Choir on the hill23 November 2011Alice Woodward (BSc Biology 2010) has recently moved to London, and is setting up a new choir in Notting Hill called "Choir on the Hill". Already in the choir are many Bristol graduates who sang in the University of Bristol Chamber Choir. 'Choir on the Hill' is a new fun, un-auditioned choir for people aged 18-35. With a focus on singing both classical and more modern pieces, this is also an opportunity to perform occasionally, have fun and meet new friends. You don't have to be an experienced singer but if you know how to read music it would help. Singers of all standards welcome.
More Morello Letters: Pen Pal to the Super Stars by Duncan McNair (LLB 1978)23 November 2011Duncan McNair's (LLB 1978) first book The Morello Letters was heralded by WH Smiths as the funniest book in over 30 years and reached No 1 in Amazon for humour parody. The sequel, More Morello Letters - Pen pal to the super stars, is receiving similar stellar reviews everywhere and is named by the broadcaster Jon Snow as "the funniest book I have ever read". Read some hilarious sample letters from the discombobulous Morello family to the great and the good, and the genuine replies, at www.morelloworld.com
The Morello Letters: Pen Pal to the Stars by Duncan McNair (LLB 1978)11 November 2011A collection of hilarious letters sent to the great and good of British society. Mr. Morello is a slightly confused, pear-shaped forty-five year old Italian immigrant living with his larger, plump wife Mrs. Morello and three children -- Tosti, Amphora and Rizzo -- in that most salubrious of London suburbs: Ealing. As a family, they share a curious fondness for all things British and yet by dint of their Italian heritage, struggle to come to terms with some of our more esoteric characteristics.
Were you a med student in 1972?10 November 2011Time2Share, originally called Bristol Family Support Service, is celebrating its 40th birthday next year and is looking to find the original founders to help it celebrate.
Star with a thousand moons by Andrew Parkin (PhD 1969)26 October 2011Andrew's latest book contains an ode written in the form of a film scenario because it is about Chinese cinema and Shaw Studios. This is followed by a suite of lyrics about Chinese gourds engraved with scenes from literature and legend.
Nonesuch takes to the water15 September 2011The club's first boat, almost over 100 years ago was called Nonesuch and in honour of its past, the club have chosen to name themselves after it, The Nonesuch BC.
The Conduit by Chryselle Brown (BA Classical Studies, 2005)18 August 2011The place is Cyprus, the island of love in the Mediterranean. The city is Nicosia, the only divided city in the world. Greeks and Turks, opposing factions for decades – finally, a peace deal is on the table. A young English woman, Cathy Burkert is on a job in Cyprus, part of a team to identify the ancient Greek poet, Homer’s great work, the Cypria. Cathy has secrets, secrets which enables a deadly machine to be invented, one never before seen by mankind. A web of intrigue is spun to change the will of a nation, is Cathy the inspired medium?
THE DEVIL’S DOGS by Penny Morgan (PhD,1969)10 August 2011DCI Paul Draper and his friend Professor Mark Rees, an eminent primatologist, reappear in this third book, The Devil’s Dogs’, a crime thriller with a strong animal welfare theme. Both characters also featured in ‘Prime Witness’ and ‘Blood Wood’ by the same author.
The Arundells of Wardour, by Barry Williamson (BA 1964)4 August 2011Eventful and colourful history of the Arundell family, landed gentry based at Wardour Castle, south-west Wiltshire (UK), from the 16th to 20th century, engagingly written for the general reader but fully referenced for the scholar.
Greg Doran (BA 1980) to collect a Doctor of Letters honorary degree28 July 2011Greg Doran (BA 1980), the Chief Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, studied Drama and English at Bristol University before training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. The award-winning director, whose work is seen and admired internationally, is returning to the Wills Memorial Building to collect a Doctor of Letters honorary degree in recognition of outstanding achievement and distinction in a field or activity consonant with the University’s mission.
Educational Fundraising Graduate Trainee Scheme22 July 2011The University of Bristol is looking for a highly motivated graduate with a keen interest in fundraising, campaigning or events management and higher education to participate in the last year of a highly successful national scheme to develop the educational fundraisers of the future.
Oscar-winner Ben walks the golden road to Hollywood via Bristol15 July 2011Bristol graduate Ben Morris (will receive an honorary degree today [15 July] in recognition of his achievements in the film industry. The 40-year-old graduated with a first class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1992 and has gone on to become a leading visual effects engineer, winning an Oscar for his work on The Golden Compass.
Convocation Representatives on Court – 2011 election results12 July 20112011 has been a landmark year for the election of Convocation Representatives on Court. Following the decision of the 2010 Convocation AGM to allow ‘distance voting’, 1181 individual ballot papers were received, of which 1161 were valid. This is a remarkable result in that the number of voters who have participated in this election is approximately 15 times greater than in recent years.
Graham Blyth (BSc 1969) donates concert organ to the Department of Music8 July 2011The roof of the auditorium in the Victoria Rooms was raised on 22 June at a gala concert which saw the inauguration of a new organ for the Department of Music donated by Graham Blyth (BSc 1969). The performance was Camille Saint Saens’ mighty ‘Organ’ Symphony which brings a full symphony orchestra, solo organ and piano together in its thrilling finale.
Michelle McDowell (BSc 1984) is Business Woman of the Year6 July 2011BDP’s Michelle McDowell (BSc Civil Engineering,1984) has won the title of Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year 2011. The prestigious award celebrates women of achievement; entrepreneurs and business women from a wide range of industries that contribute to the economic life of the country.
Out of the Ashes by Tim Albone (BA 2002)24 June 2011In 1987, aged 12 Taj Malik Alam set-up the Afghan Cricket Club. Its headquarters were a refugee camp in Pakistan and the team played with tennis balls, sticks and plastic bags on a rutted, dusty piece of scrubland. But Taj, and his two brothers, had only one childhood dream: to represent Afghanistan in an international cricket match. Out of the Ashes is the remarkable story of Taj, and his team mates, and their incredible journey from obscurity to the groomed grass pitches of elite cricket.
World Class24 June 2011It's the big one! The World Cup Finals beckon for Jamie Johnson but first he must answer a huge question: Which country will he play for? With brand new characters and all the trademark jaw-dropping footy action, Dan Freedman and Jamie Johnson return on very top form for the fifth book in the series.
The Last Storytellers: tales from the heart of Morocco24 June 2011Richard Hamilton has witnessed at first hand the death throws of a tradition that has passed seamlessly from generation to generation for nearly a thousand years. It is thought the storytellers or hlaykia in the main square in Marrakech, the Jemaa el Fna, have recounted ancient folktales and fables to rapt audiences since the city was first founded in the eleventh century. But this unique unbroken chain of oral tradition is now teetering on the brink of extinction.