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IR Student Snack bar refit Unions surveyed goes ahead Student Unions are alarmed by a nationwide survey launched by the Department of Education and Science (DES). The survey asks for The Union has allocated £ 4 0 , 0 0 0 to detailed breakdowns of union refurbish the Union Snack Bar and finances, and voting procedures. It the Entertainments Lounge over the also contains an extensive section Summer. Work has already begun asking unions to evaluate the on the refit, which, the Union services they receive from the hopes, will encourage more National Union of Students (NUS). students to use the Union facilities. A twenty-one page questionnaire The new Snack Bar will contain has been circulated to the Vice- seating for one hundred people and Chancellors, Directors and will feature a lowered ceiling and an Principals in seventy universities, improved lighting system. The new polytechnics and colleges of further serving area has been designed to education. Brunei, Heriot-Watt, reduce queueing time and will run Bristol, Loughborough and on a self service basis with an extra Newcastle Universities are amongst till at peaktimes. The Uni6*n are those on the list. The questionnaires buying new cookers, a food mixer, a are due for completion by October dishwasher and new cutlery and 31, after which the Government will crockery for the Snack Bar. The new draw 'conclusions on the best action Snack Bar will feature fabric to take.' wallpaper and will be decorated in City College Union President, what has been described as a subtle Geoff Ellingham told FELIX that he red, white and blue style. In was surprised that the survey asks addition, vending machines offering repainted. The room will be Office over the choice of contractors. students to quantify N U S services confectionery, sandwiches, rolls and carpeted and a Dance Floor Union Deputy president, Chas in monetary terms. hot and cold drinks will be installed installed. Plans are also being Brereton told FELIX that former University of London Union in the dining area. considered for a second food outlet Union President, Sydney Harbour (ULU) President, Stewart Jackson A catering consultant has been or a bar behind the serving hatch in Bridge had asked a second firm to said that U L U view the survey with commissioned by the Union to the lounge. produce a quotation for the dias great concern and are very worried improve the range of food on offer. In the Union Bar, woodwork will when the original contractors, about the ramifications for student Union Manager, David Peacock told be sanded and stained and new Francis Bell and Austin were felt to union autonomy. FELIX that new Snack Bar will be brass lighting is to be fitted. The be too costly. When the new The survey follows an geared towards healthy eating with wooden panels at the bar entrance contractors were found to be even announcement by Secretary of State vegetarian, low sugar and low fat are to be replaced with glass panels more expensive it was too late for for Education and Science, Kenneth foods. One or two meat dishes each in an attempt to make the bar more the original contractors to install the Baker, in April. Mr Baker said the day are also planned. 'We are trying welcoming and the stonework will dias in time. Government recognised that 'many to help people get into a good eating be cleaned. In addition to the work being individual students do not wish to kick,' he said. Speaking on the modifications, funded by the Union, the College is be represented by °the National The seating currently in the Snack Deputy President Chas Brereton providing £ 2 0 , 0 0 0 to refurbish the Union of Students.' He went on to Bar will be moved into the said 'we have to compete with Union Central Staircase and the say that taxpayers' money should be Entertainments Lounge. A new College and offer a good service to main toilets. The toilets, currently a used to provide services for students stage is to be constructed in the students. If we don't get them in the gents, will be converted into toilets and not for political campaigning. Lounge along with a new lighting first week we lose them forever.' for male and female students. The survey shows a number of tower, paid for by the College, and A raised dias originally planned Union President Nigel Baker said similarities to an Early Day Motion a storage area for Entertainments for installation in the Snack Bar over that he was relieved that work had on the 'National Union of Students Committee. The Dramatic Society the Summer has been delayed until started and added 'the Snack Bar closed shop' put forward by will be installing new disco lights for the Christmas vacation following a will be a hell of a lot less like a the Union, and the Lounge will be disagreement within the Union refectory'. . continued on back page. ISSUE 809 26 AUG 19 News Geology Death on Car park to expand field work the cut Thames The Geology Department will be The recent U L U Sri Lanka Society dropping field work during the Dinner and Dance was ruined holiday periods and reducing according to FELIX eye in the sky lecture hours from the start of next reporter, Charles Brereton, when term. The department believe that the boat crashed into a bridge. the number of staff student contact The starboard side of the craft was hours is excessive and all lecture 'completely wrecked' and two courses will be cut to accommodate people were injured as the skipper the changes. Independent Mapping corrected too late to avoid a projects over the Summer holidays collision. will continue during the second Panes of glass were ejected and year. ICU Deputy President Charles 'In the past we have tended to Brereton told FELIX that 'if it hadn't over lecture which is bad for staff been safety glass it could have been and students,' explained Dr Richard bloody carnage'. Selley, Head of Department. He went on to say 'it ruined our