I recently wrote to the Master of University College Oxford, congratulating him on his firm, clear and measured approach to the recent “Rhodes Must Fall” campaign that was demanding we rename our Rhodes Computing Room, donated years ago by Rhodes Scholars who had been members of the college [like a certain William Clinton].
I had called the campaign “political correctness gone mad”.
This was his reply today:
Thank you for writing to me with your thoughts about JCR’s motion to rename the Rhodes Computer Room and the wider issues about the academy that it raised.
I write to let you know that the Governing Body of the College has decided to keep the name of the Rhodes Computer Room unchanged. In taking this decision Governing Body was mindful of the original gift of its former Rhodes Scholars and the appropriate and proportionate way in which a scholarly institution should engage with its own history and with that of its community and nation.
With best wishes,
University College Oxford
David was still in reasonable form after his first 8 hours of aerobic exertion as he ran along the Embankment near Trent Bridge yesterday. He completed the OUTLAW triathalon course in the middle of his age-group.
Janet, as the Borough Councillor for Beeston West, attended an informal welcome for the very first passengers to alight at the new Beeston Bus/Tram interchange yesterday afternoon.
They were delegates at the 10th Annual UK Light Rail Conference meeting in Nottingham.
We are expecting the NET Phase 2 line to open to the public within a month or so, after a long wait and many delays.
Our Golden Wedding anniversary celebration was extended to co-incide with the church’s 113th anniversary yesterday.
We donated a cake to share after the morning service, and Janet led the evening service on an Ethiopian theme.
Janet helped persuade Broxtowe Council to name the road leading up the side of the church Wesley Avenue, as had been shown in the original drawings in 1902.
It might help persuade the church council not to abandon the Edwardian building for a new-build generic folk-chapel on a super-market site somewhere in Beeston.
I managed to get reasonable view of the solar eclipse this morning with my hastily-constructed observatory in the garden.
The clouds parted and I used Jonathan’s monocular backwards to project the image onto a white-board.
The last time I did this was in Mozambique in 2001 with simpler equipment!
Wow – what a great event! Thanks to everyone who help make the launch of The Vestry such a success. Particular thanks to interior designer Michala Naughton, Hewitt&Carr Architects, builder Steve Connolly, caterers Soiree Food Catering, to mum and dad for all their support and to Cllr Andrew Riley for officially opening our new offices
We enjoyed spending an hour checking out the feathered visitors to the table. This is one of two resident woodpeckers.