aptitude or personal trait necessary for the running of the country. Perhaps the University would enhance its reputation by using its PR budget to promote more strongly the genuinely valuable contributions made to society by its graduates in science, medicine and the humanities rather than in national politics.

I read 'Oxford in the Great War' with interest, but there is something wrong with the photo 'Conferment of degrees'. All those in academic dress seem to be wearing D. Mus gowns. But Watson was only 11 years old in and Armstrong Vaughan Williams was 42, but in the photo looks much too old to be about to volunteer for active service in the army.

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He received an honorary D. Mus in , so perhaps you've got the wrong war. I enjoyed your recent article about the psychiatric inspiration for Lewis Carroll but you didn't comment on the provenance of the term "Mad Hatter". It relates to the neuropsychiatric complications of mercury poisoning, in the 19th century hat industry most prominently Luton mercuric nitrate was extensively used in felt making.

Over time this affected the central nervous system of workers causing shaking, confusion and emotional instability amongst other ghastly manifestations. Hence the phrase Mad as a Hatter and no doubt sufferers may well have ended up in institutional care. The moral complexity of history is a fascinating topic.

If Rhodes was alive today, would he not be given equal air time on our world wide web? I was so very proud of my University when it declined not to award the customary honorary degree to Margaret Thatcher, after her damaging tenure of 10 Downing Street. She will always have the distinction of being the first Oxford-educated prime minister no to be so honoured. I trust that David Cameron will be the second, on the grounds that he gambled the long-term prospects of the UK and Europe in exchange for his continued occupancy of no It would have been a bad enough policy if he had won, whereas his defeat makes his decision seem even more foolhardy.

It cannot be described as Javan. I scanned Alexi Baker's article on nuclear fusion and sent it to Dr. Interesting, but nothing new. Nobody mentions that ITER is continuing its tradition of terrible directors and is one of the worst set up and run projects in history. I suspect that this sort of article is all about being seen in line for the next director of ITER.

More interesting in the news is that LHC is off line because a beech martin chewed through a cable on the main transformer and fried itself into the bargain. We have pine martins in our garden here. Tom Gash is clearly doing important work. Oddly, in my opinion, you print on the lead page of the Trinity Term issue three questions and answers from the new Vice-Chancellor and on the very next page refer to her inaugural address without a word about its substance. If I were you, I would have printed it instead, or at least covered it unless I had decided it not worth printing or covering. Now one searches in vain for any mention of this.

There was certainly a time in the University, roughly from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, when only books were considered intellectual products worthy of attention. This comparison is symptomatic of a lack of understanding towards the struggles that Black and Minority Ethnic BME students face at Oxford University and in universities around the world.

Many of these students are the direct descendants of those enslaved, exploited and mistreated in the building of the British Empire. The overwhelming majority will have experience of overt and covert forms of discrimination prevalent in our society. They are confronted with reminders all over the University of a painful colonial legacy which continues to affect their lives and the lives of their families on a daily basis. To compare them to a long-dead civilisation which has distant relevance to our modern society is spurious at best. On the letters page in your current issue, Daphne Hampson bemoans slow public transport taking 3hr 20 mins by bus between Oxford and Cambridge.

She may not know that for over years till there was a direct railway line over the 77 miles between the two university cities via Bletchley and Bedford, the fastest trains taking 2 hours. Indeed, the wartime Bletchley Park establishment was located there for convenience of access from the two centres of learning! This railway has been much missed ever since, and its reinstatement is a live issue — see www. Full support from both universities would doubtless help to expedite completion of the project. So, no need for minibuses and new booking systems! Who decides? Seems to me that the nameless compiler of this particular bio was exercising a bit of legerdemain both uncharacteristic and unworthy of Oxford Today.

An intelligent nation like America is voting for a blond Republican as a reaction to a Black president. In France, you are French if you adopt French language and culture but not by nationality nowadays. A Black Frenchman existed in France long before the term Black Englishman was adopted or fashionable. Of la nouvelle vague was alive and flourishing whilst English cinema was non — existent at that time. Cultural ideas stops at the border and defines a nation. Intellectual ideas go beyond borders just like Existentialism, Feminism.

French language and culture is alive and well and protected by the august French Academy. Sarkozy and Hollande are dealing with so-called mundane everyday issues they are not presidential material. Yet other minorities are not asked to dissociate themselves. From the fringe fanatics. French intellectuals mentioned in the article like Eric Zemmour , Alain Finkelkraut , Bernard Henri-Levy ,Olivier Todd are still solid inn their observation and assessment of French society.

