ULIP SU's second canteen event of the year passed joyously in to out collective memories last night, with ceremonies presided over by Nick Kent, we had a liberal selection of beers (very few were Bavarian but nobody seemed to mind too much), there were more pretzels than any one man could eat (not so impressive when you take in mind there were 50 of us, but my point is here that there were a lot of pretzels), Germanic hot dogs and activities teuously linked to German culture.
First up we had our quiz, in which the participants' knowledge of German culture, history and football was tested to its limits, very comprehensively won by one team whose name, I fear, now escapes me (they had a quiz pun, I'm sure). This was followed by a Beer-downing competition involving Elsa Hardman Clark, Chika Alichukwu, Kate Goodbody and Meg Davies (very nobly considering she was working from early-on this morning) from which Elsa emerged victorious, a feat made all the more impressive by the fact she was last to work out how to open her bottle, see pictures below.
After the event we headed on to La Quille, a bar with cheap beer, bowling and billiards, with the former two being partaken of quite impressively by the assembled ULIP masses and of which there seems to be more photos than I can account for.
An honourable mention in this post goes to Monica Marriot-Mills who took office as SU Events Photographer this week and has taken a cracking set of photos (as you'll soon see).
Hope to see many of you at next week's Halloween event at Corcoran's!
I feel like the societal activities have been a bit neglected on the blog but all that is now to change! Every now and again I'll be bringing you an update in all that has been going on in the world of ULIP's many clubs and societies.
A fair bit has been going on at Music Society lately. Firstly, we had the 'Music Society Goes Large' launch at a piano bar on Rue de la Huchette. Attendance was great, the music was nice and the drinks were reasonably priced. Top night.
Then we've had ULIP Choir meetings for the last two Fridays (at 12), headed by the multi-talented Nicola Runkee (pictured) and although my suggestion that we sing a couple of songs in the style of Oscar the Grouch fell on deaf ears, it's been great fun. Keep it up Music Society. ULIP Choir Meets at 12 on Fridays.
As the deadline for Parlons Issue 1 looms, articles are coming in at a reassuring rate and everything's shaping up nicely. If you have any questions you'd like to ask or articles you'd like to contribute, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Calum Paramor, Rosie Gillard or Sophie Small (hand pictured).
Theatre Society had its first meeting yesterday and, although attendance wasn't quite what it could have been, some very exciting plans were hatched, including the idea of ULIP Footlights-type thing (many fantastic puns such as 'Lumières de Pied' were suggested as a name). Along with lots of great ideas for content.
Contact Hannah Cartwright (pictured) to find out how you can get involved in acting/writing/all and sundry that is theatrical. Meetings are at 1 on Fridays.
LGBT have not been letting the grass grow under their feet either. They started, quicj off the mark, with a relaunch of the Society in the first week of university, hosted by the society's wise and venerable leader, Samuel Knight. The relaunch, featured distractions myriad with a 'Guess the Diva' musical (won, naturally, by Angel Rose) with shots given as prizes, a wheelbarrow drinking game (aftermath pictured), an angry neighbour and an after party at Montparnasse's Mix Club.
They've also been active on the cinematographic front, updates of which will be in the next issue of Parlons.
For information on the goings on of LGBT Society, contact either Samuel Knight or Elsa Hardman-Clark.
Gastronomy have been great and active recently. As well as a very active Facebook Group, there've been plans for a trip to Lyon (Oooooh), trips to Berko (the Cheesecake place) and a sumptuous array of food for Event Society's Fiesta Mexicana! Top work guys.
Pub Games Society have been wonderfully supplementing the work of the Events Society, with a 'Pub Quiz' Canteen event (which due to unforeseen circumstances ended up being in the Library) and a quiz following the 'Tenth de Octubre' Event, props to Neil Fulton and Hannah Cartwright, who devised and delivered both.
Vegetarian Society's entrepid band of eaters headed to La Chapelle for a sumptuous and reasonably-priced meal at Krishna Bhavan (a three course meal and a drink for 15 euros!), organisation by society head Annie Renn!
FC ULIP Coq & Bulldog
ULIP's football team continue to battle bravely Under the captaincy of George Willard, results have been mixed, with a loss and a win in the last two weeks. A degree of consistency is found, however, in the after-match ritual which, unerringly, consists of fast food and a trip to the Coq and Bulldog. The team plays every Sunday.
