There was rumoured to be a demo by Oxford students against the "you must wear gowns to exams" rule some decades ago. IIRC they wore pyjamas and gowns rather than nothing and gowns.
Oxford certainly used to be full 'sub-fusc' for exams. That meant gown, white top, black tie, black tousers or skirt. In the '60s I heard of a girl who turned up in very skimpy black hotpants instead of a skirt, to see if the Proctor would challenge her; he is said to have muttered "should be compulsory" and waved her through.
At Cambridge when I was an undergraduate, all Colleges (except the inevitably more radical King's) still made gowns compulsory for Matriculation ceremonies, for in-College Tutorials, for Hall, and for University exams; but that was a College, not a University, rule, so Kingsmen were not excluded. Gowns were
required for Degree ceremonies.
I expect and hope that both are more relaxed these days, although I also expect that Degree ceremonies are as formally dressed as ever. At Cambridge in my day it was already in English, but at Oxford for all my children it was still in Latin
.. back to Staverton: hearsay at JAM from someone 'who should know' was that closure of 04/22 is 'for resurfacing' not 'because it needs resurfacing which will not happen'. In particular, 04/22 Grass is to be kept, although with demise of Tiger with their Stampes it is now used much less. I hope that's correct, although it does not now affect me. I have known all 3 runways to be in use simultaneously (bigger and faster on 27, lighter on 22 because SW-ly wind, helicopters and autogyros on 18), and the marvellous controllers coping calmly
I'm sure this makes for a better educational experience for the local student ATCOs compared to those at Swanwick, even though they are presumably training to an idential (EASA
Oh, and grass Twy R and grass apron for JAM are still available
As, I assume, is the former Flying Shack grass apron off Twy F
MP3 will, of course, be a very hard act to follow ..
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