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Re: Formal Dress Forum

My very good God. The FDF is still going. How heartening.
by Eliot Wilson
on Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:10 pm
 
Forum: Union Debating Society
Topic: Formal Dress Forum
Replies: 2673
Views: 62394

Re: dwindling numbers

They produce minutes these days??? Controversial.
by Eliot Wilson
on Sat Apr 18, 2009 12:50 am
 
Forum: Union Debating Society
Topic: dwindling numbers
Replies: 10
Views: 3002

Re: University Challenge 08?

The trials for the 2003/04 season were very well attended. As I recall, Ralph Covino and Eloise Govier ran them. I also have a vague recollection of helping to organise trails for the following year, and quite a few people turned up.
by Eliot Wilson
on Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:27 am
 
Forum: The Sinner's Main Board
Topic: University Challenge 08?
Replies: 9
Views: 1493

Re: Dream Speakers

I don't want to seem like the grumpy old man, but have any of these people been approached? Because inviting them really is the first step.
by Eliot Wilson
on Fri Jan 30, 2009 1:24 am
 
Forum: Union Debating Society
Topic: Dream Speakers
Replies: 35
Views: 6778

Re: Dream Speakers

Sir Charles, Lord Powell of Bayswater, you'd be talking.
by Eliot Wilson
on Fri Jan 23, 2009 12:41 am
 
Forum: Union Debating Society
Topic: Dream Speakers
Replies: 35
Views: 6778

Re: Dream Speakers

Dawkins has spoken before (back in 2001-02, I think), so he's not implausible. I wasn't impressed. Massively arrogant and self-satisfied. Clearly thought that anyone who disagreed with him was simply to stupid to understand the argument.
by Eliot Wilson
on Tue Jan 20, 2009 5:57 pm
 
Forum: Union Debating Society
Topic: Dream Speakers
Replies: 35
Views: 6778

Re: Formal Dress Forum

I think trews with a standard dinner jacket are perfectly acceptable. I also admire the Chancellor's waistcoat - very smart.
by Eliot Wilson
on Wed Dec 24, 2008 3:03 pm
 
Forum: Union Debating Society
Topic: Formal Dress Forum
Replies: 2673
Views: 62394

Re: Police Arrest of a Tory MP

Before we all get very excited and (perhaps) confused, let me offer the definition of Parliamentary privilege, so that people know whereof they speak: "Parliamentary privilege is the sum of the peculiar rights enjoyed by each House collectively as a constituent part of the High Court of Parliam...
by Eliot Wilson
on Mon Dec 08, 2008 4:59 pm
 
Forum: The Sinner's Main Board
Topic: Police Arrest of a Tory MP
Replies: 8
Views: 1090

Re: Wanted: One Rector

Someone who spent eight years in St Andrews, is still very fond of and committed to the University, sits on the Business Committee of the General Council and is fully entitled to the opinion that the current students reached a conclusion that I might have not, but were forced to choose from an unins...
by Eliot Wilson
on Sun Nov 02, 2008 2:08 pm
 
Forum: The Sinner's Main Board
Topic: Wanted: One Rector
Replies: 127
Views: 11974

Re: Wanted: One Rector

Predictable. Another minor bureaucrat becomes Rector.
by Eliot Wilson
on Sat Nov 01, 2008 9:26 pm
 
Forum: The Sinner's Main Board
Topic: Wanted: One Rector
Replies: 127
Views: 11974

Re: Wanted: One Rector

Morton? Mooooorton! Your fork's ready.
by Eliot Wilson
on Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:19 pm
 
Forum: The Sinner's Main Board
Topic: Wanted: One Rector
Replies: 127
Views: 11974

Re: Formal Dress Forum

Very. But they were Americans, and therefore operating under the handicap system.
by Eliot Wilson
on Tue Oct 28, 2008 12:22 pm
 
Forum: Union Debating Society
Topic: Formal Dress Forum
Replies: 2673
Views: 62394

Re: Wanted: One Rector

He seems to wear less Armani than his comrade.
by Eliot Wilson
on Tue Oct 28, 2008 11:20 am
 
Forum: The Sinner's Main Board
Topic: Wanted: One Rector
Replies: 127
Views: 11974

Re: Wanted: One Rector

Yes, random slebs are bad. Someone with a serious, heavyweight public profile (Donald Findlay and Andrew Neil fell into this category) would be a different kettle of fish. As for campaigning for Dr Joss, I would have campaigned for him anyway, since he was my flatmate, but I also honestly think he w...
by Eliot Wilson
on Sun Oct 26, 2008 5:44 pm
 
Forum: The Sinner's Main Board
Topic: Wanted: One Rector
Replies: 127
Views: 11974

Re: Wanted: One Rector

I'm sceptical of the notion of a Rector who must be able to work "with the Court, not against them", but who is also not a yes-man. I also think that this is a deeply unimpressive field for a university of the standing of St Andrews. A minor bureaucrat, a fringe-party MSP and an ageing yac...
by Eliot Wilson
on Sat Oct 25, 2008 12:55 pm
 
Forum: The Sinner's Main Board
Topic: Wanted: One Rector
Replies: 127
Views: 11974

Re: Website

Concur wholeheartedly. Am trying not to rant further.
by Eliot Wilson
on Wed Oct 22, 2008 10:59 am
 
Forum: Union Debating Society
Topic: Website
Replies: 38
Views: 4236

Re: Formal Dress Forum

It's terrible, isn't it? I blame the current incumbent for making such a song and dance when he had to don white tie for a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, saying he'd rather wear a dinner jacket and his cowboy boots with the presidential seal on them.
by Eliot Wilson
on Wed Oct 22, 2008 10:57 am
 
Forum: Union Debating Society
Topic: Formal Dress Forum
Replies: 2673
Views: 62394

Re: Wanted: One Rector

Alternative wrote:What about Chris Woodhead or someone else who knows a bit about education??


Chris Woodhead was nominated (by Alex S, as it happens) in 2002, but had to withdraw because his mother fell ill, as I recall.
by Eliot Wilson
on Sat Oct 18, 2008 8:46 pm
 
Forum: The Sinner's Main Board
Topic: Wanted: One Rector
Replies: 127
Views: 11974

Re: Wanted: One Rector

Eliot, I think it is actually a lot harder to get someone worthy to agree to actually run for the role. I know an awful lot of people have been contacted and they have pretty much all responded with their regret that they cannot donate the time or effort required. Maybe we are paying the price of h...
by Eliot Wilson
on Wed Oct 08, 2008 9:13 am
 
Forum: The Sinner's Main Board
Topic: Wanted: One Rector
Replies: 127
Views: 11974

Re: Wanted: One Rector

Two weeks after I first asked, still no word from anyone who has actually nominated anyone. Is this because: a) those who are closely and actively involved in putative rectorial campaigns aren't posting on the Sinner, or b) because, in a shock development, St Andrews students are full of good ideas ...
by Eliot Wilson
on Tue Oct 07, 2008 9:44 pm
 
Forum: The Sinner's Main Board
Topic: Wanted: One Rector
Replies: 127
Views: 11974
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