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first_imgOlivia HookerThe life of Olivia Juliet Hooker came to an end this year with her death on Nov. 21.  She was born Feb. 12, 1915, in Muskogee, Okla., one of five children. Janis Porter, Hooker’s goddaughter, said she died at their White Plains, N.Y., home.  Her mind was clear, and she did not have dementia, but she was just tired. She had no surviving relatives.Hooker was the last known survivor of the 1921 racist attack in Tulsa, Okla. Over the decades, she referred to it as a “Catastrophe,” stating that “other people call it the Tulsa race riot.  It wasn’t a riot. We were victims.” (New York Times, Nov. 23)The Tulsa massacre is often referred to as one of the deadliest episodes of racial violence in U.S. history.  Ignored for a long time, it took a struggle by survivors and their relatives to bring the truth to public view.Dr. Hooker was a founder in 1997 of the Tulsa Race Riot Commission, which issued a report four years later, exposing a cover-up by city and state officials.  In 2003, Hooker joined a lawsuit with 400 plaintiffs against Tulsa and Oklahoma, but the Supreme Court dismissed it. On Feb. 20, Oklahoma legislators announced the 1921 racist attack would be added to an online public school curriculum.The ‘Catastrophe’In 1921, the segregated, self-sufficient Black business and residential community thrived in Greenwood. This 40-square block area in Tulsa was known as “Black Wall Street.”  On May 31, false rumors circulated that Dick Rowland, a Black teenage shoe shiner, had sexually assaulted a white female elevator operator.  He was in a downtown building in order to use the only bathroom available to Black people. The Oklahoma Historical Society later reported that Rowland probably tripped and stepped on her foot, causing her to scream.  He was exonerated in September.A white lynch mob stormed the courthouse where Rowland was taken after his arrest.  What ensued was a two-day, torch-carrying rampage and terrorist attack on Greenwood’s Black community. During the massacre, racists set on fire and destroyed thousands of businesses, including stores, theatres, hospital, schools and homes.  Hundreds of Black people were injured or murdered, some even burned alive. Bodies were dumped throughout the city, as well as thrown in the river. There are unmarked mass graves. City and state officials were slow to publicly acknowledge these horrific events.Olivia Hooker was only six years old when the Tulsa massacre occurred.  She recalled that her mother ordered her and her siblings to hide under the dining room table and be quiet.  From under the table, Hooker heard people using an axe to destroy the family piano. She witnessed her grandmother’s bed being soaked in kerosene, her first “ethnic” doll’s handmade clothes being torched on the clothesline, food on the stove being dumped on the floor, and the house being ransacked.It was horrifying trying to keep quiet as a child, she said: “The most shocking was seeing people you’d never done anything to irritate would just, took it upon themselves to destroy your property because they didn’t want you to have those things.  And, they were teaching us a lesson. Those were new ideas to me,” Hooker stated. (NY Times, Nov. 23)‘They smashed everything …’The Washington Post reported on Nov. 22 that Dr. Hooker stated in a June interview, “We could see what they were doing.  They took everything they thought was valuable. They smashed everything they couldn’t take. My mother had [opera singer Enrico] Caruso records she loved.  They smashed the Caruso records. It took me a long time to get over my nightmares. I was keeping my family awake screaming.” Her father’s business was destroyed, and Hooker’s family moved to Topeka. Kan., but they subsequently returned to Tulsa, where she attended high school and then moved to Ohio. Hooker enlisted in the Women’s Reserve of the Coast Guard in early 1945, becoming one of the first African-American women to sign up.   Hooker got her M.A. from Columbia University and her Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Rochester. From 1963 until her retirement in 1985, she was a senior clinical lecturer at Fordham University.  She was also a civil rights activist.The New York Times reported on Oct. 4 that there are still racial disparities in Tulsa.  The Greenwood section remains predominantly Black. The impact of anger, fear and trauma linger. The article said that Tulsa Mayor G.I. Bynum has renewed efforts to locate  the victims’ mass graves, further uncover the history of the racist attack, and provide closure for the victims and their families.  He stated: “It’s one of the defining events for our city. We … [still] grapple with not just the event itself, but also a racial reconciliation in the aftermath of it.  