Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 14, No. 3. April 5, 1951
No Barneys at VUC
He doesn't mean the brand of tobacco they advertise in "Punch": you know the stuff: "On safari in darkest Russia I always found Barney's to open fresh out of the tin"—H.R.W. of C.U.C., Christchurch, New Zealand." And then again, we don't refer to the type of barney we get at Special General never vanish we hope.
We are however missing two well Meetings of the Association—they will known VUC figures this year. Professor B. E. ("Barney") Murphy retired in 1950, leaving memories of one who was among the ablest and wittiest of our lecture-room figures over a long period of years. His Stage I lectures were a delight; in between the sharp witticisms it was wonderful how the knowledge sank in. Who could forget his definition of "place utility?"
Then we no longer have with us on the student side J. B. ("Barney) Butchers, who apart from a sizeable break in the Navy has been at VUC since 1936. Having just about worked through the Calendar and the Sporting and Cultural clubs as well. Barney is not taking lectures this year. Typical of the older returned serviceman student of recent years, Barney has exercised a fine influence in a wide variety of VUC affairs.
Running through the lavishly got up IATA Bulletin (Journal of the International Air Transport Association, Montreal) we were shocked at the heading "Warsaw Convention Special Committee." Turns out to be a proposal to revise international agreements on legal claims against airline operators. Senator McCarthy and others can go back to sleep again.
Well known at VUC for several years was Richard MacDonald, who astonished those who met him mostly in extra-curricular activities by collecting a B.A. Saw Richard recently in Army uniform. Following certain differences with former political friends, Richard has joined the permanent Army and hopes for rapid promotion there. Just at present he's been working on the wharf, a familiar student occupation. (Forgot to explain—it's Not the Salvation Army).
In between the odd occasional tilt at the ball by the batsmen at the recent test a woman was heard painstakingly explaining to her 10-yearold daughter the more elementary points of cricket, commencing with, "That is the batsman with the stick, dear, and the man with the ball up the other end is the bowler." Then came the devastatingly innocent query:
"And is there any free base, mummy?"
Collapse of senior cricketer nearby.
Also overhead when Waiter Nash walked through the crowd at the test was a good-natured, "Come back to the buildings, Wal."
Speedy reply from another spectator, "Learn a trade, Wal."
"Pirates of Manners Street?"
Idea for harassed Cappicade Editors was suggested by the Gilbert and Sullivan season when J. C. Williamson's did not bother to change the cover and contents of the 1/- programmes with changes of opera. Instead, they merely changed the innermost page with cast and chorus. The rest of the programme was filled with advertisements and equally uninteresting statistics about how many times "The Mikado" ran at San Demetrio, and how often Gilbert coughed during the first performance. Or something like that Suggestion is that Cappicade should [unclear: ly] bother to change the Extrav programme, and turn out the rest the same as the previous year. Even better suggestion was to tarn on the same Extrav every year, and save any changes at all.