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The sky's the limit for astronomy star Sebastian

A young Mensa member who is already making his mark as a talented musician has proved he has more than one string to his bow – by becoming the youngest person to ever pass astronomy GCSE. But eight-year-old Sebastian Carrington, from Leicestershire, was not satisfied with just passing the exam this summer – he achieved a grade A. His mum Denise said: “We've had it confirmed by Edexcel exam board that Sebastian is definitely the youngest to have passed the exam at the age of eight years old.”...

Jenny takes over the hot seat

Jenny Gill has taken over as chair of British Mensa with a promise to "make a difference". The 62-year-old, of Huddersfiled, West Yorkshire, took over from Chris Tyler following the AGM in Cardiff. Chris has stepped down after four years as chair, and six on the board, because of work commitments. Jenny said she wanted to revitalise the organisation during her term of office by involving members from all ages and backgrounds. “I joined the board because I want to make a difference,” she said. “...

Swetha takes Global Think Test title

A doctor from India plans to use her $25,000 prize to fund further research after coming out on top in the Global Think Test. Swetha Jain, 27, from Chennai, answered the nine questions in the Global Think Test Day Challenge correctly and in the fastest time to win the contest, which was run by Kaspersky and backed by Mensa, Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and F1 team Ferrari. Players from across the world registered to play the game on Saturday. It was the culmination of the month-long...

Solid platform for bistro business in Barking

A Mensa member from Essex has cooked up an intellectual – and tasty - new business. Mensan Iliyan Kuzmanov, 35, has joined Ina Jankoic, 38, to open Ezo Bistro on Barking train station. He now hopes that the coffee shop, which doubles as a cosy reading room and art space, will be used for regular Mensa meetings. The couple, of Highbridge Road, Barking, will be offering the usual choice of coffees as well as snacks and cakes. They hope customers will linger in the shop to read some of the books...

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...

Elementary - Sherlocks on trail of a world record

Sherlock Holmes fans are invited to pick up their deerstalker and magnifying glass and head to Yorkshire this month for an unusual world record attempt. The Yorkshire Brain Research Centre is aiming to break the record for the biggest gathering of people dressed as the famous sleuth - and organisers are keen to get Mensans involved. The record bid takes place at Temple Newsam in Leeds on August 31 from noon until 4pm. Everyone who takes part will receive a deerstalker, pipe and magnifying glass...

Chess star Sharon earns Child Genius title

Chess champion Sharon Daniel has beaten off some of the cleverest youngsters in Britain to win this year’s Child Genius title. Sharon, 11, from Bolton, won the trophy at the end of the second series of the Channel Four competition, backed by British Mensa. The independent learner beat eight year old Tudor Mendel-Idowu in the tense head to head finale of the four part series. Sharon is the current under-11 UK girl’s chess champion, and she chose the Battle of Stamford Bridge as her specialist...

Riley Hilson Gregory

It is with regret we have to inform members in East Anglia of the death of Riley Hilson Gregory, part of the Eaglet editorial team. Riley, 43, died on July 20. He had been in intensive care for some time in Southend Hospital. He lived on Canvey Island and had edited Eaglet for several issues. The funeral is at 10am on Tuesday, August 5, at Basildon Crematorium at Church Rd, Bowers Gifford, SS13 2HG, followed by an event at the Church of Latterday Saints, 36 Eastwood Rd, Rayleigh, SS6 7JQ. His...

Pupils are real bright sparks

Fifteen young bright sparks from the same school have proved themselves worthy of Mensa membership. The Albany School, a business and enterprise academy in Hornchurch, Essex, entered 80 pupils into the Mensa supervised test - and no less than 15 proved to have an IQ in the top two per cent of the population. Mensa offers discounted group testing to schools wishing to find out the IQ of their pupils. In conjunction with gifted child consultant Lyn Kendall, the society can also offer a range of...

Mensa Member is an Amazing Grey!

Mensa Member, Glenys Hopkins, is to appear on ITV’s new Saturday night game show – Amazing Greys. Glenys, from Warrington, has been a Mensa member for many years and was delighted to be asked to take part as one of the show’s “Amazing Greys”. She enjoys quizzing and has been a finalist in the society’s very own Brain of Mensa annual competition. Alongside some of the country’s most talented pensioners and the show’s hosts Angela Rippon and Paddy McGuiness, Glenys is pictured second from the...

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