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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol 7, No. 4 June 7, 1944



Dear Sir,—Would you please allow me space in "Salient" to thank all those people who worked so hard to make "The Zealous Zombies" a success? I have never seen before such a prodigious amount of co-operation and enthusiasm in connection with an Extravaganza, and that's saying a lot.

The valuable thing about this year's Extravaganza is, in my opinion, that it has re-introduced in its entirety the Extravaganza tradition at V.U.C.—saveloy suppers, Extrav. romances and all. Next year there will be about fifty competent Extravaganza actors at V.U.C., and the task of production will be much easier. Above all, I hope that this year's effort will stimulate students to try their hand at writing shows.—Yours, etc.,

Ron Meek.

Note From A Soldier

The Adriatic Coast is really very pretty with its small fishing villages and picturesque market towns, and in the sunset the boats coming in with their triangular sails would make Mr. FitzPatrick positively yammer. I then crossed the backbone and came to Napoli, and surveying the ruins of the ancient city increased the significance of the traditional "see Naples and die." Out of these ruins of a city whose people have concentrated on things material for over two centuries is now arising the spirit of a new Italy. Naples is the centre of the new Popular front movement, with the Italian Communist Party as its most vigorous element. Nobody wants any part of the King, Badoglio or any of the Savoians, except elements of the regular army. As the latter is now performing reasonably good service in the Allies' favour, the position is unfortunate as the army will emerge from the campaign with a certain prestige. However, I do not think this is a serious problem as the people are so unanimously behind Croce and other brilliant party leaders.