Construction work to extend the scheme to repair Imperial College The move is part of a general evening. It could have been death main College car park by 50 places Road. The extension will initially restructuring within the department on the Thames'. has begun on the North East side act as an overflow whilst repairs which, amongst other changes led of the Queens T o w e r . The are made to the rest of the car to the introduction of a group extension, due for completion by park. tutorial system at the start of the year. The department are also Fisher October is part of a £150,000 considering the introduction of a tfiird year option in Management Science. gets new O b i t u a r y New locks Professor Neil Watson Following two break-ins earlier this The untimely death on June 28 of Despite the time and effort offices month, the College plans to install a new lock system in Fisher Hall in Evelyn Gardens. The existing ten Neil Watson, Professor of Internal Combustion Engineering at the University of London, following a required by these activities Neil was a fully committed member of his department at Imperial College A new office block for companies front door entrances will be reduced fall at his home, deprives the where he willingly continued to liaising with Imperial College is to three. A 'Corley' magnetically engineering industry of one of its shoulder heavy teaching and due to be constructed i n the space coded key system, similar to that leading researchers and is an almost administrative duties. between the Civil and Electrical installed in Montpelier Hall a yeat irreplaceable loss to the staff and Neil's zest for work, his straightfor- Engineering Departments. The ago, will also be fitted to the front students of the Mechanical wardness, his readiness to help Office Block, containing twelve doors. Engineering Department. others and his complete absence of office suites is due for completion The current Union and Yale Born i n London in 1944, Neil egotism were qualities which made by September 1989. The suites system will be replaced by an Watson was educated at Allen's him a colleague who will greatly be will be let out on short term leases ' E W A ' master key system at a total School and Queen Mary College. missed. He is survived by his wife to companies who are making use cost of around £6000 from the After a short period in the computer Elaine and two daughters. of Imperial College's research College residence account. peripheral manufacturing industry, facilities. The cost of the building Managing Surveyor of Residen- Neil joined the staff of Imperial is estimated at a quarter of a ces, Peter Hallworth, told FELIX College i n 1971 as a lecturer. million pounds. that the external door locks will be In 1973 he initiated, jointly with installed by the beginning of nexl Professor Janota, an industrially term although the internal locks will oriented post-experience course on Student not be replaced until Christmas due to problems with delivery. turbo-charging which attracted participants from firms in the U K and continental Europe. At the suggestion of Dartmouth College, vouchers Finance New Hampshire he repeated the course at the College and updated versions, given alternatively in the The Government is considering introducing student vouchers as a means of funding universities, according to a report i n the go-ahead U K and USA bacame a regular and prominent event in the engineering w o r l d . N e i l ' s qualities as a Guardian. Under the proposal Estimates from clubs and societies, communicator were soon revealed Universities would not be funded approved by U n i o n Finance and after won for him many awards directly, but students would be Committee for next year will be in both countries for the excellence given a voucher to be spent on a fulfilled despite a cut of £4000 by the of his lectures and papers; he was University of their choice. The College. Chas Brereton told FELIX subsequently greatly in demand as a lecturer and industrial consultant The late Professor scheme is reported to be receiving; that Union Finance Officer, Reggie growing support from academics Blennerhassett was confident that in the U K , continental Europe, the Neil W atson and Vice Chancellors. the shortfall would be met. US A and Asia. 1944-1988 Page 2 FELIX August 26 1988 Union Editorial Calling all Postgraduates The Mormon Church. The centre pages of this issue contain a controversial opinion article o n Postgraduate articles in FELIX are affairs within their department. the Mormon Church. I would like usually very few and far between, These will be mainly social and to point out that the article does but that is now all going to change, academic matters. They will also sit not necessarily reflect the views I hope. We have a P G reporter for on the P G Affairs Committee with FELIX, we have three summer P G the Union President and the P G A O . of FELIX or of the Editor. I have FELIXES promised (this being To raise issues within their own to say that I visited the M o r m o n number two), and we have a new departments, they will be Church on Exhibition Road earlier and enthusiastic PGAO encouraged to set up their own this week and that the people (Postgraduate Affairs Officer, departmental P G committees, with there were very friendly and very namely myself, Dave Clements) help from the P G A O and Union sincere about their faith. I would who is going to write some of these President, with representatives from h o p e that M e m b e r s of the articles. All in all the aim is to let you each research group or section. A n M o r m o n Church would take the all realise that there is a complete MSc representative should also sit opportunity to put forward their college outside the lab with activities on the committee from each major to offer you and help to give you if MSc course in the department. This side of the story. you are having problems, and that will result in a