Still no excuse. France has to encourage and foster closer links with its former French speaking. I for one am very proud to have been not only brought up in French culture and French language which made me at the same time a citizen of the world yet it allows me to criticise France too. French and English rivalry is alive and well and French intellectualism and Gallic culture are neither tossed nor sunk. Daphne Hampson does not realise now fortunate she is with a limited stop bus every half hour to Cambridge.

From my home in Bedford I was fortunate enough to attend each university in turn There were four buses a day and the journey was 2 hours 55 minutes: rather oddly the route started at Aylesbury. Cambridge was one hour 40 minutes by the faster route and continued to Northampton, which did offer a direct service to Birmingham after Beeching closed the railway. I met my future wife on Mayday Slower than hitchhiking when I was in the RAF, they were reliable and not excessively slow. The Oxford bus passed my home road and my lodgings in Canterbury Road which shortened the journey. The railway to Bletchley was inconvenient then: the line survived Beeching but the Cambridge line did not.

We still cross England from Devon by car and find better roads are countered by speed limits and more traffic. I no longer travel for meetings but when I did, I wrote several times to point out that punctuality is more important than speed.

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Oxford is still the centre of England if not of the universe!. We were married and held our Golden Wedding there; but London remains the hub of transport. I read with interest the feature article in the Oxford Today Vol 28 No2 on Cecil the lion and wish to congratulate Prof Macdonald for the excellent work he and his colleagues are doing for the betterment of wildlife and in particularly for the lions of Zimbabwe.

I am however concerned with some statements in the article. There should also be severe fines if proved. As man encroaches the habitat of the wild animals in order to acquire more land for farming or industry it will be inevitable that some will be killed by the farmers — either through revenge for killing one of the family members by the lions or just to protect their farm or property. As it happens, I am not much given to hero-worship.

Worshippers of Ghandi, for example, always seem to me childish. Nor do I care whether many or few agree with me. The few are so often right. I sympathise with his aims if not always his attitudes. Conversely, I deplore the well-meaning creatures who in effect handed over Southern Rhodesia to Robert Mugabe and, through weakness or ignorance, congratulated themselves on a job well done. However I remember that in the Boer War most liberals were on the side of the Boers, and I allow myself to smile.

Daphne Hampson, in your Trinity edition, bewails the lack of direct line public transport between Oxford and Cambridge. She suggests a minibus service which would be more ecological than the use of cars. However, s restored rail ink would be even more ecological and would offer a more comfortable and possible faster journey.

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And help is at hand! However, great strides are being made to reopen the line as a through route. Oxford to Bicester has been re-opened and upgraded, and the section from there to Bletchley is being reinstated. Bletchley to Bedford never closed, but the link from Bedford to Cambridge will be more problematic. Even here, though, a decision is to be made shortly as to exactly which route the line will take.

So, Daphne, take courage. You should soon be able to speed over to Cambridge over a railway line. From personal experience I can tell you that the world of business contains easily as many interesting and inspiring stories as those you chose to feature. And business provides employment and fulfilling careers, and the taxes that make the rest of the world go round.

If so, may I ask your help with a somewhat bizarre request? In my dotage, I have lost touch with my Oxford friends and know nobody now who might be a member. Would it be forgivable of me to ask if anybody who is a current club member would be willing, out of charity, to nominate me? True, I would be a stranger to you but you can discover a little about me from my books at Amazon.

My full CV is also available on request. In Oxford introduced the idea of class degrees, which was developed into four classes of degree and a pass degree. Were the Grandes Ecoles in France to award class degrees rather than the undifferentiated diplomes, the effect might revolutionise the style of study and reinvigorate French academic thinking. Let us give John Gray his due. He speaks as he finds, that is all. John Gray is clearly a prophet, in the Old Testament sense — pinning down with a fierce and analytical eye the shortcomings of his hearers and warning them in no uncertain terms exactly where they are falling down on the job of being human.

The question this raises is: what response can we make to this challenge? Can we find a better way? Second-class minds go gaga. Cecil Rhodes will be a hero to few of the citizens of this country. My fear is that the College authorities at Oriel are too concerned to appease the shock troops of political correctness in this matter. In Lincoln, where I live, there are many Roman remains, and a post-Norman-invasion cathedral and castle.

