Chatwin Colloquium: Nicholas Murray

‘Bruce Chatwin and the Nature of Human Restlessness’ – By Nicholas Murray (author, journalist and biographer of Bruce Chatwin The Colloquium was held to honour the 25th anniversary of Chatwin’s death; it was introduced by a Lower Sixth College student, Tamsin Bracher (Mo, L6). Nicholas Murray began with a quotation from one of Chatwin’s reports […]

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Dan Hannan

“Start every speech with a bang,” Dan Hannan told his audience, as he spoke about the art of 21st Century Oratory on 31st October.  This was only one of the Ten Commandments which he argued would make an almost perfect speech.  The Old Marlburian European Parliament Member delivered an ear-opening talk which inspired all who […]

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Simon Gilderson, MBE

On Thursday 21st November, the Politics Society had great pleasure in hosting Simon Gilderson MBE (BH 1983-88) – an ex SAS veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan. He was invited to discuss to what extent modern wars are unwinnable and he used his own extensive operational experience in a 21 year army career to try […]

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Blackett Science Lecture

The 9th annual Blackett Science Lecture took place on Tuesday 26th November in the Ellis Theatre given by the Savilian Professor of Astronomy at Oxford University, Professor Steven Balbus titled ‘The Moon: what is, what was, what might have been’. A large audience of pupils and Friends of the Marlborough Telescope outreach group listened to […]

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Speaker: Martin Cottingham

On Thursday 7th November the Politics Society was pleased to host Martin Cottingham, Head of Communications at Islamic Relief UK.  The invitation was extended to provide a fresh perspective on the question as to whether Islam and Democracy are fundamentally incompatible. Having travelled extensively in Muslim countries and with a job whose remit is to […]

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Deutsch Club speaker: Thomas Kielinger

The German Department hosted Thomas Kielinger, OBE, the London correspondent of the prestigious German newspaper ‘Die Welt’, on Friday 22nd November. Herr Kielinger spoke to an audience of Marlburians on ‘Anglo-German Relations: a New High?’ in the Adderley. Guests included teachers and pupils from St. John’s, Marlborough and St Mary’s, Calne. Author of ‘Crossroads and […]

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George Hollingbery MP

With only two years’ experience as an MP in the recently created constituency of Meon Valley in Hampshire, George Hollingbery has been described as a ‘rising star’ especially with his promotion to Parliamentary Private Secretary for Theresa May. Despite being bound by the Ministerial Code, he was still able to outline how backbenchers operate in […]

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Marlborough hosts Carol Ann Duffy

For the finale of Marlborough’s Literary Festival, Britain’s Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy performed in the Memorial Hall along with John Sampson who provided  musical interludes and combinined his atmospheric music with Carol Ann’s poems. John opened with Charge of the Light Brigade performed on a herald’s trumpet, the first of many obscure instruments used […]

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De-mining Cambodia

Aki-Ra a former child soldier travelled to Marlborough from Cambodia, to tell us why he is committed to ensuring the legacy of mines that have been left after the war will be removed. At the start of the talk Tony Hauser, a Canadian photographer told pupils how he started working for this charity and about […]

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Commander Ian Adam speaks to the Politics Society

Commander Ian Adam was a recent guest of the Marlborough Politics Society to deliver a very stimulating and thought provoking presentation on the Global trends that are projected to shape the world in the next 20 years. The future in some respects looks a rather scary place with resources becoming scarcer, populations growing and the […]

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