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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 17, No. 13. July 15, 1953

And Comments

And Comments

I have criticised both judges and speakers, and because I have done so, I shall not attempt to hide behind the veil of anonymity, Naturally my remarks are open to criticism but they are, to my knowledge, generally supported by three past Plunket Medallists, though some have disagreed with some of my comments on individual speakers. I may appear to have been a trifle harsh, but if so it is because I feel that a wrong has been done—not to any particular speaker, because any of three might reasonably have expected to win; but it was not right that something which was not an attempt at oratory should win an oratory contest. It was an injustice to all the contestants and an injury to the contest itself. To say that I was amused when the decision was announced, would be an understatement; I was paralysed I scarcely remember what happened afterwards, but felt like the poet, when he wrote:

"They told me Heraclitus, they told me you were dead.
They brought me bitter news to hear and bitter tears to shed."

F. L. Curtin.

Last summer the Durham University Exploration Society undertook its biggest programme to date, organising three expedition outside the British Isles, the principal one being to French Morocco. There were two four-men expeditions—the one going to Norway and the other one to Iceland—each of which was concerned chiefly with [unclear: biology]. and surveying relative to glaciological observations. (The Northerner. Newcastle).

(A.P.)