We can’t hope to reconcile as a city if we’re not committed to doing everything we need to fully understand what happened in 1921.”‘It’s about what we give to this world’The community mourned Dr. Olivia Hooker’s death at a two-hour service of remembrance on Nov. 23 at the Vernon African Methodist Episcopal Church on Greenwood Avenue near downtown Tulsa.  Rep. Regina Goodwin stressed: “This was not a riot, this was a massacre. This was no new-fangled thing young folks came up with. It was Dr. Hooker who said this was a massacre.” (, Nov. 23)The Rev. Dr. Robert Turner said: “She had to leave everything she and her family knew.  That didn’t deter her. She continued on in her education, got a Ph.D., and went on to serve her country.  A country that never really did much for her as far as justice,” reported the same media. When asked what kept her going, Dr. Olivia Hooker answered, “It’s not about you, or me, it’s about what we can give to this world.” (BBC News, Nov. 25)An article titled “Dr. Olivia Hooker, teacher, survivor of 1921 Tulsa racist attack,” by Dolores Cox was posted April 6.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgFacebook printJoin TCU 360 for live coverage of tonight’s House of Student Representatives meeting. The House is set to debate a bill to help pay for TCU IFC Movember and a bill to pay for finals stress relief for students. Elizabeth Campbell Breakdown: Cambridge Analytica, information warfare Elizabeth Campbell Elizabeth Campbell WATCH: Former Chief of Staff for Obama talks Trump administration, Democrats, liberal arts education + posts TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history ReddIt CRES negotiates move to interdisciplinary unit amid student resistance ReddIt Linkedin Elizabeth Campbell Twitter Linkedin Alumna joins ‘Survivor’ reality show in quest for a million dollars Facebook Bill author VP Katie Phillips presents her bill to pay for stress relief for students during finals in the SGA House of Representatives meeting on Nov. 17. Elizabeth Campbell The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Previous articleKansas gives the Frogs a wake-up callNext articleFrogs drop to No. 18 in ranking despite win Elizabeth Campbell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Elizabeth Campbell is executive editor of TCU 360 and a senior journalism and political science double major. When not in the newsroom, she’s thinking about the news while probably watching TCU football or being a history nerd. Send her a tip if you have a story to share! TCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summerlast_img read more

first_img June 4, 2021 Find out more July 15, 2020 Statement in support of the mandate of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media News June 7, 2021 Find out more News 9 July 2020 Statement in support of the mandate of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media We, the undersigned organisations, are deeply concerned by the decision of the representatives of Azerbaijan and Tajikistan to block the renewal of the mandate of Harlem Désir, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (RFOM).  We respect the need for a consensus vote of all member states of the OSCE on the mandate renewal as an important commitment of all OSCE participating States to abide by their commitments to freedom of expression and free media. We understand the move by Azerbaijan and Tajikistan is an attempt to weaken the essential watchdog function of the mandate.  Our organisations have worked closely with current and past RFOMs  over the years and supported them in promoting media freedom in the OSCE region. We are looking forward to further collaboration with the mandate which was due to be renewed on 19 July.  The RFOM is a critical institution in safeguarding and promoting media freedom across the OSCE region. In particular, we value assistance that the RFOM provided to the OSCE participating States on relevant issues related to the promotion and protection of the media and freedom of expression and in shaping their policies and legislation in line with international standards and OSCE commitments. We also highlight crucial support that the mandate has been providing to journalists and media organisations and to our own organisations’ mission in defending and promoting press freedom within the OSCE region and beyond.   As the COVID-19 pandemic showed, ensuring media freedom is more important now than ever. We believe that the renewal of his mandate is an important opportunity for OSCE participating States to confirm their commitment to media freedom at a time when it is threatened and pledge further support towards this important mandate. Therefore, we urge the Governments of Azerbaijan and Tajikistan and all OSCE participating States to uphold their international commitments and to support the renewal of the mandate of Mr Désir before it expires on 19 July.  