While Keynes famously asserted that in the long run we are all dead, Gray basically thinks that a good many of us may as well be dead in the short run. Accordingly, I have come to the conclusion that he is, in fact, a cheer leader for the modern counter-Enlightenment; which matters deeply at the present juncture. As someone from an Islamic background, I have long argued that Islam is in urgent need of not just a reformation, but of a fully blown Enlightenment; the benefits of which will accrue not only to the 1.

Those arguing the same in the Islamic world are like gold dust but if they stick their necks out they might have them literally chopped off. So in the battle that is presently raging in the world between reason and unreason, between freedoms writ large and religious fanaticism, between the forces of enlightenment and the forces of endarkenment, Professor Gray — emphatically unlike Dawkins — is most decidedly on the wrong side. To call the other We have hair at one end and toe-nails at the other, and an unimaginably complex array of tissues and organs in between, all arranged in their proper places so as to function as a whole.

So, somewhere in that That is, the proteins have to be given a very precise three-dimensional order, not just an existence. The shocking thing is that that can be done with so few genes, and that the forming body usually comes out in full working order, in spite of the myriad ways it could go wrong.

Ferry's article is full of interest, and is not the only one in which structure is ignored while composition is accounted for. I have read many others with the same apparent blind spot. Outside France perhaps? Italy or Spain? But unlike the French and Russian revolutions he gained power in a democracy. The strategy is then implemented making simplistic use of issues affecting such people. A government in power could counter the opportunities for such a power grab by ensuring that those at the bottom of society are properly educated and not disaffected.

I live in South Africa and my government and the previous one has done rather poorly in this regard: hence we have Malema applying the strategy in his own democratic power grab. Any reader living in a democracy might question how well his own government is doing. Most of the new material uncovered — shopping lists and other items relevant to everyday life — has been of interest primarily to social historians, but previously unknown discoveries include apocryphal texts and several poems by Saplo? Uncovering a lost tragedy by Aeschylus or Sophocles remains a tantalizing possibility, but the hoard is potentially of enormous value to classicists, historians, theologians and archaeologists alike.

Pieceing together the vast number of fragments has been fortunately slow, but the technology now exists to speed-up the listing of related fragments prior to translating. Perhaps Google could help, although first we would need to know more about the agreement the American behemoth has signed with the University a propos the copying of the Bodleian archives. Or is Google secretly involved? I went up to Univ a year after Stephen and we were contemporary residents in college for a year— my first and his second.

My feeling is that he is unnecessarily hard on himself regarding his career as a cox: for his sins he was chosen to grace the Univ third eight in Eights Week and the crew of Univ III he was given was the Rugger Eight. It is my recollection that none of our octet of enthusiastic and variably powerful Rugby players had previously rowed and all had to be coached in the basic rudiments of handling a blade. I am proud to say that one of my rowing-coaches was Stephen. Come Eights Week, we were passingly co-ordinated but far from expert and no level of exhortation from our benighted cox was going to prevent us from being bumped three days out of four — despite the impression that on each day we were slowly catching the eight in front — How would we know?

We were facing our pursuers! On the fourth day we had to row the whole course because the following boat was itself bumped and the one ahead bumped the crew next in front. To paraphrase Waugh, the lore which I acquired that term will be with me in one shape or another to my last hour. Can it be possible that only 1 in 13 of the letters Oxford Today receives come from female Oxonians? That is the conclusion to be drawn from the female to male proportion on the Letters pages of the Michaelmas issue.

If that is not the case, perhaps the Editor might make some attempt to better represent female correspondents. If it is the case, can I urge your female readers to get writing! It was extremely pleasant to find your account of college heraldry in Oxford Today! Thank you for drawing attention to one of those traditional aspects of being an Oxonian which this magazine tends to overlook.

Some years ago I wrote to Oxford Today to complain of flagrant and pretty elementary grammatical solecisms scattered through five separate items in a single issue. Not at all to my surprise the letter was neither acknowledged nor published, but I have not noticed anything quite so bad in recent numbers, so perhaps my criticism — and for all I know that of other readers — has had some effect.

By which I meant that it seemed to me slick, unscholarly and too concerned with outward success at the expense of eternal values, humanity and the humanities. Your article went some way towards correcting that kind of imbalance. I became a heraldry nerd at the age of around ten or eleven and the interest has remained, though fluctuating in intensity, until now, when at long last I am in the process of acquiring bearings of my own from the College of Arms.

