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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...

What do members enjoy about being part of the society?

The common factor between Mensa members is their IQ score, yet through events, the online community and Special Interest Groups they share much more. They can take part in different activities, gain knowledge and enjoy discussions on a wide variety of subject matter. Members of Mensa have the opportunity to try new experiences and converse with a diverse group of people but don’t just take our word for it, see what a selection of our members like about the society… Jack “ loves the online...

Study says High Intelligence is a Special Need

Today’s TES (Times Educational Supplement) contains a feature examining the idea that gifted children should be considered as having special need, and whether bright pupils should be accelerated through school. The article includes comment from our friends at Potential Plus UK and follows on from a study at Vanderbilt University, USA. “Our brightest children learn more quickly and they don't need to spend the same amount of time learning new skills as other children do. What they do need to...

Cryptic Thoughts – 100 years of the Crossword

It is 100 years since Liverpool born Arthur Wynne first published the ‘Word-Cross’ in the New York World Newspaper (21 December 1913). This is considered to be the moment when the ‘Crossword’ was born. Crosswords are very popular amongst Mensans and feature regularly in regional newsletters and Mensa Magazine. They are often a challenge even for the sharpest minds due to their cryptic nature. Mensan John Lester has complied many crosswords over the years and here gives you a handy insight into...

Sue Stead (Super Sue) 1951 – 2013

by Chenda Appleyard Although Super Sue was seriously ill, we hadn’t expected to lose her quite so soon. She was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in May, and advised that the outlook was of the order of two years. So three months was a bit of a shock. Super Sue lived in Leeds for many years and we first got to know her when she offered her help when we were organising the 1995 Annual Gathering (AG) in Leeds. At the time, she was recovering slowly from a long and arduous battle with...

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