Signed by:ARTICLE 19: Global Campaign for Free ExpressionBelarusian Association of JournalistsCenter for Independent Journalism – RomaniaCommittee to Protect JournalistsEuropean Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)European Federation of JournalistsFree Press UnlimitedFreedom HouseGlobal Forum for Media Development (GFMD)Globe International CenterHungarian Civil Liberties UnionIndex on CensorshipInitiative for Freedom of Expression – TurkeyInternational Federation of JournalistsInternational Media Support (IMS)International Press Institute (IPI)Metamorphosis FoundationNorwegian PENOsservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT)OssigenoP24 Platform for Independent JournalismPEN AmericaPEN InternationalPalestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA)Reporters Without Borders (RSF)Rory Peck TrustSouth East Europe Media OrganizationSouth East European Network for Professionalization of Media (SEENPM)World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers AzerbaijanTajikistanEurope – Central Asia Media independenceInternational bodies Council of EuropeFreedom of expression to go further Harlem Désir, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia Receive email alertscenter_img Campaigns “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says RSF_en June 8, 2021 Find out more AzerbaijanTajikistanEurope – Central Asia Media independenceInternational bodies Council of EuropeFreedom of expression Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Organisation Help by sharing this information While Azerbaijan and Tajikistan are blocking the renewal of the mandate of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and 28 press freedom organisations co-sign a declaration in support of his mandate. Newslast_img read more

first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Faith & Religion News Epicentre Church: Selah Church Retreat 2012 Published on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 | 3:01 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Herbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Yoga Poses To Overcome Stress And AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Beauty Tips That Make Indian Women So BeautifulHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News center_img Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Chris RattayEpicentre Church welcomes everyone to its 2012 Church Retreat themed “Selah.” Selah is a Hebrew word used in the Old Testament to denote pausing in order to reflect. This year, the church felt a clear sense that it was going to be a year of storms. Amidst challenges and busyness, it is choosing selah this memorial day weekend as a missional community. It is in those places of “selah” that everyone get perspective of all that is going on around them. Perspective is like being in the eye of a storm – the place of peace and stillness where someone can get clarity. They can then re-order their lives and bring transformation as they allow God to meet them, fill them anew, and follow Him with confidence and trust. The speaker for the retreat is Chris Rattay and date and times are:Dates & TimesFriday, May 25 – Sunday, May 27, 2012Friday, May 25: 6:00p-9:30pSaturday, May 26: 9:30a – 9:30pSunday, May 27: 9:30a â€“ 9:30pThe Selah Church Retreat will be held at the Azusa Pacific University – Upper North Turner. Tickets are Adults (11+) $90.00 – $110.00, Children (5-10) $50.00 – $60.00 and Children (0-4) $25.00 to $35.00.Those who wish to register online may click here.About Chris RattayChris Rattay is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College, and has lived in urban Los Angeles for 12 years. He spent time in South LA and USC, promoting efforts of justice and reconciliation between different ethnic groups. Chris served on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at USC and was an Associate Pastor at Epicentre Church before moving into Lincoln Heights and planting a church. Chris also started IntheCity, a non-profit ministry and initiative to mobilize and train leaders from within the city for the city. Chris enjoys coaching track and football at Lincoln High School, as well as his son’s T-ball team. Chris is married to his wife Maggie and have three children: Josiah, Jaden, and Samantha. Besides telling stories, Chris loves playing golf and watching Jack Bauer save the world.Epicentre Church, 133 Electric Drive, Suite 200, Pasadena, (626) 585-1595 or visit More Cool Stuff Business News Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

