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Mensan Phil's journey from football to finance

Mensa member PHIL WHELAN describes his journey from Premiership footballer to accountant - via the classroom! My Granddad was always the wisest man I knew. Not the sharpest or the cleverest, but most certainly the wisest. His words of wisdom didn’t come very often, but when they did, they were words to hold on to and treasure. This is why his words of advice, when we were discussing my future career, have always stuck with me throughout my working life. “Son,” he began in his broad Lancashire...

Could you be a Millionaire winner?

Do you have the fastest finger, and can you answer general knowledge questions under the pressure of television lights? Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, the high-stakes quiz hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, is looking for contestants for the new series. The producers are looking for Britain's brightest brains to challenge for the top prize of a million pounds, aided by the lifelines of phone a friend, ask the audience and 50:50 - or, if things get really desperate, ask the host! To apply, head to itv...

Nathan 'Inspire-d' by chance meeting

A Mensa event intended to inspire young members to aim high has led to one bright spark publishing a book! Nathan Kai, who is now nine, had been looking for a book that could help him become the best he could be, but there was nothing out there. After months of searching and coming up empty-handed, Nathan attended the Mensa Inspire 17 event in Birmingham in the summer of 2017. Amongst the speakers was Paralympic archery champion Danielle Brown - and when Nathan approached Danielle to ask...

Are you a Mastermind?

If you've always wanted to know what it's like to sit in the big black chair, the producers of Mastermind are keen to hear from you. Auditions are taking place soon for the new BBC2 series of the popular television quiz show, and producers Hattrick are inviting applications. Anyone interested should email mastermind.hth@hattrick.com for an application form (it takes just 10 minutes to complete). Auditions will be starting in the next few weeks so the earlier the application the better. Entry is...

Quizzers needed for new show idea

Television production company 72 Films is looking for quiz fans to help test a new show format. The producers are looking for people to take part in a not-for-broadcast documentary/quiz show format and and need couples to take part. The pairs can have any type of relationship – mums and sons, dads and daughters, siblings, colleagues or best friends. They are looking for duos who have a strong, close relationship - it’s possible they’ve been through a lot together, or they have something to...

Mensa's Catan UK qualifier is a hit!

Finalists Steve Morley, Tanya Ironmonger, Florentina Hettinga and Simneet Aslanidis. Boardgamer Florentina Hettinga has been fast-tracked to the UK Catan Championship quarter-finals after winning the inaugural Mensa-sponsored qualifier in Birmingham on Saturday. After the success of the tournament, held at the Hallmark Hotel, further Mensa qualifiers are planned for early 2020 in Manchester and Cardiff. Competitors do not need to be members of Mensa to take part. Twenty-four players contested...

Calling all Catan fans for Mensa championship!

Catan is a popular game amongst Mensans - and now there is chance to claim a national title by taking part in the British Mensa Catan national qualifier tournament! This new event, which is taking place in Birmingham on October 12, is an official qualifying competition, and the winner is guaranteed a place in the 2020 Catan UK National Tournament at UK Games Expo in Birmingham. The UK champion will go to the 2020 Catan World Championship in Malta, courtesy of Catan Studio. It is an open...

Obituary - Dr Jack Cohen

A prominent Mensan whose achievements include helping to write the Science of Discworld books with Terry Pratchett and teaching a Nobel prize winner has died at the age of 85. Dr Jack Cohen was well-known in Mensa circles for running Mensa at Cambridge for many years, as well as speaking at this and other society events. He earned his PhD in zoology at Hull University in 1957 and went on to work at the University of Birmingham and Harvard Medical School work, before returning to Birmingham as a...

Tony Buzan

Everyone at British Mensa is saddened to hear of the passing of Tony Buzan, who has been a great friend to the society over many years. Tony used his tremendous energy to inspire countless people to use their brains to the best of their ability. A Mensan for many years, he was a regular speaker at events including the Young Mensans Future Paths conference. Tony's mind mapping techniques are used by people around the world, in education and business, He will be missed.

International election candidates revealed

Information about voting for officers of Mensa International and for proposed changes to the Mensa International constitution have now been published. The full document, which includes details of how to cast your vote and the preferential voting system that will be used, is available to download here . If you have an email address registered with the Mensa office, you will have received your election material and electronic voting codes by email. If the office does not have a current email...

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