formal structure O p i n i o n articles will be a there are plenty of people involved through which PGs will be abie to regular feature in FELIX this year. in running the place who are trying organise events and discuss Dave Clements (PGAO) They represent your opportunity to make Imperial a better place to do problems with their departments to put forward your views. PhDs and MScs. and the Union. This is shown Articles on any subject will be The first question you may well below. about anything not directly related accepted provided they are not ask, is what have we done up to It is understood that some to their field of study. However, we offensive or anonymous, now? Aside from the social aspects departments already have jfeel that this is very important, both although, with good reason, of the P G Group at IC (yes there is committees similar to these, and so 'for helping individual P G students one), which provides money for less work setting up the system will through the problems that some names may be withheld from departmental P G events, and need to be done in those areas. inevitably face^ and so as to improve p u b l i c a t i o n at the e d i t o r ' s arranges some events centrally, Once these committees are set up the overall level of supervision and discretion. such as the P G Squash Tournament P G course at the College. This and running, it will then be possible you will have read about in the last to ask College for a Senior P G Tutor should eventually lead to better The Union Refit. The refur- issue, we have been making it easier who would be responsible for all P G these submission rates and a bishment of the U n i o n Refectory for you to get help in departments academic matters. David generally higher standard in IC and the U n i o n Lounge is not when things are going wrong. Up Goodgame, who will take over as postgraduates. before time. Over the years the until last year many departments Senior College Tutor in October, is What we need from the did not have a Postgraduate Tutor, in favour of this idea and so there postgraduates in the College now is Union Building has been allowed since such a post was not required should be no real problems in some feedback on the ideas we have to degenerate to its current by College. I have certainly found getting someone appointed to this presented above and we'd also like shabby state. It is not surprising the P G Tutor in Physics, who have post. The Senior P G Tutor will come to hear form anyone interested in that students have shown little had one for many years, to be very from a different department from becoming a P G Dep Rep. We will be interest in the U n i o n and its helpful in offering impartial advice the College Senior Tutor so that holding an open meeting in the facilities. The -refit is the most on various aspects of my research. students have the option of talking Union Dining Hall (that's on the significant thing the U n i o n have The good news is that now the to someone outside their first floor of the Union Building) at carried out in a long time. College have seen that such posts departments if they so wish. 12.30pm on Thursday 1 September. are a good idea and have asked At present undergraduate Anyone with comments on these every department to assign a students fill in lecturer evaluation proposals will be most welcome, as This issue would have been member of staff to the position of sheets at the end of the year so that would anybody who is interested in much worse if it were not for the Postgraduate Tutor. You'll find a list the performance of individual joining in with the social activities valiant efforts of the staff. Thanks of these below. You can now go and lecturers can be assessed. It is hoped of the P G Group, which will be to Dave Smedley for looking after see these people if you have any expanded next year. that this will be extended to lectured the news, D o u g King for taking problems you need impartial advice PG courses and PhD supervisors in We can, of course, discuss any the photographs, writing about on, or to discuss matters you do not the near future, and it is proposed specific gripes or problems you have Cropredy and dashing across half feel you are able to discuss with that this will be done through the there or after the meeting. of L o n d o n for a picture of your supervisors. PG committees. Hope to see you all at the P G Kenneth Baker, Steve Meyfroidt However, we are not going to There are some fairly radical ideas meeting on 1 September. for his wacky pasteups, Dave stop there. While the P G Tutors will in the scheme outlined above, with Dave Clements PGAO Clements and Nigel Baker for the be able to help with individual the first major obstacle being the (Astrophysics) P G page, and Julian Butcher for problems, more general difficulties traditional Postgraduate apathy Nigel D Baker, Union President. his opinion article. and comments, about lecture courses for example, or P G common rooms, are not so easily handled by PG Affairs Committee (Chaired by PGAO) XT ISSUE...NEXT ISSUE...NEXT ISSU this route. Traditionally representations to departments on The next issue of such matters has been the job of the Department Representatives (Dep Aero Biochem MRE Physics FELIX will be on Reps) who are almost always Rep Rep Rep Rep September 8th undergraduates. They do not feel they can adequately represent PGs Letters and and in many cases neither the PGs i r ~ r ~ i — i or Dep Reps know that this is part Aerodynamics Aeronautical Structures contributions of their job. We are therefore welcome proposing a system of Postgraduate I 1 1 1 1 1 ISSUE...NEXT ISSUE...NEXT ISSUE...NE Dep Reps. Once chosen/elected, Individual Students they will be responsible for P G August 26 1988 FELIX IV- 3 Opinion God Chose America Julian Butcher casts a critical eye over the faith and beliefs of the Mormon church. I think we are all aware of the presence of the Mormon Church with its