first_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp More From Our Partners Supermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sunday 13 February 2011 11:09 pm whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen HeraldBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeWanderoamIdentical Twins Marry Identical Twins – But Then The Doctor Says, “STOP”Wanderoam KCS-content center_img JAMIE DANNHAUSER | LOMBARD STREET RESEARCH“We broadly sympathise with the view of the Bank – that inflation will peak this month or in March, but fall heavily in January next year and be below target through next year.”IAN STEWART | DELOITTE“My assumption is that a good deal of the excess inflation relates to transient external influences, and we are likely to see inflation running around about target levels next year.”MICHAEL SAUNDERS | CITIGROUP“Over four years, prices of imported factory goods are up 24 per cent and imported foods have soared 43 per cent. The pass-through from cost pressures is not over and, together with less slack from the recession than usual, will keep UK inflation above target for an extended period.” Tags: NULL Share ECONOMISTS’ VIEWS: IS INFLATION HERE TO STAY? last_img read more

Mauritius Oil Refineries Limited ( HY2021 Interim Report

first_imgMauritius Oil Refineries Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Food sector has released it’s 2021 interim results for the half year.For more information about Mauritius Oil Refineries Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mauritius Oil Refineries Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mauritius Oil Refineries Limited (  2021 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileMauritius Oil Refineries Limited deals in the production and distribution of edible crude oils, which includes the refinery, packaging and marketing of the finished products. The company also engages in the manufacturing of metal cans and plastic containers. Moroil operates through its subsidiaries, wholly owned Proton Limited, engaged in the rental services; Metal Can Manufacturers Limited, a metal containers manufacturer, in which it holds a 50.11% stake, as well as Pharmalab Plastic Supplies Limited, a plastic bottles manufacturer, in which the Company holds a 51.22% stake. The company has divided its activities into segments, which include oil products, metal cans and plastic containers, imported food products, and others. Mauritius Oil Refineries Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Concrete House / Costaveras Arquitetos

first_imgSave this picture!© Edgard Cesar+ 26Curated by Matheus Pereira Share CopyAbout this officeCostaveras ArquitetosOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBrazilPublished on June 09, 2020Cite: “Concrete House / Costaveras Arquitetos” [Casa Concreto / Costaveras Arquitetos] 09 Jun 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Nebula SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsLouis PoulsenLamp – LP RiplsWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagRoom Dividers – Partition Wall MDFStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Mar del PlataWindowspanoramah!®ah! SecurityPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelCarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Orbital® 07 COLORpunkt®LightsNorka lightingLuminaire – BelfastMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?巴西‘电影’住宅 / Costaveras Arquitetos是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Concrete House / Costaveras Arquitetos Area:  393 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDaily Projects Project Team:NILO MARTINS, LARA ALECRIMClients:RAFAEL BARSCHEngineering:ARTE CONSTRUTORACity:Condomínio Alto da Boa VistaCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Edgard CesarRecommended ProductsWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXText description provided by the architects. This project came about in the office commissioned by a young businessman, without children, fond of travel and modern architecture. The client challenged us to create a cinema house, literally, because he brought us as a reference a photo of a residence used as a location in a science fiction film. Challenge given, challenge accepted !! A lean needs program, very atypical, but proportional to the client’s time of life, gave the premises for the design of the project. Volumetry is marked by the intersection of three volumes, which intertwine creating spaces according to their hierarchy. The plans formed by the prestressed slabs show the movement of architecture, defining the areas of permanence – seating on the balconies and gourmet space, in addition to marking the walk that circulates the main volume.Save this picture!© Edgard CesarThe metallic structure fills the meeting between slabs (ground and upper) creating an element with an important balance, which turns into a pergola, shading the region of the barbecue and pool balcony. As a result, the front façade gains a bolder and more fluid character at the same time, generating lightness to the whole. This same metallic element forms the space of the covered garage, located at the rear of the house. The whole set faces the most privileged part of the land, where the view is totally favored, even though the face with the least favorable solar orientation, towards the North.Save this picture!© Edgard CesarSave this picture!Plan – Ground floorSave this picture!© Edgard CesarCiting the environments, we have on the social floor – ground floor – a multipurpose room where living, kitchen, home theater and wine cellar are fully integrated and connected to the balcony through sliding panels, which are collected inside the walls, generating 100% opening.Save this picture!© Edgard CesarSave this picture!SectionsSave this picture!© Edgard CesarOn the upper floor, a large suite behaves as the main environment with a large closet and two more bathrooms (Mr bath and Mrs bath) completing the floor. Facing the bedroom, a large terrace, with the protection of a sunroom, serves as a contemplative environment for the skyline of the city of Goiânia.Save this picture!© Edgard CesarThe materials used in this project help to mark the architectural plans and volumes following a very characteristic language of the office. Slatted concrete, slatted wood, slabs of rough stone and steel, as well as a lot of glass in the frames form a unique, harmonious composition, which mimics its beautiful natural surroundings.Save this picture!© Edgard CesarProject gallerySee allShow lessHL house / APDISelected ProjectsLoft on Life / Crippa e Assis ArquiteturaSelected Projects Share Photographs:  Edgard Cesar Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Brazil “COPY” Year:  Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Aj acabamentos, Aldeia, Bontempo, FERROARTE ESTRUTURAS METÁLICAS, Gruta Mármores e Granitos, Interpam, Multipedras, SERRALHERIA DIAS, Tabriz, Trimble Navigation, WORD ESQUADRIAS “COPY” Photographs 2020 Lead Architects: Concrete House / Costaveras ArquitetosSave this projectSaveConcrete House / Costaveras Arquitetos Bruno Veras Pinto Cordeiro, Juliano da Cunha Costa ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Architects: Costaveras Arquitetos Area Area of this architecture project CopyHouses•Condomínio Alto da Boa Vista, Brazillast_img read more

