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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...

MENSA PEOPLE - John makes his mark in martial arts

Mensan John Foster wasn’t the highest achiever at school – but his non-academic interests and activities have seen him more than stand out from the crowd. John, 25, from Worcester, is a Third Dan Black Belt in the Olympic discipline of Tae Kwon Do – and is shortly planning to take a black belt grading in the Japanese samurai art of Kenjutsu. He also studies the Korean sword art of Haidong Gumdo, and has previous experience in Karate, boxing, Aikido, Krav Maga, Jiu Jitsu, Escrima, Jeet Kune Do...

Mensan Dorothy is an MBE

Congratulations to Mensa member Dorothy Gunnee, who has received her MBE from Prince Charles in an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Dorothy was awarded the honour in the New Year Honours List for services to community music and young people in Glasgow. She received the award from the Prince of Wales last week, May 15, and described the occasion as a "wonderful experience". Dorothy is honorary president of East Glasgow Music School, of which she was director for 26 years. She has...

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...

Ramarni stars on The One Show

Young Mensa member Ramarni Wilfred took centre stage on the BBC primetime programme The One Show last night as part of a feature about gifted children. The segment was prompted by the new British film X+Y, which stars One Show guest Rafe Spall as a maths teacher dealing with an autistic "mathlete", Nathan, during an International Maths Olympiad. Mensa also supplied a series of puzzles to the One Show, two of which were left on the screen for viewers to tackle. Ramarni then revealed the answers...

Schools failing to support the most able pupils - Ofsted

A report from Ofsted released today claims that many state secondary schools are not supporting their most able pupils to reach their full potential. Bright children who feel bored and unchallenged at school can "switch off" from the education process and fail to achieve what they are capable of. Mensa's gifted child consultant Lyn Kendall is talking about this subject on BBC Radio Leicester this morning, and our friends at Potential Plus UK have expressed "disappointment" with the situation...

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