Greetings, space adventurers!
This week is our second social of term, formal hall at Oriel!
We had formal hall at Oriel last year for the first time, also organised by the wonderful Nicola, and it was brilliant fun! Next term we'll be looking to do formals at other colleges but Oriel is easier to organise for now. Thanks everyone who has sent Nicola £9:95 for their meal already.
We welcome late sign-ups to formal hall!
If you want to come please email Nicola to say so by midnight tonight, and put cash or a cheque in her pidge by 8:00am tomorrow. It's fine for you to sign up still so long as you do *both* of those, on time.
Those coming to the meal will meet at Oriel at 7:00pm tomorrow night for the meal which starts a little after seven. This week the meeting will start slightly late, to give the diners time to finish their meals. Those not coming to the meal meet at Oriel lodge at 8:00pm for the meeting at 8:15pm.
There will be refreshments and crisps and biscuits as usual, but people who come to hall will probably be much too full with hearty warm delicious Oriel food to be able to partake. ^_^
The theme this week is "The Needs of the Many". Star Trek gives us all an entertaining investigation of the moral and ethical dilemmas faced IN SPACE! We'll see captains weighing the fate of species against the rights of individuals, doctors pushing their Hippocratic oath to breaking point, and officers finding that the prime directive perhaps doesn't always demand that they do the right thing.
Please send in your episode suggestions to me! I'll bring every episode suggested.
Hope to see lots of you at both events!
The meeting this week is halloween-themed! We'll be watching the scariest, creepiest, most disquieting episodes in the whole of Star Trek. Starfleet officers will be driven mad by invisible foes, civilians will scream uncontrollably at grotesque alien beings and cultures will be terrorized by nightmare creatures from folklore brought to life. I must ask you all to go through the pain of remembering the most terrifying experiences you've had, and to talk about them. I need to know which episodes you've found most disturbing, and I need you to steel yourselves and prepare to watch them again. I must warn you that this meeting will be extremely distressing, and should anyone find it too much, there will be opportunities to leave the room and receive counselling.
Before the meeting please inform the committee of any pre-existing mental disorders or phobias to help us ensure your mental safety.
There will be refreshments and biscuits available, but I must ask that you only eat them if you're sure you can handle watching the episodes without becoming sick with fear.
We will meet outside Oriel lodge at 7:45 for the meeting at 8:00. I'm afraid that since the country has just put the clocks back the darkness at this time will be much more deep and enveloping, and choking. If you know you are prone to seeing dark, shadowy creatures flitting about in the shadows in the corner of your eye then please bring a torch. Remember, if just one member of the group becomes hysterical with fear then a panic could start, making us more vulnerable to accidents, and physical and mental attack. With proper care taken, however, I'm sure we can all make it through the night, and be stronger for the experience.
Greetings, members of Starfleet!
This week we have our first social of term! We're going to The Chequers at 6:30, before the meeting, to eat, drink and chat about Star Trek. It should be a good way to chill out after the trauma of having finished the weekend and then spent the day struggling to adjust to it being Monday again.
Chequers is in an alley off the south side of the high street, it's easiest to find it just by looking for the sign. We'll wait outside until 6:30, and you can meet us inside if you arrive after 6:30.
We'll still be outside Oriel at 7:45 for the meeting at 8:00, if you can't come to Chequers but you want to join us at the usual time.
The meeting this week is on the theme of "Characters you love to hate" featuring the most annoying characters we can think of, but that we nevertheless feel strangely compelled to watch...
Perhaps you like an episode with Wesley in, or perhaps you find Barclay strangely charismatic, or perhaps even you find you can listen to Neelix talk for more than five seconds without screaming. Well, we've dedicated this week to just such characters. Through watching them we can all broaden our enjoyment of Star Trek, by teaching each other tolerace and a new understanding of these irritating, irritating people.
Please think of your favourite episodes on this theme and hit 'reply' to send them to me. I'll bring a copy of every episode you suggest to the meting.
Don't forget that as usual there will be free refreshments and nibbles for all!
To anyone who missed me collecting memberships last week, a reminder that the first meeting you attend is free but otherwise, meetings are £1 for non-members and memberships are £5 for a term, £10 for a year, £17 for life.
Also, you should all join the Oxford Star Trek Society facebook group! It's not been used much since it was set up, but I hope to change that, with your help. It's at http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=8731153518.
Greetings, Trek fans!
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Our next meeting has the theme 'To boldy go', where we watch episodes that capture the true spirit of Star Trek.
As the voiceovers of Kirk and Picard imply, we're looking for episodes featuring the exploration of strange new worlds, the seeking out of new life and new civilisations, and the boldy going where no one has gone before!
The crews will find alien life that is bizarre, hostile, seemingly utopian, or an allegory for problems with today's society. They'll go places further than is theoretically possible, find higher dimensions and other universes.
The episodes will be the selected from the suggestions sent in by members, so please get thinking! Hit 'reply' to send me your recommendations (the sooner the better, so that I can sort out borrowing any DVDs we'll need but don't have). Even though the voiceover that inspired this week's theme is from TOS and TNG, episodes from any series are welcome. Don't forget to browse Memory Alpha or Wikipedia to help find an episode you like but can't remember the name of.
The meeting is at Oriel on Monday (18th), we meet outside the lodge at 7:45, for the meeting at 8:00.
And as usual, we will supply free refreshments and nibbles for all!
The first meeting you attend is free! Otherwise, meetings are £1 for non-members, or become a member for £5 for a term, £10 for a year, £15 for life (1st/2nd week discount from £17 for life).