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In memorium : Captain James Pavitt (1997/98)

James Pavitt pilot 19978It is with great sadness that we heard the news that James Pavitt ( class of 1997/98?) had died. James was a qualified pilot and first officer/captain. This was devastating news as he had just won a difficult custody battle for his three daughters. A Fund has been set up to raiseo raise money for his daughters’ education and will be overseen by James’ mother.

There was a service at St John’s church in Harpenden on Monday 12th November which was attended by familyand a very large number of his friends and colleagues.

Our thoughts go out to his family.

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Our man in Princeton – David Minto (1998)

After his A levels, David went to Cambridge University where he gained a B.A. in English Literature. He also holds an M.A. in Contemporary History and Politics from Birkbeck College, University of London. David’s work focuses on the intersection of sexuality—that most intimate of human domains—and geopolitical processes and formations.

He then moved to the USA to take up a Ph.D. fellowship. His doctoral thesis is entitled ‘Special Relationships: Transnational Homophile Activism and Anglo-American Sexual Politics’. The project examines the affective and strategic dimensions of cross-border gay activist connections in the decades following World War II, exploring the transatlantic nature of a movement nevertheless subject to territorial strictures. Putting the “special relationships” of homophiles in dynamic tension with the “special relationship” of post war Anglo-American exchange, it charts an “Intimate Atlantic” around which ideas, texts, and people—often marginalized in their home cultures—insistently circulated with significant local and international effects.

David is currently a professor at the University of Princeton where he is a lecturer in the Council of Humanities and History. At Princeton he will hold the fund for Reunion-Cotsen Fellowship in LGBT Studies; he is also the Resident Faculty Fellow at Butler College. In spring 2015 he taught a course on Queer Utopias.

David’s research has previously appeared in British Queer History: New Approaches and Perspectives and he has presented at numerous conferences, including collectively with Yale’s Working Group on Globalization and Culture. Professor Minto gave a talk entitled ‘Toward an Intimate Atlantic: Transnational Precursors to Post war Homophile Activism’ for the American History Association at Atlanta, GA in January 2016.

Angela’s Book launch – Follow me!

Local bookstore, Waterstones, in St Albans hosted a ‘Book Launch of ‘Follow Me ‘ on Saturday 30th January. The packed audience in the upstairs café area witnessed a stunning and most entertaining session where Angela talked about her life as an author, journalist and playwright and also discussed and answered questions on a range of topics relating to her current book, the impact of modern technology and issues relating to feminism and human behaviour in general. Angela also signed copies of her book. ‘Follow me’ has already been a great success and is available from all booksellers and online.

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Angela Clarke’s new thriller – out now!

The ‘Hashtag Murderer’ posts chilling cryptic clues online, pointing to their next target. Taunting the police. Enthralling the press. Capturing the public’s imagination.  But this is no virtual threat.

As the number of his followers rises, so does the body count.  Eight years ago two young girls did something unforgivable. Now ambitious police officer Nasreen and investigative journalist Freddie are thrown together again in a desperate struggle to catch this cunning, fame-crazed killer. But can they stay one step ahead of him? And can they escape their own past?

Time’s running out. Everyone is following the #Murderer. But what if he is following you?

Above digest from Amazon where  further details and reviews can be found at:-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Follow-Me-Angela-Clarke/dp/0008165432

This is Angela’s second book and follows ‘Confessions of a Fashionista’

** Event: The London Book Launch of Follow Me **

 Date:  Thursday 28th January 2016   Time: 6.30pm +

Location: Hatchards Piccadilly, 187 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LE

https://www.hatchards.co.uk

** Event: The St Albans Book Launch of Follow Me ** 

Date: Saturday 30th January 2016    Time: 6.30pm for 7pm +

Location: Waterstones, 8 St Peters Street, St Albans, AL1 3LF

Some reviews

‘[Clarke] really gets to what modern life is on the internet.’

