Wednesday, March 14, 2007

So Long and Thanks for all the Chilli

One of our most active and well-known members has left our small community (physically at least) for the exciting and exotic shores of Japan. Peter Woodward has probably devoted more of his time to the Philosophy Club than anyone else I've known since I have been at this University. A well as a period as club president Pete has at different times provided the venue, the food (really, really good chilli) and sometimes the drink for club events, all on his own time, and often out of his own money.

During his time here, whether he has been in an official position of authority (as much as any of our positions have 'authority') or not, Pete has always been a major contributor to the intellectual and critical nature of the club. I will particularly miss the withering (though usually well-meaning) verbal beatings that friend or foe alike could expect if we put a foot wrong when we found ourselves in an argument with him.

But for the moment, these duties will remain the responsibility of the remaining members.

While we spend our time as usual (studying/working/languishing in despair) Pete will be filling his working days with teaching English, and the rest of his time at Sumo matches or arguing with Zen Buddhist monks.


 

Thanks Pete & good luck.

Sam Douglas.


 

2 comments:

MH said...

Thanks Pete, and enjoy the saki.

Rowan Blyth said...

Yeah bye Pete, sorry I didn't make it to the farewell thing; I wasn't told a date and didn't realize it was so soon.

Japan should be fun, you'll propably be like Gulliver on the island of Lilliput.