Which brings me to one of my reasons for contacting you! I must protest at your statement that heralds — Richmond and Windsor — granted arms to colleges. Only Kings of Arms are able actually to make grants and they do so not on their own authority but on that delegated from the Crown through the Earl Marshal, the Duke of Norfolk.

Relatively few colleges have arms obtained by a normal process. Three colleges use shields that are obvious amateurish if longstanding concoctions. Interpretation has a very unimportant part to play in both the theory and the practice of the subject. Please do not take my remarks amiss. I would myself be gratified by feedback of any kind concerning something I had published. I wish much power to your elbow and good luck in spreading armorial enlightenment if you should wish to do so elsewhere. We have more than heraldic interests in common. Using a more old—fashioned means of reference I learnt also that you surely you, though with another middle name were an exact contemporary of mine at Trinity while I was at Balliol.

I have always felt a sort of love-hate towards the elegant college east of my own so familiar one. I hope you do not despise me too intensely for my irrevocable Balliolism. Adam Fox was Dean of Divinity at Magdalen In the Professor of Poetry position at Oxford opened to election. In those days those with an Oxford MA who were in Oxford on the day of the election could vote.

The position had been held by Magdalen men George Gordon, and before him, by Sir Herbert Warren and things were put in motion to ensure the Magdalen monopoly was not disturbed. There followed a campaign of skullduggery, blandishments both financial and epicurean, and vote fixing which, as one reviewer has said, was more appropriate to a Barchester chronicle than to academia! Fox, who had a wonderful sense of humour, no doubt found the whole exercise amusing. Fox Gone to Ground. Such shenanigans, of course, could not happen today???

Helen Gardner was a pioneer in the critical appreciation of T. Eliot, and a critic he knew and trusted; she had a very successful and influential career. However, I would like to pay tribute to her as an undergraduate teacher, which she managed to combine with a formidable body of research and lecturing. She always emphasised the importance of undergraduate teaching, in order to, as she expressed it, plant the seed corn for future generations. Is there a danger in pursuing the quest, as Andrew Hamilton put it, quoted in Oxford Today , for Oxford University, to become a twentieth century dynamic research powerhouse; of forgetting the essential need for top class undergraduate teaching?

I have been puzzling over the last sentence of the paragraph on St Cross College in the article about coats of arms of the newer colleges in the latest edition of Oxford Today Vol. I think the period must be the first half of the 19 th centruy, bearing in mind that Poe was born in and dies in So striving to improve the lot of man is futile, we are but base beasts, and dreams of an improved future are just that and waking from them would make us happier?

I sit reading this over my breakfast generous, hot, with nice coffee in a warm house, before I drive to London some 60 miles away to see my father who has lived to the positively patriarchal age of 95 thanks to angioplasty and pills. It is raining outside, yet I will stay dry. The chances that I am burgled, attacked, shot, enslaved, that my wife or daughters are raped or my house is casually burned to the ground are minimal. The number of highwaymen on the M11 is small. None of these things would have been true years ago. Of course removing Saddam Hussein did not turn Iraq into middle class England.

Of course societies can go backwards as well as forwards by the measures of progress that other societies deem just. But the grinding pessimism that implies that all you can do is live moment-to-moment is as unjustified as the idea that toppling Hussein would turn Bagdad into Bermondsey overnight. Perhaps what would make us happier is forgetting the grandiose pontification of politicians and philosophers, and remembering that if I have made my life better without making yours worse, then I have done OK, and if I can make both our lives better then we, members of the base human race, have made progress indeed.

Then he used his fortune to found the Royal College of Physicians. The plain assumption here is that the evolution hypothesis, possibly with Lamarck in a supporting role, is an unassailable datum, quite simply a fact. There is ample evidence for micro-evolution: variation within the gene pool.

But where is the evidence for macro-evolution: the evolution of one kind of living thing into some other kind? There is no evidence whatsoever of any living thing ever evolving into some different kind of living thing capable of breeding but infertile with its parent stick. The Second Law of Thermodynamics has been tested to destruction. Not so the evolution hypothesis. I wonder if Oxford is allergic to any challenge to the ideological supremacy of evolution. How many colleges does the university expect to have by the end of the present century?