impressive gold steeple immediately opposite the Mechanical Engineering building, but it is surely less certain in most people's minds as to who they are or what they believe. Often they are regarded with some caution, being seen as not quite on a par with evangelical Christians, indeed rather more readily being equated with the Jehova's Witnesses due to their mutual door-knocking activities. For many they seem to be just another denomination, after all their name seems quite inoffensive—'The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints', and of course, the Mormon choirs are reasonably famous and respected throughout the western world. Perhaps the only well-known peculiarity about them is their history of polygamy, which found its way into the faith under Brigham Young, but which is no longer encouraged. My intention is to show that Mormonism is full of peculiarities, that it is not Christian and that its foundation is one of blind faith. The Mormon Church in Exhibition Road A short history runs something Egyptian' spontaneously into like this: In the early part of the last English. This he claimed to have new passages concerning the foundation is shaky and open to century a young American lad, who done, and the "Three Witnesses', rebellion of Satan, which Smith has abuse; especially in light of the fact was a 'keen seeker after Truth', David Whitmer, Martin Harris and inserted with impunity; since the that for the Mormon, God can be found himself totally exasperated by Book of Mormon explicitly states seen flatly to contradict Himself in the disunity in the Church. He was that the Mormon Church leadership Scripture and revelation. particularly averse to the doctrinal ...Mormonism is full enjoys the privilege of direct nit-picking and apparent impotence revelation from G o d , the authority The Book of Mormon claims to be of the Church with regard to of peculiarities... of which is comparable to that of a set of historical writings, handed spiritual gifts from God—(eg Scripture, if not superior to it. down from generations of Jews who prophesy, healing, etc). The lad's (Hence polygamy under Brigham had travelled from the Middle East name was Joseph Smith, and Oliver Cowdry testify to this. Young, when both the Bible and the to settle in America around 600BC. despite his having received a poor (Martin Harris was the financier for Book of Mormon blatantly condemn Most of the pages are preoccupied education, he was chosen and the first publication). (Interestingly, the practice). This fact of 'divinely' '•ith boring pseudo-histories of enabled by God to perform a great the Mormons claimed to have inspired leadership (with apparently wars, factions and prophesies (and task. This task was declared to him consulted a respected authority on little constraint) is clearly the most of course genealogies). A lot of it is by an angel, who appeared to Smith, hieroglyphics with regard to the disturbing aspect of Mormonism, its padded out with straight copies of whilst in prayer, and who informed! 'Reformed Egyptian', who is said to have recognised the characters and praised the text for its unique Smith was quality. In a later letter however, he denies this vehemently.) miraculously able to The result of all this was the Book of Mormon—Another Testimony of translate 'Reformed Jesus Christ, which was claimed by Smith to have equal (if not superior) Egyptian' into authority with the Bible. After all, if G o d had miraculously generated English perfect translation through the Urim and T h u m m i m , the Book of i Mormom must be devoid of all him of an ancient set of gold and errors and other translation brass plates, which contained many problems, (such as idiomatic 'precious' things that had been variations and chr.nged emphases omitted from the Bible, and which etc). Indeed he accepted the Bible's he was then required to translate authority only insofar 'as it was into English. For four years, on the translated correctly', which same date each year, the angel took (although seemingly innocuous) him to the hill in which the plates actually exposes the Bible Scripture were buried, but not until the fourth to be subject to any and every whim year was Smith allowed to view the of Joseph Smith. Granted it is no writing. Eventually however, the longer generally used, but Joseph box was opened (with the use of a Smith's version of the Bible includes lever) and the plates revealed, extra passages 'clarifying' certain together with a pair of divine doctrinal position, which have no spectacles the Urim and Thummim) basis in early manuscripts with which Smith was miraculously whatsoever. The Book of Genesis able to translate the 'Reformed: for example includes completely Moroni appeared to Joseph Smith in 1823 Page 4 FELIX August 26 1988 Opinion passages from Isaiah. This all most Christians believe in Mary's for looking at the general doctrinal reaches a climax with the virginity before Christ's birth is not teaching of the Book of Mormon appearance of Jesus Christ in the issue, since what is being shown The Mormons (supposedly the basis of belief). America after his Resurrection as over-accurate prophesy and a There seems to be little difference appearances in Jerusalem. distinct obsession with making clearly state that all between them and evangelists. So certain doctrinal points too what is the problem? It is the pure Apparently then, Christ chose to recant His words in John 16.10: -bundantly clear—which leads to other Christians are assertion that the Mormon Church the next consideration. is, without good reason, the Only '...because I go to the Father and you will see me no more...,' and to In light of Smith's disgust at the of the Devil Church and so has unique authority Church for its wars over doctrinal to disciple Christians. Then of disprove Mark's words in M K 16.19; issues, would it not seem only took course with the extra teaching, the '...the Lord Jesus after