The November edition of LS126 is on its way to the printers and it’s another cracker. You can read it online here or order a printed copy through our website www.leedsmet.ac.uk/ls126.
As we’re now on our fourth edition we’re getting more and more people approaching us with ideas for the magazine which takes the pressure off us. In fact some people have even taken to almost camping in our office to get their stories told!
We really enjoy getting out and about meeting with colleagues who have something interesting to share and we particularly enjoy making them do something a bit daft to make for a creative photo. This isn’t without risks, for this edition myself and Linda accompanied photographer Vicky to get some shots of Geoff Ibbotson in action as the ‘Karate Kid’. As part of ‘getting into the zone’ Geoff insisted that we experience some of his moves first-hand, stressing that there wouldn’t be any pain involved. Not true. Demonstrating the power of pressure points and moves to disarm people had us contorted into completely powerless positions and wincing at the amount of pain a well placed finger can cause. I also fell for the “let me demonstrate a slap, I won’t touch you”, I’m not sure if it was my flinching or a deliberate mistake on Geoff’s part, but definitely had his hand print on my face afterwards. The pictures look amazing though so I guess the adage, no pain, no gain, is true.
It’s also a privilege and a bit intimidating to be one of the first people to meet new senior members of staff to quiz them on their arrival at our University. This was particularly the case when meeting our New Chair, Lord Woolmer of Leeds. What a nice, friendly and approachable chap he is. Being a keen walker we were soon discussing which Yorkshire walks have the reward of a good pub at the end of them.
I also get to venture into areas of our University I wouldn’t normally visit. For our enterprise feature we hijacked the health labs and got to pretend to be scientists filling test-tubes with an array of coloured potions, although we disappointingly didn’t have a chance to play with Bunsen burners.
Thanks to everyone who contributed this time and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed producing it.