I shudder to think. My own three years as an undergraduate at Trinity overlapped with those of Peter Stothard, although I do not think that our paths physically crossed. A small flat celadon vase made for a Yuan tomb, it was put together crudely from two moulded halves. It fitted into the palm of my hand and I was astonished to find that where my thumb sat it matched precisely the thumbprint of the potter who must have held it the same way to seal the seams with one thumb. The personal contact I felt with this potter, who had hands exactly the same size as myself, was breathtaking.

I have never forgotten the personal intimacy, transmitted over nearly a thousand years, mediated through a single pot. August There were two road rallies, an afternoon rally. Both rallies were reliability trials. Alternate weeks there were film shows and table top rallies. They are the Targa Plate which was an annual award with a replica trophy for the winner to keep, to the winner of The Targa Rusticana Rally.

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This may have been given into the care of an event winner in the s. The Goddard Cup. It ws given, again an annual trophy with a small replica in memory of David Goddard Univ who was killed when his Syandard 10 overturned. That was in the dyas before seat belts were compulsory and he was travelling home from the school he was at teaching practice at. David, who lived at Chichester was, like one, a geographer. The band on the cup reads:. Both trophies were subscribed to by the membership and veteran membership of the time.

I was disappointed to read that the student body has once again decided to vote on whether to retain subfusc for examinations. Are such votes now going to recur until subfusc is eventually abolished? Oxford's traditions are part of the nation's heritage not just the university's and their removal should not be placed in the hands of a small, transient cohort of a few thousand people. What right does one small group have to remove a tradition which could be enjoyed my many hundreds of thousands of students for centuries to come?

Would those who voted to abolish subfusc be equally delighted to see the Cheyenne or Sioux abolish their distinctive headress and traditional regalia simply because it is 'anachronistic' and 'uncomfortable'? If people have a strong dilslike of tradition, they can choose from some 15, universities in the world where subfusc is not worn. I have been asked by Nuffield College to write a biography of Sir David Butler, the eminent psephologist and historian, who many of you will have seen on television, especially on the late-night general election results programmes between and I am having a fascinating time interviewing David, who is now 90 and still lives in Oxford.

I would like to speak to anybody who has interesting recollections of meeting, being taught by, or working with David. Back in the '60s, I was a club member, with meetings held at St Cat's and Keble. The waterbus service is a nice idea; but have Christopher and Wendy Ball done any traffic modelling to estimate the almost certainly tiny effect of such a service on traffic congestion?

As Lord Drayson says, the battery is one major problem with electric cars. Another is that as things stand, they pay very little towards the cost of road maintenance, since by definition they pay no fuel duty. A proven approach which would address both pollution and congestion, and employ existing technology, is road pricing, as used in London, Stockholm and Singapore.

Oxford would be an ideal place to implement it; and contrary to popular opinion, such a solution is acceptable to citizens, provided it is explained and justified. For many years I was custodian of a death mask of Napoleon which formed part of the Heber Mardon collection of Napoleana housed in the Westcountry Studies Library in Exeter. This mask was originally the property of the Scottish army doctor Archibald Arnott who replaced Napoleon's surgeon Francesco Antommarchi at the Emperor's bedside in April and was present at his death.

He presented it to John Gawler Bridge from whose estate it was purchased by Maggs in Helena, and to be the first copy made after the Antommarchi archetype, now in Les Invalides. The history of the death mask is indeed complex and controversial and has spawned several books and many articles, including: The story of Napoleon's death-mask told from the original documents by G.

It also attracted a variety of fanatics to Exeter, including one who wanted to DNA test the lock of Napoleon's hair also in the collection in an attempt to prove that Napoleon was rescued from St Helena by submarine and replaced by one of his doubles. Many futuristic ideas about life in seem distinctly old-fashioned. The magnetic levitation Maglev monorailway as proposed by WestOxMonorail was invented more than half a century ago.

Very few lines have ever been constructed and some, as in Sydney, have already been closed, as they are expensive and impractical. Elevated railways need elevated stations, with lifts, stairs and escalators, switching trains from one track to another is very complicated and two tracks are necessary for the two directions, and it is very difficult to rescue passengers in the event of a crash or breakdown. Their only useful function is in airports and amusement parks. As for a mile-long tunnel from The Plain to the railway station, it may be thinkable but the civil engineering is not feasible.

Transport subways need access ramps at each end, and it would be necessary to demolish half of St Clements to construct the access at the east end. The subway would need stations, and it would be not be possible to have lifts and escalators coming up in the middle of the High Street or at Bonn Square.