Love it or hate it, TCU Alert is meant to keep you safe

first_imgLinkedin ReddIt Luke Morand Facebook Luke Morand + posts Twitter Twitter TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Previous articleNew university committee caters to diversity and inclusionNext articleGreater Than Rubies comes to TCU Luke Morand RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printIt is a sound, email or text the TCU community has become all too familiar with in the event of an emergency.The following notification has been sent by TCU Alert. This is an emergency TCU Alert.  Tornado emergency, seek immediate indoor shelter away from windows, lowest level possible.  More updates to follow as available.According to their information website, TCU makes the decision to send out TCU Alert based on the following weather-related emergencies:When wind speeds reach 50 mph or above or wind gusts are 58 mph or aboveWhen hail is ¾ of an inch or penny sizeWhen the campus ThorGuard Lightning Detection System indicates dangerous lightning in our areaWhen a severe thunderstorm came through Fort Worth early March 29, it fit the criteria with high winds and the potential for tornadoes.But, there are irritated feelings from students who don’t like TCU Alert because it wakes them up and sends too many notifications.Some take their frustrations out on twitter.[<a href=”//” target=”_blank”>View the story “Community Responses to TCU Alert” on Storify</a>]Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Kathy Cavins-Tull says its all part of the notifications efforts to keep the TCU community safe.“You’re getting notified in multiple ways because we want to get your attention,” Cavins-Tull said. “By design, it is a disruptive system.”When a TCU Alert is sent out, recipients can expect text messages, phone calls and emails detailing the events.The notification system asks for a “yes” response so that it knows you are safe from harm.The Vice Chancellor wanted to assure recipients that there is a reason for the incessant alerts.“It saved people from really dangerous conditions,” Cavins-Tull said.  “It delayed their trip to campus to stay out of that weather pattern.”But there are some TCU alert recipients, who wish they didn’t get the notification.Ashley Winther, a May 2016 TCU graduate, said her mom still gets the alerts whenever TCU sends them out.Winther’s mom lives in southern California.“It wakes her up in the middle of the night,” Winther said.  “She lives in California and so she doesn’t need to be alerted that there is a tornado warning in Texas.”Those who receive TCU Alerts in error, can go to, fill out the form, and begin the steps to be removed from the alert system.As for students who are not fond of the system, the Vice Chancellor said that it is something she understands but is just part of being safe.“I’ll apologize for someone being annoyed,” Cavins-Tull said. “But I don’t apologize for trying to keep our campus safe and our students, faculty and staff safe from whatever is impending.”There are no anticipated changes to TCU alert.The system will continue to be deployed as usual in emergency situations. Facebook Linkedin Nursing student adopts missing dog; returns her to owners Incoming first-year students connect through video app Luke Morand Luke Morand World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Luke Morand Yoga practicing families become a part of FW film history ReddIt TCU A Cappella groups take on semifinals in Los Angeles Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Kelly Richardson to Serve as National President-Elect of Community Associations Institute

