This page provides the full text of the fifth issue of BLUNDERBUSS. It appeared in October 1977 as a special "Election Issue" -
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Contents of Issue 5
Dear Reader, (This is directed at advanced students)
This will be, for most of you, your first encounter with BLUNDERBUSS -
BLUNDERBUSS is not, however, merely a platform for the EntsCom. It provides an opportunity for students and staff to tell the world what they think of FC, and tell FC what they think about the world. This is an "unofficial" publication, so don't feel inhibited -
As you can see, this is our Election Special and I hasten to add that the fact that the Editor is standing for Chairman will have no influence on the editorial content of this magazine (Honest Guv!). I think all candidates will agree that the most important thing to do is to VOTE on October 21st. The second most important thing is to write something for BLUNDERBUSS, or send a letter to its Editor. My life's ambition is to have more material than I have space to fill! Get scribbling then, and put your items in the Ents Com Box.
At the time of writing there are three candidates for the Chair of the Staff Student Consultative Council:
A brief note of the policies of each candidate has appeared in the newsletter, and during the Tutorial period on Friday 14th [October] you will have the opportunity to hear each candidate speak to the students.
There will be a public meeting in the JCR at 4.00 on Tuesday 18th, where you will be able to question the candidates.
Voting will be by secret ballot on Friday 21st. and Kevin Desmond is the returning officer, responsible for the actual poll. The candidate with the most votes will become Chairman, and the runner up will be the Vice-
Please make the result as representative as possible by attending the Public Meeting on Tuesday and by voting on Friday.
"The trouble with political jokes is that they are sometimes elected to office."
"The brain is a wonderful thing. It never stops functioning from the time you are born until the moment you stand up to make a speech."
Dr L. Binder
The current production at the Redgrave.
The play opens is summer 1895, in the elegant drawing room of Algernon Moncrieff's flat in Half Moon Street. Michael Elwyn is well cast as Algie, the typical middle aged bachelor. John Worthing soon appears in the form of Christian Roberts. His performance is rather figety and he does not play the suave "Earnest in town" or "Jack in the country" with much style. With mouths full of cucumber sandwiches, prepared by the manservant Lane (Clive Wouters) the two go on to describe their various Bunburying.
Lady Bracknell (Algie's aunt) is portrayed brilliantly by Mary Griffiths. She gives a very good impression of the dominating Victorian matriarch. Her daughter Gwendolen (Susan Bovell) is the epitome of sweetness and the proposal scene follows.
Act II is at the garden of the Manor House, Woolton. The scenery is effective and interesting to watch grow during the interval.
Unfortunately Judith Coke, playing Cecily Cardew, is not very convincing as a pretty, innocent, young girl.
Christopher Reeks portrayal of Canon Chasuble, torn between ? and Miss Prism is a delight. Sue Withers as Miss Prism, torn between a guilt-
Good morning / evening / afternoon*
You have now survived the first few weeks of this term. With winter coming and now there are no cups in the Drinks Machine, we feel that it is our duty to liven you up.
You may now forget the horrors of the Introductory Disco and instead look forward to Jo Fawkes' Disco and Fireworks on November 4th. Jo (Guy's younger brother) will unfortunately not be there, but we hope you will be.
At 7 o'clock there will be a fireworks display on the school field (weather permitting) and all are welcome to attend. This will be followed by an amazing double disco-
Remember that our organisation is your organistation. Use us ....
* Delete as applicable.
Here are just a few of the letters that the ent. comm. have received via the suggestion box (in the area outside the new staff room). The idea of the magazine, as we have already stated, is that you tell others what you like/dislike about the college and why.
You must hire a local jazz band for a concert.
The entertainments committee should organize something to do during the lunchour. e.g: short films, records. Get people like Geoff to play the guitar in front of an audience, or anything else interesting.
(Ed's note: we'll tell you when he's learnt to play it!)
I think the E.C. should organize many more discos, especially featuring live bands. I feel that the current suggestion of a friend to stage a concert by the "Bootleg Boys", featuring Marcus Nowell should be taken up.
