FALMER LADIES GROUP: Dr David Harper talked about his observations of birds around Falmer over the last 32 years. It was such an interesting talk, his passion and joy of birds overflowed into those listening to him. The very next day I was walking up above Lancing College and the air was just filled with the sound of, what I thought were, skylarks, but couldn’t see any in the sky, I wrote a note to David and queried what they were his reply came back ‘In rough grass the birds could well be Meadow Pipits or Skylarks. Rather early to be nesting yet for pipits, but both do the rising in front of you thing, and pipits look less substantial in the air’ but just hearing his talk and then hearing and seeing these birds the next day I was very excited.
LECTURE: St Laurence Bicentennial second lecture at the University of Sussex Meeting House was taken by Dr Cathy Watts on how nineteenth-century science changed the English Language. Dr Watts made it so interesting and took us through 19th century science which created vast amounts of new terminology and eponyms, that we hear on a day to day basis but rarely think ‘why?’ such as Parkinson’s Disease, Downs’ syndrome and many others. So many plants were discovered by the plant explorers and brought back to this country and again the names of these plants are so well known to us, such as wisteria, bougainvillea and dahlia. It was a fascinating lecture and much enjoyed by those present. The next lecture is on April 27 by Geoff Mead.
CONCERT: St Laurence Concert on Saturday by Duck Soup was such fun full of entertainment with the various instruments they played. You can’t but help to enjoy the music, the musicians themselves show so much enthusiasm. We had extra entertainment by some little girls, maybe of 4 or 5 years old dancing and jigging in the aisle in time to the music. We were smiling throughout the concert.
VARSITY DAY: Sunday was Varsity Day and Brighton University were competing against the University of Sussex on all sports. We could hear them chanting, singing and hooting on the playing fields. They all seemed to be having great fun and it was good to hear them, apparently Sussex won over all, but compared with the fun everyone had, this doesn’t matter.
NEXT CONCERT: At St Laurence Church tomorrow, Saturday, at 5.30pm the girls of Rottingdean School will be coming and it will be a great treat to hear them, they never fail to amaze.
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