13 October, 2007


Progress -- of sorts

I am sure that there are plenty of ethnically-themed social events at the London University School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) which pass without comment and are indeed lauded as celebrating various exotic cultures, but when Timothy McLellan organized an "English party", all hell broke loose.

So far so predictable, but this pleasantly surprised me

Aileen Puhlmann, co-president of sports and society at the SOAS student union, said: "When I saw the poster I could see the irony in it but at the same time you could make a big deal of it, especially here.

"You could blow it up into something it clearly wasn't meant to be other than a good night out."

"It could either make people laugh or offend and, unfortunately, it offended."

What a sensible girl. Maybe there's hope for us all yet.

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