Lab Dinner 2000

The Lab Dinner was held on November 24th, preceded by Alwyn Davies' Lecture on "A Short History of the UCL Chemistry Department".

The food was down to its usual UCL refectory standard. Fortunately there was enough wine to suppress any complaints. If you were there then you probably don't want to see these photos. If you weren't then this is what you missed.

The Lab Dinner was held on November 24th, preceded by Alwyn Davies' Lecture on "A Short History of the UCL Chemistry Department".The food was down to its usual UCL refectory standard. Fortunately there was enough wine to suppress any complaints. If you were there then you probably don't want to see these photos. If you weren't then this is what you missed.

Prof Davies giving a speech at lab dinner 2000

Prof Davies reminiscing. Prof Keith Ingold on his left. Prof David Clary, panicking about his speech, on his right. Prof John Ridd wonders when his glass will be refilled. Dr Bob Coombes staring at the ceiling. Could he be snoozing?

David Clary's speech at the lab dinner 2000

David Clary carefully avoids all mention of football and sticks to the facts. Alwyn Davies smiles benignly. Prof Ingold giggles. Mike Hollas (yep! the guy who wrote the books) studies rheology. John Rose looks on contentedly.

The meal at lab dinner 2000

From left to right facing the camera, MAT Rogers ('24?), our senior member, listens patiently to Prof John Callomon..... Prof Jackie Truter battles the lamb and beyond Brian Roberts, Jim Parkin, and, in a partially eclipsed conformation, could that be Barbara Banks? With their backs to the camera, Rob Jackson and Mike Johnson feeding.

Mike Ewing and others at the lab dinner 2000

On the left side of the table: Dr Mike Ewing, protecting his retina, Dr Nik Kaltsoyannis trying to look elfin, and Dr Rüdi Faust looking gorgeous. On the right side of the table grad students Aileen Gray, Caroline Forth (half-obscured), and Linnea Forslund. And finally, a particularly flattering view of our Resources Manager, Julie Davies.

Peter Garratt and others at lab dinner 2000

Dr Peter Garratt with Veronica Jackson, former Departmental Secretary. In the background, at High Table, a series of people thought too important to sit with the rest of us including Dr Robyn Hay-Motherwell, Prof Willie Motherwell (check out the body-language), Prof Tony Legon, Prof Fred Pearce, Dr David Delpy, and then in the gloom, Profs Clary, Davies and Ingold.

Ewing, Carmalt, and Brown at lab dinner 2000

At the party afterwards, Mike Ewing shows the broad shoulders that support the Department. Dr Claire Carmalt and Dr Wendy Brown, hang on his every word. In the background, the silhouette of Frieder Mitzel on the left while in the distance on the right, the unmistakable cranium of Prof John Callomon.

Parkin, Lindsey, and Machin lab dinner 2000

Jim Parkin ('56-'62) engaged in an ethyl hydrate-mediated discussion with Dave Lindsey (1958-64) and Dave Machin ('55-'61?) and Jon Jenkins, avec Guiness lurking suspiciously in the rear.

Gatecrasher at lab dinner 2000

No we haven't a clue of who he is. Nor what he was doing there. Dr Margot Mandy, a visiting fellow, however, was amused.

Mandy, Mourik, Jackson, and Lewis at lab dinner 2000

Dr Margot Mandy, Dr Tanja van Mourik, Rob Jackson, and Dr Dewi Lewis, try to pose in dignified fashion.

Mildly inebriated postgraduates at lab dinner 2000

Mildly inebriated postgraduate students milling about. At the back, from left Rehan Aquil, Kason Bala, Charlotte Pradet, and sundry others in the foreground.

Brown with Richardson at lab dinner 2000

Sarah Brown with Andy Richardson. Aileen Gray and Graham Day in the background. Does anyone know to whom the nose belongs? We think it's Robin......

Dirk Niemeyer at lab dinner 2000

A collection of unusual optical phenomena. A rare image of the elusive Boakes. Dirk Niemeyer displays his impressive albedo in the foreground. Mark Field with his charateristic halo, demonstrates his inimitable attention to sartorial detail.

Mike Porter at lab dinner 2000

Dr Mike Porter smirks contentedly while Linnea Forslund and Fabienne Saez try not to show how desperately they are to get away.

Relaxing on the sofa at lab dinner 2000

Giving up on the idea of escape, Gavin Boakes attempts to construct a complex argument after several pints. Linnea Forslund and Mike Porter canoodle on the sofa. Warren Cross downloads share prices on his WAPphone while Caroline Forth demonstrates the latest flamenco steps. Half of Dr Graham Maunder ('96) looks on in amusement while trying to balance on the arm of the sofa. No prizes for guessing what happened next.

Posing for the camera at lab dinner 2000

And finally, Caroline Forth, Aileen Gray, Rabdel Ruiz-Salvador, and Dewi Lewis pose for the camera once more. In Welsh, they say "caws".