first_img Previous articleLimerick testing ground for Smart Cities projectNext articleWin cinema tickets Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. New parklet changes Catherine Street dining experience Ireland’s First Ever Virtual Bat Walk to take place in Limerick Linkedin Call to extend Patrickswell public sewer line Email Twitter TAGScouncillorsLimerick City and County Councilsuicide RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisementcenter_img NewsSuicide trainingBy Bernie English – October 21, 2016 656 Limerick’s O’Connell Street Revitalisation Works to go ahead Print O’Donnell Welcomes Major Enhancement Works for Castletroy Neighbourhood Park Facebook [email protected]’S public representatives are to get special training in how to deal with calls from people who are feeling suicidal.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Members of the city and county council’s emergency services committee heard that the training is being arranged as part of the local authority’s suicide strategy.Councillors attending a meeting at City Hall this week were told that there are three main elements to the current strategy.The first item is to compile a directory of current services for the promotion and maintenance of mental health.Next on the strategy’s agenda is consideration of networking events to see how the council and the HSE might poll resources in the area of mental health suicide prevention.And the third part of the plan is that elected members would have a two-hour talk from the HSE on how to deal with calls from, or encounters with, people who express suicidal thoughts. WhatsApp Limerick city centre gets a deep cleanlast_img read more

first_img TAGS  Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Local News SONIC Drive-In Celebrates Random Acts of Kindness Week by Pledging $200,000 in Funding to Public School Requests Through Limeades for Learning Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Previous articleExplainer: Mount Etna puts on its latest spectacular showNext articleOAT021721_winter_wildart_ Digital AIM Web Support Facebook SONIC® Drive-In is recognizing public school teachers during Random Acts of Kindness Week by donating up to $200,000 to hand-selected learning requests as part of Limeades for Learning, the brand’s ongoing philanthropic initiative. Twitter Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – March 19, 2021 last_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailartisteer/iStock/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) — After their offense sputtered through the first seven weeks of the season, the Arizona Cardinals have decided to make a change.The Cardinals fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Friday, one day after a 45-10 loss to the Denver Broncos dropped Arizona to 1-6. Nearing the halfway point of the season, Arizona has not yet gained 300 yards in a single game, and hasn’t had a 100-yard rusher. That despite drafting highly touted quarterback Josh Rosen in the spring, and returning running back David Johnson.This is the second consecutive year that McCoy has been fired during the season. The Broncos fired McCoy after Week 11 of last year.McCoy will be replaced by quarterbacks coach Byron Leftwich. Leftwich played nine seasons in the league for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Leftwich joined the team as an intern in 2016 and was later promoted to quarterbacks coach. He has never called plays at the NFL level. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by October 19, 2018 /Sports News – National Arizona Cardinals fire offensive coordinator Mike McCoycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

first_img PTTEP discovers oil and gas in Block SK405B through the drilling of the Sirung-1 well. (Credit: PTT Exploration and Production Plc.) PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP) has made an oil and gas discovery in Block SK405B, offshore Malaysia, through the drilling of the Sirung-1 exploration well.Drilled to a total depth of 2,538m, the wildcat well intersected an oil and gas column of over 100m in the clastic reservoirs.Block SK 405B is contained in shallow waters, nearly 137km off the coast of Bintulu in Sarawak state.PTTEP said that it will drill an appraisal well in near future to evaluate the upside resources of the Sirung-1 discovery.The Thailand state-owned company, through its subsidiary PTTEP Sarawak Oil, spudded the Sirung-1 wildcat well in January 2021. It is the first exploration well in Block SK405B.PTTEP CEO Phongsthorn Thavisin said: “The Sirung-1 exploration well marks PTTEP’s third discovery offshore Malaysia following SK410B’s Lang Lebah and SK417’s Dokong. PTTEP also plans to explore nearby prospects in this PSC next year.