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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 10, No. 13. September 24, 1947


All the Council delegates were housed in the Zitova Kolej, a fine modern building, hostel for Yugoslav students in Prague. The sleeping arrangements were not very good (many people used kilos of DDT driving off bedbugs) and the food rather dull, but the general organisation of meetings was excellent. We met in the gymnasium of a nearby school, a very suitably sized room, with desks for each delegataion.

The best job of the meeting was done by the interpreters, of whom the chief, Susie, spoke about six languages fluently, and contributed greatly to the success of the Council. Every speech had to be translated into English, French or Russian, which dragged out the proceedings, but gave time for taking notes or thinking in between. On the whole, however, English was the most usual language (sometimes in an almost unrecognisable form) which was an advantage to' many of us. Apart from the actual speeches, we received copies of numerous reports, resolutions, comments, etc., which were cyclostyled and distributed twice a day, forming a concrete skeleton for discussion.