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Young Mensans take centre stage

Two talented young Mensa members have been making waves in the performing arts world. Ten-year-olds Sebastian Carrington, from the West Midlands, and Dixie Egerickx, from London, have been making a name for themselves in the highly-competitive arenas of music and acting. Sebastian has not only achieved distinctions in his Grade 8 singing and piano exams – an unusual achievement even for students 10 years older – but he also got to perform for royalty at Buckingham Palace. And actress Dixie, who...

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...

Child Genius? Thomas is just having fun . . .

Child Genius television show finalists Thomas Frith and Jasamrit Rahala talk to ANN CLARKSON about their new found celebrity status Some of Mensa’s younger members shone in the television spotlight during the third series of Channel 4’s Child Genius programme. Mensan Thomas Frith, 12, from Leeds, won the competition with an astonishing display of mental skills across a range of tests and challenges. And Jasamrit Rahala, from Slough, put in a strong challenge to make it to the final – even...

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...

Speedy images snap up Mensa photo titles

The Race is on, by Nick Kitson, won the competition There was a race to the finish line in this year’s Mensa photography competition, with images of motorbikes in a rush filling the top two places. Nick Kitson, from Eastleigh in Hampshire, won the competition with The Race Is On, his picture of a speeding bike on a soggy racetrack. The theme of the competition was Urgency!, encapsulated perfectly in the top three images. Second place went to David Walker from Kilmacolm in Renfrewshire, with Mid...

Top barrister is new Mensa president

Francesca receives her commemorative paperweight from board member Ian Fergus Leading barrister Francesca Quint has become an honorary president of British Mensa . Francesca, a long-serving Mensan and former board member, was married to Mensa founder Lance Ware for 20 years until his death in 2000. She accepted the invitation to become honorary president at a dinner in London to mark the 100 th anniversary of Dr Ware’s birth. Mensa chairman Jenny Gill said: “The board had been discussing how...

Ain't no party like a political party!

Matthew Gibson When Mensa Matthew Gibson decided he wanted to shake up the General Election, he didn't just stand as a candidate - he set up his own political party! It was Christmas 2014. I was with family when I decided to announce that I would be standing for election at this year’s General Election. As I looked into my options, I learned that ‘Independent’ candidates can only put their name and the word ‘Independent’ on the ballot paper. I wanted a logo and a strapline, so I setup my own...

Picture is key to Peter's card puzzle

Mensans are well known for their problem-solving skills - but PETER DUFFY, from Yorkshire, went above and beyond in his quest to solve the mystery of the memory card. One Saturday morning in early March, I was in Ilkley doing some shopping. At the edge of a pedestrian crossing, something caught my eye - blue plastic and a glint of metal. I bent down to have a closer look, and found that it was a photocard, of the type used in Fuji cameras. It looked a bit battered, as though it had been there...

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