The Brookes boy

first_imgI    study publishing here, which is quite a mixed, skills-based course. I applied to this after Eton; it’s a strong basis for going into marketing or advertising. Our workload involves about thirteen to fourteen hours of lectures and seminars a week, which are very interactive and geared towards group-based work. Other than lectures, we have about three personal reports as well as two presentations to do a term. Most people here work very hard; certainly most people I know here are very, very motivated. The publishing course at Brookes is very well respected, and the business school is also very, very popular. Most people I’ve talked to in the city reckon that Brookes is one of the best new universities, and I’ve met a lot of alumni who have all got very successful jobs. I don’t think that Brookes is marketed more towards upper-middle class students: I’d say 60% of our student population haven’t paid for their education. Brookes does have a reputation for Sloanes and husband shopping, but it’s a reputation that I think is ill-deserved, assumed through most people coming up and seeing people with blonde hair. True, there are quite a number of them to see, but I’d say last time I was up in Newcastle that kind of population was a lot more dense.We’re big drinkers as much as any other university. There are quite a lot of large nights out – we go out to clubs three or four times a week, Brookes’ favourites being Escape, The Bridge and Clementines. I’ve heard a couple of wild drunken stories about breaking into Oxford colleges, although for the record it wasn’t me! But let me just say that four or five of the colleges have walls that are very easy to scale. As to which ones, I couldn’t possibly comment. You can sense a different vibe between Brookes and Oxford nights. Brookes students seem more enthusiastic and chatty. This could be because the people there have more things in common and possibly less to prove, but admittedly that’s merely speculation. Do Oxford students have superiority issues? I think that’s something you have to judge on an individual basis. I don’t think you can ever make a generalisation about Oxford students – certainly my friends at Oxford aren’t like that at all. Concerning how we feel about them, there are absolutely no hard feelings whatsoever; everyone I know at Brookes has at least two friends at Oxford anyway. To us, Oxford University is just the place down the road. I think there is actually a lot more animosity from Oxford towards Brookes students than the other way around. To be honest, most people have chosen to go here as their first choice, so have no hard feelings about anything. We’re supposed to be the fittest university in Britain. From personal experience I’d say that’s true, although the types are actually a lot more varied than just the blonde hair and short skirts. Well, a lot of people I know, to be fair, have blonde hair and wear short skirts. Indeed, that’s the stereotype that may be applied to Brookes girls, accompanied by signet-ring wearing, shirt-and-jean wearing, long-haired boys. Degree of superficiality? I’d say no more than any other university. It’s very much a case of “you can’t judge a book by its cover”. People are generally very quick to judge short skirts and bleached blonde hair, but I think there’s a lot more to the look then that. I mean, maybe you’ll have this girl who will wake up tomorrow and think “I’d like to dye my hair blonde” – I don’t know, I don’t know why I’d dye my hair blonde. But I think to take a look at that phenomenon and think they’re all clones would be a gross underestimation.ARCHIVE: 1st week MT 2005last_img read more

Minute’s silence, red cap tribute for Lauda in Monaco

first_imgMONACO (Reuters) – Formula One will hold a minute’s silence in memory of triple world champion Niki Lauda before tomorrow’s Monaco Grand Prix, with a noisier salute to the Austrian after the race.Lauda, one of the sport’s greatest heroes and characters who came back from a fiery crash at the Nuerburgring in 1976 to win two more titles after a first with Ferrari in 1975, died on Monday at the age of 70.Formula One said the silence would be held at 14.53hrs local time, 17 minutes before the start of the race in the principality.The 20 drivers and dignitaries who normally stand at attention on the starting grid for the national anthem will be joined by a group of Lauda’s contemporaries and peers each holding a red cap in tribute.Lauda, Mercedes team’s non-executive chairman, was known for the trademark red cap he wore to hide his burns from the 1976 accident.Fans in the grandstands were invited to pay their own tribute to the two-time Monaco Grand Prix winner on the in-lap after the finish.“They can wear either a red cap, display a message on a banner, or simply applaud, while those watching from the yachts in the harbour are invited to sound their klaxons,” said a statement.Mercedes, McLaren and Ferrari already have stickers on their cars in tribute to Lauda.Mercedes team members are also wearing black armbands.last_img read more

Royal Panda bets on BetConstruct after sealing QPR deal

first_imgShare Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon QPR names Football Index as new shirt sponsor August 21, 2020 Share New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020 VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 BetConstruct has signed an agreement to provide Maltese online operator Royal Panda with a sportsbook solution for the UK market. The partnership with BetConstruct coincides with Royal Panda announcing a three-year shirt sponsorship deal with London-based Championship side Queens Park Rangers Football Club. The new partnership will allow Royal Panda to offer its users a unique sports betting experience, with up to 30,000 live events per month. There will also be a number of matchless betting offers available throughout the football season on the Royal Panda website.George Voyatzis, Commercial Director at BetConstruct commented: “We are delighted to have partnered with Royal Panda to launch its sportsbook ahead of the start of the European football seasons. Royal Panda is very likely the fastest growing independent casino brand in Europe. This partnership will allow Royal Panda to offer our market-leading sportsbook solution in addition to their established online casino in the UK and Europe and emerging markets.“Royal Panda is an exciting and innovative company and have grown exponentially over the past three years. They have a number of exciting initiatives that will see them take on the established sports betting operators.”Mark Podd, CEO of Royal Panda: “At Royal Panda, we like to do things properly, especially when it comes to selecting our strategic partners. BetConstruct’s combination of a great platform, comprehensive selection of bets and first-rate support made them a logical choice for our grand entrance into the exciting world of sports betting.“Thanks to this new partnership, we’ve been able to draw up some seriously exciting plans that we’re sure our players are going to love. We’re delighted to be able to offer odds on Premier League and Championship matches – and all other major sports – worldwide.”The three-year deal which sees the Royal Panda brand displayed on the front of QPR’s home, away and third strips, was announced last week. QPR Commercial Director Euan Inglis said: “We are absolutely delighted that Royal Panda are on board as our new shirt sponsors from the 2017/18 season. A market-leader in the online casino sphere, Royal Panda are joining us at a hugely exciting time, having recently received their sportsbook license, which will launch in the coming months.“We have a number of exciting initiatives in the pipeline that we are looking to activate around matchdays, which will include various promotions and half-time pitch activities, so the partnership will involve more than simple brand awareness.”Podd, added: “On behalf of everyone at Royal Panda, we’re delighted to be sponsoring Queens Park Rangers. As an up-and-coming brand, the opportunity to team up with a club with such history and tradition as QPR, was a fantastic opportunity for us. We look forward to building a long and prosperous relationship with QPR as we enter the sports betting market.”last_img read more