OCCASIONAL BULLETIN #115 – OCTOBER 13TH, 2016
Dear VOCS Members:
This OB plays catch up in reporting upon the last event of the VOCS Season 2016, swoons with joy at a VOCS member becoming the 346th Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, offers work opportunities serving the Crown of Canada and looks forward to what might happen in the Rainy Season of ’16–’17 and the broad, sunlit uplands of later in 2017.
VOCS 5th SOMEWHAT ANNUAL WARREN–DUNN CUP CROQUET MATCH – AUGUST 28TH, 2016
The annual croquet match took place on August 28th at the Vancouver Lawn Bowling Club, seen above being used for bowls, but the picture gives you the general idea of the idyll of the Cup Match.
Fifteen players, including one youngster, took to the lawns on an overcast day. Some late withdrawals were replaced by some late arrivals. The first intra university matches commenced, but an early afternoon shower meant an early, excellent tea was taken before these were finished. After tea and the rain, these matches were completed, leaving the following teams to contest the inter varsity matches.
- Andrew Parkin and Margaret Wilson v Jim and Catherine Woodfield
- Vicky Monsalve and Zig Hathorn v Mary Childs and Isaac Brown
- Peter and Lois Woolley v Margaret Biswas and Robert Dunn
- Jeremy Marr and Peter Brown v Charlotte Warren and Jason Nadeau
Inter match #1 ended in a tie, with each team earning one point. Then the sporting Cantabs started to put together a winning run and took matches #2 and #3 to gain a commanding lead going into the final match.
Defending the Dark Blue unbroken history of Warren–Dunn victories, Oxford’s match #4 side of Warren and Nadeau struggled from the first whack of mallet on colourful wooden ball against that perennial but hitherto unsuccessful Light Blue finalist Marr and his new partner, that terrier of the lawns and mallet, Brown. After three previous final Warren–Dunn appearances, Marr’s dogged Fenland determination finally put the Warren–Dunn Cup into Light Blue hands.
Well, that is to say, it would have done had the actual cup not actually been present for presentation. As this does happen, from time to time, it may be becoming one of the pleasant eccentricities that make de rerum VOCS charming – cup match for no cup, actually. It is perhaps a good thing. Too much handing of the Cup to new winners must eventually wear it out. Vide infra:
Lots of people were necessary to making the Match work. Many thanks for the supervision and organization of the Lord of the Lawns and match reporter, Simon Dorey. Thanks also to Lois Woolley for organizing the splendid tea, to Jeremy Marr for running the tournament, and to Russell Uhler of the Vancouver Croquet Club for facilitating our use of the club and for setting up and taking down the pitch. And finally, thanks to all the participants for playing and making it such a fun event.
We at VOCS have been assured by credible witnesses that the final victory of Marr and Brown, and Marr running the match, can reasonably be explained as pure coincidence!
WHOOPEE TOOPE! – VOCS MEMBER TAKES OVER THE LIGHT BLUE SCHOOL!
While not an uncommon honour when taken altogether with the other 345 holders of the title, in the perspective of being only the 346th Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge in since 1412, when the office was created, it is truly wonderful to report that VOCS member and former Toaster of the Universities at a BRD, Dr. Stephen Toope, has been named as the next Vice-Chancellor. We at VOCS, nay, I am sure all of us at VOCS extend to him heartiest congratulations.
For a full list of CU-VCs (not the medal sort), see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Vice-Chancellors_of_the_University_of_Cambridge. Sadly, we can find no photograph of Thomas Ashwell, who was VC #1 in 1412. In fact, all we can find about VC #1 is that he was a friar.
Something like Friar Tuck, vide supra, but more law abiding and mayhap more solemn.
FEDERAL CIVIL SERVICE WISELY COURTING OXBRIDGE GRADUATES, COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARS AND RHODES SCHOLARS
The Recruitment of Policy Leaders (RPL) program of the Government of Canada is circulating information about their 2016 recruitment campaign via Oxbridge, Commonwealth and Rhodes scholarship alumni. You may already have been contacted in respect of this. But if you missed it, think it is time for a change and yearn for an indexed pension and, presumably, the companionship of lots of similar folk, we at VOCS thought we should pass on to you the web address to follow for more information: http://jobs-emplois.gc.ca/rpl-rlp/index-eng.php.
The 2016 recruitment campaign will launch on October 20th.
AND WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO KEEP YOU HAPPY IN THE ’16–’17 RAINY SEASON AND AFTER? HELP US WITH PLANNING, PLEASE.
All going well, OB #115 will hit your in-basket on the day of the first meeting of the Board of Directors of VOCS, at which attention will be turned to possible events to cheer up the Rainy Season.
One to be discussed will be a members’ kids’ attendance (with nannies or even a parent) at a pantomime. If that would be of interest to members with wee folk of suitable age, you should drop an email to our President, Alan Lund, at: *protected email*.
Another possible event is a group attendance at the King’s College Cambridge choir’s concert at the Chan Centre at UBC, happening on March 26th, 2017 at 1:15PM for 2:00PM. Further information on the concert can be found at: http://www.earlymusic.bc.ca/events/the-choir-of-kings-college-cambridge/.
Once again, to help the Board in event planning, if such a group attendance and maybe some associated cup of tea, etc. interests you, please drop an email to Alan.
We would hope to fit a Feast into the Rainy Season. Anyone with an as-yet-untried-by-VOCS favourite Vancouver ethnic resto that is not too expensive is invited to drop an email to Master of the Feasts, Peter Moskos at *protected email* with details, including any friendly contacts.
Finally, if you have an idea for an event that you are willing to help put on, from a lecture, to a cultural visit, to whatever else your fertile brain can think up, also send it along to Alan.
Cheers to all,
We at VOCS in retirement…