“The achievements have strengthened our investment base as we continue to expand our exploration horizon in Malaysia.”PTTEP Sarawak Oil is the operator of Block SK 405B with a stake of 59.5%. The company is partnered by MOECO Oil (Sarawak) and Petronas Carigali, which hold stakes of 25.5% and 15%, respectively, in the offshore Malaysian block.Petronas said that the Sirung-1 discovery further confirms the potential of Balingian Province in which exploration of the remaining prospects is yet to be done.Petronas upstream exploration vice president Emeliana Rice-Oxley said: “The Sirung-1 discovery further proves the presence of oil, especially in the under-explored deeper play within the Balingian Province. This came after similar success in an infill well at D18 Field.“We are well-positioned to pursue a similar play in the other two neighbouring blocks in the same province, namely Blocks SK411 and SK306.“As such, developing this block and other surrounding areas remains an integral part of PETRONAS and our partners’ long-term growth plans.”Last month, PTTEP and Petronas made a sweet gas discovery in Block SK417 in Malaysian waters while drilling the Dokong-1 well.Block SK417 is located in the shallow waters of Baram Province, about 90km off the Sarawak coast. An appraisal well will be drilled at a later time to assess the upside resources of the Sirung-1 discoverylast_img read more

first_imgHome » News » Marketing » ‘Not enough agents are leaving Rightmove yet to make a difference’ previous nextMarketing‘Not enough agents are leaving Rightmove yet to make a difference’Iain White says that until campaigning groups such as Say No To Rightmove have a simple, unifying message for agents to focus on, Rightmove will win once more.Nigel Lewis19th May 20203 Comments1,930 Views The number of feeds being cut to Rightmove are at their highest ‘in living memory’ a leading industry consultant has claimed, indicating unhappiness among agents has reached unprecedented levels.But Iain White, who is a consultant to dozens of estate agents across the UK and who until 2014 worked at Countrywide at a senior level, says the number of agents pulling the plug on Rightmove remains relatively low compared to its total agent database.White also says that the campaigns – four of which recently joined forces to unite behind a common purpose – have yet to truly set out their stall and that this is causing problems.“I don’t think the campaigns have yet truly said what they stand for including whether it’s saying ‘leave Rightmove’ or just ‘stay at a certain price’ or ‘leave after the discount period’,” he says.“It is these types of question marks which have held some agents back from joining these campaigns.“There are agents who plan to leave Rightmove who haven’t joined these campaigns, and others who have joined, but have no intention of quitting the portal.”White says the campaigns, and in particular the most high profile, Say No To Rightmove, must make it clear whether they are asking agents to leave Rightmove if a lower price cannot be negotiated.“If that is the case then fine, but tell us what that price is and when the trigger to leave will be,” he adds.Asked what he would do, White said: “I would make it obvious what the campaign stood for and, if everyone agreed, I would say we’re all coming off Rightmove and you need to give our notice by this date. Are you with us, Yes or No”.Reduce feesThe Negotiator put Iain White’s point to London agent Murray Lee, who is one of the four key agents leading attempts to persuade more agent to take on Rightmove.“I’ve said from the beginning if they don’t give us more courtesy in their dealings with the agents and reduce their fees to a much more realistic level In line with the 75% now [being charge] then I will serve my notice,” says Murray“I’ve told Iain this, as have the leaders of the other three campaigns, and that’s been my stance all along.”Watch the interviewSay No To Rightmove Iain White Rightmove May 19, 2020Nigel Lewis3 commentsMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 19th May 2020 at 10:21 amGood morning!I think we have said EXACTLY what we stand for IainAll in the simple title…. SAY NO TO RIGHTMOVECant be more simple can it?Let me explain if it isn’t clearSay No to their over inflated price structure (50% more than Zoopla)Say No to their different pricing structures per agent/per chain/per areaSay No to their “take it or leave it” attitudeSay No to their once a year only meaningless laptop statistic showing visitsSay No to their pointless constant nonsense emailsSay No to their dreadful client/customer careSay No to their “Bully Boy” tactics (Quote – Mr T Abrahamson/Glentree)Say No to even needing a portal who takes no interest in their