first_imgPeople Kelly Richardson to Serve as National President-Elect of Community Associations Institute From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 | 11:20 am More Cool Stuff Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img HerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Easy Tips To Help You Reset Your Sleep ScheduleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities People Don’t Love AnymoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week Kelly Richardson, Managing Partner of Richardson Harman Ober PC, a Pasadena-based real estate, business and homeowner association law firm, has been designated as the 2015 National President-Elect of the Community Associations Institute (CAI). He will serve as President of the organization in 2016.Mr. Richardson is currently in his fourth year of service on CAI’s National Board of Trustees, and is a leading advocate for community associations. He has been involved in CAI for many years, including serving on the boards of its Los Angeles and Orange County chapters, as well as the California Legislative Action Committee.He is a syndicated columnist on community association issues, appearing in 14 Southern California newspapers on a weekly basis, including the Los Angeles Daily News, San Diego Union-Tribune, Riverside Press-Enterprise, Orange County Register and Pasadena Star-News.“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead such an outstanding organization, dedicated to educating homeowners and their association managers toward the end of better community living and governance,” said Mr. Richardson. “I am deeply committed to advancing these worthy values.”CAI is an international professional community association organization which provides training, education and resources to community association managers and homeowner volunteer leaders. With more than 33,000 members in 61 chapters worldwide, CAI is dedicated to building better common interest communities and strives to exceed the expectations of residents. Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

New agent joins county extension office

first_imgLocal News Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Twittercenter_img New agent joins county extension office Twitter Previous articleMan charged with assaulting, choking sisterNext articlePoetry night Digital AIM Web Support TAGS  A public school teacher swapped her classroom for a less conventional learning space to be a county extension agent and intends to bring her skills to Midland-Odessa next. For nearly a decade, Abigail Pritchard taught home economics in Monahans, she left the school district in 2000, and she said her background in teaching made for a smooth transition to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Ward County. She was considering going into retirement this year before she received a call from Ector County Extension Agent Steve Paz about an opening for a family and community health agent. Pritchard said the chance to work with a larger audience was too good of an opportunity to pass up. The position offered to Pritchard will jointly serve Ector County and Midland County. Recent restructuring efforts were made to combine some local extension offices this year to boost salaries and help with staff retention in energy-producing areas like Midland-Odessa where many businesses are competing to keep staff on board. Midland County Extension Agent Jeff Floyd said the interlocal agreement between Midland-Odessa will be used as a pilot for comparable areas where financial setbacks are also occurring throughout the state. Pritchard will not officially start her FCH agent role until the beginning of June; however, she has already met about 3,000 fourth-grade students of Ector County this week during the Kids, Kows and More program that lets children experience agriculture up close. Pritchard led an interactive session during the event that focused on the water cycle and emphasized how even an elementary student can make a difference in their household and community by conserving water and turning off the faucet while brushing their teeth. “Extension is about bringing education to people,” Pritchard said. Paz said the role of a FCH agent is very similar to a home economics teacher. He said the agent position helps individuals and families better understand topics such as nutrition, diabetes management, child passenger safety and financial management. “They cover all of the different things utilized around the household and things people just may not have ever been taught,” Paz said. AgriLife Extension creates programs based on what the community determines are educational needs and Pritchard said she will be working with other county officials to better learn the area and find her fit. She said her two greatest areas of knowledge are in retail food safety and child passenger safety. Pritchard is a certified child safety seat technician and said her passion for keeping children safe in vehicles goes back to the example her parents set for her and her siblings. “I was born in the 50s so cars did not come equipped with seat belts in the back seat, they barely had seat belts in the front seat,” Pritchard said. “My mother and father would not buy a vehicle unless the dealership would retrofit it with lap belts in the back seat. My mother didn’t want us to be loose things in a car.” Pritchard said her life and work experience will drive her to push safety and awareness for the residents of Ector and Midland counties and she is looking forward to having fun in the new role. Facebooklast_img read more