The ideal future transport could be provided by electric trams running in the street, as proposed in a recent paper by Nicholas Falk and Reg Harman. Trams are quiet, clean and fume-free, with modern technology they can run without overhead wires in the historic city centre. Chris co-ordinates some veteran members and as a previous secretary provides some history of the club. Those were days when undergraduates fortunate enough to own a car were required by the proctors to have a small green light on the front to indicate ownership by a junior member of the University.

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

The rally usually began in Burford or Chipping Norton and ended at breakfast time where it began. Craven Arms was another centre. It was bought in memory of a president, David Goddard Univ, ? I read your feature by Jayne Nelson with considerable interest. I have a copy of the other photograph taken two minutes earlier or later which is better of me but less flamboyant of Hawking.

We were the only two undergraduate freshmen whose Christian name was Stephen of the 90 who came up to Univ in the Michaelmas of Seeing a photograph of myself on the front cover of his autobiography My Brief History published two years ago in Waterstones window, I purchased a copy. I my third year, in order to make friends, I joined the Boat Club as a coxswain.

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My coxing career was fairly disastrous, though. Oh dear! As I wrote to Hawking on reading this paragraph it is absolute tosh! I cannot comment with authority on his happiness except to say that we were good friends for the whole of three years, enjoyed all sorts of experiences on the river as I describe below and played many evenings of bridge over a bottle of port with the junior dean, Tony Firth, and sometimes with his friends Francis Hope and Jeremy Lever who were fellows of All Souls, but always for very small stakes!

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

I have many rowing photographs of Stephen in the years before he claims to having joined the Boat Club and it would be sad indeed if history regarded the wholly inaccurate statement quoted in your Trinity Term issue p. I may add that Stephen has acknowledged to me through his office that my recollection is in accordance with the facts and his is entirely untrue!

I was delighted to see the letter on fracking from my friend and contemporary Alan Mears Oxford Today , Trinity The front cover of the Trinity Term edition of Oxford Today shows an arrow pointing downwards. The authors recall that the work on the New Bodleian in the s first set this trend of expanding downwards.

When the underground book stack of what is now called the Weston Library was dug out Rupert Bruce-Mitford, a graduate of Hertford, then working at the Ashmolean Museum, made a record of the archaeology of the site. This research virtually established the study of medieval archaeology in England.

Since the s the work of these two pioneers has been continued and expanded by later archaeologists. For instance, evidence for Roman occupation was found during the construction of the underground Radcliffe Science Library extension. Today archaeologists continue to make important discoveries in the City. Furthermore developers who wish to destroy archaeological remains are now required to fund any necessary recording, publication and archive creation, as a condition of planning permission.

In your obituary of Lord Robert Gavron , you appear to notice that he was also a member of the Guardian Media Group, In the Trinity edition of Oxford Today there is a fascinating feature on the possible future of Oxford It addresses many issues that are close to my heart, some of which sound quite promising. However, were all of these things to become true, there will be a severe reduction in jobs in the area.

Robot scouts, driverless transport, no Royal Mail or other parcel delivery companies, to name just a few of the eliminated jobs. Oxford will turn into a city inhabited only by those privileged enough to have attained a higher qualified profession. It sounds like the Oxford of might become a social mobility nightmare! I just saw in your recent alumni email that you have a report on this student that is going on the Mars One mission. I just wanted to suggest that you should be a bit more careful when choosing these stories, as it is very likely that the whole Mars One project is an enterprise with no real future that only justifies itself through the hype that it is creating.

I can probably find more evidence if you so require. The more I read articles, such as Professor Ash, on Charlie Hebdo, on free speech Oxford Today , Trinity , the more I am left with the sad reflection that it is not really free speech that is threatened.

The entire thinking world salutes free speech and those who do not, cannot or do not wish to think straight. Rather it seems to be a death wish by a group of people whose effort and life sadly seems to be wasted and who inadvertently drag others to death alongside with them. Finally an article dedicated to the Oxonian side of Stephen Hawking!

The image of a naughty Hawking waving his handkerchief in the air calls to mind another famous Oxonian: Magdalen College graduate Oscar Wilde, who found it difficult to live up to his blue china, and boasted about doing little work when in fact he was a work-horse, and was a sartorial Trojan horse at parties. But on a more serious note: play is a crucial step in creativity.