He had likely that 'he' should pack the Book doctrines run into clear heresies and spoken to them, was taken up into of Mormon with clear one is left with non-Christian heaven, and sat down at the right commandments which once and for Organisations with great power hand of G o d . ' Rather, He went to all settle all the arguments? Indeed over its members, built on the America and preached over there. we find just this. When viewed in foundation of a manifestly spurious The more improbable the history, this manner, the whole book Book, which seems Christian. The the more attractive it seems to be. becomes transparent in a flash, for Mormon danger is in shifting For example, the Jews were it is certain that whole chapters have Salvation through Christ onto the apparently transported to the been constructed for the sole Organisation. (From a Christian Americas in pre-Christian, dish- purpose of making one or two perspective, it might well be shaped submarines, which had the assertions, embellished heavily of injudicious to suppose that all facility of plugged air holes, to be course with quasi-historical Mormons are necessarily not unstopped upon surfacing, and padding. Examples include the Christian, for it is surely conceivable, which were lit inside by magically arguments over the existence of hell that some of them do know Christ, glowing stones. Miraculously the and the state of the soul at death, despite the clear fact that vessels reached the other side of the and whereas the Adventist's were membership of the Organisation is Atlantic all together and intact, with arguing that Scripture may be not conducive to encouraging this the task of establishing a community interpreted as disclosing the fact of relationship.) then being taken in hand. One equality with God the Father at problem with the history, although 'soul-extinction' at death and some future date, and then proceed A n d finally, Smith did not write carefully mapped out to avoid 'annihilation' of the wicked as to govern his own universe in much the Book. The Mormons claim that inconsistencies, is the glaring opposed to everlasting torment, the the same way as our God (once he translated it in a few days, and presence of anachronisms, such as Book of Mormon improves on human like us) governs the present that this time constraint and his the 'compass' (not invented until God's Biblical revelation by bluntly one. This sort of contradiction is far semi-illiterate state verify the the twelfth century AD) and the affirming eternal torment and the from unique, and I feel it casts miraculous nature of the events. rather too familiar references to the transitional life of the soul between further doubt on Smith's authorship Again this is odd logic. As you will 'horse' (which was not introduced death and resurrection. I am not of the Book, which is the subject of remember, Smith had four years of to America until the Europeans the final paragraph. Also Smith's relative inactivity in which to write arrived). character is somewhat in doubt. it (or copy it) in his own handwriting Actually the history is the least The doctrines run Apparently, he at one point eloped (had that been necessary), and with a young lady since her father although theories suggesting Smith significant pointer to the Book's validity, for the prophesies and into clear heresies would not countenance their to have possessed a dual personality marriage, for the reason that he (one side dull—the other containing doctrinal assertions are far more knew Smith to have spent much hidden brilliance) have been iUuminating in this respect. Without endeavouring to favour either view time engaged in searching for forthcoming, surely the obvious being too detailed, it is worthy to here, but simply illustrating my hidden treasure with the aid of solution points to his having either notice that the Book's prophesies point. Another important one (yet magic 'peep stones'. Although the regarding Jesus Christ far outstrip ironical in view of later teaching by observation will seem immaterial to the accuracy of the Old Testament; and despite the Mormons' holding Smith) is Christ's deity. It is significant to understand that the 'materialists', it is worth noting The Jews were that the practice of divination is them to be evidence of the Book's divine origin, it is easier to see this although His deity is clearly taught in the Bible, it is never stated bluntly expressly forbidden in the Bible, and apparently that this occupation hardly lends rather as prophesy in retrospect. For example, Jesus' mother has her in a way completely immune to misinterpretation. But again the weight to the Mormon's evaluation transported to the of Smith as a seeker after Truth. As name prophesied, 'Mary' and her connubial state 'Virgin'. Neither is issue is not here, but the fact of Smith's 'clarifications'. Christ is is the case with the Jehova's Americas in pre- Witnesses with regard to the prophesied in the Old Testament, for although Isaiah 7.14 does forsee frequently and directly called G o d , in a way that permits of no personal doubtful character of their founder Christian dish Charles Taze Russell (prosecuted for discovery, and which rather obscures the beauty of the Trinity. selling 'miracle wheat' at exorbitant shaped submarines The most offensive A n d now their weakest area— prices, amongst other things), the M o r m o n ' s are not keen on persuaded someone to write the fact about Jospeh Smith himself. Regarding the above, 'Smith's' divinely discussion of Smith's character, and seem to know little about him. Any book for him, or to his having been used by someone else as an unlikely Mormonism is its infallible translation of the Book of Mormon clearly affirms the doctrine accusation against him is, of course, immediately assumed to have been prophet to astound the credulous. Whatever, as mentioned previously, total intolerence for of the Trinity (again far more