FRIDAY, 7th October was a day that few of us will forget. It was of course, the day on which the Entertainments Committee launched students on the adventure of a life-
At 6.26pm the coach rumbled slowly to halt outside the College gates, after the coachman had fed both the horses, students climbed aboard. After 44 minutes, two deaths from jet-
At 8.00pm general skating began and Farnham College students invaded the ice. Some were a little shakey on their feet at first, but after falling over a few times, to test the ice, they got their confidence. During the evening F.C. students were seen to far outdo all other skaters; some tried two-
The high point of th evening was reached when a request was played "for the students of Farnham College" and with this event students really felt at home; what with people falling over on top of each other, swearing at complete strangers, drinking in the bar, and pop music in the background, it was just like a staff/student consultative council meeting.
By 10.00pm people were enjoying themselves so much they didn't want to stop skating; and they didn't stop skating. At 10.05pm James Hunt the coach-
"Did you enjoy it?" asked Martin, waving a friendly hand (and revolver). "YES!" came the reply. THE OUTING was over.
"Italy is merely a geographical expression."
Cool daring -
Plunging, twisting, mystery;
sting and sharp.
Tumble trip -
Frozen fear, the primal tear;
sharp and sting.
Oval heartcease -
Grey, torrid, frostbite stripped;
sting and sharp.
Totter wind lash -
Poor plain sleet, rock rest;
sharp and sting.
Due to the tremendous success of the skating trip on October 7th another has been organised to take place on Friday 21st October, again to Southampton Ice Rink.
Unfortunately due to the fact that we made a loss on the last trip, the price of the tickets has been raised to £1.50.
The coach leaves the college gates at 6.30pm on Friday 21st and will arrive back at the college at about 11.00pm.
("Put your trousers back on Michael!")
After more or less seven years of being imprisoned at that well known girls school in Alton, we -
Did we say exhilarating, exciting and thrilling -
So Support your Entertainments committee ... go to all those excursions we organise for you, come to all our discos ... and read the next copy of BLUNDERBUSS.
(Now you know -
On Thursday 29th September the "Human Beings" played a gig at the "Coach and Horses" in Farnham. By about 9p.m. the bar was packed and the band sprung into action.
Consisting of Steve Everett (percussion), John Bush (bass and vocals) and Ian Gorell (lead and rhythm guitar and vocals), the "Human Beings" are a band that get the audience involved and enjoying themselves every time. The band, I'm told, have only been together for a few months, but they are already slick, well organized and original.
The nature of the material they played was a mixture of punk and heavy rock and all of it was of their own composition, apart from a slightly altered version of Framed (S.A.H.B.).
They do not call themselves a punk outfit but a large amount of the music, such as "Suck it and See" had new wave overtones without doubt. Dexterous bass work from Bush was ideal backing for the punching rhythm work of Gorell, and Everett provided the driving force with percussion. Lead guitar riffs were loud, fast and expressive and soon the audience were really enjoying themselves. The band's music is loud and fast and hits you in the gut. I personally enjoyed the evening tremendously and recommend them every time.
Arnie (chairman and King)
Geoff Whiting (tea boy)
Martin Collier (editor)
Louise Trebble (editor)
Mike Mehta (Dog)
All advertisements for local organisations are printed free (no political)
My Fair Lady December 6th-
The Human Beings (see above) at Farnborough Town Hall on November 5th.
Fireworks and Disco here on November 4th.
Skating Trip on 21st October.
Theatre trip being arranged!
Thanks for all the letters -
Keep the suggestions rolling in -
RED FACE DEPT.: Last issue we attributed a quote by Mark Twain to Groucho Marx -
"I never forget a face, but in your case I'm willing to make an exception!"
Are you interested in:
Raising money for children?
Enjoying yourself with a group of young people?
If so, come along and meet the,
FARNHAM LEO CLUB
A group of young people aged 16-
What do we do?
To raise money, we organize and promote discos, dances, barbeques, sponsored events and so on.
To help others we dig gardens and decorate houses for old people, as well as distributing Christmas parcels to them, construct adventure playgrounds, assist at Lions events as necessary etc.
In spending money we sometimes donate directly to local charities, and we sometimes raise money for a specific project (for example £500 for a guide dog for the blind.)
We are always looking for more people who are willing to give some of their time and energy, and who want to have a good time meeting others.
8.00 p.m. first and third Mondays of each month at the Gostrey Club of East Street, Farnham.
8.00 p.m. second and fourth Tuesday of each month at a pub somewher in Farnham. (Venue decided at previous business meeting.)
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
See Paul Hobbs U6 Fi/M Room 7 or,
Jacqui Tickner U6 Gor/M G6