Oxford, when will our version of a Hawking movie come out? This would be a wonderful film, very comedic and young-at-heart and a true-story of Oxford blues and the rowing tradition. Mr Francis was for me, as for many other students and dons, an unfailing resource for books on theology, whether newly published or newly exhumed from libraries being dispersed. I am confident that your readers would be pleased to see an article about a hero to impecunious theologians in urgent need as a tutorial, a lecture, or even a DPhil thesis deadline loomed. With appreciation for the excellence of Oxford Today , as for your kindness in considering my suggestion.

But it never works, for two fundamental reasons. The first is that it ignores human behaviour. Driverless cars owned by the city or some other third party will rapidly be vandalised. Only personal ownership imbues a sense of duty of care. No one predicted Google or Facebook twenty years ago.

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We can also be sure that the pace of technological development coupled to basic economics will mean that many of the supposedly promising developments today will fall by the wayside and entirely unseen but actually quite foreseeable technologies and applications will dominate the world of Coupling technological understanding to evolutionary psychology could save a lot of investors a lot of wasted money and likewise help entrepreneurs to get it right more often, more quickly. Interpretation of that comment depends strongly on whether it was made before or after Waterloo.

Could Mr Danziger enlighten me? Perhaps even more surprising is that it is not the only one in Oxford. Lord Curzon Chancellor bequeathed his collection of Napoleonica to the University, where it is preserved in the Bodleian Libraries. Danziger describes how Antommarchi released a subscription edition of the mask in Sixteen copies of that are known. They also have 6, books of his, I believe.

I am lost in admiration of the deeds of present-day Oxonians, but where are all the eccentrics and oddities that used to provide the main constituents of the exciting mixture that was Oxford in my day? I have personally achieved little of interest that will go into my obituary, but I believe I absorbed at Oxford a huge amount of culture, learned how to enjoy and discuss almost any subject and above all how to have fun. I was educated. Has Oxford changed a lot? I used to do tutorials with Konnie, a young Greek god who used to put Chanel No 5 on his feet.

One day Konnie took me to his room to see his grandmother. A friend of his had shot a deer in Magdalen Park and he was hiding the proceeds for him. Konnie married an Italian starlet. Gorgeous Robin was thrown through a closed window by a drunken Rugger Blue whom he had invited to dance with him. Lovely Vicky, an accomplished painter and jazz singer, kept a huge pet snake in her bedroom a place much visited by eager young undergraduates. She fed it with live white mice.

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

May I, however, respectfully point out a small error.


General Charles Jean Tristan de Montholon, who lived in Longwood House with Napoleon Bertrand and his family lived separately nearby , also remained until the bitter end. There are alternatives to the vision concerning energy set out by Barbara Hammond Oxford Today , Trinity , p. Her assertion that energy will cost more, made affordable by using less of it, carries with it the implication of falling productivity and economic decline. An alternative vision is of cheap and almost limitless power as represented by the work going on just down the road at Culham.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change points out in its Working Group III report that it will take all our technologies to decarbonise our energy supply, and that restricting solutions to the renewables taxonomy will lead to less of a solution, or a failed solution.

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

It makes an Oxford vision of getting there expensively by look a bit weak. By comparison, the main renewable contenders are all intermittent, and as the IPCC points out require extra measures store and recover technologies to meet demand, or else they are lame ducks. Unavoidably those processes will consume some of the initial energy and incur process plant costs.

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

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

The marmalade he gave me as a gift, after a stay in the Convent, was outstanding! Although I do rather like the monorail idea and bamboo bicycles too — still saving-up for one! I was very pleased to see from the Trinity Oxford Today p. One of my predecessors, a year or so before, had pulled off a real coup in getting Graham Hill to visit and give a talk — the humorous and racy in every sense nature of his talk can be only too easily imagined! My own tenure began well as I was able in my first term to invite Tony Rolt of Ferguson Engineering — four-wheel-drive pioneers from my home city of Coventry.

I then aimed higher, and was able to persuade Jackie Stewart to come and talk; however, disaster struck, for me at least. About a week before the date, I was told he could not come because of duties elsewhere, the details of which had to be kept secret. It was a week or so before it emerged into the public domain that Jackie had been secretly testing, in Spain if my recollection is correct, the new Formula 1 car designed by Ken Tyrrell, the first under his own name.

I have never had the chance to meet Jackie and tell him of my disappointment!