clinically than the Bible), and yet fabricated and to be Satanically inspired—which brings me to their Smith's subsequent teachings are by- no means always consistent with anyone else Smith is documented as having preached on the 'plurality of gods', view of the Church. the very carefully defined doctrinal in utter contradiction to the Perhaps the most offensive fact assertions of the Book, and so his Christ's birth hundreds of years Trinitarian position, and today you about Mormonism, is its total authorship is probably out of the before the event, the Hebrew may will find that the Trinity is not intolerance for anyone else at all. So question. A n d these later teachings, perhaps better be translated a fashionable for the contemporary much for Christ's prayer for the it must be recalled are in no way less 'young woman'. ('Behold, a 'young Mormon, for he has been informed unity of His Church in John 17—the authoritative than the Book, even woman' shall conceive and bear a by Smith since the translation of the Mormons clearly state that all other though they conflict heavily at son, and shall call his name infallible Book, that he, and every Christians are of the Devil. Again times, making the whole Immanual (God is with us).) That other faithful Mormon, shall reach this is fundamentally an assertion, i Organisation a house built on sand. August 26 1988 FELIX Page 5 Feature CROPREDY '88 The peaceful village of Cropredy in festival and will be going on tour excellent job ofj jg the crowd year touring with Ashley Oxfordshire reeled last weekend with them later in the year. Richard Hutchings' All Stars, apart from under the onslaught of thousands has released two collaborative change in programme was being in demand for session work of fans attending the Fairport albums in the past year, most e late arrival of tAe Kursaal with all sorts of famous names. Convention annual reunion. notably the soundtrack from the recently rehi8BSid>70s rock ! Apart from opening for Tull on their Cropredy, now the biggest festival BBC series The Marksman, and has blipf* • > • US tour with Simon Nicol (guitar, of its kind in Europe, ijt^aUy just an album of his own due out in the Next was the superb Filarfolket vocals), Ric Sanders (electric fiddle) an excuse to hear s o r n # ^ ^ ^ » e s t ^ autumn. f r o n W S j ^ e n . TfefiPgroup has has been working with Andy Folk/Folk Rock music flMpfffliiiil to. Thousands of people camped out b e c o m e . ^ vvldely acclaimed Cronshaw. consume vast quantilljrapjf beer. during the weekend. Those throughout Europe and Cropredy This is apart from "tJie main unfortunate enough to be on the far provided a rare opportunity to see purpose—to bring the melp>ers o £ side of the site had about a half mile them perform in this country. Fairport back together fd* theip walk back.'More people turned up Filarfoket play a very exciting and biggest gig of the year, and to unite by car on Saturday and by the time danceable blend of traditional any ex-members of the band whey F&irport came on the festival field - Swedish folk with distinctly Afro- can make it. X2 was packed to capacity. Weeks had ; Carribean rythms. This band also For the cjMMMhe entertammeftt ^beenlspent constructing the vast delighted the crowd by persuading started otd tU|Tliday night-with a stagtf with superb lighting effects June Tabor to make a surprise line up J t j M j bands. First was a and!an overpowering PA. It was performance. In fact, the band so set from a'i&nch ot cetf&iOckers. possible to sit in your tent on the impressed the crowd that the Collaboration, who playe^'very fast campsite and catch every note. number of encores considerably and exciting arrangements of .^Saturday dawned clear and bright delayed the appearance of the next traditional Celtic tunes. Tfiey were / b u t by lunchtime, and the start of act. followed by an excellent solo the entertainment, rain was By now it had started to rain but guitarist Mike Silver. But the set of threatening. The first peformance most people h u d d l e d under the evening was just over two hours was from Sally Barker. Sally plays umbrellas or polythene rather than from The Richard Thompson Band. guitar and sings a very classy blend miss The Steve Gibbons Band. Steve Richard had been persuaded to of contemporary and blues. Despite emerged onto the Birmingham reform his original band for the having to perform first she did an scene in the late 60s and joined the stable of the Who in 1975. Steve has continually produced a high standard of music though The tnulti talented Martin Allcock • superstardom has elluded him. Next came Dan Ar Bras with his electric band. Dan joined Fairport briefly in 1977 before starting his solo career. He played a selection of traditional melodies and his own June Tabor• compositions using the latest in electric music technology. By this time the crowd were In addition to the current lineup packed into the field and in a state Fairport invited back Jerry Donahue of riotous enthusiasm waiting for who has most recently been the event of the weekend. Fairport supporting Gerry Rafferty on his Convention album North and South, and Chris was formed Rea on Dancing with Strangers. Also in 1967 and joining Fairport for their set were over the years Richard Thompson and two Welsh has churned out lovelies Sheila and Sheryl Parker albums and undergone who provided additional vocals. numerous changes of lineup. The The set started with a few classic band broke, up in - l^?9~4injy to numbers including Joni Mitchell's reform almost immediate!y718|;ely Carrie sung by the Parker Sisters, unchanged since then. several Richard Thompson numbers It is since MMtand's reformation and a brief selection of that they have'been holding annual instrumentals from Jerry's first solo reunions 1 Dave Pegg (Bass, album. After that the guests put in Mandoline)*- and Martin Allcock only brief appearances leaving (midti-instrumerit51) fleWBSck