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February 2017 - Old Pauline Newsletter
Welcome to the February issue of the Old Pauline Club eNews
This month we bridge the Atlantic with updates from the New York branch and an interview with Hooman Majd (1969-74). We also share an update from our friends in Athens. With almost 1,000 OPs now living outside the UK, do get in touch if you want to start an overseas group in your area. 

We also partner with the St Paul’s Parents Group for their second annual Pauline Perspectives event. Join us and our OP panellists, moderated by the High Master, for what should prove to be a lively debate: Is social media ruining democracy? 

Last but not least, there are stories of rackets success in Cambridge to celebrate.
Feast Service 2017
There was a capacity attendance at this year’s Feast Service, held at St Paul’s Cathedral on 30 January. Read full story here
OPs Help Cambridge to Historic Win 
The Varsity Rackets match was held at the Queens Club on 1 February. Read full story here
OP Profile

A conversation with Hooman Majd (1969-74)
Hooman Majd is an acclaimed journalist and author with a focus on Iranian issues. Originally from Tehran, Iran, Hooman spent much of his young life on the move due to his parents’ careers, as his father was a diplomat for the Shah. After settling in as a boarder at St Paul’s, Hooman then made the leap to the US for university.

Read full profile here

New York Drinks Hosted by James Morris

Seventeen Old Paulines, Paulinas and guests attended the New York drinks evening on Wednesday 1 February, hosted by OP Jamie Morris and his wife Betsy. With an array of appetizers provided by the hosts and drinks brought by the attendees, it was a most enjoyable evening!
Impromptu OP Drinks and Nibbles in Athens

The visit of Paul Heaton (1970-75) from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and his sons Gordon (2006-11) from Tokyo and Angus (2008-13) from New York, seemed a more than reasonable excuse to gather a few of the resident Athenian Old Paulines together for a glass of wine and a bite to eat. Read full story here
BAFTA Nomination for OP
Congratulations to OP George Amponsah (1982-87), who was nominated for a BAFTA for his documentary The Hard Stop. George missed out on the 'Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director or Producer in 2017' to Babak Anvari, Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill and Lucan Toh (the writers, directors and producers behind Under The Shadow), but you can listen to his BAFTA interview regarding the film here.
String Quartet Concert
Adrian Butterfield (1978-83) is performing with his quartet, The Revolutionary Drawing Room, this Sunday, 26 February at 3pm, St John’s Smith’s Square, London. For other upcoming concerts, please visit
Low Life Lawyer: In The Footsteps Of Bechet - Michael Simmons
Set in the 1950s and 60s, Low Life Lawyer details the rise and fall – and rise again – of a rogue lawyer who is also a talented jazz clarinet musician. Inspired by a lengthy legal and journalist career, Michael Simmons has taken inspiration from novelists such as John Grisham and Kingsley Amis to bring us this gripping legal thriller.
Stephen Pidcock (1995-2000) credits former teacher with award win
Stephen Pidcock recently won an award for That Deep Ocean… a play that he translated from Italian. Of the win, Stephen said it was "thanks in no small part to the teaching of Messrs EJT Williams, JM Gillespie, DJM Hempstead, DJ Lingham and RJ Thompson in the late 1990s". Congratulations Stephen.  
SPS Teams Advance to Cyber Centurion Finals
Paulines competing in the Cyber Centurion have done incredibly well, with the two SPS teams successfully passing the third round of the competition over the weekend. 
Read more
University Destinations
Exciting times lie ahead as University offers arrive for 2017 entry. All US University early acceptances were made before Christmas with Oxford and Cambridge offers arriving in early January, a combined total of 85. Read more
Read more recent St Paul's news on the School's Website...
Upcoming OP, guests and friends events in New York

The New York branch have announced their upcoming events for all of those living or travelling in the area.

Lunch at the University Club, 12.30pm – Wednesday 15 March
Lunch at Cornelia Street Cafe, 12pm – Wednesday 26 April
Drinks evening in Soho, hosted by OP Mark Allison – June 2017
Cabana night in Hell's Kitchen, hosted by OP Tamora Rush-Kellett – July 2017

Further details from 
Simon Strauss and Tamora Rush-Kellett and in the monthly editions of the OP eNewsletters.
Pauline Perspectives – 1 March | Book now
Wessex Lunch – 25 March | Book now
Earliest Vintage Luncheon – 22 April | Book now
Annual Dinner at the House of Lords – 10 July | Save the date
Pauline Perspectives II |
1 March
Join Paulines, Old Paulines, parents, staff and our distinguished panel of guest speakers to debate this critical challenge to western democracy. 
Book now
Wessex Luncheon |
25 March 
This event will be taking place at the Coppleridge Inn and will be an opportunity to catch up with Old Paulines based in the area. 
Book now
Earliest Vintage Luncheon 2017 | 22 April 
Old Paulines who left the School on or before July 1968 are invited to the biennial Earliest Vintage Luncheon. 
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It is with much regret that we notify the deaths of the following Old Paulines. Our sympathy goes to their families and friends.

Very Rev Robert (Bob) M C Jeffery (1948-53) - 21 December 2016
David C Hitchins 
(1988-93) – 23 January 2017
John W Runacres (1941-46) - 29 January 2017
Andrew P Fabian 
(1943-48) - 02 February 2017
Neil M Goodman 
(1964-51) - 05 February 2017
Anthony M Graham 
(1952-56) - 20 February 2017

Obituaries are published in the Old Pauline News magazine. 
Dates of death are listed if known


The family of Bryan Robson, Head of English (1970-89) and Director of Drama (1989-90) at St Paul's, invite you to celebrate his life at a memorial service on Saturday 13 May at: The Grosvenor Chapel, 24 South Audley Street, London, W1Y 5DL from 3pm - 4.15pm. Please RSVP to Annick Robson via email or phone:
020 8948 3841 or 07770 236 712

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