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Step out in new Mensa hoodies and T-shirts!

A new range of Mensa hoodies and T-shirts will be hitting the streets very shortly. The three new designs are available as both hoodies or T-shirts in a wide array of colours - if you don't see the colour you want, just contact the Mensa office to check if it is available. The designs feature a jigsaw pattern, a wordsearch and a traditional Harvard-style collegiate emblem, with subtle Mensa branding and exclusive labelling. The wordsearch and jigsaw designs will be available to the public,...

A lot's happened #since1946

The world’s oldest and most famous high IQ society turns 70 this year – and it seems we’re in good company. It turns out a lot happened in 1946, quite aside from the formation of Mensa on October 1 in Oxford. For starters, the National Insurance Act of 1946 put in place the blueprint for the NHS and welfare state in Britain, while on a global scale, the formation of the United Nations and Unicef were the manifestation of a post-War desire for greater global co-operation. The Cannes Film...

Human rights talk proves a hit

Speakers Hilary Stauffer and academic Dr Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou. Human rights and international law proved to be a fascinating subject for the latest Mensa Faculti event, Law:Live. Despite the best efforts of Storm Desmond and the distractions of the nearby German market, Mensans and guests from across the country travelled to the Priory Rooms in Birmingham to listen to international lawyer Hilary Stauffer, a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics, and Dr Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou, a...

West End role is no tragedy for Dixie

Not many nine-year-olds have been “spotted” by Spielberg and played the pivotal role in a 2,000 year old Greek tragedy – but young Mensan Dixie Egerickx is taking it all in her stride. She is nearing the end of a run in one of the most unexpected theatrical hits of the year, the Almeida’s production of Aeschylus’ The Oresteia, which is now enjoying a triumphant West End transfer at the Trafalgar Studios. Dixie plays Iphigenia, the child slain by her father as an offering to the gods so that...

Tartan and gin to mark 70th year

To celebrate Mensa’s 70 th anniversary in 2016, the society has launched two new special commemorative products. The official Mensa tartan and a limited edition anniversary gin were both launched at the annual gathering in Glasgow. The Mensa tartan is the perfect way to show your affiliation to the Mensa “clan”. It is a unique design and has been registered with the Scottish Register of Tartans so its use is exclusive to Mensa. Woven in high quality fabric and featuring Mensa’s core colours of...

Are you bringing up a gifted child?

There are just a couple of places left for a special workshop for parents bringing up a gifted child. Mensa's gifted child consultant Lyn Kendall is holding a special day-long event for parents at the Westwood Academy in Coventry on October 2. Lyn - who has experienced gifted education from the perspective of child, parent and teacher - will talk about identifying gifted children, education and parental support, and some of the facts and fiction surrounding giftedness. There are just a few...

MENSA PEOPLE - Christa's rocking all over the Midlands!

Musical Mensan Christa Hugo spends her days in the serene world of classical music and ballet – but by night, she’s ready to rock! Christa is a part-time ballet pianist and keyboard teacher - but, four evenings a week, she lets her hair down to lead a group of enthusiastic amateur singers in Rock Choir, a nationwide movement which has seen fun, friendly choirs spring up in more than 300 towns and cities. Christa said: “Up until three years ago, as a music graduate and qualified music teacher, I...

Irish Mensa in Vogue for celebrity presenter

Pictured: Back: Ben Kleppmann, David Power, Rupesh Mahandru; front: Mabel Gargan, Kirsten Dottermusch, Vogue Williams, Paul McKinley Irish Mensa members have been rubbing shoulders with celebrities while helping out with a new television documentary. When RTE, Ireland's national broadcaster, decided to commission a programme about high IQ, schools and education, the producers turned to Mensa for help. As well as dropping in on a Mensa event in Dublin, presenter Vogue Williams and producer...

MENSA PEOPLE - Swimmer Scarlett makes a splash

Rising swimming star Scarlett Morine is starting to make a splash in the pool, but she has no intention of becoming the next Fran Halsall or Rebecca Adlington. Instead, the 12-year-old Mensa member from Essex intends to combine her love of water with her passion for animals - and become a marine biologist. “I hope to carry on swimming all through A Levels and through university but I have never wanted to be “a swimmer”,” she said. “I’ve always loved swimming and I know I am going to still do it...

An unexpected benefit of being a Mensan . . .

. . .is that you might come across someone who can teach you how to throw your boomerang so that it just might come back. One of the best meetings in this part of Lincolnshire is Helen and Paul's superb annual garden tea at their home near Spilsby. Somehow, the weather is always good for sitting in their lovely garden for hours, chatting away, drinking gallons of tea and enjoying many an edible treat. This year they even followed on from a previous discussion meeting about the Baltic states by...

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