‘An original idea’

‘Freddie is a magnificently monstrous character’  ~ Saturday Review, BBC Radio 4

‘Set in a London of East End hipsters, Tinder hook-ups, and internships, this tongue-in-cheek tale explores murder in the age of social media’ ~ The Sunday Mirror

‘Written in the sharpest style, the story races along, leaving the reader almost as breathless as the heroine – but there is a verve to it that is impossible to resist. A playwright and a screenwriter, Clarke is certainly someone to watch.’ ~ The Daily Mail

‘Slick and clever’ ~ The Sun 

‘A very contemporary nightmare, delivered with panache’ ~  The Independent

‘Clarke has made an appealing flawed female lead who’ll make immediate sense to readers who enjoyed Rachel in The Girl On The Train. An invigorating cat-and-mouse game, with a dark and filthy wit that deliciously spikes the regular drenchings of gore’ ~ Crime Scene Magazine

‘A chilling debut’ ~ Hello! Magazine

‘Follow Me is compelling, a proper page-turner’ ~ Emerald Street 

‘Follow Me is a well written, taut, absolutely fascinating and scarily good crime novel that is too true to life…It will certainly make you look at social media and Twitter in particular with the utmost scepticism and horror. Outstanding! Clearly the start of a wonderful series, superbly written. I definitely want more.’ ~ Shots Magazine

 

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Tom Ford [1998]

Tom Ford left Roundwood Park in 1998 after taking 4 A-levels (Pure Maths, Mechanics, Physics, Chemistry) to study Physics at Balliol College, Oxford University. He very much appreciated the rigorous Maths teaching at Roundwood and the enthusiasm of his science teachers in preparing him for Oxford University. He was at Oxford University for 4 years, graduating with a 1st class degree and specialising in Condensed Matter physics.

Tom then moved to Cambridge University in 2002 to pursue a PhD in Chemical Physics working under Prof. Richard Friend and Dr. Neil Greenham in the Cavendish Laboratory. He studied the excited energy states in semi-conducting plastic materials, providing insight into materials which are excellent candidates for flat-screen displays and solar cells. He used a wide variety of laser and general spectroscopic techniques as well as cryogenics, electronics and programming. This work resulted in several publications in leading Physics journals.

After Cambridge, Tom returned to Oxford in 2006 to work for Sharp Electronics as a Research Scientist. At Sharp Tom worked in the Biosciences group, learning about, for the first time, the exciting world of biochemistry as well as continuing to apply his spectroscopic expertise. Later in Sharp, Tom worked on a project developing a novel healthcare sensor, which involved applying electronics, software and machine learning algorithms to a practical problem. This also led to considerable expose to the business side of the company and travel to Japan, which in turn led to him acquiring a modest business proficiency in Japanese.

After 7 years at Sharp, Tom decided it was time for a change, so left Sharp in 2012 to join We7 Ltd – an internet music company – where he is currently leading a group applying ‘big data’ technologies and data mining algorithms to the company’s data. This work, in mathematics and software engineering, aims to allow the company to provide a better service by understanding and predicting the behaviour of the company’s users.

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Confessions of a Fashionista – Angela Clarke in print!

Angela left us in 1998 and after graduating with a degree in English & European Studies she worked in the fashion industry as an agent producing photoshoots for magazines, advertising campaigns and catwalk shows etc. In the last few years she decided to focus full time on writing and wrote a column for the Daily Mail online for 3 years. Angela also writes a column in The Wharf (a Canary Wharf based publication). She has just had her first book published, Confessions of a Fashionista (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Confessions-Fashionista-Anonymous/dp/075354119X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350666847&sr=8-1), which is a humorous memoir of her time spent working in the fashion industry. Angela has also had pieces published in the Indy, the Daily Mail and on The Vagenda, etc and recently appeared on Woman’s Hour talking about being a feminist and working in the fashion industry. She describes herself as a writer rather than as a journalist. Angela is currently working on her next book – which is a teen novel.

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Angela Clarke [1998]

Angela read English and European Literature at the University of Essex and Advances in Scriptwriting at RADA.

Initially she worked in the fashion industry, but also continued to pursue her love of books and writing. She’s penned both regional and national columns and her journalist contributions include: The Independent magazine, The Daily Mail , Cosmopolitan, and Writing Magazine. Her memoirs, Confessions of a Fashionista (ebury) is an Amazon Fashion Chart bestseller. Now magazine described her as a ‘glitzy outsider’.

The short drama film, Drift, based on her screenplay, is due for release in 2015. Her first novel, The Hashtag Murders (Maze, HarperCollins), is due to be published later this year.

Currently (June 8-13 2015) showing at the Hope Theatre in London is The Legacy, her debit play. It is a cynically funny play that explores gender, affluence and shouting back. it is set in Harpenden,

See her work at  www.angelaclarke.co.uk

Updated June 10 2015

 

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Mitra Esmizadeh [1998 ]

After leaving Roundwood Mitra attended the North Herts Performing Arts School. From there she has held a number of varied posts in the world of commerce. Currently she is a Sales Executive at Reed Exhibitions in London