from Fairport to get on with their Brazil, two days before the festival, business. where they had been playing with Simon Nicol's vocals were as Jethro Tull, abandoning Ian vibrant and evocative as ever. Peggy Anderson and company in mid- (Dave Pegg) played several very tour. Dave Mattacks' (drums, lively mandolin pieces as well as keyboards) has spent much of the bass. Martin Alcock, as usual, Page 6 FELIX August 26 1988 Feature C i n e m a S You would think that a film about terminally ill people would be a excelled at any number of good recipe for a gloomy load of instruments including playing a crap, but, in fact, the brilliant and synthesiser through a midi interface often black humour in this film very 'Filarfolket fiddler- adequately counter-balances any to his guitar. We didn'i^ee much of Dave Mattacks, hicWft^s he was signs of sentimentality that appear. behind a large YamAlhlrTTOqt, but Bancroft (Timothy Dalton), a we couldn't nljss TU^S styra^JRic successful, if somewhat horny, Sanders,, **n&se stage pr^senceTsgB English lawyer and Decker be a bit overpowering, wastbis usHal (Anthony Edwards) find themselves exuberant self. x \ in the same ward and dying of the same disease. It is possible to see the Angeles (where else?). Adopted as As the band worked Iheir way humour in lines such as; " Y o u a child and whisked away to through a range oi everybody's wanna pack suicide in if it's just America, Jenny is trying to trace her favourites the crowd swayed and gonna depress y o u " when Decker natural parents, whose last known some danced. Finally, after some is contemplating throwing himself address is Diana's marital home. three hours, on the second, or was off the top of the hospital building. She rescues Diana from the clutches it third? encore they played the number that has ended every The idea of going out with a of the local gutter press (Jimmy Nail Cropredy to date—Meet on the 'bang' occurs to the two men when and Tim Spall) who are after Ledge—and everybody sang along. Decker mentions a whorehouse on Oliver's 'length', as it were. From Then it was over for another year. five floors "Like a parking garage" there, it all goes horribly wrong. Most of us wandered back to our in Amsterdam, and they finally Jenny and Diana have the power to tents humming the last number, agree that stealing an ambulance is trap people in their dreams and turn feeling strangely desolate. Such is actually the most appropriate and them into hideous parodies of what the impact and atmosphere practical way of fulfilling their final looked uncannily like Roy generated by Cropredy. ambition. Although very eager to Hattersley. The dreams become get to the attractions of 'Sin City', | more and more horrific until the If anyone wants to sample the they think that their luck is in when I truth of Jenny's past is revealed. folk-rock scene then I would they see two girls next to a broken Dream Demon is certainly a very recommend Fairport's album In Real down 2CV and decide to stop to frightening film, not least because Time recorded live at Cropredy in lend a hand believing that the two it marks the screen debut of yet 1987 or Jethro Tull's album Crest of females must be French. They are another Bloody Redgrave. The a Knave featuring Peggy on bass. not French, and on closer inspection disturbing special effects were Also worth hearing are Sally Barkers it is doubtful whether one of them produced by Animated Extras of album In the Spotlight, and Jerry is actually a woman or a giraffe. Aliens and Company of Wolves fame Donahue's Telecasting. Richard Timothy Dalton and Janet McTeer and the atmosphere is heightened Thompson's albunrASii^^out this as the pregnant Hazel, fill the screen by some well-freaky music from Bill autumn should f i n M s B I worth with an almost slap-stick comedy to Nelson. looking out for. ifm make even the most depressed If Fatal Attraction made the men person feel happy. Go and see this who saw it think twice about having film and come out of the cinema affairs, Dream Demon should be the with a smile on your face and film to make women think twice possible a tear in your eye (quite a about getting married in the first combination, eh?). place. Rose Atkins. Rob Causey. M N Apparently, Americans have absolutely no idea that the word •Filarfolket fiddler- R eview I Dream Demon is a British-made haunted house thriller in the old Hammer tradition. Diana (Jemma Redgrave) is to marry Falklands 'Shag' has anything to do with sex, in fact, I often wonder if Americans have any idea about sex at all and this film in places, would certainly For those of you with a yen to see Would you like to become part ofhero Oliver (Mark Greenstreet). serve to confirm my thoughts. Fairport Convention live they will be the FELIX reviews team? Unfortunately, her subconscious 'Shag', according to this film, is playing two London venus on their If you would like to write about an can't quite come to terms with the a dance, well a kind of foot shuffle forthcoming winter tour: idea and it's easy to see why. really, specially designed for the event you think would be of interest Wimbledon Theatre (SW19), Diana's dreams are full of images of young middle-class white kids (not to readers of FELIX, or if you want January 8th 1989 and the Dominion a married life in which one partner a black face in sight apart from the to go and see a free film preview or Theatre (Tottenham Ct Rd), somehow always seems to be the big fat mama cleaner who comes write a review of a good book you February 17th 1989. decapitated. Bound to end in tears, out with things like; T ain't seen have just read pop into the FELIX Or alternatively catch up with really. such hawny white fowks befaw'). Office and find out more! Oh well, this dross must appeal to them for their warm-up gigs at the The dreams become worse after Half M o o n in Putney during the arrival of the punk-rocking some people. December. Jenny (Kathleen