Wine Society, with its head Joe Thompson, journied to Bercy to sample the fine wines of the district.
Sadly, I didn't make it to the event but I hear that nice wine was drunk that didn't cost very much and, in the words of M. Thompson himself 'discussed general matters'.
Led by the kick-ass Stephanie Gales, the Self-Defence Society had its first meeting a couple of weeks ago which was, from what I understand, all spoken, it had a decent turnout and everything's looking good so far!
(Sorry about the photo, I don't have any from the event so I thought I'd make do)
For the last few weeks, Yoga have been attending a weekly free yoga session every Saturday with a great turnout and plan to carry on attending, along with a few other plans throughout the year!
Contact Abigaim Hilditch or Rebecca Anderson to find out more.
Last Thursday was the inaugural Lecture Theatre (made famous as a Canteen) Event of the year. Making a starring appearance were the venerable Josh Hannon, the peerless Meg Davies, the dazzling Becca Anderson, and the beguiling Sage 'Grumpy' Gill-Martin who cooked up a storm with an array of Mexican scran to boggle the mind and delight the belly.
We had some great activities for the evening, starting off with a pinata. Sadly, I was out of the room out of the room, but as the photos below and witness accounts testify, this activity boasted an incredible performance from Hugo Poon who, after many others had had little success piercing the pinata's papery hide, artfully decapitated it in one stroke.
Next was the limbo, in which Nick Kent and Ben Wright held the famed pole whilst a number of enthusiastic Ulippers proved the extent of their elasticity beneath it. Though we had some formidable performances from Meg Davies and Ruby Budd, the ultimate victor was Hannah Cartwright who wove her way with a great deal of vim under a pole that was at a height that was, quite frankly, silly.
Last but not least in the Lecture Theatre, we saw the return of the 'Pin the Moustache on the Mexican' event. As with its first outing last year, the rather idiosyncratic and enigmatic Mexican did not fail to deter all but the most skilled participants with Niamh Hickey emerging victorious, winning herself the Mexican's portrait and her own moustache, which I can only imagine will come in a great deal of use come Movember.
After surfaces had been scrubbed and floors had been mopped, we moved on to the Coq and Bulldog, the sophisticated Ulipper's boozer of choice. Here, we saw a great quiz presented by Hannah Cartwright and Neil Fulton. In my opinion, it says a lot for a quiz that has Wolf Tone as an answer and can boast a round picking between Mitt Romney and Mr Burns quotes and this one certainly did not disappoint. When I left, all seemed sufficiently merried to class this a good night.
Hope you had a good one, ULIP, and we'll see you again in a couple of weeks!
P.s. Forgot to mention, there was also a lot of Magner's.
So it is that we find ourselves at the end of Freshers Week. I hope you've had a lovely time as I have and that you're braced for a year ahead of Grammar, hasty last-minute essays and, naturally, more events than you can shake a stick at (assuming that the muscles in your arm don't allow you to shake a stick at more than 10).
Before we begin with that though, it's time to remember a night that was dark and full of Magners.
The first arrivals floated in very elegantly dressed at 10. The alcohol was primed. There was a lot of Magners. We began with a gentle few snifters upstairs before heading to the real McCoy downstairs. There are many rather cracking events to relate of what followed, though I must confess it is a bit cloudy in my mind (curse you Manzanita), though I do distinctly remember there being a lot of dancing, a couple of prizes (a very well done to Group One and Jade Irving respectively), Magners memorabillia, Jake Annett bleeding from trying to catch a Magners frisbee from said collection of memorabillia between his teeth, a bit of kissing and a lot of people feeling the effects of the free bar, which was marvellously well-kept throughout the night by a roster of our own brightest and best.
I had a really lovely night and hope you all did too. For me, the lasting image of the ball will be the platform of Rambuteau Metro, waiting for the first metro to arrive on a platform amongst a crowd of very well turned out Ulippers, ready to flee in to the night, crates of Magners clutched firmly in their grasp.
All that remains to do is to thank the majestic Nick Kent for organising everything, with a lot of credit also, no doubt going to SU Comandante, Ben Wright and many other members of the Exec too. Thanks as well all the venues that provided us with space in to get better acquainted and drink. In moderation.
Looking forward to seeing you all throughout the year,
P.s. I'll work up a collection of all the photos and post them on Facebook as soon as I can but for the moment, I have worked out how to do a fancy slideshow for a selection of the ball photos
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