Covid-19 clusters in schools likely when they reopen – De Barra

first_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme A leading health expert says it’s very likely there’ll be clusters of Covid-19 in schools when they reopen.The local lockdown will continue in Kildare until September 6th – but schools will still reopen before that.There have been 444 cases of coronavirus in Kildare since the restrictions were imposed two weeks ago.And Dr Eoghan De Barra, a consultant in infectious diseases, says there’s a big danger the virus will spread into schools.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook WhatsApp Covid-19 clusters in schools likely when they reopen – De Barra DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Previous articleFr O’Hagan pays tribute to family members killed in Quigleys Point crashNext articleKevin Deery happy with Derry’s mentality in comeback win over Cork City News Highland center_img Pinterest Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA By News Highland – August 22, 2020 Google+last_img read more


first_imgLatest Stories On Monday, the Pike County School System began making modifications to its satellite meal distribution due to lack of participation.Brook Terry, PCS child nutrition director, said the Pike County Schools will deliver meals to Meeksville at 11 a.m., Stills Crossroads at 11 am., Old Ebenezer Church at 11:30 am. And Galloway Park at noon.“We will continue to curbside meal service at all Pike County Schools,” Terry said. “Meals can be picked up between the hours of 11 a.m. and noon. Both breakfast and lunch meals will be available for pickup.” Book Nook to reopen Email the author Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By The Penny Hoarder MEALS ON THE ROAD Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Skip “We live out beyond the Walmart DC,” she said. “We look forward to getting out and coming in and picking up Sadaijah’s lunch. She gets to see friends and that’s fun for them.”Sadaijah and her friend, Pelaiah Anthony, spent time together while waiting for the lunch bus. And, there was a lot of little girl giggly going on.Dana Hagler, bus driver, said response is good to the curbside pickup and it is obviously appreciated by those who participate. The curbside buses were rolling Monday with pickups at Galloway Park in Brundidge, Ebenezer and Stills Crossroads.Chris Haynes was waiting at Galloway Park with her daughter, Sadaijah Carter, a second grader.Haynes said she chosen the virtual option for her daughter out of concern for COVID-19. “And, I just enjoy having Sadaijah home with me,” Haynes said. “Keeping her attention is not always easy but she’s a good student and she’s keeping up.”Haynes said she appreciates the Pike County Schools System for providing the curbside lunches, for those who chose the virtual option. You Might Likecenter_img Sponsored Content Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Jaine Treadwell Slow start plagues Trojans in loss to BYU PROVO, Utah — The Troy football program fell to No. 18 BYU, 48-7, Saturday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium. In Troy’s… read more The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Print Article Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Published 5:06 pm Monday, September 28, 2020 Terry said the curbside meals will be available to all children, ages 18 and younger.“The children do not have to be enrolled in Pike County Schools to receive the meals,” Terry said. Terry said the students who are enrolled in the traditional school option are receiving their meals in the classrooms. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Ring Energy to sell Delaware Basin assets in Texas