Wilhoite) from Los Rose Atkins. August 26 1988 FELIX Page 7 News Further computer Evelyn continued from front page. thefts throughout houses college merge Since FELIX reported on computer Imperial College may be involved. Mining House and Southwell thefts two weeks ago a further Security Officer Terry Briley House, in Evelyn Gardens, are to be £ 1 4 , 0 0 0 worth of equipment has commented 'Imperial College is joined to form a hall for 160 or so been stolen. here to produce research and we are students by the beginning of next Thieves operating between losing our product as a result of term. Ken Young, the present Wednesday and Friday last week these thefts'. He added that Security Warden for Southwell House, will have stolen two printers, one a laser were doing their best to control the be Warden for the new hall. printer from Electical Engineering, thefts but urged College members The decision to merger the houses and a complete system valued at to be more aware of security and to was taken when Catherine Brown, over £ 1 0 , 0 0 0 from Mechanical lock doors and challenge strangers Warden of Mining House, resigned Engineering. at night. to complete her PhD and Mr Young On two occasions keys were used Local crime prevention officers was appointed as Warden of The Rt Hon Kenneth Baker MP, Southwell House. The move is in to gain access to the equipment, will be co-operating with security to concerned over student union politicalleading College Security to believe advise freshers on crime prevention line with the present Student campaign spending. that current or ex-members of next term. Residence Committee (SRC) policy Timothy Janman MP, in December. to move towards larger halls and The E D M , which is an undebated should lead to an overall increase in statement of support for an issue called for the Secretary of State for Education and Science to take action Paper recycling the number of student rooms in the hall. The SRC are also to consider the Project launched over the anomoly which allows the merger of Willis Jackson House and N U S to run a 'closed shop' whilst Holbein House next year. SRC the 1987 Employment Act aims to Chairman, Brian Levitt told FELIX 'significantly reverse closed shop that the present all male Holbein arrangements.' More recently, Mr House and the mixed Willis Jackson Janman proposed an amendment to House may be interchanged in time the Government Education Reform for next year. Bill. The amendment has been The cost of converting the two described by the N U S as an attempt houses into one, by knocking walls to outlaw union affiliation with through and converting triple rooms organisations which do not provide into doubles and singles will be met goods or services. by funds left to the Coliege by Mr Maeve Sherlock, N U S President P R Monk, an ex-lecturer at told FELIX that the amendment Imperial. The legacy of around could have affected union affiliation £ 8 0 , 0 0 0 was left by Mr Monk to with sports leagues as well as with provide accommodation for the N U S . members of staff. The new hall will house Mr Young and his wife in a Sports larger Warden flat than is presently available and will provide further student rooms from the second cup win redundant Warden flat. The naming of the new hall is currently under debate although 'Southwell Hall' Imperial College has won the and ' M o n k H a l l ' have been Universities Athletic Union H G mentioned as possibilities. Imperial Messer trophy for the most College President, Nigel Baker, told improved College in this year's FELIX that he and Mr Young mens' sports championships. The preferred 'Monk Hall' as a possible mens' team came 12th out of 41 The Ideal Paper Recycling Company depot receives another scrap paper delivery.since they felt that renaming name Colleges, an improvment of 22 Imperial College U n i o n has photocopier paper and it 'Southwell Hall' could lead to ill- places. launched an eight week project to computerpaper where potential feeling from Mining House drinking T Knew we'd done well by getting investigate paper recycling on sources of income. He said that club, "The Diggers'. a few teams in the top 16 but I didn't campus. The project aims to set up three recycling schemes were under think we'd done so well overall' said a pilot recycling scheme at IC and consideration mcluding a propsosal Athletics Clubs' Committee Vice to produce a report for distribution by Westminster City Council which Chairman, Mark Harris. Imperial managed to achieve places in the top sixteen in many of to other Universities, on the scheme's feasibility. The project is being funded by would involve free refuse collection in return for waste paper. Trewin Restdrick told FELIX that New! the sports. The overall winners of Friends of the Earth and the Friends of the Earth have received Professor G . New, from the Physics the Championship were Undergraduate Research a number of enquiries on paper department, was appointed by the Loughborough University, with Opportunities Programme (UROP) recycling in universities. He went on college rector as chairman of the Birmingham University in second to the tune of £ 1 0 0 0 . to say that the project, if successful, Wardens Subcommittee on 22nd place. Imperial College has been a Richard Heap, the student could be reciprocated in other August. Professor New replaces member of the Universities Athletic selected to conduct the study told universities. former Linstead Hall warden, Union since 1983. FELIX that white printed paper, Richard Clarke. FELIX is published by the Editor for and on behalf of Imperial College Union Publication Board and is printed by the Imperial College Union Print Unit, Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BB (Tel 01-589 5111 ext 3515). Editor: Bill Goodwin. Business Manager: Andrew Thompson. Advertising Manager: Sumeet Ghaie. Copyright F E U X 1988 ISSN 1040-0711.
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