customerANDSay No to this very same portal who needed pointing out that a lousy “deferral offer” was their “Ratner” momentSay No to the same portal who had to be told, in direct conversation with their CEO (Quote Alan Goldin/Alan Goldin Estates), that that offer was derisory and then panicked into withdrawing it 24 hours later and Then and ONLY then, reducing fees by 75% for 4 months (while Zoopla offered it FREE yes FREE for 5 months!!!!!)AND FINALLYSAY NO TO A COMPANY THAT HAVE MADE ZERO, ZIP, ZANADA, contact with me (and many others I believe) to ask “hows it going……”Is that clear enough Iain?And I am 100% confirming here, unless they make a realistic offer on their pricing structure in the next 75 days (or ideally less) at least this agency will be giving noticeSo thats 1 more with a very big mouth for a little guy, who with the other 4 horseman of the portal apocalypse (Quote – when he can get it right – Chris Watkins himself.Rightmove……..or Wrongmove?Over to you!!!PS French Onion Bike Ride Challenge accepted – due to be 31/5/20All donations gratefully accepted to my Just Giving PageLog in to ReplyPhilip Norgan, Martin Kemps Martin Kemps 19th May 2020 at 9:18 amThe fear factor of leaving RM will always be there. Perhaps if those agents who are struggling with the decision spoke to those of who have been long gone from RM, it would help their decision process.As I have said many times on social media and on forums, it the one of the best things we ever did. Being dictated to by an organisation that is so out of touch with its customers is not something we wanted and since leaving RM, business levels have increased and productivity has improved.If anyone wants to call me, I am happy to give them the facts and figures. 07741 857119Log in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 19th May 2020 at 11:59 amThanks PhillipI hope you have backed the Say NO movement (even if you have already left!?)Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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first_imgThe Imps and the Revue are the two main branches of Oxford student comedy. The more famous Revue has existed for 50 years and its members have included people such as Michael Palin, Dudley Moore and Rowan Atkinson. The Imps have, surprisingly, only existed since the beginning of this academic year, following inspiration at the Edinburgh fringe festival during the summer, although they seem to have been around forever and have already made themselves into an Oxford institution. It seems, therefore, logical that the two should come together to create one Kaboomshow at the end of what has been a very successful year for the two groups. The problem facing these groups is that it is so easy to rubbish what they do, especially if one starts comparing the Revue’s sketches to those of Monty Python or the Imps to Whose Line is It Anywaybut this would be to overlook what they are actually trying to do: to create new comedy and, more importantly, to entertain. This is not a bunch of pretentious students trying to be the next Chris Morris but a group of people having fun and trying to be humorous. One of the main criticisms banded around about the Revue and the Imps is that they appeal to a low sense of humour; that they just are not clever enough for the educated Oxford audiences, but this is part of what they are trying to do. They want to move away from the pretentious and, in places, incomprehensible comedy of their predecessors to get people laughing again, and from the response they get, they seem to have achieved this. The fact is, that despite the sneers that the comedy groups will inevitably get, they are both on the whole very funny. This is helped by the huge amount of talent in the two groups. A central circle of extremely talented people unites the two groups, but in both the stand out performance comes from the director of the Imps, Jon Dick. Although his confidence and ability can tend to overpower the weaker members of the groups, this in no way harms the performances, it just makes the fact that he is going from Oxford to start improvisational comedy in the big world of Chicago, the home of the art, seem like a pretty smart move. There are other stand-out performances, in the Imps – the fantastically energetic Rachel Ball and, in both the Revue and the Imps, the brilliant Jim Grant and the director of the Revue, the delightful Drummond Muir. If any criticism can be made it is that some of the Revue sketches, or the characters within the sketches, are slightly derivative or clichéd but this does not make the performances any less enjoyable or funny. Since the main point of Kaboom is to entertain, as long as it does this, what is the problem?ARCHIVE: 5th week TT 2004last_img read more