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This system, devised by a former Club officer called John Brown, who went on to be a professional co-driver, was simpler for working out the overall times for each car, but unfortunately had the side effect that there was no way of checking that each stage had been covered at an average speed of 30mph or less, as required by RAC Motorsport rules!

Consequently it was, some time after I went down, banned by the RAC! The strength of In Place of Fear is, among other things, its account of the founding of the NHS and why it was so important; whereas in The Future of Socialism there is a more detailed analysis of how socialism might adapt to changing conditions.

Neither work anticipated Thatcherism and privatisation. Just a quick email message to say how lovely it was to read the interview with Sir Peter Stothard Oxford Today , Trinity , p. In my first year and quite possibly only my first or second term at Trinity College, Peter Stothard came back to give a talk in college.

That talk motivated me to write, review and edit with university publications Isis , The Word and the Oxford Student. I later went onto win third prize in the Young Financial Journalist of the Year Award and worked in regional newspapers for a number of years before moving into the world of writing short fiction and poetry. I just wanted to say a belated thanks to him for that inspiration, and more generally to alumni taking the time to come back and encourage new students.

An ongoing dilemma not just for those involved in the storage but for all of us, all being involved, directly or indirectly, in this data creation.

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I recognise several of my contemporaries, including one who became a good friend, and we all matriculated in October I was as naive in those days as I am now at the age of 80, but I never noticed anything of the sort. As far as I remember, we envied anyone who had any sort of relationship with the other sex, given the shortage of acceptable females. This will do almost nothing in my lifetime to improve the view from Port Meadow, and the views of the dreaming spires are of course gone forever.

March During my time at New College all were still represented. As an undergraduate I believed Oxford the sanest spot on earth. Time has only reaffirmed this conviction. Apparently the catholic sanity of Oxford had had little civilizing effect. I was, and am, appalled. This will help placate, not inflame, an already volatile South Asian region. But might professors Gershuny and Fisher also address child labour?

Consider, for instance, a factory that employs year-old children. Or vice versa. On our first night in Oxford, my family and I trekked down from our house on Victoria Road to hear a concert at Merton. We were jet-lagged, cold and wet, but seeing that vase as we walked in imprinted a memory that is with us yet. When I lived and worked on the campus of the University of the Philippines at Laguna, Los Banos, Luxon in the late s and early s, I was grateful for the various tropical trees that graced my house in the Villegas Compound on Silangan Street.

Decades later, when I returned there with my family, I was saddened to see a lot of those majestic trees missing; they were cut down, beloved landmarks and natural shade were gone, it was like losing old friends. This tree is like the autograph tree — signed by the likes of William Butler Yeats and Lady Gregory — near Gort, County Galway, Eire; full of literary allusion and priceless heritage.

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More surprisingly an expedient unconvincing response from the Conservative Government is the only conspicuous reply here, or within Europe? However strongly we may support a general case for migration, it is reasonable that individual countries can decide how much economic migration to allow.

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

If individual Euro countries get into difficulty, financial markets have shown clearly that they can respond much faster than political rescue plans can be negotiated. Hence freedom of movement poses significant environmental risks. If we partition the European Union into two distinct groups, the totals are striking:. It is possible to be very positive about Europe in principle, without being confident that the European Union will always head in good directions.

Rather than preparing to deal with inevitable challenges, it seems desirable to question this underlying economic dogma, by highlighting the potential environmental consequences. At that time I was serving in the US Army. The War in Europe ended in May , and I then went on to serve in the army of occupation in Berlin. During this time the US Army provided an opportunity for those soldiers awaiting discharge to apply for transfer to a programme at Oxford. The highlight of this for me was a tutorial with Professor Roy Harrod, the distinguished economist, who had just returned from Bretton Woods where he participated with Professor John Maynard Keynes in the development of the International Monetary Fund.

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

I would like to point out that the German presence in Oxford has always been fascinating and compelling. One very memorable anecdote:. During the rise of Nazism, Jewish scientists in Germany either lost their jobs or went abroad for university posts. College authorities frowned upon his open relationship and barred him from the University. While I am speaking about renowned scientists, let me take this opportunity to present a challenge to Oxford. He could possibly give Rob Lowe a run for his money in a funnier version of Oxford Blues!

It appals me that so many people here in New Jersey — and the rest of the galaxy — think that Hawking was solely a Cambridge man. Please, please tell the world the wonderful story of Hawking the Oxonian! They both make good points, but this debate can be put on a more rational basis.