first_img Ring Energy agrees to sell its Delaware Basin acreage in Texas. (Credit: Pixabay/Free-Photos) US-based oil and gas firm Ring Energy has signed a purchase and sale agreement to sell its Delaware Basin asset located in Culberson and Reeves Counties, Texas, for $31.5m.The property comprising approximately 20,000 net acres, with a net daily production of  approximately 575 barrels of oil per day (bpd) and 2,000 thousand cubic feet of natural gas per day (mcf/d), equaling approximately 908 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd).Ring CEO Kelly Hoffman said: “Since formally announcing the marketing of our Delaware property in early November 2019, we have worked very hard to bring about a fair and equitable transaction. As we have stated in the past, the proceeds from this transaction will be used to reduce the current balance on the Company’s senior credit facility.“The current environment mandates a cautious, conservative approach going forward, and strengthening our balance sheet is a step in the right direction.”Ring Energy is currently operating in Texas and New MexicoAccording to the Cawley, Gillespie and Associates, an independent engineering firm, the property’s 2019 year-end Proved Developed Producing (PDP) reserve estimates, are 3.48 million barrels of oil and 10,055  million cubic feet (mmcf) of natural gas.The estimates are equivalent to approximately 5,156 million BOE with a PV-10 value of approximately $43m.  The report was completed using average pricing of $52.41 per barrel of oil and $1.47 per MCF of gas.The company said that it has received a $500,000 non-refundable deposit and is anticipated to complete the transaction in approximately 60 days.Ring Energy is a US-based oil and gas exploration, development and production company, currently operating in Texas and New Mexico regions.In April last year, Ring Energy closed its transaction with Wishbone Energy Partners, Wishbone Texas Operating Company and WB WaterWorks (Wishbone) to acquire their Northwest Shelf assets located primarily in southwest Yoakum County, Texas and eastern Lea County, New Mexico. The Delaware Basin assets sold by Ring Energy comprises approximately 20,000 net acreslast_img read more

Mistaken identity

first_imgThe fast train from Paddington allows those not fortunate enough to inhabit our world to get close enough to peer in. They ingest voraciously from guidebooks entitled ‘Oxford: ville universitaire’, or ‘Oxford in a day’, in order to attempt an understanding of what it is that makes this institution the most famous seat of learning in the world. One would hope that they were being fed what we consider to be the realities of our world, but overhearing their conversations can be a little unsettling, particularly if we are inclined to associate ourselves closely with Oxford and its reputation. A well-built American applying to the Said business school could recently be heard agonising about whether or not he should mention his strongly Republican views. Meanwhile a French couple discussed Iraq, hypothesising as to whether it was in Oxford that they might find the roots of Britain’s conservative foreign policies. The Oxford of today chases political correctness with the enthusiasm of a New Labour apparatchik, with OUSU and the university itself emphasising equal opportunities this and diversity that. And rightly so. One would be hard pressed to find a dissenter against the relatively simple concept that a university, like our society, is a wonderfully broad church. Wandering the halls of the Exam Schools during freshers’ fair one was confronted with a menagerie of interests ranging from the occasionally offensive (OUCA), to the possibly battering (Tai Kwan Do). It is, in a sense, heartening to find us being accused of all things, at least in the place of one. Perhaps it allows us the opportunity to really feel part of this place, whatever and whoever we are, but in hoping that outsiders see the realities of our world, one would imagine that we had some vague concept of what that world really is. Therein lies the problem, for as we diversify, it is difficult to argue that we do not also dilute. Clearly the national press, as it constantly searches for stories to perpetuate myths that the general public enjoy, has little interest in portraying Oxford as a modern university, and while we can rant and rail at this cliche, who can really blame them? Who wants to talk about an Oxford that is Warwick with tutorials; maybe embracing our past isn’t such a bad idea after all. At least then we would know where we stand. In the 19th century, Oxford was inextricably associated with the conservative elite, and while it would be harsh conjecture to impose such a reputation upon all members of the University at the time, it was certainly something to hold on to.There is no doubt that we continue to turn out the great and the good, from Blair to Clinton, or even Thatcher and Murdoch, but no longer do they fit a certain mould. One of our most famous sons, Gladstone, dominated this university as president of the Union and a decorated scholar, and became its MP for a period in the mid-19th century. But by the time he became a Liberal Prime Minister, he had deserted those views which he held so strongly as he left Oxford. It had taken the real world to make him what he really was. It is unlikely that such a transition could be so marked today, leaving us wondering whether, with the erosion of whatever identity this place had, we leave with anything more than merely an education.ARCHIVE: 1st week MT 2005last_img read more